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A 13-year old girl who gave birth during Primary Leaving examinations.

A 13-year old girl who gave birth during Primary Leaving examinations.

By Anne Mugisa and Catherine Mwesigwa in Kuala Lumpur

Almost two million Ugandan minors are forced or lured into alleged marriage, according to an African human social development report presented at the Women Deliver international conference in Kuala Lumpur.

The report is compiled from statistics gathered in 2010 to 2012 from UNFPA, UNICEF, WHO and World Bank.

Uganda falls among the 15 worst African countries with high numbers of child brides. At 46% of underage girls below 18 forced or lured in marriage, it is in the eleventh position while Niger tops the list at 75% followed by Chad with 72% of child marriages.

According to the study, the countries with the worst child marriage scores also have the highest maternal (more…)

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Whereas freedom of speech is not absolute and the state has an obligation to ensure public safety and national security, it is absurd when the state disguises its ill intentions under such excuses to intimidate, torture and sometimes kill journalists for daring to expose  matters of public interest than may rub the state / ruling government the wrong way.

On May 20, the police raided the offices of the Daily Monitor and Red pepper saying they had a search warrant giving them powers to search and retrieve the original copy of a letter said to have been authored by General David Ssejusa a.k.a Tinyefuza which the Daily Monitor had failed to hand to them regardless of an existing court order.

In a matter of minutes, the besieged premises had been sealed off and declared ‘crime scene’ and all persons found within the said premises were thrown out! In a matter (more…)

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Gayaza High School girls in class

Gayaza High School girls in class

The high dropout rate among primary school going girls needs urgent intervention, women activist have demanded.

The activists are also concerned about the soaring numbers of women who die daily in pregnancy-related complications in the country.

The activists raised the concerns in a meeting held in Kampala.

Recent government reports on education

estimate that of the total number of pupils who enroll in primary one, only 30% complete primary seven, placing Uganda’s dropout rates the worst in the region.

However, Dr. Hilda Tadria, the director of Mentoring and Empowering Program for Young Women said:  “These figures (more…)

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Mr Musa Bungudu UNAIDS Country Coordinator

Mr Musa Bungudu UNAIDS Country Coordinator

A top UNAIDS official in Uganda has said the country is losing the fight against HIV/Aids, with the infection rates steadily rising.

 

Musa Bungudu, the UNAIDS Country Director, says Uganda is the only country in the Eastern and Southern Africa with rising HIV/AIDS infection rates. Up to 145,000 new infections are recorded each year.

 

According to the 2011 National HIV Indicator (more…)

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Muyama collapsed on seeing her daughters body.

Muyama collapsed on seeing her daughters body.

Tragedy befell Pastor Wilson Bugembe’s church when an 8-year old girl was defiled and brutally murdered during night prayers.

Desire Nakalanzi’s body, whose private parts were raptured, was discovered hidden behind Bugembe’s Light The World church in Kibulooka, a Nansana suburb notorious for crime, on Wednesday.

At the crime scene were the girl’s panties that had been ripped off her and a wallet that police suspect could belong to one of the suspects.

The girl’s mother, Christine Muyama of Gganda in Wakiso, had gone with her daughter for Tuesday night prayers as was her custom. At about 2:30am  her daughter told her she wanted to ease herself, and went out to the bathrooms.

An hour later Muyama noticed (more…)

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Mitusera Bainomugisha feeds fish in one of the ponds. Below: He supervises workers during harvests.

Mitusera Bainomugisha feeds fish in one of the ponds. Below: He supervises workers during harvests.

In Summary

He has been involved in commercial fish farming for more than three decades. He tells Otushabire Tibyangye how he started, what he has learned along the way and the challenges.

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I am Mitusera Bainomugisha from Iryango village in Kabuyanda Sub county in Isingiro District. I started fish farming in 1983 with three ponds after realising that that there was scarcity of fish in the area. So, I bought tilapia fingerings from Kajjansi fish centre in Kampala.
My intention was to have (more…)

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Ms Florence Candiru is carried onto a truck with goats and goods at Olujobo Health Centre.

Ms Florence Candiru is carried onto a truck with goats and goods at Olujobo Health Centre.

In Summary

Ms Florence Candiru, who had been admitted to Olujobo Health Centre III, was reportedly referred to Arua Regional Referral Hospital by health workers at the facility.

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An expectant mother lost her child at the weekend after she was transported on a lorry carrying goats and goods following the alleged refusal of Olujobo Health Centre III workers to grant her an ambulance.

Ms Florence Candiru, who had been admitted to Olujobo Health Centre III, was reportedly referred to Arua Regional Referral Hospital by health workers at the facility.

However, when she sought (more…)

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