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Limuru Player Paul Muchangi Tops Uganda Open

By Larry Ngala

Kenya’s Paul Muchangi finished third in Tusker Malt Uganda Open amateur championship which ended at Uganda Golf Club Kitante in Kampala at the weekend.

Limuru Country Club’s Muchangi, who won Karen Challenge weeks ago, fired an impressive three under par 69 in the closing round for a total of 12 over par 300, losing to the winner Ronald Rugumayo of Uganda by a shot.

Before the final round, Muchangi had fired rounds of 76, 77 and 78. His compatriot Samuel Njoroge of Kenya Railway Golf Club was fourth on 301 gross made up of 77, 79, 71 and 74. The winner – Rugumayo – had tied with former champion Ronald Otile who however lost in sudden-death play-off where Rugumayo birdied the 12th, 17th and 18th holes to claim the title.

A total of 14 Kenyan amateur golfers were among a big field which participated in the event which will be followed by the main championship featuring professionals from September 25 to 30 at the same venue.

Besides Muchangi and Njoroge, other Kenyan golfers who travelled to Uganda are Alfred Nandwa, Andrew Chelogoi, Dennis Saikwa, Bernard Omondi, Anthony Irungu, Aaron Kitur, Shileen Nanji, Joseph Gathumbi, Mike Kisia, John Karichu, Robinson Owiti and Edwin Mudanyi.

Having finished third, Muchangi is likely to be invited for the main championship, the 2017 Uganda Open, next week.

Kenya

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Supreme Court to Deliver Much-Awaited Full Ruling

By Sam Kiplagat

Supreme Court judges will Wednesday morning read their full judgment stating reasons for the nullification of the August 8 presidential elections.

The court, by a majority of four, nullified the presidential outcome on September 1 on grounds that there were irregularities and illegalities in the transmission of results.

The Judges directed the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) to conduct fresh elections within 60 days, in accordance to Article 140 of the Constitution.

On Wednesday, security personnel have already been deployed around the Supreme Court building to ensure that the proceedings in court are not interrupted.

On Tuesday, hundreds of Jubilee Party supporters demonstrated outside the court, accusing the Judiciary of overturning the peoples will.

PROTESTS

There were also protests in Nakuru, Kikuyu, Nyeri and Eldoret.

In their September 1 ruling, Chief Justice David Maraga, agreed with Deputy Chief Justice Philomena Mwilu, Smokin Wanjala and Isaac Lenaola that there was a mess in the transmission of results. The

Judges, however, absolved President Uhuru Kenyatta from any blame.

Justices Jackton Ojwang’ and Njoki Ndung’u disagreed stating that Mr Raila Odinga, the petitioner in the case, failed to prove claims that the polls were rigged in favour of President Kenyatta.

The two said the polls were free, fair and credible as described by international observers.

BAD FAITH

Justice Ndung’u said challenges are there in every election and if they occurred, they were not deliberate or in bad faith.

The seventh judge, Mohamed Ibrahim, fell sick on the second day of the hearing of the case and did not participate in the final judgment.

“A decision is hereby issued that the elections held on August 8, were not conducted in accordance with the constitution and the applicable law. The results are therefore invalid, null and void,” Justice Maraga had said.

The Judges said the electoral body failed, neglected or refused to conduct the elections in the manner and dictates of the constitution.

IEBC Chairman Wafula Chebukati has set October 17 as the date for the repeat poll, although the opposition has threatened to boycott the poll if a raft of demands they have made are not met.

Kenya

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Kenyatta Insists Fresh Election Must Be Held Within 60 Days

President Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday said he expects the fresh election to be held within the 60-day period set out in the Constitution after the Supreme Court annulled the August 8 presidential poll.

The President also said he expects the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission to conduct the poll.

He said no one had the right to impose conditions on the commission before the repeat election, and that threats by the opposition amounted to bullying, intimidation, and rogue politics, which were futile.

President Kenyatta spoke when he received 8,000 delegates from Narok County during an event in which former gubernatorial candidate Patrick ole Ntutu and 10 MCAs pledged full support for his re-election campaign.

UNLAWFUL

“The election must be done within 60 days (of the Supreme Court decision) and two, the election must be conducted by IEBC as required by the Constitution,” said President Kenyatta who was accompanied by Deputy President William Ruto and Narok Governor Samuel ole Tunai.

Mr Ruto said no one had the authority to interfere with the right of Kenyans to exercise their democratic will. “Our competitors should stop telling us that there will be no election. Who else has powers and authority to tell Kenyans that they cannot exercise their constitutional right?” asked the Deputy President. “We must all follow the law.”

He added: “The opposition used unconstitutional means to remove Samuel Kivuitu from office, a similar method was used to remove Issack Hassan from office and now they want to use unconstitutional means to remove the IEBC secretariat. This will not be allowed.”

The Deputy President said Jubilee accepted the Supreme Court ruling so as to abide by the rule of law but that should not be misconstrued to mean that the party is weak.

Kenya

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‘Terror Groups Pose Biggest Threat to Kenya’s Security’

By David Mwere

The National Intelligence Service (NIS) has singled out terrorism as the biggest threat to Kenya’s national security and development.

In a report presented during the induction of MPs Wednesday, NIS Deputy Assistant Director Alexander Muteshi said that the threat remains high in border counties of Mandera, Wajir, Garissa and Lamu.

Mr Muteshi told the MPs that the threats are propagated by terrorist organisations like the Al-Shabaab that has its cells in neighbouring Somalia and the Islamic State (IS) group that operates in Puntland, Libya, Syria and Iraq.

“What makes the threats dangerous is that they are targeting churches, malls, schools and other public places. But the success against this is the multi-agency approach we have adopted to deal with them,” Mr Muteshi said.

He pointed out that the threats have been pushed away from the cities to the border areas.

COUNTER TERRORISM

He also noted that the National Counter Terrorism Centre has helped in building resilience through educating the youth, the masses and religious groups.

According to Mr Muteshi, the country is already dealing with over 200 returnees from Somalia in South Coast, who are targeting Nyumba Kumi elders, locals and the police.

Some of these gangs are said to operate in groups christened as the Gaza boys, Wakali Wao and Wakali Kwanza, among others.

RADICALISATION

He also said that online radicalisation, which is a global problem, is another threat.

It is propagated by IS and targets the youth tertiary learning institutions like universities and colleges.

“We are facing an enemy [who] is highly radicalised, [who] has no value for human life, highly idealised and highly trained both militarily and intelligence-wise. They have logisticians who are responsible for transporting weapons and their other logistical requirements,” he said.

LOCAL POLITICS

Mr Muteshi also warned politicians that ethnic local politics has affected cohesion, development and unity of the country and that it is polarising.

“If it is not dealt with, it will always be there every election year,” he said.

Other external threats, according to the NIS report, include espionage, regional instability like in Somalia and South Sudan and the competition for benefits arising from national interests.

The MPs, more so the new ones, were advised on how they should engage with diplomats as they may fall into the trap of espionage.

“Be very careful with what you share with diplomats, they are intelligence officers,” Mr Muteshi told them.

Nigeria: Nurses, Midvives, Other Health Workers to Commence Strike

The major unions of health workers have announced the commencement of their nationwide strike on Wednesday.

The Joint Health Sector Unions and Assembly of Health Care Professionals, JOHESU, and the National Association of Nigeria Nurses and Midwives, NANNM, announced the strike on Tuesday.

According to a statement signed by the National President of NANNM, Abdrafiu Adeniji, all nurses and midwives in all federal health institutions are to proceed on an indefinite strike action from midnight of Wednesday.

Mr. Adeniji said the association is in agreement with all JOHESU’s positions on the recent seven-day ultimatum given to the federal government to accede to all its lingering demands dated back to 2012.

The strike is coming barely a week after the National Association of Resident Doctors suspended its strike.

The healtht workers had earlier threatened to embark on an indefinite industrial action that would shut down operations in public hospitals due to the prolonged delay by the federal government in meeting their demands.

Their demands include payment of arrears of specialist allowances and upgrade of their members due for promotion.

Earlier, the Minister of Health, Isaac Adewole, had pleaded with the leadership of JOHESU, not to embark on its planned industrial action.

Mr. Adewole said that the government would continue negotiation with the union and hoped that a consensus would be reached on the issues in contention.

JOHESU comprises all the other professional groups in the health sector and forms about 95 percent of health workers and health care providers in Nigeria.

Nigeria

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Royal Television Closes

By Collins Mwai

Royal Television wrapped up its commercial operations in the country Tuesday, citing low revenues.

According to officials, the television station closed operations yesterday but its radio station will continue operations.

The television station was owned by Mt Kenya University of Kenya.

Royal TV will henceforth serve as a training facility for students from the School of Journalism at Mount Kenya University Kigali, which is also owned by the same proprietor.

The television station was opened early last year after the acquisition of the now defunct Lemigo TV.

Speaking to The New Times, Henry Musisi, the company’s director of corporate media, said that financial constraints due to low revenues were the main the reason for closing shop.

“There have been financial constraints because it has not been making anything anyway,” he said.

He said that the holding company will now concentrate on the core business, which is higher education.

“Effective today we are closing. The television facility will be turned into a training place for the school of journalism. We would like to concentrate on our area of specialty, which is education, and also because of restructuring whereby we are setting up centres of excellence, we thought the TV should be conjoined with the school,” Musisi said.

The development cost over 50 employees their jobs, including journalists, technicians and support staff, he said.

Musisi said that the firm had done enough to invest in quality production which unfortunately was not reflected in revenue returns and profits.

Rwanda

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Runtown, Sheebah to Shoot Video in Kigali

By Donata Kiiza

Nigerian artiste Runtown and Ugandan queen of dancehall Sheebah Karungi are expected in Kigali this week ahead of the highly anticipated “Runtown Kigali Experience” on September 23 at Amahoro Stadium’s main parking lot in Remera.

The concert will also feature performances by talented local artistes Bruce Melodie, Charly and Nina, Active, and Emprah Jahboy.

After the show, the two singers will shoot the video for their latest collaboration- Weekend. The tune, which is in Luganda and English, has a blend of Nigerian and Ugandan touch, and is the first musical project the duo has worked on together.

The song’s official audio was released in August this year, and it is already enjoying massive airplay on various music stations in Uganda. It was recorded and produced by producer Nessim at Badi music studio in Kampala.

According to the Chief Executive Officer of I Factory Africa, Collin Mugabo, who is bringing Runtown and Sheebah in Kigali, the artistes chose to shoot their music video in Rwanda because of its beautiful natural scenery and weather. Runtown, born Douglas Jack Agu is a Nigerian singer, songwriter and producer. His popular songs include Mad Over You, For Life, Lagos To Kampala and Money Bag. Sheebah Karungi, 28, is a Ugandan recording artiste, dancer and actress. After quitting Obsessions, a dance group she joined in 2006, she rose to fame upon the release of her hit single titled Ice Cream. She is a common figure on the local music stage, having graced several concerts in the country.

Rwanda

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Rwanda Police Return Three Stolen Vehicles to South African Owners

By Athan Tashobya

Barnard Kobus , a South African farmer in Free State Province lost his Toyota Land Cruiser truck in August 2012. He was in a prayer room with a friend when unknown people came and took away two of the cars that were parked outside, including his.

Five years later, Kobus received a call from the South African Police informing him that his car had been intercepted, in Rwanda.

“When I received a call, I was so happy. I had given up on my car but the police didn’t give up. They did their job very well and I hope my friend’s car will eventually be found as well,” he told The New Times, shortly after being handed the car key to his vehicle at Rwanda Police headquarters in Kacyiru.

He added: “I am a bit sad that it is old but I was very sad when I lost it. I am now happy the police found it and now I know insurance will help me revamp it.”

Kobus’s car is among the three vehicles stolen from South Africa, intercepted in Rwanda and handed back to rightful owners by Rwanda National Police, yesterday.

Since Rwanda adopted the International Police Organization’s – Interpol – I-24/7 communication system two years ago, 38 vehicles-with the last interception happening on Tuesday morning at Akanyaru Border stolen all the way from Mexico -have been recovered, according to police.

Assistant Commissioner of Police Peter Karake, the Commissioner for Interpol says that the system has fundamentally changed the way the global law enforcement community works jointly to battle such sophisticated transnational crimes.

“The system gives us access to several criminal databases globally, mainly for stolen motor vehicles, wanted persons and stolen and lost travel documents among others,” Karake said.

Capt. Francois Conradie from the South African Police told The New Times that I-24/7 communication system is huge boost for security operatives in combating transnational crimes.

“This technology is of a very high standard. unfortunately, technology is not always our friend because criminals are always inventing new ways to counter one that is in place but with such collaboration we have seen with Rwanda National Police, we can definitely end transnational crimes,” Conradie said.

Karake said that the system has been installed in all the 13 entry points into the country including Kigali International Airport-and it has played a key role in curbing the number of cross-border and transnational crimes transiting Rwanda.

“Most of the vehicles we intercepted are those transiting our country because of the number plates. Some are going to DR Congo, Burundi, Uganda or Kenya. Very few vehicles are destined for Rwanda. But for the sake of international corporation, we have to act and that is what we agreed to fight cross-border and transnational crimes.

“Mostly we get these vehicles from drivers who are oblivious to the crime because initial sellers are difficult to catch. We are slowly but surely combating transnational crimes and we ask the public to be vigilant about such crimes” Karake added.

Besides Kobus’s truck, two other cars; a Range Rover Sport and a Toyota Fortuner were handed over to South African owners.

The Fortuner was handed to its owner, South African national Peter Cawood while the Range Rover was collected by the South African police on behalf of the owner.

Nigeria: Govt Resorting to Tax Relief to Fund Road Construction – Fashola

By Chineme Okafor and Nnenna Akuma

Abuja — Following its claims of huge reduction in its revenues from the oil industry, and the resultant paucity of funds to conveniently carry on with its infrastructure development plans, the federal government tuesday said it would now begin to look towards tax recovery funding schemes to build and reconstruct roads in the country.

The Minister of Power, Works, and Housing, Mr. Babatunde Fashola, disclosed this during a progress report meeting in Abuja with contractors handling major road projects for the government.

Fashola said the government would as a new push to revive Nigeria’s infrastructure, offer companies operating within tax reliefs to allow them undertake key road projects in the country.

He explained that companies with the capacity and willingness to reconstruct existing or build new roads in the country would be encouraged by the government to go ahead, and subsequently claim tax relief as recompense for their investments.

Fashola also disclosed that the N100 billion Sukuk bond which the government recently launched would be channeled to fund works on 25 major road networks which fall within the A1 to A4 arteries.

By definition, a sovereign Sukuk is an ethical-based investment in which rent is based on the investment bi-annually and the principal sum paid at the end of a tenor.

However, in his response to a question on details of the government’s recent agreement with Dangote Group for the rehabilitation of the Oshodi to Toll Gate highway in Lagos, Fashola said shortly after presentations from the contractors: “Our discussions with the Dangote, yes, we have an offer now beyond what they have done as voluntary which is two kilometres of the Wharf Road, it is an offer to take up the entire length from Creek Road, Liverpool Road, through Apapa, Tin Can, Oshodi, Mile 2, all the way to the Toll Gate.

“This is going to be done under a tax recovery order that exists under the Companies Income Tax (CIT) Act. It is not something that is new, but it is something we are going to use more of. Another company Lafarge, is also using that in Cross River State to build a road.”

The minister explained that the government was well at home with using tax reliefs to get companies to rebuild the country’s road infrastructure, saying: “We welcome other like minded individuals and companies who have that kind of money to intervene in certain roads, and claim tax relief back.”

“What it really means technically is that government is spending in advance the taxes that it should collect to quickly respond to places where there is pain because some of these companies, if they make profit should pay tax at the end but the government is saying if they spend some of the tax on public infrastructure, they will get some relief. We commend and welcome this initiative.

“That is the long term solution to the lock down in Apapa. There will be some discomfort, but as we begin work on that area, people should expect some relief,” he added.

On the Sukuk bond, Fashola equally stated: “Sukuk is coming and if it is fully utilised, at least 25 major roads will have some interventions. The truth is that this country is now earning less from what it earned some four years ago, the major revenue source is oil, we are just diversifying to earn money from other sources like agriculture but we are trying to do the best we can with the limited resources that we have.

“The Sukuk addresses in part our strategy for providing finance. This is the first ever Sukuk that the federal government is issuing. All we are targeting is to see if we can raise N100 billion, that won’t cover all of Nigeria’s roads but we can target certain roads and if you look at the 25 roads, they are the integral part of the A1 to A4 roads – Lagos to Sokoto highway, Warri to Katsina, Port Harcourt to Potiskum, and Calabar to Maiduguri-they all originate from our ports and end at the boundaries.”

The minister noted that the government was also undertaking repair works on 41 roads across the country that had gone bad from the heavy rains and other weather related issues.

He said the meeting was to keep in touch with contractors on the progress of their jobs, especially with considerations to the next couple of months when most of the roads in the southern parts of the country would be heavily engaged.

“We are looking at a 10-week window starting from around the end of September to the middle of December when your workers would go on annual leave and what kind of contingency arrangements you would be making so that the operational staff will be on ground to deal with emergencies.

“In addition to the major construction works that are going on, we also have rehabilitation works using specific contractors to improve motorability, and we have been working on 41 roads across the country covering each zones and trying to make remediation to them as a result of what has happened during the rainy season. We are getting ready to conclude procurement on that,” Fashola stated.

Similarly, he asked shipping firms in the country whose operations at the Lagos Port could be disadvantaged by the repair works on the road leading into the port to consider using other ports in the country.

According to him, “This morning, I read that the Association of Licenced Custom Agents is complaining about the Lagos Port, we hear you loud and clear, we have responded and started work but bear with us because the construction will cause some discomfort but we will have a better experience by this time next year when we finish what we are doing.

“But what we can also do is to for now move our cargoes through other ports because if cargoes are not destined for Lagos, and are headed up north or to the east, then the Warri and Onne ports are there. The Calabar Port is also there so the inconvenience will be reduced.

“We have all of these assets, let’s also be flexible about using them. I have spoken to the MD of NPA about this. We appeal to shippers to also bear in mind that we are constructing in built up areas, and so their flexibility will help us improve service delivery.”

MP Wants Mining Company to Pay District U.S.$190 Million

Photo: Daily Monitor

Member of Parliament for Msalala, Ezekiel Maige

By By Mnaku Mbani

Member of Parliament for Msalala, Ezekiel Maige (CCM) wants the Bulyanhulu Gold Mine to pay Msalala District Council a total of Sh425 billion in unpaid service levy.

Speaking to the Citizen in a telephone interview on Tueday, September 19, Mr Maige said the amount is in accordance with the estimates made by the Presidential Committee on minerals, headed by Prof Nehemiah Osoro.

“The company started to pay the service levy in 2015 using an old formula of $200,000 flat rate per year instead of 0.3 per cent of the gross revenue of the company,” he said.

He said the recent report which indicates that Acacia paid $11 million to Msalala District Council was not true. He said he was not aware when the amount was paid.

The former minister for Tourism said since the company started its operation in 1998, the economic dividends gained from mining activities were not equivalent of what was harvested.

“My people are among of the victims of bad investment policies that have been implemented in Tanzania over the last two decades,” he said.

Mr Maige is in the view that the existence of the gold mine at the district has not benefited the people as many of them were evicted from their areas without proper compensation.

It is estimated that about 200,000 people were removed from the current Bulyanhulu Mine site in 1998 without compensation.

He said seven in ten people in Msalala District were happy by the decision of the government to revisit gold business transactions in Tanzania and only three out of ten are unhappy with the decision.

He said even employment at the mining areas did not consider local residents and all of their goods and services needs were outsourced outside the district.

Tanzania

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