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Ugandans warned against social media misuse.

Ugandans warned against social media misuse.

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The Minister for ICT and National Guidance, Dr Chris Baryomunsi, has implored Ugandans to desist from the habit of misusing social media platforms. He said Uganda should rather utilize it for developmental purposes. The minister was reacting to the widespread speculations arising from the unclear circumstances that led to the murder of State Minister for Labour Col. (Rtd) Charles Engola by his bodyguard, Private Wilson Sabiiti. As speculations on what triggered Sabiiti to shot and kill Col. Engola continues, Baryomunsi in an interview has asked Ugandans to refrain from spreading falsehood about Tuesday’s incident. “Most Ugandans have resorted to using social media for speculations and this undermines the ongoing investigations. The Tuesday incident is purely an isolated incident that shoul...
Man arrested for stealing items worth Shs 5 million from Mosque.

Man arrested for stealing items worth Shs 5 million from Mosque.

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Police in Mayuge District have arrested a 19 year old boy for stealing from a mosque. The suspect Awusi Mukiibi, a resident from Imanyiro trading center in Imanyiro sub-county, Mayuge district, stole various electrical appliances from Masjid Jamil mosque and later attempted to sell them off to a local trader at a cheaper price. According to police, among the stolen items include; a solar panel, batteries, a sound system, and other electrical appliances. The Mayuge District District Police Commander, Bashir Siriba, says that the suspect is in custody at Mayuge Central Police Station for theft and trespass on private property. He says Mukiibi confessed to the crime at police after the trader reported him upon realizing he was selling expensive items at a give away price. The Imam of the mos...
Finally:Minister Nandutu granted bail.

Finally:Minister Nandutu granted bail.

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State Minister for Karamoja Affairs, Agnes Nandutu has been granted bail by the Anti-Corruption Court in Kampala. The presiding Judge, Jane Kajuga Okuo ruled that Nandutu’s sureties including; MP Nandala Mafabi are substantial and that she presented herself to police upon learning that she was needed. She has been released on a cash bail of Shs10 million. Additionally, she has been asked to deposit two land titles registered in her names and each of her three sureties ordered to execute a noncash bond of Shs50 million as security to ensure her return to court whenever required. She was also ordered to deposit her passport before the Registrar Anti-Corruption Court and barred from traveling out of the country until the case is heard and concluded. This is after the judge dismissed prosecuti...
MTN Foundation built a new classroom block, rainwater harvesting facility at town view PEAS high school in Bugiri district.

MTN Foundation built a new classroom block, rainwater harvesting facility at town view PEAS high school in Bugiri district.

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Town View PEAS High School in Bugiri District has today received a major boost of infrastructure and water support worth UGX 202 million courtesy of MTN Foundation. The school located in Ndifakulya Parish with a catchment of 15 primary schools in Bugiri Municipality, provides access to low-cost quality secondary education to 148 learners. The project was funded by MTN Foundation and implemented through Promoting Equality in African Schools (PEAS), a non-government organisation dedicated to improving access to quality education. Allan Njagala, the head commercial East at MTN Uganda said the new 3-classroom block fully equipped with furniture is meant to provide additional space for new learners. “We at MTN Uganda believe that every child deserves access to quality secondary education to acq...
Am not aware of disappearing files in my office.

Am not aware of disappearing files in my office.

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The Director for Public Prosecutions (DPP), Jane Frances Abodo, has dismissed reports claiming that files of prominent people involved in the iron sheets investigation are getting lost from her office. While appearing before Parliament's human rights committee on Wednesday, Abodo spoke of her shock upon seeing what she termed as a "screaming" headline in a news publication saying that files were going missing. The committee is chaired by West Budama North East MP Fox Odoi. "Actually, I was so shocked to see a screaming headline: files disappearing," said Abodo. "I am not aware of any files disappearing in the Office of the DPP. I am not aware. At least I left [office] about an hour ago and I am not aware of any files...I was also shocked to see the headline." Odoi also asked Abodo to c...
Rwanda floods death toll rises to 130 People.

Rwanda floods death toll rises to 130 People.

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At least 130 people have died after floods and landslides hit Rwanda’s northern and western provinces, authorities say. The rains hit at night when many people were asleep . The five-year-old daughter of Claudette Nyiraneza was among them. “We could not save my daughter under the rubble until morning,” adding that neighbours eventually helped retrieve her body. Local governor François Habitegeko said many houses had collapsed on people. He said that the main roads in the area “are not usable because of landslides”. Rwanda’s public broadcaster RBA reports that the casualty numbers are expected to increase as floodwaters continue to rise. Rwanda’s president offered his condolences to those who have been affected. His statement also added that residents were being evacuated from “affected and...
3 years of Musinguzi at the helm of URA.

3 years of Musinguzi at the helm of URA.

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April 01st 2020 was no fool’s day prank for URA’s Commissioner General, Mr John Musinguzi. He received the instruments of power that ushered him into holding the reins for revenue administration at Uganda’s tax body – Uganda Revenue Authority (URA). While his investiture came amidst turbulent times at the Nakawa based organisation, he has scored major points in transforming revenue mobilisation for the liberation of Uganda’s economy. He set the ball rolling, riding on three principles of Patriotism, Integrity and Professionalism, to create a transformational revenue services for Uganda’s economic independence. URA has consistently registered a growth in revenue collections every financial year. For instance, in FY 2020/2021, URA topped revenue growth in the East African region with a 14.99...
Museveni speaks out on Engola shooting.

Museveni speaks out on Engola shooting.

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Commander in Chief of the armed forces, President Yoweri Museveni has finally broken his silence about the shooting of State Minister for Labour, (Rtd) Col Charles Engola. Engola was shot dead by his bodyguard, Pte Wilson Sabiiti at his home in Kyanja on Tuesday. Sabiiti also shot and injured the minister’s aide-de-camp (ADC) Lt Ronald Otim before turning the gun on himself and taking his own life. Otim is still nursing gunshot wounds at Mulago referral hospital. Speaking about the issue through his official social media handles, Museveni said that the bodyguard killing the minister was a big crime to patriotism in Uganda. “We would have hunted him to exact justice on him. Unfortunately, he took his own life; hence, we did not have that opportunity,” said Museveni. Museveni further said th...
Makerere energy centre launches academy to build capacity in energy sector.

Makerere energy centre launches academy to build capacity in energy sector.

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The Centre for Research in Energy and Energy Conservation (CREEC) at Makerere University has successfully launched the CREEC Academy and the mini-grids for rural development training . The academy has been co-funded by the German Cooperation, European Union and in partnership with E4D, VETToolbox, Strathmore Energy Research Centre, the Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development and the East African Centre for Excellence in Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (EACREEE). The mini-grids for rural development training, which will end on Friday, May, 5 is aimed at equipping participants with the necessary skills to design, install, and maintain solar mini-grids. The new course will cover a wide range of topics, including solar energy fundamentals, mini-grid design, project management, and ...
M7 meets Gen MK movement.

M7 meets Gen MK movement.

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President Museveni has met Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba and his supporters under the MK Movement at State House in Entebbe. Among the leaders of the MK Movement present during the meeting were Michael Nuwagira Kaguta also known as Toyota, Andrew Mwenda, Balam Barugahara, MPs David Kabanda(Kasambya), Lilian Aber(Kitgum district) and Michael Mawanda for Igara East . Whereas details of the meeting are scanty, it is said the president commended the group of its efforts for bringing about cohesion in the country. “While noting the efforts of the group towards unity and cohesion of the country, he spoke to them about the need for patriotism, Pan-Africanism and democracy in the socio-economic transformation of Uganda and Africa,” the State House said. Earlier this year, Gen Muhoozi Kainerugaba slammed...