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Monday, April 9th, 2018


SWAZILAND: Swazi king Mswati 8th wife kills self citing neglect

King Mswati’s eighth wife, Senteni Masango – known as Inkhosikati LaMasango – has died after allegedly committing suicide. She was found dead early on Friday morning, barely a week after burying her sister Nombuso Masango, whose funeral took place last Sunday at her parental home on the outskirts of central Swaziland. The king’s wife is believed to have overdosed on about 40 amitriptyline capsules – widely used to block the long-term (chronic) pain of some rheumatic conditions and treat depression and related disorders. She leaves behind two daughters. The royalRead More

UGANDA: Museveni extols Chesang, Chelangat for winning gold & bronze at Commonwealth games

KAMPALA 9@UG_EDGE) – President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has congratulated Stella Chesang for winning Gold in the Women’s 10,000m finals at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia. He also congratulated Mercyline Chelangat for winning the Bronze Medal in the same competition. “You have done your country proud!” the president said on a social media message. Stella Chesang is the second athlete to win gold for Uganda after emerging winner of the athletics women’s 10,000m final. Chesang beat Kenya’s Stacy Ndiwa in the 10KM women’s category. Ndiwa had been leading for theRead More

CENTRAL AFRICAN REPUBLIC: Gunfire outside president’s residence

AFP – UN troops and an armed group exchanged gunfire during the night near the president’s residence in the Central African Republic, a security source said Monday. The incident in the capital Bangui came hours after United Nations and Central African forces launched an operation targeting armed groups in a mainly Muslim district of the city. At least two people were killed and dozens wounded during the joint operation, according to UN and medical sources. The security source said the exchanges late on Sunday took place after an armed groupRead More

AFRICA: $1 billion in transactions processed on Ecobank Mobile App in Africa

With over 4 million users, the Ecobank Mobile App is available to all, enabling users to open an Ecobank Xpress™ Account instantly on their mobile device LOME, Togo, April 9, 2018/ — The groundbreaking Ecobank ( Mobile App, a single, unified financial services application across 33 African countries, has processed 9 million transactions worth over $1 billion since launch less than 18 months ago. With over 4 million users, the Ecobank Mobile App is available to all, enabling users to open an Ecobank Xpress™ Account instantly on their mobile deviceRead More

UGANDA: Man, 24, arrested for raping 1 year-old baby

KAMPALA (@UG_EDGE) – Katosi police has arrested a 24-year-old man for allegedly defiling a one year old toddler. The incident occurred on Wednesday 4th April 2018 around 5p.m when older children played around the compound. Identified Morris Wangolo, the suspect is a resident of Kisitu Island. It is said that he lured the baby girl into picking a sweet from his room where he allegedly defiled her from. ‘Nawe tokaaba silika’ a Luganda sentence meaning please don’t cry keep quiet’ the suspect commanded the innocent baby as he defiled her innocence.Read More

UGANDA: Journalist Arafat Nduga jailed for impersonating minister

KAMPALA (@UG_EDGE) – Former journalist Arafat Nduga has today April 9, 2018 been charged by the Buganda Road Magistrates court for impersonating the Minister of Energy and Mineral Resources, Eng Irene Muloni. Grace One Magistrate Ms Esther Nahirya charged Nduga, a student of Makerere University with impersonation, obtaining money by false pretence and electronic fraud. It was said before court that in February 26, 2018 Nduga opened a facebook account in the names of Minister Irene Muloni and conned off a one Maria Kanyamugara Shs90,000. Minister Muloni would later issueRead More

UGANDA: URA calls Malaba & Busia posts Uganda main lifeline

KAMPALA (@UG_EDGE) – The Parliamentary Committee on Finance, Planning and Economic Development, has concluded a five-day visit to customs border stations in Northern and Eastern Uganda. The Committee chaired by Hon Henry Musasizi (Rubanda County East) visited the customs border stations of Busia, Malaba, Elegu, Afogi, Oraba, Lia, Vurra and Pakwach. The field visit, which ended Sunday, 8 April 2018, was aimed at appreciating the operations of customs border points and their unique challenges. The fact-finding visit noted that smuggling, under declaration of consignments, concealment of goods is still rife.Read More

UGANDA: Kadaga to buy drums for men who love beating women

KAMPALA (@UG_EDGE) – As districts in the country continue to celebrate Women’s Day which is internationally commemorated on 8 March, domestic violence continues to be highlighted as one of the biggest challenges faced by the rural woman. In Buhweju district where the Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga officiated at the Women’s day celebrations on 06 April, 2018, the leadership said the impact of domestic violence has led to high school dropout rates. Buhweju Women’s League Chairperson, Placida Kamabati said that the girl child is forced to miss school to lookRead More

UGANDA: Gov’t has frustrated me, says Kadaga

KAMPALA (@UG_EDGE) – Speaker Rebecca Kadaga has undertaken to remind government about the need to implement the Maputo Declaration on agriculture financing. The Declaration, to which Uganda is party, requires governments to set aside up to 10 per cent of the national budget to finance agriculture. Kadaga was speaking in Kamuli on 07 April 2018, where she handed certificates to rural farmers trained on best agriculture practices by the Uganda National Farmers’ Federation. “We have tried every financial year to have government implement the Maputo Declaration, but we get frustrated.Read More

INDIA: School bus plunges into gorge killing 27 kids

Image copyrightHT PHOTOImage captionThe bus was carrying more than 40 students when it left the road BBC – At least 30 people, most of them children, have died after a school bus fell into a gorge in a mountainous region of India, officials say.Most of the passengers were below the age of 10, police said. The bus driver and two teachers were also killed in the accident on Monday evening. The incident occurred in the northern state of Himachal Pradesh. Road accidents are common in India, often due to poorRead More