JUNE 08, 2023
🇺🇬 President Museveni says he is COVID-19 positive, commences self isolation
📌 President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has tested COVID19 positive. According to the State House Twitter handle, the President has commenced self isolation. On Wednesday, while concluding the State of the Nation address at Kololo Ceremonial grounds, the President revealed that he had tested positive for COVID-19.
“Dear members, this morning I felt a cold and cough, and I took a COVID-19 test, which was a rapid one, and it was negative. The second PCR test was positive. Don’t worry, I won’t infect you because I have given you enough space,” he said.
🇺🇬 PM Nabbanja to represent President Museveni on Heroes Day as he commences self-isolation
📌President Museveni has delegated the Prime Minister, Rt. Hon Robinah Nabbanja to represent him on June 9 Heroes Day in Luweero District as he goes into self-isolation after testing positive for CoronaVirus. The President revealed in a tweet on Thursday June 08, 2023 that he started experiencing mild flu-like symptoms leading to several COVID 19 tests that turned out positive.
“I have therefore, self-isolated at Nakasero and I have delegated my work for today and tomorrow (Heroes’ Day in Luweero) to Prime Minister, Robinah Nabbanja,” read the tweet.
🇺🇬 Buganda Kingdom commends President Museveni for steering Uganda’s socio-economic development
📌Buganda Kingdom has commended President Yoweri Museveni for steering socio-economic transformation in the country. While commenting on the State of the Nation Address, 1st Deputy Buganda Premier Twaha Kawaase said that the President’s speech touched the core aspirations of the kingdom and its people most especially the Parish Development Model (PDM), promoting coffee value addition and environmental protection. Kawaase hailed the Government for always engaging the kingdom in development programs and rallied all to support the PDM.
🇺🇬 Women urged to take up truck driving jobs in oil sector
📌The Petroleum Authority has urged Ugandan women to take advantage of the need for heavy goods truck drivers in the Albertine oil and gas fields, and help the country fast track its first oil production deadline slated for 2025. According to the authority, the oil sector still needs about 1,700 heavy goods truck drivers for which good opportunities exist for women who are interested in the jobs. Already 1,600 driving jobs have been filled as the sector’s development phase takes shape, but the need for more drivers to transport the oil equipment and machinery to the drilling sites is still overwhelming, yet the response from the local drivers applying for the jobs is low.
🇺🇬 SPORTS: Coach Micho names final team to face Algeria
📌The Uganda National Coach Milutin ‘Micho’ Sredejovic has named a 21 men final Uganda Cranes squad that will face Algeria in AFCON Qualifiers in Cameroon. Micho dropped 19 players from the initial Uganda Cranes 42-man squad that was initially summoned. The players called include three goalkeepers, eight defenders, five midfielders and seven forwards both local and foreign based players. Uganda’s team will play a friendly game against Democratic Republic of Congo on Wednesday, June 14, 2023 before the AFCON Qualifier with Algeria.
🇺🇬 JINJA: Travellers can now take photos on River Nile
📌The Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) has officially allowed travellers to take photos of the Nile Bridge in Jinja City, five years into its inception. The new bridge was opened on October 17, 2018, by President Museveni and Japanese State Minister for foreign Affairs, Mr Masahisa Sato to substitute the old Owen falls Dam Bridge, about 500 metres north.
“Photography at the Source of the Nile Bridge is free/open to all as long as it does not obstruct traffic flow/lanes. Mindful of security needs as well, at these installations; we have reached out to colleagues in the UPDF to take note of concerns raised”, UNRA said in a Tweet.
🇺🇬 KALANGALA: Gen Katumba Wamala urges farmers to start SACCOs
📌The Minister of Works and Transport, Gen Edward Katumba Wamala, has advised farmers breeding Black Soldier Fly (BSF) larvae in Kalangala District to start a Savings and Credit Co-operative Organization (SACCO). During the one year anniversary of the Black Soldier Fly larvae breeders on Monday, Gen Wamala told them that through a SACCO, farmers address their challenges and uplift themselves economically. David Balironda, one of the leaders of the farmers in Kalangala, said the creation of a Sacco is long overdue.
🇺🇬 BUKOMANSIMBI: Leaders on the spot over drug abuse
📌The Bukomansimbi Deputy Resident District Commissioner (RDC), Fred Kalema Pax has revealed that cases of drug abuse amongst the locals, including leaders, have increased in the district. Kalema disclosed that he was shocked after finding some local leaders and their sons smoking marijuana. Kalema made the revelations while addressing residents during a security meeting at Kabigi village in Butenga Town Council. He warned that arrests to that effect will soon commence.
🇺🇬 LIRA: Ministry of Health constructs Ober Health Centre III Maternity ward
📌 The Permanent Secretary Ministry in the Ministry of Health,Dr Diana Atwiine has Thursday launched the construction of Ober Health Center III maternity ward. Dr Atwiine said that given that the facility is serving a city population that is growing so fast every day, the health centre will be upgraded to Health Centre IV level to expand the scope of its services delivery.
🇺🇬 KIKUUBE: 3-day inspection of oil pads at Tilenga oil wells commences
📌The Executive Director, Petroleum Authority Uganda and a team of engineers have Wednesday commenced a three-day supervisory working field visit that is aimed at assessing the construction of the well pads and the setting up of the oil rig in preparation of the drilling of Tilenga wells at Jobi-Rii field. According to the site engineers, the construction support base (CSB) at Tangi under Sinopec and its readiness to support the facilities construction activities stands at 95% completion level.
🇺🇬 ADJUMANI: Farmers receive seedlings and machines
📌Several farmer groups including nationals and refugees living in Adjumani District have been supported with value addition machines and good quality seeds. This will help them transition from subsistence to commercial agriculture to improve their livelihoods.
🇺🇬 KYOTERA: Six arrested with stolen sacks of coffee
📌Police in Kyotera District has arrested five men found with stolen sacks of coffee at Kyanyonyi village in Mayanja parish in Kakuuto Sub County. Residents stormed the homes of some traders who the suspects named as their accomplices. Police warned to conduct more operations to net the thieves and protect the farmers.
🇺🇬 BUHWEJU: Government launches construction of first-ever water project
📌The Ministry of Water and Environment has launched the construction of Bitsya Water Supply, a first-ever water project estimated to benefit over 5000 residents with clean and safe water. Evan Namanya, the LC1 chairman of Ngarama A explained that the system will provide clean and safe water to villages in the sub-counties of Karungu, Buhunga and Bitsya. Francis Mwijukye, the area Member of Parliament, said Buhweju is a major source of water with rivers supplying the neighbouring districts of Sheema, Mbarara and Ibanda but had never had a project set up by the Government to give people clean and safe water.
🇺🇬 KANUNGU: Yellow Fever Vaccination to commence
📌 Manual District will launch Yellow Fever prevention mass vaccination campaign Friday at Kanungu Health Centre IV. The vaccination campaign which will start on 9th up to 15th will be held in 104 Vaccination centres within the district. The District Health Officer Dr. Birungi Mutahunga called upon all Kanungu residents in the recommended age bracket to come for the vaccination exercise.
“Every person from the 9th month to the age of 60 will be vaccinated,” he said.
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🌍 KENYA: Azimio la Umoja announces resumption of nationwide protests
📌 Azimio La Umoja opposition coalition Leader Raila Odinga has called on Kenyans to be ready for nationwide protests if the Government will not heed calls to bring down the cost of living. Speaking at Chungwa House on Wednesday when he met members of the Gusii Community living in Nairobi, Odinga said the President William Ruto-led administration was turning a deaf ear to Kenyans including the so-called hustlers who supported them in the last elections.
“The Kenya Kwanza leadership has refused to listen to the cries of hustlers, mama mboga, boda boda riders, and other Kenyans who can barely afford two meals a day and are insisting on imposing more taxes on the already suffering populace,” said Odinga.
🌍 KENYA: Shakahola forest to be made a National Memorial Site following cult deaths
📌 Kenyan Government intends to convert Shakahola Forest into a national memorial site in honour of people who died in the Paul Mackenzie-led cult, according to Cabinet Secretary of Interior and Administration of National Government Prof Kithure Kindiki. In consultation with the local community and the families of the deceased, the forest will be turned into a place of solace and remembrance for those affected.
“This is not a place that can be reverted to farming, ranching and other human activities because the souls of our brothers and sisters, adults and children that we’ve lost here, require much more dignity than that,” he said, adding that the memorial site will ensure that Kenya and the world never forget that there was this kind of outrage on humanity.
🌍 DRC: Over 18 people killed by ADF
📌The ADF rebels in the Ituri province of eastern Congo have slaughtered at least 18 people in several villages. Christopher Munyanderu, the coordinator of the Convention for the Respect of Human Rights said that ADF fighters attacked residents of the villages of Mutuyeyi, Bekembele, and Bulesi in the Irumu area over the past weekend.
🌍 SUDAN: General Burhan sacks two State Governors
📌 Sudan’s army chief Abdel Fattah al-Burhan has sacked two State Governors as fighting between the army and the paramilitary Rapid Support Forces (RSF) intensifies in the capital Khartoum and other areas. Gen Burhan dismissed North Kordofan state governor Fadlallah Mohamed Ali al-Tom, and Sennar State’s Al-Alim Ibrahim al-Nour. Caretaker governors have been appointed.Parts of North Kordofan have witnessed fierce battles between the warring parties though there has been no fighting in Sennar state.
🌍 SUDAN: Children rescued from orphanage
📌 Nearly 300 children have been safely rescued from an orphanage in Sudan’s capital, Khartoum, aid agencies say. The children had been staying at the Mygoma Orphanage, where more than 70 are reported to have died from hunger and illness since the conflict in Sudan broke out in mid-April. The orphanage was in an area of the city where the conflict has been raging, according to the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). Aged between one month and 15 years, the 297 children have been taken to Wad Madani, about 200km (125 miles) from Khartoum.
🌍 USAID says it will no longer send food Aid to Ethiopia
📌 The US Agency for International Development (USAID) said on Thursday it was suspending food aid to Ethiopia because its donations were being diverted from people in need. A USAID spokesperson said in a statement that it had determined, in coordination with the Ethiopian government, that a “widespread and coordinated campaign is diverting food assistance from the people of Ethiopia.” The USAID spokesperson said the agency intended to resume food assistance as soon as it was confident in the integrity of the system. USAID believes the food has been diverted to Ethiopian military units.
🌍 Spike of Gonorrhea and Syphilis cases in the UK
📌The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) has revealed that the cases of gonorrhoea and syphilis have shot up in England, making it the highest infections of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) since last year. According to the agency on Tuesday, 82,592 Gonorrhea diagnoses in 2022, a yearly increase of 50 percent and Syphilis diagnoses spiked to 8,692, a 15 percent rise, which is the largest annual number reported since records taking began. The rise in STIs has been most pronounced among young people aged 15 to 24, who accounted for the biggest proportion.
🌍 Pope Francis undergoes successful abdomen surgery
📌Vatican has revealed that Pope Francis has undergone a successful surgery on his abdomen at Gemelli Hospital to remove a hernia that resulted from earlier intestinal problems. Dr. Sergio Alfieri, who performed the operation on Wednesday said the 86-year-old pontiff emerged from the three-hour procedure with no other complications. As a result, officials in the Vatican cancelled all audiences until June 18, as the pontiff would remain in the hospital for several days as he recovers from the surgery.