𝐌𝐀𝐑𝐂𝐇 10, 2023
🇺🇬 Meteorologists warn of potential water-borne disease outbreak as rains begin
📌The Uganda National Meteorological Authority has warned of a potential increase in water-borne diseases like bilharzia, malaria, cholera and dysentery among others as the rainy season sets in. George William Omony, Director of Applied Meteorology at UNMA says a spike in water-related diseases is expected with the onset of the rainy season that may stretch up to May.
🇺🇬 Namisindwa residents vandalise NW&SC pipes, divert water to their onion gardens
📌National Water and Sewerage Corporation has faulted the two sub counties of Bumbo and Bukokho in Namisindwa District for high levels of pipe vandalism. Halima Mukhwana, the Manafwa and Namisindwa Districts branch manager, says people from these two sub counties have cut most of the pipes in their areas and diverted water into their onion gardens for irrigation. This has brought water scarcity in the district since most of the pipes which supply water from the source of water have been cut.
🇺🇬 Minister Minsa Kabanda cautions youths against early sex
📌The Minister for Kampala Hajjati Minsa Kabanda has cautioned the youths against getting involved in early sex. Kabanda made the remarks at the Islamic College in Kyengera at a function to launch their new home. She also told them about the likely diseases that are associated with early sex like Cancer in the private parts.
🇺🇬 Minister Magyezi worried by rising HIV/AIDS prevalence in Bushenyi
📌The rising HIV/AIDS prevalence rate in Bushenyi District is worrying Minister of Local Government, Raphael Magyezi. Speaking at the opening of a 5-day agricultural trade show at the Bushenyi main stadium, Magyezi expressed his disappointment that the district has experienced a significant increase in the number of HIV/AIDS infections.
🇺🇬 Court holds special session to honour late Judge Kenneth Kakuru
📌Chief Justice Alfonse Owiny-Dollo has implored all the judicial staff to periodically do medical check-ups to prevent chronic illnesses that would have otherwise been avoided. Justice Owiny-Dollo’s request was contained in his eulogy for Justice Kenneth Kakuru. In other tributes, family and members of the legal fraternity described Justice Kakuru as a generous, hard-working, fair-minded and independent judge.
🇺🇬 UPDF urges retired officers to verify names by March 23
📌Uganda Peoples Defence Forces has urged its veteran officers to verify their names in a bid to ensure they benefit from their retirement package. UPDF has issued an unverified veterans list that is to be filled and confirmed before March 23, 2023 to enable the retired soldiers to receive their pension. Families of the deceased have been advised to take veterans Discharge book, National ID, Bank statement and Deceased veterans; Death certificate, Discharge book(optional), Letters of Administration, Family meeting minutes, Bank statement and Introductory letter from LC 1.
🇺🇬Lyantonde Veterinary Officer arrested for selling Foot, Mouth Vaccines to farmers
📌The State House Anti-Corruption Unit has arrested and arraigned the Principal Veterinary Officer, Lyantonde District before the Anti-Corruption Court in Kololo, Kampala. Dr. Bameka Ronald was charged on Thursday on one count of Abuse of Office. He allegedly sold foot and mouth vaccines to farmers in Lyantonde District.
🇺🇬 OPM conducts survey on abandoned public infrastructure survey across the country
📌The office of the Prime Minister (OPM) has embarked on conducting a survey of the abandoned public infrastructure across the country. Gonzaga Mayanja, Commissioner for Monitoring and Evaluation in the OPM said preliminary investigations reveal that Government infrastructure, vehicles, and motorcycles are mishandled and abandoned by government officials.
🇺🇬 Pius Bigirimana warns judicial officers of case backlog
📌The Permanent Secretary to the Judiciary, Pius Bigirimana has warned judicial officers against delaying cases. He cited that this is the root cause of case backlog in courts. Pius wants speedy handling of cases at the judicial offices by using the available mechanisms like the video conferencing system. He was at Masaka high Court while meeting development partners from Norway who donated to courts and prisons the electronic court case management information system.
🇺🇬 National Council for Higher Education wants amendment of University and Tertiary institutions act
📌The National council for higher education wants the university and tertiary institutions act amended. The council’s board chairperson Elly Katunguka argued that the current law does not empower the council to enforce its decisions. He said they have encountered several challenges in implementing the current legal framework. He was speaking during the launch of the National Council for Higher Education’s 20th-anniversary celebrations at Speke resort in Munyonyo.
🇺🇬 BUSHENYI: Police arrests two security guards over murder of teacher
📌Police in Bushenyi District has arrested Darius Ashaba-Aheebwa, 28 and Brian Mugarura, 23, both security guards working with Ruhaama Veterans Uganda LTD (RVU) for shooting a primary teacher dead. Marcial Tumusiime, the Greater Bushenyi Police spokesperson identified the deceased as Muramira Onan, 47, a resident of Nyakabingo 1 cell, Rushinya parish, Kakanju sub county in Bushenyi District. Muramira was shot dead after an argument with the security guards at Katungu filling station located in Bugomora cell, Ward 3, Ishaka Division.
🇺🇬 KAMULI: 20 houses, private school washed away by heavy rains
📌Kamuli District experienced heavy rains that destroyed 20 houses, 2 private schools and gardens. According to the residents, the heavy rains destroyed houses, crops in areas of Kakunyu parish in the villages of Bulubandi, Bulamuka and Budhugu Busige in Kakunyu parish in Kisozi Sub Country. The area Police confirmed the incident and said investigations are ongoing to find out whether any lives were lost during the heavy rains.
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🌍 Raila Odinga announces countrywide demonstrations
📌Kenya’s Opposition leader Raila Odinga has announced the start of nationwide mass action after the expiry of the fourteen days’ ultimatum he had issued to President William Ruto to open the 2022 presidential election servers. Odinga also revealed that there will be a massive rally in the capital Nairobi on March 20, 2023. He made the announcement at Jaramogi Odinga Foundation.
🌍 MOZAMBIQUE: Over 150,000 people at risk as cyclone Freddy approaches
📌Mozambican authorities say 158,000 people could be affected by Cyclone Freddy in its epicentre in the central province of Zambezia. The cyclone is expected to make landfall on the coast of central Mozambique late on Friday. Cyclone Freddy is headed back to Mozambique after it wreaked havoc in late February.
🌍 SOUTH AFRICA: President Ramaphosa denies his Ministers ‘live like rock stars’
📌South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa has dismissed claims that his new Cabinet is bloated and says he is committed to restructuring the Government. Opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) leader John Steenhuisen on Thursday asked President Ramaphosa in Parliament if it was fair for ministers to be “living like rock stars” while ordinary citizens suffer.
🌍 Ukraine war fuelled by imperial interests – Pope Francis
📌The war in Ukraine is driven by the interests of several “empires” and not just of Russia’s, Pope Francis said in an interview. Francis said the conflict was fuelled by imperial interests, not just of the Russian empire, but of empires from elsewhere. He expressed a readiness to talk to Russian President Vladimir Putin to call for peace.
🌍 China’s Xi Jinping handed historic third term as President
📌Xi Jinping was handed a third term as Chinese President on Friday, capping a rise that has seen him become the country’s most powerful leader in generations. The appointment by China’s rubber-stamp Parliament comes after Xi locked in another five years as head of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) in October.