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Uganda Electoral Commission joins  the fight against  Covid 19 by donating  15,000,000 Million shillings.

Uganda Electoral Commission joins the fight against Covid 19 by donating 15,000,000 Million shillings.

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, Covid 19 Donations, COVID-19, EAST AFRICA, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, INTERNATIONAL WOMEN'S DAY, UGANDA, World Health Organization
Uganda’s  Electoral body couldn’t be left behind as individuals and other Companies are donating willingly in the fight against  Covid. Uganda’s First Deputy  Prime Minister Rt Hon. Gen (RTD) Moses Ali receiving the UGX 15 Million donation from the Chairman of EC Justice Dr. Simon Byabakama. Left is the Political head of the National Response Fund to Covid19 and the Minister of General Duties in the Office of the Prime Minister Hon. Mary Karooro Okurut.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates.  The 50,000 notes were received Uganda’s  First Deputy  Prime Minister Rt Hon. Gen (RTD)in the Presence of  the Political Overseer of the National Response Fund to Covid 19 Hon. Mary Mary Karooro Okurut ,the Chairperson of the Fund Engineer Emmanuel Katongole ,Mrs. Kisaka Dorothy, the Administra...
Coca-Cola Beverages Africa Hands Over COVID-19 Contribution of UGX1.3bn

Coca-Cola Beverages Africa Hands Over COVID-19 Contribution of UGX1.3bn

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, Covid 19 Donations, COVID-19, EAST AFRICA, ENGLAND, EUROPE, FEATURE STORIES, HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, UGANDA, UNITED KINGDOM, WORLD
COVID-19 Task Force Receives Three Pick-Ups for Ministry of Health Fleet - May 20, 2020, Kampala - Uganda Coca-Cola Beverages Africa in Uganda today handed over its contribution of UGX1.3billion (One Billion, Three Hundred Million Shillings) with three brand new pick-up trucks added to the Ministry of Health COVID-19 fleet. (R-L) Prime Minister and Chair of the National Task Force for COVID-19, Rt. Hon. Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda, Conrad van Niekerk, Coca-Cola Beverages Africa Regional Managing Director in charge of Uganda, Tanzania and Ghana,Melkamu Abebe,General ManagerUganda and Simon Kaheru (Public Affairs & Communications Director).Extreme right is Hon.Mary Karooro Okurut,the over seer of National Response Fund to Covid19 and Minister incharge of General Duties.Photo by Ronald...
UGANDA: ‘People Power’ leader demands for accountability of the Covid-19 money, food.

UGANDA: ‘People Power’ leader demands for accountability of the Covid-19 money, food.

AFRICA, COVID-19, UGANDA
Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi, alias Bobi Wine, has called on the government to account for the relief items and money that has been given to the Covid-19 National Taskforce. Addressing a press conference at the People Power headquarters in Kamwokya, a Kampala suburb, yesterday, Bobi Wine said the taskforce has continued to ask for more money from the public but without publicly showing how the other contributions have been utilised. “The taskforce has gone ahead to ask for Shs10,000 from Ugandans but they have not laboured to tell us what the money and relief items they have been receiving since March has done. We need this report because the people that are not working are the ones that they continue to squeeze money from,” he said. As of last week, the taskforce indicated...
SPORTS: Vipers SC declared 2019/20  UPL Winners amid the Covid-19 Pandemic.

SPORTS: Vipers SC declared 2019/20 UPL Winners amid the Covid-19 Pandemic.

Sports, UGANDA
Vipers SC have been declared the 2019/20 Uganda Premier League (UPL) season. This was confirmed by the Federation of Uganda Football Association president, Moses Magogo, on Wednesday, May 20 during a special press conference held at FUFA House in Mengo. Magogo also noted that Maroons FC, Proline FC and Tooro United FC had been relegated to the FUFA Big League. Before the league was halted in March, Vipers were leading the UPL standings with 54 points from 25 games. The Venoms were four points ahead of second-placed KCCA FC. It was announced by Magogo that the Executive had applied the 75% sporting rule so as to award Vipers SC the title. Consequently, Vipers SC will represent Uganda in the CAF Champions League while KCCA FC enters next season’s CAF Confederations Cup.
UGANDA: Gen Tumukunde’s Trial suspended to June.

UGANDA: Gen Tumukunde’s Trial suspended to June.

AFRICA, UGANDA
Court on Wednesday declined to honour a request by lawyers representing Rtd Lt Gen Henry Tumukunde who wanted  court to give state the last adjournment to complete its investigations in a treason case against their client, since he is a presidential aspirant, and any delay to prosecute him disrupts his programme. Court said that it is still early for the defence team to ask for the last adjournment since the prevailing lockdown to control the spread of coronavirus, cannot allow thoroughly investigations of the matter.  This was state prosecutor, Mr Joseph Kyomuhendo informed court that inquiries are still ongoing and that they are constrained to proceed with investigations. Trial magistrate, Ms Valerian Tuhimbise said that it is not practical to give the state last adjo...
Coronavirus – Uganda: Denmark Supports Uganda’s COVID-19 Response with Two Million Dollars

Coronavirus – Uganda: Denmark Supports Uganda’s COVID-19 Response with Two Million Dollars

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, Covid 19 Donations, Denmark, EAST AFRICA, EUROPE, HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, UGANDA
The Government of Denmark has signed a grant worth Two (2) Million Dollars to support the COVID-19 response in Uganda. The grant is to be channelled through the World Health Organization (WHO) and the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) and will go towards the procurement of lifesaving commodities such as masks and Personal Protective Equipment (PPEs) for health workers. The grant will also support the improvement of Sexual and Reproductive Health (SRH) services in selected districts. At the signing ceremony, the Danish Ambassador to Uganda, His Excellency Nicolaj Petersen extended his government’s appreciation to the Government of Uganda for implementing strategic and effective measures to curb and manage the COVID-19 pandemic. “Uganda has managed to control the spread of the Coron...
Uganda: MPs concerned about delayed electrification project

Uganda: MPs concerned about delayed electrification project

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, Politics, UGANDA, Ugandan Parliamanet
KAMPALA, UGANDA - PARLIAMENT ---- Members of Parliament are concerned about the delayed roll out of the national rural electrification project following approval of a  loan from EXIM BankBududa District Woman MP, Hon. Justine Khainza said that the loan amounting to US$212.6 million is meant to have electricity extended to 287 sub-counties across the country. The project was supposed to be implemented by Tebian Electric Apparatus (TBEA) Company Limited. “Of late, the media has been awash with allegations of financial loss under the Rural Electrocution Agency (REA) and in particular, pertaining to these sub-county projects.,” said Khainza.Hon. James Waluswaka (NRM, Bunyole West) said the loan was passed with a promise to Ugandans that all sub-counties would be lit by election time.“They ...
UGANDA: President Museveni emphasises on Masks, Public transport to open in June.

UGANDA: President Museveni emphasises on Masks, Public transport to open in June.

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, ECONOMY, HEALTH, UGANDA
All Ugandans aged six and above will be given free facemasks in a bid to protect themselves against the spread of coronavirus, President Museveni has said.“This mask must be worn all the time when you are in public. Whether you are sneezing, talking or coughing. Since many people raised the issue that they cannot afford these masks, the gov’t has decided to provide these masks to all Ugandans 6 years and above,” Mr Museveni said in a televised address to update Ugandans on government efforts against the spread of the virus which has left 227 people in the country infected. According to the president, children less than age six cannot safely wear these masks.“These masks, like mosquito nets, will be distributed through the LC system. One mask per person of age 6 and above will be given....

Updates on Covid19

CORONAVIRUS, Covid 19 Donations, EAST AFRICA, HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, Nairobi, UGANDA, WORLD, World Health Organization
NAIROBI, Kenya, May 18, 2020/ -- Ministry of Health, Kenya CS Sen. Mutahi Kagwe today attended the historic virtual 73rd World Health Assembly, the 1st of its kind since the establishment of World Health Organization (WHO) & reaffirmed the country’s support for WHO & it’s leadership Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, as it spearheads efforts to combat COVID Coronavirus - Egypt: UK company delivers over 40,000 Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR) test kits to EgyptLeading UK company, Primer Design Ltd, a subsidiary of Novacyt SA has exported over 40,000 PCR test kits to Egypt to support its response to COVID-19CAIRO, Egypt, May 18, 2020/ -- The UK and Egyptian government have been working hard to address the immediate medical needs of both countries by keeping essential trade flowing. In Ap...
Apology

Apology

CORONAVIRUS, Covid 19 Donations, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, UGANDA, World Health Organization
COVID FUND APPEAL IS VOLUNTARY Mr Katongole Emmanuel,The chairman of the National Response Fund to Covid19.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates. Fellow Ugandans The COVID-19 Fund appeal made to selected Chief Executives for a contribution of UGX. 10,000/= by their employees, has raised concern. The COVID-19 Fund clarifies that this contribution is entirely voluntary. On 21st April 2020, the COVID-19 Fund engaged selected business leaders in a webinar at the Ministry of Health. The Fund presented the fundraising strategy and proposed to them that they could help mobilise their employees to contribute UGX: 10,000/= each and that the businesses could consider a top up. The COVID-19 Fund stressed that this contribution was entirely voluntary and no single employee would be forc...
Coronavirus – Uganda: Dr Stella Nyanzi, Bajjo arrested over food protest

Coronavirus – Uganda: Dr Stella Nyanzi, Bajjo arrested over food protest

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, EAST AFRICA, INTERNATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, UGANDA, Uganda Police Force
KAMPALA --- Dr Stella Nyanzi, events promoter Andrew Mukasa alias Bajjo and several others have been arrested in Kampala for demonstrating over what they described as “slow distribution” of government relief food to vulnerable people, mostly affected by the Covid-19 induced lockdown.  They were arrested on Monday morning near Buganda Road Court in Kampala as they walked to the Office of the Prime Minister to seek an explanation as to why government had left several people to starve yet several food donations had been made. Dr. Stella Nyanzi Earlier on Monday, Dr Nyanzi had posted: ” I am marching today through Kampala city with my empty sauce pans and my hungry children, in protest against the HUNGER PANDEMIC spreading all over Uganda during the Covid-19 lockdown. I am marching w...
Coronavirus – Uganda: Five Tanzanians arrested for illegally entering Uganda

Coronavirus – Uganda: Five Tanzanians arrested for illegally entering Uganda

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, EAST AFRICA, INTERNATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, TANZANIA, UGANDA
RAKAI - The Police and Uganda People’s Defence Forces in Rakai district are holding five Tanzanian nationals said to have sneaked into the country amid the COVID-19 lockdown. Charles Mubiru, the Rakai Resident District Commissioner, confirmed the arrest, saying they were intercepted at Kamuli village in Kibanda sub-county on Friday. This is the same area where the Police intercepted two Burundians and a Ugandan who crossed from Tanzania on a motorcycle. Mubiru added that the district COVID taskforce authorities are keeping the suspects in isolation at the District Agricultural and Technical Centre (DATIC) for close monitoring.  He argued that some Ugandans and Tanzanians deliberately find their way in and out of the country through ungazetted border points. The taskforce has held...
Its not compulsory to donate towards  Covid19,National Response Fund to Covid19 -Members.

Its not compulsory to donate towards Covid19,National Response Fund to Covid19 -Members.

CORONAVIRUS, Covid 19 Donations, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, UGANDA, WORLD, World Health Organization
The National Response Fund to Covid19 members have dismissed Social media reports that donating to the fund is Compulsory. Members of the National Response Fund to Covid 19 (L-R) Mr Kamulegeya Francis,Engineer Emmanuel Katongole,Hon.Mary Karooro Okurut.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates. This followed an appeal by the Chairman of the above fund Engineer Emmanuel Katongole to the Chief Executive Officers of the Private Sector Companies to mobilize Shs 10,000 from each employee for the safety of Citizens. Members of the National Response Fund to Covid 19 (R-L) Mr Kamulegeya Francis,Engineer Emmanuel Katongole,Hon.Mary Karooro Okurut.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates. He said this during a press briefing at the Office of the Prime Minister on Sunday 17th May 2020. ...
Coronavirus – Uganda: Update on the Presidential Directive that only Truck Drivers with Negative Test Results will be allowed into the Country

Coronavirus – Uganda: Update on the Presidential Directive that only Truck Drivers with Negative Test Results will be allowed into the Country

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, EAST AFRICA, UGANDA
KAMPALA, Uganda, May 17, 2020/ -- Following the Presidential Directive that Only truck drivers with negative test results will be allowed into the country, Ministry of Health - Uganda met with representatives of the Truck Owners and National Logistics Platform and resolved the following: Mobilize, counsel and test all truck drivers employed in Uganda. Adopted and will implement “Truck Driver Journey Management System” Mobile application for all truck drivers to be monitored as they proceed with the journey. The above actions started with effect from yesterday.
Coronavirus – Uganda: IUIU Suspends All Staff Members

Coronavirus – Uganda: IUIU Suspends All Staff Members

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, EAST AFRICA, EDUCATION, UGANDA
Mbale ----- The Islamic University in Uganda ( IUIU) has temporarily suspended its staff due to COVID-19 effects , the Public Relations Officer for the institution Miss Rehema Kantono has confirmed. Miss Kantono said that the action is affecting both administrative and academic staff and it is temporary. In a statement signed by Dr Talal Almaliki , the University Council Chairman and Dr Ahmad Kawesa Sengendo, the institution does not have enough funds to pay staff during the pandemic. “As you know that Government of Uganda (GoU) temporarily closed all educational institutions as from the 20th March, 2020 as one of the mechanisms of controlling the spread of COVID-19 pandemic. Consequently, the Islamic University in Uganda (IUIU) also temporarily closed all its operations except f...
Coronavirus – Uganda: Public transport to remain suspended

Coronavirus – Uganda: Public transport to remain suspended

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, EAST AFRICA, INTERNATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, UGANDA
Kampala ---- Public transport will remain suspended when the current lockdown phase ends next week on Tuesday. H.E President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, on 25th March 2020, banned public transport as a way of curbing the spread of the killer Covid-19.The affected public transport included all taxis, coasters, buses, passenger trains, Tuk-Tuk and passenger boda bodas. And a source close to a top government official who met the president earlier this week has told this website that the said public transport means will remain suspended when Museveni addresses the country on Monday. “Public transport will have to wait a bit longer, its for everyone’s good,” the source quotes the official.Private vehicles will be allowed but with only a maximum of 2 people.As has been the case, trucks, De...
Uganda: MP Karuhanga goes back to court cver Shs. 40M given to NRM MPs

Uganda: MP Karuhanga goes back to court cver Shs. 40M given to NRM MPs

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, INTERNATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, UGANDA, Ugandan Parliamanet
Kampala ----- Ntungamo municipality Member of Parliament Hon. Gerald Karuhanga has vowed to make lawmakers vomit the shs 40m cash bonanza by President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni. According to the soft-spoken leader, giving MPs money to pass certain resolutions is not only a bribe but immoral and gross abuse offices. This development can as in an interesting twist of events, Members of Parliament who were ordered to return the controversial UGX 20 million but had to receive UGX 40 million in appreciation for supporting the motion to recognize President Museveni for the management of the COVID19. It is also said that the money is also aimed at influencing MPs opposing the passing of the National Social Security Fund (NSSF) Bill, a move that has forced the Ntungamo leader to go back to ...
Coronavirus – Uganda: Nice House of Plastics lays off staff, cites Covid19

Coronavirus – Uganda: Nice House of Plastics lays off staff, cites Covid19

AFRICA, Business, CORONAVIRUS, EAST AFRICA, UGANDA
Kampala --- Local manufacturer Nice House of Plastics (NHOP) has laid off staff citing tough conditions created by Covid-19 outbreak. In a notice released on Wednesday, the company said it has been severely affected by Covid-19 forcing it to take measures to keep operating. “The company will immediately embark on a restructuring programme that will result in retirement of all those who were scheduled to retire, a total of 09 members of staff, staff redundancies affecting 47 members of staff, and leave without pay for the remaining staff for an initial three months,” the notice reads in part. Owing to the significant headcount increase in 2019/2020, staff annual salary increments, and adjustments arising out of the job evaluation and grade movements, employee costs have risen to ...
Uganda:ISO Operative Remanded to Military Barracks

Uganda:ISO Operative Remanded to Military Barracks

AFRICA, CRIME, EAST AFRICA, INTERNATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, SECURITY, UGANDA
Kampala ----- The head of cyber department at Internal Security Organisation (ISO), Simon Peter Odongo has been charged and remanded to Makindye Military Barracks. He was on Thursday charged with illegal possession of government stores and espionage. Odongo was arrested last week as he tried to resist arrest during a military investigation into theft of COVID-19 relief food in a Kampala suburb. It is alleged Odongo tried to shoot at UPDF soldiers who nearly took him out of action. According to the charges, Odongo was found in illegal possession of three guns, army jackets and uniforms. Odongo’s arrest came amid accusations of fabricating and circulating audio tapes and WhatsApp conversations to frame businessmen and senior government officials. In a resignation lette...
Coronavirus – Uganda: Speaker disagrees with Museveni on locking down citizens but allows truck drivers to continue moving

Coronavirus – Uganda: Speaker disagrees with Museveni on locking down citizens but allows truck drivers to continue moving

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, EAST AFRICA, HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, Politics, UGANDA, Ugandan Parliamanet
Kampala ---- The Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga has called upon government to either stop the movement of truck drivers who are infected with Coronavirus (COVID-19) or lift the lockdown, instead of letting poor Ugandans suffer inside their houses. While  speaking in Parliament on Thursday, Kadaga  told the House that Ugandans are concerned about government’s decision to continue keeping them locked inside their houses yet they are not infected, while  the same government allows truck drivers, many of who are infected with COVID-19, to continue moving freely around the country. “It is disturbing to note that the bulk of the new COVID-19 cases are from truck drivers. Ugandan locked in their homes are not moving, but truck drivers who are testing positive are going about normal l...