No Answers on Poverty

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So, did anyone go for the public forum on Wednesday? 

Anyone apart from a couple of MPs, NGO types and Gerald Tenywa who reported about the excitement of the parliamentarians “when they watched an Oscar award-winning film on climate change acted by the Nobel Peace Prize winner and former US vice-president, Al Gore”? 

Did they get answers as to why, despite the fact that I have been working for the past nine years, I am still as poor as the day I was born?  I have no property to speak of, I am constantly broke and if I died, only the bats in my ceiling would contest my will. 

Did they find a solution to the increasing number of children dropping out of school before Primary Seven because they are forced by their parents to join the family trade?  Did they discuss the fine balance between child labor and child exploitation and the declining household wealth? 

I wonder if my uncle from Kanungu was a case study at the public forum?  Did they talk about how his 10 acres of land are somehow not enough to feed him and his family of five?  How his formal education is of no greater use to him that shouting English expletives when he gets drunk? 

A group of men who participated in a workshop by the Foundation for Human Rights Initiative last weekend asked for a law to declare women part of their personal property.  They reasoned that since they spend millions on bride price, they deserve to have their wives listed as an item of their wealth.  Maybe this was on the agenda at the public forum … but maybe not. 

Did they (re)define poverty?  Did they speak of poverty of the mind? 

Or did they merely use the event as a networking opportunity and an excuse to miss work for the day, rushing to the organizer’s table at the end of the forum for the Ushs. 50,000 delegates’ allowance? 

Did anyone go for the public forum on Wednesday?

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15 Responses to “No Answers on Poverty”

  1. No, no, no, no, no … yes, maybe.

    Fuck them fora. You know what? We’ve been infected by this creepy, crappy diseaseof armchair revolutionaries in America. `Walk for Poverty’. `Blog for the Environment.’ `Walk for Peace.’ `Forum on Public Poverty.’
    All this silliness will be banned after the Revolution. We will insist on actions. Only. Solutions. Only. Only! :-)

  2. i said it before and i’m sayin it now…’BURN PARLIAMENT’…’CANE ALL MPS KIBOKO’…..THE BLASTED TIMEWASTERS…

    ps..can i copy and paste this piece so it can be discussed?

  3. The allowances the queue up for are enough to bail a whole village out of said poverty.

  4. Umm…not I. And i think as Musajja 27 says, talk is cheap.Stealing Bob’s words, ‘we’ve been trodding on the winepress much too long…’

  5. “….A group of men who participated in a workshop by the Foundation for Human Rights Initiative last weekend asked for a law to declare women part of their personal property…”

    “…Did they speak of poverty of the mind? …”

    What minds? or rather what Brains?

  6. Like how Gerald Tenywa uses the word “acted” by Al Gore to mean narrated by Al Gore.

    We all need to just sit back, recline and wait for Bono’s solution.

  7. I was waiting for something about Lucky Dube from you…

  8. Went for one of those public dialogues organised by UDN. total waste of time. Wonder why they even bother.

  9. Heard about Lucky Dube…how sad it is for that big guy to bow out like that…..

    The crime down there seems to be getting to neww heights, how will they handle the World cup???

    May his soul rest in peace. Iwaya.

    @Tum tum…watched Millionaires mission and I have ne conclusion…WE ARE LAZY!!!! I watched as these millionaires lost their cool at how lazy and unserious we can be. Those guys (ugandans) didn’t show any initiative, they wanted the rich fellows to come and do everything for them. That’s a huge insight into Africans.

  10. Cheri, you know the problem with Africans?

    Dumb as a sack of wet hair. Ask Dr James Watson. Nobel Prize-winning scientist.

    http://www.timesonline.co.uk/tol/news/uk/article2677098.ece

    Dumb. How dumb? Dumb as wet hair.

  11. Baz, I sincerely hope you are being cynical about Dr Watson.

  12. Cynical, Atin? The man has a Nobel Prize and everything. He obviously knows what he is talking about.

  13. Hi,
    I’m a journalist at http://www.france24.com
    I can’t find any “contact” page on your blog.
    Can you send me an e-mail?
    Best,
    Julien

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