Ugandan politician Robert Kyagulanyi, better known as pop star Bobi Wine: plans to run for president in January 2021. Photograph: Biko Macoins

As Africa tops 500,000 confirmed coronavirus cases, activists and opposition politicians are accusing the continent’s leaders of using the crisis to i(...)

Stella Nyanzi: poet organised a protest for more food distribution to people financially struggling in the nationwide lockdown to curb coronavirus. Photograph: Sumy Sadurni/AFP

Activist and poet Stella Nyanzi was hauled away by police after leading a protest decrying Uganda’s “hunger pandemic” on Monday, as poor citizens acro(...)

Residents from Busia County, Kenya, navigate flood waters after the Nzoia river  burst its banks. The deluge was compounded by backflow from Lake Victoria. Photograph: Reuters

East Africa has been hit by another round of deadly flooding and landslides. In the past three weeks, Kenya has recorded nearly 200 deaths. At least 6(...)

Khalid Mahmoud (39): was arrested for planning to carry out a food distribution for orphans, widows and other vulnerable people. Photograph: Sally Hayden

Khalid Mahmoud was at home when police and local authorities arrived to arrest him. “You are being arrested for committing attempted murder,” he remem(...)

People shelter under a tree as locusts take flight in Laisamis, Kenya: swarms are likely to disrupt agricultural production and supply routes, leaving millions hungry. Photograph: Khadija Farah/New York Times

A new generation of desert locusts is spreading across east Africa, posing a significant threat to food supplies across the region. Aid organisation(...)

A Ugandan health official wearing protective gear disinfects the Nakawa open-air market  to prevent the spread of the coronavirus in  Kampala, Uganda. Photograph:  Reuters/Abubaker Lubowa

In his small studio in Gulu, northern Uganda, wedding singer Badman Koda scrolls through a list of cancelled gigs on his computer screen. “This coron(...)

Soldiers look down at a man they have caught violating coronavirus restrictions. At one point, one of them kicked him in the head. Photograph: Sally Hayden

Outside the central police station in Uganda’s northern city of Gulu, dozens of uniformed soldiers and police officers stood in lines, listening to or(...)

A masked boda boda motorbike driver rides home 20 minutes before curfew in Gulu, northern Uganda. Photograph: Sally Hayden

Uganda’s president has ordered security forces to stop beating people while enforcing coronavirus restrictions, after photographs of tortured women we(...)

A cemetery where people who died of Ebola in the 2000-2001 outbreak are buried in Gulu, Uganda. Photograph: Sally Hayden

Doctors who successfully fought Uganda’s Ebola outbreak, and are now working on the coronavirus pandemic response, say while there are transferable le(...)

A police officer chases street vendors in Kampala, Uganda, on March 26th after Ugandan president Yoweri Museveni directed the public to stay home for 32 days to curb the spread of Covid-19. Photograph: Badru Katumba/AFP via Getty Images

The 5am darkness filled with distant wails, at first sounding like a ghostly wind. Then the clattering and shouting grew louder. Across Gulu, a livel(...)

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