Uganda … Uganda… How to fix that Mess?

Coat_of_arms_of_the_Republic_of_Uganda… I don’t know what to think about that country. It’s one of the very rare country I’ve visited and I have no clue how anyone could fix it. It’s such a mess!

The whole country is defaced by multinationals like Coca-cola, Pepsi, DSTV, etc. which went so far to paint almost all streets, venues, and even private houses into their brands colors, logos and advertising. Very sickening. 

Uganda is a a rich country, 40 millions people, but poverty and misery is everywhere. The country lacks even the most basic transportation infrastructure, but the roads are crowded with smoking second hand cars making it almost impossible to move around.

Mismanagement and corruption are nakedly visible at every corner. People carrying guns are even in Hotels, and the most visible vehicles are the military pickups loaded with men dressed like in Sci-fi movies.

Young boys are recruited in droves to go to die in Irak as contractors, and thousands of young girls are abducted every year to the middle east emirates to serve as homeworkers or prostitutes.

In front of all the challenges, the political power seemed completely detached from the daily life of people, and has handed the country to foreign people who owned all the economy but don’t care to invest back into the country.

The whole country looks like a slum, except here and there where live some rich humanitarian UN expats, indian merchants communities, and few local rich subalterns.

I left Uganda two months ago with a lot of pain in my heart. How such a country could be fixed?


About Mawuna KOUTONIN

Mawuna Koutonin is a world peace activist who relentlessly works to empower people to express their full potential and pursue their dreams, regardless of their background. He is the Editior of, Founder of, and Social activist for Africa Renaissance. Koutonin’s ultimate dream is to open a world-class human potential development school in Africa in 2017. If you are interested in learning more about this venture or Koutonin’s other projects, you can reach him directly by emailing at

6 Responses to “Uganda … Uganda… How to fix that Mess?”

  1. Tindi Ruth

    You have no idea what Uganda is like. A 2 day trip doesn't at all give you liberty to speak like this. You have become like the European that visits South Africa for a weekend and on the last day decides to go through Soweto and then assumes that they have been to Africa! Beware.

  2. Shifah Ssenyonjo

    I actually do not think you have been to Uganda you just used your imagination of a poor country and came up with all this lies check your facts again.

  3. Shafik Ali

    am disappointed with your comments a person of your stature next time stay around for a longer time period before you make our country sound like hell actually am pissed off with your ignorance .yes we have some problems and though am not for the current regime we are not in that bad a situation

  4. Mawuna R. Koutonin

    I understand your feelings, but I can't help but to express my feelings too. I was really shocked by how the whole country is defaced and how passive were the people while foreigners are all taking over.

    now, tell me what I have missed!

  5. Mkenya Daima

    I studied in Uganda for 4 years (05 – 09), went back in 2011 and I can’t agree with you less. Uganda’s current state isn’t comparable to 10 years ago. Those who don’t believe it should visit other regional countries to see UG from a different perspective.


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