| Africatime
Sunday 26 March 2017
(New Vision 12/07/16)
The Uganda People's Defense Forces (UPDF) has commissioned 2,745 new soldiers to Somalia to replace an equal number of fighters who have been recalled from the battlefield after serving for one year. The first batch of 80 soldiers left Entebbe Airport on Monday morning aboard a Boeing 737 managed by Ocean Airlines Company and landed at the Adan Abdulle International Airport at about 07.30hrs, East African time. The UPDF deputy spokesman, Major Henry Obbo, said more troops were scheduled to join their colleagues in the war-torn country in an exercise that will take a week or more, depending on the air situation and other factors. The new group is code-named UGABAG XX and replaces UGABAG XVII. The soldiers serve on...
(APA 12/07/16)
Victims of the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA) massacre in the northern Uganda district of Oyam have asked the International Criminal Court (ICC) to admit more witnesses and victims in the trial of Dominic Ongwen. The victims told the ICC Registrar who is currently in Uganda that they are more than ready to testify against Dominic Ongwen whose trial for war crimes and crimes against humanity kicked off Tuesday at The Hague. Some of the victims say they failed to join the trial because the court gave too short a period for them to get registered in the process. Cyprian Ayoo, the former leader at Abok Camp for internally displaced people, says only 80 people were registered a day. He said...
(Reuters (Eng) 12/07/16)
As the darkness falls on the plains around Bunambiyu, a remote village in Tanzania's northern Shinyanga region, Elizabeth Julius switches on her solar lantern to finish sewing clothes for her customers. Not long ago, nightfall would have forced her to close her tailoring shop, or use a smoky kerosene lamp. But with the solar-powered lamp, Julius can now sew for as long as she wants. "Solar energy has entirely changed my life. I use it at work and at home, yet it doesn't cost me anything," said the 29-year-old entrepreneur and mother of two. "I often wake up at night to work because I need the money to support my family," she said. Julius and her husband, Zablon, used to...
(AFP (eng) 12/06/16)
Alanyo Juzima wipes the tears from her eyes and points at the flickering image of a smartly-dressed man in a suit projected onto the classroom wall. "He's the one," she says. Juzima scrutinises the picture in front of her, of Dominic Ongwen in the dock at the International Criminal Court (ICC) in The Hague. "I recognise him from the night he attacked the village -- his nose, everything -- I saw him," she says. The 67-year-old still lives in Lukodi, the village in northern Uganda where rebels of the Lord's Resistance Army (LRA), allegedly under Ongwen's command, killed more than 60 people and abducted others in a May 2004 attack. "The LRA soldiers hit me on the back with a...
(AFP (eng) 12/06/16)
Abducted by gunmen as a 10-year-old boy on his way to school, Dominic Ongwen rose to become one of the most feared commanders in Uganda's brutal Lord's Resistance Army (LRA). The former child soldier, now in his early 40s, went on trial before the International Criminal Court (ICC) on Tuesday for crimes committed in Uganda, including keeping sex slaves and recruiting child soldiers. Ongwen, known as the "White Ant", is the first leader of the brutal Ugandan rebel army led by the fugitive Joseph Kony to appear before the ICC, created to try the world's worst crimes. The son of school teachers, he was abducted as a child before being forced into the rebel army and allegedly becoming a willing...
(APA 12/06/16)
The Economic Commission for Africa (ECA) says Africa can yield benefits from commodity-based industrialization and agro-alliance with new policy approaches, according to a statement issued here Tuesday. The ECA has on many editions of its annual Economic Report made a push for the developmental state and a return to planning, arguing that the strong role of the state is key to fostering Africa’s structural transformation. The acting ECA Executive Secretary Abdalla Hamdok spoke on the need for new policy approaches to incentivize agricultural production in activities and sectors with higher returns. In his remarks at the opening of the African Economic Conference on the theme, Feeding Africa: Towards Agro-Allied Industrialization for Inclusive Growth, Hamdok said: “Our desire for structural transformation...
(AFP (eng) 12/05/16)
The Lord’s Resistance Army warlord Dominic Ongwen will go before war crimes judges on Tuesday in the International Criminal Court at the Hague. Ongwen who is now in his early 40s, is the first former child soldier to go on trial at the tribunal, and is due to plead Tuesday to 70 counts of war crimes and crimes against humanity — the largest number of charges ever brought at The Hague-based ICC against one defendant. But his own harrowing journey raises deep questions on how to go about his prosecution. Ongweni was abducted at the age of 10 and brutalised as a child by the LRA led by Joseph Kony before rising through the militia’s ranks to become its deputy...
(AfricaNews 12/05/16)
Cameroon’s Indomitable Lionesses failed to use home advantage and revenge in the final of the Women African Cup of Nations (AWCON 2016) losing by a goal to Nigeria’s Super Falcons. The Super Falcons thus successfully defended the title they won in 2014 by defeating Cameroon in Namibia. The hosts entered the final aiming to win their first title and avenge two previous defeats by Nigeria. But a late goal by Oparanozie Desire dashed hopes and sent disappointment through the teeming home fans. Desire slotted in from close range after a beautiful lob from team mate Ngozi Okobi hit a Cameroonian defender and fell on her path with six minutes to the end of the game. The remaining duration and three...
(Daily Monitor 12/02/16)
Police has blocked former presidential candidate Dr Kizza Besigye from leaving his Kasangati home in Wakiso District to Makerere University where he was expected to lead a fundraising ceremony for lecturers' unpaid Shs28billion incentive arrears. Besigye said after consulting different stake holders like former students, lecturers, students and parents, they agreed to solicit funds from the public so as to raise the Shs28billion to pay lecturers. Dr Besigye had given the government a 10-day ultimatum to re-open the university or he mobilises the public to storm the university. Besigye, however, noted that they dropped the violent means as they had planned earlier because they do not want more bloodshed and opted to solicit for money from the public. While addressing...
(Voice of America 12/02/16)
Activists are using the women's Africa Cup of Nations tournament in Cameroon to campaign for the protection of the continent's forests and animal species. The campaign, called “Sports for Nature," is spearheaded by conservationist groups who say some of Africa's natural resources are on the verge of going extinct. In Yaounde, birds sing at a makeshift park near the Ahmadou Ahidjo stadium, one of the sites of the 2016 women's football African Cup of Nations. Conservationist Nevielle Tanyi points toward a crocodile walking nearby and describes the danger it poses to workers trying to maintain a pond. "When we provoke the crocodile to leave the pond area, it goes toward the side where there is no water and it normally...
(AFP (eng) 12/01/16)
Outside the mortuary in Kasese, grief-stricken families wait to find out if their missing relatives were among scores killed by Ugandan security forces at the weekend. Huddling in groups, some pull clothes over their mouths and noses to mask the sickening stench of the decomposing corpses inside. Kikanda Bwambale, 40, was back at the mortuary to look for his older brother, Siriro, after being turned away the previous day. Bwambale last heard from Siriro on Saturday when he visited the local king's palace to discuss a land issue. That day, clashes broke out between royal guards and Ugandan police that left nearly 90 dead. "My brother had never been to the palace before. He was a peasant, he didn't know...
(Xinhuanet 11/30/16)
A tribal king from western Uganda, Charles Wesley Mumbere was late on Tuesday charged with murder after the weekend clashes between the security forces and a separatist local militia that left 62 people dead. John Francis Kaggwa, the Jinja Court Chief Magistrate read Mumbere, the King of Rwenzururu kingdom based in western district of Kasese the charges, before remanding him to Kirinya Prison in the eastern district of Jinja. The security forces on Sunday afternoon stormed the palace of King Mumbere and arrested him following the fierce clashes between his royal guards, army and police on Saturday. He was airlifted to the capital Kampala and transferred to Nalufenya police station in eastern Ugandan district of Jinja. Gen. Jeje Odongo, Ugandan...
(AFP (eng) 11/30/16)
Ugandan traditional music, which is dying out partly because it requires materials from endangered species, has been placed on UNESCO's protected "Intangible Cultural Heritage" list, along with Portuguese pottery and Ukrainian Cossack songs. A UNESCO world heritage committee, meeting in Addis Ababa Tuesday, decided to include Uganda's Ma'di Bowl Lyre music and dance, one of the oldest cultural practices of the Madi people of Uganda. It is still performed at some weddings and to celebrate harvests but is at risk "due to it being considered old-fashioned by younger generations" and because it requires materials from plants and animals now endangered. A black pottery manufacturing process from the Portuguese village of Bisalhaes was also added to the UNESCO list of "Intangible...
(Daily Monitor 11/30/16)
The Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga, on Monday made her mind known to editors from different media houses, accusing them of being used by the mafia to bring her and the institution of Parliament down. Speaking to editors at the second Parliament-editors media breakfast, Ms Kadaga said she has minutes of meetings where journalists meet with her detractors to plan her downfall. She also castigated the editors for "always focusing on the negative" stories about her and Parliament saying it confirms that the reporting about the institution is skewed to conform to particular agenda. "Do not do PR for me. Just report facts," she said. She added, "On the issues of UNAA, no newspaper reported our side of the story...
(Xinhuanet 11/30/16)
Over 250 women security officers from 37 countries across Africa attending Africa Regional Convention of Women in Security Organs here vowed to step up efforts to stamp out gender-based violence (GBV) in the continent. The convention, organized according to the Kigali International Conference Declaration (KICD), was designed to redraw strategies for women officers to play their role in the fight against crimes, especially child abuse and violence against women and girls. At the two-day event that opened Monday, the women officers from police, military and prison services called for more workshops and regular conferences and establishing anti-GBV centers in all member countries of KICD. They also called for prioritizing countries that need more attention in fighting violence against women and...
(AFP (eng) 11/29/16)
Ugandan prosecutors charged a tribal king with murder Tuesday, accusing him of backing a separatist militia in his kingdom where weekend fighting between his guards and security forces left at least 87 people dead. The Rwenzururu King Charles Wesley Mumbere is accused of commanding a militia from his palace with the aim of creating an independent state straddling Uganda and the neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo. "Court sat this afternoon. He has been charged with murder," Uganda's judiciary spokesman Solomon Muyita told AFP, without giving further details. Police and army officers stormed Mumbere's palace in the western town of Kasese on Sunday in a hail of gunfire and explosions
(AFP (eng) 11/29/16)
Ugandan police said Tuesday that another 25 bodies had been recovered after weekend fighting in a western kingdom whose tribal monarch is accused of stoking a separatist rebellion, bringing the death toll to 87. "We recovered 25 bodies from two sub-counties on Monday and a postmortem is being done to establish the facts," Kasese district police commander Sam Odong told AFP. Police had earlier reported 16 police officers and 46 royal guards were killed in the fighting that broke out in the Rwenzururu kingdom and saw security forces storm the palace to arrest King Charles Wesley Mumbere on Sunday. Mumbere is accused of backing a militia, allegedly including members of his royal guard, which had launched attacks against Ugandan security...
(APA 11/29/16)
Amnesty International has urged the Ugandan security forces not to abandon their human rights obligations while handling the clashes in Kasese district of Western Uganda. According to the police, at least 62 people including police officers and royal guards have been killed in the clashes at Obusinga Bwa Rwenzururu Palace in Kasese District in western Uganda on Sunday and hundreds of others picked up. However, several bodies have continued emerging from the ruins of the palace, pushing the death toll to more than 120. In a statement issued Tuesday morning, Abdullahi Halakhe, Amnesty International's East Africa Researcher, notes that, according to the police, the clashes followed attacks by the Royal guards on multiple police stations on 26 November, which claimed...
(APA 11/29/16)
Ugandan Prime Minister Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda is in Cuba to represent President Yoweri Museveni at the burial of the former Cuban leader Fidel Castro who died on Friday at the age of 90. According to a Uganda government statement issued Tuesday morning, Dr. Rugunda who left for Havana, the Cuban capital, Monday, has joined several world leaders for a mass rally in memory of Castro at Havana's Revolutionary Square on Tuesday. In his condolence message after Castro’s death, Rugunda stated that; “Fidel Castro was a giant whom we highly admired for his support to liberation struggles in Africa. I am travelling to Havana to represent President Museveni and to convey his and Uganda's message of solidarity with the Cuban people...
(APA 11/29/16)
Uganda’s Health Ministry has unveiled new guidelines for treating HIV/Aids in the country, in a program dubbed ‘Test and Treat Guidelines for HIV/AIDS’, APA learns here Tuesday. According to the guidelines, all people living with HIV/Aids will be eligible for antiretroviral treatment regardless of their CD-4 count or stage of infection. Through the United States’ President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), the US government is investing $221 million in implementing the ‘Test and Treat’ programs, as part of its annual $383 million investment in Uganda this fiscal year. Representing the US government at the launch in Kampala Tuesday, the US Ambassador to Uganda, Deborah R. Malac underscored the policy’s importance in achieving epidemic control. “Having an AIDS-free generation is...

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