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In every new day, some parts of Kenya’s capital, Nairobi have their roads murky and trenches filled with garbage. From the heaps emanates a foul stench. Smelly water oozing from the nearby heaps snake down in curls and zigzags, and invariable stream ends down the Nairobi River which flows across the city. The River doesn’t leave behind any kind of filth on its way, thousands of plastic bags and bottles, entangled hair wigs, bones all flow with it, however, when it rains, the pile becomes incredibly terrifying.

Photo by Flevian Mutie

Eventually, the river has become so polluted with all kinds of garbage, industrial effluent and sometimes dead animals are washed down the drain and into the same flow. Alfred Oyugi, a Nairobi resident, narrating to IEA News, says he used to reside in Korogocho. Alfred recalls how he used to mobilize his peers during his childhood where they would carelessly jump into the river and swim without any kind of care or concern.

“We would do this every day after school, and as swimming was one of our sporting activities, we would compete to see who emerged the best in it, the water was so clean as opposed to its current state,” he says. Like many water bodies in the sub-Saharan area, a big population across the capital depends on the Nairobi River. The river has recently experienced serious cases of pollution, deeming its water unfit for both humans and animals, although the Kenyan herdsmen have always used it to quench the thirst of their animals.

Photo by Flevian Mutie

“I wish there was an organization which could offer to rehabilitate the river as other initiatives have either failed or yielded a very minimal result. The Kenya government, in conjunction with the former Nairobi County Governor, Mike Mbuvi Sonko, the Ministry of Water, the National Water Management Authority, NEMA among other bodies, has for decades promised to rehabilitate the river, with some vowing to resign if their initiative to do so wasn’t achieved. “he adds.

Like true answers to his prayer, Alfred’s childhood memories are revived when an innovative, young and energetic Kenyan lady, namely Nzambi Matee, offers to clean the river as she recycles the plastic waste material into more useful stuff. Matee, in an exclusive with IEA News, says that she founded her organization, Gienge Makers, as a startup plant geared towards the collection and the recycling of plastic waste into bricks.

“Gienge fell into place after the discovery of a prototype machine that can turn plastic into paving stones, she narrates, adding that the machine enables them to produce the bricks in bulk. “I am not blowing my own trumpet, but we have really cashed in from this, since inception, which has also helped clean most parts of the city, including the Nairobi River amongst other regions. The profits are always on the maximum as we get the materials free of charge. ” says Matee, adding that the bricks they produce at Gienge have a wide market not just for their affordability but also for their quality.

“It’s ironical that they are made from plastic waste material, they offer more stability and strength and are harder even than the ones made from concrete. This initiative, apart from cleaning the environment and providing an alternative and a more affordable building material, it has also created employment, for garbage collectors, to begin with, and the young turks who operate the plant with me, and also for many more people like masons. I would urge Kenyans to think “outside the box” and implement an idea that will be useful both for them and for the entire community.” Says Nzambi.  She also asks the government, to extend a hand and join her in working towards the reclamation of the environment, especially the Nairobi River, that it can be treated to be safe again for human consumption.

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Speaking to IEA News, Damaris Mbui, an environmentalist and a university lecturer in Nairobi, says that in 2017, and June last year as well, the Kenya government banned the use of plastic bags in most protected natural areas, like national parks and animal reserves and forests. “I wonder why with all these in place, plastic waste keeps on piling up across all dumpsites in Nairobi, where over 500 metric tons worth of plastic waste is collected from homesteads every day. I urge Kenyans to practice safer ways of waste disposal, which are friendly to our environment.

Amos Wemanya, a Greenspace and environment campaigner says even the whole world was to be called in to help with this sanctification; we can never win when we have some of us, both companies and individuals draining their waste into our rivers, especially the Nairobi River.  “As well, we cannot win this battle when the government does not lend a helping hand.

The government ought to step up, in collaboration with organizations like NEMA, educate the common mwananchi on the importance of conservation of the environment” he says.  Wemanya encourages Kenyans like Matee, and her Gienge fraternity to improvise and implement ways of water sanitation and install simple water recycling plants, which will exacerbate this kind of pollution. She calls on the Kenya government to ensure sufficient water,” he says.  







Kampala, Uganda – Uganda’s Former Security Minister and now Presidential advisor on security Gen Elly Tumwine said President Museveni is suffering from Hubris syndrome and that he will use his office to advise him to prepare the country for a peaceful transition of power.

Gen Tumwine, an unusual source of such a message, was passing over the Security Ministership to fellow warrior Maj Gen Jim Muhwezi.

“I am delighted to be giving over to Maj. Gen. Muhwezi, an old friend and comrade.

“I pledge my undivided attention to you as you carry out your official obligations at the Ministry,” Gen Tumwine added.

“As I begin my new advising role, I will encourage President Museveni to plan for a seamless transfer of power in order to ensure our country's long-term stability,” he added.

It was a day for talking about changes, as Maj Gen Jim Muhwezi commended his predecessor, Gen Tumwine, for ensuring a seamless power transition in the ministry.

“I appreciate Gen. Tumwine, my friend and senior comrade, for a smooth handover.

Because I am not new to this ministry, I will work with the personnel to promote stability and unity in our country,' said Maj Gen Jim Muhwezi.

Gen Tumwine is a bush war hero who fought alongside President Yoweri Museveni and is still alive.

At the height of the previous presidential election, Gen Tumwine warned that if Bobi Wine protestors did not obey, they would be shot “rightly” by police.

“If you reach a particular degree of violence, police have the right to fire and kill you.

Is it okay if I say it again?

The police have the authority to shoot you and you will die for no reason.... do it at your own risk,” he warned.

While holding the bigger end of the stick, the five-star General who was the first person to fire a bullet in the 1986 Museveni bushwar has been advocating for the regime's expansion.

Gen Tumwine justified the raid on parliament by armed men thought to be from Special Forces Command during the discussion to remove the age limit from the constitution and give Museveni another chance to run the country.

“How far does the immunity act allow a member of parliament to shatter doors, damage parliament property, or threaten to kill someone?”

“How far does immunity extend?” General Tumwine stated.

“I've never seen the Speaker put to the test and strained to the extent you did.

I had never before experienced that even security forces, who are not necessarily victims of excitement, provocation, and political missteps, are now victims and being questioned.

He went on to say, "What did you fight for?"

Gen Tumwine was involved in yet another brawl at Parliament in July 2019, when he allegedly drew a gun on Dokolo Woman MP Cecilia Ogwal.

After the accusers failed to produce evidence, Gen Tumwine was allowed off the hook. During the debate, however, he was accused of disrespecting parliament when he purportedly asserted that the Speaker had no authority outside of the chambers.

The charge leveled by Bukhonzo West County MP Atkins Katushabe did not last long either, as it was dismissed due to a lack of proof.

General Tumwine has had numerous run-ins while attempting to protect the 1986 cadres' continued hold on power, and during one of the past presidential campaigns, he was caught on tape performing a song nicknamed "sisi tuko tayari" (we are ready).

This came amid protests against President Museveni's current regime.

Tumwine was threatening to crush anyone who threatened the establishment with force in the song.

Dr Kizza Besigye, a four-time presidential candidate and bushwar colleague, responded to Gen Tumwine's views on power transition by saying that the former is "30 years late." “It's 30 years late; even so, your "new role" might be over! That is why...,” Besigye explained.

President Museveni’ who has ruled this East African Nation for now close 4 decades doesn’t want to hear about  succession talk  but being 76 of age now, it’s widely been speculated that the President could opt to retire at the expiry of the current term as he will be 81 in 2026.

As such, a debate on who will be the man or woman to reign in Museveni’s place after four decades will certainly be raging on until 2026.

Museveni's whole reign, though, has been marked by constant worry about who would succeed him when he decides to step down.

Several significant names have emerged in the process over the years, with former Vice President Dr. Samson Kiseka (RIP) being the first likely contender for the seat.

Former Vice Presidents Specioza Kazibwe and Gilbert Balibaseka Bukenya, former Prime Ministers Apolo Nsibambi and John Patrick Amama Mbabazi, and former Speaker Rebecca Kadaga are among those who have been mentioned.

Many hopefuls have died in the waiting or have fallen out with the authorities after realizing that their dream of succeeding President Museveni is not realistic. 

Prof. Bukenya and former Prime Minister John Patrick Amama Mbabazi are among those who have suffered Museveni's wrath, with the former finding up in Luzira after openly stating his intention to challenge his boss in 2005.

He was kicked out of the government and attempted to run for President, but backed out after becoming angry with the opposition's lack of trust in him.

With the declaration that he will run for President in the 2016 general elections, Amama Mbabazi's story altered. He was perhaps the most powerful man in the ruling National Resistance Movement after Museveni, holding the two powerful roles of Prime Minister and Party Secretary General.

Before being soundly defeated in the polls, he lost the positions of Prime Minister and Secretary General.

Former Western Equatoria governor Joseph Bangansi Bakosoro. Photo Larco Lomayat


July 15, 2021 (JUBA) - South Sudan National Movement for Change (SSNMC) leader, Joseph Bangasi Bakasoro on Thursday announced his decision to re-join the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement (SPLM).

Speaking to reporters in the capital, Juba, Bakasoro said it was time to be part of the country’s ruling party for the sake of peace.

Bakasoro, who currently serves as the national minister for Public Service, called for restoration of the political glory of the SPLM party.

"I appeal to all SPLM veterans who might have gone out of SPLM because of various reasons to return back for the sake of history. I am appealing to the hold-out groups to silence the guns and come back home to contribute to the struggle to fix the country’s challenges,” he said.

The former governor, who quit the ruling party in 2010, urged citizens to support the ongoing implementation of the revitalized peace accord.

In the 2010 general elections, he contested as an independent candidate for Western Equatoria State governorship and defeated Jemma Nunu Kumba.

“Several people might not imagine that I can take such a decision to return to the SPLM because of the humiliation and intimidations I had gone through, but I had to for the sake of history, the party and the country,” said Bakosoro.

The NMC led by Bakosoro is a member of South Sudan Opposition Alliance (SSOA).

In 2017, Bakosoro formed a new opposition movement, terminating his membership of SPLM, which split into three separate factions after the country descended into a violence conflict in 2013. - Sudan Tribune


Siaya Senator James Orengo and Kenya National Focal Point on Small Arms and Light Weapons Deputy Director Charles Owino. Photo Standard


Siaya gubernatorial aspirant Charles Owino has termed Siaya Senator James Orengo’s gubernatorial candidature a betrayal to ODM leader Raila Odinga’s 2022 State House bid.

Speaking during the burial in Siaya on Saturday, July 17, Owino said it was laughable that Orengo, a national politician, who is supposed to play a key role in Odinga’s campaigns ahead of 2022 polls was also interested in Siaya Governor seat.

“If Orengo believes Odinga is going to win the presidency, he must stick with him until he wins so that he can be the Attorney General or a Cabinet Secretary in that government,” said Owino.

The Kenya National Focal Point on Small Arms and Light Weapons deputy director said Orengo’s candidature will be a vote of no confidence against Odinga’s 2022 stab at the presidency and maybe fodder for his opponents.

“Odinga’s opponents will use some of these moves to attack his candidature and show other people he is not in the race to win,” he added.

He challenged Orengo to tell Siaya locals why he is running for governor seat when he is one of the senior politicians from the region helping Raila in national politics.

“If he is coming to run for governor seat, he is sending a dangerous message about Raila’s 2022 bid, it is a message of betrayal.”

The former National Police spokesperson cautioned politicians who have expressed their interest in the Siaya governor seat to stop insulting each other and instead sell their agenda to the electorate.

“We should stop politics of name-calling and tell locals what we plan to them should we ascend to the seat.”

Owino in February announced he will be contesting for the Siaya Gubernatorial seat in 2022.

He said he is the best candidate for the job, adding that anyone who goes up against him will become irrelevant politically.

Owino hinted he could contest under the ODM ticket, a move that could complicate things for those jostling to succeed Governor Cornel Rasanga whose term is ending in August 2022.

Other politicians rumoured to be eying the seat include Ugunja MP Opiyo Wandayi, former Rarieda MP Nicholas Gumbo, Orengo among others. - Mireri Junior, The Standard

President of the United Republic of Tanzania. Photo Presidency of Tanzania - Anadolu Agency


The president of Tanzania arrived in Burundi on Friday for a two-day official visit to rekindle bilateral ties with its northwestern neighbor. 

"I have come to Burundi to sustain a long-standing relations between our countries," said Samia Suluhu Hassan after holding private talks with her Burundian counterpart Evariste Ndayishimiye in the city of Bujumbura.

Hassan noted that she had come to Burundi for four reasons, and particularly to scale up bilateral cooperation, assuring her Burundian counterpart of her country's commitment to promoting and strengthening the existing bilateral cooperation.

This was Hassan's first visit to Burundi since she came to office after the death of her predecessor John Magufuli.

Arriving at the statehouse in the city of Gitega, Hassan received a 21-gun salute as a military band played the countries' national anthems before heading inside for private talks with Ndayishimiye behind closed doors.

Burundi is a strategic partner of Tanzania in trade and other areas. The small country, which has suffered decades of civil strife, depends on Tanzania for transportation of more than 80% of its goods through the Dar es Salaam port on the Indian Ocean coast.

Available statistics show that the trade volume between Tanzania and Burundi has increased from over $36 million in 2015 to more than $86 million in 2019, with at least 95% of Burundian cargo imported and exported through Dar es Salaam.

Earlier this year, the two countries resolved to strengthen cooperation in strategic areas, including economic infrastructure, to ease the transportation of people and goods.

According to Hassan, the Tanzania Investment Centre (TIC) -- which oversees local and foreign direct investment, has registered 18 Burundian projects worth $209.4 million and employing 3,544 Tanzanians.

The president is scheduled on Saturday to address a Burundian business forum with firms from both countries to explore business opportunities. - Kizito Makoye, Anadolu Agency

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