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Why we should sieve before utter out words



Authored by Gift Peter, Senior Opinion Writer, Journalist and Junior Diplomat.

Words just like a bullet once released, can’t be retrieved. The words you speak can either give someone hope to stay alive even when critically ill on the sick bed or make someone see no essence in staying alive. Your words can make someone hunt for that which they desperately desire or damage their motivation. Even in relationships, the words we speak can either mend or break our loved ones’ hearts.

The bible in James 3: 8-10 metaphorically analyses how the tongue is a deadly poison. In verse 8, the bible says, “but no man can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison”. Verse 9 stresses that, “with the tongue we praise our lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in God’s likeness”. Verse 10, “out of the same mouth come praise and cursing. My brothers, this shouldn’t be”.

A story is told of an extremely arrogant and bloatedly extravagant queen in France whose words could burn like a flame. History chronicles a time when the ordinary citizens of France were living at a mercy of God. It was said that they couldn’t afford buying bread which by then, was the only cheapest food available. In 1789, Inflation had taken residence in the economy governed by King Louis XVI the husband to the said Queen – Marie Antoinette.

As the adage puts it, “a hungry man is an angry man”, the hungry French raised their grievances to the government of King Louis XVI. The wife to the king gave an incredibly hair-raising statement in which she said, “If you cannot afford bread, try cakes”. What is paradoxical is that cakes were more expensive than bread.

Those poisonous words from the queen laid a fertile ground for the French revolution of 1789 to take place. The disgruntled ordinary French rose to the streets and toppled the government of King Louis XVI. That is all because of words. What you speak can either bring peace or total destruction.

The bible records a time when the cunning snake had a heart-to-heart conversation with Eve in what is believed to have caused today’s human suffering on earth. The words the snake spoke to Eve appeared to be full of everlasting hope and intriguing joy. Eve with her unquenchable thirst and curiosity swallowed hook and sink the words of the snake. Her decision to act upon the disastrous words of the snake by eating the forbidden fruit brought total doom to the entire human race. Just because of the words from the snake, the world has never been the same.

Let’s spread positivity through the words we speak. Someone is out there waiting for your positive words in order to get out of that sick bed, there is one individual who needs to hear that positive word from you in order to remain in school and excel highly. There’s that one individual who is heartbroken and probably needs that wording, “All will be fine” to reinvent their lost hope in dating. So go out there and be that sun that emits the rays of positivity because your words can either mend or break someone.



Keanu Reeves, all that happened to him and still a good person



Keanu Reeves is a Canadian actor who has appeared in films, television series and video games. He made his film debut in the short One Step Away in 1985. The following year, Reeves appeared in the crime film River’s Edge, and the television films Babes in Toyland, Act of Vengeance, and Brotherhood of Justice.

Mysterious Journey

He was abandoned by his father at 3 years old and grew up with 3 different stepfathers. He is dyslexic. His dream of becoming a hockey player was shattered by a serious accident. His daughter died at birth. His wife died in a car accident.

His best friend, River Phoenix, died of an overdose. His sister has leukemia.

And with everything that has happened, Keanu Reeves never misses an opportunity to help people in need.

When he was filming the movie “The Lake House,” he overheard the conversation of two costume assistants; One cried because he would lose his house if he did not pay $ 20,000 and on the same day Keanu deposited the necessary amount in the woman’s bank account;

He also donated stratospheric sums to hospitals.

In 2010, on his birthday, Keanu walked into a bakery and bought a brioche with a single candle, ate it in front of the bakery, and offered coffee to people who stopped to talk to him.

After winning astronomical sums for the Matrix trilogy, the actor donated more than $ 50 million to the staff who handled the costumes and special effects – the true heroes of the trilogy, as he called them.

He also gave a Harley-Davidson to each of the stunt doubles. A total expense of several million dollars. And for many successful films, he has even given up 90% of his salary to allow the production to hire other stars.

In 1997 some paparazzi found him walking one morning in the company of a homeless man in Los Angeles, listening to him and sharing his life for a few hours.

Most stars when they make a charitable gesture they declare it to all the media. He has never claimed to be doing charity, he simply does it as a matter of moral principles and not to look better in the eyes of others.

This man could buy everything, and instead every day he gets up and chooses one thing that cannot be bought: Be a good person.

Joke Made About Him in 2019

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We Can be Our Brothers’ Keepers in this Economic Crisis




It has been witnessed that at least every low income earner, in all corners of Uganda, is suffering from hunger or is at the edges of facing it.
I’m speaking this on behalf of a student who is supported by that already suffering Ugandan parent.

In the Universities, institutions, colleges, secondary and primary schools, the biggest number of students have their parents who are either selling high taxed commodities or typically peasants who are hit by drought in Northern, Eastern, Western, or Central regions or any town in Uganda. However, it is a mournful moment to here that these parents or guardians are facing it hard to cope with life. The rhetorical question rises; what is that Student in the learning cradle facing?. And it’s worse with our brothers and sisters from Karamoja Subregion. Reports say that by September the number of deaths will surpass 20 million. Of course if there no one to be their brother’s keeper.

At the University where I stand, a student supported by that economic grieved parent can only afford a single meal, or pass a day without one. The high commodity prices are not Students’ friendly. Besides, even those in primary and secondary schools are starved with meals that have very little or no single nutrition contents yet served with a lot watery beans and a slice of Posho to only keep them alive. To say, “add me some more is an offence”. The move is “eat to live not live to eat”. Schools can’t speak this, but they have found a hard moment in feeding these adolescent stage youths. In the recent reports aired out in media, children from different schools across the country have complained about the very little food their schools are giving them.

Back to Universities, those students sponsored by Government are becoming frontiers of the mourning. I have met with at least quota of these students. They complain that in this situation, their parents already know that Government is facilitating them to study. Some parents go ahead and ask support or a share on the little allowances these students receive. But look, this Semester at Makerere University, Government sponsored Students received half of this allowance, and it couldn’t be enough to pay for food and living allowances.

For those on private schemes, the same suffering is pronounced. They have ventured into “Tukekereze” slogan. You either spend wisely or starve.

But, the Bible talks about the Good Samaritans which I think could be the same heart with other Holy Books. The brothers God has blessed, this is the time you rise and “Be your brothers’ Keeper” Cain refused to be his brother’s Keeper and the soil swallowed Abel.
If you have something to offer, this is the time you stretch that hand and pull the brother out of the lion’s den _hunger.

If you are certainly defined as a predatory leader or civil servant, can’t you see that many people will die because you want to take away the valuable resources.
Just be your brothers’ Keeper and no one will die of hunger or malnutrition. President Uhuru Kenyatta already began these campaigns in his cradle when he ordered for the reduction in the prices of Maize Flour. This can be possible with Uganda. I’m sure Government of Uganda can be part of this campaign too.
We can all be our brothers’ keepers.

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Local Government Workers announce strike over delayed salary increment



The Local Government Workers under their Umbrella, the Uganda Local Government Workers’ Union (ULGWU), vow to begin their strike by July 6th if the government fails to increase their salaries.

how it started
In the press release dated July 1st, 2022, ULGWU General Secretary, Hassan Lwabayi Mudiba indicated that Uganda Local Government Workers’ Union together with other Public Service Labor Unions concluded a collective Bargaining Agreement 2018 to increase the salaries for all public servants that include local government workers. However, the government has never replied to the agreement. “We have taken all steps to engage government with a view of peacefully resolving this dispute but all in vain. And a Statutory 90 Days Notice was issued to government as the law requires, in April 7th, 2022 and is expiring in July 6th, 2022 midnight,” wrote Mudiba.

In the signing of the Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) 2018, the Salary of the local government workers is proposed to increase ranging from the Chief Administrative Officer (CAO) down to the support staff. In the agreement, the salary of the CAO is proposed to raise to shs.15million from shs.2.3 million current pay, Deputy Director to increase to shs.14.5m from shs.2m , Commissioner to increase to shs.14.3m and shs.14m to the Assistant Commissioner from shs.1.8m and 1.6m they earn currently. The support staff is proposed to earn shs.1.7m from shs.187,600-/.

In the press release, ULGWU General Secretary, Hassan Lwabayi Mudiba, informed that the local government worker’s right to strike is provided for in the 1995 Uganda Constitution in addition to the other legal steps they have taken to engage the government but not attended to. “Local Government Workers’ right to strike is not only protected by the constitution of the Republic of Uganda and applicable laws but also they have complied with all the legal requirements, regulations, and instruments for example concluded a collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) in 2018 and have made efforts to amicably resolved this dispute but all in vain and statutory 90 Days Notice was complied with through our letter to the Minister of Public Service,” informed Mudiba.
The secretary also warned that they do not expect the government to interfere with their Industrial Action process by threatening local workers since dialogue has failed.

Local Government Workers’ proposed Industrial Action plan by July, 6 the, will join the arts teachers’ strike that started June 15th for salary increment.

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