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WHO on nodding disease victims

The World health organization has opposed the manner in which at least 25 children affected by nodding disease were transferred from Kitgum to Kampala. The Kitgum district Woman Mp Beatrice Anywar is reported to have transported the 25 children in a bus to Mulago Hospital, saying they were not being given due attention. The outbreak of the disease is majorly concentrated in Kitgum, Pader and Lamwo districts with more than 3000 cases and at least 200 deaths reported. The WHO country representative Dr. Joaquim Saweka says transporting the children without evaluating their health condition wasn’t right especially given the long distance they endured. Saweka emphasized the need for immediate response to ensure that the children get the medical attention they …

Education Ministry PS pins Probe team

The Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Francis Xavier Lubanga today put up his defence in the wake of allegations, pinning him for the failure of the Judicial Commission probing mismanagement of UPE and USE funds. Last week, the Commission’s chairman, Justice Ezekiel Katunguka pinned Lubanga for delaying to release funds for the commission’s work, which in turn affected the course of the work. While appearing before the Social Services committee today, Lubanga denied reports that he had halted payments to the commission for its work and only releasing it during school holidays. He further justified the freezing of the 976 milion shillings left on the commission’s accounts following Parliament’s resolve to halt its work, saying the Education minister, …

Trial of suspected rioters pushed to May

A group of relatives of suspected Buganda rioters has this morning stormed the High Court in Kampala demanding that the suspects be produced in court. The riots that spread across most parts of Buganda were in protest against the blocking of the Kabaka’s visit to Kayunga district by gov’t citing security reasons. The 27 suspects, who were arrested in connection with the 2009 September riots that left several people dead and others injured, were meant to be produced in court today for mention of their case. However, High Court Criminal Registrar Elizabeth Kabanda said that this was not possible due to the huge case backlog. She says Justice Kameka Mukasa has now adjourned the case to May when a special …

NRM Caucus meets again over Mutebile

As NRM Members of Parliament prepare to go for yet another caucus meeting this afternoon, sentiments on the resignation of Bank of Uganda governor, Prof. Emmanuel Tumusiime Mutebile are still divided. A section of the MPs want the governor penalized for sanctioning the inflated payment of over 140billion Shillings to city businessman Hassan Basajjabalaba. Prof. Mutebile, who is under pressure from MPs and sections of the public to resign, recently asserted that President Yoweri Museveni, who appointed him, is the one only who can fire him from his position. The NRM MPs are expected to sit this afternoon at 3pm at parliament to give a final decision on the fate of Prof. Mutebile. Kibale County MP, Frank Tumwebaze who spoke …

Mutebile says he will not resign

The Governor of Bank of Uganda Prof. Emmanuel Tumusiime Mutebile says he won’t resign despite mounting pressure from parliament. A section of Mps have been calling for resignation of the Central Bank governor to resign after being implicated in the controversial payment of over Shs140 billion to city businessman Hassan Bassajjabalaba. The controversial payment has seen recent the resignation of 2 cabinet ministers Prof. Kiddu Makubuya and Syda Bbumba following recommendations by Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee to have them fired. In a media briefing this afternoon, the central bank Governor Prof. Emmanuel Tumusiime Mutebile said the powers to have him fired lie with the president alone.   Mutebile says the constitution provides the grounds on which he can be fired …