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BUSINESS: Exploit potential of Lake Victoria for marine tourism

BUSINESS: Exploit potential of Lake Victoria for marine tourism

AFRICA, Business, UGANDA
“The amount of nature that is available is reducing. But the number of people looking for nature is increasing; so it is important we conserve our lakes and take advantage of them, including rivers,” tour operator and guide, Amos Wekesa, also the director of Great Lakes Safaris Limited, observes. Three years ago, Olivier Van Pee sat his family down to tell them about the potential they could exploit in the marine industry in Uganda, on Lake Victoria - Africa’s biggest fresh water body in Africa. His family is seasoned in the transport business under Nyanza Evergreen Waterways, running MV Vanessa and MV Nathalie active in transportation of people and cargo on Lake Victoria as well as barge/ferries operated on Lake Albert. Wekesa’s tour company operates a 65-seater luxu...
UGANDA: MP Ssekikubo vows to stage demo over delayed cattle vaccination.

UGANDA: MP Ssekikubo vows to stage demo over delayed cattle vaccination.

AFRICA, HEALTH, UGANDA
Lwemiyaga County MP Theodore Ssekikubo and a section of livestock farmers in Sembabule District have given government one week ultimatum to carry out mass vaccination against Foot –and –Mouth Disease (FMD) in the area threatening to stage a demonstration.Sembabule District, like many other cattle corridor districts has been under quarantine since last year, something that has crippled the livelihoods of residents in the district who are predominantly cattle keepers. According to Mr Ssekikubo, State Minister for Animal Husbandry, Mr Bright Rwamirama on January 16 promised livestock farmers in the district that government would vaccinate their animals in two weeks but this is yet to be done.“The two weeks promised by the Minister have already elapsed and there is nothing like ...
UGANDA: Electoral Commission clears Bobi Wine for the presidential post, 21 others to start consultation.

UGANDA: Electoral Commission clears Bobi Wine for the presidential post, 21 others to start consultation.

AFRICA, ELECTIONS, UGANDA
The Electoral Commission (EC) as cleared People Power founder Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine to go ahead with his planned consultation meetings as soon as the Uganda Police gives the green light. The announcement was made by the EC chairperson, Simon Byabakama in a press briefing to journalists on Tuesday morning. Bobi Wine is among 20 other presidential hopefuls who have been cleared for the consultation exercise. Among those cleared include; Former presidential aspirant Elton Joseph Mbairizi, Apostle Ben Israel Sseninde, Timothy Mugerwa, Bob Paul Akileng, Steven Kaweesa, and Ambrose Kyomukama. Also cleared are: Joseph Mwambazi, John Herbert Nkangabwa, Fred Mwesigye, Tunawooza Makoma, Charles Mutaasa Kafeero, and Dr. Moses Amin. “Many people are still coming in,...
EAST AFRICA: Experts warn Ugandans about ‘Locusts’.

EAST AFRICA: Experts warn Ugandans about ‘Locusts’.

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, FEATURE STORIES, locusts, UGANDA
The state Minister for Animal Industry Mr. Bright Rwamirama has noted that the locusts have been laying eggs and should the latest eggs hatch, Uganda may be faced with an outbreak. The minister made the remarks on February 18, while he was addressing the press at the Uganda Media Center in Kampala. According to Rwamirama, the swarms of locusts continue to spread to other districts in the region and laying of eggs is expected to continue while other locust swarms are still invading Uganda from Kenya. “It is worth noting that a female locust lays at least 300eggs in one sitting and will lay eggs three times in its lifecycle,” he said. Rwamirama said that the existing locusts have not caused significant damage to vegetation cover however, there’s is an imminent threat to f...
UGANDA: Ghetto Kids recieve  there UGX100M debt from Parliament.

UGANDA: Ghetto Kids recieve there UGX100M debt from Parliament.

AFRICA, FEATURE STORIES, UGANDA
Members of Parliament have honoured their shs100 million pledge to rescue the Uganda dance group, the Triplets Ghetto Kids from being evicted from a home which they had failed to fully pay up for. MPs who in December 2019 pledged to each contribute shs250,000 towards the cause raised over shs114 million that will clear the outstanding debt on the house and support the dance group. “The shs100 million will be paid to the landlord while shs14.25 million will go to the kids to support them in school and performances,” the Clerk to Parliament, Jane Kibirige said. While handing over the dummy cheque to the Ghetto kids at Parliament on Tuesday, 18 February 2020, the Speaker Rebecca Kadaga thanked the MPs for adhering to the cause saying it was a worthwhile venture owing to th...
FEATURE STORIES: Uganda Red Cross and  Coca-Cola give a hand to displaced families in Bundibugyo.

FEATURE STORIES: Uganda Red Cross and Coca-Cola give a hand to displaced families in Bundibugyo.

AFRICA, FEATURE STORIES, UGANDA
The Coca-Cola Company, through Coca-Cola Beverages Africa in Uganda has contributed 580 kits of Non-Food Relief Items towards the Bundibugyo floods affected families. The kits have been extended to the communities through the Uganda Red Cross Society, the humanitarian agency mandated by the Government to support the internally displaced communities in December 2019. This followed a heavy downpour between 6th and 7th December which devasted the entire district. A total of 1,152 households composed of 6,768 individuals were affected, 18 bodies retrieved, and left many homeless. Over 800 households became displaced and occupied churches and nearby school buildings, while others coped through their extended family members in safer communities. The Government gazetted Semulik...
EAST AFRICA: Uganda frees  13 more Rwandese nationals.

EAST AFRICA: Uganda frees 13 more Rwandese nationals.

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, FEATURE STORIES, RWANDA, UGANDA
The Ugandan government has released another set of Rwandan nationals who have been in custody since their arrest last year over various crimes. On Tuesday afternoon, the Foreign Affairs Minister, Sam Kutesa presided over the handover of 13 people to Noel Mucyo, the First Counsellor at Rwanda’s High Commission in Uganda to make it 24 people who have been released and handed over to Rwanda this year. Speaking at the function, Kutesa said this was part of the Kampala establishment’s efforts to normalize tensions with their brotherly neighbours which have not been at their best for the past two or so years. “The withdrawal of the charges from these people does not in any way suggest that they are innocent . It is simply done for government to facilitate the peace pro...
AFRICA:Cameroon army explains massacre in Anglophone region

AFRICA:Cameroon army explains massacre in Anglophone region

AFRICA, cameroon, FEATURE STORIES
Opposition parties had accused the army of orchestrating a massacre, but army spokesman Colonel Cyrille Atonfack Guemo described the allegations as “duplicitous”. The United Nations said up to 22 civilians, 14 of them children, died in Friday’s incident, which happened in in the village of Ntumbo in Cameroon’s Northwest Region, one of two English-speaking regions that have been grappling with separatist violence since October 2017. The army’s explanation An army investigation, he said, found that the deaths happened after fuel was set ablaze during a gunfight with anglophone separatists. Five civilians, a woman and four children, died, and “seven terrorists” were “neutralised”, Atonfack told AFP in Libreville by phone. More than 3,000 people have died and at least 700...
Breaking: Kenyan ambassador to South Sudan Chris Karumba collapses, dies.

Breaking: Kenyan ambassador to South Sudan Chris Karumba collapses, dies.

AFRICA, KENYA, SOUTH SUDAN
Kenya's Ambassador to South Sudan, Chris Karumba Mburu, is dead.Mburu, a former director at the National Intelligence Service (NIS), collapsed and died at his residence in the capital Juba on Sunday, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs says. In his condolence message, President Uhuru Kenyatta described the late Mburu as a distinguished career public servant and a great Kenyan diplomat who was committed to building strong bilateral ties between Nairobi and Juba.“Death has robbed us of a great public servant who served his country with distinction. Since his appointment as our envoy to Juba, Ambassador Mburu has worked hard to ensure free flow of trade and investment between Kenya and South Sudan,” the President wrote.The official cause of death had not been established by the time...
UGANDA: NRM puts in motion ’10-point plan’ for free and fair elections – Justine Lumumba.

UGANDA: NRM puts in motion ’10-point plan’ for free and fair elections – Justine Lumumba.

2021 ELECTIONS, AFRICA, ELECTIONS, UGANDA
In a renewed bid to commit to democratic ideals and transparency in handling elections, the National Resistance Movement (NRM), of which I am the chief administrator, has come up with a ten point plan for free and fair internal elections. This move is aimed at averting fallouts, anger and antagonism arising out of questionable party primaries which motivate the aggrieved to go independent or to work with our opponents to the disadvantage of official party candidates. The most significant measure instituted is queuing (lining up) behind candidates. This method will be employed at all electoral levels (Parliamentary, Local Councils and special structures elections); if necessary, even in choosing a Presidential flag bearer. That is how resolute we are on this new modus operandi...
UGANDA:  Fire burns Hoima Police barracks, aminition gets destroyed.

UGANDA: Fire burns Hoima Police barracks, aminition gets destroyed.

AFRICA, FEATURE STORIES, UGANDA
The incident according to police happened at around 2 am when a fire broke out in the house of Constable Simon Peter Odongkara on Monday as everyone slept. A number of items including two SMG rifles with 90 rounds of ammunition were burnt and these belonged to Odongkara and Boniface Ojuka Omara a colleague, with whom they shared the house. Four pairs of Field Force Unit uniforms, five pairs of police gumboots, two pairs of ponjos , warm suits, warrant card, national IDs and metallic baton were also burnt in the fire. However, according to Julius Hakiza, the Albertine region Police spokesperson, preliminary investigations pointed out to a mobile phone that had been left charging in the house as everyone slept. Past incidents In 2017, property worth millions of shi...
TANZANIA: U.S. Embassy graduates English Language Program in Tanga and Unguja

TANZANIA: U.S. Embassy graduates English Language Program in Tanga and Unguja

AFRICA, AMERICA, EDUCATION, FEATURE STORIES, TANZANIA
During the graduation ceremony, Regional English Language Officer, George M. Chinnery commended the Access Program students for their dedicationDAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania, February 17, 2020/ -- On February 15 and 16, 2020, the U.S. Embassy in Tanzania awarded graduation certificates to the 47 students of the U.S. Embassy’s English ‘Access’ Microscholarship Program in Tanga (13 female and 12 male) and Unguja – Zanzibar (12 female and 10 male). These students successfully completed their two-year biweekly after-school English classes, focusing on English language, community development, and civic engagement.  The U.S. Embassy supports four additional Access classes throughout Tanzania –in Mbeya, Lindi, Mwanza, and Pemba. In early April 2020, the Embassy will open additional cla...
CRIME: Troubled Ex-lover burns woman in the house – Uganda.

CRIME: Troubled Ex-lover burns woman in the house – Uganda.

AFRICA, CRIME, UGANDA
A sixty year old man is on the run in Namisindwa district after killing his former lover and setting her body on fire. Police is searching for Ronald Mapamba (60) who is suspected to have killed Betty Mutuwa (53) after she scorned his affections and left his house. Mapamba is a resident of Mikhama village, Busambatasa II parish, Buwabwala sub county in Namisindwa district. Mapamba is suspected to have committed the offense on Friday, February 14, 2020 at around 11am. Residents realized something was amiss after fire started billowing from the house Mutuwa shared with her parents. Mutuwa had moved back home after ending her relationship with Mapamba. Mapamba had repeatedly accused Mutuwa of cheating on him with several men. Mutuwa denied this and instead accused Mapamba...
UGANDA: Minister Rukutana warns ‘idle Ugandans’ over social media misuse

UGANDA: Minister Rukutana warns ‘idle Ugandans’ over social media misuse

AFRICA, FEATURE STORIES, UGANDA
Minister of State for Labour, Mr Mwesigwa Rukutana has warned ‘idle youths’ against what he described as increased tendencies of misuse of Social media platforms by posting hate and sectarian information aimed at frustrating government projects.According to the minister who is also the MP Rushenyi County, social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter and Instagram were designed to help people keep up with friends, unite those with distinct ideas and help government where there are some loopholes. However, social media users in Uganda have a tendency of spreading propaganda and sensational information, according to Mr Rukutana.He said this had fueled cyber bullying and amplified social divisions among citizens."It is unfortunate that some youths have opted to use social media...
AFRICA: 2020 Anzisha Prize Applications launch with 10th Year Celebrations

AFRICA: 2020 Anzisha Prize Applications launch with 10th Year Celebrations

AFRICA, FEATURE STORIES
Every year, the prize celebrates 20 African entrepreneurs, aged 22 years and younger, each of whom have a chance to win a shared prize of US$100,000JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, February 17, 2020/ -- Today, the Anzisha Prize–Africa’s premier award and fellowship for Africa’s youngest entrepreneurs (AnzishaPrize.org) – is excited to announce that the 2020 call for applications is now open.  Every year, the prize celebrates 20 African entrepreneurs, aged 22 years and younger, each of whom have a chance to win a shared prize of US$100,000. The grand prize winner receives US$25,000, the 1st runner-up US$15,000, and 2nd runner-up US$12,500. Every finalist receives US$2,500.In addition to the cash prize, selected entrepreneurs will join 120 previous winners and become Anzisha Fello...
UGANDA: President Museveni summons NRM Caucus over new school curriculum, Tumwine censure

UGANDA: President Museveni summons NRM Caucus over new school curriculum, Tumwine censure

AFRICA, EDUCATION, FEATURE STORIES, UGANDA
President Yoweri Museveni is on Monday, February 17, set to hold a meeting with the NRM Parliamentary Caucus, which party insiders say is centred on resolving the stalemate between the Executive and the Legislature over the new lower secondary school curriculum. Also on the agenda is a discussion over the fate of Security minister Elly Tumwiine who is facing censure. The meeting was called by government chief whip Ruth Nankabirwa at the weekend. Over the last two weeks, there have been disagreements between the Executive and the Legislature over the new secondary curriculum. Parliament had earlier halted the implementation of the new curriculum, citing lack of preparedness, only for Cabinet to approve it last week. As a result, Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga last Thur...
CRIME: Man threatens to sue the IGP over Police failure to investigate shooting of  his colleague.

CRIME: Man threatens to sue the IGP over Police failure to investigate shooting of his colleague.

AFRICA, CRIME, UGANDA
In a February 14 letter to Ochola and copied to the CID Director, KMP commandant and the Internal Affairs Ministry, Owen Kibirige says on the fateful day on January 4, 2020, while working as porters and mansions on a building at Kito-Kira , Kira Municipality in Wakiso district gunshots were fired aimlessly at them. “Gunshots were fired at whoever was nearby and in the process, Byaka Ashraf was shot dead and scores serious injured/maimed including myself after being shot in the leg and groin,”Kibirige says in his letter of intention to sue through his lawyers of Kikomeko, Kayiira and Company Advocates. Kibirige says that the information they got was that the operation was carried out by private guards from Start Corps Security, 7GS security and another group of “goons” in ...
Dr Simon Kagugube is dead

Dr Simon Kagugube is dead

AFRICA, Business, FEATURE STORIES, INTERNATIONAL
KAMPALA,Uganda Dr Simon Kagugube The corporate world continues to mourn the passing of Dr Simon Kagugube. Kagugube, 64, who was the Executive Director of Centenary Bank, board chairman of Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) and Nation Media Group-Uganda, among others, died at the weekend. According to the family, Kagugube’s requiem mass will be held on Monday at St Charles Lwanga Ntinda starting at 10am and burial will take place at Mawagga, Mityana District on Tuesday. For a career spanning over three decades, Kagugube touched the lives of many people, especially in the corporate world.He would even sing and dance in Public. He was the most active and supportive member of the Bar. He was approachable, jolly and committed to the Society’s Goals and Vision. May the good Lord r...
Uganda’s world 10,000m champion Joshua Cheptegei -World Record Monaco 5kmHerculis – 12:51

Uganda’s world 10,000m champion Joshua Cheptegei -World Record Monaco 5kmHerculis – 12:51

AFRICA, Sports
Pending ratification, Cheptegei’s winning performance broke the previous world record of 13:18 set by Rhonex Kipruto en route to his 10K world record in Valencia on January 12, according to World Athletics. “Wow, this is really great,” Chepetegei told World Athletics. “I had sub-13 minutes on my mind today, so when my legs felt good during the race I decided to really go for it. To take this many seconds off the record makes me very happy and is a great first test for me in an important season.”The Country’s young man is unstoppable.He looks like he still has a lot of competitions to win. has broken the 5km road world record by 27 seconds in Monaco. The 23-year-old ran 12 minutes 51 seconds to smash the previous record, set by Kenya's Rhonex Kipruto en route to victory at January's...
Museveni to Nordic envoys, “No future for Africa without integration”

Museveni to Nordic envoys, “No future for Africa without integration”

AFRICA, ECONOMY, FEATURE STORIES
ENTEBBE, STATE HOUSE: Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni has told a delegation of Ambassadors from Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Iceland (NORDIC) who are accredited to Uganda, that without the East African integration we have got no future. President Museveni poses for a photo with Nordic ambassadors (Denmark, Iceland, Norway and Sweden) in Uganda after a meeting at State House Entebbe on Friday Feb 14. Also in the picture are several ministers. The President was speaking at a meeting held yesterday at State House, Entebbe when he received and met the delegation of 4 NORDIC envoys resident in Uganda including Ambassadors Elin Østebø Johansen of Norway, Per Lindgarde of Sweden, Nicolaj Hejberg Petersen of Denmark and Unnur Orradottir Ramette of Iceland. During this year’s ann...