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03:40

Afghan refugees arrive in Uganda




A flight carrying Afghan evacuees fleeing the Taliban takeover of their country touched down early Wednesday in Uganda where they will be given temporary refuge, government and diplomatic officials said.


“The Government of the Republic of Uganda this morning received Fifty One (51) evacuees from Afghanistan who arrived aboard a privately chartered flight at the Entebbe International Airport,” the foreign ministry said in a statement.


It said it followed a request from the US government to temporarily host “at-risk” Afghan nationals and others who are in transit to the United States and other destinations worldwide.


The US embassy in Kampala thanked Uganda for its “generosity and hospitality toward these communities”.


“The Government of Uganda and the Ugandan people have a long tradition of welcoming refugees and other communities in need,” the embassy posted on Twitter.

Uganda hosts one of the largest refugee populations in the world — nearly 1.5 million according to the United Nations, mainly from neighbouring South Sudan and the Democratic Republic of Congo.


Most live in large refugee settlements in the sparsely populated north of the country but around 81,000 urban refugees live in the capital Kampala.


Aid agencies have repeatedly said that the international response to support refugees in Uganda, a country of about 44 million people, has been underfunded.


AFP

03:20

US govt imposes visa ban on election riggers in Uganda




The United States Government says it has imposed a visa restriction on some individuals for their actions during the January 2021 presidential election in East African country Uganda.

US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, on Friday said all those who interfered with democratic process in the last election were, henceforth, banned from America.

“There are consequences for interfering in the democratic process. Starting today, we are imposing visa restrictions on those involved in undermining democracy in Uganda,” he tweeted.

The PUNCH had earlier reported that President Yoweri Museveni, who has ruled the East African country for nearly four decades, won a sixth term in office in January with 58 percent of the vote.

Museveni’s main rival was Robert Ssentamu popularly known as Bobi Wine, who came second with 35 percent and decried the election as rigged.

The singer-turned-lawmaker refused to accept the result and challenged it in court, saying he won the day. But the 39-year-old later withdrew his petition, saying the judiciary was stacked in favour of Museveni.

Civil rights organisations had since condemned the election as unfree and unfair while Museveni had been accused of using state security forces to arrest, harass and victimise Bobi Wine and members of the opposition.

See tweet by Blinken;
There are consequences for interfering in the democratic process. Starting today, we are imposing visa restrictions on those involved in undermining democracy in Uganda.
— Secretary Antony Blinken (@SecBlinken) April 16, 2021 (Punch)

08:52

Africa: Uganda miss out on AFCON 2021 after loss to Malawi




Uganda's national football team, the Cranes, failed to clinch a place for the AFCON 2021 after a narrow loss to Malawi 1-0 in the final qualifier match played in Blantyre.

Malawi joined Burkina Faso in group B, displacing Uganda that held the second position after last week's draw at home in Kampala.

Malawi's sole goal came through a header from their strike Richard Mbulu at the 15th minute, getting past Uganda's goalkeeper Dennis Onyango.

Uganda dominated the play with fierce attacks but the home team stood still in their defense while also deploying time-wasting tactics.

The Uganda Cranes only needed a point in group B but the host were in for maximum points. 

This is the third time Malawi will feature in the upcoming AFCON 2021 in Cameroon, given their previous appearances in 1984 and 2010.

The East Africa country has been pitted as one of the most improved football team in Africa in the past few years. Africanews
00:28

Uganda govt accuses US of ‘subverting’ presidential election




Uganda’s government accused the United States of trying to “subvert” last week’s presidential elections after the US ambassador attempted to visit opposition leader Bobi Wine, who has been under house arrest.

US Ambassador Natalie E Brown was stopped from visiting Wine at his residence in a suburb in the northern outskirts of the capital, the embassy said in a statement late on Monday.

The mission said Brown wanted to check on the “health and safety” of Wine, who became famous after years of singing about government corruption and nepotism, charges the government denies.

The former pop star-turned-legislator, who came second with almost 35 percent votes, rejected the results and accused his rival, President Yoweri Museveni, of winning by fraud. Wine has so far provided no evidence to support his allegations.

The electoral commission, however, on Saturday declared Museveni the winner with 58.6 percent of the vote. Museveni, 76, has been in power since 1986.

Government spokesman Ofwono Opondo said Brown had no business visiting Wine.

“What she has been trying to do blatantly is to meddle in Uganda’s internal politics, particularly elections, to subvert our elections and the will of the people,” he said.

“She shouldn’t do anything outside the diplomatic norms.”

The sharp, public rebuke to the US from the Ugandan government is relatively unusual as the two nations are allies.

Kristof Tetica, a professor of international development at the University of Antwerp, noted Museveni’s relations with the international community took a turn for the worse since November when the president blamed anti-government demonstrations on “foreign groups and homosexuals”.

He added donor support from the international community has been crucial to Museveni’s government since the mid-1980s.

“Particularly, the US has been a key ally of Uganda. On average they support Uganda with $970m a year, they’ve given military support. The country is seen as a key source of stability in the region, and that has given Uganda leeway for transgressions like corruption,” Tetica told Al Jazeera.

“So that’s why it’s so surprising relations have become so hostile.”

Bobi Wine, whose real name is Robert Kyagulanyi, on Monday appealed to “fellow citizens of the world” to help him as he remained effectively under house arrest since Thursday.

The US supports Ugandan soldiers serving in an African Union peacekeeping mission in Somalia and has donated about $1.5bn to Uganda’s health sector in the past three years.

The US and the European Union did not deploy observer missions for the polls because Ugandan authorities denied accreditation and failed to implement recommendations by past missions.

During the campaigning, security forces routinely broke up Wine’s rallies with tear gas, bullets, beatings and detentions.

They cited violations of laws meant to curb the spread of the coronavirus for those actions.

In November, 54 people were killed as security forces tried to quell riots that erupted in several cities after Wine was detained for alleged violation of the anti-coronavirus measures. He was arrested multiple times during the campaigning.

Bobi Wine and his National Unity Platform (NUP) have rejected the results and said they were planning to challenge it legally.

On Monday, security forces cordoned off the party’s offices in the capital.

(www.newsnow.co.uk)

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