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UGANDA: Parliament to check the law council for banning Rwandan lawyers.

UGANDA: Parliament to check the law council for banning Rwandan lawyers.

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, FEATURE STORIES, RWANDA, UGANDA
A team of Ugandan lawyers has petitioned the speaker of parliament Rebecca Kadaga seeking parliament intervention into failure by Uganda Law Council to issue them with legal practicing certificate of eligibility because they did their legal practice in Rwanda. According to lead petitioner, Wahab Kasimu, about 200 Ugandans are suffering consequences of having their Diploma in legal practice (an equivalent of a diploma at Uganda’s Law development Center) from Rwanda and are now denied opportunity to practice their profession from Uganda. While handing in their petition to the Speaker, Kassim said that although the team studied their first degree in law from Ugandan universities and later pursued a Diploma in Legal Practice in Rwanda, the Uganda Law Council has refused to reco...
UGANDA: Typical Kololo female phone snatcher netted down by Special Intelligence.

UGANDA: Typical Kololo female phone snatcher netted down by Special Intelligence.

AFRICA, CRIME, UGANDA
After nearly two months of hunting, crime intelligence on Sunday arrested one, Anisha Arinaitwe, an alleged habitual phone snatcher targeting Kololo residents. Deputy Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesperson, Luke Owoyesigyire confirmed that Arinaitwe 28, was arrested at Bakuli, Namirembe Parish, Rubaga Division. It all started when Kololo residents working out in the evening or early morning hours complained of a woman who was grabbing their phones. The suspect could sometimes disguise as a jogger when her actual mission is targeting unsuspecting joggers. One of the victims, Rosette Atuhaire, filed a case on January 4, 2020 that her phone a Nokia Asha has been stolen by a female she met along Kololo Airstrip. Atuhairwe is a Marketing officer at Fresh Diary and a resid...
AFRICA: How Uganda emerged from chaos to become a tourist destination once more.

AFRICA: How Uganda emerged from chaos to become a tourist destination once more.

AFRICA, TOURISM, UGANDA
Fifty years ago Uganda was the “Pearl of Africa,” a newly independent republic with a thriving economy, a functioning democracy and splendid national parks. It was the place to take a safari holiday — floating down the crocodile-flanked Nile, fishing on Lake Victoria, wandering among the elephant herds of Queen Elizabeth National Park or listening to the roar of mighty Murchison Falls. With films like “African Queen” shot on location there, Uganda was also a Hollywood darling. Then all hell broke loose. Four decades of violence, political turmoil and economic collapse that started with the bloodthirsty reign of Idi Amin (the self-proclaimed President for Life, Conqueror of the British Empire and Last King of Scotland) and ended with the religious psychopath Joseph Kony a...
UGANDA: Couple demands Shs600m from church over cancelled wedding.

UGANDA: Couple demands Shs600m from church over cancelled wedding.

AFRICA, FEATURE STORIES, UGANDA
A couple has run to court seeking compensation of Shs600million from Registered Trustees of Church of Uganda and Kampala Diocesan Secretary for the losses they made and mental breakdown resulting from the cancellation of their wedding, 48 hours to the event. Through their lawyers of Mujurizi, Alinatwe & Byamukama Advocates, Mr Benson Muhwezi and Ms Sophie Akankwasa, the couple accuses the Registered Trustees of Church of Uganda and Kampala Diocesan Secretary of negligence and cancel their wedding basing on rumors. The couple says it went through all the necessary requirements for holy matrimony including the bans of marriage for 21 days as required by law. On November 28, 2019, the couple says “without a valid reason and without fair hearing,” their wedding was ...
UGANDA: Principal Judge to meet judge in Kanyamunyu trial

UGANDA: Principal Judge to meet judge in Kanyamunyu trial

AFRICA, UGANDA
Principal Judge Flavian Zeija is expected to meet Justice Stephen Mubiru, the judge in the murder trial of businessman Matthew Kanyamunyu and his girlfriend, after the case was on Friday adjourned to the next criminal session. “We are going to link up on Monday (today) with Justice Mubiru about this issue and thereafter, I can ably communicate the outcome,” Justice Zeija told Daily Monitor in a telephone interview on Saturday. Mr Kanyamunyu and his girlfriend Cynthia Munwangari are charged with murder of children rights activist Kenneth Akena on November 12, 2016 on Kampala-Jinja Road opposite Uganda Manufacturers Association main gate in Lugogo. On Friday, Justice Mubiru adjourned the case to the next criminal session despite pleas from the prosecution to complete the...
UGANDA: Fire destroys Masaka’s busiest business street.

UGANDA: Fire destroys Masaka’s busiest business street.

AFRICA, Business, UGANDA
Herbert street, one of the popular and busy business points in Masaka Municipality was in the night rocked by a massive fire that destroyed two giant buildings. Jude Mbabaali, the Masaka District chairperson said the fire was reported late after all the traders and shop operators had departed the affected buildings. “A fire incident has just occurred at Hobert Street, Masaka and merchandise in shops plus property worth billions destroyed,” he said. Mbabaali said no one was hurt in the blaze, but massive property worthy billions of shillings lost. “We are extremely grateful to God that there have been no human fatalities or casualties,” he added. He said that while parts of the buildings have been damaged by the fire, the swift response of the Police Fire Unit and dis...
ENTERTAINMENT: Diamond and Tanasha’s Gere video hit with controversy

ENTERTAINMENT: Diamond and Tanasha’s Gere video hit with controversy

AFRICA, Entertainment, TANZANIA
Barely two days after East Africa’s most talked about couple Diamond Platnumz and Tanasha Donna dropped their collaboration, the song has already ignited controversy. The song dubbed ‘Gere’ which now enjoys 2.1 million views on Youtube is said to have been lifted from a Brazilian artist. Netizens are now convinced Tanasha copied her video style from a Brazilian artist known as  Iza who sings in Portuguese. Iza’s song Brisa premiered on Youtube on April 18th 2019 and currently enjoys 83 million views on Youtube. A spot check on Youtube however shows that the two videos only have one similar set up. The scene in question features Tanasha and her dancers dancing in front of a grass-thatched shak which also features on Iza’s song. This is not Diamond’s first ...
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, Burkina Faso, FEATURE STORIES
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...
NIGERIA: Nigeria asks the U.S to drop travel ban

NIGERIA: Nigeria asks the U.S to drop travel ban

AFRICA, FEATURE STORIES, Nigeria, USA
U.S. President Donald Trump included Nigeria, Tanzania, Eritrea and Sudan in an expanded version of his travel ban list early this month. The United States said the six countries failed to meet U.S. security and information-sharing standards. Nigeria’s interior ministry issued a statement saying Ogbeni Aregbesola had given the request to drop the ban to the U.S. ambassador in Abuja. “Nigeria is too important an ally of America to deserve such a sanction,” Aregbesola said, according to the statement. “We are positive that (the) visa restriction is a temporary one, it will soon be put behind us,” he said, adding that Nigeria had complied with most of the concerns raised by the United States. The U.S. Ambassador Mary Beth Leonard assured Aregbesola of “her country’s dete...
UGANDA: URA and Huawei donate to Tororo Girls School with computer laboratory accessories.

UGANDA: URA and Huawei donate to Tororo Girls School with computer laboratory accessories.

AFRICA, FEATURE STORIES, UGANDA
Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) in collaboration with Huawei has on Friday, February 21, 2020, donated 20 laptops to Tororo Girls School. In total URA in partnership with Huawei are donating 20 more laptops to Lira secondary school next week. This is in addition to 40 laptops given to Kololo S.S Kampala and St. Thereza girls’ schools-Hoima that benefited last year. Ian Rumanyika the Ag. Assistant Commissioner Public and Corporate Affairs at URA said that these computers will assist the beneficiaries to gain quality education through skilling the future generation in ICT skills. Mr. Rumanyika said for a school to benefit in the programme, they must be a government school but also Tax compliant. The Taxman promised to come back and launch a Tax club at the school to be add...
UGANDA: UCC launches inaugural CyberStars competition.

UGANDA: UCC launches inaugural CyberStars competition.

AFRICA, UGANDA
Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) has moved to tackle the growing cyber threat by launching the first-ever cybersecurity competition targeting university students. More than 500 university students aged 18-24 participated in an inaugural workshop on cybersecurity techniques at the Commission head office in Bugolobi on Friday, February 21, 2020. The workshop, sponsored by UCC and Silensec, an Information Security Management Consulting and Training Company, and conducted by Kenyan cybersecurity specialist Kapere Ndege, sought to map the key areas for the competition – knowledge, innovation, and skills in relation to cyber attacking, defending and responding. The objective of the cybersecurity competition is to find young cyber talents that can foster the development o...
EAST AFRICA: Uganda signs an extradition treaty with Rwanda.

EAST AFRICA: Uganda signs an extradition treaty with Rwanda.

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, RWANDA, UGANDA
After failure to stabilise the relations between the two neighboring countries, the two presidents returned to Luanda for a second meeting early this month organized by President João Lourenço and it was agreed that the two leaders meet today at the Katuna/ Gatuna border point. On Friday afternoon, delegations from both countries led by Presidents Museveni of Uganda and Paul Kagame from Rwanda met at the Katuna border point for the fourth Quadripartite Heads of State Summit and signed the extradition treaty. The signing ceremony was witnessed by Angolan President João Lourenço and Felix Tshisekedi, his DRC counterpart. An extradition treaty allows one sovereign jurisdiction to make a formal request to another sovereign jurisdiction for criminals who have run to another ...
SPORTS: Uganda Cranes goalkeeper invites keepers to contest for his gloves

SPORTS: Uganda Cranes goalkeeper invites keepers to contest for his gloves

Soccer, Sports, UGANDA
Uganda Cranes goalkeeper Dennis Onyango is not arrogant, just confident. He is not aggressive, just forthright - unless, of course, you are striker charging at him. The Mamelodi Sundowns no.1 believes so much in his abilities it’s inspiring. The other man that admirably believes in Onyango’s abilities is his coach Pitso Mosimane.Mosimane maintains Onyango – a one-time Africa Player of the Year (based on the continent) - is still the confederation’s undisputed between the sticks. Actually, Onyango is so good – he has been for quite some time now – he is running other goalkeepers scared in South Africa. Mosimane was asked by the media over a week ago about his aging players and the club’s succession plans. The Sundowns coach went about mentioning different areas on the pitch ...
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, FEATURE STORIES, 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...
EAST AFRICA: Museveni, Kagame meet at Katuna border

EAST AFRICA: Museveni, Kagame meet at Katuna border

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, FEATURE STORIES, RWANDA, UGANDA
The fourth Quadripartite Heads of State Summit in a bid to normalize ties between Rwanda and Uganda is happening now at Katuna border. Presidents Yoweri Museveni of Uganda and Paul Kagame of Rwanda have been joined by Angolan President João Lourenço and his Congolese counterpart Félix Tshisekedi. The meeting includes review and discussion of feedback from Uganda following a Note Verbale from Kigali dispatched on February 15. Rwandan Minister of State for Regional Cooperation, Olivier Nduhungirehe, last week said Uganda must “refrain from all actions intended to destabilize Rwanda; eliminate all factors that create such perception; withdraw the passport issued by Ugandan government to RNC’s head of diplomacy, Charlotte Mukankusi and prevent her from traveling to Uganda.” ...
UGANDA: Buvuma residents given 14 days to vacate as L.Victoria bursts its shoreline.

UGANDA: Buvuma residents given 14 days to vacate as L.Victoria bursts its shoreline.

AFRICA, FEATURE STORIES, UGANDA
District authorities have issued a 14-day ultimatum to residents of Kirongo Landing Site, the docking area for Kiyindi –Buvuma ferry, to vacate to avoid an imminent disaster. The devastating rise in water levels on Lake Victoria shorelines has left houses destroyed and traders counting losses. Already shorelines sunk are Munyonyo and Mulungu in Kampala and Lwera in Kalungu District have been affected.A notice issued by Buvuma District physical planner, Ms Gloria Kizza, indicates that all makeshift structures at Kirongo landing site must be demolished. “The physical planning committee has noticed that your structural/dwelling has become a public nuisance to the community. Therefore, you are given 14 days to demolish the said structures. Failure to comply, the Authority wi...
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, FEATURE STORIES, USA
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...
HEALTH: Working with communities to end Ebola.

HEALTH: Working with communities to end Ebola.

AFRICA, HEALTH
Gaining community trust and acceptance has proven a critical armour in combatting the world’s second worst Ebola epidemic in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)GOMA, Democratic Republic of Congo, February 20, 2020/ -- “In some places they threw stones at us, but in others community leaders became engaged and fought alongside us for the survival of their people,” says Dr Freddy Banza, an epidemiologist and public health specialist with World Health Organization (WHO).Gaining community trust and acceptance has proven a critical armour in combatting the world’s second worst Ebola epidemic in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Dr Banza who coordinated Ebola response operations in Mambasa, a small town in the northeast of the DRC  is keenly aware that without c...
TANZANIA: New German Ambassador presents Credentials to East African Community (EAC) Secretary General.

TANZANIA: New German Ambassador presents Credentials to East African Community (EAC) Secretary General.

AFRICA, TANZANIA
Mrs Hess had previously held diplomatic positions in the EAC Partner States of Uganda and Kenya and was accredited to the United Republic of Tanzania on 14th January, 2020DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania, February 20, 2020/ -- The Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany to Tanzania, Mrs Regine Hess, today presented her letter of credence to the Secretary General of the EAC Secretariat, Amb. Libérat Mfumukeko, to be accredited as the new German Ambassador to the EAC.Mrs Hess had previously held diplomatic positions in the EAC Partner States of Uganda and Kenya and was accredited to the United Republic of Tanzania on 14th January, 2020. She is the first female German Ambassador to be accredited to the EAC.The EAC and Germany have enjoyed long-standing and close relations, their joi...