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AFRICA: Uganda’s former Member of Parliament Mike Mukula  addresses his people about getting back to Parliament

AFRICA: Uganda’s former Member of Parliament Mike Mukula addresses his people about getting back to Parliament

AFRICA
Former Member of Parliament for Soroti Municipality, Mike Mukula has asked people of Soroti not to force him back into politics but instead be receptive to his development agenda and that of the ruling NRM government. “Do me a favour don’t fight the government, and remember to vote for president Museveni,” the former legislator, who is also Vice-chairperson for NRM eastern region said, adding that he is not ready for any comeback despite pleas from people. “I said enough is enough but I will not forget you, I will serve irrespective of my being out of politics.” Mukula was addressing staff of Princes Diana Health Centre IV and local politicians in Soroti Municipality on Sunday, as he handed over an ambulance that he had taken for repair. He noted that the second ambu...
UGANDA: First Lwengo Woman MP succumbs to cancer

UGANDA: First Lwengo Woman MP succumbs to cancer

AFRICA
Gertrude Nakabira, the former Lwengo district Woman Member of Parliament has on January 19, 2020, died of cancer. Nakabira died at St Francis Hospital Nsambya where she was admitted. Isaac Ssejoba, the former MP for Bukoto Mid-West constituency and a close friend to the family confirmed her death. “Our colleague has been sick for a period of close to five years. However, she got worse over the last three months and has been receiving treatment at Nsambya hospital,” he said. “Arrangements are being made to ensure that her body is transported from Nsambya hospital to her home in Lwengo,” he added. Nakabira is the first Woman MP to represent Lwengo district after it was carved out of Masaka from 2011 to 2016. In the 2016 general election she contested for the Bukoto ...
AFRICA: Equatorial Guinea Speeds Up Year of Investment Drive with Nigerian Investors

AFRICA: Equatorial Guinea Speeds Up Year of Investment Drive with Nigerian Investors

AFRICA
The delegation from Equatorial Guinea met with several Nigerian executives from the Africa Finance Corporation, Polaris Bank, Sterling Bank, First Bank, UBA and Zenith BankMALABO, Equatorial Guinea, January 20, 2020/ -- In line with its commitment to attract regional capital investment into the country, H.E. Gabriel Mbaga Obiang Lima, Minister of Mines and Hydrocarbons of Equatorial Guinea, met with high-level Nigerian investors, bankers and financiers to discuss the opportunities offered by the country’s Year of Investment initiative.The delegation from Equatorial Guinea met with several Nigerian executives from the Africa Finance Corporation, Polaris Bank, Sterling Bank, First Bank, UBA and Zenith Bank but also captains of the industry such as Simbi Wabote, Executive Secreta...
Harry and Meghan: No other option but to step back, says duke

Harry and Meghan: No other option but to step back, says duke

AFRICA
The Duke of Sussex has said he is "taking a leap of faith" in stepping back from being a senior royal, saying "there really was no other option". Speaking at an event on Sunday evening, Prince Harry said he and Meghan had hoped to continue serving the Queen, but without public funding. "Unfortunately, that wasn't possible," he said. It was his first speech since the couple said they wanted to stand down from being full-time working royals. The prince said he had found "the love and happiness that I had hoped for all my life" with Meghan, but he wanted to make it clear they were "not walking away". "The UK is my home and a place that I love, that will never change," he said. Prince Harry said it was a sign of the pressures he was feeling that he would "step my fa...
INTERNATIONAL: President Museveni and President Kagame to Meet in London

INTERNATIONAL: President Museveni and President Kagame to Meet in London

AFRICA
President Yoweri Museveni and his Rwandan counterpart Paul Kagame are expected to meet in London on the sidelines of the UK-Africa Investment Summit 2020 which starts today. If it goes ahead, this will be the first meeting for the Presidents since last August when they met in Luanda, Angola where they signed a peace memorandum of understanding intended to resolve a dispute that has seen the border between two countries closed for at least a year. If they meet, according to an official from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, it will give a clear glimpse on whether the dispute is nearing resolution. Over Christmas, President Museveni sent Uganda’s United Nations Permanent representative ambassador Adonia Ayebare to meet Kagame, the gesture the latter described as positive...
UGANDA: Spice Diana makes a historic Concert At Freedom City again

UGANDA: Spice Diana makes a historic Concert At Freedom City again

AFRICA
Source Entertainment singer Hajjara Namukwaya Diana, better known as Spice Diana has for the third time in a row made history with her sold-out concert at Freedom City Hall. Friday, 17th January 2020, is one day that will not be forgotten as Spice Diana etched her name in the history books as the only female artist who kicked off the year with a concert selling out the iconic hall and highlighting a vivid indication of her increasing dominance on the Ugandan music scene. Spice Diana’s fans flocked the hall as early as 4 pm and by 7 pm the venue was filled to capacity as many revelers were seen fighting for space. The show kicked off with sets from various DJs treating fans to thrilling mixes and followed by performances from young rappers like Felista among other perfor...
INTERNATIONAL: New China virus: Number of cases jumps as virus spreads to new cities

INTERNATIONAL: New China virus: Number of cases jumps as virus spreads to new cities

AFRICA
China has reported 139 new cases of a mysterious virus in two days, with the outbreak spreading from Wuhan to other major Chinese cities. Beijing, the capital, reported two cases, while the southern tech hub of Shenzhen reported one case. The total number of confirmed cases now exceeds 200, and three have died from the respiratory illness. The sharp uptick in those infected comes as millions of Chinese prepare to travel for the Lunar New Year holidays. Health officials have identified the infection, which first appeared in Wuhan in December, as being a strain of coronavirus. They say it led to an outbreak of viral pneumonia, but much about it remains unknown. Although the outbreak is believed to have originated from a market, officials and scientists are yet to dete...
UGANDA: Dr. Kasekende bows out of BoU, bids farewell to staff

UGANDA: Dr. Kasekende bows out of BoU, bids farewell to staff

AFRICA
Central Deputy Governor Dr. Louis Kasekende whose contract President Museveni declined to renew has finally bid an emotional farewell to staff as appointing authority starts to implement COSASE recommendations. In an emotional statement, Dr. Kasekende who has worked at Central Bank for over three decades in various capacities thanked President Museveni for the appointment. “As you already know, my contract as Deputy Governor of Bank of Uganda came to an end on January 14, 2020. It has been a great honor to serve in the position of DG for the last 10 years,” he wrote. Dr. Kasekende: “I also thank the various Ministers of Finance, Governors and the Board of Directors of the Bank for the support over the many years I have served the Bank.” “Last but not least, I would li...
UGANDA: Erias Lukwago says Museveni has already rigged 2021 election

UGANDA: Erias Lukwago says Museveni has already rigged 2021 election

AFRICA, UGANDA
Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago has said that President Museveni has already rigged the 2021 elections. Lukwago made the remarks while appearing on one of the local television stations on Monday, January 20. According to Lukwago, casting the ballot alone is not enough to get rid of Museveni urging that Uganda has no independent Electoral Commission “Do we have an independent Electoral Commission (EC) that can deliver a free and fair election? It is rooted in illegalities. Justice Byabakama is holding the position illegally,” he noted. “We have a demi-god of sorts. That is the challenge we are facing. As much as we have individual ambitions, let us have a common ground that will rid us from the jaws of one individual,” Lukwago added. He added that “We are going to see...
Lyca mobile expands global footprint with launch of services in Uganda

Lyca mobile expands global footprint with launch of services in Uganda

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, KENYA, TANZANIA, ZIMBABWE
KAMPALA, Uganda: Lycamobile, the world’s largest mobile virtual network operator (MVNO), announces this day that it has opened operations in Uganda. This development expands Lycamobile’s global network reach to 24 counties worldwide. Allirajah Subaskaran, Lyca Group Founder and Chairman (R), Ambassador V.Kananathan (middle) and at the launch of the above telecom Company in Uganda at Sheraton Thursday evenning 16th January,2020. Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates. Uganda is one of the biggest destinations for telecoms business in Africa, characterized by discerning high utility consumers. It has approximately 25 million mobile phone users and a nationwide mobile penetration rate of 71%with Kampala alone accounting for over 50%. Lycamobile has established countrywide infrastruc...
INTERNATIONAL: Chinese Embassy launches Training Course on Pottery Production Techniques in Freetown

INTERNATIONAL: Chinese Embassy launches Training Course on Pottery Production Techniques in Freetown

AFRICA, INTERNATIONAL
In recent years, human resources development has been one of the highlights in the cooperation between China and Sierra LeoneFREETOWN, Sierra Leone, January 17, 2020/ -- On 14th of January 2020, the launching ceremony of Training Course on Pottery Production Techniques was held at Goderich Campus of Milton Margai College of Education and Technology (MMCET) in Freetown. The 42 days training course is sponsored by the Chinese government and supported by the Ministry of Technical and Higher Education of the Sierra Leonean government, and it aims to improve the pottery production skills of 45 participants who are from different areas of Freetown.The ceremony was graced by Mr. Zhang Xueqian, Economic and Commercial Counsellor of the Chinese Embassy, Dr. Victor Massaquoi, Director of ...
AFRICA: Anti-bribery protest hits Malawi over election petition case

AFRICA: Anti-bribery protest hits Malawi over election petition case

AFRICA
Tens of thousands of people gathered in Malawi on Thursday to protest against corruption. It’s a movement that began after the country’s supreme court chief justice accused five judges overseeing a legal challenge to President Peter Mutharika’s re-election last year of taking bribes. The complaint, which was filed with the Anti-Corruption Bureau on Monday, prompted a call for demonstrations in Malawi’s three main cities, bringing together nearly 50,000 people in the capital Lilongwe. We cast our votes on 21 May but it is evident that the votes were stolen, so we are fighting for justice. Timothy Mtambo chairs the Human Rights Defenders Coalition (HRDC) in Lilongwe. “We are going to come back to the streets and we are going to demand the head of Mr. Matemba, the head o...
AFRICA: DRC police quell protest in Kinshasa

AFRICA: DRC police quell protest in Kinshasa

AFRICA
Police in the Democratic Republic of Congo prevented a forbidden march in Kinshasa on Friday. They kept a close watch on its instigator, opponent and former presidential candidate Martin Fayulu. The latter denounced the massacres in the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo. "They took the money from me, they hurt me. I wasn't even in the march. Do you see how hurt I am? One person was slightly injured in the head by police officers who dispersed the gathering by firing tear gas. “They took the money from me, they hurt me. I wasn’t even in the march. Do you see how hurt I am? Do you see how hurt I am? I wasn’t even in the march”, an injured student, Jean-Paul said in tears. “We’re here for a cause. The cause is balkanization. On the administrative level the DRC is...
AFRICA:  Funeral for slain protesters held in Guinea

AFRICA: Funeral for slain protesters held in Guinea

AFRICA
A funeral ceremony for protesters killed during clashes at recent anti-government demonstrations in Guinea was held Friday. The victims were the latest of crackdown on anti-government protesters by law enforcement officials. “I am always saddened to find myself here at the morgue to see these bodies carried, those of young people who are cowardly murdered by the Guinean government that is supposed to protect them. It is always a source of consternation when this happens, especially since what the Guinean people are asking for is not that much, it is just respect for the laws and principles that govern our society”, FNDC protester, Abdoulaye Oumou Sow said. What the Guinean people are asking for is not that much, it is just respect for the laws and principles. Mamadou Hasm...
AFRICA: EU parliament calls for release of 4 Burundian journalists

AFRICA: EU parliament calls for release of 4 Burundian journalists

AFRICA
The European Union’s parliament has urged Burundi to release four journalists and who have been jailed since October. The European parliament on Thursday called on Burundian authorities to drop charges and immediately release the reporters for Iwacu, one of the few remaining independent media organizations in the country. The reporters, two females and two males, were arrested in Musigati district where they had traveled to report on an armed attack by anti-government rebels in the Kibira National Park, about 50 kilometers (30 miles) north of the capital, Bujumbura. They were charged with undermining state security and the public prosecutor called for 15-year jail sentences. He also called on the judge to deny them the right to vote for five years. The European parliame...
UGANDA: Romours, “State House disowns singer Catherine Kusaira and Buchaman”

UGANDA: Romours, “State House disowns singer Catherine Kusaira and Buchaman”

AFRICA, UGANDA
The State House has disowned the recently appointed Museveni advisors, singers Catherine Kusasira and Mark Bugembe alias Buchaman. The revelation was made by Comptroller Lucy Nakyobe who had appeared before Parliamentary Committee on presidential affairs on Friday. The singers were appointed in October last year by President Museveni where Kusasira was chosen as presidential advisor on Kampala Affairs. Buchaman was considered for the position of a presidential envoy on Ghetto affairs. However, speaking to media, Nakyobe said she is not aware of the appointments for the two artistes. “I was not there when he appointed there, but I heard from the news. I am still waiting for the president to instruct me personally then I will write to the Public Service Commission so the...
AFRICA: Museveni pledges UGX.367m for Great Lakes’ private forum investment summit in Rwanda

AFRICA: Museveni pledges UGX.367m for Great Lakes’ private forum investment summit in Rwanda

AFRICA, UGANDA
President Yoweri Museveni has received and held discussions with the Chairman of the Great Lakes’ Private Sector Forum, Mr. Richard Ngatia, and his delegation at State House, Entebbe. Mr. Ngatia who is also the President of Kenya National Chamber of Commerce, was accompanied by the UN Resident Coordinator in Uganda, Ms. Rose Malango, the President of Uganda Chamber of Commerce, Ms. Olive Kigongo and the UN Senior Program Management Officer in the Office of the Special Envoy of the Secretary General of the Great Lakes’ Region, Gabor Beszterczey, among others. Museveni and the delegation discussed matters related to the strengthening of the integration processes for the private sector partnership between the Chamber of Commerce of the respective countries that constitute the...
LIBYA: Six months following the enforced disappearance of Siham Sergewa, UNSMIL calls for her immediate release

LIBYA: Six months following the enforced disappearance of Siham Sergewa, UNSMIL calls for her immediate release

AFRICA, INTERNATIONAL
Siham Sergewa, an elected member of the House of Representatives, was seized at night from her home in the heavily fortified Buhedima District of BenghaziTRIPOLI, Libya, January 17, 2020/ -- Six months ago, Siham Sergewa, an elected member of the House of Representatives, was seized at night from her home in the heavily fortified Buhedima District of Benghazi. Since her violent abduction, Ms. Sergewa’s fate remains unknown.UNSMIL continues to follow up on the enforced disappearance of Ms. Sergewa and reiterates that the authorities in eastern Libya are responsible for respecting international human rights law and are legally obliged to establish the fate and whereabouts of Ms. Sergewa.Ms. Sergewa’s enforced disappearance constitutes an attempt to silence one of Libya’s promin...