Uganda’s Bobi Wine plans presidential run

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

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

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…

Pompeo declines comment on U.S. tourist abduction in Uganda

In the United States, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo declined to comment Wednesday on the reported abduction of a U.S. citizen in Uganda, when asked by reporters during a media availability held with the visiting Felix Tshisekedi of Democratic Republic of Congo. Ugandan officials reported the attack by an armed…

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

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…