Uganda: Latest News
Staff, 12:01 am
Facebook’s record of collaborating with governments should make us wary of Free Basics. The app is only worth the gamble if one believes that governments where it’s been rolled out have the best interests of their citizens at heart — a presumption that is unwarranted in much of Africa. In just the last year, in Gabon, Ethiopia, Uganda, Chad, Zimbabwe, and many other countries, online actions of pro-democracy protestors prompted the state to shut down the internet for the entire country. Free Basics gives them a version of the internet that totally control.
Staff, 4:15 am
Uganda’s public education system is reeling from absent teachers, poor facilities and high dropout rates. Despite these challenges the country’s ministry of education is pushing to close a chain of low-cost private schools, which says it is trying to offer solutions to these challenges. A few minutes off the highway skirting the northern side of Kampala, we go down a dirt path, in a neighbourhood of bare-brick buildings with corrugated iron-sheet roofs.
Staff, 4:02 am
Sub-Saharan Africa’s telecoms service market will be worth $51 billion by 2021, up from $41 billion last year. Mobile services will represent more than 88.4 per cent of the telecoms service revenue in 2021, according to a new report by Analysys Mason, a global specialist adviser in telecoms, media and technology. Retail telecoms revenue in the region will grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 4.1 per cent during 2015–2021,
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.
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