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Uganda

Detained Ugandan satirical novelist tortured in custody: Lawyer (Al Jazeera)

A Ugandan satirical novelist and critic of President Yoweri Museveni and his son have been tortured in captivity, his lawyer has said.

Kakwenza Rukirabashaija, who won the PEN Pinter Prize International Writer of Courage award last year, was arrested on December 28 and has yet to be charged in any court.

Detained Ugandan satirical novelist tortured in custody: Lawyer | News | Al Jazeera

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China Uganda

China and Uganda’s Entebbe International Airport: Reading between the lines (Abhishek Mishra, ORF)

Just days before the eighth edition of the high-profile Forum on China Africa Cooperation (FOCAC) Ministerial Conference took place in Dakar, Senegal, China got caught in the eye of the storm. Details published in a report in the Daily Monitor newspaper stated that Uganda allegedly had to “surrender” one of its national asset—the Entebbe International Airport—to China’s EXIM Bank for defaulting on its loan repayments. Chinese officials had evidently rejected Uganda’s request to re-negotiate certain “toxic clauses” in the US $200 million loan issued in 2015, for the purpose of upgrading and refurbishing the Entebbe airport. This development spread quickly over social media and was reported by several media outlets.

China and Uganda’s Entebbe International Airport: Reading between the lines | ORF (orfonline.org)

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Uganda

Western companies are blind to Ugandan investments – President Museveni (Elias Biryabarema and Karin Strohecker, Reuters)

Chinese private investment in Uganda is growing while Westerners are losing appetite to put money to work in the country, President Yoweri Museveni told Reuters, pledging to step up efforts to tackle corruption that have made slow progress.

EXCLUSIVE Western companies are blind to Ugandan investments – President Museveni | Reuters

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Democratic Republic of the Congo Uganda

Who are Islamic State’s affiliates in Congo and Uganda? (Hereward Holland, Reuters)

Uganda and Democratic Republic of Congo have announced joint operations against an Islamic State-linked militia based in eastern Congo, which is blamed for a string of recent bombings in Kampala and killing hundreds of Congolese civilians.

Explainer: Who are Islamic State’s affiliates in Congo and Uganda? | Reuters

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Democratic Republic of the Congo Uganda

After air raids, Uganda sends troops into DRC to hunt ADF (Al Jazeera)

Ugandan troops have crossed into the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) as part of a joint operation against the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), an armed group that both neighbouring countries accuse of massacring civilians.

The two countries said early on Tuesday the group, the deadliest of dozens of militias plaguing the DRC’s mineral-rich east, had been bombarded with artillery and air raids. Ugandan army spokeswoman Flavia Byekwaso said in a statement that “targets were accurately hit”.

After air raids, Uganda sends troops into DRC to hunt ADF | News | Al Jazeera

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Uganda

Blast in Ugandan capital Kampala kills one, injures five (Al Jazeera)

An explosion in Uganda’s capital Kampala, that killed one and injured five, was “a terrorist act”, according to President Yoweri Museveni, who promised to hunt down those responsible.

Police said the “serious blast” occurred at about 9pm (18:00 GMT) at a popular street-side restaurant strip in Kawempe division in Kampala on Saturday.

Blast in Ugandan capital Kampala kills one, injures five | News | Al Jazeera

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Uganda

Illegal Wildlife Trade in Uganda: Tracking Progress on ‘Following the Money’ (Cathy Haenlein and Vincent Opyene, RUSI)

Uganda occupies a critical position as a logistics hub for transnational flows of illegally sourced wildlife. As a source, consolidation and transit country, it acts as a nexus state – a ‘one-stop shop’ for criminals looking to illegally buy and sell wildlife, launder the proceeds, and tie this in with other illicit activity, from trafficking in timber to drugs.

In this context, illegal wildlife trade (IWT) in Uganda is highly lucrative for criminals. Yet, little is known about the associated money flows, despite strong momentum to address the finances of IWT at a global level.

In parallel, little research has assessed Uganda’s record in disrupting these flows. While the country has taken tangible steps to target the finances of IWT, the effectiveness of its actions has not yet been analysed.

Based on 35 semi-structured interviews with key stakeholders, a rigorous review of open-source literature and analysis of confidential information, this paper assesses the relationship between IWT and illicit finance in Uganda and considers how effectively the country is responding to these threats. In doing so, the paper represents the most in-depth independent study of a single jurisdiction’s experience of and response to the finances of IWT to date.

Illegal Wildlife Trade in Uganda: Tracking Progress on ‘Following the Money’ | Royal United Services Institute (rusi.org)