Ugandan activist demands climate justice at COP25

Ugandan activist demands climate justice at COP25

A “Fridays for the Future” press conference, led by climate activists Greta Thunberg of Sweden and Luisa Neubauer of Germany on Monday, intentionally focused not on their highly visible voices but rather those activists who hail from the Global South. Among them was Hilda Nakabuye, a climate activist from Uganda…

Kenya landslide toll at 37 as rains continue over East Africa

Kenya landslide toll at 37 as rains continue over East Africa

The death toll has risen to 37 in Kenya, where authorities continue to deal with heavy rains and landslides in West Pokot, a county along the border with Uganda. Saturday’s massive downpours complicated the rescue efforts, isolating communities because of closed roads and leaving “already remote areas virtually unreachable,” according…

Hong Kong, Africa and the One China policy

Hong Kong, Africa and the One China policy

Most African nations adhere to the “One China” policy of Beijing and are careful to avoid offense when the policy comes into diplomatic question. The South African kingdom of eSwatini, for example, is the only nation on the continent that maintains its diplomatic ties with Taiwan; the Dalai Lama of…

Museveni promotes African unity at WEF meeting in Cape Town

President Yoweri Museveni, true to his pan-African convictions, said Thursday that unity is the key to ending the continent’s many conflicts and businesses contribute to the cause of peace by establishing stability. “Thriving businesses cause social transformation which changes society,” said Museveni, speaking at a session of the World Economic…

Uganda confirms another cross-border Ebola case

Another Ebola case was reported in Uganda on Thursday as the ongoing outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo reached the new milestone of more than 2,000 fatalities. Uganda’s Ministry of Health said a 9-year-old Congolese girl traveled into the nation’s Kasese district at Mpwonde (above) with her mother, in order…

Uganda’s Byanyima to lead UNAIDS

Uganda’s Winnie Byanyima will serve as the new executive director for UNAIDS, overseeing the efforts of some 11 different United Nations agencies and their global partners united in the fight to end HIV/AIDS. Byanyima said she’s pleased to accept the position at such a critical time for UNAIDS.  “The end…

Uganda’s Bobi Wine plans presidential run

Uganda’s Bobi Wine says he plans to challenge President Yoweri Museveni for the presidency in 2021, but he expects ongoing threats as the government continues to shut down opposition politicians. Wine, a popular musician elected to parliament in 2017 whose real name is Robert Kyagulanyi, made his case in an…

Tedros in DR Congo as Ebola death toll hits 1,427

Although the World Health Organization decided Friday that the Ebola crisis does not yet warrant an international emergency declaration, the outbreak continues in Democratic Republic of Congo where they’ve now reached a total of 2,143 cases. Among them are 1,427 fatalities, according to the daily update from the Congolese Ministry…

Tedros: WHO plans emergency meeting as Ebola spreads to Uganda

The World Health Organization plans an emergency meeting on Friday, following the news that Ebola has spread from eastern Democratic Republic of Congo into Uganda. WHO Director General Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus said the International Health Regulations (IHR) Emergency Committee will meet in Geneva to determine if the spread of the…

Amnesty honors Fridays for Future youth activists with top award

Young climate change activists from across the globe have received Amnesty International’s Ambassador of Conscience Award for 2019, for their work in the Fridays for Future movement spearheaded by Greta Thunberg of Sweden. “We are humbled and inspired by the determination with which youth activists across the world are challenging…

African doctors named for Hideyo Noguchi Africa Prize

Two doctors, one working in Uganda and the other in Democratic Republic of Congo, have been named as this year’s recipients of the Hideyo Noguchi Africa Prize. The award established by the Japanese government honors people and organizations dedicated to research and medical advances that fight disease in Africa. Dr….

Uganda says 2 abducted from safari park are safe

Ugandan officials say they’ve rescued a United States citizen and her driver, who were abducted last week while on a safari tour of Queen Elizabeth National Park, one of the country’s premier conservation areas and tourist destinations near the border with Democratic Republic of Congo. Police say they are still…