KAMPALA, Aug. 31 –The Petroleum Exploration and Production Department has said that the oil resource confirmed is now 6.5 billion barrels from the fields studied. The resource is in the Albertine Graben which has been tested. The area tested presently represents less than 40% of the total area with the potential for petroleum production in […]


KAMPALA, Aug. 31–The Government has signed an agreement, finally giving away the giant and lucrative deal to upgrade and expand Uganda’s railway network to standard gauge, to a Chinese firm China Harbor Engineering Company (CHEC). The deal is estimated to be worth $8b (about sh20trillion). Two Chinese companies – CHEC and state-owned China Civil Engineering […]

Witness pins Rwenzururu premier

BUNDIBUGYO. A witness in the ongoing trial by the UPDF General Court Martial of 125 persons accused of having participated in the July 5 attacks in Bundibugyo and Ntoroko districts, has pinned the Rwenzururu deputy Prime Minister, Mr Yeremia Mutooro and Ms Grace Biira, in connection with the attacks. Ms Biira is allegedly one of […]

Ugandans, here is what an MP should not do for you

One of my teachers, Prof Bernard Couty, had a strange way of defining and explaining concepts in a bid to make us understand them. His approach was to define a concept in terms of what it is not, rather than what it is. It is this same strange method that I will use here to […]

Ugandan politicians to hold debate amid UNAA split

KAMPALA. Ugandan politicians will go head-to-head during a one-off debate at this year’s annual Uganda North American Association (UNAA)onvention. Not only will the key players from across the political divide argue their party’s case, UNAA members will get a chance to face their political representatives from Uganda, ask questions and engage directly with them at […]

This mafia talk for politicians cornered in wrong-doing is cheap

Uganda never ceases to amuse. It is a country known for producing great men and woman but at the same time it has mischievous people and cowards in equal measure. Take the example of senior politicians when cornered in wrongdoing, they are quick to blame their political opponents or those coveting for their juicy political […]

Their ears can hear, the eyes see but this is a vampire state

My three-part article on a dubious project supposedly aimed at manufacturing a Makerere-designed electric car has attracted an unusually big volume of response. Unfortunately, I cannot answer in full all the Emails that came in, but I would like the authors to accept my appreciation. Having said that, these Emails are in a way depressing. […]

The tall order Kyabazinga has to face

On the morning of Monday August 26, the Busoga Lukiiko endorsed the election of Prince William Gabula IV, as the Kyabazinga of Busoga. Prince Gabula was elected by the Busoga Royal Chiefs Council, the body of the Hereditary Chiefs of Busoga’s 11 traditional counties who constitute the Electoral College that elects a Kyabazinga, on the […]

Railway scandal: How the project slipped off

The controversy surrounding the procurement of the company to construct the monumental Standard Gauge Railway has put Uganda one year behind Kenya. And the dispute is not about to end. As State minister for Works John Byabagambi was announcing the termination of the Memorandum of Understanding with China Civil Engineering Construction Corporation (CCECC) and giving […]

PWDs’ future bright, Rights commission says

Kampala. The plight of people with disabilities is back to focus with national human rights commissions of several African countries this week developing monitoring tools that seek to protect and promote the rights of people with disabilities (PWDs). Mr Med Kaggwa, the chairperson Uganda Human Rights Commission (UHRC) said PWDs now live in a safer […]

Namutumba District has no ambulance, says doctor

Namutumba. With 33 public health facilities in Namutumba District, one would expect at least four or more ambulances depending on the level of facilities. However, the district has for the last three years, had no single ambulance to transport patients. This, according to the District Health Officer (DHO), Dr James Kirya, has made referrals very […]

Public Service, not me requested for vehicle from Premier’s office

I wish to state my disgust by the way Saturday Monitor of August 16 and Sunday Monitor of August 17 gave false information that could potentially tarnish my good name. On Page 7 of Saturday Monitor under Bad Week, you published a picture of Nsibambi looking stressed and wrote “Ex-Prime Minister tasked to explain why […]

Govt rotates corrupt officials, says Lokodo

KAMPALA. Most corrupt officials in government are usually rotated in “juicy” ministries with the help of “god fathers”, Ethics minister Simon Lokodo has said. The Rev Fr Lokodo said the corrupt bureaucrats are also privileged to determine which ministry or government agency they want to work in. The revelation comes on the heels of the […]