Oh Uganda, May God Uphold thee.
56 years ago, you were born. I believe I can hear the sound of the ululations decades later as the Union Jack was lowered and Black Yellow Red was raised.
After decades of being a protectorate of the British, they let you take your baby steps. And what shaky baby steps they were. Power grabbing, civil war after civil war, power hungry officials, a dictator in Idi Amin Dada and so much more.
You’ve wept at the plundering that has been going on. You bled when a man in the north, who claimed to be the saviour that was promised, proceeded to perform atrocious acts in the name of freedom.
For a long time, the presidential seat was the prize in what seemed to be a game of musical chairs .
You have been through a lot, oh Uganda…. But God has indeed upheld thee. And for this we, your children, are grateful. Though we weep, we are grateful.
We Lay Our Future in Thy Hands.
It’s been 56 years and somehow the world that’s been moving forward expects us and our sisters to be at the same level they are. They’ve had hundreds of years to get to where they are now.
We are still feeling the pains of growing up. Let’s not be too hard on ourselves.
We don’t know just how bright our future is… Should we wear shades or should we learn to see in the dark? We don’t know.
The past is what they tell us to hold on to but we want to know where we are walking to. The eternal optimist in me is holding onto my shades hoping that the future is bright.
United Free For Liberty
My mother told me of a time when they were afraid to speak. She likened it to walking around, with their heads taped to their chins and a duct tape stuck on your mouth. One wrong move, one wrong word and you’re dead.
We’ve come a long way from that. From the time when we were afraid to breathe wrong. From the time when the age at which we died was the age at which life starts.
To now… where we demand for a right to be heard. And, as a nation, we still have a long way to go.
Together we’ll always stand.
The past few months has seen the nation sharply divided along political lines. And the issue of tribalism has been raised as well.
But, to the God I trust and believe in, listen to my prayer. Heal our land. Bring us back to the time when we can proudly stand and declare that Uganda is the Pearl Of Africa.
Because as cliche as it sounds: United we stand, Divided we fall.
As our motto states,
For God and My Country.