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‘Ekimeeza’ brings debate into the open

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Since 1996 In Uganda, citizens have been holding peoples' parliaments to discuss some of the burning topics of the day.

Known as 'ekimeeza' the debates take place weekly at a set venue – usually a pub or a bar. The topic is set in advance and well-publicised and up to 400 people turn up. Radio stations now broadcast them live, allowing more people to participate by phoning in.

Christine Otieno went to one ekimeeza where the topic of discussion is TV programme Big Brother Africa and sexual behaviour.

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12/09/2003

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