Tony Blair Visits Kenya

Uganda U-19 boys’ coach Henry Okecho is confident the Baby Cranes have very high chances of winning the ICC Regional U-19 World Cup Qualifiers that have started today and automatically qualify for the 2016 World Cup in Bangladesh.

Okecho who is taking his side through drills in the Tanzanian capital, information pills dosage Dar says the boys are ready to deliver.

“The team is faring quite well in training and the players have promised to fight their hearts out to qualify for the World Cup. It’s a round robin format and trust by the end we shall be set for the World Cup, tadalafil see ” Okecho tells ChimpReports on phone from Tanzania.

“Strategically, the team has achieved a lot and we know what to do with opponents like big opponents Kenya,” he said.

He says the best team will automatically qualify; while the second placed will have an opportunity to also make it to the World Cup by playing in the Global qualifiers that will have six teams. The qualifiers, which will be played at the Annadil Burhani, University of Dar es Salaam and Dar es Salaam Gymkhana Club grounds, will involve six nations, including Kenya, Namibia, Botswana, Nigeria and hosts Tanzania.

Mukono Parents SS student Derrick Bakunzi captains Uganda’s team which also has Abdalah Lubega, Zephania Arinaitwe and John Gabula among others.

Bakunzi exuded confidence that Uganda has a chance of winning the tournament and sail through to the Bangladesh finals; “The players are ready to exploit the opportunity to qualify for the World Cup,” the youngster revealed. The qualifiers will run upto February 19th.

The team was in Nairobi, Kenya, recently for a series of trial matches to shape up for the qualifiers.


Some of the players in the team are Frank Akankwasa, Abdalah Lubega, R. Olipa, S. Nsubuga, Ashiraf Majid Senkubuge, Meet Bharatbhai Dobariya, Parvan Mahendrakumar Patel, John Gabula, Zephania Arinaitwe, David Wabwire, Collins Okwalinga, Kenneth Waiswa and Trevor Bukenya.
Reports coming in indicate that Somalia’s deputy Prime Minister Mohammed Omar Arte was wounded in the Friday bombings of the Central Hotel in the capital Mogadishu.

Officials said Arte was immediately flown to Saudi Arabia for emergency treatment.

The attack resulted in the death and injury of dozens of people, unhealthy including senior members of the Somali Federal Government, pilule said the UN officials, discount adding that many of those killed and wounded were gathered for Friday prayers.

Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon and the United Nations Security Council have since joined the head of the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) in strongly condemning the deadly terrorist attack on the Central Hotel in Mogadishu, which was claimed by Al-Shabaab.

In a statement issued by his spokesperson in New York, Mr. Ban expressed his deepest condolences to the Government of Somalia and the families of those killed, and wished the injured swift recovery. He also paid tribute to the Somali security forces that brought the situation under control.

“The Secretary-General also reaffirmed the strong resolve of the United Nations to continue supporting the people and Government of Somalia, who are working to rebuild peace and prosperity in their country,” the UN chief in his statement, adding that the attacks could not deter the collective will of the Somali people to move forward, or the commitment of the United Nations.

In a separate statement, the Security Council said that terrorism in all its forms and manifestations constitutes one of the most serious threats to international peace and security, and that any acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable regardless of their motivation, wherever and whenever and by whosoever committed.

The members of the Council reiterated their support to all actors working towards more peace and stability in Somalia, including both the UN Assistance Mission in Somalia (UNSOM) and African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM).

Also condemning the attack, UNSOM chief Nicholas Kay said such an indiscriminate attack against the Somali people “is a cruel and despicable crime intended to rob Somalis of their hope for a better future.”

Yet he stressed that despite such inhuman atrocities, Somalis are successfully rebuilding their Government institutions and security forces after more than two decades of state failure and conflict.

Mr. Kay, who is also the Special Representative of the Secretary-General, said the United Nations in Somalia remained resolute in its support for the Somali people and would continue working to help Somalis realise their hopes and aspirations for a peaceful and stable future.

Improve security

Somalia’s Forum for Unity and Democracy also strongly condemned the brutal and deplorable attack at the Central Hotel.

“We offer our sincere condolences to the families and loved ones of those killed or injured in this heinous attack,” the political organisation said in a statement seen by ChimpReports on Saturday.

“The Forum is deeply concerned by the security situation in Mogadishu and the welfare of the Somali people. The constant attacks against innocent civilians, government officials and the security forces must be addressed by all stakeholders.

“The attack highlights the need for government, security forces, and communities to work together in addressing security and extremism. We need to put national interests above personal interests in order to improve the security of our country.”
By James Mwambai

Kenya President Uhuru Kenyatta was Friday briefed on the President’s Delivery Unit that has been established to monitor the execution and delivery of Government projects and programmes.

The unit is an instrument that helps the Government to fulfill its pledges to Kenyans.

Kenyatta, remedy who was accompanied by former British Prime Minister Tony Blair, visit web expressed satisfaction that the unit was on track, approved saying it should lay a strong foundation by setting monitoring tools that will be used by current and future administrations in programme implementation.

The Delivery Unit is working with the Tony Blair Foundation. When Mr Blair was Prime Minister, he used the concept to mobilise government department and agencies effectively.

“The key is not just to have abstract programmes, it is to identify an issue and make it a reality,” he said.

The unit – which is based at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre – is charged with ensuring that all ministries and departments achieve the pledges the Jubilee government promised the people of Kenya. It also follows up on execution and deadlines.

The President said the unit should follow up targets set, who is supposed to achieve them and by when.

“Use the tools you have developed to monitor ministries that are lagging behind and what interventions are needed,” President Kenyatta said.

The Head of State said although the Government uses different ministries to fulfill its objectives, the unit needs to ensure that all players are involved in the implementation of projects.

He called on the unit to pursue all programmes and projects to their conclusion. The President said if court disputes threaten to delay projects, the ministries concerned should consult the Chief Justice for faster resolution of the cases.

“If a judgement pending in court obstructs a project, then it is time to call on the Chief Justice for a speedy conclusion of cases,” he said. ‘’It is not for us to say what the judgement should be, but the cases should not delay projects that will help the country.’’

The President said communication was crucial in making the citizens know what the Government is doing.

‘’Communicating what is being done is as good as capturing what is being delivered,’’ President Kenyatta said.

Mr Blair said the delivery unit will not be effective if it does not set priorities that are measurable and specific.

“The unit should set deliverables for projects, identify milestones along the way and provide information on what is happening,” he said.

He said the unit requires all the expertise to capture – in details – the performance of the ministries, identify bottlenecks and the interventions required.

Mr Blair pointed out that delivery units are useful because even when leaders are distracted by national and international issues, the delivery unit is never distracted and continues to do its job in performance management.

The unit has identified key projects for monitoring: Konza Techno-city, Lamu Port South Sudan and Ethiopia Transport corridor, (the pipeline component), road accidents and media monitoring, especially the coverage of Cabinet Secretaries.

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