Tuesday 17 October 2017
(New Vision 08/28/17)
The international community has so far raised $354m (over sh1.2 trillion) to support the emergency response for refugees in Uganda, a record of the disbursements reveals. In June, Kampala hosted the Uganda Solidarity Summit on Refugees, attracting over 1,000 world leaders to drum up support for refugee programmes. The two-day solidarity summit held at Speke Resort Munyonyo in Kampala was meant to showcase Uganda’s much-acclaimed model of refugee management, protection and social integration. At the heart of the meeting was a funding appeal for $2b (sh7 trillion) required by Government, the United Nations and partners to meet the needs of refugees over the four-year period. Uganda is home to refugees from 13 countries.
(The Associated Press 08/28/17)
Uganda's government says it has set up a national committee to stem the circulation of pornography. A statement from the government Monday said one of the roles of the group, called the Pornography Control Committee, is "to ensure that the perpetrators of pornography are apprehended and prosecuted." The statement blamed pornography for "escalating cases" of drug abuse, incest, teenage pregnancy, homosexuality and statutory rape. The government did not immediately identify the members of the committee, but said they were Ugandans "of high moral character and proven integrity." The committee was inaugurated Monday.
(The Observer 08/28/17)
The inspector general of government (IGG), Irene Mulyagonja, has written to the secretary to the Treasury, Keith Muhakanizi, halting the payment of billions of shillings to Welt Engineering Ltd, a company owned by sons of Peter Lokeris, the minister of state for Minerals. The company is in court battling with a Chinese firm, China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC), for ownership of the Kamusalaba rock in Lorengedwat sub-county, in the north-eastern Nakapiripirit district. IGG Mulyagonja insists payment can only be effected after the ownership wrangle is resolved by the Commercial division of the High court. The Inspectorate of Government (IG) spokesperson, Munira Ali, confirmed to this newspaper that the IGG had written to Muhakanizi stopping the payments. “The IGG wrote...
(East African Business Week 08/28/17)
Three flower firms, Wagagai Ltd, Ugarose Flowers Ltd and Jambo Rose have pledged to invest $17.8m in Uganda’s flower sector in the next 4 years aimed at increasing flower export volume on the global market. The investors said in Kampala that, the market is available on the international market but they cannot afford to maximize it due to limited production. This they tag to the high cost of growing flowers and the shortage of land, where they can establish more greenhouses used for flower growing. In the next 4 years, Wagagai Ltd will invest an additional $14.1m between 2017 and 2021. Jambo Roses pledged to add $1.8m while Ugarose Flowers will inject $1.9m in the same period. Daniel Kiryango the...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/28/17)
Getting Europe’s migrant crisis under control will be in focus at a summit of Europe’s “big four” continental powers and three African nations in Paris on Monday, with French President Emmanuel Macron seeking concrete action. The 28-nation European Union has struggled to agree on a coherent answer to the influx of migrants fleeing war, poverty and political upheaval in the Middle East and Africa, and the crisis is testing cooperation between member states. Over the summer, Macron sought to take the initiative on managing the flow of migrants crossing the Mediterranean from Libya, mainly into Italy. He proposed hotspots in Africa to handle asylum requests. The viability of such centers was questioned by European and African allies and on Monday...
(AFP (eng) 08/25/17)
A Ugandan court this week jailed four members of a Muslim sect for life on terrorism charges, a judgment denounced by some as the latest in a series of anti-Muslim rulings. On Tuesday Kampala's High Court sentenced Sheikh Yunus Kamoga and three members of his Tabliq sect to life in prison, while two others were given 30 years each. But a day earlier the same court had acquitted Kamoga and 13 others of the murder and attempted murder of leaders of two rival Muslim factions -- on the same evidence. The apparently contradictory verdicts have left some observers suspicious. "I find the decision very unusual because the main case was about the murders and the terrorism was arising from the...
(APA 08/25/17)
The United States US has committed to work with the Uganda Government to combat wildlife trafficking, reports said on Friday. Speaking during a ceremony at Uganda Wildlife Education Centre in Entebbe this morning, U.S Ambassador to Uganda Deborah Malac said that the U.S will collaborating in strengthening Uganda’s agencies, including law enforcement and the judiciary, to ensure that wildlife crime cases are appropriately settled. The Ambassador also handed over 130 smart phones and 50 power banks to the Uganda Wildlife Authority to improve its ecological monitoring of protected areas. This gift supplements equipment that USAID previously provided in an ongoing effort to remove Uganda from the list of the “gang of eight” most notorious wildlife and wildlife product transit routes...
(New Vision 08/24/17)
The competitors will submit their best coffee samples for grading by specialists known as Q and R Grader examiners. Uganda Coffee Development Authority (UCDA)together with the African Fine Coffees Association will provide special coffee training to 20 coffee exporters and producer cooperatives in preparation for the annual ‘Taste of Harvest’ competition and auction. During the training, exporters and producers will get improved coffee processing practices, proper use of coffee equipment, drying materials and quality management. They will get insights on how to sell coffee to America and get investments under the Africa Growth
(The Observer 08/24/17)
President Yoweri Museveni has warned NRM members to stop the habit of scrambling for party and national offices, urging them to emulate football teams which fields 11 players and leave the rest on the bench. Museveni was addressing NRM supporters at Kaabong SS playground in Karamoja sub-region this afternoon before he officially introduced Roselilly Akello as the party flag bearer for the district woman MP seat. Kabong goes to polls on Monday to elect their district woman MP following the nullification of the 2016 results by court. "In football, you can have many players but with only 11 starting and the rest on reserve....your problem here is that some of you want the reserves on the field of play as...
(The Observer 08/24/17)
Saudi authorities have rejected Uganda’s appointment of Dr Ahmed Kisuule as the new ambassador at Uganda’s mission in Riyadh. Kisuule, a Saudi-trained Muslim cleric, had served as ambassador to Iran for 12 years. In January, President Museveni transferred him to Saudi Arabia. Kisuule was to swap roles with Dr Yahya Rashid Ssemuddu, who was moved to Tehran, according to the January 27 appointments. Ssemuddu is said to have consulted some of his friends, who advised him not to accept the transfer because a posting to Iran could affect his future prospects in Saudi Arabia. Ssemuddu is also a Saudi-trained Muslim cleric, having joined as an undergraduate student through to his doctoral studies, which brought him closer to the Saudi Arabian...
(New Vision 08/24/17)
Alpha Capital Partners’ Stephen Kaboyo noted that the shilling has broadly been stable for the past two weeks, supported by inflows from coffee exports and other commodities against very low dollar demand. The Uganda shilling was trading at 3,596.71/3,606.71 buying and selling respectively according to Bank of Uganda data on Wednesday, this was stronger than 3,597.54/3,607.54 in the morning. Alpha Capital Partners’ Stephen Kaboyo noted that the shilling has broadly been stable for the past two weeks, supported by inflows from coffee exports and other commodities against very low dollar demand. The shilling is stronger this week than it was last week when it traded within the 3695/3605 range. In the interbank money market, overnight funds traded at 7% while...
(Daily Nation 08/24/17)
Three large Ugandan firms are set to make millions after they were exclusively allowed to bring poultry products into Kenya. Kenya has partially lifted the ban on the products from the neighbouring country after an eight-month embargo that saw chicken and eggs locked out of the Sh500 million market following the outbreak of avian influenza disease. The move, which will be strictly monitored by authorities for safety purposes, will see three firms approved by the Ministry of Agriculture—having met the required safety conditions—export the products. The three are Hudani Manji Holdings-Rainbow—a wholesale and retail supplier in Uganda, South Sudan, Congo, and Rwanda-- SR Afrochick and Kukuchic. Agriculture secretary Willy Bett says Kenya sent a team of inspectors from the ministry...
(New Vision 08/24/17)
One person has been presumed dead after his vehicle was washed away by the ravaging floods in Elegu. One person is feared dead and more than 2,000 people around Elegu border market in Amuru district are believed to now be homeless after Unyama stream burst its bank, giving way to fierce, destructive floods. The area experienced a downpour that started Monday night and did not let up until Tuesday late-morning. Several people in Amuru district have since reported that some bridges were swept away, leaving some areas cut off in the two sub-counties of Atiak and Pabbo. The downpour also led to the washed away of a bridge at Unyama River in Okidi parish, Atiak sub-county that connects Atiak sub-county...
(Xinhuanet 08/24/17)
Uganda is taking nothing for granted as it prepares to face off with Egypt in the 2018 World Cup qualifier scheduled for Aug. 31. The seven-time African champion Egypt currently top the group after picking a 2-1 win over Congo Brazzaville and a 2-0 victory over Ghana. Uganda, who is second in the group, beat Congo Brazzaville 1-0 and drew goalless away with the Black Stars of Ghana. Victory for Uganda on Aug. 31 will send them top of the table before the return leg on Sept. 5 in Alexandria. To ensure a win, Uganda is banking on the services of the assistant coach of America's New York Red Bulls II Ibrahim Sekagya and Matia Lule to reinforce the technical...
(Bloomberg 08/24/17)
Every African nation that’s sold dollar debt now has at least one junk rating, but it would be hard to tell by looking at the bond market. The average yield on sovereign Eurobonds in Africa has hovered near the lowest level in two years this month, according to a Standard Bank Group Ltd. index, even after Moody’s Investors Service cut Namibia to below investment grade on Aug. 11. The world’s biggest producer of marine diamonds had been the continent’s only dollar-bond issuer without a junk rating. A low interest rate environment in the developed world has encouraged investors to look past the problems plaguing African economies, including low commodity prices, dollar shortages in some of them and rising political tension...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/23/17)
A Ugandan court on Tuesday sentenced a Muslim group leader and three associates to life in prison after their conviction on terrorism charges related to threats to harm rivals, a judicial official said. Over the last few years more than a dozen senior Muslim figures in Uganda have been killed, in most cases gunned down by unknown assailants riding on motorcycle taxis. Sheikh Mohammad Yunus Kamoga, who heads Tabliqs, a radical Muslim faction, and 13 others were arrested and charged with terrorism and the murder of some other Islamic group leaders. On Monday six of them were convicted on the terrorism charges but all were cleared of murder. In a high court session on Tuesday, Kamoga and three others were...
(Xinhuanet 08/23/17)
A team of ten Ugandan military engineers are scheduled to leave for China where they will be trained in railway construction. Brig. Richard Karemire, Ugandan military spokesperson, told Xinhua in an interview on Tuesday that the team will go to Hebei Province for a three-month special training in construction of a Standard Gauge Railway (SGR). The training is part of the memorandum of understanding reached between China Harbour Engineering Company (CHEC), the company contracted to construct Uganda's SGR, and the military. "We welcome a strategic partner that provides skills to the army. We are a productive force committed to the social transformation of our country," said Karemire. In the memorandum of understanding, CHEC also agreed to partner to build a...
(Daily Nation 08/23/17)
Uganda and Tanzania have ceased to be Kenya’s export drivers after relinquishing the position to Pakistan and the United States that have upped their appetite for Kenyan goods. Pakistan has this year overtaken Uganda as the largest buyer of Kenyan goods, while the United States is fast bridging the gap between it and Kampala on Kenya’s export market table. Exports to Pakistan jumped 90.8 per cent to Sh24.8 billion in the year to May from Sh13 billion in a similar period last year, marking the fastest growth. Shipments to the US grew 20 per cent to Sh18.5 billion in the period, the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics data shows. On the flipside, exports to Uganda remained unchanged at Sh21.9 billion...
(BBC News Africa 08/23/17)
Uganda police say they have arrested a number of suspects over a recent spate of killings of women near the capital, Kampala. The Inspector General of Police, Kale Kayihura, said that a suspect had confessed to killing eight women on the orders of businessmen. The murders were for ritual sacrifices, Gen Kayihura told residents of Nansana municipality. Local media say 17 women have been killed in a gruesome manner since May. Police spokesman Asan Kasingye told the BBC that while the murders occurred in the same district, they were not all related. He said that in the majority of cases, the victims were sex workers who had been raped and strangled in isolated places in “the wee hours of the...
(Capitalfm Business 08/23/17)
The ban of poultry trade between Uganda and Kenya has been partially lifted as three facilities from Uganda have been allowed to sell their poultry products to Kenya after having met high levels of bio-security. According to the Cabinet Secretary for Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries Willy Bett who spoke during a press conference on Wednesday, the decision was arrived at after the Kenya technical team reviewed the measures taken by Uganda to contain the infection of avian influenza that had hit the country. “When there is a ban on trade of poultry you can imagine the impact it creates in business that’s why this matter is taken seriously so as to see there is continuity in trade and the minute...

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