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New Efforts to Fight Child Labour, Rights Abuse in Rwanda

New Efforts to Fight Child Labour, Rights Abuse in Rwanda

The Government has launched a month-long campaign to sensitise the public on child rights, with officials from the Ministry of Gender and Family Promotion saying that over 11,000 children were withdrawn from practices categorised as child labour in the last five years. At least 2,600 children were also moved from institutional care (including orphanages) and […]

Meet Rwamagana’s Farming Millionaire Who Started Out As a Casual Labourer

Meet Rwamagana’s Farming Millionaire Who Started Out As a Casual Labourer

Evariste Mutibagirana, a large-scale banana farmer, is considered a ‘survivor’ by most of his peers. He worked his way up to the top from being a farm hand. Fondly referred to as the “Master Teacher” by the banana growing community in Rwamagana District, Mutibagirana was indeed conducting a training session on modern farming skills when […]

Why Museveni Chose Tanzania Over Kenya for Oil Pipeline

Why Museveni Chose Tanzania Over Kenya for Oil Pipeline

President Museveni and his Tanzanian counterpart John Pombe Magufuli have signed the East African Crude Oil Pipeline Agreement (EACOP), which now paves way for construction of the proposed crude oil export pipeline from Hoima, in mid western Uganda to Tanzania’s Indian Ocean port of Tanga. The agreement, signed on Sunday almost a year after Uganda […]

Uganda – Address Rising Cost of Living

Uganda – Address Rising Cost of Living

Yesterday’s Daily Monitor cover story stated that the cost of feeding a family has gone up by 30 per cent since last year. The biggest complaint right now is the price of sugar. Whereas a kilogramme cost Shs3,500 some months back, it now goes for between Shs4,500 and Shs7,000. Prices of other food stuffs have […]

President Museveni Extends SIM Card Registration to August 30

President Museveni Extends SIM Card Registration to August 30

President Museveni has ‘agreed’ to have the Sim card verification exercise extended by at least an extra 3 months. Since Saturday last week, May 20, telecoms switched off unverified Sim cards following the expiry of the registration exercise. The registration exercised has been marred with controversies. Several subscribers have complained that even validated Sim cards […]

Road Injuries Biggest Killer of Adolescents

Road Injuries Biggest Killer of Adolescents

Nearly 1.2 million teenagers between ages 13 and 19 die each year around the world — more than 3,000 a day — largely from preventable causes, a new research from the World Health Organization (WHO) has shown. Two-thirds of these deaths among young people aged between 10 and 19 years in 2015 occurred in low […]

‘Ugandan Workers to Blame for Being Abused Abroad’

‘Ugandan Workers to Blame for Being Abused Abroad’

Ugandan workers who are abused in the Middle East disappear on arrival there and end up in the wrong hands, some labour exporting companies claim. Gordon Mugyenyi, the managing director of Middle East Consultants, a company which exports labour from Uganda to Qatar and Bahrain, said employees reach their destinations and disappear in search of […]

Tanzania’s John Magufuli Fires Energy Minister

Tanzania’s John Magufuli Fires Energy Minister

President John Magufuli wants energy and mineral minister Prof Sospeter Muhongo to reconsider his position after he was implicated in the mineral sand saga report. The president was responding to recommendations made to him in the report by a special committee he formed to investigate gold and cooper consentrate in mineral sand. “The minister is […]

A Way of Life Under Threat as Lake Turkana Shrinks

A Way of Life Under Threat as Lake Turkana Shrinks

The last native speaker of the Elmolo language reportedly died sometime in the 1970s. By then, only a few hundred Elmolo remained, eking out a living on Kenya’s southern waters of Lake Turkana as they always had, drinking its brackish waters and fishing for catfish, tilapia, and Nile perch. Thanks to intermarriage with other tribes […]

Will Dangote Refinery End Nigeria’s Ongoing Oil Woes?

Will Dangote Refinery End Nigeria’s Ongoing Oil Woes?

The completion of the Dangote Refinery in 2019 will mark another milestone in the Nigerian oil and gas industry. The refinery is being built by Mr Aliko Dangote, the founder of the Dangote Group of Companies and the richest man in Africa. The $14 billion (Shs50.6 trillion) refinery will produce 650,000 barrels per day of […]

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