Don’t go… 

The geek chronicles

I’ve been drunk for over a week now, I was hoping it’d sober me up enough to say all the things I need to say. All the things I should have said, while you were still here. But my throat still feels all chocked up. I can’t seem to get the words out. Every time I try to speak I feel it tighten around the words and push them back way way down deep into an abyss in my mind where all the forgotten dreams, sad memories and things that I’ll never say haunt me. It is slowly filling up with memories of you, because I can’t let you go, because the thought of you, even after all this time, still tightens my chest and makes my heart throb. Don’t go…

It was the hottest afternoon all summer. The heat was raining down like the breath of hell. It licked…

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How playing can help your child’s brain develop

Winfred Ongom

Play, even though always ignored or taken for granted, is very important for optimal child development. Play allows children to create and explore a world they can master, conquering their fears while practicing adult roles, sometimes in conjunction with other children or adult caregivers. Every child deserves the opportunity to develop to their unique potential.

Play allows children to use their creativity while developing their imagination, dexterity, and physical, cognitive, and emotional strength. Play is important to healthy brain development. It is through play that children at a very early age engage and interact in the world around them and helps them build confidence. Children learn self advocacy and decision making skills when playing.

Parents, guardians and care givers need to engage and be part of their children’s social life especially as they play and support them too. The Ministry of Gender, labor and Social development should sensitize parents and…

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IMF cautions government on role of central bank

Dr Adam Elhiraika, the director macroeconomic policy division at United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, had suggested that the central bank should be using foreign exchange reserve it controls for financing other things in the country

IMF cautions government on role of central bank

IMF cautions government on role of central bank

KAMPALA. As the Bank of Uganda (BoU) celebrates 50 years of existence, the International Monetary Fund (IMF) has cautioned Ugandan policy makers to avoid giving conflicting roles to the Central Bank with policy aspects which do not fall under its core functions in economic management.

In a developing economy, the Central Bank performs both traditional and non-traditional functions.
The principal traditional functions performed are the monopoly of currency note issue, banker to the government, bankers’ bank, lender of the last resort, controller of credit and maintaining low inflation/stable exchange rate.
All these functions are related to the foremost function of helping in the economic development of the country.

In the recent BoU Golden Jubilee Panel debate on “The Role of the Central Bank in a market oriented economy” held at President’s office recently, Dr Axel Schimmelpfinneg, the senior resident representative of IMF in South Africa, and IMF Mission chief for Uganda, said the role of the central bank is maintaining macroeconomic stability and regulation of the financial system.
“We need to be careful here in giving the conflicting roles, one or two to the central bank. The central bank has successfully provided conducive environment for high economic growth over the years,” he said.
Mr Schimmelpfinneg explained that finding the policy mix is good for Uganda’s economic development, saying the country needs policy mix in education, health and governance.

A market oriented economy is an economic system in which economic decisions and the pricing of goods and services are guided solely by the aggregate interactions of a country’s citizens and businesses and there is little government intervention or central planning. Uganda is a market oriented economy.
Asked whether he is convinced by people calling for the change in the role of central bank in Uganda, Mr Schimmelpfinneg said: “I am not convinced that we should change the role of the central bank. Its role is clearly macroeconomic stability and regulation of financial system. It cannot go and begin regulating shops.”

Dr Adam Elhiraika, the director macroeconomic policy division at United Nations Economic Commission for Africa, had suggested that the central bank should be using foreign exchange reserve it controls for financing other things in the country.
Speaking at the same function, the deputy governor BoU, Dr Louis Kasekende, said: “We commemorate this Golden Jubilee at a time when Uganda has resolved to attain middle income status as contained in Uganda Vision 2040. With this aspiration in mind, it is clear that macroeconomic policy is unlikely to be business as usual going forward.”

5th May Liberation Day

The opposition led coalition has reached a turning point in the battle against the yellow thugs in Uganda. Where previously a campaign was framed in demonstrative terms – the need to protect Ugandan minorities like me  and prevent the fall of Uganda the emerging nation eyeing growth and development centres on a well-advertised and calculated demonstration in the entire nation. The time is ripe for strategic reassessment – or, perhaps more accurately, an open-source assessment that did not occur during the first take to bring back Uganda to the citizens on18th. 5th may shall make a great difference in the fight for ugandaz liberation. It’s fortunate that the people branding this act “malignant propaganda” shall be direct  beneficiaries of the fruits yielded. There is still a window for all of us to make the most vital decision and get on board for #situkaMay5…


Happy Birthday Gloria.

Every one of your birthdays
is a gift to the rest of us
who have had the pleasure
of having you in our lives
for another year.
Every one of your birthdays
brings joyful memories
of your bright smile
and your love of life.
Every one of your birthdays
reminds us of your


and service to others,
and other delights
too numerous to name
that we are gifted with
just by knowing you.
Happy Birthday
Gloria. Have the best of your day and success in your papers.




The day results come out is the most interesting and saddest day in the life of a campuser. Demanding for them is one thing and gaining the courage to look them up is another.

At FEMA (COBAMS) where I hail from, our results usually come out last. Okay not because of any genuine reason, but probably because we do the hardest courses in Makerere and u know the lecturers have to take a lot of time to mark us keenly. Or since we are facing a drought of first classes at the college, maybe the examiners are happy with it and would want to maintain that standard. Nevertheless, we have always had them released.

This time, it was much different from what had been happening. We were to face our fate first. I received a message notifying me about their release. And that they had been pinned on the small notice board near the junior common room. With all the excitement of course considering the tireless reading I went through last semester, I got up my small bed and dressed up. Pulled out my wallet and first headed for the canteen. FEMA students know the MUST haves before you check out your results and number one on the list is glucose. That white solid substance that gives one immediate energy. You need it to save your life from fainting after burning all those calories and the lecturer evaluates your hardwork with a figure that is not even twice your age.

So with the main event in my hand, I planted my headsets well into my ears and played some soft rock to keep my hormones relaxed. I left, off for cobams ready to face my pre-determined fate. As you know those elevator thing do not take long. I was already at level 3 in just a blink of an eye. I was nervous, I felt like I was about to lose IT. With a million questions running through my mind. Responsibility made much more sense to me at that moment.

Like the famous Banyankole saying goes “owajwire tatiina mpango” literary meaning that when u have already decided and started on facing something, then u have to face it regardless of the expectations. I stepped forward and started to run my eyes throughout the list trying to look for my registration number. My heart was pumping 3 times the normal pumping rate. I [pulled out my glucose and took some first. And after a long struggle, I landed on the number. And started checking the course units one by one. Yes it had happened, it truly had, and I had done it again. The passing. The damn marks were appetizing. There was no more to worry about, but of course the o wasn’t going to survive the licking. I started there and then.

Moral Lesson: As you hope for the best prepare for the worst.


Till next blog… I remain @jehoh76