exist Common usage Almost every word has multiple meanings, so it needs to be interpreted according to the context. For example, the word “fear” has two meanings: forget everything and run away or face everything and stand up. this is your choice.
If you hear someone refer to ASP Kenneth Ahimbisibwe of the Kira Regional Community Liaison Officer (RCLO) or Maj Emma Kutesa, Assistant to the President for Special Operations, as a “bayaye,” many will soon Accused me of being disrespectful and rude.
But these two, and probably others I don’t know, are the real “bayaye” and why, you might ask me, because the word “muyaaye” is also an insult.
Nearly 300 young people who identified themselves as ghetto boys and girls kept referring to the two officers as “thethat’s a good jerk…’, literally Muyaye is good.
The CLO, who was moderator that day, took it a step further, using some of those low, oddly soft shouts that always appease the slums who are constantly trying to get angry and disrupt meetings.
Neither complained nor berated the ghetto people. Instead, they also repeatedly use the same adjective to amuse the audience, which includes a handful of civil servants and politicians.
Briefly, the two security officers, one from the Uganda Police Force (UPF) and the other from the UPDF, which is attached to the State Capitol.
“…young people are our people and we need them more because they are the leaders of the future and if we don’t organize them now then the future may not be what we want it to be… ’, Ahimbisibwe said, adding that “…the Ugandan Police Force stated that their aim is to work with the public to ensure the safety of life and property in a firm and professional manner to promote development…” taking this as his Reasons to work closely with favelas so that they can be repositioned with a new mindset so they can take a social path. –Economic Transformation.
The purport of this article is not about the word muyaaye, nor is it intended to present any scholarly or scholarly treatise, nevertheless, it is important to remind ourselves around the meaning of the word muyaaye (sing) or bayaaye (plu).
The term muyaaye or bayaaye, meaning “hooligans,” has been used since the mid-1970s as a pejorative or derogatory term for urban youth who migrated from the countryside in search of opportunity.
In recent years, the words “muyaaye” and “ghetto” have been used as synonyms (interchangeable) to mean more or less the same thing, and in most cases either negative or positive depending on the context.
A girl can say, “…my muyaaye” (boyfriend) drinks a lot, while a boy can say, “…let me bring these chips and chicken to my muyaaye (girlfriend), and the other Can say ‘get your muyaayeism out of my business, daughter/son or property’.
What is ghettoism, especially in the context of Uganda?
According to an article by Camila Flamiano Domonoske, a business reporter for the California-based nonprofit media organization National Public Radio (NPR), the word “ghetto” is a word source mystery.
Whatever the language of the root, the word’s original meaning is clear: “a neighborhood in a city, mainly in Italy, to which Jews are restricted … ,” she writes.
Cities such as Venice, Frankfurt, Prague and Rome in the 16th and 17th centuries forcibly segregated their Jewish populations, often segregating them and subjecting them to severe restrictions.
Although these slums were demolished in the late 19th centurythe th But the ghetto has not disappeared into the mists of history, and has reemerged with a more dangerous agenda than apartheid under Nazi Germany.
German troops established ghettos in more than 1,000 European cities, where they were isolated, controlled, and deprived of resources. Many died from the harsh conditions, but some survived.
By the 1960s and 1970s, growing demands for measures to keep families stable were the main reason more children joined ghetto clubs.
Hungry children, deprived of basic necessities such as food, shelter and clothing, can become angry, causing problems for their surrounding and wider communities.
These young people living in the ghetto don’t like their situation, but come here because of lack of options, otherwise the word “ghetto” is neither a good word nor a useful adjective.
In Uganda, when Robert Ssentamu Kyagulanyi, chairman of the National Unity Party, won election to become a member of parliament and emerged in the colors of the slums, thereby emerging on the political scene, the word slum or slum Questions then take center stage.
Now, the ghetto issue is a complicated one, presented as a very beautiful but troubled girl who is being pursued by every suitor as an individual politician or party.
Most politicians now have their own “bayaaye” or “ghetto” that can be hired to “discipline” competitors or opponents using different methods such as mainstream and social media attacks, physical attacks, blackmail, etc.
Police statistics show that crime rates are generally low during campaigns because most or all ghetto boys and girls are actually busy, provided by various politicians who use their services, albeit selfishly.
Why the government should create a dedicated national program for slums.
Waiting for ghetto boys and girls to commit crimes and brutally arresting them is only short-term, but it does not solve larger socioeconomic problems that also have political implications.
It was a good move that Jinja deputy RCC Lydia Kalemera launched a few weeks ago such a campaign that ended up with more than 300 slum youths publicly denouncing the crime.
The government should develop a tailor-made plan for these people who are scattered across all city, municipality and town councils and pose a security threat.
This is not enough to allay their concerns as government programs like Emyooga and PDM cater even to the young as most civil servants are easily irritated or disgusted by their appearance and performance and will not pay attention to them.
Finally, they spy on and seek out the beneficiaries of these programs and attack them at night to rob them of the funds they have received to fight poverty.
They were highwaymen, they ambushed women and took their bags and other valuables, they broke into homes and killed.
Some experts may think that the more developed a country is, the more crime it will be, which is one of the costs of economic growth and development.
That’s true, but the reverse is also true, the more stuff you have, the more people are keen to protect their assets, however small they may be, otherwise those who have nothing to lose can choose to do anything.
Finally, could some of the best minds (academics) from Makerere University or any other university be interested in doing research on slumism in Uganda as a case study.
About the author:
Rev Nelly Nelsons Otto is an Anglican (Ugandan Church) priest and senior journalist in Jinja, Uganda.
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