Officials in jail after Burundi President is ‘roughed up’ in game

Two Burundi officials have been arrested after the country’s President Pierre Nkurunziza was allegedly roughed up in a football match that they organized. President Nkurunziza’s football team Haleluya Football Club faced a side from the northern town of Kiremba on 3rd February. Normally, the opposition is well aware they are playing against the country’s president, and it has been said they go easy in the games, even perhaps allowing Nkurunziza to score. But as the Kiremba team contained Congolese refugees who did not know they were playing against Burundi’s president,…

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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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Rubanda businessman killed

Police in Rubanda district is investigating the circumstances under which a 20 year old businessman was killed by yet to be identified assailants. Anthony Saturday, a resident of Kitwego cell Kacerere parish in Bufundi sub county, Rubandi district was today morning at around 7:00am found lying unconscious along the way, a few meters to his home.  He was rushed to Rugarama hospital in Kabale town, but died on arrival. The Police Spokesperson for Kigezi region, Elly Maate says that assailants used a blunt object to crash the deceased’s head and…

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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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Bukomansimbi Murder Suspects Escape From Court

Two key suspects in the recent wave of murders and robberies that occurred in the greater Masaka sub-region have today afternoon escaped from court. Musa Galiwango and Muhammad Kidawalime had been arrested as part of a group that attacked four villages in Lwengo and Bukomansimbi districts killings five people on New Year’s Day. The suspects had been produced before Masaka Chief Magistrate’s court for the mention of the case before committal to the High Court.  Drama ensued inside a fully-packed courtroom when the duo went on a rampage and suddenly…

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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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Kasese RDC Implicated in illegal evictions

The Kasese Resident district Commissioner, Lt. Col. James Mwesigye, has been implicated in illegal evictions in Kasese district. Appearing before the commission of inquiry into land matters, the Kasese District LC5 Chairperson, Sibendire Bigogo, accused Mwesigye of illegal evictions of Bakonzo cultivators off their land in the villages of Ibuga, Bigando, Nkoko and Rwehingo in Kitswamba Sub County, Busongora County. Bigogo told the commission led by Justice Catherine Bamugemereire that Mwesigye also connived with Basongora pastoralists to grab huge chunks of land. In 2007, Basongora pastoralists from the Democratic Republic…

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Recordings Show Kabafunzaki Requesting Bribe to ‘Kill’ Aya Sexual Misconduct Case

Mohammed Hamid, the AYA Group chief executive officer has today helped the Anti-corruption Court to go through both visual and audio recordings which show Hebert Kabafunzaki, the interdicted state minister for Labour soliciting for a bribe. Last year, the Rukiga county legislator was nabbed by security operatives from police and Special Forces Command (SFC) at 3:30pm at Serena’s Explorer bar after Muhammad handed him Shs5 million. With Shs 50,000 notes strewn all over the table in front of him, Kabafunzaki, sat ashen-faced, unsure of what to do, as detectives gathered…

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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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Parents Demand End to Automatic Promotion Of Learners

Parents in Kabale district are calling for an end to the automatic promotion of learners in government primary and secondary schools. They argue that the policy has led to a drastic decline in education standards across the country because many children are promoted to higher classes, regardless of the inability to  read and comprehend English language and solve simple numeracy equations. Peace Mworozi, a parent from Kigata Primary School in Kyanamira Sub County says that automatic promotion undermines the objectives of education as a catalyst for eliminating poverty and illiteracy…

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