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Trump presidency likely to affect aid to Africa

Trump presidency likely to affect aid to Africa

A Trump presidency raises the risk of the world’s largest economy reining in development aid thus affecting dependent countries such as Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, Nigeria and DRC according to ICAEW’s (the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales) latest report.

In Economic Insight: Africa Q4 2016, launched today, the accountancy and finance body points out that signs of an expansionary fiscal stance under the Trump administration coupled with spending cuts in order to accommodate increased infrastructure expenditure are likely to lead to the decrease in aid.

The report, commissioned by ICAEW and produced by partner and forecaster Oxford Economics, provides a snapshot of the region’s economic performance focusing specifically on Kenya, Tanzania, Ethiopia, Nigeria, Ghana, Ivory Coast, South Africa and Angola.

According to the report, and drawing on insights from the Organization for economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the US is SSA’s principal benefactor in terms of bilateral official aid (ODA) with over $9 billion distributed to the region.

The UK is second in line with just under $4bn distributed, followed by France with just over $2bn. Furthermore, in terms of official development aid receipts to East Africa, Ethiopia received the largest sum with over $3.5bn in aid, followed by Kenya and Tanzania with over $2.5bn, and lastly Uganda with over $1.5bn.

Michael Armstrong, Regional Director, ICAEW Middle East, Africa and South Asia said: “Aid is one of the main channels through which a change in US policy under the new president could impact Africa. Policymakers and businesses across the continent will be keen to see President-elect Trump’s plans for development policies once he takes office.”

Trade is another channel likely to be affected by the new US administration. Although US-Africa trade has declined strongly in recent years, mostly due to the shale boom which decreased the need for African crude oil, countries on the continent still benefit immensely from the African Growth & Opportunity Act (AGOA). Considering the president-elect’s protectionist stance, African economies could be harmed by tighter policies towards agricultural and manufacturing trade.

On a more positive note, The United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (Unctad) revealed that the East African region received $7.8 billion in Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) during 2015 which is only a 2% decrease from 2014 compared to the 36% & 18% decline seen in Central Africa and West Africa respectively.

Furthermore, East Africa is forecast to see an increase in net FDI in coming years with a 10% rise expected in 2017. Tanzania in particular is expected to receive considerable investor interest as the country’s natural gas sector receives increased attention.

The report also shows:

  • Kenya’s growth outlook has improved in recent months, with the tourism sector recovering from the effects of previous terror attacks and travel advisory warnings, while the central bank has also been able to ease monetary policy in recent months
  • Kenyan economic growth is projected to reach 5.9% this year, before trending towards 7% over the medium term
  • Economic growth in Tanzania and Ethiopia is expected to remain strong, with public investment supporting industry while favourable demographics stimulate the services sectors
  • Lower inflation and slightly slower growth in Uganda have encouraged the central bank to
    ease monetary policy, with positive effects on the business environment. Infrastructure spending will be a major driver of growth in that country in the next few years

The full Economic Insight: Africa report can be found here: http://www.icaew.com/en/about-icaew/where-we-are/africa

0 Comments / 0 View / December 16, 2016 6:55 PM

Uganda’s Beneath the Lies nominated in 2017 AMVCA’S

On Wednesday, the 14th of December, 2016, the nominees for the fifth edition of the prestigious Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice Awards (AMVCAs) were revealed.

Announcing the nominees was the duo of popular Nigerian actress and TV presenter, Mitchelle Dede, and renowned Kenyan actor, radio presenter and TV host Fareed Khimani during a special live broadcast which aired on all Africa Magic channels on DStv and GOtv.

Here are the Nominees:

CATEGORY
NOMINEE
BEST MOVIE (SOUTH AFRICA)

MRS RIGHT GUY
DUMISANI GUMBI
HAPPINESS IS A FOUR LETTER WORD
BONGIWE SELANE, JUNAID AHMED, HELENA SPRING
VAYA
RETHABILE MOLATELA MOTHOBI
THE JAKES ARE MISSING
BIANCA ISAAC
ALL ABOUT LOVE
ELVIS CHUKS
BEST MOVIE (EAST AFRICA)

AISHA
AMIL SHIVJI
NAOMBA NISEME
STAFORD KIHORE
KATI KATI
SARIKA HEMI LAKHANI
EPIDEMIC
MAGEYE HASSAN
HOMECOMING
SEKO SHAMTE
BEST MOVIE (WEST AFRICA)

93 DAYS MOVIE
STEVE GUKAS/BOLANLE AUSTEN-PETERS/PEMON RAMI/DOTUN OLAKUNRI
76
ADONIJAH OWIRIWA / TONYE PRINCEWILL
OLOIBIRI
ROGERS OFIME
A TRIP TO JAMAICA
RICHARD AYODEJI MAKUN
THE C.E.O.
KUNLE AOLAYAN
BEST TELEVISION SERIES

JENIFA’S DIARY
FUNKE AKINDELE
SOKHULU AND PARTNERS SEASON 3
ROBERTA DURRANT
DUPLICITY
DELMWA DESHI KURA
BENEATH THE LIES
CEDRIC NDILIMA
BEYOND YOUR SIGHT: THE POLICE STORY
LANCELOT ODUWA IMASUEN
BEST INDIGENOUS LANGUAGE MOVIE OR TV SERIES – SWAHILI

UREMBO
DOROTHY GHETTUBA
SIRI YA MTUNGI (SEASON 2)
JOHN, LOUISE AND JORDAN RIBER
MGANGA BOMBA
GBENGA KAYODE
FIHI
VICTOR GATONYE
ZILIZALA
DAUDI OTIENO ANGUKA
BEST INDIGENOUS LANGUAGE MOVIE OR TV SERIES – IGBO

AMONYE-BU-ONYE
CREY AHANONU
OBI-EZE
KINGSLEY OKEREKE
OBI NWANYI
DOUYE AARON GARVEY
MMAKWARA SERIES
TIANA OBOYI
IKPE OMUMA
EMEKA OSSAI
BEST INDIGENOUS LANGUAGE MOVIE OR TV SERIES – HAUSA

SALIM
ABDULLAHI ABAS
MAFARIN TAFIYA
NUHU ABDULLAHI
YAKI DA ZUCIYA
TIJJANI SHEHU YAHAYA
MAULA
MUKTAR BELLO ISMAIL
BEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY (MOVIE/TV SERIES)

THE BOSS IS MINE
IMEH BISHOP UMOH
A TRIP TO JAMAICA
AYO MAKUN
ITS HER DAY
BOVI
GHANA MUST GO
BLOSSOM CHUKWUJEKWU
BROTHER JEKWU
MIKE EZURONYE
THE LIFE OF A NIGERIAN COUPLE
OKEY UZOESHI
MEET THE INLAWS
AMECHI MUONAGOR
BEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY (MOVIE/TV SERIES)

MEET THE INLAWS
TINA MBA
MRS RIGHT GUY
DINEO MOEKETSI
WIVES ON STRIKE
CHIOMA AKPOTHA
JENIFA’S DIARY
FUNKE AKINDELE
WIVES ON STRIKE
UCHE JOMBO-RODRIGUEZ
A TRIP TO JAMAICA
FUNKE AKINDELE
WIVES ON STRIKE
OMONI OBOLI
BEST ACTRESS IN A DRAMA (MOVIE/TV SERIES)

93 DAYS MOVIE
BIMBO AKINTOLA
SLOW COUNTRY
IVIE OKUJAYE-EGBOH
76
RITA DOMINIC
THE ARBITRATION
ADESUA ETOMI
VAYA
ZIMKHITHA NYOKA
DERAILED
MEG OTANWA
LOVE IS A PRANK
HANNAH OJO
BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A DRAMA (MOVIE/TV SERIES)

VAYA
WARREN MASEMOLA
GHANA MUST GO
KOFI ADJORLOLO
THE JAKES ARE MISSING
MPHO SEBENG
JUST NOT MARRIED
ROTIMI SALAMI
93 DAYS MOVIE
GIDEON ECHE-OKEKE
KATI KATI
ELSAPHAN NJORA
GHANA MUST GO
NKEM OWOH
BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A DRAMA (MOVIE/TV SERIES)

FOUR ONE LOVE
EBELE OKARO ONYUIKE
93 DAYS MOVIE
SOMKELE IDHALAMA
8 BARS & A CLEF
KEHINDE BANKOLE
ITS HER DAY
ADUNNI ADE
SOMETHING WICKED
IVIE OKUJAIYE
HAPPINESS IS A FOUR LETTER WORD
KHANYI MBAU
VAYA
NAMONDE MBUSI
BEST CINEMATOGRAPHER (MOVIE/TV SERIES)

MRS RIGHT GUY
ADZE UGAH
93 DAYS MOVIE
YINKA EDWARD
HAPPINESS IS A FOUR LETTER WORD
LANCE GEWER
OLOIBIRI
CURTIS GRAHAM
76
YINKA EDWARD
BEST SHORTFILM

IRETI
TOPE OSHIN
LOOT
GREG ROM
MEET THE PARENTS
LONZO NZEKWE
CAT FACE
OGO OKPUE
LIGHT DIARIES: SPIN AROUND
MELISSA HAIDEN
BEST DOCUMENTARY

ROOTS – GAMBIA
EBOH WAGGEH
MAKOKO: FUTURES AFLOAT
FEMI ODUGBEMI
ALISON
UGA CARLINI
AMAKA’S KIN- THE WOMEN OF NOLLYWOOD
TOPE OSHIN
PETRA’S NABATEAN HERITAGE
YVONNE BASSEY
BEST ART DIRECTOR

76
PAT NEBO
93 DAYS MOVIE
BOLA BELO
OLOIBIRI
CHIMA ADIGHIJE
HAPPINESS IS A 4 LETTER WORD
GARY SMITH
GHANA MUST GO
GODWIN ASHONG
BEST COSTUME DESIGNER

76
PAT EGWURUBE
OLOIBIRI
DELE AKINYELE/CHELSEA OLIVER
GHANA MUST GO
CHIEMELA NWAGBOSO/ ASANTEWA CLARA ADJOA
CASINO
SHILEOLA IBIRONKE AND MOJISOLA SAPARA
KING INVINCIBLE
OBIJIE
BEST LIGHTING DESIGNER (MOVIE/TV SERIES)

93 DAYS MOVIE
ELLIOT SEWAPE

0 Comments / 0 View / December 16, 2016 6:47 PM

Former Brazilian President, Dilma Rousseff, criticizes the current government and calls for immediate elections

Dilma Rousseff, former Brazilian President

Speaking with Upfront on Al Jazeera, Dilma Rousseff, former Brazilian President, speaks about her impeachment and criticises the current government:

• Labels current Brazilian President Michel Temer an “illegitimate president” and a “traitor”

• Says Temer betrayed their joint election campaign promises

• Maintains she was impeached “with completely unsubstantiated allegations” in a “coup d’état”

• Calls for elections to happen immediately: “We must elect a new president of the Republic so this coup is effectively blocked”

• Denies she was aware of corruption taking place at Petrobras: “None of us detected anything”

In an exclusive interview with Al Jazeera English’s current affairs show, UpFront, Dilma Rousseff, former Brazilian president, speaks out against her impeachment and criticises the current administration.

“[President Temer] is obviously an illegitimate president of Brazil,” Rousseff told UpFront host Mehdi Hasan. “Because the process which brought him to government…is a process based on tearing up the Brazilian constitution.”

“I never expected him to be a traitor and he is a traitor,” she added. “He didn’t betray me as the person Dilma Rousseff; he rather betrayed the President of the Republic. He betrayed an institution. And furthermore, he betrayed a campaign.”

During the interview, Rousseff addressed the allegations that led to her impeachment. “The parliament allied itself with segments of the judiciary system and launched a coup d’état, removing a president from office, with completely unsubstantiated allegations,” she said.

Rousseff said her experience is not unique and a global phenomenon. “What is happening in the world, especially here in Latin America, but elsewhere in the world too, is a process of parliamentary coup, or institutional coup, through which a branch of power forms alliances, with the omission of other segments of power,” she said.

On the issue of the Petrobras scandal, which implicated numerous Brazilian politicians, she denied any knowledge of corruption inside the oil company. Before assuming the presidency, Rousseff was chairperson of Petrobras, Brazil’s biggest company, between 2003 and 2010.

“The council, which I was a member of, included businessmen,” she said. “None of us detected anything, funnily enough. There is no council where the Chair is the only person who is held accountable. Why are none of the major businessman questioned? Why only me?… There is a huge difference between being a member of the Council and being a member of the Board of Petrobras. This difference exists in every organization. The prosecutors from Operação Lava Jato (Operation Car Wash) acknowledged that corruption happens in the dark.”

Rousseff also called upon the Brazilian government to conduct fresh elections and not wait until 2018. “I believe that the key component in the ongoing struggle in Brazil today is a return of free elections for president,” she said. “We must elect a new president of the Republic so that this coup is effectively blocked.”

This UpFront interview with Dilma Rousseff airs Friday December 16th at 19:30GMT

/20:30 WAT / 21:30 CAT / 22:30 EAT. The full show will be available through this link: www.aljazeera.com/upfront after it airs. For more information, follow UpFront on Twitter @AJUpFront.

0 Comments / 0 View / December 16, 2016 6:32 PM

Winnie Byanyima turns down NBS talkshow invitation over Ofwono Opondo

Winnie Byanyima

The executive director of Oxfam International, Winnie Byanyima on Thursday failed to appear on NBS talkshow after the TV failed to honour her condions for appearance.
Byanyima who is also wife to former Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) presidential candidate Dr Kizza Besigye had among others things told NBS not to host government spokesperson Ofwono Opondo, a regular panelist on Frontline, the TV’s political talkshow if they wanted to have host her as well.
It is not clear why Byanyima never wanted to debate with Opondo, especially since her husband Besigye, recently appeared on the same show with Opondo.
In response to Byanyima’s failure to turn up, Opondo attacked her on social media describing her actions as arrogance.
“Winnie Byanyima had demanded that NBS removes me from Frontline panel as pre-condition for her to come.

Imagine she wants to be president of Uganda but is intolerant of me disagreeing with her! Nerver-the-less I’m thankful to NBS TV for standing firm and rejecting Winnie Byanyima crude arrogance,” said Opndo on his twitter handle.

0 Comments / 1 View / December 16, 2016 6:31 PM

Tension in Kasese as police arrests Rwenzuru prime minister

The situation in the Rwenzori sub region remains tense following police arrest of the acting prime minister of Obusinga Bwa Rwenzururu Johnson Thembo Kitsumbire.

Kitsumbire was arrested yesterday at the District Internal Security Officer (DISO) on Square One street, Kasese Municipality.

When contacted on phone, the police spokesperson for Rwenzori East, Suwed Manshur confirmed the arrest but declined to divulge more details.

Kitsumbire was detained at Rwenzori East division police headquarters for interrogations.

His arrest comes just a day after the Rwenzururu King Charles Wesley Mumbere was arraigned in court and slapped with new treason charges along 151 of his subjects including royal guards.

Mumbere was arrested during a UPDF assault on his Buhikira palace in Kasese town following the fresh clashes that have left more than 100 dead and scores injured.

0 Comments / 0 View / December 16, 2016 9:02 AM

Our struggle is not about me becoming Ugandan president – Besigye

My struggle is not about me becoming Ugandan president, former Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) presidential candidate Dr Kizza Besigye has said.

According to the four time challenged of President Yoweri Museveni, his struggle and that of his party, FDC is to see that power is distributed among the many instead of being controlled by a few people with the help of state machinery like police and the army.

“Out struggle is not about becoming president of this country. Our struggle is about ensuring that power is distributed equally among Ugandans for a better country,” said Dr Besigye at a Dua for the late Eriasa Ssebuliba, father to Nassimbwa Safinah, Mpigi District Woman league chairperson at Kayabwe town on Thursday.

At the same function, a one sheikh Mayombwe said, continuous police siege at Dr Besigye’s home shall increase instability or chaos in the country.
According to him, Dr Besigye should be left to move freely like any other Ugandan because that his right.

0 Comments / 0 View / December 15, 2016 7:48 PM

Nanziri ends Ajax Queens’ unbeaten run in the FUFA Women Elite League

Photos: Ajax Queens vs Uganda Martyrs High School Rubaga played on Wednesday 14th December, 2016 in the FUFA Women Elite League.

FUFA Women Elite League 2016/17 season, Victoria group

FT: Ajax Queens 0-1 Uganda Martyrs High School, Rubaga

Reste Nanziri netted the game’s only goal to hand Ajax queens their first loss of the season in the FUFA Women Elite League match played in Rubaga.

The match was shifted to Rubaga at the request of Ajax Queens whose home ground was not available for the Wednesday afternoon match.

The League organisers granted Ajax the request with the fixture still considerate of Uganda Martyrs as the visiting team.

Ajax went into the match with an envious record of five games played-with only two points dropped against Gafford Ladies with the rest of the matches ending in victories.

The match played on Wednesday in Rubaga, saw entertaining action from both sides but Nanziri Reste made the difference with the solitary strike which beat Ajax Queen’s keeper Namakula Gloria just before half time break.

0 Comments / 0 View / December 15, 2016 1:45 PM

Deputy Speaker Lauds Motocross Team on EA win

The Deputy speaker, Hon. Jacob Oulanyah has applauded the Uganda Motocross Team for winning the 2016 Africa Central Motocross competitions in Jamhuri Park, Kenya.

Receiving a petition from the Uganda team today Tuesday 13th December 2016, Oulanyah said that he was proud of the Ugandan team for putting up a spirited fight and uplifting Uganda at the International Championship.

“I am a believer in sports and I have seen how strong your team is. This win is very important for the growth of Motocross. I am proud that you are making great strides”, Oulanyah said.

The Deputy Speaker urged the team to work hard and coordinate with the media for visibility such that people may get to know about Motocross. He also requested the team to present their concerns to the committee on Education and Sports such that Motocross is given more prominence and publicity.

The Secretary General of the Ugandan Motor Cross Team, Joseph Mwangala highlighted the challenges that the team faces, such as limited funding and appealed for government support.

Mwangala said that Motocross will be the dream and inspirational sport for every age group in Uganda because it is a sport for all ages; citing how the Ugandan team is comprised of kids as young as 6.

The Team Captain, Maxim Van Pee extended his appreciation to the Deputy Speaker for giving them audience, and called for tax exemption on motor cycles imported for Motocross.

“If rally cars are exempted from tax, why not motor bikes meant for rallies? We would like to see that motocross is given the same value just like any other sport,” Van Pee said.

Over the weekend, the team led by Van Pee beat Kenya in the 2016 FIM Africa Central Motocross Championship (CAC), putting Uganda top in East Africa. Team Uganda despite having the smallest number of people (18) put on a tough act and won by 40 points

Other winners included Aviv Orland, Barak Orland and Miguel Katende who added victory to the Ugandan team in the MX85, Vets class and 50peewee respectively.

0 Comments / 0 View / December 15, 2016 1:41 PM

More than 7,000 graduate at Kyambogo

Diana Kalamira one of the graduands with the mother at Kyambogo University (Photo by Irene Mukatsinda)

At least 7,157 students are set to graduate from Kyambogo University this week. Of these, 3467 are Males and 3590 females.

Prof. John Ssebuwufu, the Kyambogo University Chancellor on Wednesday conferred masters, bachelor’s degrees, diplomas and certificates on 1,973 graduands.

The graduands were from Graduate school, school of Management and Entrepreneurship and Faculty of Special Needs and Rehabilitation. He warned the graduands against living reckless lifestyles to avoid contracting diseases that can finish off their lives.

Speaking at the same event, Professor Eli Katunguka Rwakishaya, the acting Vice Chancellor Kyambogo University congratulated the Graduands on their achievements.

The First Lady, who doubles as the Education and Sports Minister, Janet Kataaha Museveni hailed parents and guardians for supporting and investing in their children’s education.

She also appealed to the Kyambogo senate to work out a system to ensure that all graduands from the University and its affiliated institutions have good attitude towards work.

0 Comments / 0 View / December 15, 2016 1:20 PM

2016 has been a disappointing year, Mugabe decries party member’s betrayal

TO GO WITH FARAI MUTSAKA STORY ON TEASING MUGABE Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe, left, sits with his wife Grace during commemorations to mark his 92nd Birthday celebrations in this Saturday, February, 27, 2016 photo. (AP Photo/Tsvangirayi Mukwazhi)

President Robert Mugabe yesterday berated senior government officials and Zanu PF bigwigs for letting down the nation, which is now facing an unprecedented economic crisis, while concentrating on toxic factional fights and the never-ending debates centred around his successor.

Addressing a Zanu PF central committee meeting in Harare yesterday ahead of the party’s annual conference in Masvingo this week, Mugabe said 2016 has been a disappointing year for him as indiscipline and factional fights diverted attention, with senior members jostling for higher positions.

“While our people, generally our grassroots, have remained united, we the leaders have failed to show maturity.

This is quite disturbing. As leaders, we failed to demonstrate the high levels of maturity and discipline expected from us,” he said.

Zanu PF has been rocked by intense factional wars pitting Team Lacoste, reportedly linked to Vice-President Emmerson Mnangagwa, and G40, said to have links to First Lady Grace Mugabe, with both battling to sponsor the veteran politician’s successor.

“I have said this before: There is nothing wrong in expressing ambitions, an aspiration for position which would be available for any post in the party,” Mugabe said.

“But I have, on most occasions, frowned upon shameless unbridled ambitions, which seek to rise and rub up shoulders of the ladder. You don’t jump for party positions. People are spending time scheming against each other, plotting to harm each other, ahhh.”

He railed against dirty politics and mudslinging, saying no one should be allowed to infiltrate the party and use its members to advance “selfish agendas”.

“The main focus of the party requires us to commit ourselves to serve it diligently and quietly. Is this what we are doing? So, dirty politics should never be entertained in the party,” Mugabe said.

“The traditions of the party are that you rise up slowly. You subject yourself to the people. You are elected by the people and if you win, you would have won, and if you lose, you would not have lost being a member of the party, but you have merely lost the chance for that moment.

“There is always a tomorrow. So, these things, which [political commissar, Saviour] Kasukuwere calls shenanigans, whatever that word means, should end.”

The central committee, theoretically Zanu PF’s highest decision-making body in-between congresses, was set to receive a report from the politburo on the state of the party and preparations for the annual conference underway in Masvingo.

Mugabe told Zanu PF supporters that without unity within the ruling party, it was impossible for the government to succeed.

Meanwhile, Zanu PF secretary for transport, Oppah Muchinguri, yesterday handed over 45 of the 360 top-of-the-range vehicles purchased by the party for the 2018 elections campaign.

The vehicles will be used by the women and youth leagues, as well as provincial leaders to drum up support ahead of the crunch polls, where Mugabe faces a sterner test from an envisaged opposition coalition.

The fleet includes buses that would also be used to ferry supporters to campaign rallies across the country.
Muchinguri said the party was working on setting up its own garage to ensure service and maintenance of the fleet.

News Day

0 Comments / 0 View / December 15, 2016 1:16 PM