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David Mafabi is a journalist based in Mbale, Uganda.

David D Mafabi
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Bsc Mass communication, Diploma -Literature/English   
I have more than 10 years of progressive work experience in journalism at national, regional and local press. I worked with Daily Monitor for close to 10 years where I was a reporter, Bureau Chief- Eastern Uganda and senior staff writer at the headquaters [Kampala]. 

I have hands on experience in gathering facts and organizing them to tell the story to the public on a wide range; health, social, environment, tourism, business and politics among others.

I am an award winning journalist having won the 2007 [corruption category] Uganda National Journalism awards,  the 2014 and 2016 Population and health issues category [UNFPA and National population council], 2017 journalism mentorship award] by CEO, and in 2018 won the award for reporting on disability issues by East African Centre for disability.

I am passionate about investigative reporting especially about issues that affect human beings directly like corruption, Poverty, Environment, Climate Change, Tourism, Health and Female Genital mutilation and gender responsiveness.
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37 years down the road, we are still waiting for democracy

04 Apr 2024  |  pmldaily.com
David Mafabi, a senior writer for PML Daily, reflects on the 37-year rule of President Yoweri Museveni in Uganda. Museveni, who came to power in 1986 after leading the National Resistance Army, promised democracy but has since been criticized for actions that contradict democratic principles. The article discusses the political landscape in Uganda, characterized by repression, misrule, and election issues such as rigging and monetization. Mafabi argues that while Museveni initially presented himself as a democratic leader, his reluctance to leave office and the treatment of opposition supporters suggest otherwise. The author calls for a genuine embrace of democracy beyond mere electioneering, criticizing the current state of political institutions and the behavior of politicians who switch parties for perceived personal gain.

Uganda’s education in limbo: The struggle with the new curriculum

04 Apr 2024  |  pmldaily.com
The article by David Mafabi discusses the challenges faced by the Ugandan education system in implementing the Competency-Based Curriculum (CBC). Due to COVID-19 disruptions, current senior three students missed covering the senior two syllabus and are now struggling with the new curriculum without proper textbooks or instructional materials. The Ministry of Education has instructed teachers to use outdated MK books and continue teaching the S3 syllabus. The article criticizes the government's lack of preparedness, the absence of relevant textbooks, and the need for a standardized assessment framework. It highlights the importance of resources in education and the potential negative impact on students' future. The writer calls for the Ministry of Education to provide necessary resources, training for teachers, and to involve parents and other stakeholders in the education process to ensure the success of the CBC.

The clash between Uganda's Parliament and Executive over the Nyege Nyege festival

04 Apr 2024  |  pmldaily.com
The article discusses the political tension in Uganda between the Speaker of Parliament, Ms Anita Among, and the Prime Minister, Ms Robinah Nabbanja, over the Nyege Nyege festival. The Speaker had directed the cancellation of the festival citing immorality, but the Prime Minister overruled this decision, emphasizing the event's economic benefits. The author reflects on the power dynamics between the legislative and executive branches of the Ugandan government, suggesting that the Prime Minister may have more influence due to her proximity to President Museveni. The article also touches on the broader implications of this clash for Ugandan politics and the potential exposure of Ugandan children to immorality at the festival.

Museveni’s apology and Muhoozi’s tweets; What do they mean for Uganda’s diplomacy?

04 Apr 2024  |  pmldaily.com
The article discusses the political and diplomatic fallout following tweets by Gen Muhoozi of Uganda, in which he claimed that his army could capture Nairobi in two weeks. The tweets led to public excitement in Uganda but also criticism and concern over the implications of such statements. Brig Gen Felix Kulaigye clarified that only the president and parliament have the authority to declare war. President Museveni apologized to Kenya for his son's tweets, yet paradoxically promoted Gen Muhoozi to a four-star General. The author criticizes the Ugandan leadership for rewarding negative behavior and questions the sincerity of the apology, given that Gen Muhoozi himself has not apologized. The article reflects on the broader issues of power, leadership, and accountability in Uganda, suggesting that Gen Muhoozi's actions and the subsequent response from the government are indicative of deeper systemic problems within the country's political culture.

UGX.7 Trillion approved for Uganda firms in Oil and gas sector

21 Mar 2024  |  PML Daily
The Petroleum Authority of Uganda (PAU) has approved contracts worth approximately USD 7.16 billion, with USD 1.8 billion allocated to Ugandan companies. The PAU anticipates an increase in contracts once the East African Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP) construction begins. The National Suppliers Database (NSD) is being updated to maximize benefits from oil and gas activities. The PAU emphasizes national content and value retention, encouraging joint ventures to enhance local participation. Challenges include limited skilled manpower and inadequate capital, but efforts are ongoing to address these issues. The African Development Bank has partnered with PAU to train small and medium enterprises in the sector.

Row erupts in school between headteacher, PTA

05 Mar 2024  |  pmldaily.com
A dispute has arisen at Kaderuna Secondary School in Budaka, Uganda, where the headteacher, Mr Abdul Lunialo, has been threatened by PTA members Mr Ayub Mayanja and Mr Patrick Kamiza after being removed as signatories to the school accounts. The Ministry of Education had instructed all schools to stop board members from being account signatories, leading the CAO, Mr Elly Piwang, to enforce this directive. The PTA members have attempted to mobilize protests and have been accused of threatening the headteacher, who has since stayed away from the school. The BOG and local police have been alerted, and there is community support for the headteacher, who is credited with improving the school's performance.

As Uganda Wildlife Authority ponders incentives to slow the degradation of Mt Elgon forest, a huge, unanswered question looms: What exactly is degraded?

25 Dec 2023  |  ugstandard.com
The article discusses the severe degradation of the Mt Elgon forest ecosystem, which spans the border between Uganda and Kenya. The forest is home to a diverse range of flora and fauna, including rare and endangered species. However, due to increasing demand for wood, forest products, and land for cultivation, the forest's biodiversity is under threat, with 51 threatened tree species at risk of extinction. The Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) is considering incentives to slow the degradation. Encroachment, commercial logging, and charcoal burning are contributing to the loss of indigenous trees, which were once used for traditional medicine. The article highlights the importance of the forest for the local population and the wider ecological impact of its destruction. It also mentions the role of the forest in regulating climate and preventing soil erosion. Various individuals, including conservationists and government officials, express concern over the rapid deforestation and its consequences, emphasizing the need for community-led restoration and protection of this vital ecosystem.

As Uganda Wildlife Authority ponders incentives to slow the degradation of Mt Elgon forest, a huge, unanswered question looms: What exactly is degraded?

22 Dec 2023  |  pmldaily.com
The article discusses the severe degradation of the Mt Elgon forest ecosystem, which spans the border between Uganda and Kenya. The forest is home to a diverse range of flora and fauna, including endangered species and medicinal trees. However, due to increasing demand for wood, forest products, and land for agriculture, the forest is facing rapid deforestation. The Uganda Wildlife Authority and other stakeholders are concerned about the loss of biodiversity, the extinction of indigenous tree species, and the negative impact on local communities that depend on the forest for resources. The article highlights the need for community-led restoration and protection of this vital ecosystem. It also mentions the broader implications of deforestation in Africa, as reported by the UN Food and Agriculture Organization, and the potential for increased disease spread due to environmental degradation.

Plant Trees to mitigate Climate change, sustain tourism

07 Dec 2023  |  ugstandard.com
The Mt Elgon Tourism Expo, in collaboration with the Mt Elgon Tree Growing Enterprise (METGE), is encouraging the local population around Mt Elgon in Eastern Uganda to plant more trees as part of a sustainable tourism initiative aimed at mitigating the impacts of climate change. Mrs Rachael Kakungulu and Mr Michael Sikoyo highlighted the importance of tree planting for environmental protection and economic development through tourism. They emphasized the role of sustainable tourism in preserving natural resources, benefiting local communities, and reducing greenhouse gases. Mr Wilson Watangwa also spoke to the community about the benefits of sustainable tourism over short-term gains from timber and firewood.

Elgon Tourism Expo preaches sustainable tourism

07 Dec 2023  |  ugstandard.com
The president of the Mt Elgon Tourism EXPO 2023, Mrs Rachael Kakungulu Kilama, highlighted the importance of sustainable tourism in Uganda, particularly in light of the vulnerabilities posed by climate change. The Expo, themed 'Destination East, the gateway for responsible and sustainable tourism,' focused on sustainable practices, including tree planting initiatives by METGE. Despite the Ministry of Tourism's lack of funding, the event was supported by stakeholders and aimed to build resilience against climate change in the tourism sector. Key speakers, including Mr John Hun Wick and Mr Muhammad Mukasa, discussed the importance of community involvement and innovative partnerships to promote climate adaptation and reduce emissions. Mr George Sikoyo emphasized the need for awareness of climate change and its impact on tourism. The Expo showcased cultural diversity and encouraged eco-tourism, aligning with Uganda's policies for sustainable tourism development.

Plant trees to mitigate climate change, sustain tourism – Ugandans told

07 Dec 2023  |  pmldaily.com
The Mt Elgon Tourism Expo, in collaboration with the Mt Elgon Tree Growing Enterprise (METGE), is encouraging the local community to plant more trees around Mt Elgon in Eastern Uganda to promote sustainable tourism and combat climate change. Mrs. Rachael Kakungulu Kirama, president of the Mt Elgon Tourism and Business Expo, emphasized the importance of maintaining Uganda's wilderness for sustainable tourism and economic development. Mr. Michael Sikoyo, Executive Director of METGE, highlighted the environmental benefits of tree planting, including CO2 absorption and wildlife promotion. Mr. Wilson Watangwa, a local leader, urged the community to protect the national park and engage in sustainable tourism rather than destructive practices. The article also references data from The Crowther Lab on the global capacity for tree planting.

Details of the EACOP as the world’s longest heated Crude Oil Pipeline using high-Tech Satellite Technology revealed

27 Nov 2023  |  ugstandard.com
The article discusses the East Africa Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP), which is set to be the world's longest heated crude oil pipeline, stretching from Uganda to Tanzania's Indian Ocean coast. The pipeline, costing around USD 4 billion, is expected to begin operations in 2025 and is a significant part of Uganda's oil and gas sector development. It will feature advanced technology, including electrical and fibre-optic cables for heating and real-time satellite surveillance to prevent leaks. The pipeline will be powered by renewable energy, with the Ugandan section being carbon neutral. The construction of EACOP is a major engineering challenge, with innovative solutions such as Long Line Heat Tracing (LLHT) for maintaining the oil's temperature. Safety measures include a multi-layered pipe structure, real-time monitoring, and block valves for isolating leaks. The project also involves community engagement and compensation for affected residents in Uganda and Tanzania.

Details of World's Longest Heated Crude Oil Pipeline Revealed

24 Nov 2023  |  pmldaily.com
The article discusses the East Africa Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP), which is set to be the world's longest heated crude oil pipeline, stretching from Uganda to Tanzania's Indian Ocean coast. The pipeline, costing around USD 4 billion, is expected to start operations in 2025 and is a significant part of Uganda's oil and gas sector development. It will feature advanced technology, including electrical and fibre-optic cables for heating and real-time satellite surveillance to prevent leaks. The pipeline will be powered by renewable energy, with the Ugandan section being carbon neutral. The construction of EACOP is a major engineering challenge due to the need to maintain the flow of waxy crude oil over a long distance. Safety measures include a sophisticated layering system for the pipeline and real-time monitoring to detect and address leaks promptly. The project has involved extensive planning and consultation with local communities, and compensation packages have been offered to those affected by the pipeline's construction.

Uganda: Opposition MPs' Parliamentary Boycott - A Stand for Accountability or a Futile Gesture?

21 Nov 2023  |  pmldaily.com
The article discusses the boycott of parliamentary sessions by opposition MPs from the National Unity Platform (NUP) in Uganda, demanding an explanation for the alleged disappearance of over 18 victims. The government's lack of response has led to the MPs' continued absence, which has affected the functioning of Parliament. The Speaker has threatened punitive action based on the Ugandan Constitution and Parliamentary Rules, but the author criticizes this approach, suggesting the Speaker should instead focus on addressing the issue of the missing persons. The article reflects on the Speaker's emotional reactions and compares her unfavorably to her predecessors, Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga and Edward Kiwanuka Sekandi. The author advises the Speaker to seek a reasoned report on the missing persons rather than threatening re-elections, which would be costly for taxpayers.

Elgon Tourism Expo 2023: Showcasing Eastern Uganda's Natural and Cultural Heritage

20 Nov 2023  |  pmldaily.com
The first Elgon Tourism Expo 2023 is set to take place from December 1 to 3 in Eastern Uganda, showcasing the region's tourism attractions, particularly the Mt Elgon conservation area. The event, organized by Mr Muhammad Mukasa, aims to recover tourism after the Covid-19 lockdown and highlight Eastern Uganda's potential as a tourism destination. The Expo will feature private and public stakeholders, business opportunities, and networking for economic development and social transformation. Attractions such as Mt. Elgon National Park, Sipi Falls, and Wanale Hill will be highlighted. The Expo also emphasizes responsible and sustainable tourism practices. Ms Christine Nakayenze of UWA noted that local tourism is significant, with many local visitors to Mt Elgon National Park. Ms Rachael Kakungulu mentioned that the Expo will include exhibitions, trade fairs, cultural showcases, and conservation presentations. Mr John Hunwick emphasized the importance of sustainable tourism and the interconnection of economy, culture, and environment.

Elgon Tourism Expo 2023: Eastern Uganda's Premier Travel Showcase

20 Nov 2023  |  ugstandard.com
The first-ever Elgon Tourism Expo 2023 is set to take place from December 1 to 3 in Eastern Uganda, aiming to promote the Mt Elgon conservation area and its attractions. The event, organized by Mr Muhammad Mukasa and his committee, seeks to recover tourism after the Covid-19 lockdown and to showcase Eastern Uganda's potential in tourism. The Expo will feature private and public stakeholders, offering business and networking opportunities. Attractions such as Mt. Elgon National Park, Sipi Falls, and Wanale Hill will be highlighted. Ms Christine Nakayenze of UWA noted that the park is popular among both local and foreign tourists, particularly Israelis. The Expo will also emphasize responsible tourism and include cultural showcases, trade fairs, and conservation presentations. Ms Rachael Kakungulu stated that the event will be annual, combining physical and virtual activities to market the region. Mr John Hunwick emphasized the importance of sustainable tourism and its economic, cultural, and environmental aspects.

The farming tools suitable for farmers in Uganda

25 Oct 2023  |  pmldaily.com
The article discusses the state of farming in Uganda, highlighting the reliance on hand tools and human labor by 90% of Ugandan farmers, as per a 1997 study by IFAD/FAO/Government of Japan. Joel Cherop, a farmer, emphasizes the need for mechanization to transition from subsistence to commercial farming. Fred Namawa from F 7 B solutions and Eng Richard Cong discuss the drawbacks of poor farming tools and traditional methods. Dr William Wogoire mentions the development of agricultural tools by the Agricultural Engineering and Appropriate Technology Research Institute. The article also touches on the types of tools suitable for different farming environments and the innovations being adopted by farmers in Uganda to improve productivity.

Examination malpractice: A national tragedy of Education in Uganda

13 Oct 2023  |  pmldaily.com
The article by David Mafabi discusses the persistent issue of examination malpractice in Uganda, despite the UNEB Act 2021 which imposes severe penalties for such offenses. Malpractices continue to plague national examinations, undermining the credibility of the education system and leading to the cancellation of thousands of students' results annually. The author criticizes the Uganda National Examinations Board (UNEB) for failing to curb the cheating, which is often facilitated by insiders. The consequences of malpractice are far-reaching, affecting the quality of Uganda's human resources and their ability to compete internationally. The article suggests that the use of ICT, specifically a Code Security System, could be a solution to mitigate examination leakages and restore integrity to the examination process.

6 teachers sent to Luzira over plan to leak examinations

13 Oct 2023  |  ugstandard.com
The article discusses the persistent issue of examination malpractice in Uganda, despite the UNEB Act 2021 which imposes severe penalties for such offenses. It highlights the negative impact of cheating on the credibility of national examinations and the quality of education. The author points out that malpractice undermines the feedback mechanism of examinations and contributes to the poor performance of students in higher education. The article also notes that examination malpractice has led to a loss of trust in the Uganda National Examinations Board (UNEB) and suggests that the use of Information and Communication Technology (ICT), specifically a Code Security System, could mitigate the problem. The author emphasizes the importance of education for national development and urges UNEB to address the issue to maintain its credibility.

Museveni’s open invitation to beat him; I am ready Mr. President

09 Oct 2023  |  pmldaily.com
The article is an opinion piece by David Mafabi, a senior writer for PML Daily, expressing his views on Ugandan President Museveni's speech during the country's 60th Independence anniversary. The author sarcastically suggests he has been training to physically 'beat' the President, a metaphor for his desire to confront Museveni's policies since 1986. Mafabi criticizes Museveni for admitting his involvement in the controversial Pinetti coffee deal and for his approach to governance, which the author compares to dictatorial tendencies, citing the late Muammar Gaddafi as a cautionary example. The piece reflects on Museveni's perceived unilateral decision-making and the need for collective governance in a growing democracy like Uganda.

Don’t demand for service delivery if you don’t vote NRM exposes NRM’s modus operandi

01 Oct 2023  |  UG Standard - Latest News
The article criticizes the National Resistance Movement (NRM) for allegedly tying service delivery to electoral support, as highlighted by comments from Shadrak Nzeire Kaguta, President Museveni's brother. It argues that this approach undermines democratic principles and equitable resource distribution, pointing out the disparities in development between regions that support the NRM and those that do not. The piece calls for a shift away from personality-driven politics towards more critical thinking and long-term policy considerations.

Nyege Nyege rift; power has become skewed in the executive's favour

01 Oct 2023  |  UG Standard - Latest News
The article discusses the power struggle between Uganda's Parliament and the Executive, focusing on the controversy surrounding the Nyege Nyege festival. Speaker of Parliament Anita Among banned the festival citing immorality, while Prime Minister Robinah Nabbanja overturned the ban, emphasizing economic benefits. This clash highlights the skewed power dynamics favoring the Executive under the NRM government. The article criticizes Nabbanja's decision and expresses concerns about the festival's impact on morality, reflecting a conservative viewpoint.

Museveni’s tough talk on corruption is just rhetoric

26 Sep 2023  |  pmldaily.com
David Mafabi, a veteran journalist, expresses skepticism about Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni's commitment to fighting corruption. Despite Museveni's tough rhetoric and the establishment of various anti-corruption laws and agencies, corruption persists in Uganda. Mafabi criticizes the government for its lack of action beyond mere talk, highlighting several scandals, including the Karamoja iron sheets scandal and misuse of funds in the Office of the Prime Minister. He argues that the government's failure to effectively prosecute and punish corrupt officials has led to a culture of impunity. Mafabi calls for genuine efforts to combat corruption, suggesting that the president's actions do not match his words, and that institutional weaknesses and lack of transparency contribute to the problem.

Uganda to Tarmac More Roads for Economic Growth Despite Funding Challenges

22 Sep 2023  |  pmldaily.com
The Ugandan government, led by the Minister of Works and Transport Gen. Katumba Wamala, is committed to expanding the country's road network to enhance accessibility and stimulate economic growth, despite the World Bank's reluctance to extend further loans. Gen. Katumba highlighted the construction of the Kapchorwa-Bukwo-Suam road, a 73km stretch connecting Uganda to the Kenya border, which is being tarmacked by CSCEC and supervised by UNRA. The project, which began in August 2018, has faced delays and funding strains but is praised by local leaders for its potential to boost development and connectivity. The project's cost is estimated at US$105.76 million, funded by the African Development Bank and African Development Fund, with completion now expected by the end of the year.

Nyege Nyege: A festival of immorality or cultural tourism?

18 Sep 2023  |  pmldaily.com
The article by David Mafabi, a senior writer for PML Daily, expresses concern over the moral implications of the Nyege Nyege festival in Uganda. The author describes the event as promoting negative behaviors such as nudity, alcohol consumption, drug use, and sexual immorality, contrary to its purported aim of promoting cultural tourism. The festival, which received government approval, has been criticized for its impact on societal values and the potential risks it poses, especially to women and children. The author questions the government's role in safeguarding cultural values and morals, suggesting that economic interests have taken precedence over moral considerations. The piece reflects on the broader implications of such events on the moral fabric of Ugandan society and the responsibilities of leaders in promoting ethical behavior.

Mukoto: Mt Elgon battleground for encroachers, UWA

17 Sep 2023  |  pmldaily.com
The article discusses the ongoing conflict between the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) and local communities around Mt Elgon National Park. For nearly 23 years, there have been violent confrontations over land rights, park resources, and parkland ownership. The UWA rangers face daily threats from both the community and wildlife. The local communities accuse UWA rangers of severe human rights abuses, including killings and sexual assault. UWA officials, however, argue that they are enforcing the law and protecting the park from encroachment and poaching. The conflict has resulted in numerous deaths and injuries on both sides. The park's status changed from a forest reserve to a national park without clear boundary demarcation, leading to disputes. Local communities feel they have lost valuable resources and land, leading to forceful re-entry into the park. The article highlights the challenges of wildlife management and the need for peaceful resolution and cooperation between UWA and the local communities.

Displaced and Desperate: The Plight of Mt Elgon's Evicted Communities

16 Sep 2023  |  pmldaily.com
Hellen Chemutai, a displaced resident of Mt Elgon National Park, recounts the traumatic eviction of her community by Uganda Wildlife Rangers (UWA) and Uganda Peoples’ Defense Forces (UPDF) in 2000. Over 6,000 people from the Ndorobo (Benet) and Yatui communities were rendered landless and homeless, with many now living in dire conditions in makeshift camps like 'Kisangani and Rwanda' villages. Despite government promises and partial resettlement efforts, the majority remain uncompensated and are struggling to survive. Local leaders and human rights activists condemn the human rights abuses and lack of adequate response from the government. UWA maintains that they have no authority to allocate park land for settlement, which is a parliamentary prerogative, and emphasizes the importance of conservation. A new report suggests that those claiming land are not from the originally displaced communities, adding complexity to the issue.

European Parliament's resolution on Uganda's oil: A neocolonial sneeze?

15 Sep 2023  |  pmldaily.com
The article discusses the European Parliament's emergency resolution criticizing the impact of TotalEnergies' oil projects in Uganda and Tanzania on human rights, local communities, and the environment. The author, David Mafabi, expresses a view that Uganda should have delayed oil extraction to avoid corruption and potential economic pitfalls. He criticizes the resolution as condescending and suggests it may force Uganda to terminate contracts with TotalEnergies, which could have serious financial implications. Mafabi also reflects on the broader influence of European decisions on Ugandan sovereignty, hinting at neocolonial dynamics. He concludes by urging the Ugandan government to engage with the European Parliament to address the situation.

Climate Change: Farmers hit hard in Mt Elgon region

09 Sep 2023  |  pmldaily.com
The article discusses the plight of Ugandan farmers like Apoloniya Namabumbi, who are facing crop destruction due to an unexpected heatwave in August, contradicting earlier predictions of rainfall by the Uganda National Meteorological Authority. The heatwave has led to significant agricultural losses, with many farmers unable to harvest their crops. Experts like Charles Wakube, Bob Alex Ogwang, and Bob Natifu attribute the erratic weather patterns to climate change, exacerbated by human activities. The article highlights the need for adaptation strategies and sustainable environmental practices to mitigate the impacts of climate change. It also references the Uganda Climate Action Plan and reports from the IPCC and UN, emphasizing the global and local consequences of rising temperatures and changing rainfall patterns.

Climate Change: Farmers hit hard in Mt Elgon region

08 Sep 2023  |  ugstandard.com
The article discusses the severe impact of climate change on farmers in Uganda, particularly highlighting the plight of Apoloniya Namabumbi, who has witnessed her crops being destroyed by a heatwave. The expected rains did not come, and traditional early warning systems failed, leaving farmers with dried-up crops. Charles Wakube, the Mbale district Environment officer, notes that August has been the hottest month on record, with global temperatures rising. The Uganda National Meteorological Authority had predicted heavy rainfall which did not occur, leading to significant agricultural losses. Experts like Dr. William Wogoire advise farmers to adapt by planting drought-resistant crops and changing planting seasons. The article also touches on the broader environmental and health impacts of climate change, as stated by officials like Bob Natifu from the Ministry of Water and Environment. The Uganda Climate Action plan predicts an increase in temperatures and a decrease in rainfall, exacerbating the situation. The article concludes with a call for sustainable environmental practices and better adaptation strategies to combat climate change.

Bobi Wine paints Mbale red earns himself Bugisu endorsement

07 Sep 2023  |  pmldaily.com
Robert Kyagulanyi, also known as Bobi Wine, the President of the National Unity Platform (NUP), visited Mbale District to open a party office and rally support against President Museveni's rule, which he describes as a dictatorship. Bobi Wine was warmly received by his supporters, who referred to him as 'Our President'. He addressed a large crowd at Busamaga rugby play grounds, encouraging the people of Bugisu sub-region and all Ugandans to join his cause. Bobi Wine emphasized the need for infrastructure and social services improvement in the region, equal access to education and healthcare, and economic revival. He criticized the current state of the Bugisu cooperative Union and promised better governance. The NUP leader is seen as a beacon of hope for change in Uganda, aiming to end Museveni's 37-year rule.

Bobi Wine paints Mbale red earns himself Bugisu endorsement

07 Sep 2023  |  ugstandard.com
Robert Kyagulanyi, also known as Bobi Wine, the President of the National Unity Platform, visited Mbale District in Uganda to open a party office and rally support against President Museveni's rule, which he describes as a dictatorship. Bobi Wine was warmly received by his supporters, who referred to him as 'Our President' and showed their support with festive celebrations. He spoke to a large crowd, outlining his mission and inviting Ugandans to join his cause. Kyagulanyi emphasized the need for infrastructure improvements, equal access to education and healthcare, economic development, and environmental protection. He criticized the current state of the Bugisu Cooperative Union and promised to prioritize the Bugisu sub-region's needs if elected. His speech earned him an endorsement from the people of Bugisu, who expressed their support for his potential leadership in 2026.

NRM chairman loses house over UGX 92M loan

10 Aug 2023  |  ugstandard.com
Paul Kimamati, a National Resistance Movement (NRM) supporter and District National Resistance Chairperson for Bulambuli district, is at risk of losing his property due to a loan default. He borrowed Shs 50 million from Finance Trust Bank in 2019, but the COVID-19 pandemic led to the closure of his businesses, preventing him from repaying the loan. The loan amount has now increased to Shs 92 million, including interest and penalties. The bank has threatened to sell his property if he fails to pay within 45 working days. Kimamati has appealed to the NRM chairman and Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni for help, and the NRM Secretariat has requested the bank to halt legal proceedings for a month. However, the President has not yet responded to the issue.

NRM chairman loses house over UGX.92M loan

10 Aug 2023  |  pmldaily.com
Paul Kimamati, the District National Resistance Chairperson for Bulambuli, is at risk of losing his property due to an unpaid loan from Finance Trust Bank. He borrowed Shs 50 million in 2019 but failed to repay it after his businesses were affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. The loan amount has now increased to Shs 92 million, including interest and penalties. The bank has threatened to sell his property if he doesn't pay within 45 working days. Kimamati has sought help from the NRM chairman and president of Uganda, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, and the NRM secretariat has requested the bank to halt legal proceedings for a month. However, the president has not yet responded to the matter.

Jude Mudoma Sworn in as Umukukha III of Inzu Ya Masaba

06 Aug 2023  |  pmldaily.com
Mr Jude Mudoma has been sworn in as the Umukukha III, the official cultural leader of the Bamasaba, following his gazettement by the Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development. The ceremony was presided over by magistrate Ms Anite Tusiimire in Mbale City. Mudoma's recognition comes after a prolonged dispute over the leadership of the Inzu Ya Masaba cultural institution, which saw two rival claimants, Mudoma and Mr Amram Wagabyalire, vying for the position. The election by clan heads and the subsequent gazettement aim to resolve the leadership wrangles that have plagued the institution since the death of the previous leader, Bob Mushikori, in 2021. Mudoma's focus as a leader will be on uniting the Bamasaba in Uganda and Kenya, promoting cultural education, and developing the Mutoto cultural site for tourism.

Death toll rises as more bodies recovered

01 Aug 2023  |  pmldaily.com
The police in the Elgon region of Uganda have identified the victims of a tragic flood incident that occurred on Saturday morning, claiming the lives of all occupants in a Super Custom Car. The victims were from Kampala, traveling to an Introduction ceremony in Kabwangasi, Butebo district. Ten out of eleven bodies have been recovered, with five fully identified. The floods were caused by River Nabuyonga overflowing its banks, resulting in 21 confirmed deaths. Recovery efforts continue with the help of Red Cross workers and locals. The incident took place in Mbale City on 31 July.

Floods in Mt Elgon Sub-Region Leave Over 5000 Displaced and Several Dead

31 Jul 2023  |  ugstandard.com
The article reports on devastating floods in the Mt Elgon sub-region, particularly affecting Mbale City, where heavy rains caused rivers Nabuyonga and Namatala to overflow. The floods resulted in at least ten confirmed deaths, with several people missing and over 5000 displaced. Homes, vehicles, and a primary school were submerged, and infrastructure was severely damaged. Local residents, the Uganda Red Cross Society, and police are involved in search and rescue operations. The Resident District Commissioner, Mr Ahmad Washaki, described the situation as terrible, with ongoing efforts to recover bodies and assess the full extent of the damage. The article also mentions similar past disasters in the region and comments from UN Migration Regional Director for East and Horn of Africa, Mr Mohammed Abdiker, on the broader issue of displacement due to drought and flooding in East Africa.

Death toll Elgon floods rises as more bodies recovered

31 Jul 2023  |  pmldaily.com
The article reports on the aftermath of heavy rains in Mbale City, Uganda, which led to the bursting of river banks and flooding. The floods have exposed the inadequacies in the city's physical planning department, with many buildings constructed in violation of urban planning regulations. The floods have resulted in at least 21 deaths, with ongoing search and rescue operations. The Minister of Internal Affairs and the Uganda Minister have both commented on the situation, attributing the disaster to environmental degradation and poor urban planning. Local officials and experts emphasize the need for better city planning, adherence to environmental laws, and the importance of respecting nature to prevent such disasters. The city's environment officer has warned that those who have built on wetlands and riverbanks must vacate to avoid future catastrophes.

Bamasaba vote new Umukukha, leave Wagabyalire stranded

29 Jul 2023  |  ugstandard.com
Inzu Ya Masaba, a cultural institution of the Bamasaba people, has elected Jude Mudoma as the new Umukukha III, succeeding the late Umukukha II Bob Mushikori. The election was held after a directive from the minister of state for Gender and cultural affairs, Ms Peace Mutuzo, and saw 15 out of 26 clan heads voting for Mudoma. The election concludes a two-year dispute over the leadership, with rival claims from Amram Wagabyalire and Jude Mudoma. Despite the election, Wagabyalire dismissed the process as illegitimate, citing the exclusion of Kenyan clan members and other procedural issues. The cultural institution has faced long-standing leadership wrangles and disputes over its governance, with various factions and claims to the throne complicating the succession process. The new leader, Mudoma, calls for unity and reconciliation among the Bamasaba to move forward and develop the region.

Ofwono Opondo’s behavior on NBS talk show leaves a lot to be desired

29 Jul 2023  |  pmldaily.com
The article discusses an incident involving Mr. Ofwono Opondo, a media center boss, and Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago during a talk show on NBS, which the author, David Mafabi, criticizes for violating broadcasting guidelines and reflecting poorly on the ruling NRM party's leadership. The author expresses disappointment in the lack of condemnation from government officials and the Minister of ICT, Dr. Chris Baryomunsi. The article calls for improved political discourse and behavior among leaders, highlighting the negative impact of toxic leadership on the party and individual performance. The author urges Ugandan leaders to adopt decorum and respect in politics, referencing the country's constitution and traditional proverbs to emphasize the importance of integrity and ethics over hostility and anger in political engagement.

Bamasaba vote new Umukukha, leave Mr Wagabyalire stranded

28 Jul 2023  |  pmldaily.com
Jude Mudoma has been elected as the new cultural leader of Inzu Ya Masaba, succeeding the late Umukukha II Bob Mushikori. The election was held among 26 clan heads, with 15 voting for Mudoma. The election follows a directive from the minister of state for Gender and cultural affairs, Ms Peace Mutuzo, and comes after a two-year dispute over the throne involving claims from both Mudoma and Amram Wagabyalire. Despite the election, Wagabyalire dismissed it as illegitimate, citing the exclusion of Kenyan clan members and other procedural issues. The Inzu Ya Masaba, established in 2010, has faced leadership wrangles, particularly after Mushikori's death in 2021, which led to the emergence of two rival cultural heads. The government has urged the use of the Institution of Traditional or Cultural Leaders Act to resolve disputes, but this has not been successful. The Bamasaba/Bagisu cultural institution is relatively new and has faced challenges in gaining respect and unity among its members.

aBi Finance Launches Climate Change Training for Banks and SACCOs

27 Jul 2023  |  pmldaily.com
aBi Finance Ltd, in partnership with the Uganda Institute of Banking and Financial Services (UIBFS), has initiated training programs for banks and SACCOs in Uganda to enhance their capacity in supporting green projects that address environmental degradation and climate change. The training focuses on green finance, which involves investments that are profitable, socially inclusive, and environmentally sustainable. The program targets lower and middle-level managers, including loan officers and branch managers, across the country. The initiative comes in the wake of the COP 27 Climate Summit and aims to prepare the financial sector to integrate climate change considerations into their operations and product offerings. Last year, aBi Finance allocated 120 billion Ugandan shillings to over 30 financial institutions for environmentally friendly projects.

DAVID MAFABI: Oyam By-election; could it be a curse of hereditary politics in Uganda

09 Jul 2023  |  ugstandard.com
The article discusses the outcome of the Oyam County North bi-election in Uganda, where Uganda People Congress's Eunice Otuko Apio narrowly defeated NRM's Samuel Engola Okello. The election is significant as it marks the first defeat of a candidate replacing a deceased relative in recent years, challenging the trend of hereditary politics in Uganda. The article criticizes the practice of political heirs taking over positions, questioning their effectiveness and contribution to the parliament. It also highlights instances of violence, voter bribery, and electoral malpractices during the election. The author suggests that the election was stage-managed, with the NRM and UPC appearing to be allies, as evidenced by President Museveni's congratulatory message to Otuko. The article concludes by expressing skepticism about the positive impact of hereditary politics on Uganda's political system.

Hereditary politics in Uganda challenged by recent bi-election results

07 Jul 2023  |  pmldaily.com
The article reports on the outcome of the Oyam County North bi-election in Uganda, where Uganda People Congress's Eunice Otuko Apio narrowly defeated NRM's Samuel Engola Okello. The election is significant as it marks the first defeat of a candidate replacing a deceased relative in recent years, challenging the trend of hereditary politics in Uganda. The author criticizes the practice of political heirs taking over positions, questioning their effectiveness and contribution to the parliament. The election saw a low voter turnout and was marred by reports of violence, voter bribery, and electoral malpractices. The author, David Mafabi, expresses skepticism about the future of hereditary politics and its impact on Uganda's political landscape.

DAVID MAFABI: The Kasese school massacre; don’t believe everything on face value

19 Jun 2023  |  pmldaily.com
The article discusses the withdrawal of charges, including murder and terrorism, against Rwenzururu King Mumbere and his subjects by the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) in Uganda. The author questions the DPP's decision, the lack of evidence, and the impact on the families of the deceased police officers. The suspects had been implicated in various crimes dating back to 2016. The article also covers the recent attack on Lhubiriha Secondary School in Kasese, which was initially attributed to the ADF rebels, and the government's response to the attack. The author expresses skepticism about the government's narrative and the timing of the exoneration of Mumbere and his co-accused, suggesting that there may be ulterior motives at play. The article criticizes the government's handling of past massacres and the current situation, implying a lack of transparency and accountability.

The Indigenous Benet; could they still help conserve Mt Elgon habitat

30 May 2023  |  ugstandard.com
The article discusses the Benet indigenous people of the Mt Elgon forests in Uganda, who have traditionally lived in harmony with the environment, utilizing sustainable practices. Moses Muwanga, a Benet, highlights the cultural significance of the forest and its conservation methods. The Mt Elgon forest, now a national park, is rich in biodiversity but faces misconceptions about the Benet community. The article touches on legal frameworks like the 1995 Constitution and the Land Act of 1998 that protect customary land interests. Various officials, including Fredrick Kizza, Sara Bisikwa, Bob Natifu, and Rhoda Nyaribi, emphasize the importance of traditional knowledge in forest conservation and climate action. Dr. James Watuwa from EWCO points out the environmental degradation caused by modern practices adopted by the Benet. The article underscores the critical role of indigenous knowledge in combating climate change and preserving biodiversity.

GRIEF! Seven members of one family killed as Mudslides bury house

27 May 2023  |  ugstandard.com
A devastating mudslide occurred in the Bulambuli district of Uganda, following heavy rains that caused a hillside in Buluganya sub-county to collapse. At least seven members of one family were killed, with others injured and property destroyed. The mudslide happened early on Thursday, likely while many were asleep. The Mount Elgon region, which is shared by Kenya and Uganda, is prone to such disasters due to heavy rainfall. Displaced residents have been directed to seek shelter at Masungu Primary School. A preliminary study by Makerere University and reports by NEMA and UWA indicate that the area is at high risk for further mudslides due to geological conditions and human activities such as deforestation and poor farming practices. Past incidents in the region include several fatal mudslides between 2010 and 2012.

Seven members of one family killed as Mudslides bury house

26 May 2023  |  pmldaily.com
A devastating mudslide occurred in the Bulambuli district of Uganda, following heavy rains that caused a hillside in Buluganya sub-county to collapse. The disaster resulted in at least seven fatalities from one family, numerous injuries, and extensive property damage. Rescuers, including locals with basic tools, searched for survivors and victims amidst the unstable terrain. The Mount Elgon region, known for its heavy rainfall, has a history of similar tragedies, with the recent event highlighting the ongoing risk to communities living on the mountain slopes. Preliminary studies by experts from Makerere University and reports from NEMA and UWA suggest that the area remains dangerous due to geological instability, deforestation, and poor land management. Past incidents in the region have claimed hundreds of lives, emphasizing the urgent need for effective disaster management and preventive measures.

Overcrowding and Lack of Infrastructure at Bugwere High School

24 May 2023  |  pmldaily.com
Bugwere High School in Budaka district, operating under the Universal Secondary School (USE) program, is facing severe infrastructure challenges with a student population of over 3000. Due to a lack of classrooms, the school has resorted to using an old school bus and an equipment shed as makeshift classrooms for over 500 students taking optional subjects. The headmaster, Mr. Azizi Walumoli, notes the school's rapid growth from 250 to 3000 students in four years and the dire need for more classrooms. The district Education officer, Mr. Paul Higenyi, acknowledges the problem and suggests that the government will address it. Ms. Pamela Kamugo, the Woman MP for Budaka district, has also raised the issue with the government. The article highlights the difficult conditions students face, with many opting to work in rice gardens or other trades due to the inadequate school facilities.

UNICEF Report Highlights Gender Digital Divide in Internet Use Among Adolescents

28 Apr 2023  |  ugstandard.com
A UNICEF report released on the International Day of Girls in ICT highlights a significant gender digital divide in low-income countries, where 90% of adolescent girls and young women are not using the internet, and their male peers are twice as likely to be online. The report, titled 'Bridging the Digital Divide: Challenges and an Urgent Call for Action for Equitable Digital Skills Development,' examines internet use, mobile phone ownership, and digital skills among young people aged 15-24. It reveals that girls are being left behind in digital and connected environments, with barriers such as lack of access, educational and family environments, gender norms, and safety concerns. UNICEF's Director of Education, Mr. Robert Jenkins, emphasizes the need for empowering girls with digital skills to close gender gaps in the labor market, particularly in STEM fields. The report calls for early exposure to technology, digital and life skills training, and efforts to address gender stereotypes and online violence for girls.

Severe Classroom Shortage at Bukonde SS Affects Learning

20 Apr 2023  |  ugstandard.com
Bukonde SS, a government-aided secondary school in Mbale City, Uganda, is facing a severe shortage of classrooms, with only seven available for 1374 students. The head teacher, Mr Abubakar Masifa, highlighted the challenges faced due to the overcrowding, including the use of tents as makeshift classrooms and the negative impact on student learning and teacher-student interactions. Despite the government's Universal Secondary Education program increasing enrollment, the school has not received funding for classroom construction. UNICEF has provided emergency education support with tents. The Mbale City principal Education Officer, Ms Linus Nasimiyu, acknowledged the issue but did not provide details. The Ugandan government recently approved funding for traditional schools' renovation, but Bukonde SS was not included. The school is appealing to the government for support, emphasizing the importance of classroom size on educational outcomes, as supported by UNESCO research.

Why class size matters!

20 Apr 2023  |  pmldaily.com
Bukonde SS, a government-aided secondary school in Mbale City, Uganda, is facing a severe shortage of classrooms, with only seven available for 1374 students. The head teacher, Mr Abubakar Masifa, highlighted the lack of government funding for infrastructure despite the school's inclusion in the Universal Secondary Education program. The school, which began in 1984, has not received any new classroom blocks from the government and is using tents provided by UNICEF as makeshift classrooms. The Mbale City principal Education Officer, Ms Linus Nasimiyu, acknowledged the problem but did not provide details. A recent budget approval excluded Bukonde SS from receiving funds for renovations. The school's board chairman, Mr Abu Malunda, emphasized the need for government action to address the classroom shortage. UNESCO reports that large class sizes negatively impact learning outcomes, particularly in Africa.

OPINION: Journey to exonerate iron sheets thieves begins with sacrificing Kitutu

10 Apr 2023  |  ugstandard.com
The article discusses the rise and fall of Dr. Kitutu, the Minister and Woman MP for Manafwa District, who gained prominence for her environmental warnings about the dangers of the slopes of Mt. Elgon. Her expertise led to a cabinet appointment as State Minister for Environment and later as Minister of Energy. However, she is now facing legal troubles for allegedly misappropriating roofing iron sheets intended for Karamoja. The article criticizes the selective prosecution and the lack of unity among the Bugisu people to support her. It also questions why only Kitutu is being targeted when others are implicated in the scandal. The author expresses concern for Kitutu's future, given her age, the scandal's impact on her reputation, and the potential consequences of the President's stance against bail for corruption charges.

The rise and fall of Dr. Kitutu: From environmental expert to embattled minister

10 Apr 2023  |  pmldaily.com
The article discusses the political and legal troubles of Dr. Kitutu, the Minister and Woman MP for Manafwa District in Uganda. It traces her rise to prominence from her environmental warnings about the dangers of the slopes of Mt. Elgon, which caught the President's attention, to her eventual appointment as State Minister for Environment and later as a full cabinet minister for the Ministry of Energy. Despite her academic qualifications and previous professional success, the article suggests that her entry into politics may have been ill-advised, as she now faces charges related to the misappropriation of roofing iron sheets intended for Karamoja. The author criticizes the selective prosecution and lack of support from her community and colleagues, while also questioning the fairness of the judicial process. The article ends with a hope for Kitutu's ability to defend herself from home and a reflection on her tarnished reputation and employability.

Bridging the Digital Divide: Challenges and an Urgent Call for Action for Equitable Digital Skills Development

09 Apr 2023  |  pmldaily.com
A new UNICEF report highlights a significant gender digital divide in low-income countries, revealing that 90% of adolescent girls and young women are not using the internet, compared to their male peers who are twice as likely to be online. The report, released on the International Day of Girls in ICT, examines internet use, mobile phone ownership, and digital skills among young people aged 15-24. It emphasizes the need for more gender-disaggregated data to understand and address digital inclusion. UNICEF's Director of Education, Mr. Robert Jenkins, stresses the importance of empowering girls with digital skills to close gender gaps in the labor market, particularly in STEM fields. The report identifies barriers such as educational and family environments, gender norms, stereotypes, and online safety concerns. UNICEF calls for action to close the gender divide by teaching digital skills to girls, ensuring their online safety, and promoting access to technology and mentorship opportunities.

Uganda’s Political and Economic Crisis: A Call for Opposition Reform and Government Accountability

05 Apr 2023  |  pmldaily.com
David Mafabi, a veteran journalist, discusses the political and economic crisis in Uganda. He criticizes the ruling NRM party for its authoritarian practices and failure to address corruption and economic decline. Mafabi points out that the opposition parties are disorganized, lack a clear strategy, and are more focused on criticizing the government rather than presenting policy alternatives. He emphasizes the importance of a strong opposition in a democracy and urges opposition groups and civil society to work together to create a positive vision for Uganda. The article highlights the need for reform in both the government and opposition parties to enable issue-based politics and prevent voter apathy in the upcoming 2026 elections.

Uganda's Private Schools Defy Government Warnings on Tuition Fee Increments

05 Apr 2023  |  pmldaily.com
The article discusses the issue of tuition fee increments in Ugandan schools, particularly private institutions, despite government warnings against unauthorized fee hikes. The author argues that the privatization of education has led to a class divide, with families unable to afford high fees moving their children to less expensive, lower-performing schools. The government's inability to enforce regulations on private school fees is highlighted, with existing laws described as toothless. The Education Act, 2008, is criticized for its lack of enforceability, particularly in private schools that are not government-funded. The article also mentions the Education Minister's efforts to draft a statutory instrument to regulate school fees, but suggests that it may be unenforceable and ineffective. The author concludes that only market forces, not government intervention, can influence private school fees.

The silent rise of lesbianism and homosexuality in Ugandan schools

05 Apr 2023  |  pmldaily.com
The article discusses the allegations of lesbianism and homosexuality in two Ugandan schools, Vienna College and King’s College Budo. The author expresses concern over the lack of denial from the schools, implying an admission of guilt. The article criticizes the government's approach to handling the issue, suggesting that they are more focused on appeasing donors than enforcing preventive measures. It also accuses school authorities and religious institutions of complacency and benefiting financially from sympathizers of homosexuality and lesbianism. The author questions the effectiveness of government and parliamentary responses to the allegations and calls for more decisive action.

FDC's Internal Conflicts: Allegations of Museveni's Funding and the Future of Uganda's Opposition

05 Apr 2023  |  pmldaily.com
The article discusses allegations of financial misconduct within the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) party in Uganda. It is claimed that President Museveni has been funding FDC leaders, including party President Patrick Amuriat and legislator Nathan Nandala Mafabi, to influence the party's direction and weaken the opposition. Accusations and counter-accusations have been made among FDC members, with some fearing a mass exodus similar to past incidents. The article suggests that Museveni's strategy is to co-opt opposition parties, as seen with the Democratic Party and the Uganda People's Congress, by financially strangling them and then offering money or government positions. The author, David Mafabi, expresses skepticism about the possibility of reconciliation within FDC and criticizes the party's internal handling of the allegations.

Uganda's Cry for Justice: The Beating of a Political Prisoner

05 Apr 2023  |  pmldaily.com
The article discusses the public outcry in Uganda following a video that surfaced showing the Uganda Peoples Defence Forces (UPDF) beating a man, Mr. Salya, for demanding justice. Mr. Salya has been imprisoned for nearly two years for supporting opposition leader Hon Kyagulanyi against President Museveni in the 2021 national elections. The journalist criticizes the autocratic tendencies of President Museveni, who has been in power since 1986, and the international community, particularly Western nations, for supporting such regimes due to economic interests. The article highlights the suppression of media and opposition, the misuse of the judiciary, and the rampant corruption and human rights abuses in Uganda. It calls for a reevaluation of leadership and governance in the country.

Battle to save Colobus monkey in Mt Elgon Pational Park

01 Apr 2023  |  ugstandard.com
The article discusses the impact of cultural practices on biodiversity, focusing on the hunting of white and black colobus monkeys in Mt Elgon National Park, Uganda. Nickolas Manana, a traditional hunter, sells colobus monkeys to Bugisu families for their Imbalu circumcision festival, contributing to the species' decline. The Uganda Wild Life Authority notes the challenges in conservation due to such practices. Fred Kizza, the Chief Warden, and Christine Nakayenze, a senior game warden, highlight the conflict between cultural traditions and animal rights. They suggest that cultural practices should adapt to prevent animal cruelty. Dr. James Watuwa, CEO of the Endangered Wildlife Conservation Organisation, emphasizes the importance of wildlife for ecosystem services and urges communities to protect natural resources for future generations. The article also touches on the broader implications for achieving Sustainable Development Goals.

When culture stands in the way of conservation

01 Apr 2023  |  pmldaily.com
The article discusses the conflict between cultural practices and wildlife conservation in Uganda, focusing on the hunting of the white and black colobus monkeys in Mt Elgon National Park. Nickolas Manana, a traditional hunter, sells colobus monkeys to Bugisu families for their circumcision rituals, contributing to the species' decline. The Uganda Wild Life Authority notes the challenges in protecting these monkeys, whose numbers have significantly decreased. The article highlights the role of indigenous cultures in both conserving and destroying biodiversity. Fred Kizza, the Chief Warden, and Christine Nakayenze, a senior game warden, emphasize the need to balance cultural practices with conservation efforts. Dr. James Watuwa, CEO of the Endangered Wildlife Conservation Organisation, calls for community involvement in conservation to protect natural resources for future generations. The article underscores the importance of wildlife for ecosystem services and the potential impact of biodiversity loss on Sustainable Development Goals.

The life and times of Gen Elly Tumwine

01 Apr 2023  |  pmldaily.com
The article discusses the death of Gen Elly Tumwine, a prominent figure in Uganda's military and political history. President Museveni announced Tumwine's passing due to lung cancer in Nairobi, Kenya. The article explores the mixed reactions from Ugandans, some of whom celebrated his death, a response considered taboo in Uganda and Africa. The author reflects on Tumwine's legacy, noting his role as one of the original 27 National Resistance Army (NRA) fighters who took over the government in 1986 and his various military and political positions. The article also touches on the controversies surrounding Tumwine, including his comments on police authority to kill law violators and his perceived sense of entitlement due to his role in the 'liberation' of Uganda. The author suggests that the Ugandan Parliament should amend the UPDF Act to remove provisions that glorify individuals and give the army a national face.

EACOP coating plant commissioned

26 Mar 2023  |  UG Standard - Latest News
Uganda and Tanzania have commissioned the East African Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP) Coating plant in Tabora Region, Tanzania. The plant will insulate and coat pipelines for the EACOP, which is a 1,443KM pipeline transporting Ugandan crude oil to Tanga Port, Tanzania. The project has reached a 'point of no return' with construction licenses issued and civil works ongoing. The EACOP Company, with shareholders including TotalEnergies BV, CNOOC Uganda Limited, TPDC, and UNOC, is overseeing the project. Employment opportunities have been created, with 500 personnel during construction and 270 during production. Joint monitoring by the Petroleum Authority of Uganda and EWURA ensures adherence to guidelines and regulations.

KWEEN – Growing up in Mt Elgon forests in Kween district

25 Mar 2023  |  pmldaily.com
The article discusses the relationship between the Benet indigenous people and the environment of Mt Elgon in Uganda. Moses Muwanga, a Benet, emphasizes the sustainable living practices of his community, which have allowed them to coexist with the forest for centuries. The forest, now a national park, is rich in biodiversity but faces misconceptions about the Benet being backward and primitive. The article highlights the importance of indigenous knowledge in environmental conservation and climate action, as recognized by various officials and conservationists. The Benet's traditional practices are seen as vital for the protection of biodiversity and the fight against climate change. However, modern changes and encroachment have led to environmental degradation, prompting calls for the integration of indigenous knowledge with modern science to preserve the habitat and biodiversity of Mt Elgon.

Airtel and UNICEF Launch Digital Learning Partnership in Uganda

22 Mar 2023  |  pmldaily.com
Airtel Uganda and UNICEF have initiated a five-year partnership to enhance digital learning in Uganda by connecting 100 primary and secondary government schools in marginalized communities to the internet and learning platforms. This initiative is expected to impact approximately 200,000 learners, including those out of school, in various districts. The partnership is part of a broader Airtel Africa and UNICEF collaboration across multiple African countries. It aims to provide free internet access to schools, promote digital education, and address the digital divide by offering zero-rated educational content. The program also includes advocacy for policy reform and investment in school connectivity. Airtel Uganda's Managing Director, Manoj Murali, and UNICEF's Technology for Development Manager, Patrick Mutumbo, emphasized the commitment to leveraging technology for inclusive education and supporting children's well-being.

Airtel and UNICEF Launch Digital Learning Partnership in Uganda

21 Mar 2023  |  ugstandard.com
Airtel Uganda and UNICEF have initiated a five-year partnership to enhance digital learning in Uganda by connecting 100 primary and secondary government schools in marginalized communities to the internet and learning platforms. This initiative is expected to benefit approximately 200,000 learners, including those out of school, in various districts. The partnership is part of a larger Airtel Africa and UNICEF collaboration across multiple African countries. It aims to provide free internet access to schools, promote digital education, and address the digital divide, especially for girls and rural communities. The program also includes advocacy for digital education policy reform and investment in school connectivity. Airtel Uganda's Managing Director, Manoj Murali, and UNICEF's Technology for Development Manager, Patrick Mutumbo, highlighted the commitment to scale up digital learning and leverage technology for inclusive education during the launch event on March 21.

The conservation battle at Mt Elgon; is it lost?

19 Mar 2023  |  pmldaily.com
The article discusses the ongoing conflict between the Uganda Wildlife Authority (UWA) and local communities surrounding Mt Elgon National Park. Encroachers have resorted to intimidation tactics against UWA rangers, including witchcraft and violence, resulting in deaths and injuries. Despite these challenges, UWA has reclaimed a significant portion of encroached parkland. The encroachment has led to severe environmental degradation, threatening biodiversity and increasing the risk of natural disasters like mudslides. UWA emphasizes the importance of community-based conservation for long-term biodiversity protection. However, local communities, led by figures like Pastor Absolomi Psikwi, remain defiant, citing religious beliefs and questioning the government's narrative. The article also touches on the broader implications of environmental degradation on human health, livelihoods, and the achievement of Sustainable Development Goals.

Katikkiro Mayiga: Uganda should be left to exploit its oil resources

17 Mar 2023  |  ugstandard.com
The Prime Minister of Buganda, Mr. Charles Peter Mayiga, has defended Uganda's right to develop its oil resources during a meeting with the Petroleum Authority of Uganda (PAU) and the Uganda National Oil Company (UNOC). He criticized the opposition from NGOs and highlighted a recent French court decision that dismissed a lawsuit against TotalEnergies' oil projects in Uganda and Tanzania. Dr. Jane Mulemwa of PAU and Mr. Emmanuel Katongole of UNOC discussed the importance of the National Supplier database and the National Oil and Gas Talent Register, urging the Buganda kingdom to support the oil and gas sector. The Government of Uganda was praised for its land compensation process, and Mr. Mayiga called for the use of oil revenues for public benefits such as education and infrastructure.

Uganda should be let to exploit its oil resources, Buganda Premier

17 Mar 2023  |  pmldaily.com
The Prime Minister of Buganda, Mr. Charles Peter Mayiga, has defended Uganda's right to develop its oil project, criticizing opposition from NGOs and other economies. During a meeting with the Petroleum Authority of Uganda (PAU) and the Uganda National Oil Company (UNOC), Mayiga emphasized the importance of exploiting the country's finite oil resources. The PAU and UNOC representatives, Dr. Jane Mulemwa and Mr. Katongole Emmanuel, discussed the role of Buganda in supporting the oil and gas projects. A French court recently dismissed a lawsuit against TotalEnergies regarding its oil projects in Uganda and Tanzania. The article also mentions the National Supplier database (NSD) and the National Oil and Gas Talent Register (NOGTR) aimed at prioritizing Ugandans for sector opportunities. The Government of Uganda was praised for its land compensation efforts in Buganda, and Mayiga called for the use of oil profits for public benefits such as education and infrastructure.

Tanzania commends Uganda’s oil and gas content policies

13 Mar 2023  |  pmldaily.com
The Energy and Water Utilities Regulatory Authority (EWURA) of Tanzania has praised the Petroleum Authority of Uganda (PAU) for its effective local content framework in the oil and gas sector. EWURA officials, led by Tanzanian High Commissioner to Uganda Dr. Aziz Mlima and board chairperson Prof. Mark Mandosya, visited Uganda to observe the East African Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP) and other oil projects. They noted Uganda's progress in involving Ugandans in the sector and the sustainable strategies in place. The PAU and EWURA are collaborating on the EACOP project, which aims to use renewable energy sources. The visit also highlighted the recent dismissal of a lawsuit against TotalEnergies by a French court, which was seen as a victory for the project. The two regulatory bodies have agreed to continue their cooperation and share information to counteract misinformation by anti-EACOP campaigners.

2026 CRISIS: Is it Gen Museveni or his son Gen Muhoozi

11 Mar 2023  |  ugstandard.com
The article discusses the political landscape in Uganda, focusing on President Museveni's long-standing rule and the National Resistance Movement (NRM) party's reluctance to consider a succession plan. Despite being 82 by the next elections in 2026, there are indications that Museveni intends to run again, with the NRM party showing support for his unopposed candidacy. The article criticizes Museveni's regime for becoming increasingly authoritarian and repressive, particularly regarding human rights and democratic processes. It also touches on the potential succession by Museveni's son, Lt.Gen. Muhoozi Kainerugaba, who is seen as unpopular and faces challenges, including from his father. The piece reflects on the past promises of democracy and the current state of governance, suggesting that Museveni's government has become what it originally fought against.

DAVID MAFABI: 2026 crisis: Is it Gen Museveni or his son Gen Muhoozi

10 Mar 2023  |  pmldaily.com
The article discusses the political landscape in Uganda, focusing on President Museveni's long tenure and the National Resistance Movement's (NRM) reluctance to discuss succession. Despite being 82 at the next election in 2026, there are signs that Museveni intends to remain in power, with the NRM party showing support for his unopposed candidacy. The article criticizes Museveni's rule as increasingly repressive and authoritarian, with a history of rigged elections and human rights abuses. It also touches on the potential succession by Museveni's son, Lt.Gen. Muhoozi Kainerugaba, who is seen as unpopular and faces challenges, including from his father. The piece suggests that Museveni's government has become what it originally fought against, and the future of Uganda's democracy is at risk.

Undernourished and Overlooked: A Global Nutrition Crisis in Adolescent Girls and Women

07 Mar 2023  |  pmldaily.com
UNICEF's report 'Undernourished and Overlooked: A Global Nutrition Crisis in Adolescent Girls and Women' highlights a significant increase in acute malnutrition among pregnant and breastfeeding adolescent girls and women in 12 countries since 2020. The crisis, worsened by the war in Ukraine and other conflicts, has led to 6.9 million affected individuals. The report emphasizes the intergenerational impact of malnutrition, which can lead to stunting and cognitive issues in children. It also notes the gender gap in food insecurity, with more women affected than men. UNICEF has responded with an acceleration plan in the most affected countries and calls for action to improve nutrition for girls and women through better access to nutritious food, food fortification, free nutrition services, social protection programs, and the elimination of discriminatory practices.

The Fading Fertility of Mt Elgon's Soil: A Tale of Environmental Mismanagement

04 Mar 2023  |  pmldaily.com
The article discusses the environmental degradation at Mt Elgon in Uganda, focusing on the decline in soil fertility and the impact on local ecosystems. Nicholas Wodero, an organic farmer, has witnessed the deterioration of soil health due to artificial fertilization, over cultivation, and deforestation. Mangadelena Mwambu, a retired agricultural officer, and other environmental experts like Fredric Kiiza, Sarah Bisikwa, and Charles Wakube highlight the adverse effects of human activities on the forest ecosystems, including habitat destruction and biodiversity loss. The article references studies and reports, including a UN-backed study on land degradation and a paper on carbon storage projects. It emphasizes the importance of soil in supporting life and the urgent need to manage and conserve ecosystems to prevent further damage and ensure food security. The article concludes with a call to action for sustainable environmental management and the upcoming Global symposium on Soil biodiversity by the UN.

Deforestation threatens Mt Elgon’s largest water catchment

25 Feb 2023  |  pmldaily.com
The article discusses the severe deforestation occurring on Mt. Elgon in Uganda, which is threatening the local ecosystem and biodiversity. The once lush forests of Mt. Elgon are now facing extinction due to human activities such as farming, settlement, and timber harvesting. The Uganda Wildlife Authority reports that this deforestation is having negative impacts on water storage, soil fertility, and climate regulation. Local leaders and conservationists express concern over the loss of forest cover, which is also leading to the drying up of water sources and the migration of wildlife. The article highlights the need for government action to halt encroachment and restore the forest. It also mentions the broader issue of deforestation in Uganda, with the country losing about 100,000 hectares of forest cover annually, exacerbating climate change effects.

Mt Elgon's Vanishing Forests: A Call to Action Against Deforestation

24 Feb 2023  |  ugstandard.com
The article discusses the alarming rate of deforestation on Mt. Elgon in Uganda, which is threatening the area's biodiversity and ecosystem. The once lush forests of Mt. Elgon are now facing extinction due to human activities such as farming, settlement, and timber harvesting. The Uganda Wildlife Authority and other environmental officers express concern over the negative impacts of deforestation, including soil fertility loss, climate regulation issues, and the drying up of water sources. The article highlights the encroachment into protected areas, the destruction of habitats for wildlife, and the potential ecological crisis. Local leaders and politicians are implicated in the land acquisition processes that contribute to the deforestation. The article calls for urgent government action to halt encroachment and restore the forest cover to prevent further environmental degradation and preserve biodiversity.

DAVID MAFABI: Ugandans are crying out. Let us listen!

03 Feb 2023  |  ugstandard.com
The article discusses the public outcry in Uganda following a video that surfaced showing the Uganda Peoples Defence Forces (UPDF) beating a man, Mr. Salya, for demanding justice. Mr. Salya has been imprisoned for nearly two years for supporting opposition leader Hon Kyagulanyi against President Museveni in the 2021 elections. The article criticizes President Museveni's autocratic rule, the suppression of opposition and media, and the international community's complicity through economic interests. It highlights the frustration of Ugandans with their government's use of force and the lack of democratic freedoms. The author reflects on the proverbial wisdom from the Bagisu community and warns of the consequences of the government's actions, suggesting that Uganda is on the brink of becoming a lawless state under the current National Resistance Movement (NRM) administration.

Ministry of Health, Kibuku district end feud over IRS

24 Jan 2023  |  ugstandard.com
The Ministry of Health and Kibuku district in Uganda have resolved their dispute over the use of Indoor Residual Spraying (IRS) for malaria prevention. A meeting led by Health Minister Jane Ruth Aceng addressed misconceptions about IRS, emphasizing its safety and effectiveness. The district leaders, who had previously opposed IRS, agreed to mobilize and sensitize the community to accept government health programs. IRS, alongside other strategies like insecticide-treated bed nets, has significantly reduced malaria rates in districts where it's been implemented. The World Health Organization approves IRS, and it also controls other household pests. The district's high malaria burden was acknowledged, with over 60% outpatient department attendance and a positivity rate of over 70%. The local leadership pledged to support IRS and other government initiatives to combat malaria.

My deal with Mao did not include political transition – Museveni

17 Oct 2022  |  pmldaily.com
President Yoweri Museveni of Uganda has refuted claims by Democratic Party president general and Minister of Constitutional Affairs, Mr Norbert Mao, regarding a peaceful transition of power in 2031. Mr Mao had stated that he was tasked by the President to ensure a peaceful transition, a claim stemming from a Memorandum of Understanding signed between the NRM and the Democratic Party in July 2022. However, President Museveni clarified that the agreement did not include any commitment to a political transition and that Mr Mao's role was to help unite the opposition with the government. This has led to criticism of Mr Mao within his party, with some members accusing him of betrayal. President Museveni emphasized that the NRM will select his successor based on the party's values and ideology.

Stop admitting, treating patients – Museveni tells traditional healers

13 Oct 2022  |  pmldaily.com
President Museveni of Uganda has issued a stern warning to traditional healers and herbalists to refrain from treating Ebola patients, emphasizing the importance of seeking medical attention from government hospitals. He addressed the nation after a known Ebola contact, Twagiira Yezu Ndahiiro, sought treatment from a traditional healer and later died. Museveni stressed that Ebola is a serious disease that spreads through contact and that proper medical response is crucial. He urged the public to use ambulances instead of public transport if symptoms arise and directed security personnel to ensure compliance with quarantine measures. Uganda has confirmed 54 Ebola cases, with 19 deaths and 20 recoveries, including five health workers. The article also provides information about Ebola virus disease and precautionary measures for residents and visitors in affected areas.

DAVID MAFABI: Awaiting a president who tweets to annoy other countries

12 Oct 2022  |  ugstandard.com
The article discusses the controversial tweets by Gen Muhoozi of Uganda, which suggested that his army could capture Nairobi in two weeks, and the subsequent reactions. Brig Gen Felix Kulaigye clarified that only the parliament and president have the authority to declare war. President Museveni apologized to Kenya for his son's tweets and promoted Gen Muhoozi to a four-star General. The author criticizes the promotion, suggesting it reflects a chaotic political environment in Uganda where merit is overlooked. The article questions Gen Muhoozi's ability to succeed his father and his refusal to apologize, implying it shows weakness and a lack of emotional maturity. The author advises Ugandans to judge statements on their merit, not the speaker, and warns against the dangers of a dynastic political transition, suggesting that Gen Muhoozi's tweets are damaging his potential to lead.

Japan Donates US$1.5 Million to UNICEF for Immunization Tracking in Uganda

05 Oct 2022  |  pmldaily.com
The Government of Japan has donated US$1.5 million to UNICEF to support the Government of Uganda in tracking under-immunized and unimmunized children. The funds will be used to implement a digital health information system to improve vaccine delivery and reach children with essential vaccines, including COVID-19 shots. Challenges in the current immunization services include inaccurate data on vaccination defaults, complex data collection, and monitoring of vaccine stocks. The Japanese Ambassador to Uganda, H.E. Fukuzawa Hidemoto, believes the system will enhance service quality and coverage. The project aims to benefit health workers, officials, and millions of children, with a target completion by the end of 2024. This contribution honors a pledge made at TICAD 8 and is part of Japan's commitment to counter COVID-19, promote Universal Health Coverage, and strengthen health systems.

Japan Donates US$1.5 Million to UNICEF for Improving Child Immunization in Uganda

05 Oct 2022  |  ugstandard.com
The Government of Japan has donated US$1.5 million to UNICEF to support the Government of Uganda in tracking under-immunized and unimmunized children. The funds will be used to implement a digital health information system to improve vaccine delivery and COVID-19 vaccination efforts. A survey in four urban districts of Uganda showed a significant number of children not fully immunized. Challenges such as complex data collection and monitoring of vaccine stocks have hindered immunization services. The Japanese Ambassador to Uganda, H.E. Fukuzawa Hidemoto, believes the digital system will enhance service quality and coverage. The project aims to benefit health workers, Ministry officials, and millions of children, with a target completion by the end of 2024. This contribution honors a pledge made at TICAD 8 and is part of Japan's commitment to counter COVID-19 and promote Universal Health Coverage.

Teenage pregnancy: A painful financial burden

04 Oct 2022  |  pmldaily.com
The article discusses the plight of teenage mothers in Uganda, focusing on the story of 13-year-old Prisca, who was forced to drop out of school due to pregnancy and now struggles to care for her baby. The executive director of African Development Initiatives, Mr. Stephen Weyusya, highlights the hardships faced by about 1500 child mothers in the region. Dr. Stephen Masai, the DHO of Namisindwa district, notes that a significant percentage of young girls are already mothers. The economic and social costs of teenage pregnancy are emphasized, with government officials and health experts like Mr. Amos Lugoloobi, Dr. Jonathan Wangisi, Dr. Betty Kyadondo, and Ms. Anne Sizomu discussing the impact on individual lives, healthcare costs, and the broader implications for achieving Sustainable Development Goals. The article also references a report on the economic and social burden of teenage pregnancy in Uganda, launched by Prime Minister Ms. Robinah Nabbanja.

Teenage pregnancy: A painful financial burden

03 Oct 2022  |  ugstandard.com
The article discusses the plight of teenage mothers in Uganda, focusing on the story of 13-year-old Prisca, who was forced to drop out of school due to pregnancy and now struggles to care for her baby. The executive director of African Development Initiatives, Mr. Stephen Weyusya, highlights the hardships faced by these young mothers, including financial difficulties and lack of support. Dr. Stephen Masai, the DHO of Namisindwa district, notes that a significant percentage of girls aged 13-16 are already mothers. The article also references a report on the economic impact of teenage pregnancy, indicating substantial costs to the healthcare system and the potential for increased government expenditure if no action is taken. The Minister of State Planning, Mr. Amos Lugoloobi, and other experts emphasize the need for a multi-sectoral approach to address teenage pregnancy and its consequences on social-economic development.

DAVID MAFABI: Yes, Nyege Nyege ended, left a mark but any lessons for us

23 Sep 2022  |  ugstandard.com
The article is a critical opinion piece on the Nyege Nyege festival held in Jinja district, Uganda. The author expresses disappointment that the government allowed the event, which was supposed to promote cultural tourism, but instead, according to reports and personal accounts, promoted sexual immorality, drug use, and other unethical behaviors. The festival, which means 'an irresistible urge to dance' in Luganda, is described as having been a display of witchcraft, Illuminati, and sexual prowess. The author questions the moral direction of the country and criticizes the government, including President Yoweri Museveni, for prioritizing financial gain over moral values and the protection of children. The article suggests that the event's approval and the behaviors it encouraged reflect a broader moral and ethical decline in Ugandan society.

Kidepo Valley National Park nominated for World Travel Award

22 Sep 2022  |  pmldaily.com
Uganda's Kidepo Valley National Park has been nominated for Africa’s Leading National Park 2022 by the World Travel Awards. The park, known for its stunning scenery and diverse wildlife, has previously been recognized by CNN Travel and SafariBooking.com. The award ceremony will take place at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre in Nairobi, Kenya. Kidepo Valley National Park competes with other renowned parks across Africa. Uganda is also nominated for Africa’s Leading Destination. Mr Simplicious Gessa of the Uganda Tourism Board highlighted the importance of the nomination for the country's tourism, especially post-Covid-19. The park, established in 1962, is rich in biodiversity with over 77 mammal species and 475 bird species. It has recovered from a troubled past and is now thriving with wildlife.

Joy as over 10,000 people receive free medical treatment

19 Sep 2022  |  pmldaily.com
Mary Korle, a resident of Bukedea District in Uganda, suffered from undiagnosed diabetes for 15 years, with local health centers unable to provide treatment. Misunderstood as witchcraft by locals, her condition was finally diagnosed at a free medical camp organized by the Speaker of Parliament, Anita Among. The camp, which ran from September 15, offered free medical services to over 10,000 people from low-income homes across 16 sub-counties. Emphasis was placed on non-communicable diseases, with education on disease management provided. The camp highlighted the challenges faced by rural Ugandans in accessing healthcare, with the Ministry of Health acknowledging the role of such camps in supplementing government programs.

Death of Tumwine; the story of the brutal bush war is surely coming to an end

29 Aug 2022  |  ugstandard.com
The article discusses the death of Gen Elly Tumwine, a four-star General and historical figure in Uganda's political and military history. Tumwine died of lung cancer in Nairobi, Kenya, and his death was confirmed by President Museveni. The article explores the mixed reactions to Tumwine's death, including some Ugandans celebrating, which is considered taboo in African culture. It reflects on Tumwine's role as one of the original 27 National Resistance Army (NRA) fighters who took over the Ugandan government in 1986 and his subsequent positions in the military and government. The author questions the legacy of the 'liberators' and discusses the controversial statements and actions of Tumwine, including his entitlement and the laws enacted to recognize the contributions of the original NRA High Command. The article suggests that the Uganda People's Defence Forces (UPDF) Act should be amended to remove provisions that glorify individuals and give the UPDF a national face.

Curse of FGM

25 Aug 2022  |  pmldaily.com
The article discusses the ongoing practice of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in Uganda, particularly in the Sebei sub-region and Karamoja. Despite being outlawed in 2010, FGM persists, especially in less educated communities. The practice not only violates human rights but also hinders girls' education and leads to early marriage. Violet Kisa, a victim of FGM, shares her regret over the procedure and its impact on her life. Organizations like Law and Advocacy for Women in Uganda and the REACH program are working to combat FGM through education and advocacy. The article highlights the high prevalence of FGM in certain districts, the cultural challenges in eradicating the practice, and the efforts by various stakeholders to raise awareness and promote behavioral change. It also touches on the health risks associated with FGM and the importance of education in opposing the practice.

PAU and EWURA Commit to Joint Regulation of EACOP Amidst Licensing Processes

20 Aug 2022  |  ugstandard.com
The Petroleum Authority of Uganda (PAU) and the Energy and Water Utilities Regulatory Authority (EWURA) of Tanzania have reaffirmed their commitment to jointly regulate the East African Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP) Project. They conducted a supervisory field visit to the Ugandan section of the EACOP, focusing on key infrastructure and resettlement areas. The visit follows the EACOP Company's construction license application to both governments. The regulators aim to ensure benefits for the people and harmonize monitoring and regulation. They also plan to expedite construction approvals, with EWURA aiming to complete its review process within 30 days. The two entities have an MoU to promote a harmonized regulatory framework and are committed to monitoring National Content aspects and addressing environmental concerns. The visit concluded with plans for a future joint visit to the Tanzanian section of the EACOP.

PAU and EWURA Commit to Joint Regulation of EACOP Project

20 Aug 2022  |  pmldaily.com
The Petroleum Authority of Uganda (PAU) and the Energy and Water Utilities Regulatory Authority (EWURA) of Tanzania have reaffirmed their commitment to jointly oversee the East African Crude Oil Pipeline (EACOP) Project. This collaboration was highlighted during a joint supervisory field visit to the Uganda section of the EACOP. The visit focused on areas designated for key support infrastructures and environmentally sensitive zones. The EACOP Company has recently applied for a construction license, and the governments of Uganda and Tanzania are expected to respond within set timeframes. Both regulatory bodies have agreed to work closely in reviewing the construction approvals and to ensure that the project adheres to the National Content requirements and safety, health, and environmental protection standards. A Memorandum of Understanding between the two entities aims to promote a harmonized regulatory framework for the EACOP Project.

Family Planning: the right to health for all women/girls

19 Aug 2022  |  ugstandard.com
The article discusses the challenges faced by women in rural Uganda, particularly in the Bugisu sub-region, regarding family planning and reproductive health. Olivia Wakooli, a mother of six, is highlighted as a case study of the struggles women face, including poverty, cultural pressures to have many children, and lack of support from their husbands. Health professionals like Dr. Jonathan Wangisi and Dr. Muhammad Mulongo advocate for better access to contraceptives and family planning services, emphasizing the benefits for women's health, empowerment, and the overall well-being of families. The article also references the United Nations Population Fund (UNFPA) report on reproductive rights and demographic transition, as well as Uganda's Family Planning Costed Implementation Plan, which aims to reduce unmet needs for family planning and increase contraceptive prevalence. The article underscores the importance of political will and investment in family planning to achieve sustainable development and improve the quality of life for women like Ms. Wakooli.

Family planning; a health right, key component of reproductive health

19 Aug 2022  |  pmldaily.com
The article discusses the challenges faced by women in rural Uganda, particularly in the Bugisu sub-region, regarding family planning and reproductive health. It tells the story of Olivia Wakooli, a mother of six, who is struggling to support her children due to economic hardships and a husband who has abandoned his responsibilities. Despite cultural taboos and opposition from her husband, Wakooli decided to use contraceptives to manage her family size. Health professionals like Dr. Jonathan Wangisi and Dr. Muhammad Mulongo advocate for the importance of family planning services to improve women's well-being and reduce maternal and child deaths. The article also references a UNFPA report on reproductive rights and demographic transition, highlighting the high unmet need for family planning in Uganda. Government officials and organizations are pushing for increased access to family planning services to empower women and achieve sustainable development.

When more married women than singles go for abortions

17 Aug 2022  |  pmldaily.com
The article discusses the issue of abortion in Uganda, focusing on the story of Ms. Agatha Negesa, a social worker who opted for an abortion after an unplanned pregnancy despite taking birth control pills. The article highlights the prevalence of unplanned pregnancies and abortions among married women in Uganda, citing data from the Uganda Demographic and Health Survey and the Uganda Bureau of Statistics. It also references a report by the Guttmacher Institute on abortion rates in Uganda. Medical professionals, including Dr. Charles Kiggundu and Dr. Muhammad Mulongo, provide insights into the reasons behind the trend of abortions among married women over 40 and the importance of involving men in family planning. The article also touches on the legal and policy framework regarding abortion in Uganda, with comments from Mr. Moses Mulumba of CEHURD and former minister Ms. Sarah Opendi, emphasizing the need for clear laws and comprehensive family planning services.

Prof Francis Omaswa Installed as First Chancellor of Soroti University

13 Aug 2022  |  pmldaily.com
Prof Francis Omaswa was installed as the first chancellor of Soroti University, Uganda's 9th public university. President Museveni, represented by Vice President Jessica Alupo, praised Prof Omaswa's leadership potential. Museveni emphasized the university's role in national transformation, lifelong learning, and policy contribution. He also highlighted the importance of peace and security for institutional development. Museveni encouraged the university to focus on science-based courses to address unemployment and align with national priorities. Vice President Alupo and Dr. Joyce Monica Kaducu, state minister for primary education, expressed high expectations for Prof Omaswa. Prof Omaswa outlined the university's strategic plan and commitment to community service. The university has benefited from government support, including infrastructure improvements.

Namisindwa CAO in trouble for recruiting exceeded required number of workers

10 Aug 2022  |  pmldaily.com
The Ministry of Public Service has queried the Namisindwa district's Chief administrative officer, Mr. Franco Olabor, regarding the district's recruitment of more workers than the government-mandated numbers. The district was authorized to recruit seven extension workers but hired 19, and instead of 23 primary teachers, they recruited 106. Additionally, they employed 150 parish chiefs and town agents, surpassing the recommended 106. Allegations have surfaced that the extra recruits were asked to pay between Shs. 2M to Shs 5M by Mr. Olabor to be added to the payroll. Despite having appointments, these workers have not been posted or paid. The Ministry's intervention is seen as a step towards addressing corruption. The district LCV chairperson, Mr. Jackson Wakwaika, defended the over-recruitment, citing understaffing and the need for more workers in newly created administrative units.

Mbale Floods: A Man-Made Disaster

08 Aug 2022  |  pmldaily.com
The article discusses the devastating floods that struck Mbale City, Uganda, on July 31, attributing the disaster to human activities such as construction on wetlands, deforestation, and poor agricultural practices. Various officials, including environment officers and the district health officer, emphasize the role of human-induced environmental degradation in exacerbating the floods. They call for sustainable living practices, restoration of ecosystems, and adherence to environmental laws to mitigate such disasters. The floods resulted in loss of life, property damage, and displacement, highlighting the urgent need for action against climate change and environmental mismanagement. The article also references an extract from Erica Gies' book, 'Water Always Wins,' which underscores the challenges of managing water in an era of climate change and urbanization.

Mudslides hit Bududa district

02 Aug 2022  |  pmldaily.com
A landslide in Bududa district, Uganda, has left hundreds of people homeless, with properties, crops, and animals buried. The landslide occurred in Bushiika sub-county, Bufutsa parish, affecting villages such as Sihamosi Bunamasa, Bukitongo, and Nangwe. The disaster followed heavy rainfall and was preceded by a warning sign when a crack across Mt Elgon widened, prompting residents to evacuate. Deputy Chief Administrative Officer Samson Natsambwa reported no fatalities and advised those in disaster-prone areas to relocate. The incident comes shortly after floods from heavy rains burst local rivers, resulting in 23 deaths. The article also lists areas at risk of landslides and recalls past disasters in the region.
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