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Uganda: EC casts doubt on 2021 election

Uganda: EC casts doubt on 2021 election

AFRICA
Electoral commission has warned the committee on legal and parliamentary affairs that the country is likely not to have elections in 2021 if they are not availed over 500 billion shillings. This has been revealed by the chairperson of the electoral commission Justice Simon Byabakama while appearing before the committee to present the commission’s budget frame work paper. Byabakama says that the money they need will be used for printing of ballot papers, dispatching polling kits, welfare of polling day officials, field supervision of polling activities, payment of polling day officials during the presidential parliamentary and local government elections. Byabakama says that failure by government to provide money for the electoral activities will likely impact on th...
Kenya to bolster border security against deadly Al Shabab attacks

Kenya to bolster border security against deadly Al Shabab attacks

AFRICA, international criminal court, KENYA
Kenya has endured a grim start to the new year as extremist group al-Shabab launched attacks against a school, a police post and a military base shared by U.S. forces. Observers are debating whether the surge of violence signals renewed strength by the terror group or is a seasonal phenomenon. A new report found the group has killed more than 4,000 civilians over the past 10 years. On Monday, three teachers were killed and one abducted in Kamuthe, a town in Garissa county, bordering Somalia. The three killed were all non-Muslims, while the one kidnapped was a Muslim. Another teacher was wounded, according to the Associated Press. Attackers also hit a police post and destroyed a telecommunications tower. Hillary Mutyambai, inspector general of the Kenya Police Servic...
Museveni Meets Great Lakes’ Private Sector Forum Delegation

Museveni Meets Great Lakes’ Private Sector Forum Delegation

AFRICA, great lakes, UGANDA
President Yoweri Museveni has commended the work and role played by the Great Lakes’ Private Sector Forum through sensitization and working together for economic integration. "I am happy that the forum has realized the need for high production goods and services that require enhanced market integration. The more you produce, the more you sell,” he said. The President was on Thursday meeting the Chairman of the Great Lakes’ Private Sector Forum, Mr. Richard Ngatia, and his delegation at State House, Entebbe. Mr. Ngatia who is also the President of Kenya National Chamber of Commerce, was accompanied by the UN Resident Coordinator in Uganda, Ms. Rose Malango, the President of Uganda Chamber of Commerce, Ms. Olive Kigongo and the UN Senior Program Management Officer in the O...
Nile dam dispute: Ethiopia, Sudan, Egypt agree preliminary deal in Washington

Nile dam dispute: Ethiopia, Sudan, Egypt agree preliminary deal in Washington

AFRICA, EGYPT, Ethiopia, INTERNATIONAL, SUDAN, united states of america
Officials from Egypt, Ethiopia and Sudan say they have reached a preliminary agreement aimed at clearing the way for the filling and operation of a $5 billion dam project on the Nile River. The foreign ministers and water resources officials of the three countries concluded three days of meetings in Washington on Wednesday with Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and World Bank President David Malpass. The project, called the Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam, is around 70% complete and promises to provide much-needed electricity for Ethiopia’s more than 100 million people. However, Egyptian officials are concerned that filing the reservoir behind the dam too quickly could significantly reduce the amount of Nile water available to Egypt. The joint statement late Wednesday d...

Iran plane crash: Khamenei defends military in rare address

AFRICA
Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has defended the country's armed forces after it admitted shooting down a passenger plane by mistake. He said the Revolutionary Guard - the elite unit responsible for the disaster - "maintained the security" of Iran. Widespread protests and criticism from abroad have put growing pressure on Iran over its handling of the incident. But the ayatollah tried to rally support as he led Friday prayers in Tehran for the first time since 2012. The Ukraine International Airlines Boeing 737-800 was travelling to Kyiv from Tehran on 8 January when it crashed shortly after take-off. All 176 passengers on board, including nationals from Iran, Canada, Sweden and the UK, were killed. The ayatollah called for "national unity" and said Iran...

Over 5000 Ugandans petition Parliament after being cheated by cryptocurrency firm

AFRICA
KAMPALA – Over 5,000 people have petitioned Parliament seeking a refund of money invested in Dunamiscoins Resource Ltd, a private firm that accepted deposits before suddenly closing shop in December. Dunamiscoins Resource Ltd was a privately owned company, which claimed it was committed to providing complementary roles to banks, bridging gaps for the informal sector by providing income for the poor. The Company’s bank account was frozen late last year and the petitioners say that they are not sure of their having invested up to UGX. 23 billion. Presenting their petition to the Speaker, the group leader, Arthur Asiimwe, said that the company was working as a microfinance company yet it was registered as a non-deposit financial institution. “Government licensed this compan...

UPDF wants over UGX16b for election security

AFRICA
KAMPALA – The Ministry of Defense and Veterans Affairs, to which the Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) falls is seeking Shs16.2b to cater for 2021 general election security activities. The revelation was made by Undersecretary, Ministry of Defence Edith Buturo while appearing before Parliament’s Defence and Internal Affairs Committee to present the 2020/2021 national budget framework paper. During the interface, Buturo said that if the current budget allocations are approved by Parliament in the current form, the Ministry of Defence will be left grappling with a budget shortfall of up to Shs1.9T. Butuuro also revealed that apart from the electoral activities, there are a number of items that are unfunded including salaries of new soldiers and LDUs to a tune of Shs61....
Police recovers two children who had been kidnapped

Police recovers two children who had been kidnapped

AFRICA
KAMPALA– Jinja Road Police have on January 16, recovered two children identified as Kalungi Vicent and Kabalu Isma who were allegedly kidnapped. According to a police statement, on January 7 2020 one Golo Zarin Shamira approached her neighbours in Banda-Nandutu Violet and Nakesa Maureen to allow her to take their children, Kalungi Vicent aged 2 and a half years and Kabalu Ismail 2 years old. “According to the two mothers, she alleged that she had a birthday party for her child and thus she needed their children to give company to her own. The party was scheduled to take place later that day in Kireka, Kiganda Zone and she promised to bring back the children at around 5 pm in the evening,” reads an excerpt. When she didn’t return by 5 pm as she had promised, the parents o...
Museveni extends KCCA’s Acting Director Kitaka contract

Museveni extends KCCA’s Acting Director Kitaka contract

AFRICA, UGANDA, Ugandan Parliamanet
KAMPALA – President Yoweri Museveni has extended Andrew Kitaka’s contract as the Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) Executive Director for more six months. in a letter dated January 10, 2020, Catherine Bitarakwate, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Public Service wrote to Kitaka informing him about the renewal of his interim contract until June 18, 2020. “I am pleased to inform you that His Excellency the President has, in exercise of the powers vested in him under Article 172 (1) (a) of the Constitution of Uganda directed that your appointment as KCCA Executive Director scale KCCA1 be extended for a period of six months with effect from December 18, 2019, to June 18, 2020,” Bitarakwate wrote. In response, Kitaka applauded the president for having his contrac...
2019 PLE Results: Candidates register better grades in English, SST

2019 PLE Results: Candidates register better grades in English, SST

AFRICA
KAMPALA – Primary Leaving Examination results for 2019 indicate that candidates performed well in English and Social Studies (SST). According to results, at distinction level, 7.6% of the 683,433 candidates scored a distinction, that is between D1 and D2 in English, while 59.2% scored credits. The 7.6% distinctions are an improvement from 2018 PLE results, where only 6.3% of the candidates scored distinctions. In SST, 14% of the 2019 candidates scored distinctions and 78.9% scored credits, that is between distinction 3 and 6. However, Science and Maths were not performed well. Only 4.9% of the 683,433 candidates scored distinctions in Science, a decline from 13.4% in 2018. Another 69.6% got credits in science in 2019. In Maths, 6.0% scored distinctions, which is lower th...
PLE 2019: UNEB withholds results of 1,512 candidates over malpractice

PLE 2019: UNEB withholds results of 1,512 candidates over malpractice

AFRICA
NAGURU – The Uganda National Examinations Board (UNEB) has released the results of the 2019 Primary Leaving Examination (PLE) at Kampala Parents School. The results show that there has been an overall improvement in English and Social Studies with the overall pass level of Science improved but there was a sharp decline in distinctions in the subject. Mathematics had a slight improvement. UNEB Executive Secretary Dan Odongo says the performance has slightly improved. According to the results, 69,243 (10.1% of the candidates) passed in division one, 318,155 in second division and 140,420 in third division. 89,332 have passed in the fourth division while 66,152 are ungraded. He has also revealed that English and Mathematics, there was poor performance in questions where s...

Attorney General Decries Low Staffing at Ministry of Justice

AFRICA, UGANDA, Ugandan Parliamanet
The Attorney General, William Byaruhanga, has appealed to Parliament to prioritize recruitment of staff at the Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs, arguing that low staffing is to blame for the accumulation of court awards against the government. Byaruhanga told the House Committee on Legal and Parliamentary Affairs that the Ministry is only 60 percent staffed, leading to cases where state attorneys miss court or have to constantly ask for adjournments. “This eventually leads to a judge ruling against the government in cases where the government has been sued,” Byaruhanga said while presenting the Budget Framework Paper for the Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs before the committee. “Unlike other ministries, low staffing has a direct bearing on th...
Uganda Demands Kenya’s Immediate Release of Seized Lato Milk Exports

Uganda Demands Kenya’s Immediate Release of Seized Lato Milk Exports

AFRICA, Business, KENYA, UGANDA
The Ugandan government has protested to the High Commission of the Republic of Kenya over recent restrictions of its milk and milk products to neighbouring Kenya. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Wednesday petitioned the Kenyan government protesting the recent restrictions imposed on the importation of Uganda milk and milk products. The Ministry also expressed concerns about the illegal seizure of Ugandan made milk under the “Lato” Brand by Kenyan authorities on allegations that it is contraband, counterfeit and substandard. “This has resulted not only into confiscation of 54,310kg of powder milk valued at $203,630 and 262,632litres of UHT milk valued at $157,106 but also have witnessed a sustained negative campaign against Uganda’s milk and milk products contravening ...
UPDF Recalls Over 2000 Veterans for AMISOM Duty

UPDF Recalls Over 2000 Veterans for AMISOM Duty

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, UGANDA, Uganda Police Force
The Uganda Peoples’ Defense Forces (UPDF) through the office of the General Officer Commanding Reserve Forces (GOC-RF) will conduct a four-day countrywide recall of 2,752 reservists. The exercise is scheduled for January 20-23, 2020. “The mobilized veterans will form Uganda Battle Groups Thirty-One and Thirty-Two (UGABAG XXXI and UGABAG XXXII) to augment UPDF operations under African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM),” a statement by the UPDF Spokesperson Brigadier Richard Karemire reads. He says that the call up targets only the honorably discharged/retired UPDF veterans from the rank of Major and below. The candidates must be aged 55 years and below, have no criminal record, and in possession of original national Identity Cards, as well as discharge/retirement certificat...
Mrs Museveni Explains Change of PLE Results Release Venue

Mrs Museveni Explains Change of PLE Results Release Venue

AFRICA, UGANDA
The Minister of Education and Sports, Janet Museveni says a faulty Air Conditioner (AC) at Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) is the reason why last year’s PLE results will be released from Kampala Parents School. The Minister gave the explanation on Thursday while appearing before the Education and Sports Committee of Parliament to present the Education sector’s budget framework paper for the next financial year. The First Lady explained that the faulty AC and the poor ventilation at the OPM hall would make it uncomfortable for people during the PLE results release ceremony. “Kampala Parents is a primary school and the school is not charging us anything to use their facility to release results. We normally use the President’s office hall [at OPM] because we are not will...
USAID supports Egypt’s Education and Development Priorities in Aswan

USAID supports Egypt’s Education and Development Priorities in Aswan

AFRICA, Business, EGYPT, INTERNATIONAL, united states of america
USAID’s program in Egypt, totaling over $30 billion since 1978, promotes a healthy, educated, and employed populationCAIRO, Egypt, January 16, 2020/ -- U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Mission Director Sherry F. Carlin visited Aswan Governorate to reaffirm USAID’s strong partnership with the Egyptian people and support for Egypt’s development priorities, including higher education and voluntary family planning.In partnership with the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research, USAID inaugurated the University Center for Career Development at Aswan University, which will prepare Egypt’s youth for—and connect them to—today’s job market. This activity is a vital link between higher education and the private sector in Egypt.“It’s an honor to celebrate the ...
Auditor General, Minister Kasaija: Gov’t has no money to fund electoral process.

Auditor General, Minister Kasaija: Gov’t has no money to fund electoral process.

AFRICA, UGANDA, Ugandan Parliamanet
The Auditor General is concerned that the delayed release of the funds required for the implementation of the election activities may undermine the electoral process. A total of 798 billion shillings should have been provided for implementation of the various election activities, but so far only 41 billion shillings has been made available.
Statement on the release of Abducted Aid Workers

Statement on the release of Abducted Aid Workers

AFRICA
A total of twelve aid workers have lost their lives in 2019ABUJA, Nigeria, January 16, 2020/ -- By Mr Edward Kallon, The Humanitarian Coordinator in NigeriaI am deeply relieved that some civilians, including three aid workers, who were abducted by non-state armed groups along the Monguno – Maiduguri road on 22 December 2019 have been released yesterday and are now safe. The whole humanitarian community in Nigeria shares the joy of the families, friends and colleagues of these aid workers, who can now put to rest the unimaginable anxiety of missing their loved ones.These dedicated humanitarians were working to provide life-saving support to millions of Nigeria’s most vulnerable in north-eastern Borno State. They should never have been a target or have to endure the trauma of being...
Museveni to Speak Out on Gay Rights After Meeting Byanyima

Museveni to Speak Out on Gay Rights After Meeting Byanyima

AFRICA
After 5 years, President Yoweri Museveni is expected to once again address the nation on matters concerning homosexuality in the country. The President reportedly promised to make a public address on the matter, after discussing it with Mrs Winnie Byanyima, Executive Director UNAIDS, the United Nations body that is leading the global fight against HIV/AIDS. Byanyima on Tuesday met with the President Yoweri Museveni at State House in Entebbe, where they discussed among others Uganda’s strides in the fight against HIV/AIDS. According to Byanyima, she and the president discussed “at length” the issue of human rights and the rights of gay people in Uganda. Mrs Byanyima also dismissed media reports that the President spoke harshly about homosexuality during the meeting. ...