Kyadondo East MP Robert Kyagulanyi, alias Bobi Wine, has called on the government to account for the relief items and money that has been given to the Covid-19 National Taskforce.
Addressing a press conference at the People Power headquarters in Kamwokya, a Kampala suburb, yesterday, Bobi Wine said the taskforce has continued to ask for more money from the public but without publicly showing how the other contributions have been utilised.
“The taskforce has gone ahead to ask for Shs10,000 from Ugandans but they have not laboured to tell us what the money and relief items they have been receiving since March has done. We need this report because the people that are not working are the ones that they continue to squeeze money from,” he said.
As of last week, the taskforce indicated...
Principal Judge Flavian Zeija is expected to meet Justice
Stephen Mubiru, the judge in the murder trial of businessman Matthew
Kanyamunyu and his girlfriend, after the case was on Friday adjourned to
the next criminal session.
“We are going to link up on
Monday (today) with Justice Mubiru about this issue and thereafter, I
can ably communicate the outcome,” Justice Zeija told Daily Monitor in a
telephone interview on Saturday.
Mr Kanyamunyu and his
girlfriend Cynthia Munwangari are charged with murder of children
rights activist Kenneth Akena on November 12, 2016 on Kampala-Jinja Road
opposite Uganda Manufacturers Association main gate in Lugogo.
Friday, Justice Mubiru adjourned the case to the next criminal session
despite pleas from the prosecution to complete the...
Herbert street, one of the popular and busy business points in
Masaka Municipality was in the night rocked by a massive fire that
destroyed two giant buildings.
Jude Mbabaali, the Masaka District chairperson said the fire was
reported late after all the traders and shop operators had departed the
“A fire incident has just occurred at Hobert Street, Masaka and
merchandise in shops plus property worth billions destroyed,” he said.
Mbabaali said no one was hurt in the blaze, but massive property worthy billions of shillings lost.
“We are extremely grateful to God that there have been no human fatalities or casualties,” he added.
He said that while parts of the buildings have been damaged by the
fire, the swift response of the Police Fire Unit and dis...
The President of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation in New York, Dr
Elizabeth Alexander and the Chief of Staff and Programme Advisor at the
Foundation, Ms Julie B. Ehrlich paid a courtesy call on the
Vice-Chancellor of Makerere University, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe on
Friday, February 1 2020.
They also held a meeting with the Steering Committee of
the Foundation projects at the College of Humanities and Social Sciences
The Steering Committee comprises of the Principal, Dr Josephine
Ahikire, and the Deans of the five Schools of the College namely; Dr
Sarah Ssali, Dean School of Women and Gender Studies; Dr Andrew Ellias
State, Dean School of Social Sciences, Dr Patrick Mangeni, Dean School
of Liberal and Performing Arts; Dr Aaron Mushe...
Some 3.6 million voters are being called to the polls until 4 p.m. (1600 GMT)
in some 9,000 polling stations across the country, but many of them
have already announced that they want to boycott a poll they consider
neither free nor transparent.
In Lomé, in the sandy courtyard of the Kodjoviakope high school
where Jean-Pierre Fabre, the historic leader of the opposition, is
expected to vote today, Eric, a driver in his thirties, arrived before 7
a.m. (local and GMT) to make sure he put his ballot in the ballot box before leaving for work.
have warned, however, that they will unite to block Faure Gnassingbé in
the event of a second round, but this scenario seems rather unlikely.
“We are suffering too much in Togo, this time it has to change. I
South Sudan President Salva Kiir on Friday appointed rebel
leader Riek Machar as vice president, after the two men finally agreed
to form a long-delayed unity government -- a crucial step towards ending
six years of war.
A presidential decree included "the
appointment of the vice presidents and the dissolution of all
institutions at national and state levels," Information Minister Michael
Makuei told AFP.
The decree was read on state
television, the South Sudan Broadcasting Corporation, appointing Machar
as the first of five vice-presidents in a bloated cabinet to accommodate
various warring parties.
But consensus has only been
reached on three of the four others, including current first vice
president Taban Deng Gai -- a former Machar ally who defected.
A female student of Uganda Christian University is in trouble with
the Police over allegations of massive rape by top city employing
Ms Sheena Bageine was on Friday, February 21 evening released on
Police bond from the Central Police Station (CPS) in Kampala after a
night in jail.
Ms. Bageine was charged with offensive communication and cyber stalking.
Her arrest prompted a massive #FreeSheena Twitter campaign.
Ms. Bagaine, who last month faced court on the matter, had at the
start of the year, made damning allegations against prominent employers
—naming them as sexual predictors— allegations that have since put her
on collision course with those individually named, who have now colluded
with the police to arrest her.
She shared a list of men, calling them s...
U.S. President Donald Trump included Nigeria, Tanzania, Eritrea and Sudan in an expanded version of his travel ban list early this month.
The United States said the six countries failed to meet U.S. security and information-sharing standards.
Nigeria’s interior ministry issued a statement saying Ogbeni
Aregbesola had given the request to drop the ban to the U.S. ambassador
“Nigeria is too important an ally of America to deserve such a sanction,” Aregbesola said, according to the statement.
“We are positive that (the) visa restriction is a temporary one, it will soon be put behind us,” he said, adding that Nigeria had complied with most of the concerns raised by the United States.
The U.S. Ambassador Mary Beth Leonard assured Aregbesola of “her
Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) in collaboration with Huawei has on
Friday, February 21, 2020, donated 20 laptops to Tororo Girls School.
In total URA in partnership with Huawei are donating 20 more laptops to Lira secondary school next week.
This is in addition to 40 laptops given to Kololo S.S Kampala and St. Thereza girls’ schools-Hoima that benefited last year.
Ian Rumanyika the Ag. Assistant Commissioner Public and Corporate
Affairs at URA said that these computers will assist the beneficiaries
to gain quality education through skilling the future generation in ICT
Mr. Rumanyika said for a school to benefit in the programme, they
must be a government school but also Tax compliant. The Taxman promised
to come back and launch a Tax club at the school to be add...
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...
After failure to stabilise the relations between the two neighboring
countries, the two presidents returned to Luanda for a second meeting
early this month organized by President João Lourenço and it was agreed
that the two leaders meet today at the Katuna/ Gatuna border point.
Friday afternoon, delegations from both countries led by Presidents
Museveni of Uganda and Paul Kagame from Rwanda met at the Katuna border
point for the fourth Quadripartite Heads of State Summit and signed the
The signing ceremony was witnessed by Angolan President João Lourenço and Felix Tshisekedi, his DRC counterpart.
extradition treaty allows one sovereign jurisdiction to make a formal
request to another sovereign jurisdiction for criminals who have run to
Court has set April 1 to decide in the case in which events promoters
are challenging the Police decision to indefinitely stop them from
organizing ‘Kyarenga extra concerts’ in which Kyadondo East MP Robert
Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine was the main performer.
High Court Judge Esta Nambayo has set the date on Tuesday, February
20 after both parties the government and the events lawyers filing
written submissions as directed by court.
The concerts were to be at One Love Beach Busabala in Wakiso District, Lira, Gulu and Arua.
In April last year, the Assistant Inspector General of Police, Mr
Assuman Mugenyi directed police commanders to block all planned music
concerts by Mr Kyagulanyi.
The move prompted the promoters Abby Musinguzi trading as Abtex
Productions and Bajjo Eve...
The national coordinator of the Alliance for National Transformation (ANT) party Gen Mugisha Muntu thinks it's illusional to believe that the 2021 general elections will be free and fair.
to Gen Muntu, there are many contested issues like electoral reforms
that were proposed by the Supreme Court after the 2016 elections that
haven’t been addressed by government. He noted that even the
proposed constitutional and political reforms by opposition political
parties, NGOs and civil society to level the playing ground haven’t been
considered by government.
“I think the only amendment
which was done was to add the word independent to the Electoral
Commission. But in substance, no substantive amendment has been done,”
Gen Muntu said while addressing journalists at the o...
The fourth Quadripartite Heads of State Summit in a bid to normalize
ties between Rwanda and Uganda is happening now at Katuna border.
Presidents Yoweri Museveni of Uganda and Paul Kagame of Rwanda have
been joined by Angolan President João Lourenço and his Congolese
counterpart Félix Tshisekedi.
The meeting includes review and discussion of feedback from Uganda
following a Note Verbale from Kigali dispatched on February 15.
Rwandan Minister of State for Regional Cooperation, Olivier
Nduhungirehe, last week said Uganda must “refrain from all actions
intended to destabilize Rwanda; eliminate all factors that create such
perception; withdraw the passport issued by Ugandan government to RNC’s
head of diplomacy, Charlotte Mukankusi and prevent her from traveling to
District authorities have issued a 14-day ultimatum to residents
of Kirongo Landing Site, the docking area for Kiyindi –Buvuma ferry, to
vacate to avoid an imminent disaster.
rise in water levels on Lake Victoria shorelines has left houses
destroyed and traders counting losses. Already shorelines sunk are
Munyonyo and Mulungu in Kampala and Lwera in Kalungu District have been
affected.A notice issued by Buvuma District physical planner, Ms
Gloria Kizza, indicates that all makeshift structures at Kirongo landing
site must be demolished.
“The physical planning
committee has noticed that your structural/dwelling has become a public
nuisance to the community. Therefore, you are given 14 days to demolish
the said structures. Failure to comply, the Authority wi...
Legislators on the Committee of Commissions, Statutory Authorities
and State Enterprises(Cosase) have tasked officials of Umeme Uganda
Limited, over circumstances under which the power distributor received
Sshs100 billion from the Ministry of Finance.
In a meeting between
the Committee and electricity power entities on Thursday, 20 February
2020, Jinja Municipality East MP, Hon. Paul Mwiru raised a red flag over
an audit query where Umeme is said to have withdrawn the whole amount
from the Umeme escrow account yet it was eligible to withdraw only shs65
billion that was owed to them.
An Escrow account is an account on
which the government makes deposits for bills. Umeme is only supposed
to withdraw from that account if the government is in arrears of 60 day
after giving th...
U.S. military commanders say the United States will support African
governments in their efforts to secure and stabilize their countries.
The eighth Africa Land Forces Summit in Ethiopia ended with a call on
African troops to improve their human rights record.
top U.S. military commanders met their counterparts in Africa to discuss
ways of protecting African countries from violence and instability.
recent years, the threat of terrorist groups like Boko Haram and
al-Shabab has increased, and criminal networks have become more brazen
U.S. Army Africa Commanding General Roger Cloutier said the continent needs professional armies to combat the armed groups.
keeping with this theme, tomorrow’s security demands leadership today.
We have bee...
President Museveni and Rwandan counterpart Paul Kagame will meet
today at the border town of Katuna to discuss the reopening of the main
crossing, a year after Kigali shut it down.The two mediators,
Presidents João Lourenço of Angola and Felix Tshisekedi of the DR Congo,
are also expected to attend to oversee the implementation of terms
agreed upon in Luanda, the Angolan capital, in August. Hopes for a
resolution of the conflict rose this week after a prisoner swap in which
Kigali released 20 Ugandans with Kampala setting free 13 Rwandans as
part of the Luanda agreement.
“After assessing the
progress, the heads of state will decide on the way forward,” Rwanda’s
East African Community Affairs minister Olivier Nduhungirehe told Daily
Monitor in a telephone interview yesterday...
A few weeks ago, the State House Anti-Corruption Unit headed by Lt.
Col. Edith Nakalema raided NAGRC headquarters in Entebbe to investigate
shs7.3 billion semen which had allegedly been procured from Italy and
for many months is still being kept at Entebbe Airport after the
organization declined to accept it.
NAGRC has a Memorandum of Understanding with Inseme SPA, an Italian company to supply semen.
on Wednesday, the NAGRC Executive Director, Dr. Charles Lagu said they
have never ordered for that semen that he said was brought to be dumped
into the country by the Italian company.
“We have never ordered
for that semen. The Italian company used the opportunity that we have a
Memorandum of Understanding to bring dead semen and dump it here. They
took advantage of...
Parliament on Thursday voted against a proposal to have all
Public holidays that fall on weekdays moved to weekends to give Ugandans
enough time to feel the true meaning of public holiday.Ms Juliet
Kyinyamatama Suubi, the woman MP Rakai District had sought permission of
the house to introduce a bill titled “The public holidays (amendment)
bill, 2020” but this was out rightly rejected by the House when the
Speaker, Ms Rebecca Kadaga put the question to the MPs during plenary.
her justification, Ms Kyinyamatama who had 10 minutes allocated to her
to defend her Bill said Public holidays do not have meaning if they fall
on weekends, as many people stay away from celebrating it and also
prefer to rest on that day in preparation for work for the new week.She
cited the forth com...