UPC President Akena Summoned to Court

UPC President Jimmy Akena

Germany has signed an intergovernmental agreement with the East African Community (EAC) to support regional health programmes.

In total, purchase 30 million Euros (34 million USD) will be invested in vaccines and health supply chain management.

German development cooperation will provide 20 million Euros for the procurement of vaccines against different diseases for children in the EAC. The programme will be implemented in collaboration with GAVI.

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This new commitment will bring Germany’s contribution to regional immunisation programmes with the EAC to 60 million Euros since 2012.

Earlier in 2015, cheap Germany hosted the record replenishment of the global vaccination alliance GAVI. As a result, try an additional 300 million children will receive live-saving vaccines, including in the EAC.

Inappropriate cooling systems result in high volumes of vaccines being wasted before they reach the people that need them.

Germany said this is the reason a grant of 10 million Euros will be made available to support the establishment of the EAC Regional Centre of Excellence for Health Supply Chain Management.

The Centre which will be hosted in Kigali will strengthen capacities and support the management of complex supply systems for health products, such as vaccines that need to be kept cool at all times.

Amb. Dr. Richard Sezibera, Secretary-General of the EAC, and Member of the GAVI Board on Wednesday expressed happiness over the new and existing projects that are being financed by the Government of Germany.

“This assistance for the health sector in the EAC reaffirms Germany’s status as a true friend of the people of East Africa,” said Sezibera.

HE Egon Kochanke, Ambassador at the German Embassy in Tanzania, said: “The new commitments underline that Germany continues to be a strong partner for the EAC, contributing to an integration process that puts the people in the centre.”


GAVI, the Vaccine Alliance is a public-private global health partnership committed to increasing access to immunisation in poor countries.

Gavi brings together developing country and donor governments, the World Health Organization, UNICEF, the World Bank, the vaccine industry in both industrialised and developing countries, research and technical agencies, civil society, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and other private philanthropists.

Accompanying Amb. Kochanke were Ms. Lena Thiede, Counsellor/Head of Regional Cooperation at the German Embassy in Dar es Salaam; Katrin Brandes of KFW, and; Bernd Multhaup, Programme Manager, GIZ.

Others at the function were EAC Deputy Secretary General (Planning and Infrastructure) Dr. Enos Bukuku; Lake Victoria Basin Commission Deputy Executive Secretary Patrice Niyongabo; Counsel to the Community, Dr. Albert Kafumbe, and; the GAVI Special Adviser to the EAC Secretary General, Mr. Stephen Karengera.
Uganda Peoples’ Congress president elect Jimmy Akena has been summoned to court along with his cabinet for allegedly trespassing on the Uganda House building.

The criminal summons issued Buganda Road Court was prompted by a private application lodged in court through Sempala Mukasa, prescription Obonyo Co Advocates though the applicant is concealed.

According to the charge sheet, Mr Akena faces charges of forceful entry, trespass and common nuisance with other 14 people including MPs; Maxwell Akora, Betty Amongi, and Fred Ebil.

The prosecutor alleges that on June 5 2015, Akena and his cabinet, without lawful excuse, violently entered and occupied the 6th floor of the Uganda House Building thereby disrupting business of other

Presiding Magistrate MARY Kisaakye Kaitesi, signed the summons requiring Akena and his alleged
accomplices to appear in court on the October 6 and plead to the charges preferred against them.


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