Author Archives: Dismas Nkunda

Tanzania must learn to be a good neighbour: the perspective from Uganda

TweetJust when we thought that our neighbour, Tanzania, was about to rethink its current policy of expelling other nationals from its soil, another problem came up. The latest news coming out of Tanzania is that some 25,000 Burundians were summarily … Continue reading

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When Kenya coughs it is Uganda that catches a cold

TweetToday, 4th March, Kenyans go to the polls to elect a new leader after current President Mwai Kibaki bows out. The elections are being watched with a keen eye across the world, and particularly throughout the region given the wider … Continue reading

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Tough times in Uganda: but Mr. President, please don’t cut the defence budget!

TweetOn one of the social networks I subscribe to there was this posting: “Many States in the world have corrupt officials. In Uganda, the corrupt have a State.”  Who wouldn’t understand this given the amount of money meant for poor … Continue reading

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Ambassador Kagimu is the icing on the Uhuru cake

TweetDismas Nkunda I know I blogged about Uganda’s 50th birthday earlier in the week, but this one has to be told. I have just agonisingly – and sometimes covering my face in shame – finished watching a YouTube clip that … Continue reading

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Fifty years of self-rule or 50 years of misrule? Uganda after half a century of (in)dependence

TweetDismas Nkunda On 9 October 1962, Uganda was handed her independence with great fanfare. Today marks 50 years of self-rule – or misrule, depending on your perspective. But what are we celebrating? Did Uganda really deserve to be independent? And … Continue reading

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What the death of Meles Zenawi could mean

TweetLong serving Ethiopian Prime Minister Meles Zenawi has been confirmed dead. Meles, aged 57, had not been seen in public for two months, and had been reported to have been sick in a hospital in Brussels. His death follows a … Continue reading

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A new prosecutor for the ICC: more of the same or a fresh start?

TweetDismas Nkunda Tomorrow, June 15, Madam Fatou Bensouda will be sworn in as the new prosecutor for the ICC taking over from Luis Moreno Ocampo whose term has ended. Mme Bensouda takes up this high profile position at a time … Continue reading

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International justice for sale?

TweetDismas Nkunda In October last year when the late President of Malawi, Bingu Wa Mutharika, invited indicted Sudanese President Omar Al Bashir for the Comesa summit in Malawi, the world was in an uproar. The reason was simple. Malawi was … Continue reading

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Justice matters in Africa

TweetJustice matters in Africa? What forms of justice meaningfully transform communities, societies and states? What does justice look like for those living with injustice? What does justice look like for a refugee who has been exiled for decades and feels … Continue reading

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