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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.