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Amb. Dr. Richard Sezibera, EAC Secretary General (left), being greeted upon arrival to NM-AIST grounds by the Institution’s Vice Chancellor, Prof. Burton Mwamila

EALA Speaker, see Rt. Hon Daniel Fred Kidega has urged Parliamentarians and Parliaments to concert individual and collective efforts in ensuring countries undertake more humane and smarter migration.

This, decease he said during the 133rd Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) General Assembly which commenced in Geneva, information pills Switzerland with sustained calls for fairer and more humane migration.

Held under the theme, “The moral and economic imperative for fairer, smarter and more human migration”, the General Assembly brings together over 50 Speakers and 600 Members of Parliament, from 130 Parliaments.

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Addressing the Assembly, Kidega said that migration was a predominant and persistent characteristic of humanity, and that it occupied a central place in human history and current affairs.

He pushed for the uptake of the Political Federation in the East African region saying such move would demystify the refugees’ problem.

“At worst, under the Political Federation, we can only be talking about internally displaced persons and not refugees,” he remarked.

The EALA Speaker further said Parliamentarians need to focus on the migration challenge by probing the root causes of international migration, particularly global processes that are unprecedented in their power to encourage the crossing of borders.

He noted that insecurities in the neighboring countries of the EAC similarly resulted in the migration inflows and the refugees’ problem arising from instability in Somalia, South Sudan, DRC and Burundi was larger than anticipated a few years ago.

The Speaker said the EAC was working towards attaining a sustainable and stable region that boosts and respects the UN agenda, particularly on matters of peace, development, challenge of migration and human rights.

The Speaker is leading a delegation of EALA, consisting of Hon Straton Ndikuryayo and two EALA staff.

Also in attendance are top leaders of the Parliaments of Uganda, Rwanda, Kenya and Burundi.

The issue of humane migration is taking central stand following the recent Syrian crisis among others.

According to the IPU, although the more than 230 million migrants, refugees and asylum seekers in the world today represent a small percentage of the global population.

The President of IPU, Hon Saber Chowdhury said it was necessary for IPU to consider better migration in order to impact on people’s lives.
Opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) will on Wednesday take on the Inspector General of Police (IGP), healing Kale Kayihura, buy information pills the Attorney General and the Chairman Electoral Commission (EC) chief Eng Badru Kiggundu in courts of law for jeopardizing the election period in the country.

“On Wednesday, illness one of our Electoral commissioners (Michael Kabaziguruka) will be appearing in the High Court before Justice Kabiito on behalf of the party,” revealed the party Spokesperson, Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda at a weekly press briefing on Monday at Najjanankumbi.

“Specifically, you have all seen the Electoral Commission deliberately misinterpreting Section 3 of the Presidential Elections Act as regards to consultations by presidential aspirants and authorities hide under that to say that if you are a presidential aspirant, you can’t hold rallies and as well mobilize,” Ssemujju noted.

Kiggundu recently told the media that campaign activities must wait until presidential candidates are nominated in November.

“Some aspirants are turning consultative meetings into open campaigns and rallies contrary to the law,” said Kiggundu recently.

“At this phase of the electoral period, there are no presidential candidates and therefore campaigns are not allowed. There are only presidential aspirants who are allowed to carry out consultative meetings.”

In the meantime, the FDC mouthpiece observed that Kayihura has also been seen “deliberately misinterpreting the Public Order and Management Act by refusing opposition politicians from conducting any mobilizations.”

Police maintain the political parties must follow the roadmap issued by the EC and also liaise with the law enforcement body to conduct peaceful rallies.

But Ssemujju said FDC has asked court to first of all “declare the interpretations and actions of Kayihura unconstitutional and the hearing of this case kicks off on Wednesday.”

Meanwhile, FDC leaders are set to hold a consultative meeting in Katonga on Monday afternoon to take a final decision on to which date the party’s flag-bearer Dr Kizza Besigye will be nominated by the EC.

FDC had booked November 3 only for EC to reveal that NRM had already reserved the said date.

“We are to decide on the time since we want so much to avoid the final day,” said Ssemujju.
The Secretary General of the East African Community (EAC), no rx Amb. Dr. Richard Sezibera, on Friday paid a courtesy visit to the Nelson Mandela African Institution of Science and Technology (NM-AIST).

Based in Arusha, Tanzania, NM-AIST is in a network of Pan-African Institutions of Science and Technology located across Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA).

He was accompanied by Mr. Aloysius Chebet, EAC Principle Education Officer and Ms. Alice Maro, EAC Communications Expert.

Amb. Dr. Richard Sezibera,  Prof. Burton Mwamila (second left), Aloysius Chebet, EAC Principle Education Officer (second right) and Prof. Lughano Kusiluka (far left) in a group photo

Amb. Dr. Richard Sezibera, Prof. Burton Mwamila (second left), Aloysius Chebet, EAC Principle Education Officer (second right) and Prof. Lughano Kusiluka (far left) in a group photo

At the occasion, Prof. Burton Mwamila, NN-AIST Vice Chancellor, expressed his gratitude to the Secretary General for taking time to visit to the Institution.

During his keynote address Amb. Sezibera commended the Government of Tanzania for investing in the establishment of the Nelson Mandela Institution.

He further urged leaders of other EAC Partner States to also support NM-AIST, so as to further develop it into a Regional hub where brilliant and great minds of East African sons and daughters can experiment and transform their innovative ideas into real solutions.

The Secretary General revealed that the number of science and engineering graduates in Africa, is currently standing at 35 scientists and engineers per million inhabitants.

He attributed this low figure to the ever-growing brain drain of the well-educated and skilled populations, as well as to the low GDP spending by African governments on Research and Development (R&D).

“Only three countries in Africa spend one percent of their GDP on R&D: Uganda, Malawi and South Africa,” Sezibera said.

Master’s student in Life Sciences (LiSE), Ms. Winfrida Makirita (second left), explaining to the EAC delegation and other observers, about the benefits of medicinal plants

Master’s student in Life Sciences (LiSE), Ms. Winfrida Makirita (second left), explaining to the EAC delegation and other observers, about the benefits of medicinal plants

The Secretary General also had a tour of NM-AIST campus. 


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