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S.Africa’s Ramaphosa vows to ‘turn the tide’ on corruption

Cape Town, South Africa | AFP |  South Africa’s freshly-appointed president, Cyril Ramaphosa, on Friday hailed “a new dawn” as he pledged to tackle corruption that his predecessor Jacob Zuma is accused of fostering. In his first major speech after Zuma’s bruising nine-year term ended, Ramaphosa outlined a grand vision to …

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State of emergency declared in Ethiopia

Ethiopia declares state of emergency after PM resigns Addis Ababa, Ethiopia | AFP |  Ethiopia on Friday declared a state of emergency one day after Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn announced his resignation, state media reported. “A state of emergency has been declared as of now,” the Ethiopian Broadcasting Corporation (EBC) …

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‘Welcome Mwandha, well done Seguya’

ATC News by Wolfgang H. Thome: Change at the helm of the Uganda Wildlife Authority Kampala, Uganda | WOLFGANG THOME | News emerging from Kampala indicates that Sam Mwandha has been selected as the new Executive Director of the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) as Dr. Andrew Seguya prepares to step …

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MOTOR VEHICLES: Attorney General to study SGS contract

  Kampala, Uganda | UGANDA PARLIAMENT | The Attorney General, William Byaruhanga, has requested Parliament for time to study the contract between the government of Uganda and SGS (Societe Generale de Surveillance), the motor vehicle inspection firm. This followed debate Wednesday on the report of the Committee on Physical Infrastructure where …

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PICTORIAL: President Museveni harvests from demo farm

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Sixteen months after demonstrating bottle irrigation, President Yoweri Museveni returned to his Kawumu farm in Luwero District this week to harvest tomatoes, passion fruits, mushrooms, pineapples and matooke alongside fish, chicken and dairy products. ” I am proud to be back in this place as we …

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GOVT: We don’t know who arrested New Vision journalist Etukuri

Kampala, Uganda | UGANDA PARLIAMENT | The Minister of State for Internal Affairs Mario Obiga Kania has denied knowledge about the arrest of Charles Etukuri, a journalist working with the New Vision, and that his whereabouts are yet to be established. Etukuri, a security correspondent with the newspaper, was arrested …

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THE INDEPENDENT: The politics behind Kasaija censure calls

    IN THE INDEPENDENT THIS WEEK: The politics behind calls to censure Kasaija, fire Muhakanizi Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The top stories in this week’s THE Independent. COVER STORY Shs700bn loan saga: The politics behind calls to censure Kasaija, fire Muhakanizi EDUCATION O’ level science subjects: Why …

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Ethiopian PM Desalegn resigns in unprecedented move

  Addis Ababa, Ethiopia | AFP | Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn resigned Thursday after long-running political turmoil, an unprecedented move in the vast East African country. The decision by Hailemariam, in power since 2012, comes after months of escalating anti-government protests and signs of growing splits within the country’s ruling …

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President Ramaphosa to tackle corruption

Cape Town, South Africa | AFP |  South Africa’s new president, Cyril Ramaphosa, on Thursday used his first speech in office to vow to fight government corruption, in a direct reference to accusations levelled against his predecessor Jacob Zuma. “Issues to do with corruption, issues of how we can straighten …

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