: African press review 5 February 2016

Regional paper The East African talks about a South Sudanese controversial bill this morning. The country’s parliament passed a new bill earlier this week that will restrict the numbers of foreign aid workers.

In short, the paper explains that the “NGO bill means no more than a fifth of aid workers can be from abroad”.

Many humanitarians, according to The East African, “believe this is simply not viable” and “fear it will hinder efforts to help millions in need in the war-torn young nation”. The bill specifies the 80 percent quota also applies at senior levels or among technical specialists.

But as the daily explains, “Aid agencies already employ large numbers of South Sudanese […] but not at senior levels or among technical specialists”. There’s also another worrying bit of the bill apparently: a clause making “the issuing of a ‘false statement’ about the bill punishable by up to three years in prison”.

At least 34 aid workers have been killed since the war in South Sudan in 2013.

Now to Uganda, where President Musevini said he would skip the next presidential debate again.

The country is preparing to head to the polls soon for presidential elections, and while Museveni, who has been in power for 30 years is the clear favorite, he already chose to skip a previous debate.

“His excuse then was his busy campaign schedule. He later mocked the exercise, saying debates are for high school” says The Daily Monitor. It seems that this time, the Ugandan leader will again be busy with campaining.

To no one’s surprise, the opposition accused him of not being “comfortable appearing before a live television audience to account for the three decades he has been in office” says the paper.

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And this is a shame really, says the Monitor, because the “historic first ever live presential debate […] drew a huge audience, both within the country and abroad”.

The second presidential debate should focuse on security, with Museveni’s main opponent, Kizza Besigye attending along with six other presidential hopefuls.

The Nigerian government is on the lookout for fraud from public servants according to The Punch. According to the paper, “the federal government is concluding plans to probe no fewer than 23,306 federal civil servants”.

They’ve been accused by a report of defrauding the government trough what the daily calls “an organised salary fraud”. Those fraudulent payment of salaries are either done to “ghost workers” or “payments to multiple accounts”.

The 20,000 public servants, out of more than 300,000, will now be under investigation and might be sacked if proved guilty. According to The Punch, it seems that “the federal government has placed some banks under watch over their roles in the unfolding salary scam”. It apparently cost millions of nairas to the state.

Finally, Kenya’s Standard reports on a Supreme Court Judge. We’re talking about Philip Tunoi who will be awaiting a verdict over bribery allegations today. The paper explains that Turnoi “is facing the possibility of being investigated by a tribunal should the six-member Judicial Service Commission” finds him guilty.

In 2014 a former journalist filed a petition “alleging the judge was given 17.000 euros by Nairobi governor Evans Kidero to favour him in an election petition”.

According to The Standard, a committee only started to work on the issue two weeks ago.The committee first studied a report from Kenya’s intelligence services before seeing Tunoi.

Source: rfi afrique