Monday, April 30, 2018

CHAD amends constitution to let president rule til 2033

FILE - Chadian President Idriss Deby.

N'DJAMENA (Reuters) —  Chad's parliament on Monday overwhelmingly approved a new constitution that expands President Idriss Deby's powers and could allow him to stay in
office until 2033, in a vote boycotted by most opposition lawmakers.

The new constitution reimposes a two-term limit scrapped in a 2005 referendum. But it will not be applied retroactively, meaning Deby could serve two terms after the next election in 2021.

The constitution now heads to Deby for his signature.

Deby's opponents say that the constitution, which eliminates the post of prime minister and creates a fully presidential system, is aimed at installing a de facto monarchy in Chad, an ally of Western nations fighting jihadist groups in West Africa.

The new constitution - approved by a vote of 132 to two — introduces six-year rather than five-year presidential terms. That would mean Deby could stay in power until 2033, when he will be at least 80.

Deby first came to power in a rebellion in 1990. He has recently faced strikes and protests due to budget shortfalls caused by low prices for Chad's chief export, oil.

TECHNOLOGY: WhatsApp founder quits over data privacy

SAN FRANCISCO (Reuters) - The co-founder of WhatsApp, a messaging service owned by Facebook Inc (FB.O) with more than 1 billion daily users, said on Monday he was leaving the company, in a loss of one of the strongest advocates for privacy inside Facebook.
Jan Koum, co-founder and CEO of WhatsApp speaks at the WSJD Live conference in Laguna Beach, California October 25, 2016. REUTERS/Mike Blake/File Photo
Jan Koum’s plan to exit comes after clashing with the parent company over WhatApp’s strategy and Facebook’s attempts to use its personal data and weaken its encryption, the Washington Post earlier reported, citing people familiar with the internal discussions.
“It’s been almost a decade since Brian and I started WhatsApp, and it’s been an amazing journey with some of the best people,” Koum, WhatsApp’s chief executive, said in a post on his Facebook page referring to co-founder Brian Acton.
“But it is time for me to move on.” He did not give a date for his departure and could not immediately be reached for comment.
FILE PHOTO: The WhatsApp app logo is seen on a smartphone in this picture illustration taken September 15, 2017. REUTERS/Dado Ruvic/Illustration/File Photo
Acton left the messaging service company in September to start a foundation, after spending eight years with WhatsApp.
Facebook Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg commented on Koum’s post, saying he was grateful for what Koum taught him about encryption “and its ability to take power from centralized systems and put it back in people’s hands. Those values will always be at the heart of WhatsApp.”
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Facebook has battled European regulators over a plan to use WhatsApp user data, including phone numbers, to develop products and target ads. The plan is suspended, but WhatsApp said last week it still wanted to move forward eventually.
Stanford alumnus Acton and Ukrainian immigrant Koum co-founded WhatsApp in 2009. Facebook bought WhatsApp in 2014 for $19 billion in cash and stock.
WhatsApp, a pun on the phrase “What’s up?,” grew in popularity in part because its encrypted messages are stored on users’ smartphones and not on company servers, making the service more private.
Concerns about Facebook’s handling of personal information have grown since the social network’s admission in March that the data of millions of users was wrongly harvested by political consultancy Cambridge Analytica. [nL1N1RO0QR]
Facebook has taken steps to generate revenue from WhatsApp, which unlike Facebook does not have advertising.
WhatsApp’s management has fiercely opposed advertising, saying in 2012 that they did not want to be “just another ad clearinghouse” where the engineering team “spends their day tuning data mining.”
Instead, WhatsApp charged a $1 annual subscription. It dropped that in 2016, moving toward a plan to charge businesses for specialized accounts.

NIGERIA: Trump tells Buhari to remove trade barriers

Trump calls on Nigeria to remove trade barriers

Meeting comes at a time when both the US and China are looking to strengthen financial relations with Africa.
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AL JAZEERA - US President Donald Trump has called on Nigeria to remove its trade barriers, saying America is "owed that" on account of providing the West African country with more than $1bn in foreign aid each year.
Trump, speaking on Monday at a joint press conference with Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari in Washington, DC, said the US will invest substantially in Nigeria if Buhari is able to create a more "level playing field" on trade.
Trump's comments come ahead of a meeting between the pair, during which they are expected to discuss a range of issues, including security.
"We have many things that we do together, as you know, probably, especially on terrorism," Trump said.
"We also have a very big trade deal that we're working on for military equipment - helicopters and the like."

Buhari thankful

Buhari, who is the first leader from sub-Saharan Africa to visit the White House since Trump took office more than a year ago, said he is thankful for US support in his government's fight against Boko Haram, the armed group.
"We are even more grateful for the physical presence of the United States military [inaudible] that are going to our institutions in Nigeria, and train them and go to the front, in the northeast, to see how they are performing, as an example of the training given to them," Buhari said.
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"The commitment of the United States to get rid of terrorism across the world, we have firsthand experience of that, and we are very grateful for it."
Buhari, who came into office promising to defeat Boko Haram has just a year left of his first term. But the fighters still pose a significant threat to Nigeria, as attacks in the northeast of the country continue to take place.
Al Jazeera's Ahmed Idris, reporting from Nigeria's capital, Abuja, said Buhari will seek to reach an agreement on acquiring military hardware from the US which can be used to battle against Boko Haram during his talks with Trump.
The meeting between the pair marks the second time Buhari has sat down with a US president since coming to office three years ago, following talks with Barack Obama in 2015.
The talks are taking place at a time when both the US and China are looking to strengthen financial relations with Africa.

ETHIOPIA: 9 killed as truck crashes into houses in Ethiopia

ADDIS ABABA, April 30 (Xinhua) -- A car accident in Ethiopia's central Oromia regional state has killed nine people, a regional official said on Monday.

Hailemariam Tibebu, Deputy Police Chief Inspector, Crime Division at Mieso district in Oromia, said the accident happened when a freight truck traveling on the road lost direction, crashing into two homes on the side of the road, reported state media Ethiopia News Agency.

Tibebu said the accident happened on Sunday night, and the dead were asleep when the truck crashed into their homes.

He further said five other people including the freight truck driver who received injuries in the accident are being treated in nearby health stations.

Police are currently cross-examining the freight truck driver to determine the cause of the car accident.

Despite having one of the lowest per capita car ownership in the world, deadly traffic accidents in Ethiopia are common with blames put on bad roads, flawed driving license issuance system and lax enforcement of road safety.

Traffic accidents during the Ethiopian Fiscal Year 2016/17 that ended on July 8 in 2017 led to the deaths of 4,500 people, according to Ethiopia Federal Transport Authority.

SOUTH SUDAN: Rebels free 10 aid workers

NAIROBI (NEW YORK TIMES) — Ten aid workers detained in South Sudan last week have been freed after the rebel group holding them confirmed their identities as representatives of relief agencies, the rebels said on Monday.

Lam Paul Gabriel, a spokesman for the rebel group, the SPLM-IO, said that its fighters detained the aid workers on Wednesday at a checkpoint in rebel-held territory in the southern part of the country.

He said that the aid workers, all South Sudanese citizens, were transferred to two rebel bases before being flown by the International Committee of the Red Cross to Juba, the capital, on Monday afternoon.

Mr. Lam said this was the second time in a month that the rebel group had detained aid workers in the region for traveling in rebel-held territory without giving notice.

“We have explained this time and again to O.C.H.A.,” he said, referring to the United Nations agency that coordinates humanitarian aid efforts.

He accused nongovernmental organizations and the United Nations agency of cooperating with the South Sudan government, which the rebels have been fighting since 2013, while flouting the same protocols in rebel-held territories.

“They need to get clearance from us also,” Mr. Lam said. “We have civilians to protect in these areas.”

The aid workers disappeared in the restive Central Equatoria region of South Sudan. Humanitarian groups have had difficulty accessing parts of the region because of the violence there.

The South Sudanese Army, which is loyal to President Salva Kiir, has repeatedly clashed with rebel groups allied to the deposed vice president, Riek Machar. Both sides have been accused of targeting aid workers and committing widespread rights abuses.

The humanitarians were working for the United Nations and other aid groups when they were detained. One is from the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs; two from Unicef; one from the South Sudanese Development Organization; two from Across, a Christian aid group; three from Plan International; and one from Action Africa Help.

François Stamm, the head of the International Committee of the Red Cross delegation in South Sudan, confirmed the aid workers’ release in a statement.

“While we are relieved these 10 humanitarians have been released, we want to remind all parties to the conflict that aid workers are never a target,” he said.

Andrea Noyes, the deputy head of office for the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs, declined to comment.

In a statement, the agency urged warring parties to ensure safe passage for humanitarians across the country.

South Sudan is one of the most dangerous countries in the world to be an aid worker: 100 have been killed since the conflict began in 2013 — the vast majority of them South Sudanese, the United Nations said.

SOUTH SUDAN: Malong soldiers captured as Kiir, Tabang undermine reunification


Soldiers loyal to Malong captured around Juba

Soldiers loyal to former army chief turned rebel leader Paul Malong have been captured by government forces around Juba on Sunday morning.

Multiple sources confirmed to Radio Tamazuj that seven soldiers loyal to rebel leader Paul Malong had been captured near the area of Luri by joint security forces commanded by Gen. Tangun Ladu.

The sources identified four soldiers while the other names remain unclear.

The captured soldiers include 1st Lt. Lual Akoon Wieu, 1st Lt. Kuac Atuer, Peter Alan Alan and Diing Baak.

The former South Sudan chief of general staff, Gen. Paul Malong, formed his rebel group earlier this month to challenge President Kiir.

Majak: Kiir, Taban conspiring against party reunification

File photo: Majak D'Agoot

South Sudan's former deputy defense minister turned critic of Kiir’s government, Majak D'Agoot, said President Kiir and his deputy Taban Deng are conspiring against the Arusha reunification agreement.

The accord was signed on 21 January 2015 under the auspices of the Chama Cha Manpinduzi, Tanzania’s governing party and attempts to reunify three SPLM factions through a conflict resolution mechanism.

The 12-page Arusha agreement signed by SPLM led Salva Kiir, SPLM-IO led Riek Machar and SPLM-FDs led Pagan Amum, lays out key steps towards the reunification of the historical party.

Majak, who is a leading member of the former detainees’ group, said in an interview with Radio Tamazuj that President Salva Kiir and First Vice-President Taban Deng, who is leading a breakaway group of the main opposition movement led by Riek Machar, have secluded them from the reunification process.

“I believe that there is some kind of conspiracy between the SPLM group in the government and the group led by Taban. The reunification is now between them only while excluding the former detainees and the faction led by Dr. Riek Machar which is the main faction of SPLM-IO,” Majak said.

“The first step for reunification of the SPLM party should have started between the two groups led by Taban and Dr. Riek Machar, because all of us are still committed to the key steps of the Arusha reunification agreement,” he added.

The South Sudanese politician pointed out that his group will not be part of the SPLM National Liberation Council called for by President Salva Kiir in Juba, citing weak ties with the SPLM faction loyal to President Salva Kiir.

Majak lashed out at Kiir over his recent regret for saving the lives of former detainees and his former deputy Riek Machar in Juba in 2013 and 2016.

“Even if we are invited to attend the upcoming meeting, there is a very important ethical principle here, President Salva Kiir said publicly that he regrets not killing us in detention,” he said.

“Kiir also regretted not killing Dr. Riek Machar, so where is the basic common link between the groups in terms of trust if the president is talking about killing of leaders such as Dr. Riek Machar and former detainees? And he is talking about the reunification of the party,” he added.

“We have no objection to the ongoing reunification between Kiir and Taban Deng.”

UGANDA: Beautiful Suzzie gang raped before being murdered

RIP: Susan Magara was kidnapped and later murdered

Police reconstruct murdered Susan Magara crime scene

Written by URN, THE OBSERVER, Kampala

A team of operatives from the Flying Squad Unit and the Counter Terrorism directorate has reconstructed the scene of kidnap and murder of Susan Magara.

URN trailed the officers at the different venues where they walked through with the aid of two suspects.

The team led by Herbert Muhangi, the commandant Flying Squad drove in a convoy of eight police vehicles with two of the suspects arrested in connection to the kidnap and killing of 28-year-old, Magara in February 2018 from the Special Investigations Division headquarters in Kireka.

The team first made a stopover at Kabaka Anjagala road in Lubaga division. Magara is said to have been forcefully removed from her Rav 4 motor vehicle on Kabaka Anjagala road just a few meters from the main gate of Lubiri palace.

From Kabaka Anjagala road, the operatives drove to Lungujja near The Apartment, Magara's former place of residence. The suspects are alleged to have spied on Magara for weeks from her home and workplace to try and understand her movements.

From Lungujja, the operatives moved with the suspects to the place where one of the suspects confessed was used to hold Magara for the three weeks as they waited for her family to pay the $200,000 (Shs 700 million) ransom. Magara was allegedly held in a two roomed rental in Konge, Nakawuka in Wakiso district. The operatives together with the suspects visited the rental, which they found empty.

From Konge, the suspects led the operatives to Jin Wan Sheng supermarket in Busega where they reportedly bought some edibles. The officers sealed off the supermarket for thirty minutes as the suspects elaborated how they entered and the things they picked from there.

From the supermarket, the suspects led the team to Twin Pub and Guest House in Bulenga on Mityana road where they partied and slept after receiving the ransom and killing Magara. The officers stopped our reporter from following them as they continued with their operation.

One of the officers told URN on condition of anonymity because he isn't authorised to speak to the media, that the suspects who have since confessed to the crime, were helping reconstruct the scene to ensure the flow of their confession.

"Our people have already been to these places and recorded statements from different people. We however had to come with the suspects to reconstruct the scene," the source said.

Police together with the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI) have been investigating the kidnap and killing of the bubbly Magara. Magara was kidnapped on February 7, 2018 from Kabaka Anjagala road as she was driving to her home in Lungujja. She was killed after three weeks and her body dumped on the Southern bypass in Kigo.

At the time of her killing, the Magara family had paid the ransom money demanded by the kidnappers. The kidnappers allegedly demanded for a $1 million (about Shs 1 billion) ransom but her family paid $200,000.

Since the investigations began, more than 8 suspects have been arrested among them Ronald Asiimwe alias Kanyankole, Bob Kibilango, a known associate of Kibilango and Patrick Agaba alias Pato. Pato was arrested in South Africa and is still awaiting a ruling by a South African court for his deportation to Uganda.

All the other suspects who include Magara's relatives were connected to the alleged crime by printouts from the phones of Kanyankole and Kibiliango. Preliminary investigations into the killing of Magara indicate that she was first gang raped before she was killed.

During her postmortem, semen samples were collected from her private parts and stored with the government analytical laboratory. Police and CMI are now using the samples to compare with the DNA of suspects currently in custody.

KENYA: Watch out! Your ugali, chapati are changing taste soon

A man eats a chapati in Eldoret on December 27, 2017. Chapatis are expected to taste differently if a proposal to blend flour is passed. PHOTO | FILE | NATION MEDIA GROUP

NAIROBI (DAILY NATION) - Your plate of ugali and rolls of chapati will change their colour and nutrition if the Agriculture ministry pushes a proposal that compels millers to blend flour with other nutritious crops.

Millers will be required to blend maize flour with millet, sorghum and cassava. Wheat flour will also be blended with cassava.

Agriculture Principal Secretary (PS) for Crops and Policy Intervention Richard Lesiyampe said the ministry will push the draft policy to stop over-reliance on maize.

Kenya produces an estimated 40 million 90kg bags of maize annually and consumes roughly 30 million bags for the same period. The policy aims at reducing the consumption of maize grains in the country by more than 20 million bags annually.

“If we cut the number of bags consumed, we will have enough even for export,” said Dr Lesiyampe.


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In an interview with the Nation, the PS said the policy will benefit the country in four ways; reduce overdependence on maize, open up economies of other parts of the country that grow other cereals, create new jobs and provide food security and nutrition.

Data from the Kenya Agricultural Value Chain Enterprises puts the annual consumption of maize at about 3.1 million bags monthly.

Dr Lesiyampe gave the example of Nigeria, which used to import 97 per cent of its wheat but after they started blending, they now import 50 per cent.

“ A growing population and change in climate has necessitated the change in strategy,” he said.

“As soon as we finalise the policy, we will ensure it is followed to the letter. No maize grains will be milled alone. This will greatly reduce maize consumption in our country,” said Dr Lesiyampe.


He said regions within the country that grow these alternative crops will be boosted economically and thus improve lifestyle.

Already according to the PS, they have held a meeting with the millers and are currently deliberating on setting the standards and requirements of blending.

He confirmed that the ministry and other relevant authorities have to set standards and quality that will meet international requirements.

Among the regions that will benefit under this policy are lower eastern that produces millet and cassava, Nyanza –sorghum and western Kenya that is known for cassava farming.

However, he said millers want to be assured of availability of these other crops throughout the year.


“We are encouraging millers to sub-contact some of the farmers to grow alternative crops. This will ensure that millers have supply throughout the year.”

Dr Lesiyampe said 26 per cent of the Kenyan population face malnutrition and starvation.

“Stunted growth and malnutrition have great consequences on children and the generation to come. We need to act fast,” he added.

The government’s decision is also informed by rise in lifestyle diseases, which have motivated Kenyans to start taking traditional food and balanced diet.

UK government defeated as Lords back powers to block or change EU exit deal

LONDON (Reuters) - Britain’s upper house on Monday voted to give parliament powers to block or delay a final deal on departure from the European Union, defeating Prime Minister Theresa May’s government.

The House of Lords voted 335 to 244 in favor of a ‘meaningful vote’ amendment to May’s Brexit blueprint that could allow parliament to send ministers back to the negotiating table in Brussels or even halt the Brexit process if it disapproved of the final deal.

“This is not ... about creating a constitutional crisis, nor is it about asking the Commons (the lower house) to take on the negotiations ... it is to ask the Commons and parliament to decide whether the outcome of the negotiations is good enough,” said Dianne Hayter, the opposition Labour Party’s Brexit spokeswoman.

The result had been expected, and was the seventh time in recent weeks that the government has been defeated in the Lords on the legislation that will formally terminate Britain’s EU membership.

The Lords amendments to the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill have been criticized by the government and can be overturned in the lower house, where May has a working majority, albeit a slim one.

The government suffered an eighth defeat when lawmakers backed an amendment requiring ministers to seek parliamentary approval for their negotiating mandate in the next round of Brexit talks on Britain future relationship with the bloc.

The government has committed to giving parliament a vote on the final deal, but has framed this as a choice between accepting the terms it has negotiated with Brussels and rejecting them and leaving without a deal.

The ‘meaningful vote’ amendment passed in the Lords on Monday went further, saying that the government must take a course of action decided by the House of Commons if its exit deal is rejected.

Martin Callanan, the government’s Brexit minister in the Lords, said during the debate: “I do not believe that it is in the best interests of the country to redefine the nature of our democracy in this way. It is a well established feature of our constitution that the executive represents the country in international diplomacy.”

In a statement immediately after the vote, he said he was disappointed at the outcome and would consider its implications.

“What this amendment would do is weaken the UK’s hand in our negotiations with the EU by giving parliament unprecedented powers to instruct the government to do anything with regard to the negotiations – including trying to keep the UK in the EU indefinitely,” his statement said.

The government does not have a majority in the upper house, meaning that when peers from opposition parties and politically neutral members join forces, they are almost guaranteed to win.

May’s majority in the lower house of parliament is likely to be severely tested next month when she is expected to call on her divided Conservative Party to throw out the changes.

KENYA: Heavy rains, landslides kill at least 100 in Kenya - Red Cross

A boy stands outside his family home, which has been submerged by floods following prolonged heavy rains in Tana Delta, Coastal Kenya, April 27, 2018.

MOMBASA (Reuters via VOA) — Hiribae Mame stood waist-deep in water outside her wrecked house in eastern Kenya, one of around 200,000 people forced to flee by weeks of floods, landslides and heavy rains.

Kenya's Red Cross estimates at least 100 have also died in the downpours since early April, a humanitarian disaster that it says needs emergency funding.

"I have lost 12 chicken and four goats. We were not able to save all of them and I can't access the house because the door can't open," said the mother-of-four in the town of Tana River in lower Coast region.

Her youngest daughter clung to her neck, the girl's feet just touching the water. Mattresses and wreckage floated by as handmade boats ferried people, animals and goods to safer ground.

Floods have blocked major roads across central and northern Kenya and coastal areas - the route from the capital Nairobi to the main port Mombasa was under water last week.

Eight people were killed when mudslides destroyed their homes as they slept in the hilly central region of Murang'a on Friday night, said Kenya Red Cross Secretary General Abbas Gullet.

Gullet said the military and police had deployed helicopters for rescue missions but more efforts were needed.

Outbreaks of water-borne diseases were another concern across Kenya, he added.

"We would urge the national government to declare this a national disaster so that deliberate effort can be made and resources mobilized to help the affected people," Gullet told reporters in the capital on Sunday.

"We need a national disaster management fund set up."

UGANDA: What if "Magara killer suspect" had run to a church?

CHANGE OF GUARDS - On 26/4/2018, Museveni's security machinery raided USAFI Mosque in the suburbs of Kampala. They shot dead two people, arrested 36 Muslim worshipers, "rescued" 18 women and 94 children, destroyed the mosque and "recovered" 60 rounds of AK 47, one bow and arrow, 23 pangas and a laptop.

Immediately after, the Minister of Internal Affairs organised a press conference meant to dupe the public over this daylight heinous crime. He disclosed that the security had raided a terrorist radicalization centre. He went further to disclose that two terrorists were shot dead in self defence after they injured a police officer. That they had arrested the wanted Magara murder suspect. That some of the rescued women and children "looked like Kenyans, Burundans and Rwandese." That the children "looked traumatized and scared." How are children supposed to react to an armed raid and shooting dead of two people in their midst??? That the raid followed "credible intelligence about one of the key suspects in the murder of Susan Magara who ran to the said mosque." What if he had not run to the said Mosque; did security have prior intelligence on the activities at the so-called "radicalization centre". What if he had run to Rubaga Church, would two Christians have been shot dead and the " traumatized and scared" worshipers rescued????

The Police Spokesman also confirmed how ".... a number of women and children suspected to have either been kidnapped or held hostage" were rescued. He disclosed that they were making arrangements "to handover the rescued women and children to their relatives" thus departing from the Minister's earlier assertion that they "looked like Kenyans, Burundans and Rwandese". He went further to insinuate a political motive thus " this is an ongoing operation and when we have facts we shall be able to tell if there are political implications."

A young lady, Susan Magara was gruesomely murdered on February 7th 2018 following her kidnap and being held hostage for 22 days. Museveni was personally and directly involved in the botched up rescue operation. It was a big shame on the part of the regime for the kidnappers to have taken both the ransom money and the victim's life. Since then the regime has been gambling with investigations into who was behind the kidnap and murder. Logically, when you fail to track and capture the kidnap suspects at the time of negotiations, it is difficult to get them after they have accomplished their mission and melted away.

Ugandans have at different times been informed of how security has repeatedly arrested "key suspects" in the Susan Magara murder but no one has been arraigned in court and the arrest and search continues. We heard about the arrest and confession by a one Richard Asiimwe Kanyankole, Bob Kibirango, two cousins of the late Susan, her boyfriend, SSP Apollo Akankunda, Patrick Agaba Pato and now this one who had run to the said mosque. On March 7th 2018 a suspect, Patrick Ababa Pato was arrested in South Africa. A strong team of security officers were dispatched to South Africa to handle his extradition. Museveni even boasted of having called the President there over the said suspect. ".......... I picked a telephone and rang President Ramaphosa myself and action was taken." The team returned to Uganda empty handed just because South Africa is not a "SHITHOLE" country. It has a functioning government that can not be blackmailed and judiciary that respects human rights. It could not handover Pato to a regime that tortures, summarily executes suspects and with a dead criminal justice system.

The recent mosque raid came a week after The Daily Monitor ran a headline; IS MAGARA MURDER INVESTIGATION DEAD? The article challenged the regime to produce the suspects in court after 53 days following the murder. The police Spokesman, Emilio Kayima is quoted to have told the reporter thus; "I can only talk about that matter after getting a written report from CID headquarters. That's possibly next week.". Indeed following the raid and murder in the mosque, the regime mouthpiece, The New Vision ran a headline; MOSQUE RAID: SUSPECT REVEALS MAGARA KILLER.

The weekend raid on the mosque had nothing to do with the murder of Magara. It is just a continuation of the persecution of Muslims aimed at branding them terrorists in order to win over the west. It is meant to portray the Museveni regime as being at the forefront of fighting terrorism. It is meant to instill fear in the public and curtail their freedom of assembly, worship and association. It is another incident in a series of similar raids against mosques. The unresolved serial murder of Muslim Clerics, the murder of Assistant Inspector of Police Felix Kaweesi, the murder of a senior State Prosecutor Joan Kagezi, the serial murder of women, and the mysterious raid and plunder of villages in the greater Masaka region; all need answers. 

During the Women's Day celebrations in Mityana, Museveni informed the country that; "I have information on the killers of Magara and many of the other murders." Such a statement should be an answer to the motive behind these unresolved murders that have always characterized the Museveni regime. I too believe Museveni knows all the killers and as Tamale Mirundi has always argued; "The culprits in these murders will be known during the next regime" after Museveni has left power. During the recent Joan Kagezi Memorial Lecture, the regime DPP, Mike Chibita had this to say; "........there is no file directly linked to the murder of Joan Kagezi. People who did this were organised. They were not ordinary criminal, they were able to plan this and plan their exit."

Otherwise, it is business as usual and the only difference this time is the on-spot killing of worshipers. Most likely, it is because the usual torture chamber of Nalufenya has been disbanded. The shooting must have been by mistake but the regime, fearing that Muslims would riot, had to hastily come up with the uncoordinated version of terrorism and the Magara murder suspect. Just last month security arrested a mosque leader over alleged radicalization messages. In December 2017 security raided Nakasero Mosque and arrested 11 suspects before destroying some property. Shortly after they raided another mosque in Kiwatule where they arrested 18 suspects. The police chief made a public apology over the baseless raid and desecration of the Muslim holly places of worship. 

As for the alleged different nationalities of women and children, owing to the regime's populist policy on urban refugees, several refugees flock mosques and churches in search of compassion and aid. Otherwise, I challenge the regime to liaise with the respective embassies to identity their citizens. USAFI mosque land ownership has been under dispute and as is the trend, the land grabber is the one who provided fake intelligence. Under the guise of fighting terrorism, summary execution of Muslims is the new item in the menu. For those gullible Ugandans who celebrated the closure of Nalufenya torture chamber, there you are!!! For your information, Uganda has never experienced a terrorist attack save for the concocted so called terrorism incidents.


UGANDA: VOA video on Museveni's tax on social media

Ugandan Government Eyes Tax on Mobile Data Use 

KAMPALA (VOA) - Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni was criticized this month when he asked the Finance Ministry to find a way to tax social media use, in order to control what he called “gossip” online. Officials have since walked back that characterization, though they say they are pushing ahead with efforts to add a daily tax on mobile data use beginning this July. For VOA, Halima Athumani reports from Kampala.

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BURUNDI: Nkurunziza jails one of his henchmen for "inciting"

Melchiade Nzopfabarushe and his lawyer during the trial in Bujumbura on April 30, 2018. MOSES HAVYARIMANA | NATION MEDIA GROUP

THE EAST AFRICAN - Burundi’s high court has sentenced a former official in the president’s office to three years in prison for the hate speech and trying to cause a conflict between the government and the citizens.

Melchiade Nzopfabaru, also a former official of the ruling party CNDD-FDD, was accused of inciting terror and fear in Burundians, after a video in which he was calling on party supporters to fight those opposing their agenda, went rival on social media.

“We have already made the boats and we will put them in those boats through the river to the lake…those who are opposing should stay in their houses,” Nzopfabarushe said during a public rally, according to the video.

A clear message

The sentence comes on the eve of the launch of the referendum campaigns that will see Burundi amend its constitution for the first time since 2005.

“This should be a clear message to those who had programmes like Nzopfabarushe so there is no room for impunity,” said Mr Aristide Nsengiyumva, the prosecutor.

CNDD-FDD released a statement condemning Nzopfabaru’s comments.

"We are surprised to hear hateful comments which may taint the unity and cohesion of Burundians. The party urges all its members to practice political tolerance,” said a party statement.

Stays in office
Nzopfabarushe’s lawyer Alexandre Ndikumana said he would appeal the sentence

Referendum campaigns are expected to begin Tuesday.

Critics say that if the constitution was amended, it would guarantee President Pierre Nkurunziza stays in office until 2034.

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News Wrap: Scary details emerge on city mosque raid
New details have emerged about the mosque near Usafi Taxi Park in Kampala that was raided by security operatives on Friday. New Vision TV offers analyzed news content on trending stories in Uganda, be it politics, business, and the day today life This is broadcast in various shows such as The daily News bulletin, the hourly news updates, the business show called The Handshake and Music News show. Since Uganda is known as the Pearl of Africa, New Vision TV has a show that broadcasts Uganda’s beauty called the Pearl of Africa.
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UGANDA: Museveni Army using terror to kill off Muslims, says MP - Kampala Mosque massacre

KAMPALA (@UG_EDGE) - Kawempe South MP Hon. Mubarak Munyagwa is accusing government of using terrorism as an excuse to destroy the Muslim community in the country.

“There is nothing like radicalisation of Muslims. This is an excuse used by the government to kill Muslims in this country,” Munyagwa told NBS television on Monday.

"They [government] say that there were sheikhs teaching children to be radical. That is wrong. They just wanted to grab Muslim land.”

He says that the person who sold Usafi land wrongly claims that the land the mosque sits on is his.

“They used UPDF to kill innocent lives."

Munyagwa was responding to the Saturday raid on Usafi mosque in Kampala by security agencies where 18 women were rescued, 94 children rescued and 36 suspects arrested.

In the operation, two suspects were killed as they attacked and severely injured one of the security officers.

UGANDA: NBS host Muyanga Lutaaya sent to Kirinya prison

KAMPALA (@UG_EDGE) - NBS television host Muyanga Lutaaya has been arrested and sent to Kirinya prison for six months for failure to pay over Shs300m resulting from an election petition.

On Monday, the journalist was sentenced to six months by Jinja Grade I Magistrate, Samanya Kasule.

Lutaaya hosts the “One-On-One” show with Tamale Mirundi, the presidential advisor on media matters.

He is also the Forum for Democratic Change [FDC] Secretary for Mobilisation in Kaliro District.

According to court, the journalist failed to pay a lawyers’ fee of Shs51m.

In January this year, High Court in Jinja district issued a warrant of arrest for Lutaaya over an uncleared legal fees amounting to Shs296m.

Lutaaya, a former FDC aspirant for Bulamongi Constituency Member of Parliament seat, lost an election petition to the ruling National Resistance Movement party (NRM) candidate Kenneth Lubogo.

His property will also be sold off to recover the money.

The journalist who is represented by Counsel Medard Lubega Ssegona, Asuman Nyonyintono, John Matovu, Chrysostom Katumba, lost the first case in Jinja High Court on August 19, 2016 and on November 22, 2017 he lost the second in the Court of Appeal.

ENERGY: Trump's revenge - U.S. oil floods Europe, hurting OPEC and Russia

MOSCOW/LONDON (Reuters) - As OPEC’s efforts to balance the oil market bear fruit, U.S. producers are reaping the benefits - and flooding Europe with a record amount of crude.

Russia paired with the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries last year in cutting oil output jointly by 1.8 million barrels per day (bpd), a deal they say has largely rebalanced the market and one that has helped elevate benchmark Brent prices LCOc1 close to four-year highs.

Now, the relatively high prices brought about by that pact, coupled with surging U.S. output, are making it harder to sell Russian, Nigerian and other oil grades in Europe, traders said.

“U.S. oil is on offer everywhere,” said a trader with a Mediterranean refiner, who regularly buys Russian and Caspian Sea crude and has recently started purchasing U.S. oil. “It puts local grades under a lot of pressure.”

U.S. oil output is expected to hit 10.7 million bpd this year, rivaling that of top producers Russia and Saudi Arabia.

In April, U.S. supplies to Europe are set to reach an all-time high of roughly 550,000 bpd (around 2.2 million tonnes), according to the Thomson Reuters Eikon trade flows monitor.

(GRAPHIC: U.S. crude oil and condensate supply to Europe -

In January-April, U.S. supplies jumped four-fold year-on-year to 6.8 million tonnes, or 68 large Aframax tankers, according to the same data.

Trade sources said U.S. flows to Europe would keep rising, with U.S. barrels increasingly finding homes in foreign refineries, often at the expense of oil from OPEC or Russia.

In 2017, Europe took roughly 7 percent of U.S. crude exports, Reuters data showed, but the proportion has already risen to roughly 12 percent this year.

Top destinations include Britain, Italy and the Netherlands, with traders pointing to large imports by BP, Exxon Mobil and Valero.

(GRAPHIC: U.S. crude oil and condensate supplies to Europe in 2017-2018 by destination -

Polish refiners PKN Orlen and Grupa Lotos and Norway’s Statoil are sampling U.S. grades, while other new buyers are likely, David Wech of Vienna-based JBC Energy consultancy said.

“There are a number of customers who still may test U.S. crude oil,” Wech said.

The gains for U.S. suppliers could come as a welcome development for U.S. President Donald Trump, who accused OPEC on Friday of “artificially” boosting oil prices.

“Looks like OPEC is at it again. With record amounts of Oil all over the place, including the fully loaded ships at sea. Oil prices are artificially Very High! No good and will not be accepted!” Trump wrote on Twitter.

While the United States lifted its oil export ban in late 2015, the move took time to gain traction among Europe’s traditional refineries, which were slow to diversify away from crude from the North Sea, West Africa and the Caspian.

“European refiners started experimenting with U.S. crude last year,” said Ehsan Ul-Haq, director of London-based consultancy Resource Economics. “Now, they know more than enough to process this crude.”

U.S. oil gained in popularity, sources said, in part because of the wide gap between West Texas Intermediate, the U.S. benchmark, and dated Brent, which is more expensive and sets the price for most of the world’s crude grades.

This gap, known as the Brent/WTI spread, has averaged $4.46 per barrel this year, nearly twice as high as the year-earlier figure, Reuters data showed.

Wech of JBC Energy said the spread would likely persist in the near future.

The most popular U.S. grades in Europe are WTI, Light Louisiana Sweet, Eagle Ford, Bakken and Mars.

Prices for alternative local grades have been slashed as a result.

CPC Blend differentials recently hit a six-year low versus dated Brent at minus $2 a barrel. Russia’s Urals also came under pressure despite the end of seasonal refinery maintenance. BFO-CPC BFO-URL-E BFO-URL-NWE

WTI was available at 80-90 cent premiums delivered to Italy’s Augusta, well below offers of Azeri BTC at a premium of $1.60 a barrel, according to trading sources.

U.S. oil is even edging out North Sea Forties, which is produced in the backyard of the continent’s refineries.

Cargoes of WTI were offered in Rotterdam at premiums of around 50-60 cents a barrel above dated Brent, cheaper than Forties’ premium of 75 cents to dated.

SYRIA: Military targets in Hama & Aleppo, hit by missiles – state TV

Screen shot from a footage showing large explosion at a Syrian military base in the province of Hama following reports of a missile attack © Ruptly

RT - Powerful explosions have been heard in the countryside of Hama and Aleppo provinces, the Syrian state news agency reports. The state media says military bases there were hit by rockets launched by an unspecified enemy.

The alleged attacks were reported by Syria’s Sana news agency on Sunday evening. Citing a military source, it said that “a new aggression with hostile missiles” took place at around 10:30 pm local time, targeting military positions in the Hama and Aleppo villages.

A Syrian law enforcement source told RIA Novosti that the army’s munition depots were hit, in what was most likely an airstrike.

The source said one of the targeted military sites was a munition depot belonging to the Syrian Army's 47th Brigade. A fire at the depot broke out as a result of the attack, he said. Another target was reportedly a munition depot to the east of Aleppo, in northern Syria, located between the Al-Malikiayh and Al-Nayrab airport.

There have been unconfirmed reports of injuries and fatalities as a result of the reported strike. Sky News Arabia reported, citing rebel sources, that over 40 people might have been killed.

Some Western media reported that dozens of Iranians were killed in the alleged missile attack on the Syrian military facilities. These reports were, however, then dismissed by the Iranian Mehr state news agency that called them “false” and said, citing its sources, that no Iranian nationals were killed or injured in the incident.

Videos posted online, allegedly from the scene of one of the strikes, show a massive explosion that lights up the skyline.

The explosions at the Hama depot lasted for over an hour and a half, spreading to the nearby area and forcing some of the residents to flee their homes, Sky News reported, citing sources.

The Pentagon has denied responsibility for the attack. Neither the US nor any other members of the US-led coalition launched any strikes on the facilities near the cities of Hama and Aleppo, Pentagon spokesman Major Adrian Rankine-Galloway told TASS, commenting on the issue.

2 Israeli warplanes carried out strikes on Syrian airbase – Russian MoD

Israel has so far neither confirmed nor denied that it is behind the strikes. Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said “we have no intention to attack Russia or to interfere in domestic Syrian issues… But if somebody thinks that it is possible to launch missiles or to attack Israel or even our aircraft, no doubt we will respond and we will respond very forcefully.” The defense chief stressed that Israel “will maintain freedom of operation in all of Syria” to “prevent Iran from establishing a forward base in Syria.”

Earlier this month, Israeli jets crossed into Lebanon's airspace to carry out an airstrike on Syria’s T-4 airbase near Homs, reportedly killing seven Iranian advisers. Two Israeli warplanes fired eight guided missiles, five of which were shot down by Syria’s air defenses, according to the Russian military. Iran’s Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei denounced the April 8 airstrike as “Israel’s crime,” vowing retaliation.

When asked about the latest attacks, the Israeli military neither denied nor confirmed its involvement. Contacted by RIA Novosti, the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) press spokesperson said that she would not comment on the issue.

In mid-April, a massive joint air and missile strike by American, British and French forces hit one civilian and two military targets, which the Western powers claimed were related to Damascus' alleged chemical weapons program. That airstrike was publicly announced by the three nations' leaders and resulted in no fatalities. It caused massive strain on the diplomatic relations between the three attackers and Russia, whose forces are present in Syria on Damascus' invitation to help fight extremists.

UGANDA: Police should arrest, interrogate stepmom of Beautiful Suzzie

KAMPALA (@UG_EDGE) - Recommendations: We request that an independent technical team be allocated this line of investigation to bring it to its logical conclusion.

Immaculate Kabajulizi be apprehended with immediate effect.

Failure to do so could compromise this case. This is the only line of investigations that has clear motives and justifiable evidence.

Arrest and interrogation of Immaculate will have her mention her accomplices since she seems to be an evil step-mother who does but with little experience in hard crime.

Either she was over confident as a wife to the big man and though she could not be suspected that she continued to use her phone to make all calls from her known MTN line or it was just a clue that all criminals don’t manage to hide.

As we await or Pato’s repatriation, Immaculate as the second major suspect should be interrogated.

In relation to the above, since we suspect security officers and telecom staff to have aided the crime, it’s possible that the suspect will be advised to dispose of these exhibits to elude the crime.

Proper analysis of the call trends and interrogation of the call parties of Immaculate Magara if there is premafacie evidence against her.

That this matter be handled with as much maturity and precision as possible as the results are very vital both in proving and disapproving the above allegations


We have much belief that the planning and murder of Susan started way earlier and in December the final execution plans were being drawn. The execution was done by people known to the family.

The possible reason for her murder after the ransom was paid is because the kidnappers were known people to her and they could not spare her to leave a trace.

Investigation are meant to both prove and disapprove facts, rumours or sentiments, we request that this be done to clear Mrs Immaculate Kabajulizi Wandera Magara of these allegations in the public court or to get Justice for Susan incase Immaculate and her daughter, and her friend Patrick Agaba Kasaija participated in the plan.

Attached is a map to aid the investigation team, CDR of Immaculate and Kiconco Moses and selected suspected numbers and their dates of call.Confidential report: the Susan Magara murder [end]

BUSINESS: Afghan farmers stick to growing opium in the face of less lucrative options

KANDAHAR, Afghanistan (Reuters) - Afghan farmers are busy in their poppy fields as the annual opium harvest begins, underscoring the government’s failure to stamp out a crop that yields much of the world’s supply of heroin.

Aided by corrupt bureaucrats, smugglers and Taliban fighters, the farmers help maintain an annual supply of about 9,000 metric tons to international markets, producing bumper crops despite government efforts to deter cultivation.

“We don’t get enough money if we grow wheat or other crops,” said Mohammad Nadir, 35, as he gathered the crop he planted last year on two acres of land in the southern province of Kandahar.

It is Afghanistan’s second major center of cultivation of the opium poppy after the neighboring province of Helmand, and a hotbed of activity by Taliban militants.

Nadir scraped the gum from poppy bulbs into plastic containers to be used in making opium, heroin and other drugs.

His annual yield will generate more than $3,000 in income. That compares with a take of less than $1,000 if he switches to growing wheat on the same land, as authorities hope.

But Nadir will have to share his profit with the Taliban, in exchange for which they protect poppy fields and find domestic and international smugglers to sell the illegal produce.

The insurgents extract a large share of their revenues from narcotics, a trade the United Nations values at roughly $3 billion a year in Afghanistan.

Despite years of effort to replace it, the banned crop is a vital part of the south Asian nation’s economy. Opium production hit a record in 2017, up 87 percent over 2016, the U.N. says.

Last year, the government distributed more than 10,000 tonnes of seeds to farmers to persuade them to grow wheat along with 20,000 tonnes of urea, widely used as fertilizer for foodgrains.

Many farmers collected seeds to grow wheat but did not plant them, said Akbar Rustami, a spokesman for the agriculture ministry in Kabul, the capital.

“We tried to discourage farmers from sowing poppy seeds but they continue to ignore our orders because they want to earn more money,” he said.

Worsening security and immediate economic benefits for farmers fuel the spurt in poppy cultivation, experts say.

More than 3,000 square kilometers (1,158 square miles) of arable land was under poppy cultivation last year, the counter-narcotics ministry said.

It launched more than 500 criminal cases against farmers and civil servants for allowing illegal cultivation.

American and Afghan forces have begun a campaign of air strikes against drug refining and manufacturing laboratories in southwestern Afghanistan, aiming to choke off Taliban revenue.

Yet security concerns hamper efforts to run nationwide inspections, officials say.

“We need a special task force to stop farmers from sowing poppy,” said Najibullah Ahmadi, who oversees the drive to ban poppy cultivation. “We need helicopters to conduct aerial surveillance.”

The government has failed to provide alternate sources of income, said Nadir, the farmer in Kandahar, who worries about providing for his five children.

“We want the government to find us jobs and pave the ground for alternative farming. If there is a good alternative, there won’t be any need for cultivating poppy anymore.”