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Coronavirus – Uganda: WHO works with the Army to educate a fishing community about COVID-19 in Uganda

Coronavirus – Uganda: WHO works with the Army to educate a fishing community about COVID-19 in Uganda

HEALTH
KAMPALA, Uganda -- At Rwenshama point of entry on the shores of Lake Edward in Rukungiri district, western Uganda, it’s a warm windy day and the place is bustling with activity. At one end, many sailors in groups of over eight are standing by their boats and preparing their nets for the day’s catch. On the other side, others are preparing to set off into the lake while in a permanent shelter, another group has displayed their catch for the day for all to see and buy the fish of their choice. Waterbucks are seen sunbathing in a distance. The air is filled with the smell of fish and there are lots of people, very few are putting on a face mask and all people are very close to one another. Those putting on facemasks do not have their noses covered. As our World Health Organization (WHO...
AMISOM condemns attack on its convoy

AMISOM condemns attack on its convoy

AFRICA
Mogadishu:  On September 6, 2020 one of the vehicles in a convoy of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM), which had departed the mission’s Forward Operating Base (FOB) in Maslah and heading towards Mogadishu, was targeted by an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) at the Bakala Soqola junction. Preliminary investigation indicates that the truck was partially damaged and one civilian who was near the scene of the attack was killed as a result of the blast.  AMISOM strongly condemns the attack on its convoy and presents its condolences to the family of the deceased. The AU Mission in Somalia remains steadfast and will continue to fight terrorism side-by-side with its Somali counterparts in pursuit of peace and stability for the country. AMISOM is investigating the m...
Col Aheebwa takes over the position of UPDF Deputy Chief Political Commissar

Col Aheebwa takes over the position of UPDF Deputy Chief Political Commissar

AFRICA
Col Ba-hoku Barigye yesterday handed over the office of the Uganda Peoples’ Defence Forces’ (UPDF) Deputy Chief Political Commissar (D/CPC) to Col Nelson Aheebwa. Col Ba-hoku will now move to his new deployment as the Defence Attaché’ to Cuba. The presiding officer and UPDF Chief Political Commissar (CPC) Maj Gen Henry Masiko commended the President for tirelessly working towards professionalizing the UPDF into a modern Force. He reminded soldiers that the army’s strength is directly hinged on its strategic relationship with the people based on a pro-people ideology, which he said, should be sustained for peace, stability and economic prosperity of the country. The CPC urged both the outgoing and incoming Officers to uphold the idea of harnessing synergies to consolidate achie...
Brig. Byekwaso rules out Besigye’s appeal for a military coup against Museveni

Brig. Byekwaso rules out Besigye’s appeal for a military coup against Museveni

INTERNATIONAL
The Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) has ruled out any possibility for the army officials to overthrow President Yoweri Museveni’s government. Yesterday, a former presidential candidate Dr Kizza Besigye predicted that the army would plot a coup that will see an end of President Museveni’s rule. Besigye, citing other countries where armies have mutinied or joined masses to overthrow their leaders — the latest being Mali two weeks ago, — said such was the likely end of President Museveni’s reign. “Today you are talking of Museveni having strong military intelligence; but before you talk about intelligence; look at all these LDUs he is passing out daily. They have no food…Their expectations are high but he has nothing to give to them.Dictators own security apparatus, but in the...
President emphasizes discipline in COVID-19 Fight

President emphasizes discipline in COVID-19 Fight

INTERNATIONAL
KAWEWETA, NAKASEKE: President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni who is alsothe Commander in Chief of the armed forces has passed out a total of 4325military trainees at the Military training School in Kaweweta, NakasekeDistrict. Military graduates from Kaweweta military school in Nakaseke district demonstrating to the President some of the tactics they have attained Speaking shortly after the passing out ceremony, President Museveni whocongratulated the school, trainees and instructors upon the successfulcompletion of the course reminded the army in particular and Ugandans atlarge in keeping discipline while fighting Covid-19 pandemic. H.E Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, the Commander-in-chief of the armed forces and the President of Uganda inspecting the soldiers who were graduating from at Kawewe...
African leaders condemn Mali coup, demand immediate release of detained President Boubacar Keïta

African leaders condemn Mali coup, demand immediate release of detained President Boubacar Keïta

AFRICA
NAIROBI, 21st August 2020  –African Heads of State have strongly condemned the Tuesday military coup in Mali during which President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita was seized by mutinying soldiers. Led by the African Union Chairperson Cyril Ramaphosa, the leaders called for the immediate release of President Keïta and senior members of his administration among them the country's Prime Minister Boubou Cissé. President Uhuru Kenyatta urged for a "speedy, peaceful and democratic" resolution of the crisis while President Ramaphosa called for dialogue to restore peace and stability in the West African country. President Felix Tshisekedi of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) rallied African countries to take a firm position on the matter saying the coup was "dangerous for democracy in Afric...
Uganda Air Force officer remanded for killing commander

Uganda Air Force officer remanded for killing commander

AFRICA
Kampala, Uganda --- The General Court Martial in Makindye yesterday remanded a Uganda People’s Defence Air Force(UPDAF) officer for shooting dead his commander. Lance Corporal Max Omutojo was in May denied a pass leave to attend an emergency and in reiteration, he picked a gun and shot dead his superior. On Tuesday, Omutojo, a section commander was arraigned before the army court chaired by Lt.Gen.Andrew Gutti and charged with the murder of his commander, Maj.Sulaiman Wafula, a former officer in charge of Garrison at the Nakasongola Air Force wing. Lance Corporal Max Omutojo appearing to the court martial in Makindye on Tuesday. Prosecution led by Capt.Ambrose Baguma told the court that the incident happened on May, 3, 2020. It is alleged that the incident happened when the...
UPDF names Brig. Gen. Byekwaso the new army spokesperson

UPDF names Brig. Gen. Byekwaso the new army spokesperson

AFRICA
Kampala, Uganda ---The Uganda Peoples Defense Forces (UPDF) has appointed Brig. Gen. Flavia Byekwaso as the new army Spokesperson replacing Brig. Richard Karemire who has been assigned to EAC Secretariat as Defense Liaison Officer. Brig. Gen. Byekwaso is a military officer, who serves as an elected member of parliament representing UPDF in the 10th Parliament (2016–2021). She was born on 29 December 1971, in the Central Region of Uganda. She attended St. Mathias Kalemba Senior Secondary School, in Nazigo, Kayunga District, for both her O-Level and A-Level studies. Brig. Gen. Flavia Byekwaso, The new Uganda Peoples Defense Forces (UPDF) the new army Spokesperson. Photo by Ronald Kabuubi/ KMA Updates. Her first degree, a Bachelor of Business Administration, was awarded by Maker...
Uganda deploys combat aircraft to support peacekeeping operations in Somalia

Uganda deploys combat aircraft to support peacekeeping operations in Somalia

AFRICA
KAMPALA -- The Ugandan military on Tuesday announced it will deploy combat aircraft to support peacekeeping operations in war-torn Somalia. Uganda People's Defense Forces (UPDF) aircraft will offer support to African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) ground troops in the Horn of African country, military spokesperson Richard Karemire said. The Updf is deploying air assets to the operation theater in Somalia. This will offer the ground AMISOM Forces the necessary firepower and enhance intelligence ,surveillance and reconnaissance capacity; Brig Karemire Army spokes person Via tweet. AMISOM comprises troops drawn from Uganda, Burundi, Kenya, Ethiopia and Djibouti covering south and central Somalia. Uganda has over 6,000 troops serving under AMISOM.
AMISOM Statement on death of former Prime Minister Hassan Abshir Farah

AMISOM Statement on death of former Prime Minister Hassan Abshir Farah

AFRICA
Mogadishu, 14th July, 2020—The African Union Mission in Somalia has learnt with deep sadness the passing of Hassan Abshir Farah, who was Prime Minister of Somalia from 2001-2003. The Special Representative of the Chairperson of the African Union Commission (SRCC) for Somalia and Head of AMISOM, Ambassador Francisco Madeira said: “Today, we join the people of Somalia in mourning the passing of the former Prime Minister, Hassan Abshir Farah. The death of the former Prime Minister is an immense loss to the people of Somalia. Mr Farah had a wealth of experience and an impressive record of dedicated service to the country. Over a remarkable career, he served his country as Mayor of Mogadishu, Minister of Fisheries, Prime Minister, and as a Member of Parliament. His work to improve t...
Fire aboard ship at Naval Base San Diego leaves 21 injured

Fire aboard ship at Naval Base San Diego leaves 21 injured

INTERNATIONAL
SAN DIEGO — Twenty-one people suffered minor injuries in an explosion and fire Sunday on board a ship at Naval Base San Diego, military officials said. The blaze was reported shortly before 9 a.m. on USS Bonhomme Richard, said Mike Raney, a spokesman for Naval Surface Force, U.S. Pacific Fleet. Seventeen sailors and four civilians were hospitalized with “non-life threatening injuries,” Raney said in a brief statement. He didn’t provide additional details. Previously, officials said at least one person was treated for smoke inhalation. The cause of the fire was under investigation. It wasn’t immediately known where on the 840-foot (255-meter) amphibious assault vessel the blast and the fire occurred. The flames sent up a huge plume of dark smoke visible around San Diego. Re...
UGANDA: Parliament calls for investigations on Nsambya barracks status.

UGANDA: Parliament calls for investigations on Nsambya barracks status.

AFRICA, UGANDA
The Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga, has directed the Minister of Internal Affairs to investigate the state of affairs at the Nsambya Police Barracks in Kampala. The directive was prompted after Hon. Maurice Kibalya (NRM, Bugabula County North) raised a matter of national importance in regard to the living conditions in the barracks. “It is a sad state of affairs as the barracks does not have water or power. If this week there is water, then the following week, there will be no power. These officers are committed to serve the country but their environment is not appealing. We need to look into this matter,” he said. Kibalya added that the children of the Police officers using television and radio sets for learning during the Covid-19 pandemic, like their other counterparts,...
REPORT: Army supasses police in torture, Uganda.

REPORT: Army supasses police in torture, Uganda.

AFRICA, UGANDA
KAMPALA- The Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) has overtaken police in torturing Ugandans, according to the African Centre for Treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture Victims (ACTV) in its latest report on torture. During 2017-2018 period, the ACTV registered 600 cases of torture attributed to police and 443 cases committed by the army.However in 2018-19, the bulk of the torture cases shifted to the UPDF. The latest report shows UPDF committed 440 torture cases in Karamoja Sub-region compared to 14 cases by police. However in Kampala, the police led the 263 torture charts, with 263 cases compared to the 44 cases by UPDF.In Gulu District, police committed 154 cases and UPDF committed 75. This brings the total torture cases by the army to 559 compared to 441 by police. “Many of th...
Philippine President pleads for calm after police fatally shoot troops

Philippine President pleads for calm after police fatally shoot troops

INTERNATIONAL
ZAMBOANGA, Philippines — The Philippine president flew to the country’s volatile south on Friday to plead with military forces not to retaliate following the fatal police shootings of four soldiers, including two officers, in violence the army chief called “a rubout.” President Rodrigo Duterte pledged an impartial government investigation of Monday’s violence in southern Jolo town and promised in a late-night address to military commanders, including army generals, that anyone found guilty will be punished. “Do you want to kill five to six policemen there in the station? What good will it do?” said the blunt-speaking Duterte, who wore a face mask to protect against the coronavirus. Duterte asked commanders to ensure their forces remain calm and added that police, like government...
Vietnam, Philippines denounce China military drills in disputed waters

Vietnam, Philippines denounce China military drills in disputed waters

INTERNATIONAL
HANOI/MANILA - Vietnam and the Philippines on Thursday criticized China's holding of military drills in a disputed part of the South China, warning it could create tension in the region and impact Beijing's relationship with its neighbors. Philippine Defence Secretary Delfin Lorenzana said China's exercises in the waters near the Paracel Islands were "highly provocative", while Vietnam's Foreign Ministry called them a violation of sovereignty that could be "detrimental" to Beijing's relationship with the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). China scheduled five days of drills from Wednesday near the Paracels according to a June 27 announcement by the Hainan's Maritime Safety Administration. Vietnam has overlapping claims with China over the Paracels. A crewman from Vie...
Trump approves cutting 9,500 troops in Germany

Trump approves cutting 9,500 troops in Germany

INTERNATIONAL
Washington - President Donald Trump has approved a plan to slash the US military presence in Germany by 9,500 troops, the Defense Department said Tuesday. Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Hoffman said the move, which has sparked concerns in Berlin and in the NATO alliance, is to redeploy the troops and will "enhance Russian deterrence, strengthen NATO, (and) reassure allies," as well as improving US strategic flexibility. The move will cut the current troop level in Germany from about 34,500 to 25,000, Trump's stated goal. Hoffmann gave no details on when the reductions would happen or whether the troops would be redeployed to another NATO country. He said the Pentagon will brief Congress on the plan "in the coming weeks" and then consult allies in the North Atlantic Treaty Organi...
Egypt’s Sisi warns of ‘direct intervention’ in Libya

Egypt’s Sisi warns of ‘direct intervention’ in Libya

AFRICA
Cairo - Egypt's president warned Saturday that advances by Turkey-backed Libyan forces on the Libyan city of Sirte could prompt an Egyptian military intervention in the neighbouring country in support of Cairo's ally Khalifa Haftar. Meanwhile, Ankara has urged forces led by the eastern-based Haftar to withdraw from the strategic city for a ceasefire agreement to be reached. The UN-recognised Government of National Accord (GNA) in Tripoli has made major military gains against Haftar's forces recently thanks to increased support from its backer Turkey. The key city of Sirte, which lies some 450 kilometres (280 miles) east of the capital, is under the control of Haftar's forces, who last year launched a recently aborted attempt to seize control of western Libya. In a televised a...
Maj. Gen. Kasirye Gwanga finally laid to rest

Maj. Gen. Kasirye Gwanga finally laid to rest

INTERNATIONAL
KAMPALA — Maj. Gen. Kasirye Gwanga who passed away on Monday was on Friday June 12 been laid to rest at Nkene Village, Manyi Sub-county, Mityana District. Locals were prohibited at from attending the “scientific burial” —forcing them watched his send-off on televisions and other online channels. Maj Gen Kasirye Ggwanga, 68, died at Nakasero Hospital where he had been admitted. Gen Kasirye Ggwanga received a thirteen-gun salute, usually accorded to army officers from the rank of brigadier and above. The army conducted all the ceremonies, including digging and building the grave. The brown coffin, draped with the Uganda flag, was lowered into a white grave. UPDF soldiers lifting Maj Gen Kasirye Gwanga's coffin The UPDF brass band played somber music. Several bigwigs ...
AMISOM mourn the Passing of the President of Burundi, H.E. Pierre Nkurunziza

AMISOM mourn the Passing of the President of Burundi, H.E. Pierre Nkurunziza

AFRICA
Mogadishu, 12th June 2020—The African Union Mission in Somalia, AMISOM, has learnt with sadness about the death of the President of Burundi, H.E. Pierre Nkurunziza. “On behalf of the mission, I would like to express my deepest condolences to the government, the people of Burundi and the bereaved family. Through the Burundi Contingent in AMISOM, President Nkurunziza worked tirelessly with the AU to bring peace and security to Somalia. Like many leaders of the countries that contribute both human and material resources to the stabilization of Somalia, the late President believed in the ideals of a reconciled, secure and prosperous Somalia”, said the SRCC and Head of AMISOM, Ambassador Francisco Madeira. “The passing of President Nkurunziza is incredibly sad for all of us in AMISOM. Th...
Kasirye Gwanga was a hero, politicians, army praise him

Kasirye Gwanga was a hero, politicians, army praise him

AFRICA
Kampala, Uganda ---- As the country marked the 31st Heroes’ Day, it also lost one of its gallant Officers Maj Gen Wasswa Kasirye Ggwanga, who breathed his last from Nakasero Hospital in Kampala. Several inconsolable mourners including serving and retired army officers, friends, and relatives converged at Nakasero Hospital where he had been admitted for nearly three weeks as news of his death went across the country. Many were broken and could not hold their tears. The late Maj Gen Wasswa Kasirye Ggwanga They remember him in three folds; a committed army officer, a generous Patriot and an environmentalist. Rose Masaba Mutonyi, the Bubulo West MP, who rushed to the hospital after the death of Maj Gen. Gwanga described him as a loyal servant who excelled at executing his dut...