Dec
28

Podcast: The jumbled world of Ugandan Politics

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Uganda's elections are on the horizon and there are indications that the country will likely be a tinderbox as the country goes to the polls early next year. Will the country be a political risk hotspot? At present, its short term political risk index from Marsh, the World's global leader in risk management does not make for goo...
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Jul
17

Divorce for pastors, marriage for Catholic clergy - a new normal?

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Divorce For Pastors, Marriage For Catholic Clergy A New Normal? Biggest News Source for News in Uganda and the East African Region ,Breaking news in Uganda and Daily news and the latest from Uganda https://www.newvision.co.ug/news/1511811/divorce-pastors-marriage-catholic-clergy-normal
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Nov
25

Health and forests suffer as East Africa continues to rely on biomass fuels

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Health and forests suffer as East Africa continues to rely on biomass fuels - Alliance for Science Enter some description here... https://allianceforscience.cornell.edu/blog/2020/11/health-and-forests-suffer-as-east-africa-continues-to-rely-on-biomass-fuels/
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Nov
20

Podcast: Trump disapprovingly branded African nations as S-Hole nations. Look who is acting like despots from some of those nations now.

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So we now know for sure that an election loss is not after all a bitter pill to swallow for disgruntled African Politicians only. By refusing to concede defeat to Joe Biden in what US authorities are calling one of the most secure elections in US history, Trump has shown the world that he has something in common with some of the third world's paria...
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Nov
04

Podcast: It's the Climax: Trump or Biden, who will emerge victor of the 2020 US Presidential Election?

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In this Podcast, I cast an eye on the most important day in the American electoral process, which dawned yesterday. It coincided with the nomination of firebrand Ugandan Politician /Musician, Bobi Wine as a Presidential candidate.As the day progresses, many global citizens, myself included, will be watching keenly as one of the most ...
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Oct
24

Podcast: Trump or Biden, who will win the 2020 US Presidential Election? Part one

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Cast your mind back to 2016, when almost every pollster predicted that Hillary Clinton would win the US Presidential election. It was, of course, an anticlimax for the Dems and glee for the Reps.  Fast forward to 2020 and here we are, Trump is again behind in the Polls, just days to the election.Will the pollsters...
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Oct
01

Ugandan police arrest activists demanding climate

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Sep
03

Podcast: African security forces brutality during Covid-19 lock-downs-Part 2

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In part two of this Podcast, I disabuse some of the false impressions created by some western media outlets on the heavy-handedness of some African security forces during COVID-19 lockdowns. Some headlines in western media like the [France 24] April story headline entitled-" Curfew crackdowns in several African countries kill more people than ...
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Aug
28

Podcast: African security forces brutality during Covid-19 lock-downs-Part 1

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In part one of this Podcast, I speak at length about the brutality of Ugandan and other African security forces during the COVID-19 lockdowns. I sounded out seasoned Ugandan lawyers on the issue and also spoke to Felix Okia, a social worker in Bukedea, Eastern Uganda, who was wrongly arrested for ostensibly moving past the 7 p.m curf...
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Jul
12

Episode 2: Anti-racism/anti-police brutality songs.

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In episode two of this podcast, I present to you more flavours of some powerful anti-racism/anti-police brutality songs. The 2019 Ugandan anti-police brutality song "Afande" by the firebrand People Power President, Bobi Wine is included and also in one of the Africa anti-racism protests sound bytes I use, a Nigerian protestor tells a short sto...
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Jul
09

Cassava diseases threaten the success of proposed ethanol plant in Uganda

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May
10

Podcast: Paying tribute to Legendary African musicians who have fallen in the COVID-19 era.

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In part one of this Podcast, I shine a spotlight on three Fallen African music Legends (Aurlus Mabele, Manu Dibango, and Joseph Shabalala) who have passed on during these apprehensive COVID-19 times.

 
 



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May
09

Uganda scientists make rapid test kit for Corona-virus

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Ugandan researchers have developed an inexpensive COVID-19 test kit that can deliver results quickly, offering hope for a “homegrown solution” to sub-Saharan Africa’s testing needs.

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Mar
16

The male mind is not a terrible thing afterall-----Wise up-Ladies

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It is a tad old now, but that Kendrick Lamar-classic Song-b**tch don’t kill my vibe still resonates heavily. 

In my deduction, it is a song that speaks huge volumes about the male psyche.

For starters, Lamar [in the song] expresses his desire to be left alone; on occasion that is.
The lyricist tells his hypothetical beau to eschew killing his vibe [ruining his mood].

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Apr
16

Is Ugandan Hip Hop in safe hands with the emergence of the Boy wonder-Fresh Kid?

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Since the likes of GNL Zamba, St Nellysade, Burney M.C, Cyno, etc, quietly took a hiatus, as it so often happens in the checkered Ugandan Hip Hop landscape, the genre has, for the most part, lacked that fresh and exciting spark.

In many ways, the bloom has been off the genre's rose.

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Mar
05

Podcast: The bloom has steadily been falling off the rose of Uganda's oldest musical genre-Is Kadongo Kamu dying a slow death?

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The bloom has steadily been falling off the rose of Uganda's oldest musical genre-Is Kadongo Kamu dying a slow death?

Have a listen here to the last edition of my Kadongo Kamu Podcast

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Dec
07

Podcast: Can new albums from GNL, Lyrical G revive Ugandan Hip Hop?

Can GNL, Lyrical G new albums revive Ugandan Hip Hop?

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Jun
23

A SHILLINGS 1.3 TRILLION ENVIRONMENT BUDGET; A CUP HALF-FULL

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For a sector that scored the most increment (66%) in the recently passed 2018/19 budget, Uganda’s Water and Environment ministry still has to limp through most of the financial year, as the allocation still falls short of responding to the budgetary targets of the different agencies.

A boost from last year’s sh632b, the sector’s allocation of sh1.27 trillion is meant to support and manage Uganda’s water resources, diverse ecosystems and biodiversity in the next financial year.

Earmarked as one of the key drivers for the attainment of the National Development Plan II and Vision 2040, the increment in funding to the water and environment sector implies that players, such as the National Environment Management Authority (NEMA), the National Forestry Authority (NFA) and the National Meteorological Authority will have an enhanced resource envelope to execute their mandate.

NEMA has, for instance, been allocated a total of sh13.095b, up from sh9.2b, this financial year. However, this still leaves the environment watchdog with a sh22.73b funding gap.

NEMA needs sh14.5b to support its decentralized management function at the district and municipal level; sh3.5b to support the restoration of ecosystems and sh1b to execute its public education, environmental literacy, capacity building and sensitization programmes.

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Jul
10

Ugandan Cabinet debates plight of street children

 Wearing tattered clothes, 11 year old Daniel Madibo, 14 year old Fred Kamba and 12 year old Kassim Njalira trod quietly on the busy Jinja- Kampala highway.

The trio (street kids from Iganga) had moved by foot for days and pitched camp for a day at Nakibizi in Jinja.
The next day they continued their journey to Kampala which in their reckoning would be a better place to beg.

The piping hot afternoon sunshine did not seem to faze them as they moved.
Madibo, Kamba and Njalira looked drained of energy but they kept wending their way.
They anticipated being in Kampala, Uganda's biggest metropolis, in the first week of July.

But as it turns out, Madibo, Kamba and Njalira are metaphorically walking into a lion’s den, incognizant of 
impending draconian measures that were to applied against all street children in Kampala. 


Last week, the State Minister for Youth, Florence Nakiwala announced that all street children in Kampala would be rounded up and sent to street child reform and rehabilitation centers.

The issue of street children had however already sprung up on the Ugandan Cabinet’s radar.
A few weeks, before Nakiwala's proclamation, Simon Lokodo, the ethics and integrity minister, had pronounced that Cabinet had agreed to construct specialised facilities in Masulita in Wakiso district and Koblin in Moroto district to accommodate street children.

“The issue of street children has for long given us a bad image.  In the decisions taken by the cabinet on June 18, we shall get these kids a place where they can attain regular education,” Lokodo told Masaabachronicle, pointing at negligence by parents as the major driver of children to the various streets.

The Lokodo announcement was made in the aftermath of a Cabinet debate on the plight of street children.
A majority of the Ministers had agreed that the presence of begging Karamojong children on the streets mars the country’s image.

Col. Shaban Bantariza, the deputy government spokesperson told journalists on Monday at the Uganda Media Centre that: “Street kids are a menace and degrade the image of the country and some of them are even used by other people to attract people’s sympathy so that they can give them money.”


Earlier in May, the minister for Karamoja affairs, Eng. John Byabagambi;  had in a letter addressed to the Inspector General of Police and  the Ministry of Internal Affairs directed that, all Karamojong street children be repatriated back to Karamoja in an operation called ‘Back Home Campaign for Karamoja Children.’

“As you may be aware, the issue of street children in Karamoja and neighbouring towns is becoming a national challenge. Basing on the fact that most of these children come from Karamoja, the purpose of this letter is to direct you to resume the operations and have these children back to Karamoja sub-region and be re-united with their families,” he wrote.

Byabagambi said reception centres in Masulita and Koblin had been constructed to enhance the rehabilitation process of the children, which includes education and re-uniting them with their parents.

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Sep
01

Beaten Ugandan Journalists narrate their experiences after recent violent protests in Kampala

August 20th 2018 was an infamous day for several Ugandan journalists.

Caught in the thick of the “Free Bobi Wine” protests in the Ugandan capital Kampala; few would have imagined or predicted the mauling that was to befall them later as they went about their journalistic grind.

The day started off, placid, barring the ominous clouds that hovered over the Kampala city horizon.
Not many people however would tell that the ominous clouds were warning signs of imminent protests and a subsequent Police and Army crackdown on protesters and Journalists.

While trying to pacify some tense parts of the city, irate soldiers turned their rage on unsuspecting journalists, severely hitting them with sticks.

James Akena of the Reuters Wire News agency took the heaviest brunt of the beatings.
Even as he raised his hands and camera up as if, to alert the soldiers that he was a journalist, the beatings continued. 
Akena's camera was destroyed in the process.

Other journalists were also beaten, chased and many lost their mobile phones and recorders; among other gadgets.

With tears rolling out of his eyes, Akena narrates his ordeal to Masaachronicle.

“I suffered injuries to my head, spine and hand and to make it worse, I was detained without charges. I was traumatized,” the bedridden Akena says.

Akena plaintively explains that his family suffered psychologically after watching the incident on the Prime time 9 o’clock news on NTV, a local Television station.

“What exacerbated their worries was the fact that they could not reach me.
They were concerned and at the same time, furious.”

Casting his mind, Akena says if only he had intuitively known what was to befall him; he would not have gone to cover the protests.

“It was incumbent upon me to cover the protests but had I foreseen what happened, I would have stayed away from that area,” Akena says.

Alfred Ocho, a freelance photo journalist with the Observer newspaper in Kampala who was also assaulted during the protests.

“I was mauled just like Akena but whilst he can meet his medical bills and get a camera replacement, am hard pressed as a freelance journalist because I earn pittance. Iam a hard place now as I have to get treatment and repair my camera,” Ocho says.

Ocho reveals that he was hit on the head with a baton, as he took pictures of the rioters.

“My shirt was torn in the process and I also lost some money [Ugandan sh200, 000], a phone and to add insult to his pain, his camera got spoilt in the process,” Ocho says.

The Ugandan Parliament takes a stand

In a joint press briefing, recently at the Ugandan parliament, in Kampala, several workers MP’s called upon the army and the police to replace the Journalist’s damaged equipment and pay for their medical treatment.

Led by Margret Rwabushaija, Agnes Kunihira, Ngora County MP,
David Abala and Kasambya County MP, Mbwatekamwa Gafa, the MP’s castigated the country’s security forces for the draconian treatment of the journalists.

“We watched with dismay the brutal manner in which the security forces
mauled members of the fourth estate, principally James Akena, Herbert Zziwa, Ronald Galiwango[ both of NTV]and  others. We abhor the maltreatment of Journalists,” Rwabushaija said.

The MP’s added that the beating of the Journalists was a violation of their rights and freedoms, which were guaranteed by Article 29 of the Ugandan constitution.


Luke Owesigire, the Kampala metropolitan Police spokesperson says
they had begun earnest investigations to establish who beat the Journalists and to ascertain how they lost some of their gadgets.

“Whoever tortured the Journalists will be held accountable. If they were Police men, the Ugandan Police will deal with them, according to the law. If they were soldiers of the Uganda People’s Defense Forces and its proven that they were culpable, the Army will deal with them in accordance with the law,” Owesigire said.

Uganda Journalists Association president Robert Kagolo says they are still demanding for the prosecution of the Army or Police officers complicit in the beatings of the Journalists.

The protests in the Ugandan Capital-Kampala- came in the wake of the arrest of Bobi Wine alias Robert Kyagulanyi, the popular and firebrand Kyadondo East Member of Parliament after the Arua Municipality by election.
Arua is in the West Nile region of Uganda.
Wine was arrested on allegations that he was an accessory in the stoning of the Ugandan President’s Motorcade, a few hours before the election.
President Museveni was in Arua to canvas support for the ruling NRM party’s candidate, Nusura Tiperu, who, lost, at length.
Wine was also in Arua to canvas support for his preferred candidate, Kasiano Wadri. Wadri won the by election.
Earlier, Wine’s driver Yasin Kawuma, had been shot dead.

Wine was also accused of being in possession of illegal firearms, that where apparently found in his hotel room.
The owner of the Hotel, Candia Luiji however denied that Wine checked into his facility with any firearms.

Several Lawmakers were arrested in the wake of the Arua by election; to wit, Francis Zaake (Mityana Municipality), Gerald Karuhanga (Ntungamo Municipality) and Paul Mwiru (Jinja Municipality).

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