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I went out to a Ugandan Bloggers’ Meet-up. What a Waste of Time It Was!!!

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I have spent countless days pondering on writing this piece. One voice thought that perhaps things in Uganda need to be given a chance to evolve. That we should not expect heaven while on the earthy grounds of Uganda. Yet, another voice convinced me that we should not expect Uganda to take the same paths of evolution. That Uganda can instead go through revolutions or make quantum leaps. You know the voice that won.

On May 5th Thursday, I chose to make that dreaded trip to the Yasigi Beer Garden for the Uganda Bloggers Happy Hour. It was scheduled to start at 6pm. Did I say 30 minutes later, there was no sign of a blogger’s happy hour? Yes, one to three people were present, but nothing was yet to happen. Nothing makes the better of first impressions like time management skills. Nothing turns me off like the worst of the same.

A couple of weeks back, I had read a Facebook Post by someone I respect. He was angry that many of these meet-ups keep happening but Ugandan bloggers don’t bother to show up whether out of a no-care attitude or a sign of arrogance. With all humility, I had showed up to this meet-up expecting the mother of ideas that matter and conversations worth sharing, worth acting upon.

Bloggers meet

To make matters worse, the sitting arrangement sacked. It should have been sacked in the first place. Then came the music that kept booming from the nearby speakers. One of my friends was then disturbed by the stench of cigarette smoke that permeated the air. It took a lot of hard work to follow the short talk given by the founder of the Konakry Express blog. He gave important insights. Yes, important especially for news. It was like the fundamentals of blogging. Guess it was magic for those aspiring to be bloggers.

Then my friend made a conclusion at the end of the meet-up. “Look here, this has been my first time and it will also serve as my last time at the meet-ups.” How had he read my mind? These were my exact thoughts.

When the space for conversations was opened up, another disappointment cropped up. Nothing is as important as asking the right questions. Everyone can ask a question, everyone can answer a question but the art of asking the right questions, that belongs to the great.

Right then, right there, I knew something was wrong with the bloggers’ meet-up. It’s a great idea built on the wrong foundations, without clear direction. It doesn’t do much to drive conversations in the way they should go. It’s great meeting in an outdoor set-up and interacting over a glass of beer or wine or a cup of coffee, that’s a great one. But then, there should be something one takes home with them. We need to hold conversations that matter in these meet-ups, and there should be proper definitions on what these meet-ups aspire to be or to achieve. We all know what blogging means in the Western sense of the definition. But we need to understand the same in the Ugandan context. We need to know what we all understand by Ugandan blogging, what are the visions for this Ugandan blogging, what are the aspirations, what is the agenda both individual and group?

I made this post weeks later under the assumption that I wouldn’t be led by any emotions whatsoever. I do hope that the organizers of the meet-up will take this in a similar faith and generate a debate on better ways to hold these meet-ups. Finally, I do hope that when debates around the meet-ups themselves are held, Ugandan bloggers will begin to understand that at the end of it all, a blog must influence. And that the bloggers’ community in Uganda should have the ability to make that collective influence on various issues of importance. Perhaps, there could be a theme to pursue in a given month for each blogger.

We can’t keep baby-sitting various happenings in Uganda, we ought to hold them to certain standards. We shouldn’t expect these meet-ups to evolve, we should expect them to make revolutionary quantum leaps. And those leaps won’t happen if we can’t get the basics right. Basics such as asking the right open questions that generate important conversations. Basics such as proper time management just to mention but a few.

Otherwise, for now, call me obnoxious, call me a know-it-all, I am not about to attend any of the bloggers’ meet-ups or happy hours, whatever the case. The current model of the meet-ups is flawed. And working on a flawed model takes us nowhere. One is better off scratching one’s balls and watching from the side-lines as the pseudo-bloggers enjoy their shine.

Staff Writer

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3 Reasons why the blame on Martha Kay and other women whose nudes leak is misdirected

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Martha Kay

By Bash Mutumba

In recent times, nothing excites Ugandans more than a leak of raunchy content; mostly the kind that involves a public figure. After the men recreationally finish the soap in their bathrooms, and the women envying and/or judging their fellow women’s bodies, the next step is usually to blame the victims of how irresponsible they are for letting their nudes leak, and often go on and on blaming them for taking these photos and/or videos in the first place. I’ll tell you why this blame is misdirected.

1. They don’t leak them themselves

In all honesty, of all the nudes and sextapes that leak, the ones that ask for them – who are also the only intended consumers – are usually the romantic partners, and it is very absurd that the blame is never laid on these particular individuals. The guy who leaked Zari’s video never paid for his sins, Desire Luzinda’s Nigerian lover was sure nothing would be done to him, Anita Fabiola’s offender too was never brought to book. Same applies to Judith Heard and now Martha Kay.

2. They are the victims

It is rather clear that cyber bullying isn’t something to joke about, as we have all witnessed friends and family succumb to depression after episodes of being bullied on social media. The best that can be done for such people is to show them they are loved, regardless of the betrayal they have faced at the hands of those they loved and trusted. Making fun, and threats of legal action and jail, aren’t the best words to tell to someone in a situation of being prone to mental health issues.

3. Ugandans should have rights to privacy

The whole essence of having mobile phones is privacy. They are not shared like landlines or pay phones, and the passwords therein, are ultimately to that effect. Ideally, every Ugandan should be able to take photos that empower them, without fearing that someone will encroach on their privacy.

I personally felt so sad when various people created fake pages in the name of Martha Kay just to get followers riding on her sorrow. It is needless to say, that we should spread love, not hate.

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Finally, Development Channel boss writes to President Museveni

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My name is Charles N. Lambert and I represent the global Pan-African quest for economic independence through an umbrella known as the “United Citizens of Africa” (UCA). I lead a strong army of over 500,000 subscribed believers in our cause of demanding Africa’s economic independence and the end of gross poverty in our continent. I have passionate followers in countless countries including but not limited to hundreds of thousands in Nigeria, thousands in Kenya, South Sudan, Senegal, Ethiopia, Ghana, Cameroon, Uganda, the United Kingdom, Canada and the United States. I can boldly say that I REPRESENT the present day Pan-Africanism in regards to the pursuit of economic independence for Africa, a thing we believe is expedient.

In case you have not observed Mr. President, you are the last remaining single individual in all of Africa’s 1.3billion people that has the foundation, the understanding and the experience regarding Pan-Africanism. We don’t just need you, we have travelled thousands of miles to Uganda just to find you and rest our pursuit on the grace of our ancestors which you have carried tirelessly for decades. YOU are the only reason why the base of our efforts has been set in Uganda because as the scriptures say “If the foundation be destroyed, what shall the righteous do?” Hence by default, you have no option than to embrace the fact that you are OUR LEADER and one which we MUST work with to fulfill the aspirations of our fathers who fought to set our various nations free from colonial oppression and begin a blue print towards our development as a people.

As you have narrated in the Mustard Seed, the economic pursuit of independence for Africa was to follow the political one but somewhere along the lines, something went missing. Your excellency Sir, we have gathered that which went missing and have the most comprehensive, robust, proven, pragmatic and sustainable platform consisting of 25 companies and backed up with unbelievable ideological followership that is guaranteed to crush anyone who stands in opposition to the cause. There is nothing that is remotely as comprehensive as what we possess in UCA and we have NO MATCH in leadership contention for the pan-African economic liberation movement be it with NGOS, governments, international agencies or private businesses- we are designed to LEAD EVERYONE. There is nothing that will belittle us as referring to us as just another investor in Uganda.

Your Excellency, our movement will practically and permanently ERASE all your nightmares as a leader. Scriptures says “Write the vision and make it plain upon tables that THEY MAY RUN THAT READS IT….” As you can see from the scripture, you have been writing, articulating, making it plain YET no one has bothered to RUN with that which you have written. There is a massive, irreparable disconnect between your ideals and the people to execute them which is most evident that despite the peace, the enabling environment and the countless ideas you give, Uganda was listed three weeks ago as the 3rd poorest country in the world by GDP. I do not believe you want to use another 30 years to discover that you MUST look at unprecedented platforms such as ours to serve Ugandans and Africans at large. The present statuesque does not work and the same people are telling the masses that YOU are responsible for unemployment, poor housing and gross poverty in the land when in actuality the reverse is the case.

We are about to move into the next steps of our Pan-African economic liberation movement and we are setting up a phone manufacturing plant in YOUR VILLAGE (Rushere, Rwakitura municipality, kiruhura district) by November 2018 and it will be the first place in all of Africa where mobile devices and IT products are made. This is an honor our movement has bestowed on you because you have stood for more than 50 years on the same ideals we now represent especially in regards to your position on “… benefiting foreign economies to the detriment of the local people” (Economic War proposed by you-President Yoweri Museveni in the 10Point Program). In all intentions and purposes, you are our father, my father. This is why we have set up the first tool for our first of 25 battles in your hometown and have vowed to foster your legacy to ALL of Africa so as to receive and maintain the grace of all the fathers of Pan-Africanism long dead.

In continuation of our commitment to Uganda BECAUSE OF YOU AND THE GRACE OF OUR ANCESTORS IN PAN-AFRICANSIM WHICH YOU CARRY, We are also set to establish a car manufacturing plant in Jinja, food processing in Gulu (I am excited to turn your value addition theory on coffee to living reality), a women empowerment oil and gas corporation in Masindi, a home construction institute in Soroti, the Black wall Street in Kampala, an e-commerce processing in Nakasongola, and so much more. I can guarantee you that given your support from this month of September 2018, that by January 2019, over 1 million jobs will be available in Uganda for the Youth with work assimilation training provided and wages exceeding your middle income projections for the country. Your Excellency, we can ERASE unemployment in Uganda in a twinkle of an eye given your support.

Your Excellency, it was you and NOT my humble self that called for a combination of “capitalistic and socialist ideals” in the building of the nation. We responded to your own ideas in our “Our child support program for Uganda” yet because you are not yet publicly on board with what we are doing, we have been oppressed by members of your own government, called various names including scam by your own police and harassed without mercy by your own government’s media (New Vision Group). This is the same program that is bound to give you countless international awards and recognition for the country! Your Excellency, we are tired of seeing our best intentions destroyed because of your silence towards our movement which the Ugandan people unfortunately do not have the slightest understanding about.

You cannot afford to leave us defenseless anymore among very uninformed and highly ignorant public as too much will be lost in the process including our planned Job seekers allowance for job seekers and the various other initiatives unheard of by any other country in the history of Africa. In summary, history is unfolding through our presence in Uganda to tap into your grace and we are employing you to embrace our platform, stand on it and lead Africa to economic independence through us. We are formidable, dependable and ruthless in efficiency.

Finally, just like the political independence was finally attained, we will attain economic independence for Africa and permanently delete our identity with poverty and death.

May God bless and keep you.

May God bless and keep Africa.

Your Ideological Son,

Charles N. Lambert

Founder & Chairman

United Citizens of Africa (UCA)

Development Channel (DC)

Great Uganda Initiative (GUI)

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Opinion: If 1% of Uganda’s Population Started Mining Bitcoin, UEGCL Would Have To Construct A New Dam Every 2 Months

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By Ian Ortega

It is now clear that there is no escaping the Bitcoin revolution. Bitcoin is here to stay, and so is Blockchain, the technology upon which Bitcoin runs. Yet even more scary is the power consumption that is used up in the Bitcoin mining process.

An individual bitcoin transaction is estimated to use up 300kwh of electricity, an equivalent of boiling over 30,000 kettles of water.

Current global Bitcoin energy usage is 0.13 percent of the world’s electricity consumption. According to Joel Bellenson, at Bitcoin’s current growth rate of 30% per month, Bitcoin mining energy consumption will exceed global solar energy production before the next Christmas. “It will take 25 months until Bitcoin mining completely eradicates human civilisation,” he notes. “25 months at current bitcoin mining energy growth rate of 30% per month before mining exceeds 100% of all the electricity on the planet.”

The bitcoin users are estimated to be peaking towards 18 million, as per those with a Bitcoin wallet. As per UETCL records, “Uganda’s peak power system demand currently stands at 500 MW against an installed generation capacity of 851.53MW.”

This implies, that if 1% of Uganda’s population were to start mining bitcoin, UEGCL would have to construct a new dam with the same capacity of Karuma every 2 months. And this should be a very scary thought for the Electricity bodies as Bitcoin could prove to be a bigger threat to energy usage than anything.

But is UEGCL prepared for such an eventuality? Would it cope if Bitcoin mining and transactions became the order of the day in the country? Probably this may not happen. And we could see a country coming to a total standstill. The country then may surely need to open up conversations about Bitcoin and Blockchain.

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