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NRM Primaries: Truck Full of Sticks Impounded in Ntungamo; Number Plates Changed with Sellotape

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On Wednesday night, September 2, about six men arrived at Transit Hotel in Ntungamo Town, Western Uganda.

The men appeared restless in the township which was teeming with intense political campaigns ahead of this Friday’s NRM primaries.

Some of the men were endlessly talking on their cellphones.

Others spoke in hushed tones.

The hotel staff who had welcomed the visitors became suspicious of their intentions as they paced up and down.

They later chose to change to another hotel.

According to Ntungamo DPC Damian Katwesime, police quickly picked information about these men’s suspicious conduct.

“I dispatched my crime intelligence team to monitor these people. They checked into a hotel in the wee hours,” Katwesime told ChimpReports on Thursday night. 

“Of course some were not from Ntungamo. We also learnt that they changed the number plates of their car, raising more suspicion about their motives,” he added.

The car in which the men came was registered as UBE 037W but had its numberplate quickly changed to UBB 087W.

Using the black sellotape, the occupants of the vehicle changed number 3 on the number plate to 8 and letter E to B as shown in the pictures.

Number plates were changed with sellotapes

Realizing they had been smoked out, the men who are said to have been armed and wearing the black uniform associated with Counter Terrorism Police, decided to look for a way out.

Asked if the men were wielding weapons, Katwesime first hesitated before responding, “That was the initial information but we established they were not. We have not seen any arms.”

Arrests

Nevertheless, the strange men were subsequently arrested today at around 3:00pm.

It’s understood some of the men are cops who were on leave but hired by Alex Kabarenga, Dan Rwiburingi and Kana Rwamutemba who are Naome Kabasharira’s chief campaigners. 

Security is searching for Kabasharira’s agents to help in this investigation, according to informed officials.

Kabasharira is contesting against State Minister for Labor Mwesigwa Rukutana for Rushenyi County MP seat in the NRM primaries.

Kabasharira previously served as Ntungamo District Woman MP.

DPC Katwesime confirmed that six of the men, including the driver of the car, were already in custody but said he could not tell if some were cops.

“We are still engaging them,“ said Katwesime, adding, “But the presence of sticks in their car shows they were up to something bad.”

The sticks being carried by a police officer in Ntungamo on Thursday

Knowledgeable sources said when asked what they were doing in the area, the men told police they were on a “special mission.”

Pressed to explain if they had reported to the area DPC on arrival as is the custom with such security deployments, the men were speechless.

Soldier speaks out

On interrogation, the driver of the van said he was sent by Capt Martin from the Defence headquarters in Mbuya, Kampala.

Contacted, the Captain, who is the Officer in charge of Meterology at Mbuya, said he gave a letter to the civilian driver contracted by Defence to deliver to Gulu weather station but was surprised to hear he had been arrested in Ntungamo.

“Police called me saying they arrested the driver who was carrying armed policemen. I didn’t send him to Ntungamo. I want to know how he ended up there,” said Capt Martin.

“That vehicle, I think, is owned by a soldier. Defence sometimes uses these hired vehicles during special occasions. This driver went to Ntungamo on his own initiative.”

Capt Martin also confirmed that the driver of the vehicle was arrested and confessed that the car’s number plates were changed.

The driver said the plan was to cause violence at polling stations so that the election results are cancelled or the entire exercise suspended.

The hired men, who are now in detention, reportedly disagreed on sharing money from Kabasharira’s agents.

Some had hoped to receive Shs 500,000 per day only to learn that the figure was reduced to Shs 300,000.

This caused bad blood with some opting to return to Kampala only to be arrested before leaving Ntungamo.

Rushenyi experienced political violence in the 2016 NRM primaries.

Earlier today, ChimpReports reported that First Lady Janet Museveni was in the area to resolve differences among NRM contestants for the party to realize peaceful elections tomorrow.



Source – chimpreports.com

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

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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

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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.



Source – observer.ug

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

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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”.



Source – www.aljazeera.com

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