Category «National News»

Local community leading violators of rights of HRDs

BY JULIET KIGONGO A report on the threats faced by human rights defenders has pinned ordinary members of community as the leading violators of freedoms of people who watch over the rights of others. The 6th report on the Situation of Human Rights Defenders in Uganda said 28% of complaints recorded were about members of the community, 17% about government officials and 16% about politicians. The report compiled by the Human Rights Centre Uganda also raises the red flag over the slow investigations of cases of violations against rights defenders, warning that the “slow pace of investigation could be seen as condoning attacks on Human Rights Defenders. While launching the report Margaret Sekaggya, the center’s Executive Director appealed to parliament …

Court yet to take a decision on Dr Nyanzi’s bail

By Ruth Anderah Buganda Road Court Chief Magistrate James Ereemye has set 20th June 2017 to decide on whether or not to cancel Makerere University Research Fellow Dr. Stellah Nyanzi’s bail and have her remanded back to Luzira prison. Dr. Nyanzi’s name came to the spotlight for her infamous Facebook comments in which she allegedly uses a profane language to bring out her message.  At the last court appearnce, Resident State Attorney Jonathan Muwaganya  called for cancellation of Dr Nyanzi’s bail  saying  she  had abused one of  her bail terms  by posting a  comment on her face book page attacking the prosecutors handling her computer misuse case. Muwaganya read out the post  in which Nyanzi  on 7th June 2017  referred to the members of the bar as ” …

Hundreds of Pupils in Masaka still stranded over failure to buy school requirements.

By Ali Mambule Three  weeks into the second school term, hundreds of pupils in Masaka District are still stranded in their homes over failure of their parents to raise money to buy school requirements. Parents claim that they have not raised money to pay school fees in private schools as well as buying scholastic materials to take their children back to school. This is what prompted former Masaka woman MP Freda Mubanda to come to their rescue and donated items  including books, pens, geometry sets and pencils to  over 200 children to help  them report to school. While distributing school items in Kimaanya-Kyabakuza and Soweto in Katwe-Butego Divisions  on Wednesday Mubanda said she had received a number of requests from …

Uganda Cancer Institute distances itself from death of patient in its compound.

By Shamim Nateebwa The Uganda Cancer institute has distanced itself from reports of negligence by its medical workers which led to the death of a cancer patient in its compound. Yesterday our sister paper Daily Monitor reported that  health workers at the institute left a patient unattended in the compound for 60 hours leading to his death. In a press conference called by the Institute’s Executive Director Dr Jackson Orem this morning, he instead listed the successes of the institute downplaying concerns about poor service delivery and client handling. Dr Orem has instead blamed Kiruddu hospital where the patient had been admitted for what he calls the improper referral. He has also blamed the driver of the ambulance for lacking …

Ordinary passports running out of stock

BY NELSON WESONGA The government is running short of ordinary passports, with priority now being given to patients who have to travel abroad for treatment; persons traveling to conduct government business and students who get foreign scholarships. According to the ministry of internal Affairs, the shortage is partly due to plans to switch from ‘machine readable passports to electronic passports’. The ministry says it experienced an unprecedented increase in the demand for ordinary passports, which has doubled in the past one year. However, the spokesperson of the Directorate of Immigration and Citizenship Control Jacob Siminyu says the directorate is addressing the matter, with suppliers giving assurances that stock shall be replenished within a month.