Sharing Uganda’s future
Posted Saturday, October 19 2013 at 01:00
Under a tent on a warm Thursday evening, the lower gardens of Kampala Serena Hotel were turned in to festival grounds as different people gathered to take part in a participatory music festival, Uganda Beyond 50. They listened to messages about Uganda beyond 50 years from children, youth and adults. These shared what they would like Uganda to be in the next 50 years.
The history of Uganda was juxtaposed on the same stage with the present and the future, all in one large tent that formed the venue for the festival.
As we entered the tent through a narrow long path, ushered in by fairly looking ladies, the major landmark years of the country welcomed us right from 1962, the year of independence, to the years that defined the history of our country.
All this was laced in a forest like setting with recorded sounds of birds chirping away, signifying the breaking of dawn and beginning of a new era.
The messages were spiked with musical performances from the Kika Troupe, a cultural group that lifted the souls of the people.
The musical performances, which were all Ugandan in nature, brought out the cultural element, like where we came from as a nation.
The crowd was also encouraged to send tweets about what they wanted to see in the next 50 years, and these were read out and displayed on the screens. Veterans like retired prime minister of Buganda, Dan Muliika, said Politicians portray a bad picture of Uganda yet they talk on behalf of the people.
Richard Mugisha, the country manager of the Open Society Initiative for Eastern Africa (OSIEA) said: “50 years from now, we should not be thinking about regime projects, but about peaceful transfer of power.”
About Uganda beyond 50
The event was organised by the Open Society Initiative for Eastern Africa (OSIEA) and it aimed to give Ugandans a chance to think about the Uganda they would like to see in the next 50 years.