Saturday 20 January 2018
(Reuters (Eng) 09/07/17)
A spate of unsolved murders of young women in Uganda is putting rare public pressure on a police force long accused by opposition politicians of spending more time suppressing political dissent than tackling crime. Widespread media coverage of the appearance of 20 corpses beside roadsides south of the capital since May reflects public anger with police for repeatedly saying they have arrested the perpetrators, only for another body to be discovered. “It’s terrifying,” Susan Kabul, 29, told Reuters, standing near the garbage-littered bank of a drainage channel where the latest murder victim was discovered. “The police need to tell us who is slaughtering people like this.” The government has defended the police, and police say they have arrested 30 suspects...
(APA 09/07/17)
APA’s correspondents have reported learning of the deaths of as many as 56 pilgrims from countries across the world, during the 2017 Hajj in Saudi Arabia. Our correspondent in Ethiopia reported the death from food poisoning of an Ethiopian pilgrim. Hamid Tahir was with his mother and new bride attending the 2017 Hajj, and he died at a hospital in Mecca, APA learned on Wednesday from his family in Addis Ababa. His mother and wife were informed of his death four days later by doctors, who waited for the pilgrims to finish their prayers. The body of Hamid Tahir was laid to rest in Saudi Arabia on the same day, APA learned. Hamid had been working at the Ethiopian Broadcasting...
(Bloomberg 09/07/17)
African Rainbow Minerals Ltd., the miner chaired by South Africa’s richest black businessman, will pay a record dividend this year as rising iron-ore and manganese prices boosted earnings at its ferrous unit. ARM will pay investors 6.50 rand a share, almost triple that of the previous year, and its 11th consecutive dividend, the Johannesburg-based company said in a statement Thursday. The company benefited from a 45 percent increase in prices received for exported iron ore and 93 percent more for its manganese. While ARM is “confident in the long-term outlook for commodities,” the company said prices will “remain volatile” this year. The rand, in which ARM pays most of its costs, has strengthened against the dollar this year, reducing earnings...
(Ahram Online 09/06/17)
Egypt reclaimed Group E top spot after laboring to a 1-0 victory over minnows Uganda in the World Cup qualifiers at Alexandria's Borg El-Arab Stadium, thanks to an early strike from Liverpool star Mohamed Salah. Going into the game with no option but to beat the Cranes, it took Egypt just six minutes to score via Salah, whose sixth-minute goal eventually proved the winner. Having surrendered top spot after their defeat to the very opponent in Kampala just a few days ago, Egypt have now returned to the summit top with nine points - two ahead of second-placed Uganda. Egypt will now be hoping once-group rivals Ghana, who thrashed Congo 5-1 earlier in the day, defeat or even hold Uganda...
(Bloomberg 09/05/17)
A surge in agriculture has helped lift Africa’s biggest economies out of their slumps, but the recovery may be weak. Gross domestic product in Nigeria, the continent’s largest crude producer, advanced for the first time in six quarters in the three months ended June from a year earlier, growing 0.55 percent, the statistics agency said. In South Africa, GDP expanded 2.5 percent from the previous quarter, ending the second recession in almost a decade. Both economies had agriculture largely to thank: in South Africa, a bumper corn harvest following the worst drought in more than a century saw the sector surge 34 percent from the prior quarter, while in Nigeria, where farming vies with industries as the second-biggest contributor to...
(Xinhuanet 09/04/17)
Ugandan police said Sunday they are hunting for two men who shot dead a Chinese woman on Friday in the central part of the country. Joseph Seguja, Mukono District Police Commander, told Xinhua by telephone that the force has launched a manhunt for two armed men who killed Yang Yesu, a branch manager at Nile Steel and Plastics Limited in Mukono. "We are making good progress. We have a video footage of the assailants. We shall apprehend the culprits and charge them in courts of law," said Kayima. The footage shows the two men armed with a pistol entering into the factory premises along the Kampala-Jinja using a motor cycle. The duo briefly talked with Yang before shooting and robbing...
(Bloomberg 09/04/17)
The worst may be over for Africa’s two largest economies as they likely emerged from a slump in the second quarter. Official data on Tuesday will probably show South Africa’s economy expanded in the three months through June, ending its second recession in less than a decade. Nigeria’s gross domestic product probably grew from a year earlier, and came out of its worst slump in a quarter of a century. South Africa and Nigeria together account for almost half of sub-Saharan Africa’s GDP and their recoveries may boost trade and production across the region. The reasons differ: while Nigeria, the continent’s biggest oil producer, is benefiting from a rebound in crude output, stronger retail sales may help drive growth in...
(Xinhuanet 08/31/17)
Cooperation between China and Africa has seen remarkable progress in renewable energy, showing the determination of developing countries to harness the huge potential of clean energy and combat climate change. China-Africa Renewable Energy Cooperation and Innovation Alliance, a coalition of financing institutions, smart grid providers and core manufacturers, on Thursday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on cooperation with Africa Renewable Energy Initiative (AREI). "Africa has the highest potential for renewable energy, but the least access to it," said Seyni Nafo, chairman of AREI endorsed by the African Union Assembly. The MOU will enable the two parties to cooperate in renewable energy generation in Africa, with Chinese smart grid providers and core renewable energy manufacturers providing technological and financial support...
(Bloomberg 08/30/17)
One of the world’s poorest regions is making itself more friendly to new products from Novartis AG, Roche Holding AG and other drugmakers by combining the pharmacy regulators of six countries. The East African Community Medicines Registration Harmonization program allows Bayer AG, Merck KGaA, and rivals to speed products to market, while easing patients’ access to new medicines. Drugmakers would like to see the scope of the project, which started in 2012, widened to more countries. Modeled on the European Medicines Agency, the program is designed to slice through red tape in a region of 160 million people grappling with high rates of malaria, HIV, and other infectious diseases. East Africa is often slow to gain the benefit of new...
(Xinhuanet 08/30/17)
Hosts Uganda are champions of the inaugural Eastern Africa Police Chief's Cooperation Games (EAPCCO) that ended on Tuesday night here in the central district of Mukono. Asan Kasingye, the Uganda police spokesman told Xinhua that they are proud of hosting and winning the Games. "Our athletes worked hard to win the Games, but more so we have also bonded better using sports in the region," added Kasingye. Uganda collected 157 points after bagging 22 gold medals, 13 silver and 8 bronze medals. "I am glad I have guided Police FC to winning the first trophy since I was selected captain few days ago," skipper Martin Mpuuga told Xinhua. Hosts Uganda, Burundi, Rwanda, Kenya, Sudan, Tanzania and South Sudan all participated...
(Bloomberg 08/30/17)
One Thousand & One Voices LLC, a private-equity fund started by the great-grandson of the founder of Coors Brewing Co., said it bought a producer of sushi-quality trout that is the largest such facility in Africa. SanLei’s operations are on the Katse Dam in Lesotho, an enclave surrounded by South Africa, 1K1V, as the fund is known, said in an emailed statement Tuesday. The company didn’t disclose the value of the transaction. SanLei has secured a marketing and distribution agreement with CGC Japan Co., which has more than 4,000 stores and collective revenue of more than $40.5 billion, making it Japan’s largest joint-procurement supermarket chain, 1K1V said. The fund has been hunting for private-equity investments that tap Africa’s growing consumer...
(The Associated Press 08/29/17)
KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) -- 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.
(Xinhuanet 08/29/17)
The Ugandan military on Tuesday said it had beefed up security on the border with South Sudan after weekend clashes left over 19 people dead. Brig. Richard Karemire, the Ugandan military spokesperson told Xinhua in an interview that security has been enhanced at Kaya border to ensure the South Sudan warring parties do not cross into Uganda without being detected. "We have intensified our security and intelligence at the border with South Sudan as we continue to follow and monitor the latest clashes in the country," said Karemire. "We shall continue to screen all the people fleeing from South Sudan into Uganda. We are interested in knowing the government and oppositions fighters who might want to cross," he added. According...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/29/17)
Europe’s “big four” continental powers and three African states agreed a plan on Monday to tackle illegal human trafficking and support nations struggling to contain the flow of people across the desert and Mediterranean sea. The 28-nation European Union has long struggled to reach 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. After hosting the leaders of Germany, Italy, Spain, Chad, Niger and Libya, French President Emmanuel Macron said it was time for greater coordination. “We must all act together - from the source countries to Europe and passing by the transit countries, especially Libya - to be efficient,”...
(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...

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