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Coronavirus – Kenya: World Food Programme (WFP) Deputy Country Director visits Malaba, contributes key items for COVID-19 response

Coronavirus – Kenya: World Food Programme (WFP) Deputy Country Director visits Malaba, contributes key items for COVID-19 response

HEALTH
ROME, Italy -- On Friday 4th, WFP’s Deputy Country Director, Ryan Anderson (in gray stripes shirt) visited the Uganda-Kenya border post of Malaba where he was taken around the Uganda COVID-19 response facility. Through Mr. Anderson, WFP contributed the following items to the Malaba response: 1. 10 hospital beds 2. 10  computers 3. 10 biometric scanners 4. 10  digital cameras 5. 10  computer tables 6. 10  office swivel chairs 7. 100 plastic chairs Attached and pasted further down are Mr. Anderson’s brief remarks at the occasion, if you might want to make a story. Remarks: Greeting on behalf of the United Nations World Food Programme. I would like to begin by commending the Government of Uganda and local district governments in Tororo, Bu...
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...
Uganda repatriates 322 Ugandans from Saudi Arabia

Uganda repatriates 322 Ugandans from Saudi Arabia

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The Embassy of the Republic of Uganda in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia has successfully repatriated a total of 322 Ugandan Nationals and legal residents who have been stranded in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia due to the Covid-19 pandemic. This is the fifth repatriation exercise the Embassy has undertaken with the first four having taken place on 22nd, 28th July, 12th August and 3rd September 2020 respectively which ensured that over 1000 Ugandans and legal residents in Saudi Arabia, Jordan and Oman returned home safely. The Embassy undertook the registration process of Ugandan Nationals who were stranded in the Jeddah a province in Saudi Arabia and coordinated their return aboard Saudi Airlines. The flight no. SV 7842 departed King Adulaziz International Airport at 2:00pm and arrived at Ent...
‘Maama Mabira’ in confusion after failing to get an NRM flag

‘Maama Mabira’ in confusion after failing to get an NRM flag

AFRICA
The ruling NRM party figuratively picked up Beatrice Anywar, rocked her like strings and played her all day long like Toni Braxton’s “Spanish guitar”. The Kitgum Municipality MP reached the polling station only to find that she is not on the NRM voters register. She didn’t register and has no party card, a development she blamed on mafias. Anywar has declared she will run as an independent since NRM is fronting candidate against her. Anywar is bitter that the party she has been serving is now against her and disappointed that President Museveni nolonger pick her calls. Speaking to media Friday, Mama Mabira as she is popularly known, claimed that NRM, a party she has served diligently and sacrificed so much for, has now turned against her. The former Forum For Democratic ...
What next for Agnes Nandutu after losing in NRM primaries?

What next for Agnes Nandutu after losing in NRM primaries?

Entertainment
Renowned senior political reporter at Serena based Nation Television(NTV), Agnes Nandutu is one of the veteran journalists that had sought to elevate their status to the next legislative assembly come 2021. The moderator and speaker at NTV’s People’s Parliament sought to make her dream a reality when she a month back expressed interests in vying for the Buduuda district woman MP position under the ruling NRM party ticket. It is not quite clear why of all parties Nanduttu chose to contest under NRM regardless of the fact that this incumbent regime has for a while tormented and taunted journalists of her own career. Despite all this, a determined Nanduttu touched down her heels, folded her trousers to tussle it out with the incumbent Justine Khainza. In the hot contest, Nanduttu strived ...
Grace Akullo takes over Minister Rukutana case

Grace Akullo takes over Minister Rukutana case

AFRICA
The director of Criminal Investigations Department Grace Akullo has camped at Mbarara Regional police headquarters to oversee the investigations against state minister for labor Mwesigwa Rukutana accused of attempted murder using a gun. AKullo was ordered to move from Kampala to Mbarara by the Inspector General of Police Okoth Ochola and yesterday, together with her team of homicide experts reviewed Rukutana’s file and others on the violence committed during the NRM primaries in Western Region. The CIVD spokesperson Charles Tumwine confirmed Akullo is directly supervising Rukutana’s case however adding that she would also oversee other similar cases of violence committed in western Uganda during the NRM elections held last Friday. Rukutana and his escorts were arrested last Satur...
NRM compensates family of its member killed in poll violence in Katakwi with UGX. 20m

NRM compensates family of its member killed in poll violence in Katakwi with UGX. 20m

AFRICA
KATAKWI – The ruling NRM Secretary General Rt. Hon Justine Kasule Lumumba has called upon party members to put aside their differences and reconcile to steer development within the party. Speaking on Sunday at the send-off of Ms Akiror Teresa an NRM cadre who lost her life due to electoral violence, the Secretary-General appealed to leaders to prioritise unity within the party when faced with misunderstandings. “Let’s be united as party members, these misunderstandings that may come along shouldn’t make us form camps within the party. I call for unity amongst us, lets shun all ideas of revenge that may crop,” the Ms Lumumba said.Ms Lumumba tasked the law enforcement agencies to bring to book any perpetrators of the electoral violence that led to loss of life.She expressed her sympat...
Dr Jane Ruth Aceng admits to issuing wrong COVID-19 results to over 679 people

Dr Jane Ruth Aceng admits to issuing wrong COVID-19 results to over 679 people

HEALTH
Ministry of Health has admitted to mismanagement of COVID-19 test results being released by laboratories. The ministry says about 679 people were given wrong COVID-19 results. Some people were both positive and negative. “Some people claim to have received two different result slips, one indicating positive and the other negative. Others claim to have taken two different samples on the same day and these give different results,” said Dr Jane Ruth Aceng, the Health Minister. Aceng revealed that to clean the mess, only 12 health facilities have been accredited and their staff trained to carry out proper COVID-19 testing. Nine of the facilities are owned by the government and these include; UVRI, Central Public Health Laboratories, Makerere University College of Health Sciences Labo...
Minister Rukutana denied police bond, spends another day at police station

Minister Rukutana denied police bond, spends another day at police station

AFRICA
State Minister for Labour Mwesigwa Rukutana – and his three guards Sunday spent a second night at Mbarara Police Station. Police bond, despite political pressure, was denied. Four sureties led by Kahinda Otafire, the Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs, Jim Muhwezi and businessmen Ben Kavuya and Bob Kabonero appeared at the police station but to no avail. Rwizi police spokesperson Samson Kasasira refuted earlier reports claiming that Rukutana was given police bond. He was arrested with his three escorts and driver over a shooting incident that left one critically injured. Mbarara deputy RDC Emmy Kateera says no one is above the law. Rukutana, his three bodyguards and driver were arrested Saturday and transferred from Ntungamo to Mbarara CPS where they are deta...
Uganda Records the Highest Covid-19 Infections and Deaths in a Single Day

Uganda Records the Highest Covid-19 Infections and Deaths in a Single Day

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Since the Corona virus pandemic hit Uganda as well as Africa at large, the East African country has managed to record low number of new infections as well as deaths. However, on Saturday 5th of September 2020, the country recorded very high number of new Corona virus infections as well as deaths in a single day. The country recorded 186 new Corona virus infections which raised the total number of infections to 3,539 cases. The ministry of health also reported 4 new deaths bringing the total number of Covid-19 fatalities do far to 39. "Results from COVID-19 tests done on 04 September 2020,186 new COVID-19 cases confirmed. The cumulative total confirmed cases of Ugandans are now 3,539🔺4 COVID-19 deaths registered today. This brings the total COVID-19 deaths to 39."@Ministry...
Minister quits politics after losing in party polls

Minister quits politics after losing in party polls

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KAMPALA- Karamoja Affairs Minister Eng John Byabagambi has revealed he will quit elective politics for his private business and family. The revelation follows the defeat of Byabagambi by Dr John Paul Ninkusiima alias Panadol for the Ibanda South Constituency MP in the just concluded NRM primary elections. Karamoja Affairs Minister Eng John Byabagambi Byabagambi obtained 12,534 (41.15%) votes against Ninkusiima’s 15,983 (52.47%). “I will now concentrate on my international businesses and family. I have quit elective politics” Byabagambi told Eiraka TV Online. Earlier this week, a prominent musician, Sister Charity released a video blasting Byabagambi for for not paying for a campaign song she composed for him. In 2001, he entered politics and contested for the parliamenta...
Minister Kabasti yet again to win Sekikubo, rejects results

Minister Kabasti yet again to win Sekikubo, rejects results

AFRICA
National Resistance Movement- NRM Electoral Commission officials in Sembabule district have found a hard time to present results from the parliamentary party primaries. Three top contenders for parliamentary party tickets in the district have rejected the poll results saying they are doctored. They are the Works State Minister, Joy Kafura Kabasti, Vincent Kimbugwe and Jovanice Twongyeirwe. According to the results issued by Robert Ssesanga, who oversaw the polls in Lwemiyaga county, Kabatsi lost to the incumbent Theodore Ssekikubo who collected 12,179 against 5,645 votes. In Mwaogola county, Vincent Kimbugwe suffered defeat to Oswaldo Byuma who polled 34,994 votes against 1,135 while Jovanice Twongyeirwe was beaten by Mary Begumisa in the race for the NRM party ticket for Sembabu...
Police demote DPC for assaulting MPs

Police demote DPC for assaulting MPs

AFRICA
The Police Disciplinary Court has demoted Superintendent of Police (SP) Joel Tubanone to the rank of Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), after pleading guilty to two counts of excessive use of force while stopping a 2017 gathering in Lira district. At the height of the enactment of the Constitution Amendment Act, 2017, which deleted lower and upper age limits for presidential candidates, Mr Tubanone dispersed a consultative meeting convened by the Lango Parliamentary Group over the then impending amendment. After the ensuing fracas that saw lobbying of tear gas canisters at the MPs, Mr Tubanone was accused by MP Cecilia Ogwal (FDC, Dokolo Woman) and Charles Angiro Abacacon (FDC, Erute North) of assault and attempted murder. However, the Director of Public Prosecution found ...
Former Catholic Radio coordinator succumbs to coronavirus

Former Catholic Radio coordinator succumbs to coronavirus

HEALTH
KAMPALA – Former Radio Maria Coordinator Sr Irene Lucy Onyai has succumbed to Coronavirus. According to a post on Radio Maria’s official facebook page, Sr Onyai died on Friday, September 4, 2020 at Mulago hospital. Former Radio Maria Coordinator Sr Irene Lucy Onyai who succumbed to Coronavirus. “Sr Irene had been admitted a few days ago at Rubaga Hospital with breathing problems,” reads the post in part. According to Radio Maria, she was tested for Covid-19 and found negative, but two days ago she was found positive and transferred to Mulago Hospital for better management. She was a member of the Social Communications Commission and Radio Sapientia Board representing Gulu Ecclesiastical Province. Uganda’s coronavirus death toll is at 35 as two fatalities were confirmed o...
Sipapa accused of opening fire at Bobi Wine’s brother

Sipapa accused of opening fire at Bobi Wine’s brother

Entertainment
Kamwokya had another gunning spree on over the weekend when city socialite and music promoter Charles Olim alias Sipapa allegedly attempted to gun down Dax Vibez’s crewmen.  According to Bobi Wine’s younger brother Dax Vibez, Sipapa in the company of two other people clad in casual outfits, one in possession of an AK47 gun and the other with a pistol, fired live bullets towards his crew members after having a heated argument. Luckily, none of them got hurt. Dax in a long post stated that Sipapa first attacked them with insults and later resorted to splashing money, provoking them to turn violent, but they kept their cool. “I am sure the #authorities are not going to do anything about this #Sipapa. This is not the first time Sipapa has been coming to Kamwokya Firebase temptin...
Oulanyah mourns the late Renowned investor

Oulanyah mourns the late Renowned investor

AFRICA
Gulu, Uganda| Uganda’s Deputy Speaker Jacob Oulanyah has said the lives of those that pass on in their prime, like Gulu’s Harriet Aber, ” is a loss of positive energy that could add momentum on the country’s transformation agenda and shouldn’t be taken lightly.” Oulanyah said Harriet’s death “during her prime has brought a sad end to her illustrious life and career, exhibited in her passion for justice for the weak in society.” Aber, who was in her early 40’s  and was one of Gulu’s top  businesswomen and an associate of Gen Salim Saleh, was found dead in her bed mid this week at her residence in Kasubi Sub Ward in Layibi-Bardege division in Gulu City.According to the Aswa River Region Police Spokesperson, Patrick Jimmy Okema, the circumstances of Aber’s death are stil...
Drama: MP Balyeku makes chapatti to excite voters

Drama: MP Balyeku makes chapatti to excite voters

AFRICA
The election season has seen plenty of drama from those interested in the ruling party tickets and one of them that caught our attention was from Jinja Municipality West as Member of Parliament Moses Balyeku took time off and made chapattis while searching for votes. The gesture to win people’s trust and don thatomuntu wawansi coat had some buy it while others simply ignored the stunt ahead of the elections. Eric Katamba posted pictures of the MP with a caption. “Keeping up with Uganda’s politicians” and comments poured in. Ivan-BK “But why? See him all struggling to fit in. He wud hav jst eaten a rolex.” @kingdomhrt1 “Try to visit us too we shall make u wash utensils and change our bby diapers… ffe tetusaaga.” Joe “It is this season that we all ‘became one’. They...
Minister Mwesigwa Rukutana arrested for misuse of firearms

Minister Mwesigwa Rukutana arrested for misuse of firearms

AFRICA
State Minister for Labour and Industrial Development Mwesigwa Rukutana has been arrested over violence he orchestrated in the Rushenyi County primaries for the ruling NRM party. Following his defeat to Naome Kabasharira, Rukutana turned chaotic and in the scuffle, he grabbed a gun from one of his bodyguards and shot two people who were rushed to hospital in critical condition. Minister Rukutana appearing a in a video holding a gun to threaten supporters of his opponent in Ntungamo earlier this week “Police in Ntungamo has this afternoon arrested and detained Rukutana together with his three bodyguards following a shooting incident in which one person was seriously injured,” deputy police spokesperson, Polly Namaye said in a statement. According to police, the minister and his ...
List of Ministers who were defeated in the NRM Primaries

List of Ministers who were defeated in the NRM Primaries

AFRICA
The ruling party National Resistance Movement today held its election primaries to choose its flag bearers in the next general election come 2021. The party primaries saw a huge number of Ministers and Incumbents being defeated. Below is a provisional list of those who are already nursing defeat. Evelyn Anite (State Minister – Privatization) – Koboko MunicipalityAdolf Mwesigye (Minister of Defence and Veteran Affairs) – Bunyangabu CountyElioda Tumwesigye (Minister of Science and Technology) – Sheema Municipality.Mwesigwa Rukutana (State Minister – Labour) – Rushenyi CountyEphraim Kamuntu (Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs) – Igara WestJohn Byabagambi (Minister of Karamoja Affairs) – Ibanda SouthMary Karoro Okurut (Minister i/c General Duties OPM) – Bushenyi Woman MPM...
Museveni to Respond to Wrestling Request from Seddume

Museveni to Respond to Wrestling Request from Seddume

AFRICA
President Yoweri Museveni has promised to respond to Ugandans who dared him for a Wrestling match. Ssedume and Ibrahim Kabuuga on Twitter invited Museveni for a wrestling match at Nsambya Grounds anytime he is ready. While serializing his responses to Ugandans especially the Youth (Bazukulu) who ask the President on social media, Museveni on Thursday promised to respond to this challenge in his next missive. Tackling a couple of topics including; his nationality, sectarian, dictatorship, NRM polls and others, Museveni said he would comment on the frivolous topics next time. Earlier in the day, Museveni Museveni had explained in detail his nationality since a section of Ugandans had questioned his citizenship by alleging that he is a Munyarwanda. “Bane is also wondering whet...