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Workers MP to petition parliament over sacked staff

January 23, 2019 8:30 am

By Ritah Kemigisa.

The Workers MP Sam Lyomoki is to petition parliament over the irregular sacking of staff at Makerere University.

Last year the Vice Chancellor Prof Barnabus Nawangwe sacked over 40 members of staff with the latest being the suspension of the chairperson University staff Deus Muhwezi over insubordination.

Lyomoki adds that they are employ legal means together with the various workers unions to fight for the rights of university staff.

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Two foreign nationals deported over comprising national security

January 22, 2019 6:00 pm

By Ritah Kemigisa.

Two foreign nationals working with MTN Uganda, have been arrested and deported back to their countries over allegations of compromising the Uganda’s national security.

The Deputy Police spokesperson Polly Namaye says the duo identified as Olivier Prentout a French national and Annie Tabura a Rwandan National have been under investigation by security agencies in close coordination with immigration officials over their engagements in acts which could compromise national security.

Namaye says they have managed to disrupt their intentions and now asks the public to remain alert and help police and its security agencies by reporting any suspicious activity done by anyone.

A statement from MTN Uganda has confirmed that their Chief Marketing Officer, Olivier Prentout, was arrested by police at Entebbe airport upon arrival from a business trip abroad while the Head of Sales and Distribution, Annie Bilenge Tabura, was arrested by unidentified security personnel upon arrival at the MTN headquarter offices in Kampala on Monday.

The telecom says it is to committed to respecting the laws of Uganda.

Ex-soldier throws grenade in land meeting, gets killed  

January 22, 2019 3:30 pm

BY GEORGE EMURON & GEORGE MURON

Aformer UPDF soldier has been hacked to death after he threw a grenade in land meeting in Atapar village, Aligoi Sub County, in Bukedea district.

This was after the deceased identified as Grace Olupot 45, disagreed  at the manner in which the land was parceled out to his brothers, yet the share that he had been allocated was not enough.

The LC II chairperson for Aligoi parish, Augustine Okwi said he had been called by the members of Irarak clan to witness the division and demarcation of the land when the incident happened.

Michael Odongo, the regional police spokesperson East Kyoga, says police is investigating the matter.

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MUK newly elected leaders promise to intervene in suspension of staff

January 22, 2019 12:21 pm

By Damali mukhaye.

The newly elected leaders of Makerere university council have promised to intervene in the rampant suspension of some staff from the University, once they officially take over office in February.

This followed numerous call from the staff asking the new council to check the powers of the vice chancellor Prof Barnabas Nawangwe suspending staff.

Speaking to KFM, The chair council Lorna Magara says they do not have a say at a moment since they have not yet taken over their office officially.

She says that if the office is handed to them in Feb, they will review the cases of the suspension and see how they can help.

Prof Nawangwe last week suspended the academic staff chairperson Deus Kamunyu among others from the university over indiscipline

Speaking to Kfm, the new chairperson of the University council Lorna Magara says that they

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Advocate wants interim order blocking electronic passports

January 22, 2019 12:00 pm

By Ruth Anderah.

City lawyer Michael Aboneka has asked Court to issue an interim order blocking the issuance of electronic passports pending disposal of his main case challenging the process of phasing out of current passports by 2021 which is set for hearing on March 19th before Justice Musa Sekaana.

Through his lawyer Gawaya Tegulle, Aboneka told the High court deputy Register Sarah Langa that government is in advanced stages of issuing and recalling the current passport and if it is not stopped his case will be rendered useless.

Tegulle submitted that the process of phasing out the current passport is illegal as there is no law backing it.

In response State Attorney Allan Mukama opposed the application for interim order saying it is over taken by events as the ministry of internal affairs has already started issuing out the new electronic passports.

The deputy registrar promised to give her ruling on Friday this week.

Aboneka together with the Center for Constitutional Governance petitioned High Court challenging the move by government to phase out the current passports by the end of 2021 in preparation for the issuance of the electronic East African Community passports.

In the complaint, they say the period given to Ugandans to switch to the international EAC electronic passports is insufficient to both Ugandans living within and abroad.

They also argue that the new cost of the passport from shs 150,000 to shs 250,000 is too high.

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Alebtong boss asks women to charge sex for school fees

January 22, 2019 11:53 am

BY PATRICK EBONG.

The LC V Chairman of Alebtong district Denish Johnson Okello have asked women in the district to deny their irresponsible husbands conjugal rights as a way of forcing them to pay school fees since most of them do not want to educate their children.

OkelloDenish while addressing people in Obim parish in Apala Sub County said they have learnt that most parents especially men in the district are deliberately failing to educate their children.

Okello Johnson said unless such men commit themselves to educate the children that they already have they should be given chance to produce more.

He says absenteeism due to lack of school fees has greatly contributed to the poor performance in national exams.

However, the Resident District Commissioner Alebtong Josephine OmaraOlilihas strongly disagreed with the chairman saying such a move would fuel domestic violence.

In the recently released PLE results 2018, Alebtong district had only 147 pupils in first grade and 109 pupils out of them were from private schools while the 75 government aided primary schools had only 36 first graders.

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