🇺🇬 BREAKING NEWS: OPM Permanent Secretary Keith Muhakanizi dead
📌 The Permanent Secretary, Office of the Prime Minister, Keith Muhakanizi is dead. Muhakanizi has reportedly passed on in a hospital in Italy. Details to follow.
🇺🇬 President Museveni commissions 5Bn industrial hub in Madi sub region
📌President Yoweri Museveni has commissioned a multi-billion Presidential Initiative Zonal Hub in Adjumani, Madi Subregion. The Shs 5Billion hub commissioned Thursday in Pakele sub county in Adjumani East was established through funding from the State House. It has seen 224 across the districts of Moyo, Obongi and Adjumani already enrolled in various courses such as tailoring, carpentry, bakery among others. The hub is among the 19 under the presidential initiative across the country.
🇺🇬 Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II makes 68
📌The Kabaka of Buganda, Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II, has Thursday marked his 68th birthday at the Lubiri Palace in Mengo. The Kabaka who arrived at the Lubiri at about midday and was received by the Katikkiro of Buganda, Charles Peter Mayiga and Daudi Mpanga, the Minister in charge of special assignments in the kingdom. Disti fuished guests attended the function.
🇺🇬 ERA to lower user tariffs
📌The Electricity Regulatory Authority (ERA) has announced a reduction in electricity tariffs for the second quarter, bringing relief to households and businesses struggling with high energy costs. According to Julius Wandera, the Director of Corporate and Consumer Affairs at ERA, the new tariffs, domestic consumers under the lifeline category will pay Shs250 for the first 15 units and then Shs805, for 16-80 units, and a reduction of Shs3.9 from 808.9 in the last quarter. Customers buying between 81 and 150 units will pay Shs412 while consumers purchasing more than 150 units will pay Shs805, from Shs808.9 which was charged during the last quarter.
🇺🇬 Over 50 Bugiri private schools face closure over missing EMIS numbers
📌Over 50 Bugiri private schools are to face closure over failure to process and acquire the Education Management Information System (EMIS) number. The Ministry of Education and Sports instructed private and Government-aided schools to acquire EMIS numbers aimed at capturing details of both teaching and non-teaching staff, tracking teachers’ transfers and attendance information. It also helps students acquire Learners Identification Numbers (LINs) among others. According to Ms. Masitula Tibiwa, the Bugiri District Inspector of Schools on Wednesday, said other schools will also be closed for their alleged lack of qualified teachers, licences, and operating in commercial structures.
🇺🇬 Hon Balimwezo concerned by school vans that take kids in wee hours
📌 Eng. Balimwezo Ronald, the Nakawa East Member of Parliament, during Plenary, called on Police to arrest and confiscate school vans that take children in the wee hours at 3 AM and keep them at school till late.
“I would like the police to take charge and arrest all those parents and school vans that are taking children at night,” Balimwezo said.
🇺🇬 FORT PORTAL CITY: Construction works on Shs5bn satellite laboratory commence
📌Government has commissioned the construction of a satellite laboratory for the Western region to strengthen the national system for public emergency preparedness at Fort Portal Regional Referral Hospital. The State Minister for Primary Healthcare, Margaret Muhanga explained that the project will be implemented by the Ministry of Health under the Uganda Covid-19 Response and Emergency Preparedness Project (UCREPP) being financed by the World Bank and the International Development Association.
🇺🇬 BUGIRI: Government earmarks Shs500M for completion of Muterere Health Centre III
📌Government has earmarked over Shs500M in two financial years under Bugiri District Local Government for construction and completion of a maternity ward at Muterere Health Center III. The Bugiri Chief Administrative Officer, Martin Kisule Mabandha urged NABO international limited, the company contracted to construct the health centre to employ locals and also buy local materials available to help residents earn from the project. The Construction which commenced in November 2021 is now at completion stage.
🇺🇬 NTUNGAMO: Minister Janet Museveni urges women to embrace money-generating projects
📌The First Lady and Minister for Education and Sports, Hon Janet Museveni has urged women to start projects that can bring money in their families by embracing the available Government programs. She was officiating the Ntungamo District Women’s Day Celebrations at Kajara County.
🇺🇬 LIRA: Police arrests security guard over shooting Senior Four student
📌Police is holding Francis Ondom, a security guard attached to SGA group on allegations of shooting Morris Odondo, a Senior Four student of Lira Town College. According to Patrick Jimmy Okema, the North Kyoga regional police spokesperson the guard was escorting his girlfriend, a student in Lira Town when he met Morris Odongo and other students, who had allegedly attacked him and this prompted the guard to shoot and injure Odongo in the right leg. Mr Okema said that Police recovered one cartridge, and blood sample of the victim, which were submitted to the Government Analytical Laboratory for analysis. The Police Flying Squad arrested the suspect together with his girlfriend from their rented room in Tekulu Cell in Lira City.
🇺🇬 SIRONKO: Government launches new structures at Mutuufu Prison
📌Government has launched new structures constructed at Mutuufu Government Prison. The new structures include 2 male wards, 1 female ward, 4 administrative blocks and staff quarters. Mutuufu Prison is among the 18 prison units in the region that needed overhaul since the old structures were in a sorry state.
🌍 KENYA: 4.4M people face food insecurity in Kenya’s arid counties
📌Despite the recent rainfall, the Kenyan Government Thursday revealed that 4.4 million people in the country’s Arid and Semi-Arid (ASAL) counties are still facing food insecurity.The rains from March to date have brought some relief to Kenyans, but the drought-stricken people in ASAL counties have not experienced much of a difference. Rebecca Miano, the Cabinet Secretary for the East African Community says that 23 out of 47 counties in Kenya have observed a worsening trend due to the delayed arrival of rains.
🌍 TANZANIA: Government sets charcoal, firewood use ultimatum
📌The Tanzanian Government has set January 31, 2025 as the deadline for the use of charcoal and firewood by the country’s institutions. The move is part of efforts to stop the use of energy sources that are hazardous to the health of individuals and the environment. Data produced by the Ministry of Energy in Dar es Salaam last year showed that despite being largely considered to be cheaper options, charcoal, firewood, and crop residues were having profoundly detrimental impacts on people’s health, causing up to 33,000 deaths annually.
🌍 DRC: Women migrant workers raped during Angola- DR Congo deportation
📌According to the United Nations, dozens of women and children have been raped and subjected to other abuses during a mass expulsion of migrant workers from Angola to the Democratic Republic of the Congo . Angola has deported thousands of workers in recent months, according to UN figures, echoing previous purges over the past 12 years, during which abuses also occurred, according to human rights groups and the UN’s migration agency, the International Organization for Migration (IOM).