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Briefing: Museveni Sends Generals Ali, Kandiho to South Sudan; Kayihura Promises Crime-free Country

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Museveni Sends Gen Ali, Brig Kandiho to South Sudan

President Museveni has dispatched high profile envoys to deliver a special message to his South Sudan counterpart, Gen Salva Kiir.

First Deputy Prime Minister, Deputy Leader of government business in Parliament, Gen.(Rtd) Moses Ali and Military Intelligence Chief, Brig Abel Kandiho met with Kiir at State House Juba on Wednesday where Museveni’s letter was delivered.

The content of the message remains unclear.

But it comes at a time of intense negotiations between government and rebels led by Dr Riek Machar to end anarchy in South Sudan.

The development also comes against the backdrop of heightened tension in Juba following reports that exiled former Chief of Staff Gen Paul Malong was planning a rebellion.

Museveni has been South Sudan’s guardian for several years.

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Uganda recently expressed its opposition to a United States arms embargo against South Sudan, saying it would weaken the state which is fighting an insurgency.

Kenyatta Blasts Opposition: It’s Time for Work not Politics

Kenyatta inspecting KDF preparations in Kenya recently

President Uhuru Kenyatta has urged politicians to focus on serving Kenyans instead of concentrating on distractions, games and sideshows.

The President said the time for empty politicking is over and leaders must embark on serious work to avoid shortchanging the electorate.

“I ask every leader – right across Kenya – to remember that this is the time to get down to work.  The elections are over.  The people of Kenya have chosen their leaders. They now expect you to set aside distractions, games and sideshows; and to focus your efforts on building our nation,” President Kenyatta said.

The President was speaking Wednesday in Kajiado County where he inaugurated a $280 million cement clinker plant that has created 700 jobs that are set to increase tenfold in two years.

His remarks followed the deportation of Dr Miguna Miguna and violent confrontations between opposition supporters and security forces.

Opposition leader Raila Odinga has since declared himself president despite losing an election to President Uhuru Kenyatta.

The developments in Kenya could hurt growth in East Africa’s economic powerhouse.

President Kenyatta’s administration has a full plate in terms of rebuilding political harmony in the face of ongoing Opposition grievances and supporting the economy.

In his favour, Kenyatta’s party holds a Parliamentary majority and his election victory has sufficient international recognition.

Kajiado Governor Joseph Ole Lenku and his Machakos counterpart Alfred Mutua echoed President Kenyatta’s sentiments that Kenyans need to focus on work that will develop the country since the season of campaigns is now over.

Governor Lenku pledged his full support to President Kenyatta’s Big Four Agenda, saying that is the way to go in achieving the country’s development goals.

Gen. Kayihura: Uganda Will Soon Be Crime-Free

Kale in a group photo with officers at the function in Entebbe this week

Despite growing concerns over deteriorating security in Uganda, the Inspector General of Police Gen Kale Kayihura has reassured his commitment to realize a crime-free country.

Ugandans continue to grapple with high levels of armed robberies, burglary and murders which have as well alarmed President Museveni.

However, opening the Crime Intelligence course for Police Officers at Imperial Golf View Hotel, Entebbe, said Uganda would soon get rid of crime.

“Be Disciplined and pay total attention to this and we get the best in fighting crime,” said Kayihura, adding, “The stage we have reached in Uganda is very critical – the point of take off to have a  crime free society.”

“It’s possible to have a crime free society,” noted the IGP.

He praised Interpol for this project in Uganda which he said was the first of its kind and a big statement of support for the country.

“The area you are focusing on is the area of deficit especially for us in Uganda and the rest of African countries and that you have initiated this I am sure you must have based on your own evaluation of our needs and I want to thank you for this at the time we are battling violent criminality in the country in various forms of murder, drug abuse, organized transnational crimes,” IGP added.

“Crime intelligence is very critical especially in our concept of community policing of crime prevention; to be able to detect crime before it happens, intercept drugs so that they don’t reach in our communities and if they happen to we are able to detect.”

AIGP Dr. Fred Yiga the Director Interpol and International Relations, Uganda, thanked the IGP for such initiatives. “This is another step in the right direction according to the guidelines you have always given on how Interpol Uganda should interact with the international community to enhance collaboration and consolidate the fight against crime, and togetherness,” he said.

“These training programs that advance our knowledge as Interpol in handling our mandate of cross boarder crimes and Crime intelligence analysis.”

The one week course is being attended by police officers from Uganda , Sudan , South Sudan and Eritrea with trainers from European UNION and Interpol.

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