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Protecting the Ndiizi banana

International group launches initiative to save dessert banana Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Uganda is home to a rich banana biodiversity and is one of the leading consumers of bananas globally. For hundreds of years, farmers have selected and preserved more than 80 varieties of bananas and plantains all with …

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Kenya’s first skyscraper closes

Hilton Hotel towers leaves a complicated legacy Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The Hilton Hotel was Nairobi’s first skyscraper. The iconic cylindrical tower was opened in 1969 by President Jomo Kenyatta, six years after Kenya’s independence from Britain. The recent closure of the hotel after more than 50 years of …

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Will Uganda reap from heavy investment in science subjects?

NEWS ANALYSIS | THE INDEPENDENT | The number of learners opting for science subjects and mathematics at the advanced level of education is gradually increasing, 20 years after the government started prioritizing and investing in sciences. Since 2005, the study of science subjects became compulsory for O’level students, aligning with …

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White saviourism’s harm

Revisiting Kony Invisible Children saga Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT & AGENCIES | “White saviour complex is the the idea that people of colour, whether in the Global South or in the West, need “saving” by a Mzungu – white western person or aid worker. Accusations of white saviourism often include …

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What next for NGOs against Uganda oil?

French Court dismissal of case against TotalEnergies shatters hope Kampala, Uganda | RONALD MUSOKE | On Feb.28, the Paris Civil Court dismissed a landmark case filed by six French and Ugandan NGOs against French oil major, TotalEnergies, for the oil project it is currently developing in Uganda. The environmental groups wanted …

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The Reawakening of NUP

Inside the party’s new countrywide mobilisation drive Kampala, Uganda | IAN KATUSIIME | The opposition National Unity Platform (NUP) on Feb.23 launched Kunga Uganda; a proposed countrywide mobilisation drive. The event at their party headquarters in Kavule, Makerere not far from Kampala’s central business district attracted hordes of supporters, party MPs, …

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The kingmaker is now king

Nigeria’s president-elect Bola Ahmed Tinubu Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Bola Ahmed Tinubu, of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Nigeria, has been declared winner of the country’s keenly contested presidential election. The 70-year-old former governor of Lagos State and Nigeria’s political kingmaker will inherit a Nigeria that is …

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