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Kenya police fire tear gas to disperse election protesters

Nairobi, Kenya | AFP |  Kenyan police on Tuesday used tear gas to disperse opposition protesters outside the headquarters of the election commission a month before a scheduled re-run of the annulled presidential poll. Opposition leader Raila Odinga is insisting on widespread reforms of the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission …

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RwandAir to host Africa airlines assembly

  November event expected to attract 500 high profile delegates | THE INDEPENDENT | Rwanda’s national flag carrier, RwandAir, has finalised preparations to host the 49th Annual General Assembly (AGA) and Summit of the African Airlines Association (AFRAA) this November. The three-day event from Nov.12 to 14 will be held …

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ABIRIGA: I was badly off

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Arua Municipality MP Ibrahim Abiriga has confirmed photographs of him that have been circulating on social media are indeed genuine. The photographs showed him easing himself on a Kampala city road. He told NBS TV that the picture “is hopeless”, and wondered why people are spreading the picture …

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RWANDA: Why Gashora girls shine in debates

Spotlight on Rwanda’s school for underprivileged girls that shapes champions | THE INDEPENDENT | When a team of young debaters from Rwanda’s Gashora Girls Academy of Science and Technology (GGAST) lifted the winner’s trophy at the inaugural Africa Debate Championships in Kampala on Sept.18, all attention shifted to how they …

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Lab attendant jailed for stealing HIV test kits

Kampala, Uganda | GODFREY SSALI |  A Laboratory Technician attached to Toroma Health Centre III in Katakwi District was Monday charged and remanded to Luzira Prison for stealing 302 HIV test kits worth sh63.7million. Paul Aule was produced before the Anti-Corruption Court’s Grade One Magistrate Patricia Amoko and denied embezzling the said items, …

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Afro-barometer poll shows Ugandans want age limit maintained

Kampala, Uganda | GODFREY SSALI | A new survey has indicated that majority of Ugandans favor maintaining an age limit of 75 years for presidential candidates. The survey conducted by Afro-barometer showed that up to 75% of Ugandans across the political divide, age, and gender want the presidential age limit maintained. …

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Govt abolishes daily parking fees requirement for taxis, buses

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The Minister of Local Government Tom Butiime has announced that all daily parking fees for commercial vehicles across the country have been abolished. A new arrangement for monthly and annual payments has been put in place. Butiime also announced that privatisation of revenue collection to private entities and persons is …

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Why Parliament Committee ordered arrest of Amudat finance officer

Kampala, Uganda | GODFREY SSALI | The Amudat District Chief Finance Officer John Bosco Luchugi, was last week arrested on the orders of the Local Government Accounts Committee of Parliament for allegedly mismanaging and illegally spending billions of monies meant for works in the district. Luchugi, who appeared before the Committee …

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‘Gov’t inflexibility hurting Opposition’

Kampala, Uganda | GODFREY SSALI | The Opposition has failed to form a formidable force to hold government accountable due to inflexibility by government, African legislators have concluded. In a communique issued at the end of a five day benchmarking workshop held in Abuja, Nigeria, Opposition MPs observed that it remained …

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Kadaga commissions paper processing plant

MP Abigaba roots for investment in the manufacturing of eco-friendly paper bags to replace ‘Kaveera’ Kampala, Uganda | GODFREY SSALI | Government has been urged to invest in the manufacturing of eco-friendly paper bags made from banana stems. The eco-friendly paper bags will help waste disposal by households as Uganda moves to implement the …

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