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Wednesday, January 24th, 2018


Winnie Madikizela-Mandela has been hospitalised

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South African anti-apartheid veteran Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, ex-wife of late President Nelson Mandela, has been hospitalized for a kidney infection but is expected to make a full recovery, the Times Live online news site said on Tuesday. Times Live, quoting her spokesman Victor Dlamini, said the 81-year-old had complained of a “loss of appetite” and that “one of her legs was painful”. She was taken to Milpark Hospital in Johannesburg on Sunday. “Upon admission‚ it was discovered that she had an infection that had affected her kidneys. SheRead More

Farmers are planting terminator seeds

DAILY MONITOR – A farmer from Barr Sub-county in Lira District, Ms Dorcus Auci, bought four packets of sunflower seeds from an agro-input dealer in Lira Town at Shs100,000 in February 2017. After planting, the seeds failed to germinate. Around August 2017, Ms Auci again bought sorghum seeds from another input dealer in Lira Town but they failed to germinate. This is the dilemma that many farmers in Lira face because of fake and counterfeit agro-inputs. The Lira Resident District Commissioner, Mr Robert Abak, acknowledges that farmers have been sufferingRead More

Twin car bombs kill more than 30 in Libya’s Benghazi

BENGHAZI, Libya (Reuters) – A double car bombing in the east Libyan city of Benghazi on Tuesday left at least 33 people dead and dozens more wounded, including senior security figures and civilians, officials said. The twin explosions shattered the relative calm that had recently returned to Libya’s second city, scene of more than three years of warfare from 2014 until late last year. The first blast struck outside a mosque in Benghazi’s central Al Salmani district as worshippers were leaving evening prayers. Some 10 to 15 minutes later, afterRead More

Northern Uganda registers highest number of gun related crimes

DAILY MONITOR – Kampala. Lira District registered the highest number of gun-related violence cases in 2017, according to a recent crime report by police’s Flying Squad Unit (FSU). According to the report, Lira District accounted for 18.8 per cent of gun-related cases, followed by Gulu at 10.4 per cent. However, only one case out of 10 gun violence cases registered in Lira was investigated to conclusion, with the majority still under probe. “A suspect in illegal possession of an SMG gun registered on May 2, 2017 was identified and arrestedRead More

Students to learn in local languages

JINJA/KALIRO (DAILY MONITOR). The ministry of Education has introduced a curriculum that will see pupils in lower classes being taught in their mother tongues as the first teaching language before taking on English. The commissioner in-charge-of Primary Teachers’ Training at the ministry, Mr Jonathan Kamwana, said the reason children are performing poorly, especially in Busoga Sub-region, is because teachers lack basic teaching skills. Mr Kamwana made the announcement on Monday during a meeting with teachers and head teachers of Universal Primary Education (UPE) schools currently undergoing early grade reading trainingRead More

Tanzania arrests pregnant school girls to catch men

DAR ES SALAAM, Tanzania (AP) –  Tanzanian authorities say they have arrested five schoolgirls so they can help with information on the men who impregnated them. Tandahimba District Commissioner Sebastian Waryuba said late Monday that the schoolgirls were arrested last week. He says police seek to question two other schoolgirls. The East African nation sentences those who impregnate schoolgirls to at least 30 years in prison. The penalties are intended to discourage early marriages and teenage pregnancies that lead to school dropouts. But human rights groups have condemned authorities forRead More

Museveni orders eviction of Balalo from West Nile

DAILY MONITOR – President Museveni has directed all resident district commissioners (RDCs) in West Nile to oversee the eviction of all herdsmen commonly known as Balaalo from the sub-region. The President says the eviction must be concluded by mid-March, advising the Balaalo to return to their districts of origin. The directive is a fulfillment of pledge he made last year to evict the herders following public outcry. In November, President Museveni, while on a countrywide tour to rally the citizens to support the Land Amendment Bill, said he would directRead More

Kentucky school shooting leaves 2 dead, 17 injured

BENTON, Ky. (AP) — A 15-year-old student killed two classmates and hit a dozen others with gunfire Tuesday, methodically firing a handgun inside a crowded atrium at his rural Kentucky high school. “He was determined. He knew what he was doing,” said Alexandria Caporali, who grabbed her stunned friend and ran into a classroom as their classmates hit the floor. “It was one right after another — bang bang bang bang bang,” she added. “You could see his arm jerking as he was pulling the trigger.” He kept firing, sheRead More

Online attacks against female journalists force many to quit writing

DAILY NATION – The Association of Media Women in Kenya has condemned online attacks on women journalists. Executive Director Marceline Nyambala yesterday said female journalists’ rights must be protected as women faced a challenge because the society was patriarchal. “Digital harassment leads to women withdrawing from the use of the Internet and, in many cases, they have left work for some time. It has also changed the patterns of online interaction by women,” she said during a forum in Nairobi. Ms Nyambala said technology assisted violence against women is onRead More