By Charles Odoobo Bichachi Olara A. Otunnu is currently President of LBL Foundation for Children, a New York-based independent international organisation devoted to promoting protection, hope, healing and education for children in communities devastated by war. He is widely acclaimed for his leadership, vision, and extensive contribution in the fields …Read More »
Who qualifies to be hero in Uganda?
By John Njoroge & Ogwens Kisangala In 2001 parliament passed the National Honours and Awards Act. This led to the formation of a nine-member Presidential Awards Committee responsible for vetting and approving Ugandans proposed to be crowned heroes. Since 1987, Uganda has had 22 Heroes Day celebrations. It is not …Read More »
Do we still need youth,workers and army MPs?
By Gaaki Kigambo They have forgotten the people they came to represent and they are no longer championing their interests, rights and freedoms; they are not protecting them and therefore they have become of no consequence (other than) to colour the house As the African Leadership Institute (AFLI) plans to …Read More »
Museveni’s Nyekundire resurrects for 2011 polls
By The Independent Team City meetings raise money for 2011 election With presidential elections barely 18 months away and President Museveni looking old and ‘lonely’ as many NRM ‘historicals’ remain either lukewarm or opposed to his bid for a fourth (seventh) term as president, a group of young supporters under …Read More »
Parliament Scorecard exposes dilemma of affirmative action
By Rosebell Kagumire The current parliamentary scorecard, published by the African Leadership Institute (AFLI), reveals women legislators have performed worse than their male counterparts, especially in the second session of the 8th parliament. Women occupy 101 out of 333 seats in parliament, but only 16 are directly elected MPs with …Read More »
100 UPDF officers on katebe
By P. Matsiko wa Mucoori & Obed K. Katureebe Museveni fears they could join opposition if retired Close to 100 senior officers at the ranks of Major and above are currently on katebe (without ‘proper€ deployment), according to information available to The Independent. This has created a sense of career …Read More »
By Independent Team Intruder’s identity now known * Man was minister’s ex-guard * Had pistol wound to the head The shooting of an unidentified man in the early hours of May 7 at the residence of Security Minister Amama Mbabazi along Nyonyi Road in Kampala’s plush suburb of Kololo has …Read More »
Portrait of an assasin?
By Independent Team Francis Nuwagaba hails from Kyogo-Kafunjo village, Nyakaina parish, Buyanja sub-county in Rukungiri district. His father is Anselmo Byarugaba. On May 3, an unknown man is alleged to have climbed over the wall fence of the residence of Security Minister Amama Mbabazi in Kololo and was shot dead …Read More »
Northern MPs’ anger shows national pain
By Gaaki Kigambo & Rosebell Kagumire The recent recall of Ambassador Julius Onen’s appointment to the East African Community (EAC) has re-energised mostly members of parliament from northern Uganda in their charges that the government is marginalising their region. It has also returned the spotlight on the NRM government, upping …Read More »
MPs claim systematic discrimination
By Onghwens Kisangala Are the loss and destruction, neglect and deprivation in northern Uganda a national issue or problems created by people from the region and one that they themselves should settle? The Independent spoke to some politicians. Banyenzaki Henry (MP Rubanda West ‘ Kabale district) There is a problem …Read More »