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 …

Besigye leaves home

The FDC leader Col. Kizza Besigye has been allowed to leave his home unlike yesterday’s events, when he was blocked by security operatives. The police said he was under preventive arrest, having announced plans to participate in the Walk to Work protests yesterday. He has however been allowed to leave home today and has driven through two road blocks without being stopped.  Besigye attended prayers at Kibuli Mosque where he joined the Lord mayor Erias Lukwago.  Speaking after the prayers, Besigye said he is no longer sure of whether or not he is under house arrest. He says he is sometimes allowed to leave his house and yet blocked at other times, leaving him confused on what exactly is the …

NRM wins Parliamentary race

The NRM has won both positions for the Speaker and Deputy Speaker of Parliament. Rebecca Kadaga was declared Speaker earlier today having won the race with 302 votes while her opponent, the FDC’s Nandala Mafabi polled 57. Jacob Oulanya has also won the race for the Deputy Speaker of Parliament with 299 against 58 scored by his opponent Odonga Otto. There were 2 invalid votes recorded, with one going to army MP Major General David Tinyefuza and the other to Winfred Niwagaba, both of whom were not in the race. There were also 2 invalid votes in the Speaker’s race, with one cast for outgoing speaker Edward Sekandi who was not in the race and another for Jacob Oulanya, who …

Kadaga declared Speaker

The NRM’s Rebecca Kadaga has been declared Speaker of Parliament with 302 votes, while her opponent Nandala Mafabi polled 57. There were 2 Invalid votes and a total 359 MPs participated in the vote. The invalid votes included one which was cast for outgoing speaker Edward Sekandi who was not in the race and another for Jacob Oulanya, who is a candidate for the position of Deputy Speaker of Parliament. Kadaga has been sworn in and the chief Justice Benjamin Odoki has handed her the instruments of power. She will now preside over the elections for the position of Deputy Speaker, for which the NRM’s Jacob Oulanya and the FDC’s Odonga Otto are the main candidates. Kadaga becomes the first …