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WHO clears Uganda on Neonatal Tetanus

The World Health Organization has declared Uganda among the countries with lowest cases of neonatal tetanus in the world. Neonatal tetanus affects newly born babies especially if their mothers were not immunized against the same. The Organization’s Country’s representative Joachim Saweka says Uganda now conforms to international standards with less than one case registered annually. This is a tremendous drop from the situation in 1998, when Uganda was ranked 15th among the low income countries that registered the disease. Saweka however says the country is not yet entirely free from the disease and urges government to mobilize the masses to maintain the achievement. He says pregnant mothers should be further encouraged to embrace immunization programs if cases of the disease …

Multiplex workers strike

Workers of Multiplex Uganda Limited have today laid down their tools, demanding for a pay rise. Multiplex Uganda is the body charged with managing street parking in the city. The employees are currently gathered at the Railway Square grounds along Jinja road. The workers want their salaries reviewed given the high cost of living and also accuse the management of the company of not remitting their NSSF contributions despite deducting the same from their pay. The workers say they are demanding for NSSF arrears of up to two years. They say they earn up to Shs 5,500 each day, which they want reviewed.  The Multiplex workers say they will not be returning to work unless their issues are addressed. The …

Besigye in court

The Director of Public Prosecution has withdrawn charges of inciting violence earlier instituted against FDC Leader Col. Kizza Besigye. The charges have been withdrawn before the Kasangati Magistrates Court. The state prosecutors led by Ivan Nkwasibwe said they had found it in their wisdom to have the charges withdrawn. He now faces charges of holding illegal assemblies during the walk to work protests. The case has also been switched from Magistrate James Eremye Mawanda and is now being heard by Grade one Magistrate Watyekere GW. A notice on one of the Court’s boards says Magistrate Eremye has been taken to Soroti where he will be handling a criminal session for a period of one month. The new magistrate on the …

Taxi drivers on strike

Taxi drivers have today kicked off their sit down strike, paralyzing travel in and around the city. The drivers are protesting against harassment by the Uganda Taxi Drivers and Operators Association., who manage public transport in the country.  They are opposed to the numerous fees charged with no accountability from the association and want the government to intervene. Passengers were this morning stuck at different locations and many had to resort to using motor cycles as the main means of transport. The taxi parks which are normally a hive of activity today had minimal traffic, with the cars plying upcountry routes mainly working.  Fares around the city have also been increased by an average of 500/= for the few taxis working …

Another suspect charged over July 11th Bomb attacks

A year after the July 11th bomb attacks, another suspect has today been charged before Court over the same. Mohammed Ali, a Kenyan national has been charged with terrorism, 76 counts of murder and attempted murder. He has been charged before Nakawa Chief Magistrates Charles Serubuga, joining 18 others who were charged earlier over the same. Hijja Seremanni Nyamadondo, a Tanzanian national has also appeared before Court over mention of his case. They have both been remanded to prison until 25th July when they will be committed to the High Court for trial. The prosecution says investigations into the matter are complete and all is set for trial. The two will join 17 other suspects who were earlier committed to …