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Uganda Urges Burundi to Accept African Union Peacekeepers as Peace Talks Hit Deadlock

Ugandan mediators in the on-going Burundi crisis have cautioned President Pierre Nkurunziza’s administration to accept African Union (AU) peacekeeping troops. Uganda’s Minister of Defense Crispus Kiyonga, who also serves as acting facilitator of the Burundi crisis, said Bujumbura’s threat to Read more ›

Several Injured After Grenade Explodes in Addis Ababa’s Biggest Mosque

Over a dozen people sustained injuries on Friday after a grenade was thrown into the biggest mosque in Ethiopia’s capital Addis Ababa. The hand grenade exploded in the Grand Anwar Mosque just after evening prayers. About five people reportedly sustained Read more ›

Pope Francis to Preach Peace, Reconciliation During November Visit to Kenya, Uganda and CAR

The head of the Catholic Church, Pope Francis, will bring a message of peace and reconciliation when he visits Africa for the first time next month. On Saturday, the Vatican released the itinerary for the Pope’s trip, showing that he Read more ›

East African leaders gather in Nairobi to discuss Ebola preparedness

NAIROBI (Xinhua) — African governments are due to meet in Nairobi from Tuesday for a regional conference on Ebola preparedness, Kenya’s health ministry said on Monday. The Sept. 16-17 regional conference will be attended by ministers in charge of transport, Read more ›

East African currencies continue to struggle against the US Dollar

(The East African) – East African economies are feeling the pinch of inflation as their currencies continues to weaken against the dollar. By Allan Olingo Uganda and Rwanda managed to ensure the inflation rate remained below 5 per cent. Rwanda’s Read more ›

Cranes boost AFCON dream after draw with the Black Stars

Ghana were forced to come from behind to earn a 1-1 draw with Uganda in their opening Africa Cup of Nations qualifier on Saturday. After a dismal World Cup, riddled with off-field problems, Kwesi Appiah’s men made an unconvincing start to Read more ›

Kenya secures $113m to build 1,550km road connecting Burundi

By Christabel Ligami and Adam Ihucha Kenya has secured $113 million from the African Development Bank for the construction of a transit route from the Indian Ocean to Bujumbura in Burundi, heightening competition between the ports of Indian Ocean to Bujumbura Read more ›

Rwanda invests in medical tourism

By Ivan Ngoboka The New Times–(Kigali)-Medical tourism has for long been a preserve of a few countries such as South Africa, India, Saudi Arabia and to some extent Kenya – those countries with a long tradition of a developed health Read more ›

Ugandan doctors to aid Liberian colleagues in Ebola fight

 By Joyce Namutebi & Agencies   Newvision-(Kampala) – A team of Ugandan doctors and health workers have been deployed by the World Health Organization (WHO) to provide medical support for an Ebola treatment centre in Monrovia, Liberia. The team comes with vast Read more ›

Barclays to provide Uganda with financial aid

By Emmanuel Iruobe VENTURES AFRICA –(Kampala)- As Africa continues to attract solutions to its infrastructure challenges, the Barclays group has indicated its readiness to fund some of the huge infrastructural projects in Uganda. This was disclosed at a meeting between Read more ›

Ethiopia, Kenya & Ghana vie for right to host 2017 African Nations Cup

BBC – Ethiopia, Kenya and Ghana have announced their interest in bidding to host the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations following Libya’s withdrawal as the host nation. Libya pulled out last week because of ongoing fighting in the country that has Read more ›

Uganda sets up Ebola screening posts along DRC and Kenya border

Red Pepper (Kampala) – Uganda is opening up screening centers at its borders with the Democratic Republic of Congo and Kenya to ensure that Ebola cases are detected and handled at these entry points, the director general of health services Read more ›

East African nations on high alert for Ebola

The east African region has been set on its toes following the revelation of an outbreak of Ebola infections in west Africa this March. This disease, which was first identified in the Democratic Republic of Congo and Sudan in the Read more ›

Uganda: Oil companies submit proposals to build refinery at Lake Albert

Four international petroleum companies have presented proposals to the Ugandan government for the development of the country’s first oil refinery in Buseruka Sub-county, Hoima district, western Uganda. The Ugandan government officially opened the bidding process in March this year, after Read more ›

CITES: Poaching remains unsustainably high in Africa

The Secretariat of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) has revealed that despite some reductions from previous years, poaching remains dangerously high in Africa. According to the report published on Friday, about Read more ›

Tanzania to train 1,000 soldiers from the Somali National Army

The Government of Tanzania is set to train 1,000 soldiers from the Somali National Army in a bid to boost the capacity of the local forces to consolidate security in the war-torn nation. A report by Sabahi quotes the director Read more ›

South Sudan: Government and rebels to pen final ceasefire agreement

President Salva Kiir and Riek Machar will meet in Addis Ababa on Monday to discuss the way forward for young, war-torn South Sudan. Rebel spokesman, Yohanis Musa, told the press in Khartoum last week that both sides will begin to Read more ›

Dozens of al Shabab militants killed in clashes near Ethiopia-Somalia border

Ethiopian and Somali forces have reportedly killed about 74 al Shabab militants during a raid on the group’s bases in the region connecting both countries on Sunday. Local reports indicate that this was one of the heaviest clashes involving the Read more ›

Uganda & South Sudan reject calls for review of Entebbe Nile agreement

Officials from Uganda and South Sudan have expressed opposition to the suggestions of Tanzania’s foreign minister for a re-negotiation of the 2010 Comprehensive Framework Agreement on the Nile river. Bernard Kamillius Membe told Tanzanian legislators last week that he plans Read more ›

Uganda: security tightened after warnings over terrorist plot

Ugandan police have drastically increased their surveillance in the country after reports emerged last week of impending terrorist attacks. Police spokesman, Fred Enanga, has announced that all public places without adequate security provisions will be shut down. He has also Read more ›

Kenya and China sign trade, development and cooperative agreements

Representatives of different branches of the governments of Kenya and China have penned up to 17 deals this weekend during a rare visit of the Chinese Prime Minister Li Keqiang to Nairobi. Reports indicate that the agreements cover several areas Read more ›

Uganda: Government returns properties to Kingdom of Buganda

President Yoweri Musuveni today symbolically handed over a document listing some properties confiscated by the state from the Kingdom of Buganda in 1966 to deputy Katikkiro Emmanuel Sendaula to mark the restitution of their ownership. Reports indicate that the items Read more ›

Somali government, humanitarian groups voice concerns over Kenya’s crackdown on illegal Somali migrants

Somali authorities and several humanitarian groups (including Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch) have called on Kenya’s security agencies to review their handling of the ‘Uslama Watch’ operation aimed at curbing the growth of terrorism in the country’s migrant communities. Read more ›

South Sudan to join regional railway project

South Sudan will join Rwanda, Kenya, and Uganda in a standard gauge railway (SGR) project that seeks to enhance regional integration and trade. A Joint Technical Committee (JTC) in charge of the project has issued a statement indicating that the African Read more ›

Supreme Court hears case against Kampala’s Mayor

The Supreme Court today tabled the application of the embattled Lord Mayor of Kampala, Erias Lukwago, challenging an injunction against his return to office. Lukwago appealed to the Supreme Court to temporarily suspend the enforcement of the ruling of acting Read more ›

East African countries agree to construct oil refinery in Uganda

East African leaders from Kenya, Rwanda, and Uganda have agreed on the process of implementing the construction of a regional oil refinery, which will be located in western Uganda. The member states made the mutual investment decision at a time Read more ›

Ugandan government makes concessions to anti-homosexuality stance

The Ugandan government has agreed to some compromises to appease its western partners after the country’s enactment of a contentious law against homosexuality in February led to aid cuts. According to a report by The East African, the government has Read more ›

Uganda: Hoima residents drag roads authority to court over compensation dispute

Residents of Hoima district of western Uganda, whose properties were affected by the construction of a refinery and road have reportedly filed two separate lawsuits against Uganda’s National Roads Authority (UNRA) concerning the compensation awarded to them. According to a Read more ›

Uganda: Court rules against Kampala Mayor’s reinstatement

A court has ruled against the embattled incumbent mayor of Kampala, Erias Lukwago, from returning to his office at City Hall. The acting deputy chief justice, Steven Kavumba, granted the application of attorney general Peter Nyombi, which challenged the decision Read more ›

Death Toll from Lake Albert Boat Accident climbs to 251

A spokesman for the government of the Democratic Republic of Congo has disclosed that 251 bodies have been recovered from Lake Albert after a boat capsized on Saturday, March 22nd. According to Lambert Mende Omalonga, only about 50 survivors have Read more ›

Somalia commissions Offshore Oil and Gas Survey

The Somali government has commissioned a study of the nation’s offshore oil and gas reserves by British-owned Soma Oil and Gas. According to a report by Bloomberg, depending on the result of the survey, which commenced mid-February, the Somali government Read more ›

US deploys Troops and Aircrafts to Uganda

The Government of the United States of America has confirmed plans to discharge 4 CU-22 Osprey aircrafts to Uganda, as well as an additional 150 air-force personnel to man the planes. The reinforcements are expected to increase the ability of Read more ›

Ugandan Journalism Code of Ethics undergoes Revision

Ugandan authorities have amended the laws regulating the activities of journalists and imposed new fees on media practitioners in the country. The amendments to the Press and Journalists Act 1995 were made through statutory instruments by the Minister for Information Read more ›

President Musuveni reacts to Sanctions over Uganda’s Anti-Homosexuality Bill

Uganda’s President Yoweri Musuveni, speaking at the 10th anniversary of the Pan-African Parliament (PAP) in Midrand, South Africa on Tuesday, has described the move by several Europeans nations to freeze aid to his country due to its enactment of an Read more ›

GAVI Alliance supports Cervical Cancer Vaccination program in Africa

A public-private alliance of several agencies primarily created to support vaccination campaigns in developing countries, GAVI, has announced that it will facilitate immunization drives against cervical cancer in Uganda, Rwanda and Uzbekistan. The Chief Executive Officer of the alliance, Dr. Read more ›

Tanzania and France Development Agency collaborate on Water Project

The government of Tanzania has entered into agreements with the French Development Agency (AFD) to facilitate projects aimed at improving local access to safe water and sanitation facilities. Finance Minister, Saada Mkuya, signed the agreement for the deal worth about $62 million on Read more ›

Regional Bar Association accuses Burundi of violating East African Community Treaty

The East African Law Society (EALS) has accused the government of Burundi of breaching Articles 6(a) and 7(2) of the East African Community’s founding treaty, which demands adherence to the rule of law and democracy. The association has reportedly therefore Read more ›

Uganda joins Regional Electronic Payment Solution Platform

Uganda has officially launched the Common Market for East and Central Africa’s (COMESA) Regional Payment and Settlement System (REPSS). The electronic payment solution, which facilitates quick and safe transfer of funds from one COMESA member country to another through their Read more ›

Uganda Accuses World Bank of Blackmail

Uganda has accused the World Bank of blackmail after the institution postponed its issuance of a $90 million loan over the country’s adoption of a controversial anti-gay law. Reports indicate that  the World Bank suspended healthcare funding as a direct Read more ›

Rwanda to Host East Africa’s Science and Technological Commission

The East African Community (EAC) has settled on Rwanda to host the upcoming East African Science and Technology Commission (EASTECO). Louise Mushikiwabo, Rwanda’s Foreign Minister, and Dr. Richard Sezibera, the EAC’s Secretary General, are reported to have signed the agreement Read more ›

East African Leaders to Introduce Central Corridor Infrastructural Projects

Leaders from the East African region will soon initiate the Central Corridor Infrastructural Project, which will include Burundi and Tanzania, reports indicate. According to reports, the Northern and Central infrastructural corridors will incorporate every member state of the EAC. Officials Read more ›