Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) has moved to tackle the
growing cyber threat by launching the first-ever cybersecurity
competition targeting university students.
More than 500 university students aged 18-24 participated in an
inaugural workshop on cybersecurity techniques at the Commission head
office in Bugolobi on Friday, February 21, 2020.
The workshop, sponsored by UCC and Silensec, an Information Security
Management Consulting and Training Company, and conducted by Kenyan
cybersecurity specialist Kapere Ndege, sought to map the key areas for
the competition – knowledge, innovation, and skills in relation to cyber
attacking, defending and responding.
The objective of the cybersecurity competition is to find young cyber
talents that can foster the development o...
President Museveni today morning summoned Speaker of Parliament,
Rebecca Kadaga to State House ahead of the appearance of the first lady,
Janet Kataha Museveni, before Parliament.
Janet Museveni, who is
the minister of Education and Sports, is scheduled to appear before
Parliament to explain why cabinet ignored a resolution of parliament
regarding the implementation of the new lower secondary school
She had been set to appear on Tuesday February 18 but she was not able to.
on Tuesday, warned that the first lady could face parliament’s
committee on Rules, Discipline and Privileges if she does not appear
today, February 20.
Sam Obbo, the press secretary of Kadaga confirmed that her boss had been called to Entebbe. He however did not give details.
The Resident District Commissioner (RDC) for Kumi, Hussein Kato, has
been detained at Entebbe police station over corruption and for
threatening to fight security officers who tried to intervene in wrangle
over sand mining in Kassanda district.
According to the
commandant of police Mineral protection Unit at Entebbe, Jessica
Keigomba, Kato will be charged with eight counts of
abuse of police, assaulting a police officer on duty, obstructing a
police officer on duty, criminal trespass, threatening violence,
corruption tendencies and forgery.
will also be charged with spreading harmful propaganda to all
government offices, media houses and fighting the police mineral
protection unit in addition to sabotaging government programmes.
told the press that police ...
Ministry of education has said that they will start to close
schools that have are operating without licences across the country. Mr
Edward Ssebuchu, the commissioner of private schools at the Ministry of
Education said they have received numerous intelligence about
mushrooming private schools without licenses and they will close them
starting this week.
“There is always a tendency of
some people opening up and starting schools at the start of the year to
target the new entrants from primary seven and those going to senior
five. We have already received information and we shall go around the
country arresting and closing them starting this week,” Mr Ssebuchu said
during a thanks giving ceremony of Maryland High School Entebbe.A
school survey done by Ministry of Education in...
The returns are supported by the EU-IOM Joint Initiative for Migrant Protection and Reintegration in the Horn of AfricaADDIS
ABABA, Ethiopia, February 18, 2020/ -- The costs of dangerous,
sometimes lethal passages some irregular migrants make in Africa can be
measured in many ways: in currencies, even in lives. Tamrat and
Debebe – two young men newly returned to their native Ethiopia – measure
their hardships in years. They’re not alone. In fact, they’re
among 463 Ethiopian migrants already brought home this month thanks to
the cooperation of the Governments of Tanzania and Ethiopia, working
together to facilitate their release and return while the International
Organization for Migration (IOM) with the European Union (EU) provided
the post arrival assis...
Ambassador Hesham bin Mohammed Al Jowder reviewed the close historical relations between Bahrain and brotherly EgyptCAIRO,
Egypt, February 18, 2020/ -- The Ambassador-Designate of the Kingdom of
Bahrain to the Arab Republic of Egypt, Hesham bin Mohammed Al Jowder,
met today at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs headquarters, the Permanent
Representative of the Arab Republic of Egypt to the League of Arab
States, Ambassador Alaa Rushdie.During the meeting,
Ambassador Hesham bin Mohammed Al Jowder reviewed the close historical
relations between Bahrain and brotherly Egypt. He also stressed the
importance of continuing cooperation and joint coordination between the
two brotherly countries in light of the convergence of views on issues
facing the Arab nation, noting the Kingdom’s keenn...
The intention of the Federal Government to borrow N 2 trillion from
the N10 trillion accumulated pension fund is incorrect as the fund
cannot be borrowed by law, a pension expert, Ivor Takor has said.
Takor, who is the Director, Centre for Pension Right Advocacy, made
this known in a submission by advocacy group on alleging that the
Federal Government intend to borrow the huge cash from pension fund to
He stated that pension fund is about investment and not borrowing,
adding that Pension Fund Administrators (PFAs) are investing
organisations and not borrowing organisations.
He maintained that the N10 trillion Fund is not warehoused in any
account of the National Pension Commission (PenCom), the Central Bank of
Nigeria (CBN), the PFAs or Pension Fu...
The African Energy Chamber’s delegation advocated for local content as a pillar of the industry’s sustainability effortsDAKAR,
Senegal, February 18, 2020/ -- As Senegal’s first oil and gas projects
are under-development and first production is expected within two years,
the African Energy Chamber (www.EnergyChamber.org)
conducted this week a working visit in Dakar to promote investment into
the country and support local content development and capacity
building.Led by Executive Chairman NJ Ayuk, the African Energy
Chamber’s delegation advocated for local content as a pillar of the
industry’s sustainability efforts and offered all its support to
continue pushing and financing Senegal’s initiatives to build capacity
and build a new generation of Senegalese oil & gas workers an...
“The amount of nature that is available is reducing. But the
number of people looking for nature is increasing; so it is important we
conserve our lakes and take advantage of them, including rivers,” tour
operator and guide, Amos Wekesa, also the director of Great Lakes
Safaris Limited, observes.
Three years ago, Olivier Van
Pee sat his family down to tell them about the potential they could
exploit in the marine industry in Uganda, on Lake Victoria - Africa’s
biggest fresh water body in Africa.
His family is
seasoned in the transport business under Nyanza Evergreen Waterways,
running MV Vanessa and MV Nathalie active in transportation of people
and cargo on Lake Victoria as well as barge/ferries operated on Lake
Wekesa’s tour company operates a 65-seater
The Ugandan government has released another set of Rwandan nationals
who have been in custody since their arrest last year over various
On Tuesday afternoon, the Foreign Affairs Minister, Sam
Kutesa presided over the handover of 13 people to Noel Mucyo, the First
Counsellor at Rwanda’s High Commission in Uganda to make it 24 people
who have been released and handed over to Rwanda this year.
at the function, Kutesa said this was part of the Kampala
establishment’s efforts to normalize tensions with their brotherly
neighbours which have not been at their best for the past two or so
withdrawal of the charges from these people does not in any way suggest
that they are innocent . It is simply done for government to facilitate
the peace pro...
Kenya's Ambassador to South Sudan, Chris Karumba Mburu, is dead.Mburu,
a former director at the National Intelligence Service (NIS), collapsed
and died at his residence in the capital Juba on Sunday, the Ministry
of Foreign Affairs says.
In his condolence message,
President Uhuru Kenyatta described the late Mburu as a distinguished
career public servant and a great Kenyan diplomat who was committed to
building strong bilateral ties between Nairobi and Juba.“Death has
robbed us of a great public servant who served his country with
distinction. Since his appointment as our envoy to Juba, Ambassador
Mburu has worked hard to ensure free flow of trade and investment
between Kenya and South Sudan,” the President wrote.The official cause of death had not been established by the time...
In a renewed bid to commit to democratic ideals and transparency in
handling elections, the National Resistance Movement (NRM), of which I
am the chief administrator, has come up with a ten point plan for free
and fair internal elections. This move is aimed at averting fallouts,
anger and antagonism arising out of questionable party primaries which
motivate the aggrieved to go independent or to work with our opponents
to the disadvantage of official party candidates.
The most significant measure instituted is queuing (lining up) behind
candidates. This method will be employed at all electoral levels
(Parliamentary, Local Councils and special structures elections); if
necessary, even in choosing a Presidential flag bearer. That is how
resolute we are on this new modus operandi...
The incident according to police happened at around 2 am when a fire
broke out in the house of Constable Simon Peter Odongkara on Monday as
A number of items including two SMG rifles with 90
rounds of ammunition were burnt and these belonged to Odongkara and
Boniface Ojuka Omara a colleague, with whom they shared the house.
pairs of Field Force Unit uniforms, five pairs of police gumboots, two
pairs of ponjos , warm suits, warrant card, national IDs and metallic
baton were also burnt in the fire.
However, according to Julius
Hakiza, the Albertine region Police spokesperson, preliminary
investigations pointed out to a mobile phone that had been left charging
in the house as everyone slept.
2017, property worth millions of shi...
the graduation ceremony, Regional English Language Officer, George M.
Chinnery commended the Access Program students for their dedicationDAR
ES SALAAM, Tanzania, February 17, 2020/ -- On February 15 and 16, 2020,
the U.S. Embassy in Tanzania awarded graduation certificates to the 47
students of the U.S. Embassy’s English ‘Access’ Microscholarship Program
in Tanga (13 female and 12 male) and Unguja – Zanzibar (12 female and
10 male). These students successfully completed their two-year biweekly
after-school English classes, focusing on English language, community
development, and civic engagement. The U.S. Embassy supports four
additional Access classes throughout Tanzania –in Mbeya, Lindi, Mwanza,
and Pemba. In early April 2020, the Embassy will open additional cla...
A sixty year old man is on the run in Namisindwa district after
killing his former lover and setting her body on fire. Police is
searching for Ronald Mapamba (60) who is suspected to have killed Betty
Mutuwa (53) after she scorned his affections and left his house.
Mapamba is a resident of Mikhama village, Busambatasa II parish, Buwabwala sub county in Namisindwa district.
Mapamba is suspected to have committed the offense on Friday, February 14, 2020 at around 11am.
realized something was amiss after fire started billowing from the
house Mutuwa shared with her parents. Mutuwa had moved back home after
ending her relationship with Mapamba.
had repeatedly accused Mutuwa of cheating on him with several men.
Mutuwa denied this and instead accused Mapamba...
year, the prize celebrates 20 African entrepreneurs, aged 22 years and
younger, each of whom have a chance to win a shared prize of US$100,000JOHANNESBURG,
South Africa, February 17, 2020/ -- Today, the Anzisha Prize–Africa’s
premier award and fellowship for Africa’s youngest entrepreneurs (AnzishaPrize.org)
– is excited to announce that the 2020 call for applications is now
open. Every year, the prize celebrates 20 African entrepreneurs, aged
22 years and younger, each of whom have a chance to win a shared prize
of US$100,000. The grand prize winner receives US$25,000, the 1st runner-up US$15,000, and 2nd runner-up US$12,500. Every finalist receives US$2,500.In
addition to the cash prize, selected entrepreneurs will join 120
previous winners and become Anzisha Fello...
President Yoweri Museveni is on Monday, February 17, set to hold a
meeting with the NRM Parliamentary Caucus, which party insiders say is
centred on resolving the stalemate between the Executive and the
Legislature over the new lower secondary school curriculum.
Also on the agenda is a discussion over the fate of Security minister
Elly Tumwiine who is facing censure. The meeting was called by
government chief whip Ruth Nankabirwa at the weekend.
Over the last two weeks, there have been disagreements between the
Executive and the Legislature over the new secondary curriculum.
Parliament had earlier halted the implementation of the new curriculum,
citing lack of preparedness, only for Cabinet to approve it last week.
As a result, Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga last Thur...
Iran will never hold talks with the United States under pressure,
President Hassan Rouhani said on Sunday, adding that Tehran's help was
essential in establishing security in the Middle East.
Relations between Tehran and Washington reached crisis point in 2018
after US President Donald Trump abandoned a 2015 pact between Iran and
world powers under which Tehran accepted curbs to its nuclear programme
in return for the lifting of sanctions.
Tensions spiked further following the killing of Iran's most
prominent military commander Qassem Suleimani on January 3 by US drone
attacks at Baghdad airport. In retaliation, Iran attacked US targets in
Iraq in January.
Mr Trump has adopted a policy of "maximum pressure" to force Tehran
to negotiate a broader deal that further curbs I...
The United States which denied entry visas to Sri Lanka Army
Commander Lt. Gen. Shavendra Silva and his family this week ‘officially’
reasoning that it has credible information he was “responsible for
gross violation of human rights and extrajudicial killings” earlier
revoked or denied visas to International Criminal Court (ICC) members
who were scheduled to visit the U.S. to investigate alleged war crimes
by the U.S. military in Afghanistan.Sri Lanka’s Army Commander Lt. Gen. Shavendra Silva
The Trump administration announced last year it was barring entry
into the U.S. to ICC investigators to probe into possible U.S. war
crimes in Afghanistan in 2017. A 2016 ICC report accused the U.S.
military of torturing at least 61 prisoners in Afghanistan and accused
the CIA of subject...
A ballistic expert has told Court that gunshot residues were found on the clothes belonging to Matthew Kanyamunyu.
Gunshot residues are deposited on the hands and clothes of someone who discharges a firearm.
Kanyamunyu and his girlfriend Cynthia Munwangari are on trial for the murder of child rights activist Kenneth Akena.
Friday, Ms Robinah Kirinya a Principal Analyst from the Government
Analytical Laboratory in Kampala, told court that she examined exhibits
like Kanyamunyu's car, and in the glove compartment, where he allegedly
hid the killer gun that is still missing.
“The bullet was fired from a 0.22 firearm such as a pistol or a revolver,” Ms Kirinya told trial judge Stephen Mubiru.