Trailing Kiiza Besigye in Amudat
I rejoined the campaigns on December 16th after a three week’s
technical hitch. Meaning i missed Mpigi, Bunyoro, Busoga, Bukedi and
Mbale.. But the far north invited a lot of curiosity. So, whatever
technicalities that lay ahead of me, i had to be part of the team.
Indeed i was.
But on the first day, i narrowly saw death. While connecting from
Mbale to Amudat which is in the Karamoja region, the press van, a
Toyota Hilux (UN Toyota) over turned at about 10 am while trying to
keep pace with Dr. Kiiza Besigye’s Landcruiser V8. Well, that was a
blander. You cannot chase a V8. Y ou just cannot.
I came out with minor injuries and so did five other colleagues of
mine. My cameras were all safe as they were still properly tucked in
the camera bag. It was fun getting back on the road again. Guys joked
about their probable last words of earth. Not surprising, most of them
had “my God”, “Jesus”…..for me, it was a long “Jeeeeeesus” as the
car went for its first bend.
We reached Amudat and had a good rally . The people were exciting and
not afraid to do anything in front of the camera. It was a heaven for
us. I particularly remember taking about 92 frames just to get the
shot i wanted.
Amudat marked the start of a bold one worded statement throughout the
region. Poverty. With the lack of rain in this region coupled with
instability in the form of rustling, this region, just like the larger
Karamoja is just beginning to get on its feet. People still beg
freely. Most have no idea what agriculture really is. Getting handouts
from mostly UN agencies has dominated these people’s lives.
We got done and drove to Nakapiripiti…