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UGANDA: The Speaker of Parliament to walk 5KM against plastic pollution

UGANDA: The Speaker of Parliament to walk 5KM against plastic pollution

AFRICA, FEATURE STORIES, UGANDA
The speaker of Parliament of Uganda Rebecca Kadaga will tomorrow Thursday launch the World Wild Fund for Natures’ Earth Hour 2020’ environmental drive that seeks to intensify a colossal campaign against plastic pollution. Mr. Happy Ali, the WWF Uganda Communications Officer confirmed that Speaker Kadaga will be the Chief Walk and that she will be flanked hundreds of conservationists to march on Kampala streets to Lugogo. He said the focus will be put on the latest research, sustainable product design, new manufacturing solutions, recycling and reuse of products and raw materials, as well as the latest and next-generation bio-sourced materials and solutions, to create 100% biodegradable, reusable, and compostable products. The Fund’s campaign aims at fighting the adverse ...
UGANDA: African Development Bank approves $1 million grant for Uganda to stem Ebola transmission.

UGANDA: African Development Bank approves $1 million grant for Uganda to stem Ebola transmission.

AFRICA, HEALTH, UGANDA
Funds have been disbursed through the World Health Organization (WHO), which is the implementing agencyKAMPALA, Uganda, February 12, 2020/ -- The African Development Bank (AfDB.org) has released a $1 million grant to Uganda to help the East African country tackle an outbreak of the Ebola virus.The grant to support Uganda’s National Ebola Viral Disease (EVD) Preparedness and Response Plan, was approved in January. Funds have been disbursed through the World Health Organization (WHO), which is the implementing agency. The grant follows a request by the Government of Uganda to the African Development Bank to support the country’s efforts in containing the Ebola scourge that has so far killed three people in the East African nation. The Bank is working with Uganda’s Ministry of H...
AFRICA: The joint winners of Kuwait’s Al-Sumait Prize for African Development in the field of Food Security received their award at a special ceremony held in Kuwait City

AFRICA: The joint winners of Kuwait’s Al-Sumait Prize for African Development in the field of Food Security received their award at a special ceremony held in Kuwait City

AFRICA, Business, FEATURE STORIES
Al-Sumait Prize for African Development is designed to reward innovative and inspiring initiatives and research by individuals and organizationsKUWAIT CITY, Kuwait, February 11, 2020/ -- The Deputy of His Highness The Amir of Kuwait, Crown Prince Sheikh Nawaf Al Ahmed Al Sabah awarded the 2019 AlSumait Prize (AlSumaitPrize.org), which comprises of one million dollars, a gold medal, and a plaque at a special ceremony held at the Bayan Palace in Kuwait.The joint winners of the 2019, Food Security Cycle of the Prize, The Africa Rice Center (Africa Rice) (AfricaRice.org), and The Pan Africa Bean Research Alliance (PABRA) (PABRA-Africa.org), received half each of the US$1million award.Dr. Robin Buruchara, Director PABRA, commented, "This is a great honor and major source of encouragemen...
BREAKING NEWS:Maj Gen Benon Biraaro dies at 62.

BREAKING NEWS:Maj Gen Benon Biraaro dies at 62.

AFRICA, UGANDA
Born on March 1, 1958, Biraaro joined the National Resistance Army bush war in 1982 straight out of Makerere University and by 1984, he had risen to the High Command and National Resistance Council and by 1986, he was the deputy to President Museveni’s Principal Private Secretary. He was then posted to Kitgum as the special district administrator until 1987 before being sent to Kyankwanzi where he served as deputy commandant of the National Leadership Institute. Biraaro served as the commanding officer of the 97th battalion in Eastern Uganda which helped end the insurgency in Teso sub-region. He later served as the commander of the military police, appointed the representative of the office of the Inspector General of Government, served as a member of the Adhoc committee...
AFRICA: As Boom Turns To Bust, Community Stabilization in Chad Helps Both Host Communities and Migrants

AFRICA: As Boom Turns To Bust, Community Stabilization in Chad Helps Both Host Communities and Migrants

AFRICA, CHAD
The International Organization for Migration (IOM) and the Governor of Bourkou last week launched the “Human Security and Community Stabilization in Chad” project in FayaBOURKOU, Chad, February 11, 2020/ -- This was once a booming northern border town, supporting thousands of Chadians and Libyans who came to trade, barter or sell their wares. But with the closing of Chad’s border with Libya last March, boom turned to bust. Access to Libyan markets has practically disappeared for Chadians in Bourkou region, resulting in a scarcity of food and other essentials like fuel, and inflated prices leaving many local people struggling to meet their daily needs. And all the while, vulnerable migrants stranded in Libya, including survivors of human trafficking in urgent nee...
A pictorial of the late Ex-Kenyan President Daniel Arap Moi

A pictorial of the late Ex-Kenyan President Daniel Arap Moi

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, KENYA
The body of the late Moi being driven into the stadium to the waiting thousands of Kenyans and other mourners during the celebration of the life of President Daniel Toroitich Arap Moi, at the Nyayo Stadium in Nairobi.on 11th February 2019. President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni pays the last respect t to the late Moi as he Joined thousands of Kenyans and other mourners to celebrate the life of President Daniel Toroitich Arap Moi, at the Nyayo Stadium in Nairobi.on 11th February 2019. President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni interacting with some of the children of the late Moi as he Joined thousands of Kenyans and other mourners to celebrate the life of President Daniel Toroitich Arap Moi, at the Nyayo Stadium in Nairobi.on 11th February 2019.
CRIME: Sudan’s Omar al-Bashir to be handed to the international Criminal Court.

CRIME: Sudan’s Omar al-Bashir to be handed to the international Criminal Court.

AFRICA, CRIME, SUDAN
Sudan's Omar al-Bashir spent a decade flouting international arrest warrants on war crimes charges, travelling overseas in open defiance of the International Criminal Court. But after mass protests brought an end to his three decades of iron-fisted rule last year, Bashir looks set to finally appear before The Hague-based ICC for his role in the Darfur conflict. The 75-year-old has been held in prison since his ouster in April on corruption charges that saw him sentenced in December to two years in a correctional centre for the elderly. One of Africa's longest-serving presidents, Bashir showed many different faces during his 30 years in power. Known for his trademark dancing and waving of a stick before addressing loyalists, Bashir had remained defiant in the fac...
CRIME: “Kanyamunyu’s brother hid the gun used to kill Akena” – witness testifies.

CRIME: “Kanyamunyu’s brother hid the gun used to kill Akena” – witness testifies.

AFRICA, CRIME, UGANDA
One of the investigating officers in the case in which businessman Matthew Kanyamunyu is accused of shooting dead child rights activist Kenneth Akena has told court that one of the accused’s brothers, Joseph Kanyamunyu picked the killer gun from the vehicle after the fateful incident. Detective Sargent Patrick Alunyu told court presided over by Justice Steven Mubiru that he was told by one Robert Mutebi,a security guard at Nakasero hospital that Joseph Kanyamunyu had been seen picking a gun from his brother’s vehicle before driving away in another vehicle. “Another vehicle entered the hospital and a gentleman came out. He approached the accused’s vehicle from the left-hand side and that he saw the two exchanging a pistol before the gentleman drove away,” the detective tol...
EAST AFRICA: “Moi was a Patriot who loved East Africa” – President Museveni.

EAST AFRICA: “Moi was a Patriot who loved East Africa” – President Museveni.

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, FEATURE STORIES
NAIROBI- Former Kenyan President Daniel Toroitich Arap Moi was a patriot, loved the East African Community and was a conciliatory figure, President Museveni has said. The three qualities are what President Museveni pointed out about Moi, at a state funeral at Nyayo Stadium in Nairobi, where several regional leaders and thousands of Kenyans congregated to celebrate the life of Kenya's second President. President Moi died last Tuesday aged 95. He was Kenya's President from 1978 to 2002, having assumed power following the death of founding President, Mzee Jomo Kenyatta. Introducing President Museveni to the audience, President Uhuru Kenyatta described him as the "elder of the region", attracting loud cheers and ululations from the excited crowd. President Museveni, who delivered his eulogy ...
WORLD: It’s been 30 years since Nelson Mandela walked free.

WORLD: It’s been 30 years since Nelson Mandela walked free.

AFRICA, FEATURE STORIES, WORLD
Tuesday February 11, 2020 marks 30 years since the late South African President Nelson Mandela was released from prison. Madiba, as he was affectionately called walked free to become South Africa’s first elected black president. “Whites are fellow South Africans and we want them to feel safe and that we appreciate the contribution they have made towards the development of this country’‘, the late South African icon said at a press conference in Cape Town, Western Cape shortly after his release. When Madiba walked out from the Victor Verster prison in 1990, he said ‘‘As I walked out the door toward the gate that would lead to my freedom, I knew if I didn’t leave my bitterness and hatred behind, I’d still be in prison.’‘ The anniversary also marks the end to a ban on pol...
UGANDA: “We have registered success for Digital Tax Stamp System” –  URA

UGANDA: “We have registered success for Digital Tax Stamp System” – URA

AFRICA, Business, ECONOMY, UGANDA
Tax body, Uganda Revenue Authority has started the implementation of the Digital Tax Stamps on a high. The body reports that 32 manufacturers and importers who are domestic and exporters have already registered their factory lines in compliance with the Digital tax stamps. According to the tax body, large scale manufacturers including Crown Beverages, the manufacturers of Pepsi and other beverages, Mukwano industries and Riham Industries are some of those that have heeded to the call for the implementation of the Digital Stamp System. “We are continuing with the registration of manufacturers for digital tax stamps. We encourage those that have not complied to do so to avoid being found on the wrong side of the law,” Ian Rumanyika, the Public and Corporate affairs manag...
FEATURE STORIES: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau meets African leaders to advance conflict resolution and economic security

FEATURE STORIES: Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau meets African leaders to advance conflict resolution and economic security

AFRICA, AMERICA, FEATURE STORIES
Trudeau called for cooperation among international partners and governments to create economic opportunity and prosperity that is broadly sharedADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, February 10, 2020/ -- Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau convened a meeting for African heads of state, foreign ministers and representatives of the United Nations and other multilateral bodies on Monday to discuss ways to secure peace across the continent as a necessary condition for prosperity. Trudeau, the 2020 chair of the United Nations Peacebuilding Commission, called for cooperation among international partners and governments to create economic opportunity and prosperity that is broadly shared, “…as a way not just of countering the pull of extremism in some places or the cynicism of populism, but...
Africa Oil & Power (AOP) Events Drive Cross-Border Energy Trade and Investment.

Africa Oil & Power (AOP) Events Drive Cross-Border Energy Trade and Investment.

AFRICA, Business, ECONOMY
As the expanding natural gas and power sectors drive growth across the continent, Africa Oil & Power presents a series of events that target global and African investorsCAPE TOWN, South Africa, February 11, 2020/ -- Africa Oil & Power (https://AfricaOilandPower.com/) is the only event group uniting the entire energy value chain, from oil exploration to renewables and focusing on the African continent; AOP 2020 flagship conference takes place on September 15-17 in Cape Town under the theme #InvestWithoutBoundaries; Key national conferences in 2020, held in partnership with government, include Senegal, Angola, Equatorial Guinea and South Sudan.Africa is open for business in the energy sector in 2020. As the expanding natural gas and power sectors drive growth across the c...
EAST AFRICA: Rwanda’s Trinity bus catches fire, passengers flee – Uganda

EAST AFRICA: Rwanda’s Trinity bus catches fire, passengers flee – Uganda

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, FEATURE STORIES, RWANDA, UGANDA
A bus belonging to Trinity Express, a Rwandan based travel company on Tuesday morning went up in flames in Mpigi. All the passengers survived but they lost their property to the fire. The bus registration number RAD 664D from Kigali heading to Kampala went up in flames at Buwama Police Check point. Video footage of the incident shows large flames at the rear of the bus, sending plumes of black smoke into the sky. Police suspects the fire started in the engine compartment before it spread to the rest bus. Trinity Express is a Rwanda based company on the international Kigali-Kampala route. It has been growing rapidly over the past few years.
AFRICA: Jihadists kill 30, abduct dozens in northeast Nigeria

AFRICA: Jihadists kill 30, abduct dozens in northeast Nigeria

AFRICA, Nigeria
Jihadists killed at least 30 people and abducted women and children in a raid in northeast Nigeria's restive Borno state, a regional government spokesman said on Monday. The attack Sunday evening targeted the village of Auno on a key highway linking to regional capital Maiduguri. The jihadists stormed in on trucks mounted with heavy weapons, killing, burning and looting before kidnapping women and children, state government spokesman Ahmad Abdurrahman Bundi said. They aimed at travelers who had stopped for the night and torched vehicles. The attackers "killed not less than 30 people who are mostly motorists and destroyed 18 vehicles," Bundi said in a statement after visiting the scene. The attack, some 25 kilometers (15 miles) west of Maiduguri, occurred in an area wher...
SOUTH SUDAN: AU urges parties to form unity government on time

SOUTH SUDAN: AU urges parties to form unity government on time

AFRICA, FEATURE STORIES
The African Union (AU) on Monday called on the parties to South Sudan’s revitalized peace agreement to form the long-awaited Transitional Government of National Unity (R-TGoNU) on time as agreed in November “This is a very important issue, because the time is short to establish an administration and save the country from total collapse,” AU Peace and Security Council member Ismail Chergui said at a press conference. Last year, the parties agreed to form the unity government first in May but because pre-transitional tasks provided for in the revitalized peace agreement were not in place, the parties had to extend the pre-transitional period for a November 2019 deadline which also passed without the government being formed. A new deadline agreed by President Salva Kiir an...
AFRICA: 20 Ugandan nationals deported from Zimbabwe.

AFRICA: 20 Ugandan nationals deported from Zimbabwe.

AFRICA, FEATURE STORIES, UGANDA, ZIMBABWE
Court in Zimbabwe has ordered the deportation of 20 Ugandan nationals over illegal entry while en-route to South Africa.   The Ugandans including a five-year-old were arrested along Bulawayo-Victoria Falls road in Zimbabwe’s second-largest city by Zimbabwe police as reported by CITE, a news outlet.   Arrested on Saturday, they were Monday arraigned before the Bulawayo Provincial magistrates court judge Tinashe Tashaya who sentenced them to 3 months imprisonment wholly suspended on condition that they do not commit a similar offence in the next five years. This means they do not serve the sentence but face deportation and if they commit the same offence in Zimbabwe within the next five years, the suspended sentence is activated.   The Ugandans to be depor...
AFRICA: Kenyans bid farewell to ex-president Moi

AFRICA: Kenyans bid farewell to ex-president Moi

AFRICA, FEATURE STORIES, KENYA
Kenyans on Wednesday flocked the Nyayo National Stadium in the capital Nairobi for the funeral of former president Daniel Arap Moi. Moi, who led the country for 24 years, died last week at the age of 95. He will be buried on Wednesday at his Kabarak home in Nakuru county after Tuesday’s funeral. Tuesday has been declared a public holiday in Kenya in his honour, and a large turnout is expected at the ceremony in Nyayo National Stadium. According to the Daily Nation newspaper, this is the day’s order of events: 08:00 – Members of public to be seated08.30 – Funeral procession leaves parliament for Nyayo National Stadium10:00 – State officials and guests to be seated10:30 – President Uhuru Kenyatta and First Lady Margaret Kenyatta to be seated10:45 – Memorial service begins...
CRIME:  Counterfeit  currencies – Seven arrested

CRIME: Counterfeit currencies – Seven arrested

AFRICA, CRIME, UGANDA
The police is holding seven suspects, including four Cameroonian nationals, for allegedly printing fake US dollars and Uganda currency. The seven allegedly belong to different groups that have been printing money in different parts of Kampala. Their arrests follows four operations that were conducted by police in Makindye division against criminal gangs dealing in counterfeit currencies. The team seized dollar bills amounting to $10,500 and chemicals said to be used in their trade. Police spokesperson Fred Enanga told journalists that the four Cameroonian nationals were arrested in Makindye Division and they had with them 560 counterfeit notes of Uganda currency and fake dollar bills. These amounted to Shs 28 million and $10,500. The suspects are: Lyonga Kinva Elo...