Articles by: Joseph Elunya- Uganda Bureau Chief
Joseph Elunya is The Continent Observer Chief Bureau for Uganda, based in the capital Kampala. He has more than 12 years experience in Journalism. Past work experience include News Editor Voice of Teso Radio Station in Uganda, Bureau Chief Institute for War and Peace Reporting, Correspondent Radio Netherlands African Desk and Bureau Chief Uganda Radio Network

Botswana to host Pan-Africa’s most celebrated innovation event of the year – Innovation Prize for Africa!

January 20, 2016 9:30 pm0 comments
Botswana to host Pan-Africa’s most celebrated innovation event of the year – Innovation Prize for Africa!

GABORONE– The African Innovation Foundation (AIF) in a joint collaborative effort with the Government of Botswana (GoB) represented by the Ministry of Infrastructure, Science and Technology and the Botswana Innovation Hub (BIH) today announced that the next Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA) event will be held in Gaborone, Botswana in June 2016*. The decision to host IPA in Botswana received the highest endorsement from H.E. President Lieutenant General Seretse Khama Ian Khama, the President of Botswana. IPA is a landmark program of the AIF, whose purpose is to increase the prosperity of Africans by catalyzing the innovation spirit in Africa. IPA celebrates its 5 year milestone in helping to shape […]

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Tigo Tanzania pays $2.1 million in quarterly profit share to customers

January 19, 2016 4:03 pm0 comments
Tigo Tanzania pays $2.1 million in quarterly profit share to customers

Tanzania’s leading digital lifestyle company, Tigo, has announced another quarterly payment of US $ 2.1million (Tshs 4.4 bilion) to its 4.6 million Tigo Pesa users, the seventh time in a row that the company is distributing profit to its mobile financial services users. Speaking at a press conference in Dar es Salaam this week Tigo Tanzania Head of Finance and Risk for Mobile Financial Services Obedi Laiser said cumulatively, the company has paid its mobile financial services users a total of US $ 16. 5 million (Tshs 35.5 billion) quarterly payments since September 2014. The payment is generated from profit accruing in the Tigo Pesa Trust accounts held with major […]

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Uganda Named Crisis Hot Spot

January 14, 2016 6:29 pm0 comments
Uganda Named Crisis Hot Spot

Uganda has been named as a crisis hot spot in the latest report issued by the Institute for Security Studies-ISS. The ISS Peace and Security Council report released early this week names Uganda and eleven other African countries as crisis hot spot. Uganda is cited in the report as a crisis hot spot due to a contentious election. Uganda goes to poll on 18th February in a hotly contested election that has attracted eight presidential candidates. There’s however fear of an outbreak of violence in days leading to and after elections. Below is the map showing crisis hot spots in the continent.

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Campaigns for Uganda’s Presidential Elections Heats up

January 1, 2016 11:48 am0 comments
Campaigns for Uganda’s Presidential Elections Heats up

By Joseph Elunya As polling day draws close in Uganda, it’s increasingly becoming clear that the contest is between three out of the eight presidential candidates. About 15.2 million Ugandans will be casting their votes next month in an election that has attracted eight presidential candidates including the incumbent Yoweri Kaguta Museveni who is seeking a fifth term in office. However as the campaigns heats up, it’s becoming clear that the race is between President Museveni and his arch rival Dr. Kiiza Besigye of the Forum for Democratic Change-FDC. A recent poll conducted by the Daily Monitor newspaper put the incumbent Yoweri Museveni in the lead closely followed by Dr. […]

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13 Drown on Ugandan Beaches

December 29, 2015 10:10 am0 comments

Police in Uganda have recovered the bodies of at least 13 people who drowned in the beaches around Lake Victoria during Christmas festivities. The Kampala Metropolitan police spokesperson Patrick Onyango says the bodies of the victims were recovered between 23 and 27 December at different beaches within Entebbe town. The deceased include Brian Nsubuga, Allan Mubiru, Abubaker Ffensolyian, Haruna Mubiru, Ssula Kato, Arafat Kabonge, Richard Ssenyondo and Abdul Wakayeli. Most fun loving Ugandans usually flock to beaches like Aero, Speenah and Sports in Entebbe for weekends and festive seasons. The beaches are popular with beach parties.

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Ugandan Journalists Performing Poorly in Election Coverage

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Ugandan Journalists Performing Poorly in Election Coverage

A report on monitoring media coverage of the 2016 general election in Uganda shows poor performance by local journalists. The African Center for Media Excellence today released its second report on media coverage of elections in Uganda. The key findings in the November report reveal that the media (radio, TV and newspapers) are quoting ordinary people more in election stories, instead of relying on only candidates and party officials. For instance, there was an increase in the use of ordinary persons as sources of election stories by newspapers from 10.6% in October to 19% in November — the month in which the presidential campaigns kicked off. The media also provided […]

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Etisalat Announces Prize for Literature 2015 Shortlist

December 23, 2015 4:16 pm0 comments
Etisalat Announces Prize for Literature 2015 Shortlist

LAGOS, Nigeria, December 22, 2015/ — Fiston Mwanza Mujila, Penny Busetto and Rehana Rossouw have been announced as the three shortlisted authors for the 2015 Etisalat Prize for Literature . The Etisalat Prize for Literature is the first pan-African Prize that is open solely to debut fiction writers from African countries. Now in its third year, it is acknowledged as the most prestigious literary prize for African fiction. The three books, selected from the longlist of nine, are Fiston Mwanza Mujila (Democratic Republic of Congo) – Tram 83 (Deep Vellum) Penny Busetto (South Africa) – The Story of Anna P, as Told by Herself (Jacana Media) Rehana Rossouw (South Africa) […]

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Police Raid Home of Uganda’s Opposition Leader

December 21, 2015 6:22 pm0 comments
Amama shortly after picking forms today

By Joseph Elunya Police have raided the home and offices of a leading opposition independent presidential candidate in Uganda. A team of uniformed and plain clothes police officers on Monday raided the home and campaign offices of independent candidate Amama Mbabazi and arrested 20 of his supporters. According to Mbabazi, 20 of his supporters including cleaners were arrested and taken to unknown locations. The raid and arrests follow threats made by President Museveni that he would arrest Mbabazi’s supporters over the violent clashes that erupted between them and NRM members at a rally in the western district of Ntungamo. Fred Enanga the Police Spokesperson confirmed the arrests. He however says […]

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Risk Report Country by Country

December 19, 2015 7:02 am0 comments
Risk Report Country by Country

RiskMap 2016: Excitement over “People Power” in Africa will not continue in 2016 RiskMap highlights the most significant underlying trends in global risk and security, and provides a detailed view from the markets that will matter most in 2016 Nairobi, Kenya, December 18, 2015 — People power witnessed in 2014 and 2015, for example in changes of government in Burkina Faso and Nigeria, will be proved limited in 2016. A combination of elections, constitutional pressures and financial difficulties will test governments across the region, including in Chad, Uganda, Congo (Brazzaville), Angola and South Africa. Incumbents will however retain their hold on power. These are some of the key messages of […]

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12 female scientists from across Sub-Saharan Africa have been honoured for their work and impact in the scientific field

December 15, 2015 1:21 pm0 comments
12 female scientists from across Sub-Saharan Africa have been honoured for their work and impact in the scientific field

Johannes burg, December 15, 2015/ — Science knows no boundaries, and that includes gender as well as age. African women have once again displayed inventiveness and excellence when it comes to the sciences. The L’Oréal Foundation and UNESCO are proud to announce the recipients of the 2015 L’Oréal-UNESCO For Women in Science Sub-Saharan Africa Regional Fellowships. Through the great diversity of their research, this year’s Sub-Saharan African Fellows highlight the changing face of scientific research and the new disciplines that are continually emerging, forging the next generation of For Women in Science fellows. These young researchers share the thrill of curiosity and discovery, and are strong believers that science can […]

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