“Can you believe it is another brand new week? In Runyankole, we have a proverb that says, “Obushesha nibwira bwinganisa omwana na nyina” which when translated simply means, “The process of morning that turns to night makes a child grow to be like the mother.” (Janet Museveni – ‘School Preparation’ 06.12.2021).
After two years lost and no schools, as the schools continues a prolonged lockdown, which never cease to end. The Minister for Education and First Lady Janet Museveni …. drops another lecture and her pastoral needs to enlighten the world. The application as an evangelist or a becoming a pastor should be invoked. This is just a continuation of her sermons and it’s fitting in a church-setting and not in a ministerial post. However, we know “deity” and husband will not allow that…
“When you understand that there’s absolutely nothing that happens in your life that God is ignorant about, then it makes you realize just how great God or His will is in your lives, generally speaking. That makes you understand that if you care only to do what God wants you to do with your life, it is necessary to pray continually to get His guidance. That is the purpose of prayer” (Janet Museveni – ‘School Preparation’ 06.12.2021).
This is supposed to be reassuring and it is… that someone above is having oversight and control over everything. However, it is a weakness, when someone in power and having a powerful office asks people just to pray. As the Minister and First Lady have access to everything and can with decrees ensure people get more help. It is ignorant of her to just ask people to pray. Her husband and the government can support and act upon the needs of people. If people are in trouble then her government should show-up and help. Not just be ignorant and let them plea for their suffering to the lord, which what she does here…
“Is it possible that there are things you can only learn at home which you couldn’t learn while at school, things that He probably wanted you to explore while at home? Could families have failed to make time for other family members because everybody is too busy outside the home? And when the nations had these lockdowns, people had no option but to be at home, eat as one, talk to one another, and generally be together – what families were supposed to be and do in the first place!” (Janet Museveni – ‘School Preparation’ 06.12.2021).
Here she’s defending the prolonged lockdowns, because it has some beneficial meeting-points for families, as the family members are not able to be busy outside of the family. This is true, but it can also pressure the families and with the problems it has served as well. The government didn’t help the families and their dire needs. The ones living day-by-day only got small pieces of bread and not enough to sustain itself. So, trust me the times was hard and the times together wasn’t paradise. Like the Minister make things believe here. The lockdowns wasn’t suddenly abundantly time to spend with family boardgames and chatter, no it was a time of survival and ensure food on the table the next day. So, I don’t know what sort of image or lost chapter she is reading from, unless she only gets the memo’s from the rich elites, which is never close to reality of the common man anyway.
“However, in Uganda, we have learned how many families don’t want to have their children at home, especially the girls. When they were forced to have them at home instead of at school, many gave their daughters away in marriage; others were defiled by relatives at home (some by their own fathers). So the school closures have brought out community weaknesses that we didn’t know
before, and we need to pray for clear solutions for those wounds that many families are now living with. That is why we will start a campaign that we hope will provide some answers and guidance for many of these girls in our society that are hurting. With God’s help, perhaps their wounds will find some healing” (Janet Museveni – ‘School Preparation’ 06.12.2021).
We knew about these ills, but the state would barely touch it. Now, they speaks of campaigns against it. However, the state who targets the NGOs and CSOs who helps these communities have been targeted. The state talks big game, but it all have to be solved by a campaign. Yes, these practices are bad and wrong. Some of these have been galvanized and become more rampant possibly in the lockdowns. However, the state could put into regulations and enforcement against people who does this.
The child who gets married or raped should get help. This injustice should get answered and the state has failed them, if they don’t do anything about it. God can help with the mental and be a shelter for the soul. However, the state should answer with proper laws, regulations and enforcement to avoid these things to happen. The state needs to take precautions and safeguards, which it haven’t when it let these things happen. Yes, some can never be stopped, because the people will initially do this. Nevertheless, that is why the state has various of agencies, ministries and law enforcement to stop these from happening. They have educated and enlighten the general public about these ills. Also, what sort of suffering that comes out of it.
God can help with some healing, but that’s not the answer here. The state can deliver much more and help the victims of these crimes. Also go after the ones who committed these crimes to the children. That’s what the state needs to do and this show how hopeless Janet is.
Enough of this nonsense and this lacklustre Minister, who is out of her league and needs some guiding in her role as a government official. Peace.