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Kenya, Uganda latest to receive IMF help against pandemic

May 07, 2020 - 7:00 AM

Both Kenya and Uganda face severe economic shocks amid efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19, says the International Monetary Fund

DISTANCING. Vendors practice physical distancing at the Nakasero market in Kampala, Uganda, on April 7, 2020. Photo by Badru Katumba/AFP

Ebola death toll breaks 1,500 mark in DR Congo

Jun 25, 2019 - 8:27 AM

As of Sunday, June 23, 1,506 people have died out of 2,239 recorded Ebola cases in the Democratic Republic of Congo

A health worker wears protective gears at the Mpondwe Health Screening Facility in the Uganda border town with the Democratic Republic of Congo, on June 13, 2019. A grandmother in Uganda has died from Ebola, health officials said on June 12, 2019, the second fatality in the country since a major outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo crossed the border. ISAAC KASAMANI / AFP

Tanzania 'in danger' following Ebola cases in neighbor Uganda – minister

Jun 16, 2019 - 5:38 PM

Tanzania Health Minister Ummy Mwalimu says the alert is necessary given the frequent interactions between Tanzanian and Ugandan people 'via the official borders or by other, unofficial channels'

EBOLA. In this file photo taken on December 12, 2018 a member of the medical staff of the Ebola Treatment Unit (ETU) puts on her Personal Protective Equipment during a weekly rehearsal at the Bwera General Hospital in Bwera bordering with DRC, western Uganda. File photo by Isaac Kasamani /AFP

WHO emergency panel meets on Ebola after Uganda deaths

Jun 14, 2019 - 11:25 PM

The current Ebola crisis, which began in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo last August, has recorded more than 2,000 cases, including 1,411 deaths

FIGHT AGAINST EBOLA. In this file photo taken on December 12, 2018 a member of the medical staff of the Ebola Treatment Unit (ETU) gets ready as she checks her Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in front of the mirror during a weekly rehearsal at the Bwera General Hospital in Bwera bordering with DRC, western Uganda. File photo by Isaac Kasamani/AFP

Second patient dies of Ebola in Uganda, as death toll climbs in DRC

Jun 13, 2019 - 3:05 PM

(UPDATED) WHO will hold an emergency meeting Friday, June 14, to determine whether to declare the outbreak 'a public health emergency of international concern'

EBOLA IN UGANDA. In this file photo taken on December 12, 2018 a member of the medical staff of the Ebola Treatment Unit (ETU) puts on her Personal Protective Equipment during a weekly rehearsal at the Bwera General Hospital in Bwera bordering with DRC, western Uganda. File photo by Isaac Kasamani /AFP

Boy dies of Ebola in Uganda as virus spreads from DR Congo

Jun 12, 2019 - 7:54 PM

The World Health Organization confirms that Uganda has now recorded 3 cases of Ebola, in the first spread across the country's porous western border with the Democratic Republic of Congo

FIGHT AGAINST EBOLA. In this file photo taken on December 12, 2018 a member of the medical staff of the Ebola Treatment Unit (ETU) gets ready as she checks her Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) in front of the mirror during a weekly rehearsal at the Bwera General Hospital in Bwera bordering with DRC, western Uganda. File photo by Isaac Kasamani/AFP

5 dead, dozens missing in Uganda landslides – Red Cross

Jun 05, 2019 - 10:06 PM

Around 50 people are believed missing and 150 houses destroyed after the landslides in the foothills of Mount Elgon – an extinct volcano with 5 major peaks

MOUNT ELGON. This file photo shows Uganda's nature with the Mount Elgon national park in the background. Image via Shutterstock

Uganda hunt for kidnapped U.S. tourist enters third day

Apr 04, 2019 - 9:53 PM

'The operation to rescue the tourist is still ongoing,' Uganda's tourism minister, Godfrey Kiwanda, says on Thursday, April 4.

QUEEN ELIZABETH NATIONAL PARK. A hunt for a tourist and driver kidnapped from Queen Elizabeth National Park is underway. Image from Shutterstock.

Manhunt in Uganda after U.S. tourist and driver kidnapped

Apr 04, 2019 - 12:07 AM

Four kidnappers stop a group of tourists at gunpoint around dusk on Tuesday, April 2, as they pass through the Queen Elizabeth National Park to see wild animals

At least 30 drown in Uganda pleasure boat disaster

Nov 25, 2018 - 9:18 PM

Witnesses claim the vessel may have been rushed back into service following a renovation in order to take advantage of the profitable end-of-year party season

At least 31 dead after Uganda landslide – official

Oct 12, 2018 - 4:01 PM

The disaster took place on Thursday, October 11, and also involved a river bursting its banks in the town of Bukalasi in the Bududa district, sending muddy water coursing through a market

Desperate search for missing after deadly Lake Victoria disaster

Sep 21, 2018 - 2:02 PM

(UPDATED) The MV Nyerere may have been carrying as many as 200 passengers -- double the ferry's capacity -- when it capsized close to the pier on Ukara Island

Paris Gay Games a respite for oppressed athletes

Aug 11, 2018 - 9:55 PM

LGBT competitors from China to Uganda share their stories

GAY GAMES 2018. Ugandan swimmer Clare Byarugaba competes during the swimming competition at the 2018 Gay Games edition at The Georges-Vallerey swimming pool in Paris on August 9, 2018. Photo by Lucas Barioulet/AFP

Ugandans raise volume on social media tax protests

Jul 24, 2018 - 7:05 PM

In an unusual protest, a recorded message is broadcast from loudspeakers at strategic points across the capital Kampala, according to witnesses

Uganda police fire teargas, bullets at social media tax protest

Jul 11, 2018 - 8:01 PM

President Yoweri Museveni justifies the tax move saying many citizens do not pay their taxes as they were meant to, and should not 'donate money to foreign companies through chatting or even lying' on social media

SOCIAL MEDIA TAX. A woman reads a message on social media tax as she scrolls through her Facebook account on her phone in Kampala on July 5, 2018. File photo by Isaac Kasamani/AFP

11 killed, 7 missing as tensions rise in DR Congo's east

Jul 07, 2018 - 11:53 PM

The latest violence in the restive provinces of North and South Kivu underscores the fragility of a region which has been wracked by ethnic and rebel violence since the mid-1990s

Daily $0.05 'social media tax' causes outcry in Uganda

Jul 04, 2018 - 1:36 PM

In East African country Uganda, a new law requires citizens to pay the government $0.05 for one-day access to Facebook, Tinder, Twitter, WhatsApp, and Grindr

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48 killed as Uganda bus rams into tractor and truck

May 26, 2018 - 8:36 PM

'Evacuation teams are working tirelessly to rescue the injured,' says an Ugandan police spokeswoman

Hundreds dead as floods wreak havoc in East Africa

May 04, 2018 - 10:45 PM

Kenya Red Cross says 112 people have lost their lives countrywide since early March

LONG RAINY SEASON. Scenes like this truck falling off the road are typical in Nairobi now that unusually heavy showers have heralded the beginning of Kenya's long rainy season. Photo by Tony Karumba/AFP

Ebola-like Marburg virus kills 2 in Uganda – official

Oct 19, 2017 - 10:10 PM

'Blood samples were taken from two people who have since died and were found positive for Marburg,' Uganda's health ministry permanent secretary, Dr. Diana Atwine says

Ugandan students defy ban to protest over presidential age limit

Sep 21, 2017 - 9:04 PM

Police on Wednesday issued an order banning protests in the east African county, but it is ignored by hundreds of students at the country's main Makerere University. The students are tear-gassed, chased, and detained by armed officers.

ARRESTED FOR PROTESTING. A student of Makerere University is arrested by police officers during a protest against plans to scrap a presidential age limit from the constitution in Kampala on September 21, 2017. Photo by Isaac Kasamani/AFP

Disguised Uganda minister catches corrupt hospital workers

Sep 16, 2017 - 8:24 PM

Uganda's health minister, Sarah Opendi, catches two medical workers demanding bribes for free government services


Fear, confusion as Uganda 'serial killer' murders pile up

Sep 16, 2017 - 5:24 PM

'We don't have one serial killer on the loose, but we have a group of people,' says the Uganda police

Ugandans invent 'smart jacket' to diagnose pneumonia

Jan 22, 2017 - 8:10 PM

The prototype Mama Ope Mother s Hope jacket can diagnose pneumonia up to 3 times faster than a doctor according to its inventors

Telecommunications engineer Olivia Koburongo fits a child with the mama-ope kit at the Makerere University of Public Health in Kampala on January 16, 2017.  A team of Ugandan engineers has invented a "smart jacket" that diagnoses pneumonia faster than a doctor, offering hope against a disease which kills more children worldwide than any other. / AFP PHOTO / ISAAC KASAMANI

Ugandan tribal king arrested after clashes kill 55

Nov 27, 2016 - 7:20 PM

3rd UPDATE King Charles Wesley Mumbere of the Rwenzururu kingdom will be charged with inciting violence

10 countries host half world's refugees – Amnesty

Oct 04, 2016 - 3:02 PM

Countries immediately neighboring crisis zones – led by Jordan Turkey and Pakistan – bear the brunt of the global refugee problem

ESCAPE. In this file photo, Syrian refugees carry their belongings as they wait to enter Jordanian side of the Hadalat border crossing, a military zone east of the capital Amman, after arriving from Syria on May 4, 2016. Khalil Mazraawi/AFP

Uganda stops paying more than 5,500 'ghost' civil servants

Aug 11, 2016 - 8:35 PM

The removal of the ghost employees from the government s payroll is part of Uganda s efforts to fight corruption

epa04954880 Ugandan President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni delivers his speech during the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly at United Nations headquarters in New York, New York, USA, 28 September 2015. The General Debate runs through 03 October 2015. EPA/MATT CAMPBELL

Uganda switches sides, dumping North Korea for South

May 30, 2016 - 5:20 PM

The declaration comes after a meeting between Uganda s President Yoweri Museveni and his South Korean counterpart Park Geun Hye

South Korea's President Park Geun-Hye (R) drinks a toast with Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni (L) meet at State House in Entebbe, on May 29, 2016. Museveni vowed to cut military and security ties with North Korea in line with UN sanctions imposed following Pyongyang's nuclear and missile tests, a Seoul official said on May 29.  / AFP PHOTO / -

Uganda 2010 bombing mastermind found guilty

May 26, 2016 - 9:33 PM

Judge Alfonse Owiny Dollo says Issa Luyima a Ugandan had been shown during the trial to have played a key part in planning the attacks

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Uganda opposition leader taken into police custody

Feb 22, 2016 - 4:26 PM

Kizza Besigye has rejected the results of Thursday s February 18 election won by veteran President Yoweri Museveni and called on his supporters to join a protest march on Monday

Kizza Besigye, the leader of the main opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC), speaks during a news conference held at his home in Kasangati, on the outskirts of Kampala, Uganda, February 21, 2016. Dai Kurokawa/EPA

Uganda's Museveni wins fifth term

Feb 20, 2016 - 10:14 PM

The eastern African country’s sitting president wins his 5th term in office by winning 60 of the sometimes chaotic elections in a result that the opposition labels ‘fraudulent’

Pedestrians walk near a campaign billboard featuring the country's incumbent president Yoweri Museveni in Entebbe, Uganda, 26 January 2016. File Photo by EPA/MIKKO PIHAVAARA

Veteran Museveni leads count in chaotic Uganda election

Feb 19, 2016 - 11:20 PM

As voting concluded on Friday provisional results gave the 71 year old leader 63 of the vote with nearly half of polling centers counted

Pedestrians walk near a campaign billboard featuring the country's incumbent president Yoweri Museveni in Entebbe, Uganda, 26 January 2016. EPA/MIKKO PIHAVAARA

Second day of voting in chaotic Uganda election

Feb 19, 2016 - 3:45 PM

Initial results are expected as early as Saturday afternoon February 20 with the leading presidential candidate requiring more than 50 of votes cast to avoid a run off

UGANDA VOTE. An electoral agent holds up a ballot paper as he counts votes while voters observe closely at a polling station in Kampala, Uganda, February 18, 2016. Photo by Dai Kurokawa/EPA

Museveni eyes 5th term as Uganda votes for president

Feb 18, 2016 - 2:32 PM

Museveni and his ruling National Resistance Movement NRM party facing a challenge from 7 candidates are predicted to win a fifth term

Pedestrians walk near a campaign billboard featuring the country's incumbent president Yoweri Museveni in Entebbe, Uganda, January 26, 2016. Mikko Pihavaara/EPA

Ruling party campaign sets stage for victory in Uganda

Feb 16, 2016 - 2:00 PM

The violence in pursuit of victory that characterized previous polls has scarcely been seen

PREPARATION. A volunteer checks to make sure ballot boxes are intact on February 15, 2016, in Kampala in a warehouse of the Electoral Commission ahead of the presidential election. Isaac Kasamani/AFP

Fierce clashes between UN peacekeepers, Uganda rebels in DRCongo

Dec 01, 2015 - 11:07 PM

UN peacekeepers clash with rebels in Uganda

Uganda passes controversial NGO bill on eve of pope's arrival

Nov 27, 2015 - 6:40 PM

Civil society groups say the legislation gives the government unprecedented powers including the ability to shut down non governmental organizations and jail their members

Pope warns poverty fuels conflict on landmark Africa trip

Nov 25, 2015 - 10:43 PM

UPDATED Francis says he has come with joy to make his first visit to Africa and plays down safety fears joking he is more worried about the mosquitoes

VIVA EL PAPA. Pope Francis, flanked by Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta, is entertained by Maasai traditional dancers after arriving in Nairobi on November 25. Photo by Simon Maina/AFP

Security concerns as Pope Francis makes first Africa tour

Nov 24, 2015 - 12:04 PM

The pontiff is visiting Kenya Uganda and Central African Republic which have been troubled by violence

WELCOME, POPE FRANCIS! A man reads a Catholic newspaper Catholic Mirror after a Sunday mass at the Holy Family Minor Basilica church in Nairobi, Kenya, November 22, 2015. Dai Kurokawa/EPA

Pope's Central Africa trip still on cards despite violence

Nov 03, 2015 - 8:26 AM

Vatican: The pope s visit to CAR remains on the program Francis greatly desires to go there

In this file photo, Pope Francis waves goodbye during a departure ceremony at Bandaranaike International Airport in Katunayake, near Colombo, Sri Lanka, on January 15, 2015. Lakruwan Wanniarachch/AFP

South Sudan's Kiir signs peace deal despite doubts

Aug 27, 2015 - 7:43 AM

The signing ceremony is held in the capital Juba under the threat of UN sanctions if Kiir fails to put his name to the accord

In this file photo, the President of South Sudan, Salva Kiir (L) looks on during a peace meeting held with regional leaders in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, June 10, 2014. Daniel Getachew/EPA

No South Sudan peace but president dodges sanctions for now

Aug 18, 2015 - 12:39 PM

UPDATED South Sudan s government refuse to sign a peace deal with rebels despite the threat of international sanctions but will return to finalize an agreement within 15 days

MEETING FOR PEACE. Rebel chief Riek Machar (L) and South Sudan's President (C) attend peace deal talks in Addis Ababa on August 17, 2015. Stringer/AFP

S.Sudan leader heads to peace talks as deadline looms

Aug 16, 2015 - 10:00 PM

South Sudan s government and rebels are under intense diplomatic pressure to sign a deal by August 17 to end a 20 month civil war in which tens of thousands of people have been killed

PEACE TALKS COLLAPSE. In this file photo, South Sudan's President Salva Kiir (L) walks prior to a meeting on March 3, 2015 in Addis Ababa, as part of the latest round of peace talks to end over 14 months of conflict. File photo by Zacharias Abubeker/AFP

'Rap-orters': telling the news in Uganda hip-hop style

Jun 09, 2015 - 1:09 PM

They used to say [news is] boring but when they see NewzBeat they re like what s the time?

CREATIVE MIND. A picture taken on April 17, 2015 shows Newzbeat's writer and producer Daniel Kisekka aka 'Survivor' working on his laptop at the company's office in Kampala. Isaac Kasamani/AFP

Slum girl to silver screen: Uganda's chess prodigy

Mar 01, 2015 - 1:30 PM

Phiona Mutesi s tale of triumph over adversity is being turned into a Hollywood epic

CHESS CHAMP. 18-year-old Phiona Mutesi plays a game of chess with her colleagues at the chess academy in Kibuye, Kampala, on January 26, 2015. Isaac Kasamani/AFP

ICC prosecutor in Uganda after LRA rebel chief's capture

Feb 26, 2015 - 11:13 PM

ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda will tour northern Uganda on a 5 day visit

A woman walks up to the offices of the International Criminal Court (ICC) in the Hague, 01 July 2002. Robin Utrecht/EPA/ANP/AFP

Rwanda journalist questioned over threats

Jan 02, 2015 - 11:13 PM

The BBC is currently under investigation in Rwanda over the broadcast of a controversial documentary on the central African country s leadership and the 1994 genocide

Ugandan maid pleads guilty to baby torture

Dec 08, 2014 - 10:08 PM

The 22 year old maid Jolly Tumuhiirwe appears smartly dressed in a floral shirt coming face to face in court with the baby s father Eric Kamanzi who reportedly broke down as she apologized for her actions

Uganda lawmakers ready new anti-gay bill as 'Christmas gift'

Dec 05, 2014 - 6:26 PM

MP Latif Ssebagala tells the Daily Monitor newspaper he wants to pass the bill as a present to Ugandans