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AFRICA: 20 Ugandan nationals deported from Zimbabwe.

AFRICA: 20 Ugandan nationals deported from Zimbabwe.

AFRICA, UGANDA, ZIMBABWE
Court in Zimbabwe has ordered the deportation of 20 Ugandan nationals over illegal entry while en-route to South Africa.   The Ugandans including a five-year-old were arrested along Bulawayo-Victoria Falls road in Zimbabwe’s second-largest city by Zimbabwe police as reported by CITE, a news outlet.   Arrested on Saturday, they were Monday arraigned before the Bulawayo Provincial magistrates court judge Tinashe Tashaya who sentenced them to 3 months imprisonment wholly suspended on condition that they do not commit a similar offence in the next five years. This means they do not serve the sentence but face deportation and if they commit the same offence in Zimbabwe within the next five years, the suspended sentence is activated.   The Ugandans to be depor...
AFRICA: Kenyans bid farewell to ex-president Moi

AFRICA: Kenyans bid farewell to ex-president Moi

AFRICA, KENYA
Kenyans on Wednesday flocked the Nyayo National Stadium in the capital Nairobi for the funeral of former president Daniel Arap Moi. Moi, who led the country for 24 years, died last week at the age of 95. He will be buried on Wednesday at his Kabarak home in Nakuru county after Tuesday’s funeral. Tuesday has been declared a public holiday in Kenya in his honour, and a large turnout is expected at the ceremony in Nyayo National Stadium. According to the Daily Nation newspaper, this is the day’s order of events: 08:00 – Members of public to be seated08.30 – Funeral procession leaves parliament for Nyayo National Stadium10:00 – State officials and guests to be seated10:30 – President Uhuru Kenyatta and First Lady Margaret Kenyatta to be seated10:45 – Memorial service begins...
CRIME:  Counterfeit  currencies – Seven arrested

CRIME: Counterfeit currencies – Seven arrested

AFRICA, UGANDA
The police is holding seven suspects, including four Cameroonian nationals, for allegedly printing fake US dollars and Uganda currency. The seven allegedly belong to different groups that have been printing money in different parts of Kampala. Their arrests follows four operations that were conducted by police in Makindye division against criminal gangs dealing in counterfeit currencies. The team seized dollar bills amounting to $10,500 and chemicals said to be used in their trade. Police spokesperson Fred Enanga told journalists that the four Cameroonian nationals were arrested in Makindye Division and they had with them 560 counterfeit notes of Uganda currency and fake dollar bills. These amounted to Shs 28 million and $10,500. The suspects are: Lyonga Kinva Elo...
UGANDA: Chemical spraying to begin as locusts spread across Karamoja

UGANDA: Chemical spraying to begin as locusts spread across Karamoja

AFRICA, UGANDA
Desert locusts had by Monday evening spread to Six districts in Karamoja as government raced against time to deliver the chemicals used to spray the deadly insects. An update from the Office of the Prime Minister indicated that the insects that entered the country through Amudat District in Karamoja Sub-region on Sunday afternoon, have now spread to Moroto, Nabilatuk, Nakapiripirit, Napak, and Abim districts in Karamoja. ” Swarm of locusts was reportedly seen at Alerek Hill in Labwor County of Abim District,” an update shared by Mr Martin Owor, the commissioner disaster preparedness and management at the Office of the Prime Minister, read. The government delivered to Karamoja 18,000 litres of cypermethrin and another 18,000 litres of Chlorpyrifos to spray the locust...

CRIME: UPDF soldier on the run after shooting dead three people in Gulu – Uganda.

AFRICA, UGANDA
The incident according to Maj. Ceasar Olweny, the spokesperson for the UPDF fourth division, the incident happened in Pece division, Gulu municipality between 9pm and 10 pm on Monday evening. “It is true it happened but investigations into how the incident unfolded have commenced and the information about the reason for the killing is still not yet known,”Maj. Olweny told the Nile Post. The UPDF spokesperson, Brig. Richard Karemire identified the suspect as Corporal Geoffrey Okello attached to the fourth division in Gulu. Past incidents In the past, there have been a number of incidents in which UPDF soldiers have run riot and killed several people. In 2018, Private Isaac Newton Okello 43 who is attached to UPDF 405 Brigade in Moroto district killed his brother and...
UGANDA: Government confirms outbreak of new deadly banana disease

UGANDA: Government confirms outbreak of new deadly banana disease

AFRICA, UGANDA
The government has confirmed an outbreak of new and more deadly banana disease in western Uganda. The Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF), says the fast-spreading disease is drying up banana plants and wilting fruits at a terrifying rate. The ministry also said there is as yet no known drug that can be used to stop the disease. Sources from affected areas say the disease started manifesting last month, with Ntungamo and Kabarole being worst-hit districts. But in an effort to stop any panic among banana farmers, Mr Stephen Byantwale, the commissioner of crop protection at MAAIF, said the disease, although dangerous, is not comparable to banana wilt. “We know about it and we are in touch with district staff. This is not as serious as bacteria...
AFRICA: Cameroon votes under tension

AFRICA: Cameroon votes under tension

AFRICA
Cameroon voted Sunday in polls overshadowed by a partial opposition boycott and separatist violence that has displaced hundreds of thousands of people. Elections for the central African country’s legislature and local councils are taking place for the first time in seven years, after two postponements. They are unlikely to ruffle the enduring rule of President Paul Biya, one of the world’s oldest and longest-serving leaders, who has held a tight grip on power for 37 of his 86 years. As voting began large numbers of police and soldiers were seen deployed on the streets of Buea, the capital of the Southwest Region, one of two provinces gripped by bloody separatist violence. But the polling stations in the city were almost deserted an hour after they opened at 8am (0700 GMT). The ...
UGANDA: WBS TV to return on the waves, advertises 130 staff positions

UGANDA: WBS TV to return on the waves, advertises 130 staff positions

AFRICA, UGANDA
Wava Broadcasting Services (WBS TV) has contracted a recruitment agency to recruit staff as the station eyes a return to the waves. Internship Agency Uganda Limited, which is located on Plot 52 Bombo Road-Esami Centre, Opp YMCA. In Kampala has issued an advert seeking to fill 130 positions in the new-look TV station. The advertised positions include Technical Directors (02), Master control room operators (03), Audio Operators (03), Camera Studio Operators (09), Floor Managers (03), Storage Manager, Producers (11) and Assistant Producers (12). Others are Script Writers (11), TV journalists (10), Editors and Assistant Editors (31), Makeup artists and Hairstylists (02). The advert also includes Clothes Stylists (02), Eng. Operators (12), Graphic Designer, Video Editors (14), I...
UGANDA: UNRA starts rehabilitation of Kyapa—Kasensero road

UGANDA: UNRA starts rehabilitation of Kyapa—Kasensero road

AFRICA, UGANDA
Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) has started rehabilitating works along Kyapa-Kasensero roads to enable road users to resume business operations. The road was cut off by high-speed running water that has since submerged several swampy sections, hence paralyzing transport of goods including big stocks of fish from Kasensero to the other destinations within and beyond Kyotera district. “Our team is working all day to ensure road users resume business operations especially transportation of fish from Kasensero landing site to the different markets,” Mr Mark Ssali, the head of public and corporate affairs at UNRA said on Monday. The 30 kilometres road which connects Kasensero Town Council and the landing site from Kakuuto trading centre in Kyotera district has since A...
ECONOMY: Ugandan traders in panic over goods stock-outs

ECONOMY: Ugandan traders in panic over goods stock-outs

AFRICA, UGANDA
The outbreak of Coronavirus in China has thrown the business community in downtown Kampala into panic as they anticipate stock-out of goods imported from China. The effects of the outbreak of Coronavirus on the market has been made worse by stringent Chinese visa conditions that traders have to meet. Coronavirus has claimed more than 700 lives and left 34,000 infected in Wuyan, ChinaSome traders have started contemplating finding alternative sources of goods should China fail to find a solution to the virus soon.According to an online resource for international trade, Uganda imports goods worth $1.15b from China annually. Production shutdown“The virus broke out when workers in factories were on holiday, with the outbreak of the Coronavirus nobody can return to work,” Mr Sa...
AFRICA: Tunisia expels its ambassador to UN over US-Middle East peace plan

AFRICA: Tunisia expels its ambassador to UN over US-Middle East peace plan

AFRICA
African nations play host to several diplomats, who weigh in on the affairs of their hosts’ governments, and in the process take the risk of unsettling the relations between any two countries. Diplomats are often granted certain privileges and immunities to ensure they may effectively carry out their duties, and also allow for maintenance of government relations, including during periods of difficulties and armed conflict. While diplomats may not be prosecuted by the host countries, they can be ordered to leave, often within a short period of time. Article nine of the Vienna convention says the host country can declare any member of foreign diplomatic staff as “persona non grata” and require them to be removed. This can be done by a state “at any time and without having...
UGANDA: “Gen. Tumwine is arrogantly primitive” – Sseggona.

UGANDA: “Gen. Tumwine is arrogantly primitive” – Sseggona.

AFRICA, UGANDA
The Member of Parliament for Busiro East, Medard Lubega Ssegona has claimed that the minister for Security General Elly Tumwine is ‘arrogantly primitive’ and accountable for contempt of parliament. This comes at a time when a notice of motion seeking to censure the minister was yesterday delivered to the office of the clerk to parliament, Jane Kibirige. According to the movers of the motion, Tumwine should be censored on grounds of abuse of office, misbehavior or misconduct as prescribed in article 118 (1). They accuse the minister of obstructing the parliamentary committee on Human Rights from accessing safe houses and other ungazetted detention centers something that has been described as contempt of parliament. “For some time, censorship is one of the mechanisms ...
UGANDA: Firms want medical cannabis bill to be fast-tracked.

UGANDA: Firms want medical cannabis bill to be fast-tracked.

AFRICA, HEALTH, UGANDA
Private companies that are interested in growing and exporting medical marijuana want the government to fast-track its decision on the industry. In Uganda, less than two company have the licence to grow and export medical marijuana but several companies that are interested in the venture are awaiting Cabinet’s approval before starting their operations. Industrial Hemp (U) Ltd, is currently working with Pharma Limited, one of the biggest Israeli cannabis firms, in growing marijuana for medical purposes in Uganda. They have invested $360m (about Shs1.3 trillion) in Hima, Kasese.  Officials of Premier Hemp, one of the Ugandan companies seeking to grow or export marijuana for medical purposes, say there is need for the government to fast track the process, to enable ...
UGANDA: ‘Why I am Contesting for Kampala Central MP Seat’ – Cedric Babu

UGANDA: ‘Why I am Contesting for Kampala Central MP Seat’ – Cedric Babu

AFRICA, UGANDA
The son to seasoned aviator, Capt Francis Babu has declared his intention to oust Muhammed Nsereko as Kampala Central MP in 2021 general polls. Cedric Babu Ndilima who currently works with Uganda Broadcasting Corporation as Head of Content has revealed why he wants to contest for highly contested Kampala Central MP Seat. Cedric Babu is also the host of the Cedric Live Show on UBC. He is also the Chairman of Uganda Tennis Association and Chairman of the marketing commission of the Uganda Olympic Committee. Below is his statement on why he wants to contest for Kampala Central MP seat: With the 2021 general elections looming in Uganda, no other seat is set to be as hotly contested as that of Kampala Central, with a number of candidates officially declaring their interest. ...
UGANDA: Singer Bosmic explains why he met Museveni, quit People Power.

UGANDA: Singer Bosmic explains why he met Museveni, quit People Power.

AFRICA, UGANDA
I met President Museveni on December 30, 2019. There were three burning issues which prompted our meeting. First, I got an invite from the President to meet him so he hears directly from me about the non-payment for my song, Mzee wa kazi Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, which I composed [during the 2006 campaign]. All other singers were paid except me. So when I got the call I went to follow up on my sweat.Second was that some wrong elements had started framing me, writing doctored reports against me to have government arrest and imprison me. Their plan is that when the next election arrives, it should get Bosmic in jail because they fear when elections get me out and free, contesting against me would not be easy. Their desire is to technically knock me out of the nomination. There a...
UGANDA: President Museveni returns from Addis Ababa.

UGANDA: President Museveni returns from Addis Ababa.

AFRICA, UGANDA
President Yoweri Museveni is back in the country from the Ethiopian Capital, Addis Ababa, where joined other Heads of State and Government for a 2-day 33rd African Union (AU) Summit. The Summit ran under the theme of ‘Silencing the Guns: Creating Conducive Conditions for African Development.” Presidency Minister, Hon. Esther Mbayo and Head of Public Service, Mr. John Mitala received the President at Entebbe International Airport today in the morning. Others at the Airport to receive the President included the Commander of Uganda People’s Defence Air Forces, Lt. Gen. Charles Lwanga Lutaaya, Assistant Inspector General of Police, Andrew Sorowen and the Commissioner General of Prisons, Dr. Johnson Byabashaija.
WORLD: African leaders reject Trump’s Mideast peace plan.

WORLD: African leaders reject Trump’s Mideast peace plan.

AFRICA
African leaders on Sunday condemned US President Donald Trump's Mideast peace plan as illegitimate, taking advantage of an African Union summit to voice solidarity with "the Palestinian cause". AU Commission Chairman Moussa Faki Mahamat told assembled heads of state that the plan unveiled in late January represented the "umpteenth violation of multiple United Nations and African Union resolutions".He said that it was prepared without international consultation and that it "trampled on the rights of the Palestinian people", a line that drew applause in the main hall at AU headquarters. Trump's long-delayed peace proposals were immediately rejected by the Palestinians, who have boycotted his administration over its pro-Israel stance.The proposals include giving Israel the gree...
UGANDA: Juma Seiko detained for shooting three motorists after car crash.

UGANDA: Juma Seiko detained for shooting three motorists after car crash.

AFRICA, UGANDA
Lt Col Juma Seiko has been detained at Kawempe Police Station on attempted murder charges after he allegedly shot and injured three people along Mambure Road.It is alleged that Lt Col Seiko caused an accident at around 1:15pm and when the two drivers came out to ascertain the situation, a fight ensued according to eye witnesses. Shots were fired from a gun belonging to Col Seiko and three people were injured.“They (victims) have been rushed to Mulago national referral hospital. Lt Col Juma Seiko has reported himself to Kawempe Police station where he is currently detained on charges of attempted murder of three people .Investigations into the matter still ongoing,” Kampala Metropolitan Police deputy spokesman Luke Owoyesigyire said on Sunday. The victims have been identif...
UGANDA: Kalangala water vessel suspends operations ahead of servicing

UGANDA: Kalangala water vessel suspends operations ahead of servicing

AFRICA, UGANDA
Travellers to and fro Kalangala islands will have to find alternative means after MV Kalangala suspended its operations on Saturday, February 8, to allow it undergo annual mandatory servicing. Mr Sadala Musoke, the chief executive officer Nation Oil Distributors Ltd, which services the vessel on behalf of the Works ministry, said this will last one month. This implies the vessel will resume normal operations around March 9. “It has been in our plan to take the vessel for mandatory service this year and starting February 9 it will suspend its operations for one month so that it is thoroughly serviced,” Mr Musoke said. “We urge our clients to be patient because this exercise is for their own safety. The exercise will not take long, and surveyors from abroad are already i...
EAST AFRICA: UPDF deploys 2000 troops to help fight locusts

EAST AFRICA: UPDF deploys 2000 troops to help fight locusts

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA
The Uganda People’s Defence Forces(UPDF) has deployed a total of 2000 troops to help in the fight against desert locusts. The desert locusts that have in the past weeks wreaked havoc in Kenya were on Sunday afternoon confirmed to have entered Uganda through Amudat district in the north eastern part of the country. Speaking to journalists on Monday morning, the Chief of Defence Forces,Gen.David Muhoozi, revealed that a total of 2000 troops have so far been deployed . “We were told to martial 2000 troops but the task is huge and are looking at mobilising more than that,”Gen Muhoozi said on Monday. He noted that the Agriculture Ministry is the lead agency in the humanitarian cause that he said needs both human and material resources. “This is a cross government issue ...