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KAMPALA – Singer and Kyadondo East legislator Kyagulanyi Ssentamu also known as Bobi wine decried the social media and mobile money taxes saying they have turned Ugandan into beasts of burden.

Kyagulanyi in a video that went viral on social media said that many people work very hard but all the government does is to milk the last pain out of them instead of giving them start-up incentives like in others countries.

An unidentified police officer attached to the Field Force Unit (FFU) at Hima Police Station allegedly shot dead an officer of Uganda People’s Defense Forces.

The deceased identified as Lance Corporal Johnson Bright, a soldier attached to the 11th UPDF Battalion was killed on July 15.

Lillian Rukundo a Mass Communication student at Uganda Christian University (UCU), Mukono who was charged with producing and broadcasting a pornographic video was admitted to Luzira Prison heath facility.

The Managing Director of National Water and Sewerage Corporation (NWSC), Dr Silver Mugisha, asked Africa water engineers to join the World Water body and influence decisions that promote and address water, hygiene and sanitation challenges in Africa.

Dr Mugisha said African utility companies need to share their experiences, successes and failures to learn from each other because European member countries may not be able to understand the poor hygiene and sanitation challenges that African countries face.

Mr Simpson Birungi, the proprietor of Movit Products Ltd was July 16 set free unconditionally after 45 days in detention. Mr Burungi was held by the Internal Security Organisation, and efforts to move court to order his release had been hitherto ignored.

Popular events guru, Balaam Barugahare announced the release of Mr Birungi via a posting on his Facebook page:
“Our dear friend Simpson Akiiki the humble, polite and kind man, MD and Chairman Movit Group of Companies is out unconditionally … Special thanks to the authorities for clearing his name and image of any criminal charges. [The] 45 days plus of keeping him under lock was so painful and hurting but thank God, he is [now] free and the truth is known.”

The Opposition Forum for Democratic change party slammed President Museveni for directing that all MPs should be provided with escort vehicles and UPDF snipers and urged members from the opposition side to reject them.

President Museveni directed the Ministry of Finance to purchase escort vehicles for all the 456 MPs and the army would provide them with “sharp shooters” to protect them from what he called “terrorists”.

Tears of joy filled court as Lillian Rukundo a Mass Communication student at Uganda Christian University (UCU), Mukono who is facing charges of producing and broadcasting a pornographic video temporally united with her family after court granting her bail.

With several road accidents involving Gaagaa buses and the most recent claiming lives over 20 Ugandans in Kiryandongo district, the Transport Licensing Board (TLB) revoked the license for Gaagaa Bus Company for one month.

Cabinet sitting on June 16 at State House, Entebbe defended taxes on social media but halted tax on the second of the three mobile money transactions. Following public outrage on Mobile Money taxes, the Cabinet resolved that a 0.5% tax will be levied only on withdraw transactions.

On August 11, Mutoto will become a place of sorts for multitudes of Bamasaba, not only from the Bugisu region, but also from western Kenya.

The Kenyan president Uhuru Muigai Kenyatta is expected for the first time lead Bamasaba from Kenya [Bungoma, Trans-Nzoia and Bukusu] for the 2018 Imballu inaugural ceremony to be held August 2018 in Mutoto; a ceremony that kick starts the Imballu ceremony every even year.

Bank of Uganda (BoU) Governor Emmanuel Tumusiime-Mutebile said the Central Bank will not bail out financially distressed banks in the hope that they will restore to financial health and pay back later.
Speaking at the annual Uganda Bankers’ Association (UBA) conference at the Kampala Serena Hotel on July 17, Mr

Mutebile said such a move would indicate that commercial banks are free to continue mismanaging their finances in the hope that they will be rescued.


Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga reaffirmed government’s commitment to the Rome Statute that established the International Criminal Court.

Uganda had run-ins with the Hague-based Court, with President Yoweri Museveni publicly taking exception with the Court over its indictment of a sitting Heads of State.

Information minister Frank Tumwebaze blasted Ugandans who opted to using VPNs instead of contributing to the country’s development as government holds its ground on the social media tax.

Tumwebaze on Tuesday July 17, while addressing journalists at Uganda Media Centre in Kampala said “Whether UCC succeeds in blocking VPN or not, I am not very enthusiastic about blocking. But ask yourself how much money you are spending in terms of data for you to download VPN in order to enable you to get bypass capacity.”

Over 1,100 police cadet officers recruited in June 2015 have spent close to two years on probation with less hopes of confirmation.

The delayed confirmation of the officers stalks from the ongoing investigations by the Inspectorate of Government in their recruitment.

A group of MPs opposed to social media and Mobile Money July 18 stormed Central Police Station (CPS) in the capital Kampala escorting legislator Bobi Wine who was summoned for masterminding illegal protest.

The Ministry of Education and Sports upheld the recent 15% increment of fees at Makerere University arguing that this will be critical at helping the University meet the challenges of the deteriorating quality of service delivery at the University.

Government’s position was revealed by John Muyingo, State Minister for Higher Education during the plenary sitting, who argued that the fees had not been reviewed for more than 10 years.

Police on Wednesday July 18 issued a warning to all female citizens seeking employment abroad to desist from going through companies and individuals. The warning was aimed at limiting cases of people getting killed and sale of their body organs.

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The Anti-Corruption Court on Wednesday July 18 cancelled the bail of the embattled city lawyer Bob Kasango sending him back to the coolers in Luzira prison.

This was after Justice Margret Tibulya ruled that Mr Kasango has a case to answer to several corruption charges including theft, forgery of a judicial document in order to siphon over Shs15.4 billion pension and conspiracy to commit a felony thus remanding him pending his defence on July 20.

Kyadondo East legislator Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi wine Wednesday July 18, appeared before Officer in charge of CID central police station, Kampala amidst praise chants from his supporters.

Kyagulanyi in a procession arrived at Central Police Station at 1 pm accompanied by Leader of Opposition Winnie Kizza, Florence Namayanja, Francis Zaake, among others.

Telecommunications regulator Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) resolved the dispute between Smile Uganda Telecom and tower providers Eaton Towers.

UCC in social media post on Wednesday, July 18 announced that the two parties reached a temporary agreement after days of network outage. Smile Telecom network temporarily restored after days of the outage.
The Electoral Commission (EC) on Thursday July 19 started the nomination of candidates contending for the Arua Municipality parliamentary seat.

According to the Electoral Commission Chairman, Justice Simon Byabakama, the nomination exercise was to run for two days at Arua District Headquarters.

A new report accused government for merely ratifying the United Nations Convention of the Rights of the Child, through its legislation but failing to implement it on ground.

The 2018 report that assesses how Uganda is implementing and performing against its commitments made since the ratification of the United Nations Convention of the Rights of the Child (CRC) in 1990, says children remain the poorest and most abused in Uganda.

President Yoweri Museveni was Thursday expected in Sheema District to campaign for the NRM party flag bearer, Dr Elioda Tumwesigye, ahead of the Sheema Municipality MP election that has been hit by accusations of violence and intimidation against supporters of FDC party candidate Virginia Plan Mugyenyi.

President Museveni summoned top leaders of Makerere University to State House Entebbe to discuss several issues affecting the university.

Highly placed sources at the university told this website that the administrators were summoned on Wednesday at short notice and that none of them were briefed on what they expect to be the meeting’s agenda.

Uganda on Wednesday July 18 launched a $50 million programme aimed at empowering refugees and their host communities to generate more income for their families as well as address environmental challenges in their camps.

The Shs 736million that was awarded to the former General Court Martial (GCM) prosecutor Maj Ronald Iduuli as compensation for lost income following his forced retirement from the army stands in balance as attorney general intends to appeal against it.

Justice Margaret Oguli Oumo the deputy head of International Crimes Division last week on Friday resolved that Maj Iduuli be awarded Iduuli Shs736 million saying that his dismissal from the Army was illegal, uFormer IGP Gen. Kale Kayihura – through his lawyers of city law firm Kampala Associated Advocates (KAA) alleged that the Internal Security Organization (ISO) is fabricating evidence against him.

The Minister of Finance, Matia Kasaija on Thursday afternoon tabled the Excise Duty Amendment No.2 Bill, 2018, setting pace for renegotiations into the contentious tax proposals.

The amendment followed fierce resistance among members of the public, who resisted the 1% tax levy imposed on all Mobile Money transactions and a Shs200 daily levy on social media.

Police in Kampala arrested a woman identified as Hasifah Mudondo for allegedly trying to rob off her ‘husband’ with whom they’ve lived for only three weeks.

Patrick Kusemererwa, a clothes vendor, told Old Kampala Police that he met Hasifah, 22, three weeks ago at a restaurant, wowed her, and since then, the two had been living together as husband and wife.

Makerere University introduced a digital payment system to track student tuition fee payments immediately the money is deposited on the university bank accounts.

According to the Directorate for Information Communication Technology Support, the payment system starts with the academic year 2018/2019,that kicks off next month.

The Uganda National Airlines company is set to be scrutinized by the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA), in a bid to return to operations after a 20-year lull.

Officials from the company will appear before the authority on Monday July 23, to prove its capacity to run the country’s revamped airline and defend its application for a license.

A court in Kagadi district ordered for the deportation of eight Rwandese nationals for entering Uganda illegally.
Grade One magistrate Simon Toloko made the ruling after the group admitted that they were arrested without travel documents at Kagadi Bus Park in Kagadi Town Council on Monday.

Australia based Ugandan cardiologist Dr Aggrey Kiyingi temporally got his freedom after the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) dropping the terrorism charges against him.

Senior assistant DPP, John Baptist Asiimwe told court that charges against Dr Kiyingi, Muzafar Kaule and Sheikh Swaliden Balieya have temporally been discontinued until they are arrested.

Members of Parliament reacted with consternation to the re-appointment of Justine Bagyenda to the board of the Financial Intelligence Authority (FIA) and accused the Finance minister of double standards since she is under investigation by the same authority over allegations of money laundering.

Cancer has become a significant health concern in Uganda, as more and more cases are being detected.

The Cancer problem is not something that started yesterday. In 1958, a unique type of cancer, Burkitts Lymphoma was described in Uganda. The cancer was not seen anywhere in the world and it has the characteristics of growing very fast, which means it can also kill very fast.

The candidate of the ruling NRM party in the recently concluded Rukungiri District Woman Parliamentary by-election, Winnie Masiko, ran to the High Court, seeking nullification of the election victory of FDC’s Betty Muzanira over allegations of rigging and other irregularities.

Preparations for the upcoming visit of Indian Prime Minister Norendra Modi have suffered another setback after residents of Kololo and a city lawyer petitioned the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the Indian High Commissioner in Uganda protesting the decision to host him at Kololo airstrip.

The candidate for Justice Forum (JEEMA) in the Bugiri Municipality parliamentary election, Asuman Basalirwa, has said the gunshots that ended the life of his bodyguard on Friday morning targeted him.

Ramanthan Walyendo, 30, succumbed to gunshot wounds he sustained on Thursday during a campaign rally held along Saza Road in Bugiri municipality.

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