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By Joseph Kizza
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AFRICA NOW SUMMIT: Museveni speaks about transformation
In his opening remarks, President Museveni thanks “these young people” for starting the ‘Africa Now’ think-tank – although he underlines that it should be broad-based for diversity.
As the keynote speaker of the summit, he was asked to talk about leadership needed t catalyse Africa’s transformation.
Here, the President feels “first we need to understand what we mean by transformation”.
“In the 1960s, people talked about growth [quantitave] and development [qualitative]”. But “later on, I insisted on the word transformation”, he tells a large audience, who include Somalia’s president Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed and Kenya’s deputy president William Ruto.
“Transformation means qualitative,” stresses Museveni and insists that the metarmorphosis talked about in Biology also applies to society. He says the so called double production he used to hear people talk about after independence – to mean more production of the same raw material – “did not help as long as we were on the same qualitative level”.
AFRICA NOW SUMMIT: Museveni a ‘practitioner of African politics’
The keynote speaker of the inaugural Africa Now Summit that is taking place at Munyonyo Commonwealth Resort is President Yoweri Museveni.
Before stepping forward to deliver his address, Prime Minister Dr. Ruhakana Ruganda offers a glowing introduction of a man he terms as a “practitioner of African politics”. He talks about how Museveni’s political work has been “directly towards the integration and transformation of the continent”.
In his discourse, which touches on Museveni as a youthful university student back in the day and then as a founder of Front for National Salvation (FRONASA) in 1972 to fight then-President Idi Amin’s government, Rugunda says the country under President Museveni has been “essentially secure” with a “stable foundation” and security.
Protesting traders clash with Police in Kisekka
Meanwhile, it has been running battles in downtown Kampala, in Kisekka market area, as Police swang in to quell the situation as irate traders, some holding up placards and chanting, burnt stuff in the middle of the road.
The traders, who work on the Kisekka Auto Plaza building, were protesting a hike in the rent fees.
AFRICA NOW SUMMIT UNDERWAY
The maiden Africa Now Summit is underway at Munyonyo Commonwealth Resort in Kampala. It is themed: ‘Towards a secure, integrated and growing Africa’.
Seven sub-counties hit by freak hailstorm
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Residents of seven sub-counties in Kakumiro district are reeling from the effects of a fierce Monday evening hailstorm that blew roofs off houses, schools and churches. Gardens were also not spared, leaving residents desperately helpless.
The affected sub-counties are Kisiita, Mpasaana, Nkooko, Kibijjo, Kasambya, Bwanswa and parts of Kitaihuka. Rubumbo Primary School, Rubumbo Catholic Church Rutooma COU both and Light Primary School in Kasambya were among those badly hit.
Hundreds of acres of crops have been reduced to nothing, especially banana plantations, coffee and cassava.
Florence Alicwamu and Geoffrey Musinguzi, both leaders of Kasambya sub-county, said that people have been left homeless and hunger is looming. “We have been left without food because most families thrive on matooke (green bananas) for food yet plantations have been erased,” said Alicwamu.
On his part, Musinguzi asked government to introduce a tree planting campaign in their sub-county after the wide-scale destruction because of lack of wind breakers in the area. “Most fields or gardens were open and susceptible to such calamities. If government can introduce compulsory tree planting, we can reduce the effects of such disasters,” he said.
Kakumiro district Woman MP Robinah Nabanja told New Vision that over 2,000 homesteads were affected by the catastrophe.
“Some people have been left completely homeless and have no food at all which calls for government’s intervention,” she said, promising to submit the concern before Parliament.
The legislator says schools have been left with no option but to suspend teaching temporarily as they handle the situation.
The National Agricultural Advisory Services (NAADS) secretariat has so far promised to donate 2,000kg of maize to farmers for planting. The district production officer, Kakumiro Steven Sserumaga, told New Vision that they are assessing the exact damage caused by the freak hailstorm.
He such a magnitude of hailstorm has not hit Kakumiro in the recent past and called upon the people to remain calm as government handles their plight.
Brutal hailstorm wreaks havoc in Kakumiro
Buildings flattened, roofs blown off and crops destroyed. This is the degree of destruction that a Monday evening hailstorm caused in six sub-counties in Kakumiro district, western Uganda.
Morning plenary at Parliament
The plenary session at Parliament was set to resume at 10am today. It will be a brief one.
Today, the health minister is expected to address the House on the state of the health sector in the country. There will also be a motion for adoption of the report of the committee on the national economy on the proposal to issue promissory notes to FINASI/Roko Construction SPV Ltd for the financing of the International Specialised Hospital of Uganda at Lubowa in Wakiso district.
Meanwhile, the Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga, has opened the 8th Annual Directors and Company Secretaries conference in Kampala. The conference, themed ‘The Future of Corporate Governance in Uganda’, has brought together industry experts from the UK and Uganda.
The keynote address has been delivered by Dr. Peter Kimbowa, who is the team leader of CEO Summit Uganda Secretariat.
Speaker @RebeccaKadagaUG has opened the 8th Annual Directors and Company Secretaries conference with a call for strengthened compliance in filling of annual returns. She noted the increase in evasion of filing of returns by companies which she said is unlawful. @icsa_uganda pic.twitter.com/TpVNxIbKpz
— Parliament of Uganda (@Parliament_Ug) March 12, 2019
Kenyatta comes calling
President Yoweri Museveni had a guest on Monday.
A high profile one at that.
It was his counterpart from across the border in the east – Uhuru Kenyatta.
Museveni, who tweeted some pictures of himself and his visitor, said they discussed “issues of bilateral interest to our countries”.
— Yoweri K Museveni (@KagutaMuseveni) March 11, 2019
Today’s Ras toon
Many couples are these days opting for civil marriages because they are cheaper and more legally authentic.
Boeing shares plummet by more than 10% after Ethiopia crash
Meanwhile, the shares of Boeing plummeted by more than 12% on Monday in premarket trading, the day after the plane crash, AFP reports.
Toward 1300 GMT (4pm Ugandan time), Boeing, a member of the Dow Jones Industrial Average, had dropped 12.3% to $371.32 a share, dragging down futures for the Dow and helping put Wall Street on track for a sixth day and threatening to wipe as much as $30 billion from Boeing’s market capitalization.
Boeing has described the MAX series as its fastest-selling airplane ever, with more than 5,000 orders placed to date from about 100 customers.
State-owned Ethiopian Airlines had ordered 30 MAX 8 jets in total, and China has received 76 from an order of 180.
The nations grounding their Boeing 737s
A number of countries have grounded Boeing’s 737 MAX 8 medium-haul workhorse jet in response to an Ethiopian Airlines crash that killed all 157 people on board.
The Nairobi-bound plane was the same type as the Indonesian Lion Air jet that crashed in October, killing 189 passengers and crew — with some detecting similarities between the two accidents.
There are some 350 of the 737 MAX 8 planes currently in service around the world and while some countries and airlines have opted to ground the planes, others are continuing to fly the aircraft pending an investigation into the crash and possible guidance from Boeing itself.
Boeing has sent experts to assist in the Ethiopia probe and said safety was its “number one priority”.
Countries that have grounded 737 MAX 8s
Singapore’s aviation regulator Tuesday completely banned the use of Boeing 737 MAX aircraft in the country’s airspace.
The Civil Aviation Authority of Singapore (CAAS) said it was “temporarily suspending operation of all variants of the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft into and out of Singapore” in light of the two recent accidents.
Beijing Monday ordered domestic airlines to suspend operation of the Boeing 737 MAX 8, citing the two crashes.
Noting “similarities” between the two incidents, China’s Civil Aviation Administration said operation of the model would only resume after “confirming the relevant measures to effectively ensure flight safety”.
China is a hugely important market for the US aircraft company, accounting for about one-fifth of worldwide deliveries of Boeing 737 MAX models.
Indonesia said it was grounding its 11 jets of the 737 MAX 8 type.
Inspections of the aircraft would start Tuesday and the planes would remain grounded until they were cleared by safety regulators, Director General of Air Transport Polana Pramesti told reporters.
South Korea’s transport ministry said that the two Boeing 737 MAX 8 planes operated by the country’s budget airline Eastar Jet would be grounded pending an inspection.
The Mongolian Civil Aviation Authority said on Facebook it had ordered the state carrier MIAT Mongolian Airlines to ground the sole Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft in its fleet.
Airlines that have grounded jets
Ethiopian Airlines said Monday it had grounded its Boeing 737 MAX 8 fleet “until further notice”.
“Although we don’t yet know the cause of the accident, we have to decide to ground the particular fleet as an extra safety precaution,” said the state-owned carrier, Africa’s largest.
South African airline Comair said it had “decided to remove its 737 MAX from its flight schedule”.
Cayman Airways said it would suspend flights for its two 737 MAX 8 planes “until more information is received”, CEO Fabian Whorms said.
Brazil’s Gol Airlines said it was temporarily suspending its commercial operations with the plane.
Aeromexico, which has six 737 MAX 8s in its fleet, also announced that it was grounding the aircraft.
Pilots from Argentina’s Aerolineas Argentinas have refused to fly the jet.
Countries still flying jets
Boeing, which has sent experts to assist in the Ethiopia probe, said safety is its “number one priority”.
“The investigation is in its early stages, but at this point, based on the information available, we do not have any basis to issue new guidance to operators,” the US manufacturer said in a statement.
The US Federal Aviation Administration said it would take “immediate” action if there were safety concerns.
Southwest Airlines, which operates 34 of the 737 MAX 8 planes, said: “We remain confident in the safety and airworthiness of our fleet of more than 750 Boeing aircraft.”
A person with knowledge of the matter told AFP that American Airlines planned to continue operating its two dozen 737 MAX 8s.
Russian airline S7 said it was closely following the crash investigation and was in contact with Boeing, but had received no instructions to stop flying the 737 MAX 8.
The CEO of Turkish Airlines, which flies 11 Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft, said in a tweet that the carrier would fly the planes as scheduled, adding the airline is in touch with Boeing and that passenger security was paramount.
Air Italy said it would follow all directives “to ensure the maximum level of safety and security”. In the meantime, the planes remained in the air.
Icelandair operates three Boeing 737 MAX 8. Its operations chief told Frettabladid newspaper it would be “premature” to link the crashes in Ethiopia and Indonesia together.
This could change depending on the outcome of an ongoing probe but “for now, there is no reason to fear these machines”.
Norwegian Air Shuttle, which operates 18 Boeing 737 MAX 8 aircraft, said it would keep them in the air.
Airline flydubai said it was “monitoring the situation” and that it was “confident in the airworthiness of our fleet”.
Oman Air said it was in contact with Boeing “to understand if there are any implications for other airlines operating the same model”.
India’s aviation regulator said Monday that it has imposed additional “interim” safety requirements for ground engineers and crew for the aircraft but stopped short of ordering their grounding.
The victims of the Ethiopia plane crash
A renowned undersea archaeologist, an MP’s entire family and a top peacekeeper were among the victims of Sunday’s plane crash in Ethiopia, along with many people working with the United Nations on development, aid and the environment.
Here are some of their stories:
‘Cursed March 10’
Italian archaeologist Sebastiano Tusa, 66, spent years exploring the seabed off the Egadi islands near Sicily, finding Roman amphora in wrecks and according to Italian media reports, a bottle of wine dating back 1,000 years or more — believed to be the oldest in the world.
His great passion was the decisive Battle of Egadi between the Mediterranean powers of the Roman Republic and Carthage on March 10, 241 BC.
“Dad is a man that loves great battles. He never gave up. Two years ago he defeated a very aggressive tumour. Everybody thought he was a gonner, but he never gave up because he’s a strong, determined man. He’s my role model,” his son Andrea Tusa told the Repubblica newspaper.
Tusa was on his way to Kenya to give keynote address at a UNESCO conference when the plane went down.
“He called from (Rome’s) Fiumicino airport to say he’d ring me as soon as he landed and wake me up. Instead on Sunday there was silence, not even a message,” his wife, Valeria Patrizia Li Vigni, a museum director in Sicily, told the Corriere della Sera.
“I had a terrible feeling, even though the friends I met at mass said I shouldn’t worry because bad news travels fast. In the end it arrived anyway, and it destroyed my life. I felt the disaster coming. I felt alone. Why wasn’t he calling me? He hadn’t even wanted to go. For the first time it was a sad goodbye.
“But he had a profound sense of duty, he believed that archaeology was a message of peace, the cement between peoples and their histories.”
A brother’s gift
Slovak MP Anton Hrnko lost his entire family in the crash.
“It is with deep sorrow that I announce that my dear wife, Blanka, son Martin and daughter Michala, died in the air disaster in Addis Ababa this morning,” Hrnko wrote on his Facebook page.
Hrnko is vice-chairman of the Slovak National Party (SNS), a junior member of the governing coalition.
The family’s trip to Africa was arranged by Martin as a gift to his sister Michala, according to media reports in Slovakia.
Hrnko’s wife was a lawyer specialising in real estate while his 34-year-old daughter worked as an IT specialist at a Bratislava-based film production company.
Martin, 39, worked as a travel guide and had booked a safari for his sister and mother.
A fourth Slovak victim, Danica Olexova, 42, was a teacher and humanitarian aid worker with Dobra Novina (Good News). She was travelling to Kenya to manage a project the organisation was setting up there for children.
The near miss
A Greek man said he would have been the 150th passenger on the plane, but he arrived two minutes late for the flight.
“I was mad because nobody helped me to reach the gate on time,” Antonis Mavropoulos said in a Facebook post entitled “My lucky day” in which he included a photo of his ticket.
Mavropoulos, president of the non-profit International Solid Waste Association, was travelling to Nairobi for the the annual assembly of the UN Environment Programme, according to the Athens News Agency.
But he reached the departure gate two minutes after it closed.
He booked a later flight but was then prevented from boarding and taken to the airport police station.
Airport authorities explained they wanted to question him and check his identity because he was the only passenger booked on the doomed flight who wasn’t on board.
“The officer told me not to protest but to pray to God because I was the only passenger that didn’t board the ET 302 flight that was lost,” Mavropoulos said in his post.
‘Like a bird’
Two researchers, Doaa Atef and Abdel Hamid El Farag, from the Cairo-based Desert Research Centre took the flight on their way to a training course in Kenya.
“I remember Doaa being so excited the night before travelling, that’s the last time I saw her. She was so happy she was like a bird flying,” Atef Abdelsalam said of his 29-year-old daughter.
“Last week we attended her cousin’s wedding and she said to me happily ‘what do you think Dad? you will get to celebrate my wedding soon’. Now she’s gone.”
‘A generous man’
Joseph Waithaka, 55, was a Kenyan-British dual national who moved to the UK in 2004 before returning to live in Kenya in 2015, according to reports.
His son Ben Kuria told the BBC his father was a “generous” man.
Waithaka was returning to the region after visiting his family in Britain last week. “I gave him a hug and shook his hand… and I said we’ll probably see you at some point soon,” Ben Kuria said their farewell on Saturday.
While living for a decade in Britain, Waithaka had worked for a probation service in the northeast English city of Hull. “He helped so many people in Hull who had found themselves on the wrong side of the law,” his son told the Hull Daily Mail.
Christine Alolo was working with the African Mission in Somalia (AMISON), a peacekeeping force that is battling to keep security in the troubled country where Al-Shabaab Islamist extremists launch frequent attacks.
Alolo, a Ugandan national and mother of two who was serving as the mission’s acting police commissioner, was returning to Mogadishu from Italy.
She had joined the police in Uganda as a cadet in 2001 and served in various command positions.
“She was a highly respected member of the force who loved her job,” Uganda’s police force said in a statement.
The victims of the Ethiopia plane crash
We have looked a bit at our own (Commissioner of Police Christine Alalo) who was killed in the Ethiopian plane, whose black boxes have since been found. How about the others?
Let’s have a look at some of them . . .
Nationalities on board crashed Ethiopian Airlines ET 302
As investigators begin examining the flight data recorders from an Ethiopian Airlines plane that crashed on Sunday, here is the latest breakdown of the nationalities of the people who died.
The Nairobi-bound ET 302 jet came down shortly after takeoff from Addis Ababa with 157 people onboard.
The information comes from Ethiopian Airlines, which did not separately list the nationalities of the 149 passengers and eight crew, and other sources.
Note that this count is not yet final – and that the provisional total is 150.
Tributes paid to Alalo
Glowing tributes have been flowing for CP Christine Alalo and 156 others killed in the flight ET302 crash in Ethiopia.
The health ministry joined in on this, extending its condolences to the Police and families of the casualties.
@MinofHealthUG commiserates with @PoliceUg on the tragic loss of Commissioner of Police, Christine Alalo who was working in @amisomsomalia as Acting Police Commissioner.
We express our deepest sympathies to all families who lost loved ones in the fatal Ethiopian Airlines crash. pic.twitter.com/rSl7b8SgiT
— Ministry of Health- Uganda (@MinofHealthUG) March 11, 2019
Parliament did too . . .
Parliament of Uganda sends condolences to the families and nations that have lost their loved ones in the Ethiopian Airlines #ET302 plane crash.
We are saddened and mourn one yet to be named Ugandan who was killed in the same crash.
May the souls of the departed #RIP
— Parliament of Uganda (@Parliament_Ug) March 10, 2019
Alalo was dedicated and commitment – AMISOM
“Police Commissioner Christine Alalo will be remembered for her dedication, commitment and professionalism with which she led the African Union Police component in Somali since 2015 and for the very postiive results she was able to obtain in that capacity,” a Monday statement by AMISOM says.
AU Special Representative Amb. Francisco Caetano Madeira “extends his condolences to the Government and the people of the Republic of Uganda, relatives and friends of CP Christine Alalo”.
Madeira says the “entire AMISOM family is with the people and the government of Uganda, with Emmanuel and Alvin, sons of our beloved CP Christine Alalo, in this moment of sorrow and despondency. May her soul rest in peace”.
.@AmbFMadeira has learned with shock and deep sadness of the untimely death of Police Commissioner Christine Alalo who was, until her demise, the acting Police Commissioner for AMISOM. Read his full statement below. pic.twitter.com/sbX2Zj0XjC
— AMISOM (@amisomsomalia) March 11, 2019
What happened on Monday?
Much of the focus was on the developments following the Ethiopian Airlines plane crash the day before, which triggered a series of events across the world in the aviation context.
One Ugandan, Commissioner of Police Christine Alalo, was confirmed by Police as having been on the ill-fated flight – and that her family had been notified of the sad news.
A vigil was held at her home as forensic investigators carried on with the hectic work of identifying the charred bodies of the victims several miles away in Ethiopia.
Today’s inspirational quote
“Instead of letting your hardships and failures discourage or exhaust you, let them inspire you. Let them make you even hungrier to succeed.” Michelle Obama
Good morning – ‘We need to embrace hand washing’
This habit will enable us avoid so many diseases such as cholera and typhoid, says Dr. Diana Atwine, the health ministry’s permanent secretary.
It’s the second day of the National Sanitation Week.
Just in case you are wondering, the picture above is of electrical engineer Germain Kasereka demonstrating how a self-made automatic hand washing robot works to assist in the fight against Ebola, on a street in Butembo, DR Congo.