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

Uganda’s Opposition Parties Abandon Dialogue With President Museveni

August 13, 2015 12:25 pm0 comments
Uganda’s Opposition Parties Abandon Dialogue With President Museveni

By Joseph Elunya The opposition Democratic Alliance in Uganda has announced its withdrawing from having dialogue with the Government of President Yoweri Museveni. The Inter Party Organization for Dialogue is an inter-party forum for dialogue whose membership is comprised of all registered parties In Uganda. Its aim is to pursue and foster inter-party dialogue, tolerance and co-operation. Prof. Frederick Sempebwa of The Democratic Alliance-TDA-a loose coalition of political parties announced Thursday morning that they are withdrawing from Inter Party Organization for Dialogue as a protest for Government’s failure to consider their views on electoral reforms. ‘All political parties under the democratic alliance will with immediate effect withdraw from the democratic […]

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Uganda Shortlists 17 Firms for Oil Exploration

August 11, 2015 3:41 pm0 comments
Uganda Shortlists 17 Firms for Oil Exploration

KAMPALA 11th AUGUST, 2015: The Government of Uganda has concluded the evaluation of Applications for qualification from the 17 firms that submitted applications for petroleum exploration. Dr. F.A Kabagambe-Kaliisa, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Energy & Mineral Development, said: “16 of the 17 firms that submitted the Applications met the evaluation criteria as spelt out in the request for qualification document and will therefore proceed to the Request for Proposal stage of this licensing round. According to Kabgambe the firms were evaluated based on their technical competence, financial capabilities, legal qualifications as well as National Content and Health Safety and Environment track record.” The 16 successful firms are: 1. […]

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China to Support Expansion of Entebbe International Airport

July 30, 2015 1:38 pm1 comment
China to Support Expansion of Entebbe International Airport

The Government of China has pledged to support the expansion of Entebbe International Airport. The Chinese Ambassador to Uganda H. E. Zhao Yali says his Government will extend financial support to the Government of Uganda as part of its bilateral relations for the expansion of Entebbe International Airport. The Government of Uganda is to embark on US$300m expansion of Entebbe International Airport to cope up with the increase in the business and the number of air travelers. Entebbe International Airport is currently attracting international airlines. Between 2011- 12 EIA received Qatar Airways, Turkish Airlines, NAS Air (Eritrea) and Gulf Air, a feat that won her the Best Marketing Award in […]

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British Airways Suspends Flights to Entebbe International Airport

July 25, 2015 10:56 am0 comments
British Airways Suspends Flights to Entebbe International Airport

Kampala – British Airways has announced the suspension of flights between Entebbe International Airport and Heathrow, London. British Airways in a communication issued this week states that the current flights between Entebbe and Heathrow are not “commercially viable”. The suspension starts in October this year. British Airways has been flying four times a week on the route. “We are suspending our four times a week service from London Heathrow to Entebbe from October 2, 2015. The last service will depart Entebbe on Saturday October 3, 2015. The flights are being suspended because they are not commercially viable,” reads a communication from the British Airways International Media Team. British Airways has […]

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Is Political Dynasty a Threat to Democracy in Uganda

July 23, 2015 12:55 pm0 comments
museveni speaking to the press

By Joseph Elunya This story examines whether the rise in the number of dynastic politicians in Uganda has a threat to democracy. Dynasty politicians are those whose family members have also served in the same and related political position. Notable dynasts in Uganda include; Miria Obote who succeeded her late husband Dr. Apollo Milton Obote as head of Uganda People’s Congress-UPC party. Her son Jimmy Akena is UPC party President elect and Member of Parliament for Lira Municipality. Others on the list of political dynasties are Okello Oryem son of former President Tito Okello Lutwa the current Chwa County Member of Parliament and Minister of Foreign Affairs, President Yoweri Museveni […]

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Ugandans to Foot Extra Cost of Bloated Parliament

July 16, 2015 12:27 pm0 comments

As the term the 9th Parliament comes to an end Ugandans taxpayers should brace to foot the extra cost ofy a bloated parliament. President Museveni has proposed the creation of thirty nine more constituencies to add to the country 375 seats. The number of Members of Parliament has been rising in each national election, resulting in an increased burden on the taxpayers. A Member of Parliament in Uganda earns close to $6000 dollars per month. They are also given more than $31,000 to purchase new cars at the beginning of each term of parliament. In addition to that they sometime get a financial bailout like the 2014 scenario where the […]

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Burundi’s Warring Parties Agree to Resume Talks

July 15, 2015 5:35 pm0 comments
Burundi’s Warring Parties Agree to Resume Talks

Bujumbura-The warring parties in Burundi have agreed to resume talks aimed at ending the country’s political stalemate following a failed coup. President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda chaired a high level East African Community political dialogue among Burundi stakeholders. “I urged the Barundi people to forget their past sectarian political differences and build their country on unity, emulating their first post independence leader Prince Rwagasore who led Burundi to independence in 1961 under the UPRONA party which was a nationalist and patriotic pro- people party, but who was murdered by colonial agents led by a priest, there after ushering half a century of instability and suffering to the Barundi to this […]

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Dr. John Magufuli Nominated for October Elections

July 12, 2015 11:07 am0 comments
Dr. John Magufuli Nominated for October Elections

Dar-es-salaam-Tanzania’s governing Chama Cha Mapinduzi (CCM) has elected Dr John Pombe Magufuli to be the flag bearer in the country’s October 25th general election. Magufuli’s nomination has ruined hopes of Tanzaina electing the first woman as president. Tanzania has been making headlines around the world for selecting two high profile women among the final three to fight for the ruling party’s endorsement. Dr. Asha-Rose Migiro, former UN Deputy Secretary and Ambassador Amina Salum Ali, African Union. Permanent Representative to the United States were edged out by John Pombe Magufuli, MP for Chato, and current Minister for Works. ###

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Tanzania Extradites ADF Rebel Leader

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Tanzania Extradites ADF Rebel Leader

Dar-es-salaam-The former head of the Allied Democratic forces a designated Ugandan terrorist group Jamil Mukulu has been extradited by a Tanzanian group. Jamil Mukulu, the leader of the Congo-based Islamist rebel group Allied Democratic Forces, has been extradited to Uganda to face trial for allegedly ordering a spate of deadly attacks against civilians since the 1990s. Magistrate Cyprian Mkeha said he was satisfied that Jamil Mukulu would face a fair trial in Uganda, his country of birth. The Ugandan Inspector General of Police confirmed that Jamil Mukulu has been extradited to Uganda. Mukulu, a former Roman Catholic who converted to Islam, founded the Allied Democratic Forces in the 1990s to […]

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Two Presidential Aspirants Arrested in Uganda

July 9, 2015 5:38 pm0 comments
Two Presidential Aspirants Arrested in Uganda

Police in Uganda on Thursday detained two presidential aspirants. The two-former Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi a former confidant of Predient Yoweri Museveni and Dr. Kiiza Besigye were detained in two separate incidents for attempting to hold consultation meeting for their candidature in the upcoming elections. Former Prime Minister Amama was arrested while on his way to the eastern Ugandan district of Mbale where he was due to hold consultation with his supporters. He was detained as he approached the Owen Falls Dam and driven back to Kampala where he was detained at Kira Road Police Station. Mbabazi was pulled out of the car by police who blocked his convoy at […]

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