MAY 2, 2023
🇺🇬 Bodyguard shoots Minister Engola dead before he shoots self
The State Minister for Labour Charles Okello Engola has Tuesday been shot dead by his bodyguard who later took his own life in Kyanja, a Kampala suburb. Kampala Metropolitan spokesperson Luke Owoyesigire has said a detailed report will soon be released. This is a developing story.
🇺🇬 President Museveni re echoes stern warning to ‘parasites’ in Government who ask investors for bribes
📌President Museveni has cautioned the corrupt Government officials and politicians who are killing Uganda’s economy by frustrating investors through asking for bribes. He made the remarks on Monday May 1 while presiding over celebrations to mark the International Labor Day at Namutumba District headquarters. The President noted that the only problem killing the country “are the only two parasite groups which are politicians and civil servants.” He, in a stern warning, told off the ‘parasites’ against asking investors for bribes and delaying decision making.
“These are the ones interfering with your future. These are the ones disturbing the investors, asking for bribes, and delaying decisions. All of you parasites and non-patriots, stop! Because I will definitely collide with you,” he said.
🇺🇬 UPDF troops take over key areas in DRC’s North Kivu province
📌The Uganda Peoples Defense Forces (UPDF) troops under Operation Shuja in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo have been deployed in the key areas of Kahunga and Mabenga in North Kivu province, following a reconnaissance which the Contingent conducted on Sunday May 30. The spokesman for the Ugandan contingent of the East African Regional Force, Captain Kato Ahmad Hassan says this the followed African Community heads of State resolution held in Bujumbura-Burundi on February 4, 2023 and the East African Chief of Defence Forces meeting on February 9, 2023 respectively to deploy in DRC Congo to maintain peace. The summit directed for the “serial withdrawal and deployment of the East African Community Regional Force and the deployment of the troops” in areas vacated by M23. The M23 have withdrawn from Bunagana, Rutshuru territory (Kiwanja) and Mabenga general areas to enable the monitoring of the peace process.
🇺🇬 KAMULI: District in preparations for PDM funds launch
📌 Kamuli District is finalising arrangements for the Parish Development Model Funds launch scheduled for May 7, 2023. The Kamuli District Chief Administrative Officer Ssentongo Badru Waliggo says the meeting will take place at Kasambira Primary School. In a letter addressed to all sub county chiefs, town clerks, all heads of departments and parish chiefs inviting them to attend a preparation meeting at Kamuli District Youth Centre on May 2, 2023, they are also directed to seek technical assistance from the District Senior Information Officer to profile all household information of PDM beneficiaries.
🇺🇬 BUVUMA: 20 secondary schools get Ugx200M laboratory equipment
📌The Buvuma District Chairperson Wasswa Adrian has applauded the Global Fund for donating equipment used in school laboratories to secondary schools in Buvuma District. His remarks came in as Global Fund delivered science kits at Buvuma District headquarters for 20 secondary schools across the district worth Ugx200 Million. While receiving the consignment, Wasswa warned school head teachers to tighten security for the equipment as they are very expensive to attract thieves.
🇺🇬 ZOMBO: Government to construct 3 Billion Paidha Market
📌Government in partnership with United Nations Capital Development Fund have finalised preparations of constructing Paidha Market worth UGX3 Billion. Innocent Onnega Godfrey, chairman Paidha Town Council envisages that the market will help more than 600 vendors who were working from the old demolished market to resume business. Joan Mwandwa, the Spokesperson of the United Nations Capital Development Fund ascertained that the project will be funded to its completion by the Ugandan Government in partnership with the UN.
🌍 KENYA: Business slow in Nairobi CBD as Azimio la Umoja continues with planned protests
📌Anti-riot police officers in Nairobi City can be seen on standby as their trucks distribute teargas canisters in preparation for Opposition Azimio la Umoja planned Tuesday protests. The Government of President William Ruto Monday denied Azimio la Umoja’s Raila Odinga’s team permission to hold the anticipated protests. According to Raila, the protests are aimed at compelling Ruto’s Government to bring down the cost of living and persuading IEBC to open to the public the computer servers that handled the August 2022 election, which they have challenged.The Opposition had in March organised protests twice a week that left four protesters dead and businesses in Nairobi’s central business district shut down. Police has dispersed protestors who had temporarily blocked a section of Mombasa Road near Imara Daima turn off outbound. In Kisumu, most shops are closed in the CBD as protesters use bonfires to block roads. Local media reports that there are only a handful of police officers in uniform patrolling the streets, as majority are in civilian clothing.
🌍 KENYA: Cult pastor presented in Court, autopsies confirm followers died of starvation
📌Experts carrying out the first post-mortems on more than 100 bodies unearthed in a coastal forest in Malindi examined nine children aged one to 10 as well as one woman.
The first autopsies done on corpses found in mass graves linked to a Kenyan pastor, Paul Mackenzie, a former taxi driver, who incited his followers to fast to death so as to meet Jesus, confirm starvation as the cause of death, although some victims were asphyxiated, the authorities said.
“Most of them had features of starvation,” Chief Government Pathologist Johansen Oduor said after the autopsies took place in a hospital morgue at the town of Malindi.
“We saw features of people who have not eaten — there was no food in the stomach, the layer of fat was very small. We have had a look at all their bodies and all their organs were intact. None was missing so far,” Odour said.
Pastor Paul Mackenzie has Tuesday been produced in Court.
🌍 Sudan near breaking point as warring paties violate truce- UN
📌The United Nations has warned that the humanitarian crisis has brought the country close to its “breaking point,” as gun fights and explosions rocked Sudan’s capital Khartoum on Monday despite the most recent truce by the warring sides.
Tens of thousands of Sudanese have fled in large numbers to nearby countries including Egypt, Chad, and Central African Republic as a result of the turmoil and bloodshed, which are now in their third week.
🌍 Cuban Government cancels Labor Day celebrations over oil scarcity
📌The Cuban Government postponed Labour Day celebrations due to scarcity of fuel in the country prompting drivers to make long queues to get fuel for their vehicles. This was the first time the country was postponing the traditional celebrations since 1959 when they started. H.E Migwel DiasCanel, the President of Cuba said the country receives only 2% of the total amount of fuel needed in the country, blaming the supplier for failure to meet their obligations.