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UGANDA: Prime Minister Rugunda addresses on challenges of acquiring national IDs

UGANDA: Prime Minister Rugunda addresses on challenges of acquiring national IDs

AFRICA, UGANDA
Speaker Rebecca Kadaga has directed the Prime Minister, Ruhakana Rugunda to make a statement on the persistent concerns raised by legislators on the cumbersome process of acquiring National identifications (IDs). “This issue was discussed in the last sitting and we made a resolution that the ID processing should be decentralized but this has not yet been done. Every Ugandan has a right to an ID,” she said. Government started issuance of national IDs to citizens in 2014 and subsequently, a policy was passed making the ID a requirement for accessing services and jobs countrywide. MPs however, said that since the inception of the IDs, the process of acquiring the IDs has frustrated many Ugandans, thereby affecting their ability to access services and jobs. Hon. Gaffa ...
BUSINESS: Leading Libyan Bank Chooses Temenos to Accelerate Digital Transformation.

BUSINESS: Leading Libyan Bank Chooses Temenos to Accelerate Digital Transformation.

AFRICA, Business
Assaray Trade and Investment Bank (ATIB) selects cloud-native, cloud-agnostic Temenos Infinity and Temenos Transact to replace legacy IT and launch new digital productsGENEVA, Switzerland, February 26, 2020/ -- Temenos (SIX: TEMN) (http://www.Temenos.com), the banking software company, today announced that Assaray Trade and Investment Bank (ATIB) has selected Temenos Infinity and Temenos Transact to power its digital transformation. Temenos’ cloud-native, cloud-agnostic banking platform will enable the bank to quickly launch new digital products for retail and corporate banking and improve the customer experience.ATIB has been a fixture in Libyan banking for over 20 years. It is recognized as one of the most structured and advanced banks in the country, delivering financial ser...
AFRICA: Court rejects 2019 elections, Malawi to vote again.

AFRICA: Court rejects 2019 elections, Malawi to vote again.

AFRICA
Malawi's parliament has cleared the way for fresh polls in May after a top court overturned last year's elections results that returned Peter Mutharika to power. In a landmark decision, the Constitutional Court ruled on February 3 that last May's election was fraught with widespread irregularities -- especially the "massive" use of correction fluid on tally sheets. Parliament documents seen by AFP on Tuesday showed that under the new law passed on Monday, fresh elections will be held during the third week of May. Malawi's elections are traditionally held on a Tuesday, and it follows that polling will take place on May 19. "Fresh presidential election shall be held in the third week of May, 2020," read the bill. In another change, lawmakers decreed that a candidate w...
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, 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: FDC elects new  leaders in Nakasongola

UGANDA: FDC elects new leaders in Nakasongola

AFRICA, UGANDA
The opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) party, Nakasongola District branch on Sunday, February 23 held a district conference where they elected new leaders. The District conference brought together Party grassroots leaders from the 13 sub-counties that make up Nakasongola District, 2 Constituencies of Budyebo and Nakasongola Counties, District leaders, elected party leaders at local Government levels among others. It was held at Nakasongola District Farmers Association Conference Hall in Nakasongola Town Council. The election which was conducted by the FDC Nakasongola District Branch Electoral Commission Returning Officer Mr. Basirika Solomon together with FDC National Electoral Commission Official Mr. Augustine Ojobile saw Mr. Bisaso Bashir elected as the n...
UGANDA: President contributes Shs.80 million to UCU’s needy students’ scheme.

UGANDA: President contributes Shs.80 million to UCU’s needy students’ scheme.

AFRICA, EDUCATION, UGANDA
President Yoweri Museveni has contributed Shs.80 million to the needy students’ scheme at the Mukono-based Uganda Christian University (UCU) so as to support students in that institution who cannot manage to meet their education requirements. Uganda Christian University has, therefore, staged a marathon race as part of a fundraising drive towards the needy students’ scheme at which the Parliamentary Speaker, Rt. Hon. Rebecca Kadaga was the chief marathoner.  UCU’s Guild President, Timothy Kadaga was the brainchild behind the fundraising drive. Uganda Christian University has a total student population of 13,000 out of whom 3,000 are non-resident and who need financial assistance to ensure that they obtain a university education. ???????????????????????????????????? Presi...
EAST AFRICA: The EAC summit postponed again.

EAST AFRICA: The EAC summit postponed again.

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA
The East African Community summit that was due for this month has been called off due to a lack of quorum. This is after South Sudan, one of the member states informed the Secretariat in Arusha that they will not b available for the 29th February scheduled summit to internal preparations regarding a transition in Juba. “The 21st Meeting of the Summit of the EAC Heads of State has been postponed to a later date following a request by the Republic of South Sudan, which said it was currently in the process of forming a transitional government bringing together the government and opposition groups,” a statement from the EAC secretariat reads in part. “Also postponed is the 41st Extra-Ordinary Meeting of the EAC Council of Ministers that was scheduled to take place from 25th to...
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...
HEALTH: What you need to know about the Coronavirus.

HEALTH: What you need to know about the Coronavirus.

HEALTH, WORLD
Concerns are mounting about how long the novel coronavirus may survive on surfaces -- so much so that China's central bank has taken measures to deep clean and destroy its cash, which changes hands multiple times a day, in an effort to contain the virus.It is unknown exactly how long the novel coronavirus can linger on contaminated surfaces and objects with the potential of infecting people, but some researchers are finding clues by studying the elusive behaviors of other coronaviruses. Coronaviruses are a large group of viruses common among animals. In rare cases, they are what scientists call zoonotic, meaning they can be transmitted from animals to humans, according to the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.Officials do not know what animal may have caused the ...
UGANDA: “Ideology, discipline & physical fitness vital in service delivery” – says DIGP

UGANDA: “Ideology, discipline & physical fitness vital in service delivery” – says DIGP

AFRICA, UGANDA
The Deputy Inspector General of Police, Maj. Gen. Sabiiti Muzei, has said that the important factors in service delivery are ideology, discipline and physical fitness.  He made the remarks yesterday at the National Leadership Institute (NALI) in Kyankwanzi District during the closing and passing out ceremony of 47 staff of the Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) and 20 Senior Managers from the Uganda Revenue Authority (URA), including Commissioner General, Ms. Doris Akol, who all completed a 2-week Transforming Leadership Course at the Institute.  The course covered a wide scope of topics that included the making of committed officers, political education, corruption and its impact, skills at arms and drills. The Deputy IGP delivered a lecture of opportunity that covered such topi...
MOZAMBIQUE: U.S. Government supports early grade learning in local languages with Minister of Education and Human Development

MOZAMBIQUE: U.S. Government supports early grade learning in local languages with Minister of Education and Human Development

AFRICA, EDUCATION
The event served to highlight the importance of local languages in Mozambique to preserve cultural diversity and build a more inclusive societyMAPUTO, Mozambique, February 21, 2020/ -- The U.S. Government proudly participated in an official ceremony celebrating International Mother Languages Day in Matutine District of Maputo Province.  The U.S. Government was represented at the event by United States Agency for International Development (USAID) Mission Director Jennifer Adams, while Minister of Education and Human Development (MINEDH) Carmelita Rita Namashulua represented the Government of the Republic of Mozambique.  Secretary of State for Maputo Province Vitoria Dias Diogo and Governor of Maputo Province Julio Parruque also participated.  The event served to...
AFRICA: Ugandan reverend faces court over faking kidnap.

AFRICA: Ugandan reverend faces court over faking kidnap.

AFRICA, UGANDA
An Anglican reverend who is accused of faking his own kidnap has been arraigned in court and charged.Rev Isaac Mwesigwa appeared at Nakawa Chief Magistrate’s court on Friday and was charged with giving false information to a public officer.He was arrested on Thursday by CID officers in Kampala after police obtained CCTV footage showing that he had exited his car without any attack from anyone, contrary to what he had told police earlier. Rev Mwesigwa was found in Soroti District on February 12, three days after he went missing. He told police that he had been kidnapped by armed men on his way to deliver his research work at Uganda Christian University (UCU), Mukono.In court, Rev Mwesigwa denied the charges and asked to be released on bail. The presiding chief magistrate, Ms...
EDUCATION: The president of Andrew Mellon Foundation USA visits Makerere.

EDUCATION: The president of Andrew Mellon Foundation USA visits Makerere.

AFRICA, EDUCATION, UGANDA
The President of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in New York, Dr Elizabeth Alexander and the Chief of Staff and Programme Advisor at the Foundation, Ms Julie B. Ehrlich paid a courtesy call on the Vice-Chancellor of Makerere University, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe on Friday, February 1 2020. They also held a meeting with the Steering Committee of the Foundation projects at the College of Humanities and Social Sciences (CHUSS). The Steering Committee comprises of the Principal, Dr Josephine Ahikire, and the Deans of the five Schools of the College namely; Dr Sarah Ssali, Dean School of Women and Gender Studies; Dr Andrew Ellias State, Dean School of Social Sciences, Dr Patrick Mangeni, Dean School of Liberal and Performing Arts; Dr Aaron Mushe...
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...
SOUTH SUDAN: Former rebel leader appointed as vice president.

SOUTH SUDAN: Former rebel leader appointed as vice president.

AFRICA
South Sudan President Salva Kiir on Friday appointed rebel leader Riek Machar as vice president, after the two men finally agreed to form a long-delayed unity government -- a crucial step towards ending six years of war. A presidential decree included "the appointment of the vice presidents and the dissolution of all institutions at national and state levels," Information Minister Michael Makuei told AFP. The decree was read on state television, the South Sudan Broadcasting Corporation, appointing Machar as the first of five vice-presidents in a bloated cabinet to accommodate various warring parties. But consensus has only been reached on three of the four others, including current first vice president Taban Deng Gai -- a former Machar ally who defected.  James...
CRIME: UCU female student in trouble over social media anti-rape campaign – Uganda

CRIME: UCU female student in trouble over social media anti-rape campaign – Uganda

AFRICA, UGANDA
A female student of Uganda Christian University is in trouble with the Police over allegations of massive rape by top city employing bosses. Ms Sheena Bageine was on Friday, February 21 evening released on Police bond from the Central Police Station (CPS) in Kampala after a night in jail. Ms. Bageine was charged with offensive communication and cyber stalking. Her arrest prompted a massive #FreeSheena Twitter campaign. Ms. Bagaine, who last month faced court on the matter, had at the start of the year, made damning allegations against prominent employers —naming them as sexual predictors— allegations that have since put her on collision course with those individually named, who have now colluded with the police to arrest her. She shared a list of men, calling them s...
NIGERIA: Nigeria asks the U.S to drop travel ban

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

AFRICA
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, 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...
BUSINESS: Uganda to Host this years G77 summit in April.

BUSINESS: Uganda to Host this years G77 summit in April.

Business, UGANDA, WORLD
Uganda has been confirmed as the host country for G77 Summit to be held in Aprl 2020. The South Summit is the supreme decision-making body of the Group of 77. The First and the Second South Summit were held in Havana, Cuba, on 10 – 14 April 2000 and in Doha, Qatar, on 12 – 16 June 2005, respectively. In accordance with the principle of geographical rotation, the Third South Summit is due to be held in Uganda. About G77 The Group of 77 (G-77) was established on 15 June 1964 by seventy-seven developing countries signatories of the “Joint Declaration of the Seventy-Seven Developing Countries” issued at the end of the first session of the United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) in Geneva. Beginning with the first “Ministerial Meeting of the Group of 77 in...
UGANDA: ‘I don’t expect free and fair elections’ – Gen Muntu.

UGANDA: ‘I don’t expect free and fair elections’ – Gen Muntu.

AFRICA, UGANDA
The national coordinator of the Alliance for National Transformation (ANT) party Gen Mugisha Muntu thinks it's illusional to believe that the 2021 general elections will be free and fair. According to Gen Muntu, there are many contested issues like electoral reforms that were proposed by the Supreme Court after the 2016 elections that haven’t been addressed by government. He noted that even the proposed constitutional and political reforms by opposition political parties, NGOs and civil society to level the playing ground haven’t been considered by government. “I think the only amendment which was done was to add the word independent to the Electoral Commission. But in substance, no substantive amendment has been done,” Gen Muntu said while addressing journalists at the o...
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