Author Archives: Norah Owaraga
“I planted these Mutuba trees as a fence in 1967 while my peers were dancing and enjoying life in Mbarara.”
(Note: It is assumed that the photo is not ‘photo-shopped’ and that the caption to the photo is a direct quote from His Excellency Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, the current long-serving President of the Republic of Uganda (1986 to date))
Cultivation machinery is cutting through and crushing the bones of my ancestors, because “development”, in the form of sugarcane plantations, has come to their resting places. In the name of “development” it is the norm that the mortal remains of my ancestors are not accorded the dignity and the honour that they deserve.
Was there a PUBLIC TOILET nearby? How near or far was the nearest PUBLIC TOILET? And what is the condition of that PUBLIC TOILET? The lack of PUBLIC TOILETS in the whole of Uganda is legendary, including in those places considered ‘developed’ and where the ‘developed’ live. One is reminded of one’s own experience observing Ugandans who are “badly off “, as Mr. Abiriga was, having no choice but to ease themselves by the roadside.
Wait a minute, isn’t it in fact the case that the right of Ugandans to “block government from running its projects” is enshrined in the Constitution of the Republic of Uganda and it is those rights that you, Mr. President, want removed from the Constitution, as you and your Executive have proposed in Bill 133 of 2017 Amending Article 26 of the Constitution?
“(Colonial government) officials, missions (Christian missionaries), and elite cotton-growing Africans (men) regarded women as too powerful and independent, threatening their progress agenda. They therefore saw official violence not as traditional or part of a defence of customary law, but as an innovative and progressive way of dealing with women who were central to the farming […]