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Elias Biryabarema

Ugandan presidential hopeful says police used bullets to disperse supporters

Aug 08 2020

KAMPALA Ugandan pop star and presidential hopeful, Bobi Wine, said some of his supporters were injured on Saturday after police fired teargas and live bullets to disperse a crowd in the country's east.

Uganda's prisoner population surges, raising fears of COVID-19 outbreak

Aug 07 2020

KAMPALA Uganda has recorded a 10% increase in the number of people in jail since March, a prison official told Reuters on Friday, with thousands jailed for alleged violations of coronavirus lockdown rules.

Uganda's tough approach curbs COVID, even as Africa nears 1 million cases

Aug 05 2020

KAMPALA Uganda's crumbling public hospitals, doctors' strikes and corruption scandals make its success in the fight against the new coronavirus all the more unlikely.

MTN Uganda stake sale to be restricted to East Africans -regulator

Jul 24 2020

KAMPALA The sale of a 20% equity stake in MTN Uganda, the country's biggest telecoms operator, will be restricted to citizens of the East African Community trading bloc, a spokesman for the sector regulator said on Friday.

Uganda's Museveni seeks re-election to extend rule to four decades

Jul 21 2020

KAMPALA Uganda's long-serving President Yoweri Museveni has collected papers to seek nomination as the ruling party's candidate in next year's presidential election, the party said on Tuesday.

REFILE-Uganda cracks down on media ahead of elections in 2021, watchdog says

Jul 13 2020

IGANGA, Uganda, July 10 Uganda's security forces are cracking down on authors and journalists who challenge the 34-year-old rule of President Yoweri Museveni ahead of elections next year, a watchdog told Reuters.

Uganda's central bank may cap commercial bank interest rates

Jul 09 2020

KAMPALA, July 9 Uganda's central Bank (BoU) has threatened to cap the interest that commercial banks can charge borrowers, after the industry failed to reduce loan rates in response to cuts in benchmark rates, according to a letter from its governor.

Ugandan dies after setting fire to himself over motorcycle impounded over COVID-19 violations

Jul 04 2020

KAMPALA A Ugandan man has died after setting fire to himself in a police station when officers allegedly demanded a bribe to release his motorcycle, which he was using as a taxi and which had been impounded over violation of coronavirus restrictions.

Uganda to boost external funding to shore up budget

Jun 11 2020

KAMPALA Uganda plans to draw on more external financing to shore up its 2020/21 budget, its finance minister said in a budget speech on Thursday as he outlined measures to help businesses hit by the outbreak of the new coronavirus.

Uganda to allow firms to defer tax payments to buoy lockdown-battered economy

Jun 04 2020

KAMPALA, June 4 The Uganda government will roll out a series of measures including tax waivers and deferments to help buoy businesses battered by the coronavirus-induced lockdown and global economic downturn, President Yoweri Museveni said on Thursday.

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As UAE hails Israel accord, silence from Saudi Arabia

As media and people in the United Arab Emirates hailed the Gulf state's deal to normalise relations with Israel as a diplomatic victory that helps the Palestinians, silence reigned in Saudi Arabia, longtime figurehead of regional policy towards Israel.