Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?

Sqoop
Sqoop - Get Uganda entertainment news, celebrity gossip, videos and photos
Sqoop – Get Uganda entertainment news, celebrity gossip, videos and photosSqoop – Get Uganda entertainment news, celebrity gossip, videos and photos

Four One One

Monday Thoughts: The salary trap

I was 36 years old, had a plum job with The Observer. I had resolved, in my heart, that after covering the 2016 general elections, that would be it for me. I would move on and do personal projects, related to journalism and also do private business.

See, I was not tired of journalism or angry at someone at my workplace. I was just fed up of the routine that came with my job. I would wake up at 5.00 am and would be in office by 6.30 am or 7.00 am. I would attend the editorial meeting, pitch a story. I would call up the same political actors or analysts to get their views, write the story and hand it in for editing. The cycle would go on and on.

I believe journalists who have covered one beat for a long time can identify with this. It gets boring but what can you do if you are trapped by that salary?
I wanted to do something that breaks this routine but also earn good money while at it.

So I set off to plan my life anew. I Jotted down a few assets that I owned and mapped out how I could survive without a monthly salary. I had saved some little money that I hoped would take me through the rough months as I stabilized.
I had also bought an old Ipsum car which I deployed as a special hire in Kamwokya. It brought me Shs150,000 per week or roughly Shs600,000 per month.

I had resolved to sell my personal car, if need be, to boost my financial position.
My plan was to leave The Observer by December 31, 2016. In fact, I had long written my intention to resign letter (a copy of which I still have on my old laptop). I had not informed anyone, including my wife, colleagues and close relatives about this plan.
But a couple of months to December, I discovered that I was day dreaming. Reality hit me.

The biggest set back was when I lost my Ipsum car after it was stolen from the special hire driver by someone he ‘sort of’ knew. To make matters worse, I lost about Shs5 million to shrewd security operatives who milked me as a I did everything to recover an old car I had purchased for Shs9 million.

“Mzee, we traced the car in Arua. Send like Shs500,000.” Gosh! I gave up
In short, I realized that I still needed the job. My biggest worry was not about meeting the basics especially food and rent because I had figured out that one.

My biggest nightmare was dealing with things like school fees, that call for consistent earnings. I also wondered how I would handle a medical emergency that required millions of shillings. There would be no luxurious expenditure, I resolved.
To cut the long story short, I realised that I was not prepared yet to live without a monthly salary.

Psychologically I was not prepared to “struggle” because a salary conditions you to a certain lifestyle and society expectations.
So I went back to chasing politicians for the stories i.e political reporting.

This is an excerpt from a longer Facebook post, The Salary Trap.
Facebook: Edris Kiggundu

You May Also Like

Movies

“Black Panther: Wakanda Forever” saw weekend ticket sales drop to an estimated $17.6 million but still extended its rule of the North American box...

Events

Gulu was shining bright at the weekend as experts in different creative spaces gathered at Innovation Village, Gulu to cast the spotlight on the...

Four One One

Back in the day, especially during the Pearl of Africa Music awards, every winner in different categories used to receive some money. That is...

News

After winning the BET, Eddy Kenzo’s next big move was to at least get a nomination in the Grammys. He achieved this a few...

Advertisement