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Thursday, January 25th, 2018


Mama Nyerere in Uganda for piligrimage

WAKISO (NEW VISION) – Maria Gabriel Magige Waningu, 88, also known as maama Nyerere is in Uganda for a pilgrimage at the Uganda Martyrs’ Catholic Shrine Namugongo in Wakiso district. Waningu is the window to former president of Tanzania, Mwalimu Julius Kambarage Nyerere, who died 19 years ago. Her entourage was on Wednesday received at the shrines by the rector, Fr Vincent Lubega and Fr Augustine Bukenya, before entering the Basilica, where she spent almost 40 minutes engrossed in prayer. Waningu also held prayers at the Anglican Martyrs shrine, where sheRead More

Uganda ivory, pangolin seized in Ivory Coast

ABIDJAN, Jan 25 (Reuters) – Around 600 kg of elephant tusks and 600 kg of pangolin scales have been seized in Ivory Coast, ready to be sent to Vietnam and other Asian countries, authorities said on Thursday. In an operation lasting several days that aimed to dismantle a major trafficking network, six suspects were arrested. “The ivory was ready for export to Vietnam. The … pangolin scales were destined for Asia,” Bonaventure Adomo, head of Ivory Coast’s anti-smuggling unit, told reporters. The unit said two of the suspects came fromRead More

Thousands flee to Uganda as DRC violence surges

AL JAZEERA – People fleeing the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (Congo) have reported a surge in arbitrary killings, rapes and abductions by unidentified armed groups. The violence has pushed more than 10,000 people into neighbouring Uganda since the beginning of December, according to the UN. Rebecca Salama, a refugee from Congo, told Al Jazeera in Uganda’s Nyakabande refugee transit camp in western Uganda that armed groups kept attacking her village, forcing her to walk into neighbouring Uganda with her husband and five children. “When you go to pick your crops, or go toRead More

Germany govt statement on renewed fighting in DRCongo

Statement by the Federal Foreign Office on the renewed use of violence in the Democratic Republic of the Congo BERLIN, Germany, January 25, 2018/ — Peaceful demonstrators were subjected to violence once again at the weekend in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. As on 31 December 2017, people were killed and many more injured. A large number of arrests was made. A Federal Foreign Office Spokesperson issued the following statement on the situation today (23 January): “We were very sorry to learn of the renewed violence and would like toRead More

Disgraced foreign affairs minister Kutesa meets Germany ambassador

Minister of Foreign Affairs, Hon Sam Kutesa held a meeting with the German Ambassador H.E. Albrecht Conze at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs on January 23rd 2018. Amb. Conze delivered a special invitation from H.E. Sigmar Gabriel Federal Minister for Foreign Affairs of Germany to Hon Kutesa to attend the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue, 2018 hosted at the Federal Foreign Office in Berlin in this April. The Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue has been hosted by the Federal Foreign Office for the past three years to promote fruitful exchange with international partners.Read More

Armed forces kill displaced Sudanese in Darfur during demonstrations

Five internally displaced persons killed as Sudanese Armed Forces and Rapid Support Forces use live ammunition to disperse a protest in Central Darfur The joint forces fired indiscriminately into the crowd of IDPs killing three men and two women and injuring 26 others who sustained gunshot wounds KHARTOUM, Sudan, January 25, 2018/ — At least 5 people were killed and 26 others sustained gunshot wounds when joint forces of Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) and Rapid Support Forces (RSF) opened live ammunition on a crowd of protestors at Hasahisa camp for internallyRead More

X-Files from the village

X-FILES FROM THE VILLAGE BY DENIS WABUYI Monday It could be true or not true that the whiteman learned how to make a train after coming to Africa and seeing a millipede, likongolyo. But a few years after he reached Uganda he went back, made a train and came back and laid a railway that could connect Uganda to the coast. Before the train, our people had only seen a bicycle which was called a metallic horse in some places where they had horses. Legend has it that the firstRead More

US State Dept on DRC govt repression, violence against protestprs

Democratic Republic of Congo: Press Statement attributable to Heather Nauert, United States Department of State Spokesperson on Government Repression and Violence Against Peaceful Protesters WASHINGTON D.C., United States of America, January 25, 2018/ — Press Statement attributable to Heather Nauert, United States Department of State Spokesperson on Government Repression and Violence Against Peaceful Protesters: We condemn in the strongest terms the violence perpetrated by DRC security forces on January 21 against church-led peaceful protests that resulted in at least six confirmed deaths, dozens of injuries, and numerous arbitrary arrests. We are appalledRead More

50-Cent a bitcoin millionaire after ‘forgetting about cryptocurrency from 2014’

IB TIMES – The rapper 50 Cent has reportedly become a bitcoin millionaire, after discovering that an account used to accept cryptocurrency for a 2014 album now holds a fortune. More than three years ago, the musician and actor – real name Curtis Jackson – let fans purchase his album Animal Ambition using bitcoin – amassing 700 BTC. Worth around $400,000 at the time, using current rates that figure is now valued at between $7m and $8.5m. On Tuesday (23 January) he told his 17 million Instagram followers: ‘Not badRead More

Woman caught with explosives at Uganda South Sudan border

AMURU (DAILY MONITOR) – A 42 year old woman has been arrested by police in Amuru district after trying to sneak with explosives, weapons and a total of 1,479 rounds of ammunition into Uganda. The suspect identified as FLavia Akech was arrested on Wednesday at about 3:30 pm at Bibia Check point in Bibia Parish about5 kilometers from the Uganda-south Sudan border point of Elegu. According to police reports the suspect was arrested in possession of bags containing 13  Sub machine gun (SMG) magazines with 390 rounds of ammunition, 17 handRead More