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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Monday, July 11, 2011

The 7/11 Kampala Bombings–Remembering The Victims One Year After

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

Today marks exactly one year after the macabre bomb attacks on Kampala City. On 11th July, 2010, about eighty people were killed in deadly bomb explosions in two Kampala suburbs while watching the World Cup final in South Africa

The Al Shabab, a radical Islamic group based in Somalia and affiliated to the Al Qaeda terrorist network, claimed responsibility for the attacks. They said that they were retaliating against Uganda’s involvement in Somalia, where our troops are deployed on an African Union peace keeping mission, with Burundi.

As we commemorate this sad day, when our fellow citizens and friends of our country were ruthlessly massacred by those whose trade is unleashing terror and mayhem, we have to ensure that unfortunate incidents of this kind do not happen again in our territory. Complacence is a luxury that we cannot afford. Dr. Bruce Lipton cautioned that, “The unfortunate part about being a victim is that we become irresponsible because we feel there is nothing we can do about our lives.” We can curb terrorism through security consciousness, vigilance and responsible living.

We must pursue the perpetrators of this heinous crime and bring them to justice. It is our duty to make our homeland a safe place for us and the future generation. As Robert Francis Kennedy said, “Let us dedicate ourselves to what the Greeks wrote so many years ago: to tame the savageness of man and make gentle the life of this world.” The war against terrorism cannot be lost.

My appeal though is that this must be done prudently. Like William Jefferson Clinton once stated, “The hurt you feel must not be allowed to turn into hate, but instead into the search for justice.” Cardinal Theodore McCarrick also advised that “We must seek the guilty and not strike out against the innocent or we become like them who are without moral guidance or proper direction.”

However, we must guard against creating a police state where everyone lives in constant fear. Ugandans are known to be happy and hospitable. Ugandans ought to remember that life is too short and precious to be spent on anger and resentment. The joy and comfort characteristic of our country should not be lost so that our enemies (the terrorists) can take credit for it.

It is important to be optimistic of the future. Therefore, as a God fearing country, we should recall that the God of comfort is also the God of righteousness. To the Ugandans who collaborated with the terrorists, we firmly say that those who trouble their own house will inherit the wind. May the souls of our departed dear ones rest in eternal peace. And as for those who sustained injuries, my prayer is that the Almighty God graciously enables you to pass through these hard times successfully.

One for the road

I congratulate the people of the Republic of South Sudan upon attaining independence on Saturday, 9th July, 2011. South Sudan becomes the 196th country in the world, 193rd member of the United Nations and 54th state in Africa. The future is bright but the challenges are undoubtedly immense, although they can be decisively overcome with hard work and determination. Democratic governance and the fight against corruption should be fundamental tenets and prioritised. I look forward to seeing South Sudan join the East African Community and African Union.

Lest I forget

The demonstration by taxi operators in Kampala today in protest against harassment by UTODA officials indicates that the monopolisation of transport services in the city should be abolished forthwith.