𝐌𝐀𝐑𝐂𝐇 06, 2023
🇺🇬 Joint Security Forces handover suspected Turkana cattle rustlers to Kenyan authorities
📌 The Uganda Joint Security Forces have released and handed over suspected Turkana cattle rustlers to the Turkana County Government of the Republic of Kenya.
The exercise, done at Moroto Army Barracks was led by Brig Gen Felix Busizoori, 3 Division Deputy Commander of the Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF), who handed over the six (6) suspects to his counterpart, Peter Eripete, County Secretary and Head of Public service, Turkana County. The suspects were arrested alongside their kinship, the native Matheniko in Karamoja Sub region between February 20- 26.
“Following recent persistent Security and diplomatic engagements between Ugandan and Kenyan authorities, we officially hand over six suspects in the gesture of EAC partnership as a sign of peaceful co-existence and brotherhood,” said Brig Gen Busizoori. He urged the Turkana County Government to penalise the suspects for abusing the peaceful co-existence and cross border security arrangements.
“This diplomatic pardon should not be taken for granted as it may lead to impunity. Those who again will violate Ugandan laws will be arrested, arraigned before courts and charged of their offences,” Brig Gen Busizoori warned.
🇺🇬 Kisoro traders petition President Museveni over colleague’s two-year detention in Kigali
📌 About 200 traders led by the Kisoro District Chairman, Abel Bizimana have petitioned President Museveni over the prolonged detention of their colleague, Valence Kibyeyi in Kigali, Rwanda without trial. The group claims that the prolonged detention of Kibyeyi has not only affected their involvement in cross-border trade but is also a violation of his rights. The petitioners claim that Kibyeyi was arrested over two years ago by Rwandan Security on charges of tax evasion but has never been charged in Courts of Law for the alleged offence.
🇺🇬 Kiruhura District to host International Women’s Day
📌 Preparations are underway by the Ministry of Gender together with other stakeholders to host this years’ International Women’s Day celebrations. The celebrations are scheduled to take place in Kiruhura District under the theme ‘Equal Opportunities in Education, Science and Technology for Innovation and Gender Equal Future’. Shs1.2 Billion has already been disbursed to prepare for the celebrations dated for March 8, 2023.
🇺🇬 Road crashes claim 71 lives in one week
📌A total of 71 people died in road accidents that happened last week across the country. According to Traffic Police, 322 people were involved in accidents last week and out of the 361 accidents that happened, 64 were fatal, 181 serious, and 116 were minor. Faridah Nampiima, the Traffic and Road Safety Directorate spokesperson says Kampala Metropolitan North, East, and Wamala regions had the most fatalities.
🇺🇬 Environmental Police launches campaign against littering
📌 The Environmental Police have embarked on a campaign to sensitise the public about the new NEMA guidelines on rubbish littering rubbish and noise pollution. Police Spokesperson Fred Enanga Monday said they will take the initiative to sensitise the public before proceeding to carry out arrests of those found littering in public. Enanga was speaking during the weekly police briefing at Police Headquarters in Naguru.
🇺🇬 Uganda donates 3 tons of aid to Turkey
📌 Uganda has sent 13 tons of aid to Turkey which recently experienced two earthquakes last month that left over 45,000 dead. The Turkish Embassy in Kampala said in a statement that “we sent via Turkish Airlines, 13 tons of in-kind aid, including 750 mattresses and 550 blankets donated by our Ugandan friends for the victims of the earthquake.”
“On behalf of the Turkish people, we thank our Ugandan sisters and brothers,” The Turkish Ambassador to Uganda, Mehmet Fatih Ak said.
🇺🇬 SHOs suspend industrial action, resume work today
📌 Over 600 striking Senior House Officers (SHOs) Monday resumed work following the suspension of their industrial action by the Uganda Medical Association (UMA) General Assembly. The strike had entered its 14th day over delayed payment of their monthly allowances, among other grievances. Dr. Robert Lubega, the Senior House Officers President says that the annual general meeting also made recommendations for the Government to consider within 30 days.
🇺🇬 Ugandans in Diaspora advise local farmers to form associations to easily access markets abroad
📌 Ugandans in the Diaspora have urged local farmers to form associations to ease access to markets particularly, abroad. The Chairman ‘Uganda Kwe Kwaffe’, a business forum based in Canada, Kassim Ssali noted that there are lots of benefits in unions saying that it creates wide and profitable markets as well as knowledge exchange. Ssali adds that the global agricultural technological advancement calls for partnerships to enable businesses mainly in developing countries to thrive.
🇺🇬 Police urges parents to take interest in general well being of their children
📌 Parents have been challenged to interest themselves in the general well being of their children other than leaving them under the care of teachers some of whom expose them to suspicious activities. This follows the arrest of Lydia Mukhoda by Police in Jinja over suspected involvement and recruitment of students in lesbianism related activities.
🇺🇬 BUDAKA: Residents of Iki-Iki TC receive mosquito nets
📌 Ministry of Health in partnership with National Medical Stores delivered over 187 bales of mosquito nets to residents of Iki-iki Town Council. According to the District Health Officials, the received mosquito nets will be distributed to Kaitangole Ward 106, Petete Ward 50 and Iki-Iki ward 31 respectively. One Felix, the LC III chairperson cautioned residents against misusing the mosquito nets so as to enable the government achieve its objective of zero tolerance to malaria outbreaks in the country.
🇺🇬 YUMBE: Hello-World Organization sensitises local communities on ICT skills
📌Hello world organisation, a non-government organisation has sensitised local communities of Midigo Town Council on Information Communication Technology (ICT) skills at Midigo Town Hall. Students of Midigo Secondary School were also among the trainees. Present was the LC III Chairperson, Community Development Officer and District Youth Councillors. The in charge Hello World said that they intend to improve people’s ICT skills by building an ICT HUB in Midigo Town Council.
🇺🇬 OTUKE: Ministry of Education distributes smart phones to Primary and Secondary head teachers
📌The Ministry of Education and Sports o Monday distributed smart phones to all primary and secondary school head teachers in Otuke District. The District Education Officer welcomed the delivery of the smartphones to the head teachers and noted that with such innovation, teacher’s attendance, late coming and absenteeism will be well monitored.
🇺🇬 BUKEDEA: Town Council receives 443 bales of treated Mosquito nets
📌Bukedea Town Council has received 443 bales of treated mosquito nets from the Ministry of Health that will be distributed to 8 wards of Bukedea Town Council. The District Health Officer said its Government’s objective is to fight Malaria through achieving universal coverage with Long Lasting Insecticide treated Nets.
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🌍 KENYA: First Lady Rachel Ruto declares prayers against Homosexuality
📌Kenya’s First Lady Rachel Ruto has declared national prayers against homosexuality in the country, saying the family unit is under attack. Mrs. Ruto said the country cannot condone the Supreme Court ruling last month that upheld the LGBTQ community’s right of association.
🌍 KENYA: Meru University closed indefinitely due to students’ violence
📌Meru University of Science and Technology (MUST) has been closed indefinitely following students demonstration that disrupted academic activities on Monday. The University Senate announced the closure in a memo signed by Acting Vice Chancellor Charity Gichuki, who said that all students must vacate the university campuses with immediate effect.
🌍 KENYA: President Ruto signs over Ksh.60 Billion supplementary budget
📌More than Ksh.60 Billion has been provided for pending bills by the Government in its plan to tackle the issue in the country. Speaking after assenting to the Supplementary Appropriation Bill (National Assembly Bill No. 4 of 2023) on Monday at State House, President William Ruto said the move will ensure uninterrupted delivery of services to the people.
🌍 KENYA: England will no longer lead Anglican Church- ArchBishop
📌The Archbishop of the Anglican Church of Kenya has said England will no longer be the leader of the global Anglican Church following a change in teaching to allow priests to marry same-sex couples.
“In May, we are going to have a meeting in Cairo of the Global South. What we have already agreed and pronounced is that England is no longer going to be the leader of the Anglican Communion”, he said.
🌍 SOUTH SUDAN: Opposition wants sacked Minister reinstated
📌South Sudan’s main opposition political party, the Sudan People’s Liberation Movement in Opposition (SPLM-IO), is demanding that President Salva Kiir reinstates Defence Minister Angelina Teny. President Kiir sacked Ms. Teny on Friday in a Presidential decree. She was the country’s first female Defence Minister, also wife to Riek Machar. The SPLM-IO has “condemned and rejected” the “unilateral removal” of Ms Teny.
🌍 NIGERIA: Presidential Aspirant Atiku leads Street Protests against Nigerian Electoral commission
📌The Presidential candidate of Nigeria’s main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is leading a demonstration at the Electoral Commission headquarters in the Capital, Abuja, to protest against the conduct of the just-concluded elections. Atiku Abubakar and his running mate, Ifeanyi Okowa, could be seen accompanied by their supporters in the demonstration dubbed ‘black uniform protest march’.
🌍 Nigeria Supreme Court declares that Gov’t rollout of new currency illegal
📌 Nigeria Supreme Court has declared that Government rollout of the new currency is illegal. The Supreme Court said old currency must remain in circulation until the end of year. Government had retired the old notes last month to rein in excess cash, fight kidnapping, and address inflation & counterfeiting.
🇺🇬 UN chief welcomes Oceans protection treaty
📌 The United Nations Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres has welcomed the new Oceans Protection Treaty signed by nations over the weekend. He said that he is extremely encouraged that countries have agreed on the UN legally binding instrument to ensure the conservation and sustainable use of marine biological diversity in areas beyond national jurisdiction. The agreement was reached on Saturday evening, after 38 hours of talks, at UN headquarters in New York.