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Beti Kamya, Margaret Zziwa win in NRM primaries

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The minister of Lands Beti Namisango Kamya has been declared the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) candidate in Lubaga North after winning party primaries held today. Kamya defeated her close rival Brian Tindyebwa.

Kamya a recent recruit in the NRM polled 6,164 votes representing 90 per cent against Tindyebwa’s 671 votes. Dr Isaac Lwanga who was also in the race got only four votes.

Kamya was declared the winner shortly before 7 pm by the returning officer Robert Kato who said that the election was largely peaceful.

“We don’t expect anyone to complain because the election was held during the day by people lining behind,” Kato said.

Now Kamya will be contesting with Moses Kasibante the incumbent MP, and Abubaker Kawalya who recently crossed to the National Unity Platform from the FDC. Kamya was Lubaga North MP between 2005 to 2011 when she contested for the presidency on the Uganda Federal Alliance ticket.

However, she was defeated by President Yoweri Museveni who she later joined. In 2016 she tried to reclaim her position but narrowly lost to Kasibante.

LUBAGA SOUTH

In Lubaga South, Charles Kenneth Male defeated his two competitors for the NRM party flag. Male garnered 2,214 votes translating into 48 per cent of the total votes cast while his closest rival Senoga Mpiima polled 2,077 votes, while Ritah Kulabako Mugalu scored slightly over 200 votes.

Male was declared the winner by Lubaga Division overall electoral chairman Robert Kato. Soon after being declared winner, Male was handed over NRM party flag by Lubaga Division NRM chairman Hajji Abdullah Kitatta.

Kitatta urged the winner to reconcile with those he has defeated to make sure NRM wins in the forthcoming general elections. Male will now face off with the incumbent MP Kato Lubwama, among other candidates.

NAKAWA WEST

Meanwhile, former Kampala Woman MP Margaret Nantongo Zziwa has won the NRM ticket in the newly created Nakawa West constituency. 

Zziwa polled 1,991 votes to defeat Mukesh Shukla Babubhai and Benjamin Kalumba Ssebuliba in the race. Mukesh, the first runner up polled 1,275 votes whereas Kalumba emerged the third with 1,240 votes, according to results announced at 9 pm on Friday, by Sharifa Namwaase, the NRM registrar for Nakawa division.

Zziwa now joins the deputy attorney general Freddie Ruhindi as the official NRM candidates in Nakawa West and Nakawa East, in the forthcoming general elections.

Speaking after the declaration of the results, Mukesh congratulated Zziwa for the win but added that he’s going to sit with his campaign team and discuss the next move. However, Kalumba protested the results saying that the elections were marred by irregularities, citing bribery, among others.

He noted that just like his name Kalumba connotes, he will continue moving forward to claim what belongs to him citing his effort towards the creation of the Nakawa West constituency.

Meanwhile, Farida Nambi got the highest votes in Nakawa for the Kampala Woman MP slot. She beat Shamim Nafuna with 6,284 votes against 2,188.

KAMPALA CENTRAL

Cedric Babu Ndilima polled 26,799 votes to defeat Baker Mande Kyambadde who garnered 4,363 votes and Isa Kato who got 2,670 votes for the Kampala Central flag bearer, a position once held by his father Francis Babu.

The results were declared by Caroline Akitwi and Babu was declared the winner of the race shortly before 7 pm at the Kampala Central tally centre at Nakasero primary school.

His declaration was received with dissatisfaction from his close competitor Kyambadde whose supporters accused Babu of malpractice. The supporters and their candidates were later dispersed by police from the polling centre.

But Kampala Central Resident City Commissioner (RCC) Hawa Namugenyi Ndege said that the exercise was transparent and appealed the losers to support the declared candidate to enable the NRM party to win the Kampala Central parliamentary seat.

Following his declaration, Cedric Bubu will now face off with other candidates from different political parties for the parliamentary seat. Some of the candidates who have already expressed interest in the seat are the incumbent Independent MP Muhammad Nsereko, and National Unity Platform (NUP) candidate Fred Nyanzi, and others.

Meanwhile, Akitwi also declared Faridah Nambi as the candidate with the highest number of votes in Kampala Central for the post of Kampala District Woman MP. Faridah polled 23,869 votes (92.3 per cent) against Shamim Nafuna’s 1,989 votes ( 7.7 per cent).

However, that final results for the Kampala District Woman MP race will be declared later by the NRM Electoral Commission chairman Dr Tanga Odoi as more results from the race are still coming in from the other four divisions of Kampala including Rubaga, Kawempe, Nakawa and Makindye.  





Source – observer.ug

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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.



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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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