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Somalia:Italy Donates 300,000 Euros to Somali Red Crescent

Turkish and Somali paramedic carry wounded people to a Turkish military plane that will transport the injured to Turkey, at the airport in Mogadishu, Somalia, 16 October 2017. The death toll from the 14 October truck bomb attack has risen to at least 230, the deadliest attack in Somalias recent history. EPA/SAID YUSUF WARSAME

Italy has donated 300,000 euros to the Somali Red Crescent following last weekend’s terrorist attack in Mogadishu, the foreign ministry in Rome said on Wednesday.

“I have arranged through the Italian Cooperation Service for the emergency funding of 300,000 euros to the Federation of the International Red Cross and Red Crescent (FICROSS) to at least partly alleviate the tragic consequences of the terrorist attack in Mogadishu a few days ago” said Foreign Minister Angelino Alfano.

“The Somali Red Crescent Society will be able to use this money from Italy to provide medical care to those injured in the attack”. Central Mogadishu was hit by the terrorist attack on 14 October – 327 were killed and over 400 injured. “Italy wishes to show its support to all the families of the victims and the injured,” concluded Alfano.


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Somalia:Kuwait Provides Medical Aid to Somalia

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Kuwait Red Crescent Society (KRCS), in coordination with the Direct Aid Society, announced Wednesday a new batch of medical assistance to treat victims in Somalia following the recent terrorist bombings in Mogadishu.

In a statement to KUNA, Chairman of KRCS Dr. Hilal Al-Sayer said that aid would be provided to hospitals in Somalia to treat the wounds of the recent bombings.

KRCS is urgently following the repercussions of the humanitarian situation there through its permanent contact with the humanitarian organizations in Somalia, and will continue to support Somali people in order to live in safety and peace, Al-Sayer said.

He also called on people in Kuwait to support the charity projects carried out by the association with its partners in Somalia, which lives one of the most crises.

For his part, Chairman of the Board of Direct Aid Association, Dr. Abdulrahman Al-Muhailan praised cooperation with KRCS to help Somali people, adding that there will be quick response by providing medical medicines to hospitals in Somalia following the terrorist attack that killed hundreds of innocent citizens.

There are four hospitals in Mogadishu in need of medicines and antibiotics to treat the wounded, he said. And stressed Kuwait role in providing aid to help the affected people everywhere and has played a prominent role in the relief efforts in Somalia in the last period.

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Uganda:Insurance Impact Still Minimal, Says Kasaija

By Martin Luther Oketch

Insurance contributes a lot to the economic growth of society by provides stability to the functioning of process. This is because the insurance industries develop financial institutions and reduce uncertainties by improving financial resources.

Considerable attention has been devoted to evaluating the relationship between economic growth and financial market deepening. Most of what we have learned relates to banking systems and securities markets – with insurance receiving only a passing mention.

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Yet, while insurance, banking, and securities markets are closely related, insurance fulfils somewhat different economic functions than do other financial services, and in turn requires particular conditions to flourish.

In an interview with Daily Monitor recently, the Finance minister Matia Kasaija said the contribution of insurance sector in Uganda’s economy is still very minimal because there are very few insurance businesses in the country. Additionally, insurance services are not yet spread in all parts of the country.

“The insurance business in this country is still very small because many organisations/companies and people do not take insurance services,” he said.

Mr Kasaija added: “Few things are being insured because we insure very limited things thus limiting the contribution of the insurance sector in the economy.”

However, Mr Kasaija said the government is promoting the insurance sector in Uganda by providing Agriculture Insurance Scheme in partnership with the commercial banks which is currently doing well because of the subsidies being given out.

In FY 2016/17, Government operationalised the Uganda Agriculture Insurance Scheme. Statistics in the finance ministry show that a number of farmers have benefited and received insurance cover for both crops and animals, and these include; farmers under Nucafe, Centenary Bank, Cairo Bank, Advance Microfinance, Community Funds, Ifish fish farm, Dejolisa Farm, Biyinzika Farm Ltd, Sr Afro Cheeks, Eclof, Muiis Project, Kaweri, SolaceFarm, Feed the Future and FIT Uganda, Individual farmers, among others. The subsidy utilisation projections, for the current season, are as per table 4.4 below.

In FY 2017/18, the Finance ministry said Government will continue implementing the Uganda Agriculture Insurance Scheme as a pilot, to further subsidise agriculture insurance premiums for both small and large scale farmers to guarantee the returns expected from crop and livestock farming. The scheme will cover all regions of the country focusing on strategic crops and animals.

As per the Uganda Insurers Association, the prospects and businesses to be underwritten in the next six months are estimated at Shs8.2b in total premiums before applying the Government subsidy.


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Nigeria:Monkeypox – Gwagwalada Residents Reject Polio Vaccine for Children

Some residents of Gwagwalada Area Council of FCT, have prevented their children from receiving polio vaccine being administered on children in the ongoing immunisation in the Territory.

A correspondent of the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) who monitored the exercise on Tuesday in Gwagwalada, reports that some parents prevented health workers from immunising their children.

They cited the outbreak of monkeypox in some states as their reason for preventing their children from receiving the polio vaccine.

One of the parents, Mariamu Alli, said she was not disposed to granting access to health workers to vaccinate her children due to the rumour about the outbreak of monkeypox.

“The rumour in town is getting us scared; we don’t want to take any chances,” she said.

Oluwadera Wisdom said that though her children had received polio vaccine in the past, the news about the outbreak of monkeypox was scaring her from presenting her children for immunisation.

However Ezeonu Chizaram, who dismissed the outbreak of monkey pox as rumour, allowed health workers to vaccinate her children.

“This vaccine is for our children and the government has spent a lot of money to make it available.

“People are rejecting the vaccine out of ignorance,” she added.

Reacting to the development, Adeyemi Adeniran, a medical doctor and the council’s Head of Health and Human Services department, told NAN that the vaccine was essentially meant to eradicate polio.

“This is not a vaccine to reduce the number of a certain sex in the society, but to eradicate polio.

“By our status we shouldn’t be among countries with polio,” Mr. Adeniran said.

On his part, the Supervisory Councillor for Health, Usman Noma, promised that the council would continue to sensitise parents on the importance government attached to immunisation.

“The vaccine will help in eradicating polio from the society.

“The rumour is wrong and it will not help our children. That is why we are out to talk to our people not to reject the vaccine”, he said.



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Zimbabwe:Govt Endorses U.S.$25 Million Mortgages

By Enacy Mapakame

The National Social Security Authority (NSSA) has underwritten $25 million mortgages through its banking unit, the National Building Society (NBS). NSSA regional contributions, collections and compliance manager Agnes Chikwavaire told a bankers conference in Nyanga recently that apart from the various projects the authority has funded so far, there were many other projects in the pipeline targeting low to medium income earners.

“There are many housing projects in the pipeline. We expect to bring at least 1 000 new houses on the market by December 2017,” said Mrs Chikwavaire.

As part of their contribution to the budding small to medium enterprises, Mrs Chikwavaire said the authority was also considering developing an SME park for small businesses to market their products and services. Apart from financial constraints, one of the major challenges affecting the SME sector is infrastructure deficiencies and NSSA’s intentions are to bridge the gap.

This also comes as property firms have of late bemoaned high voids in commercial properties especially in the central business district as established companies downsize operations, close or relocate to cheaper alternatives. As a result, some property firms have resorted to remodelling their businesses to cater for the SME sector.

“Plans for an SME park are being considered,” said Mrs Chikwavaire adding this would also help attract SMEs to operate within the formal confines of business. Investing in assets that resonate with the needs of informal sector workers can be used as one way to attract the informal sector and contribute to the general development of Zimbabwe. Infrastructure development has become part of the investment strategies of institutional investors across the globe and has yielded considerable profits.”

NSSA has done several property development projects among them the Glaudina housing project in Harare, Rusike in Marondera, Gimboki in Mutare, Runyararo West in Masvingo and Lower Rangemore in Bulawayo. This is in addition to office parks in Harare and shopping malls in Chipinge, Bindura, Mutare and Gwanda.


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Zimbabwe:Medical Aid Group Joins Whistle Blower Platform

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By Ishemunyoro Chingwere

Premier Service Medical Aid Society (PSMAS), has joined international whistle-blowing platform, Tip Offs Anonymous, as it continues its re-branding exercise and enhancing transparency in handling public funds. The country’s largest medical aid group has been riddled by scandals that first came to the fore in January 2014 when a report showed top management earning at least $1 million in basic monthly salaries at a time the society was reeling under a $38 million debt.

“PSMAS is committed to being an open, honest and transparent organisation, with greater accountability. As part of our strategic direction, we are presenting an opportunity for members, service providers and even members of the public to look out for possible fraudulent activity within the society and within our stakeholders,” said PSMAS in a statement released by their public relations manager Arthur Choga.

“The glory of Tip Offs Anonymous is that whatever tip offs are made, the information does not come to PSMAS directly, but is handled by a third party, which has vast experience in verifying the information and taking the necessary steps thereafter. We are very happy, as an organisation to be a part of Tip Offs Anonymous because this reinforces our commitment to honouring our values as an organisation. It also serves to notify all our stakeholders that we are completely geared towards achieving the kind of service we have always promised,” said PSMAS in a statement.


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NURC to Embark on Healing Campaigns

By Eugene Kwibuka

The National Unity and Reconciliation Commission (NURC) will focus its efforts in the next eight months on conducting mass healing sessions for Rwandans to help them cope with psychological scars left behind by the 1994 Genocide against the Tutsi.

The plan was revealed on Thursday by the commission’s president, Bishop (rtd) John Rucyahana, while presenting to the Senate a report of NURC’s activities for the Financial Year 2016/17 and action plan for the current financial year.

Rucyahana said that the programmes will essentially be in the form talk therapy whereby people will be encouraged to meet in their communities and clubs, where they live and discuss their wounds and how to overcome them.

“It’s going to be a mass approach, involving people at different levels from students, women and men, prisoners, to the youth in different communities. We are really engaging the people to heal each other by talking about their psychological wounds,” he said.

The Genocide, which killed more than a million Rwandans in three months, left so many psychological wounds for both survivors and perpetrators, experts say.

Rucyahana told Saturday Times in an interview that Rwanda doesn’t have to use psychiatrists to cure every psychological wound because so many people in society are wounded, hence the need to use a mass healing approach that requires every member of society to contribute to the healing process.

“Therapy through discussions at different levels will be conducted,” he said shortly after presenting the plan in the Senate.

Other programmes that will be conducted by the commission over the next eight months before the end of the current fiscal year include more unity and reconciliation awareness campaigns, healing and reconciliation sessions for special groups like former prisoners and ex-combatants as well as Rwandans returning from exile.

NURC will also build a unity and reconciliation monument as well as a gallery, where works about the topic will be showcased as part of promoting the values.

The commission will use a budget of about Rwf1.1 billion to conduct its activities in the current fiscal year, funds that are slightly more than its budget for the past fiscal year when it spent about Rwf924million.

Senators welcomed the commission’s plans and encouraged the body to keep up efforts to promote unity and reconciliation among Rwandans.

Some of them also requested the commission to actively push the government and get it to solve some of the remaining challenges to unity and reconciliation such as the issue of unsettled Gacaca cases related to property destroyed during the Genocide.

“We made so many recommendations about this issue but it’s not yet clear how it will be done away with completely,” said Senator Jean Damascene Ntawukuriryayo.

Other challenges to unity and reconciliation at the moment that deserve special attention include genocide ideology that is exhibited by certain members of society and domestic violence, both Rucyahana and some senators said.

“Domestic violence is quite a challenge because for the Rwandan society to be happy and peaceful it has to start with the family,” said Senator Appolinaire Mushinzimana.

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Why Women Should Remember Mwl Nyerere

opinionBy Sauli Giliard

THIS has been ‘The Mwalimu Julius Nyerere week’. As the nation is set to commemorate the 18th anniversary since Mwalimu Julius Nyerere departed on October 14, 1999, a lot have been discussed about him in his legacy.

The Arusha Declaration has been part and parcel of the discussions in radio and Television stations and feature articles in local newspapers written.

The 1967 declaration, famously known as ‘Azimio la Arusha’ contained the key features of socialism and Mwalimu Nyerere, the founding father of the nation’s philosophical point of view is well contained in it.

Though former Tanzania Assembly Speaker, Pius Msekwa says there are some weaknesses during the implementation of Socialism and Self-reliance backed by the Arusha Declaration, he admits that there are a lot to learn and still to be implemented.

Decades have passed since the Arusha Declaration came into effect as the nation has been commemorating 18th anniversary since Mwalimu Nyerere passed away in London Hospital, United Kingdom.

Currently, right groups in the country have invested heavily in supporting gender parity movements in the country. Education, economic empowerment, domestic violence and gender based budget have been top on its agenda.

On the other side, Vice President Samia Suluhu Hassan has been very supportive to women on the right movement geared towards rescuing women from all forms of segregation.

However, did Mwalimu Nyerere’s brain child-Azimio la Arusha laid foundation for women rights? Examining the content of the Arusha Declaration, the Tanganyika African National Union (TANU) had stipulated principles that entail a lot about the women’s rights.

In this article, some of these principles are going to be discussed in relation to gender movements in the country.

It was declared that “all human beings are equal” and the Arusha Declaration believed that there should not be segregation in respect to their sex, religion and tribe affiliation. Hence, in accessing social services, or utilizing available resources available in the country, women were not been left behind in the declaration.

Therefore, gender movements aimed at bringing equality should be ongoing process, until all traditional forms which act as obstacles toward eradicating gender inequality in the society being addressed. For many years now, Tanzania has been struggling for women empowerment on economic, social and political spheres. As of now, women are seeking a 50-50 per cent of representation in the Parliament.

It was during Mwalimu Nyerere tenure that it was declared through the Arusha Declaration of 1967 that “every citizen is an integral part of the nation and has the right to take an equal part in government at local, regional and national levels.” The term “citizen” does not omit woman.

Mwalimu Nyerere treated all human beings equally, hence the 50-50 demand of representation in the Parliament or any posts in the public and even private sector can also be traced from the Arusha Declaration.

“Every individual has a right to dignity and respect,” is another loaded phrase proclaimed in the 1967’s declaration. Everyone needs to be respected regardless of gender, religion or tribe affiliation. There are some traditions that affect women causing endless domestic violence in the community.

Stakeholders from both public and private institutions should spearhead to build the society that treats woman with respect and dignity.

The Arusha Declaration stated that all citizens together should own all the natural resources in the country in trust for their descendants. But in this context, land has been a contentious issue in many tribes in the country and left women behind in owning it.

Women have mostly been engaged in agricultural activities, but denied the land ownership. Rights’ activists have been fighting for this for many years in vain. Though, there have been positive outcome out of the movement seen in some tribes, where women have been allowed to own land for agriculture and other economic activities. In both formal and informal sector, women are earning little in comparison to their counterparts, men.

A CNBC feature titled “Men still earn more than women with the same jobs,” published last year states that studies have shown that even when a woman has the same level of education with a man, the latter can be paid higher.

“Even when comparing the sexes with the same job title in the same company and using similar education and experience, the gender pay gap still persists: Men earned 2.4 percent more than women on average, down slightly from last year,” PayScale was quoted by the CNBC. Since inequality in pay between men and women has been a global issue, TANU spotted this and insisted on economic justice for all.

It is the role of the leaders and local activists now to team up and make sure that everyone in the society enjoys basic human rights and women’s position recognized in the society not as mere observers.

South Africa: Youth Encouraged to Take Interest in Nuclear

Energy Deputy Minister Thembi Majola has called on young people to acquire skills that will enable them to take up opportunities in the nuclear energy sector.

The Deputy Minister was addressing the annual South African Young Nuclear Professionals Society (SAYNPS) nuclear youth summit on Wednesday.

She said with the advent of the fourth industrial revolution, there is a need for the youth to acquire the requisite skills, expertise and experience so as to be able to contribute effectively to the development and growth of the economy of the country.

“This Summit takes place at an opportune time in our country when unemployment especially amongst the young people is at its highest. Many of the unemployed young people lack the skills required by the knowledge economy,” the Deputy Minister said.

She said South Africa needs to take urgent action in order to ensure security of supply for the country for the next 20 years.

The integrated Resource Plan (IRP) sets out a path for South Africa’s long term energy future introducing new players and diversifying sources of energy.

“Importantly, the IRP envisages a balanced energy mix with nuclear as an integral part of our baseload, as is the case currently,” she told the summit taking place in Jeffreys Bay, Eastern Cape.

She said government has created a conducive and enabling environment that has attracted massive investments in the renewable energy sector, with the Eastern Cape Province leading in the field of wind energy.

Deputy Minister Majola also paid tribute to the SAYNPS, saying that since its formation in 2006, it has actively championed the interests of all young professionals in the nuclear sector.

“[It has not only] influenced debates on the benefits of the peaceful uses of nuclear energy, but also practically providing a pool of dedicated practitioners in the entire nuclear value chain in our country. SAYNPS has been an ardent advocate for youth skills development, preservation and propagation of nuclear knowledge, expertise and its application,” said the Deputy Minister.

Eskom’s nuclear build

Also speaking at the summit, Eskom’s acting General Manager for the nuclear new build, Loyiso Tyabashe, said South Africa is at the centre of the energy revolution.

“As young people, we have to push ourselves to a point of readiness,” he said, adding that the power utility is taking steps to empower young people with the relevant skills, knowledge and opportunities to participate meaningfully in the energy industry.

“We anticipate the commencement of South Africa’s nuclear new build programme. We look at their participation across the spectrum from enabling them to follow careers to being entrepreneurs offering services and building a thriving business in the energy space,” he said.

Eskom has spent R3.7 billion towards black youth-owned businesses in the past three years. The power utility also provides support for small enterprise development through sponsorship for the New Generation Movement (NGM).

Last week, the power utility held a successful launch of a Schools Nuclear Debate programme in Port Elizabeth. The aim of the programme held in the Eastern Cape was to promote an open discussion around nuclear energy and encourage young people to engage critically as the country considers future energy needs and sources to support socio-economic growth.

“Furthermore, in June 2016, we launched the Eskom Nuclear Operator Pipeline project at the Koeberg Power Station in Cape Town as part of Eskom’s plans to beef up local nuclear resources to support the country’s needs.”

The project provides a platform for developing a robust nuclear operator pipeline for South Africa.

The programme, spanning five years, aims to build a path to ensure that there are sufficient local nuclear resources to service the country’s present and future nuclear needs. After the five-year period, trainees will qualify as nuclear plant operators or will enter related career equivalents,” said Tyabashe.

The summit will conclude on Friday.

Kenya Cup Set for November 25 Start

By Brian Yonga

The 2017-2018 Kenya Cup season will kick-off on Saturday, November 25 and run for 14 weeks, the Kenya Rugby Union (KRU) revealed on Monday.

This season, the competition will be played in a one-off format to accommodate the late start of the World Rugby Sevens, and give Kenya Simbas adequate time to qualify for World Cup qualifiers slated for June next year.

The concluded season saw the 12 Kenya Cup teams being pooled into two conferences of six sides each with teams playing each other in their respective conferences before shifting to play the other teams from other conference in the 19-week season.

The upcoming season will have no home and away matches with top two teams automatically qualifying for the semi-finals, while the number 3 to 6 finishers heading to the quarterfinals to determine the two other semi-finals.

The top two teams will have home advantage during the final. However for the 2018-2019 season, the Kenya Cup will go back to the two conferences format.

Champions KCB, Kabras, Homeboyz, Quins, Impala, Mwamba, Nakuru, Strathmore, Nondies and Blak Blad will be joined in the Kenya Cup next season by Kisii RFC and Mombasa RFC.

The league will take a Christmas break after week four on Saturday, December 16, while a second break is scheduled for March 3, 2018.

The season is scheduled to end on March 24. The Championship will continue till late April and will conclude when the Kenya Cup teams will be contesting the Enterprise Cup final.

KCB beat champions Kabras Sugar 36-8 to lift the 2016/2017 Kenya Cup title. It was KCB’s fifth Cup success after 2005, 2006, 2007 and 2015 and club coach Curtis Olago is eyeing another successful campaign.

KCB also lifted the Enterprise Cup after a 27-23 win over Kabras to complete the double.

“The short season means that it will be a tough outing and there will be no room for error. Everyone will be baying for our blood but we are up to the challenge,” Olago said on Monday.

Mean Machine and Western Bulls were relegated to the Championship which will retain the two- conferences format.

In the championship, six teams in each Conference will play home and away within their conferences and a one-off against each team in the other conference.

Concerning match officials, Kenya Rugby Referees Society announced that the pool of elite referees had increased from six refs to 12.


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