By Our Reporter The World Health Organization (WHO) has pledged to investigate allegations of sexual abuse by people identified as health and aid officials in the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), where the global body is trying to stop the spread of the Ebola virus. The WHO said it is “outraged” and promised the charges will be “rigorously investigated” in a statement released on Tuesday. “The betrayal of people in the communities we serve is reprehensible. We do not tolerate such behaviour in any of our staff, contractors or partners,” read the statement in part. “Anyone identified as being involved will be held to account and face serious consequences, including immediate dismissal,” it added. The statement came after the news website The New Humanitarian re
By Our Reporter President Yoweri Museveni’s younger brother Godfrey Aine Kaguta aka Sodo was Wednesday evening declared the Mawogola North National Resistance Movement (NRM) flagbearer for the 2021 general election. Aine was announced winner of the NRM primaries following a stiff competition with Foreign Affairs Minister Sam Kutesa’s daughter Shartsi Musherure Kutesa, in which he polled 17,775 representing 46.3% while Musherure got 16,155 votes (42.17%) and Salim Kiseka scored 4,415 votes. The belated National Resistance Movement (NRM) primaries for Mawogola North and West in Sembabule district were held on Wednesday under tight security to avert acts of violence, intimidation of voters and hooliganism. In Mawogola North, the race had three contenders, including t
By Our Reporter The Minister for Gender, Labour and Social Development (MGLSD), Hon. Frank Tumwebaze, has revealed that the government introduced the Social Assistance Grants for Empowerment (SAGE) program in a bid to uplift and improve the livelihoods of elderly persons in Uganda. In his message to all Ugandans to commemorate the International Day of Older Persons, the Minister noted that as we celebrate the International Day of Older Persons, which is observed every October 1st, remember that government through the Expanding Social Protection (ESP) rolled out the SAGE program to help the elderly. Quick Facts About SAGE Here are some of the facts about SAGE: Since 2010, the government of Uganda, through MGLSD’s under the ESP, programme has implemented the Senio
Brussels Airlines has revised its previously advised winter schedule and will now operate more flights and rotations as it extends its route network, the carrier confirmed this week. During the winter period, 25 October to 27 March the airline will offer up to 40% more flights to and from Africa. Intercontinental network At the start of the winter season, 14 destinations will be included in the airline’s intercontinental offer, with a sole focus on Africa. The airline will expand its offer with 12% as of October 25th . As of this winter, Brussels Airlines will fly to Abidjan on a daily base. During winter holidays, extra frequencies will be added to Banjul, Bujumbura, Dakar, Douala, Entebbe, Freetown, Kigali, Kinshasa, Monrovia and Yaoundé. During this
The allegations of sexual exploitation and abuse by aid workers who identified themselves as working for the World Health Organisation (WHO) Ebola response in the Democratic Republic of the Congo are deeply horrific and heart-breaking, the agency’s Africa director has said. In a statement late on Wednesday, WHO Africa director Dr Matshidiso Moeti said she strongly supported director-general Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus’ decision to initiate a thorough review of the allegations. A months-long investigation by journalists from The New Humanitarian and the Thomson Reuters Foundation found that men who identified themselves as being with WHO had been accused of sexual abuse by some 30 women. Fifty-one women alleged that they had been sexually exploited or abused overall by mostly fo
Accused of commanding a presidential guard implicated in high-profile murders during the Rwandan genocide, Protais Mpiranya is the top priority for investigators following this year's arrest of a fellow alleged war criminal. On the run for 20 years, charged with war crimes, genocide and crimes against humanity, Mpiranya is the most sought of the six remaining fugitives indicted by an international tribunal into the 1994 slaughter which left some 800,000 dead. He was second on the wanted list until the arrest of alleged genocide financier Felicien Kabuga near Paris in May. France's top appeals court ruled Wednesday that Kabuga, who had evaded capture in several countries, should be transferred to a UN tribunal in Tanzania to stand trial. But Mpiranya, who is believed to be arou...
The Government of Uganda recognizes the importance of its tourism industry. Uganda is known around the world for its natural beauty, its variety of attractions, its historic villages, and its wildlife. The Uganda tourism industry not only is a major economic development tool but it also is a major component in Uganda’s quality of life. Uganda can take great pride in that many of its public officials are tourism-sensitive. They understand the importance of tourism and how tourism impacts the nation’s reputation and standing not only in tourism but also in the world. In today’s world dominated by the COVID-19 pandemic, both local citizens and visitors throughout the world demand safety and security implemented by well-trained professionals. The traveling public understands the rel
Uganda Tourism is the third destination awarded an endorsement by the Safer Tourism Seal experts. This achievement has only been awarded to Kenya and Jamaica before. The endorsement is based on an evaluation and cannot be purchased. 20 destinations and stakeholders requested an independent evaluation, and hundreds of stakeholders in 50 countries and 11 US States are displaying the Safer Tourism Seal based on their self-assessment tourism leaders had been moved into the international hall of tourism heroes. The Safer Tourism Seal is an initiative by rebuilding.travel, a global grassroots movement with tourism leaders in 120 countries. Dear Ms. Ajarova & Mr. Semakula: It is with great delight and honor that we want to award the Uganda Tourism Board with Rebuil...