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As it happened: Uganda Today - Tuesday February 12

By Joseph Kizza

Added 12th February 2019 08:29 AM

All is set for the biggest farming exhibition in Uganda, the Harvest Money Expo, which will take place for three days - starting this Friday until Sunday.

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(Photo credit: Mpalanyi Ssentogo)

All is set for the biggest farming exhibition in Uganda, the Harvest Money Expo, which will take place for three days - starting this Friday until Sunday.

ROLLING NEWS THROUGHOUT THE DAY

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5:00pm

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  Good evening


It's a wrap over here. Glad you followed along. Will return tomorrow.

Cheers!

 

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4:58pm

Premier League: Villa 2-0 up at half-time

At Namboole Stadium, hosts SC Villa are leading at half time against Paidha Black Angels, thanks to Pius Wangi's double strike.

 

 

 

Elsewhere, Tooro United FC are level with holders Vipers SC in the five 4:30pm kickoff matches. Ndejje University are also leading against Maroons FC while Kirinya-Jinja SSS are a goal up against Police FC.

LATEST SCORES    
Villa   2-0     Paidha Black Angels
Bright Stars   0-0 Mbarara City
Kirinya   1-0 Police
Maroons   0-1 Ndejje University
Onduparaka   0-0 URA
Tooro United   1-1 Vipers

 

 

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4:43pm

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  Premier League: Villa leading against Paidha


SC Villa are at home and they are cruising - set on taking a 2-0 lead to the break against Paidha Black Angels.

Pius Wangi opened the scoreline after three minutes, before his completed his brace and the hosts' second 19 minutes later.

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4:25pm

Illegal slot machines in Ntungamo

So far, over 50 machines have been impounded and will be destroyed within a month’s time.

 

 

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4:11pm

  Uganda to host 2019 CECAFA Challenge Cup


Uganda has been selected to host the 2019 CECAFA Senior Challenge Cup.

CECAFA secretary general Nicholas Musonye confirmed on Tuesday that the annual competition will return to Kampala after members endorsed the same during a consultative meeting held in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia on Monday.

Uganda last hosted the competition in 2012, where they won 2-1 against Kenya in the final at the Namboole National Stadium in Kampala.

(Details here)

 

 

 

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4:03pm

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  OPINION: Does Uganda have a tourism marketing plan?

 

 

In the year 2015, I watched in disbelief as the Uganda tourism fraternity sensitised us on the impending visit of the world’s best footballer - Lionnel Messi and current and former stars of his Barcelona football club team.

It was envisaged that Messi and the Barcelona stars would then visit Gorilla spots, the source of the Nile and post pictures on his Facebook and the multiplier effect would be huge, considering Messi’s Facebook followers.

They argued that if just a small fraction of Messi’s Facebook followers could visit Uganda, then Uganda’s tourism sector would be on cloud nine. Some of the tourism gurus even said that they had influenced the visit through their contacts. 

(Read full article here)

 

 

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3:54pm

Wildlife and people living in harmony

Ugandans are picking interest in local tourism, says the Uganda Wildlife Authority, ahead of the World Wildlife Day due on March 3.

 

 

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3:43pm

Man killed by mob in Iganga

New Vision's Moses Bikala:

Nine people are being held in connection with the murder of a 34-year-old carpenter.

Ronald Mukama died after being attacked by a mob in Bukyaye village in Iganga district recently. The angry group accused him of stealing timber worth sh50,000.

A Police source said he was beaten, before he was saved by Police who moved him to Iganga Central Police Station. But his condition worsened and was later rushed to Iganga Main Central Hospital.

Apparently, he "fled" from the health facility and returned to his home. A mob reportedly gathered at his home armed with sticks and stones, before attacking and killing him.

Some of the suspects have been indentified as Peter Wampa, Tadeo Ntamba, Farouk Muzeyi, Yakuti Bulolo and Friday Juma.

The district police commander of Iganga, Davis Ndawula, said investigations into the matter are underway, and warned locals against taking the law into their own hands.

 

 

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3:25pm

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 WATCH:


Watch highlights of President Yoweri Museveni's last day at the AU summit in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa.

 

 

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3:10pm

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  Premier League: Kikomeko says Kirinya needs to be clinical


New Vision's Bruno Mugooda:


Kirinya-Jinja SSS FC will out the hunt for a first win in eight matches when they lock horns with Police FC in less than two hours from now.

 

Following a series of inconsistency that has seen them go seven league matches without registering a win, caretaker head coach Abbey Kikomeko has urged his players to gain back their winning touch if they are to survive the drop zone. 

The Jinja-based side made a gigantic step towards their survival with a convincing goalless draw at Onduparaka FC last Saturday, but today's home match against the Cops will provide a true test of their determination keep afloat.

Kirinya have not won a single league match ever since their 1-0 win at Paidha Black Angels FC mid-December.

"We proved others wrong when we picked up a point [against Onduparaka] as we defended in numbers. We are now hoping for a win against Police FC," said Kikomeko in the buildup.

"But we have to be a little more clinical."

Kirinya will be without George Kasonko through suspension and will also miss the services of injured strikers Faisal Muwawu and Dan Ssewava, who both missed the Onduparaka match.

 

 

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3:00pm

Parliamentary Commission appears before legal committee

Earlier this afternoon . . .

The Parliamentary Commission, led by Cecilia Ogwal, appeared before the Legal and Parliamentary Affairs Committee to defend the institute of the Parliament Bill 2019.

The bill seeks to establish an institute of Parliament studies and resource centre for training of MPs, staff and local council leaders.

Chatting with Ogwal in the pictured immediately below is Solomon Kirunda, the legal counsel of Parliament.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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2:48pm

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Apologies, good people. Encountered a technical glitch there. Kept you in the dark for some time there.

 

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12:51pm

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  Premier League: Mbarara City eyeing second spot


Mbarara City FC are on form.

They are unbeaten in their last nine games and could leapfrog Vipers SC into second place with a win today - if Vipers lose against Tooro United.

 

 

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12:30pm

  Minister Baryomunsi presents Landlord and Tenant Bill


 

 

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12:25pm

Minister Baryomunsi presents Landlord and Tenant Bill

Chris Baryomunsi, who is the minister of state for housing, has appeared before Parliament's committee of physical infrastructure to present the LandLord and Tenant Bill, 2018.

This piece of legislation requires an agreement if one is to enter into a landlord-tenant relationship. In that case a landlord is required to provide a copy of agreement to the tenant.

Baryomunsi says the bill also requires the landlord to keep the premises fit for human habitation. The landlord is also required to keep the premises in good repair. The tenant is also obligated to repair the premises on issues such as plumbing.

 

 

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12:10pm

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  Unsafe food a threat to human health


A timely reminder as lunch time approaches.

According to the World Health Organsation:

With an estimated 600 million cases of foodborne illnesses annually, unsafe food is a threat to human health and economies globally. Foodborne diseases in low- and middle-income countries costs at least US$100 billion a year, with this cost exceeding $500m (sh1.8b) for 28 countries, according to a recent World Bank study. Ongoing changes in climate, global food production and supply systems affect consumers, industry and the planet itself: food safety systems need to keep pace with these changes.

The burden of unsafe food disproportionally affects vulnerable and marginalized people and poses sustainability and development challenges. Despite the growing recognition of the fundamental role food safety plays in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the main objectives of the UN Decade of Action on Nutrition, efforts to strengthen food safety systems remain fragmented and the gains, particularly in many developing countries, have been well below expectations.

 

 

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11:47am

Death in Tororo of suspected Ebola case

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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11:39am

Death in Tororo of suspected Ebola case

 

A man said to be in his late 40s, who is reported to have been frequenting neighbouring DR Congo apparently doing construction is said to have fallen sick in November last year.

According to unofficial information, he was admtted at Bunia Hospital and died on Friday (February 8).

'Death certificate issued from the hospital with cause of death as cardiac failure and pulmonary tuberculosis. Passed through official border check point at Padea/Karombo in Zombo district.Talked to the mourners to avoid touching the coffin and not to shake hands till a team from MOH [Ministry of Health] arrives in the morning. All is yet calm.Thanks to support from the district security personnel,' said the communication, whose origin is not known, but has been circulated on social media.

 

 

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11:27am

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 NARO experts to equip farmers at expo


New Vision's Geoffrey Mutegeki:


The National Agricultural Research Organisation (NARO) has lined up a team of experts to train and give farmers information on a number of  latest technologies produced by the research organisation. The NARO director general, Dr Ambrose Agona, said NARO had produced improved technologies such as bean varieties rich in iron and zinc, banana bacteria wilt-resistant bananas, improved cassava, and a number of breakthroughs in seed production.

“We like to see farmers who are knowledgeable about the technologies and can afford them. As a research organisation, we pride in bringing the smartest agricultural practices closer to the people for increased production and productivity,” he said.

 

The NARO experts will also offer advice on acaricides and herbicides, which of recent are a problem due to an increase of fake products on the market. During his visit to Vision Group headquarters on Monday, Agona  decried the many fake agro-inputs on the market, which he said were negatively affecting the sector. He, however, said NARO produces some of the best agro-inputs such as coffee, maize, sweet potatoes, fish fingerlings and animal breeds which were on the market.

“Come to the expo and meet NARO experts who will give you all this information. Thank you for the innovations in trying to make agriculture a business. The quality of your news on agriculture excites me since it promotes development,” the NARO boss said.

Currently, NARO is doing clinical trials for four NARO produced tick vaccines, which are being conducted in line with the World Health Organisation procedures for the release of a new drug.

Vision Group’s, chief executive officer, Robert Kabushenga, applauded NARO for its research innovations and for partnering with New Vision.

“NARO is a strategic institution in the agriculture industry. It has always been our dream to partner with NARO and have their scientists meet the farmers at the expo,” he said.

“Everyone is desperate for information on how to do the best and make the best out of farming. Let the expo be a knowledge-sharing base. Come and meet all the experts, fellow farmers and potential buyers for your produce,” said Kabushenga.

 

 

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11:15am

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 'From the farm to the market'


This year’s  Harvest Money Expo, organised by Vision Group, is themed From the farm to the market.

Access to the exhibition tour is  sh10,000 per day while anyone wishing to attend experts training will pay sh10,000.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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10:53am

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 Harvest Money Expo: Pitching camp


All getting set for the Harvest Money Expo 2019 at Mandela National Stadium Namboole.

The farming exhibition, which is in its third year, will take place for three days - starting this Friday until Sunday. It is meant to create awareness among Ugandan farmers of the best farming practices and business potential in farming.

 

 

 

 

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10:27am

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  Premier League: On-form Tooro host defending champions


Kickoff at 4:30pm:


Holders Vipers SC lost some ground in the title race when they fell to a 3-1 defeat to SC Villa at St. Mary's Stadium on Saturday.

Michael Nam Ouma's side, who are in second and four points adrift of leaders KCCA FC, will be hoping to shake off that disappointment with a win over 6th-placed Tooro United, who will not be push-overs - especially on their home turf.

The Fort Portal-based side are on form, having won four of their last five games.

Better lick your lips, for this  surely promises to be a mouthwatering battle at Buhinga Stadium!

 

 

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10:21am

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  Premier League: A battle of 8th versus 5th


Kickoff at 4:30pm:


West Nile-based Onduparaka FC, in 8th place, have taken the slide, courtesy of a series of poor recent results. They are without a win in their last six games and cannot afford to slip any further.

They will be hosting URA FC, a side that have presided over a mixture of results: Two wins, two defeats and one draw in the last five.

 

 

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10:15am

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  Premier League: Ndejje away at Maroons


Kickoff at 4:30pm:


Maroons FC, in 13th, are only a place above the dreaded drop zone. Victory today would lift them a bit further away from the fringes of relegation.

They will face a side struggling for form. Ndejje University FC have lost 12 times this season - a record they share with fellow relegation zone side Nyamityobora FC. The university side are in desperate need of positive results.

Could today's game provide that platform of resurgence?

 

 

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10:10am

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  Premier League: Police at Kirinya


Kickoff at 4:30pm:


Kirinya-Jinja SSS FC are not having the best of runs lately. Currently sitting in 11th place, three draws and two defeats in the last five does not make for pretty reading.

Can they arrest this poor form against seventh-placed Police FC, who have won their last two games?

 

 

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10:07am

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  Premier League: Mbarara City away at Bright Stars


Kickoff at 4:30pm at Champions Stadium, Mwererwe:


Third-placed Mbarara City FC will be on the road to face Bright Stars FC, who are six places below them (9th) on the log.

Mbarara have enjoyed a spell of good results, winning three and drawing two of their last five matches.

It is a contrasting picture for Bright Stars, who will be looking to arrest a run of four draws and one defeat in the last five games.

 

 

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10:03am

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  Premier League: Villa host Paidha Black Angels


Kickoff at 4pm:


In one of today's early games, SC Villa, who are two places above the relegation zone in 12th, play host to lowly Paidha Black Angels FC, who are anchoring the table.

Villa will be buoyed by their 3-1 win over holders Vipers SC in their last game while Paidha will be hoping to turn their misfortunes around after letting a point slipping through their grasp in stoppage time against Tooro United the last time round.




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10:00am

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  Jam-packed day of Premier League football


It's going to be a busy day of local top-flight football.

Six games in total.

 

 

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9:47am

Plenary back in session at 2pm

Plenary will resume this afternoon at 2pm.

One of the top items on today's order paper will be on the minister of public service making a statement on action taken to reinstate Apollo Kazungu, the commissioner for refugees, and Godfrey Sasasah Wanzira, the director of citizenship and immigration control, to their positions.

Kazungu was suspended in February last year following investigations into claims of inflation of refugee numbers, mismanagement of donor funds meant for refugees, as well as other allegations of corruption. 


 

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9:20am

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  HARVEST MONEY EXPO: Three days to go!


The biggest farming exhibition in Uganda is back . . . and all is set for the three-day event.

 

 

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9:11am

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'Crime preventers were disbanded'


 

 

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8:57am

Makerere comes out on 'illegal pronouncements' by some staff

The university has released a communication on pronouncements by some staff allegedly misleading students and other staff of 'industrial action'.

Here is the collated statement:

 

A section of members of staff have continued to mislead students and members of staff with pronouncements of what they term industrial action.

We wish to inform the University Community, that neither Council nor Management has received an official notice of industrial action as required by Law from any of the staff associations.

This afternoon, a section of the members of staff once again met in the Main Hall and made pronouncements about the continuation of purported industrial action

This pronouncement is made at a time when 85% of the University has returned to normalcy and business is running according to schedule in most colleges except Makerere Law School.

This circular serves to inform all the stakeholders, particularly the members of staff and students, that Makerere is open and will remain open for normal business. All staff, who are carrying on with their official business are encouraged to continue doing so without intimidation.

All members of staff & students are encouraged to disregard the illegal pronouncements by a section of the staff. Staff who haven’t resumed duties are hereby directed to do so immediately. Management will not allow a situation of anarchy to continue while students are suffering.

Any attempts by sections of staff to disrupt normal business at the University will be dealt with firmly. Those who do not want to work MUST allow those who want to work to do so.

Makerere University Managment assures the University Community that Council and Management will address any issues of concern to the staff as communicated earlier by the Chairperson of Council through legal avenues.

 

 

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8:48am

At AU summit, Museveni makes case for African integration

He continued . . .

"They lost the melanin (the black pigmentation in the skin) in their skins on account of their living in the cold climates, with little sunshine, where melanin is not required.

"Africa is the pioneer of civilization. The Egyptian civilization which started around 5200 years ago, around 3000 BC, is one of the earliest civilizations of the human race."

(Read full presentation here)

 

 

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8:45am

At AU summit, Museveni makes case for African integration

 

During the 32nd Ordinary Summit of the African Union Heads of State in Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa, President Yoweri Museveni delivered a paper making a case for Africa's economic and political integration.

"Africa is the origin of man, four and a half million years ago. All human beings only lived in Africa until about 100,000 years ago.  The last ice-age ended 11,700 years ago.  Before that, people could not live in many parts of the North of our Globe.  Therefore, the European Stock (Europeans, Americans, Canadians, Australians), the Asians, the Arabs etc., are all former Africans."

That, there, is how Museveni opened his presentation.

 

 

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8:37am

One of today's motivational quotes

"Success is no accident. It is hard word, perseverance, learning, studying, sacrifice and most of all, love of what you are doing or learning to do."
- Pele

 

Edson Arantes do Nascimento, aka Pele, is  a Brazilian retired professional footballer who played as a forward. The 78-year-old is regarded by many in the sport, including football writers, players, and fans, as the greatest player of all time.

 

 

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8:35am

One of today's motivational quotes

"A dream doesn't become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work." - Colin Powell.

 

Colin Powell, 81, is an American statesman and a retired four-star general in the United States Army. He served as the 65th US Secretary of State as well as 16th US National Security Advisor.

 

 

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8:30am

Good morning

We are fast cruising towards the midpoint of the shortest month of the year.

Hello and a warm welcome to yet another live page. Will attempt to keep you updated with snippets of news happening within - and a little beyond - the borders that form Uganda.

If you are a tweep, don't forget to use the hashtag #UgandaToday

 

 


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