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UVRI to investigate low Covid-19 cases

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The Uganda Virus Research Institute has started a study to investigate why the country and some of its neighbors are reporting low COVID-19 cases. The study is expected to last four years and will look at what contribution the different COVID-19 variants have played in the …

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Mabirizi petitions principal judge over delayed hearing of applications

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Lawyer Male Mabirizi has petitioned the Principal Judge Dr. Flavian Zeija seeking answers why his applications have not been fixed for hearing. On February 15, 2022, the High Court Civil Division Judge Musa Ssekaana found Mabirizi guilty of contempt of court for allegedly attacking judicial officers …

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Parliament adopts report recommending UGX 126Bn additional funding to EC

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The House has adopted a report by its committee on Legal and Parliamentary Affairs in which MPs recommended additional budgetary allocation to the Electoral Commission (EC) to cater for administrative units elections, transfers to political parties and others. This followed the presentation of a report by …

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Women in Busoga demand cancer screening at lower health facilities

Jinja, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Women in the Busoga region want screening for both cervical cancer and breast cancer extended to lower health facilities. They say that the lack of screening services has left many women to die silently without intervention. Jinja hospital conducts a weekly breast and cervical cancer clinic …

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Businessman shot dead in Nwoya district

Nwoya, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | A businessman has been shot dead in Nwoya district. Hillary Kimera, 38, was shot dead on Tuesday at 9 pm by unknown people while he was riding from Gulu city to Koch Goma town council in Nwoya district. Geoffrey Opiyo, the chairman of Koch Goma town …

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NDA, Church of Uganda sign MoU to curb drug abuse in schools

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The National Drug Authority (NDA) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with the Church of Uganda to curb drug and substance abuse in Anglican secondary schools. At an event held on Wednesday, the Archbishop Church of Uganda Stephen Samuel Kazimba Mugalu said this school-based drug …

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SAGE budget shortfalls affecting welfare of beneficiaries

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Parliament’s Gender, Labour and Social Development Committee has queried the inconsistent funding for the Social Assistance Grants for Empowerment (SAGE), saying that this impedes the effective running of the programme and the general welfare of the beneficiaries. The committee demanded that the Ministry of Finance provides …

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Parliament opposes transfer of UWEP funds to Parish Devt Model

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Government’s proposal to move money from the Uganda Women Empowerment Project (UWEP) to the Parish Development Model (PDM) has been rejected by legislators who said that the move will affect the welfare of women. A total of Shs29.2 billion out of the UWEP budget of Sh32 …

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Re-allocate Shs319 billion Lubowa hospital budget

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The Chairperson of the Finance Committee, Keefa Kiwanuka has advised the Minister of Finance to re-allocate the Shs319 billion earmarked in the 2022/2023 budget for the International Specialised Hospital in Lubowa. This was during the meeting with the Ministers of Finance, led by Matia Kasaija while …

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