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AFRICA

UGANDA: “No sane person should expect the next elections to be fair” – Ssemujju.

UGANDA: “No sane person should expect the next elections to be fair” – Ssemujju.

AFRICA, UGANDA
Kira Municipality Member of Parliament Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda has claimed that the upcoming 2021 general election is likely to be the worst in terms of rigging. Ssemujju made these remarks while appearing on NBS Television’s Morning Breeze on Monday morning. He said he doesn’t expect anyone to think that the elections will be fair because the incumbent, President Museveni has already rigged the elections. “2021 is likely to be the worst election this country has experienced because our dear leader does not want any organized competition. I do not think there is anyone sane who will say this election will be fair,” Ssemujju said. “You have one person and his group campaigning every day. That is the frame under which we go to the elections. It is maneuvering to survi...
UGANDA: Dfcu leads Ugandan banks in digital financing drive.

UGANDA: Dfcu leads Ugandan banks in digital financing drive.

AFRICA, UGANDA
In this day and age where technology is taking over the digital space, it is a rather dramatic era for the banking industry, as digital disruption has forced many incumbent banks to step out of their comfort zone and up their digital game Changing customer behaviour, increasing expectations, omnichannel experience and the digitization of business and society, in general, have brought along what some people call the digital arms race in banking. Banks around the world are realizing how investments in digital technologies could benefit customer acquisition and satisfaction. Digital transformation is taking place in Uganda’s financial services industry, with a host of non-bank innovators offering both customer-facing and back-office fintech products and services. While banks...
BURKINA FASO: Jihadist attack nearly kills 20 civilians

BURKINA FASO: Jihadist attack nearly kills 20 civilians

AFRICA
“The attackers, heavily armed and on motorbikes, literally executed the local inhabitants,” the security source told AFP. The attackers left nearly 20 dead, the source added. A local health official, speaking from the town of Dori in the north, said the chief nurse at the nearby village of Lamdamol was among the victims. “There is panic in the village and the surrounding area,” the official added, saying local people were fleeing the area towards the centre-north of the country. Another security source said that the attack had come as a reprisal after jihadists had told local people to leave the area a few days earlier. The security forces worked day and night to make the zone safe, “but it is difficult to be everywhere at once”, said the source. Similar attacks ...
IVORY COAST: Former rebel Guillaume Soro to contest presidential poll.

IVORY COAST: Former rebel Guillaume Soro to contest presidential poll.

AFRICA
“I definitely remain a candidate in the election. Those who tried to stop me from going back to my homeland will not stop me from being a candidate,” Soro told Reuters in Paris. Ivory Coast’s public prosecutor issued the warrant for Soro on Dec. 23 as part of an investigation into an alleged coup plot. Soro denied any wrongdoing and said he was a victim of judicial persecution. “Mercenaries made illegal recordings thinking they can entrap me,” he said. “My lawyers have filed a case in Paris against the authors and prosecutor because part of(the alleged recording) was done in France.” Soro added that his lawyers had placed a request with French prosecutors for his rights to be respected, and will do the same with the regional West African Court of Justice, the African Cou...
HEALTH: Egypt takes precautionary measures against coronavirus.

HEALTH: Egypt takes precautionary measures against coronavirus.

AFRICA, HEALTH
Officials from the World Health Organization in Egypt said they were working to prevent the spread of coronavirus in the country. The virus has killed more than 300 in China, with cases reported in several other countries. The WHO’s regional headquarters held a news conference in Cairo on Sunday on developments related to cases of the new virus in the Middle East. We are working with them just to ensure that those students who are coming are healthy and they don't disseminate. Abdi Nasir Boubakr is Infectious Hazard Management (IHM) unit team leader. “As you know that there are a number of cases in the region, who are bringing back their students into the country. Egypt is one of them, Sudan, Morocco, Tunisia. We are helping them and we are working with them just to...
MALAWI: Malawi awaits ruling on presidential election petition.

MALAWI: Malawi awaits ruling on presidential election petition.

AFRICA
Malawi’s Constitutional Court will on Monday deliver a ruling on last year’s disputed presidential election that led to deadly confrontations and widespread unrest. The long-peaceful southern African nation has never had a presidential vote overturned, but the two opposition candidates who teamed up for a legal challenge are hoping the Constitutional Court will agree with their allegations of irregularities and order a new vote. President Peter Mutharika was declared the narrow winner of the May election with 38% of votes, followed by Lazarus Chakwera with 35% and former vice president Saulos Chilima third with 20%. The four other candidates collectively got nearly 6%. There is more that binds us than that which separates us. Arguments in the petition The five-judge...
FEATURE STORIES: U.S. Mission Uganda and Makerere University to Hold February 6 Concert.

FEATURE STORIES: U.S. Mission Uganda and Makerere University to Hold February 6 Concert.

AFRICA, UGANDA
The U.S. Mission in Uganda has partnered with Makerere University’s Department of Performing Arts and Film, the Global Livingston Institute, and Reach a Hand Uganda to hold a musical performance “Freedom’s Soundtrack” on February 6.  The concert, held during Black History Month, will feature music spanning three centuries that reflects the African American experience in the United States from slavery in the 1800’s up through the Civil Rights era of the 1960’s and through the present day.  The concert will feature the Makerere University Choir, American musician Seth Sharp, and Ugandan artists Sauti Ya Africa, Sheebah, Rema, Navio, and the Janzi Band. U.S. Mission Uganda Chargé d’Affaires Christopher Krafft will provide remarks. WHEN: Thursday, February 6, starting at 6...
EDUCATION: UNEB security committe starts hearing cases of examination ‘cheats’

EDUCATION: UNEB security committe starts hearing cases of examination ‘cheats’

AFRICA, EDUCATION, UGANDA
The Uganda National Examinations Board (UNEB) has on Monday, February 3 started the hearing process of different schools, whose results were withheld. Examination results of different schools at different levels were withheld over suspected examination malpractice and the candidates whose results were withheld shall appear before the UNEB Security Committee for interrogation. UNEB chairperson Prof. Mary Okwakol said that candidates and schools whose PLE results were withheld will be summoned on designed dates starting Monday, February 3 to explain themselves before they commit. Results of 1,512 candidates were withheld during the release of Primary Leaving Examinations (PLE) last month while a total of 1,262 students across the country had their results withheld dur...
NIGERIA: “Motorbike ban” – Nigerians flog state government.

NIGERIA: “Motorbike ban” – Nigerians flog state government.

AFRICA
A section of Nigerians are not enthused at a motorbike ban in parts of the commercial capital, Lagos. Today is the first weekday of the ban announced by the Lagos State government. It came into effect last Saturday. Most people used social media platform Twitter to chastise the government despite a plan to roll out more buses and ferries to ease the expected transportation woes. Operators of motorbikes popularly referred to as “okada” and tricycle taxis known as “keke napeps” had strongly kicked against the move since it was announced last week.
AFRICA: Archbishop Lwanga of Uganda bans receiving of Holy Communion in hands in new decree on Eucharist.

AFRICA: Archbishop Lwanga of Uganda bans receiving of Holy Communion in hands in new decree on Eucharist.

AFRICA, UGANDA
In a communication released on February,1, Archbishop Lwanga said the new decree stemmed from liturgical and canonical norms of the church that require him by law to fend off abuses in the liturgical life of the church. “Henceforth, it is forbidden to distribute or to receive Holy Communion in the hands. Mother Church enjoins us to hold the Most Holy Eucharist in the highest honor. Due to many reported instances of dishonoring the Eucharist that have been associated with reception of Eucharist in the hands, it is fitting to return to the more reverent method of receiving the Eucharist on the tongue,”Lwanga’s communication reads. The Kampala Archbishop Diocese further reaffirmed that those cohabiting and are involved in “grave” sins are not allowed to take Holy Commun...
AFRICA: “Ugandans in exile are free to come back home” – President Museveni.

AFRICA: “Ugandans in exile are free to come back home” – President Museveni.

AFRICA, UGANDA
President Museveni has called upon all Ugandans living in exile to return to the country and join in nation building. The president’s message was delivered by Prime Minister Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda during the burial of Peter Otai, the former minister for Defence during the Obote II government. “All Ugandans who are in exile can come home peacefully and where possible resettle in their country because we need the effort of every Uganda in the struggle to develop Uganda, “he said. He also promised to revamped the home of the former fallen minister. Musa Ecweru, the state minister for Relief and Disaster Preparedness said government will continue to ask people in exile to return to the country and forget about the past. “The president over time has continued to extend a...
POLITICS: Panic as Ugandan “People power” activist goes missing.

POLITICS: Panic as Ugandan “People power” activist goes missing.

AFRICA, UGANDA
People Power supporters in South Africa are in panic mode after one of their colleagues went missing mysteriously. Aloysious Saabwe, the coordinator of People Power in Johannesburg went missing on Friday morning January 28, 2020, according to his friends and fellow People Power members. According to his best friend Katumba Richard, all his known telephone numbers are off, and he is not at his home. “He has always been receiving threatening phone calls from private numbers, asking him to either quit People Power or risk losing his life,” Katumba added Saabwe was last seen by his colleagues on the 28th/January/2020, at Vanderbijl Park Village in Gauteng Province in Johannesburg, South Africa, at a meeting he called to brief his fellow People Power leaders in the area, ab...
UGANDA:  “Those questioning my leadership of DP are lumpens” – Mao

UGANDA: “Those questioning my leadership of DP are lumpens” – Mao

AFRICA, UGANDA
The Democratic Party(DP) president general, Norbert Mao has described members of the party who have come out to criticize and accuse him of misguiding the party as lumpens and people of questionable character. His words appear to have been directed to a group of party MPs who questioned his leadership style at a press conference in parliament last week. The group accused him of failing planned party grassroot elections and of not respecting the party constitution. This followed the cancellation of the DP grassroot elections ahead of the party delegate conference in March. However,while speaking to the media on Saturday, Mao said: “I reject the accusations by those who say there is anybody disorganising elections. I also wish to let the country know that no individual n...
EAST AFRICA: Museveni, Kagame agree to release all detainees after second Luanda meet.

EAST AFRICA: Museveni, Kagame agree to release all detainees after second Luanda meet.

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA
After failure to stabilise the relations between the two neighbouring countries, the two presidents returned to Luanda for a second meeting on Sunday organised by President João Lourenço for talks. According to the senior presidential press secretary, Don Wanyama, both heads of state agreed on seeing all prisoners released before a meeting at the Katuna border point. The third quadripartite summit on Uganda and Rwanda in Luanda has ended. Five key resolutions arrived at including the release of prisoners and stopping support for destabilizers,”Wanyama tweeted. He said the two heads of state also agreed to have human rights of each other’s citizens to be protected but also the ad-hoc teams to continue before a meeting between Museveni and Kagame at the Katuna border poi...
AFRICA: Presidents Museveni, Kagame for another meeting in Katuna in 3 weeks Luanda.

AFRICA: Presidents Museveni, Kagame for another meeting in Katuna in 3 weeks Luanda.

AFRICA
President Yoweri Museveni and his Rwandan counterpart, Paul Kagame, will hold another round of talks in three weeks time, at the Katuna border post, as they continue to seek ways of resolving sticking issues between the two countries. The resolution was one of five that the Heads of State arrived at today (Sunday) during the third round of talks in Luanda, Angola. Dubbed the Quadripartite Summit, the talks are facilitated by Angola's President Joao Lourenco, while DRC's Felix Tshisekedi is an observer. Before today's summit, two others were held in July and August last year in Luanda. Today's summit saw the four Heads of State hold an over four-hour closed door session at the Angolan Presidential Palace in the heart of Luanda. President Lourenco, who briefed the media on behalf of the ...
AFRICA: Eskom warns South Africans to brace for more power cuts.

AFRICA: Eskom warns South Africans to brace for more power cuts.

AFRICA
South Africans have been warned to brace for more frequent power cuts. Eskom, the utility company that generates about 95 percent of the nation’s electricity says this is because it will no longer delay planned maintenance. Chief Executive of Eskom, Andre de Ruyter told journalist in Johannesburg that ‘‘we will have to give ourselves the space to fix what needs to be fixed’‘. South Africa has been battling with an energy deficit since late 2005 because Eskom’s aging plants have failed to keep up with demand. The government also stalled on giving the company the green light to invest in new capacity. Eskom has amassed over 50 billion rand or $ 30 billion of debt. The company is not generating enough income to cover its cost, thus leaving it dependent on state bailouts...
AFRICA: Somalia declares ‘national emergency’ over locust plague.

AFRICA: Somalia declares ‘national emergency’ over locust plague.

AFRICA
Somalia declared the invasion of locusts as a national emergency Sunday. Locusts have devastated food supplies in one of the poorest and most vulnerable regions of the world. A statement by Somalia’s Agriculture ministry said the move is due to current upsurge of locusts, which constitute a major threat to the fragile food security in the country. The statement added that food sources for people and their livestock are under threat. Somalia is the first nation in East Africa to embark on a national mobilization drive to combat the swarm of locusts. Experts say the appearance of the hungry locusts could be linked to extreme climate variations. The invasion of the insects is a first in 70 years. Totaling several billions, locusts have been destroying large areas in Ea...
President Kenyatta launches construction of Shs 250m Nyambene milk cooling plant

President Kenyatta launches construction of Shs 250m Nyambene milk cooling plant

AFRICA
NYAMBENE, Meru County Kenya’s  President Uhuru Kenyatta today launched the construction of a Shs 250 million milk cooling plant in Meru County with an assurance that his government will not dither in its efforts to improve the welfare of farmers. The construction of the New Kenya Co-operative Creameries (KCC) facility with a holding capacity of 100,000 litres in Nyambene will be completed in October this year. President Uhuru Kenyatta unveils a plaque to mark the official commencement of the construction works of New KCC Nyambene Milk Plant in Igembe Central, Meru County. Addressing thousands of Meru residents who turned up to witness the ground breaking ceremony for the cooling plant, the President advised dairy farmers in the area to take advantage of the facility once ...
KENYA: Patience running out for Kenyan students still in China

KENYA: Patience running out for Kenyan students still in China

AFRICA, HEALTH, KENYA
Kenyan students caught up in a lockdown in Wuhan, China, are worried that the government is not proactive in protecting them, a day after the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared the coronavirus outbreak that has so far killed 210 people around the world and infected more than 10,000 others a public health emergency of international concern. The students, who reached out to the Saturday Nation on Friday hours after national carrier Kenya Airways announced cancellation of all flights to and from Guangzhou in the Chinese mainland, said they were beginning to worry whether anything was being done to protect them as the situation in Wuhan continues to escalate.  A number of Kenyan and African students opted to stay in the country as China kicked off its traditional N...
UGANDA: URA warns of heavy fines to non-compliant manufacturers without “Digital stamps”.

UGANDA: URA warns of heavy fines to non-compliant manufacturers without “Digital stamps”.

AFRICA, UGANDA
Since they came into effect on November 1, 2019 , digital stamps have met stiff resistance from manufacturers but they were given a grace period up to January 31 which elapsed on Friday. However, in a reminder, the tax body has warned of heavy fines to manufacturers who fail to implement the digital stamp system after elapse of the grace period. “Notice is hereby given to all manufacturers or importers of products that were gazetted for Digital Tax Stamps including – soda, beer, spirits, wine, mineral water and tobacco products (including cigarettes) that the deadline for the transitional period is 31st January 2020. During this transition period from 1st November 2019 to 31st January 2020, every manufacturer, importer, distributor, agent or trader dealing in any of the g...