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UGANDA: World Bank grants another shs1.1trillion to help fight the Coronavirus.

UGANDA: World Bank grants another shs1.1trillion to help fight the Coronavirus.

AFRICA, CORONAVIRUS, UGANDA
The World Bank Board has approved a $300 million(shs1.1trillion) budget support operation for Uganda to boost the government’s capacity to prevent, detect and treat the coronavirus, protect the poor and vulnerable population, and support economic recovery. On Tuesday, the World Bank board of directors approved the loan. “The COVID-19 pandemic has had a significant impact on the economy and livelihoods. This budget support operation will enable the government to provide vital services, social safety nets and a more robust shock-responsive system for the long term, and the economy to recover faster,” said Tony Thompson, the World Bank Country Manager for Uganda. According to the World Bank, the money is the first budget support operation in more than six years and will address...
UGANDA: NRA bush war fighter and renowned sportsman, Brig. Gen Bell Tushabe passes on.

UGANDA: NRA bush war fighter and renowned sportsman, Brig. Gen Bell Tushabe passes on.

AFRICA, UGANDA
KAMPALA — Brigadier General Jackson ‘Bell’ Tushabe, has passed on, army sources have confirmed on Tuesday June 30. Gen Bell, a renowned sportsman and the former director of Victors FC retired breathed his last on Tuesday morning at Nakasero Hospital. Bell who participated in the five year bush war that brought President Yoweri Museveni to power in 1986, previously served as UPDF 4th Division commander. In the bush, he belonged to the dare devil category of commanders like Jet Mwebaze (RIP), Stanley Muhangi (RIP), Col. Patrick Lumumba (RIP) and Brig. Matayo Kyaligonza. In 2019, he was among officers promoted after his elevation from the rank of Lt Col to Brigadier General. His death comes barely a month after the demise of another bush war hero, Brig Kasirye Gwanga. He se...
UGANDA: Kyambogo student assaulted by Asian boss admitted.

UGANDA: Kyambogo student assaulted by Asian boss admitted.

AFRICA, UGANDA
A second year student of Development Studies at Kyambogo University is nursing abdominal pain at CPR Medical Center in Mukono town after allegedly being assaulted by his Chinese boss at Global Paper limited. Mr Peter Waiswa secured a job at Global Paper limited in Mbalala Mukono after education institutions closed because of the Covid-19 induced lockdown.Mr Waiswa says he decided to work to raise some money for tuition and support his single mother to care for his nine siblings.However, his dream hangs in balance after his boss only identified as Liu, the head of the plywood department at Global paper who reportedly kicked his manhood leading to his admission at hospital.Waiswa was admitted at CPR Medical Center on Monday after developing abdominal pains, which affected his movement.He...
UGANDA: African Wildlife Foundation donates food items to UWA rangers

UGANDA: African Wildlife Foundation donates food items to UWA rangers

AFRICA, UGANDA
KAMPALA – Uganda Widlife Authority (UWA) has received food supplies from African Wildlife Foundation (AWF) to support rangers carry out their day to day patrol duties amidst the COVID-19, the pandemic that has seen a drop in revenue earnings for UWA. The items include 15 tonnes of maize flour, 6 tonnes of beans and 500 litres of cooking oil. While handing over the items on behalf of AWF to UWA’s Director- Conservation John Makombo, Sudi Bamulesewa noted that the items were emergency donations to ensure conservation work goes on unhindered by the current crisis of COVID 19. John Makombo, the Director Conservation flanked by members of top management thanked AWF for the great contributions made not only for the food items but over time for the past 20 years. “AWF has been one of...
UGANDA:  Boda boda cyclists in Bududa protest over police brutality.

UGANDA: Boda boda cyclists in Bududa protest over police brutality.

AFRICA, UGANDA
Boda boda cyclists in Bududa district have this afternoon protested police brutality in the district. This follows a scenario where Mubakari Kuloba a bodaboda cyclist was beaten by police officers accusing him of carrying two people on the motorcycle. This made him lose control hence knocking the nearby tree stamp leaving him with injuries. He is currently at Bududa hospital. Cyclists like Vincent Wangolo, Peter Natanga among others accused police officers of extortion. They said for them as Boda-boda cyclists, they don’t have where they can get what to eat and depend mostly on their motorcycles to earn a living. They said they are tired of torture and now want the president to come to their rescue. Juma Kuuya the chairperson Bududa Boda-Boda Association requested a meet...
UGANDA: Four UPDF soldiers accounted for executing Benon Nsimenta.

UGANDA: Four UPDF soldiers accounted for executing Benon Nsimenta.

AFRICA, UGANDA
Four Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) soldiers have been charged with the murder of Benon Nsimenta, a lay reader who was shot dead in the wee hours of June 24 at Hima in Kasese District in western Uganda.Nsimenta’s widow,On June 24 Allen Musimenta said she was with her husband on a motorcycle at around at around 7am heading to the garden in Kanamba village in Karusandara sub-county when they met soldiers at Karungibati along Hima-Kasese road, one of whom shot her husband at close range. The four soldiers identified as Pte Abraham Lokwap, Pte Jackson Nyero, Pte Joel Otim and Lt. Talent Akampurira, all attached to the 6th Mountain Brigade Battalion (Hima, Kasese) were on Monday arraigned before the Mountain Division of the court martial chaired by Col. Felix Nyero at Karusandara in...
UGANDA: Two arrested for seizing and processing titles on Museveni’s land.

UGANDA: Two arrested for seizing and processing titles on Museveni’s land.

AFRICA, UGANDA
The State House anti-corruption unit headed by Lt.Col.Edith Nakalema has arrested two men for allegedly grabbing and encroaching on President Yoweri Museveni’s land. According to Nakalema, the private land in question is located at Katwekambwa in Kabulasoke sub-county, Gomba district which had been encroached on by Peter Segane and Jimmy Suuna. “Working with the police, investigations were initiated and the suspects were arrested,” Nakalema said. She explained that investigations found out that the two suspects have fraudulently acquired five land titles on land already registered in the name of Yoweri Kaguta Museveni. “We identified several lapses in the processing of the titles at the levels of the Area Land Committee, District Land Board and Ministry of Lands,” Nakalema sai...
UGANDA: Government sued to court over newly constituted cities.

UGANDA: Government sued to court over newly constituted cities.

AFRICA, UGANDA
Seven municipalities were early this year elevated to attain city status effective July 1,2020 and these include Arua, Gulu, Jinja, Mbarara, Fort Portal, Masaka and Mbale. The other cities are Hoima, Lira, Soroti, Entebbe, Moroto, Nakasongola, Kabale and Wakiso and this will become effective in the forthcoming financial year. However, Urban Authorities Association of Uganda has in a petition in the civil division of the High Court in Kampala said there is no law providing for the operationalisation of the said cities. The petitioners say this which might affect municipal mayors, councilors, Division chairpersons and their respective councilors, town council / sub county chairpersons as well as their respective councilors. “There is a divergence in the levels of local governmen...
UGANDA: Stanbic Bank identified as the most honored financial services brand in Uganda.

UGANDA: Stanbic Bank identified as the most honored financial services brand in Uganda.

Business, UGANDA
KAMPALA – Stanbic Bank Uganda is the most admired non-Ugandan financial services brand in the country according to Brand Africa. The Brand Africa Awards were announced during a virtual event hosted by Publics Africa Communications in partnership with Brand Africa. The results were based on the 2020 Brand Africa 100: Africa’s Best Brands research and ranking of brands across Africa and released on Africa Day, May 25, 2020. Stanbic Bank Head of Corporate Communications Cathy Adengo while receiving the award thanked their customers for making this possible. She said, “The award is a demonstration of Stanbic Bank’s client-centric approach, continued focus on innovation and commitment to delivering service excellence.  We would like to thank our customers for their unwavering sup...
UGANDA: Outstanding Jinja journalist passes on after 3 years in a coma.

UGANDA: Outstanding Jinja journalist passes on after 3 years in a coma.

AFRICA, UGANDA
A 42-year-old prominent journalist in Jinja District in eastern Uganda has died after spending more than three years in coma.Brenda Gimbo has been battling brain tumour since January 2016.She was flown to India in October 2016 for surgery and returned in January 2017 following President Museveni’s intervention to save her life by contributing Shs110 million.Gimbo’s caretaker who is also her sister in-law, Ms Aidah Naiga said she started suffering headache in January 2016 but it intensified in mid-June 2016 when she collapsed while at her home in Triangle zone, Njeru town council in Buikwe District.“She later developed intensive headache, imbalances, dizziness and double vision,” Ms Naiga said. She said after a computerized tomography (CT) scan and Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) scan,...
UGANDA: Gen Mugisha Muntu explains why he dropped ANT top job.

UGANDA: Gen Mugisha Muntu explains why he dropped ANT top job.

AFRICA, UGANDA
KAMPALA- On Friday, news of Maj Gen (rtd) Mugisha Muntu’s decision to relinquish power as the national coordinator of the Alliance for National Transformation (ANT), a party he formed just a year ago, spread everywhere. Gen Muntu’s decision is premised on the party’s constitutional Article 9(2.6) that requires all leaders to quit office before seeking election as President, Daily Monitor has learnt. However, this means that should he fail to win the party flag, Gen Muntu will become an underdog in the party because he will not return to his former position of national coordinator. But he seems unbothered with what comes after his nomination slated for Wednesday or Thursday. “I have been a national coordinator, so it is in the spirit of ensuring that there is that separation that is ...
UGANDA: Umeme unveils 310bn UGX plan for grid expansion and stability.

UGANDA: Umeme unveils 310bn UGX plan for grid expansion and stability.

Business, UGANDA
KAMPALA – To meet the ambitious targets of the Government of Uganda’s Electricity Connections Policy 2018-2027, Umeme Limited, Uganda’s largest power distributor, has on Monday unveiled an equally ambitious USD83.3 million (UGX 310 billion) capital expenditure plan for 2020. Addressing the media, Mr. Selestino Babungi, the power distributor’s Managing Director, said that the 2020 plan, itself part of a larger USD450m (UGX1.7 trillion) 2019 and 2025 investment agenda, is in support of Uganda’ four key national plan, namely: increasing grid connections, increasing demand, reliability of supply and driving efficiencies. “In 2020, Umeme, secured approval from the Electricity Regulatory Authority (ERA) and has gone ahead to allocate USD83.3 million to 6 critical areas of the business, wh...
UGANDA: Man abandorns baby after wife died while giving birth.

UGANDA: Man abandorns baby after wife died while giving birth.

AFRICA, FEATURE STORIES, UGANDA
There was commotion in Kayunga Town on Sunday after a widower dumped his three-month- old baby at a private clinic where his wife is said to have died from while giving birth.Mr Joseph Mukasa accused the health workers at Acute Medical Centre of negligence that resulted into the death of his wife, Agnes Birungi, in April this year when she was admitted there for delivery.Birungi died while undergoing caesarean section. Upon her death, the Kayunga District Police commander Mr John Lukooto, opened up a case of negligence against Dr Herbert Wabigogobi, the owner of the clinic.Dr Wabigogobi, who also works at Kayunga District hospital, was subsequently arrested and detained at Kayunga Police Station but was later released on police bond.Frustrated by the slow pace of investigations into hi...
UGANDA: 6 bodies recovered from Lake Nyagugwo, angry residents block police from taking the bodies for postmortem.

UGANDA: 6 bodies recovered from Lake Nyagugwo, angry residents block police from taking the bodies for postmortem.

AFRICA, UGANDA
All the six bodies of people who drowned in Lake Nyagugwo on Saturday have been retrieved. The six drowned following heavy winds that hit the lake as they were returning back from burying a relative in Ngora district. The lake borders Pallisa and Ngora Districts. Assistant Inspector of Police and Officer in Charge of Agule Police Station George Emuria, attributes the accident to the overloading of undersized boats. The dead are Lucy Apio, Mary Adongo who are twins aged 47, Janet Mudondo, 46, Loyce Ibuge 52, Malisa Atim, 16, and a baby identified as Loy Adeke. John Mwanika, one of the survivors said the boat had been overloaded when strong winds struck it in the middle of the lake. He said wind splashed water in their small boat the sailor failed to control the boat. “Tho...
UGANDA: MP Allan Ssewanyana arrested

UGANDA: MP Allan Ssewanyana arrested

AFRICA, UGANDA
Makindye West Member of Parliament, Allan Ssewanyana has been arrested at a demolished Kyengeza, Munyonyo market in Makindye Division, Kampala.A combined force of environment police and National Environmental Managemnet Authority (NEMA) demolished structures in an ongoing eviction of encroachers on Monday morning.Police accused the MP of inciting violence. The MP had visited the scene to assess the losses suffered by vendors. "Don't sit back as police demolishes your structures. And moreover they are acting in a way that we as leaders are not informed," Mr Ssewanyana said before his arrest. The vendors said they had been paying for space between Shs1 million and Shs 2 million to some local leaders. In a June 8 letter, NEMA executive director, Dr Tom Okurut, ordered residents o...
UGANDA: “A scientific election is the only option in the current situation”, EC Chairperson.

UGANDA: “A scientific election is the only option in the current situation”, EC Chairperson.

AFRICA, FEATURE STORIES, UGANDA
The chairperson of Electoral Commission(EC),Justice Simon Byabakama, has said that the use of media platforms as radio and television stations to conduct campaigns is the only option during this period as the country continues to fight the Covid19 pandemic. Speaking to journalists, Byabakama urged politicians to think about the lives of people because mass gatherings are a big risk. He lashed out at those who keep on criticising everything and vowed that the exercise will take place despite the criticism because it is a constitutional mandate. “When you look at the other processes for example, nomination for the candidates to appear in the nomination centre, and present themselves and necessary requirements, they have to do that physically or in person. The only difference this t...
UGANDA: 64yr old woman gives birth after 47 years in marriage.

UGANDA: 64yr old woman gives birth after 47 years in marriage.

AFRICA, UGANDA
When Safinah Namukwaya got married to Badru Walusimbi, a resident of Nunda Village in Lwabenge Sub County, Kalungu District in1996, her only wish was to produce at least one baby for him.Despite being in marriage for 24 years, Namukwaya had not been blessed with children. When she attempted to get a baby in her first marriage with another man between 1973- 1987, she suffered an ectopic pregnancy (This is when a fertilised egg implants and grows outside the main cavity of the uterus).After reaching menopause (45 years), Namukwaya’s dream of becoming a mother had started to fade away like a puff of smoke.In March 2019, when she clocked 63, she visited the Women’s Hospital International and Fertility Centre in Bukoto, Kampala and upon examination, Dr Edward Tamale Ssali, the director of t...
UGANDA: River Nyamwamba overflows again, cuts off Kilembe road.

UGANDA: River Nyamwamba overflows again, cuts off Kilembe road.

AFRICA, UGANDA
Travellers were Sunday left stranded after River Nyamwamba in Kasese District in western Uganda burst its banks again cutting off Kilembe road.Local leaders who talked to this reporter said they too were now confused on what to do next as efforts to restore Kilembe mines are under way.The mayor of Kasese municipality, Mr Godfrey Kabbyanga said that river Nyamwamba has again cut off the road from Namuhuga up to Ngagi River adding that Ngagi Bridge may also be swept away following heavy rain. There was a heavy downpour on Saturday night both in Kasese and Fort Portal areas despite most parts of the Rwenzori sub region experiencing hot days recently.“It is true, river Nyamwamba has flooded again, cutting off the Kilembe road from Namuhuga junction up to Ngagi Bridge. Water is now flowing ...
UGANDA: MTN Uganda Scoops award for Most Admired African Brand in Uganda.

UGANDA: MTN Uganda Scoops award for Most Admired African Brand in Uganda.

AFRICA, Business, UGANDA
Kampala, Uganda: MTN has been recognized as the most admired African brand in Uganda based on spontaneous consumer responses in Brand Africa 100: Africa’s Best Brands 2020 survey carried out across 27 African countries. Organised by Brand Africa in conjunction with Publics Africa and Public Relations Association Uganda (PRAU) in Uganda; the awards seek to recognise brands that create a positive image for Africa, show case its diversity and drive its competitiveness.  Representing MTN Uganda at the award ceremony; Mr Joseph Bogera the MTN Uganda General Manager – Sales and Distribution said; “This award is an endorsement of our efforts towards keeping every Ugandan   connected.  We are pleased to be connecting over 13 million customers enjoying MTN’s quality voice a...
UGANDA: FDC trashes digital campaigns, affiliates it to abuse of democracy.

UGANDA: FDC trashes digital campaigns, affiliates it to abuse of democracy.

AFRICA, Politics, UGANDA
KAMPALA – Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) party ()has rubbished and described the digital campaigns suggested by the Electoral Commission as an abuse to democracy Mr Nathan Nandala Mafabi, the Party Secretary General said that as a party they have rejected the proposed digital campaigns by the EC ahead of the 2021 general elections because they abuse the pillars of constitutional democracy. Mr Mafabi who doubles as the MP for Budadiri West said digital campaigns would ban freedom of assembly enshrined in Article 29(d) of the Constitution, offending the main pillars and foundation upon which constitutional democracy was built on in Uganda. Mr Mafabi who was speaking to PML Daily on June 25 explained that the objective II of the Constitution of Uganda titled Democratic Principles...