| Africatime
Saturday 29 April 2017
(Daily Monitor 04/28/17)
Kampala — Former presidential candidate Dr Kizza Besigye re-appears before Nakawa Chief Magistrates Court this morning for the routine mention of his treason case. The State is expected to update the court and other concerned parties including Dr Besigye on how far police investigations into the treason case have gone. Should the State inform the court that they are done with investigations; the four-time presidential candidate will be sent to the High Court to stand trial. On the contrary, prosecution will ask court for an adjournment to a later date to enable them tie the loose ends in investigations. The court is also expected to extend the bail of the former Luweero bush war fighter...
(Voice of America 04/28/17)
A low-cost and widely available drug could save the lives of 1 in 3 mothers who would otherwise bleed to death after childbirth, according to a new study. Severe bleeding, known as postpartum hemorrhage, or PPH, is the leading cause of maternal death worldwide, killing more than 100,000 women every year. Even for mothers who survive, it is a painful and traumatic experience. The world's poorest countries, especially in Africa and India, are the worst hit. Drug from 1960s But there is new hope. In the 1960s, Japanese researchers developed a drug called tranexamic acid, which works by stopping blood clots from breaking down. But they could not persuade doctors to try the drug for treating PPH. The London School...
(AFP (eng) 04/26/17)
US special forces on Wednesday began to pull out from Central Africa, ending a five-year hunt for brutal LRA warlord Joseph Kony, who is wanted for crimes against humanity. The departure of the troops sent in to support an African Union regional force "will be completed a short while after it begins on April 26", Charles Prichard, spokesman for the US Africa Command (AFRICOM), told AFP. "A small contingent of US military personnel will continue to work in the area to complete logistical tasks... such as removing equipment. Those tasks will be completed by September 2017," he added.
(New Vision 04/26/17)
The items were donated by the China Red Cross Society and channelled to Uganda through the China Sinopharm International Corporation. The Chinese Embassy in Uganda has handed over items worth $202,300 (sh1b) to Uganda Red Cross Society. The items were donated by the China Red Cross Society and channelled to Uganda through the China Sinopharm International Corporation, a privately owned company that coordinated the transportation of the goods up to the final recipient (Uganda Red Cross Society). The donated items...
(AFP (eng) 04/25/17)
Key dates in the history of Uganda's brutal Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), which the United States and Uganda have decided to stop hunting down, saying the rebels have been neutralised. One of Africa's longest-surviving rebel groups, the LRA has terrorised parts of central Africa for 30 years, becoming notorious for mutilations, massacres, kidnappings, and the forced enrolment of children. - January 1987: a year after the takeover of Uganda by rebel leader Yoweri Museveni, voodoo priestess Alice Auma Lakwena takes up arms to topple the new regime. Her Holy Spirit Movement is defeated at the end of 1987. - 1988: Joseph Kony, presented as Lakwena's cousin...
(AFP (eng) 04/24/17)
A new malaria vaccine will be tested on a large scale in Kenya, Ghana and Malawi, the World Health Organization said Monday, with 360,000 children to be vaccinated between 2018 and 2020. The injectable vaccine RTS,S could provide limited protection against a disease that killed 429,000 people worldwide in 2015, with 92 percent of victims in Africa and two-thirds of them children under five. "The prospect of a malaria vaccine is great news. Information gathered in the pilot will help...
(AFP (eng) 04/22/17)
Thirteen people have been indicted including on terrorism charges over the murder of Uganda's second most prominent policeman, killed outside his house last month, police said Saturday. Assistant Inspector General of Police Andrew Kaweesi, who served as the force's spokesman and was one of the country's most high-profile officers, was killed on March 17 along with two other officers. The suspects appeared before a magistrate's court in Kampala on Friday. "The police arraigned 13 suspects before the court. They were charged with terrorism, murder and aggravated robbery," police spokesman Asan Kasingye told AFP Saturday.
(AFP (eng) 04/20/17)
Ugandan motorbike taxi driver Sadiq Agotre grumbles as he waits for a rare client among thousands of South Sudanese refugees hoping to receive food rations in the outskirts of his town. "Business is not good. These people don't have money," he says, gazing out over a vast area that in only eight months has transformed from scrubland and trees to the world's biggest refugee settlement, Bidibidi, which houses more than 270,000 people. Uganda has been praised for its warm welcome...
(AFP (eng) 04/19/17)
The Ugandan army said Wednesday it has neutralised the Lord's Resistance Army, as troops began withdrawing from the Central African Republic where they had been hunting the group's feared leader Joseph Kony. "The decision to withdraw was premised on the realisation that the mission to neutralise the LRA has now been successfully achieved," Ugandan army spokesman Brigadier Richard Karemire said in a statement. The army said that Kony now commands fewer than 100 fighters and has been left "weak and ineffective." Kony "no longer poses any significant threat to Uganda’s security," said Karemire. Thirty-one soldiers landed in an airfield in Gulu, northern Uganda, on Wednesday, with more to follow, according to local media reports.
(Dw-World 04/19/17)
Tens of thousands of pastoralists fled from Turkana in Kenya to Uganda last week to escape the drought. It is the latest blow for the parched region for which politicians once made rash promises of rapid modernization. As many as 10,000 Kenyan pastoralists have crossed the border from Turkana in Kenya to Uganda in search of pasture and water for their cattle. Josephat Nanok, governor of Kenya's Turkana County, confirmed their departure and urged Uganda to accommodate them, The Monitor...
(Voice of America 04/17/17)
The Italian coast guard says it has rescued nearly 6,000 migrants on the Mediterranean since Friday, underscoring the continued flow of people along this dangerous route. A group of Africans living in Europe visited Cameroon this week to launch a campaign against illegal migration. The group is called “No More Death in the Desert or on the Sea.” Its mission is simple: to educate youth in Africa about the harsh realities of illegal migration. "We want to tell them that...
(Xinhuanet 04/14/17)
Economic growth in East Africa remains strong despite the adverse effects of severe drought across the region, said a report by an accountancy and finance body released on Thursday. The latest report by the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales (ICAEW) said the economic is being proposed by infrastructure growth across the region. "Infrastructure development continues to stimulate industry across the region, while expanding services to the largely un-serviced markets remains the key driver behind growth," said Michael...
(Reuters (Eng) 04/13/17)
KAMPALA (Reuters) - Lawyers for a Ugandan academic, detained after she called the nation's president "a pair of buttocks" on Facebook, said on Thursday that she fears authorities are trying to have her declared insane. University lecturer Stella Nyanzi was detained last week after repeatedly criticising President Yoweri Museveni and his wife, who also serves as education minister, in sexually explicit terms. Her case is seen as a key test of freedom of expression in the East African nation. The...
(AFP (eng) 04/13/17)
Africa's Matabele ants, fierce predators of termites, rescue their wounded soldiers and bring them back to the nest where they are "treated," a new study showed Wednesday. This helping behavior for the injured is the first to be detected in the insect world, according to an article in the US journal Science Advances by a German research team at the University of Wuerzburg's Biocentre. The ants, formally known as Megaponera analis, are widespread south of the Sahara on the continent...
(AFP (eng) 04/11/17)
El Nino, the cyclical climatic phenomenon in the Pacific Ocean, is linked to shifts in cholera cases in Africa, providing an early warning that could save lives, scientists said Monday. During the years when El Nino is warming the eastern Pacific, East Africa has about 50,000 additional cholera cases a year, new research from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health suggests. By contrast, the years when El Nino is not active, there were 30,000 fewer cholera cases in...
(AfricaNews 04/06/17)
An attempt to distribute relief food aid on Wednesday by Ugandan firebrand opposition leader Kizza Besigye was thwarted by police who fired tear gas to disperse aid recipients leaving at least two injured. Besigye’s Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) party drove bags of food to famine-hit Toroma County in the Katakwi District of eastern Uganda, only to be told by police that they were not consulted, local media Daily Monitor reported. “We are not sure of the safety of food,...
(NPR 04/05/17)
As soon as you set foot in any of the refugee camps along the South Sudan border in Uganda, a vast human suffering becomes easily apparent. We explored some of the personal stories of people fleeing this young country's conflict in a story over at Goats and Soda, but it's hard to express the scale of this conflict, which has killed more than 50,000 people since the end of 2013. What began as a dispute between the president and vice...
(Voice of America 04/05/17)
A Red Cross report says African countries are failing their internally displaced people. Reversing that trend was the subject of a high level meeting of the International Red Cross and the African Union that wrapped up Tuesday in Zimbabwe. Africa has about 13 million internally displaced people, a third of the global number of IDPs, and more than double the amount of refugees on the continent. By definition, refugees flee across a national border, while IDPs leave their homes but...
(Daily Monitor 04/03/17)
Kampala — Chief Justice Bart Katureebe has criticised the Inspector General of Government (IGG) on account of not prosecuting magistrates caught red-handed in acts of corruption. The Chief Justice was addressing hundreds of lawyers at the Annual Law Conference at Imperial Resort Beach Hotel in Entebbe on Friday. Justice Katureebe named two cases where the IGG arrested two magistrates involved in corruption in separate incidents but pardoned them instead of prosecuting them. The office of the IGG headed by Justice Irene Mulyagonja is the lead government agency mandated to fight corruption.
(The Observer 04/03/17)
Police chief Gen Kale Kayihura has for the first time addressed the friction between police and other security agencies investigating the murder of Andrew Felix Kaweesi, the former police spokesman. Kaweesi, his driver and bodyguard, were gunned down on March 17 a few metres from his home in Kulambiro, Nakawa division, Kampala. The agencies, which include Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI), Internal Security Organization (ISO) as well as Special Forces Command (SFC), are split on whether the investigation should focus...

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