𝐅𝐄𝐁𝐔𝐀𝐑𝐘 15, 2023
🇺🇬 Government clears use of injection as one of the measures to prevent HIV infection
📌Government has cleared the use of an injectable ARV that will only need to be taken once every two months rather than taking ARVs on a daily basis. The Director General Uganda Aids Commission, Dr. Nelson Musoba said about 200 patients in the East African countries began a trial of the injection as approved by World Health Organization and results came out positive for human use. The injection contains the drugs cabotegravir, or CAB-LA, and rilpivirine. The treatment was developed by British drugmaker GlaxoSmithKline.
🇺🇬 Kenya’s Dr. Amina Mohamed is IUEA University Chancellor
📌 Former Kenyan Cabinet Secretary Dr. Amina Chawahir Mohamed has been installed as the second chancellor for the International University of East Africa in Kampala to replace Prof. Emmanuel Mutebile who died last year. Dr. Amina Mohamed was installed at a function held at the university premises in Kampala on Wednesday afternoon. After her installation, she said this is her opportunity to serve not only the university but East Africa and Africa at large in a bid to help find solutions to the continent’s problems.
“It is the universities to help teach young men and women who can solve real world problems of the African continent. Our education practices cannot remain in the 1960s while the world has moved on” said Dr. Muhamed.
🇺🇬 49 year old man arrested for impregnating P7 Pupil
📌 A 49-year-old-man in Kabale District has been arrested by Police for having impregnated a 14 year-old Primary Seven pupil. According to the Kigezi region police spokesperson Elly Maate, one Nkuruziza Etienne, a resident of Kigongi Central Division, Kabale Municipality is suspected to have had sexual intercourse with a 14-year old girl and impregnated her. Maate said the pregnancy was realized from Bugongi Preparatory Primary School in Sheema Town Council, where she had gone back to school for first term in Primary Seven as she was subjected to medical examination. The matter was reported to Kabale Police station where an investigation was launched and the suspect was arrested immediately.
🇺🇬 Uganda Police commissions staff accommodation blocks in Amudat and Nabilatuk Districts
📌Uganda Police Force has commissioned accommodation blocks in the Districts of Amudat and Nabilatuk. The event was presided over by a team led by AIGP Ocaya James, the Director Research and Planning in the Uganda Police Force. Ocaya commissioned two accommodation blocks one in Amudat and the other in Nabilatuk, each having 04 housing units. He applauded local leaders for donating land to the Police where the new structure is standing and assured them that the land will be utilized properly.
🇺🇬 Makerere graduates to access transcripts upon granduation
📌Makerere University management has announced that this year’s graduates will easily access their transcripts immediately after graduation. This was mentioned during the 73rd graduation ceremony by the Makerere University’s Vice Chancellor Prof Barnabas Nawangwe. He said that the University has plans to ease access to academic documents, including transcripts and certificates.
“I wish to inform graduands, alumni and stakeholders, that we have shortened the clearance process. Previously, for one to receive the academic transcript and certificate, he or she was required to clear in more than 10 offices. We have reviewed this, and one is now required to clear with only two offices namely Makerere University Library and the Office of the University Bursar,” Nawangwe said.
🇺🇬 President Museveni appoints over 150 coordinators to monitor service delivery and Gov’t programs
📌 President Yoweri Museveni through the Office of the National Chairman (ONC) has appointed 150 Sub-Regional Coordinators to work alongside the District Chief Administrative Officers and Resident District Commissioners in monitoring of public service delivery. The coordinators will monitor service delivery at local government levels to contain growing corruption and other illegalities associated with the administration units at the district level.
🇺🇬 Government to roll out special enterprise grant for the elderly
📌 Government is set to roll out the special enterprise grant by the beginning of April this year to benefit older persons.The grant will benefit groups of older persons in the age bracket of 60 to 79 who have not previously been in formal employment, said Patrick Menya who works in the Department of Elderly Disability at the Ministry of Gender Labor and social development. Menya noted that the guidelines will be disseminated to the stakeholders from the local governments targeting community developing officers (CDOs) in charge of older persons and chairpersons. Each group will receive a maximum of sh5M and they target to engage a total of 400 groups. Menya noted that by end of March and the beginning of April, they will be in a position to disperse part of the money.
🇺🇬 Lawmakers from island communities welcome Fisheries Bill amendments
📌 During a plenary session on the 17th of September 2022, the Speaker of Parliament, Hon Anita Among communicated that President Museveni had returned the Fisheries and Aquaculture Bill 2022 for re-consideration. The matter was referred to Parliamentary Committee on Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries and some amendments were enacted. The MPs representing the island communities like Robert Migadde of Buvuma, and Moses Kabuusu of Kyamuswa welcomed the development. Migadde said they now expect the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries to develop accompanying regulations within 30 days.
🇺🇬 MBARARA CITY: Mob kills two suspected thieves
📌 Police in Mbarara City are investigating the circumstances under which two suspected thieves were killed by mob justice in two separate areas in Kisenyi and Kiswahili villages in Mbarara South Division. Police took the bodies to Mbarara Regional Referral Hospital Mortuary for postmortem.
🇺🇬 MARACHA: Government constructs new health center III in Kijomoro Sub County
📌 The RDC Maracha while commissioning the construction of a new health center III in Karimojoro Sub County on Monday, commended Government for extending service near the communities. The project worth Ugx900Million is constructed at Lici village in Kakwa parish funded by Government with support from World Bank.
🇺🇬 KYENJOJO: Police hunts man suspected to have killed his wife in Bwikara Sub County
📌 Police in Kyenjojo District is hunting for one Kanywani Byalero for assaulting his wife Kobusinge Bangirana 23, during a heated domestic dispute and she later died at Kagadi Hospital due to excessive bleeding. The deceased was a resident of Kisarra village in Nyamasa parish, Bwikara Sub County.
🇺🇬 TORORO: PM orders arrest of Rahanga SSS headteacher over corruption
📌 Prime Minister Hon. Rose Mary Nabbanja has directed State House Anti-Corruption Unit to arrest the headteacher of Mahanga SSS found in Nagongera Town Council, Tororo District after it was found out that 40 computers which were given to the school were stolen and sold. Theschool was one of the beneficiaries of a UCC project which aimed at creating computer literacy in schools last year.
🇺🇬 SIRONKO: NMS delivers drugs and medical supplies to Bumulisha Health Center III
📌 The Chairperson Bumulisha Sub County has commended Government for always equipping its health facilities with drugs. This follows the delivery of drugs and medical supplies at the health centre on Tuesday by National Medical Stores. The lot also included mosquito nets.
🇺🇬 TESO: African Development Bank injects 9Million dollars into Awoja catchment area
📌 The Ministry of Water and Environment has secured a Nine-Million-Dollar grant from the African Development Bank to address the climate change challenges in the Awoja catchment area in Soroti. The grant, acquired through the Global Environment Facility, will help over 7,000 communities in Sironko, Bulambuli, Kapchorwa, Bukedea and Soroti districts to strengthen adaptive capacity and resilience to climate change and improve food security. The target districts have for long been affected by climatic changes and related natural disasters.
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🌍 RWANDA: DRC soldiers open fire at border post
📌Rwanda Defence Forces has said about one section of soldiers of the congolese Army (FARDC) on Wednesday morning entered the no Man’s land and opened fire at its border post in Rusizi District, Western Province. The incident is said to have occured in the wee hours of Wednesday, according to a statement from the Rwanda Defence Force (RDF).
“Our security forces responded and FARDC soldiers withdrew,” reads part of the statement. The RDF said it has requested the Expanded Joint verification Mechanism and the Ad Hoq Verification Mechanism to investigate this act of provocation.
🌍 RWANDA: Senate tasks Gov’t to address inflation- franc devaluation
📌The Senate has tasked the Government of Rwanda to urgently address the depreciation of the Rwandan Franc and high inflation, citing both issues as critical to the country’s economy. The upper chamber of Parliament made the observation on Tuesday, February 14, as it adopted the assessment of the 2021/2022 activity report by the National Bank of Rwanda (BNR). According to the report, in the second half of 2022, high inflation became a big challenge in Rwanda and slowed economic stabilisation efforts.
🌍 SOMALIA: Phone firms ordered to register to curb terror financing
📌The Somali Government has ordered telecommunication firms, money transfer banks and other business entities to register their businesses and clients with the authorities to curb money laundering and terrorism financing. Information Minister Daud Aweis also asked mobile service providers to register clients and collect their personal details including fingerprints and photographs.
“The public are asked to avoid any steps that may aid terrorism particularly the crimes of money laundering and financing of terrorism, which are major criminal acts,” Mr Aweis said.
🌍 LIBYA: More than 70 migrants feared dead after ship capsizes in the sea
📌At least 73 migrants are missing and “presumed dead” after their boat sank off the Libyan coast, according to the International Organisation for Migration (IOM). Only seven survivors made it back to the shore following Tuesday’s shipwreck, the IOM said. However so far 11 bodies have been recovered. Libya has become a launching point for those trying to reach Europe, and more than 130 people have already died this year.
🌍 Zimbabwe creditors to meet over debt
📌Zimbabwe’s creditors will meet on February 23 as the country takes steps towards clearing more than $6 billion of arrears on its foreign debt, Finance Minister Mthuli Ncube said. About 17 countries from the Paris Club of creditor nations will attend, as well as the World Bank, African Development Bank (AfDB) and European Investment Bank, to discuss progress on economic and governance reforms, including compensation to white former farmers, Finance Minister Ncube said.
Ncube said, “It has really begun in earnest, so I am pleased we are at this stage and we are making very good progress.”
🌍 UK accused of crimes against humanity over Chagos Islands
📌The UK has been accused of crimes against humanity in its refusal to allow a group of islanders to return to the Chagos archipelago, half a century after they were forced off the island by British troops. Human Rights Watch (HRW) said reparations should be paid to generations of people affected by the decision to depopulate the remote islands, deep in the Indian Ocean. The UK’s Foreign Office has responded by repeating its “deep regret” about the manner in which people were removed from the islands in the late 1960s and early 70s. But it stressed that “we categorically reject the characterisation of events” as crimes against humanity, with the UN’s International Court of Justice ruling that the continuing British occupation of the archipelago is illegal and against human rights.