Views from Fiona: A Week of Dividends

Views from Fiona: A Week of Dividends


Maybe we should start looking at these riots, and African politics in general, differently. This is Fiona's views on last week's drama in Uganda's politics.

By Fiona Abaasa
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First published: November 22, 2005


Last week Uganda got free airplay on BBC and CNN for two days consecutively without paying a single dime. You wonder why the government had to pay $1million to CNN to market Uganda when a single act like arresting a mere citizen of this motherland can give the country spontaneous lead news slots on both world cable networks. Government analysts, ministry of tourism should look for cheaper means to publicize the Pearl of Africa. Who wants to hear about mountain gorillas or Uganda being gifted by nature? To bring the tourist and the international community to this land locked country, just arrest a politician or deploy black mamba boys on court premises and Uganda will be a hit topic to discuss around the world.


The week gave Ugandans an un-planned holiday on Tuesday and this was much appreciated because citizens of this country are impulsive and would love nothing less like a holiday hoisted on them without prior notice to run their little errands which have been pending for long. Even those workaholics who forced themselves in office found it was refreshing to have a not-so-busy workday. This was utterly loved by our folks. Schoolteachers found enough time to mark all those children’s exercise books on Tuesday. Of course there a few unappreciative folks who did not like their schedules being interrupted but the rest of us enjoyed the holiday.

The same week had the NRM-O party national executive meeting held at Namboole stadium, which of late is more synonymous with meetings, night prayers and concert shows from musicians, than football. The NEC meeting of NRM-O had to ‘force’ their visionary leader to stand for the party chairmanship and as their presidential candidate, much to the chagrin of the man who would have preferred to retire to his Rwakitura country home. The people of Bweyogere, Kireka and the surrounding area to Namboole did not want the meeting to end because it had boosted their businesses and they were kulembeka as the president has always been advising Ugandans.

It was a good week by all counts.

By Fiona Abaasa
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First published: November 22, 2005
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