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Bunyoro PM accuses refugees on encroachment

By Ruth Anderah: The Prime Minister of Bunyoro Kitara Kingdom Norman Lukumu has told the land commission of inquiry that refugees have encroached on the kingdom land and it has become difficult to evict them. Appearing before the commission chaired by Justice Catherine Bamugemeire this morning, Lukumu also accuses refugees of selling the kingdom land without permission. He adds that because of such challenges, Bunyoro kingdom has not benefited from the properties which were returned by government. He also gave an example of the kingdom forest reserves that are still held under the National Forest Authority.

Kadaga tasks minister to explain rampant killings

By Moses Kyeyune: The Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga has asked the Security Minister Henry Tumukunde and his internal affairs counterpart, Gen Jeje Odong to explain the rampant killings of women in Wakiso district. This comes after atleast 19 women were killed in different parts of Wakiso  akiso in a space between May and august. The ministerial statements will be tabled on Tuesday next week as Parliament resumes business after a one-month recess. The Speaker, who has these afternoon addressed journalists at Parliament in Kampala, has also condemned the killings.

The State of Sanitation in City Slums

Story by Benjamin Jumbe: Slums are some of the most populated areas within the city. With the population within the city increasing by the day, access to proper sanitation facilities is becoming a bigger challenge. According to current statistics from KCCA over 90% of the households use pit latrines of inadequate standards while approximately 1.8% is estimated to have no access to a toilet at all. Another challenge besides access is the management of Pit latrine waste with over 60% of it not properly disposed. The challenge however is inadequate access to proper sanitation facilities. The Kawempe Division Town clerk Geoffrey Rwakabare says his area is among the most populated and because many of the residents stay in informal settlements, …

Drug shop operators oppose monthly reports submission

By Abubaker Kirunda: Drug shop operators in Jinja have rejected a directive by the District Health Officer to start submitting monthly reports about their activities. Dr Peter Dyogo the Jinja district Health officer had during an evaluation meeting organized by the Coalition for Health promotion and Social services [HEPS] an NGO promoting better use of medicines observed that some drug shop operators were involving in carrying out activities they are not supposed to do like helping women to give birth. The drug shop operators claimed to involve in such activities because the grass root people they serve demand them. They revealed that that they also wanted to start selling drugs like anti-biotic which they are not being allowed to sell …

Four feared dead after landslides hit Sironko

By Yahudu Kitunzi Four people have reportedly been killed after a mudslide hit the mountainous district of Sironko on Monday. Sironko Resident District Commissioner, Moses Wamoto Kigai says the victims were residents of Masaba Village in Masaba Sub-county. He says several people are still missing and that a rescue team has been sent to the area. But Elgon Region Police Spokesperson Suwedi Mansour said one person was reportedly killed while ten others are missing. This comes a day after a landslide destroyed three villages in Bulucheke Sub County in Bududa district. According to local leaders and security officials, houses were knocked down, livestock buried and at least 200 people from 40 families were displaced. The affected villages are Marobo and …