To Top

The grass is not always greener on the other side

All grass is not green

All grass is not green

So, I hear mbu a certain group “Uganda Veterans” promised juicy employment opportunities to their very own countrymen, only for the tables to turn on them upon arrival in the “promised land”, read Iraq?

I mean, the so called “Veterans” managed to lie and convinced a good number of Ugandans that several jobs awaited them in Iraq. Many of them churl their professions/ life in Uganda and left for the “promised land”, full of hope. Only for them to realise that they had just entered a deal with the devil himself. They had just been sold off as slaves to some brutal Iraqi citizens.

And while they endured all sorts of sad experiences (as narrated on various public platforms) the shameless conmen were here enjoying dimes and playing the “lying game” nonstop!
I have seriously hahad Ugandans and the gruesome attempts at minting dimes, eh!
The sad experiences tell it all. They make you feel like lashing out to this group and oba punishing them in the best way you can?

However, on further analysis of the details, I cannot imagine how these people even managed to travel without feeling a sense of uncertainty. These conmen must possess divine skills riyalle!
For starters, how is “Uganda Veterans” connected to employment of Ugandan Citizens that it has to call for people from all walks of life? Then, how could such a “reputable” body, good Samaritans as if, remain unknown to the public until after the victims spoke out?  And why did they have to travel in uniform T-shirts anyway despite being  professionals?

Well, while I sympathise with the victims, I cannot hold back the feeling of anger over the fact that they could have smelt a rat at the different stopping points but kept quiet in hope for the best.
Oba when will Ugandans learn that not all that glitters is gold?

Sincerely, such conmen/groups have existed since time immemorial. They have also used the same pack of lies, made the same kind of promises and hurt people from all age groups. But still, we have remained with rigid minds. Yes, those same minds that believe mbu outside Uganda, everything is a bed of roses.

And we may stop at nothing until we get there. From desperate moves of hooking white dudes (only to realise that some are not any different from the local breeds here), seeking all avenues for sympathy, weakening before any foreign face and narrating life story journeys as if they are God himself, we have seen it all! Even when everything seems obvious, we close our eyes until it bites us hardest that we return to our fellow countrymen for damage control.
Now check what happened to the group that flew to Iraq in search for greener pastures!

What is our problem?  Does it take a rocket scientist to figure out that even in those “green” countries, there are people qualified enough to occupy the particular promised positions?

Banaye these things of thinking that going abroad, against all odds, is the perfect solution to everything should just stop. And if one is ready to close their eyes to the obvious then they should also prepare to pay the price for expecting too much and accommodating all levels of uncertainty, lies and brutality.

In the end, it is better to deal with the devil that you know, than the devil that you don’t. We all need a good life and it takes hard work. Not shortcuts like we may think.  I sympathise with these victims and hope that this group is brought to book such that we can take this as a lesson and put an end to this, “going abroad for a better life” syndrome. Sometimes, it is just not worth it, especially if it takes the wrong procedure!

More in Columnists