Oct
27

The purpose of mudding swamps in the traditional circumcision ritual of Eastern Uganda

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Very early in the morning on the 10th of September, three elders from Bunanyuma village in Bushika sub-county in Bududa district in the East of Uganda silently stomped a sacred waterlogged ground, until it was reduced to mire.The mire, which was being readied for one of the most sacred Imbalu or traditional circumcision rituals, known in ...
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Oct
24

Podcast: Trump or Biden, who will win the 2020 US Presidential Election? Part one

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Cast your mind back to 2016, when almost every pollster predicted that Hillary Clinton would win the US Presidential election. It was, of course, an anticlimax for the Dems and glee for the Reps.  Fast forward to 2020 and here we are, Trump is again behind in the Polls, just days to the election.Will the pollsters...
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Oct
01

Ugandan police arrest activists demanding climate

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Sep
03

Podcast: African security forces brutality during Covid-19 lock-downs-Part 2

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In part two of this Podcast, I disabuse some of the false impressions created by some western media outlets on the heavy-handedness of some African security forces during COVID-19 lockdowns. Some headlines in western media like the [France 24] April story headline entitled-" Curfew crackdowns in several African countries kill more people than ...
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Aug
29

The longer COVID-19 rears it's ugly head-The longer the Devil dances in the empty pockets of Ugandan musicians

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Looking into my crystal ball, I can ably predict that the longer COVID-19 keeps rearing its ugly head, the scarier it will likely get for Ugandan musicians, specializing in genres, where getting appreciated, however hardworking one is, is akin to casting pearls before swine. For the Ugandan music industry in general and am just an innocent crystal ...
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Aug
28

Podcast: African security forces brutality during Covid-19 lock-downs-Part 1

Podcast: African security forces brutality during Covid-19 lock-downs-Part 1 A member of the Ugandan Police enforcing the COVID-19 Curfew in Kampala
In part one of this Podcast, I speak at length about the brutality of Ugandan and other African security forces during the COVID-19 lockdowns. I sounded out seasoned Ugandan lawyers on the issue and also spoke to Felix Okia, a social worker in Bukedea, Eastern Uganda, who was wrongly arrested for ostensibly moving past the 7 p.m curf...
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Aug
21

Sexualized music videos debauching Uganda's young

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At their own free will and on occasion as a requirement from the music video directors, their bodies are used as props to eroticize the music videos, your children regularly watch and imitate. With skintight crop tops, rompers, and other provocative lingerie, the young women, with the approbation of video scriptwriters, engage in objectifying ...
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Jul
17

Divorce for pastors, marriage for Catholic clergy - a new normal?

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Jul
15

Death by COVID-19, a eulogy for journalism

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By David Lumu It had been coming for many years now. But the COVID-19 pandemic put a fine point on the impending Armageddon that hovers over the horizon of good old journalism as we have known it for ages. The pandemic struck the deathly blow to media house revenues that highlighted just how feeble our livelihoods are; it allowed the security force...
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Jul
12

Episode 2: Anti-racism/anti-police brutality songs.

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In episode two of this podcast, I present to you more flavours of some powerful anti-racism/anti-police brutality songs. The 2019 Ugandan anti-police brutality song "Afande" by the firebrand People Power President, Bobi Wine is included and also in one of the Africa anti-racism protests sound bytes I use, a Nigerian protestor tells a short sto...
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Jul
09

Music as a vehicle of protest against social injustice

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While not all music genres take the liberty to speak out often against social injustices, there are those to whom it has become an incumbent duty, too. From the years of old, Hip Hop, Reggae and R&B have been the exception to the rule; using their musical platforms to speak out regularly against societal injustices.And it is not only in the Uni...
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Jul
09

Cassava diseases threaten the success of proposed ethanol plant in Uganda

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 https://www.newvision.co.ug/news/1521143/cassava-diseases-threaten-success-proposed-ethanol-plant 
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Jun
19

Podcast: Anti-racism/Police brutality protest songs which have through the years resonated with downtrodden people in different parts of the world.

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In recent weeks, the world has been gripped by racially diverse, anti-racism protests, following the deaths of George Floyd and Rayshard Brooks in the U.S. In part one of this podcast, I cast light upon a select few, thought-provoking, and conceptual anti-racism/anti-police brutality and social injustice protest songs, from across the globe, w...
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Jun
18

African and other global music stars who have fallen to COVID-19

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They were big musical names whose timeless music brought joy to millions. Sadly, however as COVID-19 continued on its destructive path, it claimed their lives. Fans of African musical genres like Afro Rhumba, Afro-pop, Soukous, Somali, grieved when its foremost venerable musicians such as Manu Dibango [Legendary Cameroonian Saxophonist] Aurlus Mabe...
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Jun
05

Lumaflow

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A sampling of my hip-hop album. Take a listen there maybe something for you
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May
29

Podcast: In part 2 of this podcast, I continue shining a spotlight on the legacies of other music greats who have fallen during these COVID-19 times

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In part 2 of this podcast, I continue shining a spotlight on the legacies of other music greats such as Tony Allen [Afrobeat co-creator], Mory Kanté [renowned Guinean vocalist and Kora player] Ahmed Ismail Hussein [Somali Music icon], Ty [acclaimed British/Nigerian Hip Hop star], Fred the Godson [New York Hip Hop star] Betty Wright [RNB legend], Little Richard [father of Modern Rock N Roll], who have fallen during these COVID-19 times.

 

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May
10

Podcast: Paying tribute to Legendary African musicians who have fallen in the COVID-19 era.

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In part one of this Podcast, I shine a spotlight on three Fallen African music Legends (Aurlus Mabele, Manu Dibango, and Joseph Shabalala) who have passed on during these apprehensive COVID-19 times.

 
 



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May
09

Uganda scientists make rapid test kit for Corona-virus

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Ugandan researchers have developed an inexpensive COVID-19 test kit that can deliver results quickly, offering hope for a “homegrown solution” to sub-Saharan Africa’s testing needs.

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Apr
23

Podcast-Uganda's greatest Hip Hop songs of the decade-part one

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In this Podcast, I give you a flavour of some of the greatest Ugandan Hip Hop songs of the past decade.

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Mar
21

Retracing Kisubi boys’ narrow escape during the 1986 liberation war in Uganda

One early morning 34 years ago, in the twilight days of January, the hurly-burly of life at St Mary’s College Kisubi, one of Uganda’s premier secondary schools was thrown out of gear when a group of haggard-looking government soldiers, fleeing from disheveled but heavily armed National Resistance Army [NRA] rebel soldiers scampered through the school compound.

Several volleys of automatic gunfire had earlier been heard, not far away from the school. None of the petrified students who were at the College that day had ever imagined that their school would become a flashpoint of conflict.

“It was the morning of either the 23rd or 24th of January-1986. The school had just re-opened after a holiday recess. I was in S3 then and we were in class when several rounds of automatic gunfire started going off. The firing went on for a while and then we saw government soldiers running through the compound-shedding their uniform as they fled towards the lakeside,” Andrew Magona, one of the old students, calls to mind.

“Shortly after, we saw young boys in rugs, barefoot and armed to the teeth, giving chase in what we later found was a surprise NRA attack to cut off Kampala from Entebbe.”

Ronald Mutumba, now a certified Public Accountant vividly remembers that day.

“That morning, I remember one of my roommates hastily waking me up. I was not accustomed to rising early. Because of fright, I did not even have breakfast. I remember joining other students as we figured ways of staying safe.”

Luckily for the students, the rebel soldiers were not the forbidding type.

“They were amiable and approachable. That gave us the confidence to accost them and have a chat. By the time, the rebels got back to the College, after pursuing government soldiers, some of our colleagues had picked up some discarded boots from fleeing government soldiers and had tried them on,” Magona recalls.

The rebels who by then had gotten the worst of some back and forth battles with government forces in a bid to capture Entebbe knew that their presence at the college raised the specter of a government reprisal attack and so they advised the students later on in the day to find their way to Kings College Buddo through Kawuku.

The rebels who were under the NRA's 5th battalion rationalized that Buddo would be a good sanctuary for the students since it was in an area that was under their control.

When the students led by Brother Peter Kazzekulya, who was the school’s headteacher reached Kawuku, they were advised to eschew using the main road.
They moved along a tiny checkered footpath that led them to villages such as Ssisa, Nakonge, Nsaggu, among others.

When the students with their headteacher got to Ssisa, which is about five kilometers from Kawuku, it was decided that they would camp for the night at St Peter’s Primary School.

“That night the Milky Way was resplendent with shining stars. Many of us just gazed and feasted our eyes on the starlit sky for most of the night. Very few people slept,” Nick Mujira, an old boy and now the proprietor of Inspection and Certification Company, Inspecta Africa Limited, recollects.

Earlier on as the sun hit its twilight that day, the students heard government helicopter gunships hovering through the skies.

“We had earlier been advised by the rebels to leave spaces between each other as we slept as a means of eschewing death in the event of a government helicopter attack,” Andrew Yawe, one of the old boys tells Masaabachronicle.

Rather ill-advisedly the next day, the students were given the cue to head back to the college. It was a false dawn. A few kilometers into their trek back, sounds of heavy gunfire rang out as government forces fired on fleeing rebels. The rebels met up with the students.

“The rebels were making a tactical withdrawal. There was pell-mell as we took to our heels. Everyone ran. That day was a far cry from the previous day when we calmly walked and reached the Primary school without much incident. In the process of fleeing however a stray bullet ripped through a shoe of one of our colleagues who has since passed on. The bullet grazed his ankle, causing even more panic,” Magona recalls.

Reliving the experience

On Saturday 7th March, about 55 of the College’s old boys, who lived through the chilling scare gathered to relieve the experience, principally reenacting the grueling 25km trek they made as they sought to reach Buddo in 1986.
It wasn’t just walking however for the students, most of whom were teenagers then. On occasion, they ran especially when they had gunshots.

At the crack of dawn, as glints of sunshine penetrated the school horizon, the nostalgic jaunty trekkers were flagged off from the College’s football pitch by Kazzekulya.

Dressed in tracksuits, custom made t-shirts, sneakers and shorts, the trekkers who included Fabian Kasi-the Centenary Bank Managing Director of, Brother Francis Aganze-deputy headteacher of SMACK then, Eng. Godfrey Kaaya, Godber Tumushabe- the Great Lakes Institute for Strategic Studies-Associate Director, Nick Mujira- the Inspecta Africa managing director, Charles Odaga-the Finance Trust Customer Service Manager and also the President of the SMACK old boys association seemed buoyed as we approached Kawuku.

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