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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

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, FEATURE STORIES, updf
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...
EAST AFRICA: “I’m not about to tell Rwandans to go to Uganda”, Kagame.

EAST AFRICA: “I’m not about to tell Rwandans to go to Uganda”, Kagame.

EAST AFRICA, RWANDA
Rwanda president Paul Kagame has told diplomats in Kigali that he is not about to tell his citizens to return to Uganda because he has no control over their safety outside their home country.Addressing more than 60 diplomats at the home of the Presidency in Kigali on Wednesday evening, Mr Kagame said there were still hundreds of Rwandans in Ugandan jails and that telling his people they were safe in Kampala would be a lie. This perhaps gave the clearest hint on the progress of the efforts to resolve the dispute between Rwanda and Uganda, indicating the two countries are far from reaching a resolution. Mr Kagame said: “There is always going to be work to do.”“We have had hundreds of Rwandans arrested in Uganda. And we have raised this matter with Ugandan authorities. We have ...
EAST AFRICA: New survey ranks Uganda as best country at forex access in East Africa.

EAST AFRICA: New survey ranks Uganda as best country at forex access in East Africa.

EAST AFRICA, UGANDA
Dubbed the Absa Africa Financial Markets Index, the survey that was prepared in partnership with the Official Monetary and Financial Institutions Forum (OMFIF) and released every year, indicated that Uganda scored 52% on the index overall and moved two points up. It showed that Uganda ranks highest in East Africa on access to foreign exchange, in third position after South Africa and Egypt in Africa. The report indicated that this success by Uganda can be attributed to a policy of low ratio of net portfolio investment to foreign exchange reserves by the central bank which according to the survey means investors have easy access to foreign exchange. It was also revealed that the high turnover on the interbank foreign exchange market shows that Uganda’s open approach to ...
IPU President commends Kadaga on advocacy IPU President commends Kadaga on advocacy

IPU President commends Kadaga on advocacy IPU President commends Kadaga on advocacy

AFRICA, AMERICA, EAST AFRICA, FEATURE STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, KENYA, RWANDA, SUDAN, UGANDA, Ugandan Parliamanet, Zambia
The President of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), Hon Gabriela Cuevas Barron has praised the Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga for championing women inclusion and supporting marginalized groups. The President of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), Hon Gabriela Cuevas Barron awards the Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga for championing women inclusion and supporting marginalized groups.Photo By Ronald Kabuubi/Kma Updates President Cuevas said this while meeting the Speaker as she visits Uganda as part of the commemoration of 130 years of the IPU. The meeting was held on Thursday, 23 January 2020 in the Speaker’s chambers at Parliament. She commended the Speaker for her unwavering efforts in championing women’s recognition in the IPU. The President of the Inter-Parli...
EAST AFRICA: Kenya struggles to stop locust swarms, Ugandans are on alert.

EAST AFRICA: Kenya struggles to stop locust swarms, Ugandans are on alert.

EAST AFRICA
Authorities in Uganda have advised citizens to stock on food, as the alarming locust invasion raging through Eastern Africa approaches the border with Kenya. The advisory was issued by the country’s Government Citizen Interaction Center on Wednesday, following reports that the locusts had reached the Samburu and Turkana areas, a distance of just 166km form the border. On Thursday, Kenya’s Agriculture Principal Secretary Hamadi Boga said they were struggling to contain the locust swarms because of limited resources. ‘‘Our resources are strained because the aircraft are serving all the affected counties. Also, our officers are exhausted from battling the pests from the past weeks,’‘ Boga said. ‘‘The locusts have started copulating and will soon start laying eggs. We hav...
Avail yourselves for cervical cancer screening, First Lady urges women and girls

Avail yourselves for cervical cancer screening, First Lady urges women and girls

AFRICA, AMERICA, ASIA, Business, EAST AFRICA, EUROPE, FEATURE STORIES, HEALTH, Nairobi
NAIROBI,KENYA First Lady Margaret Kenyatta has challenged women and girls to avail themselves for cervical cancer screening as the world commemorates cervical cancer month. <!-- /* F First Lady Margaret Kenyatta tours various free clinics during the 5th edition of the Beyond Zero Medical Safari in Nairobi County. Also present is Cabinet Secretary Sicily Kariuki.   The First Lady said cervical cancer has become a major health concern afflicting many Kenyan families with significant social and economic implications. “January is the month when globally, and as a country, we escalate our call for the elimination of cervical cancer – this is the leading cancer afflicting our women in Kenya,” the First Lady said as she launched a free three-day medical camp at Uhuru Park...
Kadaga calls for census of Persons with Albinism

Kadaga calls for census of Persons with Albinism

AFRICA, BURUNDI, EAST AFRICA, EGYPT, Ethiopia, FEATURE STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, KENYA, MALAWI, RWANDA, SOUTH SUDAN, UGANDA, UK, Zambia
Uganda,Kampala: The government should make a deliberate effort towards compiling data for Persons with Albinism (PWA) while carrying out national census, the Speaker Rebecca Kadaga has said. Ugandan Albinos are seen marching 20th Jan,2020.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates. She said this will help in planning for the special needs of PWAs like healthcare and education. “Even the local council leaders should make it their responsibility to know the number of persons with albinism in their areas so that we can plan for schools,” Kadaga said. Albinos perform.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates. The Speaker made the call after a fundraising walk aimed at raising funds for  the construction of a rehabilitation centre for PWAs. The event on Monday, 20 January 2020 is part of ...
Kenyan govt keen on eliminating obstacles to private sector growth, President Kenyatta says

Kenyan govt keen on eliminating obstacles to private sector growth, President Kenyatta says

AFRICA, China, EAST AFRICA, EUROPE, KENYA, ZIMBABWE
LONDON, UK President Uhuru Kenyatta has assured the private sector that his administration is keen on ensuring all obstacles that prevent businesses from thriving are removed. President Uhuru Kenyatta joins other African Leaders and British Prime Minister Boris Johnson at the start of the UK-Africa Investment Summit 2020 in London.   The President emphasized that the government will continue formulating business-friendly policies as he encouraged more British investors to set shop in Kenya. “We have tremendously improved the ease of doing business in Kenya. I think Kenya is now the third most attractive investment destination on the African continent,” the President said.    President Uhuru Kenyatta participates at the leaders panel discussion session at the UK-Africa I...
Lyca mobile expands global footprint with launch of services in Uganda

Lyca mobile expands global footprint with launch of services in Uganda

AFRICA, AMERICA, ASIA, BURUNDI, EAST AFRICA, EGYPT, EUROPE, FEATURE STORIES, KENYA, MALAWI, Nairobi, Netherlands, niger, Nigeria, RWANDA, South Africa, SOUTH SUDAN, SUDAN, TANZANIA, TOGO, turkey, ZIMBABWE
KAMPALA, Uganda: Lycamobile, the world’s largest mobile virtual network operator (MVNO), announces this day that it has opened operations in Uganda. This development expands Lycamobile’s global network reach to 24 counties worldwide. Allirajah Subaskaran, Lyca Group Founder and Chairman (R), Ambassador V.Kananathan (middle) and at the launch of the above telecom Company in Uganda at Sheraton Thursday evenning 16th January,2020. Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates. Uganda is one of the biggest destinations for telecoms business in Africa, characterized by discerning high utility consumers. It has approximately 25 million mobile phone users and a nationwide mobile penetration rate of 71%with Kampala alone accounting for over 50%. Lycamobile has established countrywide infrastruc...