MP Francis Zaake has been charged with treason

Mityana Municipality MP Francis Zaake has been charged with treason and unlawful escape from prison while on his hospital bed at Kiruddu hospital.
His lawyer Asuman Basalirwa tells Capital radio that his client has now been given bond for a month adding that he will travel to India tonight for further treatment. Zaake who is being accompanied by his wife and brother is said to have refused to sign on the bond papers.
He is to appear before the commissioner electoral crime at the CID headquarters on the 3rd October 2018 for further mention of his case. The ailing legislator presented two sureties including Mukono south MP Johnson Muyanja and Mityana LC5 Chairperson Joseph Luzige.
Reporter Patricia Osman

MTN launches global music app TIDAL in Africa

Global music and video streaming platform, TIDAL and MTN Uganda have announced an exciting first of its kind collaboration where the Mobile telecom company will offers its customers a variety of options for a data-inclusive TIDAL membership as part of their mobile plan to gain access to exclusive high-quality streaming music, videos, concerts and more.

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What to expect: Speaking at the launch in Kampala Lior Tibon an official of TIDAL says Africa is a continent that has long been an inspiration for music  around the world and TIDAL is excited to highlight the vibrant musicians on their platform adding that they are thrilled to bring a new wave of digital music to Uganda as part of this collaboration.

What’s next for TIDAL in Uganda: MTN Uganda Chief Marketing Officer, Olivier Prentout revealed that in celebration of the Ugandan music industry and the start of a digital music revolution, the 2 companies will hold an exclusive Collaboration Conference and ‘The MTN TIDAL Experience’ on 27th and 28th September respectively.

Report by Patrica Osman

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What you need to know: TIDAL has over 50 million songs in our catalog and over 200,000 high-quality videos, offering passionate music fans both a premium and high fidelity sound quality, along with high-resolution video, and expertly curated editorial content. TIDAL provides a 30 day free trial period to all new customers on both subscription tiers.

African Cities: Kampala to invest in Cable Car transportation.

Kampala Capital City authority is looking for 200 million US Dollars to embark on the project to introduce cable cars in a bid to decongest the city of traffic.

“We conducted a feasibility study for cable cars in Kampala and we discovered that it is viable and so we are looking for money to run a pilot project. We are actually very composed and we think it is something that can happen in Kampala”  KCCA spokes person Peter Kauju told Capital reporter.

 

Kampala Capital City authority is looking for 200 million US Dollars to embark on the project to introduce cable cars in a bid to decongest the city of traffic. “We conducted a feasibility study for cable cars in Kampala and we discovered that it is viable and so we are looking for money to run a pilot project. We are actually very composed and we think it is something that can happen in Kampala”  KCCA spokes person Peter Kauju told Capital reporter. uju says under the pilot project, cable cars will run from Bwaise in Kawempe division to the new taxi park in the city center. It’s against this backdrop that Kampala Capital City Authority is organizing an investors’ roundtable conference for September to devise ways to fund the project. “We are making preparations for an investors’ conference to see how we can come up with the financing method or possibility for this project to happen” Kauju said. Kauju says they have contacted several companies that can provide the service of installing cable cars in the city. Cable cars are popular tourist means of transport in the French city of Grenoble. These round gondola lifts with clear glass sides gives one a bird’s eye view of the city. They could be new tourist attractions in Kampala as tourists would have a clear view of the city on the seven hills from the sky. French POMA company ; who are experts in ropeway transport are have been in talks with the authorities in Kampala over a possibility of introducing cable cars in the city as the best solution to transportation without creating congestion. Medhi Caillis the commercial officer for Africa zone says using high technology, 5000 people can be transported per hour using cable transport system that is very fast in terms of speed. Depending on the size of the cabin and speed, the car can take between6-12 people every 10-15 seconds. The system once put in place it would not have any conflict with other traffic users since it is installed in space. According to Caillis, cable system can be installed within 12-18 months making it cheaper. The company cable cars are responsible for transporting 6.5 million passengers per hour in different cities where the company enjoys a worldwide presence. With a worldwide presence in more than 80 countries in western and Eastern Europe, Asia, Africa, South America, Australia and NewZealand, POMA produces 50 lifts every year accounting for a total of 8000 lifts in five continents. Some of the advantages of using cable cars are that they give a high level of passenger safety, they do not emit fumes, use clean electricity contributing little to air pollution, operate in a quiet manner saving the public from noise pollution and can serve challenging terrain. They require less time and money to implement. To have cable cars running little land is required and there is no need to excavate the ground. However, much as cable cars provide high quality transport experience, they don’t serve many passengers as a bus or a taxi would or better yet a train. A cable car service could be disrupted due to bad weather especially extreme winds since they are pulled by cables that are elevated from one tower to another. Reporter: Gloria Nakiyimba

Kampala Capital City authority is looking for 200 million US Dollars to embark on the project to introduce cable cars in a bid to decongest the city of traffic.

“We conducted a feasibility study for cable cars in Kampala and we discovered that it is viable and so we are looking for money to run a pilot project.

We are actually very composed and we think it is something that can happen in Kampala”  KCCA spokes person Peter Kauju told Capital reporter. uju says under the pilot project, cable cars will run from Bwaise in Kawempe division to the new taxi park in the city center.

It’s against this backdrop that Kampala Capital City Authority is organizing an investors’ roundtable conference for September to devise ways to fund the project.

“We are making preparations for an investors’ conference to see how we can come up with the financing method or possibility for this project to happen” Kauju said.

Kauju says they have contacted several companies that can provide the service of installing cable cars in the city.

Cable cars are popular tourist means of transport in the French city of Grenoble. These round gondola lifts with clear glass sides gives one a bird’s eye view of the city. They could be new tourist attractions in Kampala as tourists would have a clear view of the city on the seven hills from the sky.

French POMA company ; who are experts in ropeway transport are have been in talks with the authorities in Kampala over a possibility of introducing cable cars in the city as the best solution to transportation without creating congestion.

Medhi Caillis the commercial officer for Africa zone says using high technology, 5000 people can be transported per hour using cable transport system that is very fast in terms of speed. Depending on the size of the cabin and speed, the car can take between6-12 people every 10-15 seconds. The system once put in place it would not have any conflict with other traffic users since it is installed in space.

According to Caillis, cable system can be installed within 12-18 months making it cheaper. The company cable cars are responsible for transporting 6.5 million passengers per hour in different cities where the company enjoys a worldwide presence.

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With a worldwide presence in more than 80 countries in western and Eastern Europe, Asia, Africa, South America, Australia and NewZealand, POMA produces 50 lifts every year accounting for a total of 8000 lifts in five continents.

Some of the advantages of using cable cars are that they give a high level of passenger safety, they do not emit fumes, use clean electricity contributing little to air pollution, operate in a quiet manner saving the public from noise pollution and can serve challenging terrain. They require less time and money to implement.

To have cable cars running little land is required and there is no need to excavate the ground. However, much as cable cars provide high quality transport experience, they don’t serve many passengers as a bus or a taxi would or better yet a train. A cable car service could be disrupted due to bad weather especially extreme winds since they are pulled by cables that are elevated from one tower to another.

Reporter: Gloria Nakiyimba

Uhuru reminds Museveni’s secretary about stalling promises

By Deo Wasswa

The ruling party , NRM chairperson for Kampala central, Salim Uhuru has urged President’s private secretary, Molly Kamukama to take her duty of reminding president Museveni to fulfil the pledges he always make in the communities serious.

According to Uhuru,  locals in communities have on several occasions approach leaders while complaining about the unsettled pledges.

This comes just few days after a group of civil society organization call to the president to full fill his pledge of providing sanitary towels to adolescent school going girls countrywide that he made during the previous presidential campaign

First lady pledges more support towards sports

The First Lady and Minister of Education and Sports, Janet Kataaha Museveni has said the government will increase it’s support towards sports.

“We welcome you our heroes and promise that we shall invest more in sports so that we can get many more medals,” said a happy Janet Museveni on Thursday while welcoming the team from Australia where they participated at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

In the absence of President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni who traveled to England to attend the CHOGM meeting, the First Lady thanked the team for performing well at the Games during the function at the Entebbe Old Airport VVIP Section.

Uganda won three gold medals, one silver and two bronze medals to finish in 15th position at the Games. Joshua Kiprui Cheptegei won two gold medals in the 5,000m  and 10,000m, while Stella Chesang bagged the women’s 10,000m gold medal and Mercyline Chelangat bagged a bronze in the same race. Boxer Juma Miiro picked a bronze medal in the 46-49kg weight category.

” I am happy to be a Commonwealth Games double gold medalist. I feel like a true hero being welcomed by by family and member of the government,” said Cheptegei.

Charles Bakkabulindi, the State Minister for Sports said that he was excited that besides winning medals and performing well, the young athletes have gained more international exposure even in other events like javelin where Uganda was not fielding athletes in the past.

President Museveni will host the team to a luncheon on April 22.

 

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She cranes still shining at the Olympics

The Uganda netball team, She cranes has today managed to win Wales on 76 – 40 goals in group B.

This means that Uganda has registered the second win in group B  the following the 54 – 52 win it got from Malawi on Saturday.

 Tomorrow she cranes will be taking on Scotland netball team.

Currently Uganda team is in 14th place with three medals out of 29 countries that are in the competition.

Australia, the organizers are still leading the with 130 medals, followed by England with 74 medals.

France’s Boutroue names UNHCR boss in Uganda

By Gloria Nakiyimba
Joel Boutroue has been appointed the new United Nations High commission for Refugees representative in Uganda. Mr. Joël Boutroue a French national who is already in the country replaces Katande Bonwell who completed his assignment as UNHCR Representative in Uganda at end of March 2018, and will take up the position of Head of the UNHCR Regional Service Centre in Nairobi.
Mr. Boutroue,  has  more than 30 years of experience in the United Nations system and in the humanitarian and development world. He has worked with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP), the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (UN-OCHA), and has been UN Resident and Humanitarian Coordinator, as well as Deputy Special Representative of the UN Secretary General. He has also served in senior advisory roles to UN Member States.
At such a critical time, with continuing influxes of refugees from the Democratic Republic of the Congo and from South Sudan, Mr. Boutroue will lead UNHCR’s support to the Government of Uganda and ensure timely and efficient assistance to refugees. Uganda is host to more than one million refugees from South Sudan, and the figures keep swelling due to fighting in the Democratic Republic of Congo which has forced many people to flee their country in search for asylum in Uganda

MPs THREATEN TO DEMONSTRATE OVER THE DELAYED CONSTRUCTION OF MBALE –TIRINYI ROAD

By Edwin Muhumuza

Members of parliament from the eastern region of Uganda have vowed to demonstrate on Monday next week if the Uganda National Roads Authority does not embark on works to finish the Mbale-Tirinyi Road.

Their disappointment stems from the numerous loss of lives along the road, whose construction was halted amid a scuffle between the contractor and UNRA, over shoddy work.

Fourteen Members of Parliament from Teso, Busoga, and the Elgon region have convened to voice their discontent against UNRA’s Executive Director,  Allen Kagina, accusing her of incompetence.

Among the main issues raised include increased road accidents, arising from haphazard construction works.

The cost of doing business on that road is very high, we are about to demonstrate in a match much worse than that of Amuru” said Nambeshe John Baptist.

A whooping shs.73bn has been sank in that project but you can hardly see that results.He added.

Kumi Municipality’s Aogon Cyrus said ,”do we always have to come to the press for somebody to do something for us. It should be done by Monday,or else we shall raise our feet eyes, the road must be fixed!

“The state of this particular road is a death trap since 2015,the entire road was excavated and has caused us trouble, everyday we witness accidents in Namutumba town council.”said Akamba Paul,representative for Busiki county.

Early this year the Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) terminated their contract with construction company Dott Services on the rehabilitation of the Nakalama-Tirinyi-Mbale road, after a presidential directive to UNRA Executive Director, Allen Kagina to stop giving contracts to Dott Services which he referred to as ‘fraudulent’, before he made a U-turn.

Police in Sembabule arrests two education officials over ghost teachers

Two education officials in Sembabule district have been arrested over the existence of ghost teachers and students in government schools in the district.  The arrested officials are Muhammad Kiggwe-Sembabule District Inspector of Schools and Patrick Muhwezi, the head teacher of Kawanda Church of Uganda Secondary School.

They were arrested last evening following investigations into reports that the number of teacher’s students in the schools did not match what is reflected on the official record.  The investigations were led by Sembabule Resident District Commissioner Henry Baguma.

On Thursday, police and RDC Baguma raided Kawanda Church of Uganda Secondary School and found 10 that the school is being run by 10 teachers as opposed to the 17 teachers on the official record. The head teacher could not account for the 7 missing teachers who were also unknown to the learners.

Based on the inconsistencies, the RDC ordered that the two officials be arrested to aid government investigations into the existence of Ghost teachers in Sembabule district. Police also interrogated Paul Nantamu, the Sembabule District Education Officer on the presence of ghost teachers on the payroll.

Muhwezi, the head teacher of Kawanda Secondary School told Uganda Radio Network on Monday that he is equally unaware of the seven teachers who were allegedly deployed to the school. He said district officials have never explained why of the seventeen required teachers; only ten are available at the school.

Last year, Simon Bimbona, the former Sembabule CAO removed 40 ghost teachers from schools around the district. Officials say the district loses over 70 million Shillings every month on payments to none existent teachers.

 

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Matooke, a big part of Uganda’s culinary celebration

By Annah Nafula

There is a common joke about the baganda is;a muganda will out rightly say a meal without matooke is not food it doesnt matter how heavy.

That explains the value attached to matooke in most  western, central and eastern parts of Uganda. The food is highly celebratory as it is served at all special functions in these parts of the country.

In the past owning a huge plantation of matooke was prestigious and equally amounted to being wealthy. Having and maintaining this annual crop takes some real attention.

The tasteless berry is commonly peeled, wrapped in banana leaves, smashed and simmered; usually enjoyed with stews commonly groundnut stew.

There are different types of matooke preparation  and the common ones include;

Katogo;

Katogo is a mixture of foods and ingredients to create just one dish. The most common katogo served in Ugandan restaurants and homes is the matooke and tripe/meat/gnuts/beans. In this, vegetables and spices are added. The scrumptious dish is usually served for breakfast across the country.

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Steamed Matooke;

Steamed matooke is usually cooked at ceremonies and usual family meals. The intricacy in preparing this particular type of matooke is what makes it a distinct dish. The matooke is carefully peeled, washed, wrapped carefully in banana leaves, smashed and simmered. The longer the dish is simmered on low heat the better. The ready matooke is usually enjoyed with stews like beef, groundnut, beans, peas depending on what is available.

Roasted matooke/mpogola;

This is a common meal at Uganda berbeques. The roasted matooke is usually raosted alongside meats. It is a meal usually enjoyed with roasted beef, pork, chicken usually topped with a very nice well seasoned kacumbari or avocado.

Banana cake;

Ripe matooke is usually very sweet and can be perfect for use in a banana cake. The aroma of this cake is as irresistible.

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