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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Tuesday, September 6, 2011

KCCA Should Re-organise Kampala City

By Bakampa Brian Baryaguma
[Dip. Law (First Class)–LDC; Cert. PELD–NALI-K; LLB Student–Mak]
bsaint3@gmail.com; www.bbbakampa.blogspot.com

A walk along Kampala City’s streets can be a near traumatising experience. The city looks disorganised and dirty. One wonders whether there is a government in Uganda’s capital city, capable of instilling and enforcing a sense of order.

People hawk all sorts of merchandise ranging from pencils and old books to second hand clothes and shoes! The most annoying are those that dot road pavements, spreading more or less the same items, consuming pedestrian walk ways, thereby forcing people to compete for space with motorists on extremely tiny roads!

Then there are the menacing motorcycle riders commonly known as boda bodas who behave like they are the owners of everything in the city. They ride on any side of the road for as long as there is no traffic policeman. Often times they do not even care anyway. Respect for traffic lights is taboo to these de facto masters of Kampala. No wonder 70% of accident victims in Mulago hospital are boda boda related!

Their partners in crime are the commuter taxi drivers. These fellows park to load and offload anywhere on the streets! They drive on road pavements, create opposite lanes even on one-way roads and overtake as and how they want.

Street beggars are now a force to reckon with. Young and old, male and female, they are spread on all corners of buildings and road junctions. They run after people and motorists, begging and calling them all sort of names and titles like “uncle”. It is reported that some live there as entire families.

Probably the most terrifying revelation is that Kampala is slowly turning into a death trap especially for those engaged in the construction sector. Nowadays it is not unusual to hear of a building under construction collapse and kill people, injuring several more!

In this situation, it appears as though Kampala were an unregulated place where everyone does as they please any time they want. As the new Kampala Minister Mrs. Kabakumba Matsiko says, the state of Kampala today poses numerous threats to its population. For example, it compromises public security.

Kampala Capital City Authority under the leadership of Mrs. Jennifer Musisi should therefore do everything possible to clean up Kampala city sooner than later. It is necessary to establish trade and movement order in the city. At this juncture I would like to applaud government for announcing plans to relocate vendors from the streets. This is a positive development and it should be followed by other plans to address the above raised concerns and many more.

Although this move is opposed by the Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago and other opposition politicians, they should be neglected because vendors do not have to trade on city streets to make profits. Just like law, what is necessary for trade to flourish is a human community capable of facilitating commodity transactions (buying and selling) and this community is available in the city’s suburbs and outskirts.

As a matter of fact, it may be a misnomer to call Kampala a “city”. As such therefore, serious shakeup is needed to bring it to the standard of other cities in civilised parts of the world. Being a non-politically partisan entity, I hope that KCCA will arise to the occasion and give Kampala the prestige it truly deserves by re-organising it.