Thursday, May 31, 2018

SPAIN: Ruling govt collapses due to corruption, Catalan


Rajoy Falls, Paying Price for Generation of Corruption in Spain.

Prime minister abandons parliament as support collapses
Socialists set to win no-confidence vote on Friday morning
Pedro Sanchez gives a speech at the Lower House of the Spanish Parliament on May 31.Photographer: Juan Carlos Hidalgo/AFP via Getty Images


Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy’s resistance was finally broken Thursday, overwhelmed by the drumbeat of corruption revelations that has grown throughout his seven years in office.



Rajoy, 63, didn’t even turn up to the parliament in Madrid for the afternoon session as one party after another declared its support for Socialist leader Pedro Sanchez’s no-confidence motion. By the end of the session, the government ranks were peppered with empty seats as ministers and backbenchers abandoned the chamber.



Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of the debate, Defense Minister Maria Dolores de Cospedal denied reports that Rajoy would resign to avoid defeat in Friday’s vote, but she accepted that Sanchez is set to replace him as prime minister.

Elected by a landslide in 2011 as Spain’s property crash spiraled into a full-blown financial crash, Rajoy took a European bailout to fix the country’s banking system and laid the foundations for an economic rebound that’s now in its fifth year.


Catalans and Corruption

But the seeds of his demise were there from the start. His 2010 legal challenge to new powers for the Catalan government triggered a resurgence in separatism that would fatally damage his authority seven years later when the region threatened to break away from Spain. And prosecutors were already investigating the PP corruption racket that ultimately forced him out.

“He leaves Spain with a more divided society and a political culture that has suffered great damage,” Alejandro Quiroga, professor of Spanish history at Newcastle University, England, said in a phone interview. “The corruption has been brutal.”



Mariano Rajoy
Photographer: Angel Garcia/Bloomberg

Rajoy is the last of a generation of conservative politicians who shaped modern Spain for good and ill. He was at Jose Maria Aznar’s side as the PP’s first prime minister fanned the second economic boom since Spain’s return to democracy in in 1978.

Rajoy served as minister of public administration, then education, interior and eventually deputy prime minister. In 2003, Aznar handed over to him as party leader. According to a verdict by the National Court last week, officials at party HQ in Madrid were already taking kickbacks from companies seeking public contracts.
‘M. Rajoy’

Since those days, Rajoy has survived two election defeats at party leader, an EU rescue and even a helicopter crash. But the specter of corruption was creeping closer.

In 2013, El Pais newspaper published ledgers from a secret party slush fund that showed regular payments to “M. Rajoy.” El Mundo printed text messages in which the prime minister promised to do whatever he could to help former party treasurer Luis Barcenas, who was caught up in the corruption probe. Rajoy denied any wrongdoing.

In 2014 he apologized in parliament for what he recognized then was an “accumulation of scandals.” His colleagues from the Aznar government helped fuel the perception of a party gone rotten.

Former Finance Minister Rodrigo Rato was handed a jail term for the misuse of corporate credit cards while leading Bankia SA to the brink of a collapse that forced the government to seek 41 billion euros ($48 billion) in European bailout funds. Aznar’s former Labor Minister Eduardo Zaplana was arrested this month on money laundering and bribery charges. His family has said he’s done nothing wrong.
Minority Government

Stripped of his majority in 2015, Rajoy refused to step aside in favor of a less divisive candidate, and eventually reclaimed power after a 10-month standoff and a repeat election, albeit at the head of a fragile minority government.

Any chance of a broader resurgence was cut short by former Catalan President Carles Puigdemont’s declaration of independence last October. While the break away attempt foundered, voters identified the Ciudadanos party as a more capable defender of national unity and the PP slipped behind in the polls.

Rajoy still managed to steer the delayed 2018 budget through parliament last week, apparently clearing a path to preside over two more years of economic growth.

When his luck changed, it did so quickly.
Swift End

The National Court handed down a string of dramatic sentences against former PP officials including Barcenas who was sent to jail for 33 years or his part PP racket -- and the judges said they didn’t believe Rajoy’s testimony in which he said he had no knowledge of the operation.

The ethics of the prime minister and his party were back in center stage. Sanchez filed his no-confidence motion. The corruption that had dogged Rajoy’s premiership finally brought about his downfall, though the Catalans took relish as they got to wield the knife.

“This shows that you can’t govern Spain against the will of the Catalans,” separatist lawmaker Carles Campuzano told parliament. “We’re voting in favor of this motion to bring and end to the Mariano Rajoy era.”

UGANDA: Rukungiri won by FDC - Declaration is in


*Breaking News!!!*

EC Rukungiri District electoral commission declares FDC's Betty Muzanira as the new Rukungiri Woman MP.

Final Results

FDC 50611 Votes

NRM 46380 Votes
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TIME: 5:41AM Uganda time.
Many thanks to Tumwesigye and Ssemakula.
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COMMENTS:

[06-01, 12:19 AM] David: Martha, some people have no idea how social media has impacted on Rukungiri elections.

We have managed to avert the their foregone conclusion and perception and intentions and activities of fraud, theft lies unethical behavior of pre-ticking ballots and count them as valid that is is dishonesty and fraudulent.

The more we exposed their rogues the more they were left with out options but to succumb to peoples will.

Aine would be a dead man if there was no social media shares of his death. Gen Sejusa would have been arrested from Entebbe had there been no more shares of his impending arrest on arrival.

Myoyo Gwa Gwanga would be in hot waters had there been no enough spreading of the evil acts going on against them, and so much more.

UGANDA: Rukungiri bi-electiom CONGRATULATIONS FDC

Update via #UgandaNewsBriefing group on WhatsApp at 5:15am. Thanks #TeamNoSleep.

*Ingrid Turinawe*
7 minutes ago
MWEBALE OKUSHABA.
SPECIAL THANKS TO POWER TEN!
Money can't buy man!

Update via #UgandaNewsBriefing group on WhatsApp. We are very grateful to Tumwesigye who has done a fantastic job of updating us all day. It is 3:41AM in Uganda. Thanks buddy.

[05-31, 9:36 PM] Tumwesigye: Kyahwa!!!

FDC 46,981
NRM 42,602

Congratulations Rukungiri
Congratulations Betty

One Ugana, One People.
[05-31, 9:37 PM] Tumwesigye: M/S Winnie Matsiiko and her entire team have abandoned the tally Centre by Matching out of the tally Centre.We do not know why?

[05-31, 9:40 PM] Tumwesigye: After discovering the forgeries of NRM, Winnie Matsiko moves out 不不不不不不不

[05-31, 9:43 PM] Tumwesigye: Kyahwa!!!

FDC 46,981
NRM 42,602

Congratulations Rukungiri
Congratulations Betty

One Ugana, One People.

Wikipedia's Article of the Day June 1, 2018: Pioneer Helmet

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Pioneer Helmet

The Pioneer Helmet is a boar-crested Anglo-Saxon helmet dating from the late seventh century. 

During a March 1997 excavation, it was found in Wollaston, Northamptonshire, in a young man's grave, probably the burial mound of a high-status warrior, along with a hanging bowl and a pattern welded sword. 

The sparsely decorated helmet is one of only six Anglo-Saxon helmets yet discovered, joined by finds from Benty Grange, Sutton Hoo, York, Shorwell and Staffordshire. 

Like most of these, it is one of the crested helmets that flourished in England and Scandinavia from the sixth through the eleventh centuries. Boar-crested helmets are a staple of Anglo-Saxon imagery, evidence of a Germanic tradition in which the boar invoked the protection of the gods. 

In the Anglo-Saxon poem Beowulf, such helmets are mentioned five times. Unveiled at the New Walk Museum in Leicester, the helmet is on display at the Royal Armouries Museum in Leeds. 

Learn more on Wikipedia

UGANDA: Unemployed and poverty striken but hold monthly elections


MONIQUE WYATT - Is politics the only business in the banana republic, aka Uganda?

I agree with you but in Uganda, it's getting out of hand - every month, there is some kind of campaigns or politicians visiting some areas and confusing the people.

Uganda must embrace agriculture or business - instead of going forward, we seem to be going backwards. These people are attending the rallies on an empty stomach - many do not even have a job and should concentrate on getting themselves out of poverty.

Henry Wilson Kiwanuka, if you look at China, every household is required to do other jobs/make something instead of relying on one income or be salary slaves.

Why is it in Africa, our parents have continued to leave us poverty instead of a real inheritance?

We do not plan - during Obote/Amin's time, people were encouraged to grow crops and plant fruits within their compound. A few years back, I wanted to buy some land and the whole village did not have a single toilet.

Ask yourself, why are we going backwards? 60 years after independence - we have not moved an inch.

Yes farming animals and Growing veg. And fruits is very good . Our forks showed us. With good leaders   make good pay jobs. Mr Museveni, has greedy people s round him.  Their only for God and my stomach.

Henry Wilson Kiwanuka, as you know, it's very easy to control poor people. They do not have the time to think - they are always looking for money for food, for school fees.

Yes all that comes with good governing. They say you can't bend a grown up tree. But you can play the music, and the wind of that music shakes that tree.

How much is a teacher's salary in Uganda? You find that such a person does not even have a vegetable patch - one income - how can they afford to eat?

I remember one young man in Gulu working all day plaiting hair and he was just paid 50K per month. We need to empower our people, such a person is better off growing their own fruits and vegetables and selling the surplus to buy items such as soap and salt.

Every election, people are bribed with beans, posho, salt and soap.

Education, education and more education!!

Education is good. But Educate someone to stand on their own. There many jobs that can see in Uganda when, l'm there. Like Rebuilding the rails.. The Government   has to make or invite companies like McDonalds, General  motors.

Henry Wilson Kiwanuka, as for my case, I paid for lots of school fees - it was always a lot of pressure and they expected me to pay for everything. That's the problem with our people is that they expect one person to do everything.

The termly school fees were over 6M, it may have been more. Once, I stopped paying, most of those kids dropped out. Which is very sad - I did it for more than 10 years.
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COMMENTS:

[05-31, 11:18 PM] David: The insights of this communication are too good. The thing with Moniques mind and the likes is they have liberated minds , they liberated their minds from mental slavery. The thing with many Ugandans is they are slaves even after attaining masters degrees some PhDs they remain mentally enslaved under Musevenis enslavement.

[05-31, 11:21 PM] David: What Museveni has done to Uganda will never be forgotten. Can you imagine the man struggles day and night to keep Ugandans stupid and in untold ignorance and mental captivity for them not to think about anything good without it coming from him.

[05-31, 11:22 PM] David: You tell them please isolate Museveni do not attend his rallies instead stay in your shambas and cultivate they will say no.

[05-31, 11:23 PM] Martha Leah Nangalama:

KENYA: Chinese exhibitors arrested over counterfeit products


Exhibitors representing Jiaxing Zhongyi Cable and Wire Company Ltd from China who were allegedly found with counterfeit products during an exhibition at KICC, on May 30, 2018. PHOTO NATION MEDAI GROUP 

DAILY NATION - Three Chinese were arrested after they were allegedly found with fake products worth millions of shillings.

Ms Emily Peng, Mr Lee Liang and Mr Josh Xhiu were arrested at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre by officials from the Anti-Counterfeit Agency who were acting on a tip off by exhibitors at the Oil & Gas International Trade Exhibition.

CABLES
The products included flat twin and earth cables, single core insulated cables, flat TPS cables and flexible PVC insulated sheath cables. Others were house electrical wire and cables, single core cables, multicore cables and speaker cables.

The cables were branded to look like they are from the East African Cables which has two manufacturing facilities in Nairobi, one in Tanzania and another in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The company also has footprints in Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, Southern Sudan and Ethiopia.

“The three Chinese traders are from Jiaxing Zhongyi Cable and Wire Company Ltd. They are here exhibiting fake cables that they allege are from the East African Cables,” said Mr Lawrence Milewa from the ACA’s enforcement department. “We have established that they are illicit goods because there are no documents to indicate that they have been paying taxes,” he said.

Kenya loses over Sh30 billion in revenue annually as a result of tax evasion, counterfeiting and unlicensed products. Counterfeit goods worth Sh1.7 billion were seized last year alone, with the agency destroying products worth more than Sh700 million.

Fair competition
On Wednesday, Mr Milewa warned that a crackdown aimed at eradicating the market for illicit trade and ensuring fair competition will continue, adding that the agency is working with the police.

“Importation, exportation and trade in illegal goods is unacceptable. The public must avoid handling illicit goods of any nature and should report those who are involved in trade malpractices to the relevant agencies,” the official said.

UGANDA: Rukungiri bi-election update at 1:26AM Uganda time


1:52AM Uganda time

#RukungiriByElection interesting scenes as result tallying turns rowdy. FDC rejects results from Burora Parish Headquarters P/S (Nyarushanje s/c). FDC claims the results rear by EC are different from what was posted originally at the polling station.
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Meanwhile, the long awaited boxes from Nyakishenyi finally arrived a few minutes ago
Nyakishenyi subcounty has 26 polling stations and FDC confirms wining in 10 polling stations out of 26. With no scaring range on the stations it has lost.

The Nyakishenyi ballots finally arrive after Hon. Mwijukye Francis, Ingrid Turinawe and Gen Mugisha Muntu decide to go to meet and be part of the security witnesses to make sure these ballot results reach. However, its ironic that they were found in company of Hon. Winnie Mastiko as she came to join her tram at the tally center.

However,amidst hustles, the results are at the tally center now.
Tallying and Computing of polling stations continues and is estimated to be done by two hours from now.
喫喫 WATCH OUT

We are awake,these thugs want to grab the victory喫2hrs?


UGANDA: Archibishops tell Ugandans to repent on kidnaps - BUT WHY NOT TELL YOUR GUVT TO STOP THE KILLINGS?


Joint mission. Left to Right: Kampala Archbishop Cyprian Kizito Lwanga, Anglican Archbishop Stanley Ntagali and South Ankole Diocese Bishop Nathan Ahimbisibwe at the Catholic martyrs’ shrine, Namugongo, yesterday. PHOTO BY ABUBAKER LUBOWA 

KAMPALA (DAILY MONITOR) - Catholic and Anglican archbishops yesterday united to plead with Ugandans to seek God and repent over the spate of kidnaps and killings across the country.
The archbishops and faithful held joint afternoon prayers at both the Anglican and Catholic martyrs’ shrines at Namugongo, on the outskirts of Kampala city, ahead of Uganda Martyrs Day celebrations on Sunday.
During a joint service at the Anglican Shrine, Kampala Catholic Archbishop Cyprian Kizito Lwanga asked Ugandans to repent over the widespread kidnaps and killings of women and children.
“We have lost many people through kidnaps and murder. We need to use this time to repent. We need to ask God to forgive us because we have sinned in different ways,” Dr Lwanga said.

Fighting the evil
“The martyrs suffered because of their faith and as the Joint Christian Council, we need to take this time not to preach to convert people to our religions but bring ourselves together to fight against the ongoing evil in our country,” he said.
At another separate joint Mass at the Catholic shrine, Anglican Archbishop Stanley Ntagali echoed Dr Lwanga’s call to Ugandans to repent.
“What is our purpose as the Church when there are all these murders and kidnaps? We call upon security organs to quickly bring this mess to its end. We are living in an evil world and we need to help each other and encourage ourselves to repent,” he said.
Archbishop Ntagali said Ugandans need time to reflect on their lives and what is happening in the country.
Earlier, the Catholic Church had announced it will dedicate this year’s Martyrs Day celebrations to petitioning God to protect Uganda against the kidnaps and killings.
While presiding over the first Mass upon arrival of more than 7,000 pilgrims from Tororo Archdiocese at Namugongo Martyrs Shrine yesterday, the Rev Fr Michael Kibiye asked the pilgrims to plead against the worrying spate of kidnaps and killings.
“God does not grant someone favour before taking them through suffering. Our prayer now should be that God grants us the grace to go through this kind of suffering, especially the killings and kidnaps in the country at the moment,” Fr Kibiye said. “There is what we call red martyrdom and white martyrdom; the former involves blood while the latter could be psychological. What Uganda is suffering now is white martyrdom, and the Pope (Francis) has referred to it as heroic virtue,” he added.
Tororo Catholic Archbishop Emmanuel Obbo, who received the pilgrims who braved a mid-morning drizzle yesterday, encouraged them to use the time for repentance and supplication to the Lord.

Tororo pilgrims arrive
“Welcome to Namugongo; I would like to encourage you to pray and stay focused on seeking God to help you in all you are praying for,” Archbishop Obbo said.
The Rev Fr Kibiye said they will soon get a communication of who will be representing the Vatican at the ceremonies, but said the Papal Nuncio to Uganda, Archbishop Michael Blume, will be at the celebrations.
Other dignitaries expected are President Museveni, MPs from the constituencies within Tororo Archdiocese, ministers and registered pilgrims from Zimbawe, Burundi, South Africa, Nigeria, America, and Japan.

UGANDA: Shock as minister, 13 legisilators donate UGX45000 to 10 orphans - COUNTRY HAS TOO MANY JOKERS


Minister Peace Mutuuzo kneeling while speaking to Ms Teresa Namuli and her orphaned grandchildren. JOSEPH KATO

DAILY MONITOR - Residents of Kibiga village, Kibiga Sub County in Kiboga District were on Tuesday left speechless and some were seen shaking heads in disbelief after the Gender state minister, Peace Mutuuzo, flanked by 13 MPs and Kiboga District officials donated only Shs45,000 to an old woman living with over 10 orphaned grandchildren.

The money that was handed over to the 80-year-old Teresa Namuli by Ms Mutuuzo was accompanied with two kilogrammes of sugar and loaves of bread. The MPs subscribing to Uganda Parliamentary Committee on Social Protection Grant (SAGE) were in the district to establish the progress of the programme.

“I am not a minister but when I have some money, I donate at least Shs10,000 or buy some items and give to people. But how can MPs and ministers donate that small amount to the family that needs much help?” one Robert Katumwa said.
Ms Namuli who lives in an old mud and wattle house explained to the MPs and the minister that her solar panel bought at Shs70,000 was no longer functioning and requested for replacement.

In response, Ms Mutuuzo said she would follow up Ms Namuli’s request for a new solar panel when she returns to Kampala.
“You note it down and ensure you remind me when I get back to Kampala. I will send a new solar panel,” Ms Mutuuzo directed her personal assistant.

Ms Namuli said some of her grandchildren had long stopped schooling because they could not raise school fees for secondary school after completing primary seven.

Kiboga District, as the pioneer of the SAGE programme, has over 4,700 beneficiaries since the inception of the programme in 2011. At least Shs8.7 billion has been disbursed in grants to beneficiaries in the district.

Minister without portfolio, Abdul Naduli who represented Prime Minister, Dr Ruhakana Rugunda, said government would continue providing for the elderly regardless of their political affiliation.

UGANDA: World Bank, EAC, Israel and NITA Uganda host East Africa Cybersecurity Clinic



PCTECHMAG.COM - The World Bank Group (WBG), the National Information Technology Authority Uganda (NITA-U), the East African Community (EAC) and the Government of Israel are pleased to announce the launching of the “East Africa Cybersecurity Clinic,” a regional event scheduled to take place at the Lake Victoria Serena Golf Resort & Spa from May 30 to June 2, 2018.

The increasing global interconnectivity and growth of digital technologies have amplified exposure to cyber risks and threats, making cybersecurity an emergent public good. Governments are looking to protect their citizens, data, communications and critical infrastructure through national policies, laws, and strong institutions.

The upcoming clinic aims to support participating countries foster cybersecurity at the national and regional levels by : (i) identifying challenges and opportunities to move forward their cybersecurity agenda; (ii) building capacity in key cyber security areas such as policy, legal and regulatory frameworks, Critical Infrastructure Protection, setup of cybersecurity institutions (e.g. Computer Emergency Response Teams [CERTs], Security Operations Centers [SOCs], Cyber Centers of Excellence, etc.); and (iii) developing a regional approach to solve cybersecurity challenges.

“The World Bank is pleased to co-organize this clinic. As Governments continue to focus on building their digital economies, attention to cybersecurity and an overall environment of trust should be front and center to these efforts,” said Boutheina Guermazi, Practice Manager of the World Bank’s Transport and Digital Development Global Practice. “We are confident that this event will not only raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity, but also start laying the foundation for the design and development of cybersecurity frameworks and initiatives in the public sector, and help advance regional collaboration and synergies in the area.”

NITA-U’s Executive Director, James Saaka, said that “the clinic will allow Uganda to interact, learn and share experiences with the diverse global audience that will be in attendance. This is in line with the importance of cybersecurity to create an environment that allows for secure and safe digital transactions for Ugandan citizens.”

The cybersecurity clinic is part of a broader effort funded by the Ministry of Economy and Industry of Israel, focusing on cybersecurity capacity building In Africa. This joint initiative will enable African countries to experience cybersecurity best practices and be in contact with global expertise for building trusted digital environments.

According to the Minister of Economy and Industry of Israel, Hon. Eli (Eliyahu) Cohen, “Israel is happy and proud to give back and share its knowledge with other countries. Witnessing the digital development around the world we believe cybersecurity is an integral aspect of any digital activity to make sure countries will be protected from the risks which come with it. Israel managed to build state-of-the-art cybersecurity infrastructure, generating nation-scale abilities, an atmosphere of cooperation between all stakeholders, and a favorable business environment for private sector involvement. These best practices are available for any country which is seeking to build its own systems and we are here to support them in this process.”

The clinic targets public officials responsible for cybersecurity policies in their jurisdictions, to help them expand their knowledge of cyber operations, technology, and policy. Participants include government officials from East African Community members countries such as Burundi, Kenya and Rwanda, and representatives from other countries of the region like Djibouti, Ghana, Malawi, Nigeria, and Somalia. The clinic will also lay the foundation to support the regional integration of cybersecurity protection.

The 3-day conference can be followed online via Facebook and Twitter, using #WBNITASecure

FOOD: GM golden rice gets approval from food regulators in the US


IRRI

NEWSSCIENTIST.COM - GOLDEN rice, which has been genetically modified to prevent blindness in undernourished children, was judged safe to eat last week by the US Food and Drug Administration.

The rice contains extra genes that make a precursor to vitamin A, which is vital for preventing childhood blindness. A single helping can supply half the recommended daily intake of vitamin A, according to its developers at the International Rice Research Institute in the Philippines. The genes also give it its distinctive golden hue.

The nod by the FDA makes the US the fourth country to approve the rice this year, behind Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Having the rice cleared in these countries means there would be no regulatory issues if they imported food containing small quantities of the rice.

But its developer says the most important approvals are still awaited in the Philippines and Bangladesh, where the rice could have the greatest impact. Applications were lodged there last year.

This article appeared in print under the headline “Golden rice gets approval in the US”

UGANDA: Rukungiri bi-election latest updates


This update is being provided by #UgandaNewsBriefing group on WhatsApp.  We are very grateful to our reporter who is on ground.

[5:13 PM, 5/31/2018] Tumwesigye: CURRENT UPDATES FROM SOME POLLING STATIONS

Rukungiri Town Council Primary School.
Betty 109
Winnie 48
Nyakibale Parish
Betty 65
Winnie 11
Kinyasano
Betty 28
Winnie 12
Buyanja Town
Betty 219
Winnie 71
Katojo Polling Station
Betty 199
Winnie 104
Christ the King Parish
Betty 194
Winnie 54
Tax Park
Betty 191
Winnie 40
St. Paul's
Betty 155
Winnie 20
Rwakabengo HC 3
Betty 215
Winnie 52
Makerere Vocational
Betty 154
Winnie 57
Rwerere Market
Betty 144
Winnie 80
Kyatoko
Betty 167
Winnie 72
Rwenkuraijo
Betty 267
Winnie 13
Rukungiri Institute of Mgt
Betty 179
Winnie 29
Rwamahwa HCIV
Betty 134
Winnie 84
St Gerald's as and Nyakibale Hospital
Betty 94
Winnie 24
Ibumba P/S
Betty 132
Winnie 104
Ruk. Universal PRI School
Betty 154
Winnie 39
Kichwamba P/S
Betty 239
Winnie 225
Kiyaga P/S
Betty 157
Winnie 171
Rukungiri Stadium
Betty 413
Winnie 120
Mbuda Trading Centre-Nyakaina
Betty 208
Winnie 70
Rwenkuraijo
Betty 338
Winnie 177
Kasharara
Betty 222
Winnie 164
Kamuko Nyakishenyi
Betty 113
Winnie 180
Bigaaga Rwerere
Betty 201
Winnie 188
Bwambara H/Q
Betty180
Winnie 170
Ngoma Parish Nyakyishenyi
Betty 164
Winnie 99
Ngoma
Betty 117
Winnie 66
Buhandagazi CoU
Betty 181
Winnie 145
Kagati CoU
Betty 236
Winnie 150
Mbunda
Betty 208
Winnie 70
Bikongozo P/S
Betty 234
Winnie 197
Ngoma (Nyakishenyi)
Betty 281
Winnie 160
Katonya 1
Betty 281
Winnie 114
Kyamakanda Play Ground
Betty 130
Winnie 74
Rwenshana Landing Site
Betty 165
Winnie 555
Nowera
Betty 31
Winnie 243
Bwanda
Betty 151
Winnie 223
Kajwamushana
Betty 195
Winnie 336
Kashenyi P/S
Betty 61
Winnie 131
Kisya P/S
Betty 58
Winnie 143
Omukempunu
Betty 219
Winnie 18
Kanyebe
Betty 119
Winnie 48
Nyakabungo
Betty 225
Winnie 165
Kihungye
Betty 195
Winnie 156
Kamuko Nyakishenyi
Betty 113
Winnie 180
Bwanga p/s
Betty 117
Winnie 185
Kajunju-Ruhinda
Betty 157
Winnie 201
Ndele
Betty 158
Winnie 164
Kyaruyenje
Betty 200
Winnie 238
Rugando A
Betty 203
Winnie 122
Rusheeshe
Betty 167
Winnie 189
Nyamayenje market
Betty 209
Winnie 139
Kabashuri CoU
Betty 90
Winnie 142
Katojo Police Station
Betty 199
Winnie 104
Buhunga
Betty 179
Winnie 262
Kiigiro
Betty 174
Winnie  139
Kanyinya CoU
Betty 257
Winnie 107
Nyarutuutu
Betty 206
*Winnie *106
Rugando B
Betty 212
Winnie 95
Nyakishenyi
Betty 197
Winnie 106
Kasharara
Betty 222
Winnie 164
Bugyera
Betty 39
Winnie 382
Kilimbe
Betty 156
Winnie 261
Rwenkuraijo Police station
Betty 338
Winnie 177
Cwere Rwenshama
Betty 31
Winnie 243
Rwenshama
Betty 75
Winnie 153
Ruhindo
Betty 164
Winnie 99
Omuritaano
Betty 109
Winnie 43
Rutooma
Betty 126
Winnie 135
Nyamiyaga
Betty 96
Winnie  149
Buyanja PRI Sch.
Betty 347
Winnie 77
Katobotobo
Betty 83
Winnie 73
Kasharara
Betty 222
Winnie 164
Rwenkuraijo
Betty 267
Winnie 13
Katojo
Betty 199
Winnie 104
Kamoko (Nyakishenyi)
Betty 113
Winnie 180
Rutooma  Catholic Church
Betty 126
Winnie 135
Rushasha
Betty 217
Winnie 133
Ibunda Town Nyakishenyi
Betty 208
Winnie 70
Rwerere Adventist Betty 224
Winnie 232
Rwabukoba
Betty *261
Winnie 179
Kebisoni Parents
Betty 109
Winnie 43
Kariro
Betty 170
Winnie 175
Garubunda Health Center
Betty 307
Winnie 215
Marumba
Betty 229
Winnie 137
Nyibingo
Betty 218
Winnie 215
Nyarushanje S.C
Betty 341
Winnie 170
Nyaburondo
Betty 221
Winnie 159
Ndago Catholic
Betty 109
Winnie 84
Rwentuuha
Betty 221
Winnie 102
Kashenyi Catholic Church
Betty 309
Winnie 283
Nyakanyinya
Betty 160
Winnie 212
Kisiizi Hospital
Betty  234
Winnie 152
Rubiriizi
Betty 236
Winnie 374
Kisiizi Primary
Betty 66
Winnie 229
Ndago Primary
Betty 109
Winnie 88
Kabuga
Betty 108
Winnie 271
Nyabushenyi
Betty 196
Winnie 101
Omukashenyi
Betty  154
Winnie 83
Nyarushanje Model
Betty 341
Winnie  170
Karama
Betty 191
Winnie 153

Counting still in progress. More datails awaiting

With the above partial results, you can start estimating the outcome

UGANDA: Govt bans importation of old cars - BECAUSE KIIRA MOTORS IS PRODUCING CARS NOW!


KAMPALA (@UG_EDGE) - Cars older than fifteen years from September 2018 will no longer be allowed into the country following the enactment of the Traffic and Road Safety (Amendment) Act 2018.

The initial government proposal to effect the ban on eight year old vehicles elicited bipartisan, passionate opposition.

The Act extended the age of cars exempted from environmental levy to eight years from the original five years.

The environmental levy tax burden now shifts to older cars.

From five to 15 years, the levy now becomes 50 per cent of the value of the vehicle.

MP Henry Musasizi, who is the Chairperson of the Committee on Finance, Planning and Economic Development, supported the move, but cautioned Parliament against depriving hundreds of employment.

“The used motor vehicles industry comprises of car importers, forwarders totaling to 11,139 people. The ban on the importation of old vehicles will render 11,000 direct beneficiaries of this unemployed,” said Musasizi.

He called for the reduction of taxes on new cars as an incentive to discourage purchase of older ones.

Leader of the Opposition in Parliament,Hon Winfred Kiiza opposed the move saying it will disadvantage poor Ugandans and drive many out of business.

“Let’s not be blinded, let’s not close our eyes and minds to the reality of our lives. Our population cannot afford the first hand vehicles,” said Kiiza.

The Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries Minister, Hon Vincent Ssempijja differed with Kiiza, and proposed a complete ban on old vehicles, which he linked to rampant road accidents.

“First of all, this is an old amendment and in view of the ongoing accidents, let’s really handle this once and for all,” said Ssempijja.

MP Odonga Otto warned Finance State Minister David Bahati against government’s hardline stance, saying he will need to revise MPs' car facilitation upwards.

The enactment of the Act concludes passing of tax Bills, a precursor to the consideration of the Appropriation Bill 2018, which effects the National Budget.

MPs have up-to Thursday May 31, 2018, to pass the Budget, pursuant to a deadline established under the Public Finance Management Act.

UGANDA: House approves mobile money, social media tax


KAMPALA (@UG_EDGE) - Parliament has passed the Excise Duty (Amendment) Bill, 2018 that imposes a tax on mobile money transactions and access to social media platforms respectively.

The bill was passed after a debate which drew mixed reactions from MPs across the political divide.

The report from the Committee on Finance, Planning and Economic Development on the bill was presented by the vice Chairperson of the committee Hon. Loy Katali (NRM, Jinja District) during a plenary session, Wednesday, 30 May 2018.

The committee observed that money had migrated from traditional payment systems like banks to digital platforms like mobile money, thus the need to levy tax on such platforms.

“The bill proposes to impose excise duty of one per cent on the value of mobile money transactions of receiving, payments and withdraws. Mobile money is an efficiency gain and should be taxed,” Katali said.

Some MPs, however, insisted that imposition of tax on sending, receiving and withdraw of money using mobile money services would be detrimental to low income earners who depend on the service.

“In my constituency, there is no bank to offer financial transactions to the locals so they depend on mobile money. If you impose this tax, how will people in rural areas keep their money?” queried Hon. David Abala (NRM, Ngora County).

“The one per cent tax on mobile money is going to reduce financial inclusion which we are seeking as a country for the most vulnerable in society,” added Hon. Monicah Amoding (NRM, Kumi District).

Some MPs on the other hand gave a node to the bill noting that it would improve the country’s revenue collection and enable payment of outstanding loans.

Hon. Maria Ann Nankabirwa (NRM, Kyankwanzi District) said that the one per cent levy on mobile money is a service gain. “How will the loans we have be serviced if we do not have the money for them,” she said.

The Leader of the Opposition, Hon. Winfred Kiiza said Ugandans needed services that could be catered for through tax revenue, noting that some companies had been exempted from paying corporate tax.

“Only five million Ugandans countrywide can access the banking sector leaving the rest to mobile money services. Why not increase taxes on tobacco and sachet waragi which is killing our people?,” Kiiza said.

The Chairperson of the Committee Hon. Henry Musasizi (NRM, Rubanda East) noted that an exemption for corporation tax on companies was not wasteful but rather depended on the purpose for which it is given.

“Some companies grow internally by ploughing back profits; others by borrowing money and others through acquisitions and mergers,” said Musasizi.

State Minister of Finance (Planning), Hon. David Bahati said profits from mobile money were growing thus making the service a good avenue from which to derive tax.

“The tax measures have been evaluated and we have considered the low income earners,” Bahati said.

UGANDA: Kiiza says Gen Ali fuelling Apaa land feuds - AND WINNIE is 100% RIGHT!


KAMPALA (@UG_EDGE) - The Leader of the Opposition in Parliament, Hon. Winfred Kiiza has demanded for an explanation into the persistent land conflict in Apaa Parish, Paboo Sub County in Amuru district.

Land conflicts in Apaa started in 2015 following a move by government to compulsorily demarcate the boundary between Amuru and Ajumani district. Since then, the tensions have led to continuous evictions of the locals, loss of lives and property.

Kiiza said that despite several directives including one from President Museveni to stop evictions, locals are still being evicted.

“I heard that locals are being evicted to create space for Sudanese who want to settle in Uganda. I support co-existence with our neighbours but this should not be done at the expense of the locals,” said Kiiza.

She accused the First Deputy Prime Minister, Gen. Moses Ali of reluctantly handling the matter.

“This matter has from time to time come on the Floor of Parliament but every time it is discussed, the Prime Minister puts a cover on it,” said Kiiza.

She warned of continued bloodshed if government does not intervene to solve the conflict.

“I am speaking as a leader who has seen bloodshed from my part of the country because of the mismatch and mismanagement of conflict by government,” said Kiiza.

The Leader of the Opposition was submitting on matters of national importance during plenary sitting on Wednesday 30 May, 2018.

Hon. Anthony Akol (FDC, Kilak North) expressed disappointment over the manner in which the Apaa land conflict is being handled. He said that the issue has been raised on the Floor of Parliament several times but no step has been taken to address it.

“I have not been in Parliament recently because I have been in pain. I even feel like resigning because it is frustrating for me as a leader who has tried but nothing is done,” said Akol.

He also accused the First Deputy Prime Minister of sabotaging efforts to resolve the issue.

“I have reliably been informed that whenever the matter is raised in cabinet, Gen Moses Ali disrupts the discussion, forcing it to be postponed,” said Akol.

The Minister of State for Planning, Hon. David Bahati said that government has resolved that the matter will be handled by President Museveni.

“The matter has been discussed at cabinet level and there is no evidence that whenever the matter is discussed, Gen Moses Ali disrupts and it is postponed,” said Bahati.

The Deputy Speaker, Jacob Oulanyah asked government to make a statement on the matter on 31 May, 2018.

“As we speak the issues are ongoing. It does not look good when speeches are made and no action is seen on the ground to help the people,” said Oulanyah.

UGANDA: Uganda stable for investment, Mwesige tells Germans -- HE IS LYING. THEY ROB AND KILL INVESTORS,. Ask this dead guy


KAMPALA (@UG_EDGE) - The Minister of Defence and Veteran Affairs Hon Adolf Mwesige has met a Delegation of German Industry and Commerce at the Ministry of Defence and Veteran Affairs Headquarters in Mbuya, Kampala.

Representatives from the ten (10) German Business Companies in the Security sector, including those from multi-nationals such as Airbus Defence and Space, and Aerodata AG are in Uganda to provide an opportunity for high-level managers, politicians and other stakeholders to exchange, network and strengthen business links between Germany and Uganda in the security sector.

In his remarks, Hon Adolf Mwesige commended the Charge dAffaires at the German Embassy in Kampala Mrs Petra Kochendoerfer for organizing the trip that provides an opportunity to identify possible areas of cooperation in the security sector.

He added that Uganda is peaceful and stable for investment and business, and therefore ripe for opportunities in all sectors of the economy.

Mrs. Petra Kochendoerfer noted that the delegation is in Uganda to learn more about the country and find new partners to create long term business relationships.

She further mentioned that the selected German companies plan to increase their investment activities in the region.

The other German Companies represented at the meeting were FAMS Frequentis, Eagle Security and Consulting, ZST Security Service Consulting and Technology, Drager Safety AG, HSH Soft and Hardware, F.H Berting International, ADVA Optical Networking and Wacom Europe.

The meeting was also attended by the Commander Air Force Maj Gen Charles Lutaya, Joint Chief of Staff Maj Gen Joseph Musanyufu, Managing Director of National Enterprise Corporation (NEC) Maj Gen James Mugira, Chief Medical Services Brig Ambrose Musinguzi, among other UPDF senior officers.

UGANDA: Rukungiri bi-election update


This is the latest from Rukungiri received at 16:00AST (22:00 Uganda time) via #UgandaNewsBriefing group on WhatsApp.  Many thanks to our reporter Tumwesigye who is on ground.

Counting has began now but everything in control

Rwerere market
Betty FD C 145
Winnie  NRM 80 votes

Buyanja p s,
Betty FDC 347,
Winnie NRM 77

Rwakabengo
Betty FDC 215
Winnie NRM 15

Kasharara polling station Betty FDC 222 
Winnie NRM 164

Christ the king polling station Eastern Division
Betty FDC 194
Wnnie NRM 54
Others 01
Invalid 02

Tax park

Muzanira FDC 191
Winnie NRM 40

St Paul
Betty. FDC 115
Winnie NRM 20

Rwakabengo hc3
Muzanira FDC 215
Winnie NRM 52

Makerere polling station
Betty FDC 154,
Winnie NRM 57

RUKUNGIRI Town council p/s
Muzanira FDC 109
Winnie NRM 48

So far so good.
As you see the Rukungiri generals can't fathom what they hear and see.

Social center

Betty 194
Winnie 54
Sezi Mbaguta 1
Invalid 2

Town council PRI sch kifunjo.

Betty.    109
Winnie. 48

Invalid.   01
Spoilt.     03

Rwenkuriijo Muzaanira 267
Winnie 13
Mbaguta 32

Buyanja town council polling station.
Betty 219 
Winnie 71
Mbaguta 0 
Fabith 0
Sheila 0
Invalid votes 09

Nyakibale parish polling station
Betty 65
Winnie 11

Kyatoko parish headquarters

Betty  167

Winnie 72

Tax park
MATSKO 40
Muzanira 191

St Paul
Winnie 20
Betty. 115

Rwakabengo hc3
Winnie 52
Muzanira 215

Makerere polling station
Betty 154,
MATSIKO 57

RUKUNGIRI Town council p/s
Winie 48
Muzanira 109.

Polling Results Loading

Muzanira FDC    126
Matsiko NRM      61
Sezi mbaguta.     6
Invalid vote.         1

Nyakibale parish polling station

Muzanira FDC     65
Winnie NRM        11

RUKUNGIRI Town councile p/s

Mizania FDC      109
Winnie NRM.       48

Christ the king polling station Eastern Division
Muzanira FDC    194
Winnie NRM        54
Others.                  01
Invalid.                  02

Muzanira FDC    126
Matsiko NRM      61
Sezi mbaguta.     6
Invalid vote.         1

Nyakibale parish polling station

Muzanira FDC     65
Winnie NRM        11

RUKUNGIRI Town councile p/s

Mizania FDC      109
Winnie NRM.       48

Christ the king polling station Eastern Division
Muzanira FDC    194
Winnie NRM        54
Others.                  01
Invalid.                  02

Taxpak kayembe polling station:
Muzanira FDC 191
Winnie NRM.       40

Kyatoko parish headquarters
Betty FDC.          167
Winnie NRM.       72

kanyebe polling station:

Muzanira FDC   119
Winie NRM.        48

Rwamarwa health centre, Eastern Division
Muzanira FDC.   134
Winnie NRM.      84
Others.                0
Invalid.                 2

KOREA: US official says North Korea talks to salvage summit ‘went well’



NEW YORK (AP) — Secretary of State Mike Pompeo’s meetings Thursday with a top North Korean official ended more than two hours earlier than expected because the talks “went well” and “made progress” in salvaging an on-again, off-again summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, a U.S. official said.

Earlier, Trump told reporters that North Korean officials may come to Washington on Friday with a letter from Kim. The adversaries are eying the first summit between the U.S. and North Korea after six decades of hostility.

The U.S. official said the high-stakes discussion in New York lasted a little more than two hours, until 11:25 a.m., well before the scheduled end at 1:30 p.m. The official was not authorized to speak publicly about the details of the meeting and spoke on condition of anonymity.

Shortly after leaving the meeting venue at the residence of the deputy U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, Pompeo tweeted: “Substantive talks with the team from #NorthKorea. We discussed our priorities for the potential summit between our leaders.”

Pompeo met with Kim Yong Chol, one of the North Korean leader’s closest aides. He is the highest-ranking North Korean official to visit the U.S. in 18 years. He and Pompeo had discussions over dinner of steak, corn and cheese on Wednesday, Pompeo said in an earlier tweet.

Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, and North Korea’s former military intelligence chief have concluded talks in New York to try to salvage an on-again, off-again summit between President Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un. (May 31)

The U.S. secretary of state, who spoke with Trump on Wednesday night and with National Security Adviser John Bolton early Thursday, was accompanied by Andrew Kim, the head of a CIA unit assigned to work on North Korea, and Mark Lambert, the head of the State Department’s Korea desk. It was not immediately clear who accompanied Kim Yong Chol on the North Korean side.

“We are doing very well with North Korea,” Trump told reporters at Joint Base Andrews before departing on a trip to Texas. “Our secretary of state is having very good meetings. I believe they will be coming down to Washington on Friday. A letter being delivered to me from Kim Jong Un. It is very important to them.”

“I think it will be very positive. We will see what happens. It is all a process. Hopefully we will have a meeting on the (June) 12th,” Trump said, adding there may be multiple meetings but “maybe we’ll have none.”

Pompeo’s talks with Kim Yong Chol — the most critical of three tracks of negotiations currently taking place between the two governments in the U.S., in the heavily fortified Korean Demilitarized Zone, and in Singapore — are aimed at determining whether a meeting between Trump and Kim Jong Un, originally scheduled for June 12 but later canceled by Trump, can be restored.

“The potential summit between @POTUS and Chairman Kim presents #DPRK with a great opportunity to achieve security and economic prosperity,” Pompeo tweeted shortly before Thursday’s meeting began. “The people of #NorthKorea can have a brighter future and the world can be more peaceful.”

But Kim Jong Un, in a meeting with Russia’s foreign minister on Thursday, complained about “U.S. hegemonism,” a comment that may complicate the discussions in New York. “As we move to adjust to the political situation in the face of U.S. hegemonism, I am willing to exchange detailed and in-depth opinions with your leadership and hope to do so moving forward,” Kim told Sergey Lavrov.

North Korea’s flurry of diplomatic activity following a torrid run in nuclear weapons and missile tests in 2017 suggests that Kim is eager for sanctions relief to build his economy and the international legitimacy the summit with Trump would provide. But there are lingering doubts on whether he will ever fully relinquish his nuclear arsenal, which he may see as his only guarantee of survival in a region surrounded by enemies.

The U.S. side is pressing its demand for “complete, verifiable, irreversible denuclearization.” A senior State Department official told reporters Wednesday that for a summit to talk place, North Korea will have to make clear “what they’re willing to do” in terms of commitments and action. The U.S. is willing to provide the North Koreans security guarantees and help them achieve economic prosperity if they denuclearize, said the official, who briefed reporters on condition of anonymity.

Pompeo, Trump’s former CIA chief, has traveled to Pyongyang twice in recent weeks for meetings with Kim Jong Un. Trump views a summit as a legacy-defining opportunity to make the nuclear deal, but he has left the world guessing since canceling the meeting last week in an open letter to Kim that complained of the North’s “tremendous anger and open hostility.” North Korea’s conciliatory response to that letter appears to have put the summit back on track.

Kim Yong Chol, vice chairman of the North Korean ruling party’s central committee, was allowed into the United States despite being on a U.S. sanctions list, but the State Department has said he would likely need additional approval to travel outside the New York area.

In 2000 Vice Marshal Jo Myong Rok visited Washington and met President Bill Clinton at the White House amid warming ties between the 1950s wartime foes. Relations turned sour again after George W. Bush took office in early 2001 with a tough policy on the North.

The White House emphasized that it has remained in close contact with South Korean and Japanese officials as preparations for the talks continue. Spokeswoman Sarah Sanders said Trump will host Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe of Japan on June 7. Trump hosted South Korean President Moon Jae-in last week.

Moon, who has lobbied hard for nuclear negotiations between Trump and Kim Jong Un, held a surprise meeting with the North Korean leader on Saturday in an effort to keep the summit alive.

UGANDA: Regime imposes "social media" tax because it is BROKE- other explanations are lies

MLN - Although the other explanation is also to stop information dissemination, curtail activists, hide Human Rights Abuses and seclude a despotic dictatorial military government from the eyes of the donors and funders. 

Make no mistake about this. When President Yoweri Museveni's army descended on Kasese and slaughtered hundreds of unarmed civilians, it is social media which broke the story before Uganda media houses.  

All atrocities in Uganda are now reported via social media before the government mouthpieces get the official word.  There is no media house in Uganda which is independent. All are compromised.  Journalists are beat up, get kidnapped, get tortured, get killed as though this is normal business.

Most recently this week, the so called ADF terrorist group leader Jamil Mukulu screamed on camera in court "Museveni funds and facilitates ADF so how can the government say ADF is a terrorist group"?  NO MEDIA house has dared to print that story. AND the world is okay with it.  

The Uganda government takes money from Canada, USA, UK, EU, UN and funds terrorists in Uganda, DRC, South Sudan and Somalia.  It is unbelievable that UNHCR could get ripped off to the tune of billions of dollars and Antonio Guterres flies to Uganda to have dinner with Museveni.  Then the joke is that US ambassador. What a catastrophe for Africa. That the donors intentionally fund terrorism and pretend to be helping us.  The Global Fund is another joke.  They get ripped off daily by the Uganda government and yet keep sending money.  Tumbafu!
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Uganda imposes WhatsApp and Facebook tax 'to stop gossip'

Image copyright AFP Image caption The revenue raised is also intended to help pay off of the country's growing national debt

BBC - Uganda's parliament has passed a law to impose a controversial tax on people using social media platforms.

It imposes a 200 shilling [$0.05, £0.04] daily levy on people using internet messaging platforms like Facebook, WhatsApp, Viber and Twitter.

President Yoweri Museveni had pushed for the changes, arguing that social media encouraged gossip.

The law should come into effect on 1 July but there remain doubts about how it will be implemented.

The new Excise Duty (Amendment) Bill will also impose various other taxes, including a 1% levy on the total value of mobile money transactions - which civil society groups complain will affect poorer Ugandans who rarely use banking services.

State Minister for Finance David Bahati told parliament that the tax increases were needed to help Uganda pay off its growing national debt.

Experts and at least one major internet service provider have raised doubts about how a daily tax on social media will be implemented, the BBC's Catherine Byaruhanga reports from Uganda.

The government is struggling to ensure all mobile phone SIM cards are properly registered.

And of the 23.6 million mobile phone subscribers in the country, only 17 million use the internet, Reuters reports.

It is therefore not clear how authorities will be able to identify Ugandans accessing social media sites.Image copyright AFP Image caption President Museveni says there won't be a tax on internet data as it is useful for education

Mr Museveni pushed for the social media law back in March. He wrote a letter to Finance Minister Matia Kasaija insisting that the revenue collected by the social media tax would help the country "cope with consequences of olugambo [gossiping]".

But he argued there should be no tax on internet data as it was useful for "educational, research or reference purposes".

Critics at the time said the law would curtail freedom of expression.

Mr Kasaija dismissed concerns that the new law could limit people's use of the internet.

"We're looking for money to maintain the security of the country and extend electricity so that you people can enjoy more social media, more often, more frequently," he told Reuters in March.

Social media have become an important political tool in Uganda for both the ruling party and the opposition, our correspondent says.

Access to platforms was shut during presidential elections in 2016. President Museveni insisted at the time that it was done to "stop spreading lies".

Other East African countries are passing laws criticised by activists as affecting freedom of expression.

Tanzania's government won a court case on 29 May against opponents of new regulations requiring bloggers to pay a licence fee and disclose their financial backers.

In Kenya, a new cybercrime law came into force on 30 May.

Journalists and bloggers managed to win a court order blocking the Kenyan law's ban on "false" information, which they argue is an attempt to muzzle independent media.

Baseball Americana: Baseball’s Magna Carta -- Library of Congress

Baseball Americana: Baseball’s Magna Carta
By Mark Hartsell
Published May 31, 2018 at 01:35PM

Welcome to week five of our blog series for “Baseball Americana,” a major new Library of Congress exhibition opening June 29. This is the fifth of nine posts – we’re publishing one each Thursday leading up to the opening. As a bonus, we’re counting down the innings to the exhibit’s launch by asking baseball fans a question each week. Your question for this week is at the bottom of this post. Join the conversation!  

Knickerbockers president Daniel “Doc” Adams (bottom row, middle) imagined and recorded in his own hand the original draft of the “Laws of Base Ball.”

For decades, the documents that laid the foundation for America’s pastime were stashed away and forgotten, only to be discovered by the wife of an Italian prince. They’ve been misunderstood, unappreciated and sold for a relative pittance, rediscovered, researched and auctioned off for millions.

Now, the papers that first set forth the rules of modern baseball finally are ready to claim their proper place in history, 161 years after officials of a New York club proposed them to a convention of local teams. In June, those original documents, titled the “Laws of Base Ball,” will go on display at a major public exhibition for the first time when the Library of Congress opens its new exhibition, “Baseball Americana.”

Before that convention, the game included elements of something that might be recognized as baseball today—two opposing teams whose players used bats and balls and ran bases in a circular fashion. But there were drastic differences, too, according to John Thorn, Major League Baseball’s official historian.

“Some played with 11 men, some played with eight,” Thorn says. “Nobody played to a game of nine innings; they played to 21 runs. In the Massachusetts game, which had quite different rules … the number of runs required for a victory might be specified at the outset as either 75 or 100.”

Knickerbockers officials presented these proposed “Laws of Baseball”—elegantly scripted in ink—to the rules committee at the 1857 convention, where the rules were debated, amended and adopted.

The Knickerbockers, a prominent New York team, organized the January 1857 convention of clubs to modify and standardize the game’s rules—a gathering that profoundly shaped the sport. “The convention was enormously important,” says Thorn, who likens the documents to a baseball Magna Carta or the Dead Sea Scrolls.

The proposed rules submitted to the convention’s rules committee, elegantly handwritten on 14 pages of blue paper, made baseball more like the game we know today, setting bases 90 feet apart, putting nine players on each side, establishing nine innings as a game, defining what constitutes an out and more.

This “Magna Carta,” on loan to the Library by Hayden J. Trubitt for the exhibition, actually consists of three sets of documents: separate drafts of rule proposals by two Knickerbockers officials and the final, formal document the club’s delegates presented to the convention rules committee.

The first is a handwritten draft of 23 proposed rules titled “Laws of Base Ball” written by Knickerbockers President Daniel “Doc” Adams—a man Thorn has called the “true father of baseball.”

Adams was born in New Hampshire, earned a medical degree from Harvard, moved to New York and joined the Knickerbockers soon after the club’s 1845 founding. There, Adams is credited with inventing the shortstop position and with helping standardize equipment—he made balls and supervised the production of bats.

He also pushed for a convention to standardize rules. The proposals Adams put down on three now-browned pages—a fourth likely existed but didn’t survive—gave America a game that, today, it still would recognize: Rule No. 3 places the bases 90 feet apart. No. 4 designates the position from which the ball is struck as “home base,” directly opposite second. Rules 10–14 define ways batters can be put out. Sixteen establishes a regular order of batters.

The second document, “Rules for Match Games of Base Ball,” presents a different vision, one attributed to Knickerbockers official William Grenelle. A Wall Street broker, Grenelle joined the club in 1850 and later served as a director and as a member of the convention organizing committee.

The four pages of the Grenelle draft bear edits, attributed to Adams, that would become key points: In a passage that set the number of innings in a game, Adams struck out “twelve” and penciled in nine.

The final document, formally written in ink by Grenelle and also titled “Laws of Base Ball,” was presented to the rules committee, which debated and amended the proposals, then presented them to the convention as a whole for ratification. Beneath a red ribbon threaded through the page, Grenelle inscribed, “The Committee of the Knickerbockers Base Ball Club respectfully proposes for the consideration of the convention the following rules and regulations as a manual to govern the play in all match games of Base Ball.”

The pages contain proposals for 34 rules, including two penciled in at the convention. The text is filled with alterations made as committee members debated and adopted rules: The number of innings originally is noted as nine, for example, then changed in pencil to seven—a decision later overturned in favor of nine.

The new way of playing laid forth in those pages took hold—though slowly. “It took forever,” Thorn says. “The old rules—some of them town ball, or the Massachusetts game—vestiges endured. There wasn’t blanket uniformity, there were always clubs that decided to play with 11 men or two catchers.”

A few years after the convention, Adams moved to Connecticut, where he served as a bank president, and died in 1899. Grenelle died in 1890, leaving behind a wife and children—and the original documents that helped establish baseball as we know it. Those papers remained with the family and out of public awareness for more than a century after the convention—until 1967, when Grenelle’s granddaughter wrote a letter to the National Baseball Hall of Fame.

“I have discovered among my old family papers one which I am told is of great value and interest in the history of baseball,” wrote Constance Grenelle Wilcox Pignatelli, a fascinating character who had married an Italian prince.

The Hall of Fame declined to take the documents, which didn’t surface again for over three decades. In 1999, the papers appeared in a manuscript auction, offered with little background information. A collector purchased the lot, sight unseen, for $12,650, then put them away for 16 years. Finally, he enlisted help in fully researching their origins and, in 2016, put them up for auction—where they sold for over $3.2 million.

Now, those pages, aged and stained, will be available for the public to see at a major exhibition for the first time, a century and a half after they helped invent modern baseball.

Says Thorn: “To hold history in your hands, as it was made in Adams’ hand and Grenelle’s hand and in the final versions, that is pretty spectacular.”

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FOOTBALL: Zinedine Zidane: Real Madrid boss resigns

Image captionZinedine Zidane has won the Champions League four times at Real Madrid - three times as manager and once as a player

BBC - Zinedine Zidane says he is stepping down as Real Madrid boss, five days after leading them to a third straight Champions League triumph, claiming the club needs "a different voice".

Zidane told a news conference that "everything changes" and "that's why I took this decision".

He leaves having guided the Spanish club to three successive Champions League titles and one La Liga success since taking over in January 2016.

"I love this club," he added.

"What I think is that this team needs to continue winning but I think it needs a change, a different voice, another methodology. And that's why I took this decision."

Zidane, 45, took over after Rafael Benitez was sacked and was in charge for 149 games. He steered Real to 104 wins and 29 draws, had 69.8% win rate, and won nine trophies.

He said in February that he would walk away if he felt "there is nothing more to give".

However, the timing of his announcement still came as a shock just days after Real beat Liverpool 3-1 in the Champions League final.

"It's a strange moment to do so, I know, but an important one too," he added on Thursday. "I had to do this for everyone."
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Real are looking for their fourth manager in five years.

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino has been linked with Real in the past. The Argentine signed a new five-year contractat Spurs last week.

Juventus boss Massimiliano Allegri could also come into the frame, while Arsene Wenger wants to carry on in management after leaving Arsenal after 22 years in charge.

The decision on who will next manage Real will be made by club president Florentino Perez.

He accompanied Zidane at the news conference and said Zidane's exit was "totally unexpected".

"Zidane informed me of his choice yesterday. I thank him for the work he has done," added Perez.

UGANDA: When the gods send you a blessing


[05-31, 7:45 AM] Martha Leah Nangalama: Check out @sejudav’s Tweet: https://twitter.com/sejudav/status/1002133621627596800?s=08

In military we call it 'Mask' ie Fire intended to obscure enemy observation. So as we waste time in his side political games,an ENVELOPMENT takes effect. Pass around en defences 2 secure objective in his rear.He wants land,watch as he manouvres to it!Watch! https://t.co/ShiuonVfbw

[05-31, 7:59 AM] Martha Leah Nangalama: ☝☝Gen. Sejusa is a man of very few words. However, each word he says weighs 15 kilos.

Uganda opposition vilified him a lot. I stood up and tried to defend what he was saying.

His essay cautioning Uganda generals about purging senior people will remain a historic piece.

I remember Gen. Aronda mocking him.

I knew nothing about Uganda. Having left in 1987 to complete high school in Canada.

But in 2013 when I returned home, I read with a fury. I burned days and nights reading about home. I would go 3 to 5 days with no sleep. Read till my eyes would hurt.

At one point, I asked myself why so much information was free for Uganda and they were still suffering.

WE NOW KNOW. My people hate reading.

Some of you will remember me being mocked when I said the army was gonna take over Agriculture.

I then said the NRM #alNakba occupation was gonna nationalise land.  HOW YOU LAUGHED.

In the PRINCE OF EGYPT, Moses confronts his mother and asks her "WHY ME?"  You will remember that Moses had been put in a basket and set on the Nile when the Pharaoh was killing all first born sons.

The queen said something we all need to remember.

WHEN THE GODS SEND YOU A BLESSING, YOU DO NOT ASK WHY.

Martha Leah Nangalama
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COMMENTS

Yaya mulembe. Gen has always warned Ugandans, but few listen. He warned about Muhoozi project and the murders of the likes of Gen Aronda. He warned about the crime preventers  being recruited and going on rampage, killing, raping and plundering. And it came to pass. He is now warning about impending massive land grabs by Museveni followed by more murders and intimidations.

UGANDA:


A 22-year-old man has reportedly killed his mother and brother over a land conflict. COURTESY PHOTO
By MALIK FAHAD JJINGO

DAILY MONITOR - Shock on Thursday gripped residents of Bukulula in Kalungu District after a 22-year-old man reportedly killed his mother and brother over a land conflict.

The deceased have been identified as Bena Nalwadda 80, Musatafa Gwalamubisi and Vincent Kasolo who was killed by a mob.

It all started when Matia Kalimunda (22) attacked the home of Kasolo (his father) and killed Gwalamubisi (his brother). When Nalwadda (his mother) came to see what had happened he reportedly turned against her and also hit her with a hand hoe killing her on spot.

Preliminary police investigations indicate that the family has been embroiled in a long standing land wrangles.

It is said that Kalimunda has been for a long time been asking his parents to give him part of the family land after their mother, Nalwadda had given part of the land to his brother, Gwalamubisi.

Locals claim that the decision to give part of the family land to Gwalamubisi, who is said to be a step son, in the family did not please Kalimunda. The family has had bitter conflicts that resulted into last night’s gruesome murder last night. 

Locals, however, say that Kalimunda was probably under the influence of drugs as he is a known marijuana smoker. They say that Police did nothing to rehabilitate Kalimunda even when they reported his drug addiction. 

They have asked police to conduct operations in their area to fight drug dealers and smokers in the area whom they blame for increasing cases of crime in their area.

Lameck Kigozi, the southern region Police Spokesperson said that police was forced to fire in the air to disperse the angry mob that wanted to lynch Kalimunda after he also killed his father.
 
He said that Police managed to save Kalimunda but since locals had seriously beaten him they rushed him to Masaka regional referral hospital where he is receiving treatment.

The three bodies have also been taken to Masaka hospital for postmortem as investigations into the murder goes on.

UGANDA: Rukungiri elections updates

[05-31, 6:32 AM] Tumwesigye: RUKUNGIRI UPDATES: FDC's KYAMADIDI VINCENT ARRESTED

FDC's former contestant for Rwampara Constituency in Mbarara district Vincent Kyamadidi has been arrested on charges related to election rigging.

An eye witness in Nyarushanje Sub County says Kyamadidi has reportedly been found dishing out money to voters and inciting violence.

The O.C Nyarushanje police station I.P Edith Nanteza has confirmed the arrest. Nateza says, the 2016 Parliamentary Election loser was arrested from Sayuni SDA Church polling station in Bihambiro  LCI. Bunono parish. Details to follow.

Meanwhile voting continues smoothly in most parts of the district.

Rogers Mulindwa
[05-31, 6:36 AM] Asiimwe: Someone tell Mulindwa that we won't be diverted by those press statements

[05-31, 6:36 AM] Tumwesigye: Hon Kyamadidi arrested from Nyarushanje where FDC had deployed him to guard votes.He is at Rukungiri Police Station.
.He joins former Chairperson of Rukungiri District Owek. Athanasius Rutaroh, Henry Matagari the local Political Assistant of Hon.Paula Turyahikayo
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UGANDA: Landbill and distractions


I just called to say I love you.

Should be singing "they are burning down the schools".

Naaa. I should be saying "told you so".

Social media tax bill has been passed. Now you will have to pay for the privilege of abusing.

Meanwhile, with my 20yrs of trading stocks, options and forex, I can move into cryptocurrency half asleep. And my internet is unlimited besides being a Google brat.

JOKES aside. Here is what is cooking.
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All these are sensitive matters coming ahead. It's general Sejusa while still in the system who managed to go by himself and camped in Buliisa District and forced those Balalo from grabbing peoples' land in Buliisa District. They were grazing on your without your approval, fully armed with weapons of mass destruction and ensuring their cattle destroyed your crops. Killings started, cows found in gardens were cut into pieces with pangas by locals Bagungu people trying to defend their land. Those Balalo were headed by a lady called Buroroza. Now that Gen.Sejusa is nolonger in there, all my clan members are going to be destroyed by the Balalo who have already started threatening Parliamentarians from Buliisa armed . Musevenism ultimate target is all lands with resources and number one on the list is the land in Buliisa District.
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[05-31, 4:15 AM] Martha Leah Nangalama: Check out @sejudav’s Tweet: https://twitter.com/sejudav/status/1002085223192985600?s=08

Bill on compulsory land acquisition most "bloody",even more than the age lifting circus.M7 knew this so had to secure his tenure first before embarking on his next war on land.There a strategic reasons why m7 must take yr land& he will,at least now.Brace sis! https://t.co/A3DWBIJBK6
[05-31, 4:15 AM] Martha Leah Nangalama: NO ONE will never say I did not warn you. No one.
[05-31, 4:36 AM] Martha Leah Nangalama: Check out @mlnangalama’s Tweet: https://twitter.com/mlnangalama/status/1002090370669330433?s=08

I told them kidnapping, rape, ransom and murders were a side track from an upcoming calamity. You watch and you will see Falon's theory. "Banange wakyili bwetuwa gavamenti etaka abana baffe tebagenda kuba kidnappinga". Mcthewww. Even telling them Makerere gonna get shut is 2 much
[05-31, 4:36 AM] Martha Leah Nangalama: Check out @mlnangalama’s Tweet: https://twitter.com/mlnangalama/status/1002091027463720960?s=08

But Makerere should get shut down anyway. Those yIntelleketchos said I am bitter because I could never get accepted into MAK. Oh yeah..so I would be here telling my kids "sorry, I attended a school which was burned to ashes while I was on kathupuli abusing a Canadian stranger".
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Do you now want to read my warnings on land and burning markets and schools?

Please keep in mind that I already have a good pension and my kids study abroad.

MARTHA LEAH NANGALAMA
Moncton, Canada

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

UGANDA: Basoga defy Museveni's sectarian greed


BASOGA DEFY MUSEVENI'S SECTARIAN GREED

CHANGE OF GUARDS - A Musoga, Prof. Waswa Balunywa has been the Principal of Makerere University Business School (MUBS), Nakawa for the last 21 years. He has successfully developed the institution to acceptable standards. When he clocked his statutory retirement age of 60 years in 2015 in accordance with S.12 of the Pensions Act Cap 286, nobody raised the issue.

It is only three years later when the greedy Mafias embarked on having their usual own take over MUBS. The First Lady who is the Minister of Education ganged up with the Chairman of the governing council of MUBS, Prof. Venancias Baryamureba to have Prof. Moses Muhwezi takeover from Prof. Waswa Balunywa. The First Lady directed the Education Service Commission to speed up "the process of getting a replacement for Prof. Balunywa to avoid a leadership vacuum."

The plan was to have Prof. Muhwezi takeover as the Principal while MUBS is elevated to the University level where Prof. Baryamureba would become the Vice Chancellor. You will recall that the same Prof. Baryamureba vied for the just concluded process of selecting a Vice Chancellor for Makerere University. Instead it was Prof. Nawangwe from the eastern region who was selected.

Prof. Waswa Balunywa put up a spirited fight that included the general public from other regions and his Basoga tribesmen in particular. The matter took a sectarian tone when the public overwhelmingly expressed its disgust over the regime's calculated schemes to have every top public office go to Museveni's western region. Prof. Balunywa engaged the aid of his top tribesman and former Minister Asuman Kiyingi who lead underground manoeuvres and lobbying. As the fierce battle raged on, the Prof Baryamureba camp moved fast and appointed Prof. Moses Muhwezi as the Acting Pr,ncipal.

Mindful of political repercussions and driven by the quest for cheep political capital, as usual, in the midst of the bloody contest, Museveni moved in by directing that Prof. Balunywa be reappointed as the Principal of MUBS. In private, the aftermath of the clashes are in Museveni's bedroom; in public we are yet to see if Prof. Baryamureba will stick to his guns by either of going to court to challenge the renewal of Prof. Balunywa's contract or resigning as Chairman of the MUBS governing council.

The other day when the Judicial Service Commission stood its ground against Museveni's reappointment of  Chief Justice Ben Odoch beyond his retirement age, Museveni had to give in.

The saga is a classic example of what Tamale Mirundi refers to as "sectarian arrogance" where the Mafias feel that every top public office should be "theirs". For now, Prof. Waswa Balunywa's Mpa Enkoni (posh government car) will continue to take Jinja Road as opposed to the traditional Busega Round about and Katonga Bridge.

Defiance and Tubalemese has worked.

INFORMATION IS POWER AND THE PROBLEM OF UGANDA IS MUSEVENISM