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You can’t confuse the law with drama- MP Nsereko stings NUP’s Nyanzi

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Kampala Central MP, Muhammad Nsereko has accused his rival and National Unity Platform’s Fred Nyanzi Ssentamu of confusing law with drama.On Tuesday, the High Court in Kampala dismissed a petition in which Nyanzi challenged Nsereko’s election in the January 14 polls.The court said Nsereko, the second respondent was not duly served with the petition as required by the law.“The attempts to serve the third respondent at parliament, Chief Magistrates Court in Mengo, his Bugoloobi residence with success and the transmission of the documents on Whats App did not amount to personal service envisioned under rule6(3) of the Parliamentary Election (Election petitions) Rules . It is therefore my finding that personal service was not effected upon the third respondent as directed by the court order,” Justice Margaret Apiny said.“In the instant case, the service that was expected of the petitioner (Nyanzi) was by effecting serving upon the third respondent personally and not place it in a conspicuous place as was done by depositing the notice of presentation of the petition at the gate.”Speaking in response to the court ruling, Nsereko welcomed the development that confirmed his place in parliament.“The law gives chance to those that are dissatisfied to petition and for sure, he did start with a recount where he lost miserably. He proceeded to a higher court and has been beaten on a preliminary objection and that is acceptable in law,” Nsereko said on Tuesday.“The law is the law, you cannot confuse it with drama. He went and sought orders to serve and the issue is that you must exhaust those orders. Did he exhaust the remedies? The answer is no. You can’t play around people’s sentiments by coming to play clean in this matter.”Nsereko who never appeared in the court said the ruling has seen justice served for the people of Kampala Central who voted him in the January 14 polls. 

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Supporting children’s talents is the best investment

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According to Ugandan musician Bebe Cool, parents must learn to focus more on nuturing their children’s talent more as it is the best investment.

Overtime, Bebe Cool has made it clear that he will always support his kids to discover their God-given talents and pursue them.

He is living proof of the advice he gives to other parents as he is always at the forefront of the nuturing of his children’s talents.

His eldest son Allan Hendrick a.k.a Paper Daddy is a musician, Alpha Thierry Ssali is a footballer, Princess Beata Sophie Ssali is an instrumentalist, among others.

Read Also: Alpha Thierry Ssali promises to wipe Bebe Cool’s tears away after Arsenal loss

Through social media, Bebe Cool noted how investing in children’s talents helps them become financially independent in future which, is a dream for all parents.

A dream I will live to die for, supporting the talents of our children is the best investment one can do as a parent.Not all investments are meant to pay you cash but as long as the ones you invest in become financially independent, then you’re left with no human liabilities.Bebe Cool

He’s got a point, doesn’t he?

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Education Ministry speaks out on reopening schools in May 2022 – The Informer UG

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NEWS– The Ministry of Education and Sports in Uganda has distanced itself from allegations of reopening schools in May 2022.
Recently, a screenshot made rounds on social media alleging that the Ministry is set to reopen Educational institutions in the coming year.
In a tweet issued by the Ministry, the information is fake and the public should disregard it and treat it as fake and lacking authenticity.
“FAKE NEWS ALERT! Please disregard this post (image) below” a Statement noted. 
The same tweet added that only the Ministry of Education and Sports is the only credible office to announce the reopening dates.

“A substantial date for re-opening of schools will only be communicated by our office” the tweet added.
Government closed down Educational institutions in June as a means to stem the increment in COVID-19 cases and the fact that these places has turned into epicenters of the scourge.
In her latest message on Monday, the Education Minister Janet Museveni noted that the government will reopen Schools when it’s due.

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Dr. Diana calls for digitization of the Health sector 

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The Permanent Secretary, Ministry of Health-Dr. Diana Atwine has Tuesday met with the team from Integrated Intelligent Computer System(IICS) that is implementing the integrated Health Monitoring System (iHMIS). The team, led by the Principal Investigator-Dr. Silver Kiyimba briefed her on the progress of the system that has so far been installed in 10 Regional Referral Hospitals and is set to automate 66 more health facilities this year.  IHMIS-under Ministry of ICT and National Guidance is a Government of Uganda- Initiative intended to automate and digitize the health system. It monitors timely interface with hospital administrators and other users, tracks attendance, monitors drug stocks and patient-doctor consultation time and alerts the hospital Management on key issues as expiry of drugs or requisition of new stock while enforcing accountability-among others.  Dr. Diana cautioned on low user-ability and adaptability by some of the Hospital administrators who she said, must adopt to digital change without fail. “Solutions of our health system will be solved by a much needed smarter process, and therefore this system is not optional” she added.This is after the IICS technical team had ably demonstrated which hospital teams had adopted to the digital usage.  Last week, 22 young scientists were sent to the field to retrain hospital administrators and staff on effective usage of the system. “Help me transform the sector. This is my dream; this is the dream of our country, to have better services for all. We must therefore put a new performance target with evidence based tangible results”, she added.  The meeting was also attended by the Director General-Ministry of Health, Dr. Henry Mwebesa and other officials who joined in from the field via zoom.

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MPs fault Minister Muhwezi over obstructing probe in Masaka killings – #ugnews24

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            A huge section of legislators on the parliament security and defence committee have concluded their report on the killings where they fault security minister Maj. Gen. Jim Muhwezi for trying to shield the unknown facts behind the killings.

In the report which is to be tabled before plenary today, the MPs argue that Minister Muhwezi seemed to be hiding something from the committee after he openly castigated security detectives for revealing ‘secrets’ to MPs during their interface.
“You can go back. You are not supposed to investigate. Security officers do not disclose information to these MPs,” Muhwezi said when he held the microphone. “I am the government. I speak for the government. I direct all security to stop sharing information with these MPs. You can go to hell if you don’t want to do your role. It is not the role of MPs to investigate,” he added.
SEE ALSO: Minister Muhwezi blocks MPs from investigating Masaka killings, tells them to ‘go to hell‘
The report shows that the Minister deliberately objected to a parliamentary probe into the killings something that instigated that this could be a government script meant to taint the opposition.
In their recommendations, the MPs advised that Curfew should be scrapped or extended.
They also added that curfew is extended to at least 23:00hrs after they noted from people’s confessions that the assailants capitalize on the scarcity of people in curfew time to conduct their executions.

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Besigye: State behind Masaka terror

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Opposition leader Col. Kizza Besigye has said, he suspects the NRM regime for creating the dreaded panga-wielding squad dubbed “Bijambiya” which has terrorized the residents of Greater Masaka in the recent past.
The terror in Masaka has claimed over 26 lives of which 20 people were killed in one month of August.
Political leaders across the country have come out to criticize government on slower response to combating this domestic terrorism.
Col. Kizza Besigye, a four –time- Presidential hopeful on Tuesday raised his opinion saying there is a likelihood that the State is responsible for these numerous murders.
“My first suspect would be the state,” Besigye told NBSTV.
He added that, “the second would be people with grievances caused by the State.”
He said that a section of marginalized Ugandans could have embarked on using violence to express discontent to the regime.
Besigye, however, didn’t labour to explain much the allegations he raised.
The Minister of Internal Affairs Gen. Kahinda Otafiire while on the same TV station last week confessed that government had lost its grip on Masaka, arguing that it could be the reason the murders are happening.
President Yoweri Museveni was hugely trounced in this area by opposition leader Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi Wine in the January Presidential polls.
The residents in Masaka voted opposition party National Unity Platform (NUP).
Political pundits contend that Besigye was alleging that the State is revenging vote of no confidence exhibited by locals of Greater Masaka.
Security has arrested over 20 suspects in Masaka and arraigned them in Court including two NUP MPs Allan Ssewanyana and Mohammad Ssegirinya who are currently incarcerated in Kitalya prison. The State linked them to these murders.
Security agencies have pitched camp in the area and for 10 days now, no single murder by Bijambiya squad has been reported.
Col. Besigye who has been out of action for sometime announced that he was folding his sleeves and would return to the trenches to fight for truth and justice.
Besigye has opposed President Yoweri Museveni for 21 years after breaking ranks in 1999, he then founded FDC which remains the powerful opposition party in Uganda.
However, he left FDC in 2012 and has since supritendend over  a parallel organisation at Katonga Road in Kampala.
Besigye while in government served in different capacities; as personal physician to Museveni, UPDF political commissar, Minister of Internal Affairs, etc.
He is considered Museveni longtime political adversary.
In 2011 Besigye spearheaded a political revolution codenamed Walk to Work that almost brought the regime to an end.

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IMF chiefs brief Opposition leadership on loans to Uganda

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                            The Leader of the opposition in Parliament, Mathias Mpuuga has held discussions with the country representative of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Izabela Karpowicz, and the donor agency’s chief of mission, Amine Mati.

The meeting, held under the auspices of the Parliamentary Forum on the IMF and the World Bank was intended to brief the Opposition leadership on government programmes supported by the two lending institutions.
Addressing the meeting via zoom from Washington DC, Mati took time to explain the US$1 billion loan facility for Uganda which was approved by the IMF executive board in June under the Extended Credit Facility (ECF) arrangement to support the post-COVID-19 recovery and the authorities’ plan to increase households’ incomes and inclusive growth by fostering private sector development.
Mati said that Uganda was picked for the three-year financing package upon realisation that its economy had been hit hard by the COVID-19 crisis which reversed decade-long gains in poverty reduction, a deterioration of the fiscal balances plus causing pressures on external buffers.
Mpuuga told the IMF team that questions about the loan have remained in the public domain since the government remained cagey on the intent of the loan, and also questioned the manner of how the IMF approved the loan without first seeking Parliamentary approval.
“We are surprised that seeking Parliamentary approval for the loan wasn’t critical for the IMF,” Mpuuga said adding that, ‘some of these conditions that are subject to the laws of the land should be respected because oversight begins with respect of the laid down procedure’.
Mati however, said that since the IMF deals directly with the Government and the Central Bank, the donors took it that there was conformity with the laws by the time applied for the loan.
Budadiri West MP, Hon Nandala Mafabi who is also a board member of the Parliamentary Forum on the IMF and the World Bank tasked the IMF team to explain whether they took into consideration Uganda’s absorption capacity following the Auditor General’s report that indicated that many loans have not been utilised.
In March this year, the Auditor General reported that 12 loans valued at shs1.3 trillion expired before disbursement to respective ministries and government entities which undermines the attainment of planned development targets and render commitment charges paid in respect of the undisbursed funds meaningless.
Other MPs notably, Hon Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda (FDC Kira Municipality), Betty Nambooze (NUP, Mukono Municipality) and Abed Bwanika (NUP, Kimanya – Kabonera) raised questions on how the IMF came up with the figure for the loan and as to whether it cared about Uganda’s high public debt.
Karpowicz told the meeting that while Uganda’s public debt is high, it does not cause so much concern since its GDP is better than that of many other countries.
“This is why domestic revenue is a key component of the programme [ECF],” she said.
The meeting agreed to further engage the legislators to have a better understanding of how the loan facility was structured and to identify the major gaps in it.

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Ntungamo: Man implicated in boda boda robberies killed with his children in arson attack

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                            Four people have been killed during an arson attack on a family in Ntungamo district.

The arson incident took place in Nyaburiza cell, Nyarutuntu Sub County in the wee hours of Monday killing a family head and his three biological children.
Sources from police indicate that the assailants locked the house members inside the house and used petrol to set the house on fire which burnt the bodies beyond recognition.
The dead have been identified as Obed Akampuriira (28) the head of the family, Innocent  Ainamatsiko  (10),Peterson Natwijuka (9) and Patricia Ainembabazi (7).
Birungi Akampuriira the mother to the children survived with serious burns and she was rushed to hospital for treatment.
Rwizi regional police spokesperson Samson Kasasira says Obed Akampuriira had recently been released from prison and had on several occasions been arrested in connection to robberies targeting cyclists in the area.
Kasasiira adds that the odor of petrol could be smelt in the surroundings and the assailants had abandoned a match box and a panga at the door way.
He further revealed that the assailants could be angry locals since he at one time survived a mob attack adding that police are still investigating the matter.

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DPP withdraws money laundering charges against lawyer, Nicholas Opiyo

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The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Justice Jane Frances Abodo has dropped charges of money laundering against human rights lawyer, Nicholas Opiyo.Last week, the Anti-Corruption High Court Judge Lawrence Gidudu gave DPP seven days to commit Opiyo for trial or have the case against him dismissed.Opiyo, the head of Chapter Four Uganda, a civil rights organisation, was arbitrarily arrested by plain-clothed men in December last year. He was not immediately informed of the reason for his arrest.The prosecution had alleged that Opiyo on October 8, 2020, at ABSA Bank Garden City Branch, in Kampala district, acquired $340,000 (about Shs1.2 billion) through the bank account of Chapter Four Uganda, knowing that the said funds were “proceeds of crime.”On Dec. 30, the Anti-Corruption Court granted bail to Opiyo. Justice Kajuga ordered Opiyo to pay Shs 15 million as bail.With the the trial not kicking off, Opiyo recently filed an application in the High court asking charges to be dismissed on grounds that it appeared police was not demonstrating progress in concluding investigations which in his view is unjust and unfair.In a withdrawal notice dated September 10, 2021, Abodo informed the Chief Magistrate Anti-Corruption Court that she had decided to withdraw the case against Opiyo.“This is to inform court that the Director of Public Prosecutions has decided to discontinue proceedings against Opiyo Nicholas charged with Money Laundering C/S 3(c) 116 and 131 (1) a, of the Anti-Money Laundering act as amended,” Abodo said without elaborating the reason for dropping the charges.The presiding magistrate, Moses Nabende, hence dismissed the money laundering charges against Opiyo and freed him.“It’s hereby ordered that proceedings against the accused person charged with money laundering are discontinued by virtue of the withdrawal from serial no. 1547 dated September 10. The accused person (Opiyo) is discharged accordingly,” ruled Nabende. 

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Kyabazinga judgement set for today – 93.3 KFM

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                            By ABUBAKER KIRUNDA

By Tausi Nakato

 
The High Court in Jinja will today rule on the alleged illegality of the Kyabazinga of Busoga kingdom, William Gabula Nadiope IV, which was filed by the chief of Bulamogi, Prince Edward Columbus Wambuzi, shortly after the former’s election in September 2014.
The Court registrar, Mr Fred Waninda, yesterday asked the petitioner to return to Court today for judgement on grounds that court was short of staff.
“I have the judgement here but we have scarcity of staff today; so, come tomorrow [Tuesday] for the ruling,” Mr Waninda said.
Read more: https://www.monitor.co.ug/uganda/news/national/kyabazinga-judgement-set-for-today-3549480

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TOPICAL DISCUSSION: Is TV presenter Kabuura’s manhood a matter of national importance?

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                            NTV sports presenter Andrew Kabuura took long to marry for good reasons until he met Flavia Tumusiime, a fellow media personality who had taken too long to settle down. The feeling was mutual – they could not leave each other for what they had discovered in each other.

However, old habits die hard. Kabuura as a true goal-scoring machine – the real GOAT in the league with Cristiano Ronaldo – keeping looking for new opportunities. And he has made fans – encouraging him to keep the game going.
For such talent, even Manchester, the team he divorced ages ago, opened its arms to receive him again, when he showed interest. Same thing with Kabuura. No wonder, among the top commentators of the day is the self-styled Masolo Queen Bad Black who emphasized that Flavia could only be mad to leave Kabuura’s endowment for a small thing such as cheating! In saying so – Bad Black was emphasizing the fact that dicks of Kabuura’s kind are meant to dig! Period.
So why has Kabuura become a national sensation!
Well – every man has a dick. And every woman wants a good one. So, never underestimate the power of dicks! Every dick has its day – the other day – the country was discussing the size of Masaka ‘tycoon’ Lwasa. Whereas his size didn’t make him a hero – it is understandable.
However, Kabuura is confusing many people. The girl he took home is a Champions league glory trophy. It beats our understanding that he went down to play in some village league. The girl, whereas she speaks French, is one the Kabuuras should not touch! She is the kind NBS’s Kayz should be about with – understandably.
The weekend and new week have been a fire. Capital FM where Flavia is a mid-morning presenter – they had more ears listening to them than any other day in the past years! Apparently, Flavia is well and bluffing with Amooti. She says she enjoyed the weekend – neighbours say Kabuura was around with his cassava!
For now – let us pray for the French embassy official – we hope she still has her marriage together as Flavia and Kabuura have theirs!

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Mpuuga questions why IMF approved the loan facility for Uganda without seeking parliamentary approval

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The Leader of the opposition, Mathias Mpuuga yesterday questioned why the International Monetary Fund approved a loan facility to Uganda without seeking the input of Parliament.He made the query during discussions with the country representative of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Izabela Karpowicz, and the donor agency’s chief of mission, Amine Mati.The meeting, held under the auspices of the Parliamentary Forum on the IMF and the World Bank was intended to brief the opposition leadership on government programs supported by the two lending institutions.Addressing the meeting via zoom from Washington DC, Mati explained that the $ 1 billion loan facility for Uganda which was approved by the IMF executive board in June under the Extended Credit Facility (ECF) arrangement to support the post-Covid-19 recovery efforts.Mati said that Uganda was picked for the three-year financing package upon realisation that its economy had been hit hard by the Covid-19 pandemic.Mpuuga told the IMF team that questions about the loan have remained in the public domain since the government remained cagey on the intentions of the loan, and also questioned the manner of in which the IMF approved the loan without first seeking parliamentary approval.“We are surprised that seeking parliamentary approval for the loan wasn’t critical for the IMF,” Mpuuga said, adding that, “some of these conditions that are subject to the laws of the land should be respected because oversight begins with respect to the laid down procedure.”Mati however said that since the IMF deals directly with the government and the central bank, the donors took it that there was conformity with the laws by the time applied for the loan.Budadiri West MP, Nathan Nandala Mafabi who is also a board member of the Parliamentary Forum on the IMF and the World Bank tasked the IMF team to explain whether they took into consideration Uganda’s absorption capacity following the Auditor General’s report that indicated that many loans have not been utilized.In March this year, the Auditor General reported that 12 loans valued at Shs 1.3 trillion expired before disbursement to respective ministries and government entities which undermines the attainment of planned development targets.Other MPs notably, Ibrahim Ssemujju Nganda, for MP Kira Municipality; Betty Nambooze, MP Mukono Municipality and Abed Bwanika, MP Kimanya – Kabonera raised questions on how the IMF came up with the figure for the loan and as to whether it cared about Uganda’s high public debt.Karpowicz told the meeting that although Uganda’s public debt is high, it does not cause so much concern since its GDP is better than that of many other countries.“This is why domestic revenue is a key component of the program [ECF],” she said.

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Nick Ruto Speaks Out Following Viral Birthday Video

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Nick Ruto, Deputy President William Ruto’s son, has come out to clear the air following his birthday video that went viral on social media eliciting a myriad of reactions.In the video, a man believed to be of Asian origin, is seen taking a chain and putting it on Nick’s neck amid cheers from the crowd which was attending his 30th birthday party.The video elicited mixed reactions with most people taking on different social media platforms to question his orientation.Nick, through his social media page on Monday, September 13, came out to clear the air that he was not in a relationship with the guy who gifted him the necklace.Through his post, Nick argued that receiving a gift from a person of the same or different gender does not amount to a relationship.He further advised his followers to build their circles around people who value friendship and can gift them during their special occasions.”Build your circle and celebrate each other. If you can, gift your friends the best you can on their special occasions like Birthdays, Anniversaries, weddings etc. This will help you understand the value of friendship and comprehend that gifting a friend of same or opposite gender does NOT amount to erotic relationship. Thank you all for your birthday wishes and gifts,” Nick Ruto wrote.Before the party, Nick had shared on his social media page stating that he was getting wiser and stronger.”Today I’m celebrating my birthday… Growing strong and wise…3rd floor is sweet,” he wrote.Nick has always maintained a low profile prior to this incident that propelled him to the streets of social media. He has been engaging in activities that champion for youths’ rights and empowerment through different forums.He was born on September 9, 1991, and he is the eldest son in a family of six, including an adopted daughter.He is a  lawyer by profession and was among 223 graduands admitted to the bar as Advocates of the High Court of Kenya in 2018 by Chief Justice (Rtd.) David K. Maraga.Nick has previously been spotted at political rallies in the company of several politicians including Elgeyo Marakwet Senator, Kipchumba Murkomen, and Starehe Member of Parliament, Charles Njagua.In his last public appearance, Nick appealed to the youth to engage in positive activities in society.”The leadership should come out to speak to the youth. There is a way you can speak to the youth on how they can come out of those problems and guide them on how they can get focused in life,” he said.  Deputy President William Ruto (right) and his son, Nick Ruto, after he got admitted to the bar in 2019.The Standard

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Top Govt Officials to Fly to Dubai for African Expo

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Cabinet Secretaries and other top government officials will fly out of the country and join other African delegates at the sixth edition of the Global Business Forum Africa (GBF Africa) in Dubai. The expo is scheduled for October 13 – 14, 2021 at Dubai Exhibition Centre in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Several Heads of States and more than 30 ministers, high-ranking government officials and prominent influential business leaders from Africa confirmed their participation and availability. His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, announced on Monday, September 13.  The Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA), NairobiFile The Heads of States who will be attending include Filipe Nyusi (Mozambique), Felix Tshisekedi (DR Congo) and the Vice President of Zimbabwe, Constantine Chiwenga. Other delegates include five ministers from Ghana, four from Angola, six from Ethiopia, two from Uganda, Zimbabwe and Liberia respectively, Botswana, Côte d’Ivoire, Mauritius, Mozambique, Namibia, Niger, Senegal, Seychelles, Congo and the Kingdom of Lesotho, along with CSs from Kenya and government officials from Rwanda and the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA).Dubai did not, however, mention the specific government officials from Kenya who will be attending.The forum’s main agenda will be to build bridges between UAE and African business communities and explore untapped trade and investment potential.It will further offer businessmen and investors valuable insights and up-to-date information on a plethora of promising investment opportunities, help facilitate cooperation between business communities in Africa and the UAE to help African companies benefit from Dubai’s experience in building an integrated digital economy rooted in cutting-edge technologies.“Countries from across the world that are participating in Expo 2020 are eager to widen and deepen their ties with Africa, and GBF Africa will be a crucial forum where the continent can share its plans and achievements, seek investments and solutions to its challenges and forge new relationships across the globe.”“Expo 2020 will bring together 191 nations plus millions of visitors, leveraging the convening power of World Expos and the UAE’s unique position as a global centre for trade to drive international collaboration and boost access to high-growth markets such as Africa,” Her Excellency Reem Al Hashimy, UAE Minister of State for International Cooperation and Director-General of Expo 2020 Dubai, stated. Hamad Buamim, President and CEO of Dubai Chamber of Commerce and Industry, added that the success that GBF Africa has had in attracting African presidents, ministers and influential leaders to join its high-level talks reflects the forum’s position as a leading global platform for exploring investment opportunities in the African continent. Buamin noted that the forum reinforces the crucial role played by Dubai’s wise leadership in expanding the emirate’s trade links with emerging markets around the world.“The sixth edition of the forum will underline the crucial role of cross-border cooperation to discover new business opportunities in Africa, the home of one of the most important emerging markets in the world. Dubai Chamber is keen to continue its efforts to promote building strategic partnerships with the key players in the African business ecosystem. “The Chamber is also committed to encouraging and supporting local and national companies to invest in African markets and enhance sustainable economic growth and development,” Buamim stated.  Dubai, city in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).File

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Sonko: I’m Unable to Pay School Fees for my Kids

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Former Nairobi Governor, Mike Mbuvi Sonko, now says he is unable to cater for his needs and those of his family, including paying school fees for his young ones.Through an application filed at the High Court, Sonko wants the court to release the Ksh15 million he deposited as cash bail in a graft case.He wants to be allowed to substitute the cash bail with other assets as security to save him from a financial meltdown.“I am asking the court to be allowed to deposit security in place of the cash bail to enable me access the money for purposes of attending to my health, paying school fees for my young ones, pay my lawyers and cater for my daily needs and those of my family,” said Sonko. Former Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko at a past function in 2016File Sonko, in the application, argued that he has no other source of income and since his accounts were frozen he has had a very hard time taking care of his family.The former governor has, however, assembled three high-end vehicles worth Ksh30.4 million which he is willing to surrender to court so that he can have the Ksh15 million cash bail back. His lawyer, Philip Kaingu, justifying Sonko’s plea told the court that his client has no intention of absconding from court hearings.“The graft cases against him have proceeded well with more than 10 witnesses which means there is no risk of him absconding court. It is in the interest that he be allowed to substitute the cash bail to enable him fend for his family,” said Kaingu.In his affidavit, Sonko told the court that he personally raised Ksh5 million to secure his release while his friends contributed the remaining Ksh10 million.He went further to deny claims that Ksh10 million was paid by Nairobi deputy governor, Anne Kananu, stating that she only acted as the treasurer to collect the money from friends.The former city boss was in December 2019 charged with conspiring to embezzle funds from Nairobi County alongside other officials.The prosecution side alleged that Sonko awarded contracts to companies after receiving kickbacks amounting to Ksh39 million from some of the traders.He was charged with three different counts of financial felonies ranging from money laundering, conspiracy to commit an offense of graft, and conflict of interest. Former Nairobi Governor Mike Sonko during his impeachment hearing in December 2020. criminal

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Man handed 30 years imprisonment for murdering wife – 93.3 KFM

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                            By Ruth Anderah

The Court of Appeal has upheld a murder conviction and 30 year jail setence that was handed to a husband for murdering his wife.
Domic Twinomuhangi was convicted of murdering his wife Rose Asasira and handed a 30 year jail sentence by the then Kabale High Court Judge Moses Kazibwe Kawumi on  September 11th 2017.
However,  being dissatisfied,  he appealed both his conviction and sentence.
However,  three justices of the Court of appeal led by Richard Buteera have upheld both his conviction and sentence on grounds that the judge never erred in law, while convicting and sentencing him to 30 years.
It was alleged that on July  29th 2012, at Kabahangara Cell,Karubanda ward,Kabale Municipality, the convict killed his wife Asasira Rose. 
Evidence shows that the two got into a fight, he murdered his wife and at night, he reported himself  to Kabale police station and police later discovered her body lying in a pool of blood in their home.
The justices further ruled that the sentence  imposed on the convict was not illegal nor based on wrong principles and neither was it manifestly harsh or excessive given the circumstances of the case.
And as a result, they found no reason to interfere with the lower Court decision.

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Ray G and Annabell give fans baby fever with these photos

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Singer Ray G, real name Reagan Muhairwe and his fiancee Annabell Twinomugisha will leave you wishing you had a baby of your own with these new photos.

Awesome Entertainment singer Ray G and his fiancee have been enjoying parenting since welcoming their first child in January.

Now at eight months old, their baby girl is enjoying the pampering from the young couple, growing, and already learning how to pose for photos.

Read Also: Ray G welcomes first daughter with fiancée Annabell (PHOTOS)

Through her social media platforms, Annabell shared adorable photos of their little family enjoying quality time together.

In her caption, she thanked God for the gift of life and blessing her with such a wonderful family.

GOD, it’s me again! Thank you for the gift of Life. RAY G. Blessings OnlyAnnabell Twonimugisha

The photos will make you want to have your own baby, if you don’t have one already. Check them out below:

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Motorist Stuck on Road Alights to Get Help, Finds Vehicle Missing

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A motorist who got stuck on the road for three hours after his vehicle broke down, was shocked to find it missing 30 minutes after he alighted to go seek help.A statement by the DCI on Monday, September 14, indicated that Stephen Kamau was on his way to Murang’a from Maragua town, when his vehicle stalled on the road at around 2am.Kamau parked it by the roadside and kept vigil until 5am when he alighted to look for a mechanic. DCI headquartersFile On his way, however, Kamau remembered that he had not carried his charger with him and went back to where he had left the vehicle.”He discovered that he had left his type c phone charger inside the vehicle and decided to go back and get it.” “Kamau was shocked beyond words, to find his earlier broken down vehicle missing. How it disappeared from where he had left it 30 minutes earlier, baffled him,” reads a statement by DCI.He immediately walked to Murang’a police station where he reported the incident.According to data from the Association of Kenya Insurers (AKI), an estimated 1,300 vehicles are reported stolen in Kenya each year, an average of 4 vehicles disappearing into the dark underworld of carjacking per day.The report indicates that 71% of vehicles reported stolen in the country are Toyotas, followed by Isuzu (7%) and Nissan (5%). The rest constitute 17% cumulatively.In terms of colour, carjackers prefer white followed by silver.Car thieves have kept abreast with the changing technology in the motor industry and one of the tactics they use when stealing is the use of jammers.Here, a thief presses the jammer just before the driver presses his fob to lock the car.The car’s alarm will make its usual sound but the car will not lock. To be safe, it is advisable to ensure all doors are locked before leaving your car. An undated file image of a parking lot within the Central Business District.File steal thief thieves stolen

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Rukungiri Municipality MP visits areas destroyed by hailstorms – The Informer UG

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RUKUNGIRI– The Rukungiri Municipality legislator Hon. Dr. Elisa Rutahigwa has consoled residents whose gardens were on Thursday last week destroyed by heavy rains characterized by hailstorm.
The hailstorms destroyed crops in the villages of Nshuure, Kitazigurukwa, Kataruka, Kakonkoma, Katungu, Kibimbiri and Rwoobo all in Southern Division Rukungiri Municipality.
After receiving the information about the matter, Rutahigwa on Monday visited the affected villages to assess the magnitude of the damage. Rutahigwa confirmed that the hailstorms ravaged and destroyed cassavas, banana plantations, potatoes, cabbages, tomatoes among other food gardens.
The legislator advised the village chairpersons and local leaders of affected areas to make comprehensive reports and present them to the district officials such that they can be forwarded to the Ministry of disasters and preparedness as well as Office of the Prime Minister for help.
He also encouraged the hailstorm victims to re-plant quick maturing food stuffs as early as possible since its still rainy season so that they do away with future famine.
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Hailstorm victims narrated that they are now happy with their area legislator  for visiting them during these hard times terming him different from the previous one.
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Dr. Elisa Rutahigwa also encouraged the people of Rukungiri Municipality to embrace government programs if they are to get themselves out of poverty.

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RDC Owole halts allocation of stalls in Tororo market over insecurity – The Informer UG

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NEWS– Nixion Owole the Tororo District Resident District Commissioner has directed the Tororo Municipality Mayor Orono Nyapidi to halt allocation of spaces in the market citing a security threats.

Owole says that his office has received overwhelming number of complaints from market vendors about the insecurity if nothing is done soon.
The RDC now wants the disputes resolution committee to first handle the complaints before resuming the allocation of more stalls.
He noted that the market can be enough but warned against greed tendencies as well as self allocation of some council staff and councillors as complaints has it currently.
John Okea the Tororo district chairperson urges the Municipality Authorities to look into solving the grievance by allocating stalls to vendors who missed out in the new market spaces somewhere else to start new livelihoods.

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Rubanda District receives 16 tonnes of maize grains, bean seeds from NAADS – The Informer UG

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NEWS– The Rubanda District Allocation committee (DAC) has received 8000kg of maize grains and 8000 of bean seeds from NAADS through Pearl seeds limited to be distributed to farmers for this season.
The district Allocation committee is composed of the Resident District Commissioner (RDC), Chief Administrative officer (CAO), LCV chairperson, district auditor and the district store keeper.
Speaking to our reporter, the district production officer Muhangi Benon said that the beneficiary farmers will be drawn from 17 sub counties and town councils making up Rubanda district.
Muhangi noted that every sub-county and town council will receive 380 kilograms of seeds and allocation committees will get the names of farmers from the parishes. 
“Each parish representative will get 10kg of beans and maize” said Muhangi.
He calls on farmers not to sell or cook these seeds but rather take them to gardens and plant them since it is planting season.
The Rubanda District Chairman Ampeire Steven Kasyaba hailed NAADs and the supplier for timely delivery of the donation since it’s currently a planting season.

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Sex workers’ increment worries authorities in Ntungamo District – The Informer UG

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NTUNGAMO– The Ntungamo district leaders are decrying the increase of sex workers attributed to COVID-19 in some spot areas within the district.
According to Twesigye Nesterio the district health educator and coordinator of VHTs, the sex workers figure stood at 35% of the population in the district but as the country battled COVID-19 which resulted in lockdowns and job losses over the past two years.
Twesigye noted that many people suffered job loss, domestic violence and poverty which degenerated into hide commercial sex in Nyamukana, Mirama-Hills, Rubaare, Rwentobo-Rwahi and Ntungamo Municipality thus increasing the cases of HVI/AIDS transmission.
However, he condemned the clients of sex workers who are men accusing them of fostering the girls to go for them since they are well off.
Twesigye made the call over the weekend at the media and key stakeholder’s engagement organized by Organization for Community Empowerment (OCE) held at Red Cross Society Hall in Ntungamo municipality.
He urged Media personnel to take up the responsibility of sensitizing the public against the spread of HIV/AIDs given the platform they have.
Christopher Nshemereza, a principal township officer who represented the chief Administrative, called for joint efforts towards fighting the spread of HIV/AIDS.
Nshemereza revealed that the fight against HIV will not be a success unless all the stakeholders come together to check the spread and ensure that people living with HIV get quality and friendly health services.
Wasswa Achilles Kawooya the executive director for Organization for community empowerment –OCE revealed that the organization will work closely with the district for a period of three years in supporting the persons living with HIV and other vulnerable communities especially through mobilizing and supporting them to start up income generating projects.
Wasswa revealed that the media play a vital role in supporting the key populations in addressing the barriers hindering them from achieving improved income, access to better health, and dealing with discrimination.
According to Kawooya, the Ugx 741,567,600 project followed by a visit study between Uganda and Rwanda to address part of the problem of high HIV prevalence among key populations such as female sex workers in six of districts of Lyantonde, Ntungamo and Kabale in Uganda and Kigali, Nyagatare and Musanze in Rwanda.
The Organization for Community Empowerment (OCE) project which will end in 2023 will work with five health centers of Ntungamo Municipal HCIV, Rweikiniro HCIII, Ruhaama HCIII, Kitwe HCIV and Kafunjo HCII all along Ntungamo-Mirama- Kagitumba road.
Natukunda Peace Kaconco a health rights activist in Ntungamo revealed that the intervention by the organization is timely since the situation is challenging having been made worse by the outbreak of COVID-19 that saw many people lose out on their sources of livelihood.
Ntungamo district has 17,718 people living with HIV/AIDs but only 13,488 are on drugs.
Atleast 10 journalists from Ntungamo district were trained and committed themselves to cascade the skills of fight for the rights of key populations.

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Two year old toddler electrocuted in Jinja City – The Informer UG

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JINJA– Jinja police are investigating the electrocution of a toddler in a retail shop.
Two-year-old Anita Mwanje met her death on Sunday afternoon in one of the retail shops in Mpumudde West C cell in Southern division in Jinja city.
The shop is just about 10 meters from the toddler’s home. The proprietor of the shop whose identity was not readily available has since fled into hiding.
It is alleged that Mwanje had gone to play with other children around the shop and accident put her fingers in an open socket leading to the unfortunate incident.
Her father, Matia Kavuma says that residents alerted him about the death of her daughter.
Kavuma, a hawker says that his wife divorced him during last year’s lockdown and currently lives his children under the care of well-wishers.
Joshua Tenywa, the area defense secretary says that due to the lockdown measures, many parents have lost their formal employment and have resorted to all means of survival, leaving their children unattended to. He says that hungry children often go begging eats from shops.
Kiira Regional police spokesperson James Mubi says that detectives inspected the scene of crime and took the toddler’s lifeless body to Jinja Regional Referral hospital mortuary for postmortem.

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My Sony Music contract was tailored to my demands – Navio – Kampala Sun

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    By Ahmad Muto

Rapper Navio who was one of the first local artistes to ink deals with global music label Sony Music has revealed that the reason he left Sony quietly without the unnecessary buzz that has come to characterise the artiste – label relationship locally is he placed his demands on the table. He said he effected a clause that enabled him to exit at will and not the standard contract they gave artistes, reasoning that every artiste has their own standard. This is contrary to reports that he quit because they were frustrating his career.
“Nothing went wrong with my Sony deal. I am not allowed to talk about the contract to great detail. The way we went about it was we made sure we could eject at anytime without damaging our relationship. As long as I give a three-month notice. That clause was not there, we put it in ourselves. I would still be there,” he said.
He indicted the new crop of artistes for signing standard contracts which he said is a red flag.
“You have your own standard. And never have just one person read over your contract; minimum three people. It is also the power of negotiation. Some artistes sign knowing what they are getting into, but do it for the fame,” he added.
This comes at a time when Black Market Records is on the spotlight over contract issues. Bruno K said he signed a one year contract while the label argued he signed a five-year contract, technically because he failed to record the 10 songs he had to in the one year. They also reported his Nipe Love music video that was taken down by YouTube last month. They argued he does not own the rights.
Singer Nina Roz left the country briefly for Kigali, Rwanda after claiming the label had taken down her YouTube Channel also over contract issues. Both Both artistes were planning to take legal action.

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SAD! 2 Children die by drowning in Kazo – The Informer UG

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KAZO– Sombre mood engulfed residents in Bwengara Village, Kazo Sub county, Kazo district, after two homes in the same village lost two children to drowning.
The deceased, identified as Kahoza Emmanuel 14 a son to Lazaro Kyarimpa and Akandwanaho Asaph 12 whose Father was not identified by press time.
The two, all residents of the same village Bwengara met their death in a dam where they had gone to cool themselves, as they were coming from the bush to collect firewood.
Kazo District Police Commander, ASP Hadali Kosayi who led Kazo police to the crime scene blames parents a lot for their insufficient care for their children.

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Stop benchmarking the music industry on the ‘Big 3’ – Bushington – Kampala Sun

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    By Ahmad Muto<br>According to talent manager, producer and entertainment critic, Bushington, the setback to the local music industry has been mindset. He particularly points out the problematic use of singers Bebe Cool, Jose Chameleone and Bobi Wine as the yardstick. The producer argued that one of the reasons Nigeria’s music industry has prospered is not subjecting their industry to benchmarks.<br>“I think we should stop benchmarking our industry on those three singers – Chameleone, Bebe Cool and Bobi Wine. Look at the Nigerians. P Square, D’Banj, 2Face stepped aside and gave the new guys; the Davidos and Wizkids a chance and they are embracing them. Now the Wizkids are opening up for the Remas. For us we are stuck with the three,” he argued.<br>He added that it is why he had serious reservations with the same artistes that, in his opinion, are retired being on the front line in Gulu, discussing matters pertaining the industry and its future yet it should have been the young artistes.<br>“If I were General Saleh, why call the retired musicians and leave the current players? Every platform I get, I make sure I bring a new kid, however much they add pressure on me not to,” he added.

Bushington is rather low-key figure, credited for taking a number of Ugandan singers to the Coke Studio Africa where he is one of the 25 music specialists. Artistes on the show get to develop their craft by doing original songs or covers in collaboration with an international artiste. Maurice Kirya, Bebe Cool, Chameleone, Fik Fameica, Rema Namakula, Lydia Jazmine have graced the show at different times.

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NRM Deputy SG rallies youths to embrace Government programs – The Informer UG

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KAMPALA– The NRM Deputy Secretary General, Rose Namayanja Nsereko has urged youth leaders to mobilize their fellow youth to embrace all government programmes in order to ensure economic inclusion of the young generation in the money economy.
While officiating at the Central Region Youth Council Session held at Luwero Catholic Diocese, where she was an invited guest, Namayanja highlighted the livelihood programs like emyooga where out of the 19 categories, 14 of them have young people as the majority, noting that the youth leadership is responsible for monitoring their performance.
Namayanja stresses that the young people stand to benefit more in the parish Development Model programme that of the Youth Livelihood since it is parish based and that the government made a reserve quota for young people.
She further called for a harmonious working relationship between the youth councils and local government Councillors in order to optimize their lobbying capacity, leaving political affiliations aside.

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Friends of Engari donate COVID-19 relief food to starving residents – The Informer UG

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KAZO– Several individuals in Engari Sub county, Kazo district have benifited from the relief food items donated in a move to curtail the spread of COVID-19.
Several beneficiaries including Teaching and non teaching staff of Pearl High School-Engari, BodaBoda riders and the vendors with the rest of the community members received approximately 15Kg of beans and 25Kg of maize flour each, from a Non-Governmental Organization-NGO Friends of Engari Company Limited whereby its Donors are based in Australia.
Farida Namubiru, the NGO coordinator said the donation was made following the need expressed by Pearl High School Engari Directors; Owen Amutuhaire and Twesigye Wickliffe-the former Parliamentary aspirant for Kazo county.
The Friends of Engari company Limited has been in existence for at least five years  and  has been supporting education for the needy children by sponsoring them and that it gives a hand to other community related projects.

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What next for the sector? – Kampala Sun

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    By Paul Waiswa

While addressing the nation on July 30, the President said the international and local accredited sports   events as well as outdoor individual sports activities are allowed under strict observance of Standard Operating Procedures, but indoor sports activities remained closed. The 42 day ban ended last Friday, leaving many confused on what happens next since no new directives have been issued.
The President had also banned gaming and betting, casinos, theatres, cinemas, performing artists, concerts, and comedy and said these measures would be reviewed after 42 days.
However, when the 42 days ended, the President did not issue any new directives either to extend the ban or rescind it.
Legally, there is nothing presently that bars the performing artists from organising shows and sports activities resuming activities.
However, Dr Monica Musenero, the senior presidential advisor on epidemics, yesterday said the directives still stand as last communicated.
According to her, all those sections that have not been opened would be reviewed after 60 days from the President’s last address.
“Anything that he did not open remains as it is. Sometimes the President does not mention everything, but if you have not been specifically opened, then you remain closed,” she beamed.
Musenero asked Ugandans to go for vaccination so that when the next review is done, it will give government a better chance and position to reopen other sectors that are still under lock and on ban.
In furthering a similar argument, Emmanuel Ainebyoona, the Ministry of Health spokesperson, said while the President is yet to issue new directives, the National Covid-19 Taskforce will review the directives this week.
The Prime Minister, Robinah Nabbanja, however, told the House that the curfew and all the other measures announced by the President still remain in force until he guides on the next course of action.
Last Thursday, the Kasilo County MP, Hon. Elijah Okupa, while speaking in Parliament demanded to know under what circumstances the country still remained under lock down after the extension period by the President ended.

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Kyabazinga Drums Support For Princess Kadogo’s EALA Bid as 7th Coronation Barzar Ends in Style

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                            It was all pomp and excitement as the Kyabazinga of Busoga William Wilberforce Gabula Nadiope IV celebrated his 7th coronation on Monday, 13, at his administrative palace in Bugembe, Jinja City.

Several dignitaries, both from within Busoga and outside the subregion graced the occasion, with representatives from other cultural institutions among them.
The central government was represented by State Minister for Gender, Peace Mutuzo.
Also in attendance was First Deputy Prime Minister, and also Kamuli Woman MP Rebecca Kadaga, former Vice President Specioza Wandira Kazibwe and all the MPs from the sub-region, save for Bugiri Municiapality’s Asuman Basalirwa who was absent, albeit with an apology.
On his part, Kyabzinga Gabula IV commended his subject for always remaining steadfast in advancing the affairs of the kingdom. He highlighted the need to continue pushing for the return of Kingdom properties still in the hands of the Central Governmentent as a way of pushing for the institution’s self sufficiency.
He directed the Kingdom Primier, Owek’ Dr. Joseph Muvawala, assisted by Bugabula North MP John Taylor to spearhead negotiations with the Government for the return of ” ebyaife.”
The King also appealed to his subordinate MPs to support former Budiope Woman MP Princess Veronica Kadogo’s bid to represent the country at the Arusha based East African Legislative Assembly( EALA).
He further called for a united society free of divisions and infighting, vices he said are detrimental to the development of the Kingdom.
Kadaga, in her speech decried to the light of early pregnancies among the girls in Busoga and highlighted her commitment to fight it in order to see all the girls remain in schools. This, she promised to enroll the support and participation of contestants of the Busoga Miss Tourism pageant to drive the ” keep the girl child in school” message deeper.

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Luwero teenage mothers struggle to look after children

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Luwero, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Several teenage mothers in Luwero district are appealing for skills training to enable them to look after themselves and their children. According to Luwero District Health report, at least 16,163 girls below the age of 19 years got pregnant in the 2020/21 financial year.
Of these, 442 are below 15 years of age. Luwero, Zirobwe, Kikyusa and Bombo town councils registered the highest cases of teenage pregnancies. Kalagala, Kamira and Katikamu sub-counties also registered high numbers.
Some teenagers have already given birth whereas others are expecting soon. One of the teenage mothers is a primary six pupil at Kanjuki Parents Primary School in Kamira sub county. She conceived during the first COVID-19 lockdown after being lured into sex by a 29-year-old man with less than Shillings 30,000.
She says that after getting pregnant, her family decided to settle the matter with the culprit who accepted to look after her pregnancy. She however notes that after delivering in January this year, the support started dwindling. She is currently struggling to look after herself as well as the child.
Another S3 girl at Monde Secondary School in Katikamu sub county gave birth in March this year after falling prey to a 22-year-old man. She has since relocated to her auntie where she is struggling to look after the child because the man has vanished.
The 18-year-old girl says that her parents are unable to return her to school and now appeals to Organizations to offer her training in hairdressing or tailoring to enable her to look after herself as well as the child.
Several other teenage mothers complain of lack of basic necessities and medical care after giving birth. Hajarah Nangobi, a resident of Kamira town council says that she was disappointed to see her young child pregnant.
Nangobi says that she is unable to return to school because she is now looking after 10 people including her newly born grandchild. She has appealed to Organizations to come to their rescue and offer free vocational training to teenage mothers to help them start a new life.
Sarah Nagadya whose S.4 child gave birth last week says that the teenage mother seems to have lost interest in secondary education and now want to focus on vocational training so as to empower her with skills to start her own business.
Ronald Ssentongo, a teacher at Adonai Primary School in Kamira sub-county, says that the majority of the teenagers that got pregnant may not return to school because they feel ashamed of their fellow learners. He says that some parents have resolved to marry off the children who got pregnant because of their inability to look after them.
Daniel Kyaterekera, the Luwero District Education Secretary has asked the Ministry of Education to expedite the plan to reopen schools to save other children from getting pregnant. Kyaterekera says that many teenage mothers need vocational training but as the district, they have no institute that offers free training.
He asked the government to come up with strategies to ensure that young mothers do not completely drop out of formal education without skills. Last week, President Yoweri Museveni directed the prime minister to lead the team from the ministry of education, health and the national task force to come up with dates and revised safe proposals for the reopening of learning institutions.


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DPP drops money laundering charges against Human Rights lawyer Nicholas Opiyo

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                            The Director of Public Prosecution (DPP) Jane Frances Abodo has withdrawn all charges of money laundering against Human Rights lawyer Nicholas Opiyo.

In a letter dated 10th /09/2021 copied to the Resident State Attorney (in Anti-corruption), the Regional Criminal Investigations Directorate (CID) officer Kampala Metropolitan Police Eastern region, Abodo informed the Chief Magistrate Anti-Corruption Court that she had decided to withdraw the case against Opiyo.
“This is to inform the court that the Director of Public Prosecution has decided to discontinue proceedings against Opiyo Nicholas charged with Money Laundering C/S. 3(c) 116 and 136(1)(a) of the Anti-Money Laundering Act as amended,”she said.
The withdrawal of the case comes just a few days to the deadline of the seven days High Court judge Lawrence Gidudu gave to government to complete investigating into the case against Opiyo or have the charges against him terminated. He argued that suspects should be accorded a fair and speedy trial.
“The court is mandated to balance the right of the State to prosecute offenders to punish crime in society with the right of an accused to have a fair, speedy and public trial before an impartial court. Consequently, I make the following orders to dispose of this application,” stated Justice Gidudu.
He added, “The prosecution (DPP) is given seven days from the date hereof, to commit the applicant (lawyer Opiyo) for trial before the High Court and disclose its case to the accused. For the avoidance of doubt, this is before the closure of business on September 15, 2021 (this Wednesday). If after September 15, the applicant (Mr Opiyo) has not been committed for trial to the High Court, then the prosecution of the applicant in criminal case 106 of 2020 shall stand terminated under section 17 (2) of the Judicature Act to prevent abuse of the process of the court by curtailing delays in prosecuting the applicant. There are no orders as to costs.”
Opiyo, the executive director of Chapter Four Uganda, was arrested in December last year and subsequently, charged with money laundering.
The prosecution alleges that Opiyo on October 8, 2020, at Absa Bank, Garden City Branch, in Kampala acquired $340,000 (about Shs1.2b) in the names of Chapter Four Uganda, which was proceeds of crime.
However, his lawyers have always been complaining that since January, the prosecution is carrying out unending investigations which have hindered their client’s trials.

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Inspectorate of Courts to investigate Chief Magistrate’s bar Brawl incident

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The Chief Registrar, Ms Sarah Langa Siu has tasked the Inspectorate of Courts to investigate the unfortunate incident in which Mr. Brian Teko Lokeris, the Chief Magistrate Kapchorwa is alleged to have been arrested and detained following a bar brawl.
“As an independent, competent and accountable Arm of Government that is mandated to administer justice to all, we are closely following up the matter with Moroto Police so that thorough investigations are carried out into the alleged September 11 incident at Mount Moroto Hotel,” the Chief Registrar said.
The Judiciary does not condone misconduct by its staff and as such, the alleged incident is being inquired into by the Inspectorate of Courts.
“The Inspectorate of Courts is an Internal organ mandated to investigate and examine complaints against Judiciary staff, in order to enforce the Judicial Code of Conduct and the Code of Conduct and Ethics for Uganda Public Service,” the Chief Registrar added.
The Inspectorate has been directed to expedite the investigations that will inform appropriate action on the matter.

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Tanzanian president appoints first woman defense minister

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                President Suluhu.

Dar es Salaam, Tanzania | Xinhua | Tanzanian President Samia Suluhu Hassan has appointed Stergomena Lawrence Tax as the east African nation’s new minister for defense and national service.
Stergomena Lawrence Tax replaces Elias Kwandikwa, who died early August, the Directorate of Presidential Communications at State House said in a statement issued late on Sunday.
Tax, who becomes the country’s first woman defense minister since independence, also served as the first and only executive secretary of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), an inter-governmental organization established in 1992 to promote political, socio-economic and security cooperation and integration among its 16 members.
Her tenure of office as SADC executive secretary ended on Aug. 31.


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Edward Sendi vows to insult Halima Namakula if she attacks him again

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Dembe FM Talk N Talk show host Edward Ssendikadiwa alias Eddie Sendi threatened to insult legendary singer Halima Namakula if she ever attacks him again during media interviews.

Eddie Ssendi threatened Halima Namakula after landing on a TV interview in which the latter commented harshly about his height.

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During his weekend show, Sendi sent Halima a stern and furious warning threatening that if he ever spots her in any other interview belittling him, he will crush her.

Ssendi also hinted on how he has a lot of information about Namakula and that she should not press the wrong button again.

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How Govt Splashed Ksh2 Billion on Poor Villagers, Destroyed Their Lives

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Former Chancellor of Great Britain Francis Bacon once remarked that money is a great servant but a bad master. The adage seems true in the lives of residents in Kabare ward, Kirinyaga County who are currently living in abject poverty despite swimming in billions poured by the government. The state in 2015 released Ksh2 billion compensation to landowners who had been displaced by the construction of the Ksh12 billion Thiba dam.  A file image of Kirinyaga resident Michael Muteru.Inooro TV Unfortunately, the government did not make any plans for financial management lessons for the beneficiaries who were not only poor but the majority of them were financially illiterate. Astounded by receiving millions of shillings overnight, the residents proceeded to live exorbitant lives and splashed the money by buying exquisite cars, lavish houses and partying. Michael Muteru, a Kabare resident, noted that at the time, he had bought a Ksh2 million Toyota double cabin and had employed a chauffeur.Further, he had Ksh7 million in the bank – money he was sure would last him in the succeeding ten years. However, currently, he could not account for all the millions he used. “We were told that one would spend the amount in ten years. So I kept spending it in small amounts day-by-day. But now, I think I used up all the amount in two years,” an aggrieved Muteru stated.The resident reminisced his grand lifestyle and paid for air tickets to his girlfriends to travel by plane.He noted that due to the poverty he currently experiences, he had thought of taking his life on many occasions. Muteru is an example of the many residents who were unable to control the millions given to them. “I know of one man who received Ksh70 million. He would buy drinks for people not just to drink but also to wash their hands after leaving the bar urinal. Today, he is a manual labourer who lives hand to mouth tiling people’s shambas,” another resident narrated. Rose Ngungi, another Kabare resident, noted how her neighbours had a minimum of four cars in each parking area and dressed in the finest designs. Her family, fortunately, was more financially prudent as they had been career teachers and instead opted to invest in land and farming, noting that one day it would pay off. “They would laugh at me by my friends as I would walk while they would drive,” she stated. A case of riches to rags for the residents as the majority believed that the lifestyle would not cease to end.The area chief called on the government to intervene and offer counselling – noting that the village has lost a number of residents to depression.  An aerial image of Thiba dam, Kirinyaga County under construction.kenyanews.go.ke

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Flavia’s response to Hubby Kabuura’s side dish shocks netizens – The Informer UG

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ENT– As many ugandans were still waiting for Andrew Kabuura’s official housewife to react on the weekend’s mess, Flavia Tumusiime seems to be calm amidst all that is making rounds on social media.
Tumusiime who hosts the AM-PM on 91.3 Capital FM introduced her show with very calm composure, adding she had “a wonderful weekend”.
Social media was on Sunday buzzing with screenshots said to be containing conversations between Flavia’s husband, Andrew Kabuura and a lady he’s alleged to have been sleeping with.
The source of these screenshots remains unknown and their authenticity in question.
“How was your weekend?” Flavia said during her radio show on Monday before laughing out so loud. “Let me even laugh because even me, I’m like you,” she said.
She went on about how she had a fun weekend and how her highlight was eating rabbit meat.
“I had been planning to visit a friend of mine. She’s all the way in Kira. We went, the kids had a good time. And you know, the age we are at, you can only have friends gathering when everyone has children. Kids play their things and adults also drink the things that can kube them nicely…” Flavia said.
“So, I tasted rabbit meat for the first time and it was just made merry, and like at 7pm I remembered let’s go back home. I just had a wonderful weekend,” she added.
Flavia said she’s aware everyone is curious (about the social media allegations regarding his husband) “you guys are on fire, but gimme a call let me know what’s on your mind”.
Oh. Plus her playlist in the first 15 minutes had A Pass on it.
Later tonight, Andrew will be hosting the NTV Pressbox on NTV Uganda. We wait to see how things will play out on his side.

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Apac woman commits suicide over SACCO money – 93.3 KFM

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                            By Santo Ojok 

A 36-year-old woman has reportedly committed suicide after losing Shs1.2 million belonging to a village savings group in Apac District.
Lillian Akite, a resident of Abuli Village, Atana Parish in Apac Sub-county, ended her life after her mentally-ill daughter tore the money belonging to the Nen Anyim group into pieces.
The deceased, who was the group’s treasurer, reportedly committed suicide by hanging.
Richard Ogwal, the LC1 chairperson of Abuli Village, says on the fateful day Akite reportedly returned from a journey and found the notes shredded into pieces by her 13-year-old mentally-ill daughter.
According to Henry Mpirwe, the acting District Police Commander, the deceased had been keeping the money under her mattress cover.
He has advised members of such village saving groups to open bank accounts to ensure safety of their money.
 

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