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Liberia: Pharmacist Warns Against Abuse of Alcohol

By Ethel A. Tweh

A Liberian pharmacist Archie Kromah has warned Liberians against the abuse and usage of alcohol, saying the overuse of alcohol causes a lot of problems in the human bodies.

Speaking on UNMIL Radio Tuesday, 19 September Mr. Kromah said too much of alcohol causes enlarged heart which interferes with the coordination of speech and affects the memory. According to Mr. Kromah, abuse of alcohol damages the nerves system, increases pressure and leads to so many sicknesses that are not known to people.

He pleads with Liberians not to drink alcohol excessively, saying alcohol abuse causes a lot of health complications and undermines productivity. According to Mr. Kromah, a huge quantity of alcohol in the system especially in men can cause lack of production and liver problem.

Meanwhile, he warns pregnant women not to drink alcohol because it is dangerous to the unborn children and results to giving birth to deformed children. “Most Pregnant women believe that Stout gives them more blood and it is helpful for the child. They are harming that unborn child. There are so many medicines they can take for blood without including alcohol, to save the child’s life,” he conclude.


AfDB, Brazil to Train African Youth in Cassava Processing

The African Development Bank (AfDB) and the Brazil-Africa Institute (BAI) have launched the Youth Technical Training… Read more »

The Museveni Harvest Season Has Corrupted National Psyche

opinionBy Yusuf Serunkuma

In Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart, there is an Igbo saying that “when mother cow is chewing grass, its young ones watch its mouth.”

The wisdom behind this saying is that young ones will learn eating – voraciously, gobbling, or calmly – from the matriarch.

There is a meek version of this proverb among the Bantu talking about mother-bird teaching her nestlings to fly. I prefer the Igbo one.

To put the recent judiciary’s industrial [sic] strike in context, one has to begin from the position that Yoweri Museveni’s ongoing presidency (and his 1981-1986 war veterans, their spouses, broods and footmen) has been a sweet season of harvest.

To paraphrase Michela Wrong, it has been “a time to eat!” And chewing they have chewed! But because the gardens belong to all of us, it is difficult to just sit by and watch without helping ourselves!

Despite the dangers of understanding through analogy, comparative criticism remains very attractive. Indeed, against a Museveni presidency, the critique of the previous regimes – especially Milton Obote and Idi Amin – has been succinctly made: Ineffective. Authoritarian. Swine. Murderers.

However, what the mendacious chroniclers of our history will not tell you is how much these two ‘dullards’ contributed or did not destroy under the circumstances of their time.

With land and property being the hottest items in town, let’s fancy an investigation. It is well documented that the upscale locations of Kololo and Nakasero were never private estates.

The land and buildings there were public assets housing senior and middle-rank staff of parastatals including Uganda Electricity Board, Uganda Railways Corporation, Coffee Marketing Board (CMB), Uganda Television (UTV), Radio Uganda, etc.

For parastatals which engaged in value addition outside Uganda, property was never rented but owned. For coffee that crossed Kenyan territory with key stops in Nairobi and Mombasa, CMB owned almost entire streets in Nairobi and Mombasa, housing both senior and junior staffers, factory hands and warehouses.

For similar purposes, Uganda owned over ten houses in London. There was plenty of property in New York, Geneva and several other major cities where we had business interests and dealings.

Then came the season of the harvest. When our heroes had just returned from the bush, they were housed in hotels around town including Apollo, Fairway and Speke.

Quickly, some moved into residences in Kololo, which had fallen vacant after those who occupied them had fled. It was understandable then as many did not have residences and had just done the country a favour through sacrifice.

Soon, however, advantaging from the circumstances of their time, especially Structural Adjustment Programs, which also pitched privatization, our heroes and heroines started harvesting the country.

They started by arguing that parastatals owned too much property than they actually needed! Buildings were even expensive to maintain.

(Sadly, many parastatals now are in rented offices). Since some of the structures – for reasons of age and poor maintenance – had deteriorated, a private investor – often an NRA/M junkie – would be asked to carve off part of the land or utilize the structure for personal gain and, in turn, renovate the aged structure.

Uganda Railways, UEB, CMB, National Housing and most recently UBC were harvested under this arrangement. Continuing the harvest, these lucky ‘palm wine drunkards’ introduced a policy of selling parastatal houses to sitting tenants.

Recall that most of these had been occupied by them upon return from the bush. Oh boy, they harvested them on the cheap and, in some cases, sold them off immediately!

This is how senior citizens such as Amanya Mushega, Dr Ruhakana Rugunda, Eriya Kategaya, General Henry Tumukunde, Amama Mbabazi, Captain Francis Babu and several others acquired houses in the swankiest parts of Kampala.

Sometime in 2007, a bizarre story of presidential aide on political affairs, Moses Byaruhanga, appeared in the media. He had grabbed a Cotton House in Kololo (which had been occupied by some low-ranking officers, drivers or security guards), was on sale to a sitting tenant.

Insisting he was the sitting tenant, government sold it to him at Shs 250 million. The good politician rushed to Dfcu bank for a loan. A couple of weeks later, he sold the house at Shs 600m, cleared the loan, and walked away.

So, before we even consider public servants earning extortionist salaries (directors at KCCA, UNRA, URA, NSSF or MPs… ) as we debate the judiciary’s strike, we have to appreciate a 1986 shift in national psyche towards public service. One quickly realizes the judges are simply latecomers.

The author is a PhD fellow at Makerere Institute of Social Research.

Sudan: New Cholera Cases in Central Darfur and Sennar, Hepatitis in Blue Nile

Zalingei / El Souki / Ed Damazin — Seven new cholera cases were recorded in the camps for the displaced near Zalingei, capital of Central Darfur, over the weekend. The isolation centre in Nierteti received four new patients. Cholera is spreading again in eastern Sudan’s Sennar. Hundreds of people have reportedly been infected with Hepatitis B in Blue Nile state’s Geissan.

El Shafee Abdallah, Coordinator of the Central Darfur camps for the displaced told Radio Dabanga that two new cases of cholera were recorded in Khamsa Dagayeg camp on Friday, and five in Hamidiya camp on Friday and Saturday.

The number of cholera patients being treated at the isolation centre of the Zalingei Royal Hospital reached 13 on Sunday.

A medical source reported to this station from Nierteti on Sunday that the isolation unit of the Nierteti Hospital recorded four new cases of cholera over the weekend. “Three patients come from Nierteti, while the fourth came from the camp for the displaced north of the town”.

There are currently ten people being treated for cholera at the isolation ward of Nierteti Hospital, he said.


The hospital of El Souki received eight new cholera patients over the weekend.

A pregnant woman in her seventh month died of the infectious disease on Sunday, a medical doctor reported to this station.

He said more cases are expected to reach the hospital, “because of the easy transmission of infection and the deterioration of the environment “.


At least 400 people have been infected with hepatitis B in Village 10 in Geissan locality in the south-east of Blue Nile state.

A doctor in El Damazin, capital of Blue Nile state, called on the residents of Geissan to exercise caution to prevent infection with hepatitis B.


Workshop On Child Status in Sudanese Legislations to Be Held Wednesday

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Museveni Denies Having Shares in Madhvani Group

By Tausi Nakato

Jinja — President Museveni has dismissed allegations that he has shares in the Madhvani Group of Companies.

He said his push for a sugar factory in Amuru District is only driven by his desire for more jobs for the youth, creating markets and generating more revenue for the country.

President Museveni, who was speaking during a two-hour radio talk show on Baba FM in Jinja Town on Tuesday, said Uganda has spent 10 years with the residents fighting against the establishment of the sugarcane plantation and factory in the area.

“Recently, a Member of Parliament asked me why I was fighting so much for the construction of a sugar factory in Amuru, and whether I have shares in Madhvani Group of Companies. But it is not true. I am fighting for my country because the sugar being manufactured here… will help people get jobs, the sugar factory will use some of the raw materials from sugar outgrowers and it will also increase local revenue,” Mr Museveni said.

The President, who is on a countrywide radio campaign to popularise the contentious Land Amendment Bill, said the people who are saying they don’t have jobs are the one fighting investors from establishing factories to provide employment.

“The rich European countries you hear have many factories, so if there are people who are fighting the establishment of factories, just know that those are rebels [enemies] of the youth ,” he added.

According to President Museveni, Ugandans need more awareness because they have not yet understood the steps government goes through in developing a country.

He said the only way of curbing unemployment in the country is by allowing the establishment of big and small factories in the country.

Initially, Mr Mayur Madhvani, a director of Madhvani Group, said the Amuru Sugar Factory would create 8,000 jobs, guarantee 7,000 outgrowers a market and stable prices for sugarcane.


President Distances Himself From MPs’ Age Limit Proposal

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Sudan: More Malaria Patients in West Darfur Camp

Murnei — Seventeen people infected with malaria were brought to the hospital in Murnei camp, West Darfur, yesterday. There are not enough medicines against malaria in the camp for displaced people, causing the prices to rise.

Reports from Murnei camp reported that the heavy rainfall affected many families in Murnei camp last week. The sheikh said “there is hardly a household in the camp with no member who been infected with malaria”.

Yesterday the sheikh said that the spread of malaria “increased significantly” at Murnei camp. He estimated that dozens of people in the camp are also infected with malaria.

Meanwhile the price of malaria pills reached SDG40 ($6) and injections amounted to SDG80 ($12).

South Darfur

People in El Salam locality in South Darfur also complained about the spread of malaria, as well as typhoid, among residents. One of the residents told Radio Dabanga that they are forced to buy medicines from health assistants, as health centres are absent.

People have to pay SDG80 for a injection against malaria, SDG25 ($3.70) for penicillin and SDG15 ($2.2) for pills against the headache.


Sudan’s Flour Crises ‘Show Economic Crisis’ – Expert

Long queues in front of bakeries continued in several states in Sudan that suffer from a flour shortage. “The current… Read more »

Sudan: Bus, Airline Tickets Increase in Sudan

Port Sudan — The travel buses union in the capital of Red Sea state increased the prices of bus tickets by nearly 50 per cent starting last Sunday.

The Chamber of Commerce of the travel buses union in Port Sudan issued the decree last weekend. Journalist Osman Hashim told Radio Dabanga from Port Sudan that a ticket from Port Sudan to Khartoum used to cost SDG265 ($39.40), but now has risen to SDG330 ($49.05).

“The price hike is unjustified because the increase in ticket prices is related to the rise in fuel prices, however, this has not seen any rise recently,” said Hashim. “People reacted with resentment, especially as a large number of people here travel back from visiting their families during Eid El Adha.”

Attempts to reach the president of the Chamber of Commerce for a reaction by phone have been unsuccessful so far.

People in Durdeib in Red Sea complained about the high cost of the ambulance service, which charges more for transporting patients to Port Sudan Hospital than people can afford.

Reporter Osman Hashim said that a contracter runs the ambulance service now, after it was previously run by the police. “He charges one thousand Sudanese pounds to transport patients to Port Sudan, which is for many unaffordable.”

Airline tickets

A general rise in the prices for airline tickets for domestic and international flights caused complaints. A resident in West Darfur told Radio Dabanga that “a flight ticket from Khartoum to El Geneina is equivalent to a ticket from Khartoum to Cairo. It has risen from SDG3,800 ($565) to SDG4,470 ($664) for a round trip.”

In addition a price of a plane ticket from Khartoum to Kassala has risen to SDG900 ($134) from SDG700 ($104). A ticket from Khartoum to Jeddah was increased with 1,000 Sudanese pounds to SDG4.800 ($713).


Sudan’s Flour Crises ‘Show Economic Crisis’ – Expert

Long queues in front of bakeries continued in several states in Sudan that suffer from a flour shortage. “The current… Read more »

Women Murder Suspects to Return to Court On October 3


Kampala — Nabweru Magistrates Court has further remanded to Luzira Prison 13 people who were charged in relation to women murders in Nansana Municipality in Wakiso district. They now return to court on October 03, 2017.

The suspects Tuesday morning appeared before Chief magistrate Esther Nansambu and prosecution’s Joan Keko informed court that investigations into the matter are still ongoing.

The suspects who face 11 counts including terrorism, murder and aggravated robbery, allegedly committed the offence between May and August 2017 from areas of Nansana, Kazo and Kawempe.

Its further alleged, that for purposes of intimidating the public, either for a social, political or economic reason and without regard to the safety of others, the accused persons directly involved themselves in acts of terrorism by murdering Patricia Nansubuga,Maria Birungi, Teddy Nakachwa, Juliet Nampijja,Josephine Nakazibwe and four other unidentified women.

They are also alleged to have robbed the deceased of their property including a mattress, two mobile phones, two blankets, a pair of bed sheets and Sh100, 000.

Up 20 women have been reported murdered in the last four months and last week Minister of Internal Affairs Gen. Jeje Odongo told parliament that they suspected witchcraft, and also blamed illumunati for being behind the killings.

Statement by Uganda Minister of Internal Affairs on Murders of Women – September 2017 by The Independent Magazine on Scribd


Inside President Museveni’s Radio Talk-Shows

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Tycoon Amina Hersi On Forbes’ Wealthiest List

Photo: The Observer

Amina Hersi, right, with finance minister Matia Kasaija during a tour of a $120 million sugar factory in Atiak recently.

By Justus Lyatuu

Businesswoman Amina Hersi Morghe, the proprietor of the landmark Oasis mall in Kampala, has made it to the Forbes rich list as one the wealthiest Ugandans of foreign descent.

Last week, Forbes Africa magazine named Amina as one of the wealthiest businesswomen in Uganda. Amina, 54, becomes the second businessperson in Uganda to hit the magazine’s rich list rankings after Sudhir Ruparellia.

She is also the first female entrepreneur from Uganda to make it to the magazine’s top wealthy individuals list.

Amina was listed alongside other four businesspeople from Somalia of foreign descent who have excelled in business both on foreign land and also on Somali soil despite the country’s longstanding war that has kept the environment hostile for doing any business there.

The list includes Abdurashid Duale, the CEO of Dahabshiil, an international funds transfer company, Adirizak Ido, a telecoms giant, Mohamed Abshir Abdi, a fish mogul as well as Ismail Ahmed, the founder of ‘WorldRemit’ a London-based online money transfer service.

Forbes recognised Amina and the four for their outstanding investments in Somalia and across the region and for standing out as individuals who have made it in business regardless of the country’s turmoil.

“Somalia, a failed state in East Africa, has an extremely hostile political and business environment. But its people are some of the most entrepreneurial in Africa,” reads a quote from the magazine.

Speaking to The Observer about the achievement, Amina said she was honoured to achieve the nod, adding that it was only hard work and dedication that had brought her this far.

“I can’t say much. I’m only humbled and want to thank the team at Forbes for being able to notice the hard work and tranquillity with which we have persevered over the years to bring us this far,” she said. “It all goes back to God because it has not been a small journey.”

Amina is a Kenyan of Somali origin. Growing up as a child, she worked with her mother in setting up a hardware store before settling down in Uganda to trade in soft commodities and cement.

She built a fortune from there and ventured into real estate. Amina owns some of the choicest pieces of real estate in Uganda, including the landmark Oasis shopping mall and Laburnum courts.

The tycoon is also developing a $120 million sugar factory in Atiak.


Inside President Museveni’s Radio Talk-Shows

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Unbeaten Uganda, Zimbabwe Chase First Slot to Final

By Innocent Ndawula & Darren Allan Kyeyune

Kampala — The two unbeaten sides; Uganda and Zimbabwe, at the on-going International Cricket Council (ICC) Africa Women’s Twenty20 World Cup Qualifier clash in crucial encounter at the Wanderers Affies Oval today in Windhoek, Namibia.

Victory for either sides will not guarantee either of the sides a ticket to the global qualifying showpiece where the winner of the Africa Qualifying Event will meet other ICC regions winners including; Europe/Americas (Scotland & Netherlands), East Asia Pacific (Papua New Guinea) and two ICC Full Members (Bangladesh & Ireland).

But it will be one step closer to the coveted global qualifier scheduled for later this year or in early 2018 because the winner of today’s game will earn direct ticket to the Saturday’s all-important final.

The loser today will have a chance to still reach the final but fatigue and injury could halt their progress as they have to play an extra game – against the winner of the Namibia – Kenya encounter which will be the day’s curtain raiser.

“It is going to be a very tough game,” Lady Cricket Cranes coach Grace Mutyagaba, said after his team’s nets session yesterday.

“But we know what to do. We must take it easy and embrace the game’s basics. I believe whoever shows willingness to exhibit them and hunger will carry the day.”

It will be a battle between Uganda’s clinical bowling and Zimbabwe’s power hitters.

The Ugandan sextet of Joyce Mary Apio, Rita Musamali, Stephanie Nampiina, Franklyn Najjumba, Consy Aweko and Gertrude Candiru run into the quartet of Zimbabwe’s polished batters; Ashley Ndiraya, Modester Mupachikwa, Chipo Mugeri and Precious Marange.

Uganda and Zimbabwe have six points apiece and none of them can slip to third whereas Kenya and Namibia are stuck on two and whoever finishes third will play the loser between the top two teams on the log.

The loser will play Tanzania in the fourth-place playoff on Friday morning. Five teams are in the fray at this African showpiece.


Inside President Museveni’s Radio Talk-Shows

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Uganda: NSSF Clients to Make Payments Using Mobile Money

By Zuurah Karungi

Kampala — MTN Uganda and National Social Security Fund (NSSF) have announced a partnership that enables payment of Social security contributions using Mobile Money.

This followed a survey conducted by NSSF Uganda last year where 67 per cent of the people contacted mentioned Mobile Money as a preferred and easiest option when remitting their Social Security Contributions.

“In the last eight years, MTN Mobile Money has had significant impact in the transformation of people’s lives. Now we are further enabling people to pay for their NSSF contributions using MTN Mobile Money.

“This will enable a significant part of our customers pay their pension and ensure they don’t retire into poverty,” said Mr Wim Vanhelleputte, the CEO MTN Uganda.

He further noted that MTN Uganda holds over 8.8 million Ugandans on Mobile Money which ensures NSSF customers money safety.

Convenient payment

Mr Richard Byaruhanga, the managing director NSSF Uganda, said MTN Mobile Money can be used by both voluntary contributors under the NSSF voluntary plan as well as established entities, especially those that remit less than Shs4 million in social security contributions per month.

To him, this partnership will make it convenient for their customers to save at ease and also save them from the long bank queues on payment.

“We also launched the Voluntary Contributions Plan to provide an opportunity to workers not covered by the mandatory provisions of the NSSF Act, as well as those in gainful self-employment that were previously contributing to the Fund to voluntarily save,” Byaruhanga added.

MTN Mobile Money has since 2009, been a major facilitator of financial inclusion in the country.

Statistics show that more than 8.8 million Ugandans depend on the platform, of which the majority had little or no access to any formal banking structure.


Inside President Museveni’s Radio Talk-Shows

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