Speaking to Uganda Radio Network after the arrest of Kampala Lord Mayor, Erias Lukwago and other politicians, Kaheebwa said the police do not want any inconvenience caused to the business community in downtown Kampala. This followed a flopped meeting between the Park Yard Market vendors with Lukwago and city MPs Moses Kasinbante, Mubarak Munyangwa and Allan Ssewanyana over the planned eviction of the vendors.
The drive is being steered by the Makerere University Convocation, an organization that brings together Makerere University Alumni. During todays graduation, Convocation chairman Dr Tanga Odoi implored graduating students and their parents to contribute whatever they have towards the fundraising.
Kampala Metropolitan area deputy police spokesperson Paul Kangave notes that the arrest of the politicians was merely for their protection in a riotous situation. He says that after the mob had been calmed down, the arrival of Lukwago and the three MPs created chaos forcing police to intervene.
A survey by Uganda Radio Network across internet cafes in Kampala indicates that young people are not protected from the menaces associated with internet freedom. Our reporter established that there are no controls for explicit content as public caf operator focus more attention on earnings.
The Electoral Commission EC has set April 12, 2017 as voting day for the Member of Parliament for Kamuli Municipality in Kamuli district. The seat fell vacant on February 14th when the Court of Appeal nullified the election of Rehema Watongola over the authenticity of her academic documents. This is after the Forum for Democratic Change FDC candidate Salaamu Musumba challenged Watongolas election.
Graduands had to brave the rain to make it to Freedom Square at Makerere University as the 67th graduation ceremony entered day two. As expected prices of goods such as umbrellas shot up and ranged between 7000 and 20,000 shillings. A group of students stationed at different entrances targeted anyone with mud on their shoes. Those without vehicles had to pay between 1,000 and 2,000 shillings to have their shoes cleaned.
Amnesty International AI has released its 2016/2017 report highlighting growing authoritarianism and conflicts as the main drivers of human rights violations in Eastern Africa. Muthoni Wanyeki, Amnesty Internationals Regional Director for East Africa, the Horn and the Great Lakes says leaders who want to cling on to power have fomented conflicts.
Most food insecure regions include Teso, Karamoja, Bukedi, the Cattle Corridor, Busoga, Lango, Acholi and parts of central Uganda, according to a statement presented by State Minister for Disaster Preparedness Musa Ecweru