𝐅𝐄𝐁𝐑𝐔𝐀𝐑𝐘 27, 2023
🇺🇬 UPDF recovers four more guns in Kotido District
📌 The UPDF 405 Brigade and Anti-Stock Theft Unit (ASTU) recovered four guns and three rounds of ammunition in Kotido District, where suspected Turkana and Matheniko warriors were ambushed after they raided cows at Nakele Dam. Fred Enanga, the Police spokesperson Monday explained that eleven heads of cattle were recovered and four warriors were put out of action. He said Security has remained active on the border with Eastern DRC to help fight and counter the movement of ADF recruits and ADF from Eastern DRC to Uganda.
🇺🇬 SH-ACU commemces investigations into Karamoja relief items
📌 State House Anticorruption Unit has commenced taking statements of Ministers and Government officials who benefited from the iron sheets bonanza from the Office of the Prime Minister. The Ministers are expected to explain how they accessed relief items, what they used them for, and whether they were entitled to get them. They include Hon. Matia Kasaija, Hon. Goreti Kitutu, Hon. Rebecca Kadaga, Hon. Agnes Nadutu and some Chief Administrative Officers.
🇺🇬 Drug-resistant malarial parasites worry medics in West Nile and Busoga regions
📌 The Ministry of Health has noted the existence of drug resistant parasites especially in Busoga and West Nile regions. Dr. Ruth Aceng, the Heath Minister said the malaria parasite has continued to become resistant to many drugs, including Primaquine, Coartem, among others. The Director Malaria Control Program at the Ministry, Dr. Jimmy Opigo blames the spread on the casual usage of these medications.
🇺🇬 MV Kalangala suspends operations for one month
📌 MV Kalangala plying the Entebbe-Kalangala route temporarily suspended operations on Saturday February 25, 2023 for a period of one month to undergo mechanical inspection after developing an engine failure. According to Mr. Sadala Musoke, the Chief Executive Officer, Nation Oil Distributors Ltd (NODL), a firm managing the vessel, MV Kalangala has been temporarily replaced with MV Nodil, and is now advising people affected to ply the Masaka route.
🇺🇬 Fire guts Kyamate SSS dormitory block, One student dead
📌 One student has died, and three others injured when a fire guttted a dormitory block at Kyamate SSS in Ntungamo Municipality. On February 27, 2023, Mandela and Nyerere dormitory blocks went up in flames and as students tried to rescue the burning properties, one of them, Bonus Ankwatireire hailing from Isingiro District got burnt to death. Several properties including mattresses, beddings, beds, books and other personal effects were destroyed in the two dormitories that house at least 80 students in each hall.
“A group of former students were seen jumping over the school fence to access the dormitories before they ordered all S.1 students who were in the rooms to shut up. They were about ten people and when they entered, they tied one student on the bed and ordered all of us to remain silent. They had a jerrycan of petrol which they spread across the room,” one of the students said.
He added: “They immediately left. After, we untied the student but as we struggled to move out, the fire started.”
🇺🇬 Businessman fined Shs12M over forging Uganda Breweries trademark
📌 A Kampala City-based businessman, Samuel Kamugisha has been ordered to pay Shs12M to Uganda Breweries Ltd (UBL) over forging the trademark of the company. Kamugisha pleaded guilty before the Standards, Wildlife and Utilities Court at Buganda Road in Kampala which was presided over by Chief Magistrate Gladys Kamasanyu.
🇺🇬 Vice President Alupo donates 20 cows to UPDF veterans
📌 Vice President Jessica Alupo, who is also the chairperson of UPDF veterans in Katakwi District has donated 20 cows to 20 ex-servicemen in the district. The move was intended to support the men for their service to the country, in their fight against household poverty. She advised the veterans not to mix local breed with the improved breeds.
🇺🇬 Three family members perish in road accident along Ssembabule-Masaka road
📌 Three people from the same family have died in a car accident that occurred in Ssembabule District along Ssembabule-Masaka road. The deceased have been identified as Denis Alimpa, his wife Lydia Nakamya and their six months old daughter. The trio were hit by a speeding taxi that knocked down the motorcycle on which the three was travelling.
🇺🇬 Government signs deal for low cost housing production
📌 The Ministry of Lands has signed a memorandum of understanding with the local NGO, Habitat for Humanity to provide low-cost housing for production. The Minister for Lands, Judith Nabakooba said that real estate developers focus on middle and high income earners but the new program will focus on the low income earners to have decent homes.
🇺🇬 Serena Kigo launches a 63-golf series challenge
📌 Serena Hotel in Kigo has launched a 63-golf series challenge to be played over the next 40 weeks. The challenge will see golfers compete to equal the challenge set by Kenya’s Dismas Ndiza in 2019, when he scored 63, the lowest score on the course. Theodor Van Rooyen, the Director of Golf at Lake Victoria stated that there will be total prize money of 63 million shillings.
🇺🇬 Hosea Cheplangat wins source of the Nile Marathon
📌 Hosea Cheplangat has won the Source of the Nile marathon with a record of one hour, one minute, and 28 seconds in Jinja. The event, which is the second on the Uganda Athletics calendar, is the fifth edition. The Athletics federation is looking for ways of making it more profitable and attractive to more major stars.
🇺🇬 East Africa prosecutors convene on regional trans-boundary crime
📌 Prosecutors from the East Africa member states have convened in Kampala to address the major problem of trans-boundary crime in the region. The engagement will involve heads of prosecution agencies and delegates from the association members that include National Prosecution authorities from Burundi, Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, South Sudan, DRC, and Ethiopia among others.
🇺🇬 Uganda partners in business with Turkey Istanbul
📌 Ugandan businesses will get the opportunity to network and partner with other African businesses under one roof during the 8th World Cooperation Industries Forum due to take place in Istanbul, Turkey next month. According to the Honorary Consul to Antalya, Turkey, Emek Eker, the aim of the Forum from the 21st to the 22nd is to increase trade volumes between Uganda and Turkey, and is expected to attract about 100 Ugandan businesses.
🇺🇬 MUBENDE: Area MP finds Government staff drunk during class time
📌 The Bursar of Butologo Seed Secondary School in Mubende District was found drunk at school by Hon. Mbabazi Pascal, the Buwekula County Member of Parliament during his abrupt school visit. It is alleged that the bursar whose names have been withheld was warned several times by the head teacher to stop coming to school drunk and that students had also threatened to discipline him. Mbabazi called upon the authorities to take action.
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🌍 Kenya receives Ksh650M grant from Sweden to build farmers’ database
📌The Swedish Government has offered Kenya a grant of Ksh.650 million to implement the second phase of the Kenya Integrated Agriculture Management Information System (KIAMIS). Agriculture Cabinet Secretary Mithika Linturi announced Sweden’s input in the project on Sunday while launching the second phase of the information system.
🌍 Kenya Attorney General to challenge Supreme Court ruling on LGBTQ community
📌 Kenya’s Attorney General Justin Muturi has said he will head to the Supreme Court to challenge the ruling allowing the registration of LGBTQ NGOs. The Supreme Court said that the decision to deny LGBTQ members their right to register as an NGO, despite homosexuality being illegal in the nation, was discriminatory.
🌍 Rwanda’s population surpasses 13 Million
📌Rwanda’s population increased from 10.5 million in 2012 to 13.2 million in 2022, indicating an annual population growth rate of 2.3 percent, according to findings released from the recent population census. According to the outlook, there are 3.312,743 households, and the current average household size stands at 4 people.
🌍 RWANDA: DRC has crossed the red line – President Kagame
📌President Paul Kagame has said that a “red line was crossed” in the Congo crisis, when Kinshasa enabled anti-Rwanda forces based in the Democratic Republic of Congo to shell the country and kill innocent citizens. President Kagame said the DRC Government has armed the Democratic Forces for the Liberation of Rwanda (FDLR), a rebel group active in the Eastern DRC, with modern weapons.
“The FDLR shelled Rwandan territory with BM-21s (self-propelled multiple rocket launchers), which they could only get from the DRC Government,” Kagame said.
🌍 DRC: UN peacekeeping mission suspends North-Kivu flights
📌United Nations aid groups said the UN’s peacekeeping mission that is operating in the Democratic Republic of Congo’s North-Kivu province on Monday suspended its flights into the region following an attack on their helicopter last Friday. The United Nations Humanitarian Air Service (UNHAS) on Monday collaborated with the World Food Programme (WFP) to jointly address the attack against a UN helicopter in North-Kivu province.
🌍 Rwanda-Mozambique deal ‘to ease extradition’ of fugitives
📌The Rwandan Senate has adopted the law ratifying the extradition treaty between Rwanda and Mozambique, which officials said will contribute to bringing to justice Genocide fugitives, and other suspects or convicts at large. According to Senator Cyprien Niyomugabo, the extradition agreement between Rwanda and Mozambique covers general crimes, and particularly genocide crimes, including the suspects of the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi who are in Mozambique.
🌍 Bodies from cemetery swept to River Umbeluzi
📌 Bodies from a cemetery could be seen on the banks of Umbeluzi river near the Mozambique Capital Maputo after being swept by floods into nearby residences spreading across farms. The scattered bodies are reported to be endangering public health and members of the community spent the weekend collecting remains of human bodies. The affected cemetery is more than three decades old and holds many unidentified graves.