By Josepha Jabo
‘Fat Cats and African Farmers’ is an autobiography by Odrek Rwabwogo a farmer, a teacher, an entrepreneur and the owner of Tomosi Group. He is also the husband of Patience Rwabwogo.
The 292 page book was edited by Josepha Jabo, who works at Uganda Media Centre; and Professor Aaron Mushengyezi from Makerere University did the proofreading.
The foreword was written by Andrew Rugasira, the proprietor of Good African Coffee. The book is divided into two parts, the first part being eighteen speeches and the second part is comprised of eighteen stories.
It also has photographs in the centre of the book chronicling the different stages of Rwabwogo life. It costs Shs 25,000 and is available at Uganda Bookshop and Bookpoint.
It is also available on his website: www.odrekrwabwogo.com.
The title of the book is derived from page 263 where Rwabwogo writes, ‘I attribute all this to the failure of structural organisation. Yet, there was a time when the Movement cared deeply about the views of the grassroots people in the early formative years—now this is no more.
Nowadays, the views that matter are those of the ‘fat cats’ occupying plush offices who travel abroad for international conferences.The rest of us, who form the bulk of the Movement supporters, can conveniently be ignored.’
However, the book is not only about farming. It covers a wide range of issues including: travel experiences, childhood, marriage, parenting, business, the economy, politics, culture and Christianity.
The book was launched at The Lawns in Kololo on Friday, December 15, 2017. In attendance was Professor Ephraim Kamuntu, who was the keynote speaker; Hon. Frank Tumwebaze, Hon. Rose Namayanja, Kin Kalisa of NBS television station, Andrew Rugasira, Patience Rwabwogo, Geoffrey Kamuntu, Josepha Jabo, RDC Fred Bamwine, and Dennis Katungi, the Manager of Communication and Media Relations at Uganda Media Centre among other guests.