𝐉𝐔𝐍𝐄 19, 2023
🇺🇬 Mass ID registration and renewal to commence in August
📌 The National Identification and Registration Authority (NIRA) has said that Mass ID registration is to begin this August including mass renewal for those of 2014 and 2015 whose IDs are about to expire. According to Osborne Mushabe, the NIRA Public Relations and Corporate Affairs Manager, the Minister of Internal affairs Kahinda Otafire will next month address the public in accordance with section 56 of the Registration of Persons Act 2015 confirming the exact dates in August for the exercise to be conducted. Osborne noted that whereas Citizenship doesn’t expire; it is the Identification Card that expires and these ought to be renewed.
“The person who used to look a certain way in 2014 will have changed by 2023,” Mushabe said. He revealed that the biometrics exercise will be conducted at Parish level and that it will be free of charge.
🇺🇬 Uganda Airlines makes inaugural flight to Mecca
📌 Uganda Airlines has on Monday flown the first batch of 250 Ugandan pilgrims to Mecca, Saudi Arabia. The 3rd Deputy Prime Minister Rt. Hon Lukiya Isanga Nakadama who presided over the official flag-off ceremony at Entebbe airport described the event as an opportunity for the pilgrims to travel directly from Uganda to Saudi Arabia. Nakadama was accompanied at the ceremony by the Minister of Works and Transport, Hon. Edward Katumba Wamala Saudi Arabian ambassador to Uganda, H. E Jamal M. Al-Madani alongside other dignitaries from the Uganda Muslim Supreme Council. This is the first time in 40 years that the national carrier is transporting pilgrims to Mecca for the annual holy pilgrimage.
🇺🇬 Karamoja leaders, traders held over cattle theft
📌The UPDF and the Police Anti-Stock-Theft Unit have arrested 16 people, including four local leaders, for allegedly engaging in livestock theft in the region. According to SCP Elias Kassirabo, Commander of the Police Anti-Stock Theft Unit (ASTU), the local leaders were arrested after issuing fake letters of traceability to traders for stolen animals.
“Three LCI chiefs are from Kotido district, and one LCI chairperson is from Amudat district. They are currently in custody and helping Security with the investigation. They issued forged documents to cattle traders to sell stolen animals,” said SCP Kassirabo.
🇺🇬 Uganda Cancer Institute acquires new equipment for Cancer treatment
📌The Uganda Cancer Institute (UCI) has acquired new modern equipment that will ease the screening and treatment of Cancer in Uganda. The equipment acquired with the support of the Government, includes radiotherapy treatment machines designed to provide the latest radiotherapy technology, which will deliver precise and effective treatment for patients. UCI’s executive director, Dr. Jackson Orem, said the machines were obtained from the US at a cost of $14.2 (about Sh53b). Orem said the Government has also constructed six bunkers at the UCI, where the equipment was installed at sh30bsh30 Billion. He also noted that the institute is injecting funds into training technicians who will fully manage the equipment.
“We plan to have radiotherapy machines in each region within our regional Cancer Centers,” Orem said.
🇺🇬 Education Ministry gives Shs5M to families of victims of Lhubiriha SS terror attack
📌 Government through the Ministry of Education and Sports has given Shs5 Million to the families of each of the 42 people that were killed in Friday’s attack on Mpondwe Lhubiriha Secondary School in Kasese by suspected Allied Democratic Forces (ADF). During a meeting with the parents and other relatives of the 41 students who died over the weekend, the State Minister for Higher Education, Hon John Chrysostom Muyingo, who represented Education Minister and First Lady Mrs. Janet Museveni, stated that the money would be used to assist bereaved families in conducting burials for their loved ones.
“Mama Janet Museveni said I give each of you sh5 million to help you conduct burials for your loved ones,” Muyingo explained.
🇺🇬 KASESE: Police arrests 20 in connection to Lhubiriha SS terror attack
📌 The territorial police in Kasese District have arrested over 20 people including the head teacher and one of the directors of Lhubiriha Secondary School suspected to be connected to last Friday night terror attack on the school leading to the brutal murder of over 41 students. Police spokesperson, Fred Enanga in a media briefing on Monday revealed that the arrested are suspected to be ADF collaborators and spies. There are unconfirmed reports that the head teacher and his school director were held by police because of long standing conflicts over the school ownership which could have prompted the Friday night tragedy.
🇺🇬 YUMBE: Six parishes risk missing out on PDM funds
📌 Residents living in six parishes in Yumbe District have failed to access the Parish Development Model (PDM) funds as the affected parishes are yet to be captured in the database of the Ministry of Finance. Yumbe District Local Government leaders Sunday said that they had since notified the Ministry of Local Government, but that they are yet to receive a response from the responsible officials. The district has already received UGX 11 billion under the Parish Development Model Program, which is awaiting distribution to PDM beneficiaries.
🇺🇬 MOROTO: Karamoja unveils regional blood bank
📌The Irish ambassador to Uganda, Kevin Colgan has commissioned Karamoja’s first blood collection, storage and distribution centre at Moroto Regional Referral Hospital. In his remarks at the launch, the ambassador said the regional blood bank makes a milestone because hemorrhage before, during and after labor is one of the leading causes of maternal deaths in Uganda. He thus asked the relevant persons to ensure that mothers and children have access to blood, saying this has been a huge challenge in the sub region. The commissioning coincided with the World Blood Donor Day, which is celebrated every June 14 annually.
“The center is the first if its kind in the region of 1.2 million people, he noted.
🇺🇬 KOBOKO: Eastern Africa leaders call for peace
📌Leaders from eastern African cities have called for peaceful co-existence to end refugee problems on the continent. According to the leaders, political misunderstandings subsequently resulting into humanitarian crisis, with refugees fleeing to other countries for safety, deterring development in affected areas. Mohamed Amin Omar Abdi, the mayor of Gabilay city in Somalia, suggested that to end these unrests, African leaders should build the spirit of unity and prioritize the common interests of the people. Abdi cited Somalia, Ethiopia, the DR Congo and Sudan as some of the notable countries with historical political turmoil and insurgencies.
🇺🇬 MPIGI: Cargo lorry rams into building after losing control
Traders in Mpigi Town Council along Mpigi-Gomba-Ssembabule road on Sunday evening survived death after a lorry carrying cargo lost control and knocked a business house. According to Lubwama Tonny who witnessed the tragedy, the truck failed to negotiate a round-about near Mpigi District headquarters, went off the road and knocked a motorcycle. He added that it then rammed into a building belonging to one Mukasa David, destroying shops and a microfinance facility. Residents have appealed to UNRA to widen the roundabout saying that it’s very small for big cars.
🇺🇬 OYAM: EC commences nomination of six by-election aspirants
The Electoral Commission (EC) has kicked off the nomination of the six candidates to contest in the Oyam North County parliamentary by-election. According to Paul Bukenya, the EC Spokesperson, six aspirants have Monday confirmed their participation and reserved a date and time for nomination during the two-day exercise at Oyam District Council Hall in Oyam Town Council. He explained that the program started at 9:00 a.m. and would end end at 5:00p.m local time. According to Bukenya, those who are due to be nominated are Queen Dorothy Amolo (independent), Dr. Eunice Apio Otuko (UPC), Samuel Engola Okello (NRM), Daniel Okello (NUP), Fred Newton Okello (FDC), and Willy Omodo (independent)
🌍 Tanzanian peacekeepers expelled from CAR over sexual abuses
📌Tanzanian peacekeeping troops were last week expelled from the Central Africa Republic over widespread sexual abuses. A UN statement on Saturday said the entire unit of 60 peace- keepers from Tanzania known by its French acronym MINUSCA, stationed in western parts of CAR, would be repatriated this week after evidence found 11 of the soldiers had sexually exploited and abused four victims. UN Spokesperson Stéphane Dujarric in a media briefing said that the decision to send the unit home had been made in consultation with the peacekeeping mission in CAR, to protect victims and to address the wrongs with troop-contributing country.
🌍 Over a million civilians displaced from war torn Eastern DRC
📌 Over one million people have fled from their homes in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo so far since January this year, the International Organization for Migration (IOM) said in a statement on Thursday. Since the beginning of the year armed attacks against civilians in the eastern Kivu and Ituri regions have resulted in loss of life, massive population displacements and growing instability, the organisation said. Armed groups have plagued much of the eastern DRC for three decades, a legacy of regional wars that flared in the 1990s and 2000s.
🌍 Armed militants loot Tunisian Ambassador residence
📌 Armed militants in the Sudanese capital, Khartoum ransacked and looted the residence of the Tunisian ambassador to Sudan, the Tunisian foreign ministry said in a statement on Sunday. The foreign ministry called the development a grave violation of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, and a flagrant violation of the sanctity of the headquarters of diplomatic missions. The ministry called for the perpetrators to be tracked down and held accountable while calling for restraint and an immediate end to the fighting in Sudan.