The Big Wedding winners tie the knot. Daniel and Sandra

By Gloria Nakiyimba
To every Ugandan, Friday is another day where we all look forward to the weekend to rest after long days of work. That story changes when it comes Daniel Opio and Sandra Achom. Friday 14th September 2018 will always be a special day for them and they will forever remember it in their lives.  Love was in the air!
Daniel and Sandra the winners of the most revered radio promotions country wide; The Capital Radio Big Wedding promotion, were officially married on that day.  They made their marital vows at St. Luke’s Church Ntinda a suburb of the capital Kampala.
The main celebrant Reverend Moses Nyombi   urged the Capital Big wedding couple to always focus on God and love one another until death separates them.
“We have come together in the presence of God, to witness the marriage of Daniel and Sandra, to ask his blessing on them, and to share in their joy” Rev.  Nyombi told the congregation.
He asked the couple to always love the Lord and remain true to each other, asking the congregation to support the couple in their new marital journey. St. Luke Praise and worship choir animated the entire service with song like “To God be the Glory”, Nathaniel Bassy’s “Imela”, Stand amazed, to which the church sung in unison as they celebrated the newlywed couple.
Capital Radio has been running the big wedding promotion for six years now. According to  Mr. Peter Mungoma the General Manager at Capital radio “ the rationale for running this promotion is our way of giving back to our loyal listeners by doing something that is truly inspiring for young aspiring couples that would like to get married but for one reason or another do not have an opportunity to”. Mr Mungoma is proud that Capital radio has been able to make happy couples across the country for the last six years.
“At Capital radio we saw this as an opportunity to be a part of this very important occasion in people’s lives. We as a station believe that the family is the core of society and therefore anything that we can do as a station to promote that makes it something valuable to be a part of “he told the congregation. 
He congratulated Daniel and Sandra the winners and wished them all the best in their marital life. The couple that won the competition by more than 1000 votes from listeners hosted their guests at the lush green Sheraton Gardens at Sheraton Hotel Kampala that provided food, changing rooms and two nights for the couple.
Hair by Ziwa did the makeup and hair for the couple, the men wore sleek suits from, Paple Rayn Hub, while the bride’s gown and bridal entourage dresses were done by none other than Brenda Maraka. Vick land distributors provided four cousins wine for the wedding reception, while Nile Breweries provided different tribes of beer at the event. Soft drinks were in plenty courtesy of Coca-Cola. The Public Address system, ambient lighting, Giant LED screens, LED Dance floor platform that added more pomp to the reception was provided by Events Ware House. Tents 4 you provided the tents, tables and chairs that accommodated the guests.
Rwanda Air is flying the couple to Cape Town South Africa for their four day honey moon.
Gordon Amanya and Cathy Atwiine won the first Big Wedding in 2013 through a completion on the Kisementi based Radio station. Other big wedding winners are Christopher Mutabaazi and Maureen Kyomuhendo,  David Ssekito and Florence Nakiganda, Steve and Koina, and Brenda and Albert.
Now the question is who will be the next big wedding couple?  Stay tuned to Capital radio you might be the next winners!

African Cities: Kampala to invest in Cable Car transportation.

Kampala Capital City authority is looking for 200 million US Dollars to embark on the project to introduce cable cars in a bid to decongest the city of traffic.

“We conducted a feasibility study for cable cars in Kampala and we discovered that it is viable and so we are looking for money to run a pilot project. We are actually very composed and we think it is something that can happen in Kampala”  KCCA spokes person Peter Kauju told Capital reporter.

 

Kampala Capital City authority is looking for 200 million US Dollars to embark on the project to introduce cable cars in a bid to decongest the city of traffic. “We conducted a feasibility study for cable cars in Kampala and we discovered that it is viable and so we are looking for money to run a pilot project. We are actually very composed and we think it is something that can happen in Kampala”  KCCA spokes person Peter Kauju told Capital reporter. uju says under the pilot project, cable cars will run from Bwaise in Kawempe division to the new taxi park in the city center. It’s against this backdrop that Kampala Capital City Authority is organizing an investors’ roundtable conference for September to devise ways to fund the project. “We are making preparations for an investors’ conference to see how we can come up with the financing method or possibility for this project to happen” Kauju said. Kauju says they have contacted several companies that can provide the service of installing cable cars in the city. Cable cars are popular tourist means of transport in the French city of Grenoble. These round gondola lifts with clear glass sides gives one a bird’s eye view of the city. They could be new tourist attractions in Kampala as tourists would have a clear view of the city on the seven hills from the sky. French POMA company ; who are experts in ropeway transport are have been in talks with the authorities in Kampala over a possibility of introducing cable cars in the city as the best solution to transportation without creating congestion. Medhi Caillis the commercial officer for Africa zone says using high technology, 5000 people can be transported per hour using cable transport system that is very fast in terms of speed. Depending on the size of the cabin and speed, the car can take between6-12 people every 10-15 seconds. The system once put in place it would not have any conflict with other traffic users since it is installed in space. According to Caillis, cable system can be installed within 12-18 months making it cheaper. The company cable cars are responsible for transporting 6.5 million passengers per hour in different cities where the company enjoys a worldwide presence. With a worldwide presence in more than 80 countries in western and Eastern Europe, Asia, Africa, South America, Australia and NewZealand, POMA produces 50 lifts every year accounting for a total of 8000 lifts in five continents. Some of the advantages of using cable cars are that they give a high level of passenger safety, they do not emit fumes, use clean electricity contributing little to air pollution, operate in a quiet manner saving the public from noise pollution and can serve challenging terrain. They require less time and money to implement. To have cable cars running little land is required and there is no need to excavate the ground. However, much as cable cars provide high quality transport experience, they don’t serve many passengers as a bus or a taxi would or better yet a train. A cable car service could be disrupted due to bad weather especially extreme winds since they are pulled by cables that are elevated from one tower to another. Reporter: Gloria Nakiyimba

Kampala Capital City authority is looking for 200 million US Dollars to embark on the project to introduce cable cars in a bid to decongest the city of traffic.

“We conducted a feasibility study for cable cars in Kampala and we discovered that it is viable and so we are looking for money to run a pilot project.

We are actually very composed and we think it is something that can happen in Kampala”  KCCA spokes person Peter Kauju told Capital reporter. uju says under the pilot project, cable cars will run from Bwaise in Kawempe division to the new taxi park in the city center.

It’s against this backdrop that Kampala Capital City Authority is organizing an investors’ roundtable conference for September to devise ways to fund the project.

“We are making preparations for an investors’ conference to see how we can come up with the financing method or possibility for this project to happen” Kauju said.

Kauju says they have contacted several companies that can provide the service of installing cable cars in the city.

Cable cars are popular tourist means of transport in the French city of Grenoble. These round gondola lifts with clear glass sides gives one a bird’s eye view of the city. They could be new tourist attractions in Kampala as tourists would have a clear view of the city on the seven hills from the sky.

French POMA company ; who are experts in ropeway transport are have been in talks with the authorities in Kampala over a possibility of introducing cable cars in the city as the best solution to transportation without creating congestion.

Medhi Caillis the commercial officer for Africa zone says using high technology, 5000 people can be transported per hour using cable transport system that is very fast in terms of speed. Depending on the size of the cabin and speed, the car can take between6-12 people every 10-15 seconds. The system once put in place it would not have any conflict with other traffic users since it is installed in space.

According to Caillis, cable system can be installed within 12-18 months making it cheaper. The company cable cars are responsible for transporting 6.5 million passengers per hour in different cities where the company enjoys a worldwide presence.

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With a worldwide presence in more than 80 countries in western and Eastern Europe, Asia, Africa, South America, Australia and NewZealand, POMA produces 50 lifts every year accounting for a total of 8000 lifts in five continents.

Some of the advantages of using cable cars are that they give a high level of passenger safety, they do not emit fumes, use clean electricity contributing little to air pollution, operate in a quiet manner saving the public from noise pollution and can serve challenging terrain. They require less time and money to implement.

To have cable cars running little land is required and there is no need to excavate the ground. However, much as cable cars provide high quality transport experience, they don’t serve many passengers as a bus or a taxi would or better yet a train. A cable car service could be disrupted due to bad weather especially extreme winds since they are pulled by cables that are elevated from one tower to another.

Reporter: Gloria Nakiyimba

MBUYA BARRACKS ATTACKERS HANDED 15 YEARS IN PRISON

By Sania Babirye

The  general court martial has sentenced  two soldiers  to 15 years in Luzira prison after being convicted  of  treachery and security related offences  for conniving to attack the lower Mbuya military barracks in 2013. The two include Lt Augustine Moro and Private Kenneth Kalokwera Okello.

While sentencing them the army court chairman Lt Gen Andrew Gutti said that the punishment should serve as a deterrent sentence due to the ongoing similar cases already before court.

Lt Gen. Gutti explained that  currently they  have more than four similar  case  files .The seven member team however  declined a call by prosecutions to hand the convicts the  maximum death penalty saying they needed time to repeat and change  their  behaviors.

They have been however advised to appeal the punishment within 14 days if they are not happy with both the conviction and sentence.

Yesterday the army court convicted the two on grounds that they formed a common intention to attack army barracks by organising and participating in the actual attack after they were found at the scene of crime.

Lt. Gen. Gutti also explained that Moro was the ring leader who recruited Kalokwera and others to attack Mbuya barracks. The court has however acquitted the two of the charge of assault over lack of evidence. The state had accused them of assaulting a guard who was on duty that night.

Prosecution states that on the 4th of March 2013 the two soldiers and others still at large at lower Mbuya military barracks in Kampala while armed with firearms attacked the guards manning the entrances of the basis in order to a quite guns an action  intended to jeopardize the security of the defense forces.

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Dr Stella Nyanzi bail review proceedings happening off camera

By Sania Babirye

Journalist and the public have been prevented from attending the bail review proceedings of jailed controversial Makerere university researcher Dr Stella Nyanzi.

The proceedings are being heard off camera in justice Elizabeth Kabanda’s chambers.Only Dr Nyanzi, her lawyer Nicholas Opio and State Attorneys are allowed inside.

The public interest case has left both local and international journalists scattered in court corridors waiting for the outcome.

Meanwhile police officers from the counter terrorism squad are guarding the judge’s chambers were the proceedings are taking place.

BACKGROUND 

On the 10th of April  chief magistrate James Eremye Mawanda denied to hear Dr. Stella Nyanzi’s bail application and remanded her to Luzira until she has been subjected to a mental  examination to prove that she is fit to stand trial as requested by principle state attorney  Jonathan Muwanganya.

However Stella’ s lawyers led by Isaac Ssemakade says this is an abuse of Stella’ s rights since bail is her constitutional right.

Ssemakade also said that  the actions of the chief magistrate are denying his client the right to a fair and speedy  trial.

Nyanzi is charged with cyber harassment and offensive communications all counts stemming from the Computer Misuse Act.

MUSLIM SUSPECTS CHOOSE TO REMAIN SILENT IN THEIR DEFENSE

By Sania Babirye

The 14 men alleged to have masterminded the murders of two Muslim clerics across the country have   chosen to remain silent as they began their defense today.

The  suspects led by Tabliq sect leader Shiekh Younus Kamoga informed court through their legal team led by  Fred  Muwema and Macdusman Kabega, they have chosen to exercise their Constitutional right to remain silent.

This means that the suspects will not be cross examined and court will proceed and write the final verdict basing on the evidence and exhibits on record submitted by defense before court.

The accused are charged with the murder of fellow sheikhs including Mustafa Bahiga and Hassan Kirya, terrorism and the attempted murder of Shiekh Haruna Jjemba.

Three justices of the international crimes division of the high court led by Justice Ezekiel Muhanguzi on the 10th of April ruled that the 14 had a case to answer following evidence from 63 prosecution witnesses.

These had 3 options to choose from including giving sworn in evidence where prosecution cross-examine them, unsworn in defense or keeping quiet.

The case has now been adjourned to the 26th of May 2017.

Photo Credit: Nteza Michael, Chimp Reports

NRMs CAPT. MUKULA DENIES INFIDELITY.

By Ewin Muhumuza

The NRM Eastern region National chairperson Capt. Mike Mukula has denied allegations that his wife caught him in their matrimonial bed with two girls from Makerere University in their home in Soroti district in 2014.

While appearing before Buganda Road court chief magistrate Jamson Kareemani Capt. Mukula said that the alleged girls are not his mistresses but his employee’s at his flying school called Uganda Aviation School.

Mukula further told court that  he reached out to Tumusiime on various occasions to stop him from publishing malicious articles against him  that were intended to sabotage his marriage and family but all this fell on deaf ears after  he refused to pay the 20 million bribe that  Tumusiime had allegedly asked him in return.

Mukula had appeared to defend himself in a defamatory and libel case he filed against a news editor of a local tabloid Francis Tumusiime.

Capt. Mukula claims that in July 2014, with an intent to defame him Tumusiime on two occasions  unlawfully published articles alleging that his wife (Mukula’s) nabbed him with 2 girls in their marital bed in Soroti district which Mukula denies.

In February this year Mukula’s wife Gladys Mukula defended her husband over the allegations by telling court that Capt. Mukula was a faithful husband who respects the sanctity of their marriage.

She further told court that throughout their 34 years of marriage, she had never caught her husband with another woman nor found him in any compromising situation with a girl.

She asked court to find Tumusiime guilty of libel and she also brought one of the girls in court to prove that they were friends.

The case has been adjourned to the 5th of May 2017.

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FOUNDATION FOR HUMAN RIGHTS INITIATIVE OFFERS LEGAL ASSISTANCE TO THE FORMER EMPLOYEE OF AYA OVER SEXUAL HARRASMENT

By Alice Lubwama

Human rights body, foundation for Human rights initiative has offered legal assistance to the former female employee of Aya group who accused her boss of sexual harassment.

The manager legal aid program at the foundation George Musisi told the media that, they are pushing for consolidation of both cases of sexual Harassment and assault cases that were lodged by the victim.

Musisi says that if police do not expedite the investigations, they will initiate a private prosecution to ensure justice for the victim.

This case was being handled by the minister for labor Herbert Kabafunzaki who was later arrested for allegedly extorting money from the accused.

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Irish Government provides 7.2 million Euros to improve education in Karamoja

By Gloria Nakiyimba

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150,000 children in schools in Karamoja will benefit from the 7.2 million Euros; about Ush 27.5 billion provided by the Irish Government.

According to Irish Ambassador, Dónal Cronin the funds channeled through UNICEF will support the Ministry of Education and Sports, to improve quality education for the most vulnerable children and adolescent girls across the Karamoja region.

Children at risk of dropping out of school and children with disabilities and special learning needs are targeted under the Irish supported program.

“This contribution from Ireland is critical in improving the skills and future of young people in Karamoja, Education is key to the region’s development and this support, to be implemented by our partner UNICEF, is part of our ongoing efforts to empower some of the most vulnerable communities in Uganda” said Ambassador Cronin.

The support will also address cultural and social practices that continue to undermine inclusive and quality learning.

The five year program aims to reduce gender gaps in enrolment and completion; improve learning outcomes in basic education; increase the transition of students from primary school to secondary school; and increase awareness within families and communities on the importance of investing in education for both girls and boys.

It will focus on enhancing teacher effectiveness, strengthening school management, assessing and monitoring learning outcomes, addressing issues of violence in schools, strengthening girls’ education, and promoting peace building and conflict-sensitive education.

“This support from the people of Ireland will help thousands of children to stay in school and have a higher quality education, especially adolescent girls who have a critical role in transforming the living conditions of their families and communities in the future,” said Ms. Aida Girma, UNICEF Representative in Uganda.

82 per cent of all 6 to 17 year old children in the region are living in poverty while 14 per cent complete primary school level and 25 per cent transition to secondary school in Karamoja compared to the national average of 67 per cent and 70 per cent respectively.

 

BUSSINESMAN CONVICTED OF NEGLIGENCE LEADING TO DEATH OF A THREE YEAR OLD

By Sania Babirye

A Kampala Business man whose failure to cover his pit holes lead to the death of his neighbor’s three year old child has been fined 70,000 shillings and ordered to compensate the bereaved family 5 million shillings.

This is after city hall grade one magistrate Moses Nabende found Ssenkungu Fred Don guilty of negligence.

While fining him the magistrate noted that Ssenkungu failed to take proper precautions against the fish ponds which he dug well knowing that they can be dangerous to human life.

Ssenkungu was convicted on his own plea yesterday where he acknowledged that the three year old boy drowned in his fish ponds that he had failed to cover up.

He was charged with committing a rash and neglect.

Prosecution led by Jackie Kyasimire states that on the 23rd of January 2017 at Kikaaya zone in Kampala Ssenkungu ommitted to take proper precautions against the pit holes dug there by causing the death of a neighbor’s 3 year old son Dan Caku.

 

Unregistered sim cards are a threat to national security.

By Robert Segawa.

Photo by @AKasingye

The Uganda police force makes a strong appeal to the Uganda Communication Commission to have all sim cards which are not registered to be off air.

AIGP Asan Kasingye the police spokesperson wonders as to why different mobile network are still having unregistered sim cards.

He says this is danger to national security because criminals buy unregistered sim cards, use them to commit crime and later through them away. Kasingye urges UCC to devise all means to see that all unregistered sim cards are turned off.

While addressing the media today, AIGP Asan Kasingye said Uganda Police Force has got many theories concerning the murders of Kaweesi but they are yet to get the bottom of the case.

He calls upon the public to be calm as police continues with investigations.