Saturday 24 June 2017
(New Vision 06/03/13)
Uganda has pledged to work with Ethiopia to undertake major projects in various sectors of the economy to lift millions of citizens of the two countries out of poverty. The state minister for Regional Corporation, Asuman Kiyingi, said that Uganda plans to enter into a number of bilateral agreements with Ethiopia to enhance partnerships between the two countries in areas of education, agriculture, health, power generation, tourism, water and environment among others. Speaking during celebrations to mark the Ethiopian National Day at Sheraton hotel in Kampala, Kiyingi said "We are going to sign several bilateral agreements with Ethiopia to undertake joint projects aimed at lifting people out of poverty". The bilateral agreements, the minister said would help the two countries...
(Voice of America 06/03/13)
Japan will provide $1 billion in aid over the next five years to northern Africa for economic development and humanitarian efforts, including help with security and counter-terrorism measures. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced the assistance Sunday, on the second day of the three-day Tokyo International Conference on African Development, being held in Yokohama, south of the capital city. The money is part of the $32 billion in government and private-sector aid Abe announced on Saturday. Abe says the investment of public and private funds over the next five years is aimed at helping growth on the continent and encouraging Japanese companies to invest there. The prime minister began targeting Africa for investment opportunities shortly after taking office last year...
(New Vision 06/01/13)
KAMPALA - Uganda's year-on-year inflation rate rose to 3.6 percent in the year to May from 3.4 percent a month earlier, official data showed on Friday. Core inflation, which excludes food crops, fuel, electricity and metered water, dropped to 5.6 percent from 5.8 percent in April, the Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS) said, leaving it above the bank's medium target of 5 percent. The overall rate of inflation has been low in recent months, but underlying inflation has been above target since February, pointing to a continuation of a cautious stance by policymakers. Uganda's central bank held its key interest rate in May at 12 percent for the fifth straight month, saying there were upside risks to rising inflation due...
(Daily Monitor 06/01/13)
In a bid to strengthen its footprint in the region, Air Uganda has acquired a new aircraft to ply the Entebbe-Kilimanjaro route. The flight number U7331 on Wednesday made its maiden flight to Kilimanjaro International Airport to an impressive water salute by the airport fire service. Recently, Air Uganda launched its operations in Somalia following signs of stability in the once war-torn country. The new 50—seater CRJ-200 acquired on a long-term lease from GECAS USA, will be the third CRJ-200 50—seater craft to serve Air Uganda routes and the new planned routes. This acquisition is part of the Airline’s growth plan to increase capacity and to widen its network. “Air Uganda operated flights to Kilimanjaro in the past, which were...
(New Vision 06/01/13)
It is 8:00am local time and Charles Sande is busy at Ggaba landing site near Kampala, attending to his clients from various parts of the city. As he sells firewood, new stock is ferried into what is probably the largest market for firewood on the shores of Lake Victoria. Sande confesses that vending firewood is his source of bread and butter, but he is worried that the trees that are being cut down for firewood or charcoal are not being replaced. He believes that the forests on the islands of Lake Victoria are getting depleted, but there is little he can do to arrest this state of affairs. “I do not know who should be blamed for destroying the forests,”...
(Voice of America 06/01/13)
The United States said progress has been made in combating terrorism across Africa, but that militant groups are still taking advantage of unrest, political instability, and weak governance in several areas of the continent. In an annual report to the U.S. Congress, the State Department said Thursday that counterterrorism efforts by U.S., European, and regional forces have "done much to roll back and contain the threat" of terrorism in Africa over the past year. But it said a series of revolutions, ethnic rebellions and military coups in the region have "complicated the terrorism picture" and presented militant groups with new opportunities to operate in the region. In Libya, it said terrorists were able to exploit the security vacuum, weak governance,...
(New Vision 05/31/13)
The Vice President, Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi, has said the NRM Government manifesto is to undertake uniform development across the country to move into a modern economy. He said the country is faced with many challenges and called upon leaders at all levels to work together in initiating and supporting programmes that will enable the people they lead increase on their income capacities. Ssekandi was on Tuesday speaking at Lira central market currently under construction after touring the multibillion shilling facility in Lira municipality. Ssekandi reiterated that the government is committed to the northern Uganda reconstruction programme to restore the social and economic infrastructure of the region to enable the region move at the same pace with the rest of the...
(New Vision 05/31/13)
Authorities in the western district of Kiruhura have arrested a 32-year-old man suspected of recruiting Ugandans into the Congolese M23 rebel group activities. According to the District Police Commander, Norman Musinga, the suspect Reuben Kamuhangi was arrested at Kyapa trading centre in Kiruhura district. Kamuhangi is a resident of Nyankumba cell, Sanga Sub County, Kiruhura district. Police said he was arrested as he was preparing to transport the six 6 ‘recruits’ to Democratic Republic of Congo after promising them a monthly pay of sh350, 000. The recruits are identified as Albert Muyambi, 24, of Bukanga in Isingiro district, a 19-year- old Livingstone Mafundo and Daniel Ntambara, 32, of Sembabule district. Others are Emmanuel Gumisiriza, 19, Katojo Marongo of Lwengo district,...
(Voice of America 05/31/13)
The managing director of Uganda’s Monitor Publications group says many citizens are reacting with bitterness despite a government’s directive, Thursday ordering the police to vacate the premises of the Monitor Publications and its related businesses. “I get the sense there [is] a lot of bitterness when you read the social media, when you talk to people, the way the people are reacting, what is going on in parliament, people are not happy…,” said Alex Asiimwe, managing director of the Monitor Publications. “They are asking what is happening, are we degenerating or what, is what everybody is asking.” His comments came after Internal Affairs Minister Hillary Onek, ordered police to immediately vacate the premises of Monitor Publication. Onek then urged the...
(The Wall Street Journal 05/31/13)
Securing Japan's economic recovery has been my priority since returning as the country's prime minister at the end of last year. We have made progress and, as this newspaper has observed, Japanese companies and individuals alike are starting to feel the benefits. The nature of the global economy, however, means that "Abenomics" cannot simply be a domestic endeavor, nor can it be about short-term gain. Japan's economic strength has been built on a cornerstone of cooperation and trade internationally, while our foreign policy is founded on the belief that peace and prosperity abroad contribute to peace and prosperity at home. This stance is also reflected in Japan's approach to global development challenges. On my first official visit to Myanmar this...
(China Daily 05/31/13)
Vice-premier calls on nations to set goals. The destiny of the African Union and African continent are intertwined, and China will closely work with the AU to further enhance the partnership, according to a high level Chinese official. Chinese President Xi Jinping's special representative and Vice-Premier Wang Yang said "a prosperous and strong AU makes a prosperous and strong African continent" when he met Dlamini Zuma, chairman of the AU Commission, on Saturday as celebrations to mark the 50th anniversary of the AU kicked off in the Ethiopian capital city. He said Africa and its people should use the anniversary as an opportunity to further stress and promote the spirit of pan-Africanism and reach a consensus on its renaissance mission,...
(Redpepper 05/31/13)
Members of Parliament under their umbrella organisation Friends of the Media say they are saddened by the conditions set by government to reopen the media houses. Government on Thursday reopened The Monitor and Pepper Publications ending 10 days of closure. Singling out the Daily Monitor, Theodore Ssekikubo, the MP Lwemiyaga County, describes the government conditions for re-opening as draconian saying if the Daily Monitor follows them, it would be rendered a toothless paper. Some of the condition spelt out by the outgoing Minister for Internal Affairs Hilary Onek today was that the Nation Media Group managers acknowledged that there had been violations of their editorial policy by their Reporters and Editors in Uganda. The Managers also undertook to tighten their...
(Redpepper 05/31/13)
Some Members of Parliament have described as disastrous a motion moved by President Yoweri Museveni urging African heads of state to cease being signatories to the International Criminal Court (ICC). The president, while at the African Union Summit in Addis Ababa early this week, proposed that African leaders should withhold from being signatories to the Rome Statute that establishes the ICC. Museveni said the ICC is targeting only African leaders and that there was a plot to detain Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta at The Hague when his trial for crimes against humanity starts on July 9 thereby moving a motion urging fellow heads of state to withdraw their membership from the ICC. The president proposed that African countries can solve...
(The Observer 05/31/13)
Sejusa does not want to salute grandchildren. In another scathing letter, Gen David Sejusa has repeated criticism of the army he helped mould and direct, as a member of the High Command. Sejusa, earlier wrote a now controversial letter demanding an investigation into an alleged assassination plot against officials opposed to perceived presidential ambitions by First Son Brig Muhoozi Kainerugaba. But now he says he is so fed up he wants to retire from the army. Sejusa claims he is largely a prisoner and also wants to avoid having to salute what he called “grandchildren,” who have been fast-tracked to command positions. “Retire us and spare us the humiliation of having to salute our grandchildren. Period,” Sejusa wrote, in the...
(24 Tanzania 05/30/13)
President Yoweri Museveni has held talks with his South Korean counterpart Park Geun-Hye at the presidential Blue House in Seoul. Museveni is in Seoul for a three-day visit is the first foreign head of state to visit South Korea for summit talks with Park since she took office in February. The President earlier met potential investors. He told that in spite of some bottle-necks, the rate of return on investment in Uganda is as high up as 25%. Accompanied by several ministers, Museveni urged the business community in South Korea to invest in Uganda stressing that the Ugandan economy has been growing at the rate of 5.3% annually and it is likely to grow to double digits now that the...
(Dw-World 05/30/13)
German Development Minister Dirk Niebel has begun a visit to Uganda and Rwanda where he is expected to assess the countries’ economic progress and visit German development projects. The performance of the Rwandan and Ugandan economies may be promising, but their respective human rights records still give cause for concern. German Development Minister Dirk Niebel is expected to respond by keeping German financial aid to the two countries on a tight rein. Restrictions already imposed on assistance to Rwanda may also be applied to Uganda. Niebel is set ot spend nearly a week in Rwanda and Uganda. Prior to his visit, Niebel's ministry announced that both countries had made major progress in development in recent years and had become engines...
(24 Tanzania 05/30/13)
Dairy farmers in the south-western region have received a sh21billion grant to boost milk production in the region. The funding from Agribusiness Initiative Trust (aBi Trust) is to be used to support 128 dairy farmers’ societies through Uganda Crane Creameries Cooperative Union (UCCCU) to implement a project dubbed cold chain. It will enable the societies to acquire items which include; 100 milk coolers, 100 generators, milk testing kits, laboratory kits, 1500 milk cans, 10 insulated milk tanks and 4 refrigerated trucks. The project was launched recently (on Thursday) at UCCCU’s milk processing factory which is under construction in Ruti in Mbarara municipality. Addressing representatives of dairy farmers, Henry Mutabazi the aBi Trust officer in-charge of dairy farming said the grant...
(The Star 05/30/13)
The 10-day siege that crippled activities in the offices of Uganda’s Daily Monitor and Red Pepper has today ended after police officers who have been conducting searches in the premises vacated the offices today. The vacation by police follows an order issued by outgoing Internal Affairs Minister Hillary Onek who directed the Daily Monitor, a sister company to Kenya’s Nation Media Group to be allowed to resume operations. Trouble started for the newspaper and three other media outlets, Red Pepper Publications, KFM and Dembe FM, after they ran stories of an alleged letter from Uganda’s director of Security Services General David Sesuja. In the letter, General Sesuja allegedly claimed that there is a conspiracy to groom Brigadere Muhoozi Keinerugaba to...
(Reuters (Eng) 05/30/13)
(Reuters) - Uganda's government lifted a ban on a newspaper and two radio stations on Thursday that it shut down for reports regarding ageing President Yoweri Museveni's succession, and said they had agreed to a range of restrictions. Police shut two newspapers and two radio stations on May 20 after they reported on a alleged plot to assassinate those opposed to Museveni's purported plan to hand power to his son. Allegations of such a plot were first mentioned by General David Sejusa, the head of internal security, in a private letter that was leaked to the Daily Monitor, Uganda's biggest-circulating independent daily. Internal Affairs Minister Hilary Onek said that senior managers at Kenya's Nation Media Group (NMG), which owns the...
( 05/30/13)
Africa has witnessed remarkable growth over the past decade but must invest heavily in infrastructure to continue on this path, leaders from the continent said. The economies of countries in sub-Saharan Africa grew annually by nearly 5% in the previous 10 years, the African Development Bank said at the five-day meeting being held in the Moroccan city of Marrakesh. But that "may not benefit a wider section of the population... unless there is a marked improvement in infrastructure," it said. Ibrahim Bocar Ba, commissioner for the Economic Community of West African States, said it was a key concern for the regional bloc. "We have five priorities at ECOWAS. The first is peace of course. But infrastructure comes straight after that"...

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