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Put rafting and bungee-jumping on your bucket list this festive season

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ALI TWAHA

In December 2015, I received an e-mail from MultiChoice Uganda inviting me and 40 other journalists for a media challenge at Busiika Adventure park. I did not show up because of pressing issues I had to attend to. When the opportunity struck for the second time, without asking any questions, I said yes, this time. I would not miss it for anything. When we gathered at the pay TV company’s offices in Kololo at 6am, I had no idea what to expect from this experience. White water rafting is one of the main tourist attractions on River Nile. It fetches the country billions in foreign exchange. We arrived at the Adrift base in Jinja at about 11am. The view of the River Nile looked so beautiful.
It curved gently through the swampy river banks, making the air smell so refreshing and I inhaled deeply. As everyone rushed off to get some breakfast, my attention was quickly drawn toward the sounds of the crashing waves. There, we would go rafting – a high adrenaline sport where several p…

Land probe runs into anti-Asian feelings

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Walking along the streets of Mbale town in eastern Ugandan, you will notice the large number of Asians living in the area. Many of them are Ugandan nationals, born and raised here although they have their ancestral and ethnic roots in Asia, Writes ALI TWAHA As the Catherine Bamugemereire-chaired commission of inquiry into land matters continues its investigations, the question of the departed Asians properties has resurfaced. A number of indigenous Ugandans and the former Asian owners in Mbale are locked in courtrooms, trading land-grabbing accusations. These were part of the scenes that featured in last week’s cross examinations during public hearings held at Mbale resort hotel. When Asians were expelled by dictator Idi Amin in 1972, they left behind about 8,965 properties. All were expropriated by government and placed under the Departed Asians Properties Custodian Board (DAPCB). Following the enactment of the Expropriated Properties Act of 1982, the properties were reclaimed by th…