News, news, news………….. this time I am giving you some news here and there.
News is ever new, whether you like it or not. This reminds me of a certain day during my ‘O’ Level’ in school. I was complaining because the teachers used to take all the newspapers from the Library to the staffroom, and we could only access today’s newspapers on the following day. I remember standing up and telling one of the teachers that we only read “expired news”. By that time I didn’t even know that what I was saying was correct. “Expired news”! My teacher was caught by surprise because he did not expect such a phrase to come out of the mouth of a senior two girl. Then he told me that news will always be news, as the word itself and that it will never expire – you see, I learnt from my mistake.
As I was still telling you that news is ever new, have you ever taken trouble to note how different people react differently to different news? Whether good or bad news, human beings will always react differently, even when given the same news. Take an example when they announce the death of so and so, some members will moan for that person seriously while others will be jubilating – regardless of whether the deceased has been helping them or not. I am telling you even when you get something good, some of us will be honestly happy for you but don’t think that all of us will genuinely be happy. If a once rich so and so becomes bankrupt, some people will cry with him/ her but others will even go on a drinking spree! That is when they will start giving comments like, “… let him/her also walk on foot and step in the dust….”. This person was being given front seats when invited for a party but now no body cares even about inviting him! Oh my God, how wicked!
After receiving the news, people will always dilute it as they pass it on to others, unless when it is being given out in a written form. Do you know why it is like that? It is simply because people’s perceptions differ and people will always like to hear what they want. Take an example of the Pope resignation – a lot has been said about its cause, especially by those of you who took it as good news! Everyone is talking as if you have concrete evidence about what you are saying! – that is why I keep silent even when people are arguing about the matter because I do not what to speak out what I do not know. And what puts me off is the fact that most (if not all) people who change news the other way round always shout at the top of their voices!
According to the New Vision of Monday 25th February 2013, the Uganda Wildlife Authority is on its way to conserve 500 Chimpanzees in the Rwenzori Mountain National Park. If I had put this on face book, you would have noticed what I told you above by reading people’s comments! Putting aside what people would have commented, I would like say “Bravo” to UWA and big-up for thinking about this. My humble prayer is for this to be put into action and in a short while by the way – you know sometimes plans are made and left on the table without being implemented. But that is the public sector in developing countries anyway. I was extremely grateful for the fact that the local communities are going to be involved.
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Justine Ssembajjwe from Kampala – Uganda