H.E Sophie Makame decorating Betty Bigombe The Embassy of France in Uganda has awarded Betty Atuku Bigombe, the Minister of State for Water with the highest French national distinction, the Legion of Honour, in recognition of her contributions towards peace building and human rights defence, among others.
“I consider this gesture as extremely humbling. Most of my work to date has been to a large extent advancing peace,” said Bigombe at the ceremony held at the French ambassador, H.E Sophie Makame’s residence on Mar. 4.
Makame said Bigombe is one of the foreign nationals to be awarded the Legion of Honour that was established as a national award by Emperor Napoleon I in 1802.
“It is bestowed upon people from all walks of life, both French and foreign nationals, who have made outstanding achievements in various fields: Heads of State and Government, civil society activists, military officers, intellectuals, sports, entertainment,” Makame said.
Former Health Minister, Christine Ondoa, has officially started work at Uganda AIDS Commission as Director General.
She has been in office since Feb. 27 following her appointment to this office by President Yoweri Museveni.
Ondoa was dropped as Cabinet Minister of Health in May 2013 paving way for the current minister, Ruhakana Rugunda.
In a statement released by the Commission on Feb. 4, Ondoa brings with her a rich academic background plus a wealth of experience in medicine, health, policy design and implementation, public health service delivery, program administration and management, in addition to advocacy and leadership skills.
Airline is fastest growing in Africa
RwandAir has added a new aircraft to its fast-growing fleet, a move that will help the airline grow in stature.
Jean Paul Nyirubutama, RwandAir’s deputy chief executive officer, received the Bombardier aircraft at a recent ceremony in Toronto, Canada where the aircraft is manufactured following the order RwandAir made for the dual-class Q400 NextGen airliner last April.
“We have been eagerly awaiting the delivery of this superb dual-class, 67-seat aircraft,” said Nyirubutama.
The World Bank has postponed a $90 million loan to Uganda's over President Yoweri Museveni’s signing of the tough anti-homosexuality law.
Norway and Denmark have said they are also cutting aid to Uganda because of the law and the U.S. is “reviewing ties”.
The blocked World Bank money was to go to the health sector’s maternal health, newborn care, and family planning projects.
The World Bank's executive board had been set to approve the Ugandan health project on Feb.27.
The World Bank’s $1.56 billion portfolio on projects in Uganda has so far not been touched.
Minister for Education Jessica Alupo and the state minister for Higher Education John C.Muyingo.
Uganda National Examinations Board released UCE results with notable examination malpractice in science subjects. A total of 289,012 students sat for the examinations marking a 10% increment compared to the 262,987 who sat last year. The Minister of Education Jessica Alupo attributed this to Universal Secondary Education (USE) which has boosted numbers in many rural areas.
As tradition has always had it, boys performed better than girls and the girls scored better marks in English and literature. Of all the candidates who sat for the exams, only 20,001(7%) passed in Division 1 including one inmate of Luzira Upper Prison where 34 candidates sat for the examination, 43,893(15.3%) passed in Division 2 and a whooping 25,229(8.8%) failed the examination subsequently finding themselves in Division 9.
President Yoweri Museveni has responded to criticism from the US president, Barack Obama who early this week said Uganda’s enacting of the Anti-Homosexuality Bill would complicate relations between the two countries.
On Feb. 16, Obama warned Uganda over its plans to criminalize homosexuality, saying the move was likely to “complicate our valued relationship.”
Obama added that the signing of the bill would be a “step backward” for all Ugandans and would reflect poorly on Uganda’s commitment to protect the human rights of its people.
Families work together, mining gold in Sodoku, Kaabong District. Artisanal mining is a key source of income for many communities in Karamoja durring the dry season. A mining company recently acquired a licence to explore on this land raising many concerns for the rights of the communityAmerican, Indian, Arab companies invade mineral-rich region
Acerer village in Nakapiripirit District shows how mineral-rich this north eastern region of Uganda is. It is your classic Karamoja hamlet with traditional manyatta thorn-stick and mud settlements in lush green acacia thickets located just half a kilometer from the crater-like pothole-filled Mbale-Nakapiripirit-Moroto Road. The men here still wear their brightly coloured wrappers, and the women still adorn their hair with mud, beads, and homemade copper necklaces.
Kabaka Ronald Mutebi tours a banana plantation during his visit to Kayunga.The true and clear historical record of Buganda’s role in the liberation war of 1981/1986
We have to thank the people of Bugerere County, one of the 18 counties of the Buganda Kingdom, for the biggest welcome they accorded the Kabaka of Buganda Sabasajja Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II when he visited that area recently. The Kabaka visited Bugerere for three days from January 27 to January 29, 2014 which was the climax of the whole visit when he addressed thousands and thousands of his people who came to welcome him.
Many people had never seen him before. People said that the Bugerere visit was the biggest welcome the Kabaka has ever received from the time he started visiting the counties in Buganda.
The president of the Democratic Republic of Congo, Joseph Kabila, announced an amnesty on Feb.12 for former members of the defeated M23 rebel army.
The amnesty covers "acts of insurgency, acts of war and political offences" committed in the DR Congo up to December 20, 2013, when the bill was approved by the government.
Announced on state television on Feb.12, the presidential order was welcomed by the UN and Western countries as a way of moving on from the conflict, which ended with an ignominious defeat for the M23 rebels in early November.