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Do #MyTaxes really work?

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If the headlines were anything to give, one would assume that Uganda’s taxes go to waste. A sample poll conducted on Twitter indicates that 58% of the 144 respondents think that their taxes don’t work. Often, what makes the news is the fact that taxes are being wasted on lavish “cow semen”, overpriced goods and […]

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Explainer; The Land Probe Committee

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For months, a probe committee into land issues in Uganda has been meeting several people as it seeks to find a solution to the land-related challenges in the country. Constituted in September 2016 by President Yoweri Museveni, after several notable incidences of land wrangles in the country and delays in the land acquisition for government […]

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Goodbye journalism, my first love

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Centenary and Bavakule. These were my history and literature teachers respectively in secondary school. This was at the mighty Kigezi High School. There was something strange about the two. In Senior 3, you had to pick one. History or literature. Not both. The lessons took place at the same time. In other words, they would […]

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Uganda’s debt gymnastics

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I was asked in a questionnaire for a course on economics; “What do you think is next big topic in Uganda?” My answer: “Debt”. And indeed it has turned to be true. Uganda’s debt is a hot topic. Matia Kasaija, the finance minister in the 2017/18 Budget Speech noted that; “Uganda’s public debt, therefore, is […]

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The islands of the gods

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Lake Victoria. Those are ancestors trying to say something. She keeps mentioning it. The lake wasn’t that calm. It was getting dark. The boat would occasionally seem to be swinging. To the left. To the right. And there was Kassim. So calm. Smiling. Sitting on the edge of the boat. The statistics show that not […]