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As it happened: Uganda Today - Wednesday March 13

By Joseph Kizza

Added 13th March 2019 08:22 AM

President Yoweri Museveni meets and holds talks with Kenya's Deputy President William Ruto - and then with MTN Group top officials - on the sidelines of the Africa Now Summit 2019 in Kampala.

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President Yoweri Museveni meets and holds talks with Kenya's Deputy President William Ruto - and then with MTN Group top officials - on the sidelines of the Africa Now Summit 2019 in Kampala.

ROLLING NEWS THROUGHOUT THE DAY

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6:40pm

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  Good evening


That's all for today's live page. A reminder of today's inspirational quote:

“Nobody cares if you can’t dance well. Just get up and dance. Great dancers are great because of their passion.” - Martha Graham

 

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6:35pm

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  PREMIER LEAGUE: Wednesday's roundup


Three games were played on Wednesday, with two of them producing winners, plus a whooping nine goals inbetween.

Juma Balinya was the star man at StarTimes Stadium, Lugogo as he bagged a hattrick to help Police beat Paidha Black Angels in a 4-2 result. The attacker gave the hosts the lead from the spot in the 29th minute and again in the 73rd minute. But his second penalty goal came after Jackson Nsubuga and Yusuf Ssozi had helped Paidha to a comeback and the lead.

At 2-2, the game appeared to be headed for just that - a draw result. But hold on. Paul Willa struck at the death, before Balinya added gloss to a deceptively comfortable scoreline with his third to complete his hattrick.

At Champions Stadium, Mwererwe, hosts Bright Stars edged struggling Nyamityobora 2-1 in a pulsating encounter. Nelson Senkatuka put Bright Stars through in the first half, before adding a second - and his brace - after the interval. And just when the home side were cruising to an easy win, their own Farouk Katongole turned the ball into his own net to bring Nyamityobora back in the game with seven minutes remaining and set up a nervy finale for the home crowd.

But Bright Stars held on for a vital three points.

Meanwhile, at Kakyeka Stadium in Mbarara, Mbarara City were frustrated by Ndejje University, with neither side finding the back of the net.

WEDNESDAY RESULTS:       
Police 4-2    Paidha Black Angels
Bright Stars 2-1 Nyamityobora
Mbarara City 0-0 Ndejje University

 

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6:15pm

Museveni on tackling inter-trade barriers

President Yoweri Museveni delivered a paper on tackling inter-trade barriers at the close of the Africa Now Summit in Munyonyo on Wednesday.

"The first barrier we need to tackle is the strategic conception. How are we going to solve the issue of prosperity? We shall solve the issue of prosperity through the production and sale of goods and services," he said.

"The African leaders need to know that there are two key players in a modern economy: the producer of a good or a service on the one hand and a consumer of that good or service on the other hand.  If nobody buys or consumes that good or service that business will collapse."

(Read full speech here)

 

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6:00pm

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  POLICE BEAT PAIDHA BLACK ANGELS 4-2


Two goals in the first half and four after the interval - with two scored at the death.

A six-goal thriller at the StarTimes Stadium! If you walked away two minutes before time thinking it was to end 2-2, I am sure you heard the celebrations on your way out - and more only seconds later. That's because Police FC managed to score two quick-fire late goals to see off Paidha Black Angels in a game that had looked destined to end in a draw.

 

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5:43pm

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  UGANDA PREMIER LEAGUE: Latest scores


Four goals scored at StarTimes Stadium but Police and Paidha Black Angels cannot be separated. A late winner in the final minutes?

At Champions Stadium in Mwererwe, Bright Stars have just doubled their lead against and Nyamityobora. It's 2-0 here with 55 minutes played so far.

Nothing to show for at Kakyeka Stadium. Hosts Mbarara City are being held by Ndejje University.

 

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5:15pm

Here's a chance for you!

 

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4:48pm

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  UGANDA PREMIER LEAGUE: Latest scores


A quick glance at what's happening in today's three games.

Goals have been scored at the StarTimes Stadium in Lugogo - but it is still level at half time. Police, the hosts, broke the deadlock 30 minutes into the game, but allowed Paidha Black Angels to claw back into the game six minutes later. It's 1-1 at the break.

At Champions Stadium in Mwererwe, it is still goalless between Bright Stars and Nyamityobora.

And the same can be said of the duel at Kakyeka Stadium, where hosts Mbarara City are being held by Ndejje University. Nothing to show for yet here either.

 

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4:25pm

Museveni holds talks with Kenya's Ruto - then with MTN bosses

On the sidelines of the inaugural two-day Africa Now Summit in Munyonyo, President Yoweri Museveni has met and held talks with Kenyan deputy president William Ruto, before also meeting with MTN Group officials, including Group CEO Rob Shuter and MTN Uganda chairman Charles Mbire.

In his speech on Tuesday on the opening day of the Africa Now Summit, Ruto made a passionate call for regional unity, underlining that bickering between member states will only cause disharmony.

He called on President Museveni to take the lead in championing especially regional integration.

 

 

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4:15pm

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  Premier League: Still goalless between Police & Paidha


No breathrough yet at StarTimes Stadium, Lugogo.

We saw three goals scored here just yesterday in the Uganda Cup quarter-final duel between Proline and Vipers. (For those of you who don't know yet, Proline knocked the Venoms out to reach the last-four).

Some goals again, pleeeeease!

 

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3:52pm

Kaberamido district council honours CP Christine Alalo

 

New Vision's Michael Onyinge:


During their session on Wednesday, Kaberamaido district council has recognised the contribution of Commissioner of Police Christine, who was among the 157 people killed in an Ethiopian Airlines plane crash on Sunday.

Samuel Okello, who is the leader of government business and also district vice-chairperson raised the motion to honour the fallen Police officer, who also worked with the African Union Mission in Somalia (AMISOM).

The motion was seconded by Immaculate Ilado, a directly elected woman councillor who represents Kalaki and Kakure sub-counties in the district council.

Okello said Alalo performed her duties diligently and died while performing her duties as assigned by government. "Can we all rise up and honour our sister Christine Alalo? May her soul rest in peace", the speaker of the district council, Charles David Enepu, said.

"Amen," said everyone after a minute of silence.

Okello said they had lost a strong, performing officer in the Uganda Police Force. "Her contribution was not only for Kaberamaido, but it also went up to the continental level and even beyond."

Meanwhile, in Ethiopia, where the plane crash occured, forensic investigators are carrying on with the painstaking job of identifying the dead.

 

Pictured immediately above is George Edward Onya Akunapesa, the RDC of Kaberamaido, chatting with district councillors after honoring the late Christine Alalo.

 

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3:05pm

NWSC launches sensitisation clubs

 

New Vision's Timothy Murungi:


The National Water and Sewerage Corporation (NWSC) continues to experience challenges of water leakages and water theft on a large scale. This has hampered effective service delivery and in an effort to curb the shortcoming, the utility launched Water Community Sensitisation Clubs (WACOSE) that will go to the communities to sentisise communities about water.

The clubs replace the Water Community Communication Clubs ( WACOCO), where local leaders did the sensitisation.

During the launch Wednesday afternoon at the NWSC International Resource Centre in Bugolobi, Kampala, metropolitan clients posed numerous questions about water affordability and sewerage management that the managing director Dr. Eng Silver Mugisha said would be answered further when the decentralised WACOSE clubs start.

Water customers expressed concern about the poor sewerage system around the city that they blamed for the recent cholera outbreak.

 

Veteran physician Dr. Ian Clarke attended the function.

 

 

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2:20pm

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  Teso drying up as charcoal business thrives


 

New Vision's Godfrey Ojore:


Teso is getting parched.

Due to the growing numbers of people living in urban areas in Teso, the rate at which trees have been cut for charcoal burning has left the environment bare. And partly as a result, the weather patterns are changing in a region largely dependent on agriculture.

“Everybody living in town uses charcoal for cooking, but we do not know that the extreme weather conditions we are facing is as a result of cutting down trees that used to attract rain,” says Benjamin Ajotu, the forestry officer of Soroti district.

His warning is clear: the region risks taking a desert form, which humans shall find harsh to live in.

As such Ajotu is encouraging people to plant trees in big numbers.

The largest sack of charcoal in Soroti goes at a fee of sh40,000 and the medium one half the price. This is relatively cheaper than the case outside of Teso. In fact, people from as far as Kampala are flocking to the region to buy the cheap charcoal. In Kampala, a sack of charcoal can go for as high as sh90,000.

“Lightning is one form of disasters that my ministry is battling with. Many people die as a result of lighting because people cut big trees that in the past acted as lightning arrestors,” says Musa Ecweru, the state minister for disaster preparedness and refugees.

The charcoal business is booming in Teso. Men vending charcoal on the streets of Soroti is a common sight.

 

Currently, Teso is faced with prolonged drought that has left several cattle dead.

Farmers have to walk for several kilometers searching for water. Women also do long walks to get water, considering that many boreholes have dried up. And thisis as bad as it can get: Humans and animals are forced to share water spots to survive.

 

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1:25pm

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  Ethiopia cannot read black boxes, says airline


Meanwhile, back to the Ethiopian plane crash developments . . .

 

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Ethiopia does not have the equipment to analyse the black boxes from Sunday's deadly Ethiopian Airlines plane crash, and is considering sending them abroad, a spokesman for the airline said Wednesday.

"It could be sent abroad because there is no equipment to read it here," said spokesman Biniyam Demssie.

The airline's chief executive Tewolde GebreMariam earlier told CNN the black boxes would have to be examined outside  the country, in a destination to be chosen by investigators -- possibly the United States or "a closer country in Europe in the interest of proximity and in the interest of speed."

Numerous countries have banned Boeing's 737 MAX 8 medium-haul workhorse jet from their airspace while airlines around the world have grounded the plane after the crash which killed 157 people.

The Nairobi-bound plane was the same type as the Indonesian Lion Air jet that crashed in October, killing 189 passengers and crew -- and some experts have detected similarities between the two accidents.

Tewolde said Ethiopian Airlines pilots had been retrained on the MAX 8 following the Lion Air crash.

"There is very significant similarities on the two accidents. There are a lot of questions to be answered on the airplane," he told CNN.

 

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1:05pm

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 It's National Sanitation Week


Bon appetit . . .

 

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12:55pm

PRESIDENTS MUSEVENI, MOHAMED ARRIVE AT AFRICA NOW SUMMIT

President Yoweri Museveni has arrived at the venue of the Africa Now Summit 2019 for the second and last day. He is ushered into the gigantic, naturally-aerated tent alongside his Somali counterpart Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed.


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12:48pm

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  Today in the Uganda Premier League


Police will host Paidha Black Angels in the 4pm kickoff.

Half-an-hour later, Bright Stars will be at home against Nyamityobora while Ndejje University will be away at Mbarara City.

 

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12:30pm

Northern village health teams get bikes

 
The health ministry has handed over 150 bicycles to village health teams (VHTs) in the northern region, who offer a helping hand in referring mothers for maternal health services in private health facilities.

Richard Kabanda, who is the acting commissioner in charge of health, promotion, educaiton and communication in the ministry, did the honours.

 

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12:17pm

LDUs to be passed out this Friday

Meanwhile, this Friday, President Yoweri Museveni will preside over the passing out ceremony of local defense units (LDUs) at Kaweweta Military Training School.

 

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12:00pm

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 Spanner thrown in the works

 

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11:55am

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  Court dismisses SK Mbuga's wife bail application


 

New Vision's Farooq Kasule:


Earlier today, the Anti-Corruption Court Chief Magistrate, Pamela Lamunu, dismissed the bail application of Angela Chebet, the wife of embattled socialite Sulaiman Kabangala, also known as SK Mbuga.

Chebet is battling two counts of money laundering and obtaining money by false pretense involving over sh23b.

Chebet and her Swedish associate Heinsoo Sten are said to have defrauded a Swedish company known as Erinar Matsson AB and later transferred the money to her Barclays Bank account.

While dismissing her bail application, the magistrate noted that Chebet, who wore a red dress to court, is a flight risk since she jumped bail in Sweden regardless of confiscation of her Ugandan passport.

 

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11:43am

NWSC holds water baraza

The National Water and Sewerage Corporation (NWSC) is holding a water baraza to account to its customers and elected leaders in the Kampala water supply area.

 
The function kicked off with a march from the Constitutional Square in the city that was flagged off by Kampala Resident City Commissioner, Sarah Bananuka, up to the NWSC International Resource Centre in Bugolobi, Kampala.

 

 

 

 

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11:30am

AFRICA NOW SUMMIT 2019: 'Thorough diagnosis needed' - Rugunda

"Colonialism, slavery and other ills have had an indelible impact on the continent, and for this generation, the challenge is to make a thorough diagnosis and get realistic and sustainable answers to these problems," says Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda, Uganda's Prime Minister.

"Let has think of Africa's stagnation, exploitation and backwardness. All these are there, but why are they there?"

 

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11:20am

AFRICA NOW SUMMIT 2019: Day Two underway

It's the second and last day of the inaugural Africa Now Summit 2019, which is taking place at Munyonyo Commonwealth Resort in Kampala.

Prime Minister Dr. Ruhakana Ruganda opens the discussion by telling the large audience that South African president Cyril Ramaphosa, who had been lined up in the programme, will not be able to attend due to election-related arrangements back home.

'Towards a secure, integrated and growing Africa' is the summit's theme.

Rugunda goes on a discourse of how far Africa has come - right from the time of our forefathers being taken abroad as slaves. He says much such the continent has tried to climb out of its "humiliating" past, challenges still exist.

"Africa is still marginalised, whatever noise we make. Our voice may be there, but it is not felt," he says.

 

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11:05am

Visiting Whitaker 'amazed' by youthful talent

 

Whitaker, who is the UNESCO Special Envoy for Peace and Reconciliation, was received at the WPDI Community Learning Center and addressed youthful peacemakers.

 

 

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10:50am

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  Actor Forest Whitaker in Uganda


In fact, make that Forest Steven Whitaker III.

The American actor, producer and director who famously starred as deposed Ugandan president Amin flew into the country recently and headed to northern Uganda - in Acholi land.

Texas-born Whitaker is the CEO and founder of Whitaker Peace and Development Initiative (WPDI), which describes itself as a non-governmental organization with global scope and reach.

The 57-year-old posted this video on his Twitter page of a group of dancers, with a caption expressing how "it always feels so good to be in Acholi, Uganda".

 

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10:40am

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 Look who's just checked in . . .


Remember him?

 



Yes, I know you do.

Forest Whitaker. The man who played former Ugandan president Idi Amin Dada in the movie The Last King of Scotland.

 

OK, so what about him, you wonder?

 

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10:25am

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  Vipers in shock Uganda Cup exit


Meanwhile, in Ugandan football, Vipers SC were knocked out of the Stanbic Uganda Cup at the quarter-final stage by FUFA Big League side Proline FC.

Proline required substitute Ibrahim Bonyo's intervention deep in extra-time to subject the Venoms to a shock exit and progress to the semi-finals.

The hosts had taken an early lead through Noordin Bunyo, but later saw that cancelled out by Taddeo Lwanga's second-half header from an Innocent Waful dipping cross.

From then on, it was all to play for, but neither side could find the winner within normal time, forcing the duel into extra-time.

And as the game crept ever closer to a penalty shootout, Bonyo lashed in from a cross by fellow substitute Hakim Kiwanuka in the 114th minute to send Proline through the revolving door into the last-four at the expense of the Venoms. Full time score: 2-1.

Proline join Bright Stars FC, Kyetume FC and Express FC in the semis.

 

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10:12am

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 Ugandan MPs in Morocco


A group of Ugandan legislators have attended a conference in Morocco's capital Rabat. It's the 14th session of the Parliamentary Union of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation Conference.

 

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9:52am

Trump, Boeing CEO 'discuss Ethiopia crash'

 

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President Donald Trump spoke with Boeing CEO Dennis Muilenburg on Tuesday about the crash of a 737 MAX 8 aircraft that killed 157 people, an industry source told AFP.

The telephone call took place after Trump sent a blistering tweet earlier in the day that said: "Airplanes are becoming far too complex to fly."

Muilenburg assured Trump that the aircraft is safe and reliable, the source said.

The source declined to say who initiated the phone call or how long it lasted. Boeing would not comment on the call.

Many countries have banned the 737 MAX 8 from their skies following the crash in Ethiopia on Sunday, the second involving the model in five months, but US regulators have stopped short of doing so.

The US Federal Aviation Administration has a team in Ethiopia working on the investigation, but said there are "no updates so far."

"We continue to be involved in the accident investigation and will make decisions on any further steps based on the evidence," FAA spokesperson Lynn Lunsford told AFP in an email early Tuesday.

The European Union, Britain and India joined several other countries in grounding Boeing's top-selling, single-aisle passenger jet.

EU Aviation Safety Agency closed its airspace to all 737 MAX 8 and 9 aircraft, regardless of airline or origin of the flight, saying that, based on preliminary information, "further actions may be necessary to ensure the continued airworthiness of the two affected models."

Boeing said that in the wake of the Lion Air crash in October, it has been working on "flight control software enhancement" to be deployed by April to address an issue that could arise from a faulty sensor.

Muilenburg lamented the latest tragedy, but said he had no doubts about the safety of the plane.

"We are confident in the safety of the 737 MAX," he said in an email to Boeing workers.

 

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9:48am

Trump, Boeing CEO 'discuss Ethiopia crash'

And speaking of President Trump . . .

 

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9:43am

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 Today's airplanes 'too complex to fly' - Trump


 

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As investigators probe the latest deadly crash of Boeing's bestselling airliner, US President Donald Trump weighed in Tuesday with his own explanation: modern planes are too complicated for pilots.

"Airplanes are becoming far too complex to fly," he tweeted, adding that instead of pilots, the planes require "computer scientists from MIT."

"I don't know about you, but I don't want Albert Einstein to be my pilot. I want great flying professionals that are allowed to easily and quickly take control of a plane!" Trump added in a second tweet.

"I see it all the time in many products," the president continued. "Always seeking to go one unnecessary step further, when often old and simpler is far better."

Trump's technical analysis came two days after a new Boeing 737 MAX 8 belonging to Ethiopian Airlines went down minutes into a flight to Nairobi, killing all 157 aboard. 

In October, a Lion Air jet of the same model crashed in Indonesia, killing 189.

 

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9:30am

Loved ones of Ethiopian plane crash victims await closure

 

Shimon Misha flew from Israel to Ethiopia to collect the remains of his colleague, Avi Matzliah, one of 157 people who died when a Boeing 737 crashed just minutes after taking off from Addis Ababa Sunday.

"There is a mother and sister and brother. They're waiting for a body to bury," Misha told AFP Tuesday as he waited with other next-of-kin at the Ethiopian Skylight Hotel for news on the remains of lost loved-ones.

He had gone to the crash scene, a blackened crater with debris scattered around it, hoping to find anything that had belonged to 49-year-old Matzliah, but he was prevented by investigators.

Even though there is no body, "still there are sentimental parts they can find in this mess," said Misha.

He added he was looking for Matzliah's tefillin -- a small leather box containing scripture that observing Jews wrap around their arm with a long strap.

"We hope to find it because it's made of tough leather."

Matzliah had been on his way to close a business deal for telecoms firm Radwin, where he worked with Misha.

Ethiopian Airlines has said Israel had two nationals on board Nairobi-bound Flight ET 302, which slammed into a field six minutes after liftoff early Sunday, killing 149 passengers and eight crew. 

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9:25am

Boeing facing serious consequences over 737 MAX

 

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American aviation giant Boeing predicted in January that 2019 would be a record year for aircraft profits and deliveries thanks to the 737 MAX, an update of its best-selling model.

But now, less than two months later, the manufacturer is going through one of the most serious crises in its history because of two crashes involving one version: the 737 MAX 8.

A growing number of airlines and countries have banned or grounded the plane after Sunday's deadly crash of an Ethiopian Airlines flight killed 157 people, which came after a fatal accident in October of a Lion Air MAX 8 that claimed 189 lives.

What is the 737 MAX?

The 737 MAX, which debuted in May 2017, is Boeing's response to the Airbus A320 NEO, which allowed the European manufacturer to surpass Boeing in the medium-haul market.

It has four variants -- MAX 7, 8, 9 and 10 -- distinguished by the number of passengers they can carry.

The MAX 8 costs $ 121.6 million at list price and last year made up a third of Boeing's profits.

By the end of January, 4,661 of the planes had been ordered, representing approximately 80 percent of the company's orders.

The manufacturer produces 52 of the planes each month, and planned to increase that monthly pace to 57 this year, key to the goal of delivering 895 to 905 aircraft this year, which would be a record.

The model "is perhaps the most important program for Boeing and its suppliers," Canaccord analyst Ken Herbert said.

What changed after the crash?

The Ethiopia Airlines accident has led to the grounding of the majority of the 350 MAX 8s in service, with some countries even banning the plane from their airspace, regardless of where the flight originated.

The United States continues to allow the plane to fly, but regulators have asked Boeing to modify the flight controls, including the stall prevention system called "MCAS."

What about orders?

For the moment, no airlines have officially cancelled any orders for the MAX, but press reports indicate Lion Air is looking to replace its MAX 8 with Airbus.

"All Boeing can do now is devote all its resources to cooperating with the investigators, and... continue to work with customers on any outstanding issues related to MAX performance," said Richard Aboulafia of the Teal Group.

What is the financial impact?

Boeing shares lost more than 11 percent since the accident, causing nearly $27 billion of market capitalization to go up in smoke. It is difficult to estimate the financial impact, but the analysts are looking at different scenarios.

If the Ethiopian Airlines and Lion Air accidents were found to have the same cause, the economic consequences would be minimal since Boeing would just have to roll out the updates to the flight control software and the flight manual already underway.

That would amount to less than $1 billion because the cost of the changes would be about $2 million per device, Canaccord analyst Herbert estimates.

Boeing is aiming for a cash flow of about $15 billion this year.

But if investigators find a different cause, Aboulafia said the cost would be much greater, since it is likely to oblige the aircraft to be grounded for an extended period, and would involve repairs and major compensation, forcing airlines to find alternative aircraft to fly their routes.

That scenario also would undermine Boeing's goal of producing 57 aircraft a month by June.

What about Boeing's reputation?

This crisis tarnishes the image of Boeing, which celebrated its centenary in 2016, as the accidents raises doubts in the general public about the safety of its airplanes, Herbert said.

The company, which also manufactures fighter jets, tankers, aerospace equipment and Air Force One, the plane that carries the President of the United States, is an American industrial flagship.

What happens to suppliers?

In addition to Boeing and its 150,000 employees, many direct and indirect suppliers to the 737 MAX are likely to be affected by the crisis, especially if orders are cancelled.

They include General Electric (GE) and Safran, whose joint venture CFM manufactures the LEAP engine on the aircraft, US companies United Technologies (sensors) and Spirit AeroSystems (fuselage, cockpit).

 

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9:12am

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 Nations, airlines grounding Boeing's 737 MAX


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A number of countries have banned Boeing's 737 MAX 8 medium-haul workhorse jet from their airspace in response to the Ethiopian Airlines crash that killed all 157 people on board.

Several airlines have grounded the MAX 8s in their fleets, but many others are continuing to fly the plane pending an investigation into the crash and possible guidance from Boeing itself.

Airlines still operating the model have been restricted by the airspace bans. Air Canada, for example, was obliged to cancel some flights to London because of Britain's ban on the aircraft.

The Nairobi-bound plane was the same type as the Indonesian Lion Air jet that crashed in October, killing 189 passengers and crew -- and some officials have detected similarities between the two accidents.

More than 370 737 MAX 8s are in service around the world, with nearly 5,000 on order.

 

National bans on the 737 MAX

New Zealand

The United Arab Emirates

Kuwait

Australia

China

All European Union countries

India

Indonesia

Malaysia

Namibia

Oman

Singapore

Airlines grounding 737 MAX jets

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Aerolineas Argentinas

Aeromexico

Cayman Airways

Comair

Eastar Jet

Ethiopian Airlines

Gol Airlines

Icelandair

LOT

MIAT Mongolian Airlines

Norwegian Air Shuttle

Smartwings

Turkish Airlines

 

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9:07am

Ethiopian plane crash - developments

Next up, a look at what is going on in the aviation world, following Sunday's fatal crash involving an Ethiopian Airlines plane just outside Ethiopia's capital Addis Ababa.

One Ugandan, Commissioner of Police Christine Alalo, was among the 157 people killed in the accident.

 

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9:03am

Kooki schools drop Buganda anthem - Mengo reacts

New Vision's Davis Buyondo:


Dr. Prosperous Nankindu, Buganda’s education minister, said they were not aware of the ongoing campaign, adding that she would consult the concerned departments.

Joseph Kawuuki, Buganda’s local government minister, said Kooki is free to promote its anthem as a sign of identity. “That is not a big deal since all counties and clans under Buganda have composed their own anthems."

 

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9:00am

Kooki schools drop Buganda anthem

New Vision's Davis Buyondo:

Kooki officially launched its own flag and anthem about six years ago amidst protests from Buganda Kingdom. However, Ssebyala said Kooki is an independent institution and the move was long overdue.

Fred Kasozi, the cultural institution’s education minister, said the ongoing campaign has enabled local communities and school children to appreciate their history. Baganda parents But the campaign has caused fear among Baganda living in Kooki, who want their anthem reinstated.

They say children’s rights are being infringed on. One parent said her two children, who attend Nezikookolima Primary School, have a right to sing Ekitiibwa kya Buganda because it is what they subscribe to. Damiano Luswata, another parent, appealed to headteachers in Kooki to consider singing both the Buganda and Kooki anthems at school.

While at Kacheera sub-county playgrounds on Sunday, the Kamuswaga pledged to give out more bursaries to disadvantaged children. He urged parents and pupils to always be proud of Kooki and treasure their cultural values.

The Kamuswaga further reiterated that Kooki is among the 13 independent cultural institutions gazatted under the Traditional or Cultural Leaders Act, 2011.

Al-haji Idi Ahmed Kiwanuka, the Kooki prime minister, said Kooki, like other kingdoms, has its leader, flag, anthem, traditional drums, history and other elements that make it independent of any other institution.

 

 

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8:50am

Kooki schools drop Buganda anthem - what they say

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Godfrey Mutaawe, the headteacher of Kirangira Primary School, says it is important to adopt the Kooki anthem and hoist the institution’s flag. He says the institution has done so much to promote education and sports through scholarships.

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Betty Nakalemba, the headteacher of Nezikookolima Primary School in Kagamba sub-county, says that during a meeting, parents and teachers resolved to stop singing the Buganda anthem and adopt the Kooki anthem. She says 97% of the pupils at the school are Bakooki, whose values need to be respected and promoted.

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Leonard Kons, who heads Katatenga Primary School in Kacheera sub-county, says that in the past, they used to only sing the national anthem. He says the community declined to adopt the Buganda anthem and opted for their own (Kooki) anthem.

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Dickson Ssebyala, the Kooki cultural minister, said the campaign is to ensure Kooki values remain entrenched in the hearts of its people.

 

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8:45am

Kooki schools drop Buganda anthem

 

New Vision's Davis Buyondo:


Schools and technical institutions in Rakai have abandoned the Buganda anthem — Ekitiibwa kya Buganda — and replaced it with the Kooki anthem — Ekkula lya Kooki.

This follows an ongoing campaign by the Kooki cultural institution to promote the anthem, flag and history in all schools in the area. The Kamuswaga (Kooki leader), Apollo Ssansa Kabumbuli II, is spearheading the campaign through the cultural institution’s tourism and education ministries.

Currently, educational institutions in Ddwaniro, Lwanda, Kagamba and Kacheera sub-counties hoist both the Uganda and Kooki flags. They also sing both anthems during special events. Kooki flags, calendars, chalk boxes, as well as dozens of exercise books, whose covers have the Kooki anthem, have been distributed.

 

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8:37am

What happened on Tuesday?

It's mid-week. Already!

Looks like 2019 is breezing past in business-like mode. We have got to roll with it nonetheless. So Tuesday was an eventful day, with a lot happening - the inaugural Africa Now Summit was opened in Munyonyo, with President Yoweri Museveni delivering a paper on the type of leadership needed to catalyse Africa's transformation.

There were also clashes in downtown Kampala involving traders protesting an increase in rent fees - plus a whole lot more.

Have a quick read here.

 

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8:30am

Today's Ras toon

Members of Parliament want to create a law to protect Ugandans seeking employment abroad in Asian countries.

 

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8:25am

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 Good morning - Here's today's inspirational quote


“Nobody cares if you can’t dance well. Just get up and dance. Great dancers are great because of their passion.” - Martha Graham

 

 

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The health ministry has handed over 150 bicycles to village health teams (VHTs) in the northern region, who offer a helping hand in referring mothers for maternal health services in private health facilities.

Richard Kabanda, who is the acting commissioner in charge of health, promotion, educaiton and communication in the ministry, did the honours.

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