Ugandan Diaspora News | Letter from the Editor | June 2014 | Let’s remember the Uganda Martyrs

Posted June 1, 2014 by Ugandan Diaspora News Team in Editorial ~ 5,461 views


Dear Readers,

It’s finally summer-time here in Boston,
However let me start our editorial this month by celebrating the lives of those who died for their faith. The Uganda Christian Martyrs were canonized in 1964 and these largely young men died because of their devotion to their faith. Although some served King Mwanga II in his palace court when they embraced the christian faith, the King set out to suppress this so-called rebellion in his Kingdom. It was their martyrdom that is believed to have ignited modern Christianity across Africa. June 3rd is a public holiday in Uganda commemorating their ultimate sacrifice.
What a month this has been — first came the story of the abduction of the Nigerian schoolgirls that almost caused a diplomatic standoff between Nigeria and Uganda following comments made by the President regarding the failure of the Nigerian military to rescue the girls.  Uganda’s President, Yoweri Museveni, mocked the Nigerian military over its failure to contain the extremist sect, Boko Haram, saying he would be prepared to “hang” rather than surrender his country’s security to foreigners as Nigeria and other troubled African nations have done. This according to Premium Times of Nigeria. Nigerian officials according to press reports also reminded President Museveni that Uganda’s military did little or nothing to rescue the abducted children of Northern Uganda in the 20-year insurgency led by Kony that ravaged the northern part of the country sending many into IDPs. The world today is faced with a new form of global terror following 9/11 and radicalization of unemployed youth in various parts of Africa.
The other big story involving our President has been the defeat of the NRM party, whose 5 year guerrilla war was waged in the heart of the Luwero Triangle where many families lost loved ones and have seen very little in terms of a fundamental change promised almost 30 years ago. The President’s response to the defeat of the NRM, which is increasingly using state resources to win elections in light of poor service delivery, left many confused and bewildered. As I read the President’s missive I could not help but wonder how he could be so convinced that the opposition is rigging elections when he alone appoints the Electoral Commission, the Judiciary, the Inspector General of Police and the Chief of Defense Forces many of whom are keen to please him as the appointing authority. More recently, especially now that 2016 is around the corner, we have seen more unexplained public cash giveaways to sell the so-called Kyankwanzi resolutions to make the President the sole candidate in the next general elections. All the while as civil servants, health workers and teachers wait for their unpaid salaries from the government.  Electoral reforms are long overdue to create a semblance of a level playing field in our politics. Pundits have also been quick to observe that this government/NRM party does not plan beyond the next general election. Below is the President’s missive on the history of vote/election rigging since 1961.
South Sudan signed a peace deal for a succession of hostilities on May 9th and by the 11th there was renewed fighting–a sign perhaps of the high level of mistrust between Salva Kiir and his former deputy Riek Machar. With the planting season missed, a looming famine will mean more deaths to the people of South Sudan, who  have known nothing but a culture of war over the years. BBC’s Hard Talk sat down with President Salva Kiir and here is what transpired:
The other major highlight last month was a special sit down interview I landed with Uganda’s Prime Minister – The Rt. Hon. Patrick Amama Mbabazi our discussion touched on several topics including succession politics in Uganda. The entire one hour interview was also captured on tape and below are some of the highlights of what transpired in full HD video for those who missed it. Overall, I came away quite impressed with the Prime Minister, who was personable, orderly and thoughtful in his responses.  Like or hate him, John Patrick Amama Mbabazi is definitely one politician to watch on Uganda’s changing political landscape. – See more at:
As I conclude the countdown to the world’s biggest sporting event is now underway and come June 14th Brazil will take on Croatia in the opening match of the World Cup. Africa is ably represented by Cote D’Ivoire, Ghana, Nigeria, Cameroon and Algeria. USA, for its part–my second home– hired a German ex- international Jungen Klinsmann to coach their side and I will be looking forward to see how far we go this time round. In South America and Brazil were soccer enjoys cult status we shall be treated to 64 matches played in 12 cities over a period lasting one month. One player to look out for is the 22 year old face of Brazilian soccer “Neymar”.
Of course in the absence of Uganda, which last appeared in a major continental final in 1978, we can only pray that the Cranes will reach world competitive standards in the near future. I have to give credit to Ugandans for always rallying behind their team even now as the fans reject the new jerseys. Hopefully the curse of defeat and always coming up short will be broken next year. Many of us will be watching the African teams closely but this year pundits believe it will be a South American affair.
June 28th we shall be holding an East African Business Expo at the Burlington Hilton Garden Inn. As a follow-up to our event last year we hope to expand the scope of the expo and reach more East African diaspora communities living in Boston.
Below are our inspirational quotes of the month!

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more and become more, you are a leader.” – John Quincy Adams

“I cannot give you the formula for success, but I can give you the formula for failure, which is: Try to please everybody.” – Herbert Swope

Have an enjoyable Summer – Good People!

Ronnie Mayanja

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One Comment

    Prof Omara-Alwala

    Great commentaries! Keep it up!

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