Uganda: cattle rustling – once a revered cultural practice, now a trigger of conflicts

Uganda: cattle rustling – once a revered cultural practice, now a trigger of conflicts

Cattle have always been a symbol of wealth and source of livelihood among many African communities. In the north eastern region of Uganda, cattle have an additional and important function among the Karimojong and Iteso, the two major ethnic groups. Both groups use cattle as a major currency for men…

James Odong

James is an all round journalist, broadcaster, writer, talk show host and human rights activist with a passion for news, good governance, the rule of law, gender and environmental protection.

Ugandans should wake up, smell the coffee and get rid of Museveni

Elections, the vehicle that citizens are supposed to use to choose their leaders and effect the change they want, mean very little when the person you are trying to oust has spent decades entrenching himself as deeply as possible into power. This is a fact Uganda’s leading opposition leader, Dr….

Patience is a Kampala-based features writer who specialises in human rights and social justice issues.

Addressing clean energy needs in Africa – solar power

Addressing clean energy needs in Africa – solar power

Three years ago, Rehema Kanama nearly left from her off grid rural home in western Uganda for a better life in the city. But the 35-year old single mother quickly changed her mind after signing a lease agreement with Solar Now, for a solar connection. Today she no longer has…

Diana Taremwa Karakire is a freelance journalist based in Uganda.

Burundi violence – forcing girls into prostitution to survive

KAMPALA- The death toll is mounting in Burundi, with the United Nations (UN) putting the figure of the dead at over 200 since April. April was the time President Pierre Nkurunziza prompted protests by seeking a third term in office, despite having already served what his opponents saw as his…

Ignatius Ssuuna

Ignatius Ssuuna is an investigative journalist based in Rwanda.

Violence in CAR ahead of Pope visit

Violence in the Central African Republic has dramatically increased causing Pope Francis and his team to question whether or not his scheduled visit to the country at the end of the month will go ahead. AFP reported that “more than 100 homes were torched and several people slaughtered as sectarian violence…

Uganda gears up for three-way presidential race

At the end of the two-day nomination process in Uganda’s capital, Kampala on Wednesday, it is clear that a three-way race for the presidency is on the cards, an unfamiliar situation that promises some tantalising outcomes. President Yoweri Museveni, the wily veteran going into his fifth presidential bid, lines up…

Paul Busharizi

Paul Busharizi is currently a contributing editor (Business & Politics) at the Uganda's leading daily the New Vision.

Uganda oil pipeline threatens regional alliance

A recent deal between Uganda and Tanzania to explore the viability of a joint pipeline may threaten the relationship with Kenya, which was first in line for the project. Last week Kampala announced it had signed a deal with Tanzania and oil company Total to explore the possibility of an…

Paul Busharizi

Paul Busharizi is currently a contributing editor (Business & Politics) at the Uganda's leading daily the New Vision.

Uganda: Wakaliga slum bursts into a film set creating Wakaliwood

In the evenings, when the children are returning from school and the men and women are retiring from a hard day’s work, Wakaliga – a slum in Uganda’s capital, Kampala – bursts into a merry film set. There are no managers or PR teams as the characters of different movies,…

Patience Akumu

Patience is a Kampala-based features writer who specialises in human rights and social justice issues.

Shilling depreciation slows Uganda economic growth

The Ugandan shilling’s dramatic slide in the last year is putting the economy’s growth prospects under pressure and may force a rethink among planners of how the economy is structured. At the end of September the central bank quoted a mid-rate of Ushs 3,695.25 to the dollar compared to Ushs…

Paul Busharizi

Paul Busharizi is currently a contributing editor (Business & Politics) at the Uganda's leading daily the New Vision.

South Sudan government announce Uganda to pull out

The government of South Sudan have announced that the Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) will start withdrawing their troops from South Sudan. However, UPDF insist that that they have not received instructions to withdraw, reported The Monitor. The UPDF were deployed in the fledgling state in December 2013 in order…

Uganda: stakes high ahead of 2016 polls

President Yoweri Museveni is gearing up for what is to be his fourth and possibly final run at the presidency next year, in a poll, where he will face off against an old ally and is causing investors to look warily at the small East African nation. Museveni came to…

Paul Busharizi

Paul Busharizi is currently a contributing editor (Business & Politics) at the Uganda's leading daily the New Vision.

Five Ugandan women create women’s health app

Five women from Makerere University in Uganda have created a test kit that connects to an app on smartphone which detects harmful vaginal bacteria that can cause bacterial vaginosis and other infections, Agence France-Presse (AFP) reported today. They posted a video on YouTube in which the team know as the…