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Russian vehicle tracking deal

How Museveni letter trapped Muhwezi Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | On Tuesday July 27, the new Minister for security, Maj. Gen. Jim Muhwezi made a humbling return to the headlines of Ugandan news media when he made a statement to parliament regarding the controversial vehicle tracking deal between Uganda …

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M-KOPA expands into Nigeria

Nairobi-based lender M-KOPA is expanding into the Nigerian market, and have hired an ex-Andela executive for the job | DAVID THOMAS | Kenya’s M-KOPA, which offers underbanked customers finance to acquire solar lighting, smartphones, TVs and domestic appliances, is expanding into Nigeria after a successful pilot project. M-KOPA, which means …

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Umeme, Stanbic dominate Uganda bourse trading

Future performance remains uncertain due to the ongoing COVID-19 lockdown Kampala, Uganda | JULIUS BUSINGE | Stock turnover at the Uganda Securities Exchange recorded a 74% growth in the second quarter of this year to Shs5.9bn compared to the previous session as energy and banking dominated trading. Electricity distributor, Umeme, …

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Billionaire’s space race

Leaving planet earth in crisis is a terrible idea? | THE INDEPENDENT | The four minutes billionaires Sir Richard Branson and Jeff Bezos spent in a state of weightlessness on the edge of space recently were historic feats in the burgeoning space tourism business, but many critics say Branson, Bezos …

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Historic flights carry humans into space

Billionaires Richard Branson and Jeff Bezos enter space race | THE INDEPENDENT | The sky over the Spaceport America in Las Cruces, New Mexico, was afire with lightning on the night of July 10. The storm was sufficiently fierce to postpone Virgin Galactic’s planned rollout of its twin airships, mothership …

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Vaticangate

Financial scandal rocks inner circle of Pope Francis | THE INDEPENDENT | The Vatican has set a July 27 trial date for 10 people, including a once-powerful cardinal and papal contender, on charges related to the Holy See’s 350 million-euro investment in a luxury London real estate venture. It is …

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Africa: clean cooking

Lifting the lid on dirty cooking fuels and calling for clean cooking solutions to millions of African households COMMENT | MO IBRAHIM AND MARY ROBINSON | When world leaders gather at summits to discuss global issues, do they ever stop to ask how the food was prepared or by whom? …

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Struggle to contain COVID-19

  What Uganda has got wrong – and right In June, President Yoweri Museveni tightened restrictions in the country following a worrying rise in COVID-19 infections and deaths. The new stringent measures included a 42-day lockdown and restrictions on the movement of people. Public health specialist Gloria Seruwagi reveals some …

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Pearl Dairy unveils new production line

Unveils Shs9.25bn packaging line to boost production, market access Kampala, Uganda | JULIUS BUSINGE | Pearl Dairy Farms Limited, the processor and manufacturer of Lato Milk branded products has unveiled a new Shs9.25billion Tetrapak Edge production line to its Mbarara based factory. Company executives said on June 29 that the …

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