Crime & Investigation

NRM Primaries: Police Set Up Social Media Monitoring Team

Police Spokesperson, Fred Enanga

African badminton number one seed, discount Edwin Ekiring settled for the second place in the just concluded 2015 Morocco Badminton International Championship after losing 14-21 and 11-21 to 25-year old Portuguese Pedro Martins.

Ekiring who entered the championship as the top seed strolled to the finals after seeing of Egyptian Ali Ahmed EL Khateeb 21-15, 21-15 in the last eight and American Bjorn Seguin in the semis.

“The tournament was good generally though i lost in the Finals to Pedro Martins Of Portugal in 2 sets of 14-21 And 11-21.  Not very good news  like i hoped. I Tried but he was much better,” Ekiring told ChimpSport after the game.

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Ekiring returns to action on Tuesday 27th October against Danish veteran Hans-Kristian Vittinghus in the  Bitburger open in Saarbrucken, Germany.
The African Development Bank (AfDB) has disclosed that it will work with partners to leverage $3 billion in financing for women farmers, capsule agribusinesses and other women-owned enterprises.

“This will be achieved through the establishment of a US $300-million facility to de-risk financing to women owned-businesses by commercial banks and microfinance institutions, page ” the AfDB President said.

This was said during a three-day high-level conference on Africa’s agricultural transformation, there which ended in Dakar, Senegal, on Friday.

The adoption of an action plan and wide-ranging partnerships to transform African agriculture into viable agri-business were the main outcomes of the conference.

Among the decisions taken by the Finance and Agriculture Ministers, and Central Bank Governors who attended the conference, is to scale up nutrition programs across Africa to end malnutrition and hunger.

The program, Akinwumi Adesina, President of African Development Bank said, will involve establishing a strategic partnership with President Obama’s Feed the Future Initiative, Grow Africa of the World Economic Forum, the Big Win Philanthropy, the FAO, Scaling Up Nutrition, the World Food Program, as well as the private sector, to deploy innovative approaches to addressing malnutrition.

The conference also approved a list of organizations to lead initiatives aimed at raising agricultural productivity across the continent, in close partnership with the African Development Bank, the World Bank and development partners.

These include; the Forum for African Agricultural Research, the Consultative Group on International Agricultural Research, the Alliance for a Green Revolution in Africa, as well as national agricultural research systems.

The Bank will also triple its climate financing to US $5 billion annually by 2020 by working closely with the African Union, the African Ministerial Conference on the Environment, the United Nations Environmental Program and the G7 for the establishment of the Africa Renewable Energy Initiative.

In addition, the Bank will support African countries to have access to the Africa Risk Capacity to manage climate-related catastrophic challenges.

Under the plan, Central Banks in Africa will set aside special funds to allow farmers to access credit at reduced interest rates and as well for long-term agricultural loans with longer-term maturity.
In the wake of the postponement of the NRM primaries from today Monday to Tuesday, remedy the police spokesperson Fred Enanga has revealed that the force has set up a social media monitoring team to respond to cyber offences, ailment Chimp Corps report.

The NRM primaries for Members of Parliament and district Local Council Five Chairmen were postponed to allow adequate preparation for the exercise, according to officials.

Addressing journalists on Monday morning, Enanga said they anticipate violence during the elections hence deploying in hotspot areas throughout the country.

“We have set up the team to help closely monitor what is happening on social media as it might be used as a tool for propaganda and hate speech that would lead to violence,” Enanga warned.

“It will be used to gather intelligence information and also alert our officers about any messages intended to cause violence during the primaries,” he added.

“We have officers who will be stationed to monitor social media offences like cyber bullying, blackmail and hate speech.”

Enanga said areas like Bundibugyo, Kibaale, Budaka, Kayunga, Aleptong, Hoima, Makindye and Butaleja among others have been identified as hotspots in the primaries.

“We are however continuously monitoring and reviewing for reinforcement in all areas around the country to ensure the primaries are violence free,” Enanga said.

Police also warned against voter bribery and hiring vigilante groups to wreak havoc during the electoral exercise.


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