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Kamwokya’s LC III NRM Councillor murdered, body dumped at Centenary Park

Police in Kampala is investigating circumstances under which the Kamwokya LCIII councilor identified as James Kakooza, 54, was reportedly murdered.

The deceased who has been an NRM member representing the people in Kampala Central Division is said to have left his home at about 5.30 am in the morning and gone for jogging.

It is alleged that two yet to be identified men moving on a boda boda hit the deceased with a blunt object on the head and immediately fled the scene.

Luke Owoyesigire, the deputy Spokesperson Kampala Metropolitan said that Kakooza’s body was found dumped at Centenary Park in the City Center at about 7.00 am on Saturday morning.

The body of the deceased has been conveyed to City mortuary Mulago for Postmortem.

Police officer, his family perish in Masaka road accident

A police officer and five of his family members have perished in an accident along the Masaka- Kampala highway involving a Toyota Wish REG No. UBE 756C and a Fuso truck REG No. UBH 902U on Saturday morning.

Faridah Nampiima, Traffic Police spokesperson, said the accident happened at around 4:30am adding that the driver of the Toyota Wish left his lane and moved to the lane of the Fuso causing a head on collision killing five people who were all occupants in the Toyota Wish at Kyarushowe swamp along Masaka Road.

“The occupants have been identified as NO. 65577 PC Bwesigye Cleopus, a police officer attached to the Crime Intelligence department at Katwe Police station in Kampala, together with his family members, one female adult and three children,” said Nampiima.

The other victims of the accident have been identified as  Chripus Twesigye, 31, the wife to the police officer, Silomena Nyangoma, 3, Falestine Nyakato, 3, Darlton Kiiza, 3 and  Maria Gorreti Kemigisha, all of the same family.

The sixth family member who was also in the same vehicle is also said to have died later this morning.

Nampiima said the bodies have been conveyed to Masaka City Mortuary for postmortem examination.

Makerere University suspends guild elections after student is stabbed to death

The territorial Police at Kampala Metropolitan North have arrested three people believed to be part of the chaos in which a student of law at Uganda Christian University Kampala Campus identified as Michael Betungura Bewotti, 27, was murdered during the last guild Presidential open campaigns at Makerere University rugby grounds on Thursday.

The suspects are; Hon. Kabuye Frank who is detained at CPS Kampala, Ssekidde Allan currently detained at Wandegeya police station and Kabuurwa Muzafaru who is detained at old Kampala police station.

Eyewitnesses told journalists that a scuffle ensued between supporters of the NUP camp led by their guild candidate Lawrence Alionzi alias Dangote and FDC camp led by their candidate Justus Tukamushaba after supporters of the latter attempted to force their way through the entrance to the university Rugby Grounds where the NUP candidate was holding his last rally.

Makerere University guild presidential candidate for National Unity Platform (NUP) Lawrence Alionzi being carried by one of his supporters during campaigns (COURTESY PHOTO)
Makerere University FDC guild presidential candidate Justus Tukamushaba together with his supporters during campaigns. (COURTESY PHOTO)

According to Luke Owoyesigyire, the Kampala Metropolitan deputy spokesperson, it is during the campaign scuffle that ensued between the two Political party supporters which turned violent after a disagreement, that the deceased was stabbed by students in the NUP team allegedly led by Kabuye Frank among others. Owoyesigire noted that efforts to have other suspects traced are underway.

The Police were informed and upon reaching the scene blood stains believed to be for Betungura (the deceased), a resident of Kikoni Zone B, Makerere III Parish, Kawempe Division in Kampala were found inside Nsibirwa Hall where he hid there after the scuffle that led to his stabbing.

Photos and video footages that have made their way to social media showed a pool of blood on the floor of the bathroom where the victim is said to have tried to clean himself before he passed out and was rushed to the health facility. More gruesome photos also showed the victims face covered in blood as he lay on a bed at the Makerere University Hospital where the victim had been rushed for management.

The body of the deceased was conveyed to city mortuary Mulago for Postmortem from Makerere hospital where he succumbed to the wound.

“We have cordoned off the area, statements are still being recorded and CCTV footages will be retrieved to aid in the ongoing investigations. More details will be availed as soon as they are available,” said Owoyesigire in a statement.

In another development, Makerere University has suspended the guild elections slated July 15th 2022 together with the University’s Students Guild government following the unfortunate incident.

Excerpts from the letter in which the Makerere University guild council was suspended alongside the guild elections.

In a statement dated July 14, 2022, Lorna Magara, the chairperson of Makerere University’s council said that they are appalled by the violent events that have characterized the electoral campaigns for the 88th Students Guild leadership that resulted in the loss of the life of one of the supporters.

“The ongoing elections for the 88th Makerere University Students Guild leadership are suspended indefinitely; the Makerere University Students Guild is suspended with immediate effect,” reads the statement in part.

Magara revealed that management and the council have repeatedly engaged student leaders at the guild and SCR levels to address the violent behaviour but the engagements did not yield any results.

According to the chairperson of the Makerere University council, the suspension includes the Guild Caretaker Government and the Student’s Common Room.

The university added that it will also investigate all cases of violence in the election campaigns and report to the council for appropriate action.

The university is also set to meet on Friday, July 15, 2022, to consider further actions in order to address the indiscipline and violence that rocked the guild presidential campaigns.

Rwampara: CDO arrested for corruption and extortion

Police in Rwampara are holding Didas Baguma, the Community Development Officer (CDO) Rweibogo Kibingo Town council, over Extortion of money from Parish Development Model Beneficiaries.

Baguma was arrested on Wednesday on orders of Robert Atuhairwe, the Resident District Commissioner (RDC) Rwampara District following a tip off from the area residents who accused the suspect of soliciting bribes from PDM Beneficiaries during group registration.

Atuhairwe intimated to our reporter that upon arrest, Baguma accepted to have solicited bribes from the PDM beneficiaries in pretense of providing them group constitutions.

He added that Baguma further revealed to have solicited money amounting to UGX.34, 000 from every group.

Atuhairwe noted that Baguma is now detained at Nyeihanga Police Station where he will be taken to courts of law to answer charges of corruption and disrupting government programs.

MP donates mathematical sets to enhance the teaching of science subjects

The member of Parliament Kashari north, in Mbarara district, Hon Basil Bataringaya Rwankwene has donated 59 brand new mathematical sets to pupils of primary six and seven in Akarungu and Karuhitsi primary schools in Rubindi town Council, Mbarara district.

The teachers and pupils received the donation which was made as a fulfillment of the pledge he made to the schools during an exercise of monitoring infrastructure status in the schools.

Bataringaya revealed that each mathematical set of Oxford type cost UGX 10,000= and it will help to enhance the teaching of mathematics subject as the foundation of studying science subjects in schools.

Bataringaya appealed to the pupils and the teachers to ensure good use and security of the mathematical sets to enhance performance and develop better standards for future technological studies and innovations.

Edison Kasasira, the head teacher Akarungu primary school appreciated Hon. Bataringaya for the donation of mathematical sets in the school which he said had been a problem to the pupils, parents and teachers of mathematics.

Several pupils who were beneficiaries of the donation expressed their gratitude towards Hon. Bataringaya and appreciated his thoughtfulness, adding that it will encourage them to study hard and become teachers of sciences, health workers and engineers in the future.

Bataringaya further promised to visit other primary schools and higher institutions of learning to offer donations that promote the teaching of science subjects.

Kitagwenda: Best Performing Emyooga SACCOs receive UGX 100m

The best performing Emyooga SACCOs in Kitagwenda district have received additional funds as recognition and reward for performing well.

Fred Musinguzi, the Kitagwenda district senior commercial officer who doubles as the focal person for Emyooga project in the district revealed to our reporter that the district was asked
to submit five best performing Emyooga SACCOs to be given an additional fund of UGX 20 million to each SACCO.



Musinguzi said that the SACCOs that have been rewarded include; Market vendors, Women entrepreneurs, Fishermen, PWDs and Produce Emyooga SACCOs.



He urged the other SACCOs that have lagged behind to put in more effort in order to be considered and rewarded.

Airtel Uganda increases Data volumes up to 150%

For the same prices, data volumes have been increased by an average of over 50% across the different tariff classes to enable users adjust to tough economic times.

In a bid to support customers adjust to the tough economic times, Airtel Uganda has today increased the Data bundles volumes at the same prices. The changes which were on Monday announced at a press conference at their clement hill Head office, are intended to support customers do more e-commerce and reduce the need to move as the impact of fuel scarcity bites.

While addressing the media, the Airtel Uganda Marketing Director, Mr. Henry Njoroge noted that growing access to the internet is a socioeconomic empowerment intervention.

“We believe that the action we have taken today will support our customers to connect with their business partners in the most affordable way. With more than 50% data volumes added across the different data bundles, we are giving customers more value for money and keeping their economic fortunes alive,” said Njoroge.

“In addition, we are bringing 88% more data to our customers who purchase daily 24hour validity bundles. We recognize that most of our people earn a daily income. We are intentional in ensuring that this group of our customers are supported with affordable data to make their business communication. This is the glue that binds Uganda’s small and micro enterprises.

These efforts are complemented by our most affordable 4G  Smartphone currently in our shops across the country. At UGX250,000/= the customer gets the 4G Smartphone that comes with 12 months data worth 86500/= redeemed as 1GB per month” said  Njoroge.

In the weekly data bundle segment, it is the 5000 bundle that got the biggest boost of up to 76% increase in volume from 1.02GB to 1.8GB.

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Those who use monthly data bundles saw a 43% increase in volume across the different bundles. The biggest boost of 76% has been given to the customers who buy and use 10,000 bundle whose volume has been increased from 1.5GB to 3.5GB.

According to Njoroge, Airtel has made investments and continues to make investments in the 4G network, to make it available all the time, continues to innovate and provide affordable solutions and products for the transformation of Uganda.

  Before  After 
PriceValidityData MBData MB%growth
25024 Hrs15  30100%
50024 Hrs4080100%
1,00024 Hrs10018080%
2,00024 Hrs300750150%
5,00024 Hrs2,048  2,25310%
5,00071,024  1,80076%
10,00073,0724,09633%
15,00075,1206,75832%
22,50079,216  10,75217%
10,000301,536  3,584133%
30,000309,21612,80039%
50,0003020,48024,57620%
100,0003051,20051,2000%
150,0003066,560  82,94425%
5,000Chillax   1,536 
7,500Chillax1,5362,56067%
16,000Chillax4,6085,63222%
25,000Chillax7,1759,21628%
50,000Chillax15,36020,48033%
100,000Chillax40,960  46,08013%

Lyantonde, Kiruhura districts to get a UGX 1.5b Water plant

The Government of Uganda through National Water and Sewerage Corporation (NWSC) has secured funding worth UGX 15.1billion to implement a new water supply system across Lyantonde and Kiruhura districts. 

The Water Supply Project is majorly aimed at ensuring the provision of good quality drinking water to the water stressed areas in the two districts as well as the Industrial Park in Nshara and all surrounding communities respectively.

While inspecting the ongoing works, Dr. Eng. Silver Mugisha, the Managing Director NWSC appreciated the local authorities in Lyantonde and Kiruhura districts for their tremendous support towards the implementation of this project.

“We are currently serving Lyantonde and Kiruhura districts using one plant with 2.1million litres per day of water production capacity against a demand of 5million litres which the new plant is expected to produce. The combined water production from the two plants upon completion will cater for any existent demand for water services to support industrialization and the water needs of the two sister districts until 2032 in the long run,” noted Mugisha.

The project which will be executed by the M/S PLUMBASE (U) LTD AND ANHUI HOLDING GROUP COMPANY LTD JV entails development of an off-shore water in-take and a water treatment plant of 5million litres capacity per day, on the shores of Lake Kakyeera at Rukukuru Landing Site.

Eng. Mugisha urged the people of Lyantonde and Kiruhura to protect the lake against pollution and engage in source protection initiatives to curb human activities near the lake. He equally commended the contractor and NWSC project supervisors for successfully implementing this project within given time and cost.

Lyantonde and Kiruhura districts have previously faced water supply challenges due to increased demand for water services and extreme weather events during the prolonged dry spell hence increased challenges of poor quality water.

The treated water will be pumped to a 1.5million litres/day storage reservoir within Nshaara Ranch; from where it will gravitate to the areas of Rukukuru, Nshaara, Rwempogo, Akageeti, the industrial park, Rushere and the surrounding areas for domestic, agricultural and industrial use.

Works at the treatment plant site in Rukukuuru, the reservoir site and pipe laying at Nshaara are ongoing and are at an advanced stage and the Project shall be completed by end of December 2022.

Kazo: 22 year old house maid murdered

Police in Kazo is investigating circumstances under which a 22 year old house maid was allegedly murdered.

The deceased has been identified as Amperize Rosemary, who has been working as a housemaid in the home of the area LC1 Chairperson of Akembogo village, Rwigi parish, Burunga Sub-county, Kazo district, and was killed by cutting her with a panga.

Kasasira Yeremia, 25, the boss’ son who is believed to be using drugs has been arrested in connection with the incident and is currently detained at Kazo police station as investigations into the matter continue.

The body of the deceased was picked by the police and taken to Kazo HCIV for postmortem.

In another incident, police in Kazo is investigating circumstances under which a 22 year old man allegedly committed suicide.

The deceased identified as Agiramukama Duncan.

Agiramukama Duncan, 22, a resident of Kazo II Cell, Kazo central ward, Kazo Town council, reportedly committed suicide by hanging himself in the house.

Police has since picked the body and taken it to Kazo Health Center IV for postmortem.

World population to hit 8 billion this year

As the world marked the 35th World Population Day, the United Nations (UN) has announced that the Global population is projected to hit 8 billion in 2022.

Having hit the 7 billion mark in 2011, the global population was at 7.9 billion in 2021, with the expectation that it will grow further to around 8.5 billion in 2030, 9.7 billion in 2050, and 10.9 billion in 2100.

According to the Worldometer, the current world population is 7.96 Billion, which is distributed to the different continents as follows:

  • Asia: 41.84%
  • Africa: 17.20%
  • Europe: 9.59%
  • North America: 7.60%
  • South America: 5.53%
  • Australia/Oceania: 0.55%
  • Antarctica: 0.00%.

Uganda has about 0.59% of the total world population. She ranks number 31 in the list of countries (and dependencies) by population. The population density in Uganda is 229 per Km2 (593 people per mi2).

According to the UN, since the middle of the 20th century, the world has experienced unprecedented population growth as the world’s population has more than tripled in size between 1950 and 2020.

The statement further revealed that the growth rate of the world’s population reached a peak between 1965 and 1970, when human numbers were increasing by an average of 2.1% per year.

During the period from 2000 to 2020, even though the global population grew at an average annual rate of 1.2%, 48 countries or areas grew at least twice as fast: these included 33 countries or areas in Africa and 12 in Asia.

The statement attributed the dramatic growth in population to increasing numbers of people surviving to reproductive age, major changes in fertility rates, increasing urbanization and accelerating migration.

 “Reaching a global population of eight billion is a numerical landmark, but our focus must always be on people. In the world we strive to build, 8 billion people means 8 billion opportunities to live dignified and fulfilled lives,” said António Guterres, the UN Secretary-General in a statement.

 “These trends will have far-reaching implications for generations to come. The recent past has seen enormous changes in fertility rates and life expectancy. In the early 1970s, women had on average 4.5 children each; by 2015, total fertility for the world had fallen to below 2.5 children per woman,” reads the UN statement in part.

The life span of adults in the developed world has increased since the middle of the 20th century with the number of people reaching the age of 100 years at its highest.

In Uganda, the 35th World Population Day celebrations have today been held in Kumi district under the theme “Mindset change for wealth creation, ending teenage pregnancy and child marriage.”

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