Uganda: Latest News
Kevin Mwanza, 6:46 am
Ugandan police arrested two menbers of the Uganda Young Democrats (UYD), an opposition party, who marched outside the U.S. Embassy in Kampala in support of Donald Trump, the Republic presidential candidate in next month’s election. The party leadership however, distanced itself from the protesters who held placards with the words, ‘A vote for Trump is a vote against African dictatorship’,
Dana Sanchez, 3:02 pm
Cape Town hopes to become the first city in Africa to use electric buses for public transport, but other African countries have made earlier first-mover claims. The high cost of electric buses has been a barrier for the industry. They’re twice as much as their non-electric counterparts. But as crude oil prices fluctuate, the global electric bus market is predicted to grow 28 percent by 2020. By the end of 2020, China is expected to account for nearly half the global market.
Dana Sanchez, 12:02 pm
South Africa announced its decision to withdraw from the ICC on Friday. Burundi did so on Saturday. Kenya is the latest to pull out. Sudan’s Al-Bashir and Uganda’s president of 30 years have lobbied other African countries to withdraw. The ICC has to take the blame for SA’s departure, according to a Bloomberg opinion piece. In 14 years, it has produced just five verdicts of substance, all against Africans. By saying it wants to respect diplomatic immunity for other heads of state, SA is saying it wants to do business with African leaders.
Kevin Mwanza, 9:42 am
Ethiopia, the fastest growing economy in sub-Saharan Africa is under a six-month state of emergency as the government tries to restore order after months of Oromia protests that are threatening to undo the economic gains in the country. The horn of Africa nation represents a familiar narrative across Africa where talk of economic developments has come at the expense of social and political oppression.
Kevin Mwanza, 7:26 am
Atlas Mara Limited, the banking firm set up by Bob Diamond, former Chief Executive Officer at Barclays Plc is in talks to buy a stake in Crane Bank Limited, the third biggest bank in Uganda which has faced financial problems since September last year. The financial services-focused investment firm said in initiated plans to buy stakes in the Ugandan bank last month but controversy surrounding its valuation has held back the move.
Peter Pedroncelli, 7:10 am AFKI Original
The shortlist of 30 nominees for the 2016 African Player of the Year award has been announced by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) ahead of the winner’s announcement in the new year. Below are the 30 players who have been nominated for the 2016 African Player of the Year award.
Dana Sanchez, 8:10 pm
African commentators are having a little fun at the U.S.’s expense in the bizarre last weeks leading to the Nov. 8 U.S. presidential election. Republican party candidate Donald Trump bears the brunt for many of their jokes. But behind the jokes there’s deep concern that the U.S. democracy emulated and admired by many Africa countries is being made a mockery of. Here’s what Africans are saying on social media.
Peter Pedroncelli, 2:31 am AFKI Original
The 2017 Africa Cup of Nations draw was held in Gabon’s capital city Libreville on Wednesday evening, as the Confederation of African Football (CAF) determined the four groups of 16 teams that will be aiming for glory come the AFCON in January 2017. The four host cities that will stage matches include Libreville, Franceville, Oyem and Port Gentil, as Gabon hosts the continental showpiece on their own, six years after co-hosting the competition alongside Equatorial Guinea.
Dana Sanchez, 8:48 am
Microbial solutions for pesticides and fertilizer are revolutionizing Western agriculture, but are slow getting started in Africa. There’s an overwhelming need to improve soil health and crop productivity on the continent. Yields have been stagnant for decades for several staple food crops. The bacteria living in roots, leaves and soil that help plants absorb nutrients, fight disease, and resist drought are less toxic than chemical ones, and potentially more efficient for farmers.
Kevin Mwanza, 8:42 am
The Abraaj Group, a United Arab Emirates (UAE) based private-equity investment firm, is seeking to invest in Kenya’s growing healthcare market and use it as a launching pad to build a network of hospitals to offer decent and affordable medical services in Africa. The Dubai-based group is in talks to acquire Metropolitan Hospital and other healthcare centers in the capital of East Africa’s biggest economy
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