Another Calf rhino, Jabali has been born

By Patricia Osman

It is yet another score for the tourism industry following the birth of a baby Rhino at Ziwa Rhino Sanctuary.

Speaking to Capital Radio, Angie Genade the executive director Rhino Fund Uganda, says the male called Jabali was born last night to Bella who has had six babies now adding that the great news only pushes them closer to their goal of re-introducing Rhinos to the wild.

The baby is extremely strong, he is already running around and playing with his two year old brother, the excited Angie said.

Bella is the female that had the first calf at the sanctuary in 2008 unfortunately it was a still birth.

Just two weeks ago another Rhino Laloyo gave birth to a female baby Rhoda. Today the sanctuary boosts of 32 Rhinos.
The Uganda Wildlife Authority and the Rhino Fund Uganda are planning to take Rhinos back to the wild by 2022.

This is what it takes for a rhino to be re introduced into the wild;

A Feasibility study should be done to see which national park or area would be best featured to receive the white Rhinos. Then, a genetics report of the Rhinos is a produced before splitting them bearing in mind which ones move and which ones stay for purposes of continuity of the breeding process.
The rhinos should be at least four and a half or five years old because then they can fend for themselves.

In the event that rhinos are younger than the above age, then they should be moved with their mother who will then take care of them.

FDC extends nomination deadline for the third time

By Robert Segawa

The opposition Forum for Democratic Change Party leadership has once again postponed the nomination deadline for presidential flag bearer.

The Party’s Electoral Commission chairperson Bonifance Toterebuka Bamwenda told journalists at the Party offices in Najjanankumbi-Kampala that reluctance by the National Electoral Commission to furnish them with electoral guidelines was the reason they have continued to postpone events.

Bamwenda said the new schedule would be announced when the National Executive Committee (NEC ) convenes on Friday.

Bamwenda said those interested in picking nomination forms for FDC Presidential flag bearer must pay 5 million shillings which is non refundable.

This is the third time when the main Opposition Party postpones nominations.

The Party has also issued a one week ultimatum to all it’s district structural leadership to identify Member of Parliament aspirants in the newly demarcated 46 Counties by government.

MPs oppose guidelines to allow pregnant girls in school

By Alice Lubwama

A section of lawmakers have opposed the guidelines being drafted by the ministry of Education to retain pregnant girls in schools saying this will encourage more to get pregnant.

This was during a consultation meeting between MPS under Uganda parliamentary association and officials from the Ministry of education on the guidelines.

The commissioner basic education in the ministry of education Mugenyi Cleophus says the number of teenage pregnancies have escalated during this time of Covid19 pandemic when school girls are Idle at home.

But legislators such as James Waira Magyegere Bunya east and Noeline Kisembo Kibaale woman MP say that the girls should be only allowed to continue with their studies after giving birth ,because keeping them pregnant in schools with others will be sending a bad signal.

Among the proposals in the guidelines all teachers shall protect the pregnant girls and adolescent mothers from stigma and discrimination.

The schools will also be required to form health committees with counselors who will be in charge of counseling the pregnant girls who will be allowed in schools till six months.

The parents shall be required to report the schools that fails to admit their daughter to the district education officer.

Uganda ranks 6th most popular African destination for international conferences

By Edwin Muhumuza

Uganda has been ranked the sixth most popular destination in Africa for hosting international conferences and events in the 2019 statistics report released by the International Congress and Convention Association (ICCA). ICCA represents the world’s leading association for the global meetings, conference and events industry.

The rank is a four point advancement from the 2018 report where Uganda ranked 10th.

Uganda has over the last 5 years ranked consistently in the top 10 African destinations for hosting international conferences and events. The rankings are based on the number of association meetings taking place regularly, rotating between at least three different countries and with 50 participants.

According to the UTB CEO, Lilly Ajarova, Uganda in 2019 hosted 22 association meetings including the 64th Commonwealth Parliamentarians Conference, 8th African Population Conference, Africa Now Summit, 4th African Judicial Dialogue and the 2nd Congress of the African Primatological Conference; among others all which attracted a variance of domestic, regional and international visitors and contributed to the rankings that currently place Uganda as a top Meeting and Events destination in Africa.

“In 2020, Uganda had organized and was scheduled to host a number of notable conferences and meetings that had to be rescheduled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. These included among others; the G77 summit, Africa Climate week, World Health Summit, CBR World Congress and the AfrAA Conference,” Ajarova explained.

She highlighted that many of these conferences have been rescheduled to take place in 2021 pending confirmation of the dates as the COVID-19 pandemic is examined and travel restrictions reviewed.

“As Uganda continues to grow its MICE industry, the next few years will see our association meetings increase as the world normalizes in the post COVID era,” Ajarova said.

Uganda is a landlocked country in East Africa whose diverse landscape encompasses the snow-capped Rwenzori Mountains and immense Lake Victoria.

Its abundant wildlife includes chimpanzees as well as rare birds. Remote Bwindi Impenetrable National Park is a renowned mountain gorilla sanctuary. Murchison Falls National Park in the northwest is known for its 43m-tall waterfall and wildlife such as hippos.

Court orders government to pay UGX12M compensation after losing case

By Sania Babirye

The Kampala high court has ordered government to pay a one Gabula Africa Evans Ronald 12 million shillings at a 10% interest rate per annum and costs to the suit in compensation after ruling that he was unlawfully arrested and tortured by security operatives for one month while being coerced to confess to dealing with Ugandan based Australian cardiologist Dr.Agrey Kiyingi.

Justice Patricia Basaza Waswa has ruled that Gabula was indeed unlawfully arrested, detained and tortured which infringed on his fundamental rights and freedoms to protection from deprivation of liberty, torture and cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment.

Gabula dragged government to the high court accusing officers of the Special Operations Unit (SOU) under the Police Force of unlawfully arresting and torturing him under the commandant of Nixon Asingwire and Samuel Okello in 2014 which was an infringement of his fundamental rights and freedoms.

Justice Basaza ruled that indeed the government did admit to the said allegations since government never denied his torture claims either
by way of a written statement or defense.

She further ruled that Gabula’s torture evidence presented before court which was never challenged by the attorney general but supported by the medical report from the African Center for treatment and Rehabilitation of Torture Victims and an account given by an eye witness -bystander proved that the actions of the Police officers named, were actions done by a Special Unit of the Police Force, done during working hours, on consecutive days.

Justice Basaza in conclusion ruled that although done in unauthorized place and manner, the Police Officers were acting in the course of their duty for which the Attorney General, representing the State, is vicariously liable and ordered government to pay the said compensation at a 10% interest rate per annum from the time of the judgement

In his defense, Gabula told court that after being arrested on the 26th of December 2014, at 10am, at Game, Lugogo Mall by plain clothed security operatives sent by a one Nixon Asingwire, he was whisked away to (SOU) head offices at Clement hill n the boot of a car, handcuffed and face covered were he was slapped, kicked beaten until he lost consciousness as police officers advised him to confess to dealings with a one Dr. Kiyingi which he declined to do, on the basis that he did not know the person.

He further revealed that during the course of his illegal detention from December 22, 2014 to January
21, 2015, he was subjected to other forms of torture including tying his hands, his legs, his mouth being cut off
(sic) with a scissors and disfigured, beaten with belts, whipped by three men which forced him to bled from the mouth, elbows and legs and being poured on cold water for dozing .

The officers also Placed a hot nosal of the pistol on the wound of his mouth, gave him a piece of posho and water that tasted like alcohol with severe pain in his teeth and was later taken tov Kireka to the Special Investigative Unit (SIU) and later to Mbuya barracks.

Rwanda, Uganda agree to form a military Adhock to monitor boarder security

By Gloria Nakiyimba and Annah Nafula

Uganda and Rwanda have today signed the extradition treaty during the talks that happened at the Gatuna- Katuna boarder.

The treaty constitutes the legal frame work will handle cases of justice including those related to alleged subversive activities practiced by the nationals in the territory of the other party.

It has also been agreed that within one month Uganda will verify allegations by Rwanda about actions from its territory by forces hostile to government of Rwanda and if allegations are verified Ugandan government should take all measures to stop it and prevent it from happening again.

The two leaders have also agreed to form a military adhock commission to monitor boarder security and the facilitators will convene within 15 days a summit in Gatuna-Katuna for the reopening of the boarders and normalization relations between the two countries.

Both Kagame and Museveni extended their gratitude to the presidents of Angola and DRC,João Lourenço and Félix Tshisekedi respectively for their commitment in the search for a peaceful solution in the framework reconciliation process.

There are reports that Kagame, accuses his former ally of backing rebel groups and dissidents who want to bring down the government in Kigali while Uganda claims that Rwandan soldiers entered its territory in the southwest district of Rukiga and shot and killed two suspected smugglers last May.

It is now a year after the border was a closed to Uganda, it is undeniable that business in this once busy border town has immensely slowed down, prices of commodities in on the Rwanda are high while manufacturers on the Ugandan side continue to feel the pitch since goods now go through Tanzania to reach Rwanda.

Hungarian prime minister hails Uganda for hosting refugees

By Moses Kidandi

The minister of state for relief and disaster preparedness Musa Ecweru has urged African countries to emulate Uganda and provide homes for the displaced people in the region.

Ecweru said these people are mainly from Africa and find it very easy to adopt to the environment, climate and the culture of any African country.

He made the remarks during a joint press conference with Hungarian government officials at the prime minister’s office who are on a fact finding visit to refugee camps in Uganda.

For his part, Balazs Orban who represented the Hungarian prime minister’s office hailed Uganda for it’s political stability which has enabled it to host a large number of refugees.

He pledged to support countries who are hosting the refugees.

Uganda is home to over 1.3 million registered refugees from countries such as DR Congo and South Sudan.

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.

Attorney General blames piling cases against government on court awards

By Alice Lubwama

The Attorney general William Byaruhanga has blamed the piling up of court awards against government on inadequate staffing of the justice ministry.

While appearing before the legal and parliamentary affairs committee chaired by Oboth Oboth, Byaruhanga revealed that the ministry is only 60% staffed leading to state attorneys miss court dates or have to constantly ask for adjournments.

He said this eventually leads to a judge ruling against government in cases where it has been sued.

He stressed that the ministry is the legal adviser and advocate to government, noting that unlike other ministries limited funding to staffing has a direct bearing on the state coffers pointing out that outstanding court awards now stands at 545bn shillings..

A member of this committee also Gomba west MP Robina Rwakojo castigated the ministry for what she called miserable pay for government lawyers and yet they are some of the best legal minds in the country.

She observed that she had been able to experience the situation first hand having worked as a state attorney in her early career.

The chairperson of the committee Jacob Oboth oboth asked the Attorney general to cost the staff required so that MPs can be able to lobby for the funding.

Proceeds from this year’s CJ’s Kyambogo run will be committed to promoting neonatal health care

Proceeds from this year’s CJ’s Kyambogo run will be committed to promoting neonatal health care in one of the health facilities under Kampala Capital City Authority-KCCA management. Funds raised from the 1st September annual event at the Kyambogo cricket oval will be used to purchase incubator machines to improve the lives of preterm born babies in Kampala.

Buganda’s Royal Prince David Kintu Wassajja will be the chief runner at the Café Java’s run under the theme “ run 4 premature babies”

“I am very glad to be here to be part of this very good noble cause which is to raise money for the premature born, the less fortunate and disadvantaged people in our society. As you all are aware, I am a sports enthusiast, I like running, and running is more enjoyable when you are running for a good cause so I am very happy to be part of this initiative” averred Prince Wassajja.

He encouraged the public to participate in “a very good cause to raise money for buying equipment for premature babies”. To those not willing to run, Prince Wassajja says they can buy tickets at 20,000 from all Café Javas restaurant outlets around Kampala, thereby contributing to the cause.

According to Yasin Ahmed, the director Café Javas they chose this cause following an increase in reports of premature babies dying in hospitals around Kampala Statistics show that preterm births in Uganda stand between 13-14 percent, while 15 million babies are born prematurely worldwide. “ When this opportunity came to support the Kyambogo run, which translates to supporting the premature babies in buying incubators for some of the hospitals, we quickly jumped on it because it aligns with the Mandel Group of companies goals to support sports and support premature babies,” said director Café Javas

A preterm baby is a high-risk infant prone to infection due to the compromised immunity and undeveloped antibodies. South Africa’s High commissioner to Uganda Prof. Maj. Gen. Lekoa Solly Mollo will be the chief guest. Yayiro Kasasa of Beyond Sports organization, the key organizer of the event revealed that the run will have 21 Kilometer, 10 Kilometer, and 5 Kilometer targeting a total of 1000 participants.