Hey folks, good afternoon. How is your Tuesday treating you?
It’s sooo hot at work, but despite that, I am gulping down hot ginger tea. This will not surprise anyone that knows me, of course, but I still feel the need to tell you that I would take a hot cup of coffee or tea anywhere, in the southern Sudan or perhaps Death Valley in California.
I don’t like iced coffee because I have no self-control, and it seems like a waste of money. Whenever I order iced coffee in New York, it seems like the delis and Dunkin Donuts give you a massive amount of ice and a tiny bit of coffee. The few coffeeshops in Uganda are just as guilty. After I forked over a small fortune at Cafe Pap for a small iced coffee, they handed me a tiny cup full of brown ice, I swear. Where is the coffee, I wondered. Meh.
As mentioned, another problem with iced coffee and tea is that I have no self-control. None! I’ll just gulp it all down in one swallow. At least if it’s hot, I am forced to show some sefl-restraint. By the way, this is why I could never smoke a cigarette. I have an utterly addictive personality.
I wrote one story today, and need to write another before I can head back to Kitintale. I really needed to throw out these horrible contact lenses in my eyes yesterday, but alas, I wore them to work again! Out of desperation, I went around lunchtime to Eye Care at Lugogo to buy another pair of lenses, and the doctor told me he couldn’t examine me because I already had lenses in my eyes. I offered to take them out, but he said my eyes need to be free of lenses for 12 hours or else I’ll spoil the eye exam. I’m skeptical, but I am going back tomorrow at lunchtime, in my glasses.
What’s new in Uganda-
-Robert Mugabe and I are in the same country. He’s here for a conference, and has been joing other foreign dignataries in bashing the Western press & local journalists for writing bad stories about the African continent.
Here’s an article from New Vision about it. Props to Henry Mukasa:
“When Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe raised his hand, prolonged applause filled the hall. Mugabe once again seized the opportunity to attack the Western media, which have criticised his handling of the economy and his political opponents.
“There are agencies like BBC, CNN. When you act as agents (correspondents) of those kinds of media, do you have the option of being impartial?” he asked.
“If they are pursuing a hostile attitude, do you protect the interests of Africa because you are Africans? Can you report truthfully or factually or do you fear losing your jobs.” He urged African journalists not to serve neo-colonialist or imperialist interests…
King Mswati III of Swaziland wondered why the media do not cover the positive projects happening on the continent.
To which Stephen Asiimwe of the East Africa Business Week replied that the media report a lot of good things about Africa but they are not appreciated. Instead, he said, the media are reprimanded for the critical articles.
Zimbabwe’s deputy prime minister Tokozani Khupe asked bluntly why media reports are always “lopsided”. In response, Charlotte Ampaire of the Uganda Media Centre said the media are a two-way street and governments needed to be more open and accessible. “