Raquel Rolnik UN Housing rapporteur is in Britain and is looking at the government's social housing policy and some of her conclusions have so angered the Conservative party that Grant Shapps the party chairman has written a letter of complaint to the UN Rolnik has criticised the UK government's so called Bedroom Tax. For those that do not understand social housing policy … [Read more...]
Syria: Lining up the ducks
David Cameron the UK prime minister was dealt a political blow on Thursday night when he lost the Syria vote in the House of Commons. Whilst that must have been a huge disappointment for Cameron it was hugely demonstrative as to what good governance should look like and indeed a big day for democracy. But this was neither about good governance … [Read more...]
The Guardian and the Daily Monitor: A tale of two papers
In May this year the Ugandan Police raided the offices of the Daily Monitor a respected Ugandan newspaper was raided by the Police and shut down for a few days because its editors had published something that government didn't want in the public domain. As you can imagine there was outrage both in Uganda and within the international community as evidenced in these articles from … [Read more...]
In conversation with Uganda’s First Lady
The Ugandan Diaspora in UK recently gathered to discuss the condition of Uganda with member's of the Ugandan parliament as well as friends of Uganda. I had the opportunity to have a conversation with Uganda's First Lady as well as Minister for Karamoja one of Uganda's poorest regions and here is how I got on … [Read more...]
Do you fit bit?
Do I what? OK, let me start from the beginning. Seven years ago, I was super active, my working day started in the gym, I had corporate membership at what was called Holmes Place and then Virgin gym and I used it. Somewhere along the way I gave it all up and things went down hill from there until I was jolted out of “this thing” ( I don’t even … [Read more...]
Human Rights for Gay people in Uganda in the light of the Anti-Homosexuality Bill
In this post I would like to share with you an essay I wrote in the Human Rights class I attended a few months ago- here is s synopsis The essay considers whether human rights are a western idea or are capable of transcending culture through a case study of the of human rights of gay people in Uganda in the light of the anti-homosexuality bill. It sets out the situation in … [Read more...]
Who is reading your Tweets?
A week ago or so now, I got into an engaging discussion with someone on Twitter regarding the Spanish PM's text message SPAIN IS NOT UGANDA and unbeknowest to me the BBC was watching I remembered the words of a good friend- NO ONE SAYS NO WHEN THE BBC CALLS and I wasn't going to! A phone call later and it was all decided I was to appear as a panelist on BBC WORLD HAVE YOUR … [Read more...]
30 DayTwitter Challenge- Is Twitter a whole lot twaddle?
Happy New Year folk. How are you getting on with your New Year's resolutions? I had a year of mixed blessings last year and I am determined to have a more proactive approach to life and work. So how am I doing so far? A few days ago I accepted a challenge to review Nikki Pilkington's e-book called 30 Day Twitter Challenge . Now I am not quite sure why as Nikki is … [Read more...]
My World in 2011
The year 2011 began just like any other year. I was in Uganda and folk were afraid of going out since Al shabab had thrown bombs amongst folk watching the world cup finals at the city's rugby club. So we stayed home, lit the BBQ and sat back to take in the fireworks at Sheraton Hotel from a vantage point of our back yard. As the year unfolded it turned to be quite … [Read more...]
Twitter, Black History Month and knickers for black women
Sometime last year I got into a conversation with a woman on Twitter whose twitter handle was simply SMT95. We exchanged several tweets and she asked for my number. I gave it to her and she called me. She introduced herself as Sadia Sisay. We spoke for 2 solid hours on anything and everything. But mostly about Twitter, the point of black history month and not being able to … [Read more...]