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Mr. Felix Kosgey, Cabinet Secretary for Agriculture, Livestock and Fisheries, Kenya, officially addresses participants at the launch of the FishTrade for a Better Future programme on Monday

Prince David Kijanangoma, approved 47, a son of Late Paul Christopher Kijanangoma has disowned King Oyo Nyimba Iguru Rukidi IV before declaring himself king of Tooro, accusing the monarch of falling short of administering the kingdom and fostering prosperity of his subjects.

The Late Paul Christopher Kijanangoma was an uncle of King Oyo.

In a press conference held at Allan Resort Maguru in Fort Portal on Monday, Prince Kijanangoma, of the ruling Babiito dynasty, said he chose to overthrow Oyo “and take over the throne to organize Tooro Kingdom.”

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He said the monarchy was being “dragged on a dangerous path to destruction” by King Oyo.

“Years back King Kazana Duhaga was overthrown because of incompetence by King Nyaika who handed over to Kasagama, later to Rukidi, Kaboyo the father of King Oyo,” said Price Kijanangoma.

He said that the Late King Kaboyo mentioned in his will that when the King does not perform to the people’s expectations he can be disowned and the family of Jimmy Mugenyi, Late Kijanangoma and Stephen Edgar Karamagi (Babiito) can take over the throne.

Prince Kijanangoma said that King Oyo and mother Queen best Kemigisa have failed Tooro kingdom by selling off all kingdom assets including huge chunks of land for personal benefit.

The latest eyebrow-raising developments come against the backdrop of a growing bickering and power struggles in the Tooro palace.

Oyo is being accused of sending more time in Kampala than with his subjects in his kingdom.

“King Oyo has abandoned his palace and opted to stay in Buganda – a foreign kingdom at a time when the kingdom is in a mess. We have engaged our lawyers to go through the legal proceedings and we have already elected the new Tooro Kingdom Parliament. We are just waiting for the date to declare officially and take over the Karuzika (palace) and bring harmony in Tooro Kingdom,” Prince Kijanangoma said.

He said he is ready to work, bring investors and transform the kingdom economically, socially and culturally to people’s expectations.

“I call upon the people of Tooro to remain calm and peaceful and to avoid violence. I’ll engage some state officials to make sure everything becomes peaceful,” he said.

The development comes just months after the Amacumu Nebitara (spears and swords) a radical group and Babiito elders led by Charles Musuga Kamurasi ganged up against King Oyo demanding his return from Kampala to settles with his subjects.

They also accused the queen mother of selling the kingdom land and owning kingdom projects in the names of her Foundation known as Queen Mother Foundation.
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ChimpReports has exclusively learnt that president Kiir is scheduled to travel to the neighbouring Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa today where the dialogue is taking place and his advance teams were scheduled to leave Juba late last night.

Multiple sources at the President’s office and the peace mediator IGAD told this Corp on Tuesday morning that Kiir who has been missing from the talks for the last one week, has finally agreed to join his former deputy turned bloody rival, Dr. Machar to conclude their internal conflict that broke out in late 2013.

“Part of our team is leaving for Addis Ababa tonight and His Excellency (Kiir) shall follow them tomorrow morning. All is set for the meeting,” a source from the President’s office who asked not to be named since he doesn’t speak for the presidency, said.

Meanwhile another source from the regional body IGAD said the meeting between the duo has been scheduled for today and all the principals have committed to attend.

“We are expecting the two principals of the dialogue to appear at the round table to at least bring us to the end of this exhaustive process that we started more than a year ago,” a diplomat from IGAD who also asked not to be named, said on Monday evening.

The South Sudan peace talks that started in late 2013 when the war had just broken out, have been on and off and characterized by many adjournments not to mention boycotts by both sides of the conflict.

IGAD has been given up to March 5 by the funders mainly European Union and the International community to finalize on the peace talks.

Fighting 

Kiir and Machar whose forces fiercely fought on the night of 15th December 2013 after bitterly disagreeing at a ruling SPLM party national conference, met face to face for the first time on May 9, 2014.

They all agreed to resolve the now 15-month old conflict peacefully.

Many agreements mainly on the cessation of hostilities and safe humanitarian passage have been signed and broken by both parties as the war drags on, claiming lives of over 20,000 people and displacing two million internally and 600,000 to neighbouring countries.

One third of the youngest nation’s 12 million people are now relying on aid for basic human needs.

Kiir and Machar were expected to sign the power sharing deal which is the determinant of the talks during the African Union and IGAD`s Heads of State and Government summit that sat early this year in vain.

The contention remains on governance structure, security arrangement and the powers of the First Vice President.

Last week, Machar cried out to President Kiir to meet him for the last round of peace talks in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Regional leaders and the international community have since warned of possible “consequences” which include sanctions should Machar and Kiir fall short of signing and implementing a peace deal.

Addressing the United Nations Security Council last week, UN Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Hervé Ladsous, said the peace talks between both sides have succumbed to “a serious failure of leadership that remains focused on its pursuit for power rather than care of its people.”

“The likelihood of either side softening its stance remains low,” the UN official continued. “In the light of the fragile security environment, the ongoing round of peace talks is not likely to achieve much progress.”

Ladsous said, “There is now an urgent need to reinforce the mediation efforts, as well as to impose consequences on the parties if they fail to show willingness to compromise and continue engaging in a conflict that will result in further loss of innocent lives.

“I urge the Council to consider issuing a strong Presidential Statement calling on the parties to immediately cease all military operations and make the necessary compromises to reach a comprehensive peace agreement during this round of talks, or face the consequences.”
South Sudan President Salva Kiir and rebel movement, illness http://ccimiowa.com/wp-includes/._pluggable-deprecated.php SPLA- In Opposition leader Dr. Riek Machar are set for their last meeting in the peace talks Tuesday, see just hours before the expiry of the negotiation’s time frame.

ChimpReports has exclusively learnt that president Kiir is scheduled to travel to the neighbouring Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa today where the dialogue is taking place and his advance teams were scheduled to leave Juba late last night.

Multiple sources at the President’s office and the peace mediator IGAD told this Corp on Tuesday morning that Kiir who has been missing from the talks for the last one week, has finally agreed to join his former deputy turned bloody rival, Dr. Machar to conclude their internal conflict that broke out in late 2013.

“Part of our team is leaving for Addis Ababa tonight and His Excellency (Kiir) shall follow them tomorrow morning. All is set for the meeting,” a source from the President’s office who asked not to be named since he doesn’t speak for the presidency, said.

Meanwhile another source from the regional body IGAD said the meeting between the duo has been scheduled for today and all the principals have committed to attend.

“We are expecting the two principals of the dialogue to appear at the round table to at least bring us to the end of this exhaustive process that we started more than a year ago,” a diplomat from IGAD who also asked not to be named, said on Monday evening.

The South Sudan peace talks that started in late 2013 when the war had just broken out, have been on and off and characterized by many adjournments not to mention boycotts by both sides of the conflict.

IGAD has been given up to March 5 by the funders mainly European Union and the International community to finalize on the peace talks.

Fighting 

Kiir and Machar whose forces fiercely fought on the night of 15th December 2013 after bitterly disagreeing at a ruling SPLM party national conference, met face to face for the first time on May 9, 2014.

They all agreed to resolve the now 15-month old conflict peacefully.

Many agreements mainly on the cessation of hostilities and safe humanitarian passage have been signed and broken by both parties as the war drags on, claiming lives of over 20,000 people and displacing two million internally and 600,000 to neighbouring countries.

One third of the youngest nation’s 12 million people are now relying on aid for basic human needs.

Kiir and Machar were expected to sign the power sharing deal which is the determinant of the talks during the African Union and IGAD`s Heads of State and Government summit that sat early this year in vain.

The contention remains on governance structure, security arrangement and the powers of the First Vice President.

Last week, Machar cried out to President Kiir to meet him for the last round of peace talks in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia.

Regional leaders and the international community have since warned of possible “consequences” which include sanctions should Machar and Kiir fall short of signing and implementing a peace deal.

Addressing the United Nations Security Council last week, UN Under-Secretary-General for Peacekeeping Operations, Hervé Ladsous, said the peace talks between both sides have succumbed to “a serious failure of leadership that remains focused on its pursuit for power rather than care of its people.”

“The likelihood of either side softening its stance remains low,” the UN official continued. “In the light of the fragile security environment, the ongoing round of peace talks is not likely to achieve much progress.”

Ladsous said, “There is now an urgent need to reinforce the mediation efforts, as well as to impose consequences on the parties if they fail to show willingness to compromise and continue engaging in a conflict that will result in further loss of innocent lives.

“I urge the Council to consider issuing a strong Presidential Statement calling on the parties to immediately cease all military operations and make the necessary compromises to reach a comprehensive peace agreement during this round of talks, or face the consequences.”
A new pan-African project has been launched to strengthen the continent’s great potential for increased trade in fish, doctor http://clipvoice.it/administrator/components/com_users/models/mail.php Chimp Corps report.

Africa, treatment http://crmsoftwareblog.com/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-internal-pointers.php a continent endowed with plentiful fish resources in oceans, rivers, lakes, floodplains and fish farms accounts for just 4.9 percent of global fish trade.

More efficient trade could significantly improve income and nutrition for millions of Africans, particularly those 12.3 million that are directly employed in the fisheries and aquaculture sectors.

Trade is constrained by inadequate market and trade infrastructure and poor policy implementation.

High transport costs, complex and unaligned trade rules and poor market information also prevent Africa from optimizing the social and economic benefits available.

‘FishTrade for a Better Future’, a European Commission funded project implemented by WorldFish, the New Partnership for Africa’s Development (NEPAD) and the African Union Inter-African Bureau for Animal Resources (AU-IBAR) are expected to strengthen value chains and, with a focus on sustainability, give better access to intra-regional markets and subsequently improve food and nutritional security and income in sub-Saharan Africa.

Stephen J Hall, Director General, WorldFish said, “Africa has the potential to develop its fisheries and aquaculture to play a much greater role in promoting food security, providing livelihoods and supporting economic growth.”

He further pointed out that per capita consumption has fallen, despite Africa’s great abundance of aquatic resources and that FishTrade will create the foundations for a more solid, productive and sustainable building-up of this great, continent-wide, resource.

Hamady Diop, Programme Manager Fisheries and Aquaculture, NEPAD said, “Recent years have seen increased growth in aquaculture. FishTrade will provide the opportunity to learn from past successes and failures and governments will be given the right information to be able to create the incentives and infrastructure that investors need to meet local demand and penetrate higher value-added export markets.”

Steve Wathome, Programme Manager, Agriculture and Rural Development Delegation of the European Union to Kenya, European Commission stressed: “The EU is convinced that the Fish Trade programme will significantly contribute towards the fisheries sector in Africa. Trade has been identified as one of the major challenges affecting growth of the fish sector in Africa, with challenges being notable with regard to intra-Africa trade and accessing global markets.”

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Prof.  Ahmed El Sawalhy Director AU-IBAR maintained that trade plays a major role in the fishery industry as a creator of employment, food supplier, income generator, and contributor to economic growth and development in several African countries.

“Domestic and intra-regional trade of fish (both marine and inland waters) is important with great potential for enhancing regional integration and food and nutrition security. However many AU Member States still face several constraints in improving their fish trade and marketing sector. This project will enable alignment of policies at the continental level and open-up fish trade that we believe will have a strong effect on the alleviation of poverty in some of our poorest regions.”

FishTrade will work in four ‘corridors’ to generate information on the structure, products and value of intra-regional fish trade and its contribution to food security in sub-Saharan Africa.

Recommendations will be prepared on policies, fish certification guidelines and quality and safety standards, as well as regulations.

A second stage will focus on strengthening the trade capacities of private sector associations, in particular of women fish processors, women traders and all aquaculture producers, in order for them to make better use of expanding trade opportunities through competitive small- and medium-scale enterprises.

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