QUESTION: TB, while I am not a Muganda, I am led to believe that the word kamana is a derogatory one, which means the tiny female genitalia. Is that true?
Be serious for a change! And while I am not a Muganda and after consulting my colleagues in Bukedde, I am told the
Be serious for a change! And while I am not a Muganda and after consulting my colleagues in Bukedde, I am told the female genitalia is written as a different word, which I wonâ€™t write in this column. But the word starts with the letter E. And before you go off the track, todayâ€™s Idle Notes are not about the V-monologues or the E-monologues.
So this Kamana fellow, just who is he and what is his claim to fame? Is he somebody I should be rubbing shoulders with?
Kamana Wesonga is the Member of Parliament for a place called Bubulo, which I believe is in Mbale. And Kamana, while I donâ€™t personally know him, I am told he makes the occasional utterances in Parliament, which do not make sense.
Ah, one of those MPs. Moving on, I hear he had some intentions of travelling abroad. Can you please confirm?
That is true. He had ambitions of travelling to the United Kingdom, but somewhere down the line, things did not work out.
Why did things not work out and what was he going to do in the UK?
I have no idea what was taking him there. Perhaps you better ask him yourself. Anyway, armed with his passport, he stormed the British High Commission to get the necessary travel requirements namely a visa. However, the response he got back was one that he did not expect.
What did the British do? Did they give him a multiple entry visa? Did they arrange a trip for him to visit the House of Commons?
Far from that! They wrote back to him and said: â€œThe preparations you have made and the reasons you have given, when balanced against your personal financial situation here in Uganda, lead me to doubt you intend to go to the UK on a short visit.â€
Oh no! So Kamanaâ€™s account is not healthy? Is kyeyo (odd jobs) the reason why he wanted to go abroad because he was in dire financial problems?
That I do not know but he did not take it lying down. He retorted: â€œAt my age and job calling, do you expect me to go to your country and do kyeyo? How do you insult me like that? Do you doubt my marriage with 10 children?â€
But TB, with 10 children and living on a MPâ€™s salary of about sh4m per month, he must be really stretching himself. The extra dime he would have got from doing kyeyo would have come in handy.
You have a point there but Kamana did not really have to go to the UK to do kyeyo. If things were really that bad, all he had to do was e-mail me on email@example.com and I would have tried to sort him out. I mean I could have talked to my boss, William Pike, and who knows, he could have made him a political columnist with The New Vision.
TB, for that deed, it is one of the reasons why you are so highly regarded in the community. When you see a brother down, you just donâ€™t leave him to die. You go out of your way to help him. Keep up the good work. Uganda needs more people like you.
You have really flattered me. Thank you for the compliment. One to add to my CV.
Assuming he had been granted a visa, what kyeyo job would you have recommended him for?
At his age I do not quite see him standing behind the till at Boots, the chemists, nor do I see him hauling chicken and beef in the cold storage department at the supermarkets Asda or Tesco. He could be an underground train driver but if the worst came to the worst, he could try the Kentucky Fried Chicken store near Marble Arch. Quite a number of kyeyo seekers start there before graduating on to other jobs.
MP Kamana Wesonga: No UK kyeyo for Kamana!