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Ugandan Comedians Fear New Regulations Will Spell the Death of Political Satire

Region: Uganda

Topics: Legal RightsLegislationPoliticsPower

Under a proposed law, Ugandan comedians would be required to sign a code of ethics and get all their scripts approved by a committee. Some comedians support the move, but others are afraid the government will get the last laugh.

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Zambia Weighs Policy to Crack Down on Unregistered Preachers

Region: Zambia

Topics: PoliticsReligion

Officials, determined to prevent exploitation by religious leaders, are considering a law that would require certified training to open a church. Pastors worry about the ramifications of increasing government interference.

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As Ugandans Take to the Water, Regulations Struggle to Keep Pace

Region: Uganda

Topics: HealthLegal RightsPoliticsPower

The government has done little to address a rise in deadly boat accidents, despite Ugandans’ new embrace of water activities.

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Civil Servants in Uganda Raise Questions Over Parliament’s Ability to Set Own Salaries, Benefits

Region: Uganda

Topics: JobsMoneyPolitics

In Uganda, members of the parliament decide their own pay, even as debate over whether or not the constitution allows them to do so continues. But not all government employees receive the same benefits – so civil society organizations are calling for more oversight.

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As Need Rises, Palliative Care Services Remain Insufficient in Uganda

Region: Uganda

Topics: AccessHealthHuman RightsPolitics

Uganda’s health budget isn’t providing enough for palliative care, resulting in a shortage of much-needed pain relievers and other services. Local organizations are stepping in, but health workers say that without the funding, they are only able to serve a fraction of the thousands of patients in need.

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In Zimbabwe, ‘Ghost Workers’ Get Government Salaries Without Doing the Work

Region: Zimbabwe

Topics: JobsPolitics

In Zimbabwe, the government sector is rife with people known as ghost workers, who are paid a salary, but are not actually employed or performing any work. The government is trying to introduce a new system to address this, but as of now, the solution remains as invisible as the problem.

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DRC Youth Are Flooding Politics. But Are They Only Doing It for the Money?

Region: Democratic Republic of Congo

Topics: JobsPolitics

In Kisangani, a major city in Democratic Republic of Congo, young people are graduating from good universities, only to find themselves in a pool of unemployment. Turning to a life in politics might be the only lucrative option they have left.

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Zimbabwean Furniture Workers Threatened by Fires, While Authorities Struggle to Help

Region: Zimbabwe

Topics: BusinessCorruptionEntrepreneurshipPolitics

Furniture workers make up a large portion of Zimbabwe’s informal economy. But in this particular manufacturing complex, their livelihoods are in danger from constant fires that the authorities can’t address.

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Ugandan Law Prevents ‘Public Nuisances’ – Including Gatherings Led By Opposition Leaders

Region: Uganda

Topics: Legal RightsPolitics

In 2013, the Ugandan government passed the Public Order Management Act, stating that organizers must inform police before holding any large public gatherings. Officials say they want to prevent disorderly conduct, but many people point to the law as a convenient way to discourage opposition.

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Women in DRC Look to November Elections as Opportunity to Gain Political Influence

Region: Democratic Republic of Congo

Topics: Human RightsPolitics

Women in the Democratic Republic of Congo want to play a bigger role in political decision-making, and the possibility of the November elections are viewed as opportunity for change. A group of women from different political parties, known as "Nothing Without Women," is leading the effort.

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