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Monday, January 22nd, 2018

 

Museveni-inspired development plan falls short of objectives 12 years on

THE EAST AFRICAN – Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni will be disappointed after a progress report on a development blueprint he initiated in 2004 shows that it fell short of its targets. According to the report produced by State House last month, the date by which all activities in the Presidential Investors Round Table (PIRT), should have been accomplished, there were more outstanding issues emanating from the initiative than achievements. The PIRT set out to improve Uganda’s competitiveness in the global economy and service delivery to uplift the population from povertyRead More


Back to the SHITHOLE! 186 South Sudanese face deportation from Australia

RADIO TAMAZUJ – About 186 South Sudanese nationals are currently under detention in Australia and face deportation to their country at any time for immigration violations, a South Sudanese community leader said. Under section 200 of the Migration Act, a non-citizen may be deported from Australia if he or she has been convicted of certain crimes. This criminal deportation power can only apply to a non-citizen who has been in Australia as permanent resident for less than 10 years. Kot Monoah, chairperson of the South Sudanese community in Bictoria, told Radio Tamazuj today that the 186 SouthRead More


Lenders stare at $234.2m loss from Qalaa’s RVR loans default

THE EAST AFRICAN – The move by Qalaa Holdings, the majority shareholder at Rift Valley Railways (RVR), to write off its investment in the Kenya Uganda Railways seems to have sealed the fate of its lenders like African Development Bank (AfDB), Equity Bank and Barclays, who could also now be forced to forgo more than $234.2 million they had advanced the railway operator in 2011. This comes barely seven months after these lenders issued a notice of potential default, citing RVR’s deteriorating operational performance. Qalaa, which was majority shareholder inRead More


Kenyan MP pays for free lunch for 61 schools

DAILY NATION – Khwisero MP Christopher Aseka has begun a free school feeding programme for Class Eight pupils in 61 primary schools in the sub-county. The move aims at providing schools in the deprived communities in the constituency with one nutritious meal, prepared from locally grown foodstuffs (maize and beans), every school going day. Speaking at the launch of the programme at Khwisero Sportsground, Mr Aseka said the Sh10 million programme is an effective strategy of ensuring retention of pupils in schools and improving on performance in national exams. The MPRead More


Nakumatt wants eviction case by Mombasa mall thrown out of court

DAILY NATION – Troubled supermarkets chain Nakumatt wants a case by its landlord at City Mall building in Mombasa seeking an eviction order against it over unpaid rent which stood at Sh27.8 million by November struck out. Nakumatt Holdings Ltd, the parent company of the supermarket chain said Ideal Locations Ltd, the landlord, filed the case in the “wrong court”. Lawyer Lawrence Ng’ang’a, for Nakumatt, said the Environment and Land Court does not have jurisdiction to preside over a matter relating to commercial and contractual issues. Mr Ng’ang’a Monday toldRead More


Ex-soccer star George Weah sworn in as President of Liberia

BLOOMBERG – Former soccer star George Weah took office as the new president of Liberia with pledges to fight corruption and revive the economy of the small West African nation that was hit by the worst-ever Ebola crisis only a decade after ending a protracted civil war. “I promise to be the agent of positive change,” Weah, 51, told a packed stadium in the capital, Monrovia, following Monday’s swearing-in ceremony. “We owe our citizens moral clarity on fundamental issues including civil liberties and accountability of national resources. My popular mandate isRead More


Volkswagen to start building cars in Rwanda

DEUTSCHE WELLE – German car maker Volkswagen (VW) will be the first international automobile company to invest in Rwanda. The first cars are expected to be ready by May. For the future VW also plans to build electric cars in Rwanda. If everything goes according to plan, the first car “made in Rwanda” could be on the streets as early as May, according to the German automobile giant. After South Africa, Nigeria and Kenya, Rwanda is the fourth African country in which VW has invested. “I think we have come toRead More


Tanzania halts registration of foreign ships after cargo controversies

VOA – The government of Tanzania has temporarily stopped registration of foreign ships following the recent seizure of five Tanzanian-flagged ships that were carrying illegal cargo. President John Magufuli on Friday also ordered authorities to investigate the registration of 470 ships currently plying international seas with the Tanzanian flag. Early in January, Greek authorities intercepted a Tanzanian-flagged ship near Crete on its way to Libya, carrying materials used to make explosives. Libya has been subject to a U.N. arms embargo since 2011. A few weeks earlier, a Tanzanian-flagged ship wasRead More


Sudanese security releases six journalists detained during bread protests

KHARTOUM (SUDAN TRIBUNE) – Sudan’s National Intelligence and National Security Services (NISS) on Sunday released six journalists detained during last week’s anti-austerity protests. As part of the 2018 budget, the government cut subsidies on wheat imports, driving the price of bread up and the Sudanese to the streets to protest against their rising cost of living. The NISS arrested 15 journalists for covering two protests on 16 and 17 January in Khartoum and Omdurman towns. Seven of them were released last week. On Sunday, six of the detained journalists haveRead More


Single Africa Air Travel Market (SAATM) launches this month

QUARTZ – Defined by long delays and cancellations, limited connections, rickety planes, and dilapidated runways, flying across Africa can sometimes be quite inconvenient. The problem is also compounded by the restrictive regulations and protectionism that hinder intra-nation travel, leading African airlines to lose $800 million in 2016, according to the World Bank. Yet some of those problems are set to become history when the Single African Air Travel Market (SAATM) is launched by the African Union (AU) in late January. As one of the AU’s pan-African Agenda 2063flagship projects, the plan aims toRead More