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Uganda’s Speaker of Parliament  Oulanyah calls for unity

Uganda’s Speaker of Parliament Oulanyah calls for unity

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, HEALTH, Kenyan Parliament, Oppoosition, POLITICS, South African Parliament, Speaker Of Parliament, UGANDA
The Rt Hon Speaker of Parliament, Jacob Oulanyah, made an appearance in Parliament Thursday, 29 July 2021 after a break, urging its leaders to set aside their different political shades for the greater good of the institution.  Oulanyah spoke at the retreat of opposition legislators, who are on a two-day induction on best Parliament practices. “Colours only apply during elections, but now is the time to push the colours aside and we work together; let what we do reflect on the lives of the people we lead; we cannot disagree on the interests of the people, we can only disagree on how to achieve it,” he said. He added: “We know you have a different opinion on certain things [but I assure you that] in this Parliament, ideas must be put up against each other; the weak ones will ...
LOP tips MPs on setting bar high on performance

LOP tips MPs on setting bar high on performance

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, EDUCATION, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, Kenyan Parliament, Oppoosition, Parliament, South African Parliament, UGANDA
The Leader of the Opposition in Parliament. Hon Mathias Mpuuga, has asked opposition lawmakers to set the standards of meticulous debate in Parliament. Mpuuga spoke Thursday, 29 July 2021 during a two-day workshop organised at Parliament to orient opposition lawmakers on the best ways to have an impactful tenure at Parliament. “My office intends to organise several of these workshops intended to equip our members with tools to enable them undertake their mandate with confidence and with knowledge,” he said. “If MPs are well trained, nobody can impeach their suitability with the reason that they lack confidence or that they are devoid of tools that would enable them to discharge their mandate with distinction,” he added.  To kick-start the morning session was renowned cons...
Vaccinate all teachers before school re-opening

Vaccinate all teachers before school re-opening

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, HEALTH, Kenyan Parliament, Parliament, SCHOOL, South African Parliament, UGANDA, WORLD, World Health Organization
Local leaders and educationist in Northern Uganda have called on government to vaccinate all teachers before institutions of learning are re-opened.   In a meeting the Parliamentary Taskforce committee on Covid-19, Lira District leaders said there were a lot of infections in schools which had an effect on the communities when the learners where sent home when the second lockdown was enforced.“We observed that when children came back from schools, that is when the elderly began to fall sick in the villages. Schools realised Covid-19 in their schools and they kept quiet,” Said Bosco Ogwang, a member of the Lira University Covid-19 task force.Ogwang added that students should only go back vaccination of teachers country wide. Jonam County MP, Hon Emmanuel Ongiertho said since the ...
Former South African president Zuma surrenders to police & heads to jail after tense standoff over 15-month prison term

Former South African president Zuma surrenders to police & heads to jail after tense standoff over 15-month prison term

AFRICA, CRIME, PAN AFRICA, PRESIDENT, PRISON, South Africa, South African Parliament
A convoy enters the homestead of former South African President Jacob Zuma in Nkandla, South Africa, July 7, 2021 ©  Reuters / Rogan Ward South African police have confirmed that former president Jacob Zuma has turned himself in. Sentenced to 15 months in prison for contempt of court, his initial refusal sparked a standoff his son said could’ve led to civil war. Zuma was in police custody late on Wednesday evening, police spokesperson Lirandzu Themba told reporters. The JG Zuma Foundation confirmed this in a tweet shortly before midnight local time, saying Zuma “has decided to comply with the incarceration order” and was on his way to a prison in KwaZulu-Natal. https://twitter.com/JGZ_Foundation/status/1412890794114048005 On June 29, the Constitutional Court of South Africa ...
South Africa’s Ruling ANC Rejects Zuma Bid to Discredit Court

South Africa’s Ruling ANC Rejects Zuma Bid to Discredit Court

AFRICA, PAN AFRICA, POLITICS, South Africa, South African Parliament
Jacob Zuma walks back to his home after addressing supporters in Nkandla, South Africa, on July 4. Photographer: Emmanuel Croset/AFP/Getty Images South Africa’s ruling African National Congress distanced itself from former President Jacob Zuma’s attempt to discredit the Constitutional Court after it found him guilty of contempt, and slated threats by his supporters to block the authorities from arresting him. All South Africans have a responsibility to respect and observe the law, and the judiciary and law-enforcement agencies need to be defended from political attack, the ANC’s National Executive Committee, its top leadership structure, said in a statement on Tuesday. “The interests of an individual cannot take precedence over or jeopardize the interests of our democracy or of t...
Qatar Petroleum acquires interests in exploration blocks offshore South Africa

Qatar Petroleum acquires interests in exploration blocks offshore South Africa

AFRICA, Business, Qatar, South Africa, South African Parliament
Qatar Petroleum has entered into agreements with TotalEnergies to acquire working interests in three offshore exploration blocks in South Africa. Under the terms of the agreements, which are subject to customary approvals by the government of South Africa, Qatar Petroleum will hold a 25% participating interest in the South Outeniqua block, a 30% participating interest in the DWOB block, and a 29.17% participating interest in the OBD block. The South Outeniqua block covers an area of approximately 49 000 km2 in water depths ranging between 200 and 5000 m. TotalEnergies is the operator and holds the remaining participating interest in the block. It is located directly south of the 11B/12B block where TotalEnergies, Qatar Petroleum, Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. and Main Str...
“I’m Too Old For Jail”-Jacob Zuma Speaks Following His Sentencing

“I’m Too Old For Jail”-Jacob Zuma Speaks Following His Sentencing

AFRICA, CRIME, CRISIS, DEMOCRACY, JUDICIARY, LAW, PAN AFRICA, POLITICS, PRESIDENT, South Africa, South African Parliament
Following his sentencing last week, former South Africa President Jacob Zuma claims that he is too old for jail. Addressing the media on Sunday evening,  Jacob Zuma said sending him to jail during the height of a pandemic at his age was the same as sentencing him to death. The former president said he wasn’t seeking to destruct the work of the state capture commission, but all he is asking for is fairness and consistency in the application of the law. He however said South Africa was sliding back into apartheid-like rule. “The fact that I was sentenced without trial should induce shock to all those who cherish the rule of law. The rule of law doesn’t deal harshly with those you may dislike for whatever reason. South Africa is sliding back to apartheid-like rule. I am facing d...
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...
South African Deputy Chief Justice nods to Zuma jail time court ruling

South African Deputy Chief Justice nods to Zuma jail time court ruling

AFRICA, CRIME, PAN AFRICA, PRESIDENT, South Africa, South African Parliament
South African Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo expressed Wednesday his happiness with the unprecedented and historic ruling the day before by the Constitutional Court to hand 15 months in jail to ex-president Jacob Zuma. The former leader was found guilty of contempt of court following numerous failures to appear before the graft investigative commission chaired by Zondo --- whom Zuma accused of bias in 2019. Zondo on Wednesday welcomed the verdict, telling a news conference that this is "a very important judgement for our country." He nevertheless added, "one wishes that it had never become necessary to reach this point." "We think that the judgement is of great importance in our constitutional democracy. It vindicates the rule of law in our country. It...
South Africa’s Zuma handed 15-month jail term for inquiry no-show

South Africa’s Zuma handed 15-month jail term for inquiry no-show

AFRICA, African Union, CRIME, DEMOCRACY, GOVERNMENT, PAN AFRICA, POLITICS, PRESIDENT, South Africa, South African Parliament
South Africa’s Constitutional Court sentenced former President Jacob Zuma to 15 months in jail for contempt of court following his failure to appear at a corruption inquiry earlier this year. Zuma did not appear at the inquiry led by Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo in February, after which the inquiry’s lawyers approached the court to seek an order for his imprisonment. “The Constitutional Court can do nothing but conclude that Mr Zuma is guilty of the crime of contempt of court,” judge Sisi Khampepe said on Tuesday. Zuma, 79, is accused of enabling the plunder of state coffers during his nearly nine-year stint in office. “This kind of recalcitrance and defiance is unlawful and will be punished,” Khampepe said. ‘Unequivocal message’ “I am left with no option but t...
The latest  from South African President Cyril Ramaphosa

The latest from South African President Cyril Ramaphosa

AFRICA, COVID-19, DIPLOMACY, Diplomats, GOVERNMENT, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, INTERNET, South Africa, South African Parliament
Dear Fellow South African, We are now in the midst of a third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. We may be tired of this persistent enemy, but it is not yet tired of us. The threat to health and lives is evident as people become ill and some die. So we must do what we can, as individuals, as families and communities, as unions and employers, and as government, to limit the toll. When the virus surges to this extent, the economy also faces challenges. Workers have to isolate or quarantine, people stop going out for recreation or shopping, tourism comes to a standstill, and workplaces have to spend more money to prevent infections. It is incorrect to speak about a trade-off between lives and livelihoods. Rather, we need to invest our time, effort and resources to control the pandemic t...
POLL | Do you think SA should be placed under tougher lockdown?

POLL | Do you think SA should be placed under tougher lockdown?

COVID-19, HEALTH, LOCK DOWN, South Africa, South African Parliament, World Health Organization
Several medical facilities are reportedly full or nearing capacity as the number of Covid-19 infections rises. An increase in Covid-19 infections has reportedly left medical facilities full or nearing capacity, leading to calls for stricter lockdown measures. The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD), a division of the National Health Laboratory Service, reported on Monday that 5,552 new Covid-19 cases had been identified in SA, representing an 18.5% positivity rate. The total number of Covid-19 cases in the country since the start of the pandemic sits at 1,752,630. TimesLIVE reported on Monday that private hospitals in Gauteng are under severe strain. SA Medical Association (Sama) chairperson Dr Angelique Coetzee said it is “extremely difficult” to get a bed ...
South Africa: Presidential Message

South Africa: Presidential Message

AFRICA, African Union, DEMOCRACY, FAMILY, PAN AFRICA, PEOPLE, POLITICS, South Africa, South African Parliament
Dear Fellow South African,In two days’ time we commemorate the fateful events of June 16th 1976, when brave young men and women in Soweto and other parts of the country rose up against the iniquity of Bantu Education.On that day and in the days that followed, many lost their lives. They were killed by a callous regime that had little regard for black lives and thought nothing of opening fire on unarmed, uniformed schoolchildren. These events hardened international opinion against the apartheid regime and gave further impetus to the liberation struggle.Young people have always been at the forefront of social protest, from the anti-authoritarian protests in Latin America in the late 1950s to the May 68 movement in France, to the protests across many parts of Africa in the late 1960s.History...
South African president Ramaphosa “pleased” with G7 vaccines “support”

South African president Ramaphosa “pleased” with G7 vaccines “support”

AFRICA, African Union, G7, G7 SUMMIT, PAN AFRICA, PRESIDENT, South Africa, South African Parliament
South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa is happy about the promise made by nations at the G7 meeting in Britain on Sunday -- to donate at least 1 billion coronavirus vaccines to countries in less favourable situations. Although he questioned why only one African nation was invited to attend the summit, the South African leader nevertheless welcomes the pledged assistance that will be beneficial to many countries on the continent. "We brought a message here that we would like to have access to the vaccines as well, so that the people of Africa, from whom only 2% have now been vaccinated as opposed to much higher percentages in the North, should also be vaccinated. "We also raised the issue of giving capacity and capability to countries in the developing economies so that ...
Uganda-Former Education and Sports Minister Jessica Alupo  bounces back as Vice President

Uganda-Former Education and Sports Minister Jessica Alupo bounces back as Vice President

AFRICA, BREAKING NEWS, Burundi, EALA, EAST AFRICA, EDUCATION, GOVERNMENT, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, Ministry Of Finance,planning and Economic Development, Ministry Of Health, POLITICS, PRESIDENT, South African Parliament, Sports, Twitter, UGANDA
I hereby inform the country that By virtue of the Authority given to   the President of Uganda by Articles: 108(2), 108A(1), 113(1) and 114(1) of the 1995 Constitution of the Republic of Uganda, I hereby appoint H.E. the Vice President, Rt. Hon. Prime Minister, Honourable Cabinet Ministers and other Ministers as indicated below: 1.         H.E. the Vice President                      ─         HON. JESSICA ALUPO;                              &nb...
COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC SERVICE AND ADMINISTRATION CALLS FOR STRINGENT MEASURES ON ERRANT PUBLIC SERVICE OFFICIALS

COMMITTEE ON PUBLIC SERVICE AND ADMINISTRATION CALLS FOR STRINGENT MEASURES ON ERRANT PUBLIC SERVICE OFFICIALS

AFRICA, PAN AFRICA, South Africa, South African Parliament
South Africa - Parliament, Thursday, 3 June 2021 – The Portfolio Committee on Public Service and Administration resolved to allow its members to take the Ease of Doing Business Bill to their political parties for deliberations on it first, before the committee can process the Bill. Mr Henrol Kruger introduced the private members Bill and briefed the committee on the Ease of Doing Business Bill.The Bill seeks to create capacity in government to measure, control and reduce the socio-economic impact of regulatory burdens on small, medium and micro enterprises. It further seeks to ensure not only the consideration of multiple options by organs of state to achieve their objectives, but also reduce the red tape and associated costs when conducting business.The Bill proposes an establishment...
MEDIA ALERT: EASTERN CAPE PUBLIC HEARINGS ON THE EXPROPRIATION BILL MOVE TO UGIE

MEDIA ALERT: EASTERN CAPE PUBLIC HEARINGS ON THE EXPROPRIATION BILL MOVE TO UGIE

AFRICA, PAN AFRICA, South Africa, South African Parliament
CAPE TOWN, South Africa The Portfolio Committee on Public Works and Infrastructure will tomorrow, Friday 04 June 2021, hold public hearings on the Expropriation Bill [B23-2020] in the Elundini Local Municipality, in the Eastern Cape province. The session will be held at Entokozweni Community Hall in Ugie.  The purpose of the Expropriation Bill is to repeal the existing Expropriation Act of 1975 to provide a common framework in line with the Constitution to guide the processes and procedures for the expropriation of property by organs of state, and to provide for certain instances where expropriation with nil compensation may be appropriate in the public interest.In line with Parliament’s strategic objective of enhancing access to the work of Parliament, legislative making process a...
All properties, businesses and gifts declared by Malema, Steenhuisen and other politicians in South Africa

All properties, businesses and gifts declared by Malema, Steenhuisen and other politicians in South Africa

AFRICA, African Union, PAN AFRICA, POLITICS, South Africa, South African Parliament
Parliament’s Joint Committee on Ethics and Members’ Interests has published the register of member’s interests for 2019. The register is published to ensure transparency, and to instil public trust and confidence in parliament, with members required to declare significant holdings in businesses, shares owned, as well as gifts received. Despite this push for transparency, the committee said that there were a number of members of parliament that did not disclose their interests before the required deadline. As a result, the committee said it has approved a report to both houses of parliament with recommendations for possible sanctions. Below, BusinessTech looked at some of South Africa’s most prominent politicians and what they declared. The complete register can be found below....

Government to introduce stricter anti-smoking rules for South Africa

HEALTH, South Africa, South African Parliament, World Health Organization
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa Government to introduce stricter anti-smoking rules for South Africa The department of health is pushing forward on a draft bill in an effort to get more stringent anti-smoking laws passed. The department’s Lynn Moeng told EWN that the Control of Tobacco Products and Electronic Delivery Systems Bill is currently in the pipeline, and that government is working as ‘fast as it can’ to have it processed. “We are now finalising the process and once we have done that before it even gets to Cabinet, it needs to be approved by a few technical committees,” she said. “We are in the process where we’ll now be able to submit to the various committees.” Approved by president Cyril Ramaphosa’s cabinet in 2018, the bill aims to comprehensively prohibit sm...

Government moves forward on controversial new driving law for South Africa

AFRICA, HUMAN INTEREST STORIES, POLICE, South Africa, South African Parliament, TRAFFIC, Transport
The Department of Transport says that it will stand firm on its decision to introduce a zero-tolerance drunk driving regulation in South Africa’s planned National Road Traffic Amendment Bill. The bill introduces a total prohibition for the use and consumption of alcohol by all motor vehicle operators on South African public roads. It does this by deleting reference to any alcohol content in the blood or breath specimen of motor vehicle drivers on the road in South Africa. The National Road Traffic Act (NRA) currently enables those who have consumed alcohol to get behind the wheel provided they are under the blood alcohol limit. These laws differentiate between normal drivers and drivers who hold professional driving permits. Nearly all of the public submissions on the b...
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