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FDC PRESIDENT HAS DOWNPLAYED CLAIMS OF POSSIBLE ALLIANCE WITH NUP

  • Simon Nyakoojo
  • September 30, 2020
  • Political

FDC president-General has refuted claims that they would dive-in for a possible Alliance with National Unity platform in a bid to field one strong candidate against president Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.

Mr Patrick Amuriat Obbo- who has been FDC's president for over 5 years was quick to clear the air when asked by reporters on his take as far as the issue of opposition parties coming together to form an alliance and he downplayed any links linking his party to NUP or people power pressure group.

“We wouldn't make an alliance with people power, a pressure group that wasn't legally recognized. Even when it changed under NUP, it's still in courts of law, with its fate unknown, the reason we in FDC can’t be part of them,” Mr Amuriat

However, Mr Amuriat hasn't ruled out any possibility of uniting with other opposition parties like DP, UPC other than NUP should the mentioned parties match the ambitions and strategies of FDC in the forthcoming elections.

Uganda goes into General Elections in February 2021.

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SECURITY TIGHTENED AS SSEMBABULE DIVES INTO NRM PARTY PRIMARIES

  • Simon Nyakoojo
  • September 30, 2020
  • Political

There's a heavy deployment of police in Sembabule District as the NRM party parliamentary primaries in Mawogola North & West constituencies that were suspended are set to kick off this morning.

Dr Tanga Odoi, the NRM Electoral commission chairperson earlier this month cancelled the party primaries in the central district and has since declared the new date when the elections would be largely held.

Tensions are reportedly high but according to recent reports reaching our news pannel, it is understandable that security has been tightened to curtail any anticipated violence that are likely to arise.

NB: This is a developing story and we will keep an eye on it as it unfolds.

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COVID-19 VACCINE: LONZA THERAPEUTICS CONFIDENT OF 2020 TARGET FOR MODERNA COVID-19 VACCINE SUPPLY

  • Simon Nyakoojo
  • September 30, 2020
  • Health

THE DAILY PARROT NEWS: Lonza is confident that U.S. and Swiss plants it is building to help make Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine candidate will be ready for commercial production this year, executives at the Swiss based therapeutics company said on Tuesday.

New production lines at Lonza’s site in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, aim to start making vaccine ingredients in November, while three lines in Visp, deep in a valley in the Swiss Alps - to supply 300 million vaccine doses annually - should begin delivering by December.

There is no approved COVID-19 vaccine yet, but several are in advanced trials, including from Pfizer Inc, Johnson & Johnson and Moderna, whose candidate relies on technology never previously approved that enlists human cells to help trigger an immune response.

U.S based Moderna therapeutics sees promise in new coronavirus vaccine developments. The vaccine is reportedly in second phrase trials: File photo

Torsten Schmidt, who heads Lonza’s Visp facility, where Moderna’s $210 million production lines are about 50% completed, said he has secured the equipment needed to avoid any last-minute setbacks.

“The delivery of the equipment was critical,” Schmidt said in an interview. “You typically wait 12 months, you’re talking here about 4-5 months. In the end, the CEO has been talking to the CEOs of suppliers, to get the equipment delivered.

Lonza, whose shares are up 60% this year, has a 10-year contract to supply ingredients to Moderna, including for up to 1 billion doses annually of COVID-19 vaccine.

The ingredients include a synthetic version of messenger RNA (mRNA), genetic material, which is packed inside tiny fat droplets called nanolipids, to instruct human cells to make a non-replicating form of the coronavirus’s spike protein and trigger an immune response in the body.

They will be frozen at -70 degrees Celsius, then shipped from Visp to Spain’s Laboratorios Farmacéuticos Rovi SA for “fill and finish,” the final stage of manufacture.

LONZA THERAPEUTICS IS STILL HIRING

Lonza is still hiring some of the roughly 200 workers it needs to operate the Moderna production lines in Visp, located where the Alps tip up towards the nearby ski towns of Zermatt, near the famed Matterhorn, and Saas Fe.

In all, Lonza expects to have some 4,000 workers in Visp by January, from 3,500 now, following a hiring spree fueled by its manufacture of drugs for other customers, as well as Moderna. They include Roche, Sanofi and California’s Humanigen, with which it has partnered on another COVID-19 project.

However ready Lonza is, when precisely Moderna’s vaccine becomes available depends on its trials and regulators. The U.S. company has said about 20 million doses should be ready by the year’s end.

Already Lonza’s drugs unit revenue has seen double-digit percentage gains, prompting the Basel-based company earlier this year to seek to offload its $1.8 billion-per-year speciality chemicals business, after sales of products, such as animal feed supplements and resins have stagnated.

Talks with potential buyers are ongoing, Renzo Cicillini, Lonza’s Visp site head, said.

A LITTLE PROUD’

In Visp, two hours by train from both Zurich and Milan, Italy, its roughly 8,000 residents are accustomed to Lonza’s taking a behind-the-scenes role in making drugs for better-known companies, the town’s mayor, Niklaus Furger, said

.“The idea that a vaccine might just be produced in Visp with which we could fight against the pandemic, that would be excellent,” Furger told Reuters at Visp city hall. “For certain, the attention of the world would be trained on Visp along with Lonza, something that admittedly would make us all a little proud.”

But the COVID-19 pandemic, which has killed more than 1 million people and wreaked global economic havoc, has left the people of Visp hoping for success that would put it on the map.

 

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TRAVELLERS ARRIVING THOUGH ENTEBBE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT NOT TO UNDERGO QUARANTINE

  • Simon Nyakoojo
  • September 29, 2020
  • Political

THE DAILY PARROT NEWS: Government has announced that travelers arriving through Entebbe International Airport will not be quarantined but will be given guidance on self-isolation.

According to the new regulations, all are required to carry a COVID-19 negative test certificate obtained at least 72 hours earlier and such travellers shall not undergo any quarantine as opposed to how it was much earlier anticipated prior to openng.

Governemnt has taken this drastic decision to try save the highly grappling economy especially the toursm sector that has been depending on mercies of local tourists who have been visiting Uganda tourist destinations.

Among the other sectors that have been cleared is Education and international students who are finalists are also cleared to fly in and out of the country.

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SUBMIT YOUR SIGNATURES FOR VERIFCATION-EC

  • Simon Nyakoojo
  • September 29, 2020
  • Political

THE DAILY PARROT NEWS: The Electoral Commission in Kampala has cautioned those vying for the seat of the Lord Mayor in the forthcoming elections to submit their signatures for verification before end of today .

Uganda's Electoral Commission led by its chairman Justice Simon Byabakama yesterday issued a statement in which it was stated that whoever is vying for a political seat should make sure that they beat the deadlines as the commission will not compromise on the set standards by the law.

It is understood that the race for Kampala Mayor seat is tight with the new arrivals in the race in names of Nabilah Nagayyi from NUP who according to our reporters is keen to make her mark in Kampala politics by ousting the incumbent FDC's Erias Lukwago.

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HEALTH EXPERTS ''PUZZLED'' ON SUBSTANTIALLY LOW COVID-19 CASES REPORTED IN AFRICA

  • Simon Nyakoojo
  • September 29, 2020
  • Health

THE DAILY PARROT NEWS: Africa’s overburdened public health systems, dearth of testing facilities and overcrowded slums had experts predicting a disaster when COVID-19 hit the world's second largest continent in February.

The new coronavirus was already wreaking havoc in wealthy Asian and European nations, and a United Nations agency said in April that, even with social-distancing measures, the virus could kill 300,000 Africans this year.

In May the World Health Organization (WHO) warned that 190,000 people on the continent could die if containment measures failed. Yet as the world marks 1 million COVID-19 deaths, Africa is doing much better than expected, with a lower percentage of deaths than other continents.

The continent’s case fatality count stands at 2.4%, with roughly 35,000 deaths among the more than 1.4 million people reported infected with COVID-19, according to Reuters data as at late Monday. In North America, it is 2.9% and in Europe 4.5%

Hard-hit countries such as Italy and Britain have recorded fatality counts of 11.6% and 9.0% respectively, compared to 1.6% for Ethiopia, 1.9% for Nigeria and 2.4% for South Africa, the continent’s worst affected country.

Hospitals in many African countries say COVID-19 admission rates are falling.

“Based on what we have seen so far it is unlikely that we are going to see anything at the scale that we are seeing in Europe - both in terms of infections and mortality,” said Rashida Ferrand, a London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine professor working at the Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals in the Zimbabwean capital Harare.

Experts say that some COVID-19 deaths in Africa probably are being missed. Testing rates in the continent of about 1.3 billion people are among the lowest in the world, and many deaths of all types go unrecorded.

South Africa saw some 17,000 extra deaths from natural causes between early May and mid-July, 59% more than would normally be expected, according to a July report from the South African Medical Research Council. That suggests the death toll from COVID-19 could be significantly higher than the official figure, currently over 16,000, researchers say. Even so, there is wide agreement that COVID-19 fatality rates have not so far been as bad as predicted.

Why? Scientists and public health experts cite a number of possible factors, including the continent’s youthful population and lessons learned from previous disease outbreaks. African governments also had precious time to prepare due to the relative isolation of many of their citizens from airports and other places where they could come into contact with global travellers.

Some scientists also are exploring the possibility that a tuberculosis vaccine routinely given to children in many African countries might be helping reduce deaths from COVID-19.

Another theory being considered is whether prior exposure to other coronaviruses including those that cause the common cold has provided a degree of resistance in some of the very communities once thought to be most vulnerable.

“There is a lot of circumstantial evidence,” Salim Abdool Karim, a South African infectious disease specialist who has advised the government on COVID-19, told the daily parrot news, “but there is no smoking gun.”

LESSONS LEARNED

The virus hit Africa later than other continents, giving medical personnel time to set up field hospitals, source oxygen and ventilators, and learn from improvements in treatment elsewhere.

“We got the gift of time,” said Thumbi Mwangi, senior research fellow at the University of Nairobi’s Institute of Tropical and Infectious Diseases. “We had an amount of preparation that others did not.”

One reason could be that international travel is limited in many African countries, and travelling domestically can be more difficult than on other continents, Matshidiso Moeti, WHO regional director for Africa, told a news conference on Thursday.

The continent’s governments have also battled deadly infectious diseases such as Ebola, which killed more than 11,000 people in West Africa in 2013-16. So officials took notice when the new coronavirus started spreading around the globe rapidly early this year.

Many African countries were quick to introduce screening at airports, suspend flights from heavily affected nations and enforce social distancing measures and mask wearing.

Within a week of Kenya reporting its first case, schools were shut, incoming travellers had to undergo a mandatory quarantine and large gatherings were banned. Nigeria, Africa’s most populous nation, imposed a ban on interstate travel and a curfew. Many of its land borders had already been closed since August 2019 to cut down on smuggling, which helped fight the pandemic too.

South Africa introduced one of the world’s toughest lockdowns in late March, when the country had confirmed just 400 cases.

“Africa brought down the hammer earlier in terms of coronavirus lockdowns,” said Tim Bromfield, regional director for East and Southern Africa at the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change, a U.K.-based think tank.

Experts also point to the continent’s demographics.

Research has found that the risk of developing severe COVID19 increases with age.

A 2019 United Nations report said 62% of sub-Saharan Africa’s population was under 25 and just 3% 65 or over. In the U.N.’s Europe and North America region, 28% were under 25 while 18% were age 65 and up.

Chikwe Ihekweazu, director general of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, attributed his country’s relatively low case mortality rate in part to the fact that the majority of patients were between the ages of 31 and 40.

CROSS-PROTECTION?

Scientists in several countries including South Africa are testing whether the century-old Bacille Calmette-Guérin (BCG) vaccine, widely used on the continent against tuberculosis, provides a degree of cross-protection.

BCG vaccines have been shown to protect against other viral respiratory illnesses, and a study published in the scientific journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences in July found that countries with higher vaccination rates for tuberculosis had lower peak mortality rates from COVID-19.

Studies have also started in South Africa and Zimbabwe to assess the impact of past exposure to other coronaviruses.

More than half of Africa’s urban population is concentrated in slums, where access to water for hand washing is scarce, and physical distancing is near-impossible.

Diseases spread rapidly under such conditions, but some scientists wonder whether that may have been an unexpected boon in this case. There is some evidence that T cells developed by the body’s immune system after exposure to other common cold coronaviruses could help fight off COVID-19.

“I would say that is at least a plausible explanation as to why there are different levels of resistance to the virus in different populations,” said Thomas Scriba, an immunologist and deputy director of the South African Tuberculosis Vaccine Initiative.

Others are more sceptical.

“All other regions have been exposed to coronaviruses, have poor people and slums and have received BCG vaccination,” said Humphrey Karamagi, team leader for data and analytics at the WHO’s Africa office. “We are most probably looking at a mix of multiple factors working together - and not a single magic bullet.”

For Sam Agatre Okuonzi, from the Arua Regional Referral Hospital in Uganda, the doomsday predictions were informed by entrenched prejudices, including that the continent is prone to disease.

“COVID-19 has shattered a lot of biases about the disease in general but also about Africa,” he told Thursday’s briefing. “The severity of the pandemic has not played out in line with the outrageous predictions.”

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REPORT: CORONAVIRUS CASES EXCEED 1 MILLION GLOBALLY

THE DAILY PARROT NEWS: The global death toll from COVID-19 rose past 1 million on Tuesday, according to a Recent tally, a bleak milestone in a pandemic that has devastated the global economy, overloaded health systems and changed the way people live.

The number of deaths from the novel coronavirus this year is now double the number of people who die annually from malaria - and the death rate has increased in recent weeks as infections surge in several countries.

“Our world has reached an agonizing milestone,” U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said in a statement accessed by our reporters.

“It’s a mind-numbing figure. Yet we must never lose sight of each and every individual life. They were fathers and mothers, wives and husbands, brothers and sisters, friends and colleagues.”

Surprisingly, It took just three months for COVID-19 deaths to double from half a million, an accelerating rate of fatalities since the first death was recorded in China in early January.More than 5,400 people are dying around the world every 24 hours, according to The daily parrot  calculations based on September averages, overwhelming funeral businesses and cemeteries.

That equates to about 226 people an hour, or one person every 16 seconds. In the time it takes to watch a 90-minute soccer match, 340 people die on average.

INFECTIONS RISING

Globally, experts remain concerned that the official figures for deaths and cases globally significantly under-represent the real tally because of inadequate testing and recording and the possibility of concealment by some countries.

The response to the pandemic has pitted proponents of health measures like lockdowns against those intent on sustaining politically sensitive economic growth, with approaches differing from country to country.

The United States, Brazil and India, which together account for nearly 45% of all COVID-19 deaths globally, have all lifted social distancing measures in recent weeks.

“The American people should anticipate that cases will rise in the days ahead,” U.S. Vice President Mike Pence warned on Monday.

India, meanwhile, has recorded the highest daily growth in infections in the world, with an average of 87,500 new cases a day since the beginning of September.

On current trends, India will overtake the United States as the country with the most confirmed cases by the end of the year, even as Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government pushes ahead with easing lockdown measures in a bid to support a struggling economy.

Despite the surge in cases, India’s death toll of about 95,500, and pace of growth of fatalities, remain below those of the United States, Britain and Brazil.

In Europe, which accounts for nearly 25% of deaths, the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned of a worrying spread in western Europe just weeks away from the winter flu season.

The WHO has also warned the pandemic still needs major control interventions amid rising cases in Latin America, where many countries have started to resume normal life.

Much of Asia, the first region affected by the pandemic, is experiencing a relative lull after emerging from a second wave.

BURIAL STRAIN

The high number of deaths has led to changes burial rites around the world, with morgues and funeral businesses overwhelmed and loved ones often barred from bidding farewell in person.

In Israel, the custom of washing the bodies of Muslim deceased is not permitted, and instead of being shrouded in cloth, they must be wrapped in a plastic body bag. The Jewish tradition of Shiva where people go to the home of mourning relatives for seven days has also been disrupted.

In Italy, Catholics have been buried without funerals or a blessing from a priest, while in Iraq former militiamen dropped their guns to dig graves at a specially created cemetery and learned how to conduct both Christian and Muslim burials.

In some parts of Indonesia, bereaved families have barged into hospitals to claim bodies, fearing their relatives might not be given a proper burial.

An indigenous group in the Ecuadorean Amazon took two police officers and a state official hostage, demanding authorities return the body of a community leader for a traditional burial.

The United States, Indonesia, Bolivia, South Africa and Yemen have all had to locate new burial sites as cemeteries fill up according to most recent reports.

 

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16 CONFIRMED DEAD AFTER EXPOSURE TO CARBONDIOXIDE IN CHINA IN COAL MINE ACCIDENT

At least 16 workers in southwest China were killed after they became trapped underground in a coal mine and exposed to unsafe levels of carbon monoxide, Chinese state media reported.

According to reports, the Chinese accident happened on sunday when a conveyer belt in the mine caught fire, producing excessive levels of carbon monoxide and trapping the miners. 

Reports claim17 people were inside the Songzao coal mine in the Chinese city of Chongqing at the time of the incident, according to the state-run CGTN broadcaster. Only one person was pulled out alive by rescuers and they are in critical condition in hospital, CGTN reported.

State news agency Xinhua reported that carbon monoxide levels inside the coal mine had exceeded safe limits and China's Ministry of Emergency Management said in a statement that they are working to identify the cause of the accident and implement safety measures.

A team led by the deputy director of the National Coal Safety Supervision Bureau was sent to guide the rescue and recovery effort at the mine, the ministry said.

We understand that the facility is owned by state energy firm Chongqing Energy. Managers at the Songzao coal mine had previously been fined and issued with warnings over safety violations at the site.

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NUP TAKEN DIG AT FOR FAILURE TO HOLD PARTY PRIMARIES

  • Simon Nyakoojo
  • September 28, 2020
  • Political

The vice chairperson of the NRM central region, Godfrey Kiwanda Suubi, has ridiculed at Power Power and National Unity Platform for failure to organise party primaries which he said is a sign of being undemocratic.

"To prove that People Power is People Power, why didn’t they allow people to choose the flag bearers? Ladies and gentlemen, the real people power is in NRM. If you want to understand the definition of people power come to NRM," he said.

According to some sources, National Unity Platform is set to unveil its new criteria that will be followed in assigning its members flags n the forthcoming elections to end such futile claims being used by competitors to weaken them.

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MINISTER KASAIJA SLAMS UGANDANS FOR BEING FINANCIALLY INDISCIPLINED

Uganda's Finance minister Hon Matia Kasaija has slammed ugandans for being fnancially indisciplined citing the nature of life lived by most ugandans who according to him fancy and practice "hand to mouth" and no saving culture at all has been developed, a situation which has been exposed by the novel coronavirus.

Kasaija while speaking on NSSF annual general meeting with stakeholders which was virtual due to the covid-19 restrictions and the event has become the first ever NSSF virtual general meeting, he (kasaija) was so bitter with the financial situation of the investments done by NSSF but was quick to shift the blame to Ugandans and other stakeholders slamming them of the poor financial discipline being exhibited.

"Ugandans are poor at saving, they live like there's no tomorrow." Kasaija told media

Uganda's economy has been hit had by the fatal corona virus just like any ithr country amidst government efforts to contain the virus but the finance experts are optimistic that the economy will be off the ground and moving should the government come to rescue the people especially small scale industries that are likely to die off as the country fully emerges from the lockdown.

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MUSEVENI IS AN ''ABSOLUTE'' GENIUS-KIBALAMA

  • Simon Nyakoojo
  • September 28, 2020
  • Political

Moses Nkonge Kibalama , former NURP turned NUP leader has heaped praise of seating president of uganda Yoweri Kaguta Museveni labelling him "Genius" for his commendable job he has done to lead the country for over 35 years since 1986 when NRA ( changed to NRM) captured power from Obotes government.

"The man and his politics" as he is being branded of recent (Kibalama) when asked by journalists today morning of what he makes of president Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, he had nothing to comment other than heaping praise of the 76 year old ugandan legendary politician saying he (Museveni) is an absolute genius, looking back to other governments in which he(Kibalama) worked-he doesn't see any of ugandas past regimes stronger than the one that has been established and led by Mr Museveni .

However Mr Kibalama says he is a completely free man ad is open for any political negotiation that could see him added to the ranks of any political player regardless of sides whether opposition or ruling party.
 

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I WAS "SIDELINED "FROM ACTIVELY PARTICIPATING IN NUP ACTIVITIES-KIBALAMA REVEALS

  • Simon Nyakoojo
  • September 28, 2020
  • Political

Founder and former president general of National unity and reconciliation party that has since changed its name to National unity platform after robert Kyagulanyi Ssetamu has revealed that he was throw out of his own political party's active politics shortly after he had negotiated a deal that saw Musician turned politician presidential hopeful Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu take over its leadership.

Mr Kibalama whie appearing before court last Friday told court presided over by Hon Justice Sekana said that as Ssetamu and his colleagues finalised the take over of party leadership, they sidelined him completely from taking part in party politics a situation which I didn't negotiate for. Kibalama reaffirmed his statement while appearing on lve television this morning and he said he was shocked by the acts of Bobiwine and his people.

 

Within a week, I found myself sidelined in NUP and wondered, "Is this what I negotiated for?" Kibalama said.

Ownership of National Unity platform remains in contestation as Kibalama and Kyagulanyi battle the court case whose fate is to be determined on October 16th. We will keep an eye on that story

SUBMIT YOUR SIGNATURES FOR VERIFCATION-EC

  • Simon Nyakoojo
  • September 29, 2020
  • Political

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The truth on National Unity Platform registration forms making rounds on social media revealed

  • Simon Nyakoojo
  • September 22, 2020
  • Political

National Unity Platform finally breaks suilence over the forms that have been making rounds on social media labbleing them fake and argued the general public to disregard them and the party has not rolled out any forms that will be used in the vetting of its candidates.

Through its social media account, the Kyagulanyi led political power that has the people power identity issued a statement that read as follows.

Our attention has been drawn to a fake, misleading form, purportedly used to do ground assessment for our candidates. Please treat it with the contempt it deserves. it is fake & misleading. Here are the forms used by our EMC to do ground assessment as well as vet candidates.

With the nominations of candidates at different positions in the forthcoming general elections set to start next month by the electoral commission, National Unity Platform is expected to field several candidates in different political positions.

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Religious leaders dissatisfied with the number of people allowed into worship places

  • Simon Nyakoojo
  • September 22, 2020
  • Social

Even after the president announced the opening of prayer centres, some religious leaders are dissatisfied with the number of people that the President set for these gatherings.

The outbreak of fatal coronavirus in uganda saw religious gatherings such as churches, mosques and crusades halted in a bid to control the spread of the virus and since then nothing had been said about the potential reopening of these places until the most recent presidential address where present Museveni finally allowed these places of worship to resume operations but observing standard operating procedures wth only 70 people allowed in one lot.

President Museveni further highlighted that these religious institutions should adopt small groups of gatherings by organising sveral masses|( for Catholics) and services( for Anglicans) with these two religious groups having the larest number of followers.

Speaking to our reporters, a section of religious leaders remain unhappy wtih the decision to limit the number insisting that the government took unfair decision and called for the revision of the decision and allow a non limited number of people into religious gatherings so long as the organisers observe standard operating procedures.

 

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PROF. NAWANGWE: We do not collect any funds, all funds are deposited in URA

  • Simon Nyakoojo
  • September 22, 2020
  • Political

Makerere University vice chancellor proffessor Nawangwe has lifted lid over allegations that there was money in the finance department that was gutted by fire last weekend s the university's iconic ivory tower building which is the heart of uganda's oldest unversity.

While appearing before reporters this morning, the man in the dug out was asked to clarify on the ongoing claims that have made several rounds on social media that a lot of money was burn't and perished in the university's finance department which was being housed in the right hand side if the building as this same after the university was under investigation over Billions of money that went missing.

Prof. Nawangwe clarified that the university doesn't collect the funds directly since 2019, the funds have been and shall always be paid directly to Uganda Revenue Authority from where it goes to consolidated fund and then government alocates the way its used by the university .

The university vice chancellor also assured the general student body and general public that it will resume studies regardless if this setback and candidates should continue preparations and the university staffs are ready for the resumption.

 

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Member of parliament aspirant vows to export unemployed Ugandans to Arabic countries

  • Simon Nyakoojo
  • September 12, 2020
  • Political

The 2021 General Elections are forthcoming and many political players have relentlessly started showcasing their manifesto's to the voters in a bid to secure different political seats in Uganda.

The member of parliament being one of the juicy positions everyone would fancy to grab representing the people fro his area and this has left my aspirants with mind-blowing promises to every potential voter as they outline the different solutions to a wide range of problems Ugandans face currently.

A one Micheal Kale, MP aspirant for Entebbe municipality while appearing on one of most popular Television show in uganda dubbed The Big Talk hosted by Canary Mugume revealed how he will mitigate the rampant problem of youth unemployment by exporting them to Arab and other Asian countries particularly Dubai so that the problem is mitigated.

Mr Kalema believes that there are few job opportunities in the country especially for the people of Entebbe Municipality and currently the people in power have completely failed to find a long-lasting solution for the problem that's bothering the youth if Entebbe Municipality.

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Several ministers ousted as Evelyn Anite and Mwesige Adolf make headlines in NRM party primaries yesterday

Yesterday 4th september 2020 shalla dn will always be a day to remember as one of most awful days to several NRM ministers who were as well members of parliament representing different constituencies, districts and counties after they brutally lost in the NRM party primaries that were full of stiff competition as observed by our correspondents countrywide.

Hon. Evelyn Anite made headlines almost everywhere alongside her compratiot Hon Adolf Mwesige wt the former having previously represented the people of Koboko municipally as the latter had represented te people of bunyangabu a newly created district in Tooro region western Uganda.

The two big horses who were seen as favourites in their respective areas of representation were shocked when they started t glimpse on signs of falling apart as the provisional results started rolling out and nothing changed on the announcement of final results as they lost completely to their opponents by a huge margin than anyone could arguably imagine and Anite s brutally criticized by very many Ugandans who described her as the first woman from koboko to ide in her own movie after her rants about having majje.

Our team of experienced writers and correspondents in different parts of the country have complied a list of these ministers who were big favourites of the elections but lost terribly :

  1. Hon Evelyn Anite - Koboko municipality ( state minister for investment and privatisation)
  2. Hon Adolf mwesige-Bunyangabu  county ( Minister of defence and Veteran affairs)
  3. Hon Emphraim Kamuntu-Igara west ( Minster of justice and consttutunal affairs)
  4. Hon Henry Okello-Oryem-Chua East constituency( State minister foreign affairs)
  5. Hon Elioda Tumwesgye-Shema municipality( Minister of science and technology)
  6. Hon Mary Karoro Okurut-Bushenyi  minister I/C General duties OPM)
  7.  Eng John Byabagambi-Ibanda south (Minister of Karamoja affairs)
  8. Hon Mwesigwa Rukutana-Rushenyi county ( State minister for Labour)
  9. Hon Molly Kamukama- Kazo district Woman MP( state minister of economic monitoring in the office of Presdent)
  10. Fr Simon Lokodo-Dodoth county( Minister of ethics and Intergrity)
  11. Hon Peter Kibanzanga-Bughendera county( Minster of Agriculture)
  12. Tersis Kabwegyere-Igara East ( Former Minister I/C general duties OPM)
  13. Lydia Wanyoto-Mbale woman MP ( NRM chair women's league)

Note: The list is being updated and we are keeping tabs on any developments to keep you with first hand information only at the daily parrot news

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SPECIAL REPORT: OVER $3.5 TRILLION IN WAGES DUE TO COVID-19 BY WORKERS WORLDWIDE

A staggerring $3.5 Trillion have been lost by workers worldwide due to the corona virus according to special report released by the United nations.The coronavirus pandemic is taking a heavier toll on jobs than previously feared, the UN said Wednesday, with hundreds of millions of jobs lost and workers suffering a "massive" drop in earnings.

According to fresh studies, the International Labour Organization (ILO) found that by the mid-year point, global working hours had declined by 17.3 percent compared to last December -- equivalent to nearly 500 million full-time jobs. 

That is nearly 100 million more job-equivalents than the number forecast by the ILO back in June, when it expected 14 percent of working hours to be lost by the end of the second three-month period of the year.

The impact has been catastrophic, ILO chief Guy Ryder told reporters in a virtual briefing, pointing out that global labour income had shrunk by 10.7 percent during the first nine months of the year compared to the same period in 2019.

That amounts to a drop of some $3.5 trillion, or 5.5 percent of the overall global gross domestic product (GDP), the ILO said.

Since surfacing in China late last year, the novel coronavirus has killed nearly one million people worldwide out of the more than 31 million infected and today it was reported that over 20 million Americans have been killed by this deadly pandemic.

In addition to the health challenges, lockdowns, travel restrictions and other measures taken to rein in the virus have had a devastating impact on jobs and income across the globe.

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KAPCHORWA HOSPITAL CLOSED AMIDST ESCALATING COVID-19 POSTIVE CASES

  • Simon Nyakoojo
  • September 23, 2020
  • Health

Heath authorities in Kapchorwa district have been fired to take drastic decision of halting the district's main hospital amidst the fears over the escalating covid-19 positive cases as most of the health workers at the main hospital have tested positive for this novel coronavirus.

According to reports, over 60 health workers at Kapchorwa main hospal have tested positive and this has left the hospital in chrisis of workers a situation wich forced te authorities to make a move that led to theclosure of the hosptal.

This novel coronavirus pandemic has hit hard most countries and particularly uganda a situation that saw some of the hospitals sideline to handle oly patients who test positive in all regions across the country and Kapchira hospal has been handling most of the covid-19 cases and alerts in the eastern region of uganda.

The hospital in-charge while talking to our reporters revealed that the hospital is in huge crisis of labour and the hospital is closed till further notice. He further appealed to government to rush to its rescue by sending in emergency health workers as the people of kapchorwa cannot survive without te important services offered by the faclity.

 

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JOEL SSENYONYI RUBBISHES CLAIMS THAT NUP IS IN POLITICAL CRISIS

  • Simon Nyakoojo
  • September 23, 2020
  • Political

The National Unity platform spokesperson Joel Ssenyonyi says that NUP is not in political crisis despite the notable departures of several big names from the party citing the impartiality, sectarianism, and non transparency in the day to day running of party activities by the party hierarchy.

Alot of issues have been going on in the seemingly Uganda's fast rising opposition party ranging from court cases where the ownership of the party is being disputed, credentials of the party's presidential candidate, colour usage, the red barret scandal among others and these issues have left so many political players and analysists unhappy with the situation and hence labelling the party to be in Huge crisis.

However while appearing on live television talk show today morning, Ssenyonyi rubbished all claims puttig NUP in crisis when he said that its understandable for a new political party seeking to oust the ruling party to be put in position where it gets all sorts of issues including several court cases saying the regime uses all these tactics o frustrate them.

Every Political party has court cases. That doesn't mean NUP is in a crisis. There is a lot of attention to NUP. It is only a tree with fruits that will receive stones, and others will climb. We like the challenge.

Mr Ssenyonyi further clarified that they didn't offer any money to Mr Kibalama while Bobiwine and people power pressure group was transforming and acquiring NURP which name has since changed to NUP and the party looks forward to using it as its political car into the forthcoming elections.

There was no offer of money to Kibalama. There was no need for an offer because we had many other parties that wanted us to be part of them.-Joel said to reporters

National Unity platform ownership and other issues remain catastrophic to Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu and his team to solve as the country heads to elections.

 

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More than 150 fake accounts shutdown by Facebook

  • Simon Nyakoojo
  • September 23, 2020
  • Political

Authorities at Facebook said it had shut down more than 150 fake accounts that were discovered to be run from China, including accounts posting about November's United states presidential election.

Facebook's head of security policy,Nathaniel Gleicher on Tuesday wrote on the company's website citing that the accounts have been posting content in support and against all the three presidential candidates.

The accounts "posted content both in support of and against presidential candidates Pete Buttigieg, Joe Biden and Donald Trump.

According to reports, Graphika one of social media analytics company commissioned by Facebook to study the network of accounts, wrote in its report on Tuesday that:

"In 2019-2020, the operation began running accounts that posed as Americans and posted a small amount of content about the US presidential election. Different assets supported President Donald Trump and his rival Joe Biden; one short-lived group supported former presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg. The operation did not single out either candidate for preferential treatment. Many of the accounts in this phase of the operation were barely active."

Despite the statement issued by this graphika, Facebook did not say if the accounts were tied to the Chinese government, only that the accounts were run from China's Fujian province. The company did point out, however, that the accounts had been posting about "Beijing's interests in the South China Sea."

It remains on record worldwide with the huge role played by social media in world politics during the periods of campaign as mass gathering cannot be enforced due to fatal corona virus pandemic, Many fake social media accounts are being created to jeopardize the polital activities.

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JUST IN: Latif Ssebagala has stepped down from the Kampala lord Mayoral Seat

  • Simon Nyakoojo
  • September 22, 2020
  • Political

National Unity Platform flag bearer for the Kampala Lord Mayoral seat Latif Ssebagala has stepped down from the race, citing the need to maintain unity for the good of the opposition.

The seating kawempe Member of parliament was few weeks ago entrusted with the NUP flag for the city lord mayorship beating hos closest rival Joseph Mayanja aka Chameleon who had a huge interest in the seat and since then there has been a lot of unrest in the NUP camp as a section of party supporters were agrieved with the decision by the party hierarchy to announce Mr Latif Ssebagala .

According to what our snoops have gathered so far, the kamwokya based NUP is yet to make an official communication concerning this story .

NOTE: This is a developing story and we will keep an eye on it 

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The truth on National Unity Platform registration forms making rounds on social media revealed

  • Simon Nyakoojo
  • September 22, 2020
  • Political

National Unity Platform finally breaks suilence over the forms that have been making rounds on social media labbleing them fake and argued the general public to disregard them and the party has not rolled out any forms that will be used in the vetting of its candidates.

Through its social media account, the Kyagulanyi led political power that has the people power identity issued a statement that read as follows.

Our attention has been drawn to a fake, misleading form, purportedly used to do ground assessment for our candidates. Please treat it with the contempt it deserves. it is fake & misleading. Here are the forms used by our EMC to do ground assessment as well as vet candidates.

With the nominations of candidates at different positions in the forthcoming general elections set to start next month by the electoral commission, National Unity Platform is expected to field several candidates in different political positions.

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Religious leaders dissatisfied with the number of people allowed into worship places

  • Simon Nyakoojo
  • September 22, 2020
  • Social

Even after the president announced the opening of prayer centres, some religious leaders are dissatisfied with the number of people that the President set for these gatherings.

The outbreak of fatal coronavirus in uganda saw religious gatherings such as churches, mosques and crusades halted in a bid to control the spread of the virus and since then nothing had been said about the potential reopening of these places until the most recent presidential address where present Museveni finally allowed these places of worship to resume operations but observing standard operating procedures wth only 70 people allowed in one lot.

President Museveni further highlighted that these religious institutions should adopt small groups of gatherings by organising sveral masses|( for Catholics) and services( for Anglicans) with these two religious groups having the larest number of followers.

Speaking to our reporters, a section of religious leaders remain unhappy wtih the decision to limit the number insisting that the government took unfair decision and called for the revision of the decision and allow a non limited number of people into religious gatherings so long as the organisers observe standard operating procedures.

 

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PROF. NAWANGWE: We do not collect any funds, all funds are deposited in URA

  • Simon Nyakoojo
  • September 22, 2020
  • Political

Makerere University vice chancellor proffessor Nawangwe has lifted lid over allegations that there was money in the finance department that was gutted by fire last weekend s the university's iconic ivory tower building which is the heart of uganda's oldest unversity.

While appearing before reporters this morning, the man in the dug out was asked to clarify on the ongoing claims that have made several rounds on social media that a lot of money was burn't and perished in the university's finance department which was being housed in the right hand side if the building as this same after the university was under investigation over Billions of money that went missing.

Prof. Nawangwe clarified that the university doesn't collect the funds directly since 2019, the funds have been and shall always be paid directly to Uganda Revenue Authority from where it goes to consolidated fund and then government alocates the way its used by the university .

The university vice chancellor also assured the general student body and general public that it will resume studies regardless if this setback and candidates should continue preparations and the university staffs are ready for the resumption.

 

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COVID-19 : Hospitals in northern Uganda struggling with rising number of patients

  • Simon Nyakoojo
  • September 22, 2020
  • Health

Gulu regional referral hospital is reportedly struggling to handle the influxing COVID-19 patients as the hospital authorities admit shrtage of enough facilities to enable them continue serving the community.

The hospital director revealed to reporters that the hospital has run out of space in the area that had been sidelined to handle these patients a situation that saw the hospital to be forced to refer some of the patients to the national referral in Mulago-kampala. There is also no enough personal protection equipment(PPE's), labour, mattress and many others a situation that forced the administrators to ask incoming patients o come along with their own mattresses.

Gulu hospital is the only regional referral hospital in northern region handling covid-19 patients amidst very many hotspots in the northern area with Elegu boarder bringing in so many patients.

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Truth about the death of Joan Kagezi and Andrew Felix Kawesi revealed

  • Ruhanga Arinda
  • September 21, 2020
  • Political

Some of the issues that turned into a tag of war to understand by maybe you and me have been the death of some security personnels such as Andrew Felix Kawesi, Muhmmad Kirumira, Joan Kagezi and others.

Today the truth about the death of Andrew Felix Kawesi have been brought to public by a Updf soldier that had fled into exile.

This Soldier According to the information that he published on social media and Internet reveals the truth about the shooting of Kawesi and Joan Kagezi.

Lieutenant Isaac Rutagatina Sankara who is said to had been heading the Anti-Terrorism Task Force under the Chief of Military Intelligence is condemning the Security Personells about the shooting of Kawesi.

It will be remembered that Andrew Felix Kawesi was shot to kill in MARCH 17 2017 around the 9:00am while leaving his home in Kulambilo. And Joan Kagezi was shot to kill in 2015 around 2:30 am while moving back to home in Kiwatule.

In the information that Lieutenant Sankara published is reporting his former Bosses to President Museveni and UPDF commander David Muhoozi for being behind in the death of Kawesi and others and to have been Behind the distorting of IGP Kale Kayihura’s image, the then Inspector General of Police by putting several charges on him such as Murder and Treason.

According to the UPDF spokes Person Brig Flavia Byekwaso, Lieutenant Sankara escaped from UPDF and the country as well and UPDF has ordered for his arrest. The worldwide Police has been informed and the red notice against him has been issued.

Sankara, is to be charged over spreading of bad news that is dangerous to the Army. UPDF says that there are other ways that he could use to express his concern in about this Instead of distorting Images of the men in Uniform.

According to Sankara, after the death of Andrew Felix Kawesi CMI arrested the X- ADF soldiers who had been forgiven by the government to show that ADF was behind the death of Kawesi.

And that after the death of Joan Kagezi, CMI arrested Abdul Ssemujju Minana in 2017 Saying that Nixon Agasirwe  had sent this man to kill kagezi but still finally there was no witness on this.

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FRUSTRATED BOBIWINE DOUBTFULL OVER THE RELEASE OF MUSEVENI'S ACADEMIC DOCUMENTS

  • Simon Nyakoojo
  • September 21, 2020
  • Political

National unity platform and presidential candidate Robert kyaguanyi Ssentamu is in huge doubts about the possibility of Uganda's electoral commission releasing the academic transcripts to the general public on his request ahead of the mouth waterng 2021 general elections as the musisican turned into politician looks ahead to make his mark in ugandan top politics by vying on the topmost office of the land in bid t oust the siting president Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.

The fracas of academic documents of each presidential candidate being released by different government institutions and offices came into limelight after the well renown city lawyer Male Mabirizi wrote to the electoral commission requesting to be availed wth the documents of Bobiwne claiming that its so paramount that the entire public establishes the education credibility of the NUP presidential candidate who according to Mr Male Mabirizi could be having some issues to do with education, age among other irregularities that can enable court to successfully block the potential appearance of Kyagulany on the ballot paper.

The electrol commission had since released the documents followed Makerere university , parliament and passports office which sparked off a lot of discussions among very many Ugandans as they revealed inconsistencies in Bobiwine's age among so many issues which forced Bobiwine to come out and address his supporters clearing the air about the matter.

Mr kyagulanyi used the same opportunity and provisions in the constitution through his party National unity platform to write to several government offices including the electrl commission requesting that Mr Museveni's academic documents be released as well but since then hs efforts have been futile.

The frustrated presidential hopeful Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu took his social media to expressed his grievances and labelled the commission liars and he doesn't believe it will honour his request in time after weeks of unfruitful waiting.

Uganda heads into general elections next year and Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu remains the closest rival of Mr Museveni.

 

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MAKERERE UNIVERSITY FIRE: Another portion of Iconic Ivory tower gutted by fire

  • Simon Nyakoojo
  • September 21, 2020
  • Political

Uganda's oldest university and possibly among the top 10 African best universities suffered a serious shock when uncontrollable fire gutted the institutions oldest and iconic building destroying a lot of valuable fils and information as the building houses the university's top administrative offices including the office of the Vice-chancellor.

The fire whose source is predicted to be poor electrical connection and the old wood in the building is started on the night of 20th September and since then the police had made efforts and managed to put the fire out before it could spread to the entire building as it started from the eastern side of the building on the rooftop.

Prof.Nawangwe, Makerere university vice-chancellor on Sunday morning confirmed the incident but assured the general public that the university had digitized all files and records therefore the entire Makerere community shouldn't be worried about the potential loss of their information kept with the university. 

Mr Nawangwe also assured the general public that the iconic building will be raised again with the help of the government and other stakeholders.

Janet Kataha Museveni, the minister for education and sports paid a visit to the university on sundsy afternoon and pledged working with the university hierarchy to restore the damaged part of the building  and thanked police and other authoritus who grabbed a bull by its horns to curtail the fire.

However, Nosooner had the day passed after the fire outbreak, a second more serious fire broke out from the opposite side of the building burning down the entire part last night and police intervened and the fire is under control though several damages have been incured,

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FDC PRESIDENT HAS DOWNPLAYED CLAIMS OF POSSIBLE ALLIANCE WITH NUP

  • Simon Nyakoojo
  • September 30, 2020
  • Political

FDC president-General has refuted claims that they would dive-in for a possible Alliance with National Unity platform in a bid to field one strong candidate against president Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.

Mr Patrick Amuriat Obbo- who has been FDC's president for over 5 years was quick to clear the air when asked by reporters on his take as far as the issue of opposition parties coming together to form an alliance and he downplayed any links linking his party to NUP or people power pressure group.

“We wouldn't make an alliance with people power, a pressure group that wasn't legally recognized. Even when it changed under NUP, it's still in courts of law, with its fate unknown, the reason we in FDC can’t be part of them,” Mr Amuriat

However, Mr Amuriat hasn't ruled out any possibility of uniting with other opposition parties like DP, UPC other than NUP should the mentioned parties match the ambitions and strategies of FDC in the forthcoming elections.

Uganda goes into General Elections in February 2021.

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SECURITY TIGHTENED AS SSEMBABULE DIVES INTO NRM PARTY PRIMARIES

  • Simon Nyakoojo
  • September 30, 2020
  • Political

There's a heavy deployment of police in Sembabule District as the NRM party parliamentary primaries in Mawogola North & West constituencies that were suspended are set to kick off this morning.

Dr Tanga Odoi, the NRM Electoral commission chairperson earlier this month cancelled the party primaries in the central district and has since declared the new date when the elections would be largely held.

Tensions are reportedly high but according to recent reports reaching our news pannel, it is understandable that security has been tightened to curtail any anticipated violence that are likely to arise.

NB: This is a developing story and we will keep an eye on it as it unfolds.

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COVID-19 VACCINE: LONZA THERAPEUTICS CONFIDENT OF 2020 TARGET FOR MODERNA COVID-19 VACCINE SUPPLY

  • Simon Nyakoojo
  • September 30, 2020
  • Health

THE DAILY PARROT NEWS: Lonza is confident that U.S. and Swiss plants it is building to help make Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine candidate will be ready for commercial production this year, executives at the Swiss based therapeutics company said on Tuesday.

New production lines at Lonza’s site in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, aim to start making vaccine ingredients in November, while three lines in Visp, deep in a valley in the Swiss Alps - to supply 300 million vaccine doses annually - should begin delivering by December.

There is no approved COVID-19 vaccine yet, but several are in advanced trials, including from Pfizer Inc, Johnson & Johnson and Moderna, whose candidate relies on technology never previously approved that enlists human cells to help trigger an immune response.

U.S based Moderna therapeutics sees promise in new coronavirus vaccine developments. The vaccine is reportedly in second phrase trials: File photo

Torsten Schmidt, who heads Lonza’s Visp facility, where Moderna’s $210 million production lines are about 50% completed, said he has secured the equipment needed to avoid any last-minute setbacks.

“The delivery of the equipment was critical,” Schmidt said in an interview. “You typically wait 12 months, you’re talking here about 4-5 months. In the end, the CEO has been talking to the CEOs of suppliers, to get the equipment delivered.

Lonza, whose shares are up 60% this year, has a 10-year contract to supply ingredients to Moderna, including for up to 1 billion doses annually of COVID-19 vaccine.

The ingredients include a synthetic version of messenger RNA (mRNA), genetic material, which is packed inside tiny fat droplets called nanolipids, to instruct human cells to make a non-replicating form of the coronavirus’s spike protein and trigger an immune response in the body.

They will be frozen at -70 degrees Celsius, then shipped from Visp to Spain’s Laboratorios Farmacéuticos Rovi SA for “fill and finish,” the final stage of manufacture.

LONZA THERAPEUTICS IS STILL HIRING

Lonza is still hiring some of the roughly 200 workers it needs to operate the Moderna production lines in Visp, located where the Alps tip up towards the nearby ski towns of Zermatt, near the famed Matterhorn, and Saas Fe.

In all, Lonza expects to have some 4,000 workers in Visp by January, from 3,500 now, following a hiring spree fueled by its manufacture of drugs for other customers, as well as Moderna. They include Roche, Sanofi and California’s Humanigen, with which it has partnered on another COVID-19 project.

However ready Lonza is, when precisely Moderna’s vaccine becomes available depends on its trials and regulators. The U.S. company has said about 20 million doses should be ready by the year’s end.

Already Lonza’s drugs unit revenue has seen double-digit percentage gains, prompting the Basel-based company earlier this year to seek to offload its $1.8 billion-per-year speciality chemicals business, after sales of products, such as animal feed supplements and resins have stagnated.

Talks with potential buyers are ongoing, Renzo Cicillini, Lonza’s Visp site head, said.

A LITTLE PROUD’

In Visp, two hours by train from both Zurich and Milan, Italy, its roughly 8,000 residents are accustomed to Lonza’s taking a behind-the-scenes role in making drugs for better-known companies, the town’s mayor, Niklaus Furger, said

.“The idea that a vaccine might just be produced in Visp with which we could fight against the pandemic, that would be excellent,” Furger told Reuters at Visp city hall. “For certain, the attention of the world would be trained on Visp along with Lonza, something that admittedly would make us all a little proud.”

But the COVID-19 pandemic, which has killed more than 1 million people and wreaked global economic havoc, has left the people of Visp hoping for success that would put it on the map.

 

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TRAVELLERS ARRIVING THOUGH ENTEBBE INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT NOT TO UNDERGO QUARANTINE

  • Simon Nyakoojo
  • September 29, 2020
  • Political

THE DAILY PARROT NEWS: Government has announced that travelers arriving through Entebbe International Airport will not be quarantined but will be given guidance on self-isolation.

According to the new regulations, all are required to carry a COVID-19 negative test certificate obtained at least 72 hours earlier and such travellers shall not undergo any quarantine as opposed to how it was much earlier anticipated prior to openng.

Governemnt has taken this drastic decision to try save the highly grappling economy especially the toursm sector that has been depending on mercies of local tourists who have been visiting Uganda tourist destinations.

Among the other sectors that have been cleared is Education and international students who are finalists are also cleared to fly in and out of the country.

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SUBMIT YOUR SIGNATURES FOR VERIFCATION-EC

  • Simon Nyakoojo
  • September 29, 2020
  • Political

THE DAILY PARROT NEWS: The Electoral Commission in Kampala has cautioned those vying for the seat of the Lord Mayor in the forthcoming elections to submit their signatures for verification before end of today .

Uganda's Electoral Commission led by its chairman Justice Simon Byabakama yesterday issued a statement in which it was stated that whoever is vying for a political seat should make sure that they beat the deadlines as the commission will not compromise on the set standards by the law.

It is understood that the race for Kampala Mayor seat is tight with the new arrivals in the race in names of Nabilah Nagayyi from NUP who according to our reporters is keen to make her mark in Kampala politics by ousting the incumbent FDC's Erias Lukwago.

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HEALTH EXPERTS ''PUZZLED'' ON SUBSTANTIALLY LOW COVID-19 CASES REPORTED IN AFRICA

  • Simon Nyakoojo
  • September 29, 2020
  • Health

THE DAILY PARROT NEWS: Africa’s overburdened public health systems, dearth of testing facilities and overcrowded slums had experts predicting a disaster when COVID-19 hit the world's second largest continent in February.

The new coronavirus was already wreaking havoc in wealthy Asian and European nations, and a United Nations agency said in April that, even with social-distancing measures, the virus could kill 300,000 Africans this year.

In May the World Health Organization (WHO) warned that 190,000 people on the continent could die if containment measures failed. Yet as the world marks 1 million COVID-19 deaths, Africa is doing much better than expected, with a lower percentage of deaths than other continents.

The continent’s case fatality count stands at 2.4%, with roughly 35,000 deaths among the more than 1.4 million people reported infected with COVID-19, according to Reuters data as at late Monday. In North America, it is 2.9% and in Europe 4.5%

Hard-hit countries such as Italy and Britain have recorded fatality counts of 11.6% and 9.0% respectively, compared to 1.6% for Ethiopia, 1.9% for Nigeria and 2.4% for South Africa, the continent’s worst affected country.

Hospitals in many African countries say COVID-19 admission rates are falling.

“Based on what we have seen so far it is unlikely that we are going to see anything at the scale that we are seeing in Europe - both in terms of infections and mortality,” said Rashida Ferrand, a London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine professor working at the Parirenyatwa Group of Hospitals in the Zimbabwean capital Harare.

Experts say that some COVID-19 deaths in Africa probably are being missed. Testing rates in the continent of about 1.3 billion people are among the lowest in the world, and many deaths of all types go unrecorded.

South Africa saw some 17,000 extra deaths from natural causes between early May and mid-July, 59% more than would normally be expected, according to a July report from the South African Medical Research Council. That suggests the death toll from COVID-19 could be significantly higher than the official figure, currently over 16,000, researchers say. Even so, there is wide agreement that COVID-19 fatality rates have not so far been as bad as predicted.

Why? Scientists and public health experts cite a number of possible factors, including the continent’s youthful population and lessons learned from previous disease outbreaks. African governments also had precious time to prepare due to the relative isolation of many of their citizens from airports and other places where they could come into contact with global travellers.

Some scientists also are exploring the possibility that a tuberculosis vaccine routinely given to children in many African countries might be helping reduce deaths from COVID-19.

Another theory being considered is whether prior exposure to other coronaviruses including those that cause the common cold has provided a degree of resistance in some of the very communities once thought to be most vulnerable.

“There is a lot of circumstantial evidence,” Salim Abdool Karim, a South African infectious disease specialist who has advised the government on COVID-19, told the daily parrot news, “but there is no smoking gun.”

LESSONS LEARNED

The virus hit Africa later than other continents, giving medical personnel time to set up field hospitals, source oxygen and ventilators, and learn from improvements in treatment elsewhere.

“We got the gift of time,” said Thumbi Mwangi, senior research fellow at the University of Nairobi’s Institute of Tropical and Infectious Diseases. “We had an amount of preparation that others did not.”

One reason could be that international travel is limited in many African countries, and travelling domestically can be more difficult than on other continents, Matshidiso Moeti, WHO regional director for Africa, told a news conference on Thursday.

The continent’s governments have also battled deadly infectious diseases such as Ebola, which killed more than 11,000 people in West Africa in 2013-16. So officials took notice when the new coronavirus started spreading around the globe rapidly early this year.

Many African countries were quick to introduce screening at airports, suspend flights from heavily affected nations and enforce social distancing measures and mask wearing.

Within a week of Kenya reporting its first case, schools were shut, incoming travellers had to undergo a mandatory quarantine and large gatherings were banned. Nigeria, Africa’s most populous nation, imposed a ban on interstate travel and a curfew. Many of its land borders had already been closed since August 2019 to cut down on smuggling, which helped fight the pandemic too.

South Africa introduced one of the world’s toughest lockdowns in late March, when the country had confirmed just 400 cases.

“Africa brought down the hammer earlier in terms of coronavirus lockdowns,” said Tim Bromfield, regional director for East and Southern Africa at the Tony Blair Institute for Global Change, a U.K.-based think tank.

Experts also point to the continent’s demographics.

Research has found that the risk of developing severe COVID19 increases with age.

A 2019 United Nations report said 62% of sub-Saharan Africa’s population was under 25 and just 3% 65 or over. In the U.N.’s Europe and North America region, 28% were under 25 while 18% were age 65 and up.

Chikwe Ihekweazu, director general of the Nigeria Centre for Disease Control, attributed his country’s relatively low case mortality rate in part to the fact that the majority of patients were between the ages of 31 and 40.

CROSS-PROTECTION?

Scientists in several countries including South Africa are testing whether the century-old Bacille Calmette-Guérin (BCG) vaccine, widely used on the continent against tuberculosis, provides a degree of cross-protection.

BCG vaccines have been shown to protect against other viral respiratory illnesses, and a study published in the scientific journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences in July found that countries with higher vaccination rates for tuberculosis had lower peak mortality rates from COVID-19.

Studies have also started in South Africa and Zimbabwe to assess the impact of past exposure to other coronaviruses.

More than half of Africa’s urban population is concentrated in slums, where access to water for hand washing is scarce, and physical distancing is near-impossible.

Diseases spread rapidly under such conditions, but some scientists wonder whether that may have been an unexpected boon in this case. There is some evidence that T cells developed by the body’s immune system after exposure to other common cold coronaviruses could help fight off COVID-19.

“I would say that is at least a plausible explanation as to why there are different levels of resistance to the virus in different populations,” said Thomas Scriba, an immunologist and deputy director of the South African Tuberculosis Vaccine Initiative.

Others are more sceptical.

“All other regions have been exposed to coronaviruses, have poor people and slums and have received BCG vaccination,” said Humphrey Karamagi, team leader for data and analytics at the WHO’s Africa office. “We are most probably looking at a mix of multiple factors working together - and not a single magic bullet.”

For Sam Agatre Okuonzi, from the Arua Regional Referral Hospital in Uganda, the doomsday predictions were informed by entrenched prejudices, including that the continent is prone to disease.

“COVID-19 has shattered a lot of biases about the disease in general but also about Africa,” he told Thursday’s briefing. “The severity of the pandemic has not played out in line with the outrageous predictions.”

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REPORT: CORONAVIRUS CASES EXCEED 1 MILLION GLOBALLY

THE DAILY PARROT NEWS: The global death toll from COVID-19 rose past 1 million on Tuesday, according to a Recent tally, a bleak milestone in a pandemic that has devastated the global economy, overloaded health systems and changed the way people live.

The number of deaths from the novel coronavirus this year is now double the number of people who die annually from malaria - and the death rate has increased in recent weeks as infections surge in several countries.

“Our world has reached an agonizing milestone,” U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said in a statement accessed by our reporters.

“It’s a mind-numbing figure. Yet we must never lose sight of each and every individual life. They were fathers and mothers, wives and husbands, brothers and sisters, friends and colleagues.”

Surprisingly, It took just three months for COVID-19 deaths to double from half a million, an accelerating rate of fatalities since the first death was recorded in China in early January.More than 5,400 people are dying around the world every 24 hours, according to The daily parrot  calculations based on September averages, overwhelming funeral businesses and cemeteries.

That equates to about 226 people an hour, or one person every 16 seconds. In the time it takes to watch a 90-minute soccer match, 340 people die on average.

INFECTIONS RISING

Globally, experts remain concerned that the official figures for deaths and cases globally significantly under-represent the real tally because of inadequate testing and recording and the possibility of concealment by some countries.

The response to the pandemic has pitted proponents of health measures like lockdowns against those intent on sustaining politically sensitive economic growth, with approaches differing from country to country.

The United States, Brazil and India, which together account for nearly 45% of all COVID-19 deaths globally, have all lifted social distancing measures in recent weeks.

“The American people should anticipate that cases will rise in the days ahead,” U.S. Vice President Mike Pence warned on Monday.

India, meanwhile, has recorded the highest daily growth in infections in the world, with an average of 87,500 new cases a day since the beginning of September.

On current trends, India will overtake the United States as the country with the most confirmed cases by the end of the year, even as Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government pushes ahead with easing lockdown measures in a bid to support a struggling economy.

Despite the surge in cases, India’s death toll of about 95,500, and pace of growth of fatalities, remain below those of the United States, Britain and Brazil.

In Europe, which accounts for nearly 25% of deaths, the World Health Organization (WHO) has warned of a worrying spread in western Europe just weeks away from the winter flu season.

The WHO has also warned the pandemic still needs major control interventions amid rising cases in Latin America, where many countries have started to resume normal life.

Much of Asia, the first region affected by the pandemic, is experiencing a relative lull after emerging from a second wave.

BURIAL STRAIN

The high number of deaths has led to changes burial rites around the world, with morgues and funeral businesses overwhelmed and loved ones often barred from bidding farewell in person.

In Israel, the custom of washing the bodies of Muslim deceased is not permitted, and instead of being shrouded in cloth, they must be wrapped in a plastic body bag. The Jewish tradition of Shiva where people go to the home of mourning relatives for seven days has also been disrupted.

In Italy, Catholics have been buried without funerals or a blessing from a priest, while in Iraq former militiamen dropped their guns to dig graves at a specially created cemetery and learned how to conduct both Christian and Muslim burials.

In some parts of Indonesia, bereaved families have barged into hospitals to claim bodies, fearing their relatives might not be given a proper burial.

An indigenous group in the Ecuadorean Amazon took two police officers and a state official hostage, demanding authorities return the body of a community leader for a traditional burial.

The United States, Indonesia, Bolivia, South Africa and Yemen have all had to locate new burial sites as cemeteries fill up according to most recent reports.

 

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16 CONFIRMED DEAD AFTER EXPOSURE TO CARBONDIOXIDE IN CHINA IN COAL MINE ACCIDENT

At least 16 workers in southwest China were killed after they became trapped underground in a coal mine and exposed to unsafe levels of carbon monoxide, Chinese state media reported.

According to reports, the Chinese accident happened on sunday when a conveyer belt in the mine caught fire, producing excessive levels of carbon monoxide and trapping the miners. 

Reports claim17 people were inside the Songzao coal mine in the Chinese city of Chongqing at the time of the incident, according to the state-run CGTN broadcaster. Only one person was pulled out alive by rescuers and they are in critical condition in hospital, CGTN reported.

State news agency Xinhua reported that carbon monoxide levels inside the coal mine had exceeded safe limits and China's Ministry of Emergency Management said in a statement that they are working to identify the cause of the accident and implement safety measures.

A team led by the deputy director of the National Coal Safety Supervision Bureau was sent to guide the rescue and recovery effort at the mine, the ministry said.

We understand that the facility is owned by state energy firm Chongqing Energy. Managers at the Songzao coal mine had previously been fined and issued with warnings over safety violations at the site.

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NUP TAKEN DIG AT FOR FAILURE TO HOLD PARTY PRIMARIES

  • Simon Nyakoojo
  • September 28, 2020
  • Political

The vice chairperson of the NRM central region, Godfrey Kiwanda Suubi, has ridiculed at Power Power and National Unity Platform for failure to organise party primaries which he said is a sign of being undemocratic.

"To prove that People Power is People Power, why didn’t they allow people to choose the flag bearers? Ladies and gentlemen, the real people power is in NRM. If you want to understand the definition of people power come to NRM," he said.

According to some sources, National Unity Platform is set to unveil its new criteria that will be followed in assigning its members flags n the forthcoming elections to end such futile claims being used by competitors to weaken them.

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MINISTER KASAIJA SLAMS UGANDANS FOR BEING FINANCIALLY INDISCIPLINED

Uganda's Finance minister Hon Matia Kasaija has slammed ugandans for being fnancially indisciplined citing the nature of life lived by most ugandans who according to him fancy and practice "hand to mouth" and no saving culture at all has been developed, a situation which has been exposed by the novel coronavirus.

Kasaija while speaking on NSSF annual general meeting with stakeholders which was virtual due to the covid-19 restrictions and the event has become the first ever NSSF virtual general meeting, he (kasaija) was so bitter with the financial situation of the investments done by NSSF but was quick to shift the blame to Ugandans and other stakeholders slamming them of the poor financial discipline being exhibited.

"Ugandans are poor at saving, they live like there's no tomorrow." Kasaija told media

Uganda's economy has been hit had by the fatal corona virus just like any ithr country amidst government efforts to contain the virus but the finance experts are optimistic that the economy will be off the ground and moving should the government come to rescue the people especially small scale industries that are likely to die off as the country fully emerges from the lockdown.

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MUSEVENI IS AN ''ABSOLUTE'' GENIUS-KIBALAMA

  • Simon Nyakoojo
  • September 28, 2020
  • Political

Moses Nkonge Kibalama , former NURP turned NUP leader has heaped praise of seating president of uganda Yoweri Kaguta Museveni labelling him "Genius" for his commendable job he has done to lead the country for over 35 years since 1986 when NRA ( changed to NRM) captured power from Obotes government.

"The man and his politics" as he is being branded of recent (Kibalama) when asked by journalists today morning of what he makes of president Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, he had nothing to comment other than heaping praise of the 76 year old ugandan legendary politician saying he (Museveni) is an absolute genius, looking back to other governments in which he(Kibalama) worked-he doesn't see any of ugandas past regimes stronger than the one that has been established and led by Mr Museveni .

However Mr Kibalama says he is a completely free man ad is open for any political negotiation that could see him added to the ranks of any political player regardless of sides whether opposition or ruling party.
 

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I WAS "SIDELINED "FROM ACTIVELY PARTICIPATING IN NUP ACTIVITIES-KIBALAMA REVEALS

  • Simon Nyakoojo
  • September 28, 2020
  • Political

Founder and former president general of National unity and reconciliation party that has since changed its name to National unity platform after robert Kyagulanyi Ssetamu has revealed that he was throw out of his own political party's active politics shortly after he had negotiated a deal that saw Musician turned politician presidential hopeful Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu take over its leadership.

Mr Kibalama whie appearing before court last Friday told court presided over by Hon Justice Sekana said that as Ssetamu and his colleagues finalised the take over of party leadership, they sidelined him completely from taking part in party politics a situation which I didn't negotiate for. Kibalama reaffirmed his statement while appearing on lve television this morning and he said he was shocked by the acts of Bobiwine and his people.

 

Within a week, I found myself sidelined in NUP and wondered, "Is this what I negotiated for?" Kibalama said.

Ownership of National Unity platform remains in contestation as Kibalama and Kyagulanyi battle the court case whose fate is to be determined on October 16th. We will keep an eye on that story

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SPECIAL REPORT: OVER $3.5 TRILLION IN WAGES DUE TO COVID-19 BY WORKERS WORLDWIDE

A staggerring $3.5 Trillion have been lost by workers worldwide due to the corona virus according to special report released by the United nations.The coronavirus pandemic is taking a heavier toll on jobs than previously feared, the UN said Wednesday, with hundreds of millions of jobs lost and workers suffering a "massive" drop in earnings.

According to fresh studies, the International Labour Organization (ILO) found that by the mid-year point, global working hours had declined by 17.3 percent compared to last December -- equivalent to nearly 500 million full-time jobs. 

That is nearly 100 million more job-equivalents than the number forecast by the ILO back in June, when it expected 14 percent of working hours to be lost by the end of the second three-month period of the year.

The impact has been catastrophic, ILO chief Guy Ryder told reporters in a virtual briefing, pointing out that global labour income had shrunk by 10.7 percent during the first nine months of the year compared to the same period in 2019.

That amounts to a drop of some $3.5 trillion, or 5.5 percent of the overall global gross domestic product (GDP), the ILO said.

Since surfacing in China late last year, the novel coronavirus has killed nearly one million people worldwide out of the more than 31 million infected and today it was reported that over 20 million Americans have been killed by this deadly pandemic.

In addition to the health challenges, lockdowns, travel restrictions and other measures taken to rein in the virus have had a devastating impact on jobs and income across the globe.

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KAPCHORWA HOSPITAL CLOSED AMIDST ESCALATING COVID-19 POSTIVE CASES

  • Simon Nyakoojo
  • September 23, 2020
  • Health

Heath authorities in Kapchorwa district have been fired to take drastic decision of halting the district's main hospital amidst the fears over the escalating covid-19 positive cases as most of the health workers at the main hospital have tested positive for this novel coronavirus.

According to reports, over 60 health workers at Kapchorwa main hospal have tested positive and this has left the hospital in chrisis of workers a situation wich forced te authorities to make a move that led to theclosure of the hosptal.

This novel coronavirus pandemic has hit hard most countries and particularly uganda a situation that saw some of the hospitals sideline to handle oly patients who test positive in all regions across the country and Kapchira hospal has been handling most of the covid-19 cases and alerts in the eastern region of uganda.

The hospital in-charge while talking to our reporters revealed that the hospital is in huge crisis of labour and the hospital is closed till further notice. He further appealed to government to rush to its rescue by sending in emergency health workers as the people of kapchorwa cannot survive without te important services offered by the faclity.

 

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JOEL SSENYONYI RUBBISHES CLAIMS THAT NUP IS IN POLITICAL CRISIS

  • Simon Nyakoojo
  • September 23, 2020
  • Political

The National Unity platform spokesperson Joel Ssenyonyi says that NUP is not in political crisis despite the notable departures of several big names from the party citing the impartiality, sectarianism, and non transparency in the day to day running of party activities by the party hierarchy.

Alot of issues have been going on in the seemingly Uganda's fast rising opposition party ranging from court cases where the ownership of the party is being disputed, credentials of the party's presidential candidate, colour usage, the red barret scandal among others and these issues have left so many political players and analysists unhappy with the situation and hence labelling the party to be in Huge crisis.

However while appearing on live television talk show today morning, Ssenyonyi rubbished all claims puttig NUP in crisis when he said that its understandable for a new political party seeking to oust the ruling party to be put in position where it gets all sorts of issues including several court cases saying the regime uses all these tactics o frustrate them.

Every Political party has court cases. That doesn't mean NUP is in a crisis. There is a lot of attention to NUP. It is only a tree with fruits that will receive stones, and others will climb. We like the challenge.

Mr Ssenyonyi further clarified that they didn't offer any money to Mr Kibalama while Bobiwine and people power pressure group was transforming and acquiring NURP which name has since changed to NUP and the party looks forward to using it as its political car into the forthcoming elections.

There was no offer of money to Kibalama. There was no need for an offer because we had many other parties that wanted us to be part of them.-Joel said to reporters

National Unity platform ownership and other issues remain catastrophic to Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu and his team to solve as the country heads to elections.

 

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More than 150 fake accounts shutdown by Facebook

  • Simon Nyakoojo
  • September 23, 2020
  • Political

Authorities at Facebook said it had shut down more than 150 fake accounts that were discovered to be run from China, including accounts posting about November's United states presidential election.

Facebook's head of security policy,Nathaniel Gleicher on Tuesday wrote on the company's website citing that the accounts have been posting content in support and against all the three presidential candidates.

The accounts "posted content both in support of and against presidential candidates Pete Buttigieg, Joe Biden and Donald Trump.

According to reports, Graphika one of social media analytics company commissioned by Facebook to study the network of accounts, wrote in its report on Tuesday that:

"In 2019-2020, the operation began running accounts that posed as Americans and posted a small amount of content about the US presidential election. Different assets supported President Donald Trump and his rival Joe Biden; one short-lived group supported former presidential candidate Pete Buttigieg. The operation did not single out either candidate for preferential treatment. Many of the accounts in this phase of the operation were barely active."

Despite the statement issued by this graphika, Facebook did not say if the accounts were tied to the Chinese government, only that the accounts were run from China's Fujian province. The company did point out, however, that the accounts had been posting about "Beijing's interests in the South China Sea."

It remains on record worldwide with the huge role played by social media in world politics during the periods of campaign as mass gathering cannot be enforced due to fatal corona virus pandemic, Many fake social media accounts are being created to jeopardize the polital activities.

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JUST IN: Latif Ssebagala has stepped down from the Kampala lord Mayoral Seat

  • Simon Nyakoojo
  • September 22, 2020
  • Political

National Unity Platform flag bearer for the Kampala Lord Mayoral seat Latif Ssebagala has stepped down from the race, citing the need to maintain unity for the good of the opposition.

The seating kawempe Member of parliament was few weeks ago entrusted with the NUP flag for the city lord mayorship beating hos closest rival Joseph Mayanja aka Chameleon who had a huge interest in the seat and since then there has been a lot of unrest in the NUP camp as a section of party supporters were agrieved with the decision by the party hierarchy to announce Mr Latif Ssebagala .

According to what our snoops have gathered so far, the kamwokya based NUP is yet to make an official communication concerning this story .

NOTE: This is a developing story and we will keep an eye on it 

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The truth on National Unity Platform registration forms making rounds on social media revealed

  • Simon Nyakoojo
  • September 22, 2020
  • Political

National Unity Platform finally breaks suilence over the forms that have been making rounds on social media labbleing them fake and argued the general public to disregard them and the party has not rolled out any forms that will be used in the vetting of its candidates.

Through its social media account, the Kyagulanyi led political power that has the people power identity issued a statement that read as follows.

Our attention has been drawn to a fake, misleading form, purportedly used to do ground assessment for our candidates. Please treat it with the contempt it deserves. it is fake & misleading. Here are the forms used by our EMC to do ground assessment as well as vet candidates.

With the nominations of candidates at different positions in the forthcoming general elections set to start next month by the electoral commission, National Unity Platform is expected to field several candidates in different political positions.

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Religious leaders dissatisfied with the number of people allowed into worship places

  • Simon Nyakoojo
  • September 22, 2020
  • Social

Even after the president announced the opening of prayer centres, some religious leaders are dissatisfied with the number of people that the President set for these gatherings.

The outbreak of fatal coronavirus in uganda saw religious gatherings such as churches, mosques and crusades halted in a bid to control the spread of the virus and since then nothing had been said about the potential reopening of these places until the most recent presidential address where present Museveni finally allowed these places of worship to resume operations but observing standard operating procedures wth only 70 people allowed in one lot.

President Museveni further highlighted that these religious institutions should adopt small groups of gatherings by organising sveral masses|( for Catholics) and services( for Anglicans) with these two religious groups having the larest number of followers.

Speaking to our reporters, a section of religious leaders remain unhappy wtih the decision to limit the number insisting that the government took unfair decision and called for the revision of the decision and allow a non limited number of people into religious gatherings so long as the organisers observe standard operating procedures.

 

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PROF. NAWANGWE: We do not collect any funds, all funds are deposited in URA

  • Simon Nyakoojo
  • September 22, 2020
  • Political

Makerere University vice chancellor proffessor Nawangwe has lifted lid over allegations that there was money in the finance department that was gutted by fire last weekend s the university's iconic ivory tower building which is the heart of uganda's oldest unversity.

While appearing before reporters this morning, the man in the dug out was asked to clarify on the ongoing claims that have made several rounds on social media that a lot of money was burn't and perished in the university's finance department which was being housed in the right hand side if the building as this same after the university was under investigation over Billions of money that went missing.

Prof. Nawangwe clarified that the university doesn't collect the funds directly since 2019, the funds have been and shall always be paid directly to Uganda Revenue Authority from where it goes to consolidated fund and then government alocates the way its used by the university .

The university vice chancellor also assured the general student body and general public that it will resume studies regardless if this setback and candidates should continue preparations and the university staffs are ready for the resumption.

 

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COVID-19 : Hospitals in northern Uganda struggling with rising number of patients

  • Simon Nyakoojo
  • September 22, 2020
  • Health

Gulu regional referral hospital is reportedly struggling to handle the influxing COVID-19 patients as the hospital authorities admit shrtage of enough facilities to enable them continue serving the community.

The hospital director revealed to reporters that the hospital has run out of space in the area that had been sidelined to handle these patients a situation that saw the hospital to be forced to refer some of the patients to the national referral in Mulago-kampala. There is also no enough personal protection equipment(PPE's), labour, mattress and many others a situation that forced the administrators to ask incoming patients o come along with their own mattresses.

Gulu hospital is the only regional referral hospital in northern region handling covid-19 patients amidst very many hotspots in the northern area with Elegu boarder bringing in so many patients.

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Truth about the death of Joan Kagezi and Andrew Felix Kawesi revealed

  • Ruhanga Arinda
  • September 21, 2020
  • Political

Some of the issues that turned into a tag of war to understand by maybe you and me have been the death of some security personnels such as Andrew Felix Kawesi, Muhmmad Kirumira, Joan Kagezi and others.

Today the truth about the death of Andrew Felix Kawesi have been brought to public by a Updf soldier that had fled into exile.

This Soldier According to the information that he published on social media and Internet reveals the truth about the shooting of Kawesi and Joan Kagezi.

Lieutenant Isaac Rutagatina Sankara who is said to had been heading the Anti-Terrorism Task Force under the Chief of Military Intelligence is condemning the Security Personells about the shooting of Kawesi.

It will be remembered that Andrew Felix Kawesi was shot to kill in MARCH 17 2017 around the 9:00am while leaving his home in Kulambilo. And Joan Kagezi was shot to kill in 2015 around 2:30 am while moving back to home in Kiwatule.

In the information that Lieutenant Sankara published is reporting his former Bosses to President Museveni and UPDF commander David Muhoozi for being behind in the death of Kawesi and others and to have been Behind the distorting of IGP Kale Kayihura’s image, the then Inspector General of Police by putting several charges on him such as Murder and Treason.

According to the UPDF spokes Person Brig Flavia Byekwaso, Lieutenant Sankara escaped from UPDF and the country as well and UPDF has ordered for his arrest. The worldwide Police has been informed and the red notice against him has been issued.

Sankara, is to be charged over spreading of bad news that is dangerous to the Army. UPDF says that there are other ways that he could use to express his concern in about this Instead of distorting Images of the men in Uniform.

According to Sankara, after the death of Andrew Felix Kawesi CMI arrested the X- ADF soldiers who had been forgiven by the government to show that ADF was behind the death of Kawesi.

And that after the death of Joan Kagezi, CMI arrested Abdul Ssemujju Minana in 2017 Saying that Nixon Agasirwe  had sent this man to kill kagezi but still finally there was no witness on this.

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FRUSTRATED BOBIWINE DOUBTFULL OVER THE RELEASE OF MUSEVENI'S ACADEMIC DOCUMENTS

  • Simon Nyakoojo
  • September 21, 2020
  • Political

National unity platform and presidential candidate Robert kyaguanyi Ssentamu is in huge doubts about the possibility of Uganda's electoral commission releasing the academic transcripts to the general public on his request ahead of the mouth waterng 2021 general elections as the musisican turned into politician looks ahead to make his mark in ugandan top politics by vying on the topmost office of the land in bid t oust the siting president Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.

The fracas of academic documents of each presidential candidate being released by different government institutions and offices came into limelight after the well renown city lawyer Male Mabirizi wrote to the electoral commission requesting to be availed wth the documents of Bobiwne claiming that its so paramount that the entire public establishes the education credibility of the NUP presidential candidate who according to Mr Male Mabirizi could be having some issues to do with education, age among other irregularities that can enable court to successfully block the potential appearance of Kyagulany on the ballot paper.

The electrol commission had since released the documents followed Makerere university , parliament and passports office which sparked off a lot of discussions among very many Ugandans as they revealed inconsistencies in Bobiwine's age among so many issues which forced Bobiwine to come out and address his supporters clearing the air about the matter.

Mr kyagulanyi used the same opportunity and provisions in the constitution through his party National unity platform to write to several government offices including the electrl commission requesting that Mr Museveni's academic documents be released as well but since then hs efforts have been futile.

The frustrated presidential hopeful Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu took his social media to expressed his grievances and labelled the commission liars and he doesn't believe it will honour his request in time after weeks of unfruitful waiting.

Uganda heads into general elections next year and Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu remains the closest rival of Mr Museveni.

 

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MAKERERE UNIVERSITY FIRE: Another portion of Iconic Ivory tower gutted by fire

  • Simon Nyakoojo
  • September 21, 2020
  • Political

Uganda's oldest university and possibly among the top 10 African best universities suffered a serious shock when uncontrollable fire gutted the institutions oldest and iconic building destroying a lot of valuable fils and information as the building houses the university's top administrative offices including the office of the Vice-chancellor.

The fire whose source is predicted to be poor electrical connection and the old wood in the building is started on the night of 20th September and since then the police had made efforts and managed to put the fire out before it could spread to the entire building as it started from the eastern side of the building on the rooftop.

Prof.Nawangwe, Makerere university vice-chancellor on Sunday morning confirmed the incident but assured the general public that the university had digitized all files and records therefore the entire Makerere community shouldn't be worried about the potential loss of their information kept with the university. 

Mr Nawangwe also assured the general public that the iconic building will be raised again with the help of the government and other stakeholders.

Janet Kataha Museveni, the minister for education and sports paid a visit to the university on sundsy afternoon and pledged working with the university hierarchy to restore the damaged part of the building  and thanked police and other authoritus who grabbed a bull by its horns to curtail the fire.

However, Nosooner had the day passed after the fire outbreak, a second more serious fire broke out from the opposite side of the building burning down the entire part last night and police intervened and the fire is under control though several damages have been incured,

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The truth on National Unity Platform registration forms making rounds on social media revealed

  • Simon Nyakoojo
  • September 22, 2020
  • Political

National Unity Platform finally breaks suilence over the forms that have been making rounds on social media labbleing them fake and argued the general public to disregard them and the party has not rolled out any forms that will be used in the vetting of its candidates.

Through its social media account, the Kyagulanyi led political power that has the people power identity issued a statement that read as follows.

Our attention has been drawn to a fake, misleading form, purportedly used to do ground assessment for our candidates. Please treat it with the contempt it deserves. it is fake & misleading. Here are the forms used by our EMC to do ground assessment as well as vet candidates.

With the nominations of candidates at different positions in the forthcoming general elections set to start next month by the electoral commission, National Unity Platform is expected to field several candidates in different political positions.

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Religious leaders dissatisfied with the number of people allowed into worship places

  • Simon Nyakoojo
  • September 22, 2020
  • Social

Even after the president announced the opening of prayer centres, some religious leaders are dissatisfied with the number of people that the President set for these gatherings.

The outbreak of fatal coronavirus in uganda saw religious gatherings such as churches, mosques and crusades halted in a bid to control the spread of the virus and since then nothing had been said about the potential reopening of these places until the most recent presidential address where present Museveni finally allowed these places of worship to resume operations but observing standard operating procedures wth only 70 people allowed in one lot.

President Museveni further highlighted that these religious institutions should adopt small groups of gatherings by organising sveral masses|( for Catholics) and services( for Anglicans) with these two religious groups having the larest number of followers.

Speaking to our reporters, a section of religious leaders remain unhappy wtih the decision to limit the number insisting that the government took unfair decision and called for the revision of the decision and allow a non limited number of people into religious gatherings so long as the organisers observe standard operating procedures.

 

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PROF. NAWANGWE: We do not collect any funds, all funds are deposited in URA

  • Simon Nyakoojo
  • September 22, 2020
  • Political

Makerere University vice chancellor proffessor Nawangwe has lifted lid over allegations that there was money in the finance department that was gutted by fire last weekend s the university's iconic ivory tower building which is the heart of uganda's oldest unversity.

While appearing before reporters this morning, the man in the dug out was asked to clarify on the ongoing claims that have made several rounds on social media that a lot of money was burn't and perished in the university's finance department which was being housed in the right hand side if the building as this same after the university was under investigation over Billions of money that went missing.

Prof. Nawangwe clarified that the university doesn't collect the funds directly since 2019, the funds have been and shall always be paid directly to Uganda Revenue Authority from where it goes to consolidated fund and then government alocates the way its used by the university .

The university vice chancellor also assured the general student body and general public that it will resume studies regardless if this setback and candidates should continue preparations and the university staffs are ready for the resumption.

 

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Member of parliament aspirant vows to export unemployed Ugandans to Arabic countries

  • Simon Nyakoojo
  • September 12, 2020
  • Political

The 2021 General Elections are forthcoming and many political players have relentlessly started showcasing their manifesto's to the voters in a bid to secure different political seats in Uganda.

The member of parliament being one of the juicy positions everyone would fancy to grab representing the people fro his area and this has left my aspirants with mind-blowing promises to every potential voter as they outline the different solutions to a wide range of problems Ugandans face currently.

A one Micheal Kale, MP aspirant for Entebbe municipality while appearing on one of most popular Television show in uganda dubbed The Big Talk hosted by Canary Mugume revealed how he will mitigate the rampant problem of youth unemployment by exporting them to Arab and other Asian countries particularly Dubai so that the problem is mitigated.

Mr Kalema believes that there are few job opportunities in the country especially for the people of Entebbe Municipality and currently the people in power have completely failed to find a long-lasting solution for the problem that's bothering the youth if Entebbe Municipality.

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Several ministers ousted as Evelyn Anite and Mwesige Adolf make headlines in NRM party primaries yesterday

Yesterday 4th september 2020 shalla dn will always be a day to remember as one of most awful days to several NRM ministers who were as well members of parliament representing different constituencies, districts and counties after they brutally lost in the NRM party primaries that were full of stiff competition as observed by our correspondents countrywide.

Hon. Evelyn Anite made headlines almost everywhere alongside her compratiot Hon Adolf Mwesige wt the former having previously represented the people of Koboko municipally as the latter had represented te people of bunyangabu a newly created district in Tooro region western Uganda.

The two big horses who were seen as favourites in their respective areas of representation were shocked when they started t glimpse on signs of falling apart as the provisional results started rolling out and nothing changed on the announcement of final results as they lost completely to their opponents by a huge margin than anyone could arguably imagine and Anite s brutally criticized by very many Ugandans who described her as the first woman from koboko to ide in her own movie after her rants about having majje.

Our team of experienced writers and correspondents in different parts of the country have complied a list of these ministers who were big favourites of the elections but lost terribly :

  1. Hon Evelyn Anite - Koboko municipality ( state minister for investment and privatisation)
  2. Hon Adolf mwesige-Bunyangabu  county ( Minister of defence and Veteran affairs)
  3. Hon Emphraim Kamuntu-Igara west ( Minster of justice and consttutunal affairs)
  4. Hon Henry Okello-Oryem-Chua East constituency( State minister foreign affairs)
  5. Hon Elioda Tumwesgye-Shema municipality( Minister of science and technology)
  6. Hon Mary Karoro Okurut-Bushenyi  minister I/C General duties OPM)
  7.  Eng John Byabagambi-Ibanda south (Minister of Karamoja affairs)
  8. Hon Mwesigwa Rukutana-Rushenyi county ( State minister for Labour)
  9. Hon Molly Kamukama- Kazo district Woman MP( state minister of economic monitoring in the office of Presdent)
  10. Fr Simon Lokodo-Dodoth county( Minister of ethics and Intergrity)
  11. Hon Peter Kibanzanga-Bughendera county( Minster of Agriculture)
  12. Tersis Kabwegyere-Igara East ( Former Minister I/C general duties OPM)
  13. Lydia Wanyoto-Mbale woman MP ( NRM chair women's league)

Note: The list is being updated and we are keeping tabs on any developments to keep you with first hand information only at the daily parrot news

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Nigerian Singer Sentenced to death by hanging for blaspheming against prophet Muhammad

A musician in Nigeria's northern state of Kano has been sentenced to death by hanging for blaspheming against the Prophet Muhammad.

An upper Sharia court in the Hausawa Filin Hockey area of the state said Yahaya Sharif-Aminu, 22, was guilty of committing blasphemy for a song he circulated via WhatsApp in March.

Sharif-Aminu accepted the charges.

Judge Khadi Aliyu Muhammad Kani said he could appeal against the verdict.

States across Muslim-majority northern Nigeria use both secular law and Sharia law, which does not apply to non-Muslims.

Only one of the death sentences passed by Nigeria's Sharia courts has been carried out since they were reintroduced in 1999.

The singer who is currently in detention, had gone into hiding after he composed the song.

Protesters had burnt down his family home and gathered outside the headquarters of the Islamic police, known as the Hisbah, demanding action against him.

The Islamic police had appealed for people not to take the law in to their own hands after the song was released Critics said the song was blasphemous as it praised an imam from the Tijaniya Muslim brotherhood to the extent it elevated him above the Prophet Muhammad.

'Judgement will serve as deterrent to others' The leader of the protesters that called for the musician's arrest in March, Idris Ibrahim, revealed that the judgement will serve as a warning to others "contemplating toeing Yahaya's path.

When I heard about the judgment I was so happy because it showed our protest wasn't in vain.

This judgement will serve as a deterrent to others who feel they could insult our religion or prophet and go scot-free, he said

About Mr Yahaya Sharif Aminu.

Few people had heard of him before his arrest in March. An Islamic gospel musician, he is not well-known in northern Nigeria and his songs were not popular outside his Tjjaniya sect, who have many such musicians within their ranks.

How common are death sentences in Sharia courts? Several sentences have been passed, including for women convicted of having extramarital sex - cases which have caused widespread condemnation.

But only one has been carried out - a man convicted of killing a woman and her two children who was hanged in 2002.

The last time a Nigerian Sharia court passed a death sentence was in 2016 when Abdulazeez Inyass, was sentenced to death for blaspheming against Islam during after a secret trial in Kano.

He was alleged to have said that Sheikh Ibrahim Niasse, the Senegalese founder of the Tijaniya sect, which has a large following across West Africa, was bigger than Prophet Muhammad.

The sentence has not been carried out as a death penalty in Nigeria requires the sign-off of the state governor.

The Sharia system, which also has its own Court of Appeal, handles both civil and criminal matters involving Muslims and its judgements can also be challenged in Nigeria's secular Courts of Appeal and the Supreme Court.

The Sharia judges, known as alkalis, are learned in both Islamic and secular laws.

If a case involves a Muslim and a non-Muslim, the non-Muslim has the option of choosing where they want the case to be tried. The Sharia court can only hear the case if the non-Muslim gives written consent.

Sentences handed down by the courts include floggings, amputations and the death penalty.

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A MONTH BACK

Shocked!! - Ndeeba Anglican church building demolished, Three police commanders and 11 others arrested.

  • Deo Kalema
  • August 10, 2020
  • Social

 This is a warning to the general public thwho are planning to evict people during this period of COVID19 that they risk being arrested.

Police have arrested three of their own and 11 other people over demolition of St. Peter's Church Ndeeba in Rubaga division, Kampala, contrary to the government directive stopping evictions during the lockdown.
Those arrested are; the DPC Katwe, SP David Epedu, OC Station Ndeeba Police Station, ASP Mugira Yeko Kato, and the Field Force Unit commander Kampala Metropolitan Police (KMP) South Region, ASP Isabirye Kaloli.
 

They are being charged with neglect of duty. We want to warn the general public who are planning to evict people during this period of COVID19 that they risk being arrested and charged in courts of law if they go ahead with their intentions,-  Patrick Onyango, the Kampala Metropolitan Police spokesperson said in a statement.

 

Onyango revealed that they are investigating circumstances under which St. Peter's Church of Uganda, Ndeeba, was demolished this morning, disregarding government directives that stopped all evictions during this COVID-19 period.

Onyango said 11 other people who were found at the scene while demolishing the church were also apprehended.


Katwe Police Station got information of the demolition at 01:00 hours and a team was dispatched to the scene.

Police were not informed about the eviction and demolition as the practice is. 

The team found people demolishing the said church and arrested 11 suspects,-  Onyango stated.

 

He identified the suspects as; Mohammad Kawooya, Minority Bbosa, Amza Kiberu, Abbasid Mutebi, Ali Bulega, Simon Matovu, Ali Kalika, Andrew Mujuzi, Barry Ssekito, John Isirinya and Bashir Maruti.

They are currently detained at Katwe Police Station to help with investigations. The suspects are charged with malicious damage to properties, added  Onyango.

Onyango explained that they arrested the police officers because they were supposed to provide security to Church properties, which they failed to do..
Police also impounded two motor vehicles that were recovered from the scene and these are; a  white Toyota Canter registration number UAY 796N, which was loaded with metals, and a tractor/engineering plant excavator registration number UBG 682Q.

Lord Mayor at the schene
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A MONTH BACK

I Took Down Ghetto TV - Blogger Ashburg Kato Comfirms

Bobi Wine online Facebook channel, Ghetto TV had been hacked. This was after the TV posted on their Facebook platform that President Museveni would win the 2021 elections.

Administrators of the TV said they had been removed the page. The page was also deleted off the social APP. On Monday, blogger Ashburg Katto has revealed that he is responsible for hacking and taking down the account.

Ashburg’s statement comes after presumptions that he is behind the hack. He confirmed that he is the one, but said it was not a hack.

I did not hack Ghetto TV. I only took what is mine. ashburg

The blogger claims to be a founder of the channel. He was formerly working with Ghetto TV before he was removed from the page months back when he crossed from People Power to NRM

National Unity Platform President Bobi Wine claimed that the TV’s accounts had been hacked by operatives loyal to President Museveni.

Regime operatives have tried so many times to capture my Facebook account and take hold of it, but they have not yet succeeded. Today, the criminal regime has succeeded in hacking into, and taking hold of the Ghetto TV page.

They have removed all administrators to the page and right now it’s under their control. A shameful, shameful regime. They are scared of the live broadcasts which Ghetto TV has been doing of all our activities. They talk of a scientific election, yet can’t even stand a Facebook page! -. Bobiwine Posted on Sunday.

 

CRIME ALERT: Regime operatives have tried so many times to capture my Facebook account and take hold of it, but they...

Posted by Bobi Wine on Sunday, August 9, 2020
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A MONTH BACK

ABDALLAH KITATTA RELEASED FROM JAIL

  • HUDSON
  • August 8, 2020
  • Social

Abdallah Kitatta Released From Jail
The former patron of Boda -Boda 2010, was released hours after the Army Appeals Court reduced the jail term of from eight years to three years.

Kitatta returned to the Makindye based Court Martial Friday for the ruling on his case in which he appealed against eight-year prison sentence.

Kitatta and his former bodyguard, detective constable Sowali Ngobi spent two years on remand.

According to this development, they now be in jail for one year, eight months and six days.

Howeveraccording to the prisons spokesperson Frank Mbaine, Kittata is now out since his time had been fully served concurrently.

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A MONTH BACK

BOBI WINE WANTS REBECCA KADAAGA OUT OF PARLIAMENT

 

Kamuli Woman Member of Parliament Rebecca Kadaaga could take quite longer to have any sigh of political relief after Kyadondo East Legislator Robert Kyagulanyi Ssentamu joined the long list of people who are after her political career.

Kadaga is currently fighting for her political position with her fiercest rival and State Minister for Lands Persis Namuganza who is determined to eject her out of the ruling National Resistance Movement party [NRM] Central Executive Committee [CEC].

It’s however not only Namuganza that is after the Busoga’s most respected politician’s political life.

Long time ally cum foe Proscovia Salaamu Musumba of the opposition Forum for Democratic Change has already launched an offensive that could finally see one of Uganda’s longest serving lawmaker sent into a forced political retirement.

To add to the already known Kadaga’s troubles, People Power leader Bobi Wine has emerged as a surprise force that wants Kadaga out of Uganda’s politics at all costs.

Recently, a list reportedly identified by the big politician herself made rounds in major news tabloids with names of political foes who are after her political life.

Among them were; Ministers Sam Kuteesa, Pacis Namuganza, Isaac Musumba, Elly Tumwine, NRM Secretary General Kasule Lumumba among others.

This News website has reliably learnt that the determined youthful Presidential hopeful had barely a month ago tasked his political handlers to identify a candidate that would hold NUP’s flag to finally give the Speaker a bloody nose in next year general elections.

Although Bobi Wine’s blue eyed boy Moses Bigiirwa denies there being any bad blood between his master and Kadaga, he confirms there has been such instructions from Bobi Wine to establish a formidable force that will see Africa’s first speaker of Parliament politically discarded.

” It’s not right to suggest that my President has got anything personal against Mama Kadaga. That’s not true. But all I can confirm is that we as the party leadership in the district received instructions to identify a candidate to challenge for the seat just like in other constituencies,” Bigirwa told our reporter.

Resultantly, a 23 year old girl identified as Nabirye Bridget has been identified for the task ahead.

Bobi Wine, who has also deployed another youngster in Taliyiwula Sharon to oust Minister Isaac Musumba from Buzaaya strongly believes that deploying young tucks to claim political offices is the way to go for his pro youths new party NUP.

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A MONTH BACK

UGANDA REGISTER'S MORE DEATH AS RESULT OF COVID-19

  • HUDSON
  • August 8, 2020
  • Health

More Sad News For Uganda After Recording The Highest New COVID-19 Cases And More Death


The ministry of health of Uganda today has delivered more sad new after the country continued to record more Covid-19 cases and deaths. According to the ministry of health, 31 people tested positive for Coronavirus in the last twenty four hours. This brings the total confirmed cases in Uganda to stand at 1,254 cases.

On the other hand the ministry of health delivered more sad news that one more patients succumbed to Coronavirus. This brings the total number of fatality to six (6).


The deceased was a 70 years old man who is a Ugandans citizens. The ministry of health reports that the man was taken to Lubaga hospital in Kampala with Covid-19 signs like mild fever, coughing and difficult with breathing. He was admitted and was kept at the ICU.

Uganda was one of the country which responded very first to Coronavirus after it was announced from China. For a long period of time Uganda maintained very low Covid-19 new cases and zero deaths. This good trend was broken after the country announced it's first death case on 25th of July 2020.

The Ugandans spent a long period of time under a total lockdown which led to their success in recording the least number of cases in a single day. After the lockdwown was lifted things begun going wrong as the new cases now kept increasing and the new Covid-19 deaths begun to be announced.


Uganda has joined other East Africa Countries which have been reporting Covid-19 deaths at least every day. Kenya is one of the countries in East Africa which it's cases are increasing at the highest rate. Let everyone stay at home for their safety and for their families and friends.

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A MONTH BACK

Singer Jose Chameleone Terribly sick

Jose Chameleone Terribly Sick, Battling with Kidney 

Singer Jose Chameleone is currently fighting for his life and battling serious organ and stomach pain after doctors confirming how he has a serious Kidney Infection.

Two days ago Chameleone was admitted at Nsambya Hospital where he was being treated from and now medics have confirmed that Uganda’s top AfroBeat artiste and Kampala Lord Mayorship aspirant Joseph Mayanja alias Jose Chameleon has a kidney infection.

In one of the photos we have managed to get, Chameleone is seen lying on the bed in hospital ward. He has a medical cannula fixed in his left hand and look to be exhausted.

Lord mayor to be Jose Chameleone sick....naye lwaki mutuloga. Mutide race?

Posted by James Literature on Friday, August 7, 2020

Chameleone who is currently being treated from his home said that he went to the hospital on Wednesday where he got admitted till yesterday the 6th of August when they confirmed it’s a kidney infection.

By press time, the Kampala Mayor Lordship aspirant had come out of the hospital and could barely walk. Chameleone was asked by medical doctors to have have rest for a whole month.

However, Chameleone assured his electorates that he is ready to face his opponents for the Kampala Lord Mayorship following a scientific election as pronounced by the Electoral Commission

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A MONTH BACK

Ex Chelsea striker Drogba applies for presidency of the West African country’s football association in Ivory coast

  • HUDSON
  • August 8, 2020
  • Sports

Ex-Chelsea Striker Didier Drogba Applies For Presidency Of Ivory Coast FA

Yamoussoukro: Thousand of supporters thronged the city of Abidjan to watch football superstar Didier Drogba submit his candidacy for next month’s Ivory Coast Football Federation elections.

The 42-year-old former Chelsea striker and two-time African Footballer of the Year is one of four candidates seeking the presidency of the West African country’s football association, although he is still not certain to be on the ballot for the September 5 vote.

On top of needing nominations from three of the 14 Ligue 1 clubs and two from the lower divisions, Drogba must have the endorsement of any of five special interest groups: coaches, doctors, current and former players and referees.

They have not all made public who they are backing, and the candidates are first vetted by an electoral commission before qualifying to stand in the elections.

That outcome is expected to take five days, a federation spokesman said.

Drogba had until 5pm local time on Saturday to submit his candidacy and was eagerly followed as he arrived at the Ivorian federation’s offices in a presidential-style convoy of cars.

Supporters Cheer As They Surround A bus Carrying Drogba

Football is everyone’s sport, football brings people together, football unites. We can see it today with all these people gathered in front of the headquarters of the Ivorian football federation,- Drogba said.

It’s no secret that our football is going badly, and that is why with my team we are committed to contributing to the rebirth of Ivorian football.


If my goal was not driven by a deep desire to give back to Ivorian football all that it has given me, to contribute to the development of football in my country, and if God was not in this candidacy, it would be difficult to be in front of you today.

Drogba played in three World Cups and twice helped Ivory Coast to the final of the Africa Cup of Nations, also earning cult status at Chelsea after helping the Blues win four Premier Leagues, four FA Cups, three League Cups as well as scoring the winning penalty in the 2012 Champions League final win over Bayern Munich.

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A MONTH BACK

Catholic church makes sad announcement

  • HUDSON
  • August 8, 2020
  • Health

Catholic Headquarters makes Sad announcement for Catholics and other 
believers across the world
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Catholic church sometimes known as Roman Catholic church is the largest Christian church in the world. It has approximately 1.3 billion Catholics world wide as of 2018.

The church has played key role in the western civilisation. Currently it is headed by Pope Francis. Its headquarters is in Vatican city,Italy.

Sad news comes after report on Monday by Passauer Neue Presse reported that pope Benedict is sick and is suffering from virus infection that is causing rashes .

Pope Benedict who was succeeded by Francis due to health issues and old age is now 93 years old.

Serial writer who is Benedict biographer said that Benedict is sick and has lost his vocals and his health is deteriorating.

Pope is very sick but he is mentally okay but he has lost his voice-. Seewal biographer said.

Therefore all believer are requested to pray for pope Benedict for recovery.

Wish Pope quick recovery,God will hear our prayers.

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A MONTH BACK

GODS PLAN DUMPS SHEILA GASHUMBA

God's Plan Dumps Sheila Gashumba, He Announces their Breakup to Public


Marcus Ali Lwanga aka God's Plan has come out and revealed how he dumped his girlfriend and former TV Presenter Sheila Gashumba after a bitter fight.

God’s Plan has announced through his Snapchat, that he has officially parted ways with Sheila Gashumba.

Reports indicate that the fairytale relationship between the two socialites had hit rock bottom with strings of allegations of infidelity from both sides.

Unable to tolerate each other, God’s plan last night announced; “I can confirm me and lil stunner have parted ways.”

We are not sure if this is the usual stunt celebs pull to seek attention or perhaps, the couple is trying to promote their new show, dubbed ‘God’s Plan and Gash Lounge’ which has been in the pipeline for a while now.

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A MONTH BACK

WORLD REGISTER'S FIRST CORONA VIRUS VACCINE

  • HUDSON
  • August 8, 2020
  • Health

Moscow’s Gamelei Center will register the world’s first coronavirus vaccine on August 12, Russia’s deputy health minister has revealed. Oleg Gridnev says medical workers and the elderly will be given priority for immunization.

The senior minister at the department, Mikhail Murashko, announced last week that a nationwide mass vaccination program is planned to begin in October. Murashko added that all expenses will be covered by the government.

“The registration of the vaccine developed at the Gamalei Center will take place on August 12,” Gridnev told journalists in Ufa on Friday morning. “Now the last stage, the third, is underway. This is the testing part and is extremely important. We have to understand that the vaccine itself must be safe.”

Clinical trials of the formula began at Moscow’s Sechenov University on June 18. In a study involving 38 volunteers, it passed safety protocols. It was observed that all those who took part developed immunity to the infection.

The speed with which Russia has managed to research and approve a formula has raised some eyebrows in the West, but Vadim Tarasov, a top scientist at Sechenov, said the country had a head start as it has spent the last 20 years developing skills in this field and trying to understand how viruses transmit.

The haste is fairly easy to grasp when you consider the effect Covid-19 has had on the world’s largest country. With more than 870,000 cases, it is among the four countries worst affected by the epidemic, along with the US, Brazil, and India. Russia’s 14,725 fatalities is the 11th highest in the world, although when measured per capita, the death rate ranks 47th, below Germany, but above Austria.

The technology behind the Russian vaccine is based on adenovirus, the common cold. Created artificially, the vaccine proteins replicate those of Covid-19, triggering “an immune response similar to that caused by the coronavirus itself,” Tarasov said. In other words, immunization is similar to having survived the virus, but without its life-threatening risks.

Kirill Dmitriev, the head of Russia’s sovereign wealth fund, which has bankrolled the research, last week compared the vaccine discovery process to the Space Race. “Americans were surprised when they heard Sputnik’s beeping, it’s the same with this vaccine. Russia will have got there first,” he told US TV. He previously noted that Russian experience in working on remedies for Ebola and MERS gave its scientists an advantage in responding to the current pandemic.

Other countries are also developing their own potential vaccines, most notably Britain and the US. Last month, researchers at the University of Oxford said their formula appears safe and seems to trigger an immune response. It is made from a genetically engineered virus responsible for giving chimpanzees the common cold. The UK government has already ordered 100 million doses..

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A MONTH BACK

MUSEVENI PROTESTS DEATH SENTENCE FOR LDU MURDERS CONVICT

  • HUDSON
  • August 7, 2020
  • Social

Museveni Protests Life Sentence for LDU Murder Convict

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President Yoweri Museveni has condemned what he called too much lenience being shown to serious offenders by Ugandan courts of law, including the Military courts.

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The President while speaking at an Anti-Corruption event at State House in Entebbe on Wednesday, said the small sentences being handed out to offenders are affecting the trust that the public has in the court system.

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He went on to point out a recent murder case against a Local Defense Unit personnel who was handed a life sentence for killing an unnamed civilian.

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“I actually want to protest because I have seen even in the court martial; some two weeks ago I saw that some Court Martial had sentenced an LDU who had killed people in Kamudini to life sentence. Life sentence? We don’t know life sentence. For us, you kill, you die. This is our concept of justice we the Africans,” he said.

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In this case, Thomas Jolly Opoka was found guilty of murder by the army court sitting Oyam district.

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Opoka is said to have shot and killed 65-year-old Francis Ogwang Munu during enforcement of the night curfew, back in June.

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The deceased was a member of the local Covid19 task force.

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According to President Myseveni, the life sentence was not commensurate to the offence, adding that life sentence isn’t often as punitive is it sounds.

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“This life sentence is calculated in a way that after some years, if the convict has showen good conduct, he could be released. Death must be answered with death.”

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President Museveni has often agitated for the ressurectioin of the death sentence, which despite still being in Uganda’s law books, has not been effected for over 20 years now.

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