Monthly Archives: November 2012

Flood victims in Katakwi receive much needed food aid

From Steven Ariong in Katakwi, northern Uganda At least 300 families who were recently affected by floods in Magoro Sub County in Katakwi district in eastern Uganda have received relief food and sleeping materials. The relief items including bags of posho (maize meal), beans, tarpaulins, water purifying chemicals and treated mosquito nets, were donated to the most affected villages of Kaikomosing, Oliri, Bokomori and Magoro by Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA) an NGO. While giving out the items on Thursday last week, Mr Booker Ajuoga, the Public Relations Officer of ADRA said the donation was part of the NGO’s corporate social responsibility. “As a humanitarian agency, we saw how … Continue reading

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M23 rebels bow to international pressure to leave DR Congo

Rebels in eastern DR Congo say they have started withdrawing from territory they have captured from government troops, days after a pull-out deal was reached in neighbouring Uganda. Speaking to Al Jazeera TV, Amani Kabashi, deputy spokesman for the M23 group, said that rebels were starting to withdraw from the town of Mushake, 50km south of the provincial capital, Goma, on Wednesday. Diplomatic efforts to end violence in eastern Congo have been ongoing since the M23 group captured Goma in fighting with Congolese troops and advanced across the east of the country last week. Tens of thousands of people have been displaced by fighting between government troops and the rebels. … Continue reading

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Sierra Leone’s SLPP in boycott threat over poll results

Sierra Leone’s main opposition political party has said it will boycott parliament and local councils unless its concerns about the recent elections are addressed. The Sierra Leone People’s Party (SLPP), which won 40 per cent of parliamentary seats, alleges this month’s polls were fraudulent. Their presidential candidate, ex-military ruler Julius Maada Bio, also lost to incumbent Ernest Bai Koroma. International observers said the poll, the third since the civil war, was conducted peacefully and transparently. The SLPP alleges that some ballot boxes were stuffed with pre-marked ballots. But the Electoral Commission, which released the presidential election results on Friday and parliamentary and local council results on Monday, has said it … Continue reading

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US donates scholarstic materials to Pokot FGM survivors

From Steven Ariong in Amudat, northern Uganda At least 90 Pokot girls who fled their homes and schools fearing to face Female Genital Mutilation in Amudat district in north-eastern Uganda, have received scholastic materials worth UGX14 million (US$5,656) from the American embassy in Kampala. The scholastic materials including school uniforms, shoes, blankets, clothing boxes, towels, bed sheets, books and sanitary pads among others, were distributed to the girls on Wednesday by the team of the community base development organisation called Vision Care in Kalas primary school in Amudat district. Last term, a total of 140 girls fled their homes fearing to face the seasonal FGM practice which is normally conducted … Continue reading

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Nigeria gunmen attack Abuja Sars police HQ

Two police officers have been killed when a “large number of gunmen” attacked a Nigerian police base in the capital, Abuja, enabling five suspected robbers to escape, police say. A police statement said the attack was repelled but that 30 detainees escaped, 25 of whom were recaptured. Suspected robbers and militants from the Boko Haram Islamist group are often held at the police base. No group has said it carried out the attack Boko Haram wants to establish Islamic law in Nigeria and has killed hundreds of people this year, mostly in the mainly Muslim north. The attack on the Special Anti-Robbery Squad (Sars) headquarters in Abuja comes a day … Continue reading

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Expectant mothers threaten to protest against Abim Hospital

From Steven Ariong in Abim, Northern Uganda Women including expectant mothers in Abim district in Karamoja Sub region in the north-eastern have threatened to go on streets protesting over what they say poor health service in Abim hospital. Speaking to The London Evening Post on Saturday in Abim District, a group of women decried the bad situation of Abim Hospital describing it as a death-trap for expectant mothers and children admitted to the hospital. Mrs Grace Acheng, one of the women said protesting could be the only solution that can pull the attention of government to go and renovate the hospital and put in place badly needed equipment like beds. … Continue reading

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Archbishop of Abuja among six new cardinals created by Pope

Nigeria’s Archbishop of Abuja is one of six new cardinals Pope Benedict XVI is set to create from non-European countries, at a Vatican ceremony in St Peter’s Basilica this morning. Archbishop John Olorunfemi Onaiyekan, 68, will join five other cardinals, the closest aides of the Pope, from the Philippines, India, Lebanon, Colombia and the United States. Analysts say it is unusual for the Pope to select a group of non-Europeans. The Pope has said the second consistory he has called this year aims to show “the Church is a Church of all peoples, [and] speaks in all languages”. All six cardinal-designates are younger than 80 and therefore likely to be … Continue reading

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Bashir orders arrest of former intelligence chief over coup attempt

Sudan has arrested former intelligence chief Salah Gosh and top army officers over a “plot” to destabilise the country, a minister has said. Witnesses described seeing tanks and troops in the centre of the capital, Khartoum, early on Thursday. Sudan has seen demonstrations in recent months over the high cost of living and demands for political reform. President Omar al-Bashir has been in power since staging a coup in 1989. Information Minister Ahmed Belal Osman said 13 people had been arrested over a plot which “targeted the stability of the state and some leaders of the state”, AFP news agency reports. “The most prominent is retired general Salah Gosh,” he … Continue reading

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Morsi vows to follow through with sweeping powers

Egyptian President Mohamed Morsi has vowed to follow through with his new constitutional declaration, saying Egypt is on the path to “freedom and democracy.”  “I am for all Egyptians. I will not be biased against any son of Egypt,” Morsi told a rally of supporters outside Cairo’s Presidential Palace on Friday. The president also envisioned a bright future for the post-revolution nation. On Thursday, Morsi issued a new constitutional declaration to expand his powers. The decree opens the way for retrials of officials involved in the clampdown on popular protests that toppled long-standing dictator Hosni Mubarak in early 2011. It also bars courts from challenging Morsi’s decisions. The move drew … Continue reading

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Panic in Karamoja as Italian NGO closes mobile health clinics

By Steven Ariong in Moroto, northern Uganda More than 80,000 Karimojong mothers and their children who have been benefiting from mobile health clinics ervices in Karamoja region in the north-eastern Uganda will not benefit anymore from this service from the effect of next month as the program has come to an end. The mobile health clinic project, which was being managed by the Cooperazione an Italian NGO based in Karamoja region in north-eastern Uganda since 2009 will end on 31st of next month of December 2012. The three year project was being funded by the Italian government to support health programs to the seven Karamoja districts of Moroto,Nakapiripirit, Amudat, Napak, … Continue reading

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