Christmas, Birth, Death And Renewal: Reflections From An African Killing Field

THE LUWERO TRIANGLE , a heart-shaped fertile swathe of land to the north of the Uganda capital Kampala, was once the most famous stretch in Uganda. It is here that Yoweri Museveni and his National Resistance Army/Movement based their guerrilla war from 1981 to January 1986 when they rode victoriously into Kampala to take power—and have remained put for, by …

LETTER FROM A FRIEND: Why Ugandans Work Only 130 Days In A Year

SO WE RETURN with Letter From A Friend, this one a good buddy whom I shall refer to, according to the custom, by initials JW: “The last few days have been hectic for [Uganda capital] Kampala’s residents. We have had the kind of traffic jams we never witnessed before, with motorists and commuters spending up to 2 hours to travel …

The Curse Of Sisyphus: Why Democracy Isn’t Necessarily Good For Press Freedom In Africa

THINGS ARE KIND OF LOOKING UP FOR FREEDOM IN AFRICA. More Africans today under elected governments than at any other time in recent history. And at first glance press freedom, where Africa used to score notoriously badly, seems to be in relatively good health. The Arab Spring, which overthrew dictatorships in Tunisia, Egypt, and Libya, has unleashed long-pent-up energies among the …

CRISIS IN THE GREAT LAKES – THE END: Kagame The ‘Saviour’, And Why Vulcania Republic Will Arise

THERE have always whispers about a “Plan B” for the Tutsi in Rwanda, should international events conspire to allow the ex-Interahamwe elements in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), many of whom are in the Front for the Democratic Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR), and extreme Hutu nationalists at home, marshal enough forces to overthrow “Tutsi rule” and massacre them again. …