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Mayor Kezaala fights back

By Onghwens Kisangala In January, Mohammed Kezaala, mayor of Jinja municipality, was arrested and charged by the Inspector General of Government (IGG), Faith Mwondha, with abuse of office and of misappropriating municipal funds. The IGG alleged that 100 iron sheets and 820 bags of cement earmarked for charity organisations were …

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What is a free and fair election?

By Rosebell Kagumire For Justice Benjamin Odoki, that is the central question for activists calling for elector al reforms In 2011, two years from now, Ugandans are scheduled to vote in presidential, parliamentary, and local government elections. Many are resigned to another rigged electoral process. But a few who are …

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When the financial crisis hits

By Mubatsi Asinja Habati Has Africa been spared the brunt of the global financial crisis, as many believe? Not if experts from the World Bank are to be believed. Addressing African leaders at the 12th African Union summit in Addis Ababa last week, the bank’s president, Robert Zoellick, said: “We …

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AU exchange rejected

By Independent Reporter AU experts reject Pan-African stock exchange, South Africa goes it alone When the African Union surveyed its members on the viability of a Pan-African stock exchange, it got a wake up call. It sent out 139 questionnaires to 53 state members but only 29 returned them. The …

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