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As it happened: Wednesday rolling news

By Joseph Kizza

Added 10th May 2017 09:00 AM

Today's latest news as and when it happens.

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Today's latest news as and when it happens.


  • Stella Nyanzi granted bail
  • Kaweesi murder: DNA for suspect's children
  • KCCA clinch 12th league title
  • World's heaviest man goes under knife

Presented by Joseph Kizza (Twitter: @joekizza)

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4.03pm:   Fret not, cheer up!

Well, even if you are all by yourself, you can still delight in your solitude. This Indian boy just knows how to.

That wraps up this live page for today. Will be back tomorrow!




3.57pm:   Caught solo . . .

Feeling kinda all by yourself? Or you just wanna? Whichever the case, just know you "are not alone", as they say. Others were caught by the camera lens in a seemingly similar position. Like:

This man reflected in a puddle as he walks at the waterfront in Kadikoy, Istanbul, Turkey


An Indian ragpicker collecting coconuts from the waters of the polluted Yamuna river in New Delhi


US former President Barack Obama silhouetted as he leaves the stage at the end of his speech during the third edition of "Seed & Chips: The Global Food Innovation Summit" focussing on new technologies for feeding the globe, from agriculture to distribution, on May 9


A Nepalese man photographing an aircraft with a cellphone from a hilltop overlooking Kathmandu, Nepal





3.25pm:   KCCA  team flies to Morocco today

Shafik Ssenoga, New Vision sports writer:

KCCA will miss some of their key players ahead of their tie with FUS Rabat in the CAF Confederation Cup this Saturday.

Midfielder Muzamiru Mutyaba, Paul Mucureezi , captain Denis Okot and goalkeeper Benjamin Ochan  won't part of squad of 17-strong team that leaves for Morocco today.

Mutyaba and Mucureezi are still injured while Okot and Ochan are CAF-tied, having accumulated two yellow cards each. The four players join Allan Okello who is taking part in the Copa Coca-Cola schools' tournament with Kibuli SS in Masaka. Experienced duo of Robert Ssentongo and Vincent Kayizzi are also not part of the team.


KCCA are in group A alongside FUS Rabat (Morocco), Club Africain (Tunisia) and Rivers United (Nigeria)


Douglas Kisembo, Denis Rukundo, Paul Musamali, Timothy Awany,Isaac Muleme,Ibrahim Saddam,Tom Masiko, Derrick Nsibambi,Brian Majwega, Charles Lukwago, Habib Kavuma,Geoffrey Sserunkuma,Noel Nasasira, Mustafa Kizza, Isaac Kirabira, Ivan Ntege, Lawrence Bukenya





3.05pm:   Two vice-presidents for CAF

Now this is something you don't get to see quite often . . .

Kwesi Nyantakyi of Ghana and Constant Omari Selemani of the Democratic Republic of Congo have been chosen as CAF vice-presidents, the African football body said Tuesday.

According to AFP, a statement said the two officials, who had been widely tipped for the posts, were elected by acclamation during an executive committee meeting in Bahrain.

They succeed Guinean Almamy Kabele Camara and Suketu Patel, a Seychellois who quit CAF in March after long-serving Issa Hayatou of Cameroon suffered a shock presidential election defeat.

It was the first meeting of the executive since Madagascan Ahmad Ahmad beat Hayatou 34-20 in a vote for the top CAF post.

Manama, the capital of Middle East state Bahrain, also plays host to meetings of world football organisation FIFA this week.





2.24pm:   Markets stumble after Trump fires FBI director


So what happens when a certain US president sacks the director of the FBI? Stock markets feel the effects, and do well to show it . . .

World stock markets and the dollar wobbled on Wednesday, shaken by overnight news that US President Donald Trump has fired FBI director James Comey.

In late morning European equity trade, Paris dipped 0.1 percent in value and Frankfurt flatlined, while London clawed its way 0.2 percent higher.

The US dollar remained under pressure, having tumbled to a six-month euro low after Trump ousted Comey late on Tuesday.






2.05pm:   Local beach soccer delights in Magogo appointment

Swalley Kenyi, New Vision sports reporter:

Uganda Beach Soccer Association (UBSA) chairman Deo Mutabazi is elated by FUFA president Moses Magogo's appointment to head the CAF Futsal and Beach Soccer Organising Committee.

He says Magogo's being at the helm will help the sport grow even faster in Uganda.

UBSA plans to host its first edition of the Muwanguzi Memorial Cup at Lido beach, Entebbe this Sunday.

"Our efforts to keep promoting the sport in the region will go even further with the chairman (Magogo) coming from within. I expect finances and logistics towards the sport to improve because he understands how we have been operating," said Mutabazi.

Read further HERE







The Makerere University researcher has been granted bail by Buganda Road Court. Dr. Nyanzi's five sureties have been instructed to sign a non-cash bond of sh10m. They will have to ensure that she reports back to court on May 25.




1.12pm:   FIFA corruption fight 'setback' by purge of ethics team


Something more on world football governing body . . .

FIFA's decision to remove its ethics team was a "setback in the fight against corruption", one of those dismissed, investigator Cornel Borbely, told a press conference in Bahrain on Wednesday.

World football's governing body has recommended that Borbely, along with the ethics judge who helped bring down Sepp Blatter, Hans-Joachim Eckert, not be re-elected at the FIFA Congress which takes place on May 11 in the Gulf.


 Borbely also said there were "several hundred cases" of corruption pending.

"The removal means nothing else but the end of the reform process," said Borbely.

"The ethics commission is the key institution of the FIFA reforms.

"We could bring back some trust in FIFA, the ethics committee... was the role model for the whole sports world.

"As it seems now, the work of the ethics committee was inconvenient for functionaries, for FIFA officials.

"The removal of the ethics committee is not in FIFA's best interests... and it's a setback for the fight against corruption," said Borbely.





12.58pm:   FIFA 'to probe Pogba move to United'



Pogba, 24, started his career with the English club but made just three appearances in the Premier League before heading to Italy, after an apparent falling out with then manager Alex Ferguson.

He flourished in Serie A, winning four league titles with Juventus between 2012 and 2016.

Pogba also appeared in the 2015 Champions League final, which Juventus lost 3-1 to Barcelona.

At the same time, the powerful midfielder made himself a mainstay of the French national team.


He made his debut in March 2013, just a week after his 20th birthday, in a World Cup qualifier against Georgia.

He also featured as part of the 2014 French World Cup squad and was named the tournament's best young player.

Pogba's performances at the 2016 European Championship helped attract the attention of his former club Manchester United, under new manager Jose Mourinho.

After a protracted transfer saga, lasting several weeks, Pogba eventually signed for United last August and has so far appeared in almost 50 league and cup games this season.





12.45pm:   FIFA 'to probe Pogba move to Man Utd'



FIFA are to investigate the world-record transfer of Paul Pogba to Manchester United, a source at world football's governing body told AFP on Tuesday.

French midfielder Pogba was transferred for more than £89.3 million ($111 million, 105.2 million euros) in August 2016 from Italian club Juventus.

Confirmation of the investigation came after French media reports said FIFA had opened an inquiry.

It is not yet clear what aspect of the transfer FIFA is investigating.





12.26pm:   Nyanzi fails to stand in court

The bail application hearing of Dr. Stella Nyanzi is continued at Buganda Road Court. But having arrived at court needing assistance to keep on her feet, the outspoken scholar has been reduced further to having to sit in the dock as female prison warders follow the proceedings by her side.





12.15pm:   'Killer' security guard on the run

A security guard who is thought to have gunned down his colleague is on the run, local police say. Peter Odome attached to G-Unit Security Group (GUS) is alleged to have shot dead Augustine Okiira before fleeing.

“When I went there to find out what had really happened, I found the gun abandoned in the compound," said a workmate.

Head over to THIS PAGE for details on this story.





12.00pm:   Mukono security guard 'kills colleague'

Police in Mukono district are hunting for a security guard officer who is believed to have shot dead his colleague.

Details coming . . .





11.40am:   Toyota logs first annual profit fall in 5 years


Toyota has reported its first drop in annual net profit for five years, while the Japanese car giant unexpectedly warned that the cost of customer incentives and a further pickup in the yen threatened to dig further into its bottom line.

The downbeat forecast underscores how Japan's automakers, including rivals Nissan and Honda, have benefited heavily from a slump in the currency in recent years.


But sharp yen gains at the start of the past fiscal year -- largely driven by Brexit and tumbling world equity markets -- took a bite out of Toyota's latest results.

On Wednesday, the Corolla and Prius hybrid maker warned it expected more currency pain this business year, while incentives in the lucrative North American market pushed operating profit in the region down about 35 percent.

Overall, Toyota posted a net profit of 1.83 trillion yen ($16 billion) on slightly lower revenue of 27.6 trillion yen in the recently ended year to March -- more than 20 percent down from a record 2.31 trillion yen net profit the previous year.

Toyota, which lost its crown last year to Volkswagen as the world's top-selling automaker, warned it expects a net profit of 1.5 trillion yen in the current year to March 2018 -- way off market expectations of around 1.9 trillion yen.

Vehicle sales in the past fiscal year ticked up to 10.25 million units from 10.09 million a year earlier.

Unit sales in the key North American market remained flat, while Toyota registered a pick-up in Europe, Japan and the rest of Asia.

Demand dropped in Central and South America, Africa and the Middle East, it said.





11.24am:   'Police needs my leadership'

During his vetting by Parliament for a renewed three-year contract, Police boss Gen Kale Kayihura told MPs in his five-page presentation that the Force needs his leadership "especially at this point when a number of initiatives towards making the Police effective are beginning to bear fruit."





11.20am:   Congratulations in order!


  The Twiteratti were all in congratulatory mood for Police's top chief.




11.05am:   Nyanzi bail application hearing under way

This is at Buganda Road Court in Kampala




10.43am:   Nyanzi arrives at court

Meddie Musisi, New Vision reporter at court:

"A reliable source from Luzira says that Dr Stella Nyanzi got a health problem and collapsed inside a prison's bus that was bringing prisoners from Luzira."


 That should perhaps explain why she was eventually brought in this prisons' pickup





10.25am:   Nyanzi back to court: Students arrested

Meddie Musisi, New Vision reporter at court:

"Police has intercepted a group of placard-wielding students from Makerere University who had stormed Buganda Road Court demanding the release of Dr Stella Nyanzi. Seven of them have been arrested."





10.25am:   Stella Nyanzi returns to court

Makerere University researcher Dr Stella Nyanzi, who is on remand in Luzira Prison, is due to appear before Buganda Road Court for the hearing of her case.

Prosecution is arguing that Nyanzi willfully and repeatedly used electronic communication to post offensive messages to disturb the peace or right of privacy of the President with no purpose of legitimate communication.




10.03am:   Surgery for world's heaviest man

Now the world's heaviest man has undergone successful gastric bypass surgery



The procedure on Juan Pedro Franco is intended to reduce his weight by half



"The surgery was quite successful. But now we have to wait and see how he responds to the (systemic) change. Let's hope everything goes well," said his surgeon Jose Castaneda.




9.57am:   Surgery for world's heaviest man

At one point, Juan Pedro Franco weighed almost 600 kilogrammes (1,300 pounds).






9.57am:   DNA test for Kaweesi murder suspect's children

This man pictured immediately below is Abdu Rashid Mbaziira.


He is a suspect in the murder of Police spokesperson, AIGP Felix Kaweesi. It has emerged that his 12 children who were recently picked by security operatives from his home are to undergo DNA tests to ascertain whether they are his children.

We have the full story ON THIS PAGE





9.42am:   FBI director Comey fired

The search for a new director will begin immediately.


President Donald Trump on Tuesday fired FBI director James Comey, ousting the man heading a wide-ranging investigation into whether his aides colluded with Russia to sway last year's US election.

In a shock move that drew comparisons to the Watergate scandal that brought down Richard Nixon, Trump told Comey the FBI needed new leadership and he was being "terminated" with immediate effect.

The full story is THIS WAY





9.36am:   Trump fires FBI director

This was as brief as it could get . . .






9.27am:   Juventus storm CL final

Meanwhile, Juventus strolled into their second Champions League final in three years on Tuesday, thanks to a 2-1 win on the night and a 4-1 aggregate victory over outclassed Monaco.


Brazilian wing-back Alves's 25-yard strike followed Mario Mandzukic's opener for the treble-chasing Italian champions as any semblance of a contest was snuffed out by half-time.

Teenage star Kylian Mbappe pulled a goal back for the principality club after the break, his sixth of the competition. But the Italian side held on to secure a spot in the final.

They will face either Real Madrid or Atletico Madrid, who playe their second-leg match tonight. Real lead 3-0.





9.22am:   KCCA make it title number 12

If there's one man who has been in phenomenal form this season, it's Geoffrey Sserunkuuma.

The KCCA FC striker took his tally to 20 league goals of the campaign as the Lugogo-based outfit beat Lweza FC to retain the title they won last year. Sserunkuuma is the current top scorer in the Azam Premier League.

Tom Masiko was the other scorer for KCCA on Tuesday.

Full story plus other results HERE





9.14am:   The papers

The vernacular (Luganda) paper also leads with KCCA's winning of the title on the back pages.

There is also news on the 2017 Copa CocaCola Schools Football Tournament.

GO HERE to read the Bukedde newspaper online




9.10am:   The papers

Bukedde leads with a story on Russia, Korea and the US. Military shenanigans?

There is also plenty of stories on Buganda and land lease matters.




9.07am:   The papers

On the sports pages, a picture of Nigerian Sulaiman Akinyemi and Tom Masiko in celebration tells it all. KCCA did manage to successfully defend the league title after a 2-0 in over Lweza FC at Lugogo with two games to spare.

There is also a story on FUFA president Eng Moses Magogo's appointment on the CAF Ex-committee and two other sub committees of women, beach soccer and futsal.

You can read all your papers online HERE




9.05am:   The papers

Today's New Vision leads with a very revealing story on the ongoing investigation into the oil bonus payment to government officials.

The choice for the lead picture is of Inspector General of Police Gen Kale Kayihura walking down the steps of Parliament, wearing a grin over his face for all the obvious reasons.




9.00am:   Good morning

Rise and shine!

I hope you are ready for yet another day that promises plenty of happenings. Keep right here for the latest local and international news as and when it happens. Welcome!


First, a brief look at what today's dailies are saying . . .



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