The recent leakage of Uganda Certificate of Examination (UCE) papers has been traced to Iganga district. The confirmation comes a week after media reports indicating that examination papers were circulating on social media long before they were done by the candidates.
UNEB Executive Secretary Dan Odongo says preliminary investigations have traced the leakage to storage station in Busesa. He adds that the area supervisor and scouts have since been arrested to aid investigations into the matter.
“The scout sent to guard the exam confessed that he was paid 1 million Shillings to give his keys to perpetrators of the fraud,” Odong told journalists in Kampala today.
According to Odongo, over 26 people from various districts have so far been arrested in relation to the examination leakage. Of the arrested; five were from Entebbe, five from Rwizi, four from Rwenzori west region, two from Serere, one from Amuria, nine from Kampala and one from Iganga.
They include private school teachers, a student, a director of a private school and bursar of a government school among others.
Odongo says the involvement of teachers is an “indictment of teachers who have made education a business.” He however adds that UNEB was still pondering the next course of action.
“Our scouts from other parts of the country have told us that examinations in their areas were going on well and were not affected by news of the examination leaks.”
“Until the impact is established, we shall not know what appropriate measure to take to handle the after effect of the exam. So for now we do not know whether we shall cancel the exam or reduce or increase the pass mark. We shall only know what to do after we establish what can be done.”
By Robert Segawa
Fire guts number of cassava and maize mills in Kisenyi, down town Kampala destroying property worth billions of shillings.
According to director fire and rescue services in Uganda police Joseph Mugisa the fire started from make shift structure that houses the mills and spread to Salabed building the stores of Salabed shipping cargo.
20 maize and cassava mill machines were destroyed in the fire, stores of car engines belonging to Salabed shipping cargo, tonnes of maize floor shops and other expensive properties destroyed.
According to Mugisa, fire was too big to be contained within short period of time and fire brigade will maintain its presence at the scene until they assured nothing can re-ignite any other fire.
Sserwadda Richard the chairman of produce dealers attributed the cause of fire on land wrangles between the two tycoons.
He appealed to ministry of disaster and preparedness to come to their rescue.
The police fire department says there is no death or injuries recorded so far in the Kisenyi fire .
He says the fire was fueled by radiation from the compact make shift ‘. He says investigation is underway to establish the cause of fire.
The Ministry of Health headquarters in Kampala have been declared out of bounds for staff and other citizens following a fire outbreak this afternoon.
All entrances to the ministry are currently manned by police anti-terrorism officers with no one allowed access. Several people who were attempting to pick cars from the parking yard were also blocked.
Joyce Moriku, the State minister for Primary Health Care who rushed at the offices following the incident told Journalists that the fire outbreak was unfortunate but it was contained within time. She added that the staff will not be allowed to access the building until investigations are complete.
Vivian Nakalika Sserwanja, the ministry’s spokesperson that the fire affected the quality assurance office, part of the reproductive health office and the child health division.
Nakaliika told URN that a number of ministry officers were in the building at the time the fire started explaining that they were in preparations to travel to Omoro district for the launch of the preventative meningitis vaccination campaign.
ASP Okobo Godfrey, the Acting Commissioner for Fire Prevention at Fire and Rescue Services told URN that they had managed to put out the fire but have not yet established its cause.
He however noted the presence of Criminal Investigation Department (CID) officers and scene of crime officers who have started investigations.
Okobo further said that they suspect that the fire started in a pantry on the third floor of the building.
Okobo also noted a challenge of access to affected offices citing use of access control – biometric system where they could not easily access since they are not staff but broke into the premises.
He also noted that the ministry’s water hydrant had no water and could not help them.