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UGANDA: Chaos as RDC Sakwa raids DISO’s office to forcefully resume work, damages property.

UGANDA: Chaos as RDC Sakwa raids DISO’s office to forcefully resume work, damages property.

UGANDA
KAMPALA —Embattled Jinja Residence District Commissioner (RDC), Mr Eric Sakwa stormed into the office of the District Internal Security Officer (DISO) and damaged property including a government computer. Mr Sakwa together with over 30 rowdy youths raided the DISO’s office on Tuesday May 26 at about 4:30 PM. On entering, according to a video recording, he found the deputy DISO, Mr John Mugomba whom he told that he wanted to work so he should be given the key to his office. In a trending video, Mr Mugomba claims that he told Mr Sakwa that he doesn’t have the key to the office and it was being kept by the DISO who was not in office at the time. “They came in a big group and Mr Sakwa demanded for the key to his office. When I said I didn’t have it, one of them caught the laptop w...
UGANDA: Police on the hunt for a 16-year-old girl who stole neighbor’s baby

UGANDA: Police on the hunt for a 16-year-old girl who stole neighbor’s baby

AFRICA, UGANDA
Police in Mbalwa, Wakiso district has kicked off a hunt for a 16-year-old former convict for stealing a one-year-old baby and disappearing with it. According to the Kampala Metropolitan deputy Police spokesperson, Luke Owoyesigyire, the incident happened on Tuesday at Mbalwa zone, Namugongo division, Kira Municipality in Wakiso district when Flavia Kobusingye, 29 left her one-year-old baby with Judith Akech, 16 a neighbor as she went to a nearby market to buy foodstuffs but on return, both were nowhere to be seen. “On return, she found Akech had disappeared with the baby prompting her to report the matter to police,” Owoyesigyire said. According to police investigations, Akech is a former convict after serving a year’s sentence at Kampiringisa remand home over theft. ...
BUSINESS: Dangote boosts south East economy with N63billion investment in Anambra Motor Manufacturing Company (ANAMMCO)

BUSINESS: Dangote boosts south East economy with N63billion investment in Anambra Motor Manufacturing Company (ANAMMCO)

AFRICA, Business
LAGOS, Nigeria, February 25, 2020/ -- Dangote Group (www.Dangote.com) has in the last five years invested over N63bn in the South East with the purchase of over 3,500 units of locally assembled Shacman trucks at the production plant of Anambra Motor Manufacturing Company (ANAMMCO), Enugu. The order was delivered over a period of five years after Dangote Group signed an agreement with Transit Support Services (TSS), a subsidiary of ABC Transport PLC. The partnership started in 2016 with an initial order of 350 Trucks by Dangote and as of today no fewer than 3,500 trucks have been supplied to Dangote from the ANAMMCO plant. Each of the trucks costs over N18m. Apart from being the single largest buyer of the locally assembled trucks, the patronage by Dangote Group h...
EDUCATION: President Museveni of Uganda calls for tax exemption of private universities.

EDUCATION: President Museveni of Uganda calls for tax exemption of private universities.

AFRICA, EDUCATION, UGANDA
President Yoweri Museveni has called for a review of the tax policy where private education institutions are exempted from paying taxes. Museveni said this during the launch of the Uganda Christian University (UCU) run on Saturday, 22 February 2020 in Mukono. The run is aimed at raising money to support students who cannot afford the high tuition fees. This followed a plea by the UCU Guild President, Timothy Kadaga who said that high taxes imposed on universities lead to high fees which are not affordable to many students. Museveni said the funds meant for these high taxes can be used to improve the curriculum of these institutions with emphasis on science based courses. “Why Tax universities? I don’t think taxing universities is a good idea. Let them use the money ...
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, 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: Police decline allegations of there Patrol knocking down of a government opposition supporter.

UGANDA: Police decline allegations of there Patrol knocking down of a government opposition supporter.

AFRICA, UGANDA
Police have denied reports that their patrol vehicle knocked dead a People Power supporter on Monday morning. On Monday morning, there were reports that a police patrol vehicle had knocked dead Ritah Nabukenya as she road on a motorcycle. “Police officers in a patrol vehicle saw comrade Rita Nabukenya donning our attire, drove after her and knocked her dead in broad daylight,”MP Robert Kyagulanyi, also known as Bobi Wine tweeted. People Power spokesperson, Joel Ssenyonyi added, “She was on a boda in Nakawa this morning. A police truck saw her, chased after them and run over her. She is dead.” However, in a statement released on Monday afternoon, Kampala Metropolitan deputy police spokesperson, Luke Owoyeigyire admitted there was an incident in Nakawa behind the market ...
UGANDA: Police on the hunt for guards who tortured and  robbed investors of Shs50m.

UGANDA: Police on the hunt for guards who tortured and robbed investors of Shs50m.

AFRICA, UGANDA
Three private security guards in Busia District attached to Accurate Security Group are on the run after allegedly torturing and robbing their Asian bosses of over Shs50m. The victims are employees of Busia Allied Sugar, an isolated factory 20 kilometres along the Busia-Tororo Road, which distills and packs spirits. The guards, who had been hired to provide security services at the factory, are said to have turned against their bosses on Saturday night, leaving them with multiple defensive head and hand wounds. Mr David Banuli, a worker at the factory, told Daily Monitor from Masafu Hospital where the Asians are admitted, that they had left in the evening, leaving the guards watching over the factory and their bosses. He was, however, surprised to report to work the...
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...
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...
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...