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Tuesday, 04 August 2015 16:55 IAN ORTEGA
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The prime suspect in an alleged crime of passion at Guvnor Night Club, Ivan Kamyuka has today evening been arraigned before Nakawa Chief Magistrates Court, charged with murder and sent to Luzira prison until August 18.

Kamyuka is alleged to have hit Johnnie Ahimbisibwe with a broken glass following a brawl over a woman (Ahimbisibwe’s ex). Ahimbisibwe, a fashion designer died moments later at Case Medical Centre where he had been rushed for medical attention.

Presiding Grade One Magistrate Christine Natenge did not allow Kamyuka, a resident of Kisasi to plead to the charges on grounds that her court does not have powers to try the case.

One count of murder charge was read to him before being remanded to Luzira prison. According to the charge sheet, the suspect on August 2 at Guvnor Club located on 1st street Industrial Area, with malice aforethought, unlawfully killed Ahimbisbwe.

If convicted of murder, Kamyuka, 33, and a human resource manager at Lake Bounty Ltd faces a death penalty or life imprisonment.

 
Tuesday, 04 August 2015 07:33 By Ronald Musoke
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Leading South African food brands manufacturer RCL Foods has acquired a 33.5% stake in the local firm, Hudani Manji Holdings Ltd (HMHL), the largest processors and suppliers of chicken in East Africa.

The new parent company for both Yo Kuku and Enkoko chicken brands will go by the name of

HMH—Rainbow.

According to a statement released on July 31, the joint venture will now position HMH-Rainbow as the largest processor and supplier of fresh and frozen chicken in both Uganda and the East and Central Africa region.

Following the signing of the deal, the HMHL and RCL Foods teams are now preparing an integration plan with particular focus on how to rapidly grow the business to better serve the East African Community and other neighbouring countries.

RCL which is listed on the Johannesburg Exchange (JSE) and has a market capitalization of about 16 billion Rand is expected to inject more funds into the Ugandan operation.

 
Monday, 03 August 2015 09:12 IAN ORTEGA
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A Grade one Magistrate at the anti-corruption court has this morning granted Abraham Byandala bail. Byandala is the former Transport Minister and the current Minister without Portfolio. Together with six others, he was ordered to pay ten million shillings in cash and deposit his passport. The sureties to his bail were Mp James Kakooze, Eng Joseph Kabanda and Dr Anthony Mbonye. Byandala will appear before court on the 11th of August 2015.

 
Monday, 03 August 2015 05:27 By Haggai Matsiko
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US President Barack Obama (C) and US Special Envoy for Sudan and South Sudan Donald Booth (C-Right) hold a meeting with representatives from Uganda, Ethiopia, Kenya, the African Union and Sudan, including President Yoweri Museveni (2nd right from Obama) concerning the situation in South Sudan, in Addis Ababa on July 27. President Obama said the situation in civil war-torn South Sudan was deteriorating but that it was now time for a “breakthrough” in peace efforts. AFP PHOTO / SAUL LOEBGovt, U.S. Mission say two countries maintain strong relations

Even before U.S. President Barack Obama concluded his visit to the Ethiopian Capital, Addis Ababa, after his grand visit to Kenya, youth supporters of Presidential contender, Amama Mbabazi, chose the U.S. Mission headquarters in Kampala on July 27 to demonstrate against President Yoweri Museveni’s 30-year reign.  In the ensuing melee, Uganda Police agents got engaged in running battles with them and dragged some of them from the gate of the mission. If the youths wanted to expose the police over human rights abuses with Obama still in Africa, as their leader claimed, they could not have put up a better show before the cameras.

Apart from corruption, human rights concerns are what has tended to strain U.S.-Uganda relations. For some now, the relationship between the two countries has weakened and that might explain why President Obama did not consider visiting Uganda during his presidency.

 
Monday, 03 August 2015 05:25 By Ronald Musoke
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Youthful Congolese refugees undergo an entrepreneurship training at the InterAid offices in Kampala recently. Courtesy PhotoKampala has become a global example of how best to help people who flee their home country

Uganda is a developing country with meagre resources but despite that, the country is leading the way in terms of refugee response. For this, says Charlie Yaxley, the UNHCR Associate External Relations Officer in Kampala, Uganda deserves special praise. “Uganda has a unique policy towards refugees,” says Yaxley, “It already has land which has been designated for refugees before they even come.

In addition to the free land, the refugees have freedom of movement around Uganda. They are also allowed to seek employment; they are able to get jobs, to try and sustain themselves.

 
Monday, 03 August 2015 05:11 By Agencies
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Burundian President Pierre Nkurunziza. AFPPublic reaction muted in wake of Burundi vote results

A grenade has just exploded in the city centre of Bujumbura. It’s Monday, July 20, the day before Burundi’s presidential election. The explosion has blown out the windows of a vehicle. The driver is shaking. He tells us he was standing outside when someone threw a grenade from another car.

Fortunately no one was killed or injured. But it shows that the poll is taking place in a tense context. Nearly 100 people have been killed since Nkurunziza announced his candidacy for a third mandate back in April. Most were killed during clashes with the police. Amnesty International last week said the police had used excessive force, sometimes shooting protesters as they ran away.

 
Saturday, 01 August 2015 11:21 IAN ORTEGA
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Adolf Mwesigye, the Minister of Local Government will present three municipalities to the Cabinet in a bid to see them gain city status. Uganda has only had one city, Kampala, which is also the capital city of the country. It will then depend on the Cabinet's decision to approve these municipalities after considering that they've met all the physical and legal requirements.

Under the Municipalities’ Infrastructure Development Project financed by the World Bank, $150m was injected to train and prepare municipalities to build capacity to render services and support their financial processes as they become regional cities. The new regional cities to be created under the new urban policy include Jinja, Mbale, Arua, Mbarara and Gulu.

 
Friday, 31 July 2015 15:50 By Ronald Musoke
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David-Kabanda-(C)-addresses-the-press-on-July-30-at-the-CEHURD-offices-in-KampalaA consortium of civil society organisations filed a case in the Constitutional Court in Kampala on July 30 against the government to declare the Plant Variety Protection Act, 2014 null and void.

The law was passed by Parliament on Dec. 20, 2013 and was assented to by President Yoweri Museveni on June 21, last year.

The petitioners who included; the Centre for Health, Human Rights and Development (CEHURD), Food Rights Alliance Uganda (FRA), the Southern and Eastern African Trade Negotiations Institute (SEATINI) and Action Aid Uganda argue that the Plant Variety Protection Act is unconstitutional because it gives all the produce cultivated by farmers to the owners of the seeds, plants and propagating material which the farmers have used to cultivate that produce.

 
Friday, 31 July 2015 08:53 IAN ORTEGA
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Amama Mbabazi has declared that he will stand as an independent candidate come 2016 for the Presidential Elections. This Friday 30th was the NRM deadline for picking nomination forms. Mbabazi didn't show up, rather he chose to announce that he would seek the country's vote as an Independent Candidate. It remains to be seen whether he will be part of the democratic alliance.

 

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