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Hooting campaign kicks off

The hooting campaign has kicked off; with car horns heard ringing in the air in the city centre and other parts of the country. Our reporter in the city centre says several owners of private cars, taxi drivers and bodaboda riders have participated in the campaign.  The campaign called by the Activists for Change is part of the activities organized to call the attention of the government to the increasing cost of living. It comes on the heels of the Walk to Work protests in which at least 10 people lost their lives. The Drive, Ride and Hoot campaign kicked off at 5.00pm and was supposed to go on for 5minutes. Pedestrians were also seen blowing whistles and vuvuzelas on …

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 …