By Magezi Fred Kiriinjju
BY BESI NDEREYA
In 1460, the Portuguese arrived at the Coast of what is now Sierra Leone and on Christmas day 1498; Vasco da Gama rounded the southern tip of Africa at Natal (Natali). This voyage across the Atlantic to the Indian Ocean by Da Gama as well as the earlier voyage to the Americas by Columbus was a response to economic as well as military pressures forced upon the Europeans by the Ottoman Turks.
On 06th February, Uganda Peoples Defence Forces (UPDF) formerly known as the National Resistance Army (NRA) will celebrate Tarehe Sita. This day in 1981 marked the genesis of a five-year long struggle that brought National Resistance Movement (NRM) to power in 1986.
A few days ago, East Africa and the entire globe came to a shockwave as our immediate neighbors, Kenya were attacked and terrorized by the furious inhuman Islamists; the al-shabab which by translation means ‘the youth’. This occurred at a hotel in the heart of Nairobi called Dusit D2 hotel where about 20 Kenyans lost their lives.
One bright sunny day, Missionaries from Church Missionary Society, arrived at the court of Kabaka Mutesa 1 in Buganda. They carried a Christian bible with them. They came to spread Christianity, at least that was the initial claim. The arrival of these Missionaries, was the beginning of Education in Uganda. At the time, it was restricted to Bible reading and perhaps learning how to speak the English language.