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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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We all need mythical heroes

On a study tour in faraway Estonia, veteran Kenyan journalist Wycliffe Muga finds familiar parallels between the Eastern European country’s mythical hero “Kalevipoeg” and “Gor Mahia”, the larger-than-life figure from Luo mythology. It turns out – whether in Europe or Africa – our “mythical heroes” say more about us and our fears than we would like to admit.