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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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DRC: About 22 Civilians Slaughtered in North Kivu Province

About twenty-two civilians were slaughtered during the Christmas weekend in the North Kivu province of the Democratic Republic of Congo. According to the administrator of Beni, the region where the massacre occurred, the attack was perpetrated by the Ugandan Muslim rebel group Allied Democratic Forces (ADF). “Yesterday the [ADF] killed ten civilians in Eringeti. Twelve […]

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Uganda Launches Largest Solar Plant in East Africa

Uganda has launched a $19 million solar power plant, the largest in East Africa, to meet the increasing demand for power as the country strives to fast track its development. The plant, which has a nominal capacity of 10MW, will power over 40,000 rural households in eastern Uganda. According to Vahid Fotuhi, Managing Director of […]

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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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