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Ugandans should learn from Mandela

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By Brian Kisomose

Posted  Sunday, December 15   2013 at  02:00

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If there is one thing that Uganda today needs, it is this message.

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For the BBC generation in Uganda, one way of proving academic prowess and argument-skills was quoting the closing remarks of Madiba Mandela during the trial that sent him to jail for 27 years.

This is what we had from the books and later the film on his life in the 80s: “In judging our progress as individuals, we tend to concentrate on external factors, such as one’s social position, influence and popularity, wealth and standard of education...but internal factors may be even more crucial in assessing one’s development as a human being: humility, purity, generosity, absence of vanity and readiness to serve one’s fellow men...qualities within the reach of every human soul”.

If there is one thing that Uganda today needs, it is this message.

Brian Kisomose,
Makerere University