As politicians and political parties jostle to outshine the other as the saviour of Karamoja and are making paltry donations of food aid that perhaps costs more per capita to deliver to Karimojong households, I am tickled by the irony that they are oblivious of the fact that they are responsible for causing the latest… Continue reading MPs do your job – undo Karamoja famine by design
On this 26th day of January 2022, the NRM Liberation Day remembrance, my thoughts are dominated by what liberation actually means to us in our day to day lives in Uganda. I am especially concerned by the way in which we "modernise" or more accurately "global-westernise" by losing a lot of our good food and… Continue reading ‘Liberation’ in daily life
According to my friend, Lomuria Betty Konyen, in Karamoja every ethnic group has a totem, which are largely animals; this signifies how the Karamojong’s life is entrenched in animals, both domestic and wild. For example, according to Lomuria, some of the totems are: Ngi-Matheniko – Giraffe - Ekori (they are Ngikorio).Ngi-Bokora – Turtle –… Continue reading Totems of Karamoja and cultural tourism
So, anyway, as part of our domestic tourism experience, we had the pleasure of interacting with a Karimojong 'tourist community', you know, the kind which is maintained static for the benefit of sharing a particular perspective of Karimojong. A member of the community in Lorukul in Karenge was our guide into his community; as well… Continue reading A bit about Karimojong marriage practices
Hon. Agnes Nanduttu has updated her Facebook wall where she posted the photo above, with the following caption: "Today I have been given the mandate to serve Ugandans as state minister for Karamoja. Now it is time to work. Thank you Uganda."Hon. Agnes Nanduttu, Woman Member of Parliament for Bududa District and now Minister of… Continue reading ‘Outsiders’ as Minsters for Karamoja Affairs, why?