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    Magufuli Replaced: Tanzania Swears In First Female President – Suluhu Is 1 Of The Only 2 Women Of The 54 Current African Presidents, Who Are The Other African National Female Leaders?…

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    H. E Samia Suhulu Hassan promising to be honest, obey and protect the constitution of Tanzania as the next president

    Samia Suluhu Hassan has been sworn in as the new president of the United Republic of Tanzania to replace the fallen president, John Pombe Magufuli who succeeded Jakaya Kikwete.

    “I, Samia Suluhu Hassan, promise to be honest and obey and protect the constitution of Tanzania,” declared the soft-spoken leader, dressed in a black suit and red headscarf before dignitaries at a ceremony in Dar es Salaam.

    The former Tanzanian Vice President now becomes the first Tanzanian female head of state, and the entire East African bloc. Suhulu will serve until 2025.

    The newly sworn in President of Tanzania is currently among the only two females out of  the 54 Presidents in Africa, the other being Sahle-Work Zewde, President of Ethiopia from October 2018.

    Sahle-Work Zewde is the first elected female President of Ethiopia and currently among the only two females out of  the 54 Presidents in Africa.

    Suluhu pronounced her predecessor, Magufuli dead on Wednesday.

    Appearing live on TV, she said that Mr Magufuli died on Wednesday at 6pm from heart complication, at a hospital in Dar es Salaam.

    Born in 1959, Magufuli was 61 years old.

    Magufuli had just been re-elected as president in November last year and after his death, according to the Tanzanian constitution, the vice President, Samia Suhulu was to take over to lead for the remainder of Magufuli’s term until 2025.

    Suluhu also became Tanzania’s first female vice-president following the 2015 general election, after being elected on the CCM ticket, along with President Magufuli. Suluhu and Magufuli were reelected to a second term in 2020.

    Before her tenure as vice-president she served as the Member of Parliament for Makunduchi constituency from 2010 to 2015, and was also the Minister of State in the Vice-President’s Office for Union Affairs from 2010 to 2015.

    Prior to this, she served as a minister in the semi-autonomous region of Zanzibar, during the administration of President Amani Karume. In 2014, she was elected as the Vice Chairperson of the Constituent Assembly tasked with the drafting of the country’s new constitution.

    Other African National Women Leaders;

    Slyvie Kiningi, Acting President of Burundi  (February – October 1993)

    The first female President in Africa was Slyvie Kiningi. She was the Prime Minister of Burundi from February 10, 1993 to October 7, 1994. During this period, she served as the acting President of the country from October 27, 1993 to February 5, 1994 when the incumbent President Melchior Ndadaye was shot together with 6 of his officials. After his death, Kiningi gathered 15 ministers to continue to govern the country. Thus, technically making her the first female president on the continent.

    Ivy Matsepe-Cassaburi, Acting President of South Africa (September 2005)

    Ivy Matsepe-Cassaburi also served temporarily as the acting President of South Africa when the President and his vice were out of the country for four days in September of 2005. She was also selected by the cabinet to serve as the constitutional and official head of state for an interim period of 14 hours on September 25, 2008. This was the period between the resignation of the current President Thabo Mbeki and the taking of office by the Kgalema Motlanthe.

    Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, President of Liberia ( January 2006 – January 2018)

    Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is Africa’s first elected President who served two consecutive terms after winning the 2005 and 2011 Presidential elections. She had initially run for Presidential office in 1997 against Charles Taylor, but she lost. During her tenure she was also elected Chair of the Economic Community of West African States in June of 2016.

    Rose Francine Rogombe, Interim President of Gabon (June 2009 – October 2009)

    Rose Francine Rogombe served as interim President of Gabon from June 2009 to October 2009 after the death of President of Omar Bongo. As President of the Senate at that time, she automatically became the Head of State because she was constitutionally  the first in line for presidential succession.

    Agnes Monique Ohsan Bellepeau, Acting President of Mauritius (March – July 2012 and May –  June 2015)

    Agnes Monique Ohsan Bellepeau was the Acting President of Mauritius from March 31, 2012 – July 21, 2012. This was the transition period between the resignation of the current President Anerood Jugnauth to the inauguration of the new President Kailash Purryag. She served again as Acting President between the resignation of Purryag and the inauguration of the new President, Ameenah Gurib from May 29, 2015 – June 5, 2015.

    Joyce Hilda Banda, President of Malawi (April 2012 – May 2014)

    Joyce Hilda Banda served as President of Malawi from April 7, 2012 to May 31, 2014 following the death of President Bingu wa Mutharika. She was the country’s fourth President. She was also the country’s first female Vice President (May 2009 to April 2012). In 2014, Forbes named President Banda as the 40th most powerful woman in the world and the most powerful woman in Africa.

    Catherine Samba, Acting President of Central African Republic (January 2014 – March 2016)

    Catherine Samba Panza was the Acting Head of State of the Central African Republic from 2014 to 2016. She became interim President when rebel leader Michael Djotodia resigned from his self appointed Presidency. Before she took on this role, she was the mayor of  the capital city Bangui from 2013 to 2014.

    Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, President of Mauritius (June 2015 – March 2018)

    Ameenah Gurib-Fakim was the first female President of Mauritius from 2015 to 2018. She was selected to be a Presidential candidate in 2014 following the resignation of then President Kailash Purryag. She was unanimously elected President by the National Assembly.

    Sahle-Work Zewde, President of Ethiopia ( October 2018 – Present)

    Sahle-Work Zewde is the first elected female President of Ethiopia and currently among the only two females out of  the 54 Presidents in Africa. She took office on October 25, 2018 after being unanimously elected by members of the National Parliamentary Assembly. Prior to her election as President, she worked as Special Representative of United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres to the African Union and Head of the United Nations Office to the African Union.

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    CRIME

    NO MORE MERCY: Shoot And Kill Them – Security Bosses Adopt Policy On Fighting Armed Robbers…

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    Some of the police bosses who attended the meeting today

    Security agencies have vowed to take a tougher shoot to kill policy against armed robbers.

    The shoot to kill policy was agreed upon today in a security meeting in Mukono Municipality between Uganda Police, Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF), local leaders and the residents of Mukono Municipality.

    The order Follows a rise in armed robberies in the Kampala Metropolitan area.

    “We are going to kill them. I’m not used to these things of writing statements. We shall shoot them and then investigate where they got the gun from. You have to kill these thieves,” UPDF’s Lt. Col. Fred Mwesigye said.

    Edward Ochom, the police Director in Charge of Operations warned, “These robbers have their agents. They are here, I know it. We are discussing Security (and) they want to hear what we are saying. But, if you are their agent, take the message, their days are numbered. We are not going to sympathise with them anymore, enough must be enough.”

    Early this week, Flying Squad Unit and Mukono Police arrested two suspects, highly linked to the aggravated robbery of Spice Supermarket, located at ku Ssatu, in Namubiru ward, Mukono Central Division in Mukono Municipality on June 25th, 2022.

    Spice Supermarket in Mukono which was robbed at gun point

    “The two suspects were sighted on the eve of the robbery, while drinking at Cloud 9 bar, near the supermarket. They include Mugalu William, a 24-year-old resident, of Nasuuti cell, Ntawo ward, Mukono Central and Mbogo Sam, a 23-year-old, resident of Nasuuti cell, Ntawo ward, Mukono municipality. They were clearly identified by one of the witnesses who clearly saw them escaping from the scene,” police mouthpiece Fred Enanga said.

    He added, “We are now working towards the recovery of the gun and identifying other members of the gang, who appear to be an amateur group. Such groups are usually desperate, panicky more high risk and willing to use violence.

    “They shot a bullet through the computer, which injured Ssekandi Irene, through the stomach and exited from the back. We wish her quick recovery. A team of counsellors from CID Headquarters has been dispatched to offer counselling services to the victim.”

    Enanga warned that even though attacks on supermarkets have not been so regular, police is anticipating more retail crimes on supermarkets, mobile money points, retail shops and markets due to high levels of unemployment among the youth, use of drugs, change in criminal tactics, where robbers attack softer targets with lesser security, such as supermarkets and the opportunity of get-away.

    Yesterday, the Directorate of Crime Intelligence and Flying Squad Unit recovered a motor vehicle registration number UAD 728Y, a dark grey Toyota Corolla, which was parked at Ham Mukasa-Nasuti junction.

    Upon searching the boot of the vehicle, the scene of crime officers found a sub machine gun loaded with three live ammunition that were wrapped in a yellow polythene sack.

    “The team also found four sharp pangas, a sharp steel knife, two pairs of scissors, two pairs of pliers and two screw drivers. Other equipment that is used in breaking-in were also found in the car. Our teams also recovered items of different types of electronics, which are suspected to be stolen,” ASP Luke Owoyesigyire, the Deputy PRO Kampala Metropolitan Police said.

     

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    EDUCATION

    Panic In UNATU: Section Of Arts Teachers Mobilizing To Form Breakaway Faction To Negotiate Afresh With Government…

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    UNATU Secretary General Filbert Baguma

    The leadership of the Uganda National Association of Teachers Union (UNATU) are panicking after learning that a section of their members are mobilizing their colleagues to create a breakaway faction.

    Robert Musasizi, the leader of the breakaway faction revealed to theGrapevine that UNATU leadership has failed to negotiate a good deal with government for the Arts teachers.

    “It is true we are going to form our own faction like our friends who teach sciences did. They were struggling to have their salaries increased. UNATU was only promising them that the government was going to raise their pay. It was not until they established their own association that they reached a good deal with government which woke UNATU up,” Musasizi said.

    He boasted that they have contacted half of all Arts teachers who have confirmed their readiness to join them.

    He accused UNATU of creating fights between science teachers and their colleagues who teach Arts when the former’s salaries were increased.

    “What they wanted was to create divisions among us so that they cover up for their failures,” Musasizi said.

    However, when contacted, Filbert Baguma, the UNATU Secretary General rubbished Musasizi’s accusation and branded it a diversion.

    “We cannot waste our time on such people, they just want to divert us from our fight to have salaries of all teachers raised,” he said.

    He added that the industrial action is still on after they failed to agree with the vice president Jessica Alupo in today’s meeting.

    Arts Teachers have now spent three weeks striking over the increase of their monthly pay.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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    Tycoon Shumuk In Trouble; Ssenyonyi’s Lawyers, Justice Byabakama’s EC Want Shs.570m In Costs Or He Faces Jail…

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    MP Joel Ssenyonyi (R) and businessman Shumuk (L)

    Controversial city businessman Mukesh Shukla Shumuk, who contested for Nakawa West parliamentary seat and lost is in trouble after National Unity Platform (NUP) spokesperson Joel Ssenyonyi’s lawyers, and Justice Simon Mugenyi Byabakama’s Electoral Commission (EC) demand that he pays Shs.570m as Court costs resulting from the election petition he lost.

    High Court Civil Division Deputy Registrar Jameson Karemani has summoned Mukesh to show cause why he shouldn’t be jailed for failing to pay the said Court costs.

    Ssenyonyi’s lawyers of PACE Advocates successfully convinced Court that Mukesh should pay them a total of Shs.230m as costs for wasting their time in both the High Court and at the Court of Appeal.

    The lawyers claim that after taxing the Shs.230m, lawyers will remain with Shs.81m.

    Court agreed and endorsed their demand.

    Sources at PACE Advocates have revealed that the Shs.81m is for lawyers alone since their client Ssenyonyi is also going to file his costs.

    Sources further revealed that both Ssenyonyi and the Electoral Commission will file their bill of costs very soon and each is set to ask for Shs.170m.

    It should be remembered that Court of Appeal presided over by Justice Geoffrey Kiryabwire, Justice Stephen Musota and Justice Christopher Gashirabake ordered Mukesh to pay the two respondents (EC and Ssenyonyi) half of their costs after losing his Appeal where he wanted Ssenyonyi’s victory canceled.

    Justice Isaac Muwata of the High Court dismissed Mukesh’s petition at the High Court noting that even if he won the 8 polling stations where he claims that Ssenyonyi and the EC committed a lot of electoral offences, he wouldn’t have won the race.

    Mukesh ran to court accusing the respondents of committing offences of ballot stuffing by changing the electoral results and failing to sign the declaration of results forms.

    During the process of hearing his petition, Mukesh filed a number of applications which were also dismissed with costs.

     

    By Sengooba Alirabaki

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