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Ugandas Stone City: What Went Wrong with Jinja?

Approximately 81 km east of Kampala, Uganda’s capital, lies Jinja. Once one of the major industrial centres in East Africa, not to mention the source of the world’s longest river – the Nile River – the town is now characterized by dilapidated buildings, a potholed road network and land wrangles. The lost glory of this historic city shows no sign of recovery, writes Arthur Matsiko

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East Africa faces a humanitarian crisis as drought grips region

The east African region is facing a humanitarian crisis. Citizens from various countries face hunger and starvation due to the ongoing drought, and there are concerns that the situation could deteriorate if humanitarian assistance to avert the crisis delays. The United Nations estimates that close to 17 million people are facing hunger in nine countries. The countries include hard-hit by the crisis include Somalia, South Sudan, Ethiopia and Kenya. Urgent assistance is required to avert this crisis and various humanitarian organisations including World Vision are raising funds to provide desperately and urgent life-saving supplies to the most vulnerable children, including water, food and basic medical supplies.


It is time Africans got some respect on the international speaking circuit

It’s always nice to feel appreciated. That’s a feeling often denied to Africans trying to break into the international speaking circuit. Those Africans who are lucky enough to get speaking gigs on the international stage often find that they are paid less than speakers from other continents. George Issaias, who runs his own speaker bureau, writes that the time for this trend to change is now

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Divide and rule?

The most charitable interpretation one can put on Benjamin Mkapa’s Burundi peace talks is that they are a desperate grope in the dark for a resolution to the year-long crisis. The danger of such desperation though, is that it might do no more than further weaken President Pierre Nkurunziza’s political opponents.