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  • Democracy, my foot

    Democracy, my foot0

    Like many other Ugandans, whatever illusions I might have had about our being a “democracy” were quashed in February. But, every now and then I chance upon something that extols our democratic virtues. Government literature, especially. It’s rare to read a government report whose foreword or introduction does not include a reminder about how far

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  • Why Kenyans Need to Jealously Guard their Freedoms

    Why Kenyans Need to Jealously Guard their Freedoms0

    President Uhuru Kenyatta’s administration has since inception tried to limit the freedoms Kenyans fought for, died for and eventually enshrined on their supreme law which is the Kenyan Constitution. These attempts were first legal in nature but are of late taking a very dangerous turn. It started with an attempt to curtail media freedoms enshrined in

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  • Will the People of Magufuli Eat Boils?0

    “Let them eat cake” – Marie Antoinette The presidential honeymoon is not yet over. President Magufuli is still enjoying the popularity he has earned in his holy war on grand corruption. Christened “bursting the boils”, this crusade is however raising eyebrows among champions of the rule of law. Such criticisms, or rather critiques, have not

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  • Ungovernables from the subcontinent, busy in Berlin

    Ungovernables from the subcontinent, busy in Berlin0

    I returned Friday 6 May,  from a week in Berlin, which I can highly recommend for those of you who haven’t visited. While I don’t normally do the standard touristy stuff, there’s so much history in this city that I thought it well-worth the guided tours that our group went on. The traveling party consisted

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  • Africa Needs a Collective Thinking Space

    Africa Needs a Collective Thinking Space0

    It has become very common in the increasingly narrow global sphere to hear people correcting one another that Africa is not a country. Indeed, Africa is a continent with 50 plus countries; countries with distinct cultural traditions, regional and national dialects. There are estimated 1,500 – 2,000 languages spoken in Africa. These are important issues

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  • “Boys with tips” and “Girl with cake”

    “Boys with tips” and “Girl with cake”0

    When Girl with Cake was a thing, I wrote that even well-intentioned charitable giving should not be considered immune to criticism, as even that sort of charity can perpetuate stereotypes about the recipient. Another way in which charity could be criticized is if it’s inefficient – if the same efforts would be better directed elsewhere,

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