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ICC Sentences DRC’s Bemba to One-Year in Prison over Corruption

Red Pepper - Wed, 03/22/2017 - 14:14
ICC Sentences DRC’s Bemba to One-Year in Prison over Corruption

Former Democratic Republic of Congo Vice-President Jean-Pierre Bemba has been given a one-year sentence by the International Criminal Court for corruption to add to the 18 years that he is already serving for war crimes.

Before his original trial was completed, Bemba and four others were charged with attempting to interfere with witnesses.

Bemba and his colleagues have therefore been found guilty of trying to influence witnesses in his war crimes trial.

The others are; his legal counsel Aimé Kilolo, a member of his defense team, Jean-Jacques Mangenda, Congolese MP, Fidèle Babala and Narcisse Arido, who served as an expert defense witness in the main trial.

I’m not interested in age limit talk- Museveni

The Monitor - Wed, 03/22/2017 - 14:13
Recently, a section of the media carried reports showing that some legislators allied to the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) party were planning to table a resolution pushing the removal of term limits

Kabale Gets New Remand Home Amid Growing Delinquency

Chimpreports - Wed, 03/22/2017 - 13:52

Kabale leaders are worried of the increased crime rate among the juveniles in the district.

Patrick Besigye Keihwa the Kabale LC5 Chairman says that since January this year, 14 juveniles have been arrested and charged with different offences.

Four of these he said are charged with defilement, eight of them with theft, one is charged with assault and the other with murder.

He added that in December last year, one child was remanded at Fort portal Remand Home over murder.

Besigye expressed the concern on Wednesday while presiding over the takeover by Kabale District of the first phase of a new Juvenile’s Remand Home and handover of the site for phase two works for construction of staff accommodation at Kikungiri Hill in Kabale Municipality.

The staff accommodation will cost 500million shillings and will be constructed by MUPA Technical services.

Keihwa expressed optimism that when finished, the remand home will help reduce the number of children on street and the growing delinquency.

James Ebitu, the Director of Social Protection in the ministry of Gender, Labor, and Social Development said that by July this year the ministry will ensure that the facility is operational.

All Set For Ug Health & Fitness Fun Expo

Red Pepper - Wed, 03/22/2017 - 13:52
All Set For Ug Health & Fitness Fun Expo

By Serestino Tusingwire

All is set for the first ever Ug Health and Fitness Fun Expo which is slated to take place on Sunday 26th March, 2017 at Uganda Museum. The event is organized by the East Africa book of records.

According to one of the organizers, Dr. Paul Bamutaze, the event comes at a time when fitness is a public outcry since gyms lack professionals to guide persons through useful exercises.

For that matter therefore, before the exercises, everyone will first undergo tests in order to determine which kind of exercises he/she can best enjoy.

“Before the exercises, we first carry out ECG tests (tests functionality of the heart) and glucose level tests to know the sugar levels in the body and then we recommend the suitable exercises,” Dr Bamutaze said.

He added that at the event, there will be a number of professional instructors from both within and outside the country that will help take each and every person through these fun-filled health exercises.

He listed the number of activities that will take place at the event. These include but not limited to;

Aerobics – Vigorous exercises that help in burning fats.

Zumba – Doing exercise within a tune of music.

Insarnity – Work on cardio exercises that help a person to hold up the heart and mussels.

Home exercise sessions – Where people will be taught the simple exercises they can do while at home.

Health checkups

Fit kids – Range of activities aimed at keeping a child fit and health.

Self defense demonstrations.

Lots of music and entertainment by DJs Slick Stuart and Roja; and live performance by Maurice Kilya and Cindy.

Exhibiton – of gym products, sports products, work out ware, nutrition cosmetics and beverages.

Other activities will include Yoga, Meditation, Volley ball, Rudo, Table Tennis, Board games among others.

“It will be a chill out day, home out of home, will see lots of the work out fashions and lots of music and entertainment, so everyone is encouraged to come and join us in our struggle get rid of health problems that can be caused by being unfit.” Dr. Bamutaze said.

He also stressed out that this will not be the end of such events since another one will be organized in October and will run for two days.

Besides, every last Saturday of the month, there will always be mini-sessions at the venue that will be communicated on 26th march, 2017.

Meanwhile, the tickets to this event can be booked via PayWay, with kids expected to buy it at only 5k, adults 20k, while VIPs at only 10k.

Everyone is welcome.

For more information, the number to contact is 0782123000

DP’s Babirye Beats NRM’s Mubanda in Masaka Woman MP Appeal

Chimpreports - Wed, 03/22/2017 - 12:44

The Court of Appeal in Kampala has dismissed a petition filed by NRM’s Fridah Mubanda seeking nullification of the results in which Democratic Party’s  Babirye Kabanda was declared winner of the Masaka Woman MP seat in February last year.

Babirye, a former Mengo government official, beat the NRM candidate with a difference of 19,000 votes in the 2016 parliamentary elections, but the latter was not satisfied and she sought redress in the Masaka High Court.

The High Court in Masaka ruled in favor of Kabanda, prompting Mubanda to appeal the ruling, citing errors made by the lower court.

In a judgment read by the registrar Deo Nzeyimana on Wednesday morning, the Court of Appeal judges deduced that there was no evidence of voter bribery as alleged by Mubanda in her appeal.

MP Kabanda and her supporters were excited by the court ruling

“We did not find any evidence of an electoral offence committed by the respondent and the lower court never erred on this ground,” said Nzeyimana who was reading the judgment.

On the issue of allowing little time for her witnesses, the Court of Appeal in Kampala said in its judgment that there was no evidence to prove that Mubanda had asked for an adjournment so she could avail all the required witnesses.

“She should have applied for an adjournment with valid reasons but she didn’t do so.”

The judges also said that all evidence tabled was carefully scrutinized and found with no error made by the Masaka High Court.

“We do not find any merits in the appeal and dismiss it with costs to this court and the lower one,” said Nzeyimana in the judgment.

There were scenes of celebration at the Court of Appeal as Babirye’s Democratic Party supporters carried her as they chanted their party slogans.

“It is now time for work. Let us put politics aside and come together for the benefit of our people,” Babirye Kabanda said shortly after the court ruling.

Rugunda Encourages Use Of Herbs

Chimpreports - Wed, 03/22/2017 - 12:33

The Prime Minister Dr. David Livingstone Ruhakana Rugunda has advised residents of Kabale to make use of the available traditional medicines; used in the past by their forefathers to treat ailments.

The Premier noted with concern on Monday that people have abandoned the traditional medicines for the conventional medicines.

He said proper use of herbs can be more effective than the modern medicines, adding that the only danger is when people go to the extremes of engaging in cruel acts like witchcraft.

“We need to go back and start using the Africans herbs that our parents used to give us while we were young. I am a medical doctor and I advise you that herbs are also good,” said Rugunda.

The Prime Minister was on Monday speaking at the requiem service of Yunia Kerere Rushundahire, mother of former minister Ezra Nkwansiibwe that was held at her home in Nyakitabire, Muhanga Town Council in Kabale District.

Locals to Be Trained to Exploit Opportunities on Equator Line

Chimpreports - Wed, 03/22/2017 - 12:02

The Uganda Tourism Board Executive Director Steven Asiimwe is slated to lead a team to train locals living around the equator line in Mpigi district, to maximize the benefits from the numerous people that visit the area.

Asiimwe said time had come for the people in the community to realize the tourism potential in their neighborhood.

These he said are set to be trained on how to make crafts and producing other items which they can sell to the foreign tourists that flock to see the equator line mark.

“There is gold at the Equator; it’s not physical but invisible which makes it even more valuable. I will come back with my team and we will train the community on how to make money from it.

Asiimwe was speaking at the first ever Equator Expo in Mpigi district on Monday which will go on up to Friday.

The exhibitors at the expo showcased their works mainly handmade shoes, baskets, pots and local foods.

Meanwhile, speaking at the event, Tourism Minister Hon Godfrey Kiwanda promised to find ways of putting rubber humps in the area to deal with speeding vehicles on the high way.

Congolese court upholds opposition leader's prison sentence

The Monitor - Wed, 03/22/2017 - 11:42
The United For Congo party leader, who returned to the country in late 2014 after 17 years in exile, could file another appeal to the supreme court.

Engeri abazigu b'ebijambiya gye baalumbye ekyalo ne batemaatema abantu

Bukedde TV - Wed, 03/22/2017 - 11:30

BYA PHIONA NANNYOMO Abazigu balumbye ebyalo 4 ne batema abantu abasoba mu 15 omu n’afa nga yakatuusibwa mu ddwaaliro e Masaka. Ebyalo ebyalumbiddwa kuliko, Nakatooke, Kingo, Kyalubu ne Kamenyamiggo...

North Korea efulumizza akatambi ng’ekuba Amerika

Bukedde TV - Wed, 03/22/2017 - 11:30

Akatambi kano baakafulumizza ku nkomerero ya wiiki nga kalaga amagye ga North Korea nga gabetenta emmeeri eyeetikka ennyonyi za Amerika ez’omutawaana ezikasuka bbomu. Akatambi baakafulumirizza ku mukutu...

Eyasse Kaweesi tumukutte ayingira Congo - Kayihura

Bukedde TV - Wed, 03/22/2017 - 11:30

OMUSAJJA agambibwa okuba omu ku batujju abaakubye Felix Kaweesi amasasi, akwatiddwa ng’asala ensalo ya Uganda okuyingira mu Congo. Ekibinja ekyasse Kaweesi kirabika kigazi nnyo. Mu kumuziika eggulo...

Drunken Isingiro Woman Kills Own Baby

Chimpreports - Wed, 03/22/2017 - 11:15

Police in Isingiro is holding a 27 year old woman for suffocating her 1 month baby to death.

The suspect has been identified Reste Nisiima, a resident of Kashenyi village in Birere sub-county.

According to police, Ninsima, a habitual drunkard fell and laid on her son after drinking, and killed her on 19th March 2017.

Locals said they had warned the single mother against moving with her baby while drunk.

Police rushed to the scene and arrested Nisiima who pleaded to be forgiven saying it was an accident.

Milton Kwatsibwe, the OC Birere police station told Chimpreports that the matter has been referred to Isingiro police station.

Isingiro District Police Commander Moses Muzima confirmed that police are investigating the claim that the death was accidental.

He says the postmortem report from Mbarara referral hospital indicated that the child suffocated to death.

The suspect was escorted by police yesterday to the burial of her child and later taken back to custody.

Namanda keeps Uganda flag High

Red Pepper - Wed, 03/22/2017 - 11:06
Namanda keeps Uganda flag High

By Emmanuel Sekago

Uganda Volleyball Federation President Hadija Namanda recently visited the headquarters of the international federation, where she met FIVB President Dr. Ary S. Graça F° and members of staff from different departments in the organization.

Newly elected, Namanda’s priorities combine promoting and developing volleyball in Uganda with a focus on the core values of the sport, including mutual respect, the promotion of excellence and the celebration of friendship.

Namanda, who is the first female president in the history of the Uganda Volleyball Federation, is also an advocate of the importance of the role of women in sport and sport management. And with a wide-ranging background in volleyball as a player, coach and referee, she has shown the way forward for women in her country and at a continental level.

A Level II FIVB Volleyball Coach and an international referee, Namanda continues to play in her free time. She has officiated as a referee at both the women’s and the men’s African club championships, at continental qualifiers for the FIVB Volleyball World Cup and at continental women’s qualifiers for the Olympic Games. She now takes the reins of the national federation as it seeks to take volleyball to the next level in the East African country.

Alongside plans to grow volleyball in Uganda, and a focus on grassroots volleyball in schools and communities around the country, Namanda will also turn her attention to governance issues, promoting transparency and a system of checks and balances to ensure the long term growth and sustainability of the sport in Uganda.

A keen all-rounder, Namanda has practiced a number of sports, including table tennis, in which she ranked ninth in Africa in 1996, and badminton. Her children also represent Uganda as swimmers.

Pertinent issues to address as hockey body goes for polls

The Monitor - Wed, 03/22/2017 - 11:02
Despite that longevity, it is not among the popular sports here with only six clubs and about 15 schools running hockey programmes

Police officer shot dead by fellow cop

The Monitor - Wed, 03/22/2017 - 10:52
Vicente Semuvumbi who was attached to Lwebitakuli Police Post was shot dead by a  police officer attached to Matete Police Station.

Ugandan Kyakonye knocks out Dutch Fonseca

The Monitor - Wed, 03/22/2017 - 10:45
Willy Kyakonye got off to a ruthless start when he knocked out Netherlands’ Gino de Fonseca inside just one minute and twenty seconds of his fight in Amsterdam, Netherlands Sunday night

Namilyango in spot of bother after Kololo loss

The Monitor - Wed, 03/22/2017 - 10:39
Namilyango still top pool A on 17 points, St. Mary`s College Kisubi (Smack) and Kololo follow with 16 and 15 respectively

Pope Francis To Visit South Sudan

Red Pepper - Wed, 03/22/2017 - 10:35

Pope Francis will visit South Sudan in October if the security situation in the country stricken by civil war and famine does not worsen, a bishop from the country said on Tuesday.

The pope has said several times that he wants to go to the country to preach peace but so far no time frame has been given.

“We have been informed (by a Vatican official) that he will come in October but we don’t know the exact date yet,” Bishop Erkolano Tombe of the city of Yei, said in an interview.

“It depends on the security situation between now and October. If it remains as it is now, he will come,” Tombe said. He said October was towards the end of rainy season, which starts next month.

Oil-producing South Sudan, which became independent in 2011, descended into civil war in December 2013 when a dispute between President Salva Kiir and his sacked deputy Riek Machar ended with fighting, often along ethnic lines. Both sides have targeted civilians, human rights groups say.

Kiir’s government and the United Nations have declared a famine in some part of the world’s youngest country, where nearly half of its population of 5.5 million face food shortages.

Tombe, in Rome for meetings of the Catholic charity group Caritas Internationalis, said the situation was dire in his city of Yei, which lies southwest of the capital Juba and near the borders with Uganda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.

“Many people have died. They were shot while trying to harvest their crops … There are over 100,000 people trapped in Yei,” he said.

 

-Reuters

 

Burundi Inflation Shoots Up To 20%

Red Pepper - Wed, 03/22/2017 - 10:25
Burundi Inflation Shoots Up To 20%

Burundi’s year-on-year inflation rate climbed to 20.7 percent in February from 12.9 percent in January, driven by rising food prices in local markets, official data showed.

Food inflation accelerated to 34.4 percent in the year to February from 20.1 percent in January, the Institute of Economic Studies and Statistics (ISTEEBU) said on Tuesday.

Prices rose due to weak food production caused by flooding and drought, which hit the coffee producing nation in the first half and the fourth quarter of 2016, the statistics board said.

The United Nation’s humanitarian agencies estimate that 3 million Burundians are in need of urgent food assistance out of a population of over 11 million.

The poor harvests have worsened the country’s fragile economy, already weakened by almost two years of political impasse that resulted in aid cuts from donors, economic analysts said.

The government expects the economy to grow by 2.9 percent in 2017 after shrinking by 0.5 percent the previous year.

 

-From Reuters

KIU seek to alter UCU series as University League starts

The Monitor - Wed, 03/22/2017 - 10:23
The Mukono-based University side inflicted a 2-0 defeat that set the tone for a disappointing season in which KIU finished bottom of the six team Group B

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