This season, which was once (I suppose) a time of profound anticipation and great spiritual satisfaction, is now for most Ugandans a time for superficial fun, gross consumption and naked profiteering. Perhaps that is all right with us, as long as we consciously accept some of the less desirable rewards that come in the bargain; the morning hangovers; the disruptive socialisation; the road accidents; the post-indulgence regret; the empty pockets after, for some.
As the year rolls by to complete another 12-month cycle, the division between those who think ‘consumption’ and those who think ‘profit’ becomes very pronounced. On the cosmological scale, of course, there is no big deal about the end of one year or the beginning of another one. Every single (Earth) day, there are billions of other planets in billions of other planetary systems that complete their peculiar years, some very short, some very long.
Two years after his 1980 rise to power, ostensibly to put down a rebellion, Robert Gabriel Mugabe’s forces descended on Matabeleland and slaughtered the Ndebele people on an industrial scale. A liberation lion. And a genocide. Fast-forward to 2017: Another liberation war veteran, vice president Emmerson Mnangagwa, had evolved into a ‘crocodile’.
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Selecting a term
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