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Sunday, March 11th, 2018


UGANDA: Police arrests two, uproots marijuana farm

Police has uprooted a three acre farm of marijuana in Bulwanyi, Ssisa Subcounty,Wakiso District. Two suspected cultivators are already in custody. The two suspects arrested are Umar Ssentongo aged 28 years, Hakim Kibwiika aged 35 yrs believed to be involved in the cultivation of the illicit drugs and are being questioned at Bulwanyi Police Post. These suspects confirmed being involved in this trade for nearly 7 months and have been having a steady supply market in areas of Kikoni and Kisenyi, Kampala City. They have been charged with cultivation ofRead More

UGANDA: Ex @PoliceUg chief Chemical Ali Kayihura’s 12 years of terror

How Kayihura’s 12 years in police will be remembered By Stephen Kafeero, DAILY MONITOR, KAMPALA When he emerged out of the Parliament’s Appointments Committee vetting room, it became apparent, from sources, that newly appointed Inspector General of Police, Mr Martins Okoth Ochola, was bogged with one question: What did he do as the mess built up in the police Force where until his elevation he served as Gen Kale Kayihura’s second in command? Less than a year before, Gen Kayihura, who was sacked by President Museveni on March 4, hadRead More

BURUNDI: Ruling party names Nkurunziza ‘eternal supreme guide’, ahead of life presidency

AFP – Burundi’s ruling party has bestowed the title of “eternal supreme guide” on President Pierre Nkurunziza, a party official confirmed Sunday, as critics claimed he wants to lock in power for life. “He is our elder, our father, our adviser,” CNDD-FDD secretary general Evariste Ndayishimiye said in a video sent to AFP whose authenticity was confirmed by an official. A party statement issued after a meeting Saturday of the party’s top leadership in Nkurunziza’s native Buye in the north of the former Belgian colony did not spell out theRead More

TILLERSON tours Kenya work funded by US tax payers

Trump administration’s words, deeds on Africa are colliding NAIROBI NATIONAL PARK, Kenya (AP) — On the outskirts of a sprawling reserve of Kenyan grasslands where endangered animals roam wild, U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson lavished praise on an American-funded forensics lab that tracks down elephant-poachers for prosecution, and urged aggressive action in Africa on conservation. Yet earlier this month, the Trump administration quietly lifted the U.S. ban on importing African elephant trophies, to the dismay of environmental groups who said it sends precisely the wrong message. U.S. words andRead More

UGANDA: Makerere University to stop providing food to students

KAMPALA (DAILY MONITOR) – Makerere University authorities have unanimously voted to stop providing meals in the halls of residence effective June this year. The position was reached at a recent council meeting where a report from the Finance and Planning Committee of the University Council presented findings of the survey conducted among students. Food is given to both government resident and non-resident students. The university says government student total to about 6000 with about 2000 residing at the campus. Cyriaco Kabagambe, the Dean of Students at Makerere told this reporterRead More

UGANDA: Regime to block news sites, blogs unless registered with defunct UCC

KAMPALA (@UG_EDGE) – Uganda Communications Commission (UCC), has given online news service providers to register within one month or face a disciplinary action. Godfrey Mutabazi, the UCC Executive Director, said in a March 6, 2018 public notice, that online service providers have been given a deadline of April 2, 2018 to register. This is in accordance with Section 5 of the Communications Act 2013, to monitor, inspect, license, supervise, control and regulate all communications services. “The purpose of this public notice therefore, is to inform all persons currently offering or desirousRead More

KENYA: Former president Daniel Moi flown to Israel for medical care

NAIROBI (DAILY NATION) – Former President Daniel arap Moi has been flown to Israel for a medical check-up. In a statement sent to newsrooms, from the former head of State’s office said Mr Moi has been booked at a hospital in Tel Aviv for a checkup on his knee which has been giving him discomfort. “Mzee Moi is accompanied by his physician Dr David Silverstein and his son Senator Gideon Moi,” the brief statement read. The former head of State has not been in active in politics in the recentRead More

SCHOLARSHIPS: Postgraduate Training Fellowship in Medical Statistics for African Students

Deadline is April 9th and most people will see that as far away but usually the paperwork involved in such applications is quite intense so I would suggest that people start immediately if they are gonna apply for this. Two fellowships, funded by the UK Medical Research Council (MRC) and GSK, respectively, provide support for two years training in medical statistics. For the first year the successful applicants will study for the MSc degree in Medical Statistics at the London School of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (LSHTM). This will beRead More

RWANDA: Lightening kills 16 in Rwanda

KAMPALA (@UG_EDGE) – Sixteen  people were killed and dozens more injured after lightning struck a Seventh-Day Adventist church in   Nyarunguru district in the southern province Rwanda, a local official said Sunday. Fourteen of the sixteen victims were killed on the spot as lightning hit the church in the Nyaruguru district in the Southern Province on Saturday, local mayor Habitegeko Francois told journalists. Two others died later from their injuries at nearby hospital, he said. He added that though the 140 people involved in the incident had been rushed to hospital andRead More

UGANDA: Angry mob beats army officer to death after he stabbed civilian

KAMPALA (@UG_EDGE) – An angry mob in Kabale town beat a Uganda Peoples Defense Forces (UPDF) solider to death for stabbing a civilian. The deceased Lance Corporal Henry Muhwezi was a driver of Operation Wealth Creation (OWC) coordinator for Rukiga County, Colonel Kyomukama Kabigumira. He was  a resident of Nyamirima cell, Rwenyangyi, parish in Kamwezi Sub County, Rukiga district. Muhwezi was lynched while at a drinking place in Kabugarama trading centre in Rwenyangyi parish on Friday in Kamwezi Sub County, Rukiga district. Muhwezi reportedly quarreled with businessman Ronald Byamukama, theRead More