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COVID-19: PREPARE FOR THE WORST-ANGELA MERKEL

Germany Chancellor Angela Merkel says her Country should prepare for the worst times at the hands of the Corona Virus pandemic in the coming weeks.

Chancellor Merkel says Germany should remain clever and cautious in handling the pandemic, adding that its not the end phase but just beginning, calling for appropriate budgeting.

"We'll have to live with this virus for a long time," Ms Merkel told parliament ahead of an EU summit, via video link. European Union leaders are expected to sign off on a new €540bn (£470bn; $575bn) emergency fund to protect European workers, businesses and countries worst hit by the coronavirus outbreak.

The €540bn would be released through EU institutions that already exist, including the European Stability Mechanism (ESM), the main bailout fund set up in response to the 2008 financial crisis.

European Council President Charles Michel told leaders they should aim to start releasing the funds by 1 June. However, the modality of giving out the money is already contested, after Italy and some other states want the money in aid grants, not loans. The scale of the crisis is such, they argue, that at least €1.5 trillion will be needed.

Italy remains at the epicentre of the pandemic in Europe, has been especially vocal in urging its EU partners to jointly guarantee debt. Italians feel abandoned by the EU

The old rifts from the eurozone crisis of 2009 - have re-emerged with this outbreak. The view from Rome is that a shared crisis needs a shared solution.

Facing fierce opposition mainly from Germany and the Netherlands, Italy may no longer be wedded to its idea of "coronabonds" - debt mutualisation - but is still pushing for a financial package that does not penalise any single economy.

Many Italians feel abandoned by an EU that has hoarded protective equipment and closed borders.

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FULL READING OF MBABAZI VS M7 ELECTION PETITION

The Supreme Court is expected this Friday to read out its full and detailed judgment in the presidential election petition in which former Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi lost to President Museveni.

The reading of the full judgment was confirmed by the Registrar of

Deputy Speaker sued by rival over kid-nap allegations

Deputy Speaker of Parliament Jacob Oulanyah has been dragged to the High Court in Kampala by his arch political rival Simon Toolit Aketcha, on allegations that he masterminded his recent kidnap.

Toolit in his complaint that he filed before the

SMUGGLING OF WILD SPICES AS URA RECOVERS 153 SMUGGLED TORTOISES

Uganda Revenue Authority, URA enforcement wing have arrested three people found smuggling 153 tortoises from Nakapiripiti district to unknown destination.

These tortoises were found parked in sacks which raised the

OPPOSITION DIVIDED OVER PRESIDENTIAL AGE LIMITS

Unmasking the cracks in the divided opposition in Parliament, four top opposition MPs have met president Museveni for monetary negotiations to front the agenda of lifting the veil to extend age limits and term limits of judges, president, the electoral commission chairperson and his commissioners among others. The MPs who are reported to have met with president Museveni

POLICE SIEGE HOME OF BYANYIMA

By Nabbuye Rehemah

Police has besieged the home of Edith Byanyima sister to Dr Winne Byanyima over alleged possession of illicit goods.

Police publicists claim that the raid is

General Sejjusa Arrested

Kampala - Former Coordinator of Intelligence agencies Gen David Sejusa has been arrested. The former spy chief was picked up by Military Police and accompanied by plain cloths personnel from his home in Naguru, a Kampala suburb on Sunday Morning. An eye witness told our reporter that Military Police stormed Sejusa’s home at around 9:30am, and arrested him before he was whisked away to

COURT QUASHES CSOs’ APPLICATION, ADMIT LAW DONS TO JUDGES’ BENCH

The Supreme Court in Kampala has this morning admitted the law dons at Makerere University as friends of Court known as Amicus Curiae in the Presidential election petition filed by former independent Presidential Candidate John Parick Amama Mbabazi. The Court also quashed an application by the Civil Society Organizations for the same. In the ruling read by Justice Stella Arach Amoko,

460 OFFICERS RETIRED FROM ACTIVE SERVICE

By UTN Reporter

The Uganda Peoples Defence Forces UPDF has retired 460 officers from active service.

This retirement comes in a space

5 PERISH IN L.VICTORIA STORMS

Gaba: At least five people have died this morning after the boat they were traveling in on Lake Victoria capsized mid-way the journey.

The accident happened at around