Saturday 21 October 2017
(Reuters (Eng) 10/20/17)
DAKAR (Thomson Reuters Foundation) - The #MeToo social media campaign to raise awareness about sexual harassment and abuse has sparked conversation in parts of Africa where domestic violence is rampant but strong cultural and religious taboos prevent women from admitting it. Prompted by sexual abuse allegations against American film mogul Harvey Weinstein, millions of women around the world have been sharing their experiences of harassment and abuse on Facebook and Twitter with the hashtag #MeToo. The movement has reached only a small part of the population in West Africa, but some women are participating in defiance of attitudes which dictate that being abused brings shame on the family, is a curse, or makes a woman...
(AFP (eng) 10/19/17)
Two people have died from the Marburg virus in eastern Uganda, in the country's first outbreak of the deadly Ebola-like pathogen in three years, the health ministry said Thursday. "Blood samples were taken from two people who have since died and were found positive for Marburg", Uganda's health ministry permanent secretary, Dr. Diana Atwine told AFP. She said a team of experts had been sent to Kween district, near the Kenyan border, to contain the virus. "At moment we don't know if there are other people apart from the dead who have contracted the disease because the health experts are still investigating in addition to sensitising the population about the dangers of Marburg and we call for public vigilance," she...
(APA 10/05/17)
APA-Addis Ababa (Ethiopia) - The African Union (AU) will on Thursday endorse reports and recommendations on Agriculture, Rural Development, Water and Environment (ARWE) made by experts and senior officials in a meeting held on Monday and Tuesday. The endorsement will take place during the ministerial session of the AU’s Specialized Technical Committee on ARWE that opened on Thursday in Addis Ababa under the theme “Improve environmental sustainability and transform agriculture to ensure food and nutrition security.” These include policy papers...
(Daily Monitor 09/28/17)
Two explosives have ripped through the house of Rubaga North MP Moses Kasibante only an hour after police returned him home after Wednesday's detention over the age limit controversy. The explosives tore through the front door of his home. Metallic and rubber fragments were by 9am Thursday still at the scene. The front door glasses had been smashed with mild smoke visible at the tiles of the veranda. However, there were no casualties. "At slightly after 2am, two deafening blasts...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/25/17)
Uganda is looking for external assistance with an aerial geophysical survey of its northeastern Karamoja region, the country’s mineral development minister Peter Lokeris told the China Mining conference in Tianjin on Sunday. The cost of the work is estimated at $20 million, another ministry official said on sidelines of the conference, adding that China Geological Survey is one entity to have been approached. Karamoja, which accounts for about 20 percent of landlocked Uganda’s territory, is thought to contain vast mineral...
(The Guardian 09/25/17)
Recruitment of almost 2,000 health workers to Libya has led to urgent calls for government to stop exodus amid dire staffing shortages. The failure to stop a brain drain of almost 2,000 of its best doctors and nurses is exacerbating Uganda’s healthcare crisis, reflecting a growing problem across east Africa, say healthcare workers. At least 1,963 medics are being recruited to work at one hospital alone in Libya, as Middle Eastern countries turn to the region for highly qualified workers...
(APA 09/25/17)
South Sudan refugees in Uganda’s Nyumanzi settlement protested against food rationing over the weekend. A refugee desk officer in Office of the Prime Minister Titus Jogo confirmed the protest but blamed it on miscommunication by the leaders. According to Jogo local leaders told the refugees that this was the last month they were receiving food rations which wasn’t the case. He says UNHCR and World Food Program (WFP) in a circular communicated that they were giving halve of the dry...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/22/17)
From deadly droughts and destroyed crops to shrinking water sources, communities across sub-Saharan Africa are struggling to withstand the onslaught of global record-breaking temperatures. But the dangers do not end there. Rising heat poses another threat - one that is far less known and studied but could spark disease epidemics across the continent, scientists say. Mosquitoes are the menace, and the risk goes beyond malaria. The Aedes aegypti mosquito, which spreads debilitating and potentially deadly viruses, from Zika and dengue...
(The Associated Press 09/21/17)
Ugandan police on Thursday fired tear gas to disperse protesters opposed to plans to introduce legislation that could allow the longtime president to rule for life. The bill is likely to be introduced in the national assembly later Thursday despite growing opposition from religious leaders, civic groups and opposition leaders. Ugandan police had warned on Wednesday that no protests - in support of or against the president - would be allowed. But some opposition figures have vowed to mobilize mass...
(AfricaNews 09/21/17)
Ugandan police have arrested five Makerere University students and the Mayor of the capital city Kampala, while offices of the opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) were sealed off Thursday morning to stop planned protests against the removal of presidential age-limits. The five students were arrested after dozens joined their planned march from their campus in Kampala to parliament to petition the speaker against the removal of presidential age-limit. The Kampala City Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago was also picked up...
(Xinhuanet 09/21/17)
Security was tightened here Thursday in and around Uganda's capital to prevent any violence ahead of a motion in parliament, which seeks to scrap the presidential age limit of 75 years. Asan Kasingye, Uganda's police spokesperson, told Xinhua by phone that the police and military have been deployed in the capital Kampala especially around the parliament, key strategic installations and major towns. "We have deployed a joint capability force with our sister security agencies for both covert and overt operations,"...
(Reuters (Eng) 09/21/17)
Makers of generic AIDS drugs will start churning out millions of pills for Africa containing a state-of-the-art medicine widely used in rich countries, after securing a multi-million dollar guarantee that caps prices at just $75 per patient a year. Global health experts hope the deal will help address two looming problems in the HIV epidemic - the rising threat of resistance developing to standard AIDS drugs, and the need for more investment in manufacturing capacity. Bill Gates’ charitable foundation will...
(AFP (eng) 09/18/17)
Uganda's health minister disguised herself as a patient and caught two medical workers demanding a bribe for free government services, she told AFP on Saturday. Health Minister Sarah Opendi said she wore a face veil and travelled to a hospital in the capital Kampala on a boda-boda (motorbike taxi) to disguise her identity. "I received many complaints that the staff at the hospital was extorting money from patients," Opendi said. She went through normal patient procedures for some laboratory tests...
(AFP (eng) 09/18/17)
Fourteen people were killed when a truck ploughed into a bus carrying a group returning from a wedding on Uganda's deadliest road, police said Monday. "The driver of the truck lost control after a tyre burst and smashed into a bus, killing 14 people and leaving 17 others seriously injured," police spokesman Phillip Mukasa told AFP. "Of those who died, 12 have been identified as Tanzanian nationals who were returning to Tanzania after attending a wedding ceremony in Kampala." The accident took place on the notorious 130-kilometre (80-mile) Kampala-Masaka road, a gateway to Tanzania, Burundi, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo. Last year the government launched operation "Fika Salama"
(The Independent 09/18/17)
The government through the Ministries of Internal Affairs and Foreign Affairs will roll out the registration of Ugandans living in the diaspora for dual citizenship. This was revealed by the Rt. Hon Speaker Rebecca Kadaga following complaints by Ugandans living in the United Kingdom that they are facing challenges in gettting registered for dual citizenship. The Ugandans also raised concern that they have to travel all the way to Uganda to have the registration done. Kadaga, who was attending the...
(AFP (eng) 09/16/17)
"We keep finding bodies. It was once a month then once every two or three weeks then every week," said Rose Nakasinge, a middle-aged farmer. "We had to do something." In a gruesome spate of killings the bodies of at least 20 women have been found dumped in two areas of Uganda's Wakiso district since May. Many of the mostly young victims were raped and strangled, some had sticks shoved into their vaginas, others had body parts sawn off. Women...
(APA 09/12/17)
The Inspector General of the Uganda Police Force, Gen. Kale Kayihura, has rallied his regional counterparts currently meeting under their umbrella organization, the East African Police Chiefs Cooperation Organization (EAPCCO) to embrace and fast track the operationalization of the African Police Organization (AFRIPOL). The police chiefs are in Kampala for the 35th EAPCCO organs meeting. Kayihura said Afripol should be embraced because of its enormous positive implications, which at the same time challenges EAPCCO to re-align its operations with the continental mechanism. He added that the continental force should not be misconstrued as a rival to Interpol, as it is an initiative geared towards building
(New Vision 09/11/17)
By Sunday, the epidemic had claimed at least 530 people and spread to 20 of Congo’s 26 provinces. Health authorities in Uganda are on alert to prevent a Cholera epidemic that has killed over 530 people in neighbouring Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) over the last few days. By Sunday, the epidemic had claimed at least 530 people and spread to 20 of Congo’s 26 provinces, the World Health Organisation (WHO) disclosed. The most affected area is around the Grand...
(New Vision 09/11/17)
Katureebe noted that only 18% of the Ugandan population receives legal aid services annually. The Judiciary has developed a robust Information and Communications Technology (ICT) strategy. It is expected that within the next three years, an e-justice will have been operationalised. Chief Justice Bart Katureebe revealed this on Friday while inaugurating the Legal Aid innovations conference at Hotel Africana in Kampala. Katureebe said it was imperative that the Government facilitates the development of a legal aid policy and law, adopts...
(Bloomberg 09/11/17)
The South African companies that dominate the U.K.’s growing private hospital industry are counting on more people like Katie Corrie. A children’s party entertainer, Corrie opted to use 13,000 pounds ($17,000) of her savings and inheritance to get a hip replacement rather than spend months on a National Health Service waiting list. Britons like her are forking out almost 1 billion pounds a year to cover their own medical expenses, a trend that’s giving at least one industry the scope...

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