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JUNE 15, 2023
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πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡¬ Minister Amongi calls on African Govts to fuel growth in informal sectorΒ 
πŸ“Œ The Minister of Gender, Labour and Social Development, Hon Betty Amongi has called on Africa leaders to prioritise growth of the informal sector so to close inequality gaps. Amongi, who is the chairperson at the Africa Union STC committee at the Global World of Work Summit made the remarks on Thursday in Geneva,
She implored developed economies and international financing institutions to provide long-term capital loans to support social services like education, health, water, and empowerment of the vulnerable groups.
“Private sectors should also be facilitated by the Governments with good policies that allow them to formalise their businesses,” Amongi said.
The Summit brings together 17 Heads of State, high-level representatives from the United Nations, other international organizations, employers and workers’ organizations. It is organised under the International Labour Organization’s World of Work Summit under the theme of β€œSocial Justice for All”.

πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡¬ NRM’s Akol wins Bukedea LCV by-election
πŸ“ŒMary Akol, the National Resistance Movement (NRM) candidate, has been proclaimed the winner of the Bukedea District LC V by-election. Akol won with 79692 votes on a declaration form signed by Joel Mugenyi, the district returning officer, over her independent opponent, Lokwiaki Tychicus Ebukalin, who received 4941 votes as the first runner-up. Sam Oita Odeke of the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) received 2343 votes after withdrawing from the race just hours after voting began on Wednesday.
β€œAs the returning officer for the Bukedea electoral district, I declare Mary Akol, who received the most votes, the winner for the Bukedea electoral district,” Mugerwa announced.Β  Akol received 464 votes in the Obul Railway Polling Station in Kachumbala County, Lokwiski received 41 votes, and Oita received 14 votes.Β  Akol received 509 votes in Sula Primary Polling Station, Lokwiski received 3, and Oita received 5, giving NRM’s Akol a large margin. Akol also received 313 votes at the Mukura Church of Uganda Polling Station, while Lokwiski and Oita received one and three votes, respectively. A number of polling locations had poor turnout, according to the declaration forms. According to reports, some voters avoided voting owing to allegations of electoral irregularities. Akol will replace Moses Olemukan, who died in December last year.

πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡¬ Dr Ruhakana Rugunda to represent President Museveni in Ukraine-Russia peace mission
πŸ“ŒDr. Ruhakana Rugunda has been appointed by President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni to represent him in Kiev-Russia in the mediation of the Russia-Ukraine war. The President said that he will be represented by the former Prime Minister Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda in Kiev, who by last evening was already in Poland from where he will head to Russia. According to President Museveni, seven African Presidents had agreed to travel to Kiev to mediate in the Russia-Ukraine war.
β€œI have now sent an official message that, on account of my continued Corona status, I cannot join the group. Dr. Rugunda will represent us. He is already in Poland. From Poland, they will go to Russia to meet with the Russians. I wish the mission success,” President Museveni said.
President Museveni tested positive for Covid19 last week and is still under self isolation. He listed the other six Presidents from Africa who include, Presidents of Comoros, Egypt, South Africa, Senegal, Congo Brazzaville and Zambia. Meanwhile, President Ramaphosa of South Africa said that he spoke with Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin over the phone and briefed him about the African leaders’ peace mission.
β€œPresident Putin has welcomed the initiative by African heads of State and expressed his desire to receive the peace mission,” President Ramaphosa said.
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πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡¬ KIU installs 4th chancellor, days to graduation
πŸ“ŒKampala International University (KIU) has installed Prof Yunus Mgaya, the former Deputy Vice Chancellor in charge of planning, finance and administration at the University of Dar Salaam as the fourth chancellor. Mgaya replaces Prof. Mahmood Mamdani a few days before the institution’s graduation ceremony on Saturday, June 17, 2023. While speaking at the installation ceremony at KIU’s main campus in Kampala on Wednesday, June 14, Prof Mohammad Mpezamihigo, the university’s Vice Chancellor disclosed that Mgaya has been a factor in creating a peaceful and harmonious environment during his previous role at the University of Dar Salaam. He says the university is now set to work with him in his new capacity as chancellor in fostering an inclusive and diverse academic environment. Prof Mgaya commended the university management for entrusting him with the role. He pledged to promote the latest innovations in science and technology at the institution.

πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡¬ MBARARA: Ministry of Health donates CBC machine to Bwizibwera Health Center IV
πŸ“ŒThe Ministry of Health has donated the CBC machine or blood cell counter, used to measure the number of red blood cells, white blood cells, and platelets in the blood, to Bwizibwera Health Centre IV. Hon Magaret Rwabyambu urged the district officials to handle the machine with good care for sustainability purposes. The District Health Officer noted that with the availability of the machine, there would be no more suffering of clients as they go to private hospitals to spend money on CBC tests.

πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡¬ KIRYANDONGO: Authorities launch Shs164M Youth Revolving Fund program
πŸ“ŒKiryandongo District leadership has launched 164.8 million shillings under the Youth Livelihood Program. The money meant to benefit 16 enterprises was disbursed to their accounts and is expected to be paid back to the Government after a period of three years. Edith Aliguma, the District Chairperson informed the youths that the money is meant to help them get out of poverty by investing it in income-generating activities. She also warned them that the money is a revolving fund and so will have to be paid back to the Government.

πŸ‡ΊπŸ‡¬ BULIISA: High rate of teenage pregnancies worries medics
πŸ“ŒBuliisa District Health Department has registered 1898 pregnancies at the health facilities and over 417 cases were teenage pregnancies between the months of January and March 2023. The acting district health officer, Dr. Alex Afeti, said the number of young girls getting pregnant is overwhelming and attributed the high teenage pregnancies to poor parenting attitudes.Β  Benard Barugahara, the Buliisa District Community Development Officer attributed the problem to the social, economic, and cultural behaviour of some families who need mindset change.

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🌍  Kenya Shakahola cult death toll exceeds 300
πŸ“ŒThe death toll in an investigation linked to a Kenyan cult that practised starvation to β€œmeet Jesus Christ” has surpassed 300 after 19 new bodies were found on Tuesday, a senior official said. Police believe most of the bodies found in a forest near the Indian Ocean town of Malindi belong to followers of Paul Nthenge Mackenzie, a taxi driver – turned cum preacher who has been in police custody since April 14. He is due to face charges of β€œterrorism”. The death toll remains provisional, and the authorities in Kenya fear the true number of dead could be much higher.

🌍 MONUSCO to leave DR Congo in six months.
πŸ“ŒThe Democratic Republic of Congo’s (DRC) Minister for Communication, Patrick Muyaya has announced that the country is working on a transition with the UN peacekeeping troops ahead of their planned withdrawal in the next 6 months.
Muyaya revealed that the decision was reached at in a meeting between senior DRC Government officials and the UN’s Chief of Peace Operations Jean-Pierre Lacroix.
MONUSCO, the UN Peacekeeping mission in the DRC has faced a lot of criticism for being unable to protect civilians against violence from armed groups. The current mandate of the UN peacekeepers is set to expire in December this year

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