Bishop John Baptist Kaggwa Laid to Rest

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Hundreds of mourners converged at Bukalasa Minor Seminary grounds in Villa Maria Parish, Kalungu district for the special requiem mass of the departed Catholic Bishop John Baptist Kaggwa. 

Bishop Kaggwa, the Emeritus of Masaka Diocese died on Tuesday at the National Referral Hospital Mulago-Kampala, where he was admitted in December last year.

Herbalists Submit 40 Traditional Remedies for Covid-19 to Gulu University Lab

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Herbalists in Acoli Sub region have submitted 40 potential herbal remedies for Covid-19 to Gulu University Pharm-Bio Technology Traditional Medicine Center (Pharmbiotrac) of Excellence, for testing.  

Dr. Alice Veronica Lamwaka a senior lecturer at the Faculty of Bio-Technology and Pharmaceutical Studies, also the center head at Pharmbiotec told URN in an interview on Friday that the herbs were not taken at the Natural Chemotherapeutics Research Center, NCRI, for studying and analysis, because Gulu University has a well-equipped laboratory to do the testing and analysis of the herbs.   

Phiona Nyamutoro Wins National Female Youth MP Seat

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Phiona Nyamutoro is the new Female National Youth MP. Nyamutoro of the National Resistance Movement –NRM party, polled 296 votes and was followed by Prima Tukamushabe who got 66 votes.

The race attracted 12 candidates who included Amongin Prisca Nangiro, Busomoke Marcelina, Kaija Doreen, Kasekende Angela Nakuya, Kembabazi Doreen, Kenyangi Janet Kikwaya, Munooza Desire, Musenero Hajira, Musimenta Givendolinn and Natukunda Charlotte.

Strange Disease Ravages Vegetable Crops in Lamwo

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An estimated 900 vegetable farmers in Agoro Sub County, Lamwo district have lost several acres of vegetable crops to a strange disease for the last two seasons. The vegetables most affected by the disease are; cabbages, eggplants, garden eggs and tomatoes.   

 Farmers say the disease which was first detected in April 2020, attacks the roots or fruits of the crops, causing wilting of the whole plants when still young.   

Higher Institutions Asked Not to Reopen for All Learners

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Higher Institutions of learning have been directed not to open until a formal communication from the government.

According to Professor Mary J. N. Okwakol, the Executive Director, National Council for Higher Education-NCHE, they have received several requests from higher institutions of learning, requesting to open for all students.

Don’t Blame Party Loss on Buganda-Mukono NRM Mobilizers

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The National Resistance Movement-NRM mobilisers in Mukono district have asked the party leaders not to attribute the party’s loss to Buganda. 

Following the poor performance of the NRM in Kampala for Presidential and MP polls, President Museveni said in a televised national address that the voting had been sectarian.

Big Story: Politics, internet access key concerns among young people in Africa-report

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Half of the young people in Africa feel excluded from political decision making. This is according to a latest U-report polling data released jointly by UNICEF, African Union (AU) and the European Union (EU).

While an overwhelming majority of the polled young people at 91% would like to have more say in the political decisions that shape their lives, 48% feel completely left out. The main obstacle they cite at 59% is the lack of access to policymakers.

Kasese Head Teachers Tracing for School Drop-Outs Ahead of PLE

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Head Teachers in Kasese District have started tracing for learners who dropped out of school during the lockdown.   

The Chief Administrative Officer-CAO Kasese, Amis Asuman Masereka says 10,152 pupils registered to sit for Primary Leaving Examination-PLE this year but 482 did not report back when candidate classes re-opened in November. 

Why Odonga Otto, Beatrice Anywar Failed to Retain MP Seats

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Aruu County Member of Parliament Samuel Odonga Otto and Beatrice Anywar, the Kitgum Municipality Member of Parliament and State Minister for Environment were defeated in the recent parliamentary elections. 

Both Otto and Anywar are among some of the longest-serving legislators in Acholi Sub-region who suffered a heavy defeat in the hands of their opponents as they made attempts to seal their parliamentary bids for the fifth and fourth terms respectively.   

COVID-19 Vaccines Due in February As COVAX Signs Purchase Agreement of 40 Million Doses

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COVAX facility has signed a new advance purchase agreement of up to 40 million doses of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. 

According to a new statement, the rollout of the drug will commence with the successful negotiation and execution of supply agreements which will add on to an existing agreement with Serum Institute of India (SII)  in which the facility booked 100 million doses of the AstraZeneca vaccine. 

Big Story: Ruhaama county losses petition Electoral Commission

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Politics2021 ElectionsNtungamo, UgandaIn the petition to the EC Chairperson Justice Simon Byabakama, the losers argue that the elections were cases of ballot stuffing, violence at some polling stations, arrests, intimidations from the army and police. They contend that declaring Henry Nkwasiibwe Zinkuratire as the Member of Parliament for Ruhaama County was illegal because the election process was a sham.23 Jan 2021 11:09

Front and Back pages of the petition (1)Three candidates who lost in the Ruhaama County Parliamentary elections have petitioned the Electoral Commission seeking nullification of the election.

Pastor Aloysius Bujingo attacks troubled Arch Bishop Ntagali

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Pastor Aloysius Bujingo attacks the troubled Arch Bishop Ntagali
“You are a disgrace to society and an agent of satan” Bujingo roared

Pastor Bujingo seemed to be the happiest man after his long-term enemy Arch Bishop Stanley Ntagali landed into problems. The rubbing shoulders between the two men of God started when Pastor Bujingo set on fire some bibles which he claimed were misleading the people of God. Arch Bishop Ntagali reacted on the matter by condemning the action of Pastor Bujingo. Bujingo replied to him by asking him to sue him to the courts of law if he had committed any offense.

Delegates Bribed with UGX 40,000 to Vote for NRM Candidate in Elderly Elections

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Delegates who turned up for elections of National Woman MP for elderly persons were each bribed with 40,000 Shillings to vote for National Resistance Movement’s candidate Peggy Joy Waako.  

Waako, a retired social worker and a renowned activist for older persons’ welfare, was contesting with the former Minister of State for Ethics and Integrity Maria Matembe who contested as an independent.  

According to the results, Waako polled 640 votes, while Matembe got 56 votes. 703 delegates participated in the elections. 

Several delegates who preferred anonymity told URN reporter that they received the cash.