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Abdelaziz Bouteflika: Former Algerian president dies aged 84

Abdelaziz Bouteflika: Former Algerian president dies aged 84

GOVERNMENT, INTERNATIONAL, PRESIDENT, Uganda Government, WORLD
The former president of Algeria, Abdelaziz Bouteflika, has died after a long illness at the age of 84. Bouteflika led the country for almost two decades, stepping down in 2019 after his bid for a fifth term in office led to massive street protests. He played a key role in Algeria's war of independence in the 1950s and 60s. Then in 1999, as Algeria emerged from a brutal civil war that killed almost 200,000 people, he became president at the urging of the military. Bouteflika had rarely been seen in public since a stroke in 2013, which affected his speech and mobility. Obituary: Child prodigy to octogenarian leader His political career began early: After Algeria's independence from France in 1962, he became the world's youngest minister of foreign affairs in his mid-twenti...
Gov’t will organize a State funeral for deceased Archbishop Jonah Lwanga

Gov’t will organize a State funeral for deceased Archbishop Jonah Lwanga

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, GOVERNMENT, Religion, State House-Uganda, UGANDA, Uganda Government
Gov’t will organize a State funeral for deceased Archbishop Jonah Lwanga - Baryomunsi The Minister of Information Chris Baryomunsi has said deceased Archbishop of the Orthodox Church Metropolitan Jonah Lwanga will be given a state funeral. The state will facilitate the repatriation of Lwanga's body from Greece as well as the burial arrangements. Lwanga was born on July 18, 1945 in the village Ddegeya, just one year before the religion was recognized by the government despite having been established in the early 1900s. His see was in Kampala, with jurisdiction over all Uganda. His bishopric, about 60,000 people, was founded in the 1930s. Lwanga’s grandfather, Obadiah Basajjakitalo, was one of the two initial leaders of the Orthodox Church in Uganda, along with Ruben Spartas Mukasa...
Uganda’s Opposition launches 17-point legislative agenda

Uganda’s Opposition launches 17-point legislative agenda

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, GOVERNMENT, Government Chief Whip, Kenyan Parliament, Leader Of opposition in Parliament, Oppoosition, Parliament, POLITICS, South African Parliament, Speaker Of Parliament, Uganda Government, Ugandan Parliament, UK Parliament
Kampala,Uganda: The Leader of the Opposition in Parliament, Hon Mathias Mpuuga launched a 17-point legislative agenda with proposals for constitution amendment, deepening decentralisation and health services sector review.Mpuuga said the opposition will be benching for reforms in the appointment of electoral commissioners, making it a public process, and clarifying-in the constitution, the role of security forces in elections.Decentralisation, which Mpuuga said is on a roll-back, will be mainstreamed,  with proposed amendments to cap the revenue that by law should be reserved for local governments.National Health Insurance Coverage will also top the agenda, roping in other essential services like education, infrastructure and others.On education, Mpuuga proposes deepened governmen...
Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development Hon. Hellen Asamo, hands over motorcycles and printers to Chief Administrative Officers from eight new District Local Governments.

Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development Hon. Hellen Asamo, hands over motorcycles and printers to Chief Administrative Officers from eight new District Local Governments.

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, GOVERNMENT, Government Chief Whip, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, UGANDA, Uganda Government, UN Human RiGHTS
Kampala,Uganda: Recently, the Minister of State for Disability Affairs at the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development Hon. Hellen Asamo, handed over motorcycles and printers to Chief Administrative Officers from eight new District Local Governments to support the implementation of the Uganda Women Entrepreneurship Programme (UWEP). The recipient districts included; Kasanda, Pakwach, Kazo, Rwampara, Kitagwenda, Madi-Okollo, Karenga and Kalaki.  Minister of State for Disability Affairs at the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development Hon. Hellen Asamo, hands over motorcycle Keys to one of the representatives. This brought to 176 (one hundred seventy six) the number of Districts and Municipalities that have received motorcycles, desk top computers and printers ...
PICTORIAL: The launch of our Legislative Agenda in Parliament of Uganda-Uganda’s Opposition

PICTORIAL: The launch of our Legislative Agenda in Parliament of Uganda-Uganda’s Opposition

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, GOVERNMENT, Leader Of opposition in Parliament, Oppoosition, UGANDA, Uganda Government
While opening the dialogue, the leader of Opposition Hon, Mathias Mpuuga Nsamba, said the Opposition will champion fiscal reforms to fight corruption and curb wastages, including proposals to rethink special interests representation in Parliament, and bringing about media reforms to widen the democratic space.Mpuuga said the time has come where they need to discuss issues much as they might be discomforting. “Among these things is the size of Parliament. In this country, there is a tendency for citizens to fear their Leaders and this fear is not born out of respect per say, but out of a habit by leaders to lie their people.” “We also need to discuss the role of security forces in our elections. We all know what has always transpired in our elections, are we really comfortable with w...
UN Deploys to South Sudan

UN Deploys to South Sudan

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, GOVERNMENT, Security, UGANDA, Uganda Government, Uganda Police Force
UPF Deputy Director Operations SCP Nuwagira John has met and briefed the police officers who successfully completed the requirements for UN deployment ahead to South Sudan. The officers, who are 15 in number, shall represent the Uganda Police Force in various assignments serving on contract for one year under UNited Nations Mission in South Sudan (UNMISS). The last batch of the officers shall leave for South Sudan on 31.08.2021.While in S. Sudan, these officers shall participate as experts in several fields including training, community policing, gender, CID, operations and others. The D.Director and the team from Interpol shared their experiences on Missions with these officers and implored them to successfully represent Uganda and the Police force with integrity and patriotism.
SA Defence Minister Rejects President Ramaphosa’s Coup Claims

SA Defence Minister Rejects President Ramaphosa’s Coup Claims

AFRICA, GOVERNMENT, POLITICS, Security, South Africa
SA Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula South Africa’s Defence Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula contradicted President Cyril Ramaphosa on the nature of the recent civil unrest that engulfed Kwazulu-Natal and Gauteng provinces. Ramaphosa had said South Africa had just defeated an “insurgency” bent on undermining the country’s democratic order, but Mapisa-Nqakula on Sunday said the riots and looting were simply the work of “criminal counter-revolutionaries”. Said Mapisa-Nqakula: We are not seeing signs of a coup or insurgency, but rather a counter-revolution creeping in, in the form of criminality and thuggery. This was designed to sow the seeds of division in the country. Well, this is a terrible look for Ramaphosa and the African National Congress (ANC) government as a who...
Education minister to release PLE results today

Education minister to release PLE results today

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, EDUCATION, GOVERNMENT, UGANDA
The Minister of Education, Ms Janet Museveni. PHOTO/ FILE Heads of schools won’t be able to access hard copies of 2020 Primary Leaving Examinations that will be released today. The schools will, however,  download soft copies of results from the Uganda National Examination Board (Uneb) portal. The Minister of Education, Ms Janet Museveni, will release the results this morning at State House Entebbe.This is the first set of exams to be released by the Education ministry and Uganda National Examination Board (Uneb).Of 749,761 candidates,  395,855 (53 per cent) females and 353,957 males (47 per cent) registered for PLE from 14,300 centres. The principal public relations officer of Uganda Examination Board (Uneb), Ms Jenipher Kalule, said the performance of pupils who sat for th...
Betty Kamya appointed IGG, Ramathan Ggoobi is the new Ministry of Finance PS

Betty Kamya appointed IGG, Ramathan Ggoobi is the new Ministry of Finance PS

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, GOVERNMENT, PAN AFRICA, UGANDA
Ramathan Ggoobi is the new Ministry of Finance PS Summary In the new reshuffle announced Thursday evening by in a statement released by senior presidential secretary, Lindah Nabusayi, Mr Museveni appointed Beti Olive Namisango Kamya as the new Inspector General of Government. President Museveni has appointed Makerere University Business School (MUBs) don Ramathan Ggoobi as the permanent secretary Ministry of Finance, replacing Keith Muhakanizi who has been moved to office of the Prime Minister. "To H.E the President, thank you for the trust in appointing me to serve in this noble office. To the people of Uganda, thank you for the support and love. To the world, this simple boy from Butambala believes in economics that works and hates accountability without results," ...
Museveni retires seven permanent secretaries

Museveni retires seven permanent secretaries

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, GOVERNMENT, PRESIDENT, UGANDA, WORK
Summary Mr Mugoya has been replaced by Mr Vincent Bagiire.At the time of her retirement, Ms Guwatudde is still battling charges related to irregularities in the procurement of the Covid-19 relief food during last year’s virus-induced lockdown. President Museveni has sent at least seven permanent secretaries into retirement in a new reshuffle. According to the president, the retires who include; Christine Guwatudde Kintu from the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM), Pius Wakabi from Ministry of Agriculture, Patrick Mugoya from Foreign Affairs Ministry and Ms Jane Kibirige, the Clerk to Parliament, have been retired in public interest. Others are Kivumbi Lutaaya who previously served as principal private secretary to the Vice President, Benon Mutambi from ministry of Internal Aff...
Kiir and Machar: Conjoined twins for political survival and stability

Kiir and Machar: Conjoined twins for political survival and stability

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, GOVERNMENT, PAN AFRICA, RELATIONS, South Sudan
South Sudanese President Salva Kiir and opposition leader Riek Machar Summary President Kiir and Dr Machar are said to have realised, as a result of the national dialogue resolutions, that if they do not cooperate, they may lose their constituency. As in Kenya, where President Uhuru Kenyatta's handshake with opposition leader Raila Odinga restored calm in the country, the working relationship between President Salva Kiir and First Vice-President Dr Riek Machar is critical to South Sudan's survival. According to a cross-section of leaders, President Kiir and his former deputy Dr Machar must cooperate in order to survive politically. Indeed, the National Dialogue (ND) recommended in November last year that the two should retire with an attractive package for the country to move ...
Zimbabwe: Govt to Allow Pension Funds to Invest Offshore

Zimbabwe: Govt to Allow Pension Funds to Invest Offshore

AFRICA, GOVERNMENT, PENSION, ZIMBABWE
The Government is working on modalities that will allow pension funds to invest their monies offshore, Finance and Economic Development Minister Mthuli Ncube has said. The industry has been lobbying the State for permission to invest local pensioners' contributions out of the country, especially following the re-emergence of significant inflationary pressures during the 2018/2019 currency reforms. According to an earlier submission by the industry to the authorities, players sought permission to get some assets offshore at a threshold of even 25 percent, a move aimed at value preservation. In a recent engagement with the industry, Minister Ncube said this will soon be possible following establishment of necessary modalities. "What I am going to be doing as I fine-tune the ...
Cuba blames US for anti-government protests

Cuba blames US for anti-government protests

CUBA, GOVERNMENT, INTERNATIONAL, POLICE, POLITICS, PROTESTS, USA
Cuba has blamed a US "policy of economic suffocation" for unprecedented protests against the country's communist government, as Washington pointed the finger at "decades of repression" in the one-party state. The longtime foes traded barbs a day after thousands of Cubans took to the streets chanting: "Down with the dictatorship" in protests dispersed by police who arrested dozens. The anti-government rallies erupted spontaneously in several cities as the country endures its worst economic crisis in 30 years, with chronic shortages of electricity, food and medicine and a recent worsening of the coronavirus epidemic. The only authorised gatherings in Cuba are usually events of the ruling Communist Party, but according to the data journalism site Inventario, a total of 40 demons...
President Kenyatta reiterates Gov’t commitment to the completion of Konza technopolis

President Kenyatta reiterates Gov’t commitment to the completion of Konza technopolis

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, GOVERNMENT, KENYA, PRESIDENT
MACHAKOS, 9th July 2021 (PSCU) – President Uhuru Kenyatta on Friday commissioned two key projects at the Konza Technopolis, signaling Government’s commitment to the completion of the country’s first smart city. The President, who was on an inspection tour of infrastructure projects implemented by the Government and partners at the technopolis, inaugurated an eight-storey headquarters of Konza Technopolis Development Authority (KoTDA). default Accompanied by former Prime Minister Raila Odinga, Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka and ICT Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru among other senior Government officials, President Kenyatta also opened the National Data Centre located at the Konza Technopolis. The ultra-modern office block will provide KoTDA staff and partners a conducive on-...
Israel’s New $300m Boeing 767 Air Force One Is Facing Opposition

Israel’s New $300m Boeing 767 Air Force One Is Facing Opposition

GOVERNMENT, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, Israel, Transport, TRAVEL
Israel’s new VIP transport could be sold before it even enters service. The modified Boeing 767-338ER has been with the Israeli Air Force for four years and was taken on to the transport Israeli Prime Minister and the President of the State of Israel. However, it has faced significant opposition from certain officials. Could this head of state aircraft be abandoned before serving its role? Photo: LLHZ2805 via Wikimedia Commons A costly program The “Wing of Zion” conducted its first flight after conversion on November 3rd, 2019. Holding registration 4X-ISR, it is yet to enter service and has been under scrutiny for the high costs, leading to overruns. The original budget for the acquisition, modification, and upgrading of the Israeli “Air Force One” was ₪393 million ($11...
Coup driving foreign companies out of Myanmar

Coup driving foreign companies out of Myanmar

Banking World, CRISIS, GOVERNMENT, INTERNATIONAL, MYANNMAR, WORLD
Several international chains have closed their stores and investors are putting their plans on hold. The departure of Norwegian telecom company Telenor is causing concern. Digital rights activist wonders: “Will privacy still exist in Myanmar?” Several international chains and brand names are divesting and pulling out of Myanmar. Stores have closed due to "the changing operating environment", while the remaining foreign companies are cutting or stopping investments in the country. In recent days, the US company Auntie Anne's, China’s Little Sheep and Taiwan’s bubble tea franchise KOI Thé have left Myanmar. Norwegian telecom operator Telenor’s decision to sell all of its activities in Myanmar to the Lebanese M1 group for US$ 105 million is causing concern. “Telenor entere...
Tumwebaze vows to bring hands-on mentality to MAAIF

Tumwebaze vows to bring hands-on mentality to MAAIF

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, FARMIMG, GOVERNMENT, PAN AFRICA, UGANDA
Frank Tumwebaze, the new minister of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF) Frank Tumwebaze, the new minister of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF), has promised to apply a proactive approach through directly engaging farmers in ministry policies. He said this on June 22 after taking office at the ministry headquarters in Entebbe. “In this term, we will spend more time with the farmers in the fields than in the offices,” he said. The handover ceremony, whose attendance was limited due to the Covid-19 protocols, was presided over by Pius Wakabi Kasajja, the ministry permanent secretary, in the presence of other senior ministry officials. Tumwebaze officially received the ministry instruments of power and authority that include the ministerial poli...
Russia and Iran’s Relations in Iraq

Russia and Iran’s Relations in Iraq

GOVERNMENT, INTERNATIONAL, IRAN, IRAQ, POLITICS, POWER, RELATIONS, RUSSIA, Security
Russia’s vaunted S-400 anti-air defence system, which it has offered to sell to Iraq. Source: National Interest Since the Iranian revolution of 1979, both Iran and Russia have had renewed interest in influencing politics in Iraq. Moscow is in favour of a secular and stable Iraq amenable to a Russian presence, whereas revolutionary Iran hopes for a Shi’a Iraq that favours neither East nor West. However, and despite these incompatible strategies, Iran and Russia have been cooperating in Iraq over the past few years. This cooperation was not a result of mutual interest, but rather of unexpected political events such as the US invasion of Iraq and the subsequent emergence of ISIS. Under these circumstances, Russia and Iran’s relations in Iraq have gone through different stages outlined bel...
Statement on the Decision of the Constitutional Court in Hon. Michael Kabaziguruka v Attorney General, (Const. Pet. No. 46 of 2016)

Statement on the Decision of the Constitutional Court in Hon. Michael Kabaziguruka v Attorney General, (Const. Pet. No. 46 of 2016)

AFRICA, GOVERNMENT, POLITICS, UGANDA, UPDF
The National Unity Platform (NUP) welcomes the majority decision in the Constitutional Court Petition filed in 2016 by Hon. Michael Kabaziguruka, in which he challenged his trial by the General Court Martial. It will be recalled that a few weeks back, the legal team of NUP filed a further Constitutional Petition, challenging the trial of hundreds of our civilian comrades before different military courts. To date, many of our supporters and friends are stuck in different prisons across the country, having been remanded by the General Court Martial, Division Courts Martial as well as Unit Disciplinary Committees of the military. Those who were abducted by the military in the run up to, and in the aftermath of the January election, were subjected to some kangaroo military courts i...
S.Africa court clears Ramaphosa of misleading parliament

S.Africa court clears Ramaphosa of misleading parliament

AFRICA, GOVERNMENT, PAN AFRICA, PRESIDENT, South Africa, South African Parliament
South Africa's top court on Thursday cleared President Cyril Ramaphosa of lying to parliament about a donation to his 2017 election campaign, quashing a critical report by the country's ombudswoman. Known in South Africa as the public protector, Busisiwe Mkhwebane in 2019 determined that Ramaphosa had deliberately misled the National Assembly in his answer to a question posed by an opposition lawmaker the previous year. She also said there was evidence of money laundering, conflict of interest and personal enrichment -- prompting the president to challenge the legality of her report. The High Court dismissed the report last year and the Constitutional Court on Thursday upheld that decision. "The Public Protector was wrong on the facts and on the law with regard to the issu...