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Daily news – February 9, 2022

News from: Al Jazeera, Brookings, East Asia Forum, Global Times, Key4Biz, Reuters, RFE RL, The Jamestown Foundation, ThinkChina, US Department of State  AFRICA The criticality of climate finance for Africa. Amar Bhattacharya, Brookings: Climate finance will be critical for enabling Africa to adapt to the growing impacts of climate change and to ensure that its […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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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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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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, […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Uganda. A call to rethink sugarcane sub-sector to address rural poverty in Uganda (Alon Mwesigwa, EPCR)

While Uganda has seen a jump in sugarcane production, this has come as a result of more land being tilled than improvement in production methods. According to Dr. Swaibu Mbowa, a senior research fellow, at the Economic Policy Research Centre (EPRC), “any gains from sugarcane production in the country is coming from expanded land. No […]

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Uganda. Maternal Health Care Among Refugees and Host Communities in Northern Uganda. Access, Quality, and Discrimination (Tonny Odokonyero and Francis Mwesigye,EPRC)

Our analyses do not reveal large differences between refugees and the host community in terms of access to and the quality of maternal health services. Results from bivariate models indicate that refugee mothers are 6% points less likely to receive antenatal care. They are, however, 8% points more likely to give birth at a health facility. […]

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Uganda. Harassment of Civil Society Groups (HRW)

Ugandan authorities on August 20, 2021, announced without prior notification that they had halted the activities of 54 civil society groups, including human rights and election monitoring organizations, Human Rights Watch said today. The National Bureau for Non-governmental Organizations, a state regulatory body, only started notifying the groups after the announcement. Staff members from some groups […]

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Afghanistan/Uganda. Uganda Welcomes First Group of Afghan Refugees (VoA)

Agence France-Presse A flight carrying Afghan evacuees fleeing the Taliban takeover of their country touched down early Wednesday in Uganda where they will be given temporary refuge, government officials said. The foreign ministry said a charter flight carrying 51 Afghans — including men, women and children — landed in the lakeside city of Entebbe, where […]