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God is Good Pentecostal Church in Kyegegwa District, which was set ablaze by gunmen on Thursday night.

God is Good Pentecostal Church in Kyegegwa District, which was set ablaze by gunmen on Thursday night.

Kyegegwa.
Unknown gunmen attacked a church in Kyegegwa District on Thursday, beheaded a worshipper and placed his head on the church’s altar before retreating to a mosque.
The attack was on Mungu Mwema (God is Supreme) Pentecostal Church in Karokarungi village, Hapuuyo Sub-county.

The deceased, Beata Mukachaka, 18, is said to have preaching in the church at about 11pm when the attackers, armed with machetes, surrounded the church, entered and cut off his head and placed it on the altar. They also set the church ablaze.
A police officer at the rank of Assistant Inspector, Grace Mwene, was also killed in a fire exchange with the gunmen who had retreated into a mosque after the attack.

Security has since been tightened in the district. Police said two suspects have been arrested but declined to give their identities.
Rwenzori region police commander Thomas Kasiimo said the Christians, who were in night prayers, scampered for their lives.
Mr Kasiimo said preliminary investigations show the attackers were armed with guns and bows, spears, machetes and axes.

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President Museveni (R) hands Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi the Best Government Personality of the Year award during the Uganda Responsible Investment Awards in Kampala on Friday.

President Museveni (R) hands Prime Minister Amama Mbabazi the Best Government Personality of the Year award during the Uganda Responsible Investment Awards in Kampala on Friday.

Kampala.

President Museveni has said Ugandans devote a lot of time to burials at the expense of work.

Speaking to business executives and investors at the Uganda Responsible Investors (URI) awards ceremony in Kampala on Friday, the President said majority of Ugandans are still stuck in the pre-industrial traditions of going to bury everyone and anytime. He said this is incompatible with the philosophy of hard work.

“It is still a huge problem but those are the small aspects I call software problems that need to be fine-tuned through lectures and sensitisation,” Mr Museveni said.

He said Ugandans should borrow lessons from other countries where burials are held on weekends.
Mr Museveni, who was named the Most Inspiring, Admired and Patriotic Political Investor since independence in 1962, said he is more preoccupied with key issues such as security, infrastructure development and education.

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Justice Mike Chibita, the Director of Public Prosecutions

Justice Mike Chibita, the Director of Public Prosecutions

Kampala.
The Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP), Justice Mike Chibita, has warned students in higher institutions of learning to who think that being above the constitutional consent age of 18 means indulging in sexual immorality.

“Higher education has a very important role to play in the development of Uganda. However, it must be accompanied by values and certain rules. Higher education alone will not develop Uganda,” Justice Chibita said while officiating at the Uganda Christian University’s (UCU) Open Day at the main campus in Mukono on Friday.

Open Day at UCU is set apart for the public and students from secondary schools, especially those in Advanced Level, to visit the university.
The DPP’s remarks come after UCU recently suspended 26 students for getting pregnant yet they were not married, contrary to the university rules. The move received both public condemnation and praise.
In an interview with the Daily Monitor earlier this week, Gender minister Mary Karooro Okurut also questioned the fairness in UCU’s move to suspend pregnant girls.

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There has been so much debate about cigarette smoking, citing its effects on the consumer’s health. Yes smoking is harmful to one’s health but the ban on smoking must be handled carefully .

Cigarette smoking is an addiction and for it to be completely banned there is need for the government to come up with a solution to the addiction.
The government must start by opening up smoking rehabilitation centres in all the health facilities within the country where addicts get professional counselling.

Before writing this letter, I met a smoker who (more…)

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A woman stands by the grave where the body of man who was thought to be Gimugunyi was buried in January.

A woman stands by the grave where the body of man who was thought to be Gimugunyi was buried in January.

By Daniel Edyegu

Simon Gimugunyi, a peasant farmer in Zeugula village in Kabeywa sub-county in Kapchorwa went missing on January 22, this year.

After a week-long search, his ‘body’ was discovered at the foot of a rocky cliff at Gibutongo in Gamogo subcounty.
The charred body, burnt beyond recognition in a wildfire, was discovered by children who had gone to play in the bush.
The body was buried at Gimugunyi’s home in Zemugula village after a piece of a shirt similar to the one he was wearing was found on the body. But the ‘death’ came at a cost.

A mob descended on the Kabeywa LC3 chairperson, Wilson Walenda, on March 30 and beat him to near death after suspecting him of having a hand in Gimugunyi’s ‘death’. Several houses (more…)

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Kampala.
A study commissioned by Uganda Christian Aids Network (UCAN) indicates that 70 per cent of Christian couples are involved in extramarital relations and mostly with close acquaintances such as friends of their current marriage partners.
These findings, officially released on Friday at Grand Imperial Hotel in Kampala, come on the backdrop of fears that Uganda is slipping back on the early successes it had achieved in the fight against HIV-Aids.

The HIV/Aids prevalence currently stands at seven per cent and it is believed to be rising, especially among the married.
The study, which was conducted in April 2013, was done jointly by UCAN, National Forum for PHA Networks in Uganda (NAFOPHANU), National Community of Women Living with HIV (NACWOLA), among others. It focused on attitudes, practices and beliefs on condom use for HIV prevention by Christian couples that are HIV discordant or HIV-positive in Uganda.

It was conducted in 17 districts around the country, namely: Koboko, Nebbi, Moyo (West Nile); Kitgum, Oyam (northern); Moroto (North Eastern); Kamuli, Kapchorwa, Pallisa, Mbale (eastern); Wakiso, Kampala, Luwero, Lyantonde (central); Greater Bushenyi (south western); Kabarole and Hoima (western).

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Pupils of Kisanja Primary School attend a lesson under a tree.

Pupils of Kisanja Primary School attend a lesson under a tree.

Masindi.
Teachers at Kisanja Primary School in Masindi District have been conducting lessons under a tree for four months since the roof of their four-classroom block was blown off by a storm.
One of the teachers, who preferred anonymity because he is not authorised to talk to the media told this paper that whenever it rains, they call classes off.

The mayor Masindi Municipality, Mr Joshua Amanyire, said recently the school’s problems have been escalated by a land wrangle with a neighbouring family.

He said the school was built on land belonging to Kisanja Catholic Church, which has a land wrangle with the family of the late Kiiza Dwonga. The matter is before court in Masindi.
“We cannot put up structures on the disputed land. We only pray the two parties come to an understanding,” he said.

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