Monday 25 September 2017
(Redpepper 05/07/13)
The Uganda Peoples’ Defense Forces (UPDF) has issued a statement attacking one of its own, General David Sejusa commonly known as Tinyefuza, over his comments in the media. For the second time in three months, Sejusa, the Coordinator of Intelligence Services, has written a missive that appears to be disagreeing with the official position of the army. The Daily Monitor edition of Tuesday May 7 quotes Sejusa as saying the Internal Security Organisation should investigate claims that government officials including the head of police may have planned to assassinate, or frame other government officials. The paper quotes Sejusa’s letter that the General reportedly wrote on April 29 and addressed it to President Yoweri Museveni through the Director General of the...
(Redpepper 05/07/13)
pposition Members of Parliament will this Friday visit Kasese district that has been hit by devastating floods in the recent days, according to Nandala Mafabi, the Leader of Opposition in parliament. Mafabi revealed this on Tuesday afternoon on social media platform Facebook (The Hon. Nandala Mafabi Nathan – A Leader of Our Generation page) saying “This Friday a delegation of the Opposition Members of Parliament will head to Kasese.”. He however fell short of giving details of the visit. It is a good gesture by the government’s antagonists and will go a long way in showing the Kasese district people that the former’s business is not all about verbal opposition to the government. This comes after at least 8 people...
(Redpepper 05/07/13)
Cassava brown streak disease has hit Aliba Sub County in Moyo District destroying over 30 acres of cassava plantations. Some of the destroyed acres belong to six farmers groups while others are owned by some 46 individual farmers. Cassava streak disease presents with rotting tubers rendering it worthless for human consumption. Khalid Awuga, the Chairman Aliba Sub-County, says because most farmers are not aware the disease keeps on spreading since they transfer cassava stems from the affected gardens for planting. James Adriko, whose garden has been affected anticipates severe famine in his home in the near future. He calls on the district disaster committee to think of extending aid to Obongi County before it’s late. Other affected Sub-Counties in Obongi...
(24 Tanzania 05/06/13)
The Government has been asked to drop the 10% tax charged on manufacturers of cosmetics so that they can use the money to expand their businesses. CosmeticsThe appeal was made by the marketing manager of Nevia Company, Davies Lukyamuzi, after the company was voted the best brand in the manufacture of the hair products by the People’s Choice Awards. “The Governmet should completely eliminate the tax in the upcoming budget to allow us make cheaper and affordable products,” said Lukyamuzi. The tax was introduced in the current financial year. The finance minister, Maria Kiwanuka, at the time said the proposal to increase excise duty on cosmetics and perfumes by 10% would increase the country’s revenues and contribute sh4.1b to national...
(24 Tanzania 05/06/13)
The Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) has extended the auction date of the company’s 99 Chinese manufactured buses to May 17 after initial pleas for leniency. Waiswa Abudu-Sallam, the URA debt collection manager, said in a statement that all costs of the auction shall be met by the bus company, further stretching its debt. “This is to inform you that your request for more time has once again been partially granted. We have decided to delay the sale of your buses for another two weeks,” Abudu-Sallam said in the statement. “You are, therefore, advised to fast-track the processes through which you plan to have this matter resolved so as to avoid further accumulation of costs and interest,” he added.
(Fox News 04/30/13)
KAMPALA, Uganda – The Ugandan government is considering approving construction of a 120,000 barrels-a-day pipeline to export crude oil via the East African coast once crude drilling starts in the country's oil-rich Lake Albertine rift basin, the energy and minerals ministry said Tuesday. The country is planning to build a 30,000 barrels-a-day refinery to produce refined fuel products for the local market, allowing the pipeline to transport additional crude to export markets through neighboring Kenya, according to Kalisa Kabagambe, the ministry's permanent secretary. After months of back-and-forth negotiations, Uganda is closing in on a deal with U.K.-based Tullow Oil PLC (TLW.LN) and its joint venture partners, Total SA (TOT) and China's Cnooc Ltd.(CEO) over the oil development plans and refining...
(Reuters (Eng) 04/30/13)
Economic development researchers on Monday unveiled a database of China's aid to Africa in an effort to work around Beijing's secrecy about the numbers, as a debate rages over the intentions and impact of Chinese assistance. The study and database by the Washington-based Center for Global Development and AidData, a research project, includes 1,673 Chinese development finance projects worth $75 billion in 50 African countries from the years 2000-2011. The Chinese figures, using standard measures of Official Development Assistance (ODA) and Other Official Finance (OOF), are roughly on par with U.S. aid to Africa during the same period, the Center for Global Development said. While official ODA from Western countries and some major developing countries is openly reported and easily...
(BBC News Africa 04/23/13)
Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni has publicly handed a sack containing about $100,000 (£66,000) in cash to a youth group, raising questions about how the money will be spent. The donation was broadcast on national television, with many social media comments condemning it. "There should have been a system to make sure the youth spend the money properly," said analyst Peter Magelah. A minister said giving the money in public would ensure transparency. Mr Museveni pledged to help the group during the 2011 election campaign. There were loud cheers as President Museveni held the white sack containing 250 million shillings aloft, before he handed it to a representative of the Busoga Youth Forum. At the same meeting, he handed over a...
(Reuters (Eng) 04/22/13)
African finance ministers told their rich nation counterparts at weekend meetings of the International Monetary Fund and World Bank to work harder and faster to kick-start their economies to avoid a prolonged slump that could undermine strong growth in the developing world. "We are concerned," Nigerian Finance Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala said at the meetings of global finance leaders. "If we continue to see slow growth in the euro zone, which provides a large market for many African countries, and is coupled with a slowdown in emerging economies, then we will become more vulnerable," Okonjo-Iweala told a news conference of African finance ministers. "We need to insist that our partners in other parts of the world work harder and faster." Despite...
(24 Tanzania 04/18/13)
The chief of the newly established civil military operation (CMO) affairs force in the UPDF Col. Moses Ddiba Ssentongo has called for support to establish a centre of excellence training academy of the CMO cadres. He said the UPDF elevated CMO affairs to a fully-fledged chieftaincy two weeks ago but it faces challenges which include human resource and lack of training manuals to pass information to other generations. “We need to have organized information by developing history regarding CMO which can be stored and also be passed to other future cadres in terms of developed materials,” Ssentongo stressed. He said this at the ongoing two-week CMO training which has attracted 55 UPDF officers at the Junior Staff College in Gadaffi...
(24 Tanzania 04/18/13)
The Minister of State for Economic Monitoring, Henry Banyenzaki has urged farmers to unite and develop the coffee industry by embracing the commercial agriculture to generate more income. He observed that co-existence in agriculture helps commercialise agriculture which is government’s emphasis. Banyenzaki was addressing stakeholders in Mubende district during a tour to Kaweeri Coffee Plantation with the Ambassador of the Federal Republic of Germany Klaus Dieter Duxman recently. The tour follows a recent case in which the coffee firm was in the High Court accused of evicting the area residents from the land. Justice Anup Singh Choudry who presided over the case awarded sh37b as compensation to the residents for their land. “We have respect for the judiciary but that...
(Reuters (Eng) 04/15/13)
Sub-Saharan Africa's economic growth should accelerate to more than 5 percent over the next three years, far outpacing the global average, but the region must do more to convert this into reducing poverty, the World Bank said on Monday. In its latest Africa's Pulse analysis of prospects for the region, the bank saw increased investment, high commodity prices and a pick-up in the global economy driving this expected growth surge in the world's poorest continent. It said foreign direct investment (FDI) inflows to Sub-Saharan Africa were projected to increase to record levels each year over the next three years, reaching $54 billion by 2015. This compared to $37.7 billion in 2012, a 5.5 percent increase in a year when FDI...
(Reuters (Eng) 04/10/13)
Carlyle Group (CG.O) is looking at a number of banks in east and west Africa for a potential investment, its Africa co-head said on Wednesday, as the U.S. private equity firm focuses on the continent's growing consumer market. Carlyle, which last year invested in a pan-African grain trading firm, has recently signed a second deal, Marlon Chigwende also told the Reuters Africa Investment Summit. "Banking is very interesting today, and that is the general statement across a lot of sub-Saharan Africa," Chigwende told the Reuters Africa Investment Summit in Johannesburg. "Certainly, there are several opportunities of fast-growing banks, good management teams, interesting market positioning." Although private equity is still at a nascent stage in Africa, investor interest in the fast-growing...
( 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...

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