Wednesday 18 April 2018
(Voice of America 07/05/13)
LONDON — A new satellite system was launched into orbit last week that aims to bring high-speed Internet to remote communities across the globe. Its backers say it could have a big impact in rural parts of Africa by speeding up economic and social development. Others argue the huge amounts of money, however, should be spent on more basic needs. Lift-off for the O3b - or "Other 3 Billion" - satellite system occurred last week in French Guiana. The system goes "live" later this year when eight satellites will enter a lower orbit to provide a faster connection. Its backers include Google and the Development Bank of Southern Africa, among others. Founder Greg Wyler said the "Other 3 Billion" are...
(The Wall Street Journal 07/04/13)
Hon. Amama MBABZI to join aviation industry leaders at Routes Africa in Kampala Taking place on Sunday 7(th) and Monday 8(th) July 2013 and open to all attending delegates, The Routes Africa Strategy Summit will open Routes Africa in Kampala. One of the highlights of the Summit will be a keynote address from Hon. Amama MBABAZI, the HON Right Prime Minister of Uganda who has recently confirmed that he will participate in the event. This year the seniority of delegates registered to attend Routes Africa has been very high and the event has seen high level registrations from all sectors of the industry, including airline and airport CEOs and Ministers of Tourism. Attendees of the summit will hear a welcome...
(New Vision 07/04/13)
As the hunt for more oil and gas fields continues within Murchison Falls National Game Park, Total E&P Uganda has adopted a new technology known as 3D Cableless Seismic Survey, which is friendly to the ecosystem and wildlife. The technology requires less manpower, less supporting vehicles and offers fast recording. “Total E&P has started engaging experts to ensure the best possible standards of implementation, in addition to complying with national regulatory requirements and internationally recognised best practices in all its operations,” Total E&P Uganda corporate affairs manager, Ahlem Friga-Noy, said. The experts are conducting a cableless 3D seismic survey in the oil fields within the Albertine Basin, located within Murchison Falls National Park to provide accurate images of the underground...
(New Vision 07/04/13)
Anthony Kalanzi, a resident of Portbell in Kampala lives in a land of surprises where nature keeps on giving him a source of livelihood. When the hefty catches of fish reduced, he abandoned fishing. It was no longer profitable enough to make him stay afloat. He tried dealing in firewood and charcoal, but this too has not given him the returns he expected. It costs a fortune in fuel for a motorised boat to move deep into the islands to get firewood and charcoal. So, Kalanzi has decided to dig the bed of Lake Victoria to extract sand, which he says is a lucrative business because the raw material is on demand because of the booming construction industry. A decade...
(New Vision 07/04/13)
Heads of States and delegations from 51 African countries with representatives of 35 other countries, several international and regional organisations met in Yokohama, Japan from June1-3 to hammer out a strategy on African development. At the end of the meeting, the Yokohama declaration and plan of action were issued, renewing Japan’s continued partnership to support African development. Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe was categorical, urging Japanese companies to re-draw their mental map of Africa. “Growth begins and lies in Africa. Time to invest in this continent is now. Africa will be the growth centre over the next couple of decades,” he stated. Abe says to drive Africa onto a faster trajectory; infrastructure development, education and employment must be prioritised. Economic...
(New Vision 07/04/13)
The interdicted principal accountant in the Office of the Prime minister convicted and sentenced to five years in jail, has filed a notice of appeal. Geoffrey Kazinda has notified Court of Appeal that he intends to challenge the conviction and the sentence. Isaac Walukagga, the lawyer who filed the appeal said the main appeal is yet to be filed pending the receipt of the judgment from the Anti- corruption court. A notice of appeal is a court document filed in court indicating that a convict intends to appeal against a court decision. Kazinda was last week convicted of abuse of office which attracts a jail term of seven years on the maximum, forgery and making documents without authority each of...
(New Vision 07/04/13)
Eight opposition leaders, including former Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) president, Kizza Besigye were Thursday charged with managing unlawful assemblies last year. The opposition leaders appeared before Buganda Road Chief Mmagistrate Olive Kazaarwe Mukwaya. They however, denied the charges. They accused include Mathias Mpuuga (MP Masaka Municipality), Ingrid Turinawe, (chairperson FDC women league), Asuman Basaalirwa (JEEMA party president), Muwanga Kivumbi (Butambala MP).Others include Francis Mwijukye (FDC youth mobiliser), Mubaraka Munyagwa (Kawempe Division mayor) and Chaapa Karuhanga (former presidential candidate). The opposition leaders have been charged with seven counts of managing unlawful society, being a member of unlawful society, allowing meetings to be held in different premises and uttering a speech calculated to encourage support of unlawful society. Mukwaya however released...
(Redpepper 07/04/13)
Government has declined requests for more time from companies seeking to procure the contract for establishing an oil pipeline, according to a Uganda ministry of Energy official. Yusuf Matovu Bukenya, the Head of Communication in the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development, told our reporter that the companies bidding for the construction of the estimated 320 kilometre pipeline asked for an extension of 60 days but government insisted that the exercise should be completed in 30 days. Bukenya said that as a result, the bids submission would close by end of July. In February, a total of 14 companies expressed interest to participate in the construction of the pipeline following a joint call by the Ugandan and Kenyan ministries of...
(Redpepper 07/04/13)
Members of Parliament on Wednesday tasked the Minister in charge of Presidency and Kampala City Affairs Frank Tumwebaze to elaborate on the issues concerning KCCA and the tribunal of three he set up. The tribunal was set up to hear a petition by councillors that questioned the competence of the sitting Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago. In the signed petition, the councillors also accuse Lukwago of abuse of office. This happened during the lying of papers, policy statements and ministerial statements by Ministers of different sectors in the country. MP Mathias Mpuuga for Masaka Municipality rose on a procedural matter saying that he was aware the Minister in charge of Kampala had made arrangements to present an instrument and attempting...
(New Vision 07/04/13)
President Yoweri Museveni has Wednesday commissioned the Kayunga Industrial Development Park LTD factory at Bukolooto in Kayunga district during which he witnessed the production of bar soap and the processing of cooking oil from ground nuts. The President said the factory was a starting point towards the launching of Industrial parks in the district, adding that this will help create employment for the people. The President who was touring Kayunga district on a fact finding mission to enable government solve increasing land wrangles made a stopover at Kayunga Town Council and called on the people to always stick to the truth and avoid violence in their efforts to settle disputes. President Museveni warned against giving false information to public officers...
(Redpepper 07/04/13)
The Clerk to Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) Benjamin Kamoga has today testified for the second time before the Tribunal hearing a petition by councillors that seeks to oust Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago. The councillors’ petition accuses the sitting mayor Lukwago of incompetence, abuse of Office, mismanagement and use of abusive words. The over 17 councillors raised their concerns in a petition directed to Minister in Charge of Presidency and Kampala Capital City Affairs Frank Tumwebaze. Kamoga told the tribunal that is chaired by Justice Catherine Bamugemereire that there is a competence gap and need for guidance in the plenary proceedings of the KCCA council basing on his technical experience in the Authority since 2004. He said the previously...
(Redpepper 07/04/13)
Rwanda is considering the asylum request by Bishop Jean Marie Runiga, the former Civilian leader of the M23 rebels in the Democratic Republic of Congo and his fighters. Runiga fled to Kigali in March this year with some of his troops after he was toppled from the rebel leadership by Colonel Sultan Makenga, the commander of the rebel forces. Sources in Kigali indicate that Bishop Jean Marie Runiga has denounced rebellion and formally applied for asylum in Rwanda. Seraphine Mukantabana, the Rwanda Disaster Preparedness and Refugee Affairs Minister, has confirmed the request by the former Congolese rebel leader for asylum. Mukantabana says that the National Refugee Council is set to scrutinize all the applications of the ex-M23 rebels who are...
(Redpepper 07/04/13)
Dr Kizza Besigye, the former Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) president along with eight other opposition politicians all subscribing to opposition pressure group For God and my Country (4GC) have this morning been charged with holding unlawful assemblies. The eight politicians appeared before Buganda Road Court Chief Magistrate Olive Kazaarwe, who later released them on a non cash bail of one million shillings. Their eight sureties were each bonded at a non cash bail of two million shillings.. They are expected to re-appear in Court on 17th September. The leaders included; Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago, MPs Hussein Kyanjo for Makindye West, Patrick Nsanja for Ntenjeru South, Roland Mugume for Rukungiri Municipality, Odo Tayebwa for Bushenyi Municipality, Ken Lukyamuzi for...
(The New Times 07/04/13)
Mushikiwabo was speaking yesterday in Kigali as a panelist at a national symposium that featured discussions about 50 years of Africa’s independence, Rwanda’s 19 years since the Liberation War, and the role of Africa’s unity in the economic development of the continent. Mushikiwabo said that Africans will have to end rampant corruption, insecurity, and reliance on too much of foreign intervention if they are to record better achievements in their freedom and economic status. “Colonialism has hampered our ability to think for ourselves,” the minister said as she highlighted some of the reasons behind the continent’s ills. She encouraged all Africans to strive to tell their own story if they are to succeed in developing themselves because the current situation...
(New Vision 07/04/13)
An earthquake and three tremors have shaken several parts of Uganda in the last 3 days. Lake Albert region was the epicentre of an earthquake whose tremors were felt as far off as Kampala Tuesday afternoon and Wednesday night. A tremor is an aftershock of an earthquake and usually passes without incident and can last for anything between a few seconds to several minutes.the epicentre was in the middle of Lake Albert. According to records at the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre (EMSC) and earthquake-report.com, the earthquakes took place at 1:22am today, an earlier one at 10:21pm on Wednesday, while the first happened on Tuesday afternoon. Ugandan seismologists are yet to give details. The 10:20pm tremor was measured at a magnitude of...
(BBC News Africa 07/04/13)
Poached ivory "disguised" as sun-dried fish has been seized in the Kenyan port city of Mombasa, officials say. The consignment of some 770 pieces, hacked out of elephants, had come from neighbouring Uganda and was destined for Malaysia, they added. The smugglers added fish to give off "a pungent smell intended to throw off sniffer dogs'', said Kenya Wildlife Service spokesman Paul Udoto. There is a huge demand for African ivory in Asia for use in ornaments. The Kenyan government banned trade in ivory in 1989, and levels of elephant poaching subsequently declined, but there has been a rise in the illegal practice in recent years. Mr Udoto said export documents showed that the ivory had come by vehicle from...
(New Vision 07/04/13)
Uganda Law Society has contested the idea of Justice Steven Kavuma acting as Chief Justice. The lawyers’ body instead asked President Yoweri Museveni to appoint a Chief Justice and the deputy from among the names already forwarded to him by the Judicial Service Commission. Addressing a press conference at their offices on Acacia Avenue in Kampala, the lawyers’ president, Ruth Sebatindira, said they are aware of a June 25 internal memo, which makes Kavuma the acting Chief Justice. However, Kavuma has also been the acting deputy Chief Justice. “The clear implication is that the same person is acting as head of two appellate courts; one of which is an appellate court for matters emanating from the other. As the legal...
(Daily Nation 07/03/13)
East Africa Community member states have removed duties on imported railway equipment to accelerate rail construction in the region. The exemption is contained in the East African Community (EAC) gazette notice published on June 30. “Any of the following goods, which are imported for use by an operator approved by a competent authority responsible for railways in Partner States and in such quantities as the commissioner may specify [are exempt]” reads the Gazette notice in part. These goods include wagons, coaches, traffic control instruments, construction and repair equipment as well as railway line signs. Tax exemptions on railway equipment come as a fulfilment of declarations made by Finance cabinet secretary Mr Henry Rotich in his budget speech last month. The...
(New Vision 07/03/13)
Telecom service providers this week raised the cost of transferring money, a move expected to be followed by the traditional providers including MoneyGram and Western Union. But despite the hike by the telecoms, a comparative look at the banking sector versus mobile money transfer and other transaction charges related to financial access indicates that banks still charge the highest fees for money transfers. The minimum charge for traditional transfers such as electronic funds transfers (EFTs) and Real Time Gross Settlement (RTGS) cost from sh2,000 to as high as sh20,000 charged by Housing Finance, according to information from Bank of Uganda. Also, the cost of withdrawing money using the automated teller machines (ATM) averages sh500, with the highest being Standard Chartered...
(Xinhuanet 07/03/13)
BEIJING, July 3 (Xinhua) -- Chinese Premier Li Keqiang said Wednesday that China is willing to work with Uganda to strengthen friendly cooperation between the two countries. Li, also a member of the Standing Committee of the Political Bureau of the Communist Party of China (CPC) Central Committee, made the remarks during a meeting with Uganda's Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi at the Great Hall of the People in downtown Beijing. Li said China and Uganda enjoy a traditional friendship and sound development in bilateral relations. He noted that Chinese President Xi Jinping and Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni reached new agreements regarding developing bilateral ties during the fifth summit of the BRICS, which groups Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa...

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