Monday January 27 2014

Explorers re-writing Uganda’s history


By Jonathan Adengo

This year has started on a high notch for the tourism industry. There are people who are set to re-write history through their expeditions. One of them is Levison Wood, a former Afghan soldier who is attempting the first walk of the full length of River Nile.
Wood started his adventure last December from Rwanda hoping to cover a 4,250 mile journey in 12 months. Last week, he finally reached Uganda, meaning he has already covered 1000 km in just 47 days.
His expedition has attracted international media attention and the reason you should be interested is that because of this adventure, all the money raised will be given to charity. Not only that, but it also gives us a rare opportunity for international media to talk about Uganda for a good cause. The other group of explorers is Christopher Baker and David Baker, the great grandchildren of great explorer Sir Samuel Baker. They are in the country trying to retrace their great grandfather’s expeditions. The two will put markers at locations where Sir Samuel and Lady Florence Baker camped in the 1860s and 1870s. This is an interesting development because these clear demarcations will promote Sir Baker’s trail as a key tourism destination. As a country this will not only boost the industry, but it is a great way of giving us a glimpse of what history books have only managed to paint a picture of.
The brewing row at Uneb

By the look of things, all is not well at the national examination body as a row seems to be brewing at the helm of its management. With the executive secretary, Matthew Bukenya set to retire in April, there has been infighting over who will fill his shoes.
The examination body is also facing technical issues which seem to have delayed the release of the Primary Leaving Examinations (PLE) results. According to officials, it is hard to tell when the results will be released. This might not only affect the schools but also the parents who are planning for their children to join secondary schools.
This coupled with conflicting statements from the two Uneb bosses is why you should be interested. The infighting is impacting on the delivery of results which will ultimately affect the school calendar. And it seems, we will have to dance to the tunes of Uneb and hope that the mess is nipped in the bud.