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Full Cabinet List Released: Alupo Vice President; Nabbanja Prime Minister



President Museveni has released the full cabinet list.

I hereby inform the country that By virtue of the Authority given to   the President of Uganda by Articles: 108(2), 108A(1), 113(1) and 114(1) of the 1995 Constitution of the Republic of Uganda, I hereby appoint H.E. the Vice President, Rt. Hon. Prime Minister, Honourable Cabinet Ministers and otherMinisters as indicated below:

1.H.E. the Vice President​​HON. JESSICA ALUPO;


2.Rt. Hon. Prime Minister​​HON. ROBINAH

And Leader of Government ​​NABBANJA;

Business in Parliament​​​

3.1st Deputy Prime Minister andHON. REBECCA

Minister for East African ​​​KADAGA;

Community Affairs

4.2nd Deputy Prime Minister​​HON.GEN. MOSES ALI;

& Deputy Leader of Gov’t​​​

Business in Parliament​​

5.3rd Deputy Prime Minister and ─HON. LUKIA

Minister without Port-folio                NAKADAMA;


6.Minister of Education and HON. MUSEVENI

Sports​​​​​​JANET KATAAHA;

7.Minister, Office of the PresidentMS. MARIAM DHOKA


8.Minister, Office of the President─HON. JIM MUHWEEZI;


9.Minister, Office of the President─DR. MUSENERO

Serviced by the State House​​MONICA;

Comptroller, in charge of Science,

Technology and Innovation

10.Minister for Kampala CapitalHAJATI MISI

City and Metropolitan Affairs​​KABANDA;

11.Minister, Office of the PrimeRT. HON. KASULE

Minister (General Duties)​​​LUMUMBA;

12.Government Chief Whip​​HON. TAYEBWA


13.Minister, Office of the PrimeHON. ONEK HILARY;

Minister (Relief, Disaster

Preparedness & Refugees​​​​​

14.Minister for Karamoja AffairsHON. MARIA GORETTI


15.Minister of Agriculture, AnimalHON. FRANK

Industry and Fisheries​​​TUMWEBAZE;

16.Attorney-General​​​MR. KIRYOWA


17.Minister of Defence and ​​HON.VINCENT      

       Veterans Affairs​​​​SSEMPIJJA


18.Minister of Energy and MineralsHON. RUTH

       Development                                NANKABIRWA;

19.Minister of Finance, PlanningHON. MATIA

And Economic Development​​KASAIJA;​​​​​

20.Minister of Foreign ​​​HON. JEJE ODONGO;


21.Minister of Gender, LabourHON. BETTY AMONGI;

And Social Development

22.Minister of Health​​​HON. DR. JANE ACENG;

23.Minister of Information, ​​DR. CHRIS    

       Communications Technology​​BARYOMUNSI;

And National Guidance

24.Minister of Internal AffairsHON. KAHINDA


25.Minister of Justice and​​

Constitutional Affairs

26.Minister of Lands, HousingHON. JUDITH    

       And Urban Development                NABAKOBA;

27.Minister of Local GovernmentHON. RAPHAEL


28.Minister of Public Service ​​HON. MURUULI


29.Minister of Tourism, WildlifeHON. TOM BUTIME;

And Antiquities.

30.Minister of Trade, Industry andMR. FRANCIS MWEBESA;


31.Minister of Water and ​​HON. CHEPTORIS

       Environment ​​                        MANGUSHO

32.Minister of Works and​​GEN. KATUMBA



Office of the President:

1.Minister of State, Office of theHON. PETER OGWANG;

President (Economic Monitoring)​​​​

2.Minister of State, Office of theHON. AKELLO ROSE;

President (Ethics and Integrity)

Office of the Vice President:

3.Minister of State, Office of theHON. MUTASINGWA

Vice President​​​​​DIANA NANKUNDA;

Office of the Prime Minister:

4.Minister of State, Office of​​HON. ANYAKUN

The Prime Minister (Relief, ​​ESTHER DAVINIA;

Disaster Preparedness and


5.Minister of State, Office ofHON. KWIYUCWINY

The Prime Minster (Northern​​GRACE FREEDOM;​​​​Uganda)

6.Minister of State, Office of theHON. AGNES NANDUTU;

Prime Minister (Karamoja)​​​​

7.Minister of State, Office of theMS. ALICE KABOYO;

Prime Minister (Luwero Triangle

Rwenzori Region)

8.Minister of State, Office of theHON. NAMUYANGU

Prime Minister (Bunyoro Affairs)KACHA JENNIFER;

9.Minister of State, Office of theHON. DR. ONGALO-

Prime Minister (TesoAffairs)​​OBOTE;​​​​​

Ministry of Agriculture, Animal Industry and Fisheries

10.Minister of State for Agriculture, ─HON. KYAKULAGA

Animal Industry and Fisheries​​FRED BWIINO;


11.Minister of State for Agriculture, HON. RWAMIRAMA

Animal Industry and Fisheries​​BRIGHT;

(Animal Industry)

12.Minister of State for Agriculture, HON. ADOA HELLEN;

Animal Industry and Fisheries


Ministry of Justice and Constitutional Affairs:

13.Deputy Attorney General​​HON. KAFUUZI


Ministry of Defence and Veteran Affairs

14.Minister of State for DefenceHON. OBOTH OBOTH;

And Veteran Affairs (Defence)​​JACOB MARKSON​​​

15.Minister of State for DefenceHON. OLERU HUDA;

And Veteran Affairs (Veteran


Ministry of East African Affairs

16.Minister of State for ​​​MR. MAGODE IKUYA;

East African Affairs​​​​


Ministry of Education and Sports

17.Minister of State for EducationHON.DR. MUYINGO

And Sports (Higher Education)​​JOHN CHRYSOSTOM;


18.Minister of State for EducationHON. DR. MORIKU  

And Sports (Primary Education)JOYCEKADUCU;

19.Minister of State for Education HON. OBUA DENIS

And Sports (Sports)​​​​HAMSON;

Ministry of Energy and Minerals Development:

20.Minister of State for Energy and HON. OKASAI

Minerals Development (Energy)​​SIDRONIUS OPOLOT;

21.Minister of State for Energy and HON. PETER LOKERIS;

Minerals Development (Minerals)

Ministry of Finance, Planning & Economic Development:

22.Minister of State for FinanceHON. HENRY

Planning and Economic​​​MUSAASIZI;

Development (GeneralDuties)​​​​​​

23.Minister of State for Finance,HON. AMOS  

       Planning and Economic ​​​LUGOLOOBI;

Development (Planning)

24.Minister of State for Finance,HON. ANITE EVELYN;

Planning and Economic

Development (Privatization and


25.Minister of State for Finance,HON. KYEYUNE

Planning and Economic​​​HARUNA KASOLO;

       Development (Micro-Finance)

Ministry of Foreign Affairs:

26.Minister of State for ForeignHON. ORYEM

Affairs (International Affairs)​​OKELLO;

27.Minister of State for ForeignMR. JONH MULIMBA;

Affairs (Regional Affairs)​​​​​

Ministry of Gender, Labour and Social Development:

28.Minister of State for Gender,HON. PEACE MUTUUZO;

Labour and Social Development

(Gender and Culture)​​​​

29.Minister of State for Gender,HON. NYIRABASHITSI

Labour and Social DevelopmentSARAH MATEKE;

(Youth and Children Affairs)​​​​​

30.Minister of State for Gender,HON. OKELLO ENGOLA;

Labour and Social Development

(Employment and Industrial


31.Minister of State for Gender,HON. HELLEN ASAMO;

Labour and Social Development

(Disability Affairs)

32.Minister of State for GenderHON. GIDUDU MAFAABI;

Labour and Social Development

(Elderly Affairs)

Ministry of Health:

33.Minister of State for HealthHON. BANGIRANA

(General Duties)​​​​KAWOYA;

34.Minister of State for HealthHON. MARGARET

(Primary Health Care)​​​MUHAANGA​​​

Ministry of Information Communication Technology and National Guidance:

35.Minister of State for Information─MS. JOYCE

       Communication Technology andSSEBUGWAWO

       National Guidance

Ministry of Internal Affairs:

36.Minister of State for ​​​GEN. DAVID MUHOOZI;

Internal Affairs​​​​

Ministry of Kampala Capital City and Metropolitan Affairs:

37.Minister of State for Kampala MR. KABUYE

Capital City and​​​​KYOFATOGABYE;


Ministry of Lands, Housing and Urban Development:

38.Minister of State for Lands,HON. NAMUGANZA;

       Housing and Urban Development (Housing)​​​

39.Minister of State for Lands,HON. OBIGA KANIA;

Housing and Urban

Development (Urban Development)​​​​​​

40.Minister of State for Lands,MR.SAM MAYANJA;

Housing and Urban

Development (Lands)​​​​​​

Ministry of Local Government:

41.Minister of State for​​​HON. VICTORIA

Local Government​​​​RUSOKE;

Ministry of Public Service:

42.Minister of State for ​​​MS. GRACE MARY

Public Service​​​​​MUGASA

Ministry of Tourism, Wildlife and Antiquities:

43.Minister of State for Tourism,HON. MARTIN MUGARRA;

Wildlife and Antiquities​​​​​​

Ministry of Trade, Industry and Cooperatives:

44.Minister of State forTrade, HON. GUME

Industry and Cooperatives​​FREDRICK NGOBI;


45.Minister of State for Trade,HON. BAHATI DAVID;

Industry and Cooperatives​​​​​​


46.Minister of State for Trade,HON. HARRIET

Industry and Cooperatives ​​NTABAAZI;


Ministry of Water and Environment:

47.Minister of State for WaterHON. BEATRICE;

And Environment (Environment)ANYWAR

48.Minister of State for WaterHON. AISHA SEKKINDI

      And Environment (Water)​​​​​

Ministry of Works and Transport:

49.Minister of State for WorksHON. MUSA ECHWERU;

And Transport (Works)​​​​​​

50.Minister of State for WorksHON. BYAMUKAMA

And Transport(Transport)​​​FRED​​​​


















                                                               GENERAL NRM





SIGNED this ………………… of ………, in the Year of our Lord Two thousand Twenty One (2021).

Yoweri Kaguta Museveni



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‘Suddenly, she’s gone’: Mud and death in COVID-hit Indonesia | Coronavirus pandemic News




Jakarta/Kudus, Indonesia – It should have been a time of celebration for Puji Apriani’s family – she was pregnant with her second child, and just weeks away from giving birth.

But instead of welcoming a new life, her family is now in mourning.

“I miss her. She was healthy, her pregnancy was normal. And suddenly, she’s gone,” her younger sister Ery Jurniastuti said.

The family lives in Kudus, Central Java – one of the worst affected areas by Indonesia’s recent surge in COVID-19 cases.

“She felt out of breath, and she was coughing. She felt contractions in her stomach, too,” Ery said.

Home to almost 900,000 people, Kudus has recorded a 7,594 percent increase in cases since the beginning of this year.

Following a steep rise in cases this month, overwhelmed hospitals have been forced to turn patients away.

After being rejected by two hospitals, Puji was finally admitted, and her oxygen levels increased slightly.

But it was too late. Her condition deteriorated and she died in hospital.

“She died first, then they checked the heart of the baby. The baby is still inside, they didn’t take it out. It died there.”


Puji Apriani was pregnant and only a few weeks away from giving birth when she caught COVID-19. Now, instead of celebrating a new arrival, her family are morning the death of both Puji and her baby [Jamaah/Al Jazeera]

Doctors vs Delta

At the Loekmono Hadi General Hospital in Kudus, Dr Abdul Aziz Achyar said he was “surprised” by the ferocity of the surge, which has pushed bed occupancy rates in hospitals to more than 90 percent.

“During Ramadan, it was so quiet. We only had 18 patients. But then, when it started … I myself was also hospitalised,” he told Al Jazeera.

One hundred fifty-three of his colleagues also contracted the virus, and two of them died.

Indonesia’s capacity to track variants is limited, but doctors believe the current outbreak in Kudus is driven in part by the spread of the Delta variant, which was first detected in India.

“We sent cases from health centre [for genome sequencing]… from 72 samples, 62 were the new variant,” Dr Abdul said.

At Aisyiyah Kudus Hospital, Dr Najib Budhiwardoyo said his hospital is completely at capacity.

“We are full of COVID patients. This second wave started after Eid,” he said.

“All hospitals in Kudus are experiencing this problem … oxygen scarcity. We have to be selective; we can only use oxygen for patients with very low saturation.”

Swamp turned cemetery

It is not just the hospitals in Java that are close to capacity, but cemeteries too.

In the Indonesian capital, the designated COVID-19 burial sites, such as Pondok Rangon Cemetery, that were opened in the early months of the pandemic are already full.

Cemetery workers told Al Jazeera they are struggling to keep up with their workload.

“Before COVID, I used to dig 10 graves each day. But yesterday, we dug 46 graves. The day before, it was 51,” Darsiman, a gravedigger of 20 years, said.

“We are very tired. We work from morning until night.”

Darsiman, a gravedigger of 20 years, waits for Wahyudin to finish writing on a wooden headstone [Jessica Washington/Al Jazeera]

In Rorotan, North Jakarta, a new burial site for those who have died from COVID-19 opened just weeks ago – and already, more than 800 people have been buried there.

As the death toll continues to rise, finding room for the dead in this densely packed city is becoming a challenge.

The land at Rorotan used to be an empty swamp – the families of the deceased have to trek through the mud, to pay respects to their loved ones.

“This is a new cemetery … the other locations are full. There are just so many COVID cases, so they have to bring them here,” Darsiman said.

“It’s been raining so it’s muddy. It’s very sad to see funerals here, even the ambulances get stuck trying to come in.”

Headstone writer Wahyudin said his workload has increased because of the pandemic – and working at the cemetery takes an emotional toll.

“I feel so sad seeing this many burials. Seeing those families cry, I think about my own family,” he said.

“Before COVID, I also made headstones but it’s busier now. So many people have died.”

Moments to rest are scarce – just as workers lower a plastic-wrapped coffin into the ground, more ambulances arrive, with more dead to bury.


‘India should be our lesson’

This week, Indonesia surpassed two million confirmed cases of coronavirus – and more than 55,000 confirmed deaths.

Dr Nadia Siti, the head of Infectious Diseases at the Ministry of Health, said the rise in cases is not surprising.

“We know that if there is a holiday or event, there is an increasing number of people moving and travelling from other cities,” she said.

The cemetery at Rorotan has been built on what was once a swamp in northern Jakarta [Fakhrur Roz/Al Jazeera]
The cemetery at Rorotan has only been open for a few weeks and more than 800 people have already been buried there [Jessica Washington/Al Jazeera]

“The government had restrictions on mudik, which is the tradition of Muslims to visit their hometown [during Eid Al Fitr]. Still, there are four to six million people who travelled.”

The situation in Kudus and capital are of particular concern to the Ministry of Health, where bed occupation rates are high and hospital workers are already overwhelmed by the crisis.

“In Jakarta, the bed occupation rate is almost 80 to 90 percent. We instruct hospitals to convert their beds into COVID-19 services, so they can be available for patients,” she said.

“The last strategy is to establish field hospitals with the coordination of the army or police.”

Long before the pandemic, Indonesia had a shortage of medical professionals – and there are concerns about how its stretched healthcare system will cope when infections are expected to peak in July.

“With the existing doctors, paramedics and nurses, it might not be enough. We might need an experienced doctor to supervise five or 10 new ones, who don’t have experience in taking care of patients,” Dr Nadia said.

“We do hope we won’t face the same situation like India. What happened in India should be our lesson.”

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Former Philippine president Benigno Aquino dies at age of 61 | Obituaries News




Aquino was the country’s 15th president from 2010 to 2016, and was succeeded by current president , Rodrigo Duterte.

Former Philippine President Benigno Aquino III died early on Thursday, after a prolonged illness, according to several news reports.

Aquino, 61, served as the country’s 15th president from 2010 to 2016, and was succeeded in office by the incumbent, Rodrigo Duterte.

According to ABS-CBN News, he was hospitalised last Thursday.

But he has been undergoing dialysis for at least five months and had recently undergone a heart operation.

It was during Aquino’s administration that Manila took on China and filed a case before the Court of Arbitration at The Hague over the South China Sea dispute.

The Philippines later won that landmark case a month after Aquino left office in 2016.

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The scrappy Hong Kong tabloid that refused to bow to Beijing | Freedom of the Press News




Hong Kong, China – The last edition of the Apple Daily, the small scrappy Hong Kong tabloid that emerged as a champion of democracy and outspoken critic of China, has rolled off the presses, four days after the newspaper celebrated its 26th anniversary.

The paper had been raided by police twice during the past 10 months on suspicion of violating the National Security Law that was imposed by Beijing almost a year ago. Since the first raid last August, founder Jimmy Lai, 73, has been in jail awaiting trial under the law.

Last week’s raid saw five top executives, including its chief editor, arrested for alleged security offences as 500 police officers swooped in on Apple’s headquarters, with another staffer – the head editorial writer – apprehended on Wednesday morning.

The final nail in the coffin, however, was Hong Kong authorities’ freeze on the bank accounts of the media group that owns the paper. The move made it impossible for the paper to pay its staff and vendors, even as readers snapped up copies to show their support.

The decision was based on “employee safety and manpower considerations”, Apple Daily said as it announced its closure on Wednesday.
“Here we say goodbye. Take care of yourselves.”

Staff members of Apple Daily and its publisher Next Digital clap out the final edition of a paper that began publishing in 1995 and became a thorn in Beijing’s side [Tyrone Siu/Reuters]

Hong Kong was returned to Chinese rule in 1997 under the “one country, two systems” framework meant to guarantee rights and liberties absent in the mainland. For most of the past 20 years, the territory has remained a bastion of press freedom in a country where media is muzzled.

“The demise of Apple Daily negates ‘one country, two systems’ and sets the stage for ‘one country, one system,’” said Willy Lam, a longtime commentator on Chinese politics and a veteran newspaper editor.

Bold, brash

Founded just two years before the handover, Apple Daily was at once a gamble and a leap of faith.

“The paper wanted to have some impact not just on Hong Kong but also to support the liberalisation of China,” Lam told Al Jazeera. “But as China has become less open to Western values, the paper has focused on defending Hong Kong values and holding Beijing to account.”

In its inaugural editorial, Apple Daily said it aimed to be a paper for the Hong Kong people.

Lai, its founder and funder, a devout Catholic who had made a fortune in the fashion business, named the paper after the forbidden fruit in the Garden of Eden in the Old Testament. Its rhyming couplet jingle – “An Apple a day, no liars can hold sway” – caught the attention of Hong Kong readers used to more staid offerings.

It was loud. It was bold, It was flashy.

The paper grabbed attention when it splashed a surreptitiously shot photo of Deng Xiaoping – China’s then-paramount leader died in February at the age of 92 – on his deathbed on the front page.

Brashness was its selling point.

Its reporters frequently skewered public officials and needled the comfortable.

“It speaks truth to power and finds a way to do profitably,” said Lokman Tsui, assistant professor of journalism at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Jimmy Lai, standing by one of the printing presses in 2009, created a hugely popular paper that supported democracy, was unafraid to speak truth to power and critical of the Communist Party in Beijing [File: Alex Hofford/EPA]
Apple Daily’s founder and funder, Jimmy Lai, was arrested in August under the national security law and the paper’s headquarters raided. He has now been jailed [File: Tyrone Siu/Reuters]

The paper catered to high brow and low. Colourful spreads of scantily-clad female models appeared in the same section of the paper as erudite columns featuring quotes in Latin and Classical Chinese. With a couple of exceptions, its ranks of columnists were the who’s who of the territory’s pro-democracy circle.

Giving people what they want

Launched at the dawn of the internet age, the daily was quick to adapt to the digital world. Its website pioneered animated news – a mix of stills, short clips and clever graphics with narration dripping with sour sarcasm. Its lifestyle channel on YouTube built a fervent following.

A decade in, the paper’s circulation peaked at 500,000 in a city of approximately six million people with a dozen dailies.

Apple Daily’s brand of advocacy journalism would soon make the paper a thorn in the side of the Chinese Communist Party. But to Lai, a rags-to-riches maverick millionaire now named Public Enemy No. 1 by Beijing, it was all about giving his customers what they would buy, even down to protest poster inserts.

In the summer of 2019, amid popular opposition to legislation that would send Hong Kong residents for trial in mainland China, the paper shorthanded “extradition to China” into the homophonic colloquial Cantonese expression of seeing someone to the grave. The expression immediately caught on and became a rallying cry in the protest movement.

“At times, we might have gone overboard but everything we did fell within the bounds of the law,” said Robert Chan, 45, who has covered mainland China for the paper for the past three years.

That is until the passage of the security law, which punishes what the authorities deem subversion, sedition, collusion with foreign forces and secession with possible life sentences.

Prosecutors have used Lai’s frequent meetings with US officials in recent years, from the then-vice president on down, as “evidence” of his alleged “collusion with foreign powers”.

Staff from Apple Daily and its publisher Next Digital work on the final edition of their newspaper on June 23. In its first-ever editorial, the paper said it wanted to be a publication of the Hong Kong people. It printed a million copies of its final edition [Tyrone Siu/Reuters]

Early last month, rumours started to circulate that Beijing wanted to see the paper be shuttered in time for the Communist Party’s centenary celebrations on July 1.

Technology reporter for a decade, Alex Tang, 37, said like most of his colleagues he had become conditioned to taking unsubstantiated gossip with a grain of salt – until the second raid and the company asset freeze.

During the past few days, some of the 800 reporters at the paper were frustrated by the lack of a definitive answer on the last publishing date and severance.

“Management said they’d hang on till the bitter end, and they’ve kept their word,” said Tang. “The company has done its best.”

Apple Daily will live on as a website on the self-governing island of Taiwan, where it ceased paper publication last month.

But in Hong Kong, China news reporter Chan said he will mourn the loss of far more than his livelihood.

“With the paper gone, so would the values it represents: pursuit of freedom and democracy,” he said.

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