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South Sudan Government, Armed Groups Agree To Ceasefire

South Sudan's government and several armed groups on Thursday agreed to a ceasefire from December 24, the latest push to end a devastating four year war in the country. "This is an encouraging first step. You have given a ray of hope back to your people but it is only a small step. Now practical action is needed," said African Union chairman Moussa Faki ahead of the signing of the agreement during peace talks in Ethiopia. South Sudan's leaders fought for decades for independence, but once they got it in 2011, a power…

Uganda To Increase Salaries Of Public Servants

The Ugandan government has announced that it will increase salaries of all public servants in phases, starting from 2018. Muruli Mukasa, the minister for public service, told a news conference that the government has approved the salary enhancement for all categories of public servants in a phased manner to ensure equity and fairness. Mukasa said all the health workers, scientists, judiciary, lower level soldier cadres, police officers, prison officers, primary and secondary school teachers will benefit from the first…

Go, Mugabe, Go

Since August, I have been the anchorperson of a programme on television called ThisDay Live where we discuss political matters – local and global. The programme is available on Arise News TV at 6pm, 9pm and sometimes at midnight every Sunday. Two days ago, we discussed the situation in Zimbabwe, the elections in Anambra, Nigeria’s decision to hire Malaysian experts at a cost of N485 million to figure out new pathways for Nigeria’s economic growth (with all the experts in Nigeria oh!), the proposed expansion of President…

Zimbabwean President Mugabe Addresses Nation, Refuses To Resign

President Robert Mugabe of Zimbabwe on Sunday delivered an address to the nation, in which he vowed to remain in power for several weeks. The 93-year-old spoke in a live TV address, hours after he was fired as leader of the ruling ZANU-PF part, and replaced by Emmerson Mnangagwa, former Vice President he sacked this month. Mr Mnangagwa was named as Zanu-PF's new leader and candidate for the 2018 general elections. Mugabe’s wife Grace, who had harbored ambitions of succeeding Mugabe, was also expelled from the party,…

‘Uber Experiencing Faster Growth In Africa Than America’

Global transportation technology company, Uber, says the company is experiencing faster growth in Africa than in America. Justin Spratt, Uber’s head of business development, told Reuters on Tuesday that the California based company is moving to more markets despite hostility it is facing in some parts of the world. Launched in sub-Saharan Africa in 2013, Uber operates in Nigeria, Kenya, Ghana, Tanzania, Uganda and South Africa. “We are bullish on Africa. The growth here is still substantial and we think that given…

Ugandan MPs Get $8,000 Each For 73-Year-Old Museveni’s Tenure Extension

Ugandan legislators each pocketed 8,000 dollars each as a payout for consultations on legislation to extend the president’s rule, a parliamentary spokesman said on Tuesday. The bill would scrap a constitutional age cap preventing President Yoweri Museveni, 73 and in power for 31 years, from standing in the next election. It is likely to pass, given the ruling party’s majority, when it is voted on later this year. A staunch ally of Western powers, Museveni is widely seen as an anchor of stability in the often…

That Our Women May Be Free Indeed

I was blessed to be a part of a compelling session on women’s safety online at the 2017 Forum on Internet Freedom (FIFAfrica17) which held in Johannesburg, South Africa between September 27 and 29 this year. And I was the moderator. What a golden seat to sit on, what a familiar-turf-matter to take on! Fact is women are not safe online, and I didn’t fail to illustrate with the case of Cynthia Osukogu, a young undergraduate who paid the supreme price for being a Facebook user. She was lured and killed by two of her Facebook…

Minister Disguises To Catch Corrupt Workers

Uganda’s health minister disguised herself as a patient and caught two medical workers demanding a bribe for free government services, she told AFP on Saturday. Health Minister Sarah Opendi said she wore a face veil and travelled to a hospital in the capital Kampala on a boda-boda (motorbike taxi) to disguise her identity. “I received many complaints that the staff at the hospital was extorting money from patients,” Opendi said. She went through normal patient procedures for some laboratory tests for which she was…

Osinbajo’s Vision And The Climate Of Fear

“Where have you been?” “I have been around” “I was just wondering why you have not said anything since the Acting President proclaimed that those of you who are asking for the restructuring of Nigeria are a bunch of government appointment seekers.” “So?” “Yes, so?” “Well, if you must know, I actually think that the Acting President is right.” “Chei. I don’t believe you. Ekwetaghi m gi!” “He is the Acting President. He should know what he is talking about. He has access to security reports. The…