Uhuru Kenyatta stamps his authority on ‘corrupt’ ministers

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta who has asked ministers mentioned in a corruption report to step aside.

By Staff Writer Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta has come out to show he will honour his pledges during the political campaign that brought him to power that he would not tolerate corruption in his government. Unlike other East and Central African governments we won’t mention here, the Kenyan leader ordered the suspension of five of his cabinet ministers who were implicated in corrupt deals. Those suspended were named as Energy and Petroleum Cabinet Secretary Davis Chirchir, Transport and Infrastructure Minister Michael Kamau and Kazungu Kambi, in charge of Labour. Agriculture and Fisheries. Cabinet Secretary Felix Koskei had voluntarily stepped aside after his name was also mentioned in a report by … Continue reading

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India pledges to ease process of doing business with its Govt

Indian Finance Minister Arun Jaitley with Indian High    Commissioner, Ranjan Mathai at conference - on

By Tilusha Vyas – Our Asia Correspondent The new Indian Government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has pledged to ease the process of doing business and attracting investments in India. Speaking to more than 300 people at the “Investment Opportunities in India” conference organised by the Federation of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), Finance Minister Arun Jaitley said: “We are trying to rationalise taxes, lower taxes and introduce a non-adversarial and fair system of taxation. There is a raging ideological battle between reform and obstruction. The government is fairly determined.” Mr Jaitley was on his first official tour to London where he addressed a gathering of international investors, business chiefs and … Continue reading

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ganda opposition seeking Govt funds to remove Museveni

Prof Ogenga Latigo: "Ugandan political parties ought to be funded like those in South Africa or Tanzania."

By Nkonge I Kaggwa, Kampala Uganda Two leading Ugandan opposition political parties are pushing hard for the government of President Yoweri Museveni to start funding them so they can organise an effective opposition to end his nearly 30 years of being in power. The main opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) and the Democratic Party (DP) say they are finding it hard to mount a successful opposition against the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) that has been in power since 1986. FDC Chairman (Northern Uganda) Prof Ogenga Latigo and DP Secretary General Mathias Nsubuga both said opposition political parties have a right to be funded by government as is happening in developing … Continue reading

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CSOs demand immediate publication of AU South Sudan report

South Sudan President Salva Kiir who is accused of having started the last year

By Jessica A Badebye Civil Society Organizations (CSOs) have been dismayed by the African Union (AU)’s decision to defer publication of the AU Commission of Inquiry on South Sudan (AUCISS) report in spite of the fact that the commission’s findings would make a critical contribution to the peace process of the war-torn country. In a letter addressed to the AU Commission Chairperson Dr Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma, the Commissioner for Peace and Stability Ambassador Samil Chergui and the Chairperson of the AU Commission of Inquiry on South Sudan Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, a coalition of 76 CSOs from within and outside Africa demanded that the AU considers the immediate publication of the … Continue reading

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Makerere students triumph over university fee payment deadline

Makerere University students protest the 100 per cent tuition fee demand deadline (Photo by Daily Monitor

By Ruth Namatovu in Kampala – Uganda Students at East and Central Africa’s oldest university, Makerere University Kampala (MUK) are today celebrating a rare achievement in student politics after their two-day strike over demands that they pay all their fees by end of this month forced the university to back down over the deadline. At a meeting that took place at the university on Sunday, MUK administration yesterday extended the fees clearance deadline by another six weeks to enable students clear their tuition fees by 100 per cent. Announcing the decision, Prof Ogwang Okello, the Deputy Vice Chancellor -Academic, said that each student must have cleared the tuition fees by the … Continue reading

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