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EXPOSED: How Sex, Drugs and Booze Thrive In Medical Schools

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By Our Reporter

What comes to mind when you think of the social life of a medical student? Boring, stale and embarrassing are some of the conservative stereotypical thoughts that clogged my channel of rational thoughts before they were flushed down the drains as I sunk into unbelievable depth of wild night experience at a top medical school.

Before reading any further, acquaint yourself with the following jargon of the medical school. (I will use them often. Catch a leg — to have sex, badazz — impressive, log out — to exit, login — enter, coma — to be in debt, heights — drunk)

Having offered Physics, Chemistry and Biology at A’level, I have many friends pursuing a career in medicine. Taking advantage of the lectures strike at Kyambogo, I paid a visit out of Kampala to my friend at a top medical school.

I arrived in the town at 7pm and by 8pm, he came and picked me, and shortly 8:30pm, we were greeted to a free entry and exit at the institution. It was Friday evening. Scores of students were in lecture rooms burning the midnight oil, group of Christians under a shelter singing hymns and worship songs as we snaked our way to the dormitories. The room was much like high school; deckers, anatomy charts on the wall, buckets of food on the table and piles of books, I was in the wrong place on a Friday night, so I thought!

After a brief chat my host sensed my discomfort, perhaps he had mastered science of diagnosis, he prescribed we have a walk, much to my relief!

There was unrestricted entry to the girl’s quarters. There rooms were much organised, however, devoid of celebrity posters, teddy bears, shouting colours, music, the students were in a world of their own!

We moved room to room as he introduced me to the girls. In some rooms he found boys cuddling with the girls. Some rooms were locked and you could hear strange moaning sounds.

In one of the rooms, we found two girls watching a soft movie on a laptop. One locked the door suggesting we spend the night with them. We logged out promising to return.

“We have no lectures on weekends. It is the only time to relax. Books are hard and the principal does not compromise on failure. A weekend is a weekend,” he smiled as he narrated how they waited for weekend to have sex.

We headed to an isolated building. It was approaching 11pm, the lights were on. It was home to a certain woman who had all supplies of cigarettes, all tribes of the bitter and soft drinks.

Having a few notes on me, I became a star attraction. It was a full house with other male students. After buying three rounds of empire sachets, they caught heights, and started speaking in medical terminology as their conversation rotated round hospital experiences and 3.9, 4.5 GPA points.
We were soon joined by their tutor who asked for a smoke. At this point I ordered a beer.

“Even if you take beer or waragi you will still become drunk so why take beer?” they rejected my order.

I shot back asking why they were smoking yet of the health implications.
”I was born with a healthy liver and lungs. Of what use is it to die and decompose with healthy lungs,” they responded.

After five rounds, we headed to the Main street, Jinja. The night life was alive as music blurred from different spots and tourists strolled the town in groups.

Along main street, opposite a club was a man sat at a table with items of trade displayed; condoms, waragi sachets, cigarettes and homemade weed.

Order was made by whispering in ears then he delivered from a bag under the table. Next to him were boys all from the school, in laps of ladies of the night smoking and drinking. We joined them with rounds of the bitter and puffed the night away.

”You are badddazz,” they praised. Despite all the liqour, I was sober. Perhaps, curiosity could not allow drunkenness stagger into my brain.

At about 2:30, they were singing reggae songs before a man they identified as their driver came and attacked one of the prostitutes accusing her of ”cheating on him” with mere students!

The brown skinned woman probably in her late 20s with an obscene voluptuous behind accentuated by her mini skirt and spilling cleavage, charged out the boys lap like a Spanish bull, with chest raised forward shouting, ”I am a Sl-t… A Sl-t, I f–k whoever pays.”

At this point, she was surrounded by other students and calmed down. She squat on the concrete slab, sobbing, with legs wide spread, leaving everything between her thighs to the nights imagination for she had no under wear. Suddenly she let a loud gush of urine jetting violently out of her splashing against the concrete as insults flew in.

We headed back to sleep, only to find girls waiting in the room… for us!
It was around 3pm, with bloodshot eyes…..

”OO touch there…clit…a prominent peripheral epithelial with over 800 sensory neuroooo..aaahhh,” she had her theory, the practical was under way.

What happens in Jinja stays in Jinja but being a writer, like Duke Thomas wrote, ”Sh*t Stinks”.

“[katogoaward]”

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Five ways youths can be champions of peace in their societies.

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By Staff Writer

Uganda is dominated by the youth going by their population size in the country. Having the largest percentage,  it is vital that the youth are involved in all or most of the country’s development initiatives including peace building. Youth involvement cannot only be externally initiated. Youth by themselves can be champions of peace building in their societies. Here are the 5 things youth can do to achieve this:

Embracing communication, listening, and empathy skills – To champion peace, youth should listen to each other and get ideas and perceptions of people regardless of ones background. These ideas are put together, discussed and the outcomes used to build a solution. The solution can be used to solve conflict and create peace in society.

Dialoguing and consulting the experts – There are always those who have the expertise and have seen more. Try and get help from them. In the process of dialoguing you can share ideas and come up to one solution. To champion peace, you can also work with the peacebuilding champions who have gone through training and have networks embracing youth initiatives.

Networks and Forums – Embracing networks and forums within your scope can go a long way in helping you champion peace in society. When you are united in a forum or a network, it is easy for you to reach out to national forums. The ideas from the dialogues are able to have a strong solution that will be able to champion peacebuilding initiatives and give a voice to the voiceless.

File photo: A youth-led peacebuilding training session.

Use of IT for development – Using IT and digital platforms including Social Media to spread peace and not conflict goes a long away in peacebuilding. Youth leaders can communicate with varied audiences and those that are far from them using the internet in order to spread the peacebuilding message. For example, if there is a proactive group and a network in Kampala, they can easily link up using ICT and share those ideas with another group in Bundibugyo or Kasese. Trainings can also be done online and out of the training people that the leader has trained can share ideas as they are empowered through the skills and knowledge.

Gender consideration – Consideration of gender equality is a must for youth to champion peace in society. Women and girls must be an integral part of the initiatives for peacebuilding. As a youth if you are planning to do a peace building mission in Kampala, look at the percentages of how many women are on the team verses the men. Women must be considered as part of each and every peacebuilding element that the youth are involved.

About ACORD Uganda

The Agency for Cooperation in Research and Development – Uganda (ACORD-U) is a Ugandan National Non-Governmental Organization that has worked in Uganda since 1979. With headquarters in Nsambya-Kampala and several other offices across the Country, ACORD-U aspires to contribute towards Uganda’s Development and Humanitarian Responses for Vulnerable Communities in Rural and Peri-Urban Areas. Currently, ACORD-U Implements interventions in more than 23 Districts in the South-western, Western, Northern, West-Nile, and Eastern Parts of Uganda. Promoting peace building and peaceful co-existence are part of our mandate in Uganda.

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Online Media Publishers’ Association statement on arrest and illegal detention of Mr. Ronald Nahabwe of The Capital Times news site

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The Online Media Publishers’ Association (OMPA) has noted with concern, the arrest and continued detention of Mr. Ronald Nahabwe, a journalist at Capital Times, a news website operating in Uganda.


We are aware that Mr Nababwe was arrested this Monday, 22nd June 2020, and is still being held at the Uganda Police Force’s Special Investigations Unit (SIU), Kireka in connection with publishing a story about a confidential letter authored by a church leader to the head of state.


As at today, 25th June 2020, Nahabwe, will have been in detention for over 72 hours without being produced before a competent court of law. It is our understanding that the police are in the meantime subjecting him to coercive means so that he can reveal his sources.

Mr Ronald Nahabwe of thecapitaltimes.co.ug


The Online Media Publishers’ Association strongly condemns the abuse of Mr. Nahabwe’s rights and wishes to remind the Uganda Police Force that journalism is not a crime.


We demand that he be allowed access to legal counsel and immediately be produced before courts of law or he be released unconditionally, if there are no credible charges against him.


While we continue to assess the matter, we take this opportunity to reiterate to all Ugandans, including those in positions of authority, that #JournalismIsNotACrime.


Giles Muhame
President, OMPA

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Engaging the youth is a big part of peacebuilding in Uganda

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Ugandan National Non-Governmental Organisation, ACORD Uganda (The Agency for Cooperation and Research in Development) recently held a webinar where they shared lessons on peacebuilding in Uganda. The lessons were drawn from the Generation for Generation (G4G) dialogues between youth and local government leaders in the districts of Bundibugyo, Kasese and Wakiso. One of the key take-outs from the webinar that was attended by youth representatives and ACORD Uganda staff, was the issue of engaging the youth as a big part of peacebuilding in the country.

Speaking to the youth through the webinar, ACORD Uganda’s Project Officer for M&E who was also the moderator of the session said that with support from UNFPA, they are organizing a very proactive engagement with the youth leaders and potential youth leaders who are enthusiastic in making sure they expand the peacebuilding initiatives in key conflict hotspots in Bundibugyo, Kasese, and Wakiso.

John Okwera was supplemented by Catherine Muhindi Atwine, a Program Coordinator in ACORD by saying that they are talking peace and peacebuilding with the youth in Uganda as a focus since the youth make up the biggest percentage of the country’s population.

“Uganda has seen and suffered all types of conflict. It is not just the political conflict but includes things like tribalism, land disputes among others. The biggest part of the population in Uganda is youthful. This project comes in to make sure that this big part of the population is engaged and is at the center and is empowered and supported to take charge of peacebuilding where they are involved.”

Catherine went on to add that; “This project is funded by UNFPA and we are well aligned to the SDG 16 which talks about peace and justice and strong institutions, for the young people to encourage their voices to come out.”

“What do the youth understand by peace, are we speaking for them or they are actually speaking for themselves. We are counting on them to be the leaders of tomorrow because they matter and we want to create a platform where their voices are heard. This is being done through their leaders and institutions.”

It should be noted that people are always saying that the youth are at the forefront of everything, but sometimes they are incited and they don’t know what is going on much as they are taking part in it. ACORD Uganda wants to bring young people on board for them to come out and be involved in peacebuilding processes. They also want to empower the youth because this means they are empowering an entire future generation.

As a nonpartisan organization, ACORD Uganda does not subscribe to any political, religious, and pressure institution, but is an NGO that seeks to work to empower the vulnerable communities by playing a facilitation role. Through training and capacity building of the youth leadership in the focus districts, the youth have been helped to understand issues of peace and how the youth can be brought to the forefront. This has also been extended to issues of gender equality since inclusiveness is an important part when discussing peace for everyone.

Catherine finished her submission in the webinar by quoting one of the youth leaders who had this to say during one of the G4G. “The youth are always being ignored and they are looked at negatively even when they try to do positive things in society, they still need inspiration for everyone to recognize that they have contributed positively.”

The webinar
was also attended by Lapwony Patrick Loum( Project officer), Wenaheereza Conrad
(A youth leader, Kampala), Kwagala Moses (Staff in charge of the project in
Kampala) and Kiconco Annah (Project Officer in charge of the project in Kasese),
among others.

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King’s College Budo: An Era of Misogyny, Sexism and Discrimination

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King’s College Budo may not be the Heaven that it is sold to be. Last week, old girls of Budo took to Twitter to reveal the hell tales from their experiences studying at Budo. For many souls, the experiences came as shocking revelations. Parents with hopes of getting their girls to Budo had to rethink their choices. Other parents with daughters at Budo were forced to reconsider their decisions.

But what really happened at Budo? How did the school roll down the ugly alleys of abuse, misogyny and discrimination? It is said by the old girls that the boys and teachers never stopped reminding the girls of how they should count themselves lucky sharing a class with the boys. The concept of male superiority was drilled into everyone at the school. Girls considered it a privilege if a male student talked to them. The boys ran a rating system fully endorsed by the school administration. In here, they rated the girls on the scale of beauty and brains.

In addition to this sexism, the low-income students didn’t have it any easier. The caste system at Budo didn’t spare them either. It was a crime for one to be broke at Budo. “You could see it when Budonias joined other schools at A-level, they would try to import the same caste system,”says someone who studied with former Budonians.

According to the girls, “it’s institutional sexism. All we are seeking is a better life for the girls who will enter the gates of Budo. Girl lives, broke lives, all these lives matter, and they should really matter at Budo,” Paula noted. Budo is in the limelight for failing to live up to the values that it espouses. Many girls’ lives and self-esteem was crushed by the mere fact that they studied at Budo, just like the lives of many low-income students.

Budo is also the only mixed school in Uganda that has prom with other girls’ schools in the country. It doesn’t happen anywhere else. The fact that this is actively encouraged as culture is proof that the situation is almost beyond redemption.

If one is looking for patriarchy at display, they should look no further than Budo. “Basically the guys would call us ‘men in skirts’, to them, we were to ugly, that they would rather spend weeks talking to their fellow boys than to us. Budo is nothing but the capital of emotional bullying. Parents should know that their daughters are going through constant hell,” says Trisha, an old girl. “Can you imagine a girl is not allowed to be a Head Prefect at Budo? The post is reserved for the boys. When a boy sexually harassed you, you had to keep quiet. No one would believe you. You would end up suffering even more,” Trisha continues.

As many noted, this is just the beginning to unpacking years of trauma.

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