Religious leaders from Mityana starts advocacy for family planning

By Alice Lubwama

Faith based organizations from mityana district including the Roman Catholic Diocese of Kiyinda–Mityana have partnered with civil societ organizations in the area to advocate for the allocation of more funds for family planning services in the next financial year budget 2018/2019.

During a meeting between religious leaders, government officials and civil society organizations from mityana district and mps on the health committee of parliament led by the chairperson DR Michael Bukenya, the Mityana Diocese Anglican Bishop; Rt. Rev. Dr. Samuel Kazimba said that said that its their duty as religious leaders to
have a vision for the people in order for them not to perish.

Kazimba adds he supports family planning because it was about family life quoting proverbs chapter 29 verse 18‘‘ it says without vision people will perish and this provokes my ministry and this is actually a force behind what we do. ’´’ he said

Bishop kazimba told the meeting that when he was made a bishop 10 years ago, he realised a missing gap in area of education health, work and development he decided participate more because development is very important, quotes John chapter1o verse taking about having life in abundance .

Kazimba however said that although he supports family planning, but he was not in support of abortion, saying he was an abortion survivor ‘‘my father was a polygamist and my mother attempted to abort,iam th only child in that family now but see now where am , it is the reason why we have to support family planning .

The bishop said that he supports family planning 100% and he has only four children. The district health officer DR Lwasampijja Fred said that with the support of religious leaders and faith for family health initiative an
NGO in Mityana, the district has been able to implement a 5 years family planning costed plan.

The district allocates part of its budget to family planning services such as supplies and educating women and girls on how to use them.

DR Lwasa say that although teenage pregnancy in the district has been reduced to 9.7% in 2015 when they launched this family planning costed plan the percentage has now short up to 19.9 % in 2018 due to shortage of supplies.

Lwasa also points out the biggest challenges they face in implementing the use of family planning services as being low involvement of the males and increasing demand for the supplies compared to the supplies among others.

The chairperson of the health committee of parliament Dr Micheal Bukenya assured the religious leaders that the issues of family planning as well as drug stock outs will be considered as they go through the budget process adding that his committee had already agreed with the family planning consortium to ring fence the money for family planning services.

Charles Muhangi found dead in his bed

BY ROBERT SSEGAWA

Police has confirmed the sudden death of Charles Muhangi a city business man, sports personality and also the proprietor of Horizon coaches.

Muhangi was reportedly found dead this morning at his home in Buziga surbab of Kampala in Makindye division by his wife.

According to Vicent Ssekate the CID spokesperson, police got the information from local leaders in Buziga and sent detectives to his home who confirmed his death.

“All i can tell you is we are taking the body to Mulago for postmortem and ascertain the possible cause of death” Ssekate said.

Mike Mawanda a family friend says the family will also conduct a joint post mortem with police through a family doctor.

“ We have heard from the people who were with him last night in the meeting, he was not sick up to 1 am he Departed and agreed to meet this morning”, says Mawanda.

60 year old Muhangi a renowned rally driver was the first Ugandan to win African rally championship in 1999.

He has been involved in a land wrangle with property mogul Drake Lubega and Mansoor Matovu alias Young. The three Kampala business men were battling for the ownership of Qualicel Arcade, and Nabukera arcade .

Muhangi claims ownership of the 0.58 hectares of the land on which the two arcades were built.

Last month the office of the Solicitor general issued Muhangi with a letter confirming the ownership of the land that housed the two arcades.

Muhangi further produced the letter to Kampala Metropolitan Police commander Moses Kafeero for eviction, and was given a go ahead letter and officers to secure the premises during the eviction.

After retaining the ownership of two arcades Charles Muhangi change the names of Arcades from Qualicel terminal to “Horizon city” and Nabukera Plaza to “Bazannya N’engo”.

After changing the names of Arcades the two tycoons Drake Lubega and Mansoor Matovu alias Young closed the two arcades last month in protest which left many traders renting on the buildings stranded on streets of Kampala.
The arcades were later opened after two days.

The two business men were accusing Charles Muhangi of grabbing their buildings and have been battling the case in the courts of law for the last 13 years.

A BRAND NEW CAR GIVEAWAY: Capital Radio unveils festive season promotion

BY GLORIA NAKIYIMBA

Capital Radio has unveiled a new promotion this festive season in which one lucky listener will win a brand new Toyota Mark Grand car. The General Manager Capital Radio Peter Mungoma says the promotion aims to reward listeners for their loyalty.

“It is aimed at saying Thank you for being good customers, thank you for being good listeners and because it is the season of giving, we think it should continue and it starts with Capital and our partners to give back to our loyal listeners” he said.

In the Win a car promotion, listeners will also be able to win an instant prize of 50,000 every day and other prizes from partners as a way of rewarding them for their loyalty.

“Listeners and clients have an opportunity to win a car which is really the most exciting part of the promotion. All they have to do is go any of participating partners of ours, spend some money with them, will be given a coupon with a code which will allow them to go into the draw” Mr. Mungoma averred.

The Prize

The grand prize is a Toyota Grande Mark two solon car worth millions of shillings.

“It’s one of Uganda’s favorite cars Toyota. Toyota is a good car!. It’s a car fully registered, you’ll be able to get your keys and get a log book to your ride” said Mungoma.

The car is currently on display in the Capital gardens at Plot 1 A cooper road Kisementi – Kololo. As the campaign gains momentum, the car will be displayed at different outlets of participating partners.

How to participate and win.

The general manager Peter Mungoma says there are two ways in which to participate in the promotion.

The first one is to listen to Capital Fm. Presenters will be giving out three codes every day for six days.

This will happen during the Breakfast Show with Gaetano and Lucky, AM-PM with Flavia and during the Over drive show with Oulanya and Tattu.

“All you have to do as the listener, once the cue to call is given, just call in, give us the code then you will go into a draw to win the car. But also you win an instant prize of 50,000 shillings to every listener who calls and gives the right code” he explained

The second way is to walk into any of our partners premises, spend some money with them.

According to Mr. Mungoma, “Spend money in those areas for whatever service or product that you are getting, you will win an instant prize but you’ll also be given a coupon which will allow you to go into the draw for the ultimate prize. The more times you spend at these outlets of our partners, the more chances you have of winning a car”.

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Dennis Ssentongo Capital Radio’s Sales Manager says the grand draw will be held on 10th of January 2019.

The Partners

This is a joint promotion to reward both listeners and clients this Christmas

According to Ssentongo the number one station in Uganda has proudly partnered with leading brands in the market to make this promotion a dream come true for the winner.

The partners are Hisense, Samsonite, KFC, Lazio Italian restaurant, Torino bar and restaurant, Comfort Homes, Water & Pumps International, The Athena Hotel, Nina Interiors Ltd, Kasenge Forest Resort, Universal M. Entp, and Victory tour and travel center.

UK in major drive to end malnutrition in Karamoja

By Edwin Muhumuza

Government has committed to sustain all program interventions to strengthen the health systems to end malnutrition in Karamoja. This during the launch of the Karamoja Nutrition Program, an initiative funded by UKAid and implemented by the United Nations Children’s Fund(UNICEF) and the United Nations World Food Programme(WFP) in Kotido district.

Approximately 28million Pounds have been invested in Karamoja by the UK .The nutrition program is expected to strengthen government’s health system to ensure children and mothers across the region receive high quality health and nutrition services and are better nourished.

Chiefguest, the minister of Karamoja Affairs, Hon. John Byabagambi, in his remarks challenged local leaders to champion the program and not look at development partners as saviours.

‘’We must work for ourselves, our people and we go out whenever there is good weather to grow and store food.’’Byabagambi noted.

In attendance, area legislators and local government leaders continuously appealed for more support of Karamoja in education, Agriculture and more programs to which the minister urged them to own the program to benefit their communities.

‘’I don’t want any local leader to expect the development partners to lead their programs. You do not expect them to be everywhere because the money they have cannot satisfy all of us. We are lucky that they can get tax payers money from the UK and give it to us..’

Delegates sign on the board as a symbol of pledging to support the initiative.
Delegates sign on the board as a symbol of pledging to support the initiative.

Francesca Stidston, the Acting Head of Office for the Department for International Development(DFID) said ,’’reports say Karamoja has made commendable progress in improving health outcomes, however more needs to be done to ensure that even the hardest to reach have access to life saving services.’’

Ms Stidston noted that, the information gathered had steered the direction they took on the Karamoja Nutrition Program but also not forgetting that Malaria is the leading cause of sickness in the region therefore UK is pleased to launch this program along with our support for the prevention and control of malaria in this region.

‘’This program aims to save more lives, reduce vulnerability of women and children while ensuring increased productivity. The UK government remains committed to reaching 50million people by 2020 and such programs will continue,’’she added.

84% of people in Karamoja are unable to afford a nutritious daily diet,45% of households have limited access to food and over have of all households do not have much diversity in their diet. The reason why malnutrition is a major impediment to Karamoja’s development, undermining the health and economic prospects of the population,reports suggest.

Initially Karamoja was free from malnutrition but due to insecurity in the 90’s a lot of cattle was lost and so elders, children and pregnant mothers who entirely depended on milk and other by products for food could no longer have access to the nutritious food. This coupled with a harsh environment was not able to provide an alternative and hence communities resorted to consuming local gin/alcohol and thus malnutrition, according to local leaders.

46,659 candidates will sit for the UBTEB exams.

The number of candidates joining vocational and technical institutions is increasing according to the Uganda business and technical examination board showing that people have started to appreciate skills training.

While announcing the November to December Uganda business and technical examinations, the executive secretary of UBTEB Onesmus Oyesigye said that people have been pushed to do technical studies because they have realized this is where they can easily be employed.

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‘ we are seeing un employment even pushing graduates to those courses, parents didn’t want their children to do such studies but they are now sending those with first grades. Oyesigye said

About 46,659 candidates will sit for the UBTEB exams which commence on 19 the 19th of this month and end on 26 November.

Oyesigye said over 450 scouts plus 5,658 supervisors have been deployed to monitor the exams. The Uganda business and technical examinations board have also warned parents against sending their children to vocational institutions that are not registered with the board as their qualifications will not be recognized.

Mbale: Uganda Christian University guild election results have been nullified.

The Guild Election results of Uganda Christian University, Mbale Campus have been nullified by the Electoral Appeals Board Committee. Yonasani Bululu won the 2nd November election r defeating his rival Jacqueline Ajego who   petitioned the Guild Electoral Commission citing irregularities during the elections.  Guild’s Returning Officer, Martha Apio explains.

For the first time since its creation, Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) has allocated 37 billion shillings to divisions in the 2019/20 financial budgeting process.  The division mayors have been lobbying for creation of budget votes for their areas as a process of implementing section 31 of KCCA 2010 Act which establishes the office of division town clerk.

A 32-Year-Old Security Guard has pinned his former best Friend Emmanuel Eguki for defiling his 10-year old daughter.  The father, whose particulars have been  withheld to protect the daughter’s identity told the High Court Criminal Division sitting in Kampala that he was staying with his best friend and daughter at the time the incident happened, two years ago.

53year old boda boda man has been charged and further remanded to Luzira prison for allegedly defiling an 11year old grandchild .Plugensio Ssebandeke denied aggravated defilement offence before High Court Judge Jane Frances Abodo.

 

Pick pocketing: Police arrests over 300 suspects ahead of Christmas.

Over 300 suspects have been arrested in Kampala metropolitan during operations in different divisions of Kampala aimed at reducing crime on  streets  and make city peaceful during the Christmas festive. The operations are targeting criminals involved in pick pocketing, general thefts, vandalism on streets, pouring acid to motorist in traffic jam, drug abuse and injuring people in the many suburbs of Kampala.
These illegal and criminal activities disorganize and disrupt the smooth running of business in metropolitan area. The operation was carried out by the   divisions of Kampala metropolitan mainly, Katwe police, Kabalagala police, Central police station, Old Kampala, Jinja road, Wandegeya police.

These targeted black spots like Nakivubo channel, Namirembe road, Kisenyi, Katwe Kinyoro, Makerere Kivulu, Kinawataka, Murungo, Ndeeba as well as Kampala streets mainly where thugs used to open motorist cars to steal  different items like laptop, mobile phones and women hand bags. Those areas are commonly identified as the black spots and have always been regarded impassable both during day and night hours.

The operations were commanded by Deputy Kampaala Metropolitan Police Commander Denis Namuwoza who vows not to allow crime exist in city center during the festive season. He adds that most of the suspects were found in most frequented crime spots.

They were found in possession of marijuana, sharp knives, dangerous chemicals, metallic stones used to hit the victims before taking off with their valuables. The suspects are currently detained at different police division pending screening with help of area chairmen. They will later appear in court after screening.

Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesperson Luke Owoyesigyire said that as the Christmas festive season approaches, all police divisions shall intensify operations in a bid to fight criminal activities in Kampala.

“Research has always shown that crime is always on the increase as festive seasons approach however we won’t  allow criminals to undermine the internal security and peace in Kampala,” says Owoyesigyire. He assured the general public of safety. He also reminded the citizens to take their personal security more seriously as the festive season approaches.

MP Francis Zaake has been charged with treason

Mityana Municipality MP Francis Zaake has been charged with treason and unlawful escape from prison while on his hospital bed at Kiruddu hospital.
His lawyer Asuman Basalirwa tells Capital radio that his client has now been given bond for a month adding that he will travel to India tonight for further treatment. Zaake who is being accompanied by his wife and brother is said to have refused to sign on the bond papers.
He is to appear before the commissioner electoral crime at the CID headquarters on the 3rd October 2018 for further mention of his case. The ailing legislator presented two sureties including Mukono south MP Johnson Muyanja and Mityana LC5 Chairperson Joseph Luzige.
Reporter Patricia Osman

MTN launches global music app TIDAL in Africa

Global music and video streaming platform, TIDAL and MTN Uganda have announced an exciting first of its kind collaboration where the Mobile telecom company will offers its customers a variety of options for a data-inclusive TIDAL membership as part of their mobile plan to gain access to exclusive high-quality streaming music, videos, concerts and more.

tidal in Uganda

What to expect: Speaking at the launch in Kampala Lior Tibon an official of TIDAL says Africa is a continent that has long been an inspiration for music  around the world and TIDAL is excited to highlight the vibrant musicians on their platform adding that they are thrilled to bring a new wave of digital music to Uganda as part of this collaboration.

What’s next for TIDAL in Uganda: MTN Uganda Chief Marketing Officer, Olivier Prentout revealed that in celebration of the Ugandan music industry and the start of a digital music revolution, the 2 companies will hold an exclusive Collaboration Conference and ‘The MTN TIDAL Experience’ on 27th and 28th September respectively.

Report by Patrica Osman

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