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The Opposition in Uganda is not weak

By SWAIB K. NSEREKO

ARTICLE SUMMARY: The persistent state of fear, anxiety and restlessness in the ruling party reflects the strength of opposition parties.

AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY: Swaib K. Nsereko is the Spokesman, Justice Forum (JEEMA) Party.

This is in response to Information and National Guidance Minister Ms. Rose Nsereko’s Arab Spring: Lessons for Uganda published in New Vision of 9, July 2013. In the article the Minister claims that “the opposition in Uganda are so few and so weak to have any significant impact on the functioning of government.”

First off, the government has tasked Justice James Ogola to initiate dialogue between it and the opposition parties in parliament—FDC, UPC, DP, JEEMA and CP. Ogola has subsequently had meetings with these parties.

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EAC integration process at pivotal point

By KALIIJA JAMES KATS

ARTICLE SUMMARY: The June 25 trilateral meeting of East African Heads of State was the most important development since the talk on the regional integration started.

AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY: The writer is a farmer and freelance Ambassador on EAC Integration Structures and Processes.

I first attended a gathering about East African integration in 2007, during a consultative workshop in Kyenjojo about fast-tracking the East African Community (EAC) Political Federation. Though I was supportive of the initiative, the team presentations led by Hon. Kabakumba Matsiko looked more abstract and limited in content for the lay woman to understand.

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African political parties form continental body to confront common challenges

By SWAIB K. NSEREKO

ARTICLE SUMMARY: The Council for African Political Parties is to act as a platform for an aggressive engagement in the continent’s social, economic and political initiatives and challenges and as a lobby group for African interests at the international level.

AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY: Swaib K. Nsereko is the Acting President, Pan African Muslim Journalists Association.

On May 26, Africa celebrated the golden liberation jubilee in the Ethiopian capital Addis-Ababa, marking 50 years of the Organization of African Unity, now known as African Union.

Merrymaking apart, Africa needs to spell out a new chapter of confronting present challenges that threaten to re-colonize the continent in sophisticated ways. The focus this time round ought to be not only in protecting the continent’s enormous resources, but also to marshal skills of harnessing and developing such resources for the benefit of the Africans. And this was the essence of an earlier gathering of African political elites in the Sudan capital Khartoum.  

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Political parties provide better alternative for regime change

By KALIIJA JAMES KATS

ARTICLE SUMMARY: Whereas political parties in East Africa still face serious challenges, including ethnic divisions, weak institutions and repressive governments, they constitute the safest and most reliable vehicle to better governance.

AUTHOR BIOGRAPHY: Kaliija James Kats is a Farmer and Member of Forum for Democratic Change.

Politics is a process of organizing how we live together in society. In democratic societies every citizen has a right to freely participate in the political process without any form of coercion, and this calls for credible institutions and organizations  to represent the will and interests of the citizens. Such institutions include Parliament, Political Parties and Civil Society organizations.  

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Is Museveni a Rwandan?

By YAHYA SSEREMBA

Article Summary: The article traces the ethnicity of a man whose Ugandan identity is widely disputed.

Author Biography: Yahya Sseremba is the publisher of The Campus Journal news website.

There is no question that President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda has a lot in common with ethnic Tutsis whose stronghold is Rwanda and whose presence is spread across east and central Africa. With them he shares a complicated past, a triumphant present and an uncertain future.

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