𝐀𝐏𝐑𝐈𝐋 25, 2023
🇺🇬 Uganda to host Heads of State contributing troops to ATMIS
📌The Heads of State contributing troops to the ongoing African Transition Mission in Somalia are scheduled to meet in Uganda for a special summit slated to take place at State House Entebbe on April 27, 2023. Amb. Julius Kivuna, the Head of the Ugandan Delegation of the Technical Officials says the objectives of the summit are to evaluate the achievements made in the implementation of the ATMIS mandate and to review the ATMIS drawdown plan in compliance with the United Nations Security Council Resolutions (UNSCRs) 26/70 (2022) and 26/28. The summit is a follow-up event of the meeting held during the United States-Africa Leaders’ Summit in Washington, DC, from December 13–15, 2022. During that meeting, President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni was requested to host another meeting sometime in April by the President of Somalia, H.E. Hassan Sheikh Mohamud.
“H.E. Hassan Mohamud requested H.E. YK Museveni to host an Extraordinary Summit of Heads of State of the Troop Contributing Countries to ATIMS, which include Burundi, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, and Uganda,” Amb. Kivuna said.
🇺🇬 UTB to host Pearl of Africa Tourism Expo
📌The Uganda Tourism Board (UTB) is set to host the 2023 Pearl of Africa Expo set to take place at Munyonyo CommonWealth Resort in Kampala from April 26-29, 2023. The expo is an annual event aimed at fostering excellent networking, spurring prospects, and inspiring insightful discussion on the potential of the tourism industry. The event brings together tourism stakeholders in one meeting place to meet with exhibitors, buyers, investors, and suppliers of services in the tourism sector from all over the world. UTB’s Marketing Manager Claire Mugabi Nasali says the keynote speakers during the event shall include Kawere Richard, a lecturer from Makerere University Business School (moderator), Rick Taylor, founder of The Business Tourism Company; Nicanor Sabula, the board director of the Africa Association of Management Executives; Frank Gisha, the East Africa Tourism Platform Executive Director; and Esmare Steinhofel, Regional Director for Africa.
🇺🇬 Pastor accused of child trafficking is father to 14 child suspects
📌 Police has confirmed that DNA samples that were picked from one Amos Betungura, a former pastor who claimed to be the father of the 17 children, suspected to be victims of human trafficking have matched with 14 kids. Police Spokesperson Fred Enanga said the results from the DNA samples picked from the 17 children matched with that of Pastor Betungura, confirming him as the true biological father, adding that the other three will have their DNA tests retaken as they’re still ill.
🇺🇬 High Court acquits suspect in Kirumira killing after 4 years
📌A High Court judge has acquitted the last suspect who has been on trial after four years on allegations of killing former Buyende District police commander Muhammad Kirumira. Presiding judge Margaret Mutonyi, while clearing Abubakar Karungi, 50, of two murder charges, said the prosecution failed to squarely place him at the scene of the crime. Justice Mutonyi said that whoever led the investigations in this case, killed it the moment they focused on the ADF rebels yet no evidence was adduced before the court linking the accused with the rebel outfit.
🇺🇬 Teacher arrested for defiling two pupils
📌A science teacher identified as Joel Situma, 26, incharge of upper Primary at Nabuyonga Primary School, Industrial Division, Mbale City has been arrested for allegedly defiling two of his pupils, one aged 12 years. According to Rogers Taitika, the Elgon Region Police Spokesperson, the suspect was picked by police after Juliet Namono, the victim’s mother, reported to police.
“According to Namono, Situma has been convincing one of the minors several times to report to school at 5 am every morning for coaching and she believes he took advantage of that to defile her daughter.
🇺🇬 MITYANA: One person killed as taxi overturns
📌At least one person died on spot and ten others survived with serious injuries on Monday after a 14 passenger taxi van overturned along Kampala – Mityana highway. The fatal accident occured at Kikumbi Village, two kilometres outside Mityana Town when a taxi coming from Fort Portal heading to Kampala suffered a tyre burst and overturned several times. Eye witnesses have attributed this accident to over speeding as the taxi driver was at a very high speed and lost control after one of the rear tyres burst.
🇺🇬 ISINGIRO: District celebrates the girl-child
📌Education stakeholders in Isingiro District have applauded the Government for prioritisation of the girl child education. This was reiterated at Mater Boni Consilii Girl’s Vocational Secondary School. Jeremiah Kamurari, the Isingiro LC5 Chairman said that gender equality in education benefits every child. He added that investing in girls’ education transforms communities, countries and the entire world.
“Girls who receive education are less likely to get married young and more likely to lead healthy and productive lives” he said.
🇺🇬 RUBAGA: Police apprehends machete-wielding gang
📌A criminal group that has been terrorising travellers in Lubaga area has finally been apprehended by Police. Travellers on important roadways in the two divisions have been robbed by the group, which is equipped with machetes. Ring Road, Mackay Road, Nateete, and portions of Rubaga are among the most badly affected roadways. The gang has been working extremely early in the morning and very late in the evening, allegedly targeting people going to and coming from work, according to Patrick Onyango, Spokesman for Kampala Metropolitan. The gang was living in Kawempe Division.
🌍 SUDAN: Where is former president Omar al- Bashir?
📌Sources in Sudan say former president Omar al- Bashir who has been detained at Kober prison, a high security facility since 2019 had been moved to a safer place by the Sudanese Armed Forces (SAF) of General Abdel Fattah al-Burhan. An anonymous police source said that Bashir and some other members of his administration had been moved out of Kober prison to a safe place, after gunmen thought to be from the Rapid Support Forces (RSF) paramilitary attacked prison guards to free inmates.
“The police have taken necessary measures to secure the safety of former president Omar al-Bashir and members of his regime, who have been moved to a secure location. This move is also aimed at preventing them from fleeing the prison,” the police source said.
Prisoners escaped from Kober maximum prison on Sunday after fighting intensified around the prison vicinity. They were not able to say whether Bashir had also escaped or been moved. Local media published a video showing them leaving prison in their white prison uniforms walking down an alleyway, carrying their belongings. They had earlier set two guard vehicles on fire and protested against the lack of food and water.
🌍 Burundi bans seven Rwandan songs over shameful content
📌The National Communication Council of Burundi known as CNC, has banned 31 songs, including seven produced by Rwandan artistes, from being played anywhere in the country, over accusations that they contain dirty and shameful content.
The decision to ban the songs was announced by the head of CNC, Vestine Nahimana, in a press conference that was held on April 24, in Bujumbura. Nahimana said that all the banned songs consist of content and language that undermines Burundian culture, values and norms, which is the main reason they were blocked from public consumption.