Gulu walk…Kiboko..Meeting a blogger..

Saturday the world over(atleast in 21 cities) there was a Gulu walk. It is all about raising awareness about the plight of the children in northern Uganda who have(0r had) to walk about 10 miles to sleep in a secure area in Gulu town center. So what actually happens is that we do abit of fundraising and all proceeds go to the kids in northern Uganda and also we walk the 10 miles. I arrived at Sloane square for 10am and guess what i found…a bunch of very enthusiastic College kids from America, Germany, Toronto and suprise, suprise AUSTRALIA! Did i forget to mention that there were 5 Ugandans with I being numero Cinq? I had envisioned myself being with a whole bunch of Ugandans but alas I was a minority! I registered, got myself a t-shirt and started meeting people. And yes I met Peter Quaranto..and you must all be like ‘who is he?’..well you must have come across the blog Uganda-CAN, Peter is one of the executors of this website which looks at conflict resolution with particular reference to Uganda and other war torn areas around the world. Peter actually studied in Makerere for abit and has lived in Uganda for sometime. Right now he is a scholar at one of the colleges at Oxford and he plans on replicating his project to help the children in Congo and also help rehabilitate children of other war torn areas and look for ways of solving conflict using diplomacy. So anyway the walk was pretty good, I was with a friend of mine called Charles and we hadnt seen each other in ages so it was definately great seeing him and participating in this walk with him. We brought all our madness together and when you put Charles and I together with one huge Megaphone, it is a recipe for disaster! We made known the suffering of the children of Northern Uganda and hopefully the people who got flyers will contribute to the rehabilitation of these children because after the war when peace is come, there is still alot to be done. The walk ended at Texas Embassy which is a nice restaurant that does Texan and Mexican cuisine. We rallied up everyone and with Charles still with the megaphone we sung the national anthem which turned into a disaster. We started with the first stanza only for our voices to drowned with the third stanza from the goup of girls behind us! But none the less no-one realised apart from us Ugandans..So we were inside the restaurant and we watched a clip from northern uganda(no comrade it was not clips from 1984 but last month), and had some performance from a Ugandan rapper in London.I know what you are thinking, was it sage? no..was it klear kut? no..Infact he should be one of Uganda’s most succesful rappers, an ex child soldier goes by the name Emmanuel Jal..so successful is he that one of his songs was used in the movie ‘Blood Diamond’. He recited two pieces of poetry, amazing stuff, graphic, dark from his past and his redemption but he really is amazing. It ended with a few more speeches and encouragement to protest against violence and war. Hopefully next year we won’t be marching for peace.

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Now as Donald Semambo LC1 Gombolola chief I am executing my powers of discipline..kiboko time..first off

1.The Ugandans who said they were going to turn up for Gulu walk especially the ones who said they were coming and didnt show up and those who showed up at the end for ‘progee’…I mean sincerely out of 180+ people only at most 20 were Ugandan! Let alone with this East African federation nonsense no one from across the borders came in spirit of solidarity.Compared to the number of East Africans who sat for 3 hours plus going for a party in Manchester, it was a crying shame. Why should people who are not Ugandan participate in Ugandan affairs? When leaders in Uganda say an ‘African solution to an African problem’ I feel like telling them how about ‘a global solution to an African problem’..anyway without wasting time, they are all getting 8 kiboko’s each!!

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Rugby world cup..South Africa won…England lost..nerve wrecking game to watch..the rose was de-thorned..it was absolutely rubbish game..South Africa won but the game was rubbish..

R.I.P Lucky Dube..

have a great week..

..a luta continua

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9 Comments

  1. Jasmine said,

    October 22, 2007 at 12:20 am

    only 8 kibokos each? somebody’s getting too soft!

    real shame about Lucky Dube.

    me i’m just glad england did not win the world cup. so didn’t deserve it.

  2. amooti said,

    October 22, 2007 at 12:41 pm

    Bloody Poms! Hier Kom Die Bokke!!

    It’s a pity indeed about Lucky Dube.

    Did you hear the one about the All-Blacks? What’s the difference between Viagra and the All-Blacks?

    Atleast with Viagra, you get a SEMI!!

  3. petesmama said,

    October 22, 2007 at 1:18 pm

    Yeah, the rugby final was shyte. And I had money riding on England since the South Africans went and screwed up the Uganda Cranes’ chance at the Africa Cup of Nations by throwing a game.

    Then Hamilton also went and did manyanga.

    Depressing.

    Naye thanks for walking for us.

  4. petesmama said,

    October 22, 2007 at 1:23 pm

    Oh. Nga kitalo ekya Dube.

    But I cannot help thinking… if it had not been Dube. How many fathers, sons, husbands, etc have just been shot like that? The ones we never hear about but who mean something to someone. Your life reduced to the value of car spare parts.

    Kitalo for them all.

  5. anonymous said,

    October 22, 2007 at 11:51 pm

    in the title u promised “gulu walk…kiboko…meeting a blogger” but didn’t deliver on the “meeting a blogger” part.

  6. jasmine said,

    October 23, 2007 at 3:19 pm

    @ anonymous: but he did.

    “And yes I met Peter Quaranto..and you must all be like ‘who is he?’..well you must have come across the blog Uganda-CAN, Peter is one of the executors of this website which looks at conflict resolution with particular reference to Uganda and other war torn areas around the world. Peter actually studied in Makerere for abit and has lived in Uganda for sometime. Right now he…”

  7. Cheri said,

    October 23, 2007 at 9:03 pm

    Naawwe, don’t knock on us….

  8. tumwijuke said,

    October 24, 2007 at 11:47 am

    Joshi, the GuluWalk shame extends to your beloved Pearl.

    Hands up all of you who even bothered to stand outside your house as the walkers passed by on the streets of Kampala and Gulu on Saturday.

  9. ish said,

    October 25, 2007 at 6:48 am

    heh… i’ve missed your rants… the kid that preached, anti-malarials, GuluWalk…

    part of me wants to poke you in the side and ask you to be a little more objective…

    but the other part of me is just proud to call you friend!


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