Friday 17 November 2017
(Voice of America 06/20/13)
JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN — South Sudan and Uganda have agreed to step up security patrols on their common border and on the highway linking Juba to Kampala after a spate of attacks against motorists, officials said Wednesday. “They agreed to proceed to enforce the deployment of more security forces to provide security on the border areas," South Sudan police spokesman James Monday Enocka said. "They agreed also to enforce partnerships, especially in community policing, with citizens in the two border areas.... and to liaise on issues relating to citizens of the two countries," he said. The border area between South Sudan and Uganda is currently patrolled by only a few hundred South Sudanese officers. Enocka did not disclose how many...
(Ventures-Africa 06/20/13)
VENTURES AFRICA – Dr. Donald Kaberuka, President of the African Development Bank (AfDB), and Prof. David Malone, Rector of United Nations University (UNU), have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to foster research and knowledge exchange on sustainable development in Africa. According to an official statement, the MOU was signed on June 5 after the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD V), which held in Yokohama, Japan, from June 1-3. The AfDB-UNU partnership aims to strengthen collaboration between Japan and African countries to strengthen Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) in Africa. The AfDB and UNU will contribute to the establishment of a joint Africa–Asia strategic plan for sustainable development and a joint program of activities for capacity building in...
(The Observer 06/19/13)
A breakfast meeting between Finance minister Maria Kiwanuka and private sector players reignited debate over who ‘eats’ the taxpayers’ money that is allocated in every budget. The Observer has learnt that during the June 14 meeting, private sector businessmen asked the minister to explain why government keeps postponing major projects yet in most cases the money to complete such projects has been released. A source from the private sector, who attended this meeting, told us that Kiwanuka said one of the challenges in her ministry was to monitor the money to ensure it was not diverted. Kiwanuka had called private sector actors for a meeting at the ministry of Finance headquarters shortly after she read a “tax-loaded” budget, which many...
(Redpepper 06/19/13)
The Anti-Corruption Court in Kololo has found the former Principal Accountant in the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) Geoffrey Kazinda guilty.Kazinda appears contrite and begs for forgiveness in court. Kazinda was found guilty on 29 counts including forgery of former OPM Permanent Secretary Pius Bigirmana’s signature, issuing documents without authority, abuse of office, and being in possession of government documents at his residence without authorization. Justice DavidWangutsi analyzed evidence from 15 witnesses provided by the prosecution to come to the guilty conviction. Wangutsi’s judgment was mostly influenced by evidence provided by three star witnesses that included Kazinda’s brother David Wamala, a handwriting expert Samuel Ezati, and current Gender Ministry PS Pius Bigirimana. The judge noted that the discovery of...
(New Vision 06/19/13)
The police in Mubende are hunting for eight prisoners, who escaped from Muyinayina prison. Mubende district police commander, Enock Abaine, said they had managed to re-arrest five prisoners, who had also escaped from the prison on Saturday. Abaine said that the incident occurred when the prison officials were taking 70 prisoners to fetch water from a well, on the prison farm. The well is about half a kilometer from the prison. "As they returned, 14 of the prisoners escaped and hid in the maize garden. The armed guards attempted to pursue them but failed. They decided to keep the majority who had remained behind," Abaine explained. He said the hunt for the escapees is still on, adding that with the...
(New Vision 06/19/13)
Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga and the leader of Opposition in Parliament Nandala Mafabi are to grace the long awaited Uganda-Nordics Business Expo slated for August this year in Stockholm, Sweden. The expo organised under the theme, "from aid to trade" is to help the Uganda business community engage in a trade partnership with Ugandans leaving in the Nordics countries. The chairman of the expo, Eddie Bazira, said Ugandans involved in small businesses and medium small entrepreneurs will share economic opportunities in Uganda and the Nordic region that can attract trade partnership and direct foreign investment across both regions. "Our aim is to create conditions for a preferential trade arrangement for Uganda and Nordic entrepreneurs in order to play a...
(BBC News Africa 06/19/13)
Renegade Ugandan army General David Sejusa has accused President Yoweri Museveni of creating a "political monarchy" to hang on to power. In his first interview since he fled to the UK last month, the four-star general told the BBC that Mr Museveni's plans should be opposed. Gen Sejusa fled after claiming that Mr Museveni was grooming his son Muhoozi Kainerugaba to succeed him. The government has repeatedly denied any such plan. Mr Museveni has been in power since 1986, and elections are due in 2016. 'Playing God' The security forces last month raided the offices of two newspapers which published a confidential letter by Gen Sejusa, calling for an investigation into allegations of a plot "to assassinate people who disagree...
(The Observer 06/19/13)
Gen Salim Saleh is to head a committee that will scrutunise retirements in the army. President Museveni last month took concrete steps to retire long-serving senior army officers, many of whom have tried but failed to leave the army before. The president and commander-in-chief appointed Gen Salim Saleh, his brother, to lead a committee that will scrutinise this issue and advise accordingly. Agitation for retirement amongst senior army officers came to the public domain when renegade Gen David Sejusa, aka Tinyefuza, last month sent an angry email to the press in which he claimed that many senior army officers are held in the UPDF against their will, partly to minimise the possibility of them joining opposition politics. Internally, however, similar...
(The Citizen 06/19/13)
Visiting South African Special Forces Commander, Brigade General Rudzani Maphwanya has held talks with the Chief of Defense Forces, General Edward Katumba Wamala. The meeting took place at the ministry of defense headquarters, at Mbuya in Kampala. Brigadier General Muhoozi Kainerugaba, the Commander Special Forces Command also attended. According to Capt. Edison Kwesiga, the spokesperson, Special Forces Command, the senior army officers extensively discussed regional security and military cooperation centering on Special Forces. Uganda and South Africa have a history of military cooperation that dates back to the struggle against Apartheid. The NRA (at the time) helped train ANC and PAC militants that were confronting the Apartheid system. Brig. Gen. Maphwanya is accompanied by officers from the Special Forces of...
(Daily Monitor 06/19/13)
Renegade spymaster David Sejusa, originally Tinyefuza, yesterday broke his silence about his alleged interest to lead Uganda, declaring that a “four-star general without ambitions must be in the wrong place”. In an interview at BBC London studio, aired on the Focus on Africa programme last evening, Gen Sejusa accused President Museveni of seeking a life presidency --- a “political monarchy”. “This project should be taken away from the son, really the son is a tiny factor; the central issue is a political monarchy; a life presidency and then transiting in a political monarch…,” he said. Asked if he would rule out an interest in becoming Uganda’s President, Sejusa quipped: “Why should I? I have no regrets for that. Seriously speaking,...
(Ipp media 06/19/13)
The Swedish government has pledged to support East African Community (EAC) projects and programmes that relate to integration and economic development. This was revealed in a press statement issued by EAC yesterday, whereas a delegation from Sweden made remarks during a dialogue at the bloc’s headquarters in Arusha. The dialogue between the two parties focused on the on-going institutional review, financing of the Community, trade and investment, the EAC Partnership Fund, negotiations for the Monetary Union Protocol, political federation, Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) negotiations and tripartite talks among Comesa, EAC and SADC as well as human rights issues in Partner States. The statement said the leader of the Swedish delegation and Sweden’s Ambassador to the United Republic of Tanzania and...
(Hrw 06/19/13)
On 15 June, Uganda’s president, Yoweri Museveni, joined the ‘10,000 Club’, a small coterie of world leaders who have held power for over 10,000 days – more than 27 years. In Africa, only Teodoro Obiang of Equatorial Guinea, Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe, and Jose Eduardo Dos Santos of Angola have remained in office longer. Museveni is not in good company: each controls abusive security forces, manipulates national laws to carry out unlawful actions, and uses various means to silence critics and concentrate power and wealth in the hands of a corrupt inner circle. President Museveni’s increasingly autocratic ways are often overlooked by Western powers that rely on his soldiers in the ongoing conflict in Somalia and in operations against the...
(New Vision 06/19/13)
Uganda's coffee exports rose 56 percent in the year to May, after farmers sold huge volumes to prevent further losses as prices for the bean tumbled, a source at the state-run Uganda Coffee Development Authority (UCDA) said on Wednesday. The UCDA source said Uganda exported 393,783-kg bags of coffee in May, up from 252,548 bags shipped in the same period last year. "Prices both at the international level and locally have been declining in recent months and I think farmers are not optimistic," said David Muwonge, marketing and production manager at National Union of Coffee Agribusinesses and Farm Enterprises (NUCAFE). "They're calculating they (prices) might continue dropping in the coming months so they decided to offload large volumes to limit...
(Voice of America 06/19/13)
Former Senator Russell Feingold has been named the U.S. special envoy to Africa's troubled Great Lakes region. U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, who announced the appointment Tuesday, said Feingold will work closely with U.N. envoy Mary Robinson to advance a U.N. framework for peace in the region. The eastern Democratic Republic of Congo has endured years of conflict and humanitarian crisis involving militia and rebel groups, some from neighboring Rwanda and Uganda. Kerry said that stabilizing the region and disbanding the preeminent rebel group M23 are high priorities for the Obama administration. "We are convinced that we have to help the parties find a path to a lasting peace, to a permanent cessation of hostilities, and to the disarmament...
(Voice of America 06/19/13)
WASHINGTON, DC — In June, Japan made a five-year commitment of $32 billion dollars in public and private funding to Africa. It will be used in areas prioritized as necessary for growth by the Fifth Tokyo International Conference on African Development (or TICAD). Japan’s new pledge is nearly four times larger than its last commitment to the group. The plan of action is ambitious. Japanese funds will help in a number of areas, including trade, infrastructure, private sector development, health and education, good governance and food production. Boosting agricultural production. TICAD wants African agriculture to grow by five percent a year and double the output of one crop that’s also a main food source and cultural symbol for Japan: rice...
(Business Daily 06/19/13)
More than a year ago oil discoveries were made in Turkana. Thereafter, there has been a flurry of exploration and drilling activities in all corners of Kenya, including the Indian Ocean. After a number of drillings in the Turkana area, the investors appear to have narrowed down their focus on the Lokichar basin where they continue to do more confirmatory and test drilling. It is after these drillings that it shall be known if the oil quantities are large enough to constitute “commercial” production. Many have asked me what “commercial” quantities entail. Commerciality is a relative term with many shades of meaning depending on investor expectations.Large, medium and smaller investors all have different thresholds for commercial development. However, it all...
(In2 East Africa 06/19/13)
East African Affairs ministers are meeting in Arusha, Tanzania the 18th Sectoral council of ministers. The 18-21 June meeting will be held through the sessions of senior officials; the co-ordination committee (Permanent Secretaries); and the ministerial session. The four-day meeting is expected to critically consider a report on the implementation of previous decision of the sectoral council of ministers responsible for EAC affairs and planning, a progress report on the status of implementation of the EAC Common Market, and a report of the 1st EAC Secretary General’s Forum among others. It also expected to consider a report on the study on equitable sharing of costs and benefits of EAC integration, a progress report on elimination of non-tariff barriers, a report...
(The Observer 06/18/13)
Health workers and police who have gone without salaries since March may have to wait a little longer Government tried and failed on Friday to muscle through Parliament a Shs 46.9bn supplementary budget, weeks after another Shs 555bn supplementary budget was narrowly approved by only 84 MPs during a night session that ended well beyond 10:30pm, on May 23. Junior Finance Minister Fred Omach presented the motion to Parliament seeking approval of Shs 46.9bn to cater for wage shortfalls in different government sectors, dating from March. In the new request, police got Shs 19.5bn to cater for outstanding electricity and water bills, feeding during operations, fuel, maintenance of vehicles, classified expenditure, inland travels and training. The ministry of Education and...
(New Vision 06/18/13)
In last week's reading of Uganda's National Budget 2013/2014, Finance minister Maria Kiwanuka fronted bold steps to widen the country's tax base. Ana Lucia Coronel, Uganda's IMF senior resident representative has offered a piece of advice in this regard; abandon tax incentives. Tax incentives are exemptions from paying tax, offered to woo players into a specified activity or industry-in Uganda's case, tax incentives are used to attract more foreign investors. "Right now, this (incentives) is not important. Uganda has a lot to offer. It has fertile land throughout the year. For people who want to invest, that is very good," she said. Speaking to a select group of African journalists in her office at Bank of Uganda last week, Coronel...
(The Observer 06/18/13)
Although Finance Minister Maria Kiwanuka last Thursday introduced a raft of new taxes in the 2013/14 budget, Cabinet was far from united on the matter, The Observer has learnt. Sources have told us that on Wednesday, Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi chaired a fairly-heated cabinet meeting at the new President’s office building, to debate the taxes. Ministers were reportedly sharply split on the new taxes, which arose mostly because donors cut their aid in protest at rampant theft of public funds. Many opposed the imposition of VAT on domestic piped water, paraffin and exercise duty on mobile money services. Ministers Agnes Akiror (Tourism) and her counterpart Sarah Kataike (Luweero) are said to have argued that rich people should be the ones...

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