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Uganda Internal Affairs Minister Denies State Torture, Abductions

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General Jeje Odong, Uganda’s Minister of Internal Affairs on Tuesday denied state hand in orchestrating disappearances of people, torture and existence of safe houses.

The Minister made the remarks during a televised interview themed, ‘ what are the unanswered questions on the state of security?’

Ugandans on social media have for the past months been circulating photos of missing relatives and friends- Their disappearances intensified in the run-up to January Presidential elections.

“When we are discussing this question of “disappearances”, we ought to talk about it in relation to the circumstances that must have occurred to cause that situation,” Gen. Odong said, adding, “I can’t say the unaccounted for people are dead. “

According to this minister, “the State is not holding people in illegal detention centres or gazetted places. There are several agencies involved in this exercise.”

“No one is being held in a safe house or CMI dungeon. I wish I could meet and talk to those people saying they had been tortured in safe houses. I don’t have that experience or knowledge,” Odong says.

Western countries have been pressuring President Yoweri Museveni to account for disappeared people and threatened to slam sanctions of his government.

Museveni admitted that his government was holding only 330 disappeared people. However, Minister Odong says, “I have given a list of 177. There is no contradiction in numbers. I am only releasing lists as the numbers are being processed.”

There are growing fears across Uganda and the capital Kampala where un-plated vans with tinted glasses comb through streets in many towns picking red bereted supporters of the opposition National Unity Platform Political party that narrowly lost the elections.

“The red berets are worn by Uganda’s military police and, therefore, exclusively a military store. These are not targeted military abductions,” Odong said.

According to Odong, “As long as someone has committed an offence, we have no apology. If we get you on camera doing something wrong, that is a crime. The due process of court is a different matter.”

He also says, “There is no secret in the intentions of NUP. They are still bent on trying to destabilise with an intention that President Museveni, who won the election, doesn’t swear in. There are plans. They are masterminded by internal groups assisted by external groups. We are aware of these plans.”

“I believe external forces are fueling the situation in the country. I have evidence of external factors and agencies,” The General said.

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Tanzania’s President Samia Scheduled For Kenya Visit

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Kenya’s Presidency has confirmed that President Samia Suluhu Hassan of the United Republic of Tanzania is scheduled to jet in to Nairobi for a 2-day State Visit on Tuesday.

Kanze Dena-Mararo Kenya’s State House spokesperson said other details of President Suluhu’s visit will be shared in due course.

President Samia Suluhu is a sharp contrast of her predecessor John Pombe Magufuli who passed away recently.

On April 11President Samia Suluhu made her first trip outside the country since taking oath of office. She flew to neighbouring Uganda, a trip her handlers said was aimed at strengthening bilateral ties and finalize the East African Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP) Tripartite project agreement.

The Tanzanian leader has drawn a line under her predecessor’s controversial stances on COVID-19 and the media, indicating an apparent change in course for the nation after the death of John Magufuli in March.

“We cannot segregate ourselves like an island, but also we cannot blindly accept what is being brought forward to us (on COVID-19) without carrying out our own investigations and inputs,” she told officials at State House in the commercial capital Dar es Salaam. “Let us have a stance.”

President Suluhu also announced that media that had been banned by Magufuli’s government should be allowed to operate.

“We should not ban the media by force. Reopen them, and we should ensure they follow the rules. We should not give them room to say we are shrinking press freedom.”

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Angola Appoints Envoy To Uganda, Somalia, South Sudan

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President João Lourenço of Angola on Tuesday appointed Sianga Abílio as ambassador to Uganda, South Sudan and Somalia.

Sianga who is based in Nairobi, Kenya currently serves as Ambassador of Angola to Kenya and Permanent Representative of Angola to the United Nations offices in the Kenyan capital.

According to a statement from the embassy, as soon as presenting the Credential Letters, Ambassador Sianga Abílio, will start to provide Diplomatic coverage for the four countries, the from Nairobi.

Sianga Abílio, was accredited as a permanent representative of the country to the United Nations Offices in Nairobi in May 2018.

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Kenya Releases Results For Primary Schools Exam

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Kenya’s Education Cabinet Secretary Prof. George Magoha on Thursday released results for the 2020 Kenya Certificate of Primary Education (KCPE) exam which was conducted last month.

About 1.2 million candidates sat the KCPE exam between March 22 and March 24, 2021.

Prof. Magoha said early today that the ministry thwarted several instances of irregularities in various places.

Meanwhile, Form 4 candidates are set to conclude the Kenya Certificate of Secondary Education (KCSE) examination on April 26.

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