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Gambian army chief pledges allegiance to defeated president

Thu, 01/05/2017 - 11:39
Gambian army chief pledges allegiance to defeated president

The head of Gambia’s army has given his full backing to the country’s president, Yahya Jammeh, amid a deepening political crisis.

Mr Jammeh suffered a surprise electoral defeat last month to Adama Barrow.

He initially accepted the result but changed his mind days later, citing electoral “abnormalities”.

In a letter to the pro-government newspaper, Gen Ousman Badjie pledged the “unflinching loyalty and support of the Gambia Armed Forces” to Mr Jammeh.

Gen Badjie’s intervention follows the threat of military action by the Economic Community of West African States (ECOWAS) if Mr Jammeh refuses to leave office on 19 January.

President Jammeh has said any such intervention would constitute an act of war.

Mr Barrow’s team had previously claimed the support of Gen Badjie. The army’s support is seen as critical in building a transition after Mr Jammeh’s 22 years in power.

The tiny West African state has not had a smooth transfer of power since independence from Britain in 1965.

The dispute over the election results has raised tensions in the region, with both neighbouring countries and international powers urging Mr Jammeh to step down.

Mr Barrow won 43.3% of the vote on 1 December, beating President Jammeh’s 39.6%. A third-party candidate, Mama Kandeh, won 17.1%.

Those figures were revised from earlier totals, after the electoral commission discovered a tallying error affecting all candidates. The revised results did not alter the outcome of the election.

However, Mr Jammeh declared that he would no longer respect the result and has launched a court action to annul the result.

His security forces have seized control of the commission’s headquarters in the capital, Banjul, and the head of the election commission has fled the country over fears for his security.

Three private radio stations were also taken off air, in an apparent media crackdown. One has since resumed broadcasting music and advertisements only, with no on-air presenters or DJs.

Despite the threat of military intervention and President Jammeh’s protests, Mr Barrow’s team said they plan to declare him as president on 18 December.

In an interview with the BBC, Mr Barrow said he would not prosecute the former president after a transition, but focus instead on reconciling the country’s opposing forces.

“If South Africa can reconcile [after the racial system of apartheid ended in 1994], I see no reason why Gambians cannot reconcile. We are not saying prosecution; we said truth and reconciliation,” he said.

Source: BBC

MPs Vow To Make Recipients of Shs7bn ‘Reward’ Over Oil Case Vomit It

Thu, 01/05/2017 - 10:04
MPs Vow To Make Recipients of Shs7bn ‘Reward’ Over Oil Case Vomit It

By Serestino Tusingwire

Legislators in the 10th parliament are set to abruptly convene and probe the alleged swindling of tax payers money by big shots in government for winning an oil case.

Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) made payments of over Shs7bn to high ranking government officials in different ministries as a reward (akasiimo) for winning the Heritage/Tullow oil Capital Gains Tax (CGT) case.

In June 2015, a protracted legal battle over capital gains tax between Uganda Revenue Authority & Tullow oil resulted into a settlement of Sh824Bn.

It has now come to light that after the successful conclusion of the case, about Shs7bn was doled out to senior government officials as a reward for their role in facilitating the successful settlement.

URA won a court settlement and therefore decided to reward themselves illegally.

However, as the exact recipients of the payments become known, MPs have begun questioning the payment claiming it is illegal.

Gerald Karuhanga, the Ntungamo Municipality MP, who was one of the witnesses to the court hearings in London that preceded the settlement, said its baffling why money should be paid to government officials.

Karuhanga said government had already released a payment of Shs10Bn to pay the lawyers that represented it, which should have been enough to cater for any work done to win the case.

He claimed that those involved should be held culpable for accepting an illegal payment, ostensibly for doing the jobs they were hired and paid salaries to do.

“We think this is a gross abuse of public resources and certainly, they should be punished.” Karuhanga said.

As a result of pressure from MPs, the Auditor General, John Muwanga, has promised to investigate the payments and deliver his findings to parliament. Some lawmakers said they will petition the Speaker of Parliament and they have demanded for a probe into what they call a ‘dubious payment’.

Some of the officials who received payment include; Doris Akol, who is currently the URA Commissioner General; former Attorney General Peter Nyombi; the deceased ministry of finance permanent secretary, Chris Kassami; and the former Deputy Attorney General, Freddie Ruhindi. Others are KCCA executive director, Jeniffer Musisi, who previously served as the head of URA’s legal department, Lawrence Kiiza, a senior official in the ministry of Finance and the, Solicitor General Francis Atoke among others.

Police Bosses Rob Chinese National on Gun Point, Arrested

Wed, 01/04/2017 - 20:36
Police Bosses Rob Chinese National on Gun Point, Arrested By Stuart Yiga Police in Kabalagala, a Kampala City suburb in Makindye Division have arrested a cadet Assistant Superintendent of Police (C/ASP) identified as Kassim Kakembo alongside a Probation Police Constable (PPC) -Andrew Mukisa, over alleged robbery. According to Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokes person, Emilian Kayima, the duo invaded a Chinese National one Chenrensin, a proprietor of a Fish Company called, Sea Foods Limited, located in Kawuku-Gaba, and robbed him of shs.4m on gun point. Police also revealed that the area intelligence Officer attached to the Internal Security Organization (ISO) identified as Richard Kwerima was in company of the officers as they went to execute their mission but later vanished in thin air the moment their deal was accomplished in fear of being arrested. Kayima  also disclosed that their officers managed to arrest other people including; Joseph Ssetimba, a journalist who allegedly intimidated the Chinese that he would spread the information on social media if he dare disclose anything to the authorities, Juma Isabirye who masqueraded as a Fish Inspector from Kampala Capital City Authority, the Mutajjaazi based conman -Emmanuel Matovu who presented himself as an employee from the president’s office, Kiwanuka Lutaaya a self-imposed Beach Management Unit official, as well as David Mukasa, who was driving them in his Ipsum vehicle registration number UAU 641A. “It is unfortunate incident, highly regrettable and shameful. We will do all we can to hold them accountable and the law will take its course. We arrested all the culprits except the GISO who is on the run but soon he too will be arrested and brought to book,” Kayima explained. However, sources in Police intimated to Red pepper that several similar incidents involving cadet officers have been reported, something that continues to raise fear whether the new police blood will manage to serve diligently with a high level of integrity deserved or not.

Juice FM Manager Introduces Bonkmate

Wed, 01/04/2017 - 18:28
Juice FM Manager Introduces Bonkmate

The renowned 103.4 Juice FM manager Edward Himbisa couldn’t brave lonely cold nights anymore and therefore decided to enter the 2017 with a lover.

Himbisa puts an engagement ring on Kyomugasho

Himbisa, son of Mr and Mrs Himbisa Joseph, was publicly given the keys to access everywhere others couldn’t access in ASP Kyomugasho Christine’s life.

Eddie’s parents, Mr and Mrs Himbisa Joshua

The self-motivated hard working radio manager decided to publicly show other babes crushing on him that he is already taken and heavily guarded by an Afande.

Kyomugasho, daughter to Mr and Mrs Mugisha William, is a police officer that is attached to Mityana Police Station.

Bride’s parent; Mr and Mrs Mugisha William

In a lavish party took place in Nyeihanga-Rwampara in Mbarara district on 31th December 2016, those who attended say its only SK Mbuga’s 3bn wedding party that it be compared with.

Himbisa after being given bonkmate

According to Himbisa, that was one of the days he will live to remember in his life because it was a turning point to his new life with the lover of his heart.

Bride giving father and mother in-law a gift

“She is a friend, whom I felt I should be with for the whole of my life. I have seen lots of women, but I feel that she is the right one to spend the entire life with and I promise that she will be my sweet heart for life.”

Himbisa family being introduced to the congregation

The party that was attended by hundreds of people also saw the outspoken opposition stalwart Miria Matembe in attendance among other heavy profiled people.

Matembe graced the ceremony

Himbisa how is now 31 years old will be tying the knot with ASP Kyomugasho, 28, in a party that will pull the crowd on  February 25th at lake view resort hotel in Mbarara.

 

 

 

M7 on Tenterhooks as ICC Picks Interest in Kasese Saga

Wed, 01/04/2017 - 17:25
M7 on Tenterhooks as ICC Picks Interest in Kasese Saga

The president of Uganda, who is the commander in chief of the government army that attacked the Rwenzururu Kingdom leaving scores dead, is currently experiencing worst fears over the scandal.

This follows the International Criminal Court’s acknowledgement that it received a petition letter from Kasese MPs requesting the ICC prosecutor to take interest in the matter and open investigations.

Addressing journalists in Kampala, the Kasese Woman MP who is also the leader of opposition in Parliament Winnie Kizza said, on December 23rd, 2016 they petitioned the ICC over the Kasese killings and they have received the letter indicating the receipt of their petition.

In the letter signed by Mark P Dillon, the head of Information and Evidence Unit in the office of prosecutor, the ICC has indicated willingness to look into the petition and this will be done in accordance with the provisions of the Rome statute.

“The communication has been duly registered in communication registra’s office. We will give consideration to this communication as appropriate in accordance with the provisions of the Rome statute of the International Criminal court.” Part of the letter read.

The court however warned petitioners not claim that it has accepted to open investigations on Kasese clashes. If the decision onto the matter is reached, the petitioners will be informed in writing.

Kizza noted that they petitioned three people over committing crimes against humanity including President Yoweri Museveni and Ministers Asuman Mugenyi and Peter Ecweru to give individual accountability for the lives lost in Kasese.

She said they are optimistic that the ICC will respond positively on this issue for justice to prevail.

CAA Wants Court To Dismiss Besigye Case Against It

Wed, 01/04/2017 - 17:11
CAA Wants Court To Dismiss Besigye Case Against It

The Civil Aviation Authority has asked High court in Kampala to dismiss with costs a case filed by former FDC presidential candidate Col. Dr. Kizza Besigye in which he accuses of infringing his rights.

The Aviation authority says it was not aware that he had been grabbed off the plane by police and therefore shouldn’t be held responsible.

Dr. Besigye filed a case in December accusing CAA of violating his rights to free movement and association with his family members and friends. Besigye was whisked away to his home as soon as he landed at Entebbe international airport in October while returning from long visit abroad.

Besigye claimed he was never given a chance to go through immigration procedures before being driven through remote routes to his home in Kasangati despite his waiting family, friends and supporters.

However, CAA claims it only learnt from the press that Besigye had been grabbed from the last step of the staircase of a plane and driven to an unknown destination.

CAA further denies that its employees can grab a passenger off the plane but contends that there are several security operatives at the Airport who put on reflector jackets labelled as CAA and those could have been the ones who grabbed Besigye.

Therefore CAA contends that Besigye could have sued the Attorney General who is responsible for the acts of the national security operatives.

PHOTOS: NGO MD in Multimillion Birthday Party

Wed, 01/04/2017 - 14:58
PHOTOS: NGO MD in Multimillion Birthday Party

Rehema Mollan, the founder and Managing Director of ‘Point Five International’ celebrated her 30th birthday in style.

Mrs. Mollan who is a Kenyan born with a Ugandan origin now lives in Norway where she got married to a one I. Mollan.

 

Red Carpet Session

 

She is a daughter to a Ugandan mother, a one Sarah Birungi and a Kenyan father.

The lavish white party worth millions was at Green Valley Hotel in Kampala on 30th December, 2016.

Rehema came all the way from Norway to have her birthday party in Uganda.

When asked why she preferred Uganda among other countries, Rehema said Uganda has beautiful atmosphere that everyone would like to experience.

“I like Uganda because of its conducive atmosphere, and I felt it could be a pleasure to celebrate my 30th birthday with my mum whom I had spent long without seeing,” Rehema told this website.

The party was attended by a big number of people who included her personal friends and relatives from both Uganda and Kenya.

For those horny men who would like to try their luck on this loaded beauty, don’t even think about it because Rehema is happily married with two kids Migell and Melvin.

Over 14 Perish in Masaka-Mbarara Road Accident

Wed, 01/04/2017 - 14:42
Over 14 Perish in Masaka-Mbarara Road Accident

Over 14 people are feared dead following a terrible accident that happened this morning in Lwengo district along Masaka-Mbarara high way.

The accident occurred at Kyabagonya Village about 7 kilometers from Kyanzanga Trading center in Lwengo district.

The accident involved the Boda boda riders, commuter Taxi, Fuso truck and Global coach.

According to eye witnesses, the accident happened when a speeding commuter taxi registration number UAU 710U reportedly had a head-on with a Fuso truck while trying to avoid knocking a cow that was crossing the road.

Scovia Birungi, the Masaka Region Traffic Police commander has confirmed the accident saying that at least 12 people that were traveling in the taxi died on the spot. Two other people that died were pedestrians.

Birungi said that there are still fears that the death toll can increase since those that were rushed to hospital are said to be in critical condition.

Meanwhile, she blamed the accident on speeding and reckless driving by the commuter taxi driver saying that he could have saved the passengers if he was not speeding.

“The taxi drivers should always in charge of lives of people, and therefore should take the responsibility to save them.” Birungi said.

The injured people have been taken to Masaka region referral hospital and the bodies of the deceased have been taken to the hospital mortuary.

Defiance at Apex as FDC officials Fire Besigye Government

Wed, 01/04/2017 - 11:28
Defiance at Apex as FDC officials Fire Besigye Government

By Serestino Tusingwire

Forum for Democratic Change strongholds have continued to show their defiance to Besigye’s proposed actions that he thinks could earn him the presidential seat.

Following Abdul Kantuntu’s assertion that he is not part of the Besigye’s defiance campaign, the Kampala Woman MP, Nabilah Naggayi Sempala became a second member to distance herself from such moves.

Besigye, in a presser on Monday announced a move to establish the so-called “People’s Government Network” that he wants to start from the ground level countrywide.

“Become part of the People’s Government Network in your area. We are establishing the people’s government networks countrywide,” Besigye said.

Naggayi opposed the initiative saying the unilateral move by Besigye without consulting party leadership on the decision to set up the government network shows a disregard for party structures, which reflects negatively on the credibility of FDC.

“We do not want people to take us as unserious. I don’t believe in chaos, I believe in organized institutional civic actions,” Naggayi said.

However, FDC spokesperson Ibrahim Semujju Nganda refuted the claim saying that the ‘Peoples Government Network’ was an action agreed upon by the party though not officially sanctioned by the party leadership.

“People’s government is part of a wider civic action that we accepted to take as a party,” Semujju said.

He also added that the party was using the small opportunities available to them to cause change in the country.

FDC is at the centre of a leadership question as MPs like Naggayi ask whether the party leadership has been surrendered to actions of civil disobedience instead of building structures.

Mairungi Growers Petition Court Over Ban

Tue, 01/03/2017 - 18:01
Mairungi Growers Petition Court Over Ban

By Serestino Tusingwire

Khart (Mairungi) growers in Wakiso District have petitioned constitutional court seeking an interim order blocking ministry of Internal affairs from prohibiting its growing.

The Internal Affairs ministry imposed a ban on growing and selling Mairungi saying it is categorized under Narcotic Drugs.

The Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act (2015) puts mairungi in the category of narcotic drugs which are strongly prohibited.

However, the farmers under their umbrella body, the Wakiso Miraa Growers and Dealers Association Ltd say the act intended to prohibit the growing of ‘mairungi’ has no scientific evidence that the plant as a narcotic drug

They instead say the herb can be used to cure a series of diseases.

It’s from this point therefore that they want court to declare Mairungi as one of the cash crops since it’s a major source of income in their families.

Meanwhile, police’s raid and destruction of mairungi farms continue till the court issues an order halting the exercise.

Court is yet to summon the Attorney General who has been listed as the respondent to file a response.

 

 

Onyango Gives Back to Former club

Tue, 01/03/2017 - 16:46
Onyango Gives Back to Former club

By Serestino Tusingwire

The record breaking Uganda Cranes shot-stopper Denis Masinde Onyango recently paid a courtesy visit to his former club, SC Villa which he gave sports equipment.

Onyango who interacted with SC Villa players, fans and management, donated eight balls and three pairs of goalkeeping gloves.

By doing this, Onyango was thanking the club management for making him what he is today.

He was also aiming at motivating the club and country players to keep determined hoping they can make it to the international level.

Onyango is currently ranked the 10th best goalkeeper in the world by the International Federation of Football History & Statistics (IFFHS).

Onyango had a great season by helping Uganda cranes qualify for the AFCON2017 and his club Mamelodi Sundowns win CAF champions league and compete in club FIFA world cup.

He is ranked ahead of many big names including; Cech Republic/Arsenal goalkeeper Petr Cech, Samir Handanovic (Slovenia/FC Inter Milano) and Marc André Ter Stegen (Germany/FC Barcelona) on the 13 man list that was won by Bayern Munich’s Manuer Neur.

He is also on the final shortlist of the best African footballer based in Africa.

SPLM-IO Denies Holding Tanzanian Pilot

Tue, 01/03/2017 - 15:56
SPLM-IO Denies Holding Tanzanian Pilot

By Alex Masereka

South Sudan’s SPLM/SPLA In Opposition has trashed allegations by the country’s government that it is holding a Tanzanian pilot captive.

This denial is contained in a press statement issued by, Mabior Garang Mabior (Chairman), SPLM National Committee For Information And Public Relations Mobile Office on Monday.

“…the leadership of the SPLM/SPLA In Opposition would like to refute the negative propaganda fabricated by the Salva Kiir Administration regarding a Tanzanian Pilot, allegedly held for ransom by the SPLM/SPLA(IO) Security Personnel. The Pilot, Cpt. Mohammed Nassur Saleh, of Fly Zanzibar Ltd, in a Cessna 208B-Caravan – Registration: 5H.MZA; flew (unknowingly) into the liberated territories of South Sudan controlled by the SPLM/SPLA(IO),” the statement reads in part.

It add, “The Movement’s civil administration – the local authorities in Panyijiar County immediately alerted the top leadership of the Movement. The Chairman and Commander in Chief of the SPLM/SPLA Dr. Riek Machar Teny-dhuorgon then ordered for the release of the said pilot (days ago); however, none of the NGO’s wanted to associate themselves with the pilot. The Movement has since decided to release both the pilot and the plane on humanitarian grounds and the Pilot has since safely left our liberated territories back to Juba (today).”

Meanwhile, Dar es Salaam says it is keenly following up on reports that a pilot said to be a Tanzanian national is being detained by South Sudanese rebels.

“The government is aware of the report and is working to get to the bottom of the issue,” Mindi Kasiga, the Foreign Affairs and East African Cooperation ministry’s spokesperson said on Monday.

In his statement, Mabior said, “The Movement’s civil administration – the local authorities in Panyijiar County immediately alerted the top leadership of the Movement. The Chairman and Commander in Chief of the SPLM/SPLA Dr. Riek Machar Teny-dhuorgon then ordered for the release of the said pilot (days ago); however, none of the NGO’s wanted to associate themselves with the pilot. The Movement has since decided to release both the pilot and the plane on humanitarian grounds and the Pilot has since safely left our liberated territories back to Juba (today). ”

“The SPLM/SPLA(IO) is a mass popular movement with civil administration in its liberated territories and the entire Movement commends the leadership shown by the Commissioner of Panyijiar Brig. General John Tap Puot and his entire Staff, Officers, NCO’s and Men, who reacted quickly to resolve the situation.”

Court Sets Date For hearing Kanyamunyu Bail Application

Tue, 01/03/2017 - 15:22
Court Sets Date For hearing Kanyamunyu Bail Application

By Serestino Tusingwire

High court in Kampala has today ordered Luzira prison officials to produce Matthew Kanyamunyu, his girlfriend Cynthia Munwangari and his brother Joseph Kanyamunyu on 10th January for hearing of their bail application.

Kanyamunyu who is the prime suspect applied for bail in December and since then, court had not set the date on which it would determine whether to let him free on bail or keep him in cells.

He applied for bail claiming that it is his constitutional right to be granted bail, won’t interfere with the investigations and has sureties who would make sure he appears back to court when needed.

Meanwhile, the Nakawa Magistrates court where the trio were appearing for hearing this morning has further remanded them back to Luzira till 17th January pending investigations.

Once investigations are complete the trio will be committed to the High Court for trial.

Prosecution alleges that on November 12, while at Game Stores, Kanyamunyu in company of his girlfriend, allegedly shot Akena whom he accused of scratching his car, and drove him to Norvik hospital where he died from.

His brother Joseph Kanyamunyu is held on condition that the telecom printouts indicated that he was contacted immediately after the incident, which puts him in position to be having some knowledge on the incident.

Barbie’s Sister Introduces Chief Viewer Of Her Eclipse

Tue, 01/03/2017 - 15:05
Barbie’s Sister Introduces Chief Viewer Of Her Eclipse

Brigette Itungo who is a sister to Bobi Wine’s wife Barbie Itungo Kyagulanyi couldn’t brave lonely cold nights anymore and therefore decided to enter the 2017 with a lover.

She publically gave the keys to the one Daniel Harold Dramiga to access everywhere others couldn’t access in her life.

“2016 came with so much goodness I must say. Needless to mention is the 29.12.2016. Let’s do this 2017! And to you my ladies, thanks for making this happen you added color to the day. I’m forever grateful,” she wrote on her Facebook page.

The introduction could not leave Barbie silent, thus she took to her Facebook page where she expressed what her heart felt for the young sister.

“My little sister had the most amazing giveaway ceremony yesterday. Our huge family which happens to have very many tall handsome boys welcomed another dark, strong, very tall and soft-spoken brother. Congratulations@ D. Harold Dramiga and Brigette Shane. You know I’m happy for you two,” she wrote.

This website understands that Dramiga is a Ugandan soldier that serves in the US Army.

Tanzania’s president sacks head of power firm over tariff hike

Tue, 01/03/2017 - 14:54
Tanzania’s president sacks head of power firm over tariff hike

Tanzanian President John Magufuli sacked the head of the state-run electricity company on Sunday after the firm put up tariffs, a move the president said would stymie his plans to industrialize the east African country.

Tanzania’s energy regulator on Thursday approved a power tariff hike of 8.53 percent by the Tanzania Electric Supply Company (TANESCO), less than half of what the utility said it needed to stem losses.

President Magufuli’s office announced the sacking of TANESCO’s managing director Felchesmi Mramba in a statement.

Hours before the announcement of Mramba’s dismissal the president rescinded the price increase.

“It’s unacceptable that while we are making plans to build manufacturing industries and ensure more citizens have access to electricity…someone else uses his position to increase power tariffs,” Magufuli said in a statement.    About 40 percent of Tanzania’s population of around 50 million has access to electricity and the government is aiming to push that rate up to 75 percent by 2025.

Since coming into office a year ago, Magufuli has sacked dozens of public officials as part of an anti-corruption campaign and a new drive to root out government inefficiency.

He appointed a lecturer at the state-run University of Dar es Salaam, Tito Esau Mwinuka, as acting managing director of TANESCO.

The power firm had initially sought an 18.19 percent tariff increase to snap a loss-making trend and clear debts to independent power producers and fuel suppliers.

The tariff hike, which would have taken effect from Jan. 1, was approved by the Energy and Water Utilities Regulatory Authority (EWURA).

Loss-making TANESCO has warned that its “financial capacity will be paralysed” if the power tariff hike is not implemented.

TANESCO has been unsuccessfully seeking loans from the World Bank, the African Development Bank (AfDB) and commercial lenders to turn the company round.

Despite reserves of over 57 trillion cubic feet (tcf) of natural gas, Tanzania has been facing chronic power shortages over the past decade due its reliance on drought-prone hydro-power dams.

Source: http://af.reuters.com/ (Editing by Elias Biryabarema and Stephen Powell)

Kanyamunyus Sent To Luzira

Tue, 01/03/2017 - 12:10
Kanyamunyu Co-Accused Sent Back to Luzira

By Serestino Tusingwire

Matthew Kanyamunyu, his girlfriend Cynthia Munwangari and his brother Joseph Kanyamunyu have been sent back on remand at Luzira prison until 17th January 2017.

The trio appeared before Nakawa grade one magistrate Noah Sajjabi this morning for hearing of charges where they are accused of murdering child activist Kenneth Akena on November 12.

The state prosecutor, Rachael Nabwire, told court that investigations in the murder case are still on-going and needs more time.

Once investigations are complete the trio will be committed to the High Court for trial, since their case is capital in nature and only tried by the high court.

Prosecution alleges that on November 12, while at Game Stores, Kanyamunyu in company of his girlfriend, allegedly shot Akena whom he accused of scratching his car, and drove him to Norvik hospital where he died from.

His brother Joseph Kanyamunyu is held on condition that the telecom printouts indicated that he was contacted immediately after the incident, which puts him in position to be having some knowledge on the incident.

Here’s how you can have more and better sex in 2017

Tue, 01/03/2017 - 11:54
Here’s how you can have more and better sex in 2017

Sex is good fun but also has a host of health benefits – boosting your immune system, improving your mental health, and burning calories

IF your New Year’s resolutions end up broken because they are about denial, here’s one that’s easier to keep – have more sex.

As well as being fun, nookie boosts the immune system, helps ward off colds, improves mental well-being and burns off calories.

But how do you keep the fireworks going all year? Here, Christina Earle speaks to Love honey sex experts Annabelle Knight and Tracey Cox who reveal their sex calendar of 2017.

January

TIP: Do it standing – and, ladies, try it in heels.

ANNABELLE SAYS: Sex standing up can lead to the most intense orgasms. The beauty of this position is that you can face your partner or turn away from them.

Stand on tiptoe and use a piece of furniture to lean against. A well-positioned mirror can add a bit of extra sparkle.

Heels will give you killer legs and make you feel like a goddess.

February

TIP: Wear a blindfold. Erotic film Fifty Shades Darker hits cinemas this month – so get kinky yourself.

ANNABELLE SAYS: If you remove your partner’s ability to see, it will heighten other senses.

Allow anticipation to build as they wonder where you will touch next.

TRY: Red satin lace eye-mask, £10 from Ann Summers.

March

TIP: Invest in a sex toy.

TRACEY SAYS: Sex toys are not simply for her.

Male sex toys are, in fact, the fastest-growing sector of the market.

They can boost sex for both of you by improving the quality of his erection and helping him to last longer.

TRY: The Tracey Cox Edge Ultimate Performance Stamina Penis Pump, £29.99 from lovehoney.co.uk

April

TIP: Book a dirty weekend away.

TRACEY SAYS: Having time away every six weeks helps 90 per cent of couples whose sex life is lagging, a survey of US counsellors found.

Your trip need not be expensive, just somewhere where the dishes, kids and bills are not.

If you can’t manage a weekend, aim for one night. There are tons of cheap hotel rooms on discount travel websites, so take advantage of them.

May

TIP: Talk dirty.

ANNABELLE SAYS: Girls, pleasing a man can be fairly straightforward – they love to have their confidence boosted.

Tell him his manhood is the most magnificent thing you have ever seen and make him believe he is the best lover in the world.

Guys, you don’t have to be too explicit. She should feel like the only woman you ever desired.

June

TIP: Suck your partner’s toes.

ANNABELLE SAYS: Your feet are erogenous so will provide sexual thrills as well as giving you and your partner something new to try.

Most people will cringe at this, but once you get past the initial idea it can be highly sexual.

And if you really can’t get past the idea of putting your partner’s feet in your mouth, try a foot massage instead.

July

TIP: Have sex even when you don’t feel like it.

TRACEY SAYS: Make the first move as often as possible.

Power is a turn-on and nothing feels sexier than being the one unzipping the trousers and promising the earth in return for having your wicked way.

If you always wait for your partner to instigate sex, you are missing out.

Having sex even when you don’t feel like it keeps your libido stable.

August

TIP: Freshen things up and take time out for a holiday – giving you the time to get it on.

ANNABELLE SAYS: Brits have more sex in August than any other month.

If your relationship is flat, try to have sex on your summer holiday.

TRY: Book a last-minute beach break to help you both wind down and get in the mood.

September

TIP: Do it side by side.

With the kids back at school, you may be too tired for a full-on, passionate session between the sheets. But Tracey reckons there is a position that is super-easy for both involved.

TRACEY SAYS: Side-by-side sex requires little effort and means both your tummies are supported.

This is great if you’re both still feeling bloated after too much food and booze during the summer.

October

TIP: Change roles. If she likes you in charge or you like to be the boss, it might be time to mix things up to keep them fresh.

TRACEY SAYS: If you like it rough and she prefers more intimate sex, both do have their place.

Take turns on the style of sex and – this is the important bit – the other person must absolutely give in to enjoying the session.

It can’t be a case of one grudgingly going along with it.

November

TIP: Try a love ring. They are the most popular couple’s play thing and perfect for people new to sex toys.

ANNABELLE SAYS: It stimulates him and the buzz from the ring pleases her by rubbing the clitoris. It is worn around the base of the penis.

December

TIP: Invest in a massage candle.

ANNABELLE SAYS: When the wax has cooled, pour it on your partner.

The temperature change will awaken their nerve endings making them more responsive to your touch – which makes for a fantastic bedroom session. Use it to set the mood.

Source: https://www.thesun.co.uk

We Are Charged shs5000 a km For Ambulance Services – Expectant Mothers

Tue, 01/03/2017 - 11:30
We Are Charged shs5000 a km For Ambulance Services – Expectant Mothers

By Andrew Cohen Amvesi

Maracha

Women in Maracha district, mainly expectant Mothers have come out to openly accuse their medical bosses of charging them for Ambulance services.

According to the women, each expectant mother is asked to pay shs5, 000 per a kilometer covered by the only Ambulance in the district.

The Ambulance that serves a total of eight Sub Counties in the district was donated by the Belgium government, three years ago with funds for its fuel.

But to Joyce Bako, 40, a mother of seven and a resident of Lamila village in Nyadri Sub County, the Ambulance services have never been free for the women in the village.

Joyce Bako speaking during the Friday interview with her latest baby on the back

 

“I have been delivering my latest three children including the one on my back at Agii Health Center III in Nyadri Sub County, 5km away from my home but at a fee of shs5000 per a kilometer covered by the district Ambulance,” Bako narrated in an interview on Friday.

Bako said it has even become hard for mothers, who can’t afford the money to pay for the Ambulance services.

She noted that such mothers, in most cases, end up improvising their own means which at times, forces them to deliver or die on the way before reaching a health facility.

“It has not been easy for us to make use of the district Ambulance, a reason some of the expectant women, who can’t afford the money resort to using bicycle or motorcycle Boda Bodas with others zeroing on locally made stretchers for carrying their colleagues to the hospital,” said Christine Ayikoru, a mother of four and a resident of the same village.

Meanwhile Scola Taburu, a resident of Ambekua village, Oluffe Sub County also in Maracha district urged government to come to their aide by reinforcing the only Ambulance in the district by buying more to reduce cases of maternal death in the district.

A delivery bed recently donated to mothers in Tara Sub County by Rose Ayaka, the Maracha Woman MP being displayed at Tara Health Center III recently

 

Reports from Maracha district health office indicate that from July this year, a total of five expectant mothers have died due to various delivery complications, an average of one death per month.

Sunday Cadribo, the acting Maracha district health officer (DHO) attributed the recent maternal death cases to the limited ambulance services in the district.

He said the district Ambulance is only meant for referrals from lower health units to Maracha main hospital but not for home rescue services as many expected.

“It is the duty of the people from a particular home to take their expecting mothers to the nearest health unit but not us. What we consider to be free service by our Ambulance is the referrals from lower health units to the main hospital,” Cadribo said.

On the alleged Ambulance fares, Cadribo said he can’t rule out the fact that some drivers and nurses may take advantage to charge patients for that purpose, yet the Ambulance services are meant to be free for all, so long as it is a referral case.

He, however, pledged to follow up the concerns with the Ambulance management committee members for possible action.

Similarly, Laurence Adiga, the Maracha district Chairperson said he has been receiving complaints from locals especially during campaigns that they are being charged for Ambulance services in the district.

He in the same way, vowed to investigate the matter with the aim of punishing those found to be behind the move.

In a related incident, Medics at Tara health center III in Tara Sub County, Mracha district recently came under immense pressure following reports of illegal extra charges they levy on expectant mothers.

Patrict Efitre, the deputy In Charge of Tara HCIII defending their action during the recent health meeting the Health Center

 

This is after it emerged that a mother, who seeks to deliver at the government facility is charged shs1, 000 for paraffin and another extra shs2, 000 for a delivery tapeline (carpet).

The accusations came to light during a recent health meeting at the health Center.

Jesca Nyakuru, one of the affected women said expectant mothers, who fail to raise the money as demanded are normally detained at the health center together with their babies until they foot the bills.

“I have delivered here twice and my experience is that once you fail to raise the shs3, 000 in total, you are not discharged until the money is paid fully,” said Nyakuru.

But Patrick Efitre, the health center deputy in charge defended their action, attributing it to lack of power at the facility.

“We have no power here at all. The only solar panels we had some years back got spoilt and to date, they have not been repaired,” Efitre said.

He explained that it is because of the problem that they resorted to charging mothers to facilitate their delivery.

Biajo Abadrole, the Tara Sub County Chairman said the concern was earlier raised to officials at the district, who have pledged to rehabilitate the health center in the near future.

He, however, urged mothers to continue paying the money as demanded until the district intervenes.

Meanwhile George Lagu Atibuni, the Maracha DISO, who doubles as the Acting RDC expressed ignorance over the charges and the power blackout at the health center.

“I have got the concern for the first time and I promise to take it to relevant authorities for further discussions,” Atibuni pledged.
When contacted on phone, Ronald Ociatre, the then Maracha district health officer (DHO) said he was equally not aware of the charges.

The reproductive maternal neonatal, child and adolescent health report of Maracha district with focus on maternal health indicates that at least 12 women died during labor in 2012/13 financial year, 9 in 2013/14, 7 in 2014/15, 2 in 2015/16 and later, the number rose to 5 in this starting 2016/17 financial year.

Why Besigye must go — Andrew Mwenda

Tue, 01/03/2017 - 11:06
Why Besigye must go — Andrew Mwenda

Good morning friends. We have over the last week ignited a heated debate on the crisis in the opposition especially the leadership of Dr. Kizza Besigye. You have made his page the largest newspaper in the country. I have read the comments on the debate and I am impressed by how many Ugandans actually feel frustrated with the status quo in the opposition. But I am disappointed by many who sympathize with Besigye, like my son Ivan Okuda.

All the reasonable (and even the extremely unreasonable) defenders or Besigye tend to lament. They give long winding reasons on how M7 has made it difficult for Besigye to succeed etc. Is M7 supposed to make it easy for Besigye to remove him from power? This attitude of justifying failure instead of looking for opportunities for success has crippled the opposition.

My argument is that M7 is a difficult nut to crack because he is a master strategist and tactician. Besigye is all courage and energy but little strategy. His leadership has been tested for 16 long years and it has not produced the change he has always promised. The opposition need to try a new leader with a new strategy. It is that simple.

The NRM has no reason to change M7 because he took them to a struggle and they captured power in five years. He has kept them in power for 30 years. Why change a manager who keeps winning and winning. Besigye has promised change and only delivered M7’s continued rule.

In 2001 Besigye got 28% of the vote and claimed his votes had been stolen and his security compromised. He ran to exile and threatened to launch armed rebellion. Nothing materialized. In 2005 he returned and made the best bid at the presidency getting 38% of the vote. He said his votes had been stolen and threatened a tsunami. Nothing came of it.

In 2011 he claimed to have vote protection brigades that would neutralize M7’s rigging machinery. Instead his share of votes fell to 26%. He claimed he had gotten 68%. But he was unable to rally such a majority to make Uganda ungovernable and force M7 to talks and power sharing as has happened in Kenya and Zimbabwe.

Just before the 2016 elections Besigye called a press conference and told all and sundry that any attempt to rig the vote would be neutralized. When the results were announced he had 32%. Not a single stone was thrown to defend his claims that he had been cheated.

So Besigye wins, M7 steals his votes and Besigye does nothing. Why should people continue to vote for a man incapable of protecting their hard won victory – not once, not twice but four times? I am sure in 2021 Besigye will call upon his supporters to show up and vote for him and promise their victory won’t be to no avail and again it will be to no avail.

This is not a problem of Besigye. It is the utter gullibility and stupidity of his supporters. Otherwise why do people continue to support such a leader with such a horrible record of promises that are never met? Mugisha Muntu warned Besigye during the FDC presidential debate to stop making bellicose threats that cannot materialize. Seems the colonel does not listen to generals.

Katuntu Reconciles FDC and NRM Supporters through Football

Tue, 01/03/2017 - 10:21
Katuntu Reconciles FDC and NRM Supporters through Football

The outspoken Bugweri County MP Abdu Katuntu is making efforts to reconcile supporters of the National Resistance Movement party and those of Forum for Democratic Change.

Katuntu believes one of the ways in which this reconciliation can be achieved is through sports such as the football matches between supporters of the two parties in his constituency.

“As you can see here, NRM and FDC teams are playing, it is peaceful, people are happy, and the winners will shake hands with losers,” Katuntu said during the match on Monday.

Katuntu, a member of the Forum for Democratic Change says he wants to pass a political message to fellow leaders to stop using politics to divide people.

“I plead to my colleagues, leaders in the country not to divide our people,” he said.

The game that was held at Idudi primary school ground was attended by district officials from FDC and NRM and many spectators.

NRM supporters beat FDC 1-0.

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