Wednesday 28 June 2017
(Voice of America 05/27/13)
ADDIS ABABA — African leaders from the Great Lakes region met Sunday at the African Union summit in Addis Ababa to discuss progress bringing peace to the Democratic Republic of Congo. Security is high on the summit agenda, as is a proposal that could be a game-changer for the International Criminal Court case against Kenya’s president. Fresh from celebrations for the 50th anniversary of the founding of the organization that would become the African Union, African leaders got down to business Sunday to address the conflicts plaguing the continent. Members of the Great Lakes region met to discuss the progress of an agreement signed in February to end conflict in the eastern DRC. The agreement was signed by 11 countries...
(Daily Monitor 05/27/13)
Tourism players have asked the government to allocated enough money in the forthcoming budget to improve roads that link major tourism sites in order to spur the sector in the country. Speaking on the sidelines of a Tourism Forum in Kampala on Saturday, the Chairman Association of Uganda Tour Operators Mr Boniface Byamukama said the Kihihi-Buhoma-Katunguru, Kisoro-Rubuguri-Nkolongo roads in South Western Uganda and Wobulenzi-Jinja should be improved to facilitate easy movement of tourists to tourism destinations. He also urged the government to increase the budget for tourism sector in the next financial year to enable them market Uganda as a top tourism destination on the African continent. “We are looking towards government increasing funding allocated to the tourism sector to...
(Redpepper 05/27/13)
The Uganda Human Rights Network for Journalists (HRNJ-U) is giving government an ultimatum of up to Wednesday to re-open the closed media houses. The closure of Monitor and Red Pepper Publications entered its seventh day on Monday as police continue to occupy them under the pretext of looking for a letter written by General David Sejusa, the Coordinator of Intelligence Services. KFM and Dembe, two radio station owned by the Nation Media Group, the mother company that owns Daily Monitor, also remain closed. Sejusa, in his letter whose contents were first published by Daily Monitor on May 7th, alleges a plan by President Yoweri Museveni to eliminate people opposed to his son’s rise to the presidency. The first son, Brigadier...
(New Vision 05/27/13)
A total of 438 girls from seven districts in eastern Uganda were defiled between January and March 2013. Ten of the victims were defiled by men living with HIV/AIDS. The Police report on the defilement covers Mbale, Kapchorwa, Bukwo, Kween, Bududa, Manafwa and Sironko districts. Dr. Barnabas Rubanza, the eastern regional Police surgeon, in an interview last week said five out of the 10 children defiled by men infected with HIV/AIDS, could not access post-exposure prophylaxis (PEP), because they lived in areas far from a medical facility. PEP is medical attention offered to victims that are defiled or raped by men suspected to be infected with HIV/AIDS to try to suppress chances of the virus multiplying in the body of...
(Amnesty International 05/25/13)
The Ugandan authorities must end an attack on freedom of expression that has left several media outlets shut by security forces for a fifth day, Amnesty International said today after several activists were arrested for protesting against the crackdown. Armed police closed two newspapers and two radio stations on 20 May, after they reported on an alleged government plot to assassinate politicians opposed to President Yoweri Museveni’s son taking over when his father steps down. Riot police arrested five human rights activists yesterday for protesting against the closure of the Daily Monitor, the Kampala-based newspaper that first published the story earlier in May. "The Ugandan authorities' desperation to control an uncomfortable political story has exposed their disregard for freedom of...
(The Associated Press 05/25/13)
Dozens of African leaders met in the Ethiopian capital Saturday to mark 50 years since the founding of the African Union, a continentwide organization that helped liberate Africa from colonial masters and which now is trying to stay relevant on a continent regularly troubled by conflict. Opening the summit that was attended by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and other foreign dignitaries, Ethiopian Prime Minister Hailemariam Desalegn said the AU's original pan-Africanist aspirations remain relevant for a continent where many states are still struggling to overcome rampant poverty and violence. "This historic day marks not only a great leap forward in the Pan-Africanist quest for freedom, independence and unity but also the beginning of our collective endeavor for the...
(Xinhuanet 05/24/13)
KAMPALA, May 24 (Xinhua) -- UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon and World Bank President Jim Yong Kim on Friday started a one-day trip to Uganda in which they will meet the country's President Yoweri Museveni to discuss the ongoing peace process in troubled Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The visit is seen as support of a recent landmark peace, security and cooperation framework for the DRC, a central African country that has faced decades of war. The "Peace, Security and Cooperation Framework for the DRC and the region" was signed in February by 11 African nations to end conflict in DRC and bring peace to the Great Lakes region. "This comprehensive new approach gives the DRC and the Great...
(New Vision 05/24/13)
President Yoweri Museveni has called on the Japanese government to partner with Uganda and investment in priority areas such as electricity; roads and agro processing of raw materials especially shear butter in northern Uganda to spur economic development. In a meeting he held with the Japanese ambassador to Uganda H.E. Kazuo Minagawa at State House in Entebbe in which they discussed various bilateral issues between the two countries, they highlighted other priority areas as the construction of the Atiak - Nimule boarder road connecting Uganda to Southern Sudan, building of flyovers in Kampala City and Ayago Dam construction. 'What I am interested in, is to see that the Japanese processors are linked up with our people here and start the...
(Daily Monitor 05/24/13)
President Museveni has urged the Japanese government to partner with Uganda and invest in priority sectors such as electricity, roads and agro-processing of raw materials to spur economic development. A statement released after Mr Museveni met the Japanese ambassador, Mr Kazuo Minagawa, quotes him directly making reference to shear butter in northern Uganda. ''What I am interested in is to see that the Japanese processors are linked up with our people here and start the processing of the sheer butter oil in northern Uganda (Lira) where there is already a well-established government factory,'' Mr Museveni was quoted by the statement. The construction of the Atiak-Nimule boarder road connecting Uganda to Southern Sudan, building of flyovers in Kampala City and the...
(Daily Monitor 05/24/13)
President Museveni Friday made changes both in the Cabinet and army, with a number of major figures like Pius Bigirimana and Aronda Nyakairima being given different appointments. Whereas Permanent Secretary Bigirimana has been transferred from the Office of the Prime Minister to the ministry of Gender and Social Development, Gen Nyakairima becomes Minister of Internal Affairs, leaving his previous post of Chief of Defence Forces and has been replaced by Katumba Wamala, who has been promoted to a four-star general. Mr Bigirimana will be replaced by Ms Christine Guwatudde Kintu, who has been Ministry of Gender PS, according to a press release from State house. In other changes, Luweero State Minister Rosemary Namayanja gets the Information docket to replace Ms...
(Voice of America 05/24/13)
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has replaced his army chief amid tensions with the military over an alleged plan to install his son as successor. General Aronda Nyakarima was moved to the civilian post of internal affairs minister, while General Katumba Wamala was named new head of the army. Nyakarima was one of the generals listed in a leaked memo as opposing Museveni's alleged plan to have his son, Muhoozi Kainerugaba, succeed him as president. The Ugandan government has denied there is a succession plan for Museveni, who is in his late sixties and has ruled Uganda since 1986. Two Ugandan newspapers that published reports about the memo, written by another general, were shut down by authorities this week as police...
(The Economist 05/24/13)
East Africa is in danger of throwing away part of its new-found oil wealth. IN MARCH last year the heads of state of Kenya, Ethiopia and South Sudan met among mangroves in Lamu, a Kenyan town on the Indian Ocean, to launch the construction of a port and oil pipeline together costing $16 billion that would serve all their countries and vastly enrich them. Taxpayers were billed $350,000 for the celebratory meal, according to local officials, though it actually cost only $4,000. So far, so profitable. But little has happened since. Plans to build the pipeline have stalled. The absence of the Ugandan president, Yoweri Museveni, at the launch was the first clue that all was not well. Uganda recently...
(Africa Review 05/24/13)
The African Union (AU) Executive Council composed of African foreign affairs ministers, has endorsed Uganda's minister for Foreign Affairs Sam Kutesa's candidacy for presidency of the UN General Assembly for the 2014-2015 period. In a statement issued in Kampala Friday, Uganda's ministry of foreign affairs said the Council endorsed Kutesa following a decision by Cameroon to withdraw its candidate, Pierre Moukoko, in favour of Uganda's. The statement said Moukoko withdrew his candidature based on the need to further promote the friendly relations existing between the two countries, as well as maintaining African solidarity regarding international posts and positions. Africa says it is its turn to provide the next President of the General Assembly (the 69th Session) based on the principle...
(The Independent 05/24/13)
Uganda has selected IBM and Water fund to bench mark infrastructural development in the water sector in an agreement signed between the ministry of water and environment and Waterfund and IBM on May 23. This agreement makes Uganda the first African country to become a member of the pioneering water cost index and IBM and Waterfund the calculation agents. These two agents will help the Ministry of Water and Environment calculate the cost of producing water in Uganda which will reflect in the estimated water production costs measured in US dollars per cubic meter and be published as part of the Rickards Real Cost Water Index, to be updated monthly. Waterfund LLC and IBM today announced that they have signed...
(Daily Monitor 05/24/13)
KAMPALA. Lawyers have asked government to immediately and unconditionally permit media houses that were closed early this week to resume their operations. The Uganda Law Society (ULS) said there is need to ensure that the Police Force and all other State actors observe the rule of law "even when they are carrying out their respective cardinal responsibilities". “We therefore urge the Uganda Police Force, the Uganda Communications Commission and indeed the government to observe not only the letter but also the spirit of the law in all situations. In a free and democratic society, it cannot be reasonable conduct to put hundreds of people out of work for an unknown duration without legal authorisation simply on account of the search...
(New Vision 05/23/13)
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) will support a study to ascertain the extent of tax revenue missed through exemptions to investments in the country. Ana Lucia Coronel, the IMF senior resident representative in Uganda, said the institution hopes to use the study which will be concluded in the next nine months to encourage the Government to gradually reduce exemptions and widen the tax base. “More needs to be done to collect revenue. How much is the gap that they are not collecting-we have this suspicion that it comes from exemptions,” said Coronel. Uganda’s tax to GDP ratio is the lowest in the region, at about 12.5%, compared to even smaller economies such as Burundi and Rwanda. Kenya’s tax to GDP...
(In2 East Africa 05/23/13)
Parliament has suspended funding for the Presidential Initiative on Banana Industrial Development (PIBID) over accountability queries. In the report to the budget committee last week, the finance committee observed that despite continuous funding now amounting to sh50b to the project since 2005, the original plan of having a state-of-the art community based banana processing industry at Bushenyi operating through a technical business incubator is far from becoming a reality. “The committee noted with great concern when PIBID executive director, Dr. Florence Muranga, informed the committee that she only reports to the President and not the line minister through which the project funds are appropriated. The executive director further informed the committee that she is not accountable to Parliament,” states the...
(New Vision 05/23/13)
Tourism minister Maria Mutagamba has urged the new Uganda Tourism Board (UTB) to find alternative funding methods to promote Uganda as an attractive tourism destination. Mutagamba noted that the new board comes at a time when government funding to the sector is low. “UTB is inadequately funded. The budget for 2012/13 was reduced from sh2.0b to sh1.4b. Comparing the strategic plan funding requirement for 2012/13 of sh19.2b, the board has a funding gap of sh17b this year,” she observed. This was during the inauguration of the new board at the UTB offices at in Kampala. The minister advised the board to consider exploring the implemention of the tourism development levy provided for under the Uganda Tourism Act 2008. “The delay...
(Redpepper 05/23/13)
The International Federation of Journalists (IFJ) on Wednesday vigorously condemned the clamp down on the media in Uganda. According to the Uganda Journalists Union (UJU), police on 20 May, besieged two privately owned newspapers and cut off two radio stations from the air in the capital city, Kampala.Gabriel Baglo, IFJ Africa Director. “This is a real affront on media freedom. Uganda is definitely becoming a country where press freedom abuses and violations are widely perpetrated by the police with total impunity. This must stop mmediately,” said Gabriel Baglo, IFJ Africa Director. According to the UJU, heavily armed policemen on 20 May surrounded the “Daily Monitor” newspaper offices in Kampala, which is owned by Monitor Publications and besieged the premises allowing...
(Redpepper 05/23/13)
The European Union has has become the latest body to condemn the actions of Police in shutting down media houses like the Red Pepper and Daily Monitor including radios Dembe and KFM on Monday over the General David Sejjusa letter. In a statement issued Thursday, the EU delegation in Uganda expressed concern over the actions of police saying “the EU Delegation is deeply concerned about respect for freedom of expression and freedom of the press. A free, independent and vibrant press is essential to a democratic society.” On Monday, the Police raided the offices of Red Pepper, Namanve and the Daily Monitor in Namuwongo in search of a letter first published by the Daily Monitor. The letter was alleged authored...

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