Djibouti-Ethiopia rail runs set for October start

Djibouti-Ethiopia rail runs set for October start

Test runs of the new railway linking Addis Ababa and Djibouti may come as early as next week, now that the $345 million project, funded primarily by China, is near completion. Officials with Ethiopian Railway Corporation say trial service will run for three to six months on the line, beginning…

Kenyan Lalampaa receives Stanford global environment award

Kenyan Lalampaa receives Stanford global environment award

Kenyan Tom Lalampaa, the chief program officer at the Northern Rangelands Trust conservancy, will speak Wednesday afternoon at Stanford University as he receives this year’s Stanford Bright Award. Lalampaa was selected for the 2016 award, which is given annually to an otherwise unsung hero for significant contributions to global sustainability….

Swaziland court ruling on Terror Act opens door to reforms

Democracy and human rights activists say they welcome a Swaziland court decision to declare the Suppression of Terror Act unconstitutional. Earlier this week, the country’s High Court ruled against a ban that opponents have long argued is misused to protected King Mswati from opposition challenges, and prevents political and social…

#Malawi corruption: Who bears the cost?

As British ambassador Michael Nevin leaves his four-year posting at Lilongwe, his recent remarks about Malawi’s future are disheartening. Nevin, who will be replaced by new High Commissioner Holly Tett, irked some Malawi government officials when he said the nation is significantly more corrupt now, and that the rule of…

How one women’s group is fighting climate change in Uganda

On a slanting hill, Beatrice Rukanyanga looks over her lush green fruit garden boosted by weeks of steady rains, a rare occurrence in this part of the country after seasons of back-to-back droughts. Beatrice started fruit tree growing after joining the Kwatanisa Womens Group, a local group in Uganda’s Hoima district…

Diana Taremwa Karakire

Diana Taremwa Karakire is a freelance journalist based in Uganda.

Israel and Africa in 2016: where to next?

President of Kenya Uhuru Kenyatta visited Israel in recent days amidst much talk of deepening engagement between Israel and wider Africa. The demonstrates the potential for a strong future between the two nations that already shares a storied past. As with Kenya, Israel’s relationship with a number of African nations is traced back…

Palestinian officials criticise Kenyatta’s visit to Israel

The Palestine Liberation Organisation (PLO) criticized Kenyan President, Uhuru Kenyatta for his trip to Israel saying that the move betrayed support for the liberation of Palestine. Kenyatta visited occupied East Jerusalem and what is considered an illegal Israeli settlement in the Jordan Valley by the Palestinian people. PLO Secretary General,…

Magufuli: what next?

John Pombe Magufuli earned a doctorate in Chemistry from the University of Dar es Salaam in 2009 and five years later became president of Tanzania. He has since impressed many, including his former critics with his hands on leadership style in the East African nation. “I will fight corruption without fear or favor; I will…

Diana Taremwa Karakire

Diana Taremwa Karakire is a freelance journalist based in Uganda.

Victory for Museveni in Uganda polls brings legacy into sharp relief

Uganda president Yoweri Museveni’s victory to rule for a fifth term  left the capital, Kampala, an opposition stronghold, in stunned silence as dark clouds loomed over the east African nation’s political future. After a three month campaign the Electoral commission announced that Museveni had won an assailable 5.6m votes or…

Paul Busharizi

Paul Busharizi is currently a contributing editor (Business & Politics) at the Uganda's leading daily the New Vision.