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Uganda: Lt. Gen. (Rtd) Henry Tumukunde granted bail

Uganda: Lt. Gen. (Rtd) Henry Tumukunde granted bail

AFRICA, ARMY, UGANDA
KAMPALA – The High Court has on Monday May 11 released former Security Minister Lt. Gen. Henry Tumukunde on bail. The former spy master has been behind bars for after being arrested by military from his Kololo mansion on 13th March 2020 on charges of treason after declaring his presidential ambitions on 3rd March 2020. Later his two sons along with Tororo North county  legislator Annet nyakecho were also arrested and later released. Justice Wilson Kwesiga granted bail to the general after accepting his three sureties — his wife, his brother and former Minister Mathew Rukikaire. On April 14th, 2020, Justice Wilson Kwesiga had refused to grant bail to Gen. Tumukunde, saying he needed to present at least two sureties who are above his rank and still serving in the army. But t...
Uganda: New details on Masaka shooting incident emerge

Uganda: New details on Masaka shooting incident emerge

AFRICA, CRIME, EAST AFRICA, INTERNATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, UGANDA
New details on the gruesome shooting in Masaka Town where three people died including the shooter, have emerged. According to Police preliminary investigations, Private RAF 0227 Robert Muyaga, a reservist attached to Masaka Reserve Force shot his wife Jacqueline Nagasha dead on allegations that she was having an extra marital affairs with Francis Musasizi (also dead), the LC chairperson Lutovu B Village, Malongo Sub County in Lwengo District. people helping a woman who was shot to hospital. She died later. Musasizi, who was riding a motorcycle, had come to pick up Nagasha who was in Byansi Clinic located along Elgin Street in Masaka town, for a pregnancy test. Masaka regional police commander, Mr Enoch Abaine, said preliminary investigations indicate that Nagasha has been havi...
Uganda: Speaker Kadaga wants Arua nurse who wheeled patient for 5km to the hospital declared a national hero

Uganda: Speaker Kadaga wants Arua nurse who wheeled patient for 5km to the hospital declared a national hero

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, EAST AFRICA, HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, UGANDA, Ugandan Parliamanet
As praise and worship continue trickling in for the young Nurse in Arua Doris Okundinia who went beyond her mandate to save a patient, it all seems to be just the beginning after Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga added her voice to many others during the Thursday plenary at Parliament in demanding that the hero in Arua be considered on the list of those to be awarded hero medals come next year. Kadaga was speaking in response to a confirmation by the Minister for Presidency Esther Mbayo that the young nurse had received a scholarship from Government to pursue a diploma from the the Uganda Christian Institute in Lira following her heroic act. “I want to see her on the list of those people that will be awarded hero medals on the heroes’ day come next year, ” Kadaga tasked Minister ...
Coronavirus – Uganda: President Museveni writes-off possibility of blocking Truck drivers

Coronavirus – Uganda: President Museveni writes-off possibility of blocking Truck drivers

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, EAST AFRICA, UGANDA
Entebbe – President Yoweri Museveni has, on Saturday, May 9, revealed that he is in talks with his East African counterparts to find a lasting solution to the truck drivers dilemma, writing-off a possible ban. While delivering an address in the National Prayer held Saturday, President Museveni revealed that blocking truck drivers would have lasting consequences to the economy given the were moving essential cargo to sustain the livelihood of Uganda and neighbouring countries. “Within the country, the problem (COVID-19) is not showing. But the truck drivers from the neighbouring states in the region. If we stop the trucks, how shall we survive? We banned the movement of people because some are just carrying rumours,” President Museveni said sending the celebrants in laughter. ...
Uganda: Nine dead as a construction site collapses

Uganda: Nine dead as a construction site collapses

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, UGANDA
Nine people have been confirmed dead and two others still fighting for their lives at Mulago hospital where they were rushed after a building under construction collapsed in Lukuli-Nanganda Village, Makindye division in Kampala. The building located on Soweto Road collapsed Saturday night. Scores of workers are feared trapped in the rubble of the three-storied building. Several construction workers have been staying on-site following a presidential directive which restricted movement of people in a bid to stop further spread of Covid-19. Police have sealed off the site and opened investigations into the tragedy as the search for survivors continue.The deputy spokesperson for Kampala Metropolitan police, Mr Luke Owoyesigyere said eight bodies and had been recovered from the rubbles.P...
Uganda Red Cross Society speaks about the recent flash floods in the country

Uganda Red Cross Society speaks about the recent flash floods in the country

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, UGANDA
Uganda: Heavy rains that started in the wee hours of May 7th 2020 have affected a number of communities, leaving hundreds of people affected in the districts of Kasese, Bundibugyo and Ntoroko. Through their filed branches in those regions, the Uganda Red Cross society established the following facts: In Kasese, river Nyamwamba and Mobuku both burst their banks and the heavy water overflow has affected areas of Kasese district that include; Base camp lower, Kitooro, Kirembe, Kizungu, Karusandara, Kizinga, Bugoye, Maliba among other major towns. The Uganda Red Cross society branch that supports both Bundibugyo and Ntoroko districts have confirmed flooding in the following areas; Lamiya 1, Lamiya II, Lamiya central, Mulungitanwa II, Mulungitanwa III, Mulungitanwa I, Katoke, Kisenyi...
Uganda: MP Francis Zaake drags top Police officers to Court over torture

Uganda: MP Francis Zaake drags top Police officers to Court over torture

AFRICA, CRIME, EAST AFRICA, UGANDA, Uganda Police Force
Francis Zaake, the Member of Parliament representing Mityana Municipality has dragged government and individual police and army officers to court for torture. In his petition filed before the Civil Division on the High court, Zaake specifically mentions Bob Kagarura, the Wamala Regional police commander, Alex Mwine, the Mityana district police commander, Elly Womonya, the commandant Special investigations unit and Abel Kandinho, head CMI as his tormentors. Kampala central MP, Muhammad Nsereko paying a visit to Mityana Mp, Francis Zaake in Lubaga hospital Zaake was arrested on April 19 from his home at Buswabulongo in Mityana municipality for allegedly endangering the lives of the people by distributing food despite the ban of the same by President Yoweri Museveni. Zaake who is...
800,000 OUT OF 1M  PEOPLE SERVED WITH GOVT COVID-19 RELIEF FOOD IN KAMPALA

800,000 OUT OF 1M PEOPLE SERVED WITH GOVT COVID-19 RELIEF FOOD IN KAMPALA

CORONAVIRUS, Covid 19 Donations, EAST AFRICA, HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, UGANDA, World Health Organization
Wakiso,Uganda: Uganda's State Minister for Disaster Preparedness Hon Musa Ecweru on Wednesday 6th May 2020 presided over a Government of Uganda supported relief food distribution initiative by top religious leaders in Uganda, under their umbrella association known as the Inter-Religious Council of Uganda (IRCU) and explained the progress that has been made delivering food to vulnerable communities and families affected by lockdown measures. The function took place in Masajja, along Busabala road in Wakiso District and was also witnessed by IRCU Chairperson, the Supreme Mufti of Uganda Sheikh Mubajje, Bishop Joshua Lwere, Pastor Serwadda among others. The decision to allow religious leaders to support and participate in food distribution followed a meeting the leaders had with Presiden...
Joint Medical Store from Uganda secures  US$2.2m loan from Standard Chartered’s US$1 billion financing programme to help tackle Covid-19

Joint Medical Store from Uganda secures US$2.2m loan from Standard Chartered’s US$1 billion financing programme to help tackle Covid-19

AFRICA, Banking, CORONAVIRUS, Covid 19 Donations, EAST AFRICA, HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL, UGANDA
06 May, 2020 – Kampala, Uganda – Standard Chartered announced today that Joint Medical Store, the Ugandan not-for-profit organisation, has become the first client to make a drawdown under the Bank’s US$1 billion financing commitment to help companies tackling Covid-19. JMS’ drawdown for US$2.2m on a loan facility will help them provide healthcare facilities and supply masks, sanitisers and medicines in Uganda. The private NGO, which was established in 1979, is also licensed by the National Drug Authority to engage in the import, export and wholesale of medicines and related health supplies.  Standard Chartered launched the programme on March 30 to provide financing on a not-for-profit basis to companies making products and services that help the front line fight t...
Uganda: Parliament summons the Government to explain why an Opposition MP was tortured

Uganda: Parliament summons the Government to explain why an Opposition MP was tortured

AFRICA, CRIME, EAST AFRICA, INTERNATIONAL, UGANDA
The Speaker Rebecca Kadaga has summoned the Minister of Internal Affairs General Haji Abubaker Jeje Odongo to appear before Parliament to explain why Mitiyana Municipality lawmaker Francis zaake was tortured. Rebecca Kadaga, the Speaker of Parliament of Uganda Kadaga who was opening the Tuesday plenary said that she went and visited Zaake but wondered why he was tortured to the extent of  harming his eye vision. She added that Gen Jeje must appear before Parlament on Thursday this week to give answers to the many unanswered questions. Minister of Internal Affairs General Haji Abubaker Jeje Odongo “I visited Hon zaake he was tortured, and I keep on wondering the type of anger our security personals have towards some individuals, nevertheless we want these culprits behind his to...
Coronavirus – Uganda: More Police officers test positive for COVID-19

Coronavirus – Uganda: More Police officers test positive for COVID-19

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, EAST AFRICA, HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL, UGANDA, Uganda Police Force
On Tuesday 5th March 2020, Uganda recorded 2 more COVID-19 cases at the border with Tanzania. One of the two Ugandans who tested positive is a police officer from Kyotera District. This brings to two the number of men in uniform found with the deadly virus in a space of three days. Days after a police officer from Masindi in Bunyoro sub region tested positive, another officer who works at Mutukula border post police in Kyotera district was found to be carrying the virus through the ongoing rapid risk assessment survey in selected areas. The Director of Masaka Regional Referral Hospital, Dr Nathan Onyachi, confirmed the case. He said that the female police officer could have contracted the virus during contact with truck drivers at the border. Dr Onyachi explained tha...
Panic in Lake Victoria as Migingo Island Starts Sinking

Panic in Lake Victoria as Migingo Island Starts Sinking

AFRICA, CLIMATE, EAST AFRICA, KENYA, UGANDA
Over the past years, occupant of Migingo island in Lake Victoria have seen it all, from Ugandan troops invasion to attack from Lake animals. But what they are experiencing right now is by far the worst and it is making everybody worried. With the continued heavy rainfalls being experienced in the entire East African region, the level of lake water has risen to several meters above the initial level. With this increase in water quantity,lake Victoria has been characterized by unpredictable water patterns and strong wave currents. The worst hit victims of these changes has been with no doubt, the Migingo occupants. According to a source, all dhows which were docked at the shores of the island and of which as a matter of fact, the only means of transportation to and from the island ...
Coronavirus – Uganda: Museveni extends lockdown as the country nears 100 COVID-19 patients

Coronavirus – Uganda: Museveni extends lockdown as the country nears 100 COVID-19 patients

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, EAST AFRICA, INTERNATIONAL, UGANDA
President Museveni on Monday announced a restricted opening up of Uganda’s economy which was placed under a lockdown in order to fight the spread of coronavirus, 43 days ago. Addressing the nation from the state house, Museveni praised his country for "successfully" limiting the spread of the disease. The partial opening up will see some sectors of the economy continue to operate while others have also been given a green light to start operations with Standard Operating Procedures (SoPs). Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, the President of Uganda Some of the SoPs include observing social distancing guidelines and wearing of facemasks while in public. He said insurance practitioners will be allowed to operate and only 30 lawyers under the Uganda Law Society, will be added onto the list...
Senior UPDF Officer donates to the Ugandan Government to fight Covid19

Senior UPDF Officer donates to the Ugandan Government to fight Covid19

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, Covid 19 Donations, SECURITY, UGANDA, World Health Organization
Kampala Uganda: Brigadier General John Mugyenyi, a Uganda Peoples Defence Forces Officer has donated a  brand new Double Cabin pick Up to the National Response Fund to Covid 19. The Pick up being delivered to the political overseer of the Fund Hon.Minister Mary Karooro (R) by Mrs Hope. Mugyenyi (L).Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates. This  follows President Museveni's appeal to individuals and Companies to donate towards the fight of Covid19. The political overseer of the Fund Hon.Minister Mary Karooro (L)with Mrs Hope. Mugyenyi (L).Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates. The Pick up was delivered and handed over to the political overseer of the Fund Hon.Minister Mary Karooro by Mrs Hope. Mugyenyi. The Pick up being delivered to the political overseer of the Fund Hon.Mi...
Uganda: New swarm of locusts ravage newly planted gardens in the North of the country

Uganda: New swarm of locusts ravage newly planted gardens in the North of the country

AFRICA, UGANDA
Farmers in Teso have been thrown into another scare outside the Covid 19 following the entry of a new swarm of locusts which entered the country through Amudat district in Karamoja on Saturday. The locusts are now ravaging a number of newly planted crops in areas of Ongino Sub County in Kumi district, and Kangole sub county in Bukedea district. According to the district LC5 chairperson, Christine Apolot, the locusts that are in their tender age, entered Kumi through Tisia Island on Sunday, destroying millet and sorghum gardens as they moved into mainland Ongino Sub County. “We got reports from the people of Tisai late Saturday that the locust had invaded their areas, but we couldn’t reach Tisai in time, being an island and the only motorized boat connecting to the island is groun...
Namboole Disqualified From Hosting World Cup Qualifiers, St Mary’s Stadium Passes Test

Namboole Disqualified From Hosting World Cup Qualifiers, St Mary’s Stadium Passes Test

AFRICA, EAST AFRICA, Sports, UGANDA
CAF officials inspecting Mandela National Stadium playing turf On 9th March 2020, CAF officials Emmanuel Newton Dasoberi and Owofen Daniel Amokachi inspected Mandela National Stadium, Namboole and St Mary’s Stadium, Kitende prior to the 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifier Group Stage Matches. The key areas of interests were the playing surface, size of the pitch, dressing rooms, floodlights, technical bench, pavilion, media centre, parking and others. However, reports indicate that Mandela National Stadium failed to meet the required standards required by the Confederation of African Football (CAF) and the World football governing body, FIFA. Hence, FIFA has disqualified Namboole, Uganda’s home ground since 2002, from hosting 2022 World Cup qualifier games possibly coming up lat...
Ugandans urged to rethink Labour Routines towards Innovative Work Methods

Ugandans urged to rethink Labour Routines towards Innovative Work Methods

AFRICA, Business, EAST AFRICA, ECONOMY, INTERNATIONAL, UGANDA
A new research by Success Africa and Ultimate Multimedia Consult has shown that many Ugandan organisations and businesses have been bruised by the Coronavirus crisis Although Uganda joined the rest of the world to mark International Labour Day on May 1st, 2020, the biggest percentage of the country’s labour force is grappling with uncertain future over whether they will be working gainfully in the coming months. A new research by Success Africa and Ultimate Multimedia Consult has shown that many Ugandan organisations and businesses have been bruised by the Coronavirus crisis due to failure to have crisis work strategies that would have ensured their staff members are adequately prepared for remote work following the forced closure of many work places. Ethan Musolini, the CEO at S...
Coronavirus – Uganda: 2 more foreign truck drivers  test positive for COVID-19

Coronavirus – Uganda: 2 more foreign truck drivers test positive for COVID-19

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, EAST AFRICA, HEALTH, INTERNATIONAL, UGANDA
KAMPALA — Three more people have tested positive for coronavirus in Uganda, pushing the country’s total number of confirmed cases to 88. The latest new cases are of two Kenyan and Burundian cargo truck drivers while the other is a 22-year-old Ugandan who sneaked in from Tanzania via a porous border point in Bukoba. The ministry tweeted that out of 2,484 samples taken, two foreign cargo drivers, and one Ugandan had tested positive and efforts to track the two drivers are underway. Normally the drivers are allowed to continue with their journeys after the samples are taken. This new cases bring the number of positive tests among truck drivers to 29 The 22 year-old Ugandan is currently staying at home with his parents and efforts to evacuate him to Masaka Regional Hospital and qu...
Uganda Institution of Professional Engineers donated UGX 8,175,000/ as a contribution for fueling ambulances and Ministry of Health vehicles involved in surveillance and pucking samples from the hubs to Uganda Virus Research Institute in Entebbe.

Uganda Institution of Professional Engineers donated UGX 8,175,000/ as a contribution for fueling ambulances and Ministry of Health vehicles involved in surveillance and pucking samples from the hubs to Uganda Virus Research Institute in Entebbe.

CORONAVIRUS, Covid 19 Donations, INTERNATIONAL NEWS, UGANDA, WORLD
The Prime Minister Rt Hon. Dr Ruhakana Rugunda (R) appreciates and accepts the Cheque with The Political overseer of the National Response Fund to Covid19 Hon. Mary Karooro Okurut recently. Left is UIPE President Engineer Vicent Ochwo Olie. Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/KMA Updates.