Category «National News»

FDC women want reduced water tariffs for women’s day gift

By Damali Mukhaye The opposition Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) has asked government to lower water tariffs ahead of women’s day celebration next month. According to the spokesperson of the FDC’s Women League Sarah Eperu, they are concerned about the increasing cost of water which has made it unaffordable to women for their domestic and productive functions. A 20 liter jerry can of water now goes for upto Shs500 in some areas like Mbale, which Eperu says is likely to trigger an outbreak water-borne diseases. She thus asks government to consider reducing the cost of water as a gift to the women for this year’s Women’s Day celebrations. National Water and Sewerage Corporation officials have blamed the water crisis that …

President Museveni sends new year message to China

By Benjamin Jumbe President Yoweri Museveni has expressed government’s commitment for further cooperation with Chinese government and its people In a message to his Chinese counterpart, President Xi Jinping, on the occasion of the celebrations of the Chinese New Year 2018, known as The Year of the Dog, President Museveni has commended the continued warm and cordial relations that China and Uganda have enjoyed since Uganda’s independence in 1962. He observes that the relations between the two countries are hinged on strong desire for peace, stability and development for both their peoples and the global humanity. The first day of the Lunar New Year was on Friday, 16 February, initiating the year of the Dog The Chinese New year the …

ICC team in Uganda assess victims’ trust fund operations

By Samuel Ssebuliba A team of senior officials from the Hague-based International Criminal Court (ICC) is Uganda for a five-day monitoring visit to Gulu and Lira districts. The team is led by the president of the Assembly of State Parties of the ICC, Judge O-Gon Kwon, Trust Fund for Victims (TVF) Executive Director Pieter de Baan and Irish Amb to the Hague, Kevin Kelly. According to Ms Maria Kamara the ICC Outreach Coordinator for Uganda and Kenya, the team is here to review the implementation of the TFV Projects, raise awareness among stakeholders in Uganda. In 2002, the International Criminal Court and the Trust Fund for victims were created under the Rome Statute. While the ICC is responsible for trying …

Foreigners recently found dead in Kampala hotels could have been poisoned

By Rita Kemigisa. Police have revealed that a toxicology report shows that the foreign nationals who recently died in Kampala hotels could have been poisoned after foreign substances were found in their bodies. Addressing journalists at the Central  police station,  the police Spokesperson Emilian Kayima refused to give the further details  of the report saying it would jeopardize  investigations. Currently  Kayima says police has in custody 5 suspects in connection to these deaths and are still  investigating for all the possible  culprits to be brought to book. On 5th February  at the pearl of Africa  hotel a Finland national identified as Thomas Hugs was found dead in his room while on February  6th a Swedish  national Alex Sebastian  was also found dead in his room …

President Museveni asks Nebbi residents to offer him five acres of free land

By Benjamin Jumbe. President Yoweri Museveni has asked the people of Nebbi district to offer him five acres of land in the highlands and five in the lowlands. He made the request during a fundraising functionfor the construction of the proposed Shs.2.6 billion St. Stephen Cathedral at Paidha held at Goli Mixed Primary School playgrounds in Nebbi district. The president said the land is to enable him set up demonstration farms for the people of Nebbi like he did in Luweero where he established the Kawumu presidential demonstration farm. The president also advised them to use the conducive climate in the low land to practice fish farming noting that the venture is profitable. President Museveni pledged Shs.300 million towards the …