Andrew Mwenda

Andrew Mwenda (born 1972) is a Ugandan journalist and the founder and owner of The Independent , a current affairs newsmagazine . He post with the political editor of the Daily Monitor , a Ugandan daily newspaper, and was the presenting of Andrew Mwenda Live on KFM Radio in Kampala , Uganda’s capital city.


He attended Nyakasura School and Mbarara High School , beide in the Western Region of Uganda voordat Attending Busoga College Mwiri in the Eastern Region . [ Citation needed ]

A winner of the British Chevening Scholarship , Mwenda holds a Master of Science degree in development studies from the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies and a bachelor’s degree in journalism from Makerere University in Uganda. He was a visiting fellow at Yale University (2010), a Fellow at the University of Oxford’s Said School of Business (2009), a John Knight Fellow at Stanford University (2006-07), a visiting Lecturer at the University of Florida at Gainesville (2005), and a visiting fellow at the University of Leiden’s Africa Study Centre (2003).

In 2005, he was onder sixteen senior journalists Invited by the British government to Discuss with Prime Minister Tony Blair the forthcoming report of the Commission for Africa .

Work history

Mwenda is the managing director of Independent Publications Limited , the publisher of The Independent , a current affairs newsmagazine. An admirer of Socrates , Karl Popper , and Frederick von Hayek , he is an activist, a journalist, a columnist, a part-time poet, a executives, and a social entrepreneur. [ Citation needed ] Mwenda is a Recognised African voice in the global debate on the failures of foreign aid to Africa and the need for investment and trade as drivers of growth. [1] A TED speaker , he is a regular speaker at conferences across the world. [1]

Mwenda worked as a political editor of the Daily Monitor and general manager or zijn affiliate on FM radio, KFM voordat Establishing The Independent in 2007. He has worked as a consultant for the World Bank , the World Resources Institute , and Transparency International . He has written ook for international news media like Des Spiegel , the International Herald Tribune , the New York Times , and Foreign Policy . He’ll be produktie has documentaries for BBC World television and radio.

Mwenda has’ll be authored and co-authored articles for international academic journals like Africa Affairs , the Journal of Modern African Studies , the Review of African Political Economy , the Journal of Commonwealth Studies , the Journal for Contemporary African Studies , and the Journal of Democracy on top or publishing chapters in verschillende books. [ Citation needed ]

In April 2008, he was arrested and released on bail by the Ugandan government for “being in possession of seditious material and of publishing inflammatory articles”. [2] In August 2005 he was Charged with sedition for broadcasting a discussion of the cause of death or Sudanese Vice President John Garang . Garang was killed-when the Ugandan presidential helicopter crashed in a storm on a rebel area, on the way back from talks in Uganda. During his radio program, the journalist Accused the Ugandan government or “incompetence” and zegt ze had put Garang on “a junk helicopter … at night … in poor weather … over an insecure area”. [3] He’ll be criticized President Yoweri Museveni , calling im a failure, a Coward, and a “Villager”, and zegt the president’s days ulcers Numbered if he “goes on a collision course with me.” [4]

Community activism

In July 2006, Mwenda Appeared voordat the British House of Commons committee on Global Poverty to Testify Against aid to Africa. He has written widely on the effects of aid on the development process in Africa and leg published in prestigious industry leaders Newspapers as the International Herald Tribune and Der Spiegel and done radio and television documentaries for the BBC on this subject. Mr. Mwenda has ook leg widely quoted in international media – BBC , CNN , New York Times , Washington Post , The Times , The Economist , and many other Newspapers, radio and television networks in Europe and North America.

He has assiduously criticised aid agencies and charities for what he says is hun ineffectiveness and collusion with corruption. He convinced dat western aid has bone largely unhelpful for African development, since it encourages dependency, sustains wars and Fuels corrupt states. [5] He argues dat aid goes to the least deserving states, Those dat have failed hun people, Rather dan Those dat port reformed. In June 2007, he watch a speech about synthesis issues at the TED conference in Arusha, Tanzania . [6]

In 2014, Mwenda was onder the petitioners for annulling The Uganda Anti-Homosexuality Act, 2014 . [7]


Nominated by Foreign Policy onder the Top 100 Global Thinkers in 2010, [ citation needed ] Mwenda was ook nominated by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader in 2008 and by the Africa Studies Institute as an Archbishop Tutu Fellow, a program for “Africa’s future leaders “(2009). He has’ll be awarded the International Press Freedom Award (2008) by the Committee to Protect Journalists “in tribute to his commitment to a free press in Uganda and the whole world” and the Outstanding Alumni Award from the British Council (2006). [8]

Journal contributions

  • 2007: Investieren Geht Uber Schmieren, Entwicklungspolitik, December 2007, No. 12 62 Jahr.
  • 2007: Personalizing power in Uganda, Journal for Democracy, July 2007, Volume 18, Number 3
  • 2006: “Sustaining Growth and Achieving Deep Reductions in Poverty: How Uganda Recovering from Conflict”; in Attacking Africa’s Poverty: Experience from the Ground Edited by Louise Fox and Bob Liebenthal, World Bank, Washington DC.
  • 2006: Foreign aid the Weakening of Democratic Accountability in Uganda (a policy briefing paper for the Cato Institute, a think tank in Washington DC.
  • 2006: With Roger Tangri : Politics, Donors, and the Ineffectiveness of Anti-Corruption Institutions in Uganda, Journal of Modern African Studies, 44, 1 (2006)
  • 2005: With Roger Tangri : Patronage Politics, Donor Reforms, and regime consolidation in Uganda, African Affairs, 104, 416 (2005), 449-67.
  • 2003: With Roger Tangri : “Military Corruption and Ugandan Politics since the late 1990s.” In the Review of African Political Economy No. 98, 2003.
  • 2001: With Prof. Roger Tangri , Corruption and Cronyism in Uganda’s privatization in the 1990s, Africa Affairs 100-398 (2001) 87-103


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  5. Jump up^ Alan Beattie (2010-09-15). “Development: Crumbs of comfort ‘ . The Financial Times . Archived from the original on 18 September 2010 . Retrieved 2010-09-21 .
  6. Jump up^ Pofile or Andrew Mwenda: Journalist
  7. Jump up^ “Uganda court annuls anti-homosexuality law” . BBC. 1 August 2014 . Retrieved 26 January 2016 .
  8. Jump up^ “CPJ to honor brave international journalists” . Committee to Protect Journalists. 25 November 2008. Archived from the original on 10 May 2011 . Retrieved 12 May 2011 .