Monthly Archives: March 2012

Zambia riled by South Africa over yellow fever requirements

By Michael Malakata, Lusaka, Zambia   Zambia’s minister of Foreign Affairs and Tourism Given Lubinda has attacked South Africa for imposing yellow fever certificate requirements on Zambians despite an all-clear by the World Health organisation (WHO). Lubinda, an eloquent speaker and known for his diplomacy, has this time failed to live up to his diplomacy and accused South Africa of unfairness in its dealing with people traveling to and from Zambia. Lubinda’s outburst comes only a month after the South African government picked up a diplomatic rile with Nigeria over the deportation of over 100 Nigerians by South Africa due to lack of Yellow Fever certificates. Nigeria reacted by also … Continue reading

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Delegates for IPU conference start arriving in Kampala

By Nangayi Guyson,  TLEP Correspondent, Kampala, Uganda Delegates from around the world have started arriving in the Ugandan capital, Kampala to attend the126th Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) conference scheduled to commence this Saturday, March 31 to April 5 at the Commonwealth Speke Resort Hotel, Munyonyo. Over 2000 delegates are expected to arrive in the country for the conference whose theme will be ‘Parliaments and people’. The IPU is an international organization of Parliaments which was established in 1889 with its headquarters is Geneva (Switzerland). The assembly brings together parliamentarians from member states in the Union, UN organizations who are participants, global organizations such as International Committee of the Red Cross and … Continue reading

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Load shedding set to continue in Uganda

By Nangayi Guyson in Kampala Power shortages in Uganda are set to continue until the middle of this the year despite the commissioning of a 50 megawatts power plant. This was said by the Uganda Electricity Transmission Company Limited Managing Director Erias Kiyemba. Appearing before a parliamentary adhoc committee on energy chaired by West Budama County North MP Jacob Oboth, Kiyemba assured the committee that Uganda will still face power shortages until June or July. He explained that the 50 megawatts that was commissioned on February 2 this year, replaced the Kira Aggreko plant that was decommissioned and therefore it created no impact on the national grid. He went on … Continue reading

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Former Somali interim President Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed dies

The first president of Somalia’s interim government (2004-2008), Abdullahi Yusuf Ahmed, has died aged 77. The ex-warlord was chosen as president by a parliament set up in 2004 after years of peace talks in Kenya. But he was unable to achieve his goal of bringing peace to Somalia, engulfed by anarchy since 1991, and he stepped down in 2008 after a power struggle. He struggled with his health and had been living since he resigned in the United Arab Emirates, where he died. Somalia’s has been racked by fighting since Siad Barre was toppled as president 21 years ago – a situation which has allowed piracy and lawlessness to flourish. … Continue reading

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Nigerian journalist threatened by Boko Haram

A Nigerian journalist who has extensively covered the conflict between the government and Islamist sect Boko Haram says his life is under threat. Ahmad Salkida, an independent journalist, told the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) that he noticed a white 4X4 Hilux with a Lagos state registration number following him on Thursday for several hours, including to his house in Abuja, the Nigerian capital. He said he has also received phone threats from anonymous callers in the past few days that he believes are coming from government security agents in connection to his contacts with Boko Haram. “They said I am a Boko Haram member, that [they and I] are … Continue reading

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Police rescue journalist after school boss threatens his life

Ugandan police on Friday went to the rescue of the Chairman of the Board of Governors of Human Rights for Journalists-Uganda (HRNJ-Uganda) Mr Mulindwa Mukasa after a primary school Managing Director threatened to kill him. Mukasa who also works as a correspondent for a local private TV station, Wavah Broadcasting Service (WBS) TV was confronted at Nabweru Parents School – a private primary school while following up a news story about mistreatment of pupils at the school. The school is found at Nabweru village (about five kilometres from the capital Kampala, in Nansana Town Council, Wakiso District.  The school’s owner and Managing Director Ronald Ddamulira made the threats after his … Continue reading

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Police warn Kenyan politicians over Hague utterances

By Collins Wanzala Police in Kenya have issued a stern warning to politicians issuing inflammatory remarks ahead of the country`s general election that they will be dealt with harshly. Issuing the warning in Nairobi today, the country`s Police Commissioner Mathew Iteere said that Police will not sit back and watch as politicians go around the country campaigning and inciting Kenyans as it happened in 2007 where the country was politically divided leading to the chaotic general elections which left over 1000 dead and about half a million people uprooted from their homes. Kenyan Police which is still faced by challenges in crime detention, investigation and housing for its officers has … Continue reading

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Human rights situation in Uganda fails to improve

Internal Affairs Minister Hilary Onek whose ministry headed a mission to last year’s Universal Periodic Review Mechanism in Geneva. It is over 120 days since the Ugandan government voluntarily accepted and pledged to implement 170 recommendations in the area of human rights during the review at the Universal Periodic Review Mechanism (UPRM) in Geneva October 2011, but Uganda still falls short of implementation. The Ugandan mission to Geneva was headed by the Ministry of Internal Affairs for the October 11, 2011 review. Of the 170 recommendations, nothing has been done or put in place so far to start improving the human rights situation in the country. The government particularly in … Continue reading

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Mutharika tells Western donors “Go to hell”

Malawi’s President Bingu wa Mutharika has told foreign donors to “go to hell”, accusing them of plotting with local groups to topple his government. Mutharika said he was “tired of being insulted” and urged his followers to prevent any protests against him. Civil society said there are no planned protests and condemned the president for inciting his supporters. The UK and other donors cut aid to Malawi in 2010, criticizing its economic policies. Last July, at least 19 people were shot dead by police during anti-government protests over the worsening economy. Mutharika said he has intelligence reports that some Western donor nations were working with local non-governmental groups (NGOs) to … Continue reading

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Why the Kony:2012 video is another lucrative donation drive

By Michael Wilkerson “Joseph Kony is basically Adolf Hitler. He has an army of 30,000 mindless children who slaughter innocent people in Uganda.” Have you seen something like that fly across your Twitter or Facebook feed today or perhaps this?: “#TweetToSave the Invisible Children of Uganda! #Kony2012 Make Joseph Kony Famous!!” “Kony 2012,” a video posted by advocacy group Invisible Children to raise awareness about the pernicious evil of Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA) leader Joseph Kony, has already been viewed over 67million times (and surely more by the time you read this) since its release this week. It would be great to get rid of Kony. He and his forces have … Continue reading

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