MACHAR: Am Coming to Juba

South Sudanese rebel leader Dr Riek Machar says he would attend the peace day celebrations in Juba as a good gesture for building trust among the parties.
This comes after South Sudan government invited regional leaders and all opposition officials to celebrate the revitalized peace deal in Juba on 30 October.
“We are ready to go to celebrate in Juba,” Machar said after a meeting with the NPTC chairman and Presidential Adviser Tut Gatluak in Khartoum on Tuesday.
The opposition leader praised the progress achieved by the National Pre-transitional Committee (NPTC) saying it was able to create a conducive environment for the implementation of the peace agreement.
Machar urged all parties to give peace a chance.” If we implement this peace, our country will be different,” he said.
The peace accord signed on 12 September will see the creation of a new unity government after eight months, with opposition leader Riek Machar reinstated as first vice president, one of five vice presidents.

Kayihura Charged with Kidnapping Enemies of Kagame and handing them to Kigali

Former Inspector General of Police Gen Edward Kale Kayihura has this morning been charged with kidnappings and failure to protect war materials.
Prosecution led by Maj Raphael Mugisha told court that Gen Kayihura while in office as Inspector General of police failed to protect military materials and also failed to account for fire arms, contrary to provisions of the UPDF Act.
It is indicated that on several occasions Gen Kayihura between the year 2010 and 2018 allowed use of arms and ammunition to unauthorized persons who are the members of the Boda boda 2010 led by their patron Abdullah Kitata.
Gen Kayihura is also accused of failing to provide accountability for arms and ammunition in the various Police units including the Flying Squad Unit, Witness Protection Unit and Crime Intelligence Directorate all headed by his former blue eyed boys.
He was also charged with aiding and abetting kidnapping from Uganda, contrary to Section 19 of the Penal Code Act.
Prosecution side also told the fully packed court room that between, 2012 and 2016 Kayihura aided and abetted the actions of subordinate police officers and others, to kidnap and illegally repatriate Rwandan refugees and Ugandan citizens to Rwanda.
The victims were identified as Lt Joel Mutabazi former president Paul Kagame bodyguard, Sergeant Innocent Kalisa and Jackson Karemera.
The former police boss however denied all charges brought against him.
Court was adjourned to August 28 next Tuesday after prosecution told court that investigations in this matter are still ongoing.

Uganda Beats Ethiopia In Regional Final To Qualify For CAF U17 Tournament

History has been written again in Ugandan football as the Uganda U17 team ‘ Cubs’  emerged winners of the Total CECAFA  U17 Zonal Qualifiers  thus representing the region to the 2019 Total CAF U17 AFCON after defeating Ethiopia 3-1 in the final at the National Stadium, Dar es Salaam on Sunday evening.
It is the first time Uganda will have a Junior team at the finals of a continental tournament.
Good times are also happening to Ugandan football as two AFCON finals’ appearances in two years under the administration of FUFA President Eng. Moses Magogo and his entire Executive shouldn’t be taken as a light matter.
Uganda’s U17 opening goal came inside the first 15 minutes when defender Kasozi Samson’s header from the sixth Uganda corner of the game was on target to put the Cubs ahead.
In the 28th minute Sekajja Davis had a chance to double the lead for Uganda however his final ball went wide with only a goalkeeper to beat.
Before the break, Iddi Abdu Wahid’s cross from the right found a well-positioned Ibrahim Juma whose shot hit the post.
At the beginning of the second half Uganda Cubs tactician Peter Onen brought on Vipers SC Junior team midfielder Ivan Asaba for Yiga Najib who had an attempt just after coming on but his shot was inches wide.
Asaba’s dribbling skills mounted pressure on Ethiopia’s defenders. Mohammad Mosha fouled him on the edge of the box before Sekajja’s direct free kick to the right side of the target was saved.
In the 61st minute Thomas Kakaire released Iddi Abdu Wahid in the center of the park to double the lead for Uganda.
Uganda’s goalkeeper Delton Oyo made a save in a one on one situation and denied Ethiopia chance to score.
KCCA FC SA left-winger was substituted for Alou John Kokas eight minutes to the end of the game before Iddi Abdu Wahid scored the third from Asaba’s minus in the 85th minute.
Onen made his final change with Mwaka Polycap replacing Iddi Abdu Wahid in the 89th minute.
In added time Ethiopia got a consolation from a spot kick converted by Mintesnot Wakjira after Kasozi Samson handled the ball in the area.
‘We have been strong since the second game in the tournament. We have revenged against the Ethiopians. I’m very proud with the boys. They have been so determined and followed whatever we planned. I thank my technical team for the work done it was a collective achievement. FUFA thank you for supporting and giving these young players chance to play’ said Peter Onen Uganda U17 Head Coach.
Tanzania’s captain Kevin John was named tournament’s Most Valuable Player while Ethiopia’s Mintesnot Wakjira took the top scorer accolade with 8 goals.
Uganda will play in CAF U17 AFCON finals next year in Tanzania.

President Nkurunziza Commissions Multibillion Facilities in Bujumbura

As part of the celebrations for the achievements of the country’s 56th independence anniversary, Burundian president H.E Pierre Nkurunziza over the weekend commissioned multi billion facilities across the country.
Burundi got her independence on July 1, 1962 and as part of this year’s celebrations, a number of projects and infrastructures have been constructed across the country to mark the fifty sixth anniversary.
President Nkurunziza on Saturday started with Kigobe in Ntahangwa district where he commissioned infrastructures under Burundi Backbone System specializing in the design, construction and technical exploitation and marketing.
After a guided tour in various administrative offices and other technical facilities, the Director General of Burundi Backbone System Mr. Elie Ntihangowumwe informed the president that the building was constructed at a tune of more than eight hundred million Burundian francs.
After the Bujumbura City Council, the president also inaugurated the Mutimbuzi Municipal Office of Bujumbura Province, a two-storey building built in the Maramvya zone.
The facility will house other offices of the various municipal services and cost more than 350 million Burundian francs, including 151 million from FONIC.
In the same area, Nkurunziza also commissioned fifty houses built for women veterans and other vulnerable in the village.
He ended his tour in Gasenyi hill in the Rubirizi zone Mutimbuzi municipality where he inaugurated 9 classrooms of ECOFO Gasenyi.
The infrastructures were built by area local government, with the support from the office of the president.
The facility belongs to women’s association for leadership through education excellence (MICA).

Kagame’s daughter goes on Rampage

Photos of Ange Kagame the only daughter of Rwandan ruler Paul Kagame kissing her boyfriend in public have leaked to social media.
Ange Kagame 24 years is the second oldest child with three other siblings, Ivan Cyomoro, Ian Kagame, and Brian Kagame.
According to photo released on social media today, Ange is seen deep kissing her boyfriend with her eyes closed.
The boyfriend has been identified as Bertrand Ndengeyingoma alias Billy.
Ndengeyingoma is reportedly a brother to Kaliza Belise the Chief Operation Officer of Rwanda Development Board all sons of  Mzee Cyrille Ndengeyingoma a businessman in Kigali.
The pair is alleged to have first met in September 2016 and that by December 2016, Rwanda’s princess had travelled to USA 3 times for her dates using the father’s other jet – Gulfstream 4.
“In 2017, from January up to August 2017 at the time of the elections, the princess had travelled to USA more than 6 times”. A source narrated.
It is further reported  that during this period, in all Kagame’s travels to USA, her daughter always accompanied him or had her private trips to meet her lost rib.

Ange and Bertrand at a recent function ( COURTESY PHOTO)

The couple has since been seen on some several occasions on parties and outings where they are invited together.
However, the photo has attracted a lot of tensions with several Rwandans wondering the type of Billy Ndengeyingoma who doesn’t fear Paul Kagame.
The Rwanda’s sixth and current president has always been accused by his critiques of ruing his country with an iron hand.

Museveni urges youth to wake up, develop Uganda

President Museveni has urged the youth in the country to wake up and contribute to the development of Uganda so that they are able to come out of poverty and joblessness.
“I want the youth to wake up so that we develop our country in order to come out of poverty and joblessness,” he said.
The President was this afternoon addressing the National Youth Council meeting that is currently taking place at the Uganda Manufacturers Association (UMA) Conference Hall at Lugogo in Kampala Kampala.
He passionately advised them to continue understanding the ideology and strategy of the National Resistance Movement (NRM) as this will make easy for them and him to work together. He, at this juncture, assured them in particular and all Ugandans in general that nobody will disturb the prevailing peace and the security in the country.
Mr. Museveni told the meeting that the NRM government`s fore sighted planning has prescribed solutions to the challenges facing the youth such as lack of property, jobs and skills. He appealed to the youth to support the government to increase the Youth Fund so that they are further empowered to form groups to undertake different production activities with a view to adding value to products made locally in the country as a way of reducing import expenses.
He assured the youth that Government will provide maize processing machines in different areas of Masindi District, among others, where a lot of maize is produced. He, therefore, called on the youth to undertake the commercialisation of agriculture and also move interest their parents in the same ventures of commercial production.
Mr. Museveni advised the Youth Secretariat to engage scientists from Makerere University so as to get scientific explanations on what to do to improve production ventures. He proposed to the youth in the country to have action plans geared towards stopping the haemorrhage of their country’s annual expenditure on imports worth US$7 billion.
“You are very lucky in a very rich country and your parents are rich because they spend money to enrich others by importing these things. I want an action plan by the youth so that we stop this haemorrhage of spending US$7 billion on imports every year,” he said.
The President further asked the youth to know how to defend their interests and what is good for them so that government can support them better. He also warned them against land fragmentation practices and only work to consolidate families’ pieces of land keeping in mind that they should embrace of shares and parcel out the monetary proceeds from the activities carried on other then parcelling out land into uneconomic units.
The President, on a strong note, challenged the youth to help their parents to embrace commercial farming by encouraging them to abandon subsistence farming that is still a big problem. He noted that 32 percent of Ugandans are currently in money economy while the remaining 68% are mere spectators.

Ssekandi Warns Parents on Chewing Children’s Savings as Middle East Consultants Sends 100 to Work Abroad

Vice President Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi has cautioned parents and guardians of children working from a broad to stop misusing their hard earned savings they send back home.
Vice President Ssekandi was Thursday morning flagging off 100 Ugandans mostly youth recruited by Middle East Consultants to work abroad most especially in the middle east countries.
The youth will work as taxi drivers, general cleaners, maids and unarmed guards in Dubai, Qatar and Abu Dhabi.
The Vice president who was Chief Guest asked parents not to misuse their savings but help them to guide them on how to invest it and get profits like building rental houses and getting involved in agriculture.
He appealed to the youth not to reach there and start castigating the government back home but become Uganda’s good ambassadors saying that this will not only get more Ugandans jobs abroad, but also attract foreign investors.

VP Ssekandi pausing for a group photo with some of the parents of boys and girls leaving for jobs abroad
“Treasure the opportunities you have got. Be exemplary workers so that other Ugandans can be considered for jobs abroad.
Working abroad is more exciting and useful; you get exposure to so many things including diverse cultures,” Ssekandi said.
He also urged them not to live a reckless life saying that government and parents want to see them back when they are alive and safe “Be careful with life, we need you to come back alive and kicking,” He said.

Vice President blesses one of the youths leaving for work today at MECL head offices in Muyenga Kampala
The Vice President also commended Middle East Consultants for availing employment opportunities to Ugandans, noting that the company has helped in the fight against unemployment.
According to Middle East Consultants Ltd, over 15 years they have been exporting labour abroad, over 12000 Ugandans have been able to get jobs in Middle East countries through the company.
Ssekandi noted that government has put in place a policy guiding the export of labour.
 
“Go through only licensed companies like Middle East Consultants. We need jobs, but we also have to ensure that they (jobs) are safe both within and abroad,” he said.
Middle East Consultants Managing Director Gordon Mugyenyi speaking during the function also revealed that the company will start a training institute for Ugandans who will later be employed abroad.
Mugyenyi said the academy which will start by next year will be training Ugandans in lucrative jobs abroad such as hoteliers, drivers, unarmed guards and welders among others.
“Middle East Training will start next year and all those who will be deployed abroad will be trained from the academy” He said.
He revealed that the company is also looking forward to lobbying from Europe for white collar jobs for Ugandans through the ministry of Gender Labour and social affairs.
 

UPDF Starts Production of Armored Warfare Vehicles

President of the Republic of Uganda and Commander in Chief of the UPDF His Excellency Gen Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has commended the Uganda Peoples ‘Defence Forces Engineers for assembling armored military vehicles.
The President made the remarks at the commissioning of Nyoka Conversion Project in Magamaga Barracks in Mayuge District.
“Iam glad now after a long period of sleep, Africa is waking up because such work is a result of no sleep” Gen Museveni observed.
He added that” NYOKA” vehicles with a ballistic protection that can withstand a single anti -tank mine blast anywhere under the hull, are made from steel which Uganda has and that very soon a factory in Tororo will be making new steel from iron ore.
The President promised to look into the economies of making iron steel here as opposed to buying from Sweden.
He pledged to work tirelessly to see that other industries such as Luwero Industries can combine ideas for better output and form a bigger industry which can employ more Ugandans.
Impala Service and Logistics Limited of South Africa were commended for choosing to pattern with UPDF and the President urged them to maintain such a wonderful working relationship.
“When in the Bush, we had 100 mines from Libya but we used them to do much damage to the government. By the time we finished the landmines, we had finished the government”.
“Landmines had brought down the government of the Portuguese in Mozambique. Samora Michel used to say “the mine was the nuclear bomb of Africa”.
“After Nelson Mandela came to power in 1994 in South Africa, we learnt of these vehicles which were in two types; mambas and buffaloes.
“We also later learnt that the company making them was stopping production, which prompted me to direct that we take over the technology”.
The president says the good thing about armour is that it will be there for a long time and that only parts that grow old are the moving parts.
“That is how we developed the overhaul concept, the Nyoka vehicles. Ugandans are finally waking up. For an educated population like ours, these things are easy. It is simple physics and chemistry. Now that you are getting out of sleep, the sky is the limit” He says.
“These armored vehicles are made from steel. If we can add some alloy from the steel that will be made from the Tororo steel factory, we can make armored steel”.
At the same function the Chief of Defence Forces Gen David Muhoozi also commended the Commander in Chief for being such a guiding star for UPDF and doing a very commendable job towards the professionalization of the Army
“We have skilled our soldiers and we hope to upgrade” he said. The CDF also promised that the Army will soon construct a Marine.
I thank the UPDF for the initiative and Impala Company for working with our army in using this mine-resistant technology that had been initiated by the South African white army.

Kagame Accused of Massive training of Intore Militias to destabilize the region

As relations between Kigali and its neigbourng countries continue to become frostier, Rwanda has come under fire for training its youth militias to send them abroad with the aim of destabilizing the region.
This followed after Paul Kagame passed out 568 trainees including 430 Rwandan residents and 138 Rwandans residing in 20 countries across the world during closing ceremony of Itorero Indangamirwa XI.
The members of the alleged youth militias from abroad who attended Itorero Indangamirwa XI came from Uganda Belgium, Canada, China; Cyprus, DRC, Germany, Ghana; India, Ireland, Israel, Japan, Kenya, Mauritius, Poland, Singapore, Saudi Arabia,  UK, USA, and Denmark where most of Rwandan dissidents ran to for their lives after disagreeing with government in Kigali.
The youth under went five weeks intensive training which included basic military training, intelligence and counterterrorism at function that took place at Gabiro Combat Training Centre in Gatsibo district, Eastern Province.
The participants were also equipped with training in weaponry handling, military techniques – drills, ideas in close combats, intelligence gathering techniques, information warfare, relationship/trust building techniques and political education.
It is reported that while passing Intore, Kagame reminded them that the first line of defense against any enemy is intelligence (ubutatsi).
“In his speech to his intore militias who had just concluded a five week intensive military and intelligence course, Kagame repeated the word intelligence (Ubutatsi) more than five times, and explaining why it’s crucial for the security of the country”.
“For those who understand on Rwanda’s social – political status, well know that everyone is a potential spy. We have witnessed parents spying on their children and vice versa, relatives spying on relatives, neighbors spying on neighbors, employees spying on their employers…etc. It is a total police state”.
“For those who are always opening their zips, my advice to your own safety, keep your zips up or look somewhere else, but not in the Lands of criminal Paul Kagame”.Says Rpf Gakwerere one of both Kigali establishment and Kagame critiques.
Gakwerere says after being passed, those who are residents in other countries for example Uganda or Tanzania, once they return, they will report to their respective Rwandan embassies for intelligence cell allocation.
“It’s from here that the 1st secretary of the embassy who are all DMI external operatives within the embassy will allocate them to operational cells depending on their area of residence/town(s)”.
 
“With this group, they report directly to DMI headquarter. Once they finish the training, for those who joined from outside Rwanda, they are given abundant cash to start businesses or any other project i.e. education studies, prostitution mainly as intelligence gathering tool or elimination leeway. In other cases, they are helped to secure employment in strategic positions in their respective countries of residence” He adds.
He further said that “For Kagame, the focus is always to get enough recruits for this programme from great lakes region – SADEC countries”.
Rwandan has always been accused of trying to interfere with security systems of its neighbors   something it has continuously denied.
For example Burundi is accusing Kigali of being behind the attempted coup against President Pierre Nkurunzinza while he was attending a conference in Arusha Tanzania.
 
Bujumbura further says Rwanda went on and offered sanctuary to the leaders of the failed coup plotters who fled the country in 2015.
There have been reports Kigali of trying to penetrate security in Kampala with the view of causing regime change in Uganda something the latter also denies.
This was followed by the arrest of former Inspector General of Uganda police Gen Kale Kayihura by the Ugandan military for having links with Kigali and planning to overthrow the government.
Ugandan military is also having in its custody senior police officers, immigration officers, officials from the ministry of internal affairs and some Rwandese nationals who have been pausing as refugees in Uganda while on spy missions including former Rwandan army officers like Rene Rutagungira
Senior Ugandan police officers have been accused of illegal repatriation of Rwandan asylum seekers in Uganda and handing them over to authorities in Rwanda while officials from the immigration department are accused of helping some foreigners to acquire Ugandan passports to carry out their dubious missions.

Allen Kagina Defies IGG’s Orders, Refuses To Suspend 3 UNRA Directors Under Corruption Probe

Executive director Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) Allen Kagina has turned to the Inspector General of Government (IGG) to be lenient and save her 3 directors who are mostly likely to lose their jobs due to infighting within the authority and the line ministry.
According to letter seen by this investigative website written by UNRA’s Allen Kagina pleads with lady justice Iren Mulyagonja to save her 3 directors who are under investigation by IGG’s office on charges of Corruption and abuse office.
Those who are under probe are legal director Mary Kamuli Kuteesa, Moses Kasakya Director Internal Audit and John Ongimu Omeke director Procurement.
Kagina in letter says, “Chairman Board of directors are on my neck to know the status of UNRA staff that are under investigation by IGG, they might lose their contract if they are not helped”.
IGG wants UNRA Executive Director, Kagina to take action on Mary Kuteesa, Kasakya and Ongimu within 30 days and that they should leave office to pave away for proper investigation.
When contacted spokesperson of IGG Ali Munira confirmed the investigation of these 3 UNRA directors.
Munira noted that, “it’s true we are investigating them but UNRA executive director refused to suspend them”.
According to whistleblowers report seen by this investigative website, Kuteesa serves as a member of the contracts committee of Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) which serves a conflict of interest.
She reportedly connived with other members and awarded Chinese company called CICO and got contract.
She also influenced the board and is faulted for not disclosing her husband’s relationship with certain Chinese construction firms which do business with UNRA.
It was also alleged that her presence on the contracts committee is a disadvantage to other companies which are eliminated from procurement process without any justifiable reasons and biases the procurement process of the whole UNRA organization.
The letter also states that Kutesa’s husband through his law firm Arcodco and Co. Advocates and represents Chinese construction companies like China Wuyi, China Communications, which information was not disclosed to the board.
“The purpose of this letter is to request you to take appropriate action into the matter above and report to this office in 30 days from now,” the IGG directed