The smartphone is a bad intruder in our home. We talk far less than ever before, yet talking and laughing together have in the past has glued us together, sharing our ups and downs. We hardly watch television together because of the smartphone. The smart phone consumes a lot of time that would go to keep the old people talking to one another. Worse still, when our children and their children visit us, each one has a smart phone.
The UN’s outspoken special rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, Francesca Albanese, has also questioned whether “journalists have codes of conduct and professional ethics to abide by and be held accountable to”. The unspoken assumption is that the reporting would greatly improve if all concerned simply stuck to the dictates of professional codes.
More sinned against than sinning: How successive regimes in Uganda exploited, abused and impoverished once rich Busoga
Because the Basoga are easier to divide than unite, Busoga has been a perennial loser in terms of development, transformation and progress in Musevenite times. It has lost opportunities, resources, properties and land to foreigners since precolonial times. The precolonial rulers of Busoga – Buganda and Bunyoro – exploited Busoga to their advantage when the indigenous Basoga were not united and only depended on shifting agriculture and hunting only for food. The precolonial rulers stole ivory, leopard skins and gold and traded them with other peoples. The Baganda colonisers even abducted the beautiful Basoga women.
After genocide, Rwanda re-organised its education system to inject quality that Uganda can borrow a leaf from
Rwanda was also affected by globalisation, with all its “vices” of privatisation, massification and marketisation of education. However, patriotism, which is not officially taught like we do in Uganda, pushed the Rwandese government to rethink what the education system was producing. It rethought the products from the private education institutions and the entire education system.
One thing must be emphasised. It is under the sovereign jurisdiction of the First Family in the education system that massification, privatisation, commercialization, marketisation and stratification of education has occurred. In this article, I have actually been concerned with esterification of education as a function of the First Family’s choices in education and their consequences on Ugandan society in the short, medium and long-term.
Agreeing to agree and to disagree can add value to leadership and governance as well as development, transformation and progress of a country. It can also contribute to genuine political development of the leaders and the led, the governors and the governed.
Regimes teeming with freeloaders like Uganda’s often birth morally and culturally ‘unidentified flying objects’
In Uganda we the elderly are watching as false economic schemes such as Myooga and Parish Development Model, based on giving “money bonanzas” to a few individuals in our communities in the hope that if they become rich their richness and prosperity will flow downward to us to benefit the rest of the community.
Have Ugandans resigned to being sitting ducks, surrendered sovereignty and resolved to belong nowhere?
Have Ugandans as a totality agreed to belong nowhere in the 21st century? Already, Ugandans have been dispossessed and displaced from their ancestral lands by people who originally belonged to arid and semi-arid areas and who are attached more to grass and cow than the land.
Some Iranian attacks were in retaliation for attacks on its interests. Last month an Israeli air strike in Syria killed a senior Iranian Revolutionary Guard commander. Its attack on Pakistan might have been more of a message from Tehran to all separatists not to take advantage of the wider war to attack Iran.
However, under the neoliberal processes and a spate of green landgrabs many of these resources are under constant threat of being grabbed by people in power or those connected to power. Maruzi Ranch, for example, was invaded by people with long-horned cattle. Some people said they came from Tanzania from where they were kicked out by former President Jakaya Kikwete.