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Silver Bugingo is a columnist of afrikareporter.com amd a veteran Journalist based in Kampala, Uganda

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Is Nkurunziza’s egoism standing in the way of a breakthrough in Burundi?

Is Nkurunziza’s egoism standing in the way of a breakthrough in Burundi?

Former South African enviable President and statesman Nelson Mandela once said that: “A good leader can engage in a debate frankly and thoroughly, knowing that at the end he/she and the other side must be closer, and thus emerge stronger. You don’t have that idea when you are arrogant, superficial, and uninformed.” No wonder with […]

African liberation struggles degenerate to privileged family interests

This columnist has widely read political literature about the Republic of South Africa. For instance when still under majority age at college, it was clear that legitimate citizens of all United Nations member states were issued travel documents/passports allowing them to visit all sovereign states of their choice except South Africa! Civic education mentors enlightened […]

Burundian gov’t shouldn’t make catholic clergy scapegoats for failures

Burundian gov’t shouldn’t make catholic clergy scapegoats for failures

Once again this author is perturbed, though not surprised by embattled Burundian government’s bitter take on the Roman Catholic clerics alleging they are worsening the crisis “through interfering in politics” as opposition sympathizers. Last weekend the spokesperson of the ruling party CNDD-FDD Gelase Ndabirabe lashed at civil society organizations and opposition parties outrageously attacking the […]

Controversial re-election, court battles depict Museveni’s nature

Controversial re-election, court battles depict Museveni’s nature

In his previous column; Life Presidency: Africa’s governance cancer, the author quoted a renowned Greek philosopher who once said that: “At his best, man is the noblest of all animals; separated from law and justice he is the worst creature So, where else or how more excellently is this Aristotle’s witty observation reflected than in […]

Heroes Day: Rwanda’s Benchmark for Present & Future Socio-Economic Progress.

Heroes Day: Rwanda’s Benchmark for Present & Future Socio-Economic Progress.

The first day of February is an anniversary to remember a handful of Rwanda’s heroes who bravely died for the common good. The latest among such iconic personalities are Gen. Fred Rwigema who championed the RPA/F liberation struggle and gallantly died on frontline commanding compatriot freedom fighters to stop chronic misrule. The ‘Iron Lady’ Agatha […]

Life Presidency: Africa’s Governance Cancer

Life Presidency: Africa’s Governance Cancer

A medieval Greek philosopher and the first genuine scientist in history, called Aristotle once observed that: “At his best, man is the noblest of all animals; separated from law and justice he is the worst creature.” On the African continent, ordinary citizens have helplessly accepted their Heads of State to amend constitutions and institute other […]

President Nkurunziza & Co. ought to draw lessons from Rwanda and stop the senseless killings

President Nkurunziza & Co. ought to draw lessons from Rwanda and stop the senseless killings

Oprah Winfrey, a renowned American entertainer and media presenter once urged her audience to: “Turn wounds into wisdom” if their ambitions; collective or personal were to be achieved. Oprah’s witty observation accurately reflects Rwanda’s post-colonial era misrules and the country’s current ratings on governance and economic competitiveness globally. Like the recurrent conflict between Burundi’s egoistic […]

Africa’s inept states and human trafficking

Africa’s inept states and human trafficking

  These are interesting times on the African continent. Gone are the times when brazen rulers like Iddi Amin of Uganda, ‘Emperor’ Jean Bedel Bokassa of the Central African Republic (Empire?) and Field Marshal Mobutu Sese Seko of Zaire (Democratic Republic of Congo) declared themselves presidents for life in the seventies. However, none of them […]

Uncle Sam, caging former leaders and interests

Uncle Sam, caging former leaders and interests

The caging of political leaders while they appear before court in Egypt is a new phenomenon, which seems to have started with former president Hosni Mubarak. Recently, while appearing before court another former president Mohamed Morsi was also in a cage. It is not clearly understood whether the current regime in the vast North Africa […]

East Africa faces a high stakes security test as Obama and Papal visits draw closer

East Africa faces a high stakes security test as Obama and Papal visits draw closer

  Security in the three East African countries of Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania is going to have the toughest test to its effectiveness this year as the region prepares to host the two most prominent personalities in the world. US President Barack Obama Jr, the first black man to lead the world’s biggest superpower is […]

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