Political and Regulatory Round-Up

  • 16 Oct 2023
  • 3 Mins Read
  • 〜 by Kennedy Osore



Kenya Airways plane from Nairobi to London diverted from Heathrow to Stansted Airport


A Kenya Airways flight from Nairobi to London that was earlier intercepted and diverted by the UK military was cleared of any security threat, ending hours of pain for passengers on board.

The national carrier confirmed that the aircraft had been cleared to depart for London Heathrow to resume normal operations.

The KQ flight was on Thursday afternoon intercepted by the UK’s air and space force, the Royal Air Force (RAF), and diverted to Stansted Airport, which is a designated airfield for dealing with security scares in the UK.

(Source: Business Daily)




Tanzania, India elevate ties


Tanzania and India have agreed to open new avenues for political and economic development as well as economic cooperation that will lead to strategic partnership.

At this juncture, the two countries inked six agreements of cooperation including the digital domain, culture, sports, maritime industries and white shipping information sharing.

They also agreed on a five-year roadmap in the field of defence. Through this, new dimensions will be added in areas like military training, maritime cooperation, capacity building and defence industry.

This was reached after President Samia Suluhu Hassan’s bilateral talks with Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi.

(Source: Daily News)




Museveni to issue executive order to end wetland misuse

President Yoweri Museveni emphasized the importance of protecting environmental assets as a crucial element for Uganda’s and Africa’s success during his 61st Independence Anniversary speech. He noted that assets like wetlands, forests, rivers, lakes, and water towers are vital for providing essential life-sustaining resources: air, water, and food, and therefore must be safeguarded.

He emphasized that only residential houses and hotels adhering to environmental regulations, such as tree planting and maintaining green spaces, would be allowed near rivers and lakes. Structures in wetlands would need to be demolished.


(Source: The Independent)




Mobile World Congress Kigali set to accelerate digital innovation, enhance connectivity


The Mobile World Congress (MWC) Kigali, Africa’s largest and most influential connectivity event, is poised to accelerate digital innovation and enhance connectivity, propelling Africa towards sustainable growth.


Taking place from October 17 to 19 at the Kigali Convention Centre, the event will convene innovators and political leaders from all sub-regions of the continent with the aim of creating a better future for all.


It will also feature impactful summits and forums, delving into topics such as bridging the digital divide, leveraging mobile tech for socio-economic development, and aligning industries with UN Sustainable Development Goals.


Aligned with MWC Kigali’s four core themes – Accelerate Africa, FinTech, HealthTech, and Powering Digital – the sessions aim to propel the digital era forward.


(Source: The New Times)




Ethiopia’s Foreign Affairs minister meets Italy, Germany and France envoys

State Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia, Ambassador Mesganu Arga, received and held discussions with the Ambassadors of Italy, Agostino Palese, Germany, Stephan Auer, and France, Remi Marechaux, on various issues.


Ambassador Mesganu appreciated the cooperation between Ethiopia and those countries on bilateral and multilateral platforms.

He further highlighted the importance of the Ethiopian Government’s economic reform process, the Transitional Justice Mechanism aimed at addressing human rights issues, and the national dialogue process.


(Source: ENA)




OHCHR adopts resolution for new Sudan investigative committee


The United Nations Human Rights Council (OHCHR) adopted a resolution to form a fact-finding committee on crimes and violations in Sudan after the outbreak of war, by a majority of 19 votes to 16, with 12 member states abstaining. The decision was made during the OHCHR’s 54th session.

From next week onwards, the President of the Human Rights Council Václav Bálek will begin consultations with member states and organisations to form a fact-finding committee which was submitted by the US, UK, Norway, and Germany last week. The committee will consist of an expert three-member state investigation mission.

These experts will be tasked with providing information about what happened in Sudan, the dimensions and dynamics of the problem, as well the parties involved in the conflict. It will also determine who is responsible for various violations and crimes, identify those responsible, and prepare to hold them accountable in the near future. 


(Source: Dabanga)