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πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡¬ President Museveni cautions the West to stop imposing homosexuality on AfricansΒ 
πŸ“ŒPresident Museveni has warned western countries to stop imposing their social practices like homosexuality on Africans. While addressing the Parliament Thursday afternoon at Kololo Independence Grounds, the President said that western countries should stop wasting the time of humanity by “imposing their social practices on us”.
β€œOn the issue of homosexuals, we shall get the time and discuss the matter thoroughly. Homosexuals are deviations from normal. Is it by nature or by nurture? We need to answer those questions. We need a medical opinion on that,”Β  President Museveni said.

πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡¬ President Museveni condoles with families of students who died in Sinotruck crash
πŸ“ŒPresident Yoweri Museveni has directed the State House comptroller to allocate five million shillings as condolence to the families of each of the victims who perished in a computer classroom at Kasaka Senior Secondary School in Gombe District, and UGX 1 Million to each of the injured. He also asked legislators to stand up and observe a moment of silence for the four students and in remembrance of Ugandans lost to Ebola, Covid and landslides.

πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡¬ Kasaka SSS Sinotruck casualties in stable condition
πŸ“ŒDoctors treating the thirteen students of Kasaka Secondary School have said they are out of danger. The students were in class on Tuesday when a runaway truck crashed into the building that houses the computer lab, killing two instantly. Dr. Joseph Mbuga, the acting medical superintendent of Gombe Hospital says that 11 of the 13 admitted students got soft tissue injuries and are likely to be discharged since they are stable. The 2 including the school secretary are also improving with fractures.

πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡¬ ‘FDC Women’ commend President Museveni for empowering women
πŸ“ŒThe Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) Women League has applauded the National Resistance Movement Government and President Museveni for uplifting the lives of women and championing their emancipation. While visiting Butabika Hospital and St Andrews dispensary, the women led by Secretary for Women Affairs Faridah Nangonzi said that from the beginning after NRM\A captured power in 1986, NRM has been working to transform women.

πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡¬ President Museveni donates tractor to farmers
πŸ“ŒPresident Museveni has donated a tractor to MK Modern Organics and Natural Products farm in Omoro district that he pledged on February 23, 2023 while touring farms in the Acholi sub-region. The tractor was immediately put to use in preparation of a new planting season. Pascal Osire, the founder of MK Modern Organics said he would allow people in the local communities to hire the tractor at no cost.

πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡¬ Police recovers two guns in Maracha District
πŸ“ŒPolice have recovered two guns from Nyara Cell, Okape Parish, Maracha Town Council in Maracha District, in two separate incidences following a March 14 joint Security operation. The West Nile Regional Police spokesperson, SP Josephine Angucia says efforts to recover more guns are underway.

πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡¬ Ministry of Health concerned by increasing TB cases amongst men
πŸ“ŒThe Ministry of Health is worried by the increase in the number of TB cases in the country. Stavia Turyahabwe, Commissioner at the Ministry of Health says that cases of men contracting TB have highly increased compared to women. According to the statistics from the Ministry, about 30 people succumb to TB daily but about 83% contract the disease on a daily basis.

πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡¬ Nobert Mao proposes constitutional amendments to reduce Parliament
πŸ“ŒJustice and Constitutional Affairs Minister, Norbert Mao has said Uganda should consider constitutional amendments on reinstating presidential term limits and reducing the size of Parliament. Mao was on Thursday speaking during a dialogue on strengthening citizens’ engagement in elections held in Kampala.

πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡¬ Activist Godber Tumushabe vouches for decentralisation of Electoral Commission services
πŸ“ŒGodber Tumushabe, a Director at Great Lakes Institute for Strategic Studies has asked Government to decentralise the Electoral Commission (EC) services at village or regional level to ensure more accountability. Tumushabe was at a high-level national dialogue on Constitutional affairs held in Kampala. Tumushabe vouched for citizens toΒ  organise their own elections at regional level.

πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡¬ Parliament tasks UDB to explain loan performance
πŸ“ŒThe Parliamentary Committee on National Economy chaired by Hon. John Bosco Ikojo has asked the Uganda Development Bank (UDB) to provide details of the loans it has disbursed and their tangible benefits to the country’s economy. This was during the committee interaction with Ministry of Finance officials accompanied by the Managing Director of UDB, Patricia Ojangole to discuss the utilisation of loans by the bank.

πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡¬ Over 4,000 girls to benefit from Shs6.2bn skilling program
πŸ“ŒAt least 4,000 girls will benefit from a technical skilling program of about Shs 6.2bn. The program seeks to equip youths with technical skills in a number of areas, among which include electrical and solar installations, agriculture and plumbing with the aim of preparing them for the job marketΒ  for a period ofΒ  five years. The program is funded through Austria Development Corporation, through its partner Jugend Ein welt.

πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡¬ VP Alupo tips Teso women to embrace commercial agriculture
The Vice President Jessica Alupo has urged women in Teso subregion to embrace commercial agriculture enterprises to be able to tap into Government programs like the PDM and other poverty alleviation programs. Speaking during the belated international women’s day celebrations for Katakwi District, Alupo noted that the only way Teso subregion can overcome food insecurity and poverty is through joint efforts by both women and men

πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡¬ Ministry of Health seeks Shs15.4Bn to complete Mulago Hospital renovation
πŸ“ŒThe Ministry of Health needs an additional Shs15.4 billion to complete the renovation of Mulago National Referral Hospital. While appearing before the Parliamentary Health Committee, the State Minister of Health for General Duties, Hon. Anifa Kawooya revealed that Shs1.6 billion will be used to renew the contract of Joadah Consult which expired in 2021 because work cannot commence without a supervising consult.

πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡¬Β  Total Energies injects $12.1M to train 200 youths in Oil and Gas
πŸ“ŒTotal Energies has unveiled 200 Ugandan youths selected from the Tilenga massive online open courses to join the Tilenga Academy program. The selected candidates will receive two and half years theoretical training in oil and gas, production, maintenance, as well as health and safety environment. After one year, the trainees will go to oil and gas sites to have practical experience.Β  Uganda Petroleum Institute Kigumba is an implementing partner of the $12.1 million program.

πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡¬ NSSF supports women entrepreneurs with 75 Million each
πŸ“ŒThe National Social Security Fund (NSSF) in partnership with MasterCard Foundation have supported 66 indigenous women-owned businesses with Shs 75 million each under the third cohort of the NSSF Hi-innovator program. NSSF acting Managing Director, Patrick Ayota said their aim is to uplift women-led businesses, which have remained at the edge of development. Ayota promised that NSSF will keep on supporting women to boost their businesses and make them able to save with the security fund.

πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡¬ MUBENDE: Construction of Kabbo Health Center III stalls
πŸ“Œ Locals in Mubende are dissatisfied with the delay in the completion of Kabbo Health Center III, a health facility that was supposed to be completed in August last year. The project worth UGX 1.8 billion is still at the foundation level after the contractor (MUTECO) abandoned the site ten months ago.

πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡¬ KALIRO: Six sent on remand over assaulting Deputy RDCΒ 
πŸ“ŒSix people were on Wednesday remanded to prison by the Kaliro Grade One Magistrate Court for assaulting the Kaliro Deputy Resident District Commissioner, Abel Bakunda. The suspects are Adam Kunya 40 years, Collins Tibiita 28 years, Waidha Mutendeli 18 years, Moses Kibuuka 30 years, Farouk Kadaali 20 years and Ramadan Isooba aged 18 years. The suspects allegedly stormed Kaliro District headquarters, protesting against the Chief Administrative Officer, Samuel Bigirwa Β after realising that Bigirwa was not in the office, they resorted to pelting Deputy RDC Bakunda with stones and attacked other staff at the district headquarters.

πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡¬ NEBBI: Boda Boda rider butchered, motorbike robbed
πŸ“ŒResidents of Nebbi Town on Tuesday woke up in shock after they found a body of a man dumped near Afere Church of Uganda on the outskirts of Nebbi Town. Police identified the body of the deceased as Erick Omaki, 35, a boda boda rider and a resident of Yao-Okecha Cell who was killed by suspected robbers who afterwards took his bike. The Nebbi District Police Commander,Β  Aminsi Kayondo says the thugs cut his throat with a sharp object before fleeing with his motorcycle.
β€œThe body has been taken to Nebbi Hospital mortuary for a post-mortem. Gody Oryek, a brother of the deceased, said Omaki started riding boda boda in 2008, a business that had helped him sustain his family for four years.

πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡¬ APAC: 40 year-old father arrested for marrying off 14 year-old daughterΒ 
πŸ“ŒPolice in Apac District is holding a 40 year-old man, a resident of Bardek β€œB” Cell, Bung Ward, Atik Division in Apac Municipality for attempting to marry off his 14 year-old daughter. Police stormed his home where the ceremony was being held and rescued the Primary Four girl.
” I am cautioning and appealing to the publicΒ  to desist from giving away underage girls who should have been at school,” said Ndaula Sam Opira, the Apac Secretary for education and health.

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🌍 RWANDA: FIFA President launches Pele’ stadium
πŸ“ŒFIFA President Gianni Infantino on Wednesday unveiled Kigali Pele Stadium, in honour of the Brazilian football legend who died in December last year. The multi-sports ground, initially known as Kigali Regional Stadium, holds 22,000 people. The inauguration of the stadium, which happened on the sidelines of the 73rd FIFA Congress in Kigali, was presided over by President Paul Kagame. President Kagame thanked Mr Infantino for giving the country an opportunity to honour Mr Pele by naming the stadium in his name.

🌍 KENYA: Raila’s mass action call amounts to treason – Lumumba
πŸ“ŒConstitutional lawyer Prof. PLO Lumumba has described the recent threats by Opposition leader Raila Odinga and his supporters to lead countrywide demonstrations from next week as an attempt to overthrow the Government, and that the actions are treasonable.
β€œIf that is going to happen on March 20, I dare say without mincing words that the opposition led by Raila is actually saying that they are going to overthrow the Government of Kenya and that is treason,” he said.

🌍 Meteorologists urge Kenyans to plant drought-resistant crops
πŸ“ŒThe Kenya Meteorological Department has advised Kenyans to plant drought-resistant crops due to expected ‘depressed’ rains. The department’s climate services assistant director, Richard Muita, advised farmers to consider planting beans, cassava and vegetables, rather than maize. Mr Muita also advised Kenyans to harvest water during the rainy season, with a number of regions, such as Western Kenya, expected to experience rains from mid-March.
β€œWe have beans, potatoes, cassava, vegetables, millet, and sorghum. They mature in two-three months, and then you have food. You can use the surplus to sell and buy maize,” he advised.

🌍 UN Security Council to extend mission in South Sudan
πŸ“ŒThe UN Security Council voted on Wednesday to extend for another year its mission in South Sudan, the world’s youngest state, which is undertaking a fragile peace process but remains plagued by post-civil-war violence. Thirteen of the Council’s 15 members voted to extend the mandate for the mission, known as UNMISS (United Nations Mission in South Sudan), until March 15, 2024.

🌍 ETHIOPIA: US Secretary of State announces $331 million in humanitarian aid
πŸ“ŒUS Secretary of State Antony Blinken, who is in Addis Ababa, on Wednesday announced over $331 million in new humanitarian aid to Ethiopia. The assistance includes $12 million through the State Department Bureau of Population, Refugees and Migration and more than $319 million through USAID.
“Today I am announcing more than $331 million in new humanitarian assistance for Ethiopia in FY 2023 through the Department of State and the US Agency for International Development (USAID),” he said.

🌍 MALAWI: President Chakwera appeals to International Community for help following Cyclone Freddy ruins
πŸ“ŒMalawi President, Lazarus Chakwera has launched an international appeal for help in the aftermath of the devastation caused by Cyclone Freddy.The storm killed at least 225 people. Speaking in the capital, Blantyre, on Wednesday, President Chakwera appealed for help.
β€œMalawi is in a state of disaster. What cyclone Freddy has done, is to pull us back even when we were trying to rebuild, because of past tragedies. I appeal to the international community to please look at us with such favour. Because we need help, we need help in terms of people that have been rescued, who have lost everything. Needing what is necessary, shelter, clothing, food”, appealed President Chakwera.

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