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Kenya:At Least 8 Women Die Daily From Cervical Cancer

By Jemimah Mueni

Nairobi — According to Ministry of Health, between seven to eight women die every day as a result of cervical cancer and it’s the third leading cause of deaths in the country after infectious and cardiovascular diseases.

However the Chief Executive Officer of the National Cancer Institute Alfred Karagu said cancer is treatable if screened and detected early.

“Cervical cancer is the leading cancer in the country causing the most number of deaths and this is unfortunate because cervical cancer can be treated if screened and detected early and this is a service that is available for all Kenyans; so I would really like to encourage our women to go for screening as soon as possible,” said Karagu.

Karagu says only 14 per cent of women in the country have done cancer screening and called upon all women of reproductive age to go for screening.

According to the Kenya Demographic Health Survey (KDHS) 2014, the annual number of cervical cancer cases is 4,802 and annual number of deaths is 2,451.

The biggest cause of cancer is the Human Papilloma Virus (HPV); the other causes include smoking, having HIV or reduced immunity, taking birth control pills for a long time and having given birth to three or more children.

As stated by Karagu, signs and symptoms of cervical cancer may go unnoticed. In advanced stages the signs may include bleeding or unusual discharge from private parts.

Rose Chiedo who is a cervical cancer survivor says treating cancer at an advanced stage is very expensive and urged women to go for screening.

“I’m a cancer survivor and I would like to encourage people to go for screening because if cancer is detected early it can be treated as you know prevention is better than cure. The cost of the treatment is also very expensive and the treatment procedures are very long so it’s good you go for screening to avoid all these,” said Chiedo.

The Ministry of Health is training 2,239 health care workers in screening and 173 in cyrotherapy-one of the treatment options if the cervical cancer is detected early.

Kenya

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Court Asked to Amend Artist’s 2.185 Bn Verdict

By Faustine Kapama

MIC Tanzania Limited, trading as Tigo, yesterday asked the Ilala District Court to amend its judgment and decree for payments of 2.185bn/- damages to two Bongo flava artistes Hamis Mwinyijuma “MwanaFA” and Ambwene Yesaya “AY” in the musical copyright dispute.

Advocate Ranson Mbwambo, for Tigo, told Senior Resident Magistrate in Charge Rita Tarimo that the judgment and decree of the court dated April11, 2016, should be amended by including in its title the name of the third party, M/s Cellular Tanzania Limited, who has been one of the parties in the suit.

He submitted that when looking at the judgment, there is reference to the third party, who was mentioned by his name or his supplier and that the records of proceedings clearly display that the third party was made a party to the suit involving MIC Tanzania Limited and the two artists.

“The judgment should have indicated in the title the name of the third party. For not indicating the third party in the title of the judgment is an incidental omission that calls for amendments. The only remedy to correct that omission is to make correction by adding the name of the third party,” he argued.

Advocate Mbwambo submitted further that the amendments sought to be made were intended to bring the records in order and harmony to the proceedings. He said that by not adding the third party in the title of the judgment would make mismatch of the judgment and the record of proceedings.

Referring to an affidavit sworn by Advocate Herman Lupogo, for Tigo, the senior counsel submitted that the two local musicians instituted a suit at the Ilala District Court, claiming his client has used their copyrighted musical works without their consent.

According to the affidavit, Tigo negated the claims in that the contentious musical works were legally procured from another person other than the respondents, among other reasons.

Before commencement of the hearing, the court was requested to issue a third party notice against M/s Cellular Tanzania Limited, which through a contract had sold the contentious musical works to it.

Mbwambo submitted that on June 30, 2014, the court granted the request and the third party dully appeared before the court.

The third party filed its written statement of defence essentially admitting the claims that it procured the said musical works from a company called Sonny Music Entertainment Africa Limited, a company which had contract with the sound producers. He submitted that M/s Cellular Tanzania Limited did not appear thereafter when the suit was called on for hearing.

He said that the matter proceeded in his absence. The judgment was delivered against the applicant, awarding specific damages to the tune of 2,185,000,000/- in favour of the two artists. However, the advocate told the court further that when the judgment was delivered, the name of the third party in the title was omitted.

After hearing the submissions by Tigo in support of the application, advocate Ally Hamza, who is appearing for the two local musicians, requested the court to grant him time to prepare for his reply submissions. The court granted the request and adjourned the matter to today.

New E-Commerce Platforms to Be Unveiled Today

By Joan Mbabazi

Efforts to promote a cashless culture in the country will be boosted after the launch of two new e-commerce solutions that have been developed by local tech innovators this evening. Two Rwandan companies – StreamUpBox and Ifeza Florists – will also launch a third product targeting the hospitality sector to guide people especially visitors where they can find restaurants, cafes or WiFi, among others.

The three products were developed under a three-month Rwanda Build accelerator programme hosted at Impact Hub Kigali’s co-working space.

“Each team wrote every line of code for their product… So, the software is 100 per cent Made-in-Rwanda by Rwandans,” Robert Rickard, from the Rwanda Build programme, said in a statement yesterday. However, the teams were helped during the project development phase and offered support and mentorship on business needs. The projects are self-funded.

“The goal of the programme is to help create a better culture of software development in Rwanda,” Rickard explained.

About the plaftorms

The three solutions that will be launched this evening at Impact Hub are YegoBox, a Rwanda cloud file storage solution that supports website hosting. It also supports e-commerce solutions using their YegoBox payment option and database support.

“It’s a great solution for anyone that needs to keep their confidential files in the country, on local servers and is more reliable for Rwandans as the servers are housed by Kigali data centres,” the official said of the app developed by the StreamUpBox.

Ifeza Florists, the second software built by Yvette Michelle Nigihozo of Ifeza Florists, is an e-commerce platform that offers payment options for mobile money and VISA. It also has an online market where people can order for fresh flowers, bouquets, and gifts and they are delivered to their loved ones around Kigali.

The third platform, Hello Kigali for Android, is a Kigali city “discovery guide for restaurants, cafes, WiFi and more”.

“With its WiFi indicator, it is perfect for anyone who is new in Kigali and seeking the best restaurants and cafes to visit and work from,” said Abdoul Ruhumuriza, a StreamUpBox developer.

Rwanda

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Rwanda:New E-Commerce Platforms to Be Unveiled Today

By Joan Mbabazi

Efforts to promote a cashless culture in the country will be boosted after the launch of two new e-commerce solutions that have been developed by local tech innovators this evening. Two Rwandan companies – StreamUpBox and Ifeza Florists – will also launch a third product targeting the hospitality sector to guide people especially visitors where they can find restaurants, cafes or WiFi, among others.

The three products were developed under a three-month Rwanda Build accelerator programme hosted at Impact Hub Kigali’s co-working space.

“Each team wrote every line of code for their product… So, the software is 100 per cent Made-in-Rwanda by Rwandans,” Robert Rickard, from the Rwanda Build programme, said in a statement yesterday. However, the teams were helped during the project development phase and offered support and mentorship on business needs. The projects are self-funded.

“The goal of the programme is to help create a better culture of software development in Rwanda,” Rickard explained.

About the plaftorms

The three solutions that will be launched this evening at Impact Hub are YegoBox, a Rwanda cloud file storage solution that supports website hosting. It also supports e-commerce solutions using their YegoBox payment option and database support.

“It’s a great solution for anyone that needs to keep their confidential files in the country, on local servers and is more reliable for Rwandans as the servers are housed by Kigali data centres,” the official said of the app developed by the StreamUpBox.

Ifeza Florists, the second software built by Yvette Michelle Nigihozo of Ifeza Florists, is an e-commerce platform that offers payment options for mobile money and VISA. It also has an online market where people can order for fresh flowers, bouquets, and gifts and they are delivered to their loved ones around Kigali.

The third platform, Hello Kigali for Android, is a Kigali city “discovery guide for restaurants, cafes, WiFi and more”.

“With its WiFi indicator, it is perfect for anyone who is new in Kigali and seeking the best restaurants and cafes to visit and work from,” said Abdoul Ruhumuriza, a StreamUpBox developer.

Rwanda

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Nigeria:Sultan Warns Against Politicising Health, Security Issues

By Danjuma Joseph

Lafia — The Sultan of Sokoto, Alhaji Sa’ad Abubakar III, has warned politicians, religious and communities leaders, to desist from politicising security and health related issues in the country.

The Sultan gave the advice during the official flag off of the third quarter polio routine immunization, yesterday in Lafia, the Nasarawa State capital.

Sultan Sa’ad, who was the special guest at the elaborate occasion, lamented that health and security issues does not discriminate on tribal or religious affiliation.

According to him “We decided to join in the fight to eradicate polio and other communicable diseases because of its devastating effects on our society.”

The Sultan,who also warned rumour peddlers that polio vaccines is contaminated, described such rumours as a deliberate effort to tarnish the good intention of government, as he called on politicians and elder statesmen, to join hands in fighting diseases that are ravaging the lives of the common people.

He noted that so much money have been donated by individuals, countries and organizations, to procure those vaccines, hence the need to utilize them prudently to save lives.

Responding, Governor Tanko Al-Makura thanked the sultan and his entourage for choosing the state as flag off point and assured that his government will stop at nothing to ensure effective primary health care delivery in the state.

Governor Al-Makura, promised that he will ensure that in the next two years, primary health care delivery will be top in his budgetary allocation.

A highlight of the event was the presentation of letter of commendation by the northern traditional leaders to Governor Al-Makura, for his credible performances in the area of primary health care delivery in the state.

Nigeria

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TCU Gives Room for More Varsity Study Applicants

By Katare Mbashiru

THE Tanzania Commission for Universities yesterday opened yet another room for students who failed to secure admissions to higher learning institutions and others who received multiple admissions.

In this third phase of applications, TCU wants all students who got multiple admissions to confirm attendance to just one university of their choice, or risk being locked out by the university watchdog.

TCU has extended the exercise for three more days beginning Monday – which means that students who failed to secure admissions after missing the criteria or because of competitiveness, have until tomorrow to seek a third chance.

According to information posted on TCU website, the only students allowed to apply anew would be those who weren’t selected during the first and second selections; those who were yet to apply by yesterday should count themselves out.

Last week, TCU spokesperson Edward Mkaku told The Daily News that verification by TCU had since established that some 20,000 students got multiple admissions at different higher learning institutions – and had been given until Thursday last week to confirm with their respective universities before TCU gives them the “green light” to such ad missions for the 2017/2018 academic year.

TCU is opening the third phase to allow more students to confirm their preferred universities. The TCU also says that applicants who will fail to confirm a single university of their choice would be locked out, asking serious applicants to communicate directly with their preferred universities or visit the universities’ websites instead of going to TCU offices.

Since the government banned TCU from admitting students to various higher learning institutions, students are now forced to apply for admissions at their preferred universities, which should, in turn, forward the names to TCU for verification.

The TCU further requires all successful students to report to their respective universities by October 30, asking the higher learning institutions to forward those names to the Higher Education Students’ Loans Board (HESLB).

Tanzania

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Economy Hurts as Political Stalemate Holds

By Allan Olingo

Kenya’s drawn out election coupled with the political impasse is impacting negatively on the economy, threatening to have a spillover effect on the neighbours with whom it trades heavily.

Latest market and economic data, with a few exceptions, such as tourism and horticulture paint a picture of an economy in suspense as the two political poles maintain hardline positions, whose negativity is already showing in the macro and micro sides of the region’s largest economy.

The data from the Central Bank of Kenya’s Credit Survey released last month paints a gloomy picture as commercial banks lament how raised political risks have led to a tightening of credit and are jeopardising almost all economic sectors.

Already, the banking sector’s loan book growth shrunk by 0.84 per cent in June from March’s two per cent, while the ratio of gross non-performing loans to gross loans increased from 9.5 per cent in March to 9.91 per cent in June, attributable to the challenging business environment.

“This decrease in gross loans was mainly attributable to a reduction in loans granted to support the transport and communication, trade, agriculture, real estate, mining and quarrying sectors. Commercial banks expect an increase in the levels of non-performing loans (NPLs) in the third quarter of 2017 with 42 per cent of this expected rise in NPLs is attributed to the industry’s perceiving increased political risk ahead of the upcoming presidential election,” the banking regulator said.

To the economy, this is bad news given the fact that economic growth figures for the third quarter that ended last month are yet to be released.

The Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) data released two weeks ago shows the economy slowed to five per cent in the second quarter as compared to 6.3 per cent over a similar period last year even as the National Treasury is grappling with a $276.19 million shortfall in the revenue targets for the first quarter of the 2017/18, with the second quarter already predicted to be even lower.

“Growth was constrained by subdued performances in agriculture, manufacturing, electricity and financial sector thereby dampened the overall growth momentum during the quarter in review,” KNBS said, adding that the growth in financial sector was also dampened by the effect of continued slow uptake of credit.

Central Bank of Kenya Governor Patrick Njoroge admitted that the extended low activity in the post-election season would affect the economy.

“Consumers will delay their decisions if there is too much uncertainty. That has ripple effect. If there is more noise there will also be delay in terms of government execution of products.”

Stanbic Bank’s PMI survey, a measure of private sector activity, dropped sharply last month to 42 from 48.1 in August, which was already its lowest ever figure since the index started three years ago. Any reading below 50 is a sign of contracting business.

“We saw companies report that the general election choked the private sector economy, citing lower business due to uncertainty amid the heated political climate. This resulted in a downturn for the private sector,” Jibran Qureshi, Stanbic regional economist said.

Kenya

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Kenya Move One Place Up in Zimbabwe

By Larry Ngala

Victoria Falls — Kenya made a slight improvement, moving to eighth position as South Africa increased their lead to 22 shots in the third round of this year’s Africa Amateur Golf Team Championship at the par 72 Elephant Hills Golf course on Thursday.

Leading the day for the Kenyans was Edwin Mudanyi, who shot two over par 74 as team captain Alfred Nandwa and Kibugu Mutahi both carded five over par 77 each for an aggregate of 228 and a team total of 684.

“We made a slight improvement though not good enough to make us move to our first round position but there is one more round to go,” Nandwa, who made several three putts due to the slow greens, said.

Meanwhile, the South Africans posted 216 for a three rounds total of 636. The team’s top player Malcolm Mitchell carded one over par 73 to assist Clayton Mansfield on 71 and Gerrik Higgo’s level par 72.

Hosts Zimbabwe made a strong showing to move to second place after firing 218 for the day from David Amm on 70, Tonderayi Masunga’s level par 72 and a 76 by Tatenda Makunde.

Egypt dropped to fourth place on 666 while Re-Union remained in third place with 664. In the chase for the individual title, South Africa’s Mitchell remained at the top with eight under par with Zimbabwe’s David Amm and Egypt’s Issa Abu El Ela tying on three under par.

Kenya’s Alfred Nandwa dropped to eighth place on five over par. The fourth and final round of the championship is set for Friday morning from 7am.

LEADERBOARD

South Africa 211, 209, 216 = 636

Zimbabwe 225, 215, 218 = 658

Reunion 222, 221, 221 = 664

Egypt 219, 220, 227 = 666

Swaziland 226, 224, 225 = 675

Zambia 226, 229, 221 = 676

Tunisia 229, 225, 228 = 682

Kenya 224, 232, 228 = 684

Kenya

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Kigali Court Suspends Rwigaras Pre-Trial Again

By Edmund Kagire

The pre-trial hearing in which Diane Shima Rwigara, her mother Adeline and sister Anne are accused of inciting insurrection failed to take off again on Wednesday.

The court in Kigali suspended the case after Mrs Rwigara asked for a new lawyer saying due to the magnitude of charges against her, she wanted another advocate to represent her while the family lawyer, Celestin Buhuru, represents her daughters.

The widow of the late Kigali tycoon Assinapol Rwigara said she would like lawyer Gatera Gashabana to represent her. In additional to charges for inciting insurrection, she is also accused of discrimination and sectarian practices.

Her daughter Diane, a prominent government critic who was barred from contesting the presidency in the August 4 election, told the court on Wednesday that she had not been allowed enough time with the lawyer to prepare her defence in the case.

The 35-year-old, who is also charged with forging signatures during her presidential campaign, said she had been denied access to all evidence in the case.

“From the time we were arrested to today, I have not been given full access to my [case] file. I have only seen it here in court,” she said.

She added that she needed more time with her lawyer who she had “only been able to see a few times”.

The prosecution stated it would not grant full access to the files to the suspects as doing so might jeopardise the case. The prosecution insisted that all they needed to know had been made available.

Mrs Rwigara also asked the court to direct the police to release money the family alleges was confiscated when their house was raided by the authorities last month to enable them pay their lawyers.

After about an hour of recess, the judges returned to court and granted the Rwigaras two days to prepare their defence, warning that it would the last time the court adjourned the hearing.

“As enshrined in the Constitution of the Republic of Rwanda, a suspect has a right to defence and legal representation, which is why the request for Adeline [Mrs Rwigara] is granted,” the court ruled.

The judges said the issue of money raised by Mrs Rwigara could only be addressed when the case goes to trial.

Scores of people, including relatives, diplomats, supporters of Ms Rwigara and journalists jammed the court room while other followed proceedings from outside on loud speakers.

Rights groups, which accuse President Paul Kagame of ruling Rwanda through fear, say the trial is politically motivated aimed at silencing Diane.

The three Rwigara women were first presented in court last Friday. The pre-trial hearing was then adjourned to Monday, then to today (Wednesday).

The pre-trial has been adjourned to Friday, October 13.

Rwanda

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Tanzania: Production At Three Acacia Mines ‘Ahead of Expectations’

By The Citizen Reporter

Dar es Salaam — As Barrick Gold Corporation is set to publish its third quarter production and sales results, production at its subsidiary Acacia gold mine was ahead of expectations.

According to a statement posted on the Acacia website, the company produced 191,203 ounces of gold and sold 132,787 ounces of gold during the third quarter from its three mines. Barricks holds 63.9 per cent shares of Acacia’s operations.

Production was ahead of expectations at Buzwagi (69,097 ounces), driven by strong grades, with production at North Mara (72,011 ounces) and Bulyanhulu (50,094 ounces).

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However, the company notes that production at the mines were impacted by work permit issues and moving to reduced operations respectively.

The statement further indicates that sales were below production due to the ban on the export of gold/copper concentrate produced at Bulyanhulu and Buzwagi from Tanzania.

“Acacia will provide more details within our third quarter results on the October 20, 2017,” reads part of the statement.

Tanzania

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