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AFRICA:  UPDF troops praised for improving security situation in Somalia.

AFRICA: UPDF troops praised for improving security situation in Somalia.

AFRICA, somalia, UGANDA, updf
The Uganda Peoples’ Defence Forces’ (UPDF) Joint Chief of Staff (JCOS), Lt Gen Joseph Musanyufu has expressed his gratitude to Ugandan troops serving in Somalia for their contribution in changing the security situation of Somalia. He said the country has been made peaceful from once referred to as the most dangerous place in the world to a relatively peaceful country with many opportunities for its nationals and other people with interests in the Horn of Africa country. “We are happy with what you are doing here. Wherever the UPDF has gone, they have appropriately raised the Ugandan flag high. Everybody recognizes your efforts. I appreciate and congratulate you for your diligent service,” said Lt Gen Musanyufu. He made the remarks while addressing UPDF Officers at a Fo...
UGANDA: Couple demands Shs600m from church over cancelled wedding.

UGANDA: Couple demands Shs600m from church over cancelled wedding.

AFRICA, FEATURE STORIES, UGANDA
A couple has run to court seeking compensation of Shs600million from Registered Trustees of Church of Uganda and Kampala Diocesan Secretary for the losses they made and mental breakdown resulting from the cancellation of their wedding, 48 hours to the event. Through their lawyers of Mujurizi, Alinatwe & Byamukama Advocates, Mr Benson Muhwezi and Ms Sophie Akankwasa, the couple accuses the Registered Trustees of Church of Uganda and Kampala Diocesan Secretary of negligence and cancel their wedding basing on rumors. The couple says it went through all the necessary requirements for holy matrimony including the bans of marriage for 21 days as required by law. On November 28, 2019, the couple says “without a valid reason and without fair hearing,” their wedding was ...
AFRICA: Climate change takes toll on Zimbabwe’s natural habitat, UN deputy chief observes.

AFRICA: Climate change takes toll on Zimbabwe’s natural habitat, UN deputy chief observes.

AFRICA, FEATURE STORIES, ZIMBABWE
The Deputy Secretary-General is in Zimbabwe to attend the 6th Africa Regional Forum on sustainable developmentNEW YORK, United States of America, February 24, 2020/ -- Alongside the human population, Africa’s animals are suffering greatly from the effects of climate change, which United Nations Deputy Secretary General Amina Mahommed saw first-hand on Sunday in Zimbabwe.As global temperatures continue to rise and the world seeks solutions to stem the tide, the deputy UN chief visited Hwange National Park, which, at 14,651square kilometres, is almost half the size of Belgium."We have seen what climate change is doing to our environment and livelihoods”, she said. “We saw how the park is hounded by climate change; the way in which Hwange is hot, the water, and even animal migrati...
HEALTH: WHO say it is running out of funds for handling Ebola epidemic in DRC.

HEALTH: WHO say it is running out of funds for handling Ebola epidemic in DRC.

AFRICA, DRC, HEALTH
The World Health Organization is urgently appealing for $40 million to salvage its operation to bring the Ebola epidemic to an end in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. The Ebola operation in eastern DR Congo’s conflict-ridden North Kivu and Ituri provinces is on financial life-support. The World Health Organization reports its coffers will be empty at the end of this month. It is urging donors to step up immediately and contribute the money needed to tackle this virulent disease. WHO spokesman Tarik Jasarevic says failure to support this operation would be tragic as good progress is being made in containing the Ebola virus. Over the past two months, he says between three and 15 cases of Ebola have been reported each week. This is compared to 120 reported cases of Ebol...
UGANDA: Principal Judge to meet judge in Kanyamunyu trial

UGANDA: Principal Judge to meet judge in Kanyamunyu trial

AFRICA, UGANDA
Principal Judge Flavian Zeija is expected to meet Justice Stephen Mubiru, the judge in the murder trial of businessman Matthew Kanyamunyu and his girlfriend, after the case was on Friday adjourned to the next criminal session. “We are going to link up on Monday (today) with Justice Mubiru about this issue and thereafter, I can ably communicate the outcome,” Justice Zeija told Daily Monitor in a telephone interview on Saturday. Mr Kanyamunyu and his girlfriend Cynthia Munwangari are charged with murder of children rights activist Kenneth Akena on November 12, 2016 on Kampala-Jinja Road opposite Uganda Manufacturers Association main gate in Lugogo. On Friday, Justice Mubiru adjourned the case to the next criminal session despite pleas from the prosecution to complete the...
AFRICA: Somali President signs historic law ahead of key popular vote.

AFRICA: Somali President signs historic law ahead of key popular vote.

AFRICA
Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo signed into law the electoral bill on Friday, jumping one more hurdle for the country to hold planned polls this year. The president signed the bill into law during the closing ceremony of the 6th assembly of Somalia’s 10th parliament, allowing the legislators to take a two-month break. The gathering that started on Thursday evening and went on beyond midnight was held at the Villa Somalia, the official residence of the Somali President in Mogadishu. President Farmajo termed the signing historic. “You, the people of Somalia, can see that the bill had been endorsed by both the Peoples’ Hall and the Upper House. It returns the power to you so you can vote for the (political) party and the person you want,” he said. The la...
UGANDA: FDC elects new  leaders in Nakasongola

UGANDA: FDC elects new leaders in Nakasongola

AFRICA, Politics, UGANDA
The opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) party, Nakasongola District branch on Sunday, February 23 held a district conference where they elected new leaders. The District conference brought together Party grassroots leaders from the 13 sub-counties that make up Nakasongola District, 2 Constituencies of Budyebo and Nakasongola Counties, District leaders, elected party leaders at local Government levels among others. It was held at Nakasongola District Farmers Association Conference Hall in Nakasongola Town Council. The election which was conducted by the FDC Nakasongola District Branch Electoral Commission Returning Officer Mr. Basirika Solomon together with FDC National Electoral Commission Official Mr. Augustine Ojobile saw Mr. Bisaso Bashir elected as the n...
UGANDA: President contributes Shs.80 million to UCU’s needy students’ scheme.

UGANDA: President contributes Shs.80 million to UCU’s needy students’ scheme.

AFRICA, EDUCATION, UGANDA
President Yoweri Museveni has contributed Shs.80 million to the needy students’ scheme at the Mukono-based Uganda Christian University (UCU) so as to support students in that institution who cannot manage to meet their education requirements. Uganda Christian University has, therefore, staged a marathon race as part of a fundraising drive towards the needy students’ scheme at which the Parliamentary Speaker, Rt. Hon. Rebecca Kadaga was the chief marathoner.  UCU’s Guild President, Timothy Kadaga was the brainchild behind the fundraising drive. Uganda Christian University has a total student population of 13,000 out of whom 3,000 are non-resident and who need financial assistance to ensure that they obtain a university education. ???????????????????????????????????? Presi...
Retirement starts from the Mind

Retirement starts from the Mind

AFRICA
Archbishop Stanley Ntagali cuts a Farewell Cake during the Church Service with is wife Margaret.Courtesy Photo. The outgoing Archbishop of the Church of Uganda and Bishop of the Diocese of Kampala, The Most Rev Stanley Ntagali has said that he is well prepared to retire from daily office work.  Archbishop Stanley Ntagali prays for new born again christians during a farewell Party the Church Service with is wife Margaret.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates. Retirement is healthy. It starts from the mind and as for me, I am well prepared to go home and stop being a visitor in my own family. My wife, Maama Beatrice Ntagali is the happiest person for my retirement because she knows I will have enough time for her and the entire family,” he said. Archbishop Ntagali said this o...
EAST AFRICA: The EAC summit postponed again.

EAST AFRICA: The EAC summit postponed again.

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, FEATURE STORIES
The East African Community summit that was due for this month has been called off due to a lack of quorum. This is after South Sudan, one of the member states informed the Secretariat in Arusha that they will not b available for the 29th February scheduled summit to internal preparations regarding a transition in Juba. “The 21st Meeting of the Summit of the EAC Heads of State has been postponed to a later date following a request by the Republic of South Sudan, which said it was currently in the process of forming a transitional government bringing together the government and opposition groups,” a statement from the EAC secretariat reads in part. “Also postponed is the 41st Extra-Ordinary Meeting of the EAC Council of Ministers that was scheduled to take place from 25th to...
UGANDA: Fire destroys Masaka’s busiest business street.

UGANDA: Fire destroys Masaka’s busiest business street.

AFRICA, Business, UGANDA
Herbert street, one of the popular and busy business points in Masaka Municipality was in the night rocked by a massive fire that destroyed two giant buildings. Jude Mbabaali, the Masaka District chairperson said the fire was reported late after all the traders and shop operators had departed the affected buildings. “A fire incident has just occurred at Hobert Street, Masaka and merchandise in shops plus property worth billions destroyed,” he said. Mbabaali said no one was hurt in the blaze, but massive property worthy billions of shillings lost. “We are extremely grateful to God that there have been no human fatalities or casualties,” he added. He said that while parts of the buildings have been damaged by the fire, the swift response of the Police Fire Unit and dis...
KENYA: Judge detained over links to murder suspect.

KENYA: Judge detained over links to murder suspect.

AFRICA, CRIME, KENYA
Justice Sankale ole Kantai, who was arrested on Friday for associating with murder suspect Sarah Wairimu, is set to be charged as the third person in the killing of Dutch businessman Tob Cohen, police sources told the Nation last evening. This is after detectives, who have been investigating his probable interference in the murder case facing Mr Cohen’s widow Sarah Wairimu found communication between the two that could be linked to the businessman’s killing months before the tycoon disappeared. POLICE BOND The judge was released Saturday on a police bond after spending Friday night at the Muthaiga Police Station. He will be presented in court on Tuesday morning, but the Director of Public Prosecutions Noordin Haji has to approve the murder charges. The Director of...
AFRICA: South Sudan Forms Coalition Government.

AFRICA: South Sudan Forms Coalition Government.

AFRICA, SOUTH SUDAN
It’s a new dawn in South Sudan as leaders form a coalition government. Riek Machar was sworn in as first vice president on Saturday, a day after President Salva Kiir dissolved the previous government. “You have just witnessed the swearing in of the First Vice President, and the vice presidents. An event, which many of you had thought, was impossible. This action signifies the official end of the war, and we can now proclaim a new dawn in South Sudan”, President Kiir said. I want to assure you, we will work collectively to end your long suffering. Machar said they will all work together to end their long suffering. “First I want to take this opportunity to congratulate the people of the Republic of South Sudan for attaining peace. I want to assure you, we will work...
UGANDA: “Ideology, discipline & physical fitness vital in service delivery” – says DIGP

UGANDA: “Ideology, discipline & physical fitness vital in service delivery” – says DIGP

AFRICA, UGANDA, Uganda Police Force
The Deputy Inspector General of Police, Maj. Gen. Sabiiti Muzei, has said that the important factors in service delivery are ideology, discipline and physical fitness.  He made the remarks yesterday at the National Leadership Institute (NALI) in Kyankwanzi District during the closing and passing out ceremony of 47 staff of the Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) and 20 Senior Managers from the Uganda Revenue Authority (URA), including Commissioner General, Ms. Doris Akol, who all completed a 2-week Transforming Leadership Course at the Institute.  The course covered a wide scope of topics that included the making of committed officers, political education, corruption and its impact, skills at arms and drills. The Deputy IGP delivered a lecture of opportunity that covered such topi...
ENTERTAINMENT: Diamond and Tanasha’s Gere video hit with controversy

ENTERTAINMENT: Diamond and Tanasha’s Gere video hit with controversy

AFRICA, Entertainment, TANZANIA
Barely two days after East Africa’s most talked about couple Diamond Platnumz and Tanasha Donna dropped their collaboration, the song has already ignited controversy. The song dubbed ‘Gere’ which now enjoys 2.1 million views on Youtube is said to have been lifted from a Brazilian artist. Netizens are now convinced Tanasha copied her video style from a Brazilian artist known as  Iza who sings in Portuguese. Iza’s song Brisa premiered on Youtube on April 18th 2019 and currently enjoys 83 million views on Youtube. A spot check on Youtube however shows that the two videos only have one similar set up. The scene in question features Tanasha and her dancers dancing in front of a grass-thatched shak which also features on Iza’s song. This is not Diamond’s first ...
AFRICA: U.S. Embassy Burkina Faso Welcomes Three New Nouveaux Horizons (NH) Ambassadors

AFRICA: U.S. Embassy Burkina Faso Welcomes Three New Nouveaux Horizons (NH) Ambassadors

AFRICA, Burkina Faso, FEATURE STORIES
NH ambassadors are young African men and women living on the continent, passionate about books, and involved in their communitiesOUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso, February 21, 2020/ -- On February 14, 2020, the American Center at the Embassy of the United States of America in Burkina Faso welcomed three new Nouveaux Horizons (NH) ambassadors to its Public diplomacy family. Nouveaux Horizons translates books by American authors into French, markets them in French-speaking Africa, and distributes them to American embassies who use them in support of their programs. These books cover various subjects such as leadership, management, media, democracy, science, education, and American civilization. A large youth catalog is also available. NH ambassadors are young African men and women livi...
MOZAMBIQUE: U.S. Government supports early grade learning in local languages with Minister of Education and Human Development

MOZAMBIQUE: U.S. Government supports early grade learning in local languages with Minister of Education and Human Development

AFRICA, EDUCATION, mozambique, USA
The event served to highlight the importance of local languages in Mozambique to preserve cultural diversity and build a more inclusive societyMAPUTO, Mozambique, February 21, 2020/ -- The U.S. Government proudly participated in an official ceremony celebrating International Mother Languages Day in Matutine District of Maputo Province.  The U.S. Government was represented at the event by United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Mission Director Jennifer Adams, while Minister of Education and Human Development (MINEDH) Carmelita Rita Namashulua represented the Government of the Republic of Mozambique.  Secretary of State for Maputo Province Vitoria Dias Diogo and Governor of Maputo Province Julio Parruque also participated.  The event served to...
ENTERTAINMENT:  Semyekozo President,BET Award winner ‘Eddy Kenzo’ addresses his fans.

ENTERTAINMENT: Semyekozo President,BET Award winner ‘Eddy Kenzo’ addresses his fans.

AFRICA, Entertainment
Singer Edrisa Musuuza alias Eddy Kenzo has opened up about his upcoming Eddy Kenzo Festival, ideal woman and his recent meeting with President Yoweri Museveni. Early this week, Kenzo revealed in a press conference that he will be hosting the first ever single artiste festival in Uganda on March 28, 2020 were revelers will be treated to several entertainment experiences and not just music. “I bought the idea from the different countries that I have traveled to. Artistes from some of these countries organize such festivals and I decided to do it here as well,” Kenzo revealed. He said he is sure the festival culture will catch on, “They will adopt because the world changes. God made me who I am because of what I can add on my country. The festival will help a lot of ...
AFRICA: Ugandan reverend faces court over faking kidnap.

AFRICA: Ugandan reverend faces court over faking kidnap.

AFRICA, CRIME, UGANDA
An Anglican reverend who is accused of faking his own kidnap has been arraigned in court and charged.Rev Isaac Mwesigwa appeared at Nakawa Chief Magistrate’s court on Friday and was charged with giving false information to a public officer.He was arrested on Thursday by CID officers in Kampala after police obtained CCTV footage showing that he had exited his car without any attack from anyone, contrary to what he had told police earlier. Rev Mwesigwa was found in Soroti District on February 12, three days after he went missing. He told police that he had been kidnapped by armed men on his way to deliver his research work at Uganda Christian University (UCU), Mukono.In court, Rev Mwesigwa denied the charges and asked to be released on bail. The presiding chief magistrate, Ms...
EDUCATION: The president of Andrew Mellon Foundation USA visits Makerere.

EDUCATION: The president of Andrew Mellon Foundation USA visits Makerere.

AFRICA, EDUCATION, UGANDA, USA
The President of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in New York, Dr Elizabeth Alexander and the Chief of Staff and Programme Advisor at the Foundation, Ms Julie B. Ehrlich paid a courtesy call on the Vice-Chancellor of Makerere University, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe on Friday, February 1 2020. They also held a meeting with the Steering Committee of the Foundation projects at the College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHUSS). The Steering Committee comprises of the Principal, Dr Josephine Ahikire, and the Deans of the five Schools of the College namely; Dr Sarah Ssali, Dean School of Women and Gender Studies; Dr Andrew Ellias State, Dean School of Social Sciences, Dr Patrick Mangeni, Dean School of Liberal and Performing Arts; Dr Aaron Mushe...