I have read with dismay, your recent unnecessary outburst both online and in one of the dailies seeking to create an impression that is, in no way, a reflection of the current bunch of educated but unemployed young Ugandans. As an unemployed young Ugandan, I thought it would be unfair to let it pass without response. My response may also help draw attention to your post which could be the first on your blog to be shared less than ten times on each of all the social media sites.
Mr. Kaheru, you have joined the ranks of those very insensitive Ugandans with the assertion which seems to suggest that the current bunch of Ugandan youth do not deserve anyone’s attention. You have gone ahead to say that the youth are incompetent and unserious and “no wonder most of them are unemployed”.
Well, there are some youth that suit your description but they are only existent in your mind. In mine, there is no one who is undeserving of attention. There is no life that is so useless that not even the leaders who derive legitimacy from it, must not accord it any attention. It is only you, the Kaheru’s of this world, who think yourselves “larger than life”, and whose ego has grown too big to be accommodative of humans that can harbor such thoughts.
You and many like you, are lucky that you have had a job, or have moved from one job to another for more than a decade. Not just that, you are competent and serious people. Why then, are you stuck at the jobs? Why do they continue to work and survive on a monthly pay, year after another? Can you actually survive beyond that monthly pay? Do your competencies and seriousness begin and end at the jobs you so dearly hold?
Before you were done with your outright exposure of insensitivity, you made a call for serious and competent youth to seek to be employed by you. You, Mr. Fat Ego, has time for young people and actually want them to help you achieve your dreams? These must probably not be Ugandan as there are no competent and serious Ugandan youth or even any worth attention.
But hold it there, wasn’t it you who was trolling Shell and Bolton for running a racist job advert in Uganda? So, what is the difference between you and Shell and Bolton? Having told us there are no serious and competent Ugandan youth, how do you call to employ serious and competent young people? These must not be Ugandan.
You also pointed out a typing error and presented it as though it was the worst sense of unseriousness. Of all people, a man who writes for a newspaper that had the worst cases of typing errors in 2014 should have resigned the moment any typo was made in the paper. How does an overly serious person, incapable of tolerating a typo on social media continue to work for a mainstream media outlet that printed and published papers with typos as many as The New Vision had last year?
That said, I wish to inform Mr Kaheru that the incompetence you want to label us with is not in our DNA, it is not a natural disorder that was spelt against us. Rather it is a condition that has been fashioned by the environment that you and your generation have, out of outright insensitivity, created.
You may advise “serious people” not to pay attention to young unemployed people but thankfully you found time to write about them. They are incompetent but you want to employ some of them. Look, you are part of the solution.
Imagine you dedicate more time to understand why they are educated but unserious rather than bashing them? Imagine you agreed to a meeting suggested by those youth, sat them down and oriented them into better people? This you can do.