Gory images from Uganda’s torture chambers have gripped the nation. Many are still struggling to fathom why cold-blooded torturers would descend on human beings and unleash such untold horror on them. In response, President Museveni penned a tepid open missive advising police and other law enforcement agencies to cease the use of torture. It has … Continue reading Uganda: Sound bites will not end practice of torture in detention
This post was also published in the Daily Monitor, New Vision newspapers and africablogging.org Donning a tired T-shirt that has since lost its original colour and shape – Kutosi, a 5-year-old boy in Bunamwani village, Mbale district wears a sweet, innocent face. He is one of the 3.7 million children in Uganda below five … Continue reading Why ending child poverty is a moral necessity
On 10th December, Uganda will join the rest of the world to observe the International Human Rights Day. People around the world will commemorate the day – in 1948 – when the United Nations General Assembly adopted the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. This comes at a time when human rights are going through a tumultuous … Continue reading Human Rights Day: Why we need to reflect on our shared humanity
Under the cover of darkness, another office that exercises civil rights – media freedoms – was broken into on Saturday October 15, 2016. This time, it was not an NGO. It was a media house – the Observer newspaper. The assailants raided and ransacked the newsroom and other departments making away with at least 15 … Continue reading Office Break-Ins: A new weapon of repression?
After spending 22 years behind bars and 19 years on death row, Troy Davis was finally executed by lethal injection in a prison in Jackson on September 21, 2011 after the guilty verdict was upheld by the US Supreme Court in a 23 worded document. He had been convicted in 1991 of the murder of off-duty … Continue reading 6 reasons why we need to abolish the death penalty
In August 2016, enchanted by his presentation, African leaders adopted President Yoweri Museveni’s paper at the African Peer Review Mechanism (APRM) in Nairobi. The paper is – apparently – to be used as a blueprint guide to solving Africa’s development bottlenecks. They must have been so enthralled by Mzee’s paper that outlined 10 bottlenecks that … Continue reading #BestStartInLife (Pt. 2): The ‘What’ is clear. What matters next is the ‘How’
On the afternoon of September 15, 2016, I attended the launch of the National Integrated Early Childhood Development Policy for Uganda. The policy had been published in March 2016 by the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development in close consultation with stakeholders, notably, UNICEF Uganda. This was not by any means the first time … Continue reading Put People First (Pt 1): A case for investing in Early Childhood Development