Our newspapers are full of politics. There are many arguments on both sides of the fence about this issue. It has been screamed countless times at humbled writers and editors that we need a better news mix, that the way things are going, we are soon going to crush out of the industry.
Many years after newspapers came on the scene in Uganda, we are still letting political stories hog the front spaces. It has been argued that the readers want it so we have to give it to them. Yeah, give them what they want. Give them Besigye week in and week out. Give them Museveni’s 4th term launch every week.
Maybe I am turning into some political robot too.
When someone excitedly announced that they were going to the Entebbe Wildlife Education Centre for Zakayo’s birthday today, my mind went blank for a moment. I was speechless.
The ape is celebrating his 44th and I am sure there’ll be droves going over to shove and squeeze against other strangers in order to be as near to the fence as possible.
Because there is the chance that the paparazzi will catch them in their photos and they might enjoy some celebrity in tomorrow’s front pages.
The crowd at UWEC today will not really be made up of animal lovers but probably, Zakayo won’t mind the extra cake and attention.