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Mr. Baguma is a Rwandan Journalist living in Boston, USA. He has worked in Rwanda as a journalist, and was a 2007 Fellow with the Washington, DC-based Alfred Friendly Press Partners.

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Uganda: the presidential election that wasn’t?

Uganda: the presidential election that wasn’t?

    The Presidential and parliamentary elections dust is starting to settle in Uganda, after incumbent President Yoweri Museveni was declared winner of the of the February 18th presidential polls by the country’s electoral commission paving way for extension of his 30-year rule. A lot has been said and written about the last month’s presidential […]

Tanzania election: the good, the bad and lessons for the regional ‘sad’ term club

Tanzania election: the good, the bad and lessons for the regional ‘sad’ term club

As normalcy returns to Tanzania following recent presidential election of which the ruling party Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) candidate John Magufuli won by more than 58 %, it is now time to look back on the contentious exercise and identify what Tanzania got right, and wrong and what the East African country’s regional neighbours especially […]

Will ‘Lowassamania’, CCM waning support and exodus lead UKAWA to victory?

Will ‘Lowassamania’, CCM waning support and exodus lead UKAWA to victory?

Tanzanians are preparing to head to the polls October 25 to elect their next president for the first time since multiparty politics was reintroduced in 1992, the current presidential race is the most competitive with the flag bearer of opposition coalition, UKAWA (The defenders of the people’s constitution) Edward Lowassa threatening to send the ruling […]

Obama to AU: speak up in defense of constitutions and term limits, but can it? And has Obama’s America led by example?

Obama to AU: speak up in defense of constitutions and term limits, but can it? And has Obama’s America led by example?

In his recent speech at the African Union (AU) Headquarters in Addis Ababa, US President Barack Obama didn’t mince words. He challenged the continental body to use its authority and voice to speak out and up against leaders changing constitutions willy-nilly to extend their stay in power. “And just as the African Union has condemned […]

Burundi Crisis: a classic case of ‘sad’ term syndrome plaguing East and Central Africa’s leaders

Burundi Crisis: a classic case of ‘sad’ term syndrome plaguing East and Central Africa’s leaders

  At the end of April the ruling party in Burundi, the National Council for the Defense of Democracy–Forces for the Defense of Democracy (CNDD-FDD) stubbornly nominated current President Pierre Nkurunziza as its flag bearer in the general election slated for June. The party’s move came after months’ of hinting by the sitting president that […]

Uganda CSOs oppose doctor exportation

Uganda CSOs oppose doctor exportation

  Ugandan civil society activists are pushing the Ugandan government to halt a plan to export medical personnel to Trinidad and Tobago saying that it move will be detrimental to the country’s health system. The activists under the umbrella Civil Society Coalition to Stop Maternal Mortality in Uganda say the plan will increase Uganda’s disease […]

African prison chiefs demand for increased funding

African prison chiefs demand for increased funding

African governments have been urged to address the prevalent challenges facing prison facilities through prison reforms, increased funding and attention to human rights. This comes as there are major concerns that the 1.5 million people incarcerated in African prisons face years of confinement in often cramped and dirty quarters, with insufficient food allocations, inadequate hygiene, […]

Buganda Kingdom invests in mega US$65m housing project

Buganda Kingdom invests in mega US$65m housing project

The housing sector in Uganda remains very critical in the country’s overall socio-economic development and has numerous multiplier effects, which include contribution to economic growth; fixed capital formation; employment creation and ensuring macro economic stability amongst others. However, despite housing being a basic human need for all, the government of Uganda still remains unable to […]

France given ultimatum by Genocide survivors

France given ultimatum by Genocide survivors

  Survivors of the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi have dared the French government to produce all documents relating to the massacres between 1990 and 1995, in one week. Recently the French government announced the de-classification of the classified files from diplomatic and military advisors and minutes from ministerial and defense meetings between 1990 and […]

Jonathan Goodluck: Africa’s new good luck

Jonathan Goodluck: Africa’s new good luck

Once in a while, something encouraging crops up in Africa, renewing the hopes of the continent’s hundreds of millions who bare the brunt of dictatorships, maladministration and a host of other malaises. The recent loss of elections in Nigeria by outgoing President Jonathan Goodluck Ebele Azikiwe, and his subsequent concession has set yet another pace […]

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