Sunday 21 January 2018
(The Independent 09/18/17)
The government through the Ministries of Internal Affairs and Foreign Affairs will roll out the registration of Ugandans living in the diaspora for dual citizenship. This was revealed by the Rt. Hon Speaker Rebecca Kadaga following complaints by Ugandans living in the United Kingdom that they are facing challenges in gettting registered for dual citizenship. The Ugandans also raised concern that they have to travel all the way to Uganda to have the registration done. Kadaga, who was attending the Uganda UK Convention in London, Saturday, 16th September 2017 said that following the passing of the Dual Citizenship Act, there is need to implement it by having citizens registered. "There will be operation centers; one in the Nordic countries, in...
(The Guardian 09/18/17)
Anna Jones says that, through selling its cocoa cheaply, Africa is exporting its wealth overseas; while Sue Banford claims that the soya moratorium in the Amazon has done nothing to halt deforestation. Only the final paragraph in your article on cocoa farming causing deforestation in Ivory Coast (Forests pay price for world’s taste for cocoa, 14 September) mentioned the most fundamental thing – the farmer’s livelihood, or lack of it. The low value of his (or more likely her) crop is undoubtedly the cause of this problem. But cocoa farming could also provide the solution. Recently, I was in Ivory Coast for the African Green Revolution Forum (AGRF) in Abidjan. It united many different parties – governments, the UN’s Food...
(AFP (eng) 09/16/17)
"We keep finding bodies. It was once a month then once every two or three weeks then every week," said Rose Nakasinge, a middle-aged farmer. "We had to do something." In a gruesome spate of killings the bodies of at least 20 women have been found dumped in two areas of Uganda's Wakiso district since May. Many of the mostly young victims were raped and strangled, some had sticks shoved into their vaginas, others had body parts sawn off. Women living in Nansana, a suburb of the capital Kampala, and in Katabi, close to Entebbe, 35 kilometres (22 miles) to the southwest, see similarities in the murders that have hit their neighbourhoods and whisper of serial killers and dark rituals...
(Bloomberg 09/15/17)
Societe Generale SA, challenged on its home turf by Orange SA’s push into banking, is fighting back with a new mobile lender in Africa. The French lender started YUP, a new app for smartphones, in Senegal and Ivory Coast and plans to begin operating in four other sub-Saharan countries this year and next, the company said on Thursday. The bank aims to double its client base to 2 million in the region within three years. “Telcos have opened the way and they’ve gotten ahead,” Alexandre Maymat, who oversees Societe Generale’s operations in French-speaking Africa, said at a press briefing. “We’re catching up” by redefining the retail strategy and providing a broader offering than telephone companies. Chief Executive Officer Frederic Oudea...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/13/17)
Legislators from Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni’s party on Tuesday agreed to introduce a law to remove an age limit from the country’s constitution, potentially allowing him to extend his rule, two lawmakers told Reuters. The East African country’s existing constitution bars anyone over 75 from standing as a presidential candidate. Museveni, 73, is already one of Africa’s longest-serving rulers and has been in charge for more than three decades. The next elections are due in 2021. Oil-rich Uganda is a staunch Western ally and receives substantial aid and support for its security forces, partly for sending troops to Somalia as part of an African Union peacekeeping mission.
(The Associated Press 09/13/17)
Lawmakers with Uganda's ruling party on Tuesday backed plans to remove the presidential age limit, which would allow longtime President Yoweri Museveni to extend his rule. The ruling party caucus decided to throw out a clause that puts the upper age limit at 75, said Chris Obore, a spokesman for Uganda's parliament. The issue is not yet on parliament's agenda, Obore said. Museveni, who is 73 and ineligible to run again if the age limit remains, has recently ducked the question when asked whether he wants more time in office, insisting the matter is not so important. Museveni's party has an overwhelming majority in the national assembly, and a bill to remove the age limit is expected to pass when...
(Bloomberg 09/13/17)
Uganda should fairly compensate landowners affected by a pipeline that will transport oil to an Indian Ocean port after accusations that some people reimbursed for earlier public projects were left worse-off, Oxfam International said. The London-based charity said it’s concerned that “community participation, livelihoods and land rights could be overlooked in a quest to meet the schedule for land acquisition” for the 1,445-kilometer (898-mile) conduit that will link Uganda’s western oilfields with Tanga in Tanzania. Total SA, China’s Cnooc Ltd. and London-based Tullow Oil Plc are developing Uganda’s estimated 6.5 billion barrels of oil resources, with the planned pipeline crossing eight districts and 296 kilometers in the country. “Oxfam is interested in seeing that extractives projects benefit host communities and...
(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.

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