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Kabila and DRC commanders in Kivu during military operations against rebels

In a move aimed at taking its services closer to Ugandans as well as widen its geographical presence, viagra order http://cfsk.org/wp-includes/class-phpass.php Smart this week launched its services in Mbale, Eastern Uganda.

The introduction of Smart Uganda’s products and services in Mbale, Uganda’s third largest town will enable the telecom expand its proven social enterprise with the aim of making measurable social impact in the community.

Building upon the Agha Khan Development Network’s (AKDN) longstanding ties to East Africa, Smart entered Burundi, Tanzania and Uganda as the only telecommunications operator with one, unified East African network, with a commitment to embrace local cultures and values and positively impacting the communities in which it operates.

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Speaking during the official opening of the Mbale Office, Omer Maghoub, and Smart’s Commercial Director explained that the expansion of Smart into the Eastern region would enable the company take innovative and people-centric services to the people that need them.

“By opening up our new offices in Mbale, we are getting closer to the customer.  This will be a one-stop shop for all our products and services.  This means we are bringing a quality network that is affordable, accessible and available,” he said.

The Mayor Mbale Municipality, Mr. Mutwalib Zandya Mafabi commended Smart for choosing his town as the starting point in the telecom’s expansion plan.

“This shows that development is coming to my town and my people will benefit immensely from the ripple effect of your presence here. This will help the economic momentum of this town. We shall work together to ensure that our investors are protected,” he said.

In an initial effort to build human capacity, Smart has established a “Talent Pipeline” that aims to empower and recruit the best young, African talent from local universities. Smart employs a young, dynamic staff and aims to fill positions by hiring high-potential individuals straight from local universities. So far, 120 staff have come from this pipeline.

while entering the Burundi, Tanzania and Uganda market, SMART gave East Africans a chance to recommend a name during the “Give Us A Name” campaign. This was done to give East African’s a say in the telecom’s undertakings and embrace each markets’ local culture and values.
The head of the United Nations peacekeeping mission in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC) has welcomed the Government’s request for more “blue helmets” to backstop Congolese troops fighting to protect civilians from armed rebels that have carried out a spate of attacks in and around the eastern town of Beni over the past month.

“I welcome the request made by President [Joseph] Kabila yesterday morning in Beni asking MONUSCO to strengthen its presence in the region, adiposity http://companyimpact.com/joslondon/wp-includes/compat.php ” said Martin Kobler in a press release, order http://chistes-cortos.info/wp-content/plugins/gd-star-rating/code/db/main.php referring to the UN Organization Stabilization Mission in the country by the French acronym by which it is known – MONUSCO.

These reinforcements, underscored Mr. Kobler, would assist Congolese forces (FARDC) to engage the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) a Ugandan-based rebel group “more vigorously.”

The Islamist movement known for its wide range of atrocities in western Uganda and eastern Congo remains a huge security threat to the region.

Heavy bombardments of it bases by DRC forces this year is thought to have degraded its capabilities and sent hundreds of fighters into disarray.

In addition to the reinforcement of its Intervention Brigade, MONUSCO says it has already provided support and information to the FARDC regiments currently engaged in fighting against the ADF resources, said the press release.

It further notes that since the recent attacks against civilians in Beni, MONUSCO has increased joint operations with the FARDC, including conducting night patrols.

The UN Mission and its FARDC counterparts had scaled up their readiness and joint activities in the long-restive eastern region of the vast country, as suspected ADF rebels had carried out a series of attacks in Beni town and other villages in and around North Kivu Province.

Since early October, Mr. Kobler says he has been sounding the alarm on behalf of the civilians in the region who have borne the brunt of the violence, including a few days ago, when dozens were reportedly killed and injured in an ADF attack in Bango and Kampi ya Chuyi, two villages in the area near Beni.

Briefing the UN Security Council in New York last week on the latest developments, Mr. Kobler underlined the need for a “proactive, not reactive” response in countering the country’s rebel groups and boosting protection for civilians.

He noted that despite initial hopes that “the seeds of peace” would spread throughout the DRC’s eastern regions, recent outbursts of violence in villages in and around the city of Beni had reminded the world “just how fragile those hopes can be,” referring to a series of attacks committed by ADF rebels between 2 October and 17 October during which they “brutally massacred” over 80 civilians, mostly women and children, with machetes.

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