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Maria Sharapova drugs ban reduced to 15 months on appeal

Maria Sharapova’s two-year doping ban has been reduced to 15 months following her appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. The five-time Grand Slam winner, 29, was initially banned by the International Tennis Federation for two years after testing positive for meldonium at the 2016 Australian Open. The Russian will be able to return to the tennis court on 26 April, 2017. “I am counting the days until I can return,” she said. “In so many ways, I feel like something I love was taken away from me and it will feel really good to have it back. Tennis is my passion and I have missed it.”   STORY BY BBC SPORTS

CAA speaks out, dismisses allegations

The civil aviation authority have spoken out about the incident through which Dr Kizza Besigye was arrested yesterday after returning back from UK Dr Besigye alleged that he was grabbed by the people who were putting of uniforms the aviation authority, and the vehicle they used to whisk him away also theirs. According to the new statement, The Principle Public affairs  officer Vianney Luggya that has been issued by the authority, all personnel authorized to access the airside are required to put on reflector jackets most of which are owned and branded by CAA at the back He thus notes that it does not necessarily mean that whoever puts on the reflector jacket is a CAA staff since their uniforms …

Attorney General defends government’s position on MP’s car purchase

The Attorney General has defended government’s position before the Constitution Court to spend over 64bn shillings on purchase of cars for MPs. Senior State Attorney Gorret Arinaitwe told Justice Richard Buteera this afternoon that the petitioner Twaha Sanywa has not pleaded any special circumstances including how he will suffer a loss that cannot be compensated in damages if the 64 bn shillings is paid out to MPs. The State Attorney then asked court to dismiss with costs this application for lack of merit and strong reasons to block government from releasing the said funds. Arinaitwe has based her submission on an affidavit sworn by the clerk to parliament; Jane Kibirige, who says such privileges and benefits enjoyed by MPs are provided for under the law. Kibirige further argued that if court finds …

Deputy Speaker cautions law makers on bad media on parliamentary affairs.

The Deputy Speaker of Parliament Jacob Oulanyah has cautioned law makers to retrain from unwarranted anxiety against perceived bad media on parliamentary affairs. Oulaynha’s caution comes just hours to the ad hoc grilling of journalists and editors by parliaments’ committee on rules and privileges for alleged contempt of parliament. The reporters and respective editors of the Daily monitor and other media outlets were summoned after Rebecca Kadaga the Speaker of Parliament together with section of other legislators complained of negative reports. However, Oulanyah while presiding over today’s plenary session warns that it would be wrong if the custodian of law instead choose to override legal provisions. The journalists and editors are expected to appr before the committee tomorrow

UPDF assures Ugandans “lord’s Resistance Army rebels will never resurrect”

The Uganda people’s defense forces  has assured Ugandans that the lord’s Resistance Army rebels will never resurrect to cause insurgency in northern Uganda despite of its existence. The comment followed a concern raised by the Member of Parliament for Gulu municipality Leandro Komakech in parliamentary committee on Human rights saying that people in northern Uganda worried about the likely return of these rebels Now while responding to the matter, the chief of Defense forces General Edward Katumba Wamala said that no Ugandans should think of the return of Joseph konyi because of despite the prevailing peace, security is still tight