Climate change, aims for progress are inseparable

(Photo by Paul Wembabazi)

By Denis Birungi When Donald Trump decided to withdraw America from the Paris Accord and threatened to cut federal funding for climate change initiatives, little did he know that Hurricane Harvey would devastate USA in general – Texas and Louisiana in particular with such horror. His reason for cutting funding for climate change interventions is that “they have killed American jobs” and that climate change is a myth. Storms and floods have, and are projected to continue causing untold death and destruction across the globe. From USA to the Philippines,…

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Are millennials looking for shortcuts?

Patrick Lumumba, a Kenyan author of A handbook on criminal procedure in Kenya wrote, “You do not respond to a mosquito bite with a hammer.” Simply meaning before we resort to drastic measures, we owe it to ourselves to try other more reasonable solutions to an issue or problem. The trend for millennials, those born between 1982 and 2004, is to disregard the above advice and resort to looking for easier and more profitable ways (in the short term) to resolve issues, notwithstanding the consequences. A case in point: the two…

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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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Court objections no cause for excitement

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The ongoing court case between two expelled university students and the university, over a student trike held, should not bring business to a standstill in our institution. It is probably an exciting event and time for the students, but it is not a final verdict in this case, and the ruling initially makes way for the court application and hearing to commence. Whatever the final verdict will be, time will tell. An incident like this is definitely detrimental to the image of the university, and it takes time, effort and…

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Are we fighting the right battle on corruption?

(Cartoon by Mwijuka Stuart)

Clare Cheromoi During the State of the Nation address by President Museveni on 7 June 2017, fighting corruption was highlighted again, as it has been over the years. The challenge of corruption to Uganda’s progress and service delivery was also emphasized by the Minister of Finance, Mr Matia Kasaija, during the Budget Speech. What is clear in both the President’s and the finance minister’s speeches, is that corruption is a cancer that needs to be tackled. The question that puzzles many is why corruption has persisted despite the numerous anti-corruption…

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Why the VC visits various departments

BY CALEB TUGUMETWINAMATSIKO The uniqueness of Uganda Christian University (UCU) is exhibited in various ways and the vice chancellor’s visits to all departments, both academic and administrative, is one of those. Having completed my undergraduate studies without interacting with my faculty dean, leave alone the vice chancellor, it was inconceivable to me that the vice chancellor would be interested in visiting all the departments in the university, amidst a characteristically busy schedule. It was during my postgraduate training that I occasionally saw my vice chancellor, partly because even though I was…

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Ugandans must be concerned about debt financing

BY NICHOLAS OPOLOT The 2017/18 Budget Speech of Uganda read on 8 June indicated that our country’s debt burden now stands at US$8.7 billion (Shs28 trillion)! For the coming financial year alone, about Shs14 trillion (12 percent of the budget) has been earmarked for debt financing, which obviously sounds alien to many Ugandans. It is absurd to note that most of us are not bothered by such statistics and even the dignitaries that attended the event found comfort in napping through the entire budget reading process. However, whether we nap…

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