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Elias Biryabarema

Uganda's tough approach curbs COVID, even as Africa nears one million cases

10:09am BST

KAMPALA Uganda's crumbling public hospitals, doctors' strikes and corruption scandals make its success in the fight against the new coronavirus all the more unlikely.

MTN Uganda stake sale to be restricted to East Africans -regulator

24 Jul 2020

KAMPALA The sale of a 20% equity stake in MTN Uganda, the country's biggest telecoms operator, will be restricted to citizens of the East African Community trading bloc, a spokesman for the sector regulator said on Friday.

Uganda's Museveni seeks re-election to extend rule to four decades

21 Jul 2020

KAMPALA Uganda's long-serving President Yoweri Museveni has collected papers to seek nomination as the ruling party's candidate in next year's presidential election, the party said on Tuesday.

REFILE-Uganda cracks down on media ahead of elections in 2021, watchdog says

13 Jul 2020

IGANGA, Uganda, July 10 Uganda's security forces are cracking down on authors and journalists who challenge the 34-year-old rule of President Yoweri Museveni ahead of elections next year, a watchdog told Reuters.

Uganda's central bank may cap commercial bank interest rates

09 Jul 2020

KAMPALA, July 9 Uganda's central Bank (BoU) has threatened to cap the interest that commercial banks can charge borrowers, after the industry failed to reduce loan rates in response to cuts in benchmark rates, according to a letter from its governor.

Ugandan dies after setting fire to himself over motorcycle impounded over COVID-19 violations

04 Jul 2020

KAMPALA A Ugandan man has died after setting fire to himself in a police station when officers allegedly demanded a bribe to release his motorcycle, which he was using as a taxi and which had been impounded over violation of coronavirus restrictions.

Uganda to boost external funding to shore up budget

11 Jun 2020

KAMPALA Uganda plans to draw on more external financing to shore up its 2020/21 budget, its finance minister said in a budget speech on Thursday as he outlined measures to help businesses hit by the outbreak of the new coronavirus.

Uganda to allow firms to defer tax payments to buoy lockdown-battered economy

04 Jun 2020

KAMPALA, June 4 The Uganda government will roll out a series of measures including tax waivers and deferments to help buoy businesses battered by the coronavirus-induced lockdown and global economic downturn, President Yoweri Museveni said on Thursday.

Uganda health workers say they lack vital equipment to fight COVID-19

03 Jun 2020

KAMPALA Ugandan medical workers say they lack adequate supplies of personal protective equipment for tackling COVID-19 and the risk of infection is making some reluctant to treat patients.

Uganda to lose $1.6 billion in tourism earnings as a result of COVID-19

02 Jun 2020

KAMPALA Uganda will lose $1.6 billion a year in earnings from tourism as visitors stay away due to the impact of the coronavirus, President Yoweri Museveni said.

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