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US firm lowers Uganda’s credit rating

American financial services company, Standard & Poor’s, has cut Uganda’s credit rating on concern that the budget shortfall will widen due to increase in spending and the reduction of donors’ financial support in 2012 because of corruption. ...

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Public warned over collaboration with terrorist groups

Security officials have warned the public over collaborating with terrorist groups bent on destabilising the country. ...

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Edward Yin came, saw, loved and stayed in Rwanda

Edward Yin’s first ever visit to Africa came in September 2006. It was a business trip he undertook as part of a delegation of 20 people from the Chinese city of Shenzhen. Edward Yin The trip was in reciprocation of an earlier visit, in April that year, by the then president of the Senate (now the minister of education), Dr Vincent Biruta to Shenzhen city. ...

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Officials urged to declare gifts

The Office of the Ombudsman has decried lack of transparency in declaration gifts received by public officials, which goes against the presidential order and the leadership code of conduct. A presidential order dated September 2010 requires senior officials to declare and hand over all gifts and donations they receive while on duty to their institutions. ...

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No stolen Uganda cars in Rwanda-Police

Police has refuted claims that stolen cars from Uganda end up being sold in Kigali saying instead some Rwandans cars have been intercepted destined for some regional countries including Uganda, South Sudan and DRC. This follows allegations by Uganda police this week that most stolen cars from Kampala are sold in Rwanda, South Sudan and Democratic Republic of Congo. Uganda’s Director of Interpol, Asana Kasingye was quoted in the media saying that there was a gang of thieves that was operating within Kampala trafficking stolen cars to neighboring countries. ...

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German f irst time visitor battles own stereotypes in Kigali

Africans are  slow. Europeans are rich. These are the most common stereotypes Europeans and Africans hold about one another. ...

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EAC members discuss single customs territory

Pursuant to the summit directive to commence the implementation of a Single Customs Territory, the Committee of Customs comprising of Commissioners General and Commissioners of Customs met in Arusha to strategise on the implementation of the same. Commissioner General of Kenya Revenue Authority, Mr John Njiraini The Commissioner General of Kenya Revenue Authority, Mr John Njiraini, who chaired the meeting, reiterated the commitment of the authorities to the integration process and particularly the implementation of the Single Customs Territory. ...

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