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President Yoweri Museveni has commended Bishop Nathan Ahimbisibwe and the entire leadership of the South Ankole diocese for preaching unity for development among the people despite their religious affiliation.
He said this was in line with the National Resistance Movement ideals that are against any form of sectarianism including religious sectarianism but are focused on uniting all Ugandans to work for national development.

The President was today speaking during Easter Mass at St. Mathew Cathedral Kyamate in Ntungamo district where he was accompanied by the First Lady who is also Minister for Karamoja Affairs Janet Kataha Museveni.

“I have heard you overtime and your messages are very clear and positive because they preach unity and don’t divide the population. We were forced to send away all religious leaders from all military barracks because their messages to the army were largely divisive and could not be tolerated in the army and am happy the messages from the church today emphasize religious unity,” he said.

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Police in the eastern district of Iganga recently arrested a 40-year old father who allegedly married off his eight-year-old daughter to her 32-year-old primary teacher for Shs 300,000 and a rooster.

Busoga Regional Police Spokesman Samson Lubega said the father, Peter Baliraine, a resident of Izimba village in Nakigo sub-county was arrested on a tip-off from residents.

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Most private have increased term II fees citing a rise in food prices & other supplies

Most private have increased term II fees citing a rise in food prices & other supplies

Some private schools have increased tuition fees for the second term of the 2014 academic year, a random survey conducted by The Observer indicates.

The second term begins May 19th, although many private schools plan to resume on May 11th.

According to the end of first term circulars sent to parents, most of the affected schools attribute the increment in school dues to rising prices of food and other school supplies.

“Considering the high cost of living, the fees structure has been adjusted to Shs 930,000,” says one circular from Uganda Martyrs Secondary School, (more…)

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Pope John Paul II

Pope John Paul II

VATICAN CITY – A much-loved pope will be declared a saint on Sunday but not everyone in the Catholic Church agrees.

John Paul II also alienated many left-wing Catholics and has been blamed for hushing up child sex crimes.

“Not all the people of God agree about canonisation,” the International Movement We Are Church said in a statement ahead of the canonisation ceremony in St Peter’s for John Paul II and his Italian predecessor John XXIII.

The group accused the late pope of “spiritual authoritarianism” and of putting too much emphasis on “hierarchical control” — two traits it said left little room for victims and investigations of abuses.

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MPs have maintained a provision compelling men to a mandatory HIV/AIDS testing alongside their pregnant partners.

The provision is contained in the HIV/AIDS prevention and Control Bill 2010 report which was tabled before parliament last for debate.

In the report by the parliamentary committee on health, the MPs said the move was intended to protect the rights of people to life, and to place an obligation on each other to be responsible.

“The committee considered the differing views on this clause and formed a strong opinion that the spirit of the clause is not to remove rights of individuals but rather to protect lives,” said Kenneth Omona the committee chairperson.

However, during the scrutinizing of the Bill, some stakeholders opposed the provision saying it doesn’t provide for informed consent, thereby making testing mandatory.

In the report, the stakeholders argue that mandatory HIV testing violates fundamental rights to the security of the person and the highest attainable standard of physical and mental health protected by the international treaties, to which Uganda is a party.
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Where I live, two shocking incidents involving inebriated drivers in the recent past have left me with no doubt that Uganda is facing a serious challenge regarding the crime of drink-driving.
In the first incident, a driver too drank to stand, rammed into the rear of a vehicle with young ladies.

A couple of the girls went to an early grave. The rest inherited different versions of disabilities. The driver escaped unhurt and is still driving on our road – many times under the influence of alcohol.

The second involved a mischievous young man who stole his father’s car, went on a drinking spree and then mauled a couple of people in the trading centre after he failed to control the vehicle.
Luckily for him, the father is a rich man who paid the funeral expenses of the dead and treated the injured, many of whom lost limbs and have been rendered partially helpless. The young man is still driving, sometimes under the influence of alcohol.

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When President Museveni signed the Anti-Homosexuality Bill into law, Europe and the US went into overdrive. Aid was and continues to be cut. Threats were made if the law is not repealed. But I think the Americans and Europeans are taking it out on us because of a collective sense of guilt.

They are struggling to come to terms with their past and we have offered the opportunity for them to look good.
In 1533, King Henry VIII signed into law the Buggery Act. The law prohibited all homosexual activities and prescribed the death penalty for contravention. In addition, all property of the convict was confiscated. The heir(s) would inherit nothing. The death penalty was scrapped in 1861 and replaced with life imprisonment. For more than 300 years, the British courts convicted and the government hanged its citizens for male-male sexual activity. A sample of records shows that between 1806 and 1861 alone, 8,921 men were prosecuted for sodomy in Britain. Four hundred and four were sentenced to death.

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