The late Hon William Okecho will be laid to rest on Thursday. Okecho who was a former member of parliament for West Budama North County passed on at Mulago hospital after suffering a stroke last evening. NRM Chief whip Justine Lumumba Kasule says they are still consulting on when his body will lie in state at parliament. She describes the late as an honest and trustworthy man who cherished family values. Okecho lost his seat in 2011 after the Constitutional Court ruled that candidates who contested on their political party tickets and lost cannot contest as Independents or on other party tickets. However, the Supreme Court recently overturned the ruling giving the affected legislators lee way to contest.
City Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago has summoned his deputy Sulaiman Kidandala over reports that he held a meeting with the inspector general of police. Yesterday Kidandala refuted allegations that he solicited for a bribe fromGen Kaihura Kale in a bid to oust Lukwago from office. In the leaked recordings, a man purported to be Kidandala along with another unidentified man were discussing the political situation at KCCA with General Kaihura. The unidentified man goes on to ask for money to help in containing the situation at the city hall. However, speaking to journalists at his home in Wakaliga, Lukwago said that he has been greatly disturbed by the allegations of bribery brought against his Deputy. He says government should also …
President Museveni has hailed the city executive director Jennifer Musisi for turning the city around. The president says that he is glad that government took over the management of the city because there is better service delivery He promised his continuous support to Kampala capital city authority and the people of Kampala. President Museveni however asked the people of Kampala to think beyond political affiliations and rather focus at service delivery. The president’s visit is in line with Musisi three years at the helm of affairs at the city governing body. His visit however has left many road users stuck in traffic jam along almost all roads in the city.
Health experts continue to raise a red-flag on self-medication. The head of the malaria control program Dr. Myers Lugemwa says over the counter treatment options for malaria should be avoided before proper diagnosis is done. Mugerwa notes that oftentimes people buy anti-malarial drugs without doctor’s prescription which is dangerous. He says this will in the long term lead to drug resistance which will further frustrating efforts to eradicate malaria.
The government says it has undertaken measures to address the language barriers affecting the national ID registration exercise. The Deputy spokesperson at the ministry of Internal Affairs Benjamin Katana says the enrolment officers have been trained on how to handle individuals who have challenges in filling the registration forms. This follows complains from various parts of the country that most people were shunning the exercise because the forms are written in English, a language most Ugandans don’t speak especially the illiterates and those in rural areas.