Speaker Rebecca Kadaga is "making steady progress" at a hospital in Nairobi, her deputy Jacob Oulanyah tells Parliament.
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Wakiso Giants team doctor dies after stroke
FUFA Big League side Wakiso Giants FC have announced the death of their team doctor, Jackson Walugembe, who failed to recover from a stroke he suffered Thursday last week.
"A very sad morning at our club", tweeted the club Tuesday.
Walugembe played for Link Marketing Board as goalkeeper in 1976 and then for KCC from 1979 until 1981.
In 1983, he joined Pepsi Cola FC as a coach player, before joining Wandegeya FC as a coach in 1992. From 1994 until 2007, Walugembe worked as a physiotherapist at KCC. He also worked at URA FC, Proline FC and the national team (Uganda Cranes) as physiotherapist.
Since 2018 until the time of his death on Monday, Walugembe has been the physiotherapist at Wakiso Giants.
A very sad morning at our club. Our Doctor Jack Walugembe passes on after failure to recover from a stroke suffered last Thursday.— Wakiso Giants FC (@WakisoGiantsFC) March 26, 2019
Burial arrangements will be communicated!
May his Soul Rest in Eternal Peace 🙇🙇 pic.twitter.com/7XTpnvTUnG
WATCH: Cubs undergo training under new head coach
Uganda U17 National Team (Cubs) training under the stewardship of Head coach Paa Samuel Kwesi Fabin at FUFA Technical Centre, Njeru.@CAF_Online @MosesMagogo @EdgarSWatson @EstherMusoke @AhmedMarsha @HumphreyManduW1 @NTEGEPatrick2 @Seb_Desabre @UgandaCranes @masindeonyango pic.twitter.com/ylp1Os2Rj9— FUFA (@OfficialFUFA) March 26, 2019
Tooro Utd edge BUL - now level on points
Make that two wins from today's two-match action.
Allan Kayiwa's early strike helps Tooro United FC past BUL FC at Buhinga Stadium in Fort Portal.
Victory has lifted the Soccer Jaguars to the same level with BUL, with both sides on 36 points. BUL have a slightly better goal difference and the Jinja-based side are in fifth while Tooro United leapfrog Onduparaka FC to settle in sixth.
URA beat Express 1-0 to climb to 3rd
In the StarTimes Uganda Premier League, URA FC edged Express FC at Mandela National Stadium, Namboole, with Ronald Kigongo's 77th-minute strike the difference.
Tuesday's victory - a fourth in the last five games - means that Sam Ssimbwa's side climb into third place, three points behind Vipers SC and seven adrift of leaders KCCA FC.
But George Ssimwogerere's side remain in the bottom half of the table, in 11th - and nine points above safety, with six games left.
Minister speaks out on 'assassination attempt'
Aidah Nantaba, the Minister of State for ICT, has in detail provided her version of what transpired on the day she survived an alleged attempt on her life. That was Sunday.
On the 12th of March, I suspended my son and driver Isaac who had been reported by residents of Kayunga that he was in company of people I had suspended from my political Camp.... I then requested the PS to allow Yasin one of the drivers at the Ministry to drive me to Kyankwanzi. But before the retreat ended, I had to leave for Kayunga to mobilize the residents to attend the Isimba HHP Dam commissioning.....and by last Friday, Yasin was evidently tired. He then requested to go home which I allowed bcoz Saturday is a SABBATH/Resting DAY. On Sunday morning at around 10am I asked my bodyguard to drive me back to Kampala....so we set off....
(Read her full account here)
POLICE ARREST TWO EGYPTIAN NATIONALS
Here is the statement that the Police Force has posted on its Twitter page a little while ago:
Statement from Gulu. pic.twitter.com/NRnsHfOage— Uganda Police Force (@PoliceUg) March 26, 2019
POLICE ARREST TWO EGYPTIAN NATIONALS
"The two were arrested with the help of neighbouring community," says a Police statement.
Details coming up . . .
GOAL - Tooro United
Tooro United take an early lead on home turf, thanks to Allan Kayiwa's strike eight minutes into the game.
Tooro United 1 BUL 0
Meanwhile, it is half time - and goalless - in the earlier game between URA and Express.
Uganda Premier League: No goals yet in today's games
The StarTimes Uganda Premier League has resumed today after the international break.
But in today's only matches, no goals have been registered yet. At Namboole Stadium, URA FC are being held at bay by Express FC as half time approaches.
At Buhinga Stadium in Fort Portal, hosts Tooro United have had early chances against BUL in the later kickoff - but five minutes into the opening half, it remains nil-nil.
Make promises that you can keep
RELATIONSHIP TIP— New Vision UGANDA (@newvisionwire) March 26, 2019
Make promises that you really can keep.
Say things that you want to follow through with out loud. It’ll make you work harder to make them happen. Set reasonable expectations to have a healthyb and strong relationship.
Source: https://t.co/YiWiT9YSc6 pic.twitter.com/FprCcenW3Y
HIV and AIDS & GBV financing report launched
HIV and AIDS activists have launched a report by Uganda AIDS Commission.
It is titled “Financing HIV and AIDS and gender-based Violence in infrastructure projects in Uganda at Protea Hotel in Kampaal. It intends to help government explore ways of raising domestic revenue to finance HIV and AIDS and gender-based violence.
A new look in the heart of Mbarara!
Down west . . .
(1959-2019): Renuka Pillay memorial held in Kampala
A memorial ceremony has been held for Renuka Pillay at Pearl of Africa Hotel in Kampala. The South African of Indian origin, described as a multi-talented education specialist and activist for social change in Africa, greatly contributed to the education system in Uganda.
For example, she helped implement President Yoweri Museveni's directive to the threat of HIV and AIDS facing young people in primary and post-primary schools.
Several people attended her memorial, including First Lady Janet Museveni, who is the Minister of Education and Sports.
Crisis? Says who?
Kadaga 'making steady progress'
Plenary has resumed, with Deputy Speaker Jacob Oulanyah chairing the session.
Parliament has tweeted, saying that Oulanyah has told the House the Speaker, Rebecca Kadaga, is "making steady progress" in the Kenyan capital Nairobi, where she is admitted at Aga Khan Hospital.
She was flown to Nairobi after falling ill following a "hectic work schedule [abroad], fatigue and jetlag".
#PlenaryUg The Deputy Speaker informs the House that the Speaker @RebeccaKadagaUG who is admitted at Aga Khan Hospital in Nairobi is making steady progress. @JacobOulanyah also condemns sections of the media that have carried false information on her health.— Parliament of Uganda (@Parliament_Ug) March 26, 2019
Parliament Health Week: 'Regular medical checkups key'
Clearly, Parliament has been a beehive of activity this morning.
The Parliament Health Week, like I reported earlier on this live page, got underway today, with an early morning aerobics session facilitated by musician Ragga Dee (Daniel Kazibwe) and kickboxer Moses Golola.
Parliament called on MPs, its staff and other Ugandans to prioritise prevention of diseases other than cure. The Commissioner of Parliament, MP Peter Ogwang (Usuk County), called on Ugandans to go for regular medical checkups, including HIV/AIDS status checks, as well as for circumcision, reports New Vision's Timothy Murungi.
Ogwang said legislators should also adopt active lives and engage in exercises and sports.
In the picture below, MP Ogwang receives a donation of blood pressure equipment for colleagues. Parliament got 143 machines from New Delhi-based BLK Super Speciality Hospital.
Discussing malaria burden
Told you that Oulanyah has had a super busy day so far . . .
The Deputy Speaker of Parliament also met with the president of the US Global Malaria Consortium to discuss the malaria burden in Uganda, challenges and how to curb them, reports New Vision's Timothy Murungi.
Pictured below is Oulanyah meeting with Dr. Ken Stanley, the Consortium co-ordinator and Colette Marcellin, the charge d' affaires of the US Embassy.
On his part, Oulanyah called on the US to give more funds and focus in the eradication of malaria, and not just control. He admitted that Uganda's resource envelope is too meagre to handle malaria elimination - let alone reduce incidences.
Minister Kyambadde appears before Parliament committee
|New Vision's Timothy Murungi:|
The Select Committee on Payment of South Sudan traders has met trade minister Amelia Kyambadde and a team from her ministry.
The committee is probing why the some traders are not yet paid, eight years down the road and why verification is taking years. Many Ugandan traders lost goods when South Sudan got embroiled in civil unrest.
Committee chairperson MP Ann Maria Nankabirwa (Kyankwanzi Woman) and MP Mathias Mpuuga (Masaka Municipality) are leading the inquiry.
Deputy Speaker meets Libyan delegation
Earlier today, the Deputy Speaker of Parliament Jacob Oulanyah met with a delegation from Libya headed by Dr. Jamal El-Barag.
The group is in Uganda to "seek investment opportunities and explore ways to rekindle the close relationship that Uganda and Libya once shared".
"Uganda and Libya share deep roots and our history dates back; so it’s only right that we work together to strengthen our social and economic ties. I welcome them to Uganda and look forward to our countries finding solid solutions to our common problems," tweeted Oulanyah.
It's been a busy Tuesday for the Deputy Speaker of Parliament . . .
Met with a group of traders; the Kampala Arcades Traders Association(KATA) who have petitioned Parliament to compel the Attorney General to inform traders who the right Owner of the two Arcades Located at Fomer Buganda Bus Park to streamline their trade and business operations pic.twitter.com/g9DXeLMtvw— Jacob Oulanyah (@JacobOulanyah) March 26, 2019
Triumph from across the border
Peter Tabichi, a Kenyan math and physics teacher, won the $1 million Varkey Foundation Global Teacher Prize at a star-studded event in Dubai Sunday.
He said the prize showed that “teachers matter” and that “teaching is a noble profession”.
Celebrating Chrisitine Alalo's life
At All Saints Cathedral, Nakasero.
Celebrating Chrisitine Alalo's life
The Comissioner of Police was on the illfated Ethiopian Airline plane that crashed on March 10, killing all the 157 people on board.
Alalo was the acting Police Commissioner of the African Mission in Somalia (AMISOM) at the time of her death.
Uganda Police celebrating the life of the late Alalo Christine at all saints cathedral nakasero pic.twitter.com/W66b89bj0R— Uganda Police Force (@PoliceUg) March 26, 2019
During the Pretoria conference, host president Cyril Ramaphosa says: "We are here to deliberate on the way in which we can use our respective positions with UN and AU to advocate for the urgent implementation of all the UNSC and AU decisions on Western Sahara, including the holding of a referendum."
This conference, he says, "reflects our commitment, as the countries of Africa, supported by our friends in the international community, to call for a just, acceptable and lasting solution to the situation in Western Sahara".
In solidarity with Sahrawi
The summit is going on in Pretoria, South Africa and President Yoweri Museveni is attending.
His South African counterpart Cyril Ramaphosa has tweeted this today:
President @CyrilRamaphosa: We are here to hear from the Saharawi Arab Democratic Republic and Polisario what we can do to aid them in advancing their cause. #SADCSaharawiSolidarity pic.twitter.com/YdX9juPrJc— PresidencyZA (@PresidencyZA) March 26, 2019
Cabinet has also approved the National Research and Innovation Programme framework, whose objectives include to promote science, research and innovation in Uganda and also to promote the implementation of innovative projects with the aim of facilitating the realization of new or improved products, processes or services designed to raise the economic efficiency among other reasons.
According to Ofwono Opondo, Cabinet noted the performance of the Youth Livelihood Programme for the the financial years 2013/14 and 2017/2018 and also approved the performance improvement measures to be incorporated in the Youth Livelihood Programme.
Some of these measures include to reduce the minimum group size to five (5) youth from ten (10) -- purposely to enhance group cohesion.
Another measure is to allow youth who may not be from the same village, but have projects of common interest, to form groups and access funding, if they live within the same parish/ward.
.@OfwonoOpondo: Noted the performance of the Youth Livelihood Programme for the FY 2013/14 and FY 2017/2018 and also approved the performance improvement measures to be incorporated in the Youth livelihood programme and these include among others; #UGCabinetResolutions pic.twitter.com/xc77EfqvKK— Uganda Media Centre (@UgandaMediaCent) March 26, 2019
According to Government spokesperson Ofwono Opondo, Cabinet has approved the National Climate Change Bill, 2018. The objectives of the bill include to provide a legal framework for enforcing climate change adaptation actions as well as to enable Uganda pursue its voluntary mitigation targets of reducing national greenhouse gas emissions.
It is also understood that Cabinet has approved the proposal by the works and transport ministry for Government to take over the ownership of the East African Civil Aviation Academy (EACAA) in Soroti.
Also, Cabinet has approved transformation of the Presidential Initiative on Banana Industrial Development Project (PIBID) into the Banana Industrial Research and Development Centre (BIRDC) for industrial application as a successor body with a legal mandate.
Cabinet also approved Guidelines for the negotiation of loan and grants by Government which will provide for secure financing on affordable terms, ensure that loans and grants are negotiated and closed with affordable rates and better terms and conditions, says Ofwono Opondo, who is also the executive director of Uganda Media Centre.
At the Uganda Media Centre in Uganda . . .
Tea break - Defining 'trouble'
So if I may ask, what's the true definition of trouble?
Apparently, it's when you innocently save the number of the woman that supplies honey as, uhm, 'Honey'. And while your phone is with your wife, that honey supplier sends you a text message reading thus:
'Tomorrow's taste will be sweeter than what you got last week.'
Ouch! Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.
Uganda Premier League returns
After the international break that saw Uganda thrashed in Tanzania in a continental engagement, Premier League action on the local scene resumes later today, with two games on Tuesday's card.
URA FC will play host to Express FC at Mandela National Stadium, Namboole at 4pm.
Thirty minutes later, Tooro United FC will entertain BUL FC at Buhinga Stadium in Fort Portal.
In Entebbe . . .
Taxi drivers and touts of Entebbe have laid down their tools in protest. They are seeking Police's explanation as to why they don't intervene when they are reportedly beaten by people, reports Godfrey Ssempijja.
The protesters drove off Entebbe RDC Hajji Noor Njuki Mbabali when he tried to intervene.
Police was deployed to calm the situation. Tear gas was reportedly fired to disperse the drivers.
Here in Kampala, the launch and dissemination of the study report on HIV and gender-based violence financing in infrastructure projects in Uganda is going on at Protea Hotel.
New Vision's Maria Wamala is reporting that experts are exploring innovations of how Uganda can generate domestic funding through infrustructure to finance HIV and gender-based violence.
Museveni 'historic' Mombasa visit starts Wednesday
|New Vision's David Lumu:|
On Wednesday, President Yoweri Museveni will start a two-day visit to Kenya's seaport city of Mombasa, where he is expected to tour the Standard Gauge Railway terminal, attend the Kenya-Uganda business forum and also give a public lecture at Kenyatta University. The Kenyan High Commissioner to Uganda, Kiema Kilonzo, is already in Kenya to prepare for what has been described as a "historic" Mombasa visit.
“His Excellency Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, President of the Republic of Uganda, will be in the Coastal City of Mombasa for a two-day State visit to Kenya, starting Wednesday, March 27, 2019,” Kenyan State House officials said.
Okello Oryem, Uganda's state minister for international affairs, said Museveni was officially invited by his Kenyan counterpart Uhuru Kenyatta. “It is a state visit and the programme is already set. During the visit, President Museveni and President Kenyatta will also hold a private meeting on a number of issues between the two sister countries and other related matters."
According to a tentative programme, Museveni will land at Moi International Airport in Mombasa, hold bilateral talks with Kenyatta at State House, Mombasa and then the two leaders will jointly address the press on a wide range of issues. Museveni will also attend a business forum at the White Sands Hotel.
On Thursday, he will visit the Kenya Ports Authority and tour the Mombasa Standard Gauge Railway terminal facility.
Kenya completed the first phase of the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) from Mombasa to Nairobi, and works on the second phase from Mombasa to Naivasha are underway. Bilateral talks between Uganda and Kenya on the possibility of extending the SGR spur up to Malaba are underway.
Officials from the Ugandan side argue that once the Kenyan SGR reaches Malaba, the construction of the Uganda first SGR phase from Malaba to Kampala will commence.
In August last year, Museveni visited Kenya and held bilateral talks with Kenyatta on a number of issues, including the possibility of Uganda picking cargo from the new inland container depot in Embakasi via the SGR.
Parliament Health Week underway
The man who claims to be able to make a woman get pregnant by just looking at her.
That he is the only man who can hang clothes on a mobile [SIM-card] line.
Then he has talked about being able to flip the pages of this famous book called Facebook (I am not sure how exactly he put it but it is somewhere in that line).
Plus many more extraordinary stuff from the muscle man . . .
Yes, that's Golola Moses.
The man who made a name from adding a comical spin to his kickboxing career, took part in the kickoff of the Parliament Health Week 2019 as aerobics facilitator alongside veteran musician Ragga Dee (Daniel Kazibwe) Tuesday morning.
Parliament #HealthWeek2019 begins with aerobics session facilitated by Singer Ragga Dee and Kick boxer Moses Golola. Parliament staff and members of the public took off time to pose with the two celebrated Ugandans. The health week runs under the theme: 'Wellness is my choice' pic.twitter.com/HpfpObtK2k— Parliament of Uganda (@Parliament_Ug) March 26, 2019
The deadline is knocking.
VISION GROUP INTERNSHIP PROGRAM— New Vision UGANDA (@newvisionwire) March 26, 2019
Vision Group invites applications for internship for the period June to August, 2019.
Students interested in the training opportunity should submit the documents as seen on the advert...
Deadline: April 5, 2019 pic.twitter.com/oIn9TUHqlu
Morocco hosts Western Sahara conference amid rival meeting
And related to the conference that President Museveni is attending in South Africa . . .
Morocco on Monday gained the support of 36 African countries for UN-backed talks on ending the decades-old conflict in Western Sahara, as a rival conference on the territory got underway in South Africa.
Delegates at the ministerial meeting in Marrakesh backed a declaration which affirmed "the exclusivity of the United Nations as the framework for seeking a mutually acceptable, realistic, pragmatic and lasting political solution to the Sahara issue."
A swathe of desert on Africa's Atlantic coast, Western Sahara is disputed by Morocco and the independence fighters of the Polisario Front.
The peace process "must be protected from any interference, intervention, or non-consensual actions likely to compete" with UN efforts, the Marrakesh statement said.
The conference came as the Southern African Development Community held a conference in Pretoria, with a stated aim of voicing the "region's support for decolonisation and self-determination for Western Sahara".
That forum backs the Polisario's call for a referendum on self-determination.
Morocco maintains that Western Sahara -- a former Spanish colony under its control -- is an integral part of the kingdom.
A second round of United Nations talks ended Friday near Geneva, with UN envoy Horst Kohler admitting "many positions are still fundamentally diverging".
Moroccan Foreign Minister Nasser Bourita said his country would discuss "autonomy" but under no circumstances would it support a referendum in which independence was on the table.
Rabat's top diplomat said the sides agreed to meet again before the summer.
The Polisario fought a war with Morocco from 1975 to 1991, when a ceasefire deal was agreed and a UN peace mission was deployed to monitor the truce.
President Museveni in South Africa
Meanwhile, President Yoweri Museveni is in the South African city of Pretoria for a two-day SADC Solidarity Conference on Western Sahara.
The 38th Ordinary Summit of Heads of State and Government of SADC approved the convening of a conference on solidarity with the Saharawi people. South Africa and Namibia are co-hosting the meeting.
During the conference, the SADC heads of state and government will express the region’s support for decolonisation and self-determination for Western Sahara on the basis of the values and principles that have guided the quest for independence throughout Africa.
SADC’s collaboration on and with Western Sahara has been informed by the region’s own decolonisation experiences and the quest for liberation and self-determination.
Museveni was received at Lanseria International Airport by Makgabo Mhaule, South Africa's minister of international relations and co-operation and Uganda’s High Commissioner to South Africa, Barbara O. Nekesa.
Ras sports toon
Ugandan boxer Shafik Kiwanuka knocked out Kenya’s David Oduor in a professional fight after Obadiah Mwangi suffered a medical problem.
Today's Ras toon
A geophysicist has attributed the hyper activity and cracks on Ngora rock to the prolonged dry season.
Mozambique cyclone survivors face 'ticking bomb' of disease
Survivors of a powerful cyclone that pummelled southern Africa were to begin receiving emergency medicine, food and tents on Tuesday as floodwaters receded, while the Red Cross warned of "a ticking bomb" of disease in the storm-struck region.
Cyclone Idai smashed into Mozambique's coast, unleashing hurricane-force wind and rain that flooded swathes of the poor country before battering eastern Zimbabwe -- killing more than 700 people across the two nations.
The head of the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies (IFRC) Elhadj As Sy said Monday "we are sitting on a ticking bomb" as he called for renewed efforts to address the worsening health situation.
Malian leader vows security as massacre toll hits 160
Malian President Ibrahim Boubacar Keita vowed Monday to beef up security as he visited a village where more some 160 people were killed by suspected militiamen from a rival ethnic group.
"We need security here -- this is your mission," Keita said, giving a public order to military chief General Aboulaye Coulibaly, who was abruptly appointed on Sunday after the massacre. "Justice will be done," he vowed.
The deadly raid took place on Saturday in the village of Ogassogou, home to the Fulani herding community, near the town of Mopti in central Mali.
Sudan journalists protest over jailed editor: witnesses
Dozens of Sudanese journalists Monday protested in downtown Khartoum demanding the release of a prominent editor detained for criticising a state of emergency imposed by President Omar al-Bashir, witnesses said.
Osman Mirghani, editor-in-chief of independent daily Al-Tayar, was taken away by security agents from his office on the night of February 22 after making televised comments on Bashir's decision to impose emergency rule nationwide.
Bashir declared the state of emergency after an initial crackdown failed to quell widespread protests against his administration that erupted in December.
Comoros police teargas opposition ahead of results
Police fired teargas and rubber bullets Monday to disperse more than 100 opposition supporters as Comoros awaited the results of elections President Azali Assoumani is tipped to win, AFP correspondents saw.
Two people were injured -- a protester and a plainclothes policeman -- when the group including several candidates began marching towards the capital Moroni's Independence Square to protest alleged electoral fraud.
The country is awaiting the results of Sunday's presidential elections which the opposition claims was riddled with flaws.
Ethiopian Airlines 'believes in' Boeing despite crash: CEO
Ethiopian Airlines "believes in" Boeing despite the crash of its 737 MAX 8 plane that killed all 157 people on board and led to the model's grounding, the carrier's CEO said on Monday.
"Let me be clear: Ethiopian Airlines believes in Boeing. They have been a partner of ours for many years," Tewolde GebreMariam wrote in a statement.
"We will work with investigators in Ethiopia, in the US and elsewhere to figure out what went wrong," he added.
Flight ET 302 crashed on March 10 just minutes into its flight to Nairobi.
Ebola epidemic in DR Congo now exceeds 1,000 cases
The number of cases in a nearly eight-month-old epidemic of Ebola in eastern DR Congo now exceeds 1,000, almost two-thirds of whom have died, the health ministry said late Sunday.
"The accumulated number of cases is 1,009," of which 629 cases were fatal, it said.
The outbreak was first recorded in North Kivu province on August 1, and then spread to neighbouring Ituri province.
Its toll is the second deadliest in the history of Ebola, after an epidemic in Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone in 2014-6 that claimed 11,308 lives, according to the website of the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Ebola virus disease was first discovered in 1974 in a village near the Democratic Republic of Congo's Ebola River, which gave the disease its name.
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Today's inspirational quote
“Be sure you put your feet in the right place, then stand firm.” ― Abraham Lincoln
It's morning time but we are in the evening of the month. Five more days to go to call March done and dusted.
April just around the corner - just remember not to get fooled into thinking the year is just about to get done. Or it is?
Anyways, hoping you are fine today.