JUNE 3, 2023
🇺🇬 Pilgrims from all walks of life fill up Namugongo to capacity
📌 Pilgrims from all walks of life have filled up Namugongo Martyrs Catholic and Anglican shrines to capacity. The mammoth jubilant crowds are very cheerful ahead of Saturday’s main celebrations of the Uganda Martyrs Day. It is a hive of activity especially at the Catholic shrine as the Clergy lead the sermons from dawn to dusk and the christian faithful follow to the dot. Business is booming with lucrative small scale enterprises all over the place, with optimistic sellers and buyers.
🇺🇬 Police closes roads for motorists ahead of Namugongo Martyrs Day celebrations
📌The Police have closed certain roads in and out of Namugongo and surrounding areas for motorists starting from midnight to allow easy access to the Namugongo Martyrs shrines. The Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Rogers Nsereko Kawuma has said the closure will ensure easy access of pilgrims to the Catholic and Anglican venues. The Kireka-Namugongo road is designated as a one-way, Kyaliwajjala-Naalya for vehicles leaving Namugongo whereas Kyaliwajjala-Namugongo is reserved for foot pilgrims and emergency vehicles.
🇺🇬 Kabale University to establish another campus in Rukungiri
📌The Kabale University (KAB) Vice Chancellor, Prof. Joy Kwesiga has revealed that the University Senate approved a plan to construct a branch in Rukungiri District. He made the revelation during the university’s 7th graduation held Friday June 2, 2023. 1277 students graduated with various academic awards in different disciplines ranging from diplomas, bachelor’s degree, postgraduate and master’s degrees. Kabale University Chancellor Prof Mondo Kagonyera presided over the ceremony and encouraged the graduates to become more creative and “desist from vices like corruption” after joining the workforce.
🇺🇬 Meteorologists advise farmers, pastoralists to watchout for new rainy season
📌Uganda National Meteorological Authority (UNMA) has advised farmers in Northern and Eastern Uganda to liaise with agriculture extension officers to learn the appropriate land use management so that they can maximise crop yields. This follows an anticipation of conducive rainfall between June and August. Bob Alex Ogwang, the Executive Director of UNMA says the areas in central and southwestern Uganda will likely get below-normal rains and so will the Karamoja sub-region until mid-June. He says the season favours the eastern and northern parts of Uganda.
🇺🇬 40% of Uganda’s children engaged in child labour- UBOS
📌The Uganda Bureau of Statistics has revealed that 40 percent of Uganda’s children are involved in child labour. The UBOS report provides details of a survey conducted in 2021 and the forms of child labour the children are involved in. The UBOS Acting Executive Director Godfrey Nabongo said that child labour is perpetrated by the cultural norms of purportedly training children to work and miss out on school. Mondo Kyateka, the Assistant Commissioner Youth and Children in the Ministry of Gender, Labor and Social Development revealed that the number of children getting pregnancies stands at 25% and child marriages at 40%.
🇺🇬 MASINDI: LC.1 Chairperson, 3 others arrested over cattle theft
📌Police in Nyakarongo, Kimengo sub county in Masindi District has arrested four suspected thieves of cattle including an LC1 chairperson. Police have identified the suspects as Tumwine Benon, Kakuru Benald, Matongo Dan and Kamuhanda Fred, the LC1 Chairman of Karangwe village. The suspects will be charged with illegal movement of cattle during night hours which is contrary to the by- laws, while Kamuhanda Fred will be charged for promoting animal theft by issuing illegal verification letters.
🇺🇬 MITOOMA: Former Mitooma catechist detained over sodomising 20-year-old man
📌Police in Mitooma District is holding a former catechist, David Livingstone Kagabwa for allegedly involving in human trafficking and sodomising a 20-year-old man. Greater Bushenyi police spokesperson, Martial Tumusiime says the Police are also hunting for Kenneth Atuhikire, a resident of Karubuga B village, Ibaare sub-county in Bushenyi district who is Kagabwa’s accomplice.
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🇺🇬 DRC: UPDF contingent solves water crisis in Rutshuru territory in North Kivu
📌The Deputy Head of Uganda Contingent Engineering Component, Captain Elias Arinaitwe has revealed that the UPDF soldiers operating under the East African Regional Force in DRC has helped to address the water crisis suffered by locals in Rutshuru territory in North Kivu as a result of broken water pipelines that were damaged two years ago. Captain Arinaitwe, during the engineering works said that the main pipe was cut off and some parts had been damaged and that this blocked the water flow from the source to the main reserve tank for distribution to the community. “The job was tedious but we had to dig out and trace for the breaking point and fixed a new pipe to join the broken piece to ensure that water flows from the chamber to be distributed to the reserve tank. Water is now flowing and the community can now safely use clean water than before,” Captain Arinaitwe said.
🌍 Tanzania declares Marburg outbreak over
📌 Tanzania has said the outbreak of the Marburg virus in the country is over. Presence of the haemorrhagic fever was first confirmed in March, in the north-western Kagera region, with nine cases and six people dead. The World Health Organisation said its joint action with Tanzania on an emergency response had enabled the authorities to limit the impacts of a highly infectious disease.
🌍 Tanzania optimistic to end frequent power blackouts in two years
📌Tanzania is hopeful that frequent power blackouts in most parts of the country will end in two to three years, with several power plants underway. The Julius Nyerere Hydropower Plant, with a capacity of 2,115 MW, is about 87 percent complete on top of a solar power plant that will be built in the northern region, Energy Minister January Makamba told the Parliament on Wednesday. Plans are underway to start implementing the Tanzania-Zambia power project that will see the construction of a 400kV electricity transmission line in Rukwa region.
🌍 SENEGAL: Scores die in clashes following Opposition leader’s sentence
📌 Nine people are reportedly dead in clashes across Senegal after a Court sentenced the main Opposition Leader Ousmane Sonko to two years in jail, convicted for “corrupting the youths”. This judgement may disqualify Sonko from contesting in next year’s presidential elections. Reports say that clashes broke out between Police and protesters after Thursday’s verdict. Protestors set fire on buses and destroyed property in the capital Dakar and the city of Ziguinchor where Sonko has been mayor since 2022.
🌍 US First Lady Jill Biden arrives in Egypt for two-day visit
📌 US First Lady Jill Biden met Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and his wife, First Lady Entissar Amer, upon her arrival in Cairo on Friday for a two-day visit. This is the second round of her six-day trip across the Middle East, North Africa and Europe that seeks to empower women and promote education for young people. Jill Biden arrived from Amman, Jordan, where she attended the wedding of Crown Prince Hussein and Saudi architect Rajwa Alsei on Thursday. She is expected to travel to Morocco on Saturday before heading to Portugal, the final stop of her tour on Monday.