By Gloria Nakiyimba

Are you a young career woman, scared of mixing career and raising a family?  Well don’t be.  Young women can succeed in nurturing both a stellar career and raising a good family at the same time.

This piece of advice was sounded by the Director of Voice America-VOA who has just concluded her tour of affiliate media houses in Uganda.

Amanda Bennett   is encouraging career women who are afraid of   parenthood to always consider the positive benefits a career brings to the family

“One of my big advice to young women, to young families, is don’t always think about the negative things. Think about the positive things you are doing for your family’” she said.

Many young women worldwide worry too much about raising a family without affecting their career.

“ One of the thing  I thought when I was very young, was that If I worked really very hard, and spent a lot of time at work,  I was going to hurt my family”  said Bennett

However she hastens to add that your career should help you shape up your family in a constructive manner.

“I just got a note from my son while I was on this trip, to say mum I am now older and I know; I think you are so inspiring and am so inspired by you.  It so touched me to think about all the years I  had been  working , that it was not hurting him at all, it was not hurting his sister all, it was actually helping them understand how to be out in the world”  she told Capital radio reporter.

Amanda Bennet is a Pulitzer award winning journalist and author with a stellar career spanning more than 40 years.

She underscores the importance of enjoying your work if one is to succeed in building a great career.

According to her, there are two things that can help journalists thrive in their work.

“I got into this because I wanted to change the world. I think a lot of journalist did but I stayed in it because it was so much fun. And if you don’t have fun at what you’re doing every day, what’s the point” she stated.

Despite the tight daily work schedules, she encouraged Journos to always set aside some time for fun.

“ You are journalists ,you are doing important things, every day you are getting to go  out and  talk to people, go to countries;  have as much fun as you  possibly can” she advised.

During her trip Amanda and her team visited the Kisementi based Capital Radio, one of Uganda’s leading privately owned FM stations in the market.

She met with the top management of Capital FM steered by the General Manager Peter Jackson Mungoma and Programs Director George Manyali.

She was accompanied by Dr. Joyce Ngoh VOA Regional Marketing Director: Africa, Negussie Mengesha VOA Director, Africa Division,   Mwamoyo Hamza, VOA chief, Swahil service and officials from the American embassy in Kampala.

Female Journalists have been called up upon not to give up on their career in order to rise to managerial levels.

By Gloria Nakiyimba

Amanda Bennett the VOICE OF AMERICA Director says with hard work, women can be the best managers in different sectors including the media.

“When I was coming up in Journalism it was a completely male dominant industry. I was almost always the only woman in the room.  And so I jut found out that it was important for me to be the best at what I was doing and to work really hard” she told this reporter during here visit at Capital Radio on Wednesday.

Amanda now takes pride in being one of the three top female managers at Voice of America, one of the biggest broadcasters in World.

“The Voice of America is the only American broadcaster that is run by three women at the top. And so we are finding that women can do extremely good jobs in news management and so don’t give up” she said.

Amanda Pultizer Prize winning author, investigative journalist and editor started her career in journalism in the 70”s.  She was named Director of Voice of America in March 2016. Through 2013 she was Executive Editor, Bloomberg News.

In an exclusive interview with Capital Radio, Amanda advised media house owners and Editors to be committed to journalism to stave off pressure from advertisers and clients who try to influence news content in their favor.

She noted that it’s also important to not bow down to threats as long as stories reported are factual and correct

While at the Oregonian News paper , Amanda led an investigative project of the $ 1 billion local asset manger, Capital consultants  that led to  the September  2000 suit by the Securities  and Exchange Commission.

Here is what she had to say regarding independence from the advertiser pressure.

“It was   really important that the top editor and the owner were as committed to journalism as we were. They in turn depended on me to make sure that my story was exactly accurate. So we had a partnership the editors and owners had bravery on their side and we had bravery and accuracy on our side”

She says her news paper received constant threats but they remained firm on their facts.

“The year we worked on that piece they tried to sue us pretty much every week, for the entire project we were facing serious pressure” she relieved the moment.


Judge speaks out on why Mathew Kanyamunyu was denied bail.

By Sania Babirye

High court judge Yasin Nyanzi has revealed that his reason for denying Mathew Kanyamunyu bail is because he is likely to interfere in the going investigations.

Justice Nyanzi told court that he was persuaded by the affidavit of state Attorney Barbra Masinde that the key suspect has the capacity to interfere with witnesses and evidence which was revealed to him while being committed by the Nakawa Magistrates court to the High Court to face trial.

Justice Nyanzi noted that although Kanyamunyu still enjoys the presumption of innocence he is facing serious murder allegations preferred on him by the DPP and that court still has the duty to protect society from lawlessness.

On the 28th of this week Justice Nyanzi granted bail to Joseph Kanyamunyu a brother to Mathew and his girlfriend Cynthia Munwangari on grounds that the two were mere accessories to the murder of Keneath Akena social worker according to evidence by the DPP.

However Mathew Kanyamunyu still has two options including an appeal against justice Nyanzi’s decision in the court of appeal or wait to be tried by high court.

This is the second time that Mathew Kanyamunyu  is being denied bail after high court judge Elizabeth Kabanda denied granting him bail for failing to present substantial ground like poor health or old age.

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5 NRM youth wing members sentenced to a fine of 3million shillings each

By Sania Babirye

Five members of the ruling National Resistance Movement youth wing have been sentence to a fine of 3 million shilling each for assaulting three journalists and maliciously damaging their properties during elections.

The convicts are Robert Tibamanya, Lule Wamala, Arnold Mubiru, Joshua Kuteesa, and Hassan Wasswa

Entebbe court grade one magistrate Masitulah Mulondo also handed the convicts a 30 day community service to clean the court premises for two hours every day for maliciously damaging cameras belonging to journalists.

The magistrate further ruled that if the convicts fail to honor their sentences they should be imprisoned in Luzira for up to six months.

The assaulted journalists are Kigongo Ssebalamu, Ssempijja Godfrey both of Vision Group and Kakooza George William of Central Broad Casting Services.

She noted that the punishment will serve as a deterrent to other would be offenders because it is the role of the judiciary to correct such behavior.

She emphasized that it was unlawful and centrally to section 336 and 236 of the penal code act for the convicts to beat the journalists with the intention of stopping them from covering the elections yet the victims were just doing their work.

The five committed the offense on 4th of March during the elections for National Youth, Elderly and People with Disabilities.

They were arrested in August 2016 in Entebbe but denied the charges.

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Mathew Kanyamunyu has been denied bail.

By Sania Babirye

The high court in Kampala has for the second time refused to release on bail Mathew Kanyamunyu the key suspect in the infamous Lugogo forest mall shooting of social worker Kenneth Akena.

Justice Yasin Nyanzi however said on 30th /March 2017 will give his detailed reasons for denying Kanyamunyu bail.

However Justice Nyanzi granted bail to Mathew Kanyamunyu’s co-accused Cynthia Munwangari and Joseph Kanyamunyu on grounds that the facts of the DPP’s case show that the duo were accessories before or after the commission of the said murder by Mathew.

The judge also said he was satisfied that Joseph Kanyamunyu and Cynthia Munwangari will return to court for trial.

He therefore ordered the two to pay cash bail of 5 million shillings each and their sureties were bonded to 50 million shillings each and we’re banned from travelling outside the country without court’s permission.

Joseph Kanyamunyu was also ordered to deposit the Kanyamunyus’ land tittle with court. The two will be reporting to the deputy Registrar every 14 days.

Mathew Kanyamunyu, Cynthia Munwangari and Joseph Kanyamunyu are said to have murdered Akena on the night of 12th November 2016 along Jinja Kampala Highway, on allegations that he had accidentally scratched Mathew’s car.

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2017 comprehensive education and sports sector data collection exercise starts tomorrow.

By Tukundane Yonna

Photo Credit: Mott MacDonald

Comprehensive Education and Sports Sector – CESS data collection2017 exercise will cover all local governments and authorities as well as all schools and institutions both government and private.

This national exercise will be happen between 28th March 2017 and 21st April 2017.

The purpose of the 2017 CESS data collection exercise is to enhance the credibility of data used for planning and budgeting in the education and sports sector.

Specifically the exercise is intended to:

  • Collect basic enrollment and attendance data from UPE schools;
  • Collect enrollment as well as other strategic planning data for the education and sports sector
  • Ascertain and confirm the actual beneficiaries targeted by the complimentary programs of USE/UPPET/UPOLET
  • Enable MOES strengthen the research and knowledge base of stakeholders by facilitating the presentation of the work and results of the 2017 CES data collection exercise.

The 2017 comprehensive education and sports sector data collection exercise will be carried out in 3 phase’s i.e.

  • Phase 1, collection of basic enrolment and attendance data,
  • Phase 2- annual school census data collection,
  • Phase 3- headcount of use/uppet/upolet beneficiaries)

Data collection will be spearheaded by the ministry of education and sports. CESS data collection exercise 2017 will be implemented in close collaboration with all local governments and authorities throughout the country.


Residents from Bukasa-Kirinya have asked the high court to give them more time.

By Sania Babirye

PhotoCredit: @DailyMonitor

Some residents affected by the Bukasa, Kirinay NEMA eviction saga have asked the high court to give them more time within which to have their legal documents ready for the ongoing verification exercise.

Some of the documents that must be presented by the alleged claimants include a valid National identification card with a letter from the LC, proof of the claimed property or land ownership and the current development on the said land.

This came up today during the ongoing exercise before high court registrar Alex Ajiji that has seen many residents come to court for the exercise.

However many claim that the order that was issued by  high court judge Margret Oguli Oumo on Friday to have them bring their documents by Monday is not enough.

The ongoing exercise is targeting to verify more than 1000 claimants in a move to ascertain the exact number of lawful and valid claimants against NEMA and government in the pending illegal eviction case.

Over a thousand residents from Bukasa-Kirinya dragged NEMA to the High court accusing the environmental management body of illegally evicting them from their land without compensation or giving then  an alternative place for resettlement in 2016.

Court already issued an interim order halting the eviction until the said case is heard and disposed off.





By Alice Lubwama

Just a few days after a police boss was killed in cold blood, Iganga district chairperson Patrick Kayemba claims to have received a phone call threatening his life.

Kayemba has told an anti-corruption regional workshop going on in Kampala, that some people what to kill him for investigating a public land that was grabbed by some leaders within the district.

He says the 5 acre land which is being investigated is in Nakalama Sub County in Iganga district.

However kayemba says that the little time he has spent in office as district chairperson, he has revealed that corruption in local Governments has been gazetted.


Ministry of Health to distribute 2,655,840 mosquito nets

By  Fredah Arinaitwe

The Ministry of Health is planning to distribute a total of 2,655,840 mosquito nets in a campaign to reduce mortality and morbidity due to Malaria.

Health minister Sarah Opendi says phase two distribution will be conducted on Saturday March 25th and Sunday March 26th in 22 districts in the Teso and Karamoja regions.

Malaria remains the single largest killer disease in Uganda bit minister Opendi says the campaign has contributed to a reduction of the disease from 42% to 19%.

The first campaign saw a total of 23 million insecticide treated  bed nets  distributed throughout Uganda between  2013 and 2014.

The minister is appealing to leaders and health workers to sensitize people about the importance of sleeping under a treated mosquito net.

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President Museveni orders security officers to shoot suspicious boda boda riders following them.

By Gloria Nakiyimba

President Museveni urged armed officers, to always be vigilante, stop the car, if they realize they are being trailed by boda boda. Jump out of the car and sort the matter (shoot).

Head of state has vowed to arrest or kill the assailants of fallen AIGP Felix Kaweesi and his two minders; driver and body guard. Museveni vowed to hunt the assassins and follow them up to Congo following reports that these criminals could be from the neighboring country  just as he dealt with Kony in northern Uganda, ADF in Kasese, ADF bombings in Kampala and cattle rustling in Karamoja.

In his message to the mourners at Kaweesi’s home in Kulambiro Sunday evening, Museveni advised the criminals to surrender if they don’t want to die.

The commander in chief ordered the IGP to clean up the police force especially the CID department which has been infiltrated by criminals. Museveni noted, instead of arresting criminals, police frame up the people with information on the real criminals, intimidate witnesses from giving evidence and sometimes killing them citing the incident of Rwakataka who had killed nine people in Rakai.

President Museveni has pledged to support the families of the three slain police officers, AIGP Kaweesi, his driver and body guard. He described the killers as pigs who do not value young people and idiots who go shooting people on boda boda sending the public into fear mode.