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Monday, 31 August 2015 05:24 By Haggai Matsiko
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South Sudanese SPLA soldiers inspect a burned out car in Pageri in Eastern Equatoria state on Aug.20. The spokesman of SPLA, Col. Philip Aguer visited the area after the government claimed to be back in control of the area following an attack by rebel forces. The government says they will return to talks in Ethiopia in early September to “finalise” a peace deal. AFP PHOTOUPDF readies for fresh fighting as peace talks falter

Threats by rebels in South Sudan to strike and close down the only road linking the war-torn country to Uganda have put a group of Uganda People’s Defence Forces fighters based in the country on high alert.

UPDF spokesman, Paddy Ankunda confirmed to The Independent that the UPDF was monitoring the situation and would contain it.

“We have always encouraged peace but if you have people whose means of solving issues is violence, what do you do?” Ankunda said, “We have troops there and we are there to make sure there is peace and ensure trade goes on. We shall not allow them to close the road. We shall not allow them to fight.”

A lot is at stake. Nimule Highway, which the rebels threatened to close down, is the only link to the main base of the UPDF contingent in South Sudan at the Fourth Division Headquarters in Gulu.  Brig.Muhanga Kayanja commands the UPDF Division 4 and the force in South Sudan.

 
Thursday, 27 August 2015 18:18 By Flavia Nassaka
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Owing to the implications of offering poor quality health services including avoidable deaths, the Ministry of Health has launched a Self-Regulatory Quality Improvement System (SQIS), a tool that can be used by private health facilities in Uganda at all levels to self-assess their facilities on whether they are offering the right quality of care.

What has been developed is a practical and user friendly tool, which is key for facilities to adopt. Its launch is an important step in ensuring our population has access to only safe and quality medical care”, said Dr. Sarah Byakika the Ministry’s Acting Commissioner for Planning.

In self- assessment, Grace Kiwanuka, the Director of Uganda HealthCare Federation (UHF), an umbrella body for non-state health players told the Independent that stakeholders will be able to identify the gaps which need improvement.

 
Wednesday, 26 August 2015 09:02 IAN ORTEGA
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According to the International Coffee Organisation Statistics, Uganda upstaged Ethiopia in 2014/2015 to become Africa's number one coffee exporter and seventh globally. Approximately 2.24million 60kg bags were exported by Uganda in the period. In order to consolidate these gains, Uganda has also received a $1.3bn grant from USAID's Feed the Future Initiative which seeks to improve Uganda's coffee productivity for 20,000 smallholder farmers in 22 coffee growing districts. The project will last a maximum of two years.

 
Wednesday, 26 August 2015 08:29 IAN ORTEGA
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On the 29th of this month, the first phase of the expansion of Entebbe Airport will kick off. The first phase is being financed by a concession loan of $200m extended to Uganda by the Chinese Government through Exim bank. This phase one construction will involve the construction of a new passenger terminal, a cargo terminal and a multi-storey car park. Uganda will be expected to pay back the loan in 20 years with a five year grace period. As of 2014, passenger traffic at the airport had soared to 1.3 million passengers while 52,000 metric tonnes of cargo were handled in the same year.

China Communication Construction Company, the firm contracted to build the Kampala-Entebbe Express highway is the same firm that's been contracted to undertake the expansion of the airport.

 
Monday, 24 August 2015 06:25 By Hervé Bar
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Mourners attend the vigil of Burundian General Adolphe Nshimirimana in Bujumbura, at the site where he was killed, on Aug.9. Nshimirimana, widely seen as Burundi’s de-facto internal security chief and close aide of President Nkurunziza, was killed in a rocket attack on August 2. AFP PHOTOMost nights, the city rattles with bursts of automatic gunfire and the blasts of grenades

It started as street protests three months ago, with furious citizens demonstrating against Burundi President Pierre Nkurunziza’s now successful bid for a third term in power. But while the demonstrators who blocked city streets in daily protests are now gone, analysts warn the nature of violence has shifted -- and some fear they may have already seen the opening shots in a new civil war.

In Africa’s troubled Great Lakes region, an area with a grim history of massacres and war, “a new rebellion is being born before our eyes”, a Burundian analyst said.

 
Friday, 21 August 2015 13:11 By Ian Katusiime
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Ndifuna Zaujja, Headteacher of Mbogo High School Over 5000 Ugandan students are set to benefit from more scholarship opportunities by Mastercard Foundation, a Canadian-based organisation with over $6billion in assets aimed at providing a comprehensive education to youth in developing countries.

The programme is implemented through BRAC Uganda to educate and develop next generation leaders who will contribute to social and economic transformation in their communities. The program already in its fourth year (2012-2020), has enabled young talented Ugandans from economically disadvantaged backgrounds, complete secondary education and transition into tertiary education. 3400 scholars will receive support at O-level and another 1600 will be aided at A-level.

 
Monday, 17 August 2015 09:26 IAN ORTEGA
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Former Ugandan Prime Minister, Amama Mbabazi has this morning picked nomination forms as Presidential Candidate in the 2016 Presidential elections. Mbabazi was escorted by his wife Jacqueline. In the past, Mbabazi informed his supporters that he would contest as an Independent Candidate putting to rest rumours that he would take on President Museveni in the NRM flag bearer race.

 
Monday, 17 August 2015 06:38 By Agnes E. Nantaba
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At Namirembe Cathedral where Jessica Wanyana and her fiancee Moses Loku plan to take their vows on their wedding dayscheduled for Sept. 6, one of the crucial requirements is a customary marriage certificate tabled as consent letter from the bride’s parents.

This couple had most of the requirements; a letter from the priest where the bride/groom attends church, originals and photocopies of baptism certificates, and Shs508,000 for a special wedding service. But the church insisted on the customary marriage certificate. 

 
Monday, 17 August 2015 06:12 By Agather Atuhaire
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President Uhuru Kenyatta and President Yoweri Museveni’s talks during the former’s three-day visit cleared huddles that could make trade between the two countries smoother.The major outcome of the talks was the agreement between the two presidents over the route of the planned oil pipeline expected to cost about US$5 billion.

The Presidents settled on the northern route, Hoima -Lokichar-Lamu, clearing a statement that oil companies say was one of the main reasons holding back their final investment decision on developing discoveries in the two countries.

A State House press statement noted that the agreement is subject to Kenya guaranteeing among others, security on the Kenya side of the pipeline, financing of the project, transit fees/tariffs in any case not higher than would be payable on an alternative route and implementation of the project without further delay.

 

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