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

Long Serving Ugandan President to Host Another Pope

October 18, 2015 11:13 am0 comments
Long Serving Ugandan President to Host Another Pope

President Yoweri Museveni is set to host the second Pope to visit Uganda in his 30-year rule. Pope Francis is set to visit Uganda on the 27th November 2015. He will visit Uganda from November 27-29. Pope Francis will be in Uganda to mark the 50th anniversary of Pope Paul VI’s canonization of 22 Catholic martyrs-converts to Christianity who were executed in the 19th century. He will be the second Pope for President Museveni to host during his reign. President Museveni hosted late Pope John Paul II in 1993. Below is the program.

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Uganda Police Block Nude Protest

October 14, 2015 4:06 pm0 comments
Uganda Police Block Nude Protest

The police in Uganda have blocked a group of women from carrying out a demonstration. The women were intending to demonstrate against the police for stripping naked an official of the Forum for Democratic Change. The police over the weekend caused uproar over the manner in which they arrested a lady. Video recording show the police struggling to undress Zaina Fatuma during the arrest of FDC officials who were enroute to western Uganda to launch a party activity. This morning police barricaded the office where they had gathered with the intention of marching to parliament to vent out their anger. Below is a protest letter that they have written to […]

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Brand Africa to Announce the Africa’s Top 100 Most Admired and Most Valuable Brands

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Brand Africa to Announce the Africa’s Top 100 Most Admired and Most Valuable Brands

JOHANNESBURG, October 14, 2015-Brand Africa is to release its highly anticipated 4th Brand Africa 100: Africa’s Best Brands rankings of the Top 100 Most Admired and Most Valuable brands in Africa at a Gala event at Sandton Convention Center on 22 October 2015. The rankings, first launched in 2011 at the second Brand Africa FORUM, have been held in Johannesburg, South Africa in 2011 in partnership with Brand South Africa, in Nairobi, Kenya in 2014 in partnership with the Kenya Securities Exchange and in New York in 2013 partnership with African Business ion the sidelines of the UN General Assembly. This year, the scope and sample countries have been vastly […]

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Police Brutality Angers Ugandans

October 12, 2015 3:20 pm0 comments
Police Brutality Angers Ugandans

The public in Uganda has been outraged by the manner in which the police arrested leading opposition politicians. The Uganda police on Saturday arrested opposition politicians who include Dr. Kiiza Besigye the Forum for Democratic Change presidential candidate. Photos of the police arresting the leaders were shown on local television prompting angry reactions from members of the public. People from across the political divide have been angered by the pictures of the police stripping one of the women before arresting her. Other Presidential candidates have also joined in to vent their anger at the police over what they describe as brutality. Former Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi who is contesting on […]

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South Africa retains ranking in 2015 Ibrahim Index of African Governance

October 8, 2015 4:12 pm0 comments
South Africa retains ranking in 2015 Ibrahim Index of African Governance

South Africa has retained its position in the 2015 Ibrahim Index on Africa Governance. In the 2015 Index, South Africa has retained its rank of 4 of 54 countries assessed in the Index. This follows South Africa’s improved performance in the 2015/16 World Economic Forum’s annual Global Competitiveness Index which saw South Africa rise seven places from 56 to 49 of 140 countries. The Ibrahim Index of African Governance (IIAG) measures the quality of governance in 54 African countries on an annual basis by looking at four areas: Safety and Rule of Law, Participation and Human Rights, Sustainable Economic Opportunity and Human Development. South Africa’s performance in each of these […]

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Ugandan Minister Quits Ruling Party

October 6, 2015 4:51 pm0 comments
Ugandan Minister Quits Ruling Party

A Ugandan Minister has quit the ruling National Resistance party. Aidah Nantaba the state Minister for Lands quit the party over what she described as “flawed electoral process” in the primaries. The National Resistance party confirmed today that it has formerly accepted the resignation of Aidah Nantaba from all NRM party activities. The NRM party issued a statement today saying that the leadership accepted her “request” to withdraw from all NRM activities. Dr. Tanga Odoi the party’s Electoral Commission Chairman says the Minister is free to leave since it’s a decision that she took by herself. Tanga Odoi said the party has in the past lost more prominent members like […]

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CCM Supporters Turn Against Magufuli in Monduli

October 3, 2015 4:00 pm0 comments
CCM Supporters Turn Against Magufuli in Monduli

CCM cadres are reported to have stopped campaigning for Dr. John Magufuli the party’s presidential candidate in Monduli constituency a home to his rival Edward Lowassa. The Citizen reports in its online edition that the cadres are only supporting Namalok Sokoine the CCM parliamentary candidate. Ccm was launching its campaigns from Nanja village the birthplace for Chadema’s candidate Julius kalanga. CCM chairman in the area said those who propped support for Dr. Magufuli were strangers and that they were likely not to get votes for the parliamentary and civic candidate if they continue campaigning for Dr. Magufuli.

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Dedisa Peaking Power in Port Elizabeth Starts Commercial Operation

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Dedisa Peaking Power in Port Elizabeth Starts Commercial Operation

Johannesburg — Dedisa Peaking Power, a venture of ENGIE (formerly GDF SUEZ, France), black majority owned Legend Power Solutions (RSA), Mitsui & Co., Ltd. (Japan), and The Peaker Trust (RSA) representing the community in the area, today announced that it has started commercial operation of the 335 MW Dedisa Peaking Power Project in Port Elizabeth (Eastern Cape). Together with the 670 MW Avon Peaking Power Project near Durban (KwaZulu-Natal), Dedisa is South Africa’s first large scale independent power project originated by the Department of Energy. The power generated by these two open cycle gas turbine power plants will be sold to Eskom Holdings, South Africa’s state-owned utility, under a Power […]

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Samsung to Donate Solar Powered Internet School to Uganda

September 26, 2015 5:23 pm1 comment
Samsung to Donate Solar Powered Internet School to Uganda

Samsung Electronics Africa has announced it will be taking part in the fifth Innovation Africa Summit taking place at the Speke Resort Munyonyo, Kampala, Uganda from 30 September to 2 October 2015. Over 40 African ministers, deputy ministers, and cabinet secretaries from 30 countries are expected to meet and share insights on education, innovation and ICT skills development in Africa. “We are excited to be participating once again at this event and look forward to engaging with ministers and their delegations about innovations and solutions that respond to African problems. It is critical for Samsung not to have a blanket approach but rather tailor make solutions, and Innovation Africa gives […]

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48 Aspirants for Uganda’s Presidential Elections

September 20, 2015 10:27 am0 comments
48 Aspirants for Uganda’s Presidential Elections

Forty eight aspirants have picked nomination forms for 2016 Presidential Elections. Ten out of the aspiring candidates are sponsored by political parties, while thirty eight intend to stand as independent candidates. Two of the aspirants are women. Nominations are scheduled for 5th – 6th October 2015, at Mandela National Stadium, Namboole, Kiira Town Council, Wakiso District. National Resistance Movement (NRM) Electoral Commission chairman, Mr Tanga Odoi has confirmed President Yoweri Museveni as a sole candidate for the party ahead of the 2016 presidential elections. Meanwhile the ruling party on Saturday confirmed President Museveni as its sole candidate in next year’s elections. In his acceptance speech president Yoweri Museveni said the […]

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