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Andrew Mwenda: Why Bashir is a Hero of Democracy

By Andrew M. Mwenda Dear friends and allies on Facebook! I know many of you are excited about the fall of Sudanese President Omar Al Bashir hoping that his example may also happen in Uganda. I am also aware that you view him as just another tyrant who was stifling democracy

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Andrew Mwenda: Why the New URA Building is a Bad Investment

By Andrew M. Mwenda Last week President Yoweri Museveni officially opened the new Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) head office building in Nakawa. As a work of art, the building is majestic. As a source of national pride, it is inspiring. At 22 floors high, it is the tallest building in Kampala.

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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: Museveni is More Enlightened, Informed than Bobi Wine Can Ever Be in Next 100 Years

By Andrew M. Mwenda Uganda has a new hero: Bobi Wine. He is being presented to us domestically and internationally as the symbol of our struggle for democracy, freedom, liberty and social transformation. Even some of our “intellectuals” are treating him as an alternative to President Yoweri Museveni. This is the

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Andrew Mwenda: Why We Must all Condemn the Brutal Arrest, Torture of Bobi Wine

By Andrew M. Mwenda I have read the report of the Uganda Human Rights Commission on the way Bobi Wine was arrested and tortured and it is disturbing. He was not at the scene of the incident where the president’s convoy was pelted with stones. The SFC soldiers who arrested and

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Andrew Mwenda: The Tax on Mobile Money, Social Media is Good for Uganda’s Revenue

By Andrew Mwenda Since government introduced a tax on mobile money and social media, there has been deafening opposition to it from every quarter of Ugandan public opinion. The very Ugandans complaining against this tax are the same people who constantly demand a large basket of public goods and services to

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Andrew Mwenda to FDC Supporters: Stop Blaming Others for Your Misery

Dear friends in extremist radical wing of the FDC led by opposition presidential candidate for life, Dr. Kizza Besigye. I was away on holiday in Dubai during this Easter and was unable to send you a frank festive message as has become custom in our increasingly hot and steamy relationship. You

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Andrew Mwenda: Jinja East By-Election Exposes FDC Weakness Yet Again

By Andrew M. Mwenda On Thursday March 15th, the Electoral Commission declared FDC candidate, Paul Mwiru, elected as MP for Jinja East constituency. Since then, opposition gurus have been congratulating themselves on a “big win by the people.” Which people? Yet the results, when properly analyzed, expose the weakness of the

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Andrew Mwenda: Muntu’s Defeat Marks End of Decent Politics in FDC

Opinion: Andrew Mwenda “Follow an idea from its birth to its triumph,” Bertrand de Jouvenel observed in his 1948 volume, On Power, “and it becomes clear that it came to power at the price of an astounding degradation of itself. The result is not reason which has found a guide but

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Andrew Mwenda: What Happened to Mugabe Cannot Happen to Museveni

Opinion: Andrew M. Mwenda The fall of President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe has been welcomed by many Ugandans with excitement. For many people tired of President Yoweri Museveni’s long rule, Mugabe’s fall gives hope that their nightmare is about to end. That a long serving president who had ruled his country like

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