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Kwita Izina Manifests Tourism Recovery in Rwanda

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Kwita Izina

Kwita Izina is one of the world’s significant celebrations of nature where Rwanda’s newly born gorillas are given names. This year’s event has finally been held at Kinigi grounds on the foothills of the Volcanoes National Park Rwanda and the event attracted a mammoth crowd composed of conservationists, families, friends, celebrities and local people.

For the past two years, this annual event has been held virtually due to the outbreak of the Corona Virus. The great spectacle at the 2022 Kwita Izina signifies the slow but surely recovery of Rwanda’s tourism.

What is Kwita Izina?

Kwita Izina is an event that is based on a centuries-old ritual in which the Rwandans used to give names to their children in the company of their family and friends.  In 2005, Rwanda introduced it to the conservation world where the baby mountain gorillas were named and instantly became a worldwide celebration of nature. Providing names to the great pe+9aceful apes gives them the status they truly deserve.

The celebrations are a prospect to appreciate the rangers, trackers, researchers, conservationists, and communities that reside around the Volcanoes national park who put in a shift to safeguard the gorillas. Over the last 18 years, more than 350 baby gorillas have been given names.

2022 Kwita Izina

This year, Kwita Izina happened on the 2nd of September on the fringes of the Volcanoes National Park. It was the first physical celebration in two years, the last two happened virtually because of covid-19 that curtailed crowd gatherings around the world.  The glamourous event brought so many high-profile personalities including heads of state, congressmen, conservationists, businessmen, philanthropists, and athletes hence pulling worldwide media coverage.

According to All About Rwanda, the covid-19 broke out in 2020, it put a lot of things to a standstill and the tourism industry fell victim. There are stringent restrictions such as border closures that stopped the influx of foreign travelers into Rwanda yet there are among the biggest players in the tourism sector.

After a few months of covid-19 creeping around the world, standard operating procedures were introduced to minimize its rapid spread. These preventive measures led to the loosening up of some restrictions that curtailed the tourism industry like border closures but it had to take some time for travelers to visit Rwanda.

This is because economies around the world were crippled by the plight and most people were left with no savings and also others lost their jobs. Additionally, those who were willing to travel to Rwanda still feared for their lives because the actual remedy to stop covid-19 has not been found.

In 2021, a number of vaccines were created and thankfully rolled out to the whole world for free. Consequently, tourists started coming to Rwanda but a handful of them. it definitely had to take some time for people to get over the covid-19 trauma and get back to their normal lives.

At the start of this year, 2022, glimpses of tourism recovery started showing. A moderate number of tourists was registered at various tourist sites in Rwanda.  The commonwealth heads of Government Meeting (Chogm) that was held in Kigali in June 2022, showed real signs that tourism was on the road to recovery.  Hotels were fully booked in the capital and also tourist entries at the national parks relatively increased.

The mark of tourism recovery was manifested at Kwita Izina, the official naming of the newly born gorilla in Rwanda. The event was graced by a huge crowd of people both local and international including the newly crowned monarch of Britain, His Majesty King Charles III who was the chief namer, president Kagame, Didier Drogba, Gilberto Silva, Sauti Sol and so on.

Before and after the Kwita Izina, tourist sites such as Kigali Genocide Memorial Center, Volcanoes national park, Nyungwe Forest national park, Lake Kivu, and Akagera national park were surged by tourists. This was a mark to show that tourism in Rwanda was on a real recovery.

Source: Eturbo News

Explore East Africa on Self Drive

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Self Drive East Africa

Explore the Eastern sub region of the African continent during your self-drive exercise and have one of the life time thrilling experiences. The term East Africa is used to refer to the area comprising of the three countries – Uganda, Tanzania and the Magical Kenya. The East African countries are renowned for their concentration of wide range of wildlife including the big five – the buffalo, lion, elephant, leopard and a rhino.

The region is also a home to the 4 of the 5 fastest land animals; the wildebeests, lion, cheetah and the Thomson’s gazelle. Beside the wildlife species, the region encompasses a number of rare species like the rare tree climbing lions in Serengeti national park, and Queen Elizabeth national park, the mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable national park and Mgahinga gorilla national park in Uganda, the great migration in Serengeti of Tanzania and Masai Mara of Kenya.

Travel through the East African region and fancy your eyes with stunning and scenic views of the East African Rift and the three tallest peaks in Africa – Mount Kilimanjaro, Kenya and Mount Rwenzori. These peaks provide a clear and beautiful shape to the region. Also, East Africa includes the world’s second largest fresh water lake, Victoria and the world’s second deepest lake, Lake Tanganyika.

The self-drive East Africa safari takes you to an adventurous trip to Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, South Sudan and Democratic Republic of Congo. In these countries, make your safari memorable by travelling to destinations like;

Self-drive in the magical Kenya

With a coastline on the Indian Ocean, Kenya is among the countries in the Eastern sub region of the African continent. Covering an area of approximately 580,367 square kilometers, Kenya stands as the 48th largest country in the world. Its capital and largest city is Nairobi and its oldest and second largest city is the coastal city of Mombasa. Other important cities in the country are Kisumu, Nakuru and Eldoret. The country features a number of attractions including its savannah, the Great Rift Valley, lakes and mountain highlands. It is also a home to a number of wildlife species like the lions, rhinos, elephants, wildebeests, zebras, and others in different safari destinations like Tsavo national park which is famous for the man eaters, Aberdare national park, Lake Nakuru national park famous for the flamingos, Mount Kenya national park, Nairobi national park, Masai Mara national reserve and Amboseli national park which provides splendid views of the Africa’s highest mountain- Kilimanjaro.

Self-drive in the Republic of Tanzania

Within the African Great Lakes region, the Republic of Tanzania is among the countries in the Eastern sub region of Africa. It borders countries like Uganda to the north, Kenya to the northeast, Comoro Islands and the Indian Ocean to the east, Mozambique and Malawi to the south, Zambia to the southwest and then Rwanda, Burundi and Democratic Republic of Congo to the west. With an area of approximately 947,303 square kilometers, the country encompasses variety of attractions including the Africa’s highest mountain, Kilimanjaro. It is also known for hosting wide range of wildlife species lions, elephants, leopards, rhinos, buffalos and many others. These attractions can be seen in several destinations like Kilimanjaro national park, Serengeti national park, Arusha national park, Tarangire national park, Masai Mara national park, Ngorongoro conservation Area and many others. Have some relaxation at the beautiful islands of the country like Zanzibar, Mafia and the marine parks which host whale sharks and the coral reefs.

Self-Drive experience in the Pearl of Africa- Uganda

Referred to as the Pearl of Africa, Uganda is another country of Eastern region of Africa bordering Kenya to the East, South Sudan to the North, Democratic Republic of Congo to the West, Tanzania to the South and Rwanda to the southwest. In its southern part, the country includes a portion of the second largest fresh water lake – Lake Victoria shared with Kenya and Tanzania. This landlocked country encompasses a range of attractions including the snow-capped Rwenzori Mountains, abundant wildlife like lions, elephants, leopards, rhinos, waterbucks, and many others. The country is also a sanctuary to almost half of the world’s mountain gorillas in Bwindi Impenetrable national park and Mgahinga gorilla national park. In the northwest, explore the mighty waterfalls at Murchison falls national park and then move to the western region of the country to watch the playful chimpanzees in Kibale National park. In Queen Elizabeth national park, you will find the rare tree climbing lions and enjoy a stress free life on a boat cruise at Kazinga channel. Self-drive experience in Uganda will surely be a life time story to tell since it gives you a chance to watch the rare golden monkeys in Mgahinga national park

Self-Drive experience in Rwanda

Officially known as the Republic of Rwanda, Rwanda is a landlocked country situated in the Great Rift Valley of Central Africa where the African Great lakes region and East Africa intersect. It is bordered by Uganda, Tanzania, Democratic of Congo and Burundi. The country is referred to as a ‘’land of thousand hills’’ since its geography is dominated by a number of mountains in the west. With an area of approximately 26,338 square kilometers, the country encompasses a number of attractions like mountain gorillas, mountains, vegetation and wildlife in different safari destinations such as Volcanoes National park, Nyungwe forest national park, Akagera national park, and various forest reserves.

Self-derive safari in the East African region is one of the greatest experiences to encounter since you will fancy your eyes with a wide range of attractions like wildlife, waterfalls, primate species, mountains, lakes, rivers and many others. For a safe and comfortable travel, hire 4×4 safari vehicles which are strong enough to encounter any terrains in the region.

Kenyatta to Lead Peace Process in DRC, Ethiopia

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Nairobi, Kenya – Kenya’s President William Ruto has appointed his predecessor, former President Uhuru Kenyatta, as a peace envoy to the Democratic Republic of Congo and Ethiopia.

As president, Kenyatta was previously involved in peace efforts in both countries, which are dealing with resurgent rebels and ongoing war. While Kenyatta’s new role as peace envoy has been welcomed, analysts say mediation in the DRC and Ethiopia will be no small challenge.

Ruto said Kenyatta accepted the task and will be working on behalf of Kenya.

Kenneth Ombongi, a senior lecturer at the University of Nairobi, said continuity is vital in finding a peaceful solution to a conflict.

“[Kenyatta] comes into it with some level of continuity which is important for dealing with delicate issues that touch on peace, reconciliation, and also post-conflict development… that’s extremely important,” Ombongi said. “He comes with a very clear memory of what has been going on and what the development has been.”

In April, Kenyatta hosted DRC President Felix Tshisekedi and some rebel groups operating in the east of the country for peace talks. East African Community leaders subsequently agreed to deploy regional troops to the eastern DRC in a bid to restore normalcy in the region.

In November last year, Kenyatta visited Ethiopia to work on peace efforts and bring together the government and rebel group Tigray People’s Liberation Front in the country’s north.

Professor Chacha Nyaigotti Chacha, an expert in diplomacy and international relations, said Kenya stands to benefit from the peace efforts it’s undertaking in the region.

“This is a national, regional and international assignment and it’s important that assignment is undertaken because when these countries neighboring Kenya in the East Africa Community region, as well as the Horn region, when they are peaceful, then Kenya is also peaceful and Kenya can, for example, derive a lot of gains especially as far as trade, communication and transport are concerned,” Chacha said.

Ombongi said Kenyatta will likely get a cool reception from countries that didn’t like his foreign policy when he was president, especially Ethiopia.

“The relationship between Addis Ababa and Nairobi has been what we describe in archaic language –ish –ish, he said. “So he will face certain challenges but of course, there is a possibility that his status as a senior statesman can very easily actually work to his advantage.”

Calls for peace in the DRC and Ethiopia have grown, but the warring factions have yet to agree on the issues to be discussed or who will chair the peace process.

Chacha said Kenyatta will deal with rigid warring sides that are not afraid to walk out of the peace process and continue with the armed conflict.

“The challenges he will face are going to be challenges of the groupings in these countries that there is an antagonistic grouping of some who are belligerent,” he said. “They usually agree to talk but sometimes they don’t fulfill their commitment to ensuring that they can return to the peaceful coexistence in their countries.”

The U.S. government and the European Union have welcomed the appointment of Kenyatta and said they are ready to support the efforts to bring lasting peace to the two countries.

Court Fined Kenyans to Pay sh700,000 for Illegal Fishing on Lake Victoria

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Knyans Convicted

The Standards, Utilities, and Wildlife Court in Kampala has fined 40 Kenyan fishermen sh700,000 (Ksh22,113) each for fishing on the Ugandan side of Lake Victoria without a valid license.

The fishermen were arrested in July and when appeared in court, they all pleaded guilty to charges of possession of prohibited fishing nets and fishing without license.

Since they have been on remand at Luzira Prison were where they have been for a month. They were convicted based on their own plea of guilt.

Court heard that the 40 Kenyans on July 29 2022 between 2 pm and 6 pm on the waters of Lake Victoria in Namayingo District were found fishing without a valid license issued by the Chief Fisheries Officer for Purposes of Sale. And also heard that on the same day, they were carrying out fishing using mosquito nets to carry out their illegal acts of fishing.

The Buganda Road Chief Magistrate, Ms Gladys Kamasanyu, at Standards, Utilities and Wildlife court sitting at Buganda Road while sentencing the 40 men, ruled that illegal fishing activities are very rampant and must be curbed to conserve fish for the good of the people of Uganda, the tourists and the future generation.

After they pleaded guilty, prosecutors led by Allan Mucunguzi asked the court to hand them a deterrent and custodial sentence arguing that many Kenyans have come onto the Ugandan waters on Lake Victoria and continued to use mosquito nets which are not authorized to do fishing, to carry out their illegal activities.

Appearing before court on Thursday, the Chief Magistrate Gladys Kamasanyu asked Kenyan citizens who did not have lawyers, each to say something in relation to the punishment.

Majority of the convicts told the court that they are struggling to earn a living, and have families and children to look after. They were apologetic and promised not to repeat the offense.

The fishermen explained that once released, they will acquire licenses. They pleaded to the court to order the government to return their confiscated materials which include 10 boats and their engines because it’s their source of income.

Ms Kamasanyu further explained that the convicts deserved a punishment that would deter other would-be offenders from carrying out illegal fishing activities.

The magistrate sentenced each of the convicts to pay a fine of 500,000 shillings for the charge of using unauthorized nets, and 200, 000 shillings for fishing without a valid license or face a jail term of one year.

She said that their actions deprived the country of revenue and leads to the depletion of fish.

The convicted Kenyans include Patrick Ojjambo  , Stephen Odiambo  , Samson Onyango, Paul Mboya ,Masson Opondo, Michael Otieno , Vincent Wanga ,Rober Okello, William Otieno , Wycliffe Onyango , Zake Obwaka , Dedan Ouma ,  Thomas Okoth , Benado Ogweno , Richard Omono , Daniel Owor , Kevin Audi , Kennedy Chenge  , George Ouma Benard Ocho and  Kevin Odwor , Samson Odenga. Samson Owino, Francis Omondi ,Eston Ogweno , Tom Otieno , Benjamin Duloch , Kervin Ochieng ,James  Juma Ragara , Collins Okado , Glen Washington Onyango, Denis Omondi Ojowa , Samson Omondi , Maurice Mulumba, Eric Kalanga Ochieng , Silas Omondi , Sephama Ochieng , Joel Odhiambo , Esau Dimo Opio  and Chrisphine Juma Othieno.

William Ruto Sworn in as Kenya’s Fifth President

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NAIROBI, Kenya – William Ruto was sworn as Kenya’s fifth president on Tuesday, taking the helm a week after the country’s top court threw out petitions challenging his victory.

Ruto replaces Uhuru Kenyatta, whom he served as deputy since 2013, and will have to tackle a surge in food and fuel prices, high unemployment and rising public debt used to finance development over the past 10 years under his predecessor.

The 55-year-old Ruto had been the deputy to outgoing President Uhuru Kenyatta but had a bitter split that left the two not speaking for months at a time. On Tuesday, the audience cheered as the two shook hands, and again as Kenyatta handed over the instruments of power.

Ruto, who had dropped to his knees in tears and prayer when the court upheld his win, knelt on the stage minutes after his swearing-in during an extended sermon.

“A chicken seller to a president,” intoned the pastor, highlighting Ruto’s humble youth. “A village boy has become the president of Kenya,” Ruto said in his speech.

In his first tweet as president, the evangelical Christian quoted Psalms: “This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.” His speech praised both the church and Islamic leadership, and he vowed that “we will enhance our partnership, build on our collaboration and enhance our support to them.”

The event began with some chaos. Scores of people were crushed and injured as they forced their way into the packed stadium. Medic Peter Muiruri said a fence fell as people pushed it and about 60 were injured, though the number may rise.

People tried to dodge baton-wielding security forces. Some failed. “I was beaten by the police after trying to get inside,” said a witness, Benson Kimutai.

Ruto takes power in a country heavily burdened by debt that will challenge his efforts to fulfill sweeping campaign promises made to Kenya’s poor, whom he has described as getting by on “stubborn hope.” In his speech, he acknowledged that “clearly, we are living beyond our means.”

He promised cheaper fertilizer as food prices rise and more affordable credit. He also vowed more money for the judiciary, financial independence for the national police from the presidency and efforts to fight a drought in Kenya’s north that brings the threat of famine.

Ruto’s campaign portrayed him as a “hustler” with a humble background of going barefoot and selling chickens by the roadside, a counterpoint to the political dynasties represented by Kenyatta and Odinga. His presidential flag features a wheelbarrow, the symbol of his campaign.

But Ruto received powerful political mentoring as a young man from former President Daniel arap Moi, who oversaw a one-party state for years before Kenyans successfully pushed for multiparty elections.

Ruto now speaks of democracy and has vowed there will be no retaliation against dissenting voices. “I will work with all Kenyans irrespective of who they voted for,” he said in his speech.

UK Prime Ministers Who Served in Queen Elizabeth II Reign

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Since the 1952 during Winston Churchill as the prime Minister of England by the time Queen Elizabeth II took the through of the United Kingdom. There has been a number of 15 prime ministers in the space of 76 years from 6th of February 1952.

The long list of 7 decades discus a list of 15 prime ministers from the wise Man Winston Church to the third lady to be the prime Minister of England Liz Truss.

The list  

King Gorge II died during the time of Winston Churchill, 1951-1955. Churchill initially complained that she was “only a child.” After some days on the within days, the leader reportedly gushed over her: “All the film people in the world, if they had scoured the globe, could not have found anyone so suited to the part.” The pair went on to enjoy a close relationship.

Harold Wilson, 1964-1970, then 1974-76. Wilson, the first Labour prime minister during the queen’s reign, reportedly enjoyed a relaxed relationship with Elizabeth.

Edward Heath, 1970-1974. The Conservative leader took Britain into the European Economic Community, a predecessor to the European Union.

James Callaghan, 1976-1979. Callaghan’s years in government were dominated by economic recession and trouble with unions.

Margaret Thatcher, 1979-1990. Thatcher was Elizabeth’s longest-serving prime minister, but the two women’s relationship was widely reported to be frosty.

John Major, 1990-1997. Major once said: “One can say to the queen absolutely anything. Even thoughts you perhaps don’t want to share with your Cabinet.”

Tony Blair, 1997-2007. Blair was the first prime minister to have been born during the queen’s reign — a fact that the monarch brought up at their first meeting. He recalled that she told him: “You are my 10th prime minister. The first was Winston. That was before you were born.”

Gordon Brown, 2007-2010. Brown’s brief time at Downing Street ended after a disastrous election performance for Labour in 2010.

David Cameron, 2010-2016. Cameron was the youngest serving prime minister during Elizabeth’s reign. He attended the Heather down School with the queen’s son, Prince Edward.

Theresa May, 2016-2019. The three-year tenure of May, Britain’s second female prime minister, was almost entirely consumed by Brexit. May tried three times to get Parliament to back her Brexit deal and resigned after she repeatedly failed.

Boris Johnson, 2019 to 2022. Johnson will go down in history as the prime minister who “got Brexit done,” but his tenure was defined by his handling of the coronavirus pandemic and scandals over rule-breaking government parties and lapses of ethical judgment. In July 2022 members of his government began to quit en masse, forcing him to announce his resignation.

Liz Truss, September 2022 to present. Truss won a Conservative leadership contest to replace Johnson as leader of the governing party. The queen formally appointed her prime minister in a ceremony at Balmoral Castle on Sept. 6, two days before the queen died.

Uganda Pays $65m for War Reparations to DRC

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Museveni and Tshisekedi

Uganda has paid US$65m as the first instalment of a total $325 million for war reparations to the DR Congo. The DRC spokesperson, Patrick Muyaya has confirmed that Uganda has made an initial payment of $65 to the Kinshasa government.

Uganda was ordered to pay neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo as compensation for losses caused by wars in the 1990s when Ugandan troops occupied Congolese territory. The  International Court of Justice in February 2022 made this ruling after a series of lengthy proceedings at the Court of Justice between Uganda and the DRC.

The principle judicial organ of the United Nations, ordered Uganda to pay the $325m for the damage caused by the violations of the international obligations by Uganda, as found by the Court in its judgment of the 19 December 2005.

The court awarded Kinshasa $225m (Shs785b) for loss of lives, $40m (Shs139b), and $60m (Shs209b) for plunder, looting, and exploitation of gold, diamonds and timber during the military occupation.

The judges found that Uganda was responsible for the deaths of 10,000 to 15,000 people in the eastern Ituri region. And Ugandan troops were found to have looted gold, diamonds and timber.

The court ordered Uganda to pay five annual instalments of $65million between 2022 and 2026, with the first instalment due in September. DR Congo’s government spokesman Patrick Muyaya confirmed that the first of five instalments had been received.

Court Cases at the ICJ

The case was first brought against Uganda in 1999, Congo asked the International Court of Justice (ICJ) to compel Uganda to pay it $11 billion as reparations for the deaths, looting and general economic damage caused by Uganda’s military occupation of parts of Congo in 1990s.

In 2005, the ICJ had ordered Uganda to pay $11billion to DRC in war reparations. However, Uganda through the former Attorney General, William Byaruhanga, appealed against the ruling, and Uganda was ordered to pay $325m reward to DRC.

The CJ noted that Uganda violated international law by occupying parts of Ituri with its troops and supporting other armed groups during the war. It was also found out that Uganda again violated the principle of non-intervention when it got involved in direct and indirect military actions on DRC territory.

Uganda and Rwanda invaded DRC to fight President Mobuto Sseseko’s government accused for supporting rebel groups which were against the government of Yoweri Museveni and Paul Kagame.

Current Relations Between Uganda and Rwanda

The first installment payment has come at the time when the relation between the two countries has started booming. This is witness by the joint efforts of both governments where army forces joint to stabilize rebel activities in Eastern Congo.

Uganda and Congo made arrangements where Uganda will financing construction of various roads in eastern Congo connecting both countries.

Currently, DR Congo is today a full member of the East African Community (EAC), a regional bloc that joins now 7 countries of Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi, South Sudan and DR Congo.

The ICJ also tasked the DRC government to revise a method of determining the equitable distribution of the awarded reparations to victims by setting up a victim’s compensation fun.

UN Secretary General Alarmed by Number of Fatalities in South Sudan

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The United Nations Secretary –General Ban Ki-Moon is concerned with the number of people being displaced because of the ongoing violence in South Sudan.

In a statement released on Tuesday evening attributable to the Spokesperson for the Secretary-General on the humanitarian situation in South Sudan, Ban was alarmed by the deaths of 200 civilians who drowned in the River Nile.

The 200 civilians drowned in the River Nile while fleeing hostilities in Malakal, Upper Nile State.

Ban also referred the rising number of displaced people in the country, which surpassed 400,000 this week.

The statement reveals that the SG is concerned with “the challenges humanitarians are facing in providing life-saving assistance.”
He strongly condemns the commandeering of humanitarian vehicles and the theft of food stocks and other relief items by both Government and anti-Government forces.

The Secretary-General calls on all parties to cease hostilities and urges them to engage constructively with the IGAD (Intergovernmental Authority on Development)-led negotiation process, while doing their utmost to prevent civilian casualties, uphold principles of International Humanitarian Law and respect human rights.

He reiterates that those responsible for attacks against civilians, humanitarian workers and UN personnel will be held accountable, and that the United Nations will continue to actively protect civilians applying strict impartiality.

Exploring East Africa’s Finest

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If you have never explored the treasures that East Africa has to offer to you; with the new 90 day free visa that can take you through all member countries, here are a few of our favorites that we have rounded up right from the depth of the Tanganyika to the hills of Kisoro.

Tanzania

Probably the first country name that springs to someone’s lips when you mention that you are coming to East Africa. Tanzania is a big beautiful gem that you can never tire from exploring. It has long stretches of tantalising white sandy beaches located on the shores of the Indian ocean and shares an estimate of 46% Lake Tanganyika with the Democratic Republic of Congo, Burundi and Zambia.

Tanzania is just what you will need for a long vacation filled with exploring and relaxation.

Your long itinerary can start with a nice drive through the Ngorongoro crater that is home to an estimate of over 26,000 animals; a great way to organise a game drive and see the vast volcanic caldera.

Travel above sea level and climb the highest mountain in Africa, Mount Kilimanjaro and tour the three peaks and a crater and get the thrill of a lifetime. Then find your way to the Mafia and Pemba islands for some scuba diving, pass through to Zanzibar  to the old cities like the Old Fort that bring history to life and then straight to the butterfly center filled with wondrous butterfly species.

You can tour the National parks or pass by the lake Victoria for some fishing, tour the city of Dar Es Salaam and later relax at the Mbudya island.

Kenya

There is always so much to see in Kenya, be it in the middle of Nairobi or just off in the expansive rift valley. You do not have to ask yourself what you can do when you get there, it is a magical destination filled with nature’s bounties.

Kenya is located East of Uganda and North of Tanzania, the country is vastly a traveler heaven; right in the middle of Nairobi is a taste of the actual wild, the Nairobi National park filled with lions, leopards and giraffes is a the first step into enjoying what Kenya offers then pass by Uhuru Park for a calming step right into history. Go camping and trekking through the Masai Mara, one of the biggest destinations in East Africa and enjoy a sight of the wildebeests. You can go to the other national parks such as; Tsavo East & West, Amboseli and Hell’s Gate plus climb Mount Kenya and set your eyes on the amazing glaciers. The coast is not derived of adventure either, you can pass by; the Watamu Marine National Park, Nyali and Diani beach, Mombasa Marine National Park and top it off with the ancient ruins and history packed museums of the Ruins of Gedi.

Rwanda

A wild beauty that still stands out, that is how you can describe Rwanda, just nestled in the heart of East Africa with several hills and thick forestry filled with the actual Kings of the Jungle, the Gorilla. The fun about exploring Rwanda as a traveler is seeing how fresh and clean it is and the rate at which Kigali has developed over the years to overcome the horrors of the 1994 genocide.

You can start the Rwandan adventure from the historical Kigali Genocide Memorial Center that is filled with several images of the lives lost during the 1994 genocide, then take a walk through the beautiful capital city of Kigali that is the cleanest city in East Africa. Fresh air and views of the Virungas in the Volcanoes National Park Rwanda, home to several mountain gorillas is what you get as your trek the park. When it comes to camping, Akagera National park should be the  best location since it has several lodges for refreshments and many wild animals to see on the drive through the park.

Go see waterfalls and enjoy the thick of the rain forests as you observe several chimpanzees in the Nyungwe Forests and cap the journey off with Lake Kivu that has tremendous fishing spots and sights of Gorillas plus volcanoes of Rwanda.

Uganda

The pearl of Africa is just what you need after a year of crazy working hours, you need to relax, see nature and meet several warm people and enjoy your time off. Right from Kampala to the high volcanic peaks of Mount Elgon, you will have something to keep you busy, Kampala has a very active social life and you will find something to do everyday and night; there are several bars and clubs that are open all night everyday of the week and sights you have to see during the day such as; the Baha’i worship house, Namirembe cathedral (one of the oldest churches in the country) and the magnificent Gaddafi Mosque that can be seen from anywhere within the city.

Climb one of the highest mountains in East Africa, Mountain Rwenzori and enjoy a beautiful view of the Albertine region, then go to the National parks filled with several different animals such as giraffes and elephants. Go see Uganda at its finest in the many thick thick forests in the country such as the Mabira that are home to several different bird species for bird watchers and Bwindi Impenetrable Forest for a gorilla trek.

There is so much to see in all the different countries in East Africa, you can all understand the collective beauty of them all when  you visit, so what are you waiting for to visit East Africa?

Kenya Presidential Election and Potential Petition by Odinga

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Kindly put calculation of numbers aside. In an election petition, numbers don’t matter much in the determination of an election petition. The Court looks beyond numbers. It considers the entire process to satisfy itself whether an election, especially a Presidential election was conducted in compliance with the Constitution and electoral laws.

In Riala Amolo Odinga vs IEBC &Uhuru Kenyatta 2017 Presidential Petition.
The Supreme Court in that case nullified Presidential election results on the basis that the IEBC failed to conduct elections in strict conformity with the Constitution and relevant electoral laws. The Court did not look at the numbers garnered by any Presidential Candidate. It considered entire process.

There is now a strong precedent from the Supreme Court of Kenya that numbers do not really matter in a Presidential Petition. So, integrity, fairness, transparency of the process is given prominence.

The Supreme Court in that case did not rely on numbers to nullify Presidential results.

Therefore, there may be serious legal issues in Kenyan Presidential election than percentages. I think it is highly probable that Presidential results will be nullified if the Azimio demonstrates and prove that the IEBC conducted the said elections in violation of the constitution and relevant electoral laws.

However, the beautiful aspect of this is that Kenya has moved ahead and made great strides in respect to rule of law and constitutionalism. The independent Judiciary is a guide and protector of a democracy.

In other Jurisdictions, it is different. e.g in Uganda, the Supreme Court in all Presidential petitions has consistently upheld the Presidential results because irregularities could not substantially affect the results.

Hon. Okot Bitek jr ,
LLB (Hons) MUK
Dip. Legal practice LDC
Mp. Kioga county
Vice chairperson Lango parliamentary group.

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