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October 16, 2017 7:13 AM Uganda: Has Museveni Become Uganda's Problem?

Kampala — Once celebrated at home and abroad as one of a new breed of African leaders, President Yoweri Museveni now finds himself the subject of intense criticism. Observers say he faces challenges created by lack of new ideas to revive a stunted economy that might prove fatal to his political survival and that his lack of a plan to smoothly step aside 1

October 16, 2017 5:35 AM Lisbon’s first Syrian restaurant a welcome sign for refugees

The queue outside Lisbon’s first Syrian restaurant on its opening day showed an appetite not just for Syrian food but for integration in one of the few European countries trying to welcome more refugees. Syrian refugees run Mezze restaurant after money was raised to renovate a former butcher’s shop on a market in the Portuguese capital’s popular Arroios 1

October 14, 2017 9:04 PM Opinion: Should Chiloba stay put for October 26 repeat poll?

Presiding over the IEBC, whether as Chairman or CEO is arguably one of the most perilous jobs in Kenya. Apart from your reputation being besmirched by warring politicians, you can be hounded out of office unceremoniously based on hollow accusations. That said, should IEBC CEO Ezra Chiloba bulk under politically engineered crises? I believe when he took up the role, he was cognisant 2

October 14, 2017 6:50 AM Universities must adopt best practices in hiring academic staff

There’s something common with scholars who complete their graduate studies abroad. In their last year, after gruelling years in western universities, most want to return home. Kenyan intellectuals generally want to come back home and help rebuild their country. While most western countries offer a first rate education and unimaginable opportunities 2

October 14, 2017 5:09 AM Addicted mother:My children knew heroine before they knew food

Don’t judge me just yet; you can never understand the slavery drugs gets someone into unless you have been there yourself. My entry into drug-abuse was gradual: I started sniffing glue when I was a girl. I am the fifth born among nine siblings and we all grew up in Kawangware slums. I loathed school although, at the back of my mind, I always thought 1

October 13, 2017 5:25 PM Study underscores the economic power of urban tourism

NEW YORK -- How important is travel and tourism to an urban destination? The specifics vary depending upon the city, but generally speaking, the answer is "very," according to the World Travel and Tourism Council (WTTC). WTTC, a global organization of multinational travel companies that promotes tourism through public affairs activity, broke from its traditional 1

October 13, 2017 3:55 PM NEMA enforces use of plastic bags

The National Environment Management Authority-NEMA has commenced enforcement of the law banning the use, manufacture or sale of plastic bags noting that the grace period of six weeks that was given is over. NEMA director General prof. Geoffrey Wahungu says that anyone found breaking the law will face a four year jail term or four million shillings fine as part of the measures 7

October 11, 2017 5:07 PM Chad extends key conservation area in national park

Chad is to boost protection for a key haven for endangered wildlife in the south of the country under an agreement with a conservation group. African Parks is to take over management and protection of a territory of high ecological value that lies around the vast Zakouma National Park in southern Chad. The programme will help beef up security at the Siniaka 2

October 11, 2017 4:42 AM Grand opening of Pearl of Africa Hotel

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | A week after the Pearl of Africa Hotel Kampala officially opened its doors with fireworks, President Yoweri Museveni launched the 5-star facility at a colourful ceremony on Tuesday night. Museveni thanked the Aya Brothers for the investment that will create jobs for Ugandans and boost the tourism sector, and promised 3

October 10, 2017 7:24 PM Reduce taxes on inter-flights to boost tourism in Africa

Accra, Oct. 10, GNA - Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia, Tuesday, expressing concern about the high airfares in Africa, asked African countries to open up their air spaces by reducing the taxes on inter-country flights to boost the tourism industry. He said Ghana was collaborating with other West African countries to facilitate movement within the Sub-region 4