AFRICAN TIME

This sunday, the priest at my local church had to start the servive with a congregation mostly made up of empty seats that were gradually filled as members of the congregation trickled in for the service. They had missed the introductory remarks of the service. This greatly irritated the priest as I later got to know as he showed his diappointment in his concluding remarks just before he gave the final blessing. The thrust of his argument was about time keeping. This got me thinking and I felt compelled to write something about it especially as regards the poor time keeping habit of many Ugandans.

‘African time’ were the two words that stood out from his brief speech. These two words will you find in the daily talk of many Ugandans as adefence or excuse for their not being punctual. It’s really a misfortune for lack of a better word.

Some time ago when I was reading about a success story of one of the Ugandans formerly in the diaspora in one of the dailies, he said’going for kyeyo taught me to value time’ and as the words and experiences of this man covered the subsquent lines of the article, it was evident that time management was an integral part of his success and his new status as a successful man.

In Uganda, I haven’t been to a meeting or any gathering of any kind that has began at exactly the time it was scheduled to commence, not even the opposition rallies. A few examples are the class day meetings were parents meet school teachers, public meetings I have attended includng one where the President was to give a speech to group of supproters but arrived two hours after his appointed time for giving the speech. Now I can imaging it must have been urgent for the President to take care of somethings.

That a side, I would like to imagine you too have noted this or even had it elsewhere that Ugandans are generally poor at keeping time. They always seem to give an excuse of it being ‘African time’ for their inabilty to be punctual. How pathetic! Incase you are wondering how late I was for the service, well is wasn’t. I was ten minutes early.

As I conclude, ‘lets show that we are civilised and get pricipled and keep time,’ a loose excerpt from the priest’s words.

POWER OUTAGES IN HOIMA

As I write this article from the ‘Oil City,’ as the locals like to call it because of the recently discoverd oil deposits,am in total darkness with the light of my phone illuminating my face bacause, there is no power and this happens more often. Looking out through my window into the blanket of darkness that has besieged the night on this Friday night. Such power outages remind reaffirm the statement that this is Hoima.

During the day, generators rumble all round me at business premises of big hotels like Reviera Hotel, Hoima resort Hotel to mention but a few. As for those that can not afford the services of a generator, well they get comfortable when the lights go out.

Here in Hoima, power is never something you rely apon and I have testified to that on many occasions. Just like the residents of Hoima, I can only hope that the power outages will soon be a thing of the past. So the next time you plan to pay a visit to Hoima, an emergency flash light will prove handy.

LOOKING AROUND

Iam always taken aback by the behaviour of some people I would expect to be exemplary and reputable. However, I am soon coming to terms with it and learning not to expect people to behave they I always think they should.

As I look around me and in my daily experiences I come to acknowledge that most people at certain age brackets will by default behave in contrast to the norm.

I have noted that for humans or people for that matter to behave a certain way, that there have to be certain limit restrictions on what and how much they can do in order for them to behave accordingly.

New policies and how the people react to them are of particular importance to me because of the way they are resisted and defied at first until consequences to an alternative action are spelt out clearly to them. This has proven effective although it has earned some lectuerers brands like "he's a bad man," and the like making such figures of authority unpopular.

There are many forms of behaviour I have observed among my school mates that are uncouth and beat my understanding and I am sure of any upright minded person. Such as carrying of chairs out of classrooms and later leaving them outside to the
vagaries of nature, entering of hostels with shoes on a rainy day; having a field day? I can not tell, not embracing general cleaning as a healthy life style.

All the above intrigue me and make me want to find out more and the why's of such behavioural patterns and humans.

LOOKING AROUND

Iam always taken aback by the behaviour of some people I would expect to be exemplary and reputable. However, I am soon coming to terms with it and learning not to expect people to behave they I always think they should.

As I look around me and in my daily experiences I come to acknowledge that most people at certain age brackets will by default behave in contrast to the norm.

I have noted that for humans or people for that matter to behave a certain way, that there have to be certain limit restrictions on what and how much they can do in order for them to behave accordingly.

New policies and how the people react to them are of particular importance to me because of the way they are resisted and defied at first until consequences to an alternative action are spelt out clearly to them. This has proven effective although it has earned some lectuerers brands like “he’s a bad man,” and the like making such figures of authority unpopular.

There are many forms of behaviour I have observed among my school mates that are uncouth and beat my understanding and I am sure of any upright minded person. Such as carrying of chairs out of classrooms and later leaving them outside to the vagaries of nature, entering of hostels with shoes on a rainy day; having a field day? I can not tell, not embracing general cleaning as a healthy life style.

All the above intrigue me and make me want to find out more and the why’s of such behavioural patterns and humans.