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...
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...
Early this month, Parliament issued an order directing the Education
Ministry to halt the new Uganda Certificate of Education curriculum
halted until concerns raised over it are addressed.
Parliament rescinded its decision after an explanation by the Education
Minister, Janet Museveni over the new curriculum.
Education Minister told parliament that rolling out of the curriculum
is long overdue, explaining that according to the United Nations
Education and Scientific and Cultural Organisation (UNESCO), a
curriculum should be reviewed every after five years yet Uganda’s has
not been changed since independence.
curriculum was designed in the 1960s to address mainly producing the
human resource for white-collar jobs. The government currently h...
Gnassingbe is aiming to extend his family’s decades-long domination
over the West African nation by claiming a fourth term in power.
The country of 8 million goes to the polls on Saturday after the constitution was changed to allow Gnassingbe to run again.
What I can say is that I will always respect my country's constitution.
Critics say the vote will not be fair as the opposition has faced a crackdown to snuff out a wave of protests.
However, Gnassingbe told AFP in a joint interview with Le Monde newspaper that such accusations were “more due to reputation than reality”.
“Sometimes these statements and opinions are exaggerated — in any case, I don’t feel like a dictator,” he said.
Decades of the Gnassingbes
The president took over in 2005 after the death of his fat...
A total of 38 opposition youth leaders mainly from the FDC yesterday
afternoon crossed to NRM citing ‘lack of political focus’ among their
The NRM treasurer general Namayanja Rose Nsereko
received the youthful delegation at the party headquarters in Kampala
and called upon them never to be ashamed of their decision.
“Reliability and dependability is key in politics and you have made the right choice”, said Namayanja.
officially handed over a copy of the party constitution and a shirt to
each of the converts. The group was led by Mugumya Lawrence the FDC
youth chairperson of Kalangala District.
Namayanja told the
youthful converts that she was personally one of the founders of the
Uganda Young Democrats (UYD) but after a while with them she realised...
community trust and acceptance has proven a critical armour in
combatting the world’s second worst Ebola epidemic in the Democratic
Republic of the Congo (DRC)GOMA,
Democratic Republic of Congo, February 20, 2020/ -- “In some places
they threw stones at us, but in others community leaders became engaged
and fought alongside us for the survival of their people,” says Dr
Freddy Banza, an epidemiologist and public health specialist with World
Health Organization (WHO).Gaining community trust and acceptance
has proven a critical armour in combatting the world’s second worst
Ebola epidemic in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). Dr Banza
who coordinated Ebola response operations in Mambasa, a small town in
the northeast of the DRC is keenly aware that without c...
Petroleum Report Provides Detailed Financial Information and Statistics from the South Sudan Oil SectorJUBA,
South Sudan, February 20, 2020/ -- The seventh Petroleum Report issued
by the Ministry of Petroleum, Republic of South Sudan (http://www.MOP-RSS.org/),
provides an overview of world oil markets and fundamentals, price
forecasts, oilfield reserves, and the ministry’s marketing performance.
It forms part of continued efforts by Hon. Eng. Awow Daniel Chuang, the
Minister of Petroleum, to promote openness and accountability in this
crucial sector, “We are trying to increase transparency in the country’s
oil and gas sector, specifically concerning the financial aspects. The
Ministry of Petroleum has produced this journal which will provide all
the information about our product...
The Electoral Commission (EC) top management has cleared air on the
controversial tax clearance requirement for all those intending to
contest for political offices in the coming election, saying for now
there is no law.
EC chairperson Justice Simon Byabakama speaking Tuesday during the
launch of display of National Voters’ Register at EC head offices said
that currently no law guides the commission to demand a tax clearance
certificate from all candidates.
now we don’t have that law. May be if the law is amended to include
that as our requirement, that is when EC will begin demanding that
qualification, “Byabakama said.
the recent past, Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) Commissioner General
Doris Akol had alerted all Ugandans who are harbouring political
interests to r...
The Central Bank has reported up to UGX. 2 trillion in losses for the
past 15 years, Finance State Minister (Planning), Hon. David Bahati has
In a response to a Question for Oral Answer posed by MP Kenneth
Lubogo (NRM, Bulamogi), Bahati said the Bank of Uganda posted only Shs40
billion in profits in 15 years, which was remitted to the Consolidated
Fund Account as required by the Bank of Uganda Act.
MP Lubogo sought to know the “profits or losses BoU has made annually
for the last 15 years; when was the last time BoU made profits?”
The Shs40 billion profits were registered in 2007, and since then, the Central Bank has been making losses.
MP Richard Othieno (NRM, West Budama North), who was holding forte for MP Lubogo, asked a supplementary question.
“Bank of Uganda ...
Uganda’s State House Health Monitoring Unit has arrested two
Tanzanian nationals who were allegedly found with stolen government
drugs worth Shs 35m that were meant to be taken to Tanzania.Addressing
journalists at their offices in Kampala Wednesday, Dr Jackson Ojera
Abusu, the head of the unit said Abel Leonard and Yusufu Kasiano
intercepted at Mutukula stage in Kisenyi taxi park in Kampala following a
tip off by the intelligence unit.Dr Abusu said drugs packed in boxes were being loaded onto a taxi which raised suspicion from the unit’s intelligence team.
owners had disclosed that one of the boxes contained drugs but the rest
they reported they were containing skin lightening cream but when
searched, we found quite a number of medicines. We captured them as