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New Film | Disney’s “Queen of Katwe” featuring new footage and sound bites from David Oyelowo and Lupita Nyong’o – Release Date 23rd September!

Wed, 07/20/2016 - 05:34

Cast: David Oyelowo, Lupita Nyong’o, Madina Nalwanga

Director: Mira Nair                       

Screenplay by: William Wheeler  

Producers: Lydia Dean Pilcher, John Carls

Executive Producers: Will Weiske, Troy Buder

For Immediate Release to The Ugandan Diaspora Audience — “Queen of Katwe” is based on the vibrant true story of a young girl from the streets of rural Uganda whose world rapidly changes when she is introduced to the game of chess, and, as a result of the support she receives from her family and community, is instilled with the confidence and determination she needs to pursue her dream of becoming an international chess champion.

Directed by Mira Nair from a screenplay by William Wheeler, “Queen of Katwe” is produced by Lydia Dean Pilcher, p.g.a. and John Carls, p.g.a. with Will Weiske and Troy Buder serving as executive producers. The film stars Golden Globe® nominee David Oyelowo, Oscar® winner and Tony Award® nominee Lupita Nyong’o and newcomer Madina Nalwanga.

For 10-year-old Phiona Mutesi (Nalwanga) and her family, life in impoverished Katwe in Kampala, Uganda, is a constant struggle. Her mother, Harriet (Nyong’o), is fiercely determined to take care of her family and works tirelessly selling vegetables in the market to make sure her children are fed and have a roof over their heads. When Phiona meets Robert Katende (Oyelowo), a soccer player turned missionary who teaches local children chess, she is captivated.

Chess requires a good deal of concentration, strategic thinking and risk taking, all skills which are applicable in everyday life, and Katende hopes to empower youth with the game. Phiona is impressed by the intelligence and wit the game requires and immediately shows potential. Recognizing Phiona’s natural aptitude for chess and the fighting spirit she’s inherited from her mother, Katende begins to mentor her, but Harriet is reluctant to provide any encouragement, not wanting to see her daughter disappointed.

As Phiona begins to succeed in local chess competitions, Katende teaches her to read and write in order to pursue schooling. She quickly advances through the ranks in tournaments, but breaks away from her family to focus on her own life. Her mother eventually realizes that Phiona has a chance to excel and teams up with Katende to help her fulfill her extraordinary potential, escape a life of poverty and save her family. Disney’s “Queen of Katwe” will open in U.S. theaters on September 23, 2016.

Here is brief description of the movie:

“Queen of Katwe” is based on the vibrant true story of a young girl from the streets of rural Uganda whose world rapidly changes when she is introduced to the game of chess, and, as a result of the support she receives from her family and community, is instilled with the confidence and determination she needs to pursue her dream of becoming an international chess champion. Queen Of Katwe opens in limited release on September 23, going wide September 30, 2016.

DISNEY’S QUEEN OF KATWE

Genre: Drama 

Rating: PG

U.S. Release date: September 23, 2016

Running time:  TBD

Source — This Press Release has been provided specifically for the Ugandan Diaspora News Audience.

Death Announcement | Ugandan Community In Houston Has Lost Geoffrey Opolot To Cancer

Wed, 07/20/2016 - 04:48

Houston Ugandan Community
Death: 15th July 2016

Cause of Death: Lung Cancer.
Geoffrey Opolot came to the US 16 years ago as a student as Blinn College in Bryan Texas and has since lived and worked within this community. In April 2016 he was diagnosed with a Stage 4 Cancer and underwent chemotherapy with St. Joseph’s Hospital in Bryan Texas. He underwent the full treatment cycle and was slated to begin treatment with MD Anderson but ended up in CCU before the treatment dates.

He passed on Friday 15th July and the family is trying to make arrangements to repatriate his body back to Uganda for burial at his ancestral Home in Amuria Katakwi Uganda.

The family has setup a GoFundMe page on Facebook for the Late Geoffrey Opolot, the deceased’s Mom and Son are currently in College Station and can be contacted through Mr. Robert Wanok 1.979.304.0320.

Please forward at your convenience. Daniel Jombwe, Houston

Fashion & Charity | Joe Malaika Boston Medical Center Cancer Fundraiser Nets USD $350,000 dollars In Donations

Thu, 07/14/2016 - 06:27

Ugandan born Boston best designer Joe Malaika shines at 5th annual Catwalk For the Boston Medical Center Cancer awareness gala. As a fashion designer Joe made three cancer survivors dresses helping them celebrate their victory over cancer at an event held at Thursday, June 23, 2016 at the State Room in Boston, Massachusetts.

Berline  was 5 weeks pregnant when found out she had breast cancer. Managing treatment in addition to her pregnancy didn’t bring her down. Berline delivered her baby boy, slightly premature. Berlin is wearing all sleek foil chain purple dress.

Rosalba was born in Colombia, she has survived both pancreatic cancer and lymphoma, attended BMC Spanish cancer support, very close to her Daughter Astrid, She loves printed outfits hence the reason Joe Made floral dress for her.

Linda is a survivor of multiple melanoma who’s come a long way since her diagnosis. Unfortunately no cure for her type of cancer. She’s a mom with 3 grand kids. Linda is wearing sleek foil purple and white long-sleeved dress. featured special guest Joe Andruzzi, former player for the New England Patriots and cancer survivor.

A special thank-you to the many partners and sponsors, especially Lord & Taylor, Liberty Mutual, Channel 7 and the others that came out in support — the evening raised USD $350,000 dollars for BMC’s cancer support services.

Event Emcee — Jadiann Thompson – 7NEWS Anchor – WHDH-TV Channel 7

Sudan Tribune | South Sudan death toll reaches over 100, as rival officials repeat calls for calm

Sun, 07/10/2016 - 09:29

July 9, 2016 (JUBA) – More than 100 fighters from the rival forces in South Sudan shooting around the presidential palace have been counted dead, as tense remains visibly high, with the violent government soldiers in collaboration with police and national security services, manning major streets.

South Sudan defence minister, Kuol Manyang Juuk, and deputy chief of general staff for administration and finance from the armed opposition faction of the SPLA-IO, General James Koang Chuol, reassured the public of the commitment of the two sides to control and prevent the situation from escalating further. They said it was now calm in the national capital, Juba, after the Friday’s clash and people should therefore resume normal activities in the town.

The gunfire started at the presidential palace at around 4:20pm on Friday even as President Salva Kiir and his two deputies, Riek Machar and James Wani, were in a meeting to discuss a previous clash in which five government soldiers were killed at the main crossing point at Gudule, located west of Juba.

The circumstance provoking the firing remains unclear. Both President Kiir and his first deputy in government, Riek Machar, denied any knowledge of the cause of the fighting and urged their commanding officers to restrain their forces.

The two sides also never released an official statement giving the casualty figures, though hospital sources and military officers involved in verification of the bodies give conflicting figures.

Government sources claimed to have counted 180 dead bodies just outside the presidential gate south of one of the main entrance sites.

Multiple military medical personnel at the SPLA military hospital told Sudan Tribune on Saturday that they did not sleep as they were receiving lots of soldiers with gunshot wounds, most of whom in critical condition seeking immediate attention.

“We did not sleep the whole of yesterday [Friday] night. We received more [than] 58 soldiers with gunshot wounds by around 8pm yesterday evening and received 30 others this morning. We have now run out of beds,” a military medical officer told Sudan Tribune on Saturday when reached to comment on the number of casualty figures they have received.

He said others were taken to the main Juba Teaching Hospital due to lack of beds for admission and other medical care and attention.

A medical officer at the main teaching Juba hospital said the hospital has received 42, including additional 8 fighters who died on the way while being taken to the hospital due to severity in bleeding.

He also confirmed having personally seen at the mortuary 92 dead bodies, which he said were taken to the rest room by heavy military trucks.

In a separate interview, a military medical officer at the SPLA military hospital said they received more than 80 dead bodies, some of whom have been identified and taken by their relatives.

In an attempt to calm down the situation, defence minister, Kuol Manyang Juuk, said people can now resume their normal duties in Juba. He admitted many people were killed but could not provide details.

“The issue of figures which you are asking for confirmation is not important now. What is important is that the fighting has stopped. We do not know the number of casualties because it is not the first thing now. The first thing is to calm down the situation so that people can resume normal lives,” defence minister Juuk told Sudan Tribune when reached on Saturday.

The minister called on the public to remain calm and go back to work, saying nothing should prevent them from going to work as usual because they need to work to get their own means for survival.

Another military officer loyal to the SPLA claimed that more than 100 government soldiers were killed and nearly 30 civilians also died in the cross fire.

Officials of the SPLA-IO on their part said about 37 of their fighters were killed during the clashes on Friday at J1.

They said Machar was accompanied to the presidency meeting by only 70 soldiers of his protection unit, more than half of them were killed during the fighting at the palace.

Meanwhile, deputy chief of general staff of the SPLA-IO, General James Koang Chuol, said they were working in coordination with the SPLA general headquarters to calm down the situation in the town.

Source — Sudan Tribune

Ugandan Diaspora News Editorial | July 2016 | Do Black Lives Really Matter – Race and Police Brutality!

Sun, 07/10/2016 - 08:26

Dear Readers,

Greetings from the land of the free and the home of the brave. Today America is 240 years having celebrated another independence day on July 4th but even though the framers of our Constitution preached equality, justice and liberty for all in the pursuit of happiness and our various freedoms, today we are a nation more divided by both race and ideology. The new talk and slogan is “Do black lives really matter”, in the wake of the new police brutality. Those on the other side of the divide have also posed a similar question — If blue lives (cops) equally matter as a much since the police and the other law enforcement officers are now the subject of targeted assassinations from those vigilante groups trying to correct what they see as a broken judicial system in America.

With the November election largely putting race, immigration and the effect of globalization on world politics into focus. More and more people are paying closer attention to race relations and its impact across America.  With the dark chapter of slavery hardly a century away — Do black lives really matter? First it was Rodney King in 1992 the acquittal of the four police officers filmed beating this black man sparked the Los Angeles riots, then came the Ferguson in the wake of the Micheal Brown shooting. Others have included Trayvon Martin, Eric Garner, Alton Sterling and more recently Philando Castile have been the latest victims of police brutality in the USA. But unlike the movement led by civil rights icon Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. There has been a growing fear that the current movement is largely anti police with no clear ideology. Even though it appears to have been born out of the unfair justice system that allows white officers to walk away as black lives are left to die on the streets of-course Philando’s death captured Live on Facebook by the girlfriend causing the latest outrage.

The shooting of five innocent policemen in Dallas was equally disturbing and seems to have exacerbated the situation with some justifying police action. With all the stereotyping and racial profiling that goes on it’s now more dangerous to be black in America.  For many of us who grew up admiring the life of Nelson Mandela and reading about the Sharpeville massacres at the height of the Apartheid rule in South Africa that resulted in the deaths of many Black Africans — the killing of innocent black lives while acquitting the perpetrators of such crimes has been a new low!

All the above events have only caused me to reminiscent the day I was pulled over in North Carolina by a State trooper while driving back to Massachusetts from Atlanta. This was a routine stop on an interstate highway. I was kept waiting for close to an  2 hour as my licence plates, registration and background checks were done. Even with my CNN internship credentials on me the traffic incident lasted unusually long though I was eventually let go without incident. However how many black men or foreign immigrants have been the target of a system that still views black or latino people as subservient to white folks. And for those that have ever been arrested or even convicted its always dejavu.

Some have also blamed President Obama for doing too little to end this inequality within our justice system that largely treats white folks in similar circumstances different. According to the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), African Americans constitute nearly 1 million of the total 2.3 million incarcerated population, and have nearly six times the incarceration rate of whites.  If there was a time when America could use the healing it’s now a message several black leaders including motivational speaker Bishop TD Jake’s have tried to convey on social media platforms.  Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Put it best when he said — I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin, but by the content of their character.

As we mourn the latest victims in this recurring cycle of violence let’s all reach out to our city Councillors and State representatives by asking that they ensure more community policing as a way to help diffuse the current tension that has now resulted in the villain vs victim mentality that borders on anarchy if left unchecked within our various communities. There is also need for legislation that limits the use of excessive force among the police and other law enforcement officers during routine stops and the need to ban assault weapons from that streets of America.

On a positive note our Ugandan Boston community will on Monday July 18th host the Deputy Assistant Secretary of State – Bureau of Africa Affairs — Mr. Todd Haskell in the city of Waltham, Massachusetts. The visit will present an opportunity to compare notes with the leadership of the Ugandan Diaspora community in North America whilst presenting an opportunity to discuss Uganda’s current political situation and the US Africa policy initiatives. As a proud coordinator of this event on behalf of the Bureau for African affairs – please be advised that the town-hall will only be open to the Boston community leadership and prior registration is required. RSVP – info@ugandandiaspora.com   http://www.ugandandiasporanews.com/2016/06/29/ugandan-boston-community-event-a-conversation-with-todd-haskell-deputy-assistant-secretary-bureau-of-african-affairs/

On a positive note Uganda and in particular President Museveni’s foreign policy credentials have enjoyed a boost recently in-spite of the continued harassment of his political opponents. First came the President of South Korea, then the leader of Turkey and now Israeli Premier Benjamin Netanyahu was the latest world leader to make a stopover in Uganda. However unlike the visits to our neighboring Kenya,  Uganda’s presentation and would be value addition from the visits have been somewhat lacking of any tangible MOUs similar to what we have seen in Kenya Media.  Sadly the failure of the Republican of South Sudan to manage its own affairs and in the wake of the latest armed skirmishes in Juba that have now resulted in the death of more than 100 rival soldiers according to the Sudan Tribune,  some pundits and political commentators seem to suggest that President’s Museveni’s approach to pacify the region might win him fresh admirers within the international community. http://www.ugandandiasporanews.com/2016/07/10/sudan-tribune-south-sudan-death-toll-reaches-over-100-as-rival-officials-repeat-calls-for-calm/

On a diplomatic front lots of resources have now been dediated to Dr. Specioza Kazibwe’s bid to win the African Union top job with special envoys dispatched across the continent to sell her candidature. Ofcourse all this on the heels of our very own nduggu Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda who served as Uganda’s Permanent representative at the UN Security Council followed by Hon. Sam Kuteesa who later assumed the Presidency of the UN General Assembly,  a position that came with intense lobbying and expenditure. However debate is now shifting to how we as a nation benefited especially in areas of geo-politics,  tourism and branding of Uganda. It would be good to hear from publicist Sarah Kagingo and those lobbying for Dr. Specioza Kazibwe bid how exactly we as Uganda stand to benefit from this new posting since it has been rumored that over 3 billion shillings has been spent on this exercise!

Kampala and many of its socialites are now getting ready to apply for that all mighty visa pass to America. Word of the vine is that some people are already trading application letters for a quick sale. Depending on which convention you plan to attend UNAA Boston (www.unaa.org)  or UNAA – Los Angeles (www.unaacauses.org)  these two cities as homes to many Ugandans on both the east and west coast will attract big numbers. Last year the group in New York was dubbed a pro-MBABAZI camp to the consternation of many while those in New Orleans were identified as pro NRM we await to see what political contests will play out given Boston’s position as one of the strongest opposition Diaspora bases in North America. On a lighter note working together with NBS Television I will be doing a series of documentaries on Life in the Diaspora and with some Live News Feeds from both the Boston and the LA during the Convention weekend.

Finally the effects of the Brexit vote continue to impact Europe and now there is a growing fear that the US might catch the cold. Britain saw about 2 trillion of its stocks wiped out in a single day. London as the global financial capital of the world might be a thing of the past if the hemorrhage of the almighty pound is not stopped very soon. Nigel Farage and Boris Johnson both prominent leaders of the Brexit vote campaign seem to have melted away.  That was the power of the silent majority tired with establishment politics and the more reason the world should not be so fast write off Donald Trump. There is definitely a new looming world order and perhaps a raise of feminism across the globe as the UK and the US seem ready to elect women as the new chief executives to the highest office — only time will tell!!

 Be Safe! — Ronnie Mayanja Ugandan Diaspora News | www.ugandandiasporanews.com | Ugandan Diaspora Network | Event website | www.ugandandiaspora.com | US | +1-978-235-2459 | UG +256-773-212-007 | +256- 794-999-898 | Skype | ronnie.mayanja | Twitter | @rmayanja | http://www.linkedin.com/in/ronniemayanja

The First Ever Ugandan Royal Doll Collection ~ Debut of 18 Inch Dolls of Princess Nkinzi and Namikka, Crown Prince Wassajja

Sun, 07/10/2016 - 01:17

Ugandans Making a Difference in the Diaspora ~ Something truly awesome and exciting is coming to you fellow Ugandans in the Diaspora and back home in Uganda: Yvonne Senkandwa, an author and writer based in California, USA, has created a beautiful doll line that is Unique and Authentically Ugandan, with a debut of the first ever Ugandan Royal Doll collection featuring  Crown Prince Wassajja, Princess Lily and 2 Characters from Yvonne’s children’s book series entitled “An African Adventure of Uganda Princesses.”

Ugandan Diaspora News caught up with Yvonne with some key Questions

We asked Yvonne What inspired her to create the characters in the books and dolls.

Yvonne’s Answer: “I was inspired both by my family and the Buganda Kingdom. 9 years ago when my niece was born, I had a hard time finding books and dolls that taught culture and royalty. Finally, I found a doll that I ended up buying.Somehow, I didn’t have a sense of satisfaction, now almost 10 years later my family now has seven little girls, and I have now created both books and dolls for all little girls around the world. As a mother, I am satisfied with the dolls and books. I smile deeply at the happiness I see on my daughter, nephews, and nieces’ face when playing with the Royal Doll Collection.”

With such a hot item, we knew it would be a matter of time before our fellow Ugandans asked her Where people could buy the dolls and books online, or in physical stores:

Yvonne’s Answer: “​The book series and dolls are not yet available in physical stores but we diligently are working on that. For now Pre-Orders of the books and dolls are available online at www.RoyalPrincess.com ~ Dolls will be available for Sale: December 2016​”

About the Author :

Kenyan-born to Ugandan parents Yvonne was raised in Pasadena (a suburb of Los Angeles), California. She completed French language & French Literature course work at Universite d’ Aix-Marseille III, France and graduated from California State University, Northridge with a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and earned an MBA from Regis University in Denver, Colorado. Yvonne has worked as a newspaper reporter, magazine writer, and an academic editor with an international publisher for high school text books and an international neurosurgical journal. Yvonne is multilingual (English/ French/Luganda), enjoys horseback riding, and horse racing.

Doll Background:

Inspired to teach the principles of integrity, kindness, and love, author Yvonne Senkandwa of An African Adventure of Ugandan Princesses children’s book series debuts the first Royal Doll Collection that can project an image of self-beauty in girls all around the world; the twin characters Nkinzi and Namikka, Crown Prince Wassajja and Princess Lily doll collection mirror the more than 800 year old Ugandan Royal family to bring culture and royalty to children.

The book series which made its debut at the 2015 2nd Annual Pasadena Author Fair as a part of Pasadena’s biannual ArtNight celebration,was endorsed by Her Royal Highness Nnaabagereka (Queen) Sylvia Nagginda of Buganda Kingdom, as “Nnaabagereka Development Foundation (NDF) and HRH Nnaabagereka view that the content is appropriate for the Diaspora children who are being introduced to their mother tongue while in a foreign land. And also believe that the books feed into NDF and HRH Nnaabagereka strategic goals of “Social Transformation Through Obuntubulamu (Dignity)”; and that of “Cultural Voice” that aims at teaching our children Luganda Language and using culture as a platform for change.”

Senkandwa says “The monarchy is where I found my inspiration to write to girls. Our Queen, Her Royal Highness Sylvia Nagginda is an exceptional role model with a servant heart for her people. She is a modern Queen in every sense. It brings me so much joy to see how she reaches out to people effortlessly. It was my desire that this kind of beauty be visible to girls through the children book series and dolls.”

The 18 inch dolls, uniquely dressed in a Bu-Tutu, a clever combination of the Buganda traditional wear called a Busuuti and a ballerina Tutu with Prince Doll wearing a traditional Ugandan Kanzu, attire will also be available for sell to their doll owners. Senkandwa wants to attract the broadest possible audience by diversifying the toy aisle for all children who play with dolls.

Senkandwa adds “The opportunity to showcase Princess Nkinzi & Namikka dolls and books allow girls to know their beauty in a world filled with other beautiful girls of different races and ethnic background. It is this strong knowledge of self that will springboard her to self-fulfillment and connectedness to the world around her.

ROYAL DOLL COLLECTION

1)       Princess Nkinzi
Deluxe 18 inch Girl Doll – Twin Princess of the Buganda Royal Family who invite children to join them on a Royal African Adventure

 2)       Princess Namikka
Deluxe 18 inch Girl Doll – Twin Princess of the Buganda Royal Family who invite children to join them on a Royal African Adventure

 3)       Crown Prince Wassajja
Deluxe 18 inch Boy Doll – Royal Buganda Prince and brother to the twin joins his twin sisters to teach children about Ugandan royalty

4)       Princess Lily
Deluxe 18 inch Girl Doll – Royal friend to the twin Princesses. They meet at the Farmers market and later the Princesses invite her to their tea party
DOLL HIGHLIGHTS

·         Includes: Bu-tutu dress/ or Kanzu Attire, Tiara/ or Crown, Shoes, Storybook
·         Articulation: Articulated
·         Material: Plastic
·         Hair Color: Black
·         Dimensions: 20.000 H x 5.000 W x 12.500 L
·         Weight: 4.000
·         Suggested Age: 3 Years and Up
·         Battery: No battery used,
·         Care and Cleaning: Wipe Clean with a Damp Cloth
·         Origin: Imported

 

Check out the work of Yvonne on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/nkinziandnamikka

Website: www.RoyalPrincess.com ~ Dolls will be available for Sale: December 2016

 

Historic Visit | Prime Minister Netanyahu’s Remarks at the Ceremony Marking the 40th Anniversary of Operation Entebbe

Tue, 07/05/2016 - 20:57

Israeli Prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, gives a speech after his arrival at Entebbe airport Uganda, Monday, July 4, 2016. Netanyahu is on a four-nation Africa tour to Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda and Ethiopia. (AP Photo/Stephen Wandera)

Thank you, Mr. President, for your gracious invitation, your extraordinary friendship in hosting this ceremony.

With your permission, sir, I’d like to say first a few words in Hebrew to my people back home, but also to the soldiers and commanders who are with us today, many of whom participated in the historic rescue mission. I am moved standing here as the Prime Minister of Israel, in this place that brought endless pride to our soldiers, to the IDF and to our nation. I am moved standing here, in the place where IDF soldiers liberated the hostages in the heart of Africa, thousands of kilometers from Israel, with the commanders and soldiers who took part in the operation. I am moved standing here with the relatives of Jean-Jacques Mimouni, Ida Boruhovitch, Pasco Cohen and Dora Bloch, who lost their lives at Entebbe. I am moved standing here in this place, right in the place where my brother Yoni, commander of the Special Forces unit, was killed while leading the force that stormed the old terminal, overcame the terrorists and freed the hostages.

Here, where the old terminal stood, our brethren were held hostage by cruel terrorists, and this is where our soldiers came to rescue them in a brilliant mission that is almost unparalleled in history. Entebbe is always with me, in my thoughts, in my consciousness and deep in my heart.

The hijacking of the Air France plane to Entebbe touched a raw nerve with the people of Israel. Thirty-one years after the Holocaust, Jews again had to undergo a separation of Jews and non-Jews by those who wanted to kill us. The terrorists freed the hostages of other nationalities, but they condemned the Jews to the terror of death.

Essential intelligence was provided by members of the Mossad, and the determination of the commanders, the soldiers and the pilots helped convince the Government of Israel to act. Each of you, soldiers and pilots who flew to Entebbe, those who are here and those who are not, members of the Air Force, the General Staff Reconnaissance Unit, the Paratroopers, the Golani Brigade and the Medical Corps, each of you flew here without knowing if you would come home. You came to rescue, but you knew that in the event there was a problem, there would be no one to rescue you. And despite this, each of you fought to be on the planes because you understood the importance of the mission.

The late Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin deserves tremendous respect for the leadership he showed when making the fateful decision to embark on the operation. Senior partners who approved the operation and its execution include Minister of Defense Shimon Peres, Chief of General Staff Motta Gur, Air Force Commander Benny Peled, Commander of the Infantry and Paratroopers Branch Dan Shomron, who commanded the entire operation, Commander of the Paratroopers Matan Vilnai, Commander of the Golani Brigade Uri Sagi and Commander of the General Staff Reconnaissance Unit, my brother Yoni.

The General Staff Reconnaissance Unit, its commanders and its soldiers were tasked with the mission of killing the terrorists, incapacitating Idi Amin’s soldiers, grounding the MiGs and releasing the hostages. In less than an hour, our soldiers were back on their planes, but this time with the hostages, on their way home.

I wish to pay my respects to the Captain of the hijacked plane, Michel Bacos, who is in France. He and his crew stayed with the hostages out of an amazing sense of responsibility. For the families of the hostages killed during the operation and directly afterwards, the price was unbearable. The same is true for my family and for me. When Yoni died, our world was destroyed.

Not a day goes by that I do not think what might have been. If only I had not refused the unit commander, the late Uzi Yairi, who asked me to go to officers’ school. If only I had not consulted that Saturday with my older brother, who had just returned from Harvard and told me, “What’s the problem? Tell Uzi Yairi that I’ll take your place.” And then maybe Yoni wouldn’t have come to the unit, and then maybe he would not have died here at Entebbe. In any event, a short while after Yoni joined the unit, I also joined the officers’ course and we served together as commanders in the Special Forces unit.

Grief struck us, my family and the families of the hostages, as it strikes many families in Israel today, during these times of great cruelty. And despite this, the power of life sweeps us forward, and it brings us to times of hope and joy. However, the scars always remain, and they are not limited to bereavement. For 40 years, Paratrooper Surin Hershko has lived with the results of his serious injury. Surin told me more than once that if he had to do it all over again, even knowing the price, he would not hesitate for a moment. Surin Hershko represents the best, the most beautiful and noble parts of our people.

At Entebbe, justice overcame evil, and for this simple reason, the operation has earned the sympathy of the world and its praise. Operation Jonathan at Entebbe has become the symbol of standing strongly against terror. It set the rule that when the location of the hostages is known – action should be taken to rescue them. It improved Israel’s standing in the worlds and struck a deadly blow against terrorism. The battle against terrorism continues today. Terror threatens all countries and all continents, and we must stand against it united in spirit, a united front, in the spirit of Entebbe. This is the only way we will beat it.

Dear soldiers who fought in Entebbe, you were privileged to take part in an operation that will remain engraved in the history of our people for generations, and which is burned into the heart of everyone who wants peace. Those who follow in your footsteps, IDF soldiers from the same units that participated in the operation, are here today. As Prime Minister, I can tell you they carry the same spirit with them in their overt and covert missions, those close to home and those far away.
On behalf of the people and State of Israel, I salute you all.

President Museveni, I want to thank you also for hosting the other African leaders who have so graciously come to meet me. The historic summit that will be held later today between the leaders of seven African countries and Israel testifies to the dramatic changes taking place in the relationship between Israel and Africa.

Africa is a continent on the rise. Israel looks forward to strengthening ties with all its countries. Many African leaders visit Israel; and I am proud to be the first Israeli prime minister in over 20 years to come to visit sub-Saharan Africa. After many decades, I can say unequivocally: Israel is coming back to Africa and Africa is coming back to Israel. All of our peoples will benefit greatly from our growing partnership.

Ladies and gentlemen, this is a deeply moving day for me. Exactly 40 years ago, Israeli soldiers carried out the historic mission at Entebbe, and now I have the privilege to return here as Prime Minister of Israel with some of those same brave soldiers and some of those brave pilots who flew them here.

Forty years ago, they landed in the dead of night in a country led by a brutal dictator who gave refuge to terrorists. Today we landed in broad daylight in a friendly country led by a president who fights terrorists.
We have gathered here to mark an event that inspired the world and lifted the spirits of my people. At Entebbe, international terrorism suffered a stinging defeat. The rescue mission proved that good can prevail over evil, that hope can triumph over fear.

Today savage terror is once again sweeping the world. We must recognize that the battle against it is indivisible. When terrorism succeeds in one place, it spreads to other places. And when terrorism is defeated anywhere, it is weakened everywhere.

This is why Entebbe was more than an Israeli victory; it was a victory for all humanity in the fight against those who threaten our common civilization.

The raid on Entebbe was a watershed moment in the life of my people. For centuries, Mr. President, we were stateless and powerless to defend ourselves. No one came to our rescue. We were murdered by the millions. The rise of Israel changed all that. Time and again, Israel has successfully defended itself against enemies committed to our destruction.

But it was perhaps at Entebbe where this fundamental transformation was most dramatically seen by the world. On July 4, 1976, Israel launched the most daring rescue mission of all time to save our captive brethren in the heart of Africa. We were powerless no more. We would do whatever it would take to defend our nation and rescue our people.

That night 40 years ago also changed the course of my own life and the lives of those whose relatives died here, Jean-Jacques Mimouni, Pasco Cohen, Ida Boruhovitch and Dora Bloch.

My beloved brother Yoni, who led the force that stormed the old terminal, overcame the terrorists and freed the hostages, was the only soldier who was killed.

I learned from my brother and from others that two things are needed above all to defeat terrorism: clarity and courage. Clarity to distinguish good from evil; and courage to confront evil. Clarity is to know that nothing justifies terrorism. Nothing justifies the deliberate murder of the innocent, the systematic slaughter of civilians. We must condemn all acts of terrorism, whether they are perpetrated in Paris or Brussels, in Orlando or San Bernardino, in Tunis or Nairobi, in Hebron or Netanya. And alongside clarity, courage is the other indispensable quality needed to fight the terrorists and their sponsors, in order to defend our values and our lives.

Today, in this place, where free people delivered a devastating blow to the forces of terror, we and all the civilized nations must rededicate ourselves to the spirit of Entebbe, a spirit of daring and resolve, a spirit of courage and fortitude, a spirit that is determined as ever to defeat terror and to secure our common future.
Thank you, thank you all.

Source — Netanyehu.org

Ugandan Boston Community Event | A Conversation with Todd Haskell, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of African Affairs

Thu, 06/30/2016 - 03:20

For immediate release — You are invited to an interactive discussion with Todd Haskell, Deputy Assistant Secretary, Bureau of African Affairs, U.S. Department of State. The Deputy Assistant Secretary is interested in discussing U.S. Africa Policy, developments in Uganda and hearing from representatives of the Ugandan Boston Community.

Date — Monday July 18th 2016

Time — From 2:30pm to 5pm

Venue — Building 309 Moody Street, Second Floor, Waltham MA 02453

Guest — Todd Haskell – The Deputy Assistant Secretary of State, Bureau of African Affairs, U.S. Department of State

Specially invited — Community Leaders, Religious Leaders, Women Leaders, Business Leaders and Youth Leaders.

RSVP — info@ugandandiaspora.com or call 1.978.235.2459

Biography

Todd Haskell became the Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Bureau of African Affairs in August 2015. Previously, he was the Africa Bureau’s Director of Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, directing the deployment of public diplomacy personnel and resources at 48 U.S. embassies and consulates in Sub-Saharan Africa. In that position, he worked with posts in the field and agencies in Washington to implement the first Mandela Washington Fellowship, the signature program of President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI).

Prior to coming to Washington, Mr. Haskell served as a Public Affairs Counselor in the Dominican Republic from 2010 to 2013, where he managed a broad public diplomacy program that built on the strong historic ties between the two countries. As Public Affairs Officer in Johannesburg, South Africa between 2006 and 2010, he managed outreach during the lead up to the World Cup, linking the excitement around the event to the country’s fight in the HIV/AIDS crisis. As Public Affairs Counselor in Burkina Faso from 2003 to 2006, and during a long period as acting Deputy Chief of Mission there, Mr. Haskell worked on efforts to significantly broaden the U.S. relationship with that country that included the introduction of the Millennium Challenge Account, and access to the African Growth and Opportunity Act.

His other overseas assignments include Karachi, Pakistan; Manila, the Philippines; Poznan, Poland; Tel Aviv, Israel; and Mexico City, Mexico. He has also served as an observer on the Multinational Force and Observers in the Sinai, Egypt, and as intelligence analyst in the Bureau of Intelligence and Research in the Department of State.

Mr. Haskell joined the Foreign Service in 1985 and attained the rank of Counselor in 2012. He is a recipient of the State Department’s Superior Honor Award and Meritorious Honor Award. Mr. Haskell holds a Bachelor of Foreign Service Degree from Georgetown University.

Please note  — This is event has been fully sanctioned by the Bureau of African Affairs, US State Department.

SABC News | Ugandan auditor James Aguma appointed acting CEO – South Africa Broadcasting Corporation. (SABC)

Tue, 06/28/2016 - 18:09

JOHANNESBURG – The South Africa Broadcasting Corporation(SABC) has appointed Ugandan accountant and auditor James Aguma, as acting CEO on Tuesday after the resignation of Jimi Matthews.  Mr. Aguma is the chief finance officer (CFO) at the SABC. He replaced former CFO Gugu Duda who was found guilty of misconduct, by the Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration in 2014 and was consequently fired.

Before being appointed CFO Aguma served as general manager for strategic support at the SABC. Prior to that he worked as a senior manager at the Office of the Auditor General in South Africa.

Reports quote Aguma’s friends as describing him as a man of character who is hard-working strict and straightforward. Matthews said in his resignation letter he had compromised his values for months because he mistakenly believed he could be more effective inside the SABC.

He said in a statement the prevailing “corrosive atmosphere” at the broadcaster had had a negative impact on his moral judgment.

Source — enca.com

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Opinion | Tony Blair | Brexit’s Stunning Coup – The UK Referendum – New York Times

Mon, 06/27/2016 - 06:39

London — THE decision of British voters in Thursday’s referendum to leave the European Union will have vast consequences for Britain, for Europe and for the world. For a day, the British people were the government, and by 52 percent to 48 percent, they took the decision to go.

I was a British prime minister who believed completely that Britain’s future lay in Europe. I was the prime minister responsible for legislating substantial self-rule in Scotland so that it would remain part of the United Kingdom. I negotiated the Good Friday Agreement so that Northern Ireland could be at peace within Britain. Because the result of the referendum has put so much of this at risk, Friday became a day of great personal, as well as political, sadness.

The immediate impact of the Brexit vote is economic. The fallout has been as swift as it was predictable. At one point on Friday, the pound hit a 30-year low against the dollar, and a leading British stock index had dropped more than 8 percent. The nation’s credit rating is under threat.

The lasting effect, however, may be political, and with global implications. If the economic shocks continue, then the British experiment will serve as a warning. But if they abate, then populist movements in other countries will gain momentum.

How did this happen? The right in British politics found an issue that’s causing palpitations in the body politic the world over: immigration. Part of the Conservative Party, allied with the far-right U.K. Independence Party, took this issue and focused its campaign to leave Europe on it. This strategy could not have succeeded, though, without finding common cause with a significant segment of Labour voters.

These Labour supporters did not get a clear message from their own party, whose leader, Jeremy Corbyn, was lukewarm about remaining in the union. They were drawn by the Leavers’ promise that Brexit would bring an end to the country’s perceived immigration problems. And, worried about their flatlining incomes and cuts in public spending, these Labour voters saw this vote as an opportunity to register an anti-government protest.

The strains within Britain that led to this referendum result are universal, at least in the West. Insurgent movements of left and right, posing as standard-bearers of a popular revolt against the political establishment, can spread and grow at scale and speed. Today’s polarized and fragmented news coverage only encourages such insurgencies — an effect magnified many times by the social media revolution.

It was already clear before the Brexit vote that modern populist movements could take control of political parties. What wasn’t clear was whether they could take over a country like Britain. Now we know they can.

Those in the political center were demonized as out-of-touch elites, as though the people leading the insurgency were ordinary folks — which, in the case of the Brexit campaign, is a laughable proposition. The campaign made the word “expert” virtually a term of abuse, and when experts warned of the economic harm that would follow Brexit, they were castigated as “scaremongers.” Immigrants were described as a bunch of scroungers coming to grab Britons’ jobs and benefits when, in reality, the recent migrants from Eastern Europe contribute far more in taxes than they take in welfare payments. And besides, immigration to Britain from outside the European Union will not be affected by the referendum decision.

The political center has lost its power to persuade and its essential means of connection to the people it seeks to represent. Instead, we are seeing a convergence of the far left and far right. The right attacks immigrants while the left rails at bankers, but the spirit of insurgency, the venting of anger at those in power and the addiction to simple, demagogic answers to complex problems are the same for both extremes. Underlying it all is a shared hostility to globalization.

Britain and Europe now face a protracted period of economic and political uncertainty, as the British government tries to negotiate a future outside the single market where half of Britain’s goods and services are traded. These new arrangements — to be clear about the scale of the challenge — must be negotiated with all the other 27 countries, their individual parliaments and the European Parliament. Some governments may be cooperative; others won’t want to make leaving easy for Britain, in order to discourage similar movements.

Britain is a strong country, with a resilient people and energy and creativity in abundance. I don’t doubt Britons’ capacity to come through, whatever the cost. But the stress on the United Kingdom is already apparent.

Voters in Scotland chose by a large margin to remain in Europe, with the result that there are renewed calls for another referendum on Scottish independence. Northern Ireland has benefited from virtually open borders with the Republic of Ireland. That freedom is at risk because the North’s border with the South now becomes the European Union’s border, a potential threat to the Northern Ireland peace process.

If the people — usually a repository of common sense and practicality — do something that appears neither sensible nor practical, then it forces a period of long and hard reflection. My own politics is waking to this new political landscape. The same dangerous impulses are visible, too, in American politics, but the challenges of globalization cannot be met by isolationism or shutting borders.

The center must regain its political traction, rediscover its capacity to analyze the problems we all face and find solutions that rise above the populist anger. If we do not succeed in beating back the far left and far right before they take the nations of Europe on this reckless experiment, it will end the way such rash action always does in history: at best, in disillusion; at worst, in rancorous division. The center must hold.

Tony Blair was the prime minister of Great Britain and Northern Ireland from 1997 to 2007.

Source — The New York Times

Spiegel | Ugandan President Museveni – ‘This Is Our Continent, Not Yours’

Sat, 06/25/2016 - 03:58

SPIEGEL speaks with Yoweri Museveni, who has ruled Uganda for three decades, about the West’s role in fostering African Islamist terror, his opposition to the International Criminal Court and whether he is himself abusing his power. This interview was first published on June 10th 2016 in Spiegel a leading International English news source in Germany.

SPIEGEL: Mr. President, as a young politician you castigated autocratic African leaders who ruled for their entire lives. When you came to power, you changed the constitution so you could stay in office longer. It has been 30 years now. When will you leave?

Museveni: My critics always forget to mention that I was democratically elected, the others were not. Everyone in Uganda can challenge me, everyone can vote, the elections are free. Not many countries have achieved what we did. One third of the seats in parliament are reserved for women, five seats for youth, five for workers, five for the disabled and 10 for the army. How many democracies with such a record do you know?

SPIEGEL: So far, the political party system has yet to succeed in Uganda. Your only serious challenger, Kizza Besigye, has been arrested repeatedly. International observers certified the recent election as unfair, and on one day during the election campaign, you were on television for 12 hours while your opponent was only on for four minutes. Is this democracy?

Museveni: Our laws and institutions are excellent, but the population is not yet ready. They must develop their views and need to be provided with the right information. We now also have private broadcasters and many are very critical of me, hostile even, yet they operate freely.

SPIEGEL: Aren’t you afraid of an African rebellion similar to the Arab Spring? Uganda’s rapidly growing population is young, globally connected and its biggest problem is the lack of jobs and the feeling of not being able to breach the old leadership structures.

Museveni: Our population is growing rapidly because of our good health policy. When I came into office, there were 14 million Ugandans, today there are 38 million, despite the catastrophe of AIDS, which we have also tackled. The Ugandans know and appreciate this, especially the elderly. This makes it very unlikely that Uganda will face a chaotic scenario similar to that in Syria or other places. Incidentally, doctors, scientists, engineers and nurses are highly sought after and find jobs immediately.

SPIEGEL: Last year, 1.3 million refugees came to Germany, mainly from Syria, Iraq and Afghanistan, but also from Africa. Many believe this is only the beginning of an exodus to Europe. What do you suggest to stop this wave of migrants?

Museveni: Mistakes were made. But I would prefer to talk about these issues in detail with your political leaders.

SPIEGEL: Is this in reference to the wars in the Middle East or the uprisings in Libya and Tunisia?

Museveni: When the problems in Libya started, the African Union set up a committee to address the situation. We urgently advised the Europeans not to intervene. You have done so anyway. Now we are seeing absolute chaos there.

SPIEGEL: What should the Europeans do to stop the refugee crisis?

Museveni: Refugee problems can only be solved in the region (of origin) — maybe with a little help from the UN. Governments must provide something for their countries. They need to deliver. Thirty years ago, Uganda was among the four countries that had the largest number of refugees abroad, along with Ethiopia, Afghanistan and Sudan. We have dealt with it. Today people stay because they find a better life here.

SPIEGEL: These days, it is Islamist fanatics that many people are fleeing from and not poverty. Your country already sent thousands of troops to Somalia to fight against the extremist Al-Shabab militia. Is Africa the battlefield of the future for the jihadists?

Museveni: We are helping our Somali brothers get rid of these narrow-minded attackers. The Somali people do not support the extremists, they are on the side of our soldiers.

SPIEGEL: How close to Kampala are the Islamist fighters?

Museveni: In 2010, they managed to plant a bomb at a club as people watched the World Cup finals. Since then we have taken tough measures. There has been no further attack and the culprits have just been brought to justice.

SPIEGEL: Some are already talking about a new “axis of Terror” that reaches from Mauritania in the west via Mali, Nigeria, Niger and Sudan to Somalia in the far east of the continent. How realistic is this threat?

Museveni: The chaotic situation in Libya is definitely creating a threat. Libya now connects the jihadists in Africa with those in the Middle East and in Afghanistan. This could have been avoided.

SPIEGEL: The European Union just cut back its funding of African Union troops in Somalia by 20 percent. Does Europe understand the emerging risks in Africa and does it take them seriously enough?

Museveni: We certainly would be happy for more help, but not at the price of condescension and arrogance. If the Europeans believe they can afford to be less committed in Somalia, please — we can deal with it ourselves. The Islamists had control over territory that was about half the size of the Federal Republic of Germany. For years, we have been putting the lives of our troops on the line, we have taken huge losses and the Europeans cut the budget? If money is more important than the lives of our children, what else is this than the usual arrogance and superficiality? And where is all this terror coming from? It is a result of mistakes the West committed in Pakistan and Afghanistan in the 1980s, when they armed the Islamic rebels against the Soviet troops. Extremism in Somalia is causally associated with these events.

SPIEGEL: Today the Gulf countries and the United States again arm the so-called good rebels against the oppressive regime in Damascus and its supporters in Tehran and Moscow. Are we repeating the mistakes of the past?

Museveni: I cannot speak to this publicly, but with Mrs. Merkel and Mr. Obama I would love to discuss this.

SPIEGEL: The International Criminal Court in The Hague aims to end impunity for the criminals in these wars. In 2008 you supported the arrest warrant against Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir for crimes against humanity. A few days ago, he was in Kampala at your inauguration ceremony, where you warmly received him. You didn’t show any interest in arresting him. How come the change of heart?

Museveni: I was one of the first to sign the Rome Statute, which established the International Criminal Court (ICC). I was against impunity when it comes to human rights violations. But many of us African leaders now want to leave the Rome Statute as soon as possible because of this Western arrogance.

SPIEGEL: African opposition to the ICC has been building up since Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta was to have been indicted. You seem to feel closer to Kenyatta than to your Sudanese counterpart. But a crime is a crime and the law is the law. Doesn’t this apply to both friends and foes?

Museveni: When we asked the United Nations to suspend the trial for a year, which the statutes allow, so that Kenyan elections could be carried out, it was simply rejected. The preparation for the indictment proceeded. Now I’ve changed my mind, even against Omar al-Bashir. Whether he has to be charged or not, the Sudanese shall decide or the Africans. The ICC has lost all credibility. This is our continent, not yours. Who are you to ignore the voice of the Africans?

SPIEGEL: President Uhuru Kenyatta is accused of purposely inflaming tribal conflicts during the 2008 election campaign, which led to more than 1,100 deaths. Should this go unpunished?

Museveni: The problems of tribal conflicts in Kenya are much older, caused by the former colonial power. A former American ambassador there once wrote about how the CIA has contributed to the divisions between Kenyans. You reap what you sow.

SPIEGEL: But if the 34 African countries withdraw from the Rome Statute, the International Criminal Court will have failed.

Museveni: So what? Judge yourselves, not us.

SPIEGEL: In other cases, international justice was helpful to you, as in the prosecution of notorious Liberian President Charles Taylor or the international arrest warrant against Joseph Kony, the Christian fanatic militia leader of the Lord’s Resistance Army, which for years terrorized Uganda.

Museveni: Kony is hiding somewhere in the Central African Republic. He is no longer a threat. We have already punished him. We provide our own safety. We do not depend on you.

SPIEGEL: Militarily, Uganda operates closely with the US and France. How does this cooperation fit in with security issues and your desire to be autonomous?

Museveni: Of course there are collaborations. But in official meetings with Western diplomats from the US and the European Union, the major issues of our relationships are simply not discussed. The topics are on climate change or any other issues they want us to agree with them on. But they never discuss how we could develop an equal relationship. They should stop using pompous orchestrated summits and begin a serious dialogue with small meetings.

SPIEGEL: Three decades ago, Uganda was the country where the most people died of AIDS. Your education and research program had a major impact in reducing the disease’s spread, but now the number of new infections is rising again. Many say one reason is the rise of evangelical Christian movements, who praise faith as the most important measure in the fight against AIDS, rather than enlightenment and recommendations to use condoms.

Museveni: Today, hundreds of thousands of AIDS patients are under medical treatment, which is a great advancement. But it makes some people reckless.

SPIEGEL: Gays claim not to be harassed by the state, but by mob forces. Homosexuality is prohibited by law and this creates a criminalizing climate that promotes attacks.

Museveni: This is just another example of European arrogance. For us, heterosexuality is normal. Homosexuality is a deviation. Then Western diplomats come up to me and say: As long as you do not take our way of thinking, you are the evil. My answer is: Go to hell. Leave us with our option.

SPIEGEL: Why you don’t just lift the law?

Museveni: We do not accept the Western way of thinking that there are two ways of life. At the same time, the police (here) are not chasing gays. In Africa, sexuality is something very private, even for heterosexuals. Heterosexuals are not parading! But gays want to behave like exhibitionists. If I kissed my wife in public, I’d lose the next election.

SPIEGEL: If you want to run for election again, the constitution will need to be changed to extend the age limit for presidents to 75 years. Will that happen?

Museveni: The Ugandans shall decide.

SOURCE — SPIEGEL ONLINE INTERNATIONAL – Spiegel is an English language international edition of the German news source that covers in-depth special reports, weblog and summaries. It is the most frequently quoted translated news source in Germany.

Reuters | ‘Explosive shock’ as Britain votes to leave EU, Cameron quits

Fri, 06/24/2016 - 22:31

Nigel Farage, the leader of the United Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP), makes a statement after Britain voted to leave the European Union in London. REUTERS/Toby Melville

Britain has voted to leave the European Union, forcing the resignation of Prime Minister David Cameron and dealing the biggest blow since World War Two to the European project of forging greater unity.

Global financial markets plunged on Friday as results from a referendum defied bookmakers’ odds to show a 52-48 percent victory for the campaign to leave a bloc Britain joined more than 40 years ago.

The pound fell as much as 10 percent against the dollar to touch levels last seen in 1985, on fears the decision could hit investment in the world’s fifth-largest economy, threaten London’s role as a global financial capital and usher in months of political uncertainty. The euro slid 3 percent.

World stocks saw more than $2 trillion wiped off their value. Big banks took a battering, with Lloyds (LLOY.L), Barclays (BARC.L) and RBS (RBS.L) falling as much as 30 percent.

Britain’s FTSE 100 stock index recovered much of its early losses by the end of the day after the world’s main central banks offered financial backstops.

The United Kingdom itself could now break apart, with the leader of Scotland – where nearly two-thirds of voters wanted to stay in the EU – saying a new referendum on independence from the rest of Britain was “highly likely”.

An emotional Cameron, who led the “Remain” campaign to defeat, losing the gamble he took when he promised the referendum in 2013, said he would leave office by October.

“The British people have made the very clear decision to take a different path and as such I think the country requires fresh leadership to take it in this direction,” he said in a televised address outside his residence.

“I do not think it would be right for me to be the captain that steers our country to its next destination,” he added, choking back tears before walking back through 10 Downing Street’s black door with his arm around his wife Samantha.

INVENTING ANOTHER EUROPE

Quitting the world’s biggest trading bloc could cost Britain access to the trade barrier-free single market and means it must seek new trade accords with countries around the world. A poll of economists by Reuters predicted Britain was likelier than not to fall into recession within a year.

The EU, which rose out of the ashes of two world wars fascist and communist totalitarianism to unite a continent of prosperous democracies, faces economic and political damage without Britain, which has the EU’s biggest financial center, a U.N. Security Council veto, a powerful army and nuclear weapons.

“It’s an explosive shock. At stake is the break up pure and simple of the union,” French Prime Minister Manuel Valls said. “Now is the time to invent another Europe.”

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who invited the French and Italian leaders to Berlin to discuss future steps, called it a watershed for European unification.

Her foreign minister, who will with France present other EU founding members with a plan for a flexible EU on Saturday, called it a sad day for Britain and Europe.

The result emboldened eurosceptics in other member states, with French National Front leader Marine Le Pen and Dutch far-right leader Geert Wilders demanding their countries also hold referendums. Le Pen changed her Twitter profile picture to a Union Jack and declared “Victory for freedom!”

The vote will trigger at least two years of divorce proceedings with the EU, the first exit by any member state. Cameron, in office since 2010, said it would be up to his successor to formally start the exit process.

His Conservative Party rival Boris Johnson, the former London mayor who became the most recognizable face of the Leave camp, is now widely tipped to seek his job.

“We can find our voice in the world again, a voice that is commensurate with the fifth-biggest economy on Earth,” he told reporters at Leave campaign headquarters.

Lawmakers from the opposition Labour Party also launched a no-confidence motion to topple their leader, leftist Jeremy Corbyn, accused by opponents in the party of campaigning tepidly for its Remain stance.

Source — Reuters

The Washington Post | The World’s Longest-Serving President Teodoro Obiang Nguema Just Appointed His Son as VP

Thu, 06/23/2016 - 04:10

President Teodoro Obiang Nguema of Equatorial Guinea – The world’s longest serving President.

The Washington Post — Until this year, Teodoro Obiang Nguema had never won less than 97 percent of the vote in an election. Perhaps the immense international scorn he has faced in recent years caused him to loosen his grip a bit, because he won only 93.7 percent when reelected to his sixth term as leader of Equatorial Guinea this year. He is the world’s longest-serving president, having ruled for almost 37 years.

According to local television stations, he has further consolidated his power by promoting his son, Teodoro “Teodorín” Obiang Mangue, from “second vice president” to simply vice president.

Power has been in the family for Equatorial Guinea’s entire existence as an independent country. The current president toppled his uncle in a violent coup in 1979, before sentencing him to death by firing squad. Since then, he has consolidated his grip over the country’s industries and is accused of diverting tax money into his personal accounts.

The apple hasn’t fallen far from the tree.

Teodoro “Teodorín” Obiang Mangue — Equatorial Guinea’s new Vice President

In 2014, U.S. authorities forced Teodorín to relinquish his $30 million home in Malibu, Calif.; a Gulfstream jet; a Ferrari; and dozens of pieces of Michael Jackson memorabilia worth more than $1 million, all bought with money funneled through offshore bank accounts. Court documents reviewed by the Justice Department showed that Teodorín received an official salary of less than $100,000 but amassed more than $300 million in assets through corruption and money laundering.

“Through relentless embezzlement and extortion, Vice President Nguema Obiang shamelessly looted his government and shook down businesses in his country to support his lavish lifestyle, while many of his fellow citizens lived in extreme poverty,” Assistant Attorney General Leslie R. Caldwell said at the time.

The problem of dynastic authoritarianism is shared by Equatorial Guinea’s slightly larger neighbor Gabon, which also relies heavily on the oil and gas industry. Omar Bongo ruled Gabon from independence until 2009 — 42 years — and his son Ali is now president. Bongo enjoys close enough ties to the United States that he and his wife sat next to President Obama and the first lady at a state dinner in 2014. Gabon even held a seat on the U.N. Security Council in 2010 and 2011.

Across Africa, leaders have historically resisted term limits and are often accused of doing so to continue lining their pockets. To try to counter that trend, a wealthy Sudanese businessman named Mohamed “Mo” Ibrahim announced a $5 million annual cash prize in 2007 to be given to African leaders who step down in the interest of promoting democracy. In nine years, it has been awarded four times, not counting a prize ceremonially given to Nelson Mandela.

The prize went unawarded this year. No African leader met Ibrahim’s “very high bar” for “exceptional leadership.”

Source — The Washington Post

New Music – Love & Hate | Michael Kiwanuka, interview – I wanted to give up music

Sat, 06/18/2016 - 06:16

There are probably plenty of people who would feel at a pretty low ebb in the presence of Kanye West. For Michael Kiwanuka, it was for musical reasons. The London singer-songwriter was hot stuff in 2012, the winner of that year’s BBC Sound poll, writer of a gold-selling debut album and support act for Adele on tour. It shouldn’t have been surprising that hip hop’s biggest head would have sought him out to sing on his Yeezus album at sessions in Hawaii and Paris but it left Kiwanuka feeling far out of his depth.

“I didn’t even get why he wanted me to be there. I was lost, absolutely lost,” he tells me. “I just felt stupid sitting there with my acoustic guitar with all these producers and rappers. He didn’t tell me what he wanted, he just said: ‘Do your thing and it will be good enough’. I don’t think I really believed that. I wanted him to tell me what to do because I didn’t know how to do it.”

In the end he simply left. He isn’t on Kanye’s album. Instead he brooded and doubted and eventually got together with a more hands-on collaborator, Brian “Danger Mouse” Burton, to make a new album of his own that is an absolute triumph.

Love & Hate, which comes out in July, takes his smooth folk-soul sound into darker territory. There’s a ghostly backing choir, expansive orchestral strings and powerful proof that he knows his way around an electric guitar as well as an acoustic.

His decision to open with a 10-minute song, Cold Little Heart, on which he doesn’t even sing until five minutes in, shows the extent of his newfound confidence and ambition. That strong oak voice, reminiscent of past greats such as Bill Withers and Richie Havens, is worth the wait. I’ve already cleared a prominent space for it on my albums of the year list.

Love & Hate’s brilliance is all the more surprising because Kiwanuka wasn’t building on his earlier success. When he began writing for album two he felt like a failure. His debut, Home Again, reached the top five in the UK and was nominated for the 2012 Mercury Prize, which was won by Alt-J. Jack White reached out to produce a standalone single, You’ve Got Nothing Left to Lose, for him in 2014.

None of those things helped his confidence much. “The kind of success I had was weird. It was good but I wasn’t like Ben Howard or Jake Bugg, selling out three Brixton Academies,” he says. “I was respected musically and people kind of knew it but I felt behind in the league.”

Home Again is a lovely, rich album of sounds so authentically retro that you can hear the dust. But perhaps it fell into the trap of being considered background music for your dinner party — songs to discuss house prices to.

There’s real passion on his new material. Three songs are already available, including Black Man in a White World, a bluesy clapping song that deals with his early experiences as the only black guy with a guitar in Muswell Hill, as well as life in a British music industry that remains overwhelmingly white.

“I didn’t feel that out of place at school. No one was weird to me. It was when I started trying to be an artist. People would ask me, ‘What are you going to be called?’ I didn’t realise my surname would be an issue. And I grew up with guitar music but this was post-Amy Winehouse so I was being told I’d be sold as a soul artist. It pissed me off. When those lyrics came about, I was kind of angry.”

Today he’s relaxed and friendly, more accepting of the idea that with his voice the word “soul” is bound to come up often. He’s dressed down as ever in a checked shirt, thick hair still sprouting waywardly upwards and downwards, feet up on a coffee table. It’s his 29th birthday and I’ve given him the gift of 20 minutes of unexpected me-time by being disgracefully late. He’s lovely about it, which makes me feel even worse.

If we’d got together in 2014 it sounds like I would have met someone very different. He says he genuinely wanted to give up making music. “I did, for about a year. I wrote a first set of songs for the new album. I liked them, and I still do, but they weren’t good enough. That’s when I started to dip. I thought I was good for a couple of folk ditties and that was it.”

The first breakthrough came in collaboration with British hip hop producer Inflo, who turned Black Man in a White World into something that sounded fresh and exciting to Kiwanuka. “He sent it to me a few months after we did it and I didn’t even recognise me. It sounded like fun again.”

Then his label suggested that he try writing with Brian Burton, who as Danger Mouse has produced hit albums for Beck, The Black Keys and Gorillaz, as well as co-writing the Gnarls Barkley hit Crazy and the song River Lea on the new Adele album.

“The cool thing about Brian is he’s been very credible but he’s also had a lot of commercial success. I’d be lying if I said I wasn’t interested in that. When you write songs it’s cool if they’re remembered. The first time around I was a bit tentative, thinking, ‘Woah, I’m in a studio, don’t mess up’. But I do have ambition. I really want to be a career artist.”

He talks about idols including Jimi Hendrix, the obvious black guitarist for a young man of Ugandan heritage, and Prince. “I always think: ‘How did they do so many great records and get better and better so quickly?’ I feel like I’m the complete opposite. It takes me sooo long!”

The indie bands of his teens had an effect too. “It was Elephant by The White Stripes, Razorlight were big. I was obsessed with music, headphones on, walking to school. When you’re finally putting records out, you think: ‘What can I do to make people feel like that?’”

With Love & Hate he’s cracked it. What if Kanye were to call again? “Looking back, I can see that I was there for a reason. I know what it is about my voice or my music that is appealing,” he says. This special songwriter knows now that he could step into any room, head high, and hold his own with the best of t hem.

Source — The Evening Standard.

Ugandan Diaspora News Editorial | The End of the US Primaries and How a Trump vs Hillary Contest Might Reshape America!

Wed, 06/15/2016 - 08:08


Dear Readers,

It’s finally official that what was perhaps the most contested election primary season is now over. Hillary Clinton managed to overcome Senator Bernie Sanders’ movement in California, considered the last stand to clinch the Democratic Party nomination. The Super Tuesday contests covered 5 other states that saw Hillary Clinton carry New Jersey the other big state on the East coast. In the California, with the most delegates of any state, Sec. Clinton won with 55.6% of the vote.

This victory left Hillary Clinton the Democratic nominee expected to succeed Pres. Barack Obama if the power of incumbency is anything to go by, since Hillary served Obama as Secretary of State during his first term in office, yet pundits argue that no one party has held onto the White House for 3 consecutive terms. Politics aside, it was quite historic, given the years that have been dedicated to women’s rights — dating from the Senaca Falls meetings in 1848. To see a woman nominated on major party ticket was no mean achievement for Mrs. Clinton. However call him what you may, Sen. Sanders energized the Democratic Party as demonstrated by the surge in voter registrations during this primary season. Sen. Sanders refusal to concede, promising to hold his ground till the last primary in Washington, DC on June 14th, seemed to have rubbed some in the Democratic establishment the wrong way. He held meetings with President Obama before POTUS endorsed Hillary. Some believe that the late endorsement was meant to help prevent acrimony within the party since President Obama is also considered a Super Delegate.

However it must be noted that the unpopularity of Trump and Hillary during this primary election cycle has left both parties fractured and, in a way, looking for alternative candidates. The resulting impact has been the entry of new players and a third party candidate — at the Libertarian Party convention held in Orlando at the end of May, Gov. Gary Johnson, a two-term governor of New Mexico and Gov. Bill Weld, a two-term governor of Massachusetts, were chosen to run on an independent ticket. This should worry Donald Trump, since their appeal is to the Republican establishment dissatisfied with Trump and unwilling to back his candidacy. In 2012 the LP candidate got 1% of the vote and currently the party is polling at about 10% of the national vote. What is required is about 15% to appear on the ballot in November.

In 1992 billionaire Ross Perot was blamed for costing President George Bush Sr. the Presidency, when Bill Clinton defeated an incumbent according to some pundits. Later it was Ralph Nader of the Green Party who played the spoiler in the 2000 election that allowed George Bush Jr. to ascend to the Presidency in an election that was decided by about 537 votes, in part because Ralph Nader received about 97,000 votes that some say would have gone to Al Gore. The Libertarian Party in this case is considered the new Green Party that could split the votes and allow an unlikely candidate to occupy the White House.

Of course, with Hillary dogged by her email scandal while at the State Department and Donald Trump facing the Trump University debacle, these two front runners are the most baggage-laden candidates in US history, which will be fodder for the biggest negative television advertising campaign in US history. And even though Trump was written off he has received the most votes of any candidate in an election primary, something that has puzzled many conservatives that have refused to endorse him, the latest being Gov. Mitt Romney who was the presumptive nominee in 2012. True to his word, Trump has also been quick to use the latest mass shooting in Orlando to his advantage by playing to the Islamophobic sentiments held by some right wing groups that all Muslims must be barred from entering America. Trump’s rise shares similarities to that of Hitler and the rise of the Third Reich in Germany after the Great Depression. A Trump Presidency will definitely reshape America’s foreign policy and probably lead to a new world order given his renegade views!

Back in Uganda there has been a hive of activity and interesting news cycles. Toward the end of May we played host to two great leaders — the President of South Korea was in Uganda accompanied by a delegation of about 100 businessmen and shortly after her visit, Tayip Erdogan the Prime Minister of Turkey, descended on Uganda to strengthen cooperation with the Turkish state. Interestingly, in total disregard to other people’s civil liberties, the country’s only major highway leading to the International airport was closed to traffic, resulting in public condemnation on social media. What was even more bizarre was the Police spokesman attempted justification and later apology for this action that not only resulted in lost revenue for some businesses but also in disrupted international travel for others including tourists. By contrast, the same duo had visited Kenya and saw President Uhuru Kenyatta host his two heads of states in the company of the main opposition politicians, something we have not see in Uganda for quite some time. An olive branch is long overdue, and the part of the population that did not vote for the president also needs representation at all levels, especially state functions.

As promised, and with the powers entrusted to him by the Constitution of the Republic of Uganda, the President named his new enlarged cabinet that saw some old timers bounce back. Most interesting was the elevation of the First Lady to the new position of Education Minister while Beti Kamya, after losing her MP race for Lubaga North. will now be the new Minister for Kampala. Of course, given the fights that have paralyzed much of the work at Kampala Capital City Authority, it will be interesting to see how City Manager Jennifer Musisi, Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago and now the Kampala Minister Beti Kamya will get along. As one of the most unplanned cities in the region we hope and pray that the leaders and new councilors will focus on getting the people of Kampala the services they deserve. http://www.ugandandiasporanews.com/2016/06/06/musevenis-new-cabinet-out-first-lady-named-education-minister-beti-kamya-new-kampala-minister/

From the cabinet arrangement it was also clear that the new government would maintain the previous status quo of a ceremonial vice president, as opposed to a deputy president with substantive powers, a system Kenya adopted and South Africa also uses, as we prepare for transition in 2021. In a few years we might be back to Kyankwanzi to anoint another movement cadre to succeed the President, that is if he does not succeed himself following another anointing by top party officials. President Museveni, known for his political expediency, has perhaps eliminated all opposition in part by forming unholy alliances similar to those we saw in the 1960s between Obote and KY. This time Akena’s UPC faction seems to have sold out, to the dismay of party stalwarts like Olara Otunnu, who have claimed that Akena and his wife, now a Minister in Museveni’s new cabinet, were moles used by NRM to destabilize Uganda People’s Congress.

However the latest and perhaps most disturbing news out of Uganda has been the new talk of a coup plot that has seen some military personnel arrested on subversive activities against the State. While some have treated this move with suspicion, we await to see if the suspects will be produced in the courts of law and charged with treason. Links have also been made to the ongoing defiance campaign, whose activities have largely been banned by the State. However our NRM government needs to revisit the ideologies for which it fought a protracted liberation war if we are to avoid slipping back into the reign of terror that characterized the 1970s and 1980s now that conditions that led to the NRA waging a 5 year guerrilla bush war are increasingly visible today.

Politics aside we are now about 6 months away to our annual Ugandan Diaspora Gala, now in its 6th year. We are pleased to announce that the nomination process has begun for some of the people we shall be recognizing at this year’s gala. Dr. Stephen Kaddu a dermatologist, researcher and founder of Global Telehealth Network, has accepted our invitation to attend this year’s gala. http://www.ugandandiaspora.com/prof-dr-steven-kaddu-ugandan-born-austrian-based-dermatologist-researcher-and-founder-of-a-global-telehealth-network

Other notable awardees will include Phillip Kiboneka, founder of the Hammerkop Travel Group which operates luxury tented camps in Uganda. Their properties include Kasenyi Safari camp in Queen Elizabeth National Park. Prior to his return to Uganda Mr. Kiboneka was a senior director at Plexxikon Inc., a pharmaceutical company based in the San Francisco Bay Area. Dr. Nandi Mutema Kanyerezi, co-founder of the Village Mall Clinic in Bugolobi and a director at Kololo Hospital, will be among those Ugandan diaspora returnees recognized for their outstanding contributions both at home and abroad. If you know of any outstanding Ugandans that deserve recognition please inbox us so we can include them on our shortlist for this or next year’s awards: info@ugandandiaspora.com. Our fully revamped event website is now live — www.ugandandiaspora.com. We shall also be hosting our 3rd annual Uganda Diaspora Business Breakfast at Kampala Serena Hotel’s Katonga Hall from 9am – 1pm on December 29th and the main event — Our 6th annual Diaspora Social Networking Gala, which will take place at the Kampala Serena Hotel, Victoria Ballroom – Friday, December 30th 2016 starting at 6pm.

Finally the world mourned one of the greatest sports athletes of our time, Muhammad Ali, as he was known the world over,  saw his greatness transcend his sport. He boasted he was “The Greatest,” and in the prime of his charismatic career, many agreed. But as brilliant as Muhammad Ali was in the ring, perhaps his true greatness was outside it when he fought the United States government. His refusal to accept induction into the armed forces on religious grounds cost him millions and his heavyweight title, but in the end Ali came up victorious in the most significant battle of his life as ESPN rightly quoted!

God bless. — Ronnie Mayanja Ugandan Diaspora News | www.ugandandiasporanews.com | Ugandan Diaspora Network | Event website | www.ugandandiaspora.com | US | +1-978-235-2459 | UG +256-773-212-007 | +256- 794-999-898 | Skype | ronnie.mayanja | Twitter | @rmayanja | http://www.linkedin.com/in/ronniemayanja

WSJ | Tech News | Microsoft to Acquire LinkedIn for $26.2 Billion

Tue, 06/14/2016 - 04:54

Microsoft Corp. snapped up LinkedIn Corp. for $26.2 billion in the largest acquisition in its history, betting the professional social network can rev up the tech titan’s software offerings despite recent struggles by both companies.

The deal is Chief Executive Satya Nadella’s latest effort to revitalize Microsoft, which was viewed not long ago as left behind by shifts in technology. Mr. Nadella hopes the deal will open new horizons for Microsoft’s Office suite as well as LinkedIn, both of which have saturated their markets, and generally bolster Microsoft’s revenue and competitive position.

Mr. Nadella said today’s work is split between tools workers use to get their jobs done, such as Microsoft’s Office programs, and professional networks that connect workers. The deal, he said, aims to weave those two pieces together.

“It’s really the coming together of the professional cloud and the professional network,” Mr. Nadella said in an interview on Monday.

For instance, connecting Office directly to LinkedIn could help attendees of meetings learn more about one another directly from invitations in their calendars. Sales representatives using Microsoft’s Dynamics software for managing customer relationships could pick up useful tidbits of background on potential customers from LinkedIn data.

Microsoft also sees opportunities in Lynda.com, a channel for training videos that LinkedIn bought for $1.5 billion last year. Microsoft will be able to offer Lynda’s videos inside its own software, such as Excel spreadsheets. Mr. Nadella also talked about giving its Cortana digital assistant access to data from LinkedIn.

As for LinkedIn, the deal offers hope to renew decelerating growth as well as an exit for shareholders after the stock tumbled from a peak of $269 in February 2015 to as low as $101.11 last February.

Microsoft will pay $196 per LinkedIn share, a 50% premium to the social network’s closing price on Friday. Both boards approved the deal, and Reid Hoffman, LinkedIn’s chairman and controlling shareholder, supports the transaction. LinkedIn Chief Executive Jeff Weiner will keep his current job when the deal closes, which the companies expect to happen by the end of the year.

The tie-up will also test Microsoft’s ability to meld a large acquisition with its own operations. The Redmond, Wash.-based company has struggled to integrate previous purchases including Nokia Corp.’s handset business and aQuantive Inc., costing shareholders billions of dollars in the process.

The deal dwarfs other Microsoft acquisitions. Its next largest deal, buying the Nokia handset business, led to Microsoft taking charges that exceeded the $9.4 billion price. That deal was orchestrated in 2014 by Microsoft’s previous chief executive, Steve Ballmer.
Microsoft’s prior efforts at weaving social networking into its productivity software haven’t caught fire. In 2012, Microsoft bought workplace chat service Yammer Inc. for $1.2 billion, but has seen rival products, such as Slack, gain momentum.

“Sadly, history has shown [synergies] are very difficult to realize when two big companies combine, especially to the extent LinkedIn is remaining an independent fiefdom within the Microsoft empire,” said Mitch Kapor, founder of Lotus Development Corp. and partner of venture firm Kapor Capital.

Some business leaders look forward to benefits from the tie-up. Tech companies and their customers “are looking for ways to get even more out of social media,” said Steve Phillips, chief information officer of Avnet Inc., an electronics supplier that uses Microsoft products including Office 365.

Mr. Nadella and Mr. Weiner met at a Microsoft gathering of CEOs a few years ago, and the pair talked earlier this year about working more closely, according to a person familiar with the matter. That person said there was “such a mind-meld” during those discussions that the conversation moved toward the possibility of an acquisition. Mr. Hoffman was also “actively” part of the takeover talks, which lasted a few months, the person said.

Another source said that Messrs. Nadella, Weiner and Hoffman and Microsoft exec Qi Lu, who worked with Mr. Weiner at Yahoo Inc., met for dinner in April to discuss potential scenarios. Microsoft and LinkedIn leaders dined at Mr. Hoffman’s house Sunday night, the person said.

The deal highlights Mr. Nadella’s bid to reshape Microsoft, a little more than two years after taking the helm. Mr. Nadella, who rose through Microsoft’s ranks in its business applications and server groups, has focused much of the company’s efforts on products and services for corporate customers.

As CEO, he has extended Microsoft’s software to platforms that it doesn’t control, including Android mobile phones and the Linux desktop operating system. And he has pushed to connect Microsoft’s products to data sources that can provide customers with timely, useful information, and to develop services intended to anticipate information users want and actions they’ll take.

Growth has been a challenge for both Office and LinkedIn. In the quarter that ended March 31, revenue at Microsoft’s productivity and business processes unit, which includes Office, grew by 1% to $6.5 billion. Office users number 1.2 billion, the company said.

Growth at LinkedIn, which in the first quarter claimed 105.5 million monthly active users of its web and mobile apps, has decelerated in the past two years. UBS Securities LLC analyst Brent Thill estimates that LinkedIn revenue will climb a bit more than 25% in 2016, down from more 35% growth in 2015 and more 45% growth in 2014.

Microsoft said it expects LinkedIn, which will be part of its productivity and business processes segment, will have a minimal negative impact—about 1%—on adjusted earnings for its fiscal 2017 and 2018 years. The deal is expected to add to Microsoft’s per-share earnings in 2019.

Following news of the acquisition, Moody’s Investors Service said it would review Microsoft’s triple-A credit rating for a potential downgrade. Moody’s said the only companies that hold its triple-A rating, which indicates pristine credit quality, are Microsoft, Johnson & Johnson and Exxon Mobil Corp. Morgan Stanley served as Microsoft’s financial adviser to Microsoft, and LinkedIn was represented by Qatalyst Partners and Allen & Co.

Analysts said a competing bid from another tech company is unlikely given the size of the transaction. Credit Suisse analyst Stephen Ju also cited “the lack of clear strategic fit” between LinkedIn and other major tech companies.

Source — The Wall Street Jounal

Uganda Dual Citizenship Law | Diaspora Community Petitions Constitutional Court to Change or Interpret Dual Citizenship Law

Wed, 06/08/2016 - 03:55

Fellow petitioners, supporters and well wishers,

After awaiting parliamentary action on the Dual citizenship law in vain, we have invoked our constitutional right to seek expert interpretation of the Dual Citizenship Law as it pertains to Ugandans residing abroad in the Constitutional Court. This is not a criminal proceeding against the Ugandan Government but rather a quest for justice through expert interpretation of the law.

We need your support, to provide concrete examples of how you have been disadvantaged or had your rights abused as a naturalized citizen of Uganda by the Dual Citizenship Law or its implementation in Uganda. For example: have you been unfairly treated because you are a dual citizen. Have your children been made to pay visa fees, denied entry into Uganda or denied Ugandan passports etc.

Please contact us with facts on: dualuganda@gmail.com so that we include your evidence in our affidavit. Alternatively you can contact our lawyer: M/S Frank Tumusiime & Co. Advocates. Plot 4, Pilkington Road, Fourth Floor, Suite 63B, FAMI HOUSE (next to Colline House) Tel +256 414 668596 email info@franktunusiimeadvocates.com

Furthermore, we need monetary contributions to help pay for these proceedings. The money will directly go towards the costs of engaging a Constitutional Lawyer and the administration of filing our case.  We shall soon be giving you details of the exact costs involved and an account where to deposit the money.

We believe that we have a credible case of many Ugandans that have been unfairly treated by the law which must in its current form does not favor the contributions of those hard working Ugandans abroad.
We look forward to hearing from you and adding your voices to this petition as we seek redress and interpretation of the dual citizenship law.

Your social justice advocates,

  1. Kamara (Australia), S. Twinoburyo (South Africa), S. Asiimwe (Luxembourg) and Ronnie Mayanja (USA).
    Ps. Below is a link to the case in the news:
  2. http://www.ugandandiasporanews.com/2014/01/03/uganda-the-dual-citizenship-petition-what-are-real-facts-and-how-can-you-join-this-cause/
  3. http://www.ugandandiasporanews.com/2013/11/19/more-signatures-required-the-ugandan-diaspora-community-petitions-internal-affairs-ministry-to-change-dual-citizenship-law/

Museveni’s New Cabinet | First Lady named Education Minister – Beti Kamya New Kampala Minister

Mon, 06/06/2016 - 19:24

In Exercise of Powers conferred on the President of Uganda by Articles 108(1), 108 (2), 113(1), 114(1) and Article 99(1) of the 1995 Constitution of the Republic of Uganda, I have appointed the Vice President, the Prime Minister, created new Departments of Government (Ministries); and appointed Cabinet Ministers and Ministers of State as indicated below, Mr Musevni has said.

H.E. the Vice President ─ HON. KIWANUKA
EDWARD SSEKANDI

1. Rt. Hon. Prime Minister ─ DR. RUHAKANA
RUGUNDA

2. 1st Deputy Prime Minister ─ GEN. MOSES ALI
& Deputy Leader of Gov’t
Business in Parliament

3. 2nd Deputy Prime Minister and ─ HON. KIRUNDA
Minister of East African KIVEJINJA
Affairs

4. Minister of Education and ─ HON. MUSEVENI
Sports JANET KATAAHA

5. Minister of Public Service ─ HON. MURULI
MUKASA

6. Minister of Trade, ─ HON. KYAMBADDE
Industry & Cooperatives AMELIA ANNE

7. Minister of Internal Affairs ─ GEN. JEJE ODONGO

8. Minister of Agriculture, ─ HON. SSEMPIJJA
Animal Industry & VINCENT
Fisheries BAMULANGAKI

9. Minister of Finance and
Economic Planning ─ HON. KASAIJA MATIA

10. Minister of Foreign ─ HON. KUTESSA
Affairs KAHAMBA SAM

11. Minister of Health ─ DR. ACENG JANE

12. Minister of Works and ─ ENGINEER NTEGE
Transport AZUBA

13. Minister of Lands, ─ HON. AMONGI
Housing & Urban BETTY
Development

14. Minister of Water & ─ HON. CHEPTORIS
Environment SAM

15. Minister of Justice ─ MAJ. GEN.KAHINDA
& Constitutional Affairs OTAFIIRE

16. Attorney General ─ MR. BYARUHANGA
WILLIAM (ADVOCATE)

17. Minister of Defence and ─ HON. MWESIGE
Veteran Affairs ADOLF

18. Minister of Local ─ HON. BUTIME TOM
Government

19. Minister for Karamoja Affairs ─ HON. BYABAGAMBI
JOHN

20. Minister of Energy and
Minerals ─ HON. MULONI IRENE

21. Minister of Information, ICT ─ HON. TUMWEBAZE
& Communications FRANK

22. Minister for Science, ─ DR. TUMWESIGYE
Technology and Innovation ELIODA

23. Minister in Charge of ─ HON. BUSINGYE
General Duties/Office of MARY KAROORO
the Prime Minister OKURUT

24. Minister of Disaster
Preparedness &
Refugees ─ HON. ONEK HILARY

25. Minister of Tourism, ─ PROF. KAMUNTU
Wildlife & Antiquities EPHRAIM

26. Minister for the Presidency ─ HON. MBAYO ESTHER
MBULAKUBUZA

27. Minister of Security ─ LT. GEN. TUMUKUNDE
HENRY

28. Minister without ─ HAJJI NADDULI
Portfolio
29. Minister for Kampala City ─ HON. KAMYA BETTY
Authority

30. Government Chief Whip – HON. NANKABIRWA
SENTAMU RUTH

31. Minister of Gender, Labour ─ HON. MUKWAYA
& Social affairs JANAT

MINISTERS OF STATE:

Office of the President:

1. Minister of State for ─ HON. KASIRIVU
Economic Monitoring BALTAZAH ATWOKI

2. Minister of State for ─ HON. LOKODO
Ethics and Integrity SIMON

Office of the Vice President:

3. Minister of State
Vice President’s Office ─ HON. ONZIMA ALEX

Office of the Prime Minister:

4. Minister of State for
Relief and Disaster ─ HON. ECWERU
Preparedness MUSA FRANCIS

5. Minister of State for ─ HON. KWIYUUCWINY
Northern Uganda GRACE

6. Minister of State for ─ HON. KIZIGE MOSES
Karamoja

7. Minister of State ─ HON. GALABUZI
for Luwero Triangle DENNIS SSOZI

8. Minister of State for ─ HON. AKIROR AGNES
Teso Affairs

9. Minister of State for
Bunyoro Affairs ─ HON. KIIZA ERNEST

Ministry of Public Service

10. Minister of State for ─ HON. KARUBANGA
Public Service DAVID

Ministry of East African Affairs

11. Minister of State for ─ HON. MAGANDA
East African Affairs JULIUS WANDERA

Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Husbandry and Fisheries

12. Minister of State for ─ HON. KIBAZANGA
Agriculture CHRISTOPHER

13. Minister of State for ─ HON. ACHIENG
Fisheries RUTH

14. Minister of State for Animal ─ MRS. KABATSI JOY
Industry

NEWS

First lady named Education minister
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Ministry of Defence and Veteran Affairs

15. Minister of State for
Defence ─ COL. ENGOLA

16. Minister of State for ─ MAJOR RWAMIRAMA
Veteran Affairs BRIGHT

Ministry of Education and Sports

17. Minister of State for Higher ─ DR. MUYINGO JOHN
Education CHRYSOSTOM

18. Minister of State for ─ HON. NANSUBUGA
Primary Education, ROSEMARY SENINDE

19. Minister of State for Sports ─ HON. BAKABULINDI
CHARLES

Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development:

20. Minister of State for Energy ─ HON. D’UJANGA
SIMON

21. Minister of State for Minerals ─ HON. LOKERIS
AIMAT PETER

Ministry of Finance, Planning & Economic Development:

22. Minister of State for Finance ─ HON. AJEDRA
(General) GABRIEL GADISON
ARIDRU

23. Minister of State for Planning ─ HON. BAHATI DAVID

24. Minister of State for ─ HON. ANITE EVELYN
Privatization and Investment

25. Minister of State for Micro- ─ HON. KYEYUNE
Finance HARUNA KASOLO

Ministry of Works and Transport:

26. Minister of State for ─ HON. BAGIIRE
Transport AGGREY

27. Minister of State for ─ HON. OROT ISMAEL
Works

Ministry of Water and Environment:

28. Minister of State for Water ─ HON. KIBUULE
RONALD

29. Minister of State for ─ HON. KITUTU MARY
Environment

Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development:

30. Minister of State for ─ DR. BARYOMUNSI
Housing CHRIS

31. Minister of State for ─ HON. MUSUMBA
Urban Development ISAAC

32. Minister of State for ─ HON. NAMUGANZA
Lands PERSIS

Ministry of Health:

33. Minister of State for ─ HON. OPENDI
Health (General) OCHIENT SARAH

34. Minister of State for ─ DR. MORIKU JOYCE
Primary Health Care

Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs

35. Deputy Attorney General ─ HON. MWESIGWA
RUKUTANA

Ministry of Trade and Industry and Cooperatives:

36. Minister of State for ─ HON. KAFABUSA
Trade WERIKHE MICHEAL

37. Minister of State for ─ HON. NTABAZI
Industry HARRIET

38. Minister of State for ─ HON. GUME
Cooperatives FREDRICK NGOBI

39. Kampala Capital City ─ HON. NAMUGWANYA
Authority BENNA

Ministry of Foreign Affairs:

40. Minister of State for ─ HON. ORYEM
International Affairs OKELLO

41. Minister of State for ─ DR. MATEKE
Regional Affairs PHELEMON

Ministry of Local Government

42. Minister of State for ─ HON. NAMUYANGU
Local Government JENNIFFER

Ministry of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities:

43. Minister of State for ─ HON. KIWANDA
Tourism GODFREY

Ministry of ICT

44. Minister of State for ICT and ─ HON. NANTABA AIDA
Communications ERIOS

Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development:

45. Minister of State for Gender ─ MADAME MUTUUZO
and Culture PEACE

46. Minister of State for Youth and ─ MRS. NAKIWALA
Children Affairs FLORCENCE KIYINGI

47. Minister of State for Labour,
Employment and Industrial ─ HON. KABAFUNZAKI
Relations HERBERT

48. Minister of State for the Elderly ─ MRS. TIBALEKA
and Disability: ADRIAN

Ministry of Internal Affairs

49. Minister of State for
Internal Affairs ─ HON. OBIGA KANIA

SIGNED this …………………..day of ………, in the Year of our Lord Two Thousand Sixteen.

Yoweri Kaguta Museveni
PRESIDENT OF THE REPUBLIC OF UGANDA

Source — Daily Monitor.

Obituary | Celebrating the Life of The Late Deborah Kiguli-Birigwa Born Oct 25th 1959 – Died May 30th 2016

Sun, 06/05/2016 - 22:29

The life of the late Deborah Kiguli-Birigwa was celebrated in a memorial service held at Saint Peter’s Church of Uganda in Waltham on Saturday June 4th. The service was led by Rev. Christine Nakyeyune-Busuulwa assisted by other leaders from the St. Peters Church of Uganda Waltham.

Born on October 25th 1959 in Uganda, she was the daughter of the late Aloni Kiguli Mikisa Sekadde and Mary Nambalirwa Kagwa. She attended Gayaza High School and later joined Makerere University were she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Agriculture degree.

She later began her career as a researcher at the Uganda Virus Research Institute in Entebbe. From here she was nominated to continue her microbiology training at Yale University in the city New Haven, Connecticut. She also undertook further studies obtaining a degree in Computer Networking at Clark University in 1999.

In 2002, Deborah married her long time best friend David ‘Enoka’ Birigwa. Deborah was also a mother to Sarah and May and also a grandma to Rayhan and Xavier. Whether in good or bad times she genuinely invested in people in her world.  To her family members she was a remarkable sister, daughter and friend.

Deborah breathed her last surrounded by her family members on May 30th 2016 in Stoneham, Massachusetts after losing her battle cancer. Following the funeral service held at St. Peters Church of Uganda in Waltham. The Late Deborah Kiguli-Birigwa will begin her final journal to Uganda were she will be laid to rest at her ancestral home in Bukuya, Nabuttiti in Mityana. Body will depart on Tuesday aboard Emirates Airlines arriving on Thursday at Entebbe International Airport.  More details to follow as we get them.

A special thank-you to all those who led the order of service and to the entire Boston community for their show of support. To the family members we pray that the good lord will continue to strengthen you during this difficult time. Fare Thee Well Deborah!

Below are some of the images of the church service held at St. Peters Church of Uganda in Waltham, Massachusetts – USA. A Ugandan Diaspora News Report. Courtesy photos by Patrick Nsubuga and Ronnie Mayanja.

[See image gallery at www.ugandandiasporanews.com]

BNONews | Boxing legend Muhammad Ali dead at 74

Sat, 06/04/2016 - 07:40

Muhammad Ali, who is widely regarded as the greatest heavyweight boxer in the history of the sport and one of the most recognized people in the world, has died at a Phoenix-area hospital, his spokesman says. He was 74 years old. (more)

Family spokesman Bob Gunnell said in a brief statement that Ali died late Friday. It came just days after he was hospitalized near Phoenix for treatment of a respiratory issue that was complicated by Parkinson’s disease, prompting speculation about his deteriorating health.

“After a 32-year battle with Parkinson’s disease, Muhammad Ali has passed away at the age of 74. The three-time World Heavyweight Champion boxer died this evening,” Gunnell said in the statement. His funeral will take place in his hometown of Louisville in Kentucky.

Ali had been hospitalized several times over the past few years and looked increasingly frail in public appearances. He was admitted for a mild case of pneumonia in December 2014 and returned for treatment of a urinary tract infection in January 2015 after he was found unresponsive at a guest house in Scottsdale, Arizona.

A three-time World Heavyweight Boxing champion known for his “rope-a-dope” technique and clever rhymes, he is arguably the most famous boxers in the world. He won his first world championship in 1964 from Sonny Liston in what some called a stunning upset, and he later went on to win an Olympic gold medal for boxing during the 1960 Olympics in Rome.

His success in boxing, which was seen around the world, made him one of the most recognized sports figures on Earth. Unsurprisingly, in 1999 he was named “Sportsman of the Century” by Sports Illustrated and “Sports Personality of the Century” by the BBC.

Ali retired from professional boxing in 1981 and revealed several years later that he had been diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease, which is commonly the result of head trauma caused by boxing. Despite the diagnosis, he appeared at WrestleMania I as a special guest referee just months later.

Source — Bnonews.com

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