Category «National News»

Locals told to stop inviting politicians to funerals

By James Owich The Retired Anglican Bishop of Northern Uganda, Right Rev. Nelson Onono Onweng, has faulted locals who invite politicians to funerals, arguing that many politicians have become chief mourners something which is not in keeping with culture. “Of recent, it has become very common to hear death announcements over the local FM radio stations in Gulu town were MPs, LCV Chairpersons, LCIIIs and councilors are invited to attend the burial of someone in their area,” The Bishop says such invitation should be restricted only to close relatives but not politicians who instead make political speeches. He noted that even if a political leader is not related to the dead person, they are forcefully invited to attend the burial. According …

Minister Kibanzanga in fight with IGG over destroyed fishing nets

A row has erupted between the State Minister for Agriculture, Christopher Kibanzanga and the Inspectorate General of Government over the fishing nets that the former destroyed last July. Kibanzanga, who has been at the forefront of fighting illegal fishing nets is said to have directed a team of officials from the directorate of fisheries resources to burn one ton of undersized fishing nets that belonged to Uganda Fishnet Manufacturers Ltd. The alleged illegal fishing nets were being used on one of the landing sites on Lake Victoria in Entebbe. However, the Uganda Fishnet Manufacturers Ltd, owners of the destroyed fishing nets, petitioned the IGG, seeking an inquiry into the Minister’s conduct. In a letter dated March 6th 2017, the IGG …

Amnesty International call for the immediate release of Nyanzi

Amnesty International has called for the immediate release of regime critic Dr.Stella Nyanzi who was arrested for criticizing the President and the First Lady on Facebook. The Makerere University Research fellow was charged yesterday remanded to Luzira Prison on charges of Cyber Harassment under the Computer Misuse Act of 2011 and Offensive Communication. The feminist academic who was arrested on 7 April pleaded not and was remanded until 25 April. However, Amnesty International is calling for her immediate and unconditional release. In a press statement, the rights body’s Regional Director for East Africa, Muthoni Wanyeki, argues that Nyanzi’s prosecution violates Uganda’s obligations regarding the right to freedom of expression under the country’s Constitution, as well as regional and international human …

Dr Nyanzi charged with cyber harassment and offensive communication

By Betty Ndagire Makerere University research fellow Dr Stella Nyanzi who was arrested last Friday has been arraigned in court today. Dr Nyanzi, who was on Monday morning driven from Kira Divisional Police Headquarters where she has been in custody since her arrest, to Buganda Road Magistrate’s Court in a convoy of security cars was charged in relation to the alleged offensive Facebook posts she made about President Museveni specifically. She is charged with two counts including cyber harassment contrary to section 24 (1)(2)(a) of the Computer misuse Act 2011 and offensive communication contrary to section 25 of the Computer Misuse Act 2011. In the first count, prosecution alleges that “Dr Nyanzi on January 28, 2017 at Kampala District or …

Over 3,000 South Sudanese refugees await relocation to Palabek settlement camp

BY JULIUS OCUNGI A total of 3,500 South Sudanese refugees have pitched camp at the Uganda-South Sudan border post of Ngomoromo in Lamwo district as the Office of the Prime Minister finalizes plans to relocate them in the  three settlement centers in the district. Last month Lamwo district local government offered land for the establishment of refugee settlement camps in Palabek Gem, Palabek Kal and Palabek Ogili following influx of South Sudan refugees in the district. The refugees fled their homes following the renewed fights that erupted last week in South Sudan’s Imatong state where government backed forces the Sudan People’s Liberation Army [SPLA] launched  an offensive against various militias in the area. Mr Titus Jogo, the Refugee Desk Officer …