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Chinese fever

By Haggai Matsiko When Museveni wears Beijing’s big boots On Feb. 21, the China National Offshore Oil Company (CNOOC), acquired a third of Uganda’s newly discovered but potentially huge oil reserves in a US$ 2.9 million farm-down deal with the British firm, Tullow Oil and France’s Total. Nothing official yet, …

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Killer laughs last

By Haggai Matsiko Lawyers sneak ex-LRA commander Kwoyelo past conviction because of problematic legal framework and poor structure of war crimes division When the UPDF arrested Thomas Kwoyelo, one of the commanders of the notorious Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) rebels from the Garamba forests of DR Congo in March 2009, …

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Quitting NRM

By Haggai Matsiko Besigye (1999), Bidandi (2003), who is next after Kyankwazi? Until recently, it was unheard of for an NRM party member to boycott summons by President Yoweri Museveni to the National Leadership Institute at Kyankwanzi which is respected as a sort of shrine where party folk go for …

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Corruption in 2012

By Haggai Matsiko MPs targeting Museveni could cause major shocks Apart from the Walk-to-Work protests that sparked countrywide unrest—making it Africa’s third biggest story of 2011 according to The Economist magazine—many observers agree that parliament’s fight against graft was Uganda’s biggest story. The 9th parliament’s exposure of alleged corruption by …

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Cooking up rankings?

By Haggai Matsiko Experts say the Mo Ibrahim Index’s latest ranking of Uganda would be flattering if it weren’t so fictitious Experts have criticized the latest rankings of the Mo Ibrahim Africa Governance Index as a fiction, out of touch with realities in Uganda. The main bone of contention is …

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Courting trouble

By Haggai Matsiko Lawyers, public bicker over whether terrorist bombing convicts should have got only 25 and five years in jail for killing 80 people The 25 and five year jail sentences awarded to the self-confessed terrorists involved in the July 11, 2010 twin-bombings in Kampala have sparked heated debate …

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