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.

 

Mwesigye to pay 6 million shillings or face imprisonment.

By Sania Babirye

Buganda Road Court Grade one magistrate Gladys Kamasanyu has convicted former old Kampala DPC Joram Mwesigye of assaulting a WBS journalist Andrew Lwanga in 2015.

He has been sentenced to 1million shillings court fine, and 5million shillings compensation to the assaulted journalist which he has to pay in 30days, failure of which he should serve one year in prison.

Friday 10th, March the magistrate ruled that evidence brought by state which included 7 witnesses and a video footage proved that Mwesigye did assault the two journalists.

He began his defense on the 7th of December 2016 by denying assaulting the journalist which forced Lwanga to turn down an advice by the magistrate to have the two settle the matter out of court saying he could not negotiate with a liar.

Magistrate Kamasanyu also noted that Lwanga was hurt, when his body was tampered with, sustained injuries on his head, left ear and chest, thereby causing him actual bodily harm.

Lwanga is now moving with support from crutches due to spinal injuries sustained from Mwesigye’s alleged beating.

Mwesigye was facing three charges including assault and causing bodily harm and two counts of damage to property. Magistrate Kamasanyu also ruled that the particulars of the alleged damage of the items were not described or tendered in court by prosecution, nor proof of ownership of the said items, like receipts.

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EALA Independent candidates say they did not have a fair campaigning ground

By URN

Just minutes before Parliament announces the winners in the East African Legislative Assembly (EALA) elections, Independent candidates say they did not have a fair campaigning ground.

Most of the aspirants claim that they did not have enough time to contact Members of Parliament and share with them their manifestos. They also note that there has not been clear guidelines and communication on running elections and campaigns.

Counting of votes started immediately after the voting as MPs chose nine EALA legislators  from a pool of 47 contestants, majority of whom are Independents.

The ruling NRM party fielded six candidates while opposition Forum for Democratice Change fielded two candidates. The Democratic Party and Uganda People’s Congress fielded one candidate each, with the rest coming as Independents.

Algresia Ogojo, one of the Independent candidates says her only contact point was the Clerk’s office and this did not help her. She states that as an aspirant she was blocked from putting her posters by the clerk’s office saying she could only use small flyers. She says she was shocked to see other people putting in their posters.

Ogojo also says Independent candidates only had time to meet the MPs at lunch time when they were for a break.

She says next time there should be proper guidelines on campaigns like use of posters, communication to candidates but also accessibility to MPs who form the electorate. She says with seven minutes of campaigning, candidates tried their best but this would be better if the MPs had an open access.

David Innocent Matioli, another candidate states that they did not have clear guidelines on the entire election until a day to the election.

He says some MPs were difficult to access as they are often out of parliament. He also says all Independents suffered since they lack caucuses unlike the political parties.

Mpiriirwe Rachel says caucuses disadvantaged the Independent candidates. She says the election was free and fair, although she was told she was young.

NRM candidates Musamali Paul, Rose Akol Okullu,George Odong, Kasamba Mathias,Denis Namara and Mary Mugyenyi are in the lead. DP’s Mukasa Fred Mbidde and Christopher Opoka as well as Independent Candidate Suzan Nakawuci are also in comfortable positions.

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Maj Gen David Muhoozi appointed the new CDF

The Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces and President of the Republic of Uganda, HE Yoweri Museveni has made appointments, transfers, and promotions in the Uganda People’s Defence Forces as follows:

Gen Edward Katumba Wamala, who has been the Chief of Defence Forces, has been seconded to the Government and appointed as Minister of State for Works.

Maj Gen David Muhoozi, who has been the Commander Land Forces, is promoted to the rank of General and appointed Chief of Defence Forces.

Maj Gen Wilson Mbadi, who has been the Joint Chief of Staff, is promoted to the rank of Lt Gen and appointed the Deputy Chief of Defence of Forces.

Lt Gen Charles Angina, who has been the Deputy Chief of Defence Forces, is appointed the Deputy Commander Operation Wealth Creation.

Brig Peter Elwelu, who has been the 2nd Division Commander, is promoted to the rank of Maj Gen and appointed the Commander Land Forces.

Maj Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba, who has been the Commander Special Forces Command, is appointed Senior Presidential Advisor for Special Operations.

Lt Col Don Nabaasa, who has been the Commander 1st Battalion of Special Forces Command, is promoted to the rank of Col and appointed the Acting Commander Special Forces Command.

Maj Gen Sam Turyagenda, who has been the Commander Air Forces, is appointed Senior Presidential Advisor on Air Forces matters.

Brig Charles Lwanga Lutaaya, who has been the Deputy Commander Air Forces, is promoted to the rank of Maj Gen and appointed Commander Air Forces.

Brig Charles Otema, who has been the Chief of Logistics and Engineering, has been promoted to the rank of Maj Gen and appointed General Officers Commanding the Reserves.

Brig Charles Bakahumura, who has been the Chief of Military Intelligence, is appointed the Chief of Logistics and Engineering.

Lt Col Abel Kandoho, who has been a staff officer under the office of State Minister for Defence in charge of Veteran Affairs, is promoted to the rank of Col and appointed the Chief of Military Intelligence.

Brig Sam Okiding, who until recently was the Contingent Commander of UPDF Forces in Somalia, is promoted to the rank of Maj Gen and remains substantive commander of Field Artillery Division that he commanded before going to Somalia.

Brig Gavas Mugyenyi promoted to Maj Gen and remains in command of Air Defence Division.

Maj Gen Nakibus Lakara, who has been the Deputy Commander Operation Wealth Creation, goes back to headquarters for redeployment soon.

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TIGHT SECURITY AT THE HIGH COURT

By Robert Ssegawa

The 31 people accused of murdering Muslim clerics have arrived in high court amid tight security.

Security has been tightened at the high court where the trials expected to kick of today.

All roads heading to the international crime division of the high court are also blocked.

The hearing will be before the panel of 3 justices Ezekiel Muhanguzi, Percy Tuhaise and Jane Kigundu.

The suspect include the leader of tabliq sector at Nakasero mosque Sheikh Yunus Kamoga alleged to have mastermind the murder of several muslims across the country.


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UPDF colonel arrested over rebel activities

Courtesy of Daily Monitor

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A senior army officer in the Uganda People’s Defense Forces (UPDF) was at the weekend arrested for allegedly having links with an unnamed rebel group.
Colonel Dan Opit Odwee, the airforce garrison commander, is being detained at the Makindye Military cells over subversive activities, the army confirmed yesterday.

The former 4th Division infantry operations and training officer is the most senior army officer among more than 30 soldiers, including Capt Ojara, the arms officer (head of armoury) at Bombo Military Barracks, who have so far been arrested over treason.

The army spokesperson, Lt Col Paddy Ankunda, yesterday confirmed his arrest. “He was arrested for subversion and investigations are still ongoing,” Lt Col Ankunda said.

The army publicist refused to mention the threat and the subversive activities Col Odwee was involved in but sources say he is linked to other soldiers who have already been arrested in different army units for subversion.

His son, Mr Edward Abili, yesterday posted on his Facebook page about the arrest and expressed the family’s anguish for not knowing from where his father is being held.

“Does anybody in Uganda know where Col Dan Opito Odwee is? He has been arrested by the Ugandan government and taken to a secret location. If anyone has any information, please let me know because he is my father,” Mr Abili wrote.

The Inspector General of Police, Gen Kale Kayihura, said yesterday the army officer’s arrest by the military was connected to Nakawa MP Michael Kabaziguruka’s treason case.

“There is a joint investigation that we are carrying out on information we got that some people are planning to carry out attacks on police stations, military installations and disturb the peace of the city. So I am sure that could be part of it but I am not yet updated,” Gen Kayihura when asked to comment on the matter after launching the Police Rectification programme intended to streamline operations of the Force.

“Kabaziguruka is helping police with investigations in the same matter and I am sure all the others are helping with investigations. That’s the status,” the police chief said.
Sources say the top army leadership was supposed to go for a retreat at the National Leadership Institute Kyankwanzi but it has been cancelled.

Col Odwee was arrested from his home in Katabi, Entebbe. Sources close to the family say the arresting team tied Col Odwee’s hands on his back before he was bundled into a vehicle and driven to Makindye Military Barracks in Kampala.
Some of the soldiers arrested for allegedly being part of the scheme to destabilise government are from Bombo and Air Defense in Nakasongola District, sources say.

Mr Kabaziguruka, who was arrested last week, before he was released on police bond last Thursday evening, said he was interrogated and questioned about subversive activities. He said the security agencies are linking the activities to former presidential candidate Kizza Besigye and former spy chief David Sejusa.

Past case
Dr Besigye, indicted for treason, is currently on remand at Luzira prison. The Constitutional Court in 2006 dismissed a similar charge against him, saying his trial in a court for allegedly heading the shadowy People’s Redemption Army, was unconstitutional. Dozens of his supporters incarcerated on similar offences were later granted amnesty in exchange for incriminating Dr Besigye while those that declined remained in prison, with the last PRA suspect released this year.

 

GOVERNMENT IS INTRODUCING AN ELECTRONIC VISA APPLICATION SYSTEM

By Carol Namala

Government is introducing an electronically controlled system that will enable applicants for Visa, and work permits to submit applications.

The commissioner, Immigration Control at the ministry of  Internal Affairs Namara Anthony says  applicants will be able to submit application  through the Uganda e-immigration web portal and get their Visas without a hustle adding that this can be don from anywhere in the World.

Namara says the new system will improve efficiency and effectiveness, promote accountability and ease communication between agencies.

He adds that the same system will also be in position to give feedback to the applicant and can be accessed on the website www.visas.immigration.go.ug. He says the immigration department will be able to receive and process the applications electronically by July this year.


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AIDE MEMOIRE -DR SPECIOSA KAZIBWE WANDIRA CANDIDATE FOR CHAIRPERSON, AU COMMISSION (2016-2020)

Dr Wandira has been endorsed by the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Uganda and the Eastern African Region as their Candidate for the post of Chairperson, AU Commission.

Dr Wandira is a physician and trained social scientist, veteran politician, diplomat and Pan Africanist. In 2013 she served as Special Envoy of the Secretary General of the United Nations for HIV/AIDS in Africa and is currently a member of the African Union Panel on the Wise, one of the critical pillars of the Peace and Security Architecture of the African Union.

As Executive Vice President of the Republic of Uganda for a total of 9 years – beginning 1994, and the first Woman Vice President in Africa, Dr Wandira oversaw government restructuring and pragmatic economic reforms that are credited with delivering commendable economic growth rates for Uganda that continue to this date. She was also at the forefront of efforts to find lasting solutions to regional conflicts, facilitating and mediating conflicts in Burundi, the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Sudan and Somalia.

Dr Wandira served as Deputy Minister for Industry and Technology (1989-1991) and as Cabinet Minister forWomen in Development, Culture and Youth (1991-1993), spearheadingthe first and internationally acclaimed multi-sectoral strategy to contain the spread of HIV/AIDS in Uganda.

Impassioned by the Pan Africanist ideal, and steeped in the understanding that Africa needs African solutions to African problems, Dr Wandira has traversed the African continent mobilizing governments to embrace gender policies that involve women and young people in peace building and conflict resolution mechanisms.

Dr Wandira will draw from her vast international experience and global networks to mobilize Africa to take charge of her destiny through crystalizing Africa’s vision of ‘an integrated, prosperous and peaceful Africa, driven by its own citizens and representing a dynamic force in the global arena’.

Born on 1 July 1955 in Uganda, Dr Wandira holds a Doctor of Science (DSc) in Populations and Global Health from the Harvard School of Public Health, USA, (2009), a Master of Medicine (MMed-Surgery) (1987) and a Bachelor of Medicine and Bachelor of Surgery (MBCh.B) (1979) from Makerere University Kampala.

MINISTRY OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS
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280 MPS VOTED, 9 ABSTAINED AND 4 VOTED AGAINIST SSEKANDI AS VICE PRESIDENT

By Alice Lubwama

Moments before the 2016/17 budget reading, parliament presided over by speaker Kadaga approved Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi as vice president of Uganda to serve for the second term.

The motion to approve Ssekandi was moved by Ruth Nankabirwa the newly appointed Government chief whip and seconded by Dp’s Gonzanga Sewungu and Odonga Otto for Aluur County.

A total of 280 members voted in favor of the reappointed VP, while 4 voted against and 9 abstained from the poll.

In a short speech after being approved, Ssekandi thanked members for putting their trust in him and also the President for seeing more potential in him.

Those voted against include Mwijukye Francis Buhweju county, Sewanyana Allan Makidye west, Kasibante Moses Lubaga north and Mubarak Munyagwa Sserunga.

After seconding Ssekandi for vice president MP Odonga Otto urged him to speak to the president to have a dialogue with Col. Dr. Kizza Besigye to have him released from jail. The house also approved Kasese woman MP Winne Kizza as opposition leader and Ssemujju Ibrahim as the opposition chief whip.

Parliament also constituted the appointments committee headed by speaker Kadaga  with NRM having majority members  including Arinaitwe Rwakajara , Hellen Ondoa, Makumbi Henry, Moses Balyeku , Beatrice Rwakimari among others.

Other members include Joseph Sewungu of DP, Santa Olumu from UPC , Winnie Kizza , Betty Akol and Francis Mwijukye all from FDC. Gen. Elly Tumwine will represent UPDF on the committee.


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