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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...
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. ...
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: 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...
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...
UGANDA:  Fire burns Hoima Police barracks, aminition gets destroyed.

UGANDA: Fire burns Hoima Police barracks, aminition gets destroyed.

AFRICA, UGANDA
The incident according to police happened at around 2 am when a fire broke out in the house of Constable Simon Peter Odongkara on Monday as everyone slept. A number of items including two SMG rifles with 90 rounds of ammunition were burnt and these belonged to Odongkara and Boniface Ojuka Omara a colleague, with whom they shared the house. Four pairs of Field Force Unit uniforms, five pairs of police gumboots, two pairs of ponjos , warm suits, warrant card, national IDs and metallic baton were also burnt in the fire. However, according to Julius Hakiza, the Albertine region Police spokesperson, preliminary investigations pointed out to a mobile phone that had been left charging in the house as everyone slept. Past incidents In 2017, property worth millions of shi...
TANZANIA: U.S. Embassy graduates English Language Program in Tanga and Unguja

TANZANIA: U.S. Embassy graduates English Language Program in Tanga and Unguja

AFRICA, EDUCATION, TANZANIA
During the graduation ceremony, Regional English Language Officer, George M. Chinnery commended the Access Program students for their dedicationDAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania, February 17, 2020/ -- On February 15 and 16, 2020, the U.S. Embassy in Tanzania awarded graduation certificates to the 47 students of the U.S. Embassy’s English ‘Access’ Microscholarship Program in Tanga (13 female and 12 male) and Unguja – Zanzibar (12 female and 10 male). These students successfully completed their two-year biweekly after-school English classes, focusing on English language, community development, and civic engagement.  The U.S. Embassy supports four additional Access classes throughout Tanzania –in Mbeya, Lindi, Mwanza, and Pemba. In early April 2020, the Embassy will open additional cla...
CRIME: Troubled Ex-lover burns woman in the house – Uganda.

CRIME: Troubled Ex-lover burns woman in the house – Uganda.

AFRICA, UGANDA
A sixty year old man is on the run in Namisindwa district after killing his former lover and setting her body on fire. Police is searching for Ronald Mapamba (60) who is suspected to have killed Betty Mutuwa (53) after she scorned his affections and left his house. Mapamba is a resident of Mikhama village, Busambatasa II parish, Buwabwala sub county in Namisindwa district. Mapamba is suspected to have committed the offense on Friday, February 14, 2020 at around 11am. Residents realized something was amiss after fire started billowing from the house Mutuwa shared with her parents. Mutuwa had moved back home after ending her relationship with Mapamba. Mapamba had repeatedly accused Mutuwa of cheating on him with several men. Mutuwa denied this and instead accused Mapamba...
AFRICA: 2020 Anzisha Prize Applications launch with 10th Year Celebrations

AFRICA: 2020 Anzisha Prize Applications launch with 10th Year Celebrations

AFRICA
Every year, the prize celebrates 20 African entrepreneurs, aged 22 years and younger, each of whom have a chance to win a shared prize of US$100,000JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, February 17, 2020/ -- Today, the Anzisha Prize–Africa’s premier award and fellowship for Africa’s youngest entrepreneurs (AnzishaPrize.org) – is excited to announce that the 2020 call for applications is now open.  Every year, the prize celebrates 20 African entrepreneurs, aged 22 years and younger, each of whom have a chance to win a shared prize of US$100,000. The grand prize winner receives US$25,000, the 1st runner-up US$15,000, and 2nd runner-up US$12,500. Every finalist receives US$2,500.In addition to the cash prize, selected entrepreneurs will join 120 previous winners and become Anzisha Fello...
UGANDA: President Museveni summons NRM Caucus over new school curriculum, Tumwine censure

UGANDA: President Museveni summons NRM Caucus over new school curriculum, Tumwine censure

AFRICA, EDUCATION, UGANDA
President Yoweri Museveni is on Monday, February 17, set to hold a meeting with the NRM Parliamentary Caucus, which party insiders say is centred on resolving the stalemate between the Executive and the Legislature over the new lower secondary school curriculum. Also on the agenda is a discussion over the fate of Security minister Elly Tumwiine who is facing censure. The meeting was called by government chief whip Ruth Nankabirwa at the weekend. Over the last two weeks, there have been disagreements between the Executive and the Legislature over the new secondary curriculum. Parliament had earlier halted the implementation of the new curriculum, citing lack of preparedness, only for Cabinet to approve it last week. As a result, Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga last Thur...
WORLD: ‘Under pressure’, Iran will never hold talks with US says President Rouhani

WORLD: ‘Under pressure’, Iran will never hold talks with US says President Rouhani

WORLD
Iran will never hold talks with the United States under pressure, President Hassan Rouhani said on Sunday, adding that Tehran's help was essential in establishing security in the Middle East. Relations between Tehran and Washington reached crisis point in 2018 after US President Donald Trump abandoned a 2015 pact between Iran and world powers under which Tehran accepted curbs to its nuclear programme in return for the lifting of sanctions. Tensions spiked further following the killing of Iran's most prominent military commander Qassem Suleimani on January 3 by US drone attacks at Baghdad airport. In retaliation, Iran attacked US targets in Iraq in January. Mr Trump has adopted a policy of "maximum pressure" to force Tehran to negotiate a broader deal that further curbs I...
AMERICA: U.S. Denies Visas for ICC War Crimes Investigators.

AMERICA: U.S. Denies Visas for ICC War Crimes Investigators.

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The United States which denied entry visas to Sri Lanka Army Commander Lt. Gen. Shavendra Silva and his family this week ‘officially’ reasoning that it has credible information he was “responsible for gross violation of human rights and extrajudicial killings” earlier revoked or denied visas to International Criminal Court (ICC) members who were scheduled to visit the U.S. to investigate alleged war crimes by the U.S. military in Afghanistan.Sri Lanka’s Army Commander Lt. Gen. Shavendra Silva The Trump administration announced last year it was barring entry into the U.S. to ICC investigators to probe into possible U.S. war crimes in Afghanistan in 2017. A 2016 ICC report accused the U.S. military of torturing at least 61 prisoners in Afghanistan and accused the CIA of subject...
UGANDA COURT: Gunshot residues found on Kanyamunyu’s clothes.

UGANDA COURT: Gunshot residues found on Kanyamunyu’s clothes.

AFRICA, UGANDA
A ballistic expert has told Court that gunshot residues were found on the clothes belonging to Matthew Kanyamunyu. Gunshot residues are deposited on the hands and clothes of someone who discharges a firearm. Kanyamunyu and his girlfriend Cynthia Munwangari are on trial for the murder of child rights activist Kenneth Akena. On Friday, Ms Robinah Kirinya a Principal Analyst from the Government Analytical Laboratory in Kampala, told court that she examined exhibits like Kanyamunyu's car, and in the glove compartment, where he allegedly hid the killer gun that is still missing. “The bullet was fired from a 0.22 firearm such as a pistol or a revolver,” Ms Kirinya told trial judge Stephen Mubiru.