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KASIANO WADRI BEHIND BARS REPLACES ABIRIGA

By Otim Norbert

Former Terego Legislator Kassiano Ezati Wadri has been announced as the winner of the highly contested Arua Municipality parliamentary seat.

Kassiano Wadri, stood as an independent candidate, after failing to convince his party the Forum for Democratic Change, FDC to be official Party Flag bearer.

Kassiano Wadri polled 6421 votes, while his main contender and NRM’s Flag bearer Nusura Tiperu polled 4798.

The FDC candidate Bruce Musema, emerged fourth with 1369 votes.

The main opposition, FDC led by Rtd Col Dr Kiiza Besigye were in support of Bruce Musema.

Arua Municipality fallen vacant after the then Legislator Ibrahim Abiriga was shot dead in June this year in Mattuga Wakiso District.

Wadri’s victory has been recorded to be a land mark in the History Uganda’s politics after he became victorious despite being locked up on allegations relating treason charges according to reports.

Wadri, together with three other MPs and one former MP were arrested during fracas that saw a one Kawuma Yasin driver of Kyadondo legislator Bobi Wine shot dead.

Police has since claimed that Wadri together with his colleague Robert Ssentamu Kyagulanyi were found with guns.

Electoral Commission Chairman Justice Byabakama prior to the declaration of the results, expressed relief that the events of Monday in which at least one person was shot dead, did not deter election exercise.

Byabakama further urged the successful candidates in the race to take heart and wait for another round of elections given the limited space to completion of the term.

Twelve contested for this heated up post.

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CHRISTIANS CELEBRATE GOOD FRIDAY, “WAY OF THE CROSS”

Hundreds of Christians from across the various denominations celebrated the Way of the Cross in commemoration of Jesus Christ’s journey to Crucifixion commonly known as Good Friday.

Processions began at Namirembe Cathedral, All Saints Cathedral in Nakasero,

UGANDANS TO UNDER GO DRILLS ON DISASTER MANAGEMENT-ECWERU

Kampala-The ministry in charge of disaster preparedness wants all Ugandans of sound mind to undergo disaster management drills in order to be prepared whenever disaster occurs. With the rain season on and frequent earthquake incidences, the Minister Musa Ecweru says disaster prone areas continue to put Government on tension as many lives are at a risk.

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

GOVERNMENT FIGHTS TO RETAIN DEATH PENALTY

The Uganda government want the death penalty be retained on Uganda’s statutory law books. The Principal Legal advisor to government the Attorney General told the Legal and Parliamentary Affairs committee of Parliament that shelving the death penalty from Uganda’s statutory law books would require a constitutional review or referendum. The government position falls on the heels

IAAF AID UGANDA SHILLING GAIN AGAINST DOLLAR

By UTN Business Reporter

Kampala - The Uganda Shilling has significantly gained value in relation to the US Dollar in a space of 3 days. The Uganda Shilling by Thursday traded at 3,590.79 / 3,600.70 as compared to Tuesday at 3,591.35 / 3,601.35 buying and selling respectively.

SECURITY GUARD SHOOTS CYCLIST

Police in Rakai is holding a security guard for allegedly attempting to kill a motorist.

MAO ON POLICE BRUTALITY

Gulu – Democratic Party President Norbert Mao and a host of other opposition politicians in Gulu have argued Ugandans to remain strong and resist intimidation from the military and the Police as the country braces itself for the much anticipated Presidential and Parliamentary Elections the week.

Mao led the chorus after gathering a cross section of

COOPERATIVES SUBMIT VIEWS TO PARLIAMENT

By Shakira Namatende

The cooperative Union in Uganda will Wednesday submit their views to Parliament on the proposed Cooperative Societies Bill 2014.

The bill seeks to regulate groupings in the category of

Cooperative Unions that are taking a strong mobilization wave in the Country side.

The cooperative Union is seen as a strong force that draws people together into uniformity seeking to address their economic and financial challenges.

As one of the activities to celebrate the International Cooperative Week, cooperators in Uganda will submit their views to the Parliamentary Committee on Trade, seeking for among other things an independent ministry, and fully fledged cooperative bank, and a degree of autonomy from their mother ministry of Trade.

They cooperators led by Uhuru Institute for Social Development will also carry out a tree planting campaign as a gesture to restore the environment.

Earlier on, the same body flanked by Uganda Cooperative Alliance donated blood in different Blood Banks countrywide, as a social responsibility gesture.

In Kampala, it was held at the Constitutional

Square, and a total of 15,000 units of blood were collected country wide.

As Leonard Okello the Chief Executive Officer Uhuru Institute explains, the country has a dire need for blood, a resource that is not manufactured anywhere, but human generosity determines its availability.

Byte……….Okello

The Institute partnered with Nakasero Blood Bank in this campaign with a target of at least 20,000 units of blood country wide.

Okello says the cooperators work towards an improved livelihood of the society, economic independence and improved healthy labor force for the country.

Byte………..Leonard Okello

Lilian Nantambi from the Nakasero Blood Bank say the collection is significant an will work to reduce the need across the country.

Byte……… Lilian Nantambi (Blood Donor Recruiter

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FARMING: GOVERNMENT TO FUND DROUGHT-RESISTANT CROPS.

Government plans to increase investments in food and livestock production, as a gloomy weather prediction for areas around the Lake Victoria Basin and other parts of the country threatens production of cash crops. According sources, money planned to boost cash crops like tea, and coffee will instead be diverted to enhance other crops’ performance in a bid to offset deficits arising from adverse climate conditions.