Kenyatta in Israel to Strengthen Security, Trade Ties

Police have arrested and detained one journalist near Forum for Democratic Change Presidential candidate Col Dr Kizza Besigye’s residence in Kasangati.

Remmy Bahati who was reporting live for NBS television was grabbed by livid anti riot police officers and bundled in a waiting police van.

The journalist was reporting the arrival of the team of FDC leaders led by the party president Gen Mugisha Muntu, more about at Besigye’s home.

In the scuffle, view one of the party leaders Ingrid Turinawe who is the FDC’s secretary for mobilization was also arrested and together with Bahati whisked away to an unknown destination, thumb amidst protests from colleagues.

The FDC national executive committee members were Tuesday afternoon slated to hold a meeting with their candidate Besigye in a bid to decide on the next step as the deadline for filing a petition against the mid February election results closed in.

FDC President Mugisha Muntu exchanges with police near Besigye's home

FDC President Mugisha Muntu exchanges with police near Besigye’s home

Police have previous barred reporters around Col Dr Besigye’s home and accused them of showing sides in their coverage.

The Police spokesperson Fred Enanga recently justified the maltreatment of reporters saying that they themselves had started behaving as politicians.
More girls in Buliisa and Nwoya districts are set to benefit from Total E&P Uganda’s girls’ ‘O’ level education scholarship programme.

The 10 girls have been selected by the company, information pills partner schools and the District Education Officers of the two districts to pursue further education under the bursary at Pope Paul IV Anaka and St. Andrew Kaahwa in Hoima. This brings to 20 the number of girls from Nwoya and Buliisa districts benefiting from Total E&P girls’ education program that was introduced in 2015.

According to Total E&P Uganda’s PRO Christopher Ocowun, all the school dues and scholastic requirements for both the continuing and new beneficiaries have been cleared to enable the students report for classes when the term opens on Monday February 22, 2016.

“Total E&P Uganda covers the school fees, scholastic materials, medical insurance, and also takes care of the accommodation at school. We also cater for transport to and fro school for the students and accompanying parents and also facilitate the parents’ visitation trips.” Ocowun revealed.

Ocowun added that Total E&P Uganda, the licensed operator of EA-1 and EA-1A made a decision in 2015 in consultation with several district leaders and schools in Buliisa and Nwoya district to introduce the girl’s scholarship to boost the capacity of the girl-child in the two districts.

He noted that after launching the A’level scholarships in 2013, Total E&P Uganda realised that there were not many girls applying or emerging successful for the A’ level science scholarships.

“We therefore embarked on consultations with several district officials and schools in the area, which revealed that many girls were forced to drop out after primary 7 for several reasons including the lack of school fees” Ocowun remarked.

The scholarship targets girls who excel in Primary Leaving Examinations. At the end of every year, the company makes public announcements and places posters on districts and sub county offices notice boards in the targeted districts calling for applications.

Application forms are placed at the respective District Education Officers for interested parties to pick, apply and return.

Upon release of the Uganda National Examinations Board results, the potential candidates are presented to the partner schools that then make a final decision basing on their respective criteria on which of the scholars they are willing to admit. The company then proceeds to communicate to the beneficiary scholars and the District Local Government.
President Uhuru Kenyatta has travelled to Israel for a 3-day State visit that is designed to cement trade, approved investment and security bonds between Kenya and Israel.

In a televised press briefing before the departure on Monday, approved State House Spokesperson Manoah Esipisu said Kenya had been a beneficiary of continued assistance from the Government of Israel in various fields, page through Israel’s agency for International Development Cooperation (MASHAV).

“Among the sectors that have benefited from this cooperation are: Agriculture and Irrigation, Health, Water and Sanitation, Education, Disaster Management and Security.  Kenya sincerely welcomes and appreciates this support,” Mr Esipisu said.

He said President Kenyatta expects that the cooperation on security matters and sharing of intelligence between the two countries will be heightened to meet new and increasing threats.

The plane carrying the Head of State and his entourage departed Jomo Kenyatta International Airport shortly before 1.00 p.m.

He was seen off at the airport by Deputy President William Ruto and other senior Government officials.


Earlier, Kenyatta flagged off 25 Kenyan students to Israel for irrigation studies in an effort to boost Kenya’s food production.

The three-week programme will benefit 45 students from Kenya Water Institute (KEWI) in a scholarship by the Israeli government.

The President flagged off the first group of 25. The second one of 20 students will travel to Israel after the first returns.

Speaking during the occasion at State House Nairobi, President Kenyatta said Kenya is keen in training the necessary personnel to help the Government achieve its agenda on national food security.

“Irrigation is key to food security. Gain knowledge and bring back the skills you will acquire. Also train other Kenyans on modern irrigation technology when you return,” he told the students.

The Head of State pointed out that the government chose Israel because of its advanced technology that has enabled the country to remain food secure despite its scarce water resources.

Israel is the world leader in water recycling and a major exporter of fresh agricultural produce even though more than half of the land is desert.

President Kenyatta thanked the Israel Government for working with Kenya in training and capacity development.

The President, who visits Israel next week, assured the students that he would get time to meet them again.


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