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NRM accused of stifling critical media

NRM Chairman Yoweri Museveni

The ruling NRM party has once again come under criticism for trying to stifle critical and independent media, especially as the country prepares to go for general elections on  February 18, 2016. The complaint comes after the ruling party filed a complaint with the statutory Media Council against the Daily Monitor newspaper for publishing a …

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Arrest of Mbabazi supporters heightens tensions between NRM and Go Forward camps

The arrest of sixteen supporters of Independent Presidential candidate John Patrick Amama Mbabazi over alleged involvement in the violent clashes in Ntungamo a week ago, has heightened tensions between the two rival camps of Go Forward and NRM. The arrests come after tough language from both President Yoweri Museveni and the Inspector General of Police …

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Campaigns of crowds, promises, deception

President Musveni has pulled unbelievable crowds in Northern Uganda

Passing through the middle of rain-drenched and forested Hoima District, we came across a convoy of military vehicles stuck somewhere in a muddy-soaked road along villages that clearly were still seriously backward. President Yoweri Museveni was visiting the district on one of his exploits of getting every Ugandan into the middle-income bracket within score years. …

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May be we need change!

Left to Right: Veteran politician Al Hajj Kirunda Kivejinja, Gen. Moses Ali and Public Service Minister Henry Kajura should be retired to create opportunity to more energetic and dynamic young men

Can a government led by men with average age of 76 years transform a country? I have had a very busy week, split between teaching my students and running around, working on economic policies and strategies to transform our country. I never complain about working to make Uganda a better place, mainly because I know …

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Next election isn’t about Manifestos!

President Yoweri Museveni launched his Party's Manifesto for the next five years at Imperial Royale Hotel recently. His closes rivals Besigye and Amama Mbabazi are yet to unveil theirs, perhaps an indication that Manifestos are not key in this election

Everyone can present a manifesto, even if they haven’t been to school. That is why no candidate has ever been disqualified on the account of not presenting a manifesto. Not in Uganda, not anywhere else we are familiar with. In Uganda today, the current government has done relatively well in terms of managing expectations of …

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NRM softens on ‘independents’

Lands state minister Aidah Nantaba threatened to risk her ministerial job but contest as an independent for the Woman MP seat for Kayunga district

Museveni fears to ‘donate’ disgruntled members to Mbabazi’s camp The National Resistance Movement Secretary General Kasule Lumumba recently called a press conference in which she announced what she called the official party stance on disaffected party members who claim to have lost unfairly in the primary elections and therefore threatening to stand as independents. “Whoever …

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Museveni to turn focus on fighting household poverty

President Museveni returned to his Political Mecca in Luwero to launch yet another campaign targeting the presidency

President Yoweri Museveni launched his campaign for a fifth term in office in Luwero where he pledged to shift focus from infrastructure to increasing household incomes through support to agriculture. Museveni said his government prioritized security, health and infrastructure in previous years but now wants to turn focus on fighting household poverty through increased budget …

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Bukenya backs Museveni for 2016; Is he a Judas, or Ugandans are naïve?

Prof. Gilbert Bukenya

Days after announcing he had crossed back to the ruling NRM and pledging to support President Museveni in 2016 general elections, former Vice President Prof. Gilbert Bukenya has come under a enormous criticism for betraying the opposition and the cause for reform in Uganda’s democratisation process. But other observers and analysts say they are little …

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