Category «National News»

Mutagamba to be buried today

By Ritah Kemigisa The fallen Former minister Maria Mutagamba will today be laid to rest at her ancestral home in Gamba village Rakai district, Central Uganda. Yesterday the body lay in state in parliament for public viewing with a special parliamentary sitting held in her honour at 2pm. During the special sitting, the speaker of parliament Rebecca Kadaga asked the government to quickly work on the medical insurance scheme for all Ugandans to enable them access better health services. Mutagamba served as Minister of Water and Environment and later as Minister of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities. She succumbed to liver cancer at case clinic on Saturday at the age of 65. She is survived by 15 children and 26 children. …

Tuk-Tuk to resume operation.

By Ssebuliba Samuel The president of Uganda has today resolved to allow operation of tricycles in Kampala contrary to the earlier directive by the minister. Early this month, the minister for Kampala Betty Kamya stops operation of these tricycles reasoning that these are not licensed to carry passengers. While meeting taxi and Bodaboda riders today at Gayaza, the president said that Tuk-tuks are a development in right direction, and thus they should be allowed to operate. He has however said that in July he is to meet all bodaboda and taxi driver in Uganda at Nakasero to resolve on the long-lasting solution for transport issues.

Express penalty scheme scraped.

By Ssebuliba Samuel. The Directorate of Traffic and Road Safety has issued guidelines to be followed by all traffic officers along major highways. Yesterday, the head of the Directorate Dr Steven Kasima met traffic police commanders, stationed at selected major highways including Masaka, Jinja and Kampala –Gulu to review the performance of the Fika-Salama operation which was launched in August last year. Fika-Salama is a Kiswahili phrase which means Arrive or Reach Safely. Speaking to Kfm, the traffic police spokesperson Charles Ssebambulide said that under the new arrangement, anyone arrested for contravening traffic laws will be jailed as opposed to the previous system of issuing fines under the Express penalty scheme. He said that they have also resolved to deploy …

Dp accuses state for having a hand in disappearance of its youth leaders

By Damali Mukhaye. The opposition forum for Democratic change party has raised the red flag over the disappearance of its youth leaders, accusing the state of having a hand in their disappearance. Addressing journalists at the party headquarters in Najjanakumbi, the party deputy spokesperson Paul Mwiru says that after collecting information from their families of their members, it led to their conclusion that the four are allegedly being detained at the famous nalufenya without any charges slapped on them. He identified the four as Robert Mayanja, the spokesperson of jobless brotherhood, George Wanzige,Ivan Kabaale and Ibrahim Kabaale. He thus noted that the party therefore demand for the release of the four unconditionally or charge them through the courts of law …

Masaka accident taxi driver on the run

Police has mounted a search for the driver of a taxi that caused an accident yesterday. The accident which involved a commuter taxi and a Toyota Premio occurred along the Kampala -Masaka highway, at Kalandazi near Buwama, town claimed nine lives. According to the traffic police Chief Dr Steven Kasiima, the accident was caused by recklessness of the taxi driver identified as Moses Ssentongo who was overtaking in a wrong area. All six occupants of the Toyota Premio and three passengers who were travelling in the taxi died. Pictures from the accident…… The Toyota PREMIO was smashed at the front beyond recognition