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Health Care is a Human Right and Should not Depend on One’s Income –Winnie Byanyima



The 13th Annual Joint AIDS Review themed ‘Ending AIDS: Leaving No one Behind’ has commenced today August 26, spearheaded by the Uganda Aids Commission and their partners.

The two-day conference is ongoing at Imperial Royale Hotel where HIV/AIDS related issues are being addressed with an emphasis on the impact of Covid-19 on the vulnerable citizens.

In her keynote address, Eng. Winnie Byanyima, the UNAIDS Executive Director argued thus, “Health care is a human right and should never depend on how much money one has in their pockets. So, government should provide publicly funded health care that is truly for all without discrimination.”

She noted that government can raise the money for a solid, improved health care system after the global tax system has been reformed.

“There are lots of loopholes in the global tax system which need to be looked into so that we can raise our revenue,” she said.

She also stressed that even when the antiretroviral  tablets (ARVs) were discovered, millions of people died waiting for the price of the medicine to come down. However, such a mistake can’t be repeated and the covid-19 vaccine should be free.

“UNAIDs is on a call for a covid-19 vaccine to be a ‘People’s Vaccine, available to everyone; everywhere free of charge,” she said.

HE Rosa Malango, the UN Resident Coordinator said that HIV and malaria have been the leading causes of death in Africa and have been worsened by covid-19.

Dr Nelson Musooba, the Director General of Uganda Aids Commission said that HIV deaths have reduced over the years with 80,000 patients passing on annually in early 2000s but the number has currently reduced to 20,000.

“We will continue to put our efforts and make investments in encouraging people to go and test because once you test and know you are positive, you get enrolled. Government will continue to make sure that medication is available,” he said.

He also confirmed that the mother to child transmissions have reduced by 95%.

H.E Nicole McHugh, the Deputy Ambassador Republic of Ireland, said that during the pandemic, the vulnerable are more vulnerable and therefore should be considered.

“The covid-19 impact has been significant and we all need to work tirelessly to prevent the spread of the virus,” Nicole noted.

She said that the US government and Ireland government have prioritized the focus on HIV and AIDS globally particularly in Uganda in the last 2 decades.

HE Christopher Krafft, charge d’affairs US Embassy Kampala, said that through the US government, agencies like USAID among others, the United Nations is supporting countries including Uganda, during epidemics and also in HIV prevention.

The conference will end tomorrow August 27, 2020.



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Muntu Blocked in Kamwenge



Alliance for National Transformation presidential candidate Gen. Mugisha Muntu has been blocked from campaigning in Kamwenge according to a statement he released earlier today.Below is the full statement:

Today in Kamwenge, as we have done since the start of the campaign season, we headed out to speak with the people. We had earlier in the week agreed on the venue with security agencies. No one had anticipated that it would rain as much as it did, making it impossible for us or the people to access.

After identifying an alternative place only 100m away from the original venue, negotiating with the owner and communicating the same to the public, we headed to the second venue only to be stopped by police.

Our policy has always been to do all we can to be reasonable, even in the face of unreasonable action on the part of the state. We engaged the police leadership in a civilized, respectable manner well knowing that they intended to not only frustrate us, but cause us to act in ways that would give them an excuse to cause chaos. This was on top of their intimidating the radio we had booked and duly paid to appear on.

While we are confident that we are on the right side of both the law and reason, we have chosen not to endanger the lives of our supporters or the general public by escalating the situation. We will do everything humanly possible to avoid a single life being lost or blood being shed on account of our campaign.

And yet this truth remains: the regime’s days are numbered.



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Is Johnson Byabashaija courting Enid Kukunda for protection?



The very amiable Commissioner General of Prisons Canon Johnson Byabashaija was recently sighted with President Y K Tibuhaburwa Museveni’s second wife Enid Kukunda as the two had a very secretive meeting in one of the city hangouts.

According to our informers, the two seem to be in a deep conversation that they wouldn’t allow a housefly pass around. However, sources further reveal that Byabashaija could have courted the second lady for protection given that he has amassed a lot of wealth and could be a subject of investigations.

Our sources reveal that Byabashaija who carries himself as Mr.I know it all hasn’t met Madam Enid alone but a host of others with connections to the centre of power in the country.

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Bobi Wine released on Bail



Presidential candidate and kyadondo East legislator Hon. Robert Kyagulanyi Sentamu has been realeased on bail by the Iganga magistrates court where he appeared to defend himself against accusations of flouting COVID-19 campaign SOPs. A defiant Kyagulanyi took the opportunity to blast the incumbent Yoweri Museveni, whom he accuses of using state power to quell dissident.

This follows a tense week that has seen thousands injured and several dead following Hon. Kyagulanyi’s arrest earlier this week. Demonstrations and riots erupted in many parts of the country and heavy police and army deployment was seen all over the country.

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