Hon Richard Todwong the Deputy Secretary General for National Resistance Movement (NRM) has asked all upcountry staff in NRM party offices to serve all candidates intending to contest in the forth coming elections fairly.
This has come at a time when the party has closed the nomination of candidates willing to contest for positions at Central Executive Committee (CEC), at the same time still issuing nomination forms to all other individuals willing to stand on various elective positions in the 2021 general elections.
Meeting the District Administrative Secretaries at party headquarters at plot 10 Kyadondo road Kampala, Todwong expressed the need for these officials to serve all party candidates without any form of discrimination.
“Don’t take sides but attend to all candidates equally,” Todwong said adding, “as staff, don’t attend candidates’ meetings unless it’s an official event involving all concerned individuals.”
The Admins were reminded that they are fully answerable to the Rt. Hon. Secretary General and warned against undermining her office.
At the same event, Todwong issued the official stamps and other items that will be used in the internal party elections.
These stamps will be used in endorsing the Party Candidates for the Special Interest Groups (SIGs).
“Use the stamps for official work only,” the Deputy SG emphasized.
In her remarks to the district administrative secretaries, the Deputy National Treasurer Hon. Jacqueline Kyatuhaire revealed that the Secretary General issued a directive requiring all offices which were closed in March 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic to resume operations in observance of SOPs.
She further pointed out that each office was getting sanitizers, a plastic can for hand washing, a temperature gun and 200 masks.
Among other participants in the meeting was Hon Mathias Kasamba, the Director-Mobilisation and the Senior Manager-Finance and administration Aron Kashamba.
The world 5000m and 10,000m champion Joshua Cheptegei has registered to take part in the 6th national Trials slated for April 24th, 2021 at Mandela National Stadium, Nambole.
Cheptegei will be making a maiden appearance at the championship after missing the other editions on the Uganda Athletics Federation (UAF) calendar.
Namayo Mawerere, the UAF publicity secretary said Cheptegei will join other local athletes and others from Kenya in the national Trials. Many of the athletes will be all out to try and hit qualifying times for 2020 Tokyo Olympics.
According to Mawerere this time Cheptegei will not be competing in his 5000m/10,000m races, but the 1500m which will help him develop speed for 5000m ahead of the Tokyo Olympics.
The presence of the World Champion in middle distance and the invited Kenyan runners especially in the long distance races will help improve the quality of the national trials.
Ugandans Ronald Musagala, Abu Mayanja will be the other seasonal Ugandan athletes who will compete in the 1500m race.
Women middle distance race is also expected to be highly competitive with World Champion Halima Nakaayi battling against new kid on the block, Prisca Chesang Chemweno who is currently enjoying good form in the 800m and1500m races. Chesang won the 1500m in the women race of the 5th Track and field competition.
The competition will be intended to select more athletes for the Tokyo Olympics, Africa Senior Championships and the World U-20 Championships.
Police in Bushenyi district are holding the pastor of Star Light Worship Center International for allegedly having sex with a juvenile.
Martial Tumusiime, the greater Bushenyi police spokesperson identifies the suspect as Kushemerwa Solomon a resident of Tankhill cell in Bushenyi Ishaka municipality, Bushenyi district.
It’s alleged that Kushemerwa has been sleeping with this young girl since her parents allowed her to stay with the pastor’s family during the COVID-19 lockdown.
The suspect was arrested after a tip off from his wife who is also a pastor at the same church.
“The wife reported a violence case to Police and told us that his husband has also been using that girl whom they stayed together with. We called the girl here and she also confessed. We therefore had to arrest the pastor; he is in our cells now”, Tumusiime said.
Kushemerwa is currently detained at Bushenyi police station and will face defilement charges in court once Police investigations are done.
The Uganda Communications Commission (UCC) Executive Director, Mrs. Irene Kaggwa Ssewankambo has called on young girls to embrace ICTs and challenge their male counterparts in the world of technology.
Mrs. Kaggwa was speaking to various primary school girls that had gathered at UCC headquarters in Kampala on Thursday to commentate the International Girls in ICT day.
“When we were growing, people used to say this is a men’s world. They would tell you, leave that for boys. Is it because of what they (boys) are? We can do what boys do. So, if they can do it, you can do it,” Kaggwa told the girls.
Celebrated every April 22, International Girls in ICT Day was established by the UN specialized agency for ICT, International Telecommunication Union (ITU) to celebrate women and girls and encourage them to pursue studies and careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM).
Giving an example of herself, ICT Minister Judith Nabakooba and a number of female engineers at UCC and other female telecommunication engineers that always climb masts to fix technical glitches, Mrs. Kaggwa assured young girls that engineering should never be perceived as a men’s world by the society.
“Do not be held back by this society. What matters is what you want to be. We celebrate and we want to encourage more women to get into this field. We now have women who are in journalism, we have women in the telecoms. Before, many of these were extremely dominated by men and women would mainly take on secretarial roles, catering roles but now we see that even in the classes (computer classes, engineering classes, journalism classes) you actually see that more women have embraced this area of ICTs,” she said.
Asked whether it would be wise for girls to abandon other fields and take on ICTs and engineering related subjects, Mrs Kaggwa replied, “we are not saying that one is better than the other. We are saying that this is an area where women can contribute. So, rather than saying that women should only participate in certain areas, we are saying that women can also make a very big contribution if they participate in ICTs.”
“So, in terms of what needs to be done, we need to get the message out there to help women appreciate what opportunities are there, help them understand what they can do and also for them to stop thinking that the only professions that are there are nursing, secretarial. There are so many areas where we need women.”
With the rapid expansion of Artificial Intelligence, she said, women should be brought onboard to have soft skills so that technology is complementary to human beings.
World over, children are being introduced to technology when they are young, and as a result, Kaggwa said, girls need to be exposed to technologies at a younger age so that the technology interest is nurtured in them and their innovativeness so they can get exposure that other children in other countries are getting.
“It should not be to say that they are the leaders of tomorrow. We need to groom them so that by the time they are there, they understand how to develop solutions to our challenges.”
Meanwhile, Mrs Kaggwa encouraged girls to never lose hope in case they feel their dream is not engineering and ICTs.
“If you don’t like mathematics or science, don’t say ICTs are not for me. We need lawyers, we need doctors. That is why we encourage all of you to continue your interest,” she said.