Archive for January, 2012

At least 100 Gulu girls miss p7 over pregnancy

Girls discuss for an exam. Many young girls in Gulu have dropped out of school due to either pregnancy or being married off

A report released by the education department in Gulu indicates that at least 110 primary school girls across the district missed sitting for their Primary Leaving Examinations last year after being married off by their parents while others dropped out due to pregnancy.

 The report also shows that majority of the girls who dropped out are those in Aswa and Omoro counties, which are mostly rural areas.

The Rev. Vincent Ocen Ochieng, the district education officer, on Tuesday said majority of the girls abandoned schooling before sitting for their mock examinations.

“My office will meet with all the head teachers in the district next week to find out solutions to problems the girls are facing in the course of their learning because the rate at which they are deserting school for marriage is exceptionally high,” Mr Ochieng said, adding that the trend calls for urgent intervention.
He, however, blamed parents for exposing their daughters to early pregnancy. (more…)

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Uganda drops in press freedom ranking

Police block Activists for Change members from accessing a road in Kasubi on Wednesday. Daily Monitor photojournalist Isaac Kasamani was shot at by security personnel while covering the event.

Alleged brutality by security forces against journalists and proposed draconian legislation against newspapers have plunged Uganda 43 places lower in the latest press freedom ranking by the Paris-based Reporters Without Borders (RSF).

The RSF report was released yesterday, a day after Daily Monitor photographer Isaac Kasamani was shot at by plain clothes security personnel travelling in a police van.

The civil society yesterday condemned the attack on the photojournalist who was covering the opposition Activists for Change rally in Kasubi, Kampala.
The RSF report covering 2011 activities, said Uganda had dropped to the 139th position out of 170 countries surveyed world-wide.

The Press Freedom Index notes that an increased number of journalists in Uganda reported more acts of violence meted out on them by security agencies. “Journalists in Uganda were the targets (more…)

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Man dies in Luweero church

The church where Lubega collapsed and died during a healing session.

Shock gripped born-again Christians of Deliverance Power Church in Luweero town when a 26-year old man who was undergoing healing, collapsed dead inside the church.

Isaac Lubega, a resident of Namukago village in neighboring Nakasongola District, died at around 1am Wednesday morning during prayer time.

The cause of his collapse to death has not been established yet, but the Luweero district CID officer said police had launched investigations into the matter.

A few days before his emotionally confusing end, Lubega was brought to the church by his mother to be healed from what she believed were demons.

Hundreds of eager residents flocked the shanty church (more…)

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Muslim youths vow to fight to keep disputed Clock Tower land

Police officers have taken charge of the controversial land at Clock Tower in Kampala.

Muslim youths of the Tabliq sect yesterday declared a Jihad (holy war) against city businessman Hassan Basajjabalaba who is behind plans to redevelop a contested piece of land at Clock Tower in Kampala.

 Addressing a press briefing in Kampala yesterday, the new Tabliq leader, Sheikh Yunus Kamoga, said Mr Basajjabalaba illegally acquired the land using some unscrupulous former Tabliq sect leaders.

“We are not opposing development but we are rejecting this new wave of theft where moguls use unscrupulous clerics for their selfish gains,” Sheikh Kamoga said.

He added: “Basajjabalaba should know that he bought (more…)

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Baby dies after being circumcised

Grief engulfed residents of Kasese Municipality when a three-weeks old baby died after undergoing circumcision. The baby’s mother Dorah Muhindo, said she was instructed by the health workers at St. Paul’s Health Centre IV not to feed the baby from 6am since the operation was to be done at 7am but it took place at 11am.

A relative, who preferred anonymity, said the child was discharged at 5pm.
A medical source at the health centre said: “Imagine a three-week-old child spent more than eight hours without eating and no fluids were given to him, obviously his glucose levels reduced causing dehydration and eventually death.”

The parents said the child was discharged before he regained consciousness but his condition worsened when they reached home. The baby was taken back (more…)

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99 year old remanded to Luzira for defilement

Wadada at Mukono court waiting to appear before the magistrate. Photo by Johnson Mayamba

Court in Mukono has remanded a 99 year old man to Luzira prison over charges of aggravated defilement.

The court presided over by the Mukono Grade Two Magistrate, Charles Kadisi, remanded Wadada Kisofeeri Onuera, a resident of Namatooke B village, Busamuzi subcounty in Buvuma district for defiling an 8 year old girl.

Prosecution told court that on January 11 2012 the victim’s mother left her with the old man and went to the garden. (more…)

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