Category «World News»

South Korea’s largest dog slaughterhouse dismantled

Officials in South Korea have started to dismantle the country’s largest dog slaughterhouse. The Taepyeong-dong complex in Seongnam city, south of Seoul, will be cleared over two days and converted into a public park. About one million dogs are consumed every year and activists have sought to end the custom. Dog meat was once considered a delicacy in South Korea, but attitudes have changed in recent years. “This is a historic moment,” Korean Animal Rights Advocates (KARA) said in a statement. “It will open the door for more closures of dog meat slaughterhouses across the country, expediting the decline of the overall dog meat industry.” The Taepyeong-dong complex – an important source of meat for restaurants across the country – …

Bobi Wine speaks to the world, promises to return and continue the struggle

By Ssebuliba Samuel. Kyadondo east member of parliament Robert Kyagulanyi has castigated Ugandan’s government for alleged continued torture of its people using military machinery. Speaking to international media in Washington DC this afternoon, Kyagulanyi narrated the alleged torture he went through while in military detention in Uganda during his arrest in Uganda. He however said that it’s his honor for him to fight freedom and peace in Uganda at the cost of his life. He has promised to continue with the fight as soon as he completes medication in United States where he is now. However his international lawyer Robert Amsterdam asked America government to suspend all military assistance to Uganda. Kyagulanyi was arrested in the pre-Arua municipality electoral violence …

We do not fund illegal activities-EU

By Ritah Kemigisa. Development partners have refuted allegations made by government that they are funding illegal activities of some civil society organizations. According to the European Union’s Head of section Governance and human rights Thomas Tiedemann, it is unfair for government to criticize the help they extend to CSOs yet they also benefit from their funding. Tiedemann says the EU supports activities that are implemented in collaboration with government agenda’s. He says they are not in the business of planting foreign ideas into the operations of these organizations as government alleges. The European Union response comes at the minister for presidency Esther Mbayoaccused development partners of funding illegal activities of some non-governmental organizations which are a threat to national security.

Fuel shortage hits Nairobi

A biting fuel shortage has hit parts of the Kenyan capital Nairobi as the strike called by petroleum transporters protesting against new government tax enters its fourth day. A random check by the Nation at Total, Shell and Kenol Kobil stations within the central business district on Thursday morning revealed that many did not have petrol. On Wednesday, many stations across the country reported dry pumps, with those with the precious commodity, mainly diesel, experiencing long queues of motorists seeking to fill up. On Thursday, many lacked both diesel and petrol. However, outside the city centre and in areas such as City Cabanas along Mombasa Road, Ongata Rongai, Waiyaki Way and Ngong Road, petrol was available at Sh127 a litre. …

M7 meets Ugandans in China

By Ssebuliba Samuel. President Museveni has met a cross-section of Ugandans living in China, promising to attend to three key issues they raised for his attention. This followed submissions by six Ugandan representatives who asked the President to raise some of the issues with his Chinese counterpart. MrNtumwaBirimumaso, the proprietor of Ubuntu Cafe, a company that exports Ugandan coffee to China, told the President about the high taxes placed on roasted coffee beans yet they would fetch more money than green beans. In his remarks, the President promised to raise the two issues (taxation and teachers certification) with his host, President Xi Jinping, at a meeting scheduled for today President Museveni, who has been part of African leaders attending FOCAC, …