Deal with Wetland Encroachers Now

[Monitor] Just over a month ago, President Museveni, while launching a new water pumping station and a pipeline in Ggaba, a Kampala suburb, gave wetland encroachers one month to leave or be forced out by police.

[Monitor] Just over a month ago, President Museveni, while launching a new water pumping station and a pipeline in Ggaba, a Kampala suburb, gave wetland encroachers one month to leave or be forced out by police.

source: AllAfrica News: Uganda

How the Poisonous Side of Social Media is Killing the Newspaper

[Monitor] At the weekend there was a scare. A popular radio presenter, Meddie Nsereko Ssebuliba had an accident. A Luganda newspaper reported that the doctors were ‘very worried’ that he had ‘not bleed externally.’ That was only the beginning.

[Monitor] At the weekend there was a scare. A popular radio presenter, Meddie Nsereko Ssebuliba had an accident. A Luganda newspaper reported that the doctors were 'very worried' that he had 'not bleed externally.' That was only the beginning.

source: AllAfrica News: Uganda

Gangs fuelling crime in Mbale – New Report

[Monitor] Mbale -The presence of gangs and militia groups is one of the root causes of increasing crime and violence in Mbale Town, according to a new research by Human Rights Network in partnership with National Coalition on Police Accountability.

[Monitor] Mbale -The presence of gangs and militia groups is one of the root causes of increasing crime and violence in Mbale Town, according to a new research by Human Rights Network in partnership with National Coalition on Police Accountability.

source: AllAfrica News: Uganda

Educational Material Available For Cancer Patients, Caregivers

[Monitor] Erinah Byabakama, a poultry farmer in Namasuba noticed her once firm and round breasts had become harder inside, a sign she brushed aside, hoping it would disappear with time. But that did not happen. She was later diagnosed with breast cance…

[Monitor] Erinah Byabakama, a poultry farmer in Namasuba noticed her once firm and round breasts had become harder inside, a sign she brushed aside, hoping it would disappear with time. But that did not happen. She was later diagnosed with breast cancer and her breasts were later removed. Byamukama's children struggled through following treatment schedules, and feeding her.

source: AllAfrica News: Uganda

Mahtani Continues to Pull Strings at FBZ in Lamasat Extortion

Convicted fraudster Rajan Mahtani appears to be continuing to exert managerial control over Finance Bank of Zambia Ltd. despite having completed the sale of 100% of the bank to Atlas Mara, owner of BancABC, more than seven months ago. The … Continued

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Convicted fraudster Rajan Mahtani appears to be continuing to exert managerial control over Finance Bank of Zambia Ltd. despite having completed the sale of 100% of the bank to Atlas Mara, owner of BancABC, more than seven months ago. The revelation comes to light as the Lusaka High Court has moved to intervene to prevent to FBZ from appointing a receiver to Lamasat, which has a $13 million term loan facility. The news was first reported by The Mast newspaper on 6 February, which indicated that Lamasat had only taken out the 60-month term loan in order to consolidate its existing credit facilities at FBZ to a single loan of $10,000,000 and a settlement of $3,408,624.65. According to the court case, Lamasat was only meant to pay back the loan with interest in 60 equal monthly installments. But instead, suddenly on January 26 FBZ sent a letter to Lamasat demanding full repayment of more than $12 million and arrears of an overdrawn account. The bank demanded this from Lamasat on a seemingly impossible deadline of just 14 days, as reported by The Mast. FBZ’s demand that Lamasat repay its entire term loan facility appeared designed to extort the company and force them into receivership, allowing the bank to essentially seize control of the majority shareholding. In the past, this has been a signature pattern of corporate raids overseen by Mr. Mahtani, which led to his attempted seizure of companies such as the Radisson Blue Hotel and Zambezi Portland Cement, leading observers to allege that Mahtani continues to secretly pulls the strings at FBZ despite having been officially bought out. The Mast article indicates that the reason why FBZ moved to force them into receivership was that Lamasat in the process of trying to refinance their term loan facility with Madison Asset Finance Company Ltd, and move their business away from FBZ. The scandal surrounding FBZ’s conduct toward Lamasat raises questions regarding where control actually resides over the bank. On 6 July 2016 Atlas Mara, the new African banking conglomerate led by Bob Diamond and Ashish Thakkar, announced that the acquisition of FBZ had been completed at a $61 million buyout of Mahtani. Atlas Mara also announced that it was appointing former Standard Chartered Bank Africa chief risk officer Benjamin Dabrah as managing director. In a statement issued last July, Atlas Mara Chief Executive John Vitalo acknowledged that operational integration would take some time: “We are enthusiastic about Zambia’s long-term prospects and our ability to play a leading role in the development of financial services in the country. While there is much to be done to fully implement our operational integration plans, we are excited about the opportunity afforded by a larger footprint in this important market for us.” The post Mahtani Continues to Pull Strings at FBZ in Lamasat Extortion appeared first on Zambia Reports.

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President Koroma Urges Paramount Chiefs to Stay Focused

[Sierra Leone Government] President Dr Ernest Bai Koroma over the weekend called on newly crowned paramount chiefs to stay focused and pay less attention to detractors.

[Sierra Leone Government] President Dr Ernest Bai Koroma over the weekend called on newly crowned paramount chiefs to stay focused and pay less attention to detractors.

source: AllAfrica News: Sierra Leone

President Koroma Commissions Field Hospital and Primary School At Daru Barracks

[Sierra Leone Government] President Dr Ernest Bai Koroma on Saturday February 4, 2017, commissioned an ultra-modern Military Hospital and the Services Primary School at the Daru Military Barracks in the Eastern regional town of Daru, Jawei Chiefdom, Ka…

[Sierra Leone Government] President Dr Ernest Bai Koroma on Saturday February 4, 2017, commissioned an ultra-modern Military Hospital and the Services Primary School at the Daru Military Barracks in the Eastern regional town of Daru, Jawei Chiefdom, Kailahun district.

source: AllAfrica News: Sierra Leone

President Koroma Attends 55th Ahmadis Conference

[Sierra Leone Government] In a show of religious freedom and tolerance, President Dr Ernest Bai Koroma accompanied by his Vice President, Ambassador Dr Victor Bockarie Foh, attended the 55th Annual Conference (Jalsa Salana) of the Ahmadiyya Mission hel…

[Sierra Leone Government] In a show of religious freedom and tolerance, President Dr Ernest Bai Koroma accompanied by his Vice President, Ambassador Dr Victor Bockarie Foh, attended the 55th Annual Conference (Jalsa Salana) of the Ahmadiyya Mission held in Bo on Friday February 3rd, 2017, under the theme: "And we have not sent thee but as a mercy for all creations".

source: AllAfrica News: Sierra Leone

Message On the International Day of Zero Tolerance for Female Genital Mutilation

[The Point] Female genital mutilation denies women and girls their dignity, endangers their health, and causes needless pain and suffering, with consequences that endure for a lifetime and can even be fatal.

[The Point] Female genital mutilation denies women and girls their dignity, endangers their health, and causes needless pain and suffering, with consequences that endure for a lifetime and can even be fatal.

source: AllAfrica News: Gambia