𝐀𝐏𝐑𝐈𝐋 18, 2023
🇺🇬 Mumbere Court hearing flops due to poor ‘Zoom’ network
📌Omusinga wa Rwenzururu, Charles Mumbere’s treason court pretrial case hearing failed to kick off on Tuesday at the International Crimes Division of High Court in Kampala. The case flopped after his co-accused allegedly failed to raise transport fees. Mumbere and more than 200 of his subjects are facing charges including murder, terrorism, treason, malicious damage to property, attempted murder, and aggravated robbery, among others allegedly committed during 2016 following the raid at the Rwenzururu Kingdom’s palace. The suspects who were to appear in Court via Zoom in Bundibugyo District failed show up due to poor internet. The case was adjourned to May 16.
🇺🇬 Ugandans in South Sudan assured of safety
📌The Ugandan Ambassador to Sudan, Rashid Yahya Ssemuddu has said that Ugandan nationals caught up in the war in Sudan are safe. He says the embassy is in contact with the 219 Ugandans in Khartoum. The 19 travelers who were heading to Mecca are being monitored in Kabri- Asham Hotel.
🇺🇬 Education Ministry halts teachers’ transfers as AG audits national payroll
📌 The Ministry of Education and Sports has temporarily suspended the transfer and deployment of teaching and non-teaching staff until further notice. This is intended to enable the Auditor General’s office carryout a nation- wide payroll audit to ascertain the number of public officers in teaching institutions. This is entailed in a letter dated April 17, 2023 written by Ketty Lamono, the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Education and Sports to the heads of teaching institutions across the country.
🇺🇬 PALLISA: District Hospital Medics on the run after causing death of 4 months old baby during foiled circumcision operation
📌Police in Pallisa District are hunting for Medics at Pallisa General Hospital for allegedly causing death of a 4-months old baby boy after circumcision. Police has started investigations into a case of criminal neglect of Eriasa Clement Edwin, 4 months, who died due to over bleeding following a circumcision operation. According to Bukedi North region Police spokesperson, ASP Immaculate Emily Alaso, the deceased is a resident of Orikosio Village, Kobwim Parish, Akasim Sub County.
🇺🇬 SEMBABULE: MP sensitizes residents on illegal electricity connection
📌 Namugga Gorreth, the Mawogola Women Member of Parliament has organized a sensitization meeting with her voters and the National electricity distribution company, UMEME in respect to the 70% illegal connections around Mateete Sub County. Namugga Gorreth told residents to desist from illegal connections as they pause risk to their lives.
🇺🇬 NANSANA: Over 160 students to graduate in vocational studeis
📌Over 160 students have been stamped to graduate in diplomas, certificates and other vocational and tertiary programs. The 6th graduation is slated for Wednesday. The Principle of MTI, Birungi Joshua says that students have acquired skills under Modular assessments in Electrical Installation, Construction, Accounting among others. Pastor Dr. Moses Ndimukika Maka, the Archbishop of the Seventh Day Adventist Church-Uganda will precide over the ceremony.
🇺🇬 MBARARA: Councilor donates 11 bulls to boost milk production
📌Loyda Muhimbura Twinomujuni aka Gambanokora, the District female Councilor representing Rubaya sub county has donated 11 bulls (75% Friesian) to 11 sub-counties including Town Councils in Mbarara District in a bid to improve milk production. These were picked and distributed from her farm to different sub-counties and town councils where each received one bull that was given to the host farmer as a caretaker, but will serve other farmers within that particular sub-county or town council.
🇺🇬 MBALE: RDC bans PTA fees in Government- aided schools
📌Mbale Resident District Commissioner (RDC) has stopped the collection of Parents’ Teachers’ Association [PTA] fees at all Government primary and secondary aided schools. While speaking to hundreds of people at Bufumbo sub county play ground during Mbale Districts Women’s Day celebrations, Asumini Nasike explained that she is just implementing a directive from President Museveni.
“That money you call PTA is not there in the law. The Government wonders why school leaders dismiss students who have not paid, leading them to miss classes as some drop out especially girls,’’ Mrs Asumini said.
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🌍 SUDAN: Over 200 dead, 1800 wounded in ongoing conflict – UN
📌Fighting between the army and paramilitaries in Sudan has killed around 200 people and wounded 1,800, damaging hospitals and hampering aid after three days of urban warfare. US Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Tuesday he had spoken with the two warring generals and underscored the urgent need for a ceasefire.
“Too many civilian lives have already been lost,” Blinken said, adding that he emphasized the importance of ensuring the safety of diplomatic personnel and aid workers.
🌍 South Sudan’s Salva Kiir cancels Khartoum visit as Fighting Continues
📌South Sudan President Salva Kiir has cancelled his planned visit to Khartoum due to ongoing fighting in the Sudanese capital, his adviser on security affairs Tut Gatluak said. He said that the South Sudanese and Egyptian presidents were now talking to Sudanese leaders and actors to urge a cessation of hostilities and use wisdom and peaceful dialogue to resolve the situation. IGAD had agreed to send leaders from Kenya, South Sudan, and Djibouti to Khartoum, but the fighting has continued despite calls to cease hostilities.
🌍 JKIA resumes operations after seven-hour closure over bird strike
📌The Kenya Airports Authority (KAA) has announced the resumption of normal operations at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) after a seven-hour closure on Monday. The resumption followed the removal of the Singapore airline cargo plane that had suffered a bird strike forcing it to station at the runway.