Uganda is a mad bull, it is a country where things move so swiftly, except for the NRM regime.
One South African colleague of mine during a visit to Kampala recently said (in a very strong Zulu accent); ‘ah, time here moves too fast!’ I nodded in agreement and added; “yes people here also move on too fast’.
If Ugandans start talking about something on social media, you may think it won’t end. Alas, within a very short time, the whole crew is jumping onto another thing (the way Pallaso jumped on the police pickup truck) and abandoning the other very quickly (the way Police abandoned Nubian Lee in the car after arresting Bobi).
At one time, people shook the transport sector after the Templar boat incident, several swore not to go to any boat cruise even if it is in their compound or in a big basin, until certain things are put right. Huh, just two weeks later, bleached girls were busy taking selfies with their lips pointing towards the equator, and perching on dirty boats loudly blazing John Blaq’s music with life jackets left dangling in Kampala shops.
Uganda is interesting, isn’t it? The Cranes played their first game and we watched in peace and actually won. Then several people started sewing jerseys and taking away the shine by posting a litany of images of themselves in the office showing solidarity.
The boys were carried away, they realised what an impact they had made back home when every Okello, Mugisha, and Mukasa were busy walking to work with jerseys….. ah they demanded more pay, slowly we ran out of steam and went out, now no one knows when the next AFCON game is.
You know I would not have wanted to proceed without talking about Martha Kay! Meeehn, let me shave ..sorry save that for another day, it passed, just the way it came. There are several examples we can pick up and leave.
Most recently is the story of Bugingo. For two weeks, Bugingo has been in the news and he was not about to leave until the FaceApp came about.
Bugingo was trending for all the wrong reasons, for a man who went hanging his wife’s problems, then sketched an apology, then journalists attached to his media house started beating fellow journalists, only to be let off the hook by an App showing our faces in future.
Every Ugandan on social media has found something to keep them busy, growing old using young pictures, before we know it, Rwandan goats will be having Ugandan birth certificates.
For that matter, no one should remind me what I have written here, I have already moved on…
The writer is a private contributor to Nile Post