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LOP blasts police over Sewanyana detention

By Moses Kyeyune. The Leader of Opposition in Parliament Betty Aol has condemned what she calls illegal arrest and detention of Makindye West MP Allan Sewanyana, currently detained at Naggalama Police station in Mukono district. The lawmaker was on Monday arrested while protesting the uncontrolled sewerage mess at Kiruddu hospital. Aol, who has addressed the media in her boardroom at Parliament, shortly after visiting Sewanyana this morning, says that the detained MP was standing with the people to protest the unhygienic state of the health facility that was last year allocated over three billion shillings and nothing has been done about it. She says efforts to secure Sewanyana’s release have failed to yield. Sewanyana has been in jail since Monday, …

Police cancels DP reunion rally

By Abubaker Kirunda. Police have cancelled a Reunion rally that had been organized by the Democratic Party in Jinja. The rally was scheduled for today at Jinja Rugby grounds   but by 6.30am Police had deployed heavily on the streets of Jinja and diverted traffic ahead of the highly anticipated Democratic Party (DP)-Uganda Young Democrats (UYD) reunion at Jinja Rugby Grounds. The Democratic Party president Norbert Mao arrived at the Venue by 7.00am but he was sent away by the Jinja DPC Vincent Irama. Other DP diehards like Sulaiman Kidandala and Samuel Walter Lubega arrived at the venue but they were equally blocked from accessing the Rugby ground. The Kiira region police spokesperson Diana Nandaula said the organizers of the rally …

Nine-year-old Pupil drowns in Hotel swimming pool

BY JULIUS OCUNGI. A -nine year-old South Sudanese boy died after drowning in a hotel swimming pool in Gulu Municipality. Bol-GarangDiar, a primary one pupil at Credo Daycare Nursery and Primary School in Laroo Division was found dead at Bomah Hotel swimming pool last evening. The deceased was part of 82 pupils who had been taken at the Hotel for their routine swimming lessons at the children swimming pool. Reports Daily Monitor obtained indicates that after an hour of swimming lesson, the pupils were taken back to school but the school authorities realized Garang wasn’t among them. The Aswa River Region Police Spokesperson Jimmy Patrick Okemathe body of Garang was later found in the swimming pool after search was conducted. …

Government Urged on poverty eradication projects

Auditor General John Muwanga

By Moses Kyeyune. Government has been urged to expedite drives towards poverty eradication through full operationalization of industrial projects covered by the Uganda Development Corporation. The recommendation contained in the 2018 report of the auditor general John Muwanga comes after findings revealed that key projects with investments of UGX53.2bn are not operational. The projects include Soroti fruit factory (13.4bn shillings), Atiak sugar factory (19.8bn shillings)  Luwero fruit factory (367 million shillings) and the tea project (10.7 billion) among others. The only operational project of Kalangala Infrastructure Service with an investment of 16.9bn shillings and 45.7 percent shareholding by UDC has not declared any profits to UDC since 2012. Over 70 billion shillings was injected into the corporation, so as to …

Equator monument to be pulled down

By Benjamin Jumbe. The ministry of Tourism Wildlife and Antiquities is to temporarily remove the equator monument at Kikorongo, in Kasese district According to the ministry’s public relations officer Patricia Nuwagaba this is to enable the rehabilitation of Katunguru-Hima road which according to the Uganda National Roads Authority had cracked down due to heavy loading. She says the equator monument is to be pulled down today for a period of 6 months after which it will be reconstructed in  a new given design including a bigger landscape with extended parking for tourists. According to the ministry’s permanent secretary Doreen Katusiime , the new remodeled monument at Kikorongo will be the model design for all the equator monuments in the country