Some things you might not realize about Uganda:
- Men frequently hold hands with each other.
- This does not mean they are gay. In fact homosexuality is an offense punishable by a life in prison.
- Aids is rampant but it is really a middle class disease. They were many wild parties back in the 80’s among the monied classes and the price is still being paid today.
- Museveni, the President of Uganda, has been in power for 24 years. He holds a firm grip on this position and the 2011 elections will be very interesting to watch.
- It is almost impossible to run a business here without some slipping of notes under the table.
- There is no govt. run garbage collection. Garbage is dumped on the side of the road for the cows and the Marabou storks to peck at.
- There are billboards all over the place persuading people to get off the Sexual Network as a means of preventing AIDS. An extra marital lover is called a “side dish.”
- People here are Premier League soccer fanatics and even in the remotest village, games are shown in town halls. 30 million people know who Rooney is.
- Warangi is the local liquor. It is made of banana, sorghum or millet malt and people have been known to go blind from the strong, unregulated stuff.
- Prostitution is rife here and the lives of these young sex workers is miserable. A session with a girl costs as little as 2000 UGSH ( which is $1.)