Rugyendo Arinaitwe’s Blog

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Rugyendo has worked for over 18 years as a journalist and media entrepreneur in Uganda. He has consistently worked to spur young entrepreneurship, leadership and social transformation in the country for which he has won numerous awards.

A Desmond Tutu leadership program Fellow, and a Crans Montana Forum ‘New Leader of Tomorrow,’ Rugyendo has set out on a long journey to nurture Uganda’s next generation of scientists, entrepreneurs and innovators through promotion of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) concepts among school going children in Uganda aged between 4 and 15.

Why I like a Career in International Marketing

In my 15-year career as a Journalist and Marketing Director at Uganda’s leading daily Tabloid (The Red Pepper- http://www.redpepper.co.ug), two books have shaped my strategic thinking- and they are neither about journalism nor marketing.

“This is not a book about the decline of America, but rather about the rise of everyone else,” Journalist Fareed Zakaria begins his 2008 work; ‘The Post American World- The Rise of the Rest,’ on the new era the world had entered into. He argued in this impressive 2008 work that the United States would no longer dominate the global economy, orchestrate geopolitics, or overwhelm cultures. He sees the “rise of the rest” – the growth of countries like China, India, Brazil, Russia, and many others – as the great story of our time, and one that will reshape the world. Thus, according to Fareed, the tallest buildings, biggest dams, largest-selling movies, and most advanced cell phones were all being built outside the United States, somewhere in China, Brazil, Singapore, United Arab Emirates- essentially in what you would call the emerging markets. Read More

The Politics in M7’s Appointment of Kagina to UNRA

On Thursday last week, we argued that President Yoweri Museveni’s appointment of the former Commissioner General of Uganda Revenue Authority to the Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) as head was to help fix the rot in the roads sector.

In the first part of this series ‘Why Kagina Took Over UNRA: The Inside Story (Thursday 30, 2015),’ we observed that out of the 21,000 kilometers of roads that UNRA was supposed to fix, it has only managed to pave 3,500 kilometers in a period of eight years. The remaining roads (about 17,000 kilometers) are mostly in the periphery of the main towns and the rural districts. In here, therefore, lies the other reason why Ms. Allen Kagina has been sent to UNRA. Read More

Makerere student makes less toxic teargas

Samuel Mugarura, a third year student of Chemistry and Botany at Makerere University, has left his colleagues with eyebrows raised when he unveiled his new innovation of tear gas.
Mugarura demonstrated his innovation in Kajjansi on Sunday morning.

During the demonstration, Mugarura said his IED tear gas is less toxic compared to those being used today by the police. Read More

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