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AFRICA: Switzerland helps East African communities fight locust swarms.

AFRICA: Switzerland helps East African communities fight locust swarms.

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, FEATURE STORIES, SWITZERLAND
The locust infestation is threatening to destroy the progress achieved in recent years and could cause new waves of population displacementBERN, Switzerland, February 18, 2020/ -- East Africa has been hit by a massive infestation of desert locusts. The Swiss Agency for Development and Cooperation (SDC) at the Federal Department of Foreign Affairs (FDFA) is donating CHF 1 million to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO). As the situation evolves, the SDC may need to mobilise additional funding in partner countries.Somalia, Ethiopia and Kenya have been hit by the worst outbreak of desert locusts in decades. Thousands of hectares of farmland have been ravaged, threatening the lives and livelihoods of millions of people already struggling with food inse...
EAST AFRICA: Experts warn Ugandans about ‘Locusts’.

EAST AFRICA: Experts warn Ugandans about ‘Locusts’.

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, FEATURE STORIES, locusts, UGANDA
The state Minister for Animal Industry Mr. Bright Rwamirama has noted that the locusts have been laying eggs and should the latest eggs hatch, Uganda may be faced with an outbreak. The minister made the remarks on February 18, while he was addressing the press at the Uganda Media Center in Kampala. According to Rwamirama, the swarms of locusts continue to spread to other districts in the region and laying of eggs is expected to continue while other locust swarms are still invading Uganda from Kenya. “It is worth noting that a female locust lays at least 300eggs in one sitting and will lay eggs three times in its lifecycle,” he said. Rwamirama said that the existing locusts have not caused significant damage to vegetation cover however, there’s is an imminent threat to f...
EAST AFRICA: Uganda frees  13 more Rwandese nationals.

EAST AFRICA: Uganda frees 13 more Rwandese nationals.

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, FEATURE STORIES, RWANDA, UGANDA
The Ugandan government has released another set of Rwandan nationals who have been in custody since their arrest last year over various crimes. On Tuesday afternoon, the Foreign Affairs Minister, Sam Kutesa presided over the handover of 13 people to Noel Mucyo, the First Counsellor at Rwanda’s High Commission in Uganda to make it 24 people who have been released and handed over to Rwanda this year. Speaking at the function, Kutesa said this was part of the Kampala establishment’s efforts to normalize tensions with their brotherly neighbours which have not been at their best for the past two or so years. “The withdrawal of the charges from these people does not in any way suggest that they are innocent . It is simply done for government to facilitate the peace pro...
EAST AFRICA: Uganda to sign extradition treaty with Rwanda.

EAST AFRICA: Uganda to sign extradition treaty with Rwanda.

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, RWANDA, UGANDA
President Museveni and Paul Kagame of Uganda and Rwanda respectively recently reached a consensus to have all prisoners held in each other’s country released. On Friday, representatives from both governments met in Kigali for the third time as part of the Ad Hoc Commission on the implementation of the Luanda Memorandum of Understanding between the two neighboring countries and agreed to expedite the preparation for an extradition treaty. “Both parties committed to finalize the extradition treaty to be signed in the presence of heads of state at the fourth quadripartite summit to be held in Katuna common border between Uganda and Rwanda on February, 21, 2020,” the joint communiqué after the meeting on Friday read. After failure to stabilise the relations between the two...
EAST AFRICA: Officials of Rwanda, Uganda meet in Kigali.

EAST AFRICA: Officials of Rwanda, Uganda meet in Kigali.

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, FEATURE STORIES
The Ad Hoc Commission on the implementation of the Luanda Memorandum of Understanding between Rwanda and Uganda today met in Kigali Rwanda for the third time time. "The Ad Hoc Commission on the implementation of the Luanda Memorandum of Understanding between Rwanda and Uganda meets for the third time today at Rwanda Ministry of Foreign Affairs Headquarters in Kigali,” the ministry tweeted on its handle. The committee was established in August last year in Luanda. The last meeting, which took place in Kampala last November, hit a dead end after delegates disagreed and referred the issues to President Museveni and his Rwandan counterpart Paul Kagame. Mr Museveni and Mr Kagame met three weeks ago in Angola and agreed to meet again on February 22 at Katuna border.
EDUCATION: Americans join campaign to fight increasing school dropouts.

EDUCATION: Americans join campaign to fight increasing school dropouts.

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, EDUCATION, UGANDA
A delegation from Capital Brand Biz based in US led by Michael Broughton, Mark A. Hernandez Sr and Damiano as well as Veronica Gold Smith from Impact Brands Inc have partnered with Girl Child Initiative Uganda (GCIU) a registered Community Based Organization (CBO) in Wakiso District that champions the right to Education of children especially the girl child to see an end to school dropout rate. The team gave out scholastic materials to the needy children at Prainet Academy Nursery School located in Kabaganda, Nangabo Sub County in Wakisao district which is run by Girl Child Initiative Uganda (GCIU). GCIU Executive Director, Nixon Segawa appreciated the generosity extended to the children whose future would be in jeopardy if their education is not guaranteed. “The future ...
EAST AFRICA: Missing Ugandan is deported from Rwanda.

EAST AFRICA: Missing Ugandan is deported from Rwanda.

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, FEATURE STORIES, RWANDA, UGANDA
The Rwanda government has deported Ugandan IT expert Ivan Peter Egessa two months after he was arrested and detained in Kigali. Rwanda intelligence officials on Thursday, February 13, 2020, drove Egessa to the Ugandan border at Mirama Hills in Ntungamo district with an order declaring him an unwanted immigrant. “Take note that you are declared a prohibited immigrant in Rwanda within the meaning of articles 12 and 15 of the law Nº 57/2018 of 13/08/2018 on immigration and emigration in Rwanda,” a deportation order issued by Francois Regis Gatarayiha, Rwanda’s Director General of Immigration and Emigration, read in part. Egessa, a software engineer, went missing on December 8 last year in Kigali, with his family saying they had tried and failed to locate him through the Rwan...
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.
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 ...
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.
EAST AFRICA: UPDF deploys 2000 troops to help fight locusts

EAST AFRICA: UPDF deploys 2000 troops to help fight locusts

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The Uganda People’s Defence Forces(UPDF) has deployed a total of 2000 troops to help in the fight against desert locusts. The desert locusts that have in the past weeks wreaked havoc in Kenya were on Sunday afternoon confirmed to have entered Uganda through Amudat district in the north eastern part of the country. Speaking to journalists on Monday morning, the Chief of Defence Forces,Gen.David Muhoozi, revealed that a total of 2000 troops have so far been deployed . “We were told to martial 2000 troops but the task is huge and are looking at mobilising more than that,”Gen Muhoozi said on Monday. He noted that the Agriculture Ministry is the lead agency in the humanitarian cause that he said needs both human and material resources. “This is a cross government issue ...

MTN Uganda to connect youth to their dreams in new campaign

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, TECHNOLOGY, UGANDA, WORLD
 MTN Uganda unveils new campaign dubbed ‘For Good’, targeting the youth.  MTN Uganda will connect youth to their dreams by offering support to materialize their dreams Friday 7 th February 2020- Kampala, Uganda From connecting millions of people across the world with a dream of delivering a bold new world to its subscribers, MTN is seeking to connect youth to their dreams in its new thematic campaign dubbed ‘For Good’. The ‘For Good’ campaign was rolled out by MTN Group in November last year and will run across the 21 countries in which MTN operates. Running under the theme; ‘whatever your dream, let’s create it together’ in Uganda, the campaign will be tied around connecting people, particularly the youth to their dream. As a company that has evo...
EAST AFRICA: How Moi, Museveni  dealt with rebel links

EAST AFRICA: How Moi, Museveni dealt with rebel links

EAST AFRICA, FEATURE STORIES
Former Kenyan president Daniel arap Moi died Tuesday morning in a Nairobi hospital after a long illness. Moi ruled Kenya for 24 years until 2002 when he retired.As Moi was consolidating himself in power, a new bull in the neighbouring kraal emerged across the border - President Museveni. Mr Museveni had been a student of leftist political view since his school days and associated with socialism yet Moi believed in capitalism. Both leaders accused each another of harbouring dissidents against either country. The simmering conflict exploded in December 1987 when Kenya expelled two Ugandan diplomats. Prior to that, six Kenyan agents had been arrested on the Ugandan side of the border.For months, the two leaders had traded accusations and in October 1987, security forces from the...
UGANDA: Panic in Karamoja as locusts advance border

UGANDA: Panic in Karamoja as locusts advance border

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, FEATURE STORIES, KENYA, UGANDA
The pastoral community in Karamoja is in panic following reports that the deadly locusts that have attacked parts of Africa are only 60 kilometres away from Uganda. The locusts are said to be advancing to Uganda through West Pokot County in Kenya to Amudat and via Turkana to Kaabong. On Saturday, Feb 1, Kaabong and Amudat local governments formed committees to monitor the border. The teams were directed to closely monitor the borders and report to the districts and the Ministry of Agriculture Animal Industry and Fisheries if they see anything similar to the ravenous insects. Mr. Mark Abuku, the LCV Chairperson for Kaabong District said they have mobilised the community and pastoralists grazing along the border of Kaabong and Turkana to report anything unusual for proper ...
BREAKING: Ex KENYA PRESIDENT DANIEL ARAP MOI DEAD.

BREAKING: Ex KENYA PRESIDENT DANIEL ARAP MOI DEAD.

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, KENYA
The former President of Kenya, Daniel Arap Moi has died. Moi, 95, died in Nairobi Hospital on Monday night. His death was announced on Tuesday morning by President Uhuru Kenyatta who has sent his condolences to the family. Mr Moi was to turn 96 this September. Moi has been in and out of hospital in the past years. According to Wikipedia, Moi became president as a result of the death of the then president Mzee Jomo Kenyatta. Through popular agitation and external pressures, he was forced to allow multiparty elections in 1991; he led his party, KANU, to victory in the 1992 and 1997 elections. Prior to becoming President, he served as the third Vice President of Kenya from 1967 to 1978. Moi is popularly known to Kenyans as Nyayo, a Swahili wo...
EAST AFRICA: Museveni, Kagame agree to release all detainees after second Luanda meet.

EAST AFRICA: Museveni, Kagame agree to release all detainees after second Luanda meet.

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA
After failure to stabilise the relations between the two neighbouring countries, the two presidents returned to Luanda for a second meeting on Sunday organised by President João Lourenço for talks. According to the senior presidential press secretary, Don Wanyama, both heads of state agreed on seeing all prisoners released before a meeting at the Katuna border point. The third quadripartite summit on Uganda and Rwanda in Luanda has ended. Five key resolutions arrived at including the release of prisoners and stopping support for destabilizers,”Wanyama tweeted. He said the two heads of state also agreed to have human rights of each other’s citizens to be protected but also the ad-hoc teams to continue before a meeting between Museveni and Kagame at the Katuna border poi...
EAST AFRICA: “Ugandan missing in Kigali” a call for change the road rules.

EAST AFRICA: “Ugandan missing in Kigali” a call for change the road rules.

EAST AFRICA, RWANDA, UGANDA
In August 2017, on the 3rd day of that month, Revence Kato-Kalibwani was killed on Parliament Avenue, outside Cafe Javas. You don’t know who he is, do you? I don’t blame you. Uganda does not celebrate her civilian heroes that much. Or the people, who with a rope over one shoulder, back bent forward, are dragging the country into the future with panting sweat on their brow. Kato-Kalibwani was one of them. To this day, we do not know why he died. Or how he died. The only report we have is 1 min, 52 seconds news clip that reported the murder of a man by a mob that accused him of trying to set fire to Cafe Javas. Those who knew the geeky, highly cerebral Kalibwani who helped created the mobile money application software called Adjection, one of the bedrocks of what we use everyd...
EAST AFRICA: Worsening locust invasion threatens food security across the region.

EAST AFRICA: Worsening locust invasion threatens food security across the region.

EAST AFRICA, FEATURE STORIES
The worst locust outbreak that parts of East Africa have seen in 70 years needs some $76 million to help control and the money is “required by, actually, now,” the United Nations said Thursday. So far just $15 million has been mobilized to help stop the outbreak that threatens to worsen an already poor hunger situation for millions of people in Kenya, Ethiopia, Somalia and elsewhere, Dominique Bourgeon, emergencies director with the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization, told a briefing in Rome. “You can imagine that a country that has not seen such a thing in 70 years is not well prepared,” he said of Kenya, East Africa’s economic hub. If after April the money has come, it’s somehow useless. So the timing, location, is crucial. The outbreak, blamed in part on a chang...
UGANDA: Strained relations with neighbour countries dominate Uganda’s 2020/21 financial year planning.

UGANDA: Strained relations with neighbour countries dominate Uganda’s 2020/21 financial year planning.

EAST AFRICA, ECONOMY
Government has listed priority areas to energise the economy in financial year 2020/2021 against the backdrop of widening trade deficits and local revenue gaps. In its report on the Budget Framework Paper presented by the Committee on Budget, MPs warned of a growing trade deficit. The report blames the decline on trade wars with Kenya and the closure of Uganda’s border with Rwanda which has frustrated commercial activities. Tanzania, which has always shown a cold shoulder to East African Community economic integration projects, has also been singled out. The trade surplus with EAC slowed down in the FY 2018/2019 compared to FY 2017/2018 mainly on account of existence of non-tariff barriers in some of the partner states – most especially in Tanzania,” partly reads the ...
EAST AFRICA: Kenyans speak better English than Ugandans, Tanzanians.

EAST AFRICA: Kenyans speak better English than Ugandans, Tanzanians.

EAST AFRICA, KENYA, TANZANIA, UGANDA
Nairobi has the most English proficient speakers in East Africa and on the continent according to a new study. Nairobi’s English proficiency, according to the English Proficiency Index 2019, is in the high proficiency band at 61.94 per cent, the highest for any African city at the time the survey was conducted. The EPI index, which ranked 100 countries and regions, reported that only two African cities; Nairobi and Lagos, which scored 58.47, are in the high proficiency band. About 13 African countries participated in the survey. Globally, Kenya’s English language skills ranked 18th, the second highest in the continent, after South Africa that ranked sixth in the world. Nigeria and Ethiopia ranked 29th and 63rd respectively while Libya ranked the lowest. The 2019...