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SOUTH SUDAN: Ministry of Petroleum Releases Annual Report.

SOUTH SUDAN: Ministry of Petroleum Releases Annual Report.

AFRICA, Business
Petroleum Report Provides Detailed Financial Information and Statistics from the South Sudan Oil SectorJUBA, South Sudan, February 20, 2020/ -- The seventh Petroleum Report issued by the Ministry of Petroleum, Republic of South Sudan (http://www.MOP-RSS.org/), provides an overview of world oil markets and fundamentals, price forecasts, oilfield reserves, and the ministry’s marketing performance. It forms part of continued efforts by Hon. Eng. Awow Daniel Chuang, the Minister of Petroleum, to promote openness and accountability in this crucial sector, “We are trying to increase transparency in the country’s oil and gas sector, specifically concerning the financial aspects. The Ministry of Petroleum has produced this journal which will provide all the information about our product...
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...
BUSINESS: MTN Uganda is recognized with the “Highest Network Performance Score” Award.

BUSINESS: MTN Uganda is recognized with the “Highest Network Performance Score” Award.

AFRICA, Business, UGANDA
 Kampala, Uganda. MTN Uganda has been recognized by Rohde & Schwarz, with “Highest Network Performance Score” for its data and voice services.  The award was officially presented to the Chief Executive Officer (CEO), MTN Uganda – Mr. Win Vanhelleputte at the company’s offices in Kololo, Nyonyi Gardens on Tuesday, 18 February 2020 by Shakil Ahmed, Director Africa together with Paul Mwangi, Manager Mobile Network Testing, Rohde Schwarz. Rohde & Schwarz bestowed this award on MTN Uganda following tests conducted on ground in Uganda, during the 3rd quarter of 2019, and within the framework of a study that involved extensive tests of voice calls and internet speed evaluations across over 8500km around the country as well as static tests in hot spots. These independen...
UGANDA: ‘Censure motion’ against Gen Tumwine flops.

UGANDA: ‘Censure motion’ against Gen Tumwine flops.

AFRICA, UGANDA
Members of Parliament have withdrawn the censure motion against Gen Elly Tumwine after they failed to garner adequate signatures to propel the motion. As of last week, only 19 MPs had so far signed on the censure motion against the security minister, and by Wednesday evening 39 MPs had signed.A section of MPs started the process of censuring Gen Tumwine for frustrating investigations into torture of Ugandans and also blocking Members of Parliament in the Human Rights Committee from doing their work.The House amended the human rights committee report to include closing all safe houses in the country and initiating a censure motion against Gen Tumwine.However, the MPs who had started the censure process have withdrawn the matter due to a lack of interest by some MPs. Mr Mbwa...
UGANDA: Court Dismisses  Promoter Bajjo’s charges of Cyber Harassment.

UGANDA: Court Dismisses Promoter Bajjo’s charges of Cyber Harassment.

AFRICA, UGANDA
Buganda Road Magistrates Court has dismissed a case in which Andrew Mukasa commonly known as Bajjo was accused of inciting violence and annoying the President. Trial magistrate Stella Maris Amabilisi ruled on Wednesday that prosecution had failed to present a witness. Amabilis said she could not keep adjourning the case. The case has been in court for seven months. The Directorate of Public Prosecution (DPP) was not sure of when to bring witnesses. Court had adjourned Bajjo’s case eight times without the prosecution presenting its witness Bajjo’s lawyer Erias Lukwago opposed a request by the state prosecutor Ivan Kyazze to adjourn the case. Kyazze requested that the court issues a warrant of arrest against Henry Mugumya who had been presented as a witness but failed to ...
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 ...
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...
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...
NIGERIA: Group threatens  the government over pension funds

NIGERIA: Group threatens the government over pension funds

AFRICA, Business
The intention of the Federal Government to borrow N 2 trillion from the N10 trillion accumulated pension fund is incorrect as the fund cannot be borrowed by law, a pension expert, Ivor Takor has said. Takor, who is the Director, Centre for Pension Right Advocacy, made this known in a submission by advocacy group on alleging that the Federal Government intend to borrow the huge cash from pension fund to develop infrastructure. He stated that pension fund is about investment and not borrowing, adding that Pension Fund Administrators (PFAs) are investing organisations and not borrowing organisations. He maintained that the N10 trillion Fund is not warehoused in any account of the National Pension Commission (PenCom), the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), the PFAs or Pension Fu...
SENEGAL: Local content and market-driven policies set to shape energy investments in Senegal as African Energy Chamber concludes working visit in Dakar.

SENEGAL: Local content and market-driven policies set to shape energy investments in Senegal as African Energy Chamber concludes working visit in Dakar.

AFRICA, Business
The African Energy Chamber’s delegation advocated for local content as a pillar of the industry’s sustainability effortsDAKAR, Senegal, February 18, 2020/ -- As Senegal’s first oil and gas projects are under-development and first production is expected within two years, the African Energy Chamber (www.EnergyChamber.org) conducted this week a working visit in Dakar to promote investment into the country and support local content development and capacity building.Led by Executive Chairman NJ Ayuk, the African Energy Chamber’s delegation advocated for local content as a pillar of the industry’s sustainability efforts and offered all its support to continue pushing and financing Senegal’s initiatives to build capacity and build a new generation of Senegalese oil & gas workers an...
BUSINESS: Exploit potential of Lake Victoria for marine tourism

BUSINESS: Exploit potential of Lake Victoria for marine tourism

AFRICA, Business, UGANDA
“The amount of nature that is available is reducing. But the number of people looking for nature is increasing; so it is important we conserve our lakes and take advantage of them, including rivers,” tour operator and guide, Amos Wekesa, also the director of Great Lakes Safaris Limited, observes. Three years ago, Olivier Van Pee sat his family down to tell them about the potential they could exploit in the marine industry in Uganda, on Lake Victoria - Africa’s biggest fresh water body in Africa. His family is seasoned in the transport business under Nyanza Evergreen Waterways, running MV Vanessa and MV Nathalie active in transportation of people and cargo on Lake Victoria as well as barge/ferries operated on Lake Albert. Wekesa’s tour company operates a 65-seater luxu...
EAST AFRICA: Experts warn Ugandans about ‘Locusts’.

EAST AFRICA: Experts warn Ugandans about ‘Locusts’.

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, UGANDA
The state Minister for Animal Industry Mr. Bright Rwamirama has noted that the locusts have been laying eggs and should the latest eggs hatch, Uganda may be faced with an outbreak. The minister made the remarks on February 18, while he was addressing the press at the Uganda Media Center in Kampala. According to Rwamirama, the swarms of locusts continue to spread to other districts in the region and laying of eggs is expected to continue while other locust swarms are still invading Uganda from Kenya. “It is worth noting that a female locust lays at least 300eggs in one sitting and will lay eggs three times in its lifecycle,” he said. Rwamirama said that the existing locusts have not caused significant damage to vegetation cover however, there’s is an imminent threat to f...
UGANDA: Ghetto Kids recieve  there UGX100M debt from Parliament.

UGANDA: Ghetto Kids recieve there UGX100M debt from Parliament.

AFRICA, UGANDA
Members of Parliament have honoured their shs100 million pledge to rescue the Uganda dance group, the Triplets Ghetto Kids from being evicted from a home which they had failed to fully pay up for. MPs who in December 2019 pledged to each contribute shs250,000 towards the cause raised over shs114 million that will clear the outstanding debt on the house and support the dance group. “The shs100 million will be paid to the landlord while shs14.25 million will go to the kids to support them in school and performances,” the Clerk to Parliament, Jane Kibirige said. While handing over the dummy cheque to the Ghetto kids at Parliament on Tuesday, 18 February 2020, the Speaker Rebecca Kadaga thanked the MPs for adhering to the cause saying it was a worthwhile venture owing to th...
EAST AFRICA: Uganda frees  13 more Rwandese nationals.

EAST AFRICA: Uganda frees 13 more Rwandese nationals.

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, UGANDA
The Ugandan government has released another set of Rwandan nationals who have been in custody since their arrest last year over various crimes. On Tuesday afternoon, the Foreign Affairs Minister, Sam Kutesa presided over the handover of 13 people to Noel Mucyo, the First Counsellor at Rwanda’s High Commission in Uganda to make it 24 people who have been released and handed over to Rwanda this year. Speaking at the function, Kutesa said this was part of the Kampala establishment’s efforts to normalize tensions with their brotherly neighbours which have not been at their best for the past two or so years. “The withdrawal of the charges from these people does not in any way suggest that they are innocent . It is simply done for government to facilitate the peace pro...
AFRICA:Cameroon army explains massacre in Anglophone region

AFRICA:Cameroon army explains massacre in Anglophone region

AFRICA
Opposition parties had accused the army of orchestrating a massacre, but army spokesman Colonel Cyrille Atonfack Guemo described the allegations as “duplicitous”. The United Nations said up to 22 civilians, 14 of them children, died in Friday’s incident, which happened in in the village of Ntumbo in Cameroon’s Northwest Region, one of two English-speaking regions that have been grappling with separatist violence since October 2017. The army’s explanation An army investigation, he said, found that the deaths happened after fuel was set ablaze during a gunfight with anglophone separatists. Five civilians, a woman and four children, died, and “seven terrorists” were “neutralised”, Atonfack told AFP in Libreville by phone. More than 3,000 people have died and at least 700...
Breaking: Kenyan ambassador to South Sudan Chris Karumba collapses, dies.

Breaking: Kenyan ambassador to South Sudan Chris Karumba collapses, dies.

AFRICA, KENYA
Kenya's Ambassador to South Sudan, Chris Karumba Mburu, is dead.Mburu, a former director at the National Intelligence Service (NIS), collapsed and died at his residence in the capital Juba on Sunday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs says. In his condolence message, President Uhuru Kenyatta described the late Mburu as a distinguished career public servant and a great Kenyan diplomat who was committed to building strong bilateral ties between Nairobi and Juba.“Death has robbed us of a great public servant who served his country with distinction. Since his appointment as our envoy to Juba, Ambassador Mburu has worked hard to ensure free flow of trade and investment between Kenya and South Sudan,” the President wrote.The official cause of death had not been established by the time...
UGANDA: NRM puts in motion ’10-point plan’ for free and fair elections – Justine Lumumba.

UGANDA: NRM puts in motion ’10-point plan’ for free and fair elections – Justine Lumumba.

AFRICA, UGANDA
In a renewed bid to commit to democratic ideals and transparency in handling elections, the National Resistance Movement (NRM), of which I am the chief administrator, has come up with a ten point plan for free and fair internal elections. This move is aimed at averting fallouts, anger and antagonism arising out of questionable party primaries which motivate the aggrieved to go independent or to work with our opponents to the disadvantage of official party candidates. The most significant measure instituted is queuing (lining up) behind candidates. This method will be employed at all electoral levels (Parliamentary, Local Councils and special structures elections); if necessary, even in choosing a Presidential flag bearer. That is how resolute we are on this new modus operandi...