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Added 13th December 2016



Abamu ku basaabaze nga balwanira bbaasi


EKIRAGIRO ky’okusengula bbaasi ezimu okuva mu paaka ya Qualicel ey’omugagga Drake Lubega ereetedde abasaabaze abamu okubuzibwabuzibwa ne babulako entambula okugenda gye balaga.

 Kino kyadiridde  akakiiko akavunanyizibwa ku by’entambula

 n’okuwa bbaasi layisinsi Transport Licensing Board (TLB)  okuyisa ekiragiro egiggya bbaasi ezikwata mu bugwanjuba

 n’obukikakono mu paaka ya Qualicell  ne balekamu ezidda mu buvanjuba.

Embeera eno ereetedde paaka ya Qualicell okusigalamu kampuni za bbaasi nnya zokka okuli YY Coaches, Gateway, Kampala Hopper, Teso Coach  ne Kakise  okuba nga zezitikiramu

 abasaabaze ng’endala zalagiddwa okugenda mu paaka ya Namayiba ne Kisenyi Bus Terminal.

Nathan Ssemujju  akolera mu kkampuni ya YY agambye nti ekiragiro kino kikosezza nnyo abali mu mulimu gw’okusaabaza abantu mu mu kiseera kino bangi bakonkomalidde mu paaka tebalina mmotoka zibatwala kuba ezisinga zigyiddwa mu paaka.

“ Ekiragiro ekyayisiddwa  nga kiggya bbaasi ezemu mu paaka ya Qualicell kitumenya kuba kati paaka nkalu nga temuli mmotoka zitwala basaabaze era eziriwo bali mu kuzirwanira tusaba abaakiyisizza bakikyuseemu” Ssemujju bwe bwategeezezza.

Agambye nti mu paaka ya Qualicell musigaddemu baasi 32 zokka songa luli mubaddemu ezisoba mu 150 nga abasAabaze bali mu kutataganyizibwa

  ekisusse nga kyetagisa okukomyawo baasi ezimu.




UGANDA'S MEDICAL BRAIN DRAIN IS A GLOBAL PROBLEM:

December 14, 2016

Written by PETER MUWONGE

Health experts from across Africa have expressed dismay at the failure by Uganda’s government to stem the tide of skilled health workers leaving the country for greener pastures.

They voiced their disappointment during the third Congress of the African Health System Governance network (ASHGOVNET) in Kampala last week. The congress was held under the theme,“Fostering capacity for health governance and leadership with a focus upon health work development.”

The health experts argue that if the current hemorrhage of the country’s workforce continues unchecked, it will be extremely difficult for Uganda to fulfill its commitment to regional and global Human Resources protocols such as the World Health Organisation (WHO) Workforce 2030 Global Strategy on Human Resources for Health to which Uganda subscribes.





A normal medical surgical theatre on the continent of Africa.


“It is disappointing that officials at Uganda’s ministry of Health (MOH) evaded all our efforts to discuss the extent of the problem of medical brain drain in this country and the possible measures to bring it under control,” said Dr Patrick Kadama, the executive director of the African Platform on Human Resources for Health (APHRH), an NGO committed to the fight against brain drain on the African continent.

Uganda subscribes to the road map for scaling up human resources for health for improved health service delivery in the African region 2012-2025, which was adopted by African health ministers three years ago in Angola. But experts say the evident apathy towards brain drain means health improvement targets are unlikely to be met.

“No one seems to care when health workers exit this country. When you express worry about the problem to MOH officials, they tell you there is a capacity to replace those who have migrated, when it is actually not true,” said the president of the Uganda National Academy of Sciences, Dr Nelson Sewankambo.



A Self-Styled African Spritual leader from the Tribal State of Acholi, Uganda, is a fake:

 

Mr Severino Lukoya walks out of Gulu Central Police Station last year after briefly being detained following the death of a child at his temple.

By JULIUS OCUNGI & CAROLINE AYUG
Posted 5 February, 2017

UGANDA, GULU

AGAGO:


From casting himself as the untouchable almighty god (Lubanga Won) in late 1980s, it now required the intervention of an earthly police force in Agago District to save the father of late Holy Spirit Movement leader Alice Auma Lakwena from an angry mob.

The mob accused Mr Severino Lukoya Kibero, a self-proclaimed prophet, of preaching what they termed as false prophesies in their area and wanted to lynch him.

Mr Lukoya had travelled with his team of ministers to Kalongo Town Council to conduct door-to-door prayers, claiming that God had sent him to cleanse the area. Mr Lukoya is the leader of the New Jerusalem Tabernacle Church in Gulu Municipality where he preaches a mixture of Acholi traditional religion, Christianity and Islam.

It’s reported that before Mr Lukoya could embark on ‘redeeming’ prayer sessions, hundreds of angry residents confronted him and he was only rescued by the police who whisked him away to safety in neighbouring Pader District, several miles away.

Mr Albert Onyango, the Agago District police commander said: “Residents hate him because of the past rebellion his daughter led. They also believe Lukoya is a cult leader whose presence brings bad omen.”

Mr Onyango said Mr Lukoya’s activities in Agago District were in violation of a district council resolution that barred setting up of any prayer shrines.

“I think it is time Lukoya realised that he is not wanted in the district. This is the fourth time in less than two years that people are attempting to kill him,” Mr Onyango said.

Earlier last week, Mr Lukoya had told Sunday Monitor in an interview that God had called him out to walk on foot and do a door-to-door preaching until he covers the entire country.

“God wants peace to prevail in Uganda. He wants everyone to accept His word,” Lukoya said.

This is not the first time Lukoya’s activities are being stopped by residents and district leaders in Acholi sub-region for fear that his preaching could brainwash young people into another rebellion.

Background
After the defeat of Lakwena, Mr Lukoya launched another Holy Spirit Movement in Acholiland. But unlike Lakwena, Mr Lukoya didn’t attract the same big following as his daughter. He surrendered to the government in 1989, but has continued to re re-emerge from time to time.

In August 2011, Mr Lukoya and his followers survived death when residents hurled stones at them injuring him and his followers in Mucwini Kitgum District. In March 2015, police in Gulu District arrested Mr Lukoya over an illegal assembly after he and his church members stormed Gulu Town and disrupted traffic and businesses.

In August 2014, authorities in Kitgum District demolished Lukoya’s temple after complaints that a paralysed man had died while being prayed for there.

In 2008, Mr Lukoya was arrested on accusation that he wanted to revive his daughter’s Holy Spirit Movement rebel outfit. But the High Court acquitted him and awarded him Shs13 million in damages for malicious arrest.

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When the Foreign Minister of Uganda Mr Kutesa Stole 30 million dollars from the United Nation, the President of Uganda Mr Y. Museveni has done nothing:

Former Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon (right) meets with Sam Kutesa, Minister for Foreign Affairs of Uganda during 20 July 2009.

20 May, 2018 

 

By Milton Allimadi 

Publisher/CEO

The Black Star News

www.blackstarnews.com

P.O. Box 1472

New York, N.Y., 10274

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The hit on the local economy is going to be a disaster. The Entebbe UN base was one of the biggest employers after the government itself, now these

workers are all losing their jobs; and then the hit on the real estate or property market, with palatial homes that will soon be redundant or vacant.

Add on the secondary or allied trades that depended on the base-shopping malls, food, entertainment, boda boda, service industry etc. You could say the Entebbe economy will loose at least $50

million per annum, if not more.

 

The relationship between Kutesa and the UN is proof of deep seated corruption in the UN and US govt.

Whenever M7 and UG govt have been involved in a war, the UN has followed by trying to moderate and stop the war.

The UN decided to intervene to 'settle' wars in DRC, Sudan, Somalia all heavily involving M7 and Kutesa.

The UN therefore moved it's HQ's from Nairobi to Entebbe and rented the Entebbe Airport (belonging to Kutesa and Salim  Saleh) as it's hub in Eastern and central Africa 's "war on terror" activities.

Payments to MONUC were for the Congo ADF mission,  and later payments for MONUSCO  were

for the special US force looking for Kony in CAR, and the US payments for the UG mercenaries based in Somalia guarding the Somali ' s against their own Al

Shabab.

 

The SUDAN war also benefitted Kutesa and Enhas as both Entebbe and Juba airports were paid for hosting UN efforts to stop this fake war. During this

arrangement between the UN and Kutesa,  the UN

appointed Kutesa as President General of UN, despite the online petition. Whle in this role, Kutesa went on to receive a bribe from the Chinese to embed them into the UN, and also received a bribe for introducing the Chinese to M7.  Is it any wonder that the UN is now forced to cut its links with Kutesa by removing the UN HQ's from Entebbe airport ? Or is it 'unfair' as M7 alleges ? 

 

Now dictator Museveni is writing to U.N. Secretary General Antonio Guterres begging him not to move UN operations to Kenya from Uganda. When we reported on September 15, 2014 that Kutesa stole $30 million from UN (Most of the money is from U.S. taxpayers) he was happy and did nothing.

 

http://www.blackstarnews.com/us-politics/news/sam-kutesas-private-company-made-30-million-from-united-nations-contracts-is-un

 

SAM KUTESA'S PRIVATE COMPANY MADE 30

MILLION DOLLARS FROM UNITED NATIONS CONTRACTS;

IS THE UNITED NATION INVOLVED IN A COVERUP TO HELP THE SURVIVAL OF THE PRESIDENT OF UGANDA?

 

The private company owned by the controversial new President of the United Nations General Assembly, Sam Kutesa, who is also Uganda's minister of foreign affairs, earned nearly $30 million from United Nations contracts over the past six years, billing records accessed online by The Black Star News show.

The Black Star News couldn't access billing data covering a three-year period meaning Kutesa's company possibly earned millions more. It now also appears that the United Nations has disabled all the links to the ENHAS invoices previously accessed online by The Black Star News, showing the amounts Kutesa's company billed the UN. 

 

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon and his spokespersons didn't respond to several past inquiries from The Black Star News seeking to determine whether Kutesa had revealed his ownership of the company, Entebbe Handling Services (ENHAS), when it was granted the UN contracts, initially in 2006. It's akin to Secretary John

Kerry, or a foreign minister of another member state raking in millions in UN contracts through a private company without disclosing that he owned the company. The UN also didn't say whether

the contracts were awarded through competitive bidding. The organization has been rocked in the past by allegations of corruption in the awarding of lucrative contracts, including payment of bribes to steer business to preferred vendors. The most egregious episode was the oil for food scandal,

when Iraq's former dictator Sadam Hussein was allowed by some UN officials to divert billions of dollars to his personal coffers. The U.S. annually contributes about one-third for UN funding, and peace-keeping operations alone cost $7 billion; as the UN's top contributor, likely U.S. taxpayers' money has benefited ENHAS, possibly improperly. The UN didn't respond to a question about this possibility. The Secretary General's office and the UN's legal department also didn't provide details on how the contracts were monitored and how officials verified that the services billed for by ENHAS were actually

performed.

 

The billing amounts ranged from $640,000, such as in invoice  #12KIN-200319 billed to MONUSCO in December 2011;

to invoice

# 11KIN-200097 billed to MONUSCO in the amount of $3,410,352 in September 2010.

 

The work description are all vague, typically simply stating "UGA Airports." In July, The Black Star News submitted several written questions via e-mail message to Ban Ki-Moon and to his spokesperson Stephane Dujarric about the UN contract with ENHAS. The Black Star News also copied the questions to deputy spokesperson Farhan Haq and to the UN's legal department.

Ban Ki-Moon and the spokesperson and the legal department didn't respond to the detailed written questions. Fortunately, The Black Star News

downloaded information, including the invoice numbers and dollar amounts submitted by ENHAS before the following links were disabled from the UN's website:

 

Link for 2008 invoices: http://www.un.org/depts/ptd/08_others_po_field.htm

Link for 2009 invoices: http://www.un.org/depts/ptd/09_others_po_field.htm

Link for 2010 invoices: http://www.un.org/depts/ptd/10_others_po_field.htm

Link for 2011 invoices: http://www.un.org/depts/ptd/11_field_po_others.htm

Link for 2013 invoices:  http://www.un.org/depts/ptd/13_field_po_others.htm

 

ENHAS, an airport maintenance and cargo handling services company is based in Entebbe, Uganda.

Kutesa reportedly gained control of the company improperly in the 1990s, and owned it with Gen. Salim Saleh, a top Uganda general and brother of the president, Gen. Yoweri Museveni.

 

The contract

awarded to ENHAS beginning in 2006 was to provide services in at least 10 airports used for United Nations peace keeping operations in the Congo; a separate contract covers servicing peace-keepers in South Sudan. The Congo operation was previously

referred to by the acronym MUNOC; when that operation's term expired it was succeeded by the current mission, MONUSCO.

The billings from ENHAS, Kutesa's company, were first to MONUC and later to MONUSCO. A review and tabulation by The Black Star News shows a total

billing by Kutesa's company to the tune of $29,192,078. The breakdown, over a six-year period were as follows:

$5,016,702 (in 2008);

$5,499,776 (2009);

$4,945,352 (in 2010)

$5,036,520 (in 2011);

$5,471,660 (in 2012);

and,

$3,220,068 (2013).

 

The Black Star News's couldn't determine billings for

2006 when the UN contract to ENHAS was first awarded and for 2007; billings from January 2014 up to day also couldn't be determined. This means the total could be much higher. The billings by ENHAS to MONUC, for 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011 came to

$20,500,350.

 

The balance of the billings, $8,691,728 for

2012 and 2013 were mostly to MONUSCO.

 

In addition to potential conflict of interest and possible fraud by not disclosing, as Uganda's foreign affairs minister, that he was an owner of ENHAS, which subsequently was awarded multi-million dollar UN contracts, Kutesa faces even broader questions of

business ethics.

 

The UN's MUNOC and MONUSCO operations were launched to halt war in which Uganda was a belligerent party. In 2005 the International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruled that Uganda had launched a war of aggression against Congo and committed war crimes. Uganda was ordered to pay $6 billion to $10 billion in reparations and the International Criminal Court also launched an investigation which Gen. Museveni asked then UN Secretary General Kofi Annan to block, The Wall Street Journal reported on June 8, 2006. By providing services for the UN's peace-keeping operations in Congo beginning in 2006, it means Kutesa, as foreign minister of a belligerent party, profited handsomely from the war. ENHAS also currently provides services for the UN's mission in South Sudan, which also benefits Kutesa's bottomline. Uganda's army is fighting on behalf of South Sudan President Salvar Kiir against former Vice President Riek Machar.

 

Uganda's army controls Juba airport, which is handled by ENHAS. Ban Ki-Moon and his spokespersons also didn't address these issues when The Black Star News inquired. Additionally, the UN, including the legal department, didn't respond to a question about whether the organization would revoke the contract and seek to recover monies if the contract to ENHAS was improperly awarded. It's also unclear why a UN spokesperson previously misled The Black

Star News in an e-mail message, stating that the UN had no contracts with Kutesa's company, ENHAS. The billing information reviewed by The Black Star News don't provide much detail about the nature of the work performed by ENHAS and the UN Secretary

General's spokesperson also didn't provide additional information requested. A UN official who spoke on condition of anonymity wondered how the payments to Kutesa was

disbursed: "Was the money sent to Uganda? Was it sent to a foreign bank account and would this contravene laws? Kutesa could not have been making all that money for himself

alone." Corruption allegations have trailed Kutesa from the 1990s, and in 1999, Uganda's Parliament voted to censure him for conflict of interest in connection with how, through ENHAS, while a government minister, he diverted resources from Uganda Airlines for the benefit of his company. When Dick Turinawe, then acting general manager of the airline, which had a joint operating agreement with ENHAS, demanded financial accounting,  Kutesa threatened to kill him, Uganda's Parliament was told.

 

The national carrier subsequently collapsed. When The Black Star news published an article earlier this year and linked to the transcript of the debate on Uganda's Parliamentary website it was disabled, before being restored days later. Kutesa was accused of involvement in embezzlement of millions of dollars in funds allocated for Uganda to host the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (Chogm) in 2007. In a memo to the State Department later published on WikiLeaks, former U.S. ambassador to Uganda Jerry Lanier disclosed that the U.K. government had considered sanctions against Kutesa over the alleged Chogm embezzlement. In the January 13, 2010 memo, Lanier in part wrote that "The U.K. is considering visa restrictions for senior Ugandan officials guilty of misusing $27 million allocated to the November 2007 Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Kampala. The British say their primary target is Foreign Minister Sam Kutesa...."  The Lanier memo also added, "We regard Kutesa's corruption as egregious...."

Kutesa was also accused in Uganda's Parliament of accepting millions of dollars in

bribes from foreign oil companies. Kutesa belongs to an elite group of untouchables in Uganda.

 

His daughter is married to Brigadier Muhoozi Kaenerugaba, Gen. Museveni's son, and commander of Uganda's Special Forces. It's widely believed Museveni is grooming Kaenerugaba for succession. Kutesa was elected UN General Assembly President in June after surviving a challenge sparked by an online petition campaign that garnered more than 15,000 signatures and opposed his candidacy due to, in addition to corruption, his backing of Uganda's anti-Gay law which contravenes the UN's principles ensuring universal human rights. Now he faces questions about his business practices involving ENHAS and the United Nations.

 

The UN itself now faces questions about the sudden disablement of the links to ENHAS invoices. It appears some of the corrupt practices Kutesa has become notorious for in Uganda, as noted in ambassador Lanier's memo, have arrived with him on Ban ki-Moon's door steps at UN headquarters. The Black Star News couldn't reach Kutesa through the United Nations this evening.

 

Editor's Note: Readers including U.S taxpayers should call Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon's office at (212) 963 1234 and inquire about the possible abuse of their money and also tell their members of Congress to demand answers from the U.N.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Do not repeat mistakes in Somalia – Museveni urges UN Security Council

Museveni speaks to United Nations, Secretary-General António Guterres

10 March, 2018

Kampala, Uganda 

President Yoweri Museveni has called upon the United Nations Security Council not to repeat previous mistakes made in Somalia.

Museveni made the remarks at the Summit of Heads of State and Government of Troop Contributing Countries (TCCs) to the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) held at Speke resort Munyonyo Hotel in Kampala.

“If we do things right, chances are Somalia will be much better anytime soon. Let us avoid new mistakes,” he said.  Museveni convened the Summit in the wake of the challenges AMISOM was facing, characterized by a mismatch between the mission ideals and resources.

It also followed the adoption of the UN Security Council resolution 2372 of 30th August 2017 whose main thrust was the phased reduction and drawdown of AMISOM troops by 2020.

Museveni mandated the African Union Commissioner, Mr. Moussa Faki Mahamat to communicate to the UN Security Council the decisions and recommendations of the Kampala Summit.

Troop Contributing Countries (TCCs) to the African Union-led Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) include Burundi, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda.

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The mistakes made in Somalia comes from African leaders who do not want to leave power and instead reinforce themselves in power-capture for the rest of their lives. The UN manifesto and constitution have never made any mistakes and have never changed since 1945.

 

 

 

 

 

 

5 Somali soldiers killed in related attacks

March 2, 2018

Written by Observer Media Ltd

 

At least five soldiers and a suicide bomber were killed in two related incidents in Somalia early Friday, according to Somali government and security officials.

Somali authorities say the bomber rammed a minivan full of explosives into the main gate of a military base in the town of Afgoye, about 30 kilometers (20 miles) northwest of the capital, Mogadishu. It was the second suicide strike against Somali security forces in 24 hours.

 

"The guards at the base prevented him from entering inside and he blew himself up at the gate, killing one soldier," said Abdifitah Haji Abdulle, deputy governor for the Lower Shabelle region. "The bomber and the soldier died on the spot."

Three other soldiers were injured in the initial attack, a police commander told local radio. Later, a truck carrying the wounded soldiers from the military base struck a roadside bomb, according to security officials, who asked for anonymity because they were not authorized to speak to the media.

They said at least four more soldiers were killed and another two were injured. It was not clear whether any of those killed were among the initially injured. Abdulle could not confirm the death toll, but said the number was "quite significant."

According to Morad News, al-Shabab claims they have killed over 80 Burundian soldiers, burned 7 vehicles with food supplies. Somali government has confirmed the casualties but gave no numbers. 

Somali troops stationed at the base were trained by the United Arab Emirates. On Thursday, at least two soldiers were killed and five other people wounded in an al-Shabab suicide car bomb attack at a checkpoint 15 kilometres outside Mogadishu.

Second attack Friday

In another attack Friday, heavily armed militants briefly took control of Bal'ad, a town about 30 kilometres from Mogadishu.

Residents said they saw militants enter early Friday after forcing Somali government soldiers to withdraw. Residents reported that the Somali troops, along with troops from the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), remained in the southern corner of the town while militants advanced.

"They entered the town from three directions and took positions at the police headquarters and the district headquarters. They hoisted their black flag on top of some of the buildings," one witness said.

The insurgents later voluntarily withdrew as government soldiers and troops from AMISOM sent reinforcements near the town. 

 

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North America left this African Islamic Republic State of Somalia a long time ago because the threat to its internal and international Security is no more as one can see very well in Afghanistan and Syria. Exactly what is the threat of the Somalia civil war to Uganda, Sudan, Ethiopia, Kenya, Burundi and Ruanda or the Congo? If there is no threat, why are these poor African countries colonising this country with the determined efforts of the United Nation?

 

 

 

 

 

The African continent countries are spending 80 billion dollars annually to try without success to achieve Sustainable Development Goals that go up to 2030:

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An illustration of Rudo Kwaramba-Kayombo, The executive director of One, an advocacy group championing measures to end extreme poverty. ILLUSTRATION | JOHN NYANGAH | NATION 

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 By Victor Kiprop
The UN’s Sustainable Development Goals are meant to end poverty by 2030. However, several reports have shown that we are not on track. Are these goals still achievable?

Ending poverty in the world and mainly in Africa by 2030 remains an achievable target, but only if leaders put in place proper policies and implement them with the sense of urgency that it deserves.

Good policies will not only grow investments in agriculture and meet the Malabo Commitments but also plug the leakages that cost the continent about $80 billion every year through illicit capital outflows that could be invested locally.

What is the role of education in the journey towards ending poverty?

Education is a catalyst, it unlocks potential. Once you’re more educated you are able to engage in becoming a productive labour force. We need more people with scientific knowledge and technical skills so that they can create employment and not always wait to be employed.

ONE has been pushing the “poverty is sexist” narrative lately. Tell us about it

Unfortunately because of several factors, poverty has a woman’s face on it.

For instance, women form 55 per cent of the labour force in the agricultural sector but very often they do not have ownership of the land, meaning that they don’t control the income.

We are pushing for more measures that give equal opportunities to women as men in education, industry and leadership.

As at 2016, about 30 million people who had escaped poverty were at risk of falling back. How can we not only lift people from poverty but also push them into prosperity?

This is actually a major setback in the journey towards ending poverty in the continent and this is why we launched “sustainable” development goals in 2015, which not only seek development but sustainable development.

We need to have country, community and household-driven anti-poverty initiatives that the people we are trying to pull out of poverty fully understand and own.

We need to move from just giving aid to providing loans for small businesses, so that the people can make investments and have the energy to sustain them on their own.

Many African countries have been put on the spot for investing in multi-billion infrastructure projects while a significant amount of population is hungry. What are your thoughts on this?

Many African countries suffer from mismatched priorities. The 10 per cent of GDP investment agriculture committed by African leaders in the 2003 Maputo Declaration, which only 10 of them have achieved so far is a classic example.

If we don’t invest adequately in Agriculture, our farmers will not have enough fertilisers and quality seeds; and our potential to feed ourselves and the world will never be realised.

It’s important to have good roads, railways and airports but it’s more important to be able feed your people.

Africa remains the world’s poorest continent despite being ranked the richest in terms of unutilised resources. Why?

Africa is, and will sadly remain the poorest continent for quite some time because we don’t have responsible leadership, and we as citizens are not holding them accountable.

We cannot end poverty end Africa if we still allow corrupt individuals to buy our votes, suffer through their terms are re-elect them without ever asking why they have failed to meet the commitments they made in the last elections.

Ending corruption — a major cause of poverty in Africa — was the theme of the 30th AU Heads of State Summit. What is your call?

We are calling on African leaders to move from rhetoric and actually come up with individual national action plans on how they will end corruption in their countries.

Every country should come up with plans that can be tracked and progress reported, establish mechanisms of tracking it and share the same with other stakeholders. Without such, it is difficult and to hold them accountable, and even more cumbersome to deliver on the set targets.

 

 

The Kenya and Uganda African leadership persist on playing political games with the lives of the African people in the African country of South Sudan:

Uhuru Kenyatta, Salva Kiir and Yoweri Museveni.

Kenya's President Uhuru Kenyatta (left), Uganda's Yoweri Museveni (right) and Salva Kiir of South Sudan (centre). Uganda and Kenya are accused of insincerity in the South Sudan peace initiative. FILE PHOTO | PPU 

South Sudanese lobbies have spelt out four key issues that could be obstacles to the February peace talks.

The groups say that the Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (Igad) should address the lack of a mechanism for monitoring ceasefires and armed groups that were left out of the cessation of hostilities agreement such as that led by Gen Peter Gatdet; the continued confinement of Dr Riek Machar in South Africa; the controversial 32 states; and the role of two key Igad members Uganda and Kenya, who are perceived to have taken sides.

Experts on South Sudan say that unless these key issues are addressed, the talks could be in jeopardy from the various interest groups.

Rev Paul Yugusuk, the Anglican archbishop in charge of the Equatoria Province, told The EastAfrican that the lack of serious monitoring mechanism is the biggest weakness to the peace process where warring parties violate a ceasefire comfortable in the knowledge that there would be no sanctions.

He said that the Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Commission, led by Festus Mogae, and the Transitional Security Arrangements Monitoring Mechanism, have proved that they are incapable of holding the antagonists to account.

Since the cessation of hostilities agreement was signed in Addis Ababa on December 21, both the government of President Salva Kiir and the rebel Sudanese Peoples’ Liberation Movement-In Opposition (SPLM-IO) have traded accusations of the five violations that have occurred.

 

Foreign interests

 

The second biggest issue concerns the interests of Uganda and Kenya, which are seen to be an obstacle to the final solution.

Uganda, having deployed troops on the side of President Kiir when the war started in 2013, civil society claim that Kampala is opposed to an arms embargo since it is the main supplier of weapons to government forces.

According to the chairman of the Senior Youth of South Sudan, Gabriel Dak, the issue of interests of some countries in the region has been an obstacle.

“Uganda has been part and parcel of the war. Although President Yoweri Museveni has tried to unite three SPLM factions, there is concern that Uganda’s support emboldens President Kiir to continue pursuing a military solution,” said Mr Dak.

Kenya — which is the rapporteur of the August 2015 peace agreement — is now being accused by the rebels of favouring President Kiir by allowing the abduction and deportation of SPLM-IO members who live in the country.

After facilitating the deportation of the former spokesman of Dr Machar, James Gatdet in 2016, Nairobi is now being accused of allowing the recent abduction and deportation of rebel appointed governor of Kapoeta State, Marko Lokidor Lochapio, who was abducted from Kakuma Refugee Camp.

 

According to the SPLM-IO deputy military spokesman, Col Gabriel Lam, Mr Lochapio was driven to Nadapal where he was handed over to South Sudan national security service.

The third challenge is the government’s opposition to the inclusion of the controversial 32 states in the Igad revitalisation programme with insiders saying it is an internal matter, while the regional body has identified it as source of fresh conflicts that are not related to the dispute between President Kiir and Dr Machar.

The fourth challenge is whether to allow Dr Machar to directly participate in the process.

“The main objective of the revitalisation process is to identify the problem and Dr Machar is one of the problems, so he should be allowed to part of the solution,” said Mr Dak.

 

 

 

 

 

France ends probe into the 1994 assassination of the former President of  Rwanda:

This file photo taken on August 3, 1975 shows

This file photo taken on August 3, 1975 shows Rwandan president General Juvenal Habyarimana during a OUA (Organization of African Unity) summit in Kampala, Uganda. AFP PHOTO 

By AFP

French anti-terror judges have ended an investigation into the missile attack on a plane that killed former Rwandan president Juvenal Habyarimana, sparking Rwanda's 1994 genocide, legal sources said on Thursday.

The long-running probe has been a major source of tension between the two countries following accusations that a Tutsi militia headed by current Rwandan President Paul Kagame was responsible for the attack on the plane in April 1994.

A missile strike near Kigali's airport sparked 100 days of slaughter of the Tutsi ethnic minority by members of Habyarimana's Hutu ethnic group, leaving about 800,000 people dead.

Kigali has long accused France of complicity in the genocide by supporting the Hutu regime, training the soldiers and militiamen who carried out the killings.

Ties had been on the mend until 2014 when Kagame repeated accusations that French soldiers had been involved in the bloodbath.

The relationship took an even worse turn when the French judiciary decided in October 2016 to reopen an investigation into the attack on the plane, as the French crew was among the victims.

In October, sources close to the probe said that the judges had heard from a new witness who claimed to have seen the surface-to-air missiles used to launch the attack at the headquarters of Kagame's militia.

The testimony corroborates other versions of events that point the finger at Kagame's regime.

French authorities have been investigating the strike as French citizens were among those killed aboard Habyarimana's plane.

A total of seven people have been charged in France over the deaths, including Rwanda's current defence minister, James Kabarebe, and Franck Nziza who allegedly fired the missile.

 

 

 

 

The African country of Egypt has walked out of the River Nile Basin International Summit, very unhappy indeed:

The ancient banks of the River Nile on the continent of Africa.

2nd December 2017

Written by ABUBAKER MAYEMBA

Egyptian officials attending the Nile Basin Discourse Summit (NBDS) on Thursday walked out of the meeting aimed at promoting development in the catchment area.

Trouble began at around 4pm when officials from Egypt showed discontent at how the summit organisers were selecting the day’s main speakers. The Egyptians especially complained on why only presenters from Ethiopia were chosen to present without giving them (Egyptians) the opportunity.  
Organisers of the  Kampala summit had planned that after lunch, a panel of experts would be selected to make various presentations on how all the Nile Basin countries can harness development in the catchment area. But mid-way through the announcements, two Egyptians officials (male and female) stood up in protest saying the organisers’ aim was to sideline their country by stopping them from presenting.

“They have chosen four Ethiopians to speak and they haven’t given us a chance to present. Why have they refused us from speaking?” protested one of the unidentified Egyptian male official who was later joined by his colleagues in protest.  Adding: “This is really unfair to us and our country and we won’t allow it. They are making Egypt look bad.”

 

Officials outside the meeting room

Officials from participating countries like those from Sudan tried to calm the situation but their Egyptian counterparts couldn’t have anymore of the “insults” and vowed not to go back to the summit.  

According to an insider, Egypt only tried to politicise the issue because the summit wasn’t political at all as it’s intentions were not to discuss the contentious articles in the Cooperative Framework Agreement (CFA).

Under the CFA, all countries want to have equal shares to the Nile waters but Egypt maintains that the colonial agreements give it more power. It hasn’t ratified the CFA and maintains that all countries in the catchment should first seek permission from it before they set up any project on the Nile. The other countries object this.

“The Egyptians and Ethiopians act this way every time we have discussions pertaining the Nile and it’s these issues that are slowing us down. The Ethiopian presenters were only chosen to sit on the panel of experts to discuss how we can promote development in the Nile Basin. They were not even going to talk about their issues with Egypt,” said an official who preferred anonymity.

In 2011, Ethiopia embarked on a project to construct the Grand Renaissance Dam on the Nile, the largest power plant in Africa, but ever since then it has come under intense attack from Egypt. The predominantly Arab country argues that its 94 million people depend on the river for water and construction of the $4.2bn dam will disrupt the flow of the Nile River and sees it as a national water security threat.

The colonial treaties signed between Egypt and Britain in 1929 and 1959 give the Arab Country close to 90 per cent rights to the Nile waters. Recent calls for studies to find out the potential effects of the Renaissance Dam have yielded no results as Sudan, Ethiopia and Egypt have failed to agree on which consultancy firm should do the job.

Speaking at the two-day summit, Prof Muawia Shaddad, the incoming NBDS chairperson, observed that the Nile Basin was faced with a lot of challenges. He noted that problems like climate change, population outburst, poverty would be sorted if Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) under NBDF were involved in the activities of the Nile Basin Initiative (NBI).

Shaddad explained that now that the Nile Council of Ministers(Nile-COM) had approved NBI’s strategic 10-year plan, the CSOs would work together with the initiative to address a number of bottlenecks. At the same event, a three-year memorandum of understanding was signed between NBDS and NBI aimed at achieving the latter’s strategic plan.  
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For ages the Nile water has flowed without any African quarrels. Now that there are negative and postive environment changes on the continent, the badly mismanaged black African countries are being fore warned. Why cut all the ever green forests of the tropics for cheap energy when at the same time you are building huge hydro-electric dams for energy? A country like Ethiopia and Egypt have so much potential for Solar energy to mess about the natural out flow of this great ancient river.

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For ages the Nile water has flowed without any African quarrels. Now that there are negative and postive environment changes on the continent, the badly mismanaged black African countries are being fore warned. Why cut all the ever green forests of the tropics for cheap energy when at the same time you are building huge hydro-electric dams for energy? A country like Ethiopia and Egypt have so much potential for Solar energy to mess about with the natural out flow of this great ancient river.

 

 

 

 


 
Church & State, Politics & Gender or similar alliances are complex.
 
This is how U.P.Congress & many are winding up with no First lady
 
 
Peace To The World.

On Sat, Nov 18, 2017
 
By bobbyalcantara94@gmail.com

 
Why are  Luo politicians the most laughed at characters in Ugandan politics.? Take James Akena and Norbert Mao as examples.
 
These two men, supposedly leaders of factions of the oldest parties in the land, have allowed their wives to jump into bed with the pot-bellied Rwandan outlaw kayibanda Museveni. Can you imagine any self-respecting Luo man allowing his wife to jump into bed with a Rwandan barbarian? Can you imagine  anything more demeaning and embarrasing?
 
To make it worse, their wives' dalliance with Kayibanda has led directly to collapse of both of their marriages. Everybody knows Kayibanda is a notorious abuser of women. Right from the go, when he murdered his own wife Hope Kwaheru in Dar es Salam in 1976 and made her body disappear, never to be seen again; to when he murdered  Black Mwesigwa, also in Tanzania and took over his girl-friend Janet kataha, the fat-arsed woman who he nowadays calls his wife. In the bushes of Luwero, Kayibanda kept several women captives and used them as his sex slaves. These women include Mrs Getrude Njuba, whtih whom he sired 2 children. In his government of occupation, Kayibanda has openly operated a harem at his so-called State House.Every woman he has appointed to his cabinet has also had to serve as his mistress or concubine, providing him with regular sexual services.. Appointing women to his cabinet was just a convenient excuse for him to have easy access to their vaginas. He abused women such as Mrs Njuba, Mrs Bigombe. Mrs Amelia Kyambadde, Mrs Kazibwe and countless others. He has now recently added on Jenniffer Musisi and your former boss Beti Kamya to his list of sexual captives.
 
A man with such a long and , chequered history of abuse of women is not a person that any self-respecting man would allow his wife or daughter to get into any close proximity with, let alone work with.
 
But beyond Kayibanda's record as a rapist, murderer and serial abuser of woman, lets look at the political angle as well.
 
Why Would Mao, a leader of the opposition, allow his wife to work as Secretary of Kayibanda Museveni, a monster running a corrupt government of occupation, moreover one who carried out genocide against his own  own people- a genocide that claimed an estimated 500,000 lives.?
 
Why would James Akena allow his wife to work as minister in the corrupt government of occupation, a government made of mosters who carried out genocide against his own people, and continues to do so up to today? Why would James Akena allow his wife to be used as a battering ram by the Rwandan outlaw to force through his land-grab policies, moreover a policy bitterly opposed by his own party, and a policy that goes against the founding principles of his own party?
 
Comrade Akim Odong, if you can come up with answers to these questions, then there will be no need to ask further why the people of Lango gave James Akena an ultimatum to leave Beti Amongi or face being ostracised and totally disowned. Akena's political career is now probably dead in the water because of his  and his wife's shameful association with the Rwandan occupation of Uganda, But he needs to keep the little of the dignity he has left,  and abandoning Beti Amongi is the quid pro quo he has had to pay. It is a heavy price for him but he must pay it if he still wants to be considered a Lango man.. Beti Amongi is an untouchable among the Lango people. In the entire history of Lango, only two people have been declared  untouchable; one was a colonial chief who was considered a traitor, and the last one was Kassim Obura, Idi Amin's  blood-soaked head of the  notorious Public Safety Unit, responsible for murdering at least 300,000 Acholi and Langi people. . Beti Amongi now joins this Gallery Of Shame as she has enterred the lexicon as No.3 of the Most Hated Lango Persons Of All Time.
 
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This is the local news paper anouncing the seperation of this marriage. 
 
 
 
 

The Government of Uganda is being sued over its random arrests using the force of the Uganda army:

17 November, 2017

Written by Derrick Kiyonga

In light of the military’s repeated arrests of civilians, two human rights lawyers have petitioned court, challenging the practice as inconsistent with the current constitutional order.

The lawyers have also challenged the tendency of both the army and police of parading suspects before journalists even before they are charged in court.

Jeremiah Keeya Mwanje and Lawrence Alinaitwe say in the preamble of their 10-page petition filed in the Constitutional Court on Wednesday that they are aggrieved by the continuous violation of constitutional provisions by Uganda’s military and police forces.

“That since the coming into force of the Uganda People’s Defence Forces Act 2005, the armed forces have been deployed within Uganda in instances not warranted under the constitution,” they say.

Frank Gashumba was one of the people arrested by the army

The petition has been filed at a time military intelligence is taking a prominent role in what is usually considered to be police work, reportedly investigating even suspected homicide cases.

Mwanje, who says in his affidavit that he studied  human rights, constitutional history and constitutional law at Makerere university, observes that the army should not deploy within the country except in emergency situations and in cases of natural disasters.  

While adopting the draft of the 1995 constitution on September 22, 1995, he points out that the Constituent Assembly delegates recalled Uganda’s turbulent history.

“That by allowing the army to [get] involved in civilian matters is an attempt to return to the days of tyranny and oppression …a situation that the constituent assembly sought to guard us from...” Mwanje says.

Top police officers including Senior Commissioner of Police Joel Aguma; Senior Superintendent of Police Nixon Agasirwe; Assistant Superintendent of Police James Magada; Sgt Abel Tumukunde; Faisal Katende of the Flying Squad and Amon Kwerisima were recently arrested by the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence for the alleged kidnap and forced repatriation of Rwandan and South Sudanese refugees.  

Civilians charged alongside these officers were Rene Rutagungira, a Rwandese and Bahati Mugenga Irunga, a Congolese national.

On October 28, CMI struck again, this time arresting social activist, businessman and political commentator, Frank Gashumba and his brother Innocent Kasumba for suspected fraud and allegedly being in possession of narcotics.  

Then on November 7, shabbily dressed individuals brandishing guns violently re-arrested some of the suspects in the murder of Assistant Inspector General of Police Andrew Felix Kaweesi, moments after they had been granted bail at Nakawa magistrates court.

Ahmed Ssenfuuka rearrested shortly after being released on bail

Army spokesman Richard Karemire admitted that these were their men. Mwanje and Alinaitwe say that the arrest and detention of civilians by the army in matters of a civilian nature contravenes Articles 208, 209 and 221 of the constitution.   

They also challenge the notorious practice of parading suspects before the media, arguing that this contravenes Articles 24, 28 and 44 (a) and (c) of the constitution.

Alinaitwe, in his affidavit, says Article 24 provides for the respect of human dignity and protection from inhuman treatment which he says is a non-derogable right under Article 44(a) of the constitution.    

“That the continued acts of the defence and police forces parading handcuffed suspects are in violation of Article 24 of the 1995 constitution of the republic Uganda,” depones Arinaitwe, adding: “That the constitution of the republic of Uganda under Article 28(3)(a) provides for the presumption of innocence  until one is proved guilty or until that person has pleaded guilty.”   

According to Alinaitwe, he is aware that Gashumba was arrested and paraded at a press conference by Lt Col Deo Akiiki, the deputy army spokesman on November 5.

“That in my understanding of the law, the above acts by the UPDF and other security agencies like the police are a violation of article 24, 28 and 44(a) and (c) of the constitution…,”  Alinaitwe says.   

Further, the petition challenges the deployment of the army to police civilians on grounds that this contravenes Article 209 of the constitution, which lays out the role of the army.

dkiyonga@observer.ug

 

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As the President of Uganda is now an acclaimed African Statesman, is this the kind of law and order he is trying to export to African countries of Somalia, Sudan, and Burundi?

 

 

 

 

The United States of America asks Amisom troops to stay on in Somalia despite their dictatorial governance in their own countries:

America is promising these African countries bribe money to stay put in this suffering country of wars:

The first withdrawal of Amisom peacekeepers

The first withdrawal of Amisom peacekeepers from Somalia which will be on a pro rata basis, will see each of the five countries reduce their troops by four per cent.  

By FRED OLUOCH

The UN directive for a phased withdrawal of African peacekeepers from Somalia next month has been opposed by the US, which believes the timing is not right given the terrorist threat in the Horn of Africa.

The US State Department has warned that extremism could escalate in the region if the withdrawal goes through, especially now that Al Shabaab has increased the number of suicide bombings such as the October 14 attack in Mogadishu that killed over 300.

The UN Security Council has endorsed the withdrawal of another 1,000 troops from Somalia by May next year largely with finance, rather than security, as a key consideration after the EU cut its funding to Amisom.

Amisom has been asking for an additional 8,000 troops to bring the total number to 29,000 to cover areas that are not under its control but the troop contributing countries (Burundi, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya and Uganda) have not been receptive.

UN Resolution 2372

Wohlers Marion, who is Foreign Service Officer at the State Department, told The EastAfrican that the US does not expect any troop withdrawals in December as Washington is ready to keep providing training, equipment, logistics, and advisory support in order to build a Somali force capable of operating alongside, and eventually replacing, the African Union Mission.

“We do not support further drawdown of forces beyond that level at this time, due to ongoing security concerns. The United States supports a conditions-based Amisom drawdown that is tied to the development of capable, professional Somali security forces,” said Mr Marion.

The planned withdrawal is tied to the reduction of the Amisom force mandated by the UN Security Council 2372 Resolution made in August, which is to be carried out by the end of 2017.

According to the UN timetable, Amisom will withdraw 1,000 troops by December and another 1,000 in May next year. The final withdrawal of the 21,000-strong Amisom is set for 2020.

While Amisom continues to receive financial, logistical and equipment support from multilateral donors, the reduction of the EU annual stipend to Amisom from $200 million to $160 million has affected operations.

The EU asked the AU to find alternative sources of funding, and the continental Peace and Security Council has been trying to reach out to counties in the Gulf to fill the gap.

The EU provided $1.68 billion to Amisom between 2004 and 2017. This includes the $189.5 million earmarked for the period April–December 2017.

Amisom benefits from a UN logistical support package, donations, and voluntary contributions to the UN managed Trust Fund. The EU provides the resources needed for paying troop allowances and related expenses within the framework of the African Peace Facility.

Joint operations

Mwenda Njoka, spokesperson for the Kenyan Interior Ministry, said that Kenya’s objectives in going into Somalia in 2011 have been largely met, as Kenya sought to secure its borders and dilute Al Shabaab’s capacity to attack the country.

“We have seen attacks in Nairobi and Mombasa decline significantly except in parts of northern Kenya where there are limited opportunistic attacks using improvised explosive devices. We continue to increase border security along the 700km boundary and we are in the process of flushing out Al Shabaab from Boni forest,” said Mr Njoka.

Amisom spokesperson Col Wilson Rono insisted that the withdrawal will proceed as scheduled. “The numbers will come from all the six sectors. The recent attacks will not disturb the programme unless we are instructed to the contrary by the UN Security Council and the AU,” said Col Rono.

Ugandan troops

But Uganda has offered to send 5,000 troops to Somalia outside Amisom provided the international community commits resources for the operations. President Yoweri Museveni in September gave the offer to Donald Yamamoto, US acting Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs.

The first withdrawal which will be on a pro rata basis, will see each of the five countries reduce their troops by four per cent. Uganda, with the highest number of troops in Amisom (6,223) will send home about 250 troops, followed by Burundi with 5,432 troops which will release 217 soldiers.

Ethiopia with 4,395 troops will pull back 176, Kenya’s 3,664 will be whittled down by 146 and Djibouti’s 1,000 troops will make do without 40.

Nonetheless, police contributing countries like Burundi, Gambia, Ghana, Kenya, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Uganda and Zimbabwe will contribute 500 officers to beef up the Somalian police service across the country.

Amisom civilian head Francisco Madeira, who is also the special representative of the AU Commission chairperson said the reduction in peacekeepers would run concurrently with the Somali National Army (SNA) assuming the country’s security responsibilities.

Amisom launched a massive operation on November 6 to flush out Al Shabaab militants from Lower Shabelle and secure main supply routes in the area.

Amisom is supposed to train and equip at least 30,000 SNA troops to take over once they leave.

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A United Nation report is out on the never ending civil wars on the African continent:

The Islamic State led by Sheikh Afdulqader Mumin is trying to survive in Somalia:

ISIS

Islamic State insurgents. The faction in Somalia has grown significantly over the past year, carrying out attacks in Puntland and receiving some funding from Syria and Iraq. AFP PHOTO 

An Islamic State faction in Somalia has grown significantly over the past year, carrying out attacks in Puntland and receiving some funding from Syria and Iraq, a report by UN sanctions monitors said on Friday.
The faction loyal to Sheikh Abdulqader Mumin was targeted by US drone strikes last week in the first US operation targeting IS in the Horn of Africa, US Africa Command said.

In the report, the UN monitoring group for Somalia said the IS faction, which was estimated in 2016 "to number not more than a few dozen, has grown significantly in strength" and may "consist of as many as 200 fighters."
Phone records from Mumin showed he was in contact with an IS operative in Yemen who acts as an intermediary with senior IS leaders in Iraq and Syria "though the exact nature of this contact is unclear," said the report.

Former members of the faction who defected in December said the Mumin group received orders as well as financing from Iraq and Syria, the report said.
The group captured the town of Qandala in Puntland's Bari region in October 2016, declaring it the seat of the Islamic Caliphate in Somalia before being pushed out two months later by Puntland forces backed by US military advisers.

In February, IS gunmen stormed a hotel in Bosaso, the economic capital of Puntland and in May the faction carried out its first suicide attack at a police checkpoint near Bosaso, killing five people. 
"The group showed signs of increasing tactical capabilities during its first attack target a hotel," said the UN monitors.

Haven for foreign fighters
The UN report raised concerns that the Bari region could become a potential haven for foreign IS fighters as the extremists are driven out of their strongholds in Syria and Iraq.
The IS group in Somalia "presents more natural appeal to foreign terrorist fighters than Al-Shabaab," whose aim is to establish a state government by Islamic law, it added.

Al-Shabaab, another Islamist militant group, is affiliated with IS's global rival Al-Qaeda.
The Bari region has attracted a limited number of foreign fighters including Sudanese national Abu Faris who is on the US terror list for recruiting foreign fighters for Al-Shabaab.

While the faction is expanding, its fighters appear to be poorly paid or not paid at all.
Unmarried fighters receive no salary, while married militants receive $50 per month plus $10-$20 per child, depending on the age.
The report estimated that the salary payments were between $3,000 and $9,000 per month, allowing IS leaders "to fund its insurgency on a limited budget".

UN monitors said the faction will likely face frequent defections from poorly paid fighters, a problem that also affects Al-Shabaab.