Stop violence against Women

Activists have asked government and stakeholders to take action to eliminate violence against women and put in place mechanisms that will ensure justice for victims and adequate punishment for perpetrators.

Addressing the media in Kampala yesterday ahead of the annual Peace Exposition in Kasese, Ms Helen Kezie-Nwoha, the programme manager of the Isis Women’s International Cross Cultural Exchange, a women rights activist group, said: “The more girls are being forced into prostitution by their families hoping to get money, the more number of child mothers and fathers in an area that lacks major educational facilities.”

The activists said despite being one of the countries affected by the long period of war, Uganda remains marginalised in development interventions; leading to high levels of trauma, violence against women, illiteracy and poverty. Read more…

Uganda sitting on AIDS timebomb!!

Complacency, ignorance and indifference are reversing Uganda’s gains against the Aids epidemic, a senior government official warned yesterday. Dr Kihumuro Apuuli, who heads the Uganda Aids Commission, the government agency responsible for coordinating the fight against Aids, said the number of new HIV infections is “unacceptably high” and rising. Story continues…

In a similiar editiorial story, The New Vision Uganda writes that Uganda needs new strategies to combat HIV/AIDS especially for married couples.

The question still remains, what is teh best strategy to prevent the spread of HIV/AIDS in Uganda and Africa in general?

When politics meets culture!

Recently, there has been tension in Uganda all in the name of promoting culture. It has been going on for awhile and I would not want it just started yesterday or when the Kabaka (King) of Buganda was refused to visit one of his “constituencies”. People in Uganda have always had cultural differences. This I can remember even in my school days when once could identify you according to your physical appearance, long noses from the western part and big noses from the central part. As for the eastern and northern, I can not remember well! The Baganda have always felt superior to the rest of the tribes in Uganda but of recent, we have seen a change in this game! People from the west are now taking on this new “feel good” attitude with the popular saying that “we are in control”. This has caused a lot of hatred from the rest of the tribes. Therefore, the rest riots in across Uganda did not come as a surprise to me!

Although the cause was mainly as a result of the refusal of the Buganda’s king to visit Kayuga, I stand to point out that is was more to this than the “naked eye” could see! One can tell that atleast 40% of the rioters/protesters from not from Buganda. They were instead a mob of youth who are battling the fate of unemployment in this country, Uganda. Also, from the areas of occurrence of these riots, you could see that they sparked off in areas where development is yet to be realized. That most of these rioters emerged from downtown Kampala and slums around the main city of Kampala. So for the president to hold secret meeting with the Buganda king in the name of addressing the situation is just a matter of waste to me! Since the real cause of the chaos is being talked about and that is Youth Unemployment! Thus reading today Monitor headline, I still do feel that Yes, a lot still has to be resolved in terms of addressing the root causes of these tensions rather that just the Mengo-Government politics game!

For us Ugandans to have full harmony amongst ourselves, I believe government should find means of having equitable distribution of resources across the country in terms of development priortisation. Government should go back to redesign priority areas for development instead of wasting tax payers money in form of fielding our dear soldiers to die in Somalia. Instead, it (government) should focus on developing rural areas by providing infrastructural development in form of schools, good roads, electrification, advancing agricultural development e.t.c. It’s through this and many others that we shall see peace fully restored in our motherland.

Kampala City Council killing Ugandans with sewage

An interesting read from The New Vision Uganda... I believe KCC just doesn’t care about the health and wellbeing of city dwellers.

KAMPALA City Council (KCC) has disregarded recommendations of the Katorobo Commission and okayed the construction of a huge warehouse on top of delicate sewer pipes on a contested piece of land in Lugogo, a city suburb.

The developments on plot M72/3 by Luish Investments have drawn protests from the National Water and Sewerage Corporation, which warns of a health catastrophe as the clay sewer pipes laid more than 40 years ago may give way due to pressure exerted by the weight of the buildings.

The plot is behind the rugby club playground at Lugogo bordered by the Lugogo power transmission sub-station, a railway line and Shell Club.

The plot is not only located in a wetland, but is also shrouded in controversy over shoddy transfers and dealings. It was first acquired by the Vice-President, Prof. Gilbert Bukenya, in 2003 amid a dispute with Kyadondo Rugby Club.

The story continues…

Kampala’s garbage sites

I always wonder who is responsible for garbage collection in Kampala city. From what I have gathered, Kampala City Council (KCC) is responsible for this duty. However, it is common to find heaps and heaps of garbage piled on most Kampala streets. Now that the rainy season is here, it leaves a lot to be desired when it come to garbage collection in Kampala! For instance, I took this pictures on my way to work.

Scenarios like this are very common on the streets of Kampala, especially downtown and in slum areas, where I believe KCC officials just decide to keep a blind eye!

So what is KCC doing to address garbage collection? Or what does KCC need to do to address the littering garbage in our precious Kampala?

Quoting KCC, they write on their website, Solid waste collection and garbage management is one of the key services provided by the council.” They go to further say that “KCC has contracted private companies to manage solid waste collection so as to improve the cleanliness of the city. It is estimated that the per capita generation of garbage is one kilogram per day. With a population of about 1.5 million, this works out to about 1500 tons. The council can only manage to dispose of 40% -50% of this. About 80% of this garbage is organic matter which makes it very bulky to handle.”

I was beginning to think that most Ugandans are just dirty citizens who do not mind just littering rubbish anyway they find but on second thought, I thin it is the lack of sensitization on proper waste disposal that is lacking!

It is a very sight to see someone throw a polythene bag anywhere they find even when they have garbage bin in front of them! Still, this gets me thinking why can’t there be laws to punish such culprits?! Or is it that KCC will handle the garbage collection! I do not think at this point they are in position to do so!

For me, I believe that KCC should undertake massive sensitization of the public about the danger of unpropitious waste disposal, make implement laws that will catch the culprits who just on disposing garbage as they feel.