By Keefa Nuwahereza The Ugandan youthful athlete built on his 10km win recorded at the Simply Healthy Great Manchester Run last year with some good powerful sprinting to shock race favourite Selemon Barega. Inspired by Joshua Cheptegei's 5,000m world record performance in Paris a couple of weeks ago, Jacob Kiplimo defied fitness doubts to win the 5,000m at the 59th Ostrava Golden Spike in the Czech Republic. He won in a meet record time of 12:48:63. It was an incredible recovery from Kiplimo, who looked gone on halfway. In Manchester, Kiplimo hit the front early and never looked back as he came home in a time of 27:31 - the fourth-fastest time for 10km on the roads last year. However, in Ostrava, Kiplimo had to find his way to the front from third place in style, closing the g...
By Keefa Nuwahereza Ms Kate Airey OBE has been appointed British High Commissioner to the Republic of Uganda in succession to Mr Peter West CMG who will be retiring from the Diplomatic Service. Ms Airey will take up her appointment during December 2020. Kate Airey was appointed as the British High Commissioner to the Republic of Namibia in November 2017, and started in January 2018. Kate joined the Foreign & Commonwealth Office in 2005, where her career has focused on Africa, including roles in London as Africa Energy Adviser, Lead on Strategy, and Lead on Prosperity (2005-2014). She has held postings overseas in Abuja, Nigeria (2007-2010) and Freetown, Sierra Leone (2014). Kate also led the 2014/2015 Ebola crisis both in Freetown as Deputy Head of the UK response and in Lon
A number of incumbents and ministers have been put to the sword in the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) party primaries, casting in doubt their political career. Ministers Evelyn Anite (Investment), Elioda Tumwesigye (Technology) Adolf Tumwesigye (Defense), Mary Karooro Okurut (General Duties), Michael Werikhe (Trade), Mwesigwa Rukutana (Labour) and Christopher Kibazanga (Veteran Affairs) lost and are pondering their next moves. Ms Anite, who was defeated by Dr Charles Ayume by a difference of 768 votes for the Koboko Municipality seat, which she has occupied for just one term, conceded defeated, ruling out the possibility of running as an Independent. Tumwesigye’s decision to run in the newly-created Sheema Municipality came back to haunt him as he was trounced by Mr Dic
Lawyers for “Hotel Rwanda” hero Paul Rusesabagina on Monday said their client is at risk of torture after his arrest on terrorism charges. In a complaint with the United Nations special rapporteur on torture, Rusesabagina’s attorneys said he has not been able to speak to his legal team or family since his arrest last week. They called for a probe into whether he “is still alive,” The Associated Press reported. It also claims the lawyer claiming to represent Rusesabagina was appointed without his consent. “[T]here is no way Mr. Rusesabagina would interview and voluntarily hire a lawyer without consulting with his own family first,” the complaint states, according to the AP. President Paul Kagame has suggested Rusesabagina was tricked into returning to Rwanda, where he ha
The Red Eagles have assured their fans they will make the venue conducive to them ahead of the new season Express FC have promised fans they will work on their stadium ahead of the new Ugandan Premier League (UPL) season. The Red Eagles have Wankulukuku as their venue for the home matches and the club has now promised to renovate it so as to create a conducive environment for the fans when the new season kicks off. “Express have stepped up their bid to create a conducive environment for her fans by the time the Uganda Premier League kicks off in October,” revealed a statement on the club’s official website. According to the club’s CEO Isaac Mwesigwa, the club will renovate the stadium, with emphasis on the drainage system, especially near the technical area and maintaining th
By Keefa Nuwahereza Appointment comes at a time when governments of Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, and Uganda are confronting both immediate and longer-term health and economic impacts of COVID-19 crisis The World Bank has appointed Mr. Keith Hansen as the new Country Director for Kenya, Rwanda, Somalia, and Uganda effective September 8, 2020. Mr. Hansen, who has over 30 years of experience in development practice, will lead an active multi-country portfolio consisting of over 100 projects totaling more than US$13 billion. Under Mr. Hansen’s leadership, the World Bank will work closely with the four countries to provide innovative products and services that respond to their diverse development challenges and contribute to achieving sustainable economic growth and poverty reduction, with
Simon Lokodo, Uganda’s Minister of State for Ethics and Integrity who vehemently lobbied for the death penalty for gay sex for years, was unseated Saturday (September 5) and is no longer a member of the Parliament of Uganda. In the heated run-off in Dodoth West in Uganda’s Karenga District, Lokodo was defeated in the ruling party National Resistance Movement primaries by challenger Baatom Ben Koryang, who had previously worked as a District Community Development Officer. Koryang secured a seat in Parliament as an MP with 2,932 vote tally. Lokodo trailed close behind with 2,632. Simon Lokodo once said Uganda is ‘tolerant’ of gay folks because the country doesn’t ‘slaughter them’. Often positioning himself as a Catholic moral crusader who holds a fiery contempt for
The former Police and Yanga striker has finally left K’Ogalo for his hometown club ahead of the new season Kampala City Council Authority (KCCA FC) have officially unveiled striker Juma Balinya ahead of the new season. As earlier reported that, negotiating for a transfer with the Lugogo-based giants and was keen to leave Kenyan Premier League (KPL) champions Gor Mahia. Balinya had stated his stay at the KPL record champions was dependent on the improvement of the club’s financial health. Gor Mahia signed the former Ugandan Premier League (UPL) top scorer from Tanzania’s Young Africans (Yanga SC) at a time they were experiencing financial turmoil. However, Balinya and his teammates had to go for months without monthly payments and it is one of the reasons that
Seeds for the Future is an initiative China is using as a vehicle for technological transfer to the world, Africa and Uganda in particular notes Mr. Henry Mayiga, Deputy Head of Missions Uganda Embassy in Uganda. [Kampala, Uganda, September 7th, 2020] Huawei, a leading global ICT solutions provider, has today kicked off the one week intense seeds for the future training through online and live broadcast sessions from 7th to 11th September 2020. Huawei is to train 37 top ICT students recommended from the various universities of Uganda in areas of Internet of Things, Virtual Reality, Big Data, Cloud, Artificial intelligence and 5G related courses. According to the Huawei Public Relations Director Mr. Gao, The training that will last one week shall be an online training where stude...