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If I were to make a wish at this year's civil society fair...

It is not surprising that the Civil Society Organisations (CSO) fair has become one of the biggest annual events in Uganda where NGOs and other civil society groups showcase their products to the local, regional and international community.  Last week, I described what a CSO fair looks like here in Uganda to an Ethiopian government officer based in Addis Ababa.  And his reaction neither surprised me nor shocked me; he asked what there is for civil society to show case.  “Is it the signed ‘transport refund’ lists or is it the academic non-practical publications that they spend their energies working on? How do they showcase ‘workshops’? May be you are talking about showcasing the huge 4X4 gas guzzling automobiles that their employees ride in”.  He grinned after interjecting in a conversation that I thought was too serious to attract such presumptuous interposes.   Anyhow, just like him, many other folks think there is really northing to exhibit about the work of civil society.  That m…

The taste of democracy is not just in the name, but in the practice!

I just love the way Mr. President has joined the call for free and fair elections campaign!