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  •   The name Tazuni is an amalgamation of its home the Tasman Sea and unity a key value of the event to be co hosted by Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand in 2023 The soccer loving teenage penguin will bring the excitement of the tournament and inspire a new generation of fans Tazuni will join in the build up activities leading up to the event and will also be featured on media channels and tournament merchandise Tazuni a playful football loving penguin is today introduced as the official mascot of the FIFA Women s World Cup Australia New Zealand 2023 capturing the spirit of an event that will go beyond greatness Based on the Eudyptula minor species endemic to Aotearoa New Zealand and Australia Tazuni is the perfect representative of the host region and will help bring the excitement of the highly anticipated tournament to a new generation of fans Streetwise and confident Tazuni stands out from the crowd thanks to her signature streak of blue hair Her name is a fusion of Tasman Sea which she calls home and unity a key value of the event The 15 year old who plays in midfield falls in love with soccer after joining a group of children playing on the beach His soccer dreams come true when one night he looks up and sees fireworks exploding overhead from a nearby stadium The beach kids give her a personalized soccer kit and she confidently enters the stadium to show off her talent Tazuni will become a major symbol for the FIFA Women s World Cup Australia and New Zealand appearing in official tournament merchandise and media platforms as well as in real life community activities leading up to the event FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samoura said Today s announcement is an important milestone on the road to the FIFA Women s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand Tazuni embodies everything that makes the FIFA Women s World Cup so unique and her story will resonate with millions of young people fans from all over the world We look forward to her playing a leading role in the tournament and helping to inspire the next generation as we continue to take women s football and the FIFA Women s World Cup beyond greatness Sarai Bareman director of women s football at the FIFA Women s World Cup FIFA said Tazuni is the perfect mascot for this tournament exemplifying all that is positive about the biggest women s soccer event ever staged and our sport obsessed host nations who are ready to welcome the world As millions of young people around the world soccer is how Tazuni expresses herself and the FIFA Women s World Cup Australia New Zealand 2023 will inspire a new generation of soccer fans and participants across the globe Tazuni s first live appearance will be at the Auckland T maki Makaurau Tournament Draw on October 22 Fans can watch the Draw ya Tazuni live from 7 30pm NZT on FIFA and on SKY Sport and Prime in Aotearoa New Zealand and Optus Sport in Australia Ticket packages for the FIFA Women s World Cup 2023 are now available To secure your seat and for the latest ticketing news visit FIFA com tickets https fifa fans 3yRlNRM
    From the Tasman Sea to the world: Tazuni™, Official Mascot of the FIFA Women’s World Cup™
      The name Tazuni is an amalgamation of its home the Tasman Sea and unity a key value of the event to be co hosted by Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand in 2023 The soccer loving teenage penguin will bring the excitement of the tournament and inspire a new generation of fans Tazuni will join in the build up activities leading up to the event and will also be featured on media channels and tournament merchandise Tazuni a playful football loving penguin is today introduced as the official mascot of the FIFA Women s World Cup Australia New Zealand 2023 capturing the spirit of an event that will go beyond greatness Based on the Eudyptula minor species endemic to Aotearoa New Zealand and Australia Tazuni is the perfect representative of the host region and will help bring the excitement of the highly anticipated tournament to a new generation of fans Streetwise and confident Tazuni stands out from the crowd thanks to her signature streak of blue hair Her name is a fusion of Tasman Sea which she calls home and unity a key value of the event The 15 year old who plays in midfield falls in love with soccer after joining a group of children playing on the beach His soccer dreams come true when one night he looks up and sees fireworks exploding overhead from a nearby stadium The beach kids give her a personalized soccer kit and she confidently enters the stadium to show off her talent Tazuni will become a major symbol for the FIFA Women s World Cup Australia and New Zealand appearing in official tournament merchandise and media platforms as well as in real life community activities leading up to the event FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samoura said Today s announcement is an important milestone on the road to the FIFA Women s World Cup in Australia and New Zealand Tazuni embodies everything that makes the FIFA Women s World Cup so unique and her story will resonate with millions of young people fans from all over the world We look forward to her playing a leading role in the tournament and helping to inspire the next generation as we continue to take women s football and the FIFA Women s World Cup beyond greatness Sarai Bareman director of women s football at the FIFA Women s World Cup FIFA said Tazuni is the perfect mascot for this tournament exemplifying all that is positive about the biggest women s soccer event ever staged and our sport obsessed host nations who are ready to welcome the world As millions of young people around the world soccer is how Tazuni expresses herself and the FIFA Women s World Cup Australia New Zealand 2023 will inspire a new generation of soccer fans and participants across the globe Tazuni s first live appearance will be at the Auckland T maki Makaurau Tournament Draw on October 22 Fans can watch the Draw ya Tazuni live from 7 30pm NZT on FIFA and on SKY Sport and Prime in Aotearoa New Zealand and Optus Sport in Australia Ticket packages for the FIFA Women s World Cup 2023 are now available To secure your seat and for the latest ticketing news visit FIFA com tickets https fifa fans 3yRlNRM
    From the Tasman Sea to the world: Tazuni™, Official Mascot of the FIFA Women’s World Cup™
    Africa1 month ago

    From the Tasman Sea to the world: Tazuni™, Official Mascot of the FIFA Women’s World Cup™

    The name Tazuni™ is an amalgamation of its home, the Tasman Sea, and 'unity', a key value of the event to be co-hosted by Australia and Aotearoa New Zealand in 2023; The soccer-loving teenage penguin will bring the excitement of the tournament and inspire a new generation of fans.

    Tazuni will join in the build-up activities leading up to the event and will also be featured on media channels and tournament merchandise.

    Tazuni, a playful, football-loving penguin, is today introduced as the official mascot of the FIFA Women's World Cup Australia & New Zealand 2023™, capturing the spirit of an event that will go beyond greatness™.

    Based on the 'Eudyptula minor' species endemic to Aotearoa New Zealand and Australia, Tazuni is the perfect representative of the host region and will help bring the excitement of the highly anticipated tournament to a new generation of fans.

    Streetwise and confident, Tazuni stands out from the crowd thanks to her signature streak of blue hair.

    Her name is a fusion of 'Tasman Sea', which she calls home, and 'unity', a key value of the event.

    The 15-year-old, who plays in midfield, falls in love with soccer after joining a group of children playing on the beach.

    His soccer dreams come true when one night he looks up and sees fireworks exploding overhead from a nearby stadium.

    The beach kids give her a personalized soccer kit and she confidently enters the stadium to show off her talent.

    Tazuni will become a major symbol for the FIFA Women's World Cup Australia and New Zealand, appearing in official tournament merchandise and media platforms, as well as in real life community activities leading up to the event .

    FIFA Secretary General Fatma Samoura said: "Today's announcement is an important milestone on the road to the FIFA Women's World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.

    Tazuni embodies everything that makes the FIFA Women's World Cup so unique, and her story will resonate with millions of young people.

    fans from all over the world.

    "We look forward to her playing a leading role in the tournament and helping to inspire the next generation as we continue to take women's football and the FIFA Women's World Cup beyond greatness," Sarai Bareman, director of women's football at the FIFA Women's World Cup. FIFA.

    said: "Tazuni is the perfect mascot for this tournament, exemplifying all that is positive about the biggest women's soccer event ever staged, and our sport-obsessed host nations who are ready to welcome the world.

    "As millions of young people around the world, soccer is how Tazuni expresses herself, and the FIFA Women's World Cup Australia & New Zealand 2023 will inspire a new generation of soccer fans and participants across the globe.

    Tazuni's first live appearance will be at the Auckland/Tāmaki Makaurau Tournament Draw on October 22.

    Fans can watch the Draw ya Tazuni live from 7:30pm (NZT) on FIFA+ and on SKY Sport and Prime in Aotearoa New Zealand, and Optus Sport in Australia.

    Ticket packages for the FIFA Women's World Cup 2023 are now available.

    To secure your seat and for the latest ticketing news, visit FIFA.com/tickets (https://fifa.fans/3yRlNRM).

  •   President Yoweri Museveni will invite his French counterpart HE Emmanuel Jean Michel Frederic Macron to an official visit to Uganda next year when the country celebrates the NRM Liberation Day which falls on January 26 every year I will write to HE Macron and invite him here to discuss African and world issues including Europe said HE Museveni adding that Europe has nothing to lose by working well with Africa The president revealed this on Monday as he was meeting with the outgoing French ambassador to Uganda HE Jules Armand Aniambossou who visited him at the Entebbe State House Mr Aniambossou briefed the President on his three year diplomatic tour in Uganda that has come to an end and praised the cordial relations that exist between the two countries of Uganda and France During my time here I discovered that Uganda is a very beautiful country In a way I consider myself a Ugandan and I will leave the country as an ambassador We have done well in our bilateral relations he said Mr Aniambossou now heads to Ghana where he will serve the next 3 years as French ambassador to the West African country The outgoing Ambassador of France also updated the HE President on France s efforts to achieve peace in eastern Congo He said that this was high on the agenda during the meeting that HE Emmanuel Jean Michel Frederic Macron President of France held in Paris the French capital with the two presidents HE Paul Kagame of Rwanda and HE Felix Antoine Tshisekedi Tshilombo from the Democratic Republic of the Congo However Aniambossou said that a sustainable solution for lasting peace in eastern Congo cannot be achieved without the involvement of Uganda which has rich experience in resolving conflicts in the region We know that we cannot find a sustainable solution without Uganda We also need your advice on the Nairobi process he added President Museveni said that he will have to talk to President Macron who seems committed to the peace process in eastern DRC I would really like to sit down with Mr Macron and talk strategically Europe has nothing to lose by working well with Africa President Museveni said President Museveni pointed out that the availability of borders has helped Africa to maintain peace between countries and if anyone wanted to alter them they should do so peacefully He called on the Western world to support the East African approach to conflict resolution The East African approach is good because it attracts more eyes provides more transparency and isolates troublemakers Western countries should support this HE Museveni said adding that when President Macron comes here we will discuss more According to President Museveni the problem in eastern Congo is ideological without knowing the relationship between peace and wealth creation The outgoing French Ambassador praised Uganda s vibrant arts culture and creative industry and said the government should do more to discover and support talent in Uganda that has the potential to combat unemployment It may be Within about 10 years the creative industry will generate more money than oil People will not have to look for work said HE Aniambossou He added that the Ugandan government should also consider having a minister for arts and culture HE Museveni agreed with the idea saying that while Uganda is celebrating 60 years of independence it is only 36 years of peace under the NRM government where the arts and creative industry have recorded some achievements When we arrived in 1986 it is true that we focused on other areas of the economy such as agriculture infrastructure and others but now due to peace now this new group of young people the artists is emerging added the President
    Uganda: His Excellency Museveni will invite French President His Excellency Emmanuel Macron on an official visit while the outgoing French ambassador bids farewell
      President Yoweri Museveni will invite his French counterpart HE Emmanuel Jean Michel Frederic Macron to an official visit to Uganda next year when the country celebrates the NRM Liberation Day which falls on January 26 every year I will write to HE Macron and invite him here to discuss African and world issues including Europe said HE Museveni adding that Europe has nothing to lose by working well with Africa The president revealed this on Monday as he was meeting with the outgoing French ambassador to Uganda HE Jules Armand Aniambossou who visited him at the Entebbe State House Mr Aniambossou briefed the President on his three year diplomatic tour in Uganda that has come to an end and praised the cordial relations that exist between the two countries of Uganda and France During my time here I discovered that Uganda is a very beautiful country In a way I consider myself a Ugandan and I will leave the country as an ambassador We have done well in our bilateral relations he said Mr Aniambossou now heads to Ghana where he will serve the next 3 years as French ambassador to the West African country The outgoing Ambassador of France also updated the HE President on France s efforts to achieve peace in eastern Congo He said that this was high on the agenda during the meeting that HE Emmanuel Jean Michel Frederic Macron President of France held in Paris the French capital with the two presidents HE Paul Kagame of Rwanda and HE Felix Antoine Tshisekedi Tshilombo from the Democratic Republic of the Congo However Aniambossou said that a sustainable solution for lasting peace in eastern Congo cannot be achieved without the involvement of Uganda which has rich experience in resolving conflicts in the region We know that we cannot find a sustainable solution without Uganda We also need your advice on the Nairobi process he added President Museveni said that he will have to talk to President Macron who seems committed to the peace process in eastern DRC I would really like to sit down with Mr Macron and talk strategically Europe has nothing to lose by working well with Africa President Museveni said President Museveni pointed out that the availability of borders has helped Africa to maintain peace between countries and if anyone wanted to alter them they should do so peacefully He called on the Western world to support the East African approach to conflict resolution The East African approach is good because it attracts more eyes provides more transparency and isolates troublemakers Western countries should support this HE Museveni said adding that when President Macron comes here we will discuss more According to President Museveni the problem in eastern Congo is ideological without knowing the relationship between peace and wealth creation The outgoing French Ambassador praised Uganda s vibrant arts culture and creative industry and said the government should do more to discover and support talent in Uganda that has the potential to combat unemployment It may be Within about 10 years the creative industry will generate more money than oil People will not have to look for work said HE Aniambossou He added that the Ugandan government should also consider having a minister for arts and culture HE Museveni agreed with the idea saying that while Uganda is celebrating 60 years of independence it is only 36 years of peace under the NRM government where the arts and creative industry have recorded some achievements When we arrived in 1986 it is true that we focused on other areas of the economy such as agriculture infrastructure and others but now due to peace now this new group of young people the artists is emerging added the President
    Uganda: His Excellency Museveni will invite French President His Excellency Emmanuel Macron on an official visit while the outgoing French ambassador bids farewell
    Africa1 month ago

    Uganda: His Excellency Museveni will invite French President His Excellency Emmanuel Macron on an official visit while the outgoing French ambassador bids farewell

    President Yoweri Museveni will invite his French counterpart, HE Emmanuel Jean-Michel Frederic Macron, to an official visit to Uganda next year when the country celebrates the NRM Liberation Day, which falls on January 26 every year.

    "I will write to HE Macron and invite him here to discuss African and world issues, including Europe," said HE Museveni, adding that Europe has nothing to lose by working well with Africa.

    The president revealed this on Monday as he was meeting with the outgoing French ambassador to Uganda, HE Jules-Armand Aniambossou, who visited him at the Entebbe State House.

    Mr. Aniambossou briefed the President on his three-year diplomatic tour in Uganda that has come to an end and praised the cordial relations that exist between the two countries of Uganda and France.

    "During my time here, I discovered that Uganda is a very beautiful country.

    In a way I consider myself a Ugandan and I will leave the country as an ambassador.

    We have done well in our bilateral relations," he said.

    Mr. Aniambossou now heads to Ghana, where he will serve the next 3 years as French ambassador to the West African country.

    The outgoing Ambassador of France also updated the HE President on France's efforts to achieve peace in eastern Congo.

    He said that this was high on the agenda during the meeting that HE Emmanuel Jean-Michel Frederic Macron, President of France, held in Paris, the French capital, with the two presidents, HE Paul Kagame of Rwanda and HE Felix Antoine Tshisekedi Tshilombo.

    , from the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

    However, Aniambossou said that a sustainable solution for lasting peace in eastern Congo cannot be achieved without the involvement of Uganda, which has rich experience in resolving conflicts in the region.

    "We know that we cannot find a sustainable solution without Uganda.

    We also need your advice on the Nairobi process," he added.

    President Museveni said that he will have to talk to President Macron, who seems committed to the peace process in eastern DRC.

    “I would really like to sit down with Mr Macron and talk strategically.

    Europe has nothing to lose by working well with Africa,” President Museveni said.

    President Museveni pointed out that the availability of borders has helped Africa to maintain peace between countries and if anyone wanted to alter them, they should do so peacefully.

    He called on the Western world to support the East African approach to conflict resolution.

    "The East African approach is good because it attracts more eyes, provides more transparency and isolates troublemakers.

    Western countries should support this," HE Museveni said, adding that "when President Macron comes here, we will discuss more."

    According to President Museveni, the problem in eastern Congo is ideological, without knowing the relationship between peace and wealth creation.

    The outgoing French Ambassador praised Uganda's vibrant arts, culture and creative industry and said the government should do more to discover and support talent in Uganda that has the potential to combat unemployment.

    "It may be Within about 10 years, the creative industry will generate more money than oil.

    People will not have to look for work," said HE Aniambossou.

    He added that the Ugandan government should also consider having a minister for arts and culture.

    HE Museveni agreed with the idea saying that while Uganda is celebrating 60 years of independence, it is only 36 years of peace under the NRM government where the arts and creative industry have recorded some achievements.

    “When we arrived in 1986, it is true that we focused on other areas of the economy such as agriculture, infrastructure and others, but now due to peace, now this new group of young people, the artists, is emerging,” added the President.

  •   A section of parliamentarians plans to introduce a bill that would ban Genetically Modified Organisms GMOs Led by the East Bufumbira County Deputy the Hon James Nsaba Buturo lawmakers announced the plan during a press conference in Parliament on Friday October 14 2022 The move comes in the context of the recent enactment of the GMO law in neighboring Kenya which legalizes the introduction of GMOs in the country Nsaba Buturo said that Ugandans must reject any plans to introduce GMOs into the country saying that GMOs pose risks to health and also to the environment We will make a very strong case in Parliament when the time comes We know it s going to be a great fight Those people will use a lot of money but we believe that with God on our side we will beat them he said Nsaba Buturo added that the bill also provides for the gradual elimination of GMOs already existing in the country GMOs are a disaster Eminent scientists have said that GMOs have no benefits 50 African countries out of 54 have said no to GMOs So those who are rushing us to accept them have their agenda Buturo said He accused GMO advocates of using GMOs to control food production in Uganda The threat facing Uganda is worse than colonization Ugandans must wake up The enemy is determined to completely encircle us make us dependent make fools of us before the human race and we are saying no he said In 2017 and 2021 President Yoweri Museveni refused to enact the National Biotechnology and Biosafety Bill 2012 The bill seeks to provide a regulatory framework that facilitates the safe development and application of biotechnology research development and release of genetically modified organisms The president also said that we must be cautious act prudently and not foolishly The introduction of transgenic seeds in the country has devastating consequences that very few know Scientists have bought into the lie that GMOs are good said Nsaba Buturo Dr Emmanuel Otaala NRM South West Budama County called for more research on GMOs before they are introduced into the country AUDIO Dr Emmanuel Otaala If the whole of Europe does not allow GMOs why should we Africans who do not have better regulatory mechanisms be the first to accept GMO crops asked Otaala also chairman of the Environment and Natural Resources Committee Otaala attributed the increase in non communicable diseases to the increased consumption of GMOs GMOs are dangerous for biodiversity and have the ability to contaminate our organic food said Otaala Amudat District Female MP H E Betty Chelain urged Africans to keep organic farming and said that GMOs alter the soil and the environment When she was studying medicine there were some diseases only in the books but not in Africa The introduction of GMOs means that they want to introduce such diseases in Africa she added AUDIO Bro Betty Chelain
    Uganda: Bill Banning Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) on the horizon
      A section of parliamentarians plans to introduce a bill that would ban Genetically Modified Organisms GMOs Led by the East Bufumbira County Deputy the Hon James Nsaba Buturo lawmakers announced the plan during a press conference in Parliament on Friday October 14 2022 The move comes in the context of the recent enactment of the GMO law in neighboring Kenya which legalizes the introduction of GMOs in the country Nsaba Buturo said that Ugandans must reject any plans to introduce GMOs into the country saying that GMOs pose risks to health and also to the environment We will make a very strong case in Parliament when the time comes We know it s going to be a great fight Those people will use a lot of money but we believe that with God on our side we will beat them he said Nsaba Buturo added that the bill also provides for the gradual elimination of GMOs already existing in the country GMOs are a disaster Eminent scientists have said that GMOs have no benefits 50 African countries out of 54 have said no to GMOs So those who are rushing us to accept them have their agenda Buturo said He accused GMO advocates of using GMOs to control food production in Uganda The threat facing Uganda is worse than colonization Ugandans must wake up The enemy is determined to completely encircle us make us dependent make fools of us before the human race and we are saying no he said In 2017 and 2021 President Yoweri Museveni refused to enact the National Biotechnology and Biosafety Bill 2012 The bill seeks to provide a regulatory framework that facilitates the safe development and application of biotechnology research development and release of genetically modified organisms The president also said that we must be cautious act prudently and not foolishly The introduction of transgenic seeds in the country has devastating consequences that very few know Scientists have bought into the lie that GMOs are good said Nsaba Buturo Dr Emmanuel Otaala NRM South West Budama County called for more research on GMOs before they are introduced into the country AUDIO Dr Emmanuel Otaala If the whole of Europe does not allow GMOs why should we Africans who do not have better regulatory mechanisms be the first to accept GMO crops asked Otaala also chairman of the Environment and Natural Resources Committee Otaala attributed the increase in non communicable diseases to the increased consumption of GMOs GMOs are dangerous for biodiversity and have the ability to contaminate our organic food said Otaala Amudat District Female MP H E Betty Chelain urged Africans to keep organic farming and said that GMOs alter the soil and the environment When she was studying medicine there were some diseases only in the books but not in Africa The introduction of GMOs means that they want to introduce such diseases in Africa she added AUDIO Bro Betty Chelain
    Uganda: Bill Banning Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) on the horizon
    Africa1 month ago

    Uganda: Bill Banning Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) on the horizon

    A section of parliamentarians plans to introduce a bill that would ban Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs).

    Led by the East Bufumbira County Deputy, the Hon. James Nsaba Buturo, lawmakers announced the plan during a press conference in Parliament on Friday, October 14, 2022.

    The move comes in the context of the recent enactment of the GMO law in neighboring Kenya, which legalizes the introduction of GMOs in the country.

    Nsaba Buturo said that Ugandans must reject any plans to introduce GMOs into the country, saying that GMOs pose risks to health and also to the environment.

    “We will make a very strong case in Parliament when the time comes.

    We know it's going to be a great fight.

    Those people will use a lot of money, but we believe that with God on our side, we will beat them,” he said.

    Nsaba Buturo added that the bill also provides for the gradual elimination of GMOs already existing in the country.

    “GMOs are a disaster.

    Eminent scientists have said that GMOs have no benefits.

    50 African countries out of 54 have said no to GMOs. So those who are rushing us to accept them have their agenda,” Buturo said.

    He accused GMO advocates of using GMOs to control food production in Uganda.

    “The threat facing Uganda is worse than colonization.

    Ugandans must wake up.

    The enemy is determined to completely encircle us, make us dependent, make fools of us before the human race and we are saying no,” he said.

    In 2017 and 2021, President Yoweri Museveni refused to enact the National Biotechnology and Biosafety Bill 2012.

    The bill seeks to provide a regulatory framework that facilitates the safe development and application of biotechnology, research, development and release of genetically modified organisms.

    “The president also said that we must be cautious, act prudently and not foolishly.

    The introduction of transgenic seeds in the country has devastating consequences that very few know.

    Scientists have bought into the lie that GMOs are good,” said Nsaba Buturo.

    Dr. Emmanuel Otaala (NRM, South West Budama County) called for more research on GMOs, before they are introduced into the country.

    AUDIO: Dr. Emmanuel Otaala “If the whole of Europe does not allow GMOs, why should we Africans, who do not have better regulatory mechanisms, be the first to accept GMO crops?” asked Otaala, also chairman of the Environment and Natural Resources Committee.

    Otaala attributed the increase in non-communicable diseases to the increased consumption of GMOs. "GMOs are dangerous for biodiversity and have the ability to contaminate our organic food," said Otaala.

    Amudat District Female MP, H.E. Betty Chelain urged Africans to keep organic farming and said that GMOs alter the soil and the environment.

    “When she was studying medicine, there were some diseases only in the books but not in Africa.

    The introduction of GMOs means that they want to introduce such diseases in Africa,” she added.

    AUDIO: Bro. Betty Chelain

  •  The Independent National Electoral Commission INEC on Tuesday in Abakaliki displayed the list of governorship candidates nominated by political parties for the 2023 governorship race in Ebonyi Mr Francis Nwifuru Speaker of the Ebonyi House of Assembly candidate of the APC and Prof Bernard Odoh a former Secretary to State Government SSG of APGA made the list Also cleared by the commission to run for the governorship in Ebonyi was Chief Ifeanyichukwuma Odii of PDP Chief Edward Nkwegu LP and Mr Chukwuma Nwandugo of the Action Alliance AA Other governorship candidates shortlisted by the commission include Dr Sunday Opoke for the Young People s Party YPP and Mr Anthony Usulor of the Nigerian Renaissance Movement NRM Dr Joseph Chukwu the INEC s Resident Electoral Commissioner REC who announced the release to newsmen in his office in Abakaliki said that the display was in line with Section 32 1 of the Electoral Act The law empowers the commission to display the final list of the authentic candidates for any election 150 days to the Election Day Chukwu said According to him 13 political parties fielded governorship candidates and their running mates for the March 2023 gubernatorial election in Ebonyi He said that 15 political parties also fielded 246 candidates for the House of Assembly Election and added that campaigns for the governorship and state assembly elections would commence on Oct 12 He therefore advised gubernatorial and the house of assembly candidates against flouting the provisions of electoral law by kicking off their campaigns before the stipulated time 246 candidates across political parties will contest for seats in the 24 state assembly constituencies in Ebonyi We wish to warn that campaigns for the governorship and house of assembly elections have not started the campaigns will commence on Oct 12 as provided for in the 2022 electoral law It s an offence for political parties or their candidates to embark on campaigns outside the INEC approved timetable of activities Chukwu said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    INEC releases list for 2023 Ebonyi governorship candidates
     The Independent National Electoral Commission INEC on Tuesday in Abakaliki displayed the list of governorship candidates nominated by political parties for the 2023 governorship race in Ebonyi Mr Francis Nwifuru Speaker of the Ebonyi House of Assembly candidate of the APC and Prof Bernard Odoh a former Secretary to State Government SSG of APGA made the list Also cleared by the commission to run for the governorship in Ebonyi was Chief Ifeanyichukwuma Odii of PDP Chief Edward Nkwegu LP and Mr Chukwuma Nwandugo of the Action Alliance AA Other governorship candidates shortlisted by the commission include Dr Sunday Opoke for the Young People s Party YPP and Mr Anthony Usulor of the Nigerian Renaissance Movement NRM Dr Joseph Chukwu the INEC s Resident Electoral Commissioner REC who announced the release to newsmen in his office in Abakaliki said that the display was in line with Section 32 1 of the Electoral Act The law empowers the commission to display the final list of the authentic candidates for any election 150 days to the Election Day Chukwu said According to him 13 political parties fielded governorship candidates and their running mates for the March 2023 gubernatorial election in Ebonyi He said that 15 political parties also fielded 246 candidates for the House of Assembly Election and added that campaigns for the governorship and state assembly elections would commence on Oct 12 He therefore advised gubernatorial and the house of assembly candidates against flouting the provisions of electoral law by kicking off their campaigns before the stipulated time 246 candidates across political parties will contest for seats in the 24 state assembly constituencies in Ebonyi We wish to warn that campaigns for the governorship and house of assembly elections have not started the campaigns will commence on Oct 12 as provided for in the 2022 electoral law It s an offence for political parties or their candidates to embark on campaigns outside the INEC approved timetable of activities Chukwu said NewsSourceCredit NAN
    INEC releases list for 2023 Ebonyi governorship candidates
    General news2 months ago

    INEC releases list for 2023 Ebonyi governorship candidates

    The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Tuesday in Abakaliki displayed the list of governorship candidates nominated by political parties for the 2023 governorship race in Ebonyi.

    Mr Francis Nwifuru, Speaker of the Ebonyi House of Assembly, candidate of the APC, and Prof. Bernard Odoh, a former Secretary to State Government (SSG) of APGA) made the list.

    Also cleared by the commission to run for the governorship in Ebonyi was Chief Ifeanyichukwuma Odii of PDP,  Chief Edward Nkwegu, LP and Mr Chukwuma Nwandugo of the Action Alliance (AA).

    Other governorship candidates shortlisted by the commission include Dr Sunday Opoke for the Young People’s Party (YPP) and Mr Anthony Usulor of the Nigerian Renaissance Movement (NRM).

    Dr Joseph Chukwu, the INEC’s Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), who announced the release to newsmen in his office in Abakaliki, said that the display was in line with Section 32 (1) of the Electoral Act. “The law empowers the commission to display the final list of the authentic candidates for any election 150 days to the Election Day,” Chukwu said.

    According to him, 13 political parties fielded governorship candidates and their running mates for the March 2023 gubernatorial election in Ebonyi.

    He said that 15 political parties also fielded 246 candidates for the House of Assembly Election and added that campaigns for the governorship and state assembly elections would commence on Oct. 12. He, therefore, advised gubernatorial and the house of assembly candidates against flouting the provisions of electoral law by kicking off their campaigns before the stipulated time.

    “246 candidates across political parties will contest for seats in the 24 state assembly constituencies in Ebonyi.

    “We wish to warn that campaigns for the governorship and house of assembly elections have not started; the campaigns will commence on Oct .

    12 as provided for in the 2022 electoral law.

    “It’s an offence for political parties or their candidates to embark on campaigns outside the INEC-approved timetable of activities,” Chukwu said.


    NewsSourceCredit: NAN

  •   MPs have adopted a motion urging the government to increase funding for mental and psychiatric care services in the country The Hon Aisha Kabanda NUP Butambala District during the plenary session on Tuesday September 27 2022 Kabanda said that one percent of the budget for fiscal year 2022 2023 allocated to mental health means insufficient medicines and care deficient of the 14 million people with mental disorders We are concerned that cases will increase The budget of the Ministry of Health alone is not enough Mental health services must be integrated across sectors he said Kabanda also called for training and hiring of psychiatric doctors saying the current 42 are not enough Children between the ages of 15 and 19 are now more affected by mental illness and most of them are in schools Their mental illnesses are not detected in time This requires early detection Children are committing suicide more and more he said The government was also asked to return mental health facilities that were converted into Covid 19 treatment units to their original use Vice President Thomas Tayebwa said mental health issues require urgent attention from the government and urged lawmakers to pay due attention to the problem We need to take this as a serious case and one that is well funded This needs to be highlighted for the Minister of Health to give us a statement on mental health infrastructure and support We can identify money in the budget said Tayebwa He said intervention can start at the IV Health Center level saying these should be considered in seeking to address mental health funding Hon Geofrey Macho IND Municipality of Busia called for upgrading the Mental Health Unit at the Mulago National Referral Hospital to a department saying this will improve the treatment and care of mental health patients Mental health must be incorporated into all health units and all health workers must receive training and counseling she said Macho also called for the free distribution of medicine to the mentally ill saying the medicine is expensive and inaccessible UPDF representative Jennifer Alanyo called for the hiring of psychiatric nurses in schools to enable early detection Substance and alcohol abuse is practiced in schools Early detection can be done by psychiatric nurses Alanyo said Hon Herbert Ariko NRM Soroti East Division pointed out the need to equip health institutions to train mental health specialists Currently we only have two qualified psychiatric specialist examiners and they have retired Mental health coaches are not available We need to equip institutions to train people he said The deputy of the municipality of Bugiri H E Asuman Basalirwa wondered why public institutions that train mental health specialists are expensive and argued that this affects the number of specialists in the country Even students admitted under government sponsorship are paying exorbitant fees and cannot cover the expenses Why is this the case Basalirwa wondered
    Increase funding for mental health services, MPs urge government
      MPs have adopted a motion urging the government to increase funding for mental and psychiatric care services in the country The Hon Aisha Kabanda NUP Butambala District during the plenary session on Tuesday September 27 2022 Kabanda said that one percent of the budget for fiscal year 2022 2023 allocated to mental health means insufficient medicines and care deficient of the 14 million people with mental disorders We are concerned that cases will increase The budget of the Ministry of Health alone is not enough Mental health services must be integrated across sectors he said Kabanda also called for training and hiring of psychiatric doctors saying the current 42 are not enough Children between the ages of 15 and 19 are now more affected by mental illness and most of them are in schools Their mental illnesses are not detected in time This requires early detection Children are committing suicide more and more he said The government was also asked to return mental health facilities that were converted into Covid 19 treatment units to their original use Vice President Thomas Tayebwa said mental health issues require urgent attention from the government and urged lawmakers to pay due attention to the problem We need to take this as a serious case and one that is well funded This needs to be highlighted for the Minister of Health to give us a statement on mental health infrastructure and support We can identify money in the budget said Tayebwa He said intervention can start at the IV Health Center level saying these should be considered in seeking to address mental health funding Hon Geofrey Macho IND Municipality of Busia called for upgrading the Mental Health Unit at the Mulago National Referral Hospital to a department saying this will improve the treatment and care of mental health patients Mental health must be incorporated into all health units and all health workers must receive training and counseling she said Macho also called for the free distribution of medicine to the mentally ill saying the medicine is expensive and inaccessible UPDF representative Jennifer Alanyo called for the hiring of psychiatric nurses in schools to enable early detection Substance and alcohol abuse is practiced in schools Early detection can be done by psychiatric nurses Alanyo said Hon Herbert Ariko NRM Soroti East Division pointed out the need to equip health institutions to train mental health specialists Currently we only have two qualified psychiatric specialist examiners and they have retired Mental health coaches are not available We need to equip institutions to train people he said The deputy of the municipality of Bugiri H E Asuman Basalirwa wondered why public institutions that train mental health specialists are expensive and argued that this affects the number of specialists in the country Even students admitted under government sponsorship are paying exorbitant fees and cannot cover the expenses Why is this the case Basalirwa wondered
    Increase funding for mental health services, MPs urge government
    Africa2 months ago

    Increase funding for mental health services, MPs urge government

    MPs have adopted a motion, urging the government to increase funding for mental and psychiatric care services in the country.

    The Hon. Aisha Kabanda (NUP, Butambala District) during the plenary session on Tuesday, September 27, 2022.

    Kabanda said that one percent of the budget for fiscal year 2022/2023 allocated to mental health means insufficient medicines and care deficient of the 14 million people with mental disorders.

    “We are concerned that cases will increase.

    The budget of the Ministry of Health alone is not enough.

    Mental health services must be integrated across sectors,” he said.

    Kabanda also called for training and hiring of psychiatric doctors, saying the current 42 are not enough.

    “Children between the ages of 15 and 19 are now more affected by mental illness and most of them are in schools.

    Their mental illnesses are not detected in time.

    This requires early detection.

    Children are committing suicide more and more,” he said.

    The government was also asked to return mental health facilities that were converted into Covid-19 treatment units to their original use.

    Vice President Thomas Tayebwa said mental health issues require urgent attention from the government and urged lawmakers to pay due attention to the problem.

    “We need to take this as a serious case and one that is well funded.

    This needs to be highlighted for the Minister of Health to give us a statement on mental health infrastructure and support.

    We can identify money in the budget,” said Tayebwa.

    He said intervention can start at the IV Health Center level, saying these should be considered in seeking to address mental health funding.

    Hon. Geofrey Macho (IND., Municipality of Busia) called for upgrading the Mental Health Unit at the Mulago National Referral Hospital to a department, saying this will improve the treatment and care of mental health patients.

    “Mental health must be incorporated into all health units and all health workers must receive training and counseling,” she said.

    Macho also called for the free distribution of medicine to the mentally ill, saying the medicine is expensive and inaccessible.

    UPDF representative Jennifer Alanyo called for the hiring of psychiatric nurses in schools to enable early detection.

    “Substance and alcohol abuse is practiced in schools.

    Early detection can be done by psychiatric nurses,” Alanyo said.

    Hon. Herbert Ariko (NRM, Soroti East Division) pointed out the need to equip health institutions to train mental health specialists.

    “Currently, we only have two qualified psychiatric specialist examiners and they have retired.

    Mental health coaches are not available.

    We need to equip institutions to train people,” he said.

    The deputy of the municipality of Bugiri, H.E. Asuman Basalirwa wondered why public institutions that train mental health specialists are expensive and argued that this affects the number of specialists in the country.

    “Even students admitted under government sponsorship are paying exorbitant fees and cannot cover the expenses.

    Why is this the case?

    Basalirwa wondered.

  •   Twenty eight hopefuls have expressed interest in running for Uganda s nine seats in the East African Legislative Assembly EALA On Monday September 19 2022 the nomination documents of 15 candidates all independent applicants were received 13 candidates submitted their nomination papers on Tuesday 20 September 2022 the last day of the two day activity chaired by the Secretary of Parliament Adolf Mwesige Kasaija in the Parliament Conference Room According to records a total of 18 independent candidates submitted their nomination papers while six candidates from the ruling National Resistance Movement NRM party also expressed interest The Democratic Party the Justice Forum JEEMA the Forum for Democratic Change FDC and the Uganda People s Congress UPC fielded one candidate each to compete for opposition seats The nominees on the second day included all six candidates led by NRM These are Paul Musamali Rose Akol Stephen Odongo James Kakooza Mary Mugyenyi and Denis Namara Candidates backed by various opposition political parties were also nominated on the second day including Gerald Siranda of DP Fred Ebil of UPC and Harold Kaija of FDC According to the Secretary of Parliament Adolf Mwesige Kasaija the nomination papers must be verified by a verification committee after which the names of the successful candidates will be published These will then be invited to an open campaign before the members of the 11th Parliament who make up the electorate on Thursday 29th September 2022 in Parliament According to the EALA roadmap by September Parliament should have officially selected and published Ugandan representatives for the Arusha based Assembly
    Uganda Chapter: 28 Prepare for East African Parliament Campaigns
      Twenty eight hopefuls have expressed interest in running for Uganda s nine seats in the East African Legislative Assembly EALA On Monday September 19 2022 the nomination documents of 15 candidates all independent applicants were received 13 candidates submitted their nomination papers on Tuesday 20 September 2022 the last day of the two day activity chaired by the Secretary of Parliament Adolf Mwesige Kasaija in the Parliament Conference Room According to records a total of 18 independent candidates submitted their nomination papers while six candidates from the ruling National Resistance Movement NRM party also expressed interest The Democratic Party the Justice Forum JEEMA the Forum for Democratic Change FDC and the Uganda People s Congress UPC fielded one candidate each to compete for opposition seats The nominees on the second day included all six candidates led by NRM These are Paul Musamali Rose Akol Stephen Odongo James Kakooza Mary Mugyenyi and Denis Namara Candidates backed by various opposition political parties were also nominated on the second day including Gerald Siranda of DP Fred Ebil of UPC and Harold Kaija of FDC According to the Secretary of Parliament Adolf Mwesige Kasaija the nomination papers must be verified by a verification committee after which the names of the successful candidates will be published These will then be invited to an open campaign before the members of the 11th Parliament who make up the electorate on Thursday 29th September 2022 in Parliament According to the EALA roadmap by September Parliament should have officially selected and published Ugandan representatives for the Arusha based Assembly
    Uganda Chapter: 28 Prepare for East African Parliament Campaigns
    Africa2 months ago

    Uganda Chapter: 28 Prepare for East African Parliament Campaigns

    Twenty-eight hopefuls have expressed interest in running for Uganda's nine seats in the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA).

    On Monday, September 19, 2022, the nomination documents of 15 candidates, all independent applicants, were received.

    13 candidates submitted their nomination papers on Tuesday 20 September 2022, the last day of the two-day activity chaired by the Secretary of Parliament, Adolf Mwesige Kasaija, in the Parliament Conference Room. According to records, a total of 18 independent candidates submitted their nomination papers, while six candidates from the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) party also expressed interest.

    The Democratic Party, the Justice Forum (JEEMA), the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) and the Uganda People's Congress (UPC) fielded one candidate each to compete for opposition seats.

    The nominees on the second day included all six candidates led by NRM.

    These are Paul Musamali, Rose Akol, Stephen Odongo, James Kakooza, Mary Mugyenyi and Denis Namara.

    Candidates backed by various opposition political parties were also nominated on the second day, including Gerald Siranda of DP, Fred Ebil of UPC and Harold Kaija of FDC.

    According to the Secretary of Parliament, Adolf Mwesige Kasaija, the nomination papers must be verified by a verification committee, after which the names of the successful candidates will be published.

    These will then be invited to an open campaign before the members of the 11th Parliament who make up the electorate on Thursday 29th September 2022 in Parliament.

    According to the EALA roadmap, by September, Parliament should have officially selected and published Ugandan representatives for the Arusha-based Assembly.

  •   The Workshop Leaders of Parliament s committees have completed a two day workshop aimed at honing their skills in carrying out their legislative and oversight roles Organized by the Office of the Leader of Government Affairs in Parliament from Saturday 17th to Sunday 18th September 2022 at the Imperial Golf View Hotel Entebbe the workshop was attended by committee chairs regional and committee whips and the Resistance Movement caucus National NRM executives under the motto Spanking for effective coordination Vice President Thomas Tayebwa who referred to the committees as the engine of the Legislature said that committees they need constant training to perfect their roles Most of Parliament s work is done in committees Therefore the realization of the vision of the Legislature as a people centered parliament depends heavily on the responsiveness efficiency and effectiveness of committees as subsets of the House Tayebwa said The Deputy Spokesperson noted that matters drag on in committees for a long time while some committees have barely processed the annual reports of the entities under their purview He attributed the delay to prioritization and limited working methods On the functions of committee and regional whips the vice president said that an effective whip system is a precondition for a successful legislature Therefore I urge all whips to effectively play their part in mobilizing members and monitoring their attendance and participation in the work of Parliament he said Whip Prime Minister Hon Hamson Obua called for a collective and open door policy among committee leaders for the strategic coordination of parliamentary affairs He called for cohesion and teamwork between the leaders of the committees and the whips through collective decision making and the building of cordial relations with the Ministries Departments and Agencies MDA I encourage members to always use the Office of the Head of Government for coordination and knowing the position of the government on matters of strategic interest especially those matters in committee he said Deputy Attorney General Jackson Kafuuzi who was one of the facilitators emphasized the committees role in conducting post legislative scrutiny Post legislative scrutiny provides an opportunity to assess the impact of legislation on the well being of all citizens and to address any unforeseen disadvantages or inequities he said The Minister of Local Government Bro Raphael Magyezi who was the main commentator on the Parish Development Model PDM admitted to having made some mistakes as a government that resulted in mismanagement of some of the funds that were released Part of the PDM money was misappropriated because it was sent to the districts but this time it goes directly to the parish SACCOs the minister said adding that all the district leaders who mishandled the PDM money were intercepted and arrested On the economic side the Permanent Secretary Secretary of the Treasury Ramathan Ggoobi advised parliamentarians to desist from the need to approve supplementary budgets that are not the product of unforeseen circumstances We need to make the budget more transformative redistributive and less accommodating We need to reduce non core budgets to restore fiscal discipline If we don t end non core budgets we re not going to change anything in this country because it distorts the budget Ggoobi said The law allows Parliament to approve a supplementary budget of up to three percent of the allocated national budget Ggoobi added that the Ministry of Finance Planning and Economic Development has removed the unfunded priorities aspect of the budget because it is what feeds supplementary budgets We will no longer have unfunded priorities in the budget framework When a priority cannot obtain resources it ceases to be a priority It has to wait until the next fiscal year Ggoobi said as he received applause from MPs For his part the Minister for General Duties in the Prime Minister s Office the Hon Justine Kasule Lumumba spoke emphatically to the committee s leadership about the need to build consensus saying that decisions based on consensus can lead to better quality outcomes that empower committees and caucus leadership to move forward together to create their common future Reacting to her MPs said that while they were aware of the functions and roles of committees in processing business for the House they do so with challenges that are not limited to finances We are restricting the work of the Parliament because the committees do not receive the necessary funds to fulfill their functions the allocation of funds does not even allow me to carry out a comprehensive supervision internally H E said Emmanuel Otaala president of the Environment and Natural Resources Committee In his welcoming remarks Parliament Secretary Adolf Mwesige Kasaija said the workshop was the first of its kind for the 11th Parliament committee chairs and will help improve efficiency and effectiveness among parliamentarians in executing their duties on committees
    Uganda: Committee Chairs Trained in Legislative Scrutiny
      The Workshop Leaders of Parliament s committees have completed a two day workshop aimed at honing their skills in carrying out their legislative and oversight roles Organized by the Office of the Leader of Government Affairs in Parliament from Saturday 17th to Sunday 18th September 2022 at the Imperial Golf View Hotel Entebbe the workshop was attended by committee chairs regional and committee whips and the Resistance Movement caucus National NRM executives under the motto Spanking for effective coordination Vice President Thomas Tayebwa who referred to the committees as the engine of the Legislature said that committees they need constant training to perfect their roles Most of Parliament s work is done in committees Therefore the realization of the vision of the Legislature as a people centered parliament depends heavily on the responsiveness efficiency and effectiveness of committees as subsets of the House Tayebwa said The Deputy Spokesperson noted that matters drag on in committees for a long time while some committees have barely processed the annual reports of the entities under their purview He attributed the delay to prioritization and limited working methods On the functions of committee and regional whips the vice president said that an effective whip system is a precondition for a successful legislature Therefore I urge all whips to effectively play their part in mobilizing members and monitoring their attendance and participation in the work of Parliament he said Whip Prime Minister Hon Hamson Obua called for a collective and open door policy among committee leaders for the strategic coordination of parliamentary affairs He called for cohesion and teamwork between the leaders of the committees and the whips through collective decision making and the building of cordial relations with the Ministries Departments and Agencies MDA I encourage members to always use the Office of the Head of Government for coordination and knowing the position of the government on matters of strategic interest especially those matters in committee he said Deputy Attorney General Jackson Kafuuzi who was one of the facilitators emphasized the committees role in conducting post legislative scrutiny Post legislative scrutiny provides an opportunity to assess the impact of legislation on the well being of all citizens and to address any unforeseen disadvantages or inequities he said The Minister of Local Government Bro Raphael Magyezi who was the main commentator on the Parish Development Model PDM admitted to having made some mistakes as a government that resulted in mismanagement of some of the funds that were released Part of the PDM money was misappropriated because it was sent to the districts but this time it goes directly to the parish SACCOs the minister said adding that all the district leaders who mishandled the PDM money were intercepted and arrested On the economic side the Permanent Secretary Secretary of the Treasury Ramathan Ggoobi advised parliamentarians to desist from the need to approve supplementary budgets that are not the product of unforeseen circumstances We need to make the budget more transformative redistributive and less accommodating We need to reduce non core budgets to restore fiscal discipline If we don t end non core budgets we re not going to change anything in this country because it distorts the budget Ggoobi said The law allows Parliament to approve a supplementary budget of up to three percent of the allocated national budget Ggoobi added that the Ministry of Finance Planning and Economic Development has removed the unfunded priorities aspect of the budget because it is what feeds supplementary budgets We will no longer have unfunded priorities in the budget framework When a priority cannot obtain resources it ceases to be a priority It has to wait until the next fiscal year Ggoobi said as he received applause from MPs For his part the Minister for General Duties in the Prime Minister s Office the Hon Justine Kasule Lumumba spoke emphatically to the committee s leadership about the need to build consensus saying that decisions based on consensus can lead to better quality outcomes that empower committees and caucus leadership to move forward together to create their common future Reacting to her MPs said that while they were aware of the functions and roles of committees in processing business for the House they do so with challenges that are not limited to finances We are restricting the work of the Parliament because the committees do not receive the necessary funds to fulfill their functions the allocation of funds does not even allow me to carry out a comprehensive supervision internally H E said Emmanuel Otaala president of the Environment and Natural Resources Committee In his welcoming remarks Parliament Secretary Adolf Mwesige Kasaija said the workshop was the first of its kind for the 11th Parliament committee chairs and will help improve efficiency and effectiveness among parliamentarians in executing their duties on committees
    Uganda: Committee Chairs Trained in Legislative Scrutiny
    Africa2 months ago

    Uganda: Committee Chairs Trained in Legislative Scrutiny

    The Workshop Leaders of Parliament's committees have completed a two-day workshop aimed at honing their skills in carrying out their legislative and oversight roles.

    Organized by the Office of the Leader of Government Affairs in Parliament from Saturday 17th to Sunday 18th September 2022 at the Imperial Golf View Hotel, Entebbe, the workshop was attended by committee chairs, regional and committee whips and the Resistance Movement caucus National (NRM).

    executives under the motto: "Spanking for effective coordination".

    Vice President Thomas Tayebwa, who referred to the committees as the engine of the Legislature, said that [committees] they need constant training to perfect their roles.

    “Most of Parliament's work is done in committees.

    Therefore, the realization of the vision of the Legislature as a people-centered parliament depends heavily on the responsiveness, efficiency, and effectiveness of committees as subsets of the House,” Tayebwa said.

    The Deputy Spokesperson noted that matters drag on in committees for a long time, while some committees have barely processed the annual reports of the entities under their purview.

    He attributed the delay to prioritization and limited working methods.

    On the functions of committee and regional whips, the vice president said that an effective whip system is a precondition for a successful legislature.

    “Therefore, I urge all whips to effectively play their part in mobilizing members and monitoring their attendance and participation in the work of Parliament,” he said.

    Whip Prime Minister Hon. Hamson Obua called for a collective and open-door policy among committee leaders for the strategic coordination of parliamentary affairs.

    He called for cohesion and teamwork between the leaders of the committees and the whips through collective decision-making and the building of cordial relations with the Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDA).

    “I encourage members to always use the Office of the Head of Government for coordination and knowing the position of the government on matters of strategic interest, especially those matters in committee,” he said.

    Deputy Attorney General Jackson Kafuuzi, who was one of the facilitators, emphasized the committees' role in conducting post-legislative scrutiny.

    “Post-legislative scrutiny provides an opportunity to assess the impact of legislation on the well-being of all citizens and to address any unforeseen disadvantages or inequities,” he said.

    The Minister of Local Government, Bro. Raphael Magyezi, who was the main commentator on the Parish Development Model (PDM) admitted to having made some mistakes as a government that resulted in mismanagement of some of the funds that were released.

    “Part of the PDM money was misappropriated because it was sent to the districts, but this time it goes directly to the parish SACCOs,” the minister said, adding that all the district leaders who mishandled the PDM money were intercepted and arrested.

    .

    On the economic side, the Permanent Secretary/Secretary of the Treasury, Ramathan Ggoobi, advised parliamentarians to desist from the need to approve supplementary budgets that are not the product of unforeseen circumstances.

    “We need to make the budget more transformative, redistributive and less accommodating.

    We need to reduce non-core budgets to restore fiscal discipline...

    If we don't end non-core budgets, we're not going to change anything in this country because it distorts the budget,” Ggoobi said.

    The law allows Parliament to approve a supplementary budget of up to three percent of the allocated national budget.

    Ggoobi added that the Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development has removed the unfunded priorities aspect of the budget because it is what feeds supplementary budgets.

    “We will no longer have unfunded priorities in the budget framework.

    When a priority cannot obtain resources, it ceases to be a priority.

    It has to wait until the next fiscal year,” Ggoobi said as he received applause from MPs. For his part, the Minister for General Duties in the Prime Minister's Office, the Hon. Justine Kasule Lumumba, spoke emphatically to the committee's leadership about the need to build consensus, saying that decisions based on consensus can lead to better quality outcomes.

    that empower committees and caucus leadership to move forward together, to create their common future.

    Reacting to her, MPs said that while they were aware of the functions and roles of committees in processing business for the House, they do so with challenges that are not limited to finances.

    “We are restricting the work of the Parliament because the committees do not receive the necessary funds to fulfill their functions… the allocation of funds does not even allow me to carry out a comprehensive supervision internally”, H.E. said Emmanuel Otaala, president of the Environment and Natural Resources Committee.

    In his welcoming remarks, Parliament Secretary Adolf Mwesige Kasaija said the workshop was the first of its kind for the 11th Parliament committee chairs and will help improve efficiency and effectiveness among parliamentarians in executing their duties on committees.

  •   The Honorable Persis Namuganza the Minister of State for Lands Housing and Urban Development Housing has taken issue with a House committee investigating her over allegations of undermining Parliament Namuganza said that she will only defend herself before the Rules Privileges and Discipline Committee against allegations of misconduct if she is provided with documentary evidence of what she is accused of AUDIO Minister Persis Namuganza I therefore pray that witnesses will be ordered to come forward and provide me with copies of documentary evidence of whatever nature they intend to rely on and this is a fair hearing requirement she said she The matter stems from a report by the ad hoc committee on Nakawa Naguru Land Cession which was unanimously adopted by Parliament on May 18 2022 The committee in its report recommended that Namuganza step aside for falsifying a presidential directive seen by the Uganda Land Commission allocates said land to a section of investors Namuganza reportedly said that Parliament is powerless and unable to censure her in relation to her involvement in Naguru Nakawa land allocations The minister who was appearing before the committee on Wednesday 14 September 2022 said that she had written to the Speaker on the matter and accused the committee of not following correct procedures before requesting to excuse herself from the meeting in protest The minister is also alleged to have questioned the role and mandate of the ad hoc committee set up by the president to investigate the Naguru Nakawa land allocations through a social media post on the official WhatsApp group for members of the 11th Parliament Hon Bosco Okiror NRM Usuk County said that in fact no evidence had yet been presented to the committee but stated that if there is not it will ultimately be to the benefit of the minister AUDIO Bro Bosco Okiror Although the vice president of the committee the Hon Father Charles Onen directed that the witnesses present their evidence as testimony and that Namuganza can sit down to listen the minister rejected the method Four deputies including the Hon Sarah Opendi NRM Tororo District H E Elijah Okupa INDP Kasilo H E Solomon Silwany NRM Bukhooli Central and H E Maurice Kibalya NRM Bugabula South has testified before the committee regarding the accusations against the minister Opendi submitted printouts of messages allegedly questioning the role of the committee that Namuganza reportedly posted to a WhatsApp group of MPs from the 11th Parliament on July 12 2022 AUDIO H E Sarah Opendi The Minister Hon Okupa said that he should have looked for better platforms to address his concerns than turning to social media Honorable Silwany was asked to present evidence that the minister had brought the institution of Parliament into disrepute with her social media posts
    Uganda: present evidence against me, Minister Namuganza asks the Committee
      The Honorable Persis Namuganza the Minister of State for Lands Housing and Urban Development Housing has taken issue with a House committee investigating her over allegations of undermining Parliament Namuganza said that she will only defend herself before the Rules Privileges and Discipline Committee against allegations of misconduct if she is provided with documentary evidence of what she is accused of AUDIO Minister Persis Namuganza I therefore pray that witnesses will be ordered to come forward and provide me with copies of documentary evidence of whatever nature they intend to rely on and this is a fair hearing requirement she said she The matter stems from a report by the ad hoc committee on Nakawa Naguru Land Cession which was unanimously adopted by Parliament on May 18 2022 The committee in its report recommended that Namuganza step aside for falsifying a presidential directive seen by the Uganda Land Commission allocates said land to a section of investors Namuganza reportedly said that Parliament is powerless and unable to censure her in relation to her involvement in Naguru Nakawa land allocations The minister who was appearing before the committee on Wednesday 14 September 2022 said that she had written to the Speaker on the matter and accused the committee of not following correct procedures before requesting to excuse herself from the meeting in protest The minister is also alleged to have questioned the role and mandate of the ad hoc committee set up by the president to investigate the Naguru Nakawa land allocations through a social media post on the official WhatsApp group for members of the 11th Parliament Hon Bosco Okiror NRM Usuk County said that in fact no evidence had yet been presented to the committee but stated that if there is not it will ultimately be to the benefit of the minister AUDIO Bro Bosco Okiror Although the vice president of the committee the Hon Father Charles Onen directed that the witnesses present their evidence as testimony and that Namuganza can sit down to listen the minister rejected the method Four deputies including the Hon Sarah Opendi NRM Tororo District H E Elijah Okupa INDP Kasilo H E Solomon Silwany NRM Bukhooli Central and H E Maurice Kibalya NRM Bugabula South has testified before the committee regarding the accusations against the minister Opendi submitted printouts of messages allegedly questioning the role of the committee that Namuganza reportedly posted to a WhatsApp group of MPs from the 11th Parliament on July 12 2022 AUDIO H E Sarah Opendi The Minister Hon Okupa said that he should have looked for better platforms to address his concerns than turning to social media Honorable Silwany was asked to present evidence that the minister had brought the institution of Parliament into disrepute with her social media posts
    Uganda: present evidence against me, Minister Namuganza asks the Committee
    Africa3 months ago

    Uganda: present evidence against me, Minister Namuganza asks the Committee

    The Honorable Persis Namuganza, the Minister of State for Lands, Housing and Urban Development (Housing), has taken issue with a House committee investigating her over allegations of undermining Parliament.

    Namuganza said that she will only defend herself before the Rules, Privileges and Discipline Committee against allegations of misconduct if she is provided with documentary evidence of what she is accused of.

    AUDIO: Minister Persis Namuganza “I therefore pray that witnesses will be ordered to come forward and provide me with copies of documentary evidence of whatever nature they intend to rely on and this is a fair hearing requirement,” she said she.

    The matter stems from a report by the ad hoc committee on Nakawa-Naguru Land Cession which was unanimously adopted by Parliament on May 18, 2022.

    The committee, in its report, recommended that Namuganza step aside.

    for falsifying a presidential directive seen by the Uganda Land Commission allocates said land to a section of investors.

    Namuganza reportedly said that Parliament is powerless and unable to censure her in relation to her involvement in Naguru-Nakawa land allocations.

    The minister, who was appearing before the committee on Wednesday 14 September 2022, said that she had written to the Speaker on the matter and accused the committee of not following correct procedures, before requesting to excuse herself from the meeting in protest.

    The minister is also alleged to have questioned the role and mandate of the ad hoc committee set up by the president to investigate the Naguru-Nakawa land allocations through a social media post on the official WhatsApp group for members of the 11th Parliament.

    .

    Hon. Bosco Okiror (NRM, Usuk County) said that in fact no evidence had yet been presented to the committee, but stated that if there is not, it will ultimately be to the benefit of the minister.

    AUDIO: Bro. Bosco Okiror Although the vice president of the committee, the Hon. Father Charles Onen, directed that the witnesses present their evidence as testimony and that Namuganza can sit down to listen, the minister rejected the method.

    Four deputies, including the Hon. Sarah Opendi (NRM, Tororo District), H.E. Elijah Okupa (INDP., Kasilo), H.E. Solomon Silwany (NRM, Bukhooli Central) and H.E. Maurice Kibalya (NRM, Bugabula South) has testified before the committee regarding the accusations against the minister.

    Opendi submitted printouts of messages allegedly questioning the role of the committee that Namuganza reportedly posted to a WhatsApp group of MPs from the 11th Parliament on July 12, 2022.

    AUDIO: H.E. Sarah Opendi The Minister, Hon. Okupa said that he should have looked for better platforms to address his concerns than turning to social media.

    Honorable Silwany was asked to present evidence that the minister had brought the institution of Parliament into disrepute with her social media posts.

  •   Lawmakers have asked law enforcement authorities to consider arresting Ministry of Land Housing and Urban Development officials who issue property titles in wetlands Parliamentarians who are part of the Climate Change Committee said that this will speed up the process of recovering wetlands that are currently illegally occupied I think we shouldn t just go for those who built in the wetlands we have to go for those who have issued titles in the wetlands Whoever issues documentation to facilitate the acquisition of land in wetlands should be fired said Bro Seth Wambede NRM Northern Division Mbale City This was during a press conference held on Friday 9th September 2022 in the Members of Parliament Lounge Members noted that the process of eviction of squatters has been compromised as big fish continue to occupy wetlands making it necessary to focus on the source of title deeds We see the eviction of vulnerable people Why is it a selective application of the law asked Br Christine Kaaya NUP Kiboga District MP Kaaya wondered if the government was monitoring authorized wetland projects like Lwera at Lukaaya Town Hall in Kalungu District Central Uganda to ensure compliance with the environmental law Previously there was a movement to cancel all titles in wetlands How far have we come with fulfilling this How far have we come with your demarcation Where is the Environmental Police to monitor compliance with what we propose with these wetlands she asked Committee chairman Br Lawrence Songa said First of all it is wrong to issue titles in the wetland I have seen people who say they have land and when you go to see the land it is in water but they say My land is below it is the water that covered it Songa said rampant flooding in western Uganda s Kasese district and landslides in eastern Uganda s Elgon region should be a lesson that wetlands and other green covers need to be restored like the forests He was concerned that the government was spending too much on disaster management saying it could spend less if it focused on disaster prevention Most of the time what we spend in the Prime Minister s Office is to address post disaster challenges If you calculate the money that we spend on relief items after disasters it is higher than the money that we will have used to prevent it he said Lawmakers also urged the government to consider a comprehensive campaign to encourage households to adopt best practices on climate change such as planting trees protecting forests and wetlands from invaders We want climate change actions such as the use and disposal of polythene bags kaveera to be owned by the home We need to take ownership of this fight individually as we fight against COVID 19 and HIV AIDS said the Hon Anthony Esenu NRM Kapelebyong County
    Uganda: MPs want to arrest officials who issue titles in wetlands
      Lawmakers have asked law enforcement authorities to consider arresting Ministry of Land Housing and Urban Development officials who issue property titles in wetlands Parliamentarians who are part of the Climate Change Committee said that this will speed up the process of recovering wetlands that are currently illegally occupied I think we shouldn t just go for those who built in the wetlands we have to go for those who have issued titles in the wetlands Whoever issues documentation to facilitate the acquisition of land in wetlands should be fired said Bro Seth Wambede NRM Northern Division Mbale City This was during a press conference held on Friday 9th September 2022 in the Members of Parliament Lounge Members noted that the process of eviction of squatters has been compromised as big fish continue to occupy wetlands making it necessary to focus on the source of title deeds We see the eviction of vulnerable people Why is it a selective application of the law asked Br Christine Kaaya NUP Kiboga District MP Kaaya wondered if the government was monitoring authorized wetland projects like Lwera at Lukaaya Town Hall in Kalungu District Central Uganda to ensure compliance with the environmental law Previously there was a movement to cancel all titles in wetlands How far have we come with fulfilling this How far have we come with your demarcation Where is the Environmental Police to monitor compliance with what we propose with these wetlands she asked Committee chairman Br Lawrence Songa said First of all it is wrong to issue titles in the wetland I have seen people who say they have land and when you go to see the land it is in water but they say My land is below it is the water that covered it Songa said rampant flooding in western Uganda s Kasese district and landslides in eastern Uganda s Elgon region should be a lesson that wetlands and other green covers need to be restored like the forests He was concerned that the government was spending too much on disaster management saying it could spend less if it focused on disaster prevention Most of the time what we spend in the Prime Minister s Office is to address post disaster challenges If you calculate the money that we spend on relief items after disasters it is higher than the money that we will have used to prevent it he said Lawmakers also urged the government to consider a comprehensive campaign to encourage households to adopt best practices on climate change such as planting trees protecting forests and wetlands from invaders We want climate change actions such as the use and disposal of polythene bags kaveera to be owned by the home We need to take ownership of this fight individually as we fight against COVID 19 and HIV AIDS said the Hon Anthony Esenu NRM Kapelebyong County
    Uganda: MPs want to arrest officials who issue titles in wetlands
    Africa3 months ago

    Uganda: MPs want to arrest officials who issue titles in wetlands

    Lawmakers have asked law enforcement authorities to consider arresting Ministry of Land, Housing and Urban Development officials who issue property titles in wetlands.

    Parliamentarians who are part of the Climate Change Committee said that this will speed up the process of recovering wetlands that are currently illegally occupied.

    “I think we shouldn't just go for those who built in the wetlands, we have to go for those who have issued titles in the wetlands.

    Whoever issues documentation to facilitate the acquisition of land in wetlands should be fired”, said Bro. Seth Wambede, (NRM, Northern Division, Mbale City).

    This was during a press conference held on Friday 9th September 2022 in the Members of Parliament Lounge.

    Members noted that the process of eviction of squatters has been compromised as 'big fish' continue to occupy wetlands, making it necessary to focus on the source of title deeds.

    “We see the eviction of vulnerable people.

    Why is it a selective application of the law?

    asked Br. Christine Kaaya (NUP, Kiboga District MP) Kaaya wondered if the government was monitoring authorized wetland projects like Lwera at Lukaaya Town Hall in Kalungu District, Central Uganda, to ensure compliance with the environmental law.

    “Previously there was a movement to cancel all titles in wetlands.

    How far have we come with fulfilling this?

    How far have we come with your demarcation?

    Where is the Environmental Police to monitor compliance with what we propose with these wetlands?

    she asked.

    Committee chairman Br. Lawrence Songa said: “First of all, it is wrong to issue titles in the wetland.

    I have seen people who say they have land and when you go to see the land it is in water - but they say: 'My land is below, it is the water that covered it'”.

    Songa said rampant flooding in western Uganda's Kasese district and landslides in eastern Uganda's Elgon region should be a lesson that wetlands and other green covers need to be restored.

    like the forests.

    He was concerned that the government was spending too much on disaster management, saying it could spend less if it focused on disaster prevention.

    “Most of the time, what we spend in the Prime Minister's Office is to address post-disaster challenges.

    If you calculate the money that we spend on relief items after disasters, it is higher than the money that we will have used to prevent it,” he said.

    Lawmakers also urged the government to consider a comprehensive campaign to encourage households to adopt best practices on climate change, such as planting trees, protecting forests and wetlands from invaders.

    “We want climate change actions such as the use and disposal of [polythene bags] kaveera to be owned by the home.

    We need to take ownership of this fight individually, as we fight against COVID-19 and HIV/AIDS”, said the Hon. Anthony Esenu (NRM, Kapelebyong County).

  •   Parliament passed the Computer Misuse Amendment Bill 2022 introduced privately by H E Muhammad Nsereko Ind Central Kampala which imposes severe penalties for cybercrimes The Computer Misuse Amendment Bill 2022 sought to amend the Computer Misuse Act 2011 to improve provisions on unauthorized access to information or data prohibit the sharing of any information related to a child without the authorization of a parent or guardian Prohibit the sending or sharing of information that promotes hate speech With the removal of clauses that sought to bar convicts under the law from holding public office or running for election within 10 years the rest of the clauses passed unanimously without opposition with MP Gorreth Namugga NUP Mawogola County South dissenting A new clause in the bill proposed by the chairman of the ICT committee the Hon Moses Magogo defined social networks and created sanctions for computer users who take refuge in pseudo accounts The clause reads A person who uses social media to post distribute or share information prohibited by Ugandan law or using a disguised or false identity commits an offence The person who manages an account of an organization where this happens will be responsible for the commission of the crime the bill provides The clause went on to give a diverse definition of social media to mean a set of technologies sites and practices used to share opinions experiences and perspectives and includes YouTube WhatsApp Facebook Instagram Twitter WeChat TikTok Sina Weibo QQ Telegram Snapchat Kuaishou Qzone Reddit Quora Skype Microsoft Team and Linkedin A person who commits the offense provided for in the clause in question shall suffer upon conviction a fine of 16 million shs five years imprisonment or a fine and imprisonment Social media accounts that are verified will be presumed to be owned by the person s on whose behalf the accounts are run unless proven otherwise In addition a person whose phone numbers or email addresses have been used to create social networks will be personally liable to prosecution for crimes committed under the amended law Honorable Magogo justified the clause with the intention of providing for the regulation of social networks The bill also criminalized and defined unsolicited information but exempted commercial advertisements from categorization giving advertisers the freedom to share information with the target audience For purposes of this section unsolicited information means information transmitted to a person using the Internet without the person s consent but does not include an unsolicited commercial communication clause 5 reads in part In their minority report MP Namugga said the bill was unconstitutional and implored the House not to pass it The entire bill should not be allowed to become part of our laws as all the clauses are already covered by existing legislation and in some cases it violates the Constitution of the Republic of Uganda the fundamental rights to access information electronically and to express oneself through computer networks are fully compromised by this bill she said She added If it becomes law it will stifle information acquisition the penalties proposed in the bill are excessively harsh and disproportionate compared to similar crimes in other legislation this bill if passed will be bad law and will be subject to constitutional petitions if it passes MP Dan Atwijukire NRM Kazo County prosecuted the bill on behalf of its sponsor the Hon Nsereko
    Uganda: New cyber law sets tough penalties for offenders
      Parliament passed the Computer Misuse Amendment Bill 2022 introduced privately by H E Muhammad Nsereko Ind Central Kampala which imposes severe penalties for cybercrimes The Computer Misuse Amendment Bill 2022 sought to amend the Computer Misuse Act 2011 to improve provisions on unauthorized access to information or data prohibit the sharing of any information related to a child without the authorization of a parent or guardian Prohibit the sending or sharing of information that promotes hate speech With the removal of clauses that sought to bar convicts under the law from holding public office or running for election within 10 years the rest of the clauses passed unanimously without opposition with MP Gorreth Namugga NUP Mawogola County South dissenting A new clause in the bill proposed by the chairman of the ICT committee the Hon Moses Magogo defined social networks and created sanctions for computer users who take refuge in pseudo accounts The clause reads A person who uses social media to post distribute or share information prohibited by Ugandan law or using a disguised or false identity commits an offence The person who manages an account of an organization where this happens will be responsible for the commission of the crime the bill provides The clause went on to give a diverse definition of social media to mean a set of technologies sites and practices used to share opinions experiences and perspectives and includes YouTube WhatsApp Facebook Instagram Twitter WeChat TikTok Sina Weibo QQ Telegram Snapchat Kuaishou Qzone Reddit Quora Skype Microsoft Team and Linkedin A person who commits the offense provided for in the clause in question shall suffer upon conviction a fine of 16 million shs five years imprisonment or a fine and imprisonment Social media accounts that are verified will be presumed to be owned by the person s on whose behalf the accounts are run unless proven otherwise In addition a person whose phone numbers or email addresses have been used to create social networks will be personally liable to prosecution for crimes committed under the amended law Honorable Magogo justified the clause with the intention of providing for the regulation of social networks The bill also criminalized and defined unsolicited information but exempted commercial advertisements from categorization giving advertisers the freedom to share information with the target audience For purposes of this section unsolicited information means information transmitted to a person using the Internet without the person s consent but does not include an unsolicited commercial communication clause 5 reads in part In their minority report MP Namugga said the bill was unconstitutional and implored the House not to pass it The entire bill should not be allowed to become part of our laws as all the clauses are already covered by existing legislation and in some cases it violates the Constitution of the Republic of Uganda the fundamental rights to access information electronically and to express oneself through computer networks are fully compromised by this bill she said She added If it becomes law it will stifle information acquisition the penalties proposed in the bill are excessively harsh and disproportionate compared to similar crimes in other legislation this bill if passed will be bad law and will be subject to constitutional petitions if it passes MP Dan Atwijukire NRM Kazo County prosecuted the bill on behalf of its sponsor the Hon Nsereko
    Uganda: New cyber law sets tough penalties for offenders
    Africa3 months ago

    Uganda: New cyber law sets tough penalties for offenders

    Parliament passed the Computer Misuse (Amendment) Bill, 2022, introduced privately by H.E. Muhammad Nsereko (Ind., Central Kampala), which imposes severe penalties for cybercrimes.

    The Computer Misuse (Amendment) Bill 2022 sought to amend the Computer Misuse Act 2011 to improve provisions on unauthorized access to information or data; prohibit the sharing of any information related to a child without the authorization of a parent or guardian; Prohibit the sending or sharing of information that promotes hate speech.

    With the removal of clauses that sought to bar convicts under the law from holding public office or running for election within 10 years, the rest of the clauses passed unanimously without opposition, with MP Gorreth Namugga (NUP, Mawogola County South) dissenting.

    A new clause in the bill, proposed by the chairman of the ICT committee, the Hon. Moses Magogo defined social networks and created sanctions for computer users who take refuge in pseudo accounts.

    The clause reads: "A person who uses social media to post, distribute or share information, prohibited by Ugandan law or using a disguised or false identity, commits an offence."

    The person who manages an account of an organization where this happens will be responsible for the commission of the crime, the bill provides.

    The clause went on to give a diverse definition of social media to mean “a set of technologies, sites, and practices used to share opinions, experiences, and perspectives, and includes YouTube, WhatsApp, Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, WeChat, TikTok, Sina Weibo, QQ, Telegram, Snapchat, Kuaishou, Qzone, Reddit, Quora, Skype, Microsoft Team and Linkedin”.

    A person who commits the offense provided for in the clause in question shall suffer, upon conviction, a fine of 16 million shs, five years' imprisonment or a fine and imprisonment.

    Social media accounts that are verified will be presumed to be owned by the person(s) on whose behalf the accounts are run, unless proven otherwise.

    In addition, a person whose phone numbers or email addresses have been used to create social networks will be personally liable to prosecution for crimes committed under the amended law.

    Honorable Magogo justified the clause with the intention of “providing for the regulation of social networks”.

    The bill also criminalized and defined unsolicited information, but exempted commercial advertisements from categorization, giving advertisers the freedom to share information with the target audience.

    "For purposes of this section, 'unsolicited information' means information transmitted to a person using the Internet without the person's consent, but does not include an unsolicited commercial communication," clause 5 reads in part.

    In their minority report MP Namugga said the bill was unconstitutional and implored the House not to pass it.

    “The entire bill should not be allowed to become part of our laws as all the clauses are already covered by existing legislation and in some cases it violates the Constitution of the Republic of Uganda; the fundamental rights to access information electronically and to express oneself through computer networks are fully compromised by this bill,” she said.

    She added: “If it becomes law, it will stifle information acquisition; the penalties proposed in the bill are excessively harsh and disproportionate compared to similar crimes in other legislation; this bill, if passed, will be bad law and will be subject to constitutional petitions if it passes.” MP Dan Atwijukire (NRM, Kazo County) prosecuted the bill on behalf of its sponsor, the Hon. Nsereko.

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