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Buikwe Accident Victims Finally Identified

Thu, 02/02/2017 - 19:16
Buikwe Accident Victims Finally Identified

By Serestino Tusingwire

The identities of the 16 people who died in a motor crash that happened at Ssagazi village, Bulyantete near Mabira forest along Jinja-Kampala high way on Wednesday have been revealed.

The fatal accident occurred when a Kampala bound taxi registration number UAZ 350U rammed into a trailer registration number UAU 650S and all the passengers in the taxi died on spot.

According to Samuel Madira, the Buikwe District Police Commandor, the police have been able to identify only 14 of the 16 victims.

Those identified include Buwumbe Muzahamu, 32, a resident of Njeru town council and owner of the taxi, Ssenyondo Denis 37, the taxi driver and 43-year-old Nakamya Gertrude from Iganga district.

Others who died include Mwebaze Harriet 39, Katenta Alvin, Nakaziba Florence 45, and 38-year-old Naiguru Tape, Kakafu Jackson aged 24,Twinamasiko Didhs 28, Kigenyi Ismail 26, Olobo Amston 23, Kamugemye Solomon, Werama Brian  and Bogere Richard.

Relatives of the deceased are still picking the bodies from Kawolo Hospital mortuary.

See more at; http://www.redpepper.co.ug/tragedy-as-16-perish-in-buikwe-road-accident/

Jemere Morgan To Curtain Raise For Morgan Heritage In K’la

Thu, 02/02/2017 - 19:10
Jemere Morgan To Curtain Raise For Morgan Heritage In K’la

Talented and fast raising Jamaican singer Jemere Morgan will also be coming to Kampala this Easter season, we have exclusively learnt.

According to reliable sources, Jemere will be among the curtain raisers at the forthcoming ‘Morgan Heritage show, slated for 13th April at Lugogo cricket oval.

Famous for his major hit song ‘International love’ Jemere is one of the budding crooners in Jamaica, whose style is a blend of reggae and RnB.

In case you didn’t know, he is a Grandson of reggae legend Denroy Morgan and son of Morgan Heritage member Gramps Morgan.

Our impeccable sources have confirmed that the youngster will take the stage before his mentors and parents—Morgan Heritage.

Jemere’s distinct style was first heard on his breakthrough hit, 2013’s “Neighborhood Girl.” Born in Atlanta but raised on tour with his father’s group, Jemere still found time for high school, where he introduced his talents to the world, performing a version of Mario’s hit “Let Me Love You” at the high-school talent show.

He has songs like ‘Run dem out’, ‘Gold old roots’, ‘Try jah love’, among others

 

Dog that killed Barrow’s son ‘is put down’

Thu, 02/02/2017 - 18:37
Dog that killed Barrow’s son ‘is put down’

A dog that killed the son of Gambian President Adama Barrow has been put down, an agriculture ministry source has told AFP news agency.

“We concluded that it was not wise to allow this dog to continue roaming in the streets. We carried out some test and realised that the dog is not infected with rabies,” the anonymous source said.

Eight-year-old Habibu Barrow is reported to have died on the way to hospital in Manjai near the Gambian capital, Banjul.

Barrow won the presidential election last year but then incumbent President Yahya Jammeh refused to hand over power.

Jammeh eventually left The Gambia after regional powers said they were prepared to remove him by force, if necessary.

Barrow missed his son’s funeral because he was advised to remain in Senegal for his safety at the time.

@BBC Africa

DRC Opposition Leader Etienne Tshisekedi dies Mysteriously

Thu, 02/02/2017 - 18:18
DRC Opposition Leader Etienne Tshisekedi dies Mysteriously

DR Congo’s main opposition leader died mysteriously on Wednesday evening in Brussels aged 84, reports say.

Etienne Tshisekedi, one of the country’s most important advocates of democracy, was a prominent opponent of successive Congolese leaders.

The party he helped found in 1982, the Union for Democracy and Social Progress party (UDPS), said he had travelled to Belgium last week for medical checks.

He was due to head a transitional council under a deal for President Joseph Kabila to step down this year.

Tshisekedi served as a minister under autocratic ruler Mobutu Sese Seko in the country then known as Zaire before helping to set up the UDPS.

During the 1990s he was named prime minister four times but did not remain in the position after clashing with Mobutu, who was eventually forced out in 1997.

His activism meant he remained popular but in recent years he had been suffering ill health.

Dozens ‘Stranded’ in Addis Ababa Airport following US Deportations

Thu, 02/02/2017 - 17:28
Dozens ‘Stranded’ in Addis Ababa Airport following US Deportations

About 100 people are reportedly stranded in Addis Ababa international airport after being deported from the US, the Ethiopian information minister has said.

This follows an executive order by President Trump to halt the US refugee programme and deny entry to nationals of seven mainly Muslim countries including Yemen, Libya, Sudan and Somalia.

The no nonsense Trump decided to halt this refugee programme for these countries, except religious minorities escaping prosecution.

BBC Africa reports that the deportees arrived overnight and are currently in the transit area with no help.

We shall keep you posted

NRM Bosses Furious As Museveni Visits Lango

Thu, 02/02/2017 - 16:32
NRM Bosses Furious As Museveni Visits Lango

By Milton Emmy Akwam

A section of National Resistance Movement (NRM) party leaders in Lira district are furious as President Museveni visits Lira district.

They complain that they were left out in preparation activities yet they should be contacted to take part in organizing for the visit.

President Museveni who doubles as the NRM national chairman has today been in Lira district to commission ministry of land zonal offices for Lango Sub-region.

Linda Auma, the NRM vice chairperson Lira district has expressed anger saying her office was never contacted for  any input in organising for the president’s visit.

“Once the president is going to any district, the party leaders are always informed and get involved in all preparatory activities, but for me i haven’t been contacted by any,” Auma said.

Auma added that all activities from day one were taken up by UPC cadres who completely sidelined NRM cadres.

She blasted party supporters in Lira and Lango sub-region for refusing to give maximum support to their own candidates during last year’s poll, a reason she says left opposition candidates to triumph.

Auma was the NRM party flag bearer for Lira district Woman MP Seat, a race she got thoroughly trounced by Joy Atim Ongom, the UPC party flag bearer.

M7, Kutesa Fallout Over New Ambassadors’ List

Thu, 02/02/2017 - 15:45
M7, Kutesa Fallout Over New Ambassadors’ List

By Our Reporters

President Museveni and his key man on Foreign Policy Sam Kutesa (aka SK) have fallen out after the former totally ignored the latter’s advice on who to drop or retain on the Ambassadors’ list.

On Friday morning, Museveni released a list of new Ambassadors in which he retained only two career diplomats namely Mull Sebujja Katende and Richard Kabonero.

According to reliable sources this was against the professional advice Kutesa gave concurring with numerous briefs his foreign affairs Ministry technocrats have been writing guiding the president on who is suitable for which mission.

Technocrats at Kutesa’s ministry clearly indicated to the President that with the unraveling of the international system both in the UK and US, there was need to deploy career diplomats rather than rewarding political cronies.

“A number of lists were made strongly recommending some people for posting in the most strategic missions abroad but the President ignored most of the names on the list from Kutesa’s ministry in favor of rewarding political cronies and the price for that will be paid by the whole country.

Our diplomatic service has been declining and Kutesa, Oryem and others are now a laughing stock going by the caliber of people we these days deploy to head missions abroad.

We are now known for mediocrity and what makes it even worse is that the big man’s ignorant appointees don’t respect technical advice from career diplomats working under them at the respective missions.

To them it’s all about being known by the President the incompetence notwithstanding. In the end its Uganda being embarrassed and becoming less competitive because of the way these political appointees conduct business abroad. They behave like RDCs yet this is a technical area,” said one of the very reliable sources we spoke to.

This source is close to both Museveni and Kutesa and confirmed: “all isn’t well between them because SK feels betrayed by his comrade.

The new list has created a lot of anxiety and people in the Foreign Service are very broken with the way the service has been stuffed with political appointees and all the career diplomats have been sidelined.

It’s something SK realizes is going to lower morale in his docket.”  Sources say SK hoped to use this ambassadors’ reshuffle to overcome fatigue and frustration in the Foreign Service by priotizing career diplomats at the expense of political appointees.

“People this time put in effort thinking the H.E. would for once respect technical advice only to see even the few career diplomats we had being decimated to give way to political appointees,” said a source adding that “Kenya is one worst case scenario because I’m sure SK couldn’t have recommended Phoebe Otaala.”

The source added that Nairobi is a multilateral station technically handling more than just relations between Uganda and Kenya.

It covers a number of UN Agencies (like UNEPI, Habitat) which don’t have any direct liaison offices in Kampala.

It also handles relations with Israel because the strong Zionist state has no direct diplomatic representation in Kampala.

“This is why the guys at foreign affairs wanted a career diplomat there and not just a political appointee like elderly Otala,” said a source adding that such low profile appointees should have started out in smaller missions like Asmara in Eritrea but not the all important Nairobi Kenya.

The fact that elections are coming in August is more reason why Kutesa wanted a more seasoned person to handle the Kenya mission.

The other big disappointment to Kutesa’s guys at foreign affairs was the posting of Rebecca Otengo to Addis Ababa, another very important multilateral mission handling all the AU-related work.

This comes at a time when Uganda is struggling to rebuild its image amongst AU peers following the last July 2016 Kigali summit where Specioza Kazibwe who was Museveni’s candidate for the top AU job was badly rejected for not being good enough.

“Otengo is good because she is a fast learner but her posting at Addis when she is still new in these things is proof that our President didn’t learn anything from the Kigali debacle,” said a knowledgeable diplomatic source.

The same source described Addis as “the linch pin” of our regional politics on the African continent adding that any serious country should naturally have posted there its most seasoned diplomat and not mere political appointees.

“That is one place where serious countries send their most senior diplomats and not upstarts. It’s like Brussels, Geneva, New York, Nairobi and Paris,” said the diplomatic source concluding that Otengo, just like Otala, will find serious hurdles catching up with more seasoned diplomats deployed by other countries.

The other appointee who’s posting sparked mourning among Kutesa’s technocrats is Barbra Nekesa Oundo, the political failure who lost her Busia Woman MP Seat in February polls. She also deputized Janet Museveni in the Karamoja docket.

She was posted to the South African mission which currently has 6 very experienced diplomatic staff that will be working under bossy and inadequately knowledgeable Nekesa.

“That is another mission that is politically very strategic and of great economic importance given the volume of FDIs we currently have in Uganda brought by South African companies,” said a source lamenting Museveni’s decision to reject career diplomats SK’s ministry had recommended for the SA post in favor of Nekesa who has no background whatsoever in diplomatic work.

“Even if he wanted to post his political cronies there are many guys that are thorough and could do much better than Nekesa.

You have people like Henry Mayega and ex-foreign affairs Minister Asuman Kiyingi who is a political cadre and diplomatically very knowledgeable in these things,” lamented a source disgruntled at Museveni’s choices.

The source added that Nekesa was in for a hard time just like Otengo and Otala.

The sources added South Africa is Uganda’s strong political, trade and defense partner and there is hard technical stuff to discuss by the Ambassador.

We were separately told that the casual approach the Ugandan government attaches to diplomatic work is the reason some very exhausted diplomats had previously applied to be retired but Museveni refused their request. These include Angeline Wapakabhulo and Gen Rusoke.

“They have both been dropped but the truth is they had applied for retirement on grounds of old age because they had clocked 60 years but the actual truth is they are very frustrated with the embarrassment associated to Ugandan diplomats abroad.

Even by African standards everybody is laughing at us,” said a diplomatic source.

The other remarkable thing about Museveni’s latest envoys’ reshuffle is that in the whole of the ECOWAS region which has 15 countries we now have only one diplomat and that is Nelson Ocheger who will be sitting in the Abuja Nigeria mission as its head.

Sources say Museveni is these days very uncomfortable with ECOWAS governments because of the high standards they have lately set including rejecting and despising long serving leaders.

They are actually proposing in the AU to isolate leaders who scrap term limits just like is done for those who ascend power through coup detats.

He is understood not to have liked the strong pro-governance position they took on Gambia’s Yahya Jammeh.

Led by elders like Obasanjo, Kofi Annan and others, West African/ECOWAS leaders were also very instrumental in frustrating Museveni’s candidate (Kazibwe) in Kigali.

All said and done, sources maintained that Museveni’s decision to take only two (Katende & Kabonero) from a list of 20 career diplomats recommended by Kutesa’s ministry technocrats has created bad blood between SK and Museveni that would take long to heal.

“Don’t joke with Museveni. He knows how to rehabilitate annoyed allies and I think what he is going to do to appease Kutesa is to allow him fill the positions of deputy head mission with career diplomats the way he wants and that will revive Kutesa’s self esteem as a minister among his technocrats who are beginning to feel his influence on Museveni is waning,” said a State House source familiar with both Museveni and Kutesa.

Like we exclusively reported on Monday, Museveni intends to take the new Ambassadors through rigorous training at the Jinja-based Civil Service College for the Annual Ambassadors’ Conference which was suddenly put off after Museveni rang Kutesa and told him there was no reason training guys he intended to fire any time soon.

We are told the other cause of uneasiness between Museveni and Kutesa concerns the choosing of deputy mission heads.

Whereas this has always been a preserve for the Minister closely working with the PS, President Museveni has previously insisted on being the one to appoint deputies as well leaving SK and his senior diplomats almost with no input to make in determining who is deployed where as deputy mission head.

Policeman Kills Wife and Commits Suicide

Thu, 02/02/2017 - 15:31
Policeman Kills Wife and Commits Suicide

By Serestino Tusingwire

A police officer has killed himself after shooting his wife dead in an incident that took place at Nsambya police barracks earlier today.

Godfrey Sabiti, who was attached to the VIP Protection unit, is said to had signed for his gun explaining that he was setting out for duty. He then returned home, and shot his wife before killing himself at about 6:30am.

According to the Kampala Metropolitan police spokesperson, it’s unfortunate that this incident has happened and he sends heartfelt condolences to the families of the deceased.

“We got a very unfortunate incident this morning in Nsambya, one of our officers, No. 39371, Godfrey Sabiti shot his wife and then himself dead. He have recovered 5 cartridges and five bullets at the crime scene. We sent heartfelt condolences to the affected families,” Kayima said.

It is however rumoured that the man decided to kill a wife when he found himself HIV+ yet the wife and children were negative.

The deceased have left three children, the old one with 7 years of age.

Serial Rapist Survives Lynch in Kasangati

Thu, 02/02/2017 - 14:43
Serial Rapist Survives Lynch in Kasangati

By Serestino Tusingwire

Chaotic scenes unfolded in Kasangati, Wakiso district on Wednesday as the police rushed to rescue a man, many people in the area accused of waylaying and sexually assaulting women.

Habib Uwimaana was apprehended by community members as he tried to rob a woman early on Wednesday morning. A crowd quickly gathered to lynch him before the police came to his rescue.

Police officers intervened to save the suspect by firing live bullets into the air in an attempt to disperse the angry mob.

“We have been worried about that man. We even fear moving out of our houses late in the night or early morning. We fear that he has even infected the victims with HIV. He should be castrated.” Angry women stressed.

According to the Kampala metropolitan spokesperson, Emilian Kayima revealed that police has over 10 cases filed against this man and has been on police wanted list for quite a long time.

Tragedy as 16 Perish in Buikwe Road Accident

Thu, 02/02/2017 - 13:12
Tragedy as 16 Perish in Buikwe Road Accident

By Serestino Tusingwire

At least 16 people died in an accident that happened on Wednesday in Buikwe along Jinja-Kampala highway.

According to eye witnesses, the accident happened after a trailer crashed into a commuter taxi at Ssagazi village, Bulyantete near Mabira forest.

Traffic police are still investigating the cause of the accident but revealed that the crash occurred during the rain storm, which could have affected the visibility of the drivers.

“The driver and the conductor of the trailer are said to be safe, the driver has been taken to Kawolo hospital in a critical condition but the conductor is nowhere to be seen,” a police officer at the scene said.

Police said the crash victims were taken to the nearby Kawolo hospital for postmortem.

Rescuers struggled to remove the bodies of the dead because the trailer mangled the taxi that was carrying mostly students.

Resident however called upon the government to expand the road like the Masaka high way, saying the road is poor and can easily cause accidents.

Arua Hospital Mortality Rate Shocks Nation

Thu, 02/02/2017 - 11:30
Arua Hospital Mortality Rate Shocks Nation

By Andrew Cohen Amvesi

High maternal mortality rate at Arua regional referral hospital has shocked the state minister for Primary Health Care, Dr. Joyce Moriku.

Moriku on Wednesday learnt with disbelieve that on average, at least two mothers and about 20 newly born babies die in the hands of health workers at the government facility every month.

The Minister while inspecting Arua Hospital maternity ward, unearthed the shocking death statistics the hospital is being run on. She was in the company of Peter Debele, the Arua RDC, Sam Wadri Nyakua, the Arua district Chairperson, hospital administrators and some key health workers.

According to minister, the statistics show the hospital has one of the highest maternal mortality deaths in the country.

According to the records in the book, last month alone, about 21 newly born babies and two mothers died at the hospital.

Out of the 21 babies, at least four of them die on a single day.

“The maternal mortality rate is very high in this hospital, and I think we need to urgently do something to reduce it,” Moriku said.

She therefore requested the midwives to start using the pathography which she said, is key in monitoring labour progress hence reducing risks of loses mothers in such a manner.

Moriku was equally not happy to see mothers, who have delivered successfully sleeping on the floor.

She asked the hospital administration to urgently provide beds for mothers in the delivery room.

However, Sr. Jane Alezuyo, the Senior Principal Nursing Officer said most of the mothers who end up dying are always referred from lower health units already in bad state.

“We sometimes try our best to save lives of mothers and babies but because some of them are brought here late, they end up dying due to ruptured wombs,” said Alezuyo.

Alezuyo, on the other hand, noted that their department is understaffed with at least one midwife delivering ten mothers on daily basis.

She requested the Minister to consider increasing the number of midwives in Arua hospital so as to reduce the work load on the existing ones.

Similarly, Alezuyo stated that the few midwives have no accommodation within the hospital making it hard for them to handle emergency cases when called upon.

Dr. Patrick Anguzu, the Arua District Health Officer expressed ignorance over the ongoing mayhem in the hospital, arguing that his office has not been briefed on the anomalies in the government health facility.

Tarehe Sita: Hundreds Get UPDF Free Medical Treatment

Thu, 02/02/2017 - 10:31
Tarehe Sita: Hundreds Get UPDF Free Medical Treatment

By Milton Emmy Akwam

In just two days, at least 700 patients have been examined and treated for free by Uganda People’s Defense Forces (UPDF) medical doctors in Oyam and Lira districts.

The overwhelming number was registered at Anyeke Health Centre IV in Oyam district where by Tuesday this week, 248 patients were tested and put on treatment for different ailments.

20% of the patients tested Hepatitis B+ while another big number tested HIV+ by Tuesday when the exercise commenced.

UPDF carried out activities like, HIV testing, dental treatment, malarial and antenatal examination, among others.

This website understands that over 500 locals benefited from this UPDF campaign.

According to Ocan Denish (WOII) also a Clinical Officer working at Anyeke Health Centre IV, most Orphans and Vulnerable Children (OVCs) tested HIV and Hepatitis B positives.

Meanwhile, Major Godfrey Ngobya, the head of medical team working in Oyam district told this website that the big numbers follows good mobilization and free services they were offering.

Meanwhile, at Barapwo Health Centre (III) in Lira Sub-county, the UPDF Engineering Brigade has commenced the construction of a modern placenta pit.

Lango Sub-region’s district of Apac was chosen to host this year’s Tarehe Sita fete and a number of civic activities are being carried out by the UPDF in the eight districts including constructing some schools.

 

Gov’t To Inject Shs15bn in Youth Programmes

Wed, 02/01/2017 - 20:46
Gov’t To Inject Shs15bn in Youth Programmes

Parliamentary committee on Budget has asked government to inject Shs15bn in youth Programmes to fight unemployment which is increasing at a terrific rate.

“The Committee recommends that government should prioritise programmes that have a direct impact on youth employment. A review of the national curriculum that emphasises practical skills should be urgently undertaken to ensure self employment and job creation,” said Hon. Amos Lugoloobi, the committee Chairperson.

National Household and Population Census, 2014 put youth unemployment at 67.5%, much higher than 21.3%, the figure given in the Budget Framework Paper.

The Committee recommended that Shs15billion be availed for more bursaries to students aspiring for vocational and technical education.

The committee also recommended that government immediately reviews tax exemptions, widens the tax base, and persistently improves tax administration in order to ensure growth in domestic revenue collections over the medium term.

 

Former Pearl Petroleum Proprietor Loses House Over Tax Evasion

Wed, 02/01/2017 - 20:24
Former Pearl Petroleum Proprietor Loses House Over Tax Evasion

News reaching our desk indicates that Robert K Sengooba, a former pearl petrol stations’ owner has lost the case which he was battling out with Uganda Revenue Authority over tax evasion. The case was before commercial court in Nakawa.

It is reported that the business mogul evaded taxes for his 7 pearl petrol stations since October 2011 and the debt had accumulated to $3m.

He later escaped from the country after URA put him on wanted list. He allegedly flee the country via Entebbe International Airport with the ‘help’ of his uncle who was then one of top security bosses.

According to Abudu-Sallam Waiswa, URA debt collection manager, the authority decided to freeze all his commercial accounts, and seized his posh residential home as a way of getting back the indebted money.

The residential home that is located on plot No.231 Nsaro-road Old Kampala is therefore to be auctioned in order to raise the $3m since he has not paid the money.

It is however alleged that his lawyer Patricia Kimera was arrested by Old Kampala Police and taken to unknown destination following defamatory statements she made against top government shots after losing the case.

Sengooba, 31, was also battling charges in connection to importing smuggled and substandard fuel into the country from Mombasa contrary to section 200 (d) 111 of the EACCMA.

It should be noted that the same Sengooba first appeared in various tabloids in 2011 after he was accused of sodomy and sodomising some of his male and female workers employees.

Mbidde Defends Kezaala Defection

Wed, 02/01/2017 - 17:05
Mbidde Defends Kezaala Defection

By Our Reporters

DP Vice President Mukasa Mbidde has defended the move by his party National Chairman Mohammed Kezaala to abandon the DP post in order to serve as Deputy Ambassador under President Museveni’s government.

Kezaala’s move has been criticized by many as a culmination of political deal making many DP leaders have been suspected of.

Many in DP have decried it as a defection to NRM despite efforts by Kezaala calling it “accepting a job in the Public Service.”

In a social media message that has been widely circulating on DP and UYD social media forums, Mbidde seems to side with Kezaala praising him as his political ally since his days at Makerere. Instead of dismissing Kezaala as unprincipled like many like MP Medard Segona have been doing, Mbidde blames the whole confusion on Ugandans’ low levels of political sophistication and comprehension.

He paints a picture that what Kezaala has done is normal political practice except that Ugandans have lately been used to misconstruing political events in their own way.

Many DP youths have reacted to Mbidde’s views with frustration with many questioning the wisdom of continuing to belong to such a party. Below we reproduce Mbidde’s congratulatory message to Kezaala with all its original mistakes:

VERBATTIM

To My brother, Your Worship,
Chairman Emeritus
Keezaala Muhammed

I have for long worked with you , adored you and been friends with you even when our aspirations appeared at loggerheads .

There are forces that have often worked to break this camaraderie between us but that’s their way of political behaviour that has consistently defined their poor political results.

I remain respectful and greatful for your contribution to the Party as a whole and to my political success since the commencement of my political journey at Makerere University .

I know that you have gone but your spirit shall consistently be invoked by us in order for the Party to resolve it’s contradictions and maintain its strengths .
This is to congratulate you and accordingly wish you well in your new assignment .

In Uganda , we are still suffering from a low relative political maturity of the masses , the opposition cannot differentiate between “Government and Country ” Go and serve our country because we don’t oppose this country , we oppose government but do not fight it . , we just propose ourselves as a better alternative and we continue to invisage a moment when we are in government and the current leaders are in the opposition but not in exile.

I will continue to work for that , I will continue to consult you and I will visit you when I return from Arusha where i am currently till Wednesday.

Your Departure hurts us but we are proud that you will be the very example of excellent service where you have gone. I have written this believing it will find you in good health.

Greetings to my sister home. I will visit soon. Accept the assurances of my highest regard. Mukasa Fred Mbidde -MP

Police Grill Robert Centenary over ‘Defamatory’ Statements

Wed, 02/01/2017 - 12:46
Police Grill Robert Centenary over ‘Defamatory’ Statements

By Serestino Tusingwire

Police’s Criminal Investigations Department has grilled the Kasese Municipality MP, Robert Centenary over alleged defamatory statements he made against the former Defense Minister Crispus Kiyonga.

Centenary was yesterday arrested and taken to Kibuli police station where he faced tough questions about the said allegations.

He recorded a statement before CID detectives headed by the commissioner of crimes at kibuli CID Venus Tumuhimbise and was released late in the evening.

It’s alleged that Centenary in April last year, he accused Crispus Kiyonga of fueling tension between security forces and the Rwenzururu Kingdom in Kasese District.

Centenary has however accused Kiyonga for trying to open up fights against the leaders from the same area.

“The fact that Kiyonga lost an election should not make him start opening up useless fights on current leaders in the district.” Centenary said.

Kiyonga unexpectedly lost his Bukonzo West parliamentary seat to FDC’s Jackson Mbaju Kathika in the February, 2016 general elections.

He has recently been appointed as Uganda’s ambassador to China’s Beijing.

Winnie Nwagi Plays Down Hatred Rumours With Irene Ntale

Wed, 02/01/2017 - 11:42
Winnie Nwagi Plays Down Hatred Rumours With Irene Ntale

Rumours making rounds all over social media networks that Irene Ntale left Swangz avenue because of Winnie Nwagi remain in balance following a repealing post by the curvy singer to Ntale.

On 30th January, 2017, Irene Ntales was celebrating her 28th birthday. Various people were sending their birthday wishes to the sexy song bird that left Swangz Avenue for a solo career just a week ago.

Winnie Nwagi was among the well-wishers on Irene’s birthday and she sent a heart-warming message to Irene Ntale which left people perplexed about the rumours that it’s Nwagi who forced Ntale out of Swangz Avenue.

“Happy birthday to my amazing friend Irene Ntale, may God’s blessings and joy never seize in your life #Friendsthatbecamefamily Shine on gal,” Nwagi posted.

We wait to see what comes next.

BUD-17-Report on the National Budget Framework Paper for FY 2017 18-2021 22

Wed, 02/01/2017 - 11:41
BUD-17-Report on the National Budget Framework Paper for FY 2017 18-2021 22

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We Need to Emphasise Critical Thinking in Schools – Janet M7

Wed, 02/01/2017 - 10:30
We Need to Emphasise Critical Thinking in Schools – Janet M7

By Serestino Tusingwire

The Minister of Education and Sports, Janet Museveni, has said that the government will soon introduce new teaching methods that will emphasise critical thinking as opposed to memorising for the sake of passing exams.

The minister, who called on MPs to rally behind her in a bid to revamp the education sector, was speaking at the release of the 2016 Uganda Certificate of Education examination results at the Office of the Prime Minister in Kampala on Tuesday.

“I discourage the habit of focusing on only passing exams, that’s why we have been having many failures. Teachers should know that they should not spend most of their time in doing mocks.” Janet said.

Janet Museveni also promised more initiatives to stem the numbers of girls dropping out of school.

While the government has shown its commitment to increase access to education for primary and secondary school pupils through its universal education programmes, many girls have not been able to complete their education because of being forced to do chores at home or married off before they turn 18.

A recent study by UNESCO revealed that Uganda had the highest dropout rate in East Africa with 75% of pupils, most of whom are girls.

DP Okays Kezaala Resignation

Wed, 02/01/2017 - 09:56
DP Okays Kezaala Resignation

By Serestino Tusingwire

The Democratic Party has accepted the resignation of Mohammad Kezaala from his position as party national chairperson.

“In deep regret, we accept his resignation” DP President Norbert Mao said.

He added that some prominent party members met with Kezaala to convince him to reject the appointment, but their efforts were futile.

Kezaala announced his resignation on Monday night after pressure was mounted on him to choose between running party affairs and accepting the position of deputy ambassador that President Museveni offered him.

“Being a civil service job, which do not require partisanship, and for the fact that I may not be available, I will be unable to serve our party in the capacity of national chairman,” he noted.

In the new diplomatic appointments made by President Museveni on Friday last week, Kezaala was proposed for a position in the diplomatic service of Uganda as a deputy ambassador.

He now awaits vetting by parliamentary appointments committee.

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