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Two boxes containing pre-ticked ballot papers found in Mayuge District

Two boxes containing pre-ticked ballot papers found in Mayuge District

AFRICA, CRIME, EAST AFRICA, POLITICS, UGANDA
Two boxes containing pre-ticked ballot papers have been seized by police in Mayuge District. The boxes were found St Mulumba polling station in Mayuge Town Council and at Kabukye polling station in Bukatube Sub-county. Busoga Region Election Officer, Mr Emmanuel Masiko confirmed the seizure of the boxes. He said that the pre-ticked ballot papers were in favour of Mr Omar Bongo, the National Resistance Movement flag bearer, who is the current district chairman.  Reports say that they have been taken to Mayuge Central Police Station. Others in the race are; Mr Robert Kanusu (National Resistance Movement), Mr Peter Okocha Kasolo (National Unity Platform), Mr Frank Nabwiso (Forum for Democratic Change), Mr Ivan Tibenkana (Democratic Party), Mr Julius Zziwa (Independen...
US Mortgage Applications Fall for 1st Time in 3 Weeks

US Mortgage Applications Fall for 1st Time in 3 Weeks

AFRICA, Business, EUROPEAN UNION, INTERNATIONAL, USA, WORLD, World Bank
Mortgage applications in the United States fell 1.9 percent in the week ended January 15th, following two consecutive weeks of increases, data from the Mortgage Bankers Association showed. Applications to refinance a home loan dropped 4.7 percent, but were up 87 percent year-on-year; while those to purchase a home rose 2.7 percent, and were 15 percent higher than a year ago. The average fixed 30-year mortgage rate was up 4 basis point to 2.92 percent last week, the highest level since late November.
Inflation in Malta Remains at 0.2%

Inflation in Malta Remains at 0.2%

AFRICA, Business, EUROPEAN UNION, INTERNATIONAL, WORLD, World Bank
The annual inflation rate in Malta sticked to 0.2 percent in December of 2020, unchanged from the previous month. The largest upward impacts came from food and non-alcoholic beverages (1.2 percent vs 2.6 percent in November), mainly due to higher fruit prices; education (4.8 percent vs 4.8 percent), on higher private school fees; and miscellaneous goods and services (1.4 percent vs 1.8 percent) due to higher prices of hairdressing services. Downward pressure came from prices of clothing & footwear (-3.9 percent vs -5 percent); transport (-0.9 percent vs -1.1 percent); and furnishings (-0.7 percent vs -1.6 percent). On a monthly basis, consumer prices declined 0.3 percent, following a 3.4 percent fall in November, amidst a balance between restaurants & hotels prices (-2.7 percent) ...
Uganda elections 2021: Falana drags Museveni to UN over Bobi Wine’s detention

Uganda elections 2021: Falana drags Museveni to UN over Bobi Wine’s detention

AFRICA, BREAKING NEWS, EAST AFRICA, Entertainment, EUROPEAN UNION, INTERNATIONAL, UGANDA, UN Human RiGHTS, UN Women, USA, WORLD
Nigerian human rights lawyer Femi Falana files a complaint on behalf of Robert Kyagulanyi Aka.Bobi wine to the UN Working Group on Arbitrary Arrest. Nigerian human rights lawyer Femi Falana Femi Falana is challenging the continued illegal confinement of Robert Kyagulanyi Aka.Bobi wine by the Ugandan police and the military!
Philippines Stocks Down 0.7%

Philippines Stocks Down 0.7%

AFRICA, Business, COVID-19, EUROPEAN UNION, HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL, WORLD, World Bank, World Health Organization
The PSE Index lost 48 points or 0.7% to 7,151 in early trade on Wednesday, as investors were cautious about local coronavirus cases, with local governments rushing to set up their respective COVID-19 vaccination centers. Meanwhile, President Rodrigo Duterte will be given the virus vaccine once it becomes available in the Philippines, but he will be vaccinated behind closed doors. Risk sentiment was also dragged by adverse events from virus vaccination centers across the world. California’s health department said several people at a center in San Diego were treated for possible allergic reactions to Moderna's virus vaccine. Meantime, Norway is investigating the deaths of 23 elderly patients who had received the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine. Market participants showed a muted response to reports...
SENSEX Up 0.3%

SENSEX Up 0.3%

AFRICA, Business, EUROPEAN UNION, INTERNATIONAL, USA, WORLD, World Bank
The BSE SENSEX increased 162 points or 0.3% to 49,561 in early trade on Wednesday, ahead of some corporate earnings reports. Market participants were upbeat after US Treasury Secretary nominee Janet Yellen at her confirmation hearing Tuesday pushed for a large fiscal relief aid in response to COVID-19. On the pandemic front, India will start exporting virus vaccines from today, with the first doses going to Bhutan and Maldives. Meantime, there were 13,823 new infections in the last 24 hours in India, taking the total tally to 10.59 million. The technology sector, healthcare, and industrials led the gains. Tech Mahindra and HCL Technologies gained 2.7% and 2.3%, each. In contrast, Tata Communications plunged 6.5% after the government said it would sell its entire 26.12% stake in the compan...
NRM’s Daniel Kazibwe(Ragga Dee) casts his ballot at Kizungu meeting point polling station in Makindye kampala.

NRM’s Daniel Kazibwe(Ragga Dee) casts his ballot at Kizungu meeting point polling station in Makindye kampala.

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, POLITICS, UGANDA
Kazibwe says he has come to perform a facelift of the capital city. Ragga Dee holds the National Resistance Movement (NRM) Kampala Mayoral Flag 2021-2026. Ragga Dee, born Daniel Kazibwe, is a Ugandan musician and politician. He contested for mayor of Kampala in the 2016 general elections. Early life and Music Dee was born in 1968 to George William Kyeyune. He started his music career in 1988. His music is an amalgamation of do reggae, ragga, hip-hop, and Lingala.He was Ragga Artist of the Year at the Pearl of Africa Music Awards in 2004 and 2005 and won best video in 2006. He has 18 albums. He gained fame in the early 1990s with hits like Bamusakata and Mukwano while part of a group called Da Hommies. He has won the Pearl of Africa Music Award for best Ragga artiste of...
Uganda elections 2021:Missing NUP supporter found dead

Uganda elections 2021:Missing NUP supporter found dead

AFRICA, CRIME, EAST AFRICA, POLITICS, UGANDA
Rogers Ssemakula, one of the National Unity Platform-NUP supporters and resident of Kabembe in Kyampisi Sub County in Mukono district who went missing on the eve of the presidential and parliamentary elections has been found dead.  His body was recovered from Kiyunga forest by a team of NUP supporters following days of searching. Ssemakula,’s widow, Zarupha Nampijja says her husband did not return home on the eve of the presidential and parliamentary elections.  According to Nampijja, she had cautioned the deceased against moving at the night during campaigns due to the rampant kidnap of NUP supporters in the area. Asadu Jjemba, a resident of Kabembe says the deceased is among several NUP supporters who were kidnapped by people driving in a white numberless van during in t...
Uganda elections 2021: National Unity Platform (NUP) party flag bearer for the city mayoral position, Naggayi Nabila Ssempala casting her vote at katuuso church of Uganda polling station.

Uganda elections 2021: National Unity Platform (NUP) party flag bearer for the city mayoral position, Naggayi Nabila Ssempala casting her vote at katuuso church of Uganda polling station.

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, POLITICS, UGANDA
The Kampala Central Woman MP Nabilah Naggayi Sempala on the National Unity Platform (NUP) Kampala mayoral candidate. Nabilah Naggayi Sempala is a Ugandan politician. She is the incumbent Member of Parliament representing the Kampala Women Parliamentary Constituency in the 10th Ugandan Parliament (2016 to 2021). Naggayi began her political career as a Councilor in Wakiso District Local Government in 2001, serving in that capacity until 2005. She, with others, including Muhammad Nsereko, the incumbent member of Parliament for Kampala Central Division, established the Social Democratic Party (SDP). She actively campaigned for the re-opening of the political space to multi-party democracy during the 2005 referendum. It was not until the run-up to the 2006 general elections, that she for...
NIKKEI 225 Falls 0.5% on Profit Taking

NIKKEI 225 Falls 0.5% on Profit Taking

AFRICA, Business, EUROPEAN UNION, INTERNATIONAL, WORLD, World Bank
The Nikkei 225 retreated 151 points or 0.5% to 28,482 on Wednesday at around 02:00 PM Tokyo time, amid profit-taking after the index hit a 30-year high recently. At the same time, market participants perceived that US Treasury Secretary nominee Janet Yellen's push for massive spending was not a surprise. Meanwhile, US President Donald Trump, in a farewell address released on Tuesday, wished luck to the new administration even though he did not mention his successor by name. In local news, Japan aims to start vaccinating the public against the coronavirus in May after targeted jabs for the most vulnerable. The government is hoping the majority of adults will be vaccinated by July, when the Olympic Games are due to open. Daiichi Sankyo plunge 3.8%. Meantime, ANA Holdings slumped 3.1% after ...
UGANDA ELECTIONS 2021:  Bobi Wine has killed all my dreams-Chief Whip Nankabirwa

UGANDA ELECTIONS 2021: Bobi Wine has killed all my dreams-Chief Whip Nankabirwa

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, POLITICS, UGANDA
Nankabirwa had turned the Kiboga seat her lifetime job and it is claimed that she could not even allow anyone to rise and challenge her for the slot. She has been the Woman MP for Kiboga District for 26 years un interrupted. The controversial Nankabirwa is remembered for having told the opposition Members of parliament to buy their coffins before trying to block the change of the age limit that later allowed President Museveni to stand for another term. Sources close to her say she is not in perfect shape. The outspoken regime darling is said to be crying since she learnt that she had lost the polls. Her relatives say she has for the past days cursed NUP and its leader Kyagulanyi Ssentamu Robert aka Bobi Wine for killing all her dreams of being the speaker of the next parliament. “She ...