One dies in Fort Portal fire

By Robert Segawa

One person has been confirmed dead on spot and six others were critically injured in the last evening fire broke out at Kisenyi area in Western town of Fort portal in Kabarole district.

The evening fire started at around at 9 pm at Kisenyi area near the bus park in Fortportal town where a track carrying, merchandise, fuel in jerrycans and plastic tank caught fire killing one person on spot left six others in critical condition.

According to Director Fire and Emergency rescue services in Uganda police Joseph Mugisa the truck registration number UAW 038 N was carrying fuel from Katoke to Kyenjonjo got jammed and caught fire left nearby shops and other vehicle burnt.

Mugisa adds that the vehicle got burnt belonging to Arinaitwe Raymond ,a motorcycle, three shops were destroyed completely .

Mugisa further adds that one person who died in a fire was not part of fire fighting effort, and also not part of the clue of the truck got burnt,he jump on the truck to remove some of the goods that was burning.

He identified the deceased as Mwesigye Kiyaye 37 years and those injured are Jane aged 25 a resident of Rwengoma, Mrs Isiah 27 years also resident of
Rwengoma, Friday Robert 46 years, resident of Kidukulu, Musinguzi Julius 32 years resident of Kyakaboja, Nyakaguma Stephen 27 years resident of Kijura, Kagaba Christopher 47 years of Mwenge village Kyenjonjo.

He adds that great save was made on shops and other building who were close to the incident as investigation to find what caused the fire is on going.

Six held over missing accountability of municipal infrastructure development money in Fort Portal

Six officials of Fort Portal Municipal Council have recorded statements at the central police station after failing to answer queries raised in the 2013/2014 Auditor General’s report.

The officials were held this morning on the orders of the Local Government Accounts Committee of Parliament.

Members of the Committee, who are currently in Kabarole district, summoned the six municipal council officials to provide accountability for more than one billion Shillings meant for the Uganda Support to Municipal Infrastructure Development -USMID project.

The officials are the Town Clerk Paul Omoko, Acting Principal Treasurer Diana Kamwenge, Municipal Engineer Herbert Kayihura, the focal person USMID project, Alice Komuntaro, Municipal Law Enforcement officer Roger Mulindwa and Procurement Officer Mwajuma Kobusinge.

USMID is a World Bank initiative designed to improve performance of selected Local Governments (LGs) to improve urban service delivery.

The legislators led by their chairperson, Aswa County MP Regan Okumu, put to task the officials to explain how the funds were used. Quoting the 2013/2014 Auditor General’s report, Okumu told the officials the funds were not put to proper use. He noted that some of the roads in the municipality that were supposed to be worked on under the project remain in a bad state.

Okumu also questioned the appointment of Komuntaro as the project’s focal person and yet she lacked the qualifications.

The officials failed to answer any of the questions put to them by the legislators.

Okumu warned them that he will hand them over to the police if they remain quiet.

They however kept their silence forcing Okumu to ask police officers to take them to Fort Portal Police Station and record statements.

By the time of filing the story, the officials were still at the police station.

In 2012, Fort Portal Municipality failed to utilise 3.2 billion Shillings meant for the USMID project.

The first phase of the project was supposed to start in 2012, but no works had started, despite the availability of the funds. Some of the key projects that were meant to be worked on include the expansion and tarmacking of roads, renovation of the Bus Park, improving the drainage system and construction of more markets in the three municipal divisions, among other things.

Municipal officials argued then that the funds could not be utilised because the two contractors who had been selected to do construction works refused to start work under unclear circumstances.

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Fortportal Hospital puts strict regulations to stop drug theft

Fort Portal Regional Referral Hospital has set up measures to curb drug theft.  The hospital has set up a pharmacy for in-patients that will distribute drugs to the patient’s wards.

Grace Rubale, the Principal Hospital Administrator explains that from the pharmacy, the drugs will then be supplied to the patients only on request by the in-charge of the ward and with proof of a patient’s medical file.
Rubale, says that the new system will help ensure accountability of the drugs that have been supplied to the hospital by the National Medical Stores-NMS.

She explains that in the past, medical workers were being given drugs in large quantities to distribute in wards, which created room for theft.

Dr. Charles Olal, the Director Fort Portal Regional Referral Hospital says that the hospital has in the past lost anti-retrovirals (ARVs) and Coartem, which affected service delivery to patients.   He says the drugs are resold on the open market at a cheaper cost.

According to a report compiled by the State House Health Monitoring Unit, the theft of drugs is the key reason that has kept health facilities across the country in perennial lack of drugs, notwithstanding the fact that drugs are always supplied.

The report implicates health workers for diverting the drugs to private clinics and drug shops, which has retarded the delivery of health services. The report also notes that health workers are either accomplices in the scam or they are often absent from their duty stations when the drugs are stolen.

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Makerere university closes

By Moses Kidandi

Students and academic staff at Makerere university Fort Portal campus are being shifted to other government universities across the country.

Makerere university council has taken a decision to close the campus Fort Portal because of inadequate numbers of students compared to the cost of running the campus.

Dumba Ssentamu the vice chancellor Makerere University says the education programs at this campus have failed to attract people to join the campus.


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#TwalumbyeFort: A weekend in Fort Portal

By Aisha Nassanga

For sports lovers, this weekend was a packed one. You would think that with the top European leagues wrapped up, there will be little in way of activity…wrong!

First and foremost,91.3 Capital FM was in Fort Portal for the event dubbed #TulumbeFort that was very successful closing down the street with lots of entertainment and fun. Empaakos were earned and 89.4 was launched!

That was not the only thing happening in Fort, the 4th round of the National Rally Championship (NRC) the mountain of the moon rally also happened. Side bar the party that was at #MOTM…HO!

But, there was dust eating and fast cars, and in the end Jas Mangat took top honours, Desh Kananura was 2nd and Adam Essa completed the podium. There was a 4th place finish for Susan Muwonge and special mention for Ambrose Byona who came 5th.

It was a tough weekend for Ronald Ssebuguzi after the car gave out having put on a great display in the super special stage.

Back in Kampala, Uganda and Kenya will renewed their rivalry in the battle for Migingo at the Legends Rugby ground and it was a massacre for Team Uganda! Kenya 48-10 Uganda was the eventual score in the Elgon Cup first leg.

The team is expected to travel to South Africa for a 12-day camp where they will get support from Cheetahs Rugby Club and regroup for the 2nd leg that will double as an Africa Cup fixture.

While one Cranes side was getting annihilated, the Football Cranes were enjoying better luck winning 2-1 away in Botswana in the AFCON 2017 qualifiers match.

That Kizito Luwagga goal needs to be framed and replayed forever! With one game against Comoros at home left, here is the math; Burkina Faso the other team in group D also won which takes them to 10 points but with Liberia and Tunisia drawing 2-2 this weekend, the quest for qualification after 39 years looks brighter because Cranes can qualify as one of the best 2nd placed sides if they can beat Comoros in September. It’s tougher math’s but let’s leave it at that.

Elsewhere, the French Open came to a close with Novak Djokovic completing a major feat. Djokovic became the first man since Rod Laver in 1969 to hold all four Grand slams. Serena Williams didn’t fare better losing to Garbine Muguruza in straight sets.

It was Muguruza’s first grand slam title. This weekend also saw the world mourn legendary boxer Mohammed Ali who passed away at the age of 74. And of course the NBA finals today morning, the Golden-state Warriors moved into a commanding position with a 110-77 demolition of the Cleveland Cavaliers to take a 2-0 lead.

Come let us experience this Uganda tourism gem #TulumbeFort

Fort Portal municipality at the foot of Rwenzori Mountains is currently known to the cleanest town in Uganda and a gateway to various national parks including Kibale, Semuliki, Queen Elizabeth, Bwindi Impenetrable, Rwenzori and Toro-Semuliki Wildlife reserves. It is famous for the stalagmites and Nyakasura waterfalls linked to the rich Chwezi culture. The area is surrounded by scenic crater lakes, beautiful tea plantations and the Rwenzori mountain ranges besides a cool climate and hospitable people boasting of the youngest and most handsome king in the world. It is also known for the Bigodi wetland sanctuary. -UWA website
This beautiful place is a the only place you want to be at this weekend because in addition to all the above natural goodness you will experience, Capital FM and Dyelo Entertainment will be bringing you a party to remember. Join us as we experience Fort like never before this Martyr’s day weekend.

Fort portal get ready as Capital FM Launches 89.4 with a street jam

By Waswa Deo

Preparations to launch Capital Radio officially in Fort Portal are done after the transmitter stationed on 89.4 has successfully gone through the testing period.

According to Capital Radio General Manager, Peter Mungoma, the launch is scheduled to take place on 4th June with the Capital Radio street Jam at Rukiidi III and Kaboyo Street in Fort portal, Kabarole  district.

He says, Fort portal is key Market for capital radio and the listeners have been also missing a great programming that capital radio is delivering.

The department of Leisure and Hospitality with brand name DYELO has entered a business relationship with capital radio to organize and manage the Street Jam with Bobi wine as lead artist.

Mungoma also assured the public that Security teams have been engaged to ensure maximum safety before, during and after the event to mitigate any threats.  The event organizers have also identified a clinic and ambulances and put them on high alert to respond to any emergencies.

The station broadcasts on 91.3 MHz in Kampala, 90.9 MHz in Mbale, 96.9 MHz in Gulu, and 89.4 MHz in Fort Portal and 88.7 MHz in Mbarara.

Others events arranged alongside the Capital Radio launch include mountain of moon motor rally, Tourism expo organized and sensitization of girl child neglect and abuse by Tooro Kingdom and according to Rt Honorable Tungakwo Benard, the Tooro kingdom prime minister, the cultural leaders are planning to use this opportunity of masses that will converge for these events to send them messages that are against the abuse and neglect of girl child.