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Friday, 01 April 2011 09:18 by joyce mirembe nakayima
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After 31 years in power, Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe and his ZANU-PF party politburo have entrenched themselves into their people’s lives; their power is today difficult to separate from the nationals’ way of life. Fear is the regime’s weapon of entrenchment. That is the theme of Peter Godwin’s memoir, The Fear.

Fear: How despots use it to cling

to power

Title: The Fear

Author: Peter Godwin

Publisher: PICADOR

Reviewer: Joyce Mirembe Nakayima

The lives of most characters in the book have been shaped by total fear that Mugabe and his government continually inculcate in them.

Saturday, 26 March 2011 11:18 by donald lule
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Of recent very many people are running to garages complaining of their vehicles jerking, losing power while driving, and in some instances, even failing to take off.

This has happened even to fellow mechanics and led some of them to consider extreme measures, like overhauling the engine.

Motorists queue for fuel at city oil fuel station Bombo road. INDEPENDENT/JIMMY SIYAMotorists queue for fuel at city oil fuel station Bombo road. INDEPENDENT/JIMMY SIYAOf course, it can be irritating when you feel like overtaking a vehicle or cruising at a higher speed but the engine fails to give the required power and, in some cases, loses power instead. Many drivers are perturbed and, if they have been to a garage recently, some even think that their mechanic did not fix the right spare parts.

Saturday, 26 March 2011 11:15 by hassan higenyi
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“The question – What’s so good about having the vote – needs to be answered by anyone standing for office and advocating full elections – specifically in a society with weak institutions. It is a question, not a statement. It requires an answer, not a response.” So says Humphrey Hawksley in his new book, Democracy Kills, first published in 2009.


What’s So Good About the Vote?

Author: Humphrey Hawksley

Genre: Non-fiction

Volume: 377 pages

Publisher: Macmillan

Reviewer: Hassan Higenyi

There is a lot to appreciate in and about this book which has attracted international media attention and reviews, such as in The Independent of UK and The Economist. From its provocatively eye-catching title and cover picture to the author’s remarkable narrative style, from the journalistic observer’s point of view with adventure stories and interviews to the well structured sentences, the book persuasively captures the democracy dilemma for developing countries.

Saturday, 26 March 2011 11:11 by achola rosario
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Several twists and turns inside the Kampala city suburbs of Ntinda, on Ntinda View Close is Plot 18; its incongruously plain green gate belying the beehive of creative activity that lurks within.

With a large European style 6-bedroomed bungalow, a children’s play area in the back, a huge tree in the centre that supports the swing and an elevated deck area that will house the café, Mish Mash is obviously something different.

Friday, 18 March 2011 08:48 by donald lule
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Recently, I was driving my supervisor to Entebbe as he was flying out for a seminar in Japan. His flight was on at 4 O’clock and he had to check in at about 2pm. So we set off early to be in time.

As we struggled through the thick Kampala traffic jam, surrounded by uncountable motor vehicles, bikes, and pedestrians, I noticed he was looking intently at the vehicles on the road. I wondered what he was observing.

After short time he broke the silence: “Almost every vehicle that has by-passed us is running on a very low fuel level,” he said.

“Their fuel gauges are faulty,” I jokingly I told him. But he was dead serious. That’s impossible, he said, they cannot all be faulty.

Our vehicle, a Mitsubishi Space Gear, was slightly higher than most vehicles and so we had a clear projected look into the other vehicles. I soon confirmed that he was right.

Friday, 18 March 2011 08:45 by ella rychlewski
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When my mother announced she was coming to visit Uganda, I went into a Google search on Ugandan tourism and started asking my acquaintances what we should not miss on our one week tour.

Our circuit of Western Uganda started from Kampala, up to Murchison Falls National Park, then down to Fort Portal to visit the Amabere Caves. The next stop was Kibale for chimp tracking, then Mbarara and Lake Mburo. Murchison is probably the most recognised tourist site in Uganda. The caves sounded intriguing. Chimp tracking was the fulfilment of a dream for several people in our party; and I had heard a lot of good things about Mbarara, with Lake Mburo just nearby.Rhinos are being reintroduced in Uganda in a successful conservation and tourist venture which should be more widely emulated. INDEPENDENT/ELLA RYCHLEWSKI

Friday, 18 March 2011 08:42 by the independent team
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Ugandan who trained with Arnold Schwarzenegger aka the Terminator introduces new approach to physical fitness for office workers

On a normal working day, the only place for most office workers to get a relatively healthy meal is at restaurants that serve `local food’. Most meals are of animal and dairy products, vegetable oils, and alcoholic and synthetic beverages. The only other food available is chips and chicken menus - unless one can afford Shs 20,000 for a meal at a decent restaurant. Even here, most people eat more than is required.

Away from office, most people no longer do domestic work. That is a job for the maid because most office workers do not realise how much exercise cleaning can provide.

Monday, 14 March 2011 07:01 by donald lule
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Motor vehicle safety, first and foremost, depends on the braking system. The braking system plays many roles in a motor vehicle including; bringing the vehicle to a standstill, parking the vehicle, and preventing it from rolling when parked.

Older generation braking systems had the drawback of wheel-locking in case of sudden braking that made it hard to maintain control of the steering wheel. This, of course, caused many accidents and loss of lives.

But in technology when such a problem is encountered, it is a signal to get back to the drawing board and scratch the head for a solution. That is how, a few years back, new technology to improve the braking system was invented. It was named the Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) and mainly concentrated on improving braking efficiency, decreasing the braking distance and increasing control of the vehicle in case of abrupt or sudden braking.

Monday, 14 March 2011 06:57 by Yusuf Serunkuma
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Dance of the Intellect, a volume of over eighty newly released poems, is a kind of compilation of experiences that have inspired, the poet, Alice Tumwesigye.

The volume bundles together the poet’s reflections on stages in her life; as a student at college and university; as a member of staff in one place; and as a mother.

Alice Tumwesigye, who heads the Language and Literature Department at Bishop Stuart University, Mbarara in Western Uganda, has previously produced outstanding work as a gatherer of the oral literature of the Ankole people, a tribal group in western Uganda. With this background, her poetry presents a materialisation of the many stories, comments, experiences and observations that have inspired her.


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