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Anywar to the rescue

By Rukiya Makuma Without her courage nodding disease would still be hidden away in northern Uganda She was desperate to call attention to the gravity of a rare disease ravaging northern Uganda that is crudely called “nodding disease”. Opposition firebrand Beatrice Anywar, however, never imagined how ferrying some of the …

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Walk to work II flops

By Rukiya Makuma What next after opposition leaders are accused of failure to organise? On Oct. 16, a day before what Walk to Work organisers promised would be a massive resumption of the protests that paralysed the country in April, the Jinja highway was crowded with police patrol cars zooming …

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One in 7 billion

By Rukiya Makuma An “unexpected” baby girl upsets her parent’s precarious livelihood and opens debate on whether Uganda can afford its population growth In the small one-roomed tenement, Mary Aheebwa lies on a small bed, her parents’ most valuable possession. Born early morning on Oct. 31, Aheebwa weighed in at …

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Born lucky

By Rukiya Makuma Birth and death records go digital At 12 noon on Sept.14, Joseph Mutebi, was all wrapped up in shawls and cuddled up in his mother’s tender embrace. He was just one day old and, with baby eyes still tightly closed, was totally oblivious of the excitement he …

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Kadaga’s call

By Rukiya Makuma Marriage and Divorce Bill advocates are counting on the Speaker’s goodwill  On Aug. 26 during Forum for Women in Development’s Annual General meeting at their head office in Kampala, women activists echoed the need to re-introduce the 2009 Marriage and Divorce Bill in Parliament. The objective of …

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Hope and scepticism as Makerere becomes collegiate university

By Rukiya Makuma In July this year, Makerere University will be officially operating as a collegiate university. A collegiate university is a university in which governing authority and functions are divided between a central administration and a number of constituent colleges. Previously run around 110 departments, 21 academic units, Makerere will now operate under eight …

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