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Karamojong farmers sell off farm equipment as scrap to buy food

Kaabong, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The current food insecurity in Karamoja region has forced farmers to sell off farm equipment, including the recently distributed ox ploughs to scrap dealers so as to buy food. Early this year, the Office of the Prime Minister distributed hand hoes and ox ploughs to …

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Two killed, 24 arrested on allegations of terror financing

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | A least two people have been shot dead and 24 others arrested by police crime intelligence in a crackdown on a racket of robberies to finance ADF terror activities in Kampala. Fred Enanga, the police spokesperson identified one of the deceased as Farouk Tomusange, alias Juma …

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Africa CDC warns spike in monkeypox cases

Monkeypox has emerged as the most prevalent orthopoxvirus infection in humans Addis Ababa, Ethiopia | Xinhua | The Africa Center for Disease Control (Africa CDC) warned monkeypox cases are increasing across the African continent. Ahmed Ogwell, acting director of Africa CDC, while addressing journalists in his period briefing on Thursday, said …

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EC suspends women council elections roadmap

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The Electoral Commission has suspended the program for women council and committee elections due to lack of funds. In February, the Electoral Commission issued a roadmap detailing the various activities to be conducted under the programme for elections of Women Councils and Committees from the …

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Uganda exceeds annual refugee ceiling amid influx from DR Congo

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Uganda has hit its annual refugee admission target at half year, exerting more pressure on the country to urgently look for donations if its globally recognized open door policy is to be sustained. Douglas Asiimwe, the Acting Commissioner for Refugees at the Office of the …

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Ten suspects escape police custody in Rukungiri

Rukungiri, Uganda |  THE INDEPENDENT | Three police officers attached to Rukungiri police station are in trouble following the escape of 10 dangerous suspects from detention. They are Sergeant Boniface Muhoozi, Police Constable Wilson Masereka who are detained and Police Constable Reuben Tumwesigye who is on the run. The suspects escaped …

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Supreme Court ruling on gun rights divides U.S.

Supreme Court upheld Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms Washington, U.S. | Xinhua | The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday struck down a New York state law that places restrictions on carrying a concealed handgun outside the home, a move likely to divide the nation further on the polarizing …

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Commercial banks resume payment of dividends

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Shareholders in banking service companies will in a month’s time start receiving dividends for their investments, for the first time since 2019. Stanbic Bank Uganda and Bank of Baroda will be the first to pay dividends to their shareholders, starting July 24th and August 4th, …

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Two year old succumbs to suspected food poisoning

Jinja, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Police in Kiira region is investigating circumstances surrounding the death of two-year-old Gabriel Lumayo, after allegedly eating food with the rest of his family who are now hospitalised in critical condition. The deceased has been taken to Jinja regional referral hospital mortuary, awaiting postmortem. It …

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NARO blocks return of motorsport at Entebbe Botanical Gardens

Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | The National Agricultural Research Organisation-NARO has rejected plans for hosting motor rallies at Entebbe Botanical Gardens. Sitting on 40.7 hectares of land in Entebbe, the gardens were established for purposes of research and to preserve the diversity of plants in Uganda. The gardens house a …

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