UGANDA GETS $151M LOAN FROM AFDB FOR TOLL ROAD

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UN Names Warsame as Director for Global Emergencies

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News in Brief 30 (AM)

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FOOTBALL: Magogo joins NCS to applaud Onduparaka

FUFA president Moses Magogo has joined National Council of Sports to congratulate Arua based Onduparaka FC for disproving mindset of many that top flight football in Uganda is for Kampala based clubs.

During his end of year statement, Magogo said that, I must mention my excitement with Onduparaka. It has proven many theories wrong. Many people were saying upcountry clubs cannot exist in the league for economic reasons.

Onduparaka FC is the only upcountry side that has performed tremendously including securing a sponsor (Betway) to bankroll them this season.

Currently other sponsored Azam Uganda Premier League clubs are Vipers SC (Hima Cement), Bright Stars (Lato Milk), Express FC (DStv), SC Villa (Star Times), KCCA (Star Times & Others) out of 16 Clubs.

When NCS officials led by the chairman Bosco Onyik visited Onduparaka FC at their home Stadium of Light in Arua, they advocated for other clubs to consider it a learning experience.

NCS general secretary Nicholas Muramagi had said that Onduparaka FC ability to qualify for the Azam Premier League and secure a sponsor disproves a myth that it is difficult for clubs to get funders.

Source: National Council For Sports

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The Grinch’s not-so-festive guide to food ration cuts

Across much of the world, the festive season is a time of indulgence. But what if you’re too busy fleeing violence and upheaval, or stuck in a refugee camp on reduced rations?

It’s been a hard year for the most vulnerable among us. This is partly due to tightening aid budgets, but it’s also the result of there simply being so many more people in crisis who need help.

“It’s not just a question of falling donor funding; most donors have continued to be generous, providing funds at relatively consistent levels for years,” World Food Programme spokeswoman Challiss McDonough told IRIN.  “But the number of [those in need] is much larger.”

A prime example is Uganda, where 602,000 South Sudanese refugees are sheltering. As a result of the conflict in neighbouring South Sudan, “we are now supporting nearly twice as many refugees as we were just six months ago”, explained McDonough.

WFP, as the global emergency food responder, is feeling the strain. “I’d say there are probably very few countries where we have not had to make some kind of adjustment to our assistance plans because of a lack of funding,” said McDonough.

The following is a not-so-festive guide to where WFP has been forced to make cuts to already minimal food rations. It includes some non-refugee national programmes, which have also been impacted by funding shortfalls.

Burkina Faso

Rations have been reduced and cash assistance suspended for the 31,000 Malian refugees in Burkina Faso. As a result, about a quarter of refugees do not have enough food to meet their basic nutritional needs.

“Most refugees in the camps depend solely on humanitarian assistance to survive,” said WFP country director Jean-Charles Dei. “When assistance is interrupted or insufficient, the food security and nutrition situation dramatically deteriorate, especially for women, children, and elderly people.”

Burundi

Lack of funding has impacted a range of activities targeting vulnerable communities. Food-for-training for Congolese refugees and Burundian migrants expelled from Tanzania and Rwanda has been suspended. The number of children reached through an anti-stunting campaign has been reduced by 70 percent, with the programme halted entirely in Ruramvya and Rutana provinces.

Cameroon

Monthly food rations for Central African Republic refugees in Cameroon was cut by 50 percent in November and December. The 150,000 refugees are entirely dependent on international aid.

In May, WFP also halted its meals programme to 16 primary schools in northern Cameroon due to a lack of funding.

Central African Republic

WFP has been unable to assist more than 500,000 people in urgent need of aid and has been forced to halve the amount of food it has provided to those it can reach. Emergency school meals have been suspended in the capital, Bangui, and rations to displaced people in the violence-hit central town of Kaga Bandoro have been slashed by 75 percent. “WFP needs to urgently mobilise flexible contributions to cover for distributions from January onwards,” the agency has warned.

Chad

For the past two years, refugees in Chad have survived on monthly rations well below the minimum requirement. For some, the cuts have been by as much as 60 percent. A joint assessment released in November by WFP and the UN’s refugee agency, UNHCR, found more than 40 percent of the 400,000 refugees in Chad are malnourished and the majority of children are anaemic.

Ethiopia

Since November 2015, ration cuts have affected more than 760,000 refugees, the bulk of them from South Sudan and Somalia. Although there was an improvement in general food rations from June this year, UNHCR has warned that households still face difficulties. The cuts have, in particular, affected children aged under the age of five, with global acute malnutrition above the 15 percent emergency threshold in 10 out of 22 assessed refugee camps.

Gambia

All nutrition and livelihood related activities have been suspended due to a lack of funding.

Kenya

In December, WFP cut monthly rations by half for the 400,000 refugees in Kenya’s Dadaab and Kakuma camps. It warned that unless urgent new funding is received, it will completely run out of food by February. Most refugees in Dadaab have already had their rations cut down to 70 percent of June 2015 levels, and UNHCR has warned of a likely increase in malnutrition as a result of the new squeeze.

Human Rights Watch said in a statement: “Given Kenya’s threat to deport Somalis has already triggered illegal forced refugee return, the UN ([World] Food Programme’s decision to further reduce refugee food rations could not have come at a worse time.”

Malawi

Ration cuts to 27,000 refugees meant that at the beginning of 2016 they were only receiving 40 percent of the recommended minimum number of daily kilocalories. Those shortages began six months earlier. By March, only three out of seven food items – maize, beans, and cooking oil – were being supplied. The Dzaleka camp hosts people mainly from the Great Lakes and Horn of Africa regions, with new arrivals escaping unrest across the border in Mozambique.

Mauritania

In November, WFP halved food rations to 42,500 Malian refugees. Without fresh funding, it says it will be forced to suspend general food distributions, including cash transfers, from next month. A school meals programme for vulnerable Mauritanian children has also been put on hold and will only partially resume in January.

Rwanda

A nationwide prevention of stunting programme for children aged six-23 months, pregnant women, and breastfeeding mothers has been discontinued due to limited funding.

Somalia

WFP will “significantly scale down” its livelihoods programmes in December 2016. If no additional resources are confirmed, it will only be able to continue with minimal programmes (mainly nutrition) from February 2017. WFP is targeting 1.4 million vulnerable Somalis in food-insecure areas.

Uganda

Rations have been cut by 50 percent for some 200,000 refugees who arrived in Uganda prior to July 2015. Low levels of funding, together with the large numbers of new arrivals fleeing fighting in South Sudan has left WFP workers “with no choice but to re-prioritise their focus on those refugees in greatest need.” The humanitarian response to South Sudanese refugees in Uganda was already severely underfunded even before the latest outbreak of violence in Juba in July.

(TOP PHOTO: Residents of an IDP camp in North Kivu, Democratic Republic of the Congo receive food rations distributed by WFP. WFP)

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ATHLETICS: Ugandan athletes eye IAAF’s Us.4billion

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FOOTBALL: USA based Azira beleives teamwork will be Cranes weapon in Gabon

Uganda Cranes and Colorado Rapids midfielder Mike Azira has joined the rest in promising to ensure teamwork is their biggest weapon at the AFCON finals in Gabon.

Uganda Cranes and Colorado Rapids (USA) midfielder Mike Azira has joined the rest in promising to ensure teamwork is their biggest weapon at the AFCON finals in Gabon.

Azira added his voice to emphasize teamwork if the Cranes should make an impact at the AFCON finals in Gabon starting next month.

The player has not had a lot of time with the Cranes yet but he is promising big with his own style play in the team’s midfield.

Azira, team captain Geoffrey Massa and another midfielder Khalid Aucho had their first training at IUIU Girls Campus Kabojja Tuesday morning.

Coach Micho expects Standard Liege Football Club (Belgium) midfielder Faruku Miya tomorrow (December 28th, 2016).

Micho is now expected to reduce his squad at Serene Suits in Mutundwe to 24 players before travelling to Tunisia December 30.

He is expecting Faruku Miya, Luwagga Kizito, Godfrey Kizito and Moses Oloya to join camp before the international friendly match with Tunisia on January 4.

Uganda Cranes fly to Gabon on January 14.

The Uganda Cranes Squad:

Goalkeepers: Salim Jamal Magoola (El Merriekh, Sudan), Isma Watenga (Vipers, Uganda), Benjamin Ochan (KCCA, Uganda)

Defenders: Murushid Jjuuko (Simba, Tanzania), Ronald Mukiibi (Ostersunds FK, Sweden), Denis Iguma (Al Ahed, Lebanon), Nicholas Wadada (Vipers, Uganda), Joseph Ochaya (KCCA, Uganda), Shafiq Batambuze (Tusker, Kenya), Isaac Isinde (St George, Ethiopia), Timothy Dennis Awany (KCCA, Uganda).

Midfielders: Tonny Mawejje (KnattspyrnufelagiA A�rottur, Iceland), Hassan Wasswa Mawanda (Vipers, Uganda),Muzamiru Mutyaba (KCCA, Uganda), Godfrey ‘Jajja Walu’ Walusimbi (Gor Mahia, Kenya) and Abdulmalick Vitalis Tabu (SC Villa, Uganda), Aucho Khalid (Baroka, South Africa), Mike Azira (Colorado Rapids)

Strikers: Geofrey Sserunkuma (KCCA, Uganda), Muhammed ‘Jaggarson’ Shaban (Onduparaka, Uganda), Yunus Sentamu (Ilves, Finnland), Derrick Nsibambi (KCCA, Uganda), Edrisa Lubega (Proline, Uganda), Geoffrey Massa (Baroka, South Africa)

Source: National Council For Sports