𝐅𝐄𝐁𝐑𝐔𝐀𝐑𝐘 20, 2023
🇺🇬 84 % of children below 5 years in Kampala take up Polio vaccination as exercise comes to an end
📌The Ministry of Health has announced that a national polio vaccination campaign that has been ongoing comes to an end. The exercise winds up in Kampala where the latest health ministry figures reveal that about 84 percent of children below five years in the city have been vaccinated. According to Alfred Driwale, the programme manager of Uganda National Expanded Programme on Immunisation (UNEPI), the country has registered a success rate of 120.9% of the national coverage in the mass vaccination of Polio.
🇺🇬 Govt bans foreign travel, salary enhancements
📌The Ministry of Finance, Planning, and Economic Development has restricted foreign trips to only the Executive, Judiciary, and Parliament. The new restrictions are contained in a second budget call circular for FY 2023/2024 issued by Ramathan Ggoobi, the Permanent Secretary and Secretary to the Treasury in the Ministry of Finance on Saturday.
🇺🇬 Archbishop Kazimba calls for sustainable food production in Karamoja subregion
📌The Archbishop of the Church of Uganda Rt. Rev. Samuel Kazimba Mugalu has called for a sustainable food production system in Karamoja sub region. He is concerned that the region has for decades lived on handouts which is unsustainable and called for a comprehensive program to specifically focus on mindset change among the people so that they can sustain themselves other than think of donations, food rations and cattle rustling. He was speaking during a televised church service.
🇺🇬 Local Government leaders ignorant about land laws and policies- Lands Ministry
📌The Land Ministry’s recent assessments have attributed the endless land disputes across the country to local government leaders who are ignorant about land laws and policies. During an interview, Hon. Judith Nabakoba, the Land’s Minister explained that many of these leaders shun solving simple land wrangles which then flare up and end up at her office or courts of law. She noted that this calls for sensitization of local leaders on how to handle land matters in order to avoid the long court battles, illegal evictions and a times bloodshed.
🇺🇬 LOP condemns opposition players over indiscipline
📌The Leader of Opposition in Parliament Hon. Mathias Nsamba Mpuuga has condemned the indiscipline among opposition political players. Mpuuga says some opposition activists have made it a routine to show undue conduct which is threatening the party’s plan of providing a better alternative to the current Government they are opposing.
🇺🇬 UNEP appoints Dr. Rose Mwebaza as Director
📌Dr. Rose Mwebaza, the former deputy dean School of Law at Makerere University has been appointed director of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP), in the regional office for Africa. UNEP is the global authority that sets the environmental agenda and promotes the coherent implementation of the environmental dimension of sustainable development within the UN system.
🇺🇬 OMORO: Hospital receives medical supplies from National medical stores
📌National Medical Stores (NMS) represented by Dr. Abraham Kiprop have delivered medical supplies. While receiving the medical supplies, the medical in charge Dr. Abonyo Jenneth appreciated Government and medical stores for always delivering the medical supplies on time.
🇺🇬 NAKASEKE: Baylor Uganda trains girls in life skills
📌Baylor Uganda in partnership with Global fund have started training the girl child in life skills such as Baking, Shoe making, Broidery, Crocheting, Weaving and Bookmaking among others. They also intend to venture into agriculture like sunflower farming, farming knowledge on crops spacing to get high yields, forming groups or cooperatives and register for more upcoming farmer’s programs.
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🌍 KENYA: New Mosquitoes resistant to African insecticides detected
📌Kenyan researchers have detected a mosquito native to South Asia that is resistant to insecticides used in Africa. Experts from the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) identified the mosquito, Anopheles stephensi, during a routine surveillance in the northern Marsabit County. The executive director of KEMRI, Prof. Sam Kariuk said that the new mosquito vector is invasive, spreads very fast to new neighboring areas and can be adaptive to different climatic and environmental conditions.
🌍 SUDAN: Deputy head of ruling council calls 2021 coup ‘a mistake’
📌The deputy head of Sudan’s ruling council, Mohamed Daglo, has called the 2021 military coup a ‘mistake’. He said he had made mistakes and that lending support to the latest coup was one of them. Hailing December’s deal to transition Sudan to civilian rule, Mr. Daglo promised to pursue security reforms, including integrating his RSF paramilitary group into the national army.
🌍 MAURITIUS: Flights disrupted amid cyclone warning
📌Fights and public transport in Mauritius have been disrupted amid a warning of an approaching intense tropical cyclone. The Mauritius Meteorological Services said a “very intense tropical cyclone Freddy was centred at about 275 km to the north-east of Mauritius”, moving west at a speed of 30km/h (18mph). The weather agency warned people not to go to the sea and advised the public to follow all precautions and stay in safe places. The country’s national carrier, Air Mauritius issued a schedule of flights that it cancelled.
🌍 AU to organise Libya reconciliation meeting
📌The African Union is organising a national reconciliation conference for Libya in the latest effort to restore stability in the country. The chair of the AU commission Moussa Faki Mahamat made the announcement at the end of a two-day summit in Addis Ababa. He said the AU was working with all sides to decide on a date and place for the meeting.
🌍 African Union insists on ‘zero-tolerance’ to coups
📌The African Union has reiterated its zero-tolerance approach to undemocratic changes of power on the continent. On the final day of a summit in Addis Ababa, the commissioner for political affairs, Bankole Adeoye, said the AU was ready to help Burkina Faso, Guinea, Mali and Sudan return to constitutional order and help democracy take root.
🌍 Burkina Faso, France end military operations
📌Military authorities in the West African nation Sunday marked the end of France’s military operations in their country after a flag-lowering ceremony that was held at the French Special Forces’ camp. In a statement, the General Staff of the Burkinabe Armed Forces said it had participated with the leadership of France’s Sabre special forces in “a solemn flag-lowering ceremony marking the official end of the Task Force’s operations on Burkinabe soil.”