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16 Nov 2018 description
report EastAfrican

In Summary

  • Uganda, Tanzania and Kenya are home to more than two million refugees from Somalia, South Sudan, DR Congo, Ethiopia, Burundi and Eritrea.
  • The bulk of this population — about 1.47 million people — is in Uganda, despite its economy and land size being smaller than those of Kenya and Tanzania.
  • The refugees are fleeing civil war and famine, only to find themselves unsettled, plagued by funding shortfalls from international donors, xenophobia and corrupt officials

By Pauline Kairu

11 Nov 2018 description
report Monitor-Uganda

President Yoweri Museveni has fulfilled his pledge of availing Shs2 million to each of the survivors and those injured during the tragic Bududa mudslides. He also given Shs5 million to each of the families who lost their loved ones.

The mudslides occurred on October 11, 2018 following a heavy downpour in Bukalasi Sub-County in Bududa District, leaving several people homeless.

President Museveni had made the pledge during his visit on October 14, 2018 to express his sympathy to the affected families in the area.

08 Nov 2018 description
report Inter Press Service

By Amber Rouleau

Amber Rouleau is with the communications office for African Women Rising

SANTA BARBARA, California, Nov 8 2018 (IPS) - While its conflict ended in 2007, Northern Uganda struggles with its legacy as one of the most aid-dependent regions in the world.

Linda Cole, founder of African Women Rising (AWR), who has vast experience working in conflict and post-conflict regions, realized that programs don’t always reach the people who need it the most: those living in extreme poverty.

28 Oct 2018 description
report New Vision

The floods, which first hit Kasese in May 2013, have also destroyed private and public property worth unspecified billions of shillings, including Kilembe Mines Hospital.

Five years after floods devastated Kasese, they have re-invaded the district, killing one person, almost drowning another in Karusandara subcounty and displacing about 8,000 others.

Nelson Kule, aged 35, of Nyabubare village is still missing after reportedly drowning when River Mubuku burst its banks and invaded about nine villages.

27 Oct 2018 description
report Monitor-Uganda

KAMPALA. The government on Friday officially called off the search for people that were swept away by the devastating mudslides in the villages of Bakalasi Sub County in Bududa District.

Mr Martin Owor, the commissioner for disaster in the office of the Prime Minister (OPM), said that they are now focusing on taking care of those that survived as well as families of those who lost their lives in the disaster.

18 Oct 2018 description
report New Vision

By Taddeo Bwambale

Health officials have stepped up surveillance against the deadly disease which has claimed over 100 people in neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

A health surveillance team has been deployed at Uganda’s border points with Congo since the outbreak started about two months ago. Uganda has had no Ebola outbreak since 2012.

Dr Henry Mwebesa, the director general of health services said the health taskforce had so far screened 220 suspected cases of Ebola but none has tested positive for Ebola.

18 Oct 2018 description
report Monitor-Uganda

By Fred Wambede and Phoebe Masongole

MBALE- A section of Members of Parliament in Bugisu Sub-region want landslide victims in Bududa District to be relocated and resettled only in the approved locations in the district.

Led by Mr John Baptist Nambeshe, (Manjiya County), the politicians say the decision by government to resettle victims in Bunamputye Sub-county in Bulambuli District should be shelved because the move would cause more deaths in future since the area swampy and prone to flooding.

16 Oct 2018 description
report Kenya Daily Nation

President Yoweri Museveni on Sunday visited eastern Uganda's Bududa District where dozens of residents lost their lives in mudslides following heavy downpour.

The president was flanked by Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda and Relief, Disaster Preparedness and Refugees minister Hillary Onek.

His visit came just hours after the government delivered relief items to the victims.

The disaster, which left hundreds of people displaced in Bukalasi sub-county, was triggered by heavy rainfall last Thursday.

Still missing

15 Oct 2018 description
report EastAfrican

By JONATHAN KAMOGA

A wave of insecurity and political unrest hit the Great Lakes region early in 2016: South Sudan had plunged into yet another war, Burundi was cracking down on dissidents following a botched coup, while the Democratic Republic of Congo and the Central African Republic were also in turmoil.

The wars in these countries forced an influx of refugees into Uganda, Tanzania and Kenya. Uganda hosts more than one million refugees from South Sudan and another 300,000 from DR Congo.

The region’s leaders are now looking to end the conflict.

13 Oct 2018 description
report Monitor-Uganda

Bududa. Households in 10 more villages and acres of crops in Bududa District are at risk of being swept away by mudslides that has already killed scores of people and buried at least 100 homes. “The situation is tense and several more villages are at risk of being swept away by the mudslides. People need to be relocated to safer areas, the situation now is terrible,” the Bududa District chairman, Mr Wilson Watira, told journalists yesterday.

12 Oct 2018 description
report Kenya Daily Nation

At least 40 bodies have so far been recovered after devastating mudslides swept villages in eastern Uganda.

The mudslides followed heavy rains that lasted for over four hours on Thursday in Bakalasi Sub County in Bududa District.

Bududa District chairman Wilson Watira confirmed the number of mudslide victims, saying the search is still ongoing to rescue trapped people and recover more bodies.

08 Oct 2018 description
report Monitor-Uganda

MANAFWA- An acute water shortage has hit Tororo and Manafwa districts.

Mr Samuel Apedel, the spokesman of National Water and Sewarage Corportaion attributed the shortage to a landslide that damaged the water pipe network at Soono Water Treatment Plant in the neighbouring Namisindwa District.

“The landslides destabilised the pipe network at the plant, including its infrastructure and also caused land movements of various sections of the water treatment plant,” he said.

26 Sep 2018 description
report Sudan Tribune

September 25, 2018 (JUBA) - President Salva Kiir has ordered the army and security organs to fully observe the ceasefire agreement which still faces some breaches in Unity and Equatoria 13 days after the signing of the revitalized peace agreement.

The South Sudanese leader made his directive during a meeting of the National Security Council at the presidency in Juba on Tuesday attended by the senior military and security officials to discuss the situation on the country two weeks the start of the implementation of the security arrangements.

24 Sep 2018 description
report Sudan Tribune

September 23, 2018 (GULU) – A group of refugees living in Uganda have appealed to South Sudan’s warring factions to ensure the recently signed peace agreement is fully implemented.

The group, which comprised of 20 youth, were deliberating at a one-day workshop organized by Remembering Ones We Lost (ROWL) on the theme ‘Youth dialogue on sustainable peace in South Sudan’.

13 Sep 2018 description
report New Vision

By Wilson Asiimwe

Leaders in Kabarole have agreed to construct an Ebola isolation unit in Bukwali near Fort Portal Regional Referral Hospital.

Addressing the press last week, Stephen Asiimwe, the Resident District Commissioner for Kabarole and chairman Ebola task force, said the isolation centre will serve all the districts in the Rwenzori region.

06 Sep 2018 description
report Monitor-Uganda

By Monitor Team

Masindi. Land conflicts are threatening agriculture production and food security in the oil-rich Bunyoro Sub-region, leaders have said.

The disputes, some of which have turned bloody, have displaced thousands of people, leaving them with no land for cultivation.

The appreciation in the value of land following the discovery of commercially viable oil and gas deposits has fuelled the land wrangles as wealthy individuals and companies move to set up oil-related infrastructural projects.

30 Aug 2018 description
report Monitor-Uganda

By ROBERT ELEMA

Yumbe.

Three projects being implemented under the Refugee and Host Population for Empowerment (ReHoPE) project in Yumbe District have stalled due to lack of funds.

ReHoPE is a project that supports refugees and the host communities in Yumbe District, with funding from the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

10 Aug 2018 description
report Monitor-Uganda

By ALEX TUMUHIMBISE

Kakumiro. Irene Mukyeshiwabo, a mother of five from Kalangara Village in Nkooko Sub-county, Kakumiro District, is living in distress over the health of her children.

07 Aug 2018 description
report Monitor-Uganda

By Monitor Reporter

Following the declaration of an outbreak of the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD), a haemorrhagic fever in the neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), the health ministry in Uganda has asked health workers to intensify their surveillance against the deadly disease.

The acting director of Health Services Dr Henry Mwebesa on Monday issued a notice directing all district health officers in the country to be vigilant.

07 Aug 2018 description
report New Vision

About 20% of Uganda’s estimated 37 million people are living in urban areas.

Uganda’s unplanned urban sprawl is a threat to food security, the ministry of lands, housing and urban development has said.

Samuel Mabala, the director for housing in the ministry, said the unplanned urban sprawl is eating into agricultural land, and the country could plunge into a food crisis in future if no action is taken.