Explainer; The Land Probe Committee

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

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

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

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

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From slave ships to migrant boats

Elmina. It is supposed to be Portuguese. Portuguese to mean Mina. A mine in English. There is no Gold. There is only salt mining. It is a fishing town in Ghana.  Wooden fishing canoes have flags lined up like the opening ceremony of the Olympics. Country flags. Football club flags. The village is on the

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Conversations on flight 337

It is 2:40am on Sunday. We are taxing. As they refer to it in the aviation sector. It is flight 337 on Ethiopian Airlines from Entebbe International Airport to Addis Ababa. A late night flight is often coupled with coldness. Within minutes, we are airborne. The view from the window is beautiful. That is because

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The friends who wanted to save money

Three years ago, friends from university had relatively stable jobs. They were looking to save some money. Money they could use to make some pooled investments. It was an easy decision to make. But there was one problem. What sort of account would they need? There were several proposals, among them a fixed deposit account.

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What Free Market. You shutdown mobile money – just like that.

“But as the sun sets on the first decade of the 21st century, that story has already become ancient history. The power of the state is back,” Ian Bremmer, The End of the Free Market. —————————————————————————————————————————————- On Election Day, frequent users of mobile money woke to a shut-down of the service. Without notification, users were

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