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AFRICA

UGANDA: MPs begin process to censure Gen Tumwine over safe houses.

UGANDA: MPs begin process to censure Gen Tumwine over safe houses.

AFRICA, UGANDA
Parliament last evening adopted a motion seeking to censure the Security minister, Gen Elly Tumwine. Gen Tumwine is accused of blocking the work of Parliament when Members of Parliament were probing illegal detention centres in the country.The MPs amended the Human Rights Committee recommendation that had sought to ‘punish’ the minister without providing details. The motion was moved by shadow internal affairs minister Mohammad Muwanga Kivumbi (Butambala County, DP) under Rule 56 of parliamentary rules of procedure, after debate on the torture of Ugandans in safe houses. Last year, the Speaker of Parliament, Ms Rebecca Kadaga, instituted an investigation into the alleged torture by Internal Security Organisation (ISO) after Mr Latif Ssebaggala (DP, Kawempe North), and Kas...
AFRICA: “Do not work for prosperity alone” -President Museveni.

AFRICA: “Do not work for prosperity alone” -President Museveni.

AFRICA, UGANDA
President Yoweri Museveni has emphasized the need for the country to promote unity and the spirit of Pan Africanism if Uganda and the region are to attain social-economic transformation for development. “Where do we sell what we produce? You should promote the unity of Uganda, the spirit of East Africans and Pan Africanism,” he said. The President was addressing Senior and Junior Officers of the Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF), the Uganda Police and Uganda Prisons’ Services who have been undergoing a three months’ Advanced Joint Political Education and Leadership Development Course at the National Leadership Institute, Kyankwanzi in Kyankwanzi District and at the Oliver Tambo Military Training Institute, Kaweweta in Nakaseke District. The lecture took place last eve...
UGANDA: Ministry of Health gets immunization, transport equipment worth UGX 33b.

UGANDA: Ministry of Health gets immunization, transport equipment worth UGX 33b.

AFRICA, HEALTH, UGANDA
The Ministry of Health has received immunization and transport equipment worth Shs33bn procured by World Health Organization (WHO) and United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) with support from The Global Alliance for Vaccines and Immunization Alliance (GAVI). The equipment include; 657 motorcycles, 996 solar fridges, 10 generators, vaccine carriers and cold boxes. The motorcycles will mainly be used for the distribution of vaccines and will be allocated to Health Centre IIIs. According to the ministry, ten generators will be allocated to District National Medical Stores and 1 generator will be allocated to the Central National Medical Store. The vaccine carriers are over 5000 and the cold boxes are over 1000. The equipment will be used by health fa...
KENYA: Ex-Kenya President burial plans in top gear as date is set.

KENYA: Ex-Kenya President burial plans in top gear as date is set.

AFRICA, KENYA
Former Kenyan President Daniel Moi will be buried on February 12 if the proposed date is agreed upon by the President. The family and the funeral committee have also agreed that there will be public viewing of the body at Parliament Buildings for three days -- Saturday to Monday. President Kenyatta is expected to view the body on Saturday. The tentative programme proposes a public memorial service to be held at Moi Sports Centre Kasarani on Tuesday. A more elaborate announcement will be made tomorrow after a meeting of the committee with President Kenyatta, who is expected back from his US tour with ODM leader Raila Odinga. Meanwhile, the burial preparations are in top gear at the former Head of State’s Kabarak home in Nakuru County.
UGANDA: Mother arrested for beheading her two-month-old baby girl.

UGANDA: Mother arrested for beheading her two-month-old baby girl.

AFRICA, UGANDA
Robinah Nakazibwe, a resident of Bulaga in Wakiso District, has been arrested for allegedly beheading her two-month-old baby girl commonly known as Precious. Mr Luke Owoyesigyire, the Deputy Kampala metropolitan Police spokesperson, said Nakazibwe used a panga and a knife to kill the baby on Thursday morning before attempting to commit suicide. “Preliminary investigations indicate that Nakazibwe has been working as a waitress at a pork joint commonly known as Kafunda at Bulaga trading centre. After the heinous act, Nakazibwe also cut herself but the residents alerted local leaders and police who responded in time,” he said, adding that the body of the deceased was taken to city mortuary Mulago hospital for post mortem. Bulaga police have since embarked on investigation...
AFRICA: Sudan says leader made no promises to Israel Prime Minister.

AFRICA: Sudan says leader made no promises to Israel Prime Minister.

AFRICA
Sudan’s cabinet said Thursday that the country’s leader General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan had made no promise to Israel’s prime minister of “normalising ties” between the two countries. Burhan, who heads Sudan’s ruling sovereign council, met Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu for previously unannounced talks in Entebbe on Monday that appeared to signal an end to Sudan’s long-standing boycott of the Jewish state. Soon after their meeting, Netanyahu announced that the two leaders had agreed to cooperate towards normalising ties. Sudan’s transitional cabinet said Thursday that meeting Netanyahu was Burhan’s “personal initiative” and he had made no promises to the Israeli premier. “The chief of the sovereign council told us … he did not give any commitment and did no...
SPORTS: Drogba agrees with Infantino’s call for AFCON every four years

SPORTS: Drogba agrees with Infantino’s call for AFCON every four years

AFRICA, Sports
Organsing the Africa Cup of Nations every four years, as FIFA proposed “can be a good thing,” according to former Ivorian international and Chelsea forward Didier Drogba. The Elephants skipper believes it could increase the flavour and rarity of the trophy. Drogba also thinks that this schedule will protect African footballers who play in Europe. “I think we’re going to have to get to that point [playing in the CAF Africa Cup of Nations every four years] because the African player is quite disadvantaged in relation to his club, and given that there are a lot of African players now playing in Europe, it complicates things a bit. Already at the time when we played in the African Cup of Nations, which was in January, (a player) to leave for the national team was to jeopard...
AFRICA: Malawi’s embattled First Lady granted bail over murder of rival.

AFRICA: Malawi’s embattled First Lady granted bail over murder of rival.

AFRICA
News of the murder charges against Lesotho’s first lady have rocked the nation. Maesaiah Thabane, 42, has been accused of killing Prime Minister Thomas Thabane’s previous wife, Lipolelo, days before the his second inauguration ceremony in June 2017. Most people are closely watching this unprecedented case against the ruling class. Most citizens have expressed disappointment not only at the development but at the fact that she had been granted bail in a murder case. Bokang Kheekhe, an entrepreneur is one such disappointed citizens who spoke to the media: “It’s very disappointing regarding what’s happening, you know, we have been haunted and taunted by selective justice in this country. “The police have stated that they do have very strong evidence against the first lady...
NIGERIA: Nigeria’s new visa policy aims to boost trade, attract overseas talent.

NIGERIA: Nigeria’s new visa policy aims to boost trade, attract overseas talent.

AFRICA
Nigeria has relaxed its immigration regulations in a new visa policy unveiled by the president, interior minister and other top technocrats at the presidency in Abuja. The move primarily seeks to attract foreign investors as well as to boost trade in Africa’s biggest economy and most populous nation. The new directives provide for a visa on arrival for citizens of African Union member countries, while visitors interested in tourism and entertainment should benefit from the new electronic visa. “This new Visa Policy will advance our goal of building a globally competitive economy, by helping attract Innovation, and specialized skills and knowledge from abroad, to complement locally available ones. We are sending a message to the world that Nigeria is Open for Business,...
UGANDA: Gen. Muhoozi  donates UGX.30m to village groups in Nakaseke.

UGANDA: Gen. Muhoozi donates UGX.30m to village groups in Nakaseke.

AFRICA, UGANDA
The UPDF Chief of Defence Forces Gen David Muhoozi has donated UGX. 30 million to two development groups of Bida Bujja village in Kasangombe sub county in Nakaseke district. The money which was delivered by the Joint Chief of Staff of the UPDF Lt Gen Joseph Musanyufu was handed over to Kasangombe stationers Association and Kasangombe Youth hatchery to develop themselves. The cash donation was promised to the two groups at the regional launch of Tarehe Sita activities where the area L.C III chairperson Mr James Makanda requested the groups to be assisted. Mr Makanda promised continuous supervision of the groups so as to achieve the objective of the project. The UPDF will celebrate 39th Tarehe Sita Anniversary in Nakaseke Butalangu grounds tomorrow 6th Feb 2020 under the ...
FEATURE STORIES: Uganda Aids Commission hid over UGX3b donor funds from govt.

FEATURE STORIES: Uganda Aids Commission hid over UGX3b donor funds from govt.

AFRICA, UGANDA
Auditor General, John Muwanga has revealed that the Uganda Aids Commission received but hid funds to a tune of Shs3.3Bn from Government as required by the Public Finance Management Act 2015. The details are contained in the December 2019 audit report that highlighted that the Commission received off-budget financing to a tune of Shs3,372,895,662 which was not included in its budget estimate/appropriation. The audit report noted that out of the Shs6,867,449,905, allocated to the Commission in 2018/2019, Shs6,813,469,870 was spent by the entity resulting in unspent balance of Shs53,980,035. Uganda Aids Commission is said to have irregularly diverted Shs15,820,901 and spent on other activities without seeking necessary approvals. With the HIV/AIDs scourge in Uganda, the ...
UGANDA: Top singer Chameleone warns fellow artistes against supporting ruling party – “NRM is not loyal”

UGANDA: Top singer Chameleone warns fellow artistes against supporting ruling party – “NRM is not loyal”

AFRICA, Entertainment, UGANDA
Chameleone was part of a group of artists who sang in the ‘Tubonga naawe’ project ahead of the 2016 presidential elections but made a u-turn and crossed to the opposition as the country is preparing for the 2021 elections. The singer said that the ruling party is not loyal and warned artistes who are associating with it to be cautious. “I will repeat this. NRM is not loyal, they don’t have truth and they are lying to them (artistes). Why should they buy someone’s love with money? Someone has to love you naturally without money,” the Bayuda singer said. The pencil-thin singer, however, noted that Uganda is a democratic country and that every artiste, just like any other Ugandan, has a right to support whoever they want . “Everyone is free to support whoever they want....
FEATURE STORIES: AU leaders meet over recent escalating conflicts.

FEATURE STORIES: AU leaders meet over recent escalating conflicts.

AFRICA
African Union leaders are meeting this week in Addis Ababa to discuss “silencing arms and creating conditions for the development of Africa”. For years the crisis in Libya and that of the Sahel have constantly come to the fore. In recent weeks there have been numerous deaths in Somalia and on the DRC side, the massacres of civilians caught up in armed clashes between rebel groups and government forces in the restive eastern part of the country.
NAMIBIA: Court upholds president Geingob’s election victory.

NAMIBIA: Court upholds president Geingob’s election victory.

AFRICA
The ruling means President Hage Geingob will continue in his second term. He won in November with 56% of the vote while Namibia’s first independent presidential candidate, Panduleni Itula, received 29% in the country’s tightest presidential race since independence in 1990. Itula and four opposition party leaders had urged the court to declare the election results invalid and order a fresh vote. They argued that the use of the machines without a paper trail effectively meant a key means of checks and balances was missing. Chief Justice Peter Shivute did rule that the use of electronic voting machines without a paper trail, as decided on before the 2014 election in the southern African nation, was invalid. Future elections must now include a verifiable paper trail. Namibia...
UGANDA: “I don’t care attitude will kill our country” – Lt. Col. Nakalema warns

UGANDA: “I don’t care attitude will kill our country” – Lt. Col. Nakalema warns

AFRICA, UGANDA
The Head of the Anti-Corruption Unit in State House, Lt. Col. Edith Nakalema, has warned that the ‘I do not care’ attitude that is exhibited by some Ugandans will kill the country.  She was yesterday speaking at the headquarters of the National Animal Genetic Resources Centre and Data Bank in Entebbe Municipality during an investigation session of alleged fraud in the institution.  The Executive Director of the facility Dr. Charles Lagu and other members of staff have been implicated in the alleged fraud scandal. The Gene Bank serves 12 Eastern African countries namely Burundi, the Comoros, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Uganda and Kenya. Others are Rwanda, Somalia, South Sudan, Sudan and Tanzania. The officials have been implicated in a wide range of alleged fraud activ...
EDUCATION: The Parliament of Uganda has suspended the new education curriculum.

EDUCATION: The Parliament of Uganda has suspended the new education curriculum.

AFRICA, EDUCATION, UGANDA
Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga has directed the Ministry of Education and Sports to carry out national wide consultations from all stakeholders on the new secondary school curriculum before enrolling it in schools. Her directive followed support to a motion tabled by Nandala Mafabi (Budadiri West MP) calling on Parliament to halt the system after MPs raised a number of questions to a statement tabled by Rosemary Seninde, Minister of State for Primary Education. Minister Sseninde in her statement said there were no plans by Government to halt the implementation of the new education curriculum arguing that the curriculum has changed a little for better to shift education from working for grades as it has been. Seninde added that the current curriculum was developed i...
CRIME: Lesotho First Lady to be charged with murder of Prime Minister’s ex-wife.

CRIME: Lesotho First Lady to be charged with murder of Prime Minister’s ex-wife.

AFRICA
The first lady of Lesotho is set to be charged with murder in connection with the 2017 killing of the prime minister’s former wife, police said Tuesday. Maesaiah Thabane, who fled the country on Jan. 10 to escape arrest, returned to the small southern African kingdom Tuesday afternoon and handed herself to police in the capital, Maseru. Police said she had been hiding in neighboring South Africa. Deputy Commissioner of Police Mokete Paseka said Thabane would spend the night in custody and only be taken to court once the director of public prosecutions has prepared the charge sheet. An arrest warrant for the first lady was issued the day she fled the country after she refused to report to police for questioning in connection with the murder of Prime Minister Thomas Thaban...
UGANDA: Kampala to finally get cashless bus system in ‘Tondeka’.

UGANDA: Kampala to finally get cashless bus system in ‘Tondeka’.

AFRICA, UGANDA
As Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) works to revamp the city’s road network, residents may yet experience even greater change with the launch of Tondeka Metro buses. The 980 Tondeka Metro buses will operate the main routes at a standard fare at a specific time and frequency using cashless transactions with taxis left with only catering to the feeder and pick up routes. The introduction of the Tondeka buses will relieve Kampala residents who reportedly live in a capital with the second-worst air quality in the world, according to recent studies. The poor air quality in Kampala and its environs has been blamed on congestion and heavy traffic flow. During the launch, newly appointed minister for Kampala and metropolitan affairs Betty Amongi revealed that the 980 bu...
UGANDA: Littering attracts over $540 fine, jail time under new law.

UGANDA: Littering attracts over $540 fine, jail time under new law.

AFRICA, UGANDA
Uganda has enacted a new law that criminalizes littering across the territory. Persons found guilty are liable to a fine or jail term, the sector ministry announced on Tuesday. The Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development said the new measures are in line with new developments in physical planning. Isaac Musumba, the Minister of State for Urban development said the implementation of the new regulations had been placed in the hands of chief – parish or county, “because these are the people on the ground,” he said at a press briefing. A statement issued by the ministry said: “Under the Physical Planning Amendment Act no.2 of 2020, the following provisions as at 10th January 2020 are now put into law. “It shall be an offence to litter. Every person in Uganda is no...
UGANDA: Akena was shot at Game not Kyadondo, brother tells court – Kanyamunyu trial

UGANDA: Akena was shot at Game not Kyadondo, brother tells court – Kanyamunyu trial

AFRICA, UGANDA
The trial of Kampala businessman Matthew Kanyamunyu and his Burundian girlfriend Cynthia Munwangari resumed Tuesday in Kampala as a sixth witness took to the stand to testify that the late Kenneth Akena told him a wrong scene of the crime in his dying declaration. The sixth witness, John Paul Nyeko, a cousin to the late Kenneth Akena, revealed to the court that Akena told him he had been shot after he scratched a car as he tried to park at Game stores in Lugogo. “He said that they shot me from Game but not Kyadondo. He said that I was parking and, in the process, I brushed his car, which was parked, and when I went to them to apologize, the man pulled a pistol and shot me in the stomach.” Nyeko said. “Game not Lugogo”, he told high court judge Steven Mubiru. The wit...