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Wednesday, January 24th, 2018


Uganda Heart Institute conducts first ever open heart surgery

KAMPALA (DAILY MONITOR) – Doctors at Uganda Heart Institute at Mulago hospital have conducted the first-ever highly specialised open-heart surgery known as coronary artery bypass grafting surgery. Coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) is a type of surgery that improves blood flow to the heart. A team of 14 Ugandan medics on Monday conducted the surgery that lasted about 10 hours and involved harvesting veins and arteries from other parts of the body to repair affected blood vessels around the heart muscles. Dr William Manyilirah, the lead consultant cardiothoracic surgeon, said theRead More

Ex- Uchumi CEO Ciano files KE Sh47m dismissal suit

KENYA (DAILY NATION) – The High Court on Wednesday gave retail chain Uchumi more time to file a forensic report it seeks to rely on in its response to a case filed by former chief executive Jonathan Ciano, who is seeking Sh47 million for unfair termination. The directive was given after Uchumi told the court that it intends to rely on the report to demonstrate Mr Ciano’s breach of contract while he served at the helm of the retail chain. KPMG, an audit firm compiled the report. Through lawyer PatrickRead More

RDC: l’armée repousse une attaque des miliciens Yakutumba à Baraka

  Quelques armes lourdes de Fardc lors du défilé du 30 juin 2010 à Kinshasa. Radio Okapi/ Ph. John Bompengo   English version follows at the end. KINSHASA (RADIO OKAPI) – Les forces armées de la RDC(FARDC) ont réussi à repousser une attaque que des miliciens Yakutumba ont lancée mardi contre la cité de Baraka dans le territoire de Fizi (Sud-Kivu). D’après des sources sur place, les assaillants venus de Dine Mizimu dans la presqu’ile d’Ubwari, ont lancé leur attaque à partir du lac Tanganyika. Depuis des bateaux de guerreRead More

DRCongo becoming prison under Kabila

KINSHASA (Reuters) – The head of Congo’s Catholic church condemned President Joseph Kabila’s government on Tuesday for a deadly crackdown on pro-democracy demonstrators, suggesting his country was turning into a prison. Tensions between the government and one of the Democratic Republic of the Congo’s most powerful institutions has risen as the church has increasingly become a focal point for opposition to Kabila’s efforts to stay in power without a mandate. Security forces shot dead at least six people and wounded dozens more as they fired tear gas to disperse aRead More

Wave of crime overtakes Uganda

KAMPALA (NEW VISION) – A security guard has shot a female guard dead, before turning the gun on himself in Kajjansi Zone A in Wakiso district. Simon Egesa and Susan Nandudu were both guards at Uganda Clays, a building materials manufacturer, and are believed to have had a disagreement. Attached to Ultimate Security Uganda, the security guards were lovers, according to sources. The bodies of the two guards were recovered and placed on a Police pick-up vehicle Apparently, the fight turned ugly when the male guard fatally shot his colleagueRead More

Murdered Case Clinic accountant strikes his killers from grave, victims talk

KAMPALA (THE OBSERVER) – The dramatic sequence of events around the weekend arrest of Abdallah Kitatta and 28 others has renewed public interest in the savage killing of Francis Ekalugar, former accountant of Case hospital, Kampala. Ekalungar’s badly burned body was found dumped in Kajjansi on January 2. A police investigation into his mysterious death appeared to have ground to an unexplained standstill. Using CCTV footage, a source said investigators had reconstructed the last moments of Ekalungar before his kidnap. One gesture of a guard at the hospital raised suspicion.Read More

UPDF: 29 cattle raiders killed in three months

KAMPALA (DAILY NATION) – Uganda’s army said Monday it had killed 29 armed cattle raiders in the porous northeastern region bordering South Sudan and Kenya, in a military operation which has entered its third month. “There have been isolated cases of contacts and clashes between the UPDF (the Ugandan army) and the warriors. In all these contacts we have killed 29, the most recent being Friday January 19, where we killed one (raider),” army spokesman Captain Albert Arinaitwe told AFP. RAIDERS Arinaitwe said most of those killed were from the JieRead More

Like Uganda village drunk, Trump told uneasy truth

THE EAST AFRICAN – In Uganda, the village drunkard plays an important social oversight role. When a person dies in the village, the drunko is deployed. Some “decent” guys buy the drunko booze and then wait for the vigil. Our vigils are an overnight affair, where well-wishers sit around a fire in the compound and the choirs sing mournful hymns. When one song ends, just before another starts, the drunko goes to work. Targeted for censure are close relatives who did not help the deceased with medical bills, especially ifRead More

Oil report for January 23, 2018

OILPRICE.COM – The EIA forecasts that U.S. fossil fuel production will hit record levels in both 2018 and 2019, averaging 73 quadrillion BTUs and 75 quadrillion BTUs, respectively. –    This surging level of energy production is largely the result of soaring oil and gas output. –    Natural gas production is expected to jump to 80.4 Bcf/d in 2018, up 9 percent compared to last year, and crude oil output is expected to average 10.3 million barrels per day, an increase of 10 percent from 2017 levels. Market Movers –    Cheniere Energy’s (NYSE: LNG) LNG exports haveRead More

US Defense Secretary Mattis sees Indonesian forces drink snake blood

JAKARTA (Reuters) – U.S. Defense Secretary Jim Mattis saw Indonesian troops drink snake blood, roll in glass, break bricks with their heads, walk on fire, and more, in a rare military demonstration on Wednesday meant to show the unique skills of Indonesia’s military. Pentagon chiefs are accustomed to seeing foreign forces carry out more routine military demonstrations during foreign travel and, ahead of Wednesday’s event, the press traveling with Mattis was expecting a hostage rescue drill. The ceremony at Indonesia’s armed forces headquarters was far more theatrical, however, even featuringRead More