Britain Appoints New Ambassador to Kenya

Nicolas (Nic) James Hailey

Uganda’s political opposition is planning a string of violent protests to disrupt Pope Francis’ visit in November this year, sick police have warned.

“The Police have received information that a group of political activists, their proponents and sponsors have adopted an anti-police campaign as a technique to score cheap propaganda points in the forthcoming 2016 several elections; and also part of their bigger plan to disrupt the papal visit to Uganda in November, 2015,” said police publicist Fred Enanga at a press conference on Monday.

“The campaign involves manipulating information to portray the Police as brutal, partisan for which the Police must fight against; and this create an atmosphere that is severe, strong, violent and systematically targeting the Police,” he added.

The warning comes against the backdrop of the circulation of pictures of a female political activist allegedly undressed by police along Masaka-Mbarara road.

Pope Francis arrives in Uganda on November 27 at the International Airport of Entebbe.

The historic trip is expected to attract millions of people from different parts of the world to Uganda.

In Uganda, Pope Francis will pay a courtesy visit to the President at the State House in Entebbe where he will as well meet with Public Authorities and Diplomatic Corps in the Conference Hall.

The heath of the Catholic Church will subsequently visit Munyonyo to meet Catechists and Teachers before heading to the Anglican Shrine of the Martyrs of Namugongo on Nov. 28.

He will visit the Catholic Shrine of the Martyrs of Namugongo and preside over Holy Mass for the Martyrs of Uganda in the area of the Catholic Shrine.

It is from there that Pope Francis will meet with the young people at Kololo Air Strip in Kampala and later pay a visit to the Charitable Centre of Nalukolongo.

In the afternoon, Pope Francis will meet with the Bishops of Uganda at the Archbishop’s House and Priests, Men and Women Religious and Seminarians gathered in the Cathedral.

Enanga warned that the plots and conspiracies to disrupt the Pope’s visit will be thwarted; adding police are committed to promoting rule of law, peace and stability.

“We would meanwhile, want to warn those unpatriotic Ugandans that would wish to mix politics with our nation’s security that anarchy and recklessness through suffocating the media and the public with falsehoods will fail as no political mileage can ever be achieved by triggering violence and chaos,” said Enanga.
In the latest step to spearhead the local innovation ecosystem, recipe MTN Uganda on Tuesday announced the first ever MTN Innovation Awards, erectile a platform through which MTN and its partners will recognize outstanding mobile and desktop applications developed locally as well as outstanding individuals and organizations that are leading the development of ground breaking innovations in the country.

According to the Telecom, viagra the awards, grouped into eight categories, will recognize and award outstanding applications in the fields of health, education, financial services, SME solutions and Enterprise development.

MTN will further recognize the outstanding Woman in Innovation, most innovative Mobile App, and the Innovation Achiever of the year, through these awards

The awards, according to MTN Uganda’s Chief Marketing Officer, Mapula Bodibe, are part of MTN’s commitment to enabling, leading and supporting a technology-driven economy.

“Through initiatives like the MTN App Challenge – held in May 2015 – and the recently concluded MTN Juniors’ Robotics Camp, MTN Uganda strives to be a key driver and supporter to shaping Uganda’s future in technology and innovation. It is with this vision in mind that the leading telco in Ugandais launching the MTN Innovation Awards,” she said.

The awards are open for applications and solutions that have existed on the market for at least one year.

“With the MTN Innovation Awards, we would like to recognize creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship amongst participants. We shall be looking out for applications that have already been launched independently and have been used in the market with measurable impact,” Bodibe added.

She also explained that the applications must address a problem or opportunity as defined in the respective Award category.

The Outstanding Woman in Innovation and Innovation Achiever of the Year awards will recognize individuals or organizations that have been in the innovation space for at least 4 years. The individuals/organizations must have implemented impactful initiatives using technology that are still actively running and have had positive results.

Winners will be selected by a panel of judges and announced at the Awards Gala Dinner on November 13, 2015.

They will receive several prizes including a cash prize of $1,000.

Award Categories include;

Best Health Application

Best Education Application

Best Financial Services Application

Best SME Application

Best Enterprise Effort to support Innovation

Most Innovative Mobile App

Outstanding Woman in Innovation

Innovation Achiever of the Year.
The Uganda Police Force have ruled out any acts of racial segregation in the murder of one Michael Fernandez, patient an Indian who was on Friday attacked by thugs while returning home.

According to police publicist Fred Enanga, malady Fernandez who was in company of three others, page was by iron-bar hit-men who pounced on him while the rest scampered for their lives.

“They were returning home at around 11:30 pm when they were raided by thugs and the Indians ran for their dear lives. Meanwhile, the hit men chased Fernandez as they demanded for money and hit him on the head,” Enanga told journalists on Monday morning in Kampala.

The police publicist said they arrived a few minutes at the scene a few minutes after the incident but that the victim had been rushed to hospital where he was pronounced dead on arrival.

“We regret the incident and have put full resources in the investigation of the matter but we rule out any act of racial segregation to the Indian community in Uganda,” Enanga said.

“The incident was an isolated case perpetuated by a gang of iron bar thugs who target victims in vulnerable situations but not motivated by color, race or skin complexion.”

Enanga said that the body of the deceased has been flown back to India for burial and the police have released a preliminary report to the Indian community.

He emphasised that investigations are in high gear to apprehend the suspects in the murder.

He said Police’s Flying Squad have obtained leads on perpetuators of the crime who are suspected of operating from the suburbs of Kamwokya, Kisaasi and Kyanja up to Kalerwe.

He cautioned the public against moving in isolated areas most especially at night.

Mr. Nicolas (Nic) James Hailey has been appointed British High Commissioner to the Republic of Kenya.

He will be responsible for the direction and work of the High Commission and its Deputy High Commissions, what is ed including political work, trade, investment, press and cultural relations, visa and consular services.

Nic Hailey succeeds Dr. Christian Turner CMG, who will be transferring to another Diplomatic Service appointment.

Mr. Hailey, who will take up his appointment in December 2015, is currently the Foreign & Commonwealth Office Director for Africa Directorate, a position he has held since 2013.

Prior to this, Mr. Hailey was the Kabul Deputy Ambassador.

Before taking up his posting in Afghanistan, Mr. Hailey served four years as Counselor for political, economic and public affairs at the British Embassy in Washington.

Outgoing Dr Christian Turner, has been British High Commissioner to Kenya since May 2012.

Prior to taking up his current position, he was Director for the Middle East and North Africa at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office.

In that role he had responsibility for all UK policy towards, and operations in, 19 countries from Morocco to Iran, and led the UK’s response to the Arab Spring.


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