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As it happened: Uganda Today - Monday, October 21

By Joseph Kizza

Added 21st October 2019 08:31 AM

President Yoweri Museveni has been in the countryside. Alongside his wife Janet, he "grazed and inspected" the cattle on his Kisozi farm in Gomba district.

As it happened: Uganda Today - Monday, October 21

President Yoweri Museveni has been in the countryside. Alongside his wife Janet, he "grazed and inspected" the cattle on his Kisozi farm in Gomba district.

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3.20pm |   Checking out the farm

President Yoweri Museveni has been in the countryside. Alongside his wife Janet, he "grazed and inspected" the cattle on his Kisozi farm in Gomba district.

While in the area, on one "interesting afternoon with my neighbors" in Rutungu village, Museveni engaged them on different "social, developmental and general issues".

 


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3.04pm |   Security situtation

Earlier today, Police spokesperson Fred Enanga and the Kampala Metropolitan deputy Police spokesperson Luke Owoyesigyire addressed the media on the general securitin the country.

Enanga said they have arrested six suspects reported to have participated in three armed robberies in Ruhama, Ntungamo district.

Several items were recovered, including two guns, motorcycles, facial masks and cartridge.

We understand that the gun and cartridge have since been submitted to the forensic lab.


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2.45pm |   National  Primary Teachers Policy

The National Primary Teachers Policy was launched recently. The education and sports ministry will hold a press conference on Tuesday to  address issues on the policy.

This will be at the ministry headquarters  at 5pm.

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2.30pm |   FUFA Drum quarterfinal match-ups

The draws were held on Monday and the match-ups known. Action will get under way on November 11.


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2.17pm |   Masaza Cup final

 
By Patricia Turyahebwa:

The Masaza Cup final will see Bulemezi and Busiro battle it out for top honours this Saturday (October 26). The third-place playoff will have Kyadondo face Buddu in the day's earlier game. Both games will be played at Namboole Stadium.

Earlier this morning, organisers unveiled the take-home bounty for the winning teams. The overall winner will bag sh12m and the losing finalist sh9m. The third- and fourth-placed teams will get sh7m and sh5m respectively.

As has been the norm, Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II will grace the grand finale as the guest of honour.


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1.47pm |   EACOP project public hearings under way



By Ismael Kasooha:


The East African Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP) project public hearings have begun at Kisiita Primary School in Kakumiro district in western Uganda, with Government assuring the country that the project is in progress despite the recent publications of a standoff.

Peter Lokeris, the State minister for energy, and Kabagambe Kaliisa, the presidential advisor on oil and gas and the chairperson of the Royal commission in Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom, are attending the session.

One of the sticking issues is that speculators have acquired land titles in areas where the EACOP will pass, leaving the local people to get peanuts, according to Onesmus Twinamasiko, the Bugangaizi East Member of  Parliament.

He says that government has not helped the local people to acquire land titles, leaving them vulnerable to land grabbers.

 
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1.34pm |   New Media Council secretary to be unveiled

Meanwhile, the ICT and national guidance ministry says it will unveil the new secretary of the Media Council on Tuesday at 2:00pm.

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12.50pm |   Mumbere ruling pushed to Thursday

Rwenzururu king Charles Wesley has left the International Crimes Division Court in Kololo after court saying the ruling on relaxation of his bail terms is not ready.

The decision has been pushed to Thursday (October 24).

 
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12.30pm |   Kite snatches piece of meat off woman's plate

Meanwhile, the picture that was published on Page 2 of Monday's New Vision (October 21, 2019) has got you lot talking on social media.

Some of you are arguing that it is Photoshopped. But it a real photo.

Our photojournalist Ronnie Kijjambu took a series of pictures of the opportunistic kite aiming for a piece of meat on a guest's plate during a seminar for Buganda clan leaders and elders at Twekobe Gardens in Mengo, Kampala on Wednesday. 

The bird executed its idea to perfection, managing to grab its prize off the plate of its unsuspecting victim.

 

 

 

 

 

 
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11.50am |   Mumbere appears in court

Rwenzururu king Charles Wesley has appeared at the International Crimes Division Court in Kololo for the ruling on relaxation of his bail terms.

New Vision's Timothy Murungi is at the court.


Mumbere is accompanied by his wife Agnes Ithungu.

 

 

 
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11.35am |   Taming nature and preserving water

Climate change is real.

As a matter of fact, President Yoweri Museveni says taming nature and preserving water at all times both for animals and for irrigation is what modern farming requires of humans.

In his latest tweet, the President says all this is to ensure the growth of pasture and other foodstuffs.


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11.13am |   Drowned student: Search for body enters third day

By Faustine Odeke in Tororo:

The search is on for the body of a second-year student of construction and building at Tororo Technical Institute Mella, who is reported to have drowned in River Malaba.

Reports say Stephen Enapat had gone to the river to clean off with friends after doing garden work.

Intensive search for the 22-year-old's body has entered the third day.

A joint force of students, community members and police are combing the flooded river, whose banks have burst due to continuous downpour in the area in eastern Uganda. Their efforts are, however, being frustrated by rising volumes of water, which have also cut off the Tororo-Busia murrum road connecting Osukuru to Buteba sub-counties.

According to the school's principal, Daniel Mwesigwa, Enapat and his friends under their association - Teso Students Development Association - went to till their land hired from the neighborhood, after which they proceeded to the river to wash up.

It is here that Enapat slipped into the water and was carried away.

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10.55am |   'Together we shall win'

The health ministry and other stakeholders have been encouraging the public to have their children vaccinated.

Dr. Diana Atwine, the ministry's permanent secretary, hailed the "amazing work that has been done by all".

"The district leaders have spent long hours supervising the MR campaign. We need to maintain the momentum even for other immunisation days. Together we shall win," she tweeted.

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10.50am |   Immunisation campaign extended

Initially, the mass immunisation against measles-rubella and polio was planned to end on Sunday.

But the health ministry pushed the exercise for another two days, meaning it will be wrapped up on Tuesday.

Has your child be immunised?


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10.35am |   Addressing the Ebola outbreak

A delegation from the health ministry headed by minister Dr. Jane Ruth Aceng are off to neighbouring DR Congo to attend a cross-border meeting on the Ebola outbreak in the vast central African nation.

The high-level minsterial meeting organised by the African Union will be held in Goma, the capital of North Kivu province in the eastern part of the country. It is to be attended by countries neighbouring DR Congo.

Minister Aceng says they will assess progress on response and recommendations made in the previous cross-border meetings.

Yonas Tegegn Woldemariam, the World Health Organization representative to Uganda, tweeted a photo of the group on a plane headed there.


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10.28am |   Fighting crime in Kampala area

On Sunday, Uganda People's Defence Forces' commander of the land forces, Lt Gen Peter Elwelu, and the Deputy Inspector General of Police, Maj Gen Muzeyi Sabiiti,  met with territorial commanders of Kampala Metropolitan Police (KMP) north and addressed them on the ongoing operation against criminal gangs in KMP.

They met at the Senate building in Makerere University, Kampala.

The meeting, which lasted six hours, was a follow-up on other meetings held at Namboole and at the Police Marines fleet base in Kigo, Wakiso district on Saturday, also involving commanders of KMP east.


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10.18am |   10th National Development Police Forum (NDPF)

On Thursday this week, the National Planning Authority (NPA) has organised a forum during which the public will discuss the findings and recommendations from NPA's comprehensive evaluation of the Universal Primary Education policy.

The forum is themed 'Taking stock of the gains, challenges and lessons learnt from the UPE policy' and will take place at the Office of the President.

If you plan to be there, it will be at 2pm.

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10.07am |   UNEB update on exams

National exams body UNEB is expected to join Police today for the weekly press briefing at the Police headquarters in Naguru to give the nation an update on the  status of exams.

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9:40am |   Today's Ras Toon

Hotlines, suggestion boxes and a WhatsApp number are some of the measures the Police has put in place to curb crime.


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9:30am |   Your rainy day starter pack

You wake up on a Monday morning. It's raining. But you have to be at your workplace by 8am. Whichever means you will use, what are the items you cannot miss in your rainy day starter pack?

1. Umbrella

2. _________?

3. _________? etc


Most of you lot have been sharing what you would not leave behind - with some startling items on the list. Check them out the comments on our Facebook page below.


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9:05am |   When it rains, it pours

It's another typically wet morning in Uganda's capital Kampala. Before going to bed Sunday night, you could have predicted it would rain in the morning. And you would be absolutely right - because it has poured today.

Did you hit snooze and hold on tight to your duvet when your 5:30am alarm sounded this morning and you heard the rain crash on your roof? Or did you diligently climb out of bed to wash off your sleep with a sobering shower/bath?

I did the latter.


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9:00am |   Good morning - Here is some motivation for you . . .

Hello everyone, it's a brand-new week. Do you have enough mental fortitude to launch you into the coming seven days? Allow me to help a little with these motivational quotes on one of our dearest loved ones . . .

Mothers give up so much, so that their children can have so much - Catherine Pulsifer

 

Mothers never retire, no matter how old her children are she is always a Mom, always willing to encourage and help her children in any way she can! - Catherine Pulsifer

 

There is only one pretty child in the world, and every mother has it - Chinese proverb

 

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