Category Archives: East African Community

Strong institutions will solve conflicts in Africa – leaders told

Ugandan members of the Pan African Parliament,Onyango Kakoba,Baka Mugabi (in the middle) and  Abdi Chemaswet.

By Nkonge I Kaggwa, Kampala Uganda. The Speaker of the Ethiopian National Parliament, Ato Abdullah Gemeda, has called for an urgent building and strengthening of institutions that will solve the unending conflicts in the Eastern Africa Region. “East Africa Region is currently facing numerous challenges in the area of peace and security, and lack of stability. The region envisage to continue building stronger democratic institutions and parliamentarians as decision makers will remain committed to achieving this goal,” said Gemeda. Speaking during a “Regional Parliamentary Meeting on the Promotion, Ratification and Domestication of African Union Legal Instruments for the Eastern African Region” held at the Hilton Hotel in the Ethiopian capital of Addis Ababa, Mr … Continue reading

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EALA set to reopen but Speaker Zziwa’s fate unknown

EALA Speaker Margaret Zziwa faces calls to step down as East African parliament set to reopen.

By Jessica A Badebye Business at the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) is set to resume this week in the Kenyan Capital Nairobi following an indefinite suspension on sittings on grounds that members are always absenting themselves which paralyzes the work of the assembly. The indefinite suspension of the EALA has since 30th October caused an array of events by legislators representing member countries of Uganda, Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda and Burundi geared at the removal of Speaker Margaret Nantongo Zziwa. Sources say that 31 of the 45 legislators have signed a petition for Zziwa’s removal, called on member heads of state to intervene in what they have described as poor … Continue reading

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EALA Speaker Margaret Zziwa narrowly survives censor motion

EALA Speaker Margaret Zziwa was being accused of

By Nkonge I Kaggwa, Kampala – Uganda The Speaker of the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA), Margaret Nantongo Zziwa, has once again narrowly survived being censured by the assembly following a protracted battle in which she is being accused of arrogance, abuse of office and incompetence. The motion which was tabled about two months ago was presented by her fellow Ugandan colleagues in the assembly including Nusula Tipelu and Dorah Byamukama. Zziwa who seemed relaxed, told the assembly that the motion fell short of the requisite four signatures from all the partner states as a mandatory requirement, therefore it collapsed. She quoted Rule 9 of the rules of procedure governing … Continue reading

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EALA calls for immediate sessation of war in South Sudan

EALA Speaker Nantongo Zziwa wants immediate sessation of war in South Sudan

By Nkonge I Kaggwa – Kampala Uganda. The East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) has expressed concern over the increasing bloodshed in South Sudan saying the issue which would have been solved peacefully has escalated so much leading to thousands of innocent people both civilians and armed personnel losing their lives. Speaking to journalists ahead of the assembly sitting this morning (Tuesday) in Kampala, the Speaker Margaret Nantongo Zziwa said: “Southern Sudan and Somalia had showed interest of joining this great assembly by joining the Federation but what is happening now is alarming.” She called for an immediate cessation of hostilities in Southern Sudan to enable both parties to sit on … Continue reading

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Rainfall around Karamoja brings hope to pastoralists

The current rainfall  in Karamoja sub region in the Northeastern Uganda has lifted  up the hopes of the Karimojong pastoralists in the region.The three day continuous heavy rains that some parts of the region have received so far has pleased the pastoralist who had fears of drought affecting their animals. The London Evening Post learned that the severe drought that had hit the region for closely to six month had created panic among the Karimojong pastoralists in the Northeastern Uganda with many of them opting to cross to the neighboring districts of Teso in search of water and pasture for their animals as one Mark Losigiria in Napak District commented. … Continue reading

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Libel case against CBS reporter fails to take off again

A case in which former Kalangala district chairperson Daniel Kikoola accuses a journalist Ronald Sembuusi of criminal libel has failed to take off and adjourned to 20th of this month. Kikoola alleges that Sembuusi, a correspondent for the Buganda Kingdom’ private Central Broadcasting Services (CBS) radio for Kalangala district in the Central Uganda region defamed him when he reported a story which aired on CBS radio on 17th/November/2011 that Kikoola was being investigated for alleged involvement in the disappearance of solar panels. The matter before Grade One Magistrate Gimungu Kenneth Kabiri was adjourned because prosecution failed to adduce evidence that Sembuusi had been served with the criminal summons which were … Continue reading

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Africa is very important to the United Kingdom – William Hague

By Staff Writer The United Kingdom is to host an international conference on Somalia next Thursday February 23 in an attempt to tackle the numerous problems the country has faced since the overthrow of Gen Muhammad Siad Barre just over 20 years ago. The conference is expected to be attended by several heads of state that are pivotal to the current fight against the Al Shabaab and Al Qaeda elements in Somalia. British Foreign Secretary William Hague who is currently on a visit to Botswana, recently invited questions from the public concerning Africa that he answered on twitter. He explained his mission to Africa which has already included Kenya, South … Continue reading

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EAC seeks investors in Lake Tanganyika Basin Development

Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza has appealed to investors to go and invest in the Lake Tanganyika Basin. During a speech at the first ever Lake Tanganyika Basin Development Conference held in the Burundi capital of Bujumbura Monday, Mr Nkurunziza said: “I would like to make a pressing appeal to potential investors, those of EAC, COMESA, SADC, The United States of America, China, Japan, Europe, India and elsewhere to come and invest in the Lake Tanganyika Basin.” Mr Nkurunziza who this week becomes the East African Community (EAC) Chairman as he hosts the EAC Heads of State and Government, told the would-be investors: “They can count on us for guarantees and … Continue reading

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