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UGANDA: Police operations director AIGP Asuman Mugenyi quits.

UGANDA: Police operations director AIGP Asuman Mugenyi quits.

AFRICA, FEATURE STORIES, UGANDA, Uganda Police Force
The director of Operations Services in the Police Force, Assistant Inspector General of Police (AIGP) Asuman Mugenyi has officially quit the institution he has served for over 32 years. AIGP Mugenyi served his last day in police uniform on Friday, May 29 and has since handed over to his deputy Senior Commissioner of Police (SCP) John Nuwagiira. Although earlier reports indicated that AIGP Mugenyi had been suspended and others claiming he had been fired, police spokesperson, Mr Fred Enanga, clarified that he had served his contract. “He simply observed his contract to the end,” said the Police spokesperson.Mr Mugenyi becomes the fifth AIGP to quit the institution in the last three years. Two months ago, AIGP Steven Kasiima, who was director traffic and road safety was forced ou...
WORLD: Twitter hides Trump tweet for ‘glorifying violence’

WORLD: Twitter hides Trump tweet for ‘glorifying violence’

AMERICA, FEATURE STORIES
Twitter has hidden a tweet by President Donald Trump from his profile, saying it violates rules about glorifying violence. It did the same hours later when the official White House account tweeted a copy of the president's words. Instead of being deleted, both tweets can be viewed by clicking on a prominent warning. It says that "Twitter has determined that it may be in the public's interest for the Tweet to remain accessible." This is the latest twist in an escalating row between Twitter and the White House. Mr Trump was tweeting about the US city of Minneapolis, which has seen consecutive nights of protests following the death of a black man in police custody. Image copyright Twitter Image caption Users have to press the View button to be able to see the President's tweet...
AMERICA: Protesters set Minneapolis police station ablaze.

AMERICA: Protesters set Minneapolis police station ablaze.

AMERICA, FEATURE STORIES
A police station in Minneapolis has been set alight during a third night of protests over the death of an unarmed black man in custody on Monday. A police officer was filmed kneeling on the neck of George Floyd, 46, despite him saying he could not breathe. President Donald Trump said "thugs" were dishonouring his memory and called on the National Guard to restore order. The incident has added to anger over police killings of black Americans, including Breonna Taylor in Kentucky. Mr Floyd's family have demanded that the four police officers implicated in his death face murder charges. Prosecutors have said they are still gathering evidence. A CNN journalist, Omar Jimenez, and his camera crew were arrested live on air by Minnesota state police officers on Friday morning, appa...
UGANDA: KCCA issues strict guidelines for Motorists.

UGANDA: KCCA issues strict guidelines for Motorists.

AFRICA, FEATURE STORIES, UGANDA
All city taxis will be assigned specific routes as they resume their operations on June 4, 2020, the Minister for Kampala Metropolitan Affairs, Ms Betty Amongi has said. The minister told journalists at the Uganda Media Centre in Kampala on Thursday that they have designed routes for each taxi operating within the Kampala metropolitan area. This means that before the taxis return to the city, all operators will be expected to report to Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) Offices to be assigned parks and stages. Ms Amongi says that after registration and assignment of routes, the drivers will pick their route charts from the Ministry of Works. The route charts shall last until December 31, 2020, before a permanent chart is issued. The arrangement is in line with the new guidelin...
UGANDA: Judge’s bodyguard, driver arrested over traffic officer’s death.

UGANDA: Judge’s bodyguard, driver arrested over traffic officer’s death.

AFRICA, CRIME, FEATURE STORIES, UGANDA
A police constable deployed to guard a High Court judge has been arrested in relation to a Sunday motor accident which led to the death of a traffic officer, Innocent Ayesigye. The police constable was reportedly captured by Closed Circuit Television CCTV security cameras entering a Rav4 registration number UAS 597U.The same vehicle reportedly left the scene at the time Ayesigye was fighting for his life, moments after the accident.He was rushed to Mulago Hospital for medical attention and later transferred to Rubaga Hospital where he died on Tuesday.Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesperson, Mr Patrick Onyango shared the Rav4 picture urging the public to help identify the suspects but also urged the owners to report themselves to the nearby police. It subsequently emerged that a Hig...
EUROPE: PM Cummings might have broken lock-down rules says police.

EUROPE: PM Cummings might have broken lock-down rules says police.

COVID-19, EUROPE, FEATURE STORIES
he PM's top aide Dominic Cummings might have broken lockdown rules, but it would have been a "minor breach", say Durham Police. His journey from London to Durham was within the law, the force said. His later trip to Barnard Castle "might have warranted a police intervention," the force added, but it would not be taking any action now. Downing Street said the PM now "regards this issue as closed" - but Labour and the SNP still want Mr Cummings sacked. Mr Cummings has insisted he acted "reasonably" and within the law over his 260-mile journey from London to Durham to isolate with his wife, as well as the 50-mile round-trip to Barnard Castle 15 days later. About 40 Tory MPs called for Mr Cummings to resign or be fired for undermining the government's lockdown message. But t...
ENTERTAINMENT: Star Wars actor rails against racism after George Floyd death.

ENTERTAINMENT: Star Wars actor rails against racism after George Floyd death.

Entertainment, FEATURE STORIES, WORLD
Actor John Boyega has delivered an uncompromising message against racism after fielding praise and backlash for Twitter posts about the subject. The Star Wars actor posted about his hatred of racists on Wednesday following the death of an unarmed black man in police custody in the US. He added that "WHITE on BLACK racism" had "ruined the world", which sparked responses about other forms of racism. He later doubled down against "racist white people" in an Instagram live. His initial anger was sparked by the death of George Floyd in Minnesota, who was shown in a video groaning "I can't breathe" as a white policeman knelt on his neck. Image copyright AFP Image caption George Floyd's death has sparked protests in the US Boyega tweeted his hatred of racists before replying to a ...
AFRICA: Rwanda genocide suspect denies charges

AFRICA: Rwanda genocide suspect denies charges

AFRICA, FEATURE STORIES, RWANDA
Rwandan genocide suspect Felicien Kabuga, arrested this month after more than two decades on the run, told a French court on Wednesday that the international charges against him were lies. Kabuga has been indicted by U.N. prosecutors for genocide and incitement to commit genocide, among other charges. He is accused of bankrolling and arming the ethnic Hutu militias which killed 800,000 Tutsis and moderate Hutus over 100 days in 1994. Asked if he understood the charges, Kabuga told the court through an interpreter: “All of this is lies. I have not killed any Tutsis. I was working with them.” Kabuga was arrested in a Paris suburb on May 16. His lawyers told the court he should be released under court supervision because of his age and ill-health, and that the results of a DNA test ...
UGANDA: Socialite Bryan White summoned before Parliament to clear his Rape accusations.

UGANDA: Socialite Bryan White summoned before Parliament to clear his Rape accusations.

AFRICA, FEATURE STORIES, UGANDA
KAMPALA – Socialite Bryan White, real name Brian Kirumira has been summoned by the Parliamentary Committee on Human Rights after several accusations attaching him to rape. On Thursday morning, after hearing from Stella Nandawula (victim) who formerly worked at Brian White’s home in Munyonyo, Kampala while running the operations of Brian White Foundation, the committee decided to call the suspect to defend himself. Mutanda appeared before MPs together with the mother and sister of Nandawula. Stella and Vivian accuse Kirumira of raping them. These told the Committee that Brian raped them forced them to abort after threatening them should they refuse. Earlier alone, Innocent Nabaasa, the Reproductive Health and Rights Alliance Uganda Programs Officer asked Frank Tumwebaze, the Mi...
UGANDA: Banks to close at 2pm to allow staff beat curfew

UGANDA: Banks to close at 2pm to allow staff beat curfew

AFRICA, FEATURE STORIES, UGANDA
Several commercial banks have announced that they will revise their time of closure to allow staff enough time to get home so as not to be caught by the 7pm curfew. While some banks have not yet indicated that they will shift from the 3pm closing time, at least two banks have sent messages to their customers saying they will be closing at 2pm. All say their branches remain closed on weekends. Diamond Trust Bank (DTB) said in a text to customers on Wednesday that, “We will be closing our branches at 2pm effective today to manage the government curfew time. Apologies for any inconveniences.” The Kololo-headquartered Orient bank also informed its customers that it would open at 9am and close at 2pm for mostly city-based branches. The bank spokesperson Mr Emmanuel Njuki said the rati...
UGANDA: Owner of collapsed Kampala building, engineer charged

UGANDA: Owner of collapsed Kampala building, engineer charged

AFRICA, FEATURE STORIES, UGANDA
The owner of the three-storey building that recently collapsed in a city suburb, killing dozens of construction workers and leaving scores injured, has been charged with several criminal offenses.Mr Abraham Kalanzi, 31, was presented before Makindye Chief Magistrate’s Court on Monday but denied the 19 counts slapped against him.He was charged alongside the site engineer, Mr Christopher Bandi Luhambya, 55.The collapsed building in question was located in Kiwempe-Lukuli Zone in Makindye Division, Kampala. According to the charge sheet presented before court, the two accused persons, face one count of building without a permit, one count of refusal to comply with the notice issued by a building committe and 17 counts of causing an accident on a building construction site.Under the 17 coun...
UGANDA: Pastor turns down Shs182b award as he demands for more money

UGANDA: Pastor turns down Shs182b award as he demands for more money

AFRICA, FEATURE STORIES, UGANDA
A pastor who was last week awarded Shs182 billion through court has rejected the award and petitioned the Court of Appeal, demanding more money in compensation for loss of his business after the cancellation of his permit for sand mining in Lwera, Kalungu District.Kampala High Court awarded Mr Daniel Walugembe through his company DMW Uganda Limited Shs182 billion as compensation for loss of his business and general damages caused.However, Mr Walugembe yesterday claimed that the award was less because transaction with the National Environment Management Authority (Nema) was of a commercial nature.“I acquired a commercial permit but the judge was lenient to give 10 per cent yet the special damages awarded were admitted by both the Attorney General and Nema,” Mr Walugembe said. Addressing...
UGANDA: Chaos as RDC Sakwa raids DISO’s office to forcefully resume work, damages property.

UGANDA: Chaos as RDC Sakwa raids DISO’s office to forcefully resume work, damages property.

FEATURE STORIES, UGANDA
KAMPALA —Embattled Jinja Residence District Commissioner (RDC), Mr Eric Sakwa stormed into the office of the District Internal Security Officer (DISO) and damaged property including a government computer. Mr Sakwa together with over 30 rowdy youths raided the DISO’s office on Tuesday May 26 at about 4:30 PM. On entering, according to a video recording, he found the deputy DISO, Mr John Mugomba whom he told that he wanted to work so he should be given the key to his office. In a trending video, Mr Mugomba claims that he told Mr Sakwa that he doesn’t have the key to the office and it was being kept by the DISO who was not in office at the time. “They came in a big group and Mr Sakwa demanded for the key to his office. When I said I didn’t have it, one of them caught the laptop w...
AMERICA: Clashes over death of black man in police custody

AMERICA: Clashes over death of black man in police custody

AMERICA, CRIME, FEATURE STORIES
Police fired tear gas and protesters threw rocks and sprayed graffiti on police cars. Video of the death shows George Floyd, 46, groaning "I can't breathe" as a policeman kneels on his neck. Four police officers have been fired, with the mayor saying that being black "should not be a death sentence". The incident echoes the case of Eric Garner, who was placed in a police chokehold in New York in 2014. His death became a rallying call against police brutality and was a driving force in the Black Lives Matter movement. What happened at the protests? They began in the afternoon on Tuesday, when hundreds of people came to the intersection where the incident had taken place on Monday evening. Organisers tried to keep the protest peaceful and maintain coronavirus social distan...
AFRICA: How Rwanda’s Félicien Kabuga evaded capture for 26 years after Genocide.

AFRICA: How Rwanda’s Félicien Kabuga evaded capture for 26 years after Genocide.

AFRICA, FEATURE STORIES, RWANDA
The 84-year-old had been on the run for so long that the international tribunal set up to bring to justice those responsible for the 1994 genocide had ceased to work. But he was eventually hunted down last weekend to a hideout in a suburb of the French capital - thanks to an investigation relaunched by Serge Brammertz, a UN war crimes prosecutor heading the body which handles outstanding war crimes cases for Rwanda and Yugoslavia. "We knew already a year ago that he was very likely to be in the UK, France or in Belgium and we concluded only two months ago that he was in France," the chief prosecutor for the UN's International Residual Mechanism for Criminal Tribunals' (IRMCT) told the BBC. "The French authorities located the apartment in which he was hiding, which led to the oper...
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...
UGANDA: Senior ESO spy Lt. Col. Kazoora dead

UGANDA: Senior ESO spy Lt. Col. Kazoora dead

AFRICA, FEATURE STORIES, UGANDA
MBARARA – Lt. Col. Benon Kazoora, a former director of political intelligence at the External Security Organisation (ESO), was on Saturday laid to rest after succumbing to cancer on Thursday, May 20. He was 65. According to his nephew, Albert Gomes Mugumya, the Cuban trained military officer had been battling cancer of the tongue for two years and he was announced dead by Nakasero Hospital. He was laid to rest at his home in Rutooma, Kashaari in Mbarara district on Saturday.He is survived by two sons. Col. Benon Kazoora, who studied from Moscow University, joined ESO in 1986. He is a young brother to NRA bushwar hero and former Member of Parliament for Kashaari Maj. John Kazoora.
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...
Merck Foundation together with African First Ladies continue their strategy to provide specialty training for African doctors to better manage diabetes and hypertension patients

Merck Foundation together with African First Ladies continue their strategy to provide specialty training for African doctors to better manage diabetes and hypertension patients

AFRICA, FEATURE STORIES, HEALTH
LUSAKA, Zambia, May 22, 2020/ --Merck Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Merck KGaA Germany in partnership with African First Ladies and Ministries of Health, continue their strategy to provide one-year diploma and two-year master degree in both Preventive Cardiovascular Medicine and Diabetes for medical postgraduates from more than 35 African and Asian countries. Dr. Rasha Kelej, CEO of Merck Foundation and One of 100 Most Influential Africans emphasized, “Amidst the pandemic that has rocked the world, we must not forget people living with other health conditions such as Diabetes and Hypertension because they are the Coronavirus risk groups therefore Merck Foundation continues to build Hypertension and Diabetes care training to doctors, in partnership with African First La...
Apex Industries joins Equal by 30 Campaign and Commits to Equal Pay, Leadership and Opportunities for Women in the Energy Sector

Apex Industries joins Equal by 30 Campaign and Commits to Equal Pay, Leadership and Opportunities for Women in the Energy Sector

Business, FEATURE STORIES
MALABO, Equatorial Guinea, May 22, 2020/ -- The Equal by 30 Campaign aims to advance gender equality and ensure women have the same opportunities as men in the energy industry. The Equal by 30 campaign is a joint initiative of the Clean Energy, Education and Empowerment Initiative (C3E), which works to advance the participation of women in the clean energy transition and close the gender gap, and the International Energy Agency (IEA). The Equal by 30 campaign aims to have public and private sector commitments to work towards equal pay, equal leadership and equal opportunities for women in the clean energy sector by 2030.Our vision is framed in the dream of a strong, dynamic and innovative Africa and Equatorial Guinea, manifested through the strength of its companies and its b...