𝐅𝐄𝐁𝐑𝐔𝐀𝐑𝐘 27, 2023
🇺🇬 Uganda registers rise in coffee exports
📌 A report released by the Uganda Coffee Development Authority (UCDA) on Saturday shows that Uganda’s coffee exports in January rose 23% compared to volumes shipped in the same month last year. UCDA attributed the rise to higher releases of stocks from warehouses by exporters eager to meet a gap in global supplies of robusta beans.
🇺🇬 Brave leaders use challenges to better their people- President Museveni
📌President Yoweri Museveni has tipped Church leaders to know that “leadership comes with a multitude of challenges but only brave leaders use such challenges to better the lives of people in society.” This message was contained in his speech read by Vice President Jessica Alupo during the consecration of Rt. Rev. Enos Kagodo Kitto as the 5th Bishop of Mukono at a ceremony held at Bishop Secondary School playgrounds. He urged the Church to spearhead development to enable believers improve their lives.
🇺🇬 Cabinet Ministers to monitor government programs
📌Cabinet Ministers and State Ministers have been ordered to monitor Government development programs and projects. According to the state minister for Public Service, Mary Mugasa, the government programs to be prioritized include PDM, USE and UPE challenges, status of roads, health facilities on delivery and utilization of drugs, water coverage, land matters and how to stop land evictions.
🇺🇬 ‘Team Chairman MK Movement’ aims to shape younger generation- Toyota
📌President Yoweri Museveni’s younger brother Michael Nuwagira Kaguta, also known as Toyota has said that the pressure group “Team Chairman MK Movement” which he heads is not against the President or the NRM party, but is rather aimed at shaping the younger generation for sustainable peace. Toyota says their mission is to have an alternative for President Museveni so that Ugandans can be assured of continued sustainable peace and security. He was meeting Team Chairman MK Movement coordinators from Kabale, Rukungiri, Rukiga, Kanungu, Rubanda, and Kisoro.
🇺🇬 NDA gives drug outlet owners 30 days to install proper signposts
📌National Drug Authority (NDA) has given a 30-day ultimatum to administrators of drug shops and pharmacies to erect signposts that clearly identify the name and type of business for which a license was issued. In a letter issued to drug shops across the country, NDA Secretary, David Nahamya notes that this is in accordance with regulation 30 for licensing which states that premises for which a license is issued shall have a signpost indicating the name of the drug outlet, type of drugs sold (whether human, veterinary or both) and the nature of the business whether retail or wholesale.
🇺🇬 Minister Bahati commends India’s contribution to Uganda’s economy
📌The State Minister for Industry, David Bahati has commended the contribution of the Indian community in Uganda and assured them of continued cooperation and collaboration. According to the Minister, India currently exports to Uganda goods worth sh3.1 trillion ($839.1m) while Uganda exports sh346b ($93.3m). He said it is among Government’s targets to reduce this trade imbalance by reducing imports and instead promoting the export of commodities to India. This was during the occasion to mark the 58th Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC) Day at the high commission head office along Kyadondo Road in Nakasero, Kampala.
🇺🇬 Rukiga Police Officer succumbs to injuries sustained in road carnage
📌 ASP Richard Kato Asiimwe, 59, the Rukiga Police Community Liaisons Officer has succumbed to injuries sustained in a highway motor accident. Elly Maate, the Kigezi region police spokesperson says that Asiimwe was involved in an accident on Saturday at Rwabahazi village, Muhanga Central ward in Muhanga Town Council along Kabale-Ntungamo highway. He passed on Sunday at Kabale Regional Referral Hospital where he had been admitted.
🇺🇬 Minister Acheng warns MPs on donations
📌The Minister of Health, Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng, has warned African Members of Parliament (MPs) against the practice of receiving free donations from western countries because they often come with strings attached. She was speaking at the opening ceremony of the two-day 14th annual meeting of the Network of African Parliamentary Committees of Health (NEAPACOH) in Kampala.
🇺🇬 BUYENDE: Two kids die in a quarry cave
📌Two kids died and one adult survived Sunday February 26, after being buried by soil in a quarry cave in Busubo II village, Wesunire parish, Ndolwa sub county. The victims are one Hasifa Doreen, 13, and Kintu Shifik, 11. Police has confirmed the death of the two kids who were students of Dream of Hope Primary School in P.3 and P.1 respectively.
🇺🇬 MPIGI: Kayabwe market vendors agree to pay Shs 2000 in taxes per week
📌Kayabwe Town Council market vendors have agreed to pay Ugx2000 per week totaling to Ugx96,000 a year to the renderer, Mr. Kyambade Musa. This resolution was made in the meeting that was held at View Valley Gardens in Kayabwe Town Cell to streamline the market operations. Present was the area Town Clerk who urged the vendors to cooperate and pay taxes because it is through taxes that social services like hospital, schools are provided.
🇺🇬 DOKOLO: 11 suspects escape from police cells
📌Police has appealed to the public to volunteer information regarding the 11 suspects who escaped from a cell at Dokolo central police station over the weekend. According to North Kyoga police spokesperson Patrick Jimmy Okema, preliminary findings have shown that the cell was not tampered with at the time of the escape citing that suspects escaped through an opening in the ventilation where a metallic bar was cut. Escapees include; Raymond Okwang, Innocent Owiny, Allan Adep, Daniel Okwir, Ivan Epong, Michael Eboga, Oscar Ebwor, Aaron Oryee, Patrick Ekadu, Ronald Okodi and Isaac Okello.
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🌍 KENYA: Chinese Traders call for ‘healthy’ business evironment
📌The Kenya China Chamber of Commerce (KCCC) on Sunday called for a healthy environment to do business and peaceful trade with Kenyan traders. The group issued a statement after the Cabinet Secretary for Investments, Trade and Industry, Moses Kuria, advised the Vice Chancellor of Kenyatta University to buy out the lease for China Square, a shopping mall in Nairobi that houses Chinese vendors.
🌍 KENYA: Raila should respect Uhuru as our former President – DP Gachagua
📌Deputy President Rigathi Gachagua has asked Azimio leader Raila Odinga to treat former President Uhuru Kenyatta with respect. Speaking during a church service in Mpeketoni, Lamu County, the Deputy President accused Raila of downgrading the former President by engaging him in public rallies.
“We forgive him for many things, but not for downgrading Uhuru Kenyatta,” he said.
🌍 No extension on retirement Age in Kenya
📌The Cabinet Secretary for Public Service, Affirmative Action and Gender Aisha Jumwa has put to a stop the extension of service of Public Officers beyond the mandatory retirement age. She suspended all extension review cases and any existing cases to be revoked to enable proper legislation and succession management guidelines be implemented across the public service.
🌍 ETHIOPIA: UN to debate alleged war crimes in Tigray
📌The United Nations Human Rights Council begins a five-week session in Geneva starting on Monday where it will focus on Russia’s actions in Ukraine, the alleged war crimes in Tigray and the suppression of women in Afghanistan and Iran.
🌍 NIGERIA: Electoral Commission starts announcing state-wide results
📌Nigeria’s electoral commission began announcing state-by-state results from national elections on Sunday, amid complaints of irregularities, though it is not expected to name a victor in the race to succeed President Muhammadu Buhari for several days. The first results, from Ekiki state, showed a majority of votes for President cast in favour of Bola Tinubu of the governing All Progressives Congress. Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) chairman Mahmood Yakubu adjourned the session following the first results and said the release of tallies would resume at 11am on Monday.
🌍 Jill Biden appeals to wealthy nations to give more to Horn of Africa
📌US first lady Jill Biden on Sunday visited drought-affected communities in Kenya and appealed for wealthy nations to give more as the Horn of Africa suffers its driest conditions in decades. She concluded her two-nation tour of Africa by calling for a greater spotlight on the record-breaking drought which threatens 22 million people in Kenya, Somalia and Ethiopia with starvation.