The United States joined Brazil, Egypt, Hungary, Indonesia and Uganda on Thursday to co-sponsor a nonbinding international declaration opposing abortion, in a rebuke of the UN Human Rights Council, which has enshrined abortion access as a universal right. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar participated in the virtual signing ceremony. The Geneva Consensus Declaration aims to promote women's health, "defends the unborn and reiterates the vital importance of the family," Pompeo said at the ceremony. Access to abortion is widely restricted in the other countries to co-sponsor the declaration. "There is no international right to abortion," Pompeo said. Though the document does not directly address same-sex marriage, the only co-spon...
Ugandan police and military forces armed with door cutters, AK-47 guns, tear gas canisters and batons stormed offices of the National Unity Platform party in Kampala on Wednesday. Roads leading to party offices were cut off as police parked huge trucks in front. Security officers forced open doors and took items from inside. They later asked members of the party to sign for what was taken. Joel Ssenyonyi, the NUP spokesperson, said the officers took items from the office of party leader Robert Kyagulanyi, better known by his stage name Bobi Wine. "They have taken paraphernalia, that is red berets. T-shirts. They have taken documents ... we are still trying to establish exactly," Ssenyonyi said. "They also broke into honorable Kyagulanyi's ...
By Matt Smith Pipeline deal with Tanzania and agreement with Total raise hopes of FID—but go-ahead could be delayed until 2022 Upcoming elections and doubts over financing for the world’s longest heated oil pipeline could scupper Uganda’s hopes of obtaining FID on its much-delayed Lake Albert crude project before year-end. Lake Albert was found to hold c.1.7bn bl of crude following Tullow Oil’s discovery of oil in 2006. The financially troubled Anglo-Irish Tullow, French major Total and Chinese NOC Cnooc each hold one-third stakes in the project—although Total agreed in April to buy out Tullow for $575mn: $500mn on conclusion of the deal, plus $75mn following FID. Tullow, which says the sale should be complete by year-end, would receive further payments if Brent prices
Hydroxychloroquine has been touted by some — including President Donald Trump — as a treatment for COVID-19. But studies have found it is not an effective treatment and may cause serious side effects for some patients, as we’ve reported. False claims about the drug nevertheless continue to circulate on social media. An article shared on Facebook from the website palmerfoundation.com.au is headlined, “Hydroxychloroquine is why Uganda, with a population of 43M, has only 15 COVID-19 deaths.” “Uganda, a country in east-central Africa, has a 2018 population of 42.729 million, which is 13% of the United States’ population of 328.239 million in 2019,” the article says. “And yet Uganda has 1,603 COVID-19 cases and just 15 deaths (h/t Rush Limbaugh), wh
Candidates in Uganda's upcoming parliamentary elections have until Thursday to pay a nomination fee of a little more than $800 to the Electoral Commission. However, some don't have the money, forcing political parties to appeal for support on social media. Last week, Robert Kyagulanyi, better known as the singer Bobi Wine, asked his followers on social media to financially support parliamentary candidates running under his National Unity Platform party. He said that as the nomination period draws to a close, the party has many candidates, especially from western and northern Uganda, who risk being unable to run because they don't have the required three million shillings, equal to about $800. Wine accused President Yoweri Museveni and his allies of making it expensive...
Uganda is now welcoming international visitors, meaning you can once again take advantage of the country’s beautiful national parks. You just need to show evidence of a negative COVID-19 PCR test taken within 72 hours of landing in the country and undergo health screenings on arrival, including temperature checks. Anyone showing symptoms will be taken to an isolation center at a local hospital by ambulance to take a test. eet Masks must be worn at all times in the airport and while traveling through any of the country’s 10 national parks, like Bwindi Impenetrable National Park and Kibale National Park. Visitors to national parks will be required to bring at least two N95, surgical, or double-layer cloth masks with filters, and temperature checks will also be in place at park entra
North Korean leader Kim Jong Un has sent a congratulatory message to Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni as the East African country marks 58 years of independence, according to the state news agency, KCNA. “On behalf of the government and people of the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, I extend my warm congratulations to you and to the government and people of your country on the occasion of the 58th anniversary of independence of Uganda,” Kim said in a congratulatory message quoted by the KCNA. “Our people sincerely hope that under your leadership, the friendly people of Uganda will achieve great successes in their efforts for consolidating the national unity and attaining the socio-economic development of the country,” he added. He further said “I take this opportu
This is a summary of what was said by UNHCR spokesperson Shabia Mantoo – to whom quoted text may be attributed – at today's press briefing at the Palais des Nations in Geneva. UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, is rushing support to tens of thousands of people who have been recently displaced in the aftermath of brutal attacks and fighting by the armed groups in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s North Kivu and Ituri provinces. More than 50,000 people have fled in the aftermath of a recent upsurge in fighting in North Kivu. The displaced include an overwhelming number of children – including many who are unaccompanied by either a parent or guardian. Brutal attacks blamed on the armed group Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) killed at least 13 people at
The UK’s requirement that tourists returning from most African countries must quarantine for 14 days defies logic, says Anver Versi. It has serious implications for African countries that rely on tourism but is not applied to tourists returning from places with far higher levels of Covid-19. Africa can be justified in once again claiming a case of double standards. This is in relation to the lists issued by various countries on Covid-19 quarantine regulations for travellers returning from certain countries. For example, UK residents returning from their trips abroad are required to quarantine for 14 days on arrival – unless the country they visited is on an exempt list. At the time of writing, some 74 countries were on the list – mainly in Europe and some Caribbean and
The dead body of an SSPDF soldier attached to the Tiger Division, which principally guards the president, was found floating on the Ugandan side of River Unyama near the border town of Nimule on Monday. The body of Private Lual Mark Morun was discovered and removed by the South Sudan Police on Monday. The Acting Chief Inspector of Police in Nimule Town Council, Captain Richard Clement, told Reporters that preliminary investigations by a medical doctor show that the deceased was beaten to death and thrown into the river before drifting into Uganda. “I am the one who removed his body from the river before this information reached the soldiers. Police were the ones who removed it. According to the medical doctor, this perso