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Sensex Erases Gains to Close Flat

Sensex Erases Gains to Close Flat

AFRICA, BREAKING NEWS, Business, INTERNATIONAL, UGANDA, WORLD, World Bank
The BSE Sensex index ended near the flat line on Wednesday, as investors paused for breath following recent gains and awaited December-quarter earnings from heavyweights Infosys and Wipro. Among single stocks, Bharti Airtel gained more than 2% after the company said it was initiating process to revise foreign investment limit up to 100%. On the other hand, HDFC and Reliance Industries were among the worst performers. On the economic data front, the country's retail price inflation slowed more than expected in December, falling within the central bank's target of 2%-6% for the first time since March. Meanwhile, industrial production contracted at a steep pace in November, as the coronavirus crisis hit manufacturing and mining activities.
UGANDA POLLS 2021: United States Condemns Uganda Social Media Shut Down

UGANDA POLLS 2021: United States Condemns Uganda Social Media Shut Down

AFRICA, BREAKING NEWS, EAST AFRICA, INTERNATIONAL, POLITICS, TECHNOLOGY, UGANDA, USA
The United States has condemned the government of Uganda’s act to shut down social media as the country heads for general elections this Thursday 14th January. “We are concerned by reports that the government of Uganda has ordered Internet service providers to block social media platforms, messaging apps and select content in the runup to general elections,” said Tibor Nagy, the top US diplomat for Africa.UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged respect for human rights in the run-up to the presidential election noting that such restrictions undermine human rights and fundamental freedoms. Uganda ordered a shutdown of social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter and WhatsApp ahead of Thursday’s vote in which Uganda chooses the next President. However, the statement comes...
Ugandans vote tomorrow 14/01/2021: City Pastors Meet with Museveni and Pledge Their Support

Ugandans vote tomorrow 14/01/2021: City Pastors Meet with Museveni and Pledge Their Support

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, INTERNATIONAL, POLITICS, UGANDA
A group of Pastors from over 10 churches from in and around Kampala on Tuesday met and held discussions and prayers with President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni at State House Entebbe. The Pastors who said each commands a following of over 20,000 Christians were let to the meeting with the president by music promoter, Balaam Barugahara who is an NRM supporter and promoter. Among the Pastors that attended the meeting were; Pr. Wilson Bugembe, Brother Ronnie Makabai, Pr. Mondo Mugisha, Pr. Bugingo Aloysius, Prophet Elvis Mbonye, Pr. Judith Ssozi, Pr. Eunice Akoth and Pr. Osinde among others. The Men and Women of God during the meeting pledged their full support and that of their followers for the NRM presidential candidate in the forthcoming general elections. They later rayed for peac...
Twitter condemns social media shutdown in Uganda

Twitter condemns social media shutdown in Uganda

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, EUROPEAN UNION, INTERNATIONAL, POLITICS, TECHNOLOGY, Twitter, UGANDA, USA
Social networking service, Twitter has condemned the shutdown of the internet in Uganda ahead of the Thursday general election as hugely harmful, violate basic human rights and principles of Open Internet. On Tuesday, it was alleged that the Uganda communication commission executive director, Irene Sewankambo in a letter ordered telecommunications companies to “immediately suspend any access and use” of social media and online messaging platforms. Several social media users in Uganda have reported the inability to access Facebook and Twitter, among other social media platforms as the country braces for a tense election that has been marred with violence. Last evening President Museveni confirmed that the government had closed social media channels ahead of Thursday’s poll. Acc...
UGANDA DECIDES 2021: Statement by U.S. Ambassador Natalie E. Brown on Cancellation of U.S. Diplomatic Observer Mission of Uganda’s Elections

UGANDA DECIDES 2021: Statement by U.S. Ambassador Natalie E. Brown on Cancellation of U.S. Diplomatic Observer Mission of Uganda’s Elections

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, EUROPEAN UNION, INTERNATIONAL, POLITICS, UGANDA, USA
U.S. Embassy Kampala January 13, 2021 Kampala, Uganda  Statement by U.S. Ambassador Natalie E. Brown on Cancellation of U.S. Diplomatic Observer Mission of Uganda’s Elections  It is with profound disappointment that I announce U.S. Mission in Uganda’s decision to cancel our diplomatic observation of Uganda’s January 14 elections due to the decision by the Electoral Commission of Uganda to deny more than 75 percent of the U.S. election observer accreditations requested.  With only 15 accreditations approved, it is not possible for the United States to meaningfully observe the conduct of Uganda’s elections at polling sites across the country. Despite multiple requests, the Electoral Commission provided no explanation for its decision, which it communicated mer...
East African Community Headquarters, Arusha, Tanzania, 12th January, 2021

East African Community Headquarters, Arusha, Tanzania, 12th January, 2021

AFRICA, EALA, EAST AFRICA, HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL, UGANDA, UN Human RiGHTS
Kampala,Uganda: East African Community Observer teams from the East African Community Election Observer Mission (EAC-EOM) to the January 2021 Uganda General Election were formally flagged off in Kampala this morning.  Flagging off the observers, EAC-EOM Head of Mission H.E. Domitien Ndayizeye, said that to ensure objectivity and impartiality, the observers had been drawn from all the EAC Partner States except the Republic of Uganda which is going to election on 14th January, 2021.  “The EAC-EOM short-term observers are drawn from the East African Legislative Assembly, Electoral Management Bodies, Human Rights Commissions, EAC Coordinating Ministries and the Staff of the EAC Organs, namely the East African Legislative Assembly, East African Court of Justice and the E...
USA: House Democrats plan to vote Wednesday to impeach Trump

USA: House Democrats plan to vote Wednesday to impeach Trump

INTERNATIONAL, POLITICS, USA
House Democrats plan to vote Wednesday to impeach President Donald Trump, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer told Democrats on a caucus call Monday. The decision sets up an impeachment vote one week after rioters incited by Trump overran Capitol police and breached some of the most secure areas of the US Capitol. The House will vote Tuesday evening on a resolution urging Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from power, and then plan to vote Wednesday at 9 a.m. ET on the impeachment resolution, Hoyer said. Democrats formally introduced their impeachment resolution Monday, charging Trump with “incitement of insurrection” as they race toward making him the first president in history to be impeached twice. Wednesday’s vote underscores Democrats’ fu...
COVID-19 Risk Communications Toolkit Uganda COVID-19 Resource Toolkit #2

COVID-19 Risk Communications Toolkit Uganda COVID-19 Resource Toolkit #2

AFRICA, COVID-19, EAST AFRICA, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, IGAD SUMMIT, INTERNATIONAL, UN Human RiGHTS, UN Women, USA
U.S. Embassy in Greetings friends and colleagues, My name is Natalie E. Brown, and I am the recently arrived U.S. Ambassador to the Republic of Uganda. I am delighted to be here in Uganda, but only wish I could send New Year's wishes under better circumstances. As the New Year begins and the desire to resume normal activities increases, I wish you strength and restraint. I know that doesn't sound very festive, but we have hung on this long, and relief is coming, although not yet within reach for most of us. Strength and restraint will allow us to keep ourselves safe, protect those we love, and demonstrate the tenacity and courage we all need as COVID infections surge and new and more infectious strains of the virus have emerged. Rather than sending a traditional New Year's greeting, I ...
Remarks of the EU Ambassador on NGOs bank account freezes

Remarks of the EU Ambassador on NGOs bank account freezes

AFRICA, Business, EAST AFRICA, Electoral Comission, EUROPEAN UNION, INTERNATIONAL, Parliament, UGANDA, Uganda Law Society, Uganda Red Cross, UN Human RiGHTS, UN Women, USA, WORLD
Kampala,Uganda The EU and its Member States are one of the largest development partners of Uganda. Most of EU funding goes to support government institutions but through their cooperation programmes, the EU and its Member States also support civil society organisations and private sector entrepreneurs. Civil society organisations contribute to the achievement of Uganda’s development objectives and are important stakeholders and development agents in the implementation of the third National Development Plan of Uganda. The EU and its Member States wish to underline the essential role played by civil society in any democratic country including in the electoral process. Civil society organisations engage in domestic observation, voter education, voter participation and violence preventi...
Here’s How Trump’s Supreme Court Will Put the Screws to President Biden

Here’s How Trump’s Supreme Court Will Put the Screws to President Biden

INTERNATIONAL, POLITICS, USA
Democrats will control Congress, but the newly radicalized court poses a grave threat to the incoming president’s ability to govern and to save lives The newly radicalized Supreme Court issued a stark warning last month that it may use the coronavirus pandemic to attack the power of the executive branch, potentially hamstringing President Joe Biden and Democratic governors in the midst of the greatest crisis America has faced since World War II. The threat went mostly unnoticed because it came as the nation’s highest court passed on the opportunity to rule upon an audacious challenge to a governor’s power to protect the public health during the height of the outbreak. But the decision made the court’s intentions clear, and also raised a warning flag about the imminent threat the ...
EAC Election Observation Mission to the 2021 Uganda General Election launched  in Kampala.

EAC Election Observation Mission to the 2021 Uganda General Election launched in Kampala.

AFRICA, EALA, EAST AFRICA, Electoral Comission, EUROPEAN UNION, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, Kenyan Parliament, Nairobi, Parliament, POLITICS, Sudan, UGANDA, Uganda Law Society, UN Human RiGHTS, UN Women, USA, World Bank
East African Community Headquarters, Arusha, Tanzania, 10th January, 2021: The East African Community Election Observer Mission to the Uganda General Election to be held on 14th January, 2021 has been formally launched.   H.E. Domitien Ndayizeye (middle).Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates. Speaking during the launch of the mission at a Kampala hotel, the Head of the Mission, H.E. Domitien Ndayizeye, who is also a former president of the Republic of Burundi, said that the Community attaches great importance to the promotion of democracy, which will in turn guarantee political stability in the entire region.  H.E. Domitien Ndayizeye addressing the Observers.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates. “Further to the invitation of the Electoral Commission of Uganda, the...
Prayers for Uganda ahead of the National Elections

Prayers for Uganda ahead of the National Elections

AFRICA, Business, EDUCATION, Electoral Comission, INTERNATIONAL, POLITICS, UGANDA, UK, UN Human RiGHTS, UN Women
A group of Ugandan women intercessors in Conjunction with wailing mothers have prayed for their Country for Unity and peace ahead of the General Elections due on the 14th January 2020. KCCA Executive Director Mrs Kisaka Dorothy delivering her remarks during the Ceremony.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates. The Prayers held at Kololo Airstrip on Sunday were coordinated by Mrs Jolly Kaguhangire presided over by the the Executive Director Kampala Capital City Authority  Ms. Dorothy Kisaka who represented the first lady  and the Minister For Education and Sports Hon. Janet Museveni. KCCA Executive Director Mrs Kisaka Dorothy( R) with the Coordinator of the event Mrs Kaguhangire Jolly .Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates. KCCA Executive Director Mrs Kisaka Dorothy( R) wit...
Statement by U.S. Ambassador Natalie E. Brown on the January 6 Attack on the U.S. Capitol Building and the Nurturing of Democracy

Statement by U.S. Ambassador Natalie E. Brown on the January 6 Attack on the U.S. Capitol Building and the Nurturing of Democracy

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, INTERNATIONAL, POLITICS, UGANDA, USA, USA
Like observers across America and around the world, I was appalled by the events that unfolded at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, January 6, 2021.  On a day traditionally characterized by history, pomp, and ceremony, the world instead saw more than just an act of lawlessness, we witnessed a violent attack on America's democracy.  As America's Founding Fathers recognized, and as we were reminded Wednesday, democracy is fragile.  Democracy is hard.  To survive, it must be constantly tended to and renewed--by leaders and ordinary citizens alike.  More than 230 years after the adoption of its constitution, the United States is still striving to build a more perfect union so that all Americans can enjoy the blessings of liberty and justice enshrined in a document that when ...
Manchester Star, Burno Fernandes Bitter For Missing Out On Carabao Cup Final.

Manchester Star, Burno Fernandes Bitter For Missing Out On Carabao Cup Final.

INTERNATIONAL, premier league, Sports
English Premier League player who plays as a midfielder for Manchester United, Bruno Miguel Borges Fernandes has expressed disappointment for the club missing out on Carabao Cup final. The Portuguese professional footballer took to his verified Twitter account on Thursday evening to lament on once again being kicked out of the title race. Fernandes admitted that United have a lot to fight in other competitions, noting that the club can not afford to keep repeating the same mistakes anymore. He tweeted: “I’m very sad and disappointed to once again don’t reach a final. We have a lot to fight yet but we have to learn and understand that we can’t make the same mistakes anymore. We need to make an effort to further improve and be able to fight for trophies!” I’m very sad and disap...
Congress certifies 2020 Electoral College vote. Joe Biden is confirmed as the next President of the United States, Kamala Harris is confirmed as the next Vice President.

Congress certifies 2020 Electoral College vote. Joe Biden is confirmed as the next President of the United States, Kamala Harris is confirmed as the next Vice President.

INTERNATIONAL, POLITICS, USA
After a day defined by fear, violence and unprecedented chaos, Congress officially confirmed President-elect Joe Biden’s victory in the wee hours of Thursday morning. Republican attempts to contest the results of the election served only to delay the inevitable. Vice President Mike Pence officially pronounced Biden the President-elect and Kamal Harris the Vice President-elect. They will be sworn in and assume office at noon on Jan. 20. The tally tipped the win to Biden and Harris at 3:31 a.m. ET. The counting finally ended at 3:40 a.m. The final proclamation on what is supposed to be a routine Congressional procedure capped off the most intense day on Capitol Hill in living memory. Shortly after lawmakers gathered in a joint session to certify Biden’s victory Wednesday, Trump sup...
DC mayor extends public emergency to 15 days after four people confirmed dead amid violence at the Capitol

DC mayor extends public emergency to 15 days after four people confirmed dead amid violence at the Capitol

INTERNATIONAL, USA
Local authorities announced that four people died after a mob of Trump supporters entered the Capitol building and engaged with riot police on Wednesday afternoon as Congress held a joint session to count the 2020 Electoral College votes. Both chambers of Congress recessed debate after the mob forced a lockdown at the Capitol and the evacuation of lawmakers and VP Mike Pence. Mayor Muriel Bowser said that the city will be under a state of public emergency lasting until January 21.
Senate and House vote to reject the challenge to President-elect Biden’s victory in Pennsylvania as Electoral College certification continues

Senate and House vote to reject the challenge to President-elect Biden’s victory in Pennsylvania as Electoral College certification continues

INTERNATIONAL, POLITICS, USA
The breach by a pro-Trump mob at the US Capitol on Wednesday forced members of the House and Senate to suspend a joint session of Congress to certify President-elect Joe Biden's presidential victory. Congressional leaders have since resumed the electoral vote count.