Thursday 17 August 2017
(AFP (eng) 08/17/17)
South Sudan's brutal civil war has forced more than one million people to flee to neighbouring Uganda alone, with another million seeking refuge elsewhere in the region, the UN's refugee agency said Thursday. The UNHCR said additional funds were desperately needed to help the refugees flooding into Uganda, adding that most were women and children fleeing "barbaric violence". Over the past year, an average of 1,800 South Sudanese have arrived in Uganda every single day, it said. South Sudan, the world's youngest nation, descended into civil war in December 2013, just two years after it split from the north. Thousands of people have been killed and millions displaced by the violence, which briefly plunged part...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/17/17)
The number of South Sudanese refugees in Uganda hit one million on Thursday, the United Nations said, as hundreds of desperate families pour across the border every day seeking a haven from the civil war. The conflict in South Sudan has created Africa's biggest refugee crisis since the 1994 Rwandan genocide, and U.N. agencies are receiving a fraction of the cash they need to provide food and shelter. But the crowds keep flowing across rickety wooden bridges near the northwestern Ugandan border town of Busia, staggering under the weight of babies and a few pots or bundles of clothing balanced on their heads. Women and children make up more than 85 percent of the arrivals. "Two weeks ago my husband's...
(APA 08/17/17)
Uganda is to supply power to Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in the next three years following an agreement signed on Thursday between the two countries. According to a memorandum of Understanding signed in Kampala, a power transmission line connecting both countries from Kasese District in Western Uganda to Beni city in northeastern DR Congo, Butembo in North Kivu and finally to Bunia town in Ituri Province. According to Uganda’s energy minister Irene Muloni the Ugandan stretch of the line...
(Xinhuanet 08/17/17)
Under the scorching sun, midwives at a tented health facility here at the world's largest refugee settlement are taking care of over 20 pregnant mothers, among them some teenagers. The midwives at Bidi Bidi Reception Health Center III said the numbers can reach up to 300 mothers per month. These mothers, mostly South Sudanese, are being treated by only two midwives. As the number of South Sudanese refugees continues to grow internally, the United Nations (UN) High Commissioner for Refugees...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/16/17)
KAMPALA (Reuters) - Uganda has signed a preliminary agreement with neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo to build a power transmission line connecting both countries so that Kampala can sell electricity to the eastern Congo, a senior official said on Wednesday. Uganda generates about 800 megawatts of electricity but that should double in about one and a half years when two hydropower dams are completed, giving the east African nation surplus energy. By contrast, less than 15 percent of Congo has...
(Bloomberg 08/14/17)
The U.S. will probably maintain its current levels of aid to Africa despite President Donald Trump’s proposals to slash funding, according to Bill Gates, the world’s richest man. Trump said in May his government would no longer allocate funding for family planning, a move that has the potential to undermine aid programs in the poorest countries in the world. However, with Congress in control of the budget, it’s unlikely that all cuts proposed by the Trump administration will go ahead...
(The Associated Press 08/11/17)
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) -- A Rwandan refugee has been kidnapped by unknown people in Uganda, the victim's wife and Ugandan officials said Thursday. Rene Rutagungira was known to refugee officials before his abduction in the capital, Kampala, said Apollo Kazungu, a government commissioner in charge of refugees. Rutagungira had been out drinking with three Rwandan friends when he was kidnapped late Saturday, said his wife, Jasinta Dusangeyezu. Days before he disappeared, a man had unsuccessfully tried to recruit him into...
(AFP (eng) 08/10/17)
The skull of an infant ape buried by a volcano 13 million years ago has preserved intriguing clues about the ancestor humans shared with apes -- including a likely African origin, scientists said Wednesday. A previously-unknown creature that shared an extended family with the human forefather, had a flat face like that of our far-flung cousin the gibbon, but did not move like one, its discoverers wrote in the journal Nature. They named it Nyanzapithecus alesi after "ales" -- the...
(New Vision 08/09/17)
The Government geologists estimate Uganda’s oil reserves at 6.5 billion barrels, of which 1.4-1.7 billion are considered recoverable. Uganda said on Monday it had agreed preliminary terms with a consortium of investors, including General Electric to build and operate the country’s first oil refinery, reviving a much-delayed project. The Government geologists estimate Uganda’s oil reserves at 6.5 billion barrels, of which 1.4-1.7 billion are considered recoverable. The Albertine Graben Refinery Consortium, which also includes Yaatra Ventures LLC, Intracontinental Asset Holdings Ltd. and Italy’s Saipem SpA, was picked after a review of more than 40 companies
(Business Daily 08/09/17)
Kenya’s electricity imports from Uganda have grown 281 per cent in the six months to June as drought cut local generation of hydro-electric power by a third or 615.69 million kilowatt hours. Kenya imported 131.6 million kilowatt hours (kWh) from Uganda in the first half of this year compared to 34.5 million units in the same period last year — marking a 281 per cent growth, according to official data. This is a departure from last year when Kenya cut...
(New Vision 08/09/17)
She regretted the death of Basemera saying such mistreatment and brutal arrests of street vendors by KCCA enforcement officers. The Minister of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives Amelia Kyambadde has condemned the manner in which KCCA enforcement officers handle street vendors especially women, saying such excessive force is uncalled for. This follows the death of a one Olivia Basemera last Friday August 5th as she tried to escape from KCCA enforcement officers. 38-year-old Basemera who was vending handkerchiefs reportedly jumped into...
(New Vision 08/09/17)
The Shilling was quoted at 3,609.58/3,619.58 by Bank of Uganda much stronger than the previous week’s close. The Uganda Shilling weakened slightly on account of elevated demand from energy and manufacturing sectors but stabilized at close of the previous week as demand waned. The shilling trade in the range of 3610/3620 buying and selling respectively. In the first trading session on Monday, the Shilling was quoted at 3,609.58/3,619.58 by Bank of Uganda much stronger than the previous week’s close. In...
(Xinhuanet 08/09/17)
The United States Trade Representative (USTR) on Wednesday affirmed the commitment of his country to Africa and saw "great potential to grow and deepen trade relationship." Robert E. Lighthizer expressed this in opening speech of the ministerial plenary as part of the 16th Forum of the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA), on Wednesday here in Togolese capital Lome. "The United States is committed to Africa. We see great potential to grow and deepen our trade relationship, with the goal...
(Voice of America 08/08/17)
The Uganda Red Cross says it has begun registering Kenyans who have fled their country in anticipation of violence surrounding elections set for Tuesday. The Uganda Red Cross says it plans to set up receiving sites at the border towns of Busia and Tororo. The Uganda Red Cross says it has received and seen a number of Kenyans who crossed the border, fearing for their safety. Bob Akankwasa is its director of disaster risk management. “We’ve seen a couple of...
(Daily Monitor 08/08/17)
Mbarara — President Museveni on Sunday celebrated 70 years of baptism at St Luke Church of Uganda, Kinoni Archdeaconry in Rwampara, Mbarara District. This is the church where he was baptised on August 3, 1947. He said he was baptised when he was two years and 11 months old. According to the church records, Mr Museveni's baptism number is 3769. He was baptised on the same day with his parents Amos Kaguta and Esteri Kokundeka (both deceased). The family members...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/08/17)
Tuesday's action at the World Athletics Championships sees two of the most intriguing races of the program as South Africa's Wayde van Niekerk bids for the first half of his 400/200 meters double and Nigel Amos goes for gold in the men's 800m. World record holder and defending champion Van Niekerk should be unbeatable in the 400m but faces a stiff challenge, not least from Botswanan duo Isaac Makwala and Thebe Baboloki. Another Botswanan, Amos, will also have to be...
(New Vision 08/04/17)
Zhang Hao is the managing director of the Zhang Group, which processes and packs fruit juice, mango wine, manufactures tiles, and electronics among others. President Yoweri Museveni has said that issues such as high grid power lines, improved accessible road networks and ministerial policy matters should not constitute delays in the development of serious investors’ projects in the country. The President was speaking during a meeting with a Chinese investor, Zhang Hao at State House, Entebbe on Thursday. Zhang Hao is the managing director of the Zhang Group, which is already involved in the processing and packaging of fruit juice
(New Vision 08/04/17)
It is a very big mistake for government to discriminate civil servants by paying some highly and others are given peanut. Members of Parliament have urged government to undertake urgent measures to address salary disparities among civil servants which continue to ignite strikes. Raising it as a matter of national concern that needs urgent measures, the Kiboga East MP Dr. Keefa Kiwanuka Wednesday told the house that the ultimatum given by judges and magistrates of up to August 24, 2017...
(New Vision 08/04/17)
In a press release, the Council expressed their sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims, as well as to the people and Government of Uganda, and wished the injured a speedy recovery. The UN Security Council has condemned the recent Al Shabaab terrorist attack against the Ugandan contingent of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) which left 12 soldiers dead and seven injured. In a press release, the Council expressed their sympathy and condolences to the families...
(Xinhuanet 08/03/17)
Trade between China and Africa reached 85.3 billion U.S. dollars in H1, surging 19 percent year on year as the two sides strengthened cooperation in a wide range of areas, official data showed Thursday. The data reversed the negative growth trend since 2015, according to Gao Feng, spokesperson with the Ministry of Commerce. During January-June, Chinese imports from Africa, including minerals, agricultural products and fruits, amounted to 38.4 billion U.S. dollars, jumping 46 percent from the same period last year,...

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