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Cabinet approves the Uganda National Kiswahili Council

Uganda Media Center boss Ofwono Opondo

  By Stephen Otage The government has endorsed the establishment of the Uganda National Kiswahili Council, whose main objective is to guide implementation of usage of Swahili as one of Uganda’s official languages. Speaking to journalists about the cabinet decision taken on Monday at State House Entebbe, Ofwono Opondo the executive director of Uganda Media Centre said among the decisions cabinet took, is the establishment of the council. “This council will be recruiting Swahili teachers who will to be sent to teach Swahili in schools,” Opondo said adding that the council will also ensure establishment of policy, legal and institutional framework for setting standards for effective promotion, development and usage of Kiswahili at all levels. He added that the council …

MPs blocked from accessing safe house

  By Risdel Kasasira Members of Parliament have been blocked from accessing a safe house in Kyengera, which is allegedly being used by the Internal Security Organisation to torture people. The MPs, who had gone to the site on Tuesday morning, led by the Chairperson of the Parliamentary Committee on Human Rights, Nantume Egunyu Nantume, were told by the one of the soldiers guarding the facility that they don’t open for “whoever goes there”. Ms Nantume said it was an “on spot visit to the safe houses” run by ISO. The MPs have been investigating alleged human rights abuses by the ISO. The Director General of ISO Col Kaka Bagyenda is expected to appear before the committee tomorrow to explain …

Police embarks on digital gun registration in Kyoga region

By George Muron The Uganda police force has launched a massive verification and digital registration exercise of guns in east Kyoga region. The exercise scheduled to run for a week at the regional police headquarters in Soroti is aimed at capturing respective gun DNA, sounds and details of the respective handlers. The inter-agency team that comprises police, army, prisons and other government security agencies is led by Mr Agustus Ecotu the assistant commissioner of Police, who says the initiative is a fulfillment to the president’s directive intended to curb crime in the country. He said that the exercise targets to register all the guns in possession of officers in the police, Prisons, private security organizations and individuals. “Whoever has a …

Police rules out suicide in Entebbe Expressway shooting

By Ritah Kemigisa Police have ruled out the possibility of suicide in its investigations for the death by shooting of Joshua Ruhegyere and Melisa Tumukunde along the Entebbe expressway last Thursday. The duo was found dead with bullet wounds on the head at Nambigirwa Bridge in Wakiso District. Tumukunde was in the back seat while Ruhegyere’s body was stretched out behind the black Prado that appeared to have been parked on the roadside prior to the shooting. Police spokesperson Fred Enanga told journalists on Monday afternoon that they are investigating murder with the potential of a second or third party involvement.

Mugabe expected to be buried over the weekend

Robert Mugabe’s nephew said on Sunday, that a delegation was expected to leave Zimbabwe on Monday to collect the hero-turned-despot’s body from Singapore where he died two days ago. Mugabe, a guerilla leader who swept to power after Zimbabwe’s independence from Britain and went on to rule for 37 years, died on Friday, aged 95. His health took a hit after he was ousted by the military in November 2017, ending his increasingly tyrannical rule. He had been travelling to Singapore for treatment since April. “I can’t give an authoritative day, all I know is people are leaving tomorrow Monday to go and pick up the body,” Leo Mugabe said. “So assuming they get there on Tuesday and the body …