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𝐅𝐄𝐁𝐑𝐔𝐀𝐑𝐘 25, 2023
🇺🇬 President Museveni wants PDM money to go directly to beneficiaries
📌President Museveni has directed that the Parish Development Model (PDM) funds go directly to the beneficiaries. The President questioned the model of the Secretariat and said he would supervise the PDM money directly. He was Friday addressing a gathering at Kaunda Grounds in Gulu City during his tour on investment and wealth creation.
🇺🇬 Lwengo Deputy RDC warns students against dangers of homosexuality
📌The Lwengo Deputy Residential District Commissioner, Lwanga Charles on Friday warned Students of St. Bernard Kisweera Secondary School to resist acts of homosexuality. Lwanga made the remarks during a patriotism session with students at the school.
🇺🇬 Uganda to host 10th EAC Petroleum Conference
📌Uganda will host the 10th East African Petroleum Conference and Exhibition (EAPCE’23) that will be organised by all members of East Africa partner states. The Conference will take place between May 9-11, 2023 at Kampala Serena Hotel under the theme “East Africa as a hub for Investment in Exploration and Exploitation of Petroleum Resources for Sustainable Energy and Socioeconomic Development.”
🇺🇬 Small Claims Procedure Court launched in the Kikuube District
📌The Judicial Service Commission has launched Small Claims Procedure Court in the Kyangwali sub-county in Kikuube District to solve the overwhelming cases in the district. The Court will handle cases not exceeding UGX 10 Million, especially those concerning goods, debts, and rent.
🇺🇬 Kole Deputy Resident District Commissioner dies, buried today
📌The Deputy Resident District Commissioner (RDC) for Kole District Mr Katende Hussein Kibazo passed on the morning of February 25, 2023, according to the Minister in Charge of the Presidency, Hon. Milly Babalanda, and was buried later in the day.
“My deep condolences to the family, Burial is today at 4OM in Kirimantungo -Bugerere Kayunga. May Allah receive him with mercy!” Babalanda said in a Tweet.
🇺🇬 Dr George Lugalambi urges Journalists to focus on gender responsive and conflict sensitive reporting
📌Journalists across Uganda have been tasked to embark on knowledge-based reporting in a way that is engaging to their audiences. Dr. George William Lugalambi, the Executive Director African Center for Media Excellence (ACME) raised this during the three- day training of 50 selected journalists across Uganda from various platforms of broadcast media, print and online that took place in Kampala at Golf course Hotel. The training is part of ACME’s media literacy workshops aimed at equipping journalists with necessary tools to report effectively on gender responsive and conflict sensitive reporting in Uganda.
🇺🇬 Lawyer Male Mabirizi released from Luzira Maximum Prison
📌Lawyer Male Mabirizi was Saturday, February 25, 2023 released from prison after High Court in Kampala sentenced him to 18 months imprisonment over contempt of court. The law allows the State to release each prisoner, on admission before the prison sentence is over and will be credited with the full amount of remission (one third of sentence) as stated in section 84(2) of the prisons act 2006. Applying one third of Mabirizi’s sentence, 18 months imprisonment makes it 12 months which occurred today.
🇺🇬 PM Nabbanja on service delivery- public stakeholder’s accountability meeting in Mubende District
📌Prime Minister Rt. Hon Robinah Nabbanja is in Mubende for a public stakeholder’s accountability engagement aimed at assessing the state of roads, progress of PDM, Emyooga, other social services and the general performance of NRM in the district. She said the engagements provide a platform for public accountability for funds released to local governments.
🇺🇬 Immigration Control Office seeks Shs 46Billion for passport booklets
📌The national citizenship and immigration control office is seeking over 46 billion shillings to purchase more passport booklets. The Ministry of Internal Affairs attributes this to increasing demand for passports due to a high number of Ugandans seeking employment abroad and those renewing their passports. The passport office has three machines each with capacity to produce 1000 passports daily but only one machine is operating.
🇺🇬 Scouts Celebrate founder day in Soroti District
📌Hundreds of scouts have turned up in Soroti City to celebrate the National Founder Day for Scouts in Uganda today. The day is celebrated to commemorate the birth of Robert Baden-Powell, the founder of the Scout Movement who established the first Scout troop in England in 1907, but was pushed to February 25, 1915 for Uganda by Rev Canon Grace.
🇺🇬 Clearing and Forwarding Association wants Government to speed up implementation on payment of marine insurance
📌The Uganda Clearing Industry and Forwarding Association has asked the Government to speed up the implementation of the new foils recently introduced to guide the payment of marine insurance. The National Chairperson of Uganda’s Clearing Industry and Forwarding Association Jaffar Abdallah said that by failing to implement the policy, Government has continued to lose money to foreign countries.
🇺🇬 OPM temporarily halts distribution of iron sheets
📌The Office of the Prime Minister has temporarily halted the distribution of iron sheets in all the affirmative action programs due to the ongoing Investigations, following reports of the theft of some iron sheets procured to support the poor in Karamoja sub-region. In a statement signed by Accounting Officer, Geoffrey Sseremba on behalf of PS, Keith Muhakanizi, OPM also released details on the quantities of iron sheets procured for the different affirmative action programs during the Financial Year 2021/2022.
🇺🇬 RUKUNGIRI: 26- year old man hacked to death in bar brawl
📌Police in Rukungiri district are investigating circumstances surrounding the death of Elias Twesigye, 26, a resident of Kajumera cell Katonya parish in Nyakishenyi Subcounty. According to the Kigezi region police spokesperson, ASP Elly Maate, the deceased was allegedly cut to death with a Panga in a bar brawl by one Augustine Turyahebwa Alias Turyatunga, 20, of Rwangura cell, Katonya parish, Nyakishenyi subcounty in Rukungiri District. Turyahebwa is under Police custody.
🇺🇬 WAKISO: Two killed by mob over disputed land
📌A mob killed two men among a group who had gone to raze crops on disputed land between one Ben Kiwanuka and Ambrose Akikiriza in Busukuma Division, Wakiso District. Luke Owoyesigyire, the Kampala Metropolitan Deputy Police Spokesperson explained that upon police arrival, two unknown individuals who were grading and cutting down crops were lynched to death by a charged mob. Police arrested two suspects, John Bosco Damulira and Alex Anguyo, on charges of criminal trespass and malicious damage as investigation continue.
🇺🇬 MITOOMA: Government constructs staff houses at Mayanga Health Center II
📌The Chairperson of Kashenshero Town Council on Thursday commended the Government for improved health service delivery in the area. He made the remarks while monitoring the on-going construction of Mayanga Health Center II staff quarters. He warned the contractor over substandard work.
🇺🇬 NTUNGAMO: State Minister Kaboyo warns Civil servants against absenteeism
📌The State Minister for Luwero-Rwenzori triangle, Alice Kaboyo has warned civil servants against absenteeism that has contributed to the poor service delivery of Government workers. She was speaking during a Government’s Baraza programme held in Ntungamo District at Rubaare Town Council on Thursday. The Miinister noted that those who act unprofessionally should resign and those who are willing to work can take over.
🇺🇬 JINJA: Police hunt for man for killing ex-lover
📌Police in Jinja is hunting for one Salim, a resident of Bugweri District for reportedly killing Mary Asio 25, his ex-girlfriend for failure to return to his home. The deceased is a resident of Katende, Bugembe in Jinja City and was working with Makepasi Match Limited, a matchbox factory in Jinja City. Kiira Regional Police spokesperson ASP James Mubi confirmed the incident.
🇺🇬 MASINDI: Contractor on spot over shoddy work on OPD ward at Nyantonzi Health Center III
📌The Masindi District Engineer Ocen Alfred on February 24 directed Jochom Investments Limited, the contractor of the Out Patients Department ward to re-do the construction citing shoddy work. Ocen made the directive during the monitoring visit at the site where he discovered that the contractor was doing substandard work.
🇺🇬 KASESE: MAAIF gives tractor to Bukonjo West Constituency farmers
📌Government, through the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF) has given a tractor to the Bukonjo West Constituency in Kasese District to encourage farmers to embrace machinery to enhance production and productivity.
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🌍 KENYA: Prepare for tougher economic times – Raila Odinga
📌Azimio la Umoja one Kenya coalition party leader Raila Odinga has told Kenyans to brace for tougher economic times that will see the cost of living rise further due to Government’s takeover of importation role of basic commodities such as agricultural products from the private sector. The opposition demanded the re-introduction of food and oil subsidies, which the previous administration used to cushion Kenyans against both internal and external economic pressure. The Azimio leaders announced that they will not relent on their mass action plans unless prices of basic commodities drop in the next 12 days.
🌍 KENYA: President Ruto to remove all taxes on cooking gas
📌President William Ruto said the Government will remove all taxes on cooking gas in a bid to ensure gas access to all households at affordable rates. President Ruto, speaking on Friday during the launch of the Taifa Gas plant in Dongo Kundu, Mombasa County, said this would also serve to reduce the use of wood fuel which poses both health and environmental challenges to the country.
🌍 TANZANIA: EU to inject $574m in Women-Led Businesses
📌The European Union, through the Europe Investment Bank, has entered into an investment deal with Tanzania that will unlock over $574.4 million worth new business investments in women-led businesses and the blue economy agenda. This was revealed by the bank’s Vice President Thomas Östro during the opening ceremony of the Tanzania-EU Business Forum in Dar es Salaam.
🌍 Rwanda’s Kacyira appointed head of UN office in Somalia
📌The United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres appointed Aisa Kirabo Kacyira as the head of the United Nations Support Office in Somalia. Kacyira replaces Australia’s Lisa Filipetto, to whom Guterres expressed his gratitude, citing her dedication and effective leadership during her term in office. Kacyira also serves as Rwanda’s high commissioner to Ghana and non-resident representative to Benin, Togo, Sierra Leone, Côte d’Ivoire and Liberia.
🌍 Nigeria goes to Polls in tight Election
📌Nigerians today went to the Polls to look for a successor to President Muhammadu Buhari in a tightly fought race dominated by three political veterans. Nearly 90 million people are eligible to vote in the poll, which is unfolding as Africa’s most populous democracy grapples with a security crisis, a sluggish economy and widening poverty.
For the first time in Nigeria’s modern history, a third candidate has emerged to challenge the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). The Emergence of a surprise third candidate appealing to young voters, Labour Party’s Peter Obi, 61, has thrown the race open for the first time since the end of military rule in 1999.
🌍 SOUTH AFRICA: US senators vow support for AIDS relief
📌A group of US senators, accompanied by 75-year-old star British singer Elton John, vowed to continue supporting AIDS relief while visiting South Africa to mark 20 years since the launch of the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, or PEPFAR.
PEPFAR was launched in February 2003 by the then US President George W. Bush to combat the spread of AIDS in some of the hardest-hit areas of Africa and the Caribbean.
🌍 Jill Biden begins three- day visit to Kenya
📌US first Lady Jill Biden arrived in Kenya on Friday for the second leg of her Africa visit. She was joined by her granddaughter Naomi Biden. Jill Biden was welcomed at Jomo Kenyatta International Airport by Kenya’s First Lady Rachel Ruto and Rebecca Miano, the East African Community’s Cabinet Secretary. She later delivered remarks at a women’s empowerment reception with Kenyan women leaders in government, business, research and education.