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Uganda is still free of Covid-19, Uganda’s Health Minister assures Ugandans.

Uganda is still free of Covid-19, Uganda’s Health Minister assures Ugandans.

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, EAST AFRICA, HEALTH, UGANDA
Health Minister Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng this morning confirmed the results on her twitter page. “Good to note that samples from seven suspected cases with COVID-19 like symptoms from Kampala and Kanungu districts tested negative for COVID-19,” said  Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng on twitter. The minister continued to insist that to date Uganda has no confirmed case of COVID-19. COVID-19 IS characterized by fever, tiredness, and dry cough, sore throat or diarrhea. In more severe cases, the infection can cause pneumonia, severe acute respiratory syndrome, kidney failure, and even death. Members of the public have been encouraged to always verify information on COVID-19 from authentic sources such as the Health Ministry and the World Health Organisation website in order not to c...
Our players’ health is our first priority, Uganda Cranes head coach promises to comply with Museveni’s executive order

Our players’ health is our first priority, Uganda Cranes head coach promises to comply with Museveni’s executive order

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, EAST AFRICA, HEALTH, Sports, UGANDA
Jonathan McKinstry, the head coach of Uganda cranes has come out to give his view about the president’s executive on Covid-19. On Tuesday, President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni announced that the country had been put under a state of emergency conditions which included banning all gatherings of any nature that exceed 10 people. The Northern Irishman stated that he was in favor of the president’s orders and agreed to work by them for the good of Uganda's football. Jonathan McKinstry being lifted high by the Uganda Cranes players after winning the 2019 CECAFA tournament that was held in Uganda ‘I am coming to you today to talk about unfortunately the worrying pandemic of COVID-19, the Coronavirus. Obviously, everyone is aware of the struggles that are happening all around the world. ...
Ugandan Health Ministry official promises to tighten quarantine measures to all foreigners in the wake of Covid-19

Ugandan Health Ministry official promises to tighten quarantine measures to all foreigners in the wake of Covid-19

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, EAST AFRICA, HEALTH, UGANDA
Entebbe International Airport. Emmanuel Ainebyona, the Spokesperson of the Health Ministry has today revealed that the government has identified alternative hotels that will charge $55 (about Shs210000) per day. The ministry of health officials at the Entebbe International Airport found a hard time with the travelers for the cost of the recommended quarantine hotel. Travelers said officials were ‘forcing’ them to be quarantined at Central Inn in Entebbe charging them about $100 (shs.380,000) Ainebyona said for those who cannot afford that, the Ministry has no solution but only to send them back to wherever they came from. Entebbe international airport "If one is not willing to go under institutional quarantine, they have two options. If they have no money, they can buy a...
Uganda’s Sam Kuteesa hails businessman Sudhir Ruparelia over his appointment as Nepal’s consul in uganda

Uganda’s Sam Kuteesa hails businessman Sudhir Ruparelia over his appointment as Nepal’s consul in uganda

AFRICA, celebrity, CELEBRITY GOSSIP, EAST AFRICA, INTERNATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, Politics, UGANDA
Tycoon Sudhir Ruparelia the new Consul of the Federal Democratic Republic of Nepal to Uganda has on Tuesday March 17, 2020 presented his credentials to the Minister of Foreign Affairs Sam Kutesa at his offices in Kampala. The businessman was accompanied by Nepalis residents and Ambassador Jhabindra Aryal in Uganda as he becomes the South Asian nation’s first ever Consul to Uganda. Foreign Affairs minister Sam Kutesa yesterday said the consulate will boost bilateral relations between the two countries, and called for efforts to promote Uganda’s tourism sector. Mr Kutesa acknowledged the appointment of Mr Ruparelia and pledged to support him. Speaking at the opening of the consulate office at the Crane Chambers in Kampala, Mr Ruparelia promised to promote the bilateral trade b...
Uganda Airlines suspends flights over Covid-19

Uganda Airlines suspends flights over Covid-19

AFRICA, Business, CORONAVIRUS, EAST AFRICA, ECONOMY, HEALTH, TECHNOLOGY, UGANDA
Uganda Airlines has announced plans to suspend flights to Mogadishu, Kilimanjaro, Mombasa, Zanzibar and Nairobi due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. “Following the spread of COVID-19 and the control measures put in place by various countries to contain its spread; in compliance with health and safety guidelines, operational requirements and regulatory obligations, we wish to communicate changes to flight operations,” reads a statement. A statement posted by the airline on Tuesday evening noted that Uganda Airline flight no UR360/361 from Entebbe airport to Bujumbura will be suspended effective March 22 until further notice. Flights to Kilimanjaro will be suspended effective March 20, 2020, Mombasa effective March 22, 2020, and Zanzibar effective March 23, 2020.  “F...
A renowned Ugandan photojournalist arrested in Rwanda

A renowned Ugandan photojournalist arrested in Rwanda

AFRICA, celebrity, CELEBRITY GOSSIP, CRIME, EAST AFRICA, MEDIA, Politics, RWANDA, SECURITY, UGANDA
Ugandan photojournalist Tony Babara commonly known as Natty Dread is held up behind bars in Rwanda after being arrested by the authorities. He was arrested last month on Valentine’s Day (14th February) in the capital Kigali. Natty has been behind bars since February 14. He is said to have traveled to Kigali for a concert by Caribbean legendary Zouk band Kassav on Valentine’s Day. Kassav, is considered the most famous in the history of the Zouk music genre. The group performed at The Kigali Conventional Centre with first lady, Janneatte Kagame in attendance.  “Natty Dread was arrested on February 14 on drug-related offenses. His file is with the prosecution and you can contact them for more information,” said Michelle Umuhoza, Rwanda’s Investigations Bureau spokesperson “Y...
UN takes steps to support   coronavirus prevention and preparedness in South Sudan

UN takes steps to support coronavirus prevention and preparedness in South Sudan

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, EAST AFRICA, HEALTH, SOUTH SUDAN, SOUTH SUDAN, UNITED NATIONS
The Government recently announced restrictions on travelers entering South Sudan from a list of countries affected by local transmission of COVID-19 JUBA, South Sudan, March 18, 2020 -- The United Nations in South Sudan has announced new measures in support of Government-led efforts to prevent and prepare for the coronavirus (COVID-19). These are aimed at protecting the people of South Sudan and the UN staff.  Currently, there are no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in South Sudan and UN operations are continuing largely as normal across the country, providing protection, humanitarian assistance and supporting development. However, as a protection measure, the Government recently announced restrictions on travelers entering South Sudan from a list of countries aff...
Nairobi residents defy Uhuru’s order, vow not to stay home due to Covid-19

Nairobi residents defy Uhuru’s order, vow not to stay home due to Covid-19

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, EAST AFRICA, ECONOMY, HEALTH, KENYA, Nairobi, Politics
Residents of Nairobi who mainly depend on daily wages for survival have vowed not to remain in their respective houses as ordered by President Uhuru Kenyatta. These however urged the president to instead pay them to stay in their houses. "We normally have to go out for us to put something on our table for our children,"  "If Uhuru want us to remain in our houses, then the president must come out with a clear plan of how we will get our daily meals even if it means sending us some little cash," they said. President Uhuru Kenyatta on Sunday, March 15, ordered closure of all learning institutions across the country. The president further ordered workers to work from home in renewed efforts aimed at minimum the spread of Corona Virus. ITALY, Milan: In a photograph taken...
Judith Babirye reported to be back in the country

Judith Babirye reported to be back in the country

AFRICA, celebrity, CELEBRITY GOSSIP, EAST AFRICA, Entertainment, MUSIC, Politics, UGANDA, Ugandan Parliamanet
The Buikwe Woman member of Parliament and renowned female gospel musician Judith Babirye is rumored to have traveled back in Uganda after moving out over her complicated relationship issues with a fellow members of Parliament. The honorable has been suffering from relationship issues for almost all her celebrity life. She married fellow MP Paul Musoke Sebulime on 28th July 2018 but separated later in a very rough way to the extent of court charges. The ‘Yeesu Beera Nange’ hit singer came back into the country over the weekend and went to Mukono.
MTN Uganda removes mobile money charges in the wake of Covid-19

MTN Uganda removes mobile money charges in the wake of Covid-19

AFRICA, Business, CORONAVIRUS, EAST AFRICA, ECONOMY, HEALTH, TECHNOLOGY, UGANDA
MTN Uganda has announced that there will be no charges on all mobile money transaction for the transfer of money from one person to another on all transactions below Shs 30,000 for a period of 30 days to reduce the likely transmission of Coronavirus through the handling of physical cash KAMPALA — MTN Uganda has on Wednesday, March 18 waived fees on its mobile money transfer service for every transaction below UGX30,000 for the next 30 days. Mr. Wim Vanhelleputte, Chief Executive Officer MTN Uganda Mr. Wim Vanhelleputte, the company's Chief Executive Officer said this is to allow the customers to use cashless modes of payment as part of the measures to prevent the transmission of Covid-19. The MTN CEO said all person-to-person transactions below UGX30,000 shall be free for...
Address by H.E. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, the president of the republic of Uganda to the nation on the Covid 19 guidelines and the preventive measures

Address by H.E. Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, the president of the republic of Uganda to the nation on the Covid 19 guidelines and the preventive measures

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, EAST AFRICA, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, Politics, UGANDA
Countrymen and Countrywomen, Greetings to you all. Today, I have come to address you on the issue of the Corona virus, abbreviated as Covid19.  They call it corona because, under the micro-scope, it looks like a crown (ekiruunga, engure).  This is a new virus but it belongs to the family of the common-cold (Senyinga, Rubyamira) group of viruses. It makes some people very sick because, being a new virus, all of us do not have immunity against it because we had never been exposed to it. Fortunately, after listening carefully to our scientists and after watching commentators in the countries where it is already active, it seems to have two characteristics that will help us to survive it and defeat it.  Characteristic number one is that it does not kill many of the people i...
Gen Tumukunde denied bail, sent to Luzira

Gen Tumukunde denied bail, sent to Luzira

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, ELECTIONS, INTERNATIONAL, UGANDA
Gen.Tumukunde has been charged with treason and four counts of unlawful possession of fire arms and ammunition, however, pleaded not guilty to all five counts. The prosecution stated that on the 5th of March 2020 while appearing on a morning show at one of the local Television stations in Kamwokya, the Rt. Lt Gen made statements that were calculated to instigate the Republic of Rwanda to invade Uganda and cause an unlawful change of government. On the unlawful possession fire arms and ammunition, it states that on the 13th of March 2020 at his office Impala Avenue in Kololo, he was found in possession of 2 guns; an Ak47 and a pistol. Prosecution further states that he is charged with unlawful possession of 34 rounds of ammunition’s without a valid firearm license He has ...

Ugandan speaker Rebecca Kadaga supports the manufacture of sanitizer for Coronavirus

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, EAST AFRICA, HEALTH, Politics, UGANDA, Ugandan Parliamanet
The Speaker Rebecca Kadaga has said that an American scientist has donated a patent to Uganda for the manufacture of a sanitizer that instantly kills the coronavirus. The Speaker who chaired the House on Tuesday, 17 March 2020 said that there had been a lot of debate on social media following her revelation that two Ugandan scientists were developing a sanitizer using a patent donated by US-based Professor Sarfaraz Khan Niazi.  “Professor Sarfaraz Khan Niazi developed an effective advanced sanitizer that has been proved to kill the COVID19 virus instantly. Tests were recently conducted in the US and Glasgow with a certificate of analysis showing the ability of the product to kill the virus in seconds. The trials are starting today in the United States of America,” said Kadaga....
Jambojet to suspend regional flights due to a decrease in the number of passengers

Jambojet to suspend regional flights due to a decrease in the number of passengers

AFRICA, Business, CORONAVIRUS, EAST AFRICA, ECONOMY, KENYA, Nairobi
Few passengers travelling to Rwanda and Uganda have forced low-cost carrier Jambojet to suspend its flights to Kigali and Entebbe with immediate effect. The budget carrier, which is a subsidiary of Kenya Airways, said the global spread of Covid-19 the past few weeks has resulted in a decrease of airline passengers, especially on the international routes. In a statement by the airline,  Jambojet has decided to suspend its services to Kigali, Rwanda, and Entebbe, Uganda with immediate effect. It said it was making necessary arrangements to accommodate passengers it had already booked on alternative flights. "All passengers who had booked flights within the said period are advised to get in touch through our contact center." Jambojet says it will still operate flights t...
Proclamation of the national day of prayer by  Uhuru Kenyatta,Kenya’s President and Commander-in-chief of the Defence Forces, 17th march 2020

Proclamation of the national day of prayer by Uhuru Kenyatta,Kenya’s President and Commander-in-chief of the Defence Forces, 17th march 2020

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, KENYA, Nairobi
Fellow Kenyans, The world today is facing a serious threat, brought about by a spreading pandemic that is affecting all peoples, all countries and institutions across the globe.  In our own local context, we have done and continue to do everything possible to keep our citizens safe, and prevent further spread of the virus to our population while securing the continuity of business operations. Indeed as I said on Sunday, I and my Ministers will keep you regularly informed on developments as we move on into the future. But fellow Kenyans even with these efforts, we cannot ignore the need to turn to God.  In these circumstances as we have done in the past as a nation, we have always turned to God first to give thanks for the many blessings that He has bestowed on ...
SWANGZ AVENUE TO TEAM UP WITH US BASED BLACK MARKET MEDIA TO ELEVATE INDIGENOUS TALENT

SWANGZ AVENUE TO TEAM UP WITH US BASED BLACK MARKET MEDIA TO ELEVATE INDIGENOUS TALENT

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, Entertainment, FEATURE STORIES, UGANDA
To many here, Black Market Media is reknown as the management umbrella in charge of celebrated chart topping singer and producer, Daddy Andre.  Latest reliable information confirms Black Market Media CEO Cedric Singleton already flew into the country and has had a successful sit down chat with Industrial Area based Swangz Avenue team to start on the mission. With this picture we got featuring Swangz Avenue boss, Mr Julius Kyazze and Cedric we can tell it's going to pave way for collaboration aimed at improving marketing models, extending financial muscle,  exporting quality acts to Hollywood and far east spheres. So far, The global footprint of Black Market has expanded to 15 countries with the majority in Africa representing musicians, DJs, comedians, recording producers an...
Rwanda closes places of worship and schools following the confirmation of a positive Coronavirus (COVID-19) case in the country.

Rwanda closes places of worship and schools following the confirmation of a positive Coronavirus (COVID-19) case in the country.

EAST AFRICA, INTERNATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, UGANDA
President Paul Kagame of Rwanda Rwanda announced Saturday it had closed all places of worship and schools following the confirmation of a positive coronavirus (COVID-19) case in the country. A statement issued by the country's ministry of health said even other mass gatherings should be postponed for two weeks as the situation is being monitored. "Places of worship are closed from Sunday March 15, 2020, with prayers to be conducted from home," the ministry announced. "Schools and higher education institutions (both public and private) shall close on Monday, March 16, 2020." The statement suggested that employees should be permitted to work from home, where possible, in consultation with their employers. The ministry further suggested that large events such as wed...

Do not defraud tax payers over students in China

Business, EAST AFRICA, INTERNATIONAL, UGANDA, Ugandan Parliamanet
Legislators have warned the government to resist the temptation of using the plight of Ugandan students quarantined in Wuhan, China over Corona Virus, to defraud taxpayers. The concern was raised by Ayivu County MP, Bernard Atiku, who claimed that the Ministry of Finance had sent up to $600,000 to Uganda’s Embassy over and above the approved $61,000 meant for the Ugandan students stranded in the country. Atiku urged the August House to interest itself in reports from students in Wuhan that not all of them have been given money.  “Students are saying that not all have received the money and even the US$618 being given out to each student cannot match the rising costs of living in Wuhan,” said Atiku during the plenary sitting on Wednesday 11 March 2020. The State Minist...
Govt urged to support single mothers

Govt urged to support single mothers

AMERICA, CORRUPTION, EAST AFRICA, INTERNATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, UGANDA, Ugandan Parliamanet
Members of Parliament have raised concerns over the increasing number of single mothers, who they said has been left to shoulder the child care burden single-handedly.  Legislators observed that government programmes on women empowerment have largely focused on addressing gender-based violence and to some extent personal incomes, but that the growing community of single mothers has hardly been explored. “There is a growing number of single parents worldwide and some countries have adopted a policy of either compelling men to do cost-sharing. They attach part of one’s salary or wages to ensure child support” said Hon Muhammad Nsereko (Ind., Kampala Central). Nsereko was making a contribution during debate on the Statement on the reporting obligations on the status of women in reg...
Kadaga appeals to UN to finance Women Councils

Kadaga appeals to UN to finance Women Councils

EAST AFRICA, FEATURE STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, UGANDA, UNITED KINGDOM
The Speaker (in purple) exchanges gifts with a representative from one of the UN agencies The Speaker of the Ugandan Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga has appealed to UN agencies to support the operations of the National Women’s Council to enable it reach women at grassroots level. Kadaga said she was concerned that although women council leaders were elected countrywide, they remain largely redundant.   “When I go for meetings of women councils, many ask that, ‘Madam Speaker: we were elected, but what can we do?’,” Kadaga said. Kadaga said this while meeting representatives from the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA), UN Women, United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF), United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and the National Women Council at Parliament on Thursday, 12 March 2020. Th...