UCHUMI

Forget the cross-listing pomp, it is but just that

Coffee!! At best, it is Nescafe, not Good African Coffee or Star Café. A tale of Ugandan Hotels. A tale for another day. ⊷⊷⊷⊷⊷⊷⊷⊷⊷⊷⊷ Here is the context. The Uganda Securities Exchange is vibrant, well, sometimes: Only on days when a company lists – locally – or cross-lists. The pomp there after glides away with

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On moving on & journalism

“Ever since they left Thies, the women had not stopped singing. As soon as one group allowed the refrain to die, another picked it up, and new verses were born at the hazard of chance or inspiration, one word leading to another and each finding, in its turn, its rhythm and its place. No one

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Ugandans; Why you should give a damn about the mining sector

Last week, Uganda hosted a Mineral Wealth Conference, whose main focus was looking at how to invest in this sector. Mining has over the years – since 2006 – been living in the shadows of the oil sector – and rightly so. The mining sector is only 0.3percent of Uganda’s GDP. In 2006 when the

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Chimamanda

Americanah: Forget the love story tag, this is an “intelligent book”

Riveting.  Subtle. Intelligent. Loaded. Blunt. Americanah is one such book. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, undoubtedly is a good story-teller. Her use of short sentences and a touch of poetry, makes it worthwhile to read Americanah. Americanah is no ordinary story, which is why I’d insist it is an intelligent book. The setting is in three continents; Europe,

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Mining speculators “rear their ugly heads”

Kenya recently cancelled mining licences due to irregularities in the awarding process. I wrote this piece in December 2012; however, it wasn’t published. I’ve decided to share it. You may have probably watched the Bank Of Uganda Governor Emmanuel Tumusiime-Mutebile in video clips saying “I have the capacity to burn their fingers.” He was referring

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A tear shed for Uganda’s business journalism

“Africans are one of the most resilient, innovative and creative business people in the world. To navigate poor and decaying road networks, maddeningly corrupt and inefficient bureaucrats, government regulations that frustrate and hinder business operations, a lack of reliable electricity or water, all demand ingenuity, agility and determination. I doubt western entrepreneurs operating in such

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Ugandan media serves Easter Eggs on Christmas

Just because your voice reaches halfway around the world doesn’t mean you are wiser than when it reached only to the end of the bar. Edward R. Murrow Charred bodies, some unidentifiable, of 29 people, including children – and still counting – made it to the cold room [mortuary] in Mulago. This, after a horrific accident last

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Traders strike is not about PVoC

It is only on a few occasions that business/economic stories make it to the front pages of Uganda’s national newspapers, unless it is scandal, the budget, electricity tariffs, oil and a strike by traders, et al. It is exciting – for me – when I get to see the largely ignored business stories making it to the

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