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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Thursday, June 9, 2011

What Is The First Lady’s Role At National Occasions?

By Bakampa Brian Baryaguma
bsaint3@gmail.com; www.bbbakampa.blogspot.com

This matter has perturbed me for a long time now. I wonder what the role of the first lady is during such national occasions as the President’s delivery of the State of the Nation Address and the delivery of the National Budget, among others.

I am particularly concerned about the sitting position of the president’s wife. Hon. Janet Museveni always sits right next to her husband, President Museveni on the high table during occasions of national importance.

Now, the choice of how this country’s the first couple would like to handle their affairs is ordinarily not for me or any other person for that matter, to inquire into. But, when their choices hinge on public affairs, then as a responsible citizen, I have a right to raise queries I deem necessary.

My view is that being national events, the sitting arrangement should take into account issues of seniority in this country. In other words, protocol should matter. It is only proper that the President sits with his top government officials like the Vice President and Prime Minister. But presently, the first lady seems to be elevated higher in importance than these crucial state officials whose positions are moreover specially provided for by law unlike the first lady’s.

Otherwise, what point are the President and the first lady (as husband and wife) trying to prove to the nation? Is the first lady doing any wifely duties during this time? Or is the President probably showing to the country how such a loving and caring husband he is? Could this be a covert manifestation of the alleged family rule in Uganda, where the interests of first couple and their family hold sway?

These are pertinent issues that call for answers, clarification and redress. It would do this nation a lot of good if they were clearly explained by the relevant and concerned authorities.

For avoidance of doubt, I have endeavoured to compare the practice here with that of other countries like South Africa, the United States and some European countries. It appears to me that there, serious effort is made to separate between the head of state’s family and/or personal life from performance of national duties.

By and large, their practice appears to be that the first couple receives and sees off national guests together, often accompany one another on national tours and things of the like. One may never see the first couple seated and smiling to one another, at the high table during high level and conventional national events.

Therefore, as much as possible, the President should desist from unnecessarily appearing on the high table with his wife, the first lady. Now as Member of Parliament and Minister, it is more prudent for the first lady to make herself comfortable with her colleagues. That position she normally occupies should be reserved for her seniors in government like the Vice President and Prime Minister.

Like Caesar’s wife, the first couple should be above suspicion in their handling of public matters.