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Ivan Ssemwanga Under Tight Security, Even in Death

Ivan Ssemwanga Under Tight Security, Even in Death

Flashy Ugandan businessman Ivan Ssemwanga is still heavily guarded, even as his body lies inside a grave. According to reports from Uganda ‘ s mainstream media, the deceased’s fresh grave is under heavy protection from the Uganda Police. And commenting on the development, family spokesman Jimmy Luyinda said the security is intended to safeguard the […]

Plastic Bag Bans in Africa – Reality or Fantasy?

Plastic Bag Bans in Africa – Reality or Fantasy?

Tunisia and Kenya recently joined the ranks of African countries banning the use of plastic bags – but poor waste management and a mentality of littering make the prospect of a plastic waste-free society unrealistic. Plastic bags are used daily across Africa – the bans are hoped to tackle the pervasive problem of waste. In […]

Of Nalufenya Tortures and How to Cook a Live Frog

Of Nalufenya Tortures and How to Cook a Live Frog

On Wednesday October 24, 2012, during the burial of DP stalwart Tiberio Okeny Atwoma, President Museveni for the first time uttered an apology for the atrocities his army committed against the people of northern Uganda. As I contemplate the debate around the victims and perpetrators of torture in Nalufenya and other places yet to be […]

Why Do Regimes Love to Torture?

Why Do Regimes Love to Torture?

Governments and times change in Uganda, but the one thing all of them have had in common is the appalling reliance on primitive torture of suspects. You can trace this in varying forms from British colonial rule to the NRM regime today. Why is this so? First, to the distressing case of Kamwenge Town Council […]

Rich Gang’s Ssemwanga Buried in Celebrity Style in Uganda

Rich Gang’s Ssemwanga Buried in Celebrity Style in Uganda

Members of Ugandan businessman Ivan Ssemwanga ‘ s Rich Gang on Tuesday poured expensive champagne and splashed money in his grave before burial. The group, popular in Uganda and South Africa for its expensive lifestyle, sent-off their leader in a fashion that left mourners amazed. They popped a bottle of champagne and poured it in […]

President Jacob Zuma Praises Uganda’s Natural Beauty

President Jacob Zuma Praises Uganda’s Natural Beauty

South African president Jacob Zuma has spoken glowingly about Uganda’s sprawling scenic beauty, and urged President Yoweri Meseveni to return Lake Victoria to its original name to attract more tourists. “Africa is beautiful. One day, I was visiting Uganda and it is a beautiful country – evergreen [with] huge Lake Victoria – and I don’t […]

How Ugandan MPs Rejected 15-Year Tax Waiver for Bujagali Energy Limited

How Ugandan MPs Rejected 15-Year Tax Waiver for Bujagali Energy Limited

At a meeting at State House Entebbe, MPs rejected a proposal by President Museveni to offer a 15-year corporation tax waiver for Bujagali Energy Limited (BEL), a 250-megawatt power-generating facility. Included in the Income Tax Amendment Bill (No. 2) 2017, the proposal sought to exempt Bujagali Hydro Power Project from paying corporation tax until 2033. […]

Ugandan President Museveni Again Blasts Police As Thieves, Warns of Sacking

Ugandan President Museveni Again Blasts Police As Thieves, Warns of Sacking

President Museveni has once more torn into the reputation of Uganda Police Force and accused them of being irredeemably corrupt and promoting crime in the country. The President’s disapproval comes just two months after he accused the same law and order agency of being infiltrated by criminals who have compromised investigations into high profile killings, […]

Uganda, Tanzania Ink U.S.$3.6 Billion Oil Pipeline Agreement

Uganda, Tanzania Ink U.S.$3.6 Billion Oil Pipeline Agreement

Uganda and Tanzania have signed a framework agreement on their proposed $3.55 billion crude export pipeline, a key milestone for the project. Tanzania’s Minister for Constitution and Legal Affairs, Prof Palamagamba Kabudi and Uganda’s Energy minister Irene Muloni signed the intergovernmental agreement in Dar es Salaam Friday. Uganda is expected to start pumping its oil […]

800,000 Tonnes of Cement Needed for Standard Gauge Railway Project

800,000 Tonnes of Cement Needed for Standard Gauge Railway Project

The Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) will need 800,000 tonnes of cement of all grades and 85,000 of reinforcement steel. For now, though, these are indicative figures, according to the SGR project’s coordinator, Mr Kasingye Kyamugabi. According to the Uganda Bureau of Statistics (Ubos, 2014), Uganda manufactures 2.2 million tonnes of cement, annually. The local market […]

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