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Ugandan Diaspora News | Letter from the Editor | November 2013 | A Happy Thanksgiving Holiday!

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Posted November 1, 2013 by Ugandan Diaspora News Team in Editorial ~ 9,127 views

     

Greetings Folks,

Welcome to November, a name derived from the Latin word  Novem, meaning 9, the ninth month in the Roman calender.  In many traditions in the western hemisphere this is a time for celebration and festivals before winter sets in. Other changes due this month include the adjustment of clocks as nightfall sets in much earlier in Northern regions.

Lots of happenings in the Diaspora but most notable perhaps has been the continuing impasse as the new UNAA leadership has failed to take off owing to the suspension of the UNAA Constitution and what increasingly looks like rule by decree by the newly installed executive resulting in a disunited Ugandan North American Association.

At issue has been the back door power-play and continued use of the draconian laws to run and control the organisation that is responsible for uniting Ugandans in the Diaspora.  UNAA is now a model for other Diaspora institutions but with 2 parallel UNAA councils, a UNAA Board of Trustees – BOT whose decisions are over looked and a constitution that is hardly recognized by the current UNAA executive.  Owing to the  manner the elections were conducted one would think that cool heads would have prevailed by now, but as they say all politics is local and in UNAA’s case absolute power is at play as the new leadership looks increasingly infiltrated if not compromised. As we await the UNAA town-hall recommendations that were submitted a few weeks ago hopefully our voices will be heard this time on how we prefer to be governed since real power should always belong to the people in a true democracy!!

The Human Rights Watch report released last month also gave a free pass to high level corruption in Uganda. The 63-page report, “Letting the Big Fish Swim: Failure to Prosecute High-Level Corruption in Uganda,” documents Uganda’s failure to hold the highest members of its government accountable for large scale graft, despite repeated pledges to eradicate corruption and good technical work from investigators and prosecutors. – See more at: http://www.ugandandiasporanews.com/2013/10/26/press-release-human-rights-watch-uganda-free-pass-on-high-level-corruption/#sthash.FmMjDmvB.dpuf

The other big story this past month was that of Uganda’s former Vice President Gilbert Bukenya, who made a stopover in Boston to sell his 2016 Presidential bid among the Ugandan Diaspora. Hon. Bukenya appeared on internet Radio Uganda Boston/ Radio Uganda USA and was eager to sell his agenda for Uganda. This was a bit troubling for me, knowing that during his time as Vice President he had championed Kisanja or the third term project that saw Uganda’s constitutional term limits lifted to allow President Museveni another term in office.

Today it’s seemingly clear that President Museveni has outmaneuvered all his opponents and he is sure to be nominated by his party come 2016, a move we owe to Hon. Bukenya and many of his comrades in the NRM caucus that spearheaded this campaign. Therefore for Hon. Gilbert Bukenya or Mahogany to come out and assure us that he is the next best thing for Uganda having been part of the group that sold us for the 5M shillings given to all MPs then to change term limits [ read – 30 pieces of silver], I would be more interested in hearing what it is he did  for Makerere University Medical school where he served as dean prior to joining elective politics.   http://www.ugandandiasporanews.com/2013/10/22/boston-dispatch-former-ugandan-vice-president-gilbert-bukenya-tours-the-diaspora-to-sell-his-presidential-bid-for-2016/

Uganda on November 3rd will be the center of a unique tourist attraction with a rare hybrid solar eclipse that will be perfectly visible in Northern Uganda, weather permitting. Not exactly sure how Uganda will cash in on this event but a visit to our Uganda Tourism Board official website did indicate this as a major highlight of the month of November, so my fellow countrymen grab your goggles and  lets head north whilst enjoying Uganda’s scenic beauty.  http://www.ugandandiasporanews.com/2013/10/31/a-rare-hybrid-solar-eclipse-will-be-visible-in-uganda-on-november-3rd-2013-grab-your-solar-goggles/

NSA – America’s National Security Agency has been in damage control mode following leaks by US whistle blower Edward Snowdon which have now revealed that even America’s top allies had their cell phones bugged, causing angry allied leaders to dispatch diplomats to clarify these claims. Museveni’s administration was also rattled but the spying came from a different source as a top Sudanese diplomat in Kampala was granted access to President Museveni’s security briefs, courtesy of some rogue intelligence officials. –http://www.ugandandiasporanews.com/2013/10/28/africa-review-uganda-rattled-after-uncovering-sudanese-spying-ring/

On the East African Community front – the pact involving the East African economies looks dead of arrival with Tanzania stalling on the integration process much to the dismay of other partners who want to proceed without the Tanzanians. We all know benefits of integration but could Tanzania’s snail pace be a reminder that perhaps the process is moving a little too first among the leadership and not the people? .  – http://www.ugandandiasporanews.com/2013/10/31/the-citizen-isolation-of-tanzania-in-the-east-african-community-bloc-what-are-the-issues/

Finally Thanksgiving, a holiday deeply felt by Americans, will fall on 28th November. It’s a tradition that I encourage all households both here and back in Africa to emulate although in Africa thanksgiving is more of a family meal on Christmas or New Years Day. We should be thankful for the gift of life and what we have been able to achieve thus far!

On 30th December at Kampala Serena hotel the Ugandan Diaspora Community will be hosting a special thanksgiving event focused on celebrating our success stories abroad with an award gala. Tickets are now available online and this event will cost you $50 dollars for a sumptous dinner, a networking cocktail and great entertainment. Details can be obtained at – www.ugandandiaspora.com

Our Quotes of the Month comes from two geniuses of our time –  Steve Jobs and Warren Buffet!

“Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma – which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of other’s opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.” – Steve Jobs

“It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you’ll do things differently.” – Warren Buffett

A happy Thanksgiving day to you all!

Ronnie Mayanja
MSc. Comm – Boston University

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