Islamic State claims role in Kampala blast, death toll rises to 4

Islamic State claims role in Kampala blast, death toll rises to 4

Islamic State has claimed responsibility for the twin bomb blasts that killed four people in Kampala on Tuesday, saying that three affiliated terrorists were responsible for the attacks along Parliament Avenue. The Ugandan Police Force has said that Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) and aligned groups executed the attacks, the latest…

Google commits $1 billion in new funding to Africa’s digital future

Google commits $1 billion in new funding to Africa’s digital future

Google announced a US$1 billion commitment to the continent’s digital transformation during the company’s first-ever Google for Africa livestream event on Wednesday. The investment, planned across the next five years, will support several initiatives. They include completion of Equiano, an undersea cable meant to improve Internet speeds and drive down…

Uganda reports first case of Indian COVID variant

Ugandan officials say they’ve confirmed the first case of a COVID-19 variant that emerged in India and has contributed to that nation’s overwhelming coronavirus outbreak. The Ministry of Health confirmed the presence of the B.1.617 variant on Thursday, noting that it was identified in travelers who returned from India to Kampala…

Museveni wins in Uganda, Wine remains under military guard

President Yoweri Museveni was named the winner of Uganda’s contentious presidential election on Saturday, with the country’s electoral commission confirming a 58.6 percent of the vote for the 76-year-old leader and his ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) party. Opposition leader Bobi Wine and the National Unity Platform (NUP) party secured…

Wine claims fraud in Uganda election, rejects reports of Museveni lead

Uganda’s electoral commission says it will report the results of Thursday’s presidential election within 48 hours, but tensions remained high Friday as President Yoweri Museveni seeks another much-disputed term and challenger Bobi Wine warns of continued arrests and interference. Wine, a member of parliament and activist musician with the real…

Uganda awaits vote result after heavy turnout at polls

Uganda’s electoral commission says it will report the results of Thursday’s presidential election within 48 hours, but tensions remain high in the meantime as President Yoweri Museveni seeks another much-disputed term and challenger Bobi Wine warns of continued arrests and interference. Wine, a member of parliament and activist musician with…

Kenyan firm offers farmers AI-based locust monitoring tech

East Africans are now using an early warning tool powered by artificial intelligence (AI) to help farmers fight off locusts that have devastated crops and communities across the past year. The new tool from Selina Wamucii, a platform that connects farmers and markets across Africa, is called Kuzi, the Swahili…

Latest Virunga attack claims six ranger lives

Six park rangers died in an attack by an armed group in Virunga National Park on Sunday in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Another ranger was seriously wounded, the park said in a statement. “The ranger has been evacuated to hospital in Goma and his injuries are no longer considered…

Wine targeted again as Uganda moves toward presidential election

Opposition candidate Bobi Wine and his National Unity Platform party endured another round of clashes on Tuesday in Uganda, where the popular singer and member of parliament hopes to unseat President Yoweri Museveni in January’s presidential election. Wine, MP for the Kyadondo East area in Kampala, said supporters gathered for…

Uganda’s gorillas thrive as tourism takes a COVID hit

Uganda is celebrating the birth of another baby mountain gorilla, the fifth such arrival for the endangered species in the last six weeks. The latest little gorilla was born to Ruterana, an adult female in the Rushegura family group that lives in the Bwindi forest. It is her third child,…