AMSTERDAM, Netherlands Speaker Rebecca Kadaga has reaffirmed government’s commitment to the Rome Statute that established the International Criminal Court. Uganda has had run-ins with the Hague-based Court, with President Yoweri Museveni publicly taking exception with the Court over its indictment of a sitting Heads of State. Kadaga’s remarks in the Netherlands, at the commemoration of the 20 years of the Rome Statute, clear any doubts as to government’s commitment to the Court despite known reservations. “I want to begin by reassuring the President [of the ICC] that Uganda will not withdraw from the Rome Statute but we will continue working together,” said Kadaga. “I also want to reassure you that because of that collaboration, we are the first country to issue a reference
NAGURU, Uganda The Refugee Law Project (RLP) has today donated two brand new Double Cabin pick up trucks and eight motorcycles to help Police in Northern Uganda provide security in refugee camps. They were handed over to the Inspector General of Police John Martin's Okoth Ochola at a function held at Police headquarters Naguru by the Dutch Ambassador to Uganda H.E Henk Van Bakker. "The project aims to secure peace and safety within and between refugee settlements and host communities,"Said H.E Henk Van Bakker. He highlighted activities that will be implemented by the Refugee Law Project among which include, Building the capacities of rule of law of stakeholders, like Police , Prisons ,UPDF Immigration, Magistrates and Local Leaders to ensure that they have both techni...
JINJA, Uganda Participants at this year’s Command Post Exercise Justified Accord 2018 have been urged to continue working together to strengthen their mandate in peace keeping missions, most especially the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM). “Uniting for a purpose and creating partnerships will create and sustain peace and stability in Somalia and beyond,” said Lt Gen Wilson Mbasu Mbadi. These remarks were made by the Uganda Peoples’ Defence Forces (UPDF) Deputy Chief of Defence Forces and Inspector General of UPDF, Lt Gen Wilson Mbasu Mbadi, on behalf of the Chief of Defence Forces Gen David Muhoozi, while officiating at the closure of the military Command Post Exercise Justified Accord 2018, at Uganda Rapid Deployment Capability Centre (URDCC), Gadaffi Barracks in Jinja Dis
NAIROBI,Kenya Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta has urged 13 newly appointed envoys to promote friendly, broad and solid partnerships with all the countries they have been accredited to. He told the new ambassadors and High Commissioners to go beyond the routine diplomatic relations and seek greater opportunities that create jobs and training opportunities for the youth and greater markets for value-added agricultural commodities from Kenya. President Kenyatta told the new diplomats to leverage on their knowledge and understanding of our country to promote the Big Four agenda that focuses on manufacturing, universal healthcare, affordable housing and food security. The Head of State spoke at State House, Nairobi where he hosted the new envoys to a luncheon before bidding them f
JINJA, Uganga Participants at this year’s (2018) military Command Post Exercise (CPX) codenamed ‘Justified Accord 2018’ at the Uganda Rapid Deployment Capability Centre (URDCC) have been urged to cooperate and develop a shared understanding of the peacekeeping mission in Somalia. This remark was made by the Uganda Peoples’ Defence Forces (UPDF) Commander Land Forces Maj Gen Peter Elwelu as he officiated at the flag-off ceremony for the Command Post Exercise Justified Accord 2018 at Gaddafi Barracks in Jinja. “It is good to share ideas with the Partner States about the complex security situation in Somalia,” he said. Maj Gen Peter Elwelu on behalf of the Chief of Defence Forces Gen David Muhoozi commended the US Government, European Union, Troop Contributing Countries (TCCs) to
KAMPALA, Uganda Uganda’s Consular Corps has hosted High Commissioners, Ambassadors and Heads of International Organisations to a special cocktail soirée at the Mythos Greek Taverna in Kampala. The occasion was graced by the Dean of the Diplomatic Corps, His Excellency Maj. Gen. (Rtd) Geoffrey L. Okanga, High Commissioner of Kenya, and His Excellency Ambassador Charles Ssentongo, Chief of Protocol at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, who both paid tribute to the efforts that the Consular Corps were making towards further bridging and strengthening ties with not only within the Diplomatic community of Uganda, but with the nations that the members of the Corps represent. Speaking on behalf of the Corps, Mr. Hrishikesa Madhvani, the Honorary Consul of Lithuania, welco
CAPE TOWN, South Africa South Africa's National Assembly at its House sitting has this morning gave the go-ahead to two Bills and a legislative proposal from the Portfolio Committee on Home Affairs to amend the Immigration Act. The Portfolio Committee on Home Affairs proposed amendments to the Immigration Act to revise and align certain provisions in section 34 - concerning detention of illegal foreigners for purposes of deportation - with sections 12(1) and 35(2)(d) of the Constitution. The amendments, which follow the Constitutional Court judgment of 29th June 2017, will ensure that any illegal foreigner detained under section 34 of the Immigration Act is brought before a court in person within 48 hours from the time of arrest or not later than the first court ...
NAIROBI, Kenya Senior Kenyan and European officials are meeting in Mombasa where the flagship of the European Union's Atalanta operation, the ITS Carlos Margottini, is making a port visit. Kenya's National Assembly is represented by members of its Defence and Foreign Relations Committee, led by its chairman Hon. Katoo Ole Metito. The ITS Carlos Margottini, alongside the Spanish Warship ESPS Meteoro, is tackling piracy and armed robbery off the Somalian coast. European Union naval forces are also working with other organisations to strengthen maritime security and protect vulnerable shipping in the Horn of Africa and in the Western Indian Ocean. Since its launch in 2008 the Atalanta naval force, in co-operation with her counter-piracy partners, has become highly effective