Kenyan passports to be phased out next year, to adopt East Africa travel permit

Kenya will phase out issuance of its national passports from next year and adopt the East Africa travel permit in the quest by the six countries to harmonize business and regulatory processes. The phase-out period will last two years and the six countries including South Sudan that was this week admitted to the East Africa Community (EAC) expected to only issue the regional e-passport by the start of 2019. The

Tanzania becomes east, central and southern Africa fiber optic information hub

Tanzania Telecommunication Company Limited (TTCL) plans to make its fiber optic cable to be the information hub in east, central as well as southern Africa.  In an exclusive interview with ‘The Guardian’ at the week end, the TTCL acting Chief Executive Officer, Peter Ngota said that it was one of the company’s long-term plans. He was reacting to a question after the final handing over of the fiber optic to

Facebook brings to Kenya, hurdles abound

Facebook wants to partner with local telcos to bridge the digital divide in remote places even as the world raises fears over its platform. The application allows users to access the web for a limited amount of time free of charge. Complaints are, however, rife that the application does not reach its target audience and goes against set policies. “Facebook has made it easier for any mobile operator to

Fugitive rebel chief Jamil Mukulu extradited to Uganda: government

A Ugandan rebel leader blamed for slaughtering hundreds of civilians has been extradited to face trial in Kampala, a Ugandan government spokesman said Friday. Tanzania announced in April police had arrested Jamil Mukulu, leader of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), after which Uganda requested he be sent to Kampala for trial. “Fugitive ADF’s Jamil Mukulu’s long run with the law comes to an end,” Ugandan government spokesman Ofwono Opondo said,

We are stuck with Aids drugs, says Ugandan NMS boss

A delegation from Kasese District, which visited National Medical Stores (NMS) in Entebbe, was on Friday shocked to learn that stocks of HIV/Aids drugs were lying idle at NMS after respective districts failed to collect them. “We are stuck with Antiretroviral drugs. We wonder where patients who had started the ART medicines are. Should we assume that they all died?” said NMS General Manager Moses Kamabare. He said NMS have

Ugandan State House dinner raises Shs16 billion for NRM House

A total of Shs16 billion was collected at the two fundraising dinners President and NRM chairman Yoweri Museveni hosted at State House in Entebbe to mobilise funds for the construction of the 27-storey Movement House. The two dinners, held on Thursday and Friday, were attended by companies and individuals from the business community across the country. The NRM National Treasurer, Ms Rose Namayanja, said the party has already secured the

Why Ugandan government accepted less pay in Tullow case

As the build-up to the 2016 presidential elections took a lion’s share of the media coverage, the government was at work. Unexpectedly, the government entered negotiations with Tullow Oil in a tax dispute that could have earned Uganda $473m (Shs1.6 trillion). However government decided to settle for less at $250m (Shs824b). For three years, the battle was in the courtroom. In the legal battles, it appeared Uganda had the upper

Mbabazi hires 500 lawyers to defend held supporters

The 2016 race to State House between former prime minister Amama Mbabazi and President Museveni is picking momentum with the latter assembling 500 lawyers to counter the recent spate of arrests of his supporters. Mr Mbabazi’s legal aides also said they will soon initiate proceedings against police officers in their individual capacities. The development comes days after Mr Mbabazi told a meeting in London at the weekend that he will

Ugandan Man blocks ex-wife’s church wedding

Subsequently, on reaching Kitovu Church on the D-day ,the couple together with their entourage found the Church closed and Father Paul Mukasa, a priest who was meant to wed them was also not around . Catholic Church laws dictate that before the bans are announced, the in charge must have confirmed that the couple have been baptized and are not married. Ms Naluyima, is a daughter to Masaka municipality former

Firm partners to supply IT products in East Africa

Technology products re-seller Virtual Works East Africa has partnered with US data storage provider EMC Corp, to add value to the latter’s products and distribute them in the region. The deal will see Virtual Works offer data storage and back-up services in Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and Ethiopia, where it has a presence. Virtual Works chief executive Abraham Parel said his firm would maintain its focus on delivering enterprise-centric