Sunday 25 June 2017
(AFP (eng) 06/04/17)
Derrick Nsibambi bagged a brace as Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) of Uganda beat Rivers United of Nigeria 2-1 on Saturday in a CAF Confederation Cup clash. The win lifted the first Ugandan club to qualify for a CAF group stage to six points, behind Group A leaders and former title-holders FUS Rabat of Morocco on goal difference. FUS fought back at home to defeat Club Africain of Tunisia 2-1 with the winner from Ayoub Skouma coming four minutes into stoppage time. Nsibambi, who notched the first goal in a home victory over Club Africain last month, struck after 16 minutes against Rivers, beating goalkeeper Sunday Rotimi from close range. Woeful defending allowed Rivers to level on 33 minutes as...
(The Observer 06/02/17)
After months of poring over budgets of ministries and government departments, parliament on Wednesday passed the country's Shs 29 trillion budget, with huge cuts from each sector. Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) is projected to collect Shs 16.6 trillion in domestic revenue, with the rest of the money coming from borrowing and donations. The ministry of Works and Transport got the lion's share of Shs 4.6 trillion; Energy, Shs 2.3 trillion; Education, Shs 2.34 trillion; Health Shs 1.8 trillion, and Shs 1.44 trillion went to public sector management. Agriculture will receive Shs 863 billion; Shs 595 billion went to Water and Environment, Shs 98 billion to the tourism sector and Shs 536 billion for public administration. A fully packed House endorsed...
(The East African 06/02/17)
The growing refugee crisis in Uganda has prompted a visit by UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres to Kampala on June 22-23, for a fundraising event to get the international donor community - which is already inundated with several other humanitarian requests - to raise $8 billion. Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda says the $8 billion is required over a four-year period so that Uganda can relieve pressure that the refugee influx is putting upon the economy, infrastructure and the environment. With 5.5 million Syrian refugees in need of assistance and a famine affecting 20 million people in Somalia, South Sudan, Kenya, Nigeria and Ethiopia, the international community already has its hands full. But Rosa Malango, the UN resident co-ordinator in...
(Xinhuanet 06/02/17)
Fifty-four African Union member states will convene the 5th Continental Conference of Solidarity with Cuba in the Namibian capital from June 5-7, said an Naminian official on Thursday. The Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of International relations and Cooperation, Selma Ashipala-Musavyi, said the aim of hosting the conference in Namibia is to intensify solidarity and to strengthen bounds of friendship between the people of Cuba and the progressive peoples throughout the African Continent. Namibia's President Hage Geingob will open and address the conference, which will run under the theme, "Intensifying Solidarity and continuing the legacy of Fidel and Che". The conference, which will also be attended by a Cuban delegation, will also recognize the important work done in support of...
(AFP (eng) 06/01/17)
China on Thursday rejected allegations that two of its diplomats working in Uganda were involved in the trafficking of ivory from the African country. The Chinese embassy officials are suspected of helping move ivory from the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Central African Republic and South Sudan, using Uganda as a transit point, Ali Munira, a spokeswoman for Uganda's top anti-corruption body, told AFP this week. Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has ordered a probe into possible collusion between the country's wildlife agency and the diplomats, Munira said. But China dismissed reports of the allegations as "totally unfounded". "We have rigorous regulations and laws on governmental officials, embassy members
(AFP (eng) 06/01/17)
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has ordered an investigation into possible collusion between the country's wildlife agency and two Chinese diplomats in the trafficking of ivory. Poaching has risen sharply in recent years across Africa, fuelled by rising demand in Asia for ivory and rhino horn, coveted as a traditional medicine and a status symbol. Uganda is a major transit country for the illegal trade. The Chinese embassy officials are suspected of colluding in the movement of ivory from the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Central African Republic and South Sudan, using Uganda as a transit point
(The Observer 06/01/17)
Parliament yesterday, Wednesday passed a Shs 29-trillion budget for the financial year 2017/2018 after a prolonged debate. The House presided over by the deputy speaker Jacob Oulanyah managed to beat the deadline set by the Public Finance Act which requires legislators to have the budget approved by May 31. The new budget will see expenditures for the next financial increase by Shs 3 trillion from the Shs 26 trillion allocated in 2016/2017. The opposition had bitterly opposed the budgetary proposals especially plans to spend money on the oil roads in the absence of feasibility studies. The opposition with a minority report wanted government to a re-allocate Shs 705 billion budgeted for construction of 15 oil roads. The opposition said only...
(AFP (eng) 06/01/17)
One in five children born with a twin sibling in sub-Saharan Africa dies before the age of five -- three times the rate among singletons, said a study Thursday. Almost two-thirds die in the first month of life -- often succumbing to the after-effects of a difficult birth or entering the world too early or underweight, according to research published in The Lancet medical journal. And while rates of under-five deaths in the sub-Saharan African region have declined over two decades, the improvement has been much slower for twins than for single-borns. "Twins account for 10.7 percent of all under-five deaths and 15.1 percent of neonatal (newborn) deaths in the region and these percentages are increasing," the study said. "The...
(Voice of America 05/31/17)
Last year, Uganda's Ministry of Gender, Labor and Social Development worked with Parliament to enact and implement the Children Amendment Act, which prohibits corporal punishment in schools. Of 93 recommendations made by the Uganda Human Rights Commission, this is the only one that government departments have fully complied with in the past five years. "If there is no compliance and we keep on making the same recommendations and piling new ones and nothing is being done, that means the violations that we have assessed and recommendations we have made to address those violations are not implemented," said Katebalirwe Amooti
(Reuters (Eng) 05/31/17)
Cooks at a community kitchen in Kampala's Nakasero Hill business district are preparing a traditional breakfast of green bananas in offal sauce using a very untraditional means of cooking - volcanic rocks. It's a method that some are hoping will take off across Africa, to help protect forests and improve the lives of women. “Rocks for fuel is a reprieve to all women in Africa,” said Susan Bamugamire, one of the 55 cooks in the community kitchen set up by city authorities in the Wandegeya Market shopping mall to help feed local workers. “Save for the high cost of purchasing and installing it, the special cookstove is something every woman will crave to have in her kitchen,” she said, saying...
(Washington Post 05/31/17)
The old man’s house had become a camp for the displaced. In the back yard, groups of women boiled water for rice. Small children skittered across the dirt, running into the bedroom, where they careened around the long, skinny legs of Elijah Karama. “Because of the conditions, they are mine to take care of,” said Karama, 57, more tired than proud. By conditions, he meant Boko Haram’s destruction of vast areas of northeastern Nigeria, and the hunger crisis that has followed. This city of about 1 million has absorbed an additional 1 million people who fled the Islamist militants who burned their villages and kidnapped hundreds of children. In Maiduguri, the vast majority of the displaced aren’t living in U.N...
(Bloomberg 05/30/17)
Africa’s corn harvest this year is a tale of two extremes as worries about overflowing silos and rotting crops in the south contrast with the east where supermarkets are running short of the staple food. Zambia and South Africa are both predicting record output of the grain, while Zimbabwe may meet its domestic needs for the first time since it began seizing land from white farmers in 2000. Yet in East Africa, 17 million people may be facing hunger, and concerns about food shortages are driving up prices as governments scramble to secure imports. “It all comes down to weather,” said Wessel Lemmer, a senior agricultural economist at Barclays Africa Group Ltd.’s Absa unit in Johannesburg. “There’s usually an inverse...
(Reuters (Eng) 05/27/17)
Leaders of the Group of Seven wealthy nations met African heads of state on Saturday, the final day of their annual summit which has been marked by discord over climate change, but unity on tackling terrorism. Italy had hoped to make Africa the major focus of the annual G7 gathering, holding the discussions on the island of Sicily that has taken in hundreds of thousands of migrants over the past four years as they flee war and poverty back home. However, the two-day meeting got overshadowed by a suicide bombing in northern England on Monday that killed 22 people, and also got bogged down by lengthy discussions on the merit of free trade and the 2015 Paris Agreement to tackle...
(Reuters (Eng) 05/26/17)
Uganda and Tanzania signed an agreement on their proposed $3.55 billion crude export pipeline on Friday, a key milestone for the project which is expected to start pumping Ugandan oil to international markets in three years. An official at Uganda's Ministry of Energy told Reuters the agreement covered terms on tax incentives for the project, implementation timelines, the size of the pipeline and local content levels. Adewale Fayemi, the manager for Uganda at Total, said the project will become "the longest electrically heated crude oil pipeline in the world". "It's a record," he told Reuters, adding it will open a new phase of economic development in the region when completed. The pipeline will be heated so it can keep the...
(AFP (eng) 05/26/17)
Entertainment | France | film | festival | Cannes | Zambia | witchcraft Cannes, France | AFP | Friday 5/26/2017 - 14:01 UTC+3 | 615 words by Katy Lee Being accused of witchcraft is no laughing matter in Africa -- but movie director Rungano Nyoni decided a dose of humour was just what was needed to tackle a problem rampant in parts of the continent. Set in Zambia, the sharp satire "I Am Not A Witch" has premiered to strong reviews at the Cannes film festival, taking aim at the blatant sexism behind accusations that overwhelmingly target women. White tourists are seen gawping at women detained in a "witch camp" in the movie, taking pictures of them as if they're...
(Xinhuanet 05/24/17)
Entrepreneurs from East Africa on Tuesday called for increased investments in the power generation so as to develop a strong value-added manufacturing base in the region. Delegates participating in the second high-level East African Manufacturing Business Summit and Exhibition (EAMBS) held in Rwanda's capital city Kigali, said that heavy investments by both private and the public in the energy sector will enhance the production capacity of manufacturing industries in the region. Rwanda hosts the forum from May 23 to 25 dubbed; "Harnessing the Manufacturing Potential for Sustainable Economic Growth". It has brought together top executives in the manufacturing and agri-business sectors, policy and decision makers, as well as key financial institutions from Africa and beyond to dialogue and explore opportunities...
(Reuters (Eng) 05/24/17)
When U.S. President Donald Trump and other leaders of the world's seven major industrialized nations gather in Sicily on Friday, they will enjoy a spectacular view of the Mediterranean Sea, but won't get any glimpse of boats full of migrants. A common sight off Sicily in recent years, the authorities have banned all migrant landings on the island during the Group of Seven Summit for security reasons, telling rescue vessels that pick them up at sea to take them to the mainland during the two-day meeting. Out of sight does not mean out of mind. Italy chose to host the summit in Taormina, on the cliffs of eastern Sicily, to concentrate minds on Europe's migrant crisis and to seek ways...
(Daily Monitor 05/23/17)
Kampala — Uganda is to receive credit worth $240m (about Shs870b) from the World Bank after the financial institution officially lifted suspension of lending to Uganda. The suspension was done last year due to slow pace in absorption of borrowed funds by the government. Following the lifting of the suspension, the World Bank says Uganda will receive $40 million (about Shs145b is for the civil society to support the prevention of violence against women and girls. The second credit line is the Intergovernmental fiscal support transfer of $200m (about Shs725b) to support education and health projects in districts. Addressing a news conference yesterday at the Ministry of Finance headquarters about the World Bank's Open Day due to take place on...
(APA 05/23/17)
The world bank has lifted a suspension on lending to Uganda imposed 10 months back, reports said on Tuesday. The bank imposed the suspension in 2016 citing failure to kick start projects in time, poor absorptive capacity, corruption, mismanagement of projects, inability to do feasibility, social and environmental studies as well as human rights abuses in project areas among other reasons. However in a press conference with Uganda’s ministry of Finance officials in Kampala World Bank Country Manager, Christina Malmberg Calvo, said, two new projects will be presented to to the Bank's board for approval starting June. One of the project is aimed at supporting government and civil society effort in combating violence against
(Daily Monitor 05/23/17)
Kampala — Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) has told court that it has no financial capacity to pay more than Shs30 billion to its 1,045 former employees whose contract was terminated five years ago. The city authority officials have instead asked the central government to come to their rescue. "My lord, we seek for a short adjournment to meet with the Attorney General and request him to tell the central government to pay the former workers because KCCA currently has no financial capacity to do it," Mr Mike Okua, the KCCA director of legal affairs, told justice Lydia Mugambe during a court session recently. KCCA's declaration comes after a one year's consent judgment where the authority agreed to pay the...

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