Kafuuzi finally approved for the deputy Attorney general position

By Alice Lubwama

The parliament appointments committee chaired by the speaker Rebecca Kadaga has finally approved the designate appointed deputy Attorney general Jackson Kafuuzi.

Kafuuzi first appeared before the same committee on 3rd January but his appointment was not approved as he lacked a number of documents as required.

Sources within the Parliament appointments Committee reveal that Kafuuzi’s ministerial appointment was questioned for lack of the mandatory 7-year experience for one to have practiced as an advocate before one is named to head the Attorney General Chambers.

The Kyaka South legislator today appeared in the same committee with documents from court that indicated that he has been a practicing lawyer for the last thirteen years.

He is now optimistic that this time round he will be given a green light to serve the country in the capacity of the deputy Attorney general.

Lutamaguzzi Semakula, a member of the committee says that Kafuuzi this time was organized and confident compared to the first time he was vetted and that he carried the required court documents backing him.

WHO says corona virus is not yet an international concern

The head of the World Health Organization Dr Tedros Ghebreyesus has declared that the respiratory disease Novel Corona virus is not yet an official Public Health Emergency of International Concern. He, however, warned that the disease is an emergency in China.

The declaration came after two days of deliberations, in which the WHO Emergency Committee remained divided on whether to declare the outbreak a Public Health Emergency of International Concern.

The disease has spread rapidly to several countries including Japan, Singapore and the United States of America, and Tedros Ghebreyesus, Director-General of WHO, said in a press conference held in Geneva that the outbreak poses a very high risk in China.

According to the World Health Organisation, 584 cases have now been reported, including 17 deaths. 575 of the reported cases were in China, while the other were in Japan, the Republic of Korea, Singapore, Thailand, the United States of America and Vietnam, with further possible cases being investigated in other countries; among them, The United Kingdom.

The WHO chief acknowledged that there are still many unknown factors about the disease.

“We don’t know the source of this virus. We don’t understand how easily it spreads and we don’t fully understand its clinical features or severity… But we know that among those infected, one-quarter of patients have experienced severe disease and that it can kill. We know that most of those who have died had underlying health conditions such as hypertension, diabetes, or cardiovascular disease, that weakened their immune systems.

The WHO chief warned, that the agency’s decision should not be taken as a sign that it is doing nothing adding that the WHO is following the outbreak “every minute of every day,” at a country, regional and global level, to prevent human to human transmission.

He added that the WHO is working with the partner’s in China and the other affected countries at the regional level, and at the headquarters in Geneva, to fill the gaps in the knowledge as quickly as possible.

Ghebreyesus says that the health agency has also provided guidance to all countries for the rapid identification, management and containment of the virus based on the sequence from China.

A statement released by WHO soon after the press conference, noted that the Committee members agree on the urgency of the situation, and suggested the Committee should be reconvened “in a matter of days” to examine the situation further.

All countries, recommends the Committee should be prepared to contain the virus, through active surveillance, early detection, isolation, case management, and prevention of onward spread of infection, and to share full data with WHO.

A coronavirus is a kind of common virus that causes an infection in the nose, sinuses, or upper throat. At the moment, there is no vaccine for the virus.
~From Uganda Radio Network

Nalongo Nana returns to police to file a case

By Deo Wasswa

Anette Namata a.k.a Nalongo Nnana, a human rights activist has today stormed at central police station in Kampala demanding for justice.

Carrying her baby, Annette stormed the police after denied opportunity several times to register a case where she claim to have been beaten by police officers last year at Naguru police headquarters as she was trying to demonstrate against the way Uganda police was brutalizing Bobi wine and other opposition members.

Nalongo says after she was buttered by police officers, she lost her uterus and also delivered a premature baby.

Nalongo was taken inside the Central Police Station to avoid causing more chaos.

She had come to CPS with her Lawyers Gawaya Tegule to assist her file the case

Civil society organizations aim at tackling income inequality

By Deo Wasswa

Non-governmental organizations which includes, OXFARM and Uganda women’s Network demand that government works on Tangible and deliberate actions to build a people centered economy that works for all.

According to the two organizations, this will address the increased income inequality where the country is dominated by few rich and the rest of bigger percentage is extremely poor.

According to Ritah Aciro, the Executive Director Uganda women’s Network,the government will need to put in place policies where rich people pay their fair share of taxes, investing in appropriate infrastructure that will lead to reduction and redistribution of unpaid and domestic work between men and woman, girls and boys, the state and private sector.

The two organizations’ voices come in line with the ongoing World Economy Forum meeting In Davos –Switzerland where the world leaders are meeting to engage on political, business, cultural aspects to shape global, regional and industry agendas.

Uganda Cancer Institute, Cambridge University in joint research for cancer cure

By Moses Kidandi

Uganda Cancer institute and Cambridge university have agreed to conduct joint research on the management and cure of cancer.This was disclosed during the signing of a memorandum of a joint collaboration between the two institutions.

The memorandum is aimed at promoting and furthering academic links between the university of Cambridge and Uganda cancer institute.

According to Dr Jackson Orem,the Executive Director of the Uganda Cancer Institute, the memorandum is comprised of staff and student exchange,collaborative research and exchange of academic,educational ,scientific knowledge.

Mbabazi invited for special meeting with Museveni

By Robert Segawa

The National Resistance Movement ( NRM) central executive committee is meeting today to discuss the proposed Constitution amendment to be presented to the National Executive Committee (NEC) tomorrow for approval.

The meeting is being held at state house Entebbe where a special statement will be issued for consideration to the NEC .

Rogers Mulindwa the NRM secretary spokesperson says President Museveni has selected five special delegates to attend the NEC meeting tomorrow.

Those selected by national chairman are former vice President Dr. Specioza Nabayego, Prof Gilbert Bukenya, former Prime minister John Patrick Amama Mbabazi, Hon Kintu Musoke and Capt Francis Babu.

Parliament is not selfish as you think – Oboth Oboth

By Edwin Muhumuza

Stakeholders have expressed concern over the deteriorating performance of parliament.

This during the ongoing annual parliament week which saw stakeholders from across the political divide raise issues of their concern.

While representing the speaker,Hon. Oboth Oboth called upon the civil society and other stakeholders to always give objective and honest view regarding Parliaments work.

“So it is not every time we sit ,and this is a perception. We cannot win this debate anywhere. We have stopped trying to clean ourselves that we are selfish. Does parliament have an intention.do you?”

The parliament week is being run under the theme ”enhancing democracy through participatory partnerships in Uganda.”

The Stakeholders’ Debate has attracted discussions from Civil Societies, the academia, Government officials, political Parties and Parliament as a way of promoting efficiency, accountability and better service delivery.

Present at the event was Hon. Clerk to Parliament, Jane Kibirige , Forum for Democratic Change Party President Partick Amuriat ,Government spokesperson Ofwono Opondo. Electoral commission spokesman , Jotham Taremwa.

Dr KabumbaBusinge ,the main facilitator of the debate said that the nature of politics in a Uganda is a reflection of the state of the society. Political systems and politicians are socially-produced and they emanate from social bases, cultural milieus, and societal settings.

Parliament of Uganda is also slated to commemorate 130 years of the Inter Parliamentary Union (IPU), which will be graced by the IPU President, Gabriela Cuevas Barron.

In the course of the Parliament Week, all departments of Parliament will display content relating to their workings, for the information of the public.

Man sent to jail over stolen property

By Sania Babirye
A chapati man who was caught with suspected stolen property during a random police patrol has been charged and remanded to Luzira prison.

City hall grade one magistrate Valerian Tuhimbise remanded 22 year old Mande Julius after he denied the offense of being in possession of suspected stolen property.

Prosecution states that the accused person on the 14th of January 2020 at Kalinabiri zone Ntinda in Kampala when stopped and searched by police officer Ahimbisibwe Joseph acting in exercise of the powers coffered under section 20 of the criminal procedure code, was found in possession of a bag containing a Lasonic DVD, a pair of shoes and a sweater which the said officer reasonably suspected to be stolen or unlawfully obtained.

He returns back to court on the 3rd of February for mention of his case.

Supermarkets and bakeries closed over poor hygiene

By Deo Wasswa
The Uganda National Bureau of Standards (UNBS) has intensified mandatory standards enforcement in bakeries.

In the operations, UNBS has sealed off bakery mixers of Mega Standard Supermarket (Burton Street), Capital Shoppers Supermarket (Ntinda and Nakawa branches), Tuskys supermarket (Ntinda and Nansana branches), S&S Supermarket at Nkumba Close, Outlet bakery at Freedom City,

Kaduwa supplies, Kasampa bakery at Bugwere market, Tumwebaze bakery at Indian headquarters and Golden bakery in Mbale,

Sofrah bakery in Arua, Vision Bakery in Kiboga, Masindi Masters Bakers and Homeland bakery in Masindi for not complying with standards.

This comes after a sensitization meeting held with supermarket owners on 30th October 2019, where the standards body cautioned supermarket owners against selling uncertified products.

Routine inspections of all products covered under the mandatory standards are on-going across the country and all those found working contrary to the UNBS Distinctive mark regulation, 2018 and hygiene standards will be held liable.

According to UNBS spokesperson Victoria Namutebi, owners of the affected bakeries have been summoned to their offices.

Kadaga warns MPs about fraudulent schemes

By Alice Lubwama

The Speaker of parliament Rebecca Kadaga has warned Members of Parliament and the public at large against investing in Ponzi and Pyramid schemes saying that they risk being defrauded of their money.

In her communication to the house this afternoon as parliament returns from recess, Kadaga said that the schemes are a form of fraud that is leaving unsuspecting Ugandans in debt and deprivation despite promising high rates of return with little risk to investors.

Kadaga says a number of people who have fallen victim to the fraudulent schemes have petitioned her office seeking for help.

She also expresses concern over the delay by government to take action against the unscrupulous schemes.