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US puts visa restrictions on Uganda, saying vote was flawed

Apr. 16, 2021 10:47 AM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The United States says it is imposing visa restrictions on “those believed to be responsible for, or complicit in, undermining the democratic process in Uganda,“ including during the election in January and the campaign period. Secretary of...

Business-seeking singer Akon draws political fire in Uganda

Apr. 13, 2021 08:34 AM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — The American rap artist and singer Akon is drawing criticism from rights activists over his meetings with Uganda's president as he pursues the development of a futuristic city in the East African country. Akon is helping to rehabilitate longtime...

New book asks why world ignores repression by Rwandan leader

Apr. 12, 2021 12:54 PM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — The new book " Do Not Disturb " by British author Michela Wrong questions why some in the international community continue to praise Rwandan President Paul Kagame despite repression in his central African country where he could rule until 2034. ...

With key deals, Uganda's nascent oil sector nears maturity

Apr. 11, 2021 08:53 AM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Uganda, Tanzania and French oil company Total signed agreements Sunday on building a heated pipeline to carry crude oil from western Uganda to the Indian Ocean coast. Construction of the pipeline, which would be the world’s longest at 897 miles, is expected to begin...

Africa CDC says vaccine passports 'inappropriate' for now

Apr. 08, 2021 11:42 AM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — The head of the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday described COVID-19 vaccine passports as “inappropriate" while poor countries lag behind others in acquiring the shots. “Our position is very simple. That any...

Ethiopia says Eritrean troops are pulling out of Tigray

Apr. 03, 2021 16:22 PM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Ethiopian authorities said on Saturday that Eritrean troops have started withdrawing from Tigray, where they have been fighting on the side of Ethiopian forces in a war against the region's fugitive leaders. The Eritreans “have now started to...

Visiting Uganda, rap star Akon seeks business opportunities

Apr. 02, 2021 08:32 AM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — American rap artist and singer Akon is visiting Uganda Friday in search of investment opportunities that would extend his business footprint in Africa, where his efforts include a planned futuristic city. Akon's arrival in the East African...

UN, Ethiopia rights agency to conduct joint Tigray probe

Mar. 25, 2021 12:01 PM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — The United Nations and an Ethiopian rights agency said on Thursday they had agreed to carry out a joint investigation into abuses in the embattled region of Tigray, where fighting persists as government troops hunt down the region's fugitive leaders. ...

African expert warns of 'vaccine war' over access to jabs

Mar. 25, 2021 10:24 AM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — The head of the Africa Centers for Disease Control and Prevention warned against a “vaccine war” among nations amid renewed fears vaccine shipments to the continent face delays. John Nkengasong said in a briefing Thursday that he “truly...

Aid group reports killings by Ethiopian troops in Tigray

Mar. 24, 2021 16:49 PM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — The humanitarian group Doctors Without Borders said Wednesday that its staff saw Ethiopian government troops shoot and kill four men they forced off a civilian bus on a road in the embattled region of Tigray. Doctors Without Borders, or MSF, said...