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FIFA fines Uganda Shs17 million over world cup qualifier

The World Football body, FIFA has sanctioned Uganda for an incident during a 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Togo.

In a circular released on Monday, by the Federation of International Football Associations (FIFA)’s Disciplinary Committee said Ugandan fans were seated in an improper place during the game at the Mandela National Stadium, Namboole on November 15, 2015.

The Uganda FA has received a warning and has been asked to pay a fine of Shs17,502, 155 (5,000 Swiss Francs). Humphrey Mandu, the Uganda FA deputy CEO said they are yet to receive the communication.

Another nation from the Council for East and Central African Football Associations (Cecafa) that has been fined is Burundi who will pay Shs35,004, 306 (10,000 Swiss Francs) for infringement of media and marketing regulations when they hosted Ivory Coast and another Shs20,957, 037) 6,000 Swiss Francs for fielding an ineligible player (Gael Bigirimana) in the away game to the same team.

0 Comments / 0 View / December 20, 2016 12:29 PM

Massive protests break out in DRCongo as Kabila’s term expires

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Protests erupted in several neighborhoods of the Congolese capital Kinshasa late on Monday and police fired tear gas to disperse them, witnesses said, just before President Joseph Kabila’s mandate expires at midnight.

Demonstrators in the districts of Kalamu, Matete and Lingwala and at Kinshasa University blew whistles to signal to Kabila that it was time to leave, and students at the university burned tires, multiple witnesses said.

Hundreds of anti-Kabila demonstrators earlier defied a ban on marches against the president’s plans to stay in office past the end of his term, and security forces faced off against groups waving red cards saying “Bye, bye Kabila.”

Opposition activists have accused Kabila of trying to cling to power by letting his term run out without an election to chose the next leader of Congo, which has not witnessed a peaceful change of power since independence in 1960.

“Kabila’s mandate finishes at 1159. … Tomorrow (Tuesday) it will be chaos,” said Hugue Ilunga, 21, as dozens of soldiers deployed nearby in the capital, an opposition stronghold of 12 million people.

Shops shut in other parts of Kinshasa, and streets in the capital were largely empty.

At least 80 protesters were arrested in the eastern city of Goma, the U.N. human rights office in Congo said, mostly activists who were simply wearing red shirts, an opposition color. Police said nine opposition demonstrators were detained.

Kabila’s elite Republican Guard also arrested prominent opposition activist Franc Diongo in Kinshasa, Kikaya said, after Diongo’s private guards beat up three of them.

Militia fighters raided a jail in eastern Congo’s Butembo trying to free prisoners, triggering clashes that killed a South African U.N. peacekeeper and a police officer.

REUTERS

0 Comments / 0 View / December 20, 2016 6:13 AM

Internet shut down, phones scrambled as Kabila beomes illegal president

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The Democratic Republic of Congo has not seen a peaceful transition of power since 1960; 2016 was supposed to be different.

But unfortunately, the situation in the DRC continues to deteriorate as talks between the ruling party and the opposition broke down over Pres. Kabila’s exit from power. His final legal day in office is tomorrow, December 19, after which he will no longer be the lawful president of the country. How the population reacts and how he responds is to be seen.

The Democratic Republic of Congo has not seen a peaceful transition of power since 1960; 2016 was supposed to be different.

But unfortunately, the situation in the DRC continues to deteriorate as talks between the ruling party and the opposition broke down over Pres. Kabila’s exit from power. His final legal day in office is tomorrow, December 19, after which he will no longer be the lawful president of the country. How the population reacts and how he responds is to be seen.

Recent troves of documents shared with The New York Times — whose authenticity has been verified by current and former Congolese officials — reveal a string of suspicious bank transfers totaling $95.7 million, dubious mining rights sales that have generated millions more and possible money-laundering schemes involving a bank executive widely described as Mr. Kabila’s adopted brother.

But several people who know the president well said Mr. Kabila was increasingly isolated, moody and antisocial. They said he had been keeping irregular hours, becoming irritable with his staff members and staying up late to play Sony PlayStation 4 or race his fancy motorcycles up and down the dark boulevards of Kinshasa to blow off steam.

The Kabila government is shutting down social media in the country tonight. This to quell communication among citizens who may be planning to organize protests against Mr. Kabila and his government.

ZAMBIA REPORTS

0 Comments / 0 View / December 19, 2016 9:45 PM

Europe should not impose term limits on Uganda – Oulanyah tells EU

The Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon. Jacob Oulanyah, has told a meeting of European, Caribbean and African Members of Parliament that no one will pass resolutions that impose presidential term limits on Uganda.

He said Uganda’s constitution has mechanisms through which political power can change hands and that the Constitution was the ultimate will of the people of Uganda which non-Ugandans should not undermine.

Oulanyah made thee remarks as the Committee on Political Affairs resumed consideration of a motion on a resolution on constitutional limits for presidential terms on Friday, 16th December 2016 in Nairobi Kenya.

The Committee is part of the African, Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Parliamentary Assembly.

The proposals for presidential terms limits are being advocated by Members of the European Parliament with support from some Members from the ACP.

Oulanyah advocated for the dropping of the whole motion on term limits following concerns that these were being dictated by the European Parliament.

He added that despite the fact that the Motion was agreed on by the ACP in its earlier stages, it was possible to have it dropped all together at this point.

“A thinking human being has a right to change his mind. We are not bound by any precedent. We can’t sit here and do what is not right for us,” Oulanyah stated.

There was a heated debate in the Committee with several delegations wondering why there was a call for withdraw of the Motion at a stage when they were considering amendments to it.

The Deputy Speaker however, stated that there was no precedence set that can stop the retraction of the motion adding that the decision to support it is undermining the will of the people who vote for them.

“What is not prohibited in law is allowed. I have never seen anywhere in the world where a motion cannot be withdrawn. This is a question of sovereignty and the will of the people,” he added.

A delegate from Rwanda, Hon. Evariste Kalisa, supported the Deputy Speaker’s position arguing that the citizens of the ACP and EU can decide on presidential term limits but not through motions passed by a few representatives.

“Our European counterparts pointed out that they don’t have term limits because it is the will of the people. We cannot vote for what is not good for our people,” he said.

On the withdrawal of the Motion, Kalisa added that, “I cannot be embarrassed if I discovered that I made a mistake in the first place.”

The argument for withdraw of the motion was received with serious resentment from MPs from Mali and Nigeria who noted that re-instating presidential term limits would eliminate dictators especially on the African continent.

The two delegations then stated their position that they would vote with the European representatives when the matter is put to vote.

The final vote on the motion on term limits will be taken when the ACP and the EU representatives meet in a joint assembly on Wednesday, 21st December 2016.

The joint meeting of the two Committees on Political Affairs will however, meet before the vote is taken.

In the same meeting, the ACP Committee on Political Affairs called on President Yahya Jammeh of Gambia to respect the outcome of the recent elections and hand over power.

The Ugandan delegation in Nairobi includes: Hon. Cecilia Ogwal (Dokolo), Hon. Juliet Kinyamatama (Rakai), Hon. Wamanga-Wamai (Mbale Municipality) and Hon. William Nokrach (PWDs).

0 Comments / 0 View / December 19, 2016 8:43 PM

Besigye rallies Mbale on ending ‘Museveni family rule’

Ladies and gentlemen, I stand here to talk to you about three things. I love to talk about three things because even God gave us the Trinity- The father, The Son and The Holy Spirit.

Before then however, I want to thank you for staying firm. I know it is very difficult to live and operate in our political environment where the dictator deliberately keeps you in opposition. You people here are veterans. I must thank you.

I know many of you are here for different reasons but I stand here to tell you that I want change. Change in this country has become a national question- because we need to change the system to reclaim power from the minority and return it to the majority. Those who exercise power must be the majority and not minority.

In Uganda’s case, it is family rule. It is not even about the minority but a family that controls state institutions. What happens in Uganda is unexplainable and unheard of. In civilised nations, nepotism is something alien. In the US, for example, President Elect Donald Trump cannot appoint his wife or relative to any public office even when they are highly qualified. It is the same practice in other democracies and civilised nations.

In Uganda, the “President” appoints his relatives and wife to manage public affairs even when they are least qualified. That is why we call Uganda a dictatorship. This is what I am fighting to change.

Secondly, we need to talk about the strategy of weakening and defeating the dictatorship. We may have tactics in a broader strategy but we need to agree on a strategy to achieve change.

Our strategy must not be to persuade Museveni to step down but we must struggle. Only the struggle and not persuasion will force Museveni out. We may, firstly, try to use guns to remove Mr. Museveni but we will remove a dictator and create WAR LORDS. The cycle will continue.

The next type is non-violence where everybody contributes. You will not have people claiming greater roles and responsibility for defeating a dictatorship. Non-violence calls for changing our people’s mindset to own the struggle; to understand that they must fight to cause political change. I am happy to state that people are beginning to realise that they are the real change agents.

A struggle cannot rely on the leader being good, it must be the people realising who is a good leader to lead them. The people are the only guarantors of good leadership. This therefore requires organisation.

Parties must organise because it is impossible to build a democracy without building organised and stable political parties. But in a struggle, you must have both leaders that operate overtly and covertly. This way you avoid situations where the dictator compromises leaders. A dictator is usually so powerful. You must have a lot of personal high discipline to survive being compromised. Therefore we must organise CREATIVELY.

The party needs offices and staffs- even when these staffs may be easily compromised but struggle needs people that are not visible- they operate secretly.

Thirdly, we need to take action. Action involves organised defiance activities across the country that paralyse the dictatorship. Non-cooperation is the biggest weapon against an entrenched dictator. You must not cooperate with a dictator.

Protest actions are also viable. We once organised noise protests and it worked. Protests are not only about street battles. We have numerous protest activities we can deploy.

Then lastly, we need to make interventions. These interventions must all be non-violent.

Role of Elections.

Elections organised by a dictator are not necessarily organised to hand over office even if they are defeated like Museveni was defeated. No dictator loves holding elections, they are forced to hold them. It is the only time we can try to use our limited freedom to engage and talk to people.

There is a claim that elections are over but we hold elections all the time. There are lower local council elections about to take place. The dictator is moving around the country campaigning but we are restricted from organising meetings for our party.

So elections are important to change people’s mindset and once we are organised like the people of Kasese, then we can force the dictator to surrender.

We won the election and we must regain our mandate the people of Uganda gave us. We shall struggle to reclaim our win and even if Mr. Museveni wants dialogue to negotiate his departure-there has been signs- we are willing to negotiate his retirement.

Once we have defeated this dictatorship, I will go raise my legs into retirement until God calls me home.

Thank you.

Message by Kizza Besigye address to Elgon FDC delegates in Mbale.

0 Comments / 0 View / December 19, 2016 8:35 PM

Museveni says glad for revenging on UPC gov’t

President Yoweri Museveni over the weekend attended the wedding of Mr Amanya Katabarwa and Ms Olivia Kobusingye at Lake Victoria Serena Resort, Kigo.

Amanya is son of Late Sam Katabarwa and Ambassador Norah Katabarwa while Olivia is daughter of Mr Fred Gyezaho, an administrator at State House, and Late Margaret Gyezaho.

“I thank the couple for not letting down their parents because you can support your children but they still turn up to be nothing,” he said.

He commended Ambassador Norah for raising the children after their father, Sam Katabarwa, was killed in 1984 by the UPC government.

Katabarwa had come as an NRA delegate to meet Paulo Muwanga when the UPC government killed him in a treacherous way.

“He was a brilliant young NRA officer who died too soon. I am glad that we avenged his death by kicking out the UPC government. Those who killed a young delegate were shamed.”

“And his son is now marrying. It shows that those who trust in God, he does not let them down. I wish the couple a blissful marriage.”

0 Comments / 0 View / December 19, 2016 8:23 PM

Stanbic flexipay to transform school fees payments

Milly Kyolaba

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Stanbic Bank Uganda’s leading financial services provider recently announced the launch of an innovative digital school fees payments and collections solution aimed at easing the time-consuming and costly process of lining up in bank halls to pay fees.

The solution named Stanbic FlexiPay allows parents and students to settle their school fees using the banks various digital solutions as well as Mobile Money.

Our reporter talked to the banks Head of Public Sector Milly Kyolaba who explained why FlexiPay was developed, how it will make life easier for customers while touching on some of the other exciting digital innovations the bank will be introducing that will dramatically improve the consumer banking experience in 2017.

Below are the excerpts.

  • Give us a little background, why did the bank create Flexipay and how will it make the lives of school fees paying customers easier?

FlexiPay is a school fees payments and collections solution the bank developed in order to offer our customers (parents, guardians, students and educational institutions) greater convenience, savings and flexibility. It gives them the ability to pay and receive their school fees securely and conveniently using either Stanbic’s digital payment solutions, Mobile Money or the bank branch. FlexiPay will simplify people’s lives because it can be used anywhere anytime, from your mobile phone. This means school fees paying customers will no longer have to queue up at bank branches at the beginning of every term allowing them to focus on more important things like ensuring the child is actually ready and fully prepared for school.

  • Apart from not queuing up what other advantages does FlexiPay offer?

FlexiPay offers a number of benefits and advantages for the parents, guardians and the school. Beyond the convenience of being able to make payments from anywhere thus eliminating unnecessary transport costs, parents or guardians are also able to make real savings in terms of money because the solution has very affordable charges and to our customers, there is no extra charge – It thus costs nothing at all! Just to give you an example: there are no school fees bank charges incurred by our Stanbic customers who will make payments using our Mobile (*290#) and Online Banking platforms. Users are also assured of secure payments, as FlexiPay verifies each student and school before making a payment and they receive an instant confirmation of payment with all details (School & Student name, Amount paid) on their mobile phone with a unique payment number for future reference.

The school, on the other hand, gets the benefit of being immediately notified when a student payment is made. In addition the system allows for automated reconciliations of collections which helps eliminate forgeries and reduce on wasteful administrative costs such as paperwork. Lastly FlexiPay supports the overall management function by allowing the school to generate collection reports such as individual student statements and debtor lists.

  • Exactly which are these payment channels where customers can access the FlexiPay solution?

FlexiPay is currently available on the following platforms and channels; MTN Mobile Money *290*1#, our branches and next year on Mobile Banking *290# and Online Banking. In 2017 we have also planned to enable other channels to receive school fees such as web E-Commerce and Visa-enabled Point Of Sale machines (POS). In future, we also intend to provide this solution on our ATMs. As Stanbic we firmly believe the future of banking is digital which is the reason why we have invested so much in providing our customers so many different alternatives.

  • How does a school sign up to FlexiPay and how much does it cost?

This is a fairly simple process; First of all the school needs to sign a standard FlexiPay agreement with the bank (in most cases with the branch manager where the account is held). The bank will then go ahead to register the school on the FlexiPay platform. The designated school administrator will then receive an automated email with guidelines on how to access and use Stanbic FlexiPay. The School Admin manager can if necessary create other internal users with different roles for ease of management. Each student is assigned a unique student number by the school. Parents and Guardians can thereafter start paying school fees using any of the Stanbic channels or Mobile Money. The beauty of it all being there are no setup costs as the system is absolutely free for schools.

  • What of security what measures has the bank put in place to guarantee the School does not risk being exposed to fraud or mistakes by users.

As a bank the security of our customer funds is our primary concern as such we have put in place a robust and secure system with inbuilt safety mechanisms that ensure the FlexiPay platform can only be accessed by the authorized persons. Our payment solutions operate in a secure, session-based environment and the functionality offered is in line with the security requirements and global standards of mobile banking platforms. To that end each user is assigned credentials (passwords, usernames) with different roles and functionalities; audit logs are also available as an oversight tool to track the actions of all users of the system.

  • What of training, how do schools learn how to use the backend of FlexiPay?

The bank offers training free of charge and technical support all the way through till users within the school are comfortable with it and able to navigate the system with ease. One of the other major benefits of FlexiPay is its being simple and user friendly.

  • Progressively we see greater emphasis on the use of digital technology within the bank both as a means of reducing costs and improving service delivery, can you tell us about some of the innovations you have done or will be rolling out in 2017?

Our innovations are placing Stanbic Bank at the forefront of Digital banking in Uganda. Our customers can access any of the bank’s ATMs to deposit and withdraw cash, or use their mobile phones to access real-time banking services through the App or Mobile banking (*290#). Our Corporate and Business Banking customers can now run their business finances using their laptops, smart phones or tablets with online banking, Enterprise Online or Business Online. If you have an ATM card, we offer Point of Sale machines at almost all major retail premises (restaurants, hotels, supermarkets etc.) for your cashless purchases. For the unbanked, Stanbic’s Instant Money services allow customers to send money from their Stanbic Bank account to any mobile phone. We are making it easier for our customers so that they don’t have to physically visit a branch to transact.

In 2017, our focus will be on enhancing the existing capability across these digital solutions and we will also focus on enhancing the security of our platforms even further. Our aim is to offer our customers an amazing Digital Banking experience.

0 Comments / 0 View / December 19, 2016 8:17 PM

Museveni, el-Sisi discuss terrorism, S.Sudan sanctions

President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has welcomed Egypt decision to provide a protection force in South Sudan citing that Egypt, unlike Uganda, does not share close border ties with South Sudan and would therefore, not be accused of bias in the situation.

He called upon the Egyptian government to discourage the United Nations Security Council’s policy of putting sanctions on South Sudan saying that sanctions cause a vacuum in the leadership.

President Museveni was speaking at Entebbe State House where he held bilateral talks with the Egyptian leader.

President Museveni urged the government of Egypt to resist Sectarianism, which he said is responsible for the rise of extremism in the world.

“When President Muhammad Morsi came to here, I told him his project of Muslim brotherhood was dangerous for Egypt. In Uganda, we do not look at religion and tribe but citizenship,” he said.

Regarding the River Nile, President Museveni said that the government of Uganda would take strict measures to ensure to conservation of River Nile so that Egypt, which relies on it solely for water supply, would not be affected.

“The problem of the Nile is too much agriculture. The Chinese brought the culture of growing muddy rice in the wetlands which wetlands need to be lift alone and used sustainably,” he said

He added that the Nile Basins countries should also develop a highway along the Nile, in order to enable land locked countries like Uganda , South Sudan, and Ethiopia, to reduce the distance of Europe and to part of Alexandria.

Turning to investment, President Museveni thanked the Egyptian government for sending its private sector players to invest in Uganda and promised to support them.

He encouraged Egyptian investors to build warehouses so that Egyptian products do not only appear on the Uganda market during the trade fairs only.

President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi on his part commended President Museveni for his role in bringing peace to Uganda and African continent as a whole.

President el- Sisi who had earlier in the day jetted in Uganda, and received by his host at international Airport, noted that there was need to address regional challenges such as terrorism and extremism which he said threaten the stability of East Africa, North Africa, and Africa as a continent.

“Terrorism is threatening the sovereignty of countries we need to stop the plague of extremism and make sure it does not have a negative impact on our development,” he stressed.

On the issue of ensuring stability in Africa, President Sisi the Egypt supports the work of the transitional government of south Sudan and would desire to be part of the regional protection force.

President Sisi also called for increased trade between Uganda and Egypt. A joint permanent commission is slated to meet and see how to boost trade between Uganda and Egypt.

President el-Sisi said, his government would collaborate with Uganda in many sectors including irrigation, livestock farming and electricity among others.

During President Sisi’s visit a memorandum of understanding on political consultations, between the two signed Before the Egyptian.

President concluding his visit to Uganda, he has hosted to luncheon by President Museveni at State House Entebbe.

0 Comments / 0 View / December 19, 2016 8:14 PM

Besigye eulogises deceased DP politician Nsubuga

The fallen Democratic Party Secretary General, Mathias Nsubuga is to be buried on Thursday at his ancestral home in Ngereko- Manja in Kiwangala, Lwengo District.

According to the tentative programme issued by his family members, the body of Nsubuga, who suffered a stroke on Friday and passed away on Sunday evening at Case Clinic in Kampala will be taken to parliament on Tuesday and thereafter to Nalumunye for a night vigil.

On Wednesday, his body will be taken to Lubaga Cathedral before setting off to Lwengo.

Several people, including the former Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) presidential candidate Dr Kizza Besigye eulogized Nsubuga.

“I am saddened by the death of DP Secretary General Mathias Nsubuga whom I have known for a very long time. My condolences go out to his family and our DP colleagues,” said Besigye.

According to him, Nsubuga was a nice person and fair minded who worked tirelessly for a free Uganda.

“Our best country contribution, for his memory, is to see that we achieve what Nsubuga died trying to deliver- a free and democratic Uganda. We shall do everything within our power to deliver Mathias Nsubuga’s dream,” he added.

According to Elvis Kintu, the DP Capacity Strengthening Coordinator, Nsubuga had been rushed to Case Clinic in Kampala on Friday after suffering a massive stroke at Mukono Bookshop in Kampala.

In his Facebook post, Norbert Mao, the DP President, said DP has lost a clean-hearted man.

The Masaka Municipality MP, Mathias Mpuuga, said the death of Nsubuga is a very big loss to his family, the Democratic Party, Masaka and Lwengo District in particular.

0 Comments / 0 View / December 19, 2016 7:54 PM

Makerere lecturers call off strike

Makerere University lecturers have agreed to call off their sit down strike in a bid to open the university and have the visiting committee appointed by president Museveni to probe into issues affecting the institution do its work.

The lecturers under their umbrella body Makerere University Academic Staff Association (MUASA) in on Monday voted to end the strike that led to the closure of the institution by president Museveni over a month ago.

In a meeting held today after the last ended prematurely on Friday, a total of 81 lecturers voted in support of a motion to suspend the strike while 51 others wanted the strike to continue until their grievances are addressed.

This was after the university council last week agreed to pay them one n onth of their salary and another of their incentive arrears.

However, the lecturers threatened to resume their strike if the grievances are not addressed by February next year as promised by the council.

0 Comments / 0 View / December 19, 2016 7:49 PM