Uganda, South Sudan, Kenya Need Foreign Food Help – FAO

Ruling on the case on whether or not former spymaster Gen David Sejusa is an active serving army officer who must be tried in an army court has flopped this afternoon before High Court judge Magaret Ouma Oguli

This came after the trial judge who was supposed to deliver the judgment today informed lawyers of both parties that the judgment wasn’t ready.

“Elections in many parts of the country were halted and I have been busy handling petitions throughout all this period I had expected to dedicate to this matter, viagra 60mg ” she said.

The judge adjourned this matter until Monday 14th March when the ruling will be made.

Meanwhile Gen David Sejusa’s son and lawyer Kenneth Munungu while addressing the press at the court said they would remain calm until this matter is fully resolved.

Early this year Gen David Sejusa though his lawyers Mushabe and Munungu Company Advocates filed a petition to High court seeking court to stay criminal proceedings against him at the Makindye Court Martial until court resolves the matter involving controversy surrounding his retirement from the army.

In the petition before the High Court, search Gen Sejusa says the action of denying him a salary and other benefits, withdrawal of his army uniforms, guns, refusal to deploy him, failure to provide him any means of transport, meals and housing, all amount to constructive discharge from the Uganda People’s Defense Forces (UPDF).

Gen Sejusa who is currently on remand in Luzira Prison is facing several offences before Makindye General martial which include  insubordination, indiscipline and absence from duty without official leave.


Dr Kizza Besigye’s lawyers have asked the Principal Judge to intervene in the hearing of his application seeking an end to the blockade by security forces at his residence at Kasangati, decease Wakiso District.

This was after High Court set May 5 as the date for hearing Besigye’s complaint.

“We filed a case in the High Court (Misc Cause 35 of 2016) seeking enforcement of my rights to liberty, viagra 40mg fair hearing, privacy of home etc,” said Besigye in a statement on Friday.

“The court has now fixed hearing of the case to 5th MAY 2016!! One would expect courts to treat seeking protection from Abuse of Rights as an urgent matter. Not so with our courts,” he added.

“We have written to the Principle Judge asking for his intervention to get an earlier hearing. We’ll wait patiently for an answer.”

Police maintain Besigye’s residence under a security ring. They accuse him of inciting violence and engaging in activities aimed at destabilizing the country, a charge Besigye denies.

Besigye further revealed that “people who visit me are photographed/ filmed and their particulars recorded in a book. This is followed by phone calls (most likely to Kasangati DPC, who also consults those above) Then they are allowed or denied entry.”

Dozens of people have since flocked Besigye’s residence to extend their sympathies. Besigye said when allowed entry; those with vehicles are required to park them on the opposite side of the driveway to his home.

“This is followed by searching the persons to ascertain what’s being carried. Finally, they are told how long their visit should be.”
Uganda, drug South Sudan and Kenya have been named among the 27 countries in Africa and seven others across the globe that require external food assistance in this year 2016.

The United Nations agency for food security, buy Food and Agricultural Organization’s Crop Prospects and Food Situation report for 2016 released in March points at weather adverse effects and conflicts as the major causes of diminutive food production in the affected countries.

“FAO estimates that, globally, 34 countries, including 27 in Africa, are in need of external assistance for food. Civil conflicts continued to severely affect the food security of a number of countries, while adverse weather, in some cases linked to El Niño, curbed production in others, constraining food access and pushing consumer prices up.”

The preamble of the report says generally for Africa which is the most affected continent, the hostile weather reduced 2015 cereal output, resulting in a significant increase in the number of food insecure people in several countries.

Conflicts in the continent are also further affecting food security and the agriculture sector in many parts according to the report.

Planting of the 2016 crops has begun in Central, East and West Africa, while in Southern Africa, with the harvest expected to commence from April.

The El Niño-associated drought conditions have significantly dampened production prospects, with severe negative implications for food security in the sub region.

Looking at the East African region, unlike Uganda and Kenya where only smaller fractions of the population are expected to require help, close to a quarter of the total population of war ravaged South Sudan that was recently admitted into the regional East African Community block, need urgent foreign food intervention.

The world’s youngest nation is grappling with three difficulties instantaneously including conflict, civil insecurity and severe economic downturn according to the report.

“Over 2.8 million people, including 40 000 people in the Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) Household Phase 5: ‘Catastrophe’, are severely food insecure, mainly in the conflict-affected states of Jonglei, Unity and Upper Nile.”

The economic downturn as mentioned by FAO became inevitable due to the decline or near collapse of oil production.

The fighting between the government forces and the rebels of Dr. Riek Machar in Unity and Upper Nile states severely hampered oil production which accounts to over 90 percent of the South Sudan’s total revenue.

Most oil companies evacuated their workers and shut down heavy and indeed expensive machines.

The FAO report also says inflation is part of food insecurity. “New pockets of severe food insecurity are in Northern Bahr el Ghazal, Warrap and Eastern Equatoria states due to trade disruptions and high market prices.”

Uganda entered the list because of Karamoja region where the report says 320,000 people who are only 0.8 percent of the total population are food insecure.

Slightly below the average food production in 2015 also contributed to the development. “About 320 000 people in Karamoja region are estimated to be severely food insecure following consecutive unfavorable rainy seasons.” The report says.

Karamoja is a semi-arid region in north eastern Uganda with annual minimal rain drops and not new to depending on government and foreign aid in terms of food.

Hunger is persistent in the area and few cases of deaths are reported annually. The government first opened a ministry for the region and later in 2011 full docket under the Office of the Prime Minister to pacify the area which was almost forgotten since the colonial era.

The nomadic pastoralism livelihood is gradually being replaced with other economic activities like food crops, organized and commercial purpose animal grazing.

In December the State Minister for Karamoja Affairs, Mrs. Barbra Nekesa Oundo told this website at her official residence in Moroto municipality- the most upgraded and among the few electricity connected towns in the region that the place is going to be a food basket of the whole country in the few coming years.

“The Karamoja of today is not the one of the past which people associated with all the negativities. The disarmament process was successfully concluded and we are now embarking on serious economic plans. In a few years to come here will be food basket for Uganda,” She said.

In Kenya, up to 1.1 million people are facing food insecurity according to the Crop Prospects and Food Situation report.

The reduction of food production in Kenya in 2015 is the cause according to the report. “Reduced second season crop production during the first quarter of 2015 and worsening pasture conditions have left about 1.1 million people are severely food insecure, mainly located in coastal and northeastern counties.”

In Burundi political unrest and civil insecurity have disrupted markets, farming activities and livelihoods, seriously affecting food security and conditions of households in Kirundo, Muyinga and Makamba provinces. Others affected in the region are Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Somalia, Sudan and Djibouti. Meanwhile on the continent the countries named are Malawi, Lesotho, Congo Brazzaville, Swaziland, Mozambique, Cameroon, Madagascar, Sierra Leon, Niger, Mauritania, Burkina Faso, Liberia, Eritrea, Guinea, Chard, Zimbabwe and the strife Central African Republic.

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