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AS IT HAPPENED: Uganda Today - Wednesday April 17

By Brenda Nakayiwa

Added 17th April 2019 02:30 PM

The operation was targeting criminals that have been snatching phones, handbags, necklaces and other crimes, police said.

AS IT HAPPENED: Uganda Today - Wednesday April 17

Some of the arrested suspects. Photo/Courtesy

The operation was targeting criminals that have been snatching phones, handbags, necklaces and other crimes, police said.


Presented by Brenda Nakayiwa

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Police arrest 400 in new security swoop in the city

Kampala Metropolitan Police have arrested a total of 424 people in an impromptu swoop in the city.

The Police said the arrests followed a major operation on Wednesday in the city, which was intended to get rid of suspected criminals.

The operation was targeting criminals that have been snatching phones, handbags, necklaces and other crimes, police said.

It was carried out in Katwe, Nsambya, Kisenyi, Old Kampala, Namirembe road, Wandegeya, and Kabalagala suburbs.

"Some of the suspects we have arrested had court bails, others police bond and we shall immediately take them to Courts or police stations," a statement by the Kampala Metropolitan division said.

We are going to screen them before processing their case files.
They are likely to appear in court tomorrow.We urge members of the public to be vigilant.— Kampala Metropolitan Police (@metpoliceug) April 17, 2019 f=tweets&vertical=default&q=%23UgandaToday&src=typd">UgandaToday

Education ministry releases Grade III teachers' results 

The minister of education and First Lady, Janet Museveni released the results of the December 2018 final examinations results for Grade III teachers at the Office of the Prime Minister in Kampala on Wednesday.

A total of 11,164 candidates wrote the exams at 58 centres.

Overall, 65% of the candidates passed the exams, representing a slight improvement from 61% recorded in the 2017 exams. 

3: 20pm

Independents to quit parties 8 months before nomination

The NCF has finalised a draft regulation of independent candidates Bill 2019.

The draft, among other clauses, expects all independents, especially those previously members of existing political parties to terminate their membership, eight months before contesting.

The existing party members must provide proof to the Electoral Commission of having quit the party, according to former party constitution rules.

The chairperson of the plenary session that passed the draft Bill to regulate independent candidates Mwesigwa Rukutana (second-right) addresses journalists. Looking on are NCF's committee members, Zaid Mukasa (left), Jeniffer Angeyo (second-left) and Michael Osinde (right)

NCF members argued that the period is necessary for the party to wean itself off the 'rebel' members.

They said as parties, they invest a lot in members by giving them a platform to develop a brand.

"A person is eligible to stand as an independent candidate for election if he/she is not a member of a registered political party or political organisation or has ceased to be a member of a political party or political organisation for at least eight months before the date of the election," the Bill states.





Iceland grant to boost sanitation in West Nile schools
By Vicky Wandawa
Seven schools in Arua and Yumbe districts will benefit from improved water, sanitation and hygiene (WASH) services following a grant from the Government of Iceland through UNICEF.
According to a press release from UNICEF, the grant which was received Tuesday will target four health centres and seven schools with limited WASH facilities but provide services to numerous patients and learners, including both South Sudanese refugees and host communities.  Communities surrounding the targeted health centres and schools will also benefit from the services.
"Supporting the construction of WASH facilities that meet national standards for health facilities and schools will contribute to a conducive environment for patients, caregivers, health workers, learners and teachers," said H.E Unnur Orradóttir Ramette, Iceland's ambassador to Uganda.

  nnur rradttir amette mbassador of celand in ganda  and r oreen ulenga  epresentative in ganda  hotoourtesy HE Unnur Orradóttir Ramette, Ambassador of Iceland in Uganda (L) and Dr Doreen Mulenga UNICEF Representative in Uganda (R). Photo/Courtesy



1: 40pm

'The biggest enemy of political parties is the NRM'

Some members of the National Consultative Forum (NCF) have argued that the National Resistance Movement (NRM) party is an enemy of multiparty growth.

The concerns came up as the members from different registered political parties gathered to develop regulation for independent political candidates.

  hairperson asswa irigwa FDC Chairperson Wasswa Birigwa. Photos by Timothy Murungi

Members pointed out the recent frequent arrests of FDC's strongman Kizza Besigye and use of Public Order Management Act (POMA) by the Police to stifle assembly.

FDC vice chairperson, who is also the NCF's vice chairperson, said: "The biggest enemy of political parties is NRM".

However, the deputy attorney general, Mwesigwa Rukutana, who is chairing the plenary session, defended the party saying POMA was agreed on by all the parties but also conceded that there are issues in its implementation.

The clauses the delegates of political parties are discussing include:

a) Prohibition of certain identifying symbols.

b) Declaration of assets and liabilities.

c) Restrictions on contributions from foreign sources, capping the funds to use in campaigns.

d) Affiliation or alliance with political parties

e) Code of conduct for independent candidates

f) Minister's powers to amend schedules

g) Duty of independents to give information to Electoral Commission





1: 02pm

Japan earmarks US$ 7.5m to support refugees, host communities in Uganda

Five UN agencies in Uganda have received a US$ 7.5m(sh28b) contribution from the Japanese government to support refugees and host communities for one year, from March 2019 to March 2020.

According to a press release from United Nations, the assistance will be provided as part of implementation of the Refugee and Host Population Empowerment (ReHoPE) strategy, a transformative strategy which brings together a wide range of partners including the Government of Uganda, UN agencies, World Bank, development partners and the private sector to enhance self-reliance and resilience of refugees and host communities in Uganda.

The official announcement was made by Japan's Ambassador to Uganda, H.E. Kazuaki Kameda in the presence of the Minister of Disaster Preparedness and Refugees, Hillary Onek, during a press conference held at the Uganda Media Center in Kampala.

Speaking at the conference, Onek commended the Japanese government for the contribution. 

inister of isaster reparedness and efugees illary nekMinister of Disaster Preparedness and Refugees, Hillary Onek




12: 46pm

Sudan's Bashir moved to prison as protesters rally

Sudan's military rulers have transferred ousted president Omar al-Bashir to prison, a family source said Wednesday, as demonstrators keep up their sit-in outside the army complex calling for a swift transfer to civilian government.

Following the dramatic end to Bashir's rule of three decades last week, he was moved late Tuesday "to Kober prison in Khartoum", the source said without revealing his name for security reasons.
Witnesses near the prison in north Khartoum said there was a heavy deployment of soldiers and members of a paramilitary group outside.
The 75-year-old's whereabouts have been unknown since a military takeover on Thursday when the country's new rulers said he was being held "in a secure place".

udans resident former mar alashir hoto by shraf   ileSudan's President former Omar al-Bashir. (Photo by Ashraf SHAZLY / AFP/File)




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Bill to regulate Independent candidates underway

By Timothy Murungi

The National Consultative Forum is meeting to deliberate on a draft Bill to regulate independent candidates. The plenary is sitting Wednesday morning at Premier Best Western Hotel in Entebbe.

The National Consultative Forum (NCF), which is a body mandated to bring together all registered political parties, has been on a week-long retreat to develop regulations to govern independent candidates.

While opening the plenary session, the NFC chairperson, Mwesigwa Rukutana, said under a  multiparty dispensation, independents are a misdemeanour, and should, therefore, not be considered a norm.

He said independents, who have recently asked to form a dean in Parliament, are a threat that needs to be stopped.

Rukutana was representing the NCF Chairperson, the Prime Minister, Ruhakana Rugunda.

NCF says the regulatory framework (draft Bill) is to aid the Parliament to implement its mandate in the Constitution, Article 72 clause 5, where MPs are required to make a law to regulate the financing and participation of independent candidates in elections.



Photos by Timothy Murungi




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URA officials thrown out of parliament

By Faith Amongin
Uganda Revenue Authority (URA) senior officials were on Tuesday thrown out by the parliamentary Committee on Commissions, Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises following the absence of their commissioner general Doris Akol.
The lawmakers were irked to learn that Akol had instead delegated the authority's commissioner for domestic tax Henry Saka who led the delegation to parliament with a letter informing the committee that she had travelled to South Africa for a two-day conference.
Mubarak Munyangwa (Kawempe South), the committee chairperson turned away the delegation on grounds that the commissioner general is the rightful person that is supposed to respond to the queries since she is the accounting officer.
 ubarak unyangwa Mubarak Munyangwa






Benin votes - but with no opposition to choose from

Benin votes for a new parliament on April 28, but a country that was once seen as a model of democracy in Africa is facing a worrying political crisis.
Voters in the small West African state will get only one choice of members of parliament -- for the first time in three decades, the opposition will not take part.
Election watchdogs last month ruled that only two parties, both allied to President Patrice Talon, met toughened conditions of admissibility under new electoral laws.
Their decision effectively barred the entire political opposition from fielding candidates.
"This is the first time that opposition parties will not be taking part in legislative elections since the return of the democratic era in 1991," said Steve Kpoton, a lawyer and political analyst.

 enin resident atrice alon hoto Benin President Patrice Talon. Photo/AFP

Macron vows to rebuild a 'more beautiful' Notre-Dame in 5 years

President Emmanuel Macron has vowed to rebuild Notre-Dame "even more beautifully" within five years, as all of France's cathedrals prepared to ring their bells on Wednesday to mark 48 hours since the colossal fire began.
The blaze on Monday gutted the great Paris landmark, destroying the roof, causing the steeple to collapse and leaving France reeling with shock.
Macron announced the fast timescale for restoration -- a process some experts said would take decades -- in an address to the nation where he hailed how the disaster had shown the capacity of France to mobilise and unite.

 rench resident mmanuel acron addressing the nation on rench private  channel 1 during which he vows to rebuild otreame de aris athedral within five years a day after a fire erupted in the 850yearold landmark on pril 16 2019 hoto by ludovic    French President Emmanuel Macron addressing the nation on French private TV channel TF1 during which he vows to rebuild Notre-Dame de Paris Cathedral within five years, a day after a fire erupted in the 850-year-old landmark on April 16, 2019. (Photo by ludovic MARIN / AFP)


 moke and flames rise during a fire at the landmark otreame athedral in central aris on pril 15 2019 potentially involving renovation works being carried out at the site the fire service said hoto by     Smoke and flames rise during a fire at the landmark Notre-Dame Cathedral in central Paris on April 15, 2019, potentially involving renovation works being carried out at the site, the fire service said. (Photo by FRANCOIS GUILLOT / AFP)





Uganda-Egypt sign MOU to strengthen military cooperation

Joint teams from Egypt and Uganda have witnessed the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to improve and strengthen cooperation between both countries, most especially in the field of military cooperation.

The Minister of Defence and Veteran Affairs Adolf Mwesige signed on behalf of the Uganda Government while the Assistant Minister of Defence Maj Gen Emad Mohammed Abdelaziz Helmy Elmasry signed on behalf of the Egyptian Government.

The event took place  Tuesday at the Ministry of Defence and Veteran Affairs (MoDVA) headquarters in Mbuya, Kampala suburbs 






Ugandan borders open to Rwanda nationals — minister

Government has maintained that its borders remain open to citizens of Rwanda despite the ongoing impasse between the two countries. Get the full article in the New Vision. #EPAPER via -

— New Vision UGANDA (@newvisionwire) April 17, 2019

Kyaligonza's bodyguards charged at Army court

The bodyguards of Maj. Gen. Matayo Kyaligonza, Uganda's Ambassador to Burundi, have been charged in the General Court Martial for allegedly assaulting a female traffic Police officer.

Cpl Peter Bushindiki and Pte Robert Okurut, yesterday appeared before the Unit Disciplinary Committee of Military Police Brigade headquarters, sitting in Makindye, Kampala. Get the full story in today's New Vision. #EPAPER via - 

pl eter ushindiki and te obert kurut after appearing before the army court yesterday ourtesy photoCpl Peter Bushindiki and Pte Robert Okurut after appearing before the army court yesterday. Courtesy photo




 Three things we learned from Barcelona v Man Utd

Here, AFP Sport looks at three things we learned from the quarter-final second-leg clash:
No Camp Nou repeat for Solskjae
Barcelona's Camp Nou will always hold a special place in Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's heart, but the Manchester United manager won't regard the famous old arena with quite as much fondness after this frustrating loss.
Messi feasts on English foes again
Lionel Messi extended his incredible record of tormenting Premier League clubs in the Champions League.
Messi has now scored 24 goals in 32 Champions League games against English opponents, more than any other player in the tournament.
Coutinho makes his point
Philippe Coutinho has endured a difficult time since moving to Barcelona for £142 million ($185 million) in January 2018, but the former Liverpool forward gave a timely reminder of his quality with a stunning strike to wrap up the victory.
Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi (C) challenges Manchester United's Brazilian midfielder Fred during the UEFA Champions League quarter-final second leg football match between Barcelona and Manchester United at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on April 16, 2019. PHOTO: AFP
 anchester niteds razilian midfielder red  challenges arcelonas rgentinian forward ionel essi during the  hampions eague quarterfinal second leg football match between arcelona and anchester nited at the amp ou stadium in arcelona on pril 16 2019 hoto by     Manchester United's Brazilian midfielder Fred (C) challenges Barcelona's Argentinian forward Lionel Messi during the UEFA Champions League quarter-final second leg football match between Barcelona and Manchester United at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on April 16, 2019. (Photo by PAU BARRENA / AFP)







 AROUND UGANDA: 35 babies get free neuro surgery


Around Uganda: 35 babies get free neuro surgery 
Details and more stories in the full bulletin

— New Vision UGANDA (@newvisionwire) April 17, 2019




SK Mbuga's wife released on bail

By Michael Odeng and Peninah Nyangoma 
The Anti-Corruption Court has released on bail Angella Vivienne Chebet, the wife of socialite Sulaiman Kabangala aka SK Mbuga, stating that she cannot go through immigration exit point since her travel document remains in police custody. 
On Tuesday, the High Court judge Lawrence Gidudu granted Chebet a cash bail of sh20m, saying since Interpol has issued a red notice for her; she will not be able to move through any immigration point around the World.
eft to right uis wanga awyer amuel erwangaawyer t ol umma eikosurety and ohn osco uddeawyerat the ntiorruption ourt in ampala  hoto by ohn ichael dengLeft to right: Luis Lwanga (Lawyer), Lt. Col. Jumma Seiko(surety), John Bosco Mudde(Lawyer) and Samuel Serwanga(Lawyer)at the Anti-Corruption Court in Kampala . Photo by John Michael Odeng


"If she tries under a Pseudo name, her fingerprints will blow her cover. This means Chebet is permanently confined to Uganda until the Red Notice is withdrawn," he noted.  
The court also directed Chebet's four sureties to execute a non-cash bond of sh100m. 


SK Mbuga's wife Angella Vivienne Chebet in court. Photo by John Michael Odeng





7: 42am

Today's Ras toon

Buganda Road Court is to start handling cases via a high-tech video conferencing facility linked to Luzira Prisons









Here is how the Ugandan shilling is trading against other currencies

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 Today's weather forecast

Kampala will have a thunderstorm in spots this morning; otherwise, clouds giving way to a brightening sky during the day. The night will be clear to partly cloudy.


Source: Accuweather






 Today's inspirational quote

"God proved His love on the Cross. When Christ hung, and bled, and died, it was God saying to the world, 'I love you." -Billy Graham






 Good morning


It's a bright new day, the festivity is in high gear but in whatever we do, let's remember that Jesus is the reason for the season. As we celebrate this year's Easter, let's practice the great commandment (Matthew 22: 34-40). It can be through an act giving your neighbour in need or forgiving that person who hurt.



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