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UPDF Recalls Over 2000 Veterans for AMISOM Duty

UPDF Recalls Over 2000 Veterans for AMISOM Duty

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The Uganda Peoples’ Defense Forces (UPDF) through the office of the General Officer Commanding Reserve Forces (GOC-RF) will conduct a four-day countrywide recall of 2,752 reservists. The exercise is scheduled for January 20-23, 2020. “The mobilized veterans will form Uganda Battle Groups Thirty-One and Thirty-Two (UGABAG XXXI and UGABAG XXXII) to augment UPDF operations under African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM),” a statement by the UPDF Spokesperson Brigadier Richard Karemire reads. He says that the call up targets only the honorably discharged/retired UPDF veterans from the rank of Major and below. The candidates must be aged 55 years and below, have no criminal record, and in possession of original national Identity Cards, as well as discharge/retirement certificat...
Uganda’s Musician Halima Namakula celebrates her 60th birthday with young Musicians.

Uganda’s Musician Halima Namakula celebrates her 60th birthday with young Musicians.

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By Ronald Kabuubi/Kma updates. Ladies hate revealing their age on birthday events but Ms Halima Namakula (middle) is seen with Rema Namakula during her 60th birthday at home recently.Right is Rechal K and Reft is Rema Namakula. Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates This was  not the case for Uganda's Veteran Musician Halima Namakula. Ms Halima Namakula is seen with Rema Namakula during her 60th birthday at home recently. Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates Infact, she was very happy for it as she organized her 60th birth with young artistes of this new generation together. Ms Halima Namakula is seen with Nantume during her 60th birthday at home recently. Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates At the event held  at her home at Zebra House Kansanga in Kampala...
“Teach courses that address societal needs & develop country” – Museveni

“Teach courses that address societal needs & develop country” – Museveni

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Uganda,Gulu: The Country's President Yoweri Museveni has called on universities in the country to teach courses that will help address the needs of society and the development of the country. Some of the graduants attentively listening to President Museveni as he addressed them during the 15th Graduation ceremony of Gulu University at their main campus on Saturday 11th January 2020.Photo by Abu Mwesigwa/PPU The President was today officiated the 15th graduation ceremony of Gulu University in Northern Uganda where over 1,500 students graduated with Degrees, Diplomas and Certificates. 226 of the students had been on government sponsorship. “Human living is about solving the needs (emikyeno) of society, like food, health, mobility, water, communication and entertainment. In the c...
Museveni explains purpose of the Galamba-Bireembo Trek

Museveni explains purpose of the Galamba-Bireembo Trek

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Birembo,Uganda: Uganda's President Yoweri Museveni has explained that the purpose of the 2020 Great Trek from Galamba in Wakiso District to Birembo in Kakumiro District was not to show stamina but rather to educate the young generation about the history of their country, appreciate the veterans who fough for its liberation and do what they need to do to make sure that their country survives. “I want you to look at the history of the ones who were before you who had a deeper understanding of what Africa needs but also had the discipline to fight for it. I also wanted to expose you to your country so that you see the potential in agriculture and tourism industry. When I was looking at the hills of Kanzira, Butoloogo, I was thinking of the idea of supporting you with health tourism fac...
President urges Kakumiro District residents on prosperity

President urges Kakumiro District residents on prosperity

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Birembo,Uganda: President Yoweri Museveni has urged the people of Kakumiro District in Bunyoro Sub-Region to prioritize household income and leave issues of infrastructure development to Government to implement. President Yoweri Museveni and  First Lady and minister of Education and Sports Janet Museveni, and Gen. Joram Mugume at Birembo heroes monument  Friday 10/01/2020. PHOTOS BY PPU/ENOCK KAKANDE The President, who was accompanied by the 1st Lady, Hon. Janet Museveni was this afternoon addressing a public rally at Our Lady of Africa Catholic Parish grounds in Kakumiro after the successful conclusion of the 195 Km Great Trek that started on 4th January from Galamba in Wakiso District and ended yesterday at Birembo in Kakumiro District. Before today’s rally, the President...

Tito Magito Tanzanian rights activist case postponed

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The case against detained Tanzanian rights activist Tito Magoti has been postponed until 21 January. Mr Magoti, a public affairs officer at the Legal and Human Rights Centre in Dar es Salaam, was abducted by unknown men in December last year at a busy market in the city. His family and colleagues looked for him for hours before police confirmed that they were holding him for questioning. Two days later, Mr Magoti was arraigned in court alongside Theodory Giyan, an IT expert at a private company. They were both charged with economic crimes including money laundering, charges which are not bailable in Tanzania. Their lawyers deny all the charges. The Legal and Human Rights Centre has tweeted about the postponement of their case Both Mr Magoti and Mr Giyan are kno...

S. Sudan Hunger

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  Fears of famine in S. Sudan ‘Quarter of  population face hunger’   A looming food crisis threatens massive hunger in South Sudan. 9.3 million People, nearly a quarter of the population in the East Central Africa Nation, are expected to be in need of humanitarian assistance in 2020, up from 8.5 million according to United Nations Humanitarian Affairs Agency, OCHA.   The UN reports that in worst hit Kassala state in the east of the country, more than 400,000 people are at risk of a catastrophe; food insecurity is dire, yet many cannot afford to buy medicines required for treatment of ill health, as result of hunger.   The UN says the economic crisis has exacerbated the desperate situation;   driving  up food price...
Fulbright Foreign Student Program

Fulbright Foreign Student Program

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PRETORIA, South Africa The South African Fulbright Foreign Student Program provides grants for South African university graduates to pursue post-graduate studies at a United States university in any subject (excludes MBA and studies that require contact with patients). The following opportunities are available: South African PhD students enrolled with a South African University may apply to conduct one year’s research at a U.S. University as a Visiting Student Researcher. Post-graduate students may apply for scholarships towards Master’s or Doctorate degrees. Scholarships are awarded for two years towards one degree – Master’s or Doctorate (renewable each year). Students are selected through a rigorous application ...
E-passport Rush as deadline   looms

E-passport Rush as deadline looms

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The issuance of the e-passport is part of a wider strategy by the regional bloc to boost integration among member states TEL AVIV, Israel, As the deadline for use of old passports looms this month, the number of Tanzanians applying for electronic passports has drastically increased to an average of 1,200 applications from between 300 and 400 per day. The Commissioner-General of the Immigration Department, Dr Anna Makakala, told the "Daily News" in an exclusive interview yesterday that Tanzanians, both within the country and those abroad, are responding positively in applying for E- passports.  "Many people are turning up applying for the new electronic passports since the old ones are no longer eligible for the application of visas," said Dr Makakala.  ...
Bobi Wine arrested as police  break up his consultative meeting

Bobi Wine arrested as police break up his consultative meeting

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Kasangati-Uganda” The  have arrested presidential hopeful Bobi Wine and fired tear gas to disperse his supporters as he sought to kick off public meetings before an election next year. Uganda's top Musician Robert Kyagulanyi popularly known as Bobi Wine is seen taking to Journalists soon after being Sworn in as a Member of Parliament for Kyadondo East at parliament 11th July,2017. Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMAUPDATES. Bobi Wine, a singer-turned-politician who is particularly popular among young Ugandans, was scheduled to begin on Monday a week-long series of consultations ahead of the 2021 presidential poll. On December 3, Bobi Wine sent a letter to the EC, officially introducing himself and outlining his plans, which he published on social media. In the past, the...
THE GALAMBA─BIREEMBO TREK

THE GALAMBA─BIREEMBO TREK

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Uganda,Galamba: An armed conflict has got four levels: a war; a campaign;an operation; and a battle. All these levels can either be short, like the 6 days war of 1967 between Israel and the Arabs or a protracted one such as the 30 years war between the Protestants and the Roman Catholics in Germany, the 100 years War between England and France, the 1st and 2nd World Wars between Germany and its allies and Britain, Russia, the USA and its allies. President Museveni walks with his followers In the case of Uganda, the second Resistance War started on the 6th of February, 1981 and major battles ended with the capture of Kampala on the 26th of January, 1986.  Within that 5 years’ War, there were four campaigns, a number of operations and many battles. A war means the whole con...
Appointments Committee vets new Ministers

Appointments Committee vets new Ministers

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The Appointments Committee of Parliament has vetted the nine new ministers nominated by the President during a Cabinet reshuffle in December 2019. Hon Nabbanja, State for Health.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates. The Constitution provides that Cabinet and other or state ministers shall be appointed by the President with the approval of Parliament from among Members of Parliament or persons qualified to be elected Members of Parliament. Hon Hamson Obua for Sports.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates. Parliament Speaker, Rebecca Kadaga, chaired the Committee on Appointments sitting on Friday 3 January 2020, the first meeting of any committee of the House or plenary in the new year. Hellen Adoa-State Minister for fisheries. .Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates. Although ...
Court appoints Ruth Sebatindira new UTL administrator

Court appoints Ruth Sebatindira new UTL administrator

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The High court in Kampala has appointed Ruth Sebatindira, the former president of the Uganda Law Society as the new administrator of Uganda Telecom Limited (UTL). Sebatindira will replace Nelson Bemanya whose contract expired in November 2019.  The decision follows an application filed on December 17, 2019, by the Uganda Contribution Employees Contributory Pension Scheme (UCECPS) through their lawyers led by Johnson Kwesigabo. They sought orders compelling Bemanya to be removed from office and replaced with a one Nicholas Mwasame or such other eligible insolvency practitioner.  The applicants faulted Bemanya for failing to collect the outstanding amounts due to UTL from the government and its departments in terms of the deed of administration and failure to find an investo...
Show your value, Ntagali tells the youth

Show your value, Ntagali tells the youth

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Mpigi-Uganda The Archbishop of the Church of Uganda, His Grace Stanley Ntagali, has urged the youth to set their priorities right if they are to be more valuable. This was during closure of the four-day Annual All Saints’ Cathedral Kampala Youth Camp in Muduuma, Mpigi district. “Avoid things you don’t understand; they come with many empty promises. Our children are being trafficked to Middle East and homosexuality is on the increase,” said Ntagali. “All these are targeting you, the youth. Set your priorities high and you will reach there.” He commended the organizers for bringing together the youth and teaching them manners. “When you are here, you can’t go wrong neither be misled because you have gathered as brothers and sisters to learn the truth from one another,” the Arc...
SRSG Ibn Chambas   Commends the Successful Conduct of the Presidential Election in Guinea-Bissau   and Urges Party Supporters to Continue to Show Maturity

SRSG Ibn Chambas Commends the Successful Conduct of the Presidential Election in Guinea-Bissau and Urges Party Supporters to Continue to Show Maturity

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The Special Representative congratulates the Electoral Commission for the exemplary conduct of the electoral process DAKAR, Senegal, January 2, 2020/ -- Following a three-day visit to Guinea Bissau conducted from 28 to 31 December, the Special Representative of the Secretary-General and Head of the United Nations Office for West Africa and the Sahel (UNOWAS), Mohamed Ibn Chambas, welcomes the announcement by the Electoral Commission of the results of the presidential election. He applauds the people of Guinea Bissau for the successful conduct of the polls and the peaceful atmosphere that prevailed throughout the electoral process. The Special Representative commends the two candidates for their magnanimity and grace in accepting the results, and urges all pa...
National Basketball Association (NBA) Commissioner Adam Silver issues a  Statement Regarding the Passing of NBA Commissioner Emeritus David J. Stern

National Basketball Association (NBA) Commissioner Adam Silver issues a Statement Regarding the Passing of NBA Commissioner Emeritus David J. Stern

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Like every NBA legend, David had extraordinary talents, but with him it was always about the fundamentals – preparation, attention to detail, and hard work NEW YORK, United States of America, Commissioner Emeritus David Stern passed away this afternoon as a result of the brain hemorrhage he suffered approximately three weeks ago. His wife, Dianne, and their family were with him at his bedside. NBA Commissioner Adam Silver issued the following statement: “For 22 years, I had a courtside seat to watch David in action. He was a mentor and one of my dearest friends. We spent countless hours in the office, at arenas and on planes wherever the game would take us. Like every NBA legend, David had extraordinary talents, but with him it was always about the ...
A sustainable Congolese school widens the horizon for young girls

A sustainable Congolese school widens the horizon for young girls

AFRICA, BURUNDI, Business, EAST AFRICA, EDUCATION, EGYPT, Ethiopia, FEATURE STORIES, Nairobi, OIL, RWANDA, South Africa, SOUTH SUDAN, TANZANIA, UGANDA, Zambia, ZIMBABWE
A sustainable Congolese school widens the horizon for young girls The school is run by the Georges Malaika Foundation, which was nominated for the UNESCO-Japan Prize on Education for Sustainable Development in 2018 PARIS, France: - The experiences of a five-year-old child separated from her parents and forced to make a new life were the inspiration for the Malaika school and community centre, which uses education and sustainable development to turn around the lives of girls in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The school is run by the Georges Malaika Foundation, which was nominated for the UNESCO-Japan Prize on Education for Sustainable Development in 2018 for its Creating Agents of...