By Haggai Matsiko Can they unite to beat Museveni? With nominations and campaigns just about eight months away as per the 2016 polls roadmap, early 2015 is when the serious contenders will be separated from the jokers and pretenders. The Badru Kigundu-led Electoral Commission has set to September 1 and …Read More »
Mbabazi out, what next?
By Haggai Matsiko Museveni caps 2014 on a high President Yoweri Museveni has officially defeated his latest challenger, ex-Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi, but observers now wait to see what he will do with the victory. In a well-orchestrated game of political manoeuvres, the National Executive Committee (NEC) on Dec. 14 …Read More »
The Besigye, Museveni problem
By Haggai Matsiko As seen from the delegates conference When delegates of the ruling NRM party convene for its special National Conference at Nambole Stadium in Kampala on Dec. 15, the outcome will be a foregone conclusion; the Secretary General, Amama Mbabazi will be kicked out and President Yoweri Museveni …Read More »
Why is Uganda exporting doctors it doesn’t have?
By Flavia Nassaka and Haggai Matsiko Government criticised over decision to export 300 Uganda doctors to Trinidad and Tobago For a country where less than 3,000 practicing doctors have to treat 34.9 million people, Uganda’s decision to export about 300 doctors to Trinidad and Tobago, a small country of about …Read More »
Museveni worries about NRM Namboole conference
By Haggai Matsiko Money, intelligence, and behind the scenes deals As the Dec.15 date of the ruling party NRM National Conference nears, President Yoweri Museveni appears unsure that his move to oust Amama Mbabazi will go according to plan. He has shifted to full campaigning mode to ensure that Mbabazi …Read More »
Fight over Israel, Uganda arms deal
By Haggai Matsiko Briton under arrest as Israel frees own arms merchants The continued detention of Paul Simon, a British security expert and arms merchant has lifted a lid off details of an arms deal between Uganda and Israel. The weapons involved are designed for close combat fighting by elite …Read More »
The next war against Museveni
By Haggai Matsiko Party bosses reveal why youth are going for guns Sam Mugumya, the 35-year old aide to former Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) President Kizza Besigye who is said to be in detention in DR Congo, relishes extreme political activism. He has made his name by mainly risking …Read More »
Buying the vote
By Haggai Matsiko Museveni, Mbabazi cash to shape 2016 election The 2016 presidential election is 14 months away, but President Yoweri Museveni has, according to inside sources, already spent over Shs 50 billion to squash the ambitions of Amama Mbabazi, his would be challenger within the ruling NRM party. The …Read More »
What next for afande Kaweesi?
By Haggai Matsiko Police boss Kayihura’s tactics under spotlight On Sept.11, the offices of the Director of Operations of the Uganda Police Force (UPF) at the swanky new force headquarters in Naguru, a Kampala city suburb, was a no-go area. Assistant Inspector of Police, Grace Turyagumanawe, the former Director of …Read More »
Is it time for a China-Africa Command?
By Haggai Matsiko Lucrative deals force Red Dragon to increase military presence on continent On June 13 this year, three Chinese men carrying bulky backpacks disembarked from a plane at Juba International Airport in the capital of South Sudan. At any other time, the Chinese might not have been …Read More »