Arua midwives ask for electricity extension in their health centers

By Deo Wasswa
Midwives in government health center threes in Arua district want the government to extend electricity to these facilities to ease their work especially during night.

Some of midwives we spoke to said they face challenges to communicate with mothers during delivery times because their mouth are being used to hold torches or cellphones to light properly.
Bako Mary , one on the midwives at Riiki Health center III, located in Oluko Sub county in Arua district says because of little communication during that time, some times they lose some babies.
Riiki health center has only two midwives, yet the facility receives a total of 35 – 45 mothers for delivering on monthly basis.
Bako was speaking at an event where , World Wide Fund, donated solar panels to over 25 health facilities and schools in Arua district to help on improving health service delivery and promoting education in the district.
While handing over the donation, David Duli, the country director, of world Wide Fund has asked the beneficiaries to use the equipment efficiently.
He also urged the government to think about reducing on the prices of solar equipment to make it affordable to communities.

Barbie celebrates Bobi amidst worse bit of their wedding oath

Wife of  Kyandodo East Member of Parliament, Robert Kyagulanyi Sentamu aka Bobi Wine took to her Facebook to celebrate their seventh anniversary amidst their current challenges.

Legislator and Singer has not be able to go back home since the Arua political scuffle that led him to be jailed by the army and later by police. Today, Bobi Wine and 33 others are appearing before court in Gulu to hear their bail request.

In her words,


“Bobi my love, today is our seventh wedding anniversary. Unlike the other anniversaries in the past, this one finds us in a court room in Gulu. It finds you in clutches, unable to walk by yourself. It finds you before a judge, making an application for you to be released on bail so that you can go for medical treatment. It finds you in physical pain. On such days in the past, we would go to the beach or somewhere across the Atlantic. We would cut cake, have some wine and celebrate with our children. But today here we are. Still not sure if you’ll get your freedom or if you will be taken back to prison.

But let me tell you this. I have never been so proud of you. I am very proud that you are not before this judge because you did anything wrong. Not because you stole public funds or killed a person. You are before the judge because of standing for what you believe in. You have always told me that your dream is to live in a country which works for all citizens. Everyday, you are working towards that. Our troubles these past days are a result of that effort. What I can do is once again promise to support you every step of the way. Not because Iam your wife but also your best friend.
On our wedding day on 27th August 2011, you composed for me the best song I’ve ever listened to ‘For better for worse.’ You promised to be with me through thin and thick, in sickness and in health, in sorrows and joy. I promised you the same. Here we are on that worse bit of the oath. 😏
Happy wedding anniversary my Love; FOR BETTER,FOR WORSE. IN SICKNESS AND IN HEALTH.”

~Barbie Kyagulanyi


 

Opposition politicians held in connection with death on Bobi Wine’s driver

Opposition politicians who were arrested on Monday night  in Arua Municipality are being held in connection to the shooting of Member of Parliament Robert Kyagulanyi’s driver  Yasin Kawuma.

The politicians some of whom police claim were found armed with pistols at the time of arrest include;  Gerald Karuhanga, MP Jinja East Paul Mwiru, MP Mityana Municipality Francis Zaake, former MP Micheal Mabike and candidate Kasiano Wadri.

Police spokesperson Emilian Kayima while briefing the media at police headquarters said investigations will tell who exactly fired the bullet that killed Kawuma  between us and the people arrested since some of them were found with fire arms.

Kawuma was shot dead while sitting in Kyagulanyi’s car around hotel Pacific.

Arua gets new District Police commander ahead of by election

By Robert Segawa

The Inspector General of Police (IGP) Martin Okoth Ochola has this evening transferred the District Police Commander (DPC) Arua over Monday’s attack on the Presidential motorcade.

DPC Abbas Ssenyonjo has been transferred to Masaka District with Immediate effect in a message signed by the Director Human Resource Administration Moses Balimwoyo .

Ssenyonjo has been replaced by the DPC Masaka Henry Kintu .

The following officers have been transferred with immediate effect, Ssenyonjo who was in charge of the security of Arua Municipality during Monday’s final campaign but is alleged to have failed to control the crowds hence leading to an attack and obstruction of the Presidential Motorcade as security forces including police and the Special Force Command (SFC) tried to disperse the crowds wearing colors believed to be of supporters of independent candidate Kasiano Wadri.

During the scuffle, four people are said to have been shot with  one dying on the spot. Yasin Kawuma a driver to Member of parliament Robert Kyagulanyi alias Bobi wine was shot dead while seated in Bobi Wine’s vehicle around hotel Pacific in Arua Town.

Security tightens ahead of Abiriga’s burial

By Robert Segawa

Security is tight in and outside Arua town municipality as military and police officers patrol this morning after residents turned riotous and destroyed property at the home of the fallen Arua municipality member of Parliament Hon Col Ibrahim Abiriga last evening.

The bodies of Hon Abiriga and his brother who were assassinated on Friday near his home in Kirinyabigo in Kawanda Wakiso district were airlifted by the military helicopter to his home in Arua town.
However, residents who had come to receive the body of their legislator turned rowdy and destroyed tents, plastic chairs and vehicles which had delivered caskets forcing the family and mourners to run into disarray.

A vehicle belonging to A PLUS  and local NGO, police motorcycles were destroyed as angry residents moved to grab the bodies forcing family to seek refugee from nearby police station. Equipment belonging to journalists including cameras and audio recorders were destroyed as scribes scampered for their lives.

UPDF soldiers from Bondo military barracks were summoned to reinforce police to calm the situation by firing live bullets in the air to calm down the situation.
Hon Abiriga and his bodyguard also his brother will be laid to rest at their ancestral home in Arua municipality today Monday.

Man accuses Bishop Odoki’s security guards of torture

Security personnel deployed to guard the premises of the Bishop of Arua Diocese, Sabino Odoki at Ediofe Cathedral are on the spot for alleged torture.
Jamal Waka, a resident of Aiivu Village in Pajulu Sub County accuses the guards of arresting him and torturing him on Thursday last week as he was returning from a trade fair at Arua Hill Bomah Grounds.
According to Waka, after torturing him, the guards handed him over to Arua Central Police Station, which kept him in the cells for six days before he was produced in court on Wednesday.
Waka appeared before Arua Chief, Magistrate William Robbs Komakech who granted him non cash bond of Shillings one million. He is expected to return to court on January 18th 2017 for the mention of his case.
Shortly after his release, Waka told URN that on the fateful night, he was walking back home from the trade fair at around 1am when he was intercepted by a combined team of Police and UPDF officers guarding the Bishop’s home accusing him of abusing Bishop Odoki.
According to Waka, on sensing danger he tried to flee but the security officers hit him with a stick and he fell down.

According to Waka, he spent close to a week in the police cell without any medical help.

Alingozi Kamura, a brother to the torture victim says the action of the security personnel is uncalled for. He says it was wrong for officers to descend on unarmed civilian and torture him to that magnitude.

Police have not yet commented on the matter as the West Nile Region, Police Spokesperson; Josephine Angucia was not available by the time of filing this story.

This is the second case in, which Police officers are being implicated for torturing a suspect in West Nile region within a space of two weeks.

Over a week ago, Joseph Okongo, an office at Pakwach Police Station also beat up a suspect over mistaken identity.

Okongo has since then been summoned by the regional professional standards unit to respond to the charges of torture.

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Arua police on spot for failure to arrest a priest who caused an accident

Police in Arua is on spot for failing to summon and arrest Fr. Pius Yobuta, the Priest of Christ the King Parish, Arua Town for causing accident.

Fr Yobuta’s vehicle, a Toyota Premio rammed into passengers on the roadside on Saturday killing one person and critically injuring five others. Eye witnesses say that the vehicle lost control in the hands of a female only identified as Rose, a learner under instruction.

It had three other occupants who all escaped unhurt. The other occupants of the vehicle were identified as Gasper Ezati Ezaruku, a Christian and Rev Father Charles Idraku, the parish priest of Ragem Parish.

The dead is identified as Rukia Nyivuru, a 56 year-old mother of five. The injured include Saidi Siraji, 20, Night Adiru, 20, and three minors, all children of the deceased.

Night Adiru, one of the victims says they were seated by the roadside when they were hit by the car. Adiru says while, the five people were injured, the mother of the three kids died shortly after reaching Hospital.

Adiru adds that the family has decided to transfer the three critically injured children to Mulago hospital, while one is still admitted at Rhema hospital in Arua. She says the three are still on oxygen support.

However, families of the victims are concerned that three days after the tragedy, the vehicle owner, driver and other occupants have not been summoned to police.

When URN visited the police, the accident file had no statement on record. Save for the names of the victims, Father Yobuta and two other occupants, the woman who was driving the car has no identity recorded on file. Family members suspect foul play in the investigation process.

Though Adiru admits that Yobuta paid for the funeral of the dead and is also paying for the medical bills of the injured, she wants the police to act so that justice can prevail.

The Toyota Premio car is currently parked at Arua Central Police Station. Attempts to get official comments from the police proved futile since both the Regional Public Relations Officer for West Nile Josephine Angucia and the District Police Commander were not available in the office.

However, a source within the Police who spoke on condition of anonymity because he is not authorized to speak to journalists confirmed the accident. He says by the female driver had no driving permit and was undergoing driving lessons.

Our reporter was turned away by lay attendants when he visited Christ the King Parish to speak to Fr Pius Yobuta. Attendants said that the priest couldn’t see visitors because he is on bed rest.

 

 

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Thousands of South Sudanese refugees in Uganda are to benefit from a major aid operation.

By Patricia Osman

The donation includes mosquito nets, sleeping mats, plastic sheeting, kitchen sets and solar lights.

The United Nations High Commission for Refugees Representative to Uganda, Bornwell Kantande  says the items will be delivered to refugee settlement in areas in Adjumani, Arua and Kiryandongo districts.

He adds that the people of South Sudan are suffering, as can be seen by the record numbers that have fled to Uganda and other neighboring countries in recent weeks.

Just last week the number of South Sudanese refugees fleeing their country surpassed the one million mark.

Photo: www.unhcr.org

Four die in an accident in Arua

Four people are confirmed dead following two separate accidents that occurred on last evening in Arua.

Three of the victims who were riding on the same motorcycle, were knocked dead by a speeding trailer with registration number UAR 380R along Arua-Nebbi highway. Two of them died on spot while one died from Arua hospital moments later.

The fourth victim was knocked by a hit and run vehicle in Ogoko along Pawor Ocoko Arua road. His body was whisked away by the locals before the arrival of the police. The incidences took place between 5:45 and 6pm last evening.

Police Spokesperson for North Western region Josephine Angucia confirmed to URN in a telephone interview this morning that police impounded the trailer and arrested its driver as investigations into the cause of the accident take shape.

Angucia added that postmortem examinations are underway for all the victims before handing their bodies to the relatives for burial later today. She cautioned against reckless driving.

Rev. Isaac Nguma, a relative to one of the deceased persons appealed to road users to be cautious while using the roads.
 

 

 

 

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ON DUTY: European Union Election Observation Mission in Uganda Team

Following an invitation from the Government of Uganda, the European Union has established a mission to observe the 18th February General Elections. The Chief Observer of the Election mission is Mr. Eduard Kukan, a Slovak member of the European Parliament. The mission comprises around 120 observers from all EU countries, as well as Norway.

The EU Mission in Uganda says a credible national voters’ register is key to a transparent election. Marian Gabriel, the Deputy Chief Observer at the EU Election Observation Mission 2016, says the Electoral Commission must ensure that the voters’ register is accurate and void of scrutiny from the opposition and the electorate.

Marian says the biometric system is one of the steps the EU Observer Mission thinks will provide safeguards against fraud during the 2016 general elections.

Marian was speaking at the dispatch of thirty EU long-term observers who will be monitoring the campaign period in the run up to the February 18 polls and after.

Thirty EU long-term Observers, grouped in two-person teams, departed yesterday from the Election Observation Mission’s headquarters in Kampala to their respective areas of responsibility across the country.


“They will be observing all aspects of the electoral process in their duty areas, meeting with election officials, candidates and civil society representatives. They will report back to the core team in Kampala and the information they provide will be the basis for the mission’s assessment”, said Mr. Marian


The observers will be based in Kampala, Mityana, Masaka, Mbarara, Kabale, Kabarole, Masindi, Arua, Gulu, Lira, Soroti, Moroto, Mbale and Jinja districts.

Closer to Election day, around 80 short-term observers will join the mission. Two days after the election, a Preliminary Statement will be presented by the Chief Observer in a press conference.

Marian says the observers will focus on the presidential and parliamentary campaigns to monitor media access to candidates and the role of security forces in the elections, among others.


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