opinionBy Muniini K MuleraDear Tingasiga: The playwright or Hollywood scriptwriter has plenty of material to produce a great drama, even a thriller, out of the military invasion of the Ugandan Parliament on April 15, 1966 and on September 27 this year. As usual, the movie goers, like newspaper readers, are bound to get the impression that the 2017 invasion was a replica of the one in 1966. The tendency to gloss over the details creates false impressions. The devil, as they say, is in the details.
As usual, the movie goers, like newspaper readers, are bound to get the impression that the 2017 invasion was a replica of the one in 1966. The tendency to gloss over the details creates false impressions. The devil, as they say, is in the details. The two events, both of them extremely consequential, were in fact quite different. First, the 2017 invasion. Too fresh in our minds to warrant detailed description.
Dear Tingasiga: Devastated. Shocked. Speechless. That was my reaction to the news that Dr Abel Rwendeire, a former Ugandan Cabinet minister and vice chairperson of the National Planning Authority, had died prematurely at age 66. Rwendeire was a very good man who epitomised what was beautiful about humanity. He was that rare politician that understood the difference between partisan competition and healthy social intercourse. One felt very safe sharing alternative views with him.
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