Uganda

Kampala (AFP) Uganda’s only radiotherapy machine was officially replaced Friday, nearly two years after the previous one broke down, giving hope to cancer patients who had been denied a crucial tool against the disease. The failure of the old machine in March 2016 caused a public outcry and was seen as symbolising the deterioration of Uganda’s medical services. Since 1995, Mulago Hospital in Kampala had become a hub for treating cancer patients across east Africa, many of them coming from countries lacking radiotherapy equipment. On Friday, Prime Minister Ruhakana RugundaRead More
Kampala (AFP) Uganda’s Yoweri Museveni has signed into law a bill removing presidential age limits, a spokesman said Tuesday, clearing the way for the 73-year-old’s expected sixth run at the presidency in 2021. The controversial constitutional amendment removes the age limit of 75 years imposed on presidential candidates and was pushed through by ruling party MPs last month. It was signed by Museveni on December 27 but not publicly acknowledged until now. “The president assented to the bill and it is now law,” said press secretary Don Wanyama. “The previousRead More
Kampala (AFP) Uganda’s army said Friday it had launched attacks on a shadowy rebel group in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, where the militants killed 14 UN peacekeepers earlier this month. Army spokesman Richard Karemire said the air force and long-range artillery were used in the cross-border strike, however no ground troops were deployed in what was described as a “pre-emptive move”. He said in a statement that intelligence sharing with the DRC revealed the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebel group was planning “hostile activities” against Uganda. The ADF,Read More
Kampala (AFP) Uganda’s army said Friday that it had launched attacks on a shadowy rebel group in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, where the militants killed 14 UN peacekeepers earlier this month. “Shared intelligence between Uganda and the DRC confirmed that the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) terrorists which recently carried out attacks on UN peacekeepers… were planning to conduct hostile activities against Uganda,” the army said in a statement. “In a pre-emptive move, this afternoon UPDF (Ugandan People’s Defence Force) conducted attacks on their camps in Eastern DRC.” TheRead More
Kampala (AFP) Ugandan lawmakers voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to remove presidential age limits, paving the way for President Yoweri Museveni to serve a sixth term in office. The highly controversial bill passed with 315 votes for, 62 against and two abstentions, after three days of chaotic debates in which some opposition MPs were suspended, while others walked out. The bill will pass into law once it is signed by Museveni. Under current laws Museveni, 73, would not be eligible to run for office again in 2021 as candidates over 75 areRead More
Kampala (AFP) Ugandan lawmakers voted overwhelmingly Wednesday to remove presidential age limits, paving the way for President Yoweri Museveni to serve a sixth term in office. The highly controversial bill passed with 315 votes for, 62 against and two abstentions, after three days of chaotic debates in which some opposition MPs were suspended, while others walked out. The bill will pass into law once it is signed by Museveni. Under current laws Museveni, 73, would not be eligible to run for office again in 2021 as candidates over 75 areRead More
Kampala (AFP) Two Ugandan musicians were released on bail on Wednesday after being charged with disturbing the peace of veteran President Yoweri Museveni for a song suggesting he should retire, their lawyer said. Singer David Mugema and music producer John Muwanguzi were accused of having composed and disseminated via the internet a tune titled “Wumula”, meaning “retire”, their lawyer Abdallah Kiwanuka told AFP. Prosecutors said the song “attacked and disturbed the peace” of Museveni, Kiwanuka said. A bill to remove presidential age limits was introduced in parliament in September, seenRead More
Kampala (AFP) Two people have died from the Marburg virus in eastern Uganda, in the country’s first outbreak of the deadly Ebola-like pathogen in three years, the health ministry said Thursday. “Blood samples were taken from two people who have since died and were found positive for Marburg”, Uganda’s health ministry permanent secretary, Dr. Diana Atwine told AFP. She said a team of experts had been sent to Kween district, near the Kenyan border, to contain the virus. “At moment we don’t know if there are other people apart fromRead More
Kampala (AFP) Ugandan police on Wednesday banned what it termed illegal demonstrations over plans to remove presidential age limits, seen as paving the way for President Yoweri Museveni to serve a sixth term in office. A bill removing the age limit for the president was introduced in parliament last month, and MPs are currently holding consultations with ordinary Ugandans to seek their views. “Consultations must not include illegal demonstrations, illegal processions, inciting violence, use of hate campaigns, use of abusive language, acts of hooliganism of any sort, intimidation of anyRead More
Kampala (AFP) “He will rule for life,” shrugged student and waiter Fahd Sabiti a day after Uganda’s parliament began scrapping presidential age limits, paving the way for Yoweri Museveni to win a sixth term in office. Sabiti’s ambivalence reflected the feelings of many Ugandans used to seeing President Museveni get his way after more than three decades in power. “The opposition politicians who fought yesterday in parliament are just noise-makers. They will fade away,” said the 23-year-old business administration student as he took a break from waiting tables in anRead More