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Opinion | Parasitic Uganda National Diaspora Policy: Remit Your Earnings and Shush!

By Dr. Daniel Kawuma — The Diaspora was once ignored and characterized as a stain on the motherland. A symbol of the tragedy surrounding Uganda’s economic stagnation, social despondence and political malfeasance. Diaspo...


Opinion | Ugandan MPs and their demand for VIP funerals — By Munini K. Mulera

Ugandan MPs continue to shock us with their shamefully unquenchable thirst for public cash. In a country where 67 per cent of the population is “vulnerable to poverty”, the legislators are awarding themselves nearly Sh. 68 ...



Opinion | When Per Diem Becomes Income — By Samuel Sejjaaka

By Samuel Sejjaaka — You would never know what ‘per diem’ means until you got yourself a job with the government. I first came across this term in 1988 when I joined the public service. Like all things public, per di...



Opinion | Rebuttal to Whitaker | Uganda’s Foreign Sanitizer – The Whi-Takers and the Losers

By Dr. Daniel Kawuma — Following a grueling season of bad press and missteps by the Ugandan government, it was inevitable that they would recruit the Washington DC based Whitaker Group to sing hymns of praises and great f...


Opinion| Museveni Inauguration | Amateur theatrics; An insult to Africa By Rosa Whitaker

Last week, I watched with dismay as two American diplomats walked out on the inaugural address of a respected African leader who continues to make a major contribution to our shared objectives in the region and who has been a s...



The Sunday Monitor | Besigye Charged In Moroto | When does one commit treason?

Former Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) presidential candidate Dr. Kizza Besigye was charged last friday with treason and remanded to Moroto Government prison. Dr. Besigye was charged at about 6.30pm in Moroto Chief Magistrate...



Columbia Journalism Review | Is social media the newest front in Uganda’s war with the press?

KAMPALA, UGANDA—The night before Uganda’s February 18 presidential vote, David Tumusiime went to bed with a firm plan in place for the next day’s coverage. The website editor for Uganda Radio Network (URN), a syndicate of...


The Observer | ‘Uganda’s opposition has always been part of NRM gov’t’ Written by George W. Kanyeihamba

The Observer — In real democracies, it is opposition political parties and groups that keep governments in check and criticize executive failures or excesses. To do so, they must be principled, constitutional and vigilant...



Opinion | Response to Andrew Mwenda’s Uganda Election Diagnosis – Blame the Victim and the Messenger.

The ability of the Uganda government and journalists to define political narrative is gradually slipping out of their grasp which is evident in Andrew Mwenda’s desperate attempt to re-diagnose the tragedy of Uganda’s recent...


Opinion | The Last Word – How Museveni got 60% of the votes and Besigye won the election By Andrew Mwenda

The subject of who won the February 18 election seems to be settled among supporters of Dr. Kizza Besigye. They believe their candidate won. I have also met supporters of President Yoweri Museveni who suspect Besigye’s claims...



Opinion |“I am America” – And so what? By Tumusiime K. Deo

Kampala, Uganda 13/4/2016:  When we were little children, we were often warned not to play with fire. If we did not listen, two things were bound to happen; either we would get burnt, or the fire went out of hand and got wild,...



Opinion | An unofficial guide to the upcoming Election Petition ruling – By Angelo Izama

On law and the state Luke 20:46/47 ” Be on your guard against the teachers of the Law, who like to walk about in long robes and love to be greeted with respect in the market place…Their punishment will be all the w...


Daily Monitor Commentary | It’s a Joy Campaigning For NRM; The Party Is Simply Unstoppable – By Yoweri K. Museveni

I would like to inform the reader that by December 15, 2015, I have addressed 104 constituency rallies out of the total of 290 constituencies. This is in 48 districts of the 112 districts of Uganda. What is remarkable is that a...



By Muniini K. Mulera | Mbabazi, Museveni 10-year War for Control of NRM and the Country

Dear Tingasiga, The Museveni regime’s assault against Amama Mbabazi’s campaign continues. No surprise, of course. When it became very clear that Mbabazi would seek the presidency, Yoweri Museveni’s courtiers f...



Opinion | An Outsider’s View Of The Kampala Lord Mayor’s Woes – By Moses Khisa

For his sheer resilience, consistence, and determination, Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago stands out in the current struggle against a corrupt and decadent system of rule superintended by General Museveni. Critics, mostly us t...


Opinion | Why We Can’t Have a Presidential Contest of Policies or Programs By Moses Khisa

An often-repeated lie is that Gen Museveni is a strong ‘policy presidential’ candidate. That he wins because he presents the best policy packages while his opponents, principally Dr Kizza Besigye, lack a persuasive policy ...



The Observer | How dancing Mbabazi is getting his crowds

Opinion — Before former Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi hit the campaign trail, critics said he would not be able to marshal huge numbers of supporters because he was deemed unpopular and out of touch with ordinary Ugandans....


Election Politics | Amama Mbabazi is not after FDC’s lunch By Mathias Mpuuga

In his Observer column on September 30, 2015, Ssemujju Ibrahim Nganda brilliantly warned against friendly fire in the race for a joint opposition presidential flag bearer. He asked the sides of John Patrick Amama Mbabazi and Dr...



Opinion | Paul L. Mukasa | My Impressions of Mbabazi’s Acceptance Speech

Opinion – I have finally managed to sit down and read John Patrick Amama Mbabazi’s acceptance speech following his nomination at Nambole this week and here is my assessment. It was a smart, idealistic and visionary spee...



The Observer | Credible Election, Not Crowds, Will End Museveni Misrule By Moses Khisa

Opinion — Since Tuesday, the key talking point has been who, among the three leading presidential candidates Amama Mbabazi, Kizza Besigye, and Yoweri Museveni, pulled off the biggest show of support. The talk has been mor...


The Observer | Making Sense of the NRM Election Mess By Moses Khisa

Tuesday’s primary elections for the ruling National Resistance Movement had twists and turns, some interesting, others a cause for trepidation for many Ugandans. Now, I must start with a caveat. As I have argued in this colum...






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