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Uganda closes schools backed by Bill Gates and Facebook CEO

Authorities in Ugandan have ordered the closure of a chain of for-profit international schools backed by Microsoft founder Bill Gates and Facebook’s founder Mark Zuckerberg over concerns about poor sanitation and teaching. According to Ugandan high court, Bridge International Schools (BIA) was not licensed properly, provided unsanitary spaces and relied on unqualified teachers. Parents, students […]

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Uganda: Opposition’s Besigye Arrested

Ugandan long-standing opposition leader Kizza Besigye has been arrested on Sunday for allegedly attempting to organize a parallel Independence Day celebration. The former presidential candidate, who came second in the contested presidential election in February, was arrested and charged with treason in May after a video surfaced on social media showing him taking the oath […]

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Tanzania, DRC to Jointly Explore Petroleum in Lake Tanganyika

The Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Tanzania on Tuesday inked a memorandum of understanding in the capital Dar es Salaam, to jointly explore the petroleum potential of Lake Tanganyika. Joseph Kabila who received a 21 gun salute when he arrived for a three-day official visit in Tanzania told a press conference “we have already […]

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Tanzania: Museveni Donates $200,000 to Earthquake Victims

Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni has donated $200,000 cash to support the government of Tanzania affected by a 5.7 magnitude earthquake last week. The Eastern-African nation said the earthquake claimed the lives of at least 19 people and injured over 300 in the Kagera Region. It also reported that 2,063 houses were destroyed or badly damaged, […]

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HRW Denounces Arrest of 25 Women in Uganda

Human Rights Watch (HRW) on Tuesday said Uganda is gradually sliding into a state of electoral dictatorship, where elections are held but only to ensure that the same politicians remain in power. The international rights group’s comment follows the arrest of 25 women who gathered in the capital Kampala, to present a petition to the […]

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Zambia’s Lungu Sworn-in, Vows to Boost Economy

Zambia’s Edgar Lungu has been sworn-in as president of the southern African nation on Monday, a week after the constitutional court rejected the opposition’s petition against his re-election. President Lungu and his running mate Inonge Wina won the August 11 presidential elections after polling over 1.8 million votes against 1.7 million plus votes for closest […]

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South Sudan’s Inflation Hits 600%

South Sudan’s National Bureau of Statistics on Wednesday said the war-torn nation’s inflation rate hiked by more than 600 percent in July. “Everything here comes from Uganda and the road is closed, transportation of the goods to reach here is a problem, clearance is expensive, the road blocks here are expensive so, if we don’t […]

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AFCON: List of 16 Participants in 2017 Tournament

Qualifiers for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations have yielded the names of countries to take part in the black continent’s flagship soccer tournament in Gabon next year. Most continental soccer big nations have signed up for the event in Gabon next year. Morocco playing, despite its win, had already booked its place in the […]

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DRC: About 30 Civilians Killed in Machete Attack

Suspected Rebels from the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) have killed about 30 civilians in a massacre this weekend in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, the army said on Sunday. Ugandan Islamist militias that have been operating in eastern Congo since the 1990s, attacked the village of Rwangoma, about 5 km south of the commercial hub […]

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Museveni Meets Kabila over Cross-Border Security

Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni vowed to help the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to flush out rebels of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) who remain a security threat in the two countries. Museveni said during talks with DRC’s President Joseph Kabila on Thursday, he was ‘‘ready as usual” to deploy the Uganda Peoples’ Defence Forces […]

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