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As it Happened: Uganda Today - Wednesday, November 27

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Democratic Party is handing over the Inter-Party Organisation for Dialogue leadership to Forum for Democratic Change

As it Happened: Uganda Today - Wednesday, November 27

Democratic Party is handing over the Inter-Party Organisation for Dialogue leadership to Forum for Democratic Change



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4:05 pm Good evening!

That brings to a close today's coverage of events around the country and beyond. Let us do this again tomorrow.




3:54 pm Basketball Playoff Finals here

UCU Canons look to upset reigning champions City Oilers when game one of the FUFA National Basketball League Playoffs tips off this evening.

The match hasn't been without its controversies with FUBA turning down an 11th-hour appeal by the Oilers to postpone the finals as the team prepares for the Basketball Africa League which gets underway on December 17.

"By the time the Oilers played the semi-finals against Warriors they knew when the Finals would start and did not complain," FUBA president Nasser Sserunjogi told New Vision on Tuesday.

For the Oilers, playing the NBL Finals, which could stretch to as far as 9 Dec, would leave them with little time to gel as a team, with five foreign recruits due to be added to their squad.

In the ladies, UCU Lady Canons take on favourites JKL Lady Dolphins in the playoff final.




3:41 pm Bugiri bans use of govt vehicles at night 

The Bugiri resident district commissioner, Martin Mugabi, has banned the use of government vehicles beyond 7:00 pm over what he says is increasing cases of abuse of the vehicles by drivers and district employees.

Mugabi says that on most occasions, government vehicles are always seen parked at bars and pork joints at night, which contravenes the standing orders on the handling of public assets.

"Government vehicles should be strictly for doing official work and thereafter, one can move in his or her personal vehicle for purposes of leisure," Mugabi said.

He said all drivers and government employees have been instructed to always park the vehicles at a Police station or face arrest.




3:30 pm Champions League tonight

The final matches of Gameweek 5 of the UEFA Champions League happen tonight with qualification for the knockout stages high on the agenda for most teams. 

Valencia v Chelsea (8:55 pm)

Zenit St. Petersburg v Lyon

Barcelona v Borussia Dortmund (11:00 pm)

Genk v Red Bull Salzburg

Lille v Ajax

Liverpool v Napoli

RB Leipzig v Benfica

Slavia Prague v Inter Milan 




3:12 pm Whose knife is this?

In arresting the group of men that blocked traffic during a protest against unemployment and corruption in the country, the Police says that they found this machete (?) on one of the men when arresting them on Kampala Road.



ampala etropolitan olice spokesperson atrick nyango displays the knife hoto by onsiano simbiKampala Metropolitan Police spokesperson Patrick Onyango displays the knife. Photo by Ponsiano Nsimbi




2:48 pm | Flood warning system ravaged

The sh780m early flood warning system which was installed on River Manafwa on the Himutu sub-county bridge in Butaleja district has been vandalised.

The facility was installed in 2015 to alert locals in the flood-prone district of Butaleja as part of the efforts to avert disasters in the region. Residents said the system broke down three years ago.

The system was procured by the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) and the International Telecommunications Union.

It was set up in such a way that once the water levels reach a certain point on the sensor, a signal is activated, alerting the communities to shift to safer places. The alarm from the system would be heard by residents in a radius of 11km.

Last week's heavy downpour ravaged several sub-counties in Butaleja district and destroyed Nabiganda bridge, which connects Budaka, Butaleja and Mbale district.




2:30 pm | Woman dies in mysterious hotel fire

An unidentified woman suspected to be about 20 years old was found to have died from suspected suffocation inside a room at Hotel Roma Lodge in Gulu Municipality following a mysterious fire that engulfed the room.

By press time the woman had not yet been identified and the Police took her body to the Gulu Regional Referral Hospital mortuary for a post-mortem and public viewing to aid in establishing her identity.

A man identified as Patrick Kinyera Dodo was rescued from the same room in which the woman died and is in Police custody to aid in investigations.


he fire consumed a number of neighbouring rooms hoto by ennis jweeThe fire consumed a number of neighbouring rooms. Photo by Dennis Ojwee




1:57 pm | Uganda to host POATE 2020

As Uganda moves to position as a premier tourist destination, the Uganda Tourism Board (UTB) is set to host the 5th annual Pearl of Africa Tourism Expo (POATE 2020); a tourism and travel trade exhibition which brings together regional and international tour operators, travel agents, destination agencies and various players in the tourism trade to network and facilitate tourism business.

State Minister for Tourism Godfrey Kiwanda and UTB executive director Lily Ajarova were on hand to launch the three-day expo will run from February 4-6, 2020, to be held at Speke Resort in Munyonyo. 

POATE 2020 will integrate a business-to-business (B2B) and business-to-consumer (B2C) trade event format under the theme ‘Inspiring High-Value Engagement to Promote Intra-Africa Travel for Leisure, Business and Adventure', and it is aimed at raising Uganda's profile as a preferred destination in the region and internationally.


 executive director ily jarova and tate inister for ourism odfrey iwanda at the launch hoto by li wahaUTB executive director Lily Ajarova and State Minister for Tourism Godfrey Kiwanda at the launch. Photo by Ali Twaha






1:39 pm | Kampala Road demo

Regarding the protest by a group of men earlier today, (see 12:25) here are more photos of the incident which blocked traffic on Kampala Road.



hristopher ine led the protest which ended in the groups detainment hoto by onsiano simbiChristopher Aine led the protest which ended in the group's detainment. Photo by Ponsiano Nsimbi






1:16 pm | IPOD handover

DP has handed over leadership of IPOD to FDC, making FDC both the chair of the IPOD Summit and the IPOD Council.

The summit is composed of leaders of political parties and the council is composed of party secretary generals and other representatives. The government and opposition chief whip are also members of the council.

 president orbert ao hands over the  flag to s atrick muriat hoto by imon eter umwineDP president Norbert Mao hands over the IPOD flag to FDC's Patrick Amuriat. Photo by Simon Peter Tumwine







12:57 pm | Celebrating 55 years of Runyankole-Rukiga Bible 

Christians from all over Kigezi have today gathered at Kabale Municipal Stadium for celebrations to mark 55 years of the Runyankole-Rukiga Bible.

The event organised by the Uganda Bible Society is being held under the theme ‘Your Word Is a Lamp under My Feet...'




r ilverio winomugisha the abale iocese icar eneral asked hristians to always spare time to read the ible for daily inspiration hoto by ilson siimweFr Silverio Twinomugisha the Kabale Diocese Vicar General asked Christians to always spare time to read the Bible for daily inspiration. Photo by Wilson Asiimwe






12:41 pm | Kasubi Market nears completion

The sh2bn Kasubi Market is set to be handed over in December to traders.

The market is being constructed by a local contractor, with funding from the government providing over 1200 workspaces to vendors. The market which is the new home to more than 20,000 traders, is on Hoima Road, about a kilometre from the road reserve where traders are currently operating from.

Peter Kaujju the spokesman of KCCA which is constructing the market as well as in Kitintale, and Busega, said the market has modern trading spaces, a daycare centre for mothers with young children and a Police post to ensure law and order are upheld.

he new market will provide 1200 workspaces to vendors ourtesy hotoThe new market will provide 1200 workspaces to vendors. Courtesy Photo


he traders are currently operating in a road reserve ourtesy hotoThe traders are currently operating in a road reserve. Courtesy Photo




12:25 pm | Four arrested on Kampala Road 

Police has detained four men who held up traffic on Kampala Road saying they were protesting the lack of jobs in the country.

Led by Christopher Aine, the group also railed against what they called rampant corruption in the country.

hristopher ine is dragged away by olice to the entral olice tation in ampala hot by uth akanwagiChristopher Aine is dragged away by Police to the Central Police Station in Kampala. Phot by Ruth Nakanwagi








12:10 pm | Hoima airport completion extended to 2023

Uganda Civil Aviation Authority (UCAA) has approved the extension to the completion deadline of Hoima International Airport by two years following a site visit by UCAA officials to the airport.

The airport whose first phase of construction started in 2018 and was initially projected to be completed by 2021, was extended to February 2023.

The project is being undertaken by Colas, a French-British firm, together with SBC International an Israel firm at a cost of €300m.

34% of the entire construction work has so far been done and when complete, the runway will be of 4.5 kilometres long and 45 metres wide, with the capacity to accommodate 4 large cargo aircraft with a possibility for expansion in the future to have a 81,500 square metre-parking apron. The 4.5sq km airport has the capacity to handle 2 million passengers a year.

Hoima international airport is expected to facilitate the movement of sensitive equipment for the construction of the Uganda oil refinery which will be established a few kilometres away from the airport and assist in the development of agriculture and tourism in the western region.


 officials during the tour of the ongoing works at oima nternational irport hoto by obert tuhairweUCAA officials during the tour of the ongoing works at Hoima International Airport. Photo by Robert Atuhairwe




11:37 am | World AIDS Day preparations

These are the highlights from Wednesday's press conference addressed by Esther Mbayo, the minister in charge of the presidency, ahead of World AIDS Day.

  • The national celebrations will be held on Sunday in Kayunga district.
  • Kayunga was chosen due to high HIV prevalence currently at 7.6%, high presence of most-at-risk populations including the fishing community and migrant workers, as well as high teenage pregnancy currently at 24%.
  • President Yoweri Museveni is expected to be the chief guest at the event.
  • The national theme for this year is 'Engaging Young People to Champion the End of New HIV Infections'.
  • Young people (15-24 years) contribute 34% of new HIV infections annually.
  • A high-level public lecture in memory of the late Philly Bongole Lutaaya will be held on December 29 to recognise Lutaaya's selfless effort in breaking the stigma and discrimination around HIV/AIDS.
  • The lecture will be held under the theme ‘Sustainability of Uganda's HIV and AIDS Response Beyond 2020' and will provide the opportunity to explore possibilities of increasing domestic financing for Uganda's HIV/AIDS response.
  • The keynote speaker during the lecture event will be Dr Alex Coutinho who has practised medicine and public health in Africa for the past 35 years.




11:24 am | Today's Rastoon 

The Police has put restrictions on all vehicles entering Uganda from South Sudan due to tax concerns by URA.




11:10 am | A call for national unity

Speaking at the IPOD handover ceremony, Justice James Ogola who is the chief guest has said that Uganda needs national harmony and not discord.

"In other countries like the UK there is Brexit and impeachment in the US but here we are having a peaceful handover," Ogola said.




10:58 am | World AIDS Day preparations




10:45 am | Namibia goes to the polls

amibians wait in line to access a polling station  hotoNamibians wait in line to access a polling station. AFP Photo







10:27 am | DP hands over IPOD leadership

The Democratic Party (DP) is today handing over leadership of the Inter-Party Organisation for Dialogue to the Forum of Democratic Change (FDC). Political parties present for the ceremony include FDC, DP, Justice Forum, National Resistance Movement and Uganda People's Congress.

s immy kena 2nd left s obert ao 2nd right and s right ahead of the ceremony hoto by imon eter umwineUPC's Jimmy Akena (2nd left), DP's Nobert Mao (2nd right) and FDC's (right) ahead of the ceremony. Photo by Simon Peter Tumwine




10:12 am | Sudan scraps law abusing women's rights

Sudan's cabinet has scrapped a controversial law that severely curtailed women's rights during the 30-year tenure of deposed autocrat Omar al-Bashir, state media reported.

Thousands of women were flogged, fined and even jailed during Bashir's rule under the archaic public order law.

The cabinet's decision is still to be ratified by the ruling sovereign council, which is an 11-member joint civilian-military body.

Bashir seized power in an Islamist-backed coup in 1989, severely restricting the role of women in Sudan for decades.

During his rule, authorities implemented a strict moral code that activists said primarily targeted women, through harsh interpretations of Islamic sharia law.




9:55 am | Weather

While we are probably experiencing what's left of the rainy season, today's weather forecast promises a sunny day.




9:41 am | Butaleja flood victims get aid

Victims of the recent floods that mostly affected the sub-counties of Himutu and Mazimasa in Butaleja district are receiving much-needed aid.

The consignments for each household include water-treatment tablets, water tanks and tippy-tap containers.

Since 2008, Butaleja district has been suffering from flooding whereby several gardens, as well as houses, get submerged in water.

Three rivers; Namatala, Mpologoma and Manafwa cross through the sub-counties and bring with them huge volumes of water during the rainy season leading to the bursting of banks. In 2008, a deadly cholera outbreak happened as a result and claimed two lives.

utaleja resident district commissioner immy bil segawa handing over relief items to a beneficiary hoto by eorge itaButaleja resident district commissioner Jimmy Ebil Ssegawa handing over relief items to a beneficiary. Photo by George Bita


ome parts of ahindu village azimasa subcounty remain flooded hoto by eorge itaSome parts of Mahindu village, Mazimasa sub-county remain flooded. Photo by George Bita




9:26 am | Today in History

November 27, 1988 — Mother Teresa announced that she intended to set up a home in Uganda for the destitute and homeless.

She was at a tea party held at the Indian High Commissioner's residence in Kololo. She visited homes of the needy including the slums of Kisenyi.

Mother Teresa was visiting Uganda for the second time after the first in 1981.




9:10 am | Namibia goes to the polls

Namibians head to the polls today for a general election in which resentment stoked by economic hardship and a corruption scandal could challenge the ruling party's majority.

The sparsely populated nation -- where the Namib desert stretches along 1,500 kilometres (930 miles) of Atlantic coastline -- has been ruled by the South West Africa People's Organisation (SWAPO) since independence from South Africa in 1990.

President Hage Geingob is vying for re-election after his first term was marred by a recession that stirred anger against SWAPO, which continues to bask in the legacy of the liberation struggle.

A SWAPO member standing as Namibia's first independent candidate, ex-dentist Panduleni Itula, 62, has garnered support among jobless young people.

While Geingob is widely expected to win, his result is predicted to drop from the 87 percent of votes he garnered in 2014. 

amibia incumbent resident and amibia ruling party outh est frica eoples rganization  presidential candidate age eingob enters a voting booth to electronically mark his vote  hotoNamibia incumbent President and Namibia ruling party South West Africa People's Organization (SWAPO) presidential candidate Hage Geingob enters a voting booth to electronically mark his vote. AFP Photo




8:50 am | Today's New Vision

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8:40 am | Your dose of motivation

Set your sights high, the higher the better. Expect the most wonderful things to happen, not in the future but right now. Realize that nothing is too good. Allow absolutely nothing to hamper you or hold you up in any way.

Eileen Caddy




8:30 am | Good morning!

Glad you could join us on this glorious Wednesday morning as we chart our way through the events of the day.

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