Category Diaspora

Stress killing Africans in USA


By Edward Pojim via UAH forum
Folks;

The number of Africans who are reported to have taken their own lives in the US, is rising by the day.

The latest are a Kenyan woman and a Tanzanian man.

The woman was reported to have jumped off the San Mateo Bridge, near San Francisco International Airport. Her body was recovered on Sunday morning. She had posted “disturbing” messages on social media, which had attracted the attention of her friends. But it was too late for them to reach her.

Then, on Sunday evening, a 30-year old Tanzanian man drove his car at a high speed and crashed it into a tree, in the city of Tracy, according to police. This young man was still mourning his father, who died about three months ago, in Oakland, CA.

At Stanford University, in Palo Alto, two Kenyan students took their lives last year. African online news service is awash with Africans killing themselves: in Boston, Atlanta, Houston, Denver, Philadelphia, and other places.

Please take the time and reach out to fellow Africans, especially the young fellows who are new to the western world.

Most of these youths had never lived away from their parents, and may feel alienated in the hustle of life in North America. Some get hooked on addictive substances, which impair their judgement and cause them shame, thus further pushing them away from friends who would be of help.

Adjusting to a new culture and clime can take a toll on a young person.

Whereas back home, we are surrounded by community – family, relatives, neighbors, etc – in the western world, you need appointment to visit a neighbor!

I always advise new arrivals that while US is a large country that offers endless opportunities, it’s also a lonely country where no one knows you. The idea of community services, to assist immigrants in their phases of adjustment, is already in place here. In the San Francisco Bay Area, we have the Harambee Society, which brings together Africans from East and Central Africa. They host monthly events for interaction, and names of society officials are distributed, in case someone needs support.

And then there are specific tribal organizations: The Luos, the Kikuyus and the Baganda, among the prominent ones.

This lady who jumped off the Bridge, belonged to the Kikuyu group, and was the immediate past Treasurer of that Harambee Society!

What Ugandans say about ‘Kadamas’ in the Middle East!


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Uganda should not allow her self to be the country of choice to recruit maids, no!. The NRM government should be forced to create jobs for the graduates, not to export them to engage in those demeaning jobs. Those Arabs are very disrespectful to black Africans.
Those who live there can tell you, I don’t know how they do it besides the cooking temperatures of theirs. A few years go, I went to Dubai for the first time and we arrived at 1am in the morning. As we were about to land, the pilot announced that the temperatures were 50 degrees, I was like get out of here, what is it going to be during day time.
Ooo mama yangu ya Palabek. The rest is history, I will never step in that country again.
JOHN NSUBUGA
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I read of a stroy where an Arab employer of a beautiful African maid organized a men’s only party of his friends. The Shisha and tea had blends of all wachy drugs but that wasnt to main purpose for the party.

The party objective was the maid herself – who had been serving them the whole time. come time to deliver on the objective target her bos tells her to take a break to shower and dress up to join them for the party with a few invited women.
Girl goes and dresses up looking good for the party only to find there wasnt any other invited woman except herself..As the climax of the party would have it the perverts descended on this poor girl thru every hole, crack and crevices they could deliver excitement to themselves and pains to the girl. This was done several times even when she had gone limb and numb to pain.

AT party’s end she was left unable to move on the floor but that wasnt the end of her ordeal. her wake up time to start preparing for the day after barely 3 hours of sleep everyday was 4am. the girl was a no-show and no sounds that she was awake and started as usual. The madam of the house starts looking for the girl in the huge house only to find her half-dead in the men’s only room. After beating her to pulp to wake up to start work the girl with her kids taking turns to deliver their own versions of justice using fists and kitchen hardware the girl was gathered in pieces and dumped in the scotching morning heat until, determined not to die, she regained but on the same day decided to rather be killed in the streets.

By evening during commotion time with everybody returning home and kids running around everywhere she took that “messy” time to bolt out. How she lived to tell her story was another thing but she survived to be rescued and returned to her country – Kenya.

Bottom line is, NO woman goes to work for an Arab family expecting to be just a Housemaid. There is more expected or unexpected of the Housemaid than ordinary clean-up chores.

GWOKTWO PETER IN CANADA


As  the number of universities which are more than 30 in Uganda continue to produce more and more graduates the possibility of finding employment become marginal. It is a ticking bomb to have so many youths without any source of income worthy mentioning. In the wake of this grave situation the Saudi Arabia outlet is a welcome idea as long as our people don’t become household slaves but raise capital for better adventures.

ABDUL NASSER VIA UAH FORUM


I tear for the graduate maids.

One wonders, with all the self sacrifice a parent or relative gives up to educate his/her child and alas they’re subjected to such ridicule!!!

And yet you find minsters who don’t understand the under valuation of human resources in Uganda, justifying such an act.

To whose gain is such an act- to the thoughtless government, to the graduate or to the Saudis’ whose oblivious and horrendous violence is such an open public book?

Who cares about our people? I can tear, I can cry but we Ugandans seem to be failing ourselves at every God given opportunity.

How long can we endure this government’s imprudent acts?

While they expensively seek international private health services, my people are dying, they lack the cheapest paracetamol or Hedex , they’re saving for an education.

And yet, still our professionals are sold into slavery to unscrupulous and the cheapest bidders.

For how long can we hold on to this government? For how long!!!

Africans can hardly benefit from Arabs. Government could have arranged for a conducive professional migration not a maid one.

How low can our ministries bend?

Many Philippines migrate everywhere as professionals ie nurses, Asians as doctors and even the skilled Africans get a lot of skills and experience from different carers because the law is for all…,.. Not in the Middle East…

Convince me how a graduate Ugandan is going to gain similar job skills and experience from being a maid in Saudi or the law will be in her favour once she needs legal aid, utmost being forced to do other jobs on top of being a maid….( roles of a maid are never in black &!white)

Uganda is a very resourceful country, the biggest hindrance is the government that has failed to invest in anything lucrative to creat jobs nor has it improvised means or schemes for young graduates to forge a life ahead.

Rhita Wasswa

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University costs 1.5m a semester. 6 semesters = 10 million shillings at least. This is almost 3000 dollars.

It will be 14 months before the housemaid starts making any profit, if she survives the gang rapes and insults from the women and kids.

FRANK MUJABI VIA UAH FORUM

Maama Fina simply had ‘fun’ with a thug!


Peng Peng resides in Europe


By Bobby Alcantara via UAH forum

Both Peng and Mama Fina wanted sex.. Whether or not they enjoyed is a different matter. As far as the two are concerned, no morals were involved as they both wanted sex and they had it. If you are talking about Peng videoing the sexual activity without Fina’s knowledge and releasing it to the world,that obviously is questionable, but you are assuming that Peng is a gentleman who subjects himself to civilised standards of behaviour. Thats a wrong assumption you are making. By all indications, Peng is a thug and Fina should have known this as a witchdoctor with supernatural powers. If you open your laps to any passing Tom, Dick and Harry, be sure a video is also going to open its laps on social media to proclaim it was there as witness. We live in a world where you are the one responsible for your own privacy. By all means open your laps, but do it knowing it may become an open secret or even an enjoyable video for voyeurs,

Thank You.

Kampala authorities should copy the London Model of Bus Services!


A bus in central London

By George Okello via UAH forum,

I have a suggestion that would help solve the matata and boda boda menace on Kampala streets. Why can we adopt the London model where all transportation services, apart from taxis, and centrally controlled by the Mayor and provided by the London Transport Authority? If London allowed any bus company to operate on its streets, this would create chaos of unimaginable proportions. As it is all transport companies have to apply for a tendered contract to run bus services on specific routes.All the contractors work under the flag of the London Transport Authority. They have very strict regulations, as to fares, time tables, reliability, conduct etc.

If we had Kampala Transport Authority, it would award contracts to about 5 companies to operate on agreed routes. Like the LTA in London,we would subject these contractors to very strict performance outcomes, relating to over-crowding, time table, health and safety, standard fares etc. No other transport operators would be allowed on
such routes so the contracted companies have the advantage of a reliable income while the passengers have the quid pro quo of a relaible service with controlled fares.

Matatus and boda bodas should be restricted to 15 miles of the perimeter outside Kampala and must not be allowed inside the city perimeter because there would be busese operating services every 5-10
minutes.

Alternate streets should be made one way streets to reduce traffic congestion and speed up bus transportation. Cycle Lanes should be opened alongside these lanes.

A Congestion charge should be imposed on all other private vehicles, so that every private car enterring the 10 mile perimeter of the City would have to pay a charge of $10 between 7AM-7PM. In turn, about 4 huge parking stations would be opened outside of the city to provide parking space for private cars.

Such a policy would ease traffic congestion, reduce the number of cars on the streets, reduce the number of fatalities on the streets, be environmentally friendly and save the city from massive pollution.

But the government would have to be serious with its implementation.

Dr. Shaka is not alone!


By Peter Simon

I think it is not right to blame anyone for supporting NRM or taking long to realize how bad it has been. Many people have been fed on falsehood, fake promises so much so that those that hoped that maybe things will change for the better have finally come to realize that nothing will ever change. Dr. Shaka is not alone. NRM with propaganda machine has always put blame on past regimes while doing nothing better for the last 31 years. Imagine we have some crocked old guards still blaming past regimes as NRM denies food to starving people. It seems NRM has disabled their mental capacity to reason or to see so that they have maintained the lies they were told 31 years ago. Such old guards cannot ask themselves why police can deny starving people food donated now, 31 years after the last “bad” regime has chased.
With that observation, we should not continue to blame anyone but if they finally see the falsehood they had been fed on, the better. Besides, physics tells us about reaction time varying from person to person;or tolerance, in the social sciences we talk about differences in resilience. Had most Ugandans seen what some of us saw 37 years ago, this regime wouldn’t have come to power in the first place, there was no serious convincing agenda to attract the support it received, but that is now history because the chicken have come to roost!

No blame but enlarge the base of dissatisfied Ugandans so that the souls of burnt Mukura Railway victims or those killed those dispossessed, and displaced can finally rest.
31 years of blaming past regimes while doing nothing to improve the lives Ugandans should make people question what they hear on radios, TVs and rallies for babies of 31 are now parents struggling to survive, does one really need to hear how bad life was 31 years ago when they face worse life now?
Give me a break.

Shaka is an Old Boy of Butobere College located in Kabale


By Allan Barigye via the UAH forum

Just over 40 years ago, Shaka Ssali was a Lieutenant in the Uganda Army and still had childhood dreams about being a cowboy and travelling internationally – a dream to be famous.
A series of events in the early 70s saw a young Shaka Ssali head to the land of his dreams, the US, get an education, climb to the top of journalism and communication which has resulted in him returning for a special occasion in Uganda this week.
More than the Presidential Debate, a first ever in this format, the strongest message about the potential of Ugandan youth will likely come from the “Kabale Kid” SHAKA SSALI, and not the candidates.
He is deeply passionate about Africa and its development, having lived through some of the hardest times in Ugandan history.
He has hosted Straight Talk Africa for the last 15 years. The show is broadcast live across the world every Wednesday from 1830-1930 GMT simultaneously on radio, television and the Internet.

His story is simply amazing. Shaka is an Old Boy of Butobere College located in Kabale, southwestern Uganda and Kololo SS in Kampala. A high school drop-out (Senior 3 1968), with no O-Level certificate who ends up with a bachelor’s degree, two masters degrees and a PhD. Shaka holds a doctorate in cross cultural communication and history from UCLA in California.

The following quote by an interviewer, best describes his transformation. “Shaka Ssali is living proof of the transformational power of knowledge. Through education, Ssali has himself become a positive role model for others. Born in Uganda, Ssali was enlisted in the army when he 16 years old as a cadet officer. After almost five years he had risen to the rank of lieutenant. But even as a young child, he says, he had a burning desire for knowledge.”
He joined the Uganda army in 1968, went through cadet training and in 1974 his name was linked to a failed coup attempt against Idi Amin. He went into business and in 1976 went to Europe then found his way to the US.

I’M PREPARED TO DIE TO SAVE UGANDANS FROM M7


George Okello is a lawyer by profession and living in London


By George Okello via UAH forum.
Karl Marx already has a blue print for us, on how we can end the Rwandan occupation of our country through a peoples’ war. His theory of a peoples war was advanced by Chairman Mao Ze Dong in China in the conduct of the national democratic revolution he led there. . So a theory and a blue print exists on how we are going to wage an armed war to liberate our country- we only need to modify it to suit our circumstances and concrete conditions.
I have done a thorough study of war and peoples struggles all around the world and have even lived in guerrilla camps with insurgents in the Philippines, India and Colombia, so I know what I am talking about.
You may therefore underestimate our determination and intellectual preparedness for the task ahead at your own peril.
I am not personally interested in preserving my life into perpetuity just for the sake of it.. I dont fear death. It is not that I want to die, but I am prepared to die, if it means liberating our country from Rwandan occupation. I want to punish Kayibanda Museveni for the crimes he has committed in Uganda. I will never rest until the Rwandan outlaw is brought to the fold of the law and hanged.
Secondly, we have a world to win. I am am ready for this next chapter of my life. Even if I fall, others will pick up the baton. What is the purpose of life, if we have to be slaves in our own country. It is your choice to be a slave and a quisling. But I am a patriot, a proud Ugandan, a committed pan-Africanist, an internationalist, but above all, I am a COMMUNIST. I will never agree to be a slave of a pot-bellied Rwandan tyrant, or a lackey of the Imperialists.
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A pick at Ugandans in South East London!


By George Okello via UAH forum

This is the famous MATOOKE HOUSE, Ugandan grocery store in Deptford, South-East London. Around the corner is AFAB STAR Restaurant run by Michael Meme, and further up the street 5 Hair Salons run by Baganda women, AND A MINI CAB OFFICE RUN BY ANOTHER MUGANDA MAN.

To the East is Pechkam where there is a very huge African population.

To the south, 3 miles away is Greenwich and then Woolwich where you will find the famous watering hole called Wandegeya. This small area of London (Peckham, Bermondsey, Greenwich, Charlton, Lewisham and Woolwich has the largest concentration of Ugandans in the UK.- numbering anything between 5,000-10,000. It is also the area where I have spent nearly 20 years of my life ( actually the area I have lived longest in my entire life), my children are born here in this area and is a place they know as “HOME”. Many Ugandans have started to set up small businesses, but a large number also remain unemployed and unemployable sadly. The distinguishing feature of ugandans South East london in the UK is how united they are. If only they behaved this way at home, our country would not be in the mess it is in today.

These Ugandans we have here in the UK are the people we will need to build the new Uganda we all want. And I mean all of them- from the professionals, office workers, to small scale business-owners like the ones in Deptford. And ofcourse the young ones who are still at school.

Take the small sclae business-owners- like the Hair Salon or Mini Cab owner. These people have now acquired business acumen and skills that an ordinary Ugandan can only dream. You and I know if you give a Ugandan £1,000 now to start a business, in two weeks he or she will be coming back to you to ask for money for repairs or to buy fuel etc. In a month they are flat broke and dont want to see your face or hear your voice.

But here, it is totally different. The Hair Salon woman- like Goreti, will have borrowed £2,000 from the bank to start the salon. She has to have a proper business plan, and the bank and local organisations would have helped her with this. This is now her source of income, so she has to make it work. She has to hire space in a shop on the streets, buy equipment etc, market her services, etc. and then put in 12 hours a day, 7 days a week. Only after a year or more will she be able to break even, employ more staff and make profits. And the profits can be reasonable. These are real hard working entreprenuers, and imagine you took them back to Uganda and they transferred these skills into our economy- cant you see what a huge difference it would make?

Uganda as it is now has a totally unskilled and untrained workforce for an economy of the 21st century. This really has got to be our focus for the future. As we try to remove Museveni from power, in fact we are now looking far ahead, as to how we cany set up the building blocks for the New Uganda- and how we will encourage the people in the diaspora to join us in this great undertaking.

THE TOM- OKWALINGA DEBATE ON MY DOOR STEP WAS A TOTAL LOSS!


BY ABBEY SEMUWEMBA

Friends,

Believe it or not, I hate responding to some issues, but even in the most heated exchange, I consider it somehow “impolite” not to respond to somebody. Its just that sometimes silence to a smear campaign could turn out to be counterproductive in the long run.

The conspiracy theory reared its ugly head on ‘WHO IS TOM OKWALINGA?’ a few days ago, only this time the conspirator fired a lot of empty bullets on my door step.It was basically a nice display of hateful ignorance.If posting nonsense were real money some people would be extremely wealthy.Despite gaping holes of no merit to the allegations against me, Robert Shaka and the other gentleman whom I’ve never heard of till a few days ago, some people still believe what has been spewed/slanted.

Oh man, something is wrong. If we have Uganda citizens ready to be thrown under the bus over unfounded allegations on Facebook, I am speechless.Obviously I have been living in some kind of a bubble. I didnt know that somebody could write something on Facebook, and its taken as the gospel truth by some people. However,sometimes bubbles aren’t so bad.They help keep the blood pressure down.The only thing the rest of us can do is to point out the gaping holes in their agenda.

What is disappointing in all this is that some newsline just rush to publish anything that is posted on Facebook by a celebrity without putting someone to task to furnish them with facts and details.Celebrity reporting in the mainstream media today is at a low point.If it requires a pain in the ass to point this out as often as is required,then I am duty-bound to accept it as my calling.

You can’t just write a story saying, “X is TVO — everybody says so. He took a picture with Besigye in London……” Jesus! You have to name your sources, and show where they got their information. You need hard facts — documentary evidence (records,IP addresses, perhaps). Otherwise, publishing something you know little of risk putting one’s life in danger.You have to think about our society which is hegemonic and cruel to the opposition.Hasty generalisations end up in misleading. I dont wish to land at Entebbe Airport, and somebody puts handcuffs on me basing on a riduculous Redpepper headline. Unfortunately many in the media don’t care about truth or facts only their false narrative. Anyway the haters out there feed off their own ignorance. For record purposes, nobody in the world, unless photoshopped, can produce evidence of me and Besigye together anywhere, not that its a crime itself. Anyway, there are big lessons for all of us, such as:

1. We should quit attacking each other on personal issues,and just keep talking about issues that matter to Ugandans;

2.If you’ve intentionally written something made up about somebody, please grow a pair and apologise for such posts that lower your standard, and the standards of the debate.

3. Let us be consistent and be true bearers of justice against injustice and have the courage to stand by and for our convictions because it is the right thing to do as God commands us, and not because it is easy and fashionable to do. There is no reason why anybody respectable could devote their time attacking the person of Kiiza Besigye.I have studied Uganda politics since 1962 and I have never seen or heard of anyone that has been treated so unfairly as Dr.Besigye.

4. Let us learn to forgive each other. Personally, I have forgiven all those that run a smear campaign against me.There is a huge difference between “dare to question” and “attack and discredit” which is exactly what a few do in here on a continual basis.

Byebyo ebyange banange. Siyina mutawana oba mpalana kumuntu yenna!

Thank you so much everyone that is joining us!


Hi everyone!

Both our Facebook groups have over 180,000 members. Thank you so much everyone that is joining us. I know there are lots of Uganda groups out there but let’s make UAH the best coolest group online(Facebook, twitter, Google and blogs). We haven’t started any Whatspp group yet because there’s fear of the revelation of mobile numbers.

We, Ugandans At Heart(UAH), should live by a code of honor, respect, education and protecting our human rights.We should live our lives in the best way we know how and forgive ourselves as we forgive others along the way. We should look forward with both eyes and ears open protecting our freedom. We should see opportunity in the face of adversity. We should trust in God and do right by our fellow country men and women. This is the UAH Legacy that we should pass down to our children and grandchildren. No matter where and who you are…….Share what’s in your mind and make friends here!

Abusing others, posting fake news, porn and excessive profanity will not be tolerated. We have ladies as well as some youngsters in this group so have some class. This behavior will get you blocked from the group.

*Abbey Kibirige Semuwemba*

Stalk my blog at: http://semuwemba.com/

“My journey is long and my preparation is so little, and weakness has gripped me and death is chasing me!”

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