Museveni defends Uganda’s new social media tax

Museveni defends Uganda’s new social media tax

President Yoweri Museveni, known for the occasionally wordy post on whatever topic is at hand, has taken to Facebook to defend a controversial tax, imposed on social media and money mobile users, that went into effect at the beginning of July. Museveni pointedly said he wanted to use social media…

Museveni focuses on health care at EAC summit

Museveni focuses on health care at EAC summit

Leaders of the East African Community (EAC) nations continued their focus on infrastructure development and – for the first time – held a retreat on health sector financing and development, as part of a summit hosted by President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda. The president, with his long advocacy of African…

IGAD set to begin new round of South Sudan negotiations

As South Sudan reaches the four-year mark in its civil war, the regional Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) plans Monday to move forward with talks meant to end the conflict. The High-Level Revitalization Forum (HLRF) in Addis Ababa is designed to re-energize the Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict…

Poll: Ugandans don’t want presidential age-limit change

Voters in Uganda support an existing age limit for presidential candidates by a wide margin, according to poll results released by Afrobarometer over the weekend. The survey teams interviewed 1,200 Ugandans in late December and early January, the Ghana-based organization said. They found that 75 percent of voters favored keeping…

In Uganda, Guterres calls on South Sudan’s leaders to end war

United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres completes his “Solidarity Summit” visit to Uganda on Friday, in an effort to raise the visibility of refugees and increase support for them and their host communities. Hosted by Guterres and Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, the summit of delegates, donors and heads of state hopes to…

Mumbere charged with murder as Ugandan death toll rises to 126

Ugandan tribal king Charles Wesley Mumbere was formally charged with murder on Tuesday, following weekend clashes that left scores of people dead in the western region of Rwenzori. Mumbere was arrested in Kasese, amid renewed violence that broke out between the ethnic Bakonzo and Ugandan security forces. The region of…