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Thursday, 12 August 2010 01:39

Remember, remember...the 11th

"Remember, remember the fifth of November", lines of the movie "Vendetta" seem to apply for A-Qiada's, or their sister's, strategy in East Africa. 11th of July in Kampala, now in Kigali, not to mentioned the 09/11 New York and Washington attacks. For me it is wrong to believe that the explosion in Kigali yesterday had anything to do with Kagame's victory, however contested it is, whatever happened before.

Saturday, 29 May 2010 02:06

Historical Background to Jinja

Jinja Municipality is the second largest town of Uganda. It was formerly a fishing village that benefited from being on long-distance trade routes. The town was founded in 1901 by the British as an administrative centre for the Provincial Government Headquarters for Busoga region. This was around the time when a lake steamer service operated between Jinja and Port Florence (Jinja), the port that in 1901 became the terminus of the railway from the coast (cf. http://www.jinjamunicipalcouncil.org).



Saturday, 29 May 2010 01:34

Economy of Jinja

Economy of Jinja


Originally Jinja was the largest industrial centre in Uganda. Due to a number of reasons including expulsion of the Asian entrepreneurs in 1972, the civil wars that ensued, unfavourable macro-economic policies and developments at national level and the influence of changes in the world market this economic base drastically declined.


Presently the main economic activities in Jinja Municipality comprise of commercial activities that take place in the Central Business District (CBD) where markets, supermarkets, wholesale and retail shops, commercial institutions, industries, service shops, workshops and garages are found. Commerce is the dominant component of the economy followed by the Service Sector, Manufacturing Sector, Construction and then Agriculture. The greatest concentrations of commercial activities occur in the Town Centre especially along Main Street.

Monday, 08 March 2010 01:33

Gays under Siege?

Why are friendly Ugandans so opposed to homosexuals?

Are the people of Uganda really so much interested in determining the Who and How of sexual intercourse of their neighbours? Don't they have much bigger, more urgent and pressing problems to solve? Since I'm inclined to answer this question with a clear Yes, the question comes up what the real purpose of Gay-bashing could be. Well, there are elections in 2011, and after Mbale the NRM increasingly feels that a multi-party democracy is more about results and policy outcomes instead of brute force, nepotism, or corruption. On the other hand, could it be that some opposition MPs are trying to capitalise on Museveni's cop-out on the gay-bill?

 

 

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