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Suspect commits suicide in Kalisizo police cell

Kyotera, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The police in Kyotera district are investigating circumstances under which a suspect committed suicide in a cell. The deceased has been identified as Robert Luyima, 35, a resident of Matale village, Kalisizo town council. It is said that Luyima had been arrested for whipping his …

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Insecurity renders tour guides in Karamoja jobless

Moroto, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The persistent insecurity in Karamoja has rendered hundreds of local tour guides jobless. About 300 Karamojong youth have been making a living by guiding tourists around the mountains and camping sites. However, the number of tourists visiting Karamoja has dropped because of the current security …

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Museveni summons NRM parliamentary caucus over rising commodity prices

  Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has summoned legislators under the National Resistance Movement (NRM) Parliamentary Caucus to discuss the escalating commodity prices, among others. Brandon Kintu, the NRM Caucus spokesperson confirmed the agenda of the Tuesday scheduled meeting in an interview with Uganda Radio Network-URN. …

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Gov’t embarks on construction of Butiaba health center III

Buliisa, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The government has finally kicked off the construction of Butiaba health center III in Buliisa district. In 2020, water submerged the former premises of Butiaba health center III following the rising water levels in Lake Albert. The floods submerged staff quarters, maternity, male and female …

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FDC endorses flag bearer for Omoro county by-election

Omoro, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Dick Denis Owani is the Forum for Democratic Change-FDC party candidate for the Omoro county parliamentary by-election. The party leaders say Owani was endorsed following a consensus reached between him and another aspirant Terrence Odonga, on Sunday in Omoro town council. The Chua West Member …

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Mother arrested for marrying off teenage daughter

Butaleja, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Police in Butaleja district are holding a mother of a 14-year-old girl for conspiring with a 38-year-old man to marry her off. The suspects are Nadera Mariyati and Ali Guloba, a resident of Mwanswa village, Busaba sub-county, who married off the teenager. According to police, …

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LYEC: First elephant monument unveiled in Gulu City

  Gulu, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT |  A symbolic elephant monument was unveiled Friday in Gulu City in honour of the cultural significance of the creature to the Acholi people. The monument, installed with funding from Uganda Breweries was unveiled by the Chief Justice of Uganda,  Justice Alfonse Owiny-Dollo and His …

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Five suspected arms dealers escape military custody in Karamoja

Nakapiripirit, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Five people arrested on suspicion of trafficking firearms from Kenya to Uganda have escaped from the 407 UPDF brigade in Nakapiripirit district under unclear circumstances. The five suspects were arrested in Bukwo district on Thursday last week. They were handed over to the army, which …

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Police shoot two in Abim in case of mistaken identity

Abim, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The police in Abim district shot and injured two people in a case of mistaken identity. They were shot in Oyaro ward on Saturday. Michael Longole, the Karamoja Regional Police Spokesperson says that the police suspected the two were cattle rustlers. He identified the victims …

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