Category «National News»

CAA bans old cars used as airport Taxis

By Benjamin Jumbe. The Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) has banned use of vehicles older than 10 years at Entebbe International Airport as airport Taxis. The Authority’s public affairs manager Vianney Luggya has announced that the ban takes effect on July 15, 2019 with only vehicles manufactured after 2008 to be allowed to operate as airport taxis. Luggya says the Authority communicated the ban to airport taxi operators in 2018 who are expected to comply with the directive. He says they have international targets to meet, which include the implementation of the carbon offsetting and reduction scheme for international aviation that took effect on January 1, 2019. This is part of the regulations put in place by the International Air Transport …

Uganda – Rwanda stand off is no major issue – Okello Oryem

By Moses Kyeyune. The minister of State for Foreign Affairs Okello Oryem has told MP’s on the committee of Foreign Affairs that the Rwanda-Uganda stand-off is not a big issue. The minister has been responding to a question by Mbale Municipality MP Jack Wamanga Wamai on the continued closure of the Katuna border, Uganda’s main supply route to Rwanda. Whereas the minister acknowledged that Uganda has “an issue with the government of Rwanda, the issue is not on Uganda’s side and [that] it is not a major issue. The minister says that the matter will be addressed diplomatically. He maintains that Uganda’s  borders remain open to all Rwandans who come  for trade and business and that they are free to …

Uganda ready to offer asylum to Bashir – Oryem

By Moses Kyeyune. The government of Uganda is willing to open her doors for asylum to deposed Sudan leader Gen Omar all Bashir, the minister of state for Foreign Affairs Okello Oryem has said. Okello has been speaking to the media at parliament shortly after presenting the sectors budget to the committee of Foreign Affairs. According to the minister Bashir is a comrade and guarantor of the LRA-Uganda peace deal. He says that “if Bashir applies for asylum here, that is something that the govt of Uganda can consider because.” The former Sudan’s ruler was overthrown on Thursday last week following several months of a civil strife that was occasioned by deplorable economic conditions, ending his 30 year reign.. The …

Bobi tips African Gov’ts on avoiding Sudan like incidents

By Juliet Nalwooga. The Kyandodo East Member of Parliament Robert Kyagulanyi has asked government to respect human rights now more than ever to avoid a replica of what is happening in Sudan. Addressingjournalists at his office in Kamwokya, Bobi WIne who is also the leader of the people power movement said that leaders who have over stayed in power should start respecting their citizens and not despise them. He meanwhile expressed concern over police’s failure to respond to his letter about the upcoming Kyarenga Easter concerts. Bobi Wine who was also flanked by events promoters claimed that they wrote to police a month ago but up to know have not gotten a response. He insists failure by police to give …

We are watching Sudan – Foreign Affairs minister Okello Oryem

By Moses Kyeyune. The minister of State for Foreign Affairs, Henry Okello Oryem says that “Uganda is watching Sudan very closely.” This is the first official public statement of the authorities in Uganda about developments in Khartoum, since Sudan’s longest serving president Omar all Bashir was ousted by joint pressure of civilian and military forces last week. Appearing before the House committee on Foreign Affairs to defend the sector’s budget for the next financial year, Oryem said Uganda takes Sudan as an immediate neighbor and added that since transition is very volatile the will of the people needs to be respected by the new government. Oryem has also urged players in Khartoum to ensure that Sudan should remain intact and …