A failed adventure for Novak Djokovic

It is now final that Novak Djokovic, the Serbian tennis-player and grand-slam winner isn’t allowed to play at the Australian Open and neither been granted visa to the nation. This has been a long time coming and plenty of hurdles. However, I don’t feel sorry for him or his cause. No, this was a selfish and a risky act, which he outplayed himself.

His confidence and hubris, that he would be above rules and regulations is astonishing. That a man who is a anti-vaxxer can be that in his own homestead and domain. However, when you go out of that comfort-zone and into someone else’s. The questions are opened up and you have to follow the rules there.

If its fine in Serbia, that’s his unvaccinated and without additional protection against the coronavirus. That’s fine by me, but he travelled across the world. Left the Balkans and Europe behind to participate and play in a competition. Where he knew and his team would know the rules of which was put in place. Not only for the safety of him as a player and a contender, but for everyone involved.

Any sovereign nation is allowed to have mandates, passports and rules for entry. It doesn’t matter who you are or what your role in the world. As an individual, you have to comply to set rules and guidances before entering. Everyone who has travelled or applied for visa for somewhere knows this. It is fees involved, paperwork and additional certificates of yellow-fever or whatnot before your deemed fit to enter.

So, I don’t feel any sorrow for the Tennis Superstar who outplayed himself. He lied apparently on the visa-form, which for ordinary fellows would be a huge no-no. An ordinary citizens of the world would be in deep trouble from the on-set and wouldn’t have second chances. However, because of the pivotal role in sport and tennis champion, Djokovic got second and a third chance. As he lied about having previously Covid-19 and not taken vaccines.

Ordinary citizens and people related to Australians has to get vaccinated before entering the nation. So, it would only be fair that Djokovic had done the same. Why should ordinary people have to do it and he doesn’t? What is fair about that? Because, his good at hitting the ball at a tennis court. So, he should be above the regulations of any given nation? Who is he kidding here?

That just shows his arrogance and his ego. He didn’t’ consider the implications nor the impact of his move. He has spoken out against others and told them to comply with rules. However, he himself thinks he stands above it all. The mighty has fallen and disgraced himself. All because he doesn’t have the heart or the moral ambiguity to take a jab. A jab other would gladly take in his stead and heck would be lucky to even get in this here world.

Djokovic isn’t a hero in this. He outplayed himself and lost terribly. I feel no sorrow for the man, as he and his team could have prevented this easily. However, by his own free will and choice he didn’t do it. Therefore, he has to face the consequences.

The Australian authorities has only shown fair judgement here, as he, Novak Djokovic should comply to the same rules as anyone else entering the nation. That is the lesson here… as a no-name and average Joe have to do what the forms and the regulations states. This being jabbed or not. The same is apparently to hard for the star and the big-man himself. He thought he could be above it and be allowed to enter, because of his stature and his prominence in sports. Which was wrong and righteously so. Peace.

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The Medical Interns strike is a self-made crisis… and the state has the the tools to resolve it…

This is what empty promises and sending love letters between the bureaucratic institutions. The state and the government have promised a relief and added salary for the medical interns. This is going back to the first strike this year in June 2021 and the promises of the President and his letter to the Ministry of Finance and Planning, Economic Development (MoFPED) in July 2021.

Now, we are in mid-December 2021 and nothing has happened. The Federation for Uganda Medical Interns (FUMI) have rights to fight for their members and for the ones who is on the front-line. For a President who defends and wants to pay scientists. It is really weak that he cannot find the funds or allocate funds to fix this. Alas, this isn’t an priority.

That’s why on the 10th December 2021 the Ministry of Health has sent out an letter and said the medical interns can be evicted and vacate the Hospitals within a week to pave way for new ones in January 2022. This shows that the state was never interested in paying a fair salary and the covering their basic needs. As these are the future of the Ministry of Health and the ones who can become the Health Care professionals the MoH needs.

This government clearly doesn’t care about the Ministry of Health or the ones working there. They don’t prioritize it or have any concerns, because there is always an Non-Governmental Organization or United Nations Organizations covering the shortfalls. If not, the high ranking officials is taking trips abroad to get healing. The medical tourism of the big-men and the patronage is the reason for not valuing the hospitals and health centres.

When the President knows perfectly well the problems. He has even written a letter directing the MoFPED in July 2021. There is all the reasons to listen to the grievances and needs of the medical interns. This is if the government or the National Resistance Movement (NRM) even values the scientists or the ones who combat a pandemic. The NRM thinks they can assault and silence the ones who cannot even feed themselves.

On the 10th December 2021, the same day as the MoH went after the Medical Interns. “The Uganda Dental Association (UDA) hereby informs the general public that we will be joining the ongoing industrial action organized by the Uganda Medical Association. We sincerely apologize for any and all inconveniences caused” (UDA, 10.12.2021). They are joining the Uganda Medical Association, which is on their 5th week of industrial action and that’s all because the state cannot live up to their own promises. This is neglecting their mission and good governance, which is proving how bad the state is at governing at this current time.

Association of Graduate Nurses and Midwives of Uganda wrote yesterday a press release. Where the AGNMU states the importance of the medical interns. They are not only condemning, but stating that it’s a dangerous decision by the MoH, which will affect the 2022 cohort. Secondly, which was interesting was this line from the

AGNMU: “Ministry of health should pay medical interns as per the presidential directive. Why should a mother starve her children? Medical interns deserve to be paid for their great work they contribute to health care in Uganda” (AGNMU – ‘Press Release on Medical Interns Strike’ 11.12.2021).

It is clear, that the President, MoFPED and MoH have no plans of honouring their promises. This has been going on for too long and they have no plans of changing it. The state shows that with initially firing the interns and wanting to hire others. Which is not respecting or honouring the ideals of a strike. They are making the workers and the medical professionals into a commodity they can easily transfer or change. So, if these sorts of actions causes a brain-drain. The state created this by themselves and gave no incentives for the ones trying to be come a nurse, midwife or doctor to stay in the Republic. Since, the state doesn’t value your eduction or your profession anyway. That’s the message here and they been saying that with the inaction for months. Peace.

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Pastor “Mama” Janet Returns: A lecture in school opening… and God’s healing…

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.

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