By Keefa Nuwahereza The European Union in Uganda has condemned the government’s high-handedness and arbitrary arrests during the Coronavirus (COVID-19) lockdwn. Citing examples of Mityana Municipality Member of Parliament Francis Zaake, who was arrested several days back for distributing food to Ugandans affected by the COVID-19 lockdown and Kakwenza Rukirabashaija, who was arrested for allegedly writing a book that is critical of government. H.E Amb. Attilio Pacifici's letter On 13 April, Kakwenza Rukirabashaija, a Ugandan activist, was arrested by military police at his home in Iganga, eastern Uganda. He was charged with the trumped-up charges of defamation and cyber related crimes and detained in the military barracks at Mbuya, near the capital Kampala. He is popu
By Elite Reporter Sources within Parliament have revealed that whereas President Yoweri Museveni is chiding Members of Parliament for Sharing Shs10Bn Coronavirus (COVID-19) he actually took a bigger share, because his State House alone was given Shs90Bn During his 12th National Address on Coronavirus, president Museveni said that it was morally reprehensible for MPs to share Shs20M each, well knowing that the country is currently battling an economic crisis because of the COVID-19 lockdown. He directed the Auditor General John B. Muwanga to ensure that all MPs account for the money, because he had instructed Kadaga to tell the MPs to donate it to the COVID-19 Task Forces in their respective districts. However, following President Museveni’s condemnation of Me
By Keefa Nuwahereza Several sugarcane growers and sugar manufacturers in Uganda are sighing with relief and hoping for a better future after President Yoweri Museveni agreed to endorse the Sugar Bill in law. President Museveni assented to the Sugar Act, 2020 as Uganda makes its final deliberations in trading off its surplus sugar to Tanzania, with the first consignment of 20,000 metric tonnes expected before end of May this year. The President’s press team said Tuesday that Mr Museveni assented to the Bill on April 24, 2020. “The sugar industry of Uganda will be exporting 20,000 metric tonnes of brown sugar to the United Republic of Tanzania by the end of May 2020. This is the first consignment, which has opened up market opportunities for the Ugandan sugar millers
By Elite Reporter Several Members of Parliament who benefitted from the COVID-19 Shs10Bn cash bonanza are in hot soup after President Yoweri Museveni directed the Auditor General to make them produce accountability for the money. Museveni issued the directive during his 12th National Address on Coronavirus on Tuesday night, when he said that what MPs did was morally unacceptable and that they landed themselves in a trap by taking the money during a time when the country is facing a crisis due to the Coronavirus outbreak. “I’m very thankful with Ugandans; they have responded but the Shs20 million by the MPs that caused confusion. It’s bad planning but secondly, there were also legal and constitutional issues involved. It would be morally reprehensible to gi
By Elite Reporter Popular chain store Shoprite is finalizing plans to quit Uganda and other East African countries after years of making losses. Owned under Shoprite Holdings Ltd, who is based in South Africa franchise has store in Uganda, Kenya, Rwanda and other East African countries. Shoprite exited Tanzania six years ago, by selling two of its branches in Dar es Salaam and one in Arusha to the then regional retailing giant Nakumatt Holdings at an estimated cost of US$45 million. And barely a fortnight ago, the retailer’s aggressive expansion in Kenya came to a sudden halt after the firm announced the closure of its Waterfront branch in Nairobi’s upmarket Karen suburb, rendering more than 100 workers redundant. The retailer had already opened four stores in Kenya
By Keefa Nuwahereza The Executive Director of Mulago Specialised National Referral Hospital, Dr. Byarugaba Baterana, has hailed doctors from the Uganda Peoples Defence Forces (UPDF) who spearheaded the fight against the deadly Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic . Dr. Byarugaba, who released the medics after patients at Mulago Hospital dropped to zero, thanked the UPDF doctors for the selfless heart and patriotism exhibited why treating COVID-19 patients. The medics have been part of a joint force of medical teams from Mulago Hospital, Makerere University, Infectious Disease Control Centre, and UPDF, at the front-line to defeat the pandemic in Uganda. Some of the UPDF doctors at Mulago Hospital who were treating COVID-19 patients It should be noted that ever ...
By Elite Reporter The Google stakes for Huawei have never been higher. The company is clear that 2020 will be its toughest year yet. Its own New Year’s message described it as a battle for survival, and its first-quarter growth saw growth of just 1.4% compared to 39% a year ago. The current quarter could be even worse. Before the U.S. blacklisted Huawei last May, the company was on an absolute tear. Its smartphone business had come from way back in the field to threaten the Samsung and Apple duopoly at the top of the tree. Absent that blacklist, Huawei was on course to replace Samsung in top slot—even with the blacklist, the delayed impact meant Huawei replaced Apple as number two for a time. The drop-off in Huawei’s smartphone growth—it shipped 240 million units last year instea
By Elite Reporter Donald Trump, the President of the United States of America, on Monday appeared to confirm that North Korean leader Kim Jong Un is alive, saying he wished him well after days of speculation over the dictator's whereabouts and health condition. Asked if he had new information about Kim's health, Trump said "yes, I do have a very good idea, but I can't talk about it now. I just wish him well." "I hope he's fine," Trump continued, speaking at a White House press conference. "I do know how he's doing, relatively speaking." Trump said the media would "probably be hearing in the not-too-distant future" about Kim. Conjecture has grown since Kim's conspicuous no-show at April 15 celebrations for the birthday of his grandfather Kim Il Sung, the North's founder -- t...
By Keefa Nuwahereza In their efforts to combat the spread of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Uganda from truck drivers bringing merchandise into the country, the Ministry of Health has decided to deploy more health workers at all border points, especially Mutukula, which brings in lots of trucks from Tanzania. This website has established that the Ministry of Health is set to deploy at least 20 Health workers to beef up the team currently screening transit cargo trucks drivers entering the country at Mutukula border post in Kyotera District. Dr Edward Muwanga ,the Kyotera District Health officer, said the Ministry aims at reducing the pressure exerted on the existing medics who are overwhelmed by the big number of truck drivers being screened for COVID-19 pandemic at the border point
By Elite Reporter A very ardent follower of Watoto Ministry’s head pastor Gary Skinner, who is also a beneficiary of the same organisation, has assured State Minister for Youth and Children Affairs, Hon. Nakiwala Kiyingi, to back off matters concerning Watoto Child Care Ministries. The concerned Born-Again believer identified as Joel Kyakuwa, wrote a long missive to Minister Nakiwala which has since gone viral on social media and it reads thus; OPEN LETTER TO HONOURABLE MINISTER NAKIWALA KIYINGI DISCLAIMER! I'm not the Watoto spokesperson and whatever you are about to read is entirely based on my opinion, thought or view and NOT of the ministry talked of! As one of the former beneficiaries of Watoto Child Care Ministries, (an organisation which you seem to be obsesse