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Kenya lifts ban on Ugandan poultry products.

The Kenyan government has accepted to lift the ban it had imposed on Ugandan poultry products.

Kenya banned the importation of poultry products including chicken and eggs from within and beyond East Africa, earlier this year, claiming they wanted to protect and support the Kenyan producers recover from the disruptions occasioned by the Covid-19 pandemic.

It is still remembered that Kenya has also banned beef, milk and maize from Uganda, making the country lose huge billions in foreign exchange.

Following the approval of a retaliatory measure to the Eastern neighbour, earlier this month, the two countries held a successful talk in Nairobi, Kenya’s capital.

And yesterday, delegations from both countries led by Uganda’s Agriculture Minister, Frank Tumwebaze and his counterpart, Peter Munya, leading the Kenyan side, and agreed that the bans be lifted for the benefit of both countries.

Over 45 farmers in Nigeria killed in violent confrontation.

The Nigerian office of the president says dozens of people have been killed in violent attacks between farmers and herders in the country’s central Nasarawa state.

The statement released yesterday by office of the President; Muhammadu Buhari said at least 45 farmers were killed and several others injured.

Buhari expressed grief over the heart-wrenching killings and said his government would leave no stone unturned in fishing out the perpetrators of this senseless and barbaric incident, and bring them to justice.

Police Impounds 8 buses for violating curfew

Hundreds of travelers using the Northern Uganda route were last night stranded when police impounded the buses they were travelling in for violating curfew.

The buses were impounded at Kamdini Checkpoint in Kamdini Town Council in Oyam District.

The impounded buses including Eastern Nile Coach REG No. UAK 206G, Friendship Bus KCF 702G, Mega Express UBK 798P, and Real Bus UAM 834Y, among others were reportedly impounded after their arrival between 11pm and midnight, leaving the travelers stranded as some slept in buses while others loitered in the township.

Police manning the roadblock released the buses at 4am after cautioning the drivers against violating curfew time.

Over 10,000 Laboratory technicians join strike.

Over 10,000 laboratory technicians have today joined doctors and medical interns to lay down tools over various grievances including low salaries, poor working conditions among others. This first-ever strike also involves technicians working in blood banks and the six government reference laboratories.

Following an address they made to the media yesterday, the laboratory technicians under their umbrella body, Uganda Medical Laboratory Technology Association (UMLTA) said they had put the ministry of Public Service on notice over their intended strike three weeks ago, but they didn’t get feedback prompting them to lay down tools.

The laboratory professionals told journalists that their efforts to serve in the health sector haven’t been recognized by government, that even as many of them have advanced in their studies to attain degrees and PhDs, government still gives them an entry salary of Shs1.2million.

Patrick Dennis Alibu, UMLTA secretary-general made reference to a letter that they had written on 29th November 2021 directly addressed to the honourable minister of Public Service with copies given to the ministry of Health requesting government to pay attention to their grievances.

Alibu added that while the interns’ strike was going on, they were told they held in-house meetings but never got any feedback from the ministry of Public Service whom they had directed the letter to. Alibu said that the strike was their last resort.

Alibu says even though many of his colleagues went back to study when Makerere University started degree courses in 1998 followed by Mbarara University of Science and Technology (MUST) in 2000 the money they earn is the same as that earned by diploma holders and lab assistants whose take-home salary is Shs 800,000.

For him, if degree holders are recognized by accounting officers, then they would be earning around the same as medical officers who are currently earning a gross salary of Shs 3 million and are in industrial action to have their salary enhanced to Shs 5 million.

Despite their circular being sent out to accounting officers in 2019 to provide for recruitment of degree holders it hasn’t happened. The medical laboratory officials who are in their first-ever industrial action are also asking that their focal persons in local governments be elevated to the same level as district health officers to be able to manage the dynamics of laboratory services that come with the emergence of new pathogens and diseases like the hemorrhagic fevers and COVID-19.

Livestock farmers ask government to regulate acaricides.

Livestock farmers in Ankole sub-region want the government and its agencies involved in the supply of acaricides to work with the farmers to find a solution on tick-drug resistance.

This was revealed at a farmers’ parliament organized by the Mbarara Network of Farmers’ Voice in Sanga Town Council, Nyabushozi-Kiruhura district.

The farmers blamed the National Drugs Authority (NDA) officials for failure to regulate acaricides used to spray their animals in the fight against ticks on their farms.

Anna Rose Ademun, the Commissioner Animal Health in the ministry of Animal husbandry told farmers that government is looking forward to create zones in all the four regions of Uganda where famers will be guided on which acaricides they should use in the fight against ticks.

4 Medics detained over death of newly wed bride.

Police in Kampala has in custody four medical officers of Women’s Hospital International and Fertility Clinic Bukoto in connection with the death of a newlywed bride.

Courtesy photo

According to police investigations, the deceased; Joana Namutebi  had just concluded the process of having an IUD inserted in her body, a day after her wedding. After which, she developed severe effects which included a pounding headache and vomitting and became unconscious moments after the procedure. Namutebi  who was then at the fertility hospital was later transferred to Victoria Hospital in a very critical condition where she slipped into a coma.

Courtesy photo of the IUD.

Efforts to stabilise her condition were unsuccessful as Namutebi’s health deteriorated quickly and was pronounced dead shortly after.

Charles Twiine; the spokesperson of the Criminal Investigations Directorate, confirmed that the four medical personnel are detained at Kira Road Police Station as investigations into the incident continue.

Our reporter established that Namutebi wedded Derrick Wabwire last Friday.

‘National debt still manageable’- Ramathan Ggoobi

The ministry of finance planning and economic development says its taking key steps to enforce and enhance a better management of the national debt as a strategy to  ensure that it remains sustainable

According to the Bank of Uganda report, our public debt stood at 19 billion dollars which is approximately 70.4 trillion shillings by 1st July this year.

The permanent secretary ministry of finance planning and economic development also secretary to the treasury, Ramathan Ggoobi says that at the moment the national debt remains sustainable as he also dismissed fears that Uganda has over borrowed

Meanwhile Ggoobi believes that reforms being conducted especially in handling procurement will help address corruption.

NRM’s Andrew Muwonge takes Kayunga LC5 Seat.

NRM’s Muwonge Andrew declared winner of Kayunga LC5 by-election. He garnered 31,830 votes while NUP’s  Harriet Nakaweede’s garnered 31,380 votes.

The results were declared by the Kayunga district returning officer, Kyobutungi Jennifer.

Declaration results Form.

Muwonge replaces NUP’s Ffefeka Muhammad Sserubugo who reportedly committed suicide in June this year, days after he was sworn-in.

“I am going to work hard so that the people of Kayunga get the services they deserve,” said Andrew Muwonge; the new Kayunga District chairperson.

35 year old sentenced to 16 years for murder.

Court in Rukungiri has sentenced a 35-year-old man to 16 years in jail for killing his own mother. 

Victor Muhumuza was sentenced by Justice Moses Kazibwe Kawumi after he was found guilty of killing his mother identified as Jeradina in cold blood.

Muhumuza, a driver and resident of Kitanda cell Nyakaina Parish, Buyanja Sub County in Rukungiri district murdered his mother on July 31st, 2017.

While delivering the judgment Justice Kazibwe noted that the prosecution proved its case beyond a reasonable doubt. He argued that the court considered the gravity of the crime Muhumuza committed and sentenced him to 20 years imprisonment.

Justice Kazibwe however, reduced the 4 years he spent on remand and Muhumuza will spend 16 years in jail.

Kipsiro’s Presidential car promise still a mystery, seven years after

Three-time Commonwealth champion, Moses Kipsiro, 35, has revealed that he has never received his gift from the president. Kipsiro disclosed the car was picked from Victoria Motors by individuals from State House but seven years later he has not had any breakthrough in tracing the individuals who picked the car.

Kipsiro was rewarded with a car by President Museveni for making the country proud when he struck gold for Uganda in the 10,000-metre race during the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, Scotland.

Kipsiro explained that in 2014, upon his return to Dublin for treatment on his knee injury, he received a call from Victoria Motors informing him that the car promised to him from State House had been released. Kipsiro had decided to give up on the car as he struggled with injuries and oother personal set backs which frustrated him further.

Former state minister for sports Charles Bakkabulindi has expressed committment to assist Kipsiro get a Toyota Pajero car, which President Museveni gifted the athlete after his gold medal triumph.

Bakkabulindi noted that several sportsmen and women have benefited from President Museveni’s prerogative to reward success over the last 10 years.

In fact, recently Joshua Cheptegei, Peruth Chemutai, Stephen Kiprotich and Jacob Kiplimo, who won medals at the 2020 were rewarded for their international success received their brand new double-cabin pickups.

So, who took Kipsiro’s car?

Story compiled by Zaid Nanyonyi

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