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Uganda inks $287 million power deal with China Exim Bank

The Ugandan government has announced that it will borrow $287 million from Exim Bank of China, as part of its electrification process. According to the country’s finance minister David Bahati, the funds will enable electricity supply to 287 settlements in the landlocked regions of the East African nation, as well as the counties of Karamoja […]

Uganda to export electricity to South Sudan

Uganda will soon supply power to South Sudanese border towns as part of the East Africa Community agreement to help member states, state-run news agency Sudan Tribune reports. According to Uganda’s energy minister Simon D’janga, the 400 kilo-volts of power will be supplied to the towns of Kaya and Nimule in South Sudan to boost […]

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Uganda: Police fires teargas as parliament extends Museveni’s rule

Police in Uganda on Thursday fired teargas to disperse protesters outside the East African nation’s parliament. The move comes as legislators of the ruling party vote a draft legislation that could extend long-time leader Yoweri Museveni’s rule. Groups of demonstrators from Makerere University in the capital Kampala were dispersed with teargas on their road to […]

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Uganda: MPs to remove presidential age limit

Lawmakers of the Ugandan ruling party on Tuesday announced plans to remove the presidential age limit to allow longtime President Yoweri Museveni to extend his rule. The move of the National Resistance Movement (NRM) party is seen as paving the way for President Yoweri Museveni re-election in 2021. Under the current constitution, the age limit […]

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Terrorism surge: Uganda court jails Muslim leader, others for life

A court in Uganda on Tuesday sentenced a Muslim group leader, Sheikh Mohammad Yunus Kamoga, and three associates over conviction on terrorism charges, local media reports. Sheikh Mohammad Yunus Kamoga, leader of a radical Muslim faction Tabliqs, was arrested along with 13 other associates after a dozen senior Muslim figures in the East African nation […]

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Tanzania’s first quarter growth slows to 5.7 %

Tanzania’s economic growth slowed to 5.7 percent in the first quarter of this year from 6.8 percent previously, the statistics office of the East African nation said on Thursday. Tanzania’s annual GDP growth rate averaged 7% over the past 5 years, making it one of the 20 fastest growing economies in the world and beating […]

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Rwanda: Diaspora casts votes in presidential poll

Rwandan expatriates have started casting ballots in presidential elections as polling stations in Kenya, Uganda, Djibouti and South Africa, opened on Thursday. More than 44,000 registered Diaspora are set to cast their vote. According to local media portal, the New Times, Rwandans back home will cast their votes in presidential polls on Friday, August 4. […]

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South Sudan seeks assistance to adopt Swahili as official language

The South Sudanese government on Wednesday announced plans to introduce Swahili language in school curriculum ahead of its adoption as an official language. In a statement quoted by the News portal, The Citizen, South Sudanese Vice President Taban Deng Gai has called on Tanzania to send Swahili teachers to the World’s youngest nation. The war […]

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Kenya to introduce new generic AIDS drug as fist country in Africa

Kenya is the first African country to start using a generic version of the latest AIDS drug that can improve and prolong the lives of people living with HIV, Kenya’s government and the global health initiative UNITAID on Wednesday announced. The East African nation will make the generic version of the new first-line drug, known […]

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UN chief, World leaders in Uganda for the first Refugee Solidarity Summit

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres together with President Yoweri Museveni and other world leaders are gathering in Kampala for a two-day summit aims at raising $2 billion for the second largest refugee hosting country, Uganda. The two-day Summit, which opens Thursday, 22 June, comes as the UN estimates that in just one year, largely due […]

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