But first, it is true that there are perks to waking up early on a cold foggy Monday morning.
1 – Uganda still among the world’s 50 poorest countries according to UNCTAD.
2 – When did thrice-a-week 12-hour electricity load shedding in Uganda become so commonplace that we no longer bat an eye when power is cut in the middle of the day? When did we become numb to living in a capital city that is just one small step up from life in the village?
3 – I don’t know any Betty Namaganda songs. I don’t know any Iryn Namubiru songs. I don’t know any Elly Wamala or Bebe Cool songs, but I am doing everything within my power to beg, cajole and blackmail my way into getting two free tickets for the Wyclef Jean concert in Kampala on August 1st. Does that make me a cultural snob?
4 – Does Uganda have any hope at all of winning a medal in this year’s Olympics?
5 – Vice President Gilbert Bukenya has been accused of ‘stealing’ yet another man’s wife. He has retaliated, guns a blazing, with claims that news of his extra marital affair is an attack on him for his ‘good work’. Do Ugandans really care that their senior political leaders are polygamous? Does it matter if Bukenya takes on a third, fourth or fifth wife?
6 – According to The Green Press Initiative, paper production is the fourth largest industrial source of greenhouse gas emissions in the U.S. Trees that are used to make paper, pull greenhouse gases out of the atmosphere, and when paper degrades in a landfill it releases methane, a greenhouse gas that is 23 times more potent than carbon dioxide.
7 – Asked about his experience at the New Vision’s ‘Mystery Date’ outing Ronald, 27, said of the young lady he met, “She has a small body. I prefer a fat woman because when I walk with her, other people will give me respect.” So could losing weight make me less attractive to the man of my dreams? Are there really real perks to pigging out on chocolate cake from Mamba Point?