By Taddeo Bwambale KAMPALA, Sept 30 – Uganda’s Ministry of Health is hosting a three-day cross-border disease surveillance meeting in Western Uganda to prevent the spread of the deadly Ebola epidemic. The foreign delegates are from Ethiopia, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Rwanda and Tanzania. Experts from the East African Community (EAC) Health Desk […]

Pupil helps school get a latrine

Tororo- Namwaya Primary School in Nagongera Sub-county in Tororo District, where a Primary One pupil recently confronted the district chairperson over lack of a pit-latrine, has finally got one. Daring move The pupil, Messy Omalla, surprised his school assembly when he tasked the district chairperson Emmanuel Osuna to explain why his school operates without a […]

Reasons to save for your retirement now

Retirement as a topic for anyone below 30 is as boring as the imagination of what one shall be doing at the time it comes round. Lining up to cash pension cheques to a 25-year-old is akin to watching paint dry. During various stages of our lives, we envisage what our most important lifetime decisions […]

Two heads are better than one

One of my mother’s favourite sayings was “Two heads are better than one” and she always encouraged us to consult widely on any and every matter. Many times, I discounted her aice as I always suspected that mummy’s love for this consultative approach to life had more to do with her character and personality. Over […]

Convict commits suicide

A man who was previously sentenced to three months community service over attempted suicide has allegedly taken away his life by hanging. Before his death, Stephen Mambgwe, a resident of Kololo village in Ofua Sub-county in Adjumani District, was sentenced to community service at Ofua Health Centre III. But at the weekend, his body was […]

Afrobasket here we come

Ugandan basketball has finally arrived at the continental high table. Nearly two decades of persistence bore fruit on Sunday night at the Lugogo MTN Arena. The men’s and women’s national teams qualified for next year’s Afrobasket and All Africa Games, the latter as champions of the Fiba Africa Zone V Nations Basketball Championship. “This is […]

41 districts denied immunisation cash

Kampala- A total of 41 districts will not receive money for immunisation for the third quarter of the year until they have submitted accountability, the Health state minister has said. Dr Elioda Tumwesigye, while speaking at the opening of an immunisation stakeholders meeting recently, told the district officials from across the country that any district […]

Correct flaws in national ID data

Government should quickly address fears about the credibility of Uganda’s data bank for the national ID project. Results of a survey conducted by Research World International, for Citizens’ Coalition for Electoral Democracy in Uganda (Ccedu) says more than half of 14,080,000 Ugandans registered for the ID card were not verified. This means 6.9m applicants had […]

Promote Islamic banking

The Ugandan government has embraced Islamic banking as evidenced by Cabinet’s recent approval of the proposed Islamic Banking Bill 2014, currently before the Uganda Law Reform Commission undergoing a few changes. It is likely to be tabled on the floor of Parliament soon. Islamic banking is Sharia-compliant banking based on the principles of trade, partnerships, […]

NRM ‘poor’ youth group backs Mbabazi, warn Museveni

Kampala- A section of National Resistance Movement (NRM) youths under the “Poor Youths Forum” have asked president Museveni and other senior party members to desist from using provocative statements against former prime minister aimed at inciting youths into violence. While addressing a press conference yesterday at Makerere University Guest House, the group of 20 members, […]

Poor eating habits among working class inspired Nakyenga’s hibiscus business

Most families with luxurious lawns and compounds often treat hibiscus trees as decorative plants. However, for Regina Nakyenga, the shrub which sometimes grows into a small tree is a story of its own. In 2009 during the onset of her menopause, she developed hot flashes—a hormonal imbalance which often sets in when a woman reaches […]

Uganda’s horticultural exports face EU ban

Uganda’s horticultural export commodities risk losing out on revenue from the European Union market if they do not conform to their safety standards. Some of the export commodities on the list of rejection include flowers, hot pepper and chillies. Horticulture as a non-traditional export for Uganda had not only brought hope to the lives of […]

Villa not carried away by log summit

Kampala. Sitting pretty at the Uganda Premier League (UPL) summit with six points after two games a position every ambitious team would want to be in. Yet it can also be deceptive a bitter chalice especially if you rest on your laurels. Thankfully for SC Villa fans, coach and club legend Steven Bogere’s intelligence that […]