September 16, 2022 - 5 minutes read

16th September 2022 Political & Regulatory Round Up

By Kennedy Osore

KENYA

‘Shame on Judiciary’, says Raila in first speech since Supreme Court verdict

Azimio La Umoja One Kenya leader Raila Odinga has spoken publicly for the first time Thursday since the Supreme Court upheld the presidential election results, by lashing out at the verdict as unfair and a “mess”.

“It is sad how people of this country woke up to vote but one man by the name Jose Camargo from Venezuela comes to dictate who becomes the President of this country. We respected the apex court but we do not agree with their findings. We are waiting for the final detailed judgment they said they will issue because we have remained with less than 10 days,” said Mr Odinga.

Mr Odinga, who spoke angrily while in Mombasa, noted the whole Azimio family was shocked by the decision delivered by the Supreme Court.

“We are not going to allow the Judiciary to become a dictator. We will protect the rights of the people of Kenya as required in the Constitution,” said Mr Odinga.

(Source: Daily Nation)

TANZANIA

Tanzania declares measles outbreak

Tanzania’s Ministry of Health has announced an outbreak of measles in seven municipalities after 38 people were confirmed to have the disease across the country.

Speaking to journalists on September 15, 2022 in Dodoma, the Minister of Health, Ummy Mwalimu said the affected districts include  Bukoba with three samples, Handeni District with four samples, Kilindi with three victims, Mkuranga four samples, Kigamboni eight samples, Temeke with 12 samples, and Ilala four samples.

Ms Mwalimu has said that the symptoms of measles are fever and rashes that can be accompanied by cough, red eyes and sores in the mouth, so people should go to health centers immediately when they see these symptoms.

(Source: The Citizen)

UGANDA

I’ll feel satisfied if my 62 years of struggle aren’t in vain – Museveni

Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni in an address on Thurday, September 15, said: “My appeal to all Ugandans, again, is that each and every adult should strive to be either a wealth and job- creator or a worker if you still have the energy (not too old- e.g. 90 years and above).

The sectors for wealth and job creation, as I normally tell you are:

1. Commercial agriculture with ekibaro (cura, aimar, otita)

2. Legal mining and manufacturing;

3. Services; and

4. ICT

The fifth sector, which is not so much a wealth creation sector, but has some limited number of jobs, is the Public Service (the Civil Service, the Army, the Police, the Prisons, the Judiciary,  the Local Governments, the Teaching Service and the Political class).

There is money in UDB for manufacturing and agriculture and some of the services ; PDM money for the Saccos in small-scale commercial agriculture; and emyooga funds at the Constituency level for enterprises that, mainly, need skills.

Targeting the Ugandan, the East African, the African, and the global markets, we cannot go wrong if we follow this advice.”

(Source: The Monitor)

RWANDA

Kagame, King Charles III speak after Queen passing

President Paul Kagame on Thursday, September 15, called King Charles III, via telephone, to convey his condolences to the British royal family following the death of Queen Elizabeth II, who passed on last week.

Kagame’s phone call comes at a time world leaders have continued to pour in their tributes since September 8, when it was announced that the longest-reigning British monarch had died “peacefully” at Balmoral Castle, Scotland.

“Rwanda looks forward to working together with King Charles III to move the Commonwealth agenda forward in service of all our citizens.”

Kagame assumed the chairmanship of the Commonwealth in June this year, when Rwanda hosted the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM).

(Source: The New Times)

ETHIOPIA

Int’l Community Urged to Pressurize TPLF to End Its Violence, Enter Peace Talks

Ethiopia’s Ambassador to UK, Teferi Melesse, said the international community now has an urgent choice to pressure the TPLF to end its violence and enter peace talks or remain silent and embolden the group to expand it offensive.

In his article posted on Al Jazeera website, the ambassador underscored that “The international community now has an urgent choice to make, one it has so far shied away from. It can either pressure the TPLF to end its violence and enter peace talks, or it can remain silent and embolden them to expand their offensive.”

“For too long, it has been left to the Ethiopian government to try and bring the TPLF to the table. I believe the government has exhausted every possible approach. That is why it is now time for the international community to end its silence on the actions of the TPLF and call on its leadership to lay down arms and engage in the AU-led talks.”

(Source: Ethiopian News Agency)

SUDAN

US welcomes Sudan Bar’s draft transitional constitution

The US Foreign Affairs Committee of the House of Representatives welcomed Sudan’s Bar Association’s draft transitional constitution framework on Tuesday. In a press statement made by the Foreign Affairs Committee, they said praised the association’s efforts in engaging “a diverse set of Sudanese pro-democracy stakeholders in putting forward this proposal”.

They urged Sudanese stakeholders to “seriously consider this document” and take steps to “further develop its principles in order to build a consensus”, the statement read.

However, the statement noted that to ensure cooperation between the USA and Sudan, “a civilian-led transitional government must be established”, also calling on “accountability for violence and human rights abuses and continue to stand with the Sudanese people in their pursuit of democracy, peace, and justice”.

Sudan’s Bar Association and their work with US government has been met with criticism from the Communist Party of Sudan (CPoS) and the women’s activist group, the No to Women’s Oppression initiative.

The embassies of France, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, the United Kingdom, and the United States are taking the document as a “serious and encouraging initiative,” with the potential to “achieve a broadly acceptable and inclusive civilian-led government that can put Sudan on a path to democracy and elections.”

(Source: Radio Dabanga)

SOMALIA

President Hassan presents two issues to United Nations General Assembly

The President of the Federal Republic of Somalia, Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, is attending the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly in the United States, which opened in the country.

This cycle, which runs from the 13th to the 27th of this month, is about reducing poverty and instability, improving education, creating jobs for the youth, finding solutions to natural disasters and the rights of minorities.

The President of the Republic of Somalia is presenting to the General Assembly of the United Nations the views and plans of the Federal Government of Somalia related to the fight against poverty and the so-called terrorism.

Villa Somalia said that the two issues that President Hassan presented to the United Nations Council have caused serious problems to the Somali people, and now is the time to give the Somali government a hand to relieve the problems of its people and the region as a whole.

(Source: Radio Dalsan)

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