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UGANDA: ‘People Power’ leader demands for accountability of the Covid-19 money, food.

UGANDA: ‘People Power’ leader demands for accountability of the Covid-19 money, food.

AFRICA, COVID-19, UGANDA
Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi, alias Bobi Wine, has called on the government to account for the relief items and money that has been given to the Covid-19 National Taskforce. Addressing a press conference at the People Power headquarters in Kamwokya, a Kampala suburb, yesterday, Bobi Wine said the taskforce has continued to ask for more money from the public but without publicly showing how the other contributions have been utilised. “The taskforce has gone ahead to ask for Shs10,000 from Ugandans but they have not laboured to tell us what the money and relief items they have been receiving since March has done. We need this report because the people that are not working are the ones that they continue to squeeze money from,” he said. As of last week, the taskforce indicated...
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...
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...
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, 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 ...
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, 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...
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...
EAST AFRICA: Museveni, Kagame meet at Katuna border

EAST AFRICA: Museveni, Kagame meet at Katuna border

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, 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, 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...
UGANDA: MPs question the Ministry of Finance about shs100bn payment to Umeme.

UGANDA: MPs question the Ministry of Finance about shs100bn payment to Umeme.

AFRICA, Business, UGANDA
Legislators on the Committee of Commissions, Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises(Cosase) have tasked officials of Umeme Uganda Limited, over circumstances under which the power distributor received Sshs100 billion from the Ministry of Finance. In a meeting between the Committee and electricity power entities on Thursday, 20 February 2020, Jinja Municipality East MP, Hon. Paul Mwiru raised a red flag over an audit query where Umeme is said to have withdrawn the whole amount from the Umeme escrow account yet it was eligible to withdraw only shs65 billion that was owed to them. An Escrow account is an account on which the government makes deposits for bills. Umeme is only supposed to withdraw from that account if the government is in arrears of 60 day after giving th...
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
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...
EAST AFRICA: President Museveni to meet President Kagame today.

EAST AFRICA: President Museveni to meet President Kagame today.

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA
President Museveni and Rwandan counterpart Paul Kagame will meet today at the border town of Katuna to discuss the reopening of the main crossing, a year after Kigali shut it down.The two mediators, Presidents João Lourenço of Angola and Felix Tshisekedi of the DR Congo, are also expected to attend to oversee the implementation of terms agreed upon in Luanda, the Angolan capital, in August. Hopes for a resolution of the conflict rose this week after a prisoner swap in which Kigali released 20 Ugandans with Kampala setting free 13 Rwandans as part of the Luanda agreement. “After assessing the progress, the heads of state will decide on the way forward,” Rwanda’s East African Community Affairs minister Olivier Nduhungirehe told Daily Monitor in a telephone interview yesterday...
BUSINESS: Semen worthy shs7bnUGX stuck at Entebbe airport, NAGRC denies ordering its purchase.

BUSINESS: Semen worthy shs7bnUGX stuck at Entebbe airport, NAGRC denies ordering its purchase.

AFRICA, Business, UGANDA
A few weeks ago, the State House Anti-Corruption Unit headed by Lt. Col. Edith Nakalema raided NAGRC headquarters in Entebbe to investigate shs7.3 billion semen which had allegedly been procured from Italy and for many months is still being kept at Entebbe Airport after the organization declined to accept it. NAGRC has a Memorandum of Understanding with Inseme SPA, an Italian company to supply semen. Speaking on Wednesday, the NAGRC Executive Director, Dr. Charles Lagu said they have never ordered for that semen that he said was brought to be dumped into the country by the Italian company. “We have never ordered for that semen. The Italian company used the opportunity that we have a Memorandum of Understanding to bring dead semen and dump it here. They took advantage of...
UGANDA: Parliament rejects proposal to move all public holidays to weekends.

UGANDA: Parliament rejects proposal to move all public holidays to weekends.

AFRICA, UGANDA
Parliament on Thursday voted against a proposal to have all Public holidays that fall on weekdays moved to weekends to give Ugandans enough time to feel the true meaning of public holiday.Ms Juliet Kyinyamatama Suubi, the woman MP Rakai District had sought permission of the house to introduce a bill titled “The public holidays (amendment) bill, 2020” but this was out rightly rejected by the House when the Speaker, Ms Rebecca Kadaga put the question to the MPs during plenary. In her justification, Ms Kyinyamatama who had 10 minutes allocated to her to defend her Bill said Public holidays do not have meaning if they fall on weekends, as many people stay away from celebrating it and also prefer to rest on that day in preparation for work for the new week.She cited the forth com...