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Jul 11, 2011

Uganda to check Museveni “birthday cake” for poison

KAMPALA (Reuters) – Ugandan government chemists are carrying out tests on a birthday cake, sweets and mangoes that opposition activists tried to offer the president to see if they contained poison, police said.

The youth activists attempted to throw a public birthday party for President Yoweri Museveni last month to focus attention on his disputed age.

Jul 6, 2011

Uganda traders shut shops to protest soaring prices

KAMPALA, July 6 (Reuters) – Shop owners in parts of Uganda
shuttered their businesses on Wednesday to protest against a
weakened currency and runaway inflation, the latest in a series
of economic protests in the east African country this year.

Traders said they did not, as yet, plan any demonstrations
in the country, which was plunged into chaos by protest marches
over rising food and fuel prices in April.

Jul 6, 2011

Analysis: South Sudan needs African neighbors to survive

KAMPALA (Reuters) – When South Sudanese president Salva Kiir joins Africa’s not so exclusive rebels-turned-leaders club on Saturday, he will find his new state dependent on similar men for trade, investment — and survival.

Oil-producing South Sudan is due to declare independence on July 9 — a split approved in a referendum promised in a 2005 north-south peace deal to end two decades of conflict.

Jul 1, 2011

Museveni “birthday party” ends in Ugandan arrests

KAMPALA (Reuters) – Ugandan opposition activists carrying a cake and gifts were arrested by riot police after they tried to throw a public birthday party for the president to focus attention on his disputed age.

The group says President Yoweri Museveni is 73, not the 67 that is officially claimed, which would make him ineligible to run for office again. Under Ugandan law, candidates must be under 75 and the next presidential election is due in 2016.

Jun 17, 2011

Uganda denies used UK aid cash for presidential jet

KAMPALA (Reuters) – Uganda on Friday denied reports that it had used British aid meant to help alleviate poverty to buy a $48 million (29 million pound) luxury jet for President Yoweri Museveni.

The Daily Mail newspaper reported that Lord Ashcroft said he had uncovered the use of aid money from Britain to buy the plane.

Jun 17, 2011

Uganda says Ebola outbreak is over

KAMPALA (Reuters) – Uganda has successfully prevented the rare and deadly Ebola virus from spreading, nearly two months after a 12 year-old girl bled to death after contracting the disease, officials said on Friday.

“Uganda is free of Ebola,” Doctor Anthony Mbonya, chairman of a national task force set up after the girl’s death, told Reuters. “The situation is perfect.”

Jun 13, 2011

Volcano erupts in Eritrea after earthquakes: VAAC

KAMPALA (Reuters) – A long-dormant volcano has erupted in Eritrea after a series of earthquakes and sent a 13.5 km plume of ash into the air, according to the Volcanic Ash Advisory Center (VAAC).

The volcano started to erupt around midnight on Sunday, charts on the website of France-based VAAC indicated.

Jun 9, 2011

Somalia rival leaders agree to defer elections

KAMPALA (Reuters) – Somalia’s feuding leaders agreed on Thursday to extend the mandate of a transitional government for a year rather than hold elections, a move sought by Uganda which has peacekeepers stationed in the anarchic state.

The mandate for Somalia’s latest administration was meant to expire in August but President Sheikh Sharif Ahmed, a former Islamist rebel leader, and speaker Sharif Hassan Sheikh Aden, who covets the top job, had been at loggerheads over what should happen then.

Jun 1, 2011

Key political risks to watch in Uganda

KAMPALA, June 1 (Reuters) – Anti-government protests over
soaring prices that plunged the start of President Yoweri
Museveni’s fourth term into crisis appeared to fizzle but
opposition activists were planning more to regain lost momentum.

Rights groups said at least nine people had been killed by
the security forces since the outset of the demonstrations that
began on April 11.

May 28, 2011

Uganda gets “surprise” new finance, energy ministers

KAMPALA, May 28 (Reuters) – Ugandan President Yoweri
Museveni announced a new cabinet, making what analysts said were
surprise choices for the finance and energy portfolios ahead of
expected oil production next year.

Museveni, in power for 25 years and fresh from an
overwhelming but disputed election victory in February, revealed
a mixture of new and experienced faces in a cabinet list sent to
the media.

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