What does Boris’ premiership mean for Uganda?

Monday July 29 2019

Boris Johnson, the new Prime Minister of

Boris Johnson, the new Prime Minister of Britain. AFP/FILE 

By Dennis Katungi

I have so far seen seven British prime ministers in my lifetime, including Boris Johnson. I lived in UK in the early 1990s. Margaret Thatcher, aka Iron Lady, was the all powerful premier.

The new kid on the bloc, Boris Johnson, is many things to different people. However, I found his writings on Uganda interesting to say the least. You do not know where to put him when you read his blog written years back. He defended colonialism in Uganda thus:

“Consider Uganda, the Pearl of Africa, as an example of the British record. Are we guilty of slavery? Pshaw. It was one of the first duties of Frederick Lugard, who colonised Buganda, to take on and defeat the Arab slavers. And don’t swallow that nonsense about how we planted the ‘wrong crops’ Uganda teems with vegetation. You will find fruits rare and strange, like the jackfruit, hanging bigger than your head and covered with green tetrahedral nodules.

Though delicately perfumed, it is, alas, more or less disgusting, and not even Waitrose (a UK super market) is pretentious enough to stock it. So, the British planted coffee and cotton and tobacco, and they were broadly right.” Let’s watch Boris’ foreign policy thrust. He knows a thing or two about international politics.
Dennis Katungi,
dkatungi@mediacentre.go.ug

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