The unstated role of faith/religion in the political future of Uganda


The writer: Ruhindayo Rumanda Michael is an International Relations Analyst. This micro-State conglomeration of tribes, chieftaincies and nation states was bound together by the whims of some adventurous ‘bazungu’ who combed this land 150 years ago, has been beleaguered by religious tensions from inception to date. Uganda’s political history has been aligned to faith and religion from the beginning. Is religion still relevant in chatting our political future? Right from the arrival of the first Muhammedians in the 1840s the King’s court was split in two. As some of the…

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OPINION: Makerere University woes will not be solved unless the powers that be listen to alternative views.


BY Mwambutsya Ndebesa First of all there is a policy challenge. The private sponsorship scheme started without a policy framework. Up to now there is no policy of private sponsorship at public Universities in Uganda. How does a university be public and private at the same time? There should be a policy to clearly define this private and yet public status of a University? Two, there is a governance problem. The highest governing body is the University council. In my opinion this council should be an independent body composed of…

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Sudhir Captains Tax Payers team to a 1-0 victory over URA in a Tax Charity derby


Businessman Sudhir Ruparelia knows it all and this time around he was at the football pitch playing a soccer game where Tax collectors- Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) played a charity match against taxpayers at Legends Grounds in Lugogo. The tax payers team as led by Sudhir emerged victors with a 1-0 score against the tax collectors. The match was designed to a charity intent where the Proceeds were given to children of Bwama Primary boarding school to procure a canoe to go to school. The proceeds of the match went…

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USD10m Ruparelia Residence facts will give you tickles in the Brain


By Xpress Times Uganda Tycoon Sudhir Ruparelia official home-The Ruparelia Residence has wonderful 10 quick facts that you probably didn’t know. Its a wonderful complete home build over four good years. This wonder house cost USD10 million to design, build, equip and finish. Xpress Times Uganda website therefore gives you everything that you did not know about the residence and you will remain wondering. Facts; 1. Officially, Dr Sudhir Ruparelia’s home, is called The Ruparelia Residence. 2. Although Sudhir returned to Uganda in 1985, he first bought a home- the…

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Gender Minister Hon. Janat Mukwaya visits beneficially women groups

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The Minister for Gender, Labour and Social Development, Hon. Janat Balunzi Mukwaya  visited a women group in Kibuku district that has specialised in adding value to cassava. This is part of the Minister’s ongoing performance monitoring visit in Busoga, Bukedi and Teso sub regions. The group named Kawami Women Value Addition Group and funded by the Uganda Women Entrepreneurship Programme (UWEP) has turned the largely staple food crop into a cash cow by producing various products including cassava gari, tapioca, high quality cassava flour, fortified cassava porridge, cakes, doughnuts, cookies,…

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Judiciary Signs Contract for Automation of Courts

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The Judiciary had signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between the Judiciary and *Synergy International Systems Inc.*, the company contracted to spearhead the digitization of the courts. Aptly called the *Electronic Court Case Management Information System’ (ECMIS)*, it will track the progress of all aspects of a case right from its filing to its conclusion. The contractor first had a brief interaction with the Chief Justice, Bart M. Katureebe, in his chambers to explain the scope of their works then proceeded to the MoU signing ceremony. Judiciary’s Permanent Secretary/Secretary to…

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Uganda’s Defence Minister Meets UN Review Team

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The Minister of Defence and Veteran Affairs Hon Adolf Mwesige has met Mr Youssef Mahmoud and his team from the High Level Independent Panel on Peace Operations for the United Nations Organisation Stabilisation Mission in the Democratic Republic of Congo(MONUSCO),at the headquarters of the Ministry of Defence and Veteran Affairs in Mbuya, Kampala. MONUSCO was tasked with neutralising armed groups,reducing the threat posed to State authority and make space for stabilisation activities. The Minister and the UN team discussed issues concerning the UN continuity with the provision of support to…

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[OPINION] – Uganda’s Life Expectancy now stands at 63 Years.


BY CHARLES ACHODA | In Uganda, if President Museveni says he is still young, strong and energetic, some people disprove. The World Health Organization (WHO) has proved it beyond reasonable doubts that Ugandan life expectancy now stands at 63 years. This shows that the NRM government is making strides in developing the health sector and the country at large. In the 2000 WHO report, the average life expectancy of Ugandan was 47 years. Today, we are standing at 63 years. Research further shows that an average Ugandan now lives four…

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Military Police soldiers have been urged to enhance Professionalism while executing their duties. The remarks were made by the Chief of Training and Recruitment Brig Gen James Kinarwa on 11 Sept 2019 while passing out 142 Military Police Soldiers. The passed out soldiers have been on a one month Public Order Management Course held at the Institute of Security and Intelligence Studies in Garuga – Entebbe. Kinalwa advised Trainees to use the acquired Knowledge and Skills in making their work easy and efficient. “Unless you behave in a professional way,…

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Always be Alert and don’t sleep on duty, Police Officers told


BY Xpress Times Reporter Officers from Masindi District have been urged not to sleep on duty. These were words of SSP Kwerit Christopher, the Force’s Head of Political Education under the Directorate of Chief Political Commissar during the Rectification Campaign in Masindi, Albertine Region. SSP Kwerit reminded the officers about their Constitutional Mandate and obligation of serving their country but also their duties and responsibilities as Police officers. He highlighted to the officers characteristics of a good Police officer which he said includes among others, nationalism, patriotism, discipline (which he…

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