Uganda Today - Wednesday March 20

By Joseph Kizza

Added 20th March 2019 07:57 AM

Uganda's football governing body FUFA unveils Ghanaian Samuel Fabin Kwesi as the new head coach of the U17 national team (The Cubs).

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New Uganda U17 head coach Samuel Fabin Kwesi at his unveiling by FUFA president Moses Magogo. (Photo credit: FUFA)

Uganda's football governing body FUFA unveils Ghanaian Samuel Fabin Kwesi as the new head coach of the U17 national team (The Cubs).


Presented by Joseph Kizza






Compulsory land acquisition

Earlier today, lands minister Betty Amongi addressed a press conference on compulsory land acquisition at the Uganda Media Centre in Kampala.

Here are screenshots of her statement:






 Uganda U17: A new chapter






  Uganda's U17 side get new coach

At a press conference in Kampala, FUFA president Moses Magogo has announced Ghanaian Samuel Fabin Kwesi as the new head coach of the U17 national team (The Cubs).

"He has experience with such teams, having coached the Ghana U17 national team. We therefore welcome you to Uganda," he told reporters Wednesday morning.

The position has been vacant and according to Magogo, "we looked for someone who has experience with the young players, a person who has contacts. Currently the market in Europe looks at young players".


The federation has tweeted the list of the U17 coaching staff:

Samuel Fabin Kwesi - Head coach

Nelly Magera Jackson - First assistant

Hamza Lutalo - Second assistant

 Mubarak Kiberu - Goalkeeping coach

Frank Bumpenje - Kits man

Bashir Mutyaba - Team co-ordinator

Meanwhile, FUFA CEO Edgar Watson has confirmed that The Cubs will undergo a training camp in South Africa before heading to Tanzania for the U17 Africa Cup of Nations.

The biennial international youth football tournament will begin on April 14 and end on April 28.









Announcement made during the FUFA special conference.





Scientists discover new infection in TB survivors


New Vision's Betty Amamukrori:

Tuberculosis survivors will have to wait longer to celebrate their victory. A new study in Uganda has discovered a new fungal infection that affects one in 15 survivors of TB, complicating efforts to treat the airborne disease.

The study, done by Gulu Hospital and the University of Manchester in the UK, also shows that the fungal infection is much higher among survivors of lung TB (pulmonary TB), with up to one in four (25%). However, the infection, medically known as aspergillosis, is treatable.

The risk is higher in those with lung TB because after therapy, the infection leaves a cavity in the lungs of one in four survivors, which then becomes an easy target for chronic lung infection. “These patients need to be followed up and treated if they develop the fungal infection,” says Prof.

David Denning, the chief executive of the Global Action Fund for Fungal Infections.

The research was published yesterday in the prestigious European Respiratory Journal. Findings During the study, 398 Ugandans with treated lung TB underwent tests, including chest radiography. Out of these, 285 were resurveyed two years later and 73 of them showed signs of chronic lung infection. Prof. Denning says this new finding could influence TB programmes by helping doctors to identify and treat patients at risk of infection.

Dr Andrew Kazibwe, an expert in TB and also the in-charge of TB community interventions under the USAID Defeat TB project in Uganda, said the new findings add to the study done in Uganda regarding TB, especially its relationship with aspergillosis.

Dr Abel Nkolo, the Chief of Party of the USAID Defeat TB project, said the fungal infection is a common occurrence among TB patients, but there are no studies yet done on it, making this the first one.

He said in most cases, lung TB destroys the lungs, leaving them prone to opportunistic infections. Nkolo said most patients present with chronic bloody cough. The study also revealled that those with the fungal infection present with signs and symptoms such as weight loss, fatigue, cough, breathlessness, chest discomfort and haemoptysis.

The study suggested carrying out routine tests in patients following treatment of lung TB, regardless of one’s HIV status or time of completion of TB therapy. Those suspected to be having the infection should have imaging, preferably with CT of the thorax, to confirm the diagnosis. “We identified new cases occurring up to nine years after completion of TB therapy,” the report noted.

According to the World Health Organisation, TB infections rival HIVAIDS as a leading cause of death. Every year, 80,000 people are diagnosed with TB, yet only 50,000 are diagnosed with HIV/AIDS.





  Parliament's composition: The stats

Here's something for you to digest:

In the 10th Parliament, women MPs make up 34.9% of the House. Only 20 female MPs are directly elected from the constituency, as the majority (26.6%) are district representatives.

The 10th Parliament is made up of:

- 296 Constituency Representatives

- 122 District Woman Representatives

- 10 Uganda Peoples' Defence Forces Representatives

- 5 Representatives of the Youth

- 5 Representatives of Persons with Disabilities

- 5 Representatives of Workers

- 16 Ex Officio Members





  CYCLONE IDAI: 'Inland oceans' created

The impact of Cyclone Idai, which has hit three Southern African countries, is gigantic.





'Being born is like winning the lottery'

'Sustaining the momentum toward universal health coverage in Africa' is the theme for the Stakeholders Dialogue going on now in Kampala.

The focus is on non-communicable diseases (NCDs). Uganda has been at the forefront of advocating for prevention and optimal management of NCDs and this stakeholders forum has brough together participants from 10 countries - from East and Central Africa, as well as Western Africa, Switzerland and Germany.






  Warming up for the big one

Meanwhile, the Uganda Cranes are in Egypt, and less than a week before facing Tanzania in their final AFCON 2019 qualifiers match, Sebastien Desabre's side will play a test match against Egyptian Premier League outfit Tala’ea El Gaish Sporting Club.

Today's warm-up game will kick off at 5pm Ugandan time.

Uganda, who have already qualified for the AFCON 2019 finals due in Egypt, are looking to wrap up the qualification stage unbeaten and with a clean sheet. Regardless of Sunday's result, Uganda (13 points) will finish top of Group L. Lesotho (5) are second, Tanzania third (5) and Cape Verde anchor the group (4) ahead of the final group games.






  FUFA president to address 'special press conference'

Uganda's football governing body FUFA president Moses Magogo is expected to address what the federation calls a 'special press conference' today at FUFA House in Mengo.

The address, which is due to start at 10:30am, will be on "pertinent issues of football in the country".






 You have to fight for it





Today's Ras toon

Authorities at the institutions of learning named in the sexual abuse report are ready to support in investigations.






  Southern Africa's deadliest storms in 20 years



Here is a recap of some of the worst storms to have hit southern Africa in the past 20 years:

Mozambique: Deadly millennium

In February and March 2000, Mozambique's worst floods in half a century leave about 800 people dead, at least 50,000 homeless and two million more affected in a population of 17 million.

Maputo, Gaza and Inhambane provinces are the worst hit. The devastation is compounded by the passage of Cyclone Eline, which also kills 130 people in Madagascar.

In January-February 2013m the southern province of Gaza is again struck by flooding, with more than 100 people killed and 250,000 affected. Roads, hospitals and houses are washed away.

In January 2015, the Licungo river which bisects Mozambique surges by 12 metres (39 feet), killing 160 and leaving 177,000  homeless. In neighbouring Malawi, 28 districts are submerged, claiming 176 lives and leaving 153 missing.

Madagascar: 240 die in 2004

In March 2004 Cyclone Gafilo slams into Madagascar, devastating its north and west, and claiming around 240 lives with 180 people reported missing.

Around 300,000 people are hurt and 305,000 left without shelter.

The island country has a long history of powerful cyclones and tropical storms.

They include Cyclone Geralda in February 1994, which claimed at least 200 lives and affected 500,000 people, and Gretelle in January 1997, which left 152 dead and 60,000 homeless.

Zimbabwe: 2016-2017 floods

After a severe drought, massive flooding in Zimbabwe between December 2016 and February 2017 claims 246 lives.

More than 2,000 people are left homeless and 70 dams destroyed. A subsequent outbreak of malaria kills 150 people over two months.

Africa's worst: 6,000 dead

From October 1997 to January 1998 more than 6,000 are killed in flooding caused by the El Nino weather phenomenon, which pounds Ethiopia, Kenya, Somalia, Tanzania and Uganda.

The three-month disaster starts in Somalia, where 1,800 die and 230,000 are left homeless when the Juba river bursts its banks.

Thousands of cattle are killed in the region, with harvests ruined and infrastructure destroyed, leading to a cholera outbreak and famine.





  CYCLONE IDAI: President Museveni to rally for regional support

The death toll from Cyclone Idai has risen to more than 300 in one of the worst natural disasters to have hit the region.

President Yoweri Museveni has used Twitter to express his sympathy for the affected nations - Mozambique, Zimbabwe and Malawi. He says he will "rally the region for offer support" considering that Mozambique, the worst-hit nation, "has a special place in my heart".

Back in the day, a youthful Museveni - a student of economics and political science who engaged in radical pan-African politics - received his guerrilla training in Mozambique. In his latest tweet, Museveni says Mozambique is the "cradle of my revolutionary struggle".





  Spare a thought for cyclone-hit Southern Africa

Over 300 people are dead and hundreds of thousands are at risk.

Rescuers are racing against the clock to help survivors and the UN are leading the charge to provide aid.


It is four days since Cyclone Idai smashed into Mozambique and Zimbabwe - and its impact is clear.


Emergency teams in central Mozambique are fanning out in boats and helicopters, seeking to pluck survivors from roofs and treetops in an inland sea of floodwater, sometimes in the dead of night.


It's a crisis - and desperate times. Stranded residents are shivering in the cold, like this displaced woman seen in the doorframe of a house in Beira, Mozambique's fourth-largest city.


Air force personnel from Mozambique and South Africa were drafted in to fly rescue missions, while an NGO called Rescue South Africa said it had picked up 34 people since Friday night, using three helicopters.

These locals were seen at a damaged section of the road between Beira and Chimoio in Nhamatanda district, central Mozambique.


Kefas Nyambo is recuperating at Murambi Clinic in Mutare, Manicaland Province in Zimbabwe. He says he was marooned in Chimanimani by floods and mudslides caused by Cyclone Idai in an ordeal of hunger and desperation which lasted for four days. He and others were rescued by helicopter.



President Emmerson Mnangagwa of Zimbabwe toured areas devastated by Cyclone Idai in Chimanimani. Here, a helicopter carrying him is seen arriving in Mutare, Manicaland Province.






 Good morning, here's today's motivational quote

"Always remember that striving and struggle precede success, even in the dictionary." - Sarah Ban Breathnach




Always remember that striving and struggle precede success, even in the dictionary - Sarah Ban Breathnach

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