WEEKAHEAD-AFRICA-FX-Ugandan shilling seen weakening after rate cut

NAIROBI, Oct 10 (Reuters) – Uganda’s shilling was seen weakening next week while traders said the Tanzanian and Zambian currencies would likely hold their ground. UGANDA The Ugandan shilling will likely weaken further next week, undermined by negative sentiment after the central bank trimmed its policy rate by 100 basis points on Monday, traders said.

UPDATE 2-Mass repatriation of Burundi refugees in Tanzania to start on Thursday – official

(Adds details, comments) NAIROBI, Oct 1 (Reuters) – Burundi said on Tuesday that a first group of its refugees in Tanzania would return home on Thursday, as a mass repatriation planned by the two governments begins, a Burundian official told Reuters. About 1,000 refugees are in the first group, Nestor Bimenyimana, the Burundi government’s general

Plenty more fish in the sea? Not for the poor and hungry, researchers say

ROME, Sept 25 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Swapping fish for meat to help combat climate change risks exacerbating hunger in Africa, from where fish is increasingly exported to wealthy nations instead of providing key vitamins to malnourished local people, experts warned on Wednesday. Some consumers in rich countries are shunning meat in favour of other

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

FEATURE -Vigilantes join forces to stop Kenyan families losing donkeys to China

NAIVASHA, Kenya, Sept 5 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – K enyan families left destitute by the theft and slaughter of thousands of donkeys by criminal networks supplying skins for Chinese medicine are hitting back – with vigilante gangs. Over the past three years Kenya has become the epicentre of a fast-growing industry in Africa to supply

Ethiopia to install 4G network ahead of telecoms liberalisation

ADDIS ABABA, Aug 30 (Reuters) – Ethiopia’s state-run Ethio Telecom plans to install a 4G network in the capital and other regions and to upgrade other network services, it said on Friday, as the government prepares to open up the sector to private foreign investment. In July, Ethiopia announced it would award two telecoms licences

WEEKAHEAD-AFRICA FX- Uganda’s shilling weaker, Kenya’s under pressure

KAMPALA, Aug 29 (Reuters) – The Ugandan shilling is expected to weaken next week and Kenya’s to come pressure amid month-end dollar demand. UGANDA The Ugandan shilling is expected to weaken on demand from retailers who need to pay for goods. At 0949 GMT, commercial banks quoted the shilling at 3,683/3,693, compared with last Thursday’s

More people, less water? Scientists see risks on upper Nile

LONDON, Aug 28 (Thomson Reuters Foundation) – Rapid population growth, combined with a hike in hot and dry years, is likely to dramatically increase the number of people suffering water scarcity on the upper River Nile, climate change scientists said on Wednesday. By 2030, demand for Nile water will exceed supply, and by 2080, almost

Uganda demands financial records, donor lists of NGOs

KAMPALA, Aug 22 (Reuters) – Non-governmental organizations in Uganda have been told to submit financial information including budgets and donor lists to the authorities, an official told Reuters on Thursday, in a move rights groups said was another attempt to muzzle criticism. The government of veteran leader President Yoweri Museveni, 74, has long chafed at