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IN THE INDEPENDENT: Uganda’s bad economy

Front page of this week’s The Independent. Get your copy at the nearest news stand.

IN THE INDEPENDENT: Why Ugandans are poorer today than yesterday

The lead stories In the Independent this week:

ANALYSIS
Why is the Catholic Church losing followers?:
Figures from the 2014 National Population and Housing Census show that, in the last 10 years, the percentage of Ugandan identifying as Catholics has declined from 41.6% in 2002 to 39.3% of the general population.

COVER STORY
Bad economy: Here is why Ugandans are poorer today than yesterday.

THE LAST WORD
The problem with term limits: As Sierra Leone’s president seeks to amend the constitution and extend his presidency, it is time for Africa to pause and reflect.

BUSINESS
Polythene bags: The menace of East Africa: Why a Rwanda-inspired bill to broaden ban on polythene bags across East Africa might drag on forever.

RWANDA
Rwanda can’t be shaken: Kagame targets those working against nation in Kwibuka speech.

Binagwaho appointed vice Chancellor of UGHE: Dr. Agnes Binagwaho who served as Rwandan minister of health for five years from May 2011 until July 2016 has been appointed Vice Chancellor University of Global Health Equity (UGHE) Rwanda.

BUSINESS
Africa’s insurance industry faces new challenges: African insurance regulators, CEOs and experts share views at high profile meeting in Dakar, Senegal

Uganda’s manufacturing sector slows growth: Executives predict better performance in the second half of 2016/17.

BANKING
Housing Finance Bank registers Shs 18.05bn net profit: It now joins Stanbic, Stanchart, DFCU, DTB, which also recorded surge in profits in 2016.

HEALTH
Depression: let’s talk’ says WHO: Depression is the leading cause of ill health and disability worldwide. According to the latest estimates from WHO, more than 300 million people are now living with depression, an increase of more than 18% between 2005 and 2015.

EAST AFRICA
Famines in the 21st century? It’s not for lack of food:Famine killed nearly 75 million people in the 20th century, but had virtually disappeared in recent decades. Now, suddenly, it is back.

PRINTING
Block printing exhibition: Parody, conceptualism at block printing exhibition.

ART
Does art immortalise?: There is urgency of this message in Zulu’s works.

MOTORING
2018 Volkswagen Atlas: It is fitting that the all-new Volkswagen Atlas takes its name from the Greek god tasked with keeping the sky from falling on mortals. Coming off the hugely publicised diesel-emissions scandal, VW needs an emotional win.

FRANKLY SPEAKING
Dickson Zzizinga on fun of acting: Dickson Zzizinga is one of the most recognisable comedians in Uganda. Born with a naughty deadpan look, Zizinga has used comedy which relies less on words and more on the physical to thrill audiences in theatre, stand-up comedy, commercials, sitcoms and drama.

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