Wednesday, 8 November 2017

LIVE: Dr Willy Mutunga on politics, media and judicial independence in Africa

Kenya's former Chief Justice Dr Willy Mutunga today delivered the 4th ACME Annual Lecture titled “Politics, Media and Judicial Independence in Africa.”

“Given the involving political debates taking place in East Africa, especially in Uganda and Kenya, we could not have had a better speaker that Dr Mutunga — lawyer, thinker and reform leader,” said Bernard Tabaire, African Centre of Media Excellence (ACME) director of programmes. “We look forward to a lively discussion, to which the public is invited.”

Sunday, 3 September 2017

Why twitter’s “new” terms of service are making people mad

Twitter has made some minor changes to its terms of service (ToS) for it users that take effect in October.

The terms of service will restate that once content is posted on twitter, it can be reused by others. News organizations, other companies and individuals can already use content found on the site, as it is public and is already considered FAIR USE.

Other than breaking up the terms of service into two, for those in the US for which it is already in effect, and those outside the US from October 2, and adding a new address that is now in Europe, the rest of the TOs have been in place.

“Most users probably never read the old terms of service, they seem to assume that everything in the “new” terms of services is actually ‘new’,” wrote’s Sarah Buhr.
The TOS, state that, “You retain your rights to any Content you submit, post or display on or through the Services. What's yours is yours -- you own your Content (and your photos and videos are part of the Content). By submitting, posting or displaying Content on or through the Services, you grant us a worldwide, non-exclusive, royalty-free license (with the right to sublicense) to use, copy, reproduce, process, adapt, modify, publish, transmit, display and distribute such Content in any and all media or distribution methods (now known or later developed).”
The TOS go on to tate that, “This license authorizes us to make your Content available to the rest of the world and to let others do the same. You agree that this license includes the right for Twitter to provide, promote, and improve the Services and to make Content submitted to or through the Services available to other companies, organizations or individuals for the syndication, broadcast, distribution, promotion or publication of such Content on other media and services, subject to our terms and conditions for such Content use. Such additional uses by Twitter, or other companies, organizations or individuals, may be made with no compensation paid to you with respect to the Content that you submit, post, transmit or otherwise make available through the Services.”
Changes that will actually go into effect, with these new ToS  according to , include changes in the language around the right to remove content that violates Twitter’s user agreement, removal of certain limitations of liability such as Twitter user’s liability in access to “as-is” content that could be damaging and an addition of a 30-day notice of changes to the terms that impact others rights of others (which was previously only a promise).
The Twitter User Agreement 2017 by The Independent Magazine on Scribd

Sunday, 27 August 2017

I am 19, with 31 years' experience!

Well, I thought I would keep it a secret. We planned a small family do Saturday – a day after D-Day August 25……but family and friends had other ideas. From a family photo-shoot at John Lubia’s I-Love studio, it was supposed to be a one or two hour drink and an early return home….…..well it started that way, until I was told we change tables from inside Royal Suites to outside…….And there they were waiting to burst me….. I was caught flatfooted so to say! And the conspirators? Mbidde, Kulubya, Kaggwa, Walter, Odedo; My Bako – Ronnie, Daudi and Nakke, Sylvia and Joan; My siblings - Wilbrod and Liz, John-Mary and Freda, Big Mark and Esther, Small Mark and Annette;….. and the three (5) musketeers Love Lydia, Dr Liliane, Betty as well as Judith & Allan …….mwebale nnyo for the friendship. #LouisAT50

Thursday, 24 August 2017

Zurich Diamond League: Live Updates!

Highlight today will be the race between Mo Farah (left) and Muktar

THURSDAY 10.14pm: It's Diamond League Final Day! 16 Diamond Trophies are up for grabs in Zurich this evening as the world's best athletes go head to head at Weltklasse. Keep up with all the build-up, action and reaction here.

The highlight of the day will be the 5000m, where British athletics legend Mo Farah takes on his IAAF World Championship conquerer Ethiopian Muktar Edris. It is Farah's final track race before moving on to the roads and longer distances. 

The finalists will be competing for a share of $100,000 in prize money in each of the 16 events held in Zurich, with the winners of each final awarded $50,000.

Qualification for the Zurich final was according to the series’ new system through which the best competitors of the IAAF Diamond League season qualify for the event finals.  

How they finished in London:
1. Mukhtar Edris (ETH) 13min 32.79sec
2. Mohamed Farah (GBR) 13:33.22
3. Paul Chelimo (USA) 13:33.30
4. Yomif Kejelcha (ETH) 13:33.51
5. Selemon Barega (ETH) 13:35.34
6. Mohammed Ahmed (CAN) 13:35.43
7. Aron Kifle (ERI) 13:36.91
8. Andrew Butchart (GBR) 13:38.73



Wednesday, 23 August 2017

Egypt-Uganda AFCON repeat, minus Micho, Mawejje and Massa

Uganda's squad (back L-R) Wasswa, Kizito, Juuko, Aucho, Ochaya, Massa,
(L-R) Mawejje, Miya, Onyango,  Walusimbi and Iguma ahead of the 2017
Africa Cup of Nations group D football match between Egypt
and Uganda in Port-Gentil on January 21, 2017.  AFP PHOTO 

2018 FIFA World Cup Russia
Thursday, 31st August 2017
Uganda 🇺🇬 vs Egypt 🇪🇬

Cranes interim coach Moses Basena has named nine of the 11 players that started against Egypt in their January AFCON encounter, on a team of 27 to prepare for a make or break double header against the same side August 31 and September 5.

Other than Geofrey Massa, who has since retired, and Tonny Mawejje, who has not played in a while, the rest of the team that started in January and most of the substitutes are on a list of 27 that Basena named in Kampala on Wednesday to prepare for their World Cup qualifier against Egypt.

At their last encounter at the African Cup of Nations in Gabon in January, Egypt’s Pharoahs piped Uganda Cranes 1-0 with a late goal.

In that game, Massa was out of sorts and was replaced by Muhammed Shaban while Mawejje dominated the midfield.

Uganda has had a good start to their World Cup qualification campaign, drawing away in Ghana and beating Congo. They will however start a game for the first time in 4 years minus coach Milutin 'Micho' Sredojevich who moved to Orlando Pirates

It will be coach Moses Basena’s 3rd game in charge, having led the Uganda Cranes to CHAN qualification.

Basena names his team . PHOTO FUFA MEDIA

‘I wish to thank the players, media and all the Ugandans for the support during the recently concluded successful CHAN qualification campaign. It is great that we qualified, a process that we shall build on for the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers against Egypt’ Basena said.

On Tony Mawejje's absence, he said: " Tony is one of those very important players, but he has been out (of action) for long."

Egypt top the group with two wins, against Congo and Ghana.

Cranes squad:

Goalkeepers: Dennis Onyango (Mamelodi Sundowns, South Africa), Robert Odongkara (St George, Ethiopia), Ismail Watenga (Vipers), Benjamin Ochan (KCCA)

Defenders: Nico Wakiro Wadada (Vipers), Isaac Muleme (KCCA), Timothy Dennis Awany (KCCA), Murushid Juuko (Simba, Tanzania), Bernard Muwanga (SC Villa Jogoo), Geofrey ‘Jajja Walu’ Walusimbi (Gor Mahia, Kenya), Dennis Iguma (Al Ahed, Lebanon), Paul Musamali (KCCA), Isaac Isinde (Buildcon, Zambia)

Midfielders: Aucho Khalid (Unattached), Geofrey ‘Baba’ Kizito (Than Quảng Ninh, Vietnam), Ivan ‘Kojja’ Ntege (Township Rollers, Botswana), Muzamiru Mutyaba (KCCA), Moses Waiswa (Vipers), Shafiq Kagimu (URA), William Luwagga Kizito (CSM Politehnica Iași, Romania), Wasswa Hassan Mawanda (Njimeh Lebanon), Joseph Ochaya (Lusaka Dynamos, Zambia)

Strikers: Derrick Nsibambi (KCCA), Geofrey Sserunkuma (Buildcon, Zambia), Emmanuel Okwi (Simba, Tanzania), Milton Karisa (Vipers), Faruku Miya (Standard Liege, Belgium).

Egypt squad

Goalkeepers:  Essam El-Hadary (Taawoun, KSA), Sherif Ekrami (Ahly), Ahmed El-Shennawy (Zamalek).

Defenders: Ahmed Elmohamady (Aston Villa, England), Mohamed Abdel-Shafi (Ahly Jeddah, KSA), Ahmed Hegazi (West Bromwich, England), Omar Gaber (Basel, Switzerland), Karim Hafiz (Lens, France), Saad Samir (Ahly), Rami Rabia (Ahly), Ahmed Fathi (Ahly), Mohamed Fathi (Ismaily).

Midfielders: Mohamed Elneny (Arsenal, England), Mahmoud "Trezeguet" Hassan (Kasimpasa, Turkey), Sam Morsi (Wigan, England), Ramadan Sobhi (Stoke City, England), Tarek Hamed (Zamalek), Hossam Ashour (Ahly), Abdallah El-Said (Ahly), Saleh Gomaa (Ahly).

Forwards: Mohamed Salah (Liverpool, England), Ahmed Koka (Sporting Braga, Portugal), Amr Gamal (Bivest Witts, South Africa), Mahmoud "Kahraba" Abdel-Moneim (Ittihad Jeddah, Saudi Arabia), Hossam Hassan (Smouha).

Group E

1 Egypt220041+365 Sep2–08 Oct
2 Uganda211010+1431 Aug7 Oct1–0
3 Ghana201102−216 Nov0–01 Sep
4 Congo200213−201–26 Nov5 Sep

Tuesday, 22 August 2017

Cheptegei out of Thursday's Zurich IAAF Diamond League final

Uganda’s World 10,000m silver medallist Joshua Cheptegei will not compete in Thursday’s IAAF Diamond League final in Zurich.

Cheptegei returned home from London last week, after pulling out of what would have been his second IAAF World Athletics Championships race, the 5000m. 

His managers said the decision to pull out of the second race was taken because he was feeling fatigued after stretching himself in the 10,000m, and that he had also not recovered from injuries suffered after being spiked in the race won by Mo Farah.

Indications are that Team-Cheptegei have now opted for a longer break from the track after his full recovery from March’s World Cross Country Championships collapse. Ugandan athletics official Godfrey Nuwagaba confirmed Cheptegei will not travel to Zurich.

Cheptegei, who had qualified for the Zurich race last month, is not on the entry list for Wednesday’s epic Diamond League final that will feature British athletics legend Mo Farah, and his 5000m conqueror Ethiopian Muktar Edris. 

Mo Farah narrowly failed to complete a fifth successive global double in London but will get a chance to get his revenge in his final track race.

Cheptegei is one of 12 athletes that had qualified for the final in Zurich according to the series’ new system through which the best competitors of the IAAF Diamond League season qualify for the event finals.  He had made his start to the track season by finishing 4th in the 5000m in Ougene in May, before a 4th place finish (3000m) in Paris July 1 and 3rd place finish at the Lausanne Diamond League July 7.

The finalists will be competing for a share of $100,000 in prize money in each of the 16 events held in Zurich, with the winners of each final awarded $50,000.

In Zurich, Farah will run his final track race before moving on to the roads and longer distances.

Letzigrund Stadium is a worthy arena for Farah's final bow to cap an impressive track career. Zurich is where Farah broke the 13-minute barrier for the first time in 2010, and it is where he was crowned double European champion in 2014. 

His final track appearance, over the 5000m distance, could quite possibly come with an IAAF Diamond League title.

The London 5000m final:
1. Mukhtar Edris (ETH) 13min 32.79sec
2. Mohamed Farah (GBR) 13:33.22
3. Paul Chelimo (USA) 13:33.30
4. Yomif Kejelcha (ETH) 13:33.51
5. Selemon Barega (ETH) 13:35.34
6. Mohammed Ahmed (CAN) 13:35.43
7. Aron Kifle (ERI) 13:36.91
8. Andrew Butchart (GBR) 13:38.73

5000m Men
AHMED, Mohammed
BAREGA, Selemon
CHEBOI, Collins
EDRIS, Muktar
KANGOGO, Cornelius
KWEMOI, Ronald
LEGESE, Birhanu
ROP, Albert

"Rodents force Nigerian president Buhari to work from home"

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari will work from home after rodents damaged his official office during a more thaan 100-day overseas medical absence, a presidential spokesman told AFP Tuesday.

The animals damaged furniture and air conditioning fittings in the president's official Abuja office while he was in London receiving treatment, his media adviser Garba Shehu confirmed.

Tuesday, 8 August 2017

AUGUST 8: Araptany, Chemutai seek elusive 3000m SC glory


Kenya's Conseslus KIPRUTO WINS in 8:14.12 

 ▶️ Chemutai 10th 8:25.94
 ▶️ Araptany 14th 8:49.18


 ▶️ 3000mSC Peruth Chemutai at 9pm
 ▶️ Cheptegei, Kiplimo, Kissa 5000m semis at 10pm 


Steeplechasers Jacob Araptany and Albert Chemutai will carry the Ugandan flag in today's World Athletics Championship 3000m SC final (11.00pm).

It will be the fourth time Ugandan men are in a World Championship Steeplechase final, with Jacob Araptany having featured in three of them, in 2011, 2013 and now 2017.

The two will however be outsiders in the final, having only qualified as the fastest losers in the heats.

Uganda's greatest steeplechase moment came 12 years ago, when Dorcus 'Inzzi' Inzikuru stunned the world to win the Helsinki 2005 women's steeplechase final.

The date? By some coincidence, August 8. August 8, 2015 was the day Inzikuru did it!

VIDEO (click for live feed)

Thursday, 22 June 2017

LIVE: Social Media Conference Uganda 2017

BBC'S Rachael Akidi (top) shares her experience of social media.
@JoyDoreenBiira (left, above) make a point on the panel today
discussing social media. Midlle is @OfwonoOpondo,
the Government Spokesperson. PHOTOS @UgandaMediaCent & @KasUganda
The third edition of the Social Media Conference #UgandaSocialMedia held today provided another opportunity for deepening and expanding the discussions and exploring new perspectives under the theme “Facts, Freedoms and Rights in a Connected World. 



8:00 Registration, Welcome Tea & Bites
9:00 Welcome Remarks by Mathias Kamp, KAS Country Director
9:10 Opening Remarks by Hon. Frank Tumwebaze, Minister of Information & ICT
9:30 Opening Session: Social Media, Blogging and Citizen Journalism: Re-configuring Ethical Standards?
Keynote address by Rachael Akidi (Editor, BBC Africa) Panel discussion:
Monica Chibita (Head, Department of Journalism, UCU)
Grace Natabaalo (Programme Associate, ACME)
Ian Ortega (Founder, & CEO,
Angelo Izama (Analyst, Writer & Blogger)
Moderator: Rukh-Shana Namuyimba/NBS
11:00 Breakaway Sessions Pt.1
Panel 1: Freedom, Responsibility and Regulation: Navigating Online Spaces in Uganda
Vincent Bagiire (Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Information)Sarah Kihika (ICTJ/Chapter Four Board)
Jimmy Haguma (Uganda Police)
Geoffrey Wokulira Ssebaggala (Unwanted Witness)
Neil Blazevic (Manager Technology Programme, DefendDefenders)
Moderator: Ivan Okuda (Daily Monitor)
Panel 2: Breaking Barriers? - Youth Engagement through Social Media
Antonio Kisembo (Media Challenge Initiative)
Binyamin Rukwengye (Boundless Minds)
Jackie Kemigisa (Parliament Watch)
Anna Adeke (Youth MP)
Moderator: Raymond Mujuni (Journalist, NTV)
Speakers Corner
The “Digital Humanitarian”: Social Media for Social Good - Philip Ogola (New Media Consultant)
Digital Ubuntu - Cultivating Responsible Digital Cultures
Zawadi Nyong’o (CEO, 7thSense Communications) (tbc)
Host: Solomon Serwanjja
12:45 Lunch
13:45 Breakaway Sessions Pt.1
Panel 3: ICT and Social Media for Development: Leaving No One Behind?
Maureen Agena (CEO, Tune Communications: ICT4D Consultant)
Philip Ogola (New Media Consultant)
Evelyn Namara (CEO,!nnovate)
Patricia Litho (Lecturer, Makerere University)
Lillian Nalwoga (President, Internet Society, Uganda Chapter)
Moderator: Michael Niyitegeka (Social Media Consultant & Trainer)
Panel 4: More Opportunities, More Threats? - Feminist Voices Online
Lydia Namubiru (Data Journalist, ACME)
Patricia Twasiima (Chapter Four)
Zawadi Nyong’o (CEO, 7thSense Communications) (tbc.)
Moderator: Josephine Karungi (NTV News Anchor)   Speakers Corner
The Art of Online Media Manipulation - Mark Kaigwa (Speaker, Author & Entrepreneur / Founder, Nendo)
Africa Blogging: Trends of Political Blogging across the Continent
Anthony Masake & Ruth Aine (Members of the Africablogging initiative)
Social Media and the Art of Political Communication
Don Wanyama (Senior Press Secretary to the President)
Host: Catherine Ageno (KFM)
15:30 Closing Session: Shrinking Horizons? – Online Trends, Algorithms and the New Rise of Populism
Panel discussion:
Rachael Akidi (Editor, BBC Africa)
Mark Kaigwa (Speaker, Author & Entrepreneur / Founder, Nendo)
Rosebell Kagumire (Blogger, Media & Communication Specialist)
Teddy Ruge (CEO, Raintree Farms / Cofounder, Remit & Hive Colab)
Susan Kitariko (Uganda Country Director, Google)
Moderator: Mildred Tuhaise/NBS