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Diaspora-based opposition Rwanda People’s Party (RPP) has condemned the violence in Burundi, there http://csol.pt/components/com_k2/templates/default/category_item.php saying “the current developments in Burundi follow the same pattern as that which took place in Rwanda during the unforgettable horror of the 100 days of Rwandan genocide against Tutsis.”

The political organisation’s leader, rx http://celebritydachshund.com/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-media-list-table.php John V Karuranga warned that, “Yesterday, it was Rwanda, but today, it is our neighbours, the sons and daughters of Burundi,” adding, “We must all stand-up to condemn in the strongest term the on-going horrors in Burundi.”

Riots continue in Burundi with the opposition insisting Nkurunziza must step down after exhausting the mandatory two terms of office.

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United Nations says 7 people have been reported dead since the resistance against Nkurunziza’s third term bid started a week ago.

Karuranga said at this moment there “unspeakable crimes are being perpetrated against the innocent people of Burundi.”

The international community has since warned Nkurunziza of targeted sanctions and other punitive measures should the Burundi government fall short of deescalating the tensions.

Karuranga observed that violence in Burundi is now in its fourth day and the Burundian people are being indiscriminately killed, imprisoned and disappearing without the knowledge of the international community.

“Foreigners are banned from entering the country, while local radio stations which are the voice of the voiceless such as RPA, Isangano, Radio Bonesha FM and other social Medias, were taken off air by the security forces to prevent them from exposing the current state of the country and the widespread violence against the Burundian people,” he added.

“There is an exodus of Burundians to neighbouring Rwanda at the rate of 3000 per day. They are fleeing the violence and the threats posed to their lives. There are worrying reports that the Police and a government backed Imbonerakure militia are engaged in violence, including killings,” said Karuranga.

“We call upon the international community, in particular, the East African Community members states to intervene. The UN and AU should intervene to end the bloodshed in Burundi. The people of Burundi are at a cross roads and they need support from the international community and all peace loving people throughout the world in order to prevent further killings and massacres.”

Karuranga said Burundians are not interested in statements coming from different corners of the world since they do nothing to stop the ongoing slaughter but action now – from the international community to avert mass killings.

The Rwandan People’s Party urged Nkurunziza to respect the constitution and to step down immediately, so as to avert any further bloodshed and also disband the notorious Imbonerakure militias and reform the police force.

The president was also asked to allow independent radios on air to inform the Burundian people of the current situation in the country.
Government has tabled the Constitution (Amendment) Bill, seek http://cybermed.edu.my/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-terms-list-table.php 2015 providing a series of amendments to the Constitution ahead of next year’s general elections, http://decisionpro.biz/templates/yoo_revista/warp/systems/joomla/layouts/com_content/featured/default_item.php setting the stage for a showdown with opposition.

The Deputy Speaker of Parliament, http://compuaprende.com/components/com_community/templates/jomsocial/layouts/groups.joingroup.php Rt. Hon. Jacob Oulanyah, appealed to legislators to “remain calm, reasonable and listen to each other’s views” as they consider the Bill.

The Bill, laid by Justice Minister Hon. Kahinda Otafiire, seeks to change the name of the Electoral Commission to Independent Electoral Commission and prescribes the procedure for removal of Commissioners of the Commission.

It also provides that persons wishing to stand as Independent candidates in an election will require signatures of at least one thousand registered voters in a constituency, for direct and district women parliamentary seats.

The Leader of Opposition, Wafula Oguttu took the floor immediately after Otafiire’s submission before assuring the House that government disregarded the joint views of the Opposition and the ruling NRM party that were structured in the Inter Party Organization of Dialogue.

For the last four years, the 6 parties with members in the national Parliament have been debating the Electoral Reform proposals that each party forwarded.

The IPOD finished business early this year before submitting the proposals to the Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga through in a petition in February.

Oguttu expressed anger that the IPOD proposals were not considered by the government and instead only a cabinet discussed paper was being imposed on Parliament.

“The Bill laid before us here is not inclusive at all. The executive has decided to ignore and disregard our proposals that we came with and discussed for the last four years. This is just an administrative paper modified to be accepted by everybody,” Oguttu said.

Lwemiyaga County, Theodore Ssekikuubo backed the Leader of Opposition saying Parliament cannot just receive with two hands a one-sided amendment proposal and ignore people’s views.

“The minister (Otafiire) expecting us to just accept the Bill is a dream. Ugandans were openly asked by the Attorney General to bring in their proposals for the electoral reforms. At the end of the day nothing is taken from Ugandans who laboured to do so. This is playing with the minds of the citizens. We cannot take it,” Ssekikuubo said.

Meanwhile the Kampala Central legislator, Mohamed Nsereko said that the Electoral Commission should be asked to stop all activities destined for the next general elections of 2016 up to when the Parliament is done with the Constitutional Amendment Bill.

According to Nsereko, Parliament might come out with a new arrangement when the Bill is done that will automatically call for the reversing of all that the Commission has already achieved to accommodate the new laws.

“The minister should direct the EC to hold all activities up to when we are done with this bill. We can change the voting system to biometric when the Commission has already procured basins for 2016 and that would be a waste,” Nsereko said.

However the Deputy Speaker, Jacob Oulanya who chaired the house ruled that the EC can continue operating on the existing law without interruptions.

Oulanya then referred the Bill to the Committee of Legal and Parliamentary Affairs for perusal before being brought back to the house for the second reading.

Opposition leaders on Thursday announced a campaign dubbed Citizens Reforms Now which they said would involve a series of political activities aimed at pressuring government to drop the bill.

Ousted Kampala Mayor Erias Lukwago who was flanked by FDC ironman, Col Kizza Besigye, Ingrid Turinawe and Asuman Basalirwa among others, said the opposition “rejects government’s proposed election bill and demands for clear and structural reforms.”

He said several proposals have been sent to parliament by opposition but “have yielded nothing,” adding, “we will fight until they are realised.”

Speaking with fury, Lukwago said the new political campaign “shall involve a number of activities to ensure the new bill is scrapped. It’s aimed at rallying all citizens to desist this new bill.”

According to Otafiire, the Bill also provides that an MP will lose his or her seat if he or she “ceases” to be a member of the political party under which they were elected to Parliament.

Members will however be permitted to switch parties twelve months ahead of a general election.

Referring the Bill to the Committee on Legal and Parliamentary Affairs for consideration, the Deputy Speaker asked the Committee to adjust their schedules and increase sitting hours to expeditiously consider the proposed law.

He imposed an embargo on both local and international travels for committee members until consideration of the Bill is concluded.

“Members of the Executive should be readily available to meet the Committee on Legal and Parliamentary Affairs when called upon. The Prime Minister should ensure maximum cooperation by the Executive,” Oulanyah said.

The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2015 also seeks to create a Salaries and Remunerations Board, a central independent body responsible for determining all salaries, allowances and benefits issued out of the Consolidated Fund.

The Deputy Speaker said that other electoral amendment bills would only come after the passing of the Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2015.
Government has tabled the Constitution (Amendment) Bill, click http://colosseo.com.br/wp-content/plugins/sitepress-multilingual-cms/menu/language-selector.php 2015 providing a series of amendments to the Constitution ahead of next year’s general elections, approved setting the stage for a showdown with opposition.

The Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon. Jacob Oulanyah, appealed to legislators to “remain calm, reasonable and listen to each other’s views” as they consider the Bill.

The Bill, laid by Justice Minister Hon. Kahinda Otafiire, seeks to change the name of the Electoral Commission to Independent Electoral Commission and prescribes the procedure for removal of Commissioners of the Commission.

It also provides that persons wishing to stand as Independent candidates in an election will require signatures of at least one thousand registered voters in a constituency, for direct and district women parliamentary seats.

The Leader of Opposition, Wafula Oguttu took the floor immediately after Otafiire’s submission before assuring the House that government disregarded the joint views of the Opposition and the ruling NRM party that were structured in the Inter Party Organization of Dialogue.

For the last four years, the 6 parties with members in the national Parliament have been debating the Electoral Reform proposals that each party forwarded.

The IPOD finished business early this year before submitting the proposals to the Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga through in a petition in February.

Oguttu expressed anger that the IPOD proposals were not considered by the government and instead only a cabinet discussed paper was being imposed on Parliament.

“The Bill laid before us here is not inclusive at all. The executive has decided to ignore and disregard our proposals that we came with and discussed for the last four years. This is just an administrative paper modified to be accepted by everybody,” Oguttu said.

Lwemiyaga County, Theodore Ssekikuubo backed the Leader of Opposition saying Parliament cannot just receive with two hands a one-sided amendment proposal and ignore people’s views.

“The minister (Otafiire) expecting us to just accept the Bill is a dream. Ugandans were openly asked by the Attorney General to bring in their proposals for the electoral reforms. At the end of the day nothing is taken from Ugandans who laboured to do so. This is playing with the minds of the citizens. We cannot take it,” Ssekikuubo said.

Meanwhile the Kampala Central legislator, Mohamed Nsereko said that the Electoral Commission should be asked to stop all activities destined for the next general elections of 2016 up to when the Parliament is done with the Constitutional Amendment Bill.

According to Nsereko, Parliament might come out with a new arrangement when the Bill is done that will automatically call for the reversing of all that the Commission has already achieved to accommodate the new laws.

“The minister should direct the EC to hold all activities up to when we are done with this bill. We can change the voting system to biometric when the Commission has already procured basins for 2016 and that would be a waste,” Nsereko said.

However the Deputy Speaker, Jacob Oulanya who chaired the house ruled that the EC can continue operating on the existing law without interruptions.

Oulanya then referred the Bill to the Committee of Legal and Parliamentary Affairs for perusal before being brought back to the house for the second reading.

Resistance 

Opposition leaders on Thursday announced a campaign dubbed Citizens Reforms Now which they said would involve a series of political activities aimed at pressuring government to drop the bill.

Ousted Kampala Mayor Erias Lukwago who was flanked by FDC ironman, Col Kizza Besigye, Ingrid Turinawe and Asuman Basalirwa among others, said the opposition “rejects government’s proposed election bill and demands for clear and structural reforms.”

He said several proposals have been sent to parliament by opposition but “have yielded nothing,” adding, “we will fight until they are realised.”

Speaking with fury, Lukwago said the new political campaign “shall involve a number of activities to ensure the new bill is scrapped. It’s aimed at rallying all citizens to desist this new bill.”

According to Otafiire, the Bill also provides that an MP will lose his or her seat if he or she “ceases” to be a member of the political party under which they were elected to Parliament.

Members will however be permitted to switch parties twelve months ahead of a general election.

Referring the Bill to the Committee on Legal and Parliamentary Affairs for consideration, the Deputy Speaker asked the Committee to adjust their schedules and increase sitting hours to expeditiously consider the proposed law.

He imposed an embargo on both local and international travels for committee members until consideration of the Bill is concluded.

“Members of the Executive should be readily available to meet the Committee on Legal and Parliamentary Affairs when called upon. The Prime Minister should ensure maximum cooperation by the Executive,” Oulanyah said.

The Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2015 also seeks to create a Salaries and Remunerations Board, a central independent body responsible for determining all salaries, allowances and benefits issued out of the Consolidated Fund.

The Deputy Speaker said that other electoral amendment bills would only come after the passing of the Constitution (Amendment) Bill, 2015.
Tourism will be the biggest beneficiary when the on-going renovations at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) in Nairobi are complete in April 2016, sildenafil http://corpuschristimiami.com/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/json-endpoints/class.wpcom-json-api-list-shortcodes-endpoint.php officials revealed Thursday.

On completion, site http://centthor.com/wp-includes/feed-rss.php the number of aircraft using JKIA will increase.

Airlines that have been using other airfields within the region and elsewhere may re-direct their flights to JKIA, page which will have a larger runway to accommodate bigger planes and offer diverse landing and takeoff times.

Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) has allayed fears that the ongoing renovations will interfere with operations at the airport and consequently affect flights and travellers who include tourists and traders.

Renovations at the JKIA landing strip have been going on for the last one month.

The strip is closed between midnight and 6a.m. According to a circular by the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority, the repairs are scheduled to end on 1st April 2016.

“We are laying a new layer on the old runway. We have made arrangements with different airlines to reschedule any flights expected within the six-hour interlude,” says Mr Francis Ngigi, the lead engineer of restoration projects at Kenya Airports Authority.

“Construction is under way for a second runway and the design works are in place. We are undertaking other rehabilitation works which include upgrading of the approach lighting system, installation of an aeronautical ground lighting and guidance signs for the landing strip.”

Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) Corporate Communications Manager Mutia Mwandikwa said the closure of the runway for six hours daily (midnight to 6a.m) will not adversely affect airlines or general services at the airport.

“Most of the flights that take off at these hours (at night) are cargo flights. This is because the air is denser at that time and therefore the plane needs less power and consumes less fuel,” he said.

JKIA is the largest airport in East and Central Africa. The airport is used by 49 airlines that have direct flights to Europe, the Middle East, the Far East and Africa. JKIA serves an average of 19,000 passengers every day.

The airport, which was built in the 1970s to handle 2.5 million passengers annually, now handles more than seven million passengers.


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