Minister blames rampart murders on gov’ts delay to conduct LC1 elections

The Minister for Karamoja Affairs Eng John Byabagambi has blamed rampart murders in the country to the delay by government to conduct local council one elections. Eng Byabagambi, who is also the Ibanda South Member of Parliament, was yesterday addressing mourners at the burial OF Janet Beyanga Mukonjo a resident of Kanyansheko, Kagongo division in Ibanda Municipality. He noted that the local council one election, were last conducted 15years, which has increased criminality in the villages, since there are no people to check crime. The minister further appealed public to…

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Police releases names of Accident victims in Kiryadongo

Police have released the names of the 22 victims who were killed in an accident in Kiryandongo District on Friday night, when a Gaaga Bus registration number UAK 562 L collided with a cargo lorry registration number UAT 088 J / UAT 321 M and a tractor registration number UAU 872 M. The bus was traveling from Lira District to Kampala. The incident happened in Nanda village in Mutunda Sub County. Eight survivors were yesterday morning airlifted to Kampala and are receiving treatment at Mulago and Nsambya hospitals. Police has…

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Museveni extends term of the Commission of Inquiry into Land Matters

President Yoweri Museveni has extended the term of the Commission of Inquiry into Land Matters for the next 18 months. This was after the Commission’s initial one year term ended yesterday. In December 2016, President Museveni appointed Court of Appeal judge, Catherine Bamugemereire to head the seven-man committee to probe into land matters but the Commission had been held up for several months due to lack of funds hence starting its work in May 2017. While addressing Journalists today at the National Archives Center in Kampala, Justice Bamugemereire communicated the…

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Parliament to host commonwealth games team

The Parliament of Uganda will today honour “Team Uganda” that finished 15th at the just ended 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in Australia. The director of Communication at Parliament, Chris Obore, confirmed the development to our reporter yesterday. Double gold medalist at the Games Joshua Kiprui Cheptegei, will lead the team, which has not rested since return last Thursday from Gold Coast. On return the team was received by the First Lady and Minister of Education and Sports, Janet Kataaha Museveni, after which they were hosted to a luncheon at…

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Parliament seeks Shs 3bn for 12 new legislators

Parliament is seeking Shs 3.3 billion for the emoluments of twelve more legislators starting July 1, 2018. According to the parliamentary service commission, the number of MPs will increase from 453 to 465 at the start of the of 2018/2019 financial year when new districts and municipalities come into effect. While appearing before the Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee, Usuk County MP Peter Ogwang, a commissioner of parliament, called for allocation of more money to cater for the new legislators. He says although very vital, the money remains under the underfunded…

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Hundreds stranded in Butaleja as floods cut off road

Torrential rain being experienced in several parts of eastern Uganda has caused floods which have damaged bridges and roads. Leresi Bridge on Mbale- Butaleja Road has been damaged making transport along the route difficult. The bridge on River Manafwa, which was constructed in 1960s, was submerged on Monday after a heavy down pour.B Commuters who use the road are stranded. Motorists have been forced to divert to Bunghanji-Budaka District to connect to Mbale town. The most affected sub counties are Himutu, Mazimasa, Kachonga and Butaleja town council. District officials say…

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General David Muhoozi admits to permit special forces to storm Parliament

The Chief of Defense Forces, General David Muhoozi, has admitted that he Okayed the Special Forces Command (SFC), to storm Parliament during the debate on the constitutional amendment Bill 2017. Muhoozi, the fourth witness for cross examination at the Constitutional Court hearing in Mbale yesterday, said he allowed the deployment following a request from the then former Inspector General of Police, Kale Kayihura. Muhoozi submitted that he allowed the deployment Special Forces Command (SFC) soldiers attached to President’s office located next to Parliament, because Kale Kayihura had told him that…

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Papa Were Salim elected Makerere Guild President

MAKERERE. Papa Were Salim, an Independent candidate has been declared winner of the Makerere University guild race. He was followd by Edward Kinene of the Democratic Party. The voting happened on Wednesday and hundreds of students waited eagerly for the announcement of the winner amid ululations. This was happening amid top security as some students had been causing chaos and throwing stones. The two highly contesting sides (Were and Kinene’s supporters) attacked each other on several occasions but police quelled the confrontations without use of tear gas or bullets as…

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Mak To Stop Providing Food To Students

Makerere University authorities have unanimously voted to stop providing meals in the halls of residence, effective June, this year. Currently, food is given to two categories of students, both government resident and non-residents. The university says government students’ number about 6000 with about 2000 being residents at the campus. But, speaking to journalists yesterday, the University Dean of Students, Cyriaco Kabagambe said that the position was reached at a recent council meeting where a report from the Finance and Planning Committee of Council presented findings of the survey conducted among…

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Government orders labour firm to refund medics cash

The government has directed labor export firm, Middle East Consultants Limited to refund medical workers it had planned to take abroad all their monies. The directive follows a botched deal to take nurses, midwives and doctors to Libya for work. The aggrieved medics, represented by lawyer Isaac Semakade from the Centre for Legal Aid, claim they applied for jobs in the Libyan City of Benghazi but they never got, instead they were defrauded more than 200 million shillings by the agency. The health workers allege that they were duped to…

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