𝐌𝐀𝐑𝐂𝐇 14, 2023
🇺🇬 Deputy Speaker Tayebwa vouches for non-tariff barriers for enhanced trade
📌The Deputy Speaker, Thomas Tayebwa has asked the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU) member states to remove all non-tariff barriers saying that they are a hindrance to the entry of goods especially from developing countries. He was addressing the 146th Assembly of the Inter-Parliamentary Union in Manama, Bahrain. Tayebwa challenged the developed world to work with developing countries to add value to their products citing that “sometimes your supermarket shelves are empty when we have fruits, vegetables and other agricultural products rotting in our countries.”
🇺🇬 Truck rams into school building, kills 2 students
📌 The Territorial Police in Gomba has Tuesday afternoon registered a fatal accident involving Sino truck registration number UBL 790J which lost control and rammed into Kasaka Senior Secondary School fence, proceeded through to the school computer lab that was occupied by students killing three students on spot and injuring eighteen others. Faridah Nampiima, the traffic police spokesperson, has identified the deceased students as Evelyn Namagembe, S.5, Mawanda Bosco, S.2, and Asege Hilda S.4. The truck driver, one Wanume Abudala, 26, has been arrested as investigations go on.
🇺🇬 ISO pledges commitment in the fight against online fraudsters
📌The Deputy Director General of the Internal Security Organization (ISO), Lt Col Emmanuel Katabazi, has pledged commitment in the continuous fight against digital fraudsters. He pledged the commitment during the official launch of the “Beera Steady- Be Better Campaign,” a financial literacy campaign aimed at changing people’s behaviour and attitudes towards digital currency safety, that took place at the Next Media Park on Tuesday. According to Katabazi, security intelligence agencies have continued to deal with various cases with the assistance of banks, regulators and the Directorate of Public Prosecutions.
“On behalf of the cyber security task force, we want to thank everybody and assure you we have selected the best team to ensure we secure the space, and everybody should be steady,” he said.
🇺🇬 Butaleja school wall collapses, kills two pupils
📌Two pupils of Golden Heart Nursery and Primary School in Busabi Sub County in Butaleja District have been killed following the collapse of a dilapidated classroom block. According to the Deputy Resident District Commissioner, Nkoko Rachael, the wall collapsed as a group of pupils were trying to pull it down. One of the deceased pupils has been identified as Maholo Innocent in primary three and those hospitalised include Mwima Abdalla, 14, Were Joshua, 7, Kezia Nyafone, 14 and Wagwabi Alex, 15.
🇺🇬 Kisoro teacher beats pupil to death
📌Police in Kisoro District are hunting for a teacher in connection with the death of an 11 year-old pupil. According to Police, the teacher, who works at Mutolere Primary School hit Dan Gasore from Rubankono Village on the head and back with a stick from which he sustained injuries that led to his death after two days. Police spokesperson Fred Enanga on Monday said that the pupil was punished after failing to do class work.
“The teacher is on the run but we are going to try as much as possible to arrest him. He will be charged,” said Enanga.
🇺🇬 URA issues new passenger guidelines to curb tax evasion
📌Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) has issued tough passenger clearance guidelines at Entebbe airport aimed at cracking down on tax evasion and boosting revenue collections. Simon Esunget, the URA manager in charge of Customs at Entebbe International Airport explained that the authority registered a Shs4.5bn loss due to non-compliant passengers in the year 2021-2022. According to the new guidelines, every passenger that arrives at Airport will either be cleared through the green channel where one has nothing to declare to customs, or the red, for those with dutiable or restricted goods.
🇺🇬 Ministry of Education and Sports seeks supplementary budget
📌The Ministry of Education and Sports has appeared before the Parliamentary Education Committee seeking a supplementary budget of UGX 44.873 billion. The committee is concerned that the supplementary budget lacks a national character, adding that the budget only favours Mbarara University and the Mountain of the Moon University, which are both from western Uganda.
🇺🇬 Police investigates disappearance of 8 year-old Mukono girl
📌Police in the Kampala Metropolitan area have started investigations of the disappearance of an eight-year-old girl from Mukono district. Kisakye Nakadido, a pupil at Namayiba Primary School in Mukono, reportedly went missing on March 6, 2023, on her way to school. Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesperson, Luke Owoyesigyire said the child’s mother, Eve Nabweteme reported the case to the Police after the child failed to return home on March 6. Owoyesigyire was speaking during the weekly security briefing at the Uganda Police headquarters in Naguru.
🇺🇬 KATAKWI: UPDF hunts Pian warriors over stealing four cattle in Nabilatuk
Police are hunting for four suspected Pian warriors from Nabilatuk who stole four cattle belonging to Omal Charles, a resident of Agule village Osobut Parish in Ngariam Sub County. The case was reported to Acanga UPDF Detach and tracking is ongoing. The same warriors are suspected to have attacked one Opio Moses of Aputiro village, Nyero Parish, Ngariam Sub county who was shot using arrows and bows.
🇺🇬 SHEEMA: Ministry of Water and Environment train local workers on wetland digital monitoring
📌The Ministry of Water and Environment has embarked on training local leaders in digital wetland monitoring system. The Ministry on Monday March 13, trained 60 community workers to monitor the status of wetlands in the Sub Counties of Rugarama, Shuuku and Bugongi Town Councils at Sheema Municipal headquarters. The trainees were trained in using a digital application called Envirowatch app which is installed on smartphones to report information about wetlands in their areas.
🇺🇬 SHEEMA: 150 village chairpersons get new stamps
📌While handing over the new stamps to 150 village chairpersons in Sheema Municipality, the Deputy Resident District Commissioner, Naboth Kagolo warned them against issuing illegal documents. The Mayor Sheema Municipality said that multiple stamps from village chairpersons have led to increase in land wrangles. The ceremony was attended by the Sheema Town Clerk, the division town clerks of Kashozi, Kangago and Kabwohe GISOs, among others.
🇺🇬 MITOOMA: NGO trains youth in dairy marketing and value addition
📌The Ripple Effect, a non-government organisation over the weekend trained youths in Mitooma Sub County aged 18 to 35 in diary marketing, under the project known as Youth inclusive Dairy market systems (YiDams). Benon Karyeija, the District Chairperson, advised the youths to take advantage of the acquired skills to start their own business. The project was funded by Mastercard Foundation in partnership with Agri-net and Ibanda University.
🇺🇬 TORORO: Government distributes drugs and essential medical supplies to health centres
📌 National Medical Stores have delivered drugs and essential medical supplies for two quarters to all Government health centres in Tororo District. The consignment was delivered Merikit Health III, Fungwe Health Center II, Pu-sere Health Center II and Mella Health Center III. Other health facilities include; Osukuru Health Centre III, Paya Health Center III, Molo Health Center III and Petta Health Center III.
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🌍 Italian President Sergio Mattarella arrives in Kenya for Four-Day official visit
📌Italian President Sergio Mattarella is set to hold talks with Kenyan President William Ruto in a bid to strengthen ties between the two nations. The meeting is expected to take place at State House in Nairobi and will cover a range of topics including trade, security, and tourism. Sergio arrived in Kenya on Monday night and was received by Cabinet Secretary for Foreign and Diaspora Affairs Alfred Mutua.
🌍 Rwanda bans sale of unrefrigerated Meat
📌Rwandan authorities have from Tuesday banned traders from selling meat that has not been refrigerated for at least 24 hours. According to a report issued by the National Agency for Quality Control, Competition and Consumer Protection (RICA) led by Mbabazi Olivier, a veterinarian, fresh meat that has not been refrigerated contains organisms that may transmit diseases to consumers.
🌍 SOMALIA: Suicide attack kills five, scores injured
📌At least five people were killed and 11 others injured including a regional governor, in a suicide attack on Tuesday in southern Somalia. The area Police Commander Hussein Adan said that a vehicle laden with explosives ploughed into a guest house hosting Government officials in Bardera, 450 kilometres West of the Capital Mogadishu.
“The explosion destroyed most parts of the building, and five security guards died, eleven people, including the Governor Ahmed Bulle Gared, were injured in the blast,” Adan said.
🌍 Eritrea cautions Sudan over foreign ‘meddling’
📌Eritrean President Isaias Afwerki has urged Sudan to be wary of foreign “meddling” and solve their problems by themselves. President Isaias made the comments during talks in Asmara with the Deputy Head of Sudan’s ruling Transitional Sovereign Council, Mohamed Hamada Dagolo, who made a one-day visit to the country. The President also called on the Sudanese Army to keep off politics.
🌍 NIGERIA: Electoral Commission to allow parties access voter materials
📌Nigeria’s Electoral Commission has promised to hand over immediately to the Opposition all material linked to last month’s disputed Presidential poll. The chairman of the Commission, Mahmood Yakubu, said it had nothing to hide.