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Friday, March 9th, 2018


UGANDA: Police arrests man selling Ugandans into slavery abroad

KAMPALA (@UG_EDGE) – Police has arrested one suspect identified as Dean Lubowa Sava a proprietor to one of the fake unregistered companies known as Global Skills International Limited located in Kibuye Opposite MK Biulding claiming to be an employment recruitment agency taking people for work abroad. This comes after over 37 reports of obtaining money by false pretence were registered at Katwe Police Station under SD REF. 47/05/03/2018 Dean Sava a former journalist with major media houses in Uganda is accused of conning his unsuspecting clients sums of money to aRead More

UGANDA: Parliament to close 3 days so Natasha can shoot bush war movie

KAMPALA (@UG_EDGE) – The Ugandan parliament will close down for three days to allow President Museveni’s daughter Natasha shoot a film. The film titled “27 Guns” is a tale of the NRA bush war that brought Museveni to power. According to parliament director of communications, Chris Obore, the shooting of the movie at parliament will run from March 9 to 11, 2018. He says the production company has already sought permission of the house as well as KCCA. The shooting will see more people on parliament road, military fatigue as wellRead More

UGANDA: 14 rapists escape from Kampala prison on women’s day

KAMPALA (@UG_EDGE) – Police is on the trail of 14 prisoners who escaped from Kyotera police station on Thursday as the world celebrated women’s day. According to the report, the incident happened in the morning during a routine cell check. The fled through a hole they had dug in the wall of the cell. Godfrey Babaranda, the officer-in-charge of the station and Musa Kayongo, the District Police Commander, are on the spot for trying to cover up the incident. The prisoners range from abductors, defilers, rapists and thieves. When caught, theyRead More

UGANDA: Novelist Makumbi wins $165 book prize

A Manchester-based author whose debut novel was initially rejected by British publishers has won one of the world’s richest literary prizes. Jennifer Nansubuga Makumbi – who’s from Uganda and moved to the UK 17 years ago – has won one of the Windham Campbell Prizes from Yale University in the US. She will receive $165,000 (£119,000). “I haven’t been earning for a long, long time,” she says. “I really put everything into writing. So for this to happen is unbelievable.” The prize money is more than double the amount thatRead More

UGANDA: OXFAM’S Winnie Byanyima named in G7 women activists

KAMPALA (@UG_EDGE) – Oxfam International Executive Director, Winnie Byanyima, has been selected alongside other 10 women activists to the gender and equality advisory council to the Canadian presidency of the G7 member countries. The G7 [Group of Seven] is a group consisting of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, the United Kingdom and the United States. The council is co-chaired by Melinda Gates of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation which works to help people around the world lead healthy, productive lives. Canada became G7 presidency on January 1, 2018 andRead More

MALI: UN to assess Mali security while Mseveni sends Uganda army there

Mali: UN expert to assess critical human rights picture amid worsening security situation Mali faces a huge security challenge, including the expansion of the activities of violent extremist groups GENEVA, Switzerland, March 9, 2018/ — The UN Independent Expert on the human rights situation in Mali, Suliman Baldo, will visit the country from 12 to 16 March as the security situation and human rights conditions deteriorate. “My concerns during this visit will centre on the establishment of a sustainable strategy to tackle the ongoing serious human rights abuses and violations,Read More

AFRICA: China builds ambitiously on continent as US sounds the alarm

ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia (AP) — The sleek, green-and-white trains glide past the congested, ragged streets of Addis Ababa along the city’s new light rail — built and financed by China. The towering silver African Union headquarters here was built by China, too. So was the new ring road system around the city. And the new railway connecting landlocked Ethiopia to Djibouti. Across the Atlantic Ocean, America has noticed. From Ethiopia to Djibouti, Kenya to Egypt, the United States is sounding the alarm that the Chinese money flooding Africa comes withRead More

UGANDA: Apart from Museveni, the other killers of Kayiira remain unknown

APART FROM MUSEVENI, THE OTHER KILLERS OF DR. KAYIIRA WILL NEVER BE KNOWN By CHANGE OF GUARDS – Tuesday, 18 March 2014 Last week marked 27 years since the mysterious murder of one of Uganda’s leading statesman, Andrew Lutakome Kayiira on 6th March 1987. Suspects Yoweri Museveni and other unknown conspirators. Motive: Political Assassination. Kayiira had been one o the leaders of the anti-Iddi Amin groups during the 1970s. After the fall of Iddi Amin, he was a leading member of the post Amin UNLF government. Following the disputed 1980 PresidentialRead More

NETHERLANDS: Power outage in Amsterdam halts trams, forces museum evacuation

AP – A power outage has hit parts of central Amsterdam, halting trams in the streets and forcing the evacuation of the popular Rijksmuseum. The outage struck Friday morning, according to the website of power network company Liander. The company could not immediately be reached for comment. Amsterdam police spokesman Nabil Ou-Aissa says the outage may have been caused when an overhead power cable was hit during construction work, but that was not confirmed by Liander. He says some 28,000 homes are without power and several tram lines through the cityRead More

KENYA: Raila, Uhuru kiss and make up, hours before Tillerson arrives

It is time to upgrade ‘the software’, Raila tells Kenyans after meeting Uhuru NAIROBI (STANDARD MEDIA) – Mending fences: President Uhuru meets NASA leader Raila Odinga at Harambee House, Nairobi on Friday March 9, 2018. [Photo: Courtesy] ALSO READ: Push to end vacuum in top office President Uhuru Kenyatta and NASA leader Raila Odinga caught Kenyans unawares when they held a closed door meeting at House in Nairobi. Addressing the press on Friday, President Uhuru said that it was time to change the political landscape and focus on moving theRead More