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UPC Calls for Unity, Peace and Reconciliation Post Speakership Race

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The Uganda People’s Congress (UPC) party has urged former candidates and supporters of the recently concluded speakership race to embrace unity and reconcile for the betterment of the nation.

UPC says unity, peace, reconciliation and dialogue can “heal the hearts” of many Ugandans affected by the heated election process of Speaker and his Deputy, especially the Members of Parliament.

On Monday May 24, the 11th Parliament held its first sitting at Kololo ceremonial grounds, voting former Deputy Speaker Jacob Oulanyah against Rebecca Kadaga into speakership.

Oulanyah scored 310 votes, followed by Kadaga with 197 while Ibrahim Ssemuju Ngganda of FDC trailed with 15 votes.

Bukedea District Woman MP Anite Among defeated his rivals including Kampala MP Muhammad Nsereko, to win the Deputy Speaker race.

Speaking to reporters at their weekly press conference on Wednesday, Sharon Oyat Arach, UPC spokesperson, said that the polls brought wounds in the hearts of some candidates and their supporters which should be healed by constant dialogue.

“All these must be put behind and the leaders have to focus on their common interest which is the electorate. Work must resume for leaders to implement their manifestos and fulfill the promises made during campaigns, put the differences aside and work together as a team for the benefit of the common man,” she said.

Arach also urged Members of Parliament to desist from commercializing the activities/responsibilities of Parliament.

“MPs should know that every decision made affects the livelihood of Ugandans. The speakers should lead meaningful, informed and dignified debates by all parties in the house to strengthen the spirit of Nationalism and Patriotism,” she noted.

She also implored Parliament to take the necessary steps to restore the corporate image of the House.

“Uganda People’s Congress wishes to join the rest of the country to congratulate the newly elected Speakers of Parliament Rt. Hon. Jacob Oulanyah and his Deputy Rt. Hon. Anita Among as the new heads of Parliament,” she said.

Adding: “Now that the elections are done, we need to get back to the drawing board and place our focus back on the things that affect this country. As the 11th Parliament, you have 4 roles; legislation, budget approval/appropriation, oversight and representation, the means of carrying out the work of Government and to scrutinize Government policy and administration.”

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Eddie Mutwe, Nubian Li Released on Bail

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The General Court Martial in Makindye has on Monday released on bail the remaining members of the National Unity Platform who have been on remand since December last year.

The released include Bobi Wine bodyguard Eddie Mutwe,Singer Nubian Li and Producer Dan Magic.

The released are facing charges related to possession of fire arms.

The group had made several attempts at bail but kept getting stonewalled by government prosecution, on different grounds.

In the last court sitting in which teh army court released 17 of the 35 NUP supporters, Chairman Gen Court Martial sent back Eddie Mutwe and his group on remand, on grounds that prosecution was still examining their affidavits.

The group was arrested on December 30th 2020 in Kalangala district, while on the campaign trail with their candidate Robert Kyagulanyi.

“All our comrades who were arrested last year from Kalangala have been released on bail. These have spent six months while under detention for no crime whatsoever. Thanks to our legal team and everyone who has worked tirelessly to ensure these comrades regain their freedom,” NUP said in a statement.

This story is being updated

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Kanungu DHO Dr Sebudde Dies of Covid19

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Dr Stephen Ssebudde the Kanungu District Health Officer has succumbed to COVID-19.

Dr Ssebudde passed away on Sunday evening at Entebbe hospital where he has been receiving treatment for Covid19 after he started feeling unwell early this week.

News of his death was confirmed by a family who told this reporter that Ssebudde died at around 6Pm after three days of admission in Entebbe Hospital.

“Kanungu District Health Officer Dr Ssebudde died at around 6pm today after 3 days of admission in Entebbe Hospital. As per family, RIP” message from a family member reads.

Hajji Shaffiq Ssekandi the Kanungu Resident District Commissioner who also heads the District COVID-19 taskforce described Ssebudde’s death as a big blow to the district health department since he has been working selflessly to ensure that all people in the community are equally served when it comes to health.

His death comes at a time when the country has already registered cumulative confirmed covid19 cases of 61,977 representing a test positivity rate of 18.7%.

The country has 884 Active cases on admission, 48,160 Cumulative recoveries, and 428 total deaths.

According to Ministerial statistics, 777,895 Persons have so far been vaccinated against COVID-19.

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Iran says it has broad agreement with the US on lifting sanctions | Boycott Divest and Sanctions News

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The landmark accord has been delayed because there are some sticking points, but not an impasse, Iran said.

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Iran said it has reached a broad agreement with the U.S. over the lifting of sanctions on its industrial sectors, including energy, but warned there was “very little time left” for world powers to revive a 2015 nuclear deal.

Saeed Khatibzadeh, spokesman for Iran’s Foreign Ministry, didn’t give more detail on the potential easing of trade restrictions, which have all but prevented the Islamic Republic from exporting oil and battered its economy. The landmark accord was being delayed because there are still sticking points, he told reporters in Tehran on Monday.

Oil markets are closely watching the negotiations, which are taking place in Vienna, for any clues as to when the OPEC member will be able to resume crude sales and how quickly Washington will allow it to ramp up production.

“Some minute technical, political, legal and practical issues remain,” Khatibzadeh said. “No task was impossible for negotiators” and there’s no impasse, he said.

Brent crude rose 1% to $73.43 a barrel at 8:50 a.m. in London, extending its gain this year to 42%. Traders have pushed back their estimates for Iran’s oil comeback as the talks drag on.

World powers are trying to revive the 2015 agreement that the U.S. abandoned three years ago. It restricted Tehran’s atomic activities in return for sanctions relief.

On Saturday, Iran’s lead envoy in Vienna, Abbas Araghchi, said a deal was unlikely before presidential elections in his country this Friday.

President Hassan Rouhani — who negotiated the original deal in 2015 — is due to leave office in August after serving two terms. He is widely expected to be replaced by Ebrahim Raisi, a cleric generally seen as hostile to engaging with the U.S.

Still, a government spokesman said last week that the decision to try to resuscitate the accord was made by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei and won’t be affected by Rouhani’s departure.



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