Women journalists harassed and abused, often by colleagues – survey

A member of the local media records a fire at the Comayaguela market in Tegucigalpa February 18, 2012. REUTERS/Jorge Dan Lopez   LONDON (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – It’s not news that women journalists are groped and threatened while covering protests and conflict, but often they face this abuse at work, and when they complain, they are told to “grow up”. So says an international survey on women in the news media, which found that nearly two-thirds of respondents said they had experienced intimidation, abuse and even death threats because of…

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Uganda: Anti-Gay Bill, Museveni responds to Obama

Yoweri MuseveniI have seen the statement H.E President Obama of the USA made in reaction to my statement that I was going to sign the anti-homosexual Bill, which I made at Kyankwanzi.

Before I react to H.E. Obama’s statement, let me, again, put on record my views on the issue of homo-sexuals (ebitiingwa, bisiyaga in some of our dialects). Right from the beginning of this debate, my views were as follows:

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A total of 725 African students have already signed up for the Go Green in the City global business case challenge

Energy: A total of 725 African students have already signed up for the Go Green in the City global business case challenge

 Students from Engineering and Business Schools, Master’s and MBA Programmes in Africa have until 15 February 2014 to sign up for the challenge 

PARIS, France, February 10, 2014/ — Schneider Electric (http://www.schneider-electric.com), the global specialist in energy management, is inviting African students to take part in the Go Green in the City global business case challenge (http://www.gogreeninthecity.com), focusing on innovative energy solutions for the city and open to students from across the globe.

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Uganda: Dr Kizza Besigye’s Account of of the regime’s continued disregard of individual’s rights

Dr Kizza BesigyeI had a working lunch appointment today, Friday 24th January 2014; so I prepared to leave home (Kasangati) at about 12.30pm. When we reached the Western gate of my residence, we found a police patrol vehicle packed right across the gate. We hooted and the policemen who were sleeping inside the vehicle woke up and got out of the vehicle but ignored our demand to free our exit.

All the policemen were busy making calls. Realising that I was getting late for my appointment, I got out of the vehicle and went to the gate to physically demand the policemen to get out of the way. 

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Zimbabwe: Caine Prize Returns to Zimbabwe

Cain PrizesFor the first time in the history of the Caine Prize, its annual workshop will take place in Zimbabwe at the end of March and will see the launch of the Prize’s 2013 anthology, published by amaBooks, one of eight co-publishers of the Caine Prize anthologies.

The 12 writers will be ensconced in the Vumba before participating in two events scheduled to take place in Harare.

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President Museveni’s New Year message

Museveni Of UgandaFellow Ugandans,

I extend greetings to all of you.

I congratulate you on finishing the past year and wish you good luck in the new one. The projection for this financial year is that our economy will grow by 6.2%. Last financial year, our economy survived the global economic crisis, which had been running for several years.

This decent rate of growth shows us what can be achieved if you bear in mind that we only had adequate electricity in the last two years when Bujagaali was commissioned. Otherwise, since 2005, we have been having either electricity shortages or very expensive electricity because we were using very costly imported diesel or Heavy Fuel Oil (HFO).

Apart from expensive electricity, there has also been expensive travel costs ? transport costs on account of poor infrastructure or the under utilization of the infrastructure where it is good. This under utilization has been, mainly, on account of administrative inefficiency or just corruption both in Uganda and the neighbouring countries near the coast.

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“A pen is certainly an excellent instrument to fix a man’s attention and to inflame his ambition.”

AMAHORO PEOPLE’S CONGRESS*RWANDA NATIONAL CONGRESS*FDU-INKINGI H. E. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, President, Republic of Uganda. November 7, 2013. Your Excellency, Re: Treatment of Rwandan Asylum Seekers and Refugees Living in Uganda We, the undersigned, have been compelled by recent events to write to Your Excellency on behalf of the organizations we serve to express our grave concerns for the security of some of the tens of thousands of Rwandan refugees who have either sought asylum in Uganda or are in transit in Uganda awaiting opportunity to seek refuge in other countries. The…

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Tanzania courts DRC to check ‘coalition of the willing’

Tanzania’s President Jakaya Kikwete. PHOTO | FILE  Tanzania has initiated talks with neighbouring Burundi and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) with a view to establishing economic and trade relations following reports of the emergence of a ‘coalition of the willing’ nations within the East African Community (EAC). The country’s minister for EAC Affairs, Mr Samuel Sitta, said Wednesday in Dar es Salaam that Tanzania had thinking hard after Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda left out the other two members from their infrastructure talks. Mr Sitta said economically, it was sensible…

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Tanzania officially renounces ‘coalition of the willing’

Dar officially renounced ‘coalition of the willing’—Kenya, Uganda and Rwanda— saying the ongoing tri-lateral talks between the countries were against the EAC protocol. TEA Graphic/Anthony Sitti  Nation Media Group IN SUMMARY In a statement issued by the ministry of East African Cooperation, Tanzania also said the ongoing tri-lateral talks between Kenya, Rwanda and Uganda were against the EAC protocol.  Defenders of this ‘coalition of the willing’ point out to an urgent need to get things moving between them, citing reported frustration by Dar which is accused of slowing down the speed…

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