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.


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.





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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