What a splendid idea! And from an African President, no less. I lay back dreamily in my chair and savoured the headline. All my problems answered. Western civilization saved, apart from the Islamic onslaught. Yes, banner text carried the heady message from President Museveni of Uganda. “Africans Must Go To The Moon”
Think of it: Them up there, us down here. Too good to be true, surely?
Alas it was. That’s not what he had in mind at all. Over to the Pres. "The Americans have gone to the moon. And the Russians. The Chinese and Indians will go there soon. Africans are the only ones who are stuck here," Museveni said, addressing a meeting of the Uganda Law Society in Entebbe.
"We must also go there and say: 'What are you people doing up here?'."
Museveni urged the assembly of Uganda's top lawyers to support East African integration, arguing that one of the region's goals should be to develop a space programme.
"Uganda alone cannot go to the moon. We are too small. But East Africa united can. That is what East African integration is all about. Then we can say to the Americans: 'What are you doing here all alone?'"
A hopeless case? Initially I thought so, but then my spies brought me news of yet another African technical genius, who has…
Well, here’s what the report says: “An innovative Kenyan is just about to test the results of his brainchild. Gabriel Nderitu, an I.T specialist is putting final touches to an aeroplane he has been assembling for the last one year ahead of a test run in Kitengela next week. If indeed Nderitu's two seater plane takes off, and more importantly, lands successfully, then it will be a first for Kenya.”
Indeed. And maybe, just maybe, it might be the beginning of the East African Space Administration (EASA) and a one way ticket to the moon for our dusky friends. The potential for success? Well, check out the inaugural test flight here.