Moving through life,I realized that there are laws that govern this precious asset we call life.The laws that we cannot avoid whatsoever as we begin our journeys through up to death.These include the laws of evolution,the laws of growth,and many others laws that I will tackle one by one as time allows me- but at the moment let me use the law of Giving to request you to help me realize my Dream.

My dream is to be a photo journalist and successful photo b logger.My dream sounds as if it’s easy to attain but it is not if I continue to work without a digital and a video camera I call mine,other than groping in the dark while I look for photographs to accompany my posts and News stories for my readers today and in the future.

Generous Men and Women are many in the World to embrace the Law of Giving and You are one of them who can donate to me 600 USA dollars or Part of it.400 dollars will buy me a Modern video camera and 150 dollars will enable me to secure a digital camera,the rest will start me off in my quest for good photographs while at the same time a simple business for my self.

Are you there? please donate to me or send the cameras I am so much desirous of.I will thank you most sincerely and work with sincerity to achieve my dream. Your helping hand and sacrifice is the only final block to enable me finish my house of being an enthusiastic,tact,cheerful and persistent PHOTOJOURNALIST.

special thanks Ladies and Gentlemen.




Your servant is me or somebody else appointed by the people,local and central governments or corporate organizations or a volunteer who decided on his own to provide a service that benefit the people.I would like you to oppose the idea that you are not a servant in your own right simply because you are a tractor driver- that opens and clears the road verges people use whenever they are on their way to their different destinations,whereas I am a cook in a government hospital who make the food ready for the medical personnel and the sick.

We even speak of the services we provide to the people even if we benefit out of it ourselves! We put it in the words we speak.Take for example a married woman; when she goes to cook food she might say to her friends ” let me go and prepare food for my husband and children” if I may ask wont she eat? The head of the family may also say to his companions ” I have not yet bought meat for my family”
Do the meat he goes to purchase actually belong to the members of his family alone? whereas he is some time given the biggest piece of meat during the consumption time!

Any human being whatever his status, he is a servant of the the people- that is why when some one dies people say that that his soul rests in peace or that he has finished his worldly work.

The following categories of people I am about to mention are without debate servants of the people:the president of a sovereign state,the cabinet ministers,members of parliament,the army commander and his armed forces,the commissioner of police and prisons,the magistrates and all those in the legal services,corporate and organization managers and all government and non government organization’s leaders,men and women.

You may ask me whether leaders of different religious denominations are actually servants of the people? My answer is Yes! because the over all objectives of church and Muslim leaders is to sharpen the spiritual well being of the people,such that they embrace rightful behavior and live the most acceptable way of life.If you oppose the idea that business men are not servants of the people you are wrong! A business man who does not have buyers of his products or people he serves definitely he is doing nothing at all,and the only option he has to choose is to shift to another business.Here is a few examples to consider:a carpenter who makes wonderful furniture and he does not sell will abandon the carpentry job for another meaningful work.A farmer if he does not have consumers of his produce or buyers he cannot continue with this type of work.The mechanic who does not receive equipment in his garage to work on for a long time will be stressed.

The examples you have just read clearly indicates that we are all servants of the People,sometimes we forget the people we are meant to serve and actually do the opposite.A servant of the people actually has responsibilities towards the people he serves.If someone does not clearly know the responsibilities he has towards the people he serves he cannot be a good servant.Look here many reputable jobs are jobs of responsibility that occupy most of the time of those who hold them to the extent that many loose sleep while working. Among the many services people provide that I realized responsibly occupy it’s holder is the medical job when Uganda lost Dr. Lukwiya over Ebola.Dr.Lukwiya captured Ebola disease while he was saving life in one of the government hospitals in the Northern area of Uganda.He died young and left helpless children and a wife.There are even many medical personnel known and unknown who die while they are on duty.

Medical personnel are not only the servants who die or are killed while they are serving the people. Remember the many people who are killed or who sustain injuries while they are responding to the different alarms that call for help to save people who are actually in danger.

Think about the many who die in the wars while fighting to protect the boundaries of their countries against foreign invasion.What about those who die while trying to save those whose boats are capsized, the children who fall in swimming pools,rivers,and lakes,taxi drivers,those who work in the air and water who die every year may not be easy for us to know their exact numbers.What we definitely know is that they die while they are on duty serving people.The mansion and builders who fall off tall buildings and die,others survive but become lame through out their life,sometimes buildings fall on them.You have heard of many people who work in industries who lose some parts of their bodies due to accidents.Many are electrocuted while others become disabled.The Imams and the clergy also suffer differently while caring out God’s work,because they are also servants of the people.

Bloggers like we are,news writers and reporters also suffer under the hands of the people,the police and governments because of the nature of their work,whenever they use a pen and paper to advice those in political leadership against acts of torture,nepotism,unfair distribution of country’s resources,inflation,rape and poor management of their country; they are either silenced by imprisonment or death.The live example is of the late Wabulenkoko who advised Buganda Kingdom king Suuna 11,who had made it a habit to make his subjects who had gone at his palace in Kavule as a routine for the subjects to greet the King, to carry his faeces on their heads as a sign of respect accorded to him,to outlaw the habit because it was scandalous and inhuman.The advice of Wabulenkoko did not inspire King Suuna 11 that he commanded his soldiers to sat Wabulenkoko’s mouth using a red hot spear!

Such example,actually indicate that good servants lose a lot of their valuables including their wisdom and energy,time,money,personal belongings and some times life. Good servants actually need to be appreciated while they are still alive.Our ancestors had this to say about appreciation ” Temutendanga nswa kuwooma,ngatemunatenda nkuyege ezabumba ekiswa”literally translated ” never praise the sweetness of the ants,before you appreciate the termites that build the anthill” ( the Post to be continued)
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A woman in a taxi!

Two decades has gone past the years when Uganda entirely depend on Omnibus transport industry.To say the least all past years has seen Kamunye -a model of Japan made Taxi vehicle,in the monopoly of road transport. The rail and water transport administered by the central governments has gone out of play for the low income earners for many years.Travelers have persevered over the time the unskilled loquacious drivers, taxis in mechanically dangerous conditions and transport fares that change now and then, the speed and unreliability of the taxi industry in addition to the indiscipline of the drivers and their fare collectors-commonly known as Conductors or compatriots.

I am not writing to examine the vices of the taxi industry but to feel with the Ugandans travelers that pain they go through as they live their homes for work or for leisure.I will tackle, in it’s entirety,the obstacles of the taxi industry in Uganda when I get time and the sentence building blocks you call words or when I am reminded to do so.Travelers do not have any say on the way they are driven to their destinations but always ply their journeys at the mass of their God,others simply foot long distances whenever they find them selves minus the taxi fares.Those who escape the pains meted on those who usually use a one transport system Uganda has in disguise also a story to tell.

One afternoon,I was leaving Kampala,on my way to Jinja town- Jinja town was once an industrial hub and the second largest town of Uganda.What I do not know is whether it is still holding the status-the reasons that the industries it was famous and proud of had shifted to Kampala- the Capital city of Uganda,and Jinja is now presumed to be a dead town.

I boarded a Coaster Japan made taxi vehicle at the Diamond Trust building in Kampala.While inside the vehicle I enjoyed seeing people of both sex- young and old entering the vehicle,some could greet others not! An old woman of about 65 years entered the vehicle and sat at the left hand side of the vehicle on the same seat I was. She looked very happy and lively because she greeted every one who dared to listen.

At last our taxi was full.The fare collector announced 5000 shillings as charge for the journey and no passenger in the vehicle protested the announcement- a sign that signified to the driver that it was his time to take charge behind the steering wheel.You remember the old woman I told you earlier in the passage? Fine.Having gone about six kilometers- we had gone through Nakawa,Banda, Bweyogerere and Kireka suburbs,begged the taxi driver to find a place along side the road for her to release herself because her bladder had announced that it wanted to pass out the unwanted stuff from her body.Surprisingly the driver continued with his job without giving a hint to the old woman’s request.The old woman once again pleaded loudly to the man behind the steering wheel to stop so that she passes out urine that had became unbearable to her.

Instead the taxi driver doing exactly what the old woman wanted he barked profusely at her asking why she did not actually use 200 shillings while she was still in Kampala where there are many public conveniences to answer the Adam’s call instead of wasting his time and that of the passengers,and he continued to drive.

Wow! the old woman rose up,carried her suit above her waist and began to urinate inside the vehicle and wet the packs of other passengers who were inside the vehicle.At this stage the passengers joined the fly and bitterly abused the taxi driver who arrogantly ignored the ethos of the land and also disrespected the old woman.However, the old woman added salt to injury when she warned the taxi driver that he should learn to listen to the people who uses his vehicle because he actually do not know the types of diseases that affects them.” today it has been urine, the other time it could be faeces” she affirmed.

Uganda government has plans to break the monopoly taxi owners are enjoying by importing Buses in the country soon.The only obstacles it has to bear is the narrow and poor roads and the increasing prices of petroleum.The Uganda parliament has embarked on the debate on how best it can care for the elderly through a drifted bill which is soon expected to become law.Let us all hope that soon or later the Buses will start to pry the country, roads will be improved too and the indiscipline drivers shaped by the pending competition as time goes by.That was the woman in the taxi!


Vincent Saabwe son of Kizza Gertrude Kigozi attending his pigLife being hard for the low income earners in Uganda and in light of the skyrocketing prices of individual basic needs and the inflation going out of the hands of the Central government,parents or guardians of the children in Uganda are finding it hard to sustainably maintain members of their families single handily, so they have found no better alternative except to engage their children in family income generating activities at a tender age.

A family which drew my attention and gave me a new push in the examination of the roles children play while they are at their parent’s homes,especially in a fragile economy like that of Uganda,belong to a woman of 44 years who was a typist and a receptionist of a defunct paper industry in 1997 in Jinja town before the market replaced paper bags with polythene paper bags- Kizza Gertrude Kigozi.

Kizza Gertrude Kigozi is blessed with two children- a girl of 11 years and a boy of 8 years.Both of them are attending school.The former in a private senior secondary school in Kampala and the latter in a government funded primary school in Njeru town council,Buikwe district.Like any other single parent in the country she is finding it hard to financially maintain her children,while they are at home or at school ever since her husband lost his job in a flimsy circumstances in the middle of 2009 ” Specioza Nakawesa my eldest daughter is in a boarding school.She pays shillings 550000 in school fees and takes a variety of things at the beginning of a school term including sugar for upkeep while at school.Likewise,although Vincent Saabwe ,my son is in a government school he needs money for transport and feeding as well as other personal belongings. I am a subsistence farmer and our land is not doing well” Kizza Gertrude Kigozi.

In order for Kizza Gertrude Kigozi to supplement the little income she gets out of the sale of her agricultural produce, she bought two mature pigs putting each pig under the personal care of her children ” this is the third time the pigs of my children are giving us piglets each and my children are taking care of them because they love them” she added.

I have found out that Vincent Saabwe and her sister takes turns in feeding the pigs except when Specioza Nakawesa is at school.Their mother told me that she sales a one month pig at shillings 50000 and a fully grown pig at a minimum of shillings 250000. The money she uses to pay for her children’s school fees as well as other requirements. Specioza Nakawesa and Vincent Saabwe says that their work to feed the pigs begin early morning of the new day,when they give them a mixture of Maize brand and water.” we clean the the temporary structure where they stay as a routine before we either leave for Speciooza Nakawesa daughter of Kizza Gertrude Kigozi attending to her or for other duties” They said.

Asked whether what she is doing is not a violation of children’s rights,Kizza Gertrude Kigozi said that children’s rights though important works for those who have.Is your opinion different from that of the mother of two?

Empty prisons- A sign of independence Golden jubilee.

As I write this article Uganda is celebrating it’s 49th independence day,the day it attained the authority to govern it’s self back from the hands of the British colonialists who had robbed it through the use of military power.The day was 9th October 1962.
Uganda before it lost it’s political,economic and social power was ruled through Kingdoms.Every region had it’s cultural leader- Buganda,Bunyolo,Ankole,Busoga etc and other areas where their was no Kingdoms,chiefdoms ruled.The British left no stone unturned to bring those Kingdoms and chiefdoms under one umbrella of governance.Hence,Uganda become a sovereign state.

Through out the 49th years since Uganda attained independence it has not been bed of roses for it’s people.As it celebrates it’s political,social and economic emancipation Uganda had gone through minor and major upheavals that affected profoundly it’s growth and political maturity.You actually need to know or remember that the British played a major role in leaving the citizens of Uganda more divided than before.This was done through the many religions Uganda had:the Apocalyptic churches etc.The British left the reins of leadership in the hands of the followers of the Anglican church and no other except the followers of the concept of Martin Luther,the King had the opportunity to enjoy political positions especially the Presidency in the country- that ushered in a lot of political hullabaloo.Hence,political conflicts that emanated from the use of the gun to dis stabilize in particular Buganda, the seat of the National government and subsequent internal wars and skirmishes ensued.With these 49 years since independence Uganda has seen eight presidents,some assuming the presidency through what you may call a popular vote,others through uprisings,civil wars and self appointments. The struggle to survive for it’s citizens has been and indeed it is still a struggle for the fittest.Eight five percent of the Uganda population live in abject poverty.This simply means that one must devise all possible means to sustainably exist or else live the space for the mighty.

What actually enticed the British to my perspective to bring forceful civilization to Africa and subjugate them,including Uganda it was it’s plentiful natural resource.Uganda is known and famous for it’s good environment and humidity.It is one reason why it was referred to as the Pearl of Africa by the British explorers. When the colonialists left Ugandans jubilated and thought that through their fellow citizens in leadership they will apportion the national resources fairly and also practice the principle of equality and equity.Those who have survived until now have seen unfair distribution of the national resources to their dismay.

Many people who expected to go through the process of education and eventually obtain academic qualification have lived through out these years without actually working within their profession and others being out rightly unemployed by those in leadership.The struggle to acquire property by their own and leading a good life left no alternatives to many weak-minded Ugandans and those who cannot practice restrain,expect to always break the law.A concise Ugandan will tell you that Uganda government prisons swell day and night with petty thieves and capital offenders and political prisoners as well.

In spite of the efforts previous and present regimes has put in to establish industries and economic policies,they assume is practically worthwhile,law breaking persist because of inequality in incomes and redundancy.Those in jails testify to the suffering they go through as extreme and wished for the day they will see the light again.

9th October 2012,Uganda will be celebrating it’s 50th year since it attained independence.At 50 it will be a full grown nation and the celebrations will actually mark it’s Golden jubilee.Ugandans who have gone through the government prisons,their relatives and those who expect to be found in jail by then wish that the national parliament come out with a law that will order the sitting government to empty all prisons – to let all those on remand and those convicted go back home to celebrate the 50 years of independence with the members of their families as a sign of independence Golden jubilee.What do you have to say about the jail bird’s request and opinion?