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DRC Uganda commit to boost security, trade and social welfare

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President Museveni and Felix Tshisekedi, the President of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) have committed to boost security, trade and social welfare through stronger ties.

Tshisekedi is on a three-day visit to Uganda.  

In a joint press conference at Statehouse Entebbe on Saturday, the two leaders pledged to work together on joint projects that will facilitate trade, social welfare and security in the region. This will include the construction of roads from Uganda to the cities of Goma, Buni and Beni.

Museveni said that the construction of the roads will boost the social welfare of citizens from both countries. 

Interview: South Sudan?Where to from Here?

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An exclusive interview with Mabior Garang de Mabior, Spokesperson for the Sudan’s People’s Liberation Movement-in-Opposition (SPLM-IO)

INSET: South Sudan is hurtling toward a November 12 deadline to form a transitional government to end 6 years of fighting that has killed over 400,000 and created 2.3 million refugees. The country descended into war on December 15, 2013, two years after becoming the world’s newest state. The conflict started as a dispute between President Salva Kiir and former Vice President, Dr. Riek Machar over the party nomination of its presidential flag-bearer. A heated December 13 meeting of the party leadership failed to resolve the issue. Within a few days fighting broke out in the military between Kiir and Machar loyalists, effectively cutting it in half.

In 2015, the Agreement for the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan (ARCSS), was brokered to end the fighting but it fell apart in 2016 after fighting recurred between forces loyal to the two principals. In September 2018, a Revitalized Agreement for the Resolution of the Conflict in South Sudan (R-ARCSS) was concluded to give peace a chance yet again. However, many of the issues that triggered the collapse of the ARCSS remain unresolved, chief among them the security arrangements. Fearing the likelihood of a repeat scenario, the opposition SPLM-IO called for a delay in installing the new government. President Salva Kiir however threatened to move ahead with the agreement with or without the opposition.

DRC militiamen abduct four Ugandan fishermen on Lake Albert

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Four Ugandan fishermen have been abducted on Lake Albert in Hoima district by militiamen reportedly from the Democratic Republic of Congo – DRC.

The abducted fishermen have only been identified as: Okello, Jawia, Onen and Osaga all attached to Kijangi landing site in Buseruka sub county Hoima district.

The fishermen went out fishing on the Lake Albert on Thursday when they were attacked by the suspected militiamen who are alleged to have put them at gun point before crossing with them to the DR Congo together with their fishing gear including a boat, engine and 16 sets of fishing nets.

Uganda ,other African military chiefs discuss Great Lakes security issues

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Senior military officers from five African Great Lakes countries met on Thursday to discuss violence which plagues part of their region, sources said.

A military official said senior officers from Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda gathered in the eastern town of Goma, in DRC’s North Kivu province.

“(They) are discussing security in the Great Lakes region. The insecurity concerns every country, not just the DRC,” the source said.

DRC armed forces spokesman General Leon-Richard Kasonga said the meeting, which would end on Friday, “aims at concluding our strategic thinking on sharing our efforts for peace to become a reality.”

A rapper’s quest to be president

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Bobi Wine wants to unseat Uganda’s entrenched ruler. Can he stir a youth revolution here and across Africa? 

The dirt road running through this ramshackle village is packed with a rapturous crowd of cheering young men and women. Car horns shriek. Dance music blares from sound systems. Pandemonium reigns as Bobi Wine, rapper-turned-politician, pushes through the mob.

“People power,” chant his supporters.

“Our power,” echo others.

As security men carve a path for him through the adoring throng, Mr. Wine, in his signature red beret, acknowledges the adulation with a smile and a clenched-fist salute. But today he makes no fiery speeches that might provoke a response from the Ugandan government, with which he has often clashed. He is simply here to plant a small tree in memory of his driver, who was shot dead exactly one year earlier, and his demeanor is as grave as his admirers are boisterous.

USA accepts to intervene in Egypt-Ethiopia Nile dam dispute

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Egypt has accepted a US invitation for a meeting with Sudan and Ethiopia over a protracted Nile dam dispute, the foreign ministry said.

The meeting, to be held in Washington, would bring together foreign ministers from the three Nile basin countries to try to break the stalemate in talks on Ethiopia’s giant hydropower dam.

Egypt’s foreign ministry said late Tuesday that Cairo had “immediately accepted” the invitation from Washington, without specifying when the meeting would take place.

President Museveni hails AU and SADC for adopting Swahili

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President Yoweri Museveni has hailed a decision by African leaders to adopt swahili as the official language at key regional and continental bodies.

“I am happy that both the African Union and SADC have adopted Swahili as a common language. If anyone does not have the spectacles to see that despite Africa having many tribes and clans, we are similar, we are brothers and sisters, that person should leave us,” he said at celebrations in Sironko to mark Uganda’s 57th independence anniversary.

Pursuit underway for agents luring Ugandan youths into joining South Sudan rebels

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Kitgum district security committee is pursuing a group of people who are allegedly luring Ugandan youths to engage in subversive activities against the South Sudan government.

Kitgum Resident District Commissioner William Komakech says that the impending hunt is intended to bring to book all persons who have reportedly duped unsuspecting victims through a syndicate job recruitment scam. He, however, declined to divulge details on the identities of the alleged rebel recruiters.

Komakech was speaking before a section of parents of Lagoro sub county whose sons recently returned after escaping from the hands of alleged rebel’s groups operating in the jungles of South Sudan.

Robert Mugabe’s family agree to burial at ‘heroes’ monument

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The family of former Zimbabwe leader Robert Mugabe have agreed to bury him at a monument for national heroes in Harare, the family said on Friday, though the date for the ceremony remained unclear.

Mugabe died in Singapore last week aged 95, leaving Zimbabweans deeply divided over the legacy of a leader once lauded as an anti-colonial guerrilla hero, but whose 37-year iron-fisted rule ended in a coup in 2017.

His family and President Emmerson Mnangagwa, a former Mugabe ally who turned against him, had been at odds over where he would be buried after his body returned home on Wednesday from Singapore.

Uganda set to host 55 African Customs experts at Munyonyo next week

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Uganda will next week host Directors General and Commissioners of Customs from 55 African Union (AU) member countries.

The tax leaders will include technocrats from international bodies such as World Customs Organization, UNCTAD, IGAD and various diplomats.

This conference will hold discussions on matters of customs and action points from last year’s 10th meeting held in Moroni Comoros that ended with a Moroni Declaration on Combating Corruption in Customs and the adoption of the AU Draft Trade Facilitation Strategy.

In Munyonyo, the main discussion will be on implementation of the AfCFTA and the theme of the conference is “The Entry into Force of the Agreement establishing the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) – Implications to African Customs Administrations.”

Uganda opposition party youth leader condemns xenophobia in South Africa

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Democratic Party (DP) National Youth Leader Okidi Christopher condemned the ongoing Xenophobic violence in the Republic of South Africa.

A number of people especially those from Nigeria, among other countries including Uganda have been tortured and brutally killed.

“We commiserate with the families that have lost loved ones in this horrendous and primitive act of violence in a country that owes the rest of Africa a lot for their sacrifices to end apartheid.” Says Mr Okidi.

Mr Okidi said that they are aware and contends that the end of the egregious system of administration called apartheid.

South Sudan to boost oil exploration after new oil discovery

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Speaking to reporters in the capital, Juba on Thursday, Chuang said the discovery of the new oil well in Adar oilfields proves the young nation still possess huge amounts of unexploited resources.

“We want to go to the next level of exploration because we have not been fully engaged in exploration in the last few years probably because of instability,” Chuang said.

“With peace coming now, we will be able to move forward and do more exploration.”

Chinese organized crime a more potent threat to Kenya than debt

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“I have carried salt and removed lead”, laments Yeshua ben Sira in the Book of Wisdom, a Christian canon, “and I have not seen anything heavier than that a man should pay back a debt when he did not borrow.”

Had he lived in Kenya, his lament would have been as relevant today as it was then. After all we are now paying back billions of shillings in loans taken in our names for unpopular projects whose viability remains questionable and whose costs were almost certainly inflated.

Historic 17th-century Dutch shipwreck discovered near South African beach

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Archaeologists In South Africa have found the long-lost wreck of a Dutch merchant ship that played a crucial role in the country’s colonial history.

The Dutch East India Company vessel “Haarlem,” or “Nieuw Haarlem,” stranded in Table Bay on the evening of March 25, 1647.

Robbers attack deputy Governor’s convoy, kill three policemen, civilian

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Armed persons on Tuesday attacked the convoy of Nasarawa State Deputy Governor,Emmanuel Akabe, killing three policemen and a civilian.

Mr Akabe was on his way to Abuja on an official engagement when the convoy ran into the attackers, suspected to be armed robbers.

More than 115 migrants feared dead off Libya coast

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Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) said on Tuesday it fears that a boat packed with migrants sunk off the Libyan coast with more than a hundred people dead.

“We have every reason to fear the worst – that over 100 lives were lost and nobody will ever know for sure,” MSF said in a statement on Twitter.