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Muhoozi Kainerugaba, the powerful son of Uganda's president, arrived in Rwanda on Saturday to meet President Paul Kagame for a visit that marks warming relations between the neighbouring countries after years of tension.

Kainerugaba - a general who is rumoured to be a possible successor of his 77-year-old father, President Yoweri Museveni - was expected to meet Kagame in the afternoon during the one-day trip, the state-affiliated Rwanda Broadcasting Agency reported.

The border between the East African nations has been closed for nearly three years.

Uganda's government made no official comment, but a source close to Kainerugaba told AFP the general "will be meeting senior Rwandan officials and the President of Rwanda".

"The issues between the two countries are on the agenda," the source added.

The meeting comes less than a week after Kainerugaba tweeted two photos of Kagame, one of the president as a young man wearing military fatigues and a more recent image of him in a suit.

"This is my uncle, Paul Kagame. Those who fight him fight my family. They should all be careful," the tweet said.

Kainerugaba's father Museveni and Kagame were close allies over the 1980s and 90s during struggles for power in their respective country, before becoming bitter rivals.

Rwanda abruptly closed its border with Uganda in February 2019, cutting off an important trade link.

Rwanda accused Uganda of abducting its citizens and supporting rebels seeking to topple Kagame.

For its part, Uganda accused Rwanda of spying as well as killing two men during an incursion into Ugandan territory in 2019 - a claim Kigali denies.

Talks between Kagame and Museveni were hosted by Angolan President Joao Lourenco and Congolese leader Felix Tshisekedi, the last such meeting taking place in February 2020.

No meeting has been held since, partly due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Relations between the countries also soured after an investigation last year found that Rwanda used Israeli Pegasus spying software to hack into the phones of Uganda's prime minister and foreign minister, among others. - AFP/News24

Photo Anadolu Agency


A 14-year-old mother in her school uniform was breastfeeding her 4-month-old in a small room at Nabidde Primary School in eastern Uganda.

According to government directives, all schools must provide a dedicated space for teenage mothers and pregnant students, as official data shows that over 650,000 teenage schoolgirls have given birth during their two-year absence from schools due to COVID-19 restrictions.

During the 2021 lockdown, over 32,000 teenage pregnancies were registered on average per month in Uganda, according to UN Population Fund research. The data includes underage marriages, which are prohibited by law, as well as rape victims.

Two primary students are mothers, and three are expecting, according to Yona Kakaire, the headmaster of Nabidde. A small room off the staff room is provided for breastfeeding at any time, and pregnant students are encouraged to use it if they feel tired.

Face-to-face education restarted in the country on Jan. 10, but despite the government's encouragement, some students who became mothers during the two-year hiatus are refusing to return.

When all schools reopened, President Yoweri Museveni ordered that the girls' schools designate a special room. The government, he said, encourages adolescent mothers to pursue their education.

Teenage mother attends school

One of the teenage mothers, Justine, chose to complete her primary education at Nabidde Primary School. (We have changed her name to protect her privacy.)

Speaking to Anadolu Agency, she said: “A part-time worker at our next-door neighbor's house got me pregnant. He enticed me with 10,000 shillings (about $2.6) and then impregnated me. He fled the village after realizing that he had made me pregnant."

She returned to her classroom after breastfeeding her baby.

According to the headmaster, the girl's home is close to the school. Her baby is usually left at home with her mother and younger sibling. When the baby needs to be breastfed, the sister takes her to the school's designated room, Kakaire added.

Some shy about returning to class

Reports from across the country say many schools face a similar predicament. Children in rural areas are the most affected because, unlike in cities, they can freely travel from one location to another.

Herbert Ntende, the headmaster of Kigge Primary School in the eastern Kamuli district, met with parents of students who became pregnant during the lockdown.

After the meeting, he informed Anadolu Agency that the school has nine pregnant students and four mothers, two of whom have twins and have not returned to school.

He said four of the girls returned to school on Jan. 10, and the fifth on Jan. 17.

The other girl students were adamant that they would not return. However, he added, a local NGO is encouraging pregnant students to return to school.

He said the school has also assigned a senior woman teacher who is always available to help the girls if they have any problems or complications before going to their classes, and that these students are helped to be psychologically prepared through counseling before receiving face-to-face education.

They also teach other students at the school how to treat pregnant classmates and not to offend them, he added.

Government, parental support

Christopher Bakaki, an Education Ministry official, said: "It is unfortunate that many teenage girls got pregnant. We have advised headteachers to ensure that the teenage mothers get adequate guidance and counseling."

The minister of state for higher education, Crystom Muyingo, said in an interview with local media: "There is a need to give such girls a second chance. The fact that they got pregnant does not mean that they stop going to school."​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ - Godfrey Olukya, Anadolu Agency

  • From Left: Bungoma Senator Moses Wetangula, Senator Gideon Moi, Wiper leader Kalonzo Musyoka and Kakamega Senator Cleophas Malala at a past event.
  • Wiper party leader Kalonzo Musyoka and his KANU counterpart, Senator Gideon Moi have explained why they walked out of the Amani National Congress (ANC) party meeting held at Bomas.

    In a statement released by the One Kenya Alliance (OKA) spokesperson, Fredric Okango, on Sunday, January 23, it was explained that the principals left the meeting because of some of the leaders that were in attendance.

    The two principals were seen walking out of the venue after leaders allied to Deputy President William Ruto walked in.  

    Shortly after leaving the function,  Ruto made his way to the venue and was shortly followed by Musalia Mudavadi. 

    “We (OKA) have today walked out of Mudavadi's 'earthquake' meeting. Our principals Hon Kalonzo Musyoka and Hon Gideon Moi out of respect honoured his invitation as a co principal to attend the Bomas event and congratulated him for being nominated by his party to go and look for more friends. 

    “Unfortunately, we have to part ways since some of his friends are not our friends and we are unsafe with them. We are therefore moving to higher grounds where Kenyans are safer,” read the statement.

    The two leaders went ahead to state that they would look for other partnerships explaining that they felt unsafe with the new partnership of Mudavadi and Ruto.

    “We are therefore moving to higher grounds where Kenyans are safer. It is time to move forward, it is time to end the nasty political games. 

    “We would like to wish Hon. Mudavadi the best of luck as he joins his other partners. There is no room for damages,” read the statement in part.

    During the event, Kakamega Senator Cleophas Malala hit out at the two principals for walking out of their meeting stating that they attended their events even after the two invited former Prime Minister Raila Odinga to their events.

    He stated that the two were the first casualties of the 'earthquake' adding that he would take the initiative to talk to them. 

    “The earthquake has already claimed two victims. I was very shocked that they got angry because we invited our friends,” Malala stated. 

    Kakamega Senator Cleophas Malala at the on Saturday, January 8, Eldoret Sports Club.
    Kakamega Senator Cleophas Malala at the on Saturday, January 8, Eldoret Sports Club. By WASHINGTON MITO,


Protestors take to the streets of Burkina Faso's capital Ouagadougou, protesting the government's inability to stop jihadist attacks spreading across the country and calling for President Roch Marc Christian Kabore to resign. BURKINA FASO Mutinous soldiers seized control of a military base in Burkina Faso's capital Sunday, raising fears of a coup attempt in the West African nation as gunfire rang out for hours amid growing frustration with the government's handling of the Islamic insurgency.

The apparent mutiny came one day after the latest public demonstration calling for President Roch Marc Christian Kabore's resignation. On Sunday, security forces used tear gas to disperse crowds seeking to publicly support the mutineers and crowds vandalized a building occupied by the president's political party.

Defense Minister Aime Barthelemy Simpore told state broadcaster RTB that a few barracks had been affected by unrest not only in the capital of Ouagadougou but in “some cities" elsewhere too. He denied, however, that the president had been detained by the mutineers, even though Kabore's whereabouts remained unknown. “Well, it’s a few barracks.

There are not too many,” Simpore said. “In some of these barracks, the calm has already returned. So that’s it for the moment. As I said, we are monitoring the situation.” A news headline on the state broadcaster described the gunfire as “acts of discontent by soldiers." 

 “Contrary to some information, no institution of the republic has been targeted," the headline continued. At the Lamizana Sangoule military barracks in the capital, however, angry soldiers shot into the air Sunday, directing their anger over army casualties at the president. About 100 motorcycles later left the base, chanting in support of the mutineers, but were stopped when security forces deployed tear gas.

The soldiers put a man on the phone with The Associated Press who said that they were seeking better working conditions for Burkina Faso's military amid the escalating fight against Islamic militants. Among their demands are increased manpower in the battle against extremists and better care for those wounded and the families of the dead. The mutinous soldiers also want the military and intelligence hierarchy replaced, he said.

There were signs Sunday that their demands were supported by many in Burkina Faso who are increasingly distressed by the attacks blamed on al-Qaida and Islamic State-linked groups. Thousands have died in recent years from those attacks and around 1.5 million people have been displaced. “We want the military to take power,” said Salif Sawadogo as he tried to avoid tear gas on the streets of Ouagadougou. “Our democracy is not stable.”

Indigenous Affairs Weekly roundup of news affecting Native American communities in the Northwest.  Policy and Terms of Service apply. Kabore first took office in 2015, winning the election held after longtime President Blaise Compaore was ousted in a popular uprising. Still, Kabore has faced growing opposition since his reelection in November 2020 as the country's Islamic extremism crisis has deepened.

Last month he fired his prime minister and replaced most of the Cabinet, but critics have continued calling for his resignation. The sound of gunfire at a military barracks sparked particular alarm after a spate of military coups in West Africa over the past 18 months, causing the regional bloc known as ECOWAS to suspend two member states simultaneously for the first time since 2012. In August 2020, a mutiny at a Malian military barracks led to the democratically elected president being detained.

He later announced his resignation on national television, and the junta leader there doesn't want new elections for four more years. In September 2021, Guinea's president also was overthrown by a military junta that remains in power to this day. ___ Associated Press writer Krista Larson in Dakar, Senegal, contributed./The Bellingham Herald

An aerial view of large liquefied natural gas storage tanks at a depot. Tanzania has proven natural gas reserves of 57 trillion cubic feet, with at least 49.5 trillion cubic feet of these far offshore in the Indian Ocean. Talks for exploitation of the resource are ongoing. PHOTO | FILE

Fresh discussions on the HGA over the multibillion-dollar project are being held in Arusha, northern Tanzania, after the negotiating teams finalised preliminary talks last November.

After being in limbo for nearly two years, preliminary discussions on the HGA resumed in November 2021 with assurances from the new Minister of Energy January Makamba.

In November 2021, while opening a fresh HGA discussions, Mr Makamba told stakeholders that the government was committed to having the Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) project implemented.

The negotiations are expected to proceed by discussing every stage of the project. The discussions will also address the nature of Tanzania Petroleum Development Corporation participation, fiscal framework, including tax exemptions, stability of terms and local content.

“The discussions with the government are vital in co-creating a stable fiscal, legal and regulatory framework to enable a global competitive project and further investments by the LNG investors,” said Ola Morten Aanestad, spokesperson of International Upstream. By BEATRICE MATERU, The East African


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