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Friday, August 11th, 2017

 

Uhuru declared winner of Kenya elections, Raila rejects results

President Uhuru Kenyatta has been declared the winner of the just concluded Kenyan elections.  Uhuru won with 8,203,290 (54.27%) votes against Raila Odinga’s 6,762,224 (44.74%) votes. The 2017 general election had a voter turnout of 79.17 percent.  The overall voter turn out was 79.27%.  Kenya electoral laws do not require a rerun if a candidate wins 50%+1. Earlier in the evening while the final vote count was being carried out, the NASA coalition lead by Dr. Raila Odinga walked out of the tally centre at BOMAS in Nairobi saying theyRead More


Oil report for Friday, August 11, 2017

Oil prices were down at the end of the week on fears of lingering oversupply. The U.S. reported a strong drawdown in crude inventories and flat production, although those bullish figures were outweighed slightly by an uptick in gasoline inventories. Investors chose to focus on rising OPEC supply, which led to a selloff in crude on Thursday andFriday. IEA: Oil demand up; oil market rebalancing. In its latest monthly report, the IEA revised up its forecast for oil demand this year to 1.5 mb/d, up 100,000 bpd from last month. Oil demand growthRead More


Uganda civil society decries lack of transparency in govt projects

Civil society organizations that advocate for  transparency in  government  construction  projects  led by CoST  Uganda  have launched their first assurance report  done on five road sector projects  with a proposal to  government to always disclose the full  cycle information  about the projects  to the public. They argue that this can be achieved through making legal reforms in the Public Procurement Act were also procurement entities should consider improving community sensitization and engagement on economic benefits to the citizens. The report read by Eng. Jotham Sempewo notes that most projects sufferedRead More


Museveni supporters are selfish, unpatriotic

MUSEVENI SUPPORTERS ARE SELFISH AND UNPATRIOTIC. FACT MUSEVENI IS A SEPTUAGENARIAN. I don’t blame so much dictator Museveni’s family for doing whatever they can to support Museveni stay as a president of Uganda no matter how old he gets, Museveni represents their future and keeping what they have. Museveni will never divorce himself from his family no matter what happens. It is another thing for an ordinary supporter to keep on supporting a man who has been in power for over thee decades and counting. His supporters cannot see UgandaRead More


Rebels fight to retake Pagak as Germany gives South Sudan $8M

Clashes erupted Friday morning between government and opposition troops in Pagak as rebel fighters attempted to retake their main headquarters, which was seized by government forces last week. Rebel deputy spokesman Lam Paul Gabriel told Radio Tamazuj this afternoon that heavy clashes rocked Pagak this morning as their troops launched a surprise assault on government forces in order to regain their main headquarters. “We attacked the area in the morning and clashes are still ongoing. The government forces are withdrawing from Pagak,” he said. Bol Ruach Rom, a government-appointed governorRead More


Train crash in Egypt’s Alexandria kills 49, injures 123

Two trains collided in Egypt’s coastal city of Alexandria on Friday killing 24 people and injuring more than 55 others, two security sources and one medic said. The crash near the Khorshid station between Alexandria and Cairo route derailed the engine of one train and two cars of the other, state news agency MENA said. State newspaper al-Ahram said 28 bodies had arrived at hospital morgues in Alexandria province. Public prosecutor Nabil Sadek ordered an urgent investigation, it said. The health ministry put its preliminary toll at 20 dead andRead More


Nigerians tell Buhari to return or step down

Nigerian protesters in Lagos and Abuja are demanding President Muhammadu Buhari either resume his job as president or resign, after more than 90 days of absence. Demonstrators have rallied in Abuja for three days, demanding action by the government, with many claiming Buhari’s absence is unacceptable and harmful for the country. “We believe the president has become incapacitated and cannot continue in office, so we are calling for the President to either resume (to continue as president) or resign” Adeyanju Deji, founder of the online campaign #ResumeOrResign, told Al Jazeera. Charles, anotherRead More


BoU holds key lending rate at 10pct

Uganda’s central bank left its key lending rate unchanged at 10 percent on Friday, saying economic activity was picking up. Bank of Uganda Governor Emmanuel Tumusiime-Mutebile said the economy had gathered momentum in first half of 2017 and would grow at 5 to 5.5 pct in 2017/18. “Given the fact that inflation is expected to remain around the medium- term target and that economic activity is picking up, with output approaching potential … the BoU will therefeore leave CBR unchanged,” Tumusiime-Mutebile told a news conference. REUTERS


Trump attacks Mitch McConnell for second day over Senate health policy failure

BEDMINSTER, N.J. (Reuters) – President Donald Trump attacked his own party’s Senate majority leader, Mitch McConnell, for a second day on Thursday, complaining from the steps of his private New Jersey golf club about Republicans’ failure to repeal and replace Obamacare. “I just want him to get repeal and replace done. I’ve been hearing repeal and replace now for seven years … Mitch, get to work and let’s get it done,” Trump told reporters at a briefing on his vacation. In the aftermath of last month’s collapse in the SenateRead More


Musisi fears for her life from angry people in Kampala after murders

Kampala Capital City Authority executive director Jennifer Musisi has raised concerns over her safety and possible threats to her life. Her concerns were communicated to the KCCA special authority meeting by Kampala Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago based on a telephone conversation between the two leaders of the city authority. Lukwago told the meeting that he had been informed by Musisi, that she would not attend the session taking place today at City Hall yesterday over security issues. KCCA executive director Jennifer Musisi Musisi later put the same concerns in writingRead More