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Ugandan army kills 189 Al Shabab fighters in Somalia

Ugandan army kills 189 Al Shabab fighters in Somalia

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Military equipment and two commanders of the Al-Qaeda-linked group reportedly seized during raids in Lower Shabelle region Uganda's army said its troops killed 189 fighters of the Al Qaeda-linked Al Shabab militant group in an attack on their camps on Friday. Ugandan troops are part of the African Union peacekeeping mission deployed in Somalia to support the central government and stop Al Shabab's efforts to topple it. The Ugandan People's Defence Force said in a statement that its soldiers raided Al Shabab hideouts in the villages of Sigaale, Adimole and Kayitoy, just over 100 kilometres south-west of the capital Mogadishu, in the Lower Shabelle region. The raid "saw the forces put out of action 189 Al Qaeda-linked fighters and destroyed a number of military hardware and item...
Uganda’s LRA Rebel Leader Joseph Kony is reportedly dead owing to COVID-19.

Uganda’s LRA Rebel Leader Joseph Kony is reportedly dead owing to COVID-19.

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 Some sections of the Ugandan media is reporting that Ugandan warlord Joseph Kony who is wanted at the International Criminal Court at Hague for war crimes and crimes against humanity has reportedly dies following infection by the deadly coronavirus disease. The Ugandan media however reported – quoting senior army commanders in the UPDF – that the army command is “yet to get any information regarding death of LRA leader, Joseph Kony, which is widely making rounds on social media.” The reports indicate that Kony succumbed to COVID19 in Central African Republic. Who is Joseph Rao Kony? Joseph Rao Kony born 1961 is a Ugandan insurgent and the leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), a guerrilla group that formerly operated in Uganda. While initially purporting to f...
LGBT Foundation categorically denies donating $10 million to NUP

LGBT Foundation categorically denies donating $10 million to NUP

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The LGBT Foundation has categorically denied donating $10 million to a political party in Uganda after a fraudulent letter was widely shared on social media. The Manchester-based charity, which supports the LGBT+ community across the UK, was the subject of a bizarre letter circulated online claiming they had pledged support to the National Unity Platform (NUP), a Ugandan progressive political party. The letter, shared on Twitter, was dated 30 December, 2020, and was written on paper with an LGBT Foundation letterhead. In the fake letter, the LGBT Foundation “thanked” the National Unity Platform for its “pledge to support and protect the LGBT+ people in Uganda”. “We acknowledge your open support for our people and you’re the only political party in Ugand...
Dwarf Giraffes Found In Murchison Falls For The First Time

Dwarf Giraffes Found In Murchison Falls For The First Time

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While conducting a photographic survey of the giraffe population in Murchison Falls National Park, Uganda, a group of researchers spotted something unusual. One of the wild giraffes looked a little different from the others, with notably shorter legs despite having what appeared to be a sub-adult body size. Then, while carrying out similar work in Namibia, they spotted a second wild giraffe with similar morphological abnormalities. Giraffe calves fully mature somewhere between three and six years of age, and this second giraffe was thought to be born in 2014, meaning this individual should exhibit the leg lengths of an adult. The researchers believe both giraffes are affected by a condition similar to skeletal dysplasia (an umbrella term for conditions that affect limb length including...
Where Will Uganda Airlines Fly Its New Airbus A330-800NEO?

Where Will Uganda Airlines Fly Its New Airbus A330-800NEO?

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Having taken delivery of the first of its two brand new Airbus A330neos, we thought we would take a look at what routes Uganda Airlines plans to operate the aircraft on. Before the new A330neos arrival Uganda Airlines was limited to flying short-haul routes within Africa to places like Nairobi, Lusaka, and Dar es Salaam. According to Planespotter.net Uganda Airlines’ entire fleet was made up of just four  Bombardier CRJ-900s with an average age of 1.6-years. Uganda Airlines’ plan is to operate the twin-engine regional jets on short-haul routes linking Kampala with other African capitals. Uganda Airlines is targeting tourists Before the A330neos were ordered from Airbus, the government-backed airline saw tourism as a big moneymaker for the co...
African free trade area launched after delays owing to Global Coronavirus Pandemic.

African free trade area launched after delays owing to Global Coronavirus Pandemic.

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African countries began officially trading under a new continent-wide free trade area on Friday, after months of delays caused by the global coronavirus pandemic. But experts view the New Year's Day launch as largely symbolic with full implementation of the deal expected to take years. The African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) aims to bring together 1.3 billion people in a $3.4 trillion economic bloc that will be the largest free trade area since the establishment of the World Trade Organization. Backers say it will boost trade among African neighbours while allowing the continent to develop its own value chains. The World Bank estimates it could lift tens of millions out of poverty by 2035. But obstacles - ranging from ubiquitous red tape and po...
Operation Wealth Creation Gets New Director; Sylvia Owori.

Operation Wealth Creation Gets New Director; Sylvia Owori.

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Sylvia Damali Overy has been appointed to take over as Director of Operations at Operation Wealth Creation (OWC). The renowned fashion designer, who is serving as the executive assistant to OWC national coordinator General Salim Saleh, announced on Friday that he had been appointed to the post. “I am pleased to announce that on 28 December 2020 I was promoted to the position of Director of Operations in Operation Wealth Creation – Uganda.I CIC HE Gen. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni and our Chief Coordinator Gen. I commend Caleb Akandwanaho, who recognizes and recognizes my abilities, talents and skills for operations, leadership and coordination at OWC, which are critical to transforming Uganda’s socio-economic transformation,” Owori said in a statement.  “They have nurt...
ADF Kills Dozens on New Year’s Eve.

ADF Kills Dozens on New Year’s Eve.

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At least 25 civilians have been killed in the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s (DRC) troubled east, local officials said on Friday, blaming the attack on the notorious ADF militia. The army was chasing ADF fighters on Thursday when they found the bodies of 25 civilians, who had been “taken by surprise in their fields on New Year’s Eve,” Donat Kibuana, the administrator of the Beni territory, told news reporters. The ADF, which has been active in the region since the 1990s as a Ugandan rebel group, is one of more than 100 rebel groups that plague the eastern provinces of the vast country. A year ago, the Congolese army launched a large-scale campaign against the ADF. In response, the group abandoned its bases, split into smaller, more mobile groups and retaliated against civi...
“Stop pre-election violence, arrests’’ UN rights experts urge Uganda

“Stop pre-election violence, arrests’’ UN rights experts urge Uganda

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UN human rights experts* today expressed serious concerns about the violence ahead of Uganda's presidential election, and urged authorities to put an end to the arrest, detention and judicial harassment of political opponents, civil society leaders and human rights defenders. Media outlets have reported that three journalists were hurt on Sunday after being hit by tear gas canisters in Masaka. Opposition leader Robert Kyagulanyi, also known as Bobi Wine, said one of his bodyguards died after being hit by a military truck later the same day. The military has denied this, saying he fell from a speeding car. "We are gravely concerned by the election-related violence, the excessive use of force by security personnel, as well as the increasing crackdown on peaceful protesters, po...
Ethiopia Withdraws Thousands of her Troops from Somalia

Ethiopia Withdraws Thousands of her Troops from Somalia

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 Ethiopia pulled back thousands of troops who’ve been helping Somalia’s government fight an Islamist insurgency, according to three people familiar with the matter, raising concerns of a security vacuum in the war-torn nation. Their departure from Somalia comes as federal soldiers continue to battle forces loyal to the ruling party in the northern Ethiopian region of Tigray. Last month, U.S. President Donald Trump told top advisers he’s also considering extracting U.S. troops from Somalia. Ethiopia is redeploying about 3,000 troops to help with the Tigray offensive, the people said, asking not to be identified because they’re not authorized to speak to the media. The troops being withdrawn are Ethiopian National Defence Force soldiers and don’t fall under the command of the...
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