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Makerere university students strike

The police have fired more teargas this afternoon as it battles with the protesting students at Makerere University. The students are protesting over the 100, 000shillings internship fees paid every semester.   The Administration block has been evacuated and closed, as the students turned rowdy, pelting stones at the police.   The university Vice Chancellor Prof. Vanancious Barya attempted to address the students but they were too rowdy.   Barya told the students that the fees finance their internship activities which would have to be scrapped entirely, if they didn’t want to pay.   The university’s academic registrar Alfred Masikye however says today’s demonstration is suspicious and could be politically motivated.   Masikye says the timing creates suspicion since the …

Women protest, tie selves on trees

Women activists have this morning tied themselves on to trees in protest, highlighting the plight of nodding disease victims in Northern disease. The women tied their hands and waists to the tree, before saying a prayer and observing a moment of silence in honor of the victims. The women activists’ protest move was symbolic of the dire situation in parts of Northern Uganda, where parents tie their children on to trees to prevent them from falling and getting hurt. The national coordinator NGO Forum Uganda Eunice Musiime says the plight of the nodding disease victims reflects on the situation of the entire health sector, which she says is ailing. She accuses the government of failing to take action and appeals …

Executive exonerates Mutebile

The Executive has exonerated Bank of Uganda Governor Prof. Emmanuel Tumusiime Mutebile of any wrongdoing in the botched compensation payouts to city businessman, Hassan Basajjabalaba.   Also exonerated by the Executive is former KCC Town Clerk, James Ssegane, who is pinned in the report for his role in cancelling the contracts.   Prof. Mutebile has been in the eye of the storm after the Public Accounts Committee, which investigated the 142 billion shillings payment to Basajjabalaba’s company, HABA Group, found him culpable over the inflated payments to Basajjabalaba that has so far caused the resignation of former Attorney General, Prof. Khiddu Makubuya and then Finance Minister, Syda Bbumba.   Presenting a report by Cabinet’s subcommittee that was set up to …

Woman sentenced to 25 years

A woman who connived with her Congolese lover to kill her husband has been sentenced to 25 years in prison. The Congolese gold digger identified as Christiano Bulira has been sentenced to 50 years after being found guilty of murder. The two connived to kill renown actor Winkle Rutamirika, as his home in Nsambya, with intentions of taking over his businesses. According to the evidence presented before court, the Congolese national pretended to be a big spender at the deceased’s family business, Texas Club Nsambya, while he planned on taking over his wife and property. While delivering her sentence, anti-corruption court judge Catherine Bamugemeire accused the Congolese of betraying the deceased’s friendship and stabbing him in the back. The judge …

Former health ministers abandon appeal

Former health ministers Jim Muhwezi, Mike Mukula and Alex Kamugisha have abandoned their appeal before the Supreme Court, challenging their trial over alleged misappropriation of GAVI funds. The 3 are charged together with former state house employee Alice Kaboyo over alleged misuse of 1.6billion shillings GAVI funds. The ministers through their lawyer Bob Kasango today asked the Anti-Corruption Court to try them to pave way for expeditious and speedy trial. They face charges of abuse of office and causing financial loss. Their lawyers say the decision has been prompted by the fact that the Supreme Court is not fully constituted as well as their yearning to be cleared. They appeared before the Anti-Corruption Court Chief Magistrate Irene Akankwasa who ruled that …