Senior one-students in government schools are expected to officially report for first school term today. Over 400,000 candidates who passed out of the over 500,000 pupils who sat last year’s Primary Leaving Exams are eligible to join senior one. The commissioner for secondary schools Francis Agula says all government schools have the capacity to handle the incoming students after the government released the capitation grants. Agula has however called on parents to provide their children with scholastic materials such as books, uniforms and meals since the government does not cater for such.
President Yoweri Museveni is today expected to sign the Anti-Homosexuality Act into law. This has been confirmed by the government spokesperson Ofwono Opondo. He says the function is scheduled to take place at 11:00am at State House Entebbe. The president had earlier refused to assent to the bill, citing the need for more research to be undertaken to establish whether homosexuals have a genetic disorder, but this was disproved by scientists. This development however drew backlash from several quarters, with US President Barack Obama, issuing a strongly worded statement to Uganda and warning of dire consequences. Obama said enacting the law would complicate the US relationship with Uganda, which the president did not take lying down. Human rights bodies too …
Six people have perished in an accident which has occurred this afternoon along the Mubende-Mityana road. The accident occurred in Nakasozi village after a truck laden with vegetables overturned. According to the OC traffic Mubende district Alex Muramuzi, the truck registration number UAM 183Y failed to go up the hill because it was overloaded, forcing it to descend and overturn. The 11 traders on board were from Fort Portal heading to Kibuli in Kampala. The dead and the injured have been rushed to Mubende and Mityana hospitals.
The Police have arrested a man accused of extortion. Kob Mpango is said to have extorted money from relatives of a nurse accused of allegedly infecting a baby with HIV/Aids Kampala Metropolitan police spokesperson Ibn Senkumbi says the culprit disguised as a high court official promising relatives of Rosemary Namubiru that she would be granted bail. He says relatives gave him 15 million shillings which he disappeared with prompting the relatives led by Aaron Sembogga to approach police.
The Police have responded to legislators who doubted its investigations into letter bomb sent recently to the Speaker of Parliament Rebeca Kadaga. The state minister for Internal Affairs James Baba revealed that the same bombs were also mailed to president Yoweri Museveni, former FDC president Kiiza Besigye and city lord mayor Erias Lukwago among others. The Inspector General of police Kale Kayihura says the investigations carried out were thorough and revealed that the parcel intended for Kadaga did not contain any explosives as earlier feared.