A Chinese company doing expansion works along the Northern Bypass in Bwaise is on spot after a passenger who was riding on a boda-boda fell in a ditch and died yesterday afternoon.
Engineers and bosses of China Railway Seventh Group the scene during yesterday’s downpour after boda-boda rider and his passenger fell in a deep ditch the Company workers had dug besides the road, which was filled with water.
Although the motorcyclist survived, his passenger didn’t because the motorcycle registration number UDK 500M fell on him. After Good Samaritans rescuing the cyclist, cops from Kawempe police station were quickly called in by Chinese Seventh Group bosses to retrieve both the body of the yet to be identified passenger and the killer motorcycle.
Kawempe police boss Ronald Wotwali said that “The body had no identification documents but the deceased had a phone, which we shall use to track his next of kin.” However, the body was taken to Mulago hospital mortuary as investigations into the matter continue, although locals blamed the Chinese company for not setting up clearly visible warning sings.
A director a school in northern Uganda has been arrested over allegations of extorting millions of shillings from parents.
Roy Embradra Dradu, the Director of Creamland Secondary School, was arrested this afternoon after being accused of allegedly opening up an illegal school in Kacung parish, Agwata Sub County in Dokolo district which he would use to fleece parents.
Dokolo District Information Officer Suwed Musafiri says that the illegal school was closed last week for noncompliance with education guidelines and standards.
Musafiri says that “The school was operating in a building that only had three rooms, jointly used by all classes as classrooms. The school was also operating without a toilet with teachers and students sharing toilets from the neighboring community. They were using a makeshift kitchen made out of papyrus mats within the small compound.
Meanwhile the students were sleeping in a two roomed rented house which did not have door shutters. However, on the day of the closure Dradu evaded arrest and has since been in hiding until police led by Amisi Kayondo Lukaga, the Dokolo District Police Commander trailed and arrested him from Lira town. He was whisked to Dokolo Central Police station where he is being held for extortion.
At least 6 people died and several others got injured in Mogadishu, Somalia in a car bomb blast targeting a security checkpoint near the Presidential Palace yesterday morning.
According to Security officials at the scene, the checkpoint 500 metres from the palace was rammed by a car bomb driven by a suicide attacker, causing the explosion outside a theatre.
“At least six people were killed including security personnel and 10 others wounded,” said Abdifatah Omar Halane, spokesman for the Mogadishu administration.
Last week, at least five people were killed and 12 others injured in two separate car bombings in Mogadishu. Despite being ravaged by insecurity, Somalia is also battling severe famine, which has claimed the lives of many.
Hardly three months into the music industry, Irene Ntale’s nemesis Veronica Luggya, popularly known as Vinka is taking the music scene by storm.
Our Snoops intimate that the Swangz Avenue singer early this week flew to South Africa for a video shoot of one of her latest songs.
Much as the title for the song hasn’t been revealed yet, Snoops at Swangz intimate that she will be doing visuals of her latest track ‘I’m in the mood’, which is already doing rounds on airwaves.
This comes a few days after Vinka doing several gigs around schools in Uganda, which she put on hold until she returns.
On returning, Vinka is expected to resume her countrywide tour as she roots for support ahead of the 2017 Buzz Teenz Awards (BTA). We are told that she is also working on some music projects with dancehall star Vampino.
At least eight people have been killed and 20 others wounded in bomb blasts at a camp for displaced people and a residential neighbourhood in Nigeria’s north-eastern city of Maiduguri, police say.
Residents told the BBC they heard three loud explosions, two at the camp and one in the neighbourhood, both close to the Muna motor park.
An official from Nigeria’s emergency agency, Muhammad Kanar, has told local journalists that five suicide bombers, all of them male, carried out the attacks.
He added that the bombers targeted people fleeing violence.
The militant Islamist group Boko Haram is suspected to be the one that has carried out an attack.
Gorgeous city marketer Linda Lisa Mukasa has fallen out with her longtime lovely boss, friend and confidant Elvis Sekyanzi, who is currently financially troubled.
Sekyanzi, who has been Linda’s boss for several years at Club Silk, Liquid Silk although they enjoyed a BFF thing, is currently hanging out with Charlie Lubega, at his Industrial Area night spot known as Club Guvnor.
She is now the new marketer at Lubega’s night club, after falling out with Sekyanzi, who has more troubles than she can handle, yet she is a young girl with a budding career. Linda, who has a child with TV star Douglas Lwanga, made herself a reputation as an astute marketer at Club Silk for the years she was running what was then Kampala’s No.2 night spot, second to Club Guvnor.
However, Snoops reveal that her boss Sekyanzi failed to service his debts with the now defunct Crane bank, something that caused trouble for his financial empire, hence the closure of the night Club and its consequent sale to Vision Group CEO Robert Kabushenga.
Linda now replaces her friend Pherrie Kimbugwe, who is married to a Ugandan- American and spends most of her time in the US.
French judicial sources say that prosecutors have called for the case against French soldiers accused of child sexual abuse in the Central African Republic to be dropped.
The assaults allegedly took place between December 2013 and June 2014 at a camp for displaced people near the airport in the capital Bangui.
They were first revealed by the Guardian newspaper in 2015.
But in January, investigating judges found no evidence to warrant further investigation of the six accused soldiers.
The final decision about the case rests with the prosecutor’s office, which now appears to want to close the case.
The young sons of a mother held in prison in Rwanda have written to the country’s president asking for her to be released.
Violet Uwamahoro from Leeds was arrested on Valentine’s Day after travelling for a family funeral.
The youth worker, who is five months pregnant, is charged with sharing state secrets and organising armed groups.
Her husband Faustin Rukundo said his wife is being victimised because of his role as a political activist.
He is involved with the Rwandan National Congress opposition group.
Mrs Uwamahoro’s children, Samuel, aged eight, and David, 10, have written to Prime Minister Theresa May, and Rwandan president, Paul Kagame, in a bid to help their mother.
They have also sent her Mother’s Day cards, telling her how much they miss her.
Makerere University has halted the processing of new academic transcripts until after an internal probe over fake marks is completed.
This move was communicated to the public and the academic community at Makerere in a memo dated March 20th from the Academic Registrar Alfred Masikye Namoah.
The memo reads: “Ahead of the 67th Graduation Ceremony held in February 2017, the University management discovered that there was alteration of marks.
“Subsequently, the academic registrar together with the College Registrars, recalled and scrutinized the names of students on the Graduation list. During the verification, the names of 58 students with altered marks were withdrawn (from the graduation list)”
“This is therefore to inform our Graduates and any other Stakeholders that the Transcript Processing System is temporarily shut down.”
“The University management will continue to provide updates to our Graduates and other Stakeholders regarding this matter.”
The memo is copied to the Chairperson University Council and members of the Makerere Univesity management.
There are celebrities who are so addicted to telling about themselves, to the extent that they reveal to their pals or enemies things which they would have kept to themselves.
These are celebrities who are known to kiss and tell about the people they kissed. Although they are very many, here are the most popular ones;
Raymond Mayanja aka Mo Red- Fabiola
Struggling singer Mo Red, who is son of businesswoman Sarah Kizito, was in a relationship with former Miss Uganda model cum TV star Anita Fabiola Kyalimpa. Snoops reveal that when Anita joined NTV as ‘Be My date presenter’ she started distancing herself from Mo Red. The relationship went sour and Fabiola upped her status by hooking loaded dudes that included Meddie Sentongo. Out of anger Mo Red avenged by leaking Fabiola’s nude photos and allegedly assuring pals of how she is dry. They are sworn enemies now.
South Africa based attention-seeker Sangoma Lawrence Kiyingi aka King Lawrence likes to blow his own trumpet. He shocked the nation when he divulged his sex escapades with singer Juliana Kanyomozi. Apart from Juliana, Lawrence has been rumored to not only openly discuss his sexual escapades, but also display them. Juliana Kanyomozi and Kenyan socialite Huddah Monroe will never forget him for what he did to them.
Desire Luzinda-Franklin Emuobor
Curvaceous singer Desire was being banged by Franklin, a Nigerian and they were so into each other until their affair hit rocks. However, when Desire got closer to Sc Villa boss engineer Ben Misagga, Franklin got so pissed and decided to leak her nudes, before assuring the world that she is fake in bed.
When zari dumped her hubby Ivan Ssemwanga for Tanzanian singer Diamond platinumz, things did not go well with her former lover. Ivan was consoled by his hangers-on and they planned many things to discredit Zari, including Ivan claiming that she had been ballooned by King Lawrence but not Diamond. Ivan also allegedly leaked Zari’s sex video, before assuring his pals that she has Kalahari desert down there.
Cameroon Gitawo-Vivienne Angella Birungi
Sangoma Gitawo also banged SK Mbuga’s wife Birungi and later boasted about it, before leaking pictures of them together in a lodge. It all started when Gitawo got a Shs70m loan from Mbuga and promised to give him a BMW car as collateral. However when Gitawo realized that Mbuga was battling court cases with his ex-lover Leila Kayondo, which culminated into his arrest, Gitawo sneaked out to South Africa with Birungi and sold off the car, before they enjoyed themselves.
Farouk Ssempala-Ruth Kasule
This dude had turned himself into a gigolo of sorts in Kampala and is also known for having loose lips. He will never be forgiven by Ivan Ssemwanga because he is the one who humiliated him a lot during the time he was dating Zari. He also admitted to having been in a relationship with several married and loaded babes. It is said that when he went too far on his social media platforms, his baby mama Ruth leaked his nude photos to silence him. But Farouk also unleashed Kasule’s nude photos in revenge.
Thomas Christopher-Ruth Komuntale
This dude is a disgrace to the Tooro kingdom after he embarrassed their princess. Sources reveal that he could have been cursed by the Tooro African spirits. He has never been the same ever since he disorganized Komuntale’s life. While in Uganda, he turned into a junkie and drunkard who often exposed his Congolese lover’s sex secrets to pals.
Keith Nasasira-Ann Kamala
Keith is the son of minister John Nasasira. It is said that when his ex-girlfriend Ann Kamala dumped him for another guy, he got so furious and decided to embark on revenge.
President Museveni has spoken out on his succession plans saying whereas it is necessary, it is not an important topic for the time being.
“We (NRM) are not a group that just begins to do something… When time comes, we shall talk about it, It is important but its time will come,” he said.
Museveni make the remarks to journalists he had taken on a tour of his farm at Kawumu demo farm on Tuesday.
‘I’m currently focused on poverty eradication, we haven’t talked about succession, not that it isn’t important but it will happen in its time,” the president said.
The wife of former Busiro South Member of Parliament Joseph Balikuddembe has gotten in touch with Pepper Online and revealed to this leading news Website that her husband is well and very healthy.
Vicky Nyirasoni, who was reacting to a story we published on this website titled ‘Ex-MP Balikuddembe Battles for Life’, assured us this morning that; “To all family and friends I would like to clarify that Hon. Balikudembe is well. The person in hospital is Balikudembe Joseph senior who is a lawyer too, he has been in Nsambya hospital for some time battling with cancer. ….”
When we contacted Hon. Balikuddembe, he also confirmed Vicky’s assurance by saying that “You guys, for me I’m well and very fine. I was hospitalized in Bangalore, India, between 2014-2015; that is true. But it was because of stomach complications, specifically Gastro Blockage. But I am now fine. I went back to India early this year for review and the medics have since declared me healthy and fit to work normally.”
Another source also revealed that the sick Balikuddembe is the one who represented Dr. Kizza Besigye some time back.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
By Emmanuel Sekago
Hubert Wafula, a former rugby national team player has been appointed as the coach of the Rwanda national rugby team on a short-term contract, according to the local rugby federation secretary general, Tharcisse Kamanda.
“Rwanda has hired him initially for two months to prepare the team for the forthcoming African Rugby Cup 1C Competition in Zambia, and they have high expectations of him,” said Kamanda.
Rwanda is drawn against hosts Zambia and Mauritius in Pool C for the 2017 Africa Rugby Cup, Group 1C, which is scheduled to start on March 24 and run through April 2 in Lusaka. Zambia is ranked 83rd and Mauritius are 89th, while Rwanda is far below in the 96th place globally.
The Africa Cup 1C is the third competition of the Africa Cup 1st division. Only the winner is promoted to Group B. In the other groups, Nigeria, Cameroon and Algeria are placed in Group North.
Wafula, a former national team captain retired in 2003 due to injury, and was appointed Uganda Sevens coach after attending an International Rugby Board (IRB) coaching course in Cape Town.
He holds an IRB Level 2 coaching certificate and was the first IRB educator for coaches in East and Central Africa. He led Uganda to the Safari Seven in Nairobi in 2012.
The coach is supposed to name his squad this week.
By Emmanuel Sekago
It was all joy at Uganda Olympic offices, as the Uganda swimming Federation delegates re-elected Don Rukare as the president of the body for another four years trouncing his rival Tefiro Serunjongi by 23 to 05 Votes.
Also in attendance was the state minister for Sports Hon Bakabulindi Charles and National council of sports Chairman Bosco Onyiki,
Other members who retained their seats were; General Secretary Mwase Moses who garnered 25 votes against Racheal Kituuka with 04 votes and Mugisha Peter 24 votes against Irene Mudanye 04 votes for the Vice president position.
It’s only Muzafar Muwanguzi for Vice Technical and Florence NAKAKAWA for Treasurer who are new faces in leadership of the federation.
Bellow is the new Executive committee in full:
President – Dr. Donald RUKARE
Vice Admin – Peter MUGISHA
Vice Technical – Muzafar MUWANGUZI
General Secretary – Moses MWASE
Ass. Secretary – Albert WASSWA(Shino)
Treasurer – Florence NAKAKAWA
Ass. Treasurer – Annette MWEBEIHA.
- Williams BUYONDO
- Nana NAKIDDU (Dr.)
- Eric KISERO
- Lillian MUGISHA
- S KATUMBA
By Moses Batte
The Minister of Education and Sports, Janet K Museveni has advised Ugandan footballers who rush to foreign leagues to look for greener pastures to stay home and develop their county’s league. She wants them to join clubs in the Uganda premier league and develop the league.
The first lady said this on Sunday while reacting to various commentaries in the news that were advising Denis Onyango not to miss a golden chance in case any English premier league comes begging for his services.
Janet who seemingly never knew that Onyango is playing in the South African league kept on advising the star who has won the African Player of the Year Award (Based in Africa) to keep in the Country instead of leaving their own behind and going for the already made leagues.
“There is a mind-set that is so disturbing within the Ugandan people or is it Africans generally speaking that make our young people think that when you become successful especially in sports, then you should no longer belong to Uganda but it’s a qualifier to go to other countries’ teams,” said Janet.
“Anyhow for now I simply wanted to congratulate Denis Onyango and Uganda on his success as we shall always look at him as a national hero and role model and pray that God will give us resilience to build the strength in our country and may He continue to bless and use our people for His glory,” concluded Janet