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FUFA cancels Uganda Cranes’ trip to UAE.

The Federation of Uganda Football Associations (FUFA) has cancelled the Uganda Cranes’ trip to the United Arab Emirates due to challenges with flight travel.

Uganda Cranes was set to travel for two intentional matches against AFCON bound sides Gabon and Mauritania in Abu Dhabi on 30/12/2021 and 01/01/2022 respectively.

However, according to Ahmed Hussein, the FUFA communications director, the trip which was slated for today December 29, 2021, has been cancelled due to flight challenges.

Inside life of Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Legacy and timeline of the South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

Desmond Mpilo Tutu was born on 7th/10/1931 in Klerksdorp, near Johannesburg.

In 1947, at only 16 years, he contracted tuberculosis, as he recuperated he was visited by Trevor Huddleston, a British Anglican pastor working in South Africa.

In1955, he got married to Nomalizo Leah Shenxane and began teaching at a secondary school in Johannesburg.

In 1961, he was ordained as a minister in the Anglican church, after quitting teaching with disgust at South Africa’s apartheid government’s inferior education for Blacks.

In 1962, he opted to study theology at King’s College London.

In 1966, he returned to South Africa to teach at a seminary in the Eastern Cape.

In 1975, he became the Anglican church’s first Black dean of Johannesburg.

In 1976, he served as Bishop of Lesotho and strongly voiced criticism of apartheid in South Africa.

In 1978, he became the general-secretary of the South African Council of Churches and achieved global prominence as a leading opponent of apartheid, supported economic sanctions to achieve majority rule in South Africa.

In 1984, he won the Nobel Peace Prize. “There is no peace in southern Africa. There is no peace because there is no justice. There can be no real peace and security until there be first justice enjoyed by all the inhabitants of that beautiful land,” Tutu said in his acceptance speech.

In 1985, he became the first Black bishop of Johannesburg.

In 1986, he was ordained the first Black Anglican Archbishop of Cape Town.

In 1989, he led anti-apartheid march of 30,000 people through Cape Town.

In 1990, he hosted Nelson Mandela for his first night of freedom after Mandela was released from prison where he had been held for 27 years for his opposition to apartheid. Mandela called Tutu “The peoples’ Archbishop.”

In 1994, he voted in South Africa’s first democratic election in which all races could cast ballots.

In 1995, President Nelson Mandela appointed Archbishop Tutu to be chairman of the country’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

In 1996, Archbishop Tutu retired as prelate, the Anglican church gave him the title of Archbishop Emeritus of Cape Town.

In 1997, he was diagnosed with prostate cancer and publicly announced it to help with public awareness of the disease.

In 1998, Truth and Reconciliation Commission published its report, putting most of the blame for abuses on the forces of apartheid, but also found the African National Congress(ANC) guilty of human rights violations. The ANC sued to block the document’s release, earning a rebuke from Tutu.

On12th August, 2009, he received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from U.S. President Barack Obama.

On 22nd July, 2010, he retired from public life, told the press: “Don’t call me, I’ll call you.”

2013 – Launches international campaign for LGBTQ rights in Cape Town. “I would not worship a God who is homophobic.”

On 12th July, 2014, Urged the British parliament to allow assisted dying, saying “the manner of Nelson Mandela’s prolonged death was an affront.”

On 7th October, 2021,Archbishop Tutu attended his 90th birthday celebration at St. George’s Cathedral in Cape Town where he was seen frail, in a wheelchair, .

On 26th December, 2021 Archbishop Tutu died in Cape Town aged 90.

UAE suspends flights from Uganda to Dubai

United Arab Emirates (UAE) has temporarily suspended flights from Uganda to Dubai until further notice.

The move reportedly comes amid concerns over the COVID-19 Omicron variant and rising infection numbers in the UAE. In a statement by Uganda Civil Aviation Authority (UCAA), they confirmed this and added that incoming Emirates flights from Dubai are still operational.

UCAA has further advised passengers planning to travel to Dubai to contact their respective airlines for guidance on any changes in the restrictions.

According to Emirates, before this suspension, passengers traveling on direct flights or transiting to Dubai from Uganda and other select countries were subjected to do the following:

  • Must present a negative COVID 19 PCR test certificate with a QR code for a test conducted at an approved facility within 48 hours of departure. Validity must be calculated from the time the sample was collected;
  • Must present a negative COVID 19 Rapid or Real Time PCR test certificate with a QR code for a test conducted at the departure airport within 06 hours of departure;
  • Must undergo COVID 19 PCR test on arrival and must remain in self-quarantine until they receive their test results.

The Dubai-based airline said people originating from select destinations will not be accepted for travel to or through Dubai with effect from December 28 until further notice. Uganda, Ghana, and Ivory Coast were yesterday added to the list of affected countries.

The other countries affected are Angola, Nigeria, Guinea, Kenya, Ethiopia and Tanzania.

Passengers arriving in Dubai from the following countries will be required to take another COVID‑19 PCR test on arrival at Dubai International airport: Afghanistan, Angola, Argentina, Azerbaijan, Bangladesh, Bosnia & Herzegovina, Brazil, Cambodia, Chile, Democratic Republic of Congo, Djibouti, Egypt, Eritrea, Ethiopia, Georgia, Ghana, Guinea, India, Iran, Iraq, Ivory Coast, Jordan, Kenya, Kyrgyzstan, Lebanon, Liberia, Morocco, Myanmar, Namibia, Nepal, Nigeria, Pakistan, Philippines, Romania, Rwanda, Russia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Slovakia, Somaliland, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Sri Lanka, Sudan, Syria, Tajikistan, Tanzania, Tunisia, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Uganda, Ukraine, Uzbekistan, Vietnam, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

Biggest ADF camp captured in DRC.

The biggest ADF camp in Democratic Republic of Congo has finally been captured by a joint team of Ugandan and Congolese forces.

On Friday, the 24th of Dec 2021 the joint forces of Uganda People’s Defense Forces (UPDF) and Armed Forces of the Democratic Republic of the Congo (FARDC) completely secured Kambi ya Yua believed to be the HQs of the terrorist organization.

In a statement released by Brig. Flavia Byekwaso, they revealed that (UPDF) mobile forces, together with DR Congo’s assault force, captured and occupied Kambi Ya Yua camp that is estimated to have accommodated over 600 Allied Democratic Forces/ Islamic State Central Africa Province (ADF/ ISCAP) terrorists and their families. Over 100 rebels are said to have been killed and over 60 captured during the joint operation.  

The army also revealed that one damaged laptop computer, 129 live rounds of PK machine gun loaded in their chain, 155 live rounds of sub-machine gun ammunition, three solar panels and enemy strength registers were found which led them to believe Kambi Ya Yua was a host to military training and Islamic radicalization.

Some of the ammunitions found at ADF’s Kambi Ya Yua in DRC

Brig Byekwaso said Kambi Ya Yua was a stronghold of ADF/ISCAP terrorists, sitting on eight acres of land in Virunga forest. 

Engineers in UPDF are working around the clock searching for possible improvised explosives, bunkers and to acquire more clues about the terrorists.

The joint attack on ADF camps by a combined force of air and artillery fire that started on November 30, has seen at least six camps hit including; Kambi Ya Yua, Tondoli, Belu 1 and Belu 2, which are found in North Kivu province in Virunga and Ituri impenetrable forests of eastern DR Congo.

Col. James Kasule, the UPDF 111 Mountain Brigade commander, said capturing Kambi Ya Yua is a big milestone.

Expectant mother chased out of Hospital for failure to pay 50,000Ushs.

Police and district officials in Ntungamo are investigating circumstances under which a 21-year-old mother delivered a baby from the gate at Kitwe Health Centre IV.

It is reported that Anita Mushiwimana who expected to give birth one week later felt labor pains on Saturday evening.

At about 8.30pm, she moved to Kitwe Health Centre IV where she was allegedly asked to pay 50,000Ushs by the midwife, Juliet Uwamurera.

It is reported that Uwamurere who was the only medical officer around, said she would not touch her unless they gave her the money she was asking for and later ordered them to leave the maternity ward for failing to pay.

Mushiwimana’s mother, Ms Veneranda Mukaturasinze said after about an hour of pleading, they walked out when they realized the midwife was not moved.

She advised them to go to Itojo hospital where Mushiwimana would produce her first child from. Left without a choice, Mushiwimana heeded to the midwife’s advice and packed all her belongings and started to walk out but could not go beyond the health facility’s gate because the pain was too much. She sat at the gate for hours as her mother held her.

She later gave birth to a baby girl with the help of her mother and some two casual labourers.

Somalia’s president suspends Prime Minister over corruption.

Mohamed Abdullahi Mohamed; the president of Somalia, has suspended the Prime Minister; Mohamed Hussein Roble from office following allegations of corruption and misconduct tabled against him.

In a statement issued yesterday by Villa Somalia, the official residence of the President, Roble is accused of illegal purchase of public land and interfering with investigations into cases of land grabbing.

The president decided to suspend Prime Minister Mohamed Hussein Roble and stop his powers worsening the political rift between two of Somalia’s top leaders.

Roble’s suspension comes a day after both parties engaged in verbal war with counter accusations where the two parties accused each other of sabotaging the country’s ongoing parliamentary elections.

The election, which began on November 1, was expected to climax on December 24. However, a newly elected parliamentarian said that only 24 out of 275 lawmakers had been elected by Saturday.

The feuding leaders had reached an agreement earlier this year that would allow 101 delegates to select members of parliament, who would choose the next head of the state.

At the moment, it is reported that security forces have been deployed around Roble’s offices.

Observers however warn that the feud between Farmajo and Roble might distract the government from the ongoing threat of the al-Shabaab insurgent group, which has fought the central government trying to seize power and impose sharia law in Somalia.

Archbishop Desmond Tutu bows outs at 90.

Iconic South African Archbishop Desmond Tutu has died at the age of 90.

In a statement made by Dr Ramphela Mamphele; the acting Chairperson of the Archbishop Desmond Tutu IP Trust, he said on behalf of the Tutu family that this iconic leader of the anti-apartheid movement died peacefully at the Oasis Frail Care Centre in Cape Town this morning.

It is reported that Archbishop Desmond was diagnosed with prostate cancer in the late 1990s and has been in and out of hospital in recent years to treat infections associated with his cancer treatment.

Dr Mamphele however did not give details on the cause of death.

The South African President Cyril Ramaphosa said on his Twitter Account that the passing of Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu is another chapter of bereavement in their nation’s farewell to a generation of outstanding South Africans who have bequeathed a liberated South Africa.

Desmond Mpilo Tutu was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize in 1984 for his campaign of non-violent opposition to South Africa’s white minority rule.

He will be remembered as an outspoken critic of the country’s previous brutal system of oppression against the country’s Black majority.

Chaos as vendors scramble for food and clothes.

Chaos has today erupted along Kikuubo lane as energetic traders and other members of the public scrambled to grab clothes and food that a street preacher brought to donate to street children.

David Kaita of Spirit Awakening Ministries says as a street a preacher, he wanted to share this year’s Christmas with the needy and people who are less privileged. He was shocked to discover that the people who the kids were targeting for food donations would in turn target him for the donations he was taking to the same kids.

Many people resorted to grabbing the clothes from the preacher’s assistants, and this made it quite difficult for the organizers to distribute the clothes fairly to the intended beneficiaries of whom mothers and children were the priority.

Kaita adds that they have otherwise distributed clothes to over 200 people in Kampala including street children and other less privileged groups.

One dead in fatal car accident along Mbarara-Lyantonde Road.

One person has been confirmed dead and several others injured in a fatal accident that occurred today along Mbarara-Lyantonde road.

Police identified the deceased as Tinfayo Siraji, the bus driver who was driving a TAUSI BUS Reg No. UBK 516S that was involved in the accident. The bus was from Ishaka/Mbarara heading to Kampala when it collided with a Fuso lorry Reg. no UBD193P heading to Mbarara.

The wreckage left by the collision between Tausi Bus & a Fuso.

It is alleged that the Fuso lorry loaded with Sugar going to Mbarara was trying to overtake an unidentified Wish car in a corner.

The body of the driver has been taken to Lyantonde hospital mortuary while the injured were rushed to Lyantonde Hospital for emergency care.

US approves injectable HIV prevention drug.

In the effort to end the HIV/AIDS epidemic, the first injectable PrEP option has been approved by the US FDA, the country’s drug regulatory authority.

The pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) drug; cabotegravir, goes by the name Apretude, is an HIV PrEP option that people at-risk can take at intervals of two months. It has been approved for use in adults and adolescents by US regulator. The user has to be HIV negative and weigh at least 35 kgs.

Before this approval, only two types (Truvada and Descovy) of PrEP had been approved for use for HIV negative individuals at-risk.

Dr Marianne Mureithi, a researcher on HIV/AIDS with the Kenya Aids Vaccine Initiative (Kavi), says the injectable is a breakthrough that has come right in time as PrEP is more effective at preventing HIV on a population level since the six shots per year make it easier for people to adhere to.

Results from the research and study conducted by WHO last year in south and eastern Africa showed that women were biased about the injectable but there were better results from the injectable PrEP compared to the oral pills.

Two studies highlighted by the FDA showed that, compared to oral pills, the injectable PrEP offered potent protection.

In one of the studies, participants who took the new injectable, Apretude, had a 69%less risk from getting HIV compared to taking the Truvada PrEP pill that was used in the study.

The second study showed a 90% less risk of getting HIV after taking the injectable.

The Aids vaccine advocacy coalition (Avac) said in a statement shortly after this approval that the approved injectable PrEP is now available in the US and that Avac and partners would work to support the review by health regulatory authorities in other parts of the world.


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