UTN News

KABAKA CELEBRATES 62 YEARS

By UTN Reporter Wakiso - A mammoth gathering poured at Lubiri High School in Wakiso district as Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II celebrated his 62 birth day. Numerous dignitaries from Mengo and the Central government blessed the function as well as the royal family.

Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi who was flanked by Nabagereka Lady Sylvia Nagginda was received at the school by Katikkiro Charles Peter Mayiga, Prince David Wasajja, among other dignitaries.

Several School choirs performed at the event as Buganda celebrates 62 years of Kabaka Mutebi’s life. Kabaka also commissioned a new classroom block at the newly royal high school, meant to educate the needy but bright children in Buganda.

Mengo education minister Al Hajji Dr Twaha Kawaase says the magnificent building cost the Mengo establishment Shs 1.6 billion. Kabaka recognized the exceptional contribution of selected elders and former ministers and officials in the Muteesa II government. Notable among them was Mr. A.D Lubowa, aged 101 years old.

Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi, who ascended to the throne in 1993, was born on April 13th 1955 at Mulago Hospital.

He spent better years in Mengo Palace in Kampala, before his late father Fredrick Muteesa II sent him to Bugangayizi for studies. He was whisked away to the United Kingdom when Dr Milton Obote abolished Kingdoms in the Country.

Kabaka Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II attended North Polytechnic, Bradford College and later Cambridge University before practicing journalism in London.

News

PLAYERS FIGHT TEENAGE PREGNANCY

Teenage pregnancy is a major concern that is affecting the health, well-being and life opportunities of girls and young women, their children, families and the social and economic fabric of the nation. In Uganda teenage pregnancy robs girls of their potential and causes the deaths or disability of thousands of young girls and new babies every year.

GEN KATUMBA DECLINES TO RETIRE FROM UPDF

By UTN Reporter

Kampala - State Minister for Works designate Gen Katumba Wamala has declined to retire from the army, a constitutional requirement by a public servant. Gen Wamala was appointed State Minister for Works last month, after serving as Chief of Defense forces (CDF) for UPDF. He was replaced by Gen David Muhoozi.

ETHINICITY CAUSING HATE SPEECHES” - OBSERVERS

Kampala - The Citizens Election Observers Network – Uganda (CEON-U) has released its pre-election observation report stressing issues regarding the campaign trails ahead of the 18th February poll. The report, the third of its kind shows that ethnicity ranked highest as a basis for hate speech, intimidation and violence against candidates, when compared to gender and religion.

LAND CONFLICTS CRIPPLE DEVELOPMENT IN ACHOLI

Land access, ownership and use offers the only source of survival to the vast majority of impoverished Ugandans especially those residing in post conflict regions of the country. This vital resource has now however turned into a source of conflict between communities, families and clans as post war land wrangles wage-on in Acholi sub region, undermining development and the resettlement processes.

Supreme Court sets Monday as pre-hearing date of presidential election petition

The Supreme Court has set Monday next week as the date it will start pre-liminary hearing of the presidential election petition challenging the re-election of President Museveni.

In a statement issued out by the registrar of the court Tom Chemutai

RELIGIOUS LEADERS BANISH MP’s FOR GREED

A coalition of Religious Leaders coded Justice and Peace Network have banished Members of Parliament for what they call selfish and greedy initiatives to have their salaries and monthly emoluments tax exempted.

The clergies led by former Gulu Diocese Bishop Rt Bishop Mackleord Baker Ocholla

Nssf Launches Blood Donation Drive

Kampala - The National Social Security Fund in conjunction with Uganda Blood Transfusion Services has launched a one week blood donation campaign within Kampala. The drive that is to be conducted in the three locations of Worker’s House, Constitutional Square and Clock Tower is expected to yield 1200units of blood. Summoning the entire population to actively engage in the exercise

BUDGET CUTS ON SOCIAL SERVICES IRK CIVIL SOCIETY

UTN Reporter

Kampala - Civil Society Organizations in the Budget advocacy forum have decried the sharp budget cuts by the Ministry of Finance especially on social services, as intended to affect service delivery and lower the standard of living of an ordinary Ugandan tax payer. In the Proposed Budget framework 2017/18, the Ministry of Finance and economic Planning has instituted budgetary cuts on all ministries,

GOVERNMENT CLARIFIES ON ARV SHORTAGE

Kampala - Government has clarified on the shortage of Antiretral Viral drugs in the country, blaming it on the change in the policy establishment and procurement procedures. This comes at the back drop of an acute scarcity of the drugs, raising an alarm from health facilities and AIDS patients in the countryside. Late last year, Civil Society Organizations dealing in treatment