Sunday 21 January 2018
(APA 09/25/17)
South Sudan refugees in Uganda’s Nyumanzi settlement protested against food rationing over the weekend. A refugee desk officer in Office of the Prime Minister Titus Jogo confirmed the protest but blamed it on miscommunication by the leaders. According to Jogo local leaders told the refugees that this was the last month they were receiving food rations which wasn’t the case. He says UNHCR and World Food Program (WFP) in a circular communicated that they were giving halve of the dry food rations and the balance was to be given to refugees in cash form since the food was not readily available. Jogo notes that they clarified the message to the refugees who have since calmed down. Nyumanzi settlement houses over...
(Voice of America 09/25/17)
African first ladies and activists hailed progress that some governments on the continent are making on gender equality. They met on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York. “We used to have 23 percent female representation in parliament but, with the stroke of a pen it went up to 48 percent. So, we managed to double our female representation with that decision,” said Namibia’s first lady Monica Geingos at a roundtable invitation-only event co-hosted by the Global First Ladies Alliance (GFLA) and Facebook. Geingos credited the quota enacted by the ruling SWAPO party of her husband, President Hage Geingob. But she said a similar quota might be needed for Namibia’s private sector, where only 10 to...
(AFP (eng) 09/22/17)
Uganda's main opposition leader on Friday condemned a police crackdown on opponents of a plan to scrap presidential age limits to allow 73-year-old President Yoweri Museveni to run again. A proposal by ruling party lawmakers to table the constitutional amendment has sparked outrage from opposition politicians, civil society groups and students who protested at a prestigious Kampala university for a second day Friday. Kizza Besigye, who leads the opposition Forum for Democratic...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/22/17)
Ugandan authorities postponed a bill to extend leader Yoweri Museveni’s rule after protesters took to the streets against it on Thursday, confronting police who fired teargas. Parliament speaker Jacob Oulanyah told lawmakers during a raucous session that the legislation due to be introduced on Thursday afternoon was “bringing tension” and would come back on another, unspecified date. Activists, campaign groups, religious leaders and even some members of Museveni’s own ruling party have objected to the proposed change to the constitution, saying it is undemocratic. Groups of students at Makerere, a public university in the capital Kampala, rallied to start marching toward parliament before police dispersed them with
(Reuters (Eng) 09/22/17)
From deadly droughts and destroyed crops to shrinking water sources, communities across sub-Saharan Africa are struggling to withstand the onslaught of global record-breaking temperatures. But the dangers do not end there. Rising heat poses another threat - one that is far less known and studied but could spark disease epidemics across the continent, scientists say. Mosquitoes are the menace, and the risk goes beyond malaria. The Aedes aegypti mosquito, which spreads debilitating and potentially deadly viruses, from Zika and dengue to chikungunya, thrives in warmer climates than its malaria-carrying cousin, known as Anopheles, say researchers at Stanford University. In sub-Saharan Africa, this means malaria rates could rise in cooler areas as they heat up, but fall in hotter places that...
(AFP (eng) 09/21/17)
Ugandan police on Thursday fired teargas at students who defied a police order banning protests as they demonstrated the proposed removal of presidential age limits that would allow President Yoweri Museveni to stand again in 2021. Police on Wednesday had issued an order banning protests in the east African county, but it was ignored by hundreds of students at the country's main Makerere University. The students were tear-gassed, chased and detained by armed officers in return. Ruling party lawmaker Raphael Magyezi...
(AFP (eng) 09/21/17)
Ugandan police have banned a protest set for Thursday when lawmakers debate plans to scrap a presidential age limit, seen as a bid to pave the way for Yoweri Museveni to seek a sixth term as leader. A ruling party lawmaker is expected to put forward a bill to amend a constitutional provision that states the president must be between 35 and 75 years old. Museveni, who has been in office since 1986, has said he is 73 years old, which under the current law would prevent him from running in elections in 2021. However his true age is the subject of much debate. Police chief Kale Kayihura said in a statement that a planned protest was intended to cause...
(The Associated Press 09/21/17)
Ugandan police on Thursday fired tear gas to disperse protesters opposed to plans to introduce legislation that could allow the longtime president to rule for life. The bill is likely to be introduced in the national assembly later Thursday despite growing opposition from religious leaders, civic groups and opposition leaders. Ugandan police had warned on Wednesday that no protests - in support of or against the president - would be allowed. But some opposition figures have vowed to mobilize mass support against a bill they believe is intended to enable President Yoweri Museveni to remain in power for the rest of his life despite having already ruled the East African country for more than three decades. Uganda’s constitution bars anyone...
(AfricaNews 09/21/17)
Ugandan police have arrested five Makerere University students and the Mayor of the capital city Kampala, while offices of the opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) were sealed off Thursday morning to stop planned protests against the removal of presidential age-limits. The five students were arrested after dozens joined their planned march from their campus in Kampala to parliament to petition the speaker against the removal of presidential age-limit. The Kampala City Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago was also picked up from his home and sent to the Kira police station over plans to march from the city hall to the city square with other city leaders to campaign against the removal of age-limit, local media Daily Monitor reported. The police...
(Xinhuanet 09/21/17)
Security was tightened here Thursday in and around Uganda's capital to prevent any violence ahead of a motion in parliament, which seeks to scrap the presidential age limit of 75 years. Asan Kasingye, Uganda's police spokesperson, told Xinhua by phone that the police and military have been deployed in the capital Kampala especially around the parliament, key strategic installations and major towns. "We have deployed a joint capability force with our sister security agencies for both covert and overt operations," said Kasingye. Opposition legislators and campaigners opposed to the motion say the move by the ruling party National Resistance Movement (NRM) is intended to allow President Yoweri Museveni to run in the 2021 elections when he is over 75 years...
(The East African 09/21/17)
Parliament’s Committee on Commissions, Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises (Cosase) is investigating Bank of Uganda over payment of legal fees to private law firms, despite having a full-fledged legal department. The committee heard that top city law firms were paid more than Ush1.4 billion (about $390,000), with an accrued balance of Ush15.8 billion ($4.4 million). The BoU matters handled by hired lawyers include representation in court cases and offering legal opinions and processing of land documents. The Committee chairperson, Abdu Katuntu (Bugweri, FDC) on Tuesday grilled the central bank officials on the rationale of having a legal department and then hiring private lawyers. The MPs, who are currently scrutinising the Auditor-General’s reports on the BoU, described the expenditure as uncalled...
(The East African 09/21/17)
East Africa has received $1.6 billion from foreign investors, Kenya taking the bulk of the 55 deals recorded in the past eight months. Data from I&M Burbidge Capital shows that the initial public offering of Vodacom Tanzania, and the purchase of Sadolin Paints by Japanese firm the Kansai Paint were some of the region’s biggest deals. The Vodacom IPO raised $213 million, with foreign investors buying 40 per cent. Tanzania emerged as the second largest market for private equity deals, with most of the capital going into communication, infrastructure and resources sectors. It is followed by Uganda and Rwanda. Executive director of the East Africa Private Equity & Venture Capital Association (EAVCA) Eva Wairigia attributed the rise in private equity...
(The East African 09/21/17)
Kenya and Uganda will hold talks with China Exim Bank officials October, which could unlock funding for the Malaba-Kampala standard gauge railway. Ministers of finance and transport from both countries will meet with China Exim Bank officials in Beijing in October, where Uganda is expected to receive the final funding approval. “The ministers for transport and finance of Kenya and Uganda are supposed to have engagements with China Exim Bank on the sections of Kisumu to Malaba to Kampala. “Uganda has already submitted their requests for funding for its route and is awaiting appraisals,” a source told The EastAfrican. It is also understood that executives from China Exim Bank will be in Kampala this month to carry out due diligence...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/21/17)
Makers of generic AIDS drugs will start churning out millions of pills for Africa containing a state-of-the-art medicine widely used in rich countries, after securing a multi-million dollar guarantee that caps prices at just $75 per patient a year. Global health experts hope the deal will help address two looming problems in the HIV epidemic - the rising threat of resistance developing to standard AIDS drugs, and the need for more investment in manufacturing capacity. Bill Gates’ charitable foundation will guarantee minimum sales volumes of the new combination pills using dolutegravir, a so-called integrase inhibitor that avoids the drug resistance that often develops with older treatments. In return the drugmakers, India-based Mylan Laboratories and Aurobindo Pharma, will agree the maximum...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/20/17)
Ugandan lawmakers accused the government on Wednesday of trying to intimidate them by deploying heavy security in the capital and around parliament ahead of a move to change the constitution to extend the president’s rule. A legislator from President Yoweri Museveni’s party is expected to introduce legislation on Thursday meant to remove an age cap on the office of president from the constitution. The East African country’s constitution bars anyone above 75 years of age from running in presidential elections. That would make Museveni, 73, ineligible to stand again in 2021. An ally of Western powers who has deployed forces in Somalia to help fight Islamist militants, Museveni has been in power since 1986 when his rebels captured power. He...
(APA 09/19/17)
Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni has said Uganda supports President Donald Trump’s political declaration on UN reforms, which aims at creating efficient institutions, reports said on Tuesday. “Trump is pushing for the United Nations to be efficient in its peace keeping processes, be more focused and have more achievable targets, not spend time on procedures but on substance and manpower,” he said shortly after a closed door meeting for world leaders in ECOSOC Hall, at the United Nations Headquarters. “We support the reforms because this is what we have been talking about all along. There are situations where there is a strong UN presence but alongside, there is death and destruction like in Eastern DR Congo,” he said. According to a...
(APA 09/19/17)
Investors from the United Kingdom have told Uganda’s speaker of parliament Rebecca Kadaga that they face frustration due to bureaucracy and corruption as they seek to start up business in the country. According to a Uganda parliament statement, this was revealed by Lord DolarPopat from the House of Lords while hosting the Speaker in London on Monday. Lord Popat is currently the British Prime Minister’s trade envoy for Rwanda and Uganda following his appointment in January 2016. He said that Africa is endowed with all the natural resources in the world and the British investors are keen to focus more in the areas of trade and investment but expressed concern with the slow pace of doing business in Uganda. “The...
(AFP (eng) 09/18/17)
Uganda's health minister disguised herself as a patient and caught two medical workers demanding a bribe for free government services, she told AFP on Saturday. Health Minister Sarah Opendi said she wore a face veil and travelled to a hospital in the capital Kampala on a boda-boda (motorbike taxi) to disguise her identity. "I received many complaints that the staff at the hospital was extorting money from patients," Opendi said. She went through normal patient procedures for some laboratory tests for which she was told to pay 150,000 shillings (R529.13) "yet these are all supposed to be free". "I told him I didn't have the money but he insisted." She was then sent to fetch the testing strips from a...
(AFP (eng) 09/18/17)
Fourteen people were killed when a truck ploughed into a bus carrying a group returning from a wedding on Uganda's deadliest road, police said Monday. "The driver of the truck lost control after a tyre burst and smashed into a bus, killing 14 people and leaving 17 others seriously injured," police spokesman Phillip Mukasa told AFP. "Of those who died, 12 have been identified as Tanzanian nationals who were returning to Tanzania after attending a wedding ceremony in Kampala." The accident took place on the notorious 130-kilometre (80-mile) Kampala-Masaka road, a gateway to Tanzania, Burundi, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Last year the government launched operation "Fika Salama"
(AfricaNews 09/18/17)
Some 14 youth activists have been arrested in the Ugandan capital Kampala while campaigning against the proposed scrapping of presidential age-limit that will allow President Yoweri Museveni to contest in the next elections. According to local media portal Daily Monitor, the police bundled the activists into a truck on Monday morning and sent them to the Central Police Station where they were detained. The police did not say the reason they arrested the activists who were dressed in all-white, sharing fliers against the proposed constitutional amendment. This is not the first time campaigners against the amendment have been arrested. In July, some youth opposition groups launched a similar campaign and were arrested in the process for unlawful assembly. In 2005,...

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