Congolese flee to Uganda after vote, raising Ebola fears
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Hundreds of refugees have crossed into Uganda from Congo in the days since that country's troubled presidential election, a Red Cross official said Wednesday, heightening concerns about the possible cross-border spread of Ebola. Separately, the head of the World Health Organization said he has asked the supplier of an experimental vaccine to produce more of it.
Can we talk? Ugandans try to coax longtime leader to leave
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Can one of Africa's longest-serving leaders be talked into giving up power?
A new movement in Uganda wants to find out, encouraged by the president's tentative embrace of a so-called "national dialogue" as the government is in a showdown with an opposition pop star whose popularity with disaffected young people is unsettling the ruling party.
Uganda faces pressure to probe 2016 massacre by military
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — The United States and others are urging Ugandan authorities to fully investigate a military attack on a tribal king's palace two years ago that killed over 100 civilians and was widely condemned.
At least 15 children were among the victims of the November 2016 assault targeting a kingdom known as Rwenzururu, whose leader for years has been politically opposed to Uganda's longtime President Yoweri Museveni, according to Human Rights Watch.
World Toilet Day highlights global sanitation crisis
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Poor countries around the world are facing a dangerous shortage of toilets that puts millions of live at risk, according to campaigners marking World Toilet Day by urging governments and businesses to invest more in sanitation.
The toilet crisis is most severe in parts of Africa and Asia facing extreme poverty and seeing a population boom.
Ugandan police say 10 students killed in arson attack
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Ugandan police say 10 students have been killed in an alleged arson attack targeting a school dormitory in central Uganda.
Police spokesman Emilian Kayima said Wednesday that a tenth victim succumbed to his wounds while being admitted at a local hospital.
The Ministry of Education said 40 other students "escaped with injuries of varying degrees" from the fire that swept through the dormitory early Monday.
Ugandan pop star-politician performs 1st show since jailing
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Ugandan pop star and opposition politician Bobi Wine performed his first concert since he was charged with treason and jailed, a show of defiance Saturday punctuated by anti-government slogans and barbs aimed at the long-time president he is challenging.
Africa youth boom on display as Uganda leader faces pop star
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Call it a struggle for the soul of the ghetto.
Uganda's longtime president this month went on a whirlwind tour of some of the capital's poorest slums, handing out checks totaling over a quarter-million dollars.
The next day, residents turned up in the red colors of the opposition and instead gave thanks to President Yoweri Museveni's newest and biggest challenger, a crusading pop star and rookie lawmaker who styles himself as the "ghetto president."
Ugandan pop star vows to fight on after arriving from US
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Uganda's pop star politician Bobi Wine vowed Thursday to continue his fight for more freedom in the country "or we shall die trying," shortly after security forces took him into custody on his arrival from the United States after treatment for alleged torture.
The Latest: Uganda’s pop star politician vows to fight on
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — The Latest on Uganda's pop star politician (all times local):
Uganda's pop star politician Bobi Wine is vowing to continue his fight for more freedom in the country "or we shall die trying."
The singer whose real name is Kyagulanyi Ssentamu spoke to reporters shortly after police escorted him home from the airport amid heavy security. He says that "I didn't know where they were taking me. They just grabbed me."
Uganda’s opposition pop star Bobi Wine set to return home
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Uganda's pop star-turned-opposition lawmaker is returning home on Thursday after seeking treatment in the United States for injuries suffered during alleged state torture, while police say they will meet him at the airport.
Official: Prominent police officer in Uganda is shot dead
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — A spokesman for Ugandan police says gunmen have killed a prominent police officer and his wife.
Spokesman Emilian Kayima said Saturday that Muhammad Kirumira was attacked while driving his car near his home outside the capital, Kampala.
Kirumira came to prominence earlier this year when he resigned as a district police commander amid a feud with higher-ups whom he accused of corruption and other crimes.
Ugandan pop star says he is fighting for ‘the oppressed’
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Ugandan pop star-turned-lawmaker Bobi Wine said on Thursday he would return to Uganda to continue his struggle on behalf of "the oppressed" after allegedly being tortured by members of the presidential guard.
Wine, whose real name is Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, became emotional in his first news conference since arriving in the U.S. for specialized care as he recalled people like his driver who he said had "paid the price."
Uganda opposition pop star says soldiers beat, tortured him
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Ugandan soldiers beat up pop star-turned-lawmaker Bobi Wine and squeezed his genitals until he passed out, he charged on Monday, three days after he departed for the United States for medical care for the injuries he allegedly sustained while in detention.
Ugandan opposition pop star flies to US for treatment
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — A Ugandan pop star-turned-opposition lawmaker said Saturday he has arrived in the United States for medical care after allegedly being tortured while in detention.
Bobi Wine, whose real name is Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, said on Twitter Saturday that he suffered "brutal torture" by soldiers with the presidential guard, allegations the government has denied.
Ugandan opposition pop star flies abroad for treatment
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — A Ugandan pop star-turned-opposition lawmaker flew out of the country for medical treatment after alleged torture while in detention, his lawyer said, a day after security forces blocked him from boarding a flight to the U.S. and set off a new round of protests.
The Latest: Ugandan opposition pop star leaving the country
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — The Latest on Uganda's political violence (all times local):
A lawyer says a Ugandan pop star-turned-opposition lawmaker is flying out of the country for medical treatment a day after security forces blocked him from boarding a flight to the United States.
American pleads not guilty to assault in Uganda
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — A 69-year-old American has pleaded not guilty to assault in Uganda after widely circulated video footage showed him punching a hotel worker, using racial insults and threatening to kill him.
Jimmy L. Taylor was arrested earlier this month after the confrontation with a receptionist at a hotel in the capital, Kampala. It was not clear when the confrontation took place.
Uganda opposition pop star blocked from flying to US for aid
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — A Ugandan pop star-turned-opposition lawmaker whose treason charge has outraged the country after he alleged torture in detention has been blocked from leaving for the United States for treatment, lawyers said late Thursday, while a colleague was stopped from traveling to India.
The Latest: Ugandan pop singer blocked from leaving for US
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — The Latest on Uganda's opposition (all times local):
A lawyer says Ugandan pop star-turned opposition lawmaker Bobi Wine has been checked into a hospital in the capital, Kampala, after police blocked him from flying to the United States for treatment after alleged torture.
Asuman Basalirwa tells reporters that the singer, whose real name is Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, is in "a worrying" condition.
Ugandan pop star Bobi Wine has kidney problem after jail
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Bobi Wine, the Ugandan pop star who opposes the longtime president and has been charged with treason, has a "kidney problem" that needs urgent medical attention abroad, his lawyer said Wednesday, two days after the singer was freed from detention on crutches.
A medical report confirmed the suspicion of a kidney problem afflicting the singer and parliament member whose real name is Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, Medard Sseggona told The Associated Press.
Ugandan pop star, government critic Bobi Wine free on bail
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — To chants of "People power! Our power!" Ugandan pop star turned government critic Bobi Wine was freed on bail Monday, ending days of incarceration during which he and some of his co-accused allege they were tortured by security forces.
The 36-year-old lawmaker, whose real name is Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, was on crutches as he left the courthouse in the northern Ugandan town of Gulu. He claims he was injured by severe beatings by security forces while he was in detention.
Ugandan pop star-turned-lawmaker faces a treason charge
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — The Ugandan government filed a charge of treason Thursday against a pop star-turned-lawmaker who has emerged as a major critic of the long-serving president and whose jailing drew outrage from top musicians around the world.
Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, popularly known as Bobi Wine, was visibly weak and struggled to walk into court from what his lawyer said was a severe beating while in custody. The government denied it.
Official: Jailed, beaten Ugandan pop star in ‘a lot of pain’
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — A pop star-turned-lawmaker is in "a lot of pain" after being beaten while in custody, the deputy speaker of Uganda's parliament said Wednesday, as dozens of top musicians including Angelique Kidjo and Chris Martin condemned the "vicious" treatment.
Pressure was mounting on the government to free Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, also known as Bobi Wine, who has emerged as an influential critic of longtime President Yoweri Museveni after winning a parliament seat last year.
Uganda police battle protesters seeking release of pop star
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Ugandan police fired bullets and tear gas Monday to disperse a crowd of protesters demanding the release of a jailed pop star who is a prominent critic of President Yoweri Museveni.
There were no deaths in the riots in a downtown market in the capital, Kampala, as the security forces chased rioters who had barricaded roads, police spokesman Emilian Kayima said. Footage by local broadcasters showed soldiers and police arresting scores of people and bundling them onto trucks.
1 killed in Ugandan riots over alleged torture of lawmakers
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Ugandan police say one person has been killed in riots over the arrests of opposition lawmakers, including two who sustained injuries during detention.
Five other protesters were injured Sunday as police tried to disperse a group of people who barricaded a road in Mityana, about 60 kilometers (37 miles) from the capital Kampala.
The area's representative in parliament, Francis Zaake, is hospitalized in critical condition.
Uganda arrests American man who attacked hotel staff
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Ugandan police are holding an American man who in video footage is seen attacking a hotel worker with punches and racial insults.
Jimmy L. Taylor was arrested on Thursday after CCTV footage of the incident was posted on social media, angering some Ugandans who demanded his arrest.
The incident happened at a hotel in Kampala, the capital. It wasn't clear precisely when.
In Uganda a pop star takes on a president, at his peril
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — In his red beret and jumpsuit the Ugandan pop star Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, better known as Bobi Wine, leads cheering campaigners down a street, punching the air and waving the national flag.
Ugandan pop star, a government critic, faces military court
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — A pop singer and prominent critic of Uganda's government was charged with unlawful possession of firearms in a military court on Thursday for his alleged role in clashes in which the longtime president's motorcade was attacked by people throwing stones.
Uganda opposition figure held after anti-president protest
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — A prominent opposition figure in Uganda has been detained after violent clashes Monday night that allegedly started when President Yoweri Museveni's motorcade was pelted with stones, a military official said Tuesday.
Lawmaker Kyagulanyi Ssentamu was held overnight in the northwestern town of Arua, where he and other politicians, including Museveni, had been campaigning for a lawmaker, said Capt. Jimmy Omara, a spokesman for the Special Forces Command.
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Uganda is deploying military escorts and buying armored trucks for each of its more than 400 lawmakers while blaming growing insecurity, but critics blast the decision as too expensive for a poor country that long has been considered one of Africa's more stable nations.
Longtime President Yoweri Museveni issued the directive in a June 29 letter to the finance minister that cites "shallow criminality and terrorism" in recent years.
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Ugandan police on Wednesday used tear gas and bullets to break up a street protest against a new tax targeting social media users.
Two protesters were arrested in downtown Kampala, the capital, after a scuffle in which some policemen were assaulted, said Luke Owoyesigire, a spokesman for Kampala police.
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Uganda's military says a former ally of the longtime president who was recently fired as national police chief has been taken into custody for unspecified questioning.
The army says in a statement that Gen. Kale Kayihura is being held at a military barracks in the capital, Kampala.
The case signals apparent efforts by President Yoweri Museveni to remove people in his security forces thought to be disloyal.
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — A U.S. Treasury official is urging East African governments to tighten the loopholes that allow illicit money from war-torn South Sudan to cross into regional capitals.
Under Secretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence Sigal Mandelker said in Uganda Monday that authorities in neighboring countries like Uganda must make it clear that "corrupt money is not wanted here."
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Wailing women, long speeches, livestock slaughtered for a feast. For many in Africa, funerals are multi-day gatherings and deeply traditional, with elaborate burial rites to emphasize the belief that the dead are not really dead.
So some Africans are uncomfortable with the rise of cremations, long considered taboo but a growing necessity as migration to cities is crowding out graveyard space and producing a landless generation without cash for a funeral.
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — The sweaty mechanic tossed aside the used jeans one by one, digging deep through the pile of secondhand clothes that are at the center of another, if little-noticed, Trump administration trade war.
Uganda’s ‘life presidency’ law faces legal challenge
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — A Ugandan court is hearing a case that seeks to overturn a measure that removed an age limit to the long-time president's rule.
Opposition politicians and the local bar association are challenging the law, passed in December, that allows President Yoweri Museveni to potentially hold power for nearly five decades.
"We shall get justice" before an independent panel of judges, said Kampala Mayor Erias Lukwago, a member of the petitioners' legal team.
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Streets. Schools. A bridge in Burkina Faso. The name of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. can be found across Africa, a measure of the global influence of the American civil rights leader who was shot dead 50 years ago after speaking out against injustices at home and abroad.
A school for poor children that is named after King in Uganda's capital, Kampala, took as its motto, "Have a Dream," borrowing a line from one of King's most famous speeches.
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — In a sleek new high-rise in Uganda's capital, an enthusiastic lecturer described his financial success with the cryptocurrency bitcoin while his earnings were projected on a screen.
"What I have earned in one-and-a-half years from bitcoin is more than I earned in 10 years as a teacher," Richard M. Bagorogo told his audience. "I am living on bitcoin because getting a job in this country is not easy."
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Ugandan authorities say they have found fake Hepatitis B vaccines at some health facilities, including in the capital, Kampala.
A statement from the Ministry of Health says the fake vaccines were discovered during routine checks at facilities in four districts.
It says some suspects have been arrested in the scam involving doses allegedly originating from India.
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Mysterious deaths of foreigners and locals are stoking fears in Uganda about crime amid an ongoing feud among the country's security agencies, and now the president is weighing in.
AP Exclusive: Migrant recounts his deportation from Israel
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Inside the immigration office in Tel Aviv, Yohannes Tesfagabr considered his options. He could not dare return to his native Eritrea, a country he risked his life to flee in 2010. He also hoped to avoid the fate of compatriots who languished in a notorious desert jail for illegally staying in Israel.
AP Exclusive: Migrant recounts his deportation from Israel
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Inside the immigration office in Tel Aviv, Yohannes Tesfagabr considered his options. He could not return to Eritrea, a country he risked his life to flee in 2010. He hoped to avoid the fate of compatriots who languished in a desert jail for illegally staying in Israel.
So in an emotional decision last November, the 29-year-old accepted what Israeli authorities were offering: $3,500 and a one-way ticket to Uganda or Rwanda.
Uganda’s leader to sign death warrants again after 19 years
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Uganda's president said Thursday he will sign the first death warrants in nearly two decades to create fear among criminals in the East African country, vowing to "hang a few."
President Yoweri Museveni said he had not ordered executions in 19 years but was changing his mind because people were taking advantage of the "leniency."
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How about a vasectomy? Uganda wants more men to say yes
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — When Martin Owor, a father of six, told his wife he was considering having a vasectomy, she told him it was out of the question. How would they live as husband and wife after his surgical sterilization?
But after a long conversation about growing up poor, the Ugandan man went ahead with a procedure that remains widely unpopular in sub-Saharan Africa, where misunderstandings are high.
Uganda charges officers over Rwandan refugee’s kidnapping
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Two senior Ugandan police officers were charged Friday over the mysterious kidnapping of a Rwandan refugee who had been a member of his country's presidential guard.
Joel Aguma and Nixon Karuhanga appeared before a military court-martial in the capital, Kampala. They were charged alongside five junior police officers as well as a Congolese national and a Rwandan man. Their attorney disputed the charges.
Ugandan opposition leader charged amid political tensions
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Uganda's most prominent opposition leader was criminally charged Wednesday over violent clashes between his party's supporters and police last week, as the opposition mobilizes protests against efforts by lawmakers to extend the president's rule.
Kizza Besigye was charged with inciting violence, disobeying statutory duty and damaging government property, national police spokesman Asan Kasingye said.
Uganda police hold opposition leader over attempted murder
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Ugandan police have detained the country's most prominent opposition leader over allegations of attempted murder following a deadly confrontation between police and opposition supporters in a remote town.
Four-time presidential candidate Kizza Besigye was being held in the capital, Kampala, following Wednesday's clashes, police spokesman Asan Kasingye said Friday.
Marburg hemorrhagic fever kills 1 person in Uganda
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — One Ugandan has died of Marburg, a highly infectious disease that, like Ebola, manifests as a viral hemorrhagic fever, Uganda's health minister said Thursday.
Tests on a 50-year-old woman who died Oct. 17 came back positive for Marburg, Health Minister Jane Ruth Aceng told reporters Thursday.
The Marburg victim, who lived in eastern Uganda, had looked after a brother who died in September after falling ill with similar signs and symptoms, she said.