Museveni approves the promotion of more than 1380 officer and Militants

President Yoweri Museveni has approved the promotion of more than 1380 officers and militants of the Ugandan peoples Defence Forces-UPDF to various ranks. A statement released today morning indicates that the approval was on the recommendation of the Commissions Board. The most senior among the promoted officers are Brigadier Kasirye Gwanga, promoted to Major General ahead of his scheduled retirement this year, Brigadier Steven Rwabantu, promoted to Major General and appointed Deputy General Officer Commanding Reserves, and Colonel Charles Wacha, promoted to Brigadier and Director Human Rights. The others are,…

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Former MP Kipoi Extradited to Uganda

Former Bubulo Member of Parliament, Tony Nsubuga Kipoi is set to be deported today to face trial in Uganda. He is wanted by the General Court Martial in Uganda to stand trial for treason. Government spokesman Ofwono Opondo has said in a tweet that Kipoi has been detained since his arrest last month by Botswana authorities. Opondo says that Kipoi Nsubuga is due to be delivered at Entebbe today from Botswana following negotiations by Uganda’s External Security Organization-ESO. Kipoi who was arrested in the first week of February is accused…

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Makerere University lecturer suspended over sexual harassment

Makerere University has suspended, Dr Swizen Kyomuhendo, a senior lecturer in the Department of Social Work and Social Administration-SWASA on allegations of Sexual Harassment. The suspension was sanctioned by Makerere University Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, saying it will allow smooth investigations into allegations labelled against him. The University Senior Publicist, Ritah Namisango says that Prof. Nawangwe has also set up an Investigation Committee to handle the matter at hand. She, however, says that the names of the investigation Committee members are withheld, given the sensitivity of the matter. Dr Kyomuhendo…

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Teddy Seezi Cheeye is dead

Veteran journalist Teddy Seezi Cheeye is dead. Cheeye, the publisher of Uganda Confidential news Magazine, was reportedly knocked dead by a speeding boda boda in Nakawa, Kampala today.   Cheeye, 60, has had a controversial career that took him from the newsroom to the Internal Security Organization-ISO where he served as director of economic monitoring. In April 2009, the Anti-Corruption Court convicted Cheeye for embezzling 120 million shillings of the Global Fund and sentenced him to 10 years in jail. He was also ordered to refund 110 million of the money…

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First slot of Kampala flyover to start in July-Eng Andrew Kitaka

Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA) Director for Engineering, Andrew Kitaka, has said construction of the first lot of Kampala flyover is expected to start in June this year. Kitaka says Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA), which will oversee the construction, is now evaluating bids. According to UNRA timeline, contract signing with tender winners is expected to take place in May this year. Kitaka says KCCA representatives sit on the committee that will oversee the implementation of the project. He says after construction, the flyover will be handed over to KCCA…

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Pearl of Africa Tourism Expo opens today

The long awaited Pearl of Africa Tourism Expo has opened today in Uganda. The expo, happening at the Jubilee Park next to the Kampala Sheraton Hotel, under the theme Rediscover the Pearl, A Country Gifted by Nature was officially opened by the Minister of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities, Prof Ephraim Kamuntu. The expo has attracted over 200 international and domestic tourism businesses that will have business to business dealings, in addition marketing to the general public that visiting the expo.  The annual tourism expo, under the Ministry of Tourism, Wildlife…

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NRM sacks 419 workers as cash crisis hits ruling party

National Resistance Movement (NRM) has  fired 419 staff members due to cash crisis. While speaking to the media, secretary general Kasule Lumumba stated that the party was restructuring. “We have issues with payments, this is a restructuring process. We are laying off 132 administrative secretaries at the District level, assistant secretaries and 157 staff members at the headquarters,” she said. However on a good note Lumumba stated that all the affected staff will be paid their respective arrears before termination date sets in. “They will also continue working with us…

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Condom Imports Increase

There is increased importation of condoms by the private sector in the country, the National Drug Authority-NDA has revealed. Statistics from NDA show an increase in the importation of condoms from 154 million in 2015 to 175 million in 2016. This number is estimated to have increased to 180 million condoms this year in the private sector. The NDA Secretary, Donna Kusemererwa attributes the increase to the willingness by users to buy the condoms as opposed to relying on those distributed by government. The Coordinator HIV Prevention, Uganda AIDS Commission,…

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Court Orders ISO to Produce Etukuri Dead or Alive

The High Court Civil Division has ordered the Director General of Internal Security Organization-ISO, Fred Kaka Bagyenda to produce New Vision Crime reporter, Charles Etukuri in court on Monday next week, dead or alive. The Deputy Registrar of the High Court Civil Division, Alex Kauju made the directive, yesterday, afternoon. It follows an application for a habeous Corpus filed by the New Vision legal department backed with an affidavit sworn by Jimmy Ariko, an employee of New Vision following the mysterious arrest of Etukuri and their failure to locate him.…

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Museveni Rejects Calls to Increase Funding to Agriculture

President, Yoweri Museveni has rejected calls by activists and farmers to increase the funding to the agriculture sector by 10 percent in the national budget. In the 2017/18 financial year budget, government allocated the Agriculture sector 828 billion shillings out of the 29 trillion shillings National budget representing 3.8 per cent. However, activists, Members of Parliament and farmers are pushing government to increase the agriculture budget on grounds that it employs majority of Ugandans. But, Museveni says that such targets are unrealistic and are always pushed by self-seekers employed by…

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