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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...
Madhvani  donates a powerful brand new double cabin pick in the efforts to fight Covid19 in Uganda

Madhvani donates a powerful brand new double cabin pick in the efforts to fight Covid19 in Uganda

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, Covid 19 Donations, COVID-19, EAST AFRICA, FEATURE STORIES, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, WORLD
The brand new double cabin pick up that the Madhvani group donated. It was packed with an assortment of essential human items. Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates. 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 enemy, Mary Karooro Okurut, Uganda's Prime Minister Rt Hon,Dr Ruhakana Rugunda,the Political head overseeing the National Response Fund to Covid19 and Minister of General Duties, Hon Karooro Okurut have received a donation of a brand new vehicle with an assortment of goods to the national response fund to Covid19 and the donation was warmly received by the prime minister Dr.Ruhakana Rugunda  worth over 250M/=. Mary Karo...
U.S. Government Provides USD 15 Million to Uganda’s COVID-19 Response

U.S. Government Provides USD 15 Million to Uganda’s COVID-19 Response

AFRICA, AMERICA, CORONAVIRUS, Covid 19 Donations, EAST AFRICA, HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, UGANDA, united states of america, USA
Kampala, May 22, 2020 – On May 20, Secretary of State Pompeo announced that the American people made a commitment of an additional USD 162 million for the global COVID-19 response, bringing the total to date to more than USD 1 billion since the outbreak began. The U.S. Mission in Uganda has provided both technical assistance and more than USD 15 million (UGX 56 Billion) 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 the COVID-19 response as well as to assist the broader health sector in continuing its regular service delivery with the goal of enabling Uganda’s overall health system to maintain stability despite the challenges of COVID-19. For decades, the U.S. Mission has i...
Coronavirus Lockdown – Uganda: University female student dies in boyfriend’s home while trying to abort

Coronavirus Lockdown – Uganda: University female student dies in boyfriend’s home while trying to abort

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, INTERNATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, UGANDA
KAMPALA --- A university student of the International Paramedics Institute on Masaka Road has died at her boyfriend’s home after failing to return home ahead of the COVID-19 lockdown. The student identified as Claire Natukunda, died in Maganjo, at her boyfriend’s house identified as Junju. She was reportedly two months pregnant. Natukunda who had been released from medical school after its closure due to the lockdown, was rushed to a clinic in Lugooba village, Kawempe Division in Kampala in an unresponsive state yesterday evening. The late Claire Natukunda The Kampala Metropolitan Police deputy spokesman, Mr Luke Owoyesigyire, said the medical officers who examined her found that she had passed away before being admitted and informed the police. “The man, who brou...
Coronavirus – Uganda: Bobi Wine and Speaker Kadaga disagree with Museveni on Nytil COVID-19 Masks

Coronavirus – Uganda: Bobi Wine and Speaker Kadaga disagree with Museveni on Nytil COVID-19 Masks

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, EAST AFRICA, HEALTH, Politics, UGANDA, Ugandan Parliamanet
PARLIAMENT, UGANDA --- The Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga and Kyadondo East Member of Parliament Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine, have both sharply disagreed with President Yoweri Museveni’s directive to Ugandans to wear masks made by Nytil, because it is the only factory that manufactures the approved  standard of masks. During his 14th National Address on COVID-19 held on Monday evening, Museveni directed that Ugandans aged 6 years and above must wear face masks when in public places and at all times, as a way of preventing the spread on Coronavirus. He however noted that with time all the other locally made  masks will phased out and all Ugandans will be required to wear masks made by Nytil and that they will be  distributed to Ugandans free of charge dur...
Coronavirus – Kenya: The Cabinet secretary for Health Mutahi Kagwe receives mobile labs equipped with modern equipment

Coronavirus – Kenya: The Cabinet secretary for Health Mutahi Kagwe receives mobile labs equipped with modern equipment

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, EAST AFRICA, KENYA, Nairobi
The Labs are capable to support 2,000 tests per day The Cabinet secretary for Health Mutahi Kagwe yesterday received mobile labs equipped with modern equipment including PCR and ELISA machines that are able to diagnose most pathogens causing communicable diseases such as Ebola and COVID 19. The Labs are capable to support 2,000 tests per day. The Labs will complement existing laboratory network in the country. One lab will be stationed in Namanga at the Kenya Tanzania border while the other one will be at Naivasha dry port. The donation was made by the Government of the Federal Republic of Germany, through the Germany Development Bank and the Bernardt Nocht Institute of Tropical Medicine. The Ministry of East Africa Community (EAC) coordinated the project The handover event ...
Game Stores donates 25 pieces of camping tents (valued at 25Million Ugx) to fight Covid19 in Uganda

Game Stores donates 25 pieces of camping tents (valued at 25Million Ugx) to fight Covid19 in Uganda

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, Covid 19 Donations, COVID-19, EAST AFRICA, INTERNATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, World Health Organization
Kampala, Uganda Following the Covid19 pandemic that has caused fatal setbacks in implementation of government programs globally and nationally, and in line with the President’s initiative to fight and control the enemy, Hon. Mary Karooro-Okurut, Minister of General Duties, OPM, Political oversight of the National Response Fund to Covid19, (L) Frederick Olwit, the Game Stores' Store Manager, (Game) and the Secretary and Treasurer to the Fund Mrs Kisaka Dorothy. .Photo by Ronald Kabuubi KMA Updates. Mary Karooro Okurut, the Political head overseeing the National Response Fund to Covid19 and Minister of General Duties, Hon Karooro Okurut has received 25 pieces of camping tents (valued at 25Million Ugx) from Frederick Olwit, the Game Stores' Store Manager, which donation goes towards...
Uganda: Speaker Kadaga gifts Muslim fraternity at Parliament

Uganda: Speaker Kadaga gifts Muslim fraternity at Parliament

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, INTERNATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, Ramadan, RELIGION, UGANDA, Ugandan Parliamanet
Kampala --- As the Muslim fraternity prepares to celebrate Eid Al- Fitr over the weekend, the Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga has called on Muslims to continue praising and worshiping Allah during the remaining days of the Holy month of Ramadan.  She said that fasting in the Quran are the two intercessors for the servants of Allah on the days of resurrection. “Your fasting will give an opportunity for intercessions on your behalf so that your messages reach the Almighty Allah,” she said.Kadaga said this while handing over gift hampers to the Muslim staff of Parliament and journalists under the Uganda Parliamentary Press Association on 20 May 2020.She said that due to the coronavirus pandemic, Parliament cannot hold the annual Iftr dinner.  “Ramadan cannot be celebrated but the sa...
Blogger Ashburg Reveals Why He Dumped Bobi Wine And People Power, Vows Never To Look Back

Blogger Ashburg Reveals Why He Dumped Bobi Wine And People Power, Vows Never To Look Back

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, Politics, UGANDA
KAMPALA - UGANDA: Social media is awash with photos of renown People Power blogger, Ashburg Katto standing next to the Fountain of Honor, Gen. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni. Ashburg who has for so long worked for Bobi Wine and has even a People Power tatoo on his right hand, but now its very clear he crossed to NRM. Apparently, he met with Sevo on 4th of March this year courtesy of city events mogul and renown Yellow bus passenger, Balaam Barugahara. It is alleged that of course the controversial blogger was given an eye-watering amount of dime worth considering, leaving him with no other choice and boom! Now he says everything is all clear for him after meeting Sevo. “MBASOOSE OKWAMBALA ENGULE “. According to him, decided to join the ‘winning team’ because his former boss is...
Coronavirus – Kenya: EU boosts Kenya National Commission on Human Rights’ (KNCHR) fight against human rights violations

Coronavirus – Kenya: EU boosts Kenya National Commission on Human Rights’ (KNCHR) fight against human rights violations

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, EAST AFRICA, EUROPE, EUROPEAN UNION, KENYA
On 20th May 2030, the EU delivered an urgent support packet of Ksh 52.2 million (EUR 450 000) to the Kenya National Commission on Human Rights to boost its efforts to counter human rights abuses during the COVID-19 pandemic. This partnership will allow the KNCHR to take up urgent public interest litigation cases that benefit the vulnerable and marginalised members of society in particular. It will also facilitate enhanced public education and awareness programmes through community radio stations and social media campaigns encouraging citizens to report violations. It will enhance technology infrastructure that will enable the KNCHR receive information and analyse it at the click of a button through systems specifically adapted for the COVID-19 pandemic. At the launch of the event, t...
Kagame appoints son on Rwanda Development Board

Kagame appoints son on Rwanda Development Board

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, RWANDA
KIGALI - RWANDA/---- Controversy has arisen in Rwanda after President Paul Kagame appointed his First Son, Ivan Cyomoro Kagame, 30, as board member of the Rwanda Development Board (RDB). His appointment was announced after a cabinet meeting that was convened on Monday May 18. Currently, the complete RDB Board of Directors includes; Itzhak Fisher (Chairman), Evelyn Kamagaju (Vice Chairman), Alice Nkulikiyinka (member), Diane Karusisi (member) Ivan Kagame (member), Eric Kacou (member), Solange Uwituze (member), Liban Soleman Abdi (member) and Faith Keza (member). RDB was set up in 2008 by bringing together all the government agencies responsible for the entire investor experience under one roof. Analysts however contend that it is now time for the First Son to have his first gli...
Floods – Uganda: People Power Movement donates Shs13.5 million to Kasese flood victims

Floods – Uganda: People Power Movement donates Shs13.5 million to Kasese flood victims

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, INTERNATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, Politics, UGANDA
Bobi Wine through his people power movement handed over a contribution of 13,500,000/= (Thirteen Million, Five Hundred Thousand Shillings) to Hon. Winnie Kiiza to assist sisters and brothers who are affected by flooding in Kasese district. "This money was contributed by ourselves as well as comrades in Uganda and abroad. I am very grateful to all of you who have responded to our call and made contributions to this noble cause. To you comrades in Kasese District, we stand with you and pray for you", said Bobi Wine. People Power Movement leader Kyagulanyi Sentamu 'Bobi Wine's addressing the press while Hon. Winnie Kiira looks on Kasese District was affected so bad by the recent floods that left thousands of people homeless, it destroyed property and others lost their lives. "We ...
Kenyans Praise President Uhuru For Appointing Hon. Raila To lead Economic Recovery Team

Kenyans Praise President Uhuru For Appointing Hon. Raila To lead Economic Recovery Team

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, KENYA, Nairobi
NAIROBI - KENYA: ODM leader Raila Odinga has been appointed by President Uhuru Kenyatta to lead the country’s economic recovery in new changes expected. The outfit to be headed by Raila will be called the Multi-Agency Economic Recovery Team. It will be directly answerable to the President. Theagency could also bring together eminent political leaders. Multiple interviews with Raila’s close allies indicate that it is just a matter of time before his role is made public. This comes as president Uhuru is in process of reshuffling his Cabinet Secretaries. These could see several ODM Members to get slots as the President distance himself far from his DP William Ruto. These new responsibilities created by President Uhuru Kenyatta for Hon Raila Amolo has raised mixed reactions from Keny...
TSAVO Oilfield Services endorses Equal by 30 Campaign

TSAVO Oilfield Services endorses Equal by 30 Campaign

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, KENYA, OIL
NAIROBI, Kenya -- In yet another bold move, TSAVO Oilfield Services (TSAVO) becomes a signatory of the Equal by 30campaign, alongside 7 key partners across the African continent, including the African Energy Chamber. “My name is Eng. Elizabeth Rogo, an African woman and the Founder & CEO of TSAVO Oilfield Services as well as the President – East Africa, for the African Energy Chamber. It fills me with great joy to join and support theEqual by 30 campaign. I know too well just how vital a role women can play in the energy sector, when they seize opportunities and create them, as I have been able to do. I want more women to become involved and to show the next generation that the sky is the limit! Women are incredibly bright and resourceful – I’ve seen that time and again throug...
Coronavirus – Kenya: World Bank Approves $1 Billion Financing for Kenya, to Address COVID-19 Financing Gap and Support Kenya’s Economy

Coronavirus – Kenya: World Bank Approves $1 Billion Financing for Kenya, to Address COVID-19 Financing Gap and Support Kenya’s Economy

AFRICA, Banking, CORONAVIRUS, Covid 19 Donations, EAST AFRICA, HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, KENYA
The World Bank Board of Directors on 20th May 2020 approved a $1 billion budget support operation for Kenya, which helps close the fiscal financing gap, while supporting reforms that help advance the government’s inclusive growth agenda, including in affordable housing and support to farmers’ incomes. The Kenya Inclusive Growth and Fiscal Management Development Policy Financing (DPF), is the second of a two-operation programmatic series aimed at recreating fiscal buffers over the medium term and crowding in private investment. Preparation of this DPF preceded the COVID-19 pandemic, but its approval is timely, since it will help to fill the financing gap generated by the severe, ongoing shock to Kenya’s economy. The DPF thus complements the recently approved Kenya Covid-19 Emergency Res...
Floods – Uganda: Museveni in Kasese to assess impact of floods

Floods – Uganda: Museveni in Kasese to assess impact of floods

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, INTERNATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, UGANDA
Kasese --- President Museveni arrived in Kasese yesterday to assess the impact of the recent spate of the floods that hit the district. President Yoweri Museveni was touring what was left of Kilembe Mines Hospital in Kasese after flash floods washed away buildings, depositing sand and huge boulders on its angry wake downstream, according to the Presidential Press Secretary, Linda Nabusayi statement in a tweet. The president is also expected to meet local leaders in a bid to find a lasting solution to the problem. The situation in Kasese over two weeks ago turned worse when rivers Nyamwamba in Kasese town, Mubuku and Nyamughasana burst their banks to spill water into the nearby communities whereas rolling stones were also on the move on the slopes of Mountain Rwenzori due to ...
Coronavirus: Kenya scales up testing to combat COVID-19

Coronavirus: Kenya scales up testing to combat COVID-19

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, EAST AFRICA, HEALTH, KENYA, Nairobi
NAIROBI, Kenya -- The Cabinet Secretary for Health, Mutahi Kagwe yesterday confirmed 51 new positive cases of Covid – 19 in the last 24 hours, from a sample of 1,933 bringing the total number to 963. “We have also discharged 22 patients bringing the number of total recoveries to 358, while the death toll still remains at 50,” the CS said when he gave the country’s status report during the daily media briefing at Afya House. Out of the confirmed cases 19 are female while 32 are male, both aged between 2 years and 63 years. “We are committed to fighting this pandemic before it overruns our system, the CS noted after outlining strategies the ministry is undertaking to control the pandemic. The Cabinet Secretary for Health, Mutahi Kagwe Among the strategies the Ministry is impl...
Coronavirus – Uganda: Eddy Kenzo to be repatriated from Ivory Coast

Coronavirus – Uganda: Eddy Kenzo to be repatriated from Ivory Coast

AFRICA, African stars, celebrity, CELEBRITY GOSSIP, CORONAVIRUS, EAST AFRICA, INTERNATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, IVORY COAST, Travel, UGANDA
Kampala --- The Ugandan Government has started the process of repatriating superstar Eddy Kenzo. The celebrated Ugandan musician has been stranded in Ivory Coast for months and now government with the help of businessman Balaam Barugahara.This comes after the Minister of Foreign Affairs Hon. Sam Kahamba Kuteesa authorised the repartriation of more Ugandans who have been stranded abroad due to Covid-19. Eddy Kenzie performing at his VIP sshow at Serena Hotel last year The first repartriated Ugandans landed in the country on Monday aboard Ethiopian Airlines.Once Kenzo is brought back, he will be quarantined for 14 days.Legislators early this month renewed calls for repatriation of Ugandans stranded abroad following the outbreak of Covid-19.Hon. Anna Adeke Ebaju (Indep., National Fe...
Coronavirus – East Africa: Red Cross raises the alarm over a “triple menace” of floods, COVID-19 and locusts

Coronavirus – East Africa: Red Cross raises the alarm over a “triple menace” of floods, COVID-19 and locusts

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA
A series of mutually exacerbating disasters is unfolding in East Africa, on a scale rarely seen in decades, warned the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC). Ongoing heavy rain—which has killed nearly 300 and displaced about 500,000 people—has slowed down operations aimed at controlling the worst locust crisis in decades and increased the risk of the spread of COVID-19. Dr Simon Missiri, IFRC’s Regional Director for Africa said: “The ongoing flooding crisis is exacerbating other threats caused by COVID-19 and the invasion of locusts. Travel and movement restrictions meant to slow down the spread of COVID-19 are hampering efforts to combat swarms of locusts that are ravaging crops. Flooding is also a ‘threat amplifier’ with regards to the spread o...
Uganda: NSSF loses tax case, ordered to pay Shs42b to URA

Uganda: NSSF loses tax case, ordered to pay Shs42b to URA

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, UGANDA
KAMPALA --- The Tax Appeals Tribunal (TAT) has ordered the National Social Security Fund (NSSF) to pay Shs42b to Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) over failure to pay tax in time. In the decision delivered on Monday, a coram of three members ordered NSSF to pay the principal tax of Shs30,521,703,065 which was due and a penal interest of Shs12,196,879,941. A coram of three members of TAT comprising Dr Asa Mugenyi, Mr Siraji Ali, and Mr George Mugerwa, dismissed the tax case in which NSSF was challenging the Shs42b corporation tax assessment issued by the tax authority for seven years. The three-member panel also condemned NSSF to legal costs incurred by URA in the case. TAT ruled that the interest payable to NSSF is not a deductible allowance under the Income Tax Act and that NSSF...