Reviving progressive African traditions the way forward

Editor, Refer to the story, "Rwandan students clean Kampala suburb during Umuganda" (The New Times, October 12). Some of us grew up in the 1960s Uganda when Ugandan citizens were aptly proud of the cleanliness of their cities and areas of habitation.

Editor,

Refer to the story, “Rwandan students clean Kampala suburb during Umuganda” (The New Times, October 12). Some of us grew up in the 1960s Uganda when Ugandan citizens were aptly proud of the cleanliness of their cities and areas of habitation.

Trash bins with such messages as “Keep Your City Clean; Don’t Litter” could, for instance, be seen all over Kampala, Masaka, Mbarara, Jinja, and many other cities and towns.

Given this and such other Ugandan traditions as “Bulungi Bwaansi”, what was then can still be, and I am proud to see young Rwandans taking up the mantle of assisting in reviving this wholesome civic tradition that is very similar in practice and aims to our own Umuganda.

There are a lot of benefits to sharing in the task of keeping our commons clean, salubrious and healthy, not least because this helps to reinforce our sense of civicism – the shared belief that we are the one responsible for our cities’ commons.

Bravo to these young people; they are worthy Rwandan emissaries to our Ugandan brethren.

Mwene Kalinda

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