Saturday 24 February 2018
(The Observer 02/27/13)
Last Thursday’s remarks by the US ambassador to Uganda at the closure of an investment meeting of the US chamber of commerce in Kampala sent strong ripples across Uganda’s political breadth. Ambassador Scot DeLisi had noted in his speech that although Uganda was a paragon of economic potential to investors, the confidence in its prospects could be undermined by prevailing rampant graft on the part of bureaucrats who engage in stealing valuable donor funds meant for development. He observed that the endemic corruption was due to weak governance in the country. This touched off wild excitement within a number of political circles who speedily spread the wonderful news that the government had at last fallen foul of the US authorities...
(The Observer 02/27/13)
Set in beautifully manicured grounds of what was once a palace of a legendary king in the 17th century, is the Igongo cultural centre. This centre is a hub of the rich Ankole-Kikiga heritage in a modern-day setting. Located in Biharwe, 12km to Mbarara town, the centre boasts of a museum, restaurant and a book and crafts centre, dealing mainly in historical literature for the region. A country hotel is yet to be opened later this year to make the centre a one-stop point. Of all the above facilities, however, the main attraction is the museum (Eriijukiro) of South Western Uganda. I had to part with Shs 5,000 to get access to the museum. A gush of cool air welcomed...
(New Vision 02/26/13)
The Citizens’ Coalition for Electoral Democracy in Uganda (CCEDU) has dispatched a team of eight people to Nairobi that will monitor Kenya’s presidential election scheduled to take place on March 4, 2013. CCEDU is a civil society coalition on democracy and elections and a project of the Foundation for Human Rights Initiative (FHRI). The team that consists of five men and three women was led by the project’s coordinator, Crispy Kaheru. The other members were Geoffrey Wokulira Ssebaggala, Celestine Mugisha, Patrick Kaboyo, Christine Nakirya, Lillian Nakaweesi, Farida Lule and Ogoti Wada. It was revealed that CCEDU is to partner with other regional and continental groups including the West African Election Observers Network (WAEON) and Coalition of Domestic Election Observers (CODEO)...
(New Vision 02/26/13)
The State of Uganda’s Population Report was released last week. According to the findings, Uganda has the world’s youngest population, with over 78% below 30 years. Such a revelation also comes with concerns, writes Taddeo Bwambale. A walk through bustling downtown Kampala tells the allure of a flourishing business in the city. It is barely 8:15am, but a large room on the second floor of Mukwano Arcade, near the Old Taxi Park, is packed to capacity. The people are placing their bets on various sports games, among them football and virtual racing. Giant TV screens relaying matches, blaring music, a fast food joint in the corner and computers spread across the room give a sense of comfort to clients, many...
(New Vision 02/26/13)
IT is a status statement and a key success benchmark after years of toil, but drawing envy and covets in varying proportions for many a Ugandan. Yet, while owning a car enhances life style, mobility and timely arrival to preferred destinations; it is also a death trap through accidents, accounting for loss of over 3,000 lives in Uganda annually, Police statistics show. Enter traffic jams, and you have a serious health, economic and environmental problem- Kampala city’s new nemesis, compounded by nightmarish noise off deafening hoots from crammed motorists. “At peak hours, motorists drive at 4km/hr in Kampala,” says Merion Tibabiganya, a public transport consultant. “This means that if you are walking, you will be faster than someone travelling in...
(New Vision 02/26/13)
Boba bodas and cars are assembled in the compound waiting to be washed. Connie Kemirembe is supervising the workers to ensure that the vehicles are cleaned well. Next to the washing bay is a building with clothes and handicrafts on display. The words ‘Washindi Saving and Credit Society Limited’ are written on the building. Some people are getting loans, while others are registering to become members. Why she started Washindi Saving and Credit Society Born in 1955 in Rukungiri district, Kemirembe worked with Uganda Commercial Bank (UCB) from 1973 to 2002. She continued even when Stanbic bought UCB and worked up to 2011. “When I was still working in the bank, I used to see poor people facing a lot...

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