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WHEN TEENS CHOSE HELL OVER HEAVEN

WHEN TEENS CHOOSE HELL OVER HEAVEN

Bright Junior School

By Kato Mukasa

Religion has one major tool that has helped it survive for generations. It is its ability to cause fear, to instill fear in the minds of its innocent, brain washed believers all over the world. I am talking about religion in its entirety. Religion, whether it is the African Tradition religion, Moslems, Christians, Hindus, Orthodox Jews or others such as Seventh Day Adventists,Trotskyist,Conservative, or Fascist is premised on certain supernatural powers, an existence of a certain god who created all creatures and the universe, that god is all good, all powerful, all knowing and human beings must worship and pray to the god who had a son without sexual intercourse, who was god before he was born, a god who knew us before birth, our beginning and our end. That is what religion, at least the followers of Christianity have been meant to believe. (more…)

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THE BURDEN OF BEING A YOUNG MOTHER

Burden of being a young mother

Burden of being a young mother

By Kato Mukasa

As many children join the rest of African children in marking the day of the African child every June 6, Many young mothers in Kampala’s slum areas are struggling to take care of themselves as well as their – in most cases, fatherless – children. HALEA operates in Kampala city’s central division and Kagugube parish in particular. We work among young mothers out of school as well as teenagers in schools. Teenager girls in schools are potential young mothers because of the high cases of teenager pregnancies as young girls indulge in un protected sex due to lack of awareness on sex issues since parents and teachers feel uncomfortable ( given the religious and cultural practices that influence them) to pass on sex education to children. As such, part of the bitter consequences is the rampant unwanted pregnancies and cases of children having children. (more…)

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Prayers for sale

Prayers for sale

Kato Mukasa

Uganda is ranked among the ten nations of the world that are highly religious. Ugandans are highly religious in a sense that they worship the gods and the God at the same time. This double worship is ironically acceptable even among cultural, religious and political leaders. In 2006 Presidential campaigns, Uganda’s Vice President then, Dr. Gilbert Bukenya visited a large shrine in Masaka to seek the interventions of the gods and grant the ruling National Resistance Movement victory. President Museveni has continued to consult witch doctors during campaigns and in the February 2011 Presidential campaigns, hundreds of witch doctors gathered at Nakivubo stadium to intercede for candidate Museveni and to date, there are stories of the witchdoctors going to state house to demand that they are fully paid for working so hard to enable Mr.Museveni win another term in office. (more…)

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Humanism and Pan Africanism in Uganda:A Growing Debate

Awich Pola of UN

Awich Pola of UN

In a public debate organized on Friday 27th May at Seas Culp Hotel, we addressed ourselves to the relevancy of pan Africanism and humanism in the modern world. The audience was composed of 72 professionals’ including university lecturers, practicing lawyers, journalists, members of the civil society and political and human rights activists. In order to have a more interactive debate, we only had two short presentations to kick start the debate and we let the audience have their say. Captain Awich Pola, a trained lawyer, a United Nations official and pan Africanist made a brief presentation on the history and relevance of pan Africanism and I later made a case for humanism while at the same time appreciating some of the pillars on which pan Africanism is rooted. Comrade Awich Pola noted that pan Africanism emerged because of the need for emancipation of black people especially those in the diaspora that the founders fought for equality of (more…)

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HUMANISM CONCEPT CANNOT THRIVE WELL UNDER BOGUS POLITICS

Humanism can not thrive under Bogus Politics

Humanism can not thrive under Bogus Politics

Free thought and the use of rationale ought to be the natural phenomenon but in a world where different dynamics determine what goes on, it has always been a danger to those who try to exercise that right. A very important determinant to a free thinking society is the powers that govern or run that society. Any human being anywhere in the world when given a chance is a freethinker but just like it is that the human mind is calculative in risk taking so does it tend to shun away from expressing their inner take on anything that may cause problems towards it and to its holder. Now am not talking about problems like rebuke, shunning and isolation but am talking of problems that involve the loss of life like beating, imprisonment, murder and the likes. It also seems less (more…)

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Pastor Male at a debate

Pastor Male at a debate

WHEN RELIGION LOSES VALUE: THE UGANDAN CASE.

Ugandans are a people who want to cut the figure of being a religious lot yet in fact they aren’t. May be its due to our nature in which looks weigh more than substance and impression matters more than fact. Mohammedans and Christians are plenty and go to their respective places of worship plus even let you know who they are every day by donning insignia like caps, rosaries, crosses and things of the like but that is where many stop at. Many also at the same time are traditional worshippers and usually also have talismans on their bodies. Yes it’s a fact most Africans never completely throw off the cloak of the religious beliefs of their ‘Jajjas’ or ancestors. Now I have no problem with all this but my problem is in not living to their various creeds. (more…)

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