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Busoga leaders in drive to save journalist Muyanga Lutaaya

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | A section of political leaders from Busoga Sub-region have today launched a fundraising campaign to save journalist Simon Muyanga Lutaaya from prison. Muyanga, a former Bulamoji Constituency Parliamentary aspirant, was on Monday committed to six months in Kirinya prison by Jinja’s Grade I Magistrate Samanya …

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NDA closes 14 pharmacies over licenses

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The National Drug Authority-NDA has closed fourteen additional pharmacies for operating without valid licenses. According to NDA, the closed pharmacies have been operating without valid 2018 licenses contrary to Section 14 of the National Drug Policy and Authority Act. The closed pharmacies include Mediva Pharmacy …

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Police procures 3 more aircraft

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Uganda Police Force is set to acquire two more helicopters and a fixed wing aircraft from Italy. The procurement process for the two engine helicopters at the tune of sh88 billion (USD 23.9M) began in 2015 while that of the fixed wing aircraft began …

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Informal sector eating up global workforce – UN study

Zurich, Switzerland | THE INDEPENDENT | More than 61 percent of the global workforce earns their livelihoods in the informal sector, with no social protection, rights at work and decent working conditions. Majority of these (85.8 percent) are in emerging and developing economies in Africa. The findings are revealed in …

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Ministry of Health awaits decision on Cuban doctors

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT |  The Ministry of Health is ready to receive Cuban doctors once Cabinet approves a decision to bring them into the country to support the health sector. Permanent Secretary Ministry of Health Diana Atwine assured the press in a media briefing on Monday that no …

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Uganda on high alert after new polio case in Kenya

  Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT |  Uganda is on high alert after new cases of the polio virus were discovered in neighbouring Kenya and the DRC. Uganda was first certified as a polio-free country in 2006 but in 2010 had a case in eastern Uganda that was imported from Kenya. …

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NSSF boss tips employees on saving culture

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The Managing Director of National Social Security Fund (NSSF), Richard Byarugaba, has urged employees to save for their future retirement. He said statistics in the East African region show that Uganda has one of the least saving culture which is not good for the economy. …

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Mixed Fortunes As Banks Release 2017 Financials

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Commercial banks have recorded a mixed bag of fortunes over the last one year, according to financial reports released today. The financial results released today show a decline in profits for some banks and microfinance deposit-taking institutions and losses for others. Banks that reported losses …

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Millions lost as MV-Kalangala remains grounded

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Kalangala district local government has lost 105 million Shillings in taxes this month alone, as a result of due to the absence of MV Kalangala, a ferry that plies the Entebbe Kalangala route. Kalangala district chairperson Willy Lugoloobi says the vessel which carries up to …

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