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African countries asked to pool resources to fight army worm

By Samuel Ssebuliba African countries experiencing the wrath of Fall Army Worm have been asked to join efforts to wipe it from the continent. The worm that was first reported in Southern Africa has now spread to other parts of the continent including East and Central Africa. According to Tom Moyane, the Commissioner South African Revenue Services, the army worm has not only affected food production but revenue as well. He adds that due to its peculiarity, individual countries cannot handle it separately, thus calling for creation of a consortium to handle this overarching problem. In Uganda, the Fall army worm has been confirmed in more than 50 districts. Speaking to KFM earlier, Mr. Okasai Opolot, the Director Crop Resources …

President Museveni and UN Chief appeal to world leaders for refugee funding

By Catherine Ageno President Yoweri Museveni and the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres are asking the world leaders to help raise the over US$2billion needed in emergency funds to handle the humanitarian crisis caused by the South Sudan conflict. Uganda is now host to over 1.2 million refugees, about 800,000 of them South Sudanese who have fled the violence and famine with more than 2000 refugees coming in daily, according to the United Nations refugee agency. In a one to one meeting with Mr. Guterres at the sidelines of the International Conference on Somalia at Lancaster House in London, president Museveni said that as a mediator in the conflict, he would use the IGAD monitoring report and work with the IGAD …

NRM’s Walyomu retains Kagoma County parliamentary seat

By Ismail Musa Ladu & Tausi Nakato The National Resistance Movement candidate, Mr. Moses Walyomu, has bounced back as Kagoma County Member of Parliament. He was declared the winner of the by-election late last night by the Jinja District Returning Officer, Mr. Rogers Edward Serunjogi after he got 24,257 votes, closely followed by independent Alex Brandon Kintu with 18,490. The opposition FDC candidate Mr. Timothy Batuwa Lusala had 8,149 votes, while Muhammed Bidondole- another independent trailed with 1,248. The Kagoma parliamentary seat fell vacant after the Court of Appeal earlier in the year nullified the result of the 2016 parliamentary election following an appeal by Alex Brandon Kintu who again emerged second. Just like in 2016 parliamentary race, Mr.Kintu stood …

President Museveni asks world leaders to help Somalia heal

By Benjamin Jumbe President Yoweri Museveni has told a London Conference on Somalia that it is not enough to check Al-Shabaab. The International Conference on Somalia taking place at Lancaster House in London is focused mainly on the situation in Somalia and the conflict in South Sudan. President Museveni has told the Heads of State and Government from across East Africa and other key partners, that Somalia must be helped to heal completely and stand on its own feet. He however cites a number of a number of bottlenecks that stop the complete healing of Somalia which include the absence of patriotic, pan-Somali political parties. He also pointed to the short term issue of the drought, calling for urgent provision …

Minister assures city dwellers that lord mayor’s powers wont be trimmed

By Benjamin Jumbe The State minister for Kampala Benny Namugwanya has refuted allegation that the KCCA amendment bill intends to trim powers of the lord mayor. The minister tabled the KCCA Amendment Bill 2015 in parliament this week with the speaker sending it to the presidential affairs committee. Namugwanya says the amendment is intended to have government take charge of the city through the minister as provided for in article 5 of the constitution. If the amendment is passed in its current status the lord mayor’s role shall be to receive dignitaries and promoting tourism. The minister has assured the people of Kampala that they will remain with their right to vote for the lord mayor.