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Steven Mukisa (inset) doing a massage at his parlour.

Steven Mukisa (inset) doing a massage at his parlour.

I find the 33-year-old professional beautician and masseur, who is tall, and wearing dreadlocks, engaged with a client. His operation area is a rather spacious room, separated by glass partitioning. Steven Mukisa runs Steve’s Beauty Clinic and Medspa on Kampala Road.

His great entrepreneurship skills are quite visible, as there are feminine items like bags and shoes on sale, on shelves in the waiting area.

A few minutes later, he re-emerges and sits on one of the woven chairs.

He is a professional masseur, dermatologist and beautician; dispelling the belief that professional only refers to white collar jobs. Professionally, he is (more…)

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Richard Ouma, 29, is a young man ready to start a serious relationship.“serious” in this case means a relationship that will lead to marriage. However, he is somewhat skeptical. Not that he is timid, no, his reservations are elsewhere: “I will think for a moment before I make the first move,” he says. “I will ask myself; what is it that she doesn’t have that she will be looking up to me for? If I realise she has it all, I will rest my case.”

Ouma is hesitant to propose to a woman he considers more successful than him. He would want to marry a woman who will be submissive to him but the doubts whether a successful woman can be. Ouma might not be the only man with this dilemma as Dr John Kamulegeya explains: “Men want women who are submissive to them yet as women become more successful, they along the way tend to lose the submissive element.”

Kamulegeya has reservations himself. “I don’t want a failure,” he says, but (more…)

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Uganda ranks low in gender equality

Kampala- Despite modest gains in women political empowerment, thanks to the affirmative action policy, the country’s general gender gap is still wide, according to the ranking of the latest Global Gender Gap Report.

Even though the gap between men and women globally has narrowed slightly in the recent years in most countries, according to a World Economic Forum report (a sub-report of the Global gender Gap 2013 study), Uganda still has some work to do before breaking into the top 40 countries with the smallest gender gap.

According to the rankings, Uganda’s overall position is 46th and in sub-Saharan Africa, it lies 8th—also outside the continent’s top five, despite its progress in political empowerment of women.

However, Uganda is (more…)

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MBARARA- Police are holding seven people, including a pastor, on charges of negligence that led to the death of a student at one of the born again churches in Kakoba Division, Mbarara Municipality.

The police are investigating allegations that the church members preferred to pray for the deceased, instead of taking him to hospital when his condition deteriorated.

“While we are not against people being prayed for, we have also always advised the religious leaders that people should be prayed for alongside medication when they are sick. This is not the first time we are losing a person in this town under similar circumstances,’’ Ms Polly Namaye, the Rwizi Region Police Spokesperson said.

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newvision

Arthur 16, and his brother Patrick 12, (not real names) discovered that their mother was HIV positive unexpectedly. For Arthur, it was through an unplanned for conversation with her, while for Patrick, it was through his brother.

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newvision

newvision

When I was a little girl, there was a boy in my neighborhood nicknamed mugaga which means rich. Well this boy’s family was not rich; they actually lived in a one bed room house.

The boy had earned his nickname because he had a big swollen belly. Now when I think about it, the boy must have been malnourished.

Fast forward to 2013, the city is dotted with grown men adorned with protruding stomachs.  The puzzling thing is that there are men who are proud of these tummies.

Some rub them comfortably like a father proud of a son. Others take to the dance floor and it is the bellies that do the shaking.

It gets worse that (more…)

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new vision

new vision

Rape and defilement are common crimes in Uganda. Some of the most secretive and guarded incidents happen between a parent and child as one mother told Brenda Nakayiwa.

My husband had sex with our daughter for over 10 years, One day, my neighbour asked to talk to me urgently and I wondered what the issue could be. She owns a salon where my daughters have been plaiting their hair since childhood.

When we met, she broke the news that changed my life forever. “I do not know how to say this, but I have known it for some time and did not tell you for fear of destroying your family,” she said.
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