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US donation comes after Taiwan accused China of trying to block the island from accessing vaccines internationally.

The United States will give Taiwan 750,000 doses of COVID-19 vaccines, as part of the country’s plan to share millions of jabs globally, a delegation of US senators have announced, after Taipei complained that China was hindering its efforts to access the injections.

Senator Tammy Duckworth, who landed in Taiwan with two of her colleagues on Sunday, said their trip underscores the bipartisan support for the democratic island that Beijing claims as its own territory.

“We are here as friends, because we know that Taiwan is experiencing a challenging time right now, which was why it was especially important for the three of us to be here in a bipartisan way,” said Duckworth.

“It was critical to the United States that Taiwan be included in the first group to receive vaccines, because we recognise your urgent need, and we value this partnership.”

She did not give details of which vaccines Taiwan would get or when.

Taiwan is dealing with a spike in domestic cases but has been affected like much of the world by global vaccines shortages. Only approximately 3 percent of its 23.5 million people have been vaccinated, with most getting only the first shot of two needed. Taiwan has accused China of blocking its efforts to secure vaccines, but Beijing denied the claims and has offered the island Chinese-made vaccines.

But the government in Taipei has repeatedly expressed concern about their safety, and, regardless, cannot accept them without changing Taiwanese law, which bans their import.

Taiwan President Tsai Ing-wen meets US Senator Tammy Duckworth in Taipei, Taiwan June 6, 2021 [Taiwan Presidential Office/Handout via Reuters]

Standing by Duckworth’s side, Taiwan Foreign Minister Joseph Wu thanked Washington for the donation.

“While we are doing our best to import vaccines, we must overcome obstacles to ensure that these life-saving medicines are delivered free from trouble from Beijing,” he said.

Wu said Taiwan was fortunate to have many like-minded countries showing their support, which he said is about sustaining freedom and democracy in the face of autocracy.

Duckworth and her colleagues, Dan Sullivan and Christopher Coons, also met President Tsai Ing-wen at the Songshan Airport in downtown Taipei. Tsai said the vaccines, along with those Japan donated last week, would be a great help in their fight against the virus.

“The vaccines are timely rain for Taiwan, and your assistance will be etched on our hearts,” Tsai told the senators, in footage released by her office.

US senators and congressmen visit Taiwan routinely in normal times, but coming in the middle of an upswing in infections on the island when its borders remain largely closed to visitors is a strong show of support.

Unusually, they also arrived on a US Air Force C-17 Globemaster III freighter, rather than a private jet as is generally the case for senior US visitors.

Taiwan’s vaccine arrivals have been gathering pace.

Japan delivered to Taiwan 1.24 million doses of AstraZeneca PLC’s coronavirus vaccine on Friday for free, in a gesture that more than doubled the number of shots the island has received to date.



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New Cabinet to Be Sworn-In Today

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Parliament has scheduled today Monday 21, 2021 for the inauguration of the new cabinet ministers.

For the whole of last week, 79 ministers were vetted by Parliament’s Appointments Committee led by Deputy Speaker Anita Among.

Two other appointees missed out reportedly due to health related challenges.

The swearing in event is being conducted with extreme caution by ensuring that all in attendance are free of Covid19.

President Yoweri Museveni was on Friday 18 forced to lock the country after fatalities of the novel virus spiked again.

Earlier on, Parliament was forced to scale down its work force after rumours that over 100 Members of Parliament were battling Covid-19.

The Institution’s Director of Communications Chris Obore however clarified on Friday that those affected attended crowded events; The State of Nation Address (SONA) and Budget Reading events.

The above events were held on June 4 and June 10, 2021 respectively.

“Over 3,000 people that included MPs, staff of Parliament, Police, ISO, SFC, Service Providers, Journalists, Prisons staff and invited guests were tested for COVID-19,” Obore explained.

“Out of all those tested for the events, approximately 100 came out positive. Note that Parliament has 529MPs (approximately 30 Parliament staff were manning the events,” he pointed out.

Obore refuted allegations the one hundred cases were from a sample of more than 3000 and disclosed that some had already recovered.

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Policeman Arrested for Shooting Student while Chasing Suspect

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A policeman belonging to Flying Squad Unit in Arua City has been arrested for shooting and injuring a 16-year old pupil while chasing a suspect.

Hussein Yusuf of Oyoze Cell in Arua Central Division is admitted to hospital after both legs were shattered after he was shot at when four police officers fired indiscriminately as they pursued a suspected criminal.

According to relatives of the victim, the minor was performing ablution for 1pm prayers near their home yesterday when bullets caught him in the legs and he fell down. Yusuf Ismail, an elder brother to the victim said he had come out of the house to see what was happening as bullets were fired only so see his brother bleeding helplessly on the ground.

Hussein’s sister, Samari Eyotaru said her brother was rushed to Arua regional referral hospital where it was established through imaging scan that both his two legs were broken

Following the incident, relatives of the victim informed the police at Arua CPS who swung into action and opened a case of attempted murder under Arua SD Ref. 54/16/06/2021 against one of the officers, whose name they are however withholding saying that revealing it at this stage would jeopardize investigations.

Hudson Ocheng, the Police Spokesperson for West Nile confirmed the incident and said investigations are ongoing into the incident.

Ocheng added that the police officers fired after meeting resistance from the community who blocked them from arresting a suspect in connection with the theft of a motorcycle Reg. No. UFE 159N.

Reports from the relatives of Hussein indicate that by Thursday evening, doctors at Arua Regional Referral Hospital had referred the victim for further management at Lacor hospital as police had reportedly gone into negotiations with the family on footing the medical bills and probable compensation.

Since the disbanding of the Flying Squad more than three years ago, the W. Nile Police Flying Squad has apparently continued to operate independent of CID supervision under which they were placed for deployment and operations.

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Prisons Speaks out on Jamil Mukulu’s Health Condition

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The Uganda Prisons Service has described as “total fabrication,” claims that Jamil Mukulu, the former leader of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), is on the verge of death battling Covid-19 in Luzira Prison.

Frank Baine, the Uganda Prisons Service spokesperson, said Mukulu is suffering from “pneumonia and diabetes” but not Covid-19 and is admitted to the prisons health facility.

He, however, said the former ADF rebel leader is out of danger.

“He is sick like any other person and currently receiving treatment at Murchison Bay Hospital. It is also not true that he contracted Covid-19,” Baine said in an interview on Sunday.

This comes after the family of Mukulu, accused  Luzira Maximum Prison authorities of blocking them from seeing her son.

Nakiyemba Lutakome, the mother of Mukulu who lives in Kayunga District, said: “Recently, I received information from a lady who claimed she was from Luzira Prison that my son died. I have tried to get the truth in vain.”

She added: “If my son is dead, let prison authorities dump his body anywhere in this village, I am sure people will recognize his body and bring it here for burial.”

Mr Baine said they blocked the family as part of the prisons resolutions to control the spread of Covid-19.

Mukulu alongside 37 others is facing charges of murder, aggravated robbery, aiding and abetting terrorism and crimes against humanity at the International Crimes Division of the High Court.

Mukulu is described as the leader of ADF and Salaf Muslim community in Uganda who used to command his group with others still at large to carry out raids through which they  committed a number of crimes.

The group is further said to have robbed guns, ammunitions, a gold weighing machine, millions of money and attempting to take away the lives of many people.

Prosecution contends that Mukulu and the group committed these offenses in various districts such as Kampala, Wakiso, Mayuge, Budaka and Mbale among others and that the indiscriminate attacks instilled fear in the public to influence it for either   a social, political, economic or religious aim.

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