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Health Ministry to resume distribution of recalled hepatitis B vaccines

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The Ministry of Health is set to resume the supply and distribution of the recalled Hepatitis E vaccines to patients across the country.

The drugs, Texavir, manufactured by Cipla Quality Chemical Industries were voluntarily recalled in July this year due to errors in their packaging.

The Company, Cipla Quality Chemical Industries said it had discovered that the packaging for the medicine under batch number QK 70373 was faulty, which consequently changed the chemical composition of the drug.

According to a statement issued by Cipla Quality Chemicals in July, one of the constituents of the drug referred to as an impurity was out of range in a packaging insert delivered alongside with the drugs.

Gov’t needs an additional UGX 11 Billion to operationalise Mbale, Masaka as new cities

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The government will spend an additional 11. 3 billion shillings to operationalize Mbale and Masaka as regional cities during the financial year 2020-2021.

This will be in addition to the initial budget of 130 billion shillings that was set aside for the operations of the 15 cities that were approved by Cabinet in May 2019, to be operationalized in a phased manner, over the next five years.

However, the decision is awaiting parliamentary approval. According to State Minister for Local Government Jennifer Namuyangu, that the two cities were prioritized ahead of six others after the respective local governments confirmed readiness to operationalize them, and because of their strategic importance as the oldest towns in Uganda.

High Court dismisses application challenging URA implementation of Digital Stamps

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High Court has dismissed with costs an interim application seeking to block the government and Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) from implementing and enforcing the Digital Tracking Systems (Tax Stamps).

Justice Musa Ssekaana of Civil Division of High Court on Tuesday dismissed the application filed by Alcohol Association of Uganda and 38 companies led by Nile Breweries Limited-NBL arguing that courts cannot grant an injunction which will have the effect of suspending the operation of the legislation.

“Suspending the operation of a law that has not been declared unconstitutional is a very serious matter. The grant of this application would amount to just that and this would be without hearing any evidence”, said Ssekaana. He said the laws are made for the good of the State and the power to tax as quite rightly pointed out by the Attorney General is a power upon which the entire fabric of society is based.

President Museveni directs against tabling Tororo, West Budama ‘Boundary Report’

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President Yoweri Museveni has advised against presenting findings by the committee tasked to establish the historical boundaries of Tororo and West Budama, saying it will escalate tensions.

There is raging dispute by some, of the boundary of Tororo and West Budama, pitting the Jopadhola who are majority in West Budama against the Iteso who are majority in Tororo County.

In June this year, Government constituted a 10 member team led by the Lands, Housing and Urban Development Minister, Betty Amongi to supposedly establish the boundaries with the hope of easing tension between the two communities. Parliament had set a debate on the report for Tuesday, and it was item 3 on the Order Paper.

Parliament gives gov’t two weeks to return Sugar Bill

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 Parliament has given government two weeks to return the sugar bill 2016 to the house.

In 2018, Parliament passed the sugar bill 2016 excluding zoning, which would allow sugar millers to set up factories and buy cane from out growers without any restrictions.

However, president, Yoweri Museveni declined to ascent to the bill arguing that the absence of zoning in the proposed law would hurt the sugar industry.

Two Rwandan nationals shot at Uganda-Rwanda border

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There is increased tension along the Uganda-Rwanda border of Katuna, after Rwandan security officials shot two of their nationals who had crossed into Uganda to smuggle Irish potatoes.

The Monday evening incident happened 300 meters away from the Ugandan border. One of the two victims was identified as Jean Pierre Havugimana, 28, a resident of Kabaya village in Northern Rwanda. The other person could not be identified easily.

The two had reportedly crossed into Uganda through a porous border at Rushaki in Karujanga, Katuna town council. According to Kigezi region police spokesperson Elly Maate, each of them was carrying 50 kilograms of Irish potatoes at the time they were shot at.

Havugimana fled back to Uganda. He was first admitted at Katuna community medical clinic and later referred to Rushoroza hospital in Kabale town for further treatment, while his colleague, was whisked away by Rwandan security.

How gov’ts use social media to spy on you and sway elections , human rights watchdog says

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Governments around the world are increasingly using social media to manipulate elections and monitor their citizens, in a worrisome trend for democracy, a human rights watchdog said Tuesday.

An annual report on online freedom by the nonprofit group Freedom House found evidence of “advanced social media surveillance programs” in at least 40 of 65 countries analyzed.

The report said global internet freedom declined for a ninth consecutive year, as authorities in some countries simply cut off internet access as part of their manipulation efforts, while others employed propaganda armies to distort information on social platforms.

Rwandan Kagame names new cabinet ministers

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President Paul Kagame on Monday evening reshuffled cabinet, making major changes in ministerial positions and senior government dockets.

The changes have seen Dr. Vincent Biruta appointed Minister of Foreign Affairs and Cooperation, replacing Dr. Richard Sezibera.

Biruta has been Minister of Environment.

Dr. Jeanne d’Arc Mujawamariya bounces back into the cabinet and will replace Biruta in the environment docket.

Kagame military shakeup: Gen Kazura replaces Gen Nyamvumba

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President Paul Kagame has made sweeping changes in the upper echelons of the Rwanda Defence Force (RDF), appointing Gen Jean-Bosco Kazura as the RDF Chief of Defence Staff.

Kazura, who was also promoted to four-star General from Major General, replaces Gen Patrick Nyamvumba, who was last evening appointed to Cabinet and named Minister for Internal Security.

Nyamvumba had served as Chief of Defence Staff since June 2013. 

With military experience spanning three decades, Gen Kazura, 56, was until yesterday the Commandant of RDF Command and Staff College – Musanze.

UYD two rivalry factions set to resolve their sang

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Democratic Party  leaders have moved to strengthen their youthful political organisation and re consolidate their political bases in readiness to battle for Uganda’s political relevance come  in 2021 elections. Whisper Eye Reports.

According to reports on Whisper Eye desk Uganda young Democrats UYD ailing leaders in Brenda Nabukenya, Andrew Mugonza Katende Moses and the national DP youth Leader Okidi Chris plans are underway  this month on 7th November 2019 taking strides to solidify themselves, either recruiting new members and also emerge the new leaders with the old ones.

Full Statement|President Museveni : Criminal gangs have been wiped out

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By Yoweri Kaguta Museveni

Fellow Ugandans and, especially, the Bazzukulu

After some weeks of absence. This time, I will, again, address you on the issue of combating crime because crime was appearing, again, after we had suppressed it with Operation Wembley in the year 2002.

The criminal groups, in recent times, had killed people in the areas of Kampala-Entebbe, Ntungamo, Lyantonde and the Kisoro areas. I have not yet received the report for Kisoro.

However, for Kampala Metropolitan, Ntungamo and Lyantonde, the gangs have been wiped out. These gangs had killed 13 people, injured 2 and robbed sh. 24 million in total.

Africell marks five years in Uganda with New Chapter strategy

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The strategy, called the ‘New Chapter’, builds on Africell’s achievements in Uganda to date: including the delivery of a new generation of affordable communication solutions, a reputation for outstanding customer service, and improved data quality on 3G & 4G networks.

The New Chapter also stays true to Africell’s continued commitment to supporting community welfare.

Panic as PLE allegedly exams trend on social media

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Social media was early morning awash with PDF  files  of Mathematics and Social Studies purported  leaked final Primary Leaving Examinations  papers.

Earlier in the week Uganda National Examination Board (UNEB) was still grappling with reports that PLE exams papers leaked out during the week  before pupils  entered the examination rooms.

As police arrested six men for selling fake examination papers in the areas of Kireka.

COP or no COP, MAPS is on the agenda for a healthy world

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For the sake of all life, the all-volunteer international charity Parvati.org is moving forward with its work to secure country leader signatures on the Marine Arctic Peace Sanctuary Treaty, regardless of the cancellation of COP 25 in Chile.  

Parvati.org initial member and General Counsel Vandana Erin Ryder, author of the MAPS Treaty, and Outreach and Alliance Lead Dr. Karen Ho, were set to travel to Santiago on their own time and funds, as all Parvati.org volunteers do, to advocate for MAPS at COP 25. They stand ready to attend any rescheduled summit. But while the UNFCCC and UN member states scramble to find an alternate host, dates and program, one thing is clear: world leaders already have a direct and effective option to shift our collective trajectory into one that supports a healthy future. 

President Museveni calls upon Public Universities to promote science education, research

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President Yoweri Museveni has urged public universities to focus on promoting science education and research. He was presiding over the first graduation ceremony of 192 students from Lira University in Lira district

The students completed their studies in various academic disciplines including education, management science and health.

President Museveni cautioned Universities against offering some courses that only provide minimal solutions to unemployment.

Taxi operators decry slow business in Usafi park

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A week after being relocated to Usafi taxi park, drivers plying the Entebbe route are complaining of low business. They say many passengers are yet to embrace the change. On October 16th, 2019, Kampala Capital City Authority-KCCA directed all taxis plying the Entebbe route to relocate from Old taxi park to Usafi park by Friday October 25th, 2019. The directive affected several stages including Kajjansi, Zana- Namasuba, Kasenyi, Ndeeba- Sembuule, Kibuye Queens way and Ndejje.

They were replaced by vehicles connecting to Kansanga, Ggaba, Muyenga, Buziga, Makindye Nabisalu stage via Nsambya and Salaama Nabisalu via Nsambya that were around Shoprite, Shell and Gapco fuel stations. The reorganization and traffic changes are intended to improve traffic flow during the implementation of Kampala flyover project and renovation of Namirembe-Luwum street.