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The East African : May 3rd 2015
2 THE INTEGRATION TRACKER Monitoring the progress of the East African Community Positive developments Negative developments Neutral High imports, production costs blamed for sugar crisis Excessive imports and high cost of production are to blame for the crisis in the region’s sugar industry, Tanzania’s Deputy Minister for East African Co-operation Abdulla Saadalla has said. Launching the East African Sugar Industry Association, Dr Saadalla said East Africa may cease to be globally competitive. Regional assembly EALA to support human rights The East African Legislative Assembly is keen to pass key Bills and work closely with various organisations and institutions on matters pertaining to human rights, EALA Speaker Daniel Kidega told the 56th Ordinary Session of the African Commission on Human and Peoples’ Rights in Banjul, The Gambia. Tanzania not doing enough on NTBs, say traders Nearly a month after Rwanda and Tanzania held bilateral talks on the efficiency of the Central Corridor, the business community says little is being done by Tanzania to improve the situation. At a meeting in Kigali, they said losses from NTBs could soon run into billions of dollars. www.theeastafrican.co.ke EDITORIAL Nairobi E-mail: email@example.com NAIROBI ADVERTISING AND CIRCULATION Connie Mwangemi, Nation Centre, Kimathi Street P.O. Box 49010, GPO 00100, Nairobi Tel: +254 (0) 20 3288149 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org NAIROBI SUBSCRIPTIONS Tel: 328 8554/6/7, Fax: +254 (2) 214047/214565 E-mail: email@example.com ADVERTISING, CIRCULATION, SUBSCRIPTIONS DAR ES SALAAM Philip Kassanga, Harbour View Towers, 4th Floor, Samora Avenue P.O. Box 8101, Dar es Salaam Tel: +255 22 2119657/8/9 Fax: 255 22 2115566 firstname.lastname@example.org ARUSHA Nassib Majamba, Summit Centre 3rd Floor, Sokoine Road P.O. Box 14146, Arusha Tel +255 272 544505 E-mail: email@example.com KAMPALA Richard Senkwale, Crested Towers, 7th Floor, Short Tower, Hannington Road P.O. Box 6100, Kampala Tel: 232771/2, Fax: 232781 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org KIGALI Andrew Busingye 8th Floor, Bodifa Mercy House, Opp Parliament P.O. Box 7508, Kigali Tel: +250782420421 E-mail: email@example.com OMAR AL-BASHIR: Sudan’s president, who has been in power since 1989, was re-elected with 94 per cent of the vote. The country’s main opposition parties boycotted the elections, saying they would not be free and fair. MANNY PACQUIAO: The Filipino WBO champion and American WBC/WBA champion Floyd Mayweather face off on Saturday in Las Vegas in a record $400 million revenue welterweight “Fight of the Century” unification bout. REGIONAL ROUNDUP Aborted Uhuru trip ropes in Eritrea, Ethiopian authorities KENYA: States threatened to turn into a diplomatic spat mid last week when the Eritrean and Ethiopian governments were forced to issue statements clarifying their roles in it. The Ethiopian ambassador P to Kenya was summoned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs even as his Eritrean counterpart came out strongly to defend his government’s involvement in the incident. A fortnight ago, President Kenyatta’s plane was turned back mid-air en route to Dubai, from where he was to take a commercial flight to Los Angeles for the annual Milken Institute Global Conference. The presidency cited “increased military activity in Yemen,” where Saudi Arabia has been leading a coalition of air strikes against Shia rebels known as the Houthis, for the decision to fly back to Nairobi. Kenya’s Foreign Affairs Ministry defended Ethiopian Kenyans living in Yemen arrive in Nairobi. President Kenyatta’s jet was last week turned back over the war in Yemen. Pic: File authorities, saying they had received authorisation to fly over the country’s airspace. Foreign Affairs Principal Secretary Karanja Kibicho said the trip aborted because of the unexpected collapse in ceasefire agreements between Yemen and the Houthi rebels, hence the unexpected closure of Yemeni airspace. “The ceasefire ended un- expectedly and the people planning the trip could not predict this because it was safe minutes earlier,” said Dr Kibicho. Eritrea also said it had allowed the Kenyan president to fly over its territory. Eritrean ambassador Beyene Russom said his country issued the permission in less than half an hour but the presidential plane did not enter Eritrean airspace. It is understood that the Ethiopian aviation authorities refused to hand over the aircraft to Eritrea. The two countries have been engaged in several diplomatic spats with each other. They have not had formal diplomatic relations since 1998 after they went to war with each other. Dono≥s bash Cybe≥c≥ime Bill TANZANIA: THE EUROPEAN Union in Dar es Salaam has joined the fray in the debate over the much-criticised cybercrime law that is only awaiting presidential assent. Parliament passed the Cybercrime Bill last month amid protests from some lawmakers and activists, who voiced concern that the law is too harsh and will infringe on freedom of expression. EU delegation head Filiberto Sebregondi and development partners chairperson Sinika Antila told reporters that the president should make a “wise decision” on whether to assent to the law or not. The problematic articles in the law include Clause 16, which states that “any person who publishes information, data or facts presented in a picture, text, symbol or any other form in a computer system where such information, data or fact is false, deceptive, misleading or inaccurate commits an offence, and shall on conviction be liable to a fine of not less than three million shillings or to imprisonment for a term not less than six months or to both.” Article 20 states that a person shall not ini- tiate the transmission of unsolicited messages, relay or retransmit unsolicited messages or falsify header information in unsolicited messages. President Kikwete has been intimidated with appeals urging him not to sign the Bill into law. resident Uhuru Kenyatta’s aborted trip to the United PETER WEMALI: The embattled Uganda athletics coach infected three national runners with the HIV/Aids virus, according to the medical report tendered at a Ugandan court as part of the evidence against him for aggravated defilement charges. FAURE GNASSINGBE: Togo’s president since the death of his father Gnassingbe Eyadema, who took power in a coup in 1967, Faure was re-elected for a third term with 59 per cent of the vote to extend his family’s 48-year hold on power. in b≥ief ALLEN KAGINA: Credited with turning around the Uganda Revenue Authority and raising tax collection from $0.7 million to $2.63 million as commissioner-general, she was named executive director of the Uganda National Roads Authority. The EastAfrican NEWS MAY 2-8,2015 FACES IN THE NEWS Pension scam suspect’s passports seized as MPs press for prosecution UGANDA: The anti-corruption court has declined to release the passports of freed suspects charged with masterminding the plunder of pension funds. They were accused of fleecing pensioners of at least Ush165 billion ($55 million) through payments to 2,600 non-existent firms but the case was dismissed by Chief Magistrate Sarah Langa Siu in mid-April. Last week, parliament’s Defence and Internal Affairs Committe asked Criminal Investigations and Intelligence Directorate (CIID) head Grace Akullo and Internal Affairs Minister Aronda Nyakairima to explain why the CIID submitted two conflicting reports to the Directorate of Public Prosecutions. UNHCR commends Rwanda for its treatment of Burundian refugees RWANDA: The United Nations has commended Rwanda for hosting and protecting thousands of Burundian refugees who have been crossing the border following political violence in their country. UNHCR representative Saber Azam said it was encouraging to see the Rwandan security forces ensuring security at refugee camps and borders. “We are really very grateful to the government and people of Rwanda,” said Mr Azam. “Their hospitality should be replicated across the world .” He was accompanied by the Minister for Disaster Management and Refugee Affairs Seraphine Mukantabana on a visit to Mahama refugee camp. Media mogul claims president after his head for exposing escrow scandal TANZANIA: A Dar es Salaam businessman has expressed fears for his life, saying President Jakaya Kikwete has reportedly vowed to “deal with him.” Reginald Mengi, who was last year ranked by Forbes as the 45th richest person in Africa with assets of $550 million, told reporters in his Dar office that sources claimed in a local newspaper story that a controversial politician, Zitto Kabwe, had told the president he was plotting against the government. Mr Mengi said the story, allegedly sourced from State House, claimed that Mr Kabwe told President Kikwete about the matter after he tabled the Tegeta Escrow Scandal report in parliament. Anti-graft commission’s deputy head resigns as probe team is sworn in KENYA: Irene Keino became the second anticorruption commissioner to resign after she stepped down as the Ethics and Anti-corruption Commission deputy chairperson. Dr Jane Onsongo resigned last month. The embattled Ms Keino quit hours after Chief Justice Dr Willy Mutunga swore into office a team appointed to investigate her after she was suspended a fortnight ago. She chose not to face a tribunal, leaving her chairman, Mumo Matemu, as the only member of the commission being probed. In a statement, Ms Keino said she had chosen to resign in order to spare her family anguish.
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