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{UAH} Uganda: Shunned by regime, Civilians pool money to host East African Games

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{UAH} How women rebuilt Rwanda following the genocide


"I saw women surging into the breach." 📻

Former US ambassador, Swanee Hunt, has collected 90 testimonies

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{UAH} TESO SAYS NO TO THE LAND AMENDMENT BILL AND YES TO THE AGE LIMIT RETENTION BILL.

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{UAH} MY FACEBOOK IS DOWN

My facebook is down. I cant even get to the main site www.facebook.com. Is anybody else experiencing this?

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Allaah gives the best to those who leave the choice to Him."And if Allah touches you with harm, none can remove it but He, and if He touches you with good, then He is Able to do all things." (6:17)

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{UAH} Who is behind this land grabbing?

In a twist of events, the war veteran after handing himself over to police at Katwe Police station, Gwanga was whisked to Makindye military barracks, the headquarters of Uganda military police.

In a heated interrogation, officers from the army and Criminal Investigation unit squeezed the battle hardened soldier who stuck to his guns, maintaining that his actions were meant to ward land grabbers off his daughter's land, something father could have done

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{UAH} My Son the Jihadi - On Demand - All 4

Afuwa Kasule/ Mayimuna/ Gwokto/Ahmed Katerregga/Edward Irundrua/ Abbey Semuwemba.

This documentary was shown here yesterday and was watched by one of the biggest audiences in British television. It is a harrowing story, of how a mother describes how her own son's tragic, but short journey, how he  travels from being a loving, but wayward  boy, into a muslim convert and then is slowly transformed into a monster- all within the space of about 2 years. It is the most moving story ever captured on television. It describes how a mother tries to come to terms with the fact that she gave birth to, and raised a monster. 

The most moving part of the documentary is the shock by the mother that British society actually fully sympathised with her plight and no one put any blame on her that her son became a muslim and a terrorist. The documentary charts her own journey of spiritual redemption- of trying to understand how her world collapsed around her, and her attempts to pick up the pieces again- and try to be human again. Despite all the barbaric and demonic cruelty that her own son inflicted on totally innocent victims, including the massacre of the 146 students of the Garissa Christian University in Kenya, the documentary shows that nevertheless human beings remain essentially good and kind. full of compassion and love. We are not born evil, but can be turned into monsters, sometimes by forces beyond our own control. This is the overriding message the mother delivers- that we  human beings were made for love, and not evil,  and that we should forgive those who commit evil, just as she has forgiven her son who committed some of the most horrible crimes imaginable.

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This powerful programme documents the daily struggle Sally Evans and her youngest son Micheal have faced since Sally's eldest son Thomas travelled to ...

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22 Oct 2015 - In 2011, Sally Evans made a devastating discovery: her son Thomas had left their home in a Buckinghamshire village and travelled to Somalia ...

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{UAH} From CNN: Trump's Charlottesville defense omits two key words

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{UAH} Breaking News:- David Ndii Arrested Over Incitement Claims, Detained at Nairobi Area Police Station.

Susan Mutuku shared a link to the group: Group Kenya.
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Nairobi - 23 Aug, 2017. Popular Economist and Scholar Dr. David Ndii Arrested this Morning at his Karen home. He was handcuffed and bundled into a police car and…

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{UAH} Breastfeeding Center Helps Ugandan Lawmakers with Work, Motherhood

Breastfeeding Center Helps Ugandan Lawmakers with Work, Motherhood

August 19, 2017

Taka Agnes Wejuli uses the breastfeeding room of the day care center at Uganda's parliament.
Taka Agnes Wejuli uses the breastfeeding room of the day care center at Uganda's parliament.


The World Health Organization (WHO) says breastfeeding is very important for the health of babies.

WHO officials say mother's milk should be the only food given to babies during the first six months of life. They advise that breastfeeding should continue in children up to two years of age. But that can be difficult for working mothers around the world.

In Uganda, parliament is supporting the act of breastfeeding by providing a free day care center for female lawmakers and the women who work for them.

Uganda's parliament has more than 150 women legislators. Many of them are at the age when they can give birth. Because of this, parliament members, including male legislators, have taken steps to help female members deal with their full-time job and motherhood.

Uganda's parliament has offered a daycare for female lawmakers and staff.
Uganda's parliament has offered a daycare for female lawmakers and staff.

Legislator Taaka Agnes Wejuli sends her four-month-old son to the parliamentary day care center.

"When I am coming very early, I don't even have to bathe my baby. I just get him out of sleep, put him in his car seat, lock the vehicle and we run up to here…I attend committee meetings. I attend (the) plenary in the afternoon, so I am always there, all the time."

The Speaker of Uganda's Parliament, Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga, opened the parliamentary center almost two years ago.

The center has a room with cooking equipment, areas for babies to sleep and play, and a room for breastfeeding mothers. This room, Kadaga says, has helped female lawmakers stay active in parliament and solved many problems for them.

"In the past, one would either have to leave parliament and go back home, depending on where she lives, that would take time," said Kadaga. "Either she would have to do part of the work, or abandon the work altogether and come back tomorrow because the traffic alone, if you are traveling back and forth between the city and your home, it takes time."

Two women supervise the center, which is open to both parliamentarians and the women who work for them. Sheeba Namara takes her three-month-old baby to the center. She says it is good to know her child is so near.

"Just the comfort of being at work yet at the same time knowing that your child is safe and you can walk in anytime, is really the best service that could ever do."

The World Health Organization rates countries on policies that support breastfeeding in its Global Breastfeeding Scorecard. It says Uganda is among 23 countries where more than 60 percent of babies are fed only their mother's milk during the first six months.

Ugandan health officials say there are still many things that can be done to help mothers. These include enacting policies aimed at supporting breastfeeding and babies' health.

Officials also say policies to let women more easily balance work and family responsibilities are also needed.

I'm Anne Ball.

Halima Athumani reported this story for VOA News. Mario Ritter adapted the report for Learning English. George Grow was the editor.


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{UAH} Relatives, Friends Break Down as Muslim Clerics Get Lengthy Sentences

Relatives, Friends Break Down as Muslim Clerics Get Lengthy Sentences

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Sheikhs Muhammad Yunus Kamoga, Siraji Kawoya, Murta Mudde Bukenya and Fahad Kalungi were sentenced to life imprisonment while Yusuf Kakande alias Abdallah and Abdusalam Sekayanja alias Kassim Mulumba are to spend 30 years in jail.

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Relatives and friends wailed on Tuesday as court handed lengthy sentences to six Muslim clerics found guilty of terrorism.
 
Sheikhs Muhammad Yunus Kamoga, Siraji Kawoya, Murta Mudde Bukenya and Fahad Kalungi were sentenced to life imprisonment while Yusuf Kakande alias Abdallah and Abdusalam Sekayanja alias Kassim Mulumba are to spend 30 years in jail.
 
It was a tense moment as Justice Ezekiel Muhanguzi read the sentences on behalf of the two other judges, Percy Tuhaise and Jane Kiggundu of the International Crimes Division of the High Court. As soon as Justice Muhanguzi read the sentences, the relatives broke down and cried. 
 
Many were overwhelmed and could hardly articulate how they felt. Some shouted angrily accusing government of targeting Muslims. 
 
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Silajje Kifampa Nsambu, the spokesperson of Jamiatul-Dawa-Issalafia speaking after the sentence said that as the Muslims of Tabliq sect, they will not accept the sentence arguing that the judges were political. 
 
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Kifampa said this amidst cries from the Muslims around the court premises. He urged those crying to be strong in such times.
 
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Fred Muwema, the lawyer for convicts described both the conviction and sentences as unsound, high-handed and excessive, saying they are going to appeal with the hope that they will be overturned.
 
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The six clerics, together with eight others have been battling charges of murder, attempted murder and terrorism in relation to the murder of Mustafa Bahiga, the former Kampala District Amir and Hassan Ibrahim Kirya, the former Spokesperson Kibuli based Muslim faction. They were also accused of attempted murder of Dr. Harouna Jjemba, the leader of a rival Tabliq faction. The murders were carried out on separate dates and diverse places in Kampala and Wakiso districts between 2013 and 2015.
 
However, court on Monday exonerated all the accused of the murder and attempted murder charges, saying prosecution had failed to adduce convincing evidence of their involvement in the crime.
 
The same court found the six guilty of terrorism when they printed fliers with the names of those listed for murder, distributing them in numerous mosques, holding meetings in their homes from where they planned the killings and sending threatening messages to their victims.
  
Those acquitted of all counts are Amir Kinene, Hakeem Kinene, Abdul Rashid Sematimba, Hamza Kasirye, Twaha Sekitto, Rashid Jingo, Musa Isa Mubiru and Yiga George William.


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{UAH} Ugandan WWII veteran who died at 110 was a clan leader

Ugandan WWII veteran who died at 110 was a clan leader

By Noah Jagwe

Added 21st August 2017 03:30 PM

Shortly before his death, he was serving as the treasurer of Uganda Ex-servicemen Association.

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(Photo credit: Family of Mzee Stanslaus Sajjabbi Kavuma)

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Mzee Stanslaus Sajjabbi Kavuma (pictured), who died on August 13 this year at the age of 110, was a clan leader of the leopard clan in Buganda Kingdom.

The World War II veteran passed away at his son's home in Bunamwaya, Wakiso district.

Sajjabbi is survived by 29 children, 83 grandchildren and 41 great-grandchildren. 

Among his grandsons is Ugandan rapper Babaluku, born Silas Babaluku Balabyekkubo.

According to his son Bishop Grivus Musisi, who is the senior pastor at Prayer Palace, Kibuye, Sajjabbi was born on August 15, 1907 in Bugerere.

He died two days after turning 110.

During the Second World War, the Ugandan veteran fought in Burma (now Myanmar) and retired with a military rank of sergeant.

His family said Sajjabbi used to share memories from the war with his sons. He used to haul guns heavier than him up the hills on orders of his superiors and sometimes even fall back in the process from being frail.

The darker times were when he witnessed some of his colleagues shot dead during the war.

'Nationalist in words and actions'

Sajjabbi was the father to fallen renowned evangelist John Deogratius Balabyeko who died in a road accident.

 

In his early years, Sajjabbi was a merchant in cotton and coffee before turning to keycutting along Burton Street in Kampala in the 1970s.

Shortly before his death, he was serving as the treasurer of Uganda Ex-servicemen Association.

At a vigil in Kibuye, his son, Bishop Musisi, eulogized Sajjabbi as a person with a big heart towards people no matter their background. "The late has been a people person who loved without discriminatory tendency," he said.

"Mzee Sajjabbi was a nationalist in both words and actions. I remember him giving out land in Masese in Jinja and Nakyesa Bugerere for Uganda Police to build a police post. He also donated part of his land to build this church (Prayer Palace Kibuye).

"He lastly asked us to remain as one," added Musisi.

From 1972 until 1992, Sajjabbi served as a Sultan Village chairman in Mengo Kisenyi.

And from 1986 until 1997, he led the exiled group of Baganda (Bakenyi) who had disappeared in Teso, Busoga, Karamoja and other areas and resettled them in Bugerere on free land that he surrendered.

The fallen veteran's second-last son Josh Senono Kintu Panea, said their father loved everyone, the reason he went and picked up the 90,000 Bakenyi from the various areas they had lost and brought them back in Buganda.

Among his several contributions Sajjabbi also built a palace for the Buganda king at Kayonza, Bugerere.

"We highly regard him as a gatherer and as a person who loved his kingdom," said Senono.

Sajjabbi's social life

He was a member of the then-Nankasa Group, a dance group that specialized in Ganda cultural dance (amazina amaganda).

On special days like Christmas, his children said he would slaughter cows and serve the whole village the whole season. "My father was a social man. He would strike the drum while dancing and partying with other villagers," recounts Bishop Musisi.

Sajjabbi was laid to rest mid-last week in Kayunga district. 


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{UAH} Uganda police: Arrests over ritual serial killings

Uganda police: Arrests over ritual serial killings

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Uganda police say they have arrested a number of suspects over a recent spate of killings of women near the capital, Kampala.

The Inspector General of Police, Kale Kayihura, said that a suspect had confessed to killing eight women on the orders of businessmen.

The murders were for ritual sacrifices, Gen Kayihura told residents of Nansana municipality.

Local media say 17 women have been killed in a gruesome manner since May.

Africa Live: Updates on this and other stories

Police spokesman Asan Kasingye told the BBC that while the murders occurred in the same district, they were not all related.

Ugandas Inspector General of Police, Kale Kayihura (L) addresses the press outside a building where five people were arrested in Kampala following a tip-off from local residents on April 7, 2015 suspecting them of alleged terrorist activity.Image copyrightISAAC KASAMANI
Image captionUganda's Inspector General of Police, Kale Kayihura (L) says a suspect has confessed to killing eight women

He said that in the majority of cases, the victims were sex workers who had been raped and strangled in isolated places in "the wee hours of the morning".

"Two were students," he said, adding that in five cases the women had been killed by their estranged partners.

Mr Kasingye said the municipalities were at least 60 km (40 miles) apart.

He said that Gen Kayihura was reacting to local media reports that the police had failed to apprehend the culprits.

"In all but one of the cases the suspects have been apprehended," Mr Kasingye said.


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