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Sunday, 13 April 2014 07:05 By Melina Platas Izama
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MPs have generators and other coping resources if the energy sector fails but their voters and industrialists could incur ruinous costs

Parliament’s recommendation to cancel the Ugandan government’s contract with the country’s main electricity distributor, Umeme, has reinvigorated the debate over the company’s performance, as well as issues of sovereignty and national interest. The debate has been characterised by both misunderstanding and misinformation, sprinkled with a dash of deceit.

Umeme bears the brunt of the Ugandan public’s frustration with power supply, but both the assignment of blame and the debate are myopic; Uganda’s most severe challenges in the energy sector do not lie with Umeme.

Sunday, 13 April 2014 07:02 By Dr. Jude Kagoro
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Sam Omalla, the Kampala North Metropolitan Commander, confronts Dr Kizza Besigye at his home in Kasangati during the former FDC leader’s house arrest last year. INDEPENDENT/FILE PHOTODemonstrations versus socio-political order in Kampala

Renowned French philosopher, Gustave Le Bon once proposed that crowds are far less intelligent than the individuals that comprise them. When individuals come together in a crowd, there is a strong likelihood that their individual conscious personality and intelligence temporarily vanishes. Individuals may be different in their modes of life or levels of IQ but when they are part of a crowd they acquire, according to Le Bon, a collective mind of some sort which them feel, think, and act in a manner quite different from the way they usually would.

Friday, 11 April 2014 14:26 By Ian Katusiime
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Uganda Human Rights Commission (UHRC) released its annual report on April 10 at Imperial Royale Hotel where it sharply criticised the Police for its brutality and crack down on demonstrations and illegal detention of suspects beyond the stipulated 48 hours.

Complaints on the right to personal liberty or detention beyond 48 hours topped the list at 33.83% of the total number of complaints registered, closely followed by the violation of freedom from torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment.

Thursday, 10 April 2014 15:56 By Ian Katusiime
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Two of The Independent's leading journalists Haggai Matsiko and Ronald Musoke won two awards each at the event organised by African Centre for Media Excellence (ACME)  which took place on April 9 at Golf Course Hotel,Kampala.

Haggai Matsiko won an award for Extractive Reporting and Explanatory Reporting while Ronald Musoke won in the categories of Agriculture and National News Reporting.

"I am really excited and humbled" Musoke said, adding that this will inspire him to work harder.

The Independent newsroom was abuzz with excitement when news of their victory filtered through. The Managing Editor of the The Independent Joseph Were attributed

the journalists' recognition to passion and determination.

Thursday, 10 April 2014 13:29 By Julius Businge
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Uganda will on Apr. 25 host the third annual East Africa Banking and ICT Security Summit in Kampala under the theme; ‘Strengthening Banking and ICT  development in Africa'.

Available information indicates that the one day summit organised by Cyber Security Africa, co-hosted by National Information Technology Authority Uganda (NITA-U) and ICT Association of Uganda will explore solutions to banking fraud, IT security threats, risk and regulatory issues affecting financial institutions, government agencies and other organisations.

Sammy Kioko, the manager for Cyber Security Africa Alliance said participants from different parts of the world at the summit will identify the technical, environmental and business risks that lead to service vulnerability which at times weaken consumer confidence that ultimately erode brand value and cause revenue declines.

Sunday, 06 April 2014 13:02 By Ronald Musoke
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Fagil Mandy (L), the UNEB Chairman hands over UACE results to the Minister of Education Jessica Alupo on March 27 at OPM building. INDEPENDENT/JIMMY SIYA

Reality check for government’s quest for sciences

As the Uganda National Examinations Board released the 2013 A-level results on March 27, the first insight into whether the government’s recent policy to force students pursue Science subjects was a wise move came to the fore. A total of 116,190 candidates registered for the examination in 2013 at 1,710 centres compared to 111,456 candidates from 1,334 centres in 2012. And out of these, a total of 115,380 candidates sat for the examination, compared to 109,974 in 2012 - a 4% increase.

Friday, 04 April 2014 13:34 By Ronald Musoke
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The National Curriculum Development Centre (NCDC) will, beginning this month (April), embark on the second phase of reforming Uganda’s lower-secondary school curriculum.

The project which has been running since Nov. 2011 will see S1-S4 students shift from the current system where a student learns over 14 subjects to a set of generic skills that are woven across and acquired through learning areas.

While addressing journalists at the NCDC offices on April 3, Mulumba Mutema, the coordinator of the programme said, with effect from 2017, students will be expected to take on eight learning areas [Creative Arts, Languages, Life Education, Mathematics, Religious Education, Science, Social Studies and Technology and Enterprise].

Monday, 31 March 2014 14:24 By Ronald Musoke
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More than 275 high-level stakeholders from government, business and civil society have converged in Kigali today [March 31] for a three-day consultation to intensify efforts to get nutritious foods to people.

The conference is being hosted by Rwanda where more than 500,000 Rwandan farmers have already planted new varieties of beans that are rich in iron. These new iron beans also yield many more tonnes per hectare than the local varieties, and the surplus can be shared or sold.

Keynote speakers include M.S. Swaminathan, the renowned father of India’s Green Revolution; Chris Elias, President of the Global Development Programme at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation; and, Akinwumi  Adesina, Nigeria’s Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development and Forbes Africa Person of the Year 2013.

Monday, 31 March 2014 11:35 By Ian Katusiime
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On March 31, early morning at around 9:00 am, Kampla Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago  drove through the gates of City Hall en route to his office at City Hall uninterrupted for the first time since November when a botched impeachment KCCA counsellors' session kicked him out of office. This was preceded by a court ruling which stated that Lukwago had the right to be office until the case is fully disposed of in court.


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