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𝐅𝐄𝐁𝐑𝐔𝐀𝐑𝐘 18, 2023
🇺🇬 Senior Police officers graduate from Makerere University with Masters Degrees
📌The Uganda Police Force has published on social media that amongst the 13,221 graduands at Makerere University this week, 21 Senior Police officers were officially awarded Masters Degrees upon completion of their studies in Peace and Conflict Management.
🇺🇬 Equity Bank starts distributing Parish Development Model cash to Kiboga saccos
📌Government has through Equity Bank started disbursing Parish Development Model cash to beneficiaries saccos in Kiboga District. The launch has been officiated by the Energy Minister, Ruth Nankabirwa. The partnership between the Bank and Kiboga District Local Government will allow the population at the lowest economic unit to directly receive money from the bank at the most competitive rate to SACCOS holding Equity accounts and other mobile wallets.
🇺🇬 Kasana Luweero Diocese leads tree planting campaign
📌Kasana Luweero Diocese has launched a programme to restore the environment through tree planting. The campaign targeting schools is launched under Caritas as one of the programs to celebrate National Caritas week which will be climaxed with the celebration of the Caritas Uganda Golden Jubilee. According to Fr. Hillary Muhezangango, the Director Caritas, they target is to plant at least 100.000 trees in over 100 schools in Kasana Luweero Diocese in the next two months.
🇺🇬 KCCA launches citywide Polio vaccination campaign
📌Kampala Capital City Authority has launched a three-day polio vaccination campaign within the five divisions of Kampala, targeting children aged five years and below. According to Dr. Sarah Zalwango, acting deputy director of medical services, they are targeting over 600,000 children.
🇺🇬 NGOs to be investigated for promoting homosexuality
📌State Minister for Trade David Bahati has expressed concern that about 30 Non-Governmental Organizations operating in Uganda are involved in the promotion of homosexuality. Bahati said the list of NGOs will soon be submitted to relevant security bodies for formal investigations into their activities with a view to closing their operations in Uganda.
🇺🇬 UJA elections suspended as Court rules in favour of petitioning journalists
📌The High Court’s Civil Division has suspended the Uganda Journalists’ Association (UJA) polls originally set for the 25th of this month. Justice Musa Ssekaana made the order following a petition by five journalists led by Abubaker Lubowa. The petitioners accuse the UJA administration including current president Mathias Rukundo and Secretary General Emmanuel Kirunda of illegally changing UJA’s Constitution.
🇺🇬 Kiplimo wins gold at World Athletics Cross Country Championships, bronze for Cheptegei
📌Uganda’s Jacob Kiplimo has won the men’s senior race at the 2023 World Athletics Cross Country Championships in Bathurst, Australia. Kiplimo, who won two gold medals in the 5000m and 10,000m races, respectively, at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, has become the second Ugandan to win gold in the men’s senior category at the IAAF World Cross Country Championship.
🇺🇬 NTUNGAMO: District Veterinary officer remanded over forgery
📌Grade One Magistrate’s Court presided over by Edgar Kakuru has remanded the District Principal Veterinary Officer, Dr. Yake Basulira until February 20, on charges of forgery and perjury. This followed his arrest on Thursday by the State House Anti-corruption Unit accusing him of forging receipts of accountability in enforcing foot and mouth disease quarantine and duping the Court by swearing affidavits that led to the auction of the impounded animals.
🇺🇬 RUKUNGIRI: Fire guts school dormitory at Kyamakanda SSS
📌A Friday night fire left students of Kyamakanda Secondary School in shock as Moon House got destroyed. Moon House is a boys’ dormitory that accommodates about 54 students according to the school sources in the administration.
“We were reading for the night preps and we heard a loud bang inside Moon House,” one student said.
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🌍 EAC urges withdrawal of armed groups in eastern DRC
📌African leaders from the East Africa Community (EAC) regional bloc on Friday called for all armed groups to withdraw from occupied areas in the eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) by the end of next month. The heads of state directed withdrawal of all armed groups by 30th March 2023 from occupied areas.
🌍 UN experts worried about South Sudan violence
📌According to a panel of UN human rights experts, violence in South Sudan is one of the worst humanitarian crises in the world. They have expressed concern and worry over ethnic attacks going on outside the Capital, Juba. Barney Afako, a member of the panel, told press in a briefing in the capital that this situation is amongst the greatest human rights and humanitarian crises that the world is facing.
🌍 ETHIOPIA: African leaders meet amid drought and insecurity threats
📌African heads of state have begun their annual continental meeting in the Ethiopian capital, Addis Ababa. This year’s African Union summit is being held amid increasing insecurity in parts of the continent and a major food crisis as several countries face severe drought. This is the first major gathering of leaders from across the continent in Addis Ababa since the AU brokered a peace deal between the Ethiopian Government and forces from the country’s Tigray region.
🌍 GHANA: Footballer Christian Atsu found dead under rubble in Turkey earthquake aftermath
📌Ghanian Footballer Christian Atsu has been found dead under the rubble of his home almost two weeks after the Turkey earthquake, his agent has confirmed. Atsu had been missing since the 6 February quake that caused the collapse of his apartment in Antakya, Hatay.
“There are no words to describe our sadness,” tweeted his Turkish top-flight club Hatayspor.
🌍 Africa left behind by global finance -UN SG
📌The global financial system is ‘dysfunctional and unfair’ and is failing developing countries, UN Secretary General António Guterres has said at the opening of the annual African Union leaders’ summit. He said that countries are being left in the lurch as they are denied debt relief and being charged extortionate interest rates. He called for a total rethink of the ‘global financial architecture.’