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Vice President in Court over election petition

The Vice President Prof. Gilbert Bukenya Balibaseka has today appeared before court in a petition challenging his election as Busiro North MP. He was sued by one Hussein Kasta Bukenya who claims the elections were marred by various irregularities. Kasta Bukenya is seeking court orders nullifying the Vice President’s election and wants fresh polls held. He accuses the Vice President of voter bribery, intimidation and alleges that he took up his party symbols on Election Day. He also accuses the Electoral Commission of omitting one of his names on the ballot paper, creating confusion among the voters. Bukenya and his accuser appeared before high court Judge Musoke Kibuuka who adjourned the case until 6th of June.This was done to allow …

More cases of suspected ebola reported

The ministry of health says 2new cases of suspected Ebola were reported over the weekend. Both cases involved soldiers, with one referred from Karita in Amudat district while the other was referred from Mubende district. This brings to 4 the number of patients who have been isolated for close observation at the Bombo military Hospital isolation unit. The first case of Ebola was reported 16 days ago, claiming the life of 12-year old girl in Luwero district. In a statement issued this afternoon, the Acting Director General of Health Services Dr. Anthony Mbonye says, the ministry continues to observe the 25 people who got into contact with the first victim but adds that no other cases have been confirmed. He …

Good news on Ebola

The latest update from the Ministry of Health indicates that the 3 people who were being investigated for Ebola do not have the disease. The country has been on alert for Ebola after a 12-year old girl died of the disease in Luwero district. 3 of the 25 people who got into contact with the victim had developed Ebola-like symptoms forcing the ministry to carry out the said tests. A statement issued this morning by the Acting Director General of Health Services Dr. Deniss Lwamaffa indicates that the trio is currently admitted at Bombo military hospital and remains under close supervision. Dr. Lwamaffa says the other suspect who had been reported in Bugiri district earlier was diagnosed with malaria and …

Analysts skeptical over hoot campaign

Political analysts have expressed skepticism over the new hoot campaign by the Activists for Change- a political pressure group. Pundits say the new move will not help the opposition achieve their objectives. Prof. Mwambutsya Ndebesa of Makerere University says the new campaign will not bear any fruit because it is too weak to push government on what the oppositions wants. Prof. Ndebesa says the Activists for Change should rather pursue dialogue with government so that their concerns are addressed. Last week the pressure group announced the new strategy that is meant to show dissatisfaction over the escalating food prices, after several failed attempts at the walk to work protests over the same under their civil defiance campaign. The Activists for …

Besigye leaves home

The FDC leader Col. Kizza Besigye has been allowed to leave his home unlike yesterday’s events, when he was blocked by security operatives. The police said he was under preventive arrest, having announced plans to participate in the Walk to Work protests yesterday. He has however been allowed to leave home today and has driven through two road blocks without being stopped. ¬†Besigye attended prayers at Kibuli Mosque where he joined the Lord mayor Erias Lukwago. ¬†Speaking after the prayers, Besigye said he is no longer sure of whether or not he is under house arrest. He says he is sometimes allowed to leave his house and yet blocked at other times, leaving him confused on what exactly is the …