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UCC releases guidelines for SIM card switch off

The Uganda Communications Commission has released guidelines for the deactivation of unverified, unvalidated and unregistered SIM cards.

This comes after the Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda reaffirmed last week that August 30, 2017 is the deadline for the validation of all sim cards.

According to the new guidelines, all SIM cards with a ‘NOT FOUND’ comment against their submission from NIRA, shall be switched off.

“A sim card that has been switched off during this 72 hour period, will be reactivated upon presentation of a National ID,” the guidelines state.

The switch off or deactivation involves barring all incoming and outgoing calls, SMS, and data services, according to the guidelines.

Only mobile money withdrawals will be enabled, but deposits and other payments will be disabled.

Unused mobile money balances will be retained in accordance with the mobile money regulations. 


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    Residents of Katabi Town Council on the Kampala-Entebbe highway were treated to a rare spectacle of a police aircraft as it hovered in the skies and beamed spot lights on different locations.

    The use of the aircraft comes at a time of worsening insecurity in the area as a result of mysterious killings.

    Flying low, the aircraft flew for about an hour with the biggest focus on Abayita Ababiri township.

     Many residents were awed and seen gazing at the aircraft as it roared from one part of the town council to another.

     Recently, bodies of women have been dumped in various areas of the town council.

    The body of the latest victim, Jalia Nalule, was on Tuesday found in a bush in Nkumba, bringing the number of victims who have been brutally murdered in the last one month, to 11.

    Most of the women have been raped before being strangled or bludgeoned.

    The crime has forced Inspector General of Police Kale Kayihura and Security Minister Henry Tumukunde, to camp in the area.

    The deployement of the aircraft is a new development in the fight against the mysterious murderers.

     Police Spokesperson, Mr Asan Kasingye, however, denied knowledge of the use of the aircraft in combating crime in Katabi.

     Kasingye says the police are using what he terms as "intelligence-led investigations" to deal with the murders and other crimes in the area.

    Asked if the police are being boosted by the military, Mr Kasingye says they have not asked the army for support, adding that he isn't aware of any military involvement.

    According to Mr Kasingye, in addition to the use of intelligence, the police have enhanced foot and motorised patrols.

    Of late, soldiers have been seen on patrol especially along the highway and Kasenyi Road.


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    East African Legislative Assembly, Arusha, Tanzania: May 24, 2016: The EAC Secretary General, Hon, Amb Liberat Mfumukeko, this afternoon took Oath of Allegiance as an Ex-Officio of the Assembly as the 6th Meeting of the 4th Session commenced in Arusha, Tanzania this afternoon.


    Hon, Amb Liberat Mfumukeko was sworn in by the Clerk to the Assembly in a brief ceremony witnessed by the Speaker and Members of EALA in line with the Rule 5 of the Rules and Procedures of the Assembly. The Rule 5(4) of the Rules of Procedure say in part that: "No Member can sit or participate in the proceedings of the House until the Oath or Affirmation of Allegiance to the Treaty is taken".

    Rule 5(5) specifically states that "when a Member first attends to take his or her seat other than at the first sitting of a new House, he or she shall be brought to the table by two Members and presented by them to the Speaker who shall then administer the Oath or Affirmation of Allegiance".


    Hon Mfumukeko was ushered in to the House by EALA Members, Hon Isabelle Ndahayo and Hon Hafsa Mossi.  Hon,Amb Mfumukeko was appointed during the February 2016 Summit of EAC Heads of State to replace Hon, Amb Dr Richard Sezibera. Prior to the appointment as Secretary General, Hon. Mfumukeko was the Deputy Secretary General, Finance and Administration at the EAC.


    Hon,Amb Liberat Mfumukeko has over twenty one years' work experience in both private and public sector.  Prior to joining the EAC, Hon Amb Mfumukeko was the Director General of the Burundi Electricity and Water National Company between 2013 to 2015 and President of the Steering Committee of the East African Power Pool. 


    He has served as a Senior Advisor to the President of the Republic of Burundi in charge of Economic Affairs (2012-2013) and as Director General of the Burundi Investment Promotion Authority (2009-2012)


    Hon, Amb  Mfumukeko served as an Economic Expert at the United Nations - UNDP and FAO from 2006 to 2009 and also in various companies in the USA and France including Banque Populaire (France), EDF GDF - Electricite de France (France) and American Express, Mobil Oil, FUBU, Karl Kani (USA).


    Hon, Amb Mfumukeko, who is a Doctoral Studies candidate (Doctoral studies in Business Administration - DBA) at Atlantic University holds a BSC and Masters Degree in Economics (Université Francois Rabelais of Tours - France), and an MBA from Clark University in the USA. He has attended several training programs in Change Management and International Business at Harvard University and at the MIT in USA. 

    Source: EAC PRESS

  • Germany Announces to Make Available 70 Million Euros (approx. 78 Million USD) for Development Cooperation with the EAC

    Germany Announces to Make Available 70 Million Euros (approx. 78 Million USD) for Development Cooperation with the EAC


    30 million Euros (approx. 33.4 million USD) in the health sector committed today

    East African Community Headquarters, Arusha, Tanzania, 14th August: The Federal Republic of Germany announced today a new commitment to the East African Community (EAC). In total, 30 million euros will be invested in vaccines and health supply chain management.

    Earlier in 2015, Germany hosted the record replenishment of the global vaccination alliance GAVI. As a result, an additional 300 million children will receive live-saving vaccines, including in the EAC. German bilateral cooperation will now provide 20 million euros for the procurement of vaccines against different diseases for children in the EAC. The programme will be implemented in collaboration with GAVI. This new commitment will bring Germany`s contribution to regional immunisations programmes with the EAC to 60 million euro since 2012.

    Inappropriate cooling systems result in high volumes of vaccines being wasted before they reach the people that need them. This is why Germany will also support the establishment of the EAC Regional Centre of Excellence for Health Supply Chain Management in Kigali with 10 million euros. The Centre will strengthen capacities and foster the dissemination of innovation for managing complex supply systems for health products, such as vaccines that need to be kept cool at all times.

    With a view to strengthen the pandemic preparedness in the EAC Mrs. Grosse Wiesmann also announced the willingness of Germany to provide an additional 3 million euros (3,3 million USD) in technical assistance for the region`s crisis response capacity (out of special funds for 2016).

    EAC Deputy Secretary General Dr. Enos Bukuku: "Germany's expanded support allows us to further reduce the spread of infectious diseases and improve the accessibility of health products throughout the region."

    Mrs. Gudrun Grosse Wiesmann, Director Sub-Saharan Africa at the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development: "Our support underlines that Germany wishes to further strengthen the long-standing and deep relationship it maintains with the East African Community in order to contribute to the well-being and prosperity of its citizens".

    Regarding the upcoming bilateral negotiations on development cooperation with the EAC in September 2015 the Head of the German delegation underlined that Germany is willing to support the EAC in the fields of regional economic integration, health and water resource management. Germany is prepared to make available an additional 37 million euros for projects in these fields.


    Source: EAC Press


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