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Friday, January 25, 2008

Politics redefined

Dozens of African writers descended upon Kampala mid month for a festival. And several of them participated in a panel talk on politics, conflict and creativity at Makerere University.
Local poet Timothy Wangusa set the proverbial ball rolling with, shall we say, an accurate definition of politics that drew chuckles.
"Politics, as everybody knows, is the art –but for the sake of scientists among us –and science of managing society," he began. "But from experience, I've come up with my own definition. It is a variation on that one. Politics is the artlessness and sciencelessness of mismanaging society."

Published in Sunday Monitor, October 30, 2005