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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...
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...
EDUCATION: Parliament of Uganda finally clears O-level curriculum.

EDUCATION: Parliament of Uganda finally clears O-level curriculum.

AFRICA, EDUCATION, UGANDA
Early this month, Parliament issued an order directing the Education Ministry to halt the new Uganda Certificate of Education curriculum halted until concerns raised over it are addressed. On Thursday, Parliament rescinded its decision after an explanation by the Education Minister, Janet Museveni over the new curriculum. The Education Minister told parliament that rolling out of the curriculum is long overdue, explaining that according to the United Nations Education and Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), a curriculum should be reviewed every after five years yet Uganda’s has not been changed since independence. “The current curriculum was designed in the 1960s to address mainly producing the human resource for white-collar jobs. The government currently h...
AFRICA: ‘I am not a dictator’: Togo’s president defends himself ahead of polls

AFRICA: ‘I am not a dictator’: Togo’s president defends himself ahead of polls

AFRICA
Gnassingbe is aiming to extend his family’s decades-long domination over the West African nation by claiming a fourth term in power. The country of 8 million goes to the polls on Saturday after the constitution was changed to allow Gnassingbe to run again. What I can say is that I will always respect my country's constitution. Critics say the vote will not be fair as the opposition has faced a crackdown to snuff out a wave of protests. However, Gnassingbe told AFP in a joint interview with Le Monde newspaper that such accusations were “more due to reputation than reality”. “Sometimes these statements and opinions are exaggerated — in any case, I don’t feel like a dictator,” he said. Decades of the Gnassingbes The president took over in 2005 after the death of his fat...
UGANDA: FDC youths Switch sides to NRM.

UGANDA: FDC youths Switch sides to NRM.

AFRICA, UGANDA
A total of 38 opposition youth leaders mainly from the FDC yesterday afternoon crossed to NRM citing ‘lack of political focus’ among their former leaders. The NRM treasurer general Namayanja Rose Nsereko received the youthful delegation at the party headquarters in Kampala and called upon them never to be ashamed of their decision. “Reliability and dependability is key in politics and you have made the right choice”, said Namayanja. She officially handed over a copy of the party constitution and a shirt to each of the converts. The group was led by Mugumya Lawrence the FDC youth chairperson of Kalangala District. Namayanja told the youthful converts that she was personally one of the founders of the Uganda Young Democrats (UYD) but after a while with them she realised...
HEALTH: Working with communities to end Ebola.

HEALTH: Working with communities to end Ebola.

AFRICA, HEALTH
Gaining community trust and acceptance has proven a critical armour in combatting the world’s second worst Ebola epidemic in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC)GOMA, Democratic Republic of Congo, February 20, 2020/ -- “In some places they threw stones at us, but in others community leaders became engaged and fought alongside us for the survival of their people,” says Dr Freddy Banza, an epidemiologist and public health specialist with World Health Organization (WHO).Gaining community trust and acceptance has proven a critical armour in combatting the world’s second worst Ebola epidemic in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Dr Banza who coordinated Ebola response operations in Mambasa, a small town in the northeast of the DRC  is keenly aware that without c...
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...
BUSINESS: Bank of Uganda in a  loss of UGX.2 Trillion in 15 years.

BUSINESS: Bank of Uganda in a loss of UGX.2 Trillion in 15 years.

AFRICA, Business, UGANDA
The Central Bank has reported up to UGX. 2 trillion in losses for the past 15 years, Finance State Minister (Planning), Hon. David Bahati has said. In a response to a Question for Oral Answer posed by MP Kenneth Lubogo (NRM, Bulamogi), Bahati said the Bank of Uganda posted only Shs40 billion in profits in 15 years, which was remitted to the Consolidated Fund Account as required by the Bank of Uganda Act. MP Lubogo sought to know the “profits or losses BoU has made annually for the last 15 years; when was the last time BoU made profits?” The Shs40 billion profits were registered in 2007, and since then, the Central Bank has been making losses. MP Richard Othieno (NRM, West Budama North), who was holding forte for MP Lubogo, asked a supplementary question. “Bank of Uganda ...
CRIME: 2 Tanzanian nationals arrested, detained in Kampala over theft of govt drugs.

CRIME: 2 Tanzanian nationals arrested, detained in Kampala over theft of govt drugs.

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, TANZANIA, UGANDA
Uganda’s State House Health Monitoring Unit has arrested two Tanzanian nationals who were allegedly found with stolen government drugs worth Shs 35m that were meant to be taken to Tanzania.Addressing journalists at their offices in Kampala Wednesday, Dr Jackson Ojera Abusu, the head of the unit said Abel Leonard and Yusufu Kasiano intercepted at Mutukula stage in Kisenyi taxi park in Kampala following a tip off by the intelligence unit.Dr Abusu said drugs packed in boxes were being loaded onto a taxi which raised suspicion from the unit’s intelligence team. “The owners had disclosed that one of the boxes contained drugs but the rest they reported they were containing skin lightening cream but when searched, we found quite a number of medicines. We captured them as exhibits an...