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COVER STORY: America versus Museveni
US Ambassador to Uganda Deborah Malac has emerged as a sharp critic of President Museveni and his government since she was posted to the country in February. With her bluntness, Malac has reset the rules of diplomats in the country. She has closely followed Uganda in her diplomatic career and analysts say her sharp tone is indicative of a possible change of attitude from the US towards Uganda in the near future.
LAST WORD: Why Museveni should retire
President Yoweri Museveni should retire to enable Uganda have a departure from his confrontational politics with long-time rival Besigye. In the event of Museveni retiring, Ugandans will get a new perspective in that Museveni’s successor will be unable to solve the problems of a poor democracy like Uganda.
ANALYSIS: Uganda in the Foreign Press – Uganda’s top export – mercenaries
Despite being one of the poorest countries in the world, Uganda is engaging in a very lucrative global trade-providing military contractors. Young Ugandans are going to Iraq and other Middle East nations to guard embassies and are making a killing out of it.
INTERVIEW: ‘The constitution shouldn’t be something we have, it should be something we are’
The new Uganda Law Society President Francis Gimara talks to The Independent about the state of constitutionalism and rule of law in Uganda, and other pertinent legal issues in the country.
FEATURE: New look at circumcision
In 2007, Uganda embraced the Voluntary Medical Male Circumcision (VMMC) as recommended by WHO as a prevention strategy in countries with high HIV prevalence. But Uganda may miss some key targets because of mixed messages about circumcision by health practitioners and the rarity of the practice among Ugandan communities.
BUSINESS: Uber ready for Kampala
American taxi-hailing service Uber is getting ready to launch in Kampala, after it launched in Nairobi last year. Sector players say Uber’s entry could bring some much needed convenience in the city.
INTERVIEW: Frankly Speaking Renowned Fashion designer Sylvie Owori speaks about her admiration for Nelson Mandela, her extravagance and distaste for politics among other things.