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President William Ruto has arrived in India, where he is expected to conduct a two-day state visit.

During the visit, he will engage in bilateral talks forging healthcare partnerships, particularly in pharmaceuticals production and capacity building, and collaboration in education.

State House Spokesperson Hussein Mohamed said President Ruto will meet with India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi where the talks will lead to the signing of several memoranda of understanding that will strengthen ties between the two countries.

He said President Ruto will also meet with President Droupadi Murmu to address trade and investment forum highlighting the immense potential for economic cooperation between Kenya and India.

Ruto will also meet with President Droupadi Murmu to address trade and investment forum highlighting the immense potential for economic cooperation between Kenya and India. By Sharon Resian, Capital News

Turkiye expressed its support and optimism following the U.N. Security Council's landmark decision to lift the longstanding arms embargo on Somalia, anticipating a positive turn for the country's future.

In an official statement, the Turkish Foreign Ministry hailed the Council's move as historic, anticipating it to pave the way for peace, prosperity, and renewed hope for Somalia.

"We wish this historic decision will usher in a new era which will sow the seeds of peace, prosperity, and strong hopes for the future of Somalia," the statement read.

Affirming its unwavering support, Turkiye vowed to stand by the people of Somalia, reinforcing its commitment to aid and cooperation as the nation transitions into this new phase.

"Ankara, as always, will continue to stand by the people of Somalia and support Somalia in this new era," the Foreign Ministry emphasized.

The Security Council's unanimous decision voted upon on Friday, marked the end of the arms embargo on Somalia's government and its security forces. The embargo, initially imposed in 1992, was a response to the country's then-conflict and the worsening humanitarian crisis. Source Turkiye

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The Kenya Union of Journalists (KUJ) has penned a letter to three media houses in Kenya after receiving distress calls from journalists.

The statement dated Sunday, December 3, indicated that some journalists from the Standard Group, Mediamax and Radio Africa Group had gone for 10 months without pay. 

KUJ Secretary General Erick Oduor noted that the salary crisis had become the biggest threat to media freedom in Kenya.

"We have received distress calls from three media houses mainly, The Standard Group PLC, Mediamax and Radio Africa Group that have not paid their staff and correspondents for about 10 months in the wake of difficult economic times and high cost of living in the country," read the statement in part.

"Let me remind media owners that they are operating in a space where public trust is paramount and, therefore, they cannot hold other people to account if their own hands are not clean."

He further accused media owners of living large at the expense of their workers, some of whom saw their children go to bed hungry or drop out of school entirely. 

The union is therefore demanding that corporate governance be included in the checklist before any company is allowed to do business with the government and private sector.

Oduor further demanded that all media houses should be required to provide proof of payment of salaries before accessing government advertising and challenged Parliament to pass legislation to put in place regulations that set minimum pay for journalists.

"Corporate governance is becoming a new threat to media freedom in Kenya where managers are not concerned with the welfare of their employees, yet they expect to play a watchdog role for the common good of the society," he added.

The union further pointed an accusatory finger toward the state for non-payment for advertising services offered to them. 

Oduor, therefore, demanded the state to settle their pending bills and to stop using advertising as a blackmail tool to cripple the media.

The demand comes a month after the union sent an ultimatum to the Standard Group to settle salary arrears for its members at the organisation.

“We cannot be championing and calling out for the rights of journalists when employers are the ones who are violating the rights of the journalists, who will respect journalists if employers do not? We will have a solidarity strike in support and solidarity with our colleagues at Standard Group," posed Oduor.

In his recent letter, he acknowledged that 'something was done' but urged the outlet to ensure it fully complies with their agreement. By Derick Okubasu,

Kenneth Mugabi performing at Kampala Serena Hotel, Uganda on November 24, 2023. PHOTO | DANIEL GILBERT BWETTE | KARIZM

The "People of the Land" concert by the Ugandan guitarist and crooner Kenneth Mugabi held at Kampala Serena Hotel on November 24, 2023 lived up to the hype.

Accompanied by Cherubim Choir, the Afro-soul artiste opened his show held at the Victoria Hall with his song Neyanziza off the 2017 album Kibun’omu and kept his fans on their feet.

Mugabi, who played the acoustic guitar, tube fiddle and vocals, performed some of songs with other artistes, including Naava Grey, Xenson Ssenkaaba, Happy Kyazze, Ronnie Bukenya, Myko Ouma, and James Ssewakiryanga.

Read: Mya on music and her purpose in life

Ebrahim Soul’O, Mitch Isabirye, and Andereya Baguma fused the spoken word, poetry, and music – much to amusement of the audience.
Mugabi went against norm of most Ugandan musicians, who have curtain-raisers before the main act.

“The poster didn’t advertise any other artiste. As the host of the show, I had to do the honours. I open and close the door for my guests,” he said. 

Mugabi, who titled the concert after his latest album People of the Land, says he calls his music “Live Ugandan Soul — a mixture of what was, what is, and what could be."

Regarding the current state of the music industry in Uganda, Mugabi observed: “The Ugandan audience is now exposed enough to know what they want and need at a certain time. Anyone can be a star as long as they are true to themselves and their art.”

About the trend that the music industry taking regarding the physical sales of records versus streaming, he said, “The industry is currently about streaming. However, my projection is, we could go back to physical sales and merchandise.”

Read: ‘Legends of Sound’ concert rocks despite poor sound

As to whether there is a potential for music streaming in Uganda in the face of high cost of the internet, he said: “Ugandans watch a lot of YouTube and TikTok but, despite the high cost of internet, they still support us (by buying records).”

Mugabi’s debut 12-track album titled “Kibun’omu” was released in 2016. It includes the title track Kibun’omu, Naki, Nambi, Omusheshe, Katambaala, Wakikere and Mumulette, among others.

He followed it up with “Ugandan” in 2019 and “People of the Land” in 2022. By BAMUTURAKI MUSINGUZI, The East African


DAR ES SALAAM, Dec. 2 (Xinhua) -- Tanzania's power utility company on Saturday announced that the connection of electricity from the mega Julius Nyerere Hydropower Project (JNHPP) to the national grid began Friday.

The Tanzania Electric Supply Company Ltd. (TANESCO), a government-owned company, said in a statement Saturday that trial runs will follow the connection of power to the national grid.

"Connection of power to the national grid is a milestone to the country's electricity generation," said the statement.

The connection of electricity to the national grid is one of the completion stages in the construction of the dam which will help reduce and eventually eliminate power rationing, said the statement about ongoing power rationing caused by water decline in hydropower dams.

The government of Tanzania in 2018 signed a joint construction contract with Arab Contractors and El-Sewedy from Egypt for the JNHPP, which has an installed capacity of 2,115 megawatts. The project is scheduled to be finished in January 2024.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Energy Doto Biteko said in September that construction of the mega hydropower project has reached 91.7 percent.

He said the 6.6 trillion Tanzanian shillings (about 3 billion U.S. dollars) project, once operational, will address the current power shortage facing the country. - Xinhua

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