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AfDB questions Africa’s annual $35bn food importation

African Development Bank’s president, Akinwumi Adesina on Thursday lamented the negative effects that huge food imports had on the African continent. Speaking at the Center for Global Development event held in Washington DC, the former Nigerian Agriculture Minister indicated that the continent must break the food import chain and aim for self-sufficiency in food production […]

Uganda: University lecturer jailed for insulting Museveni

Ugandan prominent University lecturer and activist, Stella Nyanzi, was jailed to a maximum-security prison on Monday after being charged with insulting the East African nation’s president, Yoweri Museveni. Stella Nyanzi, a postdoctoral research fellow at Makerere University, was charged with cyber harassment and offensive communication. She pleaded not guilty to both counts and said President […]

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Uganda: Palace raid death toll climbs above 100 – Police

Ugandan security forces on Thursday reviewed the death toll of last year assault on a tribal leader’s palace. Officials said  more than 100 were killed in the assault, but denied findings of a new report by Human Rights Watch, which a day before  said the death toll was even higher, at least 155, including 15 […]

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Uganda eyes 5.5% GDP in the year ending June 2018

Uganda’s economy boosted by lower borrowing costs and higher oil sector investments will grow by 5.5 percent in the year to June 2018, a budget paper on Monday showed. According to the budget framework, growth will be supported by a recovery in private sector credit due to the easing of monetary policy. Issuance of crude […]

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Military Helicopters Crash in Eastern Congo

Two military helicopters crashed in the North Kivu province of Democratic Republic of Congo with at least four crew members on board, officials confirmed on Monday. According to a report on local UN-sponsored Radio Okapi, the helicopters crashed while pursuing fighters from the former Congolese rebel group M23. However, government spokesman Lambert Mende told Reuters […]

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U.S. Okays Possible Military Aircraft Deal with Kenya

The U.S. State Department has approved a possible $418 million sale to Kenya of aircraft with weapons and related support, a Pentagon agency told Reuters on Monday. According to the The Defense Security Cooperation Agency, the approval was for the possible sale of up to 12 Air Tractor AT-802L planes and two AT-504 trainer aircraft, […]

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Uganda: Museveni Appoints Son as Senior Advisor

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has appointed his eldest son, Mahor-General Muhoozi Kainerugaba, as Senior Presidential Advisor for Special Operations in the East-African nation. The appointment of the 42-year-old Muhoozi has fueled speculation that Museveni is grooming his son to be a successor.  He has already named his wife Janet Museveni as minister of education and […]

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Uganda: MPs Petition ICC for “Genocide” by Security Forces

Some Members of the Ugandan parliament have sent a petition to the Hague-based International Criminal Court (ICC) to request an investigation into possible atrocities perpetrated by the East African nation’s security forces late last year. According to the government, about 62 people were killed in November last year in a violent clash between the security […]

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Uganda’s Economy Worsens as Inflation Rises to 5.7%

The statistics office in Uganda on Friday said inflation rose to 5.7 percent year-on-year in December from 4.6 percent last month in the East African nation. Annual core inflation also jumped to core 5.9 percent from 5.2 percent in November. The central bank monitors core inflation for monetary policy purposes and it strips out food, […]

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Uganda: 30 Died as Overloaded Boat Carrying Football Team Capsizes

About 30 members of a local football team in Uganda and their supporters drowned after their boat capsized on Lake Alberta in the western region of the East-African nation. According to the police, the victims from the Kaweibanda village in the Buliisa district were heading to the neighboring district of Hoima for a friendly match. […]

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