Nothing but the truth in Uganda

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 29 August, 1993, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 29 August, 1993, 12:00am

FACTUAL advertising is a fine thing, but there are occasions when some economy with the truth would be advisable.

Officers with the Royal Hong Kong Police Force have been musing over amazingly accurate job details being circulated on behalf of the Ugandan police.

The central African nation is advertising for someone to be a police training adviser to the country's police.

However, the circular makes no bones about the less-than-salubrious conditions to be faced during the six-month contract.

''Defensive driving is necessary, as local drivers have no knowledge of the highway code,'' the circular says. ''Breaks [sic], steering and lights are optional.'' Electricity and water supplies are erratic; the telephone service is ''woefully inadequate''; and a guard dog is advisable.

You can't even relax during your time off, the circular warns. ''Do not walk barefoot, as insects may enter the body through the soles of your feet. Laundry must be ironed to kill the eggs of the harmful mango fly.'' It then casually throws in the fact that AIDS is a ''serious problem''.

We do have our problems here, too, but it does rather put Hong Kong foot and rude cab drivers into context.