Tuesday, May 10, 2011

When Writers begin to join demonstrations on the street...

It is not every day that you find Ugandan writers on the street, in a sea of people demonstrating. Taking part of the sweaty, dangerous, unpredictable environment of the streets. But it is happening Kampala now. More and more often, writers and other ‘gentle’ professionals are leaving their sequestered environments to go out into the street and protest the skyrocketing prices of virtually everything from fuel to food to school fees…to-everything! 

Last week, it was the lawyers under their Uganda Law Society downing their tools from Wednesday up to Saturday, promising not to handle any court cases as their form of protest against the way the law in Uganda is being ‘misused.’ 

Now women working with Uganda Women Network (UWONET) have joined the fray of complaints. It is not a new ‘thing’ for this blogger to see Ugandan women on the street throwing rocks with the men, I saw that a two weeks ago. The real surprise was to espy a respected writer and poet, in fact the brain behind the BNP awards among the demonstrators. 

Here you go…

BNP founder Beverley Nambozo protests...

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