Vincent Mayanja

Medics flee western Uganda as Ebola spreads

Several dozen medics and support staff have fled western Uganda after their co-workers became infected with the Ebola virus in an outbreak that has already killed 18 people, officials said on Saturday. Ugandan officials appealed for help in dealing with the outbreak of Ebola, a contagious disease that kills up to 90% of those infected.

Kampala spruces up for CHOGM summit

Uganda will be seeking to impress the world when it hosts the Commonwealth summit this week and convey a new image of a country best known for its history of brutal regimes and civil strife. Potholes -- which had become a byword for Kampala -- have been hastily filled, street lighting upgraded and roads lined with trees for the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM).

Hundreds of thousands await aid in flood-hit Africa

Hundreds of thousands of people awaited desperately needed relief supplies and faced the threat of epidemics on Friday as the death toll climbed in Africa's worst floods in three decades. At least 300 have died in the flooding since heavy rains began sweeping across the continent two months ago.

Serious flooding hits Uganda, Kenya, Sudan

Heavy rains continued to wreak havoc in East and Central Africa on Saturday as floods that have already displaced hundreds of thousands heightened fears of food shortages and disease outbreaks across the region. In Uganda, high waters submerged entire villages and destroyed many farms in the east of the country.

Ugandans laud Forest Whitaker’s portrayal of Amin

Just days before Hollywood's elite gathers for this year's Oscars, Ugandans hailed best actor nominee Forest Whitaker's portrayal of Idi Amin -- though were quick to frown on the sympathetic portrait of the former dictator. Whitaker is seen by many as the front-runner for the best actor Oscar for his role in The Last King of Scotland.

Uganda extends deadline for peace with rebels

Uganda on Tuesday extended a September 12 deadline for the rebel Lord's Resistance Army to agree to a peace deal or lose an amnesty offer for war-crimes charges its leaders face. Just hours before its expiration, Kampala said it would fix a new deadline -- yet to be announce.

Ugandan rebels order fighters to prepare for truce

Uganda's rebel Lord's Resistance Army on Monday ordered its forces to prepare for an imminent truce with the government under which they will move to neutral camps in southern Sudan. In recorded government-authorised messages broadcast over radio stations in war-ravaged northern Uganda, LRA commanders called on their fighters to come out of the bush.

ICC urged to quash war-crimes indictments

A senior Ugandan official on Wednesday urged the International Criminal Court (ICC) to quash its war-crimes indictments against the leaders of the rebel Lord's Resistance Army, in a bid to encourage the rebels into peace talks with the government in Kampala. The peace talks had been due to start in southern Sudan on Wednesday.

Uganda’s Museveni sworn in for third term

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni took his third oath of office on Friday, formally extending his 21-year rule in an inauguration ceremony held amid concerns about his commitment to democracy. Museveni, who first came to power in a 1986 coup but has been elected three times since, enters his third term facing a series of weighty challenges.

Museveni poll win rejected by opposition

President Yoweri Museveni on Saturday won re-election in Uganda's first multiparty polls since 1980, but his main rival rejected the results as opposition supporters clashed with police. Museveni was declared the overwhelming victor in Thursday's landmark polls with nearly 60% of the vote.

Ugandan poll: ‘So far, so good’

Ugandans flooded polling stations on Thursday to cast ballots in landmark elections dominated by a bitter battle between President Yoweri Museveni and opposition leader Kizza Besigye. Hundreds queued patiently, and not so patiently, in huge lines at many of the nearly 20 000 open-air voting centres organised for the nation's first multi-party elections in 26 years.

Under fire, Museveni marks 20 years in power

Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni marks two decades in power this weekend, less than a month before elections seen as a key test of his once-sterling but now tarnished democratic credentials. Since winning the respect and admiration of the West with enlightened economic and social policies, he has now run afoul of democracy advocates with increasing intolerance of dissent.

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