Federation of Uganda Football Association (FUFA) has been put under siege by a group of former National team players
“A group of former players led by George Semwogerere, Obwinyi, Walusimbi, Ouma have raided and broken the main door to the FUFA offices,” reads the Tweet on the FUFA handle.
It is not yet clear why these former national team players attacked FUFA house that is located in Mengo, Kampala.
After a few minutes, a tweet was sent out indicating that the situation has returned to normal.
“The situation at FUFA House is under control after Police led by DPC Old Kampala Nsaba Charles stepped in with his team.”
By Serestino Tusingwire
Police in Kampala yesterday arrested Mathew Kanyamunyu for allegedly shooting dead Akena Kenneth Watmon at Forest Mall Lugogo in Kampala.
The incident happened when Akena who had gone to withdraw money from an ATM machine at Lugogo accidentally knocked Kanyamunyu’s car from the parking lot as he was reversing
It is said that Akena tried to apologize and negotiate terms of repair, but it is believed that Kanyamunyu did not listen to anything at the moment, but instead pulled off his pistol and shot him in the stomach.
Akena was rushed to Norvik hospital from where he died after a short while.RIP: Akena was shot at Lugogo Forest Mall in Kampala on Saturday night
“The shooter himself picked Akena and drove him to hospital. It’s only until medics said such cases are reported to police first that he turned to say he is only a good Samaritan and doesn’t know who was responsible,” said a family source.
Kanyamunyu is currently detained at Jinja Road Police Station as investigations are still ongoing.
Kanyamunyu, who is the CEO Quantum Express logistics, was reportedly in company of his Burundian girlfriend, Cynthia Munwangari when the incident occurred.
A verbal exchange has erupted between The National Organization of Trade Unions (NOTU) and FIDA, a human rights organisation over women who were allegedly poisoned by flower chemicals at their worker place.
The National Organisation of trade unions today accused the women activists under their umbrella body FIDA Uganda of interfering into the affairs of workers instead of concentrating on domestic violence in families.
“The problem thy have faced is the problem of men and women. Workers is not women. The mere fact that the women are the majority in this doesn’t mean that FIDA should takeover.” Said Christopher Peter, secretary general NOTU
However, FIDA has vowed to defend the rights of women who were allegedly affected by the flower chemicals which they got exposed to.
“A similar incident happened in Mukono; for how long are we going to sit back and see these women die? It is in our mandate to protect and promote the rights of Ugandans,” said Mercy Grace, Spokesperson FIDA
In October over 100 workers were exposed to toxic chemicals and currently being examined in the hospital
“I started by having headache and I don’t know what am suffering from. They should examine us and they know what we suffering from, there they can treat us,” said one of the infected workers.
Hillary Clinton’s top advisers blame FBI Director James Comey for the Democrat’s bruising loss to President-elect Donald Trump.
Navin Nayak, the head of the Clinton campaign’s opinion research division, sent an email to senior staffers Thursday, outlining “early signals” as to why the candidate lost the November 8 presidential election, POLITICO reported on Friday.
“We believe that we lost this election in the last week,” said Nayak’s email, which was published by POLITICO. “Comey’s letter in the last 11 days of the election both helped depress our turnout and also drove away some of our critical support among college-educated white voters — particularly in the suburbs.”
“We also think Comey’s 2nd letter, which was intended to absolve Sec. Clinton, actually helped to bolster Trump’s turnout,” he continued.
The letter also highlighted several other challenges the Clinton team faced throughout the campaign, including a desire for change after two terms by a Democratic president and the reluctance of some Americans to vote for a female candidate.Hillary Clinton makes a concession speech after being defeated by Donald Trump in New York on November 9, 2016. (Photo by AFP)
Despite those challenges, Nayak said, Clinton was on course to win until the last week, when “everything changed” and the momentum began to shift in favor of Trump.
“Voters who decided in the last week broke for Trump by a larger margin (42-47). These numbers were even more exaggerated in the key battleground states,” he said.
The FBI director angered Democrats late in October by announcing in a letter to Congress that the agency had uncovered new emails connected to the Clinton email investigation.
Just over a week later, Comey notified Congress that Clinton would not face charges over the newly discovered messages.
Nayak said Comey’s letters encouraged Trump supporters and depressed the turnout for Clinton on Election Day.
“There is no question that a week from Election Day, Sec. Clinton was poised for a historic win. In the end, less than 110K votes out of tens of millions cast on Election Day made the difference in this race,” he wrote.
“In the end,” Nayak concluded, “late breaking developments in the race proved one hurdle too many for us to overcome.”
Clinton had been leading Trump throughout the campaign in most of the polls except for the last week of the election when she lost ground to Trump.
A great majority of Americans say Donald Trump’s unexpected presidential election victory was legitimate, a new poll shows, as nationwide protests against his election enters its fifth day.
The new ABC News/Washington Post survey released Sunday found that 74 percent of Americans accept Trump’s victory over his Democratic rival Hillary Clinton although there was a huge partisan divide over the outcome of the November 8 vote.
According to the poll, 99 percent of Trump’s Republican supporters said he was legitimately elected. The figure dropped to 58 percent among Democrats.
Among people who did not vote for any of the two major-party candidates, 62 percent agreed with the result of the election.
Before Tuesday’s face-off, 87 percent of Clinton’s supporters and 68 percent of Trump’s had indicated their willingness to accept the results regardless of the winner.
Despite losing the popular vote, Trump was able to clench a historic victory by winning 290 electoral votes. The former secretary of state took 228 votes after losing key states.
Since Trump’s election, thousands of protesters have been holding rallies in various parts of the US, urging him to resign over his racist and divisive campaign pledges.
Trump has vowed to deport millions of undocumented immigrants and build a wall on the border with Mexico to prevent Latinos from illegally entering the US.
He has also shown great pessimism towards immigrants coming from Islamic countries, proposing a ban on all Muslims entering the US. In Trump’s view, Muslim Americans should wear certain IDs that facilitate easier tracking in case of a terror attack.
On Saturday, at least 2,000 people marched to Trump Tower, the site of the president-elect’s residence and corporate headquarters in New York. As the march began to move, the number of participants grew closer to the 10,000 mark.
Over 200 people were detained in similar protests in the state of California, including in the major city of Los Angeles. Portland, Oregon, has also been the scene of protests since Tuesday.
Activists across the country say they plan to build momentum ahead of the president-elect’s inauguration ceremonies in Washington on January 20.
Moreover, a “million-women-march” is also being planned on the nation’s capital for the inauguration day, to protest Trump’s widely-reported instances of mistreating women.
She’s a former refugee, a Muslim, a mom of three, and now the first Somali-American lawmaker in the United States.
“This really was a victory for that 8-year-old in that refugee camp,” Ilhan Omar, 34, said. “This was a victory for the young woman being forced into child marriage. This was a victory for every person that’s been told they have limits on their dreams.”
Omar is the youngest of seven children. She and her family fled from the Somali civil war and spent four years in a refugee camp in Kenya. When she came to the United States in 1995, she spoke only Somali. As her English improved, she began translating for her grandfather at political events in the Twin Cities. Today, the Minneapolis organizer is well-versed in business administration and politics.
“I think I bring the voice of young people,” Omar said. “I think I bring the voice of women in the East African community. I bring the voice of Muslims. I bring the voice of young mothers looking for opportunities.”
She won House District 60B in southeast Minneapolis with 80 percent of the vote. It wasn’t a surprise that Omar would win a Minnesota House seat in the reliably Democratic district: In the primary contest earlier, she beat a 22-term incumbent, and her Republican challenger suspended his campaign for family reasons. Allegations were raised during the campaign that she had illegally married her brother to commit immigration fraud; she denied the charge.
On Tuesday, as Ilhan Omar walked into a room filled with supporters, she was crushed with hugs and kisses from anyone who could touch her. For nearly 20 minutes, photographers tried desperately to capture Omar as she moved around the room in her white headscarf. When the music stopped and speakers gathered on stage, Omar sat down in the front row, beaming, next to her husband, Ahmed Hirsi. One of her children sat on her lap, and her two other kids stood by her.
“Minneapolis said no tonight, said no to hatred,” Habon Abdulle said. She’s the executive director of the Minneapolis group Women Organizing Women Network.
“Minneapolis said no to the narrative of making America hate again. Minneapolis tonight said yes to diversity. Minneapolis, and [the] 60B district particularly, you said Muslim women have space in the governing body of our state. Thank you.”
When Omar’s husband took the microphone, he got the crowd laughing when he started to describe strong, black, Muslim women.
“For those men — wooo! — let me tell you something,” Hirsi said. “When you see a strong, African, Muslim woman, don’t be afraid, no, you know what, appreciate that. That’s the model, that’s the new 2016, going into 2017.”
Omar and her children joined him on stage as the crowd started to chant, “Ilhan, Ilhan, Ilhan.”
She honored her grandfather first, thanking him for his many lessons, then her dad and finally her supporters.
“Our campaign has been about more than just uniting a district, more than winning back the House, more than making history,” Omar said. “Our campaign has been about shifting narratives, restoring hope and re-establishing access in our democracy.”
She told the crowd she would work on an agenda focused on justice and the common good, zero waste and renewable energy.
“And we will never stop fighting for a democracy that works for all of us, for a prosperous and equitable Minnesota that we will all be proud of,” she said. “I will never give up fighting for you, and I hope you will never give up fighting for me.”
Omar’s mentor and friend, Minneapolis City Council member Andrew Johnson, said he knew long ago that she would make history.
“I had no doubt that Ilhan would get here. The big question is: What’s the path an individual takes?” Johnson said. “And I just think she’s just naturally a great leader.”
Mohamed Omar Giama couldn’t agree more. The 90-year-old former Somali ambassador to the European Commission said he was overjoyed witnessing history.
“I never thought a Somali lady, a refugee, can get through all this hardship and difficulties to get elected to Minnesota parliament,” said Giama, who attended her victory party. “It’s wonderful,” he said, “just wonderful.”
By Martin Kaddu
Sunday FUFA Big League fixtures, 4pm
Boma Young vs Mbarara City, Hoima
Kyambogo vs Busia Fisheries, Kyambogo
Ndejje University vs Bright Light, Luweero
Simba vs Moroto United, Mashariki Grounds
Scorching sunshine, droughts and cattle nomadism on top of natural grass playing areas scarcity, football is not a sport favored in the Karamoja region. But, Moroto United beat all odds and qualified to the FUFA Big League 2016/17 season. The side from Moroto stormed the second tier with optimism per their main target – to avoid relegation back to regional league. Eight games down the road, Moroto United are yet to test victory. They have lost six and drawn twice, sitting at the foot of the 12 team Elgon group, four places beneath Simba they visit this Sunday evening at Mashariki grounds, Entebbe road for their unlikely first campaign triumph. Simba coach Eric Ndifuna has seen his side winning all their three home games, but warned his troop against complacency. “They (Moroto) are not doing well, but this should not be a point of relaxation. We need to be at our best to not only target a win but also reasonable goals,” noted Ndifuna whose side came from a goal down to earn a 2-1 home win over Artland Katale in the last game.
Ndejje eye the summit
Having blown the first two, for the third time Ndejje University have a great chance to get to the top of Elgon group as the FUFA Big League returns today with five fixtures on card. The Luwero based side host tricky 6th placed Bright Light knowing that victory will carry them to the top with 18 points in 9 games given the fact that current leaders Maroons are not in action. With a game in hand, Maroons have similar 15 points but lead with a two goal difference.
Eye Radio news clip for former South Sudanese First Vice President and leader of the armed opposition Riek Machar played last month triggered the closure of the radio station, its management disclosed on Saturday.
The National Security Service (NSS) ordered the immediate closure of the U.S Agency for International Development (USAID) funded radio on Friday without providing a reason for the move.
Eye Radio prided itself as independent news provider in South Sudan.
A journalist familiar with the case told Sudan Tribune on Saturday that NSS management later told Eye Media, the parent company of the Eye Radio, that the station broadcast Machar voice on October 13.
“I think they (NSS) are referring a voice clip recorded from interview gave to Al Jazeera TV,” the source said.
According other sources in Eye Radio, the news clip from Machar had called for peace, “not war. We thought it was a possible news because it did not called for renewal of hostilities.”
Stephen Omiri, Chief Executive Officer of Eye Media, told reporters that he will meet NSS director on Monday and hope that the radio will reopened after that formal meeting where specific warnings might be made, he said.
Media advocacy group, the Committee to Project Journalists (CPJ) condemned the closure.
“The closure of Eye Radio is arbitrary and amounts to brute force censorship of a vital source of independent news for the people of South Sudan,” said Murithi Mutiga, CPJ’s East Africa representative
Mutiga called on authorities in Juba to cease intimidation against media and journalists and called for reopening of Eye Radio.
Information Minister Michael Makuei Lueth declined to comment when contacted on Saturday, claiming he has no instruction to close the station.
The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has approved a three-year $12bn (€11bn) loan for Egypt to help the country out of its deep economic crisis.
Egypt will receive $2.75bn immediately, with the rest subject to its economic performance and further reforms.
IMF Managing Director Christine Lagarde said the bailout would “address longstanding challenges”.
Egypt’s President Abdul Fattah al-Sisi is facing high unemployment and a budget deficit of 12% of GDP.
The country has struggled to attract foreign investment since the political turmoil in 2011 and the so-called Arab Spring, which saw former president Hosni Mubarak overthrown.
Tourism – traditionally a leading source of income for Egypt – has declined sharply over the past five years.
Last week Egypt floated its currency in a move that reduced its value by almost 50% against the dollar in an attempt to strengthen confidence in the economy.
The government also increased interest rates by three percentage points to 14.75%, and raised the price of basic commodities and fuel.
The moves led to widespread criticism of the president and a drop in his popularity. A big security operation was put in place in Cairo to pre-empt mass demonstrations that had been expected on Friday.
Ms Lagarde said the latest “home-grown economic plan” was intended to tackle the country’s large budget deficit, low growth and high unemployment rate.
She said that further reforms, such as reductions in fuel subsidies and legislation to reduce Egypt’s public sector wage bill, were necessary for the country to move forward.
“Resolute implementation of the policy package is essential to restore investor confidence,” Ms Lagarde said.
In 2013, Egypt’s first democratically elected president, Mohammed Morsi, was ousted by the military, led by Gen Sisi, after only one year in power.
Mr Sisi was later elected president in May 2014.
Government troops carried out a massacre of at least 11 villagers in Central Equatoria State within a week of an earlier killing of 10 civilians in the same state, according to a survivor and a relative of one of the victims.
The mass killing took place along the Yei-Lasu road behind Yei Resort hotel, a distance of one and half miles west of Yei town. The victims included youths and some women.
According to the survivor, a group of villagers including himself came to sell some food items at Lutaya Market and were arrested on their way back to their ancestral village called Goburu.
“We came from our village in Goburu to sell our maize and groundnuts while in exchange to buy salt, soap and other basic needs from Lutaya Market,” he said.
While on their way back from the market the villagers were stopped by government soldiers in uniform. The witness described to Radio Tamazuj what happened next.
“On our return back to the village, just behind Yei resort hotel in Lutaya area, a group of armed men in government uniform jumped from a near bush stopped us and asked us whether we were rebels or not, we told them that we were civilians who came to the town for market and we are going home.”
“They ordered us to sit down and all of us were twelve of course including some women. They insisted that we were supporters of rebels. They took us to nearby grass-thatched tukul along the road, tied up our hands, shot at each of us and luckily enough my bullet fell into my arm and I fell down. They thought that we were all dead.”
He continued, “They locked up the room and set it ablaze and escaped. I was inside and waited for the other side of the roof to fall down and I managed to find my way out of the fire and the eleven [other] of us all died on spot.”
Meanwhile, a relative to one of the victims confirmed to Radio Tamazuj that they have just come from a burial of one of his relatives who died in the same incident. “We have just come from a mass burial of our relatives at Emmanuel Cemetery; we have buried five of them in the same grave.”
The grieving family member added, “We also saw some of the victims still lying at the Yei civil hospital mortuary because it’s difficult to identify them since some of them burnt completely.”
The state government could not comment on the matter. Earlier the army declared that all areas five miles beyond Yei town are no-go areas under military operations. A church bishop said earlier this week he had been told by the army that outlying villages lay within a “condemned area” and banned him from visiting parishioners there.
SPLA troops were separately accused by an Episcopal cleric of another massacre on 31 October, just one week before this latest reported massacre. Ten villagers were killed at Kalipapa village on that date in Kwerijik Bungu Payam located about 38 miles west of the capital Juba.
Commenting on the latest rise in violence in the Yei area, Catholic Bishop Erkulano Ladu Tombe said that relations between civilians and army have reached a low point.
“The relationship between the army and the civilians was very good but since the beginning of April the relationship begun going from bad to worse and the plea of the people is that why are the new army brought from that has spoiled their relationship and why was it sent to kill people?” said the bishop.
Erkulano condemned the unnecessary killings of civilians saying there is need to observe the rule of law.
Another cleric, Bishop Hilary Luate Adeba of the Yei Diocese, said in an interview with Radio Tamazuj that the citizens in Yei are currently living in fear. “The citizens inside Yei are living in deep fear, they don’t know what is happening, because there are security around Yei and inside Yei itself but we see that the security situation is not good.”
He pointed out that the villages are cut off from the town. “At night nobody can sleep… if we get up alive in the morning we thank God,” he said.
Separately, the United Nations Special Adviser on the Prevention of Genocide Adama Dieng yesterday warned of the risk of genocide in Yei and elsewhere in South Sudan following a visit to the town.
He said at a media briefing, “The gravity of the situation in Yei merits immediate intervention – a full scale fact-finding investigation and enhanced humanitarian support. The population has been forced into town without access to food and they and the refugee population which Yei hosts are suffering.”
“Yei is but one urgent example among many. The signs are all there for the spread of this ethnic hatred and targeting of civilians that could evolve into genocide, if something is not done now to stop it. I urge the people of South Sudan to take action.”
The National Social Security Fund (NSSF) has won prestigious awards at the 6th edition of the Annual Financial Reporting Awards (FiRe Awards) that took place last Thursday at Kampala Serena Hotel.
The Fund won the Corporate Governance award, Sustainability Reporting award and was named the 1st Runner up in Parastatals and Government Business category.
The awards, which are organized by the Institute of Certified Public Accountants of Uganda (ICPAU), aim at promoting best practices in financial reporting in complying with international financial reporting standards for the various sectors of Uganda’s economy.
NSSF Chief Finance Officer, Patrick Ayota who received the awards on behalf of the Fund, said that the recognition is affirmation of the Fund’s commitment to transparency. . “Over the last 5 years, the Fund has received an unqualified opinion from the Auditor General, affirming that our financial records and statements are fairly and appropriately presented, and in accordance with Generally Accepted Accounting Principles. These awards are proof of our adherence to international financial reporting standards.
The Fund was commended for providing a clear and concise picture of the organisation’s corporate governance approach with detailed information on division of responsibilities between the board and management as well as a discussion on the organisation’s values, strategy and culture.
The Fund also won the Sustainability Reporting Award that focuses on the reporting of Corporate Social Responsibility activities of an institution and how they have impacted on a wider community. In this category, NSSF revealed the organisation’s involvement in community initiatives, partnerships with the different stakeholders, attention to employee welfare, and internal and external initiatives undertaken to conserve the environment.
“From our perspective, Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) is a commitment to ensure promotion of social and environmental wellbeing of the communities in which we do business. The Fund’s CSR interventions make a deliberate attempt to develop and build the very basics that support a decent life within our community. ,” Ayota said.
The awards are also intended to encourage effective communication of financial and business information, showcase best practices in financial reporting, and to promote good financial reporting as a prerequisite for raising funds on the capital markets.
Over the last 5 years, the Fund has won several awards, including the Global Balance Score For Excellence in Strategy Execution, Africa Pension Fund Initiative of the Year 2005, East Africa Super Brands 2014 award for excellence in branding, International Social Security Association (ISSA) Good Practice Award, and the Uganda Communications Commission ACIA 2013 Business Excellence Award.
A large group of militants belonging to the Boko Haram Takfiri terrorist group along with their families have surrendered themselves to the army troops in Chad since September.
“They surrendered to our troops on the front line in Lake Chad,” said Colonel Mohammad Dole, the Chief Military Public Information Officer for the Multinational Joint Task Force (MNJTF) headquartered in Chad’s capital N’Djamena, on Saturday.
Dole further said all these militants, some 240, mostly Chadian nationals, had been held in two detention centers along with their families in the remote town of Baga Solo.
“The surrenders are taking place because of the firepower of our operations. The groups, many of them armed, have been arriving since September and their number keeps increasing,” he added.
The MNJTF is a joint force consisting of troops from Nigeria, Niger, Cameroon, Chad and Benin, tasked with ending the Boko Haram militancy in the Lake Chad region. It launched a regional operation in July against the group, which has pledged allegiance to the Daesh Takfiri terrorist group.
Boko Haram seeks to overthrow the government and seize power in northern Nigeria. The group has killed some 20,000 people and displaced more than 2.6 million since 2009, when it started its campaign.
The terrorist group, however, did not confine itself to the northern parts of Nigeria and has widened its attacks into neighboring countries, notably Cameroon and Chad. They have forcibly recruited young men in Chad.
The terrorists have kidnapped hundreds of men, women and children in their six-year campaign. The kidnapping of over 200 schoolgirls from Nigeria’s northeastern town of Chibok in April 2014 unleashed a wave of international outrage.
A motion of no confidence in South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma has been defeated in parliament despite a spate of recent corruption scandals.
An anti-corruption probe last week raised allegations of misconduct against Mr Zuma.
Mr Zuma’s African National Congress (ANC) has a huge majority in parliament and the opposition motion was defeated by 214 votes to 126.
This was his third time no confidence vote in less than a year.
An investigation by the country’s anti-corruption watchdog said a judicial inquiry should be set up to further investigate allegations of criminal activity in Mr Zuma’s government.
The investigation found evidence that the Guptas, a business family with links to Mr Zuma, may have wielded undue political influence over the appointment of ministers.
Both Mr Zuma and the Guptas have denied any wrongdoing.
“To put it plainly, we can choose Jacob Zuma, or we can choose South Africa,” Mmusi Maimane, leader of the main opposition party Democratic Alliance (DA) which tabled the motion, told parliament during a heated debate.
“Many of you have been speaking out against him in recent weeks… I know that there are men and women in these ANC benches who want to do the right thing.”
ANC minister Nomvula Mokonyane said the motion had been introduced “to distract the ANC… from dealing with the challenges of poverty, unemployment and inequality”.
In order for the motion to succeed, a large number of ANC MPs had to vote with the opposition – something which analysts said was always unlikely.
The ANC has been in power since 1994, after leading the fight against white minority rule.
However, last month, ANC chief whip Jackson Mthembu called on the entire leadership to step down.
“When I said the entire ANC leadership that has already taken collective responsibility must take the fall, I meant everybody, myself included, including President Zuma,” Mr Mthembu said.
Before the vote, ANC secretary general Gwede Mantashe defended Mr Zuma, noting that the report had not found anyone guilty.
Earlier this year, the Constitutional Court ruled that Mr Zuma had breached the country’s constitution by refusing to repay government money spent on his private home in rural Nkandla.
This followed another report by the anti-corruption watchdog.
The DA also tabled a motion of no confidence in him then but it was defeated by 225 votes to 99.
Uganda Cranes has overcome Congo Brazzaville 1-0 during the group E of the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier played at the Mandela National Stadium, Namboole on Saturday.
Standard Liege midfielder Faruku Miya scored the lone strike of the day in the 19th minute of the game slightly marred by a head injury to central defender Murushid Jjuuko in the 10th minute.
William Luwagga Kizito, who plays at Rio Ave in Portugal replaced the injuried Jjuuko which pushed Hassan Wasswa Mawanda to the central defence department.
In the second half Michael Azira replaced the injured Tonny Mawejje in the 60th minute before Godfrey Walusimbi came in for Moses Oloya with less than 10 minutes to play.
State minister of sports, Charles Bakabulindi was the chief guest at the match also attended by the FUFA President, Eng. Moses Magogo.
Robert Odongkara (G.K), Nicholas Wakiro Wadada, Joseph Ochaya, Isaac Isinde, Murushid Jjuuko, Hassan Wasswa Mawanda , Khalid Aucho, Tonny Mawejje, Moses Oloya, Geoffrey Massa (Captain), Faruku Miya
Salim Omar Magoola, Benjamin Ochan, Denis Iguma, Geofrey ‘Baba’ Kizito, Godfrey Walusimbi, Yassar Mugerwa, Mutyaba Muzamiru , Mohammad Shaban, Shafiq Batambuze, Geofrey Serunkuma, Michael Azira, William Luwaga Kizito
Congo has stepped up border patrols after the former military chief of a once powerful rebel group vanished from a camp for demobilized fighters in neighbouring Uganda, and unidentified soldiers were spotted in the area.
Julien Paluku, governor of the North Kivu province in Congo’s volatile east, said Ugandan authorities no longer knew the whereabouts of Sultani Makenga, who was the military chief of the M23 rebellion in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
“We were in contact with the Ugandan intelligence services who confirmed that, since Friday, ex-Colonel Makenga may have fled and the Ugandan services have not been able to locate him,” Paluku told Reuters on Saturday.
An official with M23’s political wing declined to comment and referred questions about Makenga to the Ugandan authorities. A Ugandan army spokesman said he did not know if Makenga had disappeared but would seek to confirm his whereabouts.
Until its defeat in 2013, M23 was the strongest of dozens of armed groups that have continued to control large swaths of mineral-rich eastern Congo despite the end of 1998-2003 war.
The area was also the epicentre of a 1996-97 conflict and it remains a tinder box of ethnic and political divisions even today. Some researchers say millions died as a result of the wars, though others dispute that estimate as exaggerated.
Paluku said there was no confirmation Makenga had returned to Congo but said there had been reports of unidentified troops in North Kivu’s Sarambwe Nature Reserve, along the border with Uganda, an area that was once an M23 stronghold.
“There’s a maximum alert. Our troops are carrying out combat patrols so that, if it turns out it’s true, they will proceed to neutralise (Makenga) along with any allies who might be accompanying him on this adventure,” the governor said.
At its peak, M23 seized North Kivu’s capital Goma but following its defeat by U.N. and Congolese troops, many of its fighters fled into Uganda and Rwanda. They have since lived in military-run camps awaiting amnesties promised under a peace deal.
Uganda said in 2014 that it was hosting 1,430 former M23 fighters. However, many have since left the camps and there have been persistent rumours that the rebels were seeking to regroup.
U.N. investigators said the group, accused of war crimes by rights campaigners, was supported by Rwanda – a charge Kigali has repeatedly denied.
Source: http://af.reuters.com/ Reporting by Joe Bavier; Additional reporting by Elias Biryabarema in Kampala; Writing by Joe Bavier
The 69th Session of the Executive Committee and the 39th Conference of the African Parliamentary Union (APU) concluded in Rabat on Wednesday November 9 2016, with delegates pledging to commit themselves to empowering women and youth.
Hon. Lassana Fati, the newly elected Chairperson of the African Parliamentary Union who is also the Deputy President of the National People’s Assembly of Guinea Bissau called on parliamentarians to encourage participation of the youth in politics as a priority action for the progress of democracy worldwide.
“We have rededicated ourselves to the Pan-African ideals of our founding fathers for the Africa we want,” Hon. Fati said.
Hon. Fati called on the APU Members States to implement all the decisions adopted during the Conference.
“African states should leverage their resources for the benefit of their people,” he said.
He added that women and youth are the greatest asset for Africa and hence they should be empowered as nations strive to attain sustainable development and democracy.
Member states were tasked to be commit themselves to the Millennium Declaration that calls for countries to spare no effort to promote democracy and strengthen the rule of law, as well as respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms.
Rt. Hon Rebecca Kadaga, the Speaker of the Ugandan Parliament had earlier requested for sanctions to be imposed on Members states that do not consider women in delegations to APU.
The Summit resolved under Article 8 of the APU Statute that every delegation of a national group to the session of the African Parliamentary Union shall include at least 30 percent woman representation.
Delegates also suggested that any delegation that does not conform to this amendment for three consecutive meetings, shall be prevented from attending further meetings and not be eligible for any office on the Committee.
Hon. Michael Georges Hage, the Morocco Representative called on Member states to contribute fully to the decision adopted by the Summit on the alternative sources of financing APU activities.
Mr. Fayez al Shawabkeh the APU Secretary General tasked African parliaments to make laws which meet the Sustainable Development Goals requirements and to ensure effective implementation by their governments.
“Ensure that your governments adopt the social and economic policies that foster sustainable growth in keeping with the SDGs, and remember to pursue their efforts in institutional reforms in order to promote democracy, human rights, and fighting corruption,” he said.
The Chief of Cooperation of European Union to Morocco Mr. Philip Mikos requested African parliaments to work within the framework of bilateral and multilateral parliamentary activities and also to involve parliaments of developed countries in efforts to get their respective governments to fulfil their commitment of allocating 0.7% of gross national product to official development assistance.
Mikos also called on national Parliaments and governments to promote private investment and public-private partnerships (PPP) for the financing and operation of public utilities especially in the areas of housing, resilient infrastructure and environment.
The African Parliamentary Union is a continental inter-parliamentary organization first established in Abidjan on 13 February 1976. The Union aims to bring together Parliamentary institutions of all the nations of Africa, to encourage contacts among African and world Parliamentarians, and to strengthen and promote democracy and peace.
Republican president-elect Donald Trump has said he will not accept a salary for being president.
Questions have swirled concerning what’ll happen to Trump’s income in the wake of his winning the 2016 US presidential election, CBS News reported on Friday.
Trump said at a September 17, 2015, event in Rochester, New Hampshire: ‘The first thing I’m going to do is tell you that if I’m elected president, I’m accepting no salary, okay? That’s not a big deal for me.’
Someone on Twitter asked Trump in a Q & A session, a video of which was posted on Trump’s Twitter account on September 21, 2015: ‘@realDonaldTrump, will you forgo the presidential salary if elected?’
Trump answered: ‘As far as the salary is concerned — I won’t take even one dollar. I am totally giving up my salary if I become president.
In the same video, Trump said he was ‘totally self-funding’ his campaign and said that he ‘won’t take money other than the small stuff’
However, he later started fundraising for both himself and the Republican National Committee, Business Insider pointed out.
As of Friday, Forbes estimates that Trump’s net worth is $3.7billion.
Herbert Hoover, who made millions of dollars in mining before becoming president in 1929, and John F. Kennedy, who came from a wealthy family and became president in 1961, both donated their presidential salaries to charity.
The US Code says on its website: ‘The President shall receive in full for his services during the term for which he shall have been elected compensation in the aggregate amount of $400,000 a year, to be paid monthly, and in addition an expense allowance of $50,000 to assist in defraying expenses relating to or resulting from the discharge of his official duties.’
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Women parliamentarians across Africa have called for increased vigilance by all governments to curb the trafficking of women and children on the continent.
The legislators under the Committee of Women Parliamentarians of the African Parliamentary Union(APU) in a resolution stated that human trafficking affects more than two million people annually, mostly women and children which trade, now, generates more than US$6m higher than what is estimated in illicit drug trade.
The Committee, which met on Monday, 7th November 2016 at the Morocco National Assembly in Rabat, called for criminalization of human trafficking adding that, the affected persons needed to be regarded as victims. ‘Immigration, labour, health and child protection laws must be reviewed and amended to cover all aspects of trafficking’
The Speaker of Parliament, Rt.Hon. Rebecca Kadaga said that there is need for specialized training of the enforcement agencies like the police in combating the vice which is now a soft channel of enslavement.
“We should ensure that the police officers we send out there have been trained. Are they able to detect and counter the traffickers? Are they able to identify the victims and culprits?” Kadaga said.
Kadaga also called for increased resources in national budgets to help in fighting human trafficking.
“Is there money to follow up? Let us ensure that there is a national task force and it has got resources to go and follow up these situations,” she added.
The Speaker called for stringent laws to monitor the internet which has become another channel of human trafficking where many girls have been lured into sham marriages by the traffickers adding that, “many of our girls are married on the internet. Someone marries you but when you travel out of the country to meet your partner, you are into prostitution. We need to work very hard to monitor the content on the internet.
In their resolution, the Committee added that that there is need for successful prosecutions and severe sanctions that can serve as deterrence to future traffickers. They also called for a launch of campaigns to raise awareness of victims to encourage them to come forward with the hope öf intensifying legal action.
The Committee of African Women Parliamentarians is part of the 39th Conference of the African Parliamentary Union that has been meeting in Rabat Morocco from 5th to 9th November 2016.
Uganda’s delegation to the Conference has Hon. James Baba(Koboko), Hon. Hellen Kahunde (Kiryandongo District), Sarah Temulanda Nakawunde (Mpigi District) and Hon. Geofrey Dhamuzungu (Budiope East).
The Leader of the Opposition in Parliament, Hon Winnie Kiiza has called upon government to immediately reopen Makerere University, which was closed on Tuesday 1st November 2016, by His Excellency the President.
“It is unfortunate that the President has closed Makerere University after failing to a meet the demands of the lecturers who are demanding for their salaries”, she said
Kiiza made these remarks in during an up country trip to Northern Uganda, in which she led a delegation of 15 Members of Parliament form the Opposition on a tour of government programmes and refugee settlements in Adjumani District.
Kiiza called upon the government to pay the lecturers as a priority. “If government can afford to bail out Surdhir Ruparelia to a tune of Ushs200bn, why can’t it pay the lecturers their money?” she asked.
She added that government promised to enhance the lecturers’ salaries in 2014, which they would receive in arrears.
“The Minister of Education promised in August 2016, that the Lecturers would start receiving their money in October, but up to now they haven’t received anything,” she said.
~Kiiza suggested that if the President could afford to give out money through the Wealth Creation programme, the government could also pay the teachers who are demanding only six billion shillings.
“The money the lecturers are demanding is money they have worked for. These lecturers are trying to shape the future of our children, why can’t government realize this? she mused.
She said that the only way Uganda can develop is through educating its citizens who would later use the acquired skills to develop the country. She added that many parents who are educating their children in Makerere University are going through a hard time to pay tuition fees.
“It is unfortunate that many parents have sold their land, while others have acquired loans so that their children get a decent education. However, government just closed the university without finding other alternatives”, she said.
The Leader of the Opposition added that the students were striking because they have not been taught because the lecturers have not been paid their money for the last one-year. “How do you work for the whole year from morning to evening and you actually you are not being paid? How does the government expect the lecturers to survive? she asked.
Hon Kiiza therefore called upon government to immediately reopen Makerere University and spare the parents’ money because they pay it through strife.
Hon Sewungu, who also serves as the Shadow Minister of Education, called upon the Minister of Education Hon. Janet Museveni, to resolve the issues before closing the University without dialogue with the affected parties.
Source: Parliamentary News
The Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon. Rebecca Kadaga, has proposed tough measures against parliaments that do not facilitate and consider women representation to international parliamentary meetings.
Kadaga said that many delegations to these meetings are improperly constituted and urged the members to the international organizations to impose tough sanctions on those that do not adhere.
“I am putting this meeting on notice that at an appropriate time, I will move a Motion on this issue. These Parliaments should be prevented from attending meetings and from election to offices on the Executive Committee,” Kadaga noted.
The Speaker made this proposal during a meeting at the 39th Conference and 69th Session of the Executive Committee of the African Parliamentary Union in Rabat, Morocco on Saturday, 05th November 2016.
She added that the African Union (AU) declared the decade of 2010 to 2020 as the decade for African women issues on health, education, disability and women empowerment, and stressed that women must therefore be part of the decision making processes in international meets.
“We cannot attend such important meetings where decisions are taken without the African women. I want to propose that we take statistics of which delegations don’t come with women, and at some stage ask them why they don’t have any women among them,” she added.
The Speaker of the Namibian Parliament and President of the Inter-Parliamentary Union Bureau on Women Affairs, Hon. Margaret Mensah-Williams applauded Kadaga for her role in women emancipation adding that the delegations without women should not have voting rights.
“We have a responsibility to ensure that women are empowered to take part in decision making. It is important that when we discuss issues of women, they are part of the solution. “Men must be part of the solution as they are the problem,” she said.
Several delegations including Zimbabwe, Ghana, Angola, Sudan and Mali supported the proposal by Uganda.
The Executive Committee committed to having the item on the agenda of the plenary session of the Conference.
Uganda’s delegation to the Conference includes Hon. James Baba, Hon. Hellen Kahunde, Sarah Temulanda Nakawunde and Hon. Geofrey Dhamuzungu.
Source: parliamentary news