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DRC postpones Patrice Lumumba tributes over Covid-19 surge

DRC postpones Patrice Lumumba tributes over Covid-19 surge

ADVOCACY, AFRICA, African Union, BELGIUM, CRIME, CRISIS, DRC, PAN AFRICA
As the Health crisis worsens in the country, Democratic Republic of Congo's president Felix Tshisekedi has warned the DRC could face a deadly third wave of Covid-19 contaminations. Drastic measures are set to be announced in the days to come. "The situation of the Covid pandemic is serious. We have seen an upsurge in cases of infection and, unfortunately, in cases of death as well. Our hospitals are saturated," DRC president Felix Tshisekedi said. The Democratic Republic of Congo has recorded 3 deaths and 254 new contaminations on Friday, with 210 in capital city Kinshasa alone. "Drastic measures are required to face this increase in infection, which has the potential to be more virulent than the first two waves," Felix Thisekedi added. As a result of the recent surge o...
Mali: New prime minister sets priorities towards civilian rule in 2022

Mali: New prime minister sets priorities towards civilian rule in 2022

AFRICA, African Union, GOVERNMENT, MALI, PAN AFRICA, POLITICS, PRIME MINISTER, Security, West Africa
Mali's new transitional prime minister Choguel Kokalla Maiga set an ambitious roadmap on Sunday towards a return to civilian power in February 2022 The new transitional prime minister in Mali, Choguel Kokalla Maiga, assembled his government for the first time on Sunday. The meeting was to set as priorities for the West African nation, i.e. "the improvement of security, political and institutional reforms" -- plus the organization of highly anticipated credible elections to return civilians to power in February 2022. He takes office at a time when the country has been caught up in jihadist turmoil and violence of all kinds for years. The security crisis goes hand in hand with serious political and social crises. The Malian Prime Minister addressed his government: "We wil...
Zambia: President collapses from dizziness during televised ceremony

Zambia: President collapses from dizziness during televised ceremony

AFRICA, CRISIS, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, PAN AFRICA, PRESIDENT, Zambia
The president of Zambia Edgar Lungu fainted on Sunday during the country’s televised official annual ceremony for the National Defence Forces Day -- which was immediately interrupted following the incident. The 64-year-old head of state -- who is running for re-election in August, suffers from the rare disease achalasia. The condition affects the oesophagus and causes hypoglycaemic attacks Lungu had previously taken ill in and been hospitalised in 2015. Sunday afternoon apparently saw Lungu experience a sudden dizzy spell. Nevertheless, Zambia’s leader has since recovered and continues to perform his duties -- as per the official statement issued by the presidency. Edgar Lungu first took office in 2015 and was maintained his powerful position in a disputed electi...
South African president Ramaphosa “pleased” with G7 vaccines “support”

South African president Ramaphosa “pleased” with G7 vaccines “support”

AFRICA, African Union, G7, G7 SUMMIT, PAN AFRICA, PRESIDENT, South Africa, South African Parliament
South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa is happy about the promise made by nations at the G7 meeting in Britain on Sunday -- to donate at least 1 billion coronavirus vaccines to countries in less favourable situations. Although he questioned why only one African nation was invited to attend the summit, the South African leader nevertheless welcomes the pledged assistance that will be beneficial to many countries on the continent. "We brought a message here that we would like to have access to the vaccines as well, so that the people of Africa, from whom only 2% have now been vaccinated as opposed to much higher percentages in the North, should also be vaccinated. "We also raised the issue of giving capacity and capability to countries in the developing economies so that ...
Nubian Li, Eddy Mutwe and 16 Political Prisoners Finally Released on Bail

Nubian Li, Eddy Mutwe and 16 Political Prisoners Finally Released on Bail

ADVOCACY, AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, KAMPALA, PAN AFRICA, POLITICS, UGANDA, UPDF
The general court martial has released political prisoners Nubian Li, Eddie Mutwe, Dan Magic and 15 other members of the National Unity Platform (NUP) who were arrested in Kalangala last year during Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine’s campaign trail. The 18 members have been set free on Monday as confirmed from NUP spokesperson Joel Ssenyonyi who said in a Facebook post that; “Nubian Li, Eddie Mutwe, Dan Magic and the rest of the reamining team members who were arrested in Kalangala last year have all been released on bail. While this is a sigh of relief, we still have to press on in demanding for the release of all political prisoners held in different prisons across the country. Welcome back comrades.” Last month, the General Court Martial granted bail to 17 supporters of N...
Alupo, Nabbanja vetting today

Alupo, Nabbanja vetting today

AFRICA, GOVERNMENT, PAN AFRICA, Parliament, POLITICS, PRIME MINISTER, UGANDA, VICE PRESIDENT
Vice President Jessica Alupo (left) and Prime Minister Robinah Nabbanja at the reading of the National Budget at Kololo Independence Grounds in Kampala last week. PHOTO/PARLIAMENT arliament will sit today to vet the Vice President designate, Ms Jessica Alupo, and the Prime Minister nominee, Ms Robinah Nabbanja, after their appointment last week.Ms Alupo, the former Education minister, replaced Mr Edward Ssekandi, while Ms Nabbanja, the former State Minister for Health in-charge of General Duties, replaced Dr Ruhakana Rugunda. President Museveni said the duo is the best choice to advance his vision for the country.A notice from the Office of Clerk to Parliament to the Members of Parliament signed by Mr Paul Wabwire, the Deputy Clerk (Parliamentary Affairs),  urged all the legisl...
Covid-19: Govt bans pupils from crossing into Kenya

Covid-19: Govt bans pupils from crossing into Kenya

AFRICA, BORDER CROSSING, CHILDREN, COVID-19, EAST AFRICA, FAMILY, KENYA, PAN AFRICA, UGANDA
More than 500 pupils have been banned from crossing the border for school in Kenya in a move to combat the spread of Covid-19. The ban was on Wednesday announced by Mr John Achila, the Busia Resident District Commissioner , during a Covid-19 taskforce meeting at the district council hall. Mr Achila, the head of the taskforce, said the restriction is in line with the Presidential directives on the closure of schools in the country following a surge in Covid-19 cases. President Museveni, on Sunday listed 40 directives which, among others, included the immediate closure of all institutions of learning. “The continuous crossing of the border by our children who study in Kenya is in contravention of the presidential directives and is not only a risk in the spread of Covid-19 to...
Rwanda Hands Over to Uganda Intercepted UPDF Soldier

Rwanda Hands Over to Uganda Intercepted UPDF Soldier

AFRICA, BORDER CROSSING, EAST AFRICA, PAN AFRICA, Rwanda, Security, UGANDA, UPDF
Rwanda on Sunday evening handed over to Ugandan authorities a soldier under the Uganda People’s Defence Force (UPDF) who was intercepted on Rwanda soil by Rwanda Defence Force (RDF) patrol on Saturday morning. RDF said that the soldier, identified as Pte. Bukuru Muhuba, who was armed, was arrested in Cyanika Sector, Burera district in the Northern Province. “On 12 June 21, at approximately 1445hrs, an RDF Day patrol intercepted a Uganda People’s Defence Force (UPDF) soldier identified as Pte Bakuru MUHUBA who was on Rwandan soil in Northern Province, Burera District, Cyanika sector, Kamanyana cell, Majyambere village,” “He was dressed in UPDF camouflage uniform, armed with a Medium Machine Gun (MMG) with its 100 rounds, 01 Binocular, 01 cell phone and his military Identificat...
Museveni Kickstarts  the fight against assassins

Museveni Kickstarts the fight against assassins

AFRICA, CRIME, EAST AFRICA, PAN AFRICA, PRESIDENT, Security, UGANDA, UPDF
Gen. Katumba Wamala's attempted Assassination President Museveni became meme fodder on social media once again in his latest reference of deadly assassins as “pigs”. Denouncing trained assassins after a high profile killing is the default position of the Commander in Chief. Those who thought he would use a different response mechanism were left disappointed when Museveni descended in his usual tirade after Gen. Katumba Wamala, Works and Transport Minister, survived a deadly assassination attempt while driving on a narrow road in Kisaasi. His driver and daughter were not as lucky. They died on the spot. Government spokespeople like Ofwono Opondo say the pig reference is a metaphor that has been lost in translation. They also refer to the assassinations as “isolated incidents”. ...
CDF Gen. David Muhoozi appointed Minister

CDF Gen. David Muhoozi appointed Minister

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, KAMPALA, PAN AFRICA, POLITICS, Security, UGANDA, UPDF
Gen David Muhoozi who has been the Chief of Defense Forces (PHOTO/Courtesy). KAMPALA, Uganda – President Yoweri Museveni has taken Gen David Muhoozi out of the Chief of Defence Forces (CDF) office and appointed him as the new State Minister for Internal Affairs. Gen Muhoozi has been in the office for only four years after taking over from Gen Katumba Wamala in 2017. The pending approval list by Parliament has seen Gen Muhoozi replacing Mario Kania Obiga who has served in the position for five years. About Gen David Muhoozi He joined the army in 1985 and has served as a defence counsel at the General Court Martial in Makindye before being transferred to the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI), as Staff Officer General Duties, serving in that role for four years. Ov...
President Kenyatta mourns pioneer Civil servant and diplomat Amb. Dennis Afande

President Kenyatta mourns pioneer Civil servant and diplomat Amb. Dennis Afande

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, KENYA, PAN AFRICA
Amb Denis Daudi Afande - Background NAIROBI, 12th June 2021, (PSCU)—President Uhuru Kenyatta has sent a message of condolence to the family relatives and friends of Kenya's former envoy to Washington DC, Amb. Dennis Daudi Afande who passed away recently. In his message of comfort and encouragement, the President mourned the late Afande as consummate diplomat and pioneer public servant whose long and distinguished service helped lay the foundation of the Kenyan Nation. “As a country, we owe a debt of gratitude to Ambassador Dennis Afande for his role in shaping our nation's foreign policy during his long service as a diplomat. As a pioneer public servant and diplomat, Ambassador Afande helped position Kenya on the global map as a steadfast Republic," the President mourned. Amb....
Mali: New government sees military in key ministerial positions

Mali: New government sees military in key ministerial positions

AFRICA, African Union, CRISIS, GOVERNMENT, MALI, PAN AFRICA, PRESIDENT, PRIME MINISTER, West Africa
In Mali Friday a new government has been formed. It sees the military -- which staged two coup d’états in nine months, in charge of the West African nation's key ministries. At its head -- albeit facing criticism of his position’s legitimacy, transitional president Colonel Assimi Goïta, who was sworn in on Monday. Ministerial positions of defence, security, interior and national reconciliation are all occupied by military personalities -- some of whom held these titles at the time they were also leaders of the August 18 2020 coup that removed then-President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita. Namely, Colonel Major Ismaël Wagué who remains the Minister of National Reconciliation and Colonel Sadio Camara -- who is back as Defence Minister after being ousted in late May by the since rece...
Polls open in Algeria’s tense general elections

Polls open in Algeria’s tense general elections

AFRICA, ALGERIA, DEMOCRACY, ELECTIONS, GOVERNMENT, NORTHERN AFRICA, PAN AFRICA, POLITICS, SUB SAHARA REGION
Polls opened in Algeria on Saturday for a tense election. It's the first legislative polls since former long time President Bouteflika was forced from office in 2019. His replacement President Tebboune says the vote is to tackle corruption and build a "new Algeria". Some 24 million Algerians are called upon to elect the 407 deputies of the National People's Assembly for a five-year term. Voters will have more than 13,000 candidates to choose from- more than half of them listed as an independent. This is the first time that such a large number of independents have come forward to face contenders endorsed by parties largely discredited and held responsible for the crisis in the country. These newcomers, with a vague affiliation, could establish themselves as a new forc...
Kenya’s authority to begin crackdown on unregistered potato dealers

Kenya’s authority to begin crackdown on unregistered potato dealers

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, FARMIMG, GOVERNMENT, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, PAN AFRICA, PEOPLE
You might soon get yourself arrested if you are an unregistered dealer in Irish potato in Kenya. Kenya’s government announced Wednesday it has launch a massive crackdown to apprehend unregistered Irish potato dealers countrywide. According to Kenya’s Ministry of Agriculture, any dealer of the said crop whether they are the transporter, trader, warehouse, collection center, importer, or exporter who is not registered will either pay a fine of Sh5 million or 3 years imprisonment or both. "The Irish potato regulations were gazetted on December 2019 and thus became law. In this regard, there will be a sensitization exercise on June 8, 2021, and thereafter enforcement will start immediately. Be notified therefore that anyone who contravenes the law will be arrested and arraigned in co...
Central African Republic’s prime minister, cabinet resign

Central African Republic’s prime minister, cabinet resign

AFRICA, Central African Republic, PAN AFRICA, POLITICS, PRIME MINISTER
Firmin Ngrebada on Thursday resigned as prime minister of the Central African Republic along with his entire cabinet. Ngrebada was made prime minister in February 2019. He had served as President Faustine-Archange Touadera's chief of cabinet before the appointment. He had been one of the main architects of the Khartoum peace agreement in February 2019 between the authorities and armed groups which brought relative stability to the country that has been mired in conflict since 2013. A spokesman for the presidency said Ngrebada could be asked to lead a new government. His resignation comes after strained political and diplomatic ties with former colonial ruler France. Paris announced this week that it was suspending military assistance to Bangui, saying authorities in the...
Museveni: New cabinet members are loyal, hardworking

Museveni: New cabinet members are loyal, hardworking

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, PAN AFRICA, UGANDA
President Museveni said Thursday that he had appointed capable members to his cabinet early this week after personally following and observing them for a long time, allaying fears that most of them may not perform to the expectation of Ugandans. According to the president, the newly appointed cabinet members are loyal, hardworking and not corrupt. Mr Museveni said, like Christ went for the fishermen, and left out the Pharisees and Sadducees who represented Authority, he had also decided to go for “the Nabbanjas” leaving out the so many “good people” and intellectuals. “When I was compiling my cabinet list, I was operating underground alone. This is one area where I don't need assistance. This is a fantastic and pleasant job. I have to look at religion, region, tribe etc... In...
I studied everybody I nominated to Cabinet – Museveni

I studied everybody I nominated to Cabinet – Museveni

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, GOVERNMENT, PAN AFRICA, Parliament, UGANDA
“I surprised you with my fishermen,” Museveni said attracting laughter from Members of Parliament (MPs) who converged at Kololo ceremonial grounds for the parliamentary third sitting and reading of the national budget today (June 10). President Yoweri Museveni has said that he fully studied everyone he nominated to Cabinet, adding that he surprised many with his appointments.“I surprised you with my fishermen,” Museveni said attracting laughter from Members of Parliament (MPs) who converged at Kololo ceremonial grounds for the parliamentary third sitting and reading of the national budget today (June 10).Ntenjeru North MP, Amos Lugolobi, who is also the newly-appointed finance state minister in charge of planning, read the national budget, before the President addressed the MPs.On June...
Minister Amos Lugoloobi’s budget speech

Minister Amos Lugoloobi’s budget speech

AFRICA, Bank Of Uganda, Buganda Kingdom, EAST AFRICA, PAN AFRICA, UGANDA, Uganda Banker's association, Uganda Cancer Institute, Uganda Law Society, Uganda Olympic Committe, Uganda Police Force, Uganda Red Cross, Uganda Rugby Union, Uganda Super League
Speaker Jacob Oulanyah informs the House that Hon Amos Lugoloobi will present the budget on behalf of the President.Hon Amos Lugoloobi has just been appointed as State Minister for Finance awaiting vetting by the Appointments Committee.  Uganda’s per capita income is increasing steadily. In Financial Year 2015/16 it was US$ 808 and is projected to increase to US$ 932 in Financial Year 2020/21.  Coffee remains the leading agricultural export earning US$ 497.4 million in the Financial Year 2019/20. Dairy exports fetched US$ 204.5 million, while Tea exports earned US$ 71 million in Financial Year 2019/20. Fish exports earnings increased from US$ 121 million to US$ 227 million, over the same period. Minister Lugoloobi says scientific research and innovation is now tr...
President Museveni: Every car, motorcycle to have a digital monitor

President Museveni: Every car, motorcycle to have a digital monitor

AFRICA, GOVERNMENT, PAN AFRICA, PRESIDENT, UGANDA
President Museveni addressing Parliament during budget reading on June 10, 2021 President Museveni Thursday said every vehicle and motorcycle will be required to have a digital monitoring device as part of his government’s attempts to contain cases of insecurity in the country, like the recent assassination attempt at Works and Transport minister, Gen Edward Katumba Wamala. “Every vehicle and motorcycle must have a digital monitor. If you try to remove it, we shall go for you. It will show us where you are at any one time. As soon as there is a crime, we go. I don't want any wasting time in investigations. I have told Gen David Muhoozi (State minister for internal affairs) to check what has happened to that plan. We would not be wasting time on who was there,” Mr Museveni said as he...