Who Still Needs A Gov't Guest Of Honor?


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The youth of Mbarara Catholic archdiocese living in Kampala under acronym AMDA invited me as a guest speaker at a holiday makers /youth workshop at Kitante Primary School under the theme “Becoming an agent of positive change in society.”

The audience included University graduates working on their first jobs, University and secondary students and 2 pupils of Namagunga Primary school. The two pupils impressed me with there presence and keen interest in the goings of the day.

After this workshop, I headed straight to Bush courts opposite Kampala parents school lower Kololo for a Basketball tournament. This was no ordinary tournament but rather a charity fundraiser for a dormitory to an orphanage home in Luwero under the theme “Hoops for Grace.” by a youth organization known as 40 days over 40 smiles.

The choice of “Luwero” as a target of this youth organization whether by accident or coincidence wouldn’t be complete without another small but significant detail.The war that brought Uganda’s current president in power started and was won in this triangle.

Back to the Basketball event, It was exclusively an audience of young corporate people, donned in designer jeans, sunglasses, and each holding a smart phone as if their lives depend on this gadget , after all invitation was strictly through social media Face book and Twitter.

Young journalists, artists, bloggers, marketers, lawyers, doctors and all affluent middle level managers who are considered to be “cool” were present.

The success of these two events in the manner of organization and execution of the tasks at hand left me asking for more.

My mind raced to a scenario where a government department was tasked with the organization.

At the slightest imagination, how much money would they have spent or wasted on publicity, unnecessary allowances to sleeping facilitators, security, transport refund, T-shirts with empty slogans, and all the other fat cats of expenditures to brighten the weekend of this constituency.

In fact on the second event where I met a great friend of mine Giles Muhame, chief editor of a popular online news website we reflected on how the internet has created a second class of citizens with a different view point and approach on doing things than the traditional citizenry.

For the two events, organizers used the click of a button to invite peers to learn and solicit millions of shillings for charity without a “GUEST OF HONOR”

These events epitomize a fundamental shift on how the youth view the world and how they later want to change it.

As I write all this I am also alive to the fact there is growing number of pessimists who view our generation as a batch of Lazy, materialistic and immoral human beings with no sense responsibility towards our society.

A respected journalist Charles Onyango Obbo ably articulated the views of these proponents in his back to back Wednesday columns with headlines like “Are Uganda’s youth get-rich-quick lazy slobs? Here’s a surprise answer”

Yes, we don’t wish away that fact of bad apples with hot blood lifestyle, but they are not our ambassadors on the altar of judgment on what we can accomplish.

We converged to forge a consensus on being agents of positive change in society because we know that Uganda already has enough thieves, drunkards, incompetence and dishonest leaders, we detest the status quo malaise of corruption and weak institutions in delivering our society to a middle income economy as envisaged in the 2040 vision.

Dear Reader, I only used these two examples but there are thousands of inspirational stories by the young people taking part in commercial agriculture, struggling to build businesses, waking up each day to work as tellers in the banks(making shortages but painfully paying back without quitting), doing research for the presidency and taking part in the areas of advocacy in almost all parts of our country not because we need quick barks and other groceries for shisha but we understand the burden of nation building and our calling as leaders of Tomorrow.

Agaba Ronald Bills

A voice for leaders of tomorrow


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