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Uganda’s Prime Minister Robinah Nabbanja  receives death threats

Uganda’s Prime Minister Robinah Nabbanja receives death threats

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, Office Of the Prime Minister, UGANDA
Uganda’s Prime Minister of Uganda Rt. Hon Robinah Nabbanja has said her life is in danger after getting ‘threats’ relating to her method of work, which calls for quality service delivery in the OPM office. Speaking to Journalists at parliament on Friday, Nabbanja said a certain woman she describes as a ‘messenger’ from Kampala had approached her brother in Kakumiro district questioning Nabbanja’s style of work. KMA UPDATES Photo Not taking the issue lightly, Nabbanja said she was in the process of petitioning President Yoweri Museveni, over the matter. “I don’t take that lightly, I will inform my boss, the Head of State that if anybody can drive from Kampala, up to Kakumiro, to look for my brother and ask him what this woman wants, I can’t take that lightly,” she said. Nabb...
President Kenyatta calls for intensification of fight against malaria in Africa

President Kenyatta calls for intensification of fight against malaria in Africa

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, INTERNATIONAL, KENYA, MALARIA, WORLD, World Health Organization
KILIFI COUNTY, July 22, 2021, (PSCU)--President Uhuru Kenyatta has called for the intensification of fight against malaria and other diseases ravaging Africa even as the continent tackles Covid-19. President Uhuru Kenyatta, Kilifi Governor Amason Jeffa Kingi, CS Lands Farida Karoney and CS Interior and Coordination of National Government Dr. Fred Matiang'i arrive at Kasidi Primary School grounds for the issuance of 2,169 Title Deeds in Rabai, Kilifi County. The Head of State spoke Thursday at the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI)-Wellcome Trust Station in Kilifi County where he unveiled the first locally manufactured malaria rapid diagnostics kit developed by the institute. “We have a good number of diseases that we still have to overcome and we are here to overcome that. ...
Vaccinate all teachers before school re-opening

Vaccinate all teachers before school re-opening

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, HEALTH, Kenyan Parliament, Parliament, SCHOOL, South African Parliament, UGANDA, WORLD, World Health Organization
Local leaders and educationist in Northern Uganda have called on government to vaccinate all teachers before institutions of learning are re-opened.   In a meeting the Parliamentary Taskforce committee on Covid-19, Lira District leaders said there were a lot of infections in schools which had an effect on the communities when the learners where sent home when the second lockdown was enforced.“We observed that when children came back from schools, that is when the elderly began to fall sick in the villages. Schools realised Covid-19 in their schools and they kept quiet,” Said Bosco Ogwang, a member of the Lira University Covid-19 task force.Ogwang added that students should only go back vaccination of teachers country wide. Jonam County MP, Hon Emmanuel Ongiertho said since the ...
Do not sell your birthright, President Kenyatta urges Kilifi residents as he issues land title deeds

Do not sell your birthright, President Kenyatta urges Kilifi residents as he issues land title deeds

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, KENYA
RABAI, KILIFI COUNTY,July 2021, (PSCU)—President Uhuru Kenyatta today issued 2,169 title deeds to residents of Rabai in Kilifi County, and urged them not to be enticed into selling their birthright for temporary pleasure. The President observed that the title deeds were worth billions of shillings and if utilized well, the landownership documents held immense potential to transform the lives of beneficiaries and their dependants. “When we finish this event, the residents of Rabai would be worth Shs 4.2 billion. The question is, if you have received a title deed and you have heard of its worth, are you going to use it to improve your lives or you are going to sell it and make yourself happy then in December you will start looking for another place to be a squatter,” the President pos...
Agriculture, technology top agenda as President Kenyatta meets Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney

Agriculture, technology top agenda as President Kenyatta meets Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney

AFRICA, Diplomats, EAST AFRICA, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, Ireland, KENYA, WORLD
MOMBASA, 23rd July 2021, (PSCU)—President Uhuru Kenyatta today at State House, Mombasa, held talks with the visiting Foreign Affairs Minister of the Republic of Ireland Simon Coveney. The President and his visitor discussed a wide array of bilateral and multilateral subjects of mutual interest to Kenya and Ireland top among them agriculture and technology transfer. President Kenyatta expressed Kenya's gratitude to the Government of Ireland for its financing of the one million pound Irish potato value-chain project being implemented by the International Fertiliser Development Centre (IFDC) in Nyandarua County. “We are very grateful for the collaboration we have in the agricultural sector. The results have been great. The collaboration in potato farming has made such a huge impact ...
STATE HOUSE, MOMBASA: Ministry of Defence – Postings, Promotions and Appointments –

STATE HOUSE, MOMBASA: Ministry of Defence – Postings, Promotions and Appointments –

EAST AFRICA, KDF, KENYA, Nairobi, PRESIDENT, Security
Press-Release-appontmentsDownload President Uhuru Kenyatta and Chief of Defence Forces General Robert Kibochi decorate Maj. Gen Francis Ogolla to the rank of Lieutenant General at State House, Mombasa. Maj. Gen Francis Ogolla has been appointed the Vice Chief of the Defence Forces (VCDF).  President Uhuru Kenyatta and Chief of Defence Forces General Robert Kibochi decorate Maj. Gen Francis Ogolla to the rank of Lieutenant General at State House, Mombasa. Maj. Gen Francis Ogolla has been appointed the Vice Chief of the Defence Forces (VCDF). :  Lieutenant General Francis Ogolla takes the oath of office as the incoming Vice Chief of the Defence Forces (VCDF) at State House, Mombasa.    Major General John M Omenda takes the oath of office as the incoming Commander Kenya Air...
MTN Uganda Launches New Digital Home of sports

MTN Uganda Launches New Digital Home of sports

Business, DIGITAL, EAST AFRICA, Football, MTN, South Africa, Sports, UGANDA
The “MTN Sports” Website This follows MTN’s active engagement in Ugandan sports over the years. The MTN Sports Website is an online hub to showcase the best and most promising and prolific talent that Ugandan sport s has to offer. Visit sports.mtn.co.ug ug to catch the latest from your Ugandan sports heroes and discover the most up-to-date information including the Upcoming Olympics. Somdev Sen the MTN Chief Marketing Officer Friday 23rd July 2021: Kampala- Uganda; MTN Uganda has launched a dedicated online home of UG sports dubbed “MTN Sports” to give Ugandan sports enthusiasts a one-stop point for all sports related news, analysis and updates. This innovation is hinged on MTN’s vision of delivering the benefits of a digital world to its customers. Since it opened shop ...
Uganda’s olympic  weight lifter deported from Tokyo after attempting to escape for survival.

Uganda’s olympic weight lifter deported from Tokyo after attempting to escape for survival.

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, Sports, TOKYO, UGANDA
A Ugandan weightlifter who went missing from a pre-Olympics camp in western Japan has been flown home a few hours before the official start of the Games. Qatar Airways plane arrives with Julius Sekitoleko onboard Julius Sekitoleko arrives in the plane. Julius Sekitoleko (second left) Julius Ssekitoleko is currently being held at Uganda police headquarters to determine whether or not he had committed a crime, CID Spokesperson Charles Twino said. He left the camp a week ago and was later found by the authorities buying a railway ticket. Ssekitoleko’s mother, pregnant wife and government officials who had travelled to Uganda’s Entebbe airport to meet him on Friday morning did not get an opportunity to greet him on arrival. The arrival lounge at the Lakeside Enteb...
Chadema chairman Freeman Mbowe and 10 other members  arrested

Chadema chairman Freeman Mbowe and 10 other members arrested

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, POLITICS, TANZANIA
  were rounded up in the dead of night Wednesday in a crackdown denounced as a throwback to the oppressive rule of the country's late leader.Officials from Tanzania's main opposition party say they have not been able to establish where Mbowe is being held. • Ten other leaders arrested alongside him had been taken to the Central Police Station in Mwanza, the party said. Tanzania's main opposition party said Thursday that its leader and other members could be charged with terrorism after being arrested in a sweeping midnight raid that has drawn international concern. Chadema chairman Freeman Mbowe and 10 other members were rounded up in the dead of night Wednesday in a crackdown denounced as a throwback to the oppressive rule of the country's late leader. Police searched Mbow...
KEMRI KILIFI: President Uhuru Kenyatta unveils first locally manufactured malaria rapid diagnostic kit

KEMRI KILIFI: President Uhuru Kenyatta unveils first locally manufactured malaria rapid diagnostic kit

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, KENYA, MALARIA, WORLD, World Health Organization
President Uhuru Kenyatta has today unveiled the first locally manufactured malaria rapid diagnostic kit at the KEMRI-Wellcome Trust Research Programme in Kilifi County. The Head of State, who was taken on guided tour of the world renowned health research facility, also announced the attainment of World Health Organization (WHO) pre-qualification for the first locally manufactured malaria medicine.
Press Release – MTN Uganda to Award the Best SUPL Football Club, Players, Coaches as chosen by the fans.

Press Release – MTN Uganda to Award the Best SUPL Football Club, Players, Coaches as chosen by the fans.

Business, EAST AFRICA, FIFA, FIFA, Football, FUFA, MTN, South Africa, Sports, UGANDA
Dubbed the MTN SUPL Fans Awards, the initiative follows the completion of the 2020-2021 SUPL season that involved fans voting for their best performing players, coaches, and clubs, The awards follow the successful five-months online engagement spearheaded by MTN to keep the football passion alive amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic. The awards are in favour of the club and personalities solely chosen by the SUPL football fans. Up to three fans with the highest online engagements shall also win cash. Fans can vote (from the monthly winners’ shortlist) for their favourite footballer, coach, and club on the MTN website sports.mtn.co.ug/fansawards and via the Sanyuka TV Facebook page. Thursday, 21st July 2021: Kampala- Uganda; MTN Uganda, the number one supporter of football in Uganda an...
Deputy Clerk to act as Mwesige appointment is formalised

Deputy Clerk to act as Mwesige appointment is formalised

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, Parliament, UGANDA
The Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Hon Anita Among, has appointed Mr Waiswa Henry Yoweri to discharge the functions of the Clerk to Parliament as the appointment of Hon Adolf Mwesige is formalised. Mr Waiswa is the Deputy Clerk, Corporate Affairs.Last week, President Yoweri Museveni appointed former Minister of Defence and Veteran Affairs, Mwesige as Clerk to Parliament, replacing Mrs Jane L. Kibirige, who has been retired.Mwesige is part of a new cohort of permanent secretaries, Museveni deployed to various ministries and government departments last week.He is required to first take the official oath and oath of secrecy as specified in the Oaths Act before taking over from Kibirige.“We would like to appreciate Madam Jane Kibirige for her services to Parliament; thank you very much; I have...
Uganda’s President  Yoweri Museveni rejects loans for importation of buses

Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni rejects loans for importation of buses

Business, EAST AFRICA, KCCA, UGANDA
KCCA, METU bus industries finalize plans for GKMA STATE HOUSE, ENTEBBE: Kampala Capital City Authority and the METU bus industries have finalized plans for the company to assemble and manufacture buses to ease transport needs in the greater Kampala Metropolitan Area (GKMA). KCCA Executive Director Dorothy Kisaka leads her delegation to State House.Courtesy Photo. “The idea of producing buses and trains in Kampala is to lessen the crowds and reduce piki piki. Katabazi says if you give me concession to operate Kampala Services, I fabricate and operate here. KCCA doesn’t have to incur costs. He will recover his costs through operations. This will address the issue of too many small operations at zero budget for government,” the President said. The President in a final push to get...
LAMU COUNTY: President Uhuru Kenyatta visits troops participating in the multi-agency Field Training Exercise (FTX) in Boni Forest in Lamu County and Ijara in Garrisa County -PICS

LAMU COUNTY: President Uhuru Kenyatta visits troops participating in the multi-agency Field Training Exercise (FTX) in Boni Forest in Lamu County and Ijara in Garrisa County -PICS

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, KENYA, Security
President Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday visited troops participating in the multi-agency Field Training Exercise (FTX) in Boni Forest in Lamu County and Ijara in Garrisa County.The Head of State, who was accompanied by Defence CS Monica Juma and taken on a tour of the camps by Chief of Defence Forces General Robert Kibochi, witnessed drills by the teams which are being trained on full interoperability of Kenya's security assets for mission readiness
President Kenyatta visits multi-agency security team in Boni Forest

President Kenyatta visits multi-agency security team in Boni Forest

AFRICA, Business, EAST AFRICA, KENYA, Nairobi, Security
LAMU, 21st July 2021 (PSCU) - President Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday visited the multi-agency team of Kenyan security officers undertaking a joint operational training in Boni Forest, Lamu County.  The Field Training Exercise (FTX), is part of a broad Whole-of-Government approach to the delivery of security services by leveraging on interoperability of Kenya's security assets.  The FTX, which is coordinated by the Kenya Defence Forces (KDF), brings together troops from the different security formations in the country among them Kenya Police Service (NPS), National Youth Service (NYS), Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS), Kenya Forest Service (KFS) andbKenya Coast Guard (KCG) with a view of attaining high levels operational efficiency. At the camp, the President, who was accompan...
PART ONE: dfcu Bank’s Digital Transformation Journey: Banking at the speed of you!

PART ONE: dfcu Bank’s Digital Transformation Journey: Banking at the speed of you!

AFRICA, Banking World, Business, dfcu Bank, EAST AFRICA
Digital technologies have dramatically reshaped industry after industry. Digital transformation is now universally regarded as essential for businesses to remain viable and competitive according to a digital transformation survey done my McKinsey Global.  The survey also highlights that businesses are heading unequivocally towards becoming digital from top to bottom. For those that are not transforming with urgency, the negative consequences will become compounded to the point of being untenable. dfcu Bank started its digital transformation journey in 2017 and has registered considerable progress overtime. The Bank in its latest endeavors has launched a campaign dubbed “Banking at the speed of you” that speaks to their digital transformation agenda as a Bank. We caught up with Lloyd Jo...
CEO of Merck Foundation launches “I CAN – Mentorship Program” across Africa, Asia and Latin America to help the young mentees reach their true potential

CEO of Merck Foundation launches “I CAN – Mentorship Program” across Africa, Asia and Latin America to help the young mentees reach their true potential

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, EDUCATION, KENYA, Nairobi
PRESS RELEASEThe aim of the program is to help the mentees reach their potential, fulfill their dreams, inspire others and transform under pressureAccess Multimedia ContentNAIROBI, Kenya, July 20, 2021/ -- CEO of Merck Foundation (www.Merck-Foundation.com), the philanthropic arm of Merck KGaA Germany, Senator Dr. Rasha Kelej announced the beginning of a new mentoring program “I CAN – Mentorship Program” across Africa, Asia and Latin America as part of her personal contribution to empower women and youth in the global south. The program, which is open to Merck Foundation Alumni, including journalists and healthcare providers, will be an interactive program with Senator, Dr. Rasha Kelej where she will lend her 27 years of knowledge and experience to support and...
A Ugandan weight lifter who recently travelled to Japan in the hopes of competing in the Tokyo Olympics  has finally been arrested.

A Ugandan weight lifter who recently travelled to Japan in the hopes of competing in the Tokyo Olympics has finally been arrested.

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, JAPAN, Ministry Of Education and Sports, National Council Of Sports, OLYMPICS, Sports, UGANDA, Uganda Athletics Federation, Uganda Olympic Committe
TOKYO — Reuters through the Dail Mail recently reported as follows: A Ugandan weightlifter was reported missing after not turning up to Covid test Julius Ssekitoleko reportedly left a note after disappearing from Olympic campNote reportedly said 20-year-old wanted to stay in Japan and not return home After failing to qualify for Games, he was due to return to Uganda next TuesdayFurther media reports suggest Ssekitoleko left behind a note saying he wanted to stay and work in Japan, as life in Uganda was difficult.Ssekitoleko had not qualified to take part in the Tokyo Games, and was due to return to Uganda next Tuesday.A nearby train station recorded him purchasing a bullet train ticket to Nagoya in central Japan, the reports said.The Tokyo 2020 Olympics, postponed for ...
MTN Uganda Recognizes the Power of The Youth

MTN Uganda Recognizes the Power of The Youth

Business, EAST AFRICA, MTN, South Africa, UGANDA, Youth
It is often said that the Youths are the Vanguards of the Future. This inevitably presupposes that there is an immense need to guide, empower and prepare them for the imminent future. As a company that envisions delivering the benefits of a modern connected world, MTN has taken a strong position on harnessing the infinite power held by the youth to make this vision a reality not only for the leaders of today, but also for the leaders of Tomorrow. Somdev Sen, MTN Uganda’s Chief Marketing Officer, tells us how the company is engaging the youth. What does Uganda having such a young population mean to MTN? A young population presents massive opportunities for both the youth and the MTN brand. At MTN, we believe that everyone deserves the benefits of a modern connected world, so for ...
MTN bed donations increase safe deliveries in govt health centres

MTN bed donations increase safe deliveries in govt health centres

AFRICA, Business, EAST AFRICA, HEALTH, Health Workers, Ministry Of Health, MTN, South Africa, UGANDA, World Health Organization
Mbale,Uganda:Before 2018, Busiu Health Centre IV in Mbale district received about 60 women delivering at the facility every month.  The health centre which at the time had very limited beds tried to house the mothers for at least 24 hours for purposes of medical review in vain.    “Initially we would tell the mother to stay around for 24 hours but when there was no room for the mother to sleep, she would go away,” Dr Maumbe Bernard the in-charge Busiu Health Centre IV narrates.  MTN Foundation led by MTN Uganda CEO Wim Vanhelleputte handed over 10 beds, mattresses, bedsheets and mosquito nets to the district health officer Dr Jonathan Wangisi. The early departure of the mothers from the health centre was one of the reasons why some of the newly born babies died ...
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