Uganda has signed an agreement with a Chinese company to supply equipment for road repairs, as the quality of rural roads has become a cause for concern. But the delivery of the equipment has not been without controversy, as some think it is substandard, however the government is sticking to its guns, saying the material is good enough.
By Fredrick Mugira, 22 October 2013, published in The Africa Report
KAMPALA, 20 May 2013 – A free press is an essential part of a democracy. It is not a luxury. A free press holds the powerful and the wealthy to account. It asks questions. It investigates. It defends the weak. The press is not perfect.
President Museveni’s latest announcement prohibiting evictions of squatters from land is just but one episode in a long running battle over land rights in Uganda. Under his regime alone, the land question first came up during the making of the 1995 constitution. Continue reading
Officials in East Africa are gushing with anticipation over potential oil revenue: A new production agreement has been reached in South Sudan; fresh discoveries have been made and drilling deals signed in Kenya and Uganda. Continue reading
In 1985, Yoweri Museveni, then leader of the rebel outfit, National Resistance Army (NRA), put only one key condition he knew the then military government of the Okello’s could not keep, guarantee that no Ugandan would be killed within 24 hours after their negotiations or he would continue fighting. Mr Museveni’s final push to taker power in January 1986 was largely propelled by a nationally spread fear factor for life and property. Continue reading
It was seven days before Christmas eve, the period in which Christians all over the world are busy with shopping and planning for the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ, but to me it was a scary and memorable day — the day I chatted and lunched with M23 rebels’ top commander, General Sultan Emanuel Makenga, a 39-year-old soldier, who has fought three different wars in three different countries of Uganda, Rwanda and Congo, but still willing to fight till his last blood. Continue reading
Munyonyo, Kampala, 25 Nov – President Yoweri Museveni on Saturday closed the 5th Extraordinary Summit of the International Conference on the Great Lakes Region (ICGLR) which took place at Speke Resort Munyonyo in Kampala. Continue reading
Uganda and Rwanda continue to meddle in the Democratic Republic of Congo civil war despite aid sanctions and appeals from the International community, a new United Nations investigation has revealed.
The government did not provide money for Ugandan athletes to fund their preparations ahead of the 2012 Olympics that start tomorrow in London, a senior Ugandan official has said.
Press freedom in Uganda, often said to be the best of the region’s bad lot, is quickly losing its status. It’s been slipping down into the bottom of the ranks. Earlier this year, international media group, Reporters Without Borders, released their press freedom index and Uganda dropped not two or three places – but a whole 43 to land at 139th place.