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WHO chief to meet M7 over Ebola

By Ritah Kemigisa. The World Health Organization Director General, Dr. Tedros Adhanom, is in Uganda to assess the country’s response to the current Ebola outbreak in the Western district of Kasese. According to the ministry of health senior publicist, Emmanuel Ainebyona says the WHO director general is expected to have a bilateral meeting with president Museveni later today on to discuss about Ebola. This is the third time, Dr Adhanom is visiting Uganda since the Ebola outbreak was declared in August 2018 in DRC. He has meanwhile called for cautious optimism because the Ebola situation in DRC has been very unpredictable with up and down trends saying it is not clean until the outbreak in DRC is finished He however …

UPC urges gov’t to reject dam project at Murchison falls.

By Prossy Kisakye. The opposition Uganda People’s Congress has cautioned government over the planned giveaway of Murchison falls to a private investor for construction of a power plant. The Electricity Regulatory Authority is said to have signed a Memorandum of Understanding with a South African company Bonang Power and Energy Ltd to build a 360 Megawatt hydro power dam at Murchison Falls National Parks in Kiryandongo and Nwoya districts. The proposal has drawn outrage from various circles with the latest being the UPC, whose spokesperson of UPC Michael Osinde advises government to denounce the hydro power project as it will affect the county’s tourism sector and geographical beauty. However, ERA communications officer Julius Wandera allayed those fears earlier, saying the …

Over 70 people followed for interacting with Ebola victims

BY LILIAN NAMAGEMBE lnamagembe@ug.nationmedia.com Atleast 78 people are currently being followed up by the ministry of Health following their earlier contact with the confirmed Ebola victims. Three people have since tested positive for Ebola, two of whom passed on earlier. Dr Jane Ruth Aceng the Health minister said these will be followed up for the next 21 days warning that the country is still at very high risk given the porous borders and hence the need to reduce infections “Right now in Uganda, there is only one Ebola suspect in isolation. Two were tested and turned negative and are out of our isolation area. We only have one whose sample is now at UVRI,” the minister added. The ministry also …

Court allows Rwenzururu king to bury queen mother

By Ruth Anderah High Court Judge Eva Luswata has allowed Rwenzuru King Charles Wesley Mumbere to travel Kasese district for burial of his late queen mother Christine Nyamukama Biira. According to her ruling the Omusinga is given 14 days and the order is specifically to attend burial and carry out cultural activities since he is the first born in the family. The king has however been barred from carrying out activities that may incite violence. This is after he filed an application before court seeking permission to bury his mother who passed on Tuesday 11th June. He is charged with various offenses including terrorism and murder that he allegedly committed in 2016. He earlier expressed his gratitude for the court …

Lt. Col. Nakalema explains BOU raid

By Ritah Kemigisa The head of the state house Anti-corruption Unit Lt. Col Edith Nakalema has spoken out on the raid by her team on the offices of Bank of Uganda. In a statement issued on Friday afternoon, Nakalema says her team together with police criminal investigations department are carrying out a special investigation regarding the central bank’s procurement and supply chain activities. She adds that the investigation was prompted by a tip off from Governor Bank of Ugandan Tumusiime Mutebile. Nakalema adds that a number of senior officials from the bank, customs and Civil Aviation Authority personnel are being questioned. The government spokesperson Ofwono Opondo says the president is aware of the investigation and he okayed it. Central Bank …