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Rubanda Traders Decry Poor Hygiene and Security at Market

Traders at Karukara market in Rubanda district are fuming over poor hygiene and sanitation conditions at the market. The weekly market attracts over 500 traders and customers from several districts, but there are only two toilets for everyone. Levi Owoyesigyere, the chairperson of the market traders, highlighted the lack of proper sanitation facilities. The toilets […]

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CEO Summit roots for environmental protection

Bujawe Forest Reserve has been destroyed The CEO Summit Uganda and partners have called upon business leaders to embrace sustainable business practices in the wake of floods,drought and land slides as a way of mitigating dire effects of climate change. Stephen Mukasa, the country team leader of CEO Summit, says they are embarking a journey

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Kenya Eyes Direct Power Purchase from Uganda, Talks Underway

Kenya Eyes Direct Power Purchase from Uganda Summary: Kenya is considering replacing its electricity exchange agreement with Uganda with a direct purchase deal, aiming to procure surplus power from its neighbor through a Power Purchase Agreement (PPA). This shift aligns with Kenya’s goal of reducing electricity costs and dependence on thermal plants, with discussions ongoing

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Nalubaale, Kiira Dams Closed Due to Floating Weeds

An aerial view taken of Kiira Power dam (front) and Nalubaale power dam sharing River Nile water in Jinja, Uganda. Uganda has temporarily closed its Nalubaale and Kiira hydropower plants after a floating “island” of weeds obstructed the installations on the Nile River. The closure has led to power outages in Kampala and surrounding areas.

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Kampala’s Infrastructure Plans Hampered by Debt Payments

Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago has highlighted that the heavy debt burden is significantly slowing down infrastructural development in Kampala. Despite a notable increase in budget allocations, particularly for road improvements, most funds are being directed toward paying off contractors. Lukwago, who leads the Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) political wing, stated, “We are glad that

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Kenya Secures Chinese Funding for SGR Extension to Uganda Border

Summary: Kenya has secured funding from China’s Exim Bank to extend the standard gauge railway from Naivasha to the Uganda border. The African Development Bank and Kenya’s Railway Development Fund will also support the project, which aims to improve regional connectivity. Presidents Ruto and Museveni have endorsed the initiative, and further financing discussions are ongoing.

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Ugandan Well Named in Honor of Fallen Irish Soldier Private Seán Rooney

A well in Uganda has been named after Private Sean Rooney Children in a Uganda village where a well has been named after Private Sean Rooney Children in a Uganda village where a well has been named after Private Sean Rooney Summary: The family of Private Seán Rooney, an Irish soldier killed on UN peacekeeping

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Seven dead, one missing as vehicle plunges into River Namataala

Budaka, (UG):- Police in Budaka District confirmed a tragic loss of seven innocent lives following a tragic accident that occurred Saturday morning at the border of Budaka and Butaleja districts. The nasty accident, based on local reports took place on 19th May 2024, at approximately 4:30 am, near the River Namatala Bridge. “The deceased have been

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ELECTION FACTSHEET: Sanitation in South Africa

How many people in South Africa have access to flushing toilets? How many rely on bucket toilets? Ahead of the 2024 elections, we answer these and other sanitation questions. In April 2024, news media reported that a 3-year-old child had drowned in a pit latrine at a preschool in South Africa’s Eastern Cape province. Unecebo Mboteni is one of several learners

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Residents worry as DRC rebels frantically exploit coltan mine

Democratic Republic of the Congo GOMA, DR CONGO — Reputed to be the coltan capital of the world, the mining town of Rubaya, in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, has fallen into the hands of rebels. The fall of Rubaya is causing a stir among local residents who fear M23 will use profits from the

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