By Henry Sekanjako KAMPALA, June 30 — As Uganda readies for the start of oil production, the government has been advised to invest in the development of practical skills in the work force such as in oil drilling as opposed to acquiring theoretical knowledge. Former energy minister Richard Kaijuka said here over the weekend that […]


By Steven Candia KAMPALA, June 30 – A national legal aid policy which makes it incumbent upon the government to provide free legal service is in the offing to enhance the enjoyment of pro bono services and extend justice to the poor. It has also emerged that a national Legal Aid Service Bill which among […]

Lessons From Brazil [opinion]

Even the most football-hating wife now knows that champions Spain are out of the World Cup finals. The loud English fans are home early, and so are the Italians! We tackled the 600km journey from Rio de Janeiro to Sao Paulo, in an executive van, to watch the England-Uruguay game. It took us six and […]

Rukikaire Sues Jomayi Property Consultants

Mathew Rukikaire, a former minister for Privatisation, has sued Jomayi Property Consultants for failing to pay for land he sold to the company in 2012. But Jomayi last week explained that it could not have paid Rukikaire without him handing over the original certificate of title. The land in question is found in Kyaggwe, Block […]

NDA in Court Over Guidelines

The National Drug Authority (NDA) has been sued over what a prospective pharmaceuticals retailer calls “protectionist, discriminatory and unlawful” regulations. Claire Kemigisha is challenging the authority’s guidelines on equitable distribution of pharmaceutical services. In her petition for judicial review, filed on June 18 through Byenkya, Kihika and Company Aocates, Kemigisha wants court to declare that […]

Falling Tree Kills Woman

In a rare coincidence, a woman died instantly and her son was hospitalised last week when their journey was abruptly stopped by a falling tree in Luweero. The two, riding on a motorcycle, were hit by a tree felled by a local lumberjack on June 25. Sarah Nanfuka, 48, a resident of Wakinoni, died as […]

Kayihura Sued Again Over NRM

For the second time in two months, police chief Kale Kayihura has been sued by a private citizen for his perceived involvement in the politics of the ruling NRM party. In a Constitutional court petition filed on Thursday, Ugandan citizen Sadat Kyakuhaire accuses Gen Kayihura of playing a direct role in extinguishing a perceived presidential […]

Seven Million Ugandans Risk Producing Sicklers

One look at the beautiful and slender Jamine Opio is enough to convince you that she has been living a life of a princess. Her reality, however, is painfully different. Diagnosed with sickle cell disease (SCD) at an early age, Opio has had to fight her way through stigma and endless medication. “I was often […]

We Should Treat Health Like National Security [opinion]

Last week, The Observer published a story of a young man, Kevin Vianney Kasumba, who was born with a heart complication. He needed to undergo open-heart surgery in two weeks or he perished. This surgery had to be carried out in India and for this to happen, the family needed Shs 20m – a subsidized […]

Could You Be Addicted to Pain-Killers?

Dependence on drugs that bring short-lived efficacy starts when you disobey prescription orders Sania Benezeri is diabetic and at one time she had so much pain in her legs that she could not sleep. In addition to her diabetes dose, the doctor prescribed for her some valium, medically known as Diazepam. The drug which has […]

Why Baganda Celebrated On May 24 [opinion]

This time, commemoration of Buganda’s ‘ day of darkness’ had special significance On May 24, 2014 the Baganda from all areas of Buganda converged at Mengo Palace to remember May 24, 1966, the day of “darkness”, when Milton Obote, who was the Executive Prime Minister, ordered his troop to attack the Kabaka’s Place at Mengo. […]

Wolokoso – Have Kadaga, Oulanyah Left the House for Yellow-‘Mpigs’?

Barely one week after Parliament resumed its work from a long recess, Speaker Rebecca Kadaga has again sent MPs on recess for a “few days”. Kadaga told MPs that Parliament was short of business to transact given that the Executive had introduced no new bills yet Parliament’s Sessional committees had just started a new term […]

Why Fundamental Reforms Are Key to Credible Elections [opinion]

No amount of tinkering with the law by the NRM regime can engender free, fair and credible elections in Uganda. It will take fundamental political reforms that re-structure the state thereby, making it possible to have independent state institutions and systems that can manage political processes credibly. Below are some of the cardinal obstacles to […]