Inspite of the fact that it was nolonger existing, i got scared and deep insde me felt that i would be identified as a Ugandan and be beaten or done to something crazy, but all these fears and speculations went away after seeing that people moved....
I remember that the first time i crossed the boarder of my country was in 2007. That was when i was still in high school, Uganda and Kenya have had a good relationship for a very long period of time not untill the former president of Uganda Field Marshall Iddi Amin Dada came into power in the 1970s.
I remember being told about what was called "panda gari and makanyango" these were terms that were used by the Kenyans to mean board the vehicle as the second one means being stpped on. So this is what was always done to Ugandans who attempted crossing to the Kenyan side, but this took place long ago.
Inspite of the fact that it was nolonger existing, i got scared and deep insde me felt that i would be identified as a Ugandan and be beaten or done to something crazy, but all these fears and speculations went away after seeing that people moved freely across the boarder: Kenyans crossing into Uganda and Ugandans crossing into Kenya infact some of them even had shops and businesses on either sides of the boarders.
Now without fear i was able to cross and move around the boarder area on the Kenyan side and even bought sometimes from that side, i really enjoyed that simple trip to the other side of the boarder, i know that i did not go far into the country but was atleast happy stepping on a foreign land. Am now planning a trip a Mombasa deep inside the country the journey that is to last about three days from Uganda's capital Kampala by road.
Hope you enjoyed my story :)
August 03, 2010
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