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In The Independent: Land mafia pounce

The top stories in this week's THE Independent. Get your copy now at a news-stand.
The top stories in this week’s THE Independent. Get your copy now at a news-stand.

COVER STORY:
Land mafia pounce
With the government pushing for the immediate amendment of the Land Act for it to be able to start acquire private land before compensating its owners, top land lawyers warn that land grabbers could have a hand in the scheme.

LAST WORD:
Weapons of the poor
Given Uganda’s public spending per capita of $450 annually, Andrew Mwenda asks whether it is possible to govern the country using the same strategies as a country whose average public spending per person is $22,000.

NEWS ANALYSIS:
Massacre on Masaka Road
Our reporter made a familiarisation tour of the death spots on the deadly Masaka Highway to make an assessment of the technical factors that could be contributing to the road carnage.

HEALTH:
To sack or not to sack absentee health workers
We analyse President Museveni’s decision to fire workers at a health centre in Wakiso plus the expert views.

BUSINESS:
MTN Uganda adds one million customers in six months
From Dec 2015 to June 2016, the MTN Uganda subscriber base grew from 8.9 million to 9.9 million. But find out how a hefty fine by the Nigerian authorities has eroded the Group’s profits.


BUSINESS:
Fight over local content

Under intense pressure from local manufacturers whose product have been locked out of government infrastructure projects by Chinese contractors, the government has set up a high level committee to address the issue.

Frankly Speaking:
Ateenyi Kyomuhendo, a lawyer and the founder of Writivism, tells his story of how he started off writing poems and essays while still at university.

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