Food aid suspected in hundreds of Uganda poisoning cases

Food aid suspected in hundreds of Uganda poisoning cases

The World Food Program (WFP) has stopped distributing a fortified food project used in its humanitarian aid programs after more than 200 people became sick, three of them dying, according to a Uganda International Red Cross & Red Crescent spokeswoman. The cases of people with suspected food poisoning were reported…

Rwanda, Uganda trade denials across the border

Rwanda, Uganda trade denials across the border

Uganda is denying charges from neighboring Rwanda that, among other things, it has arrested and tortured dozens of Rwandan citizens, in the latest round of a diplomatic feud between the two nations that’s led to tensions at the border. The Ugandan foreign minister also denied Kigali’s allegations that his country…

Uganda’s ruling party backs Museveni for another term

President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda has received backing from his ruling National Resistance Movement Party to seek another presidential term when the country holds general elections in 2021. Reports of the decision followed the conclusion of NRM’s Central Executive Committee (CEC) retreat at the Chobe Safari Lodge in northwest Uganda….

Uganda’s Museveni promises action on ‘blue economy’

President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda was among the top African leaders to deliver an address Monday during the opening session of the Blue Economy Conference in Nairobi, Kenya. Museveni said he was at first skeptical about the summit on oceans and water resources, but came to the conclusion that marine…

Ebola case count tops 400 in DRC, with 231 fatalities

The spread of the Ebola virus outbreak in Democratic Republic of Congo has now surpassed 400 confirmed or probable cases, the country’s Ministry of Health reported on Saturday. Another 56 cases are suspected and under investigation. That means dozens of new cases in the last two weeks, with spikes seen…

Botswana named top African safari tourism destination

Botswana has been named the best African country for safari adventures, narrowly edging out Tanzania for the first time in annual ratings conducted by SafariBookings.com. “Botswana – a study in contrasting landscapes, from the impossibly beautiful Kalahari Desert with its big skies to the watery wonderland of the famous Okavango…

Bobi Wine says Uganda is shutting down concert

Ugandan musician Bobi Wine – an opposition MP whose real name is Robert Kyagulanyi – says he has a new reason to be frustrated, some two months after the Arua incident that left his driver dead and Wine himself facing treason charges and severely injured. After seeking medical treatment in…

UK boosts aid to East African nations

Harriett Baldwin, the British Foreign Office development minister for Africa, has completed a tour of East African nations to announce development and humanitarian aid from the United Kingdom. Baldwin made stops in Uganda, Ethiopia and Somalia, including a visit with President Muse Bihi in Somaliland to pledge UK support for economic…

East African nations meet on Ebola as DRC toll reaches 113

The Ebola virus has now claimed 113 lives in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, as experts from seven East African countries completed meetings in Uganda focused on response to the outbreak. “The discussions focused on the measures to be taken to prevent the spread of the current Ebola epidemic…

New technologies key to reforming Africa’s agriculture sector

Can drones save sub-Saharan Africa from starvation? That’s the question being asked by scientists, engineers, climatologists and politicians as climate change radically alters weather patterns and temperatures on the African continent, posing new challenges to a sector that is being asked to feed a rapidly growing population while simultaneously adapting…

Arnaud Gallet

Arnaud is a French freelance writer with an African heart who has lived in 10 different Sub-Saharan countries in the past decade. He is currently based in Paris.