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Three police officers detained over escape of suspects

Sun, 01/15/2017 - 15:30
Two suspected robbers said to be notorious in the district reportedly escaped from police custody on Friday night.

South African freelance journalist kidnapped in Syria

Sun, 01/15/2017 - 15:00
Shiraaz Mohamed was on his way out of the war-torn country on Tuesday when he and two employees from the South Africa-based Gift of The Givers charity were seized

Church to clear Archbishop Nkoyooyo’s medical bills

Sun, 01/15/2017 - 14:11
Archbishop Ntagali told journalists at his office at Bweranyangi, Bushenyi town on Saturday that the Church, state and friends will clear medical bills of the sixth Ugandan Archbishop

Man United look to exploit Liverpool wobble

Sun, 01/15/2017 - 11:49
Mourinho's men needed an ultra-defensive performance to secure a 0-0 draw at Anfield when the teams last met in October, but three months on, his team are now firing on all cylinders

CAF apologises for Cup of Nations anthems gaffe

Sun, 01/15/2017 - 11:09
CAF apologised "to the teams, officials, supporters and viewers" for what it called an "unfortunate incident"

Three dead, 13 injured in Mbarara car crush

Sun, 01/15/2017 - 10:09
According to police, the accident happened at about 3am on Sunday

Africa Cup of Nations Group A results - 1st update

Sun, 01/15/2017 - 09:49
Gabon 1 (Aubameyang 52) Guinea-Bissau 1 (J. Soares 90)

Spicy Nile-perch kebabs

Sun, 01/15/2017 - 02:00
Nile perch is the fish of choice for this recipe, but any other type of white fish can be used

Spicy Nile-perch kebabs

Sun, 01/15/2017 - 02:00
Nile perch is the fish of choice for this recipe, but any other type of white fish can be used

Ugandan labels to watch this year

Sun, 01/15/2017 - 02:00
During the Kampala Fashion Week last year, a number of designers showcased their recent outfits, and some of them seemed more promising than others. We therefore bring you seven of these designers and why we should be on the look out for their designs this year.

Inside the world of ssenga Justine Nantume

Sun, 01/15/2017 - 02:00
At 44-year-old, Justine Nantume, commonly known as ssenga has put all her weaknesses and sad childhood aside to ensure that she gets and also gives her siblings the kind of life they missed.

What to put in a sideboard?

Sun, 01/15/2017 - 02:00
Some people call it a sideboard; others call it a wall unit. However, no matter what you call it, there are specific items that should be placed in this piece of furniture.

17 health and wellness rules to live by this year

Sun, 01/15/2017 - 02:00
Fitness and living a healthy lifestyle are some of the common targets on many people’s resolution lists. Hassan Ssentongo brings you tips on how you can achieve these two.

How oil cash bonanza beneficiaries failed to hide an elephant

Sun, 01/15/2017 - 02:00
The oil cash bonanza continues to arouse public anger. The anger reached fever heat with the dubious suit filed by Eric Sabiiti, a lawyer employed by the Electoral Commission.

President Obama bows out gracefully this week

Sun, 01/15/2017 - 02:00
On Friday, January 20, Mr Barack Obama, the first African-American to be elected president of the US, will leave the White House gracefully at the end of two four-year terms and hand over the reins of power peacefully and smoothly to Mr Donald Trump

2017: To live or not to live like a rat

Sun, 01/15/2017 - 02:00
If you walk slowly through some of those neighbourhoods in the greater Kampala that have experienced a housing expansion during the last 10 to 15 years, places like Najeera, Naalya, Kyaliwajjala, Namugongo, Kiteezi, Gaba, Bbunga, and so on

The fate of constitutions in Africa

Sun, 01/15/2017 - 02:00
Most of Africa lived or suffered under the yoke of imperialism and colonialism for centuries. The 19th and 20th centuries were the period of liberation wars and struggles for the right of self-determination and independence. By the end of the latter century, most of the continents’ countries and peoples were free and wallowing in the sovereignty of their internationally recognised respective states. The freedom, independence and sovereignty were enshrined in constitutional instruments guaranteed by international law. International law constantly maintains the theories of the status and characteristics of the principles of statehood enumerated above. However, the same principles which had been acquired or negotiated and imposed by imperial and colonial powers and initially accepted by the indigenous people of the African countries turned out later to be obstacles to the ambitious and designs of the native political leaders. Inherited, imposed and negotiated constitutions and laws began to be dismantled. Perfectly drafted laws and hitherto accepted principles at independence came to be rejected by the new Africa as predated and relics of imperialism and foreign dominance. The concepts of freedom, liberty and human rights were replaced by the desire to worship and obey those in power or who can deliver. In a previous work, Constitutional Law and Government in Uganda, I observed that writing about constitutions in the then emerging African states, is like writing past history. There were so many changes taking place so frequently that pre-empted new leaderships to either abolish or amend the constitutions beyond recognition. In fact, in those days, every new government or party that took over the reins of power embarked on this unnecessary exercise of making new constitutional and legal regimes to accord with its desires but not necessarily with the beliefs or aspirations of the people. Unfortunately, today, the situation has become worse. In a number of African countries, the constitution, which used to be the supreme law of the land and other laws which bound everyone within the state, have been replaced with presidential edicts, cabinet policies and ruling party resolutions. This is not an exaggeration. In several of these countries the president, cabinet and the ruling political party have effectively replaced the constitution, laws, parliament and the judiciary. Sadly, all the last enumerated institutions are now subservient to the will and authority of the executive. Elsewhere, we have enumerated many examples when the decisions of the executive have overridden fundamental provisions of the constitution and rules of law. Worse still, the other organs and institutions of state and NGOs have simply given verbal or written criticisms to these unfortunate trends without ever garnering the courage to challenge and have them nullified by mechanisms provided for in the constitutions. In consequence, what used to be fundamental, binding, sanctified and revered laws have been reduced to the same level as concepts of democracy, rule of law and human rights. In other words, the constitution and enacted laws have been drastically reduced in value, content and respectability. They have become mere guidelines in governance which can be followed, violated or infringed by those who hold the whip of absolute power. The new attitude will remind Ugandans of one incident during the days of former president Idi Amin when soldiers who were manning a road block at Makerere University interrogated senior members of the university staff wishing to walk beyond the roadblock. One illiterate soldier challenged them and said, “so you think you are clever and superior. Let us see how you out argue this.” He then produced a gun and discharged two bullets in the air and ordered the professors to beg for mercy and kneel for him and his fellow soldiers. They did. However, you can force a man or woman to obey and follow you but you cannot force their hearts to agree with or honour you. It is in this context that this story should be read as a guide to what is happening in any given state of the developing world. It is worth noting also that in Uganda when the truth dawns there are only minor differences between the NRM and other political parties fighting to replace the NRM in governing. They are more or less the same as NRM. The difference is only on the surface.

Believe you me, there’re so many stupidities to go around up there

Sun, 01/15/2017 - 02:00
A very hot start to 2017 it is we are having here in Uganda. Interesting action is not only over there in America.

Can Uganda Cranes pull it off in Gabon?

Sun, 01/15/2017 - 02:00
For the first time in 39 years, longer than the vast majority of Ugandans have been alive, the national team, the Cranes, will take part in a tournament for which in the late 1960s and 1970s was almost routine.

Stop politics, clean up Centenary Park

Sun, 01/15/2017 - 02:00
Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) has given an eviction notice to Nalongo Estates to vacate Centenary Park upon the expiry of the controversial 10-year lease it obtained in 2006 from the defunct Kampala City Council.