How to be­come a vi­ral sen­sa­tion in Kam­pala: Go ir­ri­gate a fence in pub­lic

The East African - - OPINION -

A court in Kam­pala has fined an MP $11 for uri­nat­ing on the Min­istry of Fi­nance fence. Leg­is­la­tor Ibra­ham Abiriga of Arua Mu­nic­i­pal­ity ap­peared be­fore the Kam­pala City Hall Court and was charged with be­ing a pub­lic nui­sance. He pleaded guilty and was or­dered to pay a fine or spend two weeks in jail. The MP was re­leased after pay­ing the fine.

He re­cently ad­mit­ted in a tele­vised in­ter­view to have stopped and relieved him­self be­cause he was badly pressed. “I was badly off. Should I have spilled urine on my­self?” Abiriga asked. His con­fes­sion came after sev­eral pic­tures of him uri­nat­ing on the road­side went vi­ral on so­cial me­dia plat­forms.

Bob and the van­ish­ing am­bas­sador­ship

Who is fool­ing WHO? The World Health Or­gan­i­sa­tion ap­pointed Zim­babwe pres­i­dent Robert Mugabe as a good­will am­bas­sador in the fight against non-com­mu­ni­ca­ble dis­eases, but now, fol­low­ing a global out­cry, Harare claims that he was never for­mally ap­pointed. “The pres­i­dent was quite sur­prised that he had been ap­pointed a good­will am­bas­sador by the WHO. There was noth­ing, whether verbal or writ­ten, from the WHO in­ti­mat­ing that it wished to make the pres­i­dent a good­will am­bas­sador,” said Ge­orge Charamba, the pres­i­dent’s spokesper­son. WHO di­rec­tor­gen­eral Te­dros Ad­hanom Ghe­breye­sus was forced to re­scind Pres­i­dent Mugabe’s ap­point­ment a few days after it was an­nounced, amid pres­sure from West­ern coun­tries who ar­gued that the 93-year-old leader had a tainted record.

Sixty-one years young and rude with it

You are 61 years old and you want to be in charge of youth af­fairs? A Youth Ex­ec­u­tive (county min­is­ter) nom­i­nee in Ny­eri County, Cen­tral Kenya, Sheila Githaiga, 61, found her­self in trou­ble dur­ing vet­ting over a “go hang” slur on Face­book. Young peo­ple took to Face­book re­cently to com­plain about Gover­nor Wa­home Gakuru’s ap­point­ing an older per­son to han­dle the youth docket. Githaiga, in re­ply to a com­ment by Beth Nyawira, posted “Go hang if you don’t want Ny­eri to rise.” The com­ment was read aloud dur­ing her vet­ting.

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