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.

Police officer held for defiling minor

By Robert Segawa

Police in Bombo is investigating the circumstances under which a police officer defiled 15 year old pupil.

Police constable Mpima Charles 49 year old attached to Nyimbwa police post defiled primary five pupil of St Tereza Nandere  boys primary school.

It alleges that the victim threatened the mother of the victim  a one Nakitende Magret to commit suicide if she disclosed her affairs, so the mother decided to report her to the area police of Nyimbwa where she was detained and in that course, the accused was defiled by the above officer while in police custody that night.

Kangave Paul the Savannah region police spokesperson  says after the suspect get to know that is being investigated the suspect fled and now also being charged with Absent Without Official Leave (AWOL).

NEMA, VIVO, NEXT media partner in kaveera ban

By Deo Wasswa

State minster for water and environment Dr. Kitutu Mary Gorreth has directed National Environment Management Authority and ministry of health to put sign posts on their entry gates that prohibits people from entering their premises with polythene bags.

According to her, this should be done to implement the kavera ban as well as sending signal to people manufacturing and importing Buveras to stop it and have alternative business that can replace Kavera.

Minister made the directive during the launch of national wide campaign that will see kavera completely out of use in Uganda.

The campaign spear headed by  Vivo energy, NEMA, Next Media , Ministry of health and other partners will be involved in  sensitizing and educating Ugandans to shun the use of Buveras to live healthier and  preserve environment.

On the other hand of the event held at shell Bugolobi, the NEMA police led by Byamukama Moses  stopped  a group of more than 60 people under their umbrella Uganda plastic manufacturers and recyclers association who also had organized a meeting opposite shell  to educate people on better managing  the disposal of Kavera after its use.

The group was led by Ategeka Moses, the communication director at Uganda plastic manufacturers and recyclers’ association.

US spent 506.1 M dollars on improving health in Uganda

By Gloria Nakimba
A total of 8.76 million Ugandans were tested for HIV/AIDS in 2017, according to new report to the Ugandan People released by the US Embassy in Kampala on Thursday.
US Ambassador to Uganda Deborah Malac says her government spent  506.1 million US dollars, about 1.8 trillion Uganda shillings in assistance to promote a healthy Uganda while the overall  assistance to the  Ugandan people  in the financial year 2017 totaled  to 971 Million US dollars  approximately  3.6 trilling shillings.
According to the report nearly 60% of Ugandans living with HIV achieved viral load suppression which has been shown to reduce onward transmission by 96%.
Ambassador Malac however noted that there are still challenges regarding resources for health workers asking government to invest more in the health sector to address this challenge.
This she says is a challenge not just in Uganda but in a number of countries where the resources are constrained, and health workers including nurses, midwives and physician are not paid enough to retain them to keep them as part of the system.
Center for Disease Control country director   Dr. Lisa Nelson noted that Uganda has registered great progress in HIV response getting towards the epidemic control as well as controlling malaria.
She explained that much of the support was towards the health sector to help the country deal with disease outbreaks “Uganda is in the Congo basin with a lot of emerging disease threats, and I think one of the things the US government and all agencies are involved in is also supporting Uganda to have the system to detect disease outbreaks and be prepared to respond so that they don’t spread and contain economic impact of those threats” Dr. Lisa Nelson told the media at the launch of the report at the American embassy in Nsambya. She hailed Uganda’s capability to diagnose infections as and when they break out.
“Some of your institutions such as Uganda virus research institute really are world class and are able to detect these disease and able to detect them in a timely fashion” she said.
Uganda is among 13 countries that were selected as one of the comprehensive countries to focus on epidemic control. Amy Cunningham Coordinator PEPFAR program told the media in Kampala that the country is two years away from epidemic control.
PEPFAR supported 993,070 of the 1,051,138 Ugandans receiving treatment for HIV last year. According to the report, more than 26 million Ugandans were kept safe from Malaria last year, thanks to the insecticide treated mosquito nets that were distributed under the US President’s Malaria initiative.
More than one million insecticide treated nets were distributed to families and 200,000 nets were handed out to pregnant women.
Malaria remains the leading cause of illness in the country resulting in 27 to 34 percent of outpatient hospital visits and 19 to 30 percent of hospital admissions country wide .On the issue of stability, the US government contributed 371.3 million dollars that is 1.3 trillion shillings to promote a stable Uganda.
According to Ambassador Malac  some this money went towards supporting the country’s response to an influx of refugees.
 1.3 million Refugees in Uganda received assistance through support from the Bureau of population refugees and migration at the US department of state
She hailed Uganda’s response towards refugees fleeing fighting back home especially those from South Sudan
“We continue to be very impressed with the government of Uganda and the Ugandan people’s willingness to accept refugees, it’s really a very extraordinary position” Ambassador Malac noted.

Anti corruption coalition urges parliament to discuss audit reports

By Deo Wasswa

The anti corruption coalition Uganda has expressed concern over the delay by parliament to effectively discuss audits reports made by office of the auditor general warning that this promotes impunity and corrupt tendencies by government officials.

ACCU Executive director, Cissy Kagaba says from 2017 to date only 18 out of the 97 audit reports have been handled by the parliament.

Speaking during the validation of a report on selected implementation of value for money audit meeting at hotel Africana, Kagaba noted that the parliament should critically look at recommendations from the auditor general to avert worsening service delivery brought by some public official who steal public funds and walk away free.

Student shot dead as police contains school strike

By Robert Segawa

Police  in Buhweju has shot dead  and injured another  student as they tried to control a  student’s strike.

The incident happened at Nyakitojjo secondary school in Buhweju district where students were striking to demand education ministry to transfer their headteacher. The head teacher Alex Mabwindi had been accused of crumbling down the academic performance of the school.

Bonface Kinyera the district police commander Buhweju says the deceased Innocent Natuhangana a student of senior four was hit by a stray bullet during the last night strike at 9pm while the injured Felix while Musiimenta is admitted at Nyakitojo health center IV.

Beatrice Tusiime the District Education officer says it was a sad incident because they had just sat with students to end the impasse adding that it was unfortunate that students went on and became riotus.

Man murdered and dumped in Wakiso district

By Robert Segawa

Police in Matuga is investigating the circumstances under which 32 year old Enrolled nurse died and was dumped in Kagujje village Wakiso district.

According to Luke Owoyesigyire the Kampala metropolitan police spokesperson the deceased identified as Tumukunde Ivan.

It is alleged that on Wednesday the deceased was taken to Fellowship Medical Centre in Matuga in a company of his wife to receive a treatment and admitted because he was ill .

To the surprise of the loved ones he was found lying dead in Kaguja this morning something that sparked off fears in the community that he could have died from the clinic and the clinic wrapped the body in the old bed sheets before dumped in the bush.

This forced the angry residents  of the area to storm the clinic with intention of setting  it a blaze and the police intervene.

Police arrested two staff members of Fellowship medical center to help in the investigation these are Mugwanya Patrick a clinic officer, and Nampera Phiona a nurse who is at Matugga police.

One killed and another injured during a robbery in Nsangi

By Robert Segawa

Thugs raided Green harrow hard ware in Kitemu Nsangi municipality Wakiso district killed one local guard and removed one eye of second one before they took off with unspecified amount of cash.
The deceased has been identified as Phillip Olyekuri 28 year residents of Kitemu .

Police also identified the one lost his eye as Robert Masende as and him to rushed to hospital.

According to Ali Kakooza officer in charge Nsangi police station the thugs stormed the hardware during last night’s heavy downpour and beat up the guard’s injured one left other dead and after took off with cash.

Police visited the scene and the body has been rushed to Mulago hospital for postmortem.

People with disabilities say inclusion is still work in progress

By Deo Wasswa

The National Union of Persons with Disability in Uganda is concerned that government ministry, agencies and departments are still slow in implementing inclusive planning and financing especially with persons with disabilities.

According  to the recent report by equal opportunities commission, many of the government agencies and departments didn’t adhere to the proposal of inclusive planning and implementation of their programs hence leaving many behind.

Addressing the media at Hotel Africana in Kampala,  the executive director NUDIPU Ngirabakunzi Edwin explains that this must change for the better of this nation.

African nations urged to embrace unity

By Deo Wasswa

Samia Yaba Nkuruma, the daughter of Ghana’s First president Dr. Nkwame Nkuluma says the only solution that can see Africa thrive economically is by having a political unity among African governments.

According to her, since African countries obtained their respective independence,   all African countries have not moved anywhere towards achieving political unit.

She was speaking during a high level dialogue among African leaders and stakeholders at Sheraton hotel Kampala organised under the theme ‘’ Positioning Africa for The 21st century.
At the same event, the deputy speaker Jacob Oulanyah noted that if Africa is to register democracy and development we need to reorganize and revise our strategies away from the colonial targets.
Oulanya explains that Africa is challenged by the colonial legacy that he claims has tied it for many years and that it is high time to think as independent Africa but not subjects of the colonial masters.