Political and Regulatory Roundup

  • 11 Sep 2023
  • 3 Mins Read
  • 〜 by Naisiae Simiren


Tom Ojienda heads to court to challenge expulsion from ODM party

In what is seen as a precursor to a protracted legal battle, Kisumu Senator Tom Ojienda has sought documentary evidence from the Orange party that expelled him for allegedly collaborating with President William Ruto’s ruling Kenya Kwanza coalition.

The senator has sought details of the deliberations of the ODM disciplinary committee that preceded the decision to expel him from the party.

In a letter dated September 7, Prof Ojienda says he is yet to receive any official communication about his expulsion from the ODM party for allegedly collaborating with the ruling coalition.

(Source: Nation Africa)


Majaliwa assures Biteko of support

Prime Minister Kassim Majaliwa has assured the newly appointed Deputy Prime Minister, Dr Doto Biteko, of his support in coordinating and executing government activities.

The Premier remarked on Saturday when he welcomed his Deputy at his office in Magogoni Dar es Salaam.

During the welcoming event, Mr Majaliwa assured Dr Biteko that the strong team of the PM office would accord him cooperation in the execution of his duties.

In particular, Mr Majaliwa commended President Samia Suluhu Hassan for strengthening the Office of the Prime Minister by appointing the Deputy Prime Minister, adding that the move will improve efficiency in the coordination of government activities.

(Source: Daily News)


Do not allow people you do not know in church, mosque – President Museveni

President Yoweri Museveni has directed all Ugandans not to allow suspicious new people into their places of worship to prevent vulnerability to terrorist attacks.

During the September 7 national address on Uganda’s security situation, the President said terrorists take advantage of gatherings and if not noticed and isolated, can easily cause havoc.

“Watch out for anybody who goes to church when they are not known in the area. Challenge them! Do not only challenge them but also contact the police. Somebody you do not know in your area should not enter in your church, should not enter in your bar,” he said.

(Source: Monitor)


Kabarebe reassures of Rwanda’s security “for the next 100 years”

The security and territorial integrity of Rwanda is assured for more than 100 years, thanks to a strong and professional army built over the past decades, Gen James Kabarebe has said.

Kabarebe, who retired from the Rwanda Defence Force (RDF) on August 30 after more than 40 years of military service, said he and other retiring generals and senior officers were confident in the Rwandan army to uphold the country’s security.

(Source: The New Times)


Ethiopia, Somalia pledge to further strengthen cooperation  

The First Ethio-Somalia Joint Ministerial Commission (JMC) meeting was held in Mogadishu, Somalia. The session was preceded by the Senior Officials meeting, which took place from 5 to 6 September 2023, according to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The meeting was co-chaired by Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Demeke Mekonnen and Somalia’s Deputy Prime Minister, Salah Ahmed Jama.

Expressing the focus of the relations has been concentrated on political and security matters he said it is high time to explore more opportunities to expand areas of cooperation for the benefit of our brotherly peoples.

Demeke commended President Hassen Sheikh Mahmoud on the fight against the terrorist group Al-Shabaab, as a critical step towards ensuring sustainable peace and security in Somalia.

(Source; ENA)


USA sanctions deputy leader of Sudan’s RSF over ‘human rights abuses’

Since the start of hostilities between the RSF and the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) on April 15, 2023, the RSF has been under intense scrutiny for allegations of severe violence and human rights violations, encompassing civilian massacres, ethnically motivated killings, and incidents of sexual violence.

Under Secretary of the Treasury for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence Brian E. Nelson said that yesterday’s sanctions demonstrate the “treasury’s commitment to hold accountable those responsible for serious and extensive human rights abuses in Sudan”. He added that the USA urged both sides of the conflict to “cease hostilities and violence perpetuating Sudan’s dire humanitarian crisis”.

(Source: Dabanga)