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Ugandan general arrested over police spokesman’s killing

Former Ugandan police chief, General Kale Kayihura has been arrested for questioning, the military spokesperson has confirmed. General Kale Kayihura was taken into custody on Wednesday morning the military said. According to army spokesman Brig Richard Karemire, General Kayihura, still a serving soldier of Uganda Peoples’ Defence Forces was asked to report to the military […]

Uganda bans importation of old vehicles

The Ugandan parliament last weekend passed legislation banning the importation of cars older than 15 years. The policy will help combat environmental pollution and reduce road accidents, blamed on older cars, the government said. The Traffic and Road Safety Act 2018 amendment bill according to the Works and Transport Minister Monica Azuba is meant to […]

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Ugandan parliament approves Mobile Money & social media tax bill

Uganda’s parliament on Wednesday approved a law that imposes new taxes on social media services and mobile money transactions. Human rights activists and critics of the Excise Duty (Amendment) Bill 2018 had argued that the move is another attempt by President Yoweri Museveni to stifle freedom of expression and quash dissent to his 32-year-rule. The […]

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Cuban doctors ready for Ugandan jobs, Gov’t yet to approve recruitment

In Uganda, the controversial proposal to replace Ugandan doctors with Cubans might not take effect soon as it awaits Government’s approval. Responding to queries during a debate on the health sector ministerial policy statement for the 2018/19 financial year, Uganda’s Minister for Health, Dr. Ruth Aceng, said the cabinet has not yet made a final […]

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African Commonwealth Games athletes seek asylum after going missing

Australia’s Minister for Home Affairs Peter Dutton has warned African athletes who went missing during the Commonwealth Games to comply with visas or face deportation. At least eight athletes from Cameroon, two from Uganda and a Rwandan para-powerlifting coach went missing in April during the Commonwealth Games in Australia. According to Australia’s Home Minister Peter […]

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Swahili becomes first native African language to get Twitter recognition

Social media platform Twitter has officially recognized the use of Swahili as a language on the platform. It became the first African language to achieve that accomplishment. The social media now approves Swahili words and offers translation. It started detection of the language in tweets and subsequently offers a close to perfect translation as with […]

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Africa: Swedfund Commits $14.7 million to Evolution II Energy Fund

Swedfund, Sweden’s development finance institution that supports companies in Africa, Asia, Latin America and Eastern Europe, has invested SEK 126m in the Evolution II Fund, which is focused on clean energy supply and resource efficiency in Sub-Saharan Africa. Evolution II invests in affordable, least-cost, low-carbon clean energy infrastructure projects and promotes growth in resource efficiency […]

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Cholera kills 40 Congolese refugees in Uganda—Aid agencies

A cholera outbreak has killed about 40 people and infected more than 2,000 Congolese refugees in Uganda, International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) said on Thursday. The outbreak was first reported in Kyangwali Refugee Settlement Camp last month and has spread to other villages. The Health ministry said the most affected […]

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South Africa’s MTN posts $279 million annual profit after Nigeria fine saga

MTN Group, Africa’s biggest mobile-network operator by sales, said it returned to profit in 2017 with earnings totaling 3.3 billion rand, or 182 cents per share, in 2017, compared with a loss of 77 cents per share, a year earlier. MTN suffered its first-ever loss in 2016 after a fallout from a $1 billion fine […]

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South African Shoprite eyes Kenya entry

South African retailer giant, Shoprite Holdings, will open seven prime shopping malls in Kenya in the coming months, the firm’s chief executive, Pieter Engelbrecht said. According to Engelbrecht, Shoprite has opened 158 new stores in 2017 across 14 countries; creating 4,254 jobs. The supermarket chain operates 2,811 outlets employing 148,000 people. Six of its seven […]

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