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17 Dead as Boat Capsizes in Senegal

17 Dead as Boat Capsizes in Senegal

17 Dead as Boat Capsizes in Senegal

Seventeen people drowned on Tuesday in Senegal when a boat carrying them capsized in the Saloum river, near the northern border with The Gambia.

Among the dead are fifteen women and two men.

The boat capsized near Bitenti Island, in the Fatick region, with rescuers telling the BBC that the cause of the accident is still unclear.

The number of dead is expected to rise, rescuers say.

Locals in the region earn their living from fishing.

They often take to the waters without lifejackets, significantly reducing ther chances of survival when accidents happen.

Meanwhile, Senegalese President Macky Sall has called for three days of mourning.

0 Comments / 0 View / April 25, 2017 4:43 PM

Bugingo Denies Burning Bibles, Apologizes

Bugingo Denies Burning Bibles, Apologizes

Bugingo Denies Burning Bibles, Apologizes

City Pastor Aloysius Bugingo of House of Prayer ministries located in Makerere, Kikoni, has denied burning bibles, a pentecostal group has said.

The National Fellowship of Born Again Pentecostal Churches of Uganda (NFBPC) said it met Pastor Aloysious Bugingo on Sunday after becoming “greatly alarmed” by reports that he was “leading a campaign to burn Bibles”.

A video emerged recently on social media of the pastor purportedly condemning the current version of the Bible.

Photos have also circulated of Bibles being set on fire, but Pastor Bugingo is not seen in them.

In the video, the pastor, speaking in a mixture of English and Luganda to his congregation, he said:

Have you examined it well? Is it full of [references to] ‘ghosts’. Yes, it is for burning. Did you read that one? It has ‘ghosts’? Bring it…

People from the Bible Society wanted to call me to explain to me. But I told them it is not necessary to explain to me.

Tell those who publish them to return the verse where it should be. And write it as it is supposed to be written. Actually I am not ready for any meeting with anyone. Not at all!.

If I am doing the wrong thing. I am ready for hell.

There is no era that is wise enough that prints Mathew 17 verse 20 and they hide verse 21. These are for burning.

But when you are [spiritually] strong [like I am] I keep some of them because I want to teach correctly about them…but if you are not strong and you are not planning to teach others just burn it… Put the Bible for burning there.”

In a statement, Joshua Lwere of the NFBPC said the pastor denied burning the bibles and accepted that “age-long original manuscript controversies can only be handled by a corporate body forum, and by specialized, professional and scholarly expertise”.

Mr Lwere added:

I, therefore, urge all Christians and non-Christians alike to desist from any act of burning bibles. Whatever version you have, respect it as the word of God, irrespective of the version, or apparent inconsistencies in translations.”

NBS TV also recently put a video of Pastor Bugingo in which he denies calling for the Bible to be burned, saying: “Who can burn the Bible when it is where we find the word that binds us?”

Pastor Bugingo, the leader of House Of Prayer Ministries, is based in Uganda’s capital, Kampala. He calls the property where his church is based Canaan Land, or the Promised Land.

0 Comments / 1 View / April 25, 2017 4:23 PM

Court To Deliver Judgment on Kananura Case on Friday

Court To Deliver Judgment on Kananura Case on Friday

Court To Deliver Judgment on Kananura Case on Friday

By Serestino Tusingwire

The High Court in Kampala has pushed to Friday this week the judgment in which rally car driver Andrew Desh Kananura is accused of murdering his employee Badru Katerega.

The judgement was supposed to be passed today but, the High Court Deputy Registrar in charge of criminal matters, Emmanuel Baguma informed court that the trial judge Joseph Murangira is in Entebbe handling other matters.

Desh is jointly charged with his brother Raymond Kananura and 3 of their private guards with the murder of Badru Kateregga who was an attendant at his Panamera bar in Naguru a Kampala suburb.

Prosecution states that Kananura and his four co-accused who are his brother Raymond Kananura, Nzoreba Samuel, Onyango Jacob and Maganda Cyrus in September 2012 while at Panamera Bar Naguru Kampala suburbs, tortured and murdered Badru Kateregga a bar attendant at Panamera.

State insists that the accused persons beat Kateregga to death suspecting him to have stolen a Shs10, 000 following a tip up from a customer.

0 Comments / 0 View / April 25, 2017 4:07 PM

UNBS Undressed on Social Media for Seizing Used Ladies’ Undergarments

UNBS Undressed on Social Media for Seizing Used Ladies’ Undergarments

UNBS Roasted on Social Media for Seizing Used Ladies’ Undergarments

The Uganda Bureau of Standards has be bashed by social media users after it seized two bales of used ladies’ undergarments from one of the city shopping centres saying they are prohibited in the country.

After the seizure, UNBS took to its twitter handle to post; “UNBS has seized two bales of used undergarments-ladies’ panties and brassieres sold by Good Wish Industries Ltd along Kafumbe Mukasa Rd.”

However, it was not a surprise to many who started blasting it for selectively applying its iron hand to some goods leaving out others that are also not up to the standard in market as long as the owners are known in one way or another.

The following are some of the arguments from Ugandans:

Grace Natabaalo‏: Is this a new law or regulation? It has been happening for several years. I have seen them downtown since I was a child. And I am not young

I am not for it but I am surprised that you are taking action NOW

Lot Okot‏ : Is it a selective application of law or what because I have seen a number of people selling them in downtown and even now in Nakawa?

mubiru mahad: I gave up on u the day u wanted to seize toilet papers telling us how they only have chines language as if byakulya

However, UNBS decided to go down fighting by explaining to its critiques, but almost failed as people flooded its twitter handle with all sorts of abuses on how it has failed to do its work as expected.

UNBS: According to the Uganda Standards, importation of used undergarments is prohibited. The issue on the bales of clothes is importation of prohibited items; that is used undergarments.

UNBS: All products must meet labeling standards and toilet paper is not exempted. Consumers must know what they are purchasing.

UNBS: The issue on the toilet paper was labeling. consumers need to read and understand what they are purchasing.Especially the expiry dates.

0 Comments / 0 View / April 25, 2017 3:15 PM

Uganda Boxing Team in Residential Camp ahead of ABC

Uganda Boxing Team in Residential Camp ahead of ABC

Uganda Boxing Team in Residential Camp ahead of ABC

By Emmanuel Sekago

The national boxing team, entered camp yesterday to concentrate on how to get medals in the forthcoming African Boxing Championship.

The team will represent Uganda at the continental showpiece due to start May 27 in Congo Brazzaville. It’s residing at national council of sports hostel in Lugogo

The African Boxing Championship is the biggest boxing event on the continent and acts as a qualifier for the World Boxing Championships.

In the last edition of African Boxing Championship held in Morocco two years ago, Uganda managed scoop 5 bronze medals having sent 7 boxers to the event.

Team in camp

Joshua Kizza, Moses Kabuuka, Juma Miiro, Isaac Masembe, Marvin Ssali, Waswa Ssali, Joshua Nyanzi, Shadir Musa, Latib Muwonge, Muzamir Kakande, David kavuma, Yusuf Babu, Kenneth Mubazzi, Reagan Simbwa, Safic Kiwanuka, Solomon Geko, David Ayiti, Tony Sekabira Med Mulandi, Lawrence Kalyango.

0 Comments / 0 View / April 25, 2017 2:09 PM

Four Al Shabaab Fighters Executed in Somalia

Four Al Shabaab Fighters Executed in Somalia

Four Al Shabaab Fighters Executed in Somalia

A military court in Somalia has executed four men it said were fighters belonging to al Qaeda-linked al Shabaab who were behind a 2016 attack that killed 80 people, a military officer said on Tuesday.

The four men were executed in Baidoa, which lies about 245 km (150 miles) northwest of Mogadishu, on Monday.

“Yesterday, four militants who had been behind blasts were executed. More men accused of being al Shabaab members will be executed today or tomorrow,” Major Nur Aden, a military officer in Baidoa, told Reuters.

The four were found guilty of being responsible for twin blasts in Baidoa in February 2016, resulting in the deaths.

Al Shabaab often carries out such attacks in the capital and elsewhere in its bid to topple Somalia’s government and to drive out African Union peacekeeping troops.

The group wants to impose its harsh version of Islamic rule in the Horn of Africa nation.

0 Comments / 0 View / April 25, 2017 1:02 PM

Dr Nyanzi Sent Back to Luzira

Dr Nyanzi Sent Back to Luzira

Dr Nyanzi Sent Back to Luzira

The troubled Makerere University academician, Dr Stella Nyanzi has this morning been further remanded to Luzira prison until tomorrow (Wednesday April 29) when she will appear before High Court for hearing of her bail application.

Nyanzi was today appearing before Buganda road court. Court presided over by Chief Magistrate James Ereemye has heard that while in detention at Luzira, Dr. Nyanzi has been barred from reading any other written literature apart from the Holy bible, according to her lawyer Nicholas Opio.

“My client is being subjected to discriminatory treatment to the extent that she has been restricted to have hand written notes, books and or to have a private lawyer- client discussion,” Opio said.

In reply Resident state Attorney Jonathan Muwaganya said that prison is a regulatory facility and things such as literature for inmates are censored.

Magistrate Ereemye therefore ruled that he cannot pass judgment against prison authorities who are competent enough to do their work adding that since the concern has been raised, court should now await their feedback.

Nyanzi is facing charges of computer misuse and offensive communication for allegedly posting offensive communication that demeans the president.

Prosecution states that on January 28th, 2017 while in Kampala, Dr. Nyanzi used a computer to post on her Facbook page information referring to President Museveni as a pair of buttocks which suggestion/ proposal is obscene or indecent.

Prosecution further states that Dr. Nyanzi between January and March 2017 willfully and repeatedly used electronic communication to post messages offensive in nature via Facebook, to disturb the peace of his Excellency the president of Uganda.

0 Comments / 0 View / April 25, 2017 12:51 PM

Army Needs Extra UGX37bn to Clear AMI­SOM Arrears

Army Needs Extra UGX37bn to Clear AMI­SOM Arrears

Army Needs Extra UGX37bn to Clear AMI­SOM Arrears

The min­istry of De­fense wants gov­ern­ment to fast-track the pay­ments of its field ar­rears worth Ugx 37 bil­lion in the new fi­nan­cial year.

In a state­ment, Adolf Mwe­sige the Min­is­ter of De­fence and Vet­eran Af­fairs says that the money is required since it in­volves the cen­tral part of the army cur­rently un­der the African Peace Keep­ing Mis­sion in So­ma­lia.

“Gov­ern­ment should fast-track the pay­ment of ar­rears amount­ing to US$ 10.6m (Shs 37 bil­lion) to compen­sate for the wear and tear of the equip­ment in line with the ex­ist­ing mem­o­ran­dum of understand­ing,” reads the state­ment.

In the Sec­tor Min­is­te­r­ial Pol­icy State­ment for the Fi­nan­cial Year, 2017-2018 cur­rently be­fore par­lia­ment, the min­istry states that the ar­rears are dat­ing as far as 2015.

With­out stat­ing the to­tal amount of ar­rears, the Min­is­ter also states that do­mes­tic ar­rears con­sti­tute a great chal­lenge to aris­ing from un­funded pri­or­i­ties.

“The Min­istry has ad­hered to Gov­ern­ment Pol­icy of en­sur­ing that do­mes­tic ar­rears take first call on the bud­get…how­ever, the chal­lenge of un­funded and un­der­funded bud­get has caused con­tin­u­ous accumula­tion of ar­rears,” he stated.

The min­is­ter wants di­rect bailout by gov­ern­ment so as to ad­dress all its cur­rent de­mands re­gard­ing unset­tled ar­rears.

How the bud­get will be shared.

The Min­istry of De­fence and Vet­eran Af­fairs has ear­marked a to­tal of Ugx 1.4 tril­lion which will be shared amongst all de­part­ments.

Ac­cord­ingly, Ugx 137 bil­lion will be spent on De­fence Equip­ment while Ugx 741 bil­lion and 17 bil­lion will be con­sumed un­der UPDF and the Air Force re­spec­tively.

Look­ing through the high­lighted pri­or­i­ties, the min­istry in­tends to spend Ugx 11.5 bil­lion on oil and lubricants for the army, Ugx 36.4 bil­lion on food and Ugx 10.9 bil­lion on uni­forms.

Im­por­tant to note is that Ugx 223 bil­lion has been ear­marked for clas­si­fied ex­pen­di­ture.

For the new Fi­nan­cial year, the Min­istry tar­gets to “con­tinue to con­sol­i­date the achieve­ments that have en­sured a peace­ful, se­cure and sta­ble Uganda through col­lec­tive De­fence and Se­cu­rity with our neighbours and the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity,” ac­cord­ing to Mwe­sige.

The Min­istry has in the re­cent past been un­der sharp crit­i­cism from sec­tions of the op­po­si­tion and civil so­ci­ety for al­legedly mis­han­dling funds clus­tered as clas­si­fied ex­pen­di­ture.

Un­der the cur­rent fi­nan­cial year, Ugx 1.5 tril­lion was al­lo­cated to the min­istry, of which only Ugx 473.5 bil­lion has so far been used as of De­cem­ber 2016.

@Parliament

0 Comments / 0 View / April 25, 2017 11:59 AM

Court To Decide Desh Kananura Fate Today

Court To Decide Desh Kananura Fate Today

Court To Decide Desh Kananura Fate Today

High Court in Kampala is today expected to deliver a Judgment in a murder case against car rally driver Andrew Desh Kananura and 4 others.

Last week two Court Assessors Rehema Babirye and Robert Kabuleeta advised Justice Joseph Murangira to acquit Kananura, saying although prosecution managed to prove beyond reasonable doubt that Badru Kateregga was killed unlawfully they failed to prove that Kananura and his alleged accomplices are the ones that killed him.

Prosecution states that Kananura and his four co-accused who are his brother Raymond Kananura, Nzoreba Samuel, Onyango Jacob and Maganda Cyrus in September 2012 while at Panamera Bar Naguru Kampala suburbs, tortured and murdered Badru Kateregga a bar attendant at Panamera.

State insists that the accused persons beat Kateregga to death suspecting him to have stolen a Shs10, 000 following a tip up from a customer.

The ruling is expected to be read today at 2:00pm.

0 Comments / 0 View / April 25, 2017 9:41 AM

Dr. Nyanzi Returns to Court Today

Dr. Nyanzi Returns to Court Today

Dr. Nyanzi Returns to Court Today

By Serestino Tusingwire

The incarcerated Makerere University academician Dr. Stella Nyanzi is today expected to appear before Buganda Road Court for mention of the cases against her.

Dr. Nyanzi on 13th April, 2017 appeared before the same court and was charged with two counts of Cyber Harassment and Offensive Communication contrary to the Computer Misuse Act 2011.

The charges are in relation to offensive facebook posts she made about president Museveni and the First Lady.

She was remanded to Luzira until today when she will reappear in court.

Prosecution states that on January 28th, 2017 while in Kampala, Dr. Nyanzi used a computer to post on her Facbook page information referring to President Museveni as a pair of buttocks which suggestion/ proposal is obscene or indecent.

Prosecution further states that Dr. Nyanzi between January and March 2017 willfully and repeatedly used electronic communication to post messages offensive in nature via Facebook, to disturb the peace of his Excellency the president of Uganda.

0 Comments / 0 View / April 25, 2017 9:13 AM