Former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan and nine former African presidents have warned that the future of Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is in “grave danger” due to the failure to organise an election to replace President Joseph Kabila.
Kabila refused to step down at the end of his constitutional mandate last December, adding to uncertainty in the vast, mineral-rich central African nation, where regional wars from 1996-2003 killed millions of people.
An agreement between Kabila’s ruling coalition and opposition leaders calls for the presidential election to take place by the end of this year, but delays in registering voters and mobilising financing make that increasingly unlikely.
“The failure to organise elections in late 2016, in conformity with the constitution of the DRC, has created an acute political crisis,” Annan and former presidents including South Africa’s Thabo Mbeki and Nigeria’s Olusegun Obasanjo said in a statement issued late on Thursday.
“We feel obliged to sound the alarm before it is too late,” it added.
Dozens died last year in violent anti-government protests in major cities, and an insurrection in the centre of the country has killed hundreds and displaced 1.3 million more since last August.
A military court in Somalia has sentenced a soldier to death for shooting dead the country’s youngest cabinet member, 31-year-old Abas Abdullahi Sheikh, in May.
The court convicted the soldier of murder but, in a rare move, gave him the option of appealing.
Mr Abas, who was the public works minister, was killed in his vehicle near the presidential palace in the capital, Mogadishu, after being mistaken for a militant Islamist.
The killing caused outrage in Somalia and led to the sacking of the auditor-general whom the soldier was guarding at the time of the shooting
Mr Abas was seen as a role model for Somali youth.
He grew up in a refugee camp in Kenya and became Somalia’s youngest MP in November and a minister in February.
A man in Mozambique’s southern province of Inhambane had to pay the traditional bride price, locally known as “lobolo”, for a dead woman at the weekend, Mozambique’s state radio reports.
After the woman died due to complications during childbirth, her relatives forced her young partner to pay the “lobolo”, warning that she would not be buried otherwise.
The relatives accused the young man of failing to fulfill his obligations, including being introduced to the woman’s relatives, before the tragedy occurred.
To ensure that the funeral took place, the young man says he had to buy clothes and shoes for his dead wife, agree to pay more than $800 (£630), and hold a symbolic wedding ceremony on 15 December.
A brother to the young man, Irmao do Jovem, explained their dilemma:
“We tried to raise the money they demanded, but we could only put together about $178. So we had to sign a pledge promising to pay the remaining amount on wedding day, December 15th.”
By Stuart Yiga
The Uganda Peoples’ Defence Forces (UPDF) personnel from the Masaka based Armoured Brigade shined at the Nkozi hospital Charity Marathon that saw over shs.50m raised at a function that was flanked off by the Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon. Rebecce Alitwala Kadaga.
The fundraising was meant to help in the construction of an emergency casualty ward that will help in saving lives of accident victims along Masaka- Kampala high way.UPDF team that participated in the Nkozi Hospital Marathon
In her speech, the Chief Runner, the Rt. Hon. Kadaga, thanked His Eminence Cardinal Emmanuel Wamala the Archbishop Emeritus – Kampala Archdiocese for this noble cause and promised to lobby for more funds from government to support the construction.
Meanwhile, the UPDF appreciated the Cardinal’s initiative for starting up the life saving programme and pledged their commitment to supporting it whenever called upon.
Other participants at the Marathon included Members of Parliament, District Councilors, corporate organizations, Church leaders and the business community among others.
When South Sudan’s civil war erupted in 2013, Nyayath Uluak was caught in crossfire in the northern town of Malakal and a bullet tore her leg apart. She survived, but the lower half of her limb didn’t.
On leaving hospital, she found refuge with family in Yei, to the south, but then had to flee again as the war spread last year. Now, home is a camp outside the capital ringed by barbed wire and sandbagged positions manned by U.N. peacekeepers.
The elderly lady has little hope that South Sudan’s warring leaders, President Salva Kiir, an ethnic Dinka, and his former deputy Riek Machar, a Nuer, will heal the personal and tribal animosity that split South Sudan just two years after it became the world’s youngest nation.
“I don’t think the leaders will resolve this any time soon,” she said, sitting on the dirt floor of a shelter that was once used to teach children grammar and maths, but is now occupied by new arrivals. “I don’t even know what they are fighting over.”
The camp outside Juba hosts 30,000 people, 50 percent more than it was designed for.
The fugitives are part of the biggest movement of people in Africa since the 1994 Rwandan genocide – some two million within South Sudan and nearly the same again outside its borders.
U.N. experts say the conflict, which also has roots in control of South Sudan’s oil wealth, amounts to ethnic cleansing and risks escalating to genocide.
“People told me stories of fear and violence,” U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi said after walking though the tent city, where the stench of latrines hangs in the air and children play football on pitches of baked red earth.
The destitute camp-dwellers took advantage of Grandi’s presence to list their daily hardships.
Kun Chuol, an education coordinator, complained of congestion and a lack of rations. Angelina Nyagak, a women’s representative, said those who left the camp to try to top up rations face the risk of attack and rape by armed men.
In the last major bout of fighting, in July, 60 people in the camp were killed. Today, white armoured personnel carriers are parked around the perimeter. Grandi pledged to speak on their behalf in meetings with South Sudan’s leaders.
“I can only speak to their sense of responsibility, hoping there is one,” he said. “The flight of people is a clear testimony that you are not taking enough responsibility for your own citizens. People wouldn’t go away if they weren’t afraid.”
After several failed peace efforts, South Sudan has launched its own national dialogue, while regional leaders have sought to revive internationally brokered talks.
But few in the camp hold out much hope while Riek Machar, who is being held in South Africa under virtual house arrest, remains outside the negotiations.
“It is about power. The problem came when Riek said he would stand in the election against Salva,” said John Wiyual, a Nuer whose home is just 5 km (3 miles) away but says he fears setting foot outside the camp.
“They just need to bring those two people back together. There will be no peace in South Sudan if Riek is excluded.”
Grandi said the failure of previous agreements, from those that ended decades of war with Khartoum and granted South Sudan independence to the more recent peace efforts, meant rebuilding trust would be tough.
“There will have to be a bloody good agreement to convince people to go back,” Grandi said. “And it has to be sustainable. There is nothing worse than people who go back aternd have to flee again.”
After working and living in the United States for two decades, Dr Nandawula Kanyerezi Mutema will return to the diaspora ahead of the Uganda Convention UK (UCUK) on September 17 not as a member of the Diasporans, but as an inspiration.
Dr Mutema currently running, a state of the art clinic at the Village Mall, Bugolobi in Kampala will be a keynote speaker at the one-day event, themed “Partnering for Wealth Creation”.
“Yes, I will be in the UK for the convention like the organisers say, I have a lot to share,” Dr Mutema said before excusing herself to attend to a patient. “We can speak more about it later,” she added.
Dr. Mutema, is a Diplomat in Internal Medicine, a certified member of the American Board of Internal Medicine and the Executive Director and Physician at her own clinic.
She grew up in Kampala, where she attended Gayaza High School and later went to Nairobi and attended St. Mary’s School. She went on to study medicine at Nehru Medical College in India and upon graduation in 1990, she returned to Uganda where she worked in internal medicine and surgery at Mulago Hospital before going on to earn a Doctorate in Internal Medicine from Marshall University, West Virginia in 1996.
The following year Dr. Mutema moved to Cincinnati, Ohio where she rose from Primary Physician to Managing Physician at the Braxton Cann Health Center under the Cincinnati Health Department, working with the poor and uninsured and partnering with the Cincinnati School of Medicine and Nursing School to provide outpatient training for medical students, residents in internal medicine and nurse practitioners.
In 2015, Dr. Mutema returned to Kampala to practice at The Clinic at The Mall, a clinic and diagnostic center she founded with her husband Dr. George Mutema and Mr. Ivan Lubogo.
Dr. Kanyerezi Mutema continues to work in the areas of health maintenance, diagnosis and management of acute and chronic disease and is passionate about educating and empowering patients to take part in their own healthcare.
It is her hope that the clinic can serve as a model for healthcare in Uganda. The Clinic is a comprehensive primary health care centre; a one stop shop which focuses on diagnosing and treating acute and chronic illness while emphasizing preventive medicine and overall health and wellness of patients.
They engage the patient in their care knowing that it improves outcomes. The Clinic is currently staffed by 2 physicians as well as highly qualified nurses and support staff with onsite diagnostic services.
Also notable among speakers for the event is; Mr Andrew A. Blanch, the Managing Director at Alvan Blanch. Alvan Blanch is a British manufacturing and project engineering company with a global outlook, specialising in the design, production and supply of quality machines and integrated systems for the primary and secondary processing of agricultural produce and waste materials.
The Ugandan UK Convention, a Trade and Investment Forum brings together experts, business leaders, professionals and representatives from prominent organisations based in Uganda, the UK and internationally.
Delegates have access to up-to-date information on the vast potential for investment that Uganda offers to both the domestic and international community. They can acquire business tips, obtain relevant literature on priority sectors for investment, take part in an interactive Q & A session and hear about the realities of doing business in Uganda.
This year’s event will be held at Troxy in London. The convention is expected to include a strong business-to-business dimension, with a large number of exporters and importers from Uganda, United Kingdom and mainland Europe industry players from diversity sectors.
“The 2017 programme has a demanding, interesting and varied agenda over the course of the day, with topics such as Infrastructure, Power & Energy, Agri-business, Real Estate, Financial markets and Manufacturing,” reads a statement from the chairman and founder, Willy Mutenza. “Investors have the opportunity to engage in one-on-one meetings with high level government officials including the Prime Minister to discuss potential projects and investment opportunities on how to use Uganda as a hub to access an expanding market of nearly 374m consumers from the EAC and SADC Markets,” the statement continues.
Five female suicide bombers killed 12 people and wounded 11 in northeast Nigeria’s Borno state, birthplace of the Islamist militant Boko Haram insurgency, police said on Monday.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the attacks. But the use of female suicide bombers in public places is a tactic used by Boko Haram, which has focused on Borno during its eight-year-old insurgency aimed at creating an Islamic caliphate.
Borno state police spokesman Victor Isuku said the attacks occurred on Sunday at around 08:30 p.m. (1930 GMT) in the village of Kofa, 8 km (5 miles) from the state capital Maiduguri.
“The first suicide bomber detonated near a mosque, killing seven persons. The second detonated in a house killing five persons,” he said, adding that 11 people hurt in the attacks. Isuku said the other three bombers also died.
Borno has been the state worst hit by the insurgency that has killed more than 20,000 people and forced some 2.7 million people to flee their homes since 2009.
Boko Haram killed 14 people in bombings and shootings in Maiduguri on June 7.
The United Nations called on South Sudan’s leaders to take more responsibility for stemming the world’s fastest growing refugee crisis, as it said the number of people displaced worldwide had risen to a record 65.6 million.
The head of the U.N.’s UNHCR refugee agency, Filippo Grandi, said world powers had to step up pressure on South Sudan’s warring parties to go back to talks on ending a civil war that has forced about a third of the population to flee.
In South Sudan to launch the UNHCR’s annual refugee report, Grandi said his agency had already worked there for decades, helping hundreds of thousands fleeing the territory’s long wars with Khartoum.
UNHCR was still there, helping many of the same people now fleeing an internal conflict, he told local government officials in the northern town of Bentiu.
“Now, the authorities have a greater responsibility because they are in charge of this country and it is under their leadership that we must seek security,” Grandi said. “We are here to help but, in the end, as you know, the responsibility is with you and your colleagues in Juba and here.”
South Sudan’s civil war erupted out of political infighting in late 2013, just two years after South Sudan declared independence from Sudan and took over running its own affairs.
Since then, nearly 2 million people have fled fighting that the United Nations has said amounts in some areas to ethnic cleansing. There has been a string of failed cease-fires and peace accords.
Across the world, the number of displaced people had risen by 300,000 by the end of 2016 from a year earlier – though the pace of the increase had eased from past years, the UNHCR report said.
Of the total 65.6 million displaced, just over 40 million had remained in their countries while 22.5 million were registered as refugees abroad. There were another 2.8 million asylum seekers, the report said.
Globally, Syrians still represent the largest forcibly displaced population with 12 million refugees or internally displaced – some 65 percent of the population – by the end of 2016. Turkey hosted the most refugees with 2.9 million people.
UNHCR also sounded an alarm over another rapidly escalating crisis in Democratic Republic of Congo, where over 1 million people have been displaced internally and over 30,000 terms have crossed into Angola since August.
In South Sudan, Grandi said the combination of violence, ethnic strife, lack of development, climatic factors and international neglect was unmatched anywhere in the world.
“There are dead ends all around … I think we can still do something but we desperately need international pressure on the parties to go back to the table and be serious about peace,” he said.
Aid workers were struggling to raise funds, partly because of frustrations over the lack of progress in peace talks and partly because the scale of the problem was hidden, he said.
“They (South Sudan’s refugees) don’t arrive on the shores of Europe, or Australia or at the border between Mexico and the U.S. Those are the places where refugees become visible and their voices are heard,” he said.
While Grandi said ensuring people were safe was important, he warned against setting up “kingdoms of dependency” like the sprawling camps for Somali refugees in Dadaab in northern Kenya that have become permanent settlements.
One of the most celebrated entrepreneurs in Uganda Dr. Maggie Kigozi will be one of the keynote speakers at the 7th Ugandan Convention slated on the 16th September, 2017 in London.
The one-day event is aptly themed “partnering for wealth creation”. It will be held at the Troxy in London on Saturday 16 September 2017. This year’s UCUK is expected to include a strong business-to-business dimension, with a large number of exporters and importers from Uganda, UK and mainland Europe. It’s expected to feature a selected line up of distinguished speakers and panelists from diverse businesses and organizations across East Africa.
The UCUK will collaborate with government institutions like DFID and the Uganda Investment Authority (UIA) to present actual bankable projects, and signpost a range of attractive investment opportunities emerging from national programmes and multinational development plans as well as highlight new opportunities arising from BREXIT and bilateral trade between UK and Uganda.
Mr Mutenza explained the UCUK’s reasons for the adopted theme as two – fold:
- Firstly, in order to align it with the current direction of the country. Uganda is currently emphasizing an export promotion strategy where the government is boosting and supporting initiatives that open channels to an export-oriented economy.
- Secondly, in order to reinforce UCUK’s Objectives. One of the objectives of the UCUK is to brand and market Uganda as a profitable destination for investments, business and as the land of entrepreneurial/innovative people.
He added that “This is intended to be the most pragmatic and effective investment conference of the year to deal with discussions being centered around:
- Key International transactions and business partnerships.
• Access to Finance and
• Flagship bankable projects in Agriculture/Agribusiness & Agro-processing; Tourism; Minerals/Oil & Gas; Science and Technology and Innovations (STI) including Information, Communication and Technology (ICT).
Agriculture is the major economic backbone of Uganda employing over 80% of the country’s labour force but contributes less than 30% to the country’s GDP. There is a big need to add value to the increased output and attracting investment in Agro processing for export and packaging.
Most recently, Uganda has received various accolades for its tourism potential and with increased governments investment in marketing the sector we predict more tourism interest. There is a lot of viable investment potential in the creation of new tourism products, good affordable accommodation and all the other businesses that surround tourism, that is, crafts, culture (lifestyle experience, theatres, drama, food, etc).
“Kamuntu said the tourism sector is among the 23 sectors which the president wants to be promoted because of its capacity to create more jobs in the Economy.”
The other priority sectors are adding value to minerals and ICT. All these are sectors detailed for focus in Uganda’s National Development Plan. Government has even gone ahead to provide sector specific incentives in these areas in order to attract investment.
In regard to the above, “Facilitated networking opportunities and one-on-one meetings will be available to help companies explore and discuss future partnerships in agro-processing, horticulture, textiles and clothing, tourism, information and communication technology, business process outsourcing and other services sectors. The Event will also feature a number of exhibitors who will showcase themselves and serve as points of contact for their organizations and businesses. This is reinforced by the Chairman’s statement that “At UCUK we aim to seek the way forward for international trade and development,”
Any potential investors (both local and foreign) can access the UIA online One Stop Centre, eBiz via www.ebiz.go.ug which contains a number of modules like the Business Registration System (BRS), the online application for an investment licence (UIA), the online application for an environmental impact assessment (NEMA), the interface to the e-VISA to process online applications for Visas and special permits and passes, and the online application for the City Operators Identification Number (COIN).
The UCUK brings together over 1000 delegates annually including representatives of governments, the private sector, Diasporas and as well as Entrepreneurs and Investors to debate on ways to achieve trade-led inclusive sustainable development through Entrepreneurship, SME competitiveness, employment and economic growth.
In the past six years, notable names such as Rt. Hon Edward Ssekandi – Vice President of Uganda, Lord Popat–Trade Envoy to Uganda, Rt Hon. Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga–Speaker of Uganda Parliament, The Lord Sheikh, Hon. Eng. Irene Muloni–Minister of Energy, Patrick Bitature– CEO Simba Group, Mrs. Janet Kataaha Museveni– 1st Lady and Minister for Education and the Queen of Buganda–Nnabagereka Sylvia Nagginda have all addressed the UCUK. Last year, for the first time, former Forum for Democratic (FDC) presidential aspirant DR Kiiza Besigye attended the event.
You can get access to the Conference and Exhibitions which provide opportunities for business to business (B2B), government to business (B2G) engagement and buyers and sellers to:
§ Strengthen entrepreneurship in the UK and Uganda.
§ Utilise this annual one-stop conference to tap into investment and trade opportunities in Uganda.
§ share experience and lessons learned by others in their quest for international trade.
§ Engage and network with prospective business partners.
§ Engage with decision makers and government representatives to specific sectors.
Who’s Maggie Kigozi.
She is a fellow of the Africa Leadership Initiative of the Aspen Institute. Kigozi crossed over to the corporate world in 1994 after quitting the medical profession and was appointed marketing director of the current Crown Beverages Ltd.
When not attending to the various roles she plans on the boards she sits on, she grows food on the family farm, Zuri Model Farm, in Kyasa.
She is an ardent tree planter, having established pine and eucalyptus plantations on her property. She is also a member of the National Forestry Authority Board. She currently ventures in an eco lodge at the off shores of Lake Victoria.
She is currently a trustee of the Shell Foundation and chairperson of the Africa Scout Foundation; a director with the Uganda Export Promotion Board and although no longer a practicing doctor, she sits on the board of Uganda’s main referral hospital, Mulago.
Dr Kigozi is also a board member of the Uganda Manufacturers Association, where she chairs the marketing committee that hosts the prestigious Uganda International Trade Fair.
Outside boardrooms, she is the president of Business and Professional Women, Uganda.
Dr Kigozi works with many organizations that support women and youth leadership and entrepreneurship. As a member of the Elders Forum of Uganda and the Women’s Situation Room, she works to ensure peace in Uganda and the region.
Growing up, she was an ardent sportswoman and represented Uganda in tennis, table tennis, squash and motorcycle racing in continental tournaments.
As motivational speaker and role model, she focuses on Entrepreneurship and economic empowerment of women and youth and is the Chief Scout of Uganda.
YMCA 09 – 04 Kabalagala Rangers
Makerere University Business School (MUBS) 7 – 4 Stormers
Nkumba Select 12 – 05 Kampala International University (KIU)
Mutesa 1 Royal University 05 – 04 St Lawrence University
YMCA 4-7 MUBS
Nkumba Select 4 (1) – 1 (2) Mutesa 1 Royal University
Final Day of the season – Sunday, 25th June 2017:
Third place play off: Nkumba Select Vs YMCA – 2 p.m
Final: MUBS Vs Mutesa 1 Royal University – 4 p.m, at Lido Beach, Entebbe
Two time winners MUBS will face Mutesa 1 Royal University in the final of the 2016/17 FUFA National beach soccer league on Sunday, 25th June 2017 at Lido Beach, Entebbe.
The development was confirmed after the play off quarter and semi final show down at Lido beach in Entebbe on Sunday.
Mutesa 1 Royal University defeated last year’s champion, Nkumba Select 2-1 in post-match penalties after a 4 all draw in normal time.
MUBS, winners in 2013 and 2014, won convincingly 7-4 against YMCA in the other semi-final match.
Ben Ocen led MUBS’ assault with a well converted hat-trick. Isma Kawawulo (brace), Maxwell Okello and Julius Zimula scored for Charles Ayiekho’s side.
Hamim Ssemakula, Derrick Tekkwo and Allan Zirimenya (2) got the goals for YMCA, coached by Emmanuel Amagu.
Earlier, there were four matches of the quarter finals that opened the day.
YMCA humbled Kabalagala Rangers 9-4 with Ssemakula notching a hat-trick to top score in the fixture.
Nkumba Select humiliated KIU 12-5. Hassan Nana Kivumbi excelled with three individual goals for the reigning champions, and so, was KIU’s Farouk Banga (3 goals).
MUBS were 7-4 winners past Stomers and Mutesa 1 Royal University pipped St Lawrence in the derby duel.
Uganda Beach Soccer Association (UBSA) chairman, also a newly elected delegate to the FUFA General Assembly, Deo Mutabazi appreciated all the participating clubs right from last September when the league kicked off.
He also lauded the partners and FUFA for supporting the game thus far.
‘We are nearing the climax of the league next week. In a special way, I would like to thank all the clubs that have pushed on up to where we are now. I thank FUFA for the supportive arm and all the partners and team sponsors. This has been another successful season with only two matches left’ Mutabazi said.
The third place play off between Nkumba Select and YMCA will open the final day before the grand finale.
All the matches will take place on Sunday, 25th June 2017 at Lido beach.
The third placed club will smile home with bronze medals and beach soccer balls.
The losing finalist will get silver medals, balls and other accompanying prizes.
Besides the trophy, the winners will get gold medals, a prize money and other items.
Members of Rwanda’s ruling party, the Rwandan Patriotic Front, have nominated President Paul Kagame to contest in the presidential election slated for August 3.
Kagame got an overwhelming vote of 1,929 out of the 1,930 ballots cast. Only one vote got spoilt and some people say it was Kagame’s who prefered not to vote for himself.
In his speech, president Kagame tasked Rwandans to think of power transition and rallied the youth to join politics.
“It’s my request to you that we do things either differently or work harder so that the seven years coming give us some kind of transition,” Kagame said.
Kagame told his party members that this would be his last election.
Several dignitaries from political parties in China, South Africa, Ethiopia, Tanzania and Uganda attended the nomination.
The NRM secretary general Justine Kasule Lumumba represented president Yoweri Museveni and conveyed a message of support to president Paul Kagame.
Several studies have linked frequent ejaculation — during sex, masturbation, or while you’re sleeping — to reduced risk of prostate cancer.
How much of a difference can ejaculating really make?
According to a 2016 study published in the journal European Urology, quite a bit.
Researchers surveyed 32,000 men from 1992 to 2010 and found that participants who reported ejaculating at least 21 times per month during their 20s were 19 percent less likely to develop prostate cancer than those who ejaculated seven times per month or less.
Frequent ejaculation during your 40s also appears to reduce your prostate cancer risk by 22 percent, the study found.
“While our findings should be confirmed in studies that evaluate the potential biological mechanisms underlying the observed associations, the results of our study suggest that ejaculation and safe sexual activity throughout adulthood could be a beneficial strategy for reducing the risk of prostate cancer,” Jennifer Rider, lead author of the study, said in a press release.
There’s no magic number of times a person should ejaculate to reduce their risk. What the study findings suggest is a dose-dependent relationship, where the risk becomes lower the more frequently a person ejaculates.
This isn’t the first time that researchers have studied how ejaculation affects cancer risk. In 2003, a team of Australian researchers compared ejaculation frequency among about 2,300 men — half of whom had been diagnosed with prostate cancer. The results showed that ejaculating five to seven times per week were 36 percent less likely to develop prostate cancer compared to those who ejaculated less than two times per week.
While the results have been consistent, researchers aren’t certain about why ejaculating seems to reduce the risk of prostate cancer.
Riders told Reuters that her team had one theory about the connection: “Ejaculation frequency is, to some extent, a measure of overall health status in that men at the very low end of ejaculation — zero to three times per month — were more likely to have other [medical problems] and die prematurely from causes other than prostate cancer.”
Still, further research is needed to identify the biological mechanism responsible for reducing the risk.
NB: This article first appeared on www.attn.com
Sulaiman Kabagala Mbuga aka SK Mbuga was last evening involved in a nasty motorbike accident after failing to negotiate a sharp bend a few yards from his home and crashing his BMW motorbike into the wall.
He was rushed to Nakasero hospital where he is currently getting treatment. Insiders at Nakasero Hospital have intimated to us that he is not in an alarming condition. Only very close and exclusive friends to Mbuga are allowed to access him as doctors carry out necessary tests to uncover the extent of the injuries.
SK Mbuga owns a long fleet of cars which include a few Hammer(s), a fancy Jeep Cherokee that he is seen driving most times, Range Rover(s) to mention but a few and that’s before we get to the Red Ferrari and Rose Royce. He is also a lover of motorbikes.
SK owns a few expensive solar bikes and two expensive motor bikes. He is also setting up Nu-Shifah Hospital hospital in Kiwempe Makindye.
After marrying Angela Vivienne Jalia Mbuga last year in November, SK bought himself a gift and acquired another expensive BMW bike to add to his long list of toys. It is this new motorbike that was involved in the accident.
Uganda and China have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) for 3 proposed investment projects namely the construction of the East African-China Manufacturing, Trade and Exhibition Centre in Kampala, an abattoir in South Western Uganda and Kampala Metropolitan Rapid Bus Transport.
The proposed US$200 million East African – China Manufacturing, Trade and Exhibition Centre, is to be established on a 355,000 Square Metre piece of land in Bugolobi while the US$25 abattoir project in the South Western part of the country, is expected to slaughter 200 cows per day for beef production. Under the proposed Kampala Metropolitan Rapid Bus Transport, with an investment portfolio of US$40 million, will have 26 bus stations and 6 bus terminals established.
The MOU was signed by State Minister for Animal Industry, Hon. Joy Kabatsi, on behalf of the Government of Uganda while the Chief Executive of East Africa International Trade Company, Mr. Wang Shujun along with Executive Director of Wanton Think Tank, Mr. Lijun He and Mr. Jingshi, an outstanding entrepreneur, initialed it on behalf of the Chinese investment group.
The ceremony took place at State House, Entebbe and was witnessed by President Yoweri Museveni and the Chinese envoy to Uganda, Ambassador Zheng Zhugiang.
“These are very good projects which will strengthen trading with China. We shall support it,” President Museveni observed as he met the investors yesterday at State House, Entebbe.
The President assured the proprietors of the East African Trade and Exhibition Centre that the Government of Uganda will avail the necessary land to them. He also observed that there is need to rationalize the transport system in Kampala in order to decongest the City adding that taxi and bodaboda operators will be met and encouraged to be in the Kampala stock exchange with a view to helping out those who want to be share holders to buy shares in the company. He noted that this arrangement will achieve a win-win situation where everybody will concentrate.
Regarding the beef production project, the President assured the Chinese entrepreneurs that the country’s projected cattle stock is projected to be 24 million up from the current 14 million. He added that the cattle feed on natural pastures and that 20% of the 14 million are sold for slaughter per annum. He observed that if artificial feeding is introduced, the supply of cattle will definitely increase due to faster growth. He informed that Uganda needs to concentrate on promotion of beef export because the current trend is that beef is largely for the internal market. He assured the investors land for growing up the export of beef will be availed by the Government of Uganda.
President Museveni also told the Chinese delegation that Uganda welcomes investors into a diversity of other business sectors such as tourism, solar power generation as well as coffee and cocoa processing.????????????????????????????????????
The Chinese entrepreneurs requested the Government of Uganda to establish a coordinating committee to enable investors coordinate with the line Ministries and other relevant groups aiming at realizing high efficiency and progress.
Mr. Stephen Kaboyo, a member of the Presidential Advisory Group, who also attended the meeting observed that Uganda is yet to gain a strong foothold into the Chinese market that has high growth potential.
Joseph Kabuleta is a seasoned journalist/newspaper columnist and a Church Minister operating under The Watchman Ministries whose flock fellowships at UMA Conference Hall Lugogo.
The outspoken scribe has lately been leading many other city pastors to stand up against Ps Joseph Serwadda (calls himself Presiding Apostle of All Born Again Churches) whom they accuse of conniving with like-minded clerics in the Inter-Religious Council of Uganda (IRCU) to dupe government to declare him the Archbishop or the equivalent of Cardinal for all Born Again Churches.
In this interview, controversial Kabuleta, taking no prisoners, discusses the dangers posed by the move Ps Serwadda is taking working in concert with some top government officials nursing vendetta against the Born Again faith.Joseph Kabuleta
Below are the excerpts:
Qn: You have lately been very outspoken against Ps Joseph Serwadda. What exactly is the matter about and also tell us where you get the locus to authoritatively speak about these things?
ANS: I’m a Born Again Christian with a stake to speak out on things concerning my faith. I’m a church minister under The Watch Man Ministries and we have our fellowships at Lugogo UMA Conference Hall. I have been a church minister since 2014. [So what exactly do you have against Serwadda?] He is complicit in promoting a policy disguised as coming to regulate Born Again Churches yet the actual motive is to make him, and his Born Again Federation, the leader and Archbishop of all Balokole Churches.
The dangers with that is that we have never sat to agree on him and he can’t claim to be our representative in the IRCU where he sits on a summit with others like the Mufti, the Cardinal and others because that is not who we are. The Born Again Faith is very different from what they meet to discuss there. Mr. Serwadda is just imposing himself on us because he likes political positions. He doesn’t even see the dangers in that policy he is propagating. It for instance requires all Born Again Churches to be cognizant of the LGTB rights and this is homosexuality kabiisa [for real] yet it’s already prohibited in the Ugandan laws specifically the Penal Code Act.
But Mr. Serwadda isn’t bothered about that because as IRCU they are funded heavily from outside and these are some of the conditionalities. For instance I know for certainty that they lost over $5m in their donor-funded programs the moment Uganda passed the Anti-Homosexuality Act which the Constitutional Court later nullified. As long as he becomes the big man for all Born Again Church such obnoxious provisions in the policy become nothing. It doesn’t matter anymore provided he gets power.
QN: What exactly is wrong with his leadership if it can bring sanity to the Pentecostal Movement?
ANS: Everything about him and his leadership of the Born Again Churches is wrong. It’s about his personal glory and not making the Born Again faith better. That Born Again Federation is a Company Limited by guarantee and can’t purport to have the headship of the Born Again Christians officially numbering over 6m. It was incorporated in 2015 and that can’t be the way you govern the Born Again Faith because we have been here for over 50 years now. The policy, which they claim to have already consulted over 75% of the country about, requires all Born Again Churches to get Serwadda’s permission for one to start a church.
This is unprecedented. It has never happened in Uganda because even the other religions which are members of the IRCU and they say are well organized, can’t accept that. It amounts to government conniving to choose for us Born Again Christians a leader. Why don’t they choose for Muslims, Protestants or even Catholics? We are different and can’t accept to have a central figure or body purporting to be our leader.
If indeed true that absence of that central leadership is the cause of problems, how come we have Fr. Kibuuka, Musala and others standing up to the Catholic Church leadership challenging the Archbishop’s authority as a central figure? This clearly shows this new proposed policy, which they have been hiding from us, isn’t about making things better but making one man politically powerful but hiding in Church work.
The policy also requires all churches to pay annual membership fees to Mr. Serwadda who the guys in IRCU are already acknowledging as the head of Born Again Churches. It’s up to them to give him any titles but can’t be imposed on us as a leader. We are going to actively reject him and in the coming days you are going to see pastors demonstrate in the city. They are trying to blackmail us by smearing us to appear as if we sympathize with false prophets in the church which isn’t the case.
QN: You talk about the upcoming pastors’ demo. Tell me more about that? By the way have you bothered getting audience with Serwadda to directly register your concerns?
ANS: Having audience with Serwadda isn’t the problem because I can meet him anytime I feel like. However, I haven’t sought such audience because it’s not necessary. I don’t need his approval or endorsement to talk about these things. All I want to see is the right thing being done. Many pastors are being taken advantage of partly because they aren’t that informed about this policy. They are like somebody who continues sleeping at home when his house is being stolen; someone is the lands ministry busy falsifying documents and you continue sleeping because you aren’t aware. They didn’t know about the policy but I used my journalistic network and accessed a copy and I have been calling meetings to share with them.
It’s couched in very strong language and the pastors don’t easily see the danger. Words like LGBT don’t mean a lot to some of them and you have to tell them it’s homosexuality and everybody is like what? You mean Serwadda can acquiesce with such a thing? After being sensitized in our meetings, where we break down that policy word by word, they have been awakened and many are abandoning his Born Again Federation. We have Rebecca Mutebi, who has been heading Women Affairs in the Born Again Federation. She has since quit Serwadda’s things saying I didn’t know we had been misled to serve one man’s personal interests and many others are coming on board.
They don’t fear Serwadda parse but they hadn’t accessed the full story on what his Federation is all about. As for the pastors’ demonstration in the city; we are meeting on Wednesday to discuss more. We shall thereafter come up with a program on how to go to the streets and show our displeasure with this policy. We have been having Division-based meetings. I have been meeting like 30 pastors from each city Division.
When we are done with all of them we shall move to that planned demo and begin the mobilization including a very big media event to declare our campaign against this man Serwadda and his mischief. We have obtained the Memorandum and Articles of Association for his Federation and it clearly has nothing to do with improving the Born Again faith. This is why, on being sensitized, all these city pastors are becoming very angry.
QN: We have many other big name pastors who don’t necessarily fear Serwadda or owe any allegiance to him. How come they aren’t speaking out warning others about this policy? Why does it have to be you?
ANS: You mean people like Kayanja? All of them know these things and aren’t comfortable with what their fellow elder Mr. Serwadda is doing but they are too comfortable to care. The Miracle Center Church guys are too connected politically speaking and even when that policy comes, it can’t be enforced against them. They are highly placed and have nothing to worry about. They are too big to be brought down by that policy however draconian it maybe. It will only squeeze smaller churches and their pastors but it’s bad to arrive up the tree and kick away the ladder.
Others need it also to climb up the tree. This thing has already been to cabinet and this consultation stage, however ill-intentioned it maybe, must be used to loudly give our views. We need a good law and proper regulation because this law is for generations to come. Museveni, who protects these big pastors today, may not be president 20 years from now and that law will be painfully used on all of us pastors-big or small.
This is why it’s a duty for all of us to speak out now including the big pastors like Kayanja. That is what leadership is all about. Once it goes into the law books it will be hard to get it out. You know how much effort and the years it took for the journalism fraternity to overcome the restrictions imposed by the law on sedition yet this was a law made decades earlier. Today you may have connections in government; tomorrow the story may be different. The standard we all need is a good law.
QN: Beyond resenting being under Serwadda’s forced leadership, why else should an upcoming Pastor in Makindye Lukuli or Kawempe Lugoba be bothered or worried about this Lokodo new policy?
ANS: It threatens him very much except that many of the pastors didn’t know. They will be surprised to fight this policy when it’s too late. If it’s all okay why are perpetrators acting clandestinely fearing to give full information and have all-inclusive consultation? They say three quarters have been consulted but for us Pastors in Kampala haven’t heard about this at all.
Just consider the requirement that every pastor must have formal theological qualification before starting a church and that they must have permanent structures? It’s not bad to set standards but we must be realistic. Many of the big pastors now didn’t have theology qualifications when they started. They got it later. The practice has been you start a church and qualify later and this is how millions of souls have been won for Christ.
Even Mr. Serwadda’s church wasn’t a permanent structure when he started. This is the minimum honesty we are requiring of him. You start with kiwempe and build the church later. You can’t squeeze people out of ministry just like that. Look at Bugingo, he is totally illiterate but the man has the biggest congregation, a total of over 10,000 people congregating for fellowship in just one sitting. That is something which even Watoto isn’t capable of. He is teaching a good message that has transformed many people to lead better lives and become morally upright.
You want to get rid of him using this policy simply because somebody wants to impose his leadership on others? Where do you want those Born Again Christians at his church to go? Return to their bad ways simply because somebody must settle old scores and become the President of Born Again Faith? We won’t accept that. We have many billionaires in Kikuubo: do they have diplomas in business? If you required them to; you would destroy commerce in this country. They are requiring minimum theology qualifications to become a pastor, audited accounts etc.
The problem is these churches aren’t ready. It’s like telling village shops to have audited books accounts. You take them out of business. These are best practices institutions learn and adopt as they grow. This is why most of the big churches now have audited books of accounts which they may not have had years ago when they were starting as small churches. We know Mr. Serwadda doesn’t want to miss out on the rotational IRCU leadership and it’s his turn after Mufti Mubajje.
He is okay to go have his titles but let him leave us alone. They like IRCU because it’s funded heavily by foreigners which we don’t begrudge them for. Ours are indigenous Churches funded by members and we aren’t complaining because the idea isn’t money but to win souls for Christ. You can’t impose homosexuality on us because you want the money. It’s forbidden in Ugandan law before we even talk about morality. It’s like recognizing the thieves’ rights yet in the Penal Code Act it’s prohibited to steal.
QN: So with giants like Kayanja keeping their distance, which sort of leadership are you giving these hitherto voiceless pastors as the campaign against this policy unfairness intensifies?
ANS: I’m already in touch with Minister Simon Lokodo and Director of Religious Affairs Canon Mwesigye. I have interfaced with them and it’s an ongoing engagement. Previously most of these pastors had been made to think it’s only Serwadda who should interface with these people on their behalf. I’m everywhere on TV and other media spearheading this campaign because fellow Ministers in the entire 5 city Divisions have entrusted me with this role and we are making progress.
There are many things these pastors couldn’t know because Mr. Serwadda was the one interfacing on their behalf but these days I meet them regularly to give updates from Fr. Lokodo’s ministry.
QN: So what have you been telling Lokodo and Mwesigye in these regular interfaces?
ANS: I’m telling them there is much more about the Born Again Faith beyond Mr. Serwadda. We are all stakeholders and must be listened to. There are many pastors outside his Federation yet they have very big flocks and represent many Born Again Christians.
Those can’t be wished away. I’m also saying to them absence of the law or the policy they are trying to formulate isn’t the problem parse. Homosexuality is forbidden in the Penal Code but they are pastors who are homosexuals and they are well known but nothing is being done to them yet the law is there. It’s like saying there is too much corruption in Uganda because we lack a good law. The laws are there but the enforcement is the problem.
And we should avoid selective legislation for a certain group because that is discrimination prohibited in the Constitution [Article 21]. Why do you require theological qualifications for a pastor when all an Imam has is Koranic knowledge and is there leading prayers and doing his thing every Friday in the mosque? Will you also require members of the congregation to have basic qualifications to come to church? What will you legislate for the Catholic Church to avoid more Fr. Kibuukas emerging? These are broad things Fr. Lokodo’s ministry should be thinking about.
[You have previously protested Lokodo’s objectivity] Yes that remains my view. He is a Catholic priest who needs to learn the Born Again Faith things first before being misled by people who just want positions. I’m asking what has gone wrong with the checks and balance system built within the NGO Board regulatory mechanism? That Board is enough to regulate us because there is a complaints desk. If you feel Ps Kabuleta has engaged in misconduct, you petition and his certificate of registration is withdrawn or cancelled.
That system is working well and if you go there you will see the complaints they have acted upon. We have pastors who obtain money by false pretences; what will Fr. Lokodo do about those? We have a law prohibiting that but police rarely enforces that law against such pastors. This new policy is nothing but omupango [conspiracy] to impose someone on all Born Again Churches as a leader and then proceed to legitimize LGTB otherwise we have enough laws in place to deal with any ill-conduct among pastors but the problem is enforcement.
This is why we are disappointed in this man [Serwadda] because a well meaning church elder would be using his attendance of many high level meetings to demand that the current laws be enforced to rid the body of Christ of quack pastors who are well known to him and everybody else.
By Our Reporters
Despite being mere State Minister, Evelyn Anite is increasingly becoming very influential in Museveni’s Hakuna Mchezo cabinet often undertaking assignments that many cabinet colleagues (senior ones inclusive) can only dream about.
She is perhaps being rewarded for her role in obliterating Mbabazi at Kyankwanzi through her sole candidate motion/ambush in 2014. Combining youthful energy, hardwork and loyalty to the Presidency, Anite got Museveni to merge what previously existed as two dockets into one for her headship.
These are dockets of Privatization and Investments which previously were separately held by Aston Kajara and Gabriel Ajedra. Consequently, Anite’s office at Finance Building’s 7th floor is these days more frequented than even that of her boss Matia Kasaijja.
Apparently this is so because wherever he goes on his foreign errands to attract wealthy investors, Museveni either goes with Anite or sends her back to follow up as his contact person for implementation.
“The HE has liked her partly because of her adaptiveness and ability to quickly learn on the job. She also knows how to be in charge and when an investor meets her, they get the impression things will be done because she remains one of the few ministers that can directly call the HE to seek his guidance or verification on any investment-related decisions. She is occupying a very sensitive docket as far as the HE is concerned because that is the only way we are going to fight youth unemployment. She hates bureaucratic delays of the technocrats just like the HE,” said a knowledgeable State House source.
We are told that the desire to enable Anite do her work and expeditiously deliver on his assignments partly prompted Museveni to fill the UIA ED post which had remained vacant since Frank Sebowa’s departure. Yet UIA is just one of the agencies Museveni has empowered Anite to directly control. Unlike her predecessors, she is involved in supervising and approving many things going on in all agencies and companies where government has shares including UTL, NMS, UEGCL, UETCL, UEDCL and many others.
The heads of these respective agencies these days are required to report their operational and corporate challenges to Museveni through Anite. Anite’s growing power manifested recently when she unexpectedly drove to Namanve Industrial Park for an onsite assessment. She was shocked to find many investors to whom UIA had allocated land are speculators and she immediately cracked the whip and informed Museveni later.
The next day she returned to office and initiated a government process that resulted into cancelation of 40 titles on grounds the original allocatees, some of them Indians, were mere speculators with no capacity to develop the land. The UIA process is now on to get new allocatees. Museveni days later praised Anite for this decisive action. This showed how powerful the outspoken babe from Koboko had become despite being generally new in cabinet.
Museveni was recently in Qatari capital of Doha, the home of Al-Jazeera. While there he met many investors and referred all of them to Anite on return to Uganda. A front page story in Qatar’s main newspaper called Qatar Tribune Business and The Peninsular Business News shows that the Ugandan President has communicated to Muhammad bin Ahamed bin Tawar who heads the Qatar Chamber of Commerce to deal with Anite (the newspaper refers to her as the Ugandan Finance Minister) on matters relating to all trade and investment deals he discussed with the Qatari government during his last April visit to the troubled Gulf Country.
Sources say that, seeing the ongoing isolation of Qatar by its Gulf neighbors as an opportunity, Museveni has daily been ringing to speak to Anite guiding her on how to take advantage and lure as many Qatar great investors to Uganda as possible. The Qatar newspaper articles captures this in a series of front page articles and picture stories aimed at portraying Anite as a very influential Ugandan government official who has been deployed by the President to be his contact person.
“Uganda is a good investment destination for Qatar businessmen in areas like tourism, food industry, mining, oil exploration and Islamic Banking among others,” one of the Doha leading newspapers quotes the Chamber of Commerce boss Tawar as saying after a recent meeting with Anite whose photo is prominently beamed on the paper’s cover page.
Tawar, who is photographed in a meeting with Anite, is also quoted as praising Anite’s steadfastness revealing that he is working with her to hold the pioneer Qatar-Uganda business forum in the coming days. In executing Museveni Qatar-related errands, Anite is working with Patrick Bitature, who chairs a powerful delegation of Ugandan businessmen determined to spearhead the Qatar-Uganda business relations to another level.Anite (L) lifts the Uganda flag high in Qatar
Even locally in Uganda, Anite is often permitted by the President to skip many important government or even party meetings because she is busy executing Mzee’s job creation-related assignments. This closeness to the big man has enabled Anite to become respected by cabinet colleagues and government technocrats as well as individual investors coming to her office to take her word or assurances very seriously.
She can sometimes call the President directly on phone to consult him in the middle of meetings with investors, a thing that has greatly increased investor confidence in her in our part of the world where many things won’t move until the President personally weighs in giving his no objection. This has made her the go-to-person by cabinet colleagues who have difficulties directly reaching the president via telephone.Anite and Bitature in a group photo with Qatari officials
Many MPs frequent her office to secure incentives for investors desiring to operate in their respective constituencies. This busy schedule has taken toll on her private life including having to miss family by keeping in office till late meeting investor delegations quite often exceeding the working time of 5pm.
By Our Reporter
Taking advantage of IGP Gen Kale Kayihura’s absence, a top official in the NRM party has resorted to conniving with anti-Kale elements in security agencies to sponsor distorted reports aimed at creating a wedge between the President and IGP.
We can reliably reveal that the very powerful female official in the NRM has effectively allied with influential actors in ISO, CMI and generally Gen Henry Tumukunde’s security Ministry to intensify anti-Kayihura briefs to the President.
The powerful NRM official hates Kayihura for a number of reasons. One of these is because Kayihura works well with Speaker Kadaga who the female NRM politician considers an archrival. Secondly the official is blossom buddies with Tumukunde whose hatred for Gen Kale is well known.
The powerful NRM politician famously drove Tumukunde to Museveni who accepted to pardon him after apologizing to him through the same NRM official in 2015. The top NRM official also considers herself material for the Museveni successor when time comes and perceives Kayihura as a contender because he remains one of the few guys Museveni greatly trusts for their loyalty.
The NRM official, who is famous for loving pomp, also had asked for an additional police lead car, a thing Gen Kayihura declined saying it would cause police to be accused for over fraternizing with NRM. Kayihura also feared to upset powerful State House officials who aren’t on good terms with the female NRM maestro.
The NRM official is also said to enjoy support of a very powerful bureaucrat in State House. It’s said though the two ladies are naturally not allies, the State House babe too has a borne to pick with Gen Kale because she accuses him for long being one of the numerous godfathers who always defended Maj Edith Nakalema to the President.
Nakalema and this unnamed State House official were active rivals for such a long time. “The State House babe is friendly to Tumukunde but has personal vendetta with the NRM official and their current alliance is just a marriage of convenience because they both resent Kayihura. The State House official has, through Tumukunde, ensured the NRM boss has unlimited access to the President each time she has a delegation to take to Mzee to accuse Gen Kayihura,” reliable intelligence sources revealed to us last night.
The NRM official has lately intensified efforts to fight and bring down Gen Kayihura who has for over two weeks been absent in the public domain. We are told in a multi-pronged battle, the very ambitious NRM lady has gone as far taking fake FDC defectors from Besigye’s Kyaddondo East to the President to accuse Kayihura of being the one funding Bobi Wine.
A week before Mzee went for Budget reading, the NRM official was aided to bring five young men whom he lied the President that they are elected councilors from Kyaddondo East. The youngmen told Museveni they are staunch opposition activists in Kyaddondo East and have been the conduit through whom Gen Kale has been funding Bobi Wine.
Previously Nkunyingi Muwadda petitioned EC and courts claiming Gen Kale was working with Bobi Wine to mess up the by-election. It has now emerged that during the Nakasero State House meeting, the NRM official made reference to Muwadda’s petition to corroborate existence of a political alliance between Bobi Wine and Gen Kale. We are told because he sees this as an opportunity to politically humiliate Besigye, Museveni was initially very upset with this Bobi Wine claim but relaxed after verifying and realizing these were kiwaani defectors used to make a case against Gen Kale.
To Museveni’s dismay, the young men claimed Gen Kale was reaching them in the Bobi Wine camp through a certain top police officer but when Museveni gave them an album of photos, they failed to identify the Cop they claimed was the Kayihura emissary working with them. Museveni verified and found that actually, to the contrary, even in absence of Kayihura the police leadership at KMP level has clandestinely been dispatching campaign logistics for the NRM candidate Sitenda Sebalu.
The same NRM boss had previously reported to Museveni that Kayihura, working with Kadaga, had also worked against the NRM flag bearer in the just concluded Kagoma by-elections. The NRM leader told Museveni how she was going to undress to show her frustration with the Kadaga-Kayihura alliance in Kagoma by-elections.
He jokingly asked her: “Why didn’t you? That would have been a good way to spice up that campaign.” On seeing Museveni wasn’t moved, the NRM official allied with influential operatives in ISO and CMI to write frequent anti-Kayihura reports corroborating the Bobi Wine claim. One of the top ISO men is also close to a female top State House official who sometime back bought a lakeside resort/property through him.
Working through ISO and CMI operatives, the same NRM official has been exposed as the one bolstering a negative anti-Kayihura on social media networks using some online media operatives some of whom she has promised protection against Kayihura’s men through ISO and CMI. The same NRM official has also lately been working with disgruntled Police officers like Mohammed Kirumira to frequently meet the President and feed him on false information discrediting Gen Kayihura.
Kirumira is understood to have been asked by the NRM official to create a network of disgruntled DPCs who can be taken to the president to make malicious confessions against Gen Kale. Sources say that, being the flamboyant officer he is, Kirumira who first met the NRM official in a Jinja hotel after Kagoma bye-lections, has freely been bragging how these days he can easily access the big man through this powerful NRM official.
Some of Kirumira’s friends have also approached some DPCs trying to recruit them in the anti-Kayihura network with offers of hefty sums of cash. They have been promised promotions in the Uganda Police Force once Gen Kayihura is out of the way. Claiming to be a very close friend of Felix Kaweesi, connected to him through similar religious affiliation, the same NRM official has also been trying to mobilize police officers to go and claim to Museveni how Kaweesi died very frustrated having been sidelined, undermined and let down by the top leadership of the Uganda Police Force.
We are told Kirumira ran to this NRM official after learning that at Kayihura’s prompting, the Police Standards Unit was on the verge of preferring disciplinary and insubordination charges against him. “The idea was to use the NRM official and run to the President so that when the disciplinary action on him is taken, it looks like a witch-hunt,” said a knowledgeable source close to the President.
“The President has generally realized this is just vendetta and recently tricked the NRM official by asking her that ‘okay if Gen Kale isn’t good enough who do you propose to take charge?’ The NRM official cleverly said ‘anybody sir can do that job.’ She had been guided by a top official in the security ministry to avoid marketing anybody for Kayihura’s job because the boss [M7] will think you have been paid to market so and so.”
Then just last week, the same NRM official followed Mzee to Mayuge where she delivered to him LC5 chairmen who were supposed to make fake confessions to Mzee that Gen Kale had bought for them posh cars, built them houses and funded Boda Boda associations in their respective districts hoping to turn them into political allies in the run up to 2021.
Unknown to the ill-fated NRM official, some of the LC5 chairpersons of the eastern region had previously met Museveni secretly and told him how they were under pressure from the same female NRM official to go and make false confessions aimed at antagonizing him [M7] with Gen Kayihura.
We are told since the confirmation of this fraud, Museveni has lately been very skeptical about some of the anti-Kayihura reports he gets from ISO and CMI because his information is that the two agencies have politically been infillitrated and are sometimes used to score political points by those competing to succeed him as President within NRM and security apparatus.
An Egyptian policeman was killed and four wounded by a roadside explosive near the Cairo suburb of Maadi on Sunday, the Interior Ministry said in a statement.
“At around 12:45 a.m. on June 18 as a vehicle belonging to the Central Security Forces transported a group of officers and conscripts an improvised explosive device planted on the roadside went off,” the ministry said.
“This led to the martyrdom of First Lieutenant Ali Abdelkhaliq and the injury of four others, an officer and three conscripts, who have been taken to hospital for treatment.”
The bomb was detonated remotely, and an initial examination suggested it was detonated using a mobile phone SIM card, a senior Interior Ministry official told state news agency MENA.
A joint task force made up of several police units is questioning tenants of flats overlooking the site of the attack to try to identify and arrest the culprits, the official said.
There was no immediate claim of responsibility by any group.
Egypt faces an Islamist insurgency led by the Islamic State group in the restive Sinai Peninsula, where hundreds of soldiers and police have been killed since 2013.
The group has also increasingly carried out attacks in the mainland on security forces and Coptic Christian civilians in recent months, killing around 100 Copts since December.
Other militant groups, which the government says are linked to the Muslim Brotherhood, are active in Cairo and other cities where they have targeted security forces, judges, and pro-government figures.
The Brotherhood, outlawed in 2013 after the military ousted one of its leaders, Mohamed Mursi, from the presidency following mass protests, maintains that it is a peaceful organisation.
Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, the general who led Mursi’s ouster, was elected president in 2014.
Democratic Republic of Congo has suffered two separate outbreaks of polio, a debilitating and potentially deadly disease that the world is trying to eradicate, the World Health Organization said on Tuesday.
Confirmation of the outbreaks in Congo’s Haut-Lomami and Maniema provinces came less than a week after the WHO said polio had resurfaced in Syria, in an area partly controlled by Islamic State.
“WHO assesses the risk of further national spread of these strains to be high, and the risk of international spread to be medium,” the WHO, the U.N. health agency, said in a disease outbreak report.
Like the Syrian outbreak, the four Congolese cases were caused by circulating vaccine-derived poliovirus type 2, which emerges in areas with only patchy vaccine coverage after being excreted by people who have been vaccinated.
In 1988, the goal of eradicating the disease globally was set for the year 2000, but it has been repeatedly pushed back, with billions of dollars spent on trying to snuff out the last remaining pockets of disease.
The new head of the WHO, Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, welcomed $1.2 billion of new funding for the battle against polio, made at the Rotary Convention in Atlanta, the WHO said.
“It is humbling to see again the power of this incredible global partnership to generate funding to fight one of the world’s most horrible and debilitating diseases,” Tedros said in a WHO statement. “We must finish the job properly to ensure that there is no chance of this terrible disease coming back.”
Thirty years ago, polio paralysed more than 350,000 children each year in more than 125 countries around the world, the statement said. Since then, incidence of the disease has been reduced by more than 99.9 percent, it said.
Polio invades the nervous system and can cause irreversible paralysis within hours. It spreads rapidly among children. If transmission can be ended, it would be only the second human disease to be eradicated since smallpox was banished in 1980.
The original wild virus still circulates in Afghanistan and Pakistan, with a total of five cases this year. Vaccine-derived polio is a risk for war zones and other areas with poor health coverage.
The Congolese cases are the first in the country since 2012. Nigeria, Laos, Myanmar and Ukraine have also seen vaccine-derived polio cases in the past three years.
A Cairo criminal court on Saturday recommended the death penalty for 30 people convicted of involvement in the 2015 assassination of Egypt’s top prosecutor, the most senior state official killed by militants in recent years.
The court set a verdict session for July 22, after referring its recommendation to the country’s top religious authority, the Grand Mufti, for a non-binding legally-required opinion. The July 22 verdict can be appealed against.
Public prosecutor Hisham Barakat was killed in a car bomb attack on his convoy in Cairo, an operation for which Egypt blamed the Muslim Brotherhood and Gaza-based Hamas militants, though both groups have denied it.
“The brutal conspiracy by hired hands to target the public prosecutor Hisham Barakat and assassinate him, where the corrupt and weak-willed forces of evil and tyranny conspired, could only be carried out by an unjust group that has shed innocent blood,” said Judge Hassan Farid.
Farid initially read out 31 names but two of them referred to the same person and the judge then corrected himself.
Only half of the defendants are in custody, with 15 on the run.
The Interior Ministry released a video last year showing clips of several young men confessing and admitting going to Gaza for training from Hamas, though some of them later denied the accusations in court.
The defendants said they were forced to confess under torture and their lawyers asked that they be medically examined. Farid said he granted the request to a majority, but not all, and that doctors in a prison hospital had found no signs of torture.
Egypt faces an Islamist insurgency led by Islamic State in North Sinai, where hundreds of soldiers and police have been killed.
The group has also increasingly carried out attacks in Egypt targeting Christians in a spate of church bombings and shootings that have killed some 100 since December.
Barakat was the highest-ranking state official to die in a militant attack since President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi, a former military chief, ousted President Mohamed Mursi, a Brotherhood leader, in 2013 after mass protests against his rule.