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23 Mar 2015

Why Africa is not poor - of scavengers and looters

This is a guest blog by Twakirwa David

The narrative that Africa is rich because of its natural resources and a broad base of human capital is true but remains incomplete. While other nations progressively plan and implement carefully thought out ideas for developmental societies, Africa remains trapped in both covert and overt conflicts, political power struggles, famine and disasters. Some of the entrapments remain self-inflicted and induced. Despite the capitalist orientation transferred to many of us, Africa remains anchored on ‘ubuntu’, togetherness and collectivism.
17 Feb 2015

Father Lokodo and what he is not addressing about pornography in Uganda

The Ugandan minister of Ethics and Integrity today called for a Press Conference to address the issue of pornography in the country. Now, Father Lokodo has been popular for quite a while now due to his various comments and his approach to morality in the country which is his mandate I believe. 

The whole Ethics and Integrity ministry is one of those since its creation I have not been able to quite understand. The first minister to ever hold office was Miria Matembe and we loved for being very shrewd and outspoken. I remember her asking that men who rape young girls be castrated because they cannot control themselves.
28 Jan 2015

Social Media and politics - Lessons from within and without

Happy New year.  

Where I come from – it is never too late to say that. It goes on until the end of the first quarter I think.

So, I have just come back from what I believe was a very enlightening meeting with the CDU party digital team in Berlin. CDU is the party that the German Chancellor Angella Merkel belongs to. CDU is also an acronym for Christian Democratic Union - now that came quite as a surprise. Anja – the head of the digital team when taking us through the offices said to us : “I know that we appear to be a secular state but we do have a strong religious background.”  Believe me – I found that very comforting.
30 Nov 2014

How are we investing in our children?

Safety and security don't just happen, they are the result 
of collective consensus and public investment. We owe our 
children, the most vulnerable citizens in our 
society, a life free of violence and fear."- Nelson Mandela 

We may have all seen the video about the young little girl being mistreated by the nanny so far. MAIL carried a story about it and called the nanny ‘African’. I have no idea what the editor was thinking. But that is beside the point.

I know that we are all outraged at the nanny: how could she beat up a child like she did? But this video in my opinion represents the things that have become wrong with society. That nanny/house-help/maid  had no right to do what she did whatsoever and I agree. But the reality in life at the moment is that while children are a gift from God- for some of us they are that thing that we have – delegate to someone else and then move on. We as young parents are busy chasing dreams, busy chasing careers that we have forgotten to play that very important role of fathering and mothering our children. To us: money solves those things. Having a good job and maintaining it, means that our children have everything that they need and so they are happy. We are so content with getting nannies and house helps and leaving them with our children from the age of a few months- and getting back to work because it is okay. Everyone is doing so; there are day care centers that take care of these children.