Mexican president confirms Pemex union boss under investigation

FILE PHOTO: Carlos Romero Deschamps, leader of the oil workers union of of Petroleos Mexicanos (Pemex), delivers a speech during the 80th anniversary of the expropriation of Mexico’s oil industry in Mexico City, Mexico March 16, 2018. REUTERS/Edgard Garrido/File Photo MEXICO CITY (Reuters) – The veteran leader of Mexico’s powerful oil workers’ union faces formal

Uganda denies plans to impose death penalty for gay sex amid global uproar

NAIROBI, Oct 14 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Uganda will not impose the death penalty for gay sex, a presidential spokesman said on Monday, after major aid donors said they were monitoring a plan by the African nation to reintroduce a bill colloquially known as “Kill the Gays”. Uganda’s Ethics and Integrity Minister Simon Lokodo last

Lawyer for imprisoned Tanzanian journalist seeks plea bargain

DAR ES SALAAM, Oct 11 (Reuters) – The lawyer for a prominent Tanzanian journalist arrested more than two months ago told a court on Friday he is pursuing a plea bargain, in a case that has attracted international attention to what critics say is Tanzania’s tightening control of the media. Erick Kabendera, who has written

Tanzanian president backs official who beat students with a stick

DAR ES SALAAM, Oct 4 (Reuters) – Tanzanian president John Magufuli on Friday backed an official who sparked outrage and violated the country’s rules by beating more than a dozen students with a stick, and Magufuli urged parents and school teachers to do the same to build a disciplined nation. “I congratulated the regional commissioner

Tanzania denies hiding information on suspected Ebola cases

DAR ES SALAAM, Oct 3 (Reuters) – Tanzania denied on Thursday it was withholding information from the World Health Organisation (WHO) on suspected cases of Ebola, saying it was not hiding any outbreak of the deadly disease in the country. “Ebola is known as a fast-spreading disease, whose impact can be felt globally. This is

Uganda detains supporters of presidential hopeful over banned red berets

KAMPALA, Oct 3 (Reuters) – Ugandan security personnel on Thursday detained six supporters of pop star and presidential hopeful Bobi Wine for wearing red berets, a banned symbol of his “People Power” pressure group, a spokesman for the movement said. Wine, 37, whose real name is Robert Kyagulanyi, has rattled the government since becoming a

UPDATE 1-Tanzania fines five banks for lax anti-money laundering controls

(Adds details from statement, background) By Fumbuka Ng’wanakilala DAR ES SALAAM, Sept 23 (Reuters) – Tanzania’s central bank said on Monday it had fined five commercial banks over $800,000 for breaching anti-money laundering rules, the latest in a series of moves aimed at tightening regulation in the financial services sector. The Bank of Tanzania (BoT)

U.S. sanctions former Ugandan police boss for rights violations

KAMPALA, Sept 13 (Reuters) – The U.S. Treasury has frozen all assets in the United States owned by the former inspector general of Ugandan police, Kale Kayihura, accusing him of engaging in serious human rights abuses in the East African nation. Kayihura, who served in that post from 2005 to March 2018 when he was

Unilever reveals global tea suppliers in drive for slave-free sourcing

LONDON, Sept 12 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Consumer goods giant Unilever released a list of its global tea suppliers on Thursday, bolstering a drive to stamp out worker exploitation and modern-day slavery on plantations. The move by the Anglo-Dutch food group – which buys 10% of the world’s tea supply and owns at least a

Ugandan leader calls for eye-for-an-eye-style sentences after nephew murdered

KAMPALA, Sept 11 (Reuters) – Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni has said he wants courts to hand out eye-for-an-eye-style sentences for all murder convicts, to help stem soaring violent crime that claimed the life of his nephew last week. From killings to violent robberies and kidnappings for ransom, crime has been surging in recent years in