Celebrating the Love of Friends in a Loving World

Celebrating the Love of Friends in a Loving World
Red Roses for You, My Sweet Friends ... Total Love.

My Sweet Friends

My sweet friends,

We grow closer to each other;

When we interact together and share ideas;

The common faith that we share,

Binds our hearts in one accord.

For sweet friendships last a life time,

When built on mutual respect, humility and understanding;

Throughout each different season,

We find we are one in life.

Sweet friends are there through times of grief;

And times when hope is gone;

Always there with encouragement;

So we can carry on.

I thank the Lord for you,

My true and faithful friends;

To fondly speak with you, whether we agree or not,

On this, our beloved blog;

For sweet friends will stay, no matter what;

Giving support.

Together, our hearts and minds truly unite;

With the amazing love of sweet friends.

In the spirit of true friendship,

Best wishes, my sweet friends;

May the Lord bless you abundantly.

I remain, yours truly,

B.B. Bakampa.

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Saturday, July 17, 2010

Will the bomb scare spur development in Uganda?

As the rest of the world celebrated the conclusion of the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa on 11th July, Ugandans were busy mourning the demise of scores of their own. Two twin blasts occurring in Kampala that night claimed the lives of at least seventy six lives, leaving several others critically injured. The first was at Ethiopian Bar and Restaurant in Kabalagala, which killed thirteen people. The second took place at Lugogo Rugby Grounds, killing about fifty people instantly. The rest succumbed to grievous injuries sustained resulting from the explosion. The victims were watching the World Cup final between Spain and Netherlands. May their souls rest in eternal peace.

The al-Shabab, a Somalia based militant group, claimed responsibility for this heinous act of human brutality, saying that it was in retaliation against Uganda’s involvement in the Somali conflict. In 2007, Uganda sent troops to that war torn country as part of an African Union mission to stabilize it and restore order. Somalia has never had an effective Government since 1991.

Clan war lords took over after America’s overthrow of General Farrah Ei Didi’s government. Although several African countries pledged to deploy their troops, only Burundi and Uganda did. Now, the al-Shababa, which is linked to Al Qaeda, accuses the two of being America’s stooges, having an imperialist agenda and vows to fight back. In fact, they had warned before that they would attack all our embassies and government installations.

This terror attack hasn’t left Uganda the same. Grief and fear have engulfed the country. Kampala’s streets that were formerly vibrant with life 24 hours are now deserted. People are skeptical and fearful of everything and anything, including empty tins! The authorities have put the whole country on the highest security alert ever; the Minister of State for Internal Affairs said that we are under Class A alertness. Uganda is now a near shadow of its former self. Most people are pessimistic of our future.

But not for one innocent Ugandan who perceives this as an opportunity for our country to develop. Last night, my fourteen year old brother and I, were watching news on television where it was reported that security at Entebbe airport had been beefed up by the purchase of new equipment and that local authorities and Police in Masaka District had issued directives to all public place owners instructing them to acquire metal detectors or else risk deregistration. All these are in the spirit of eliminating chances of terrorism.

Upon hearing this, the young man was excited and remarked that Uganda was going to develop after all: arguing that tourists would come here and find everywhere full of machines. In his wisdom, they would like our country and come back again with even more visitors.

Whether this perception is right or wrong, it remains an innocent Ugandan’s view, with all rights to hold and express it. Then he sought my opinion on the matter and honestly speaking, I had none at that moment as I was still amused by his analysis of events. Choosing not to disappoint him though, I nodded sheepishly in approval.

This boy brought some relief to me. Ever since the bombings, I hadn’t come across anyone who looked at the lighter side of the incident. The media coverage and Facebook conversations were dominated by negativity. It was like everybody had lapsed into a sense of hopelessness. Now here comes before me someone who saw fortune out of misfortune––opportunity out of adversity.