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Cape Town — Although two of every three Africans believe their governments are performing well in the fight against HIV and Aids, fewer approve of their delivery of basic health services and education, and most say governments are failing to provide enough power, water and sanitation.
These are the findings of a new report from Afrobarometer, the 34-country survey which is becoming recognised as Africa's most comprehensive indicator of public opinion.
BY JOHN ODYEK
Uganda's ministry of health has expressed confidence that the deadly ebola virus is no longer a threat saying 'the threat of any emerging outbreak of ebola is negligible'.
"The country is currently in a post ebola surveillance phase which continuously monitors the situation to ensure that the Ebola transmission cycle has been broken and that there is no likelihood of occurrence of any new cases" Dr. D. K. W. Lwamafa, acting director general of health services said on Friday in a statement.
Suliman Baldo and David Tolbert
Kinshasa - Last week, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights released a crucial report that describes the atrocities committed in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) during its successive wars from 1993 to 2003.
The scale of suffering is staggering. The range of perpetrators is enormously complex. What is evident, however, is the importance of swift and targeted responses that deliver justice to the Congolese people.
We cannot ignore the need for a response to these international crimes.
Tens of thousands of people in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have been fleeing a government offensive against Ugandan rebels, adding to the nearly 2.5 million people who have already become internally displaced or refugees in neighboring countries. U.S. Deputy Assistant Secretary of State Reuben Brigety recently visited camps for the displaced and refugees.
Olivier Kambala wa Kambala
Starting in Kampala on Monday, representatives of governments, the United Nations and civil society groups will meet for the first time to review the workings of the International Criminal Court (ICC) and of the international treaty which set it up, the Rome Statute. The 10-day review conference will consider among other issues the question of extending the court's mandate, which at present covers war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide.
Howard Wolpe has spent the best part of three decades helping to form and implement American policies on Africa. After chairing the Subcommittee on Africa of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives for 10 years, he later served as President Bill Clinton's special envoy to the Great Lakes region.
Earlier this year Wolpe returned to government in a similar role for the Obama administration. AllAfrica interviewed him in Cape Town at the beginning of his first trip to Southern and Central Africa in his new capacity.
Gender inequalities are a key impediment to achieving food security in many households in sub-Saharan Africa. Although women do most of the farming on the continent, growing an estimated 70 percent of its food, they often have little control over the money that their crops generate.
A number of programs are addressing these gender issues and helping change cultural practices that undermine food security. Marian Bradley is the country portfolio manager for Uganda of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (Ifad) - a United Nations agency focusing on rural agriculture.
Kampala - REBELS of the Lord's Resistance Army on Wednesday attacked villages in the southern Sudanese town of Yambio, abducting an unknown number of people, according to the Sudan Tribune publication.
Local authorities said the rebels attacked two separate villages of Bureangburu, where they abducted a man and his wife.
Kampala - Over 40,000 refugees in Nakivale refugee camp in Isingiro district have received insecticide-treated nets from the United Nations Nothing But Nets programme.
Nothing But Nets is a global campaign to save lives by preventing the spread of malaria.
The foundation's executive director, Elizabeth Gore, said malaria was a major killer of refugees in Africa.
"Refugees in these camps have survived losing their lives, homes, violence and genocide.
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Uganda has amended its constitution and moved from a no-party political setup to a multi-party political arrangement, abolished presidential term limits, with a presidential election slated for 2006. The country is one of the few HIV/Aids success stories in the world, with the prevalence rate falling from around 30 percent in the early 1990s to less than 7 percent today.
Washington, DC - Uganda has amended its constitution and moved from a no-party political setup to a multi-party political arrangement, abolished presidential term limits, with a presidential election slated for 2006. The country is one of the few HIV/Aids success stories in the world, with the prevalence rate falling from around 30 percent in the early 1990s to less than 7 percent today.
by Felix Basiime
Mbarara, Jul 18, 2005 --FRESH fighting in the Democratic Republic of Congo has sparked off a new exodus of about 140 Congolese refugees who have entered Uganda's border districts of Kanungu and Kisoro.
The 2nd Division Army Spokesman, Lt. Chris Magezi, said fresh fighting between local militia groups had erupted about 20kms inside DR Congo in Nyakakoma and Nyamirima, a landing site at Lake Edward.
"Our forces at the border can hear motor sounds from DRC very well.
by John Bayingana and James Munyaneza
Kigali, Jul 17, 2005 --Rwanda and Uganda last Friday went a step further in burying their diplomatic hatchet, when the two countries signed an extradition treaty that will enable both countries deport each others' nationals fleeing from justice.
by Hussein Abdullahi
Nairobi, May 03, 2005 (The Nation/All Africa Global Media via COMTEX) --A woman and her three sons died as rains pounded refugee camps in Dadaab, Garissa District, at the weekend.
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Kampala - The Anglican Archbishop
of Uganda, Livingstone Nkoyooyo, said the churches and Christian organizations
should strive harder to address the calamities in the Great Lakes region.
Nkoyooyo was opening a five-day East African sub regional meeting on the Great Lakes region crisis at Namirembe Guest House in Kampala on November 24.
"We have failed to rearrange our agenda to suit the priorities of the day and have continued with our traditional activities as usual. For this we ought to be ashamed," said Nkoyooyo.