Category «National News»

Nambooze Launches Campaign on Kampala Extension

By Ivan Ssenabulya. Mukono Municipality Member of parliament, who doubles as the Shadow local government minister Betty Nambooze, launched a campaign to sensitize people against the Kampala extension to neighboring districts. Nambooze held a public meeting at Kitega in the Central Division in Mukono, where she told people that the move by government is aimed at evicting them. This comes after the Kampala minister Betty Kamya and the National Planning Authority launched, the Kampala Development Plan, where the city will expand to neighboring districts, Mukono, Wakiso and Mpigi. Nambooze has urged local leaders not embrace this because it’s likely to affect their people.

Planned KACITA demonstration still on

By Samuel Ssebuliba. Kampala City Traders have maintained plans to hold a peaceful demonstration on April 10th if government does not meet their long standing demands. Last week the traders met the Prime Minister and discussed a number of sticking issues including high cost of power, brutal arrest of traders by URA enforcement officer over what they describe as trivial issues, and the pending bill that seeks to harmonies the tenant- land lord relationship. Issa Ssekitto, the Kampala City Traders Association spokesperson says although the Prime Minister promised to have these issues addressed as soon as possible, no tangible results have been registered yet.

Archbishop Lwanga and Museveni agree to resolve standoff

President Yoweri Museveni and the Archbishop of Kampala Archdiocese Dr Cyprian Kizito Lwanga have agreed to resolve the issue regarding the latter’s alleged plot to over throw the government. According to a statement from Statehouse, the two spoke on phone yesterday and agreed on a way forward. The discussion followed the archbishop’s remarks on Good Friday to a congregation at Old Kampala Play Grounds and at Rubaga Cathedral that an anonymous caller had said he was masterminding a plot to overthrow the government. The caller reportedly told him that government had recruited informants within the church set up, who had given information to the president on the alleged plot. He said the anonymous caller warned him to be careful, saying …

Winnie Mandela dies at 81

South African anti-apartheid campaigner and former first lady Winnie Madikizela-Mandela has died aged 81. She and her former husband Nelson Mandela, who were both jailed, were a symbol of the country’s anti-apartheid struggle for three decades. However, in later years her reputation became tainted legally and politically. Crowds of mourners and political figures flocked to her home in Soweto, in Johannesburg, after news of her death broke. Family spokesman Victor Dlamini confirmed earlier on Monday that Mrs Mandela “succumbed peacefully in the early hours of Monday afternoon surrounded by her family and loved ones” following a long illness, which had seen her go in and out of hospital since the start of the year. Mrs Madikizela-Mandela was born in 1936 …

Lightening strikes 3 dead in Mayuge

By Abubaker Kirunda. Lightening has struck three people dead in the eastern district of Mayuge. The deceased have been identified as 40 year old Muniru Dembere, 27 year old Rashid Mutebe and Ronald Okware all residents of Bukasero village in Bukaatube sub-county Mayuge district. The area LC1 Chairman Moses Kato says two other people were injured by the lightening and are receiving treatment. He says both the dead and injured were struck from Okudi annex primary school where they had taken shelter during heavy rains. Kato adds that the trio had been cutting sugarcane when the rain started and sought shelter at the school where they met their death. Kato now appeals to government to provide lightening conductors to rural schools …