A century after Kabaka Mwanga slayed what came to be popularly known as the Uganda Martyrs, a man like no other, armed not with a gun or a dagger but with the Bible and the cross, was assassinated at the hands of the ruthless Idi Amin Dada, the then Ugandan president. Forty years later, the world celebrates Janani Luwum.
Tonny Nsubuga has occasionally turned a deaf ear to advisors who often ask him to apply for high-end jobs. As Alex Taremwa writes, ambitious Nsubuga confesses how trash brings cash to his wallet as he gears up towards employing at least 200 people by the end of this year.
On 6 August 2016, thousands of people from the area and abroad descended on the Mutoto Cultural Site, in the foothills of Mount Elgon, to witness the Bamasaba people celebrate 200 years of imbalu (circumcision). Alex Taremwa was there to witness the festival and this is his report.
On Friday, 5 August 2016, at a special meeting in Ethiopia, the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) agreed to deploy a regional protection force to help restore sanity and calm to the embattled South Sudan. For a war that broke out in 2012, this action is long overdue, writes Alex Taremwa.
In August 2016, telecoms company MTN Uganda and the Commercial Bank of Africa launched a platform through which mobile subscribers can apply for loans and save money using their phones. In just 24 hours, 83 000 mobile banking users had registered for the service. This is Africa’s Alex Taremwa examines how this development will revolutionise the banking sector in Uganda.
Evidence of ineffective foreign assistance is widespread in Africa. The debate on how aid can be effective and contribute to Africa’s development is ongoing, without any clear way forward. This suggests that there is more to the African problem and that aid is not likely to turn things around, writes This is Africa’s Alex Taremwa.
There is a communication wave sweeping across Africa, shifting the balance of power in some political circles, overthrowing governments in others. This is Africa’s Alex Taremwa examines how powerful social media platforms are and why certain presidents are tilting uncontrollably in their chairs.
On 12 May 2016, Uganda’s president-elect, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, who has been at the helm of the sub-Saharan country for 30 years, was sworn in for a record sixth time. This leaves many Ugandans wondering what the Museveni of 1986 would have made of the Museveni of 2016
Uganda has been plagued by high numbers of cases of human trafficking of young people to the middle east. Due to a lack of stringent laws and minimum government intervention, it continues to be a large problem. Alex Taremwa explores the high youth unemployment rate in Uganda and how it feeds this dangerous form of modern slavery.