Cheers and Jeers: This Week in the Ugandan News

Friday, April 9, 2010
By ugandansabroad

Things to cheer in the Ugandan news this week.

By Rebecca Harshbarger

When  i interned with New York-based Women’s eNews in 2009, I would write up a story every week called Cheers and Jeers, where I would boo and celebrate gender news from around the world. I thought I would do something similar for Uganda, every Friday. Check out this week’s C+J, and thanks to Women’s eNews for the idea!


1) CNN Multichoice African Journalism Awards considered 975 journalists from over 40 countries, and picked 27 finalists.  Among the finalists, 2 talented Ugandan journalists were selected– the East African’s Halima Abdallah, and Leon Ssenyange, from NTV Uganda.  The award ceremony will take place this May in Kampala, hosted by Isha Sesay, who presents ‘Inside Africa’ for CNN, and Dr. Ronnie Mich Egwang.  Some of the judges who selected Abdallah and Ssenyange included CNN’s South African bureau chief Kim Norgaard, and Ikechukwu Amaechi, the editor of Nigeria’s Daily Independent.  The Daily Monitor reported this story on April 9th.

2) President Museveni signed the Domestic Violence Bill, which will punish those who abuse their partners.  Those convicted will face two years in jail, a fine of sh960,000, or both.  The perpetrator may also be asked by the court to pay damages to the victim.  Over an estimated Ugandan women say they have experienced physical violence since they were teens, with two-thirds saying it was inflicted by their partner.  New Vision reported the story on April 8th.


News to Jeer in Uganda this week

1) At a rally in Mpigi, a man attacked Dr. Kizza Besigye, attempting to strangle him.  Besigye said he pushed him away, causing a gun to fall from the perpetrator’s pants, and his aides held him.  The police said the attacker was a farmer named Justus Asiimwe.  New Vision reported the story on April 9th.

2) German firm Muhlbauer High Tech International signed a contract with the Ugandan government to create a mobile data enrollment system, a central population database, and biometric voting identification cards.  The contract will cost the taxpayers sh200billion, much more expensive than comparable programs in Kenya and Tanzania, and has been criticized for ignoring the tendering process.  The Independent reported the story on April 6th.

This story came from Africa Connections’ blog Uganda Beat.  To keep reading, visit Uganda Beat here.

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