Reading Time: 6 minutesAs news that Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta had flagged off trucks ferrying “First Oil” from the Turkana – it resounded loudly within the East African online family as if it was Kenya’s sputnik moment. Despite discovering oil six years after Uganda (in 2012, Uganda announced its discovery in 2006), the Swahili nation had, according to
Reading Time: 6 minutes“Every hood gat’ their own hustlers But this is the hustler’s anthem HUSTLE HARD” – Ace Hood Dear Editor, In his most recent article your columnist Mr. Fred Muwema, while ignoring most of my arguments to his earlier gratuitous conflation of the crimes of kidnapping with the broader issue of counterfeiting, once again provided little
Reading Time: 6 minutesDear Editor, When I started reading your columnist Fred Muwema’s article on “fakes” and “kidnaps” I was not expecting a tedious tour in what is at best a false equivalence between counterfeiting and the tragedy of kidnaps that is keeping families awake in Uganda. ( http://eagle.co.ug/2018/05/26/fight-fakes-to-fight-kidnaps.html) I expected more. The criminal economy may be similar
Reading Time: 6 minutesLong read – About a year ago in Karamoja I learnt that deaths from alcohol consumption were only rivaled by deaths from malaria. So critical was the issue of individuals drinking themselves to death that the local Catholic Church, which conducted a study on the problem, dubbed alcohol the new “gun” that was cutting short
Reading Time: 3 minutesWith all the excitement about Black Panther, I caught up with Derrick Kibisi, founder and director of Talking Films. This is the Ugandan production house that worked on Disney’s Queen of Katwe and coordinated the aerial shots gave the Marvel film some of its breathtaking portrayals of Wakanda (the fictional civilisation in Black Panther). I
Reading Time: 3 minutesThis last week Ugandans celebrated the second Janani Luwum national holiday. The late Arch Bishop has long been a lesson in Ugandan schools about the brutality of the Idi Amin regime that was responsible for his death. Lately, his example stands as something else; the duty to speak truth to power in the face of
Reading Time: 5 minutes“You can’t have organized crime without law and order” is a quote in the popular television series “Gotham”. But it may as well have been about the legitimacy racket that is the familiar story across the continent where agile but aging strongmen have discovered the secret to staying power is embracing democracy not fighting it.