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Rwanda up, Uganda down, that’s the way it goes in East Africa

It was another big week of contrasts in East Africa. In Uganda, the government was chasing down and beating up the opposition, arresting its leaders for fear they would disrupt President Yoweri Museveni’s swearing-in for his seventh term. It also shut down social media.

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Hail John Pombe, he’s no god, just a decent bloke

Tanzania has unleashed upon us a total surprise in the form of new President John Magufuli. When he was nominated by the ruling Chama cha Mapinduzi, hardly anyone outside Tanzania had heard of him. Not surprising, descriptions of him as “little known” or “obscure” were plentiful. The Tanzanians knew better, having nicknamed him “The Bulldozer” for his fairly impressive record as Works minister.

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East Africa: protecting lake victoria’s top predator

MWANZA (Tanzania) – Coordinated conservation measures to arrest the steep decline of stocks of Nile perch in Lake Victoria are showing encouraging results – for fish, if not for fishing communities around the lake.

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