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UGANDA: Chaos as RDC Sakwa raids DISO’s office to forcefully resume work, damages property.

UGANDA: Chaos as RDC Sakwa raids DISO’s office to forcefully resume work, damages property.

UGANDA
KAMPALA —Embattled Jinja Residence District Commissioner (RDC), Mr Eric Sakwa stormed into the office of the District Internal Security Officer (DISO) and damaged property including a government computer. Mr Sakwa together with over 30 rowdy youths raided the DISO’s office on Tuesday May 26 at about 4:30 PM. On entering, according to a video recording, he found the deputy DISO, Mr John Mugomba whom he told that he wanted to work so he should be given the key to his office. In a trending video, Mr Mugomba claims that he told Mr Sakwa that he doesn’t have the key to the office and it was being kept by the DISO who was not in office at the time. “They came in a big group and Mr Sakwa demanded for the key to his office. When I said I didn’t have it, one of them caught the laptop w...
UGANDA: President Museveni orders Jinja RDC Sakwa out of office until DPP clears him of murder charges.

UGANDA: President Museveni orders Jinja RDC Sakwa out of office until DPP clears him of murder charges.

AFRICA, UGANDA
President Museveni has directed embattled Jinja RDC Eric Joseph Sakwa to immediately vacate office and only return when the allegations against him are fully investigated and dispose of. Despite court on Wednesday, May 20, ruling that Sakwa’s interdiction was unlawful and saying that he can return to his job, the President said allegations for which his representative in Jinja is being accused of are very grave and he cannot continue holding office in the circumstances. “Sakwa is accused of being present when a mwananchi was being beaten by LDUs and that Mwananchi later died. I have since got information that this was a frame-up by corrupt people in Jinja that are fighting Sakwa because of his good work,” Mr Museveni said in a May 20, 2020 letter. He added that whereas the allega...
UGANDA: The Government has lost over UGX. 790b revenue in April over Covid-19.

UGANDA: The Government has lost over UGX. 790b revenue in April over Covid-19.

AFRICA, COVID-19, UGANDA
Government revenues – taxes, grants and non-tax revenues – suffered the hardest beating in April falling below target by a whopping 789.8 billion Shillings, the clearest indicator of how the coronavirus has battered the Ugandan economy. According to the Ministry of Finance Performance of the Economy Report for April 2020, everything was below target. In its projections, the government had hoped to receive at least 1.8 trillion Shillings in total but could only manage to collect 965 billion Shillings. For taxes, the government had planned to collect 1.5 trillion Shillings but only managed to get 931 billion Shillings– registering a 547 billion Shillings shortfall, one of the biggest seen in a single month in recent times. On grants, the money that comes from donors to support the bud...
UGANDA: ‘People Power’ leader demands for accountability of the Covid-19 money, food.

UGANDA: ‘People Power’ leader demands for accountability of the Covid-19 money, food.

AFRICA, COVID-19, UGANDA
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...
UGANDA: Gen Tumukunde’s Trial suspended to June.

UGANDA: Gen Tumukunde’s Trial suspended to June.

AFRICA, UGANDA
Court on Wednesday declined to honour a request by lawyers representing Rtd Lt Gen Henry Tumukunde who wanted  court to give state the last adjournment to complete its investigations in a treason case against their client, since he is a presidential aspirant, and any delay to prosecute him disrupts his programme. Court said that it is still early for the defence team to ask for the last adjournment since the prevailing lockdown to control the spread of coronavirus, cannot allow thoroughly investigations of the matter.  This was state prosecutor, Mr Joseph Kyomuhendo informed court that inquiries are still ongoing and that they are constrained to proceed with investigations. Trial magistrate, Ms Valerian Tuhimbise said that it is not practical to give the state last adjo...
UGANDA: President Museveni emphasises on Masks, Public transport to open in June.

UGANDA: President Museveni emphasises on Masks, Public transport to open in June.

AFRICA, HEALTH, UGANDA
All Ugandans aged six and above will be given free facemasks in a bid to protect themselves against the spread of coronavirus, President Museveni has said.“This mask must be worn all the time when you are in public. Whether you are sneezing, talking or coughing. Since many people raised the issue that they cannot afford these masks, the gov’t has decided to provide these masks to all Ugandans 6 years and above,” Mr Museveni said in a televised address to update Ugandans on government efforts against the spread of the virus which has left 227 people in the country infected. According to the president, children less than age six cannot safely wear these masks.“These masks, like mosquito nets, will be distributed through the LC system. One mask per person of age 6 and above will be given....
UGANDA: Bebe Cool hit with bottles, Muhoozi angry at Police.

UGANDA: Bebe Cool hit with bottles, Muhoozi angry at Police.

AFRICA, UGANDA
First son Lt Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba has lashed at police for doing nothing as hooligans beat and humiliated singer Bebe Cool. The Gagamel big boss was pelted bottles at Cindy Sanyu’s ‘Boom Party Concert’ Saturday at Lugogo Cricket Oval. It was the second time such a thing happened to him at the same venue. “How could Police and the bouncers at Cindy’s Concert allow a few hooligans to hurl bottles at one of Uganda’s greatest artists?” Muhoozi wondered. He added: “The same hooligans beat up women (on Women’s Day) for simply loving Kaguta Museveni and Bebe Cool. We expect a lot better next time from police.” Victoria University Muhoozi has been in the news over his alleged “Muhoozi Project” which will see him succeed his father. He also tried to reach out to P...
UGANDA: I was almost driven out of a meeting because of my gender says Speaker Kadaga.

UGANDA: I was almost driven out of a meeting because of my gender says Speaker Kadaga.

AFRICA, UGANDA
The Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga has said she at one time became a victim of gender discrimination when was almost removed from her seat at a meeting of ministers just because she is a woman. Kadaga made the remarks in commemoration of progress Uganda has achieved in fighting discrimination against women through women-empowerment, and according women space in all aspects of life ahead of International Women’s Day celebrations on March, 8th. Speaker Kadaga was addressing members of Rotary Club of Nalya on Saturday, at Serena Hotel in Kampala. She recounted political and professional struggles women have gone through, citing exclusion from certain professions and discrimination in politics. Kadaga cited an incident way back in the 90’s when she was Uganda’s...
EDUCATION: How to apply for Makerere’s MasterCard scholarship – Uganda.

EDUCATION: How to apply for Makerere’s MasterCard scholarship – Uganda.

AFRICA, EDUCATION, UGANDA
KAMPALA – Makerere University entered into a partnership with The MasterCard Foundation to offer scholars to 1000 bright youth from Africa to study at Makerere University from 2013 to 2024. A project worth US$21 million is being implemented at Makerere University with the aim of developing the next generation of African leaders and also to promote the strategic objectives of Makerere University and The MasterCard Foundation in contributing to Africa’s higher education sector and development. The Program recruits both nation and international Scholars at the ratio of 90:10 respectively and female and male scholars at the ratio of 80:20 respectively. The Scholars under The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program at Makerere University receive holistic support as shown below:...
BREAKING: Africa Climate Week in Kampala delayed over Coronavirus.

BREAKING: Africa Climate Week in Kampala delayed over Coronavirus.

AFRICA, UGANDA
KAMPALA – The United Nations Climate Change secretariat, in close collaboration with all the other organizing partners, has decided to put Africa Climate Week in Kampala on hold. This is to ensure the health and safety of all participants in light of the Coronavirus (COVID-19). Organizers said that the meeting, which was planned to take place 20 to 24 April 2020, is only postponed and not canceled, and will take place at a later time that has yet to be determined. The Ministry of Health of Uganda has issued guidance that arrivals in Uganda from the most affected countries will be held quarantine in government hospitals if they display symptoms, or will be placed in self-isolation for 14 days if they do not display symptoms. In light of this, the United Nations Department ...
UGANDA: Parliament prohibits ‘hate speech’ in the course of political campaigns.

UGANDA: Parliament prohibits ‘hate speech’ in the course of political campaigns.

AFRICA, UGANDA
Parliament has passed clause six of the Political Parties and Organizations Amendment Bill 2019 that institutes a ban on hate or derogatory speeches among the different political players. Under this clause, no candidate will be allowed to use derogatory language or abusive language against a fellow candidate and failure to respect the law, it will force the Electoral commission to withdraw your candidature from the race after a recommendation the National Consultative forum. In the Parliamentary sitting that ended in the wee hours of Thursday, Parliament finalized the debate and passing of the long awaited five electoral bills that they have been scrutinizing for the last two weeks. The bills that have been passed are: the Presidential Elections Amendment Bill 2019, th...
UGANDA: Machete gang strikes UPDF, 18 were killed, 16 arrested.

UGANDA: Machete gang strikes UPDF, 18 were killed, 16 arrested.

AFRICA, UGANDA
A total of 18 people, including three UPDF soldiers, have been killed and 16 others arrested after an unknown gang tried to attack an army detach in Zombo on Thursday night. The incident, according to sources, happened when a large group of people armed with machetes, arrows and bows attacked a Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) detach at Odic village, Abide West Ward in Zombo town council. “They killed three soldiers, injured two others and burnt huts. They also took some guns,” the source told the Nile Post. According to the UPDF 4th division spokesperson, Maj.Ceasar Otim Olweny, the gang tried to retreat towards the DRC border. “It is true it happened yesterday night. Some gangs of criminals attacked our detachment in Zombo but we could not establish the number be...
AFRICA: Uganda Police to stop using the ‘Sir’ tag for female officers.

AFRICA: Uganda Police to stop using the ‘Sir’ tag for female officers.

AFRICA, UGANDA
The police leadership has resolved to amend the standing orders and drop the ‘Sir’ tag for female officers. They have also resolved to redesign police uniforms to address gender inequality in the force after it emerged that currently, female police officers are wearing trousers designed for men. Police are also in the final phase of elevating deserving female police officers to top positions as the Force moves to eliminate gender inequality. Police top management held a closed-door meeting yesterday and agreed to promote female police officers and entrust them with key management responsibilities. Police Chief Political Commissar Asan Kasingye told Daily Monitor that they have completed the amendment of the police standing orders that were discriminatory to fema...
UGANDA: 24 Candidates race for the 2021 Presidential post.

UGANDA: 24 Candidates race for the 2021 Presidential post.

AFRICA, UGANDA
At least 24 presidential aspirants have declared intention to run for president in 2021 polls and have notified the Electoral Commission (EC) of their plans to start consultations. Few of the aspirants are publicly known with the most recognisable faces being Mr Robert Kyagulanyi, aka, Bobi Wine (MP for Kyadondo East), and Lt Gen Henry Tumukunde (former security minister). But more and bigger names are expected in the race as political parties have not yet convened their national delegates conferences to elect their presidential flag bearers. While Bobi Wine has already hit the consultation trail, other candidates are yet to embrace the process.The latest to enter the race is Lt Gen Tumukunde, who until 2018, was Security minister in President Museveni’s government. The ...
UGANDA: The untold story about the Nile Perch, fish maw (ennuni).

UGANDA: The untold story about the Nile Perch, fish maw (ennuni).

AFRICA, Business, UGANDA
Fish Maw popularly referred to in one of Uganda’s local language as “ENNUNI” is one of the internal body organs of the Nile Perch fish. It helps the Nile Perch fish to breathe and float on water. In the recent past, fishmongers in a bid to sell the clean Nile Perch to their customers would flash out all the offal from the fish and throw it on the rubbish heap. To them and their customers, the Ennuni was a public nuisance because it was of no use. However, certain foreigners were collecting the Ennuni from the rubbish heap sometimes asking locals to do this for them for almost free. Later on, some curious Ugandans investigated what these foreigners were doing with this useless Ennuni. It has now been discovered that Ennuni is best commercial news for Uganda. In a En...
UGANDA: Gulu University in a 4bnUGX revenue scam.

UGANDA: Gulu University in a 4bnUGX revenue scam.

AFRICA, EDUCATION, UGANDA
MPs on the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) quizzed officials of Gulu University over the missing Shs4.2Bn revenue they collected from students in tuition in 2019. The officials from the University had been summoned to respond to queries raised in the June 2019 auditor general’s report that exposed a number of loopholes in the University’s financial statement. The University audit reported total receipts of Shs7.787Bn, however, management disclosed receipts from educational services of Shs12.080Bn in the statement of financial performance reflecting unexplained variance in revenue collected of Shs4.293Bn with auditors saying the revenue balances aren’t clearly stated. The accounting officer stated that the University collected Shs8.7Bn as opposed to Shs12.08Bn disclosed ...
AFRICA: Uganda postpones high-level G77+China summit over Coronavirus

AFRICA: Uganda postpones high-level G77+China summit over Coronavirus

AFRICA, HEALTH, UGANDA
Uganda has announced the postponement of the G- 77+China summit amid the continued spread of the deadly Corina virus. Ambassador Adonia Ayebare, Uganda’s permanent representative to the United Nations, said in a tweet that the decision was reached in consultation with the G77 countries. “The Third South Summit (G-77) that was to take place April 16-19, 2020 has been postponed to a later date this year,” he wrote. “Pre-summit preparations will continue,” Ayebare said, noting that 136 member states were to participate in the summit. The G77 at the United Nations is a coalition of developing countries with an aim to promote its members’ collective political and economic interests in the world body. The G-77 was established on 15 June 1964 by seventy-seven developing count...
UGANDA: MPs question the former Judiciary PS over Shs343 million.

UGANDA: MPs question the former Judiciary PS over Shs343 million.

AFRICA, UGANDA
Lawmakers on the Public Accounts Committee gave grilled the former Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Justice, Kagole Kivumbi over a Shs343 million payment to the Chief Justice, Bart Katureebe and Deputy Chief Justice, Alphonse Owiny Dollo meant for foreign travels in the financial year 2018/2019. The Committee chaired by Hon. Nandala Mafabi was Wednesday, 04 March 2020 considering the Auditor General’s Report for the financial year 2018/2019. In the Report, the Auditor General said that Kivumbi, the accounting officer, paid out the money to the Chief Justice, his Deputy and a team believed to have travelled with them for three different trips both in and out of the country but during the same period. Mafabi accused Kivumbi of using the positions and names of the th...
UGANDA: Here is why  Beti Kamya joined NRM.

UGANDA: Here is why Beti Kamya joined NRM.

AFRICA, UGANDA
Lands minister Beti Olive Kamya has said she joined the ruling National Resistance movement (NRM) because the Opposition has no future for the country. “You have to be a visionary to lead the country. The NRM party and President Museveni have the vision for this nation. I come with all my energy to take forward that vision,” Ms Kamya said. The minister made the remarks yesterday at the NRM offices in Rubaga Division, Kampala, where she was welcomed by the area NRM chairperson, Mr Justin Buchana, and other party leaders. Ms Kamya was made to sign an oath of allegiance as workers MP Charles Bakabulindi, NRM’s Kampala Central Divison chairperson Salim Uhuru, and others cheered. Kamya said progress in the country lies within the NRM party and that people should not think ...
UGANDA: KCCA elects Bruhan Byaruhanga as new Deputy Speaker.

UGANDA: KCCA elects Bruhan Byaruhanga as new Deputy Speaker.

AFRICA, UGANDA
National Resistance Movement (NRM)’s Bruhan Byaruhanga has been elected the Deputy Speaker of the Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) in an election held Thursday at the City Hall. Byaruhanga, a KCCA Chancellor in Kyambogo first recorded 16 votes, beating off competition from Doreen Sabuka (Makindye) and Alice Amongi (Nakawa) but the Chief Magistrate, who was overseeing the election ordered for fresh voting between Byaruhanga and Sabuka as none of the two had made the required 50 percent. In the re-run, Byaruhanga was able to command tye majority with 18 votes while Sabuka got 13 and one invalid vote. Byaruhanga will now be the Deputy of Abubaker Kawalya, a ‘People Power’ leaning Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) candidate who saw off competition from the FDC flag bea...