May 2010

Day May 5, 2010

Is academic achievement per se a measure of one’s ability to succeed in life?

Makerere Graduates

Dear Ugandans at heart,

It is indeed nauseating to find that most of us waste time in promoting baseless disinformation that serves in our mind to belittle the people we love to hate. The simple question is: is academic achievement per se a measure of one’s ability to succeed in life? What and how do we often define academic achievement? If we come to terms with these queries, we shall have indeed gotten our selves educated.

Mr John Major a man who served as British Prime Minister for 6 long years following the exit of Iron lady Margaret Thatcher did not even get his Higher School Certificate (S6 equivalent in Uganda).Look at the time of his administration, is there anything that you who may not be a school “drop-out” whatever that term means to you, would have done any better and excelled more than he did?

Education is different from schooling in that while schooled people go through the school system, educated ones allow the school system to go through them. They most often end up as the innovators of the world. Remember Bill Gates had gone to graduate school to study technology and from the topic he was given to write his dissertation he realized that it was not necessary to hand it over just to get a piece of paper stating what he supposedly know. He went on to become the World’s richest man for more than a decade and today he has given a lot of money to that institution where he dropped off from that his Professors now worship him.

We currently have Yoweri Museveni as our president who got University education. Has his performance helped him govern Uganda effectively? Malawi, at her Independence had a Medical Doctor as their leader. Do you have anything better about it compared to Uganda? We also had Zimbabwe with a leader who holds 4 University degrees, what do you say about the situation  in Zimbabwe.

The paper trails that people peddle as their qualifications are by themselves only papers. It is what you do that is used to judge you against what you utter purporting your abilities. In biblical terms it is what comes out of you that define or defile you and not what goes in you. Remember Murphy’s Law about importance. It states that the less important something is, the more verbiage accorded it e.g someone holding a title: Senior Principal Assistant Deputy Secretary. This could simply be an old office messenger!

So, lets’ stop deluding ourselves about being read or educated, most Ugandans are only schooled. The curriculum was designed for us by the British to serve their interests through us. In 1987,I did participate in developing a curricula for Science to be taught in Primary Schools .This was after  government realized rightly that HIV/AIDS can only be truly dealt with if information is passed on at the earliest time possible to the very vulnerable and yet biggest percentage of our population, the children/youth. It was an eye opening experience as to how we used to be taught a lot about other things most of which we would never experience within Uganda and left to figure out ourselves what Uganda and Ugandans need.



Museveni’s orders to arrest CHOGM thieves is just a show for the Donors

Queen of England while attending CHOGM in Kampala

Dear people,

Museveni’s directive to arrest whoever is implicated in the CHOGM scandal as reported in the Daily Monitor:

, may be meant to bring everybody severely mentioned in the scam into compliance.

Do you remember that in the first 5 years of NRA government, there was a newsletter financed by statehouse by the names Uganda Confidential which was more less a tabloid publication? Its’ agenda was to smear all those potential opponents of Museveni so that the public could not wish to identify with them.

The so called proprietor of this newsletter who, most of us knew as a Spy from the start kept on running roughshod with government ministers and would be sued for libel. All the cases he was sued for, he lost and all the court awarded charges he duly paid. Do you believe that newsletter which sold fewer than 5000 copies per month generated enough revenue to meet all those costs? Kyeye exactly knew where his money came from. After achieving the purpose for which it was started,Teddy Sseezi Cheeye was officially given a job where one wondered whether he was qualified for.

Cheeye is escorted to the cells after he was convicted and sentenced to 28 years in prison at the High Court(Source:Newvision)

That is how Mr Museveni’s mind works. He wants total compliance and allegiance from his followers so he has to wield the stick now, knowing very well that at the end of the stick is a withered carrot.

Professor Gilbert Bukenya has not yet lost his sale by date and so it will not directly affect him. Ofcourse there will be open show of magnamity from the Emperor and business will continue as usual. The International Community will have been made to believe the man has zero tolerance for corruption. Once the foreign disbursements start flowing some of the collateral damage will be brought back through another of the many loopholes Museveni and Museveni alone knows.

So, do not count your chickens yet! There is only a threat about a hen wanting to lay eggs, which might never be.


Kipenji Owur

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