Yoweri Museveni

Museveni allows motorbike taxis to carry passengers

Ugandan woman on a boda boda (motorcycle taxi). Uganda
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Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni on Tuesday night announced measures to allow resumption of business operations in the country, including operations of motorbike taxis to carry passengers.

They were initially only allowed to carry goods because it would be difficult for passengers to observe social distancing to curb the spread of coronavirus.

Motorbike taxis commonly known as boda bodas will now be allowed to operate until 18:00 local time starting 27 July.

Passengers will be required to wear face masks as part of measures to curb the spread of coronavirus.

The president also reduced night-time curfew by two hours - it will now start at 21:00 local time.

In a televised address, President Museveni also allowed hair salons to reopen as well as some shopping arcades that met the required health standards.

Local media report that 110 shopping arcades are compliant.

Mr Museveni said schools and places of worship will remain closed.

He said the changes were made after advice from scientists.

Uganda has 1,072 confirmed cases of coronavirus and no reported death.

Truck drivers pose new virus threat to Uganda

Truck drivers driving on a road in Kenya
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Kenyan truck drivers were among those who tested positive for coronavirus

Uganda is grappling with how to reduce coronavirus infections among cross-border truck drivers who account for most of the new cases being reported in the country.

President Yoweri Museveni has advised the drivers not to touch each other so as to stop the spread of the virus. His advise comes as the number of foreign truck drivers who have tested positive reached 11, bringing the total number of coronavirus cases in the country to 74.

Mr Museveni said that his health minister was in discussions with her Kenyan and Tanzanian counterparts to find a solution to the new threat to the country's Covid-19 fight.

The president said among the issues to be discussed is for the drivers to be tested and wait for results before starting their journeys.

Mr Museveni also said that the ministers were discussing driving relays - where a driver hands over the truck to a local on arrival at the border.

The president said stopping trucks from coming was impossible as Uganda is a landlocked country and the economy would suffer.

Ugandan seeks $1.6m from Museveni for Twitter block

A Ugandan court will on 20 May rule on a case in which a student has sued the president for blocking him on Twitter.

The Harvard University student, who is Ugandan, wants the court to compel President Yoweri Museveni and other senior government officials to unblock him on Twitter.

Hillary Innocent Seguya also wants a compensation of 6bn Ugandan shillings ($1.6m; £1.2m) for "mental anguish", according to Uganda's New Vision newspaper.

In his case, he argued that Mr Museveni's decision infringed on his right against discrimination.

He said as a Ugandan living abroad he deserved to get information from the Twitter handles of government officials.

The state had urged the court to dismiss Mr Seguya's case because it lacked merit.

Museveni on Moi: 'He wanted the East African Federation'

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has paid tribute to Kenya's former President Daniel Moi as a "patriot" who was keen on the East African Federation, the proposed union of six countries in the region to form a single state.

At Moi's state funeral in Kenya's capital, Nairobi, Mr Museveni said:

In Africa, leaders are like doctors. If they can identify the sickness in their countries then they can treat it. Kenya has been peaceful since independence, you haven't experienced war. This means your doctors have been able to give you the right medicines.

I witnessed the contributions of [Kenya's former presidents] Kenyatta and Moi. One quality I saw in Mr Moi was that he was a patriot. He also wanted the East African Federation, not just politically but even emotionally you could see that he loved East Africa.

He also had a capacity to reconcile even if there were some differences. I saw these qualities myself.

We who have remained behind should copy these qualities."

Rwanda and Uganda agree to swap prisoners

Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni and his Rwandese counterpart Paul Kagame met on Sunday in Luanda, the Angolan capital, and agreed to improve relations after tensions led to the closure of the main border between the two nations.

The summit was the second to be hosted by Angola's President João Lourenço and was also attended by Democratic Republic of Congo President Félix Tshisekedi.

President Museveni and President Kagame agreed that their countries would "refrain from the perception of supporting, financing, training and infiltration of destabilizing forces in their neighbour’s territory", according to a communiqué of the summit.

They also agreed to "take subsequent steps towards peace, stability, good neighbourliness and restoring mutual trust".

Part of the steps would include swapping of prisoners. But they did not say how many prisoners would be freed nor give details on how or when the exchange would take place, AFP reports.

The two leaders also agreed that the next summit would be held at the Katuna/Gatuna border point between the two countries on 21 February.

President Museveni tweeted that Uganda would ensure the agreement was implemented:

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Diplomatic relations between Rwanda and Uganda have been strained for more than a year.

Rwandan authorities accuse Uganda of supporting an opposition movement, Rwanda National Congress (RNC), led by former Rwandan army chief Gen Kayumba Nyamwasa. They also accuse Uganda of arresting and torturing a number of Rwandans in Uganda.

Uganda, for its part, accuses Rwanda of infiltrating its security services and interfering with its internal politics.

Uganda’s Museveni believes African countries have failed to protect Libya

He criticises western involvement on the continent
Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni is in London this week to attend the UK-Africa Investment Summit 2020. The event was hosted by British Prime Minister Boris Johnson who told the attending 16 African heads of state that the continent is the future of trade and business and that the UK was keen to play an important role to in developing Africa's potentials. Mr Johnson also met the Ugandan President and spoke of the UK’s commitment to invest in Uganda and his desire to see their trade relationship "go up a gear." But it wasn't all about business and trade. Speaking to BBC Newsday’s Alan Kasujja, the Ugandan leader expressed some strong opinions how western involvement had changed the political landscape of Africa over the years.

(Photo: Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni arrives at the UK-Africa Investment Summit in London. Credit:Reuters/Henry Nicholls)

President Museveni to walk 100km 'for freedom'

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni will lead a 60-mile (100km) walk in honour of Ugandan fighters.

The three-day walk will start from Galamba in central Uganda to Birembo in the west.

A group of veterans and young Ugandans are participating in the walk to remember their heroes, according to a statement by the president's press secretary Don Wanyama.

"It is hoped that the trekkers will cover between 15-20 miles per day before breaking in the evening over a bonfire where the president and other veterans will address the trekkers about Uganda’s liberation journey with emphasis on the role of various organisations including The Front for National Salvation (Fronasa) and the National Resistance Movement (NRM),” said the statement quoted by the Daily Monitor newspaper.

Fronasa was a Ugandan rebel group led by Mr Museveni that was founded in 1971 and fought alongside military groups to overthrow then-leader Idi Amin.

NRM is the ruling party in Uganda and was founded as a liberation movement.

This will not be the first time that the president is leading a walk - on 4 December he took civil servants, ruling party members and police officers on an anti-corruption walk through the capital, Kampala.

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni walking
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President Yoweri Museveni recently took part in an anti-corruption walk