Liam Taylor

Uganda-based journalism

Small loans, big hopes

Review of ‘Why Doesn’t Microfinance Work? The Destructive Rise of Local Neoliberalism’ by Milford Bateman (Zed Books, 2010)

March 8, 2016 · Leave a comment

Winner takes all

Yoweri Museveni and Kizza Besigye have both claimed victory in last month’s presidential elections in Uganda. Who’s right?

March 4, 2016 · Leave a comment

Making a case

Amama Mbabazi, an opposition candidate, yesterday (1 March) lodged a legal challenge against last month’s presidential elections in Uganda. Kizza Besigye, another candidate, did not.

March 2, 2016 · Leave a comment

Keeping the faith

There were cheering crowds as Kizza Besigye, Uganda’s opposition figurehead, went to church today (28 February). His support in Kampala is a sign of the divide between the capital and the countryside.

February 28, 2016 · Leave a comment

The rest is silence

Review of ‘Dust’ by Yvonne Adhiambo Owuor (Granta, 2014).

February 27, 2016 · Leave a comment

Local anaesthetic

As debates about the presidential contest still rage, there was little interest in today’s local elections in Uganda (24 February). But they tell us something about power in Museveni’s regime.

February 24, 2016 · Leave a comment

Forcing the issue

Four days after controversial elections in Uganda, Yoweri Museveni’s regime has settled into a recurring pattern of repression. How might a beleaguered opposition respond?

February 22, 2016 · Leave a comment

Same again

Yoweri Museveni was today (20 February) declared the winner of Uganda’s presidential election. His main rival, Kizza Besigye, today under house arrest, described the process as a ‘creeping military coup’.

February 20, 2016 · Leave a comment

Capital control

With Yoweri Museveni leading in preliminary election results, there was violence in Kampala after the arrest of opposition leader Kizza Besigye (19 February).

February 19, 2016 · Leave a comment

Watch and wait

´╗┐Ugandans went to the polls today (February 18). With little trust for state institutions, people have taken it upon themselves to ‘protect the vote’.

February 18, 2016 · Leave a comment