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Archbishop Kazimba poses for a photo with delegates at National defense college

Archbishop Kazimba calls for establishment of churches in Military barracks

The Archbishop of the Church of Uganda, his grace Stephen Kazimba Mugalu has tasked the ministry of Defense to approve the construction of worship centres in different military barracks across the country.

Speaking during a thanksgiving service at the National defense college in Naminya ward, Njeru municipality, Buikwe district on Sunday, Archbishop Kazimba noted that establishing places of worship will enable soldiers to fellowship with God and access spiritual nourishment more easily since they are most of the time occupied with security concerns.

Kazimba who preached about the qualities of a good soldier cited the biblical Col. Conerious in the book of Acts 10, who spearheaded the preaching of the gospel of Jesus Christ during his time, encouraging members of the armed forces in Uganda to actively profess their faith in the different areas of deployment and effectively execute their mandate.

The Archbishop who noted that even men and women in uniform need God challenged soldiers and all other members of the armed forces to have faith in God, focus on leading corrupt free lives and desist from any involvement in undetectable money fraud schemes during the course of their careers.

The Archbishop also cautioned soldiers against engaging in multiple sexual affairs, saying that such acts will be an obstacle for them as they execute their mandate.

Edith Buturo, the Undersecretary at Defense Ministry revealed that plans to enable soldiers to easily access desirable places of worship in their areas of deployment are underway.

Crown Beverages Limited launches Aquafina enriched drinking water.

Crown Beverages Limited has launched Aquafina enriched drinking water in Uganda.

Speaking during the launch that took place on Thursday at the CBL Plant in Kakungulu, Sisa, Amos Nzeyi, the Chairman of Crown Beverages Limited, said that Aquafina is a whole different product and is a notch higher than the existing brands in the market and consumers will like it.

“You know normally, there are many types of wine, but there are some wines that are better than others…even whiskies by the way are not the same,” said Nzeyi adding that Aquafina is definitely a good addition to the market.

“We (Crown Beverages) have been registering achievements…we have won so many prizes of quality, cleanliness as you see this place is up to the standards of any watering company in the world, be in Europe, Asia, South Africa, America,” Nzeyi added.

Paddy Muramiirah, the CEO of Crown Beverages Limited said that Aquafina is an international brand and Uganda is just the third country in Africa to launch the product after Nigeria and Egypt.

Amos Nzeyi, the Chairman of Crown Beverages Limited(left) together with Paddy Muramiirah, the CEO of Crown Beverages Limited (right) during the launch of Aquafina enriched drinking water on Thursday.

Muramiirah added that the water is expertly processed ensuring only the essential elements and minerals remain, resulting in a clear, pure and perfect tasting water.

“Aquafina water is a worldwide water brand in Europe, Asia, South Africa, and America and is probably the best in Sub-Saharan Africa, in East Africa, it has launched first in Uganda before moving to other neighboring countries,” said Muramiirah.

Aquafina was first launched in the USA in 1994. Over the last two decades it has expanded into Asia, UAE, and most recently Africa.

Aquafina is available in a 500ml pack at a recommended retail price of UGX 1000 only countrywide.

Kazo: S.4 Student denied doing Kiswahili Paper

A senior four student at Rwemikoma seed secondary school in Rwemikoma sub-county, Kazo district is asking to be given a chance to do her Kiswahili paper her which was her last UNEB  paper.

Speaking to our reporter, Kirabo Flavia a student at Rwemikoma Seed school also a resident of Rwemikoma parish in Rwemikoma revealed that she reached the examination room 30 minutes after others had already started.

Kirabo says that she was delayed to reach the station in time because it was raining heavily so she had to wait.

Kirabo asked the government through Uganda National Examinations Board (UNEB)to intervene in this matter for her to do this paper.

Muhumuza Seregio, Kirabo’s father said that he was hurt after seeing his daughter coming home crying that she had been refused to do the paper noting this will affect his daughter and make her perform poorly.

Tumushabe Eliab, the head teacher Rwemikoma seed school revealed that the student came late after 1 hour and it was not his making saying UNEB was the in charge and following the directive as it was stated in rules and regulations.

Phionah Nazziwa, the chief invigilator who stopped the student from doing her paper after coming late told our reporter that the student came after 1 hour while other students had already started and that it is stated that they should not allow a student in the examination if he/she is 15 minutes late.

Examination malpractice suspects remanded

Two of the three suspects that were last week arrested on accusations of cutting a UNEB  examination envelop in Butambala have been remanded.

Court presided over by His Worship Bob Asiimwe, the Grade 1 Magistrate, Gombe Magistrate’s Court , remanded the two accused persons,  Mulindwa Micheal, 32, a property  broker, and a resident of Nsangi, Wakiso District,  together with  Mbayo Nelson, 45, a teacher and Resident of Namasuba Kikajo, Wakiso, to Kabasanda Government Prison  till next Wednesday,  November 23rd.

The third suspect; Chris Mutayisire, 30, a photographer and resident of Namasuba was released on bail and granted a cash bail of UGX 200,000 while each of his sureties were bonded to a non cash bail of UGX 5M each.

Asiimwe, granted the accused bail on grounds that he is a first time offender and a  freelance  photographer who is not likely to interfere with the investigations.

Court in Gombe, Butambala heard that on Tuesday November 8th, 2022, at Kibibi Town Council in Butambala District, the trio willfully, and maliciously damaged examination material of the  Primary Leaving Examination Mathematics Paper , contrary to section 28 of the UNEB Act 2021.

Europe’s Failure To Meet Its Climate Goals Should Not Be Africa’s Problem – Museveni

News from Europe that a vast windfarm is being demolished to make way for a new open-pit coal mine is the reprehensible double standard we in Africa have come to expect. As Europeans switch their coal-fired plants back on while still demanding fossil-fuel generation remains beyond the pale for Africans. It makes a mockery of Western commitments to climate targets and their promises to help speed African development all in one breath.

We are told that these are only temporary measures, needed to mitigate the energy shortages caused by the war in Ukraine. As soon as the conflict ends, the race to a renewable future will recommence.

In Africa, we believe what we see, not what we hear.

We see hundreds of millions of our own citizens without access to electricity. We see climate-compulsive Western investment in African energy funneled into wind and solar that creates intermittent electricity and not the consistent baseload generation required to power factories or produce employment. We see Europeans with jobs made possible by diverse means of electricity production, and Africans with neither, forcing tens of thousands to make life-threatening crossings of the Mediterranean Sea to Europe.

For some years we have been told fossil fuel investment in Africa for Africans is unacceptable. More recently, through a multi-Western country agreement, a moratorium has even become legally binding. Now with Europe reinvesting in its own fossil fuel power industry to bring mothballed power plants back online, in a truly perverse twist we are told new Western investment in African fossil fuels is possible—but only for oil and gas resources that will be piped and shipped to Europe. This is the purest hypocrisy.

We will not accept one rule for them and another rule for us. We will not allow African progress to be the victim of Europe’s failure to meet its own climate goals. It is morally bankrupt for Europeans to expect to take Africa’s fossil fuels for their own energy production but refuse to countenance African use of those same fuels for theirs.

When decisions like these are being made, and without a shred of self-awareness or honor, it is no surprise some of my counterparts call for reparations or handouts. But this is the last thing Africans need or most want. Dialing down the brazen double-standards is what we desire, along with the lifting of the moratorium on fossil fuel investments for Africa herself so we can meet the needs of our own people.

With this head-spinning pietism, neither should it surprise when Africans look elsewhere for investment that comes without lectures attached. The surfeit of Chinese energy investment in Africa in recent decades can be seen through this prism. More recent arrivals, including the Turks and Indians, are helping build the infrastructure Africans need to raise their continent out of poverty and onto the world stage. Even our old friend the United Kingdom —shorn these days it seems due to Brexit of some of the pretension that still seeps from their near neighbors—is taking a more “enlightenment” approach.

If Africa was to increase electricity production just by using her known reserves of natural gas, the continent’s share of global emissions would rise from 3 percent to just 3.5 percent. Instead, Western money has poured into wind and solar projects that receive applause from the virtuous in the corridors of Congress and the chancelleries of Europe—but leave Africans without electricity when the wind does not blow, and the sun does not shine.

Africa needs to diversify, not restrict its methods of energy production. For every wind or solar array, we need continuous baseload power produced by thermal, mini-hydro, natural gas, and in time, also nuclear. Even the International Energy Agency (IEA), recently in lock-step with Europe’s African fossil fuels investment moratorium, has changed its tune—now calling for Africa to be empowered to use gas and other hydrocarbons for industrialization.

$25 billion per year—less than was spent in six months this year on Western arms to the Ukraine conflict—would, according to IEA estimates, raise 600 million people out of energy poverty by 2030 through such diversification. Africa could repay this with the proceeds from energy investments, and it would be possible to employ and grow millions out of poverty. If Europe still will not help, then we will get there through our own endeavors and with the support of the willing who do not sermonize.

Europe’s failure to meet its climate goals should not be Africa’s problem. But that continent’s determination to write one set of rules for Europeans and a different set for Africans makes it so. It means Europe is complicit in forcing poverty on Africa, and that is not acceptable and will not stand. Should no climate agreement be signed at COP 27 in Egypt this week, we should all recognize who is responsible.

Yoweri Kaguta Museveni

President of the Republic of Uganda

Uganda’s First Satellite successfully Launched

Uganda’s first-ever satellite, PearlAfricaSat-1 has today been launched successfully.

The PearlAfricaSat-1 satellite whose development started in April 2020, was on Monday, successfully launched in a five-minute window that opened at 5:27 a.m. EST (1:27pm EAT) by America’s National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA).

The satellite which is a joint project between Uganda and Japan was developed by Ugandan engineers Edgar Mujuni, Bonny Omara, and Derrick Tebusweke as part of the BIRDS program, a cross-border interdisciplinary satellite project for non-space faring countries supported by Japan.

Engineers; Bonny Omara, Edgar Mujuni, and Derrick Tebusweke behind the development of Uganda’s first satellite.

Its launch follows Uganda’s agreement with Kyushu Institute of Technology (Kyutech) in Japan which involved up-skilling the three graduate engineers to design, build, test, and launch Uganda’s first satellite.

According to NASA, the launch which was supposed to take place on Sunday was rescheduled to Monday due to a fire alarm that occurred at the mission operations control center in Dulles, Virginia.

Dr Doreen Agaba, the technical lead of the Department of Aeronautics and Space Science, at the Science Technology and Innovation Secretariat said the satellite is loaded with more than 8,200 pounds of research, crew supplies, and hardware.

It was designed to provide research and observation data in six primary areas including weather forecast; land, water and mineral mapping; agriculture monitoring; infrastructure planning; border security, and disaster prevention.

Following its launch into space, PearlAfricaSat-1 will aid in research investigations including a study to better understand catastrophes that can occur after wildfires, to investigation ovary functions and provide about 20-metre resolution images for Uganda to facilitate water quality, soil fertility, and land use and cover analysis among others.

According to the engineers, the satellite will also play a vital role in the oil and gas operation by monitoring the East African Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP).

Dr Monica Musenero, the Minister for Science and Technology, said the satellite will save Uganda from relying on satellite data from other countries which are sometimes blamed for inaccurate weather predictions in the country.

Kazo: Parents urged to take their children for immunization.

The Kazo district RDC, Al-Hajji Mawiya Lule has rallied Parents and guardians to ensure that all their children under the age of five are vaccinated during the nationwide house-to-house Polio Immunization Campaign.

During an exclusive interview with Kazo FM, Mawiya noted that this vaccine does not have any negative effects on the children adding that it should be the responsibility of every parent to save the children against polio.

According to Jane Ruth Aceng, the Minister for Health, the second round of the national house to house polio immunization campaign is scheduled to run from Friday 4th-10th November 2022 in all districts of Uganda except those currently handling the Ebola outbreak.

In July 2022, Ministry of Health received a batch of 12.9 million doses of Oral Polio Vaccines from the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) to facilitate this second round of National house to house Polio Vaccination campaign.

During this polio immunization campaign, health workers will visit all places including homes, schools, places of worship, markets, care care centers and playgrounds and administer the oral polio vaccine to all children below the age of five.

According to World Health Organization (WHO), Polio is a highly infectious disease caused by a virus a virus that invades the nervous system causing total paralysis within hours and mainly affects child children under five years old and is transmitted by the fecal-oral route and by aerosol droplets.

WHO adds that paralysis is the most severe symptom associated with polio and while there is no cure for polio, the disease can be prevented through administration of a simple and effective vaccine. The ongoing vaccination campaign in Uganda targets to eliminate all forms of poliovirus.

Kazo district to benefit from 2023 Tarehe Sita activities

Uganda People’s Defence Forces (UPDF) has kicked off preparations for 41st Tarehe Sita celebrations to be held on 6th February 2023 in greater Mbarara.

Greater Mbarara constitutes of Mbarara city, Mbarara district, Isingiro, Ibanda, Rwampara, Kiruhura and Kazo districts.

To celebrate this day, the UPDF has since customized the tradition of celebrating defense forces’ week and Tarehe Sita on a regional rotational basis where it carries out various civil-military cooperation activities intended to recognize and give back to the people of Uganda as a token of appreciation.

During a meeting with UPDF officials led by Brig Gen Emmanuel Rwashande together with local leaders of Kazo district on Wednesday last week, ways on how the local community will benefit from the celebrations were given priority.

Representatives from UPDF pose for a photo with Kazo district leadership after the meeting on Wednesday.

Col Deo Akiiki, the UPDF deputy spokesperson said as UPDF, they want to extend a helping hand to the local community by renovating different public centers like schools and hospitals in greater Mbarara. 

The select projects to benefit from this initiative by the UPDF in Kazo district include; Kyengando-Orushango and Akati-Kamukwenda Bridges which they will construct,  Ngomba health centre II  where they will construct one structure, Kyabwayera primary school where they will also construct class room blocks, Migina health centre II where they will do renovations,  Rwemikoma primary school where they will construct two classrooms, Burunga Buyanga dam where they will do desilting and Kiguma primary school in Burunga which will construct at least one classroom block in honour of Late Gen Elly Tumwine and late historical Sheff Ali.

Rev Samuel Mugisha Katugunda, the LC V chairperson Kazo District appreciated UPDF for rendering support to people of Kazo through among other things constructing some of bridges, Schools and hospitals in the district which he says will change the face of the District in both education and health.

Addressing the media at the sidelines of the tour, Hon Dan Kimosho, the MP Kazo constituency commended UPDF for considering Kazo district saying that it will change the status of some sectors like education and Hospitals in the district.

It will be remembered that it was a suggestion of Hon Kimosho, to have Kazo district host the Tarehe sita and now the district is set to have the regional launch for Tarehe Sita’s 41st celebrations.

Tarehe Sita marks the day National Resistance Army (NRA) rebels launched an attack on Kabamba barracks as part of their military campaign against the Milton Obote-led government on February 6th, 1981 which later ushered in the leadership of the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) government.

UCE exams begin, Students confident that they will excel

Senior four students have today commenced their Uganda Certificate of Education (UCE) UNEB exams 2022 at their respective centres countrywide.

The students started with mathematics paper one and paper two.

In Kazo district, exams have started very well and a section of students in some schools told our reporter that their first paper, which was Mathematic paper one gave them confidence that they will perform well.

The students also noted that their exams were not tampered with and their invigilators were very professional.

At St Catherine Girls’ Sec school, 99 students were registered and all sat for the final examination according to Proscovia Kyomugisha, the headmistress while at Kazo modern high school, 33 students were registered and all sat for their final examinations according to Katureebe Godfrey, the head teacher.

In Mbarara, Simon Twinamastiko, the area supervisor Biharwe sub-county headquarters UNEB station intimated to our reporter that the examinations have been successfully conducted without any incident registered on the first day.

Twinamastiko noted that it’s only at Rugasha mixed school where only two students failed to sit for the exams due to withdrawal.

Biharwe sub-county headquarters UNEB station caters for 6 schools including; Rwansinga High School, Esteri Memorial Kokundeka School, St Paul Biharwe, Kashari High School, Mbarara Girls and Rugasha Mixed School.

Speaking to our reporter, Francis Turyaheebwa Kagaanda, the head teacher of Rwansinga High School appreciated the parents and teachers for doing all that it takes to ensure that the students are ready to sit for exams.

A section of senior four students at Rwansinga high school in Rubaya sub-county, Mbarara district who talked to our reporter after their first day of exams noted they hope to pass the exams because they covered the entire syllabus with their teachers.

Rwansinga high school registered 112 students with 58 females and 54 males who all sat for the 2022 UCE examinations.

In Bushenyi district, St Kaggwa Bushenyi high school, 97 students were registered and they all sat for their final examinations according to the school head teacher, Posy Kamugisha.

Kamugisha said that students were well prepared and despite the challenges faced during the covid-19 pandemic where students were directly promoted, the school managed to finish the syllabus.

At Bweranyangi Girls’ sec school, 339 students were registered and they all sat for the final examinations according to Juliet Muzoora, the headmistress.

At pioneer high school Bushenyi, the school registered 45 students and they all sat for their examination according to Pison Turyamureeba, the head teacher.

According to Jenifer Kalule Musamba, the UNEB spokesperson, a total of 349445 Senior Four candidates, 175,923 males and 175522  females are expected to sit for their UCE final examinations countrywide.

Makerere at 100: Museveni emphasizes need to focus on science

Thousands of people have today gathered at Makerere University to celebrate the institution’s 100 years of existence.

The centenary celebrations have been held under the theme: “Leveraging the 100 Years of Excellence in Building a Transformed Society

Established in 1922 with only 14 students, Makerere has over the years grown to become one of the most prestigious Universities in Africa and around the World.

Speaking at the event, Prof. Barnabas Nawangwe, the Vice Chancellor, said that nobody would have predicted that something that began with 14 bare feet students in grass thatched huts would evolve into what we have today.

“I pledge total commitment to Makerere University to ensure that our institution remains on the path to nurturing graduates and producing research responsible for national development,” said Prof Nawangwe.

Speaking at the ceremony, President Museveni who has been the chief guest emphasized his call on Makerere University to focus mainly on science and research to help solve the country’s problems.

H.E President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni having a photo moment with the top management of the University during Centenary Celebrations on Thursday.

The president explained that whereas other continents have made great strides towards development, African has remained behind because of failure to embrace science and technology as a key to growth and development.

 “If we are to survive in modern world we must deal with issue of prosperity of society. You can’t be prosperous unless you produce more goods and services of all types and with science, there has been some good progress. With science, we have moved a bit and now going to move more decisively,” said Museveni.

H.E President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni addressing Celebrants during Centenary Celebrations on Thursday.

Although he maintains his stance on paying scientists better than their arts counterparts, the president urged their social sciences counterparts to have something to show of their efforts to solve the country’s problems.

“Social scientists and economist should be talking of economic integration. For social scientists, let’s get time and talk .If Makerere has survived 100 years, what has not been done will be done.”

H.E President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni receives hand drawn portraits from a First year student, Ainamaani Brian during Centenary Celebrations on Thursday.

“I congratulate Makerere especially the science branch (for a job well-done). The faculties of medicine, agriculture, engineering, food science and ICT have done well and I encourage you to continue,” said Museveni.

In her speech delivered by the state minister, First Lady and Minister of Education and Sports, Janet Kataaha Museveni described the attainment of 100 years by Makerere University as historic.

“As we commemorate the significance of the past 100 years, we must leverage the vast experiences to spur national development.  We need to restore what has been broken to set new path for future generations.  I challenge Makarere to step out of the past and intentionally seek to provide solutions to society’s needs. As government we are committed to supporting you in this endeavor,” said Janet Museveni.

Among the notable Makerere University alumni are several presidents and prime ministers including Joseph Kabila (Democratic Republic of Congo), Julius Nyerere and Benjamin Mkapa (Tanzania), Mwai Kibaki (Kenya), and Milton Obote and Ruhakana Rugunda (Uganda).

Writers such as Ngugi wa Thiong’o from Kenya and David Rubadiri from Malawi, scholars and political activists such as Stella Nyanzi and Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine are also Makerere alumni.


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