Reading Time: 5 minutesUganda Police Force should probably release Mr. Mathew Kanyamunyu. He is the suspect in a fatal shooting last weekend of a social worker at Lugogo Mall in Kampala. The case has got the blood of many boiling. The victim was a well-liked community organiser from the North of the country and his alleged killer; Mr.
Reading Time: 4 minutes( extracted from an email to a friend in Kampala) Greetings from the desert here in Abu Dhabi. This has been an illuminating week but one which would not be complete without an introduction, for future reference to Mr. Andrew Turihamwe. Like many Ugandans in the UAE, Turihamwe is working hard to make a living
Reading Time: 4 minutesIn light of #UGwomensweek. Some thoughts… Human progress is often depicted as a bird. If one wing is broken it cannot fly. Not that it matters these days if the bird can type. The wings in this socially conservative view of progress; are the two genders, male and female, even if this vision of the
Reading Time: 3 minutesPolitical systems are organisms. When they are young, they are full of energy and promise. But inevitably they grow old and lethargic. It has long been a criticism of the political centre that this problem of “old age” is disproportionately African. That is because some African leaders, many who have done away with presidential term
Reading Time: 3 minutesUganda is struggling to find a decent partner for its oil refinery project in Hoima. This project is the hallmark of the country’s approach to its petroleum resources. Since oil was discovered in commercial quantities – there has been a fork in the road for investors keen to take part in exploiting the resource but
Reading Time: 2 minutesSince coming into force, national awards, a program of formal recognition of Ugandans whose contributions to the community reflect its best and most deserving attempts at nationalism and patriotism, has conferred 14,884 awards. Now the Ugandan parliament led by its charismatic two-time Speaker Hon. Rebecca Kadaga intends to give the standard heroes award to all
Reading Time: 5 minutesMost of Queen of Katwe (QoK), Uganda’s “Slumdog Millionaire” was shot in South Africa. The movie will delight Ugandans who know the story of Phiona Mutesi quite well. She is the girl from Katwe. This is one of the largest of the 67 slums in the capital Kampala. Against some serious odds Mutesi made a
Reading Time: 2 minutesWhenever there is a sporting success, and there are a handful of games to pick from, Ugandans gush with national pride. Many times the name of the “most sportsmanlike” president Idi Amin Dada is invoked, without his crimes, and there were many. In the heat of rapture for that rare occasion Amin’s successors are chastised
Reading Time: 3 minutesIf the announcement of oil production licenses, to the most credible consortium likely to commercialize Uganda’s oil find, had arrived two or three- or even five years ago, the accompanying euphoria could have served as the desperate morale boost that the government currently needs. Instead this significant announcement made this week passed with little fanfare.