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Former UPDF soldier killed in Bushenyi.

Former UPDF soldier killed in Bushenyi.

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Police in Bushenyi district has mounted a search for an assailant who stabbed a retired Uganda People’s Defense Forces (UPDF-NCO) soldier to death. The deceased was identified as Sarapio Mawanda and a resident of Bucuma cell, Kigoma ward, Kigoma – Kizinda Town council in Bushenyi district. The murder case was reported to police by Natukunda Bridget 28, a resident of Kigoma Kizinda Town council in Bushenyi district. The Police visited the crime scene with a team of detectives together with Canine and Soco whereby the Canine tracked up to about 300 meters leading officers to an open un-occupied room where they found opium seeds and then moved to the gardens of the deceased and stopped behind his hotel. The Greater Bushenyi Police spokesperson SP Marcial Tumusiime confirmed the incident stre...
Refocus aid to community projects opposed to budget support- Mpuuga.

Refocus aid to community projects opposed to budget support- Mpuuga.

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The Leader of the Opposition in Uganda, Mathias Mpuuga, has asked a Danish team to send funding to directly to community projects instead of supporting the Ugandan budget. Mpuuga said thatdirect budget support to Uganda is no longer sustainable until the country fully transits into democracy. “Our people can best benefit from directly funded community projects, not budget support. The trust in the regime is very low. Funds channeled through the regime are eaten before they are considered… if they can eat what is collected locally, what about that which comes from far away?” Mpuuga said He made the remarks while addressing members of the Foreign Affairs Committee of the Danish Parliament who were led by the Committee chairperson, Lise Bech. These are in the country to monitor Denmark’s supp...
Stop excuses it’s possible to get out of  poverty- Museveni to Ugandans.

Stop excuses it’s possible to get out of  poverty- Museveni to Ugandans.

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President Yoweri Museveni has asked Ugandans to stop making excuses and fight poverty that has eaten up most parts of the country. “All Ugandans, stop making excuses. It is possible to get out of poverty. You all can get out of poverty,” Museveni said. While making the remarks in Kiruhura, he said that Ugandans can get out of poverty through four sectors of commercial farming, manufacturing, services and ICT as magic bullets. Referring to the four-acre model of agriculture, Museveni suggested that the four-acre model then comes in handy where one acre is used for coffee, then fruits on the second one, pasture for zero grazing cattle on the other, and then food crops in the remaining acre. “In the backyard, those interested could put poultry, a piggery, and those near water would do fish fa...
Speaker Among calls for policy to harmonize school fees.

Speaker Among calls for policy to harmonize school fees.

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The Speaker of Parliament, Anita Among has called for the establishment of a policy to harmonize school fees in Uganda. Among expressed concerns about the significant variations in school fees charged by different institutions leading to hardships for parents and students during a plenary sitting at parliament. Among said that the current lack of regulation has resulted in schools setting their fees arbitrarily, leading to significant disparities across the education sector beyond what parents can afford. She then called for an urgent policy to complement school fees and promote access to education for all. “The harmonization of school fees would create a level playing field and ensure that no student is denied access to education due to unaffordable fees,” she said. The proposed policy, s...
Buganda and airtel have launched  the 2023 Kabaka birthday run.

Buganda and airtel have launched  the 2023 Kabaka birthday run.

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Buganda Kingdom in partnership with Airtel Uganda, have today launched the 2023 Kabaka Birthday Run which will be held on Sunday 16th April 2023. The proceeds from the annual run will this time be used to support efforts to end the spread of HIV/AIDS in Uganda. The run was launched by the Buganda Premier, the Katikkiro Owek. Charles Peter Mayiga and Airtel Uganda Managing Director Manoj Murali at the Kingdom administrative headquarters in Bulange Mengo. This year’s run will be held under the them “The fight to end HIV/AIDS by 2030” intent on raising awareness and strengthening the efforts to fight HIV/ AIDS pandemic in Buganda and rest of the country. The Katikkiro also applauded the great work of partners like Airtel Uganda who have over time supported culture and made awareness possible...
Tanzania bans children under 10 years of age from boarding schools.

Tanzania bans children under 10 years of age from boarding schools.

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The Tanzanian government has banned boarding at nursery and lower years at primary schools, saying their aim is to give children the opportunity to bond with their families – understanding the traditions, cultures and values of the country. Education Commissioner Lyabwene Mtahabwa says boarding services for children up to the age of 10 will end next month, and they will remain as day scholars until they reach the next grade – known in Tanzania as standard five. She did however say exceptions can be made for pupils whose parents or guardians obtain a special permit exempting them from the change in rules. Ms Mtahabwa says any school found to be violating the directives will face disciplinary measures, including striking pupils from their books. Boarding schools are very popular in Tanzania ...
Huawei to boost digital inclusion in Uganda with digitruck project.

Huawei to boost digital inclusion in Uganda with digitruck project.

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The Huawei DigiTruck will provide free digital skills training for 10,000 people in Uganda [Kirihura District, Uganda, March 8, 2023] Ugandan President H.E Yoweri Kaguta Museveni officially launched a Huawei DigiTruck project in Uganda to provide free digital skills training for more than 10,000 beneficiaries over three years. With the launch taking place at an event celebrating International Women’s Day (IWD) in Kiruhura District, the DigiTruck project falls under the umbrella of Huawei’s TECH4ALL initiative, the company’s long-term action plan for driving inclusion and sustainability across the globe. President Yoweri Museveni remarked through his tweet about the Huawei DigiTruck, “I launched the Huawei DigiTruck project in Uganda. Aproject that will benefit over 10,000 Ugandans in a spa...
2 ladies have been arrested for engaging themselves in sexual activities.

2 ladies have been arrested for engaging themselves in sexual activities.

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Deputy Headteacher of PMM Girls School, Lydia Mukoda, and her partner, Martha Naigaga, have been brought to court on charges of gross indecency and procurement of gross indecency. They appeared before Jinja Grade One Magistrate, Yafesi Ochieng, on Tuesday and were remanded to Kirinya prisons until March 14th, 2023, as neither the state prosecutors nor the defense lawyers were present in court. The charges against them relate to allegations of lesbianism, with Mukoda accused of engaging in sexual activities with Naigaga and others, which is contrary to section 148 of the penal code act. The offense carries a maximum penalty of seven years imprisonment. Mukoda was arrested following protests by parents and former students of PMM Girls School, who accused her of recruiting students into lesbi...
A young man recorded slaughtering ‘karoli’ at Makerere University.

A young man recorded slaughtering ‘karoli’ at Makerere University.

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Youth was caught on camera slaughtering marabou stork, locally known as ‘Karoli’, behind Mary Stuart Hall Dining at Makerere University. The video captured by an unknown source reportedly shows the youth butchering the Karoli repeatedly behind the hall of residence. This activity has raised concerns among students, who fear for their health and the possibility of the meat being sold to them unknowingly by nearby vendors, including roasted meat vendors in areas such as Kikoni and Wandegeya. An anonymous source disclosed that the young man had previously been arrested by the university’s security team for allegedly vandalizing the metallic fencing material of the forestry, which he “sold as scrap”. The young man is said to be known by some students and often sleeps behind Mary Stuart Hall. F...