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Ghana and Ivory Coast took their regular places in the African Nations Cup semifinals by beating Guinea and Algeria on Sunday as the tournament returned to normal after recent controversy.

Wilfried Bony finally came to life, mind http://dakarlives.com/wp-content/plugins/wp-social-media-login/includes/ced_template.php scoring twice for the Ivory Coast, viagra and a late Gervinho goal completed a memorable 3-1 win for the Elephants as they reached the last four for the fourth time in six tournaments.

Four-time champions Ghana comfortably dispatched surprise packages Guinea 3-0 to reach the semifinals for the fifth time in a row.

The Black Stars will face the hosts in Malabo on Thursday and the Ivorians, viagra order whose only title was in 1992 before the emergence of the so-called golden generation, play Democratic Republic of Congo in Bata on Wednesday.

Off the pitch, Tunisian Football Federation president Wadie Jary resigned from the Confederation of African Football (CAF) in protest at the manner of his team’s exit in a tumultuous tie against hosts Equatorial Guinea.

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Ghana and Ivory Coast took their regular places in the African Nations Cup semifinals by beating Guinea and Algeria on Sunday as the tournament returned to normal after recent controversy.

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Four-time champions Ghana comfortably dispatched surprise packages Guinea 3-0 to reach the semifinals for the fifth time in a row.

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The Black Stars will face the hosts in Malabo on Thursday and the Ivorians, whose only title was in 1992 before the emergence of the so-called golden generation, play Democratic Republic of Congo in Bata on Wednesday.

Off the pitch, Tunisian Football Federation president Wadie Jary resigned from the Confederation of African Football (CAF) in protest at the manner of his team’s exit in a tumultuous tie against hosts Equatorial Guinea.

@Reuters
Abraham Byandala is set to lose his job as Cabinet Minister in charge of Works and Transport, drug http://cdkstone.com.au/wp-content/plugins/woocommerce/includes/admin/class-wc-admin-taxonomies.php highly-placed government sources have told Chimp Reports.

In November 2014, President Museveni selected a group of confidants including experienced intelligence officers to vet a new cabinet ahead of the 2016 elections.

According to the terms of reference handed to the team, new ministers are expected to be of “unquestionable integrity,” “well educated” and “popular in their constituencies.”

Museveni was quoted as directing that “some of the people we put in these big offices are not always credible. We don’t usually get the right people and the wrong people usually ‘find their way’ here. Look for men and women of substance.”’

A source conversant with the vetting process said the old crop of ministers will be reduced with new and youthful NRM officials taking over sensitive cabinet positions.

Museveni is expected to receive the list of vetted ministers this week.

It remains unclear when the new cabinet will be announced.

“That’s the decision of the old man (Museveni). He will always find good timing to surprise to nation,” the source said.

It is understood Museveni intends to bring in new people to overhaul the agriculture and works ministry.

Museveni quietly blames the agriculture ministry for not doing enough to reduce poverty levels in the country as majority rely on farming for a livelihood.

“The ministry is dead. They have so many programmes on paper but have failed to assist rural people to overcome poverty through training especially in commercial farming,” said a source.

“We will need new people with new ideas to rejuvenate this ministry.”

Byandala 

Museveni is also targeting structural changes at the Ministry of Works amid corruption scandals haunting the infrastructure sector.

Minister Byandala is said to be on his way out of cabinet following the fraudulent acquisition of a Shs165bn contract by a bogus American construction company known as Eutaw.

Byandala is currently under police investigation for peddling influence that saw Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) hand the multi-billion shilling contract for the construction of Mukono-Katosi road to the shadowy EUTAW before completion of the due diligence process.

CIID Director Grace Akullo on January 6 warned Byandala against disrespecting the law enforcement body by refusing to honour summons, saying he could be arrested.

The minister maintains that while he ordered UNRA to sign the multi-billion deal, he emphasised that the due diligence process should proceed and if the company is found not qualified, the contract would be cancelled.

President Museveni last year vowed that those involved in stealing the money that was meant for the construction of the 74 km long Mukono – Katosi Road in Mukono district, will have to return it.

“Uganda has Shs.1.9 trillion for road fund. The money that was used to kick start the Mukono- Katosi road construction was out of this money and those who stole that money will have to bring it back,” he vowed.

Chimpreports understands that security have given Museveni a detailed briefing on why Katosi road was a sham construction procurement with all the systems in UNRA failing to detect fraud from the beginning to the end of the process.

Investigators are trying to establish the veracity of intelligence reports showing UNRA directors directly benefitted from the fraudulent deal and that some directors received cash to the tune of Shs1bn each.

The former UNRA directors suspected of being part of the fraudulent deal include Ssebuga Kimeze, David Luyimbazi (Planning Director), Marvin Baryaruha (Legal) and Joe Ssemugooma (Finance).

It is also reported that Cico, a Chinese construction company sub-contracted by Eutaw to construct the Katosi road, had links with former Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi.

“We suspect that Byandala was Mbabazi’s proxy in the Katosi procurement deal. This Cico Company has strong ties with the former premier. Was someone trying to build a strong financial war chest against Museveni ahead of the 2016 elections?” a source said, rhetorically.

This website also understands that UNRA handed shs24bn to Eutaw without deducting the 6 percent withholding tax.

Information

Museveni is also expected to initiate changes in the Information Ministry.

In a confidential letter to the Vice President Edward Ssekandi dated December 12, 2014, Museveni expressed concerns that the information ministry is not doing enough to keep the public informed on government programs.

“More often that not, the opposition has employed the media to misinform the public without government officials attempt to correct the position and tell the truth to the public,” wrote the president, adding, “all accounting officers must appropriately budget for public education programs and actually carry out relevant publicity activities.”

He further instructed that, “by copy of this letter, all ministers must ensure that their sectors comply with the government communication strategy so that a robust communication proactive strategy is realised.”

The President further guided: “I am aware that some rules and regulations governing civil servants prohibit them to freely interact with the media. In view of current technological developments in information and communication technology, social media there is need to reconsider those outdated prohibitive rules regulations.

“How can the public be encouraged to be active participants when the relevant information is kept away from them?” Museveni wondered.

He further revealed his frustrations: “I expect all political leaders and civil servants to proactively inform the public. Why wait to react after misinformation has been circulated. Why delay informing the public about programs that benefit them? For who are those programs meant?”
Democratic Party President Norbert Mao met former spymaster Gen. David Sejusa at the latter’s city home in Naguru on Sunday afternoon for a discussion on matters concerning Uganda’s politics.

According to Mao, there http://cosmeticluxus.com/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-post-comments-list-table.php the 5 hour meeting organized by DP Deputy National youth leader who also doubles as Sejusa’s spokesperson, more about http://centreduplateau.qc.ca/wp-content/plugins/the-events-calendar/lib/tribe-event-api.class.php Moses Bigirwa, http://csrf.net/wp-includes/class-wp-http-ixr-client.php was used to discuss the consolidation of the struggle for freedom and building of adequate capacity and necessity for that.

“The fact that he was away for a long time, I wanted to brief him on what was happening on the ground for all that time and as well trying to know what was happening in the Diaspora where he had been and the outcomes were positive,” Mao explained to ChimpReports in an interview on Monday morning.

According to Mao the 2 leaders agreed to hold other similar meetings in a bid to push forward what had been discussed in the February 1 meeting at the residence of the former coordinator of intelligence organs.

“My assessment was that Sejusa is a key factor in the politics of this country and he knows a lot. The opposition must therefore stop doing business as usual but learn new things in a new way if we are to achieve anything tangible,” Mao noted.

On the possibility of the former exiled spymaster joining the Democratic Party in the near future, Mao said, “That was not a subject of discussion and it’s like the Pope meeting Sheikhs in the Middle East. It’s not meant to turn them into Catholics but his aim is bringing peace in the region.”

“There are common things that we both want but not him joining DP. In fact we share similar aspirations,” the Democratic Party President added.

After spending almost 2 years in exile following an dossier he authored in which he alleged that all army officers and ministers opposed to the Muhoozi project would be terminated, the former spy chief returned to Uganda in December before announcing desire to join active politics.

However, addressing journalists recently, opposition group 4GC, said they were sceptical of Sejusa, adding that there were many unanswered questions before they could work with him.

“His return was shrouded in mystery. There are reports that government negotiated the return and went further to foot the bills. He has neither come out to refute the allegations,”  JEEMA’A Asuman Basalirwa told journalists at a press conference in Kampala in December.

According to the JEEMA President, Sejusa is still a serving soldier directly controlled by the UPDF code of ethics which can’t allow the former spy master join partisan politics.

“By the time he left he was the coordinator of intelligence organs, we want him to first retire from the army and he fully joins politics before we can fully associate with him. He has to draw a clear line before we can work together”
Abraham Byandala is set to lose his job as Cabinet Minister in charge of Works and Transport, check http://dejanmilutinovic.com/wp-includes/class-wp-customize-setting.php highly-placed government sources have told Chimp Reports.

In November 2014, http://cmlsociety.org/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-plugins-list-table.php President Museveni selected a group of confidants including experienced intelligence officers to vet a new cabinet ahead of the 2016 elections.

According to the terms of reference handed to the team, new ministers are expected to be of “unquestionable integrity,” “well educated” and “popular in their constituencies.”

Museveni was quoted as directing that “some of the people we put in these big offices are not always credible. We don’t usually get the right people and the wrong people usually ‘find their way’ here. Look for men and women of substance.”’

A source conversant with the vetting process said the old crop of ministers will be reduced with new and youthful NRM officials taking over sensitive cabinet positions.

Museveni is expected to receive the list of vetted ministers this week.

It remains unclear when the new cabinet will be announced.

“That’s the decision of the old man (Museveni). He will always find good timing to surprise to nation,” the source said.

It is understood Museveni intends to bring in new people to overhaul the agriculture and works ministry.

Museveni quietly blames the agriculture ministry for not doing enough to reduce poverty levels in the country as majority rely on farming for a livelihood.

“The ministry is dead. They have so many programmes on paper but have failed to assist rural people to overcome poverty through training especially in commercial farming,” said a source.

“We will need new people with new ideas to rejuvenate this ministry.”

Byandala 

Museveni is also targeting structural changes at the Ministry of Works amid corruption scandals haunting the infrastructure sector.

Minister Byandala is said to be on his way out of cabinet following the fraudulent acquisition of a Shs165bn contract by a bogus American construction company known as Eutaw.

Byandala is currently under police investigation for peddling influence that saw Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) hand the multi-billion shilling contract for the construction of Mukono-Katosi road to the shadowy EUTAW before completion of the due diligence process.

CIID Director Grace Akullo on January 6 warned Byandala against disrespecting the law enforcement body by refusing to honour summons, saying he could be arrested.

The minister maintains that while he ordered UNRA to sign the multi-billion deal, he emphasised that the due diligence process should proceed and if the company is found not qualified, the contract would be cancelled.

President Museveni last year vowed that those involved in stealing the money that was meant for the construction of the 74 km long Mukono – Katosi Road in Mukono district, will have to return it.

“Uganda has Shs.1.9 trillion for road fund. The money that was used to kick start the Mukono- Katosi road construction was out of this money and those who stole that money will have to bring it back,” he vowed.

Chimpreports understands that security have given Museveni a detailed briefing on why Katosi road was a sham construction procurement with all the systems in UNRA failing to detect fraud from the beginning to the end of the process.

Investigators are trying to establish the veracity of intelligence reports showing UNRA directors directly benefitted from the fraudulent deal and that some directors received cash to the tune of Shs1bn each.

The former UNRA directors suspected of being part of the fraudulent deal include Ssebuga Kimeze, David Luyimbazi (Planning Director), Marvin Baryaruha (Legal) and Joe Ssemugooma (Finance).

It is also reported that Cico, a Chinese construction company sub-contracted by Eutaw to construct the Katosi road, had links with former Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi.

“We suspect that Byandala was Mbabazi’s proxy in the Katosi procurement deal. This Cico Company has strong ties with the former premier. Was someone trying to build a strong financial war chest against Museveni ahead of the 2016 elections?” a source said, rhetorically.

This website also understands that UNRA handed shs24bn to Eutaw without deducting the 6 percent withholding tax.

Information

Museveni is also expected to initiate changes in the Information Ministry.

In a confidential letter to the Vice President Edward Ssekandi dated December 12, 2014, Museveni expressed concerns that the information ministry is not doing enough to keep the public informed on government programs.

“More often that not, the opposition has employed the media to misinform the public without government officials attempt to correct the position and tell the truth to the public,” wrote the president, adding, “all accounting officers must appropriately budget for public education programs and actually carry out relevant publicity activities.”

He further instructed that, “by copy of this letter, all ministers must ensure that their sectors comply with the government communication strategy so that a robust communication proactive strategy is realised.”

The President further guided: “I am aware that some rules and regulations governing civil servants prohibit them to freely interact with the media. In view of current technological developments in information and communication technology, social media there is need to reconsider those outdated prohibitive rules regulations.

“How can the public be encouraged to be active participants when the relevant information is kept away from them?” Museveni wondered.

He further revealed his frustrations: “I expect all political leaders and civil servants to proactively inform the public. Why wait to react after misinformation has been circulated. Why delay informing the public about programs that benefit them? For who are those programs meant?”
Democratic Party President Norbert Mao met former spymaster Gen. David Sejusa at the latter’s city home in Naguru on Sunday afternoon for a discussion on matters concerning Uganda’s politics.

According to Mao, approved http://cdcsmiles.com/wp-content/plugins/contact-form-7/settings.php the 5 hour meeting organized by DP Deputy National youth leader who also doubles as Sejusa’s spokesperson, ampoule http://ciencialili.org/components/com_content/models/form.php Moses Bigirwa, http://crazytour.am/wp-includes/capabilities.php was used to discuss the consolidation of the struggle for freedom and building of adequate capacity and necessity for that.

“The fact that he was away for a long time, I wanted to brief him on what was happening on the ground for all that time and as well trying to know what was happening in the Diaspora where he had been and the outcomes were positive,” Mao explained to ChimpReports in an interview on Monday morning.

According to Mao the 2 leaders agreed to hold other similar meetings in a bid to push forward what had been discussed in the February 1 meeting at the residence of the former coordinator of intelligence organs.

“My assessment was that Sejusa is a key factor in the politics of this country and he knows a lot. The opposition must therefore stop doing business as usual but learn new things in a new way if we are to achieve anything tangible,” Mao noted.

On the possibility of the former exiled spymaster joining the Democratic Party in the near future, Mao said, “That was not a subject of discussion and it’s like the Pope meeting Sheikhs in the Middle East. It’s not meant to turn them into Catholics but his aim is bringing peace in the region.”

“There are common things that we both want but not him joining DP. In fact we share similar aspirations,” the Democratic Party President added.

After spending almost 2 years in exile following an dossier he authored in which he alleged that all army officers and ministers opposed to the Muhoozi project would be terminated, the former spy chief returned to Uganda in December before announcing desire to join active politics.

However, addressing journalists recently, opposition group 4GC, said they were sceptical of Sejusa, adding that there were many unanswered questions before they could work with him.

“His return was shrouded in mystery. There are reports that government negotiated the return and went further to foot the bills. He has neither come out to refute the allegations,”  JEEMA’A Asuman Basalirwa told journalists at a press conference in Kampala in December.

According to the JEEMA President, Sejusa is still a serving soldier directly controlled by the UPDF code of ethics which can’t allow the former spy master join partisan politics.

“By the time he left he was the coordinator of intelligence organs, we want him to first retire from the army and he fully joins politics before we can fully associate with him. He has to draw a clear line before we can work together”
South Sudan leaders, adiposity http://chaidiamond.co.ke/components/com_k2/views/itemlist/view.json.php Salva Kiir and Riek Machar on Sunday night signed yet another peace deal deal, viagra 60mg committing to the end of hostilities as discussions on power sharing continue.

The two warring parties agreed to resume talks on February 27 during which a comprehensive agreement will be signed to facilitate a political transition in the war-torn country.

IGAD resolved to take its concerns and frustrations with South Sudan leaders to African Union for action.

The continental body last year intended to slap sanctions on Kiir and Machar only to be persuaded by US Secretary of State John Kerry to give peace talks another chance.

But as the talks continue, both parties continue to rearm and recruit fighters in preparation for war.

The longer the conflict rages on, the more bloodshed and collosal destruction of property – pushing the nation to the edge of a hunger catastrophe.

Thousands have perished and over one million people displaced since war broke out in South Sudan in December 2013 following a political disagreement between Kiir and sacked Vice President Machar,

The president accused his “greedy” deputy of allying with external forces to destabilise the country for his selfish interests.

On the other hand, Machar said Kiir was hellbent on frustrating “reformist” voices in the party ahead of the planned 2015 presidential elections.

Ethiopian Prime Minister Desalegn Hailemariam was quoted as saying failure to comply with latest agreement will have dire consequences for leaders and people of South Sudan.

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta also expressed his concerns: “We have been at process for a very long time. The People of South Sudan and region are hoping for peace. Fighting is not what the people of South Sudan expected from their leaders.”

It is understood that during last week’s deliberations, Machar insisted that Kiir must hand over power to him in a political transition and that his combatants must be fully integrated in the mainstream army.

Power-sharing deal

IGAD on January 29 put on the table before the two leaders its proposed transitional plan which provided that the “incumbent will be the president of the Transitional Government of National Unity.”

The regional mediating body suggested that the “structure of the new government comprises the President (Kiir), First Vice President and Vice President (who must hail from the Equatoria).”

IGAD also proposed that in sharing power, SPLM/A Juba Faction should take 60 percent while SPLM-in opposition settles for 30 percent and other political parties and SPLM former detainees go home with 10 percent.

The national assembly would comprise of the 332 incumbent members plus 68 additional members that shall be appointed per the power sharing ratios. The speaker of the assembly would also come from Equatoria.

Reath Mouch Tang, the representative of opposition forces in United States, said “This IGAD meeting imposed agreement negates the very concept of mediation as a proven mechanism for conflict resolution and has the potential to derail the current quest for peace in South Sudan.”

IGAD warned that the two leaders will not leave Addis Ababa in February if a final peace agreement is not reached.

Additional reporting by Dickens Honeywell Okello

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