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Karimojong Lady Arrested for Throwing 2-Weeks Old Baby in Latrine

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Police in Soroti have arrested and detained a 18 year old Karamojong lady for allegedly throwing her two weeks old baby to a pit latrine.

According to Oscar Gregg’s the East Kyoga Police Spokesperson, the arrest of the 18 year old Anna Alopere came after members of the public alerted the police that there was a baby crying in the pit latrine.

The matter was later reported to Soroti Police by the LC3 Tubur Sub County on the 5th June 2021 and the case of attempted Murder was registered at Soroti CPS under CRB 530/2021 of Soroti.

It’s alleged that Alopere a resident of Tubur Town Council but a Karimojong by tribe from Kangole Trading Center in Nakapiripirit district threw her two weeks baby boy into the pit latrines of Jopa demonstration Nursery and Primary School, Tubur ward, Tubur town council in Soroti district. in the early morning of 5th June 2021.

Alopere was arrested by residents at Tubur trading while awaiting public transportation to an unknown location.

Mr. Oscar in his address to this reporter noted that the suspect currently detained at CPS Soroti is pending medical examination since she denies that the child isn’t hers.

“The baby was rescued from the latrine by the police and is in a healthy state as per the doctors and will be relocated to a reputable babies home within Soroti city as the case is investigated. The Police would like to thank the leadership and residents of Tubur for the quick action and cooperation with the police which prevented the loss of a young innocent life,” Oscar said. “

“I also urge the public, especially young ladies to whom family responsibility as regards children becomes a burden not to abandon or throw away children but seek help and in exceptional circumstances to take the children to babies homes such as Amecet Babies home in Nakatunya,” Oscar Appealed.

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Parliament Approves Jessica Alupo’s Appointment as Vice President

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Parliament has Monday morning approved the appointment of Katakwi District Woman Member of Parliament Maj (Rtd) Jessica Alupo as Vice President.

Maj Alupo who has who first joined cabinet as State Minister for Youth in 2009 now becomes the second woman to hold the position of Vice President after Specioza Wandira Kazibwe.

She served as Minister of Education and Sports between 2011 and 2015 but she lost her parliamentary seat in 2016 to Violet Akurut Adome and failed to return to the post-election cabinet.

Born on May 23, 1974, to the late George William Epel, an educationist and Bernadette Akol, now a retired midwife from Katakwi district, Alupo went to Apuuton Primary School in Katakwi district before joining Kangole Girls School in Napak and later Ngora High School from where she completed her ‘O’ and A-Level cycles respectively.

Alupo holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science and Linguistics Degree, obtained in 1997 from Makerere University and a Master’s Degree in Arts in International Relations and Diplomacy also obtained from Makerere University among other qualifications. She also holds a Diploma in Public Administration and Management from the Uganda Management Institute as well as a Master’s in Public Administration.

Before joining Parliament, Alupo was a teacher at Katakwi High School in Katakwi district. She also worked as an instructor at the Uganda Urban Warfare Training School, Singo in Nakaseke district and an intelligence officer at the Chieftaincy of Military Intelligence (CMI), in Kampala. Alupo had initially trained as a high school canteen attendant before undergoing an officer cadet course at the Uganda Junior Staff College in Jinja. She is married to Major Innocent Tukashaba.

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Roke Telkom, Hello World Bridge Education Gap for Children in Rural Uganda, Amidst COVID-19 Disruptions

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With schools closed in a bid to slow the spread of coronavirus disease, learners in rural areas have been able to continue learning through a network of internet hubs provided by Roke Telkom, a home-grown Ugandan public service provider for voice and data communications services, and Hello World, a UK-based charity.

In 2019, Roke Telkom partnered with Hello World to help remote and marginalized upcountry communities that are underserved by the internet, to access digital education. They built 14 ‘Hello Hubs’ around the country, 8 of these in Nakivale refugee settlement, 2 in Kampala and 4 others in Fort portal.

The solar-powered, outdoor, internet-connected computer kiosks are designed to provide communities with access to educational software, games, video and communication platforms. They are setup to give people the opportunity to connect with the world, have a voice in their community, educate themselves, and begin their journey towards economic empowerment.

By design, every Hello Hub is a Wi-Fi hotspot and is free, courtesy of Roke Telkom.

Michael Mukasa, the Chief Commercial Officer at Roke Telkom, says the disruptions occasioned by the Covid-19 pandemic have pushed children in rural and refugee communities further to the edge with many likely to drop out permanently from the education system.

“COVID-19 has had a grim impact on children. However, our partnership with Hello World has in many ways been a silver lining because we have been able to extend access to at least 14,000 kids in underserved and unprivileged rural communities in a time when physical attendance in schools is a risk,” Mukasa said in interview.

Some 7.5 million learners (51 per cent) have not had any form of learning during the 14-month period that schools in Uganda have been closed, according to a recent report by the Forum for African Women Educationalists Uganda (FAWE).

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The report adds that learners from rural areas, were most affected with 52.2 per cent of them failing to access the materials compared to those in urban areas with 49.8 per cent.

As part of the Roke Plus offering, Meeting Apps and Office Suit Apps are zero rated, to eliminate barriers that could make it difficult for learners and teachers to interact virtually during such times which require social distancing. This zero-rate also enables business owners to reduce on the cost of data as they can coordinate, communicate with their teams at no charge.

Mukasa adds; “At Roke Telkom, innovation has always been at the center of what we do. At a time when learning was shifting from the physical classroom to virtual spaces, we rolled out these internet hubs to help children study at no cost. And we are impressed with the impact it has had – especially protecting them from risks that could have had long term effects on their physical, emotional and cognitive outcomes”.

During the lockdown and pandemic, over 15 million learners were affected by school closures exposing them to several risks including abuse, child labour, limited access to basic needs, sexual abuse, physical violence, pregnancy, theft among others.

For the majority of Ugandans, the internet remains out of reach, particularly in rural areas where 75.5% of Ugandans live. The country’s internet penetration rate stood at 52 per cent at the end of 2020.

According to UCC’s latest (December 2020) Communications market performance report, the number of active internet subscriptions stood at 21.4 million, translating into an internet access reach of more than 1 active connection for every 2 Ugandans.

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Museveni: Gen Katumba’s Attack was Politically Motivated

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President Museveni has said that the attack on General Katumba Wamala was politically motivated.

The President was speaking after the budget reading on Thursday at Kololo Independence Grounds.

According to President Museveni, the attack was a definite political motive, and they will know who was behind the attack. He says that people who use assassination are not sure of themselves.

Museveni explained that as the National Resistance Movement (NRM), they never use assassination but rather prefer preserving even their opponent.

He told MPs that there are many people he would have killed because they were annoying him, citing Dokolo Woman MP Cecilia Ogwal whom he said had a bad tongue and former Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) President Dr Kiiza Besigye.

The President also tasked the Internal Affairs Minister-designate General David Muhoozi to fast track the installation of digital monitors in every vehicle and motorbike. He said that the project that was being handled by Gen Elly Tumwine, and Gen Katumba Wamala was delayed.

The President also said that they have already strengthened the forensic capacity to detect criminality.

Museveni also gave an update on Gen Katumba’s attack, saying that they left behind a piece of cloth that was unfortunately picked by unknown people.

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By: URN

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