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Congo’s Ebola epidemic is world’s second-biggest outbreak

The Ebola outbreak in eastern Congo is now the second biggest in history, the health ministry said late on Thursday. This outbreak – the second this year – began in North Kivu Province before spreading to Ituri Province in the east of the country. It’s the 10th time since 1976 that Ebola has struck the […]

Ugandan-Somali Summit Talks

Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni on Saturday held talks with his Somali counterpart, Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed Farmajo, in Kampala. According to the State House statement, the two leaders discussed areas of cooperation between Somalia and Uganda particularly in the areas of peace, security, defense, education, trade and investment. Uganda is the biggest contributor of troops to […]

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U.S. appoints Peter Pham as Special Envoy to Great Lakes region

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo has announced the appointment of Peter Pham as the U.S. special envoy for Africa’s Great Lakes Region. According to a State Department’s statement, Peter Pham, director of the Africa Center at the Atlantic Council think tank, will coordinate U.S. policy in the region, with an emphasis on strengthening democratic institutions. […]

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Uganda: MPs vote to maintain unpopular social media tax

Lawmakers in Uganda have voted to maintain a controversial tax law expected to be implemented later this year. The ruling National Resistance Movement, NRM, dominating the chamber, voted 136 against 101 votes to maintain the tax on mobile money and social media service. Ugandans pay a daily UGX200 tax to access social media platforms. Some […]

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EU is trying to ‘hijack our institutions’ – Uganda Government spokesman

The Ugandan government has responded to the European Union Parliament, days after the continental bloc’s parliament has called on the East African nation to drop charges against legislators. Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) in a resolution released last weekend made reference to the violent turn of events during a by-election in August in Uganda. […]

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I can do away with parliament – Museveni

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has told Members of Parliament that he can abolish the Parliament, if he wants. The declaration comes ahead of an anticipated debate on the findings of a parliamentary probe into the Arua violence, which led to the brutal arrest and torture of MPs and other people. He expressed his dissatisfaction with […]

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Uganda: Pop star & MP Bobi Wine in US for treatment

Prominent Ugandan opposition lawmaker Robert Kyagulanyi arrived in the United States over the weekend for medical treatment following accusations he was tortured while in military custody in the East African nation. Kyagulanyi, a popular musician known by his stage name Bobi Wine, was initially prevented from leaving the country. He was cleared to fly out […]

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Uganda: President’s convoy attacked, MP’s driver shot dead

Ugandan Police and Special Forces Command (SFC) have started investigations after President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni’s car came under attack by opposition supporters in the town of Arua, where a by-election is to be held on Wednesday. According to the presidential press secretary Don Wanyama, “President Museveni was in the convoy” when it was “attacked by […]

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EU Announces New €2 Million Assistance for Refugees, Host Communities in Uganda

The European Union’s Civil Protection and Humanitarian Aid Operations department (ECHO) confirmed last week fresh funding worth €2 million to the International Organization for Migration (IOM) to support refugees and host communities in western and northwestern Uganda. The UN Migration Agency will use the funds to deliver life-saving interventions on Water, Sanitation and Hygiene (WASH) […]

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Clothing market: Trump suspends duty-free status for Rwanda

U.S. President Donald Trump on Monday suspended Rwanda’s ability to ship apparel products duty-free to the United States due to a trade dispute between the two nations. The trade dispute began in 2015, when Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya and Burundi announced their intention to phase out imports of second hand clothing and shoes from western […]

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