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President Kenyatta mourns former Nairobi County Speaker Ole Magelo

President Kenyatta mourns former Nairobi County Speaker Ole Magelo

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NAIROBI, 8th May 2021, President Uhuru Kenyatta has sent a message of condolence to the family, friends and relatives of former Nairobi County Speaker Alex Ole Magelo who passed away last night at a Nairobi hospital. In his message of comfort and encouragement, President Kenyatta described the late Ole Magelo as an outstanding leader who worked hard to make Kenya a better country for all. The Head of State said the late Ole Magelo’s commitment to duty and service to fellow Kenyans saw him being appointed as a member of the Kenya Leather Development Council last year. “I have known the late Ole Magelo for a long time and from my interactions with him, I came to appreciate his commitment and desire to make life better for others. “He was a gentleman and a sports enthusiast w...
MTN Kampala marathon: Bududa landslide survivors, refugees enjoy a decade of safe water

MTN Kampala marathon: Bududa landslide survivors, refugees enjoy a decade of safe water

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Prior to 2010, it was survival for the fittest to access water from a borehole in Kiryandongo district where over 2000 people relied on only 2 functional boreholes. Runners in action Kiryandongo district which houses survivors of the Bududa landslides in Mbale is also the host community for
 refugees in the refugee resettlement camp. As Julius Weleka, the chairman LC 1, Panyadoli A village as well as chairman of the Bududa community narrates, the water situation was so bad that it led to fights between themselves and refugees. A section of the 10KM race participants prepare for flag off “The relationship between us and the refugees was very bad because people were fighting for water. Sanitation was also very bad because people did not have water. The number of people gettin...
President Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday evening bade farewell to his Tanzanian counterpart Her Excellency Samia Suluhu Hassan at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) in Nairobi City County.

President Uhuru Kenyatta on Wednesday evening bade farewell to his Tanzanian counterpart Her Excellency Samia Suluhu Hassan at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) in Nairobi City County.

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President Suluhu is returning home after a successful two-day maiden State Visit to Kenya during which she held talks with President Kenyatta, attended a Kenya-Tanzania Business Forum and addressed a joint session of Parliament among other official engagements.
JKIA: President Samia Suluhu Hassan of Tanzania arrives in Kenya for a 2-Day State Visit

JKIA: President Samia Suluhu Hassan of Tanzania arrives in Kenya for a 2-Day State Visit

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Her Excellency President Samia Suluhu Hassan of the United Republic of Tanzania arrives at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Nairobi for a two-day State Visit to the Republic of Kenya. The visiting Head of State was received by Cabinet Secretaries Raychelle Omamo (Foreign Affairs), Amb. Amina Mohammed (Sports) and Kenya's Ambassador to Tanzania Dan Kazungu. Her Excellency President Samia Suluhu Hassan of the United Republic of Tanzania arrives at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport, Nairobi for a two-day State Visit to the Republic of Kenya. The visiting Head of State was received by Cabinet Secretaries Raychelle Omamo (Foreign Affairs), Amb. Amina Mohammed (Sports) and Kenya's Ambassador to Tanzania Dan Kazungu. Her Excellency President Samia Suluhu Hassan of the United Republic...
Fast track Malaria Trust Fund – Speaker

Fast track Malaria Trust Fund – Speaker

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The Speaker of Uganda's Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga, has urged the Parliamentary Forum on Malaria to fast track the formation of the Malaria Trust Fund (MTF) to enable the government make its monetary contribution. Kadaga made the remarks at the launch of the “Malaria ends with me campaign” at Parliament on Tuesday, 27 April 2021. She regretted that COVID-19 had boxed the fight against malaria into a corner. “The Coronavirus has had a lot of impact on the population. The mosquitoes did not go into lockdown and they continue to ravage the population. In Namasagali, one cannot even sit down during the day because the whole body will be ravaged by mosquitoes. If we spray the houses, the citizens can go back to living their normal lives,” she said.  She advised the citizens to p...
President Macron pledges political, economic support, ahead of M7 swearing-in, pushes EACOP Oil pipeline

President Macron pledges political, economic support, ahead of M7 swearing-in, pushes EACOP Oil pipeline

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STATE HOUSE, ENTEBBE: French President Emmanuel Macron has sent a strong message of support to President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni ahead of his swearing-in ceremony next month pledging to work with him to strengthen the political and economic relationship between the two countries. French President Emmanuel Macron “I sincerely hope that your new term of office will be an opportunity to deepen the friendship between our two countries, and to develop a relationship of trust in all areas of mutual interest, both political and economic. I therefore hope that the coming years will allow us to cultivate our bilateral dialogue on strategic issues for both countries, especially in supporting the peace process in South Sudan, the stabilization of Somalia and the easing of tensions in the great ...
Covid-19 has set back the global youth agenda, President Kenyatta says

Covid-19 has set back the global youth agenda, President Kenyatta says

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NAIROBI, 30th April 2021 (PSCU) – The Coronavirus pandemic has temporarily set back the global agenda of ensuring young people aged between 10 to 24 years are in education, training or employment by 2030, President Uhuru Kenyatta has said. President Uhuru Kenyatta during Generation Unlimited (GenU) global leadership council meeting held virtually and attended by Prime Minister Alexander De Croo of Belgium, President Mokgweetsi Masisi of Botswana and former British PM Gordon Brown. President Kenyatta was joined at the virtual meeting by Head of Public Service Dr Joseph Kinyua and ICT CS Joe Mucheru. The President noted that globally, schools for more than 168 million children have been closed for almost an entire year due to Covid-19 lockdowns.. "Young people have lost jobs and li...
Outgoing MPs receive tips on life outside Parliament

Outgoing MPs receive tips on life outside Parliament

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Members of Parliament will have opportunity to live differently after expiry of their term of office following training on life outside Parliament. Speaker Of the Ugandan Parliament Rt.Hon.Alitwala Rebecca Kadaga (R) awards Hon. Jalia Bintu for her long Service. The Rebecca Kadaga Institute of Parliamentary Studies has organized a two day seminar where outgoing MPs of the 10th Parliament will receive tips ranging from the financial, social and management sectors. Speaker Of the Ugandan Parliament Rt.Hon.Alitwala Rebecca Kadaga. Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga who officiated at the opening of the seminar said this is an opportunity for the outgoing MPs to pick ideas on how to live once they have left the House. Speaker Of the Ugandan Parliament Rt.Hon.Alitwala Rebecca ...
FDC opens a three days FDC Parliamentary Retreat

FDC opens a three days FDC Parliamentary Retreat

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The FDC Party President the Hon. Eng. Patrick  Amuriat Oboi has today morning officially opened a three days FDC Parliamentary Retreat running under the theme; "11th Parliament; better legislation and enhanced Party growth"  at Namugongo-kyooto in Wakiso District.  The retreat has brought together the FDC Members of Parliament elect of the 11th Parliament. Its aimed at Guiding and sharpening the FDC MPs to be effective legislators in the National Parliament; building their capacity in legislation and oversight  in committees and the Plenary and as well as setting the legislative agenda as FDC Parliamentary caucas for the next 5 years of the 11th Parliament.  The Retreat is blessed with very experienced and competent Party leaders to build capacity of the FDC MPs;  Party ...
United States Hands Over Critical COVID-19 Vaccine Data Tools to Uganda’s Ministry of Health

United States Hands Over Critical COVID-19 Vaccine Data Tools to Uganda’s Ministry of Health

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Kampala, April 23, 2021 – The United States is working hand-in-hand with the people of Uganda to help prevent, detect, and respond to COVID-19. As part of this effort, the United States government, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), has committed $3.2 million to support the Government of Uganda’s rollout of the country’s phase one COVID-19 vaccination program. The first phase of this support is the printing of critical data tools used for the documentation, reporting, and accountability of the vaccine rollout in health clinics throughout the country.    Ambassador Natalie E. Brown | U.S. Embassy in Uganda Today at Kiswa Health Center III, USAID/Uganda Mission Director Richard Nelson handed over COVID-19 Vaccine Data Tools to the Ministry of Health. Valued...
MPs oppose transfer of women fund

MPs oppose transfer of women fund

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Caption on Photo 1 Legislators are opposed to the merger of the Uganda Women Entrepreneurship Programme (UWEP) with other wealth creation funds saying it will cause financial disenfranchisement of women in the communities. On Tuesday, 20 April 2021, the Leader of the Opposition, Hon. Betty Aol Ocan moved the motion which support from across the political divide. MPs said that the Government should leave UWEP in the Ministry of Gender, Labor and Social Development. Ocan said the programme was initiated to address access to affordable credit, limited technical knowledge and skills for business development, access to markets and information regarding business opportunities. Ocan argued further that the fund promotes women empowerment by providing cheap access to credit for en...
Parliament approves US$65 million loan for farmers

Parliament approves US$65 million loan for farmers

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Ugandans engaged in the agricultural sector are poised to receive stimulus packages following the approval of a request authorising government to guarantee Uganda Development Bank (UDB) to borrow US$65 million.Parliament approved a request to authorize government to guarantee UDB to borrow US$15 million from the European Investment Bank, US$10 million from Islamic Trade Finance Corporation, US$20 million from OPEC fund for International Development and US$20 million from the Arab Bank for Economic Development.Presenting the report on the request, during the plenary sitting on 21 April 2021, the Chairperson of the Committee on National Economy, Hon Syda Bbumba said the funds are being deployed in the agriculture, manufacturing and agro-industrial sectors.She added that the bank only receiv...
Uganda: Parliament approves US$65 million loan for farmers

Uganda: Parliament approves US$65 million loan for farmers

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Ugandans engaged in the agricultural sector are poised to receive stimulus packages following the approval of a request authorising government to guarantee Uganda Development Bank (UDB) to borrow US$65 million.Parliament approved a request to authorize government to guarantee UDB to borrow US$15 million from the European Investment Bank, US$10 million from Islamic Trade Finance Corporation, US$20 million from OPEC fund for International Development and US$20 million from the Arab Bank for Economic Development.Presenting the report on the request, during the plenary sitting on 21 April 2021, the Chairperson of the Committee on National Economy, Hon Syda Bbumba said the funds are being deployed in the agriculture, manufacturing and agro-industrial sectors.She added that the bank only re...
Uganda: ‘Address plight of workers affected by Covid-19’

Uganda: ‘Address plight of workers affected by Covid-19’

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Lawmakers want government to develop favourable policies aimed at addressing the plight of Ugandans whose livelihoods have been affected by the Covid-19 pandemic.The call was made following a statement presented by the Minister of state for Labour, Hon Peace Mutuuzo ahead of the International Labour Day celebrations day on 01 May 2021.Mutuuzo said that the day will be celebrated scientifically at State House Entebbe under the theme, ‘Enhancing innovation for increased employment creation and labour productivity: A sustainable covid-19 response’She said that the measures taken in Uganda and around the world to control covid-19 have posed serious challenges to majority of the businesses in Uganda.“The negative impact of covid-19 has manifested in several ways including termination of worker...
Uganda: MPs oppose transfer of women fund

Uganda: MPs oppose transfer of women fund

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Legislators are opposed to the merger of the Uganda Women Entrepreneurship Programme (UWEP) with other wealth creation funds saying it will cause financial disenfranchisement of women in the communities. On Tuesday, 20 April 2021, the Leader of the Opposition, Hon. Betty Aol Ocan moved the motion which support from across the political divide. MPs said that the Government should leave UWEP in the Ministry of Gender, Labor and Social Development. Ocan said the programme was initiated to address access to affordable credit, limited technical knowledge and skills for business development, access to markets and information regarding business opportunities. Ocan argued further that the fund promotes women empowerment by providing cheap access to credit for entrepreneurship and that do...
Parliament to expedite creation of council on Islamic Banking

Parliament to expedite creation of council on Islamic Banking

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The Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga, has pledged to expedite the formation of the Central Shari'a Advisory Council that will operationalise Islamic Banking in Uganda. Kadaga asked the Head of Islamic Banking at Tropical Bank, Dr Suleiman Lujja, to present her with names of Muslim scholars that she will forward to the finance minister. “We recently took on the Minister of Finance on the issue of Islamic Banking and he said they were waiting for scholars to make the advisory board. MPs said we have scholars in the country who can handle Shari’a Islamic Banking,” said Kadaga. She made the remarks while addressing the Muslim community at an Iftar Dinner hosted by Parliament on Friday, 16 April 2021. Islamic Banking is provided for in the Financial Institutions Amendment Act,...
MTN Partners with Tooro Kingdom to donate 80 fully kitted hospital beds to health center IIIs in the kingdom

MTN Partners with Tooro Kingdom to donate 80 fully kitted hospital beds to health center IIIs in the kingdom

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MTN partners with Tooro kingdom to donate 80 fully kited hospital beds to various health center IIIs in Tooro KingdomThe donation is part of a commitment the telecom company made mid this year in which it signed over a commitment of shs700million to support social, economic and cultural programs of the kingdom.MTN believes that working with cultural institutions is a worthwhile partnership as they promote shared values in the communities. Saturday 17th April 2021- Fort Portal, Western Uganda: MTN Uganda and the Tooro kingdom have donated 80 kitted patient beds to various health center III’s in Tooro Kingdom. The donation is part of MTN’s commitment to support the kingdom in her efforts to uplift the social, economic and cultural life of the people of Tooro. MTN hands over bed...
We still need Kadaga to be our Speaker- General Moses Ali

We still need Kadaga to be our Speaker- General Moses Ali

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Uganda's Deputy Prime Minister Moses Ali has declared that he Supports Rt Hon Rebbecca to still be the Speaker Of Parliament. (L_R) Uganda's Speaker of Parliament Rt.Hon. Rebecca Kadaga talks to the Imam Of the Parliamentary Mosque Hajji Latif Sebagala during the Event.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates. He declared his support for the Current Speaker while presiding over Iftar dinner organised by Rt Hon Alitwala Kadaga at the Parliamentary Premises.This will be Kadaga’s third term bid, saying Uganda still needed her and that the country was peaceful because of her. (L_R) Uganda's Speaker of Parliament Rt.Hon. Rebecca Kadaga talks to the President of Jeema Party Hon.Asuman Basalirwa during the Event.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates. "She is a very experienced lead...