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UGANDA: Court Martial to rule on bail application by Kayihura’s co-accused today.

UGANDA: Court Martial to rule on bail application by Kayihura’s co-accused today.

AFRICA, UGANDA, Uganda Police Force
Four suspects jointly charged with the former Inspector General of Police (IGP) Gen Kale Kayihura for aiding and abetting the kidnap and illegal repatriation of Rwandan refugees, have applied for bail before the General Court Martial. They include; former Deputy Commandant of the Professional Standards Unit (PSU), SSP Richard Ndaboine, ASP Patrick Muramira, ASP Jonas Ayebaza and Detective Constable Abel Kitagenda, all formerly attached to the Flying Squad Unit. The four appeared before the General Court Martial chaired by Lt Gen Andrew Gutti on Monday. Their lawyer, Elizabeth Namisingwa who represented Maj Silas Kamanda Mutungi told court that the charges against all the accused persons are bailable. Ms Namisingwa further argued that the applicants are all family men w...
UGANDA: Panic in Karamoja as locusts advance border

UGANDA: Panic in Karamoja as locusts advance border

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, FEATURE STORIES, KENYA, UGANDA
The pastoral community in Karamoja is in panic following reports that the deadly locusts that have attacked parts of Africa are only 60 kilometres away from Uganda. The locusts are said to be advancing to Uganda through West Pokot County in Kenya to Amudat and via Turkana to Kaabong. On Saturday, Feb 1, Kaabong and Amudat local governments formed committees to monitor the border. The teams were directed to closely monitor the borders and report to the districts and the Ministry of Agriculture Animal Industry and Fisheries if they see anything similar to the ravenous insects. Mr. Mark Abuku, the LCV Chairperson for Kaabong District said they have mobilised the community and pastoralists grazing along the border of Kaabong and Turkana to report anything unusual for proper ...
UGANDA: Govt wants UGX5b to establish consulate in South Korea.

UGANDA: Govt wants UGX5b to establish consulate in South Korea.

AFRICA, FEATURE STORIES, SOUTH KOREA, UGANDA
Parliament approved a request by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs calling on the Ministry of Finance to avail Shs5b within the budget to establish a consulate in Seoul-South Korea. The decision by Parliament followed a recommendation made by the Budget Committee that highlighted that South Korea is funding quite a number of projects in the Country and was one of the first countries to establish an embassy in Uganda but the relations haven’t been reciprocated by Uganda. “The Committee recommends that the government seeks the support of the Committee to securing Shs5b to be able to establish an Embassy in South Korea,” read in part the report. Parliament in its report on the 2020/2021 national budget framework paper also called on the Finance Ministry to avail Shs8b to the ...
AFRICA: Israel to normalize relations as leaders hold ‘secret’ Kampala meeting

AFRICA: Israel to normalize relations as leaders hold ‘secret’ Kampala meeting

AFRICA, FEATURE STORIES, SOUTH SUDAN, UGANDA
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with the leader of Sudan on Monday and said they began talks on normalization, a major diplomatic breakthrough with an Arab and African state two days after the Arab League rejected a U.S. Mideast initiative that heavily favors Israel. Sudan is a longtime member of the Arab League and joined other members in rejecting President Donald Trump’s plan. But Sudan is also desperate to lift sanctions linked to its listing by the U.S. as a state sponsor of terror — a key step toward ending its isolation and rebuilding its economy after the popular uprising that toppled Omar al-Bashir last year. We agreed to begin cooperation that will lead to normalization of relations between the two countries. History! For Israel, the meeting mar...
ENTERTAINMENT: Artist Eddy Kenzo wants govt to recognise well internationally doing artists.

ENTERTAINMENT: Artist Eddy Kenzo wants govt to recognise well internationally doing artists.

Entertainment, MUSIC, UGANDA
Singer Edrisah Musuuza commonly known and Eddy Kenzo has urged Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga to hold talks with the Executive to ensure that artists who hold Uganda’s flag high at international scenes are rewarded for improving Uganda’s image abroad. Ugandan Artist Eddy Kenzo.Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates. Kenzo made the plea on Monday, February 3 while meeting with Speaker Kadaga at Parliament to brief Parliament about his achievements in the entertainment industry defending his use of luganda noting that his consistency in use of Luganda is one of the ways of promoting Uganda worldwide. Kenzo also commented about the copyright law which he described as good but argued that there are some provisions that are detrimental towards upcoming musicians. The S...
AFRICA: President Museveni accepts to open Ugandan embassy in Jerusalem after Netanyahu visit.

AFRICA: President Museveni accepts to open Ugandan embassy in Jerusalem after Netanyahu visit.

AFRICA, FEATURE STORIES, UGANDA
On Monday, Netanyahu had a one-day official visit to Uganda in which he held a closed-door meeting with his Ugandan host. Speaking to journalists following the meeting, the Israel Prime Minister asked his host to open up an embassy in Jerusalem to become the third country to do so, after the US and Guatemala. “I have a simple suggestion that you will have time to consider. You open an embassy in Jerusalem and I will open one in Kampala. We hope to do it in the near future,” Netanyahu asked Museveni. Speaking in response to the request by his visitor, Museveni said he is seriously considering working on the same and that with time, they would announce the outcome. “If a friend says I want your embassy here, rather than there, I don’t see why we would refuse. We are r...
CRIME: Court dismisses sexual harassment case against Brian Isiko.

CRIME: Court dismisses sexual harassment case against Brian Isiko.

CRIME, UGANDA
Buganda Road Court has dismissed the case against Brian Isiko, a student of YMCA had been accused of harassing Kabarole District Woman MP Sylvia Rwabwogo through love messages. In her petition, the legislator alleged that Isiko had repeatedly sent her lustful love messages between late 2017 and June 2018, which had disturbed her peace of mind. In July 2018, Isiko was convicted and sentenced to two years in jail before he appealed the judgment through his lawyers in High Court. Court later ordered for a retrial. Isiko has since then been turning up for the case hearing until today, Monday, February 3, 2020 when magistrate Stella Amabilis made the decision to dismiss the case. According to the magistrate, the witness has repeatedly missed case hearings which showed...
UGANDA: Israel’s Prime Minister arrives in Uganda.

UGANDA: Israel’s Prime Minister arrives in Uganda.

FEATURE STORIES, UGANDA
Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has arrived Monday for a one-day visit to Uganda, where he is set to meet with leaders of other East African countries. At Entebbe airport, Mr. Netanyahu who is in company of his wife was welcomed by Prime Minister Ruhakana, state minister for foreign affairs Okello Oryem among other officials. “I am setting out for another visit to Africa, my fifth in three and a half years,” Netanyahu was quoted by local media before taking off from Tel Aviv. “Israel is making a big return to Africa, and Africa has already returned to Israel. These are important ties politically, economically and in terms of security,” he said, adding that he hopes to have good news upon his return. In July 2016, Natanyahu participated in a ceremony in Ug...
UGANDA: “No sane person should expect the next elections to be fair” – Ssemujju.

UGANDA: “No sane person should expect the next elections to be fair” – Ssemujju.

2021 ELECTIONS, AFRICA, Politics, UGANDA
Kira Municipality Member of Parliament Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda has claimed that the upcoming 2021 general election is likely to be the worst in terms of rigging. Ssemujju made these remarks while appearing on NBS Television’s Morning Breeze on Monday morning. He said he doesn’t expect anyone to think that the elections will be fair because the incumbent, President Museveni has already rigged the elections. “2021 is likely to be the worst election this country has experienced because our dear leader does not want any organized competition. I do not think there is anyone sane who will say this election will be fair,” Ssemujju said. “You have one person and his group campaigning every day. That is the frame under which we go to the elections. It is maneuvering to survi...
UGANDA: Dfcu leads Ugandan banks in digital financing drive.

UGANDA: Dfcu leads Ugandan banks in digital financing drive.

AFRICA, FEATURE STORIES, UGANDA
In this day and age where technology is taking over the digital space, it is a rather dramatic era for the banking industry, as digital disruption has forced many incumbent banks to step out of their comfort zone and up their digital game Changing customer behaviour, increasing expectations, omnichannel experience and the digitization of business and society, in general, have brought along what some people call the digital arms race in banking. Banks around the world are realizing how investments in digital technologies could benefit customer acquisition and satisfaction. Digital transformation is taking place in Uganda’s financial services industry, with a host of non-bank innovators offering both customer-facing and back-office fintech products and services. While banks...
ENTERTAINMENT: Ugandas music icon “Sheebah Karungi” quits TNS

ENTERTAINMENT: Ugandas music icon “Sheebah Karungi” quits TNS

Entertainment, UGANDA
All is not well in Team No Sleep (TNS) after unconfirmed rumors indicating that singer Sheebah Karungi is having a bitter fallout with her long term manager Jeff Kiwanuka. Sheebah has been working with Kiwa for over eight years now, but apparently the duo is up in arms over issues best known by themselves. According to sources, Sheebah and Kiwa have not been in good terms for quiet sometime, but things turned worse recently when Sheebah released her latest song ‘Ekyama’ behind Kiwa’s back and even refused to include Kiwa’s TNS on the song. It’s also reported that Sheebah is currently working with a new music label called SC Events and management to help her push her music career. And through her social media platform on Thursday, Sheebah gave a hint about this matter,...
FEATURE STORIES: U.S. Mission Uganda and Makerere University to Hold February 6 Concert.

FEATURE STORIES: U.S. Mission Uganda and Makerere University to Hold February 6 Concert.

AFRICA, FEATURE STORIES, UGANDA
The U.S. Mission in Uganda has partnered with Makerere University’s Department of Performing Arts and Film, the Global Livingston Institute, and Reach a Hand Uganda to hold a musical performance “Freedom’s Soundtrack” on February 6.  The concert, held during Black History Month, will feature music spanning three centuries that reflects the African American experience in the United States from slavery in the 1800’s up through the Civil Rights era of the 1960’s and through the present day.  The concert will feature the Makerere University Choir, American musician Seth Sharp, and Ugandan artists Sauti Ya Africa, Sheebah, Rema, Navio, and the Janzi Band. U.S. Mission Uganda Chargé d’Affaires Christopher Krafft will provide remarks. WHEN: Thursday, February 6, starting at 6...
EDUCATION: UNEB security committe starts hearing cases of examination ‘cheats’

EDUCATION: UNEB security committe starts hearing cases of examination ‘cheats’

AFRICA, EDUCATION, UGANDA
The Uganda National Examinations Board (UNEB) has on Monday, February 3 started the hearing process of different schools, whose results were withheld. Examination results of different schools at different levels were withheld over suspected examination malpractice and the candidates whose results were withheld shall appear before the UNEB Security Committee for interrogation. UNEB chairperson Prof. Mary Okwakol said that candidates and schools whose PLE results were withheld will be summoned on designed dates starting Monday, February 3 to explain themselves before they commit. Results of 1,512 candidates were withheld during the release of Primary Leaving Examinations (PLE) last month while a total of 1,262 students across the country had their results withheld dur...
AFRICA: Archbishop Lwanga of Uganda bans receiving of Holy Communion in hands in new decree on Eucharist.

AFRICA: Archbishop Lwanga of Uganda bans receiving of Holy Communion in hands in new decree on Eucharist.

AFRICA, RELIGION, UGANDA
In a communication released on February,1, Archbishop Lwanga said the new decree stemmed from liturgical and canonical norms of the church that require him by law to fend off abuses in the liturgical life of the church. “Henceforth, it is forbidden to distribute or to receive Holy Communion in the hands. Mother Church enjoins us to hold the Most Holy Eucharist in the highest honor. Due to many reported instances of dishonoring the Eucharist that have been associated with reception of Eucharist in the hands, it is fitting to return to the more reverent method of receiving the Eucharist on the tongue,”Lwanga’s communication reads. The Kampala Archbishop Diocese further reaffirmed that those cohabiting and are involved in “grave” sins are not allowed to take Holy Commun...
UGANDA: German tourists survive nasty accident in Kanungu.

UGANDA: German tourists survive nasty accident in Kanungu.

FEATURE STORIES, Germany, UGANDA
The Police in Kanungu are investigating circumstances under which a vehicle which was hired by Germany Tourists plunged into River Ishasha. Kigezi Region Police Spokesman Elly Maate confirmed the accident that occurred on Sunday, February 2, 2020, at around 2:30 pm at Ishasha Bridge while the tourists who were in a self-chauffeured vehicle registration No UBE 809S overturned and plunged into the river. Maate said that the Germany Tourists, Christiano Gaido and his wife whose names were not readily available were heading to Bwindi Impenetrable National Park in Kanungu District when the vehicle he was driving lost control and overturned. It’s reported that, the two occupants emerged out of the fateful vehicle unhurt although they sustained minor injuries. “No death was re...
AFRICA: “Ugandans in exile are free to come back home” – President Museveni.

AFRICA: “Ugandans in exile are free to come back home” – President Museveni.

AFRICA, FEATURE STORIES, UGANDA
President Museveni has called upon all Ugandans living in exile to return to the country and join in nation building. The president’s message was delivered by Prime Minister Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda during the burial of Peter Otai, the former minister for Defence during the Obote II government. “All Ugandans who are in exile can come home peacefully and where possible resettle in their country because we need the effort of every Uganda in the struggle to develop Uganda, “he said. He also promised to revamped the home of the former fallen minister. Musa Ecweru, the state minister for Relief and Disaster Preparedness said government will continue to ask people in exile to return to the country and forget about the past. “The president over time has continued to extend a...
POLITICS: Panic as Ugandan “People power” activist goes missing.

POLITICS: Panic as Ugandan “People power” activist goes missing.

AFRICA, Politics, South Africa, UGANDA
People Power supporters in South Africa are in panic mode after one of their colleagues went missing mysteriously. Aloysious Saabwe, the coordinator of People Power in Johannesburg went missing on Friday morning January 28, 2020, according to his friends and fellow People Power members. According to his best friend Katumba Richard, all his known telephone numbers are off, and he is not at his home. “He has always been receiving threatening phone calls from private numbers, asking him to either quit People Power or risk losing his life,” Katumba added Saabwe was last seen by his colleagues on the 28th/January/2020, at Vanderbijl Park Village in Gauteng Province in Johannesburg, South Africa, at a meeting he called to brief his fellow People Power leaders in the area, ab...
UGANDA:  “Those questioning my leadership of DP are lumpens” – Mao

UGANDA: “Those questioning my leadership of DP are lumpens” – Mao

AFRICA, Politics, UGANDA
The Democratic Party(DP) president general, Norbert Mao has described members of the party who have come out to criticize and accuse him of misguiding the party as lumpens and people of questionable character. His words appear to have been directed to a group of party MPs who questioned his leadership style at a press conference in parliament last week. The group accused him of failing planned party grassroot elections and of not respecting the party constitution. This followed the cancellation of the DP grassroot elections ahead of the party delegate conference in March. However,while speaking to the media on Saturday, Mao said: “I reject the accusations by those who say there is anybody disorganising elections. I also wish to let the country know that no individual n...
UGANDA: URA warns of heavy fines to non-compliant manufacturers without “Digital stamps”.

UGANDA: URA warns of heavy fines to non-compliant manufacturers without “Digital stamps”.

AFRICA, FEATURE STORIES, UGANDA
Since they came into effect on November 1, 2019 , digital stamps have met stiff resistance from manufacturers but they were given a grace period up to January 31 which elapsed on Friday. However, in a reminder, the tax body has warned of heavy fines to manufacturers who fail to implement the digital stamp system after elapse of the grace period. “Notice is hereby given to all manufacturers or importers of products that were gazetted for Digital Tax Stamps including – soda, beer, spirits, wine, mineral water and tobacco products (including cigarettes) that the deadline for the transitional period is 31st January 2020. During this transition period from 1st November 2019 to 31st January 2020, every manufacturer, importer, distributor, agent or trader dealing in any of the g...
EDUCATION: Uganda Embassy, Washington to employ animated art as teaching resource.

EDUCATION: Uganda Embassy, Washington to employ animated art as teaching resource.

AFRICA, AMERICA, EDUCATION, UGANDA
Ambassador Mull Katende has on Friday, January 31 received paintings of Uganda’s wildlife from Ugandan artist Solomon Jjagwe and his wife Kim, as part of a cultural and tourism promotion partnership with the Uganda Embassy, Washington, DC. His artwork will be on loan to the Uganda Embassy and will be displayed on some of the Official Chancery walls as well as at the Official Residence. Solomon, is an independent film director, 3D artist and animator originally from Uganda, currently based in the US. He attended Ohio Valley University, Montgomery College and George Mason University, majoring in Art and Visual Technology. Since November of 2009, Solomon works full time on projects that emphasize wildlife conservation through his animated mountain gorilla film, Galiwango, Ob...