Kenya to Host High Profile Global Meeting

Makerere University law don Prof. Busingye Kabumba has criticized the civil society which he accused of ‘doing a disservice’ to Ugandans.

The constitutional law expert made reference to the controversial ‘Topowa’ campaign by Citizens’ Coalition for Electoral Democracy in Uganda (CCEDU) which he said is luring Ugandans to vote despite the absence of favorable conditions for a credible election.

“I have a problem with this Topowa campaign. They campaign against apathy, sildenafil but not knowing that apathy is a form of resistance. Ugandans have a right to boycott an election as a way of showing resistance because their right to vote has been abused for a long time, ” said Kabumba.

Kabumba made the remarks during a discussion on issues arising from the electoral campaigns so far which was organized by African Center for Media Excellency (ACME Uganda) at the National Theatre on Wednesday.

Prof. Kabumba affirmed that the previous elections have demonstrated that the NRM is not capable of organizing free, fair and credible election and therefore the electorate should not expect anything new.

“Historically, all the elections held post-independence serve to explain that Uganda has never had democracy – in fact the democracy in Africa is not organic. We can’t expect the incumbent to hand over power before we deal with the question of the militarization of our politics.”

He challenged the media to be bold enough and highlight the ‘state of abnormality’ in which these elections are being organized.

Political journalist, Charles Odongtho argued that the new crop of journalists covering the 2016 elections lack a historical context and there reporting is shallow on analysis. This according to Odongtho explains why media coverage is focusing less on issues that affect the electorate.

“We have very few journalists who covered the 2011 election and are also covering the on-going campaigns. The new breed of reporters lacks the capability of critically analyzing the issues and put them in historical context. Some get excited and start taking selfies with Presidential candidates,” he observed.

As the 2016 general elections draw closer, it remains contested on whether the media as a key stakeholder has performed fairly to the electorate by expounding and dissecting the promises being made by candidates. The discussion also reflected on the role of traditional and the new emerging media such as social media in shaping the outcomes of the 2016 polls.

Kenya will host the second high-level meeting of the Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation, approved President Uhuru Kenyatta has said.

The President made the announcement at State House, viagra 40mg Nairobi, sickness when he met members of the steering committee who briefed him on the preparation of the meeting slated for November 23-24, 2016.

This will be the first time the meeting is held in Africa.

Kenya will also next year host the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD), another high profile development forum that will attract investment and boost tourism.

The Global Partnership for Effective Development Cooperation is a political forum that brings together governments, bilateral and multilateral organisations, civil society and representatives of parliaments, the private sector, financial institutions and trade unions, among other organisations, to discuss development.

It offers a common approach to development cooperation based on ownership by nations, focus on results, inclusive growth, transparency and accountability.

President Kenyatta expressed optimism that the meeting that next year will consolidate global efforts in poverty alleviation.

He called on all those involved to provide the necessary support to ensure the meeting is successful.

“It is important to cultivate this global approach to addressing challenges including climate change, terrorism and poverty alleviation,” President Kenyatta said.

Dutch Foreign Trade and Development Cooperation Minister Lilliane Ploumen – who is the co-chair of the Nairobi meeting – assured President Kenyatta of her team’s support in ensuring the meeting is successful.

Signing of Sh15 Billion Loan Agreement From China

President Kenyatta also witnessed the signing of three agreements that will see China extend Sh15.241 billion support to Kenya.

Kenyatta witnessed the signing of three agreements that will see China extend Sh15.241 billion support to Kenya

Kenyatta witnessed the signing of three agreements that will see China extend Sh15.241 billion support to Kenya

The agreements – signed by National Treasury Cabinet Secretary Henry Rotich and Chinese Minister for Commerce Gao Hucheng, were on a Sh10.358 billion Concession Loan for the implementation of the National Optic Fibre Backbone Infrastructure Extension Project (NOFBI) Phase Two, Sh4.781 billion grant for the construction of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs headquarters and a Certificate of Acceptance for a $1 million (Sh102 million) grant to support Kenya in hosting the World Trade Organisation meeting which is ongoing.

President Kenyatta expressed the need for a Kenya-China joint ministerial mechanism to monitor projects implemented through their cooperation that are in line with President Xi Jinping’s $60 billion 10-point development plan for Africa announced at the Johannesburg Africa-China Summit.

“This will help ensure better implementation of the projects and give meaning to the Kenya-China partnership,” President Kenyatta said.

He said Kenya was keen on using the grants and interest-free loans provided by China in the modernisation of health equipment and hospitals across the country as well as construction of stadia for the benefit of the young people.

On his part, Mr. Gao said in addition to supporting Kenya in energy, infrastructure, agriculture, education and health, china was also keen on promoting Kenya’s efforts in wildlife protection.


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