Sunday 22 April 2018
(National Mirror Online 06/25/13)
Africa has lost at least $200 billion in five decades to illegal fishing and another $100 billion in illegal bunkering since 2003. Speaking at the opening of the Summit of Heads of States and Governments of the Economic Community of Central African States, ECCAS, the Economic Community of West African States, ECOWAS, and the Gulf of Guinea Commission, GGC, the African Union Commission Chairperson, Nkosazana Dlamini- Zuma, warned that such incursion should not be allowed to continue. The summit with focus on maritime safety and security in the Gulf of Guinea opened yesterday in Yaoundé, the Cameroonian capital with President Goodluck Jonathan in attendance, among 25 other African leaders. Jonathan, who had last week raised serious concern over crude oil...
(New Vision 06/24/13)
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta arrives in the country Monday on a three-day official visit. According to the executive director of the Uganda Media Centre, Kenyatta has been invited by President Yoweri Museveni. This will be Kenyatta’s first visit as head of state. He has already been to Tanzania, Ethiopia, South Africa and the UK. Sources said top on the agenda will be discussion about the fate of Kenyatta and his deputy William Ruto who are both facing the International Criminal Court (ICC) over post-election violence that rocked Kenya following the disputed 2007 elections. During Kenyatta’s swearing-in ceremony, President Museveni, who was the chief guest, blasted the ICC and accused it of trying to use the court to determine the election...
(New Vision 06/24/13)
Finance minister Maria Kiwanuka last week announced that the Government would start borrowing from the public to finance some of its expenditure, a move that has far reaching ramifications for the economy and has been met with mixed feelings. Over the last two decades or so, the Government has kept inflation, caused by too much money chasing few goods, mostly in the single digits, by among other things, issuing Treasury bills and bonds, which suck the money out of circulation. However, these sterlisation operations have come under some criticism from analysts who argue that instead of hoarding the funds they should have been used to finance much needed infrastructure development. Pushed to the wall by donors withholding budget support in...
( 06/24/13)
24 June 2013 (IRIN) - As scientists continue to search for the cause of and cure for nodding syndrome - a debilitating condition that causes seizures and stunting in children - health centres say they need better funding to continue to feed and treat those affected. Some 3,995 children have sought assistance at four nodding syndrome rehabilitation centres set up by the government in 2012. The worst-affected districts, all in the country's northern region, are: Kitgum, which has recorded 2,034 cases; Pader, with 1,210 cases; Lamwo, with 347; and Gulu, which has seen 330. "We are out of food to provide to children," Joseph Okwera, who runs the rehabilitation centre in Kitgum, told IRIN. Goretti Adero, whose 12-year-old son was...
(New Vision 06/24/13)
Uganda is to ratify the Cooperative Framework Agreement (CFA), a new treaty that is seeking to replace the controversial colonial agreements governing the Nile, according to Professor Ephraim Kamuntu, the minister of water and environment. Kamuntu told New Vision that the old agreements of the Nile were being used to block development of hydro-electric power and irrigation agriculture that would enhance energy security and food security. He also said the old agreements were archaic because they addressed only the interests of the users and ignored the contributors of the water. "The CFA was signed by member countries including Uganda," Kamuntu told New Vision. "By law the CFA has to be ratified and that is under the Ministry of foreign affairs...
(New Vision 06/24/13)
Recently, one of the dailies carried a front page headline: “EU diplomat attacks Museveni over graft”.It reported that the European Union (EU) chief envoy to Uganda had “punched holes in President Museveni’s State-of-the-Nation Address, saying it ignored key issues of media siege and succession” and that it “was not as wide ranging”. A week later after the reading of the national budget, the same diplomat was at it again engaging the media to critique the budget! Many readers felt this was too deep and bizarre diplomatic meddling in Uganda’s affairs. They wondered whether his behaviour was borne of a failure to remember that Uganda is no longer a colony. This reminded one how over the years, some diplomats have made...
(Daily Monitor 06/24/13)
Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta will on Monday arrive in Uganda on a three-day working visit. Mr Kenyatta is expected to arrive via Entebbe Airport at 3 pm. According to the Uganda Media Centre, the visiting Head of State will tomorrow hold a joint press conference with his host, President Yoweri Museveni. This is Mr Kenyatta’s maiden visit to Uganda since he became president in April. Mr Kenyatta was elected president in March, beating then-Prime Minister Raila Odinga by 50.07% to 43.28%. Although no official agenda has been communicated, the two leaders are expected to discuss among other issues, bilateral trade, regional security and the planned construction of joint oil pipeline that would connect, Uganda, South Sudan and Kenya. By Isaac Imaka
(The Observer 06/24/13)
Opposition kingpin Kizza Besigye and former Vice President Gilbert Bukenya are jointly working on a political movement to challenge President Museveni’s long hold on power in 2016, The Observer has learnt. Sources close to the two politicians have revealed that the ultimate goal is to create a “grand rainbow coalition” of all political actors interested in change, akin to what happened in Kenya in the 2002 elections. The National Alliance of Rainbow Coalition (NARC), which brought together an unlikely combo of former president Mwai Kibaki and former Prime Minister Raila Odinga, among others, successfully defeated Daniel arap Moi’s handpicked candidate, Uhuru Kenyatta. Kenyatta would bounce back ten years later with a victory of his own in elections held in March...
(Daily Monitor 06/24/13)
BBC’s Charles Hillary (L) interviews in London on Tuesday. Gen Sejusa accused Museveni of seeking a life presidency. COURTESY PHOTO By Timothy Kalyegira Before the spy master’s letter leaked to the media, he flew to London. But what does that mean? Does he have the backing of a foreign power or foreign powers? If so, which are those? Before I get into the BBC World Service and BBC World TV interview of Gen David Tinyefuza a.k.a. Sejusa that everyone is talking about, I’ll start with a related matter. Last week, I was back to my painful relationship with Umeme. They cut off my electricity. I paid up and as usual, they failed to reconnect me for six days, even after...
(Africa Review 06/24/13)
Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni's son Muhoozi Kainerugaba has for the first time broken his silence on the succession debate, and denied allegations that his rise and key placement in the military command is a ploy to sidestep the law and succeed his father. “Uganda is not a monarchy where leadership is passed on from father to son. This so-called (Muhoozi) project is a people’s creation,” the Brigadier said in a statement released by Special Forces spokesman Edson Kwesiga. Brig Muhoozi, 39, is a one-star general and commands the 10,000-strong Special Forces Command, considered the engine of the Ugandan army, and responsible for guarding the President plus the country’s most-sensitive assets, including the oil fields. Capt Kwesiga yesterday told the Daily...
(The Observer 06/24/13)
As opposition floats amendments to make office independent. For keen followers of Uganda’s politics, the bickering between Parliament Speaker Rebecca Kadaga and Attorney General Peter Nyombi points to the lack of clarity about the role of the latter. Article 119 of the constitution defines the Attorney General as the principal legal advisor to government, Parliament inclusive. The AG is, therefore, mandated to represent government in courts of law or any other legal proceedings to which the government is a party. However, following a sharp disagreement on the fate of four MPs expelled by the ruling party, with the speaker saying they should keep their seats and AG insisting they are strangers in the House, Kadaga says the legislature cannot be...
(AFP (eng) 06/24/13)
The son of Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has said he has no current plan to succeed his father, refuting weeks of opposition accusations he was preparing to take over power. "Uganda is not a monarchy where leadership is passed on from father to son," said Muhoozi Kainerugaba, 39, son of the president and commander of a special forces unit, in a statement late Sunday. Last month police shut the two main independent newspapers and two radio stations for 10 days after they reported arguments among army generals over whether the president's son was to succeed him. "The power to choose how Uganda is governed lies with Ugandans and not a single individual as some people would want us to believe,"...
(Ventures-Africa 06/24/13)
VENTURES AFRICA – Try trading Ethiopian birr (ETB) for American dollars (USD). You have to call one guy who calls another guy, says Messai, and then suddenly someone is at your door with the dollars you requested. New regulations on how many dollars a local bank can provide a person traveling outside the country has boosted the local informal market for dollars. Banking in East Africa can be an adventure in all sense of the word. In Tanzania, banking penetration sits just under 20 percent. In a working paper by the World Bank, 47 percent cited distance as a reason for not having an account. The country also ranked near bottom in bank branch penetration, averaging less than 0.5 bank...
(Africa Review 06/24/13)
At first it might not look like it, but the exchanges between Egypt and Ethiopia over the latter’s Renaissance Dam that the region witnessed these past two weeks, tell us a lot about the tensions defining what the East African Community will look like in the years to come. The dam on the River Nile, which Addis Ababa projects will cost $4.7 billion, will produce 6,000 Megawatts of power when fully developed, making it the largest hydroelectric power plant in Africa, and the 14th largest in the world. Egypt, which has in the past threatened to go to war over its “rights” to the Nile’s waters, issued a stern warning. Egypt’s Minister of Water Resources and Irrigation Mohamed Bahaa-Eddin, arguing...
(AFP (eng) 06/24/13)
KAMPALA, June 24, 2013 (AFP) - The son of Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni has said he has no current plan to succeed his father, refuting weeks of opposition accusations he was preparing to take over power. "Uganda is not a monarchy where leadership is passed on from father to son," said Muhoozi Kainerugaba, 39, son of the president and commander of a special forces unit, in a statement late Sunday. Last month police shut the two main independent newspapers and two radio stations for 10 days after they reported arguments among army generals over whether the president's son was to succeed him. "The power to choose how Uganda is governed lies with Ugandans and not a single individual as some...
(AFP (eng) 06/24/13)
JOHANNESBURG, June 24, 2013 (AFP) - Nelson Mandela was critically ill in hospital on Monday after his condition suddenly deteriorated, leaving South Africans anxiously awaiting the latest news of their revered anti-apartheid icon. "The condition of former president Nelson Mandela, who is still in hospital in Pretoria, has become critical," presidential spokesman Mac Maharaj said in a statement late Sunday. The frail 94-year-old was admitted to hospital over two weeks ago, in the early hours of June 8, for treatment for a lung infection. But after intensive treatment at Pretoria's Mediclinic Heart Hospital and some signs of improvement, his condition deteriorated. President Jacob Zuma visited Mandela on Sunday evening and was told by doctors "that the former president's condition had...
(AFP (eng) 06/22/13)
JOHANNESBURG, June 22, 2013 (AFP) - The ambulance that rushed Nelson Mandela to hospital two weeks ago broke down and another had to be called, but the mishap did not endanger the anti-apartheid hero, the South African presidency said Saturday. "All care was taken to ensure that the former president's medical condition was not compromised by the unforeseen incident," presidential spokesman Mac Maharaj told AFP. The ambulance had engine trouble on its way from the 94-year-old Mandela's Johannesburg home to a specialist heart clinic in Pretoria, some 55 kilometres (30 miles) away. Doctors are "satisfied" that Mandela, who is battling a serious lung infection, suffered no harm during the wait for a replacement ambulance, Maharaj said. Maharaj said the "fully...
(Ethiopian Radio and Television Agency 06/21/13)
Uganda on Thursday signed a contract granting China's Sinohydro Group Ltd. a tender to build a large hydropower dam on the Nile River at a price of $1.65 billion, Reuters reported quoting government sources, reviving a project stalled for years by a lack of money. Construction of the 600-megawatt Karuma dam in the east African country is expected to start about two weeks after the signing of the contract, the sources said. Last week Uganda said China had provided credit worth $500 million to help pay for construction of the Karuma dam. China, as elsewhere in sub-Saharan Africa, has rapidly expanded its investment in Uganda in recent years. "The project will cost $1.65 billion and will entail both developing the...
(New Vision 06/21/13)
THE young steel industry in Uganda stands at the threshold of opportunity but it is bedevilled by high production costs and cheap imports. For any country to develop its infrastructure, it needs cheap and readily available steel. The benefits are more if steel production is fully integrated into the local economy. Government figures indicate that demand for steel in Uganda stands at 150,000 tonnes per year, which is more than double the 60,000 tonnes produced annually. The steel industry has been growing at a rate of 30% for imports and -40% for exports per year. Players in the steel industry have decried the high costs of production and the prevalence of cheap steel imports from countries such as China, India...
(New Vision 06/21/13)
In response to the recent blood shortage in the country, the United States of America (USA) Embassy in Uganda has carried out a voluntary blood donation among its staff members to collect blood for the Uganda blood transfusion service (UBTS). According to the US ambassador, Scott Delisi, the blood donation drive by the Embassy was to ensure steady supply of blood in hospitals for pregnant mothers, children, and people living with HIV among other Ugandans. “We care about the health sector in Uganda, we have read stories of poor Ugandans dying because of lack of blood in hospitals so we decided to donate blood to save lives of Ugandans,” said Scott. He said the US Embassy was working with the...

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