Ugandan ginners want importation of second hand clothes banned

By Alice Lubwama
Ginners under their umbrella organization, Uganda Ginners and Cotton Exporters Association have asked government to put a ban on importation of second-hand clothes into the Country.

The Ginners made their request to the Minister of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries, Vincent Bamulangaki Ssempijja in a meeting organized by Cotton Development Organization (CDO).

Bob Ogen Albert a ginner representing Acholi Sub-region at the ginners’ umbrella body said that importation of second-hand clothes into Uganda undermines government`s effort to promote local industries calling for the ban.

The Ginners also expressed their concern to the Minister on the recent cabinet decision to scrap off the Cotton Development Organization (CDO) saying the move will cripple Uganda`s textile industry.

In response Minister Ssempijja assured the ginners that the matter will be discussed in cabinet to support them to continue operating in the country.

Government to offer Buganda Kingdom diplomacy training

By Moses Kidandi

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs has signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Cooperation on Training in Diplomatic, Etiquette, Protocol and Related matters with Buganda Kingdom at Ministry of Foreign Affairs Headquarters Kampala.

The Memorandum of Understanding formalized and strengthened the relationship that has existed between the Ministry and Kingdom for a long time.

The Permanent Secretary Ministry of Affairs, Amb Patrick Mugoya in his remarks intimated that the MOU was the beginning of a new level of Cooperation with the Kingdom of Buganda. He noted that the Ministry would identify other areas of cooperation with the Kingdom, and assured them of the Ministry‘s continuous support and willingness to build on the existing co-operation.

Oweek. Amb Emmanuel Ssendaula , 1st Deputy Katikikiro of Buganda expressed his gratitude to the Ministry for formalizing relations with the Kingdom and informed the meeting that the Kingdom of Buganda was appreciative of the various times the Ministry has worked with the kingdom on strengthening its Institutional capacity and that of its staff in proper protocol and diplomatic etiquette.

He further thanked the Ministry for facilitating the Kingdoms Jubilee (Jubileo) celebrations with Protocol services in regard to hosting the Asantehene, Otumfuo NanaOsei Tutu II, the 16th King of the Ashanti Kingdom in Ghana, who was the guest of honor at the Buganda Kingdom Jubilee celebrations.

Under the Memorandum of Understanding, both sides agreed to jointly to Provide a Framework through which the Ministry of Foreign Affairs will provide training to the officials and staff of the Kingdom of Buganda, to Build capacity of the Buganda Kingdom’s institutions engaged in managing public affairs,to Provide Diplomatic support to the official Missions executed by His Majesty the Kabaka, the Katikikiro of Buganda and other high-ranking Kingdom officials and personalities and to Provide protocol support to the Kingdom’s activities involving His Excellency the President, other high-ranking government officials, diplomats and foreign dignitaries.

The MOU was signed by Amb Patrick Mugoya, Permanent Secretary on behalf of Foreign Affairs and by Oweek Noah Kiyimba, Minister of information and Protocol on behalf of Buganda Kingdom.

Kayihura’s case further adjourned

By Sania Babirye

The former Inspector General of police Gen. Kale Kayihura has today reported before the General court martial office of the registry in fulfillment of one of his bail conditions. General Kaihura was granted bail in August 2018 but the army court chaired byLt. Gen Andrew Gutti ordered him to report before court every Monday of every new month for his bail revision and extension.

Despite his appearance, General Kayihura will have wait a little longer for his trial to commence since no date has yet been set for his case because prosecutions is still investigating.

Mention of his case has further been adjourned to the 4th of February 2019.

Kaihura however avoided the media and used a secret entrance and heading straight to the office of the chairman before being whisked off again in a Ministry of Defence vehicle with an escort car .

On the 24th of August, Gen.Kaihura was formerly arraigned and charged after spending 76 days in detention at Makindye military barracks.
He pleaded not guilty to three counts relating to failure to protect war materials and aiding/abetting kidnapping of Rwandan Refugees in Uganda.
He was however granted bail on the 28th of the same month and ordered to report back to court today.
Prosecution led by Maj Raphael Mugisha states that between the years 2010 and 2018, Gen Kayihura allowed the issue of arms and ammunition to Boda-Boda 2010 patron Abdullah Kitatta , a person unauthorized to own a firearm.

In the second account Kayihura is charged with failing to supervise and ensure accountability for arms and ammunition he issued to specialized units under the office of IGP including Flying squad unit, specialized operations unit, witness protection unit and the Crime Intelligence Directorate of the police .

The Gen.Kayihura was also charged with aiding and abetting his junior soldiers to kidnap 3 Rwandan exiles , refugees and Ugandan citizens to Rwanda. These are ; Lt. Joel Mutabaazi, Jackson Kaleemera and Sgt Innocent Kaliisa.

Lt.Gen.Andrew Gutti who chairs the army court however released Gen.Kayihura on bail with strict conditions including restricting his movements to only Kampala and Wakiso districts.

He presented three sureties including including the deputy commandant of Land forced Maj. General Samuel Kavuma, Maj. General James Mugira who is the managing director of National Enterprises and the Entebbe Municipality member of parliament and also his cousin Rosemary Tumusiime.

He was ordered to not fly out of the country without the permission of the army court and report before the court registra once every month or failure to do so have his bail reversed.

Isiko’s case referred to High court for interpretation

By Sania Babirye

The case in which a 25 year old collage is charged with stalking the Kabarole district woman MP Sylvia Rwabwoogo by sending her unsolicited love messages has been referred to the high court for interpretation.

The case had come up for further hearing before grade one magistrate Stellah Amabilisi, however the magistrate was forced to refer the case to the high court after lawyer representing Brian Isiko raised an objection to state’s move to tender in the alleged love messages from his client.

Lawyer Ramadhan Waiswa argued that state or MP Rwabogo has no right to tender in the said alleged love messages since MP Rwabogo is not the author of the said messages.
Ramadhan has also objected to state’s alleged new witness on ground that state can not produce a new witness when the case was referred back for a re-trial and they have never appealed against the said order.

He has explained that as the case stands right now, state’s move for an interpretation on Whether or not they should tender in the alleged love messages and also produce witnesses is baseless since the high court ordered for a retrial and state has never appealed the said retrial.

Counsel Waiswa has now advised state to either appeal the high court order or continue with the retrial of the case as ordered. Brian Isiko is charged with cyber harassment and offense communication a charge he denies.

On the 27th of November, the trial magistrate Stellah Amabilisi adjourned the case to today because court did not have the right DVD to play and listen to recorded CDs containing love songs from which Isiko claims to have borrowed words he used to send texts to the MP.

Isiko’s lawyer Waiswa Ramadhan says they have collected over 5 CDs of International musicians and poets such as Don Williams, Enrique Igletiaus, P-Square and Akon to prove that Rwabwoogo’s allegations that the messages he sent to her were obscene rude and harmful to her life are baseless .

Lawyer Ramadhan says his clients can not be accused of sending harmful messages because he used the exact words he lifted from these songs and the artists have never been charged or convicted of singing and distributing harmful messages per their songs.

Prosecution states that some of the contentious messages sent by Isiko that the MP found to be offensive, obscene and disturbing read as follows “I Can Kill for my country and for you my love “, “Goodmorning baby Angel ” and If love is a crime , Tell me which sword to fall on”.

Kampala, Gulu population stands high risk of suffering heart disease

By Deo Wasswa
Kampala and Gulu district have been named as the most towns with a population which is  at risk of suffering from heart related diseases .
According to a report released by prudential insurance company indicates Mukono is one of the healthiest town in in terms of having a few people at risky of suffering from non communicable diseases followed by Entebbe town.
The report Further reveals that one out of the 4 adults in Uganda suffers from high blood pressure which is a major cause of heart related diseases,and 24.3% of the total population  in Uganda are suffering from hypertension.
The survey conducted by prudential Uganda measured the five risk of acquiring heart disease based on five  risk factors which includes, hypertension, consumption of alcohol, inactivity, poor diet and low awareness of heat disease
The findings have been announced to day  during the official launch of a three day prudential heart camp organised at railway grounds  in Kampala to extend free treatment to Ugandans with  non communicable diseases
in his remarks during the launch, the Director health services at the ministry of health Dr.Charles Olaro noted that 40% of all the death occurring in Uganda are due to non communicable diseases and 9% out of the 40% die of heart related diseases ,5% die of cancer .

Man accidentally shot by a police officer

By Robert Segawa

Police in Kabalagala is investigating the circumstances under which a police officer shot dead a driver to the judge this morning.

According to Luke Oweyisigyire the Kampala metropolitan police spokesperson the diceased has been identified as Ismail Mayiga a driver to Justice Musa Ssekana. He also identified the suspect as  Police Constable Daisy Nagasha attached to VIPPU.

It alleges that the two were joking at the gate as the deceased provoked the officer of carrying the gun that appear to be carrying a gun that appears to be defunct. This prompted the suspect to pull away her gun from the deceased accidentally pressing the trigger and shot him dead.

This happened at Bukesa Muyenga in Makindye division, police arrested the PC Nagasha and the gun was taken by scene of crime officer while the body has been taken to Mulago for postmortem.

Karamoja needs more school: MP Lokeris

By Moses Kidandi
Members of parliament  from Karamoja sub region have attributed he poor performance of pupils to lack of basic school necessities in their area. The MPs have explained that the the entire population in Karamoja has adopted a positive attitude towards education.
However Member of Parliament Dodoth East Kabong ,Samson Lokeris  says much as they have embraced the need to go to school,they don’t have schools and teachers. Lokeris is appealing to the ministry of Education to prioritize the setting up of more schools in the region so as to have more children enrolled.

Majority of MAUSA member vote to end the strike

Makerere University Academic Staff Association -MUASA has voted to end the strike that led to the closure of the institution over a month ago.

The vote, which brings hope for the reopening of the University, was held during an emergency general assembly held at Makerere University main hall this morning. 81 members voted in support of a motion to suspend the strike while 51 others wanted the strike to continue until their grievances are addressed.

The staff went on strike on October 25 demanding for their incentive arrears that had not been paid since February 2016. The incentive is additional financial package given to members of staff as an overtime allowance for undertaking extra duties. Such duties include among others, teaching evening and weekend classes.

The arrangement which started in 2013 has seen lecturers earn incentives amounting to 70 percent of their monthly salaries. The university pays up to 4 billion Shillings every month in incentives to it’s over 2,600 members of staff.

However, the university council had suggested earlier that the allowance be slashed by 75 percent on ground that it is not sustainable. The proposed reduction and the unpaid arrears amounting to 28 billion Shillings sparked off the lecturers strike.

The situation at the university worsened when students started a parallel strike protesting the nonappearance of lecturers. Following days of student-led violence in the suburbs of Wandegeya, Kikoni and other areas surrounding Makerere, President Yoweri Museveni directed that the university be indefinitely closed.

Dr Muhammad Kiggundu-Musoke, the Chairperson of MUASA said that the decision to end the strike was made in the interest of the nation and to allow room for further negotiations.

Dr Kiggundu appealed to stakeholders including parents, students and government to continue engaging lecturers in order to solve the problems at Makerere. Kiggundu noted that their mandate stops at ending the strike, while the decision to reopen is vested in the president.

Dr Kiggundu said that MUASA is convinced that the Visitation Committee established by the president to investigate the issues at Makerere University will dig out challenges at Makerere University.

Deus Muhwezi Kamunyu, the MUASA Publicist said the lecturers agreed to call off the strike in order to galvanize the good will of the donor community, parents and students.



Madonna confesses love for her Ex husband on stage for the second time this year

Madonna loves her ex-husband Sean Penn, something she has said twice to his face this year.The actor appeared onstage at the pop star’s Raising Malawi charity auction and gala during Art Basel in Miami Friday. He craweled in between her legs and slapped handcuffs on her playfully. She told the audience she would marry him again if he bid $150,000 for a necklace. He did, but was later outbid.

“I’m still in love with you,” Madonna told Penn onstage, as he blushed. “Yes. In fact, I think I love you more now that we’re divorced.”

The two were married for four years before they divorced in 1989. It marked the first marriage for both, who have no children together.

Madonna had also professed her love for Penn at his Help Haiti Home benefit gala this past January, saying, “I want to say, Sean, that I love you from the moment that I laid eyes on you and I still love you just the same. I just wish you’d stop smoking so many cigarettes.”Madonna also performed at the Raising Malawi event, singing some of her hits, such as “Don’t Tell Me” and “Beautiful Stranger,” as well as a cover of Britney Spears‘ “Toxic.”






By Tukundane Yonna

“I am going to assure you from the heart of my bottom, I mean from the bottom of my heart that this love doctor, his things are genuine.” Oulanyah from #TheBigBreakfast said as Val walked to the stage.

On Saturday 4th the Capital FM presenters were on stage doing introductions at the street jam as the radio launched 89.4 Capital FM in the western district of Uganda.

Ramesh was in the crowd looking for a juicy Mutooro lady to give him Empaako. Empaako is a special name of endearment, respect and praise. Each mutooro is given one of the ten “empaako” names: Abbala, Abbooki, Abwooli, Acaali, Adyeeri, Akiiki, Amooti, Apuuli, Araali, Ateenyi, Atwooki.

With a crowd of over 3000 people and hot Tooro beauties, the main fear was for Ramesh to find his way back stage.

The Muhindi was last heard announcing his empaako moments before the climax of the street jam on Saturday 4th at Rukiidi III and Kaboyo streets in fort portal town.

The Capital FM crew realized their fear after Ramesh failed to show up at the hotel room after the show. The Muhindi never made it to Kampala with the rest of the team after a successful launch.