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UGANDA: Rev Kazimba urges the Government to open Churches.

UGANDA: Rev Kazimba urges the Government to open Churches.

AFRICA, UGANDA
The archbishop of the church of Uganda Rt Rev Dr. Steven Kazimba Mugalu has called upon the government to reconsider the opening of places of worship as the government eases up on the lockdown measures amidst the covid19 pandemic. Paying a courtesy visit at next media services for the very first time, the 9th archbishop of the church of Uganda Rt Rev Dr. Steven Kazimba Mugalu lauded Next Media Services for the role they have played in amplifying the works of the church especially during this covid19 pandemic where the places worship have remained under key and lock The COVID 19 pandemic and the closure of places of worship have seen Next Media Services repurpose some programs with Sunday church services turned digital. Despite this innovation, the archbishop says it’s time the go...
AFRICA: UPDF shoots dead four South Sudanese soldiers for illegally crossing into Uganda

AFRICA: UPDF shoots dead four South Sudanese soldiers for illegally crossing into Uganda

AFRICA, UGANDA
KAMPALA – Uganda Peoples Defence Forces (UPDF) leadership says four Sudanese People Liberation Army soldiers have been shot dead in a clash with the UPDF in Moyo district, north of the country. Ugandan army says South Sudanese national forces illegally crossed into Ugandan territory in total violation of the law and declined to follow instructions when confronted. UPDF Spokesman Brig Richard Karemire says the soldiers have dressed in civilian uniform apart from one who had uniform “but were all armed and walked about 1.5 Kms into Uganda until they were spotted at Goboro by UPDF officers.” “When stopped, they refused to follow orders, the UPDF soldiers guarding the border opened fire killing 04 instantly,” Karemire says. “The rest ran and crossed back to   the other s...
EAST AFRICA: Kenya, Uganda scramble  to clear Malaba border crisis.

EAST AFRICA: Kenya, Uganda scramble to clear Malaba border crisis.

AFRICA, COVID-19, EAST AFRICA, KENYA, UGANDA
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 ...
EUROPE: Greece to open up Lock-down  in 2 weeks, but not to the UK.

EUROPE: Greece to open up Lock-down in 2 weeks, but not to the UK.

COVID-19
Greece is to open up to tourists from 29 countries in two weeks - but not those travelling from the UK. Tourists from EU countries including Germany, Austria, Denmark and Finland will be able to visit from 15 June, the tourism ministry said in a statement on Friday. But some of the world's worst-affected countries - including the UK, France, Italy and Spain - are not on the list. More countries could be added before 1 July, the ministry added. Only airports in Athens and Thessaloniki will open on 15 June. Tourists from 16 EU countries will be allowed into the country, including the Czech Republic, Baltic countries, Cyprus and Malta. Other countries include China, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, Israel and Lebanon. Some visitors could be tested for Covid-19 on...
AFRICA: June 1 school reopening guidelines issued

AFRICA: June 1 school reopening guidelines issued

AFRICA, EDUCATION, TANZANIA
The Ministry of Health has issued a set of rules to guide the safe reopening of academic institutions across the country – schools academies and universities. The resumption takes effect on Monday June 1. School leadership, academies and educational institutions should encourage students, teachers and their staff to wear cloth face masks when they return, a May 28 statement read in part. Authorities are to ensure soap and water handwashing stations as well as adequate supplies of other sanitation supplies as towels and toiletries. Spacing is another requirement that they are tasked to implement. Students with signs of the virus must be tested whiles those that have contracted it must stay away till their situation improves. Universities that were used as quarantine centers are to...
UGANDA: Banks to close at 2pm to allow staff beat curfew

UGANDA: Banks to close at 2pm to allow staff beat curfew

AFRICA, UGANDA
Several commercial banks have announced that they will revise their time of closure to allow staff enough time to get home so as not to be caught by the 7pm curfew. While some banks have not yet indicated that they will shift from the 3pm closing time, at least two banks have sent messages to their customers saying they will be closing at 2pm. All say their branches remain closed on weekends. Diamond Trust Bank (DTB) said in a text to customers on Wednesday that, “We will be closing our branches at 2pm effective today to manage the government curfew time. Apologies for any inconveniences.” The Kololo-headquartered Orient bank also informed its customers that it would open at 9am and close at 2pm for mostly city-based branches. The bank spokesperson Mr Emmanuel Njuki said the rati...
AFRICA: After international flights ban, Tanzania moves to lift ban on hotels, companies and schools

AFRICA: After international flights ban, Tanzania moves to lift ban on hotels, companies and schools

AFRICA, COVID-19, TANZANIA
DODOMA – Tanzania’s President John Magufuli has announced lift on the ban on Dar es Salaam’s schools, hotels and companies after his announcement that coronavirus patients have significantly reduced in the country. Addressing the nation in Dodoma, Magufuli mentioned that it’s not wise to restrict economic activities whereas Hospitals within the country have discharged almost all coronavirus patients after they tested negative for the deadly virus. “The Almighty God has answered our prayers. I call upon anybody who has been touched by this crisis to utilize Friday, Saturday and Sunday and give thanks to God,” said Magufuli. Last week, Tanzania reopened its airspace to both scheduled and non-scheduled international flights following its closure last month in the wake of the COVID-1...
UGANDA: Police warns private car drivers prior there return on the road on Tuesday.

UGANDA: Police warns private car drivers prior there return on the road on Tuesday.

AFRICA, COVID-19, UGANDA
KAMPALA – Police Spokesperson CP Fred Enanga has advised private car drivers to continue respecting the presidential directives especially on curfew. In his 14th address, President Museveni said private cars will be allowed back on the road with effect from May 26 as government starts fo lift the lock down. While addressing the press on Monday, Enanga said drivers who defy the presidential directives will be arrested and their vehicles impounded. “All the vehicles must observe curfew time. Whoever will go past 7pm, the vehicle will be impounded and occupants arrested, taken to court and charged with disobeying the presidential directive,” he said. Enanga further added that the drivers should wear masks with their two occupants. By Monday, May 25, the country’s total registe...