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Police investigates fire outbreak

Police investigates fire outbreak

AFRICA
KAMPALA, UGANDA --- Old Kampla Police station is investigating a fire out break that happened yesterday evening at around 8:30 PM along Kabaka Njagala Lane , Aggrey Zone in Rubaga Division Kampala District. According to Luke Owoyesigyere the deputy police spokesperson Kampala metropolitan, the fire that destroyed the restaurant’s  property worth millions of Shillings to ash is believed to have started  from a gas cooker that was left on. Luke Owoyesigyere the deputy police spokesperson Kampala metropolitan He says the police fire and rescue services team arrived at the scene in time and managed to contain the fire from spreading to other floors on the same building. In the meantime investigations into the matter are on to ascertain the exact cause of the fire. ...
Uganda: President Museveni to commission masks factory in Namanve today

Uganda: President Museveni to commission masks factory in Namanve today

HEALTH
KAMPALA --- President Museveni is today set to commission a mask manufacturing company as a section of the economy reopens with wearing of face masks set as one of the conditions for being in public. According to the President’s press secretary Don Wanyama, he will today commission LIDA Packaging Products Ltd, a company that manufactures masks and Personal Protective Equipment for health workers. In his last address on COVID-19 situation in the country last week, President Museveni promised to have face masks distribued free of charge to all Ugandans starting on June 4th. However, concerns have been raised over a huge supply deficit due to limited capacity of local companies to produce the required within just two weeks. LIDA Packaging Products Ltd factory is located in Mbalal...
Prime Minister labels Secondary schools reopening date as ‘crucial’

Prime Minister labels Secondary schools reopening date as ‘crucial’

INTERNATIONAL
LONDON, UK --- Secondary schools will begin to reopen from June 15 so students can start preparing for exams next year, the Prime Minister announced on Sunday. Boris Johnson told the daily Downing Street press conference that some primary school pupils will return from June 1 “as planned”, while older students in Years 10 and 12 will begin going back two weeks later. Mr Johnson said the phased return of schools was “crucial” for children, and that all classrooms will be fully reopened by September “at the latest”, despite conceding that social distancing would be a challenge for primary school pupils. Boris Johnson, UK Prime Minister Mr Johnson said secondary school students will return to staggered lunch times and smaller classes in an effort to reduce the risk of transmissio...
Joe Biden makes first public appearance since March 15

Joe Biden makes first public appearance since March 15

INTERNATIONAL
“Thank you for your service,” the former vice president said to a well-wisher after paying his respects at the Veterans Memorial Park in New Castle, Delaware. Biden’s last public appearance was March 15 when he faced off against his former Democratic rival Bernie Sanders for a debate in a television studio held with no live audience. Since then the 77-year-old has remained in isolation at his home in Wilmington, Delaware in keeping with recommended measures to protect the elderly and prevent the spread of COVID-19. Biden wore a black mask covering his mouth and nose at Monday’s Memorial Day wreath-laying, in contrast with his rival for the US presidency, Donald Trump who has yet to wear a mask in public despite guidance to the contrary from his own health authorities. Biden an...
Project leader: Oxford COVID-19 vaccine trial has 50% chance of success

Project leader: Oxford COVID-19 vaccine trial has 50% chance of success

HEALTH
LONDON,UK --- The University of Oxford COVID-19 vaccine trial has only a 50% chance of success as the coronavirus seems to be fading rapidly in Britain, the professor co-leading the development of the vaccine told the Telegraph newspaper. Adrian Hill, director of Oxford’s Jenner Institute, which has teamed up with drugmaker AstraZeneca Plc to develop the vaccine, said that an upcoming trial, involving 10,000 volunteers, threatened to return “no result” due to low transmission of COVID-19 in the community. “It’s a race against the virus disappearing, and against time”, Hill told the British newspaper. “At the moment, there’s a 50% chance that we get no result at all.” The experimental vaccine, known as ChAdOx1 nCoV-19, is one of the front-runners in the global race ...
Huawei Enterprise hosts online Summit aimed at presenting how the digital transformation can lead the financial services sector out of COVID-19

Huawei Enterprise hosts online Summit aimed at presenting how the digital transformation can lead the financial services sector out of COVID-19

TECHNOLOGY
JOHANNESBURG, 26, 2020/ -- Huawei Enterprise Business Group (EBG) will host the Huawei Southern Africa FSI Summit online 2020  on May 29th, from 10.00am - 12.00pm, with the theme of “Accelerating Digital Transformation, Enable Business Growth Again”. The online summit will include presentations from Chen Lei, President of Huawei Southern Africa Region, and Chen Kun Te, Huawei Chief Digital Transformation Officer. Speaking on Huawei’ experience in working with corporate leaders on their digital transformation, Mr Lei said “The world is still battling against the Coronavirus. The pandemic not only threatens the humanity but the global economy. This transformation is happening when the banking sector is shifting from phase 3.0 to 4.0, where Banking is Everywhere, Never at a Bank. ” Bre...
SOUTH AFRICA: NSFAS IS NOW A CHANGED AND WELL-FUNCTIONING SCHEME – COMMITTEE CHAIRPERSON

SOUTH AFRICA: NSFAS IS NOW A CHANGED AND WELL-FUNCTIONING SCHEME – COMMITTEE CHAIRPERSON

AFRICA
Cape Town, Parliament, 26 May 2020 – The Select Committee on Education, Technology, Sports, Arts and Culture has said it is satisfied with the proficiency and efficiency with which the NSFAS Administrator, Dr Randall Carolissen, has run the entity even during the Covid-19 distraction. The committee welcomes the task team announced by the Minister on the weekend. The task team will investigate challenges associated with the move to the student-centred model at NSFAS in 2017. The Chairperson of the committee, Mr Elleck Nchabeleng, said the intervention will enhance the work of the administrator and improve the service to poor students. "Commendable work to stabilise the student financial aid scheme is being realised, and that has been demonstrated by how allowances are being d...
Two Ugandan MPs Survive Nasty Accident

Two Ugandan MPs Survive Nasty Accident

AFRICA
Buhweju MP,Hon. Francis Mwijukye of Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) and his counterpart Hon Charles Ngabirano of Rwampara (National Resistance Movement – NRM)  survived an accident in Mbarara town on Sunday 24 May 2020. Buhweju MP,Hon. Francis Mwijukye of Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) The duo were travelling in Mwijukye’s official car that collided with a Toyota Wish near Agip in Mbarara town after a talk show on Radio West on Sunday. Hon Charles Ngabirano of Rwampara (National Resistance Movement – NRM) Hon Charles Ngabirano: ‘I was traveling with Hon Mwijukye in his official vehicle and that other ravaged car knocked us . We did not sustain any injuries ,the guy who knocked us ran away but has been apprehended and taken to hospital. He was very drunk and the vehicle wa...
Former Uganda Cranes captain Jimmy Kirunda dies

Former Uganda Cranes captain Jimmy Kirunda dies

Sports
The former star and football captain for the national team Uganda Cranes, Jimmy Kirunda, has passed on. The 70-year old reportedly collapsed while walking around in Bwaise this afternoon and was pronounced dead moments later. Kirunda was part of the side that reached the final of the 1978 Nations Cup, one of his prominent contributions to the national team. Due to his contributions, Uganda Cranes was able to win the 1976 and 1977 the Council for East and Central Africa Football Associations (Cecafa) cups. The late Jimmy Kirunda He spent more than 14 years at the national team as a player and much of that period, Kirunda was the captain. He was the manager of the national team between 1989 and 1996. Kirunda played as a defender for Express FC, KCCA FC, SC Villa, and Abu D...
Burundi: Ruling Party candidate, Ndayishimiye declared winner

Burundi: Ruling Party candidate, Ndayishimiye declared winner

AFRICA
GITEGA --- Ruling party candidate Evariste Ndayishimiye is set to take over from President Pierre Nkurunziza having been declared the victor of the bitterly disputed election, with 68.72 percent of the vote. The election commission, which released the official results live on Burundian media, said that his main opposition rival Agathon Rwasa of the National Freedom Council (CNL), had garnered 24.19 percent of the vote. The commission said that 87.7 percent of registered voters had turned out to cast their ballots in Wednesday’s election, which also included the election of members of parliament and local officials. Rwasa and his party have already contested the outcome of the election, saying early results were a “fantasy”, and accused authorities of arresting their agents, and p...
Uganda: Eight confirmed dead in Lake Albert accident

Uganda: Eight confirmed dead in Lake Albert accident

AFRICA
Eight people are feared dead after a canoe boat in which they were travelling capsized on Lake Albert on Sunday. The incident happened about 400 metres away from Susa landing site in Kikuube district. The boat was reportedly carrying eighteen passengers was heading to Sebigoro landing site in Kyangwali Sub County, Kikuube District. The Albertine regional police spokesperson Julius Hakiza, said efforts to retrieve the bodies by Police and UPDF marine are still ongoing. He said they have so far only retrieved one body of a 10-months-old baby who died on the back of its mother.“A boat with a capacity of eight passengers carrying over 18 passengers capsized and it is reported that eight drowned in water, we are trying to retrieve those bodies,” Mr Hakiza said. Nine people survived...
Coronavirus: Uganda acquires more sh57b from the U.S to fight COVID-19

Coronavirus: Uganda acquires more sh57b from the U.S to fight COVID-19

CORONAVIRUS
KAMPALA - On 23 May 2020,Uganda received an additional $15m (about sh57b) from the US government to help in the fight against COVID-19. The funding is part of the additional $162m (sh615.6b) that the US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo, announced towards the global COVID-19 response on May 20, as a commitment from the American people. This brings the total amount of money that the US had devoted towards fighting the COVID-19 to $1b (sh3.8 trillion) since the outbreak began, a statement from the US Embassy in Kampala said. The US Mission in Uganda said America has provided both technical assistance and more than $15m in funding to meet the urgent needs of Uganda’s COVID-19 response.  “This assistance has been spread across many parts of the health sector to directly support...
Man exonerated after 37 years stuns ‘AGT’ judges with unforgettable audition

Man exonerated after 37 years stuns ‘AGT’ judges with unforgettable audition

Entertainment
Nearly four decades after being wrongfully convicted in 1982, Archie Williams got the chance of a lifetime to fulfill one of his long-held dreams. He gave a stunning performance of Elton John’s “Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me” to a standing ovation on “America’s Got Talent.” But before he sang for the judges, Williams revealed a shocking story. “I was just incarcerated for 37 years for somebody else’s crime,” Willams told the judges onstage. “DNA freed me.” In a preview for the forthcoming season, the 59-year-old’s emotional and now viral audition included the story of his exoneration. Williams was imprisoned until 2019 when new evidence which linked another individual to the crime led to a new trial and his release, according to The Innocence Project, who represented Williams. ...
Malawi: Tension as electoral chief resigns ahead of election rerun

Malawi: Tension as electoral chief resigns ahead of election rerun

AFRICA
Malawi Electoral Commission (MEC) chief Jane Ansah has stepped down with just a month to go before the country holds a court-ordered presidential election rerun. The southern African country must hold fresh polls after the Constitutional Court overturned the results of last year's controversial election, which handed President Peter Mutharika a second term. Ansah has since been the target of nationwide protests calling for her to go over her handling of the disputed election. "I have written the appointing authority [the president] that I have decided to step down," she told state broadcaster in an interview. Leading human rights activists had been planning a fresh wave of protests next week to force Ansah to step down. Ansah denied she was giving in to pressure. "I have fo...
Eid Prayers – Uganda:  Mufti Mubajje requests the Government to Open places of worship

Eid Prayers – Uganda: Mufti Mubajje requests the Government to Open places of worship

AFRICA
KAMPALA --- Ugandans yesterday joined Muslims across the world to celebrate Idd-ul-Fitr under lockdown.Idd-ul-Fitr, also called the festival of breaking the fast, is a religious holiday celebrated by Muslims to mark the end of Ramadan, the month-long dawn to sunset period of fasting. It is believed that Prophet Muhammed got the first revelation of the Holy Koran during this month. Mufti Sheikh Shaban Ramadhan Mubajje called for opening of places of worship during his televised address from Old Kampala Mosque. Mufti Sheikh Shaban Ramadhan Mubajje Sheikh Mubajje said the world needs prayers to heal during this difficult time of the coronavirus pandemic. “We want the government to consider the following; opening houses of worship. Prayers are among those essential activities a...
USA: Two hairstylists potentially exposed 140 people to coronavirus

USA: Two hairstylists potentially exposed 140 people to coronavirus

INTERNATIONAL
Two Missouri hairstylists potentially exposed 140 clients to coronavirus when they worked for up to eight days this month while symptomatic, health officials said. The Springfield-Greene Health Department announced Saturday that a second hairstylist tested positive for coronavirus, and may have exposed 56 clients at the same Great Clips salon. A day earlier, it had said another hairstylist with coronavirus at the same salon potentially exposed 84 customers and seven coworkers. Both stylists had symptoms while at work, officials said. They did not provide details on the symptoms they had or when they tested positive. The case highlights the dangers of community spread in the United States as businesses reopen after weeks of restrictions to combat the spread of coronavirus. T...
SOUTH AFRICA: HAPPENING IN PARLIAMENT THIS WEEK

SOUTH AFRICA: HAPPENING IN PARLIAMENT THIS WEEK

AFRICA
CAPE TOWN, 25 May 2020 – A virtual lecture to commemorate Africa Day, a briefing on COVID-19 to the Members of the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) and Questions for Oral Reply to the Ministers from two government clusters are among a wide range of key items on the parliamentary agenda this week.     Africa Day marks the anniversary of the formation of the Organisation of African Unity (OAU) on 25 May 1963, now known as African Union (AU). It is intended to celebrate and acknowledge the successes of the continent in the fight against colonialism and apartheid, as well as the progress that Africa has made while reflecting upon the common challenges that the continent face in a global environment. The adopted theme this year by the AU is: “Silencing the Guns: Creating conditions for ...
Islamic University in Uganda donates items  of  new technology worth  Uganda Shillings 31,700,000  to the National Response Fund to  fight the Spread of Covid-19

Islamic University in Uganda donates items of new technology worth Uganda Shillings 31,700,000 to the National Response Fund to fight the Spread of Covid-19

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, Covid 19 Donations, COVID-19, EAST AFRICA, FEATURE STORIES, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, World Health Organization
Kampala, Uganda Following the Covid19 pandemic that has caused fatal setbacks in the implementation of government programs globally and nationally, and in line with the President’s initiative to fight and control the spread of  Covid19, the  Islamic University in Uganda (IUIU) has donated items worth  Uganda Shillings 31,700,000  to the National Response Fund to Covid-19 through the Office of the Prime Minister. The Political head of the National Response Fund to Covid19 and Minister in charge of General Duties Hon. Mary Karooro Okurut second left) tries out washing her hands with the Hands-Free handwashing Machine without touching it while being helped by a student (R) and the Rector IUIU Dr. Ahmad Kawesa Sengendo. Right is the Kampala Campus Director Musa Mato...
Kenya Rugby Union statement on Allan Makaka

Kenya Rugby Union statement on Allan Makaka

Sports
NAIROBI, Kenya, May 24, 2020/ -- The Kenyan Rugby Union has expressed deep sorrow that after learning the passing of Allan Makaka following a traffic accident on Saturday 23 May 2020. Born on 28 June 1982, Allan was a former Kenya Sevens international and was part of the squad that played at the 2005 Rugby World Cup Sevens in Hong Kong and the 2006 Commonwealth Games in Melbourne, Australia. He made a total of 57 appearances on the Sevens World Series,managing 28 tries and is ranked 21st overall amongst Kenya's all time try scorers on the World Series. An alumnus of Mumias Boys Primary School,Musingu High School and the United States International University- Africa, he initially played his club rugby at defunct military side Ulinzi, winning back to back National Sevens Circ...
Uganda: Parliament Passes National Local Content Bill

Uganda: Parliament Passes National Local Content Bill

AFRICA
KAMPALA, PARLIAMENT --- The Local Content Bill, which was tabled before the Parliamentary Finance Committee in 2019 by Kassanda North MP Patrick Nsamba, seeking to impose local content obligations on persons using public money or natural resources or carrying out activities requiring a license, to prioritize Ugandans in Public Procurement, ensure skills and technology transfer and provide for development of local content plans, was finally been passed Friday 22 May 2020. Uganda’s speaker of parliament Hon. Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga confirmed the development through her ‘Facebook page’ post when she posted thus; “Parliament has passed the National Local Content Bill, 2019 which prioritizes Ugandan citizens and companies in Procurement. As a way of creating employment, protecting our ...