Where is the light in Congo’s Dark Tunnel?



reblogging kubanga eno nsongo

Originally posted on Pru's Notebook:

By Prudence Nyamishana
This country has coltan, copper, diamonds, gold, timber, oil, and zinc, tin, tantalum and tungsten, talented people, great weather and fertile soils.

It is a living paradox of so rich yet so poor.

The timeline of conflict unveils the shaky foundation: King Leopold II of Belgium plundered Congo stole until he could steal no more – fetching a cup from an ocean, independence attained, Congolese celebrated, Lumumba disappeared, Kasavubi a man described by many as weak, became Congo’s first president.

It wasn’t long before the Belgians supported a man after their own heart to power- Mobutu Sese Seko. Like his God-fathers, plundered his own country. He lived a life marked by extravagance, a true son of grab and take that Ngugi Wa Thiongo talks about. Amazingly, he holds a special place in the hearts of many Congolese that describe him with tangible nostalgia.
The neighbors had…

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President Museveni presides over ground breaking ceremony at Karuma Falls power plant


Originally posted on ATC News by Wolfgang H. Thome:


(Posted 13th August 2013)


President Yoweri Museveni yesterday performed the ground breaking ceremony for the proposed 600 MW Karuma Falls hydro electric plant, for which contracts had only been signed weeks earlier after a long drawn out wrangle between bidders, Uganda’s public review and complaints office at the Inspector General of Government in the process of which allegations of fraud and corruption were flying high and low.

The new power plant, due to come on line in either late 2016 or early / mid 2017, after a construction period of between 3 to 4 years, will provide Uganda’s growing economy with much needed additional power sources, as the more recently introduced Bujagali plant’s capacity is already being rapidly absorbed.

The rollout of rural electrification too will add extra demand to the market and the construction start at…

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You Want To Talk Youth? Here Are Some Hard Ones!


Originally posted on The Truth Mast:

Its hard being a youth in this country (Uganda), it’s even harder to think you have a government or leadership or whatever other name people coin to show they care about your problems.

“The youth form 75% of the population…” cut it right there Mr. politician at 75% not more than 5% own a chunk of land, no form of wealth creation program is available for them and what does the government have to say about it? “The youth are our future” keep your future to yourself, grant us ours!

“83% of the youth are unemployed”   Slow clap for you Mr. Politician we are lucky to make that statistic in your speech, so you think it’s funny? Go ahead and make it your campaign slogan! That means that for every 10 young people you meet today eight have no job and the other two are somewhere cleaning the boss’ shoes…

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So Uganda Is Not A ‘War-Ravaged’ Country? When Shall We Ever Wake Up And Smell The Coffee?



Google my Ugandan friends

Originally posted on Ugandan And Proud:

STORM: The tweet that sent Ugandans on Twitter into delirium

STORM: The tweet that sent Ugandans on Twitter into delirium

Last night when most of Uganda was going to sleep, Joyce Meyer sent out this tweet:

‘In war-ravaged Uganda, our world missions outreach Hand of Hope helps support the Watoto Babies Home, providing care to 75 orphaned babies.

Not many Ugandans were online at that time but the few that were, quickly started complaining. I saw the tweet and I knew it would ruffle some feathers but I switched off my computer and went to bed. Then I pulled out my phone and had one final check on twitter. (Don’t laugh, I know the joke, it’s like a disease).

There is always something someone is sharing. And this time it was an article by Clay Muganda. I’ve never read any of his pieces but I gather he writes from the heart and this one too, was straight to the point…

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Originally posted on Angelo Opi-aiya Izama:

ImageIn Luo folklore, two feuding brothers, Gipir and Labong, quarreled and split ways. Labong had been was forced to risk his life and replace a spear belonging to his brother Gipir he had in the heat of passion thrown at an elephant. In revenge when Gipir’s daughter accidentally swallowed some beads belonging to him, he had his brother slice her open. The bond broken Gipir crossed the Nile westwards to form the Luo of west Nile, the Alur, Jonam and others in the Congo. The other remained in present day Acholi land.

The beautiful savannah still remains as a testament to this medley of oral history, geography and identity. Once swarmed teeming with elephants, that the Luo believe beat the path for their migration southwards, the savannah at Murchison Falls National park today spots drilling rigs that tower above everything else. The French company Total is exploring here. Despite its…

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…wonderful thoughts on this! Kudos Charlotte

Originally posted on Charlotte Kemigyisha:

With deep respect I acknowledge the producers of the bitter liquid of our times. They are responsible for many good things and bad things, depending on which side of the glass you are looking at.  Those in the business of gathering and trading information I am certain sing their praises from sunrise to sunset. Those that are victims of the former rue them to their deathbeds but as the African Proverb goes, One man’s meat is another’s poison.

Growing up in a typical African setting one is prepared for most of the challenges that one encounters in their life journey. It was with utmost pleasure that I met with one of our most treasured village personalities who took it upon himself to share with me some of his highlight moments in life while participating in one of the cultural norms – “Kurira Ente”

In the Kikiga culture, this is but…

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