Kadaga advocates for tree planting at public events

By Ritah Kemigisa The Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga, has advocated for tree planting at every public or social gathering as a way of mitigating the adverse effects of climate change. Kadaga was speaking at a parallel session on the subject of global warming and climate change and the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development during the 20th International Conference of Chief Justices of the World, taking place in, India. The Speaker told the speakers that as a practice, in her constituency, at every marriage, baptism, graduation or public ceremony, trees are planted so as to add to the forest cover. Kadaga has however decried the cutting of tress by refugees who use them for cooking. The Chief Justices of the …

Human rights key for peace & stability, Zanzibar’s president Shein

By Ruth Anderah The President of Zanzibar H.E Dr Ali Mohamed Shein, has underscored the importance of human rights as a prerequisite for peace and stability in Africa. He was receiving the president of the African Court on Human and People’s Rights Hon Justice Syvain Ore who led a delegation of the Court’s judges to pay him a courtesy call at State House on Monday morning. President Shein said there could not be any development without peace and stability. This, he said, had resulted in enormous economic, social and political achievements on the Islands, which he asked other leaders in the region to emulate. The African Court is holding its 55th Ordinary Session from 4 to 29 November and 10th …

More women, girls using contraceptives in Uganda- FP2020 report

By Ritah Kemigisa A ground-breaking report on family planning in the world’s 69 lowest-income countries has shown that more women and girls have access to family planning now than ever before. It reveals that 314 million women and girls are now using modern contraception, with 53 million additional users in the last seven years, and 9 million in the past year alone. According to Family Planning 2020’s Progress Report 2019-2020, in Uganda, over 3 million women are using a modern method of contraception today, almost double the number of users since 2012. Launched on the side-lines of the International Conference on Population and Development in Nairobi, FP2020’s latest report is part of the 25-year arc of progress that has lifted …

NRM mobile volunteers’ task force vows to go on a 30-day hunger strike

  By Juliet Nalwooga A group of NRM members from the NRM mobile volunteers’ task force  have vowed to go on a 30-day hunger strike starting today until their concerns are addressed. According to the group’s chairperson, Nsubuga Mandela,  the officials in direct contact with President Yoweri Museveni have barred other NRM members with productive ideas for the party from presenting and benefiting from their work. “We are having a mistaken identity as if we don’t have leaders in this party. We have state house employees who are not truthful and are very unfair. They block us from meeting the president,” he said. Nsubuga says the ruling party has instead opted for people like Catherine Kusasira and artiste Bucherman who …

AU, UN asked to urgently resolve South Sudan crisis

By Ritah Kemigisa International relations experts have called upon African Union and the United Nations to intervene in the South Sudan crisis in the event the 100 days elapse without any conclusive agreement. This after South Sudan president Salva Kiir and rival Riek Machar were last week given another 100 days to form a power sharing government after failing to resolve their differences over a peace deal. Ambassador Harold Achema, an international relations consultant says the conflict caused by the two leaders is not only a threat to regional but international security as well. He adds that failure by the two leaders to agree within 100 days will also be an indication that they are incapable leaders. The US last …