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Photos: UPDF Passout: Museveni says Uganda’s Security is Very Strong



KAWEWETA, NAKASEKE: President Museveni, who is also the Commander-in-Chief of the armed forces, has passed out a total of 4,325 military trainees at the Military training School in Kaweweta, Nakaseke District, saying crime that recently rocked the country was defeated.

Speaking shortly after the passing out ceremony, President Museveni who congratulated the school, trainees and instructors upon the successful completion of the course reminded the army in particular and Ugandans at large in keeping discipline while fighting Covid-19 pandemic.

“We are having a problem of Covid-19 in the world. It is not a problem of Covid-19, but a problem of indiscipline. Two days ago I passed out 4,809 police personnel in Masindi, big number but no Covid-19 because everybody was disciplined,” the President said.

Museveni tours the training field as soldiers showcase their potential
Gen Muhoozi said the security forces are prepared to defend the country
The soldiers demonstrating their skills

Museveni revealed that when the pandemic broke out, the Chief of Defence Forces Gen David Muhoozi consulted him about this particular training and he gave him a go ahead provided the trainees and staff observed the guidelines and because of that discipline all the trainees were tested negative of Covid-19.

“If you are disciplined, you can avoid it. The Bible says that what you sow is what you reap. Thank you security forces for being steady and able to fight Corona with discipline and I challenge all Ugandans to do the same,” he said.

President Museveni was received by the Commandant of the school Major. James Ruhesi who briefed him about the recruit training intake 16, course contents, methods of instruction, assessment, and additional activities at the school among others and was later conducted to a demonstration.

The trainees demonstrated field craft, drills, skills at arms, minor tactics, counter insurgency, internal security operations and public order management among others.

The ceremony was also attended by CDF Gen David Muhoozi and the State Minister for Security Col. Charles Engola among others.

Among the 4,325 trainees that were passed out included, 5 with Masters Degree while 436 are degree holders. 538 are diploma holders, 726 certificate holders, 604 have a UACE certificate and 2016 have a certificate in UCE.


Gen Muhoozi revealed that UPDF has made remarkable strides in strengthening the force to secure the country

President Museveni inspects

Gen. Museveni said the army was growing strong and improving day by day and that the security of Uganda remained strong and stable.

“When there was some instability in some towns like the killing of women, we took strong measures and the situation is now stable. The army is improving and the security in the country is very strong. When you have an educated army, teaching becomes easy because they learn quickly,” he said.

Uganda faces security threats along its south western and western border. The military maintains heavy deployment along the borders with instructions to respond with force if attacked.

The President also appealed to army MPs to push for the increase of salaries for scientists in the forthcoming budget, saying the country needs scientists.

“I am tired of many tongues, let us pay scientists well because they will help us on so many things like diseases, vehicles, agro-processing among others. Then we add teachers, health workers, and security personnel (Police and army),” he said.

On corruption, the President challenged them to eliminate corruption and support the welfare and capacity building of the army.

Mr. Museveni cautioned graduates on squandering their lives with poor and bad behavior like alcoholism, prostitution among others and said that when one are healthy, there is nothing on can’t do.

“I congratulate you but remember health is the most important aspect of your life. When you are healthy, there is nothing you cannot do. Do away with alcohol there is nothing good in it,” he said.

The President said Kaweweta Recruit Training School was developing and promised to support the fencing of the school and add more dormitories for trainees especially female as requested by the commandant.

Minister Engola said this pass out was a big milestone to the army in particular and the country in general, reminding soldiers of UPDF’s historical mission of patriotism, loyalty and discipline at the forefront.

Museveni at the passout ceremony (Photos: PPU)

Gen Muhoozi revealed that UPDF has made remarkable strides in strengthening the force to secure the country.

“Our capacity is growing stronger. We have the capacity to secure the country well. As UPDF we have done well to prevent infections. Thank you for encouraging trainings and making it possible to have good infrastructure,” Gen. Muhoozi said.

Major Ruhesi said the course commenced with 4,390 trainees however, as the course progressed the number reduced to 4,325 due to various reasons ranging from medical, absenteeism and indiscipline among others.

“32 trainees escaped, 1 was discontinued due to indiscipline, 29 were medically unfit and two died while one voluntarily withdrew due to old age,” said Maj Ruhesi.

During the function, best students in various disciplines were awarded with prizes. The best overall student was Jackson Muhimbura while the best in class was Jolex Mutekanga. Daniel Zirimenya was the best in field.

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Charles Mbire gains $1.2 million as stake in MTN Uganda rises above $51 million



Ugandan businessman and MTN Uganda Chairman Charles Mbire has seen the market value of his stake in MTN Uganda surge above $51 million in just two days, as the share price in the leading teleco company increased by a single digit.

The single-digit bump in the share price caused the market value of Mbire’s stake to gain UGX4.42 billion ($1.24 million) in less than two days.

The million-dollar increase in the value of his stake came after Uganda’s largest telecom company delivered the country’s largest-ever IPO through the listing of 22.4 billion ordinary shares on the Uganda Securities Exchange (USE).

Upon completing the largest IPO in Uganda’s history, MTN Uganda raised a record UGX535 billion ($150.4 million) from the applications that it received for a total of 2.9 billion shares, including incentive shares.

As of press time, Dec. 7, shares in the company were trading at UGX204.95 ($0.0574), down six basis points from their opening price this morning.

Data gathered by Billionaires.Africa revealed that since the telecom company registered its shares on the Ugandan bourse on Mon., Dec. 6, its share price has increased by 2.5 percent from UGX200 ($0.056) to UGX204.95 ($0.0574) as of the time of writing, as retail investors sustained buying interest long after the public offering.

The increase in the company’s share price caused the market value of Mbire’s 3.98-percent stake to rise from UGX178.45 billion ($49.96 million) to UGX182.86 billion ($51.2 million).

In less than two days, his stake gained more than UGX4.42 billion ($1.24 million).

In a statement after the successful listing of MTN Uganda’s shares, Mbire said the IPO shows the confidence that Ugandans and other investors have in the company, its brand and strategic intent.

“We commend all the regulators for their support in our work to become a USE-listed company and to comply in a timely manner with the listing provisions of the national telecommunications operators’ license,” he said.

Steady but sure-MBIRE who is the biggest investor on Ugandas Stock exchange with stocks valued at more than $55 million is laughing all the way to the bank after MTN declared the latest dividend payout.He has steadily grown his business empire which is believed to be more that $350 million (debt free).

Steady but sure-MBIRE who is the biggest investor on Ugandas Stock exchange with stocks valued at more than $55 million is laughing all the way to the bank after MTN declared the latest dividend payout.He has steadily grown his business empire which is believed to be more that $350. ( debt free).

He is into communications-revenue assurance-cement-distribution-oil services-real estate-oil exploration and logistics.

Source: Billionaires Africa

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2-year-old dies at Arua hospital as nurse demands Shs 210,000 bribe




A two-year-old child died at Arua Regional Referral hospital after a nurse, Paul Wamala demanded a bribe amounting to Shs 210,000 before carrying out an operation. 

The incident happened on Saturday, after Aron Nabil, a two-year-old child was referred to the hospital for an operation after he was diagnosed with intestinal obstruction, a medical emergency caused by a blockage that keeps food or liquid from passing through the small intestine or large intestine.

According to the relatives of the child, Wamala allegedly asked them to initially give him Shs 30,000 to buy medicines to commence the procedure. He however returned shortly asking for an additional Shs 180,000 from the relatives.

Emily Adiru, a resident of Osu cell, in Bazar Ward, Central Division, and a relative of the child says although they paid money to Wamala, he abandoned the child without carrying out the operation. According to Adiru, Wamala later refunded Shs 200,000 through mobile money, after she threatened to report him to the police.

“They told us this boy needs an operation which was supposed to be done in the morning on Sunday at around 7 am. They took him inside there, some doctor came from the theatre, he called one of us and said, we should pay Shs 70,000 for buying medicine to start the operation. We paid the Shs 30,000 [but] after paying the Shs 30,000, after some minutes, the same man came and opened the door and called us again, and told us we should pay another Shs 100,000. We also paid the Shs 100,000 and we thought it is finished. We were outside there waiting for our patient to come out [but] then this man came back again and said we should pay another Shs 80,000,” said Adiru.

Although the operation was later carried out after a 7-hour delay, the child didn’t make it, and relatives attribute the death to negligence. Miria Ahmed, a concerned resident wonders why such incidents have persisted at the facility which is supposed to service the citizens.

“Is the problem the hospital, is it the management or it is the human resource that is the problem in the hospital? A small child like this you demand Shs 210,000 for the operation? Well, if the money was taken and the operation is done, I would say anything bad but this money was taken and the small boy was abandoned in the theatre,” she said. 

When contacted Wamala refused to comment on the allegations. Dr Gilbert Aniku, the acting hospital director says that the hospital will issue an official statement later since consultations about the matter are ongoing.

Arua City resident district commissioner, Alice Akello has condemned the actions of the nurse saying she has ordered his arrest so as to set an example to the rest. The case has been reported to Arua regional referral hospital police post under SD reference No:05/30/05/2022.

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Mexican president’s Mayan Train dealt new legal setback | Tourism News




Activists say the planned tourist train will harm the wildlife and natural features of the Yucatan Peninsula.

Mexican President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador has been dealt the latest setback to an ambitious plan to create a tourist train to connect the country’s southern Yucatan Peninsula.

On Monday, a judge indefinitely suspended construction on a portion of the project, known as the Mayan Train, saying the plans currently do not comply “with the proceedings of the environmental impact evaluation”.

The ruling follows a legal challenge by activists who said they were concerned the 60km (37 mile) portion of the train that would connect the resorts of Playa del Carmen and Tulum would adversely affect the area’s wildlife, as well as its caves and water-filled sinkholes known as cenotes.

The original plan for the disputed section was for an overpass over a highway, but the route was modified early this year to go through jungle at ground level.

The federal judge cited the “imminent danger” of causing “irreversible damage” to ecosystems, according to one of the plaintiffs, the non-governmental group Defending the Right to a Healthy Environment. In a statement, the group said that authorities had failed to carry out the necessary environmental impact studies before starting construction of the section.

Lopez Obrador had announced the ambitious project in 2018, with construction beginning in 2020. The roughly 1,500km (930 mile) cargo and passenger rail loop was presented as a cornerstone of a wider plan to develop the poorer states and remote towns throughout the about 181,000sq km (70,000sq mile) Yucatan Peninsula.

The railway is set to connect Caribbean beach resorts with Mayan archaeological ruins, with authorities aiming to complete the project by the end of 2023. The plan is estimated to cost about $16bn.

The project has split communities across the region, with some welcoming the economic development and connectivity it would bring. Others, including some local Indigenous communities, have challenged the project, saying it could not only disrupt the migratory routes of endangered species, including jaguars, tapirs and ocelots, but could also potentially damage centuries-old Mayan archaeological sites.

The National Fund for the Promotion of Tourism, the government agency overseeing the project, has said that it expects to “overcome” the latest challenge and that work should continue after an environmental impact statement is finalised. It said the Environment Ministry was currently reviewing its environmental application for the project.

For his part, Lopez Obrador has insisted the railway will not have a significant environmental effect and has accused activists of being infiltrated by “impostors”.

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