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𝐃𝐞𝐜𝐞𝐦𝐛𝐞𝐫 27, 2022
🇺🇬 Mumps Disease spreads across 20 districts countrywide
🎄Nearly 20 districts have registered an increase in cases of mumps, a viral illness that affects glands on the side of the face, Dr Richard Idro, an Assoc. Professor of Pediatrics and Child Health at Makerere University and a Consultant Pediatrician at Mulago Hospital has said. Dr Idro says the perception is that initial cases may have been between July and October 2022, as the numbers increased in late October, and by November and December, the disease had spread country-wide.
🇺🇬 Boda Boda associations bicker as KCCA plans Shs300,000 levy for registration
🎄The Boda-Boda Industry Uganda, an umbrella association of different boda-boda operators in Kampala is opposed to the move by Kampala Capital City Authority to pass the Shs300,000 for registration, training, and driving license. In an interview yesterday, Hamidu Ssengendo, the spokesperson of the association accused some of their colleagues of conniving with the leaders of Smart Boda-Boda and KCCA leadership to form a committee of 15 members who agreed to pass Shs300,000 to be paid by riders to ‘re-organize’ the industry. Ssengendo said the move will not be allowed without the consultation of other stakeholders.
🇺🇬 Police Officer arrested for killing 16 year old in Omoro District
🎄The Officer-in-Charge of Opit Police Post in Omoro District, Sgt Christopher Okot Bruce has been arrested for shooting dead a reveler and injuring another. It is alleged that Okot shot and killed Emmanuel Olanya, 16, a pupil of Opit Primary School before injuring Simon Okema, 25, both of Opit Town Council. This followed a scuffle that occurred in a bar right opposite Corner House Night Club where revelers were merrymaking. He had intervened to calm the situation but met resistance prompting him to open fire. Innocent Okello, an eyewitness said Okot looked drunk whem he opened fire.
🇺🇬 Three more ADF rebels killed in Ntoroko
🎄The Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) on Sunday night intercepted and killed three alleged Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebels at the road junction of Kayaja and Kyapa although three others took off. In an interview on Monday, the commander of 8th Battalion, Lt Col Saul Nabimanya said the trio was killed as they emerged from their hideout to go steal food and property from deserted homes. Lt Col Nabimanya said a total of 26 rebels have been killed while 15 others were captured and 21 guns recovered.
🇺🇬 Report pins Heads of Departments in Lwengo District over Corruption
🎄According to a report by the District Public Accounts Committee-(DPAC), Lwengo District has lost about Shs100 Million last year in illigitimate expenditures by heads of departments. The report pins heads of departments for conniving to misappropriate public funds as well as falsifying accountability for money meant for various projects under their dockets.
🇺🇬 UMA’s decision on Dr Oledo is based on professionalism and ethics- Secretary General
🎄The Uganda Medical Association has clarified that their concerns with the embattled Association President Dr Samuel Oledo are purely based on medical ethics and professionalism, refuting claims by Dr Oledo that the Doctors body has been inflitrated by members of the Opposition who are fighting President Museveni through the association. Dr Herbert Luswata, the Secretary General said that the members are free to join any political parties as long as they draw the line between their values and political activities.
🇺🇬 UWA to reintroduce white Rhinos in Ajai Wildlife Reserve
🎄Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) has announced plans of reintroducing White Rhinos in Ajai Wildlife Reserve in Madi Okollo District. John Makombo, the Director in Charge of Conservation at Uganda Wildlife Authority, said that the reintroduction is part of the biodiversity enhancement program for Uganda, which seeks to promote tourism in the West Nile region. Makombo said they will not only introduce the White Rhinos but also other animal species like the Zebra and Giraffe among others.
🇺🇬 Government releases Shs2 Billion to facilitate Uganda Cranes
🎄Government of Uganda has released money to the Federation of Uganda Football Association (FUFA) to facilitate the Uganda Cranes participation in the fourth coming Total Energy African National Championship 2022. The Federation used their official Twitter handle to announce that they received the funds from the Government.
“FUFA has received from Government of Uganda UGX 2Bn as part of arrears to assist in preparations for Uganda Cranes squad ahead of the CHAN Finals in Algeria,” the Federation announced.
🇺🇬 Secretary to Diocese of Kampala calls for concerted efforts to address problem of street children
🎄Rev John Awodi, the Secretary to the Diocese of Kampala has called for concerted efforts to address the problem of street children in Kampala. He was visiting and sharing Christmas with former street kids at Uganda Women’s Effort to save Orphans (UWESO) home in Masulita.
Rev Owodi said that the increasing number of children on the streets of Kampala from mainly Karamoja is a big concern and he condemned individuals who ferry these children to the streets to make for them money through begging. He called for concerted efforts to help address this problem.
🇺🇬 One person shot as Police foils illegal road block along Semuto- Matuga road
🎄Police officers on patrol in Matuga shot and injured one suspect and arrested another after they staged an illegal roadblock along the Semuto-Matuga road. The Kampala metropolitan police spokesperson Patrick Onyango said that the suspected robbers had staged a road barrier at Kavule valley on Monday night at around 3AM. Police officers on a motorized patro thenl found an illegal road block staged in between Kavule and Gombe trading centres along Matugga-Semuto road, with a tricycle (Tukutuku) parked at a distance of about 30 meters away.
🇺🇬 Three people drown in hotel artificial water well on Boxing Day
🎄Police in Koboko District is investigating an incident in which three people drowned mamd died in an artificial water well known as shadoof on Monday December 26, at around midday at Grina Gardens Hotel located in Lipa cell, Mengo ward, south Division in Koboko Municipality. Josephine Angucia, the West Nile regional police spokesperson says Edward Zamali, 38, a resident of Olengaku village died be while attempting to pump water to the tank, while the other two, Bosco Candia and Robert Dramali, a watchman died while attempting to rescue their colleague.
🇺🇬 One dead, two injured after vehicle plunges into river in Manafwa
🎄One person is dead and two others are nursing serious injuries after a vehicle attached to the Ministry of Local Governmemt lost control and fell off the bridge on Bubulo- Bududa road in Manafwa District on Monday. The vehicle was on Passa bridge when the driver lost control and plunged into the river at Namutembi cell, Manafwa Town Council. Residents who witnessed the accident blamed it on the narrowness and dilapidated nature of the bridge which has become a black spot with many accidents. The identities of the deceased and injured are yet to be revealed by Police.
🇺🇬 RUKUNGIRI: Security Minister Muhwezi calls for vigilance over ADF attacks
🎄During prayers at his local church in Kasoroza Church of Uganda in Nyakagyeme Sub county Rukungiri District, Security Minister who is also the Rujumbura County Member of Parliament Hon. Maj. Gen. Jim Muhwezi called on all districts neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo to be on a high alert over ADF rebels. He was accompanied by his wife Canon Susan Muhwezi.
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🌍 KENYA: President Ruto urges President Kiir to end war in Upper Nile, Jonglei
🎄Kenyan President William Ruto has appealed to his South Sudanese counterpart Salva Kiir Mayardiit to de-escalate the conflict in Upper Nile and Jonglei states and deploy humanitarian efforts. President Ruto said the escalation of hostilities might ruin the 2018 peace agreement.
“The increasing insecurity, violence, displacement and unfolding humanitarian crisis are detrimental to the peace and stability of South Sudan and the East Africa region as a whole,” Ruto said in a statement.
🌍 DRC: President Tshisekedi slammed for allowing foreign armies in DRC
🎄Three prominent DRC figures, including Nobel winner Denis Mukwege, on Monday accused President Felix Tshisekedi of pushing the country towards breakup by bringing in outside armies to tackle its security crisis. In a sign of mounting pressure on Tshisekedi over DRC’s deeply troubled east, the trio said sub-Saharan Africa’s largest country faced fragmentation and balkanization. According to their communiqué, “it is the result of a blatant lack of leadership and governance by an irresponsible and repressive regime”.
🌍 Ethiopia, Tigray officials discuss withdrawal of Eritrean forces
🎄A high-level Ethiopian Government delegation led by Parliament Speaker Tagesse Chaffo on Monday arrived in Tigray Capital Mekelle, in what Tigray leaders said was a milestone visit in the peace agreement meant to end the two-year war in the Horn of Africa’s nation. After arriving in Mekelle, the Government delegation and Tigrayan leaders held discussions on a range of pressing issues related to humanitarian aid, basic services, commerce and the withdrawal of Eritrea and Amhara forces.
“Fruitful discussions were held and important understanding has been reached,” said Getachew Reda, the advisor to the President of Tigray.
🌍 More than 20 million children face hunger in the Horn of Africa- UNICEF
🎄According to UNICEF, more than 20 million children are facing the threat of hunger, thirst and disease, up from 10 million in July, as climate change, conflict, global inflation and grain shortages devastate the region. Lieke van de Wiel, UNICEF Deputy Regional Director for Eastern and Southern Africa said children in the Horn of Africa still face the most severe drought in more than two generations and that two million children in Ethiopia, Kenya and Somalia are currently in need of emergency treatment for severe acute malnutrition, the deadliest form of hunger.
🌍 Dutch King admits slavery responsibility in former colonies
🎄Dutch King Willem-Alexander has welcomed the Government’s apology for the Netherlands’ role in 250 years of slavery in his Christmas address, saying it was the start of a long journey. Prime Minister Mark Rutte on Monday followed King Willem-Alexander with an official apology for the Dutch State’s involvement in slavery in its former colonies, calling it a crime against humanity.
“Nobody today bears responsibility for the inhumane acts that were inflicted on the lives of men, women and children,” Willem-Alexander said from the palace of Huis ten Bosch in The Hague.
🌍 China ends COVID-19 quarantine for travelers in January
🎄China will scrap quarantine for travelers from 8 January, officials said, marking the last major shift from the country’s zero-Covid policy.
After three years of closed borders, this will effectively reopen the country to those with work and study visas, or seeking to visit family. China is the last major economy in the world to move to living with Covid after three years of lockdowns, closed borders and mandatory quarantine for Covid cases and their contacts.