Kenya: The Implications of the New Data Protection Act

The Data Protection Bill, 2019, is officially a law! The president of the Republic of Kenya, HE Uhuru Kenyatta signed the bill into law on the 8th November 2019, marking a milestone into Kenya Data handling and processing. The purpose of the Act is to among other things, regulate the collection and processing of data

Uganda: No Foreigner Will Develop Uganda for You – Envoy

Ugandans should work hard and develop their country because no foreigner is going to do it for them, a diplomat has advised. Mr Mohammed Reza Ghezelsofla, the Cultural chancellor at the Iranian Embassy in Uganda noted that poor time management coupled with work inefficiency are to blame for the high poverty levels among many households

Kenya: BBI Report Opens Fresh Ruto, Odinga Battlefront

The launch of the Building Bridges Initiative task force report at the Bomas of Kenya was largely seen as a success and an opportunity for feuding political factions to put on displays of amity. The image of President Uhuru Kenyatta, Deputy President William Ruto and opposition leader Raila Odinga linking hands on the podium, and

Kenyatta Hits Tangatanga’s Raw Nerve With Joke on Kibra By-Election Goodies

President Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday took a swipe at his Deputy William Ruto’s side of Jubilee government following the events that unfolded in the just concluded Kibra by-election. Mr Kenyatta touched on the political dynamics that were being played out by the parties who had favourable candidates at the contest. “Kutoka tushikane mkono na Baba,

Tanzania: Exploring New Frontiers for Economic Diplomacy Strategy

In order to build our economy steadily and sustainably, we need investment, re-investment, trade (export markets), value addition, productivity, tourism etc.; not aid. Aid creates dependency. After all, being voluntary and given at the discretion of the donor, aid is inherently unpredictable and scarce. Sharp declines in official development assistance (ODA) witnessed lately illustrate this

Kenya: The Kenya We Want – Time for the Nation to Talk to Itself in Pursuit of Unity

At a well-secured house on the outskirts of Nairobi, the members of the Building Bridges Initiative ensured the final report did not leak to the public. Any printouts for discussion were shredded — and every shred was burnt. 150-PAGE REPORT On Tuesday afternoon, 20 months after the Friday morning of March 9, 2018 joint communiqué

Uganda: Kasaija to Explain Status of Uganda’s Assets in Kenya

The Minister of Finance, Mr Matia Kasaija, is expected to present to Parliament a detailed status report of Uganda’s assets in Kenya. The comes amid fears by a section of lawmakers that several of the assets managed by Uganda Property Holding Ltd, risk being taken over by the Kenyan government. The properties are in Mombasa,

Uganda: Security Agencies to Be On Spot During Election Period

What is Uganda Electoral Commission’s role in election security going into the 2021 general elections? There is a lot of work to do to secure the elections. Election security isn’t a problem that will be solved just with technology. Democracy depends on people – specifically, their trust that the system is valid and secure. If

Uganda: Museveni Yet Again Directs Luweero Leaders to Evict Wetland Encroachers

President Museveni has ordered Luweero District leaders to evict wetland encroachers one year after he made the same directive. “On my way to Luweero, I noticed that people had invaded wetlands. I direct all concerned authorities to ensure these people leave the wetlands. Let us not destroy our environment, which has lots of other negative

Kenya: MPs in Bid to Counter Sagana Forum

A section of Mt Kenya MPs who dismissed last Friday’s Sagana forum as a flop are planning a meeting to re-strategise regional politics. The Nation has learnt that the MPs, most of them allied to Deputy President William Ruto, feel their concerns were not adequately presented in Kirinyaga and have vowed to counter the same