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UPDF has started withdrawing from the Central African Republic

The Ugandan army has started withdrawing from the Central African Republic but says it is ready to support the capacity building of the Armed Forces of Central Africa In a press release the UPDF Spokesperson Brigadier Richard Karemire said the first batch of soldiers was received today in Gulu by the Chief of Staff Land Forces (COS-LF) Brig Katsigazi Tumusiime and 4Div Commander Brig Emmanuel Kanyesigye. The army says the withdrawal is mainly because they have successfully neutralised the Lord’s Resistance Army. The UPDF has since 2012 been part of the African Union Regional Task Force. The first batch has been received today 19th April 2017 in Gulu by the Chief of Staff Land Forces (COS-LF) Brig Katsigazi Tumusiime and …

Norbert Mao to Museveni “clear the air, is there dialogue between you and Besigye?”

By Ritah Kemigisa The Opposition Democratic Party is demanding President Museveni to come out and clear the air by either refuting or confirming reports about a national dialogue between him and Besigye. Speaking to Kfm, the DP president Norbert Mao says media reports about Museveni- Besigye talks do not constitute a national dialogue and says there should be a genuine agenda for a national dialogue. According to Mao a national dialogue should involve all stakeholders including all shades of political opinion and church leaders and not only two people. Mao says a national dialogue should be based on broad issues of genuine reconciliation of the country at large, fostering a Trans regime army, how to make the economy serve the …

Sim card registration deadline extended to May 19th.

By Damali Mukhaye Government has directed the Uganda Communications Commission to extend the deadline for the sim card re-registration exercise up to May 19th.   In a letter dated April 19th addressed to the UCC boss Godfrey Mutabazi, the Prime Minister Dr Ruhakana Rugunda says government has reviewed the timelines and taken a decision to have the ongoing sim card verification exercise extended to 19th May 2017. UCC had earlier directed all telecommunications service providers to verify all their subscribers’ sim card details using National IDs within 7 days, saying that all those whose details will not have been updated by tomorrow would have their sim cards deactivated. This has prompted the High Court dismiss a petition by Rights Trumpet Ltd that sought to block …

Government happy with Sim card Verification exercise progress

Story By Damali Mukhaye The Prime Minister Dr. Ruhakana Rugunda says the government is so far happy with the progress being made with the Sim card Verification exercise This is after he chaired a meeting of different government agencies to review and harmonise progress on the Simcard Verification exercise. Addressing the media this afternoon, Rugunda has also urged all Ugandans to embrace the exercise before the April 20th deadline. He adds that government is also taking into consideration the concerns raised by sections of the public regarding the Simcard Verification, saying by close of the deadline, they will assess progress and advise accordingly. Related Stories  Ugandans given 7 days to verify sim card registration using national IDs UCC dragged to …

Nira speaks out on ID registration and UCC deadline

By Damali Mukhaye Ugandans who applied for National Identification Cards this week should not expect to get National ID numbers immediately. This is according to Gilbert Kadilo the National Identification and Registration Authority’s manager public relations and corporate affairs. He however adds that for those who previously genuinely registered and applied for national IDs and have not received them yet, they can request for the National Identification Number as they wait for the cards. He also notes that most Ugandans have received their National Identification Cards after the Uganda Communications Commission issued a 7-day ultimatum to have all simcard registration validated using National IDs. According to Kadilo, they have produced over 16m National IDs all together since they first embarked …