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COVID-19: Kenyan Courts Deliver 7,000 Judgements Digitally1 minute read

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Courts in Kenya delivered over 7,000 judgement by electronic means during the COVID-19 restrictions in the country, Chief Justice David Maraga has said.

The novel coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has disrupted everyday activities globally, with countries forced to impose lockdowns and restriction of movement. Courts had also switched to the hearing of cases digitally to avoid the delay of justice.

Chief Justice Maraga, who received computer donations from the European Union (EU), noted that the pandemic has “provided an opportunity for us in the justice sector to reflect on how to address the current gaps related to technology in the enhancement of justice.”

Court proceedings in Kenya have been altered due to the crisis. Some cases are heard in open spaces in efforts to limit the risk of spreading the virus in the country; cases have been heard on video conferencing platforms such as Zoom and Skype.

However, Maraga – who doubles as Chief Justice and President of the Supreme Court of Kenya – noted that digital operations in the justice sector had not reached the required levels.

“It may take a while to reach a critical level of operations but with determination, we will enhance our services using technological platforms available,” he said.

By Friday, Kenya had reported 36,724 confirmed COVID-19 cases with 646 deaths, according to data published by the ministry of health.

The East African country is one of only eight in Africa to register more than 30,000 COVID-19 cases.

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Uganda Establishes First Free Zone at Entebbe Airport

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The government of Uganda through the Uganda Free Zone Authority (UFZA) has finalised plans to establish the first public free zone at Entebbe International Airport. The free zone is projected to boost export-oriented investment in the country.

The project will be implemented by the National Enterprise Corporation (NEC) on a five acre piece of land acquired from the Uganda Civil Aviation Authority (UCAA) at the Entebbe International Airport premises.

Under the arrangement, the project targets sectors which include food processing, mineral processing, warehousing, storage and simple assembly, where all operators in the public free zone will process their products for onward export through Entebbe International Airport.

The development of the Public Free Zone projected to cost UGX 48billion will, on completion house seven production units and trade houses such as offices of the Uganda Free Zones Authority, Uganda Revenue Authority, and other government offices to promote enterprise. The Government of Uganda (GoU) has already awarded UGX 12.5 Billion for the first phase of the project.

Speaking at the site handover event, Hez Kimoomi Alinda, the Uganda Free Zones Authority Executive Director, said the project is expected to contribute cargo volumes, create hundreds of direct jobs and significantly improve Uganda’s exports.

“On completion, the project will support increased production quality assurance and value addition to commodities that are widely produced by the masses to improve household incomes, create employment and eliminate poverty as well as improve the value of Uganda’s exports,” he said.

Alinda was speaking while handing over the site for the construction of the Entebbe International Airport Free Zone at which he said they had acquired five acres from the Uganda Civil Aviation Authority for the development and contracted National Enterprise Corporation, the commercial arm of the UPDF for the construction.

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In an interview with NC’s Tolu Adeleru-Balogun, Politician and Gender activist Ndi Kato speaks on the demonstrations in Nigeria against police brutality.

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