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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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    Katanga Residents, Leaders Plead For Protection After Makerere University Threatens To Evict Them…

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    Bagonza the chairperson Busia zone

    Residents and leaders on the disputed land in Katanga suburb, Kawempe Division have appealed to authorities to protect them from threats of eviction by Makerere University.

    Led by the local leaders of Busia and Kimwanyi Local Council areas in Wandegeya Parish, the residents said that they are legally occupying their binanja after the High Court declared them bonafide occupants on the contested land.

    In 2015, High Court Judge Owiny Dollo, now the Chief Justice ruled that the Katanga Valley land was occupied by four family members and based on their licenses, they are now bonafide occupants whose rights are well protected under the laws governing ownership of land.

    In his ruling, Justice Dollo noted that the four families are Jonathan Yosamu Masembe, Bulasio Buyisi, George Kalimu and Samalie Nambogga.

    They were battling with Makerere University and the Commissioner for Land registration over the cancellation of their Land titles and ownership of the land by Makerere University.

    Makerere University disagreed with Dollo’s judgment and appealed the ruling in the Court of Appeal. The appeal is pending hearing and determination.

    It is alleged that Makerere University has on several occasions run to various offices asking for help and permission to destroy buildings and evict more than 50,000 residents including bibanja holders without following the due process of the law.

    In a joint statement, leaders led by the chairman of Busia Zone, Abdu Ssekajja, asked the authorities to restrain Makerere University authorities to desist from misleading the public about their stay on Katanga land.

    “We have read reports and statements calling us land grabbers but I want to put the record clear that we are binanja holders and the court ruled that we are occupying this land legally,” Ssekajja said.

    He further appealed to Makerere University authorities to prosecute their appeal rather than resorting to illegal means.

    According to Ssekajja, before making his ruling, justice Dollo visited the land and interacted with all parties before making his decision which remains in force until a higher court rules otherwise.

    He told reporters at their Local Council Offices in Katanga that all Makerere University has to do is to follow the legal procedure in order to resolve the dispute.

    His remarks follow an outcry in the media by Makerere University authorities who appealed to the government to come to their rescue and save their 10-acres of land in Katanga.

    In October last year, the High Court had to stop security agencies from arresting Katanga land occupants led by Pastor Daniel Walugembe in regards to the same dispute.

    Kampala City lord Mayor Erias Lukwago also asked Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) technical wing to halt the impending evictions in Katanga near Wandegeya to stave off what he described as undesired consequences.

    In a September 2nd, 2021 letter to the KCCA Executive Director, Mr. Lukwago warned that it will be a glaring breach of law for the physical planning directorate and the building control board to issue demolition orders and approve plans submitted by Makerere University before the Court of Appeal pronounces itself on the matter.

    “I am utterly shocked at the way KCCA management team gets embroiled in matters involving flouting of court orders” Lukwago noted.

    Lukwago said that matters concerning Katanga Valley land have been a subject of protracted legal battles stretching from 1993 to date.

    On September 15, Internal Affairs Minister, Maj. Gen. (Rtd) Kahinda Otafiire, directed the Inspector General of Police to guide members of the force to refrain from interfering with court orders not only in Katanga land matters but also in matters of similar nature.

    “Where a party is aggrieved, he or she should not use the Police force and the police force should not allow it to be used to defy a court order. The only course of action such a party should take should be to move to court to make a ruling on the matter,” Gen Otafiire wrote.

     

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    Drama In Makerere Medical Student Murder Trial, State Asks Judge To Throw Lawyers Alaka, Ochieng Out…

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    There was drama today at Mukono court during the hearing of a case in which Mathew Kirabo is on trial for the murder 19-year-old Makerere medical student Desire Mirembe.

    It all started when state prosecutor Ainebyona Happiness complained to the trial judge His Lordship Henry Kaweesa Isabirye about the new advocates who joined the defense team.

    Happiness expressed her dissatisfaction at the presence of counsel Caleb Alaka and counsel Evans Ochieng who joined Counsel Charles Dalton Opunya and counsel Ali Hassan Kato as defense lawyers.

    Happiness read to court the law which defines the act that was being done by the defense lawyers and asked the judge to guide her on that matter.

    “The Advocates conduct regulations 2 of the advocates Si267-2 indicates that no advocate shall represent any person without receiving instructions from that person,” she stated.

    This was however challenged by defense lawyer Dalton Opunya who claimed that regulation 2 of the advocates professional conduct Si267-2 allows the authorised agent of the accused person to allow other lawyers to participate.

    “My Lord, we were instructed to handle this matter. We agreed that I get other lawyers to assist us. I believe unless guided otherwise that I am authorised to add in lawyers with regulation Si267-2. We pray that the court continues with the current setup of four lawyers of the accused,” Counsel Opunya said.

    When the judge made a ruling on that matter, he said that the two counsels joined not as fully instructed counsels but as assistants.

    “I therefore instruct for purposes of this case and in the interest of proceeding forward that the two lawyers only play a peripheral role of assisting both counsels Opunya and Kato,” Judge Henry Isabirye ruled.

    The two counsels consented to the ruling.

    When the case proceeded, the judge asked the defense counsels to put their submissions in writing. They asked for more time.

    The judge later granted them more time to put their submissions in writing and also serve the State. He also gave State the whole day tomorrow upto 4:00PM to serve the defence counsels.

    The judge adjourned the matter to 28th, January, 2022 for a ruling of whether or not the suspect, Kirabo, has a murder case to answer or not.

     

    By Hope Kalamira

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    Bobi Wine Blames Government For Failing To Help Fallen Local Investor Sembule…

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    National Unity Platform (NUP) president Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine has blamed government for failing to help local businessman Christopher Sembuya when his business empire was collapsing.

    Kyagulanyi, who was one of the many politicians who witnessed Sembuya’s burial at Kikwayi village, Buikwe district begun with giving a brief background about Sembuya who passed away last week.

    Works and Transport minister Gen. Katumba Wamala laying wreath on Sembuya’s casket

    Sembuya understood the dynamic of doing business in Uganda and championed indigenous banking, industrialisation and broadcasting in Uganda.

    Sembuya started Sembule Investment Bank (now Bank of Africa), Pan World Insurance which turned into Lion Assurance and Cable International Television which then turned into WBS Television.

    Some of Sembuya’s family members paying tribute to the fallen investor

    The deceased also co-founded Sembule Group of Companies in 1971 and was proprietor of Sembule Steel Mills which was the first Ugandan founded company to manufacture steel products such as wire mesh and nails.

    According to Kyagulanyi, by 2000, Sembuule was a leading brand name in Industrialization across East Africa.

    Some of the prominent politicians who attended Sembuya’s burial

    Kyagulanyi also noted that when Sembule’s businesses ran into a financial trouble beginning around the 1990s and were eventually put under receivership, government still did not help.

    “It is a pity that until his death 2022, Mzee Ssembuya was still seeking government help of about Shs.18billion to revive his business empire,” the NUP president said.

     

    By Hope Kalamira

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