Saturday 21 October 2017
(The East African 09/13/17)
Tanzania and Uganda are among several African countries under the United Nations scrutiny for violations of sanctions against North Korea. According to a UN panel of experts’ report, Tanzania is under investigations over alleged military dealings with a North Korean firm, valued at about $12.5 million. The UN experts said Haegeumgang Trading Corporation is reported to be repairing and upgrading Tanzanian surface-to-air missile systems and air defence radar. “The United Republic of Tanzania has yet to respond to the panel’s enquiries,” the UN investigators said. In Uganda, the eight-member panel said it will continue in its investigation into training of military and police, “in particular the Ugandan air force” by North Korea. Further, under probe is activities of a representative...
(Xinhuanet 09/13/17)
In an effort to promote economic development and solve complex conservation challenges facing world heritage sites, the African World Heritage Fund Patron and former President of Namibia Hifikepunye Pohamba will host a business leader's breakfast event in Namibian Capital, Windhoek on Thursday. The African World Heritage Fund is an initiative of the African Member States of the African Union and UNESCO, launched in 2006. Webber Ndoro, executive director of the African World Heritage Fund, at a media briefing on Tuesday in Windhoek said that the aim of the event is to promote a holistic private sector engagement, raise a sense of ownership and accountability for heritage protection as well as transmission of World Heritage sites in Namibia and Africa. "To...
(APA 09/12/17)
The Inspector General of the Uganda Police Force, Gen. Kale Kayihura, has rallied his regional counterparts currently meeting under their umbrella organization, the East African Police Chiefs Cooperation Organization (EAPCCO) to embrace and fast track the operationalization of the African Police Organization (AFRIPOL). The police chiefs are in Kampala for the 35th EAPCCO organs meeting. Kayihura said Afripol should be embraced because of its enormous positive implications, which at the same time challenges EAPCCO to re-align its operations with the continental mechanism. He added that the continental force should not be misconstrued as a rival to Interpol, as it is an initiative geared towards building
(New Vision 09/12/17)
Kabeir has served as Ambassador of Sudan in Uganda since March 2015. Minister of Foreign Affairs, Sam Kutesa has thanked the outgoing Ambassador of Sudan H.E Abdelbagi Hamad for the improved and good working relations of the two countries over the period he has been in Uganda particularly for the mutual interest both countries have had in regional stability through Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD) During a meeting on Monday at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Kabeir also commended the good working relations with the Government of Uganda and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs in particular, throughout his tenure of service. He particularly pointed out the President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni ‘s visit to the Republic of Sudan after a period...
(New Vision 09/12/17)
Katumba said there is need to streamline the legal and regulatory framework to unlock the country’s Public-Private Partnership (PPP) potential. The minister of state for works Gen. Katumba Wamala has said the Government is open to different means of financing for the increasing number of infrastructure projects. Katumba said there is need to streamline the legal and regulatory framework to unlock the country’s Public-Private Partnership (PPP) potential and asked relevant stakeholders to improve their knowledge of PPP financing. “The constrained performance of Uganda’s domestic revenue mobilisation, coupled with limited external funding over the years means that the economy should be open to as many financing options as possible,” he said. Katumba was speaking during the second roundtable discussion series on...
(New Vision 09/12/17)
The Uganda shilling maintained a firm stance during the week, trading in the range of 3595/3605 supported by improved inflows mainly from commodities. Demand remained low. A report by Alpha Capital Partners Stephen Kaboyo shows that there was sufficient liquidity in the interbank money market as rates remained stable with overnight funds trading at an average of 7% while 1 week money traded at 10%. In the fixed income market, Bank of Uganda reopened the 5 year and 15 year bonds, with 200 billion on offer. Yields came out at 13.32% and 15.07% respectively. The auctions for both were oversubscribed. In the regional currency markets, the Kenyan shilling proved resilient trading at 103.10, following the Supreme Court decision of the...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/12/17)
Olympic boxing’s governing body, AIBA, has banned African confederation head Kelani Bayor for three years for allegedly provoking the crowd at the continental championships in Brazzaville last June. Bayor is an AIBA vice-president and executive committee member as well as chairman of Togo’s national Olympic committee. “The Disciplinary Commission found that a hostile and threatening reaction to AIBA officials by spectators after the result of a bout on the last day of the competition was exacerbated by comments from Mr Bayor,” AIBA said in a statement on Monday. It found Bayor had “committed serious and unacceptable violations of the AIBA Disciplinary Code” at the tournament in Congo Republic. AIBA said the ban was from all boxing activities and responsibilities and...
(New Vision 09/11/17)
By Sunday, the epidemic had claimed at least 530 people and spread to 20 of Congo’s 26 provinces. Health authorities in Uganda are on alert to prevent a Cholera epidemic that has killed over 530 people in neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) over the last few days. By Sunday, the epidemic had claimed at least 530 people and spread to 20 of Congo’s 26 provinces, the World Health Organisation (WHO) disclosed. The most affected area is around the Grand Kasai region where the UN says it found sanitary and security conditions deplorable. Cholera is a bacterial infection spread mostly by unsafe water and unsafe food that has been contaminated with human feces. Common signs and symptoms include mild or...
(New Vision 09/11/17)
Katureebe noted that only 18% of the Ugandan population receives legal aid services annually. The Judiciary has developed a robust Information and Communications Technology (ICT) strategy. It is expected that within the next three years, an e-justice will have been operationalised. Chief Justice Bart Katureebe revealed this on Friday while inaugurating the Legal Aid innovations conference at Hotel Africana in Kampala. Katureebe said it was imperative that the Government facilitates the development of a legal aid policy and law, adopts a-state-funded legal aid scheme and strengthens community-led initiatives, such as local council courts and a paralegal advisory system that would fill the existing gaps in legal aid service provision. He, however, regretted that the system was still struggling to eliminate...
(Bloomberg 09/11/17)
The South African companies that dominate the U.K.’s growing private hospital industry are counting on more people like Katie Corrie. A children’s party entertainer, Corrie opted to use 13,000 pounds ($17,000) of her savings and inheritance to get a hip replacement rather than spend months on a National Health Service waiting list. Britons like her are forking out almost 1 billion pounds a year to cover their own medical expenses, a trend that’s giving at least one industry the scope to look past Brexit turmoil. “Even if I hadn’t had the money put aside, I would have found a way to pay for it,” said Corrie, 50, who estimates the business she runs with her husband would have lost 10,000...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/08/17)
Uganda is launching a drive against online pornography that critics condemn as a diversion from deeper problems of graft, unemployment and crumbling social services facing President Yoweri Museveni. The campaign is the latest salvo in a culture war between conservatives fighting what they see as foreign moral influences promoting criminality and a more liberal, often younger population. "This is an invasion, it’s Western culture," said Simon Lokodo, a 59-year-old Catholic priest who serves as minister of ethics and integrity. "Overconsumption of pornography ... the consequences are very dire," he told Reuters this week. The government had released 2 billion shillings ($556,000) to his office to combat online pornography. Some money would go to pornography-blocking software, he said. Some Ugandans expressed...
(APA 09/08/17)
Deprivation and marginalization, underpinned by weak governance, are primary forces driving young Africans into violent extremism, according to a comprehensive new study by the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the first study of its kind. Based on interviews with 495 voluntary recruits to extremist organizations such as Al-Shabaab and Boko Haram, the new study also found that it is often perceived state violence or abuse of power that provides the final tipping point for the decision to join an extremist group. “Journey to Extremism in Africa: Drivers, Incentives and the Tipping Point for Recruitment” presents the results of a two-year UNDP Africa study on recruitment in the most prominent extremist groups in Africa. The study reveals a picture of a...
(Bloomberg 09/07/17)
Uganda severed military ties with North Korea to comply with an embargo by the United Nations, ending the Asian country’s 13 years of support to the East African nation, the Daily Monitor reported, citing the Ugandan military. Uganda acted in compliance with UN Resolution that imposed sanctions on North Korea, the Kampala-based newspaper cited army spokesman Richard Karemire as saying. The UN Security Council has imposed a series of resolutions since 2006 sanctioning North Korea’s nuclear program. North Korean experts have trained Ugandan army pilots and technicians martial arts and acrobatics since 2004, the paper said.
(Reuters (Eng) 09/07/17)
A spate of unsolved murders of young women in Uganda is putting rare public pressure on a police force long accused by opposition politicians of spending more time suppressing political dissent than tackling crime. Widespread media coverage of the appearance of 20 corpses beside roadsides south of the capital since May reflects public anger with police for repeatedly saying they have arrested the perpetrators, only for another body to be discovered. “It’s terrifying,” Susan Kabul, 29, told Reuters, standing near the garbage-littered bank of a drainage channel where the latest murder victim was discovered. “The police need to tell us who is slaughtering people like this.” The government has defended the police, and police say they have arrested 30 suspects...
(APA 09/07/17)
APA’s correspondents have reported learning of the deaths of as many as 56 pilgrims from countries across the world, during the 2017 Hajj in Saudi Arabia. Our correspondent in Ethiopia reported the death from food poisoning of an Ethiopian pilgrim. Hamid Tahir was with his mother and new bride attending the 2017 Hajj, and he died at a hospital in Mecca, APA learned on Wednesday from his family in Addis Ababa. His mother and wife were informed of his death four days later by doctors, who waited for the pilgrims to finish their prayers. The body of Hamid Tahir was laid to rest in Saudi Arabia on the same day, APA learned. Hamid had been working at the Ethiopian Broadcasting...
(Bloomberg 09/07/17)
African Rainbow Minerals Ltd., the miner chaired by South Africa’s richest black businessman, will pay a record dividend this year as rising iron-ore and manganese prices boosted earnings at its ferrous unit. ARM will pay investors 6.50 rand a share, almost triple that of the previous year, and its 11th consecutive dividend, the Johannesburg-based company said in a statement Thursday. The company benefited from a 45 percent increase in prices received for exported iron ore and 93 percent more for its manganese. While ARM is “confident in the long-term outlook for commodities,” the company said prices will “remain volatile” this year. The rand, in which ARM pays most of its costs, has strengthened against the dollar this year, reducing earnings...
(Ahram Online 09/06/17)
Egypt reclaimed Group E top spot after laboring to a 1-0 victory over minnows Uganda in the World Cup qualifiers at Alexandria's Borg El-Arab Stadium, thanks to an early strike from Liverpool star Mohamed Salah. Going into the game with no option but to beat the Cranes, it took Egypt just six minutes to score via Salah, whose sixth-minute goal eventually proved the winner. Having surrendered top spot after their defeat to the very opponent in Kampala just a few days ago, Egypt have now returned to the summit top with nine points - two ahead of second-placed Uganda. Egypt will now be hoping once-group rivals Ghana, who thrashed Congo 5-1 earlier in the day, defeat or even hold Uganda...
(Bloomberg 09/05/17)
A surge in agriculture has helped lift Africa’s biggest economies out of their slumps, but the recovery may be weak. Gross domestic product in Nigeria, the continent’s largest crude producer, advanced for the first time in six quarters in the three months ended June from a year earlier, growing 0.55 percent, the statistics agency said. In South Africa, GDP expanded 2.5 percent from the previous quarter, ending the second recession in almost a decade. Both economies had agriculture largely to thank: in South Africa, a bumper corn harvest following the worst drought in more than a century saw the sector surge 34 percent from the prior quarter, while in Nigeria, where farming vies with industries as the second-biggest contributor to...
(Xinhuanet 09/04/17)
Ugandan police said Sunday they are hunting for two men who shot dead a Chinese woman on Friday in the central part of the country. Joseph Seguja, Mukono District Police Commander, told Xinhua by telephone that the force has launched a manhunt for two armed men who killed Yang Yesu, a branch manager at Nile Steel and Plastics Limited in Mukono. "We are making good progress. We have a video footage of the assailants. We shall apprehend the culprits and charge them in courts of law," said Kayima. The footage shows the two men armed with a pistol entering into the factory premises along the Kampala-Jinja using a motor cycle. The duo briefly talked with Yang before shooting and robbing...
(Bloomberg 09/04/17)
The worst may be over for Africa’s two largest economies as they likely emerged from a slump in the second quarter. Official data on Tuesday will probably show South Africa’s economy expanded in the three months through June, ending its second recession in less than a decade. Nigeria’s gross domestic product probably grew from a year earlier, and came out of its worst slump in a quarter of a century. South Africa and Nigeria together account for almost half of sub-Saharan Africa’s GDP and their recoveries may boost trade and production across the region. The reasons differ: while Nigeria, the continent’s biggest oil producer, is benefiting from a rebound in crude output, stronger retail sales may help drive growth in...

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