Archive for September, 2013

The ministry explained that terrorism was not a Kenyan problem but a challenge that affected the entire world/FILE

The ministry explained that terrorism was not a Kenyan problem but a challenge that affected the entire world/FILE

Following the West gate attack the US government has issued travel advisories informing their citizens not to travel to Kenya because their safety there cannot be guaranteed.

The Foreign Affairs and International Trade Ministry described it as unfair and asked America to reverse the advisory, moments after the US State of Department issued the caution.

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PARSIPPANY, N.J.

Acrow Bridge, a leading international bridge engineering and supply company, was recently invited by United States Trade Representative Michael Froman to join a high-powered group of U.S. companies doing business in Africa, including Citigroup, Dow Chemical, FedEx, GE and Microsoft. The business roundtable met during the 12th Annual African Growth and Opportunity Act (AGOA) Forum in Ethiopia to focus on how the U.S. government can further facilitate successful business relations between the U.S. and Africa.

At the Forum, which was widely attended by African government ministers and senior U.S. administration officials as well as African and U.S. business leaders, Ambassador Froman singled out Acrow as a successful example of America’s trade and investment relationship with Africa.

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RT. Hon. Nathan Nandala-Mafabi - Leader of Opposition Parliament of Uganda

RT. Hon. Nathan Nandala-Mafabi – Leader of Opposition Parliament of Uganda

When the teachers were demanding for their share that was in an agreement, government was busy saying there is no money while the political Opposition clearly knew where they could have got it from. Below is the statement as read and shared with the fourth estate. May be you never heard of it read it here below;

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Ronald Kibuule

Ronald Kibuule

Following Daily Monitor’s publication of 24th September, 2013 that carried a story which not only demeaned women, but also incited sexual violence towards them in the rape, an act that has been seen as a violation of women’s right was received with anger and disgust among Ugandan citizens in men and women.

The statements that were made by the Youth minister Ronald Kibuule a Member of Parliament of Mukono South were received with anger on all social media platforms of Twitter and Facebook. On both social media platforms, harsh tags were created in his name #Kibuule and #KibuuleMustGo. Here women activists poured their anger and called on the government of President Museveni to sack Kibuule as a youth minister.

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Kampala Capital City Authority Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago

Kampala Capital City Authority Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago

As affairs of the KCCA Tribunal get to the finish line, seems there are new development and the Lord Mayor and his team are already crying foul. Earlier in the day i received a phone Lord Mayor confidant one Allan Ssewanyana who broke the news to me that the ruling party councillors of NRM together with the opposition ones that are anti-Lukwago as the Lord Mayor met President Museveni on Saturday before he left for New York to finalise on how they can deal with the people’s Lord Mayor.

Earlier i heard of press conference called by the Lord Mayor and his team expressing their displeasure on how things are being done. This evening i have received a copy of a letter than the Lord Mayor sent to the Speaker of Parliament Madam Rebecca Kadaga to intervene on the matters since they were before Parliament.

Here is the letter that was sent to Parliament.

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Pope Francis

Pope Francis

Meeting with a group of unemployed workers, Pope Francis abandoned his prepared text on Sunday to make some of his strongest remarks against economic inequality.

Later, he spoke to a crowd of thousands where he condemned the idolization of the “god of money.” “To defend this economic culture, a throwaway culture has been installed,” he said “We throw away grandparents, and we throw away young people. We have to say no to his throwaway culture. We want a just system that helps everyone.”

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West Gate Mall in Westlands Nairobi, Kenya

West Gate Mall in Westlands Nairobi, Kenya

By KENNEDY KANGETHE

Eighteen year-old Umar Ahmed was all geared up for the Safaricom 7s Rugby tournament and was just about to make his way there from the Westgate mall when all hell broke loose.
“I was at Westgate mall rooftop at the parking, and all of a sudden I heard screams and gunshots all over,” Ahmed told Capital FM News.

He ducked but not before one of the gunmen who had stormed the mall on Saturday morning caught sight of him and hurled a grenade in his direction.

“I got scared, I tried to run down the stairs and saw someone running towards the top, I ran back and hid behind one of the cars,”

he said at the MP Shah Hospital where he is nursing burns on his hands and chest.
In spite of the searing pain, Ahmed was forced to play dead as his attacker sought to confirm that he was indeed dead and thankfully turned back on seeing him lie still.

“After a while, the police came and we were able to be evacuated,” he said relieved that he was not among the over 30 who died from their gunshot wounds.

There were at least 80 people admitted to the MP Shah hospital according to the institution’s chairman Manoj Shah.
“Our bed capacity is full, we cannot accommodate any other person, we need more supplies and we are appealing to our suppliers and well wishers to come in and help,” Shah pleaded.

He said that 11 people were brought in dead, pointing out that the mortuary was also at full capacity.
He said that the hospital had recalled all their doctors and more volunteer doctors have also joined them.
“We also have a blood shortage and we are appealing to Kenyans to urgently rush to the hospital and donate blood especially blood group O negative and O positive,” he appealed.

Health Secretary James Macharia also is appealing to Kenyans especially those living in Nairobi to urgently rush to hospitals and health centres within the city and donate blood.
Macharia assured that all hospitals in Nairobi have been put on high alert to handle any emergencies arising from the Westgate attack.

Masked gunmen stormed the shopping mall on Saturday and sprayed bullets on shoppers and staff leaving tens dead and tens of others wounded.

Several civilians were trapped inside the four-storey shopping mall for more than eight hours after the attack began and heavy fire was heard as police units moved in.