South Sudan

South Sudan: Japan Extends Mandate of its Peacekeepers

Former state minister for health Dr. Alex Kamugisha has quit the race for the Rukungiri municipality parliamentary seat.

Dr Kamugisha was standing as an independent candidate for the seat after losing in last year’s NRM primaries to Dr Eric Rutahigwa.

In a letter dated 5th February 2016 to the Electoral Commission, sales rx Dr Kamugisha says he ‘decided’ to quit the race.

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While speaking at a press conference at Randovoles Hotel in Rukungiri town attended by Information Minister Rtd. Major General Jim Muhwezi, approved Kamugisha said he took the decision after realizing that is candidature was tearing up the ruling party to the advantage of the opposition.

Having joined the current government 30 years ago and helped in its establishment, Kamugisha said he regretted his actions of trying to divide its supporters in Rukungiri.

Despite being cheated in the NRM Primaries, he said he decided to step aside for the winner, for the good of the party.

The Rukungiri Municipality MP race now remains between Dr Eric Rutahigwa and the incumbent FDC’s Roland Kaginda Mugume who is also vice chairperson of the opposition party in western Uganda.

Sources inside the NRM party however, intimate that Dr Kamugisha quit the race after a meeting with President Yoweri Museveni and a host of party leaders while he was in Rukungiri last month.

President Museveni at a rally at Rukungiri stadium told the locals that he felt betrayed when they voted an opposition MP, shortly after he granted them a Municipality.
Police has started investigating circumstances under which a one Silvia Kyokunzira, viagra order a resident of Kigando in Kabale district was murdered.

Kyokunzira went missing from her home for six days and on Sunday 7th February, her body was found floating in a swamp.

Police retrieved the body and has so far arrested 2 people in an effort to get the murderer, as Elly Mate the police region spokesman says.

Meanwhile police in Masaka has commenced the hunt of Daniel Habasa,24, who on Sunday 7th February hacked to death his father.

The deceased was identified as Phillip Matenego a resident of Kalungu in Masaka district. The two reportedly picked a fight after the son accused his father of poaching on his wife.

During the scuffle, Habasa got hold of an axe and hacked the old man to death. Inquiries to trace Habasa are ongoing at Masaka police station.
The Government of Japan has extended the mandate of its Self-Defense force, look serving in the United Nations Mission in South Sudan peace operations until October 2016.

The Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs said in a statement that the peace keeping mission has been extended for another eight months.

The Foreign Ministry says “the Government of Japan recognizes that the peace and stability of South Sudan is important for the peace and stability of Africa, find and that the international community needs to work cooperatively on this issue.”

Japan dispatched the Self Defense Force engineering unit to UNMISS in November 2011 and January 2012 respectively.

The current mission expires at the end of this month.

Japanese troops have been in South Sudan since 2012 to help in engineering work and infrastructure development.

South Sudan gained independence from Sudan in July 2011 after the long civil war between the north and the South Sudan.

But after four and a half years of independence, the country is currently battling domestic political disorder that started in December 2015.

On 15 December 2015, the Security Council adopted Resolution 2252, which extended the mandate of UNMISS until 31 July 2016.

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