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Drama: MP Balyeku makes chapatti to excite voters

Drama: MP Balyeku makes chapatti to excite voters

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The election season has seen plenty of drama from those interested in the ruling party tickets and one of them that caught our attention was from Jinja Municipality West as Member of Parliament Moses Balyeku took time off and made chapattis while searching for votes. The gesture to win people’s trust and don thatomuntu wawansi coat had some buy it while others simply ignored the stunt ahead of the elections. Eric Katamba posted pictures of the MP with a caption. “Keeping up with Uganda’s politicians” and comments poured in. Ivan-BK “But why? See him all struggling to fit in. He wud hav jst eaten a rolex.” @kingdomhrt1 “Try to visit us too we shall make u wash utensils and change our bby diapers… ffe tetusaaga.” Joe “It is this season that we all ‘became one’. They...
Minister Mwesigwa Rukutana arrested for misuse of firearms

Minister Mwesigwa Rukutana arrested for misuse of firearms

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State Minister for Labour and Industrial Development Mwesigwa Rukutana has been arrested over violence he orchestrated in the Rushenyi County primaries for the ruling NRM party. Following his defeat to Naome Kabasharira, Rukutana turned chaotic and in the scuffle, he grabbed a gun from one of his bodyguards and shot two people who were rushed to hospital in critical condition. Minister Rukutana appearing a in a video holding a gun to threaten supporters of his opponent in Ntungamo earlier this week “Police in Ntungamo has this afternoon arrested and detained Rukutana together with his three bodyguards following a shooting incident in which one person was seriously injured,” deputy police spokesperson, Polly Namaye said in a statement. According to police, the minister and his ...
List of Ministers who were defeated in the NRM Primaries

List of Ministers who were defeated in the NRM Primaries

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The ruling party National Resistance Movement today held its election primaries to choose its flag bearers in the next general election come 2021. The party primaries saw a huge number of Ministers and Incumbents being defeated. Below is a provisional list of those who are already nursing defeat. Evelyn Anite (State Minister – Privatization) – Koboko MunicipalityAdolf Mwesigye (Minister of Defence and Veteran Affairs) – Bunyangabu CountyElioda Tumwesigye (Minister of Science and Technology) – Sheema Municipality.Mwesigwa Rukutana (State Minister – Labour) – Rushenyi CountyEphraim Kamuntu (Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs) – Igara WestJohn Byabagambi (Minister of Karamoja Affairs) – Ibanda SouthMary Karoro Okurut (Minister i/c General Duties OPM) – Bushenyi Woman MPM...
Museveni to Respond to Wrestling Request from Seddume

Museveni to Respond to Wrestling Request from Seddume

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President Yoweri Museveni has promised to respond to Ugandans who dared him for a Wrestling match. Ssedume and Ibrahim Kabuuga on Twitter invited Museveni for a wrestling match at Nsambya Grounds anytime he is ready. While serializing his responses to Ugandans especially the Youth (Bazukulu) who ask the President on social media, Museveni on Thursday promised to respond to this challenge in his next missive. Tackling a couple of topics including; his nationality, sectarian, dictatorship, NRM polls and others, Museveni said he would comment on the frivolous topics next time. Earlier in the day, Museveni Museveni had explained in detail his nationality since a section of Ugandans had questioned his citizenship by alleging that he is a Munyarwanda. “Bane is also wondering whet...
Tondeka bus officials blame coronavirus for failure to take off

Tondeka bus officials blame coronavirus for failure to take off

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Hopes to have mass public transport to decongest the Kampala Metropolitan area has faded again after Tondeka Bus Service and government failed to deliver at least 400 of the 980 buses they promised this September. Tondeka Bus Service and the government pledged to start operations on September 1 [Tuesday] with 400 buses plying different routes to-and-from city suburbs. They were to import another 200 buses every month until they reached a total of 980 by January 2021. Tondeka Bus Service officials have confirmed that they will be unable to deliver the buses this month and they could not even tell when they are scheduled to deliver on their promise or start operations. The Tondeka Metro Bus Service spokesperson, Mr Roland Ssebuwufu, attributed the delay in fulfilling their promi...
NRM announces 41 candidates who went through unopposed

NRM announces 41 candidates who went through unopposed

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The National Resistance Movement electoral commission has announced 41 party candidates who have gone through unopposed ahead of the tomorrow’s party primaries elections. This means that the aspiring candidates who have been announced will not go through the party primaries elections which shall be held on Friday September 4th, across the country. The NRM electoral commission Chairperson Tanga Odoi says 31 candidates are aspiring for the MP seat and 11 candidates have gone through unopposed to contest as district chairpersons.Some of those who have gone through unopposed include Jacob Oulanyah for Omoro County, Ronald Kibule for Mukono North, Dr Jane Ruth Aceng for Woman MP for Lira District and Fredrick Ruhindi for Nakawa East.
Museveni denounces being a Rwandan, reveals his true tribe

Museveni denounces being a Rwandan, reveals his true tribe

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President Yoweri Museveni has revealed that he is a “Musiita” and not a Munyarwanda as alleged. Museveni said that he is not in any way through decent or by birth a Rwandan by nationality, at the same time cautioning that it would be the least of any one’s worry had he been one. The President was responding to comments from his social media followers when he made the comments. Prior to his response, a social media user had indicated that President Museveni is Rwandan by origin, a point he dismissed while preaching unity and Pan Africanism. “Mwoyo Gwa Gwanga declares how he is not against Banyankore but only against Banyarwanda like myself. Bane is also wondering whether Banyarwanda is an “Official” tribe of Uganda. First of all, I am not a Munyarwanda. I am a Musiita and my mo...
Ministry of Education to start policy implementation

Ministry of Education to start policy implementation

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The ministry of education has started implementation of the technical vocational education training (TVET) policy that will see a number of reforms in the sector.Speaking during the opening of the TVET policy implementation workshop at UMA showground, the ministry’s permanent secretary, Alex Kakooza, said President Museveni in 2012 launched the Skilling Uganda strategy to promote demand driven skills. He however says the ministry could not implement the strategy because they did not have a policy. He now reveals that the ministry has finalized the policy to be presented to cabinet for approval before being tabled to Parliament. He says that once passed, a highly skilled labour force will be produced, ready to be employed or employ themselves.
NRM flag-bearer aspirant dies in a fatal accident on the elections day

NRM flag-bearer aspirant dies in a fatal accident on the elections day

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JINJA – Stephen Wakko, a Kigulu South NRM flag-bearer aspirant has been declared dead according to James Mubi the Police spokesperson in Busoga Region. Hon. Stephen Waako who has been the diocesan lands and estates officer has passed on this morning after being involved in a fatal accident in Kakira. Additionally, Kigulu south primaries have been postponed following the tragic death of one aspirant. Details to follow
Coronavirus – Ethiopia: Education in Ethiopia Gets Boost from the Global Partnership for Education with $15 million for COVID-19 Response

Coronavirus – Ethiopia: Education in Ethiopia Gets Boost from the Global Partnership for Education with $15 million for COVID-19 Response

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NAIROBI, Kenya -- Ethiopia has received a US $14.85 million grant from the Global Partnership for Education (GPE) to boost its response to disruptions in education caused by the COVID-19 (coronavirus) pandemic. The World Bank will be the grant agent for Ethiopia: COVID-19 Education Response Project, which aims to maintain student learning while schools are closed, support safe reopening of schools, and strengthen the resilience of the education system. The COVID-19 pandemic and temporary school closures have left 26 million Ethiopian students out of school, which may have long-term impacts on their health, development, and future earning potential. Temporary school closures may also lead some children from vulnerable households, especially girls and students in rural areas, to permanen...
Coronavirus – Niger: Influencers Strengthen Migrant Voices in Niger

Coronavirus – Niger: Influencers Strengthen Migrant Voices in Niger

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GENEVA, Switzerland -- Since 2019, REFEMAC (an acronym for the French: “Meeting of Female Migrants, Women Working in Media and Female Artists”) has welcomed active Nigerien women leaders and influencers from media, the digital world, as well as the art scene. The aim of the initiative has been to engage youth leaders in gender-sensitive topics related to irregular migration. The hope is that in this way, they would be better equipped to sensitize other women and girls wishing to embark on perilous migration journeys. Between 24–29 August, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) partnered with the Nigerien music label Art-Disc Records to organize the second edition of the REFEMAC workshop at the Centre Culturel Franco-Nigérien Jean Rouch (CCFN) in Niamey. Launched under th...
Coronavirus – Kenya: World Food Programme (WFP) Kenya Country Office – Markets Watch – COVID-19 Supply Chain and Markets Update

Coronavirus – Kenya: World Food Programme (WFP) Kenya Country Office – Markets Watch – COVID-19 Supply Chain and Markets Update

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ROME, Italy -- Economic Conditions Kenya currency exchange rate: The Kenya shilling continued to record historic lows against the US Dollar pointing to a rise in the cost of importing goods into the country in the short term. As of Friday 21 August, the Central Bank of Kenya mean indicative exchange rate was at 108.22 to the Dollar. This exchange rate was KES 5.80 weaker (5.66 percent) compared to 13 March when the first COVID-19 case was reported in the country. Download Report:https://bit.ly/2Z3Pc9w Farmgate and Wholesale Price Trends WFP continues to actively contribute to the food security and price monitoring efforts of the Kenyan Government through the Food Security War Room under the Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock, Fisheries and Cooperatives leadership, which aims t...
Coronavirus – Libya: Committing to a lasting ceasefire in Libya

Coronavirus – Libya: Committing to a lasting ceasefire in Libya

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LONDON, United Kingdom -- Statement by Ambassador Jonathan Allen, UK Chargé d’Affaires to the UN, at the Security Council briefing on the situation in Libya Thank you very much, Mr President. Congratulations on your presidency for the month of September. Can I also please begin by thanking Acting Special Representative of the Secretary-General Williams for her briefing and for all the work that UNSMIL do. Stephanie, you have just delivered a powerful and compelling statement about the situation in Libya. You set out, I’m afraid, a bleak picture with few glimmers of light. But I want to thank you, Stephanie, for your honesty and also for your service to the people of Libya and to the United Nations. Mr President, the situation in Libya is one of the biggest challenges that this Co...
NRM MP primaries:  Aspirant’s car burnt to ashes in Nakaseke

NRM MP primaries: Aspirant’s car burnt to ashes in Nakaseke

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A vehicle belonging to Nakaseke South MP aspirant Charles Kawuma Nsereko Basajjassubi, a member of the National Resistance Movement [NRM] party, was set ablaze on Tuesday night from a parking space within Nakaseke town council. Nasur Lubowa, one of the area residents says that they got a notification from a security guard that the car was on fire. However, it was too late to save it. Nsereko’s campaign manager Joshua Zaake says that they have been using the car to transport campaign posters and campaigners to the rallies. Zaake says that he has previously been intimidated by supporters of Arthur Nkalubo, a challenger within the NRM camp and incumbent MP Luttamaguzi Semakula. Zaake explains that he has received reports that a group of about 20 people participated in the act in ven...
Col Aheebwa takes over the position of UPDF Deputy Chief Political Commissar

Col Aheebwa takes over the position of UPDF Deputy Chief Political Commissar

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Col Ba-hoku Barigye yesterday handed over the office of the Uganda Peoples’ Defence Forces’ (UPDF) Deputy Chief Political Commissar (D/CPC) to Col Nelson Aheebwa. Col Ba-hoku will now move to his new deployment as the Defence Attaché’ to Cuba. The presiding officer and UPDF Chief Political Commissar (CPC) Maj Gen Henry Masiko commended the President for tirelessly working towards professionalizing the UPDF into a modern Force. He reminded soldiers that the army’s strength is directly hinged on its strategic relationship with the people based on a pro-people ideology, which he said, should be sustained for peace, stability and economic prosperity of the country. The CPC urged both the outgoing and incoming Officers to uphold the idea of harnessing synergies to consolidate achie...
Officials in NRM investigated over theft of party election funds

Officials in NRM investigated over theft of party election funds

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The police Criminal Investigations Directorate (CID) has started investigating the National Resistance Movement (NRM) party officials over an alleged theft of money meant to facilitate its candidates who stood for the just concluded special interest group’s elections. Sources in police said NRM Secretary General Justine Kasule Lumumba wrote to the Force and called for an investigation against the party district secretaries who allegedly pocketed the money that was supposed to facilitate its flag bearers in the youth, the elderly and People with Disabilities (PWDs) positions. Mr Emmanuel Dombo, the director for communication in the party, told journalists at the weekend that they had provided Shs5,000 as facilitation to every party flag bearer who participated in the special interest...
Popular investor found dead in her bed

Popular investor found dead in her bed

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GULU – Ms Harriet Aber, a popular farming investor in Northern Uganda has been found dead at her home in Gulu. Family sources told this website that Ms Aber, an associate of the Gen. Salim Saleh, the commander of the Operation Wealth Creation (OWC), was discovered lifeless in her bed in the wee hours of Wednesday by her young children. “The children alerted their Auntie, a one Isabella and she discovered her lifeless,” Family sources said on Wednesday. Ms Harriet Aber, a popular farming investor in Northern Uganda has been found dead at her home in Gulu. Details of the causes of her death are still scanty but Ms Aber rose to prominence when she invested heavily in farming projects in Nwoya and Amuru, with some of her projects attracting land conflict. She appeared before Ju...
Coronavirus – Africa: Life after lockdown – Rebuilding tourism globally, sustainably

Coronavirus – Africa: Life after lockdown – Rebuilding tourism globally, sustainably

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GENEVA, Switzerland -- The global tourism standstill due to COVID-19 has cost the sector dearly, especially in countries heavily reliant on it, like small island nations. A new UN report maps how tourism could be rebuilt.For Mahmood Patel, 2020 was supposed to be a bumper year for his Barbados-based, tourism-dependent small business ventures.They include beach-front apartments, an organic farm-to-table café and Coco Hill – a 53-acre agro-tourism rainforest that offers guided tours and is dedicated to promoting food security and land rehabilitation.The Barbadian entrepreneur says 2019 was the best year he had in almost a decade, and 2020 was tracking to be even better.“We broke even for the first time last December, and recorded profits in January and February this year,” he said. “We were...
Coronavirus – South Africa: 50000 jobs sustained by Black Industrialists and Black-Owned Enterprises supported by Three Government Programmes – Yet challenges remain, Parliament told

Coronavirus – South Africa: 50000 jobs sustained by Black Industrialists and Black-Owned Enterprises supported by Three Government Programmes – Yet challenges remain, Parliament told

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PRETORIA, South Africa -- While progress has been made with expanding the number of black industrialists in the economy, they face challenges that require coordinated responses from within the state and the private sector. This was said by the Minister of Trade, Industry and Competition, Minister Ebrahim Patel, during a presentation to the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Monday, 1 September 2020. He tabled information in an interim report to the Parliamentary committee that showed that R32.6 billion in funding has been approved to more than 900 Black Industrialists and black owned businesses, by the dtic and its agencies in the last five years.  Funding by the dtic and its agencies the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) and the National Empowerment Fund (NE...
President Kenyatta receives credentials from six new envoys

President Kenyatta receives credentials from six new envoys

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NAIROBI –President Uhuru Kenyatta yesterday at State House, Nairobi received credentials from six envoys recently posted to Kenya. The President received diplomatic accreditation documents from Ambassadors Valentin Zellweger (Switzerland), Ole Thonke (Denmark) and Caroline Vicini (Sweden). Ambassadors Zhou Pingchian (China), Marten Brouwer (Netherlands) and High Commissioner John Stephen Simbachawene of Tanzania also presented their credentials. The President welcomed the new envoys and wished them a successful tour of duty in Kenya and restated the country's strong commitment to multilateralism. The Head of State challenged the new envoys to work towards deepening existing strong bilateral ties between Kenya and their respective countries. The new Swiss Ambassador Valentin...