Monthly Archives: March 2021

Thieves Raid General Gutti’s Home, Make off with Tractor

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The main gate that enters Gen. Andrew Gut’s ancestral home in IriiriA combined force of the army and police in Napak district are hunting for the group of unknown thugs who broke into the ancestral home of the General Court Martial Chairperson, Lt. General Andrew Gutti and made off with a Massey Ferguson tractor.

Breastfeeding Candidate Sits for PLE in Arua

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A 15-year- old girl is among the candidates sitting for Primary Leaving Examinations- PLE at Arua Prisons Primary School, Arua City.

The girl who is a mother of a one-month-old baby gave birth during the lockdown when schools were closed following the outbreak of covid-19.

According to Loy Ariye the headteacher of the school, the girl said she has been preparing for the exams before she gave birth.  She adds that the teenage mother has been allowed to enter the examination room together with the baby so that she can be able to breastfeed the child.

Record TV Uganda Officials Signs Out after 15 Years

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Record TV, a commercial television broadcaster in Uganda has closed its operations in Uganda effective March  31, 2021. The TV was owned by a 67-year-old television company based in Sanpaolo, Brazil but with multiple channels across five continents, it has operated in Uganda for 15 years.

Ezekiel Motoseneng, the Managing Director of Record TV Network Uganda explained that most advertisers especially on the European Market, that feed the record TV network was adversely affected by the COVID-19 pandemic eventually affecting their commercial strength to operate a TV station in Uganda.

Mulago Denies Ignoring Conjoined Twins Who Needed Emergency Care

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Mulago National Referral Hospital has denied sending away a helpless grandfather of conjoined twins after failing to separate a dead twin from another who was still alive.

The twins were born through Cesarean section more than a week ago at Amuria hospital. At birth one of them was found dead while the other was alive, prompting medics to refer the children to Soroti Regional Referral Hospital for possible detachment. But the team in Soroti also referred the family to Mulago National Referral Hospital, where they arrived on Monday last week.

But, despite what was visibly a case of a medical emergency, the family says they were ignored by the medics and Mulago, forcing them to return to Soroti Regional Referral Hospital on Wednesday. This development came off as a surprise to many considering that Mulago is Uganda’s top referral facility that recently upgraded to a specialized facility that can conduct complicated tertiary procedures.

Supreme Court Stays Execution of Orders in Kasango’s Petition

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The Supreme Court has issued an interim order staying the execution of the Constitutional Court decision arising from the late Bob Kasango’s petition. 

The Justices led by Justice Kenneth Kakuru on March 18 2021 unanimously ordered that a serving Judge should resign before taking up any other appointment in executive or Constitutional offices. They declared that effective March 18 any Judicial Officer serving in such offices who continues with duties before the resignation, their decisions shall be invalid.

They reasoned that such actions contravene several articles enshrined under the constitution regarding their mandates as Judicial Officers and the oath they take which talks about being independent. 

60 Crested Cranes Killed In Lwengo In Two Weeks

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Sixty crested cranes have killed in various wetlands in Lwengo district within a space of two weeks, URN has learnt. Dr. Adalbert Ainomuchunguzi, the Regional Manager, the International Crane Foundation (ICF) in East Africa, says that they found the bodies of the crested cranes during their survey to identify and protect their habitats.

Ainomuchunguzi, whose organisation has launched a campaign to save the Grey-crowned crested crane, says the birds are so far the most endangered species of the African cranes. He says that being a national symbol, the precious national emblem is protected under Uganda Wildlife (UWA) Act 2019 but people have refused to respect it.

Arua Hospital Ambulance Disappears from Parking Yard

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An Ambulance belonging to Arua Regional referral hospital has gone missing from the hospital parking yard.  The hospital authorities realised that the Toyota Land Cruiser ambulance registration number UG 6812M was missing on Monday when Arua Resident City Commissioner, Martin Oroch requested for it to transport two injured URA enforcement officers for emergency treatment following a mob attack.

The Health Ministry donated the missing ambulance valued at Shillings 300milion to Arua Regional Referral Hospital last year. According to available information, the driver packed the ambulance in the hospital yard on Saturday and left the keys behind.

WHO Launches Initiative to Tackle Misinformation

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Viral Facts Africa, an initiative to combat health misinformation online, has been launched by the World Health Organization (WHO).

Viral Facts Africa will leverage the insights and reach out to a network of 14 organizations to counter health misinformation as it spreads and to guard people against falsehoods. The initiative is starting with engaging health fact checks, explainers, myth busters and misinformation literacy messages that are optimized for sharing on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Rules Committee Proposes Amendment to Allow Resignation of Speaker of Parliament

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Parliament’s Rules, Discipline and Privilege Committee has proposed an amendment to the rules of procedure to allow for a Speaker of Parliament to resign voluntarily.

The Rules’ Committee Chairperson, Clement Ongalo while presenting the report to parliament on Tuesday said that currently, the Parliament’s rules of procedure does not provide for a Speaker or Deputy to resign, but only provides for the impeachment.

Ongalo also says that although the provision for a Speaker to resign exists in the constitution, there is a need to make it clear in the Parliament’s rule book.

Sad: 100 PLE candidates miss exams in Busia

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100 pupils have missed Primary Leaving Examinations-PLE in Busia District.  Last year 5,708 candidates registered for the examinations that started on Tuesday.

The pupils were from Namala, Makunda, Mbehenyi, Buhobe, Bwerero, Mawero, Busitema, Bujwanga and Magale Primary Schools.

Records from the district education department indicate most of the pupils were married off while others crossed to neighbouring Kenya to do causal jobs and others are involved in gold mining, hawking and fishing activities.

“Ignore Kadaga’s rubbish that she helped me on Togikwatako issue”, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni

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“Ignore Kadaga’s rubbish that she helped me on Togikwatako issue.” Yoweri Kaguta Museveni. Whisper Eye Reports

The meeting called by President Museveni to mend differences between Speaker Rt Hon Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga and her deputy Jacob Oulanyah was heart heated participants throw cold jabs to each other

The meeting that started at around 5pm was attended by Kadaga, Oulanyah, Ruth Nankabirwa(government chief whip)Dr.Ruhakana Rugunda(Prime Minister) and NRM Secretary General, Justine Kasule Lumumba.

It’s how it ended in tears – Aldrine Nsubunga

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It’s how it ended. In tears.

Let’s be clear – Uganda is ranked 15th, Malawi 32nd and South Sudan 47th on the continent in the latest CAF rankings.

It’s Malawi and South Sudan that have accounted for Uganda’s failure to qualify for 2022 AFCON. Both defeated Uganda 1-0 in Group B.

Farouk Miya has scored just 1 goal for Cranes since 2019. He has scored 8 goals for his Turkish club Konyaspor in 2 years. Emmanuel Okwi has scored just 2 goals for his Egyptian club Al Ittihad in 2 years.

Lira Diocese Multipurpose Cooperative Reduces Membership Fee to Attract More Members

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Lira Diocese Multipurpose Cooperative Society Limited has reduced its membership fee so as to attract new members. The membership fee has been revised from Shillings 50,000 to Shillings 30,000.

Apparently, there are 150 members in the cooperative that was started by Sanctus Lino Wanok, the Bishop of Lira Diocese in 2019 with the aim of improving the livelihood of Christians in the districts in Lango sub- region.

Cyprian Okello, the cooperative’s vice-chairperson explained that a number of people had failed to register on grounds that they could not afford the Shillings 50,000 registration fee.