The Drunken Republic Series: To be rich in the drunk republic

The Drunken Republic Series: To be rich in the drunk republic
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To be classified as Rich, you must have a car and a house. The bigger the house, the higher the status, Swimming pools, jacuzzi, pavers in exchange for green grass.

We don’t want to make our compounds dirty with tree leaves after all we can afford to buy fruits in the market to support the poor, why plant trees?

Yes, that house fashion on the property show TV program is the way to go with a fireplace in the living room. We don’t care whether you are suffocating on loans to maintain that.

And speaking of cars, we believe that a Subaru is the fastest car on road, that the most recent registration vehicle number plate, makes the vehicle appear new irrespective of the year of manufacturer and for that reason, we consider “eri ku number kki” while buying the 4th hand cars on the market.

We believe that for one to get a good vehicle, one has to go to “the bond” oba Ku Coin( customs bonded warehouse) and be its first owner in Uganda.

We believe that the higher the price the better the quality, that is why we take our kids to schools that pay high fees then proudly post it on social media while silently struggling to pay the loans of the school fees.

We believe that when our children go to school with the children of the rich, they are bound to make future connections like “ the wealth of the other people will rub off on our children”.

This is more so with us who have been struggling or came from poor backgrounds but have somehow managed to convince the world that “ we have arrived”.

Because those that went to the known “good school” or were in class with the children of the rich then” will tell you that their connections in most cases have not gone beyond buying each other a bottle of beer, that the children of the rich then are either out of touch, others sunk way below the poverty line.

Only in cases where they have proved to be smart will going to class together have the connections been useful.

So we gamble in anticipation that they will meet on good terms in the future then leave our savings gone, land sold, looking up to them in the old age for help yet they too are struggling. We live for children”s bright future.


Opinion by Absolom Lubwama

Absolom Lubwama does printing write-ups, language translation, and events planning. He began writing his debut novel during the first covid outbreak and world lockdown in 2020 with the use of a mobile phone. He is the author of Behind the storm and Marriage an African man’s perspective. When he’s not writing, he offers a free hand at counseling, plays the saxophone, takes nature walks, travels taking photographs, or does journaling at a coffee shop.

Absolom Lubwama

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