Monthly Archives: September 2014

Israeli circumcision aid sparks uproar in South Africa

Israeli health professionals celebrate with South African colleagues after completing a training mission.

South Africa may turn to an Israeli circumcision device to reduce the number of young males who die in botched initiation ceremonies, provoking an outcry from union allies of the ruling party who support sanctions against the Jewish state. Every year, dozens of teenaged South African males die of blood loss or infection in traditional circumcision practices during the initiation ceremonies which are a key rite of passage to manhood, especially among the Xhosa nation. Department of Health spokesman Joe Maila told Reuters that the government was still studying the device, known as PrePex, and had not yet decided whether or not to officially sanction its use and make it … Continue reading

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United Kingdom offers to fund anti-corruption activities

British Ambassador to Uganda Alison Blackburne with Amama Mbabazi shortly before he was sacked as Uganda

From Nkonge I. Ismail in Kampala – Uganda United Kingdom is set to fund Uganda’s anti-corruption activities to the tune of £30million  under a new country programme, “Strengthening Uganda’s Anti-Corruption and Accountability Regime,” through its Department for International Development (DfID). This revelation was made by British High Commissioner to Uganda Alison Blackburne, while meeting former Ugandan Premier Amama Mbabazi shortly before the latter was relieved of his duties by President Museveni. Blackburne rolled out the five year programme saying it will support accountability initiatives and address corruption in the country. DFID has been assisting the Ugandan government to address the vice in the public sector and has ensured payments to … Continue reading

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