MAY 29, 2023
🇺🇬 Government to sensitize Ugandans on the new Anti-Homosexuality Law
📌Government will embark on sensitizing Ugandans on the new Anti-Homosexuality Law. The Information and National Guidance Minister, Hon Chris Baryomunsi said Monday that many are misrepresenting the new law that President Museveni assented to.
“The law does not say that if you’re a homosexual living in Uganda, you shall be arrested but it is only when you commit the acts of trying to promote it and recruiting others, that you bleach the provisions of the law,” Byaryomunsi said.
🇺🇬 Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom likely to call off Empango celebrations due to King’s ill health
📌 Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom is likely to call off the long anticipated Empango celebrations due to the King’s ill health. The Empango celebrations are slated to take place on June 11, 2023. The King’s chief prince (Okwiri) who is also the head of Babito ruling clan, Fred Mugenyi Ruchunya says that the kingdom is most likely to call off the celebrations as Omukama Dr Solomon Gafabusa Agutamba Rukirabasaija Iguru is currently sick. The event, which commemorates the day Iguru ascended to the throne on June 11, 1994, normally attracts thousands of Kingdom subjects to the palace.
🇺🇬 Bukedi Diocese hails Govt support at Anglican shrine
📌The Chairperson of the Eastern Cluster, Bishop Samuel Egesa of Bukedi Diocese
has hailed Government’s efforts, saying that for the first time in history, the Anglican pilgrims are going to sit in a comfortable arrangement in the newly built amphitheater, thanks to the Governemnt.
“The faithful have been sitting under trees and when it starts raining, they run away to take shelter elsewhere. This will be no more. We thank God for the support from the Government and the Church,” he said.
Bukedi Diocese will lead this year’s celebrations at the Namungongo Anglican Martyrs’ shrine where more than 40,000 pilgrims are expected to attend.
🇺🇬 Taxis in Kyaliwajala and Namugongo won’t move on June 3 – Police
📌Traffic Police has issued orders that commuter taxis in the areas surrounding the Namugongo shrines will not move on June 3, the day of the pilgrimage. The Traffic Commander, Rogers Kawuma also issued orders that the several taxi stages in the area will not operate on that day. Kawuma highlighted that only vehicles with stickers will be let through.
🇺🇬 President Museveni cautions NRM MPs against using personal funds to solve constituency problems
📌President Yoweri Museveni has challenged NRM Members of Parliament to desist from using personal funds to address their respective area challenges or else they will become indebted and pose a big threat. The President made the remarks as he opened a one-week NRM Parliamentary Caucus at the National Leadership Institute (NALI) in Kyankwanzi on Sunday, May 27, 2023. The President tasked the MPs on the importance of promoting the NRM agenda for socio-economic transformation and wealth creation.
🇺🇬 Okello Newton Freddy is FDC’s Oyam North County flag-bearer
📌The Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) has unveiled Okello Newton Freddy as the party flag bearer in the Oyam North by-election. The party Deputy Secretary General Harold Kaija Monday said that Okello was validated after the Electoral Commission released a roadmap for the by-election.
🇺🇬 KYEGEGWA: New religious cult “Ediini y’Obucwezi/Obusingye” where believers pray to a tree, emerges
📌 A new religious cult called “Ediini y’Obucwezi-Obusingye” has been reported in Katikara village, Migongwe sub-county in Kyegegwa District. The new cult believes in African traditional society and before going to church, the followers first pray under a big tree located near the church. A one James, the leader of the cult explained that “Bucwezi” was the first religion in Africa that was later disorganized by white people. The believers of the cult testify that since they joined the new religion, they dedicate their problems through a big tree and most of their problems have been solved by super natural powers.
🇺🇬 YUMBE: Refugees in Bidibidi settlement camp threaten to strike over reduction of food ratio
📌 Refugees in Bidibidi refugee settlement camp have threatened to go on strike as result of inadequate food ratio supply by the World Food Program (WFP). According to the refugees especially those from zone 1 and 2, the food normally supplied by WFP is inadequate to sustain them throughout the cycle hence the constant hunger as some of the refugees miss food.
“Some of our colleagues didn’t get food; instead we were given hoes and pangas yet it will take time to cultivate and plant food crops, how do they expect us to survive?” said one Lasho Boboyo.
🇺🇬 WAKISO: Police rescues children from burning dormitory
📌 Police is investigating the cause of a fire at Blessed Tots Nursery and Primary school in Namusera sub county. The fire is said to have started with the Boys dormitory, Police spokesperson Kampala metropolitan Luke Owoyesigire confirmed. Officers from the Fire prevention department who reached the school managed to extinguish the fire, that started around 10PM while the boys were sleeping in their dormitory. The Police managed to evacuate the children, reporting no fatality.
🇺🇬 KIBOGA: Road carnage claims five
📌Five people have been confirmed dead on the Kampla- Hoima highway following an accident that happened when a bajaj boxer motorcycle UAM 237 attempted to overtake a fuso truck hence the collusion. The accident happened in Kyegombya Sub County, Kiboga District. The spokesperson of Wamala region, ASP Rachel Kawala attributed the accident to reckless riding.
🇺🇬 HOIMA: RDCS tasked to popularize NRM manifesto
📌Hajji Yunus Kakande, the Permanent Secretary in the President’s Office has urged RDCs, RCCs and DISOs to use the given radio time to promote the NRM agenda. While speaking at a two-day capacity-building workshop for RDCs/RCCs, DRDCs/DRCCs, and DISOs from Bunyoro and Rwenzori Sub Region on May 29, 2023, at the Miika Eco Resort hotel in Hoima, Hajji Yunus told the officers to get facts about what the Government has done so far in the last two and a half years in relation to the 2021–2026 NRM manifesto.
“You need to get all the facts about the progress of our manifesto and then give people accurate and factual information about the progress,” Kakande noted.
🌍 KENYA: President Ruto urges African nations to improve infrastructure
📌 President William Ruto has called on the African continent to establish sustainable funding to accelerate the overhaul of its infrastructure. Ruto said Africa must fix its infrastructure to stimulate trade in the region, and governments, the private sector and development partners must partner to further this cause. He made the remarks during the opening of the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA) Council of Ministers Meeting and the African Private Sector Dialogue on AfCFTA in Nairobi on Monday. He noted that the lack of efficient transport system continues to impede investments.
🌍 UN issues hunger alert for Sudan, Sahel and Haiti
📌 Sudan, Haiti and the Sahel now rank among the UN’s highest alert areas for food insecurity, requiring “urgent” action from the international community. The Rome-based Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and World Food Program (WFP) said Afghanistan, Nigeria, Somalia, South Sudan and Yemen remain at the highest alert level. And now Haiti, the Sahel, Burkina Faso, Mali and Sudan join them, the agencies said in a joint report. The move follows the severe restrictions on movement of people and goods in jihadist-hit Burkina Faso and Mali as well as crisis-wracked Haiti, and the recent outbreak of conflict in Sudan, the report said.
🌍 Senior Al-Shabaab leader arrested in Somalia
📌 The Somali National Intelligence and Security Agency (NISA), has announced the arrest of a senior Al-Shabaab figure, Abdirahman Ma’alin Ahmed, aka Abu Sa’eed or Sharif in Lower Shabelle province, which is adjacent to the capital, Mogadishu. Ahmed’s extensive history within the Al-Shabaab ranks includes various roles of leadership and influence, spanning 16 years. Among his numerous posts, Ahmed was the self-appointed chief of Al-Shabaab’s Banadir Regional Court. He was also the General Head of Al-Shabaab’s Court and a trusted confidant and advisor to the late Al-Shabaab leader, Ahmed Godane.
🌍 Tinubu sworn in as 16th President of Nigeria
📌 Former Lagos State Governor, Bola Tinubu, 71, has been sworn into office as the 16th President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Chief Justice of Nigeria Kayode Ariwoola, administered the oath of office on Tinubu at exactly 10:37 am on Monday, May 29. He succeeds President Muhammadu Buhari who has led Nigeria for the last eight (8) years. Immediately after the inauguration, Buhari and his family left the Eagle Square venue of the inauguration for the Nnamdi Azikiwe Airport, Abuja, where they were flown in the Presidential jet, for the last time, to his country home in Daura, Katsina State, where he will retire to, far from the Federal Capital Territory.