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Two arrested for attempting to bribe State House Anti-Corruption Unit officials with UGX 5m

State House Anti-Corruption Unit working together with Uganda Police have arrested Mungereza Edward who tried to bribe officials from State House Anti -Corruption Unit with UGX5m with the purpose of making them release his friend; Tumwiine Evarist.

Mungereza Edward upon arrest with the UGX 5m that he offered to State House Anti corruption Unit officials

Tumwiine Evarist had been arrested for conspiring to process & acquire a land title of up to 14.62 hectares of government land that houses a health Center III, 2 cattle dams, LC 11 Administrative Units and play grounds among others at Kyarwabuganda Village, Kakoma Parish, Kakiika Subcounty in Mbarara district.

Tumwiine Evarist arrested for conspiracy to fraudulently acquire land.

Upon his arrest, Tumwiine was also found in possession of 2 Identity Cards indicating that he is the Senior Staff Surveyor of Masaka & Mbarara under Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development.

The 2 Identity Cards found in possession of Tumwiine indicating that he is the Senior Staff at Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development.

It is said that the suspect also had land applications, original land files & land titles.

Tumwiine then sent the bribe through his friend Mungereza who has also been arrested for offering and giving a bribe.

Civil society organizations ask stakeholders to intensify sensitization about Hepatitis

Uganda has today joined the rest of the world to commemorate World Hepatitis Day the under the theme ‘bringing hepatitis care closer to you.

This is intended to focus on raising awareness about the need to make Hepatitis care more accessible, so that people can get better access to treatment and medical care in the primary health facilities and communities.

Civil society organizations have called upon stakeholders to intensify sensitization to create more awareness against the disease which leads to severe liver disease and liver cancer.

According to World Health Organization (WHO) Hepatitis affects people in different ways, whereas some may face fatigue, stomach pain or fever, others may not even know that they have Hepatitis. A section of people develop serious health ailments, which include liver failure or brain damage.

Dr Mumbere Sam, the in-charge of Bahamagara Medical Clinics operating in Kazo Town Council, Kazo District revealed that the disease goes mostly undetected due to an absence of symptoms until it is too late for treatment causing preventable loss of life as the tragic result.

Dr Mumbere urged people to vaccinate, avoid having unprotected sex with an infected person, continuous testing, and others ways to protect themselves from contracting viral infections which are the most common causes of hepatitis.

According to Dr Mumbere, Hepatitis B infection is caused by the hepatitis B virus (HBV) which is passed from person to person through blood, semen or other body fluids and clarified that it does not spread by sneezing or coughing.

Mode of transmission of Hepatitis B (Flyer: Ministry of Health Uganda)

According to Ministry of Health, Common ways that Hepatitis B virus can spread are:

  • Sexual contact. one may get hepatitis B if they have unprotected sex with someone who is infected and the virus can pass to someone if the person’s blood, saliva, semen or vaginal secretions enter their body.
  • Sharing of needles. HBV easily spreads through needles and syringes contaminated with infected blood. Sharing IV drug paraphernalia puts one at high risk of hepatitis B.
  • Mother to child. Pregnant women infected with HBV can pass the virus to their babies during childbirth.
  • Accidental needle sticks. Hepatitis B is a concern for health care workers and anyone else who comes in contact with human blood.

Hepatitis B signs and symptoms may include:

  • Abdominal pain
  • Dark urine
  • Fever
  • Joint pain
  • Loss of appetite
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Weakness and fatigue
  • Yellowing of your skin and the whites of your eyes (jaundice)
Signs and symptoms of Hepatitis (Flyer: Ministry of Health Uganda)

Prevention

The hepatitis B vaccine is typically given as three or four injections over six months and one can’t get hepatitis B from the vaccine.

Hepatitis B Vaccination (Flyer: Ministry of Health Uganda)

Dr Mumbere noted that vaccination is one proven effective way of preventing hepatitis, which is why it is recommended at the earliest age possible adding although there is no known cure at moment, hepatitis can be preventable with immunization and manageable. 

The hepatitis B vaccine is recommended for: newborns, children and adolescents not vaccinated at birth, people who live with someone who has hepatitis B,  health care workers, emergency workers, people who have multiple sexual partners and people who come into contact with blood of anyone who has a sexually transmitted infection, including HIV among others.

Dr. Diana Atwiine, the permanent secretary for ministry of health revealed that free Hepatitis screening is available at all HC IIIs up to National Referral Hospital while treatment is administered from HC IVs up to National Referral level.

Dr Matshidiso Moeti, the WHO Regional Director for Africa revealed that more than 90 million people are living with hepatitis in Africa, accounting for 26% of the global total.

“I appeal to people across Africa to seek testing and treatment for hepatitis. We need to take collective responsibility for eliminating this disease by 2030,”said Dr. Moeti in a statement.

WHO aims at achieving hepatitis elimination by 2030, and has called upon countries to achieve specific targets which includes;

  • Reducing new infections of hepatitis B and C by 90%;
  • Reducing hepatitis related deaths from liver cirrhosis and cancer by 65%;
  • Ensuring that at least 90% of people with hepatitis B and C virus are diagnosed; and that at least 80% of those eligible receive appropriate treatment.

Amanya Mushega’s security guard allegedly commits suicide

Police in Bushenyi district are investigating circumstances under which a 43 year old security guard was found dead at Amanya Mushenga’s residence on Monday.

Martial Tumusiime, the greater Bushenyi region Police spokesperson confirmed the incident and identified the deceased as John Kaganda, a resident of Nshozi cell, Bushenyi, Ishaka municipality.

Aseri Bwambale, the shamba boy who reported the matter to police, said that he was shocked to find the deceased body hanging on a tree tied using his bed-sheet.

Martial Tumusiime said the preliminary investigations indicate that Kaganda hanged himself with the bedsheet on a tree in the backyard of Mushega’s residence.

When police were informed, they responded and conveyed the body to Kampala International teaching hospital mortuary for postmortem examination as investigations into the matter continue.

Ntungamo: Mother and son arrested for murder

Police in Ntungamo have arrested a woman and her son for the murder of her husband.

The deceased has been identified as Tiwangye Appolo a resident of Rwakashana cell, Nyarubare parish, Ntungamo sub-county Ntungamo District.

Samson Kasasira, the Rwizi region Police Spokesperson revealed that upon receiving the report, a team of officers from Homicide with the help of the K9 unit responded and cordoned off the scene.

He added that the team introduced the police sniffer dog which picked the scent and led the officers to the home of the deceased’s second wife identified as Arinaitwe Agnes.

Police instituted a search and the phone belonging to the deceased was recovered with blood stains.

Kasasira noted that police has since established that the couple had a long-standing domestic wrangle.

Arinaitwe and her son have since been arrested to help with investigations.

Sheema: Prominent Businessman arrested for child ritual sacrifice

Police in Sheema have arrested a suspect identified as Kamugisha Joseph, alias Barimu, a money lender, prominent farmer and businessman, in connection with the disappearance of Kemigisha Christabel, a two-year girl victim, on the 18th July 2022, at Mutanoga cell, Kigarama sub-county in the Sheema district.

Byamukama Justus, the prime suspect admitted to kidnapping the victim, from the grand father’s home, a one Kakooma John which later turned into a murder, after the victim’s body was recovered.

Fred Enanga, the Police Spokesperson revealed in a statement that the motive of the disappearance and murder, appears to be for ritualistic sacrifice.

He added that in conspiracy with Tumwesigye Clinton alias Musajja, the suspects cut the victim’s throat and collected blood and thereafter, and dumped the victim’s body in front of Constance’s home, a neighbor and resident of the same village.

Enanga revealed that after the arrest of Musajja, it was established that he was in touch with Barimu, the prominent farmer/businessman, on the night that the victim was kidnapped and murdered and further admitted that it was the rich man who sent them for the blood.

Enanga noted that exhibits of a hoe, blood-stained clothes, phone print-outs and the killer weapon were recovered and commended the task team for their efforts.

“We shall continue to monitor the progress of the case, to seek justice for the victim,” said Enanga.

Enanga called upon the business community to come up with stronger measures of profiling and auditing the activities of all business persons in coordination with our intelligence components of CI, ISO, and CMI to help weed out brutal persons, who take advantage of young juveniles, in search of wealth and prosperity.

34 confirmed dead after bus plunges into a river

Up to 34 people have been confirmed dead after a bus belonging to Modern Coast Company travelling from Meru to the port city of Mombasa veered off the Nithi Bridge and plunged into the Nithi River, along Meru-Nairobi highway in Tharaka Nithi county, Western Kenya on Sunday evening.

Evans Achoki, the Eastern Regional Commissioner said bodies have been retrieved from the wreckage of the ill-fated bus, with the death toll currently standing at 34. 

Responders in an attempt to rescue the survivors from the river. 

The Police said 11 survivors; all male are receiving treatment at Chuka County Referral Hospital, St Theresa Kiirua Mission Hospital Meru and St Peters Hospital Nairobi with some nursing serious injuries and the search for more bodies in the river continues.

Nobert Komora, the Tharaka Nithi County Commissioner was quoted by the Nation saying that preliminary investigations showed that the bus’s brakes may have failed, preventing its driver from properly turning on a sharp bend at the bridge.

Komora said they were also working to retrieve the bus wreckage from the scene of the accident. 

The National Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) has since halted the operations of Modern Coast Express Limited.

“A thorough multi-agency investigation into the crash and an evaluation of the operator’s safety operational standards is currently underway,” said George Njao NTSA Director General in a statement.

Parents count losses after Iganga High School registers another fire outbreak in less than a month.

Angry parents have stormed Iganga High School demanding an explanation after another fire outbreak happened today morning and destroyed a dormitory barely a month after the last fire outbreak.

Photos showing the fire outbreak in Iganga High School that destroyed dormitories on June 19th 2022.

Hajji Abubaker Walubi, the Chairperson Parents’ Teacher’s Association(PTA) confirmed the fire outbreak adding that many of the students were already in class for morning preps when the fire broke out. 

The fire that is thought to have started around 6am affected a S.3 dormitory housing over 67 students and destroyed property worth millions of shillings including mattresses, clothes and other personal belongings.

The concerned parents rushed to the school this morning after learning about the fire from various sources and demanded entry into the school; they were however denied entry by the security guards. 

Angry parents camped at Iganga High School demanding an explanation about the fire outbreak. (Courtesy Photo)

The parents want the school to set up CCTV surveillance cameras at all dormitories to track possible culprits behind the fires.

Diana Nandawula, the Busoga East Police Spokesperson says that they have launched investigations into the possible cause of the fire.

Kazo: 28 year old man beaten into comma for allegedly stealing two goats

Police in Kazo are investigating circumstances under which a 28 year old man was beaten to comma by unknown people.

Kato Elias, a resident of Nyungu II village, Nyungu Parish, Kyampangara Sub-county, who has been working as a casual labourer in Bugarihe Parish, Rwemikoma Sub-county, Kazo District was on Saturday attacked by the mob after he was reportedly found slaughtering two goats that did not belong to him.

Kato however denies having stolen the goats saying the goats were given to him.

Police has since picked him and taken him to Kazo HCIV where he is currently receiving treatment as investigations into the matter continue.

UPDF Officer detained for allegedly trying to shoot a traffic police officer who was on duty.

Police in Kampala have arrested a UPDF solider identified as Herbert Kakama attached to Chief of Training and Recruitment, Mbuya, after he appeared in the video making rounds on social media where he is seen wrestling two traffic police officers to the ground.

In an incident that happened on Saturday, the UPDF officer RA 080643 WO1 had parked his vehicle REG No. UBK 210V at Kibuye roundabout and blocked big trucks from joining the roundabout which raised the concern of the traffic officers.

It is said that when one of the traffic police officers tried to engage the UPDF officer asking him to remove the vehicle as it was not safe for the other road users, he pulled out a gun and tried to fix a magazine in an attempt to shoot at them, prompting the other traffic police officer to join the scuffle.

The suspect was consequently overpowered as they wrestled him to the ground, disarmed and arrested him before being dragged to Katwe Police Station where he is currently detained.

Police officers privy to the matter revealed that they have opened up attempted murder charges against the suspect.

NITA-U commissions the Regional Communication Infrastructure Project (RCIP) in Mbarara

In a bid to boost Social-economic development using technology and digitalized services in Ankole Region, National Information Technology Authority Uganda (NITA-U) has commissioned the Regional Communication Infrastructure Project (RCIP) in Mbarara city.

The Regional communication infrastructure program (RCIP) is a world bank group regional instrument aimed at catalyzing private sector Investment to improve connectivity in East and Southern Africa.

Commissioning the RCIP on Thursday in Mbarara, Ayebare Magaret Rwebyambu the woman MP Mbarara district commended this initiative as it will help in curbing down the growing trend of criminality in the country as Suspects will be tracked on Closed circuit cameras of police. Adding that; this project will enhance service delivery especially with in security, health, schools and local Governments in terms of services.

She however implored local leaders to roll out sensitization programs of the youth on how best they can tap on the connectivity of NITA-U to solve the unemployment trend among the youth.

Dr Annabela Basaza, a Board member at NITA-U revealed that the scoop of the Regional Communication infrastructure project (RCIP) has been to provide connectivity to more than 52 Districts around the country.

Didas Tabaro, the LC V Chairman Mbarara district commended this initiative noting that it will save the district and the government at Large, the money spent on travels of officials. 

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