Britain’s IBF world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua will not fight former champion Wladimir Klistchko in 2016 but promoter Eddie Hearn expects a fight in the spring. The pair were close to agreeing a bout for 10 December but Klitschko has picked up a “minor injury” in training. The WBA had also yet to state whether its vacant title would be on the line. British heavyweight Tyson Fury has vacated the WBA and WBO titles and had his boxing licence stripped by the British Boxing Board of Control “pending further investigation into anti-doping and medical issues”. Klitschko, who has 64 wins and four losses in his career, lost the WBA, WBO and IBF titles to Fury in 2015. Joshua picked up …
The Uganda National Examinations Board has asked the police to halt the arrest of school heads who deny students chance to sit for exams for failing to meet their financial obligations. This follows the recent arrest of several headmasters especially in Uganda for barring students from sitting for national without clearing their dues. According to the board’s spokesperson Hamis Kaheru, parents with school fees problems must liaise with school management before seeking police intervention.
The Chief Justice Bart Katureebe has launched a ten member committee to manage case backlog in all courts of judicature. The committee headed by the court of Appeal Judge Richard Buteera has only two months within which to give its recommendations to the Chief Justice on how to manage and clear case backlog. The appointment of this committee follows a court census report that showed that over 114, 809 cases pending in courts with the longest spending ten years within the system. The same report also revealed the Court of Appeal as having the lowest disposal rate of cases yet an improvement is seen in the lower magistrate courts.
South Sudan has been identified as the major source for ammunitions used by assailants to terrorize people in Acholi sub-region. Yesterday police confirmed the arrest of 15 people and recovery of three guns that have been used by assailants to robe and kill people in this area. According to the police spokesperson Andrew Felix Kawesi, most of the guns that are used to kill people are ferried from neighboring South Sudan and sold cheaply. He is however optimistic that illegal entry of firearms into Uganda will stop soon since the Uganda Police Force has reached an agreement with South Sudan National Police Service to address insecurity across the borders of the two countries.
Rights body Amnesty International has welcomed the decision by Kenya’s President Uhuru Kenyatta to commute all death sentences to life imprisonment. In a statement issued to the media, Muthoni Wanyeki, Amnesty International’s Regional Director for East Africa says yesterday’s decision brings Kenya closer to the growing community of nations that have abolished this cruel form of punishment. Wanyeki has called for total abolition of the death penalty for posterity. President Kenyatta’s decision means that the over 2,700 prisoners currently on death row in Kenya will now serve life sentences.