Sunday, July 4, 2010

It may be a miscalculation for Ugandans abroad to return home now

The New Vision, Wednesday, June 23 2010 reported that the Archbishop of Kampala, Dr Cyprian Kizito Lwanga urged Ugandans in the Diaspora to return and develop the country. The Archbishop made the remarks during a celebration to mark the feast of the Uganda Martyrs at St. Mary’s Parish at Waltham, Massachusetts in the U S.
I am of the opinion that most Ugandans would love to be home; however, many Ugandans are dying so many times as they try to make ends meet here at home. The situation is simply not healthy in that for many people it is a nightmare making ends meet. Many Ugandans are working so hard to survive/or make a living under the hard economic situation which is the creation of the NRM Government. One needs to have serious investments home like houses to gamble and leave work abroad to come home. Much of what is paid locally does not constitute a living wage hence the reason why corruption is on the increase. Many children in high institutions of learning are being supported by relatives out of the country. Here we are heading for a general election against those who think that it is their birth right to lead government because they fought. There is so much uncertainty such that it would be most unfortunate for one to make a decision to come back to Uganda under the current circumstances where even investments are very hard given that the taxes in place in most cases don’t make economic sense the reason why people have to cheat and do a lot of other wrong things simply to make ends meet.
William Kituuka

Ugandans abroad urged to return home
Tuesday, 22nd June, 2010
By Jude Kafuuma

Lwanga (right) sharing a light moment with Byanyima in the US
THE Archbishop of Kampala, Dr. Cyprian Kizito Lwanga, has urged Ugandans in the diaspora to return and develop the country.
“It is good to move out in places like America and get experience, but please come back home and develop your roots. This is where you belong,” he said.
Lwanga made the remarks on Sunday during celebrations to mark the feast of the Uganda Martyrs at St. Mary’s Parish at Waltham, Massachusetts in the US.
The celebrations started in June 1978, spearheaded by Dr. Aloysius Lugira and his wife, Agnes Lugira, in the Archdiocese of Boston.
Lwanga described Boston, the state capital and largest city of Massachusetts, as the Namugongo of the US.
Ugandans throng Namugongo in Kampala every June 3 to celebrate Martyrs’ Day.
This year, the Archbishop of Boston, Sean Patrick Cardinal O’Malley, invited Lwanga to preside over the celebrations.
Lwanga urged Ugandans to be proud of their country, know more about the martyrs and teach children the good examples left by young martyrs like Kizito.
The cleric called upon Ugandans in the diaspora to pray for peace, justice and reconciliation through the intercession of the martyrs.
Emmanuel Wasswa and Emmanuel Musiitwa got awards for their outstanding service to the Catholic community in Boston.
The Uganda Catholic community hosted guests to a dinner at the Watertown Cultural Centre.
Democratic Party president Norbert Mao, Forum for Democratic Change president Kizza Besigye and his wife, Winnie Byanyima, attended the feast.

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