ROME, Italy, February 24, 2020/ -- FAO Director-General QU Dongyu today
welcomed a $10 million donation from the Bill & Melinda Gates
Foundation to support the fight against the Desert Locust upsurge in
East Africa as the UN agency expanded its appeal.
The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
said its donation would assist FAO as it supports governments in
Ethiopia, Kenya, and Somalia to combat locust infestation that is
posing a significant threat to food production and livelihoods in the
"I want to thank the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
for its generous support as the Desert Locust threatens to provoke a
humanitarian crisis," Qu said. "I urge other donors to follow their
lead so we can protect rural livelihoods and assist farmers and their ...
A team of Ugandan lawyers has petitioned the speaker of parliament
Rebecca Kadaga seeking parliament intervention into failure by Uganda
Law Council to issue them with legal practicing certificate of
eligibility because they did their legal practice in Rwanda.
According to lead petitioner, Wahab Kasimu, about 200 Ugandans are
suffering consequences of having their Diploma in legal practice (an
equivalent of a diploma at Uganda’s Law development Center) from Rwanda
and are now denied opportunity to practice their profession from Uganda.
While handing in their petition to the Speaker, Kassim said that
although the team studied their first degree in law from Ugandan
universities and later pursued a Diploma in Legal Practice in Rwanda,
the Uganda Law Council has refused to reco...
President Yoweri Museveni has urged African water leaders to deal with water issues in a holistic manner so as to create long-lasting and effective global solutions to water challenges and threats.
Delegates at the 20th African Water Association (AFWA) International Congress and Exhibition at the Kampala Serena International Conference Center during a group photo with the Chief guest President Yoweri Museveni.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates.
“Issues of water
cannot be talked about in a fragmented way. For instance, in such a conference,
the Minister of Health should be in it because water also affects the country’s
health. You cannot also talk about water without talking about electrification
because the population needs to find an alternative source of energy to avoid
The East African Community summit that was due for this month has been called off due to a lack of quorum.
This is after South Sudan, one of the member states informed the Secretariat in Arusha that they will not b available for the 29th February scheduled summit to internal preparations regarding a transition in Juba.
21st Meeting of the Summit of the EAC Heads of State has been postponed
to a later date following a request by the Republic of South Sudan,
which said it was currently in the process of forming a transitional
government bringing together the government and opposition groups,” a
statement from the EAC secretariat reads in part.
postponed is the 41st Extra-Ordinary Meeting of the EAC Council of
Ministers that was scheduled to take place from 25th to...
After failure to stabilise the relations between the two neighboring
countries, the two presidents returned to Luanda for a second meeting
early this month organized by President João Lourenço and it was agreed
that the two leaders meet today at the Katuna/ Gatuna border point.
Friday afternoon, delegations from both countries led by Presidents
Museveni of Uganda and Paul Kagame from Rwanda met at the Katuna border
point for the fourth Quadripartite Heads of State Summit and signed the
The signing ceremony was witnessed by Angolan President João Lourenço and Felix Tshisekedi, his DRC counterpart.
extradition treaty allows one sovereign jurisdiction to make a formal
request to another sovereign jurisdiction for criminals who have run to
The fourth Quadripartite Heads of State Summit in a bid to normalize
ties between Rwanda and Uganda is happening now at Katuna border.
Presidents Yoweri Museveni of Uganda and Paul Kagame of Rwanda have
been joined by Angolan President João Lourenço and his Congolese
counterpart Félix Tshisekedi.
The meeting includes review and discussion of feedback from Uganda
following a Note Verbale from Kigali dispatched on February 15.
Rwandan Minister of State for Regional Cooperation, Olivier
Nduhungirehe, last week said Uganda must “refrain from all actions
intended to destabilize Rwanda; eliminate all factors that create such
perception; withdraw the passport issued by Ugandan government to RNC’s
head of diplomacy, Charlotte Mukankusi and prevent her from traveling to
President Museveni and Rwandan counterpart Paul Kagame will meet
today at the border town of Katuna to discuss the reopening of the main
crossing, a year after Kigali shut it down.The two mediators,
Presidents João Lourenço of Angola and Felix Tshisekedi of the DR Congo,
are also expected to attend to oversee the implementation of terms
agreed upon in Luanda, the Angolan capital, in August. Hopes for a
resolution of the conflict rose this week after a prisoner swap in which
Kigali released 20 Ugandans with Kampala setting free 13 Rwandans as
part of the Luanda agreement.
“After assessing the
progress, the heads of state will decide on the way forward,” Rwanda’s
East African Community Affairs minister Olivier Nduhungirehe told Daily
Monitor in a telephone interview yesterday...
helping to reduce the size of the swarms, this aid is expected to have a
positive impact on affected communities throughout the Horn of AfricaWASHINGTON
D.C., United States of America, February 20, 2020/ -- In response to
the outbreak of desert locusts in East Africa, the United States,
through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), will be
providing $8 million in humanitarian assistance to support regional
operations to control locusts in the Federal Democratic Republic of
Ethiopia, the Republic of Kenya, and the Federal Republic of Somalia. By
helping to reduce the size of the swarms, this aid is expected to have a
positive impact on affected communities throughout the Horn of Africa.The
current outbreak of desert locusts is the worst to hit East Afric...
Uganda’s State House Health Monitoring Unit has arrested two
Tanzanian nationals who were allegedly found with stolen government
drugs worth Shs 35m that were meant to be taken to Tanzania.Addressing
journalists at their offices in Kampala Wednesday, Dr Jackson Ojera
Abusu, the head of the unit said Abel Leonard and Yusufu Kasiano
intercepted at Mutukula stage in Kisenyi taxi park in Kampala following a
tip off by the intelligence unit.Dr Abusu said drugs packed in boxes were being loaded onto a taxi which raised suspicion from the unit’s intelligence team.
owners had disclosed that one of the boxes contained drugs but the rest
they reported they were containing skin lightening cream but when
searched, we found quite a number of medicines. We captured them as
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...
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
The Ugandan government has released another set of Rwandan nationals
who have been in custody since their arrest last year over various
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.
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
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...
President Museveni and Paul Kagame of Uganda and Rwanda respectively
recently reached a consensus to have all prisoners held in each other’s
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
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.
failure to stabilise the relations between the two...
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.
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.
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.
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 ...
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...
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.
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 ...
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
The Uganda People’s Defence Forces(UPDF) has deployed a total of 2000 troops to help in the fight against desert locusts.
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.
journalists on Monday morning, the Chief of Defence Forces,Gen.David
Muhoozi, revealed that a total of 2000 troops have so far been deployed .
were told to martial 2000 troops but the task is huge and are looking
at mobilising more than that,”Gen Muhoozi said on Monday.
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 ...