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At least nine killed in fuel tanker explosion in Uganda

A fuel tanker explosion on Sunday has killed at least nine people, with several others reportedly unaccounted for. Local media reported that the incident occurred in Kyambura trading centre, Rubirizi District, in western Uganda. A local official Harriet Nabukenya told Daily Monitor that the driver of the fuel truck lost control and rammed into two commuter taxis parked on the roadside. The collision resulted in the explosion with about 40 retail and wholesale shops being burnt. Many residents and traders have reported of losing all their goods and property in…

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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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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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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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Ebola vaccine trial begins in Uganda as virus spreads

A trial of an experimental Ebola vaccine has started in Uganda as efforts continue to prevent spread of the virus. Health officials in Uganda said the trial started on Monday to deal with a disease that has killed more than 1,800 people in neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo. The MVA-BN vaccine was developed by Johnson&Johnson and will last for two years, Uganda’s Medical Research Council (MRC) said. The MRC statement revealed that the vaccine will be administered to up to 800 health professionals and frontline workers. These workers will include…

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Bobi Wine supporter dies after abduction and torture

A supporter of popular and outspoken Ugandan MP, Bobi Wine who was brutally attacked by unknown persons has died. Michael Alinda aka Ziggy Wine was first reported to have been kidnapped on 21 July on his way to recording studios in the capital, Kampala. He was later found with one eye plucked out and two of his fingers were also cut off and his belongings taken away. But after dies of fighting to stay alive, Ziggy Wine has been reported to have died. Bobi Wine, whose real name is Robert…

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Bobi Wine supporter brutally attacked, left fighting for his life

A supporter of popular and outspoken Ugandan MP, Bobi Wine has been brutally attacked by unknown persons. Michael Alinda aka Ziggy Wine was first reported to have been kidnapped but was later found with one eye plucked out. Two of his fingers were also cut off and his belongings taken away. Bobi Wine, whose real name is Robert Kyagulanyi said on Twitter that his friend Ziggy was kidnapped a couple of weeks ago by unknown people who beat him beyond recognition. He wrote “My friend, fellow artiste & #PeoplePower comrade…

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One dead as Crimean Congo Fever hits Uganda

Ugandan officials have confirmed the death of one person following an outbreak of Crimean-Congo Haemorrhagic Fever (CCHF) in the country’s Lyantonde District. 49 others currently are isolated according to health officials as efforts continue to contain the spread of the disease. The Lyantonde District Health Officer, Dr Moses Nkanika, revealed that the person who died was a 42 year old businessman dealing in cattle. Vincent Bayinda succumbed to the deadly disease on Wednesday, Daily Monitor reported. 49 residents who got in close contact with the deceased are those currently isolated to…

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Uganda: 75-year-old man graduates in vocational studies

A 75-year-old man has graduated from vocational studies in Uganda as he aspires to get better in his tailoring profession. Gerald Kijjambu first enrolled to acquire his tailoring skills at the age of 66-year-old in 2011. He studied at the Katonga Technical Institute at Nindye Village in Nkozi Sub County, Mpigi District. Three years later, he enrolled for a tailoring course at the institute. On Friday, Kijjambu was among the 503 graduands who were awarded certificates in both technical and vocational training. The certificate recognized his acquisition of skills in…

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Ugandan academic exposes breasts in protest at jail term

A Ugandan academic will be spending 18 months in prison after a court sentenced her over some of her comments on Facebook about President Yoweri Museveni. In protest at her jail term, Stella Nyanzi exposed her breasts via a video link during Friday’s sentencing. Nyanzi was jailed for cyber harassment but activists say her sentencing undermines Uganda’s commitment to freedom of expression. The outspoken academic was however acquitted on a second charge, of “offensive communication”. On Thursday, Nyanzi gave a passionate speech expressing her disappointed with that verdict “I intended…

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