Gambia’s Yahya Jammeh accepts to handover power and go to exile

Barely a few hours before his mandate expires, President Yahya Jammeh of the Gambia is reported to have accepted a last-minute deal to relinquish power peacefully and go into exile.

According to reports from Banjul which are yet to be independently confirmed, Mr Jammeh agreed to step down in the interest of peace and stability of the Gambia after a tense closed door meeting with the visiting president of Mauritania, Mohamed Ould Abdel Aziz.

Reports added that Mr Jammeh will leave for Mauritania tonight with President Aziz.

It is not clear whether he will settle there permanently or move to another country.

Mr Jammeh’s mandate expires at midnight tonight after his surprised defeat in last month’s election by opposition candidate Adama Barrow.

He had vowed to cling to power after accusing the country’s electoral commission of rigging the election in favour of the opposition.

His attempt to overturn the election result at the Supreme Court has been delayed because of a shortage of judges as most of the judges come from neighbouring countries.

Neighbouring Senegal and Nigeria have threatened to storm Banjul militarily and enforce last month’s election results unless he steps down by midnight.

 

 

-Jollof News

Health officials monitoring twenty patients after presenting birdflu signs

By Charles Kizindo Lule
Twenty patients in Bussi and Butembe islands on Lake Victoria are being monitored by health specialists after presenting symptoms of the deadly bird flu.
 The ministry of health has picked samples from them and taken to Uganda Virus Research Institute in Entebbe for further investigations.
Bird flu was confirmed in Uganda this week following a mass death of birds at Lutembe beach in Entebbe, and ducks in Masaka.

Fire brigade arrives without water to put off fire causing huge losses in Mukono fire

By Robert Ssegawa
Fire has gutted several buildings and kiosks in Kitega village Mukono district destroying property worth millions of shillings.
The Residents district commission Lt.David Matovu says the fire started at around 2 am from a charcoal stove which was left unattended to.
He says the fire destroyed shops selling furniture, Electrical appliances, bars and saloons. Fire fighters arrived at the scene later without water in the vehicles to put out the blaze.

George W Bush and his wife admitted to hospital due to respiratory problems

George HW Bush has been admitted to an intensive care unit and his wife, Barbara, was hospitalized as a precaution, according to his spokesman.

The former president was admitted to the ICU at a Houston hospital on Wednesday to “address an acute respiratory problem stemming from pneumonia”, a family spokesman, Jim McGrath, said in a statement. McGrath said the former first lady was hospitalized as a precaution after experiencing fatigue and coughing.

George Bush was taken to the hospital over the weekend for shortness of breath. McGrath said earlier on Wednesday that the 92-year-old Bush was responding well to treatments.

The 41st president was admitted to Houston Methodist hospital on Saturday, McGrath said in an email to the Associated Press.

“Doctors and everyone are very pleased, and we hope to have him out soon,” McGrath said.

“I don’t think there’s a whole lot of money to be gained betting against George Bush,” McGrath said. “We’re just kind of in a wait-and-see mode.”

Bush’s chief of staff, Jean Becker, told the Houston Chronicle and KHOU-TV that Bush was expected to go home in a couple of days.

Bush, who served as US president from 1989 to 1993, has a form of Parkinson’s disease and uses a motorized scooter or a wheelchair for mobility. He was hospitalized in Maine in 2015 after falling at his summer home and breaking a bone in his neck, and was hospitalized in Houston the previous December for about a week for shortness of breath. He spent Christmas 2012 in intensive care for a bronchitis-related cough and other issues.

Despite the loss of mobility, Bush celebrated his 90th birthday by making a tandem parachute jump in Kennebunkport, Maine. Last summer, Bush led a group of 40 wounded warriors on a fishing trip at the helm of his speedboat, three days after his 92nd birthday celebration.

Bush’s office announced earlier this month that he and his wife of more than 70 years, Barbara, would not attend Donald Trump’s inauguration this week due to the former president’s age and health.

George Herbert Walker Bush, born 12 June 1924 in Milton, Massachusetts, also served as a congressman, CIA director and Ronald Reagan’s vice-president.

His son, George W Bush, was elected president in 2000 and served two terms. Another son, Jeb – a former Florida governor – made an unsuccessful bid for the GOP nomination in 2016. Only one other US president, John Adams, had a son who also became president.

 

-Guardian

NCHE revokes license from Busoga University, nullifies more than 1000 degrees

There is panic among students at Busoga University following the withdrawal of its operational license. In December 2016, the National Council for Higher Education-NCHE revoked the provisional license of Busoga University, which has been operation since 1998 on a number of grounds.

NCHE accused the University of Awarding Fake Degrees, which prompted it to cancel more than 1000 degrees awarded to students, recruiting unqualified academic staff and accumulated debts among others contrary to the Universities and Other Tertiary Intuitions Act.

When news spread of the withdrawal of the license, the university dismissed it, saying it had not received any communication from NHCE to the effect. However, on Monday this week Busoga University petitioned the constitutional court challenging the move by NCHE.

In the application, the Vice Chancellor Busoga University, Prof. David Lameck Kibiyo, says they were not accorded an opportunity to defend themselves on the allegations levels against the institution. He also wants court to lift the ban on admitting more students imposed on it by NCHE, saying it violates its right to carry out lawful trade and compete in business. URN spoke to URN spoke to continuing students on the developments. John Kakaire, a bachelor of Education students, says schools have turned down his application for teaching practice arguing that the university isn’t recognised.

Imelda Nabirye, a second year law student is worried about her future. She advises the university administration to abide by the NCHE requirements.

Musa Abubaker, an international student from Nigeria says that the university administration isn’t focused. He accuses the university administration of ignoring students and failure to install student representatives.

Dr. Frank Nabwiso, the former vice chancellor Busoga University supports the decision of NCHE, saying management has messed up the university. He says the vice chancellor; Lamek Kibikyo is a poor administrator.

Nabwiso says the decision by the administration to lay off 140 workers in January 2016 for alleged lack of the requisite academic qualifications was a big blow to the image of the institution.

Prof. David Lameck Kibiyo, the vice Chancellor Busoga University has dismissed all the allegations leveled against him and his team, saying they are baseless and aimed at frustrating his plans to improve the university.

He says that whatever is happening at the university is being done with intentions to fight the institution. Busoga University was founded in 1995 by Rt. Rev. Dr. Cyprian Bamwoze, the retired Bishop of Busoga Diocese.

 

 

-URN

Italy suffers an earthquake months after a fatal earthquake in August 2016

An earthquake has struck Italy, shaking buildings in Rome and Florence just months after almost 300 people were killed in one of the worst disasters in living memory.

Residents of the capital described their homes and offices shaking at around 10.25am local time (9.5am BST).

The US Geological Survey (USGS) measured the quake at magnitude 5.3, placing the epicentre in Central Italy at a depth of six miles (10km).

A 5.3 earthquake hit Central Italy on 18 January 2017 (USGS)

It struck just four miles from Amatrice, the town devastated in August’s earthquake, which killed 234 of its residents.

There was no immediate indication of deaths or severe damage, the European-Mediterranean Seismological Centre said.

The quake was also felt in Lazio, Abruzzo and Marche, La Repubblica reported, being followed by four smaller aftershocks.

Small tremors have reportedly been felt in Rome for several weeks but Wednesday’s was the biggest seismic event in several months.

It comes just months after a 6.2 magnitude earthquake killed at least 299 people in the country’s central regions in August.

 

 

-Independent

MAKERERE AND MUBS UNIVERSITIES IN FRESH WRANGLES

By Moses Kidandi

Makerere university is in yet a fresh wrangle with its sister institution Makerere University Business school over the introduction of a new fee that it has refused to charge students.

Makerere wants MUBS to start charging an extra fee from Nakawa students for being affiliates of Makerere a move that the administration at MUBS has rejected.

Makerere also says MUBS must remit the money or else its students will not graduate in March a move that MUBS has protested.

The public relations officer at Makerere University Business school Peter Odoki says the new fees intended to be introduced is not necessary because it’s an extra burden to parents yet its illegal because it contravenes section  132 of the Universities and Other Tertiary Institutions Act and has not been passed by the university council.

Peter Odoki says MUBS is already part of Makerere because it has not yet seceded.

Photo: Campus Eye

President Museveni says Shs. 6 billion ‘handshake’ was deliberate

By Moses Kidandi

President Yoweri Museveni has revealed to the National Resistance Movement (NRM) Caucus that the Shs.6 billion that was given to a group of lawyers after winning the oil case against Heritage Oil, an independent Jersey-based oil and gas exploration and production company, was deliberate adding that he is proud of the Uganda group who fully deserved their reward.

The President made the remarks as he addressed the NRM Caucus that took place at State House, Entebbe.

He informed the meeting that the case was no ordinary case and observed that it was an international war, which the lawyers and the tax ladies (Ms. Allen Kagina and Ms. Akol Doris), won amidst the pressure, challenges and the temptations that they faced.

Mr. Museveni also reiterated that during the court proceedings of the case, he was approached by many people who told him to settle the issue outside of court because, they said, Uganda was likely to lose a lot of money.

He, however, said he had been strengthened by that Ugandan group of young people who assured him that they were going to win the case. It was through this background that he decided to thank them.

Museveni says the group saved Uganda trillions and gained US$451 million.

He further told the Caucus that in the last 30 years, he has only given the monetary ‘handshake’ twice; the first that occurred in 2006 when he was very happy with a group of scientists who had discovered oil and rewarded them publicly in Kololo with the highest being given about US$20,000, and the second being the recent one.

Photo by Kenneth Kazibwe, ChimpReports

DP to pay Shs500000 for every goal.

By Robert Segawa

Opposition Democratic Party (DP) in support of the Uganda Cranes Team has pledged to pay half a million shillings for every goal that shall be scored in AFCON.

“The party continues to congratulate the Uganda Cranes upon making it to the African Cup of Nations (AFCON) after a period of over 30 years,” said the party spokesperson, Kenneth Paul Kakande on Tuesday.

Kakande said that the party will continue to support the Cranes with all necessary support pledging that they will do more than the pledged Sh500, 000 for each goal scored as the game continues.

He has however condemned the failure by government through Uganda Broadcasting Cooperation to rely the tournament which is a great disappointment to the sports fraternity in the country.

 

CHIEF JUSTICE SWEARS IN NEW ELECTORAL COMMISION

By Moses Kidandi

The new Electoral commission has been sworn in at the high court. The commission is composed of Justice Simon Mugenyi Byabakama, Hajat Aisha Lubega, Mrs Justine Mugabi, Hon.Stephene Tashiobya, Mustapha Sebagala Kigozi,Peter Emorut and Nathaline Etomu.

The swearing in ceremony at the high court was conducted by the Chief Justice Bart M. Katureebe in Kampala. The new commission will now move on to conduct electoral activities legally starting with the controversial LC1 Elections expected to take place in March this year.