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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Sunday, October 9, 2011

Winning the Future of Makerere Law Society

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

I am constrained, once again, to speak out on the future of Makerere Law Society (MLS). One of the things I find unavoidable in my life, is expressing my love and care for people and things dear to me. More often than not, when this happens, I reduce my ideas onto paper. This explains my passion for writing: believe me, I really love doing this. Pen and paper (nowadays computer keyboard and screen) are my indispensable allies. With that, let me embark on today’s topic.

Last year, my two wonderful friends (Mr. Kigenyi Emmanuels and Ms. Birungi Alice) and I made a proposal for a new MLS Constitution, wherein we propose to repeal the current one, owing to its unsatisfactory nature. This was after we took time to analyze the source of the incessant problems and abstractness that are characteristic of the Society. Our study, coupled with the wealth of experience that we had (and still have), led us to the conclusion that at the root of all the mayhem, naturally lies the issue of the character and composition of MLS. We found that MLS was inherently and fundamentally disorganized by – more than anything else – its constitutive setup.

In our wisdom, we felt that there was need to address this matter, the starting point –certainly not the only one – being to structurally and ideologically reconstitute MLS through a new constitution. We immediately embarked on writing one – The Proposed Constitution Of The Makerere Law Society 2010 – which we presented to the then MLS Executive under President Niwagaba Denis and Speaker Nyesiga Angela. Subsequently, we presented copies of the same to the current Executive led by President Lewis David and Speaker Kahwa Moses, soon after their assumption of office.

Unfortunately, the Niwagaba team deliberately sabotaged the process of debating and if necessary passing, this constitution. In spite of our constant urging and explanation, narrow mindedness and myopia prevailed over good sense and reason, thereby denying MLS a golden opportunity of revival.

The Lewis administration started off well with spirited promises of considering our proposal and hitherto, they have been a promising team. But of late, similar signs of improper judgment have started emerging among them, especially on the part of the Speaker, under whose docket this process squarely lies. They appear to be sluggish, unwilling to listen, unable to consult and hostile to wide involvement.

Sadly, the current team, just like its predecessor, is attempting to vulgarize and adulterate our proposal to repeal the current constitution, by making suggestions of amendment instead. My friends and I have consistently argued that the current constitution is incapable of any meaningful amendment. Since we read it in its entirety, we are speaking from an informed point of view, unlike most of our critics who have not read much about it.

The Niwagaba team hardly did anything useful for MLS, apart from engaging in the traditional calendar events (the Sir Udo Udoma symposia and the like). Having failed to realize that MLS needs something new and extraordinary, they missed a free opportunity of going down in history as having fundamentally changed the Society. I would like to warn the Lewis team against making a similar blunder.

If we are to win the future of MLS, we should change it fundamentally and the proposed constitution affords us this opportunity. As we aim at this, Bobby Kennedy reminds us that, “The future is not a gift. It is an achievement.”