Al Shabaab kills scores in Somali and Kenyan attacks

Al Shabaab fighters still operating in Somalia despite joint operation by African Union  forces arraigned against them.

At least six civilians and four militants were killed when Al Shabaab Islamists attacked two hotels in the centre of the Somali capital Mogadishu on Friday, police said. Al Shabaab claimed responsibility for the attack on the Wehliya Hotel and said it had also laid siege to another hotel in the city, the Siyad, where gunfire continued into the night near the presidential palace. “Three fighters have been shot dead and another blew himself up inside the car bomb that hit the gate. The operation here is finished. So far we know six civilians died,” Umar Ali, a police officer, told Reuters from near Wehliya hotel. The hotel is frequented … Continue reading

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Suicide bomber leaves 15 dead in Chadian capital, N’Djamena

Boko Haram fighters like these have been operating in Chad.

A man dressed in a woman’s burqa blew himself up in the main market in Chad’s capital N’Djamena early on Saturday, killing 15 people and injuring 80, a police spokesman said. No group immediately claimed responsibility but Chad has blamed Boko Haram, the Islamist militant group based in neighbouring Nigeria, for a series of bombings and shootings in recent weeks. Chad has been at the forefront of a regional military campaign against the group. Police spokesman Paul Manga said 16 people including the bomber had died. Separately, police sources reported a second explosion about 30 kilometres north of N’Djamena that killed one person. A Reuters witness saw at least 10 … Continue reading

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Police crack down on President Museveni’s opponents

Uganda presidential aspirant Dr Kiiza Besigye (in striped blue shirt) is whicked away by police who arrested him the moment he walked out of his house on the way to the American embassy.

By Nkonge I Kaggwa Kampala Uganda Two presidential aspirants were this week arrested and detained by Ugandan police as they attempted to seek public views and conduct consultative meetings ahead of next year’s general elections. The two arrested include former Ugandan premier Amama Mbabazi and former Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) leader Dr Kiiza Besigye. Mbabazi who has served the state in a number of ministerial positions for the last 29 years as well as the longest sitting Secretary General of the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) party, was arrested about 120 Kilometres away from his destination. He had served as NRM Secretary General for 10 years. According to a … Continue reading

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Fears after yet another Muslim cleric is gunned down in Uganda

Sheikh Hassan Kirya who was assassinated in Kampala recently.

By Nkonge I Kaggwa, Kampala – Uganda. Fear continues to engulf the Ugandan Muslim community following the death of yet another cleric loyal to Buganda Kingdom this week. The cleric murdered was the spokesperson of the Kibuli faction, Sheikh Hassan Kirya. He was shot dead by two assailants riding on a motor cycle in Bweyogerere, Wakiso district. Kirya, who had made a stopover to buy some items on the roadside market at around 11:00 pm East African Time (EAT), was shot twice in the chest and died on the way to hospital. He was once an executive member of the Uganda Muslim Supreme Council (UMSC) but later split after discovering the … Continue reading

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Mutua told lies don’t become truth by multiple propaganda

 Makau Mutua,  Kenyan-American professor of law and Dean of the University at Buffalo Law School, USA.

By Jessica A Badebye The Chief Executive Officer, Pan African Forum Ltd Dr David Nyekorach Matsanga, has issued a statement in retaliation to what he has described as Professor Makau Mutua’s long essays ‘prostituting’ his character as well as the many articles Makau has written to the International Criminal Court (ICC), displaying hatred for Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta. Mutua is a US-based Kenyan professor of laws who Matsanga has now and then labelled coach of ICC investigators who came to investigate the Post Election Violence (PEV) 2007/8 cases against Kenya. In his statement titled “Unmasking Makau Mutua: The New Quixote”, Matsanga said he has decided to open one of the … Continue reading

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EU calls Uganda’s Constitution Amendment Bill ‘cosmetic’

An EU delegation on their recent visit to the East African country.

By Nkonge I Kaggwa Kampala, Uganda The European Union delegation to Uganda has termed the ongoing Constitution Amendment Bill exercise as “cosmetic” as the views of the citizens were ignored in the government bill that was presented before parliament. “The Constitution (Amendment) Bill did not meet our expectations, but we are outsiders. The civil society, clergy and public made very good suggestions, which were ignored… the reforms presented are cosmetic,” noted the European Union ambassador Kristian Schmidt. He was meeting the Ugandan speaker of parliament Rebecca Kadaga at parliament buildings in Kampala. The 2015 constitutional amendment intends to improve the Constitution and change the name of the Electoral Commission from … Continue reading

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Ugandan activists vow to frustrate attempts to arm youth

Gen David Sejusa to lead campaign to frustrate arming of youth prior to next year

By Ruth Namatovu Anti-Uganda ruling government activists from around the globe have threatened to frustrate the Ugandan leader and agents and ‘mercenaries’ from allegedly arming students and youths ahead of what they term as an ‘ already’ rigged General Election scheduled for 2016. The threat is contained in a document issued by the Platform to Rescue Uganda (PRU), a pressure group headed by Uganda’s former Intelligence Chief, Gen David Sejusa, whose sole aim is to consolidate effort, workforce and manpower to remove President Yoweri Museveni from power. The statement seen by The London Evening Post, was issued recently by Dr Vincent Magombe, head of the organization for the Diaspora Mobilisation … Continue reading

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CMRC is an illusion – claims M23 chief Bertrand Bisiimwa

M23 chief Bertrand Bisiimwa denies his movement has anything to do with the CMRS

By Jessica A Badebye The March 23 Movement  (M23) has distanced itself from the Christian Movement for the Reconstruction of Congo (CMRC) and called it an illusion created by the Kinshasa Regime to divert the public’s attention from the important issues including its own refusal to implement its commitments of the peace agreements. This came after an incursion in Beni, North Eastern part of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in the month of April which government authorities linked to M23 saying it is an attempt to relaunch their movement under a new name as per Point 5 of the peace agreements signed in Nairobi Kenya in 2013. Point 5 … Continue reading

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Burundi violence confounds US optimism about African democracy

Burundian soldiers walk near a burning barricade erected by protesters as people demonstrate against the president

By Siobhan O’Grady The Obama administration and other western observers said Nigeria’s peaceful political transition would pave the way for free and fair elections elsewhere on the continent. Less than a month later, Guinea and Burundi are already proving them wrong. Burundi’s sitting president, Pierre Nkurunziza, was nominated by his party Saturday to seek a third term, a move that his opposition says violates the constitution in the tiny central African country. Nkurunziza argues he is eligible for a third term because he was appointed by parliament in 2005, and was only elected by the people for the first time in 2010.  In Guinea, meanwhile, President Alpha Condé is refusing … Continue reading

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Angry traders and shoppers decry banning of plastic bags

Shoprite

By Ruth Namatovu in Kampala – Uganda Uganda’s  supermarkets were by yesterday evening warming up to Government’s ban on single-use plastic bags to be effected  today s even though some still miss the bags’ convenience. Other categories of traders are to follow soon under this renewed enforcement programme. “What we have is just a type of expensive paper bags that can carry up to a maximum of 2kg. What shall we do for customers taking more than that? And when it comes to frozen products, a paperbag cannot be convenient in any way,” Ambrose Mwesigye, a salesperson at Capital Shoppers supermarket in the heart of Uganda’s capital Kampala said. This … Continue reading

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