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  •   Kenyans have been urged to speak candidly about rising cases of HIV AIDS infections teenage pregnancies and incidents of gender based violence GBV if the country is to overcome challenges that heavily affect youth Speaking Friday at Kabarnet Boys High School in Baringo County during an awareness meeting Beyond Zero coordinator Angella Langat said communities must complement government efforts to overcome challenges Therefore we are called upon to take decisive action to openly and honestly discuss and collectively combat the triple threats in order to end them and their resulting negative impacts on our society If we want to be successful on this path we must involve our youth community leaders both levels of government We must make this everyone s business We must implement preventive strategies said Ms Langat She called on the public to adopt preventive measures such as the correct and consistent use of condoms to prevent HIV transmission noting that the country spends more than 25 billion shs a year to control the disease On teen pregnancy and early marriage Ms Langat noted that Baringo County has some of the highest cases in the country and called on stakeholders to work together to find a lasting solution We must end child marriages One in ten girls 12 2 in this county is exposed to child marriage which translates to one in 10 girls leaving school early one in 10 girls gives birth while she is still one in 10 girls is not growing to her full potential she said Ms Langat encouraged citizens to report cases of sexual and gender based violence to the authorities adding that the government was interested in using a multisectoral approach Sexual and gender based violence by people well known to our children fuels pregnancy and HIV The situation is made worse when victims are denied justice because people who should otherwise take measures opt for kangaroo courts to subvert justice said Ms Langat noting that in Baringo County 30 of the 181 registered cases of sexual and gender based violence occurred among adolescents between the ages of 10 and 17 adding that such cases increased 15 fold from 2 incidents in 2018 to 30 last year Ms Langat called on parents to return to traditional ways of advising and guiding their children on issues related to teen sex and its resulting effects on their futures Baringo CEC for Health Dr Richard Rotich said the county government had included appropriations for Community Health Volunteers CHV in this year s budget in addition to establishing a law that recognizes health care workers
    Speak frankly about HIV/AIDS, teen pregnancy and gender-based violence, Kenyans said
      Kenyans have been urged to speak candidly about rising cases of HIV AIDS infections teenage pregnancies and incidents of gender based violence GBV if the country is to overcome challenges that heavily affect youth Speaking Friday at Kabarnet Boys High School in Baringo County during an awareness meeting Beyond Zero coordinator Angella Langat said communities must complement government efforts to overcome challenges Therefore we are called upon to take decisive action to openly and honestly discuss and collectively combat the triple threats in order to end them and their resulting negative impacts on our society If we want to be successful on this path we must involve our youth community leaders both levels of government We must make this everyone s business We must implement preventive strategies said Ms Langat She called on the public to adopt preventive measures such as the correct and consistent use of condoms to prevent HIV transmission noting that the country spends more than 25 billion shs a year to control the disease On teen pregnancy and early marriage Ms Langat noted that Baringo County has some of the highest cases in the country and called on stakeholders to work together to find a lasting solution We must end child marriages One in ten girls 12 2 in this county is exposed to child marriage which translates to one in 10 girls leaving school early one in 10 girls gives birth while she is still one in 10 girls is not growing to her full potential she said Ms Langat encouraged citizens to report cases of sexual and gender based violence to the authorities adding that the government was interested in using a multisectoral approach Sexual and gender based violence by people well known to our children fuels pregnancy and HIV The situation is made worse when victims are denied justice because people who should otherwise take measures opt for kangaroo courts to subvert justice said Ms Langat noting that in Baringo County 30 of the 181 registered cases of sexual and gender based violence occurred among adolescents between the ages of 10 and 17 adding that such cases increased 15 fold from 2 incidents in 2018 to 30 last year Ms Langat called on parents to return to traditional ways of advising and guiding their children on issues related to teen sex and its resulting effects on their futures Baringo CEC for Health Dr Richard Rotich said the county government had included appropriations for Community Health Volunteers CHV in this year s budget in addition to establishing a law that recognizes health care workers
    Speak frankly about HIV/AIDS, teen pregnancy and gender-based violence, Kenyans said
    Africa2 months ago

    Speak frankly about HIV/AIDS, teen pregnancy and gender-based violence, Kenyans said

    Kenyans have been urged to speak candidly about rising cases of HIV/AIDS infections, teenage pregnancies and incidents of gender-based violence (GBV) if the country is to overcome challenges that heavily affect youth.

    Speaking Friday at Kabarnet Boys High School in Baringo County during an awareness meeting, Beyond Zero coordinator Angella Langat said communities must complement government efforts to overcome challenges.

    “Therefore, we are called upon to take decisive action to openly and honestly discuss and collectively combat the triple threats in order to end them and their resulting negative impacts on our society.” “If we want to be successful on this path, we must involve our youth, community leaders, both levels of government.

    We must make this everyone's business.

    We must implement preventive strategies," said Ms. Langat.

    She called on the public to adopt preventive measures such as the correct and consistent use of condoms to prevent HIV transmission, noting that the country spends more than 25 billion shs a year to control the disease.

    On teen pregnancy and early marriage, Ms. Langat noted that Baringo County has some of the highest cases in the country, and called on stakeholders to work together to find a lasting solution."

    We must end child marriages.

    One in ten girls (12.2%) in this county is exposed to child marriage, which translates to one in 10 girls leaving school early; one in 10 girls gives birth while she is still one in 10 girls is not growing to her full potential," she said.

    Ms. Langat encouraged citizens to report cases of sexual and gender-based violence to the authorities, adding that the government was interested in using a multisectoral approach "Sexual and gender-based violence by people well known to our children fuels pregnancy and HIV.

    The situation is made worse when victims are denied justice because people who should otherwise take measures opt for kangaroo courts to subvert justice,” said Ms. Langat, noting that in Baringo County, 30 of the 181 registered cases of sexual and gender-based violence occurred among adolescents between the ages of 10 and 17, adding that such cases increased 15-fold from 2 incidents in 2018 to 30 last year.

    Ms. Langat called on parents to return to traditional ways of advising and guiding their children on issues related to teen sex and its resulting effects on their futures.

    Baringo CEC for Health Dr. Richard Rotich said the county government had included appropriations for Community Health Volunteers (CHV) in this year's budget in addition to establishing a law that recognizes health care workers.

  •   President Yoweri Museveni has mourned former Speaker of Parliament Rt Hon Jacob Oulanyah in Kololo where he acknowledged his success in uniting Northern Uganda Museveni said that despite dying young Oulanyah left his mark on nation building He was young but he had already made an impact we at NRM first dealt with him when he was on the Parliamentary Legal Committee he was able to break with the sectarian politics of the Opposition Museveni said When he came to the NRM made a very big contribution losing Oulanyah now was a great loss he was someone who was emerging and the country was going to benefit a lot from him she added On the elusive quest for national unity Museveni said Oulanyah had done his part in unifying northern Uganda completing one of the puzzles the NRM had been trying to solve When Oulanyah became vice president of NRM he seemed to have deepened this unit in the short time he was here I salute Bro Oulanyah and recommend him as an example to you he said Museveni also urged the leaders and all Ugandans to take care of their health before thinking about getting involved in politics or other activities Health is a weapon If you are fighters for Africa you must pay attention to your health because you must use it to fight for Africa This is why I discourage people from drinking alcohol It is not good for health Museveni said The president added that if he had known Oulanyah was unwell he would have dissuaded him from getting involved in the electoral process I first found out about the problem when he went to Dubai He was involved in all the politics of Omoro CEC rapporteur and vice president If he had known he would have told her to focus on his health Museveni added Speaker of Parliament the Rt Hon Anita Among said that there will be a review of the constitution to better deal with succession issues in the presidency in light of the elections that had to take place even before the funeral of former President Oulanyah Between said parliamentarians they resolved to contribute 554 million shs to support the Jacob Oulanyah Education Fund which will ensure that his children and other people he was supporting complete their education Church of Uganda Archbishop Dr Stephen Kaziimba Mugalu said Oulanyah lived a religious and God conscious life and will be remembered for his contribution to the church and the country In his memory the Archbishop said that Ugandans should desist from corruption as he abhorred vice We must not be tempted to steal and build big houses because we will leave it here this man wanted people to be together so that we could resist corruption there is a need for a national dialogue he said He also urged Parliament to review the provisions requiring the immediate election of the Speaker in the event of a vacancy That section article in the Constitution must be reviewed I am also challenged to know that even when everyone loves you when you leave someone else will take over he said The former President s son Andrew Ojok conveyed the family s thanks to Parliament and all stakeholders who supported them after his father s death Dr Jackson Orem one of the late Oulanyah s doctors who also heads the Uganda Cancer Institute reaffirmed that Oulanyah s cause of death was lymphoma a cancer along with other contributing medical conditions However President Museveni was not happy with the revelation of the cause of death and said that the medical report should have been shared only with the family The Speaker of the National Assembly of Kenya the Rt Hon Justin Muturi and his counterpart from Tanzania the Rt Hon Dr Tulia Ackson attended the event Oulanyah s body was later transferred to Omoro his final resting place where he will be laid to rest on Friday Oulanyah 56 died last month in Seattle United States of America where he was evacuated for treatment following his illness
    Uganda: Museveni salutes Oulanyah’s contribution
      President Yoweri Museveni has mourned former Speaker of Parliament Rt Hon Jacob Oulanyah in Kololo where he acknowledged his success in uniting Northern Uganda Museveni said that despite dying young Oulanyah left his mark on nation building He was young but he had already made an impact we at NRM first dealt with him when he was on the Parliamentary Legal Committee he was able to break with the sectarian politics of the Opposition Museveni said When he came to the NRM made a very big contribution losing Oulanyah now was a great loss he was someone who was emerging and the country was going to benefit a lot from him she added On the elusive quest for national unity Museveni said Oulanyah had done his part in unifying northern Uganda completing one of the puzzles the NRM had been trying to solve When Oulanyah became vice president of NRM he seemed to have deepened this unit in the short time he was here I salute Bro Oulanyah and recommend him as an example to you he said Museveni also urged the leaders and all Ugandans to take care of their health before thinking about getting involved in politics or other activities Health is a weapon If you are fighters for Africa you must pay attention to your health because you must use it to fight for Africa This is why I discourage people from drinking alcohol It is not good for health Museveni said The president added that if he had known Oulanyah was unwell he would have dissuaded him from getting involved in the electoral process I first found out about the problem when he went to Dubai He was involved in all the politics of Omoro CEC rapporteur and vice president If he had known he would have told her to focus on his health Museveni added Speaker of Parliament the Rt Hon Anita Among said that there will be a review of the constitution to better deal with succession issues in the presidency in light of the elections that had to take place even before the funeral of former President Oulanyah Between said parliamentarians they resolved to contribute 554 million shs to support the Jacob Oulanyah Education Fund which will ensure that his children and other people he was supporting complete their education Church of Uganda Archbishop Dr Stephen Kaziimba Mugalu said Oulanyah lived a religious and God conscious life and will be remembered for his contribution to the church and the country In his memory the Archbishop said that Ugandans should desist from corruption as he abhorred vice We must not be tempted to steal and build big houses because we will leave it here this man wanted people to be together so that we could resist corruption there is a need for a national dialogue he said He also urged Parliament to review the provisions requiring the immediate election of the Speaker in the event of a vacancy That section article in the Constitution must be reviewed I am also challenged to know that even when everyone loves you when you leave someone else will take over he said The former President s son Andrew Ojok conveyed the family s thanks to Parliament and all stakeholders who supported them after his father s death Dr Jackson Orem one of the late Oulanyah s doctors who also heads the Uganda Cancer Institute reaffirmed that Oulanyah s cause of death was lymphoma a cancer along with other contributing medical conditions However President Museveni was not happy with the revelation of the cause of death and said that the medical report should have been shared only with the family The Speaker of the National Assembly of Kenya the Rt Hon Justin Muturi and his counterpart from Tanzania the Rt Hon Dr Tulia Ackson attended the event Oulanyah s body was later transferred to Omoro his final resting place where he will be laid to rest on Friday Oulanyah 56 died last month in Seattle United States of America where he was evacuated for treatment following his illness
    Uganda: Museveni salutes Oulanyah’s contribution
    Africa6 months ago

    Uganda: Museveni salutes Oulanyah’s contribution

    President Yoweri Museveni has mourned former Speaker of Parliament, Rt Hon. Jacob Oulanyah in Kololo, where he acknowledged his success in uniting Northern Uganda.

    Museveni said that despite dying young, Oulanyah left his mark on nation-building.

    “He was young, but he had already made an impact; we at NRM first dealt with him when he was on the Parliamentary Legal Committee; he was able to break with the sectarian politics of the Opposition,” Museveni said.

    "When he came [to the NRM], made a very big contribution; losing Oulanyah now was a great loss; he was someone who was emerging and the country was going to benefit a lot from him,” she added.

    On the elusive quest for national unity, Museveni said Oulanyah had done his part in unifying northern Uganda, completing one of the puzzles the NRM had been trying to solve.

    “When Oulanyah became vice president of NRM, he seemed to have deepened this unit in the short time he was here; I salute Bro. Oulanyah and recommend him as an example to you,” he said.

    Museveni also urged the leaders and all Ugandans to take care of their health before thinking about getting involved in politics or other activities.

    “Health is a weapon. If you are fighters for Africa, you must pay attention to your health because you must use it to fight for Africa. This is why I discourage people from drinking alcohol. It is not good for health,” Museveni said.

    The president added that if he had known Oulanyah was unwell, he would have dissuaded him from getting involved in the electoral process.

    “I first found out about the problem when he went to Dubai. He was involved in all the politics of Omoro, CEC, rapporteur and vice president; If he had known, he would have told her to focus on his health,” Museveni added.

    Speaker of Parliament, the Rt Hon. Anita Among said that there will be a review of the constitution to better deal with succession issues in the presidency, in light of the elections that had to take place even before the funeral of former President Oulanyah.

    Between said parliamentarians they resolved to contribute 554 million shs to support the Jacob Oulanyah Education Fund, which will ensure that his children and other people he was supporting complete their education. Church of Uganda Archbishop Dr. Stephen Kaziimba Mugalu said Oulanyah lived a religious and God-conscious life and will be remembered for his contribution to the church and the country.

    In his memory, the Archbishop said that Ugandans should desist from corruption as he abhorred vice.

    “We must not be tempted to steal and build big houses because we will leave it here; this man wanted people to be together so that we could resist corruption; there is a need for a national dialogue,” he said.

    He also urged Parliament to review the provisions requiring the immediate election of the Speaker in the event of a vacancy.

    “That section [article in the Constitution] must be reviewed; I am also challenged to know that even when everyone loves you, when you leave someone else will take over,” he said.

    The former President's son, Andrew Ojok, conveyed the family's thanks to Parliament and all stakeholders who supported them after his father's death.

    Dr. Jackson Orem, one of the late Oulanyah's doctors who also heads the Uganda Cancer Institute, reaffirmed that Oulanyah's cause of death was lymphoma, a cancer, along with other contributing medical conditions.

    However, President Museveni was not happy with the revelation of the cause of death and said that the medical report should have been shared only with the family. The Speaker of the National Assembly of Kenya, the Rt Hon. Justin Muturi and his counterpart from Tanzania, the Rt Hon. Dr. Tulia Ackson attended the event.

    Oulanyah's body was later transferred to Omoro, his final resting place, where he will be laid to rest on Friday.

    Oulanyah, 56, died last month in Seattle, United States of America, where he was evacuated for treatment following his illness.

  •   The son of Turkmenistan s autocratic leader Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov won a decisive victory in presidential elections officials said on Tuesday paving the way for hereditary succession in one of the world s most controlled countries Serdar Berdymukhamedov 40 won Saturday s vote with 73 percent of the vote the Central Election Commission CEC said in a statement on its website Nine candidates contested the poll in the isolated country of six million people but few doubted that Berdymukhamedov s only son Serdar who vowed to follow his father s lead would assume the country s highest office Berdymukhamedov senior who is now Turkmenistan s outgoing president cabinet chairman and head of the Senate has been the regime s top decision maker for the past 15 years The strongman known as the protector of the gas rich country has dominated public life since the country s founding president Saparmurat Niyazov died in 2006 and does not tolerate dissent Last month Berdymukhamedov said he would step aside and allow young leaders to govern prompting an early vote CEC officials took their time announcing the results of one of the world s most predictable elections in which Berdymukhamedov faced relatively unknown civil servants and provincial officials On Sunday CEC Chairman Gulmyrat Myradov told reporters who had attended a news conference waiting to hear the results that the results were being delayed due to the need for a comprehensive count In the end Berdymukhamedov Junior s margin of victory turned out to be much lower than the 98 and 97 percent defeats recorded by his 64 year old father in the last two hermit state elections Source Credit TheGuardian
    Turkmenistan strongman’s son wins presidential vote
      The son of Turkmenistan s autocratic leader Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov won a decisive victory in presidential elections officials said on Tuesday paving the way for hereditary succession in one of the world s most controlled countries Serdar Berdymukhamedov 40 won Saturday s vote with 73 percent of the vote the Central Election Commission CEC said in a statement on its website Nine candidates contested the poll in the isolated country of six million people but few doubted that Berdymukhamedov s only son Serdar who vowed to follow his father s lead would assume the country s highest office Berdymukhamedov senior who is now Turkmenistan s outgoing president cabinet chairman and head of the Senate has been the regime s top decision maker for the past 15 years The strongman known as the protector of the gas rich country has dominated public life since the country s founding president Saparmurat Niyazov died in 2006 and does not tolerate dissent Last month Berdymukhamedov said he would step aside and allow young leaders to govern prompting an early vote CEC officials took their time announcing the results of one of the world s most predictable elections in which Berdymukhamedov faced relatively unknown civil servants and provincial officials On Sunday CEC Chairman Gulmyrat Myradov told reporters who had attended a news conference waiting to hear the results that the results were being delayed due to the need for a comprehensive count In the end Berdymukhamedov Junior s margin of victory turned out to be much lower than the 98 and 97 percent defeats recorded by his 64 year old father in the last two hermit state elections Source Credit TheGuardian
    Turkmenistan strongman’s son wins presidential vote
    Foreign6 months ago

    Turkmenistan strongman’s son wins presidential vote

    The son of Turkmenistan's autocratic leader, Gurbanguly Berdymukhamedov, won a decisive victory in presidential elections, officials said on Tuesday, paving the way for hereditary succession in one of the world's most controlled countries.

    Serdar Berdymukhamedov, 40, won Saturday's vote with 73 percent of the vote, the Central Election Commission (CEC) said in a statement on its website.

    Nine candidates contested the poll in the isolated country of six million people, but few doubted that Berdymukhamedov's only son, Serdar, who vowed to follow his father's lead, would assume the country's highest office.

    Berdymukhamedov senior, who is now Turkmenistan's outgoing president, cabinet chairman and head of the Senate, has been the regime's top decision-maker for the past 15 years.

    The strongman known as the "protector" of the gas-rich country has dominated public life since the country's founding president, Saparmurat Niyazov, died in 2006 and does not tolerate dissent.

    Last month, Berdymukhamedov said he would step aside and allow "young leaders" to govern, prompting an early vote.

    CEC officials took their time announcing the results of one of the world's most predictable elections, in which Berdymukhamedov faced relatively unknown civil servants and provincial officials.

    On Sunday, CEC Chairman Gulmyrat Myradov told reporters who had attended a news conference waiting to hear the results that the results were being delayed due to "the need for a comprehensive count."

    In the end, Berdymukhamedov Junior's margin of victory turned out to be much lower than the 98 and 97 percent defeats recorded by his 64-year-old father in the last two hermit state elections.

    Source Credit: TheGuardian

  •   The Bureau of Public Enterprises BPE on Monday challenged the jurisdiction of an Abuja Federal High Court to hear a lawsuit brought against it and others over the controversial acquisition of Abuja Electricity Distribution Company AEDC Lawyers for the BPE AU Mustapha SAN made this known to Judge Inyang Ekwo during the day s proceedings He hinted that a motion in the notice marked FHC ABJ CS 1557 2021 dated December 17 but filed on December 20 requesting a court order to stay the proceedings in the lawsuit and refer them to arbitration for a agreement was already in court Mr Mustapha said that the request was in view of the content of the Share Sale Agreement dated February 21 2013 and the Shareholders Agreement dated August 21 2013 between the parties respectively annexed as Exhibits BPE 1 and BPE 2 The plaintiffs CEC Africa Investments Limited and KANN Utility Company Limited in a lawsuit marked FHC ABJ CS 1557 2021 had sued the Attorney General of the Federation AGF and the Central Bank of Nigeria CBN as first and second defendants The lawsuit dated December 8 was also joined by the BPE the Ministry of Finance AEDC United Bank for Africa UBA and United Capital Trustees Limited as defendants third through seventh respectively The plaintiffs had requested an order preventing AGF CBN BPE and the Ministry of Finance from interfering with the operations and management of AEDC They also requested an order preventing the AGG CBN BPE and the Ministry of Finance from taking any action that could transfer lose or reduce or take control of the second plaintiff s 60 percent stake in AEDC in any way or limit to the second applicant capacity to exercise their full rights over the shares pending the hearing and resolution of the matter NAN reports that Judge Ekwo on December 10 ordered the parties to maintain the status quo after advising the plaintiffs Etigwe Uwa SAN filed an ex parte motion to that effect It also ordered that the defendants be notified of the processes presented in the lawsuit within five days after the order was issued At the resumption of the hearing the plaintiffs attorney Uwa said that although the matter was postponed for the motion hearing with notice he reported that despite the court s status quo order the AEDC facilities fifth accused were invaded We have submitted a request for non compliance with the standstill order he said Attorneys for all defendants including the fifth defendant said they were unaware of the invasion However the judge expressed surprise that a court issued an order and the parties chose to do the opposite According to him this is not safe for our system it is not safe for members of the bar association and the judiciary Ekwo therefore reiterated that the order of the status quo still exists In response to the defense arguments Uwa said that while the arbitration clause was correct the issue that the plaintiffs were litigating today goes further He argued that the UBA and United Capital Trustees Limited were not part of the agreement in the arbitration clause According to him we are demanding a commitment not all the action Judge Ekwo who said he intended to take the motion for a stay of the proceedings before moving on to the merits said This will indicate whether this court will continue with the case or not He postponed the matter until February 16 2022 to hear the motion for suspension NAN reports that BPE s motion on notification was filed pursuant to Section 5 1 and 2 of the Arbitration and Conciliation Act CAP A18 LFN 2004 among others Some of the reasons for filing the motion are that the plaintiffs by the lawsuit seek to enforce certain provisions in the Stock Sale Agreement and the Shareholders Agreement That both agreements stipulate that all disputes between the parties will first be referred to arbitration for resolution In accordance with the motion Clauses 15 2 15 7 of the Stock Sale Agreement establish that the parties MUST submit their disputes to Arbitration for resolution the location of the Arbitration being in London England It again states that Clauses 16 3 16 7 of the Shareholders Agreement stipulate that the parties MUST submit their disputes to Arbitration for settlement with the place of Arbitration in London England It further stated that the alleged disputes that here are intended to be litigated by the plaintiffs have not been referred to arbitration for an amicable resolution in accordance with the provisions of the Agreement Section 5 1 and 2 of the Arbitration Law Cap A18 LFN 2004 establishes that when the parties agreed or contracted to resolve their disputes through arbitration and one of them addressed the court directly in violation of the agreement the The court is obliged to suspend its proceedings pending the resolution or settlement of the issues disputes through arbitration YAYA
    AEDC takeover: BPE challenges court jurisdiction to hear suit
      The Bureau of Public Enterprises BPE on Monday challenged the jurisdiction of an Abuja Federal High Court to hear a lawsuit brought against it and others over the controversial acquisition of Abuja Electricity Distribution Company AEDC Lawyers for the BPE AU Mustapha SAN made this known to Judge Inyang Ekwo during the day s proceedings He hinted that a motion in the notice marked FHC ABJ CS 1557 2021 dated December 17 but filed on December 20 requesting a court order to stay the proceedings in the lawsuit and refer them to arbitration for a agreement was already in court Mr Mustapha said that the request was in view of the content of the Share Sale Agreement dated February 21 2013 and the Shareholders Agreement dated August 21 2013 between the parties respectively annexed as Exhibits BPE 1 and BPE 2 The plaintiffs CEC Africa Investments Limited and KANN Utility Company Limited in a lawsuit marked FHC ABJ CS 1557 2021 had sued the Attorney General of the Federation AGF and the Central Bank of Nigeria CBN as first and second defendants The lawsuit dated December 8 was also joined by the BPE the Ministry of Finance AEDC United Bank for Africa UBA and United Capital Trustees Limited as defendants third through seventh respectively The plaintiffs had requested an order preventing AGF CBN BPE and the Ministry of Finance from interfering with the operations and management of AEDC They also requested an order preventing the AGG CBN BPE and the Ministry of Finance from taking any action that could transfer lose or reduce or take control of the second plaintiff s 60 percent stake in AEDC in any way or limit to the second applicant capacity to exercise their full rights over the shares pending the hearing and resolution of the matter NAN reports that Judge Ekwo on December 10 ordered the parties to maintain the status quo after advising the plaintiffs Etigwe Uwa SAN filed an ex parte motion to that effect It also ordered that the defendants be notified of the processes presented in the lawsuit within five days after the order was issued At the resumption of the hearing the plaintiffs attorney Uwa said that although the matter was postponed for the motion hearing with notice he reported that despite the court s status quo order the AEDC facilities fifth accused were invaded We have submitted a request for non compliance with the standstill order he said Attorneys for all defendants including the fifth defendant said they were unaware of the invasion However the judge expressed surprise that a court issued an order and the parties chose to do the opposite According to him this is not safe for our system it is not safe for members of the bar association and the judiciary Ekwo therefore reiterated that the order of the status quo still exists In response to the defense arguments Uwa said that while the arbitration clause was correct the issue that the plaintiffs were litigating today goes further He argued that the UBA and United Capital Trustees Limited were not part of the agreement in the arbitration clause According to him we are demanding a commitment not all the action Judge Ekwo who said he intended to take the motion for a stay of the proceedings before moving on to the merits said This will indicate whether this court will continue with the case or not He postponed the matter until February 16 2022 to hear the motion for suspension NAN reports that BPE s motion on notification was filed pursuant to Section 5 1 and 2 of the Arbitration and Conciliation Act CAP A18 LFN 2004 among others Some of the reasons for filing the motion are that the plaintiffs by the lawsuit seek to enforce certain provisions in the Stock Sale Agreement and the Shareholders Agreement That both agreements stipulate that all disputes between the parties will first be referred to arbitration for resolution In accordance with the motion Clauses 15 2 15 7 of the Stock Sale Agreement establish that the parties MUST submit their disputes to Arbitration for resolution the location of the Arbitration being in London England It again states that Clauses 16 3 16 7 of the Shareholders Agreement stipulate that the parties MUST submit their disputes to Arbitration for settlement with the place of Arbitration in London England It further stated that the alleged disputes that here are intended to be litigated by the plaintiffs have not been referred to arbitration for an amicable resolution in accordance with the provisions of the Agreement Section 5 1 and 2 of the Arbitration Law Cap A18 LFN 2004 establishes that when the parties agreed or contracted to resolve their disputes through arbitration and one of them addressed the court directly in violation of the agreement the The court is obliged to suspend its proceedings pending the resolution or settlement of the issues disputes through arbitration YAYA
    AEDC takeover: BPE challenges court jurisdiction to hear suit
    Headlines9 months ago

    AEDC takeover: BPE challenges court jurisdiction to hear suit

    The Bureau of Public Enterprises, BPE, on Monday challenged the jurisdiction of an Abuja Federal High Court to hear a lawsuit brought against it and others over the controversial acquisition of Abuja Electricity Distribution Company, AEDC.

    Lawyers for the BPE, AU Mustapha, SAN, made this known to Judge Inyang Ekwo during the day's proceedings.

    He hinted that a motion in the notice marked: FHC / ABJ / CS / 1557/2021 dated December 17, but filed on December 20, requesting a court order to stay the proceedings in the lawsuit and refer them to arbitration for a agreement was already in court. .

    Mr. Mustapha said that the request was in view of the content of the Share Sale Agreement dated February 21, 2013 and the Shareholders Agreement dated August 21, 2013 between the parties, respectively, annexed as Exhibits BPE-1 and BPE-2.

    The plaintiffs; CEC Africa Investments Limited and KANN Utility Company Limited, in a lawsuit marked: FHC / ABJ / CS / 1557/2021, had sued the Attorney General of the Federation, AGF and the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, as first and second defendants.

    The lawsuit dated December 8 was also joined by the BPE, the Ministry of Finance, AEDC, United Bank for Africa, UBA and United Capital Trustees Limited as defendants third through seventh, respectively.

    The plaintiffs had requested an order preventing AGF, CBN, BPE and the Ministry of Finance from interfering with the operations and management of AEDC.

    They also requested an order preventing the AGG, CBN, BPE and the Ministry of Finance from taking any action that could transfer, lose or reduce, or take control of the second plaintiff's 60 percent stake in AEDC in any way or limit. to the second applicant. capacity to exercise their full rights over the shares pending the hearing and resolution of the matter.

    NAN reports that Judge Ekwo, on December 10, ordered the parties to maintain the status quo after advising the plaintiffs, Etigwe Uwa, SAN, filed an ex parte motion to that effect.

    It also ordered that the defendants be notified of the processes presented in the lawsuit within five days after the order was issued.

    At the resumption of the hearing, the plaintiffs' attorney, Uwa, said that although the matter was postponed for the motion hearing with notice, he reported that despite the court's status quo order, the AEDC facilities (fifth accused) were invaded. .

    "We have submitted a request for non-compliance with the standstill order," he said.

    Attorneys for all defendants, including the fifth defendant, said they were unaware of the invasion.

    However, the judge expressed surprise that a court issued an order and the parties chose to do the opposite.

    According to him, this is not safe for our system; it is not safe for members of the bar association and the judiciary.

    Ekwo therefore reiterated that the order of the status quo still exists.

    In response to the defense arguments, Uwa said that while the arbitration clause was correct, the issue that the plaintiffs were "litigating today goes further."

    He argued that the UBA and United Capital Trustees Limited were not part of the agreement in the arbitration clause.

    According to him, we are demanding a commitment, not all the action.

    Judge Ekwo, who said he intended to take the motion for a stay of the proceedings before moving on to the merits, said: "This will indicate whether this court will continue with the case or not."

    He postponed the matter until February 16, 2022 to hear the motion for suspension.

    NAN reports that BPE's motion on notification was filed pursuant to Section 5 (1) and (2) of the Arbitration and Conciliation Act CAP A18 LFN, 2004, among others.

    Some of the reasons for filing the motion are that “the plaintiffs, by the lawsuit, seek to enforce certain provisions in the Stock Sale Agreement and the Shareholders Agreement.

    "That both agreements stipulate that all disputes between the parties will first be referred to arbitration for resolution."

    In accordance with the motion, Clauses 15 .2 - 15.7 of the Stock Sale Agreement establish that the parties MUST submit their disputes to Arbitration for resolution, the location of the Arbitration being in London, England.

    It again states that "Clauses 16.3-16.7 of the Shareholders Agreement stipulate that the parties MUST submit their disputes to Arbitration for settlement with the place of Arbitration in London, England."

    It further stated that “the alleged disputes that here are intended to be litigated by the plaintiffs have not been referred to arbitration for an amicable resolution in accordance with the provisions of the Agreement.

    "Section 5 (1) and (2) of the Arbitration Law Cap A18 LFN, 2004 establishes that when the parties agreed or contracted to resolve their disputes through arbitration and one of them addressed the court directly in violation of the agreement, the The court is obliged to suspend its proceedings pending the resolution or settlement of the issues / disputes through arbitration. "

    YAYA

  •   A federal high court Abuja on Friday ordered the parties in a lawsuit filed over the furious controversy over the alleged takeover of Abuja electricity distribution company AEDC to maintain the status quo pending the next hearing date Judge Inyang Ekwo who issued the order following an ex parte motion filed by plaintiffs attorney Etigwe Uwa SAN ordered the defendants to be out of service of process filed in the lawsuit within five days after the order was issued The plaintiffs CEC Africa Investments Limited and KANN Utility Company Limited in a lawsuit marked FHC ABJ CS 1557 2021 had sued the Attorney General of the Federation AGF and the Central Bank of Nigeria CBN as first and second defendants Also joined with the suit dated and filed on December 8 include the Bureau for Public Enterprise BPE Ministry of Finance AEDC United Bank for Africa UBA and United Capital Trustees Limited as 3 7 defendants respectively The plaintiffs had requested an order preventing the AGF CBN BPE and the Ministry of Finance from interfering with the operations and management of AEDC They requested an order preventing 1st through 4th defendants from taking action that could transfer lose or reduce or take control exclude or dilute the 2nd plaintiff s 60 percent stake in AEDC in any way or limit the 2nd plaintiff s ability to exercise their full rights over the pending actions of the hearing and the determination of the matter After hearing the motion Judge Ekwo ordered the parties to maintain the status quo ante bellum pending the next hearing date He postponed the case until December 20 to receive notification of the motion YAYA
    AEDC controversy: Court orders parties to maintain status quo
      A federal high court Abuja on Friday ordered the parties in a lawsuit filed over the furious controversy over the alleged takeover of Abuja electricity distribution company AEDC to maintain the status quo pending the next hearing date Judge Inyang Ekwo who issued the order following an ex parte motion filed by plaintiffs attorney Etigwe Uwa SAN ordered the defendants to be out of service of process filed in the lawsuit within five days after the order was issued The plaintiffs CEC Africa Investments Limited and KANN Utility Company Limited in a lawsuit marked FHC ABJ CS 1557 2021 had sued the Attorney General of the Federation AGF and the Central Bank of Nigeria CBN as first and second defendants Also joined with the suit dated and filed on December 8 include the Bureau for Public Enterprise BPE Ministry of Finance AEDC United Bank for Africa UBA and United Capital Trustees Limited as 3 7 defendants respectively The plaintiffs had requested an order preventing the AGF CBN BPE and the Ministry of Finance from interfering with the operations and management of AEDC They requested an order preventing 1st through 4th defendants from taking action that could transfer lose or reduce or take control exclude or dilute the 2nd plaintiff s 60 percent stake in AEDC in any way or limit the 2nd plaintiff s ability to exercise their full rights over the pending actions of the hearing and the determination of the matter After hearing the motion Judge Ekwo ordered the parties to maintain the status quo ante bellum pending the next hearing date He postponed the case until December 20 to receive notification of the motion YAYA
    AEDC controversy: Court orders parties to maintain status quo
    Headlines10 months ago

    AEDC controversy: Court orders parties to maintain status quo

    A federal high court, Abuja, on Friday, ordered the parties in a lawsuit filed over the furious controversy over the alleged takeover of Abuja electricity distribution company, AEDC, to maintain the status quo pending the next hearing date. .

    Judge Inyang Ekwo, who issued the order following an ex parte motion filed by plaintiffs' attorney Etigwe Uwa, SAN, ordered the defendants to be out of service of process filed in the lawsuit within five days after the order was issued.

    The plaintiffs; CEC Africa Investments Limited and KANN Utility Company Limited, in a lawsuit marked: FHC / ABJ / CS / 1557/2021, had sued the Attorney General of the Federation, AGF and the Central Bank of Nigeria, CBN, as first and second defendants.

    Also joined with the suit dated and filed on December 8 include the Bureau for Public Enterprise (BPE), Ministry of Finance, AEDC, United Bank for Africa, UBA, and United Capital Trustees Limited as 3-7 defendants. respectively.

    The plaintiffs had requested an order preventing the AGF, CBN, BPE and the Ministry of Finance from interfering with the operations and management of AEDC.

    They requested an order preventing 1st through 4th defendants from taking action that could transfer, lose or reduce, or take control, exclude or dilute the 2nd plaintiff's 60 percent stake in AEDC in any way or limit the 2nd plaintiff's ability to exercise their full rights over the pending actions of the hearing and the determination of the matter.

    After hearing the motion, Judge Ekwo ordered the parties to maintain the status quo ante bellum pending the next hearing date.

    He postponed the case until December 20 to receive notification of the motion.

    YAYA

  •   Circular economy is a key puzzle piece to reach the climate targets ABIDJAN Ivory Coast September 17 2021 APO Group The African Circular Economy Alliance ACEA www ACEAafrica org and the Circular Economy Coalition of Latin America and the Caribbean CEC LAC https bit ly 3hHaxPw have organized the first regional dialogue to strengthen cooperation around their common objectives The event titled Regional deep dive Africa Latin America amp the Caribbean joining forces for circularity took place as part of the World Circular Economy Forum 2021 organized by Sitra and Environment amp Climate Change Canada It marked the first steps for greater collaboration among the two regions whose respective countries are pursuing efforts to scale circularity through the promotion of conducive public policies and the creation of investment opportunities The event held on 15 September was launched by the Ministers of Environment of Colombia and Rwanda who underlined the role that the circular economy can play in driving a green recovery from the Covid 19 pandemic Being key advocates in their respective regions both countries are also part of the Global Alliance on Circular Economy and Resource Efficiency The high level keynote speeches were followed by a panel discussion moderated by James Mwangi Executive Director of Dalberg which brought together key circular economy practitioners from Africa and Latin America Dialogue was held among entrepreneurs academics and champions on the need to scale up the transition towards circular economies Circular economy is a key puzzle piece to reach the climate targets It will be instrumental in driving the change in key sectors Latin America and Africa can be frontrunners in this journey where governments and industry work together said Gonzalo Mu oz High Level Climate Action Champion COP25 Wanjiru Waweru Waithaka founder and CEO of FunKidz added Circular economy is not a new concept to Africa From our traditional building techniques to the way we stored water and food We did not waste nor depend on factory produced items We need to go back into our cultures and relearn how to live in and with nature Panelist Kenneth Amaeshi Chair of Business and Sustainable Development at the University of Edinburgh and entrepreneurs from both regions showcased concrete business models that SMEs are undertaking and implementation solutions to achieve a circular economy I have no doubt that Africa s youth will be a game changer for the circular economy said Anthony Nyong Regional Director of the Global Center on Adaptation GCA Africa closing the meeting Africa is the continent where most of its infrastructure needed is yet to be built There is an opportunity to build climate resilient systems that provide jobs for the youth He concluded by announcing the first edition of the African Youth Adaptation Solutions YouthAdapt Challenge call for applications https bit ly 3Ch70iu launched by GCA and the African Development Bank The key takeaways of the event echoed the outcomes of the first High level Meeting of the Global Alliance on Circular Economy amp Resource Efficiency GACERE held the day before during which Ministers of Environment of several countries and representatives from multilateral organizations emphasized the need for stronger regional cooperation to accelerate the adoption of the circular economy model worldwide Representing the African Development Bank the Acting Director for Climate Change and Green Growth Al Hamdou Dorsouma stated that policies financing and the upskilling of African youth and workers will be key enablers for the circular economy transition With its strong climate benefits most notably the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions the circular economy is likely to be on the agenda at COP26 which will be held in November in Glasgow The African Circular Economy Alliance ACEA is hosted by the African Development Bank while the Circular Economy Coalition of Latin America and the Caribbean CEC LAC https bit ly 3kkGX44 is hosted by UNEP
    Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean join forces to drive circularity
      Circular economy is a key puzzle piece to reach the climate targets ABIDJAN Ivory Coast September 17 2021 APO Group The African Circular Economy Alliance ACEA www ACEAafrica org and the Circular Economy Coalition of Latin America and the Caribbean CEC LAC https bit ly 3hHaxPw have organized the first regional dialogue to strengthen cooperation around their common objectives The event titled Regional deep dive Africa Latin America amp the Caribbean joining forces for circularity took place as part of the World Circular Economy Forum 2021 organized by Sitra and Environment amp Climate Change Canada It marked the first steps for greater collaboration among the two regions whose respective countries are pursuing efforts to scale circularity through the promotion of conducive public policies and the creation of investment opportunities The event held on 15 September was launched by the Ministers of Environment of Colombia and Rwanda who underlined the role that the circular economy can play in driving a green recovery from the Covid 19 pandemic Being key advocates in their respective regions both countries are also part of the Global Alliance on Circular Economy and Resource Efficiency The high level keynote speeches were followed by a panel discussion moderated by James Mwangi Executive Director of Dalberg which brought together key circular economy practitioners from Africa and Latin America Dialogue was held among entrepreneurs academics and champions on the need to scale up the transition towards circular economies Circular economy is a key puzzle piece to reach the climate targets It will be instrumental in driving the change in key sectors Latin America and Africa can be frontrunners in this journey where governments and industry work together said Gonzalo Mu oz High Level Climate Action Champion COP25 Wanjiru Waweru Waithaka founder and CEO of FunKidz added Circular economy is not a new concept to Africa From our traditional building techniques to the way we stored water and food We did not waste nor depend on factory produced items We need to go back into our cultures and relearn how to live in and with nature Panelist Kenneth Amaeshi Chair of Business and Sustainable Development at the University of Edinburgh and entrepreneurs from both regions showcased concrete business models that SMEs are undertaking and implementation solutions to achieve a circular economy I have no doubt that Africa s youth will be a game changer for the circular economy said Anthony Nyong Regional Director of the Global Center on Adaptation GCA Africa closing the meeting Africa is the continent where most of its infrastructure needed is yet to be built There is an opportunity to build climate resilient systems that provide jobs for the youth He concluded by announcing the first edition of the African Youth Adaptation Solutions YouthAdapt Challenge call for applications https bit ly 3Ch70iu launched by GCA and the African Development Bank The key takeaways of the event echoed the outcomes of the first High level Meeting of the Global Alliance on Circular Economy amp Resource Efficiency GACERE held the day before during which Ministers of Environment of several countries and representatives from multilateral organizations emphasized the need for stronger regional cooperation to accelerate the adoption of the circular economy model worldwide Representing the African Development Bank the Acting Director for Climate Change and Green Growth Al Hamdou Dorsouma stated that policies financing and the upskilling of African youth and workers will be key enablers for the circular economy transition With its strong climate benefits most notably the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions the circular economy is likely to be on the agenda at COP26 which will be held in November in Glasgow The African Circular Economy Alliance ACEA is hosted by the African Development Bank while the Circular Economy Coalition of Latin America and the Caribbean CEC LAC https bit ly 3kkGX44 is hosted by UNEP
    Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean join forces to drive circularity
    Africa1 year ago

    Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean join forces to drive circularity

    Circular economy is a key puzzle piece to reach the climate targets

    ABIDJAN, Ivory Coast, September 17, 2021/APO Group/ --

    The African Circular Economy Alliance (ACEA) (www.ACEAafrica.org), and the Circular Economy Coalition of Latin America and the Caribbean (CEC LAC) (https://bit.ly/3hHaxPw) have organized the first regional dialogue to strengthen cooperation around their common objectives.

    The event, titled “Regional deep-dive: Africa, Latin America & the Caribbean joining forces for circularity,” took place as part of the World Circular Economy Forum 2021, organized by Sitra and Environment & Climate Change Canada. It marked the first steps for greater collaboration among the two regions, whose respective countries are pursuing efforts to scale circularity through the promotion of conducive public policies and the creation of investment opportunities.

    The event, held on 15 September, was launched by the Ministers of Environment of Colombia and Rwanda, who underlined the role that the circular economy can play in driving a green recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic. Being key advocates in their respective regions, both countries are also part of the Global Alliance on Circular Economy and Resource Efficiency.

    The high-level keynote speeches were followed by a panel discussion moderated by James Mwangi, Executive Director of Dalberg, which brought together key circular economy practitioners from Africa and Latin America.

    Dialogue was held among entrepreneurs, academics, and champions on the need to scale up the transition towards circular economies. “Circular economy is a key puzzle piece to reach the climate targets. It will be instrumental in driving the change in key sectors... Latin America and Africa can be frontrunners in this journey, where governments and industry work together,” said Gonzalo Muñoz, High-Level Climate Action Champion – COP25.

    Wanjiru Waweru Waithaka, founder and CEO of FunKidz, added: “Circular economy is not a new concept to Africa. From our traditional building techniques to the way we stored water and food. We did not waste, nor depend on factory-produced items. We need to go back into our cultures and relearn how to live in and with nature.”

    Panelist Kenneth Amaeshi, Chair of Business and Sustainable Development at the University of Edinburgh, and entrepreneurs from both regions, showcased concrete business models that SMEs are undertaking and implementation solutions to achieve a circular economy.

    “I have no doubt that Africa’s youth will be a game changer for the circular economy,” said Anthony Nyong, Regional Director of the Global Center on Adaptation (GCA) Africa, closing the meeting. “Africa is the continent where most of its infrastructure needed is yet to be built. There is an opportunity to build climate-resilient systems that provide jobs for the youth.” He concluded by announcing the first edition of the African Youth Adaptation Solutions (YouthAdapt) Challenge call for applications (https://bit.ly/3Ch70iu) launched by GCA and the African Development Bank.

    The key takeaways of the event echoed the outcomes of the first High-level Meeting of the Global Alliance on Circular Economy & Resource Efficiency (GACERE) held the day before, during which Ministers of Environment of several countries and representatives from multilateral organizations emphasized the need for stronger regional cooperation to accelerate the adoption of the circular economy model worldwide. Representing the African Development Bank, the Acting Director for Climate Change and Green Growth, Al-Hamdou Dorsouma, stated that policies, financing and the upskilling of African youth and workers will be key enablers for the circular economy transition.

    With its strong climate benefits, most notably the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions, the circular economy is likely to be on the agenda at COP26, which will be held in November in Glasgow.

    The African Circular Economy Alliance (ACEA) is hosted by the African Development Bank, while the Circular Economy Coalition of Latin America and the Caribbean (CEC LAC) (https://bit.ly/3kkGX44), is hosted by UNEP.