The broken window theory and fighting corruption in Uganda

By Paul Wembabazi

By Clare cheromoi Seven months ago, while attending the international anti-corruption day conference in Kampala, organized by the office of the Inspector General of Government (IGG), I noticed that two concerns monopolized the debate. One was that the fight against corruption has stagnated over the years; and two, that government action against corruption seems to be targeting the small fish only. The issue of targeting the so-called small fish in the corruption fight has been the focus of study and debate by many scholars, politicians and civil society organizations, all…

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New public service dress code a blessing

BY CONNIE MUSISI The recently issued public service dress code made my colleagues and i extremely happy! In the past week I witnessed a scuffle between a student and the security personnel. The truth is that the student was skimpily dressed and was on the erroneous side of the law, which is unlike instances where the security personnel are to blame and act heartlessly to an extent. On being denied entry to the university premises, she snubbed the security personnel and actually abused them in my presence. She said they…

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WhatsApp groups can achieve more

BY ALEX TAREMWA Motie Musiime, a former classmate, shared a snapshot from Facebook to the mass communication class of 2010/13 whatsapp group. It was the birthday of Joan Ankunda, a classmate who had passed on earlier in the month. The group, which is a little over a month old, suddenly exploded with RIP messages, most of which were from people who did not know the deceased too well. I was going to have none of it! I quickly swung the group into another discussion direction. I suggested that rather than…

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Save mother, baby over the phone


BY DICKSON TUMURAMYE In Uganda, it is estimated that 16 mothers die daily due to pregnancy- related complications. Comparatively, in Canada it is 16 a year! Many factors lead to this, but nearly all of these deaths are preventable. The maternal deaths do not segregate among the rich or poor, educated or not. Recently, the Iganga District Woman MP Grace Hailat Kaudha Magumba, 31 years old, tragically succumbed to severe preeclampsia. Save-the-Mothers, a UCU programme, trains and works with professionals from all sectors to end maternal mortality in Uganda. The…

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Expelled students to get their day in court

Yasin Sentumbwe (first right), Counsel Isaac Ssemakadde, and Simon Semuwemba addressing the media outside Court in Jinja after the ruling on June 14 (Courtesy photo)

Expelled students’ appeal to go ahead in Mukono High Court BY STANDARD TEAM Uganda Christian University (UCU)’s preliminary objections to the court case brought against it by Yasin Sentumbwe Munagomba and Simon Semuwemba, the law students that were expelled for allegedly spearheading a demonstration on fees increment in May 2016, have been dismissed. In the ruling by Hon. Justice Eva K. Luswata that took place on June 14, at the Jinja High Court, both objections presented by UCU have been dismissed by court. Background to the case In June 2016,…

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Canons on a roll

Lady Canons extend winning streak as male counterparts faulter against KIU Titans in national league BY AGATHA MUTEBI The UCU Lady Canons have continued in their winning ways by beating KIU Rangers 57-48. The game was held on June 18 at YMCA, and it cements the Canons’ flawless action in the first four games of the season. The Mukono-based team and league champions are not taking anything for granted in the National Basketball League this season.Although they started off slow with an 18-12 lead in the first quarter, led by…

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Olila one up on Lady Cardinals

After failing to reach the finals of the Uganda Cup having drawn 2-2 and being ejected on penalty shoot-outs by Olila SS, many regard the season as a gone case for the Lady Cardinals, FRED HIDULA writes. However, although the team failed to win silverware this season, we   ought to give them credit for their hard work and dedication. First of all, the girls made it to the FUFA Elite Women League finals for the very first time ever. And their loss to three-time defending champions Kawempe Muslim SS was…

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Doves, Ladies in big victory

BY FRED HIDULA The Doves have maintained a good run in the National Volleyball League after defeating Ndejje University by three straight sets to zero. The game was played on June 21 in Ndejje, Luwero District, but  the hosts failed to surpass the Doves. “It was not an easy win despite the victory but we used the   strategy      of  playing a fast game,” Samuel Engwau, one of the players reveals. The Doves now sit third in the men’s series but next play KCCA. Meanwhile the Lady Doves…

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Student scoops photography award

The photo Kartende submitted for the competition (Photo by Andrew Kartende)

BY JOEL OSEKENY Andrew Kartende, a third-year student of Bachelor of Procurement and Logistics at Uganda Christian University, Kampala campus, has been voted second best photographer out of 200 entrants for a photo competition in Germany. The inaugural photography competition organized by Konrad Adenauer Stiftung, Uganda, a Germany political foundation based in Uganda, was organised under the theme: “Confidence in the future”. Entrants from all over the world submitted photographs from April 30 to June 7 this year. On June 8, the jury selected four winners, in Berlin. Zahara Abdul,…

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The second policy dialogue held

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BY NICHOLAS OPOLOT The African Policy Centre (APC) in partnership with Uganda Christian University’s (UCU) guild government and the Vice-Chancellor’s office have held a public dialogue on the issue of leaders and their accountability to the citizens. The second of its kind at UCU since last year, the one-day dialogue was held under the theme: “Are Ugandan leaders accountable to citizens?” It mainly covered areas of emotional intelligence, intellectual discourse and Africa’s position in the world. Topics such as corruption, national politics, sexual harassment, partisan politics, leadership, financial management and…

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