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Andrew Mwenda: Poor Countries Like Uganda Need Corruption to be Able to Operate

By Andrew M. Mwenda This morning the entire city has been closed apparently because President Yoweri Museveni intends to lead an “anti-corruption” march through Kampala. The security and city authorities did not even care to inform the public not to come to work this morning. As I drove around today (do

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US Ambassador to Uganda, Deborah Malac. Courtesy Photo

GMO Bill: Dear Ambassador Deborah Malac, Leave Uganda’s Food Alone!

As an alumnus of the enlightening International Visitor Leadership Programme, I am a grateful beneficiary of your largesse and still enjoy good relationships with a number of your colleagues. In equal, if not stronger terms, I thoroughly despise and take exception to the (imperial) arrogance, white-saviour mentality and the profit-oriented calculus

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President Museveni and minister Anite. Courtesy Photo

Dear Magye, Don’t Let the Mafia Touch Anite, the Anointed One

Monday night, a man inside my neighbour’s TV said junior minister in charge of investment and privatisation Evelyn Anite had told reporters some dangerous people were whetting weapons of mass destruction to kill her. The man reading the news called those dangerous people the ‘mafia’. She swore that those people are within

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Ziggy Wine Death: Andrew Mwenda Blasts Bobi Wine

By Andrew M. Mwenda Last week, it became apparent that the initial news that a one Michael [K]alinda aka Ziggy Wyne had been kidnapped, eye yanked out, fingers chopped off and face burnt using a flat iron were exactly that – a hoax. Ziggy had a nasty motorbike accident at 7.30pm

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Andrew Mwenda: Why I Think Museveni is More Democratic Than Bobi Wine, Besigye

By Andrew M. Mwenda Last week, police using heavy-handed methods stopped the MP for Kyadondo East, Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine, from holding a concert. Even President Yoweri Museveni agreed that the brutality police employed was uncalled for. To make a bad situation worse, the Uganda Communications Commission then ordered television

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Why Bobi Wine’s People Power Must Stop Shouting at Besigye, FDC

FDC's Amuriat on People Power Calls for Besigye to Back Bobi Wine: One of the most difficult currencies to convert or transfer is political support. This applies to the political market and because of this, genuine support for a political party or an individual can only be taken away through

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Uganda’s Second Liberation Struggle

It’s important that Ugandans, especially, the young people, clearly understand the political challenges that bedevil our country and how we ought to confront and overcome them. This piece has been prompted by the discernible misunderstanding as to what the current political struggles are about and what their trajectory is. How did Uganda,

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Andrew Mwenda: Jennifer Musisi Pushed out of KCCA for Doing Wonders in Kampala

By Andrew M. Mwenda Finally Jennifer Musisi has resigned as executive director of KCCA. This was inevitable. However, her resignation points to a deeper malady that our nation faces: the gulf between our theoretical ambitions and the pettiness of our politics. Musisi has fallen because she aspired to do great things

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Andrew Mwenda: The Break Up of FDC has Finally Arrived, I Predicted It

By Andrew Mwenda My predictions have finally come true: FDC is breaking up: 22 out of its 36 members of parliament are quitting to form a new political party. And these 22 are the most enlightened individuals in FDC. Initially they will present the party as a pressure group to avoid the

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