Category Archives: Hardball

Politics Has A Way Of Turning Good People Into Sheer Narcissistic Phonies

90% of the time, the Opposition in Uganda spends its energies lecturing government on democracy and proper management. The assumption would be that they have deeply internalized the tenets of democratic organization – especially “dialogue” and harmonization – as opposed to impulsiveness.

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The Misnomer of “American Exceptionalism”

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President Barack Obama on American Exceptionalism

In its classic forms, according to Ian TyrrellAmerican Exceptionalism refers to the special character of the United States as a uniquely free nation based on democratic ideals and personal liberty.

Of course, I grant it to the Americans who so hang on to their respective successes as their “Exceptionalism”. They are undeniably unique. What I sternly dissent is when they misunderstand every other civilization to be a second-rate class of humans. That is a misnomer.

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Donald Trump Is Domineering And Repressive But He’s Got A Snag – The Media, Pan-Africanism & Democracy

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America First” was one of Donald Trump’s catchphrases during the Campaign, from which he emerged as America’s 45th President. This refrain continued into his Presidency and so has it epitomized his first month in office.

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Just Who Is Robert Shaka?

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TVO ADMIN: Robert Shaka

Earlier this year, internationally acclaimed journalist, Andrew M. Mwenda came out strongly against TVO, a Facebook page that has long been bent on a campaign to smear the government of Uganda.

According to Mwenda, this TVO entity has hacked into poorly protected government of Uganda websites and apparently negotiated deals to buy alleged classified content from them.

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Flashback: It’s Been A Week Since America’s 45th President

Why The Youngest Obama Missed At Her Dad’s Farewell Address?

The other day, January 10, 2017 as US President delivered his farewell speech, the goodbye photo clearly only showed 18-year-old Malia Obama on stage with mum and dad, Michelle and Barack, but there’s no sign of her 15-year-old sister.

Everyone was wondering where Malia was, and social media went crazy over the same.

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Sasha and Malia were seven and 10 when Barack Obama became president

However, BBC finally ascertained where Sasha Obama was while her dad delivered his farewell speech to the nation.

It turns out, according to the grapevine, that she stayed in Washington because she had an exam at Sidwell Friends private school on Wednesday morning.

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Appointments, Transfers & Promotions In The Uganda People’s Defense Forces

As Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces and President of the Republic of Uganda, on Tuesday, January 10, 2017, made appointments, transfers and promotions in the Uganda People’s Defence Forces and they are as follows:

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Obama’s Photographer Presents His Last Year In Review – BBC

The president’s photographer, Pete Souza, December 2016 selected the finest photos from inside the White House and beyond for his final annual review, before the Obama administration is replaced in January.

Have a peek at the pictures.

A Perfect Guide To 2017 Resolutions: I Am Done Being My Own Enemy!

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NEW YEAR NEW IDEAS: Time To Ponder

This year has been long… I feel all too whacked. Some people tend to have this idea that they know me more than I know myself, so they think they have the right to define for me what is appropriate.

Yet the more I adopt their “stuff” to earn my recompense, the more I get shortchanged. And I am wondering; how am I supposed to make something out of my life?!!!

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Barack Obama Meets Donald Trump In Oval Office After Feuding With Each Other For Years

Newly elected US President, Donald Trump and incumbent President, Barack Obama never met once in the last eight years; the two had instead been at it, rivaling each other. But events have taken such an unprecedented twist and it looks like the two might finally bury the hatchet. Today, “the Donald” has actually met with President Obama and the two could not be more cordial to each other.

Well, it turns out, it is the presidential thing to do. And according to K’Brocking, this is interesting. Continue reading Barack Obama Meets Donald Trump In Oval Office After Feuding With Each Other For Years

Donald Trump Crashes Hillary Clinton’s Presidential Dream After Historic Election Victory

VOX – Against all odds, polls, and projections, Donald Trump claimed victory in the presidential election Tuesday, delivering a speech at the Hilton Hotel in New York City on Tuesday to a cheering crowd of supporters Continue reading Donald Trump Crashes Hillary Clinton’s Presidential Dream After Historic Election Victory

Indonesia To Castrate Sex Offenders – President Joko Widodo

In a sweeping interview with the BBC’s Yalda Hakim, President Widodo – also known as Jokowi – discussed topics including the South China Sea Continue reading Indonesia To Castrate Sex Offenders – President Joko Widodo

Why Next Generation Extremism Could Be Pan-Africanism Against American Jingoism

TIMES HAVE CHANGED: IT’S AFRICA’S TURN TO AUDIT THE WORLD

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AFRICANS AT WORK: Fighting For The Cause Of African Exceptionalism

The other day, Sunday, October 9, Uganda was celebrating its 54th year since it reclaimed its independence from the British in 1962. Then watching the live telecast of the event from Luuka District, somehow my mind wandered off and I began to audit us, reflecting on where we are, how we came to be here and inevitably the numerous malfunctions that are still terribly handicapping us Continue reading Why Next Generation Extremism Could Be Pan-Africanism Against American Jingoism

Music Stars In Uganda Who Rose To Prominence Without Help Of Talent

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POWER COUPLE: Zari Hassan & Diamond Platinumz

Many superstars in Uganda command such cosmic clout within the social circles because of the talent they are known to possess. Talent hits a target no one else can hit. However, there has also remained this question of whether only talent can get one to the pinnacle of life’s fairest things Continue reading Music Stars In Uganda Who Rose To Prominence Without Help Of Talent

Nigeria’s President Apologizes For Plagiarizing Obama

Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari apologized Saturday for plagiarizing President Barack Obama’s 2008 victory speech and said he will punish those responsible. Several lines were almost identical to Obama’s in a speech Buhari made launching his campaign… Continue reading Nigeria’s President Apologizes For Plagiarizing Obama

Just Live Your Life, Not Other People’s Life

It’s been long since I last wrote in my [opinions] column. There’s never enough hours in a day to do everything you want to do. Continue reading Just Live Your Life, Not Other People’s Life

Muhammad Ali Remembered at Hometown Vigil: ‘Rest in Power, Champ’ — TIME

(LOUISVILLE, Ky.)—A newborn arrived on a cold Louisville day in January 1942. His parents named him Cassius Marcellus Clay Jr. “Imagine that day,” Mayor Greg Fischer marveled on Saturday. “That little boy, eyes wide open, looking up, looking around the room at the old Louisville General Hospital, not knowing the life that awaited him, the…

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Muhammad Ali: Laila Ali Opened Up About Dad’s Illness Before His Death — TIME

Less than three month’s before Muhammad Ali‘s death, his daughter Laila opened up about his strength despite his dwindling health. In an interview with PEOPLE in early March, Laila said that her father was in good spirits and “knows what’s going on around him,” despite the Parkinson’s disease he had been fighting for more than…

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How Muhammad Ali First Got in the Ring — TIME

The boxing career of Muhammad Ali, who died Friday at the age of 74, began when he was just a 12-year-old whose bike had been stolen. Ali—then Cassius Clay—first appeared on the cover of TIME on March 22, 1963. That cover story detailed his rise from kid dreamer to boxing great, a trajectory that arguably…

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Why House Parties Have Lately Turned Into A Menace For Teenagers

Teen sex is not the core of this conversation; quirkiness is. These young men and women actually carry no protection yet they exchange their sex partners in one event.

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According to the Uganda National Bureau Of Statistics, latest population figures reveal that the largest demographic in Uganda are the youths. Clearly Uganda is a young nation and by any measure, a reassurance that there will be a people in our future to carry on our country’s creed, wealth and national pride. But is it Continue reading Why House Parties Have Lately Turned Into A Menace For Teenagers

I Am One Of The Intense Admirers Of The USA Whose Love Gets Tested Everyday

I am, for example, enamored by the sheer acumen with which they manage to hold up such immense layers of bureaucracy and transparency while we [Africans] still lug with so small units of administration also known as countries. Continue reading I Am One Of The Intense Admirers Of The USA Whose Love Gets Tested Everyday

Members Of 10th Parliament Take Oath Today

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Their final objective toward which all their deceit is directed is to capture political power so that, using the power of the state and the power of the market simultaneously, they can keep the common man in eternal subjection.

Henry A. Wallace

 

Why Fake Pastors Continue To Rise In Uganda

The bible talks of the gospel as the power of God to  save – it is good news – at least as it sounds, and it is which saw Brenda Nalubega happily strolling into the ominous gates of Revival Church one Sunday morning. She was full with faith, decked out in hope but with little reckoning to what Continue reading Why Fake Pastors Continue To Rise In Uganda

Why Bebe Cool Will Always Dwarf All Musicians In Uganda

To succeed in music or… name any other trade, it is like being in the military – discipline is key. The moment you slacken off the sense of discipline, uniformity fails and the whole team crumbles Continue reading Why Bebe Cool Will Always Dwarf All Musicians In Uganda

Astounding Facts About Roses

There are over 100 species and thousands of cultivars of roses. They vary in color, shape and size and all but one rose species have 5 petals!

Source: http://www.didyouknow.org

Why I am Giving President Museveni A Benefit Of Doubt

I can’t believe it is already May. It looked like it would never come – I mean, on Thursday, May 12, 2016, the newly re-elected President of Uganda, Gen. Yoweri Museveni will be swearing in for his fifth term in office in what is poised to be a colorful and internationally acclaimed event, at the Kololo Independence Grounds in Kampala. I pray it goes well, for two reasons; Continue reading Why I am Giving President Museveni A Benefit Of Doubt

Why You Should Take DNA Test Now

Every year, on April 25, the UK celebrates National DNA Day, and recently it marked 63 years since scientists’ discovery of the double strand molecule called DNA that carries the genetic legacy of living things. Those findings have since paved the way for decades of DNA discoveries, and today, we can literally use DNA tests to tell us about all kinds of things, including the real parentage of the Archbishop of Canterbury.

Earlier last month, The Most Reverend Justin Welby, 60, who’s also the most senior cleric in the worldwide Anglican Communion revealed Continue reading Why You Should Take DNA Test Now

How KCCA Is Tackling The Hitches While Modernizing The City

In April, 2016, KCCA marked its fifth year at the helm of Kampala City management. The last five years of the constitutionally rebranded version of City Hall structures have been reviewed with mixed feelings from a cross section of city dwellers, including the rest of the Ugandans who merely sprint through as they run their day-to-day activities. Pundits have even asserted that the recent landslide triumph of the Opposition leaders in Kampala vis-à-vis the ruling NRM, hugely had a bearing on how the city had been managed or mismanaged in the last few years.

The five year mark commemoration, however, also comes with an air of praise as well – Continue reading How KCCA Is Tackling The Hitches While Modernizing The City

Sudhir Ruparelia Is East Africa’s Richest Man

According to Forbes Magazine, he is the wealthiest individual in Uganda and the East African Community and he does admit to owning at least a quarter of the buildings in Kampala’s Central Business District. In November 2013, he was reported to be the 24th wealthiest individual in Africa. But as of February 2015, Forbes magazine reckons him a prestigious 1638th billionaire of the World’s richest men, with an estimated net worth of US$1.12 billion.

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Forbes talks of Ruparelia as one of Uganda’s largest property owners through his Ruparelia Group which he chairs, being the majority shareholder in the companies of the group.

His status today is, in fact, worlds apart from the days when he lived in a refugee camp and made a living driving a taxicab on the streets of London.

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