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Political Parties Challenged to Embrace Gender Equality

By Janeth Mesomapya

Dar es Salaam — Women participation in politics is said to remain low because it isn’t a priority within political parties. Political Science Professor Ruth Meena voiced this during a panel discussion at this year’s Mwalimu Nyerere Professorial Chair on Wednesday.

She said that the gender gap in politics is fueled by the fact that gender equality is not a priority, even in nominating candidates during the elections. “The constitution should compel political parties to align with international policies in order to enhance gender equality and bridge the gap,” she said.

Former Parliament Speaker Ms Anna Makinda said young girls should be taught to be bold from the family level to be able to stand against any sort of gender discrimination. “Let’s build a society where women are confident of who they are and participate all socio-economic activities,” she added.

Tanzania

Magufuli Orders Seizure of Undeveloped Farms

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Hawkers Threaten to Return to Nakuru Town Streets

By Magdalene Wanja And Reitz Mureithi

Tension is rising in Nakuru town after hawkers threatened to return to the streets.

Residents woke up to a dramatic scenes on Wednesday morning after the hawkers demarcated parking lots along the town’s Kenyatta Avenue, Gusii and Neru Pundit roads, with some writing their names on the tarmac using white chalk.

The hawkers then put pieces of sack on the sections they had demarcated to show seriousness of their intentions.

It was not clear who could be behind the looming return of the hawkers who were driven out of the streets by the county government two years ago.

But the business community in the town suspect a political hand could be behind the turn of events, given that their eviction had been politicised.

CAUGHT UNAWARES

Shop owners in town were caught unawares by the Wednesday morning scenes. Shocked and confused, they stood outside their shops in small groups conversing in low tones.

The battle between the hawkers and the county government has quietly been simmering since January 2015 when they were forcefully evicted from Nakuru Central Business District following a directive issued by Governor Kinuthia Mbugua.

According to the governor, the hawkers’ presence on Nakuru streets created disorder, making it difficult for visitors to navigate their way around the town.

The hawkers were then moved to the bus terminus area where stalls were hurriedly erected and allocated to individuals.

Traders in food produce were taken to the town’s Wakulima market where a temporary structure was established to accommodate them.

CAMPAIGN AGENDA

The hawkers’ eviction quickly formed a campaign agenda for candidates who were seeking various elective posts in the August 8 polls.

Depending on whether one was for or against the eviction of hawkers, two teams were formed.

The opposing team was led by Nakuru East MP David Gikaria and backed by his Nakuru West counterpart Mr Samuel Arama.

Governor Mbugua took reigns of the proposers’ team and was publicly supported by Biashara Ward representative Stephen Kuria.

As news came in on April 27 that Mr Mbugua had lost the Jubilee nomination to Mr Lee Kinyanjui, residents quickly concluded that it was the eviction episode that prematurely killed his political dream.

ANTICIPATED DEFEAT

Vendors in Wakulima and Nacha markets said they had anticipated the defeat as they had vowed to send the governor home.

However, during his campaigns Mr Kinyanjui went on record saying his administration would look into the plight of the hawkers.

During the just concluded Jubilee Party primaries, leaflets warning business owners against nominating Mr Lee Kinyanjui because he ‘intended’ to bring back the hawkers to the streets, were circulated in the town a day before the nominations.

Mr Kinyanjui dismissed the claims terming them as “kicks of a dying horse”.

He said he said he has never made any promises to return the hawkers back to the streets despite being against their forceful eviction.

New Device Touted As Anti-Malaria Weapon

Kibaha — The government has been advised to supplement district and municipal council budgets, to enable them buy biolarvacides, the latest and effective to deal with malaria- before it occurs.

The Tanzania Biotech Products Ltd Acting General Manager, Mr Samuel Mziray, said here yesterday that the government could save a lot of money currently spent on battling malaria, if the councils were empowered to buy biolarvacides that kill mosquito larvae instead.

He cited lack of political will as a spoiler, noting that so much money was spent on buying medicines and nets, while the problem could be tackled more effectively by destroying mosquito larvae breeding grounds.

Mr Mziray said only Geita and Mbogwe district councils had bought biolarvacides in compliance with a government circular channeled through the regional administration and local government authorities last year.

He lamented that the ‘charity begins at home’ maxim was undermined, noting that the company, which is capable of producing more than 60 million litres a year, had exported 92,000 litres to Niger, and discussions to deliver supplies to Serbia, Sri Lanka and Cuba were at an advanced stage.

Mr Mziray pointed out that the charity Doctors Without Borders had since started using biolarvacide products in refugee camps.

The company’s Acting Commercial Manager, Mr Frank Mzindakaya, remarked that the products had proved to be highly effective, environment- friendly and easy to apply.

Besides controlling malaria, they were also effective in tackling viral infections like dengue, yellow fever and Nile fever.

Tanzania

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Angola: Govt and Ifad Implement Fishery Project

Luanda — The Angolan Government, with the help of the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD), will implement a project on sea fishing and community aquaculture in Luanda, Cuanza Norte and Malanje provinces.

The project will cover 15.000 families and allow fishermen to learn about fish handling techniques, fish farming and mainly about aquaculture in these provinces.

Speaking to ANGOP, Antónia Nelumba, Secretary of State for Fisheries, during her working visit to the Centre for Support of Artisanal Fisheries in the Cabo Ledo region of Luanda, said that the sea fishing project will be implemented in Luanda and Bengo provinces, while in Cuanza Norte, Malanje and Bengo will be implemented the continental aquiculture

The project will improve fish capture, build markets for the sale of fish and community education to maintain ecosystems.

The Ministry of Fisheries intends, she pointed out, that people who practice artisanal fishing leave subsistence fishing and develop to get more income through learning that will enable them to improve their skills and support their families’ living expenses.

She called on other fishermen to join the fishing industry and aquaculture in order to increase the supply of work in these provinces where these projects will be implemented.

According to her, workshops and meetings have already been held in the regions where the projects will be implemented with the communities, to enable them to participate in this activity.

The manager of the Centre for Support to Artisanal Fisheries, Ezequiel Pinho, said that production will increase from 10 tons to 30 tons of fish, through the rise of numbers of boats and the motivation of the fishermen to associate with this work.

This centre assists in receiving the fish and materially supports the fishermen.

Angola

Cuando Cubango – People Urged to Vote in Next Elections – Official

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Angola: Poultry Farmers to Debate Sector’s Actions

Luanda — The National Association of Poultry Farmers (ANAVI) will organise on 24 May, in Luanda, the first national meeting of poultry farmers, aimed at discussing, among other things, the new goals of the sector and present a census on this activity.

According to note that reached ANGOP last Saturday, the gathering will happen as a result of various meetings between ANAVI and professionals from different provinces linked to the poultry farming activity, held between 2016 and 2017.

“During the event it will be presented the National Census on Poultry Farming- Installed capacity, current production levels, potential of growth and market, and medium and long term goals – as well as it will be discussed strategic topics on the revitalisation of the poultry farming sector and short and medium term actions turned to the national production of eggs and meat”, reads the ANAVI note.

ANAVI also informs that the present production capacity of the sector is of about four million eggs per day and 20,000 tons of chicken meat per year.

Angola

Cuando Cubango – People Urged to Vote in Next Elections – Official

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Two Jubilee Aspirants in Nakuru Miss Nomination Certificates

By Joseph Openda

Nominated Senator Martha Wangari, Jubilee Party’s nominee for the Gilgil parliamentary seat missed out on her certificate on Friday after the party informed her that her opponent, incumbent MP Nderitu Mathenge, had lodged a petition against her nomination with the Political Parties Disputes Tribunal in Nairobi.

Also missing out on the certificate is the Molo parliamentary seat nominee Kimani Kuria who was told by party official The Jubilee Party official Mr Swaleh Kadara that his document had been withheld because it had a typo error which needed to be corrected.

Mr Mathenge had been declared the winner in the primaries which were hotly contested between the two but Ms Wangari petitioned the party’s disputes resolutions tribunal which declared her the winner, arguing that the nominations was marred by irregularities.

In Molo, the sitting MP Jacob Macharia lodged a complaint with the Jubilee party tribunal challenging the results after he lost to Mr Kuria.

Last week Molo residents held a two day demonstrations after rumours went round that the certificate had been handed to Mr Macharia.

They blocked the busy Nakuru Eldoret highway causing a traffic snarl for over four hours forcing police to lobe teargas canisters in order to disperse them.

The protests prompted the tribunal to summon Mr Kuria after which it was confirmed that the certificate was yet to be issued.

Mr Kuria garnered 13,505 votes against Mr Macharia’s 8,701.

Mr Kadara has urged the supporters of the two aspirants to remain calm as the certificates will be handed over once the issues have been solved.

Kenya

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European Union to Increase Investments in the Continent

Photo: Bobby Hiddy/Flickr

European Union (file photo).

By Sadab Kitatta Kaaya

At celebrations to mark the 60th European Union (EU) day, the head of the EU delegation in Uganda, Kristian Schmidt, announced that the economic bloc’s investments in Africa will increase to over €44 billion by 2020.

In a speech at a cocktail to mark the day at his residence at Kampala’s upscale neighbourhood of Kololo, Schmidt said the EU will seek to boost responsible and sustainable investments in Africa during the Africa-Europe summit in November this year, as a part of its external investment plan.

This is one of the interventions that the EU is focussing on in its bid to deal with the refugee crisis in Europe and in its African partners such as Uganda, which is home to more than 1.2 million refugees.

“It is a fair question. How will the world help Uganda face this challenge? The answer is in the external investment plan. We expect to leverage €44bn Euros of Europe’s investments in Africa as of 2020,” Schmidt said.

The trade value between Europe and Uganda stood at €985m by the end of last year which represents a 60 per cent increase over the past 10 years.

AGE-LIMIT

Making reference to Monday’s election of Emmanuel Macron as the new French president, Schmidt told Museveni, who was chief guest at the cocktail, not to kill the debate for change of leadership.

“Change is necessary for Uganda but that change, what it will be, will be Uganda’s decision,” Schmidt said.

“I hope you will allow me to make three wishes for Uganda. The first wish is that you don’t let your democratic process stall or regress, and those in power do not close their minds to minority views; even when those, out of maginalization and despair, lead them to express their disagreement, both in frustration and anger, we pray you keep the political space open,” Schmidt further told Museveni.

He went on to speak against violation of people’s rights by the security forces, whom he said should increasingly become accountable to the people they serve.

In his speech, Museveni steered clear of Schmidt’s political remarks, choosing to concentrate on the priorities to which the EU channels its aid.

“I appreciate your aid to Uganda; however, I would like this aid to be more focussed” Museveni said.

Museveni seemed uncomfortable with EU’s funding to advocacy groups, which he said are unsustainable.

“If you say we are supporting children’s rights, do you have the money to support it sustainably? Or are you going to support them with endless donations? If somebody is depending on donations, we call that economic leukaemia. I don’t want a situation of economic leukaemia,” Museveni said.

Africa

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You’ll Get Your Certificates, Tuju Assures Jubilee Candidates

By Patrick Lang’at

The Jubilee Party has assured its anxious 1,900 nominations winners that they will not be cheated out of their certificates, as it unveiled what it said are fool proof security features of the crucial documents.

Secretary-General Raphael Tuju said that the certificates will be issued at the county offices starting this Friday in four clusters.

“We want to assure our aspirants that only two certificates have been issued – That of the President and his running mate. All the others will be given theirs during the day and in full openness,” Mr Tuju told journalists at the party headquarters on Thursday.

Mr Tuju was confident that the certificates are fool proof.

SECURITY FEATURES

The document’s key security features include unique serial numbers, which Mr Tuju said will prevent unscrupulous individuals from forging it.

To further prevent against alteration of the serial numbers, the party will present its list of winners to be sent to the Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission together with the serial numbers.

“That way, when our candidates go to the IEBC to present their papers, the commission will countercheck their certificates’ serial number with the one we gave them,” Mr Tuju said.

The certificates will also have the names of the Jubilee Party candidates printed on them, as opposed to previous cases where names were handwritten.

ID NUMBER

Thirdly, each certificate will have the candidate’s national ID number.

Mr Tuju also said that the 529 cases that had been lodged with the party’s appeals tribunal headed by lawyer Faith Waigwa have been finalised and the final written ruling will be issued on Sunday.

“For certificates to be issued, we will look at the ruling of our tribunal if a case was lodged, and the Political Parties Disputes Tribunal and High Court rulings wherever it applies,” Mr Tuju said.

CLERKS’ PAY

Meanwhile, the party is also reeling from complaints of non-payment of its 60,000 clerks who conducted its primary elections.

Some of the clerks who had been hired to conduct the primaries in 45 counties demonstrated in Nakuru over non-payment.

But Mr Tuju said 45,000 of the 60,000 clerks had already been paid via M-Pesa.

He blamed the delay on some returning officers.

“Some of them inserted names of their relatives and friends who did not work for us, exaggerated the list or even brought names of fewer people than we had hired. We are working to regularise that, and I assure you, everyone will be paid,” said Mr Tuju.

DOUBLE PAYMENTS

He said that the payments had been paid through two different banks, which he said in some cases led to some double payments.

“From the day the nominations ended, a month has not elapsed. We have assured them that we will pay them by the time one month ends,” he said.

On the list of parliamentary nomination slots which should be presented to the IEBC 45 days to the August 8 polls, Mr Tuju said that consultations are on and that the list will be representative.

The following is the Jubilee schedule for the collection of certificates at the county level.

May 12

Kiambu

Nyeri

Embu

Meru

Laikipia

Turkana

Nakuru

Narok

Uasin Gishu

Baringo

Nairobi

May 13

Murang’a

Kirinyaga

Tharaka-Nithi

Nyandarua

Kericho

Nyamira

Bomet

Nandi

Elgeyo Marakwet

West Pokot

Kajiado

Siaya

Lamu

May 14

Mandera

Kisii

Vihiga

Bungoma

Mombasa

Makueni

May 15

Isiolo

Kitui

Garissa

Tana River

Makueni

Machakos

Migori

Kisumu

Homa Bay

Trans Nzoia

Marsabit

Busia

Kakamega

Taita Taveta

Kitui

New KCCA Amendment Bill Tabled in Parliament

By Moses Kyeyune

Parliament — Two years after being shelved, the Kampala Capital City Authority Bill (2015) is yet again on the floor of Parliament.

The bill was tabled by Ms Benny Namugwanya, the State minister for Kampala City Authority.

Upon receiving it, Ms Rebecca Kadaga, the Speaker to Parliament on Tuesday tasked the Presidential Affairs Committee to handle it expeditiously within 49 days.

“This bill has only been reprinted it has been around for some time lying somewhere, so no more delays will be allowed,” Ms Kadaga said.

When it was introduced in 2015, the draft law was castigated by several critics and sections of the civil society who argued that it was aimed at denying city dwellers their voting rights since it proposed that the Lord Mayor would be elected by elected city councillors.

According to the highlights of the shelved bill, Mr Frank Tumwebaze, the then Minister of Presidency and Kampala stated that the existing law is faced with several defects, among them, the continued administration of the city under a decentralised system yet it was given a ‘special status’ as a city authority and that this was the main cause of “contradictions and clash of roles.”

Another defect, according to Mr Tumwebaze, was in Section 11(1, b) of the current law which; “vests the power to convene and preside over meetings of the authority only in the Lord Mayor [and that] in the his absence, many fundamental activities of the capital city cannot be discharged and implemented.”

Pertaining the position, powers and roles of the Lord Mayor, the minister stated that, it is erroneous to provide for the mayor to have executive powers and as the “political head of the capital city yet Kampala Capital City is administered by the Central Government where the minister should be the political head with executive powers.”

As a remedy to the ‘defects’ Mr Tumwebaze proposed the need “to re-assert the powers of the central government in the administration of Kampala Capital City Authority by vesting more powers in the minister by making him or her the political head of the capital city.”

The bill under Clause 5(4) provides for the Lord Mayor to be elected from within the composition of the council.

The bill proposes the amendment of Section 9 which provides for the election of the Lord Mayor to amendend to read: “There shall be a Lord Mayor and a Deputy Lord Mayor of the Capital City [who] shall be elected by the Council from among the councillors (whose] elections shall be presided over by the Electoral Commission.”

If adopted by Parliament, the Lord Mayor who chairs Council sessions will be elected from within the composition of the council, breaking the status quo where the Lord Mayor has been directly elected by city dwellers.

The Lord Mayor will also be the political Head of the council and not the City Authority under Section 8 of the principle law.

Most amendments in the new bill are rooted in recommendations contained in the 2013 Report by Justice Catharine Bamugemereire, which held Mr Lukwago liable of abuse of office, misconduct and incompetence.

Responding to the Bill, Mr Erias Lukwago said the proposals are intended to disenfranchise the people of Kampala from electing their political head.

“How can you have a political head of a legal entity that is not directly elected by the people,” Mr Lukwago asked.

Mr Lukwago said what is being planned is sheer political witch hunt.

“Today they might look at me as an individual but the matter should go beyond Lukwago and consider the plight of the population, it is irrational to simply bring laws for the sake of firefighting,” he said.

He says the same bill was defeated in 2015 when it was first introduced because “it is hinged on emotion rather than reason.”

Despite several attempts, Daily Monitor failed to get a comment from Kampala Minister, Ms Beti Kamya or her predecessor Mr Tumwebaze.

33 Days Later – Stella Nyanzi Granted Bail

Photo: Nicholas Bamulanzeki/Observer

The court room was packed during Dr Stella Nyanzi’s appearance this morning. Nyanzi was freed on bail.

By Urn

After 33 days in detention, Makerere University researcher Dr Stella Nyanzi has been granted bail by Buganda Road Magistrates court.

The controversial researcher was arrested last month on April 7, from Mackinnon Suites Hotel in Kampala, where, she had just finished addressing a Kampala Metropolitan Rotary fellowship. She was subsequently remanded to Luzira prison.

Court granted the frail-looking Nyanzi a Shs 10 million (non-cash) bail and asked her to deposit her passport. Prisons officials said she had even collapsed today morning due to severe malaria. In fact she was seated in the dock all through during court proceedings.

Her five sureties were also granted Shs 10 million (non-cash) bond each.

The sureties include her sister, Sheila B Nyanzi, a friend Nalongo Namata Annet, Dr Moses Khisa, a Political Science don at North Western University USA, activist Solome Nakaweesi Kayondo and Human rights activist Geoffrey Wokulira Ssebaggala.

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Nyanzi is charged with two counts of cyber harassment and offensive communication contrary to provisions of the Computer Misuse Act. Nyanzi was also charged with using the internet to disturb the peace and right to privacy of the president.Prosecution alleges that Stella Nyanzi used her social media pages to refer to President Yoweri Museveni as “a pair of buttocks.” She denied the charges but told court that she always writes ‘metaphorically’ to deliver messages to ‘those in power’.She is accused of insulting President Museveni on social media (facebook), who, she accuses of failing to honour his 2015 campaign pledge of providing sanitary towels to school girls once reelected back in office.Today, Justice Ereemye Mawanda granted Nyanzi her temporary freedom and is expected to reappear in court on May 25 for the continuation of the State’s application to have her mental status examined.In reference to her alleged vulgar and erotic posts, prosecutor Jonathan Muwaganya filed an application on April 10, asking court to order that Nyanzi be subjected to a psychiatric examination.Muwaganya told court that Nyanzi has a history of erratic psychiatric disorder and was once a patient at Butabika mental referral hospital. The application was based on the affidavit by SP Mboniva Emmanuel, one of the police officers investigating Nyanzi’s case.Today, Muwaganya had argued against her bail application saying that Nyanzi should not be released before determination of her mental status.Muwaganya added that Nyanzi should be stopped from making any cyber-attack or derogatory statement against the president and his immediate relatives. He also asked court Stella to refrain from discussing the case in court.But defence lawyer Nicholas Opiyo told court that they need time to discuss details of the mental health application before submitting detailed arguments against it and that can only happen when she is granted bail.Opiyo also protested the bail conditions arguing that such terms violate her freedom of expression. He prayed for lenient bail terms in consideration of her health condition.Before court proceedings, a group of Makerere university human rights students were arrested protesting Nyanzi’s prosecution. Four students were arrested and are currently detained at Kampala Central police station, located near Buganda Road Chief Magistrate court.More on ThisDr Stella Nyanzi Released on Bail

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