𝐌𝐀𝐘 22, 2023
🇺🇬 IGP tasks Regional Police Commanders to ensure Martyrs Day pilgrims’ safety
📌 The Inspector General of Police, Martins Okoth Ochola has tasked all Regional Police Commanders to ensure the safety of all pilgrims trekking to Namugongo Martyrs’ shrines ahead of the June 3 commemoration. While addressing the weekly Security press at Naguru, Fred Enanga, the Police Spokesperson said that the commanders have been tasked to escort pilgrims and provide protection to them as they rest at churches, schools, and community centres. They were also tasked to ensure that movement under the cover of darkness at night and early morning is restricted, and to identify those who cannot endure the journey for medical attention.
🇺🇬 Gender Ministry implores African countries to strengthen social protection services
📌 The Permanent Secretary Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development, Aggrey David Kibenge has implored African Governments to adopt initiatives and innovations that enhance social protection services to ensure inclusiveness in societies. Kibenge made the appeal while speaking at the Regional Social Serity Forum for Africa in Abidjan, Cote d’Ivoire.
🇺🇬 Global environment players implore Governments to formulate policies that will stop biodiversity loss by 2030
📌Uganda will join the rest of the world to mark ‘The International Day for Biological Diversity’ marked under the global theme, ‘From Agreement to Action: Build Back Biodiversity’. David Cooper, the Acting Secretary of Convention on Biological Diversity has implored governments across the globe to formulate policies that will stop biodiversity loss by 2030. Cooper is certain this will clean the air and water, ensure food security, limit zoonotic diseases and help achieve the global vision of living in Harmony with nature by 2050.
“Governments need to urgently develop national targets to align with those of the framework and to put in place policies and programs to achieve them,” Cooper said.
🇺🇬 MUKONO: Council elects primary dropout as Deputy Speaker
📌 George Muwonge, a primary three dropout is the new deputy speaker for Mukono District following the resignation of the former deputy speaker, Robert Mwesigwa Ssentongo. Muwonge, who represents Kyampisi Sub County, secured 24 votes, defeating Isaac Kitongo, a procurement and supply chain management graduate from Makerere University, who garnered 16 votes. Muwonge studied at Kyampisi CoU Primary School where he dropped out, and has served as a counselor in Kyampisi sub county for ten years.
🇺🇬 MOROTO: Police detains four officers over escape of defilement suspect
📌 Four police officers attached to Moroto Central Police Station have been arrested following the escape of Alfred Mukusu, an aggravated defilement suspect from custody. Mukusu, a resident of Natumukasikou ward in North Division Moroto Municipality was arrested for allegedly defiling a 10 year old girl. It is alleged that the four police officers who were on duty on Sunday under the command of ASP Elly Mafundo Nuwagabi brought the suspect out of cell to clean the compound which led to his escape. Michael Longole, the Mt Moroto Regional Police Spokesperson says they have in their custody four police officers who will face charges of negligence on duty.
🇺🇬 MBARARA: Govt renovates Omugabe’s palace in a bid to restore lost glory
📌 The Government has refurbished Omugabe’s palace located on Kamukuzi hill in Mbarara City in a bid to restore the kingdom’s lost glory. Didas Tabaro, the District Chairperson reminisces that the main house named the Gatsyonga House is believed to be the only one to have hosted three kings at once when the Omukama of Tooro and the Kabaka of Buganda visited Omugabe Gatsyonga in 1958.
🇺🇬 KABALE: Pilgrims begin journey to Namugongo ahead of Uganda Martyrs Day
📌 Three hundred and thirty Catholic pilgrims have set off from St Mary’s Cathedral in Rushoroza in Kabale District on a 10-day pilgrimage to Namugongo ahead of the Uganda Martyrs Day celebrations due on June 3. The pilgrims were drawn from Mutorele, Rubanda, and Rushoroza parishes, while some joined in from Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. While flagging them off, the coordinator of the Lay Apostolate Movement in Kabale Diocese, Fr. Lauben Mubangizi implored them to use the pilgrimage to increase their faith till they cove the 400 km to Namugongo.
🇺🇬 WAKISO: Defense Chairperson netted in Buloba wetland degradation
📌 The National Environment Management Authority (NEMA), working with the Environment Protection Police are holding three people accused of destroying a wetland in Butansimbi village in Buloba. Those detained were picked up after an operation in Buloba, where a piece of land was subdivided and sold off in Nakidduduma swamp which was filled with marram soil covering and affecting the swamp. Tonny Achidria, the NEMA publicist identified the suspects as Muwanga Kivumbi and Kiwanuka Dirisa, a village defense secretary. NEMA officials say they are hunting for more people who are still at large.
🇺🇬 NAMISINDWA: Father sets house ablaze following marital fracas
📌the Police in Namisindwa are hunting for one Martin Kituyi, a father who set his house on fire while wife and children were inside. This was after Kituyi had suspected that his wife, one Annet, had an affair with another man in the neighborhood. The Joseph Sitawa, the LCI chairperson of Bumusomi village confirmed the incident and that the children and wife were saved by neighbors as Kituyi disappeared and is suspected to have fled to Kalangala District.
🇺🇬 ADJUMANI: Locals applaud Government over Odramacaku water supply project
📌 The locals in Adjumani District have applauded Government over efforts to address challenges of access to safe water as the Ministry of Water and Environment handed over the UGX 6.3 billion Odramacaku Water Supply and Sanitation Project to residents of the Ayivu Division in Arua City. The project will benefit hundreds who have been consuming unsafe water from open water sources.
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🌍 KENYA: Businessman arrested at JKIA over contaminated sugar
📌Chrispus Waithaka, a Mombasa-based businessman has been arrested at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) enroute Dubai after being found in possession of ‘Mercury’, sugar. Waithaka will be charged with diversion of condemned sugar that had been earmarked for conversion into industrial ethanol. The National Standards Council (NSC) had recommended that the contaminated sugar imported by Galgamesh Enterprises Ltd be converted into ethanol.
🌍 RWANDA: Govt urges communities to be more cautious about religious cults
📌The Rwanda Governance Board (RGB) in collaboration with faith-based organisations have called on communities to be more cautious against being recruited into religious cults. Dr. Usta Kayitesi, RGB’s Chief Executive Officer, said that government is working to put in place a law determining the organisation and functioning of faith-based organisations.
“The law prevents faith-based organisation leaders or other preachers from jeopardising the unity of Rwandans, peace, and security, public order and health, good morals, good conduct, freedom, and the fundamental rights of others. “Anyone who does not comply with the law is held accountable by the responsible organs,” she said.
🌍 Climate change caused 2M deaths over last 50 years; the poor suffer most -UN
📌The United Nations organization has revealed that more than 90 percent of deaths caused by disasters worldwide happen in developing countries. According to the new figures published on Monday from the UN’s World Meteorological Organisation (WMO), 11,778 weather-related disasters have occurred from 1970 to 2021, and they have surged over that period. Official death toll in Myanmar cyclone rises to at least 54. The report found that more than 90 percent of deaths reported worldwide due to these disasters took place in developing countries in Africa.
“The most vulnerable communities unfortunately bear the brunt of weather, climate and water-related hazards,” WMO chief Petteri Taalas said in a statement. Cyclone Mocha, which wreaked havoc in Myanmar and Bangladesh last week, exemplified this reality, Taalas said. The severe storm “caused widespread devastation, impacting the poorest of the poor”, he said.