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Uganda and Zambia reject Huawei spying claims

Uganda has denied allegations it hacked into the encrypted communications of musician-turned-MP Bobi Wine. The Wall Street Journal alleges Ugandan officials worked with technicians from telecoms company Huawei to infiltrate the politician’s WhatsApp chat group, named Firebase crew after his band. It says authorities then “scuppered his plans to organise street rallies” and arrested Bobi Wine and his supporters. Huawei described the allegations as “unfounded and inaccurate”. It also dismissed allegations that its representatives were involved in similar intelligence-gathering operations in Zambia and Algeria. Zambia has also rejected the report. Information…

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Kagame meets young Rwandans to plan for next 25 years

President of Rwanda, Paul Kagame has met over 3000 young Rwandans as part of his “Meet the President” series. Wednesday’s meeting took place at the Rusororo based Intare Conference Arena and was also broadcast to thoe not able to be at the Arena. The gathering was aimed at providing the opportunity for Kagamae to engage with the young generation on the national aspirations for the next 25 years. Inspired by the country’s Vision 2050, Kagame encouraged the youth to be self-driven to consolidate the gains the country has made over…

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Uganda’s Winnie Byanyima secures top job at UNAIDS

Ugandan Winnie Byanyima has secured the top job at UNAIDS, a global body helping to fight the AIDS disease. Byanyima currently heads UK charity Oxfam but has now been appointed as the next executive director of UNAIDS. UNAIDS said in a statement that “Ms Byanyima brings a wealth of experience and commitment in harnessing the power of governments, multilateral agencies, the private sector and civil society to end the Aids epidemic around the world.” She is a former Member of Parliament in Uganda and engineer by training. Ms Byanyima will…

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Kenya: Plane aborts take-off after tyre stuck in pothole

A Fly540 pilot was forced to abort take-off at the Manda Airport in Lamu in Kenya after one of the plane’s tyre was stuck in a pothole on the runway. No one was hurt but the 36 passengers aboard the Nairobi-bound plane were reported to be in a state of shock and fear. They were asked to disembark from the plane after the incident which occurred on Sunday. Daily Nation reported that engineers and other airport staff had to dig the plane’s left tyre out of the pothole using shovels…

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Kenya: How lactating MP sneaked baby into parliament

On Wednesday Kenya’s Presiding Speaker Chris Omulele asked orderlies to throw out Kwale Woman representative, Zulekha Hassan for entering the chambers with her 5- month old son. There was drama in the Kenyan National Assembly when a lactating legislator was forced out of the chamber. The legislator had opposed the speaker’s action arguing that she came to breastfeed the baby while attending to the house business. But the speaker ordered that she be thrown out, ruling that the chamber is not the right place to do it. Hassan has been talking about how she sneaked…

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Over 60 people killed in fuel tanker explosion in Tanzania

A fuel tanker explosion in Tanzania has killed at least 60 people. Over 60 others have sustained severe injuries after the tanker exploded in the town of Morogoro, around 120 miles west of the capital Dar es Salaam. Reports say residents were trying to siphon fuel from the vehicle, which had overturned when the blast happened. A witness, Daniel Ngogo told Reuters “The situation is really bad. Many people died, here even those who were not stealing fuel because this is a busy place.” Ngogo adds that “The fire was…

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Kenya: Fart compels speaker to halt assembly sitting

A foul smell as a result of a reported fart has disrupted a Kenyan regional assembly sitting. The sitting debating the provision of market stalls was halted on the orders of the Speaker. Assembly member Julius Gaya drew the attention of the Homa Bay County Assembly speaker to the development which led to finger pointing. “Honourable Speaker, one of us has polluted the air and I know who it is.” But the accused member denied being responsible. “I am not the one. I cannot do such a thing in front of…

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Rwanda to host global business forum on AfCFTA

Rwanda is set to host a major investment forum on August 9 with focus being placed on the Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) and how to attract Foreign Direct Investments. The forum is dubbed the Golden Business Forum and is set to host over 600 investors and delegates from across the world. Set to take place at Rwanda’s Radisson Blu and Convention Center it will seek to connect Africa Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) to the rest of the world. Rwanda Private Sector Federation (PSF) is the organizing body.…

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Kenyan: Lactating MP with baby thrown out of parliament

There was drama in the Kenyan National Assembly on Wednesday when a lactating legislator was forced out of the chamber. The Presiding Speaker Chris Omulele asked orderlies to throw out Kwale Woman representative, Zulekha Hassan for entering the chambers with her 5- month old son. The legislator had opposed the speaker’s action arguing that she came to breastfeed the baby while attending to the house business. “I had an emergency and decided not to miss work but come with the baby. She is not an atomic bomb and can’t explode,” Ms. Hassan said…

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Uganda: Bobi Wine charged with annoying Museveni

Outspoken Ugandan MP and musician Bobi Wine has been charged with intending to annoy, alarm or ridicule President Yoweri Museveni. He is also charged with possessing fire arm. These charges add to an already charge of treason against him. If convicted, Wine could face life in prison. In 2018 Bobi Wine and his supporters were arrested for masterminding the hurling of stones at the presidential convey during. That alleged incident happened days before a by-election in the northern town of Arua. He was then reported to have been tortured while…

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