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DRC: Ebola situation worsening while support lags (30.04.2019)

Statement from WHO High-Level Mission to Butembo, DRC

World Health Organization (WHO) Director-General Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and WHO Regional Director for Africa, Dr Matshidiso Moeti, have concluded a visit to Butembo, in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. It was in Butembo on 19 April that WHO epidemiologist Dr Richard Mouzoko was killed by armed men while he and colleagues were working on the Ebola response.

“Dr Mouzoko’s death moved me profoundly. On this mission, he was on my mind the whole time as we met with other dedicated colleagues. I am also profoundly worried about the situation. Cases are increasing because of violent acts that set us back each time. We have already begun to adjust our response.”

Dr Tedros and Dr Moeti traveled to Butembo to express their gratitude and show support to WHO and partner organization staff, while also assessing the next steps needed to strengthen both security and the Ebola response effort. They also met with local political, business and religious leaders, and called on them to accelerate their efforts to stabilize the surrounding environment.

They urged the international community to step up support to contain the Ebola outbreak, including filling the funding gap that threatens to stymie the Ebola response.

Most Ebola response activities, including community engagement, vaccination, and case investigation, have been re-launched following a slowdown in the wake of the attack that left Dr. Mouzoko dead and two people injured. However, they expressed deep concern that a rise in reported cases in recent weeks is straining resources even further.

“My pride and respect for my extraordinary colleagues has only grown,” said Dr Moeti. “They have been through something unimaginable and yet are willing to continue this vital work. We need the security situation to be under control for them and for the local people. During our mission, we had fruitful discussions with the partners who provide security cover to see what more could be done. Meanwhile, we will continue to work with various groups and embed our response at the community level.”

The delegation met the Mayor of Butembo, Sylvain Kanyamanda Mbusa, the US Ambassador, Michael A. Hammer, the Deputy Special Representative of the peacekeeping mission to the DRC (MONUSCO), David Gressly, and other UN partners, business, religious and political leaders, and NGOs active in the response.

“We are entering a phase where we will need major shifts in the response,” said Dr Tedros. WHO and partners cannot tackle these challenges without the international community stepping in to fill the sizeable funding gap.”

Only half of the currently requested funds have been received, which could lead to WHO and partners rolling back some activities precisely when they are most needed.

“We will continue to adjust the response, as we have done for each context in each community,” said Dr Moeti. “This worrisome rise in cases is a further call to action. In the end, it is only through the ownership by all the affected communities that the outbreak will end. Some would have Ebola drive us apart. We can only defeat it if we all work together.”

Cameroon: A Statement of the South West Chiefs Conference in Response to the Call of the Governor of the South West Region H.E. Okalia Bilai (30.04.2019)

RDC: Esemble Changeons Le Congo – Declaration Politique (30.04.2019)

Communications Authority of Kenya: Press Statement by Francis Wangusi, Director General of the Communications Authority of Kenya, During a Press Conferance on Introduction of Mobile Numbering Prefix (01XX) in Kenya on 30th April 2019 (30.04.2019)

Burundi: Declaration du Mouvement International de la Jeunesse Burundaise “MUB” (29.04.2019)

Air Zimbabwe: Press Statement (30.04.2019)

Troika statement on South Sudan (30.04.2019)

The members of the troika (Norway, the United Kingdom and the United States) have made a new statement on the South Sudan peace process.

OSLO, Norway, April 30, 2019 – Read the statement here:

The members of the Troika (Norway, the United Kingdom, and the United States) express their appreciation of IGAD’s role in advancing the South Sudan peace process. The September 2018 Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (R-ARCSS), represents an opportunity to build peace and stability in South Sudan.

The R-ARCSS is at a critical juncture, with the scheduled date for the formation of the transitional government days away. The parties to the conflict and in the region need to redouble their efforts to move the peace process forward. To demonstrate political will, we urge the parties to work together in a spirit of compromise to build trust among South Sudanese leaders and the South Sudanese people.

The agreement has brought a welcome reduction in violence in most parts of the country; but civilians are bearing the brunt of continued fighting, and a troubling pattern of sexual violence persists.

The implementation of the R-ARCSS is behind schedule and key benchmarks have been missed. We urge the parties to agree on priorities and implement their commitments. Any decision on forming the transitional government as scheduled or delaying to a later date should be made through consensus of the parties. If the parties come to a consensus that a delay is required, they should develop an achievable plan to resolve outstanding issues and move forward in a defined timeframe. An open-ended delay could slow momentum and put the peace process at risk.  Regardless of a delay in the formation of the transitional government, elections should be held by March 13, 2022, as originally scheduled under the R-ARCSS.

We support IGAD’s Special Envoy Ismail Wais in his efforts to engage non-signatories of R-ARCSS. It is crucial that all South Sudanese support this opportunity for peace and make the process inclusive. IGAD will also have a key role in overseeing discussions about the formation of the transitional government, including at the forthcoming summit in Addis Ababa. We appeal to IGAD to appoint a permanent chair to the Revitalized-Joint Monitoring and Evaluation Committee, which monitors the agreement’s implementation.

The Troika reiterates its commitment to the people of South Sudan and urges the parties and the region to seize this opportunity for Peace.

Rwanda: M.R.C.D. rebel Sankara arrested and pending trial!

Callixte Sankara

In July 2018, the news of a new rebel group against Paul Kagame surfaced with rebels from all sorts of fractions combined their forces and made the Mouvement Rwandais pour le Changement Democratique (M.R.C.D) or Rwandan Movement For Democratic Change. This has at later date proclaimed that they have taken over land in Rwanda, which has never been verified. However, the same state has no trouble announcing the arrest of one of the key players in the movement. Today its now know, that Sankara is in custody of the authorities after rebelling against the Kigali based Government.

Sankara joined the MRCD as the one behind the Rwandese Revolutionary Movement (RRM), alas the strength of his work is surely not as powerful as his statements. Since, he is today on of the latest catches of the state. They are clearly celebrating the loss of one of the cadres, which will now suffer in custody of the state, as his proven enemy of the state and the President.

Rwandan dissident Callixte Nsabimana, aka Sankara, has been confirmed to be in Rwanda Investigation Bureau (RIB) custody, pending his criminal trial. Nsabimana has been wanted over several offenses committed on Rwandan territory, including the formation of an irregular armed group, complicity in committing terrorist acts, conspiracy, and incitement to commit terrorist acts, abduction, murder, and looting. RIB announces that Nsabimana’s case file will be submitted to the National Public Prosecution Authority in accordance with Rwandan criminal procedure law” (The New Times, Rwanda; 30.04.2019).

We have to see if the same state is able to catch the other people behind the group, which is former ex-FDLR Generals, the Conseil National pour le Renouveau et la Democratie (CNRD)-Ubwiyunge, Laurent Ndagijimana aka Wilson Irategeka. Whose location and existence is unknown. Since, these sort of operations are appearing the shadow-world and not the ones that is done in broad-daylight. Therefore, who knows how they captured Sankara.

However, they have done some co-operations or the rebel thought the could get away with it. Because of his stance against the President. This is not the ending, but the rebels are feeling the wrath of the state. The ones captured and taken in the Democratic Republic of Congo during the last few months. An now the infamous Sankara is in custody too. Peace.

Safaricom: Position Statement (30.04.2019)

Hon. Francis Zaake Statement: Unfortunate day it has been (29.04.2019)

Unfortunate day it has been.

Yesterday, H.E Bobi Wine phoned me and Hon Asuman Basalirwa, requested that we do give him company to the Police CIID headquarters-Kibuli on Monday 29/04/2019.

We had agreed to report at 11:00am but before we had reached our destination, we were intercepted and arrested by Police at Kalerwe while en route to Kibuli CIID headquarters.

We were whisked away to Nagalama Police station in the famous but unpopular Police van.

While at the Police, Hon. Robert Kyagulanyi was charged with unlwaful assembly that is alleged to have been committed while demonstrating against OTT last year.

Bobi Wine has been produced before the chief magistrate at Buganda road Court, he was denied bail and remanded to Luzira Prison until Thursday where he will be produced before the same Court at 10:00am.

They also charged me with unlawful assembly while at Busabala which allegedly happened a few days ago but granted police bond until 10/05/2019.

Same People, arrested on the same day, in the same place while traveling in the same vehicle, charged with the same offence allegedly committed at different times, one given Police bond while another produced before court and denied bail.

That is how unprofessional Uganda Police Force can be!

We shall hold on until this government falls.

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