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

Centurion Law Group Expands to Cameroon

September 8, 2015 5:50 pm0 comments

DOUALA, Cameroon, September 8, 2015/ — Centurion Law Group is continuing its pan-African expansion with the opening of an office in Cameroon. The group will set up operations in Douala, Cameroon’s largest city and the wealthiest business hub in Central Africa. Centurion will extend to clients a range of services in all its practice areas, including arbitration and commercial litigation, corporate and finance law, labor and employment, and oil and gas. The office represents the first move by an international law firm into Cameroon. The Douala office will be staffed with eight lawyers from Cameroon with academic and professional credentials from North America, the UK, France, Nigeria and Cameroon. Centurion […]

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Trial of Congolese Rebel Leader Bosco Ntaganda Opens

September 5, 2015 4:43 pm0 comments
Ntaganda before ICC

The Hague, Netherlands-The trial of Congolese rebel leader Bosco Ntanganda opened on 2 September 2015, in The Hague, Netherlands, with the statements of the Prosecution. The start of the Prosecution’s presentation of evidence is scheduled on 15 September 2015. The trial is expected to take several months. During the first part, the Office of the Prosecutor will be presenting the evidence at the Prosecution’s disposal, submitting to the attention of the judges a large number of documents which it has compiled in the case, as well as video footage. The Prosecution will also call witnesses to testify. When the Prosecution has finished examining each witness, the Defence Counsel is given […]

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President Kabila Visits China

September 2, 2015 5:27 pm0 comments
President Kabila Visits China

KINSHASA, Dem. Rep. of Congo (DRC) September 2, 2015/ — Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) President Joseph Kabila travels to China on September 2nd to attend the commemoration of the 70th anniversary of the end of World War II and celebrate DRC Veterans who fought alongside Allied Forces during the war. While in China President Kabila will also meet various leaders including President Xi Jinping to review the status of current Sino-Congolese projects and discuss ways to strengthen and enhance relations between the two countries. Background on Chinese-Congolese Relations Over the last 25 years, Chinese investment in the DRC, as well as Congolese exports to China, have grown at a […]

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President Museveni Promotes Controversial General as Elections Nears

August 31, 2015 5:41 pm0 comments
Controversial Army General

By Joseph Elunya Brig Henry Tumukunde has been promoted to Lt Gen and retired from the army. Tumukunde a former spy chief has been on‘katebe’ (un-deployed) since 2005 when he was arrested for allegedly spreading harmful propaganda and military misconduct. He battled the charges at the General court martial until 18 April 2013 when the charge of spreading harmful propaganda was dropped. The joint charge of military misconduct was however upheld leading to him being sentenced to a severe reprimand. Tumukunde had been on loggerheads with his boss President Yoweri Museveni since 2003 when he opposed the lifting of presidential term limits. He argued then during a retreat chaired by […]

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Global Integrity Releases Findings on Governance & Accountability in Africa

August 27, 2015 4:39 pm0 comments
Global Integrity Releases Findings on Governance & Accountability in Africa

By Joseph Elunya Global integrity has released findings of a research that it conducted in several African countries on public accountability, rule of law independence of the judiciary among others. The findings released today shows shows that interference from the executive branch significantly limits the strengthening of an independent judiciary, auditors and civil service across Africa. Even in countries where the judiciary enjoys full legal independence, in practice about half of the countries received very low scores and only six received high marks. However, some countries show progress both in the legal framework and in practice. For example, a 2014 law in Tunisia added explicit provisions on judicial independence and […]

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South Sudan Government on Spot over Death of Journalist

August 24, 2015 5:31 pm0 comments
South Sudan Government on Spot over Death of Journalist

Nairobi, 24th August 2015-The African Media Institute-AMI has called upon the Government of South Sudan to take action by bringing to book those responsible for shooting dead a South Sudanese journalist. A press release issued today condemns the death of Peter Julius Moi who was shot dead last week by unknown gunmen in Juba. ‘”The international outrage over last week’s killing of South Sudanese journalist Peter Julius Moi is understandable, particularly in view of the fact that only days earlier the country’s president had warned journalists “working against the country” of dire consequences. While it is not clear who executed or ordered Moi’s killing, the African Media Initiative is concerned […]

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Uganda to Punish Soldiers over Killing Civilians in Somalia

August 23, 2015 2:23 pm0 comments
Uganda to Punish Soldiers over Killing Civilians in Somalia

Mogadishu-Uganda Says it will punish soldiers who are accused of killing civilians in Somalia. AMISOM troops were recently accused by Somali residents of shooting dead six members of one family following a landmine attack on its convoy,. ‘’AMISOM troops entered the house violently and started to shoot indiscriminately,’’ said one of the witnesses who spoke to the media. According to local resident who spoke to the media, Ugandan troops who are part of the African Union troops entered the home of the family members on Friday night, after a roadside bomb hit one of their vehicles. The incident took place in the port town of Merka, which is some 70km […]

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EALA Demands for Investment Policy

August 22, 2015 4:00 pm0 comments
EALA Demands for Investment Policy

Arusha-The East African Legislative assembly wants the region to prioritise harmonization of investment initiatives and incentives if the bloc is to be promoted as a single investment area. To this end, EALA is calling for the formulation of an advocacy plan to spur investment policy and strategy as well as enactment of a regional law on investments. The legislators also want a framework in place to ensure that specialization in investments are encouraged among the Partner States as opposed to intra-competition. In addition, they are calling for inculcation of mechanisms to enable investors to capitalize a certain percentage of profits in the EAC countries rather than repatriating all the money […]

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Former Uganda’s Prime Minister Picks Nomination Forms to Challenge President Mueveni’s 30 Year Rule

August 17, 2015 1:59 pm0 comments
Amama shortly after picking forms today

Former Uganda’s Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi has picked nomination papers to challenge President Yoweri Museveni in the 2016 national elections. Amama Mbabazi who was accompanied by his wife Jacqueline picked the forms on Monday morning from the offices of the National Electoral Commission. Amama who has previously made known his presidential through the social media posted this shortly on his facebook page. “This morning, my wife Jacqueline and I fulfilled the first step towards nominations as Presidential Candidate in the Presidential elections for 2016, by picking up nomination forms in person”. After picking the forms Amama later notified the Electoral Commission that he will begin countrywide consultations to gather signatures […]

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CNN Apologizes to Kenya

August 14, 2015 1:51 pm0 comments
CNN Apologizes to Kenya

Nairobi-CNN Television has apologized over an erroneous news item that referred to Kenya as a ‘hotbed of terrorists’. CNN’s Global Executive Vice President and Managing Director, Tony Maddox, delivered the apology to President Uhuru Kenyata at State House, Nairobi. “He personally delivered an apology on behalf of CNN International and expressed deep regret after portraying Kenya as a ‘hotbed of terror’ ahead of a visit to Nairobi by President Barack Obama last month. He admitted that the description of Kenya as a “hotbed of terror” was both ill fitting and undeserved”. President Uhuru remarked on his twitter handle. President Kenyata says he expressed disappointment over the story “I reiterated that […]

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