President Museveni receives H.E. Abdel fattah of Sudan


President Yoweri Museveni has expressed his gratitude to learn that the situation in Sudan is now normalising following the agreement reached between the Military Council and other groups in Khartoum. “I had a good briefing from His Excellency. I am very happy now the Military Council has agreed with the groups. I encourage the Sudanese to agree because this type of agitation is very dangerous. It scares away business and it scares away investors,” he said. The President made the remarks after meeting the Chairman of the Transitional Military Council,…

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British Prime Minister announces resignation


British Prime Minister Theresa May on Friday announced she will step down as Conservative leader on June 7 after failing to convince MPs to support her Brexit deal. “It is and will always remain a matter of deep regret to me that I have not been able to deliver Brexit,” May said in a statement outside her Downing Street residence. The move follows a mutiny in the cabinet and the Conservative Party over her Brexit strategy. May was meeting the head of the governing party committee in charge of leadership…

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Gen. Muntu launches his party Alliance for National Transformation


Eight months after quitting the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC), the party’s former president Maj Gen Mugisha Muntu, yesterday launched his Alliance for National Transformation (ANT) party and unveiled a 17-member leadership structure. The launch of the ANT at Kampala Serena Conference Centre was attended by various Opposition leaders and parties who included Democratic Party (DP) president Norbert Mao, Conservative Party president John Ken Lukyamuzi, Uganda Peoples Congress president Jimmy Akena and the People Power movement leader Robert Kyagulanyi, aka Bobi Wine. There were about 20 MPs including two former…

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Parliament To Pay Social Media Tax (OTT) And Provide Free Data For MPs


Parliament has awarded MTN a contract worth 197 million to provide monthly 5GB data worth 30,000shs and OTT worth 6,000 for each MP per month. This means parliament will spend Shs 197.8m annually on social media tax and data bundles Airtel Uganda and Africell Uganda did not succeed  during the preliminary stages of the restricted domestic bidding process. Robina Nabanja, the Kakumiro Woman MP and member of the Parliamentary Commission defended the move, saying it is right for the house to pay for the legislator’s OTT and provide them data since…

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“Prepare for transition”, Gen. Muntu tells government


Former army commander, Maj Gen Mugisha, whose new Opposition Alliance for National Transformation (ANT), was recently registered by the Electoral Commission, has told the ruling National Resistance Movement not to waste time harassing change-seeking opposition politicians but prepare for an inevitable political transition. Gen Muntu said the government should learn from the current wave of change where citizens in different African countries are rising up to get out-of-date regimes out of power. Gen Muntu was on Tuesday speaking at ANT head offices in Bukoto, a Kampala suburb. “When time for…

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Kadaga directs on continued Apaa land conflict


The Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga has directed the Office of the Prime Minister to intervene in the reported displacement of people of Apaa, Amuru district by unknown militia. This comes after the MPs: Hon. Lucy Akello (Amuru District) and Hon. Lilly Adong (Nwoya District) sought immediate government intervention to solve the ongoing havoc meted on the people of the area by unknown militia from Adjumani district. The MPs raised the issues during Wednesday’s sitting, forcing the Speaker to ask the Prime Minister for an explanation during the Thursday sitting.…

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MP drops Bill to regulate religious organisations


Hon. John Baptist Nambeshe (NRM, Manyija County) has withdrawn his proposal to introduce the Religious Organisations’ Bill 2019 intended to regulate religious organisations in the country. Nambeshe on Wednesday first moved a motion seeking leave of Parliament to present the Private Members’ Bill, a required of the Parliament Rules of Procedure. Rule 121 provides that a Private Members’ Bill shall be introduced first by way of a motion to which shall be attached the proposed draft of the Bill. On Wednesday, Parliament Speaker, Rebecca Kadaga, deferred taking a vote on…

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MPs want airtime scratch cards revived


Legislators have asked the Minister of Information, Communication, Technology and National Guidance, Hon. Frank Tumwebaze, to explain the failure of telecommunications companies to reinstate the use of airtime scratch cards. Last year the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) had set July 10, 2018, as the deadline for the use of airtime scratch cards and move to the use of electronic airtime. In a statement to Parliament in August 2018, the Minister promised to convince UCC to reconsider the decision and have both options of airtime scratch cards alongside the e-airtime. Then,…

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Government given up to April to table electoral reforms


Parliament has given Government up to the end of April to table electoral reforms. The Speaker of Parliament, Rebecca Kadaga, gave the ultimatum following a statement by the Minister of Justice and Constitutional Affairs, Gen Kahinda Otafiire, during plenary sitting on Tuesday, 29 January 2019. Otafiire said that in order to address matters relating to elections in Uganda, it is necessary to handle the matter in a chronological manner, beginning with the review and amendment of the Constitution concurrent with the process to amend the electoral laws. “Within the next…

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EAC commended for boosting regional economies as President Museveni hands over to Kagame


East African Community leaders have lauded the regional body for the role it has played towards improving the economies of member countries. Regional leaders who met in Arusha today for the 20th Heads of State Summit of the EAC said integration policies resulted in many achievements including the construction of several inter-country link roads, implemented a credits transfer framework for East African Universities, set up several One-Stop Border Posts as well as implemented projects in water and health provision. At the summit, Rwanda President Paul Kagame took over as the…

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Bobi Wine and other co-accused appear in court


Gulu grade one magistrate, Isaac Imoran Kintu, has adjourned hearing of the treason case against Kyadondo East MP, Robert Ssentamu Kyagulanyi, and co-accused to March 19, 2019 This was after prosecution told court that investigations into the matter were still ongoing Kyagulanyi, popularly known as Bobi Wine together with Arua Municipality MP and 32 others, today appeared before the Gulu Grade One magistrate The accused were arrested in August last year, on allegations that they were involved in the election-related fracas in Arua that resulted into damage on a vehicle…

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Opposition Leader Felix Tshisekedi Declared Winner Of DR Congo Presidential Poll

Felix Tshisekedi

Opposition leader Felix Tshisekedi has been declared as the winner of the last month’s presidential election in the Democratic Republic of Congo, the country’s electoral commission declared on Thursday. Corneille Nangaa, the president of the election commission (CENI), told a news conference at about 0200 GMT that Tshisekedi won with 38.57 percent of more than 18 million ballots cast. “Felix Tshisekedi Tshilombo is declared the provisionally- elected president of Democratic Republic of Congo,” Nangaa said, to a mixture of cheers and gasps inside CENI headquarters. If Tshisekedi’s victory is confirmed in…

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Democratic Republic of Congo continues with internet shutdown


The DRC on Monday became the latest country to cut its people off from the internet, as voters await the results of highly-contested presidential election. Internet and social media shutdowns have become more and more common across Africa and Asia in recent years, particularly as authoritarian governments look to China as the model for controlling what people can say and do online. Speaking to Reuters Tuesday, a senior adviser to DRC President Joseph Kabila, said internet and text messaging services were shut down to preserve public order after “fictitious results” were…

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Bugweri County Member Of Parliament Abdul Katuntu To Quit Parliament In 2021


Bugweri County MP, Mr Abdu Katuntu, has said he will not contest again for the parliamentary seat when his term expires in 2021. “I’m tired of being voted for and I’m no longer interested. Somebody else should take the mantle from me to lead the people of Bugweri. The four times I have been voted for are good enough and I call it quits,” he said. Mr Katuntu who also doubles as the chairperson of Parliamentary Committee of Commissions, Statutory Authorities and State Enterprises (Cosase) made the remarks during the…

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Assurance: IPOD summit set for next week-Kasule Lumumba


The National Resistance Movement (NRM) secretary general, Justine Kasule Lumumba, has said everything is set for the summit of five major political parties under the framework of the Inter-Party Organisation for Dialogue (IPOD) on Wednesday next week. The meeting that President Yoweri Museveni last month agreed to attend at Speke Resort Munyonyo in his capacity as NRM’s national chairman and not as the President will be organised twice annually. Lumumba said on Friday that they had already agreed on the agenda as IPOD. “So everything is set. Let’s present ourselves…

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Photos: Hon Kasibante Moses Legalizes His B*nking Sessions After 16 Years Of Cohabiting


Rubaga North Member of Parliament Moses Kasibante was on Saturday introduced by his long time fiance Lydia Nattimba. The beautiful introduction ceremony took place at the home of Nattimba’s parents in Kiteezi Kyadondo. Wakiso district Kasibante was acampanied by fellow Members of Parliament; mostly from the Opposition, youth minister Florence Kiyingi, allan ssewanyana, the Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago among others.  

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Uganda Cranes Beat Cape Verde To QUALIFIY FOR Next Year’s Nations Cup Finals In Cameroon


Uganda qualified for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations after beating Cape Verde 1-0 in Kampala on Saturday. Patrick Kaddu scored the all-important goal late on for the Cranes, who needed to avoid defeat to go through. Uganda, who had spent nearly 40 years failing to qualify for the Nations Cup, will now contest back-to-back tournaments for the first time since the seventies. “I thank God that I scored the only goal that takes Uganda through to the Nations Cup,” said striker Kaddu, who headed home Allan Kyambadde’s fine cross…

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Khashoggi murder: Turkish leader blames Saudi state directly

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan delivers a speech during a mukhtars meeting at the presidential palace on November 26, 2015 in Ankara. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on November 26 said Turkey does not buy any oil from Islamic State, insisting that his country's fight against the jihadist group is "undisputed". AFP PHOTO/ADEM ALTAN / AFP / ADEM ALTAN        (Photo credit should read ADEM ALTAN/AFP/Getty Images)

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has for the first time accused the Saudi government directly of murdering journalist Jamal Khashoggi. “We know that the order to kill Khashoggi came from the highest levels of the Saudi government,” he wrote in an article in the Washington Post. But stressing Turkey’s “friendly” ties with Saudi Arabia, he added that he did not believe King Salman was involved. Khashoggi was murdered at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul on 2 October. Turkish investigators believe the journalist, who was living in exile, was strangled when…

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