The Kakwenza phenomenon

Yesterday, within less than seven hours, Kakwenza Rukirabashaija raised from individual donors, I assume mostly Ugandans, Shs 40 million (nearly US$ 11.4 thousand). He used a simple fundraising strategy. Through his social media platforms he requested five thousand donors to each donate, via mobile money, Shs 8,000 (which is less than US$ 3). And, once… Continue reading The Kakwenza phenomenon

Description versus abuse

Yesterday, as I was pampered by my manicurist-pedicurist, a conversation ensued in the beauty parlour about how abusive Ugandan youth are these days. It was specifically triggered by the trending incident in which the outspoken, controversial, youthful, dreadlocked, city lawyer, Isaac Ssemakadde, debated Kampala Central Member of Parliament, Muhammad Nsereko. During the debate, on live… Continue reading Description versus abuse

Dancing on St. Luwum’s Grave II

“Archbishop Luwum was a leading voice in criticising the excesses of the Idi Amin regime that assumed power in 1971. In 1977, Archbishop Luwum delivered a note of protest to dictator Idi Amin against the policies of arbitrary killings and unexplained disappearances. Shortly afterwards the archbishop and other leading churchmen were accused of treason (and… Continue reading Dancing on St. Luwum’s Grave II

Social media advocacy power

Twitter has suspended Kakwenza Rukirabashaija's account. I did not see that coming. And so, it happened shortly after I had 'facebooked' that considering the exponential growth of Kakwenza's Twitter following since his most recent abduction and torture, his Twitter following could potentially grow to a million; and therefore, his anticipated third book, yet to be… Continue reading Social media advocacy power

Kakwenza, will you survive this time round?

Dear Kakwenza, In 2020, your "The Greedy Barbarian" rubbed the handlers of our head of state the wrong way; as did Denis Cecil Hills' "The White Pumpkin", rub handlers of another of our heads of state the wrong way, for in it Hills likened the head of state to a "Village Tyrant." Like Hills you… Continue reading Kakwenza, will you survive this time round?