Category «World News»

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, …

International artists join #FreeBobiWine campaign

Dozens of top musicians including Chris Martin, Chrissie Hynde, Brian Eno and Damon Albarn have signed an open letter calling for the release of detained Ugandan singer-turned-politician Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu, known to fans as Bobi Wine. More than 80 artists, activists and politicians signed the statement condemning “the arrest, imprisonment and vicious, life-threatening physical attack by Ugandan government forces”. “We call upon the Ugandan government to ensure [Kyagulanyi has] full access to medical treatment, to allow a full and impartial investigation of his violent arrest and imprisonment and … to follow internationally recognised procedures and safeguards in proceeding with any case against him,” “We pledge to remain vigilant … and to use our voices … to press for his immediate …

1st black African to become UN secretary-general dies at 80

Kofi Annan, the first black African to become UN secretary-general, has died aged 80 in Switzerland, his aides say. He “passed away peacefully on Saturday after a short illness”, the foundation named after him said on Saturday. Mr Annan served two terms as UN chief from 1997 to 2006, and was awarded a Nobel Peace Prize for humanitarian work for his efforts. He later served as the UN special envoy for Syria, leading efforts to find a peaceful solution to the conflict. In a statement announcing his death, the Kofi Annan Foundation described him as a “global statesman and deeply committed internationalist who fought throughout his life for a fairer and more peaceful world”. The diplomat, who was originally from Ghana, had …

Gaza militants halt fire after deadly flare-up with Israel

Gaza militants halted fire Thursday after targeting Israel with some 180 rockets and mortars, provoking Israeli strikes across the enclave that killed three Palestinians, including a toddler, in another severe flare-up of violence. It was the third major escalation since July and came despite attempts by UN officials and Egypt to secure a long-term truce between Israel and Hamas, the Islamist movement that runs the Gaza Strip. Two Palestinian officials said on condition of anonymity that Gaza militants halted rocket fire at noon on Thursday. One of the officials said “they consider this round of escalation over.” Israel’s military declined to comment. Beginning on Wednesday night and into Thursday, fireballs and explosions shook the Gaza Strip while plumes of smoke …