By Spy Uganda
Security has ordered The Pan African Pyramid (PAP) not to discuss the Karamoja affairs which was slated to take place tomorrow Friday, citing security reasons, TheSpy Uganda has learnt.
According to a communication passed to PAP members and panellists by PAP speaker Andrew Irumba Katusabe, who were gearing up for the debate, Irumba was advised by security agencies to change the topic or they pick him like a grasshopper tomorrow.
“My friend, that topic is sensitive for now. But there are topics like ‘Water is better than fire’ or Who is the head of family between Man and Woman’ given the fact that these days women working class don’t consider what your grand father and grand mother believed. Yes things have changed significantly in Africa Mr Irumba as regards family affairs, why don’t you want to discuss that?’ a security officer on condition of anonymity paused a question to Speaker Irumba.
PAP debates are held at Fairway Hotel every Friday 5-8pm and a recorded version run on NBS TV from 4-5Pm every Saturday. This week’s topic was titled “Is there a silent genocide in Karamoja by security forces ?”
Among the panelists included Chairman Karamoja Youth Agenda, AChero Emmanuel Atirok, Senior Researcher James Kashaya, Chairman Pan-African Movement Uganda Chapter, Dan Rugarama, proud son of Karamoja Achia Simon Peter also a student at Nkozi University and former guild president aspirant Kyambogo university Michael Nkwanga.
But to ‘balance the boat’, PAP Speaker’s office had also invited Maj Isaac Oware the UPDF 3rd Division Spokesperson to give the side of the army during the debate.
The army has on several occasions been accused by the Karamajongs for using the ongoing operation of ‘disarmament campaign’ to indiscriminately detain ‘innocent’ civilians for long periods without charge and later allegedly extort money, torture them, and kill some, which accusations we are unable to confirm.
Karamoja is a region of 1.2 million people in the Uganda’s northeastern borderlands.
About Pan-African Pyramid
Pan-African Pyramid (PAP) is a non-governmental organization that was founded in 2014 with a vision to articulate concerted efforts geared towards promoting the true African Awakening among the BLACK people throughout Africa and in the Diaspora and galvanize inventions and innovations of African people based on its principles as an intellectual, non-partisan discussion forum, built on the Pillars of PAN AFRICANISM PATRIOTISM and NATIONALISM.
The PAP Ideology/pre-occupation is to REVIVE intellectual discourse among youth with a bias on re-constructing our lost Pan-Africanism, patriotism and Nationalism Values and spirit. The organization was founded by the current PAP Speaker and Chairman Andrew Irumba Katusabe.
WHAT IS PAN-AFRICANISM?
Pan-Africanism is an ideology and movement that encourages the solidarity of Africans worldwide. It’s based on the belief that unity is vital to economic, social, and political progress and aims to “unify and uplift” people of African descent. The ideology asserts that the fate of all African peoples and countries are intertwined. At its core Pan-Africanism is “a belief that African peoples, both on the continent and in the diaspora, share not merely a common history, but a common destiny”
To articulate the concerted efforts geared towards promoting the true African Awaking amongst the BLACK people throughout Africa and in the Diaspora, and galvanize inventions and innovations of the African people.
To REVIVE intellectual discourse among the youths with a bias of re-constructing our lost Pan-Africanism, patriotism and Nationalism Values and spirit.
(a) To promote a critical understanding and appreciation of Africa as a continent and black people as a formidable race and foster ways to promote togetherness in order to enhance social economic progress of our continent and our race.
(b) To promote critical thinking, analysis and constructive debates among the youth as a foundation of nurturing young leaders for a better Africa.
(c) To organize public debates in primary, secondary, Tertiary and University schools to train, discuss and enable the young generation understand their African history and encourage them to support the best ways to cause social economic development in an African context.
(d) To organize and manage Annual Global Pan-African Pyramid Awards aimed at recognizing and appreciating the unforgettable struggles and sacrifices of our ancestors across all generations who unreservedly fought and defended the Rights and existence of the Black race across the world.
(e) To offer a platform in which civic Education is dispensed through which, members appreciate and understand their role in nation building in particular and the development of Africa as a whole.
(f) To promote Regional and African integration as a means of enabling Africans work together in harmony with each other and cause a holistic development.
(g) To organize reading and study tours and competitions among the youth and adults that will inculcate a culture of reading and research among members and guide them to prioritize specific books with African aspirations which are critical for the awakening and development of Africa.
(h) To establish a knowledge searching platform that will help create a think tank that will Progressively address the challenges facing the African continent.
(i) To engage in charitable activities that are intended at empowering the vulnerable such as raising money for poor children in need of heart surgery and other chronic diseases, building homes for the homeless, paying fees for teens and young mothers and doing such activities that empower the poor live in dignity.
(j) To engage in social economic activities like Agriculture, livestock farming, group savings and investments that will lift our members from poverty and make them economically independent.
(k) To mobilize resources from internal and external partners and the general public for the purposes of uplifting the general living conditions of our people and members and in order to meet the objectives of our organization.
(l) To organize membership visits and trainings that will improve on solidarity but also empower our members financially.
(m) To establish and build Pan-African schools, libraries and research centers aimed at equipping our members with enough African related history.
(n) To contract with any organization private or governmental at any level dealing in public awareness campaigns for the greater good of society.
OUR TARGET AUDIENCE:
THE PAN-AFRICAN PYRAMID has the most influential and circular Audience with majority being youth. Our pioneer/ regular members include Law students from Law Development Centre (LDC), Makerere University,MUBS,KIU,Kyambogo,St.Lawrence Univ.,Busitema Univ., St.Lawrence Univ., Ndejje Univ. and the general distinguished pan-African members of the public.
We have so far opened up PAN-AFRICAN PYRAMID chapters in universities and other tertiary institutions, and supervised them to elect their own leaders to keep networking with the main headquarters from time to time. These include; MUK,Kyambogo, KIU, Ndejje, Crane media Institute and UMCAT. We are still looking forward to opening more and more.
We believe that the youth, especially university and Tertiary students are the key change agents, because they have the capacity to analyze/understand and influence.
As a norm, PAP has continued to provide support to Africans living in harsh situations, especially needy students and refugees in their respective camps.
Previously they have offered support to Nakivale Refugee settlement camps located in Isingiro district where over 120000 refugees from over 10 nations received donations, which marked the end of 2019 before the coming of COVID-19 that interrupted the 2020/21 PAP calendar before it resumed in 2022 with PAP Global Awards in August.