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State House explains cash bonanza

State House has defended a recent cash donation by president Yoweri Museveni. The spokesperson Lindah Nabusayi says the move was a mere fulfillment of a pledge, adding that the president has always received complaints of unfulfilled pledges especially in the Busoga region. The president recently donated Sh.250 million delivered in a sack to over twenty youth groups in Busoga, a move that has been criticized by activists who have branded it as a primitive campaign gimmick ahead of the 2016 general elections. However in a statement, Nabusayi says the sack of cash was used to show the youth that the funds had been made available and the pledge fulfilled. Nabusayi argues that this encourages the youth to organise themselves into …

State closes Kazinda case, calls for conviction

The Prosecution has today made its final submissions in the case against Geoffrey Kazinda, calling for a conviction. The interdicted principal accountant in the Office of the Prime Minister faces charges of forgery, abuse of office and making documents without authorization. The Prosecution led by Paul Lakidi produced 14 witnesses, who attested to the allegation that he forged the signature of the Permanent Secretary Pius Bigirimana. The state closed its case today, asking Anti -Corruption Court Judge David Wangutusi to convict Kazinda as charged. The case has now been adjourned to April 29th for defense lawyers to respond to the prosecution’s final submissions.

Bharti Airtel acquires Warid Telecom

Bharti Airtel has entered into a definitive agreement with the Warid Group to fully acquire Warid Telecom Uganda. According to Manoj Kohli, MD and CEO, Bharti Airtel, this is the first in-market acquisition in Bharti Airtel’s history. With this, Airtel will further consolidate its position as the second largest mobile operator in Uganda with a combined customer base of over 7.4 million and market share of over 39 per cent. The agreement is however subject to regulatory and statutory approvals by the Uganda Communications Commission. The company says the agreement aims to bring together the strengths of Airtel and Warid in Uganda and offer benefits to customers in the form of a superior and wider network. Airtel currently has 4.6 …

Sh 2.8bn needed for Mogadishu mission

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs is seeking Sh 2.8bn to open a mission in Mogadishu. Appearing before parliament’s committee on foreign affairs, the Permanent Secretary Ambassador James Mugume said Uganda has played a big role in the stability of Somalia hence the need to support Ugandan forces there. He also says this will help consolidate the benefits from progress made so far in the security sector. Mugume also reveals similar plans for Brazil and Kuala Lumpur. He was this morning presenting the budget frame work paper for the ministry of foreign affairs.  

UPDF soldier denied bail, trial continues tomorrow

A UPDF soldier accused of killing 10 people has been denied bail. Private Patrick Okot faces charges of murder, attempted murder, aggravated robbery and failing to protect army war materials. The General Court Martial sitting at Bombo Health Centre III grounds in Luweero District objected to a bail application by the defence lawyers. They had verbally sought bail on grounds that it is his constitutional right, however, the court chaired by Brig Fred Tolit objected saying no formal application for bail had been registered by Court. The state also ruled that bail for the accused could not be granted basing on the capital nature of the alleged offences. Nine witnesses have so far testified against Private Patrick Okot. One of the witnesses, …