Goings on around the place

Sometimes I do this…I go to a couple of blogs and I take down a number of posts to read later at home. I usually do this when I know I have some time on my hands. When I’m on the net, I usually get distracted to read everything and even when I have three hours (by which time I would be on the verge of collapsing), I can’t read everything. But I just finished reading Minega’s stuff and boy, can this dude write!

Props to Minega. I recommend that every time you get on the net, you check out his blog first. I was impressed mainly by the simple way his ramblings turn out to be full of insight. He reminds me of those days back in school when I would grab the Sunday paper and go straight for Bad Idea and my peeps would shake their heads and be like, “You need a head check, pal.”

But you see the opinion of the world does not really matter when you know you are onto something good. I didn’t gush when I met the writer of Bad Idea and I probably wouldn’t if I met Minega. I guess I was healed of that when I met another writer called Brian Magoba. I realized that good writing is in the head, and not in appearances.

Girls are being sold in the market in Katakwi, according to The New Vision. This is not a joke or some error done in the newsroom warranting that the heads of a couple of subs should roll. No, this is what’s happening in this our Uganda in the year of our Lord two thousand and six. When the government separate the warriors of Karamoja from their guns, the warriors did a runner and in so doing, they left their women with nothing to live on. The problem was solved by putting little girls on sale in the market place. Tut, tut.

“Joseph Orisa reports that Moroto district officials said Karimojong girls aged between 12 and 18 are sold in an open market in Katakwi as housegirls but are later turned into sex slaves.

Moroto resident district commissioner Capt. Robert Nambafu said the booming trade takes place every Friday at Ocorimongin cattle market in Katakwi.

In an interview with The New Vision yesterday, Nambafu said some unscrupulous women collect girls in Matany sub-county in Moroto district and transport them to Katakwi by bus.

“These girls are lined up in the market and their buyers, mainly men, come and pick up the most beautiful girls and the rest are left out. Each girl goes for between sh100,000 and sh300,000.

“The men who pick these children are mostly bachelors and widowers. The girls are at the risk of being abused sexually. When they come back, they will spread the (HIV) virus to our youth,” Nambafu warned.”
Of course there must be reasons in the heads of these people that make this trade in humans justifiable, even with the arguments that we throw at them but…sh100,000!

Have you heard what’s happening in China? Not the economic boom. The boom has made China untouchable because now that they have the biggest market in the world, US interests will want a piece of that pie at any cost. Jack Welch has told you to go East. Get into China if you have any serious plans to progress in business.

So when the rights of people are stifled, the international policeman will look away like a traffic cop at Wandegeya who’s been given a mutwalo by the driver of a dangerously over loaded cattle track. Now china wants to clamp down on its bloggers and from the look of things, when the clampdown happens, the rest of the world might not be able to stand up to the challenge.
Here goes: “As more and more illegal and unhealthy information spreads through the blog and search engine, we will take effective measures to put the BBS, blog and search engine under control,” said Cai Wu, director of the Information Office of China’s Cabinet, quoted by the official Xinhua News Agency.

I don’t know what they’ll do because according to this news piece, China has 37 millions blogs at the moment. It might be safe to say that many of these are critical of the establishment and therefore have drawn the ire of government. At the end of 2006, China shall have 60 million blogs. And all the Ugandans who are still playing pinkie-pinkie ponkie about starting a blog said…

Savage wants to get with The Girl On The Modern Tea Advert. Reminds me of that old Boyz II Men song, Girl in the Life Magazine…Well here’s to serenading the happy couple, in the words of Gladys, the cleaning lady in Mind Your Language; Savage and Karitas, sitting in a tree, K.I.S.S.I.N.G…

Chivalry just won’t stay dead. We know it’s supposed to have died some centuries ago but it seems due to the continued harping on the subject by some sections of the human race, the dreary subject is back. Do we all have the same genes? Are we all supposed to make an effort to make romance a strong suit in our lives? Bill Hybels, author of Fit To Be Tied starts out like he thinks it’s alright to be yourself but then later sells out by going over to the dark side like Darth Vader. If we are to let this stuff get to the heads of these people, we shall have a reversal of the situation that appeared recently on 2bnileavenue.blogspot.com, only this time, the feminists won’t be up in arms. They’ll be saying all’s fair.

Lilliane Barenzi is always lamenting how chivalry is dead and how women have to live with the situation because the glory days are long gone. We know that’s not really the truth but as I said earlier, we don’t want to get into a Barbara Cartland situation all over again.

Petrol stations in Uganda never stop minting money. Economics tells us that after sometime, when the market opens up and competitors come into the fray, the old principle of demand and supply will even out the profits until the only people able to stay are those that are inventive enough to find an edge over the competition. With all the stations coming up along Bombo Road and other areas of the city, it seems that point of satiety is still a long way away. Even that old threat that too many stations in the city would soon mean a great many fires did not stand for long. Someone just wrote a clever opinion piece in the papers asking how often Ugandans have seen such a thing happening in Ugandan history. No answer.

The implication was that the fuel we have here is not that dangerous. Even if you spoke on your phone, smoked at the station, nothing would happen. So as we speak, the City Council has to live with the decisions they have made in the past. His Lordship, the new mayor of Kampala has done a good job looking all committed and hardworking but I want to see if he won’t turn out to be just as lousy as his predecessors; giving land to other fuel entrepreneurs.

We hit gold! Black gold. After Hardman Resources made the front pages with their oil find they became the most popular group of people here. It has been reported that we have more oil than was expected before. We can produce 10,000 barrels a day and that is from first prospects. It means we could actually have more than that.

But with oil, one just wishes that Uganda will be different from all the other oil related stories (Nigeria, Russia…) where the people who feel they need to be paid more for being the guardians of the treasure are instead victimize. Former MP, Frank Nabwiso says we should celebrate but with caution because when the powers that be decide that they want the proceeds for themselves, they will do anything to get them. We don’t want a repeat to the Ken Saro Wiwa story.


About Steven

It wasn't me; arrest the voices. It was the voices in my head. Sike! I am Ugandan first. I care for development in my country. I am a curious observer second and I care to know what you think.
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One Response to Goings on around the place

  1. ish says:

    dude, it’s all about India! forget China! at least that’s what India thinks, they brag about having more foreign investors than their northern neighbor in recent years.

    and did u know crude oil prices are up? yup. $74 a barrel! That’s like $740,000 a day! $5,180,000 a week! $20,720,000 a month! (and i could go on and on) a friend said to me, with that much revenue, who cares who’s president? as long as our economy is stable, vote in the girl on the modern tea advert for all he cares!

    tsk tsk tsk..

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