Tag: Uganda

Ugandans embrace South Sudanese fleeing horrific war at home

Ugandans embrace South Sudanese fleeing horrific war at home

| June 19, 2017

(GIN)—Refugees pouring across the Ugandan border from South Sudan are finding an open-door policy from Ugandan officials, in part out of a sense of pan-Africanism and the realization that the borders could not be controlled no matter what kind of wall could be built there. This is Africa’s biggest human exodus since the Rwandan genocide […]

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Ugandan warlord no longer priority for U.S. capture

Ugandan warlord no longer priority for U.S. capture

| April 5, 2017

(GIN)—American special operations forces will no longer be searching for the head of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), Joseph Kony, described as a “specially designated global terrorist,” by the International Criminal Court. The Geneva-based Court issued an arrest warrant for Kony in 2005 for war crimes and crimes against humanity. A spokesman for the U.S. […]

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Ugandan senior offiials caught in ‘golden handshake’

Ugandan senior offiials caught in ‘golden handshake’

| January 11, 2017

(GIN)—Close to 50 government employees are facing a public grilling after recent revelations that they took home thousands of Ugandan shillings from a multi-million dollar oil tax settlement that was owed to the National Treasury. According to critics, this was a sign of the “resource curse,” in which free-flowing petro-dollars lead to corruption and unrest. […]

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Worst earthquake to hit Tanzania leaves hundreds injured, 16 dead

Worst earthquake to hit Tanzania leaves hundreds injured, 16 dead

| September 13, 2016

(GIN)—A 5.7-magnitude earthquake struck northwest Tanzania over the weekend and was felt throughout the Great Lakes region, local authorities said on Sunday. Tanzanian premier Kassim Majaliwa headed to the worst-hit city, Bukoba, to attend a ceremony at its stadium. “This tragic event is unprecedented. We’ve never known this in our country,” he told mourners. “The […]

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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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