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𝐌𝐀𝐑𝐂𝐇 11, 2023
🇺🇬 North Kigezi Diocese Bishop-Elect to be consecrated on Sunday
📌North Kigezi Diocese Bishop-elect Rev. Onesmus Asiimwe will on Sunday March 12, 2023 be consecrated and enthroned as the 6th Bishop of Emmanuel Cathedral Kinyasano in Southern Division Rukungiri Municipality. The function will be presided over by the Archbishop of the Church of Uganda, the Most Rev Stephen Samuel Kaziimba Mugalu. Thousands of Christians in the Diocese of North Kigezi gathered at Kahenge River that borders Rukungiri and Ntungamo districts to welcome Bishop Asiimwe. The procession was led by the North Kigezi Diocesan caretaker Bishop Patrick Tugume Tusingweire, former Archbishop of Church of Uganda Emeritus Henry Luke Orombi, Rukungiri Municipality Member of Parliament Hon. Dr. Elisa Rutahigwa, RDC Rukungiri District Nsubuga Bewayo Stephen, Rukungiri District LC5 Chairman and other religious leaders in and outside North Kigezi Diocese.
🇺🇬 President Museveni on Three-Day State Visit to Algeria
📌 President Yoweri Museveni has Saturday left for Algeria for a three-day State visit on the invitation of his Algerian counterpart President Abdelmadjid Tebboune. During the State visit, President Museveni and his host will witness the signing of a number of memorandum of understanding between various sectors of the two countries.
“I have travelled to Algiers, Algeria for a 3-Day State Visit at the invitation of H.E Abdelmadjid Tebboune. I look forward to having fruitful discussions with him to enhance our bilateral relations for the prosperity and interests of our people,” the President said.
The two Presidents will also attend the first-ever business forum between Algeria and Uganda in Algiers.
🇺🇬 Students who torched Kyamate dormitory block charged with 180 counts
📌 Seven Senior Three students from Kyamate Secondary School in Ntungamo
Municipality, Ntungamo District were Friday charged with 180 offences, allegedly committed when they torched a dormitory block, killing one student instantly. The suspects, Kanyesigye Odongo Odamal, Arinatwe Anthony, Tumwesigye Arnold, Arinaitwe Elijah, Asiimwe Joshua, Tumushabe Wilber, and Twesigye Lawrence were remanded to Ntungamo Government Prison and one of them, a minor, to Kabale Remand Home. During their Court appearance before Ntungamo Grade One Magistrate, Mariam Namubiru, the suspects were charged with murder, attempted murder, arson, and malicious damage. The charges stem from an incident on February 26 2023, when the prime suspect, Tumushabe Wilber, orchestrated the whole plan and tied the late Bonus Atukwase, a Senior One Student, to the bed before setting the dormitory ablaze, instantly killing him. The arsonists are also charged with three counts of attempted murder, one count of arson, and malicious damage of property and 196 beds valued at Ugx 457,000,000 (Four hundred fifty-seven million). Prosecution heard that Tumushabe collaborated with the other suspects to deliver petrol to the school on the night of February 26, 2023, which they used to light a fire that destroyed Nyerere and Mandela dormitories, housing 146 students. The fire left one student dead and three others nursing injuries. The suspects will re appear in Court for mention of their case on March 27, 2023.
🇺🇬 Lubaga Hospital Laboratory receives accreditation for quality diagnostic services
📌Lubaga Hospital has been accredited by the South African National Accreditation System (SANAS). The hospital ED, Dr. Julius Luyimbazi revealed that the facility has the capacity to carry out 34 tests in all categories of haematology, micro-biology, clinical chemistry, immunology and parasitology. The Commissioner in-charge of National Health Laboratory Services at the Ministry of Health Dr. Susan Nabadda said this is a step in the right direction in regard to the timely and accurate diagnostic services.
🇺🇬 Mukono High Court upholds Nantaba’s victory as Kayunga District Woman MP
📌The Mukono High Court Judge, Collins Acellan has dismissed the petition filed by Ritah Nabadda challenging the election of Hon. Aida Nantaba as the Kayunga District Woman MP. The Court said that the petitioner did not collect enough voter’s signatures which is one of the requirements for the suit. The Court also dismissed an allegation of voter bribery at Kabatani village in Galiraaya sub-county. The court ordered all the parties to cater for their own costs.
🇺🇬 Archbishop Kazimba applauds late Justice Kakuru’s contribution towards the Church
📌The Church of Uganda has applauded the late Justice Kenneth Kakuru for his contribution towards the Church especially being among the team that made amendments to the Constitution of the church of Uganda. During the late Justice Kakuru’s funeral service at All Saints Cathedral, Nakasero, the Archbishop of the Church of Uganda, Dr. Samuel Steven Kazimba Mugalu also commended the deceased for being a God-fearing person.
🇺🇬 188 graduate with certificates at Baroma Vocational Institute
📌The Director of the Directorate of Industrial Training at the Ministry of Education and Sports, Dr. Patrick Byakatonda has tasked parents to interest their children in vocational training to uplift their communities. Byakatonda was officiating the 10th graduation ceremony of Baroma Vocational Institute in Mukono District where 188 technicians graduated in motor vehicle mechanics, electrical installation, and hairdressing courses.
🇺🇬 193 graduate at the East African School of Taxation in Kampala
📌193 students have graduated at the East African School of Taxation. The graduates will now join the field to fill tax mobilisation and administration gaps. Speaking on the sidelines of the graduation, Asa Mugenyi, the chairman of the Tax Appeals Tribunal, said the just concluded URA, Commercial Banks Dispute is a sign of a growing economy.
🇺🇬 Centenary Bank contributes 35 million towards 2023 Martyrs celebrations
📌Centenary Bank has made a contribution of 35 million to Jinja Catholic Diocese towards this year’s Uganda Martyrs Day cerebrations. The Shs35 million Cheque was on Friday handed over to the Bishop of Jinja Catholic Diocese Rt. Rev. Charles Martin Wamika by the Centenary Bank Managing Director Mr. Fabian Kasi and other top Directors at the Bank headquarters in Kampala. Rt. Rev Wamika commended Centenary Bank for extending the contribution towards this year’s Uganda Martyrs Day celebrations to be held June 3 at Namugongo Shrines.
🇺🇬 NAMUTUMBA: 674 students graduate in patriotism training
📌The Namutumba Resident District Commissioner Matende Thomas, on March 11 graduated 674 students from 23 secondary schools who have been undergoing patriotism training from March 6 at Kisiki College in Namutumba District. The Namutumba District Chairperson, Mukisa David warned students against indiscipline for it can affect their academic journey. The training was conducted by the National Secretariat for Patriotism Clubs.
🇺🇬 NWOYA: Lii Sub County headquarters catches fire as office attendant harvests honey from office ceiling
📌Police in Nwoya District are investigating circumstances under which fire gutted Lii Sub County headquarters in Nwoya District destroying properties on Friday night. Fire allegedly went out of control when an office attendant and a colleague were harvesting honey from the bees in the ceiling, burning the new Ugx 400 Million sub county headquarters constructed under the UWA revenue fund. The duo is currently on the run.
🇺🇬 ZOMBO: Government embarks on construction of 5.3Bn piped water supply system
📌The Government of Uganda, in partnership with the German Government, has embarked on the construction of a piped water supply system in Zombo Town Council, Zombo District. The project, which will cost Ugx5.3 billion, is aimed at ensuring clean water reaches the residents of Zombo Town Council and the neighbouring sub-counties of Nyapea and Athuma through the construction of reservoir tanks at Aliza and Ajere hills. King Albert Construction Engineering Company on Thursday received the project projected to be completed within one year.
🇺🇬 LIRA: Government to launch regional offices issuing driving licences
📌The Ministry of Works and Transport in a bid to extend the issuance of driving licences closer to the people has embarked on setting up Uganda Driver Licensing System (UDLS) Lango regional office in Lira City. The Lira City Woman MP Dr. Jane Aceng Ocero said that UDLS will be a one stop centre and the offices will be officially launched on Monday March 20, at Lira City Council Hall.
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🌍 KENYA: Over 5,000 Govt services available online
📌Immigration and Citizen Services Principal Secretary Julius Bitok has said 5,318 services can now be accessed via mobile phones with the Government targeting doubling the figure by the middle of the year.
“One of the examples of services that have gone digital is marriages. If you want to get married, you can now apply for a marriage certificate from the comforts of your phone where you apply online, go for interviews and get your marriage certificate online,” Prof Bitok said.
🌍 RWANDA: Proceedings against Genocide suspect Kabuga on hold
📌Judges at a UN Court in The Hague have put proceedings against Rwandan genocide suspect Felicien Kabuga on hold in order to assess whether he is in good-enough health to be tried. When the case opened, prosecutors accused him of using his radio station to urge ethnic Hutus to kill rival Tutsis. He was also accused of supplying death squads with machetes. Earlier this week Mr. Kabuga’s defence team called for the 90-year old’s trial to be halted, citing dementia.
🌍 MALI: Military rulers postpone referendum
📌Mali’s military rulers have postponed a constitutional referendum which was due to take place later this month and was supposed to be a key milestone of the planned transition to civilian rule. Correspondents say the decision to postpone the referendum was no surprise and it’s a Sign that Col Goita wants to prolong his stay in power.
🌍 NIGERIA: UN condemns suspected Islamist attack
📌The UN has condemned an ambush and brutal killing of at least 37 civilians in Mukdolo village in Ngala Local Government Area of Nigeria’s north-eastern Borno State. Dozens of villagers were shot dead in an attack by suspected Islamic State West Africa Province (ISWAP) militants. In a statement, the UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator in Nigeria, Matthias Schmale, noted that the victims of the heinous attack were fishermen and farmers eking out a livelihood in a very insecure environment.
🌍 US Secretary of State to visit Ethiopia next week
📌US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken is set to visit Ethiopia next week to discuss the implementation of a landmark peace deal which has halted the country’s civil war, the State Department said on Friday. The visit could be a positive sign for the country, which was hit by US sanctions as the war weakened ties between the once close allies. Mr. Blinken will also meet African Union head Moussa Faki Mahamat in Addis Ababa to discuss global and regional priorities.