A short History of Uganda’s ICT Revolution and the Law of Unintended Consequences

The history of ICTs in Uganda is a short but intense one. Uganda started embracing ICTs as part of its economic development strategy when the first mobile phone service came onto the Ugandan scene in December 1994. The telecom company Celtel, using the GSM 900 technology mainly targeted high end users like business people and… Continue reading A short History of Uganda’s ICT Revolution and the Law of Unintended Consequences

An ethnographic Study of a Makerere Guild Presidential Race

A Makerere University Guild Presidential Candidate is carried shoulder high by supporters during a rally on campus . Internet Photo In May 2011, I took the trouble to do an in-depth ethnographic study of a Makerere University Guild Presidential race, and wrote a 49-page report out of it! (Someone had told me then that my… Continue reading An ethnographic Study of a Makerere Guild Presidential Race

Peace or Justice? The false post-election choice Ugandans are being offered

The Uganda Electoral Commission Chairman, Eng. Dr. Badru Kiggundu announces the 2016 Presidential Results:  One of my favorite bible verses is Deuteronomy 30:19: “This day I call the heavens and the earth as witnesses against you that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Now choose life, so that you and… Continue reading Peace or Justice? The false post-election choice Ugandans are being offered

Why Uganda’s “free” Education is a sociological time bomb

Our ‘Bantustan’ Education will come back to haunt us One of the worst indignities of apartheid in South Africa was the policy of ‘Separate Development’. The policy served as a structural solution for apartheid’s planners who wanted to turn South Africa into a white republic in which blacks did not feature as citizens. Also known… Continue reading Why Uganda’s “free” Education is a sociological time bomb

Of Museveni’s Hoes and our Clueless Elite

People enjoying Malwa (Internet Photo) Candidate Yoweri Museveni’s campaign promises of late have rattled and confounded Uganda’s small but vocal educated elite. They are ridiculous beyond belief, most of them say. How can he be talking about hoes in 2015? How does giving money to Malwa (local brew) drinking groups help anyone? Can’t everyone see… Continue reading Of Museveni’s Hoes and our Clueless Elite

The Implications of NRM’s Botched Primaries

On Wednesday October 28 2015, I discussed the aftermath of Uganda’s Ruling Party chaotic Primary elections with NTV’s Simon Kasyate. My take is that what happened in Tuesday’s elections was a microcosm of how the regime has been running the country, and the incompetent and mismanagement of Uganda’s public goods for 30 years. The unbelievable logistical… Continue reading The Implications of NRM’s Botched Primaries