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UGANDA: Motorcycle rider gets 30-year-jail term for raping passenger

UGANDA: Motorcycle rider gets 30-year-jail term for raping passenger

AFRICA, UGANDA
A boda boda rider has been found guilty of raping his female passenger and handed a handed a 30-year in jail term. Mpigi High Court that was presided over by Lady Justice Winifred Nabisinde found Christopher Damulira, a resident of Kanoni in Gomba District, guilty of raping a 17-year-old passenger.    Prosecution told court that on March 29, 2018, Damulira was hired by his victim to take her to home several miles from Kanoni town. However, according to prosecution, along the way, the convict pretended that his motorbike had run out of fuel in the middle of a forest. According to prosecution, Damulira tried to seduce his victim to have sex with him but he was turned down. He later wrestled her to the ground, tore her knickers and forcefully had sexual interc...
UGANDA: 11 districts hit with Strange banana disease.

UGANDA: 11 districts hit with Strange banana disease.

AFRICA, UGANDA
A strange disease has hit bananas in western region and is fast spreading in more than 10 districts with little or no response from government technocrats. The disease, which agricultural experts have not defined, was first reported mid last year but intensified last month and has reached epidemic scale. National Agricultural Research Organisation (NARO) scientists told Daily Monitor that the disease has not yet been characterised since it was first reported in July 2019. The western region produces up to 68 per cent of the country’s banana output, according to the 2009 findings of Uganda National Bureau of Statistics. Local farmers say technocrats and leaders have ignored them every time they approach them for help.Mr Fred Ndagano, one of the farmers in Kibaare in ...
BUSINESS: How to invest for high income and avoid dividend traps.

BUSINESS: How to invest for high income and avoid dividend traps.

Business, WORLD
Investing for income is not just about picking the shares with the biggest yields. A glance down the FTSE 100’s list of big payers is enough to reveal that there are some hefty payouts on offer from its corporate giants, but plenty of risks that may be lying in wait too. So how can you combine investing for high income with dodging the dividend traps? David Smith, of Henderson High Income, joins us on this episode of the Investing Show to explain how his investment trust aims to do that for investors. It predominantly invests in shares, but the trust also has about a fifth in corporate bonds and currently yields 5.3 per cent. Some of the Footsie’s big hitters are in Henderson High Income’s portfolio, but it also holds a number of FTSE 250 firms, including National E...
HEALTH: A Healthy diet to healthier sperm count, greater fertility

HEALTH: A Healthy diet to healthier sperm count, greater fertility

HEALTH
A new study published in the journal JAMA Network Open in February 2020 reports that Danish men who followed a healthy diet had the highest total sperm counts, and a better hormonal profile concerning hormonal regulators of fertility, compared to those on a Western or other less healthy types of diet. Male fertility trends and contributing factors Over the last few decades, fertility in men has gone down significantly. Recent studies show a 50% to 60% reduction in total sperm count over the years 1973 to 2011 in the developed nations of the world. This is merely the continuation of a trend that began to be seen in the 1940s. Other studies suggest that testosterone levels are also falling over time. The reasons for these changes are not clear but may have to do with endo...
BUSINESS: Euro hit as Coronavirus spread widens, investors opt for Dollars.

BUSINESS: Euro hit as Coronavirus spread widens, investors opt for Dollars.

Business, WORLD
Asian currencies slid on Monday as the rapid spread of the coronavirus outside China drove fears of a pandemic and sent investors to the safety of gold, dollars and the Swiss franc. Italy, South Korea and Iran posted sharp rises in infections over the weekend. South Korea now has more than 760 cases, Italy more than 150 and Iran 43 cases. The World Health Organization is now worried about the growing number of cases that have no clear link to the epicentre of the outbreak in China. “The omens are not particularly good today,” said Ray Attrill, head of FX strategy at National Australia Bank in Sydney. “The presumption was that we would see intermediate supply chains quickly reconnected and I think the market’s had to go through a period of questioning that logic.” ...
AFRICA: Somali President signs historic law ahead of key popular vote.

AFRICA: Somali President signs historic law ahead of key popular vote.

AFRICA
Somali President Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo signed into law the electoral bill on Friday, jumping one more hurdle for the country to hold planned polls this year. The president signed the bill into law during the closing ceremony of the 6th assembly of Somalia’s 10th parliament, allowing the legislators to take a two-month break. The gathering that started on Thursday evening and went on beyond midnight was held at the Villa Somalia, the official residence of the Somali President in Mogadishu. President Farmajo termed the signing historic. “You, the people of Somalia, can see that the bill had been endorsed by both the Peoples’ Hall and the Upper House. It returns the power to you so you can vote for the (political) party and the person you want,” he said. The la...
AFRICA: U.S. Embassy Burkina Faso Welcomes Three New Nouveaux Horizons (NH) Ambassadors

AFRICA: U.S. Embassy Burkina Faso Welcomes Three New Nouveaux Horizons (NH) Ambassadors

AFRICA
NH ambassadors are young African men and women living on the continent, passionate about books, and involved in their communitiesOUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso, February 21, 2020/ -- On February 14, 2020, the American Center at the Embassy of the United States of America in Burkina Faso welcomed three new Nouveaux Horizons (NH) ambassadors to its Public diplomacy family. Nouveaux Horizons translates books by American authors into French, markets them in French-speaking Africa, and distributes them to American embassies who use them in support of their programs. These books cover various subjects such as leadership, management, media, democracy, science, education, and American civilization. A large youth catalog is also available. NH ambassadors are young African men and women livi...
AFRICA: The 2020 Presidential elections on ,Togo decides.

AFRICA: The 2020 Presidential elections on ,Togo decides.

AFRICA
Some 3.6 million voters are being called to the polls until 4 p.m. (1600 GMT) in some 9,000 polling stations across the country, but many of them have already announced that they want to boycott a poll they consider neither free nor transparent. In Lomé, in the sandy courtyard of the Kodjoviakope high school where Jean-Pierre Fabre, the historic leader of the opposition, is expected to vote today, Eric, a driver in his thirties, arrived before 7 a.m. (local and GMT) to make sure he put his ballot in the ballot box before leaving for work. Opposition candidates have warned, however, that they will unite to block Faure Gnassingbé in the event of a second round, but this scenario seems rather unlikely. “We are suffering too much in Togo, this time it has to change. I won’t...
PEOPLE POWER: Court sets April 1 as Judgement date for Kyarenga music concerts case

PEOPLE POWER: Court sets April 1 as Judgement date for Kyarenga music concerts case

AFRICA, UGANDA
Court has set April 1 to decide in the case in which events promoters are challenging the Police decision to indefinitely stop them from organizing ‘Kyarenga extra concerts’ in which Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine was the main performer. High Court Judge Esta Nambayo has set the date on Tuesday, February 20 after both parties the government and the events lawyers filing written submissions as directed by court. The concerts were to be at One Love Beach Busabala in Wakiso District, Lira, Gulu and Arua. In April last year, the Assistant Inspector General of Police, Mr Assuman Mugenyi directed police commanders to block all planned music concerts by Mr Kyagulanyi. The move prompted the promoters Abby Musinguzi trading as Abtex Productions and Bajjo Eve...
WORLD: US military vows to continue supporting Africa  despite the Trump threats.

WORLD: US military vows to continue supporting Africa despite the Trump threats.

AFRICA
U.S. military commanders say the United States will support African governments in their efforts to secure and stabilize their countries. The eighth Africa Land Forces Summit in Ethiopia ended with a call on African troops to improve their human rights record. This week, top U.S. military commanders met their counterparts in Africa to discuss ways of protecting African countries from violence and instability. In recent years, the threat of terrorist groups like Boko Haram and al-Shabab has increased, and criminal networks have become more brazen and prominent. U.S. Army Africa Commanding General Roger Cloutier said the continent needs professional armies to combat the armed groups. “In keeping with this theme, tomorrow’s security demands leadership today. We have bee...
BUSINESS: Next Steps to U.S.-Kenya Free Trade Agreement.

BUSINESS: Next Steps to U.S.-Kenya Free Trade Agreement.

Business, KENYA
A Kenya-U.S. Free Trade Agreement (FTA) would build on the success Kenya has experienced in producing and exporting a range of value-added products to the U.S. marketNAIROBI, Kenya, February 20, 2020/ -- Corporate Council on Africa (CCA) (https://www.CorporateCouncilonAfrica.com/) in partnership with Kenya Private Sector Alliance (KEPSA) hosted a roundtable discussion with Kenyan and U.S. business leaders and government officials to explore how the private sector can support this bilateral effort and take full advantage of investment and trade opportunities that will arise from a Kenya-U.S. Free Trade Agreement.This comes as a follow up to the recent visit of H.E. President Kenyatta to the United States, where the U.S. and Kenyan Government announced the launch of talks aimed a...
UGANDA: Tax Clearance Certificate is not a Requirement for Political Contenders -Electoral Commision.

UGANDA: Tax Clearance Certificate is not a Requirement for Political Contenders -Electoral Commision.

AFRICA, UGANDA
The Electoral Commission (EC) top management has cleared air on the controversial tax clearance requirement for all those intending to contest for political offices in the coming election, saying for now there is no law. EC chairperson Justice Simon Byabakama speaking Tuesday during the launch of display of National Voters’ Register at EC head offices said that currently no law guides the commission to demand a tax clearance certificate from all candidates. “For now we don’t have that law. May be if the law is amended to include that as our requirement, that is when EC will begin demanding that qualification, “Byabakama said. In the recent past, Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) Commissioner General Doris Akol had alerted all Ugandans who are harbouring political interests to r...
UGANDA: President Museveni “summons” Kadaga hours to wife’s appearance before Parliament.

UGANDA: President Museveni “summons” Kadaga hours to wife’s appearance before Parliament.

AFRICA, UGANDA
President Museveni today morning summoned Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga to State House ahead of the appearance of the first lady, Janet Kataha Museveni, before Parliament. Janet Museveni, who is the minister of Education and Sports, is scheduled to appear before Parliament to explain why cabinet ignored a resolution of parliament regarding the implementation of the new lower secondary school curriculum. She had been set to appear on Tuesday February 18 but she was not able to. Kadaga, on Tuesday, warned that the first lady could face parliament’s committee on Rules, Discipline and Privileges if she does not appear today, February 20. Sam Obbo, the press secretary of Kadaga confirmed that her boss had been called to Entebbe. He however did not give details. ...
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
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...
CRIME: Kumi RDC Hussein Kato arrested over corruption – Uganda.

CRIME: Kumi RDC Hussein Kato arrested over corruption – Uganda.

AFRICA, UGANDA
The Resident District Commissioner (RDC) for Kumi, Hussein Kato, has been detained at Entebbe police station over corruption and for threatening to fight security officers who tried to intervene in wrangle over sand mining in Kassanda district. According to the commandant of police Mineral protection Unit at Entebbe, Jessica Keigomba, Kato will be charged with eight counts of abuse of police, assaulting a police officer on duty, obstructing a police officer on duty, criminal trespass, threatening violence, corruption tendencies and forgery. He will also be charged with spreading harmful propaganda to all government offices, media houses and fighting the police mineral protection unit in addition to sabotaging government programmes. Keigomba told the press that police ...
BREAKING: Computer scientist Larry Tesler inventor of  ‘cut, copy and paste’ dies at 74.

BREAKING: Computer scientist Larry Tesler inventor of ‘cut, copy and paste’ dies at 74.

TECHNOLOGY, WORLD
Mr Tesler started working in Silicon Valley in the early 1960s, at a time when computers were inaccessible to the vast majority of people. It was thanks to his innovations - which included the "cut", "copy" and "paste" commands - that the personal computer became simple to learn and use. Xerox, where Mr Tesler spent part of his career, paid tribute to him. "The inventor of cut/copy & paste, find & replace, and more, was former Xerox researcher Larry Tesler," the company tweeted. "Your workday is easier thanks to his revolutionary ideas." Mr Tesler was born in the Bronx, New York, in 1945, and studied at Stanford University in California. After graduating, he specialised in user interface design - that is, making computer systems more user-friendly. He wor...
UGANDA: All illegal schools countrywide to be closed – Government.

UGANDA: All illegal schools countrywide to be closed – Government.

AFRICA, EDUCATION, UGANDA
Ministry of education has said that they will start to close schools that have are operating without licences across the country. Mr Edward Ssebuchu, the commissioner of private schools at the Ministry of Education said they have received numerous intelligence about mushrooming private schools without licenses and they will close them starting this week. “There is always a tendency of some people opening up and starting schools at the start of the year to target the new entrants from primary seven and those going to senior five. We have already received information and we shall go around the country arresting and closing them starting this week,” Mr Ssebuchu said during a thanks giving ceremony of Maryland High School Entebbe.A school survey done by Ministry of Education in...
AFRICA: First Group of Over 1,400 Stranded Ethiopian Migrants Arrive from Tanzania.

AFRICA: First Group of Over 1,400 Stranded Ethiopian Migrants Arrive from Tanzania.

AFRICA, TANZANIA
The returns are supported by the EU-IOM Joint Initiative for Migrant Protection and Reintegration in the Horn of AfricaADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, February 18, 2020/ -- The costs of dangerous, sometimes lethal passages some irregular migrants make in Africa can be measured in many ways: in currencies, even in lives. Tamrat and Debebe – two young men newly returned to their native Ethiopia – measure their hardships in years. They’re not alone. In fact, they’re among 463 Ethiopian migrants already brought home this month thanks to the cooperation of the Governments of Tanzania and Ethiopia, working together to facilitate their release and return while the International Organization for Migration (IOM) with the European Union (EU) provided the post arrival assis...
BUSINESS: Global Modernisation of Land Administration: Making Your Land Information System (LIS) a Success.

BUSINESS: Global Modernisation of Land Administration: Making Your Land Information System (LIS) a Success.

Business, WORLD
In 2015 the World Bank selected IGN FI to roll out an efficient, reliable and transparent Land Information System nationallyPARIS, France, February 19, 2020/ -- Between 2010 and 2014 IGN FI (www.IGNFI.com) carried out the design, supply and installation of a Land Information System (LIS) for 6 decentralised offices of the Ugandan ministry responsible for land administration affairs, and at the same time created a National Land Information Centre.In 2015 the World Bank selected IGN FI to roll out an efficient, reliable and transparent Land Information System nationally. The two phases involved in total:Roll-out in 22 districts,More than 800,000 property titles scanned and then indexed,More than 90,000 existing paper maps restored, scanned and then geo-referenced,Approximate...
AFRICA: Ambassador-Designate of Kingdom of Bahrain in Cairo meets Arab Republic of Egypt’s Permanent Representative to League of Arab States

AFRICA: Ambassador-Designate of Kingdom of Bahrain in Cairo meets Arab Republic of Egypt’s Permanent Representative to League of Arab States

AFRICA
Ambassador Hesham bin Mohammed Al Jowder reviewed the close historical relations between Bahrain and brotherly EgyptCAIRO, Egypt, February 18, 2020/ -- The Ambassador-Designate of the Kingdom of Bahrain to the Arab Republic of Egypt, Hesham bin Mohammed Al Jowder, met today at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs headquarters, the Permanent Representative of the Arab Republic of Egypt to the League of Arab States, Ambassador Alaa Rushdie.During the meeting, Ambassador Hesham bin Mohammed Al Jowder reviewed the close historical relations between Bahrain and brotherly Egypt. He also stressed the importance of continuing cooperation and joint coordination between the two brotherly countries in light of the convergence of views on issues facing the Arab nation, noting the Kingdom’s keenn...