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Musisi Blamed For KCCA Plunder; Kagame Lauds Chipolopolo

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Beneficiaries, according to the report, included KCCA Executive Director Jennifer Musisi and at least three drivers, one of who received more than Shs5 million in overtime pay within just a month. While Ms Musisi took home at least Shs20m in allowances that same month.

According to the report, which Lord Mayor Lukwago said has not been tabled before Parliament because of pressure from President Museveni, Ms Musisi is cited in questionable overtime payments of Shs20 million and office imprest of Shs30 million in just two months of May, and June 2011.

Apparently, the AG says in the January 28 report for the financial year 2010/2011 that the Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) ED is not supposed to earn overtime allowance, while her office has failed to account for the Shs30 million advance to her for imprest.

Influence peddling?

In unveiling the report yesterday, Lord Mayor Lukwago said: “Mr Museveni is trying to influence the report’s outcome by compelling the Auditor General to edit its contents to ensure Kampala City Executive Director Jennifer Musisi is not viewed in bad light.”

AG John Muwanga could not be reached for comment by press time but KCCA officials confirmed receipt of the report.

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Bank Of Kenya Governor Told To Resign

A parliamentary committee recommended that Prof Ndung’u resign, accusing him of allowing banks to manipulate the currency to make super profits at the expense of millions of Kenyans.

“The committee finds the governor’s conduct and behaviour incompatible with the holder of the office of governor of the Central Bank of Kenya… (he) is squarely responsible for creating the opportunity for banks and individuals to make quick money through speculation and hoarding,” the MPs said in their report tabled in Parliament on Tuesday.

The shilling became the world’s worst performing currency, falling from a high of Sh84 to a low of Sh107 to the dollar late last year, reports Kenya’s Daily Nation.

This led to a sharp increase in petroleum prices which in turn meant the cost of most basic commodities went up as well.

Kagame Lauds Chipolopolo

PRESIDENT Paul Kagame has lauded Zambia for winning their maiden Africa Cup of Nations on Sunday.

Kagame wrote on his facebook page, (www.facebook.com/PresidentPaulKagame): “Congratulations to Zambia’s soccer team, Chipolopolo for a well earned and well deserved victory in CAN 2012.”

“Resilience personified in the team,” added Kagame.

Zambia conjured up a shock when they toppled a star-studded Ivory Coast side 8-7 in a penalty shoot-out to claim their first ever Africa Cup of Nations title.

With the sides goalless after extra time, Zambia’s Stoppila Sunzu converted the magic spot kick after Arsenal striker Gervinho missed for the Elephants.

The result meant misery for hot favourites Ivory Coast, who failed to claim the title despite not conceding a goal throughout the entire competition until Sunday’s shootout.

It also revived memories for Didier Drogba, who missed a penalty in the second half of normal time, and company of their 2006 penalty shootout final defeat to Egypt in Cairo.

After leading the Chipolopolo to their first ever Africa Cup of Nations triumph, Zambia captain Christopher Katongo was named the Orange Man of the tournament, reports Rwanda’s New Times.

The 29- year-old soldier completes a memorable Tournament after he was promoted to Warrant Officer Class One before the quarterfinal against Sudan. Katongo currently plays for Henan Jiyanyi in China.

Obama Waives S. Sudan’s $2.4b Debt

“The FY 2013 budget includes $250 million for the debt restructuring account to meet potential U.S. bilateral debtrelief commitments under the Heavily Indebted Poor Country (HIPC) framework,” read the U.S. Department of State appendix attached to the 2013 budget.

“Specifically, Treasury anticipates that Sudan could become eligible and reach HIPC decision point in FY 2013”.

The Sudanese government has been intensively pressing the international community to have its external debt cancelled as a reward for letting South Sudan secede peacefully last July after recognising the referendum results conducted in early 2011.

But many countries, particularly in the western world, want Khartoum to make progress on post-secession issues and resolving separate conflicts in Darfur, Blue Nile and South Kordofan, Sudan Tribune reports.

Sudan’s sense of urgency on the debt issue is compounded by the loss of 75% of the country’s oil reserves that existed when the South was part of the country.

“The $250 million request reflects the estimated budget cost for forgiving 100 percent of Sudan’s outstanding debt to the United States (currently $2.4 billion)”, Obama said in his annual budget message to Congress.

However, the US administration reiterated that conditions remain attached to any debt cancellation given to Sudan.

“Prior to obligating funds for HIPC treatment of Sudan’s debt, the US will require progress on various fronts that we have identified as pre-conditions for any US support for debt relief, including fulfilment of the agreement reached by the governments of Sudan and South Sudan under the Comprehensive Peace Agreement”.

Uganda Hails Iran On Technology

Uganda has hailed Iran for making progress in industrialization as well as scientific and technological innovation in spite of economic sanctions that have been imposed on the country.

The state minister for foreign affairs in charge of regional cooperation Asuman Kiyingi was on Friday speaking at the celebration of the national day of the Islamic Republic of Iran.

The Iranian embassy in Uganda marked 33 years of the Islamic revolution with a cocktail at Sheraton Hotel, Kampala.

The day is marked to commemorate the 1979 uprising led by Imam Khomeini which led to the overthrow of the regime of Shah, leading to the consequent establishment of an Islamic republic.

Present at the cocktail were diplomats from foreign missions in Uganda, Iranians living and working in Uganda, ministry of foreign affairs officials as well as Muslim clerics in Uganda.

“In 2011, Iran was named the 26th largest economy in the world, with impressive figures in ICT access and coverage. As a country that puts a premium on value addition, Uganda is impressed by the progress Iran has made in industrialization as well as scientific and technological innovation,” minister Kiyingi said.

He hailed the Iranian government for the US$1.5 million grant to Uganda, which is funding the construction of the first phase of the Uganda Police Force hospital in Naguru which commenced in June last year.

Kiyingi added that there was need to expand the bilateral relations between the two countries to cover trade and investment and encouraged Iranian tourists to Uganda, New Vision reports.

The Iranian ambassador to Uganda, Ali Akbar Dabiran said that Uganda holds a special position in Iran’s foreign policy, which is demonstrated by previous visits of Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad and his predecessor Akbar Rafsanjani.

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