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Do not victimize children in National Identity Card Registration

School-going children should not be victimised

The director of operations and registrations at the National Identification and Registration Authority (NIRA) said at a press conference recently that NIRA will be registering only those students whose parents or guardians have already registered with NIRA and also posses the National Identification Numbers (NINs). The State Minister for Primary …

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Sports a tool for creating peace’

Sports, A Peace Creating Tool

‘ The use of sport to promote peace and development is not entirely new.The Olympics are a historic example of sport used for a higher purpose. However, until recently, sport has remained on the sidelines of mainstream humanitarian and development programming, considered a luxury in the context of other development …

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Deteriorating media environment must be redressed

In light of World Press Freedom Day that was marked on May 3rd, we remind those currently occupying positions of power about the importance of media freedom, especially now that the space for the media in Uganda is seriously constrained. In a July 2015 study by Makerere University journalism professors, …

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A free media is beneficial for all

  One of South Africa’s youngest politicians, Mbuyiseni Ndlozi, once said what differentiates humans from dogs are the words we speak. An obvious and simple statement, one may argue. However, as we mark World Press Freedom Day on May 3rd, Ndlozi’s statement brings to the fore the importance of freedom …

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Of Stella Nyanzi and ‘Pair of Buttocks’: Who isn’t Vulgar?

A jovial Stella Nyanzi during the court session

  Dr. Stella Nyanzi was this week remanded to Luzira Prison until April 25, when Court will hear her response to the State application to have her “mental status checked”; and to hear her bail application. This follows state accusations that Nyanzi, among other things, referred to President Yoweri Museveni …

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A shocking encounter with fall army-worms

  About a week ago, my wife Esther brought my attention to an attack in our little maize garden. She urged me to spray the tender plants having detected damage on the leaves on the crop that is just three weeks now. I hesitantly accepted to spray against the feeling …

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Government should pilot Irrigation using available water

President Museveni using smaller means for irrigation

I write to refer to an article which appeared in The Sunrise of  November 10th 2016  titled “Water scarcity and lack of Political will hamper irrigation in Uganda.” My take on this matter is that we have plenty of water resources all over Uganda–mainly lakes (Victoria, Kyoga, Albert, George, Edward, …

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Can Magufuli really stand up to dictators?

Tanzania's Magufuli vows to take on African dictators

  The victory achieved by West African leaders over the weekend in successfully ending the dictatorship of former Gambian leader Yahya Jammeh without spilling a drop of blood, has sparked a huge sense of euphoria across Uganda and indeed the African continent. The high sense of excitement could be seen …

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Churches should start Interest-free banks

I was astonished to learn from Pastor Bugingo that in just one night he was able to collect from the worshipers in his House of Prayer Ministries UGX211 million. Bugingo’s Church is still smaller than many thats why I am sure the big Churches like that of Pastor Sserwadda collected …

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Land acquisition framework: More still needs to be done

Dickens Kamugisha

Acquisition of land by government for various development projects has for long been mired in controversy and dissatisfaction from private individual landowners. All this largely stem from delayed compensation or lack of consensus on acquisition, compensation and relocation terms. A recent survey by Africa Institute for Energy Governance (AFIEGO) of …

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