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    Kagame And Tshisekedi To Meet In Angola’s Capital Over Conflict In Eastern DRC…

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    Rwandan President, Paul Kagame (R) with DRC President Felix Tshisekedi (L)

    Rwandan President, Paul Kagame and Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) President Felix Tshisekedi are set to meet Angola’s President, João Manuel Gonçalves Lourenço in Luanda, the capital city of Angola this week over the conflict in eastern DRC.

    The call for the meeting comes after Rwanda’s accusation of DRC supporting Forces Démocratiques de Libération du Rwanda (FDLR), an armed rebel group active in the eastern Democratic Republic of the Congo, a militia whose part of leadership and ideology are blamed for the 1944 genocide.

    DRC also accuses Rwanda of sending special forces in disguise into the country’s territory, marking the latest flashpoint in an escalating dispute between the two neighbours over resurgent violence in the east.

    DRC’s military alleged that 500 Rwandan soldiers had been deployed in the Tshanzu area in North Kivu province, which borders Rwanda.

    It added that M23 rebels, allegedly backed by Kigali, had attacked a group of United Nations peacekeeping forces in the Rutshuru area, also in North Kivu, injuring three Tanzanian peacekeepers.

    President, João Manuel Gonçalves Lourenço, who was appointed by the African Union to resolve conflicts between Rwanda and DRC called for a meeting between the conflicting countries to resolve the matter.

     

    By Kalamira Hope

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    William Ruto’s Political Journey: Ordinary Hustler Beats Raila To Become 5th Kenyan President…

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    William Ruto, the 5th president of Kenya

    William Ruto, who many call ‘the ordinary hustler’ has won Raila Odinga to become the 5th President of Kenya.

    According to results announced by Independent Electoral and Boundaries Commission (IEBC) chairperson Wafula Chebutaki, Ruto garnered 7,176,141 votes making 50.49% while Raila Odinga garnered 6,942,930 votes making 48.85%.

    Following his victory, Ruto noted, “I know there were predictions that we wouldn’t get here. But there is a God in heaven. without God we wouldn’t be here, I confess.”

    He added, “In this election, there are no losers. The people of Kenya have won. The hero of this election is IBEC.

    “Without informing anyone of us, you (IEBC) put all results on a public portal where any Kenyan could access. That became the game changer in this election.”

    He further appreciated his opponent, Raila Odinga for the campaign that they all dwelled on issues and they tried to sell an agenda to Kenyans.

    “I want to promise that I will work with all the elected leaders so that we can fashion a country that leaves nobody behind.”

    He pledged to work with the opposition so that they provide oversight to his administration.

    He also thanked his boss, Uhuru Kenyatta who has worked with him adding that he wants to commit that he will build on the foundation that Uhuru and he put together and take the country to the next level.

    Ruto however assured those who have done many things against them noting that they shouldn’t fear because there is no room for vengeance or looking back.

    “I know many are wondering especially those who have done many things against us. I want to tell them that there’s nothing to fear. There’s no room for vengeance or looking back.”

    He asserted, “I am aware that our country is at the stage where we need all hands on deck. We don’t have the luxury to look back, point fingers or portion blame. We must work together for a functioning democratic prosperous Kenya.”

    CHAOS BEFORE RUTO DECLARATION

    Before the decration of Ruto as winner, four (4) IEBC officials distanced themselves from results at the last minute.

    Addressing press today, at Serena Hotel in Nairobi, IEBC Vice chairperson Juliana Cherera said that four out of the seven commissioners have disowned results insisting that the tallying at the final stage has been opaque.

    IEBC has since gone mute at panic hour from 3:00 pm which was the hour of announcing results.

    According to different candidates, David Mwaire, who was in the race conceded defeat, George Wajackoyah said polls were rigged while Raila Odinga’s chief agent said polls were conducted in an opaque manner.

    “We are not going to accept the results, whether it is Raila winning, Ruto or me, we are not accepting until all results are tallied and verified,” he roared.

    WILLIAM RUTO’S POLITICAL JOURNEY

    • Born 21 December 1966
    • Holds Doctorate degree in Plant Ecology in 2018, UON
    • 1992: Member Youth for KANU ’92 (YK92)
    • 1997: Elected Eldoret North MP through KANU
    • 1998-2002: Assistant Minister, Office of the President, later Minister for Home Affairs and Director KANU elections
    • 2005: Elected KANU’s Secretary-General
    • 2006: Announces presidential bid ahead of 2007 election
    • 2007: Ditches KANU, co-founds Orange Democratic Movement (ODM) with Raila Odinga, was a member of ODM’s top organ – The Pentagon
    • 2008-2010: Minister for Agriculture in the Kibaki-Raila coalition government
    • 2009: Survives censure motion over maize scandal
    • 2008-2009: Ruto falls out with Raila Odinga over ICC trials
    • -Local tribunal formed to investigate 2007/8 Post-Election Violence, PEV
    • -Ruto pushes for trials at the ICC, opposes Kibaki, Raila call for local trials
    • 2010 – 2011: Appointed Minister for Higher Education
    • 2010: Opposes new constitution which sails through in a referendum
    • -Raila suspends Ruto from the Agriculture docket, and Kibaki later reinstates him
    • -Ruto among six individuals named as being behind 2007/8 post-election violence
    • 2012: Quits United Democratic Movement (UDM), launches United Democratic Party.
    • 2012: Teams up with Uhuru Kenyatta to form Jubilee Alliance
    • 2013: Becomes Kenya’s first elected Deputy President
    • 2013: Ruto trial at ICC in The Hague begins
    • October 2014: Becomes Acting President briefly while Uhuru attends ICC case in The Hague
    • -High Court orders Ruto to surrender a 100-acre farm and compensate a farmer who accused him of land grabbing.
    • 2016: Ruto case at ICC collapses
    • 2018: Graduates with PhD from the University of Nairobi
    • 2018: Ruto fallout with Uhuru following Uhuru-Raila handshake and BBI
    • 2019: Building Bridges Initiative (BBI) formed
    • -Ruto campaigns against BBI fronted by Uhuru and Raila
    • 2021: United Democratic Alliance (UDA), associated with Ruto formally registered
    • March 16, 2022: Ruto officially declares intention to vie for the presidency, gets UDA endorsement
    • August 15, 2022: Declared winner of Kenyan presidential election. Announced as 5th president of Kenya

     

    By Kalamira Hope

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    UPDF Commandos Join Deadly Operation To Hunt Top Ugandan Terrorists Who Escaped From DRC Prison…

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    Commandos of the Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) have joined the deadly operation to hunt for and arrest top Ugandan terrorists who escaped from the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) prison early this week.

     Brig. Gen. Felix Kulayigye, the UPDF spokesperson confirmed the development and explained to theGrapevine that the reason why they joined the DRC’s army FARDC was after establishing that among the 822 prisoners who escaped, there were top terrorists who were recently arrested.

     “Since we joined the operation, we have already arrested more than 150 prisoners who escaped from a government prison in Butembo town. We are very sure that all of them will be arrested because them being out there is a threat to the entire region’s security,” he said.

     He added that preliminary investigation established that ADF terrorists were involved in the attack and their top aim was to help their friends to escape and join them to continue terrorising the entire region.

     DRC government also claims that the operation, which took only 15 minutes was masterminded by ADF terrorists. The prison was allegedly raided after ADF learnt that their friends who were arrested by the security were set to be evacuated to other big government prisons.

     Captain Anthony Mualushayi, the spokesperson for the operation hunting for the escaped prisoners revealed that the attackers come from Mwalika valley and were 80 in number.

    They used their weapons and machetes to open the prison doors to help their own including a one Kizito and other 12 deadly ADF terrorists from Uganda to escape.

     Capt. Mualushayi added that over 8 people were killed in the operation including five assailants, two policemen and a prisoner who was killed by the terrorist when was resisting their orders.

     He said that by the time reinforcements came, the terrorists had fled the place.

     However, they managed to trace their tracks and arrested two of them with AK47 guns and several rounds of ammunitions.

     UPDF decided to join DRC to hunt DRC for ADF terrorists after they made several attacks on Ugandans that left some victims dead.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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    We Don’t Believe In Being Enemies Of Somebody’s Enemy – Museveni Tells Putin’s Minister Lavrov Who Promises, “We Will Sell You Our Oil”…

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    President Museveni (R) with Russia's Foreign Affairs Minister Sergey Lavrov (L) at State House in Entebbe today

    President Kaguta Museveni has vowed to continue cooperating with Russia insisting that it’s not Kampala’s doctrine to be an enemy of other people’s enemies.

    Museveni made these remarks while at State House in Entebbe in a meeting with Russia’s Foreign Affairs Minister Sergey Lavrov, today, who arrived in the country on Monday, for talks aimed at improving relations with Uganda.

    Museveni noted that they want to trade with Russia and all other countries in the world.

    “We don’t believe in being enemies of somebody’s enemy, no. We want to make our own enemies not to fight other people’s enemies, this is our doctrine,” he said.

    He further noted that he is pro-himself and he deals with all other people according to how they relate with his own interests.

    “It is not my job to be pro-east or pro-west, I am pro myself and I deal with people according to the way they deal with me,” he added.

    Speaking on behalf of the Russian government, Lavrov started by appreciating Uganda for refusing to take sides in the conflict between Russia and Ukraine.

    He acknowledged the fact that Uganda was among the 20 African countries which in March did not vote to condemn Russia’s Special Military Operation in Ukraine.

    He added that discussions over resolving the energy and food crises will not depend on the mood of their western counterparts.

    “Our African colleagues understand it has nothing to do with the special military operation in Ukraine.

    RUSSIA TO SELL FUEL TO UGANDA.

    Lavrov also said that Russia is open to discussion with Uganda on purchases of fuel to curb the high fuel prices despite the western sanctions.

    He revealed that they (Russia) sell oil to all the interested countries and if there is a state interested and willing to buy, there are no obstacles to it.

    “We sell oil to all the interested countries, and if there is a State which is interested, which is willing to buy our oil whether India or an African State, there are no obstacles for this,” he revealed.

    Lavrov divulged that not only do they sell oil but also provide assistance in development and infrastructure in terms of refineries and oil products.

    It should be noted that Russia is a major trade and investment partner with Uganda and Africa generally unlike Ukraine which ceases to be among the main trade partners with Uganda.

     

     By Kalamira Hope

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