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Bridge repair by Thai peacekeeping engineers provides a lifeline for communities in Lakes region

Bridge repair by Thai peacekeeping engineers provides a lifeline for communities in Lakes region

AFRICA
The bridge was repaired by Thai engineers serving with the United Nations Mission in South Sudan in partnership with the World Food ProgrammeJUBA, South Sudan, January 15, 2020/ -- A simple task of meshing together metal pallets and bars to repair a broken bridge has provided a lifeline for communities in the Lakes region of South Sudan, enabling traders to travel more easily and ensuring humanitarian relief reaches families in need.“The bridge is far more important than it looks,” said Andelin Lulu, a community leader in Wako. “It’s the only link between us and supplies from Juba. Without it, we will have no medical and humanitarian relief or business supplies.”The bridge was repaired by Thai engineers serving with the United Nations Mission in South Sudan in partnership with...
Newly deployed African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) police officers inducted into the mission

Newly deployed African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) police officers inducted into the mission

AFRICA
The seven-day course also acquainted the officers with the AMISOM mandate, concept of operations, Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) awareness, gender awareness and code of conductMOGADISHU, Somalia, January 15, 2020/ -- The African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) has completed an induction course into the mission for 22 AMISOM Police Officers from Nigeria, Sierra Leone and Uganda as part of a mandatory training to help them understand Somali culture and operating environment.The seven-day course also acquainted the officers with the AMISOM mandate, concept of operations, Improvised Explosive Devices (IED) awareness, gender awareness and code of conduct.Speaking to the newly deployed officers at the closing ceremony of the course in Mogadishu on Monday, AMISOM Police Commiss...

MP Jackson Kafuuzi appointed Deputy AG Misses Swearing-In

AFRICA
Seven newly appointed ministers took an oath of office in a ceremony held at State House in Entebbe. President Yoweri Museveni attended the ceremony that was presided over by Chief Justice Bart Magunda Katureebe. However, the Kyaka South MP Jackson Kafuuzi, who had been appointed Attorney General was visibly absent during the ceremony due to issues that could have transpired in the vetting committee. Kafuuzi’s appointment was earlier this month questioned by the Parliamentary appointment committee for lack of a mandatory seven-year experience. The Committee noted that Kafuuzi stopped renewing his practising license as an advocate in 2016 when he was elected as a Member of Parliament. President Museveni later questioned the newly appointed ministers against involvement...
Presidential Aspirants that Defy the Law-Police Shall Continue to be Arrest

Presidential Aspirants that Defy the Law-Police Shall Continue to be Arrest

AFRICA, UGANDA
Police have vowed to deal with Presidential aspirants that defy the law and the Electoral Commission guidelines during consultation and campaigns. Basing on actions by Kyadondo East Member of Parliament Robert Kyagulanyi, who he said held open campaigns instead of consultations and his supporters engaged in acts of hooliganism in Kasangati, Enanga emphasized: “We once again, urge all the aspirants to abide by the law and follow the guidelines issued by the Electoral Commission. The Police is prepared to protect all peace-loving and law-abiding Ugandans, and will also ensure all those who act criminally are arrested and charged to court.” On Monday the police released CCTV footage in which rowdy Bobi Wine supporters were seen pelting stones at vehicles, fighting the police ...
Kenya: Kiunjuri’s troubled relationship with Uhuru

Kenya: Kiunjuri’s troubled relationship with Uhuru

AFRICA
The sacking of former Cabinet Secretary for Agriculture Mwangi Kiunjuri on Tuesday by President Uhuru Kenyatta brought to an end what has been a strained relationship between the two leaders. Before his axing, which was a long time coming, Mr Kiunjuri was a marked man. The President had lashed out at him multiple times, sometimes in public. During a meeting with Kenyans in Windhoek, Namibia, in March last year, Uhuru lambasted Kiunjuri for failing to take notes and ''ignoring Kenyans’ concerns'' yet he was a government minister. ‘‘Look at my brother Kiunjuri. He isn’t taking notes. He never bothered to do so when you were raising concerns. Just because you didn’t address his docket (Agriculture), he didn’t see a reason to write,'' Mr Kenyatta said as those in atten...
GRADUATION GOWNS: Wandegeya tailors back in business

GRADUATION GOWNS: Wandegeya tailors back in business

AFRICA, UGANDA
Traders in Wandegeya who have been in the graduation gown business for a while have blamed the University for shunning their products in preference for an official supplier who failed to deliver. The traders say that they are now on pressure from the University and students to produce gowns to cater for every graduating student yet this would have been avoided if they had let them supply the university like they had always done.
Empty stomachs and unpaid salaries, Zimbabweans face a bleak 2020 as economic crisis deepens

Empty stomachs and unpaid salaries, Zimbabweans face a bleak 2020 as economic crisis deepens

AFRICA, ZIMBABWE
Harare, Zimbabwe (CNN)In tattered blue overalls and torn gumboots, Blessing Mautsa, 34, a sand dealer in Harare's Mbare-Magaba industrial market sits miserably in the shade, his crestfallen face is evidence of a day's toil for little return. Mautsa's only customer offered to buy a wheelbarrow of sand -- a key ingredient in household construction works -- at half the asking price. With little choice, he grudgingly agreed to sell at $70 Zimbabwean dollars (US$5 on the local interbank rate).The father of five said his family has been forced to cut down on meals as the price of basic commodities soars thanks to hyperinflation."It has been a tough year. You simply cannot make enough to make ends meet," Mautsa told CNN."On a good day, I make $200 Zimbabwean dollars, but lately busine...
Libya’s renegade general declares ceasefire, ending nine-month attack on capital

Libya’s renegade general declares ceasefire, ending nine-month attack on capital

AFRICA, INTERNATIONAL
Libya's renegade Gen. Khalifa Haftar has declared a ceasefire, ending a nine-month campaign to seize the capital, Tripoli.The conditional ceasefire in the western region of the country -- including Tripoli -- started at 12:01 a.m. local time Sunday, according to the general's spokesman, Ahmed al-Mismari.That's provided that the rival side -- the UN-recognized Government of National Accord (GNA) -- abides by it, the statement added."The response will be harsh to any breach of this armistice," said al-Mismari.The GNA said the ceasefire was violated just minutes after going into effect by militias in Salah al-Din and Wadi al-Rabi districts. Despite this, the GNA is still committed to the ceasefire but said if it occurs again the "response will be violent and harsh."Since April, forc...
Plane dumps fuel over schools near Los Angeles airport

Plane dumps fuel over schools near Los Angeles airport

AFRICA
A passenger plane has dumped fuel over several schools as it made an emergency landing at Los Angeles International Airport. At least 60 people, many of them children, were treated for skin irritation and breathing problems. Fuel may be dumped in emergency landings, but only over designated areas and at a high altitude, aviation rules stipulate. The Delta Airlines flight returned to the airport due to an engine issue. Delta confirmed in a statement that the passenger plane had released fuel to reduce its landing weight. The children and adults treated following the dumping incident were connected with at least six local schools. All the injuries are said to be minor. At Park Elementary School in Cudahy, some 16 miles (26km) east of the airport, two classes of chil...

Presentation of the letter of Credence to the President of the Republic of Zambia

AFRICA
Ambassador Mizuuchi expressed his determination to do his best for further strengthening and enhancing the friendly and cordial relationship between Japan and ZambiaLUSAKA, Zambia, January 14, 2020/ -- On December 12th 2019, Ambassador of Japan Mr. MIZUUCHI Ryuta presented the letter of credence to His Excellency Dr. Edgar Chagwa Lungu, President of the Republic of Zambia.At the presentation ceremony, Ambassador Mizuuchi expressed his determination to do his best for further strengthening and enhancing the friendly and cordial relationship between Japan and Zambia.President Lungu thanked Japan’s continued cooperation in areas such as education, healeth, water and sanitation, energy, refugee welfare and resettlement, agriculture, infrastructure and private sector development, ...
Nearly 1,000 migrants returned to Libya in the first two weeks of 2020: International Organization for Migration (IOM)

Nearly 1,000 migrants returned to Libya in the first two weeks of 2020: International Organization for Migration (IOM)

AFRICA
Over 1,000 other migrants who have registered for IOM’s Voluntary Humanitarian Return programme are still trapped in Libya due to the security situationGENEVA, Switzerland, January 14, 2020/ --  At least 953 migrants, among them 136 women and 85 children, have been returned to Libyan shores in the first two weeks of 2020. Most were disembarked in Tripoli and all were taken to detention centres. NGO search and rescue vessels reported having rescued 237 others. These returned migrants are among the more than 1,000 who have left Libya by sea since 1 January, driven in part by the heaviest clashes Tripoli has seen since hostilities began nine months ago.Migrants who spoke to International Organization for Migration (IOM) staff at disembarkation points in Libya said that the ...
PRESS RELEASE High Commissioner, Shri Sanjiv Kohli, met the Tanzanian Business leaders of Indian origin in Zanzibar on 13th January 2020

PRESS RELEASE High Commissioner, Shri Sanjiv Kohli, met the Tanzanian Business leaders of Indian origin in Zanzibar on 13th January 2020

AFRICA
HC informed them of the improvement in Ease of doing business with India, and pro-Investor environmentDAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania, January 14, 2020/ -- High Commissioner, Shri Sanjiv Kohli, met Tanzanian Business leaders of Indian origin on 13th January 2020 in Zanzibar. HC informed them of the improvement in Ease of doing business with India, and pro-Investor environment. HC urged the Tanzanian business persons to stay in touch with the CGI, Zanzibar or HCI, Dar es Salaam for facilitation of any information they might need regarding business and investment opportunities.

The African Union-United Nations Hybrid Operation in Darfur (UNAMID) Joint Special Representative visits El Geneina in West Darfur following intercommunal clashes

AFRICA
The JSR expressed his deep regret at the damage that affected the campZALINGEI, Sudan, January 14, 2020/ -- On 13 January, UNAMID Joint Special Representative/Joint Chief Mediator (JSR/JCM), Jeremiah Mamabolo visited the deserted Krinding camp for internally displaced persons (IDPs) in El Geneina town in West Darfur State, to assess the extent of damage during the recent intercommunal clashes that resulted in a number of fatalities and injuries as well as mass displacement amongst the civilian population in the area.The JSR expressed his deep regret at the damage that affected the camp “We deeply regret such egregious acts of violence and this camp stands witness on the level of destruction and displacement that resulted from this incident.” JSR Mamabolo said.“We hope that such...
UNAIDS chief lauds President Museveni for role in aids fight Tuesday, January 14th, 2020

UNAIDS chief lauds President Museveni for role in aids fight Tuesday, January 14th, 2020

AFRICA, UGANDA
STATE HOUSE, ENTEBBE: The Executive Director of UNAIDs, Winnie Byanyima, has thanked President Museveni for his immense contribution in the HIV/Aids fight. At a meeting at State House Entebbe today (Tuesday), Byanyima saluted and congratulated the President for his efforts in fighting HIV /AIDS and driving the awareness campaign in the country. Byanyima, giving an overview of the state of affairs in the HIV/Aids fight, told the President that efforts should be placed on messages of prevention if the war against the pandemic is to won. "Prevention has not had much attention. It needs to be boosted. For example there are medicines that can be taken when at high risk of infection. Not enough people know about this," she said. She added that focus could also be placed on specific groups that ...
Speaker Muturi seeks to intensify Parliamentary ties with Serbian Counterpart

Speaker Muturi seeks to intensify Parliamentary ties with Serbian Counterpart

AFRICA, KENYA
The Speaker of the National Assembly Hon. Justin Muturi and his counterpart in Belgrade, H.E. Mrs. Maja Gojkovic have agreed to intensify ties between their respective legislatures, in a move that will see the commencement of collaboration linking their respective Parliamentary Committees, and exchange of ideas between the Parliamentary staff from the two Assemblies. Speaking when the two held bilateral talks at the National Assembly House in Belgrade, Speaker Muturi underscored the need for the two countries-who have long held strong bilateral ties, to further entrench their relationship in a quest to advance cooperation in all areas of their common interest. This he noted, will serve to strengthen their traditionally good bilateral relations characterised by...
MP Kafuuzi Misses Out as New Ministers Swear in

MP Kafuuzi Misses Out as New Ministers Swear in

AFRICA
Kafuuzi’s ministerial appointment was on January 03, 2020 questioned by the Parliamentary Appointments Committee for lack of the mandatory 7year experience. It is said that Kafuuzi stopped renewing his practicing license as an advocate in 2016 when he was elected as MP Newly appointed ministers have on Monday taken oath in a swearing-in ceremony held at State House, Entebbe. The ceremony that was presided by the Chief Justice Bart Katureebe in the presence of President Yoweri Museveni and other delegates saw 7 new ministers take an oath. The ministers that were sworn in are; Judith Nabakooba, Minister for ICT, Peter Ogwang, State Minister for ICT, Raphael Magyezi, Minister for Local Government, State Minister for Health (General Duties) Robinah Nabbanja, Hamson Obua, St...
Zimbabwe wants more Chinese investment, currency support

Zimbabwe wants more Chinese investment, currency support

AFRICA, ZIMBABWE
HARARE – Zimbabwe is hungry for more Chinese investment and is looking to shore up its currency by leaning on the Chinese currency, in addition to submitting proposals for project funding under the Asian giant’s Belt and Road Initiative. Following a visit to Harare by China’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, Wang Yi, Zimbabwe has tabled proposals for funding a further six economic projects. “The six projects are in pursuit of capitalising on China’s Belt and Road Initiative across Africa, and it will help boost the economy, especially at this time when we are seeing investment bottlenecks from the traditional Western source markets,” said a Zimbabwe government official, who was part of a committee working on the projects. He added: “China is willing to come to the party, a...