Tag: Uganda

Gay pride again target of Ugandan police

Gay pride again target of Ugandan police

| August 9, 2016

(GIN)—Police are resuming their attacks on Uganda’s mostly underground LGBTI community—raiding night clubs and making arrests. The renewed police activity comes as gays and rights activists mark the day and month in which a law requiring homosexuals to be jailed for life was overturned. During the latest crackdown on Aug. 4, police unlawfully raided a […]

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Troubles mount in Uganda after inauguration walkout

Troubles mount in Uganda after inauguration walkout

(GIN)—“Blunt” is probably too kind a word for the remarks made by Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni at his inaugural ceremony that sent his western allies scrambling for the exits. The ceremony is usually a celebratory affair, with dignitaries from around the world applauding the leader for scoring high enough in the polls to win another […]

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Rwandans recall ‘genocide ideology’ at memorial observance

Rwandans recall ‘genocide ideology’ at memorial observance

| April 5, 2016

(GIN)—Candle lighting, a minute of silence, the laying of wreaths and other memorial ceremonies will be held this week when Rwanda recalls the genocide in 1994 that took 800,000 lives. It is also a time for diplomats and local leaders to talk with communities about the atrocities of genocide and the importance of working towards […]

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Liberia outsourcing public education to U.S. firm

Liberia outsourcing public education to U.S. firm

| April 5, 2016

(GIN)—In what might be a first in Africa, Liberia will put its entire pre-primary and primary education system in the hands of a U.S. start-up that would bring a charter school model to struggling schools on the continent. Bridge International Academies already has a presence in Kenya, Nigeria, and Uganda. Despite a headquarters in Nairobi, […]

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Ugandans dispute outcome election giving president fifth term

Ugandans dispute outcome election giving president fifth term

| February 24, 2016

Retirement? Not for President Yoweri Museveni. The 71-year-old leader, who already held office for three decades, once knocked African leaders who “overstay.” Whereas some leaders gather their memories and go, Museveni went to the mat for a fifth term as commander in chief. But, the fight was messy and he stands to squander his legacy […]

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New Iran trade deal bonus for Kenyan tea planters

New Iran trade deal bonus for Kenyan tea planters

| February 16, 2016

(GIN)—Kenya’s tea planters are in for a much-needed lift with or without caffeine as trade with one the world’s 10 biggest tea-consuming nations comes on line. East African tea exports to Iran are expected to jump more than fivefold by 2019 as trade with the Persian Gulf nation normalizes after western sanctions are lifted, a […]

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Ugandans jockey for place as election comes down to wire

Ugandans jockey for place as election comes down to wire

| February 16, 2016

(GIN)—A crowded field of candidates squared off with President Yoweri Museveni at a rare debate this week, just days before national polls slated to take place. The debate was held at the glamorous five-star Kampala Serena Hotel Victoria Hall in the capital Kampala. It confirmed various opinion poll projections: that the upcoming contest is a […]

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Zika sighting—a new tourist industry in Uganda

Zika sighting—a new tourist industry in Uganda

| February 9, 2016

(GIN)—The unspoiled Zika forest, located on the edge of Lake Victoria, home to birds, leopards, rabbits, pythons and other wildlife, is suddenly abuzz with curious western journalists and others eager to visit the birthplace of the mosquito which has been linked to an alarming condition among newborns in Brazil. “People have been calling me and […]

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Africa’s non-stop sun now powers solar bus

Africa’s non-stop sun now powers solar bus

| February 2, 2016

(GIN)—The Ugandan manufacturers of a solar-powered bus are showing off their creation at a stadium in Kampala. A 35-seater, it uses two batteries and the direct rays of an equatorial sun. Solar panels attached to the roof power the 35-seater. Hopefully, partners will be found to help manufacture the bus for the mass market. The […]

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In visit to Nairobi slums, pope decries greed of elites

In visit to Nairobi slums, pope decries greed of elites

| December 1, 2015

(GIN)–The head of the Catholic Church, making a historic trip to three countries in Africa, stopped in Nairobi’s Kangemi “informal settlement”, one of the city’s 12 enormous slums where approximately 60 percent of the population resides. With no sewage system and limited electricity, about 200,000 people live in Kangemi under tin roofs, on steep slopes […]

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