𝐀𝐏𝐑𝐈𝐋 24, 2023
🇺🇬 Education Ministry rolls out digital tracking system to curb teacher absenteeism
📌The Ministry of Education and Sports, through the directorate of education standards, has begun training head teachers on the use of digital real-time monitoring platform to track absentee teachers. The Teacher Effectiveness and Learner Achievement System (TELA) rolled out by the Ministry will improve the accuracy of information captured by the system in order to reduce absenteeism in schools. The system is designed to track the daily attendance of the teachers and enable the head teachers to track their performance.
🇺🇬 NIRA urges Ugandans to register for birth certificates
📌The National Identification Registration Authority (NIRA) has urged Ugandans to register for their birth and the death certificates of their loved ones in order to facilitate national planning.
“Everyone above the age of 18 is entitled to a birth certificate. Ugandans should go to any NIRA office and register the passing of their loved ones,” said Osbond Mushabe, the public relations officer for NIRA.
🇺🇬 Government evacuates 300 Ugandans from Sudan
📌The Ugandan Mission in Sudan has commenced the evacuation exercise of 300 Ugandans trapped in the war in Sudan.
“Ugandans are now out of danger and are moving towards El-Gadarif near the Ethiopian Border,” read part of the statement released by the Uganda Embassy in Sudan.
Uganda’s Ambassador to Sudan, Yahaya Ssemudu says the Ugandans will move by road, a distance covering 415 km by bus, to the designated assembly point where they will be picked by an Airline.
🇺🇬 IGP directs probe into alleged beating of Buvuma Woman MP by some police officers
📌Inspector General of Police John Martins Okoth Ochola has ordered an immediate probe into allegations that some police officers manhandled Buvuma Woman MP Susan Nakaziba Mugabi and her supporters. Nakaziba and her group had held an illegal assembly to commemorate the district’s belated Women’s Day celebrations, prompting some officers to swing into action to disperse the crowds. Police spokesperson, Fred Enanga Monday said the Inspector General of Police had taken note of the concerns against their officers and will take necessary action.
“During the enforcement of that unlawful assembly, there were disturbing images that went viral that captured some of our officers using excessive force during the arrest of some of the suspects. The Inspector General of Police has instructed the Professional Standards Unit to open an investigation into the alleged beating and torture of the Buvuma Woman MP and some of her supporters,” Enanga said.
🇺🇬 Over 25,000 registered to write UBTEB examinations
📌Uganda Business and Technical Examinations Board has said examinations will be conducted between April 24 to June 2, 2023. The Executive Secretary, Uganda Business and Technical Examinations Board, Onesimus Oyesigye says at least 25,474 candidates are registered to sit the examinations which commenced today at 257 centres across the country.
🇺🇬 NAKASONGOLA: Ministry of Water and Environment launches piped water supply
📌The Ministry of Water and Environment has started work on a sh26 billion piped water supply and sanitation project in Nakasongola District. The water project, which is part of the Government’s Strategic Towns Water Supply and Sanitation Project is scheduled to service 48 communities in the sub-counties of Lwampanga and Wabinyonyi and Nakasongola trading Center. According to Water Ministry Permanent Secretary Alfred Okot Okidi, the water system will assist lessen the water scarcity that communities have been dealing with for years.
🇺🇬 KASESE: Lake Katwe salt miners worried of lack of customers
📌Salt miners and dealers on Lake Katwe in Busongora sub county in Kasese District are worried of the lack of customers which they say is affecting their salt business. They urge the Government to get them a potential market for their products.
🇺🇬 KASESE: Government set to relocate Bulembya Primary School
📌The Government is set to relocate Bulembya Primary School in Kasese District after securing land in a conducive environment. The State Minister for Tourism, Martin Mugarra Bahinduka observed that the school is one of the institutions often affected by floods, which has affected the school performance. The Minister donated some scholastic materials to pupils.
🇺🇬 BUKEDEA: Government upgrades Kachumbala Health Center III
📌Government is set to upgrade Kachumbala Health Center III to IV to further improve health care services in Bukedea District. Suzan Akia, the assistant nursing officer in charge of maternity explains that the hospital receives between 122-140 expectant women but the wards are small for the numbers of deliveries. The UPDF Engineering Brigade under Lt Solomon Kakugwe confirmed that the Shs1.7 billion projects will be complete by the end of the year.
🌍 KENYA: President Ruto dubs cult pastor a terrorist who belongs to jail
📌President William Ruto said Monday that people like Paul Mackenzie, the controversial preacher heading the cult in Malindi sub county, that has so far seen 58 people dead and 112 missing as they starved themselves to death in order to meet Jesus, do not belong to any religion, but to prison. The President described Mackenzie as a criminal disguised as a priest and compared the massacre to an act of terrorism.
🌍 Uhuru Kenyatta awarded for peacekeeping contribution in Ethiopia
📌Former Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta was Sunday honoured for his contribution to the peaceful settlement of the conflict in Northern Ethiopia. The former president was part of the leaders who took part in the peace talks that led to the resolution of the two-year conflict, which saw a peace agreement signed on November 2, 2022, between the Ethiopian government and the regional forces from Tigray. Former Nigeria president Olusegun Obasanjo and former South Africa Deputy President Phumzile Mlambo- Ngcuka were also awarded.
🌍 Rwanda targets Benin in latest military expansion mission
📌 Rwanda plans to expand the extent of its military presence in West Africa in order to aid it in defending its borders against insurgents operating in the adjacent Sahel region. The most recent candidate for deployment is Benin. During President Kagame’s recent visit in Benin, him and President Patrice Talon of Benin reiterated their plans for military cooperation, though specifics of the deployment have not yet been made public.
🌍 3 men arrested in South Africa for stealing large crocodile
📌Three men have been arrested in South Africa for stealing a 2.5-meter (8-feet) long Nile crocodile worth about $1,300 from a farm in North West province. The men, who are all aged between 20 and 35, are believed to have used a pick-up truck to take the animal from a crocodile farm in the Hartbeesfontein area about 200 kilometres (124 miles) west of Johannesburg.
🌍 US to deploy disaster-response team in Sudan
📌The US Agency for International Development (USAID) has said it is deploying a team of disaster response experts to coordinate a humanitarian response in Sudan amid fighting between rival army factions. Samantha Power, the agency’s head said on Sunday that the experts would work with the international partners to identify priority needs and deliver assistance to those in need. The team will be operating from Kenya in the initial phase of its operations.