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NRM maintains all its six incumbent EALA MPs

The ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) caucus has resolved to maintain all its six representatives at the East Africa Legislative Assembly (EALA) ahead of elections this August.

In a letter signed by Richard Todwong, the NRM secretary general, it was recommended that the incumbent EALA members should be maintained in recognition of their exceptional performance to continue their tenure for another term.

“The 4th Central Executive Committee – CEC of NRM, at its 10th meeting sitting at Entebbe Friday July 8th 2022 hereby endorses the incumbent EALA members to the NRM parliamentary caucus as NRM candidates for the position. They are; Mary Mugyenyi, Rose Akol, Stephen George Odongo, Denis Namara, James Kakooza, and Paul Musamali Mwasa,” read an official letter from the party.

CEC received and reviewed up to 130 contestants who had expressed interest to be elected to occupy six of the nine slots for Uganda at the sub-organ of the larger East Africa Community (EAC) bloc but CEC decided to maintain the status quo.

Stephen George Odongo, an incumbent commended CEC members for entrusting them again with another term of tenure. “We promise that we shall continue delivering and defending the interests of Uganda at the Assembly,” said Odongo.

Elected representatives from now seven member states of Kenya, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, South Sudan, Burundi and new entrant the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) serve a five year-tenure. The current 4th Assembly has 62 members and commenced in 2017 – ending in August 2022.

According to Article 50 of the East African Community treaty, members are elected by their respective country’s national legislature. Article 50 also requires the representatives to reflect their country’s political parties, opinions, gender composition, and other special groups.

Teargas, live bullets rock Jinja as motorists protest skyrocketing fuel prices

Territorial police in Jinja have used teargas and live bullets to disperse motorcyclists who had staged protests in Jinja over the skyrocketing fuel prices.

The motorcyclists staged protests within trading centres of Mafubira, Namulesa, Wakitaka, Nakabango, Nsuube, Muguluka, and Buwenge among others along the Jinja-Kamuli highway, where they placed and lit logs and old car tyres in the middle of the roads.

The protestors also attacked their colleagues who had failed to join the protest forcing a number of them to abandon the main road for feeder roads. They also pelted stones at police officers who had been called in to quell the protests.

Jimmy Wekesa, a motorcyclist operating in the area accused legislators of failing to address the issue affecting their constituents adding that many of them cannot earn enough to support their families with the current cost of fuel.

“Our area MPs have not come out to educate us on the abnormality of fuel prices and they have also not used the parliamentary platform to raise this issue for debate,” said Wekesa.

James Mubi, the Kiira regional police spokesperson revealed that intelligence reports indicate that a section of individuals are employing motorcyclists to fuel the protests over yet to be identified reasons.

Mubi noted that the footage retrieved from their Highway CCTV cameras captured a saloon car without number plates that was issuing whistles, vuvuzelas, and old tyres to motorcyclists at different points along the Jinja-Kamuli highway with the aim of fueling the protests.

Across the country, fuel prices have skyrocketed in recent months going as high as UGX 6,300 per litre of petrol and UGX 6,200 per litre of diesel at pump stations in major towns.

Angola’s former president Dos Santos dies in Spain aged 79

Angola’s longest-serving leader, Jose Eduardo dos Santos has died at the age of 79 in a Barcelona clinic.

According to a statement on Facebook by the country’s presidency, Jose Eduardo Dos Santos, who ruled Angola for with an iron fist for 38 years, died Friday at the Barcelona Teknon clinic after suffering cardiac arrest.

With “great pain and consternation” the Luanda government posted on Facebook news of the confirmation of Dos Santos’ death.

José Eduardo dos Santos ruled the Portuguese-speaking, oil-rich state of Angola as the second president who served from 1979 to 2017.

He affectionately came to be known as Zé Dú, throughout his 38-year-old long presidential term.

In September 2017, he formally retired from political life, leaving power to his successor, the current president of Angola, João Lourenço and has since been in exile in Barcelona where he died this Friday after a prolonged illness.

Although his death comes at a particularly sensitive time for Angolan democracy, as the country prepares for its upcoming elections in August 2022, his stint in power has left a legacy that continues to generate divided opinions inside and outside Angola.

Woman kidnapped from health centre, raped, killed

Police in Kakumiro district have arrested one suspect in connection with an incident where a woman was kidnapped, raped and killed on Thursday.

Heloth Karacha, the Kakumiro District officer in charge of crime investigations, confirmed the murder of Constance Kyasimiire, 38, a resident of Kiryabukurura village, Kikwaya Sub County, Kakumiro district.

It is said that Kyasimiire was attending to her two sick children who were admitted at Kakindo Health Centre IV, where she was reportedly kidnapped by unknown people in the wee hours of Thursday morning and later murdered.

Dr Nicholas Tumwesige, Kakindo Health Centre IV in-charge said the security personnel at the health facility got concerned after noticing that Kyasimiire had gone missing for hours and her children were crying. 

‘‘I was informed about a missing patient attendant from the children’s ward at around 3am by the security guard. We found her shoes at the latrine and a trail of footmarks,” said Dr Tumwesige. 

He said he immediately alerted police which arrived at the facility and mobilized a search team.

Christopher Twinamasiko, Kyasimiire’s husband said he was home with their other children when he got a distress call at around 1am on Thursday alerting him about his missing wife.

Following a frantic search by her husband and other residents, Kyasimiire’s body was discovered half-buried in a garden in Kyakachwende cell, Kakindo town council hours after she went missing.

‘‘I went and joined the search team but we did not see her because it was still dark. At daybreak, we resumed the search only to find her body half-buried in a freshly-dug grave in the health center’s neighborhood,’’ said Twinamasiko.

Dr Tumwesige said according to the postmortem report, the deceased’s body had bruises around her neck and her private parts were bleeding which all point to rape.

“Our health facility has no fence and it is frequented by many people around this area. Our security guards get challenges in restricting people from entering the facility premises. We want the district to help us and put a fence at this health center,’’ said Dr Tumwesige.

The body was found buried a few metres away from the home a 28-year-old man identified as Evaristo Kisakye. When police searched his house, they reportedly recovered some clothes belonging to the victim. He has since been arrested and taken to police to help with the investigations.

73 Lubiri High School Students Face Suspension, Two Teachers Charged

Following inquiries and investigations into acts of indecent practice, exhibited by students of Lubiri High School, who were 10th June 2022 filmed doing hideous actions in a viral video footage, the Directorate of Criminal Investigations has charged two teachers identified as Joseph Nsubuga and Lydia Nabakka, with Neglect to Prevent a Felony under C/S 389 of the Penal Code.

In the video that went viral last month, the students, both boys and girls were filmed on a bus belonging to Midland High School, Kawempe involved in what appeared to be public sexual acts.

In a statement released by Police, with legal guidance from the DPP, it has recommended to the school management, the immediate suspension of students who participated in the indecent behavior and those who recorded and posted the videos on social media.

Police says that this will act as a lesson to other students in school, to behave in a more responsible manner. Police says it was established that it was not appropriate for the school to assign only two teachers, who failed to properly supervise the activities on the bus which carried 73 students, more than its sitting capacity of 67 students while returning from a field trip in Jinja.

“It was further established that although, the driver did not solicit the number of students, which is excusable. All teachers charged with the duty of superetending students in school, must exercise reasonable supervision over them and the attendant circumstances, “read the statement in part.

The statement also revealed that there was lack of enough supervision by the teachers during the field trip who instead of warning the students, left them to behave in an egregious and unsafe manner.

Extract images from the viral video footage in which students were doing hideous actions.

It is against this background that the statement further suggested that upon their return to school, they will be counseled by probation officers in charge of the area, on appropriate behavior and how to refocus their attention on learning.

“To the school administrators, the acts above exposed the students to danger, which calls for further vigilance. Remember when parents bring their children to school, it is a duty of the school management to take care of their children and ensure they are safe,” read the statement in part.

Police strongly condemns all acts of lawlessness, indiscipline and inappropriate behavior in schools due to the negative impact it causes students, parents and teachers and promised to continue to hold persons who expose students to danger accountable.

British Prime Minister resigns

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced his resignation.

Following a wave of government resignations where more than 50 lawmakers have resigned from Johnson’s government this week, saying he was no longer fit to lead the country, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has announced his resignation as Conservative party leader.

Addressing the public at Downing Street in London, Britain, on Thursday, Boris Johnson said he is sad to be leaving what he described as the best job in the world adding that the nature of politics is that “no one is remotely indispensable.”

“I’ve today appointed a Cabinet to serve, as I will, until a new leader is in place…And our brilliant and Darwinian system will produce another leader, equally committed to taking this country forward through tough times,” said Boris Johnson.

Johnson said he will support his successor as much as he can. “To that new leader — whoever he or she may be — I say I will give you as much support as I can.”

“To you, the British public: I know that there will be many people who are relieved and perhaps, quite a few will also be disappointed. And I want you to know how sad I am to be giving up the best job in the world,” said Johnson.

In his historic landslide election in 2019, Johnson is said to have led the largest victory since Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher’s win in 1987, leaving the party with an 80-seat majority in the House of Commons.

He was however ultimately forced to resign because of perceptions about his character whereby many Conservative lawmakers as well many members of the public do not trust him.

Minister roots for coffee growing in poverty fight

Agriculture minister Frank Tumwebaze has urged Kamwenge district residents to embrace coffee growing as part of efforts aimed at poverty reduction among the masses.

The minister, also the Kibale East County MP, said that coffee growing will ensure sustainable household earnings, improve people’s standards of living and boost the district’s economy.

Hon Tumwebaze was addressing residents, sub-county and district leaders in Kamwenge town.

Presently, Kamwenge grows robusta and Arabica coffee varieties but its annual production is not clear.

Commenting on the issue, John Byoruganda, a coffee farmer in Mabare, Nkoma sub-county, notes that maize that Kamwenge is known for was no longer sustainable and has more risks compared to coffee.

He said, previously, the improved coffee wilt disease (CWD) resistant seedlings were distributed for free by Uganda Coffee Development Authority but now cost sh1,500 each.

The minister, however, pledged to allocate five acres of personal land near River Mpanga where the district can set up coffee nursery beds, enabling farmers to access quality seedlings at affordable prices. He explained that the government would no longer give out free coffee seedlings, leaving private nursery operators to provide the service.

However, district female youth councilor Ruth Nabagahe cited access to quality seedlings and unstable coffee prices as some of the drawbacks.

Lack of land for production is a big issue among the youth, and limits them from venturing into coffee growing, according to Nabagahe. 

Lumumba’s tooth receives prestigious burial in DRC, 60 years after he was killed

Patrice Lumumba, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) independence hero’s gold-crown tooth has been buried more than 60 years after he was assassinated.

Lumumba’s remains were dissolved in acid with the tooth being the only part of his body that still exists after it was preserved as a trophy by the Belgian policeman who oversaw the disposal.

The tooth which was returned to the family last week has toured several parts of DRC in a coffin which enabled the people of DRC to pay their respects before the funeral took place in the capital, Kinshasa.

President Félix Tshisekedi, together with Lumumba’s family and other dignitaries were at the private service which took place just before the coffin was transferred to a specially built mausoleum on a road named in his honour.

“May the land of our ancestors be sweet and mild to you,” said the president adding that “Finally, we are ending… mourning we started 61 years ago. The Congolese people can have the honour of offering a burial to their illustrious prime minister,” said President Tshisekedi.

Guards of honour carry a coffin containing the remains (tooth) of Patrice Lumumba. (Courtesy Photo)

Lumumba was DRC’s first prime minister and one of the pioneers of the struggle towards the country’s independence.

On 30th June, DRC marked 62 years since Belgium, the country’s colonial power gave control of the vast country back to its natives.

Belgium viewed Lumumba as a barrier to its efforts to maintain influence as well as hold on to important economic interests and as such, he is regarded as one of the most prominent voices in Africa’s anti-colonial movement.

In a famous speech on independence day in 1960, delivered before dignitaries from Belgian including King Baudouin, Lumumba, aged 34, castigated Belgium saying that the Congolese had been held in “humiliating slavery.”


The statement stunned Belgians who believed that no a black African would ever speak like this in front of Europeans. The speech also made other Western powers suspicious of him, including the USA, and they plotted to assassinate him.

Two months after he took over power, Lumumba was overthrown as prime minister and in January 1961, he was shot by a firing squad of Belgium, along with his two allies.

A Belgian policeman, Gerard Soete, was assigned to get rid of the evidence, however, during the same process, he pocketed the victim’s tooth and took it back with him to Belgium.

Decades later, Soete revealed that he still had the tooth and two years ago, a Belgian court ruled that it should be returned to the family. The Covid-19 pandemic delayed the process but last week, it was handed over in Brussels.

On Thursday, hundreds gathered in a vast square for the occasion, waving flags and looking upon a large photo of Lumumba as his remains were laid down his final resting place.

Sylvia Mulinge appointed CEO MTN Uganda

Sylvia Wairimu Mulinge has been announced as the new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) for MTN Uganda.

A statement released by MTN on Thursday evening reveals that the appointment of Sylvia Wairimu Mulinge as Chief Executive Officer is effective from October 1, 2022.

Charles Mbire, the MTN Group Chairman of the Board of Directors said that he believes that Mulinge’s experience will be beneficial to MTN Uganda.

“I would like to welcome Sylvia Mulinge to MTN Uganda. I believe that her experience will be beneficial to MTN, particularly given her alignment to our strategic intent of leading digital solutions for Africa’s progress. The Board is confident that Ms Mulinge will continue the work of growing the Company as a leading provider of telecommunications and digital solutions.” said Mbire.

“Mulinge joins MTN from Safaricom Plc where she currently is Chief Consumer Business Officer. In this role, she is responsible for driving the consumer telecoms business, managing the overall brand, and leading the transformation of Safaricom to become a digital lifestyle enabler of consumers’ lives,” added the board.


Mulinge who is a graduate of the University of Nairobi, Kenya, where she received a Bachelor of Science first-class honours degree first joined Safaricom in 2007 and has over the years occupied various senior roles including Head of Retail, Head of Sales, and Director of Consumer Business.

Sylvia Wairimu Mulinge replaces Wim Vanhelleputte, who according to the company will cease to be the CEO of the Company effective July 31, 2022, when his contract ends.

Vanhelleputte will be remembered for overseeing some major changes at the telecom giant where he served for six (6) years.

The MTN Group chairman and board of directors highlighted that Vanhelleputte successfully delivered the renewal of MTN’s NTO License, the separation of the mobile financial services business from the telecom business and the initial public offer and listing of the Company on the Uganda Securities Exchange.

“Vanhelleputte has been promoted to a regional role as Operating Executive for the WECA Markets of Liberia, Guinea-Conakry, Guinea-Bissau, and Congo-Brazzaville within the MTN Group effective August 1, 2022,” said Mbire.

In the interim, Andrew Bugembe, the current MTN Uganda Chief Financial Officer, has been appointed as Acting CEO effective August 1, 2022, until September 30, 2022.

In another development, Mitwa Ng’ambi the current MTN Rwanda CEO, will become CEO of MTN Cameroon, replacing Stephen Blewett, who is leaving the group while Mapula Bodibe, the Chief Consumer Officer at MTN South Africa will take over as CEO of MTN Rwanda.

Tottenham seals £60m Richarlison signing

Tottenham Hotspur have confirmed the £60million signing of Everton forward Richarlison, with the Brazilian agreeing a five-year contract.

The 25-year-old becomes Antonio Conte‘s fourth summer signing after already landing the likes of Ivan Perisic, Fraser Forster and Yves Bissouma, as Spurs continue to rebuild their squad ahead of a return to the Champions League.

Spurs are expected to commit to an initial package in the region of £50million, with a further £10m in add-ons bringing the total outlay to around £60m.

Kane and Son already provide plenty of goals for Spurs, but now they have legitimate secondary scoring arriving at the club, which could help out with the extra games of the Champions League once again this campaign. 

Conte’s side have had to beat off competition from Premier League rivals Arsenal and Chelsea to capture his signature, after both sides also expressed an interest in the Brazilian international.

Richarlison is expected to be a good option for the Italian across the front line, with him being able to play on either flank, and even fill in down the middle for England star Harry Kane.


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