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Lockdown upshots drive more people into farming

Kitgum, Uganda |  THE INDEPENDENT |  A sizeable percentage of locals in Acholi Sub-region whose livelihood were affected by the lockdown directives issued by the government to contain COVID-19 have embraced farming as an alternative for sustaining their livelihood.   The government issued lockdown restrictions in March, a move that saw the …

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Uganda clays declares UGX 88m loss for 2019

Kampala, Uganda |  THE INDEPENDENT |  Uganda Clays Limited has announced a loss of 88 million Shillings for the 2019 calendar year, ending a short spell at returning profit.  The construction materials maker said today that its gross profit dropped drastically from a 1.9 billion Shilling profit recorded in 2018. The …

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Police bursts car theft racket in Nansana, one arrested

Wakiso, Uganda |  THE INDEPENDENT |  One person suspected to be the ringleader of a car theft racket in Nansana has been arrested. The suspect, identified as William Ssali alias George Byarugaba was arrested during an operation conducted by police officers along the Kampala Northern Bypass last evening.    Kampala Metropolitan …

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Traders counting losses as Kenya blocks entry of Uganda cane trucks

Busia, Uganda |  THE INDEPENDENT |  Several sugarcane traders are stuck in Busia town following Kenya’s ban on the importation of sugarcane from Uganda. Kenya’s Agriculture Cabinet Secretary, Peter Munya recently announced a total ban on the importation of Sugar cane from Uganda, which took effect on Thursday last week. Over …

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Gov’t moves to lift fishing ban on lake Kyoga and Kwania

Kwania, Uganda |  THE INDEPENDENT |  Government has set 27 July as the date for resuming fishing activities on Lake Kyoga and Lake Kwania. In April 2019, the government suspended fishing following a request by Lake Kyoga Integrated Management Organisation (LAKIMO) following concerns of depletion of fish species due to poor …

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Interest rate cap could hit commercial banks

Central bank’s move could reduce the industry’s profitability | THE INDEPENDENT | Uganda’s central bank has threatened to cap interest that commercial banks can charge borrowers following the industry’s failure to lower interest rates in response to the cuts in the Central Bank Rate, according to its governor, Emmanuel Tumusiime-Mutebile. …

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Police thwarts traders attempts to reopen arcades in Kampala

Kampala, Uganda |  THE INDEPENDENT |  Police have fired teargas and live bullets to disperse hundreds of traders in downtown Kampala who had reopened shops this morning, despite their continued closure by the government.   Arcades have remained closed since March 2020, when the government first announced a lockdown to contain the …

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Kitgum farmers decry exclusion from Nusaf-3 procurement procedure

Kitgum, Uganda |  THE INDEPENDENT |  Farmers in Labongo Amida Sub County, Kitgum district have protested the exclusion from independently sourcing for service providers for a project being implemented under the Third Northern Uganda Social Action Fund- NUSAF-3. The group comprising of 60 farmers under Abilgiri Watershed received 70 million shillings …

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Police impound hundreds of boda bodas in COVID-19 operation

    Kampala, Uganda | THE INDEPENDENT | Police have impounded over 200 motorcycles and arrested their riders in Kampala Metropolitan areas for violating presidential directives stopping them from carrying passengers as part of the Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) preventive measures. The Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesperson, Patrick Onyango, says most of …

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