Despite an agreement arrived at on Wednesday by government officials from Kenya and Uganda on the process of Covid-19 testing for truckers at the common border, an association for Kenyan truck drivers on Thursday advised its members to suspend services until both governments address stigma and harassment.
Secretary-general of the Kenyan truckers union Nicholas Mbugua said on Thursday: “There is no safety agreement between Kenya and Uganda and yet drivers are being coerced by police officers to cross over to Uganda. We demand to be guaranteed the safety of our drivers in Uganda.”
Speaking at the union’s offices in Mlolongo, Mr Mbugua said the drivers were tired of ‘’unbearable humiliation drivers were subjected to in Uganda”.
The truckers had blocked the Kenyan side of the border ...
The state Minister for Animal Industry Mr. Bright Rwamirama has noted
that the locusts have been laying eggs and should the latest eggs
hatch, Uganda may be faced with an outbreak.
The minister made the remarks on February 18, while he was addressing the press at the Uganda Media Center in Kampala.
According to Rwamirama, the swarms of locusts continue to spread to
other districts in the region and laying of eggs is expected to continue
while other locust swarms are still invading Uganda from Kenya.
“It is worth noting that a female locust lays at least 300eggs in one
sitting and will lay eggs three times in its lifecycle,” he said.
Rwamirama said that the existing locusts have not caused significant
damage to vegetation cover however, there’s is an imminent threat to
The Ad Hoc Commission on the implementation of
the Luanda Memorandum of Understanding between Rwanda and Uganda today
met in Kigali Rwanda for the third time time.
Hoc Commission on the implementation of the Luanda Memorandum of
Understanding between Rwanda and Uganda meets for the third time today
at Rwanda Ministry of Foreign Affairs Headquarters in Kigali,” the
ministry tweeted on its handle.
The committee was established in August last year in Luanda.
last meeting, which took place in Kampala last November, hit a dead end
after delegates disagreed and referred the issues to President Museveni
and his Rwandan counterpart Paul Kagame.
Mr Museveni and Mr Kagame met three weeks ago in Angola and agreed to meet again on February 22 at Katuna border.
A delegation from Capital Brand Biz based in US led by Michael
Broughton, Mark A. Hernandez Sr and Damiano as well as Veronica Gold
Smith from Impact Brands Inc have partnered with Girl Child Initiative
Uganda (GCIU) a registered Community Based Organization (CBO) in Wakiso
District that champions the right to Education of children especially
the girl child to see an end to school dropout rate.
The team gave out scholastic materials to the needy children at
Prainet Academy Nursery School located in Kabaganda, Nangabo Sub County
in Wakisao district which is run by Girl Child Initiative Uganda (GCIU).
GCIU Executive Director, Nixon Segawa appreciated the generosity
extended to the children whose future would be in jeopardy if their
education is not guaranteed.
“The future ...
SGR Rail project will provide a safe and reliable means for efficiently
transporting people and cargo to and from the existing Dar es Salaam
ES SALAAM, Tanzania, February 14, 2020/ -- The Government of Tanzania
Ministry of Finance has signed a facility agreement with Standard
Chartered (SC.com) Tanzania for a US$ 1.46 billion term loan financing
to fund the construction of the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) project
from Dar es Salaam to Makutupora.Running approximately 550
kilometres long, the SGR project is one of the country’s biggest
projects connecting Dodoma to Dar es Salaam via Morogoro and Makutupora.
Once complete, the SGR Rail project will provide a safe and reliable
means for efficiently transporting people and cargo to and from the
existing Dar es Salaam ...
The Rwanda government has deported Ugandan IT expert Ivan Peter Egessa two months after he was arrested and detained in Kigali.
Rwanda intelligence officials on Thursday, February 13, 2020, drove
Egessa to the Ugandan border at Mirama Hills in Ntungamo district with
an order declaring him an unwanted immigrant.
“Take note that you are declared a prohibited immigrant in Rwanda
within the meaning of articles 12 and 15 of the law Nº 57/2018 of
13/08/2018 on immigration and emigration in Rwanda,” a deportation order
issued by Francois Regis Gatarayiha, Rwanda’s Director General of
Immigration and Emigration, read in part.
Egessa, a software engineer, went missing on December 8 last year in
Kigali, with his family saying they had tried and failed to locate him
through the Rwan...
The body of the late Moi being driven into the stadium to the waiting thousands of Kenyans and other mourners during the celebration of the life of President Daniel Toroitich Arap Moi, at the Nyayo Stadium in Nairobi.on 11th February 2019.
President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni pays the last respect t to the late Moi as he Joined thousands of Kenyans and other mourners to celebrate the life of President Daniel Toroitich Arap Moi, at the Nyayo Stadium in Nairobi.on 11th February 2019.
President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni interacting with some of the children of the late Moi as he Joined thousands of Kenyans and other mourners to celebrate the life of President Daniel Toroitich Arap Moi, at the Nyayo Stadium in Nairobi.on 11th February 2019.
NAIROBI- Former Kenyan President Daniel Toroitich Arap Moi was a
patriot, loved the East African Community and was a conciliatory figure,
President Museveni has said.
The three qualities are what President Museveni pointed out about Moi,
at a state funeral at Nyayo Stadium in Nairobi, where several regional
leaders and thousands of Kenyans congregated to celebrate the life of
Kenya's second President.
President Moi died last Tuesday aged 95. He was Kenya's President
from 1978 to 2002, having assumed power following the death of
founding President, Mzee Jomo Kenyatta.
Introducing President Museveni to the audience, President Uhuru
Kenyatta described him as the "elder of the region", attracting loud
cheers and ululations from the excited crowd.
President Museveni, who delivered his eulogy ...
The Uganda People’s Defence Forces(UPDF) has deployed a total of 2000 troops to help in the fight against desert locusts.
desert locusts that have in the past weeks wreaked havoc in Kenya were
on Sunday afternoon confirmed to have entered Uganda through Amudat
district in the north eastern part of the country.
journalists on Monday morning, the Chief of Defence Forces,Gen.David
Muhoozi, revealed that a total of 2000 troops have so far been deployed .
were told to martial 2000 troops but the task is huge and are looking
at mobilising more than that,”Gen Muhoozi said on Monday.
that the Agriculture Ministry is the lead agency in the humanitarian
cause that he said needs both human and material resources.
“This is a cross government issue ...
Four mountain gorillas from Volcanoes national park in Rwanda have been found dead inside Uganda’s Mgahinga national park in southwestern Uganda.
According to reports, the gorillas are suspected to have been killed
by a lightning strike on February 3. The deceased gorillas include three
adult females and a male infant.
The Hirwa family of 17 members crossed to Uganda’s Mgahinga national
park on August 28, 2019, from Volcanoes national park in Rwanda.
According to a statement from the Greater Virunga Transboundary
Collaboration (GVTC), a transboundary organization coordinating the
management of natural resources in the Virunga massif, the four mountain
gorillas were all from the Hirwa family in Rwanda.
Following the discovery of the dead gorillas, GVTC says in the
Former Kenyan president Daniel arap Moi died Tuesday morning in a
Nairobi hospital after a long illness. Moi ruled Kenya for 24 years
until 2002 when he retired.As Moi was consolidating himself in power, a new bull in the neighbouring kraal emerged across the border - President Museveni. Mr
Museveni had been a student of leftist political view since his school
days and associated with socialism yet Moi believed in capitalism. Both
leaders accused each another of harbouring dissidents against either
The simmering conflict exploded in December
1987 when Kenya expelled two Ugandan diplomats. Prior to that, six
Kenyan agents had been arrested on the Ugandan side of the border.For
months, the two leaders had traded accusations and in October 1987,
security forces from the...
The pastoral community in Karamoja is in panic following reports that
the deadly locusts that have attacked parts of Africa are only 60
kilometres away from Uganda.
The locusts are said to be advancing to Uganda through West Pokot County in Kenya to Amudat and via Turkana to Kaabong.
On Saturday, Feb 1, Kaabong and Amudat local governments formed committees to monitor the border.
The teams were directed to closely monitor the borders and report to
the districts and the Ministry of Agriculture Animal Industry and
Fisheries if they see anything similar to the ravenous insects.
Mr. Mark Abuku, the LCV Chairperson for Kaabong District said they
have mobilised the community and pastoralists grazing along the border
of Kaabong and Turkana to report anything unusual for proper ...
In the Daniel arap Moi family, the
fortunes of Jonathan Toroitich followed those of his mother Lena:
Forgotten, cowed and, by middle-class standards, living in penury.
having a billionaire father, Jonathan never lived a profligate
lifestyle — and it was no wonder that his brother, Baringo Senator
Gideon Moi, mourned him as a “down-to-earth” person.
sources say that as the eldest son, Jonathan was always uncomfortable
that his father appeared to favour the youngest son, Gideon, who today
doubles as the spokesman on all matters pertaining to the family, and
Moi’s health, against Kalenjin traditions.
most sons and daughters of African dictators live in luxury, the same
cannot be said of most of Moi’s children who don’t seem to display any ...
At least 13 people died in Rwanda’s capital, Kigali, in overnight heavy rains and others were injured, government officials said Monday. The East African nation has seen dozens of deaths caused by torrential rains in recent weeks.
The latest downpour began Sunday evening, causing flooding and
mudslides that swept away 15 houses in the capital and left some roads
“We can confirm that the provisional number of those dead has
reached 13. Some people who we thought were missing have been found dead
and the search continues,” Claude Tuyishime, spokesman of the ministry
of disaster management, told The Associated Press.
On Jan. 28, heavy rain in Rwanda killed at least three people while
destroying farms and sweeping away homes. In December, 12 people were
The former President of Kenya, Daniel Arap Moi has died. Moi, 95, died in Nairobi Hospital on Monday night.
His death was announced on Tuesday morning by President Uhuru
Kenyatta who has sent his condolences to the family. Mr Moi was to turn
96 this September.
Moi has been in and out of hospital in the past years.
According to Wikipedia, Moi became president as a result of the death of the then president Mzee Jomo Kenyatta.
Through popular agitation and external pressures, he was forced to
allow multiparty elections in 1991; he led his party, KANU, to victory
in the 1992 and 1997 elections. Prior to becoming President, he served
as the third Vice President of Kenya from 1967 to 1978.
Moi is popularly known to Kenyans as Nyayo, a Swahili wo...
After failure to stabilise the relations between the two neighbouring
countries, the two presidents returned to Luanda for a second meeting
on Sunday organised by President João Lourenço for talks.
to the senior presidential press secretary, Don Wanyama, both heads of
state agreed on seeing all prisoners released before a meeting at the
Katuna border point.
third quadripartite summit on Uganda and Rwanda in Luanda has ended.
Five key resolutions arrived at including the release of prisoners and
stopping support for destabilizers,”Wanyama tweeted.
He said the
two heads of state also agreed to have human rights of each other’s
citizens to be protected but also the ad-hoc teams to continue before a
meeting between Museveni and Kagame at the Katuna border poi...
Kenyan students caught up in a lockdown in Wuhan, China, are
worried that the government is not proactive in protecting them, a day
after the World Health Organisation (WHO) declared the coronavirus
outbreak that has so far killed 210 people around the world and infected
more than 10,000 others a public health emergency of international
The students, who reached out to the Saturday Nation
on Friday hours after national carrier Kenya Airways announced
cancellation of all flights to and from Guangzhou in the Chinese
mainland, said they were beginning to worry whether anything was being
done to protect them as the situation in Wuhan continues to escalate.
number of Kenyan and African students opted to stay in the country as
China kicked off its traditional N...
In August 2017, on the 3rd day of that month, Revence Kato-Kalibwani
was killed on Parliament Avenue, outside Cafe Javas. You don’t know who
he is, do you? I don’t blame you. Uganda does not celebrate her civilian
heroes that much. Or the people, who with a rope over one shoulder,
back bent forward, are dragging the country into the future with panting
sweat on their brow. Kato-Kalibwani was one of them.
this day, we do not know why he died. Or how he died. The only report
we have is 1 min, 52 seconds news clip that reported the murder of a man
by a mob that accused him of trying to set fire to Cafe Javas. Those
who knew the geeky, highly cerebral Kalibwani who helped created the
mobile money application software called Adjection, one of the bedrocks
of what we use everyd...
The worst locust outbreak that parts of East Africa have seen in 70
years needs some $76 million to help control and the money is “required
by, actually, now,” the United Nations said Thursday.
So far just $15 million has been mobilized to help stop the outbreak
that threatens to worsen an already poor hunger situation for millions
of people in Kenya, Ethiopia, Somalia and elsewhere, Dominique Bourgeon,
emergencies director with the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization,
told a briefing in Rome.
“You can imagine that a country that has not seen such a thing in 70
years is not well prepared,” he said of Kenya, East Africa’s economic
If after April the money has come, it’s somehow useless. So the timing, location, is crucial.
The outbreak, blamed in part on a chang...
Government has listed priority areas to energise the economy in
financial year 2020/2021 against the backdrop of widening trade deficits
and local revenue gaps.
In its report on the Budget Framework Paper presented by the Committee on Budget, MPs warned of a growing trade deficit.
report blames the decline on trade wars with Kenya and the closure of
Uganda’s border with Rwanda which has frustrated commercial activities.
which has always shown a cold shoulder to East African Community
economic integration projects, has also been singled out.
The trade surplus with EAC slowed down in the FY 2018/2019 compared to FY 2017/2018 mainly on account of existence of non-tariff barriers in some of the partner states – most especially in Tanzania,” partly reads the ...