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UPDF soldiers shoot dead 40 cows and injured 50 others.

UPDF soldiers shoot dead 40 cows and injured 50 others.

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Uganda People's Defense Forces (UPDF) soldiers from the 51st Infantry, Battalion 407 have admitted to shooting dead over 40 cows and injuring 50 others in Amudat district, northern Uganda. It is alleged that the animals were grazing at the border area of Naporokoch parish in Amudat district and Korite of Kween district when the group met with UPDF soldiers on patrol. Amudat district chairman Joseph Lobot explains that the young shepherds had driven the cows to drink water from the Kween side where Pokot pastoralists have been banned from grazing. The UPDF confirmed the incident but said that the cows were killed in an exchange of fire between the Pokot armed warriors and the forces. Maj Moses Amuya, the acting UPDF 3rd division spokesperson confirmed the incident but claimed the cows were ...
There is no harm in eating grasshoppers that have been harvested from Ebola-affected districts.

There is no harm in eating grasshoppers that have been harvested from Ebola-affected districts.

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The Ministry of Health has clarified that there is no harm in consuming grasshoppers that are currently being harvested from districts that were placed under quarantine last year due to the Ebola virus outbreak. In an interview, Dr. Allan Niyonzima, the Commissioner for Integrated Epidemiology Surveillance and Public Health Emergencies at the Ministry of Health, stated that unless individuals come into direct contact with droppings from fruit bats or the improperly handled body of an infected person, there is no risk associated with eating grasshoppers currently being harvested from the districts of Bundibudgyo, Kassanda, Mubende, Kyegegwa, and Kabarole, which were affected by the Ebola virus outbreak nearly a year ago. Dr. Niyonzima’s comments follow Wednesday’s sudden influx of edible gr...
Villagers stranded as bridge to health center washes away.

Villagers stranded as bridge to health center washes away.

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One hundred and nine households, with 363 people residing in Acan-lin village, Anyomolyec parish, Otwal sub-county, Oyam district, are in a dilemma after a bridge that connects them to Acokara Health Center II was recently cut off by running water. Acan-lin village is one kilometer from Acokara Health Center II, but between September and November this year, Angolo bridge, connecting them to the health center, was washed away by heavy downpour. Opio Samuel, the LC1 chairperson of Acan-lin village, says the bridge is causing many problems locally and has led to the loss of lives, especially for pregnant mothers who cannot access health services during childbirth. However, Balam Anim, the LC3 chairperson of Otwal sub-county, when contacted, confirmed the challenges with the bridge. He stated ...
Why President M7 rejected Justice Kisaakye’s early retirement request.

Why President M7 rejected Justice Kisaakye’s early retirement request.

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President Yoweri Museveni has declined the early retirement request submitted by Supreme Court Judge Esther Kitimbo Kisaakye. The judge, who filed her application in July of this year, sought permission to retire before reaching the mandatory retirement age. While Supreme Court judges in Uganda must retire at 70, they have the option to voluntarily step down ten years before the mandatory retirement age. Justice Kisaakye requested early retirement at the age of 63. In a letter dated October 2, President Museveni explained his decision, citing an ongoing inquiry involving Justice Kisaakye. The Judicial Service Commission (JSC) is currently investigating alleged comments made by the judge about Chief Justice Owiny-Dollo following the conclusion of the 2021 presidential poll petition hearing ...