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Katumba driver Kayondo buried, locals berate gov’t

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Kayondo's widow Irene Achan (R) with their last born

Kayondo’s widow Irene Achan (R) with their last born

Sgt. Hassan Kayondo, 38, the driver of Gen. Edward Katumba Wamala, the ex-minister for Works and Transport, was laid to rest in Lugando village, Bigasa sub-county, Bukomansimbi district of Friday. 

Kayondo died in the line of duty on Tuesday morning in a shootout that left Katumba injured and his daughter Brenda Wamala Nantongo dead. They were heading for the burial of Katumba’s mother–in–law when unknown assailants attacked and opened fire on their car on Kisota road, Kisaasi in Kampala. 

At Kayondo’s burial, a gun salute was given to him in honour of his bravery as fellow soldiers called him a hero. The widow Irene Achan says that Kayondo was a kind man, a good husband and a good friend. She thanked the residents, UPDF and all mourners for accompanying them during the trying times. 

Katumba did not attend Kayondo’s funeral because he was reportedly handling the funeral of his mother-in-law who passed away before the shooting incident. 

According to Brig Deo Sande, the commander of armoured brigade Unit-Masaka, who represented the Uganda People’s Defense Forces (UPDF), Kayondo joined the army in 2002 and had so far served for 19 years after adding that he went through the ranks to become sergeant.  

Sande said as security officers like everybody else, are also wondering why they are being targeted yet they have put their life on the line to serve and protect Ugandans by bringing peace and stability to the country. He said even if some things have not gone well in the execution of their duties, killing them is not the best option. 

He further appealed to all leaders in different capacities to fight for the men and women in the forces as they have always done for ordinary civilians because their life is also at stake. Sande made it clear that although they are being threatened, they will not give up on pursuing the criminals and protecting Ugandans because it’s our mandate.

However, Sheik Muhammad Wasswa Ssemakadde, the Bukomansimbi district khadi, attributes the ongoing killings to curses of all Ugandans who are arrested, incriminated, tortured, and innocently charged due to sloppy investigations. Ssemakadde explained that several people have been arrested without any crime and are still languishing in prisons at the expense of their own government.

On who is killing the soldiers, Ssemakadde told Brig. Sande that it is clearly an inside job within the security circles since it is the security organs that have access to guns and not the civilians. Ssemakadde warned that the attacks will not stop on Kayondo and Nantongo and may continue in case nothing is done about it and warned the public to be alert. 

Dr. Christine Ndiwalana, the Bukomansimbi North MP, appealed to the government to investigate the matter and arrest the right criminals and present a report to the citizens. She adds that several security operatives wear plain clothes which confuses the public when it comes to differentiating genuine officers from criminals.  

“We the people of Bukomasimbi are extremely angry because this is not the first time our people are being shot dead. We appeal to you to tighten up security. We prefer loving and being proud of our government than hating it. Even more importantly, much as part of your training killing people was one of your course units, stop killing innocent people. Tell President Museveni we’re tired of crying over the killing of our innocent people,” Ndiwalana said. 

She tasked the security organs to introduce their people to the local leaders to avoid confusion. She said the people of Bukomansimbi are always being harassed by people holding guns and residents are now tired and left with only one option of fighting back.    

Veronica Nanyondo, the Bukomansimbi Woman MP, says that the reports into the previous related killings should be produced in order to remove doubt in the state security organs. She appealed to the president to spot and arrest the right “pigs” (criminals) and bring them to justice.  



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Since the beginning of the year, the Amazon Rainforest, our largest tropical forest full of ecosystems essential to global climate regulation networks, has had 430,000 acres (174,000 hectares) cleared and burned to supply the logging industry and clear land for livestock breeding. Between August 2019 and July 2020, another 2.7 million acres (1.1 million hectares) were destroyed. Much of the wood and meat produced in Brazil from this deforestation ends up in Global North markets.

In Southeast Asia, deforestation linked to the palm oil industry also continues. Between 2018 and 2020, almost 500,000 acres (202,000 hectares) of rainforest were cleared in just three countries: Indonesia, Malaysia and Papua New Guinea, leading to Indigenous communities losing their land. The demand for palm oil from top food brands in the Global North remains high, despite their commitments to reduce use.

Meanwhile, the push for greener sources of energy, particularly in the Global North, is driving the demand for metals like nickel, cobalt and lithium. Labourers in mining communities working to extract these metals face dangerous and degrading working conditions.

In the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), the use of child labour in cobalt mines is widespread, putting the lives of children at risk, damaging their health and depriving them of education. In Bolivia, Chile and Argentina, lithium mining uses large quantities of water, accelerating desertification and polluting underground waters and rivers, putting the health of local communities at risk.

According to data gathered by London-based NGO Business and Human Rights Resource Centre, there have been 304 complaints of human rights violations by 115 companies mining these minerals.

Although the end of colonialism was declared decades ago, its last effects in the form of these extractive industries are clear. The system of Indigenous land takeovers, resource extraction, labour exploitation and wealth transfer set up by European colonialists continues to operate and dispossess people in the Global South.

It is against the backdrop of this neo-colonial reality that the European Union announced its Green Deal at the end of 2019.

Underpinned by an apolitical narrative that humans have already changed the Earth’s climate and degraded the majority of its ecosystems, so action needs to be taken, the Green Deal completely ignores the fact that the Global North was the main driver of climate change and environmental degradation across the world.

European governments and corporations not only damaged and destroyed the environment on the continent and exploited local marginalised communities, but have been engaged in the same exact behaviour and worse, on all other continents.

The natural world in Africa, Asia and Latin America has been destroyed through the capitalist economic systems deployed by the Global North which normalised, expanded and strengthened hyper-extraction through overproduction and over-consumption.

The European Green Deal does not outline how it will reconcile and repair the losses and damages EU countries have caused to ecosystems and communities outside of Europe. Nor does it acknowledge how these damages force people in the Global South to migrate to Europe’s shores, where they experience pushbacks, must less offer a solution.

The European Green Deal also ignores the environmental impact of Europe’s drive for renewable energy and electric mobility on other parts of the world, where resources for this economic shift will have to be extracted. It also does not pay attention to how climate change and environmental degradation have disproportionately affected its own marginalised communities and the poor and destitute in the Global South.

In other words, in the pursuit of making the EU the first climate-neutral region in the world by 2050, Brussels is falling back on its old ways and deploying what we call climate colonialism.

The EU’s apolitical narrative on climate change – ignoring the impact of colonialism and capitalism and heavily influenced by the very corporations who profit from them – could result in climate action that is not only non-impactful but, worse, could be unsustainable and damaging for marginalised communities on the continent as well as the Global South.

It relies on tech solutions and silver-bullet ideas, promising to lead a “green, sustainable” economy with electric vehicles, solar panels, wind turbines and other exciting renewable innovations.

But the question is, who will this be sustainable for?

In order not to fall into climate colonialism, the European Green Deal needs a clear plan to eradicate harmful extractive models, recognise its historical responsibility in the climate crisis, and provide accountability for the damage EU companies cause in the Global South.

Working within the same system that causes injustice will only reproduce injustice. We at Equinox have put forward a number of important recommendations that could help steer the Green Deal away from its capitalistic, colonial foundation and towards new holistic, intersectional approaches that put social and racial justice at its core.

Among these recommendations are a clear commitment to racial justice, integrated policies linking the EU’s Anti-Racist Action Plan to the Green Deal, institutional reform, and a new relationship with civil society.

Only by acknowledging that it is perpetuating colonial capitalism, and committing to ending this approach, can the EU’s Green Deal be truly effective in addressing climate change. For far too long, European governments and companies have wreaked havoc across the world. It is time for justice, accountability and a complete overhaul of economic systems. Our collective survival depends on it.

The views expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect Al Jazeera’s editorial stance.



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Cameroonian Namondo Replaces Rosa Malango As Un Resident Coordinator In Uganda

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The United Nations Secretary General, António Guterres has appointed Susan Ngongi Namondo of Cameroon as the United Nations Resident Coordinator in Uganda, with the host Government’s approval.
Ms Namondo is replacing Rosa Malango of Equatorial Guinea who first came to Uganda in 2016 as United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Representative and Coordinator, and was in 2019 appointed Resident Coordinator reporting to the President and Secretary General of the United Nations.
Malango was recently promoted by Guterres to serve as Director, Economic Affairs for Regional Economic Commission headquartered in Europe.
Mrs Malango first communicated publicly on June 10, 2021 at the commemorations of Heroes Day at Kololo Independence Grounds that the UN Secretary, General Antonio Guterres had promoted her to serve as Director, Economic Affairs for Regional Economic Commission headquartered in Europe.
“It has been an honour for me to serve as United Nations Resident Coordinator in Uganda during the past five years. The UN Secretary General has now promoted me to serve as Director Economic Affairs for the Regional Economic Commission under our headquarters in Europe. I will be coordinating the work of the economic Commission in Africa, Asia, the Americas as well as Europe,” she said.
“Today is my last Heroes Day in my current capacity. But I believe that Uganda has the potential to serve as a beacon of hope, peace and prosperity for the African continent and the world,” she added.
Ms. NGONGI NAMONDO PROFILE
Ms. Ngongi Namondo has over 25 years of experience in development work, including 19 years leading development professionals in the areas of policy formulation and programme planning across four different United Nations agencies at the national, regional and headquarters levels.
Within the Organization, she most recently served as the United Nations Resident Coordinator in Eritrea, after occupying other senior positions with the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), including Representative to Ghana and Comoros, and Deputy Representative to Liberia. She also served the International Fund for Agricultural Development (IFAD).
Prior to joining the United Nations, Ms. Ngongi Namondo worked with the International Plant Genetic Resources Institute (IPGRI), an international scientific organization, and global non-profits including Caritas Internationalis and Catholic Relief Services.
She holds bachelor’s degrees in political science and in animal science from the University of Maryland, USA as well as master’s degrees in public administration from Columbia University, USA and in animal health from the University of Reading in the United Kingdom.

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Chad’s Football Dream

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Football is a passion in Chad but the national team has yet to qualify for top African and world tournaments.



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