I was reading in the news the other day, Americans, Koreans
and a couple of other rich countries are finding a solution
for the food scarcity soon. They are building garden skyscrapers.
Basically, multi-storied green houses to ensure a steady
flow of food supplies come rain or shine. Imagine a spinach
garden in Times Square!
I closed my eyes and imagined the scenario. You wear your
gumboots and jump into a lift to go to your orchard on the
fiftieth floor? Wow.
I have never really been a fan of gardening, but if things
promise to be this way in GenerationQ, so help me God that
I be around to be a witness.
I mean, when I saw my first storied parking lot in Germany,
I was totally blown away. Coming from a country that had
not a single shopping mall then, it was already mind-boggling
enough walking through the vast arcades and department stores.
But when I saw these winding driveways and lifts up several
floors of nothing but parking space, it totally beat me.
At that point I was ready to crown the Europeans the most
ingenious beings God ever made.
But soon enough, we got the arcades in Kampala and now
even have the storied parking slots at Garden City and Social
Security House. That gives me hope that one of these days,
I will have my very own potato garden somewhere on Kimathi
Avenue, floor 72.
Or better still, park on the 12th floor of the parking
tower on the same street and then connect by escalator and
a couple of lifts to my garden on the 72nd floor!
In this increasingly dotcom era, don’t write me off
that easily as a dreamer.
The scramble and partition of land in this country has
gone to another level and what we need is a dotcom government
that thinks very unbutambalish. A government that will build
high rise structures just to let us do our gardening without
having to drive all the way to Wakiso, and in due course,
allow us to also have burial grounds in the same garden
Hey, if the Americans can pull it off, don’t think
it too far-fetched. It will get here, so just start rehearsing
a very-much-so e-life.
For one, I am looking forward to my garden with a spectacular
view of Kampala.