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Why NUP stayed away from Besigye’s Front

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The National Unity Platform (NUP), the party with the highest number of elected leaders in the opposition, officially declared this week that they will not be joining the People’s Front for Transition-PFT. The PFT pressure group was last week launched, with its leaders saying …

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The unprecedented Facebook outage

The few clues to what caused it point to a problem from within | DAVID TUFFLEY | Suddenly and inexplicably, Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, Messenger and Oculus services were gone. And it was no local disturbance. In a blog post,, a major monitoring service for online outages, called it the …

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How parents are losing control over their children

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | On Friday afternoon, Stella Amitu, a mother of five and resident of Bukoto ran into the neighbourhood in the scorching sun in search of her children. “I told you not to leave home, where are your siblings?” Amitu told her older daughter as the …

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