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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 […]

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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Uganda to increase 2018 budget by 10%

For the fiscal year that starts in early July, the Ugandan government is planning to raise its budget by 10% to $8.09 billion, Finance Minister Matia Kasaija told members of Parliament on Thursday. The upward revision, according to the minister, will enable the East African nation revive its ailing economy. “As a result of these […]

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Kenya launches multi-billion Chinese-backed railways

Kenya authorities on Tuesday launched a multi-billion a Chinese-backed railway with a first trip from the city of Mombasa to capital Nairobi. In his official speech at the unveiling ceremony, President Kenyatta said the launching “is a historic moment as we begin our journey of transformation.” Kenyatta also indicated that his government is banking on […]

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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 […]

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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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