Fighting in DRC kills up to 30

Fighting in DRC kills up to 30

At least 13 people have been killed in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), however the number could be as high as 30. Mixed reports are coming in but it does seem clear that a United Nations peacekeeper was killed during the attack. A regional official told AFP they…

Pope Francis: from Uganda to CAR

Pope Francis: from Uganda to CAR

Pope Francis arrived in Uganda on Friday welcomed by President Yoweri Museveni, government officials and church leaders. He is the third Pope to have ever visited the country. On the same day he arrived Pope Francis called on the Ugandan government to establish “responsible” leadership in the country. When addressing…

Uganda: Pope Francis visit a welcome relief from campaign fever

Pope Francis visit to Uganda, a trip steeped in history, at the end of this week, threatens to bring much needed relief to a country in the throes of its most competitive presidential campaign in decades. Pope Francis will be the third Pope to visit Uganda when he touches ground…

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

Why are Ugandan anti-gay laws contributing to HIV prevalence?

In April 2009, the Parliament of Uganda passed a resolution to strengthen Laws on Homosexuality, this was a private member bill that was submitted by MP Bahati David, in October 2009.  It meant that same sex partnerships in Uganda was illegal, punishable and criminalises homosexual behaviour with prison sentences lasting…

Sarah Nakimbowa

Sarah Nakimbowa lives in Uganda and is a member of Key Correspondents, a citizen journalism network reporting for action on HIV. The network is supported by the International HIV/AIDS Alliance.

Uganda: cattle rustling – once a revered cultural practice, now a trigger of conflicts

Cattle have always been a symbol of wealth and source of livelihood among many African communities. In the north eastern region of Uganda, cattle have an additional and important function among the Karimojong and Iteso, the two major ethnic groups. Both groups use cattle as a major currency for men…

James Odong

James is an all round journalist, broadcaster, writer, talk show host and human rights activist with a passion for news, good governance, the rule of law, gender and environmental protection.

Ugandans should wake up, smell the coffee and get rid of Museveni

Elections, the vehicle that citizens are supposed to use to choose their leaders and effect the change they want, mean very little when the person you are trying to oust has spent decades entrenching himself as deeply as possible into power. This is a fact Uganda’s leading opposition leader, Dr….

Patience Akumu

Patience is a Kampala-based features writer who specialises in human rights and social justice issues.

Addressing clean energy needs in Africa – solar power

Three years ago, Rehema Kanama nearly left from her off grid rural home in western Uganda for a better life in the city. But the 35-year old single mother quickly changed her mind after signing a lease agreement with Solar Now, for a solar connection. Today she no longer has…

Diana Taremwa Karakire

Diana Taremwa Karakire is a freelance journalist based in Uganda.

Burundi violence – forcing girls into prostitution to survive

KAMPALA- The death toll is mounting in Burundi, with the United Nations (UN) putting the figure of the dead at over 200 since April. April was the time President Pierre Nkurunziza prompted protests by seeking a third term in office, despite having already served what his opponents saw as his…

Ignatius Ssuuna

Ignatius Ssuuna is an investigative journalist based in Rwanda.

Violence in CAR ahead of Pope visit

Violence in the Central African Republic has dramatically increased causing Pope Francis and his team to question whether or not his scheduled visit to the country at the end of the month will go ahead. AFP reported that “more than 100 homes were torched and several people slaughtered as sectarian violence…

Uganda gears up for three-way presidential race

At the end of the two-day nomination process in Uganda’s capital, Kampala on Wednesday, it is clear that a three-way race for the presidency is on the cards, an unfamiliar situation that promises some tantalising outcomes. President Yoweri Museveni, the wily veteran going into his fifth presidential bid, lines up…

Paul Busharizi

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

Uganda oil pipeline threatens regional alliance

A recent deal between Uganda and Tanzania to explore the viability of a joint pipeline may threaten the relationship with Kenya, which was first in line for the project. Last week Kampala announced it had signed a deal with Tanzania and oil company Total to explore the possibility of an…

Paul Busharizi

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

Uganda: Wakaliga slum bursts into a film set creating Wakaliwood

In the evenings, when the children are returning from school and the men and women are retiring from a hard day’s work, Wakaliga – a slum in Uganda’s capital, Kampala – bursts into a merry film set. There are no managers or PR teams as the characters of different movies,…

Patience Akumu

Patience is a Kampala-based features writer who specialises in human rights and social justice issues.

Shilling depreciation slows Uganda economic growth

The Ugandan shilling’s dramatic slide in the last year is putting the economy’s growth prospects under pressure and may force a rethink among planners of how the economy is structured. At the end of September the central bank quoted a mid-rate of Ushs 3,695.25 to the dollar compared to Ushs…

Paul Busharizi

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