Political 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
Uganda 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
Since 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
Most 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
Whenever 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
If 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.
Over lunch and later what us, Ugandans, refer to as “evening tea” I was asked several times about the T-shirt. As it happens, the t-shirt in question was a gift from Rwanda’s last election. It was a specially printed good quality black shirt with a black and white image of Rwanda’s president known here as
I was recently in conversation with two friends. Online of course. Both are lawyers under 33 with promising careers in public service. One in fact plans to run for president one day. Despite the fact that their education and early careers have been within the donor funded civil society in Uganda both support the position