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 …Read More »
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 …Read More »
Why Ugandans are getting poorer?
New report explains it using 12 pillars COVER STORY | RONALD MUSOKE | Overall, Ugandans are better off today than they were 10 years ago, according to a report published on Feb.28 by the Legatum Institute, a London-based think-tank. On specifics, however, many Ugandans are far worse off than they were …Read More »
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 …Read More »
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 …Read More »
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 …Read More »
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, …Read More »
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 …Read More »
Why frontline communities have been central to Uganda’s growing wildlife populations
Kampala, Uganda | RONALD MUSOKE | As Uganda joined the rest of the world to commemorate the World Wildlife Day (March 3), Sam Mwanda, the executive director of the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) paid tribute to the people who live near the country’s protected areas referring to them as the agency’s …Read More »
This isn’t the Museveni that we have known
The puzzling secrets of the Karamoja iron-sheets saga COVER STORY | THE INDEPENDENT | A Cabinet minister accused of drawing a pistol during an argument with a woman has resigned, Radio Uganda announced Wednesday. President Yoweri Museveni accepted the resignation of Internal Affairs Minister Kahinda Otafiire ″because the National Resistance Movement …Read More »