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The Minister for Foreign affairs, Gen. Jeje Odongo together with area leaders during the commissioning of projects in kiruhura district

Kiruhura: Beneficiaries urged to care for projects done by UPDF

The Minister for Foreign affairs, Gen. Jeje Odongo has commissioned the staff quarters of ten rooms as well as a complete toilet building at Nshwere Primary school and staff quarters of two rooms at Rwobusisi Primary school in Kiruhura district.

Speaking to parents at Nshwere Primary School on Sunday, Odongo said the projects are part of the work done by the UPDF as part of Tarehe Sita anniversary week activities.

Representing the CDF, General Wilson Mbadi Mbasu in Kiruhura, Brig. Gen. Emmanuel Rwanshande said that after the successful bush war of NRA, they knew that their success came from civilians’ contribution to them, and that is why they pay them back by working for civilians.

UPDF work to civilians indicates that they appreciate the people who helped National Resistance Army (NRA), present day National Resistance Movement (NRM) to fight bad governments and save the country from the hands of dictatorship in 1986 when it was ushered into power.

Brig. Gen. Rwashande added that they did some different work for the districts of greater Mbarara region.

Hon. Kajwengye Wilson, the Member of Parliament Nyabushozi County urged the school management at Nshwere P/S to put more effort towards academic excellence of the pupils.

Hon. Jovanice Rwenduru Twinobusingye appreciated the UPDF for doing commendable work and asked the beneficiaries to take care of these projects.

The Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) did several activities like renovation and construction of infrastructure in select schools & health centres, health camps, general cleaning of towns in Mbarara City and district, Ibanda, Kazo, Isingiro, Kiruhura, and Rwampara districts to mark the 42nd Tarehe sita anniversary week.

The 42nd Tarehe Sita anniversary was held under the theme: “Recognizing the Sacrifice of the founders of the Peoples Revolution for social economic transformation.”

Story by Mutatiina Medison

President Museveni inspecting the Parade During Tarehe Sita celebrations at Kakyeka stadium on Monday.

UPDF praised for Tarehe Sita Anniversary week activities in Greater Mbarara

Political leaders and residents of Greater Mbarara region have expressed their gratitude towards the work that UPDF has done during the 42nd Tarehe sita week in this region.

This was revealed during the 42nd Tarehe sita celebrations held at Kakyeka stadium, Mbarara city on Monday.

During his speech, President Yoweri Museveni, the Commander in Chief of the armed forces who was the chief guest narrated the details of the attack revealing that, on February 6th in 1981 at 08:00am, the 43 members of the special force, armed with 27 rifles attacked a huge garrison of the Kabamba military training school.

President Museveni appreciated everyone that has made a contribution towards the success of the revolution and promised that their strategic goals of prosperity for all, strategic security for Africa and African fraternity, will be achieved.

“I salute all the people that have made any contribution to these heroic efforts, including the people of the Ankole-Kigyezi area who went through the invasion of 1972; the 1979 war when I was involved in capturing Mbarara Town on the 28th of February, 1979; and the protracted battle for Mbarara ─ 1985, when we besieged Mbarara barracks for 3 months,” said President Museveni.

Hon Mwesigwa Rukaari, the Member of Parliament Mbarara city said that the plan to bring Tarehe sita in Mbarara region was the best decision noting that Mbarara has been the centre of revolution since 1960s and for all the other revolutions throughout the years Mbarara was so involved and played a good role.

Rukaari added that through the work and dedication of UPDF, leaders and residents of Greater Mbarara region are now able to sacrifice their time for sanitation work and other works of development.

At the same event which was basically to benefit the people of Greater Mbarara Region through Tarehe sita week activities, Hon Jenipher Muheesi, the woman Member of Parliament Kazo district also appreciated UPDF for recognizing the work, the people of Mbarara did during the struggle.

During Tarehe sita week, the Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) did several activities like renovation and construction of infrastructure in select schools & health centres, health camps, general cleaning of towns and electing of monuments in remembrance of the efforts and sacrifices of the people from Greater Mbarara in the liberation struggle. 

The activities were carried out in Mbarara City and district, Ibanda, Kazo, Isingiro, Kiruhura, and Rwampara districts.

The 42nd Tarehe Sita anniversary was held under the theme: “Recognizing the Sacrifice of the founders of the Peoples Revolution for social economic transformation.”

Tarehe Sita is the day UPDF marks the attack on Kabamba barracks in 1981 which launched the five-year struggle that brought the National Resistance Movement (NRM) government into power 37 years ago.

The day is celebrated every 6th of February.

Kazo: Tarehe Sita anniversary army week activities launched

The Minister of Defence, Vincent Bamulangaki Ssempijja has today officiated the launch of the 42nd Tarehe Sita anniversary army week activities in Greater Mbarara sub-region.

Speaking as chief guest at the function that took place at Kazo Playground, in Kazo Town council, Kazo district, Ssempijja commended the people of Kazo for the various roles they played during the liberation saying that it’s the reason for the decision to bring this function to Kazo and greater Mbarara. 

Minister of Defence, Vincent Bamulangaki Ssempijja, the chief guest giving his remarks during the Tarehe Sita regional launch.

Speaking at the same function, the Deputy Chief of defence forces Maj. Gen. Don Nabasa who represented the Chief of Defence Forces Gen Wilson Mbasu Mbadi noted that Tarehe Sita activities exist not that they have a lot but to cement the relationship between the army and the people of Kazo and greater Mbarara for the work they did during the struggle.

The Chief of Civil-Military Cooperation in the UPDF, Brig. Gen. Emmanuel Rwashande lauded the residents for maintaining a strong relationship with the army, noting that the regional activities that include medical outreach programs, tree planting campaign and the construction and renovation of infrastructure in selected areas which symbolize the historical relationship between UPDF and the people which is critical for peace and stability so that prosperity can reign.

Minister of Defence, Vincent Bamulangaki Ssempijja, the chief guest waters a tree, he planted at Kazo District Headquarters.

Kazo district leaders led by the chairman LC V, Rev Samuel Mugisha and the area member of Parliament, Hon Dan Kimosho appreciated the president and the UPDF for considering Kazo to host this function saying the sons of Kazo also did good work in liberating this country.

The regional launch was attended by several dignitaries like; representatives of security forces, political leaders of greater Mbarara sub-region , religious leaders, historicals, opinion leaders among others and was celebrated under the Theme; “Recognizing the sacrifice of the founders of the people’s revolution for social economic transformation.”

Hepatitis B test results (Courtesy photo)

Kazo: Residents urged to get vaccinated against Hepatitis B

In an effort to raise awareness about Hepatitis B, our reporter caught up with Mumbere Sam, the in-charge of Bahamagara Medical Clinics operating in Kazo Town Council, Kazo District.

Dr Mumbere explained that Hepatitis affects people in different ways; some may experience fatigue, stomach pain or fever, while others may not even know that they have Hepatitis.

A section of people develop serious health ailments, which include liver failure or brain damage.

According to the World Health Organization(WHO), Hepatitis B is a viral infection that attacks the liver and can cause both acute and chronic disease.

The Hepatitis virus presents in five commonly known strains: Type A, B, C, D and E.

All of them affect the liver but there are some key differences in origin, transmission, and severity of the disease. 

WHO adds that the virus is most commonly transmitted from mother to child during birth and delivery, as well as through contact with blood or other body fluids during sex with an infected partner, unsafe injections or exposures to sharp instruments.

WHO maintains that Hepatitis is manageable and can only be preventable with vaccination, but there is no cure at present. 

Dr Mumbere has urged people to avoid all the ways of contracting viral infections like avoiding unprotected sex with an infected person, constant testing, among others which are the most common cause of hepatitis.

Dr Mumbere has also urged people to vaccinate noting that Hepatitis B can be prevented by vaccines that are safe, available and effective.

WHO estimates that Hepatitis B affects approximately 296 million people, including over 6 million children under the age of 5 and it contributes to an estimated 820,000 deaths every year.

Youth asked to embrace Sports to nurture talents

Thousands of spectators flocked Mungonya playground in Kararo, Kyeizooba, Bushenyi district to watch 8th edition of Bushenyi under 17 league cup finals between Nyabubare and Mashonga fc.

While officiating the function, Dan Mugura Karukiiko hailed the organizers noting that this will help young people to discover their talents.

Mugura urged people to support sports saying that sports are no longer a wastage of time, rather the sports are looked at as a major source of employment to youths.

He however appealed to players to continue with their studies not to focus on sports saying sports are helpful to those who are educated.

Sharif Nuwagaba, the chairperson Bushenyi under 17 league said that this tournament started with the aim of bringing youth together and discovering talents of different people from Bushenyi district and over 300 have so far benefited through acquiring scholarships at different levels of education.

Nyabubare young stars fc defeated Mashonga fc 2-0 in the 90-minute game play and the winning team was given a trophy and sets of uniforms.

Kazo: Farmers asked to vaccinate their animals 

Farmers in Kazo district have been called upon to embrace vaccination to protect their animals from diseases and death.

Speaking to our reporter on issues concerning animal health on Wednesday, Dr Kiyemba Ronald, the Kazo district veterinary officer revealed that over 571 cows have died of Clostridia diseases in just three months in Kazo district.

Dr Kiyemba added that this infectious disease was first reported in the month of October in Rwemikoma Sub-county and the next cases were recorded in Engari Sub-county. It further spread to other sub counties like Kazo town council, Kazo, Buremba, Nkungu and Kanoni.

Dr Kiyemba explained that Clostridia diseases are caused by anaerobic bacteria that are widespread in the environment, particularly in soil, and are often fatal.

Dr Kiyemba appealed to farmers to use OX 30% first and clostridia vaccine two times to protect cattle against diseases caused by toxins produced by infections from one or more clostridium bacteria.

Following the residents’ outcry, Hon Dan Kimosho the area member of Parliament also raised this issue as a matter of national importance in Parliament on Wednesday.

In response, the speaker of Parliament, Rt. Hon. Anitah Annet Among tasked the Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries (MAAIF) to make a thorough study on the attack of this strange disease in the cattle corridor across the country.

Residents working on the affected road in Kanoni sub-county.

Kazo: Residents of Kanoni accuse district leadership of failure to work on roads

Residents of Rwemengo and Mbogo parishes in Kanoni Sub-county, Kazo district have started working on their 8km community access road, which has been in a sorry state for over 15years.

The residents secured permission from Kazo district local government to work on the road through the mobilization of Chairman LC II, Lay Canon Edward Kibwenga, together with their community work chairperson, Tumwine David Tumushabe with funding from Francis Rumoma, one of the area residents.

Over 30 residents and boda boda riders volunteered to carry the stones, pave water runways and level the road on behalf of the district.

Lay Canon Edward Kibwenga, the chairman LC II Rwemengo parish, said that after heavy rains destroyed the road, making it impossible for people and vehicles to move, they have been reporting about its sorry state to the district officials who promised to work on it after the rains, all in vain. 

 Kibwenga added that after a long wait they were able to mobilize for culverts and tractors from the one Francis which helped them to do the work successfully.

A tractor borrowed by the residents working on one of the roads in Kanoni sub-county.

A section of residents led by Chairman Boda Boda, Kanoni Sub-county told our reporter that this road has become a spot for many accidents because of the many gullies that have filled the road since it was last rehabilitated 10 years ago.

The residents requested the Government to complete the community access roads by putting culverts since they have opened the roads.

Tumwine David Tumushabe, resident and chairperson of community work attributed the failure to work on the roads to district officials for neglecting the area. 

Tumushabe said the roads were last rehabilitated when it was still Kiruhura district.

Stakeholders pose for a photo infront of of North Ankole Mission Hospital under construction.

North Ankole Diocese begins construction of mission Hospital.

In a bid to improve health care for residents in Kiruhura and Kazo districts and the surrounding areas, the North Ankole Diocese is establishing a mission hospital.

The construction of this hospital dubbed North Ankole Mission hospital which has already started in Rushere town council, Kiruhura district is expected to be completed in about two years, to provide good health services to people especially minimizing cases of maternal mortality.

Speaking during the North Ankole Diocese 19th anniversary function held on Sunday at Emmanuel cathedral Rushere town council, Kiruhura, the Rt. Rev. Steven Namanya, the North Ankole Diocesan Bishop, said they have reached a phase of outpatient which has the capacity to accommodate 55 beds.  

Bishop Namanya revealed that although they managed to start the constructions of the hospital, they need the support of well-wishers and corporate companies to extend the services to vulnerable communities in the region.

Bishop Namanya revealed Uganda Baati Ltd has already supported them with 700 iron sheets worth UGX 51 million that contributed more to their effort.

George Arodi, the CEO Uganda Baati promised to continue giving a hand to Bishop Namanya until the hospital is completed thoroughly.

Speaking at the same function, Jotham Taremwa, former spokesperson of Uganda electoral commission praised the bishop for his contribution towards the economic and spiritual nourishment of the diocese.

Once completed, the Hospital will offer services including but not limited to maternity and pediatric services, TB and HIV care and treatment, neonatal intensive care unit, outpatient unit and dental services among others.

Story by Mutatiina Medison

Kazo: Youth asked to do God’s work

Rev Ven.  Kwesiga Emmanuel Katamunanwire, the archdeacon of St Johns church of Uganda, has urged the youth to have hope in Jesus Christ if they want to be saved from sin.

Rev Ven.  Kwesiga Emmanuel Katamunanwire made the call while speaking during the official opening of the 2nd Annual youth and children convention, 2023 of Kazo Archdeaconry under the diocese of North Ankole on Thursday Evening at Kazo secondary school in Kazo district.

Speaking as the first speaker during the same occasion, the Kazo District Education Officer, Agume Robert Rwabwizi asked youth to do the work of God and obey his roles in order to live with harmony.

This year’s convention will run from 12th to 14th January 2023 under the whole diocese theme; “…Look, the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world!” John 1:29.

State Minister of Defense in charge of veterans affairs,Oleru Huda Abason with Army veterans of Kiruhura in Kiruhura.

Kiruhura: Veterans urged to be patient with government to solve their challenges

The state Minister of defense in charge of army veteran affairs in Uganda, Mrs. Oleru Huda Abason has revealed that the amendment of UPDF 2005 Act, yet to be tabled in parliament as a bail is intending to solve issues of army veterans like compensation, pension, health treatment among others.

Meeting army veterans in Kiruhura district yesterday at Kiruhura headquarters, Minister Huda received several complaints from these veterans about the problems they are facing.

Some of the complaints are that veterans face difficulties in the process of getting their pension yet it is little, they are ignored by the government among others.

One of NRA veterans told Minister Huda that government did not trace them or relatives of those who died and that up to now they are not helped.

In response, Minister Huda encouraged them to be patient adding that their issues will be solved after the parliament passes UPDF 2005 Act into law.

She added that compensation, creating referrals, pension payments are some of the major issues targeted.

Minister Huda urged army veterans to remain hopeful not immediately relinquish yet good things are coming to them from the government.

Hon. Tayebwa Herbert, MP for Kashongi County also noted that army veterans in Kashongi are struggling with many challenges that need solutions to improve their standards of living.

Hon. Wilson Kajwengye, MP for Nyabushozi county noted that for both FRONASA veterans and NRA later UPDF veterans, spouses of those deceased should be considered by the government.

George Bakunda, the RDC for Kiruhura told the veterans that although they are suffering, government has a plan for them.


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