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Africell teams up with King Communications to offer affordable phone accessories

Tue, 04/05/2016 - 13:01

Africell in a bid to get their services closer to their customers is continuing to open up outlets across the country.

The number one telecom in terms of data speeds and the most affordable network in Uganda last week together with AJ King Communications opened up Uganda’s biggest phones and accessories shop.

Located at Grand Imperial Mall, AJ King Communications shop offers customers the widest range of all phone types, accessories, Africell services and is a service centre.

Speaking at the phone opening event, Ali Aoude the Chief Executive of King Communications said they have the widest collection of all phone types and related accessories in Uganda.

He asserted “We want Ugandan phone and gadget lovers to have all that they need at the best prices with the widest variety. We are also partnering with Africell because it’s the network that customers seeking for the widest and most affordable telecoms services prefer.”

King communications is also a major dealer in other electronic items and gadgets.

Marvin Kagoro who represented Africell reiterated the telecom’s position to deliver affordable and quality services to their customers and insisted partnerships with dealers like King communications would go a long way in getting their services closer to the populace.

He said “Africell believes in delivering the fastest speeds at the lowest cost for our data customers, and the longest talk time with the best output for the voice seeking customers. Our partners like King Communications will help deliver on our vision to get services closer to all our customers at the friendliest cost”

Africell Uganda besides offering the most affordable services also introduced the free phone offer for customers who buy data.

This offer started off last August when they put up the iDROID Royal V7 for free for customers buying voice and data bundles in a campaign dubbed “Bakakase”.

Africell’s core strength has always been in the line of data offerings and was last year in November ranked the telecom with the fastest internet in Uganda.

AUDIO: I Have Pending Business in Town — Besigye tells Police

Tue, 04/05/2016 - 11:57

Forum for Democratic Change (FDC)’s Kizza Besigye to has confirmed that he will be in town today to attend prayers at party headquarters and finish pending business transactions.

Besigye Kizza Besigye, a four time presidential candidate who was incarcerated at his Kasangati home from 18th February presidential election to Friday April 1st said he is optimistic police won’t block him.

“I am proceeding to Najjanankumbi through town to go and do my business after a very long time. It has been more than a month since I was out of my home. I have a lot of pending business in town and we also have some prayers in Najjanankumbi,” Besigye told journalists before leaving his home.

Adding; “I hope that today, there will be sense in the leadership of our police which has specialized in committing crimes, they will allow me to do my business without interference.”

However upon reaching  Mulago roundabout he was arrested and police  police towed his car.

In a press statement issued yesterday, police deputy spokesperson Polly Namaye said police has leant “after the prayers Col Dr. Kizza Besigye intends to drive in a procession from Najjanankumbi through Clock Tower to Container Village which is one of the most highly populated areas in Kampala City.”

“The purpose of this statement therefore is to caution RTD. Col. Dr. Kizza Besigye to desist from carrying out any procession tomorrow because he has not notified the police in time as required by the Public Order Management Act sec 4 (1) 5(1). Violation of this law calls for sanctions as provided by the Act.”

Police Warns Besigye On Plans To Disrupt Kampala

Tue, 04/05/2016 - 09:27

Uganda Police has asked Forum for Democratic Change (FDC)’s Kizza Besigye to desist from his plans to drive in a procession around the city today.

ACP Polly Namaye

Kizza Besigye, a four time presidential candidate who was incarcerated at his Kasangati home from 18th February presidential election to Friday April 1st will attend prayers at the FDC party Headquarters at Najjanankumbi.

However police has learnt that “after the prayers Col Dr. Kiiza Besigye intends to drive in a procession from Najjanankumbi through Clock Tower to Container Village which is one of the most highly populated areas in Kampala City.”

“The purpose of this statement therefore is to caution RTD. Col. Dr. Kiiza Besigye to desist from carrying out any procession tomorrow because he has not notified the police in time as required by the Public Order Management Act sec 4 (1) 5(1). Violation of this law calls for sanctions as provided by the Act,” said assistant Police Spokesperson Polly Namaye in a statement issued yesterday.

Namaye asked people to ignore the procession termed as unlawful.

“The public is strongly advised to shun anyone who tries to involve them in any unlawful activity that is likely to disrupt safety and peace within the city and which could result into damage to lives and people’s properties,” the statement reads.

Below is the full statement


The Uganda Police Force has learnt that tomorrow 5th April, 2016, RTD. Col Dr. Kiiza Besigye will attend prayers at the FDC party Headquarters at Najanankumbi.  The prayers shall be held within the  enclosed party premises and this therefore does not  violate the law. 

What is of particular security concern however, is information that after the prayers RTD. Col Dr. Kiiza Besigye intends to drive in a procession from Najanankumbi through Clock  Tower to Container Village which is one of the most highly populated areas in Kampala City.

The purpose of this statement therefore is to  caution RTD. Col. Dr. Kiiza Besigye to desist from carrying out any procession tomorrow because he has not notified the police in time as required by the Public Order Management Act sec 4 (1) 5(1). Violation of this law calls for sanctions as provided by the Act.

The public is strongly advised to shun anyone who tries to involve them in any unlawful activity that is likely to disrupt safety and peace within the city and which could result into damage to lives and people’s properties.

The Uganda Police Force assures all Ugandans and in particular the business community in Kampala that all measures are in place to ensure public order as well as security for persons and properties.

ACP Namaye Polly

Deputy PRO


4th April, 2016

Rwenzururu King Worried about his Security

Tue, 04/05/2016 - 09:09

Rwenzururu king Charles Wesley Mumbere has revealed that his worried about his security a day after a scuffle near his palace in Kasase district that claimed four people.

Mumbere yesterday said he is concerned as long as Police flying squad is still hovering around his palace.

“It looks as if they (Police flying squad) are on mission to assassinate the Rwenzururu official,” he said.

“For us we will take them as they (Police flying squad) are enemies, anytime we meet each other, definitely there will be a clash.

He handed over three AK47 rifles to Captain Robson Kalenda, the officer in charge of Rwenzori region.

The guns, which belong to the UPDF soldiers guarding Mumbere’s palace, had been taken from the palace armoury during a scuffle between the Omusinga’s royal guards and his UPDF guards during the Sunday evening clash.

The kingdom royal guards used the guns to kill two Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) soldiers.

Police spokesperson Fred Enanga said in a press statement on Sunday that Police Flying Squad that is in the area “hunting down suspects behind the attacks on Kidodo Police Post, killing a police officer and stealing a gun.”

Kenya’s William Ruto due to hear war crimes case ruling

Tue, 04/05/2016 - 08:23

Kenyan Vice-President William Ruto is due to find out whether a crimes against humanity case against him will be thrown out by judges at the International Criminal Court (ICC).

Mr Ruto denies murder, deportation and persecution charges during violence that followed the 2007 elections in which about 1,200 people were killed.

His lawyers want the case to be terminated due to a lack of evidence.

Mr Ruto is one of the most senior politicians to be tried by the ICC.

The prosecution case against him has been dogged by repeated setbacks.

Image copyrightReuters
Image captionScores of people were displaced by the post-election violence of 2008 Image copyrightAP
Image captionMr Ruto is one of the most senior politicians to be tried by the ICC

In February judges at the ICC barred the use of recanted testimony, meaning that prior recorded witness statements could not be used by prosecutors.

Several key witnesses in the case have changed their statements, which prosecutors said was due to intimidation and bribery.

Mr Ruto’s lawyers say he should be acquitted because so many key prosecution witnesses have either dropped or changed their original statements.

ICC prosecutor Fatou Bensouda has acknowledged that the loss of witnesses has weakened the case against the deputy president – but she has argued there still remains enough evidence to proceed with the trial.

A spokesman for the ICC has told the BBC’s Anna Holligan in The Hague there are a number of possible scenarios.

The judges could clear Mr Ruto of all the charges, they may ask the prosecution to consider changing the charges or they could reject the defence team’s arguments and allow the trial to continue.

In 2014, the prosecutor dropped similar charges against Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta, alleging that witnesses had been intimidated to make them change their testimony.

The future of the case now appears to depend on whether the prosecution has proved that it has sufficient evidence to offset a no-case-to-answer move from Mr Ruto’s lawyers.

The use of prior testimony falls under Rule 68 of the Rome Statute, which set up the ICC.

But William Ruto’s defence team argued this was unfair because changes to the rule were brought in after the case against him and his fellow defendant, the journalist Joshua arap Sang, had started.

Presiding Judge Piotr Hofmanski ruled that prior-recorded testimony was delivered without an opportunity for the accused to cross-examine the witnesses.

Mr Sang, who is accused of using his radio show to organise attacks in the election aftermath, said at the time that the decision was “one step to our freedom”.

Mr Ruto and Mr Kenyatta were on opposite sides of the 2007 election, but formed an alliance that won the 2013 election.

Source: BBC

A Pass, Bummy Nwagi Land UK Gigs

Mon, 04/04/2016 - 17:40

New kids on the block, A Pass real name Alexander Bagonza and bummy Winnie Nwagi are said to be over the moon with excitement after landing their first gigs to perform in UK.

According to sources, the two singers have been booked to perform in the Queen’s land at the end of this month on 30th April and 1st March (Labour Day).

Snoops have established that A Pass and Nwagi were booked by the same promoter, Alim Mosh, who had booked Jose Chameleone but cancelled fearing it would flop.

It should be noted that fans of Ugandan music in UK vowed to boycott all shows featuring artistes of the infamous ’Tubonga Naawe’ project.

First to taste their wrath was Haruna Mubiru who miserably flopped a few months back.

Therefore, to play it safe, the promoter opted for fresher singers like A Pass and Nwagi with hit songs.

We are told that the ‘Wuuyo’ hit maker and bummy babe with perform at a show themed ‘Nva Kampala’ alongside Nince Henry and Don MC among others.

However, it has been said that before getting in touch with A Pass and Nwagi, Mosh first approached Eddy Kenzo to replace Chameleone but the promoter failed because the ‘Sitya Loss’ hit maker had so many unrealistic demands.

According to sources, Kenzo requested for five tickets in Business Class for his five man team including his personal DJ and others.

This was on top of demanding $15,000 to perform which the promoter found too much and opted for another alternative.

Hundreds turn up for NSSF Kampala 7 Hills Hash Run

Mon, 04/04/2016 - 13:30

Hundreds of Kampala dwellers drawn mainly from the corporate and business world graced the NSSF Kampala 7 Hills Hash Run that took place yesterday in Nsambya, Kampala.

The participants conquered the seven hills of Kampala for fitness, fun and also for charity as the proceeds were geared towards the improvement of sanitation and renovation of over 79 Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA)-managed schools.

While addressing journalists at the run, NSSF Managing Director, Richard Byarugaba, said the NSSF Kampala Hash 7 Hills Run is a vehicle through which NSSF will progressively raise funds to contribute to the improvement of education in Kampala schools, mainly by improving sanitation facilities and renovations over the next three years.

NSSF plans on raising Shs240 million over that time.

“The Fund has a mandate to contribute to the well-being of the community. NSSF is committed to making this a reality through strong partnerships and initiatives such as these because they are in line with our Corporate Social Responsibility programme. We pledge to sponsor the run next year,” he added at the starting and finishing venue at Pearl Africa Primary School found on the outskirts of the city.

Participants took to the road on a chilly and wet Sunday morning and traversed the seven hills of Kampala; Nsambya, Kibuli, Nakasero, Old Kampala Namirembe, Lubaga and Lubiri for 21km.

South African Parliament Mulls Zuma Impeachment

Mon, 04/04/2016 - 13:07

The South African parliament is scheduled to debate a motion to impeach incumbent President Jacob Zuma following allegations over his violation of the country’s constitution.

“The national assembly will on Tuesday, 5 April, consider a motion by the Democratic Alliance for the removal of the President in terms of section 89 of the constitution,” Baleka Mbete, the South African parliament speaker, said on Sunday.

The decision was made after the country’s top court ruled on Thursday that Zuma had failed to uphold the constitution by ignoring official orders that he repay some of the $16 million in state funds spent on renovating his private home.

The restoration project which reportedly cost a total of $24 million of public money in 2014, included a swimming pool, chicken run, cattle enclosure and an amphitheater.

On a televised address, the 73-year-old president said he had “never knowingly and deliberately set out to violate the constitution” and that “any action that has been found not to be in keeping with the constitution happened because of a different approach and different legal advice.”

Since the top court’s ruling, opposition party leaders, ordinary South Africans and even anti-apartheid activists have called on Zuma to resign.

The scandal is by far the biggest to hit the embattled president, who has dismissed accusations of corruption, influence peddling and rape since he took office in 2009.


Unilever Rewards Top Schools And Pupils

Mon, 04/04/2016 - 12:53

Unilever Uganda Limited under their Blueband brand rewarded the top schools, pupils and teachers in their just concluded HI5 Blue band Schools Puzzle Challenge at a colourful Grand finale ceremony held at the Sheraton Hotel Kampala.

Winners of the Blueband School Puzzle Challenge with the Unilever Uganda

The campaign that started last year, centered around the theme of optimal nutrition reaching 985 schools while  engaging over 600,000 school going children as participants.

Blueband adopted the “HI 5” theme to advocate for the five micro nutrients present in Blueband namely vitamin A, D, B6, Niacin and Folic Acid.

These micro nutrients when taken with the recommended five daily meals, will impart five attributes to a child that will enable strong bones and teeth, good vision, energy, growth and immunity.

Speaking at the ceremony, the Assistant Commissioner for Primary education Dr. Tony Mukasa-Lusambu lauded Unilever’s efforts to enrich children and parent’s knowledge on optimal nutrition which is essential for healthier families.

In his remarks, the Assistant Commissioner further commended Unilever for its efforts to raise awareness about nutrition and engaging parents and youth to take an interest in their health and education saying;

“We must engage students in the process and give them the knowledge and experience to make their own healthy choices. It is therefore important that we as parents, teachers and institutions take the lead in advocating for programs that bring attention to education and nutrition.”

Schools together with pupils across Uganda competed in the promotion by collecting tokens which were made available under the label lid of special promotional packs of Blueband for parents to purchase.

Each child was also issued with a nutrition information meal planner booklet with the brand’s call to action to both pupils and parents to follow a proper diet by eating foods rich in micro nutrients.

Ms. Agnes Ssebowa, a nutritionist at the Ministry of Health commended Blueband for their efforts to educate as well as challenge pupils in different regions of the country.

“The pupils were able to learn how to feed well by taking part in the puzzle challenge, which is a fun way of educating someone. This is surely commendable.” She said.
Also, speaking at the grand finale event, Unilever Uganda Ltd Country Manager Peter Muchiri said: “This time around, the HI5 Blueband Puzzle Challenge was regionally based so that more schools, pupils and teachers could participate in this activity. And we are proud that the results have shown even higher numbers of participation. We wanted to get primary school students to learn about nutrition issues in an engaging and fun way and to learn from each other.”
The campaign which was championed by Dr. Sabrina Kitaka, a leading pediatrician at Mulago National Referral Hospital and Senior Lecturer with the Department of Pediatrics Makerere University College of Health Sciences said; “Childhood is a time of critical growth in which proper nutrition is absolutely necessary. Children who have poor diets – whether because of a lack of food or because of patterns of eating that lead to inadequate intake of nutrients – are prone to significant short-term and long-term health impacts and diseases. Children afflicted by sustained poor nutrition are at greater risk for obesity, mental and emotional health problems, and a failure to thrive academically.”

The grand pupil prize for the top 2 students nationally went to ZALWANGO MELODY from City Parents Primary School and Munguci Patricia from Christ the King Primary School. Both won a fantastic Educational tour of East Africa to the Nile and Tanzania’s island of Zanzibar accompanied by their guardians.

The national campaign awarded the top schools per region that have the highest number of tokens collected by supporting a school project.

  1. 1st Prize – School project worth 25 million UGX :
  • Buganda Road Primary School(Central)
  • Lifeway Nursery And Primary School(East)
  • Christ The King Primary School(North)
  • Maria Gorette Primary School(Southwestern)
  1. 2nd Prize – School project worth 10 million UGX:
  • City Parents Primary School(Central)
  • Victoria Nile Primary School(East)
  • Arua Primary School(North)
  • St Francisco Primary School(Southwestern)
  1. 3rd Prize – School project worth 5million UGX :
  • Real Quality Junior Primary School(Central)
  • Dawn Prime Academy Primary School(East)
  • High Land Primary School(North)
  • Mbarara Municipal Primary School(Southwestern)

The top children per region who brought in the highest number of puzzle tokens to their schools received a voucher put towards their school fees.

  1. 1st Prize – School Fees Voucher worth 3 million UGX
  • Talemwa Emmanuel – Real Quality Junior (Central)
  • Akecha Comfort – Arua Primary School.(North)
  • Arinaeitwe Edwin – St.Maria Goretti (South Western)
  • Arakara Gabriel – Lifeway Nursery & Primary(East)
  1. 2nd Prize – Schools Fees Voucher worth 2million UGX
  • Nabasire Annet (Central)
  • Soma Mercy (East)
  • Angelo Wesley (North)
  • Amutuheirwe Daniel (South West)
  1. 3rd Prize – School Fees Voucher worth 1millionUGX.
  • Kwagala Dinah (Central)
  • Nakenyeze Edith (East)
  • Edupu Yusuf (North)
  • Mugalaasi Castrol (Southwest)

The best teacher champions for the campaign per region were also be rewarded for their efforts.

  1. 1st Prize – 5 million UGX:
  • Wamala Cyrus (Central)
  • Mugabi John (East)
  • Alinyaro Celina (North)
  • Atwine John (South West)
  1. 2nd Prize – 1million UGX:
  • Nasanga Emmaculate-(Central)
  • Ogwang Dennis-(East)
  • Mindreru Claire-(North)
  • Grace Kamazooba-(Southwest)
  1. 3rd Prize – 500,000 UGX for the 12 best remaining  teachers:


  • Akot Betty
  • Achwera Denis
  • Ajot La Ndema


  • Mukamarinda Phoebe
  • Nalugo Flowrence
  • Tushabe Janat


  • Aring Simon Peter
  • Namulemba Anthony
  • Kisaame Timothy


  • Mugomba Derick
  • Sekimpi Derick
  • Okia Agustine

Unilever will continue to advocate for the nutrition and education agenda through their Blueband brand across the country with new and innovative promotions.

Congolese troops deployed on the streets of Brazzaville

Mon, 04/04/2016 - 11:39

Troops have been deployed on the streets of Brazzaville, the capital of the Republic of Congo.

Witnesses say this comes after a military barracks was attacked.

An anonymous official told the AP news agency that police are fighting members of a militia called the Ninjas.

The Ninjas were a main anti-government force in the 1998-99 civil war.

It comes weeks after Denis Sassou Nguesso won a third term as president in a disputed poll.

Source: BBC

Makerere University Professor Rapes Student

Mon, 04/04/2016 - 09:25

A Makerere University professor at the college of Natural Sciences has been arrested after raping a university girl who was staying in his house.

Prof Christopher Bakuneeta

Prof Christopher Bakuneeta was nabbed by the police on Friday when the victim reported the case.

Currently, he is detained at the Wandegeya police station.

He lectures at the department of Zoology.

He is also a member of the Governing Council of Wildlife Clubs Uganda (WCU) which is the decision-making organ of the Clubs and the immediate supervisor of the WCU Secretariat.

According to the Makerere chief Security Officer Jackson Mucunguzi, the victim has been taken to the hospital and the professor has been found to be HIV positive.

“The victim was taken to hospital and was proved raped but unfortunately the man with many books has been confirmed sick of Katwe dog,” Mucunguzi posted on Facebook.

Panama Papers: Mossack Fonseca leak reveals elite’s tax havens

Mon, 04/04/2016 - 08:47

A huge leak of confidential documents has revealed how the rich and powerful use tax havens to hide their wealth.

Eleven million documents were leaked from one of the world’s most secretive companies, Panamanian law firm Mossack Fonseca.

They show how Mossack Fonseca has helped clients launder money, dodge sanctions and evade tax.

The company says it has operated beyond reproach for 40 years and has never been charged with criminal wrong-doing.

The documents show links to 72 current or former heads of state in the data, including dictators accused of looting their own countries.

Gerard Ryle, director of the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ), said the documents covered the day-to-day business at Mossack Fonseca over the past 40 years.

“I think the leak will prove to be probably the biggest blow the offshore world has ever taken because of the extent of the documents,” he said.

Panama Papers – tax havens of the rich and powerful exposed
  • Eleven million documents held by the Panama-based law firm Mossack Fonseca have been passed to German newspaper Suddeutsche Zeitung, which then shared them with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists. BBC Panorama is among 107 media organisations – including UK newspaper the Guardian – in 78 countries which have been analysing the documents. The BBC doesn’t know the identity of the source
  • They show how the company has helped clients launder money, dodge sanctions and evade tax
  • Mossack Fonseca says it has operated beyond reproach for 40 years and never been accused or charged with criminal wrong-doing
  • Tricks of the trade: How assets are hidden and taxes evaded

The data contains secret offshore companies linked to the families and associates of Egypt’s former president Hosni Mubarak, Libya’s former leader Muammar Gaddafi and Syria’s president Bashar al-Assad.

Russian connection

It also reveals a suspected billion-dollar money laundering ring that was run by a Russian bank and involved close associates of President Putin.

The operation was run by Bank Rossiya, which is subject to US and EU sanctionsfollowing Russia’s annexation of Crimea.

The documents reveal for the first time how the bank operates.

Money has been channelled through offshore companies, two of which were officially owned by one of the Russian president’s closest friends.

Concert cellist Sergei Roldugin has known Vladimir Putin since they were teenagers and is godfather to the president’s daughter Maria.

On paper, Mr Roldugin has personally made hundreds of millions of dollars in profits from suspicious deals.

But documents from Mr Roldugin’s companies state that: “The company is a corporate screen established principally to protect the identity and confidentiality of the ultimate beneficial owner of the company.”

Iceland connection

Mossack Fonseca data also shows how Icelandic Prime Minister Sigmundur Gunnlaugsson had an undeclared interest in his country’s bailed-out banks.

Mr Gunnlaugsson has been accused of hiding millions of dollars of investments in his country’s banks behind a secretive offshore company.

Leaked documents show that Sigmundur Gunnlaugsson and his wife bought offshore company Wintris in 2007.

He did not declare an interest in the company when entering parliament in 2009. He sold his 50% of Wintris to his wife for $1 (70p), eight months later.

Mr Gunnlaugsson is now facing calls for his resignation. He says he has not broken any rules, and his wife did not benefit financially from his decisions.

The offshore company was used to invest millions of dollars of inherited money, according to a document signed by Mr Gunnlaugsson’s wife Anna Sigurlaug Pálsdóttir in 2015.

‘Beyond reproach’

In addition, Mossack Fonseca supplied a front man who pretended to own $1.8m, so the real owner could get the cash from the bank without revealing their identity.

Mossack Fonseca says it has always complied with international protocols to ensure the companies they incorporate are not used for tax evasion, money-laundering, terrorist finance or other illicit purposes.

The company says it conducts thorough due diligence and regrets any misuse of its services.

“For 40 years Mossack Fonseca has operated beyond reproach in our home country and in other jurisdictions where we have operations. Our firm has never been accused or charged in connection with criminal wrongdoing.

“If we detect suspicious activity or misconduct, we are quick to report it to the authorities. Similarly, when authorities approach us with evidence of possible misconduct, we always cooperate fully with them.”

Mossack Fonseca says offshore companies are available worldwide and are used for a variety of legitimate purposes.

See more at the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists

Source: BBC

Museveni is Broke, State House Reveals

Sun, 04/03/2016 - 14:42

State House has revealed that there is no money for president’s travels barely a month after presidential elections.

Lucy Nakyobe, the State House comptroller told parliament budget committee that the money allocated to presidency was spent during the presidential elections.

President elect, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni

State House is asking for 70 billion shillings as a supplementary budget to fund the presidency up to June.

Lucy Nakyobe said during elections, president Museveni made many travels inlands due to four rally per day programme which required vehicles, fuel and staff moving with the president.

“We don’t have money and we need money to run until June,” she said. “There were so many travels inland. The president had four rallies every day and you all know it.”

She noted that President Museveni has become a victim of begging culture that is taking roots in Uganda. Nakyobe said president Museveni donated a lot of money for sports activities and to sick people who wanted to go abroad for treatment.

A study funded by Democratic Governance Facility (DGF) and conducted by Alliance for Campaign Finance Monitoring (ACFIM), a loose coalition of CSO activists advocating increased transparency in the practice of financing political parties and election campaigns in Uganda in January revealed that Museveni had spent Shs27 billion.

It is not clear how the National Resistance Movement (NRM) raised the money.

Burundi says “fine” with request for U.N. police deployment

Sun, 04/03/2016 - 12:11

Burundi accepts the United Nations security council’s resolution to send in police, the foreign affairs minister told Reuters on Saturday, after months of political tension.

A protester sets up a barricade during a protest against Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza in Bujumbura, Burundi, May 22, 2015. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic/Files

The 15-member council unanimously adopted on Friday a French-drafted resolution asking U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to offer options for a police deployment to Burundi, where violence threatens to spiral into ethnic conflict.

President Pierre Nkurunziza said last April he would seek a third term, which his opponents said was illegal. Since then, at least 439 people have been killed and more than 250,000 have fled.

“This U.N. resolution is fine for us since it takes into account everything we have been saying,” Alain Nyamitwe, Burundi’s foreign minister, told Reuters.

“We have always been open to experts but never to sending of peacekeeping troops in Burundi,” he said, adding “a few” U.N. police could help stabilise the country.

But Leonce Ngendakumana, chairman of the opposition FRODEBU party, criticised the resolution for failing to call for the deployment of peacekeepers.

“That U.N. resolution brings nothings to us,” he told Reuters. “We don’t want U.N. police but U.N. peacekeepers who would prevent Burundi from sliding into another civil war.”

The opposition wants the peacekeepers to be deployed to disarm the different armed groups including the militia allied to the ruling CNDD FDD party, known as “Imbonerakure”, Ngendakumana said.

“We need forces capable of restoring our army,” he said, citing last month’s assassination of a senior army officer and rising cases of desertion by troops.

Tom Malinowski, the U.S. assistant secretary of state for democracy, human rights and labour, accused the government of going back on its commitment to resolve the crisis through dialogue.

“Denouncing everybody from the Catholic church, to the media… to foreign countries as enemies of the people of Burundi is not going to get us to a successful dialogue,” Malinowski told a news conference in Bujumbura.

(Writing by Duncan Miriri; Editing by Ruth Pitchford)

Kenya Garissa attack: Memorials for victims one year on

Sun, 04/03/2016 - 11:58

People across Kenya have marked the first anniversary of the massacre of 148 people at Garissa University.

Thousands gathered at the college on Saturday, with about 100 taking part in a run to commemorate the victims.

Later, prayers and candlelight vigils were held in Garissa, in the capital Nairobi and elsewhere, led by government officials.

Four al-Shabab militants shot students in their dormitories before rounding up and killing dozens more.

It was the deadliest attack in Kenya since al-Qaeda’s bombing of the US embassy in Nairobi in 1998, which killed 213 people.

Al-Qaeda-linked al-Shabab, which is based in neighbouring Somalia, has carried out a number of attacks against Kenyan targets.

The group says it is retaliating for acts by Kenya’s security forces, which are part of the African Union’s mission in Somalia against al-Shabab.

Image copyrightEPA

Image captionPrayers and vigils were held in Nairobi and elsewhere for those who were killed and injured Image copyrightAP

Image captionMost of the victims were students


The participants in the commemorative run wore T-shirts bearing peace slogans.

One of the organisers of the run, Ali Awdoll, told the BBC that the attack had made a lasting impression on the residents of Garissa.

“As we try to mourn the innocent lives, it’s like it happened yesterday. The images of the dead bodies keep on playing in my mind. It was really a traumatising experience.”

He said the runners were participating as “a gesture of the peace and humanity that we lost… there is no ‘we’ and ‘they’ in this whole thing – we are humanity and we all have one common enemy – the terrorists are our common enemy”.

Garissa Township MP Aden Duale was one of those taking part.

He said: “Together as a country, from the north to the south to the west to east, from the Muslims to Christians… together we must fight all forms of terror.”

Security was tight in and around the college in Garissa, 365km (225 miles) north-east of the capital.

This is in stark contrast to the time of the attack, when only two guards were on duty, despite official warnings that an attack on an institution of higher learning was likely.

The four gunmen were killed during the siege but it took 16 hours for anti-terrorism forces to bring the attack to an end.

Garissa university campus

1. Militants enter the university grounds, two guards are shot dead

2. Shooting begins within the campus

3. Students attacked in their classrooms while preparing for exams

4. Gunmen believed isolated in the female dormitories

5. Some students make an escape through the fence

Source: BBC

UN approves resolution to dispatch unarmed police to Burundi

Sat, 04/02/2016 - 13:13

The United Nations Security Council (UNSC) has adopted a resolution that allows the deployment of unarmed UN police to Burundi in a bid to help contain the escalating unrest gripping the landlocked African country.

Representatives from United Nations Security Council (UNSC) members vote during a session. (File photo by AP)

The 15-member council unanimously passed the French-drafted motion on Friday after days of tough negotiations over its wording.

The resolution asks UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to draw up within 15 days a list of options for the proposed police force in coordination with the African Union and consultations with the Burundian government.

It provides for the “deployment of a United Nations police contribution to increase the United Nations capacity to monitor the security situation, promote the respect of human rights and advance rule of law” in the violence-wracked state.

The resolution further expresses concerns about “the persisting political impasse” in Burundi and underlines the need for convening “a genuine and inclusive inter-Burundian dialogue.”

Men carry away a dead body in the Nyakabiga neighborhood of Bujumbura, Burundi, December 12, 2015. (Photo by AP)

The African country plunged into turmoil last April when President Pierre Nkurunziza announced his decision to run for a third consecutive five-year term, a move that was denounced by opponents as contrary to the constitution and a 2006 peace deal that ended years of civil war.

Nkurunziza did win the third term, garnering 70 percent of the 2.8 million votes cast in the election last July. Widespread unrest and a failed coup preceded the election, however.

At least 400 people have been killed and 250,000 others have fled Burundi due to the unrest over the past year.

Referring to the UNSC-adopted resolution, France’s UN ambassador Francois Delattre said, “This resolution is a first step towards a strengthened UN presence in Burundi to help ensure the respect for human rights and alert the international community on the reality of the situation on the ground.”

He said that between 20 and 30 police forces are expected to be deployed to Burundi as unarmed “experts and observers.”

Burundi’s UN envoy Albert Shingiro voiced his government’s readiness “to discuss and to come to an agreement on the nature, the size and the missions” of the UN police force.


Obama, Xi agree to implement N Korea sanctions

Sat, 04/02/2016 - 12:44

US President Barack Obama and Chinese President Xi Jinping have agreed to fully implement sanctions against North Korea, according to the White House.

The two presidents met on Friday on the sidelines of the Nuclear Security Summit at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, DC, shortly after North Korea reportedly fired another ballistic missile off its east coast.

The White House said in a statement on Friday that Obama and Xi agreed to “to strengthen coordination in addressing the shared threat presented by North Korea’s pursuit of nuclear weapons and ballistic missile systems.”

The statement added, “Both leaders affirmed their commitment to achieving the denuclearization of the Korean Peninsula and the full implementation of UN Security Council Resolution 2270,” which was passed on March 2 in response to a nuclear test North Korea conducted in January, followed by a missile test in February.

On Thursday, Obama met with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and South Korean President Park Geun-hye on the sidelines of the Nuclear Security Summit.

China’s President Xi Jinping (R) listens to US President Barack Obama (L) in a P5+1 meeting during the Nuclear Security Summit at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center on April 1, 2016 in Washington, DC.  (AFP photo)
US President Barack Obama (C) speaks during a trilateral meeting with Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe (R) and South Korea’s President Park Geun-hye on the sidelines of the Nuclear Security Summit at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center on March 31, 2016 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)

“We are united in our efforts to deter and defend against North Korean provocations,” Obama said with Shinzo and Park at his side.

“We have to work together to meet this challenge and we also recognize that it is important to the entire international community to vigilantly enforce the strong UN Security Council measures,” he added.

The US president added that trilateral security cooperation is essential to maintain peace and stability in Northeast Asia.

Last month, Obama signed a new executive order that tightens the US trade embargo on North Korea over its nuclear and missile tests.

The Obama administration said on March 16 the new measures block any US trade with the North Korean government and any entities in the country engaged in finance, transportation, mining and energy.

Washington’s unilateral measures follow a series of tough sanctions imposed by the UN Security Council on Pyongyang earlier last month.

North Korea has been at odds with the South since the end of the Korean War of the early 1950s. An armistice ended all military hostilities between the two Koreas back then, but no peace deal ever ensued, meaning that, while the two countries are not at war, they are not at peace, either.

This undated picture released from North Korea’s official Korean Central News Agency (KCNA) on March 25, 2016, shows the large-scale intensive striking drill of long-range artillery pieces of the KPA large combined units at an undisclosed location in North Korea. (AFP photo)

In the tensions that emerge too frequently, the US has been taking South Korea’s side. Washington says Pyongyang is after developing long-range missiles that can carry nuclear warheads and can reach the US.

North Korea says its adversaries, including the US, seek to bring the regime in Pyongyang down, and it is thus strengthening itself against hostile countries.


South Africa’s Jacob Zuma ‘sorry’ over Nkandla scandal

Sat, 04/02/2016 - 12:27

President Jacob Zuma has apologised to South Africans in an effort to end a long-running scandal over improper state spending at his private home.

“The matter has caused a lot of frustration and confusion, for which I apologise,” he said in a TV address.

He said he would abide by a court ruling that he must repay government money spent on upgrading his rural home with a swimming pool and amphitheatre.

The case was brought by the opposition, which urged him to stand down.

The public protector, an anti-corruption body, ruled in 2014 that $23m (£15m) of public money had been improperly spent on Mr Zuma’s rural home in Nkandla in KwaZulu-Natal province, and ordered him to reimburse part of the expense.

In Thursday’s unanimous judgement, the Constitutional Court of South Africa ruled that Mr Zuma’s failure to repay the money violated the constitution.

In his live address on Friday, Mr Zuma said: “I respect the judgement and will abide by it.”

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Image captionThe Nkandla residence has become a political headache for President Zuma

The president added that he had acted “in good faith” and “never knowingly and deliberately set out to violate the constitution”.

“Any action that has been found not to be in keeping with the constitution happened because of a different approach and different legal advice,” he said, before issuing an apology for the “frustration” caused.

Source: BBC

Police still at Besigye Home after Kayihura order

Sat, 04/02/2016 - 09:50

Police officers who have been camping at Kizza Besigye’s Kasangati home since 18th February presidential election are yet to leave after Inspector General of Police Kale Kayihura yesterday said its time to free the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) icon.

In a statement, Kale said the decision to let Besigye regain his freedom is informed by the Supreme Court ruling on the presidential election petition brings to conclusion the constitutional process relating to the presidential elections.

“Since the matter is now settled, the Police, accordingly, finds this an appropriate time to withdraw the security measures that we were forced to take with respect to Rtd Col Dr Kizza Besigye,” the statement reads.

Adding; “To remind the public, the measures we took were to closely monitor, and regulate his movements, and those that accessed his residence. We, however, must stress that Rtd Col Kizza Besigye is not, and has not been under house arrest.”

However, the police chief order has not been effected as police is still manning Besigye’s home.

Besigye posted photos of the police officers at his home on social media last night.

He noted; “IGP Kayihura once again deceived Ugandans today that I’d been freed. It was fools day anyway!!! I took the pictures here after midnight- on 2nd April 2016. It terrible to have a leader of a police force that breaks the law routinely and willfully; that seems to enjoy telling lies; and that has no regard for the opinion of others!”

Police To Closely Monitor ‘Freed’ Besigye – Kayihura

Fri, 04/01/2016 - 18:52
Police Chief General Kale Kayihura.

The Inspector General of Police (IGP), General Kale Kayihura has revealed that the police was forced to confine former, Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) presidential candidate, Kizza Besigye over his ‘subversive tendencies.’

This explanation is contained in a press statement by the IGP, revealing that the FDC strongman’s call for people to join him in a march to the Electoral Commission (EC) offices in February was a threat to the peace in the city. His statement was issued as police withdrew from Besigye’s home.

“We were concerned about the security of people and property, especially in the City following inflammatory statements and messages of incitement to the youth (that had the potential to lead to violence) communicated through the media on Sunday, the 21st February 2016, by Rtd Col Kizza Besigye, calling on his supporters to move with him the next day, Monday, 22nd February 2016 to demand for his results.  Clearly, this was a pretext because it did not need a procession to get the results,” Kayihura says.

In his statement, the police chief reiterated the fact Besigye has not been under house arrest as believed by many

Besigye’s home has been under siege since the declaration of results from the February, 18, general election.

Ex Forum for Democratic Change president Kizza Besigye

Besigye will however remain under surveillance, Kayihura said, as he instructed the Kasangati Divisional Police Commander to withdraw all officers from the home where they have been deployed since February 20.

Below is Kayihura’s full statement


This statement is to inform the public on the steps we are taking in relation to the current situation of  Rtd Col Dr Kizza Besigye.  To begin with, the decision and pronouncement by the Supreme Court, yesterday, Thursday, 31st March 2016, on the 2016 Presidential elections, following a petition by Hon Amama Mbabazi, brings to conclusion the constitutional process relating to the Presidential elections.  Since the matter is now settled, the Police, accordingly, finds this an appropriate time to withdraw the security measures that we were forced to take with respect to Rtd Col Dr Kizza Besigye.  To remind the public, the measures we took were to closely monitor, and regulate his movements, and those that accessed his residence.  We, however, must stress that Rtd Col Kizza Besigye is not, and has not been under house arrest.  We had to take the security measures as a precaution because of the reasons below.
First, he attempted to subvert the constitutional electoral process by attempting to announce own results.  Note that it is only the Electoral Commission that has the mandate under the Constitution to declare election results.  Fortunately, Police succeeded to stop him from doing so at the FDC offices in Najjanankumbi on the 19th February 2016, after a timely tip off.
Second, we were concerned about the security of people and property, especially in the City following inflammatory statements and messages of incitement to the youth (that had the potential to lead to violence) communicated through the media on Sunday, the 21st February 2016, by Rtd Col Kizza Besigye, calling on his supporters to move with him the next day, Monday, 22nd February 2016 to demand for his results.  Clearly, this was a pretext because it did not need a procession to get the results.  Moreover, this was intended to be a procession, and had to be regulated by the Public Order Management Act, which specifically requires an organizer to give the Police notification of not less than three days before such an event takes place.  In this case, Rtd Col Kizza Besigye not only did he not notify the Police, he was acting in complete disregard of the law.    Moreover, we had reason to be apprehensive given that Rtd Col Kizza Besigye moves with indisciplined and violent youth, who, on the 15th and 16th February 2016 attacked innocent people, blocked roads in Wandegeya and Nakawa respectively.  We should, also, remember what happened following the 2011 elections, during the so-called “Walk to Work” in which gangs of youth attacked motorists asking them where they got fuel to drive, burning tyres on roads, as well as damaging people’s property.
Third, we, also, have responsibility to ensure that normal business life in the City and the rest of the country, is not disturbed, (as has happened in the past) by the unlawful actions of Rtd Col Kizza Besigye.  Had Rtd Col Kizza Besigye succeeded in his plans, there is no question that there would have been substantial disruption of business life and, even, day-to-day normal life of members of the public.
In spite of the abovementioned concerns, however, as we have stated above, since the constitutional process relating to the 2016 Presidential elections is complete, and we expect all persons in Uganda, including Rtd Col Kizza Besigye, to respect the decision of the Supreme Court, we are withdrawing the precautionary security measures we had been forced to take with respect to Rtd Col Kizza Besigye.
But since he has not retracted his statements of defiance, and incitement to violence, we shall continue to watch his conduct, and, also, maintain general vigilance to ensure that persons and property are not put in danger.  In the event that he does anything that violates the Public Order Management Act or any other law, or in any way threatens public security and peace, Government will have no option but to take appropriate measures to counter him.

Gen Kale Kayihura
Inspector General of Police

1st April, 2016