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By Humphrey Nabimanya

Child marriage remains one of the silent evils in Uganda today. So silent that many young girls are being married off openly and while the communities turn their heads in oblivion.

Today, the statistics from the Uganda Demographic and Health Survey (UDHS) from 2011, paint a glaring picture.  They state that 46 percent of girls marry before they reach 18 years.

This means that one out of every four girls is most likely to be married off by the age of eighteen. (more…)

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In ethics, veracity is the principle of truth telling. It is grounded in valuing and respecting a person and concept of autonomy. In any society that victimises the truth, untruth is institutionalised. With it, the respect for the person and autonomy are trampled upon at will.
There has been a sustained debate as to whether President Museveni and his NRM have the conscience or credential for democracy when they openly advance untruths about their false democratic ideals. Evidence available from the rampant run-ins with Opposition groups evinces the stark realities of a tainted conscience of a tyranny.

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2015_10$largeimg227_Oct_2015_084022190By Richard Drasimaku

The residents of Ozua Cell in Kebir ward, Oli Division in Arua municipality on Monday woke up to a shocking discovery of a child’s severed head on the veranda of a house.

Milly Draleru discovered the head early morning while sweeping the compound.

After sounding an alarm to wake up neighbours, her mother Margaret Ayaru called the police. (more…)

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2015_10$largeimg226_Oct_2015_151426063Eating sausages, ham and other processed meats causes colon cancer, and red meat “probably” does too, an arm of the World Health Organization said Monday.

The findings support “recommendations to limit intake of meat,” said the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), which compiled a review of more than 800 studies on the link between a meat diet and cancer. (more…)

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With Uganda’s population estimated to be at 35 million people in 2015, of which more than 16 million cases of malaria are reported according to statistics in 2013, and a big number of the population are knowingly and unknowingly suffering from health conditions such as; HIV/Aids, hypertension, diabetes, cancers, tuberculosis, among thousands of other health conditions, what does the government and its people do to manage Uganda’s disease burden visa vis the availability of services and opportunities, to have Ugandans get affordable or even free checkups, treatment and care, while all people affected are able to access and afford the treatment and health reviews, at little or no cost?
According to Uganda Bureau of Statistics, Uganda’s population is estimated to be at an average annual growth rate of 3.03 per cent, does anyone know what to do, when it is this overwhelming?

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2015_10largeimg225_Oct_2015_123049730By Michael Odeng & Farooq Kasule

A city lawyer has petitioned the Constitutional Court challenging the Police practice of parading suspects in public before being arraigned in court.

Luyimbazi Nalukoola of M/S Mayanja, Nakibuule and Company Advocates filed the petition against the Attorney General (AG), arguing that parading suspects before journalists was inconsistent with Article 28 of the Constitution and violates the presumption of innocence. (more…)

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Every October 16, the world marks World Food Day. This year’s theme – ‘social protection and agriculture, breaking the cycle for rural poverty’ – requires us to recognise the importance of food security and income enhancement. It means empowering rural-based farmers through strong social security systems and safety nets for sustainable food security. This should be our focus in eradicating hunger and poverty, providing food and nutrition

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