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As it happened: Uganda Today - Wednesday, November 6

By Joseph Kizza

Added 6th November 2019 08:38 AM

President Yoweri Museveni speaks in glowing terms of the "exceptional performance demonstrated" by cadet pilots and aeronautical graduates during their passing out ceremony in Gulu.

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President Yoweri Museveni speaks in glowing terms of the "exceptional performance demonstrated" by cadet pilots and aeronautical graduates during their passing out ceremony in Gulu.


Presented by Joseph Kizza



(Scroll down the page for earlier updates)


4:00pm  |   Good evening

It's a wrap. That's all for today.


3:45pm  |   KEY FACTS: Household air pollution and health


Here are some key facts about household air pollution and health sourced from the World Health Organisation:

• Around three billion people cook using polluting open fires or simple stoves fuelled by kerosene, biomass (wood, animal dung and crop waste) and coal.

• Each year, close to 4 million people die prematurely from illness attributable to household air pollution from inefficient cooking practices using polluting stoves paired with solid fuels and kerosene.

• Household air pollution causes noncommunicable diseases including stroke, ischaemic heart disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and lung cancer.

• Close to half of deaths due to pneumonia among children under 5 years of age are caused by particulate matter (soot) inhaled from household air pollution.


3:35pm  |   Deadly household air pollution

Did you know that by lighting a fire to cook a meal, lighting a home and heating a room you can turn your household into a dangerous place?

The World Health Organisation (WHO) says exposure to household air pollution produced kills 3.8 million people each year.

The global health body adds that over three billion people use polluting fuels and devices - wood, coal and dung in simple stoves for their daily cooking - and that the resulting household air pollution is the world's single greatest environmental health risk.

"Most of these people are poor and live in low- and middle-income countries," says WHO.

"These cooking practices are inefficient, and use fuels and technologies that produce high levels of household air pollution with a range of health-damaging pollutants, including small soot particles that penetrate deep into the lungs.


3:17pm  |   91 Ugandans arrested in Jo'burg between 2016 & 2019

The group were part of over 7,000 foreign nationals arrested in the period of time.


2:45pm  |   House fatally collapses over teenage boy

Earlier today, we learnt from the Uganda Red Cross Society that a 17-year-old lad, who had just completed his final Senior Four exams, died when their house collapsed over him.

The victim was named as Ganiru Walusimbi, an OB of Bright College Secondary School in Busia in eastern Uganda.

Red Cross tweeted that Police took the body of the victim to hospital for "further management".

"Our team is on ground to support the family through this trying moment. Offering PSS services, search and rescue. Another community-based team continues with sensitisations on climate change risks and how people can keep safe."

Images posted by Red Cross show residents standing by the collapsed structure and the body being moved from the scene.


2:27pm  |   Regional conference on forced migration

Francis Emorut in Kampala:

A regional conference on forced migration has opened in Uganda's capital Kampala. The conference is aimed at establishing frameworks for analysis within the Great Lakes Region and the Horn of Africa.

It has attacted over 100 participants.

The participants are discussing a wide of range of topics, including work permits, trade permits and taxation policies on refugees.



2:00pm  |   Cadet pilots, aeronautical graduates passed out

Hours after the passing out ceremony on Tuesday, President Museveni updated his followers on Twitter with a series of the posts on the event.

"The exceptional performance demonstrated here with the fighter aircraft is very commendable. This training is vigorous and requires a lot of coordination because any mistake made can lead to a fatal accident.

"I reiterated what the airforce commander said, 'always remain healthy and avoid leading reckless lives', but also urged graduands to inculcate four values in themselves to succeed professionally and in life. These are; Integrity, service above self, excellence and patriotism.

"Government will continue to improve infrastructure, for instance, our plan to construct 30,000 housing units for the UPDF is already underway, we also plan to upgrade Gulu airport to a level where it can accommodate commercial aircraft. This will boost tourism and trade.

"I congratulate the graduates for successfully completing this course and their relatives for supporting them," President tweeted.














1:43pm  |   Pilot cadets, aeronautical graduates passed out

President Yoweri Museveni was in the northern part of the country to preside over the passing out ceremony of 18 pilot cadets and 20 aeronautical graduates.

It was at Gulu Airforce wing.


1:12pm  |   Makerere VC faces education committee


Maria Wamala at Parliament:

Makerere University Vice-Chancellor Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe has faced the education committee of Parliament.

Some of the legislators sitting on the committee are calling for Nawangwe to be relieved of his duties, claiming that his reign has been one with the most student expulsions, lecturer strikes and other issues.

Former Makerere University guild president and current Bugiri Municipality MP Asuman Basalirwa says that during his reign as guild president, he (Basalirwa) led many strikes to the extent of leading students in booing a head of state and stopping him from addressing students. But that inspite of that, no student was expelled.

Basalirwa cautions Nawangwe that he should stop what he calls his overhanded methods when dealing with students.

Kasese Woman MP and former Leader of Opposition in Parliament Winnie Kiiza has queried why Nawangwe is being cagey with information regarding finance management at the university.

She says Makerere is a public university and information on finance management should be given to the public.

The MPs say the students are paying large amounts of money, but are sleeping in filthy halls of residence, with female student getting UTIs from dirty toilet facilities.

Jonam County MP Emmanuel  Ongiertho suggests that Nawangwe resigns because he is failing to execute his job of managing and molding students.

The lawmaker adds that the 15% tuition increment is discriminatory because many students upcountry will be locked out because they will not be able to afford that amount for tuition.



 hhh Bugiri Municipality MP Asuman Basalirwa


 hhh Kasese Woman MP Winnie Kiiza



 hhh Jonam County MP Emmanuel  Ongiertho


 hhh Mityana Municipality MP Francis Zaake



12:00pm  |   'Healthcare should be based on equity'

Gitahi Githinji, the CEO of AMFREF Africa, is the main keynote speaker at the ongoing First National Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Conference at Munyonyo.

He says access to healthcare should be based on equity and not equality.


11:49am  |   Kabuusu-Bunamwaya-Lweza Road works going on

We have more news on infrastructure.

Construction works on the Kabuusu-Bunamwaya-Lweza Road are taking shape.

In July this year, President Yoweri Museveni flagged off the construction of the 8km road, which stretches from Kabuusu-Bunamwaya in Rubaga Division to Lweza in Wakiso district. 

The road is to connect to the Kampala-Entebbe Expressway and the Northern Bypass.

According to Kampala Capital City Authority (KCCA), the road construction is estimated to cost sh97bn and is financed under the second phase of the Kampala Institutional Infrastructure Development Project and administered by KCCA.

KCCA says the construction of the road began in May, with relocation of utilities, review of road designs and securing land along the road corridor for construction.

"The tarmacked road is expected to be completed within 15 months. It will have drainage, walkways, street lights and fitted with traffic lights at some junctions," KCCA said in a statement back in July.




11:38am  |   Sambiya bridge

The oil roads project is expected to have seven bridges.


11:25am  |   'Health: Made at home, repaired at health facilities'

Well put.


11:17am  |   Fight root causes of Africa's health crisis - Omaswa


Miriam Namutebi at Munyonyo:

Prof. Francis Omaswa, the executive director of African Centre for Global Health and Social Transformation, is one of the speakers at the conference.

"Unless we fight the root causes of Africa's health crisis, we have a long way to go," he says.

He names the causes of this crisis as poverty, high dependency rate among communities, tolerance of the unacceptable and high population growth.



11:05am  |   EARLIER: When the national health conference kicked off

Here is a selection of pictures as the First National Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Conference got under way upon the arrival of the key figures.

One of them is health minister Jane Ruth Aceng.

It is a two-day conference, which means it will run until Thursday.









10:50am  |   '75% of diseases preventable'


Miriam Namutebi at Munyonyo:

At the health conference, The commissioner in charge of health promotion at the health ministry, Dr. Richard Kabanda, says that over 75% of the diseases we have in the country are preventable.

The conference is hoped to provide opportunities for networking to provide a united platform for disease prevention.

It also aims at increasing awareness and understanding of the role of disease prevention.

"As the health sector, we need other key players as they have a role to play in disease prevention," says Kabanda.


10:43am  |   National Health Promotion & Disease Prevention Conference

The First National Health Promotion and Disease Prevention Conference under way at Speke Resort Munyonyo. Prime Minister Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda is being represented by health minister Jane Ruth Aceng.

The conference is themed: Investing in Health Promotion and Disease Prevention to Achieve Universal Health Coverage.


10:25am  |   Today's Ras Toon

If the Bill prohibiting the detention of patients who fail to pay is passed, hospitals may be reluctant to admit some patients.


10:15am  |   Lectures resume at Makerere University


Cecilia Okoth & Sarah Maziwre:

Majority of the colleges at Makerere University have resumed lectures.

When New Vision visited some of the colleges on Tuesday, lecturers and students were seen at various lecture theatres. New Vision visited the College of Humanities and Social Sciences and College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences and established that lectures had resumed.

The students have for over two weeks been on strike, protesting the 15% tuition fee increment.

Other colleges where lectures took place included the College of Business and Management Sciences and the College of Computing and Information Sciences. However, there were no lectures at the School of Law and the College of Education and External Studies.

Some students expressed concern that the time lost would affect their final assessment. Students are scheduled to begin exams on November 18.

A student pursuing a Bachelor of Agriculture and Renovation course said they had not completed most of the course units.

Another said they had not done any tests in some of the course units.


9:37am  |   PLE - UNEB scout shows up drunk

There was another dramatic episode.

Still related to the 2019 PLE, a Uganda National Examinations Board (UNEB) scout assigned to supervise exams at Kiira Primary School in Jinja municipality was arrested after he showed up at the examination centre in a drunken stupor.

A sloshed Sam Byamuka reportedly staggered into the examination room to supervise the first exam and then walked out later with the mathematics paper, which he went with for a drink at a bar.

According to the Jinja district principal examination officer, Amina
Mutesi, the exams scout reportedly returned to the classroom with the paper, prompting the school to call the Police.

He was subsequently detained at Nalufenya Police Station.

Mutesi condemned the act, saying the suspect contravened UNEB guidelines and fell short of professional standards.


9:30am  |   PLE - 12 teens arrested over impersonation

The Primary Leaving Examinations (PLE) may be done and dusted, but the process did not go without incident.

To begin with, like we reported on Tuesday, Police in Buikwe district apprehended a dozen teenagers for masquerading as candidates.

The seven girls and five boys were found fidgeting to answer the papers at Bugolosese Primary School in Bugolo village, Nyenga, according to Sezibwa region Police spokesperson Hellen Butoto.

Today's New Vision paper is carrying the story and reports that Hassan Nkuttu, the district principal education officer, confirmed the arrest of the youngsters and revealed that four of them were from two secondary schools and eight from the primary school.

Four of the suspects were from Kiteza Secondary School and Lugazi Yieldland Secondary School.

National exams body UNEB executive secretary, Dan Odongo, said the institution had learnt about the incident and is investigating it.


9:30am  |   Relief!

I had this feeling 20 years ago - in 1999 - at this very school.

What did it feel like completing the last paper of your Primary leaving Examinations (PLE)?


9:12am  |   Today's dose of motivation

Dark days make the brighter ones shine. No doubt. So how about we start up our engines with some fuel from the gas-filling station called Motivation, huh?


“Without black, no color has any depth. But if you mix black with everything, suddenly there’s shadow – no, not just shadow, but fullness. You’ve got to be willing to mix black into your palette if you want to create something that’s real.”

Amy Grant


Find and share your uniqueness. "If everyone would look for that uniqueness then we would have a very colorful world.”

Michael Schenker

By the way, in case this bird up there has tickled your curiosity, it is a rhinoceros hornbill. Just FYI : )


9:00am  |   Good morning - A warm Wednesday

'Morning everyone. Glad to be here again, and thank you for joining us again.

Earlier today, while you were busy wrapping up your dream-filled sleep, outside, nature was busy undergoing its routine celestial transformation . . .


And after an application of a couple of hues here and there, the gloom and darkness in the skies soon metamorphosed into a much warmer, lighter and refreshing atmospheric work of art.

It is a warm Wednesday here in Kampala.

It is 9:00am, and if you happen to be out and about, you definitely must be having a bath of glorious morning sunshine, right?


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