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Govt to Sell Exiled Tycoon’s Property

The Rwandan Revenue Authority has placed Kigali’s Union Trade Centre — a $20 million mall owned by exiled tycoon Tribert Rujugiro Ayabatwa — among properties to be auctioned for defaulting on their taxes.

Mr Rujugiro has taken the Rwandan government to the East African Court of Justice for the alleged illegal seizure of his properties.

RRA has published a list of properties up for auction and among them is the mall, which in 2013 was put under the Nyarugenge District Commission of Abandoned Properties.

The government said the property and many others had been put under the management of the Commission of Abandoned Properties for “efficient management,” which among other things includes paying taxes and utility bills.

UTC was put on a list of 14 properties that RRA said “are immovable assets of taxpayers whose properties have been attached and will be auctioned.”

The taxes owed are from 2015, when the building was already in the hands of the Commission of Abandoned Properties.

By press time, The EastAfrican had failed to ascertain how much UTC owes the government.

The EACJ is yet to decide the ongoing case in Arusha in which Mr Rujugiro, who fell out with the government in 2010, seeks to redeem a number of his properties that have been seized.

The case filed in 2013 was dismissed by the First Instance Chamber of the EACJ, but later the Appeal Court ordered the Trial Court to hear it afresh “citing that parties had not been afforded an opportunity to present relevant evidence in support of their respective cases.”

The case is still pending before the trial court and no hearing date has so far been announced.

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Court Awards 33 Nyeri Primary School Workers Sh9.6m

By Joseph Wangui

The Employment and Labour Relations Court has awarded 33 non-teaching staff of Nyeri Primary School Sh9.6 million after finding that they are public officers in the Ministry of Education.

Judge Byram Ongaya, of Nyeri law court, said the workers — who were employed through the school’s board of management — should be paid by funds provided by Parliament. The workers had sued the school’s board of management for failure to implement circulars issued by the Director of Personnel Management (DPM) in 2011 and 2012.

“The court holds that remuneration, service benefits, pensions, gratuities and other retirement benefits of non-teaching staff employed by pre-primary, primary and secondary school boards of management are payable from funds provided by Parliament within the framework of free basic education. And the persons so employed are clearly public officers, being part of the public service as defined in the Constitution,” said the judge.

The court also directed Education Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i to implement the Basic Education Act, 2013, that provides for free and compulsory basic education for every child in Kenya. Justice Ongaya expressed concerns over the nationwide consequences of the judgment and the likely multiplicity of similar suits.

“This judgment should be served on the Cabinet Secretary responsible for Education and implementation of the Basic Education Act, 2013, with a view to noting and instituting appropriate executive and governance measures which will hopefully avert a multiplicity of similar suits,” Justice Ongaya said.

The workers said the board had declined to implement the circulars issued by the DPM in the Ministry of State for Public Service six years ago to raise or reflect on their salaries.

They said this was a breach of employment agreements since they are entitled to the same terms and conditions of service as their counterparts in the civil service.

The court said the 33 workers should be paid all outstanding dues not later than December 15, 2017.

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Nigeria: Telecoms Sector Contributes N15 Trillion to GDP – NCC

Nigeria’s telecommunications sector contributed over N15 trillion to the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) since the liberalisation of the sector, according to the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC).

The Executive Vice-Chairman of NCC, Prof. Umar Danbatta, made the disclosure at an interactive session with newsmen in Lagos on Tuesday.

Danbatta said the sector’s contribution to the GDP increased from eight per cent in the fourth quarter of 2016 to nine per cent in the first quarter of this year.

He said that since his assumption of office about 18 months ago, the industry had been adding between N1.43 trillion and N1.45 trillion to the economy every quarter.

Danbatta said that his administration had been implementing the eight-point agenda it set out for itself to achieve.

He said that the quality of service offered by Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) had not been impressive but that there had been an improvement in the first quarter of this year.

According to him, continuing drop in service quality has really created a huge gap between consumers and the MNOs.

He argued that poor quality of service was a reason for drops in mobile subscriptions.

“The commission will review the Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) set for the operators to meet, with a resolve that any of the MNOs that failed to meet up will be adequately sanctioned,” Danbatta said.

Speaking on the continuous drop in telephone subscriptions in the country, the NCC chief disclosed that the commission discovered that some subscribers were migrating from Third Generation (3G) to 4G/Long Term Evolution (LTE) networks.

“So they would rather use WhatsApp to communicate and even make free calls.

“Consumers are moving away from high tariff services to cheaper and free services,” he added.

The Executive Commissioner, Stakeholders Management of the commission, Mr Sunday Dare, said that the commission had already read the riot act to service providers on poor services.

Dare said that this year’s first quarter KPI result was under review.

He said that there was no deadline on improving QoS on the part of the operators but that sanctions were on the cards.

“NCC is not in the habit of giving deadlines but when we get to giving deadlines, then know that we had sounded it long enough for the operators to improve,” Dare said.

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Nigeria: Telecoms Sector Contributed 9% of GDP in First Quarter

By Adeyemi Adepetun

Nigeria’s telecommunications sector contributed about nine per cent to the country’s Gross Domestic Product (GDP) in quarter one of 2017. The Executive Vice Chairman (EVC) of the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC), Prof. Umar Danbatta, who disclosed this, while giving a report on the sector in Lagos, yesterday, added that since the liberalisation of the industry, it has added about N15 trillion to the economy.

Danbatta, who explained that the sector’s contribution to the country’s GDP increased from eight per cent in Q4 of 2016 to nine per cent in the New Year, noted that since his assumption of office as the EVC about 18 months ago, the industry has been adding between N1.43 Trillion and N1.45 Trillion to the economy quarterly.

The NCC EVC admitted that the quality of service offered by the Mobile Network Operators (MNOs) has not been impressive, he however, said there was a major improvement in the first quarter.

According to him, the continued drop in service quality has really created a huge gap between consumers and the MNOs, “reason for some drop in subscriptions.”

He said the commission will review the Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) set for the operators to meet, with a resolve that any of the MNOs that failed to meet up will be adequately sanctioned.

Though the Commission was practically silent on when telecommunications services will possibly improve in the country, the Executive Commissioner, Stakeholder Management, NCC, Sunday Dare, averred that the commission had already read a riot act on poor services, saying that the Q1 2017 KPI results is under review.

Dare said there is no deadline on improving QoS on the part of the operators, “but sanctions are available.” Speaking more on the continuos drop in telephone subscription in the country, the NCC EVC disclosed that the commission discovered that some subscribers are migrating from 3G to 4G/LTE, “so they rather use WhatsApp to communicate and even make free calls. Consumers are moving away from high tariff services to a more cheaper and free services.”

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South Africa: Medics Protest As KZN Health Care System Collapses

“Management in the Department of Health is incompetent, especially at the hospital level”

The South African Medical Association (SAMA) and public interest law firm SECTION27 are warning that the KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) health system is in dire straits.

On 5 May, over a thousand health workers marched in Durban to highlight the crisis. A memo, addressed to MEC for Health Sibongiseni Dhlomo, titled “Collapse of Health Services in KZN”. lists 16 problems, such as a shortage of staff, caused by “unfunded, frozen and abolished posts”, a lack of posts for medical school graduates doing their community service, an overtime policy that SAMA and unions have not agreed to, failures with equipment procurement, shortages of supplies, problems with medical records, and poor management.

The memo raised concerns about a lack of essential medicines and “consumables such as soap, gloves, needles”. It said: “Right now, those of us who work at grassroots level feel those above have callously placed a ‘do not resuscitate order’ on the health system in the province.”

At the march, Dr Mvuyisi Mzukwa, chairman of the SAMA KZN coastal branch, which led the march, said that the department had overspent in the 2015/2016 financial year, leaving it short of funds in the current year.

Mzukwa told GroundUp the issues stem from a combination of budget cuts and management issues. “The department exceeded the budget by more than one billion rands,” he said. “Management in the Department of Health is incompetent, especially at the hospital level.”

A nurse at Mbalenhle clinic in Pietermaritzburg, who did not want to be named, said that the oncology and urology departments were collapsing. “Patients that could be saved are dying. We cannot do anything about it because we are always waiting for equipment to be fixed,” she explained.

On Monday, SECTION27 said it had “received reports that Inkosi Albert Luthuli and Addington Hospitals are no longer able to effectively treat cancer patients due to equipment breakdowns and a shortage of specialists. Air-conditioning machines are not being repaired resulting in surgeries being cancelled or hospital infections. The Health Professions Council of South Africa has warned several departments that they will lose their accreditation to train specialists in the current situation. The consequences of the crisis extend even to needless patient deaths.”

Communications Officer at the Department of Health KZN Agiza Hlongwane said that the concerns raised by SAMA are being discussed, with a solution still underway.

Nigeria: NAMA to Step Up Digitisation of Aeronautical Services

By Oladeinde Olawoyin

The Nigerian Airspace Management Agency, NAMA, has restated its commitment towards accelerating the digitisation of Aeronautical Information Service in view of the centrality of data automation to the overall safety of civil aviation.

The Managing Director of the Agency, Fola Akinkuotu, made this known on the occasion of the World AIS Day which held at the agency’s headquarters in Lagos on Tuesday.

Mr. Akinkuotu maintained that in view of critical deliverables of the Aeronautical Information Management (AIM) project and “given that it represents a global migration to a dynamic data oriented aeronautical information management system that facilitates the timely exchange of aeronautical information in an accurate and standardized format from anywhere to everywhere globally on real-time basis, the automation project is a must-do for NAMA.”

The deliverables, the NAMA boss said, include the enhancement of e-NOTAM, e-Flight Planning, e-AIP, e-TOD, e-Charts, e-Flight briefing among others.

He explained that for the dream of AIS Automation to be realized, it behoves staff of the department to put in their best to see that their service both at the individual and group level remain invaluable.

Mr. Akinkuotu, however, maintained that the staff could do this through extensive research and paper presentation at seminars, targeted at enriching the system and taking it to the next level.

He also promised to open his doors to their professional and technical advice which he said would give him the needed guidance in taking key decisions.

The NAMA helmsman lauded staff of the AIS department for their diligence, hard work and dedication to duty.

“AIS remains one of the most critical departments in the agency even though they are hardly given the prominence they deserve, because their job most often, is behind-the-scene,” he said, stressing that the absence of AIS in the system will bring about chaos in the entire civil aviation.

In his welcome address, the General Manager, AIS, Kabir Gusau, appealed to NAMA management to consider the periodic training and retraining of AIS personnel which according to him, “would bring staff up to speed with modern trends in a dynamic aviation industry and also prepare them to effectively embrace automation when fully deployed.”

Mr. Gusau also harped on the need for the agency, through the Nigerian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA), to ensure that qualified AIS personnel were licensed as this would bolster them towards hard work, commitment to duty and enhanced productivity.

Observed in 191 contracting states globally, the World AIS Day is a day providers of the service, regulatory authorities, users of the service, other aviation stakeholders, as well as AIS systems manufacturers, critically assess the performance of the service and recommend appropriate measures for its enhancement.

In Nigeria, the 2017 World AIS Day with the theme: Efficient Data Management System that Supports Digital Aeronautical Information Services, was celebrated on May 15, 2017 simultaneously in all parts of the country.

Zimbabwe: Caledonia Confirms Fatality At Zimbabwe Operation

Canada-based Caledonia Mining has confirmed the death of a miner at its Zimbabwe operation, saying the fatality occurred Monday in a mining-related accident on 12 May.

The AIM-traded junior resources group runs Blanket Gold Mine which located near the town of Gwanda.

“This is a serious setback in our efforts to continuously improve safety at Blanket Mine,” said group CEO Steve Curtis.

“The previous fatality was in April 2015. Our heartfelt condolences go out to the family, colleagues and friends of the deceased.”

Management said it had suspended mining activities in the specific mining area, being the pending a full risk assessment and in-loco investigation.

The affected area contributed 10% of production in the first quarter of 2017.

The company said it had notified the Minister of Mines and Mining Development, as well as the Inspector of Mines, and said it would provide “all the necessary assistance” to the Inspectorate Department in its inquiry.

In its statement, the board said the directors and management of Caledonia and Blanket were expressing their “sincere condolences” to the family and colleagues of the deceased.

The Canadian company now holds a 49 percent interest in the mine after complying with the country’s indigenisation requirements.

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Tanzania: Tanzanian-Italian Partnership to Launch a Sh2.9 Trillion Health Project

By Valentine Oforo

Dodoma — Residents in Dodoma and Iringa regions must have all reason to smile as two Italian based Non-Governmental Organizations are set to launch a Sh2.9 trillion (1,203,680 Euros) worth water, health and nutrition project in the two regions.

They are Lay Volunteer International Association (LVIA) and the Doctors with Africa-CUAMM. Dubbed ‘MAISHAni Maji na Lishe Project’. The timely initiative targets to reach at least 40,000 beneficiaries in the regions in question.

According to LVIA Project Officer Ms Francesca Calcavecchia, the project will be launched on Tuesday at a colorful event to be graced by Italian Ambassador to Tanzania Mr Roberto Mengoni.

Ms Calcavecchia detailed that the MAISHAni project brings together a strong International partnership cooperating for the improvement of life conditions and the decrease of child mortality, through water and nutrition interventions, for a total of 40,000 beneficiaries in Dodoma and Iringa Regions.

“The project is co-financed by the Italian Agency for Development and Cooperation (AICS) for a total amount of 1.203.680 Euros (75% of total project cost) and UNICEF,” she told The Citizen.

She added that among key relevant actors in the partnership includes four District Councils (Kongwa, Chamwino, Iringa and Mufindi), Hydroid (Water for development Management Institute), MR&D (Italian company), two Universities (University of Dodoma-UDOM and University of Turin-Italy) and Ufundiko (local NGO).

“During the launch event the objectives of the project and the roles and responsibilities of actors will be presented to Authorities and Stakeholders,” she said.

LVIA is an Italian NGO founded in 1966, and currently operating in 10 African countries with a vision of development interventions to empower people, to develop more effective livelihood strategies, increasing the value of their assets and creating new opportunities for living a healthy and productive life.

LVIA has been working in Tanzania since 1986 by supporting the community development in the WASH, agriculture and health sector in the Regions of Dodoma, Morogoro and Singida.

LVIA is currently carrying out, together with the local institutions, several activities in Kongwa and Chamwino District rural areas in order to strengthen the water resource management capacity of the villages.

Doctors with Africa Cuamm (CUAMM) is an Italian NGO established in 1950 to train doctors to provide lifesaving care in Sub-Saharan Africa.

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Police Deployed As Evictions Starts Along Kampala-Entebbe Road

Photo: Alex Esagala/Daily Monitor

A UNRA official directs a driver of a bulldozer on the starting point.

By David Mafabi and Alex Esagala

Kampala — Police has deployed along Kampala- Entebbe road as Uganda National Roads Authority takes a whip on encroachers of the road reserve.

More than 1,000 buildings on Entebbe Road will be razed down today. The exercise has started at Kibuye roundabout, and is expected to go as far as Entebbe Airport.

The law enforcement officer at UNRA, Mr John B. Ssejemba, announced the imminent exercise at a press conference at UNRA offices on Thursday.

He revealed that the properties mapped to be knocked down include residential buildings, markets, schools, Fuel stations and commercial structures along the highway and that they have so far given out 54 notices to various landlords.

“In order to clear these roads for the safety of the encroachers themselves, the road users and for easing the flow of traffic, UNRA has planned to carry out systematic evictions of all encroachers who are still operating from road reserves starting on Monday May 15, 2017,” said Mr Ssejemba.

He explained that UNRA is also considering abolishing parking along Entebbe road, especially on the shoulders, in order to greatly reduce traffic congestion.

He added that for the last one year, UNRA has been involved in engagements with road encroachers along all national roads across the Country in order to encourage them to vacate voluntarily.

“And although some encroachers have vacated on their own, others still operate on the road reserves, road shoulders and in some cases driveways especially the market vendors which has continued to create congestion and traffic jams along these roads… ” added Mr Ssejemba.

To be affected

He said the initial exercise will cover Entebbe Road from Kibuye roundabout to Entebbe Airport and the exercise will then be rolled out to other national roads including those in the Kampala Metropolitan Area such as Jinja Road, Masaka Road, Hoima Road, Bombo road and other urban centres across the country.

Note that billboards and sign posts are not our target this time. These will be handled after the regulations for the management of advertising have been approved for implementation.

He said UNRA carried out a joint pre-eviction and inspection exercise was carried out on 9 May with the leadership of Kampala Metropolitan Police and local leaders.

He explained that because people operate at night and during day time, the exercise will be conducted at different times i.e. during the day, at night and early in the morning throughout all the week days.

Mr Ssejemba said besides decongesting the roads, UNRA intends to expand the roads to 30 metres wide from the present 14 metres wide in order to accommodate a duo-carriage for easy transport.

The Unra resettlement action plan head, Mr Moses Muwanga, said as long as someone is deemed to have settled in the road reserve, there will be no compensation except for those who were in those places before the old road was constructed.

“We are taking action for safety and also to relieve the government from future expenditure in terms of compensation to encroachers when we want to expand the roads,” said Mr Muwanga.

He said evicting encroachers is in compliance with the law which requires that the road reserves stay clear of any encroachment.

Sony Sugar Seeks Sh657 Million Waiver On Tax

By Edwin Mutai

South Nyanza Sugar Company (Sony) is seeking a waiver on tax and penalties amounting to Sh657 million from the Kenya Revenue Authority (KRA).

This is after the ailing sugar miller posted losses totalling Sh764.8 million in the year to June 2016.

“We were faced with difficult decision to concentrate our milling on cane which has passed its maturity period. The company had 2,773.28 hectares covered with such cane at the beginning of the financial year,” Sony chairman Ambrose Weda said in the financial statements for the year to June 2016.

He said the management made the decision after the firm incurred Sh1.02 billion loss in missed revenue.

“Be that as it may, the decision has ameliorated further losses that would arise from possible litigation associated with contracted over mature cane.

“It was also important in repositioning the company for renewed farmer confidence and to safeguard our source of raw materials,” said Mr Weda.

He said the company realised Sh5.7 billion as compared to Sh4.4 billion in gross turnover as a result of the measures.

However, Auditor-General Edward Ouko says in Sony’s audited books of accounts that the miller has outstanding Sh657 million value added tax at June 2016, up from Sh337 million in the previous year.

He said the tax arrears span several months of non-payment during the year under review.

“The management has indicated that it has paid some of the outstanding obligations and intends to approach the KRA for waiver of applicable interest and penalties,” Mr Ouko said.

He said the miller’s current liabilities exceed its current assets by Sh2.2 billion up from Sh1.4 billion in the year to June 2015.

“This, along with other matters highlighted in note 2(a) to the financial statements indicate the existence of material uncertainty which may cast significant doubt about the ability of the company to continue as a going concern,,” Mr Ouko said in a report dated April 10, tabled in Parliament on Thursday.

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