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Apr 27, 2011

Uganda’s Besigye bailed, vows to continue protests

NAKASONGOLA, Uganda (Reuters) – Uganda’s main opposition leader, arrested and charged with inciting protests that have left at least five dead, was released on bail on Wednesday and immediately vowed to carry on the campaign.

Kizza Besigye, runner-up to veteran President Yoweri Museveni in a disputed February election, was detained on Thursday as he walked to his office with hundreds of supporters to condemn soaring fuel and food prices.

Apr 21, 2011

Ugandan forces fire tear gas, hold opposition leader

KAMPALA (Reuters) – Ugandan security forces arrested opposition leader Kizza Besigye on Thursday and fired tear gas to disperse hundreds of his supporters marching in a fourth round of protests against high prices.

Reuters witnesses saw Besigye, who has been spearheading protests against rising transport and food costs, being bundled into a police van, carted off to a police station before being transferred to another police post beside a heavily guarded courthouse on the outskirts of the capital Kampala.

Apr 18, 2011

Ethiopia keeping Egypt in dark on Nile dam

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) – Ethiopia did not inform Egypt it planned to build a huge dam on the Nile and the two countries have not discussed the issue despite fears a dispute over the river could spark war, Ethiopia’s water minister said.

Work on the 5,250 megawatt (MW) Renaissance Dam – which will be one of the world’s ten biggest — began this month with Italy’s Salini Costruttori overseeing a project with a $4.78 billion cost Ethiopia plans to fund itself.

Apr 10, 2011

Ethiopia govt denies jamming German radio service

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) – Ethiopia denied Sunday it was jamming Deutsche Welle’s (DW) local Amharic language radio shows, after the state-funded German broadcaster appealed for its signal to be restored.

Deutsche Welle issued a statement at the weekend saying its broadcasts in Amharic, the predominant language in Ethiopia, had been blocked since April 6.

Apr 7, 2011

Ethiopia to charge 121 prisoners with terrorism

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) – Ethiopia’s government on Thursday said it was preparing to charge more than 100 prisoners with terrorism and dismissed calls by a rights groups to release them immediately.

The government said it had arrested 121 people in March and accused them of being members of the outlawed Oromo Liberation Front (OLF) rebel group.

Apr 6, 2011

South Africa, Togo may take Ivory Coast’s Gbagbo: sources

ADDIS ABABA (Reuters) – South Africa, Togo and Angola are possible safe havens for Ivory Coast’s besieged Laurent Gbagbo should he negotiate an exit from his West African country, African Union (AU) sources said on Wednesday.

“South Africa has offered several times before and Togo is now indicating to us that it could be willing to take him in,” a senior AU official told Reuters.

Apr 1, 2011

Key political risks to watch in Uganda

KAMPALA, April 1 (Reuters) – The path appears clear for
President Yoweri Museveni to lead Uganda through a fourth term
in office after planned opposition protests failed to
materialise.

East Africa’s third largest economy took a step closer to
becoming a significant oil producer in March. British oil
explorer Tullow Oil (TLW.L: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) agreed to sell stakes in its Ugandan
operations to France’s Total (TOTF.PA: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) and China’s CNOOC
(0883.HK: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) for $2.9 billion, bringing in big partners to develop
the oil fields.

Mar 30, 2011

Ethiopia to defy Egypt and build huge Nile dam

ADDIS ABABA, March 30 (Reuters) – Ethiopia on Wednesday said
it planned to build a huge dam on the Nile despite a
long-running row with Egypt over use of the river and concern
the dispute may spark a war.

The nine countries through which the river passes have for
more than a decade been locked in often bitter talks to
renegotiate colonial-era treaties that gave Egypt and Sudan the
lion’s share of the river’s waters.

Mar 23, 2011

Uganda police: Officers, not unit, guilty of rights abuse

KAMPALA (Reuters) – Ugandan police said officers of an elite crime fighting unit who acted illegally had been charged in the courts, rejecting accusations by a rights group the unit tortured and murdered suspects as a matter of course.

“There has been a lot of transformation as far as the unit is concerned. If torture happens it is individual officers, and once it comes to light, these cases are always investigated. So we can’t say that torture is the order of the day,” Judith Nabakoba, a spokeswoman for the police said.

Mar 21, 2011

Uganda’s Museveni says West bombing Libya for oil

KAMPALA (Reuters) – Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni on Monday condemned foreign air strikes against the forces of Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, accusing the West of double standards and a thirst for more oil.

Museveni is part of an African Union (AU) panel formed to mediate in Libya alongside the leaders of South Africa, Mauritania, Congo and Mali.

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      "Irish journalist who has lived in the Horn and east Africa since 2006 - first in Ethiopia, then in Uganda - covering politics, elections, society, culture and economics across the region. I have also worked for Reuters in Tunisia, Iraq and Libya and was part of the team that dominated coverage of Muammar Gaddafi's killing. Always welcome a good chat over on Twitter: @malonebarry"
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