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Coronavirus – Rwanda: Robots use in Rwanda to fight against COVID-19

Coronavirus – Rwanda: Robots use in Rwanda to fight against COVID-19

CORONAVIRUS, Covid 19 Donations, COVID-19, FEATURE STORIES, HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL, World Health Organization
To minimize contact time with confirmed cases and therefore reducing the risk of contamination of health professionals in COVID-19 treatment centres, robots were deployedGENEVA, Switzerland, August 2, 2020/ -- One of the challenges being faced worldwide is the rate of infection of health professionals while treating COVID-19 patients. 2016 statistics show the following picture of Rwanda’s health sector: 1/50,505 ground ambulance / population Ratio; 1/10,055 Doctor/population ratio; 1/1,094 Nurse/population ratio; 1/10,500 Laboratory technicians /population ratio.Although Rwanda is on track to meeting most of the required quota, the country cannot afford the set back that a pandemic like COVID-19 among health professionals would cause.To minimize contact time with confirmed cases and there...
Dorothy Kisaka takes oath as the Kampala Capital City Authority-KCCA Executive Director.

Dorothy Kisaka takes oath as the Kampala Capital City Authority-KCCA Executive Director.

Business, EAST AFRICA, FEATURE STORIES, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY, KCCA FC, MEDIA, UGANDA, UK, UNITED KINGDOM, WORLD
Kampala, Uganda | KMA Updates |Ronald Kabuubi Incoming Executive Director of KCCA Mrs. Kisaka Dorothy (R) flanked by her deputy Lule David Luyimbazi after taking the oath 30th July 2020.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates. Kisaka replaces Eng. Andrew Kitaka who has been acting Executive Director since Jennifer Musisi resigned in 2018. The Mayor of Kampala Erias Lukwago (L) is seen with his Deputy Doreen Nyanjura after the Swearing Ceremony of the the new ED Of KCCA Mrs Kisaka Dorothy and her team 30th July 2020.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates. Kisaka was nominated last month by President Museveni. He directed the Public Service Commission to  interview Kisaka and four other officials to find out whether they are suitable for their new positions. The Mayor of...
UGANDA: Reknown Socialite Brian White admitted at Nakasero hospital.

UGANDA: Reknown Socialite Brian White admitted at Nakasero hospital.

AFRICA, FEATURE STORIES, UGANDA
City socialite, Brian Kirumira also known as Brian White is ill and currently admitted at Nakasero hospital. According to Isaac Katende who is currently his care taker at Nakasero, Brian White was admitted in the hospital two weeks ago after days of complaining about pain in the abdominal area. Katende told journalists that Brian had for long been receiving treatment for Ulcers but he would take his medication from home and continue with his duties until two weeks ago when the pain became unbearable and had to be checked into hospital. He said, “Brian can’t eat right now, he can only take in liquids and he is currently breathing with machine support.” Sources at the hospital revealed that Brian’s condition is still unclear and they are waiting for a report from the United ...
UGANDA: Man abandorns baby after wife died while giving birth.

UGANDA: Man abandorns baby after wife died while giving birth.

AFRICA, FEATURE STORIES, UGANDA
There was commotion in Kayunga Town on Sunday after a widower dumped his three-month- old baby at a private clinic where his wife is said to have died from while giving birth.Mr Joseph Mukasa accused the health workers at Acute Medical Centre of negligence that resulted into the death of his wife, Agnes Birungi, in April this year when she was admitted there for delivery.Birungi died while undergoing caesarean section. Upon her death, the Kayunga District Police commander Mr John Lukooto, opened up a case of negligence against Dr Herbert Wabigogobi, the owner of the clinic.Dr Wabigogobi, who also works at Kayunga District hospital, was subsequently arrested and detained at Kayunga Police Station but was later released on police bond.Frustrated by the slow pace of investigations into hi...
UGANDA: “A scientific election is the only option in the current situation”, EC Chairperson.

UGANDA: “A scientific election is the only option in the current situation”, EC Chairperson.

AFRICA, FEATURE STORIES, UGANDA
The chairperson of Electoral Commission(EC),Justice Simon Byabakama, has said that the use of media platforms as radio and television stations to conduct campaigns is the only option during this period as the country continues to fight the Covid19 pandemic. Speaking to journalists, Byabakama urged politicians to think about the lives of people because mass gatherings are a big risk. He lashed out at those who keep on criticising everything and vowed that the exercise will take place despite the criticism because it is a constitutional mandate. “When you look at the other processes for example, nomination for the candidates to appear in the nomination centre, and present themselves and necessary requirements, they have to do that physically or in person. The only difference this t...
WORLD: Facebook to tag  mischievous posts following the on going boycott.

WORLD: Facebook to tag mischievous posts following the on going boycott.

FEATURE STORIES, WORLD
Facebook has said it will start to label potentially harmful posts that it leaves up because of their news value. The more hands-on approach comes as the social media firm is under pressure to improve how it moderates the content on its platform, including posts by US President Donald Trump. More than 90 advertisers have joined a boycott of the site. Consumer goods giant Unilever on Friday added its name to the list, citing a "polarized election period" in the US. The maker of Dove soap and Ben & Jerry's ice cream said it would halt Twitter, Facebook and Instagram advertising in the US "at least" through 2020. "Continuing to advertise on these platforms at this time would not add value to people and society," it said. "We will revisit our current position if necessary."...
UGANDA: NWSC declares Sunday shutdown in Kampala, advices city tenants to store enough water.

UGANDA: NWSC declares Sunday shutdown in Kampala, advices city tenants to store enough water.

AFRICA, FEATURE STORIES, UGANDA
KAMPALA — The National Water and Sewerage Corporation (NWSC) has announced it will switch off water supply in the city beginning Sunday , June 28, 8:00am to 5:00Pm as they conduct a system upgrade to improve water supply in the city. In a statement issued Friday June 26, the NSWC said the process is to enable the UMEME engineers undertake a routine maintenance at Ggaba substation to improve power supply reliability at Ggaba water works. “Subsequently, water production in all treatment plants, pumpage at all booster stations and supply networks within Kampala will be affected,” the NWSC said in a public notice. The authorities have since advised city dwellers to store enough water and use it sparingly, noting that “it takes time for the system to stabilize after a total plant shut...
UGANDA: Buganda Kingdom petitions Parliament.

UGANDA: Buganda Kingdom petitions Parliament.

FEATURE STORIES, UGANDA
KAMPALA – Buganda Kingdom through it’s former Attorney General Apollo Makubya has petitioned Parliament seeking to decolonize and rename streets in Kampala and other geographical features, saying the continued use of colonial names glorifies the slavery and brutality Ugandans endured at the hands of the British rule. Makubuya, who is the Special Advisor to Kabaka of Buganda on Palace Matters led the team including Justice James Ogoola (Chair Elders Forum), Medard Segona (MP Busiro East), Lwanga Lunyigo (Professor of History), Stephen Mukitale (Buliisa County MP) to present their motion to Speaker of Parliament on Friday. The Buganda Kingdom official who is already championing an online petition told Speaker Kadaga that the continued public display of colonial iconography, glorifies ...
UGANDA: 45-year-old woman knocked by Museveni car seeks compensation.

UGANDA: 45-year-old woman knocked by Museveni car seeks compensation.

AFRICA, FEATURE STORIES, UGANDA
Mother of five who lost her hand following an accident allegedly involving the presidential motorcade in Buikwe District is seeking compensation.Ms Jaliat Nali, a single mother of five and resident of Garegere in Lugazi municipality, Buikwe District says she was knocked by the presidential convoy on December 20, 2019 while crossing the road.She says she was taken to Kawolo hospital where she spent two days before she was transferred to Nakesero hospital where her hand was cut off from. “When the car that was among the presidential motorcade knocked me at around 3pm, I lost consciousness but after two days, I woke up in Nakasero hospital without one hand. Ever since that day, I have not got any support from the government. I have to go to the hospital every month for checkup. I owe my l...
UGANDA: Uganda Airlines Airbus aircraft almost ready.

UGANDA: Uganda Airlines Airbus aircraft almost ready.

Business, FEATURE STORIES, UGANDA
Production of the two Uganda Airlines A330 aircraft by French company, Airbus is almost ready, the government has said. Uganda Airlines has two of the 337 firm orders from 22 operators by Airbus for A330neos which is a wide-body jetliner. On Thursday, the Ministry of Works spokesperson, Susan Kataike tweeted photos of the aircraft in the final assembly line. “Uganda Airlines Airbus A330 enters final assembly line. December 2020 here we come. Still on course,”Kataike said in captions accompanying the tail of one of the Airbus aircraft. Uganda Airlines Airbus A330 enters final assembly line. Dec 2020 here we come. Still on course. Last year, Uganda revived its national carrier after being down for over 18 years and is expected to get a new A330-800 Airbus plane later this yea...
UGANDA: Fertilizer prices to increase in the next farming season amid COVID-19

UGANDA: Fertilizer prices to increase in the next farming season amid COVID-19

AFRICA, FEATURE STORIES, UGANDA
KAMPALA — Farmers are to pay more for agro inputs such as fertilizers in the next planting season due to COVID-19. This is because most fertilizers are imported and purchased in foreign currencies. Before the pandemic, exchange rate of for example one shilling to the dollar was 3670 but this has since increased to 3800. That means those importing fertilizers in this period will have to pay more for the purchase of the fertilizers, pay more for shipping costs from Mombasa port to Uganda among other costs. Hassan Kato an agro dealer based in Masaka said that they import most of the fertilizers from Kenya. “Before the outbreak, a 50kg bag of NPK was going for Ksh2350 but has since gone up to Ksh2500. Coupled with transportation costs, the final price may be increased a bit if we ...
UGANDA: Town council halts reconstruction of Kabaka’s palace in Nakasongola

UGANDA: Town council halts reconstruction of Kabaka’s palace in Nakasongola

AFRICA, FEATURE STORIES, UGANDA
The reconstruction of the Kabaka’s palace in Nakasongola town council has hit another snag following the decision by the town clerk to halt the works citing breach of the Physical Planning Act. Recently, Gerald Kyanjo Kimbugwe, Buganda’s representative in Buruuli County decided to construct a permanent palace for the Kabaka at Nakasongola district headquarters. The palace was torched twice in 2015 and 2017 as part of the protests by Buruuli Chiefdom, which no longer pays allegiance to Buganda Kingdom. Now, the Nakasongola town clerk, Herbert Kasibante has suspended the reconstruction works, saying Kyanjo didn’t seek approval from physical planning committee as provided for in section 48 of the Physical Planning Act 2008. In his June 15, 2020 notice, Mr Kasibante tasked Kyanjo to ...
AFRICA: Somali president appoints new military commanders.

AFRICA: Somali president appoints new military commanders.

AFRICA, FEATURE STORIES, somalia
The Somali head of state on Wednesday appointed new military commanders as part of the country's ongoing efforts to "improve security and reform the armed forces." ''The President of the Federal Republic of Somalia H.E Mohamed Abdullahi Farmajo appointed Brigadier Gen. Abdulhamid Mohamed Dirir as the new chief commander for the Somali navy force and Brigade Gen. Abas Ali Amin as the new commander for the the infantry troops for Somali National Army,'' the state-run Somali National News Agency (SONNA) reported. The change is part of the government's efforts to reform the military, and strengthen the country's entire security apparatus, according to SONNA. Appointment comes a day after three people were killed in a suicide attack at a Turkish military base in the capital Mogadishu....
AFRICA: Gambia contradicts plans to suppress Homosexuality laws.

AFRICA: Gambia contradicts plans to suppress Homosexuality laws.

AFRICA, FEATURE STORIES, gambia
In a statement, the government of Gambia has denied widely circulated rumours of plans to soften homosexuality laws in exchange for aid funds. “This is false political propaganda orchestrated to score cheap political points,” said government spokesman Ebrima Sankareh. He said the government continues to be guided by “the norms of its people” and “has no plans to either decriminalise or even entertain a review of laws on homosexuality”. Homosexual activity is illegal in The Gambia, where a conviction can carry a hefty prison sentence. Tuesday’s statement follows weeks of pressure on the government to respond to apparently pro-gay social media posts from the European Union’s delegation in the Muslim-majority nation. On May 17 – the international day against homophobia, trans...
Airtel Uganda staff donate Shs72 million to health workers at border towns

Airtel Uganda staff donate Shs72 million to health workers at border towns

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, COVID-19, EAST AFRICA, FEATURE STORIES, WORLD, World Health Organization
Airtel Uganda staff donate Shs72 million to health workers at border towns Donation intended to buy Personal Protective EquipmentElegu, Mutukula, Malaba and Busia border towns to benefitDonation confirms company’s commitment towards Uganda as it celebrates 10 years 18th June 2020: Kampala. Airtel Uganda staff have today donated UGX 72,280,000/- to aid health workers at Uganda’s border posts in the fight against Covid-19. (R-L) The incoming Executive Director of Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) Mrs. Kisaka Dorothy, the Human Resources Director, Airtel Uganda, Dennis Kakonge, Legal and Regulatory Director Airtel Uganda, the Political Head of the National Response Fund to Covid19 and the Minister in charge of General Duties Hon.Mary Karooro Okurut,Mr. Patrick Mweheire, Region...
President Museveni nominates Mrs. Kisaka Dorothy for KCCA top job.

President Museveni nominates Mrs. Kisaka Dorothy for KCCA top job.

AFRICA, Business, celebrity, EAST AFRICA, FEATURE STORIES, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY, UGANDA, WORLD
Uganda’s President Yoweri Museveni has nominated Mrs. Kisaka Dorothy, a leadership coach, lawyer, and the Administrator of government’s COVID-19 Response Fund, to the position of Executive Director of Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA), replacing Andrew Kitaka, who has been removed from the acting ED job. Mrs Kisaka Dorothy nominated for the new join of Executive Director KCCA.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates. President Museveni has written to the Public Service Commission (PSU) nominating Dorothy Kisaka as the new Kampala Capital City Authority executive director. Dorothy Kisaka, is set to replace Jennifer Musisi as the Substantive ED of KCCA administration. He said: “I am writing to request you to interview for me the following persons and find out if they are ...
Kansai Plascon Uganda Donates Anti Mosquito Paint and Masks to Uganda Schools Ahead of Reopening Post COVID-19 Lockdown

Kansai Plascon Uganda Donates Anti Mosquito Paint and Masks to Uganda Schools Ahead of Reopening Post COVID-19 Lockdown

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, Covid 19 Donations, COVID-19, EAST AFRICA, EDUCATION, FEATURE STORIES, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, UGANDA
KAMPALA, June 12, 2020―Kansai Plascon Uganda (“Kansai Plascon”), subsidiary of Japanese paint company Honorable Dr. John Muyingo, Uganda's State Minister for Higher Education (L) chats with School heads of Nabisunsa Girls Ms. Zulaika Nabukeera and Sr. Regina Nabawanuka of Mt St Mary's College respectively. Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates. Kansai Paint Co., Ltd., announced a donation of 4,000 litres of the company’s Anti Mosquito Paint to the Ministry of Education and Sports for use in schools. Additionally, in support of the government’s fight against COVID-19, Kansai Plascon has also made available 20,000 face masks to support school staff as they prepare for the reopening of schools. The donation was facilitated by the Japanese government and formalised at a ceremony att...
President Yoweri Museveni says the commissioners who recently resigned from Uganda Revenue Authority were actually sacked because of corruption, Uganda Passes Budget  of 45.5 trillion 2020/2021 financial year budget Presentation 20/21

President Yoweri Museveni says the commissioners who recently resigned from Uganda Revenue Authority were actually sacked because of corruption, Uganda Passes Budget of 45.5 trillion 2020/2021 financial year budget Presentation 20/21

2021 ELECTIONS, AFRICA, AGRICULTURE, Business, CORONAVIRUS, Covid 19 Donations, COVID-19, EAST AFRICA, FEATURE STORIES, INTERNATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, UGANDA, Uganda Police Force, WORLD, World Health Organization
Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga@RebeccaKadagaUG#BudgetUg2020#PlenaryUg Before we commence the Budget Presentation, I would like on a sad note to inform the House about three events in the last four days, namely: the death of President Pierre Nkurunziza, the death of Amb. Onyanga Aparr & the death of Gen. Kasirye Gwanga. Uganda's Speaker Rt Hon Rebecca Kadaga. Uganda's Finance Minister Matia Kasaijja arrives to Present the Budget. Ugandan Members of Parliament Hon. Mary Karooro Okurut (R) with Hon. Naigaga Mariam. Hon. Mawanda and Hon Jimmy Akena,former Ugandan President Obote's Son Jimmy Akena. President Yoweri Museveni has said the commissioners who recently resigned from Uganda Revenue Authority were actually sacked because of corruption. Museveni, who was speaking a...
WORLD:  Facebook CEO promises policy review.

WORLD: Facebook CEO promises policy review.

FEATURE STORIES, WORLD
Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg on Friday promised to review the social network's policies that led to its decision to not moderate controversial messages posted by US President Donald Trump.The announcement, which came in the form of a letter to employees, appeared aimed at quelling anger inside the company that was so severe it prompted some to quit.The outrage was sparked when Zuckerberg said Facebook would not remove or flag Trump's recent posts that appeared to encourage violence against those protesting police racism. Zuckerberg's message Friday seemed to attempt to mollify that anger: "We're going to review our policies allowing discussion and threats of state use of force to see if there are any amendments we should adopt," Zuckerberg wrote.This, he said, includes "exc...
UGANDA: President Museveni has sacked the Executive Director NIRA.

UGANDA: President Museveni has sacked the Executive Director NIRA.

AFRICA, FEATURE STORIES, UGANDA
KAMPALA — Ms. Judy Obitre Gama, the Executive Director National Identification and Registration Authority (NIRA) who has been at the helm of the Authority since 2015, will not have her contract renewed on the orders of President Yoweri Museveni. This website understands that Ms. Gama’s contract expires on July 15, 2020. In a May 18th, 2020 letter to Internal Affairs Minister, Jeje Odongo, President Museveni directs that a new executive Director with Legal or Information Technology background be identified to head the Authority. “I’m, therefore, directing you to work with the Board of directors of NIRA and identify a suitable candidate, consult me before, a final decision is reached on the matter, ” the President. Gama’s reign at the Authority has been bogged by several issues ...