Thousands of Makerere graduates facing long search for jobs

Ritah Charles from Tanzania who graduated in International Relations and Diplomacy from Makerere University with her friend Anita. She is set to return to Dar es Salaam where she stands a better chance to get a job than in Kampala.

By Nkonge I Kaggwa in Kampala – Uganda Nearly 14,000 graduates are set to hit the streets of Kampala and neighbouring East African cities of Kigali, Nairobi and Dar es Salaam, to hit the job market after graduating from one of Africa’s oldest and most prestigious centre of higher education, Makerere University Kampala (MUK). ‘The Hill’ as the MUK campus which sits on the outskirts of the Ugandan capital Kampala was the centre of tremendous activities this weekend as graduates celebrated their successes with a hope that perhaps their endeavours would bring them the joy of having a well-paid job. This was MUK’s 65th graduation day ceremony, producing a total … Continue reading

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‘Cowards’ in Nigerian army hampering fight against Boko Haram

Boko Haram insurgents pose with their weapons after capture of Baga military headquarters in Northern Nigeria.

By Staff Writer and agency reports In a rare public signal of unhappiness in Nigeria’s military high command over the way the country is fighting the terror group Boko Haram, a top security adviser to President Goodluck Jonathan has stated that efforts by the army to fight the insurgents are being hampered by what he called ‘cowards’ within the armed forces. During a speech he gave at the Chatham House think-tank here in London, Sambo Dasuki, President Jonathan’s top security adviser said that while there had been no conspiracy within the Nigerian armed forces not to end the insurgency, “Unfortunately we have a lot of cowards. We have people who … Continue reading

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Ugandans raring to give evidence for and against LRA’s Ongwen

LRA Commander Gen Dominic Ongwen under arrest by Ugandan forces after he gave himself up.

By Nkonge I Kaggwa in Kampala – Uganda A Number of politicians and former abductees in Northern Uganda are falling over themselves to travel to the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague to give evidence in the case of former Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) commander Dominic Ongwen who has been handled over to the ICC after handing himself over in the Central African Republic early this year.  Addressing a press conference here in Kampala, the Chairperson of the Acholi Parliamentary group and Member of Parliament representing the Forum for Democratic Change in Aswa County, Gulu District, Mr Reagan Okumu confirmed that the people of Northern Uganda are now lining up … Continue reading

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Ugandan press in police activities media blackout

Ugandan journalists confront police who are bent on seizing or damaging their equipment

By Nkonge I Kaggwa in Kampala, Uganda Ugandan journalists have held a two-day media blackout of police activities protesting against the continued police brutality on journalists while carrying out their reporting duties. The blackout followed an assault on two Ugandan journalists identified as Andrew Lwanga of Wavah Broadcasting Services TV and Joseph Ssettimba of New Vision Group working with Bukedde Television. They were assaulted by Joram Mwesigye, the Division Police Commander (DPC) at Old Kampala Police Station. The police officer was later arrested after he brutally clobbered the journalists using an electric cable while they were covering a protest by a group of youth calling themselves “The unemployed youth”. They … Continue reading

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Je Suis Charlie! World vows to protect freedom of expression

We are all Charlie! No amout of treats will make us give up the freedom to express ourselves freely and the retain the right to offend satirically.

By Richard A Luce in Paris The London Evening Post is today joining the rest of the world in celebrating the lives of the 12 journalists killed in Paris last week by two French brothers aligned to the terrorist Al Qaeda organisation in Yemen. In doing this, we are showing our appreciations for the support people around the world, especially in Europe have responded to the terror attacks in Paris that left 17 people dead. The gathering of hundreds of thousands of people around Europe this weekend was a clear sign that those of us who live in what is known as the Free World appreciate the importance of being … Continue reading

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