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AFRICA: United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) inaugurates New Solar Panel Farm to generate Renewable Energy at UN House, Juba.

AFRICA: United Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS) inaugurates New Solar Panel Farm to generate Renewable Energy at UN House, Juba.

AFRICA, FEATURE STORIES, SOUTH SUDAN
The installation is expected to significantly reduce the peacekeeping mission’s use of noisy, expensive and excessively fuel-consuming generatorsJUBA, South Sudan, March 3, 2020/ -- The United Nations Mission in South Sudan has inaugurated a new solar panel farm at one of its compounds in the capital Juba. The installation is expected to significantly reduce the peacekeeping mission’s use of noisy, expensive and excessively fuel-consuming generators.“These solar panels can save the burning of about 3,000 litres of fossil fuel every day,” Asharam Nhemafuki, an engineer serving with the peacekeeping mission, said.Since 2011, the peacekeeping mission has been generating electricity on its premises across the country almost exclusively by means of expensive and environment-unfrie...
AFRICA: The International Organization for Migration (IOM) Appeals for USD 119.3 Million To Support Humanitarian and Development Responses in South Sudan.

AFRICA: The International Organization for Migration (IOM) Appeals for USD 119.3 Million To Support Humanitarian and Development Responses in South Sudan.

AFRICA, FEATURE STORIES, SOUTH SUDAN
Aid agencies estimate that nearly 7.5 million South Sudanese are in dire need of humanitarian assistanceJUBA, South Sudan, February 25, 2020/ -- The International Organization for Migration (IOM) has launched its Consolidated Appeal for 2020 which builds upon the 2020 Humanitarian Response Plan for South Sudan in which it is appealing for USD 119,311,000 to meet the needs of internally displaced persons (IDPs), returnees, host community members and migrants throughout the country.The Consolidated Appeal recognizes the significant needs that persist across South Sudan as highlighted in the 2020 Humanitarian Needs Overview. The effects of years of conflict and displacement continue to impact South Sudanese throughout the country and abroad, with the country suffering sus...
“Create long lasting global solutions to water challenges” – Museveni

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

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, EGYPT, FEATURE STORIES, NAMIBIA, Nigeria, SENEGAL, SOUTH SUDAN, SUDAN, 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...
AFRICA: South Sudan Forms Coalition Government.

AFRICA: South Sudan Forms Coalition Government.

AFRICA, SOUTH SUDAN
It’s a new dawn in South Sudan as leaders form a coalition government. Riek Machar was sworn in as first vice president on Saturday, a day after President Salva Kiir dissolved the previous government. “You have just witnessed the swearing in of the First Vice President, and the vice presidents. An event, which many of you had thought, was impossible. This action signifies the official end of the war, and we can now proclaim a new dawn in South Sudan”, President Kiir said. I want to assure you, we will work collectively to end your long suffering. Machar said they will all work together to end their long suffering. “First I want to take this opportunity to congratulate the people of the Republic of South Sudan for attaining peace. I want to assure you, we will work...
SOUTH SUDAN: Former rebel leader appointed as vice president.

SOUTH SUDAN: Former rebel leader appointed as vice president.

AFRICA, FEATURE STORIES, SOUTH SUDAN
South Sudan President Salva Kiir on Friday appointed rebel leader Riek Machar as vice president, after the two men finally agreed to form a long-delayed unity government -- a crucial step towards ending six years of war. A presidential decree included "the appointment of the vice presidents and the dissolution of all institutions at national and state levels," Information Minister Michael Makuei told AFP. The decree was read on state television, the South Sudan Broadcasting Corporation, appointing Machar as the first of five vice-presidents in a bloated cabinet to accommodate various warring parties. But consensus has only been reached on three of the four others, including current first vice president Taban Deng Gai -- a former Machar ally who defected.  James...
SOUTH SUDAN: Ministry of Petroleum Releases Annual Report.

SOUTH SUDAN: Ministry of Petroleum Releases Annual Report.

AFRICA, Business, SOUTH SUDAN
Petroleum Report Provides Detailed Financial Information and Statistics from the South Sudan Oil SectorJUBA, South Sudan, February 20, 2020/ -- The seventh Petroleum Report issued by the Ministry of Petroleum, Republic of South Sudan (http://www.MOP-RSS.org/), provides an overview of world oil markets and fundamentals, price forecasts, oilfield reserves, and the ministry’s marketing performance. It forms part of continued efforts by Hon. Eng. Awow Daniel Chuang, the Minister of Petroleum, to promote openness and accountability in this crucial sector, “We are trying to increase transparency in the country’s oil and gas sector, specifically concerning the financial aspects. The Ministry of Petroleum has produced this journal which will provide all the information about our product...
AFRICA: Over half of the population in South Sudan threatened by hunger.

AFRICA: Over half of the population in South Sudan threatened by hunger.

AFRICA, FEATURE STORIES, SOUTH SUDAN
The situation is particularly worrying in the areas hardest hit by the 2019 floods, where food security has deteriorated significantly since last June according to the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) report released today by the Government of South Sudan, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), the United Nations Children's Fund (UNICEF) and the World Food Programme (WFP). Particularly at risk are 20,000 people who from February through April will be suffering from the most extreme levels of hunger (“catastrophe” level of food insecurity or IPC 5) in Akobo, Duk and Ayod counties that were hit by heavy rains last year, and need urgent and sustained humanitarian support. Hunger is projected to get progressively worse betwee...
AFRICA: Locusts penetrate to South Sudan.

AFRICA: Locusts penetrate to South Sudan.

AFRICA, FEATURE STORIES, SOUTH SUDAN
Around 2,000 locusts were spotted inside the country, Agriculture Minister Onyoti Adigo told reporters. Authorities will try to control the outbreak, he added. “The report came that these are matured. As you know locusts are like human beings, they send their reconnaissance ahead of time to make sure that whether there is food or not and if the area is good for breeding.” The locusts have been seen in Eastern Equatoria state near the borders with Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda. All have been affected by the outbreak that has been influenced by the changing climate in the region. The situation in those three countries “remains extremely alarming,” the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization said in its latest Locust Watch update Monday. Locusts also have reached Sudan, Eritrea...
Breaking: Kenyan ambassador to South Sudan Chris Karumba collapses, dies.

Breaking: Kenyan ambassador to South Sudan Chris Karumba collapses, dies.

AFRICA, KENYA, SOUTH SUDAN
Kenya's Ambassador to South Sudan, Chris Karumba Mburu, is dead.Mburu, a former director at the National Intelligence Service (NIS), collapsed and died at his residence in the capital Juba on Sunday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs says. In his condolence message, President Uhuru Kenyatta described the late Mburu as a distinguished career public servant and a great Kenyan diplomat who was committed to building strong bilateral ties between Nairobi and Juba.“Death has robbed us of a great public servant who served his country with distinction. Since his appointment as our envoy to Juba, Ambassador Mburu has worked hard to ensure free flow of trade and investment between Kenya and South Sudan,” the President wrote.The official cause of death had not been established by the time...
Kadaga calls for census of Persons with Albinism

Kadaga calls for census of Persons with Albinism

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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 ...
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...
“Teach courses that address societal needs & develop country” – Museveni

“Teach courses that address societal needs & develop country” – Museveni

AFRICA, ASIA, BURUNDI, Business, EAST AFRICA, EUROPE, FEATURE STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, KENYA, MAKERERE, RWANDA, SOUTH SUDAN, UGANDA, ZIMBABWE
Uganda,Gulu: The Country's President Yoweri Museveni has called on universities in the country to teach courses that will help address the needs of society and the development of the country. Some of the graduants attentively listening to President Museveni as he addressed them during the 15th Graduation ceremony of Gulu University at their main campus on Saturday 11th January 2020.Photo by Abu Mwesigwa/PPU The President was today officiated the 15th graduation ceremony of Gulu University in Northern Uganda where over 1,500 students graduated with Degrees, Diplomas and Certificates. 226 of the students had been on government sponsorship. “Human living is about solving the needs (emikyeno) of society, like food, health, mobility, water, communication and entertainment. In the c...
Museveni explains purpose of the Galamba-Bireembo Trek

Museveni explains purpose of the Galamba-Bireembo Trek

AFRICA, BURUNDI, EAST AFRICA, EGYPT, EUROPE, FEATURE STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, KENYA, MAKERERE, Nairobi, REFUGEES, RWANDA, South Africa, SOUTH SUDAN, TANZANIA, UGANDA, Zambia, ZIMBABWE
Birembo,Uganda: Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni has explained that the purpose of the 2020 Great Trek from Galamba in Wakiso District to Birembo in Kakumiro District was not to show stamina but rather to educate the young generation about the history of their country, appreciate the veterans who fough for its liberation and do what they need to do to make sure that their country survives. “I want you to look at the history of the ones who were before you who had a deeper understanding of what Africa needs but also had the discipline to fight for it. I also wanted to expose you to your country so that you see the potential in agriculture and tourism industry. When I was looking at the hills of Kanzira, Butoloogo, I was thinking of the idea of supporting you with health tourism fac...
President urges Kakumiro District residents on prosperity

President urges Kakumiro District residents on prosperity

AFRICA, Business, EAST AFRICA, EUROPE, FEATURE STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, KENYA, Nairobi, RWANDA, South Africa, SOUTH SUDAN, UGANDA, ZIMBABWE
Birembo,Uganda: President Yoweri Museveni has urged the people of Kakumiro District in Bunyoro Sub-Region to prioritize household income and leave issues of infrastructure development to Government to implement. President Yoweri Museveni and  First Lady and minister of Education and Sports Janet Museveni, and Gen. Joram Mugume at Birembo heroes monument  Friday 10/01/2020. PHOTOS BY PPU/ENOCK KAKANDE The President, who was accompanied by the 1st Lady, Hon. Janet Museveni was this afternoon addressing a public rally at Our Lady of Africa Catholic Parish grounds in Kakumiro after the successful conclusion of the 195 Km Great Trek that started on 4th January from Galamba in Wakiso District and ended yesterday at Birembo in Kakumiro District. Before today’s rally, the President...
Kenya and Guinea Bissau agree to deepen bilateral ties

Kenya and Guinea Bissau agree to deepen bilateral ties

AFRICA, BURUNDI, Business, Ethiopia, FEATURE STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, KENYA, RWANDA, SOUTH SUDAN, TANZANIA, UGANDA, Zambia, ZIMBABWE
MOMBASA, Kenya Kenya and Guinea Bissau have agreed to work more closely to deepen their bilateral ties. President Uhuru Kenyatta today at State House, Mombasa, met with Guinea Bissau President-Elect Umaro Cissoko Embalo.  Also in attendance was Sports Cabinet Secretary Amb. Amina Mohamed. Speaking today at a meeting at State House, Mombasa, President Uhuru Kenyatta and Guinea Bissau President-Elect Umaro Cissoko Embalo said the two countries will enhance their cooperation for the benefit of the citizens of the two nations.  The leaders singled out exchange of students and teachers, collaboration in technical training, trade and security as some of the key areas of focus in bolstering cooperation between Kenya and Guinea Bissau.  President Kenyatta congra...

S. Sudan Hunger

AFRICA, BURUNDI, EAST AFRICA, EUROPE, SOUTH SUDAN, SUDAN
  Fears of famine in S. Sudan ‘Quarter of  population face hunger’   A looming food crisis threatens massive hunger in South Sudan. 9.3 million People, nearly a quarter of the population in the East Central Africa Nation, are expected to be in need of humanitarian assistance in 2020, up from 8.5 million according to United Nations Humanitarian Affairs Agency, OCHA.   The UN reports that in worst hit Kassala state in the east of the country, more than 400,000 people are at risk of a catastrophe; food insecurity is dire, yet many cannot afford to buy medicines required for treatment of ill health, as result of hunger.   The UN says the economic crisis has exacerbated the desperate situation;   driving  up food price...
Fulbright Foreign Student Program

Fulbright Foreign Student Program

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PRETORIA, South Africa The South African Fulbright Foreign Student Program provides grants for South African university graduates to pursue post-graduate studies at a United States university in any subject (excludes MBA and studies that require contact with patients). The following opportunities are available: South African PhD students enrolled with a South African University may apply to conduct one year’s research at a U.S. University as a Visiting Student Researcher. Post-graduate students may apply for scholarships towards Master’s or Doctorate degrees. Scholarships are awarded for two years towards one degree – Master’s or Doctorate (renewable each year). Students are selected through a rigorous application ...
USAID Administrator Mark   Green’s Phone Call with the Director-General of the World Health Organization,   the Honorable Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Ph.D

USAID Administrator Mark Green’s Phone Call with the Director-General of the World Health Organization, the Honorable Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Ph.D

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Administrator Green and the Director-General discussed additional Ebola-preparedness activities WASHINGTON D.C., United States of America, January 6, 2020/ -- The following is attributable to Acting Spokesperson Pooja Jhunjhunwala: U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Administrator Mark Green spoke with the Director-General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, on Friday to discuss efforts to respond to the outbreak of Ebola in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) amid increasing security concerns and how to best support the Government of DRC and its partners to control the disease. Administrator Green expressed his condolences to the Director-General for the attacks on WHO staff members on November 27, 2...
E-passport Rush as deadline   looms

E-passport Rush as deadline looms

AFRICA, Banking, Business, EAST AFRICA, EDUCATION, EGYPT, Nairobi, SOUTH SUDAN, TANZANIA, UGANDA, ZIMBABWE
The issuance of the e-passport is part of a wider strategy by the regional bloc to boost integration among member states TEL AVIV, Israel, As the deadline for use of old passports looms this month, the number of Tanzanians applying for electronic passports has drastically increased to an average of 1,200 applications from between 300 and 400 per day. The Commissioner-General of the Immigration Department, Dr Anna Makakala, told the "Daily News" in an exclusive interview yesterday that Tanzanians, both within the country and those abroad, are responding positively in applying for E- passports.  "Many people are turning up applying for the new electronic passports since the old ones are no longer eligible for the application of visas," said Dr Makakala.  ...
Bobi Wine arrested as police  break up his consultative meeting

Bobi Wine arrested as police break up his consultative meeting

AFRICA, African stars, AMERICA, EAST AFRICA, EGYPT, Ethiopia, EUROPE, INTERNATIONAL, SOUTH SUDAN, TANZANIA, ZIMBABWE
Kasangati-Uganda” The  have arrested presidential hopeful Bobi Wine and fired tear gas to disperse his supporters as he sought to kick off public meetings before an election next year. Uganda's top Musician Robert Kyagulanyi popularly known as Bobi Wine is seen taking to Journalists soon after being Sworn in as a Member of Parliament for Kyadondo East at parliament 11th July,2017. Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMAUPDATES. Bobi Wine, a singer-turned-politician who is particularly popular among young Ugandans, was scheduled to begin on Monday a week-long series of consultations ahead of the 2021 presidential poll. On December 3, Bobi Wine sent a letter to the EC, officially introducing himself and outlining his plans, which he published on social media. In the past, the...