Sunday 20 August 2017
(The Independent 08/18/17)
Findings under the Uganda Population HIV Impact assessment survey conducted last year indicate that Uganda’s Hiv prevalence has dropped from 7.3% to 6.0%. The survey indicates that HIV/Aids is now prevalent among adult women and higher in urban areas. The findings released by the ministry of health follows a survey conducted last year in 10 regions of Uganda to understand the prevalence and impact it has had on different population segments The findings show that the national prevalence rate is 6,0% and that HIV is higher in women at 7.1% compared to men at 4.3%. The findings show that the prevalence is lower in the West Nile region and higher in the central region. A...
(Reuters (Eng) 08/17/17)
The number of South Sudanese refugees in Uganda hit one million on Thursday, the United Nations said, as hundreds of desperate families pour across the border every day seeking a haven from the civil war. The conflict in South Sudan has created Africa's biggest refugee crisis since the 1994 Rwandan genocide, and U.N. agencies are receiving a fraction of the cash they need to provide food and shelter. But the crowds keep flowing across rickety wooden bridges near the northwestern Ugandan border town of Busia, staggering under the weight of babies and a few pots or bundles of clothing balanced on their heads. Women and children make up more than 85 percent of the arrivals. "Two weeks ago my husband's...
(Xinhuanet 08/17/17)
Under the scorching sun, midwives at a tented health facility here at the world's largest refugee settlement are taking care of over 20 pregnant mothers, among them some teenagers. The midwives at Bidi Bidi Reception Health Center III said the numbers can reach up to 300 mothers per month. These mothers, mostly South Sudanese, are being treated by only two midwives. As the number of South Sudanese refugees continues to grow internally, the United Nations (UN) High Commissioner for Refugees...
(Bloomberg 08/14/17)
The U.S. will probably maintain its current levels of aid to Africa despite President Donald Trump’s proposals to slash funding, according to Bill Gates, the world’s richest man. Trump said in May his government would no longer allocate funding for family planning, a move that has the potential to undermine aid programs in the poorest countries in the world. However, with Congress in control of the budget, it’s unlikely that all cuts proposed by the Trump administration will go ahead...
(New Vision 08/09/17)
She regretted the death of Basemera saying such mistreatment and brutal arrests of street vendors by KCCA enforcement officers. The Minister of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives Amelia Kyambadde has condemned the manner in which KCCA enforcement officers handle street vendors especially women, saying such excessive force is uncalled for. This follows the death of a one Olivia Basemera last Friday August 5th as she tried to escape from KCCA enforcement officers. 38-year-old Basemera who was vending handkerchiefs reportedly jumped into...
(Daily Monitor 08/08/17)
Mbarara — President Museveni on Sunday celebrated 70 years of baptism at St Luke Church of Uganda, Kinoni Archdeaconry in Rwampara, Mbarara District. This is the church where he was baptised on August 3, 1947. He said he was baptised when he was two years and 11 months old. According to the church records, Mr Museveni's baptism number is 3769. He was baptised on the same day with his parents Amos Kaguta and Esteri Kokundeka (both deceased). The family members...
(New Vision 08/04/17)
In a press release, the Council expressed their sympathy and condolences to the families of the victims, as well as to the people and Government of Uganda, and wished the injured a speedy recovery. The UN Security Council has condemned the recent Al Shabaab terrorist attack against the Ugandan contingent of the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) which left 12 soldiers dead and seven injured. In a press release, the Council expressed their sympathy and condolences to the families...
(AFP (eng) 07/31/17)
Uganda's military said on Monday it had lost 12 soldiers in an attack claimed by Shabaab militants in southern Somalia. The Al-Qaeda linked insurgents ambushed Ugandan troops that are part of an African Union force as they patrolled a supply route in the hotly-contested Lower Shebelle region, the military said in a statement. "From the battlefield, it is now confirmed that UPDF lost 12 gallant soldiers with seven sustaining injuries," the statement from the Uganda Peoples’ Defence Forces said. Witnesses told AFP the attack occurred in the village of Golweyn, some 120 kilometres (74 miles) from the capital Mogadishu. The AU mission...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/26/17)
When Kato was called into his manager's office, the Ugandan driver assumed he would be sent on an errand, not be ordered to take an HIV test and lose his job when it came back positive, leading him to sue his Chinese employer for unfair dismissal. Kato, 45, is one of two HIV-positive workers who went to court in June to demand compensation from their former employer, China Communications Construction Company (CCCC), in Uganda's second high-profile AIDS discrimination case in...
(IRIN 07/26/17)
Uganda, the country with the world's fastest growing refugee burden, is failing to secure the help it needs to care for those forced across the border from South Sudan by war and hunger. Close to one million South Sudanese refugees, 86 percent of them women and children, have settled in northern Uganda as a result of the crisis. On average, 2,000 people arrive each day. The unprecedented mass influx is putting enormous strain on Uganda's already limited public services, and...
(The Observer 07/26/17)
A Chinese firm, claiming to have been cheated out of a multibillion rock deal, has appealed to President Museveni requesting for his urgent intervention. China Road and Bridge Corporation (CRBC) is battling with a local company, Welt Machinen Engineering Ltd, for Kamusalaba rock in Lorengedwat sub-county, in Nakapiripirit. Welt Machinen belongs to Ben Koriang and Felix Oroma, sons of Peter Lokeris, the minister of state for Minerals. Whereas CRBC maintain they need to extract gravel from the rock, Welt Machinen...
(Agence Ecofin 07/25/17)
In the framework of its great achievements programme, the Ugandan government wishes to easily access lands held by individuals by simplifying expropriation for public use. A constitutional reform which seems not to rejoice the civic society much. “We believe it is unfair. Rich people can defend their rights at the court; they can afford a lawyer. But we the poor we cannot. A poor man cannot even know the value of his land. This means that whatever the amount he...
(Agence Ecofin 07/24/17)
In the framework of its great achievements programme, the Ugandan government wishes to easily access lands held by individuals by simplifying expropriation for public use. A constitutional reform which seems not to rejoice the civic society much. “We believe it is unfair. Rich people can defend their rights at the court; they can afford a lawyer. But we the poor we cannot. A poor man cannot even know the value of his land. This means that whatever the amount he...
(Daily Monitor 07/24/17)
In 2016 Deputy William Ruto pitched camp in the Elgon region of Uganda campaigning for Mr Yoweri Museveni who was running for presidency for the fourth term against his long time opponent Dr Kizza Besigye. Mr Ruto joined Mr Museveni’s campaign trail in the Elgon area, the home of the Sabiny, who share the same values and norms with Mr Ruto .Kenyans elect their president on August 8. We expected Mr Museveni to do the same in favour of his...
(AFP (eng) 07/20/17)
Police in Uganda announced the arrests of opposition activists this week amid speculation that longtime President Yoweri Museveni is planning to change the constitution so he can stand for re-election. No official move has been made to lift the bar on Museveni running due to his age, but Ingrid Turinawe, senior organiser for the main opposition Forum for Democratic Change, said he believes the arrests of 56 party members on Wednesday were linked to the speculation. "The government gets suspicious that whoever is meeting is discussing the age limit.
(Dw-World 07/20/17)
Police in Uganda have arrested at least 53 people including an opposition leader, for demonstrating against a plan to amend the constitution and scrap the presidential age limit. Norbert Mao, leader of the Democratic Party, was arrested alongside his supporters as they protested against the planned constitutional amendment. For days now, a clique of legislators from the ruling party, National Resistance Movement, (NRM), has been clandestinely agitating for the removal of the age limit which would give a leeway for the incumbent President Yoweri Museveni to run for another
(Reuters (Eng) 07/18/17)
Three years after he risked his life crossing the Mediterranean Sea from Libya to Italy on a small boat crammed with migrants, 22-year-old Sow Muhammed can hardly believe his luck. The former street hawker from Guinea now works as a caterer in Venice, rents his own apartment, and sends money back home regularly to his mother and siblings in the West African nation. "I am happy I came to Europe, and my family is also happy," he told the Thomson...
(APA 07/17/17)
The Inter-Governmental Authority on Development (IGAD) on Saturday adopted a regional biodiversity protocol and related strategies at the conclusion of a two-day meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Executive Secretary of IGAD Mahboub Maalim said the protocol would help to mobilize resources and create much more cooperation on the issue of ecosystem development in the region. IGAD ministers of environment approved the protocol on biodiversity management, which the Maalim described as a milestone achievement. According to Maalim, regional economic integration in...
(Voice of America 07/15/17)
Five countries in East Africa face dire food insecurity after a third poor rainy season in a row, the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization said Friday. Areas in five countries - Somalia, Ethiopia, Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda - received less than half of their normal seasonal rainfall. "The current phenomenon encompasses an area of about 1 million square kilometers, which is roughly twice the size of France," FAO economist Alessandro Costantino told VOA's Africa division. The extended drought along with a pest called an armyworm has drastically reduced crop yields, leaving millions in East Africa without
(APA 07/12/17)
The United States has pledged an additional $639 million life-saving assistance in humanitarian assistance to Uganda’s refugee crisis, reports said Tuesday. Upon the conclusion of the G20 summit in Germany, and following the June 23 Uganda Solidarity Summit on Refugees, the U.S. government announced this contribution, which will provide emergency food and nutrition assistance, medical care, and protection to the millions of people affected by food insecurity and violence in South Sudan, Nigeria, Somalia, and Yemen. According to a statement...

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