1. This week Daily Monitor marked its 25th anniversary.
  2. The paper that hit the newsstands in July 1992 was founded by a group of men passionate about journalism. Wafula Oguttu, Charles Onyango-Obbo, David Ouma Balikowa, Kevin Aliro, Richard Tebere and James Serugo gave birth to a paper that soon became a huge headache for the powers that be and a favourite for a large number of readers.
  3. In its 25 years, Daily Monitor has endured sporadic shutdowns from government, law suits, disruptions from new technology, significant staff turnovers and a tough economic environment. Many past and current employees of the paper used the anniversary to share how much their time at the Namuwongo-based outlet meant to them.
  4. Many, even the paper's biggest competitor, New Vision, celebrated the anniversary.
  5. For some Daily Monitor readers, the silver jubilee provided an opportunity to reflect how much Uganda has changed or how much has stayed the same over the past 25 years.
  6. Speaking of things that never change and those that stay the same, on Saturday long-serving cabinet minister, Kahinda Otafiire, left Namboole Stadium a wet man.
  7. It all started when the Justice minister stepped onto the podium to address more than 800 local government officials that had convened for a consultative meeting. The district bosses were expecting President Yoweri Museveni, who had long promised to speak with them about their concerns. When they saw Mr Otafiire instead, they were not amused. Some in the crowd poured water on him and chaos ensued.
  8. The officials accused Otafiire's ministry of campaigning for the removal of presidential age limits. They said they wanted the demands of local governments heard and were not interested in politicking. Otafiire believes he was attacked for different reasons, however. Daily Monitor reported that the Minister insisted he was booed and drenched with water because he went to the meeting of the Uganda Local Government Association with no good news about the salary increment of local officials.
  9. Public reaction to news of the incident was sharp and swift. Only a handful of people had kind words for the Minister and his government.
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