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Cabinet recently approved a comprehensive National Community Development Policy, 2015, to guide on identification of inclusive projects in communities to improve citizen participation in Uganda’s development process.
This new policy has the potential, if well implemented, to redeem the colossal failures of the Decentralisation Policy, 1992, which was operationalised by the Local Government Act, 1997. (more…)

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Kampala. Youth leaders from across the political divide and civil society have appealed to leaders aspiring for positions in the 2016 polls to address the issue of youth unemployment in their manifestos.
The call was made during the National Youth Manifesto Validation Conference which brought together youth representatives from political parties and Civil Society Organisations.

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It is one of those little yet rich news reports that leave a reader smiling.
The Daily Monitor on Thursday reported Anglican Archbishop Stanley Ntagali advising Ugandans aspiring for various political offices in the unfolding campaign season to stay away from witch doctor shrines.
Let’s sidestep the loaded use of the word “witch doctors” and ask: how does the archbishop know that candidates for political office in Uganda run to “shrines” for concoctions and blessings to get votes? Do they confess to him or his bishops, reverends and canons? (more…)

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US president Barack Obama (L).

US president Barack Obama (L).

It is important, right from the onset, to note that it was always going to be difficult for anyone to meet the high expectations that greeted Mr Barack Obama’s election to the White House. As America’s first Black President, his election was historic and he carried the hopes of millions of African-Americans that he would improve their lot.
Similarly, he carried the hopes of a billion Africans who, through Obama’s Kenyan ancestry, laid their own claim to a distant American dream, but also expected some elevation of the African agenda in US foreign policy.
It has been a mixed bag. On that brief visit to Accra, President Obama hinted on a pro-democracy agenda on the continent.

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reviews01+pixProstitution is one of the two oldest professions in the world, the other being espionage. In Uganda and parts of the world, it is looked upon with disdain. In Kampala, both the city authority and the police have tried to fight the trade in vain.
According to Kampala Metropolitan Police deputy spokesperson Patrick Onyango, the Force does not carry out raids to arrest sex workers anymore since the president stopped them from arresting people for being idle and disorderly.
“What we do now is just to disorganise them by chasing them from a particular location. Therefore, we do not have figures of how many they are on the streets, although some NGOs working with them may have such information,” Mr Onyango says.
Former Ethics and Integrity minister Miria Matembe, during her tenure, did her best to fight the trade. However, the sex workers have remained.

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The Daily Monitor story of July 24 that MPs had received Shs100 million, and according to subsequent media reports are expecting the figure to rise to Shs300 million, each in their personal accounts as fuel arrears to “facilitate” them ahead of the 2016 general election, is disturbing to say the least. That the MPs requested not to be named for fear of backlash means they know that what they are acquiescing to is unethical. (more…)

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US President Barack Obama’s speech at the Global Entrepreneurship Summit in Nairobi rings a bell not only in Kenya but Uganda as well. Mr Obama on Sunday talked about the welfare of the girl-child, creating opportunities for youth at home and holding governments accountable.
Uganda has made some progress in creating an environment in which a girl-child can thrive; however, we are still far from the ideal. (more…)

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