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𝐌𝐀𝐑𝐂𝐇 19, 2023
🇺🇬 Cattle herds in Ntoroko cross to DRC for pasture
📌At least 10,000 herds of cattle have reportedly crossed to the Democratic Republic of Congo from Ntoroko District in search of water and pasture after a prolonged dry spell hit the area, officials have said. Most farmlands in the area have dried up and district officials say some cattle had started dying, which forced some herdsmen to cross their cattle to the neighbouring DR Congo. The dry spell has resulted in a reduction in milk production, forcing prices to increase from Shs 1,500 to Shs 2,500, a litre.
🇺🇬 Enthronement of new Luweero Diocese Bishop set for July 6
📌Congregants at St Mark Cathedral, Luweero Diocese are warming up to welcome their fourth Bishop who will replace Reverend Eridard Nsubuga Kironde, the current Bishop set to retire in July this year after clocking the mandatory 65 years. However, one Kenneth R. Kikabi has petitioned the Provincial Chancellor of the Church of Uganda to halt the election of the new Bishop citing irregularities in the selection process.
🇺🇬 Mpigi RDC tips beekeepers to produce quality honey
📌The Resident District Commissioner Nsereko Mutumba, while interacting with over fifteen members of the bee keepers association at Mpigi District head quarters, urged them to produce quality honey that meets the standards so that they can easily access market and increase their household income. Mutumba warned the bee farmers to take care of the bee hives given to them by the Government and also promised to link them to other farmers in the bee industry so they can improve on their skills. Farmers in turn requested for protective gear.
🇺🇬 PM Nabbanja pledges construction of Masaka-Kyotera-Mutukula road
📌The Prime Minister of Uganda Rt. Hon. Robinah Nabbanja has pledged that the Masaka-Kyotera-Mutukula road is currently among the priority roads that have been considered by the Government to ease regional trade. The Prime Minister was Saturday presiding over the Kyotera District Women’s Day celebrations.
“I talked to the UNRA Executive Director Ms. Allen Kagina and she told me that they are now under the bidding process to choose the best contractor to reconstruct the Masaka-Kyotera-Mutukula road,” PM Nabbanja said.
🇺🇬 BOU dispels fears over currency notes signed by Deputy Governor
📌The Bank of Uganda has clarified on the Deputy Governor’s signature on currency notes, dispelling fears that the notes could be fake. A statement released by BOU confirms that the signature and the currency notes are genuine and that the Deputy Governor is performing his duties.
“All Uganda Shilling banknotes issued by BoU bear the signatures of the Governor and the Bank Secretary. In the absence of the Governor, the Deputy Governor may sign in his or her place,” reads part of the statement.
🇺🇬 Policewoman shot dead by her civilian lover in Kabale
📌Police in Kabale District are investigating circumstances under which PC Caroline Komuhangi, 23, a female police officer attached to the Kabale Police Field force Unit was allegedly shot dead by her civilian man friend identified as Denis Arinaitwe on Sunday morning at her barracks residence. Kigezi region police spokesperson Elly Maate explained that they picked a quarrel and as Komuhangi tried to escape, Arinaitwe picked her gun, thereby shooting her one bullet from the back and other two on the shoulder, killing her instantly. Maate added that police has arrested the civilian man friend and took him to Kabale Regional Referral Hospital (KRRH) who was also injured as he attempted to commit suicide by shooting himself through the nose.
🇺🇬 Auditor General wins appeal against Soroti University Secretary
📌Three Judges of the Court of Appeal have unanimously allowed an appeal by the Auditor General against the Soroti High Court ruling that quashed audit reports pinning the interdicted Soroti University Secretary, Ruth Achimo Etibot of procurement irregularities and Abuse of office. Justice Cheborion Barishaki together with his two other colleagues Justice Stephen Musota and Justice Christopher Madrama overturned the ruling of the High Court on grounds that the Auditor General acted within his constitutional mandate under the provisions of Article 163 (3) (a) and (b) of the 1995 Constitution.
🇺🇬 Inzu Ya Masaba (IYM) coronate Wagabyalire as Umukuka III
📌Bugisu Cultural Institution has installed a new leader John Amram Wagabyalile as Umukuuka III at the cultural headquarters in Malukhu, Mbale City. The function was supposed to be held at Mutoto cultural centre but IYM changed the venue over allegations that a rival faction led by Mr. Mike Mudoma planned to sabotage the proceedings.
🇺🇬 NPA woos farmers to embrace digital platforms
📌The Deputy Executive at National Planning Authority (NPA), Charles Olweny Ojok has urged farmers, technology entrepreneurs and organisations to embrace shared digital platforms that were on Wednesday showcased at Serena Hotel, Kampala.
“Using shared digital platforms will make it easier for end-users to access products and services, resulting in reduced operational costs, improved sales for entrepreneurs and service providers. The shared platforms will make it easier to reach last-mile users in the rural communities who for long have been digitally excluded,” says Ojok.
🇺🇬 WAKISO: Man hangs self over false suspicion that wife had dumped him
📌Ssegirinya Paul, 30, a resident of Kinaawa cell, Kasenge ward in Kyengera Town Council in Wakiso District has been found dead in his rental after learning that his wife left without his notice. His body was found hanging from a rope in the house and that Ssegirinya took his life after suspecting that his wife Namujjuni Ellen, who actually left for Dubai, had dumped him with their 2 year old daughter.
🇺🇬 WAKISO: Two students rescued from being washed away by flash floods
📌Two students of St. Joseph Primary School in Nakasozi, Kyengera Town Council, Wakiso District have survived drowning in flash floods after swamps in Nakasozi across Miti gya Mayanja to Nabbingo over flooded the roads impeding movement. It is reported that the learners, saved by good samaritans, nearly drowned after failing to cross the flooded roads caused by faulty drainage systems.
🇺🇬 WAKISO: Stray leopard attacks piggery farm
Residents of Mugongo B Kasenge ward in Kyengera Town Council in Wakiso are still in shock, after a leopard attacked a piggery farm. The leopard is said to have attacked Elijah Kisa Kilwana’s farm of 20 pigs, running off with one, and leaving others severely injured.
🇺🇬 SIRONKO: Man kills brother over injuring their father
📌A 26 year old man has been arrested after he hacked to death his younger brother whom he accused of beating and seriously injuring their father in Museni village, Museni Parish, Bumalimba Sub County in Sironko District. The accused, Francis Namusi, a resident of Kigo village, Zembigi parish, Buchabo sub county allegedly followed up his brother, Saulo Gidudu who had left home after beating their father and found him at Museni village where he strangled him.
🇺🇬 KASESE: Stray elephants destroy gardens
📌Stray elephants from Queen Elizabeth National Park have destroyed crops in Kyalanga village, Karusandara Sub County, Kasese District. The Kasese LCV Vice Chairperson Ham Naywera attributed the continued raid of wild animals on people’s gardens to limited manpower to effectively manage the parks’ boundaries. John Makombi, the Director in Charge of Conservation at UWA says they will continue extending the electric fence to all areas that are not yet covered as an effort to control human-wildlife conflict.
🇺🇬 LUWERO: UNRA constructs Kikyusa- Kamira roads
📌Works on the Kikyusa-Kamira roads are ongoing as UNRA embarks on construction and rehabilitation of all roads in Luweero District. Robert Kalenzi, the Luwero District Engineer says the roads had become impassable yet they host sand mines. He said that UNRA has installed new, bigger and strong culverts.
🇺🇬 BUSHENYI: Local Government launches PDM
📌The PDM coordinator for greater Bushenyi region, Benson Mugisha has said that Bushenyi is the 27th district in the whole of Uganda to launch the Parish Development Model (PDM). According to Gordon Tumuhimbise, Bushenyi district production coordinator, a total of Shs921 Million was received and a total of 1, 460 enterprise groups registered.
🇺🇬 NAMAYINGO: NMS delivers drugs to Lolwe Health Center III
📌National Medical Stores on Saturday delivered medical supplies equivalent to Shs213,318,160 million for the consecutive two quarters for Lolwe Health Centre III.
🇺🇬 KAPELEBYONG: Stray elephant injures 12 year old boy
📌An elephant that is suspected to have run away from an unknown game park has injured a 12 year old boy while he was in a garden in Odukul cell in Kapalebyong Town Council. The RDC says Uganda Wildlife Authority has already been informed.
🌍 RWANDA: Kigali International Airport among the best in Africa- Report
📌Kigali International Airport has been ranked among the top 10 airports in Africa by the SKYTRAX World Airport Awards 2023, because of its excellent customer service and efficient operations. The airport was also recognized as the third best regional airport in Africa, the fifth cleanest airport in Africa and had the sixth best airport staff in Africa.
🌍 KENYA: COTU warns workers against participating in ‘unofficial public holiday’
📌 In a statement released on Saturday, the Central Organization of Trade Unions (COTU) cautioned its members against participating in the planned mass demonstration by Azimio leader Raila Odinga, noting that Monday, March 20, 2023, has not been officially declared a public holiday.
🌍 ETHIOPIA: Tigray schools to re-open after three years
📌A plan to re-open schools in Ethiopia’s northern region of Tigray has begun three years after they were forced to close after conflict broke out between Tigray People’s Liberation Front (TPLF) and the central government. UNICEF’s Chief of Education, Chance Briggs stated that they are looking for a mid-April start date but that is yet to be endorsed.
🌍 ETHIOPIA: Cholera kills 37 in prolonged drought aftermath
📌Ethiopia’s Public Health Institute (EPHI) says a Cholera outbreak has killed 37 people over the past six months in regions worst hit by an ongoing prolonged drought. The outbreak began in August 2022 mainly in Oromia and Somale regions, which the UN says are experiencing the worst drought in 40 years.
🌍 RUSSIA: Putin makes surprise visit to Crimea, day after ICC arrest warrant
📌Russian President Vladimir Putin has visited the Russian-occupied Ukrainian city of Mariupol. Putin travelled to Crimea on Saturday on the ninth anniversary of Russia’s annexation of the Black Sea peninsula from Ukraine. Saturday’s trip came the day after the International Criminal Court issued a warrant for Putin’s arrest, charging him with being personally responsible for the abduction of children from Ukraine in Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. The Russian leader visited an art centre and a children’s centre in Crimea