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Day November 1, 2015


Under President Obama, the US commitment to democracy and human rights [with the exception of gay rights] in Africa has taken a back-burner. President Obama and his government only seem to talk about democracy and human rights as an afterthought. President Obama has become a huge disappointment. We see him freely consorting, laughing, dancing, and breaking bread with leaders whose hands are dripping with blood of innocent fellow citizens, and whose pockets are bulging with stolen public resources.

Apart from giving high-sounding but empty lectures about leaders ignoring constitutional term limits, President Obama’s government has done nothing concrete to punish leaders who ignore or trample on human rights and democracy. Today, one of the oldest and longest-serving presidents in Africa comes from East Africa—with no end in sight to his regime. Two leaders seeking to change their countries’ constitution to prolong their stay in power are from East Africa. One of the most brutal thugs who has managed to kill his way to power while using a sophisticated PR regime to sanitize his regime in the eyes of the international community is from East Africa. And there are civil wars in South Sudan and Somalia. All these are happening without serious, thoughtful, and meaningful engagement from President Obama.

As an aside. During his recent trip to Kenya, President took a moment to meet with his Kenyan relatives. There are reports — I don’t know how accurate the reports are — that President Obama’s Kenyan relatives took him to task over his indifference to their welfare while in office. Now, while I do not necessarily support the President’s relatives’ expectations and demands on him, what I found very telling and very significant was his response to their questions, demands, and expectations. He reportedly told the relatives, “I cannot help you now because there are rules and regulations limiting my ability to help you now while in the White House, but don’t worry, I will help you once I am out of the White House.” Think about that, Africa!



This goes to men and women who abandon their families in Uganda and go abroad to look for money. If you truly love someone, you cant decide to leave them alone for so long, unless in avoidable circumstances like a Mandella in prison with a Winnie on a street alone. Please dont leave your partner alone for long. Life is not all about money and materials. You can be happy without them. It’s unfair to need sex when your husband is not around with you.

Sexual relationship is not just sharing physical bodies but it involves feelings and emotions. This is why some people who want to protect rationality are afraid of women because men’s relationship with women can lead to the knocking down of some strict rational attitudes. For instance, Auguste Comte, the French philosopher / sociologist who wrote about science and positive philosophy as the way forward for humanity, later in his life fall in love with a woman. This guy, with all his positive philosophy abandoned that project and started writing on the “healing power of love.” When the woman died, I think every week he will visit her grave as an expression of how she touched his life. Well, now when one finds himself in this situation, he is in another planet. I always laugh and reflect when I read books on social theory and come to this part of Comte — the healing power of love. It is hard to have relationship grow or build it in absentia. Even Durkheim said that for people’s faith to be sustained, they need regular rituals to renew. Interestingly apostle Paul made the same point in a different way.



I am sorry to say, and I do not say this out of arrogance but many Christians in Uganda and elsewhere in Africa, do not think deeply about their faith and theology in the modern world.They embrace the benefits of modernity but have not intellectual curiosity to understand its fundamental underpinnings. Fanon raised this issue long ago.

I do not care what one’s religion is but if you live in the modern world and you do not see the Tsunami then one has just decided to live in what some characterize as “ignorance is bliss.”

There are a lot of pastors sexually abusing women and kids, raping women, e.t.c, but Christians continue to tolerate these people. Just look at Peter Ssematimba who is now aspiring to stand as MP for Busilo South. He puts on lip stick in his photos; he used to kuwemula on CBS, he is basically a dodgy young man, but he calls himself a pastor, and some people believe in him.

People have got to start questioning certain things in the Bible.It is a very simple way of approaching life. I wonder whether such an approach can really lay the foundation of transforming Africa. Of course Africans have the right to choose whether they want to be part of the modern world or not, but even if they choose to opt, it is not going to be an easy ride. But if they decide to be part of it, they need to ask: what are the minimum requirements for them to thrive in it.

For most Africans, the Bible is just the authority. Well, when you live in the modern world, to say that means you see only you living and care less about others who equally see things differently. This is pre-modern way of thinking. They feel their beliefs and cosmology is the only one that exists and all others are simply wrong.

And by the way, when I talk about many theologians, philosophers, etc., I include all those people with religious titles from as basic as the Elders, the Deacons, etc., to the Bishops, the Cardinals and the Pope. Even religion as an institution does not escape the process of rationalization.



I’m dismayed and alarmed by what appears to be an overwhelming rise in reported cases of sexual assault and rape of female university students across university campuses in Uganda and calls for attention to the need to take action to stem this trend urgently. It is pertinent to state here that the vast majority of cases of sexual violence against female university students in Uganda go unreported for various reasons associated with victim shaming, stigma, character assassination, public backlash and limited access to justice for victims. In many cases, female students who have reported such cases have been subsequently targeted for reprisal attacks by thugs, cultists or university teachers.

It is important for Ugandan educational institutions to have clear and enforceable policies regarding sexual harassment and other forms of abuse of female students. However, it is even more important that national laws against these types of crimes be enforced and the perpetrators brought to book for their crimes. Apparently, the police and other law enforcement agencies are failing in their duties–it is their job to protect the integrity and safety of all Ugandan, including especially vulnerable groups. The continued sexual abuse of girls and women reflects poorly on us as a people and it is time for us to speak up.



I send my condolences to all the families that lost their loved ones during the stampede in Mecca. May God keep you all strong! What AU/African countries/those countries affected/the Muslim Ummah should do:

(1) demand for a thorough, honest and complete investigation of the incident, primarily to prevent a recurrence in the future. Part of the deterrence for than non-re-occurrence is to punish those who through negligence allowed it to occur.

(2) work out a limit to the crowd in any given space during these observations. Just as an elevator has the maximum number of safe passengers, and a stadium has a given safe limit of spectators, don’t these worship grounds have any limits at all? These limits must be “actuarially” established, so that a stampede (if any) should not cause these many deaths.

(3) ask all participants to take a life insurance. This can be initiated by the sending country, Saudi Arabia or the pilgrim himself/herself. The dead don’t gain from insurance; it is the survivors.

(4) This may be politically incorrect, but too many Uganda Muslims do repeat visit to Mecca, as if they have to stone Satan every year for Satan, already defeated, to be re-defeated! There are people who go to Lesser Hajj, Greater Hajj and Middle Hajj EACH YEAR – three times a year. Yet, the injunction is at least on once in a lifetime, not every year, Haba! To limit the number of participants, there should be a tax for repeat Hajj – double/triple Alhajis and Hajiyas etc. – escalating each time you go again.

In addition, if an official or officials of Saudi actually accused Africans for the stampede, the statement must be withdrawn.

mTherefore, an apology is demanded from Saudi government.


Father of the Nation is an honorific title given to a man considered the driving force behind the establishment of his country, state, or nation.In postcolonial Africa, “father of the nation” was a title used by many leaders both to refer to their role in the independence movement as a source of legitimacy, and to use paternalist symbolism as a source of continued popularity. On Joseph Stalin’s seventieth birthday in 1949, he was bestowed with the title “Father of Nations” for his establishment of “people’s democracies” in countries occupied by the USSR after World War II.
Most UPCs bestow this tittle on Obote but the right person in this aspect is Sir Edward Mutesa II because of his contribution to our independence. Obote contributed very little to our independence. His UPC faction was a result of separating away from ANC and he wouldnt have been popular if he hadnt allied with the Kabaka Yekka. He wouldnt even have become PM if he hadnt got the support of Sir Edward Mutesa II. Uganda would have become independent with or without Obote’s input.

King Freddie, on the other hand, made a difference. He is a man of values who stood up to everything he believed in, every moral, every righteousness that he preached, he made an effort to live that. He was the main key behind the establishment of our nation.Virtually every Ugandan knows that he was the first President of Uganda.By many accounts, merely seeing Mutesa was enough to convince most men and women that he was the leader of the nation. Isn’t that sufficient for us?

Mayimuna Nabagereka

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