𝐄𝐗𝐏𝐋𝐎𝐑𝐄𝐑 NEWS ROUNDUP
𝐃𝐞𝐜𝐞𝐦𝐛𝐞𝐫 07, 2022
🇺🇬 “As a young boy, I witnessed a lot of Gender-Based violence” – Deputy Speaker Tayebwa
📌 The Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Thomas Tayebwa has asked civil society organisations and other related players to take the fight against Gender Based Violence to deep “down in the villages where women and girls are not empowered” to report the cases, adding that, as a young boy, he himself was a victim of Gender-Based violence in his village. Presiding over a stakeholders engagement by the Uganda Parliamentary Women Association (UWOPA), Tayebwa said most of the GBV cases are happening down in the countryside communities.
“Most of the cases that we do hear about are happening down in the villages where women and girls are not empowered to report. As a young boy, I witnessed a lot of gender- based violence in my village”, said Tayebwa. He tasked sector players to refocus and find the drivers of gender based violence.
“Upcountry mainly, I think it’s due to low levels of education, poverty, alcohol and primitive beliefs that a man is above a woman even when a woman is feeding a man,” he said.
He committed that Parliament as an institution would continue deliberate action in supporting UWOPA in their campaign to end violence towards girls and women.
🇺🇬 Brig Ogiki promoted to Maj Gen, now Commander of UPDF second infantry division
📌 President Museveni who is also the Commander in Chief of the armed forces has made new changes in the leadership of the UPDF. In the changes announced on Wednesday, Maj Gen Francis Takirwa was appointed the acting deputy commander of the air force to replace Brig Stephen Kiggundu who has served in the position for only one month since appointment in November. The President appointed Maj Gen Jack Bakasumba who has been Uganda’s delegate to the South Sudan Peace Monitoring Mechanism as the acting chief of staff land forces in the UPDF. The position has until today been held by Brig Bob Ogiki who has consequently been promoted to the rank of Major General and sent to the UPDF second infantry division in Mbarara as the commander. Maj Gen Ogiki will replace Maj Gen Takirwa who was appointed as the deputy air force commander.
“The Ministry of Defence and Veteran Affairs and the UPDF fraternity congratulate the general officers upon their well-deserved promotions and appointments,” Col Deo Akiiki, the defence spokesperson said in a statement on Wednesday afternoon.
🇺🇬 Supreme Court Judge Ruby Opio Aweri is dead
📌 Court Justice Rubby Aweri Opio who has been admitted in critical condition for a month in the Intensive Care Unit of Mulago National Referral Hospital is dead. A statement from Chief Justice Owiny Dollo revealed that the 69-year-old breathed his last in the wee hours of Wednesday (November 7th) morning.
“The Hon. the Chief Justice, Alfonse Chigamoy Owiny Dollo, with great grief announces the death of Supreme Court Justice and Chief Inspector of Courts, Hon. Mr. Justice Ruby Opio Aweri that occurred today 7th December, 2022 at Mulago National Referral Hospital.” Reads part of the state from CJ Owiny Dollo.
One of his sons George Aweri told the press that Justice Opio died of Stroke which affected his brain.
🇺🇬 New Electricity line to save Government Shs9b in Electricity bills
📌The acting UETCL Managing Director, Michael Taremwa Kananura has said the completion of the Agago transmission substation with capacity of 200KV transmission line from Aswa Hydropower Dam to Gulu will save the Government Shs9.3b in monthly energy-deemed bills. Kananura said UETCL is doing all it takes to finish both projects by March next year which will relieve the Government from paying for deemed energy. Deemed energy is unutilized electricity.
🇺🇬 Lightning strikes seven cows in Kasese
📌 According to Eryeza Kabesere, the LCI chairperson of Kabukero East, lightning struck dead seven cows belonging to Margret Kihita in Kabukero village, Karusandara sub-county in Kasese District during a heavy downpour on Sunday evening.
🇺🇬 Janet Museveni Launches Bible College in memory of her parents
📌The first Lady, Janet Kataaha Museveni alongside President Yoweri Museveni have launched a bible training college established in honour of her late parents. The newly launched bible college is named Edward and Erina Kataaha Bible College, the first lady’s parents. The bible college has been operating since last year under the stewardship of Covenant Nations Church of First Daughter Patience Rwabwogo. Speaking at the launch, she thanked her daughter Patience for the initiative which will train up evangelists to spread the word of God in Uganda and abroad”.
🇺🇬 Police investigates the mysterious deaths of two girls in Koboko
📌According to the LC1 Chairman Abele Cell in South Division in Koboko Municipality, Tuaha Moro, Police is investigating the mysterious death of two girls that have left residents in panic after they discovered their bodies in the kitchen on Monday. The third child was found in the kitchen alive but in critical condition and was rushed to the health centre
“I then reported the matter to the Police because we did not know the cause of death,” Mr Moro, a neighbour, said.
🇺🇬 Moroto hospital records officer arrested for leaking secrets to media
📌Emmanuel Ochepa, the senior records officer, Moroto Regional Referral hospital has been arrested on allegations of leaking hospital information to the public and the media. Micheal Longole, the regional police spokesperson said that the suspect Ochepa will help police in investigations of the above claims of the anonymous letters threatening hospital officers who allegedly extorted money from job applicants.
“We have him in our custody and our investigations are linking him with what was going on last month, where a threatening anonymous letter was circulated to the public,” he said.
🇺🇬 Members of Parliament want Government to stop national Celebrations just like Tanzania
📌 Members of Parliament have urged Government to emulate Tanzania and divert money meant for national celebrations to other crucial Government programs. This came after Tanzanian’s President H.E Samai Suluhu Hassan who recently diverted money equivalent to 1.6 billion Uganda shillings which was meant to celebrate the National Independence Day, to build Government schools for the disabled.
🇺🇬 Deputy Speaker Tayebwa warns MPs who disrespect ministers
📌 The Deputy Speaker of Parliament, Hon. Thomas Tayebwa, has cautioned members of Parliament to stop disrespecting Ministers who work so hard to be present in the Parliamentary sittings. This was after Kiira MP Hon. Ssemujju Nganda relayed before parliament that ministers are rude and always absent during sittings which did not go well with the Deputy Speaker.
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🌍 KENYA: Cabinet approves bid to host 2027 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon)
📌Kenyan Cabinet on Tuesday approved the proposal to have Kenya host the 2027 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) alongside other East African nations. In a statement, the Cabinet – which was chaired by President William Ruto said Kenya hosting the coveted continental showpiece alongside other EAC nations will go a long way in helping Harambee Stars achieve its ambitious target of qualifying for the 2030 Fifa World Cup.
🌍 KENYA: Uhuru Kenyatta hosts Commonwealth Delegation in Nairobi
📌Former President Uhuru Kenyatta on Tuesday hosted a delegation led by the Commonwealth Secretary-General, Patricia Scotland KC at his Uhuru Kenyatta Institute Offices in Nairobi. According to a statement from his office, Scotland lauded the former president for embracing his role as Special Peace Envoy for the conflicts in Ethiopia and the Eastern DRC.
🌍 TANZANIA: President redirects this year’s Independence budget to building dormitories for children with special needs
📌Tanzania’s President Samia Suluhu Hassan has cancelled 61st Independence Day celebrations scheduled for Friday and directed that the budget worth $445,000 instead be used to build eight dormitories for children with special needs.
🌍 ZAMBIA: Vice President to visit Ivory Coast for summit on nutrition
📌 According to the Vice President’s Permanent Secretary for Administration, Lilian Kapusana Zambia’s Vice President, Mutale Nalumango is set to visit and attend a two-day African Union (AU) High-level meeting to address issues of nutrition in the continent.
🌍 Somalia drought causing catastrophic emergency
📌Speaking during a joint meeting of the League of Arab States and the United Nations, Adam Abdelmoula, the U.N. humanitarian coordinator for Somalia said on Tuesday the country was undergoing a catastrophic emergency due to the most severe drought in the nation’s history. He stated that Somalia was suffering from its fifth consecutive failed rainy season with a sixth failed season predicted for next year.
🌍 25,000 tonnes of Ukraine Grain reach Ethiopia
📌The first shipment of grain as part of Ukraine’s own initiative to supply countries in need arrived Monday in Djibouti for delivery to neighbouring Ethiopia amid the region’s worst drought in decades. Ukraine’s embassy in Ethiopia confirmed that the “Grain from Ukraine” shipment of 25,000 tonnes is separate from a United Nations World Food Program effort that has funded humanitarian grain shipments from Ukraine.
🌍 Nigerians in diaspora sue Buhari, INEC
📌Nigerians in diaspora have dragged President Muhammadu Buhari and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), before a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja, insisting they must be allowed to participate in the 2023 general elections. The plaintiffs, who told the court that they are resident in the United Kingdom and various parts of the world, are seeking an order to compel INEC to allow them to vote.
🌍 ARGENTINA: Court sentences VP Kirchner to six years in prison
📌A federal court in Argentina has found Vice President Cristina Fernandez de Kirchner guilty in a high-profile corruption case, sentencing the influential politician to six years in prison and disqualifying her from holding public office. The decision on Tuesday is expected to be appealed by Fernandez de Kirchner, who has rejected the allegations against her as a “staged fable” and is unlikely to soon serve any prison time due to governmental immunity.
🌍 Morocco kicks Spain out of World Cup
📌Spain’ s World Cup journey came to an abrupt end after a heartbreaking penalty shootout loss to Morocco in the round of 16.Spain were defeated by Morocco in a thrilling penalty shootout, with the final score being 3-0. Despite both teams playing a great match, Morocco were able to come out on top and secure the victory.