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President Museveni hails AU and SADC for adopting Swahili

President Yoweri Museveni has hailed a decision by African leaders to adopt swahili as the official language at key regional and continental bodies.

“I am happy that both the African Union and SADC have adopted Swahili as a common language. If anyone does not have the spectacles to see that despite Africa having many tribes and clans, we are similar, we are brothers and sisters, that person should leave us,” he said at celebrations in Sironko to mark Uganda’s 57th independence anniversary.

Pursuit underway for agents luring Ugandan youths into joining South Sudan rebels

Kitgum district security committee is pursuing a group of people who are allegedly luring Ugandan youths to engage in subversive activities against the South Sudan government.

Kitgum Resident District Commissioner William Komakech says that the impending hunt is intended to bring to book all persons who have reportedly duped unsuspecting victims through a syndicate job recruitment scam. He, however, declined to divulge details on the identities of the alleged rebel recruiters.

Komakech was speaking before a section of parents of Lagoro sub county whose sons recently returned after escaping from the hands of alleged rebel’s groups operating in the jungles of South Sudan.

Robert Mugabe’s family agree to burial at ‘heroes’ monument

The family of former Zimbabwe leader Robert Mugabe have agreed to bury him at a monument for national heroes in Harare, the family said on Friday, though the date for the ceremony remained unclear.

Mugabe died in Singapore last week aged 95, leaving Zimbabweans deeply divided over the legacy of a leader once lauded as an anti-colonial guerrilla hero, but whose 37-year iron-fisted rule ended in a coup in 2017.

His family and President Emmerson Mnangagwa, a former Mugabe ally who turned against him, had been at odds over where he would be buried after his body returned home on Wednesday from Singapore.

Uganda set to host 55 African Customs experts at Munyonyo next week

Uganda will next week host Directors General and Commissioners of Customs from 55 African Union (AU) member countries.

The tax leaders will include technocrats from international bodies such as World Customs Organization, UNCTAD, IGAD and various diplomats.

This conference will hold discussions on matters of customs and action points from last year’s 10th meeting held in Moroni Comoros that ended with a Moroni Declaration on Combating Corruption in Customs and the adoption of the AU Draft Trade Facilitation Strategy.

In Munyonyo, the main discussion will be on implementation of the AfCFTA and the theme of the conference is “The Entry into Force of the Agreement establishing the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) – Implications to African Customs Administrations.”

Uganda opposition party youth leader condemns xenophobia in South Africa

Democratic Party (DP) National Youth Leader Okidi Christopher condemned the ongoing Xenophobic violence in the Republic of South Africa.

A number of people especially those from Nigeria, among other countries including Uganda have been tortured and brutally killed.

“We commiserate with the families that have lost loved ones in this horrendous and primitive act of violence in a country that owes the rest of Africa a lot for their sacrifices to end apartheid.” Says Mr Okidi.

Mr Okidi said that they are aware and contends that the end of the egregious system of administration called apartheid.

South Sudan to boost oil exploration after new oil discovery

Speaking to reporters in the capital, Juba on Thursday, Chuang said the discovery of the new oil well in Adar oilfields proves the young nation still possess huge amounts of unexploited resources.

“We want to go to the next level of exploration because we have not been fully engaged in exploration in the last few years probably because of instability,” Chuang said.

“With peace coming now, we will be able to move forward and do more exploration.”

Chinese organized crime a more potent threat to Kenya than debt

“I have carried salt and removed lead”, laments Yeshua ben Sira in the Book of Wisdom, a Christian canon, “and I have not seen anything heavier than that a man should pay back a debt when he did not borrow.”

Had he lived in Kenya, his lament would have been as relevant today as it was then. After all we are now paying back billions of shillings in loans taken in our names for unpopular projects whose viability remains questionable and whose costs were almost certainly inflated.

Historic 17th-century Dutch shipwreck discovered near South African beach

Archaeologists In South Africa have found the long-lost wreck of a Dutch merchant ship that played a crucial role in the country’s colonial history.

The Dutch East India Company vessel “Haarlem,” or “Nieuw Haarlem,” stranded in Table Bay on the evening of March 25, 1647.

Robbers attack deputy Governor’s convoy, kill three policemen, civilian

Armed persons on Tuesday attacked the convoy of Nasarawa State Deputy Governor,Emmanuel Akabe, killing three policemen and a civilian.

Mr Akabe was on his way to Abuja on an official engagement when the convoy ran into the attackers, suspected to be armed robbers.

More than 115 migrants feared dead off Libya coast

Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) said on Tuesday it fears that a boat packed with migrants sunk off the Libyan coast with more than a hundred people dead.

“We have every reason to fear the worst – that over 100 lives were lost and nobody will ever know for sure,” MSF said in a statement on Twitter.

DP’s Okidi and FDC’s Walid snub Museveni meeting with IYOP at State House today

President Yoweri Museveni is set to meet the leadership of the Inter Party Youth Platform (IYOP) at 3:00 PM today at Statehouse Entebbe. The platform which brings together youth leaders from 8 political parties: FDC, DP/UYD, NRM, PPP, UFA, JEEMA, UPC, CP is currently chaired by the NRM Youth League under Gaddafi Nasur. The leadership of IYOP just like IPOD is rotational among the member parties.

With just a couple of hours to the scheduled meeting panic has set us among organisers because both the UYD leader Christopher Okidi and the FDC National Youth League Chairman Walid Lubega Mulindwa are indisposed. Their Secretaries too Rita Nakyanzi and Joan Alobo too are not answering their phones.

Former Sudan president Bashir’s cronies tried to break him out of jail ahead of trial

Sudan’s former president Omar al-Bashir appeared in a Khartoum court for the first day of his high-profile corruption trial on Monday, against a backdrop of heightened security following a failed attempt to break him out of prison, CNN has learned.

Elements loyal to the 75-year-old, who was ousted in a military coup in April following a protracted popular uprising, tried to free him from the notorious high security Kober prison June, according to a police statement .

Angola to Rwanda – Uganda make peace, tables draft proposal on resolving stand-off

Angola will this week on Wednesday host the second Quadripartite Summit in the capital Luanda, as part of the effort to seek a negotiated resolution to the stand-off between Rwanda and Uganda.

According to an official, Rwanda and Uganda are expected to consider a proposal on the way forward made by Angola.

Olivier Nduhungirehe, the State Minister in Charge of East African Community at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, confirmed the development in an interview with The New Times.

Government mafias are hunting for my sweet life Minister Anite cries to Museveni

Government mafias are hunting for my life Minister Anite cries to Museveni

Uganda’s state minister of Finance for Investment and privatization Evenly Anite claims that there’s a clique of government mafias that want to kill her.

Sudanese celebrate new deal on transition to civilian rule

Rapturous crowds filled the streets of Khartoum Saturday as Sudan’s generals and protest leaders signed a historic deal paving the way to civilian rule.

Thousands of cheering people gathered around the Friendship Hall next to the Nile, where the documents that will govern Sudan’s 39-month transition were signed.

“This is the biggest celebration I have ever seen in my country. We have a new Sudan,” said Saba Mohammed, a veiled 37-year woman, waving a small plastic flag.

Leaked memo: Uganda is the real threat to South Sudan peace

South Sudan civil war will never be resolved peacefully if the East African regional bloc, IGAD, stands idly while Uganda wage a double standard role in the war-wracked young nation, an IGAD secretariat internal memo leaked to the South Sudan News Agency (SSNA) shows.

The documented dated August 15, 2019, claims that the Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni is the real threat to peace in South Sudan and that South Sudan has become the second source on income for the Ugandan leader.