Category «National News»

DP calls for the release of Nyanzi and all charges dropped

By Ritah Kemigisa The opposition Democratic Party has called for the unconditional release of the Makerere University Research Fellow Dr. Stella Nyanzi who was yesterday sent to Luzira prison. The feminist academic who was arrested on 7 April appeared before Buganda Road Magistrates Court where she pleaded not guilty and was remanded until 25 April for criticizing the President and the First Lady on Facebook for failure to deliver on promise of sanitary pads to school girls. Addressing journalists at the party headquarters, the Democratic Party President Norbert Mao says the charges leveled against Nyanzi especially the one on computer misuse has no place in the current information age. Mao has thus called for the repeal of the Computer Misuse …

Ugandans given 7 days to verify sim card registration using national IDs

By Damali Mukhaye Ugandans have been given seven days to verify their sim card registration details using national identity cards or else they will be deactivated. This has been agreed upon during a closed door meeting between the Police Chief Gen Kale Kayihura, the Uganda Communication Commission officials and service providers from different Telecom companies in Bugolobi. Speaking to journalists after the meeting, the UCC executive  director Godfrey Mutabazi says that although they had earlier directed telecom companies to deactivate unregistered sim cards, all Ugandans who registered their sim cards using documentation other than the national IDs should verify their sim cards now, while foreigners will be required to use their passports. Mutabazi adds that vendors selling unregistered sim cards on …

Kampala minister Betty Kamya “CCTV project will not affect KCCA budget”

By Damali Mukhaye. The minister for Kampala Betty Kamya has assured officials at Kampala Capital City Authority that the issue of CCTV camera installation in Kampala and across the country will not affect their budget. Her assurance comes after city lord mayor Erias Lukwago wrote to the minister asking how KCCA was  going to install cameras in the city with their budget slashed from Shs 656 bn to Shs314 bn. In a 3rd April letter to Lukwago, Kamya assures the authority that its budget will not be affected. She explains that the plans to execute the presidnetial directive are in high gear between the president’s office, police and KCCA and the money will either be got from budget re-allocations, loan or supplementary budget. President Yoweri Museveni recently …

Prince Kijanangoma proposes dialogue with the King of Tooro

As a way of bringing peace and harmony in Tooro kingdom, Prince David Kijanangoma and his supporters have proposed a dialogue with His Highness the King of Tooro Oyo Nyimba Kabamba Iguru Rukidi IV. According to the January 29 letter seen by Daily Monitor to the president, Kijanangoma and his supporters have requested President Yoweri Museveni to support their dialogue with King Oyo. Since March 2015, prince Kijanangoma and his supporters have been threatening to over throw King Oyo accusing him of being incompetent and disrespecting the Batooro. In the same letter, they proposed among others things  that government should not release or give back Tooro Kingdom assets that are now in their hands claiming that giving back such valuable …

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 …