𝐌𝐀𝐘 09, 2023
🇺🇬 President Museveni urges Ugandans to stop interfering with nature
📌President Yoweri Museveni has urged Ugandans to stop interfering with God’s delicate work of nature. He made the remarks as he condoled with families whose loved ones were killed by landslides and floods in the districts of Kigezi and Ntoroko. The President sounded a stern caution that there should be no buildings or gardens 50 meters from river banks, 200 meters from the lake shores, and no building on hills with a gradient greater than 30 degrees. The President directed State House to give each of them Shs5M and Shs1M to those that were injured.
“Condolences on losing 23 people and 16 injured on account of the landslides and floods in the areas of Kigezi and Ntoroko. I have directed the State House Comptroller to give Shs 5M each to the families of those who died and Sh1M to each for those who were injured. Those losses of Life re-emphasise the need to observe the environmental requirements strictly,” he said.
🇺🇬 Government attributes current wave of flu and cough to Influenza
📌The Ministry of Health is revisiting some of the Covid-19 guidelines in light of new guidance from the World Health Organization (WHO) that the pandemic is no longer an international health emergency. In an exclusive interview, Dr. Henry Kyobe, the Ministry’s incident commander said that the current wave of flu is largely attributed to “influenza which has a bi-modal distribution that has got two peaks per year that closely follows the rainy season”. Dr Kyobe urged the public to remain vigilant and follow the guidelines to control the continuous spread.
🇺🇬 Uganda recognized as best investment destination
📌Uganda has been recognized and awarded as the best investment destination in East Africa at the Annual Investment Meeting (AIM) 2023 in Abu Dhabi, the capital of the United Arab Emirates (UAE). The three-day meeting of global investors, entrepreneurs and innovators in which Uganda was recognized, commenced on Monday.
🇺🇬 Government set to phase out Health Center II and III
📌The Government is set to phase out all health centres II and III as a way of empowering health centre IVs which will be upgraded to hospital status that could handle the patients at the country level. This was revealed by the Assistant Commissioner, Environmental Health in the Ministry of Health, Moses Kabanji while presiding over the closure of the 18th Makerere University Environmental Health Students Association Conference held under the theme ‘Environmental Health and its contribution to combating emerging and re-emerging diseases’.
🇺🇬 Judges on a week retreat to enhance quality of judicial services
📌Uganda’s Chief Justice Alfonse Owiny Dollo has opened a one-week induction retreat of 28 judges from the Court of Appeal and Supreme Court/Industrial Court to further observe among others, the expansion of the Electronic Court Case Management Information System (ECCMIS) to other parts of the country to simplify judicial work. The event held at Imperial Golf View Hotel in Entebbe will ensure that the officers abide by their judicial oath so that they know reasons why they are judicial officers. The event organisers, International Development Law Organization (IDLO) and the Judicial Training Institute (JTI) said the five-day program seeks to enhance accessibility, quality and sustainability of justice services delivered for rural, vulnerable, and marginalised communities in UgandaUganda.
“We have already adopted the ECCMIS here in Kampala and we want to expand it to other areas. It’s a system which revolutionises how things are done in the judiciary to make work quick, secure and we will not hear cases of lost files,’’ said Owiny Dollo.
🇺🇬 RUBANDA: Police stuck with unidentified body of juvenile
📌Police in Rubanda District are stranded with a body of an unidentified and unclaimed juvenile estimated to be around 13 years of age, who suddenly collapsed and died beside a kiosk in Karegyere trading centre in Muko Sub County. The Kigezi Regional Police Spokesperson, Elly Maate says that since Monday when the boy was discovered dead, efforts to identify his relatives have not yet yielded results.
“He is approximately 12 -14 years old, of a brown body complexion, uncircumcised, putting on a red sweater and a black old tone jean pair of trousers,” said Maate.
🇺🇬 NTUNGAMO: PDM launched, over 1,300 beneficiaries receive money
📌More than 1,320 people in Ntungamo District have received the Parish Development Model (PDM) revolving loan cash. The distribution of the money that started last Thursday climaxed with the launch of the project at the Ntungamo District headquarters on Monday. At least Shs1.32 billion has been distributed to the beneficiaries, according to officials. The Ntungamo District community development officer, Mr Ambrose Tusiime, said the beneficiaries were selected from more than 230 parishes in 34 sub-counties and town councils and the money was deposited in their bank accounts.
🇺🇬 BUSIA: Police arrests three over transporting Ngora church members to Ethiopia
📌The Police in Busia District have arrested the pastor of Christ’s Disciple church, Charles Isaac Omieti and two other people on charges relating to human trafficking. The Deputy Resident District Commissioner, Grace Kanuna explains that the other two are church leaders from Omo village in Kobwin sub-county in Ngora District, accused of taking several Ugandans to Ethiopia for salvation. Omieti was found in possession of Shs3.6 Million and documents indicating that he had banked Shs5.7 Million. The 70 people have been returned by the Government to Ngora District where they were originally from.
🇺🇬 KABALE: Six drown after river in Municipality bursts banks
📌Three people have drowned in a river that flows through Kabale Municipality, following three days of heavy rainfall. The three reportedly drowned as they tried to cross the river after it burst its banks. The chairperson of Kigata parish in Kyanamira says that the river washed away six bridges of Kabira, Rwenkima, Kategure, Kajobe, Kigata, Kachuro, Katoche, and Kyanamira. Thirty people are believed to have drowned in the river since this year started.
🇺🇬 KIBOGA: Mother poisons self and her two children
📌The Police in Kiboga District are investigating the circumstances under which a mother allegedly poisoned herself and her two other children, killing one and leaving the other hospitalised. The incident took place on May 4, 2023, at Nasuna Cell in Kiboga Town Council. According to Racheal Kawala, the Wamala region Police spokesperson, a mother of two, Rahuma Nankunda, is alleged to have poisoned herself and her two children following a misunderstanding with her husband and mother-in-law. Kawala said the two children, Hanifah Nassiwa, 6, and Sadick Lubulwa, 4, were rushed together with their mother to Kiboga Hospital for treatment. Unfortunately, Nassiwa passed away on May 5, 2023 at about 6:00 AM.
🇺🇬 MASAKA: Namayanja challenges NRM leadership to share Govt programs information with public
📌The NRM Deputy Secretary General Hon Rose Namayanja Nsereko has asked NRM party members to interest themselves in knowing the progress on all Government programs in their respective areas. Namayanja also directed the Chief Administrative Officers (CAOs) across the country to always release such information to the NRM leadership and the public. She was on Sunday addressing over 300 party leaders from the ten districts of Greater Masaka at the Royal Gardens Hotel in Masaka City. She reminded RDCs to work closely with the CAOs to ensure that the required information is released on time. She said the information should cover different sectors that include health, education, roads, water, PDM and Emyooga, among others. Her remarks followed complaints from party members expressing difficulty in accessing the needed information from the district technical staff headed by the CAOs.
“The offices of the RDCs should be a one stop centre for all government related information. On receipt of such details, copies should be circulated downwards to the administrative secretaries in all NRM offices”, she said.
Members observed that lack of information had made some people spread wrong information about the Government.
🌍 Former Burundi premier Bunyoni charged in Court for insulting President
📌Burial powerful former prime minister Alain-Guillaume Bunyoni appeared in Court in Bujumbura on Monday and was charged with undermining national security and insulting the president. According to a judicial source, Monday’s session was held before a council chamber that extended his pre-trial detention at Ngozi Prison in the north of the country. Bunyoni was prime minister from mid-2020 to September 2022 but was fired in a high-level political purge after President Evariste Ndayishimiye took office.
🌍 Raila Odinga threatens fresh demos if bi-partisan talks don’t commence
📌Kenya’s opposition leader Raila Odinga has threatened fresh mass action if the Parliamentary-led bi-partisan talks will not have started by Wednesday. Odinga said his coalition-Azimio la Umoja One Kenya alliance had ceded ground and agreed to resume talks after Kenya Kwanza replaced Aden Keynan on their side with Saku MP Dido Rasso but the talks are yet to resume. He accused President William Ruto’s Kenya Kwanza ruling coalition of failing to give the talks the seriousness they deserve.
“We have given them today (Monday) and tomorrow (Tuesday)…the talks must start in earnest by Wednesday….if they don’t start, we will treat that gentleman’s agreement as cancelled,” Odinga threatened.
🌍 Southern African States unanimously agree to deploy troops to DRC
📌Southern African countries have agreed to deploy forces to the east of the Democratic Republic of Congo where dozens of rebel groups are fighting. The decision was reached at a meeting of the regional body SADC, attended by several heads of State, including DRC’s Felix Tshisekedi. Since December 2022, an East African regional military force has been deployed in eastern DRC in response to the threat posed by the M23 rebel group.
🌍 NIGERIA: Gunmen kidnap 25 from church in North-West
📌 Gunmen have attacked a church in north-west Nigeria’s Kaduna state, kidnapping at least 25 members of the congregation. According to an official from the Christian Association of Nigeria, the gunmen burst into the Bege Baptist Church in Chikun initially abducting 40 people but 15 managed to escape. Over the last two years, there have been frequent mass kidnappings by criminal gangs active in parts of northern Nigeria.