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πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡¬ Fr. Agaptus Arinaitwe urges Christians to be humble as Lent begins
πŸ“ŒFr. Agaptus Arinaitwe has urged Christians to emulate Jesus Christ and use the Lent season to repent and be humble so as to realise his goodness. While leading the Ash Wednesday Mass at Uganda Martyrs Catholic Church in Mbarara, Arinaitwe reminded the Christians that “it is time to return to the Lord, change how we do things and come to the new ways that God wants”.

πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡¬ All political leaders, Govt workers to declare wealth- IGG
πŸ“Œ The Inspector General of Government, Ms. Beti Kamya has given political leaders and government workers 30 days to declare their wealth or else face the law. This is in accordance with the law Articles 233(2) and 234 of the Constitution and section 4 of the Leadership Code Act that stipulates that political leaders and appointed leaders should declare their incomes, assets and liabilities every two years.
“The last declaration was done in March 2021 and therefore all those leaders specified above are required to declare their incomes, assets and liabilities by March 2023.” Kamya said. The declaration of wealth is done by all elected leaders from LC3 to the president, persons appointed by the president, permanent secretaries, heads of public institutions, board members of public institutions and leaders of registered political parties.

πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡¬ RDC Hashaka Mpimbaza warns Obongi District officials against corruptionΒ 
πŸ“Œ The Obongi Resident District Commissioner Samuel Hashaka Mpimbaza has warned Obongi District officials against corruption as he assumed his new office.
“I am here to work in line with presidential directives to ensure that the local person down the road gets better services. If you are a corrupt official, please, I advise you to change or else get out of Obongi,” he warned. Andrew Leru, the chief Administrative officer Obongi welcomed Hashaka to the district saying his deployment in Obongi will help to change a lotΒ  in the district.

πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡¬ Police SACCO savings grow to shs29.9BnΒ 
πŸ“Œ Uganda Police’s Exodus SACCO has grown to Shs 29.9billion in a period of four years.
β€œThrough sensitization, we increased member savings from Shs 10.9 billion in 2017 to Shs29 billion with membership of 42990 representing 70% of the officers in the force.” said Senior Commissioner of Police Wilson Omoding. The savings have grown from Shs18.9 billion in 2019 to Shs 29.9 billion in 2022 and the SACCO share capital also grew from shs4 billion in 2017 to now shs9.2 billion in 2022.

πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡¬ President Museveni lobbies Ugandans in USA and UK to invest in UgandaΒ 
πŸ“Œ President Yoweri Museveni has urged Ugandans living in the United States of America (USA) and the United Kingdom (UK) to utilise the available opportunities and invest in Uganda. President Museveni was meeting some Ugandans living in the USA and UK at State House, Entebbe.
β€œUganda is a secure country whose economy is growing stronger day by day and its citizens in the diaspora should use the chance to develop themselves economically” said Museveni. Timothy Nyonjo who led a team from the USA informed the President that they are ready to contribute to the economy of Uganda.

πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡¬ RAKAI: Journalist dies of self poisoningΒ 
πŸ“Œ Brian Kasibante, a journalist in Rakai poisoned himself to death on Tuesday and heΒ  left a note that he wanted to die. He was rushed to a hospital in Rakai but pronounced dead the next day. A survey done by the Uganda Human Rights Commission recently indicated that several of the scribes across the country are paid less than Ugx 3,000 per story, an amount so low to sustain a livelihood.

πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡¬ KIBAALE: Local Government to launch construction of classroom block
πŸ“Œ The Kibaale Local Government under the UGIFT program is set to launch, on 23rd February 2023, the construction of several projects that include the construction of two classrooms, a multipurpose main hall, a unit of teacher’s quarters at Kisalizi Parents Secondary School and Kisimbi Health Centre III. The Chief Administrative Officer John Katotoroma, in a letter, invited district officials for the function slated for Thursday.

πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡¬ KASESE: Rotary Club organises marathon to build maternity ward
πŸ“Œ The Rotary Club of Kasese partnering with Centenary Bank has organised a marathon dubbed ‘Rukoki Maternity Marathon’ at Rukoki Health Centre in a bid to raise money for the construction of Rukoki Health Centre IV Maternity Ward that caught fire on June 24,Β  2021. The incharge of Rukoki Health Centre IV applauded Rotary Club of Kasese and the stakeholders for the good gesture of raising funds that will be used to construct new structures.

πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡¬ MOROTO: Government commissions Nadunget livestock facility
πŸ“ŒOver 1,000 livestock traders and residents in Moroto District will benefit from a newly refurbished market in Nanduget. The State Minister for Karamoja AgnesΒ  Nandutu commissioned water supply, storage infrastructure, an incinerator, waiting sheds, a veterinary and administration work block, fencing, cattle-weighing scales, and a cattle stall among others.

πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡¬ AGAGO: MAAIF to carry out mass vaccination in areas with animal disease outbreaksΒ 
πŸ“Œ The Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industries and Fisheries has organised a mass vaccination of animals in areas with cases of animal disease outbreak. According to the district veterinary officer Agago district, they have received over 10,000 doses of vaccines which will be used to vaccinate animals in the entire district. Priority will be given to areas or parishes that have reported disease cases.

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🌍 DRC, Rwanda military commanders to be sanctioned over violence 
πŸ“ŒThe US, Britain and European Union will announce fresh sanctions targeting military commanders and militia leaders involved in the ongoing fighting in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. These sanctions will target military commanders from the Democratic Republic of Congo and Rwanda.Β  The two countries have traded accusations over the conflict in the mineral rich region of DRC. Others on the list include leaders from the M23 rebel group and ADF.

🌍 KENYA: European Union signs $27m funding to boost exports
πŸ“ŒThe European Union on Tuesday signed a $27 million funding for TradeMark Africa to facilitate a five-year programme that will boost Kenya’s exports and support the government in creating a conducive business environment. The signing took place during the EU-Kenya Business Forum which was witnessed by Kenya’s President William Ruto, the EU Ambassador to Kenya Henriette Geiger and Trade Cabinet Secretary Moses Kuria, among other dignitaries.

🌍 SOUTH SUDAN: Government to scrap controversial law 
πŸ“ŒSouth Sudan’s President Salva Kiir and his deputy Riek Machar have agreed to scrap a controversial law that allows the National Security Services (NSS) to arrest people without an arrest warrant. This is a significant part of reforms agreed in a peace agreement to end a brutal six-year civil war. The pair say a three-year transitional period has been completed and they are moving into a new phase that will see elections in December next year and a formal transition of power by February 2025.

🌍 SOMALIA: 10 civilians killed by Al-Shabab militants
πŸ“ŒAl-Shabab fighters attacked a house in Somalia Capital Mogadishu on Tuesday, killing 10 civilians, the Government said.
β€œThe Security forces rescued and extracted many other civilians from that house and other nearby buildings during the attack,” it said. The attack was claimed by the Al Shabab.

🌍 AU urges members to cut connections with Israel 
πŸ“ŒThe African Union is asking member states to cut scientific or cultural ties with Israel until the Jewish nation stops ‘ colonial’ practices against Palestine. The recommendation is contained in a declaration fronted to member states at the end of the recent African Union Summit last week, in which Israel had also sought approval to join as an Observer State. A declaration said the Summit would further request member states to end all direct and indirect trade, scientific and cultural exchanges with the State of Israel. The AU condemned what it called β€œthe Israeli colonialist practices in the occupied Palestinian territories, discriminating between the Palestinian and Israeli people on the basis of race and religion, and giving the Israelis more rights and privileges over the Palestinian landowners.

🌍 Thousands flee to Ethiopia amid Somaliland violence
πŸ“ŒThe UN says tens of thousands of civilians have fled the self-declared republic of Somaliland and crossed the border into neighbouring Ethiopia following fighting between regional government forces and local militias. The number of people who have left Somaliland’s Las Anod District and arrived in Ethiopia’s Doole area in the past month could be as high as 80,000, the UN’s refugee agency, the UNHRC, has said. Last week the UN said that an average of 1,000 people were crossing into Ethiopia each day fleeing the violence.

🌍 US First Lady set to visit Namibia
πŸ“ŒUS First Lady Dr Jill Biden will arrive in Namibia on Wednesday where she will lay out Washington’s plan to address issues pertaining to women’s empowerment, children, and food insecurity in Africa. Political experts report that Dr Biden is headed to Namibia in a bid to build on the commitments made to the continent during last year’s US-Africa Leaders Summit. Dr Biden’s trip has been described as a historic one due to her becoming the first US First Lady to visit Namibia since the southwest African nation gained independence in 1990.

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