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How A World Without HIV/AIDS Will Be.

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By Moses Abeka

You must heard the news of the breakthrough in biomedical research. A vaccine which clears HIV by 100% in monkeys, our genetical brothers, was discovered meaning that if the virus is successful in humans, the age old battle against AIDS will be history!

Interesting, isn’t it? A world without HIV triggers curiosity. How will people in this dot com generation welcome the news and live with it as a reality of life? How will the HIV free generation be?

The prophetic, all seeing Big Eye has foreseen the future, from the moment the news broke, yours truly reveals how people will live knowing that AIDS is as curable cough!

On the night the vaccine was confirmed to cure the deadly virus in humans, the ladies of the night from all the dark corners and streets came out in light to celebrate. They tore their knickers and bra in celebration, throwing packets of rubber in the sky. They announced a once in a lifetime opportunity giving all free all night service to their customers who were present at the scene and had reserved the world’s oldest profession despite the dark age of the all-conquering virus.

A week after, they hiked their services in response to insatiable demand. Some who had given up the profession dusted the cobwebs in their item of trade and hit the streets in Adam’s suit. Husbands laughed ear to ear. The world had never been happier.

Then I moved to a university campus, sugar daddies and mummies packed their sleek cars outside lecture rooms, gave timetables to their clients who made photocopies and hang them in their rooms.

All good counsel fell on deaf ears as the drugs, just like panadol, were readily available in groceries and pharmacies around town.

I heard the cry of the mothers tearing the pathways of the villages, reverberating between the corridors in the towns.

I felt the pain of the fathers. They spat bowls of curses at their seeds, parents whose children were controlled by body desires and orgies.

I drove past a swanky office in the big town (I guess I will be driving then) . I saw a man scratching his pot belly cursing scientists as he closed his offices. He had made a fortune out of the AIDS scourge. He had set up an income generating venture in the name of NGO. He was out of business. He drove back to his estate, his wife donning a sparkling diamond necklace embraced him suggesting they rebrand as they could not afford to lose funds from overseas to complete the satellite estate.

There was untold happiness. People tested for AIDS as a leisure activity, after every intercourse. Condom factories were on the verge of closure.

The fashion designers were at it again! In the previous age, they designed attires that showed off the back, there came the navel revealing attires, then the thighs. As if we had not seen enough, the cleavage, yes, the breasts followed as focal point of emphasis in their designs. The ones in the HIV free generation were a notch higher, showing part that had never been gladly exposed public. It ceased to be called “private part”.

I wound up the evening at a night club. The spirits of Sodom and Gomorrah were alive. Amanda Angels resurrected. If you did not know how to twerk then you were unfit to dance. Cameras and smart phones were not allowed at the entrance. At the VIP section, virgins auctioned their virginity to the highest bidder. My eyes hurt. Owners of clubs got hefty commissions.

As I retired home in the night, I could not believe my eyes. What I saw is not fit for publication. Yes, I reached home and turned on the radio as I went to sleep. There was a radio announcement. Priests had been officially allowed to marry. The next day, a debate on nuns marrying ensued, they were also granted the permission. The traditions of the world fell and crashed crumbling like ruins and were blown off from people’s mind like dust dunes in a desert.

I opened the Bible to say my prayers before sleeping. I opened the last Book, read the last verse; “Yes, I am coming soon! Amen! Come Lord Jesus”.

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Uganda Rugby Cranes flagged off ahead of Zambia, Zimbabwe clashes

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The rugby cranes today had their last training session at Kyadondo rugby grounds ahead of their return legs with Zambi and Zimbabwe. The rugby cranes were seen off by some of the staff from their main sponsors Nile Special and enjoyed previlage of the company of the American and South African ambassadors.The Uganda rugby team besides going for the wins have also fronted the Nile Special current campaign #NoExcuse which is aimed at reducing sexual harassment in society.

Here is the selected team to fave Zambi and Zimbabwe

1. Ssenteza Santos

2. Kivumbi Saul

3. Kimbowa Collin

4. Asuman Mugerwa

5. Odugo Faragi

6. Kanyanya Ronald

7. Otto Micheal

8. Olet Simon Peter

9. Odong Charles Uhuru

10. Asaba Brian

11. Pius Ogena

12. Ayera Desire

13. Emong Eliphaz

14. Aaron Ofoyrwoth

15. Epilo Paul Emmanuel

16. Ivan Magomu Arthur

17. Masendi Paul

18. Okorach Micheal

19. Munyani Ian Arnold

20. Wokorach Philip

21. Semwami Daudi Ashraf

22. Simwende Kimono Justin

23. Kasito Adrian

24. Oketayot Byron

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Tusker Lite confirm participation in first ever Food Street Festival in September

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On Monday, the first ever “KCCA Foodie Street” was introduced to the Ugandan social events scene promising an assortment of delicious local delicacies all aligned to take place at the heart of the city’s most esteemed street, Parliamentary Avenue come Saturday, September 7, 2019.

The Foodie Street will host food lovers within the city to a day of merrymaking on the food filled street is organised by KCCA and My Food Network in partnership with Tusker Lite to bring food lovers an unforgettable food fest.

“Kampala is the entertainment capital of East Africa and KCCa has a strategy to make it the premier entertainment and tourist destination in Africa. One of the ways to do this is to showcast our rich culture and hospitality and we know that showcasing our abundant street food, we can achieve this goal, said KCCA Director of Education and Social Services, Mrs Namuddu Juliet Nambi.It has been touted as a fun outdoors lifestyle food event that will showcase Ugandan street food while offering a variety of treats from the different street food exhibitions set to leave food lovers spoilt for choice. Revelers will be given the option of pairing their dishes with either a Tusker Lite or Coca Cola.

“Tusker Lite remains at the heart of the best food experiences in the country. We are looking forward to bringing foodies the party flavour in the first edition of this fun outdoors food experience come September,” said Balaba Brian, Key Accounts Manager, UBL.The event shall have over 30 street food vendors catering to the public from 10:00am to midnight. The event is a mirror of other street food festivals held in numerous cities around the world like Paris, Berlin, London, Manila and Brussels, just to mention but a few.

From sunrise to sunset the streets will be buzzing with activity with every other stall premise creatively set up as either a café or restaurant with Kampala City Council Authority giving the greenlight on the fun food event. There will also be music, dance and drinks all perfectly placed under one historic venue, Parliamentary Avenue located between the IPS building and Jumbo Plaza. Entry to the event is free.

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Nile Special ‘No Excuse’ Campaign to highlight Sexual Harassment  

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Nile Breweries under its flagship brand Nile Special has launched a behavioral change campaign dubbed “No Excuse” with the aim of addressing the predicament of sexual harassment in the country. The brand will address the subject by calling for smart drinking measures among its consumers,since alcohol abuse has been identified as one of the primary catalysts for sexual harassment.The aim of the ‘No Excuse’ campaign is to:

• shine a spotlight on the  sexual harassment problem.

• to bring about a change in long established societal behaviours and attitudes

• to activate bystanders with the aim of decreasing and preventing this act

• challenge the public to take appropriate action against perpetrators of sexual harassment

• encourage stakeholders to support the victims to access appropriate support services.

Attention is increasingly being paid to the prevalence of this vice in Uganda. Whether this is down to more cases being reported or the abuse is on the rise, is a matter worth investigating. What is certain, is that the public space in which women can freely express themselves must be guarded. This calls for collective reflection by all stakeholders on the measures to be undertaken to ensure that every individuals rights and freedom are protected as enshrined in the constitution under Article 20.Utilizing the brand’s online platforms, the campaign will implore the public have its say on what constitutes sexual harassment. The information will be curated and the data presented into a communication campaign to both raise awareness and also educate the public about sexual harassment while changing people’s attitudes and beliefs.

 Francis Nyende, the Nile Special Brand Manager said, “It is a good thing that the plight of women regarding sexual harassment is edging to the fore of the national discourse. But it’s also rather disturbing that almost daily there’s a story about a woman that has been sexually harassed. As one of the leading Ugandan brands we have decided to champion the cause. ”Our ultimate goal is to reduce and prevent the incidences of sexual harassment, which affects the lives of too many women, both directly and indirectly, and thereby make a much safer society.

“Some of the places where women are more susceptible to sexual harassment is during the nightlife (bars, discos etc). At certain hours of the night, after consuming a couple of bottles, some men throw caution to the wind at the expense of the women. So we are here to educate revelers that they should drink smart, there’s no excuse for sexual harassment,” says Nyende.

Ms. Gloria Nakafeero, the Commissioner Gender and Women Affairs, Ministry of Gender,

Labour and Social Development said, “We are using the ‘No Excuse’ campaign as a catalyst to

get people to question themselves and their behaviors. We are aware that by identifying the problem we shall need to do more to try and create meaningful change.  So by raising awareness about the issue, the existing laws and policies as well as the existing support services, we will contribute towards positive change in attitudes to make sexual harassment “inexcusable” and unacceptable and demand positive actions towards the elimination of sexual harassment.

I am happy to be associated with the Nile Special ‘No Excuse’ campaign.  It always starts with a simple insight. What rings true for me was the idea that in Uganda, whenever we observe or encounter of sexual harassment, we’re inclined to absent ourselves of any responsibility – or worse still, excuse behaviour that’s totally inexcusable.”  Article 24 of the constitution protects the dignity of every one in Uganda. No person shall be subjected to any form of inhuman or degrading treatment. This includes respect of a person to their psychological or mental wellbeing.

Enough is enough. Let’s stop excusing sexual harassment. Learn more at the Nile Special ‘No Excuse’ campaign websitewww.noexcuse.ug

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