The literary community in Uganda has joined others in calling on the Government of Uganda to drop charges against Makerere academic, Stella Nyanzi. The petition coordinated by Soo Many Stories publisher Nyana Kakoma and co-director of Center for African Cultural Excellence, Bwesigye bwa Mwesigire. The public statement, signed by several in the field, emphasises the…
What is different this time? Ronald Kibuule, according to Hellen Obuku, invoked his office. He did not want to be searched because he is a Minister. The Stanbic CEO- who runs a bank that according to recent results, rose net profit by 56.9% to Shs107.29 billion- had time to apologise to him, likely because he is a Minister.
Kibuule also called the police. “But Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesman Emilian Kayima said Mr Kibuule called the police to “intervene in the case” at the bank. The Minister reportedly called the Mukono District police commander, Mr Alfred Ahimbisibwe, to arrest Obuku for criminal libel, a media-related offence. [Obuku is said to have “recollected herself and went back to her post and kept quiet.”]
Feminist leadership is about changing how power works. It should not just be about appointment of women but also advancement for social justice for all. It is leadership for the women and girls in Karamoja who have to spend more time fetching water because the valley dams were not constructed. It is leadership for the less fortunate in the country- female, male, different able bodied, rural, urban, young, old- for whom mismanagement of the funds meant for poverty alleviation was the difference between making it in life and falling through the cracks. It is about taxpayer money used for one individual when thousands go hungry in the country.
Between literacy and high cost of ICT, gender inclusion is essential to the achievement of the mandate of the ministry.
And while the Ministry was kind enough to make policy provisions, they forgot to invite women and youth to the table. This table is important because this is where who makes the decisions is seating, and from the looks of it, whoever is making the decisions is a Ugandan male above 30 years.
The 9th Parliament with 34% women, increased from the 31% in the 8th Parliament, but is still lower than the parity target set by the African Charter on Democracy, Elections and Governance.
As the new MPs are sworn in, we want to recognise the women of the 9th Parliament who stood out.
Too many men hold the belief that when a woman says no, what she really means is that she needs to be convinced. On the most basic level, this is an insult to the woman’s intelligence and sense of ownership over her own body. But even more than that, these kinds of encounters underline how much power men assign both to themselves and to other men (however fictional).
Indeed, we are only witnessing the evolution of a musician between two continents, and whose music shades light on the in-between of Africa and America. Her live performance at the historical Village Vanguard in New York, includes a favorite of my Bob Marley songs, ‘Waiting in Vain’. In a stripped-down arrangement with only guitar and voice, it brings the listener to hear Marley’s huge vocal lyricism, and just how intimate his work was. In her own rendition, we recognize the immediacy of Somi’s vocal abilities and her interpretative powers–the mark of a real jazz singer.
According to sources, we might be getting some more autobiographies published. Here is a short list of Ugandan women in the public space who we hear are working on their stories, and whose stories we look forward to: