By The Independent Team Top Pub killing of 9, Mbabazi shooting raise questions about the state of the PGB, military Providing security to Ugandans was once high on the list of priorities of President Yoweri Museveni’s government. In his inaugural speech in 1986, President Museveni announced: ‘The second point in …Read More »
Dictatorships don’t serve the people; they give privileges to their cronies
By Andrew M. Mwenda Dear Colin, I read your letter regarding my views on the President of Rwanda, Paul Kagame, with interest and disappointment. Although you raise some legitimate issues, I was disappointed by its innuendoes and insinuations where you accuse me of being “journalist of fortune” and of ‘selling …Read More »
Did Gen. Kazini try to overthrow Museveni?
By Obed K. Katureebe Should he be convicted in the military court, analysts say Kazini could be dismissed from the army and probably be demoted to the level of a private. That would be a very dishonourable end for a valiant officer. On April 15, 2009, the embattled Maj. Gen. …Read More »
Why Uganda’s democracy fails
By Andrew M. Mwenda Why, given the apparent democratic space in Uganda compared to Rwanda, is the delivery of public goods and services in our country so poor compared to our southern neighbour? Colin Barigye, in last week’s issue argued that such services are easy to deliver under a dictatorship …Read More »
What govt wastage costs the country
By Melina Platas, Obed K. Katureebe & John Njoroge Shs 80 billion spent on cars every year President Yoweri Museveni’s motorcade has not less than 40 vehicles, and every year the convoy grows a little longer. As the first citizen, Museveni’s convoy comprises an executive limousine, an executive 4WD off-roader, …Read More »
Who is sacrificing for Uganda?
By Andrew M. Mwenda Sometime in the middle of April, I spent three days with my colleague at office, Melina Platas, ‘working’ at Mulago Hospital. We saw patients lying on rotten mattresses, on broken beds (for the lucky ones) while many were on the floor in overcrowded wards and in …Read More »
Migingo Island: What 1926 boundaries say
By Odoobo C. Bichachi But should Uganda go to war with Kenya? Last week, Kenyan youths in Nairobi’s Kibera slum ripped away a section of the Uganda-Kenya Railway as demonstration of anger against Uganda’s ‘occupation’ of the disputed Migingo island in Lake Victoria. Earlier in the week, the Luo-Nyanza council …Read More »
Can Museveni’s promises be trusted?
By Andrew M. Mwenda Address to the students at Makerere University, June 8th 1991 ‘Coming to your problems, I would like to touch on your problem of electricity load shading ‘ a situation in which you have electricity for some hours after which it is taken to another place. These …Read More »
Lesson for Uganda from the international financial crisis
By Andrew M. Mwenda The current financial crisis in the West has exposed many myths that have informed Uganda’s banking policies over the last decade. One such myth was that international banks are well managed; that they cannot suffer a meltdown. This myth has made the governor of Bank of …Read More »
Detained, tortured, amputated Horrors from UPDF detention dungeons
By John Njoroge Nothing could have prepared me for what I was about to see. I had waited for him for four hours. Earlier, he had refused to meet me. Issa Wazemba does not exude the confidence and energy of a 25-year-old man. When we met, his eyes constantly darted …Read More »