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UGANDA: Kabushenga the Vision Group CEO admits print media is struggling.

UGANDA: Kabushenga the Vision Group CEO admits print media is struggling.

MEDIA, UGANDA
Vision Group Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Robert Kabushenga has appealed to the Minister for Information and Communications Technology, Judith Nabakooba to find incentives to keep mainstream journalism relevant especially in favor of the local languages which he said have a wider audience- admitting that traditional print is badly struggling in the online age. Mr. Kabushenga made the call as he hosted a visiting delegation from ICT Ministry led by Mityana Woman MP and ICT Minister Nabakooba who toured the state of the art printer, newsrooms among other areas. Kabushenga for the first time admitted that the proliferation of digital media in Uganda has had a profound effect on the newspaper industry, sighting declining revenue and a massive shift of readers. As individual...
UGANDA: The ruling Party “National Resistance Movement” offices burnt

UGANDA: The ruling Party “National Resistance Movement” offices burnt

AFRICA, Politics, UGANDA
Arsonists have set on fire offices of the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) party in Kabale town.The offices that are located in Kisoro Taxi Park on Kabale Road, were burnt on Monday night. According to one of the party workers, who preferred anonymity, the fire destroyed party membership cards, posters of party leaders, curtains, among other items. Police took the burnt items to Kabale Police Station.   A sniffer dog that was brought to track the suspects failed since the scene was already tampered with. Mr Brian Ampeire, Kabale District Police commander, said they are investigating the exact cause of the fire. Mr Edison Turyahabwa alias political, the party’s publicity secretary in the district and Mr Amos Rwansheija, a party administrator, declined to ...
UGANDA: Uber increases transport fares again.

UGANDA: Uber increases transport fares again.

AFRICA, FEATURE STORIES, UGANDA
Ride-hailing company Uber has increased transport fares for the third time in just seven months in what they attributed to a rise in costs. In a statement yesterday, Uber said: “While we have always tried to keep prices as low as possible, we need to be aware of the increased costs for driver-partners.” It added: “This comes after implementing an in-depth earnings review to ensure that the Uber app continues to be a reliable economic opportunity for driver-partners, as well as an affordable option for riders.” The fare per kilometre has been increased from Shs700 to Shs850 while per minute increased from Shs100 to Shs130. The base fare and minimum fare remained at Shs1,250 and Shs6,000, respectively. Uber increased fares in June and October last year. In Octobe...
2021 ELECTIONS: MPs reject proposed cuts on 2021 election budget claiming it will cause unfair elections.

2021 ELECTIONS: MPs reject proposed cuts on 2021 election budget claiming it will cause unfair elections.

AFRICA, ELECTIONS, UGANDA
Legislators have rejected a proposal by the Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development to cut the Electoral Commission’s (EC) budget for the 2021 general elections. The Minister of Finance, Hon Matia Kasaija told MPs on the Committee on Legal and Parliamentary Affairs on January 28, 2020, that the EC’s budget for the elections will be reviewed due to constraints in the treasury. The Minister was appearing before the committee to respond to concerns raised by the EC over a funding shortfall amounting to shs518 billion to conduct all the electoral activities in 2021. “I held a meeting with the EC and all stakeholders in the electioneering process today and we agreed that all agencies should review their budgets and look for areas that could be subjected to cuts...
TOURISM: Uganda Tourism Board announces POATE expo for February 2020.

TOURISM: Uganda Tourism Board announces POATE expo for February 2020.

AFRICA, TOURISM, UGANDA
The Uganda Tourism Board (UTB) has announced that the 5th annual POATE will run from February 4th – 6th 2020 at the Speke Resort in Munyonyo. POATE is the Pearl of Africa Tourism Expo (POATE), a tourism and travel trade exhibition. POATE brings together regional and international tour operators, travel agents, destination agencies and various players in the tourism trade to network. These stakeholders include tour operators, hoteliers, conservationists and government. This year’s POATE will run under the theme ‘Promoting Intra-Africa’. This theme is aimed at raising Uganda’s profile as a preferred destination in the region and internationally. The theme also mirrors the strategy to rebalance and segment into Uganda’s tourism portfolio into 4 key segments including; existing ...
INTERNATIONAL: Why is Trump trying to stop Ugandans from producing babies in USA?

INTERNATIONAL: Why is Trump trying to stop Ugandans from producing babies in USA?

AMERICA, INTERNATIONAL, UGANDA
Someone told Trump about our cunning trick, our kakodyo where we go to America while pregnant and give birth there so that our children can be American citizens. Some of us do it with all our kids, repeatedly, over and over and over, leading to the following conversation: “Where are you going, Namukasa?” “To Make American children Again.” The child is born in the US and is issued a US birth certificate and the citizenship that comes along with it. After that the parents get on the bus and trundle back home to continue living here until the chaos they were forward-thinking enough to plan against inevitably strikes. Then their child does not have to languish in a refugee camp with the rest of us. That was the plan. But “The United States said it would no longer issue...
INTERNATIONAL: How Fake News awarded Ugandan politician ‘most arrested’ World Record

INTERNATIONAL: How Fake News awarded Ugandan politician ‘most arrested’ World Record

INTERNATIONAL, UGANDA
For as long as purveyors of fake news continue to ply their trade, fact-checking must also be a constant surveyor in the news delivery arena. Social media has proven an even bigger facilitator of ‘fake news’ as far as to beguiling unsuspecting members of conventional media into getting aboard the fake news wagon. As part of our News Analysis slot on Africanews, we traced what was reported to be a world record awarded to Ugandan opposition leader and former presidential aspirant, Kizza Besigye. Our verdict is that a false claim had gone as far as ‘fooling’ some conventional media outlets to carry the story. We look at the claim, its origin, journey and eventual destination as 2020’s biggest fake news this far. Claim A fast spreading piece of news hit the internet...
UGANDA: Muslims in Busoga region urged to unite for easy prosperity and development.

UGANDA: Muslims in Busoga region urged to unite for easy prosperity and development.

AFRICA, UGANDA
The Social Humanitarian Aid Delivery Uganda (SHADU) has donated eight incubation machines to the eight Muslim counties (Twales) of Jinja Muslim District. The machines were handed over to the respective county Sheikhs by the Regional Kadhi Busoga Muslim Region Dr. Muhammad Bowa, during a ceremony held at Wakitaka Mosque in Butembe Central Twale – Jinja Muslim District. In his remarks at the ceremony, Dr. Bowa who was the guest of honour, lauded the management of SHADU for responding to Uganda Muslim Supreme Council’s call for unity and development. He said Busoga is now enjoying such developments because of the muslim unity that exists in the region. “Development is possible when there is unity. We have received these machines because of the unity that we have demonst...
UGANDA: Cabinet to investigate UPDF alleged torture on lakes.

UGANDA: Cabinet to investigate UPDF alleged torture on lakes.

AFRICA, UGANDA
The Minister of Defense and Veteran Affairs, Adolf Mwesige has revealed that cabinet has set up a committee to investigate torture claims brought against the army meted on residents within fishing communities across the country as well as study the resolution of Parliament to suspend all operations of UPDF fisheries protection unit on major water bodies. Mwesige made the revelation during the Tuesday’s plenary sitting in which he said that cabinet was considering Parliament’s resolutions and resolved to set up a committee chaired by Minister of State for Fisheries, Bright Rwamirama to study the resolution. Explaining the scope of work for the Committee, Minister Mwesige said that the Cabinet Committee was also directed to study all the complaints raised against the UPDF fi...
UGANDA: The Vice President of Uganda Edward Ssekandi praises UPDF for promoting peace, security.

UGANDA: The Vice President of Uganda Edward Ssekandi praises UPDF for promoting peace, security.

AFRICA, UGANDA
The Vice President, Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi, has applauded the good work done by the country’s defence force in keeping peace here and at regional level. Ssekandi made the remarks during the launch of the activities to commemorate the Defence forces week and the 39th anniversary of Tarehe Sita, at the Military barracks in Mbuya. The celebrations will be held in the greater Luwero district under the theme “Consolidating the UPDF strategic partnership with the people to guard the gains of liberation”. He also praised the force’s flexibility in responding to any kind of mission called upon by the continental and regional bodies. “I take this opportunity to salute the gallant officers and men of the UPDF for not guaranteeing peace and security within our borders but in a...
UGANDA: Lakwena victims demand UGX12b compensation

UGANDA: Lakwena victims demand UGX12b compensation

AFRICA, UGANDA
Victims and survivors of the Alice Lakwena insurgency demand the government to fulfill its pledge of UGX11.6 billion for their contribution to ending the fights in eastern Uganda. The victims and survivors total to 2,330, each of which expects Shs5 million for fighting on the side of government to kick out Lakwena and her fighters, who ravaged the region, killing people and destroying property between 1985 and1987. In a petition presented to the Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga, on Monday, January 27, 2020, the group under ‘Lakwena Victims Association’ says they are aggrieved that execution of a pledge by President Yoweri Museveni in 2016 to compensate them has overly delayed without any signs of it being fulfilled. “While the President was in Luuka district at Busi...
UGANDA:  Man defrauds millions from Ugandans claiming to be a URA clearing agent.

UGANDA: Man defrauds millions from Ugandans claiming to be a URA clearing agent.

AFRICA, UGANDA
In December 2018, Batte Kasim Abdul, who claimed to be a clearing agent with Intra Cargo, informed a client (complainant) that Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) was going to auction some vehicles. The suspect told the complainant about the availability of two vehicles, a Toyota Harrier and a Sahara Pick-up, both in good condition. Batte, dressed up in a white shirt emblazoned with a Uganda Revenue Authority logo and customs pips (an imitation of the URA customs officers’ uniform), informed the client that he works in the Commissioner Customs Office. He then took the complainant to a place in Nakawa, near MUBS and generated assessments for the complainant. However, the assessments he issued the complainant were for payment of income tax. Batte then first collected UGX 1,200...
UGANDA: Two dead after UPDF chopper crashes.

UGANDA: Two dead after UPDF chopper crashes.

AFRICA, UGANDA, Uganda Police Force
According to Samuel Ssettaala, the area district councillor, the incident happened at around mid-day on Tuesday when the plane crashed on top of Ndeese hill in Butambala, Gomba district. “The chopper was coming from Kampala side and I heard a loud noise. I can’t tell whether after failure, the pilot wanted to turn back. All of a sudden, there was total silence,”Sssettaala told this website on phone. “I wondered what had happened to the chopper and it was not until I was told by locals that there had been a crash on top of the hill.” When asked whether the chopper belonged to Police or the army, the area councilor confirmed it belonged to the latter. “The cards and attire the two occupants, a woman and man were donning show that they are from UPDF,” he added. UPDF sp...
POLITICS: Public Parliament of Uganda calls for better democratic practices.

POLITICS: Public Parliament of Uganda calls for better democratic practices.

AFRICA, Politics, UGANDA
Members of the Public have called for strengthened democratic practices in the country, saying that Uganda is still far from attaining a democratic status. This was during the Public Parliament on Friday, 24 January 2020 held under the theme, ‘Parliament: Building a strong democracy in Uganda’. The event is part of the annual Parliament Week activities which gives members of the public an opportunity to become MPs for a day. The members elected their speaker, leaders of the Majority and the Minority. Expedito Mutesasira was the Speaker while Ismail Kawooya and Francis Nabassa were elected Leader of Majority and Leader of Minority respectively. The debate was premised on a motion to commend government for building a strong democracy in Uganda.Umar Ahmed from Nakawa d...
UGANDA: Over 83000 passports issued with e-Passport in just a month after launching.

UGANDA: Over 83000 passports issued with e-Passport in just a month after launching.

AFRICA, TECHNOLOGY, UGANDA
Over 83000 passports have been issued in the last month using the online application process. The online e-Passport application process was introduced by the Ministry of Internal Affairs was launched last year in December. The state minister for internal affairs Obiga Kania said the new online system has improved service delivery with 83233 passports issued as by 27th Jan 2020. He said in the same period last year, December 2018 and Jan 2019 there were 15,000 passports issued. The minister appeals to all Ugandans to embrace the system to avoid being conned or exploited. According to the Privacy Policy on the website, applicants’ personal information is kept only for a limited period of time to fulfill the purpose for which it is collected.
UGANDA: Man swindles  Ugandans of Shs 100 million after promising them free US visas to bury Kobe Bryant.

UGANDA: Man swindles Ugandans of Shs 100 million after promising them free US visas to bury Kobe Bryant.

AFRICA, DEFRAUD, UGANDA
Police has arrested a local businessman for defrauding Ugandans of more than Shs 100 million in a US visa scam, The Rogue can reveal. The man ostensibly told his victims that they were assured of visas because US embassy would be sympathetic to them if they state that their main reason for going to US is to bury basketball superstar Kobe Bryant. Bryant, his daughter and seven other people died in a helicopter crash on Sunday morning. His death has led to a global outpouring of grief and sympathy especially on social media. In Uganda, one shrewd businessman, who police has identified as Mufere Musoke, tried to take advantage of the death by conning unsuspecting Ugandans, particularly those who want to get US Visas. Just hours after news of Bryant’s death became publi...
EDUCATION: The Speaker of Parliament Hon. Rebecca Kadaga says Education in this country has become too expensive

EDUCATION: The Speaker of Parliament Hon. Rebecca Kadaga says Education in this country has become too expensive

AFRICA, EDUCATION, UGANDA
Speaker Rebecca Kadaga has commended the Uganda Christian University Guild leadership for its initiatives to support financially underprivileged students to progress in their academic ventures at the institution. “I want to thank you for this noble cause of supporting colleagues who are less privileged to be able to complete their courses. Education in this country has become expensive and your idea will go a long way in helping students,” Kadaga said while meeting the Guild Cabinet of UCU Main and Kampala campuses, at her office on Monday, 27 January 2020. The team led by UCU Main campus Guild President, Timothy Kadaga, presented to the Speaker a project dubbed the Annual UCU Run that aims at raising funds to among others, provide tuition support to needy students as well...
UGANDA: Masaka DP executive committee suspends two members over abuse of office.

UGANDA: Masaka DP executive committee suspends two members over abuse of office.

AFRICA, UGANDA
The meeting held at Agripa in Masaka Municipality that was chaired by the DP district chairperson Fred Mukasa Mbidde suspended Joseph Kasirye on accusations of misuse of stamp and extortion of money from the aspiring candidates. In a letter dated January 14 this year, DP secretary-general Dr. Gerald Siranda wrote a letter stopping Kasirye from pursuing DP’s work until investigations are done. Dr. Siranda in his letter adds that the allegations amount to the indiscipline of the member of the District Executive Committee (DEC) and as well undermines the growth of the party. In the closed meeting where journalists were not allowed access, the committee set aside Kasirye as investigations into the matter are being done. Mbidde later addressed journalists and informed them...
UGANDA: 22nd Annual Judges’ conference kicks off

UGANDA: 22nd Annual Judges’ conference kicks off

AFRICA, UGANDA
The judiciary started its 22nd annual Judges’ conference at Mestil hotel in Kampala on Monday. The conference under the theme “Discharging the mandate of the judiciary: Towards modern, professional and effective judiciary “, is expected to run from 27-30 January 2020. With opening remarks, Retired Justice Frank Labuda, the Guest Speaker from the United States, discussed a number of measures that have helped the American judiciary to perform better. These measures, he discussed with Ugandan judicial officers. “One of the means to reduce case backlog in the American judicial system, anybody arrested of any capital offense must be tried within a six months period, after which a judicial officer is given sixty days to write his judgment.”Said Frank. In regards to technolo...