Uganda

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[Monitor] Uganda revenue authority (URA) has closed several wholesale and retail businesses in Soroti district town over unpaid tax arrears amounting to millions of shillings.

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[Monitor] Ahead of the hearing of the presidential age limit case by the East African Court of Justice, the petitioner, Mr Male Mabirizi, yesterday filed a whopping 32,850 pages of authorities that he will be referring to in his arguments.

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[Independent (Kampala)] Kampala, Uganda -The Uganda Industrial Research Institute- UIRI is considering several innovations to increase the commercial use of bamboo. Dubbed, the wonder plant, the evergreen perennial flowering plant is believed to be the strongest fastest-growing wood plant on earth.

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[Monitor] A prominent businessman who was allegedly strangled in his house in Ggaba - Kawuku, in Makindye Division last week, died of natural causes, Daily Monitor has learnt.

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[Monitor] The government of Uganda together with the Union for African Population Studies is set to host the 8th African Population Conference next month.

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[VOA] Media houses in Uganda say they are being forced to exclude some sections of the public from making appearances. The claims follow a report by the state regulator, the Uganda Communications Commission, saying some radio and television stations violated the minimum broadcasting standards.

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[Monitor] The rapid growth of the women's game will be recognised at this year's Airtel-FUFA Football Awards with two new categories, a prize for the best female coach and the selection of a Women's best XI.

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[Daily Maverick] This month, Uganda's 'Ethics and Integrity Minister' Simon Lokodo announced that his government planned to reintroduce an 'anti-homosexuality bill' to provide for the imposition of the death penalty on individuals found guilty of 'homosexuality'. While a spokesperson for President Yoweri Museveni later claimed the government had no such plans, the original announcement again raises questions about the use of religion and culture to justify the criminalisation of an entire group of people.

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[Monitor] Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) is proposing improved regulation of over the top services (OTT) such as Facebook and Twitter to encourage investment in the sector.

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[Monitor] Retired Supreme Court judge John Wilson Tsekooko breathed his last on Monday afternoon. The cause of his demise was still unknown despite having been admitted to Norvik Hospital in Kampala, a couple of weeks back. He had also in his later years been battling prostate cancer.

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[Monitor] The Ministry of Energy and Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) yesterday published a list of 75 fuel pump stations said to be selling adulterated fuel over the last three months.

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[Monitor] Mr James Opio, a resident of Okwang Trading Centre, Otuke District, is a father of 19 with four wives. The 33-year-old fends for his family through farming and repairing bicycles.

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[East African] Uganda's expenditure on agriculture, at 2.8 per cent, is East Africa's lowest but it could affect the sector's productivity and in the long run put the country in a position where it cannot even feed itself, let alone have a surplus to export to the region.