By Elite Reporter Maria Sharapova, a celebrated lawn tennis player, has thrown in the towel after she decided to retire from the game. Sharapova, who retired Wednesday, February 26, 2020, at age 32, was a star on and off the tennis court, reaching No. 1 in the rankings, winning five Grand Slam titles and making millions of dollars in endorsement deals. Here is a look at her Grand Slam singles Titles: 2004 Upset two-time defending champion Serena Williams 6-1, 6-4 in the Wimbledon final to win her first Grand Slam title at 17. Sharapova became the third-youngest winner at a tournament that began in the 1870s. Sharapova in action 2006 Won the U.S. Open for her second major title, beating Justine Henin 6-4, 6-4 in the final. 2008 Won the Australian Open for th...
By Elite Reporter Lt. Gen. Henry Tumukunde has sparked off internal strife within the Uganda Peoples Defence Forces (UPDF) ranks after President Yoweri Museveni, as Commander In Chief, ordered the withdrawal his army bodyguards, after word leaked that the former Security minister wants to contest for Presidency in 2021. Sources reveal that Tumukunde's security details at his Kololo and Rukungiri homes were given marching orders early this week, since he is no longer a serving officer under the UPDF. Close sources to the retired General confirmed the development and revealed that an order to withdraw guards was issued last weekend when Tumukunde was upcountry. Some of the National Resistance Army Bush War historicals "It is true all the guards have been recalled to Bom
By Keefa Nuwahereza Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine, the People Power pressure group leader and Kyadondo East Member of Parliament, has petitioned the Electoral Commission (EC) over the continued blockage of his presidential consultations by police, ahead of the 2021 general elections. In his petition filed on Monday, Bobi Wine pleads with the Electoral Commission to intervene and help him resume his consultation meetings on his 2021 presidential bid, saying police have become a stumbling block. On February 18, when Bobi Wine wrote to police requesting for a meeting, they told him to first write to EC showing what he would like police to do for him to allow his consultations. So in his petition dated February 21, 2020, Bobi Wine wrote to the EC indicating the 10 issues he want...
By Keefa Nuwahereza The world is set to see a new era in South Sudan after President Salva Kiir appointed former rebel leader Dr Riek Machar as his first vice president, just a day after the two men agreed to form a government of national unity. Oil-rich South Sudan secured independence from its northern neighbour Sudan in 2011 but plunged into civil war two years later. The fighting claimed an estimated 400,000 lives and sparked off the biggest refugee crisis since the 1994 Rwanda genocide. The conflict was triggered by Kiir’s sacking of his then-deputy Machar, who proceeded to form a rebel faction against the government. “I President Salva Kiir Mayardit, president of South Sudan, do hereby issue a decree for the appointment of Dr Riek Machar Teny as first vice president of S
By Elite Reporter South Sudan President Salva Kiir and rebel leader Riek Machar agreed on Thursday to form a unity government, a long-delayed step towards ending six years of war that has killed hundreds of thousands of people. Kiir said the new government will be formed on Saturday and he will appoint Machar as his first vice president, or top deputy, on Friday. The president said security arrangements, one crucial issue, will be resolved after the government's formation. He said the protection of Machar and others with the opposition will be under his responsibility. "We have agreed to form the government in two days on 22nd February. We are still discussing other things and I am hopeful we will resolve them all," Machar said after a meeting between the two. South Sud
Trade wars among East African Community members have put in doubt the 21st Ordinary EAC Heads of State Summit slated for February 2020, according to economics experts. By Elite Reporter A cloud of uncertainty now hangs over the summit that was supposed to be held in November last year but was called off at the last minute under unclear circumstances. “A date has so far not yet been set for the Heads of State Summit. However, we expect that it will either be held in late February or March,” said Simon Peter Owaka, head of communications at the EAC Secretariat. He added that “The summit is responsible for setting its own date and agenda, which are shared at least one week in advance with various stakeholders.” However, Kenya’s EAC and Regional Development Cabinet Secretary Ad
By Keefa Nuwahereza The Uganda Police have remained tight-lipped about whether or not they will allow People Power pressure group leader Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine, to resume presidential consultations ahead of the 2021 General Election. This comes after the Electoral Commission (EC) early this week cleared Bobi Wine, who is also the Kyandondo East Member of Parliament (MP) to go ahead with his planned consultation meetings. The EC informed the Uganda police about the new developments and noted that the Force is expected to give maximum security to all presidential candidates. The revelation was made by the EC chairperson Justice Simon Byabakama on Tuesday, who revealed that several other presidential candidates had been okayed to conduct nationwide consultati...
By Keefa Nuwahereza President Yoweri Museveni has Tuesday, February 2020 ordered the release of over 13 Rwandan nationals, who were handed over to the Rwandan Embassy in Uganda by Foreign Affairs minister Sam Kahamba Kutesa. During the handover in Kampala, Minister Kutesa told journalists that the release of the Rwandans is aimed; "to clear the way to normalise relations" and that it doesn’t mean they did not commit the crimes for which they had been arrested. The released Rwandans waiting to be transferred to Kigali Many of the released had been arrested over various charges that included espionage, illegal entry and stay into Uganda, among others. Kutesa revealed that some of those who were released are; Nturishwa Maboko, JohnBosco Abomugisha, Okigwiriza Nassis, &n
The Electoral Commission has Tuesday, February 18, 2020, started the displaying of voters registers across the country, as the nation prepares for the 2021 General Election. The revelation was made on Tuesday morning by the Commission’s Chairperson Justice Simon Mugenyi Byabakama, who called upon all Ugandans to go to their designated polling stations and check the lists, to ensure that their particulars are in the correct order. Justice Byabakama’s full statement reads thus; Commencement of Display of the National Voters’ Register and Registers for Special Interest Groups (SIGs), 19th February – 10th March 2020 In preparation for the 2020-2021 General Elections, and in accordance with Section 25 of the Electoral Commission Act (Cap 140), the Electoral Commission ha
By Elite Reporter A section of Ugandan legislators have allegedly received funds from a neighbouring country to support the opposition’s campaign against Uganda security agencies and its leadership ahead of the 2021 general elections. Top on target is security minister Gen Elly Tumwine; Internal Security Organization (ISO) chief Rtd Col Kaka Bagyenda and military spy chief Brig. Abel Kandiho. The three individuals continue to prominently feature in propaganda sites and anti-Kampala social media trolls whose sponsors are also the source of the funding for these Ugandan Members of Parliament. The legislators who allegedly received funds include Hon Latiff Ssebaggala,Hon Muwanga Kivumbi, Kasiano Wadiri, Gaffa Mbwatekamwa, Moses Kasibante among others. The money was delivered