WFP Buys Food from Acholi Farmers to Feed Refugees

World Food Programme (WFP) has finally begun procurement of food for millions of refugees in Uganda from small-holder farmers in Acholi sub region, more than a decade after it fed residents there. Previously, the agency directly procured food from small-holder farmer cooperatives in Bunyoro, Buganda and West Nile sub regions in Uganda. Three large cooperative farmer groups in Agago, Omoro and Gulu districts are among the first sets of small-holder farmers, who have supplied the United Nations food agency with several metric tonnes of Grade One and Grade Two maize…

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Swedish national commits suicide in Mbarara-Uganda

Mbarara Police in South Western Uganda are investigating circumstances under, which a Swedish national committed suicide in a Guest House. Woldehaimanot Mussie of Eritrean origin ended his life by hanging in his room at Sunset Guest House in Nyamityobora Lower in Nyamityobora Ward Kakoba Division of Mbarara Municipality yesterday evening. It was the cleaner who stumbled on the Swede’s lifeless body and informed management. Mbarara Police has opened a general inquiry file vide Mbarara GEF 21/2018. The officer in charge of Criminal Intelligence and Investigations Department at Mbarara Police Station…

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Salim Were elected Makerere University Guild President

The Forum for Democratic Change-FDC party candidate, Salim Were alias Papa, is the Makerere University Guild elect. The Makerere University Guild Electoral Commission Chairperson, Isaac Kenneth Isabirye, declared Were, elected last evening March 14. Were garnered 3,202 votes beating his Uganda Young Democrats rival, Edward Ssemakula Kinene, who polled 2267 votes. Silver Kent Lwamaza came third with 1528 votes followed by Andrew Julian Taliwaku with 1380 votes, Frederick Chiluba with 776 votes, Samuel Nuwataho 146 votes and Henry Turyasingura 123 votes. A total of 10,725 students participated in the polls,…

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Kabale Municipality authorities ban sand excavation and brick making in Town

Authorities in Kabale Municipality have banned sand excavation and brick making in town as a way of conserving the environment. The authorities say they decided to halt the activities to protect public utilities like roads, water pipes, sewerage lines, road reserves and general environment. The letter also instructs all Division authorities to halt licensing of any activity of sand mining and brick making, unless environment impact assessment report from Municipal or District Environment Officer is issued. The Kabale Municipality town clerk, Innocent Ahimbisibwe says he has also directed Division authorities…

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Pupils Struck by Lightning in Kisoro

A 16-year-old pupil at Kahumure Primary School in Bukimbiri Sub County, Kisoro District died instantly and five others were admitted in critical condition after being struck by lightning. The deceased is identified as Night Pricilla, a primary six pupil and daughter to Evalist Kafuku, a resident of Kyogo Village, Bukimbiri Sub County in Kisoro District. The injured are; Angel Kyarisiima,  Anocianta Nuwamanya, Mathias Turinawe and Illuminate Kyarisiima, all P7 seven pupils and Florida Ninsiima, a  primary four pupil. A teacher at the school told our reporter on condition of anonymity…

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Rukiga teachers protest six months arrears nonpayment

Over 70 primary teachers in Rukiga District are protesting government’s failure to pay them their salaries for the last six months. The teachers, who claim that they last received salaries in August 2017, say they are planning to lay down their tools, until their salary arrears are deposited onto their accounts. One of the affected teachers from Nyeikunama Primary School, who preferred anonymity, told our reporter that they have repeatedly petitioned the Rukiga Chief Administrative Officer over the matter in vain. The Uganda National Teachers Union-UNATU National Chairperson, Zadock Tumuhimbise,…

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Floods cut off Kabale-Kisoro Road, destroy crops in Rubanda District

Transport was paralyzed along Kabale-Kisoro Road following heavy flooding last evening at Haisesero Bridge in Rubanda District. Vehicles could not pass through fast running floods. The flooding triggered by heavy rainfall coupled with hailstones also destroyed several crops including cabbages and Irish potatoes. Also read: Families left stranded after heavy rain destroys houses in Rubanda A caller from Rubanda, during the Voice of Kigezi early morning show “Kanyonza” said School children and teachers were unable to cross the Bridge to their homes and were forced to sleep at their respective…

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Thugs break into Church in Rukiga District

Police in Rukiga District is hunting for unidentified thugs, who raided St. James Buhangizi Church of Uganda Archdeaconry in Kamwezi in Rukiga District and stole Church property worth millions of shillings. The thugs broke into the Church on Sunday night and stole a sound amplifier and a Piano worth 2.5 million shillings and surplices among others. According to the Archdeacon of St. James Buhangizi Church of Uganda, Ven. Ernest Nkwasibwe, they came to know about the incident in the morning on Monday 12 March, when they opened the Church for…

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Children Study Under Tree As School is Destroyed by Storm

Iremera Primary School in Muko Sub County of Rubanda District in South Western Uganda, is struggling to operate, following a heavy downpour that pounded the area on Friday last week and blew off the rooftops of two classrooms and staffroom block. Primary one and two pupils now study under trees in the school compound. The school Head Teacher, Evaristo Kanyonza, wonders how the situation will be by end of the term since the school is financially constrained and cannot even manage to construct makeshift classrooms. The Rubanda District Acting Education…

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ISO Hands Over Suspects in Finnish National’s Death

The Internal Security Organization has handed over to Police five people suspected of having a role in the death of a Finish national Teräsvuori Juha Petteri. The five who have been in detention for more than a month include, Carol Alinda, Faridah Nakaye, Apollo Kyabagye, Musa Nyanzi and Fatima Kabagambe, who are suspected of conniving to end the life of the Finnish investor, who had reportedly travelled to Uganda to meet the head of Internal Security Organization, Col. Fred Bagyenda. Teräsvuori had been arrested on accusations that he had travelled…

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