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INDEPENDENT: IMF boss ensures 2017 budget will be ‘hard’

Top stories in this week’s The Independent. Get your copy at the nearest news stand.

THE LAST WORD
Museveni freedom fighter talk: Why Museveni said he is not a servant of anyone and who may have been the target of his statement.

COVER STORY
IMF boss ensures 2017 budget will be `hard’:When President Yoweri Museveni, Minister of Finance, Economic Planning and Development Matia Kasaija, Governor of Bank of Uganda Tumusiime-Mutebile and other senior officials stepped into the meeting with visiting IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde this last week, they had under their belt a tough budget proposal for the 2017/2018 Financial Year.

BUSINESS
How Dfcu beat other investors to take-over Crane Bank: Dfcu’s new take-over will help expand its footprint countrywide.

ANALYSIS
Uganda’s erratic weather: USAID’s warning system shows why you should prepare for more bad news this year.

EDUCATION
Education is biggest gap between Muslims, Christians: New study shows why it is important to bridge the gap.

Tension over Kyambogo VC: Varsity chairman says search will be finished in March.

RWANDA
Rwandans preserving culture through dance: They concentrate on teaching the traditional music and what each of them means to children.

TOURISM
Aya Hotel: Rezidor Hotel chain replaces Hilton: The hotel chain pins its growth on tourism, MICE for growth.

HEALTH
Swelling feet disease: Podoconiosis: A neglected tropical disease causing havoc in Rwanda rural areas.

COMMENT
IMF on spot over liberalisation: Lagarde says government needs to focus on reducing inequality.

FEATURE
Uganda through Miller’s lens: There is something about Uganda that fascinates as well as it baffles, especially foreign eyes. It appears that the much touted mantra of “gifted by nature” strikes more of a chord among foreigners than Ugandans.

MOTORING
How bad is your oil leak?: So your car leaks a little bit of oil. How big of a deal is that? If you drive into the nearest apartment complex you will see oil stains in just about every parking spot.

FRANKLY SPEAKING
Gen. Edward Katumba Wamala On the greatest lesson in life: His dream as a student at Old Kampala Senior Secondary School was to become a doctor but he ended up at Bukalasa Agricultural College.

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