| Africatime
Thursday 27 April 2017
(The New York Times 03/26/13)
BEIJING — As President Xi Jinping of China continues his first overseas trip as his country’s leader, arriving in South Africa late on Monday after Russia and Tanzania, he meets with much goodwill – but also some concern among Africans that China may be a “new colonial power,” extracting resources and selling manufactured goods, as I reported on Sunday. China knows it. In a speech in Tanzania, Mr. Xi sought to calm the concerns, as my colleagues Chris Buckley and Jeffrey Gettleman reported. “China frankly faces up to the new circumstances and new problems in Sino-African relations,” Mr. Xi told an audience of Tanzanian politicians and officials in Dar es Salaam, the country’s economic hub and a center of government,...
(The Observer 03/20/13)
The World Bank has said that investing in agribusiness could be one of the landmark solutions to the slow pace of Africa’s economic development. Although Africa has long viewed industrialization and technology as some kind of panacea, experts argue that for socio-economic transformation to take off in Africa, governments must put more effort in agribusiness. “The time has come for making African agriculture and agribusiness a catalyst for ending poverty,” said Makhtar Diop, the bank’s vice president for Africa, recently. Addressing African journalists via teleconference, Diop added: “We cannot overstate the importance of agriculture to Africa’s determination to maintain and boost its high growth rates, create more jobs, significantly reduce poverty, and grow enough cheap, nutritious food to feed its...
(The Observer 03/20/13)
Some NRM officials plan to use the 2015 delegates’ conference to challenge President Museveni’s near 30-year hold on the party leadership and later the presidency, The Observer has learnt. For the first time, insiders say, President Museveni will have to beat off credible challengers from within his own party to be elected the party’s presidential flag bearer in 2016 and probably extend his rule to 35 years. According to highly-placed sources, it will not be business as usual at Namboole stadium. Some members are determined to see the party chairmanship decided through the ballot. On previous occasions, Museveni has sailed through unopposed after perceived challengers withdrew at the last minute. Exploratory meetings, The Observer has learnt, are being held by...
(Allafrica 03/20/13)
US Ambassador Scott DeLisi says Uganda must reject temptations to seek quick gains from its oil industry. Speaking at the official launch of the US-funded Tourism for Biodiversity (T4B) programme at Budongo forest in Murchison Falls national park last week, DeLisi urged Uganda to base decisions for the sector on long-term goals. Initiatives such as oil drilling or the Ayago power project should not destroy the country's biodiversity, he said. "These are not easy issues and the temptation to seek 'quick wins' or short-term economic benefits has to be rejected in favour of carefully-considered and balanced long-term goals for development, resource protection, and preservation," DeLisi said. Failure to strike the right balance could also endanger, Uganda's young but fast-growing tourism...
(New Vision 03/20/13)
The Government is negotiating with Total E&P Uganda, to carry out more drilling in search of commercially-viable hydrocarbons in Nebbi district. The state minister for finance, Fred Jachan Omach explained that President Museveni met with Total officials to discuss the drilling of more wells in other prospective sites in the district. He added that the company is only waiting for their license to be renewed before they start to drill more wells. “The President last week met Total officials and we are happy they promised to come and carry more tests and drilling. So, I ask the people of Nebbi to pray hard so that they can find oil deposits ” Omach said He noted that the discovery of oil...
(New Vision 03/20/13)
The Government of Mauritius has promised to give jobs to Ugandan professionals in the sector of information and communication technology (ICT) as one of its initiatives for improving partnership with Uganda. Addressing a press conference with Ugandan trade minister Amelia Kyambadde at the Media Centre , the Mauritius minister for trade, commerce and consumer corporation, Cadel Sayed Hossen, said: “We will give employment to Ugandan IT professionals because we have a booming IT sector in Mauritius.” He, however, could not reveal the available number of opportunities, but promised to establish the exact figures to enable more Ugandans go for them. Sayed Hossen said his country has resolved to strengthen its partnership with Uganda as one of her key trading partners...
(Reuters (Eng) 03/14/13)
Catholics in Africa and Asia on Thursday greeted the election of Pope Francis from Argentina as a historic breakthrough that would pump the developing world's vital energy into a struggling Church and amplify the voice of the planet's poor. While there was disappointment that Pope Benedict's successor did not come from the African or Asian continents, Cardinal Jorge Bergoglio's Third World origins spurred hopes of a kindred spirit among Catholics from Manila to Maputo. Argentina, in Latin America's southern cone, is as far from Africa and Asia as Europe, the prime source of previous pontiffs. But these rapidly developing southern continents of the globe, where poverty still looms large, are now home to the world's fastest growing Catholic communities. African...
(Daily Monitor 03/14/13)
MPs are pushing for a commission of inquiry into the circumstances in which 10 people were reportedly killed by a soldier in Bombo. Days after yet another fatal shooting of civilians by a soldier, the Minister for Defence last evening promised stricter gun control to minimise the misuse of the weapons. “We are taking all the necessary steps to ensure strict gun control. In this respect, security agencies have been called upon to review discipline and control measures. We are considering instituting tight control on firearms,” Dr Crispus Kiyonga said yesterday. Responding to MPs’ concerns about the death of 10 people in Bombo Town Council one week ago and shootings at other military installations, Dr Kiyonga said the events were...
(Daily Monitor 03/14/13)
The two students caught cheating in an exam were convicted of forgery and impersonation and sent to jail for seven months. Other 31 students from Mulago School of Nursing have been told to redo their practical examinations. Two students have ended their career in nursing after the Bushenyi Chief Magistrate’s Court convicted them for their involvement in examination malpractice. Mr Godfrey Katende, the chairperson exam and security committee of the Uganda Nurses and Midwives Examinations Board (UNMEB), yesterday said the students had lost their chance and are not expected to enrol on any health profession under the board. “We don’t expect such students to graduate under UNMEB because they lack the core value of professionalism,” Mr Katende said. Seleusi Kambale,...
(Daily Monitor 03/14/13)
At first, farming seemed weird to her as she was into fashion and music but nevertheless, she gave it a try. It was perhaps the best decision she ever made. She told Christine Katende how she swaps high heels for gum boots. My name is Bettina Tumuhaise Kavuma. I am a music controller at KFM radio and I promote artistes. Besides that, I am a farmer who is undertaking different projects. I got involved in farming three years back after being inspired by a Facebook friend, Farid Karama, he is also into farming. The idea sounded weird when he introduced it to me. Being a person devoted to fashion, I imagined myself wearing high heels and heading to the farm...
(Inter Press Service (IPS) 03/08/13)
Refugees who early arrived in the morning from the Democratic Republic of Congo’s North Kivu region, crossing the border to the Nyakabande Transit Centre in search of a better life. Credit: Bastian Schnabel/IPS Refugees who early arrived in the morning from the Democratic Republic of Congo’s North Kivu region, crossing the border to the Nyakabande Transit Centre in search of a better life. Credit: Bastian Schnabel/IPS As dawn rises over Nyakabande, a village in southwestern Uganda, people line up in front of a reception tent, exhausted and carrying only the few belongings they could bring across the border. Most of them have walked for days after fleeing the various rebel groups operating in Democratic Republic of Congo’s North Kivu region,...
(Allafrica 03/08/13)
London — Is China's investment in Africa's forests a positive or a negative? It depends on who you ask, but a new forum aims to at least make the Africa-China timber trade more transparent and easier for African policy makers to understand and act on. The China-Africa Forest Governance Learning Platform, launched this week, will research China's impact and influence over decisions about Africa's forests. The forum, developed by the Forest Governance Learning Group, aims to help African policymakers and other experts better understand Africa's relationship with China, according to an International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) press release. China is now the top importer of timber from several African countries, mainly those in the Congo Basin, and as...
(New Vision 03/08/13)
KAMPALA - FDC party president Gen. Mugisha Muntu has apologised to all party members over the wrongs committed by the members of his campaign team during recent party presidential elections. Muntu, who appeared before the Truth Telling and Reconciliatory Commission mid this week at the party headquarters at Najjanankumbi, said he also used to get messages from individuals purporting to act on his behalf threatening other party members. “I own up to all the wrong that happened during the exercise,” Muntu said. He admitted for having had some errant individuals on his side but cannot establish their particular identities since it was a huge team. He said he was still trying to search for those unidentified people who were involved...
(New Vision 03/08/13)
Today is International Women’s Day; a day to celebrate women’s achievements throughout history and across nations. As the theme of this year’s day: Gender agenda gaining momentum; connecting grassroots women to Development suggests, there is a global momentum for championing women equality. But as we celebrate the achievements of women, we remain vigilant for further sustainable change. Maureen Nakatudde analyses the state of women entrepreneurs in Uganda and what can be done to improve it. There are only a few women in Uganda who have managed to create sizeable companies and industries that employ others today. In fact, the majority of women are running businesses whose foreseeable future does not exceed their infant stage, says Dr. Gudula Basaza, the chairperson,...
(New Vision 03/08/13)
Government has been asked to promote women’s economic empowerment by mobilizing them to participate in programs such as the National Agricultural Advisory Services (NAADS) and joining Savings and Credit cooperatives (SACCOs). This is one of the recommendations from the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development as Uganda joins the rest of the world to mark International women’s Day today. Given the low levels of education, most grassroots women are engaged in low-income jobs or are self- employed in the informal sector, the ministry said in a statement on Women’s day. “Studies have established that among secondary and tertiary graduates, those in wage employment are generally better off than those in self- employment, yet the share of women in wage...
( 02/27/13)
Kampala — Uganda and Kenya ranked first at the 10th Africa Fine Coffee and Exhibition held in Kampala recently. Uganda took the first position for Robusta Coffee while her Kenyan Counterpart grabbed both the first and second position for the best Arabica Coffee in Africa beating Africa's largest producer Ethiopia. The coffee that was proved basing on scientific characteristics including Aroma and Taste among others beat more than 10 other coffee producing countries including Ethiopia in Africa. According to the Executive Director Uganda Fine Coffee, Samuel Kamau, Uganda has made significant progress in its coffee especially Robusta given the favorable climate and the good soils. "The taste and aroma of Ugandan coffee was exceptional in terms of quality as compared...
(The Observer 02/27/13)
Chinese and Indian state banks are among the financial institutions the government has approached to invest in Uganda’s electricity sector, but commercial banks believe the country should also target private international funds. Eriasi Kiyemba, the managing director at the Uganda Electricity Transmission Company, told an investor summit at Sheraton hotel, organized by the American Chamber of Commerce in Uganda and Uganda Investment Authority, that “Exim Bank of India has been approached to take up Isimba power project.” Government already contracted a German firm, Fitchner, to undertake studies on the 100MW Isimba project. Isimba is the fourth largest planned hydro power project in Uganda. Kiyemba also said that Exim Bank of China has “shown interest in funding some power projects” –...
(The Observer 02/27/13)
Having achieved what the greatest army on earth – the US – could not in Somalia, by establishing a semblance of order in the hitherto volatile country, the Ugandan army could now be headed for an equally challenging mission in Mali, according to our sources. Uganda plans to contribute troops to the African Union mission that is fighting against extremist rebels in the West African state of Mali, The Observer has learnt. The mission was sanctioned by the UN Security Council on December 20, 2012, through Resolution 2085, which “authorises the deployment of an African-led International Support Mission in Mali (AFISMA) for an initial period of one year.” Without confirming the deployment, the minister of state for Foreign Affairs, Henry...
(The Observer 02/27/13)
Last Thursday’s remarks by the US ambassador to Uganda at the closure of an investment meeting of the US chamber of commerce in Kampala sent strong ripples across Uganda’s political breadth. Ambassador Scot DeLisi had noted in his speech that although Uganda was a paragon of economic potential to investors, the confidence in its prospects could be undermined by prevailing rampant graft on the part of bureaucrats who engage in stealing valuable donor funds meant for development. He observed that the endemic corruption was due to weak governance in the country. This touched off wild excitement within a number of political circles who speedily spread the wonderful news that the government had at last fallen foul of the US authorities...
(The Observer 02/27/13)
Set in beautifully manicured grounds of what was once a palace of a legendary king in the 17th century, is the Igongo cultural centre. This centre is a hub of the rich Ankole-Kikiga heritage in a modern-day setting. Located in Biharwe, 12km to Mbarara town, the centre boasts of a museum, restaurant and a book and crafts centre, dealing mainly in historical literature for the region. A country hotel is yet to be opened later this year to make the centre a one-stop point. Of all the above facilities, however, the main attraction is the museum (Eriijukiro) of South Western Uganda. I had to part with Shs 5,000 to get access to the museum. A gush of cool air welcomed...

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