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President Bashir Arrived in Kigali for the Inauguration Ceremony

Kigali — The President of the Republic, Omar Bashir, on Friday attended the inauguration ceremony of President Paul Kagame, in the presence of 21 heads of state and government.

President Bashir arrived here Friday for the ceremony marking the induration of President Kagame for a third term in office.

President Bashir left Khartoum early morning Friday heading a delegation that includes the Minister of the Presidency of the Republic Dr Fadul Abdalla Fadul, and the State Minister at the Presidency and Director of the President’s offices, Hatim Hassan Bakheet.

President Kagame, following the military parade and the opening ceremony, spoke of the need for economic integration among African countries.

He also stressed the need that youth and women be empowered.

Sudan

South Kordufan Governor Says Tourism Festival Reflect the Stability His State Enjoys

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Nairobi Commuter Train Grounded Over Staff Strike

By Kennedy Kangethe

Nairobi — Commuter train services in Nairobi ground to a halt this morning as employees boycotted work over salary arrears.

A number of employees that talked to Capital FM Business say they are yet to be paid last month’s salary.

The employees also claim that Rift Valley Railways has not been remitting their pension benefits to their pension fund for the last one year.

They worry that once the Rift Valley Railways Concession is over this month, they will lose their one-year retirement benefits.

Kenya Railways Managing Director Atanus Maina, however, told Capital FM Business that the Rift Valley Railways is dealing with the matter and the commuter train service will resume soon.

Kenya

‘Al-Shabaab’ Beheads Three, Torches Houses in Witu, Lamu

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Nigeria: Violation of Corporate Governance By Telcos to Attract Sanctions

By Adeyemi Adepetun

As part of measures targeted to safeguard the $68 billion investments in the telecommunications sector, the industry’s Code of Corporate Governance has become mandatory.

Although it became mandatory by November 2016, the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), said non-compliance with the code henceforth would be met with heavy sanctions.

In an interaction with journalists on Monday in Lagos, NCC’s Executive Commissioner, Stakeholders Management (ECSM), Sunday Dare, said Nigeria’s telecommunications industry must be guided by global best practices, to sustain the investments and attract more, as such, the enforcement of the code becomes mandatory.

Dare, who explained that the Corporate Governance Code was introduced in 2012, which was then voluntary, said an agreement in the industry revalidated the code in 2014, and became mandatory by November 2016. “But henceforth, the Commission will monitor strict compliance with the code.”

He noted that if compliance to the code was properly monitored, “probably what happened to Etisalat, now 9mobile, might not have happened.” Dare, who alerted operators that compliance will be vigorously monitored, however said the code is not intended to micro manage any of the service providers.

According to him, while sanctions are inevitable for erring operators, “there will also be reward for good behaviour.” He argued that such codes are not peculiar to the telecommunications industry, as it was already in place in the banking sector, stock market, and a host of others.

Also speaking, the Chairman, Code of Corporate Governance Working Group, Felix Adeoye, said most of the telecommunications companies have gone beyond just being a private firm, to becoming somewhat public, “because they are holding peoples’ money. Some subscribers have up to N250, 000 Airtime on their phones, even above that. So, there must be constant check on them to ensure there is no abuse.”

Meanwhile, at the sensitization programme on the code yesterday, the Executive Vice Chairman of NCC, Prof. Umaru Danbatta, said the code will still pass through some modifications, based on contributions made by stakeholders at the programme.

Danbatta said the issue of sanction is usually the last option, stressing that there have been situations where telecoms operators ignore laws, “sanctions are regulatory actions and usually the last resort. We shall continue to engage the industry, because the sector is critical to the survival of the economy.”

To the Chairman, NCC Board, Senator Olabiyi Durojaiye, in his welcome address, the move is in line with the Federal Government Change mantra and the ease of doing business drive and is like the African leaders peer view mechanism and it is expected that the industry reaches a self-regulatory phase in the nearest future.

“The recent, rather unacceptable, events in the industry have also brought to the fore the need for Board Corporate governance and the commission has resolved to improve Economic Regulatory compliance and adherence to the Code of Corporate Goverance. As it is said, ‘once beaten is twice shy’,” he stated.

The NCC said it discovered significant deviations from the key principles contained in the Code, therefore, there was urgent need for all operators to fully align with these principles in order to ensure that the industry moved on the same trajectory.

Checks by The Guardian on the Code showed that compliance is mandatory for all licensees that meet one or more of a number of criteria. These are spread of operations of the licensee covering a minimum of three geo-political zones; turnover of the licensee is in excess of N1billion; the number of staff employed is in excess of 200, and where the licensee has a subscriber base of 500,000 or more.

In the area of tenure and re-election of directors, the code explained that to ensure continuity and injection of fresh ideas, a Director may serve on a board for a period of three terms of five years each. No director shall serve on any board for a period exceeding 15 years.

Subject to satisfactory performance and the provisions of the Companies and Allied Matters Act(CAMA), all Directors shall be submitted for re-election at regular intervals of five years. In order to guide decision of shareholders, names and sufficient biographical details of Directors nominated for re-election should be accompanied by performance evaluation statement and any other relevant information.

The Code also mandated that companies are expected to present a fair, balanced, understandable and transparent assessment of the licensee’s position and prospects to external stakeholders.

“Boards should develop a corporate reporting model that is tailored to the needs of shareholders and other stakeholders.

Nigeria: NCC to Punish Telcos Over Pre-Registered SIM Cards

By Ugo Onwuaso

Nigerian Telecommunications Commission (NCC) has ordered mobile telecommunications firms to block pre-registered SIM cards, believed to be what criminals, especially kidnappers, armed robbers and fraudsters are using to perpetuate crime across the country.

Ismail Adedigba, NCC deputy director, Consumer Affairs Bureau, also warned that severe punishment awaits any provider whose network is still carrying pre-registered sim card

Adedigba, who chaired the commission’s 87th consumer outreach in Port Harcourt, the Rivers State capital, frowned at complaints about the existence of pre-registered sim cards insisting that “I expected to hear that all sim cards are registered. But I have issues with Service Providers here, how did we get these pre-registered Sims to start with?

“I think your networks should have the total number of available lines and the total number of subscribers in your database, and as such you should be able to know which Sims age registered and those that are not registered and automatically deactivate those that are pre-registered and those that are not properly registered.

“But a situation where are still having pre-registered SIM cards with the advancement in technology today, is a surprise to me, and note that a severe punishment awaits any provider whose network is still carrying pre-registered SIM cards.”

The Deputy Director also urged the service providers to step up their services to save some of the frustrations their consumers are going through because of poor service delivery.

According to him, there is presently no known cancer case or any other health challenge traceable to telecommunication masts and asked the public to save themself the fear that the electro magnate radiation from the network equipment causes skin cancer or any other type of disease.

He said: “As at today, there is no health implication, according to the World Health Organization (WHO). So there is no health research and well-known health implication of mast as at today. You should not prevent the service provider from deploying masts.

The more masts we have, the better quality service we have.

“At the NCC, we believe consumer is the king in the palace market. Therefore, the consumer must accord basic rights such as rights to be heard, right to be educated, right to redress as well as right to safety.”

Nigeria

Govt Asks Court to Return Nnamdi Kanu to Prison

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Kenyans Safely Arrive After Six-Hour Road Trip

By Philip Onyango

Kenya’s biggest ever squad for this year’ Brookside East Africa Secondary School games arrived safely here ahead of Saturday’s kick-off.

A contingent of 770 students, the largest Kenya has taken for the annual event since its inception in 2002, were flagged off by the Director Field Services and Co-Curriculum activities Chacha Mwita at Busia border post on Thursday at 5.30am for the six-hour road trip to Gulu.

Eleven secondary school buses and 10 Kenyan government Land Cruisers, carrying students, 53 referees, 131 coaches, two chaperons, two team managers, two medical doctors, a mechanic and top Ministry of Education and Kenya Secondary School Sports Association (KSSSA) officials made the long journey.

The teams, which had a two-day co-ordination camp in Busia, received full tracksuits courtesy of the Ministry as well as full playing kit from games sponsors Brookside Dairy.

CONFIDENCE

KSSSA Executive officer Festus Muturi is confident the team will retain its overall title once again.

“When we carry more teams, it gives us a realistic chance of successfully defending the trophies we won in the previous year,” Muturi said.

According to Muturi, hosts Uganda will be Kenya’s main challengers due to their impressive home record.

This is the eighth time Uganda will be hosting the competition having hosted it for the first time in 2003, the games’ second edition.

The last time Uganda hosted the games was in 2013 in Lira, where Kenya once again reigned supreme.

The only time Kenya lost the overall title was in 2014 in Dar es Salaam, where the hosts stole the show winning several trophies which had previously been scooped by Uganda and Kenya. Uganda were crowned overall winners.

Friday will be the official rest day for all the teams ahead of Saturday’s start which will see one boys’ football match played.

Kenya

Opposition MP Urges President Magufuli to Emulate Kenyatta

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Organisations Donate Books to Dar School

TWO organisations have chipped in to address the shortages of primary school libraries and textbooks, which hamper delivering of quality education.

The two – Hassan Maajar Trust (HMT) and Radar Education – yesterday handed over a library to Majimatitu Primary School in Temeke District after refurbished and equipped it with 933 books.

The HMT Executive Director, Ambassador Bertha SemuSomi, the Trust’s core objective is to contribute to an improved learning environment for quality education in schools.

“We are delighted to have Radar Education on board in this project,” Amb Bertha said yesterday during the handover ceremony. The ambassador said they have gone far in realising the Trust dual dream of raising awareness on the plight of pupils learning and mobilising the public to join their led initiative to resolve the problem.

The Radar Education Chief, Mr Arthur Walden, also said they were happy to join HMT for this library project, which was an opportunity to continue contributing to quality education. “We donated over 900 books.

We hope that students will embrace this support aimed at building the culture of reading,” Mr Walden said. The assistance came at a time when a study by Twaweza issued in April showed six out of 10 or 56 per cent of Standard III pupils could read a Kiswahili story, while nine out of 10 or 89 per cent of Standard VII could do the same.

This was the third time for HMT to assist Majimatitu Primary School. In August 2015, the Trust donated 30 desks for pupils with disability. However, HMT found out then that the school was facing acute desk shortages as 90 per cent of students sit on the floor.

The Trust, by partnering with Bank M, they raise fund enough to procure 280 desks, thereby lifting over 850 students off the floor on to desks. The library renovation was part of HMT’s ‘A Desk For Every Child’ campaign.

In six years, the Trust prides in over 9,000 desks donated to 13 re gions namely Rukwa, Njombe, Singida, Mwanza, Pwani, Shinyanga, Kigoma, Lindi, Mbeya, Iringa, Mtwara, Dar es Salaam and Kilimanjaro lifting over 30,000 students off the floor.

The event was held at the school located in Mbagala, Temeke District, Dar es Salaam where Majimatitu Head Teacher, Abdul Malik received the assistance while Temeke District Commissioner (DC), Felix Lyavia, officiated at the event.

Two Suspended Varsities Allowed to Re-Open

By Jean d’Amour Mbonyinshuti

Students from two institutions of higher learning will be happy to learn that they can now proceed with their education after the regulator’s green light.

The Higher Education Council (HEC) suspended up to ten universities- some partially-after they failed to pass an extensive quality test.

They were given up to six months to rectify the issues raised. The deadline to fix the issues was set at mid September 2017.

HEC Thursday held a consultative meeting with representatives of the concerned universities and officials from the Ministry of Education to discuss how the suspended universities are addressing the issues that led to their closure.

The two whose suspension were lifted were Institut Catholique de Kabgayi (ICK) and Instut d’Enseignement Superieur de Ruhengeri (INES-Ruhengeri). They fully complied with the Audit recommendations.

In March this year, an external independent audit committee completed a review of all institutions of higher learning.

The audit was a result of several complaints regarding the quality of education and graduates from universities in the country.

Among the recommendations was suspension of licenses. Others had some of their programmes banned.

Among the issues that led to the suspensions were lack of qualified or adequate teaching staff or the absence of conducive teaching facilities and equipment.

Emmanuel Muvunyi, the Executive Director of the Higher Education Council, told The New Times Thursday that he is happy with the progress made by the two varsities and was also optimistic that most of the suspended universities will eventually be allowed to re-open.

“Nearly all the institutions have made commendable progress in implementing the recommendations. However, there are some that need to put in more effort,” he said.

Muvunyi pointed out that Mount Kenya University, Technical University of Byumba (UTAB) and Mahatma Ghandi University are among those that have put in a lot of effort to ensure they meet the required standards.

“There is very clear hope. They have done a lot. What is remaining can be completed within the timeframe that was given to them and they are really happy to do it,” he said.

The universities that have either declined to comply with the regulations or failed to meet the deadline risk having their licenses withdrawn completely.

The other affected tertiary institutions include Rusizi International University, Jomo Kenyatta University and the Nile Source Polytechnic of Applied Arts (NSPA) based in Huye District.

These, Muvunyi said, have done little or nothing to fix critical issues such as staff shortage, lack of administrative structures and purchasing equipment.

According to the Higher Education Council, universities that have not been able to comply with the recommendations are Singhad Technical Education Society-Rwanda (STES) and the Open University of Tanzania.

“If they don’t comply, we will close them completely. All universities have deadline of mid-September except for Mount Kenya University,” Muvunyi said.

Mount Kenya was given an extension because it was involved in construction of its new premises which are set to be completed soon.

Quality education

The suspension and the process to re-open universities aims at ensuring, quality of education in-line with the country’s vision, officials say.

“The country’s Vision 2050 depends on human resources, if we are to get there, high quality education is key. Education is a driver for achieving this vision,” Muvunyi said.

Varsities speak out

The re-opened varsities said the audit was an eye opener and were committed to comply with the recommendations but do their social responsibility by providing quality education.

The rector of UTAB, Father Prof. Faustin Nyumbayire, said they are at 90 per cent of fulfilling the recommendations.

“We have equipped our laboratory and brought in more materials and have enough staff, we are at 90 per cent of implementation and will have met all requirements in the next two weeks,” he said.

The final verdict on which tertiary institutions and programmes will be allowed to operate will be announced mid September.

Nigeria: Niger to Boost Poultry Farming With Mobile Kits

By Ahmed Tahir Ajobe

Minna — Niger State government is set to boost poultry production through the introduction of mobile kits. The mobile poultry is part of the youth empowerment scheme with agriculture entrepreneurship as the driving force.

In an interview with our correspondent at the weekend in Minna, the Director General of Youth Empowerment Initiative in the state, Malam Kolo, said the state government would be importing 1, 250 of the kits in the first phase of the programme.

“With the mobile kits you can raise your birds in cages. You can wheel the kits out in the day and roll them in at night,” he said

He said five interested beneficiaries would be selected from each of the 25 local government areas in the state and trained on how to operate the kit.

“The beneficiaries would then be given the kits and other incentives to start up,” he explained.

He said a kit contained five units, while each unit took 100 birds, adding that each kit therefore could accommodate 500 birds at a ago.

The DG believed that the initiative, which was nursed at a fair in China, would address the problem of accommodation, which often discouraged indigent young men and women from venturing into poultry business.

Nigeria

Police, Judges Highest Bribe-Takers, Says UN Agency

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Taxman’s Raid on AfriCOG Aborts

By Olive Burrows

Nairobi — The Kenya Revenue Authority Wednesday morning unsuccessfully tried to execute a raid on the Africa Centre for Open Governance, a day after the NGO Co-ordination Board advised the police to shut down its operations and arrest its directors.

The Directorate of Criminal Investigations KRA police unit which obtained a search warrant from the courts however abandoned their efforts after meeting resistance from a representation of the Kenyan civil society and AfriCOG lawyer Harun Ndubi who took issue with the orders they were served.

“The name of the magistrate who gave the order is not known, it has no heading, it is seeking to collect the entire office of AfriCOG except for the building and furniture because it’s saying collect everything without disclosing what offence they’re investigating.

“That application is not brought under the revenue law, it is brought under Section 75 of the Criminal Procedure Code so we don’t know what it is that your officers are here to look for because there is no order directed against AfriCOG.”

The police unit had sought to cart away documents, computers and digital storage devices which they said could contain records crucial to a tax offence investigation into AfriCOG.

AfriCOG Chairman John Githongo backed by fellow board member Maina Kiai and Kenya Human Rights Commission board member Muthoni Wanyeki is however insistent that they are tax compliant and are therefore the victims of a witch-hunt.

“They say it’s taxes but here they’re quoting the criminal procedure code… I would be really daydreaming if I said it was coincidental. There appears to be a method to this and it’s an outrage. It is sad that Kenya has jumped back in time. I remember being victim of this kind of event that we’re in, in the 1990s. This is an unfortunate waste of public resources. As Harun said, a simple letter asking for our tax documents and we would have provided them.”

Being registered as a company limited by guarantee, Githongo said AfriCOG had no business with the NGO CO-ordination Board Executive Director Fazul Mahamed who put a target on their bank Tuesday.

“On what authority does this outfit purport to send letters around, making allegations, asking for things? That is completely out of order.”

He went on to says that Fazul had mis-stepped, if his actions against AfriCOG were informed by a fear that they were preparing to launch a presidential petition.

“As the Chairman of AfriCOG I don’t know of anything we were about to do in that direction, even though we have a right to,” he quickly added. “So maybe somebody listened to some fake news and responded to it.”

Later on Wednesday, AfriCOG and KHRC – which Fazul supposedly deregistered on Monday – sought the court’s protection against having their premises raided.

A number of institutions have spoken out against the Executive action in solidarity with AfriCOG and KHRC including the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights and the Law Society of Kenya who have both agitated for the operationalisation of the Public Benefits Organisation Act.

“The existence of a vibrant, independent civil society is a hallmark of a democratic and free nation. The government’s failure since January 2013 to bring into operation the PBO Act, in defiance even of the express orders of the High Court, is not in the public interest.”

“It leaves in place the absence of a clear statutory framework which encourages oppressive expressions of impunity as demonstrated by Fazul,” LSK President Isaac Okero stated on Tuesday.

Kenya

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Nigeria: Serap Asks ICC to Investigate Alleged Missing N11 Trillion Electricity Fund

The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project (SERAP) has asked the Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC), Mrs. Fatou Bensouda, to use her “good offices and leadership position to investigate the allegations of widespread, systematic and large-scale corruption in the power sector since the return of democracy in 1999.

The group alleged that governments of former Presidents Olusegun Obasanjo, Umaru Musa Yar’Adua and Goodluck Jonathan committed crimes against humanity within the jurisdiction of the ICC, and to prevail on the Nigerian government to surrender all suspected perpetrators for trial by the ICC.

SERAP noted that Nigeria is a state party to the Rome Statute and deposited its instrument of ratification on 27 September 2001.

In the petition issued on August 16, 2017, and signed by SERAP Deputy Director, Timothy Adewale, the organisation said: “Allegations of corruption in the power sector in Nigeria have had catastrophic effects on the lives of millions of Nigerians, akin to crimes against humanity as contemplated under the Rome Statue and within the jurisdiction of the ICC.”

According to SERAP, “The Rome Statute in article 7 defines crime against humanity to include ‘inhumane acts causing great suffering or injury,’ committed in a widespread or systematic manner against a civilian population. The common denominator of crimes against humanity is that they are grave affronts to human security and dignity.

“Therefore, the staggering amounts of public funds alleged to have been stolen over the years in the electricity sector created just these consequences. Crimes against humanity are not only physical violence; allegations of corruption in the electricity sector hold a comparable gravity, which the prosecutor should examine and thoroughly investigate.”

The petition reads in part: “The elements that need to be established to prove a ‘crime against humanity under article 7(1)(k) of the Rome Statute are that the perpetrator inflicted great suffering or serious injury by means of an inhumane act; that the perpetrator was aware of the circumstances and that the act was committed within a widespread or systematic attack on a civilian population which the perpetrator knew of that link.

“The consequences of allegations of corruption in the electricity sector are similar to those of the offences in article 7(1). Corrupt officials and contractors in the electricity sector know well that their conduct is criminal and injurious, and the denial of human dignity coupled with a radical breach of solemn trust aggravates their alleged crime.

“SERAP therefore considers these allegations of widespread and systematic corruption in the power sector as amounting to crimes against humanity and clear violations of the provisions of the Rome Statute of International Criminal Court. SERAP believes that these allegations have given rise to individual criminal responsibility of those suspected of perpetrating corruption in the sector as entrenched in the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court.”

SERAP therefore asked Bensouda to urgently commence an investigation proprio motu on the allegations of widespread and systematic corruption in the electricity sector since the return of democracy in 1999, with a view to determining whether these amount to crimes against humanity within the court’s jurisdiction. “In this respect, we also urge you to invite representatives of the Nigerian government to provide written or oral testimony at the seat of the court,” it stated.

Nigeria

Nigeria Police, Judges Highest Bribe-Takers, Says UN Agency

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