Sunday 20 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...
(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 a dissident group opposed to the government of President Paul Kagame, she said. "I fear for his life," she said. Rutagungira held the rank of sergeant in Rwanda's military before he retired in 1998. It was not clear when he...
(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...
(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...
(APA 07/28/17)
APA-Kampala (Uganda) - The Central Africa Republic (CAR) government has thanked President Yoweri Museveni and Uganda Peoples Defence Forces (UPDF) for helping secure their country and fighting the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) rebels. In a note to President Museveni, Mr Ghislain Dieu Beni Kolengo, the Governor of the Upper Mbomu province, one of the 14 provinces (prefectures) of the CAR, said UPDF operations had “reduced the atrocities of the notorious LRA which had regressed us considerably”. Writing on behalf of...
(New Vision 07/28/17)
“I would like to thank you for the sacrifice made in terms of personnel, materials and money spent in tracking the sinister leader of the rebels, Joseph Kony, in our national territory since 2008.” The Central Africa Republic government has thanked President Yoweri Museveni and the Uganda People's Defence Force (UPDF) for helping secure their country and fighting the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) rebels. In a note to President Museveni, Ghislain Dieu Beni Kolengo, the Governor of the Upper Mbomu...
(Daily Monitor 07/25/17)
The Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs Rtd Maj Gen Kahinda Otafiire has skipped today's Committee on Legal and Parliamentary Affairs sitting sitting on land amendment under unclear circumstances. The Minister together with Betty Amongi of Lands, Housing and Urban Development were expected to defend their quest for Constitutional Amendment before the committee. However, only Ms Amongi and the deputy Attorney General, Mwesigwa Rukutana showed up. Government wants Parliament to amend Article 26 of the Constitution to create room for...
(Voice of America 07/25/17)
European and African ministers are meeting in Tunisia about efforts to regulate the flow of refugees from Africa to Europe, primarily along the deadly central Mediterranean route originating in Libya. In a declaration Monday in Tunis, the capital, the ministers said they agreed on a multi-pronged approach to the crisis, including informing people about the risks of illegal migration and the possibility of voluntarily returning home, addressing why migrants leave home and beefing up actions against human traffickers. Participating in...
(Voice of America 07/21/17)
Ugandan police say they arrested dozens of political opposition activists this week. The arrests coincide with speculation President Yoweri Museveni will act to change the constitution to allow himself to run for another term in 2021. Uganda's constitution stipulates presidential candidates must be younger than 75 when they stand for election. Museveni, who has held power for 31 years, will be 77 by the next election. Forum for Democratic Change official Ingrid Turinawe told AFP she believes the arrest of...
(Daily Monitor 07/20/17)
Kampala- Kenya’s National Super Alliance presidential candidate, Mr Raila Odinga, says Kenya should not emulate Uganda to shut down communications on Election Day. Mr Odinga’s remark follows a statement attributed to National Cohesion and Integration Commission Chairperson Francis ole Kaparo that Kenya could shutdown social networking sites to check hate speech. Kenya will have a General Election on August 8. There are fears the polls could turn violent should either Mr Odinga or President Uhuru Kenyatta refuse to concede defeat...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/15/17)
The Ugandan government wants to remove the age limit for presidential candidates, a senior official said on Friday, a move that would allow Yoweri Museveni to stay in office. The rules were already changed in 2005 to remove a two-term limit that allowed Museveni, now 72 and in his fifth term, to stay on. Under the current constitution, he would be too old to run in the next election, due in 2021. Mwesigwa Rukutana, Uganda's deputy attorney general, said the cabinet was examining several possible changes to the constitution and that the age limit was one of them. The proposals will be put to parliament.
(AFP (eng) 07/07/17)
Three people carrying a coffin marked with President Yoweri Museveni's name were arrested in western Uganda on Friday and will be charged with "illegal assembly", police said. The three men were arrested in Mbarara, 300 kilometres (186 miles) west of the capital Kampala, after holding the mock funeral procession despite police orders not to gather for a protest. "The three carried a coffin with the inscription 'Rest in Peace, Museveni' and a portrait of the president", said Samson Kasasira, a regional police spokesman.
(AFP (eng) 07/06/17)
The African Union's new chair Moussa Faki Mahamat on Wednesday questioned US commitment to fighting terrorism on the continent after it blocked efforts to get UN funding for an anti-jihadist force in the Sahel. "This is a specific case of a certain number of African states taking the initiative to create a dedicated force to fight terrorism. So, we don't understand how the United States could hold back or not engage in the fight against terrorism," Faki said in an...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/03/17)
Men wearing South Sudanese military uniforms have launched two raids on a hamlet over the border in Uganda in recent weeks, residents said, stealing cattle and raising fears that a near four-year-old conflict is spreading. The gunmen also tried to seize refugees from Gbari in the first reported attacks on Ugandan soil since the start of South Sudan's civil war, locals told Reuters. "I am afraid, they may come ... and burn all the houses," said Martin Koma, 44, from...
(Reuters (Eng) 06/19/17)
The outlawed Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) has stepped up attacks in Democratic Republic of Congo close to the South Sudanese border as a U.S.-supported regional task force pulls out, the U.N. humanitarian office said in a report on Friday. Forty rebels from the group, which is led by Joseph Kony, kidnapped 61 civilians in a June 7 raid in the Tanganyika mining area near the Garamba National Park in Haut-Uele province, the report said, citing local civil society and aid...
(AFP (eng) 06/14/17)
The United Nations said Tuesday it feared a "security vacuum" in central Africa after the withdrawal of Ugandan, South Sudanese and US troops formerly tracking Lord's Resistance Army leader Joseph Kony. One of Africa's longest-surviving rebel groups, the Lord's Resistance Army has terrorized parts of central Africa for 30 years. Since being set up by Kony in 1987, it is accused of slaughtering more than 100,000 people and abducting 60,000 children who were forced to become sex slaves and soldiers. But on April 19, Uganda began withdrawing troops from the eastern Central African Republic (CAR). And 100 special forces soldiers from US Africa Command (AFRICOM) wrapped up their operation...
(Xinhuanet 06/06/17)
Delegates of an African conference in solidarity with Cuba on Monday called on the United States to lift its over 50-year economic blockade against Cuba. "We applaud the positive development in this respect and we commend the U.S. government and Cuba for their efforts towards normalizing of ties," said Namibian President Hage Geingob, officially opening the fifth Continental Africa Conference in Solidarity with Cuba here on Monday. "However, there is still much ground left to cover to ensure the complete...
(Reuters (Eng) 05/27/17)
Leaders of the Group of Seven wealthy nations met African heads of state on Saturday, the final day of their annual summit which has been marked by discord over climate change, but unity on tackling terrorism. Italy had hoped to make Africa the major focus of the annual G7 gathering, holding the discussions on the island of Sicily that has taken in hundreds of thousands of migrants over the past four years as they flee war and poverty back home...
(The Guardian 05/22/17)
Dazed and exhausted, Joyce Mori sits on the floor cradling her sleeping daughter as they wait to have their fingerprints taken. One of 1,600 refugees who have arrived at the Imvepi reception centre in the West Nile region of northern Uganda, she has finally made it out of South Sudan’s war but, like many others, is thinking about loved ones left behind. Leaving her village of Mukaya, she travelled to the town of Yei with her four children. From there...
(Daily Monitor 05/11/17)
Kampala — President Museveni has taken a leap of faith by deploying the military to fight reported graft in Uganda Investment Authority (UIA) and restore foreign investors' confidence. Gen David Muhoozi, the Chief of Defence Forces, will according to a source, this or next week name the team which will report to the President through State Investment and Privatisation minister Evelyn Anite. This newspaper understands that Mr Museveni last Friday instructed Ms Anite to set up a customised anti-corruption office...

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