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UPDF Recalls Over 2000 Veterans for AMISOM Duty

UPDF Recalls Over 2000 Veterans for AMISOM Duty

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, UGANDA, Uganda Police Force
The Uganda Peoples’ Defense Forces (UPDF) through the office of the General Officer Commanding Reserve Forces (GOC-RF) will conduct a four-day countrywide recall of 2,752 reservists. The exercise is scheduled for January 20-23, 2020. “The mobilized veterans will form Uganda Battle Groups Thirty-One and Thirty-Two (UGABAG XXXI and UGABAG XXXII) to augment UPDF operations under African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM),” a statement by the UPDF Spokesperson Brigadier Richard Karemire reads. He says that the call up targets only the honorably discharged/retired UPDF veterans from the rank of Major and below. The candidates must be aged 55 years and below, have no criminal record, and in possession of original national Identity Cards, as well as discharge/retirement certificat...
Mrs Museveni Explains Change of PLE Results Release Venue

Mrs Museveni Explains Change of PLE Results Release Venue

AFRICA, UGANDA
The Minister of Education and Sports, Janet Museveni says a faulty Air Conditioner (AC) at Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) is the reason why last year’s PLE results will be released from Kampala Parents School. The Minister gave the explanation on Thursday while appearing before the Education and Sports Committee of Parliament to present the Education sector’s budget framework paper for the next financial year. The First Lady explained that the faulty AC and the poor ventilation at the OPM hall would make it uncomfortable for people during the PLE results release ceremony. “Kampala Parents is a primary school and the school is not charging us anything to use their facility to release results. We normally use the President’s office hall [at OPM] because we are not will...
USAID supports Egypt’s Education and Development Priorities in Aswan

USAID supports Egypt’s Education and Development Priorities in Aswan

AFRICA, Business, EGYPT, INTERNATIONAL, united states of america
USAID’s program in Egypt, totaling over $30 billion since 1978, promotes a healthy, educated, and employed populationCAIRO, Egypt, January 16, 2020/ -- U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Mission Director Sherry F. Carlin visited Aswan Governorate to reaffirm USAID’s strong partnership with the Egyptian people and support for Egypt’s development priorities, including higher education and voluntary family planning.In partnership with the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, USAID inaugurated the University Center for Career Development at Aswan University, which will prepare Egypt’s youth for—and connect them to—today’s job market. This activity is a vital link between higher education and the private sector in Egypt.“It’s an honor to celebrate the ...
Auditor General, Minister Kasaija: Gov’t has no money to fund electoral process.

Auditor General, Minister Kasaija: Gov’t has no money to fund electoral process.

AFRICA, UGANDA, Ugandan Parliamanet
The Auditor General is concerned that the delayed release of the funds required for the implementation of the election activities may undermine the electoral process. A total of 798 billion shillings should have been provided for implementation of the various election activities, but so far only 41 billion shillings has been made available.
Statement on the release of Abducted Aid Workers

Statement on the release of Abducted Aid Workers

AFRICA
A total of twelve aid workers have lost their lives in 2019ABUJA, Nigeria, January 16, 2020/ -- By Mr Edward Kallon, The Humanitarian Coordinator in NigeriaI am deeply relieved that some civilians, including three aid workers, who were abducted by non-state armed groups along the Monguno – Maiduguri road on 22 December 2019 have been released yesterday and are now safe. The whole humanitarian community in Nigeria shares the joy of the families, friends and colleagues of these aid workers, who can now put to rest the unimaginable anxiety of missing their loved ones.These dedicated humanitarians were working to provide life-saving support to millions of Nigeria’s most vulnerable in north-eastern Borno State. They should never have been a target or have to endure the trauma of being...
Museveni to Speak Out on Gay Rights After Meeting Byanyima

Museveni to Speak Out on Gay Rights After Meeting Byanyima

AFRICA
After 5 years, President Yoweri Museveni is expected to once again address the nation on matters concerning homosexuality in the country. The President reportedly promised to make a public address on the matter, after discussing it with Mrs Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director UNAIDS, the United Nations body that is leading the global fight against HIV/AIDS. Byanyima on Tuesday met with the President Yoweri Museveni at State House in Entebbe, where they discussed among others Uganda’s strides in the fight against HIV/AIDS. According to Byanyima, she and the president discussed “at length” the issue of human rights and the rights of gay people in Uganda. Mrs Byanyima also dismissed media reports that the President spoke harshly about homosexuality during the meeting. ...

Government Supports 70 Locally Developed ICT Applications

AFRICA
The Ministry of ICT and National Guidance has so far supported 70 locally developed applications. Vincent Bagiire, the Permanent Secretary says they have managed to support a total of 70 locally developed applications up to commercialization stage. Bagiire explains that through the National ICT Initiatives Support Programme (NIISP), the Ministry is ready to support ICT innovations and inventions through continued support to startups. He was appearing before the parliamentary committee on ICT, together with the ICT Ministers; Judith Nabakooba and Peter Ogwang on Wednesday. Mr Bagiire told the committee that the ministry intends to support more applications in the next financial years. NIISP is a project under the Ministry that facilitates the creation of an ICT Innovation ...
Masindi FDC boss arrested over petition to take Museveni to ICC

Masindi FDC boss arrested over petition to take Museveni to ICC

AFRICA, INTERNATIONAL, international criminal court, UGANDA
The Budongo Sub County Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) chairperson, Mr Esau Amanio has been arrested after he was allegedly found with petition forms to take President Museveni to the International Criminal Court (ICC).Amanio was picked on Wednesday by police to go and explain why he was allegedly in possession of the forms and why he was registering people’s names without the consent of police. The Masindi Resident District Commissioner, Mr Godfrey Nyakahuma vowed to arrest more of those found registering people without police notice.“It is true we have arrested him and we are going to arrest more who are involved in registering people without police notice,” Mr Nyakahuma said.Mr Innocent Bikorwomuhangi, the Coordinator of the opposition ‘People’s Government’ in Masindi s...
‘Mama Mabira’ now at ministry of environment

‘Mama Mabira’ now at ministry of environment

AFRICA, UGANDA
Newly Appointed Minister of State for Environment, Beatrice Anywar has promised to push for a cheaper alternative energy to replace charcoal use, which she says is a danger to the environment. Anywar's call came as she officially took office as minister from her predecessor, Rosemary Kitutu. Anywar is widely remembered for taking part in 2011 protests against Mabira forest give-away, before she fell out with opposition Forum for Democratic Change leadership, then
PPDA opens probe into Makerere University gowns procurement deal

PPDA opens probe into Makerere University gowns procurement deal

AFRICA, UGANDA
The Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Assets Authority (PPDA) has opened an audit into the Makerere University graduation gowns to ascertain whether all the guidelines on local procurement were followed. Mr Uthman Ssegawa, the PPDA acting executive director, told reporters in Kampala on Thursday that the gowns procurement was below Shs 1 billion which means it should have gone to local manufacturers. “With respect to the gowns, the PPDA has contacted Makerere University to provide it with the procurement file. We understand that this contract was signed in February 2017 before our guideline. The PPDA laws allows that even if you have a contract it can be amended. So we anticipate that Makerere should have amended this contract to provide that the supplier who was...
Tullow Oil writes off Shs3 trillion Uganda, Kenya investment

Tullow Oil writes off Shs3 trillion Uganda, Kenya investment

AFRICA, KENYA, UGANDA
Tullow Oil has written off $800 million (about Shs3 trillion) of its exploration costs in Uganda and Kenya after lowering its forecast for long-term crude oil prices.Oil firms recover their exploration costs over years once production and sale of the commodity start, with lower oil prices indicating a slower-than-expected rate of recouping the investment. “Exploration costs written off are predominately driven by a write-down of the value of the Kenya and Uganda assets due to a reduction in the group’s long-term accounting oil price assumption from $75 (about Shs277,000) per barrel to $65 (about Shs240,000) per barrel,” Tullow said in a trading update. Crude oil prices have traded below the $75 per barrel since October 2018, with Tullow taking the current prices of the co...
Jinja building collapses: Two confirmed dead, eight injured in

Jinja building collapses: Two confirmed dead, eight injured in

AFRICA, UGANDA
Two bodies have so far been recovered from the rubbles of a building that collapsed yesterday in Jinja District in eastern Uganda.However, Kiira Region Police Spokesperson, Ms Diana Nandawula said on Thursday that rescue efforts by Fire and rescue services officers are underway to find survivors.She said it was still early to establish the total number of victims from the accident that happened when the building caved in at around 5pm while workers were doing finishing and others were undertaking electricity installations.Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) soldiers were also seen at the scene helping in the rescue efforts. “We have so far recovered two bodies and eight injured victims who are currently admitted to Jinja regional referral hospital. We rescued four others un...

Southern Africa in Throes of Climate Emergency with 45 Million People facing Hunger across the Region

AFRICA
As the crisis deepens, the world must step up now to save lives and enable communities to adapt to climate change, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has warnedJOHANNESBURG, South Africa, January 16, 2020/ -- A record 45 million people - mostly women and children - in the 16-nation Southern African Development Community are gravely food insecure following repeated drought, widespread flooding and economic disarray. As the crisis deepens, the world must step up now to save lives and enable communities to adapt to climate change, the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP) has warned.“This hunger crisis is on a scale we’ve not seen before and the evidence shows it’s going to get worse,” said Lola Castro, WFP’s Regional Director for Southern Africa. “The annual cyclo...

Sudan mutiny claims two lives: normalcy restored, airspace reopened

AFRICA
Sudan said it reopened its airspace Wednesday after an armed revolt from within its security forces shut down the capital’s airport for hours and left at least two people dead. In a press conference, Gen. Abdel-Fattah Burhan, head of the country’s ruling transitional council, announced that “life has returned to normal,” following a tense stand-off between the armed forces and rogue intelligence officers. The officers had fired shots in the air to demand better severance benefits. Sudan’s petroleum minister declared the resumption of oil production at two fields that had been seized by rebellious officers. The airport authority in neighboring Egypt said it was resuming all flights to Sudan, following a two-day suspension over security concerns. The burst of unrest h...
Gambia police bans anti-govt protests, pro-Jammeh march cleared

Gambia police bans anti-govt protests, pro-Jammeh march cleared

AFRICA, gambia
Police in The Gambia have banned a group that planned to continue anti-government protests calling for president Adama Barrow to call elections despite having two more years per his current mandate. The group “Operation Three Years Jotna” are demanding that Barrow respects a promise to serve three years and quit as part of a transition period for the post Jammeh era. The police administration cited complex security and safety implications for turning down their request to protest. The Interior Ministry in a statement affirmed its support for the police position. The statement read in part: “The Ministry would advise persons aggrieved by the decision of the Inspector General of Police pursue the matter with the Gambian law courts for redress.” This was supposed to be th...
West African coast accounted for 90% piracy incidents in 2019 – Report

West African coast accounted for 90% piracy incidents in 2019 – Report

AFRICA
Piracy in the Gulf of Guinea off West Africa jumped by more than 50% last year as the area off oil-rich Nigeria continues to be the world’s most dangerous for ship crews, the International Maritime Bureau says in a new report. The rise in crew kidnappings in the Gulf of Guinea was unprecedented, the bureau said, and it warned that other piracy incidents go unreported. The region accounted for more than 90% of global crew member kidnappings last year. The number of crew kidnapped off West Africa in 2019 was 121 compared to 78 in 2018. In the last quarter, 64 crew members were kidnapped in six different incidents. The new report listed 162 incidents of piracy and armed robbery worldwide in 2019, including 130 boarded vessels, 11 vessels that were fired upon — 10 of them i...

South Africa (SA) Rugby celebrates Latsha’s rise to professional rugby

AFRICA, South Africa, Sports
Springbok Women’s prop and 2019 captain, Babalwa Latsha, has added another feather to her rugby cap by joining Spanish club SD Eibar FemeninoCAPE TOWN, South Africa, January 16, 2020/ -- The rugby-playing pathway provided by SA Rugby (www.SARugby.co.za) for South African women has passed a notable a landmark with a first professional contract for a female XV-a-side player.Springbok Women’s prop and 2019 captain, Babalwa Latsha, has added another feather to her rugby cap by joining Spanish club SD Eibar Femenino on a three-month contract – which runs until the end of their season in April – with an option to renew.Latsha – who led South Africa to qualification for the 2021 Women’s Rugby World Cup last season and in the domestic Test matches against Scotland and Spain – will not be ...

United Arab Emirates (UAE) Strongly Condemns Attack on Military Site in Niger

AFRICA
In a statement, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation affirmed that the UAE expresses its strong condemnation of this criminal actABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, January 16, 2020/ -- The United Arab Emirates has strongly condemned the attack targeting a military site in Niger, which resulted in numerous deaths and injuries.In a statement, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation affirmed that the UAE expresses its strong condemnation of this criminal act and utter rejection of all forms of violence and terrorism aimed at undermining security and stability in contravention of religious and human values and principles.The Ministry also expressed its sincere condolences and sympathy to the families of the victims of this heinous crim...
Al-Shabaab’s ongoing efforts to destabilize democratic, open societies represents a destructive threat in Kenya and East Africa

Al-Shabaab’s ongoing efforts to destabilize democratic, open societies represents a destructive threat in Kenya and East Africa

AFRICA, KENYA
NAIROBI, Kenya, January 15, 2020/ -- The United States remembers and commemorates with all Kenyans the 21 lives lost and those injured one year ago in the horrific terrorist attack on the Dusit2D Hotel complex in Nairobi. We again commend the speed and courage of the response by the Kenyan security services who rescued hundreds of innocent civilians and ended the assault. Al-Shabaab’s ongoing efforts to destabilize democratic, open societies represents a destructive threat in Kenya and East Africa. The United States and Kenya are training, sharing information, and fighting side by side to defeat this terrorist organization. We remain fully committed to the fight against terrorism and are proud to partner with Kenya to defeat al-Shabaab.
President commends Japan for support to development projects

President commends Japan for support to development projects

AFRICA, japan, UGANDA
President Yoweri Museveni has met and held discussions with a visiting 3-member delegation of the Japanese House of Councillors, led by Mr. Takashi Uto. The delegation is in Uganda to assess the progress and impact of the Japanese funded development projects in the country such as the Queen’s Way Sub-Station in Kampala, Jinja Highway Bridge and various agricultural undertakings, among others. During the meeting that took place last evening at State House Entebbe, President Museveni warmly welcomed the delegation to Uganda and expressed gratitude to the Government of Japan for the support and cooperation with Uganda in a diversity of development areas in the country. The President used the occasion to re-emphasize the need for better trade opportunities like market access, investment and t...