Kenya Medical Practitioners Pharamacists and Dentists’ Union: KMPDU Statement on Building Bridges Initiative Report (22.10.2020)

The BBI Report: The highlights of elite ideals

The new Highlights of the Building Bridges Initiative that has been published online. The 23 pages of the BBI Report. Which seems like revised edition of the 2019 release. The BBI got an extension in 2019 and is now a own Committee. Therefore, they needed to release something to viable and relevant.

The BBI is showing that they are planning to implement the same things as before. Now, the elected President will appoint an Prime Minister. There will be a Leader of Opposition, which is the runner-up of the Presidential Election. That person will be ex-officio MP. While bing part of the Parliament. These two ideas are alone just for the political elite and not to better society. This is simple ideas, where the political elite is creating two more offices and make them legal by law. Without them doing anything substantial to the issues that are there.

The BBI also will change the name of Cabinet Secretaries to Cabinet Ministers, which can also be technocrats, these being appointed leadership by the President. These will like the Leader of Opposition will become ex-officio MPs. That means they will get the perks, which the ex-officio MPs are getting. That shows the practicality of the scheme itself.

While creating a position of Prime Minister, the same BBI will abolish the Chief Administrative Secretary. This shows, that they are entitled with one role, which is more official, then the CAS is today. To add a mandate for one person. It is to give the PM more of a statutory role and in the end make the “Chief of Staff” redundant.

What is also striking is the sudden add of a Special Magistrate to combat Corruption. Corruption, which is eating up society and taking away valuable currency from the state and the operation of the state itself. The idea itself isn’t foolish. However, that will just be another office, which will combat the same problem. They also want to strengthen the Ombudsman, but the Director of Public Prosecuter (DPP) are not mentioned. The DPP is the one out there and the same with the Ethics and Anti-Corruption Commission (EACC). Therefore, there are already mechanisms, but they are not working, because its deliberately done so. So, to create another office… is just a smokescreen. It will not stop the cartels, the corruption and such. Only show-case the small cases, but the big-fish like always.

These are just my first view of the highlights of the BBI Report, which was released today. It wasn’t anything spectacular, but more a ordinary formula. Which has been used in a while. Nothing really surprising. However, a publicity stunt in a way.

Trying to make BBI relevant and assess the situation. The BBI is clearly not there to revolutionize society, but instead secure the elites. There is nothing else I can see in this. Maybe I am jaded, but I am not seeing it differently. As someone from the outside looking in.

The BBI seems to be saving grace for Kenyatta with the blessing of Odinga. Giving Kenyatta time to do what he likes, while Odinga gets to bask in glory. This highlights of the BBI Reports. Doesn’t sing any other song. It is the same tune, but with the same formula. Peace.

Kenya: Cabinet Despatch (16.10.2020)

It should have been “Cabinet Dispatch” right?

Transparency International Kenya: Elected Leaders Remain Inaccesibile to the Public (15.10.2020)

Kenya: The National Treasury and Planning – Press Statement by the Cabinet Secretary National Treasury and Planning on Disbursements of Funds to County Governments (13.10.2020)

Kenya: Twelfth Parliament – Fourth Session – The National Assembly – Press Release – The Petition to the National Assembly by the Law Society of Kenya and United Green Movement with Respect to the Advisory of Dissolution of Parliament (12.10.2020)

Joint press statement: Transparency is the much needed vaccine to save more lives in Kenya (08.10.2020)

The Commonwealth: Commonwealth Finance Ministers Statement on COVID-19 (07.10.2020)

Uganda: Nationwide analysis finds Gulu, Jinja, Kasese worst affected by hunger during lockdown (07.10.2020)

For the rest of the year, Gulu and Kasese are expected to remain at Crisis levels even while their markets are supplied with harvests.

KAMPALA, Uganda, October 7, 2020 – Ugandans in nine urban areas were at Crisis levels of food insecurity or worse for months leading to August because of negative impacts of the COVID-19 lockdown. The worst affected of were Gulu, Jinja and Kasese where nearly one in three people struggled to find nutritious food on a regular basis.

For the rest of the year, Gulu and Kasese are expected to remain at Crisis levels even while their markets are supplied with harvests.

These were some of the findings of the most comprehensive Integrated Food Security Phase Classification (IPC) analysis conducted in Uganda to date, covering Kampala and other urban areas, the Karamoja region and refugee settlements and host communities for the first time.

The analysis was carried out by the Government of Uganda and three UN agencies and measures food insecurity from June through August and projected from September to December. It was informed in part by real-time data gathered by remote telephone monitoring of households in 13 urban areas, refugee hosting districts and Karamoja region in the northeast. It is the first time, real-time data informed the IPC on urban areas.

The IPC attributed Crisis food insecurity to the loss of livelihoods in the informal sector, tourism, the travel and events industry and the education sector, reduced remittances and reduced commercial networks due to the closure of borders.

Releasing the results of the analysis, the Minister for Disaster Preparedness and Refugees, Eng. Hillary Onek, said that the Government is committed to ensuring food and nutrition security and well-being for all people in Uganda, including those in urban areas.

Speaking while releasing the results of the analysis, the Minister for Disaster Preparedness and Refugees, Eng. Hillary Onek, said Government is committed to ensuring food and nutrition security and well-being for all people in the country, including those in urban areas.

“With these new findings, we now know, reliably, who the most food-insecure people are in Uganda, where they are and what we can do to save lives and preserve livelihoods. Such knowledge is critical before we take any decisions,” Mr Onek said.

“We thank our partners for working with us to come up with this very important analysis. We now must continue to work together to find solutions to the issues raised in the study,” Mr Onek added.

Currently, through a collaboration with the Uganda Bureau of Statistics, the United Nations makes 10,000 calls a month to monitor food security in refugee areas, 12 urban areas and Karamoja region.

Using the real-time and other data, the IPC found that refugees in all 13 settlements in Uganda along with more than 1.3 million Ugandans in refugee-hosting districts and Karamoja region experienced Crisis or worse levels of hunger between June and August.

In Karamoja, all districts had worrying levels of malnutrition among young children and pregnant and nursing women, with malnutrition above emergency levels in Moroto and Napak.

The IPC attributed the high levels of food insecurity in refugee hosting districts and Karamoja to WFP’s ration cuts for refugees, the lockdown, floods and subsequent food losses, animal and human diseases, insecurity in some parts of Karamoja and reduced remittances as key contributors to the situation.

“Ration cuts for refugees will remain in place until we secure sufficient funding. To be able to provide full rations for refugees in the settlements until the end of 2020, WFP needs nearly US$15.3 million immediately,” said WFP Uganda Country Director, Mr El-Khidir Daloum.

FAO’s Deputy Representative, Ms Priya Gujadhur said “As part of the UN Uganda’s Emergency Appeal launched earlier this year, FAO has appealed for USD 7.8 million for food security, nutrition and livelihoods interventions. This will allow FAO to provide agricultural livelihood support and training in climate smart agricultural practices to help up to 10,000 of the most vulnerable households produce for their own consumption and diversify income sources through value chain development, thereby strengthening their resilience.”

Even with coming harvests this year, it is expected households will continue to struggle with food shortages partly because of lost incomes during the lockdown. All refugee settlements are expected to remain at Crisis level at best. Food security should improve in nine out of 12 worst-affected refugee-hosting districts. Malnutrition is expected to decline in two districts in Karamoja in the coming months.

The Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries, the Ministry for Disaster Preparedness and Refugees, Kampala Capital City Authority, the Uganda Bureau of Statistics, the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and WFP participated in the IPC analysis. The European Union, World Bank and UK Aid funded the exercise

Kenya: Government Statement – National Security Advisory Committee (NSAC) – (07.10.2020)