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Two NRM MPs Defect to Bobi Wine’s NUP

Two NRM MPs Defect to Bobi Wine’s NUP

AFRICA
Kampala, Uganda --- Five Members of Parliament have officially joined Hon. Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine’s National Unity Platform (NUP) party. The MPs include Hon. John Baptist Nambeshe (NRM, Manjiya County), Hon. Patrick Nsamba Oshabe (NRM, Kassanda County North), Hon. Abdulatif Sebaggala (Ind, Kawempe Division North), Hon. David Kalwanga (Ind, Busujju County) and Hon. Francis Zaake (Ind, Mityana Municipality). The legislators were unveiled on Monday, 03 August 2020 at the NUP party headquarters in Kamwokya. Hon. Kyagulanyi (Bobi Wine) recently took over leadership of the NUP party as president, replacing Moses Nkonge Kibalama who said this was a merger between NUP and the People Power movement; at the party’s delegates’ conference on 14 July 2020. The National Unity Recon...
Govt to reopen airport despite rising Covid-19 deaths

Govt to reopen airport despite rising Covid-19 deaths

AFRICA
ENTEBBE – The government is considering reopening Entebbe International Airport to commercial and other flights even as the country continues to battle rising Covid-19 community infections. The Covid-19 taskforce is currently discussing a number of draft standard operating procedures developed by the Uganda Civil Aviation Authority (UCAA) that will be followed by travellers. Some of the measures require all travellers to arrive early, wear face coverings at all times, maintain social distancing, handwashing or use of sanitisers and must go through a protracted slow check-in process. Others include installation of automated sanitiser at strategic points, marks at the airport to ensure social distancing, acquire temperature guns, three ultra-modern scans, which detect temperature...
Traders Appeal to Museveni, Kabaka Over Closed Arcades

Traders Appeal to Museveni, Kabaka Over Closed Arcades

AFRICA
Kampala, Uganda --- Arcade traders under their umbrella ‘Kampala New Traders Association have asked the Kabaka of Buganda and President Yoweri Museveni to intervene in their woes, accusing arcade owners of refusing to open the arcades over rent arrears. They also demand the immediate release of their Chairperson John Kabanda who was arrested and remanded to Kitalya Prison on allegations of stoning a police officer during their demonstration last week. Mr Moses Agaba, the chief mobiliser of the New Generation Traders Association, said it is unfair for the landlords to deny them access to their goods and yet they have not been working. “They should be understanding and reduce the rent that they are demanding us to pay. Truthfully speaking they are very sure that we haven’t been wor...
“You are either for NUP or not,” Bobi Wine clears air

“You are either for NUP or not,” Bobi Wine clears air

AFRICA
Kampala, Uganda --- The National Unity Platform principal, Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu alias Bobi Wine has today urged all aspiring candidates seeking People Power endorsement to either make a conclusive decision to join the party or stay where they feel contented.  Bobi seeks to answer the lingering question over candidates who are already labelling themselves affiliates of the People Power movement and yet they are reluctant to vacating the political formations to which they subscribe. Speaking at the press conference held at the NUP/PP headquarters in Kamwokya today, the presidential hopeful remarked that, “We don’t want to be confused by politicians, you are either for National Unity Platform or not.” He added that Ugandan laws have never accommodated double political subscriptio...
Makerere University announces 20 new dropped courses

Makerere University announces 20 new dropped courses

AFRICA
Kampala: Makerere University Council has approved the restructuring of 20 undergraduate programmes, a move that will see 82 courses reduced to 62 in a new curriculum that will take effect in the next academic year, which starts in August 2021. Dr Vincent Ssembatya, the director of quality assurance, said the aim was to enhance quality at the university and spur research since the university wanted to increase the percentage of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) students from 35% to at least 40% of the total enrollment. University also wanted to increase the proportion of graduate students from 10% to 30%, support curriculum that leverages research in the university and reduce duplication. “We are going to be research-led and focus more on graduate traini...
Crime: Man chops his wife to death

Crime: Man chops his wife to death

AFRICA
Kampala, Uganda --- A nurse working with International Hospital Kampala (IHK) has died after her husband chopped her to pieces in the presence of their children. IHK management today, Tuesday, confirmed the death of Violet Kakai which occured on Saturday.Kakai had worked with the hospital for ten years. In a message shared, the hospital described Kakai’s death as untimely. Our sources tell us Kakai had a bitter row with her husband, who out of rage got cut her into tiny pieces using a sharp knife. All this time, their young children were looking on. It’s not clear what caused the fight between the couple.
Bobi Wine insists to continue using Red Colour despite being denied by the EC

Bobi Wine insists to continue using Red Colour despite being denied by the EC

AFRICA
Kyadondo East legislator Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu’s National Unity Platform (NUP) party has said it will not stay off the red colour as recommended by the Electoral Commission. The EC chairperson, Justice Simon Byabakama on Monday said that the politician cum singer’s party applied for a change of its colours to make red dominant but the request was not accepted because red is already in use by the UPC. Justice Byabakama said that the NUP, formerly registered as National Unity, Reconciliation and Development Party, had white and blue as its primary colours and although the request to change its name was allowed, the one pertaining to colours was not approved. Speaking to NBS Television however, the NUP spokesperson, Joel Ssenyonyi said that they will not back off the red colour...
Coronavirus – Africa: UNICEF West and Central Africa Coronavirus (COVID-19) Situation Report

Coronavirus – Africa: UNICEF West and Central Africa Coronavirus (COVID-19) Situation Report

CORONAVIRUS
NEW YORK, United States of America, August 4, 2020/ -- Highlights • As of 29 July 2020, a total of 174,081 confirmed COVID-19 cases, with 2,919 associated deaths, were reported in West and Central Africa Region (WCAR). • 22 out of the 24 countries in the region are reporting community transmissions. • 109,000 healthcare facilities staff and community health workers were trained in infection prevention and control procedures, exceeding the initial target. • Since May, 19 countries re-opened schools to allow students to better prepare for final exams. Download Report:https://bit.ly/2XmofwY Situation Overview and Needs The COVID-19 pandemic continues its progression in West and Central Africa (WCAR). WCAR accounts for 24% of confirmed cases and 24% of deaths in Africa Re...
New Regulatory Affairs Committee: Putting Regulatory Frameworks at the Heart of the Continent’s Global Investment Competitiveness

New Regulatory Affairs Committee: Putting Regulatory Frameworks at the Heart of the Continent’s Global Investment Competitiveness

AFRICA
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, August 4, 2020/ -- The African Energy Chamber (www.EnergyChamber.org) is delighted to announce the nomination of its Regulatory Affairs Committee, which will serve on its Advisory Board for 2020 and 2021. The Committee will be central to the Chamber’s policy advocacy and advisory efforts across the continent to provide an enabling business environment for investors and entrepreneurs. Its members include: Nicolas Bonnefoy, Managing Director, Africa Oil & Gas LTDBill Drennen, President and CEO, WTD Resources LLCChijioke Akwukwuma, MD/CEO, Ocean Deep Drilling ESV Nigeria Limited (ODENL)Bruce Falkenstein P.G., Upstream Advisory and ConsultingOneyka Ojobgo, Associate Attorney, Centurion Law GroupJovita Nsoh, Regional CTO, Strategy & Innovation, Micro...
Coronavirus – Africa: UNICEF Global COVID-19 Mid-Term Situation Report

Coronavirus – Africa: UNICEF Global COVID-19 Mid-Term Situation Report

CORONAVIRUS
NEW YORK, United States of America, August 4, 2020/ -- Highlights UNICEF continues to scale-up and deliver across sectors to address the needs created by the COVID-19 pandemic. To date, UNICEF has reached 2.6 billion people on COVID- 19 messaging on prevention and access to services.UNICEF has actively responded to the pandemic by sourcing PPE equipment and other COVID supplies. Despite early constraints, UNICEF fulfilled $440 million as warehouse replenishment orders from April-June. Over54.4 million have received WASH supplies and services, including hygiene items.Over 2.8 million healthcare facility staff and community health workers have been trained in infection prevention and control.Due to social distancing constraints, UNICEF is working with governments and partners to use vari...
Coronavirus – Zimbabwe: Health Alert, New Lockdown Restrictions, and Commercial Flights

Coronavirus – Zimbabwe: Health Alert, New Lockdown Restrictions, and Commercial Flights

CORONAVIRUS
HARARE, Zimbabwe, August 4, 2020/ -- Event:  Update on Lockdown Restrictions and Availability of Commercial Flights On July 21, President Mnangagwa announced new restrictions under Zimbabwe’s lockdown regulations including: implementing a curfew from 6am to 6pm except for essential services. Given the new surge of reported cases of COVID -19 in Zimbabwe, the following types of businesses can only be open from 8am to 3pm daily:Fuel outletsRestaurantsBanksBureaux de changesCourts of lawParliamentary CommitteesSupermarketsVegetable marketsCommercial and manufacturing enterprisesStudent examsInternational commercial flight options currently exist in Zimbabwe. S. citizens who wish to return to the United States should make commercial arrangements as soon as possible unless they are prepared...
Coronavirus – Algeria: Change to the temporary ban on entry into Sweden

Coronavirus – Algeria: Change to the temporary ban on entry into Sweden

CORONAVIRUS
STOCKHOLM, Sweden, August 4, 2020/ -- The Government has yesterday decided on a change to the temporary ban on entry into Sweden. As a result of this change, residents of Algeria will no longer be exempted from the entry ban. Today’s decision is in line with the Council of the European Union's latest recommendation to EU Member States. The temporary entry ban came into force on 19 March and initially applied for 30 days. It has subsequently been extended following European Commission recommendations. The latest decision to extend the ban means that the entry ban now applies until 31 August 2020. Since 19 March, the Government has decided on several occasions to adjust the entry restrictions. On 4 July, the list of people allowed to enter was expanded, including by exempting resident...
Coronavirus – Malawi: Global Information and Early Warning System (GIEWS) Country Brief – Malawi (03 August-2020)

Coronavirus – Malawi: Global Information and Early Warning System (GIEWS) Country Brief – Malawi (03 August-2020)

CORONAVIRUS
ROME, Italy, August 4, 2020/ -- FOOD SECURITY SNAPSHOT Cereal production in 2020 estimated at bumper level, helping to bolster households’ food supplies and keeping national import requirements at below‑average level in 2020/21Prices of maize decreased seasonally from March 2020, but remained higher on yearly basis as of JuneEstimated 1.9 million people in need of food assistance in first quarter of 2020; food insecurity conditions likely to worsen due to effects of COVID‑19 Download Report: https://bit.ly/33lXYTiCereal production in 2020 estimated at bumper levelHarvesting of the 2020 maize crop, which accounts for the bulk of the country’s cereal output, concluded in June and production is officially estimated at 3.7 million tonnes, about 25 percent higher than the five‑year ...
Tension as Uganda records more Coronavirus deaths

Tension as Uganda records more Coronavirus deaths

AFRICA
KAMPALA, Uganda, August 4, 2020/ -- The Ministry of Health would like to inform the public that Uganda has registered one COVID-19 death today. This brings the total COVID-19 deaths to five (5). The deceased, is a 46-year-old female of Indian origin and resident of Kibuli in Kampala. On 1st August 2020, she presented at Kibuli Muslim Hospital with signs and symptoms consistent with COVM-19 which include: mild fever, cough and difficulty in breathing. Upon suspecting COVID-19, the Kibuli Muslim Hospital team referred her to Mulago National Referral hospital for further management on the same day. Unfortunately, she passed away on her way to Mulago hospital. May her soul rest in eternal peace. Further investigations revealed that she was diabetic and off medication and had a history o...
Coronavirus: Rwanda Update COVID-19

Coronavirus: Rwanda Update COVID-19

CORONAVIRUS
GENEVA, Switzerland, August 4, 2020/ -- Twenty (20) new COVID-19 cases were identified out of 2633 samples tested. This brings the cumulative number of confirmed cases to two thousand and sixty-two (2062). To date, one thousand, one hundred and forty-four (1144) patients have recovered and been discharged, including twenty-five (25) in the past 24 hours. The number of active cases is nine hundred and thirteen (913) and five (5) deaths. The new cases are in Rubavu (11) returning residents isolated on arrival, Kigali (5) contacts of positive cases, Huye (1), Kirehe (1), Muhanga (1) and Ngoma (1); heightened vigilance is required everywhere. All active cases are in isolation in stable condition. The COVID-19 prevention measures announced by the Government of Rwanda must continue to be ...
Coronavirus – South Sudan: Civil society, political stakeholders, community leaders in Western Bahr el Ghazal attend UNMISS-organized peace forum, find ways to work together despite COVID-19

Coronavirus – South Sudan: Civil society, political stakeholders, community leaders in Western Bahr el Ghazal attend UNMISS-organized peace forum, find ways to work together despite COVID-19

CORONAVIRUS
JUBA, South Sudan, August 4, 2020/ -- Keeping up momentum regarding the ongoing peace process in South Sudan despite nation-wide COVID-19 restrictions was at the heart of a recent day-long event organized by UNMISS Civil Affairs in Western Bahr el Ghazal. The forum aimed at widening engagement with and understanding of the Revitalized Peace Agreement by political stakeholders, including representatives of the Sudan People's Liberation Movement (SPLM) and the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement-in Opposition (SPLM-IO), religious and community leaders as well as civil society actors in the region. Participants agreed on developing communication modalities that would help them continue to work together for the cause of sustainable peace. These included technology-based options such as usin...
Coronavirus – South Africa: Doctors Without Borders (MSF) applauds South Africa for championing health safeguards at meeting of World Trade Organization (WTO) members

Coronavirus – South Africa: Doctors Without Borders (MSF) applauds South Africa for championing health safeguards at meeting of World Trade Organization (WTO) members

HEALTH
GENEVA, Switzerland, August 4, 2020/ -- As World Trade Organization (WTO) members met on 30 July for a Trade-Related Aspects of Intellectual Property Rights (TRIPS) Council formal session, South Africa took leadership in highlighting that the intellectual property (IP) barriers that stand in the way of access to COVID-19 drugs, tests and vaccines must be urgently overcome, and called on WTO members to explore new bold measures. The statement delivered on 30 July  follows an intervention made by South Africa last month in an informal session of the TRIPS Council and a paper submitted by the country earlier this month entitled ‘Intellectual Property and the Public Interest: Beyond access to medicines and medical technologies towards a more holistic approach to TRIPS flexib...
German Energy Investors Have a Bright Future in a Post-Covid 19 Africa

German Energy Investors Have a Bright Future in a Post-Covid 19 Africa

AFRICA
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, August 4, 2020/ -- On Thursday, the Germany-Africa Business Forum (GABF) is organizing an exclusive webinar to encourage new deals between German and African public and private energy stakeholders. This is an extremely timely initiative. Covid-19 has accelerated several major trends and dynamics within Africa’s energy sector which are set to significantly increase the demand for German capital and technology on the continent. Energy has been identified by most African governments and financial institutions as a key sector able to support Africa’s economic recovery post-Covid-19. In parallel, global trends toward a cleaner energy transition are now accelerating and Africa is no stranger to the game. The reshaping of the continent from 2021 onwards provides a ...
Coronavirus – Africa: World Trade Organization (WTO) members stress role of intellectual property (IP) system in fighting COVID-19

Coronavirus – Africa: World Trade Organization (WTO) members stress role of intellectual property (IP) system in fighting COVID-19

AFRICA
GENEVA, Switzerland, August 4, 2020/ -- IP measures in the context of COVID-19 At the request of South Africa, WTO members engaged in a discussion on the important role the WTO - and the TRIPS Council in particular - play in combatting the COVID-19 pandemic. Developing and least-developed country members highlighted the challenges COVID-19 has presented in terms of access to medicines, vaccines and associated technologies. They called for the TRIPS provisions to be applied with a focus on the rights to protect public health and promote access to medicines for all. These delegations said the TRIPS Council must ensure that vaccines and new medical technologies are made accessible and available regardless of the level of economic development and that intellectual property rights (IPRs)...