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The government of Uganda has been praised for introducing Universal Primary Education in 1997, aimed at providing education for all children of school-going age access to education and real prospects to complete the primary education cycle, meaning education for all. It is important to note that ‘education for all’ is not a Ugandan initiative. It was first launched in Jomtien, Thailand in1990 to bring benefits of education to “every citizen in every society”.

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Tobacco kills. BATU, Uganda’s largest tobacco company, accepts the verdict but, nevertheless, opposes attempts by MPs on the Forum on Non-communicable Diseases to completely phase out tobacco use.
The Tobacco Control Bill 2014, under consideration by Committee on Health, seeks to control tobacco use and protect second-hand smokers. And it should be supported.

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Mr Haavisto argues that aid cut to Uganda is not the best alternative.

Mr Haavisto argues that aid cut to Uganda is not the best alternative.

HELSINKI- The 28 members of the European Union have collectively agreed that cutting aid to Uganda over the anti-homosexuality law is unnecessary, and that other options should be explored to resolve the difference of opinion over the law.

They also say President Museveni is a ‘strategic security ally’ in the Great Lakes and the East African region.
Mr Pekka Haavisto, Finland’s minister for International Development, said on Tuesday that the Anti-Homosexuality Law enacted in February is “extremely stupid”, but sanctions would be unhelpful.

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The OC Kalisizo Prison, Mr William Ochow (R) escorts the suspects to prison after they were remanded on murder charges.

The OC Kalisizo Prison, Mr William Ochow (R) escorts the suspects to prison after they were remanded on murder charges.

Rakai.- Thirteen suspected cannibals accused of killing and eating a 21-year-old woman and her nine-month-old baby in Rakai District have been remanded to Masaka prison on charges of murder.

The suspects appeared before Kalisizo Grade One Magistrate’s Court on Friday but could not plead to the charges because murder is a capital offence only tried by the High Court.

It is alleged that on March 23, at Kyakirugu village in Kyarulangira Sub-county, Mr Asaf Muhimbise, 50, and others, killed Ms Peace Kyamukama Arinaitwe and her nine-month-baby and ate them.

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KAMPALA.
A new study by the Refugee Law Project has found that many refugee women and girls in Kampala are engaged in sex as a survival strategy, which leads to physical, psychological and emotional abuse.
The study released on Thursday in Kampala also shows that refugee women and girls continue to suffer sexual and gender violence and are discriminated against by both family and communities.
It also notes that most unaccompanied refugee girls do not enjoy children rights as they are ushered into the rigors and responsibilities of adult life at an early stage.

The women refugees, according to the study, are subjected to a range of gender-based violence from sexual assault to forced prostitution or become sex workers to earn income, having exhausted other options available.

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Kabatesi shows the scar left by her would-have-been killer in 1994

Kabatesi shows the scar left by her would-have-been killer in 1994

Alice Kabatesi Ssekamatte is a small woman, a fact emphasised by the short denim skirt and short-sleeved blouse that hugs her chest. From her wide forehead dangles short black curly hair, framing her light-skinned face and falling just short of her prominent eyebrows that rise above the rims of her eye glasses. On Kabatesi, this facial arrangement produces a striking beauty of an unlikely kind.

When she speaks, Kabatesi often pauses to look for the right word and when it does not come easily, she uses a hand gesture instead. English is a language she learnt later in life having grown up in Rwanda, at a time when the country was predominantly French-speaking.

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Ms Nakadama (L), and Ms Caroline Okao Amali, the state minister for Micro Finance at a recent function. Ms Nakadama says Fistula is on the increase due to rising child pregnancy.

Ms Nakadama (L), and Ms Caroline Okao Amali, the state minister for Micro Finance at a recent function. Ms Nakadama says Fistula is on the increase due to rising child pregnancy.

MAYUGE- The state minister for Gender, Ms Rukia Isanga Nakadama, has blamed the high cases of Fistula in the district on teenage pregnancies.

She said a recent survey by the Parliamentary Committee on Health had revealed that more than 20 child mothers in Mayuge were suffering from Fistula.

“It was found that a number of pregnant girls below the age of 18-years were getting complications during delivery and hence getting Fistula,” she said.

The minister made the remarks recently while speaking in Wamulongo village in Mpungwe Sub-county during celebrations to mark International Women’s Day.

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