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Ministers being sworn in

The swearing in of new ministers is on going at Statehouse Entebbe. First to be sworn in were the Vice President Edward Ssekandi and Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi. Others are the three deputy prime ministers including, Eriya Kategaya, Henry Muganwa Kajura and Moses Ali. Also sworn in are Finance Minister Maria Kiwanuka, State minister of finance general duties Fred Omach, for microfinance Caroline Amali Okao and state minister for planning Matia Kasaija. Wilson Muruli Mukasa and Aston Kajara have also been sworn in for security and privatisation respectively. Taking oath today, are 71 ministers who were vetted and approved by the Appointments committee of Parliament last week. Four out of the 75 ministers vetted are reportedly not on the confirmed list …

State of the Nation Address set for tomorrow

The State of the Nation address that was earlier scheduled for today will take place tomorrow at the Kampala Serena Hotel. The State of the Nation Address is held at the annual opening of a new session of Parliament, with the President’s speech focusing on the current political and socio-economic state of the nation. However, the opposition says it does not expect much from President Yoweri Museveni’s address. Forum for Democratic Change member and Terego MP, Kassiano Wadri says they are used to the same old speeches by the President criticizing the opposition so they expect nothing new this time. Meanwhile a cross section of the members of the public expect the president’s speech addresses the high fuel and other …

New Ministers take office today

New ministerial appointees are expected to be sworn in today. The 71 ministers were vetted and approved by the Appointments committee of Parliament last week. They will take their oaths at State House, Entebbe. Four out of the 75 ministers vetted are reportedly not on the confirmed list of ministers to be sworn in. Among them is Minister without Portfolio, Nasser Ssebagala; former State Minister in charge of Primary Health Care, James Kakooza; State Minister for Bunyoro Affairs, Saleh Kamba and State Minister for Investment, Mbabaali Muyanja. Ssebagala, Kakooza, Kamba and Mbabaali’s appointments were rejected by the committee due to queries on their academic credentials and morals The 2nd Deputy Prime Minister and Public Service Minister, Henry Kajura, whose appointment …

One dies at Namugongo

One person has died at Namugongo shrines, where thousands gathered for prayers in remembrance of the Uganda Martyrs today. The deceased has been identified as Mubarak Mwanje from Iganga district.   According to the Police Commander Kampala Metropolitan Region Grace Turyagumanawe, the deceased was sick and on medication. He is said to have died in the places of convenience. Turyagunawe however says the ceremony was largely peaceful, with very low crime rate registered. A total of 34 crimes was registered with the major cases involving attempts to issue counterfeit curreny notes. There was also one accident reported, in which a cyclist knocked one of the pilgrims before speeding off.  Turyagumanawe says 27 suspects remain in police custody awaiting different charges. …

Uganda celebrates Martyrs’ Day

Thousands of Christians have thronged the Namugongo Shrines in Kampala in remembrance of the Uganda Martyrs who were murdered over their faith. The 45 Catholics and Anglicans were killed on the orders King Mwanga II between 1885 and 1887. Christians have come in from different countries including Kenya, Tanzania, Democratic Republic of Congo and Malawi. The martyrs suffered cruel death including being beheaded, burnt, speared, castrated and sometimes ravaged by dogs. Prayers are being held at both the Catholic and Anglican Churches . At the Catholics shrine, the celebrations are led by Arua Diocesan Bishop Sabino Ochan Odiki, while Namirembe diocese will lead at the Anglican side. The Vice President Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi and Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi are expected …