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Saturday, August 12th, 2017


PICTURES: Of Museveni’s savagery, Kagame’s crazy and Uhuru’s civilised election rigging

In Uganda, the 31 years old military dictatorship under Museveni changed the constitution to remove the two five years’ term limit to allow Museveni to rule till death. He appoints all the members and staff of the Electoral Commission (EC) and controls its operations. When Ugandans demanded for the independence of the EC, he instead arrogantly added the word Independent to read IEC. He creates geographical electoral constituencies to suit his personal designs. He institutes measures that determine whom he is to compete with. He frames those that he doesn’tRead More

VIDEO: Car rams into crowd at white supremacist rally in Virginia, 3 dead

  A vehicle has plowed into people marching in downtown Charlottesville. Earlier, Virginia declared a local emergency when clashes broke out between white nationalists and counter protests over the removal of a monument. Authorities are on the scene after a vehicle plowed into a group of people marching peacefully through downtown Charlottesville, in the US state of Virginia. Several hundred protesters had gathered to march when the car drove into a group of them. The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) tweeted images from its local chapter showing people with what appeared toRead More

USA, Tanzania sign $225 grant

Dar es Salaam — The governments of United States and Tanzania on Friday signed a grant agreement of $225 million for implementation of various projects in education, health, agriculture and good governance. The agreement comes just a day after the US announced its plan to extend funding support in the next year for implementing various development projects in the country. A press statement from Directorate of Presidential Communication noted that the signing ceremony was held at the Ministry of Finance and Planning between the permanent secretary Doto James and USAIDRead More

South Sudan rebels retake Pagak

South Sudan’s rebels on Saturday said they had wrested control of Pagak, their stronghold town near the country’s border with Ethiopia, from government forces, a day after launching an offensive to drive them out. Formerly controlled by the rebels, the town was captured by South Sudan’s military five days ago but heavy fighting erupted on Friday with rebels vowing to retake it. “We took control of Pagak…government forces are not in Pagak, we have pushed them out,” rebel spokesman Lam Paul Gabriel told Reuters. Dickson Gatluak Jock, spokesman for SouthRead More

Drought kills 2 million animals in Ethiopia

The Food and Agriculture Organisation (FAO) has said that two million animals have been lost to a “devastating” drought in Ethiopia. The UN agriculture agency said that the drought had devastated herders’ livelihoods as it exhausted pastures and water sources. It said the current food and nutrition crisis was significantly aggravated by the severe blow to pastoral livelihoods. “For livestock-dependent families, the animals can literally mean the difference between life and death – especially for children, pregnant and nursing mothers, for whom milk is a crucial source of nutrition. “WithRead More

US Virginia governor declares state of emergency

A white supremacist carries the Confederate flag as he arrives in Charlottesville [J Roberts/Reuters] Unite the Right: White supremacists rally in Charlottesville, Virginia comes a day after far-right activists carried torches and clashed with university students. Hundreds of far-right activists have gathered in the US city of Charlottesville, Virginia, to rally against plans to remove a Confederate statue, prompting the city to declare a “local emergency” amid clashes. Announced on Saturday morning, the declaration of a local emergency has enabled local authorities to obtain additional resources and render the rally anRead More

More than 60 children die in India hospital over lack of oxygen

Officials say all 60 deaths occurred at the Baba Raghav Das Hospital’s paediatric ward [AFP]   Inquiry launched after 60 deaths in Uttar Pradesh hospital over five days amid reports lack of oxygen was to blame. At least 60 children have died over five days at a hospital in eastern India, with local news media reporting that the deaths occurred when a company supplying oxygen cut off supply after a payment dispute. Authorities said on Saturday they have launched an inquiry but denied reports that a lack of oxygen had causedRead More

NASA says 100 killed in post election, rejects Uhuru win

NASA has claimed  that more than 100 people have been killed by police in post-election protests. Gunshots continue as police disperse residents protesting against President Uhuru Kenyatta’s re-election on Friday. A 10-year-old girl was shot dead in Mathare Area 2, while 11 others have been killed in Nairobi and Kisumu. But acting interior CS Fred Matiang’i refuted claims that protesters have been killed by police and cautioned against social media users regarding  fanning violence. “The number includes 10 children. Police have put them in bags to hide them. The violenceRead More

Cancer machine finally arrives before Uganda hosts Muslim medical Association meeting

KAMPALA: After almost two agonising years of waiting, cancer patients will breathe a sigh of relief after the new radiotherapy machine arrived into the country this week. It was shipped from Czech Republic through Mombasa port with guidance of the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), a United Nations body that regulates use of nuclear and atomic energy. Purchased at 642,000 euros (more than Shs2.7b) by both government and IAEA, the machine replaces the old cobalt 60 radiotherapy machine, which broke down beyond repair on March 27, 2016, leaving about 2,000 patientsRead More

VIDEO: Maduro calls urgent summit of 33 regional leaders on Venezuela crisis

Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro on Friday called for an urgent meeting of Latin American and Caribbean leaders to address the crisis in his country. MOSCOW (Sputnik) — He urged the 14-nation Bolivarian Alliance for the Peoples of Our America (ALBA), a regional organization based in Caracas, to help arrange the meeting. “I have formally proposed that El Salvador’s President Salvador Sanchez Ceren… convene an urgent summit of heads of state and government from Latin America and the Caribbean – 33 countries – to bring the Venezuelan issue into focus,” Maduro said in a televised announcement. The alliance has been supportive of aRead More