Monthly Archives: June 2015

Urban-slumitisation of villages, land dispossession and food insecurity in Teso

This paper I prepared as a provocation for the Kigo Thinkers (www.kigothinkers.org) Thinking Session that explored the question: “Can Uganda’s 2015/16 National Budget support ‘smallholder’ farmers to improve production and to stem the rapid rate of rural-urban migration?” I used a food-based analytical framework to explain political, social, and economic processes that have occurred in […]

Children, the first victims in land grabs

Originally posted on KARAMOJA DEVELOPMENT FORUM:
The rights of children are unequivocal, regardless of circumstance Since 1991 when the Organization of African Unity (now African Union) gazzetted June 16th the Day of the African child in memory of the children murdered in 1976 in a demonstration against the apartheid regime in Soweto, the day has…

WHAT HAPPENED IN CHARLESTON WAS A TERRORIST ACT

The terrorist attack on Charleston by Dylan Roof does not differ much from Breivik’s attack on Norway – they are both hate crimes. “The fact that this man would walk into a predominantly black church, founded in the 18th century because of the ill treatment of black worshippers in a Philadelphia church; a man who […]

SOCIAL MEDIA IS AN EQUALISER; BUT THROUGH WHICH THE ‘POWERFUL’ ATTEMPT TO SILENCE

Below is a social media discussion (for lack of a better word) between me and a Non-Ugandan-Non-Black-Man (NUNBM), likely an ‘important’ citizen of the global North (Europe or North America). Is it me or is there something seriously amiss with this particular Non-Ugandan-Non-Black-Man? Or perhaps he is just winding me up? I would really love […]

CONFLICTS IN UGANDA’S LAND TENURE

This past week social media in Uganda has been on fire – women in Soroti in North-Eastern Uganda publically stripped naked in protests of a move to grab their land in the name of ‘development’. Some condemned the actions of the women as backward, barbaric, etc., the usual insensitivity which does not accommodate the root […]

UGANDA NATIONAL BUDGETS IN THE ERA OF ‘NO CHANGE’

Today, Thursday, 11th June 2015, is Budget Day when the national budget of the Republic of Uganda (ROU) for the year 2015/2016 is being read. I am aware that the budget is being read as I re-publish this post, but I am not listening to the reading of the budget. Once you read this post […]