𝐅𝐄𝐁𝐑𝐔𝐀𝐑𝐘 24, 2023
🇺🇬 UPDF commended for professionalism at the largest military drills in East Africa
📌Uganda Peoples Defense Forces (UPDF) has been commended for its professionalism in the just concluded largest military exercise in East Africa by the United States, code named Justified Accord 23″ (JA23). The exercise commenced in mid-February, and closed on Thursday in Isiolo, Kenya.
“The professionalism and constant enthusiasm was worth it and made the exercise a success,” the commanding General SETAF – AF Maj Gen Todd R Wasmund said.
🇺🇬 Government asks credit institutions to design tools for access to cheaper credit
📌Government has asked operators of credit institutions to design tools that will help small and medium enterprises to access cheaper credit. While addressing the economic business summit in Kampala, the State Minister for Trade David Bahati noted that the high cost of credit is hindering many businesses operators especially those who operate SMEs.
🇺🇬 Muslims dedicate Friday ‘Juma’ to condemn threat of homosexuality
📌This Friday Juma prayers have been dedicated to preaching about the growing threat of homosexuality agenda in the country that’s targeting mainly the young people. Sheikh Imran, the Uganda Muslim Supreme Council Religious Affairs Secretary directed all district muslim leaders to use Friday summons, radio, and television programs to speak against homosexual practices in the country.
🇺🇬 Legal fraternity looks to technology to deliver justice
📌Justice David Wangutusi has advised young lawyers to come up with innovation that will help to speed up cases in Court in order to decongest the prisons. Speaking during the lawyers’ conference organized by the innovation village Uganda, Wangutusi emphasized young lawyers to research through technology on what happens in the business world as they expect to deal with more complicated cases.
🇺🇬 Kenya to import Uganda’s maize
📌Nairobi is targeting to import a huge consignment of maize from Uganda to cushion her domestic grain deficit. The deficit is being attributed to low production in the growing areas of Kitale and Rift Valley regions due to bad weather. Kingoli Mathenge, the chairman of Kenya cereals cross border trade said they intend to import two million tons from Uganda because harvests in the growing areas were too low to sustain the local market demands.
🇺🇬 ALEBTONG: Wife murders hubby over fresh cassava
📌A 40 year old woman has been arrested in Alebtong for allegedly murdering her 49 year old husband. Jimmy Patrick Okema, the North Kyoga police regional spokesperson confirmed that Ajok Middy is suspected to have murdered Ayo James, her husband, both residents of Onango cell, Okwangole ward in Apala Sub-County in Moroto County. Okema explained that Ayo went to uproot cassava with intention to sell it, which the wife protested and stabbed him with a knife while he bent to uproot the cassava.
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🌍 Fifteen African states abstain in UN Vote against Russia
📌Fifteen African countries on Thursday abstained and 28 supported the vote as the UN General Assembly in New York overwhelmingly backed a resolution condemning Russia’s invasion of Ukraine nearly a year ago. The resolution called for the withdrawal of troops from Ukraine and a halt to fighting. South Africa, Ethiopia, Algeria, Angola, Burundi, Namibia, Central Africa Republic, Congo-Brazzaville, Gabon, Guinea, Mozambique, Sudan, Togo, Uganda and Zimbabwe abstained in the vote.
🌍 US adds blames Rwanda for illegally deploying troops in DRC
📌The US is accusing Rwanda of deploying troops to the Democratic Republic of Congo, adding blame to Kigali’s role in violence in the DRC. A statement issued by the Department of State said Washington was asking Kigali to adhere to regional peace initiatives by withdrawing support for armed groups in the DRC, but also suggested Kigali had illegally deployed troops to the country.
🌍 SOUTH SUDAN: President Kiir urges refugees to return home
📌South Sudan’s President has urged the country’s more than two million refugees to return home in his first meeting with displaced people since civil war erupted almost a decade ago. President Salva Kiir’s appeal came as the country prepares to hold its first elections since gaining independence from Sudan in 2011. South Sudan’s elections are set to take place in December 2024.
🌍 Burkina Faso to recruit 5,000 soldiers to fight jihadists
📌Burkina Faso’s military government has announced a drive to recruit 5,000 soldiers to help in the fight against jihadists. Defence Minister Colonel Kassoum Coulibaly said the recruits must be between 20 and 35 years old and be prepared to serve in the army for at least five years.
🌍 Nigeria Government committed to credible vote – Kenyatta
📌African Union observer and former Kenyan President, Uhuru Kenyatta, has said that he has seen a commitment from the Nigerian Government to oversee credible elections. “The authorities seem quite confident that they can hold a free, fair and transparent election on Saturday”, Mr. Kenyatta said.
🌍 NIGERIA: Police call for peace, respect of election officials
📌The Nigerian Police Force has called on voters to be respectful of officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) tasked with administering Saturday’s election. Adeleke Adeyinka, the Deputy Inspector General of Police operations said they are working closely with related security services, including the armed forces and navy to ensure the vote is peaceful.