Sunday 28 May 2017
( 04/10/13)
The Africa Development Bank (AfDB) has launched a a multi-country and multi-partner project which seeks to increase food security and improve the income and living standards of small-holder farmers in the 20 African countries by improving the value chains of four important staple crops – maize, wheat, cassava and rice. The project targets to demonstrate by 2016, that it is possible to increase the yields of cassava, maize, rice and wheat by at least 20% on smallholders’ farms, increase the smallholder’s household cash income to $600 from the current $370 and increase food security by at least 20% to 84% from the present 73%. According to media statement from the implementing agency, International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), key stakeholders...
(BBC News Africa 04/08/13)
Bobby Williamson has been sacked as the coach of Uganda after last month's defeat in Liberia left the Cranes bottom of their 2014 World Cup qualifying group. The Scottish coach took over Uganda in August 2008 and despite winning the regional Cecafa Senior Challenge four times he failed to lead the Cranes to the Africa Cup of Nations finals. The Federation of Uganda Football Associations says he has lost his job in order to make 'technical changes.' Uganda's 2-0 loss to Liberia on 24 March in a World Cup qualifier leaves the Cranes at the bottom of Group J. They have two points from their three games so far and are three behind leaders Senegal, with only the group winners...
(Reuters (Eng) 04/03/13)
Uganda has suspended the hunt for fugitive warlord Joseph Kony and his Lord's Resistance Army fighters, blaming hostility towards foreign troops by Central African Republic rebels who seized power last month. Kony is wanted by the International Criminal Court for war crimes. He and his commanders are accused of abducting thousands of children to use as fighters in a rebel army that earned a reputation for chopping off limbs as a form of discipline. Uganda provides more than 3,000 troops of a 5,000-strong African Union force hunting Kony and his fighters, who are thought to be hiding in jungles straddling the borders of Central African Republic, South Sudan and Democratic Republic of Congo. A separate coalition of rebels in Central...
(In2 East Africa 04/02/13)
The classification is based on a criteria defined by the EAC standards and classifications of hotels, restaurants and other tourism facilities. The chairman of Uganda Hotel Owners Association (UHOA), Haji Ibrahim Muwanga Kibirige said the classification would help to enhance the standards and attract more tourists into the country. He was on Tuesday addressing a press conference at Kabira Country Club, Bukoto. Sam Balagadde was introduced as the new executive director of the association, replacing Ismail Ssekandi. The hotel industry is one of the fastest growing within the tourism sector but is still derailed by the fact that individuals operate individually Kibirige said cohesion among members will lead to collective and sustainable growth with internationally acceptable standards. By Nicholas Kajoba,...
(Reuters (Eng) 03/27/13)
Kenya's CIC Insurance plans to expand its business to South Sudan and Uganda this year after profits more than doubled last year due to a jump in underwriting and investment income, the firm said on Wednesday. The insurer, in which Co-operative Bank is the single largest shareholder, said it planned to create a subsidiary in South Sudan and acquire a 40 percent stake in Uganda Cooperative Savings and Credit Union. Insurance is viewed as a growth sector in the east Africa, because of low penetration rates, with less than 5 percent of the population having any form of insurance cover. CIC said regional expansion was one avenue for growth. Others the company said it was pursuing included "micro insurance", new...
(Reuters (Eng) 03/26/13)
"BRICS, Don't Carve Africa" reads a banner in a church hall in downtown Durban where civil society activists have gathered to cast a critical eye at a summit of five global emerging powers. The slogan evokes the 19th Century conference in Berlin where the predominant European colonial states carved up the African continent in a scramble historians see as epitomizing the brash exploitative capitalism of the time. Decades after Africans threw off the colonial yoke, it is the turn of the blossoming BRICS group of Brazil, Russia, China, India and South Africa to find their motives coming under scrutiny as they proclaim an altruistic-sounding "partnership for development, integration and industrialization" with Africa. Led by that giant of the emerging powers,...
(Reuters (Eng) 03/26/13)
President Barack Obama hosts the leaders of four African nations this week, all of which are cited in a new report for effectively increasing spending on agriculture to combat extreme poverty and hunger. The report by the ONE Campaign, an anti-poverty group co-founded by Irish rockers Bono and Bob Geldof, said Senegal, Malawi, Cape Verde and Sierra Leone either met or were close to meeting targets for increased budget spending on agriculture. All of the countries, except Cape Verde where there is little data, are also on track or close to meeting a U.N. target of halving extreme poverty by 2015, the report said. The African leaders will visit the White House on Thursday to showcase their fledgling democracies, but...
(Reuters (Eng) 03/26/13)
Uganda plans to keep its African Union-mandated troops hunting for Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) fighters in Central African Republic, it said on Tuesday, even after rebels seized power and threatened to expel all foreign forces. A coalition of rebels called Seleka took power on Sunday, sweeping into the capital Bangui in a lightning offensive in which they fought their way from the far north to the presidential palace in four days. Uganda has more than 3,000 troops that form the backbone of the AU force hunting Joseph Kony's LRA rebels roaming jungles that straddle the borders of Central African Republic, South Sudan and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). "There have been past threats from these (Seleka) rebels that all foreign...
(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...

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