This week on Monday, I sat in a church to attend a requiem mass of my friend’s late father. I listened and watched the president of Uganda who attended given that the deceased was a former N.R.C MP deliver the most awkward speech I have listened to ever.

He had succumbed to cancer. However, in his short speech, immediately after acknowledging the life of the departed, without ‘warning’, the president slid into a 5-minute long talk on how HIV isn’t flu; how we look for it and how it never attacks those who don’t look for it. And without warning, his speech ended!

The advice on staying safe ought to be delivered but yes, at a requiem mass especially this exact one, I cringed. And given the question my neighbor whispered into my ear, of course, the speech left many more awkward questions.

But while me and many others boiled in shock, a few things came to mind. Two days earlier, Uganda had joined the world to mark the World AIDS Day. The head-of-state had presided over the main celebrations in Kasensero, a small fishing village where the first HIV cases in Uganda were reported.

I never attended that event but listening to what seemed to be excerpts from his speech delivered to a mournful audience as the morning chilly breeze whistled outside; I think I have a clue.

President talks about the need to fight HIV yet he can’t deal with people who steal the money meant for programs in this line. Many HIV-positive people need mosquito nets to stay safe from malaria. And just today, the Global Fund announced that yet again, a chunk of over one hundred billion shillings meant for insecticide-treated nets had been mismanaged.

Just like that. But the story will soon wane; those responsible will somehow disappear off the radar or end up in court and later win the case and then they will be holding office. AGAIN.

That aside, much as I would not love to judge his knowledge on how HIV spreads based on a superbly misplaced speech, the president’s remarks that stressed how the virus is not a flu but rather something got after ‘we look for it’ worried me.

Babies who end up infected after birth NEVER looked for the virus. If this fight is to yield results, the tactics of battle must be well calculated. For a child born with the virus or a girl raped by an infected heartless relative, the president’s words surely made their week a little gloomy.

Been a while since I last posted anything but as DEO ZABASAIJA ATEENYI is laid to rest tomorrow, I couldn’t help but recount what is surely the most awkward thing that has happened since my last post.

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4 Responses to “MY MOST AWKWARD 2012 MOMENT”

  1. Richard Mugarura Says:

    ..those are things that come with age. He’s lost it completely and he’s Uganda’s biggest problem currently!

  2. Well said Stone. Well said. One would expect that if the President is very keen on fighting this AIDS scourge, a good place to start would be to deal with the suckers who make off with funds meant for the AIDS cause. I guess this is what the dictionary means by “hypocrisy”. So damn annoying!

  3. It is only time that shall sort us out of our corruption mess. Prayer has failed, activism has equally failed so let us wait when we the corrupt generation pass on, then Uganda becomes a better country.

  4. Mirembe Donastone Says:

    Dude has gone senile mumusasire

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