Category Archives: Guest Writer

The Problem With Term Limits: It Is Time For Africa To Pause And Reflect

As Sierra Leone’s president seeks to amend the constitution and extend his presidency, it is time for Africa to pause and reflect… Continue reading The Problem With Term Limits: It Is Time For Africa To Pause And Reflect

The logic of Besigye claims

By Andrew M. Mwenda

What psychology tells us about Besigye/FDC’s claims to have won last year’s presidential election

Recently, opposition presidential candidate, Dr. Kizza Besigye, claimed on a television show that he won the last presidential elections and that he has evidence to prove it.

This was a very vital revelation, which Besigye has actually made many times in the past. I was surprised the moderator did not ask him to table his evidence. Continue reading The logic of Besigye claims

Here Is A Moral And Contractual Puzzle

By Andrew M. Mwenda

What makes a contract or an agreement? Is it the consent of both parties? Assuming there was no consent, can someone hold another to account for actions they did not promise? Let us use a practical example:

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Uganda’s declining growth

We must also remember that there is always a gestation period between when construction of a dam or road begins and when it is finished and fully utilised to deliver the productivity growth dividend.

By Andrew Mwenda

So the immediate economic growth dividend must come from use of local factor inputs, employing local manpower and investing the profits in the domestic economy. One has to worry about Africa because whenever this continent is growing, someone is doing the work for us.

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Testing For Gossip

In ancient Greece, Socrates was reputed to hold knowledge in high esteem. One day an acquaintance met the great philosopher and said, “Do you know what I just heard about your friend?” Continue reading Testing For Gossip

Uganda Journalism Gone To The Dogs

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New Vision: 30,000 “qualified doctors” have left Uganda for greener pastures elsewhere

By Andrew M. Mwenda

The New Vision on April 22, 2017 reported that 30,000 “qualified doctors” have left Uganda for greener pastures elsewhere. Apparently it was quoting a report by some NGO.

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One of the greatest books ever

By Andrew M. Mwenda

If you are thoughtful and want to read a book that is profound, Karl Polanyi’s “The Great Transformation, the Political and Social Origins of our Times” is a must read. Each time I read it I feel I have not grasped even 50% of what it has to offer.

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How Uganda can prosper

By Andrew M. Mwenda

If you want your country to prosper, be different, think different, act different. How do u achieve this? Try philosophy. Will Durant defines philosophy is an attempt to develop a broad perspective about a subject.

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Questioning the minister bribed story

By Andrew M. Mwenda

I hate mass hysteria. The mob forced Pontius Pilate to sentence Jesus to death by chanting crucify him, crucify him yet Jesus had done nothing wrong. The democratic assembly of Athens did the same to the father of western philosophy, Socrates, the noblest man ever to have lived.

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Why Uganda is backward !

By Andrew M. Mwenda

To understand why Uganda is backward, read many comments on my [intelligible] posts social media. They exhibit the thinking of an illiterate five year old in a remote village where people have not yet even discovered eating salt. With such a population of educated illiterates, I don’t think a country can get anywhere.

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Andrew Mwenda Corners Stella Nyanzi

By Andrew M. Mwenda

April 1, 2017: The Problem With Stella Nyanzi

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Like many admirers of Uganda’s opposition presidential candidate for life, Kizza Besigye, Nyanzi’s only argument against those who disagree with their extremism is that they have been bribed.

So after her uncouth response to Mrs. Museveni, Stella Nyanzi has responded to me with the same shallow mindedness typical of her ilk. She was my classmate for three years and claims to have been better than me in creative writing.

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Museveni interferes with the courts

Andrew M. Mwenda

For all those Ugandans who always criticize President Yoweri Museveni for interference in judiciary, the story below is one around which everyone of them should come out to openly denounce him for disrespect of judicial independence.

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Andrew Mwenda Weighs In On First Lady-Stella Nyanzi Feud

By Andrew M. Mwenda

I have followed Stella Nyanzi‘s post about the First Lady and her response which she did with grace and which I think she should not have done. Stella is not seeking to promote debate but to provoke. Obviously her way is not what Uganda needs.    Continue reading Andrew Mwenda Weighs In On First Lady-Stella Nyanzi Feud

The Confusion, Ingratitude As Well As The Danger Of The Western Liberals And The Trump Therapy

By Yoweri Kaguta Museveni

I have been either closely following or actively involved in World and African political events for the last 56 years.  In those 56 years, I have noticed many happenings, behaviours, etc.  One of the groups that I have observed with interest are the Western “Liberals”, “Leftists”, etc.

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Why Museveni will rule for life

By Andrew M. Mwenda

How, barring a major surprise, the current power structure in Uganda makes lifting presidential age limit inevitable

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President Museveni addressing American Senators at State House, Entebbe

Those debating the succession issue in Uganda should refer to Rome in 44BC. Rome had been a republic since 509BC when the patricians rose in revolt and deposed King Tarquinius Superbus. Continue reading Why Museveni will rule for life

Nuwe Amanya Mushega’s Letter To Kizza Besigye

By  Andrew M. Mwenda

Dear Col. (rtd) Dr Kizza Besigye,

In your interview with one of the local English papers, you insinuated that in my earlier interview with the same paper, l was trying to speak on behalf of president Mugisha Muntu, yet I am not his spokesperson, and that Muntu is competent to speak for himself.

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Andrew Mwenda Continues With His Thought Experiment

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In 1995, Uganda had a population of 21m people and was collecting Shs 527 billion in revenue, which when adjusted to inflation comes to Shs 3.2 trillion in 2017 prices

By Andrew M. Mwenda

  • Gedanken (Thought Experiment) 3

We continue with our thought experiment on the economic performance of Uganda under Museveni.

In 1995, Uganda had a population of 21m people and was collecting Shs 527 billion in revenue, which when adjusted to inflation comes to Shs 3.2 trillion in 2017 prices or Shs 151,000 per person.

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Why are Ugandans so angry?

By Andrew M. Mwenda

How economic success has tended to create more political trouble for Museveni than comfort

Very many Ugandans are angry, very angry. They feel the country has lost direction. They argue that our politics is corrupted, our democracy in retreat, and elections are rigged. They say the economy is not growing, poverty is increasing, inequality is widening, and state capacity to deliver public goods and services has been grossly eroded. Yet the opposite is the case on almost all these issues.

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Gedanken (Thought Experiment)

By Andrew M. Mwenda

In 2005, I wrote to then commissioner general of Uganda Revenue Authority (URA), Allen Kagina, asking how many motor vehicles they register on average per month. She replied giving me a figure of 2800.

Last year (2016), the average number of motor vehicles being registered was 12,000 per month – an increase of 330%. Meanwhile the population in 2005 was 29m. Now it is 38m, a growth of 33%. Continue reading Gedanken (Thought Experiment)

Andrew Mwenda Further Admonishes FDC: In Embracing Radicalism, Leaders Are Going To Cross To NRM

By Andrew M. Mwenda

MP Odongo Otto refuses to vote for Besigye radical extremist, Ingrid Turinawe, and announces he will be quitting FDC.

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