Ugandan Diaspora News | Letter from the Editor | May 2014 | Congratulations all ye graduates – “the world is your oyster”

Posted May 6, 2014 by Ugandan Diaspora News Team in Editorial ~ 5,539 views


Dear Readers,

The Month of May here in North America is a time to honor the academic achievements of those graduating from college or as I like to call it a time to celebrate ‘intellectual liberation’! It is also a a month dedicated to the celebration of the international labor force worldwide. In Uganda, with its youthful population and growing unemployment, there is need for our home government to figure out ways and means to create employment and impart technical skills that will help those graduating to survive in the real world. A recent article by James Arinaitwe that appeared in the international version of the New York Times helps put this ticking time bomb into perspective. —

Another problem that looms over Uganda is the threat of a terrorist strike, made all the more worrisome by porous borders, poverty and inadequate security. The recent upsurge in armed robberies in the country confirm the lack of security. Should Al Shabab or a similar group target a heavily populated area of Kampala it could prove to be a nightmare. Recent attacks in Kenya are an ever-present reminder that we need to remain vigilant since Uganda also maintains a force in Somalia. The Westgate Mall terrorists showed a group as determined as Boko Haram in Nigeria to export their form of Islamic Fundamentalism and the reign of terror to those they regard as infidels or unbelievers. Boko Haram’s recent abduction of over 300 young girls in North Eastern Nigeria demostrates a foe ready to take on the mightiest armies on the continent.

In other news our neighbors to the north have now slipped into an all-out civil war, but the US Secretary of State Kerry has pressed South Sudan’s President Salva Kiir and his former deputy President and arch rival Riek Machar to sit down and talk or work on forming a transitional government for the sake of all the people of Sudan. The oil-rich town of Bentiu has changed hands a record six times, leaving the South Sudan Government with no source of revenue. In essence, whoever controls the oil wells in South Sudan controls the agenda. The oil- producing areas are home to the Nuer people yet some claim there is now ethnic cleansing that has left many of them dead and displaced. The arrival of the UN Secretary General peace-plan in Juba seems to be breathing some new hope in a conflict that threatens to tear apart this newly formed republic! —

As a former student of International Relations and European history, I must confess that reading about the annexation of Crimea by the Russian Federation and Vladmir Putin in particular was another reminder of the New World Order we live in. The Crimean peninsula is a region that was a Ukrainian autonomous republic and home to the one the biggest Russian fleets in the Black Sea city of Sevastopol. Following the Ukrainian Revolution and abdication of the former Ukrainian president, Russia invaded Crimea and annexed its territory, an action held illegitimate by the United Nations. Russia seems to have fully taken off the gloves backing separatists in their attempt to secede and break away more Ukrainian territory while the west threatens more sanctions on Putin!

In my assessment, the misadventures of the US in Iraq and then Afghanistan gave Russia the confidence to exploit the power vacuum in Ukraine and go on a land grab of sorts, claiming territory that some Russians believe was their own even before the advent of the Soviet Union. One thing is clear: Russia is not about to embrace Western democracy so close to its border. No threat of sanctions will stop Russia either, given that half of Western Europe gets its natural gas from Russia.

Finally, the Baganda in Canada have something to smile about as HRH The Queen – Nabagereka of Buganda, accompanied by the Katikiro – Buganda Kingdom Prime Minister will tour Canada courtesy of Bulungi Bwa Bwansi – Canada. Part of this tour is meant to launch the ‘Kisakati’ which is a program started by the Nabagereka to help teach Baganda youth (Boys and Girls) their cultural traditions, especially in the kitchen. There will also be a Buganda Investment Forum and other activities in support of the Kingdom. We applaud our fellow Baganda in Canada for putting together this royal tour.

Quotes of the Month –“ Happiness is not so much in having or sharing. We make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give. ” — Norman MacEwan

“The world is your oyster. It’s up to you to find the pearls.” – Chris Gardner, The Pursuit of Happyness

Ronnie Mayanja

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