Recently, we joined the world to commemorate the World Aids Day. In 2018, an estimated 1.4 million people were living with HIV, and an estimated 23,000 Ugandans died of Aids-related illnesses.
Amidst all this, Marie Stopes International is recalling more than a million condoms in Uganda, after officials raised concerns over their standards.
Marie Stopes began the recall of packets of Life Guard condoms after the National Drug Authority found they contained holes and did not meet quality standards.
What baffles me is that with such incidents in Uganda, the following day is a normal working day; government just passes a communique and the next day it is business as usual.
Introduce American history in school curriculum
For decades, the geography of North America has been studied and examined both at both at O and A-Level in the school curriculum.
While it is important to study world history such as the history of Africa, especially the origin and settlement of its peoples and the effects of foreign influence like colonialism, the influence of most of the world powers that were involved has waned.
European history examined at A-Level has changed tremendously but the study books have never been revised. Since the fall of the Berlin wall in 1989 and the ultimate collapse of communism, the history of modern Europe has changed drastically.
The Balkan wars of 1990s have never been published in books of history yet such information is now readily available on the World Wide Web!
Studying about the foundation laid by America’s founder fathers like Benjamin Franklin and many others is vital in changing the outlook of the middle-class to think outside the box.
But because of our poor and casual reading culture, and the already overcrowded schools’ curriculum, the only opportunity to convey such knowledge is at tertiary level. In short, America’s history, especially that of the founder fathers which has shaped present-day billionaires like Bill Gates can transform our country for generations if we study and embrace it.
Embrace digital banking services
In Uganda, according to the Uganda Police Annual Crime Report for 2018, some 47.7 per cent of crime registered takes place in urban areas and in this ever-changing Kampala city and the increase in the number of peri-urban areas where crime and theft cases are becoming increasingly rampant, it is wise not to move around with stacks of cash.
Aside from theft, it is continuously hard to keep checking where you last stashed your money amid a busy work schedule. According to the same report, cases of break-ins, theft and robbery continued to increase. Not forgetting the spate of killings of mobile money agents and other victims in relation to money.
Despite the efforts of the government to combat crime in many ways like the recent installation CCTV cameras, fingerprinting of guns and passing and deployment of armed LDUs, crime is still undoubtedly committed.
This, therefore, begs a question: Is it possible to have a lot money on you and still not have to carry it in bulk everywhere you go? Yes! With the revolution of technology in the financial services sector and banking industry in Uganda and globally, a lot of valuable, safe and convenient options have been delivered by both telecoms and banking institutions as well as fintechs.
However, traditional banking services are still considered the safest way to keep money today, and this has come a long way in shaping the financial management culture, paved way for convenience and safety of people’s money.
Corruption at Moroto hospital
Dear beloved president, take special interest in the corruption issues in Moroto Regional Referral Hospital, because it is one of the places in the country where both private and government individuals are jointly supporting corruption in the Hospital.
The system is deeply entrenched that they are even still fighting so that the culprits of Moroto Regional Referral Hospital are not brought to book under the guise of ongoing investigations that never seem to end.
Some of the investigations conducted so far have come up with suspects. But these suspects still occupy office. And yet the suspects must be arraigned in courts of law like any other Ugandan citizens.
Does it mean that the laws of Uganda only apply to some Ugandans?
Tackle Yusuf Lule road thuggery
There is a gang of muscular men who have been attacking motorists at the Fairway hotel traffic lights in the full view of CCTV cameras, punching up motorists before taking off with items from the vehicles.
This gang operates from around midnight and are quite terrifying. On Wednesday, November 27 2019, at around 11:55pm, this gang of two boys smartly dressed in matching black and white T-shirts, walked as if they were innocent pedestrians trying to cross the road.
And then, they viciously attacked the driver of a saloon car, who was respecting the traffic lights. They punched the driver, picked something form his front seat and leisurely walked towards the pavement adjacent to the Golf Course. The attack took place close to CCTV cameras; so, these two thugs should be easily identified.
I am sure if police looked at their CCTV footage for Wednesday night, they should be able to identify these two and put their photos in the press. This is not just ordinary snatch-and-run thieves but a vicious assault.
The area around these traffic lights is among the well-lit places in Kampala and this kind of thuggery should not happen to city residents.
Let’s end child sexual abuse
While addressing Uganda Police officials recently, President Museveni raised a concern of a school director in Mpigi district who has allegedly been sexually abusing his students. The president advised the police officers to rearrest the school director.
According to the United Nations Children’s Fund report of 2018, 25 per cent of Ugandan females experience sexual violence below the age of 13 while 17 per cent of males have been sexually abused. This year, the ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development released a report on violence against children (VAC) which indicated that 35.3 per cent of girls experienced sexual abuse in childhood compared to 16.5 per cent among boys.
In Uganda, hardly a day passes by without a report of sexual abuse against children. Children are being subjected to sexual abuse within their communities, schools and homes yet these are the places where they should feel most secure and safe.
The concern by President Museveni about the school director who was granted bail by police on such a high criminal offence like rape means that there is weak law enforcement on sexual abuse on children. We have heard cases where offenders collude with the parents or guardians of the victims to sort this issue outside the law.
Such negotiations mostly happen among poor parents or guardians who are silenced by money. This is illegal. A number of children, most especially girls, have been exposed to health, social and psychological torture due to sexual abuse, basing on the structure of society.
We must focus more on how to curb the spread of HIV Aids as a result of sexual abuse on girls and boys. Parents, guardians, local and religious leaders must be the faces in the fighting against the increasing vice.