𝐅𝐄𝐁𝐔𝐀𝐑𝐘 08, 2023
🇺🇬 Court dismisses case against installation of digital trackers in cars
📌The Civil Division of the High Court in Kampala has dismissed a case in which a private law firm called the Legal Brains Trust, a non profit organization sought to halt the installation of digital trackers in all vehicles and boda bodas in the country. The Legal Brains Trust headed by lawyer Isaac Ssemakadde sought to halt and restrain Government from implementing the installation of the compulsory digital trackers in motor vehicles, motor cycles and other vessels in Uganda by the Joint Stock Company Global Security, a Russian company. In a ruling delivered on Tuesday, Justice Boniface Wamala said there is no evidence to prove that the planned Intelligent Transport Monitoring System (ITMS) has been implemented by Government and that the case before Court is based on fears only.
🇺🇬 National Drug Authority warns farmers against Pastor Kayanja’s ‘fake’ acaricide
📌The National Drug Authority (NDA) has warned Ugandans against using the fake Tickoff acaricide being promoted on the market. Officials from the NDA on Tuesday seized the fake acaricide allegedly made and distributed by pastor Robert Kayanja from his church, Miracle Center Cathedral. According NDA spokesperson, Abiaz Rwamwiri, the drug in question was tested and found to have chemicals that are banned because they are harmful to humans and can cause Cancer. Rwamwiri said the fake drug has been distributed in the areas of Karamoja, Lyatonde, Kiruhura, calling upon people to be aware of its dangers to human life.
🇺🇬 Police recovers stolen guns
📌 A total of 12 guns robbed from police stations and officers in the violent attacks by the Allied Defense Forces- ADF terrorists especially between 2021 and 2022 have been recovered. Fred Enanga, the Police Spokesperson said that among the recovered guns two of them which were stolen from police officers at Bungokho Police Post in Mbale were recovered after the arrest of one Ivan Wepukulu. Enanga says that they are still looking for the remaining two guns that were stolen from police officers in an attack at Kiwumpa checkpoint in Luweero District last year.
🇺🇬 Uganda registers growth in fintech companies
Albert Ntege, the acting director National Payment Systems at Bank of Uganda expressed joy at the growth of fintech companies and assured the public that all financial services being provided by the fintech companies are safe and efficient.
As of December 22, 2022, Uganda had 24 payment service providers and payment system operators and on February 3, 2023, another operator, Velox Solutions Corp Limited was officially launched
“We are thrilled to see the growth of the fintech companies in the country, The central bank is providing support for fintech operations and all the fintech companies that have been licensed by Bank of Uganda are safe in terms of payments systems,” said Ntenge.
🇺🇬 Soroti Police arrest two politicians over defilement
📌Police are holding Soroti District’s Gweri subcounty Speaker and the National Resistance Movement party registrar of Gweri over accusations of defilement. Speaker Moses Ojacor and registrar Nelson Eriangu were arrested and are being detained at Soroti Central Police Station. Gweri Police post officer in charge, Charles Okello said the girl that Ojacor is accused of having defiled is living with her mother Esther Abuko of Abelet parish in Gweri, Soroti District. The Police Commander Moses Olang said the duo has been charged with defilement under case file number CRB SRT 72/2023 and CRB SRT 73/2023.
“We shall be forwarding those files to the resident state attorney for sanctioning,” Olang said.
🇺🇬 KCCA officials train PDM SACCO beneficiaries
📌Kampala City Council Authority (KCCA) has embarked on the training of PDM SACCO beneficiaries of Nakivubo and Nakasero lll Parishes, reveals KCCA official Hajjati Madina Nsegumire Nabacwa. The sensitization meeting is scheduled to take place at Batvalley Primary School and the PDM meeting will equip members with skills to enable them account for public funds and managerial skills of PDM Enterprises.
🇺🇬 WAKISO: Three-year old child drowns in shallow well
📌On Tuesday 7th January 2023, a three year old child died on spot after drowning in a shallow well in Nakitokolo cell, Kisozi ward, Kyengera Town Council. The father of the deceased child is Amisi Kisomose, the son of Kalegga Kisomose. The Police have confirmed the retrieval of the body and taken it to Mulago mortuary as investigations are ongoing.
🇺🇬 ADJUMANI: Italian Agency for cooperation and Development commends Govt for hosting refugees
📌Italian Agency for cooperation and development officials from Italy have visited Elegu refugee reception center alongside OPM officials. They were taken through the process through which refugees are received especially those from South Sudan and other neighboring countries. The team was led by the country representative of the Italian Agency in Uganda Ambassador, Pier Lappo who promised more financial support to the refugees. He appreciated Ugandan Government for hosting the refugees .
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🌍 KENYA: Jubilee MPs vow to work with President Ruto’s Government
📌At least 30 Jubilee MPs have failed to remain in solidarity with the Azimio coalition and vowed to work with President William Ruto in a meeting held early Wednesday morning at State House in Nairobi. President Ruto and his deputy Rigathi Gachagua attended the meeting.
🌍 DRC: Protesters killed in attack on UN convoy
📌Three protesters were killed on Tuesday during an attack on a UN convoy in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, the UN said in a statement. The UN mission in the country, Monusco, said it “deplored the deaths” during the attack in Munigi, North Kivu province. It said the protesters had forced the convoy to stop and proceeded to set four trucks on fire. The victims died while peacekeepers, accompanied by Congolese soldiers, tried to protect the convoy, according to a statement.
🌍 UN urges probe into deadly Somaliland clashes
📌The UN has called for an investigation into violence in the self-declared republic of Somaliland where at least 50 people have been killed during two days of fighting between regional Government troops and local militias. Medics in the city of Las Anod say they are struggling to cope with the number of casualties. The President of Somalia, Hassan Sheikh Mohamud, has called for all sides to hold talks to end the conflict. It should be noted Somaliland broke away from Somalia in 1991 but has not been internationally recognised.
🌍 TUNISIA: President fires Foreign Minister
📌Tunisian President Kais Saied has fired the country’s Foreign Minister Othman Jerandi, the Presidency announced. The President appointed Nabil Ammar, Tunisia’s ambassador to the European Union to replace Mr Jerandi. Mr Jerandi is the fourth minister to lose his position this year with the trade, agriculture and education ministers having already been replaced. President Saied carried out a series of measures in 2021 to enhance the power of the presidency at the expense of Parliament and the Judiciary.
🌍 Gambia needs Court for Jammeh-era crimes – President Barrow
📌Gambian President Adama Barrow has said that a special court will have to be formed to try people named in an inquiry report that looked into crimes committed under former ruler Yayha Jammeh. Gambia’s 1997 constitution does not have provisions specifically prescribed to prosecute crimes such as torture, enforced disappearances and crimes against humanity. The Truth Reconciliation and Reparations Commission (TRRC) found that some 250 people were murdered during Mr Jammeh’s rule between July 1994 and January 2017. President Barrow said his government was working with relevant stakeholders and partners to establish a prosecution system to “impartially try those accused of crimes”.
🌍 US: Biden vows to reject national abortion ban
📌US President Joe Biden has vowed to reject the national ban on abortion if Congress will vote to approve it. In his State of the Union speech on Tuesday, Biden warned that he would veto any legislation aimed at banning abortion nationwide. “Make no mistake: If Congress passes a national abortion ban, I will veto it,” he said. The President’s comments came less than one year after the Supreme Court’s reversal of the Roe v. Wade case, resulting in a fractured state of abortion rights in the country.