14th October 2022 Political and Regulatory Round Up

October 14, 2022 - 5 minutes read

KENYA

Nanok, Koskei: The power men in Ruto State House

Former Turkana governor Josphat Nanok and former Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Felix Koskei appear primed for the top jobs of State House comptroller and President William Ruto’s chief of staff respectively.

The two are the centre of attention as the President crafts a trusted team to manage his day-to-day activities.

Mr Nanok and Mr Koskei were conspicuous when President Ruto received credentials from the new ambassadors of Turkey, Italy, India and France on Thursday, October 13..

The appointment of the pair had been suggested last week, but insiders in Dr Ruto’s circle as well as State House operatives rejected the reports as fake news.

But the appearance of Mr Nanok and Mr Koskei at a key State House event suggests their appointment may be a done deal.

(Source: Daily Nation)

TANZANIA

Samia’s key role in Tanzania’s new positive outlook

President Samia Suluhu Hassan’s pro-business approach is sending positive signals across the globe, with Moody’s Investors Service changing Tanzania’s outlook from stable to positive.

“The outlook change to positive reflects Moody’s view that political risks have lessened under the government’s new approach to promoting economic development and engagement with the international community,” Moody’s says in its latest change on Tanzania’s rating which was published last Friday.

Ratings such as those for Moody’s are used by investors globally in deciding on where and why they should invest their money in any particular economy.

(Source: The Citizen)

UGANDA

Computer misuse law offenders risk seven years in jail

President Museveni has assented to the controversial Computer Misuse (Amendment) Bill 2022 which targets critical voices online.

The Bill which now becomes an Act of Parliament was passed by the August House on September 8, 2022, amid criticism from several human rights defenders and other stakeholders who argued that it was drafted in bad faith, to protect the corrupt while penalising those demanding for accountability from their leaders.

The legislation, which was introduced by Kampala Central MP Muhammad Nsereko, listed a raft of punitive measures against people who send malicious information, hate speech, unsolicited information and sharing information about children without the consent of their parents or guardians. The punishment for the convicted person is UgShs15 million or a seven-year jail term, if not both.

(Source: The Monitor)

RWANDA

Africa is not a continent of problems – Kagame

President Paul Kagame on Thursday told over 9,000 young people attending the Youth Connekt Summit in Kigali that they are Africa’s powerhouse and the future.

He also stated that Africa may have some problems but it’s not a continent of problems.

Youth Connekt summit, which serves to realize the potential of Africa’s youthful population, will be happening in its fifth edition, at the same time celebrating a decade-long anniversary since it was conceptualized.

(Source: The New Times)

ETHIOPIA

Postponement of Tigray peace talks latest blow in Ethiopia’s hidden war

Hopes for quick relief for millions of civilians threatened by malnutrition, disease and direct attacks in Ethiopia’s northern Tigray region were dashed last weekend as long-awaited peace talks were postponed without any new date set.

The meeting between the warring sides in the two-year-old conflict in Tigray would have been the first since a ceasefire broke down in late August.

However, poor organisation, logistical issues and a failure to consult key participants in advance appear to have derailed the initiative by the African Union (AU), a body representing more than 50 countries on the continent.

(Source: The Guardian)

SUDAN 

‘Disappointment’ after Sudan re-elected to UN Human Rights Council

Lawyers and human rights defenders have voiced their disappointment after Sudan was re-elected by the UN General Assembly on Monday to serve on the UN Human Rights Council (HRC) for the period 2023-2025.

As previously reported by Radio Dabanga, prior to the ballot, activists and prominent NGOs within Sudan and abroad appealed to UN member states to revaluate the candidacy of Sudan to serve in the HRC, saying “the human rights practices in Sudan are clearly incompatible with the well-defined criteria for membership of the HRC”.

On Friday, the opposition Forces for Freedom and Change-Central Council (FFC-CC) called for Sudan’s re-election to the United Nations Human Rights Council to be rejected because “Sudan’s current unconstitutional regime has continuously and systematically violated the human rights of its citizens since 25 October 2021” when the military seized power in a coup d’état.

(Source: Radio Dabanga)

SOMALIA 

Prime Minister Hamse Barre welcomed in Addis Ababa

The Prime Minister of the Federal Government of Somalia, Hamza Abdi Barre, and his delegation arrived in Addis Ababa, the capital of Ethiopia.

The Prime Minister, who will participate in the international conference at the Tana Forum, was warmly welcomed at the Addis Ababa airport by the Deputy Chairman of the ruling PP Party, Aden Farah Ibrahim, the President of the Somali Regional Government, Mustafa Omar and other officials. 

The Prime Minister’s spokesman, Farhan Mohamed Jimale, who spoke to the media, gave details about the purpose of Hamse’s trip, and said that Hamse will participate in the international conference at the Tana Forum in Ethiopia.

(Source: Radio Dalsan)

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