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Herbalists carrying out an exorcism. Residents have lost millions to such scams

Herbalists carrying out an exorcism. Residents have lost millions to such scams

Residents of Luweero, Nakasongola and Nakaseke are living in fear over rampant cases of witchcraft that have led to loss of lives and property, and conmen who are raking millions from their victims.

Counter accusations of witchcraft and residents losing their loved ones to blood sucking creatures are a common occurrence and security operatives in the area are working overtime to prevent mob justice.

Victims of such senseless attacks are those who have amassed wealth and have booming businesses and are accused of using witchcraft to get rich while making their neighbours poorer.

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Last Monday Nurdin Muyanja, the vice chairperson of the herbalists association that is tasked with exorcising spirits in Luweero and neighbouring areas fined a resident, Sebwato, sh1m after accusing him of sending demons that were strangling his neighbour’s daughter.

Sebwato is a budding businessman in Kasana – Luweero. He was also (more…)

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joelIn Mulago hospital, we have a specialist clinic every Thursday for children with different brain disorders. Convulsions are the most common reason parents seek attention in this clinic with epilepsy being the leading diagnosis we make.

In the general community, about 0.5% of the population may have epilepsy. A school of 500 pupils may have 2-5 children with epilepsy. However, the majority of affected school-age children are denied school mostly due to stigma, negative beliefs and a poor understanding of epilepsy, its causes, symptoms and signs.

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The researchers want govt to initiate policies which will empower adoloscent girls.

The researchers want govt to initiate policies which will empower adoloscent girls.

Findings by a study conducted by academicians from Makerere University School of Women and Gender Studies have established that cultural norms are the biggest hindrance to the realization of speedy progress in the move to promote girl education and women empowerment in Uganda.

Launching the research findings on Friday at Hotel Africana, the state minister for the elderly and the disabled, Sulaiman Madada, commended the researchers and promised to ensure that government uses their research to address the challenges to the social-economic empowerment of women.

“This study is timely. There are still many negative attitudes that are failing the drive for educating and empowering women. This research will (more…)

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Distribution of free sanitary towels in selected schools, provision of washrooms for adolescent girls and supply of a spare skirt or dress, lesu (wrapper) and soap are among tactics to be adopted by the Government in a bid to keep girls in school.

Jessica Alupo, the education and sports minister, revealed on Thursday that the Government had a deliberate plan to keep the girl children in school.

Alupo was responding to a (more…)

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Polly Namaye, Rwizi region Police spokesperson newvision

Polly Namaye, Rwizi region Police spokesperson
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The Police in Mbarara have arrested two men and a mother of five children over their alleged involvement in rape and defilement offences in various areas in the district.

Polly Namaye, the Rwizi region Police spokesperson, said the woman was arrested for allegedly having sex with a 13-year-old boy in Rubaaya, Kashari Mbarara.

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Minister Sulaiman Madada interacts with youth during a debate on teenage pregnancy.

Minister Sulaiman Madada interacts with youth during a debate on teenage pregnancy.

The State minister for the elderly and disabled, Sulaiman Madada has revealed that government plans to introduce sex education as one of the compulsory subjects in schools so as to curb unwanted pregnancies and the increasing school dropout rates.

“We are already carrying out consultations with experts and the ministry of education to determine which particular content suits a particular age group and class,” said Madada.

He further explained that the target start age will be at least 9 years since at this age children can better understand certain issues if explained in models that suit them.

Madada was (more…)

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I seduced handsome men, fell pregnant by them, then moved on without disclosing to them that I had concieved. I was only interested in bearing good looking children, not endangering my marriage.

I seduced handsome men, fell pregnant by them, then moved on without disclosing to them that I had concieved. I was only interested in bearing good looking children, not endangering my marriage.

Josephine (not real name) grew up knowing that being handsome or beautiful gave one more opportunities in life. She hence silently vowed not to be married to a man she was not sure would give her beautiful children.

Today, Josephine easily passes for a happy and successful woman. A nice car, good job and successful private business, happy and loving husband and family…she has got it all. But she is slowly being eaten away by the guilt of her quest for a title of “Mrs” and beautiful children.

“I started noticing discrimination based on beauty in primary school in Mityana. This continued throughout my secondary, university, and in the employment world. I can point out three times during my school days, once in primary and twice in secondary school, when it must have been my fair looks that bailed me out. And so it was that I silently vowed I would have only handsome and beautiful children at whatever cost.

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