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Battered Journalist Akena now wheel chair bound

By Ritah Kemigisa. James Akena, a photojournalist with Reuters who was battered by UPDF solders in Kampala last year while covering city protests is now confined in a wheel chair. Video’s and photos of Akena’s battering while kneeling on his knees went viral on social media. Government first dismissed the Photos as fake and later when Museveni sought for an explanation, it was revealed that the army mistook Akena to be a camera thief since he had nothing to identify him. Akena has now posted on his Facebook page picture of himself in a wheel chair with a caption “Finally their brutality last August lands me on a wheelchair.” He has since dragged the attorney general to court seeking for shillings …

Alcohol before and during pregnancy associated with 44% of heart defects risk

By Juliet Nalwooga. Parents to be have been advised to quit alcohol before conception and during pregnancy to protect against congenital heart defects for their new born babies This According to research published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, a journal of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC) The study author Dr Jiabi Qin, of Xiangya School of Public Health, says they compiled the data between 1991 and 2019, which amounted to 55 studies including 41,747 babies with congenital heart disease and 297,587 without the disease. Drinking alcohol three months before pregnancy was associated with a 44% raised risk of congenital heart disease for fathers and 16% for mothers, compared to not drinking. Uganda today is holding national Heart …

Redcross have 500 Million shillings so far this year on disasters

By Benjamin Jumbe. Uganda Red Cross Society has so far spent about 500 Million shillings to respond to various disasters that have hit the country this year. This has been revealed by the organisation’s secretary general Robert Kwesiga. He says the money was used to respond to emergencies such as the cholera outbreaks that his 5 districts in the country country and landslides in Bududa. He says the new appeal of 1.6 billion shillings is to help enhance preparedness and response. Related Stories………….. Victims of Bududa landslides to be relocated in 4 months

Ugandan develops social media App

By Tom Brian Angurini A 28-year old student has developed an App called Cash Chat which he says can help young people make money on social media. This comes after a new study conducted by US-based Martin Prosperity Institute ranked Uganda among the top three countries with advanced technological and innovation capabilities in Africa. Asher Namanya, says some of the features on the App include a wallet in the chat, money transfers, wallet to wallet, airtime top-up, withdraws to mobile, bill payments, member savings, sponsored Ads-to all users, instant chats one-on-one and group participants of up to 1000 members. Namanya says his vision is to connect the world and change lives through financial technology.

MPs question delayed merger of government bodies

By Moses Kyeyune A section of Members of Parliament has lashed out at government for failure to implement the proposed merger of government departments and agencies. The MPs accuse the government of keeping staff and donors anxious regarding their fate. The issue of delayed mergers was raised by Kiboga East MP Keefa Kiwanuka who said the government had gone silent on a matter that is likely to leave over 20,000 people unemployed. The Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga tasked the first Deputy Prime Minister, Moses Ali to explain the fate of the people to be affected by the planned mergers, especially after government detected some complications. The Speaker insists an appropriate explanation should be given to the country.