Friday 20 October 2017
(BBC News Africa 06/21/13)
Children not eating well costs Uganda more than 5% of its national income, the first large-scale survey of the economic impact of malnutrition shows. Research taking place in a dozen other African states is expected to show similar results. The current evidence follows earlier, smaller-scale studies in Latin America. One of the report's authors says it shows that it makes economic - as well as moral - sense to provide more and better food to children. The UN's World Food Programme (WFP) says the work proves malnutrition is an economic issue. The 2007 research in Latin America indicated that under-nutrition in early childhood resulted in losses to national income ranging from two to 11 percentage points. "A rigorous study in...
(BBC News Africa 06/21/13)
The mayor of the Ugandan capital, Kampala, says he has been beaten by police, who fired rubber bullets to disperse a crowd of his supporters. Mayor Erias Lukwago said he collapsed after tear gas was thrown into his car. Police deny mistreating Mr Lukwago, a critic of President Yoweri Museveni. The opposition says the government is trying to stifle dissent. In a separate incident, opposition leader Kizza Besigye was arrested for holding an unsanctioned rally. 'I collapsed'. Mr Lukwago was due to appear before a tribunal on Thursday for the first day of a hearing that could possibly impeach him for abuse of office. The BBC's Catherine Byaruhanga in Kampala says police surrounded his home and then escorted him towards...
(In2 East Africa 06/21/13)
The Government has embarked on a campaign to distribute free mosquito nets across the country. Speaking to journalists at the Media Centre yesterday, health minister Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda said the districts of Busia and Soroti are first recipients of the 21 million insecticide-treated nets. The objective of the campaign, according to Rugunda, is to have at least a net for every two people. He said the nets were procured using funds from the Global Fund (15.5 million nets), US President’s Malaria Initiative/DFID (5 million nets) and World Vision (500,000 nets). The distribution of the nets in the 30 districts in eastern Uganda will take place between July and August. The central region, excluding Kampala and Wakiso, will receive the nets...
(Redpepper 06/21/13)
High Court in Kampala has declined to halt on-going proceedings of a tribunal investigating a petition to remove Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago. Justice Vincent Zehurikize ruled that Lukwago’s application to stop the tribunal lacked merit because he produced no evidence to show that his rights were in danger of being violated if the tribunal continued with its work. The judge however counselled Lukwago that he had a second chance to stop the tribunal in his main application which is set for hearing on 27th of June. He said Lukwago was also free to challenge the findings of the tribunal once it had completed its work. The same court also declined to force three members of the tribunal to step down...
(The Observer 06/21/13)
Stephen Nfitundinda is a vendor of fresh fruits in Wandegeya, a Kampala suburb. His business stock consists of mainly organic oranges, mangoes and sometimes passion fruits. The 24-year-old, who hails from Kisoro district, is a street vendor. Nfitundinda’s roadside business means that he often has running battles with KCCA law enforcement officers, who have more than thrice impounded his merchandise in enforcing a ban on street vending. “When KCCA impounds your merchandise, you consider it a loss because the process of getting them back is very expensive,” he says. Nfitundinda is married with one child, and the family lives in Kifumbira zone, Kamwokya, a low-end Kampala suburb. “If it was not for KCCA, I think I would be doing well,”...
(Daily Monitor 06/21/13)
KAMPALA- At least two civilians were shot, one of them in the back, as chaos erupted around the city’s central business district midmorning yesterday. A combined military and police operation to contain former FDC president Kizza Besigye around the Kisekka Market hotbed appeared to get out of control with security personnel firing indiscriminately at crowds of unarmed and fleeing civilians. High pressure bursts of coloured water were also unleashed from water cannon as riot police let loose, simultaneously firing canisters of teargas at will all over the downtown scene of the action. Downtown Kampala was soon shrouded in clouds of teargas and the sound of gunfire in scenes reminiscent of the police and security clampdown during the 2011 walk-to-work protests...
(Voice of America 06/21/13)
The Committee to Protect Journalists says in the past year, 55 journalists in 21 countries have gone into exile because of violence, threats and imprisonment. An official of the committee says an estimated 40% of those who’ve fled are from sub-SaharanAfrica. A new report by the CPJ says most journalists who have fled violence or repression come from Iran and Somalia, followed by Ethiopia, Syria and Eritrea. They’re also found at the head of the CPJ’s annual Impunity Index. It ranks countries according to the degree to which attacks against journalists are investigated, and perpetrators punished. Tom Rhodes is the Eastern African consultant for the Committee to Project Journalists. He says the government of at least one of the top...
(Africa Review 06/21/13)
Sub-Saharan Africa is losing slightly above 1.5 million children under the age of five annually due to malnutrition, according to non-governmental organisation Save the Children. On June 8, thousands of people including Bill Gates gathered in Hyde Park for the Big IF London rally aimed at reversing the situation, estimated to cost two million lives of children under the age of five globally. The rally, a coalition of over 200 UK organisations, was campaigning for action by G8 leaders to eliminate hunger and save millions of lives. The campaign wanted the G8 leaders, during their June 18 meeting, to act on four issues that mean so many people do not get enough food. The issues were enough aid to stop...
(Reuters (Eng) 06/20/13)
Ugandan opposition leader Kizza Besigye was arrested on Thursday for holding an unsanctioned rally and seeking to incite violence, police said, the latest move in what critics say is a campaign to silence dissent against the president. The police detained Besigye, a former ally of President Yoweri Museveni, saying he was inciting a crowd that rallied to support Erias Lukwago, an opposition colleague and mayor of the capital Kampala who is facing a tribunal over charges that include abuse of office. "We were surprised to see Besigye appear there. Then he started addressing and inciting people as usual, yet he had no police permission to do that," deputy police spokesman Patrick Onyango said, adding police used teargas to disperse the...
(Redpepper 06/20/13)
Police have sealed off Kiseka market following clashes with traders. The Thursday morning clashes were triggered by the arrest of Lukwago, the KCCA Lord Mayor and Kiiza Besigye, the former FDC president. Police intercepted Besigye at Mini Price Bata shop at the Namirembe and Ben Kiwanuka Street junction as he was on his way to meet Lukwago, who was scheduled to address traders over his impending censure. Last month, a section of KCCA councilor signed a censure petition against Lukwago. As a result, Lukwago decided to hold rallies to explain to voters his troubles. However, police banned the rallies accusing Lukwago and some legislators of inciting the masses against councilors opposed to his leadership. This morning, Lukwago and Besigye were...
(New Vision 06/20/13)
Kampala — A key conference on oil and gas licensing and production is set to begin on Thursday in Uganda's capital Kampala and will run for two days. The conference organized by the Uganda Chamber of Mines and Petroleum under the theme "Oil and Gas: The Licensing, Contracting and Production Sharing Dynamics" will run from June 20 to June 21 at Kampala Serena Hotel. Uganda's oil and gas industry awaits a new licensing regime following a freeze a few years ago that was agreed upon to enable the country enact the necessary laws and set up the relevant institutions. How quickly the institutions are put in place will determine the next round while a crucial bill passed in February is...
(The Observer 06/20/13)
It has moved from the traditional sustainable nomadic system, where fishermen move in circles to ensure conservation, to a fully commercial venture where most players look at making money at all costs. This, pushed by the high demand in and outside the country, has resulted in illegal fishing, overfishing and pollution of the country's lakes and rivers. In his recent state of the nation address, President Museveni expressed concern that proceeds from exportation of fish had fallen from $196m in 2006 to $142.6m in 2013, while some fish factories had closed and others were operating below capacity. He attributed this to irresponsible fishing practices, referring to reports that in some parts of Lake Victoria, fishermen were using mosquito nets to...
(New Vision 06/20/13)
The Uganda Electricity Distribution Company Limited has allocated funds to be used for acquisition of brokerage services to attract tenants for UEDCL Tower. Bidding will be conducted in accordance with the Open Domestic Bidding procedures contained in the Government of Uganda’s Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Assets Act No1 of 2003 and The Public Procurement and Disposal of Public Assets regulations No 70 of 2003 and is open to all eligible bidders from Uganda. Interested eligible bidders may obtain further information from Uganda Electricity Distribution Company Limited and inspect the bidding documents at the address given below from 8.30am to 12.00pm and 2.00pm to 5.00pm on working days.
(New Vision 06/20/13)
As we commemorate World Refugees’ Day (WRD), we need to reflect on our contribution as a nation in terms of ensuring the safety of refugees as they seek asylum due to political interference. The day is recognised globally to honour the courage, strength and determination of women, men and children, who are forced to flee their homeland under the threat of persecution, conflict and violence. It is a day to recognise the contributions of refugees in their communities and organisations such as InterAid Uganda (IAU) Limited, which participate in various activities in support of refugees. The focus of this year’s celebration is embedded under the theme; One family torn apart by war is too many. According to Scholastic Nasinyama, the...
(The Associated Press 06/20/13)
KAMPALA, Uganda — A Ugandan government official says 16 Rwandan students who fled to Uganda over alleged recruitment for Congolese rebels are being considered for refugee status despite Rwanda’s protestation. David Kazungu, Uganda’s commissioner for refugees, said the students are now under police protection. TV presenter and conservationist Anneka Tanaka-Svenska wears a hat designed by Louis Mariette during the first day of Royal Ascot, in Berkshire, west of London, on June 18, 2013. The five-day meeting is one of the highlights of the horse racing calendar. Horse racing has been held at the famous Berkshire course since 1711 and tradition is a hallmark of the meeting. Top hats and tails remain compulsory in parts of the course while a daily...
(Voice of America 06/20/13)
JUBA, SOUTH SUDAN — South Sudan and Uganda have agreed to step up security patrols on their common border and on the highway linking Juba to Kampala after a spate of attacks against motorists, officials said Wednesday. “They agreed to proceed to enforce the deployment of more security forces to provide security on the border areas," South Sudan police spokesman James Monday Enocka said. "They agreed also to enforce partnerships, especially in community policing, with citizens in the two border areas.... and to liaise on issues relating to citizens of the two countries," he said. The border area between South Sudan and Uganda is currently patrolled by only a few hundred South Sudanese officers. Enocka did not disclose how many...
(Ventures-Africa 06/20/13)
VENTURES AFRICA – Dr. Donald Kaberuka, President of the African Development Bank (AfDB), and Prof. David Malone, Rector of United Nations University (UNU), have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to foster research and knowledge exchange on sustainable development in Africa. According to an official statement, the MOU was signed on June 5 after the Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD V), which held in Yokohama, Japan, from June 1-3. The AfDB-UNU partnership aims to strengthen collaboration between Japan and African countries to strengthen Science, Technology and Innovation (STI) in Africa. The AfDB and UNU will contribute to the establishment of a joint Africa–Asia strategic plan for sustainable development and a joint program of activities for capacity building in...
(The Observer 06/19/13)
A breakfast meeting between Finance minister Maria Kiwanuka and private sector players reignited debate over who ‘eats’ the taxpayers’ money that is allocated in every budget. The Observer has learnt that during the June 14 meeting, private sector businessmen asked the minister to explain why government keeps postponing major projects yet in most cases the money to complete such projects has been released. A source from the private sector, who attended this meeting, told us that Kiwanuka said one of the challenges in her ministry was to monitor the money to ensure it was not diverted. Kiwanuka had called private sector actors for a meeting at the ministry of Finance headquarters shortly after she read a “tax-loaded” budget, which many...
(Redpepper 06/19/13)
The Anti-Corruption Court in Kololo has found the former Principal Accountant in the Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) Geoffrey Kazinda guilty.Kazinda appears contrite and begs for forgiveness in court. Kazinda was found guilty on 29 counts including forgery of former OPM Permanent Secretary Pius Bigirmana’s signature, issuing documents without authority, abuse of office, and being in possession of government documents at his residence without authorization. Justice DavidWangutsi analyzed evidence from 15 witnesses provided by the prosecution to come to the guilty conviction. Wangutsi’s judgment was mostly influenced by evidence provided by three star witnesses that included Kazinda’s brother David Wamala, a handwriting expert Samuel Ezati, and current Gender Ministry PS Pius Bigirimana. The judge noted that the discovery of...
(New Vision 06/19/13)
The police in Mubende are hunting for eight prisoners, who escaped from Muyinayina prison. Mubende district police commander, Enock Abaine, said they had managed to re-arrest five prisoners, who had also escaped from the prison on Saturday. Abaine said that the incident occurred when the prison officials were taking 70 prisoners to fetch water from a well, on the prison farm. The well is about half a kilometer from the prison. "As they returned, 14 of the prisoners escaped and hid in the maize garden. The armed guards attempted to pursue them but failed. They decided to keep the majority who had remained behind," Abaine explained. He said the hunt for the escapees is still on, adding that with the...

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