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Vaccines manufactured by KEVEVAPI are contaminated — AU report

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Kenyan Animal Medicine manufacturer Kenya Veterinary Vaccines Production Institute (KEVEVAPI) is under siege after being accused of manufacturing contaminated drugs.

An African Union Report QCR 849, authored by the Union’s Pan African Vaccine Centre, details the level of contamination of many of the products released by KEVEVAPI over the time period assessed by the report.

The matter has incensed some practitioners who want to call for an audit of the practices at the Institute. According to interactions within an online forum called The Kenya Veterinary Alumni (vetkenya@googlegroups.com) and Kenya-Kabete 1909 Vet’s Group (kvetforum), some Kenyan Vet Doctors citing these problems, have called for an overhaul of the Institute.

Henry Maduma Kamagy, a Kenyan veterinary doctor, in a post in the groups, states that the institute has sold contaminated vaccines to unsuspecting farmers.

The incident forced the chair of Council of Governors (CoG) to write a letter advising all counties in Kenya to stop any further procurement of vaccines from KEVEVAPI until it clears it’s mess.

In the recent past, KEVEVAPI has been facing problems compounded by other reports that came out in September 2018, which suggested that President Uhuru Kenyatta, was fooled by the same institute to launch contaminated vaccines worth Kenya Shillings 92 million.

In one report, seen on the Kenyan online portal https://www.tuko.co.ke , https://www.tuko.co.ke/286397-uhuru-fooled-by-veterinary-institute-launch-contaminated-vaccine-worth-ksh-92-million-report.html#286397 which cites a report which states that a vaccine that had neither been registered nor the level of purity ascertained was launched by Kenyatta, the incident caused embarrassment to the head of state.

This came against a back drop of a grant of Kenya Shillings 200 million, given by the Government of Kenya, to KEVEVAPI for producing vaccines for a range of Animal diseases, including Foot and Mouth, Contagious Bovine Pleuro-pneumonia (CBPP), Lumpy Skin Disease, Contagious Caprine Pleuro-pneumonia (CCPP), Peste de Petits Ruminants (PPR), Sheep and Goat Pox (S&GP), and Newcastle Disease (NCD).

The report indicates that “KEVEVAPI received a grant of KSh 200 million vide A.I.E serial No A741283 dated 23.08.2016 and Ref No D002806-011205-V2/2014/15 from Treasury through State Department of Livestock, Ministry of Agriculture, Livestock and Irrigation Development Vote.”

In addition, “all the 430,000 doses of vaccine expired with the institution losing about KSh 92,450,000. In addition, the institution suffered losses worth KSh 78 million due to contamination of vaccines. Disposal was not done as per the disposal Act 2015,” the report states.

In spite of failing quality control tests, KEVEVAPI continued to release the drugs on to the market.

There is a concern that Kenya’s veterinary practitioners shall shun the products from KEVEVAPI until their quality issues are addressed.

Efforts to contact the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of KEVEVAPI for a comment were futile.

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Uganda Rugby Cranes flagged off ahead of Zambia, Zimbabwe clashes

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The rugby cranes today had their last training session at Kyadondo rugby grounds ahead of their return legs with Zambi and Zimbabwe. The rugby cranes were seen off by some of the staff from their main sponsors Nile Special and enjoyed previlage of the company of the American and South African ambassadors.The Uganda rugby team besides going for the wins have also fronted the Nile Special current campaign #NoExcuse which is aimed at reducing sexual harassment in society.

Here is the selected team to fave Zambi and Zimbabwe

1. Ssenteza Santos

2. Kivumbi Saul

3. Kimbowa Collin

4. Asuman Mugerwa

5. Odugo Faragi

6. Kanyanya Ronald

7. Otto Micheal

8. Olet Simon Peter

9. Odong Charles Uhuru

10. Asaba Brian

11. Pius Ogena

12. Ayera Desire

13. Emong Eliphaz

14. Aaron Ofoyrwoth

15. Epilo Paul Emmanuel

16. Ivan Magomu Arthur

17. Masendi Paul

18. Okorach Micheal

19. Munyani Ian Arnold

20. Wokorach Philip

21. Semwami Daudi Ashraf

22. Simwende Kimono Justin

23. Kasito Adrian

24. Oketayot Byron

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Tusker Lite confirm participation in first ever Food Street Festival in September

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On Monday, the first ever “KCCA Foodie Street” was introduced to the Ugandan social events scene promising an assortment of delicious local delicacies all aligned to take place at the heart of the city’s most esteemed street, Parliamentary Avenue come Saturday, September 7, 2019.

The Foodie Street will host food lovers within the city to a day of merrymaking on the food filled street is organised by KCCA and My Food Network in partnership with Tusker Lite to bring food lovers an unforgettable food fest.

“Kampala is the entertainment capital of East Africa and KCCa has a strategy to make it the premier entertainment and tourist destination in Africa. One of the ways to do this is to showcast our rich culture and hospitality and we know that showcasing our abundant street food, we can achieve this goal, said KCCA Director of Education and Social Services, Mrs Namuddu Juliet Nambi.It has been touted as a fun outdoors lifestyle food event that will showcase Ugandan street food while offering a variety of treats from the different street food exhibitions set to leave food lovers spoilt for choice. Revelers will be given the option of pairing their dishes with either a Tusker Lite or Coca Cola.

“Tusker Lite remains at the heart of the best food experiences in the country. We are looking forward to bringing foodies the party flavour in the first edition of this fun outdoors food experience come September,” said Balaba Brian, Key Accounts Manager, UBL.The event shall have over 30 street food vendors catering to the public from 10:00am to midnight. The event is a mirror of other street food festivals held in numerous cities around the world like Paris, Berlin, London, Manila and Brussels, just to mention but a few.

From sunrise to sunset the streets will be buzzing with activity with every other stall premise creatively set up as either a café or restaurant with Kampala City Council Authority giving the greenlight on the fun food event. There will also be music, dance and drinks all perfectly placed under one historic venue, Parliamentary Avenue located between the IPS building and Jumbo Plaza. Entry to the event is free.

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Nile Special ‘No Excuse’ Campaign to highlight Sexual Harassment  

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Nile Breweries under its flagship brand Nile Special has launched a behavioral change campaign dubbed “No Excuse” with the aim of addressing the predicament of sexual harassment in the country. The brand will address the subject by calling for smart drinking measures among its consumers,since alcohol abuse has been identified as one of the primary catalysts for sexual harassment.The aim of the ‘No Excuse’ campaign is to:

• shine a spotlight on the  sexual harassment problem.

• to bring about a change in long established societal behaviours and attitudes

• to activate bystanders with the aim of decreasing and preventing this act

• challenge the public to take appropriate action against perpetrators of sexual harassment

• encourage stakeholders to support the victims to access appropriate support services.

Attention is increasingly being paid to the prevalence of this vice in Uganda. Whether this is down to more cases being reported or the abuse is on the rise, is a matter worth investigating. What is certain, is that the public space in which women can freely express themselves must be guarded. This calls for collective reflection by all stakeholders on the measures to be undertaken to ensure that every individuals rights and freedom are protected as enshrined in the constitution under Article 20.Utilizing the brand’s online platforms, the campaign will implore the public have its say on what constitutes sexual harassment. The information will be curated and the data presented into a communication campaign to both raise awareness and also educate the public about sexual harassment while changing people’s attitudes and beliefs.

 Francis Nyende, the Nile Special Brand Manager said, “It is a good thing that the plight of women regarding sexual harassment is edging to the fore of the national discourse. But it’s also rather disturbing that almost daily there’s a story about a woman that has been sexually harassed. As one of the leading Ugandan brands we have decided to champion the cause. ”Our ultimate goal is to reduce and prevent the incidences of sexual harassment, which affects the lives of too many women, both directly and indirectly, and thereby make a much safer society.

“Some of the places where women are more susceptible to sexual harassment is during the nightlife (bars, discos etc). At certain hours of the night, after consuming a couple of bottles, some men throw caution to the wind at the expense of the women. So we are here to educate revelers that they should drink smart, there’s no excuse for sexual harassment,” says Nyende.

Ms. Gloria Nakafeero, the Commissioner Gender and Women Affairs, Ministry of Gender,

Labour and Social Development said, “We are using the ‘No Excuse’ campaign as a catalyst to

get people to question themselves and their behaviors. We are aware that by identifying the problem we shall need to do more to try and create meaningful change.  So by raising awareness about the issue, the existing laws and policies as well as the existing support services, we will contribute towards positive change in attitudes to make sexual harassment “inexcusable” and unacceptable and demand positive actions towards the elimination of sexual harassment.

I am happy to be associated with the Nile Special ‘No Excuse’ campaign.  It always starts with a simple insight. What rings true for me was the idea that in Uganda, whenever we observe or encounter of sexual harassment, we’re inclined to absent ourselves of any responsibility – or worse still, excuse behaviour that’s totally inexcusable.”  Article 24 of the constitution protects the dignity of every one in Uganda. No person shall be subjected to any form of inhuman or degrading treatment. This includes respect of a person to their psychological or mental wellbeing.

Enough is enough. Let’s stop excusing sexual harassment. Learn more at the Nile Special ‘No Excuse’ campaign websitewww.noexcuse.ug

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