10th February Political and Regulatory Round-up

  • 10 Feb 2023
  • 3 Mins Read
  • 〜 by Brian Otieno


Protect me, former Interior minister Fred Matiang’i tells court.

Former Interior Cabinet Secretary Fred Matiang’i has moved to court, seeking to be granted anticipatory bail after police allegedly raided his house on Wednesday night. In an application filed at the High Court, Dr Matiang’i says he fears police may execute an arbitrary arrest against him. He wants court to issue an order barring police “from arbitrarily arresting, charging, harassing or interfering with him without conducting investigations and according him an opportunity to be heard to wit issuing him with summons for him to appear at any offices to record statement(s) if need be”.

(Source: The Daily Nation)


Govt forms entity to avert theft of public funds

The Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) has established a special department to assess and identify persons, Local Government Authorities (LGAs) and public entities, which squander public funds before the Controller and Auditor General (CAG) conducts exceptional audits.

The revelation was made in the august House yesterday by Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa when fielding questions from lawmakers during the morning impromptu questions to the Prime Minister.

(Source The Daily News)


DPP ready to prosecute jailed MPs Ssegirinya, Ssewanyana

The Office of the Director of the Public Prosecutions (DPP) has said its ready to prosecute the case of the two remanded Members of Parliament, Mr Allan Ssewanyana (Makindye West) and Mr Muhammad Ssegirinya (Kawempe North). The DPP’s office said since they have already committed the legislators to the High Court, it means that they are ready to present evidence against them.

(Source: The Daily Monitor)


Forestry staff petition Parliament over ‘unfair treatment’

Personnel employed to protect forests across the country, have petitioned Parliament seeking support to address concerns like meagre pay and short-term contracts which exclude them from securing bank loans.

While presenting their complaints to the plenary sitting of the Chamber of Deputies, MP Frank Habineza said that employees, represented by one Aron Masezerano, complained that they have spent over 10 years protecting forests but work on short-term contacts of one year, which they sign annually.

(Source: The New Times)


PM Abiy holds discussion with senior government officials

Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed discussed with senior government officials on Wednesday afternoon current affairs of the country. It is to be recalled that Prime Minister Abiy and his delegation have returned to Addis Ababa today concluding a successful European working visit. During the two days visit to Italy, Malta and France, the premier and his delegation discussed with leaders of the respective countries on bilateral cooperation and other international issues.

(Source: ENA)


Presidents Isaias and Ruto hold extensive discussion

President Isaias Afwerki and President William Ruto Thursday held an extensive and fruitful discussion at the State House in Nairobi.

At the meeting, President Isaias underlined the significance of President William Ruto’s visit to Eritrea in December last year that ushered in a new chapter in the bilateral relations between Eritrea and Kenya as well as impactful regional cooperation. President Isaias said that the visit has expanded the scope of cooperation in various developmental sectors.

President Isaias also announced Eritrea’s decision to renew its membership in Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) and readiness to play its part in its revitalization.

(Source: Shabait)


Mix of optimism and doubt as Egypt-brokered Sudan conference concludes

The inter-Sudanese dialogue in Cairo concluded their conference on Tuesday, after agreeing to a full civilian government, as well as proposing a cabinet made up of non-partisan technocrats aligned with the revolution. In a press statement issued on Tuesday by the conference participants, they renewed their adherence to the 2020 Constitutional Document, and proposed some contemporaneous amendments “in line with the current process”.

Alongside these decisions outlining the next steps for Sudan, the *85 participants in the Egypt-brokered conference also affirmed their commitment to implementing the Juba Peace Agreement (JPA), adding that they would address “the situation in eastern Sudan with an acceptable negotiating platform that involves relevant stakeholders”.

At the conclusion of the six-day Cairo dialogue conference initiated by the Egyptian government, the participants signed the Political Accordance Document, which is to be the governing document for the upcoming transitional period.

(Source: Radio Dabanga Sudan)