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EAST AFRICA: Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) welcomes $10 million donation from Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to fight Desert Locust upsurge in East Africa

EAST AFRICA: Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) welcomes $10 million donation from Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to fight Desert Locust upsurge in East Africa

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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 region. "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 ...
UGANDA: Parliament to check the law council for banning Rwandan lawyers.

UGANDA: Parliament to check the law council for banning Rwandan lawyers.

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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...
“Create long lasting global solutions to water challenges” – Museveni

“Create long lasting global solutions to water challenges” – Museveni

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, TANZANIA
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 destroyin...
EAST AFRICA: The EAC summit postponed again.

EAST AFRICA: The EAC summit postponed again.

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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. “The 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. “Also postponed is the 41st Extra-Ordinary Meeting of the EAC Council of Ministers that was scheduled to take place from 25th to...
EAST AFRICA: Uganda signs an extradition treaty with Rwanda.

EAST AFRICA: Uganda signs an extradition treaty with Rwanda.

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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. On 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 extradition treaty. The signing ceremony was witnessed by Angolan President João Lourenço and Felix Tshisekedi, his DRC counterpart. An extradition treaty allows one sovereign jurisdiction to make a formal request to another sovereign jurisdiction for criminals who have run to another ...
EAST AFRICA: Museveni, Kagame meet at Katuna border

EAST AFRICA: Museveni, Kagame meet at Katuna border

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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 Uganda.” ...
EAST AFRICA: President Museveni to meet President Kagame today.

EAST AFRICA: President Museveni to meet President Kagame today.

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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...
EAST AFRICA: United States Announces $8 Million to Locust Control Operations in East Africa

EAST AFRICA: United States Announces $8 Million to Locust Control Operations in East Africa

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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 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...
CRIME: 2 Tanzanian nationals arrested, detained in Kampala over theft of govt drugs.

CRIME: 2 Tanzanian nationals arrested, detained in Kampala over theft of govt drugs.

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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. “The 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 exhibits an...
AFRICA: Switzerland helps East African communities fight locust swarms.

AFRICA: Switzerland helps East African communities fight locust swarms.

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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’.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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

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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 ...