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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 […]

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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Uganda: court upholds age limit removal to let Museveni extend rule

Uganda’s constitutional court on Thursday endorsed the parliament’s decision to remove the presidential age limit of 75 years that could allow President Yoweri Museveni to extend his three-decade rule. Yoweri Museveni, a former guerrilla commander, is vying to run eternally the landlocked country, Africa’s biggest coffee exporter, which is planning oil production in two years. […]

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Congo Brazzaville becomes Africa’s 7th OPEC Member

The Ministry of Hydrocarbons for the Republic of the Congo has announced that the country has become the fifteenth member of the Organization for Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC). Congo’s membership was approved during OPEC’s 174th ordinary meeting in Vienna. As the fourth-largest producer of oil in sub-Saharan Africa, Congo wants to increase its oil production […]

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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 […]

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