All Uganda news

Red Pepper

Subscribe to Red Pepper feed
The Newspaper of the year
Updated: 1 hour 13 min ago

Zimbabwe Opposition Leaders Gang up to Oust Mugabe

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 16:57
Zimbabwe Opposition Leaders Gang up to Oust Mugabe

Two leading opposition figures in Zimbabwe have formed an alliance to contest next year’s general election against long-serving ruler Robert Mugabe and his Zanu-PF party.

The leader of the Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), Morgan Tsvangirai, signed the agreement with the sacked Zimbabwean Vice-President, Joice Mujuru, of the National People’s Party (NPP).

Mr Tsvangirai said the deal was a building block towards establishing a broad alliance to confront Mr Mugabe and his Zanu-PF party, which has been in power since independence in 1980.

Ms Mujuru said the MDC and the NPP had worked on the agreement for the last six months and would now start negotiating specific details to strengthen their alliance.

It’s unclear which of the two will lead the coalition, and this could turn out to be a thorny issue, though most of the other opposition parties have endorsed Mr Tsvangirai as their presidential candidate.

For his part, Mr Mugabe, 93, has said he was not losing any sleep over the proposed coalition.

Zanu-PF has once again nominated Mr Mugabe, the world’s oldest ruler, as its presidential candidate in the poll.

Castrate Foreign Sex Abusers – Matembe

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 16:47
Castrate Foreign Sex Abusers – Matembe

By Serestino Tusingwire

Former Ethics and Integrity Minister, Miria Matembe has called for the castration of foreign businessmen who sexually abuse female employees.

The call from Matembe came after she heard the testimony of two women who said they had been sexually abused at work.

One woman said she was forced to perform sex acts on her boss over a period of two years, while another said she was shut in her boss’s office and abused while his gun rested on the table.

“I didn’t know that our women are being dehumanised to this level by these so-called investors under our nose. This degradation is turning Ugandans into nothing in their country,” Matembe said while at a press conference organised by activists campaigning against sexual harassment.

The Foundation for Human Rights Initiative said the proposal would help deliver justice for abused women.

One of the woman said that when she reported the case to police, she was told it was normal for a boss to ask his employees for sex.

Nigeria Spy Chief Knifed Over $43m Seizure

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 16:27

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari suspended Ayodele Oke, director-general of the National Intelligence Agency, over the April 12 raid, Buhari aide Femi Adesina said.

When Nigeria’s anti-corruption agency raided an upscale apartment in Lagos, Nigeria’s largest city, agents found more than $43 million as well as 23.2 million naira (Nigerian currency worth about $76,000) and £27,800 (about $35,000).

Nigeria’s anti-graft agency found the $43 million stash in an apartment in an upscale part of Lagos.

At the time, the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission said the funds were suspected to be linked to unlawful activity. But according to local media reports, Oke eventually admitted his agency was responsible for the cash, saying it was being stored for covert operations.

An investigation has been launched into how the National Intelligence Agency got the money, including who authorized the funds’ release to the agency, Adesina said. A panel headed by Nigerian Vice President Yemi Osinbajo will carry out the probe and report to Buhari within the next two weeks, Adesina said.

Nigeria has struggled with corruption and looted funds for decades. The anti-corruption unit has scored a number of cash seizures this year after Nigeria’s finance minister announced a new whistleblowing policy in December.

Raids this month

The anti-graft agency said it raided the Lagos apartment after a tip about a “haggard” woman in “dirty clothes” taking bags in and out of the unit.

The April 12 find in the Lagos apartment was among a string of busts by the anti-corruption watchdog.

Earlier this month, the agency discovered around 250 million naira in cash ($817,000) in a Lagos market and 448 million naira in cash ($1.5 million) at a shopping plaza.

Those seizures were widely credited to a new policy in which whistleblowers can anonymously provide information through a secure portal. If the information leads to the recovery of stolen public funds, the whistleblower is entitled to 2.5% to 5% of the total money recovered.


JK Kazoora to be Sued over Accumulated Debts

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 16:03
JK Kazoora to be Sued over Accumulated Debts

By Serestino Tusingwire & Emmanuel Sekago

Dave Kazoora aka JK Kazoora of Buddies Events and Promotions Ltd has been served with an intention to sue after failing to clear debt amounting to over Shs65 million.

According to the notice of intention to sue Kazoora contracted Nina Mbabazi’s Winners Global Enterprises (WEG) to supply his company with black Magic 4K video cards for Magic TV and services for installation of biometric security and surveillance system for Magic radio.

This website understands that on 16th March, 2017 the Magic Station’s MD, Kazoora entered into a settlement agreement with WEG and acknowledged his indebtedness to it in the sums of UGX75060000.

It is however stated that pursuant to the settlement, Kazoora undertook to make payment of second installment of UGX65060000 on 5th April, 2017 which he eventually failed to make and all the efforts to recover the sums have been unsuccessful.

It is from this point therefore that WEG through Mukiibi, Namanya advocates intends to sue Kazoora seeking court to compel him to pay the said amount (65060000) plus the damages.

UCU Starts Shs 1.7 billion Campus Road Construction Project

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 14:58
UCU Starts Shs 1.7 billion Campus Road Construction Project

The Uganda Christian University has kick-started a 1.7 billion road construction project at her main campus in Mukono. The construction project was commissioned on Wednesday, 19th April, 2017 and the function took place at her serene main campus in Mukono.

The commissioning marked the start of the first phase of the construction of Suubi, Sanyu, Library Rise, Alpha Roads, ascent to Agape  road, access to Junction, and Football Field access- all within UCU) at a cost of UGX 1,731,052,080 (Uganda Shillings One billion seven hundred thirty-one million fifty two thousand eighty shillings only)

Stirling Civil Engineering Ltd was contracted to undertake the 3km road project estimated to last three month ending in July 2017. The project will be funded by the students’ development fees.

The construction is aimed at improving student and staff experiences at the most beautiful Chrristian University in Africa and the 50th in the world.

Speaking at the Commissioning, Rev. Canon Dr. John Senyonyi, the UCU Vice Chancellor thanked the university community for the patience and asked the contractor to exhibit a sense of excellence in job.

Rajendra Prasad, the Regional Finance Officer, Stirling Civil Engineering Ltd assured the University officers of his company’s commitment to quality work and complete the project in the agreed contracted period.

Betpawa Customer Wins UGX46.5m

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 12:55
Betpawa Customer Wins UGX46.5m

The life of Destrerio Ocakolong, a resident of Hoima district will never be the same again after winning a whooping 46.507.185/= from Betpawa.

This memorable incident in Ocakolong’s life happened shortly after placing a multibet of 14matches for only 1000/=.

The originally from Teso region, said that he picked 14 matches and knew he would win. Having played with Betpawa before, Ocakolong decided to try out the BetPawa win bonus, where any selections above 5 would give him a bonus. With 14 selections, he stood a chance to get a 50% win bonus!

“At first when I logged into my I checked the odds of the day and they looked enticing. I selected 14 matches and was awarded a 50% win bonus. I was certain I would win,” Ocakolong said.

Once the match ended, Ocakolong logged into his account to confirm his win. “At first when I logged into my account and saw the abnormal numbers on my account I never believed,” the lucky punter said, adding, “However, before I could even do anything I immediately got a call from one of the managers congratulating me upon winning! I was given an option of withdrawing via mobile money. I was really ecstatic and just wanted to see the cash. I therefore made my way to the BetPawa office to receive my cash.”

An ecstatic Ocakolong further urged bettors to pick BetPawa for its good odds and bonuses.

Talking to Red Pepper, the marketing and media manager, Livingstone Mugambe said that, “BetPawa Uganda has been rewarding winners with up to 100% bonus over the years, and you can bet with the lowest stake of 1/=. You too could be a winner. Try your luck with 1000 ugx free bet on .”

He added that BetPawa is licensed by the Lotteries board of Uganda and that as required for the protection of Lotteries Board revenues and client funds, the company holds a 500million-shilling security bond.


“BetPawa’s goal is to become the best and largest online sports betting business in Uganda. Clients depositing or withdrawing funds are able to conduct mobile money transactions with BetPawa via Airtel or MTN or banking services. Bets can be placed using any internet-connected device,” Mugambe noted.

Mugambe said that to start, one needs to first open up an account with Betpawa. “Open your web browser and type in: When the BetPawa page appears, click on ‘Join Now’. Enter your number and chosen password of six or more characters then select ‘submit’ to get a PIN via sms and enter the PIN and your account will be activated,” Mugambe said, adding that with this account, one can place bets, check on bets and account statements, request withdrawals and make deposits.

Equity Bank Buys 86% Of DR Congo Bank

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 12:52

Equity Bank Group, Kenya’s largest Bank by market value has revealed in its latest Annual Report that it has acquired an additional 7 per cent in Pro Credit Bank Limited at a cost of Sh 2.2 Billion (US$ 21 Million).

The transaction now takes Equity’s shareholding in the Congo Business  entity to 86 per cent, having acquired a controlling 79 per cent stake back in 2015.

“On 30 September, 2016, additional capital of 782,046 new shares with a par value US$ 10 was issued by Pro Credit Bank Limited to EGHL for a cash consideration of US$ 21 Million (KShs. 2.202 Billion). The current shareholding is now 86% while the non-controlling interests are at 13% as at the end of year 2016.” Noted Equity Bank in the annual report.

The Bank said the acquisition is in line with its 3.0 Growth Strategy focusing on deepening banking services and enhance financial inclusion in Africa. The goodwill arising from acquisition consists largely of the synergies and economies of scale expected from combining the operations of Equity group Holdings Limited and Pro Credit Bank Limited.

Equity Bank also added that an additional capital of 10,000,000 new shares with a par value of US$ 3 was issued and paid by EGHL in Equity Bank South Sudan Limited for a consideration of US$ 31,060,233.

Equity Group Holdings Limited currently has eleven wholly owned subsidiary companies as of December, 2016 and one partially owned at 86% (Dr Congo). All the subsidiaries except Equity Bank Uganda Limited, Equity Bank (Rwanda) Limited, Equity Bank Tanzania Limited, Equity Bank Southern Sudan Limited and Pro Credit Bank are incorporated in Kenya.

More Charges Slapped on Min. Kabafunzaki

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 12:11
More Charges Slapped on Min. Kabafunzaki

The state minister for Labour, Employment and Industrial Relations, Herbert Kabafunzaki, has been freshly charged by state in addition to the initial charges of soliciting and receiving bribe.

According to the new charge sheet, Kabafunzaki conspired to commit a felony with his political assistant contrary to section 390 of the Penal Code Act. Kabafunzaki who is currently out on bail pleaded not guilty to the new charge at the Anti-Corruption Court. “Not true your honour..,” he said in court.

It should be noted that Kabafunzaki is accused of receiving a Shs5m bribe and soliciting another Shs15m bribe from Aya Group chairman Mohammed Hamid in exchange for “clearing” him of allegations of sexually harassing his former female employee at Hilton Hotel.

The two counts of corruption are contrary to section 2(a) and 26 of the Anti-Corruption Act 2009.

Relatedly, Mugabo who had earlier pleaded guilty, made a U-turn and pleaded not guilty to the earlier charge of being an accessory after fact. Mugabo,21, had pleaded guilty to having ran away with the bribe money which had allegedly been handed to the minister by Hamid in a bid to help the minister escape the long arm of the law.

However, Mugabo sworn an affidavit in Luzira Prison stating that he did not understand the charges at his maiden court appearance and needed to change his plea from guilty to not guilty.

“I am the accused in the above matter. I seek indulgence of court to change the plea of guilty that was entered by court,” Mugabo said in his affidavit.
“I did not understand the charges as read to me by court and I had spent more than 48 hours in police detention thus suffered massive duress and stress.”

The law allows a suspect to change his/her plea before court has pronounced a sentence.

Mugabo was denied bail and further remanded over lack of substantial sureties.

Amnesty International Calls For Nyanzi’s Release

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 11:48

Rights Body Amnesty International has launched a worldwide appeal to pressure the government of Uganda to immediately and unconditionally release Dr. Stella Nyanzi from incarceration.

AI declared Nyanzi a prisoner of conscience being ‘held solely for exercising her right to freedom of expression.’

In a worldwide appeal calling for URGENT ACTION Amnesty International wants members of the public to send appeals for Nyanzi’s immediate release to the Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs, The Inspector General Of Police and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs as well as to members of the diplomatic corps.

“Please write immediately in English or your own language: i. Calling on the Ugandan authorities to immediately and unconditionally release Dr. Stella Nyanzi as she is a prisoner of conscience held solely for her peaceful expression. ii. Urging them to comply with Uganda’s obligations under the constitution and international human rights law to respect, protect and fulfill her rights to liberty and freedom of expression. iii. Urging them to ensure that she is protected from torture and other ill-treatment pending her release.”

Nyanzi was arrested on April 7 and charged in court on April 10 with abusing the president and describing him as a ‘pair of buttocks’. She was remanded to jail until April 25 when court will make a ruling on a Prosecution’s application whether to subject her to a mental examination. Her application for bail was not heard during her court appearance.

Nyanzi has gained notoriety for her Facebook posts tinged with a salacious and vulgar flavor. In court, she pleaded not guilty to the charges labeled against her and said her language is full of metaphors which she uses to protest government misdeeds.

Uganda Loses AfDB Shares After Financial Default

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 11:27
Uganda Loses AfDB Shares After Financial Default

Uganda has lost a substantial shareholding in African Development Bank after failing to pay its subscription fees.

Uganda’s shareholding shrunk by 1,347 shares after the government failed to pay USD1.3m as subscription fees.

According to the Auditor General’s report for 2015/16, Uganda owed AfDB subscription fees amounting to $1.3m (Shs 4.6bn). After Uganda failed to pay up, the price paid was relinquishing some of its shares.

The audit said “further losses are expected if a balance of $1.7m is not cleared.” The deadline for payment is not yet clear. The AfDB is a multilateral development lender and draws its members from states in Africa and beyond. All the 54 countries in Africa are members of the bank.

Losing shares means a member can lose voting rights and also risks its membership from being suspended. Uganda still holds some shares in the bank. According to the agreement that sets up the bank, “If a member fails to fulfill any of its obligations under this agreement or any other obligation to the bank arising from the bank’s operations under this agreement, the board of governors may suspend such a member…The board of governors may, in lieu of suspension of membership, order suspension of the voting rights of such a member upon such terms and conditions as may be established by the board of governors… “.

According to the agreement, “each member shall have 625 votes and, in addition, one vote for each share of the capital stock of the bank held by that member.”

The bank is expected to use the resources at its disposal for the financing of investment projects and programmes in the member countries, especially infrastructure.

Meanwhile, the auditor general also noted that Uganda has more outstanding obligations with other organisations, which curtail its participation and benefits from them.

In the audit report dated December 15, 2015, the auditor general said the country was indebted to international organisations to the tune of Shs 38.4bn. That amount appears to have reduced, though.

“Overall outstanding commitments to international organizations as at 30th June 2016 amounted to Shs 27.3bn in 17 organizations,” said another auditor general report, the latest.

“Failure to make timely subscription will continue to affect the country’s ability to benefit from these international organizations,” said the audit report.


Serena Williams Reveals She’s 20 Weeks Pregnant

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 11:24
Serena Williams Reveals She’s 20 Weeks Pregnant

Serena Williams, the celebrated tennis player also one of the world’s most prominent athletes, confirmed on Wednesday that she was pregnant and expecting her first child later this year.

Williams, 35, has not played a match since winning her 23rd Grand Slam singles title at the Australian Open on Jan. 28. This means that she conceived towards or immediately after winning the title.

Williams’s pregnancy was confirmed after a wild day of speculation that began when a photograph was posted on her  Snapchat page, perhaps inadvertently, that showed her posing sideways in a yellow bathing suit with what looked like a baby bump. The image, which appeared to be taken in a mirror, was captioned “20 weeks” and later deleted.

The announcement was the latest surprise from Williams, who unexpectedly announced her engagement to Alexis Ohanian, a businessman and the co-founder of Reddit, in December.

More major titles will have to wait, if they happen at all. Williams will turn 36 in September, but her spokeswoman Kelly Bush Novak said that while Williams would miss the rest of the 2017 season, she intended to return to the circuit in 2018.

Williams has won 10 of her 23 major singles titles since turning 30 and is by far the oldest women to hold the No. 1 spot in the WTA rankings.

Kabaka Dragged To Court Over Land Titles

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 11:03
Kabaka Dragged To Court Over Land Titles

The Kabaka of Buganda Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II has been dragged to the High court -Civil division over his newly launched scheme of “Ekyapa mu ngalo” (title in the Hands) for any occupant on the Buganda land.

Kabaka wants every occupant to get lease of 49 years at a certain amount of money yet to be announced.

Kabaka’s accuser is his subject Male Mabirizi Kiwanuka, a lawyer by profession who has since filed a series of cases against his kingdom challenging its land scheme.

In this instant application, Male Mabirizi seeks an Injunction against the implementation of the “Ekyapa mu ngalo” scheme saying him and many other Baganda whose interests he represents will suffer an irreparable damage and loss since they are required to pay a certain amount of fee to obtain these  releases.

Mabirizi also accuses the Kabaka of unlawfully collecting ground rent (Busuulu) from all settlers of the official mailo land under the guise that he is the Land lord yet in actual sense he is a mere trust of the said land.

He now wants the kingdom activities of collecting Busuulu and leasing out the land to be halted until his main case he filed challenging the same is heard and disposed of.

Micho Names Squad to face West Nile in Regional Tour

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 10:29
Micho Names Squad to face West Nile in Regional Tour

 By Emmanuel Sekago

Cranes coach Milutin Sredojevic yesterday named two squads-one with players from the University Football League and the other of stars in the FUFA Big League.

42 players were selected from the University football league while 37 from the FUFA Big League. The two sets of players shall train today and Friday at the Philip Omondi Stadium before setting off for West Nile.

Micho will take 22 players to Paidha, Zombo district for the Uganda Cranes regional tour match to be played on Sunday 23rd April, 2017.

Training Programme:

Thursday 20th April, 2017 8am: 42 University Football League players (to be reduced to 22 after the training)

Thursday 20th April, 2017 10.30am: 37 FUFA Big League players (to be reduced to 22 after the training)

Friday 21st April, 2017 8am and 10am (Two 11 aside football matches to select the final 22 man squad to West Nile)

Univeristy Football League players

Goalkeepers: Munyenembe Emerson (Bugema), David Mtami (MUK), Yiga Joseph (Nkumba), Opoka Austin (Kampala University)

Full Backs: Kiwuwa Medie (YMCA), Adiriko Vincent (UCU), Mugalu Ronald (KIU), Ogwang Jonathan (KIU), Komakech Deo (Kyambogo), Kawulu Ismail (MUBS), Oromu Henry (UMU), Bazibu Simon (Kampala University)

Central defenders: Mawazo Raymond (Bugema), Boji Edgar (MUK), Kigozi Joshua (UCU), Lukwago Nasser (UMU), Opau Jonathan (Kyambogo),  Twaha Ayman (Nkumba), Katwe Alan (Nkumba), Yiga Carl David (Kampala University)

Midfielders: Tongi James (YMCA), Musimenta Desi (Bugema), Lubwama Joshua (MUK), Tusuwira Abraham (MUK), Mayanja Davis(MUK), Aziku Joshua (UCU),  Muwonge Amos (UCU),  Zimula Jalilu (KIU), Mobunga Abdelatif(KIU), Owora Jacob (UMU), Magumba Shafiq (Kyambogo), Kawuma Henry (Nkumba), Gwoto Fred (Nkumba), Mandala Nelson (MUBS), Kifumba Moses (MUBS), Kabonge Nicholas (Kampala University)

Strikers: Mukiibi Ali (YMCA), Kambale Aldrine (Bugema), Lubega Brian (UMU), Mwesigwa Emanuel (Kyambogo), Kunya Keneth (Kyambogo), Mukwala Stephen (Kampala University)
FUFA Big League players:

Goalkeepers: Yusuf Waswa (Masavu), Mohamed Ssekeba (Mbarara), Abdul Kimera (Kira United), Serial Komakech (Airtel-Kitara)

Full Backs: Eddie Kampamba (Maroons), Maurice Balaza (Sporting United), Sula Sekamwa (Bright Light), Dougals Muganga (Nyamityobora)

Central Defence: Brian Nsubuga (Masavu), Allan Anguyo (Maroons), Nana Shafiq (Nyamitobora), Muhamed Yiga (Synergy), Stuart Mwesigwa (Airtel Kitara), Timothy Serwawude (Water)

Midfielders: Solomon Wafula (Masavu), Roger Milla Ahumuza (Airtel Kitara), Henry Kiwanuka (Masavu), Pius Obuya (Maroons), Felix Okoth (Maroons), Samuel Matovu (Ndejje University), Albert Mugisa (Ndejje University), Solomon Okwalinga (Synergy), Nicholas Kasozi (Synergy), Moses Sseruyide (Kira United), Sam Kayongo (Kira United), Ronnie Okullu (Sporting United)

Strikers: Yusuf Abato (Nyamitobora), Patrick Kaddu (Maroons), Anwar Ntege (Ndejje University), Ivan Ahimbisibwe (Synergy), Isaac Kisuju (Water), Ivan Nyankori (Bright Light), Onesmas Andama (Masavu), Brian Ahebwa (Mbarara City), Mahad Kalema (Water), Emmanuel Obitre (Kira United), Joachim Ojera (Sporting United)

No Divorce Shall Happen– Chameleone

Thu, 04/20/2017 - 09:44
No Divorce Shall Happen– Chameleone

By Serestino Tusingwire

Celebrated singer Joseph Mayanja aka Jose Chameleone has played down rumours going viral on social media that he is more likely to be left a lone wolf after his wife Daniella Atim deciding to formally leave him.

On Wednesday, the local Newspaper, Bukedde reported that the mother of four, Daniela has filed for divorce at the family division court in Nakawa. Yes it is true as court documents read.

It should be noted that Chameleone hasn’t been in good terms with her wife Daniella for quite some time which forced her to quit their marital home for weeks before she came back.

However, in a video Chameleone released on his facebook page, he puts it clear that he is not ready at any point to let go of his darling wife Daniella.

Chameleone admits that there have been misunderstandings between him and his wife, but says that is normal to every family and doesn’t mean divorcing.

“We might be having family issues but we solve them in the house rather than taking it to the public because family business is not public business.”

He adds that he is born a catholic and once Catholics are holy married, no divorce can be allowed.

“I am a Catholic and I don’t believe in divorce, those who wrote about my wife Daniella filing for divorce are those that don’t want to see me triumph in life,” Chameleon said.

In a video that he captured at his home in Seguku, Chameleone shows his wife happily seated at home watching TV and two later drive in their BMW X5 to pick their kids who study from Galaxy International school in Lubowa.

Daniella who was driving the car remained silent because she is known for not speaking or even appearing publicly. She kept on smiling at the phone camera whenever it was flashed at her.

The Sweet banana hit maker says if Daniela has gone to court, court is there to offer a service which people need.

The video which the singer posted was accompanied by the words below:

What God put together, No man shall put apart!!
We are not Angels so no one is perfect.
It’s not the times a man falls that matter,
It’s his strength to stand again.

Love you so much Daniella,
Regardless of what is spreading around we stuck together so they should know.

There shall be NO DIVORCE as reported.

More mass graves Discovered in DR Congo

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 17:51
More mass graves Discovered in DR Congo

Seventeen more mass graves have been found in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s central Kasai region bringing the total found since last August up to 40, the UN says.

The region has been the “scene of clashes between soldiers and members of a local militia knosn as Kamuina Nsapu”, the statement adds.

The government is fighting to put down a rebellion that began after a regional chief was killed.

Both sides have been accused of committing human rights violations.

UN investigators heard that at least 74 people, including 30 children, were killed in fighting at the end of last month.

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said the DR Congo government should take “meaningful steps, which to date have been lacking,  to ensure that there is a prompt, transparent, and independent investigation to establish the facts and circumstances of alleged human rights violations and abuses perpetrated by all parties, and other abuses of justice”.

Buhari suspends Nigeria’s spy chief over $43m cash find

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 17:44
Buhari suspends Nigeria’s spy chief over $43m cash find

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari has suspended the boss of the intelligence agency, Ayo Oke, and ordered an investigation following last week’s discovery of $43m (£33m) in cash in a flat in an upscale estate in Lagos, a statement from his office says.

The money, which was uncovered by the anti-corruption agency following a tip-off has been claimed by the National Intelligence Agency (NIA), the statement says.

Mr Buhari has ordered investigators to find out how the NIA came in possession of the funds and to establish if they broke any law.

A statement from the presidency says a committee, headed by the vice president will conduct the investigation and submit a report to him within 14 days.

Uganda Pulls Out Of Hunt for LRA Leader Joseph Kony

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 17:36
Uganda Pulls Out Of Hunt for LRA Leader Joseph Kony

By Serestino Tusingwire

Ugandan troops have pulled out of the hunt for rebel leader Joseph Kony in the Central African Republic (CAR).

He and his Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) group had become “weak”, and no longer threatened Uganda, the army has said.

The LRA was notorious for chopping off people’s limbs and abducting children to use as soldiers and sex slaves.

Kony, wanted on war crimes charges, first emerged in Uganda but fled more than a decade ago.

He and his fighters roamed the jungles of the Democratic Republic of Congo, before moving to CAR.

The International Criminal Court issued an arrest warrant for him in 2005, accusing him of war crimes.

Kony2012, a video made by US-based activists calling for the world to capture Kony, went viral in 2012.

The Ugandan army, backed by US Special Forces and African Union (AU) troops, have been searching for him in CAR since 2012.

The US withdrew its forces last month.

Several of the LRA’s top commanders have surrendered, including Dominic Ongwen who is on trial at the ICC on charges of war crimes and crimes against humanity.

In a statement, Uganda’s army said it had “successfully achieved” its mission to “neutralise” the LRA and its troops would withdraw from CAR.

“Joseph Kony with less than 100 armed fighters is now weak and ineffective. He no longer poses any significant threat to Uganda’s security and northern Uganda in particular,” it added.

The LRA was formed in Uganda more than two decades ago, and claimed to be fighting to install a government based on the Biblical 10 Commandments.

It operated mostly in the north, where hundreds of thousands of people were displaced by the conflict.

New African Woman Awards 2017 Winners Including Ugandan Announced

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 17:19
New African Woman Awards 2017 Winners Including Ugandan Announced

Gambia’s Fatoumatta Jallow-Tambajan, Minister of Women Affairs and Overseer – Vice President’s Office, is the New African Woman of Year

The fearless Gambian human rights activist won ‘New African Woman’ magazine’s Woman of the Year Award ( at the their Award ceremony that took place in Dakar last week. Fatoumatta Jallow-Tambajan was instrumental in galvanizing the opposition that eventually beat long-term now exiled leader Yahya Jammeh.

Nigeria’s Amina J. Mohammed – the new United Nations Deputy Secretary took home the New African Woman in Politics and Public Office. Prior to her new post, she served as Minister of Environment. But she has played key roles in both the current Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), on how both agendas impact Africa –more so its women.

Winners were selected by a special panel of judges from 68 shortlisted candidates across 12 categories.

The Award for Women in Health, Science and Technology went to Namibia’s Dr Helena Ndume – a pioneering ophthalmologist and cataract surgeon, who has to date, performed over 35,000 sight-restoring surgeries on Namibians, completely free of charge.

Morocco saw serial entrepreneur Salwa Idrissi Akhannouch, take home the New African woman Award in Business.

Zimbabwean philathropists and educationist Tsitsi Masiyiwa, received the New African Woman Award in Education for her work with Higherlife Foundation – a not for profit organisation she runs and offers scholarships to orphaned and vulnerable children to give them a better chance in education. Over 250,000 children have benefited from the work of Higherlife Foundation.

The much-talked about New African Woman on the Rise (The Next Generation) – a category which received the most nominations – went to the Kenyan girls rights activist and UN Women youth advisor Vivian Onano.

The New African Woman in Civil Society was given to Chief Theresa Kachindamot, who annulled over 300 child marriages in her village in Malawi, a feat that played an important role in forcing the government to ban child marriages in the country all together.

Other winners were Nigeria’s Joan Okorodudu (New African Woman In The Arts & Culture) for her services to raising the profile of African models and fashion.

Mali’s Binta Touré Ndoye (New African Woman – in Finance); Amira Yahyaoui  of Tunisia (New African Woman in Media) and the former African Union Commissioner Agriculture and Rural Development Tumusiime Rhoda Peace from Uganda, is the New African Woman in Agriculture for pushing the importance of food security and adding value chain to African goods while she was at the AU.

The New African Woman in Sport went to the Senegal’s Fatma Samoura – the world football body’s Secretary General – a position she was appointed to in 2016, becoming the first African woman to hold the post.

The New African Woman Awards is followed by a Forum on 13 April, under the theme Changing The Game.

City Traders protest against Chinese, Indians with Petty Businesses

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 16:39
City Traders protest against Chinese, Indians with Petty Businesses

On Wednesday morning, traders in most parts of Kampala woke up on the streets protesting against over Chinese and Indians who deal in petty commodities.

The traders led by their councilor, David Lwanga complained that they pay higher taxes to import goods from china, yet Chinese do not pay any taxes. However, when the Chinese bring their commodities, they sell them at a cheaper price than the Ugandan counterparts.

John Mulumba, a retail shop owner gave an example of viper venom tiles saying Chinese sell them at sh18, 000 while Ugandans sell them at sh24, 000, which he said is not fair.

They contend that if Indians and Chinese are here as investors, let them go and start factories, production plants and leave retail business for Ugandans

Lwanga who was leading the demonstration was whisked away in a police car by the Central police Deputy Police commissioner (DPC) Joseph Bakaleke.

Bakaleke called the move as ‘sectarian’ which should not be encouraged and urged people to remain calm, and advised those that wanted to reopen their shops to do so because their security was assured .

A number of shops mostly in downtown Kampala were closed up to 11am.

American Superstar DJ Diplo in Town

Wed, 04/19/2017 - 16:13
American Superstar DJ Diplo in Town

Globally celebrated DJ and producer Diplo real name Thomas Wesley Pentz is in Kampala.

The American DJ who is also the rapper, singer, songwriter and record executive based in Los Angeles, California, landed at Entebbe airport on Wednesday morning (around 4am).

Diplo arrived with a team of about seven people ahead of his much anticipated mega performance this Friday April 21st at the Golf Course Hotel. Diplo was also with Walshy Fire real name Leighton Walsh, a Jamaican-American DJ, MC and record producer.

He is part of the dancehall reggae-influenced group (Major Lazer) alongside fellow DJs Jillionaire and Diplo. They were welcomed to the banana republic by Talent Africa team led by CEO Aly Allibhai, the organizer of the event.

Aly Allibhai with Diplo and Walshy Fire at the Airport

Allibhai partnered with Club Music to make sure the event becomes a success. Grammy award winning Diplo has unprecedented career that has taken him from the outer fringes of club culture to the top of pop’s A-list.

He has produced and worked with a number of A-list artistes including Justin Beiber, Beyonce, Madonna, Chris Brown, Usher, Snoop Dogg and many others. Diplo has created a unique blend of electronic dance music fused with pop, reggae and hip hop.

Diplo spent the whole of Wednesday sight-seeing in Jinja with Allibhai as his tour guide.