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Caroline Du Plessis



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๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฌ President Museveni returns from US and UK 
๐Ÿ“Œ The President of Uganda, H.E Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has on Sunday returned from an official working trip to the United States of America (USA) and United Kingdom(UK). During his trip, the President  went to the UK where he opened a meeting for off-takers of food and investors in Uganda’s Agricultural and Industrial sector. He met fund managers, processors of food, and large commodity buyers. He commissioned Trade envoys in the Balkans, UK and USA to push forward Uganda’s investment vision, among other activities. President Museveni was invited to the US by President Joe Biden where he attended the Africa Leaders Summit in Washington. He was welcomed back home by Vice President Jessica Alupo, Presidency Minister Milly Babalanda and other high ranking Government officials.

๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฌ TORORO: Generators at three health Centers lie idle for 20 years  
๐Ÿ“Œ State House Health Monitoring Unit led by Awati Arabu Florence discovered three new automatic generators that had never been used since they were commissioned over 20 years ago. The in-charges of Mukuju, Nagongera and Mulanda health center IV said they were unaware of the existence of the said generators within their health facilities since they were not captured in the inventory records. Arabu said that although some of the generators at Mukuju Health Centre IV had remained untampered with in their original mechanical condition, the ones in Nagongera and Mulanda were covered by anthills.

๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฌ Finance Ministry says new developments forcing financial sector to rethink financial inclusion strategy 
๐Ÿ“Œ During the conference on reshaping the tax system to support the financial sector development strategy, Moses Kaggwa, the Director of Economic Affairs at the Ministry of Finance, who spoke on behalf of the Permanent Secretary and Secretary to the Treasury Ramathan Goobi, said  the new developments in the financial sector have forced a rethink of how the sector should be developed to ensure it builds a thriving economy that works for every Ugandan. He underlined the importance of the financial sector to any economy and hence its need to keep with the times.

๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฌ Equal Opportunities Commission urge Government  to review current education policies
๐Ÿ“Œ The Vice Chairperson of Equal Opportunities Commission (EOC), Joel Cox Ojoko, has said that  errant education institutions won’t be allowed to increase school fees  in the next academic year. While appearing before the Ministry of Education and Sports, Ojoko said  they sampled 65 Government aided and private schools across the country and established the unfair school increment that needs immediate redress to ensure universal access to educational opportunities in the country. He called for a review of the current education policies that will enable the Government to reign over errant education institutions.

๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฌ Village chairpersons in Kasese receive 1006 bicycles 
๐Ÿ“ŒLocal council One chairpersons in Kasese District have received over 1006 bicycles to cater for 860 villages to facilitate monitoring of Government programs. The  RDC Lt. Joe Walusimbi while presiding over the function said that village chairpersons are the Governmentโ€™s foot soldiers and advised them to use the bicycles to rally residents to embrace Government programs especially the  Parish Development Model. 
“I will not tolerate any beneficiary who is planning to sell off this Government property,” warned Lt Walusimbi. The ceremony was held at the multipurpose hall in Kisangazi cell, Nyamwamba Division of Kasese Municipality.

๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฌ UNRA repairs road at Lwera swamp along Kampala-Masaka highway
๐Ÿ“Œ According to the UNRA media relations manager, Allan Ssempebwa, UNRA has kick-started  repairs on the damaged Lwera swamp section along the Kampala-Masaka highway that caved in as result of the rainy season. 
โ€œThis is attributed to the rising water levels as a result of the ongoing heavy rains. One side of the road has been affected and currently sealed off to motorists with the help of the Uganda Traffic Police while motorists continue to use the other side of the road,โ€ Ssempebwa said. 
Ssempebwa says the maintenance team is already on ground making arrangements to restore the affected area of the road as soon as possible. 
โ€œWe apologize for any inconvenience caused and commit to doing everything possible to ensure our road network is safe and convenient to all motorists during the festive season,” he added.

๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฌ Minister Babalanda urge RDCs to embrace teamwork 
๐Ÿ“ŒThe Minister for the Presidency Milly Babalanda has urged Resident District Commissioners (RDCs) and Resident City Commissioners (RCCs) to embrace teamwork to offer service delivery to the local communities in Uganda.
 โ€œWe must stop this hatred and bickering against one another and fighting the deputies because you and I are all serving under the same President, respecting the same Constitution,” Babalanda said.  She was o a two-day orientation workshop held at Boma Hotel in Laroo-Pece in Gulu City. Present were RDCs, RCCs, District Internal Security officers (DISOs) and their deputies from Lango and Acholi sub regions. 

๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฌ BUKEDEA: LC5 Chirman loses battle to Cancer 
๐Ÿ“ŒThe Bukedea LC5 Chairman Moses Olemukan on Saturday died at the Mulago Cancer Institute. The Speaker of Parliament Hon Betty Annita Among announced his death on her Twitter  account.
 โ€œIt is with great sadness that I announce the untimely death of my District Chairman and brother Moses Olemakun. My sincere condolences to his family and the people of Bukedea. May his soul find eternal rest,โ€ Among wrote.


๐ŸŒ QATAR: Argentina wins World Cup 2022
๐Ÿ“ŒArgentina this Sunday won the world Cup as Lionel Messi crowned his glittering career with victory, with  Argentina beating France on penalties, triumphing 4-2 after Kylian Mbappe’s hat-trick ensured the game ended following extra time. Gonzalo Montiel rolled in the deciding penalty to give Argentina their third World Cup and prevent France becoming the first team in 60 years to retain the trophy. The third World Cup final penalty shoot-out started with Messi and Mbappe both scoring, but Kingsley Coman’s next kick for France was saved and Aurelien Tchouameni then crucially missed the target. It is the second time in five World Cups that France have lost the final on penalties after they were beaten by Italy in 2006, and it is Argentina who are champions for the first time since 1986. The win allows Messi, 35, to complete his glorious career by emulating Diego Maradona. This will be remembered as his tournament despite the best efforts of Mbappe, who finished as the tournament’s top scorer on eight goals, one more than his Paris Saint-Germain teammate Messi.

๐ŸŒ EGYPT: IMF approves $ 3 billion support package 
๐Ÿ“Œ International Monitory Fund (IMF) has approved $3 Billion support package to cash-strapped Egypt over almost four years, with the agreement expected to draw in an additional $14billion in financing for the country. The  Extended Fund Facility Arrangement  will not require the Egyptian Government to cut spending on subsidies. The IMF official said in a statement that the package covers a period of 46 months and will give immediate access of $347million to the Government.

๐ŸŒ SOUTH AFRICA: Sea water waves kill three swimmers, injure 17 
๐Ÿ“ŒA freak wave has killed three swimmers and injured many others at a popular beach in South Africaโ€™s south-eastern city of Durban. Robert Mckenzie, a spokesman for KwaZulu-Natal Emergency Medical Services said the wave on Saturday washed swimmers at the Bay of Plenty out to sea, drowning at least three of them and 17 others were injured with serious conditions. The incident occurred at around 5.00pm local time (15:00 GMT) on Saturday at Thekwini Municipality. 35 lifeguards were involved in the mass rescue effort as paramedics attended to more than 100 people. 

๐ŸŒ TUNISIA: Opposition calls on incumbent President to quit after low turnout in presidential elections 
๐Ÿ“ŒTunisiaโ€™s Salvation Front opposition coalition has called for President Kais Saied to quit office, saying he had lost his legitimacy after Saturdayโ€™s parliamentary election had a preliminary turnout figure of less than 9%. 
โ€œWhat happened today is an earthquake, from this moment we consider Saied an illegitimate President and demand he resigns after this fiasco,โ€ said party leader  Nejib Chebbi.  The Front made up of several political parties including the Islamist Ennahda which was the biggest party in the previous parliament, called for โ€œmassive protests and sit-insโ€ to demand fresh presidential elections.

๐ŸŒ MALI: 2 UN peacekeepers killed, 4 wounded in attack 
๐Ÿ“ŒTwo U.N. peacekeepers from Nigeria were killed and four others wounded on a peace patrol in the town of Timbuktu in Northern Mali, the United Nations said. According to U.N. spokesman Stephane Dujarric, one of the peacekeepers killed was a woman and Maliโ€™s security forces were also killed in the attack. U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and the Security Council strongly condemned ‘the attack and stressed that involvement in planning, directing, sponsoring or conducting attacks targeting U.N. peacekeepers may constitute war crimes’. Mali has been in turmoil since a 2012 uprising when mutinous soldiers overthrew the President. The power vacuum that resulted ultimately led to a jihadist insurgency and a French-led war that ousted the jihadists from power in 2013.

๐ŸŒ Liberians protest over rising food and fuel prices, absence of President 
๐Ÿ“Œ Thousands of Liberians on Saturday protested over  rising  food and fuel prices, blaming the Government of mismanaging  the economy and President George Weahโ€™s prolonged absence from the country. Monroviaโ€™s Paynesville District riots were organized by a coalition of Liberiaโ€™s four largest opposition parties as result of  internal disputes. Many of the protesters wore shirts printed with the face of Alexander Cummings who is the biggest challenger of President Weah. Protesters held banners reading โ€œWe are tired of suffering. Too many people in this country are suffering, cannot pay rent, cannot pay school fees.โ€

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