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AFRICA: Burundi opposition files election petition

AFRICA: Burundi opposition files election petition

AFRICA, BURUNDI, Politics
Burundian opposition leader Agathon Rwasa filed on Thursday a case at the constitutional court challenging the May 20 presidential election outcome, saying he had evidence of fraud. Burundi’s election commission said on Monday the ruling party candidate, retired General Evariste Ndayishimiye, had won the presidential election with 69% of votes cast. It said Rwasa had garnered 24% of the vote. The commission’s Chairman Pierre Claver Kazihise said the turnout had been huge and the election was peaceful. “Appalling errors were made across the country, no district or province was spared. We have provided evidence that there has been a massive fraud,” Rwasa told reporters after filing his complaint. “The announced results are false.” He said the court had eight days to decide...
Ashburg Kato loses 4000 followers in one night after crossing from People Power to NRM

Ashburg Kato loses 4000 followers in one night after crossing from People Power to NRM

AFRICA, celebrity, CELEBRITY GOSSIP, Politics, UGANDA
KAMPALA --- Self proclaimed number one blogger and formally ardent supporter of People Power founder Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu has obtained a drop in following by over 3000 people and hundreds of friends. This followed his pronouncement in which he confirmed his exit from People Power camp and embraced the National Resistance Movement and Muhoozi project. Kato, who has been very close to Bobi Wine in a surprise video shocked followers when he indicated he had ceased his support for the Kyadondo Legislator and People Power. “I am Ashburg Kato formerly of People Power but now in NRM. As if now I subscribe to the National Resistance Movement. I am here to apologise to President Museveni and promoter Balaam Barugahare for the incessant attacks against them on social media,”Ashburg w...
Coronavirus – Uganda: Bobi Wine and Speaker Kadaga disagree with Museveni on Nytil COVID-19 Masks

Coronavirus – Uganda: Bobi Wine and Speaker Kadaga disagree with Museveni on Nytil COVID-19 Masks

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, EAST AFRICA, HEALTH, Politics, UGANDA, Ugandan Parliamanet
PARLIAMENT, UGANDA --- The Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga and Kyadondo East Member of Parliament Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine, have both sharply disagreed with President Yoweri Museveni’s directive to Ugandans to wear masks made by Nytil, because it is the only factory that manufactures the approved  standard of masks. During his 14th National Address on COVID-19 held on Monday evening, Museveni directed that Ugandans aged 6 years and above must wear face masks when in public places and at all times, as a way of preventing the spread on Coronavirus. He however noted that with time all the other locally made  masks will phased out and all Ugandans will be required to wear masks made by Nytil and that they will be  distributed to Ugandans free of charge dur...
Blogger Ashburg Reveals Why He Dumped Bobi Wine And People Power, Vows Never To Look Back

Blogger Ashburg Reveals Why He Dumped Bobi Wine And People Power, Vows Never To Look Back

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, Politics, UGANDA
KAMPALA - UGANDA: Social media is awash with photos of renown People Power blogger, Ashburg Katto standing next to the Fountain of Honor, Gen. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni. Ashburg who has for so long worked for Bobi Wine and has even a People Power tatoo on his right hand, but now its very clear he crossed to NRM. Apparently, he met with Sevo on 4th of March this year courtesy of city events mogul and renown Yellow bus passenger, Balaam Barugahara. It is alleged that of course the controversial blogger was given an eye-watering amount of dime worth considering, leaving him with no other choice and boom! Now he says everything is all clear for him after meeting Sevo. “MBASOOSE OKWAMBALA ENGULE “. According to him, decided to join the ‘winning team’ because his former boss is...
Floods – Uganda: People Power Movement donates Shs13.5 million to Kasese flood victims

Floods – Uganda: People Power Movement donates Shs13.5 million to Kasese flood victims

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, INTERNATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, Politics, UGANDA
Bobi Wine through his people power movement handed over a contribution of 13,500,000/= (Thirteen Million, Five Hundred Thousand Shillings) to Hon. Winnie Kiiza to assist sisters and brothers who are affected by flooding in Kasese district. "This money was contributed by ourselves as well as comrades in Uganda and abroad. I am very grateful to all of you who have responded to our call and made contributions to this noble cause. To you comrades in Kasese District, we stand with you and pray for you", said Bobi Wine. People Power Movement leader Kyagulanyi Sentamu 'Bobi Wine's addressing the press while Hon. Winnie Kiira looks on Kasese District was affected so bad by the recent floods that left thousands of people homeless, it destroyed property and others lost their lives. "We ...
Uganda: MPs concerned about delayed electrification project

Uganda: MPs concerned about delayed electrification project

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, Politics, UGANDA, Ugandan Parliamanet
KAMPALA, UGANDA - PARLIAMENT ---- Members of Parliament are concerned about the delayed roll out of the national rural electrification project following approval of a  loan from EXIM BankBududa District Woman MP, Hon. Justine Khainza said that the loan amounting to US$212.6 million is meant to have electricity extended to 287 sub-counties across the country. The project was supposed to be implemented by Tebian Electric Apparatus (TBEA) Company Limited. “Of late, the media has been awash with allegations of financial loss under the Rural Electrocution Agency (REA) and in particular, pertaining to these sub-county projects.,” said Khainza.Hon. James Waluswaka (NRM, Bunyole West) said the loan was passed with a promise to Ugandans that all sub-counties would be lit by election time.“They ...
AFRICA: Lesotho PM Thomas Thabane resigns.

AFRICA: Lesotho PM Thomas Thabane resigns.

AFRICA, LESOTHO, Politics
Thomas Thabane has announced he will step down as prime minister of Lesotho following months of pressure after he was named as a suspect in the murder of his ex-wife. He did not say when he would leave office but his party said a new premier would be sworn in on Wednesday. The 80-year-old's current wife, with whom he was living at the time of the murder, was charged in connection with the killing in February. The pair have denied any involvement. "I decided to personally come and inform you that I am stepping down as prime minister of Lesotho," AFP news agency says he told supporters in his Abia home constituency on the outskirts of the capital Maseru. Lesotho has been plagued by political instability this year - he lost his majority in parliament last week when the coaliti...
South African Parliament to resume virtual parliamentary meetings this week

South African Parliament to resume virtual parliamentary meetings this week

AFRICA, Politics, South Africa
cape Town – Parliament’s business will continue this week with Committees of the National Assembly(NA) and the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) receiving briefings from various government departments regarding their strategic plans, annual performance plans and budget allocations. Matters of the oversight of the COVID-19 pandemic will also receive attention in some committees. The National Assembly Rules Committee is scheduled to meet on Tuesday, 19 May. The meeting will consider the Rule on Virtual meetings in terms of National Assembly Rule 6 (unforeseen eventualities) and the reconfiguration of the clustered system of government portfolios for Questions to Ministers. The National Assembly is scheduled to hold its first hybrid sitting (both physical and virtual setting) on 2...
Coronavirus – Uganda: Speaker disagrees with Museveni on locking down citizens but allows truck drivers to continue moving

Coronavirus – Uganda: Speaker disagrees with Museveni on locking down citizens but allows truck drivers to continue moving

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, EAST AFRICA, HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, Politics, UGANDA, Ugandan Parliamanet
Kampala ---- The Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga has called upon government to either stop the movement of truck drivers who are infected with Coronavirus (COVID-19) or lift the lockdown, instead of letting poor Ugandans suffer inside their houses. While  speaking in Parliament on Thursday, Kadaga  told the House that Ugandans are concerned about government’s decision to continue keeping them locked inside their houses yet they are not infected, while  the same government allows truck drivers, many of who are infected with COVID-19, to continue moving freely around the country. “It is disturbing to note that the bulk of the new COVID-19 cases are from truck drivers. Ugandan locked in their homes are not moving, but truck drivers who are testing positive are going about normal l...
Uganda: NRM MPs in another Shs 40m each cash bonanza

Uganda: NRM MPs in another Shs 40m each cash bonanza

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, INTERNATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, Politics, UGANDA, Ugandan Parliamanet
The ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) party members of parliament have reportedly benefited from yet another cash bonanza from President Yoweri Museveni. Each of the 317 NRM MPs who previously supported the lifting of the age limit is set to receive Shs 40m - just days after the clerk to parliament Jane Kibirige ordered the legislators to return Shs 20 million parliament allocated to each of the 438 MPs for COVID-19 activities. The COVID funds allocated to MPs drew an ire from the public and an embarrassing back and forth public bickering between the executive and legislature - with Museveni casting the MPs for being inconsiderate by taking public funds at the time when the country was battling the coronavirus pandemic. Museveni advised the MPs to return the money and dir...
Uganda: “MP Zaake still not well”, says Bobi Wine

Uganda: “MP Zaake still not well”, says Bobi Wine

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, HEALTH, Politics, Ugandan Parliamanet
In an attempt to throw away the ruling government, he Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi known as Bobi Wine is still sympathizing with the situation that happened to his fellow comrade Hon. Zaake. Apparently, Zaake is still detained at SIUKireka but the sworn Hon. Paul Mwiru is the only person allowed to meet him in custody. But according to what Bobi Wine pissed him, Paul claimed that he was badly tortured with bruises all over his face.
Coronavirus – Uganda: Museveni donates half of his salary to fight COVID-19

Coronavirus – Uganda: Museveni donates half of his salary to fight COVID-19

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, EAST AFRICA, HEALTH, Politics, UGANDA
Uganda’s president Yoweri Museveni has said he will donate half of his salary to fight Coronavirus. He was asked by a viewer why public servants in Uganda are yet to take pay cuts and support the National Task Force. The caller asked why the president and civil servants haven’t donated a part of their salaries when elsewhere the same group was donating their pay. In response, Museveni said though he is one of those public servants earning little money which he would donate to the cause. Museveni who earns Shs3.6m (about $ 973) monthly said he would donate Shs1.4m (about $378) to the national taskforce. “They pay me Shs3.6m. NRM takes 20% of it. I am now going to tell Mama Janet to sign for Shs1.4m and the balance of Shs1.3m goes to the COVID-19 fund,” Museveni said. He s...
Uganda: Parliament votes to create new cities

Uganda: Parliament votes to create new cities

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, Politics, UGANDA, Ugandan Parliamanet
Yesterday, Parliament voted for the creation of 15 new cities in the country. The cities to be created over four years are Jinja, Mbarara, Fort Portal, Masaka, Mbale, Arua, Gulu, Hoima, Lira ,Soroti, Entebbe, Moroto, Nakasongola, Kabale and Wakiso. 312 out of 313 members of parliament who were present voted in favour of the motion and only one was against it. Only Sarah Opendi from Tororo voted against the motion, saying that the recent budget that was passed by parliament for FY 2020/21 does not fully address the demands of some of the Local governments, Districts and Municipalities. Sarah Opendi who is the Minister of state for Mineral Development stated that it’s not right for Parliament to consider creation of new cities without first knowing the economic implication of Co...
Coronavirus – Uganda: DP donates food to the COVID-19 National Response Fund

Coronavirus – Uganda: DP donates food to the COVID-19 National Response Fund

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, Covid 19 Donations, EAST AFRICA, HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, Politics, UGANDA
Yesterday, the Democratic Party donated 5 tons of maize flour to the COVID-19 National Response Fund. The donation was received by the Prime Minister, Rt. Hon. Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda at the Office of the Prime Minister. The donation purchased from party funds was delivered by a delegation of party officials led by the party president Norbert Mao accompanied by the Vice President, the National Chairman, the Secretary-General, the Bukomansimbi South MP, Mukono Municipality Mayor, and the former DP candidate for Busiro South Stephen Sekigozi.  Prime Minister Rt Hon. Dr Ruhakana Rugunda (R) with DP president Nobert Mao.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates. In his remarks Mao stated that DP leaders are making contributions of food to District COVID-19 Taskforces and also directly ...
Coronavirus: High Court blocks issuing of  Shs. 20 Million to MPs for COVID-19 sensitization

Coronavirus: High Court blocks issuing of Shs. 20 Million to MPs for COVID-19 sensitization

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, EAST AFRICA, HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, Politics, UGANDA
Bank Of Uganda and Finance Ministry have defied High Court orders blocking Parliamentary Commission from releasing the Shs 10bn to MPs until the hearing of the application challenging such. While appropriating money in the shs304 billion supplementary budget to different sectors involved in the fight against the deadly coronavirus pandemic, Shs10 billion was allocated to Parliament, raising questions in the public. According to the order issued by civil division high court Judge Ester Nambayo, the said funds should not be released until the April, 29th and that if any MP has already received the money, it should not be used it until then. Civil division high court Judge Ester Nambayo On Monday, Ntungamo Municipality MP, Gerald Karuhanga and Erute South legislator Jonathan Odur...
Trump blocks issuing of US green cards for 60 days

Trump blocks issuing of US green cards for 60 days

AMERICA, CORONAVIRUS, HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, Politics, REFUGEES, united states of america, USA
President Donald Trump has said he will halt applications of foreign nationals seeking permanent residence in the US because of the coronavirus crisis. Trump said on Tuesday that he would order a temporary halt in issuing green cards to prevent people from immigrating to the United States, but he backed away from plans to suspend guest worker programs after business groups exploded in anger at the threat of losing access to foreign labor. Sample US green card He cast his decision to “suspend immigration,” which he first announced on Twitter, as a move to protect American workers and their jobs from foreign competition. More than 22 million Americans have lost their jobs in the economic devastation caused by the virus and efforts to contain it. Officials were still working to d...
“Kim Jong-Un not in ‘grave danger’ after his heart surgery”, report says

“Kim Jong-Un not in ‘grave danger’ after his heart surgery”, report says

ASIA, HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, NORTH KOREA, Politics
Kim Jong-un underwent heart surgery earlier this month and is recovering at his private villa, according to a South Korean report, with US media citing officials as saying the North Korean leader was in “grave danger” after the procedure. South Korea's government said there were no signs North Korean leader Kim Jong Un was gravely ill after a reports he had undergone cardiovascular surgery earlier this month, and was in "grave danger". Daily NK, a Seoul-based website that relies on anonymous sources inside North Korea to report on the isolated country, said late Monday that Mr. Kim received a cardiovascular procedure at Hyangsan Hospital, a clinic dedicated to treating the Kim family, on April 12. Reporting from inside North Korea is notoriously difficult, especially on matters c...
Coronavirus -Uganda: Museveni orders for pay rise of scientists

Coronavirus -Uganda: Museveni orders for pay rise of scientists

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, EAST AFRICA, HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, Politics, UGANDA
President Yoweri Museveni has yet again made a case for giving a pay rise to scientists like Doctors, Engineers and science teachers, saying they are doing commendable work and deserve commensurate pay. Museveni said this during his national address to clarify on measures undertaken by government against coronavirus. “I really don’t like the idea of people who are not scientists getting salary increase before the scientists. Let the scientists first be paid well, the others can come later. That has always been my position,” he said. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, the President of Uganda He said scientists have practical contribution they make in their crucial areas.  “And you can see how much trouble they have saved us even in this danger”. “Wherever you go, you don’t see ...
Coronavirus – Uganda: People raid Mayor’s home for food

Coronavirus – Uganda: People raid Mayor’s home for food

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, Covid 19 Donations, EAST AFRICA, HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, Politics, UGANDA
Kampala: On Sunday, people raised the home of Erias Lukwago, the Mayor of Kampala begging for food relief from the Mayor. Lukwago said the national taskforce on COVID-19 is yet to deliver relief food to residents in his area (Lubaga South), Kampala. And vulnerable, hungry Kampala dwellers raided Lukwago’s home for rescue. At the start of April, Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda, who heads Uganda’s Coronavirus Response Team,launched the country’s relief food distribution campaign. The test run that mainly targets vulnerable groups like the elderly and sick that have been affected by a nation-wide lockdown started in Bwaise, according to Dr Rugunda. Erias Lukwago, the Mayor of Kampala He said orphanages, hospitals and barracks would be given priority. Beneficiaries will be...
Coronavirus: Ugandan opposition stronghold arrested for defying president’s COVID-19 guidelines

Coronavirus: Ugandan opposition stronghold arrested for defying president’s COVID-19 guidelines

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, Covid 19 Donations, EAST AFRICA, HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, Politics, UGANDA
Security personnel on Sunday, April 19 arrested Mityana Municipality Member of Parliament Mr Francis Zaake over allegations that he was distributing food in breach of the presidential directives in response to the Coronavirus. President Museveni said politicians who distribute food to starving Ugandans during the virus lockdown face attempted murder charges. Hon Francis Zaake's with some of the food he was giving to people "Hon Francis Zaake has been been arrested from his residence in Mityana and taken to an unknown destination. Keep him in prayer,” Confirmed MP Seggona, who is Hon. Zaake's lawyer on Sunday night. “The tormentors have broken into my home, they are breaking every door of my house searching to arrest me for the crime of sharing food with the starving people. S...