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USLC: http://www.loc.gov/collections/country-studies/?q=uganda The Baganda, the most powerful tribe in
(SFC, 5/4/96, p.A-10)
Luganda, Lutoro and Lubukusu are native languages.
(NH, 6/97, p.38) 21Mil BC A fossil of a creature
called Morotopithecus bishopi, a tree-dwelling, ape-like creature
that lived in what is now Uganda, was found in the 1960s and
indicated that its transverse process had moved backward, behind the
opening for the spinal cord. In 2007 Dr. Aaron Filler authored "The
Upright Ape: a new origin of the Species," in which he argued that
this common ancestor, and ancestors going back many millions of
years before, walked upright. Homo sapiens, the human species,
continued upright, while apes evolved back toward all fours.
20Mil BC Ugandapithecus Major, a remote cousin of
modern great apes, roamed Uganda about this time. The fossilized
skull of a male Ugandapithecus Major was discovered in 2011.
10000BC -1500AD The Bachwezi people, also known as
the Ancient Cwezi or Chwezi, were a group of people who legends say
ruled the Empire of Kitara (Empire of the Sun), which encompassed a
vast area including modern day Uganda, Sudan, northern Tanzania, the
Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Burundi, Zambia and Malawi
during this period.
1858 John Hanning Speke
(1827-1864), British explorer, became the first European to visit
Lake Victoria, Africa’s largest lake. Its shoreline touched Kenya,
Tanzania and Uganda.
1860 Apr, John Speke and James
Grant left England on an expedition to confirm Lake Victoria as the
source of the Nile.
(ON, 10/01, p.9)(WSJ, 5/20/06, p.P9)
1862 Jul, John Speke and James
Grant discovered Ripon Falls at the northern end of Lake Victoria
(Uganda), which he identified as the source of the White Nile.
1863 Feb 15, Samuel and
Florence Baker encountered John Speke and James Grant at the
frontier village of Gondokoro (southern Sudan). Speke and Grant said
they had found the Nile’s headwaters at a lake they named Victoria
(Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda).
(ON, 10/01, p.9)
1864 Feb 10, Samuel and
Florence Baker arrived in the village of King Kamrisi (in Uganda) on
their search for a lake called Luta N’Zige, through which flowed a
branch of the Nile.
(ON, 10/01, p.9)
1864 Mar 14, Samuel and
Florence Baker arrived at Lake Luta N’Zige and named it Lake Albert.
They soon found that the Nile entered the lake at a 130-foot
waterfall that they named Murchison Falls (Uganda) after the
president of the British Royal Geographical Society. In 2004 Pat
shipman authored “To the Heart of the Nile: Lady Florence Baker and
the Exploration of Central Africa."
(ON, 10/01, p.12)(Econ, 4/24/04, p.87)
1886 Jun 3, 24 Christians were
burned to death in Namgongo, Uganda.
1890 A conference in Brussels
gave Rwanda and Burundi to the German Empire as colonial spheres of
interest in exchange for renouncing all claims on Uganda. The
Kingdom of Burundi, believed to date to the 17th century, came under
German colonial rule, but was awarded by the League of Nations to
Belgium after World War I.
1892 Jan 25, In Buganda
(Uganda) the Battle of Mengo took place. Catholics advanced against
Anglicans armed with machine guns just outside what is now Kampala.
1897 Albert Ruskin Cook
(1870-1951), British born medical missionary in Uganda, became the
first person to describe buruli ulcers. The disease is primarily an
infection of subcutaneous fat, resulting in a focus of necrotic
(dead) fat containing myriads of the mycobacteria in characteristic
spherules formed within the dead fat cells. Skin ulceration is a
1905 Oct 19, Kiotalel arap
Samoei was murdered in Kenya's central Rift Valley. He led tribal
opposition to the construction of the so-called "Lunatic Express,"
the Kenya-Uganda Railway, from the Indian Ocean Port of Mombasa
through Nandiland in the Rift Valley to Lake Victoria. More than
12,000 people are believed to have been killed in a bloody 10-year
struggle over the railroad that began in 1895 when surveyors first
marked Nandi territory as a route for the tracks.
1917 Nov, The East African
Campaign, a series of battles and guerrilla actions, which started
in German East Africa (later Tanzania) and spread to portions of
Mozambique, Northern Rhodesia, British East Africa, Uganda and the
Belgian Congo, all but ended when the Germans entered Portuguese
East Africa (later Mozambique) and continued the campaign living off
(http://tinyurl.com/lcfyagk)(Econ, 2/4/17, p.40)
1919 In central Uganda Semei
Kakungule, chief of the Abayudaya, converted to Judaism after the
British broke a promise to give him a kingdom. By 1961 membership
reached 3,000. In 1972 Idi Amin banned Judaism. Membership in 2004
was about 600.
(Econ, 1/24/04, p.43)
1922 Uganda's Makerere Univ.
was first established in Kampala as a technical school. It grew into
a widely respected university.
1923 Idi Amin (d.2003) was born
into the Kakwa tribe in Koboko, Uganda. Some sources give 1925 as
his birth date.
(SFC, 8/16/03, p.A21)
1924 Dec 28, Apolo Milton Obote
(d.2005), later dictator of Uganda (1966-1971 and 1980-1985) was
born in northern Uganda.
1937 The West Nile virus was
1st identified in the West Nile District of Uganda. It was able to
cause fatal encephalitis in humans.
(SFC, 9/15/00, p.D6)
1947 An Egyptian and Ugandan
water agreement led to the construction of Uganda’s Owen Falls Dam
and authorized Egyptian engineers to monitor Nile water releases.
(WSJ, 8/22/97, p.A1)
1947 The Zika virus was first
isolated from a monkey in the Zika forest of Uganda.
(Econ, 1/23/16, p.72)
1951 Idi Amin became the
heavyweight boxing champion of Uganda, holding the title until 1960.
1952 Idi Amin of Uganda served
in the British action against the Mau Mau revolt in Kenya (1952-56)
and was described by officials as "a splendid type and a good
(rugby) player, but virtually bone from the neck up, and needs
things explained in words of one letter."
1954 In Uganda Owen Falls Dam
was built at the source of the Nile River. It used Lake Victoria’s
waters to generate power for Ugandan residents and export to
(SFC, 6/24/08, p.A14)
1961 May 3, A British Colonial
Office telegram stated the general guidance for keeping papers out
of the hands of newly elected independent governments. Items should
be disposed of if they "might embarrass members of the police,
military forces, public servants or others eg police informers;
might compromise sources of intelligence" -- or might be used
"unethically" by incoming ministers. Under "Operation Legacy",
officials in Kenya, Uganda, Malaysia, Tanzania, Jamaica and other
former colonial territories were briefed on how to dispose of
documents that "might embarrass Her Majesty's government." This was
only made public in 2013.
1962 Mar 1, Uganda became a
self-governing country under PM Benedicto Kiwanuka.
1962 Apr 30, Milton Obote took
over as prime minister of Uganda.
1962 Jun 1, The Conference of
African Writers of English Expression opened at Makerere, Uganda.
The CIA was the original funder of the Makerere conference in an
effort to influence the eventual decolonization of east Africa.
1962 Oct 9, Uganda became an
independent state within the Britain Commonwealth.
(PCh, 1992, p.984)(SFC, 5/4/96, P.A-10)(AP,
1963 PM Obote abolished
Uganda's status as a Commonwealth realm and replaced the post of
Governor-General with a figurehead Presidency. Edward Mutesa, king
of the Buganda region, was elected president in rigged elections.
1966 Mar 2, Milton Obote stage
a coup against Pres. Edward Mutesa (d.1969) and had himself declared
president of Uganda. Mutesa, the Baganda king and non-executive
president of Uganda, was burned out of his palace and exiled. Mutesa
fled Obote’s army and went to London where his son, Ronald Muwenda
Mutebi was enrolled in boarding school.
12/19/94, A-1,6)(Econ, 7/26/08, p.58)
1966 Pres. Obote of Uganda made
Idi Amin military chief of staff.
(SFC, 8/16/03, p.A21)
1966 Uganda’s traditional
kingdoms were banned. They were reinstated in 1993, but President
Yoweri Museveni restricted their leaders to a largely ceremonial
role to avoid potential political rivals.
1966-1986 For 2 decades Ugandans lived under the
bloody rule of Idi Amin and Milton Obote.
(SFC, 5/4/96, p.A-10)
1967 The East African Community
(EAC) of Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda established a common shilling.
The EAC lasted only a decade as cooperation fizzled. The project was
revived in 1999 and expanded in 2007 to include Burundi and Rwanda.
(WSJ, 1/13/98, p.A1)(Econ, 9/5/09, p.52)
1967 Uganda’s Pres. Obote
banned the countries traditional kingdoms.
(SFC, 10/20/09, p.A4)
1971 Jan 25, In Uganda Gen. Idi
Amin (d.2003) led a military coup that seized power while Pres.
Obote was at a summit in Singapore. Obote sought refuge in Tanzania.
(WUD, 1994, p. 1688)(SFC, 10/12/05, p.B7)
1971 Feb 2, Idi Amin assumed
power in Uganda, following a coup that ousted President Milton
Obote. Idi Amin Dada (1925-2003) appointed himself president.
1972 Aug 4, Uganda’s president
Idi Amin gave some 50,000 Asians 90 days to leave the country
following an alleged dream in which, he claimed, God told him to
1972 Sep 18, Thousands of
Gujarati Indians began arriving in Britain following their expulsion
from Uganda by Dictator Idi Amin. Deprived of its business class the
nation soon plummeted into economic chaos.
(http://tinyurl.com/2lm7n5)(SFC, 8/16/03, p.A21)
1972 In Uganda Idi Amin’s State
Research Bureau stuffed the chief justice into the boot of a car,
after which he was never heard of again.
(Econ, 11/26/05, p.60)
1973 In Uganda some 14,300
elephants were in the Murchison Falls National Park at this time. By
1980 only 1,400 were left.
(NG, May 1985, p.627)
1974 The documentary film
“General Idi Amin (A Self Portrait)," head of Uganda, was produced
by Barbet Schroeder.
(WSJ, 9/29/06, p.W4)
1976 Jun 27, An Air France
Airbus flight AF139, from Tel Aviv to Paris, was hijacked shortly
after departing Athens and taken to Uganda. It was hijacked by
members of the Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine and a
German radical group. The hijackers released 148 non-Israeli
passengers after the plane landed in Uganda. French pilot Michel
Bacos (d.2019) remained with the hostages despite offers of release.
1976 Jul 3, Israel launched its
daring mission to rescue 103 passengers and Air France crew members
being held at Entebbe Airport in Uganda by pro-Palestinian
1976 Jul 4, Jonathan Netanyahu,
brother of Benjamin, led and was killed in an Israeli raid called
Operation Thunderball that rescued the  hostages held at
Entebbe Airport in Uganda. The raid was by Sayeret Matkal, Israel’s
elite counter-terrorist unit led by Muki Betser, and it freed all
but 3 of the 104 Israeli and Jewish hostages and crew of an Air
France jetliner seized by pro-Palestinian hijackers. A total of 45
Ugandan soldiers were killed during the raid. The events are
described by Muki Betser and Robert Rosenberg in "Secret Soldier,
The True Life of Israel’s Greatest Commando." The hijacking was
linked to Carlos the Jackal, aka Ilich Ramirez Sanchez.
1976 Jul 9, Uganda asked UN to
condemn Israeli hostage rescue raid on Entebbe.
1977 Feb 16, Janani Luwum, the
Anglican archbishop of Uganda, and two other men were killed in what
Ugandan authorities said was an automobile accident.
1977 Henry Kyemba, a former
Uganda minister in Idi Amin’s government, authored in exile “A State
of Blood," a description of his years as a minister under Amin.
(SSFC, 2/18/07, p.A22)
1977 The East African Community
(EAC), founded in 1967, collapsed. In 2000 the regional club was
resurrected with six members: Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan,
Tanzania and Uganda.
1978 Oct 30, Uganda troops
attacked Tanzania. Uganda under Idi Amin went on to annex a
700-square-mile section of Tanzania. Pres. Nyerere sent Tanzanian
soldiers and Ugandan exile volunteers to push back Amin's forces.
1978 Nov 1, Uganda, following
its invasion into Tanzania, formally annexed a section across the
Kagera River boundary.
1979 Apr 11, Idi Amin was
deposed as president of Uganda as rebels and exiles backed by
Tanzanian forces seized control. Amin escaped to Libya and settled
into exile in Saudi Arabia.
(AP, 4/11/97)(SFC, 10/15/99,
1980 Dec 17, Milton Obote
(1924-2005) began serving a 2nd term as president of Uganda.
1980 In Murchison Falls
National Park, Uganda, some 1,400 elephants were left from an
estimated count of 14,300 in 1973. No rhinos were known to remain in
(NG, May 1985, p.627)
1980-1994 Life expectancy in Uganda dropped from
52 to 40 due to AIDS.
(SFC, 4/3/96, p.A-5)
1980-1994 Uganda averaged an inflation rate of 92%.
(Econ, 11/2/13, p.82)
1981 Feb, In Uganda Yoweri
Museveni, and his armed supporters declared themselves the National
Resistance Army (NRA). Museveni led a five-year bush war against
Milton Obote. Museveni had trained in a Libya guerrilla camp.
5/11/96, p.A-8)(AP, 12/16/02)
1984-1985 Famine ravaged the Karamoja region of
(Econ, 7/30/11, p.46)
1985 Jan, Alice Auma
(1956-2007) became possessed by a spirit she called Lakwena, an
Italian army captain who drowned in the Nile in the first world war.
(Econ, 1/27/07, p.87)
1986 Jan, In Uganda the
National Resistance rebel army of Yoweri Museveni swept into power.
Paul Kagame of Rwanda served as his head of military intelligence.
Museveni defeated Obote and Tito Okello's mainly northern Acholi
forces. Many Acholi soldiers fled to the Sudan and some joined the
Lord's Resistance Army (LRA).
(SFC, 3/5/96, p.A9)(SFC, 5/25/98, p.A12)(Econ
1986 Aug, In Uganda the Holy
Spirit Mobile Forces (HSMF), a Christian fundamentalist revolt,
began under the leadership of Alice Lakwena (1956-2007). The
movement was crushed by the army and Lakwena fled to Kenya where she
was imprisoned in 1987.
(SFC, 3/5/96, p.A9)(Econ, 1/27/07, p.87)
1986 Yoweri Museveni was shown
in photographs as a victorious guerrilla leader. Over the next ten
years he brought peace and fast economic growth to most of Uganda.
He ruled by cooperating on regional issues, pursuing economic
reforms, and stifling the opposition with restrictions on political
(SFC, 5/4/96, p.A-8)
1987 Jan, Voodoo priestess,
Alice Auma Lakwena, set up a rebel group to fight Uganda's new
leader, Yoweri Museveni. The following year, Joseph Kony, presented
as Lakwena's cousin, took over the group, which was renamed the
Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) and whose mission was to rule by the
Bible's Ten Commandments.
1989 Jan 12, Idi Amin was
expelled from Zaire (later CongoDRC) and forced to return to Saudi
1989 Credonia Mwerinde met with
Joseph Kibwetere and told him of her vision of the Virgin Mary and
her complaint that the world was off course because people had
departed from the Ten Commandments."
(SFEC, 4/2/00, p.A10)
1990 Joseph Kony, a faith
healer, revived the Holy Spirit Movement and led his LRA rebels in
northern Uganda from training camps in southern Sudan.
(SFC, 3/5/96, p.A9)
1992 Uganda liberalized its
(Econ, 3/26/15, p.81)
1992 The Foundation for Int’l.
Community Assistance (FINCA) Banking on the Poor, based in
Washington, began working in Uganda. It made small loans to women
who began small businesses.
(SFC, 3/24/98, p.A12)
1992 The Lord’s Resistance led
by Joseph Kony began kidnapping boys and girls to act as laborers,
sex slaves and fighters.
1994 Ronald Muwenda Mutebi
returned to Buganda, Uganda, as titular King.
(WSJ, 12/19/94, A-1,6)
1994 Sudan’s government began
funding the (LTA) Lord’s Resistance Army in retaliation for Uganda’s
support of the southern-based rebel Sudan People’s Liberation Army.
(SFC, 5/25/98, p.A12)
1994-2000 Ugandans living in absolute poverty fell
over this period from 50% to 33%.
(Econ, 4/16/05, p.41)
1995 Apr, Uganda broke off ties
(SFC, 12/7/96, p.A10)
1995 May, In Uganda Museveni
won presidential elections in a landslide. The rebel group West Nile
Bank Front began its campaign against Pres. Yoweri Museveni.
Uganda’s population at this time stood at about 15 million.
(SFC, 3/5/96, p.A9)(SFC, 7/2/96, p.A10)(Econ,
1995-2010 Inflation in Uganda fell to 6% over this
period compared to an average of 92% for the previous 15 years.
(Econ, 11/2/13, p.82)
1996 Mar, Presidential
elections are scheduled for May 9 and parliamentary elections in
(WSJ, 3/29/96, p.A-1)
1996 Apr, Up to 20% of the
residents of Kampala, the capital, were infected with AIDS.
(SFC, 4/3/96, p.A-5)
1996 Apr 22, Amooti Ndyakira
was a Goldman Award winner for his journalism on endangered gorilla
habitats in Uganda.
(USAT, 4/22/96, p.4-D)
1996 May 10, Yoweri Museveni
won the elections with about 75% of the vote over Paul Semogerere, a
former ally of Obote.
(SFC, 5/10/96, p.A-8)
1996 Jun 27, Ugandans voted for
a new parliament. 814 candidates ran as individuals.
(SFC, 6/28/96, p.A14)
1996 Jul 1, Rebels fighting for
the return of Idi Amin killed 11 people in a nightclub in Koboko.
(SFC, 7/2/96, p.A10)
1996 Jul 13-1996 Jul 14, In
Uganda more than 90 Sudanese refugees were killed in a camp 220
miles north of Kampala. The Lord’s Resistance Army was blamed.
(WSJ, 7/16/96, p.A1)
1996 Jul 20, Rebels of the
Lord’s Resistance Army abducted some 80 people, half of them
students, 125 miles north of Kampala.
(WSJ, 7/23/96, p.A1)
1996 Oct 10, The LRA abducted
139 girls from a Catholic school run by Italian nuns. One nun
managed to plead for the release of 109 girls but the rebels kept
30, ignoring pleas from Pope John Paul II and other world leaders.
In 2014 Susan Minot authored “Thirty Girls," a fictional account
based on the girls kept as captives for as long as 13 years.
(SFC, 5/25/98, p.A10)(SSFC, 3/16/14, p.F5)
1996 Nov 29, A Canadian-led
int’l. force won approval to provide humanitarian aid. The force
would be based in Uganda.
(SFC, 11/30/96, p.A12)
1996 Nov, In the Tororo
district of southeastern Uganda, Okecho killed a male baboon for
damaging his maize and banana plantations. Some 30 baboons mourned
the death of their comrade and carried him off. The baboons later
returned and killed Okecho and pulled out his heart.
(SFC, 11/30/96, p.A10)
1996 Dec 6, Rebel groups were
forcing tens of thousands from their homes in northern Uganda.
(SFC, 12/7/96, p.A10)
1996 Uganda abolished fees for
primary education and enrollment almost doubled in a year.
(Econ, 7/15/06, p.76)
1997 Aug 10, The state-owned
Sunday Vision reported that its Chinese-built arms factory would
stop producing land mines and grenades. The Ugandan army would be
supplied but the products would not be exported. Drycells would be
produced to replace the land mines and grenades.
(SFC, 8/11/97, p.A8)
1997 Dec 10, US Secretary of
State Madeleine Albright pledged $2.2 million for World Vision, a
center that cares for abducted children, and a $2 million grant for
Lacor Hospital, where many children receive treatment.
1997 Dec 23, In Uganda Renu
Joshi was murdered, allegedly by electrocution, at her home on
Martin Road in Old Kampala. In 2000 Her husband Sharma Kooky, an
Indian businessman, was convicted and sentenced to die for her
torture and murder. In 2009 his sentenced was changed to life in
prison. In 2012 he was set free on humanitarian grounds. An
independent report indicated that he did not murder his wife.
1997 A government commission,
the Uganda Law Reform Commission, recommended that the number of
wives a man can marry be limited to 2, and that men prove that they
have the resources to support 2 wives if they choose to marry twice.
Muslims, who comprise 10% of the people, opposed the ruling because
Islamic law allows men to have up to 4 wives.
(SFEC, 4/6/98, p.A12)
1997 By UN definition 11% of
the children were orphans due to AIDS.
(SFC, 12/2/99, p.A18)
1998 Mar 23-25, Pres. Clinton
was scheduled to visit Uganda.
(SFC, 3/21/98, p.A13)
1998 Apr 6, It was reported
that rebels in western Uganda, who were short of food, had abducted
a number of villagers and resorted to cannibalism.
(SFC, 4/6/98, p.A12)
1998 Apr 13, Army forces
captured Semdin Sakik, a field commanded of the PKK, Kurdistan
Workers Party, in a secret raid in northern Iraq.
(SFC, 4/14/98, p.C12)
1998 May 15, Three African
nations, Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania, announced plans for an
economic, political and social union.
(SFC, 5/16/98, p.A11)
1998 Jun, Newly elected Kampala
mayor Nasser Ntge Sebaggala was arrested in New York for lying to
custom's agents, bringing in $108,000 in traveler's checks without
declaring them and defrauding the BostonBank. He was convicted in
1999 and sentenced to 15 months in prison.
(SFC, 3/5/99, p.A12)
1998 Jul 17, Pres. Museveni
proposed a single continental army and government for Africa with
headquarters in Kampala.
(SFC, 7/18/98, p.A12)
1998 Aug-Sep, At least 29
Ugandans were killed in bombings on 3 buses outside Kampala
following the Museveni’s support of the US cruise missile attacks in
Afghanistan and Sudan on Aug 20.
(SFC, 9/25/98, p.A14)
1998 Sep 18, Uganda’s
government closed the Int’l. Credit Bank due to activities
"detrimental to the interests of depositors."
(WSJ, 9/21/98, p.A22)
1998 Sep 19, Police arrested 18
people suspected of planning attacks on diplomatic missions and
(SFEC, 9/20/98, p.A24)
1998 In Uganda plant breeder
William Wagoira found stem rust on his crops. The fungal wheat rust
(Puccinia graminis) had not been seen since the Green Revolution. By
2010 the fungus had spread as far as Iran and South Africa and
scientists feared further spread.
(Econ, 7/3/10, p.57)
1999 Feb 14, Two bombs exploded
in Kampala bars and 5 people were killed and 35 injured.
(WSJ, 2/16/99, p.A1)
1999 Mar 1, Hutu rebels
kidnapped 13 tourists and an unknown number of Ugandans at the
Bwindi Nat'l. Park. Linda Adams of Alamo, Ca., escaped, the rebels
by faking an asthma attack. Separately rebels of the Allied
Democratic Forces killed 5 people in a camp near Ntotoro village.
(SFC, 3/2/99, p.A8)(SFC, 3/4/99, p.A1,C5)
1999 Mar 2, Hutu rebels killed
8 hostages and 4 Ugandans. Among the dead were Americans Robert
Haubner and Susan Miller of Hillsboro, Ore. They were there to track
the mountain gorillas. Uganda insisted that the 2 Americans, 4
Britons and 2 New Zealanders died in a police rescue bid.
(SFC, 3/3/99, p.A1)(WSJ, 3/3/99, p.A1)(SFEC,
1999 Mar 3, The Ugandan army
killed 15 of the Rwanda Hutu rebels who butchered 8 foreign tourists
Mar 2. Another 100 rebels escaped into the bush in side the Republic
of the Congo.
(SFC, 3/5/99, p.A12)
1999 Mar 4, Ugandan soldiers
killed 10 more Rwandan rebels inside Congo for the killing of
(SFC, 3/8/99, p.A16)
1999 Mar 26, In Uganda it was
reported that wheat stem-rust fungus had appeared on a crop. The
fungus killed nearly half the world's crop before the green
revolution of the 1950s. The black rust disease was named Ug99 and
by 2007 had jumped to Yemen. In 2008 it was confirmed in Iran. In
2008 Cornell Univ. received a $26.8 million grant from the Bill and
Melinda Gates Foundation to help combat the new strains of rust
(WSJ, 3/26/99, p.A1)(WSJ, 4/3/08, p.A16)
1999 Mar 29, Officials reported
that the army had killed another 18 of the Rwandan Hutu rebels who
had murdered 8 foreign tourists.
(SFC, 3/30/99, p.F8)
1999 Apr 6, Rebels of the
Allied Democratic Forces killed 11 civilians near Bundibugyio by the
(SFC, 4/8/99, p.A13)
1999 Apr 25, Police reported
that a bomb killed 5 people and injured 15 in a poor neighborhood of
(WSJ, 4/26/99, p.A1)
1999 May 11, US Ambassador
Nancy Powell expressed regret in a decision to withdraw Peace Corps
volunteers from Uganda due to safety.
(SFC, 5/18/99, p.C12)
1999 May 14, Pres. Museveni
offered amnesty to rebel leader Joseph Kony, head of the Sudanese
backed Lord's Resistance Army (LRA). Members of the LRA were
included in the offer.
(SFC, 5/15/99, p.A11)
1999 Aug 13, Troops were sent
across the northeast to quell ethnic unrest following 155 killings
in the past month. A clan of ethnic Karamajongs was attacked 2 weeks
earlier by rival Karamajongs and Turkanans from northern Kenya and
at least 140 people were killed.
(SFC, 8/14/99, p.C1)
1999 Aug 17, Rwanda and Uganda
agreed to an immediate truce to 4 days of fighting in Kisangani,
(SFC, 8/18/99, p.A12)
1999 Sep 29, Pres. Museveni
ordered the arrest of homosexuals and said that UN human rights
conventions do not necessarily apply to Africa.
(SFC, 9/30/99, p.D14)
1999 Sep, Wilson Bushara (41)
fled after police raided his camp in Bokoko. He led the World
Message Last Warning cult and at least 24 bodies had been found
buried in his camp. Bushara was arrested in 2000.
(SFC, 7/20/00, p.C3)
1999 Dec 11, Anti-government
rebels killed at least 21 people in 2 attacks. In one the
Congo-based Allied Democratic Forces raided police headquarters in
Bundibugyo and killed 9 people.
(SFC, 12/14/99, p.B2)
1999 In Uganda the Kiira Dam
was built alongside the 1954 Owen Falls Dam at the source of the
Nile River. They used Lake Victoria’s waters to generate power for
Ugandan residents and export to neighboring nations.
(SFC, 6/24/08, p.A14)
1999 The Uganda parliament
censured Sam Kutesa and Jim Muhwezi for alleged conflicts of
(Econ, 7/2/05, p.44)
1999 John Sabunnya was found
and taken to the Kamuzinda Christian Orphanage. He had spent the
last 4 years in the forest under the care of apes following the
murder of his mother when he was 3.
(WSJ, 10/22/99, p.W15)
2000 Jan 16, A weekend rebel
attack by Allied Democratic Forces killed 25 civilians and 3
soldiers at the Kirindi camp, 186 miles west of Kampala.
(SFC, 1/18/00, p.A12)
2000 Jan 24, Members of the
Karamojong tribe attacked and killed 14-100 herders from Kenya's
Pokot tribe in the northern Moriat Hills.
(SFC, 1/28/00, p.A15)
2000 Mar 6, An overloaded boat
sank on Lake Victoria and at least 45 people drowned.
(WSJ, 3/9/00, p.A1)
2000 Mar 17, In Uganda some 330
followers of the Movement for the Restoration of Ten Commandments of
God, led by Joseph Kibweteree, burned to death in a mass suicide in
Kanungu. Children were involved and it was not clear if Kibweteree
was killed. More bodies were found at the house of Kibweteree. Foul
play was later suspected instead of suicide. 448 other victims were
later found. The dead at Kanungu have never been officially
remembered. Those who lost family members have never got any
(SFEC, 3/19/00, p.A19)(SFC, 3/20/00, p.A13)(SFC,
3/24/00, p.A18)(SFC, 7/15/00, p.A13)(AP, 3/17/20)
2000 Mar 24, Authorities found
a mass burial site in Rukungiri in a building once frequented by the
Movement for the Restoration of Ten Commandments of God. At least
153 bodies in Buhunga village were found hacked to death or
strangled including 59 children.
(SFC, 3/25/00, p.A1)
2000 Mar 27, In Uganda laborers
unearthed 73 bodies at Rugazi associated with the Movement for the
Restoration of Ten Commandments of God. [see Mar 28]
(SFC, 3/28/00, p.A10)
2000 Mar 28, In Rugazi, Uganda,
28 bodies were found under the floor of the home of Dominic
Kataribabo, leader of the Movement for the Restoration of Ten
Commandments. This brought the total dead to at least 591.
(SFC, 3/29/00, p.A15)
2000 Mar 29, The doomsday sect
body count reached 644.
(SFC, 3/30/00, p.A19)
2000 Mar 30, 80 more bodies
were unearthed in Rushojwa. This brought the doomsday sect body
count to 724.
(SFC, 3/31/00, p.A16)
2000 Mar 31, Police revised the
number of deaths linked to the doomsday cult to 924.
(SFC, 4/1/00, p.A1)
2000 Apr 6, Authorities issued
6 arrest warrants for the prominent figures of the doomsday sect:
Joseph Kibwetere, Credonia Mwerinde, Dominic Kataribabo, Joseph
Kasapurari, John Kamagara, and Ursula Komuhangi. All were charged
with 10 counts of murder, representing the first 10 identified
victims of 924 corpses.
(SFC, 4/7/00, p.A16)
2000 Apr 27, Workers in Ggaba,
a residential area south of Kampala, exhumed the bodies of 55 more
people associated with the Movement for the Restoration of Ten
Commandments. Total deaths stood at 979.
(SFC, 4/28/00, p.D2)
2000 May 5, In Congo Ugandan
and Rwandan troops clashed at Kisangani and at least 10 civilians
were killed and 100 wounded.
(SFC, 5/6/00, p.C1)
2000 May 19, Scientists led by
Robert Gallo announced plans for an oral AIDS vaccine to be tested
in Uganda for less than $1 per dose. Trials might begin within 18
(SFC, 5/20/00, p.A1)
2000 May, Helen Akongo (27) was
awarded the Amnesty Int’l. Ginetta Sagan Award in San Francisco for
her work to help child fighters return to a normal life. She was
featured in the documentary “Soldier Child" by Neil Abramson.
(SFC, 5/19/00, p.A18)
2000 Jun 11, In Congo Rwandan
troops drove Ugandan forces from Kisangani to end a week of
(SFC, 6/12/00, p.A13)
2000 Jun, Some 9 million
Arabica coffee trees were destroyed by tracheomycosis, the fungal
coffee wilt disease.
(SFC, 6/10/00, p.A24)
2000 Jul 7, The East African
Community (EAC), founded in 1967, was resurrected following its
collapse in 1977. The regional club included six members: Burundi,
Kenya, Rwanda, South Sudan, Tanzania, and Uganda. In 2005 members
agreed on a customs union and in 2010 they agreed on a common
2000 Jul 11, Rival clans of the
Karamojong tribe clashed and 63 cattle herders were killed.
(SFC, 7/14/00, p.D2)
2000 Aug 16, At least 18 people
died after a fire ignited while they scooped oil from an overturned
(SFC, 8/17/00, p.A16)
2000 Sep 15, The chimpanzee
population was estimated at about 3,000 and declining due to
refugees from Congo eating small apes.
(SFC, 9/15/00, p.D2)
2000 Oct 14, It was reported
that at least 35 people of the northern Gulu district had died in
recent weeks of a hemorrhagic fever possibly caused by the Ebola or
(SFC, 10/14/00, p.A16)(SFC, 10/18/00, p.A12)
2000 Oct 22, Death from the
Ebola fever climbed to 54 as health officials continued a village by
village search for people with contact to the virus.
(SFC, 10/23/00, p.A12)
2000 Nov 12, Uganda confirmed a
new case of Ebola in Masindi, the 3rd district to confirm the deadly
(SFC, 11/13/00, p.A14)
2000 Dec 5, Dr. Matthew
Lokwiya, who diagnosed the Ebola outbreak 2 months earlier, died
from the disease.
(WSJ, 12/6/00, p.A1)
2000 Dec 8, The victims with
Ebola reached 400 including 160 dead.
(SFC, 12/9/00, p.A18)
2001 Jan 15, In East Africa the
presidents of Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda formed a regional
partnership, reviving one that collapsed in 1978.
(SFC, 1/16/01, p.A10)
2001 Jan 23, A hospital
released its last Ebola patient. 426 people contracted the disease
since October and 173 died.
(WSJ, 1/24/01, p.A1)
2001 Mar 12, Elections were
held. Pres. Museveni (56) was challenged by Kizza Besigye (44), a
retired army colonel. Vote-rigging charges marred the elections.
Museveni won with 69.3% to Besigye’s 27.8%. Reports were made that
12 million ballots were counted with only 10.6 million registered to
(SSFC, 3/11/01, p.D4)(WSJ, 3/13/01, p.A1)(SFC,
3/14/01, p.C12)(SFC, 3/15/01, p.A13)
2001 Mar 27, Rebels ambushed
students on a field trip to Murchison Falls and killed 11 people.
(SFC, 3/28/01, p.D4)
2001 cApr 29, Pres. Museveni
withdrew from a peace pact in anger over a UN report on plundering.
(WSJ, 4/30/01, p.A1)
2001 May 27, Sec. of State
Colin Powell stopped in Uganda and urged the government of Sudan to
halt bombing in southern towns and to stop interfering with the
delivery of emergency assistance to victims of drought and war.
(SFC, 5/28/01, p.B12)
2001 Jun 11, An AIDS training
center for African doctors was opened in Kampala.
(SFC, 6/12/01, p.A9)
2001 Jun 15, Villagers in
northeast Aru, accused of being witches, began to get hacked to
death. Some 200 people were killed over the next 3 weeks.
(SFC, 7/6/01, p.A18)
2001 Jun 26, In Uganda poll
violence left at least 7 people dead.
(WSJ, 6/27/01, p.A1)
2001 Aug 17, Col. Kizza Besigye
left Uganda and claimed that his life was threatened for criticism
of Pres. Museveni.
(SFC, 8/29/01, p.A9)
2001 Sep 2, Namibia confirmed
that it had pulled all its troops from all of Congo except the
capital. Uganda said it had pulled 6 of 10 battalions.
(SFC, 9/3/01, p.A10)
2001 Dec 9, In Uganda a
gasoline truck crash killed 58 people near Iganga. Many of the
victims had tried to gather up fuel when it ignited.
(WSJ, 12/10/01, p.A1)
2001 Dec, The World Bank
approved $175 million in financing for the construction of a $550
million power project on the Nile River in Uganda by AES Corp. of
Arlington, Va. The African Development Bank was to provide an
additional $55 million. Some $370 million in loans were suspended in
June, 2002, over an alleged 1999 bribe to an Ugandan official.
(WSJ, 7/3/02, p.A4)
2002 Mar, Uganda and the
Sudanese government in Khartoum reached an agreement to allow forces
into southern Sudan.
(SFC, 5/16/02, p.A11)
2002 Mar, Ugandan forces in
“Operation Iron Fist" pursued the Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) into
southern Sudan, where the rebels killed at least 470 villagers.
(WSJ, 5/13/02, p.A1)(SFC, 5/16/02, p.A11)
2002 May, Uganda began to fear
that too much Western assistance might damage its economy by pushing
up the value of its shilling. The phenomenon is called Dutch Disease
because decades ago massive oil revenues in the Netherlands
unsettled the exchange rates and left exports less competitive.
(WSJ, 5/29/02, p.A4)
2002 Jun 6, Ugandan troops
killed 67 rebels in a battle inside southern Sudan as part of a
continuing offensive to wipe out the 15-year old rebel group.
2002 Jun 8, Uganda police
reported that more than three dozen people were feared drowned after
a wooden boat capsized in Lake Victoria.
2002 Jun 27, In Uganda
guerrillas of the Lord’s Resistance Army killed 7 rangers at
Murchison Falls Nat’l. Park and abducted at least 10 others.
(SFC, 6/29/02, p.A9)
2002 Jul 18, In western Uganda
a fuel truck and a bus collided, killing more than 60 people in a
fiery explosion near Lutoto.
(AP, 7/19/02)(SFC, 7/19/02, p.A16)
2002 Jul 24, In northern Uganda
a group of Lord's Resistance Army rebels entered Muchwini, 285 miles
north of Kampala, and killed at least 42 people.
2002 Aug 5, In northern Uganda
rebels overran a camp for Sudanese refugees, killing an undetermined
number of people and destroying equipment and supplies. Authorities
have found 30 more bodies at a refugee camp attacked and burned by
rebels in northern Uganda, bringing the death toll to 55.
(AP, 8/5/02)(AP, 8/7/02)
2002 Aug 11, In southwestern
Uganda a minibus and a fuel tanker collided near Omukabale, killing
at least 17 people and injuring two others.
2002 Aug 15, Uganda has agreed
to withdraw its troops from neighboring Congo, where they were sent
four years ago to support Congolese rebels and root out Ugandan
2002 Aug 28, The United Nations
confirmed that Uganda and Zimbabwe have begun their pledged troop
withdrawals from Congo.
2002 Oct 21, A UN panel accused
criminal groups linked to the armies of Rwanda, Uganda, Zimbabwe and
Congo of plundering Congo's riches, and called on the United Nations
to impose financial restrictions on 29 companies and 54 individuals.
2002 Nov 13, Rebels in northern
Uganda attacked three villages, hacking and clubbing nine people to
2002 Dec, In Uganda Nile
Breweries, owned by SABMiller began selling a new kind of clear
lager-like beer called Eagle. Industrial enzymes were used to
convert starches in sorghum to sugars. It sold well and expanded to
other countries in the region.
(Econ, 7/12/03, p.59)(Econ, 9/9/06, p.61)
2003 Jan 7, In northeastern
Uganda rival tribesmen armed with spears and guns clashed over
cattle, leaving at least 52 people dead in two days of fighting. At
least 35 Pokot and 17 Karamojong were killed.
2003 Jan 12, In northeastern
Uganda clashes erupted when Pian tribesmen attacked Bokora tribesmen
in a bid to steal their cattle. 2 days of fighting left at least 30
2003 Mar 2, In northern
Uganda rebels of the Lord’s Resistance Army fighting a 16-year war
called a cease-fire and asked to meet Pres. Yoweri Museveni.
2003 Mar 3, In
northern Uganda a military firing squad executed 3 soldiers who had
been convicted of murdering civilians.
2003 Mar 25, In Uganda a gang
of ivory poachers killed six adult elephants and one calf in a
"gruesome massacre" in Queen Elizabeth National Park. The poachers
used acid to remove the tusks.
2003 Apr 5, Uganda Army troops
killed at least 30 LRA rebels in the northern Pader and Gulu
districts, days after a three-week cease-fire expired.
2003 Apr 11, In Uganda hundreds
of Pokot tribesmen from Kenya attacked villages in eastern Uganda,
killing more than 30 people. Victims were members of the Sabiny
2003 Apr 23, In northern Uganda
rebels waging a 16-year insurgency attacked two villages and
abducted more than 180 people.
2003 Jun 14, In eastern Uganda
a minivan bus plunged into a swamp and sank, killing 18 passengers.
2003 Jul 11, Pres. Bush met
with Pres. Yoweri Museveni in Uganda. Bush and his wife Laura
praised Uganda's aggressive prevention and treatment programs to
(SFC, 7/11/03, p.A8)(AP, 7/11/03)
2003 Jul 23, In Uganda 2
passenger boats capsized in strong winds and rough waters on Lake
Albert, and more than 20 people were believed to have drowned.
2003 Aug 16, In north central
Uganda rebels from the shadowy Lord's Resistance Army slashed up to
15 people to death with machetes during an attack on the village of
Bata. They also made off with 40 children. All the people killed
were formerly abductees who had been rescued. The army said the next
day it had killed 20 rebel fighters and rescued 127 abducted
2003 Aug 16, Former Ugandan
dictator Idi Amin, blamed for the murder of tens of thousands of his
people in the 1970s, died in a Saudi hospital where he had been
critically ill for weeks. In 2006 the film “The Last King of
Scotland," was adopted from a novel by Giles Foden that focused on
Idi Amin. The film, directed by Kevin McDonald, featured
Forest Whitaker as Amin.
2003 Aug 16, It was reported
that African swine fever (ASF) had killed half of the pigs in Uganda
(SFC, 8/16/03, p.A24)
2003 Sep 2, In northeastern
Uganda rebels shot or clubbed to death 25 people on a bus and then
set the vehicle ablaze.
2003 Sep 22, In Uganda a
speeding bus plowed head-on into a truck loaded with relief food
destined for Burundi, killing 46 people and injuring 33 others.
2003 Sep 27, In northeast
Uganda rebels of the LRA fighting a 17-year insurgency raided a
village, killing at least 22 people.
2003 Oct 9, In northeastern
Uganda rebels attacked a refugee camp, killing 15 people, including
2003 Oct 30, In northeastern
Uganda soldiers clashed with rebels, killing 33 insurgents in three
separate battles over the last 2 days. 3 soldiers were killed.
2003 Nov 8, Rebels in northern
Uganda killed more than 100 civilians in raids over the last five
days. The Lord's Resistance Army raided villages in Lira district.
2004 Feb 2, In western Uganda a
boat overloaded with passengers and cargo capsized in stormy weather
on Lake Albert and more than 40 people were feared drowned.
2004 Feb 5, Ugandan rebels
attacked a refugee camp in northern Uganda early, killing 54
civilians and two soldiers.
2004 Feb 14, In Uganda a tanker
truck carrying diesel fuel collided with a packed minibus and burst
into flames, killing at least 32 people.
2004 Feb 18, In northern Uganda
government soldiers backed by helicopter gunships attacked a group
of rebels in a remote village, killing 36 insurgents.
2004 Feb 21, In northern Uganda
LRA rebels attacked a refugee camp, torching homes and gunning
people down as they fled. At least 192 people were killed, some
perishing in the flames of their own homes.
(AP, 2/22/04)(WSJ, 6/28/04, p.A10)
2004 Feb 25, In northern Uganda
massive street protests after a massacre by rebels turned violent,
with mobs beating rival tribesmen and burning houses and police
shooting into the crowd. At least nine people were killed.
2004 Mar 18, In northwestern
Uganda unidentified gunmen raided and looted a college and killed
two American missionaries and a Ugandan student.
2004 Mar 20, Uganda government
troops backed by helicopter gunships fought fierce battles with
rebels in northern Uganda, killing more than 50 insurgents.
2004 May 16, In Uganda rebels
killed 22 civilians during a raid on a Gulu district camp set up for
2004 May 20, In Uganda rebels
raided the northern village of Gulu, hacking and burning to death at
least 25 people, including eight children.
2004 May 21, African finance
ministers began a two-day meeting in Uganda to discuss how their
governments can do more to reduce trade imbalances with rich
2004 Jun 25-27, Ugandan rebels
(LRA) in southern Sudan unleashed a two-day campaign of arson,
looting and murder, killing 100 villagers and forcing 15,000 others
to flee their homes.
2004 Jul 24, It was reported
that rebels fighting an 18-year insurgency in northern Uganda have
killed at least 42 civilians in southern Sudan in the past week.
2004 Jul 28, The Ugandan army
reportedly killed 120 rebel Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) fighters
during clashes in southern Sudan and narrowly missed capturing
Joseph Kony, the insurgents' leader.
2004 Sep 8, It was reported
that some 60 hippos had died of unknown causes over the last 2
months in Uganda’s Queen Elizabeth National Park.
(SFC, 9/8/04, p.A6)
2004 Sep 18, Ugandan helicopter
gunships and ground troops attacked a rebel hideout in southern
Sudan, killing at least 25 insurgents and capturing seven others.
2004 Dec 13, In Uganda a boat
carrying dozens of traders across Lake Albert capsized, killing at
least 22 people.
2004 Dec 17, It was reported
that the AIDS drug nevirapine failed to meet int’l. standards in
Uganda. The drug was used to protect babies from HIV infection, but
that infected women could develop resistance.
(SFC, 12/17/04, p.A23)
2005 Jan 1, Uganda President
Yoweri Museveni said the army will resume all-out war on rebels in
northern Uganda, charging that the insurgents rejected a cease-fire
deal that had been expected to open the way for political talks on
ending the 18-year civil war.
2005 Apr, Sudan and Uganda
mounted their 1st joint military operations against the Lord’s
Resistance Army (LRA).
(Econ, 5/7/05, p.41)
2005 May 5, In northern Uganda
rebels from the Lord's Resistance Army attacked villagers tending
their fields, hacking to death at least 10 people and wounding some
2005 Aug 10, Congolese Vice
President Azeria Ruberwa met with Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni
in the Ugandan capital, Kampala. Ruberwa talked of his government's
concerns about 14 Congolese men, suspected of plotting a coup, who
were in Uganda. Rugunda said 8 men left before the expulsion order.
The other six were given 48 hours to leave.
2005 Aug 11, Uganda police
arrested Andrew Mwenda a day after the KFM radio station he works
for was shut down following threats from President Yoweri Museveni
to close media outlets that report conspiracies about the Garang's
2005 Aug 18, In Uganda 222 MPs
voted in support at the third reading of the Constitution
(Amendment) (No.3) Bill, 2005, which seeks to remove presidential
term limits, among others. The number exceeded the required
two-thirds by 26 votes.
2005 Aug 24, The Global Fund to
Fight AIDS, TB and Malaria said it has suspended grants to Uganda
based on evidence of serious financial mismanagement.
(SFC, 8/25/05, p.A5)
2005 Aug 25, Rebels in northern
Uganda ambushed a truckload of civilians that included school
children and killed 7 people, prompting an army counterattack that
left three rebels dead.
2005 Oct 6, A UN official said
the International Criminal Court in The Hague has issued arrest
warrants for Joseph Kony and 5 henchmen of the Lord's Resistance
Army (LRA), a Ugandan cult notorious for raping, maiming and killing
(Reuters, 10/6/05)(Econ, 10/22/05, p.48)
2005 Oct 7, The Sudanese
government agreed for the first time to allow Ugandan troops to
pursue members of the rebel Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) in all
parts of southern Sudan.
2005 Oct 10, Apolo Milton Obote
(b.1924), former head of Uganda, died in South Africa. He led Uganda
from 1966-1971, when he was overthrown in a coup by Idi Amin, and
from 1980-1985 following disputed general elections.
2005 Oct 14, A consortium led
by South Africa’s Sheltam Trade Close won the privatization bid for
the rail line linking Mombasa, Kenya, and Kampala, Uganda. Nicknamed
since 1895 as the “lunatic express," it was renamed the Rift Valley
(Econ, 10/22/05, p.68)
2005 Oct 31, UN envoy Jan Pronk
condemned the killing of 2 deminers contracted to the United Nations
in southern Sudan in an ambush by suspected Ugandan rebels.
2005 Oct, Uganda
opposition leader Kizza Besigye, Pres. Museveni’s former doctor,
returned from exile to contest the presidency.
(Econ, 11/26/05, p.60)
2005 Nov 5, Collin Lee (67), a
British aid worker, was shot and killed when rebels from Uganda's
notorious Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) ambushed him while on his way
to a southern Sudanese town.
2005 Nov 14, In Uganda
opposition leader Kizza Besigye was arrested and charged with
treason, which carries the death penalty, concealment of treason and
rape. His supporters rioted and clashed with security forces for two
days, leaving at least one man dead.
2005 Nov 23, Sudan and Uganda
said they have renewed a deal letting Ugandan troops pursue leaders
of the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) rebels deep into Sudanese
2005 Nov 30, In London
Uganda-born John Sentamu was enthroned as the first black archbishop
in the Church of England.
2005 Dec 19, The International
Court of Justice held Uganda responsible for the killing, torture
and cruel treatment of civilians in Congo from August 1998 to July
1999 and ordered reparations. Fighting in the region raged for three
more years and the armies withdrew only in June 2003, despite the
court's order in July 2000 to halt operations and safeguard
2005 A leaked report on Uganda
for the World Bank said “Corruption has become a mechanism for
(Econ, 7/2/05, p.44)
2006 Jan 2, Kizza Besigye,
Uganda's main opposition leader, was released on bail, and greeted
some 12,000 cheering supporters outside the courthouse where he is
on trial for charges he says were fabricated to keep him out of next
month's presidential election.
2006 Jan 23, Ugandan rebels
killed eight Guatemalan peacekeepers in Congo in an ambush near the
border with Sudan. The gunbattle also left 15 attackers dead.
2006 Feb 23, Ugandan voters
lined up to choose between a leader who has ruled for 20 years and
four challengers in the country's first multiparty elections in two
2006 Feb 25, Uganda government
President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni "officially approved" the
establishment The Lake Victoria Free Trade Zone, also known as the
Ssesamirembe Eco-City. In 2008 China announced a commercial
investment in the LVFTZ. As of 2015 there was little evidence of
2006 Feb 25, Uganda’s election
commission declared that President Yoweri Museveni (62)
overwhelmingly won reelection in the first multiparty elections in
25 years. The national electoral commission counted ballots at each
polling station and immediately announced the results. Adding up
those results, the opposition and local media also produced a total
count starkly different from the official total. They suggested that
fraud was occurring at a national center where the total vote was
tallied. Museveni and his National Resistance Movement dominated
state-run radio and television and used state resources to campaign.
2006 Feb 28, Uganda's main
opposition party pledged to challenge President Yoweri Museveni's
reelection in court, charging that many people were barred from
voting and some returns were falsified.
2006 Mar 8, In Kampala, Uganda,
a church wall collapsed during a thunderstorm. 23 people were killed
and nearly 100 injured. A criminal investigation was launched the
2006 Mar 16, Uganda's army said
the leader of the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) rebels had left a
south Sudanese hideout and joined his deputy in the jungles of
2006 Mar 30, In Uganda a fire
destroyed a school dormitory in Kabarole where the children had been
reading by candlelight, killing at least 10 of the students.
2006 Apr 29, The UN said
reports of a Ugandan army incursion into Congo were "credible" after
peacekeepers conducted a verification mission in the remote
northeastern border region.
2006 Jun 23, Chinese PM Wen
Jiabao arrived in Uganda, the final leg of a seven-nation African
tour aimed at boosting ties and partnerships as well as shopping for
resources for his country's fast-expanding economy.
2006 Jun 28, A spokesman said
the UN Development Program has halted a voluntary disarmament
program in Uganda's troubled northeast amid new reports of rights
abuses by government troops in the region.
2006 Jul 16, Ugandan
negotiators at talks to end one of Africa's longest wars demanded on
that Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) rebels disarm and hand over all
their weapons in order to receive amnesty.
2006 Jul 30, In eastern Uganda
a minibus that was speeding collided with a fuel truck killing 30
2006 Aug 4, In Uganda Vincent
Otti, deputy leader of The Lord's Resistance Army, said his group
has declared a unilateral cease-fire, but government negotiators
said they have not yet agreed to peace.
2006 Aug 12, The Ugandan army
killed Raska Lukwiya, the third in command of the rebel Lord's
Resistance Army and war crimes fugitive, which could affect the
stalled south Sudan-mediated peace talks.
2006 Aug 26, Officials said
Uganda and the rebel Lord's Resistance Army have signed a truce to
end a 19-year conflict that killed thousands of people.
2006 Aug 29, A cease-fire
between Uganda's government and the LRA, a shadowy rebel movement
that has terrorized this east African nation for nearly two decades,
went into effect.
2006 Sep 11, A top Ugandan
rebel leader, Lord's Resistance Army deputy Vincent Otti, arrived at
a neutral camp in southern Sudan as part of a truce to end 19 years
of conflict with the government.
2006 Sep 12, Uganda extended a
September 12 deadline for the rebel Lord's Resistance Army to agree
to a peace deal or lose an amnesty offer for war crimes charges its
2006 Sep 27, The Ugandan army
accused rebels of violating the increasingly fragile truce, which
was signed last month, by leaving neutral assembly points.
2006 Sep 28, Uganda state media
reported that rebels have walked out of peace talks aimed at ending
a 19-year conflict in which thousands of civilians have died.
2006 Sep, Uganda said boda-boda
drivers, an estimated 10,500 Kampala motorcycle taxis, must be off
the streets by January in advance of the Commonwealth summit with an
expected 5,000 delegates. The boda-boda drivers earned about $5 a
day, 5 times that of rural workers.
(Econ, 9/9/06, p.50)
2006 Oct 15, Uganda's
government and the Lord's Resistance Army rebel group admitted
Sunday they had both violated their recent truce, raising fears the
deal to end one of Africa's longest wars may unravel.
2006 Oct 21, Uganda's president
traveled to southern Sudan to bolster faltering talks between his
government and rebels aimed at ending a brutal 19-year conflict in
2006 Nov 6, Canada’s Heritage
Oil reported an oil find on the Ugandan side of Lake Albert.
(Econ, 8/25/07, p.45)(http://tinyurl.com/36dnbm)
2006 Nov 12, Jan Egeland, the
UN's top humanitarian official, helicoptered to a jungle clearing to
meet with Joseph Kony, a Ugandan rebel leader accused of war crimes,
but he failed to secure freedom for women and children held captive
by the insurgent group. Kony denied that his forces are holding
2006 Nov 30, The East African
Community (EAC) said Rwanda and Burundi have been accepted as
members, expanding the regional economic bloc to five nations. The
EAC previously grouped Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania, which hoped to
transform the region into a political federation.
2006 Dec 5, A shell apparently
fired by Congolese troops fighting forces loyal to a dissident
general near the Ugandan border landed among a group of some 12,000
refugees in Uganda, killing at least seven.
2006 Dec 6, A Ugandan army
spokesman said at least 12,000 refugees fleeing fighting in eastern
Congo DRC have crossed over the border into southwest Uganda.
2006 Dec 9, It was reported
that Lake Victoria, the greatest of Africa's Great Lakes and the
biggest freshwater body after Lake Superior, has dropped fast, at
least six feet in the past three years. The Uganda government cited
the outflow through two hydroelectric dams at Jinja as part of the
problem along with drought and rising temperatures. At 27,000 square
miles the lake matched size of Ireland.
2006 Dec 15, In Kenya 11
African heads of state attending the 2nd International Conference on
the Great Lakes Region signed a landmark $2 billion
(1.5-billion-euro) security and development pact to forestall fresh
violence in the area.
2007 Jan 12, Ugandan rebels
pulled out of peace talks with the government, dealing a blow to
already faltering negotiations aimed at ending one of Africa's most
2007 Jan 17, Alice Lakwena, a
Ugandan warrior priestess who led an insurgency in the 1980s, died
at a Kenyan refugee camp. She was known as Alice Auma and claimed to
have been possessed by a spirit called Lakwena, which gave her
spiritual powers to protect her fighters from bullets by anointing
them with oil. Her cousin, Joseph Kony, is the messianic leader of
the Lord's Resistance Army.
(AP, 1/18/07)(Econ, 1/27/07, p.87)
2007 Jan 22, In northern Uganda
a minibus with 21 people collided with a truck. The dead included 6
foreign missionaries, an American couple, a Dutch couple and two
2007 Feb 12, Ugandan army raids
in the northeast allegedly killed up to 66 children who were shot or
crushed by armored vehicles and stampeding animals. Save the
Children later called for an independent, international
investigation into the reports.
2007 Feb 17, The film “The Last
King of Scotland," adopted from a novel by Giles Foden, had its
official premier in Kampala, Uganda. The film, starring Forest
Whitaker and directed by Kevin McDonald, featured Whitaker as
former dictator Idi Amin.
(WSJ, 9/29/06, p.W1)(SSFC, 2/18/07, p.A22)
2007 Feb 18, A bus and a truck
carrying goods collided head-on in Uganda, killing 7 people and
injuring 20. Police said 2,000 Ugandans die in road accidents on
average each year.
2007 Feb 23, Uganda's army said
that 400 rebel Lord's Resistance Army fighters and their leaders
have moved into the Central African Republic, dashing hopes of a
renewal of stalled peace talks.
2007 Feb 23, A Somali official
said Uganda's top military officials promised to help train a
national army for Somalia and help provide security for its
2007 Feb 26, The World Vision
humanitarian group said that more than 50% of children in refugee
camps around Africa's volatile Great Lakes area have experienced
some form of sexual abuse. The data, collected in camps in the
Burundi, Congo (DRC), Tanzania, northern Uganda and Rwanda, said
widespread poverty made children vulnerable to abuses.
2007 Mar 17, Half of Uganda’s
28 million population was reported to be under age 15.
(Econ, 3/17/07, p.50)
2007 Mar 31, In Somalia
artillery fire and mortar shells rained down on Mogadishu as
government troops and their Ethiopian allies continued a major
offensive to quash a growing insurgency by Islamic militants. A
Ugandan soldier was killed by artillery fire in Mogadishu, marking
the first death among African Union peacekeepers deployed here.
(AP, 3/31/07)(AFP, 4/1/07)
2007 Apr 5, A Ugandan court
scrapped the nation's adultery law, saying it was unconstitutional
and favored men.
2007 Apr 12, In Uganda
protesters stoned to death two people of Asian origin during a
demonstration against a Ugandan-Indian company that wants to grow
sugar cane in this country's largest natural forest. Two others were
also killed in the rioting.
(AP, 4/12/07)(WSJ, 4/13/07, p.A1)
2007 Apr 14, Uganda's
government and a rebel group responsible for one of Africa's longest
and most brutal wars signed a new truce and agreed to resume stalled
peace talks later this month. Joseph Kony, The elusive leader of the
rebel Lord's Resistance Army, witnessed the signing in Ri-Kwangba,
2007 Apr 18, Burundi, Rwanda,
the Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda adopted a joint military
strategy to fight rebel groups operating in the war-scarred Great
2007 May 16, In Somalia a
roadside bomb struck a convoy carrying African Union peace-keepers,
killing four Ugandan peacekeepers in one of the deadliest attacks on
the troops since they arrived in March.
2007 Jul 14, A miner (29) died
in western Uganda from the deadly Marburg virus, first discovered in
(Econ, 8/18/07, p.40)
2007 Jul, Rwanda and Burundi
became members of the East African Community (EAC), which included
Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda.
(AP, 11/17/07)(Econ, 9/5/09, p.52)
2007 Aug 3, In Uganda gunmen on
Lake Albert attacked a boat operated by Canada's Heritage Oil Corp.,
killing a British contractor. 3 armed patrol boats from Democratic
Republic of Congo (DRC), on the other side of the lake, had opened
fire on Heritage's boat.
2007 Aug 11, A security
official said disarmament has finally started in south Sudan's state
of Eastern Equatoria under a 2005 peace deal now it has been made
possible by the departure of Ugandan rebels.
2007 Aug 16, Uganda announced
plans to send 250 extra soldiers to a peacekeeping mission in
Mogadishu, but Somalia's government warned they were not enough and
urged other African nations to commit troops.
2007 Aug 21, Hundreds of people
held an anti-gay protest in Uganda's capital, denouncing what they
called an "immoral" lifestyle and demanding the deportation of an
American journalist writing about gay rights in the deeply
2007 Aug 26, In eastern Uganda
a truck carrying soldiers and their families overturned, killing 72
people and injuring 40 others.
2007 Aug 28, Africa's Great
Lakes nations (Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda and
Uganda) vowed to eliminate rebel groups roaming their territory and
spurring insecurity in the continent's most volatile region.
2007 Sep 4, Rangers and 300
villagers abandoned a gorilla reserve in eastern Congo as government
soldiers battled troops loyal to a renegade general in sections of
Virunga park. The UN said ten thousand Congolese refugees have fled
to neighboring Uganda following clashes between the Congolese army
and renegade troops in its eastern provinces.
(Reuters, 9/4/07)(AP, 9/4/07)
2007 Sep 8, Congo and Uganda
signed an agreement to immediately move refugee camps 93 miles from
their shared border to improve security.
2007 Sep 14, Authorities in
Uganda said the heaviest rainfall in 35 years has displaced 150,000
people since August with at least 9 reported deaths. 400,000 people
were said to have lost their livelihoods.
(SFC, 9/15/07, p.A3)
2007 Sep 20, Uganda declared a
state of emergency in the worst flood-affected areas of the country
as humanitarian workers tried to reach villages that have been cut
off by water.
2007 Sep 21, The Red Cross
warned that a massive aid effort is needed to cope with floods in 18
countries across Africa that have already affected at least 1.5
million people and killed at least 270 in Ghana, Kenya, Somalia,
Sudan, Togo, Uganda and other countries.
2007 Sep 24, Two Congolese
troops and a Ugandan soldier were killed in clashes on the
flashpoint border of Lake Albert where oil was recently discovered.
Six civilians were killed when Ugandan soldiers opened fire on a
Congolese passenger boat on Lake Albert.
(AFP, 9/25/07)(Reuters, 9/25/07)
2007 Oct 14, Opiyo Makasi,
reported to be an operations and logistics commander of Uganda's
Lord's Resistance Army, gave himself up along with his wife and they
were transferred to Kinshasa, DRC. On Oct 25 Congolese authorities
handed him to the UN peacekeeping mission in Congo (MONUC), which
should prepare his eventual return to Uganda.
(AP, 10/23/07)(AP, 10/25/07)
2007 Nov 14, The EU reached an
accord with the East African Community (EAC) states of Burundi,
Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda. They will enjoy duty free, quota
free access to the EU for all products, except sugar and rice, from
January 1. Originally established in 1967, the EAC collapsed a
decade later amid diverging economic philosophies. It was
resurrected in 2000 as Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda agreed to create
an EU-style common market for their 90 million citizens. Rwanda and
Burundi became members in July this year.
(AP, 11/17/07)(Econ, 9/5/09, p.52)
2007 Nov 22, A committee of the
53-nation Commonwealth, meeting in Uganda, suspended Pakistan from
the organization for failing to end emergency rule.
2007 Nov 23, In Uganda
presidents and prime ministers from Britain and its former colonies
discussed democracy, human rights and the rule of law at the start
of a Commonwealth summit. They were presented with the new report:
“Civil Paths to Peace: Report of the Common-wealth Commission on
Respect and Understanding," while police and anti-government
protesters clashed nearby.
(AP, 11/23/07)(Econ, 11/10/07, p.74)
2007 Nov 25, In Uganda
Commonwealth leaders called on Pakistan to remain engaged with the
group as they wrapped up a summit here that saw the suspension of
President Pervez Musharraf's country.
2007 Nov 29, In Uganda a senior
Ministry of Health official said an Ebola outbreak has killed at
least 16 people out of 51 confirmed cases. The first case was
reported Nov. 10 in Bundibugyo district, 210 miles west of the
capital, Kampala. Uganda last had an outbreak of Ebola in October
2000, when 173 people died. A new form of the Ebola virus was
detected in the outbreak. The death toll soon climbed to 21,
including 8 doctors and health workers.
(AP, 11/29/07)(AP, 11/30/07)(Reuters,
12/1/07)(SFC, 12/8/07, p.B6)
2007 Dec 14, Diplomats from the
Democratic Republic of Congo and Uganda met in Kampala to discuss
border tensions that have triggered deadly clashes on one of
Africa's hottest frontiers in the search for oil. The UN said rival
factions in Congo are forcibly recruiting hundreds of children and
sending them to fight on the front lines of an escalating conflict
in the east of the country.
(AP, 12/14/07)(AP, 12/15/07)
2007 Dec 19, Uganda's military
said it had shot dead two Congolese soldiers on the volatile border
between the two countries, after they tried to resist being arrested
on suspicion of raping two teenage girls.
2007 Dec, In Uganda Andrew
Mwenda launched The Independent magazine and focused on uncovering
official corruption. By early 2009 he and his staff had been
arrested or detained over a dozen times and was forced to print at a
(SSFC, 2/1/09, Par. p.10)
2007 Uganda began construction
of the $860 million Bujagali Dam for hydroelectric power from Lake
Victoria water. About 55% of lower water levels on Lake Victoria
were attributed dams built by the Ugandan government. This severely
impacted farmers and fishermen in adjoining Kenya and Tanzania as
well as Uganda.
(SFC, 6/24/08, p.A14)
2008 Feb 4, Ugandan rebels from
the Lord's Resistance Army killed 136 people and looted property
during an attack in and around Kajo-Keji in southern Sudan. In March
officials said Sudanese renegades frustrated with not being absorbed
into the military -- and not Ugandan rebels initially suspected --
were behind the attacks in south Sudan.
(AFP, 2/8/08)(AFP, 3/15/08)
2008 Mar 4, Ugandan troops
clashed with rebels from the Lord's Resistance Army inside
2008 Mar 19, Uganda said that
Lord's Resistance Army rebel leader Joseph Kony has left his base in
the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and moved to the Central
2008 Apr 15, In Uganda a fire
tore through a primary school dormitory overnight, killing 19 girls
and two adults. Police said that the blaze may have been
2008 May 16, London-based
Tullow Oil Plc announced the discovery of oil reserves in western
Uganda, boosting hopes for the energy-starved east African nation.
2008 May 28, In Sudan a Ugandan
policeman serving with the joint UN-African Union peace-keeping
force in the western Darfur region was found dead riddled with
2008 Jun 4-2008 Jun 5, In South
Sudan more than 20 people were killed, including soldiers and
several children, in Ugandan rebel attacks near the border with
Congo. The Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) guerrillas had targeted the
villages of Nabanga and Yamba.
2008 Jul 16, The United States
signed a pair of agreements to boost trade and investment ties with
countries in southern and eastern Africa. These included the Trade,
Investment and Development Cooperation Agreement with the Southern
Africa Customs Union (SACU), which includes Botswana, Lesotho,
Namibia, South Africa and Swaziland; and the Trade Investment and
Framework Agreement (TIFA) with the East African Community, which
includes Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda.
2008 Aug, The Baganda people of
Uganda numbered about 5 million of the country’s 31 million people.
(Econ, 7/26/08, p.57)
2008 Sep 22, Unicef said
Ugandan rebels kidnapped 90 children in eastern Congo and that
fighting has forced 100,000 people to flee the area.
(WSJ, 9/23/08, p.A1)
2008 Oct 7, The UN refugee
agency said at least 5,000 people have fled violence in
north-eastern Congo and sought shelter in neighboring Sudan over the
last two weeks due to ferocious attacks by rebels of the Lord's
Resistance Army from neighboring Uganda.
2008 Oct 14, The UN said
intense fighting between the Congolese army and Ugandan rebels have
forced over 50,000 people to flee their homes in the north-eastern
Democratic Republic of the Congo's Ituri region.
2008 Oct 16, The European
Commission announced 15 million euros (20 million dollars) of
emergency food aid for victims of drought and soaring food prices in
five east African countries. The biggest share will go to Ethiopia
and Somalia and smaller amounts to Kenya, Uganda and Djibouti.
2008 Oct 17, The UN added
Japan, Austria, Turkey, Mexico and Uganda as members to the 10
non-permanent seats of the Security Council, replacing Belgium,
Indonesia, Italy, Panama and South Africa.
2008 Oct 22, Leaders from three
African trading blocs, accounting for more than half the continent's
industrial output, met in the Ugandan capital, to push for a single
market. Six heads of state and foreign ministers from 26 countries
of the East African Community, Common Market for Eastern and
Southern Africa (COMESA) and Southern Africa Development Community
gathered in Kampala for a Tripartite Summit.
2008 Oct 30, Laurent Nkunda,
the rebel general besieging Congo's eastern provincial capital Goma,
said he wants direct talks with the government about ending fighting
in the region and his objections to a $5 billion deal that gives
China access to the country's vast mineral riches in exchange for a
railway and highway. Nkunda said he sent a letter to the UN
peacekeeping mission in Goma saying he will set up an "urgent
humanitarian corridor" for refugees and humanitarian aid. Refugees
have continued fleeing the war-torn eastern province for
(AP, 10/30/08)(AFP, 10/30/08)
2008 Nov 1, Tutsi-led rebels
tightened their hold on newly seized swaths of eastern Congo,
forcing tens of thousands of frightened, rain-soaked civilians out
of makeshift refugee camps and stopping some from fleeing to
government-held territory. Congolese soldiers killed nine fighters
from Uganda's Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) after 30-50 rebels
attacked a village in northeast Democratic Republic of Congo.
(AP, 11/2/08)(AFP, 11/2/08)
2008 Nov 17, The Kenya Wildlife
Service (KWS) said a ton of ivory items and 57 suspects were netted
in a four-month operation billed Africa's largest-ever crackdown on
wildlife crime. Operation Baba also seized cheetah, leopard, serval
cat and python skins as well as hippo teeth at several markets,
airports and border crossings in Congo Brazzaville, Ghana, Kenya,
Uganda and Zambia.
2008 Nov 27, More than 10,000
Congolese civilians fled to Uganda in a matter of hours to escape
2008 Dec 14, Uganda, southern
Sudan and Congo launched an offensive against the Lord's Resistance
Army bases based in eastern Congo in an attempt to end one of the
continent's longest and most brutal wars.
2008 In Uganda Isaac Nabwana
began making films in Wakaliga, a slum area in Kampala. By 2016 he
had written, directed and edited more than 47 films and the area
became known as Wakaliwood.
(Econ, 3/5/15, p.46)
2009 Jan 2, Ugandan Lord's
Resistance Army rebels killed two wildlife rangers and six other
people in a remote national park in northeastern Congo.
2009 Jan 16, In eastern Congo
the leader of a splinter rebel faction said his forces would stop
fighting the government and the two sides would work together to
battle Rwandan militias at the heart of the conflict. Ugandan
rebels, according to the UN, massacred 100 civilians in Tora, a
village in northeast Congo, the latest atrocity blamed on the
(AP, 1/16/09)(AP, 1/29/09)
2009 Mar 9, In Uganda a cargo
plane carrying equipment for African Union peacekeepers in Somalia
caught fire and crashed into Uganda's Lake Victoria shortly after
takeoff, killing all 11 people on board.
2009 Mar 13, In Uganda a
building collapsed in the capital, Kampala, when nearby construction
loosened the foundation. At least five people were killed and dozens
remained trapped under the rubble.
2009 Mar 15, Uganda began
withdrawing troops hunting brutal Lord's Resistance Army rebels in
neighboring Congo after the deadline for them to leave expired.
Felix Kulaigye, a Ugandan military spokesman, said the operation had
been a success, with around 100 rebels killed and more than 200
abductees rescued, and that Congo would continue the hunt.
2009 Mar, In CongoDRC Thomas
Kwoyelo, a commander of the Lord's Resistance Army, was captured in
Garamba forest. In 2011 he faced a charges in Uganda.
2009 Jun 26, A UN official said
Ugandan rebels this year have killed around 1,200 Congolese
civilians and abducted 1,500, mostly children, in a remote region of
2009 Jul 3, In Sudan gunmen
kidnapped an Irish and Ugandan women from the office of the Irish
aid group Goal in the North Darfur city of Kutum. A Sudanese
watchman was also seized before being released later. Arab tribes
supported by the government were implicated. Sharon Commins (33) and
her Ugandan colleague, Hilda Kuwuki (42), were released on Oct 18.
(AFP, 7/4/09)(AP, 10/18/09)(AFP, 10/24/09)
2009 Jul 13, Uganda said it
would arrest Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir if he enters the
country, an unusual stance after a summit of African leaders
denounced the international arrest warrant against al-Bashir.
2009 Aug 1, Humanitarian groups
said members of the Lord's Resistance Army, a Ugandan rebel group,
have launched attacks against towns in the Central African Republic
that have left at least 10 people dead in the last two weeks. The
attacks by the LRA, launched from its rear bases in the Democratic
Republic of Congo, have also forced hundreds of people to flee their
2009 Sep 8, Uganda’s defense
spokesman, Lieutenant Colonel Felix Kulayigye, said Ugandan troops
have crossed into the neighboring Central African Republic (CAR) in
pursuit of Lord's Resistance Army rebels with Bangui's blessing.
2009 Sep 9, A Uganda army
spokesman said government forces have rescued 100 kidnapped children
and young adults during an operation against the Lord’s Resistance
Army rebel group in neighboring Central African Republic.
2009 Sep 10, In Uganda at least
7 people were killed in clashes after the government prevented a
representative of the traditional ruler of the Buganda kingdom from
traveling to a region northeast of the capital for a political
(SFC, 9/11/09, p.A2)
2009 Sep 11, In Uganda 3 people
including a child were shot dead in rioting in Kampala. Clashes
began on Sep 10 after the government prevented a representative of
the traditional ruler of the Buganda kingdom from traveling to a
region northeast of the capital for a political rally. The overall
death toll from the unrest rose to at least 24 following deaths in
(AP, 9/11/09)(AP, 9/12/09)(AP, 9/14/09)(Econ,
2009 Sep 12, Uganda’s army
killed five rebels in the CAR, including Arit Santos, a commander of
the LRA insurgent group. Soldiers also seized 24 submachineguns,
several rounds of ammunition, medicine and laptop computers in the
2009 Sep 17, Ugandan cricket
authorities said Six Ugandan cricketers are missing in Canada after
playing in a qualifying tournament for next year's World Cup.
2009 Oct 5, Police in Uganda
arrested Idelphonse Nizeyimana, one of the most wanted suspects from
Rwanda's 1994 genocide. The former army captain and senior
intelligence officer and others prepared lists of Tutsi
intellectuals and those in authority before handing the lists to
troops and militia who then killed them.
2009 Oct 18, In Sudan Irish
national Sharon Commins and Ugandan Hilda Kawuki, who worked for
Irish charity GOAL, were freed. They had been kidnapped on July 3 at
gunpoint. The Irish Times newspaper reported on Oct 24 that a
150,000-euro (225,000-dollar) ransom was paid to secure the release
of two aid workers in the western Darfur region.
2009 Oct 19, In Uganda Pres.
Museveni officially recognized the 300,000 strong Rwenzururu Kingdom
under Charles Wesley Mumbere (56), who had inherited the title in
1966 at age 13. Museveni restored all the traditional kingdoms
abandoned in 1967. Mumbere, who had moved to the USA in 1984 on a
government scholarship, worked as a nurse’s aide in Maryland and
(SFC, 10/20/09, p.A4)
2009 Oct 22, African leaders
started a 2-day summit in Kampala, Uganda, aiming to ratify the
Convention on the Protection and Assistance of the Displaced People
in Africa, now numbering about 17 million.
2009 Oct 23, African leaders,
meeting in Uganda, ratified a convention on the protection of the
continent's internally-displaced people, refugees and returnees,
billed as the first of its kind worldwide.
2009 Oct 23, Somali Islamist
rebels threatened to attack the capitals of Burundi and Uganda, the
two central African countries that have deployed peacekeeping troops
to prop up Somali's transitional government.
2009 Nov 3, Senior Lord's
Resistance Army commander Charles Arop, who was implicated in
leading a massacre on Christmas Day that killed at least 143
Congolese, surrendered to the Ugandan military stationed in the
northeast of the Democratic Republic of Congo.
2009 Nov 13, Uganda’s army
clashed with tribesmen who were stealing cattle in the volatile
northeastern region. Two soldiers were wounded and 15 cows were
killed in two clashes on Nov. 13 and Nov. 17. The army killed 34
tribesmen in the clashes.
2009 Nov 15, India's Essar
Group, and energy-to-steel conglomerate, said it has agreed to buy a
majority stake in Dhabi Group's telecommunication businesses in
African nations Uganda and Congo.
2009 Nov 17, Ugandan forces
shot and killed Okello Okutti, a senior commander of the rebel
Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), during a clash in Obo, near the
Central African Republic's eastern border with Sudan.
2009 Nov 18, In Uganda a new 12
million dollar family planning drive was launched in Kampala
highlighting how Obama administration funding has revamped a
contraception drive in Africa and developing states. Uganda,
Ethiopia, Nigeria, Senegal, Tanzania and Kenya will share in the
12-million dollar funding, but international organizations still
have to persuade certain African governments that it is in their
interest to curb population growth.
2009 Nov 20, In Tanzania
members of the East Africa Community (Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda,
Tanzania, Uganda) signed a common market agreement in Arusha,
headquarters of the EAC.
2009 Nov 30, Interpol and the
Kenya Wildlife Service said African authorities over the last 3
months had raided shops, intercepted vehicles at checkpoints and
used sniffer dogs to detect and seize over 3,800 pounds (1,768kg) of
illegal elephant ivory in a six-nation operation. This involved the
wildlife authorities, police and customs departments of Burundi,
Ethiopia, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania and Uganda.
2009 Dec 10, Uganda's
parliament approved a bill banning female genital mutilation.
2009 Dec 17, Oxfam said some
areas of East Africa had received less than 5% of the normal
November rains and that many people are malnourished in Uganda,
Tanzania, Somalia, Kenya and Ethiopia. It was the sixth failed rainy
season for war-ravaged Somalia and the worst drought there for 20
years. The European Commission announced that it would immediately
release an extra $75 million to fund emergency relief for
drought-stricken areas of East Africa. It estimated that 16 million
people will need aid in the coming months.
2009 Dec 21, The UN accused the
Ugandan-based Lord's Resistance Army of killing, mutilating and
raping villagers in Sudan and Congo in what may have been crimes
2009 Dec 31, The Ugandan
government said it was investigating the breakaway Catholic
Apostolic National Church in Uganda and would ban it if found to be
illegal. 20 renegade Catholic priests, who are either married or
want to marry, have broken from the mainstream Roman Catholic Church
and formed a new church where celibacy is not required. Vatican
officials said the priests were now considered "outside" the
Catholic Church and would likely be excommunicated.
2009 Uganda’s population stood
at about 33 million people.
(Econ, 11/14/09, p.60)
2010 Jan 1, Ugandan troops
killed Bok Abudema, a leader of the Lord's Resistance Army,
effectively the number two of the brutal militia, in the Central
2010 Mar 2, In Uganda overnight
landslides in the mountainous region of Bududa buried three villages
and killed at least 92 people with 250 still missing.
(AP, 3/2/10)(AP, 3/3/10)
2010 Mar 17, Ugandan security
forces fatally shot three people in the capital during clashes with
rioters angry after the tombs of five traditional kings were
destroyed overnight by fire. On March 30 man turned himself saying a
vision told him the tombs were Satanic.
(AP, 3/17/10)(AP, 3/31/10)
2010 Mar 21, In the eastern
Central African Republic Ugandan Lord's Resistance Army rebels
killed at least 10 civilians in the village of Agoumar, including a
woman burnt alive. One LRA rebel was killed by the villagers.
(Reuters, 3/22/10)(AFP, 3/30/10)
2010 Mar 28, In Central Africa
LRA elements were chased by the Ugandan army, which killed at least
15 rebels in the village of Dembia. More than 40 people were
abducted from the three villages including in Bangassou, where about
400 people had taken refuge from the fighting.
2010 Apr 1, In Uganda a
presidential adviser said more than 5,000 people whose lips and ears
were cut off by rebels waging a more than 20-year insurgency in
northern Uganda will receive compensation from the government.
2010 May 13, The UN General
Assembly approved all 14 candidates for the 14 seats on the
47-member Human Rights Council. Human rights groups criticized the
poor human rights records 7 of the candidates: Angola, Libya,
Malaysia, Mauritania, Qatar, Thailand and Uganda.
(SFC, 5/14/10, p.A2)
2010 May 14, Four African
countries (Ethiopia, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda) signed a new treaty
on the equitable sharing of the Nile waters despite strong
opposition from Egypt and Sudan, who have the lion's share of the
river waters. The new agreement, the Nile Basin Cooperative
Framework, is to replace a 1959 accord between Egypt and Sudan that
gives them control of more than 90 percent of the water flow.
Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Abul Gheit warned at the weekend
that Cairo's water rights were a "red line" and threatened legal
action if a partial deal is reached.
2010 May 24, Pres. Obama signed
into law the Lord’s Resistance Army Disarmament and Northern Uganda
(Econ, 11/13/10, p.58)(www.enoughproject.org/LRA)
2010 May 31, UN chief Ban
Ki-moon called for African nations to cooperate with the
International Criminal Court by arresting fugitive Ugandan rebel
Joseph Kony, leader of the Lord's Resistance Army, and some of his
2010 Jun 15, A Uganda army
spokesman said at least 10 Ugandan soldiers were killed last month
while pursuing Lord's Resistance Army rebels in the Central African
Republic (CAR). Lt. Colonel Felix Kulayigye said an unknown Sudanese
militia, not the LRA, was the likely culprit.
2010 Jun 29, Uganda’s
Lieutenant Colonel Felix Kulayigye confirmed the ADF are attacking a
Congolese town called Mutwanga and have killed 16 civilians. The
Allied Democratic Forces, a group that claims it is fighting for
equality for Muslims, battled Ugandan forces in country's Rwenzori
region near the DRC, with the heaviest fighting occurring between
1996 and 2001.
2010 Jun 29, Congolese Gen.
Amuli Bahigwa said the army has killed 80 rebels from neighboring
Rwanda and Uganda who crossed into volatile eastern Congo. Bahigwa
said the army killed the rebels in an operation that started June 1.
He said four soldiers were killed and that Ugandan rebels killed
2010 Jul 11, In Uganda twin
bombings in Kampala hit crowds watching the World Cup final killing
76 people. One of the targets was an Ethiopian restaurant, a nation
despised by Somali al-Shabab militants. On July 30 three were
charged with terrorism and murder. By Aug 17 had officials charged
32 people in connection with the bombings. One suspect, Haruna
Luyima, was supposed to set off a bomb at the dance club but changed
his mind at the last minute. Luyima told a news conference in August
that he did so because he didn't want to kill innocent people.
Police later found his discarded mobile phone, a huge lead that
helped unravel the plot.
(AP, 7/12/10)(AP, 7/30/10)(SFC, 8/18/10,
2010 Jul 12, In Uganda
investigators found an unexploded suicide vest with ball bearings in
a disco hall in Kampala, suggesting that militants had planned a
third bombing during the World Cup final. Four foreign suspects were
arrested in connection with the find.
2010 Jul 19, In Uganda the
African Union summit opened in Kampala amid heightened security
following twin bomb attacks a week earlier.
2010 Jul 20, Uganda's
government defended the forced repatriation of 1,700 Rwandan
refugees, action that the UN refugee agency condemned for being
heavy-handed. Two people died while trying to escape the roundup.
The Rwandans were forced out of Uganda on July 14 because they had
no refugee status and had become a security risk.
2010 Jul 21, Ugandan police
said 10 people died after a boat they were traveling in capsized on
the Ugandan side of Lake Victoria.
2010 Jul 24, Ugandan forces
imposed tight security in the capital as more than 30 heads of state
began converging on Kampala for an African Union summit barely two
weeks after deadly suicide attacks. The African Union said Africa
must turn ever more to China for its development because conditions
and checks often stalled the flow of funds from Western nations and
the World Bank.
(AFP, 7/24/10)(Reuters, 7/24/10)
2010 Jul 25, Uganda's
president urged African Union leaders at a summit in Kampala to
"sweep the terrorists" out of Africa.
2010 Jul 27, In Uganda African
Union leaders wrapping up a three-day summit in Kampala agreed to
send thousands of extra troops to reinforce its military contingent
battling Al Qaeda-linked insurgents in Somalia.
2010 Jul 29, Ugandan officials
said an anthrax outbreak has killed 82 hippos in the last month and
2010 Jul 31, In Uganda more
than 50 people died after a boat they were traveling in capsized on
Lake Albert. The boat was carrying between 70 and 80 people, but
only five survivors have been found and 17 bodies recovered.
2010 Aug 12, Human Rights Watch
group said Uganda's Lord's Resistance Army rebels have abducted 697
people in central Africa in the past 18 months, killing at least 255
2010 Aug 25, A Ugandan court
scrapped sedition legislation used to prosecute over a dozen
journalists and politicians.
2010 Aug 26, Interpol said
police have seized about 10 metric tons of counterfeit medicines and
arrested 80 people in a sweep across eastern Africa. Authorities
across Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda and Zanzibar took
part in the bust.
2010 Sep 3, In Accra, Ghana,
Standard Bank Africa announced at an agricultural forum a 100
million dollar scheme to reach some 750,000 small scale farmers in
Ghana, Mozambique, Tanzania and Uganda in a bid to boost output.
2010 Sep 11, In Sudan a rare
three-day meeting of 30 religious and community leaders as well as
local government officials from the Democratic Republic of Congo
(DRC), south Sudan, the Central African Republic (CAR) and Uganda
criticized the "lack of a coordinated and comprehensive strategy" to
tackle the LRA rebels.
2010 Sep 15, Uganda police
arrested Al-Amin Kimathi of the Kenyan Muslim Human Rights Forum and
lawyer Mbugua Mureithi as they arrived to attend the hearing of 34
people charged for allegedly taking part in the July 11 bomb
attacks, that targeted large groups gathered to watch the televised
World Cup final. Uganda's police said the two were with a wanted
al-Shabab militant that police had been trailing for days before the
2010 Oct 1, The UN released its
545-page report into mass killings in Congo over a ten-year period.
Rwanda and Uganda insisted the $3 million report is flawed and could
harm security in Africa's volatile Great Lakes region.
2010 Oct 6, Ugandan President
Yoweri Museveni called for financial support to increase his
country's troop levels in the African Union force in Somalia.
2010 Oct 24, In northern Uganda
a bus collided with a truck killing 21 people.
(SFC, 10/25/10, p.A2)
2010 Nov 1, In Uganda a
controversial newspaper in Kampala published photos, names and home
addresses of gay Ugandans, the second time the paper has done so,
prompting a rights group to seek a legal injunction against the
2010 Nov 29, Uganda launched a
program to circumcise over a million men every year in an effort to
stem AIDS infections.
(SFC, 11/30/10, p.A2)
2010 Some 100,000 Twa pygmies
remained in the Great Lakes region of Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and
CongoDRC. Most of them were barred from their ancestral forests
including the Bwindi Impenetrable Forest, which was turned into a
national park in 1991.
(Econ, 9/25/10, SR p.11)
2011 Jan 22, In western Uganda
15 people died after a bus lost control when it hit a cow on the
road and rammed into an oncoming truck.
2011 Jan 26, In Uganda David
Kato, a prominent gay rights activist whose picture was published by
an anti-gay newspaper next to the words "Hang Them," was bludgeoned
to death. Police said that his sexual orientation had nothing to do
with the killing and that one "robber" had been arrested. On Nov 10
Enoch Nsubuga (22) was sentenced to 30 years in jail for the brutal
slaying. Nsubuga claimed that he had been reacting to unwanted
demands for sex.
(AP, 1/27/11)(Econ, 2/12/11, p.96)(AFP, 11/11/11)
2011 Jan, Tanzania arrested
Mohamed Mohamed of Kenya for his role in the July 11, 2010, bombings
that killed 76 people in the Ugandan capital Kampala. In 2011
Tanzania’s Kisutu court granted an application to extradite the
suspect to Uganda to face justice.
2011 Feb 18, Uganda held
elections. Pres. Yoweri Museveni (67) won with a huge lead over his
nearest rival, Kizza Besigye, extending his 25-year hold on power
for another 5 years. Museveni got 68% of the vote. Besigye got 26%
of the vote and rejected the results as marred by fraud. Museveni
had handed out envelopes of cash to peasants, teachers and local
officials up and down the country.
(AP, 2/19/11)(SFC, 2/21/11, p.A2)(Econ, 2/26/11,
2011 Mar 1, The UN Refugee
Agency said the Uganda-based Lord’s Resistance Army has killed 35
people and displaced over 1700 since January.
(SFC, 3/2/11, p.A2)
2011 Mar 4, Two Nairobi-based
diplomats said at least 43 Burundian and 10 Ugandan troops have been
killed in Somalia since Feb. 18. A major offensive against Islamist
militants began on Feb 19.
2011 Mar 9, Uganda police
scuffled with protesters in the capital, Kampala, and tear gas was
used. 10 demonstrators and several police were injured. 8
demonstrators were arrested.
2011 Mar 23, A report by Human
Rights Watch said Uganda’s Rapid Response Unit, a branch of the
police service, has engaged in torture, illegal detention and
(SFC, 3/24/11, p.A5)
2011 Apr 11, In Uganda Kizza
Besigye, the top opposition politician was arrested, along with
several members of parliament, during a march to protest high fuel
and food prices. The police called it an illegal demonstration.
2011 Apr 14, Uganda’s military
police officers shot Kizza Besigye, the top opposition politician,
in the right hand and fired tear gas into a hospital as
demonstrations against rising fuel and food prices broke out in
several locations across the country.
2011 Apr 18, Uganda police
battled protesters for the third time in a week and again arrested
the country's top opposition politician. One protester died after
being tear gassed.
2011 Apr 21, Ugandan opposition
leader Kizza Besigye was detained on charges relating to a fourth
round of protests against high prices that left two police officers
and one child dead. A Ugandan court on Aug. 9 dropped two cases
against Besigye for his anti-government protests.
(Reuters, 4/21/11)(AFP, 8/9/11)
2011 Apr 29, Ugandan army
troops and police fired live bullets at rioting demonstrators, and
at least two people were killed and 120 wounded in the largest
anti-government protest in sub-Saharan Africa this year.
Demonstrations over the last three weeks left eight people dead and
wounded more than 250 others.
(AP, 4/29/11)(AP, 5/1/11)
2011 May 4, In Uganda some 300
lawyers gathered in Kampala to protest the arrest of the country's
top opposition leader and a crackdown on demonstrations.
2011 May 9, In Uganda hundreds
of women demonstrated in Kampala over high food prices and brutal
tactics employed by police during recent political rallies.
2011 May 12, Uganda police
sprayed tear gas at rock-throwing opposition supporters, after the
country's top opposition leader returned home and while the 25-year
leader was sworn in to a fourth term.
2011 May 19, Ugandan police
placed the country's top opposition leader under house arrest to
prevent what authorities said could be a destructive protest march.
2011 Jun 28, In Uganda 18
students and a teacher died after lightning struck their school in
the country's midwest. In the past few weeks, lightning strikes
around the country have killed at least 34 people.
2011 Jul 3, In Uganda a
motorized canoe left Panyimur on the Ugandan side of the 20-km-wide
Lake Albert with 31 passengers aboard. It sank as it approached
Mahagi on the Congolese side. In northeastern Democratic Republic of
Congo (DRC) 30 people were missing and one was rescued when a
motorized boat sank on Lake Albert.
(AFP, 7/5/11)(AFP, 7/6/11)
2011 Jul 11, Uganda opened its
first war crimes trial against a commander of the Lord's Resistance
Army rebels. Thomas Kwoyelo (39) was charged before the
International Crimes Division court in the northern town of Gulu
with 53 counts of willful killing, hostage taking, destruction of
property and causing injury.
2011 Jul 14, Human Rights Watch
said prisoners in Uganda are subjected to hard labor under
conditions resembling slavery and face routine abuse and
exploitation by officials.
2011 Jul 29, President Yoweri
Museveni of Uganda began a four-day visit to neighboring Rwanda and
met with his Rwandan counterpart Paul Kagame upon arrival. Media in
both countries had reported that relations were strained over
reports that Ugandan security operatives had met with two former
senior Rwandan military officers who now oppose Kagame.
2011 Jul 31, In Uganda a huge
fire gutted the largest market in central Kampala destroying
merchandise worth hundreds of thousands of dollars. Much of the
Owino market was destroyed by fire in 2009.
2011 Jul 18, A team of Ugandan
and French paleontologists found a 20-million-year-old ape skull in
northeastern Uganda, saying it could shed light on the region's
2011 Aug 10, Ugandan opposition
leaders vowed to restart protests over rising living costs, as
security forces fired tear gas following a memorial to a child
killed in an earlier demonstration. Police fired rubber bullets and
teargas at protesters who followed Kizza Besigye, a top opposition
leader, in a march in Masaka.
(AFP, 8/10/11)(AP, 8/11/11)
2011 Aug 29, In eastern
Uganda landslides killed at least 40 people, including children
buried in their homes in Mabono village. Two weeks ago seven people
were killed by landslides in the northeastern Karamoja region.
(AP, 8/29/11)(AP, 8/30/11)
2011 Sep 14, In Uganda Edris
Nsubuga and Muhamoud Mugisha were convicted of terrorism a day after
they admitted to charges of terrorism and conspiracy for their roles
in the July 11, 2010, bombing in Kampala that left 76 people dead.
12 others remained on trial. On Sep 16 Nsubuga was sentenced to 25
years in prison. Mugisha was sentenced to 5 years.
(AFP, 9/14/11)(AP, 9/16/11)
2011 Sep 22, Uganda's highest
court ordered that Thomas Kwoyelo (39), a commander of the Lord's
Resistance Army rebellion, should be granted amnesty and released,
ending the country's first war crimes trial. Kwoyelo was blamed for
brutal civilian murders during a 20-year war in the north of the
country, and was charged in July with 53 counts of willful killing,
hostage taking, destruction of property and causing injury.
2011 Sep 22, Aid agency Oxfam
said in a report that at least 22,500 Ugandans have been forced from
their homes to make way for New Forests Company, a British timber
company founded in 2004, and called for an investigation into
alleged abuses. The evictions stopped in July 2010.
2011 Oct 2, Uganda’s first gay
bar, the Sappho Islands, was padlocked by the landlord, who said the
bar was noisy and attracted "strange" people.
2011 Oct 3, Uganda’s former
vice president, Gilbert Bukenya (2003-2011), was taken to Luzira
prison on the outskirts of Kampala. He was accused of fraudulently
awarding a $2 million contract in 2007. He has denied the
2011 Oct 12, Ugandan President
Yoweri Museveni rejected corruption claims after lawmakers put a
freeze on new oil contracts over claims that government ministers
accepted bribes for tenders.
2011 Oct 12, US troops arrived
in Uganda. On Oct 14 President Barack Obama announced he is
dispatching about 100 US troops, mostly special operations forces,
to central Africa to advise in the fight against the Lord's
Resistance Army, a guerrilla group accused of widespread atrocities
across several countries.
2011 Oct 13, Uganda charged
three top ruling party officials, including recently resigned
foreign minister Sam Kutesa, with abuse of office on charges that
they allegedly misused funds meant for hosting the 2007 Commonwealth
2011 Oct 17, Uganda police
fired tear gas at protesters in Kampala demonstrating against high
food prices and corruption.
(SFC, 10/18/11, p.A2)
2011 Oct 29, In Somalia at
least 10 people died during an insurgent attack on an African Union
base in Mogadishu. Kenya said its troops will stay in southern
Somalia until Kenyans feel safe again, raising questions about
whether Kenya risks becoming bogged down in an open-ended occupation
of its war-ravaged neighbor. The Shebab claimed to have killed 80
Ugandan soldiers in the battle. A Shebab spokesman said American
citizen of Somali origin was said to have been one of the two
suicide bombers behind the twin attack.
(AP, 10/29/11)(AP, 10/30/11)
2011 Oct 31, Ugandan opposition
leader Kizza Besigye was arrested as he set off from his home with
around 20 supporters to walk the 14 km (seven miles) into Kampala's
center. Earlier this year he launched a "walk-to-work" protest over
high living costs.
2011 Nov 1, Amnesty
International reported that Uganda's government and public officials
are placing illegitimate restrictions on freedom of expression.
Amnesty said that journalists, opposition politicians and activists
face arbitrary arrest, intimidation and politically motivated
2011 Nov 3, Ugandan militiamen,
known as ADF-NALU, launched an overnight attack on a military base
in Mukakira, eastern Congo, in an attempt to free detained leaders.
Nine of the attackers were killed, along with two Congolese
2011 Nov 4, Uganda withdrew all
corruption charges against former vice-president Gilbert Bukenya,
ending one of the country's highest-profile graft cases. Bukenya,
who was sacked in May, was facing two charges of abuse of office and
one charge of fraud over accusations that he profited from a $3.7
million deal to supply vehicles for use in the 2007 Commonwealth
summit in Kampala.
2011 Nov 11, Ugandan police
arrested George Kiberu (35), a taxi dispatcher, for “abusing the
presidency" after he built a pigsty out of old election posters
featuring images of Pres. Yoweri Museveni.
(SSFC, 11/13/11, p.A6)
2011 Nov 15, Ugandan traders
blockaded several streets in Kampala to protest at lengthening power
blackouts they say are crippling businesses around the country.
2011 Nov 16, The presidents of
Kenya, Uganda and Somalia said the dual-fronted fight against
Islamist al-Shabab militants presents a "historic opportunity" to
restore stability in Somalia.
2011 Nov 24, Uganda ruled that
Heritage Oil must pay a $404 million tax bill, dismissing an appeal
by the UK-listed company. Heritage argues it is not liable to pay
tax in the country on the $1.45 billion sale last year of stakes in
two oil blocks in western Uganda to Anglo-Irish firm Tullow Oil.
Uganda in March allowed Tullow to sell two-thirds of its Uganda
interests to France's Total and China's CNOOC in a $2.9 billion
deal, after Tullow agreed to pay over $300 million as security
against Heritage's unpaid taxes.
2011 Nov 29, China pledged more
than $2.3 million in military assistance to Uganda during a
high-profile visit to Kampala by Beijing's defense minister.
2011 Uganda’s population stood
at about 34 million people.
(Econ, 9/24/11, p.72)
2012 Jan 13, Kenyan police
arrested 29 Ugandans suspected of seeking to join Islamist rebels in
2012 Jan 24, Ugandan police
clashed with opposition supporters in Kampala after security forces
tried to detain opposition leader Kizza Besigye following a protest
rally over rising living costs.
2012 Jan 24, Tanzanian police
freed Burundian opposition leader Alexis Sinduhije, who was arrested
two weeks ago in Dar es Salaam at Burundi's request. Sinduhije was
expelled to Uganda.
2012 Feb 3, Uganda signed
production agreements with Anglo-Irish firm Tullow Oil, allowing the
company to finalize a long-delayed $2.9 billion asset sale to
France's Total and China's CNOOC.
2012 Feb 9, Uganda said it will
set up a national oil company to handle commercial interests in its
emerging oil sector after the government tabled a long-delayed bill
2012 Feb 14, Uganda officials
said they have seized nearly 360 pounds (162 kg) of ivory and other
animal parts and products that were being smuggled in and out of the
country. Officials said Chinese demand is behind the illegal trade
in endangered species and animal products.
2012 Feb 14, A Ugandan minister
raided and shut down a workshop run by homosexual rights activists
in Entebbe, days after a draconian anti-gay bill was reintroduced.
2012 Feb 15, Hajah Noraihan,
the Malaysian consul to Uganda, said that more than 600 Ugandan
girls are currently trapped in Malaysian prostitution rings.
Uganda's honorary consul in Kuala Lumpur said that at least three
Ugandans have been killed there in the last two years.
2012 Feb 18, It was reported
that more than 3,000 children in northern Uganda are suffering from
a debilitating mystery ailment known as nodding disease. For several
years, scientists have tried and failed to determine the cause of
the illness. Scientists did not know if the disease is linked to
similar outbreaks in neighboring South Sudan and Tanzania.
2012 Feb 18, In Uganda the body
of Jeff Rice, American television producer, was found at the Serena
hotel in Kampala. Police later said he died after taking
contaminated cocaine. His assistant, identified as Kathryne Fuller,
was found unconscious at the same time. By Feb 25 she was conscious
but paralyzed down the right hand side of her body.
2012 Feb 22, The top US special
operations commander for Africa said US troops helping in the
fight against a brutal rebel group called the Lord's Resistance Army
are now deployed in four Central African countries: Uganda, Congo,
South Sudan and Central African Republic.
2012 Mar 5, A marketing
campaign was launched by the Ugandan advocacy group Invisible
Children (www.kony2012.com) to vastly increase awareness about
Joseph Kony, a jungle militia leader wanted for atrocities by the
International Criminal Court and hunted by 100 US Special Forces
advisers and local troops. His Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) was
operating in Congo, the Central African Republic and South Sudan.
2012 Mar 14, Sexual Minorities
Uganda (SMUG) filed suit against Scott Lively of the Abiding Truth
Ministries at a Massachusetts court, claiming he pushed Ugandan
officials to crack down on homosexuals.
2012 Mar 22, Ugandan police
restricted the movements of opposition leader Kizza Besigye after a
police officer died in a violent clash a day earlier between his
supporters and the police.
2012 Mar 23, Uganda charged 53
people with treason over an alleged rebel plot to overthrow the
2012 Mar 28, A Ugandan court
charged the country's main opposition leader Kizza Besigye with an
offence linked to the killing of a police officer during a rally
2012 Apr 4, The Ugandan
government outlawed Activists 4 Change (A4C), an activist group
behind anti-government protests over rising food and oil prices, on
the grounds that it was "dangerous to the peace and order in
2012 May 11, Uganda officials
said more than 10,000 people have fled from DR Congo to neighboring
Rwanda and Uganda following clashes between the Congolese army and
2012 May 12, Ugandan forces
captured Caesar Acellam, a senior commander of Joseph Kony's Lord's
Resistance Army, after a brief fight with rebels near the
Congo-Central African Republic border. Two other rebel fighters were
also caught as they tried to cross a river called Mbomu. Officials
say only about 200 LRA members remain the jungle.
2012 May 23, The UN refugee
agency said fighting between Congolese army and mutineers has forced
tens of thousands of people from their homes since late April, with
thousands taking refuge in Uganda and Rwanda.
2012 Jun 20, Uganda’s minister
for ethics and integrity, Simon Lokodo, said Uganda will ban 38
nongovernmental organizations for spreading homosexuality.
2012 Jun 22, Uganda’s
government said in a statement that it does not discriminate against
people "of a different sexual orientation." It was signed by Ethics
Minister Simon Lokodo, the official accused by gay activists of
orchestrating a hate campaign that includes breaking up gay
conferences and threatening to expel civil society groups he says
2012 Jun 26, In Uganda rescue
workers equipped only with hand-held tools gave up their search and
waited for bulldozers to arrive to help find some 100 people who
residents said were missing after landslides struck the mountainous
2012 Jul 5, Uganda arrested
Thaddee Kwitonda (51), a Belgian citizen of Rwandan origin, in
Kampala after police tracked his movements for several months. He
was wanted by a court in his adopted homeland for involvement in the
2012 Jul 5, The DR Congo's army
(FARDC) launched an offensive to rout mutinous armed troops of the
March 23 Movement (M23) near the Virunga national park. North Kivu
residents reported that M23 rebels attacked and fought army troops
to dislodge them from Jomba, the only major village on the road from
Bunagana border post to the eastern town of Rutshuru, a border
crossing into Uganda and Rwanda. A UN peacekeeper from India was
killed in clashes. The entire population of Bunagana and some 600
Congolese troops moved into Uganda.
(AFP, 7/6/12)(AP, 7/5/12)
2012 Jul 28, Uganda government
officials said an outbreak of Ebola virus in the western part of the
country has killed 14 people, many in the past week.
(SSFC, 7/29/12, p.A10)
2012 Aug 1, Doctors Without
Borders said the first victim of the latest Ebola outbreak in Uganda
was a 3-month-old girl and that of the 65 people who attended her
funeral, 15 later contracted the deadly disease and at least 11 of
those have since died.
2012 Aug 6, In Uganda leaders
from 11 countries forming the International Conference on the Great
Lakes Region gathered in Kampala to discuss a new plan calling for a
neutral international force to deploy in eastern Congo to get rid of
all the fighters.
2012 Aug 8, In Uganda regional
leaders ended a meeting on a proposed neutral force for eastern
CongoDRC, with no concrete progress but a pledge to meet in a month.
2012 Aug 12, Marathon man
Stephen Kiprotich delivered Uganda's second ever Olympics gold
medal, celebrating victory in the shadow of Buckingham Palace as the
curtain slowly dropped on the 2012 Games. Uganda’s last gold medal
came 40 years ago when 400m hurdler John Akii-Bua struck gold at the
Munich Games. The closing ceremony was billed as a diverse "Symphony
of British Music."
2012 Aug 12, In Kenya three
Russian-made Mi-24 combat helicopters from Uganda went down in a
remote mountainous region. One was found a day later, with all seven
servicemen on board rescued. 3 soldiers were later confirmed dead in
another crash. 8 surviving Ugandan servicemen were found on Aug 14.
The helicopters were flying to Somalia to support African Union
troops battling Shebab insurgents linked to Al-Qaeda.
(AFP, 8/14/12)(AP, 8/15/12)
2012 Aug 24, In the Central
African Republic a clash between a squad of Ugandan troops and the
insurgents -- headed by Dominic Ongwen, one of three LRA commanders
wanted by the International Criminal Court -- left 2 rebels dead.
2012 Aug 27, Uganda's Pres.
Yoweri Museveni made his son, Col. Muhoozi Kainerugaba, a one-star
general and appointed him commander of the country's special forces,
leading some Ugandans to conclude that the son is being groomed to
succeed his father.
2012 Sep 4, The Ugandan
military killed a rebel fighter and captured another in its campaign
against Joseph Kony's Lord's Resistance Army rebels in the Central
African Republic. Rebel general Dominic Ongwen escaped unhurt in the
raid on his camp.
2012 Sep 13, In Uganda British
producer David Cecil appeared in court charged with "disobeying
lawful orders" from the Uganda Media Council, which says he staged
"The River and the Mountain," a play about being gay in Uganda, in
Kampala last month despite orders to the contrary.
2012 Oct 31, A top a top Kenyan
official said more than 2,700 African Union troops from Uganda have
died in Somalia. About three dozen Kenyan forces have died there
over the last year.
2012 Nov 14, Uganda confirmed a
new Ebola outbreak in a district 40 miles from Kampala. Scores of
Ugandans were isolated the next day to prevent its spread.
(SFC, 11/16/12, p.A2)
2012 Nov 16, Britain suspended
all aid to the government of Uganda over new evidence that British
taxpayers' money may have been stolen.
2012 Nov 21, A new UN report
accused the Rwandan military of commanding and supporting rebel
forces in eastern Congo and charged that Salim Saleh (52), the
brother of Uganda's long-serving President Yoweri Museveni, actively
backs the movement.
2012 Nov 24, Regional leaders
meeting in Uganda called for an end to the advance by M23 rebels
toward Congo's capital, and also urged the Congolese government to
sit down with rebel leaders as residents fled some towns for fear of
more fighting between the rebels and army. Locals in Minova reported
that the retreating army troops had gone on a rampage over the last
2012 Nov 27, The Open Society
Justice Initiative said four suspects in the Jul 11, 2010, bombings
in Uganda claimed men who identified themselves as US FBI agents
beat them up during questioning. Human rights groups have said Kenya
and Tanzania circumvented their extradition laws to illegally deport
suspects to Uganda where they could be interrogated at length by
local and foreign agents without scrutiny.
2012 Dec 5, Transparency
International ranked Uganda at 130 out of 176 countries. An
audacious scam in which up to $13 million in donor money was
embezzled in the office of Uganda's prime minister has brought
several European donors to freeze aid to Uganda.
2013 Jan 18, In the Central
African Republic a rebel commander known only as Binani, the chief
bodyguard of LRA leader Joseph Kony, was killed in a firefight 280
km (175 miles) north of Djema, where Uganda-led African Union troops
are being advised by US special forces.
2013 Feb 6, In Uganda
representatives of the Congolese government and the M23 rebels
signed a preliminary agreement in which both parties accepted
responsibility for the failure of an earlier 2009 peace deal.
2013 Feb 11, Uganda deported,
David Cecil (35), a British theatre producer charged with staging a
play about homosexuality. A court threw out a case against Cecil
2013 Apr 3, Uganda's top
military official said African troops in Central African Republic
have suspended the hunt for the fugitive warlord Joseph Kony because
the new government there is not cooperating with the mission.
2013 Apr 23, Ugandan President
Yoweri Museveni faced criticism from anti-corruption activists for
donating a sack loaded with $100,000 in cash at a political rally.
2013 Apr, Ugandan Gen. David
Sejusa wrote a letter to the internal security service calling for
an investigation into allegations that high-ranking officials could
be assassinated for opposing plans for Pres. Museveni's son to
succeed his father as president. Sejusa cited himself and the
country's prime minister among those in danger. In May Sejusa faced
charges stemming from an alleged breach of an official code of
2013 May 20, Ugandan police
disabled the presses of the Daily Monitor, an independent newspaper
in Kampala, after forcibly entering its premises to look for
evidence against an army general who recently questioned the
president's alleged plan to have his son succeed him.
2013 May 28, Ugandan police
arrested at least two activists and used tear gas to disperse others
protesting the government's seizure of the newspaper that published
an army general's letter about an alleged plot for the president's
son to succeed him.
2013 May 30, Ugandan police
ended their occupation of the Daily Monitor newspaper after 10 days
during which they looked for evidence against an army general
accused of publicly discussing politics. The newspaper was allowed
to operate again after its managers agreed not to publish stories
that could spark insecurity or hatred.
2013 May 31, A UN official said
more than 23,500 people have fled fighting in South Sudan's Jonglei
state and sought refuge in neighboring countries of Uganda (2.5k),
Kenya (5k) and Ethiopia (16k).
2013 Jun 3, The Enough Project,
the Satellite Sentinel Project and two other groups said in a new
report that members of Joseph Kony’s LRA have turned to elephant
poaching in CongoDRC and the CAR and that the militia trades illegal
ivory to acquire food and other supplies. The report also said
elephants of Garamba National Park also are being targeted by
"members of the armed forces of (Congo), South Sudan, Sudan, and
Uganda," citing the concerns of park rangers there.
2013 Jun 29, In Uganda a car
crashed into a moving gas tanker on the putskirts of Kampala late
today, sparking a fire that killed at least 29 people. Scores more
were badly burned.
(AP, 6/30/13)(SFC, 7/1/13, p.A2)
2013 Jul 11, Ugandan rebels of
the Allied Democratic Forces, a militia formed in the early 1990s by
Ugandan Muslims, attacked the eastern Congolese town of Kamango,
killing some people and forcing thousands of people to flee their
2013 Jul 14, Uganda Red Cross
said more than 60,000 Congolese have fled to Uganda after a rebel
attack on a town near the border in a continuing influx that is
stretching humanitarian capacities.
2013 Jul 22, Ugandan armed
police surrounded the home of Kizza Besigye, the leader of Uganda's
protest movement, put him in a car and drove him to a secret
location in the pre-dawn hours. He had planned to launch today a new
wave of anti-government demonstrations across the East African
country. Police placed Kampala Mayor Erias Lukwago, a fierce critic
of Pres. Museveni, under temporary suspension.
(AP, 7/22/13)(SFC, 7/26/13, p.A2)
2013 Jul 22, In Uganda a
building under renovation collapsed in downtown Kampala, killing at
least four people.
2013 Aug 4, African leaders
meeting in Uganda said the Somali city of Kismayo "should be handed
over" to the central government, a decision that puts pressure on
Kenyan troops who face charges of backing a powerful militia in the
disputed port city.
2013 Aug 6, Ugandan lawmakers
passed the controversial Public Order Management Bill. It drew sharp
criticism from the opposition and human rights campaigners who said
it was intended to silence dissent.
2013 Aug 15, It was reported
that an area of wetland on Lake Victoria's Lutembe Bay has been
filled in so that a rose farm owned by Uganda business tycoon Sudhir
Rupareliacould be expanded.
2013 Sep 18, Uganda said it has
recalled the commander of its peacekeeping force in Somalia and
almost two dozen other officers suspected of involvement in a scam
to steal food and fuel and sell it on the black market.
2013 Sep 27, A Uganda official
said China's state-owned CNOOC has secured a $2-billion deal to
develop a petroleum field in Uganda and help propel the east African
nation into the club of oil-producing countries.
2013 Oct 27, Okot Odhiambo, an
alleged deputy army commander in the Ugandan Lord's Resistance Army,
died. He was indicted in 2005 on 10 charges including murder,
enslavement and using child soldiers. DNA evidence later confirmed
2013 Nov 7, Uganda’s military
said Democratic Republic of Congo's M23 guerrillas, including rebel
chief Sultani Makenga, have surrendered en masse in Uganda,
signalling the end of an 18-month insurgency.
2013 Nov 8, Uganda's Pres.
Yoweri Museveni tested for HIV in public to encourage millions of
untested people to check their status, a critical step to stemming
the spread of the virus in the East African country.
2013 Nov 14, A Uganda
government tribunal declared Erias Lukwago, the lord mayor of
Kampala, guilty of abuse of office, incompetence and misconduct. He
faced being kicked out office. Lukwago is a political opponent of
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni, who has controlled Uganda since
1986, and the mayor linked the president to his conviction.
2013 Nov 18, Uganda police
arrested Kampala Mayor Erias Lukwago for disobeying orders to cancel
a public rally of supporters.
2013 Nov 25, Ugandan police
lobbed tear gas to disperse protesters angered by the ouster of
Kampala mayor Erias Lukwago, who is a fierce critic of
longtime President Yoweri Museveni.
2013 Nov 28, In the Central
African Republic Ugandan foces killed Col. Samuel Kangul, a senior
commander of the Lord's Resistance Army and 13 of his rebel
2013 Nov 30, Five east African
countries signed a protocol to establish a monetary union, in a
first step towards creating a single currency. At a summit in
Kampala, leaders from Burundi, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Rwanda
inked the framework to set up a single market modelled after the
2013 Dec 6, In CAR 19 members
of the Lord's Resistance Army, or LRA, defected in the Central
African Republic where the rebels are being pursued by African Union
forces backed by American advisers.
2013 Dec 14, Dissident Ugandan
General David Sejusa launched an opposition party in London and said
it was time for President Yoweri Museveni to end his 28-year rule, a
fresh challenge to a leader who is now among the longest serving in
2013 Dec 20, Ugandan lawmakers
passed an anti-gay bill that calls for life imprisonment for
"aggravated homosexuality," drawing criticism from rights
campaigners who called it draconian and unnecessary in a country
where homosexuality has long been criminalized.
2013 Dec 25, In eastern
CongoDRC at least 40 civilians were killed by the Ugandan ADF-NALU
rebel group attack on a village in North Kivu province. A special UN
force in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo used helicopters to
fire on the rebels and help government troops retake the town of
(AFP, 12/25/13)(Reuters, 12/26/13)
2014 Jan 2, In CongoDRC Colonel
Mamadou Ndala (34), the commander of government troops fighting
Ugandan Islamist rebels in the restive east of country, was killed
along with two bodyguards in an ambush.
(AFP, 1/2/14)(AP, 1/10/14)
2014 Jan 14, A Ugandan military
spokesman said that Ugandan and South Sudanese army officials are
drafting what he called a "status of forces agreement" that will
soon be signed by both countries after Pres. Kiir requested the
Ugandans to extend their deployment.
2014 Jan 15, Uganda confirmed
its troops are fighting alongside South Sudan's government against
2014 Jan 17, In Uganda a
spokesman for Pres. Yoweri Museveni said the president has refused
to approve a controversial bill that would have seen homosexuals
jailed for life despite viewing gays as "sick" and "abnormal." In a
letter to parliament, the president had suggested homosexuality was
caused by a genetic flaw, or a need to make money.
2014 Jan 18, South Sudanese
government forces said they seized the flashpoint town of Bor back
from rebels. Uganda's army claimed credit for the operation.
2014 Jan 21, Uganda said 9 of
its soldiers have been killed and 12 others wounded during a month
fighting in South Sudan, dismissing rebel claims to have killed
2014 Jan 22, A Ugandan court
ordered the deportation of Bernard Randall (65), a British man,
facing criminal charges related to images of him having sex with
2014 Jan 30, Uganda's
government said it is planning to double expenditure on
anti-retroviral drugs in an effort to reverse a worsening trend in
2014 Feb 10, In Kenya gays and
lesbians joined a global effort to protest against an
anti-homosexuality bill passed by Uganda's parliament that is now in
the hands of the country's president.
2014 Feb 14, The CongoDRC
government said 22 Congolese soldiers and 230 Ugandan rebels have
been killed in a nearly month-long offensive in restive eastern DRC.
2014 Feb 18, Uganda’s Pres.
Museveni said in a statement that he would not sign a proposed
antigay law until after a hearing from scientists.
(SFC, 2/22/14, p.A4)
2014 Feb 24, Uganda's Pres.
Museveni signed a law imposing harsh penalties for homosexuality,
defying protests from rights groups, criticism from Western donors
and a US warning that it will complicate relations.
2014 Feb 25, A Ugandan
newspaper published a list of what it called the country's "200 top"
homosexuals, outing some Ugandans who previously had not identified
themselves as gay one day after the president enacted a harsh
2014 Feb 27, Uganda shrugged
off foreign aid cuts and int’l criticism of its tough new anti-gay
law, saying it could do without Western aid. Denmark, Norway and the
Netherlands cut aid over Uganda’s anti-gay law.
(AFP, 2/27/14)(SFC, 2/28/14, p.A4)
2014 Mar 3, Uganda said it will
send about 400 extra troops to Somalia to protect UN personnel in
2014 Mar 6, Uganda, under fire
from Western nations, defended its toughened law on gays as being
aimed at "protecting" youth from homosexuality and discouraging
public displays of gay love.
2014 Mar 10, Activist group All
Out said the global telecom company Orange has withdrawn advertising
from Red Pepper, a Ugandan tabloid newspaper that printed the names
of 200 suspected homosexuals after a severe anti-gay law was enacted
2014 Mar 21, Uganda news
reported that authorities have ordered a police investigation into
complaints by elite female runners that they suffered sexual
harassment and abuse from a top athletics coach.
2014 Mar 21, Uganda's health
minister says the government has lost up to $6 million in annual US
government support over the East African country's new anti-gay law.
2014 Mar 22, Uganda said at
least 107 people were killed and dozens of others were missing after
a boat carrying mostly Congolese refugees capsized on Lake Albert
that runs along the border of Uganda and the Democratic Republic of
Congo. An estimated 250 people were on the boat with 41 rescued.
(Reuters, 3/23/14)(AFP, 3/24/14)(AP, 3/25/14)
2014 Mar 27, A scandal in
Uganda over alleged sex abuse of female runners deepened after it
emerged that Moses Kipsiro, the athlete who exposed the issue, was
dropped from the national half-marathon team.
2014 Mar 31, Key Ugandan
opposition leader and mayor of the capital Erias Lukwago resumed
office five months after being ousted in a power struggle with the
ruling party. A court ruling last week said his removal had been
2014 Apr 3, Ugandan police in
Kampala raided the offices of a US-funded project known to offer
AIDS services to homosexuals, in what appeared to be the first
public action by police to enforce a new law that strengthened
criminal penalties against gay sex.
2014 Apr 22, Uganda’s military
said African troops have captured a junior commander with the Lord's
Resistance Army and rescued 10 people, mostly children, abducted by
the rebels. The rebel lieutenant known as Charles Okell was seized
after a firefight in Central African Republic.
2014 May 7, A Ugandan court
started hearing the case against two Ugandans accused of engaging in
gay sex, the first trial of homosexuals here since a severe law was
enacted in February.
2014 May 11, China signed a
deal with East African leaders to build a $3.8 billion rail link
between Kenya's Indian Ocean port of Mombasa and Nairobi, the first
stage of a line that will eventually link Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi
and South Sudan.
2014 Jun 18, Uganda's
government banned one of the country's main TV stations from
covering presidential events after it aired images which it said
showed Pres. Yoweri Museveni having a snooze in parliament.
2014 Jun 29, Uganda forces in
Central African Republic (CAR) clashed for the first time with
fighters from Seleka, a mainly Muslim rebel force. 15 Seleka and
three UPDF soldiers were reported killed as clashes continued into
the next day.
2014 Jul 1, The United States
blacklisted a Ugandan Islamic group, the Allied Democratic Forces,
for targeting children in armed conflict in the Democratic Republic
2014 Jul 2, African nations
agreed to suspend military operations for six months against
Congo-based Rwandan rebels in order to give them more time to lay
down their arms. The suspension was announced after a meeting in
Angola of foreign ministers from a regional bloc including Angola,
Burundi, Central African Republic, Republic of Congo, DRC, Kenya,
Uganda, Rwanda, South Sudan, Sudan, Tanzania and Zambia.
2014 Jul 5, In Uganda over 60
suspected insurgents, believed to be Bakonzo, were killed in clashes
between security forces and a tribal militia near the country's
border with Congo. At least 12 people, mostly police and civilians,
were killed by "thugs" armed with guns, spears and machetes.
(AP, 7/6/14)(AP, 7/7/14)(AP, 7/25/14)
2014 Jul 25, A Ugandan police
official said nine bodies have been discovered buried under four
different sites in an ongoing investigation of mass graves in a
western part of the country that had tribal violence recently.
2014 Aug 1, A Ugandan court
invalidated an antigay bill signed into law last Feb 24 because it
was passed during a parliamentary session that lacked a quorum.
(SFC, 8/2/14, p.A3)
2014 Aug 9, In Uganda scores of
homosexuals marched in Entebbe in their first pride parade since a
court invalidated a controversial antigay law.
(SSFC, 8/10/14, p.A5)
2014 Sep 13, Ugandan police
arrested 19 suspected Islamist Shebab insurgents who planned to
carry out bomb attacks in Kampala and other towns.
2014 Sep 18, Ugandan President
Yoweri Museveni fired PM Amama Mbabaz, a former ally who is widely
expected to seek the presidency in elections in 2016.
2014 Sep 18, In South Sudan
fighting started when gunmen detained Ugandan local government
officials carrying out a census, accusing them of straying into
South Sudanese territory. By the next day at least 7 people were
killed on both sides of Uganda and South Sudan's border.
2014 Sep 29, In South Sudan at
least 35 people were killed when a bus collided with a truck on a
highway linking South Sudan to Uganda. Most of the victims were from
2014 Oct 20, Uganda police
fired live bullets and tear gas to break up protests by university
students, wounding several people in Kampala. The students, from
Makerere University were calling for graduation fees to be lowered
from some 85 dollars to 35 dollars.
2014 Oct 27, UN chief Ban
Ki-moon announced at the start of a visit to Ethiopia that the EU
and several regional development banks have pledged $8 billion in
development aid for projects across eight countries in the Horn of
Africa. Countries targeted are Djibouti, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Kenya,
Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan, and Uganda.
(AFP, 10/27/14)(AP, 10/27/14)
2014 Oct 30, Uganda’s President
Yoweri Museveni gave a state banquet in honor of North Korea's
ceremonial head of state, praising Pyongyang for what he said was
its prominent role in fighting imperialism.
2014 Nov 6, Uganda's military
said it has suspended 15 soldiers who were peacekeepers in Somalia
over various allegations of misconduct.
2014 Nov 17, A Ugandan official
said local police are investigating the disappearance more than a
ton of ivory, valued at $1.1 million, from a government vault.
2014 Dec 8, A Ugandan maid
pleaded guilty to charges of torturing a child who was under her
care in a case that shocked Ugandans and sparked debate about the
role of maids raising children. Jolly Tumuhiirwe (22) was sentenced
on Dec 15 to four years in jail.
(AP, 12/8/14)(AP, 12/15/14)
2014 Dec 14, In Uganda renegade
four-star general David Sejusa was officially received by the head
of Uganda's domestic security agency. He had sat on Uganda's
military high command before fleeing last year to exile in London.
2014 Dec 16, In Uganda scores
of M23 rebels fled the camp where they were being held ahead of
repatriation to CongoDRC.
(SFC, 12/17/14, p.A2)
2014 Dec 11, In Uganda Ryan
Gustafson, an American man, was arrested for forging currency in his
Ugandan home. Police alleged that Gustafson has forged more than $2
million that is in circulation around the world. On Dec 3, 2015, a
local court ordered Gustafson to be extradited to the US.
(AP, 12/23/14)(AP, 12/3/15)
2014 Dec 23, In Uganda Sheikh
Abdu Kadir Muwaya, head of the Shia Muslim Community, was killed at
his home in Mayuge. Police later said he had refused to cooperate
with the Allied Democratic Forces, a Uganda extremist group based in
2014 Dec 28, In Uganda Sheikh
Mustafa Bahiiga, a Muslim scholar and the head of Tablig Muslim sect
in Kampala district, was assassinated in the outskirts of Kampala.
Police said he had refused to cooperate with the Allied Democratic
Forces, a Uganda extremist group based in Congo.
2015 Jan 3, Uganda officials
said outspoken General David Sejusa, who recently returned to the
country after 18 months in self-imposed exile, has been placed under
2015 Jan 7, Ugandan army
spokesman Paddy Ankunda said top LRA commander Dominic Ongwen, who
is wanted by the International Criminal Court (ICC) for crimes
against humanity and war crimes, has given himself up in Central
African Republic. He was initially abducted by the LRA when he was a
10-year-old and forced to fight as a child soldier.
2015 Jan 29, A Ugandan Muslim
sheikh and 17 others were charged with killing two fellow clerics in
a case that police linked to Islamist rebels in Democratic Republic
of Congo. Sheikh Muhammad Yunus Kamoga, the leader of Uganda's
Muslim Tabliq group, and 17 others were charged for the murders of
two clerics last December, and the attempted murder of a third
earlier this month.
2015 Feb 3, In eastern CongoDRC
23 people were hacked to death in the city of Beni in the restive
North Kivu province. Ugandan ADF-NALU rebels were suspected.
2015 Mar 25, A Uganda health
official said an outbreak of typhoid has infected hundreds of people
in the capital, Kampala.
(SFC, 3/26/15, p.A2)
2015 Mar 30, In Uganda Joan
Kagezi, a prosecutor in the trial of about a dozen men facing
terrorism charges, was shot and killed in Kampala.
(SFC, 4/1/15, p.A2)
2015 Apr 30, Uganda's
state-owned New Vision newspaper said Jamil Mukulu, leader of the
Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), was being held in Tanzania ahead of
his extradition. ADF is a Ugandan Islamic militia based in
neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo.
2015 Jun 19, Ugandan police
arrested army General David Sejusa, a critic of the authorities,
escalating a crackdown on opponents of President Yoweri Museveni
before elections early next year.
2015 Jun 23, Uganda's police
chief blocked presidential hopeful Amama Mbabazi (66) from holding
public meetings across the country, saying they are "illegal". At
least 30 supporters of Mbabazi were arrested over the last week.
2015 Jun 25, A Tanzanian court
ordered Islamist rebel leader Jamil Mukulu to be extradited to
Uganda to face murder charges. He was described as the head of the
Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), an organization blamed for a string
of attacks in western Uganda and the capital Kampala that killed
1,000 people between 1998 and 2000. Mukulu said he would appeal.
2015 Jul 9, Ugandan police
detained three-time presidential candidate Kizza Besigye and former
PM Amama Mbabazi, two of the president's top challengers.
2015 Jul 10, Tanzania
extradited Jamil Mukulu to Uganda to face multiple counts of murder
stemming from his alleged role as leader of the Congo-based Allied
Democratic Forces, an Islamic militant group that regularly attacks
civilians in eastern Congo.
(SFC, 7/11/15, p.A2)
2015 Jul 14, Ugandan rebels
shot dead or burned alive 9 people during an attack in eastern
Democratic Republic of Congo.
2015 Jul 21, In Somalia Ugandan
troops with AMISOM, which fights alongside Somali government forces
against the Shebab, an al-Qaeda affiliate, massacred 6 men in "cold
blood" at a wedding after a bomb attack. Three AMISOM soldiers were
later indicted for their role in the killings.
2015 Jul 22, Ugandan rebel
leader Jamil Mukulu, accused of killing hundreds of civilians, was
charged in court with crimes against humanity and mass murder.
Mukulu, leader of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), was arrested
in neighboring Tanzania in April, before being extradited to Uganda
earlier this month.
2015 Aug 6, Uganda's Supreme
Court ruled that refunding of goods paid to a bride's family after
divorce was illegal.
2015 Aug 18, Uganda told South
Sudan's warring factions to put their egos aside and make peace, a
day after President Salva Kiir refused to sign a deal to end a
2015 Aug, Uganda wildlife
officials were stumped by a mysterious illness among the lions of
Kidepo Valley National Park that has left the big cats emaciated and
(SSFC, 8/23/15, p.C12)
2015 Sep 1, In southern Somalia
Al-Shabab overran an African Union base early today in the small
farming town of Janale. Al-Shabab said it killed about 50 AU troops
from Uganda at the base. Another 50 troops were missing. A Uganda
later said 12 soldiers were killed in the attack.
(AP, 9/1/15)(AFP, 9/2/15)(SFC, 9/4/15, p.A2)
2015 Sep 24, The International
Criminal Court unveiled at least 60 new war crimes charges against
Dominic Ongwen, the deputy leader of Uganda's Lord's Resistance
Army, including the use of child soldiers and keeping sex slaves.
2015 Oct 1, The foreign
minister and the people of the Marshall Islands were honored for
taking legal action against the nuclear powers for failing to honor
disarmament obligations. Tony de Brum and the people of the Pacific
island group shared the honorary portion of the 2015 Right
Livelihood Award, sometimes referred to as the "alternative Nobel."
This year's 3-million-kronor ($358,500) cash award was shared by
Canada's Sheila Watt-Cloutier, for her supports to Inuit causes;
Uganda's Kasha Jacqueline Nabagesera, for her struggle for sexual
minorities' rights; and Italian surgeon Gino Strada, for providing
medical assistance to victims of war.
2015 Nov 26, Ugandan lawmakers
passed a bill that would give authorities sweeping powers to
regulate civil society, which rights groups say will "strangle"
criticism of the government, just before Pope Francis arrived on a
2015 Nov 27, Pope Francis
landed in Uganda on the second leg of a landmark trip to Africa,
with choirs and dancers waiting to greet him.
2015 Nov 28, Pope Francis
honored Uganda's 19th century Christian martyrs and encouraged its
21st century Christian youths during a day that saw nearly a
half-million Ugandans turn out to see him.
2015 Nov 30, In eastern Congo
DRC at least 13 people, including a UN peacekeeper, were killed in
an overnight attack by rebels in North Kivu province. The attack was
blamed on Ugandan rebels of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF).
2015 Dec 1, In eastern Congo
DRC fierce fighting between UN peacekeepers and Ugandan rebels
raged, after a weekend attack by the mostly Muslim group left 24
2015 Dec 21, Ugandan police
arrested 20 supporters and security guards at the headquarters of an
opposition candidate vying to end the nearly 30-year rule of
President Yoweri Museveni in elections next February.
2015 Dec 29, Uganda police said
at least 13 people drowned in Lake Victoria, when sudden waves
swamped them as they celebrated the Christmas holiday.
2016 Jan 4, Ugandan police said
they were investigating reports nearly $4 million worth of cocaine
seized by customs officers at its main airport had disappeared from
2016 Jan 22, The government of
Uganda said it will stop sending housemaids to Saudi Arabia,
eclipsing a deal between the two nations to ship workers to the
wealthy Gulf nation amid complaints of poor conditions and
2016 Feb 15, Ugandan police
fired tear gas to disperse opposition supporters as they temporarily
detained top presidential challenger, Kizza Besigye, days ahead of
presidential polls. An opposition supporter was fatally shot in
clashes with the police during a campaign event in Kampala.
(AFP, 2/15/16)(AP, 2/16/16)
2016 Feb 18, Ugandans began
voting in a presidential election that pits President Yoweri
Museveni (71), in power for three decades, against a long-time rival
Kizza Besigye. Police fired tear gas to disperse furious voters in
Kampala as the election commission apologised for hours-long delays
in delivering ballot papers.
(Reuters, 2/18/16)(AFP, 2/18/16)
2016 Feb 19, Police in Uganda
arrested opposition leader Kizza Besigye at his party's headquarters
after heavily armed police surrounded the building and a helicopter
fired tear gas at a crowd. Vote counting continued in the country's
2016 Feb 20, Uganda's President
Yoweri Museveni (71) extended his three-decade rule after winning a
fifth term in polls rejected as fraudulent by his closest rival who
was under house arrest.
2016 Feb 22, Uganda's main
opposition leader was held by officers at a police station outside
the capital after being taken from his home where he had been under
house arrest. Kizza Besigye has rejected the results of the Feb 18
election won by veteran President Yoweri Museveni, and called on his
supporters to join a protest march to the Electoral Commission
headquarters in Kampala.
2016 Mar 3, Ugandan lawmakers
passed a bill that says only Ugandans can be legal guardians of
orphaned or destitute children.
(SFC, 3/4/16, p.A2)
2016 Apr 23, Landlocked Uganda
announced plans to export its future crude oil production via a new
pipeline to be built to a Tanzanian port rather than via Kenya.
2016 May 11, In Uganda
opposition leader Kizza Besigye was arrested in Kampala after
staging his own swearing-in ceremony and whisked to Moroto, a town
in the remote Karamoja region of the country, and subsequently
charged with treason. On July 12 Besigye was freed on bail.
(AFP, 5/14/16)(AP, 7/12/16)
2016 May 12, Uganda’s Pres.
Museveni (71) was inaugurated for a 5th term amid arrests of
opposition politicians and a shutdown of social media.
(SFC, 5/13/16, p.A2)
2016 May 18, Uganda's
opposition leader Kizza Besigye was remanded to a maximum security
prison in the capital after being charged with treason for
organizing protests against the re-election of long-time President
2016 May 26, In Uganda Issa
Luyima, the ringleader of the July 11, 2010, bombing by the
Al-Qaeda-linked Shebab that killed 76 people in Kampala, was found
guilty along with six accomplices of masterminding one of the
region's worst attacks in decades.
2016 May 29, Uganda and South
Korea signed cooperation agreements on the 2nd day of a visit by
South Korean leader Park Geun-hye. The memorandums of understanding
in areas such as health and education were signed at the State House
in Entebbe. Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni said his country would
halt security and military cooperation with North Korea.
(AP, 5/29/16)(Reuters, 5/29/16)
2016 May 31, Turkey's President
Recep Teyyep Edorgan arrived in Uganda to promote trade and tourism
opportunities between the two countries.
2016 Jun 10, Uganda’s army said
at least 30 people with suspected ties to a shadowy rebel outfit
have been arrested over an alleged plot to topple Pres. Yoweri
2016 Jun 12, In Uganda
attackers carrying machine guns attacked the main police station in
the remote town of Gulu killing one soldier before they were
2016 Jun 13, In Uganda a senior
officer, wounded in an attack in Gulu a day earlier, died. Six
suspects believed to have participated in the attack were arrested,
including the driver of a pickup truck used in the assault, and two
2016 Jun 24, Uganda's military
chief said the country plans to withdraw its more than 6,000 troops
from the African Union force in Somalia by December 2017. The
Ugandans are the largest troop contingent in the AU force trying to
protect the Somali government from the extremist group al-Shabab.
2016 Jul 4, Israeli PM Benjamin
Netanyahu started his four-nation tour of Africa with a visit to
2016 Jul 12, Human Rights Watch
urged an end to "forced anal examinations" with a report documenting
them in eight countries, mostly in Africa, saying the practice is
based on flawed ideas about supposedly proving homosexual conduct.
The report drew on interviews with 32 men and transgender women
subjected to the exams in eight countries that ban same-sex conduct:
Cameroon, Egypt, Kenya, Lebanon, Tunisia, Turkmenistan, Uganda and
2016 Jul 20, Monitoring groups
Resolve and Invisible Children said kidnappings in Central Africa by
the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) hit a six-year high in the first
half of 2016 just as Uganda threatened to roll back its involvement
in an operation to hunt down the rebels. Their report said the LRA
has abducted 498 civilians between January and June of this year.
2016 Jul 22, The United Nations
refugee agency said more than 26,000 people have fled South Sudan to
Uganda this month.
2016 Aug 4, Uganda's Police
raided a night club late today where a Gay Pride event was underway
and arrested at least 15 people, accusing them of staging an illegal
gathering and promoting homosexuality.
2016 Sep 13, Somalia hosted
regional African heads of state for a summit that was the first of
its kind since the nation plunged into conflict in 1991. The one-day
meeting in Mogadishu of the Intergovernmental Authority on
Development (IGAD) included Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Sudan, Uganda
2016 Sep 15, In Uganda two
activists of the self-styled Jobless Brotherhood released ten
piglets outside parliament to protest a decision by MPs to award
themselves $59,000 each on fancy new cars.
(Econ, 9/24/16, p.47)
2016 Nov 4, Uganda's High Court
ordered the closure of a chain of low-cost private schools backed by
Microsoft and Facebook founders Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg. A
judge ruled that the 63 Bridge International Academies provided
unsanitary learning conditions, used unqualified teachers and were
not properly licensed.
2016 Nov 26, In Uganda 41
tribal insurgents and 14 police officers were killed in clashes in
the west of the country. Charles Wesley Mumbere, the king of the
Rwenzururu Kingdom who supports the opposition, was detained for
2016 Nov 27, In western Uganda
the death toll rose to 62 dead as security forces fought royal
guards accused of belonging to a separatist militia in the town of
Kasese. (see March 15, 2017).
(AFP, 11/28/16)(AP, 3/15/17)
2016 Nov 29, Ugandan
prosecutors charged Rwenzururu King Charles Wesley Mumbere with
murder, accusing him of backing a separatist militia where weekend
fighting between his guards and security forces left at least 87
2016 Nov, Uganda’s Pres. Yoweri
Museveni closed Makerere Univ. in Kampala for two months after a
strike by lecturers over unpaid bonuses sparked student protests.
(Econ, 4/15/17, p.42)
2016 Nov, In Uganda over 150
people were killed during army operations in the restless Rwenzori
(Econ, 9/30/17, p.45)
2016 Dec 25, In Uganda at least
30 members of a village football team and their fans drowned when
their boat capsized on Lake Albert during a party.
2016 Dec, In Uganda the number
of refugees since last July from South Sudan has increased from
250,000 to almost 600,000. New arrivals were crossing the border at
a rate of 25,000 a week.
(Econ, 12/10/16, p.49)
2016 A team of Ugandan
engineers invented a "smart jacket" that diagnoses pneumonia faster
than a doctor. The jacket, which is still only a prototype, can
diagnose pneumonia up to three times faster than a doctor and
reduces human error, according to studies done by its inventors.
2017 Jan 15, Armed Congolese
rebels crossed back overnight into the country from their longtime
refuge in Uganda. At least 200 former members of M23, an ethnic
Tutsi group defeated by the Congolese army three years ago, took
over a village in North Kivu province.
2017 Jan 23, Uganda said it had
returned dozens of former combatants of a Democratic Republic of
Congo rebel group to a military camp after they tried to sneak back
to their own country in disguise last week.
2017 Feb 14, US ambassador
Deborah Malac said the United States will give over $25 million in
humanitarian aid to Uganda, to help the nation cope with a huge
influx of refugees fleeing conflict in east Africa.
2017 Feb 17, Uganda warned that
its resources are strained by the more than 400,000 refugees who
have poured into the country in recent months from South Sudan's
2017 Feb 20, In Uganda the
African Gold Refiner, primarily owned by a Belgian investor, was
launched amid concerns about the source of its minerals.
2017 Mar 15, Human Rights Watch
said 155 people, including 15 children, were killed in fierce
fighting that erupted last Nov 26 in western Uganda between security
forces and a tribal king's palace guards.
2017 Mar 17, In Uganda senior
police official Andrew Felix Kaweesi was shot and killed in his car
along with two other officers as he left his home in Kampala.
President Yoweri Museveni condemned the killing and directed the
immediate installation of cameras in all major towns of Uganda and
along the highways.
(AFP, 3/17/17)(Reuters, 5/12/17)
2017 Mar 30, Uganda’s military
said Michael Omona, a key aide to warlord Joseph Kony has,
surrendered to Ugandan forces. A day earlier the US indicated it was
pulling out of the international manhunt for one of Africa's most
2017 Apr 7, Ugandan police
detained an academic who has been critical online of what she calls
"despotic family rule" in this East African country. Stella Nyanzi,
a research fellow at Uganda's Makerere University, was arrested for
violating a law against misusing computers. On May 10 Nyanzi was
freed on bail.
(AP, 4/9/17)(AP, 5/10/17)
2017 Apr 19, The Ugandan army
said it has neutralized the Lord's Resistance Army, as troops began
withdrawing from the Central African Republic where they had been
hunting the group's feared leader Joseph Kony. The army said that
Kony now commands fewer than 100 fighters.
2017 Apr 19, In Uganda years of
growing animosity at Chinese traders turned into a protest by
hundreds in Kampala against what local businesses called unfair
competition. Mayor Erias Lukwago, who supported the protest, said
the government must protect local traders to prevent the protests
from escalating into attacks against foreign traders.
2017 Apr 20, The head of US
armed forces in Africa says the force is ending its mission against
Joseph Kony's Lord's Resistance Army because the senior leadership
of the rebel group has been "taken off the battlefield."
2017 May 11, In Uganda pictures
began circulating online and in local media of Geoffrey Byamukama,
mayor of a small town in western Uganda, lying on a hospital bed
with gaping wounds on his swollen knees and ankles, and bruises
elsewhere on his body inflicted by security personnel. Byamukama was
arrested on April 5 on suspicion he had participated in the murder
of police official, Andrew Felix Kaweesi on March 17.
2017 May 15, US-based Human
Rights Watch said Ugandan soldiers sexually abused at least 13 girls
and women in the Central African Republic since 2015 while the
troops were helping to hunt for warlord Joseph Kony.
2017 May 26, It was reported
that hunger is forcing desperate refugees from South Sudan to steal
food from poverty-stricken locals in northern Uganda, after a
funding crisis compelled the United Nations slash rations in refugee
camps by half this month.
2017 Jun 17, In Uganda about 26
gunmen reportedly attacked Gbari identifying themselves as South
Sudanese military and taking 108 cattle. Three days later, a second
group attacked and arrested two South Sudanese refugees living in
2017 Jun 19, Amnesty
International said rich countries have failed in their obligation to
help Uganda support thousands of refugees fleeing violence in South
Sudan. Over 900,000 refugees from South Sudan were sheltering in
2017 Jun 22, The EU pledged 85
million euros ($95 million) to Uganda, ahead of a summit to raise
twenty times that amount to help it deal with nearly one million
refugees from South Sudan.
2017 Jun 29, In Uganda musician
Robert Kyagulanyi (27), a.k.a. Bobi Wine, a.k.a. His Excellency the
Ghetto President, won a landslide victory in a Kampala by-election
to become the country's newest lawmaker.
2017 Aug 28, Uganda's
government inaugurated its Pornography Control Committee, a national
committee to stem the circulation of pornography.
2017 Sep 12, Uganda’s ruling
party backed plans to remove the presidential age limit, which would
allow Pres. Yoweri Museveni (73) to extend his rule.
(SFC, 9/13/17 p.A2)
2017 Sep 20, Ugandan lawmakers
accused the government of trying to intimidate them by deploying
heavy security in the capital and around parliament ahead of a move
to change the constitution to extend the president's rule.
2017 Sep 21, Ugandan police
fired tear gas to disperse protesters and arrested dozens of people
opposed to plans to introduce legislation that could allow the
longtime president to extend his rule.
2017 Sep 22, Uganda's main
opposition leader, Kizza Besigye, condemned a police crackdown on
opponents of a plan to scrap presidential age limits to allow
73-year-old President Yoweri Museveni to run again.
2017 Sep 26, In Uganda
fistfights and chair-throwing broke out in parliament ahead of a
debate on whether to grant President Yoweri Museveni (73) another
term in office.
2017 Sep 27, In Uganda a
government-backed lawmaker introduced a measure to extend the
long-time president's rule, following a fight in which opposition
lawmakers were forcibly evicted from the legislative chamber. At
least five lawmakers received hospital treatment for injuries
sustained while being dragged out of the parliament by plain-clothes
security guards that opposition MPs said were really soldiers from
Pres. Yoweri Museveni's special forces.
(AP, 9/27/17)(Reuters, 9/29/17)
2017 Oct 3, In Uganda grenades
were thrown overnight at the homes of two legislators opposed to
scrapping the presidential age limit and thereby extending President
Yoweri Museveni's more than 31 years in power. One of the
legislators, Robert Kyagulanyi, was later arrested by police.
2017 Oct 20, Uganda said it has
expelled North Korean military experts and representatives of North
Korean companies, including its top arms dealer, as African nations
face growing pressure to comply with UN sanctions over Pyongyang's
nuclear weapons program.
2017 Oct 25, Uganda's
opposition leader Kizza Besigye and five others were charged with
inciting violence and freed from jail after six nights in detention.
2017 Nov 20, The United States
charged former top Hong Kong government official Chi Ping Patrick Ho
(68) with links to a Chinese energy conglomerate and former
Senegalese foreign minister Cheikh Gadio (61) with bribing
high-level officials in Chad and Uganda in exchange for contracts
for the mainland company.
2017 Nov 21, Ugandan police
raided the office of a local newspaper, detaining staff and
confiscating equipment on allegations it had published an inaccurate
story. The day before the raid Red Pepper, Uganda's leading tabloid,
published a story alleging that Rwanda believed President Yoweri
Museveni of Uganda was plotting to oust President Paul Kagame. The
article cited unnamed sources.
2017 Dec 6, Two Ugandan
musicians were released on bail after being charged with disturbing
the peace of veteran President Yoweri Museveni for a song suggesting
he should retire.
2017 Dec 18, Six Ugandan
opposition lawmakers were suspended from the legislature amid heated
debate over a bill to abolish the presidential age limit.
2017 Dec 19, Uganda's
parliament abruptly adjourned a debate over extending President
Yoweri Museveni's decades in power after a lawmaker said soldiers
had entered the building and members of parliament scuffled with
2017 Dec 22, Uganda's army said
it had launched attacks on a shadowy rebel group in the eastern
Democratic Republic of Congo, where the militants killed 14 UN
peacekeepers earlier this month.
2017 Dec 27, Uganda’s military
said its forces have killed more than 100 rebels in eastern Congo
accused of carrying out the Dec. 7 attack on a UN base.
(SFC, 12/28/17, p.A2)
2018 Jan 18, Uganda's President
Yoweri Museveni said he will sign the death warrants of "a few"
prisoners to create fear among criminals in the East African
2018 Feb 8, The UN said a
military offensive launched last month by Congolese troops against
Ugandan militants in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo is likely
to force nearly 370,000 people from their homes.
2018 Feb 13, The UN Refugee
Agency (UNHCR) said over 22,000 people fled Congo to Uganda last
week following a surge of ethnic violence in the northeast, raising
the total number of arrivals to about 34,000 since the start of the
2018 Feb 22, The United Nations
refugee agency UNHCR said twenty-six refugees from the Democratic
Republic of Congo have died in a camp in Uganda from acute diarrhea,
and hundreds more cases have been registered.
2018 Mar 10, Ugandan male
lawmaker Onesmus Twinamasiko exhorted men to beat their wives in
order to discipline them, in comments carried by a Ugandan TV
channel. His remarks triggered mostly condemnation online and in the
2018 Apr 13, In Uganda a
wildlife official said a pride of 11 lions have been killed by
suspected poisoning in Queen Elizabeth National Park, one of the
country's major protected areas.
2018 Apr 30, The Swiss-based
International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) said three
quarters of freshwater species endemic to East Africa's Lake
Victoria basin face the threat of extinction, warning the
biodiversity there was being "decimated." The lake stretches into
Kenya, Tanzania and Uganda and its catchment also touches Burundi
2018 May 3, In Kenya eight
people were swept off a bridge in a flashflood outside the capital.
120 people have died over the last two months following weeks of
torrential rain. Rwanda officials said 116 people had died and 207
had been injured in flooding and landslides since January.
Torrential rains have also hit Tanzania, where 14 people died in
April, as well as Uganda where flash floods have destroyed homes and
left at least three dead.
2018 May 4, In Uganda a leopard
snatched and ate the three-year-old son of a female ranger working
in the popular Queen Elizabeth National Park.
2018 May 25, Uganda police said
22 people were killed after a speeding passenger bus struck a
tractor and then a beer truck on its way to Kampala. A Uganda Red
Cross statement said that the crash killed more than 40.
2018 Jun 11, Ugandan President
Yoweri Museveni (73) and the country's police chief vowed a
crackdown on crime after a ruling-party MP Ibrahim Abiriga was shot
dead last week by men on motorbikes. Abiriga was a vocal supporter
in parliament of a law that removed an age cap on the presidency.
2018 Jun 30, In Uganda
hundreds of protesters marched through the streets of Kampala
demanding police action to stop a spate of kidnappings and murders
of women that have gripped the country.
2018 Jul 1, In Uganda a new tax
on social media took effect, angering many who see the revenue
measure as an attack on free speech.
2018 Jul 5, A Ugandan soldier
was killed in clashes on Lake Edward straddling the border with
Democratic Republic of Congo. One Ugandan and two Congolese were
2018 Jul 7, In eastern Congo
DRC ten people were burnt to death in ethnic attacks in South Kivu.
In North Kivu the Ugandan navy fired on Congolese fishermen
overnight and seven people were missing in Lake Edward.
2018 Jul 11, Uganda's PM
Ruhakana Rugunda said the government will review a tax on the use of
social media, after a protest against the controversial measure was
broken up by police firing live rounds and teargas into the air.
2018 Jul 24, Indian PM Narendra
Modi arrived in Uganda for the second stop in his tour of Africa
ahead of this week's summit of the BRICS emerging economies.
2018 Jul 25, Speaking in Uganda
Indian PM Narendra Modi pledged to "intensify and deepen" his
country's engagement with Africa, saying his government will do more
to support governments across the continent.
2018 Jul 26, A Uganda court
upheld a constitutional amendment scrapping presidential age limits.
Opposition leaders warned that President Yoweri Museveni (73) is
heading for a "life presidency".
2018 Jul 28, Uganda said it had
sentenced 35 people from neighboring Democratic Republic of the
Congo for up to three years for illegal fishing on Lake Albert.
2018 Aug 13, Ugandan police
arrested three opposition lawmakers and scores of others after
stones were thrown at the convoy of President Yoweri Museveni, who
has ruled the country since 1986.
2018 Aug 14, Ugandan musician
and opposition lawmaker Robert Kyagulanyi, better known as Bobi
Wine, was arrested after an incident in which security officers shot
his driver dead. Kyagulanyi was arrested in the northwestern town of
Arua where he was campaigning for opposition candidate Kassiano
Wadri, who was also arrested.
2018 Aug 16, Three Ugandan
lawmakers, critics of President Yoweri Museveni, were charged with
treason for their suspected role in the August 13 stoning of his
convoy. Lawmaker, pop singer and government critic Kyagulanyi
Ssentamu, whose stage name is Bobi Wine, was charged with unlawful
possession of firearms and ammunition in a military court for his
alleged role in the stone throwing.
(Reuters, 8/16/18)(AP, 8/16/18)
2018 Aug 16, Uganda police
arrested Jimmy L. Taylor, an American man who in video footage is
seen attacking a hotel worker with punches and racial insults. CCTV
footage of the incident was posted on social media, angering some
Ugandans who demanded his arrest.
2018 Aug 17, In Uganda the wife
and lawyer of Robert Kyagulanyi, better known as Bobi Wine, said
that security forces framed and beat the popstar-turned-politician.
He faced a military trial for weapons possession as protests at his
2018 Aug 20, Ugandan police
fired tear gas to disperse a demonstration in Kampala as protests
against the beating of detained lawmakers continued for a second
2018 Aug 23, Kyagulanyi
Ssentamu (36), also known as Bobi Wine, a Ugandan pop
star-turned-lawmaker who opposes the longtime president, was charged
with treason in a civilian court, minutes after a military court
dropped weapons charges.
2018 Aug 27, A Ugandan High
Court granted bail to 33 people, including popular songwriter Robert
Kyagulanyi, who have been charged with treason over their alleged
role in the stoning of President Yoweri Museveni’s convoy this
2018 Aug 28, Uganda's army said
soldiers involved in the beating of Ugandan lawmakers and civilians
over their alleged role in the Aug. 13 stoning of President Yoweri
Museveni’s convoy have been arrested.
2018 Aug 30, Ugandan lawmaker
Francis Zaake, who has been hospitalized with undisclosed injuries,
was blocked from traveling abroad for treatment because he had no
clearance from police. Zaake was allegedly tortured while in
2018 Aug 31, In Uganda protests
erupted in Kampala after police blocked Robert Kyagulanyi, a popular
musician known by his stage name Bobi Wine, from leaving for the
United States for treatment after alleged torture while in
detention. The government accused hospital workers of refusing to
help police take his statement. Kyagulanyi left for the United
States late today to seek medical treatment.
(AP, 8/31/18)(AFP, 9/1/18)
2018 Sep 5, A Ugandan music
festival was reinstated following a public outcry after the
country's ethics minister banned the Nyege Nyege music festival a
day earlier as an orgy of homosexuality, nudity and drugs akin to
2018 Sep 12, DR Congo's navy
accused Ugandan troops of killing four Congolese fishermen, whose
bound and bullet-riddled bodies surfaced a day earlier on Lake
Edward, which is shared by the two neighboring countries.
2018 Sep 20, Uganda's pop star
politician Bobi Wine, aka Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, vowed to continue his
fight for more freedom in the country "or we shall die trying,"
shortly after security forces took him into custody on his arrival
from the United States after treatment for alleged torture.
2018 Oct 11, In eastern Uganda
at least 34 people died in mudslides triggered by torrential rains
in the district of Bududa. Wanjenwa village was wrecked by a torrent
of rocks carried down river by the deluge. The death toll soon rose
(AP, 10/12/18)(AFP, 10/14/18)
2018 Oct 15, Kanye West and his
wife Kim Kardashian paid a visit to Ugandan President Yoweri
Museveni, gifting the 74-year-old leader a pair of white sneakers.
West was in Uganda to record his ninth studio album "Yandhi".
2018 Nov 11, In eastern
CongoDRC suspected Ugandan rebels killed six people overnight,
hacking one woman to death, and kidnapped five others -- mostly
children -- in the Beni area.
2018 Nov 12, In central Uganda
9 students were killed in an alleged arson attack targeting a school
dormitory. A 10th died while being admitted at a local hospital. 40
other students escaped with injuries of varying degrees.
2018 Nov 24, In Uganda the MV
Templa, a boat on a routine pleasure cruise and full of mostly
youthful revelers, overturned and sank this evening in Lake
Victoria. The vessel was believed to be overcrowded with nearly 100
passengers. At least 27 people were rescued overnight. Divers
retrieved 31 bodies and were expected to find more in the capsized
2018 Nov 29, An investigation
by the UN Office of Internal Oversight Services (OIOS) of its
widely-praised refugee program in Uganda said it has found
corruption costing millions of dollars and misconduct.
2019 Jan 2, A Red Cross
official said hundreds of refugees have crossed into Uganda from
Congo in the aftermath of that country's presidential election,
heightening concerns about the possible cross-border spread of
2019 Jan 21, It was reported
that Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni has ordered authorities to
stop issuing and renewing licenses to betting firms in a bid to
crack down on gambling.
2019 Jan 31, Uganda's revenue
agency said authorities have seized 750 pieces of ivory and
thousands of pangolin scales being smuggled from neighboring South
Sudan, in one of the largest seizures of wildlife contraband in the
East African country. Two Vietnamese nationals were in custody over
2019 Feb 7, Ugandan police
arrested a team of BBC journalists overnight for illegal possession
of prescription drugs. The country's government spokesman said the
reporters had been helping to expose corruption, and demanded their
2019 Feb 8, Ugandan police
released three journalists who were working for the British
Broadcasting Corporation, after detaining them overnight on
suspicion of illegally possessing government prescription drugs.
2019 Feb, Rwanda abruptly
closed its Uganda border crossing at Katuna, with queues of cargo
trucks and thronging merchants turned back as soldiers from both
armies marshalled along the forest-clad border. The blockade was a
result of the worsening animosity between Rwanda's Paul Kagame and
Uganda's Yoweri Museveni as the pair traded accusations of
espionage, political assassinations and meddling in each other's
2019 Mar 4, Uganda's government
said Rwanda has started to allow trucks carrying goods from Uganda
to enter at one of the main crossing points on their shared border,
a sign that renewed hostilities have started to ease. Their
hostilities were fueled by longstanding mutual suspicions and
allegations of supporting each other's dissidents.
2019 Apr 2, In Uganda a US
woman (35) and a local driver were abducted by four gunmen in Queen
Elizabeth National Park. The kidnappers demanded a $500,000 ransom.
2019 Apr 7, Ugandan authorities
said that Kimberley Sue Endecott (35) and her driver, Jean Paul, had
been rescued unharmed after being seized by gunmen in Queen
Elizabeth National Park. Undisclosed sources later said that a
ransom of $30,000 had been paid.
2019 Apr 9, Uganda said some
suspects had been arrested in connection with the April 2 kidnap of
an American tourist and her tour guide in a national park.
2019 Apr 22, Ugandan police
fired teargas and water cannon to disperse supporters of popular
musician and lawmaker Bobi Wine after they gathered at a beach
resort near Kampala where he was planning to hold a news conference
and stage a concert. Police detained Wine after shutting down one of
(Reuters, 4/22/19)(AFP, 4/22/19)
2019 Apr 23, Ugandan police
placed pop star MP Bobi Wine under "preventive arrest" as the fiery
government critic warned his opposition movement would not be cowed
2019 Apr 23, Uganda accepted
delivery of the first two Bombardier CRJ900 jet airliners purchased
in a bid to relaunch Uganda Airlines, nearly two decades after the
East African country's national carrier collapsed.
2019 Apr 29, Ugandan pop star
and opposition politician known as Bobi Wine was remanded to jail
after being charged over his role in a street protest last year
against a tax on social media.
2019 Apr 30, Uganda's press
regulator told 13 local media groups to suspend news editors,
producers and program directors, accusing them of broadcasting
"extremist or anarchic messages".
2019 May 2, Ugandan pop star
and lawmaker Bobi Wine, who is seeking to challenge veteran leader
Yoweri Museveni for the presidency, was freed on bail after spending
two days in jail on charges of staging unlawful protests.
2019 Jun 4, In Uganda five
people died and dozens were missing after heavy rains triggered a
series of landslides in eastern Uganda's mountainous Bududa
2019 Jun 10, Rwanda said it
would re-open its busiest border post with Uganda to cargo trucks
for 12 days, more than three months after it was closed amid
tensions between the two neighbors triggered by security and
2019 Jun 12, Uganda's health
minister said a five-year-old boy in Uganda has died of Ebola, as
his grandmother and younger brother also tested positive for the
virus after joining the child on a visit to neighboring DR Congo.
2019 Jun 13, A Ugandan health
ministry official said a 50-year-old woman who tested positive for
Ebola in Uganda has died, the second fatality since the virus spread
from neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo.
2019 Jun 14, The World Health
Organization emergency committee met on whether to declare a raging
Ebola epidemic an international threat, after an outbreak that began
in Democratic Republic of Congo crossed into Uganda. The committee
expressed deep concern but declined to declare a global emergency.
(AFP, 6/14/19)(SFC, 6/15/19, p.A4)
2019 Jul 2, A coalition of East
African citizen groups announced they were suing Uganda and Rwanda
in the East African Court of Justice for financial losses resulting
from a border dispute between the feuding nations. The court, in the
northern Tanzanian town of Arusha, was set up to rule on matters of
the East African Community (EAC).
2019 Aug 2, A Ugandan court
jailed prominent academic Stella Nyanzi for 18 months on cyber
harassment charges stemming from a Facebook post that included
sexually explicit criticism of long-ruling President Yoweri
2019 Aug 14, Winifred "Winnie"
Byanyima, a former Ugandan politician and the current head of the
humanitarian group Oxfam International, was appointed the new
executive director of the UN AIDS agency.
2019 Aug 16, Huawei
Technologies sent a letter to The Wall Street Journal, refuting the
publication's bombshell report describing how China's tech giant
allegedly helped the governments of two African nations spy on their
political opponents. Uganda and Zambia denied that Huawei employees
had helped them conduct espionage
(South China Morning Post, 8/17/19)
2019 Aug 18, In western Uganda
at least 19 people were killed when a fuel truck exploded after
losing control and ramming into three cars. Later today 10 people
were killed and four others critically injured when a speeding
minivan crashed into a passenger bus on an eastern highway.
(Reuters, 8/19/19)(AP, 8/19/19)
2019 Aug 22, A Uganda official
said non-governmental organizations have been told to submit
financial information including budgets and donor lists to the
2019 Aug 23, Uganda said it had
blocked online access to Rwanda's main state-owned newspaper on
national security grounds, two days after the countries signed a
pact to end tensions that closed their busiest border crossing for
2019 Aug 29, In Uganda a
Congolese girl (9), who tested positive for Ebola, died. The WHO
said that the outbreak has neared 3,000 cases. The girl, who was
traveling with her mother, was identified at a border screening a
day earlier as a possible Ebola patient and isolated.
2019 Sep 18, Uganda said it had
signed an Inter-Governmental Agreement (IGA) with Russia to help the
East African country build capacity to exploit nuclear technology
for energy, medical and other peaceful purposes.
2019 Sep 26, It was reported
that the charcoal trade in Uganda and other parts of Africa is
(SFC, 9/26/19, p.A3)
2019 Oct 10, Uganda announced
plans for a bill that would impose the death penalty on homosexuals,
saying the legislation would curb a rise in unnatural sex in the
east African nation.
2019 Nov 4, Eight Ugandan
journalists were detained as they marched in the capital Kampala to
protest what they said were police abuses, including beatings and
detentions, during coverage of student protests last month.
2019 Nov 7, Meeting in Uganda
South Sudan's president and a former rebel leader agreed to delay
forming a unity government for 100 days beyond the Nov. 12 deadline,
buying time after concerns that war could resume if the two sides
2019 Nov 9, Two Ugandans were
killed by Rwandan security forces late today in an incident that may
escalate the border tension between the two East African countries.
The victims had reportedly smuggled tobacco to Rwanda. The political
tension between the two countries climaxed in February when Rwanda
closed its border and blocked all goods from Uganda.
2020 Jan 8, Ugandan police
arrested pop star turned opposition leader Bobi Wine, aka Robert
Kyagulanyi, after preventing him from holding a meeting with his
2020 Jan 31, It was reported
that Ugandan doctors are giving new mothers artificial
intelligence-enabled devices to remotely monitor their health in a
first-of-its-kind study aiming to curb thousands of preventable
maternal deaths across Africa.
2020 Feb 3, Israeli PM Benjamin
Netanyahu arrived in Uganda, saying his country is "returning to
Africa in a big way" and urging the East African country to open an
embassy in Jerusalem.
2020 Feb 9, Locusts began to
arrive in Uganda, reaching a village near the Kenyan border as a new
swarm in northern Somalia threatened more than 10 million people
across the region with a severe hunger crisis.
2020 Feb 10, South Sudan
President Salva Kiir was named the top “spoiler of peace" in a new
award that seeks to shame him and others into taking serious steps
to end bloody conflict in the world's youngest country. A
Uganda-based group, Atrocities Watch Africa, cited Kiir and others
for their roles in the conflict that also has displaced at least 2
2020 Mar 4, A Ugandan court
sent independent filmmaker Moses Bwayo to jail after he was accused
of singing subversive songs while producing a documentary about a
pop star seeking to unseat the long-serving president.
2020 Mar 7, Ugandans celebrated
the Mara Mara peace festival. It drew inspiration from the African
Union's declaration of 2020 as the year for “silencing the guns" on
a continent that has long faced violence ranging from civil war to
ethnic rivalries and rebel insurgencies.
2020 Mar 29, Uganda has
reported 30 cases of COVID-19, mostly people who recently traveled
through the United Arab Emirates city of Dubai. Ugandan pop star and
opposition leader Bobi Wine has released a song urging Africa's
people to wash their hands to stop the spread of the new
coronavirus, and criticized African governments for not maintaining
better health care systems for the continent's 1.3 billion people.
2020 Mar 29, Uganda police
arrested 13 gay men, two bisexual men and four transgender women
when they raided an LGBT+ shelter on the outskirts of Kampala
following a ban on gatherings of more than 10 people to control the
virus. On May 13 a court granted lawyers access to the detainees
held with no legal help.
2020 Apr 9, Uganda has so far
registered 53 cases of coronavirus. It was reported that four
officials in the prime minister's office have been arrested for
alleged corruption over the purchasing of food aid to be distributed
during the coronavirus lockdown.
2020 Apr 13, The UN said swarms
of locusts in Ethiopia have damaged 200,000 hectares (half a million
acres) of cropland and driven around a million people to require
emergency food aid. Billions of desert locusts have already chomped
their way through much of East Africa, including Ethiopia, Somalia,
Kenya, Djibouti, Eritrea, Tanzania, Sudan, South Sudan and Uganda.
2020 Apr 14, Uganda's President
Yoweri Museveni extended its initial 14-day lockdown by an extra
three weeks, until May 5, as part of efforts to curb the spread of
the novel coronavirus. Uganda has so far recorded a total of 54
coronavirus cases but no deaths.
2020 Apr 19, Uganda's police
detained lawmaker Francis Zaake for committing a "negligent act
likely to spread an infection of disease", an apparent reference to
the coronavirus. Zaake's supporters say he was arrested after he
distributed food to people at his residence as relief to help them
cope with the coronavirus lockdown.
2020 Apr 20, Police in Uganda
arrested Samson Kasumba, a prominent journalist and news anchor at
one of the country's biggest TV stations for alleged subversive
2020 Apr 26, Kenya's government
announced that all long-distance lorry drivers will be tested before
crossing the border after Uganda confirmed that eight Kenyan drivers
had tested positive for the virus.
2020 Apr 27, Ugandan opposition
presidential candidate Bobi Wine accused the police of torturing and
blinding Francis Zaake, one of his allies, shortly before the
lawmaker, detained over coronavirus social distancing rules, was
brought to court on a stretcher.
2020 Apr, Uganda exported its
first batch of medical cannabis. The local Industrial Hemp company
teamed with a subsidiary of Together Pharma, an Israeli firm, to
ship 250kg of medical cannabis to Israel.
(Econ., 5/9/20, p.35)
2020 May 1, Uganda said Lake
Victoria's water levels have surged to their highest level in more
than half a century after about eight months of relentless
downpours, posing a threat to the nation's hydropower plants.
2020 May 6, It was reported
that Uganda's president has called on international creditors to
cancel all of Africa's debts to ease the economic distress caused by
the outbreak of the novel coronavirus.
2020 May 8, In Uganda flooding
washed away roads, bridges and a hospital after the River Nyamwamba
burst its banks.
2020 May 18, A Ugandan court
ordered the release of 19 LGBT+ people jailed for almost 50 days for
risking spreading the new coronavirus after public prosecutors
withdrew the charges.
2020 May 21, The World Bank
announced a $500 million program for East African countries affected
by historic desert locust swarms. The affected countries included
Ethiopia, Somalia, Kenya, Djibouti, Eritrea, Tanzania, Sudan, South
Sudan and Uganda.
(SFC, 5/22/20, p.A6)
2020 May, In Kenya more than
100 people arriving from Tanzania tested positive for coronavirus
and were sent back. At Ugandan border testing points, at least 15
Tanzanian lorry drivers tested positive. The authorities in Tanzania
have not released official figures on the extent of the outbreak
there since the start of May.
2020 Jun 1, Rafiki, one of
Uganda's best known mountain gorillas, went missing. His body was
discovered by a search party the following day. The silverback,
believed to be around 25-years-old when he died in the Bwindi
Impenetrable National Park, was the leader of a group of 17 mountain
gorillas. Four men were expected to be charged under a wildlife
protection law that was passed last year. In late July Felix
Byamukama pleaded guilty to illegally entering a protected area and
killing the gorilla and was jailed for 11 years.
(BBC, 6/12/20)(BBC, 7/30/20)
2020 Jun 3, Uganda has reported
507 cases of COVID-19 with no deaths. Medical workers say they lack
adequate supplies of personal protective equipment for tackling
COVID-19 and the risk of infection is making some reluctant to treat
patients. Seven health workers including two doctors and two nurses
have recently contracted the virus.
2020 Jul 1, Uganda opened part
of its border with the Democratic Republic of Congo to allow in
thousands of people stuck in no-man's land for more than a month.
2020 Jul 2, In Uganda Hussein
Walugembe (29), a motorbike taxi rider, died after setting fire to
himself inside a police station. Mr Walugembe had lent his motorbike
to a friend, who was caught ferrying a passenger on June 29. Some
riders alleged that officers had demanded a $40 (£32) bribe from
Walugembe to release his vehicle.
2020 Jul 3, Uganda so far has
900 confirmed cases of Covid-19, with 847 recoveries and no deaths.
2020 Jul 21, Uganda recorded
its first coronavirus death. The country's first case was confirmed
on March 22 and since then confirmed cases have risen to more than
1,000. Only a few thousand daily tests were being performed.
(SFC, 7/24/20, p.A8)
2020 Jul 23, In Uganda, at
least 12 people have allegedly been killed by security officers
enforcing measures to restrict the spread of coronavirus, while the
country has only just confirmed its first death from Covid-19.
2020 Aug 27, In Uganda 10
children were killed by lightning in the north-western city of Arua
after sheltering in a hut during a storm.
2020 Aug 31, Ugandan singer and
opposition politician Bobi Wine said he faces “a pattern of
repression and suppression" seeking to derail his bid to challenge
the country's long-time president in elections next year.
2020 Sep 7, The Uganda
Communications Commission in a statement said bloggers and online
news sites must seek the necessary authorization with it by Oct. 5.
Some saw the move as an attack on free speech ahead of next year's
2020 Sep 13, Tanzania and
Uganda signed an agreement allowing for the construction of a 1,445
km (898 miles) crude oil pipeline.
2020 Sep 16, In north-eastern
Uganda 219 prisoners broke out of a prison facility in Moroto. Seven
were soon recaptured. One soldier and two inmates were killed.