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Sironko Tomatoe Farmers decry low prices

Jane Nadunga a tomato farmer in Butandiga Sub County says because of a bumper harvest, the price of tomatoes has drastically gone down.

Nadunga says they are struggling to raise money to look after their families and pay fees for children at school.

Sandra Gimono a tomato vendor at Nalugugu roadside market says they are currently buying a basin of tomatoes between 2,000 to 3,000 shillings from farmers. Gimono says just last month, basin of tomatoes was buying between 40,000 to 50,000 shillings. She says in the market a basin costs between 4,000 to 5,000 shillings compared to a month back when it went for 60,000 shillings.

The traders’ secretary at Nalugugu market Musa Wamanga wants government to put up tomato processing plants in Sironko District so that farmers have ready market for their produce.

Godfrey Masaba the Sironko District Operation Wealth Creation Officer says they will forward the proposal to government authorities since Sironko is one of the biggest tomatoes growing Districts in Bugisu Sub region.

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Avoid Alcohol Addiction, Nandala Tells Residents

BY KAPEWO PAUL
Sironko-
Budadiri West Member of Parliament Nathan Nandala Mafabi has urged people to avoid being addicted to alcohol.


Nandala made the call yesterday at Bumausi Primary School in Nalusala Sub County, Sironko District while meeting residents on development-oriented issues, as he carries out consultative meetings in the entire constituency of Budadiri West.


Nandala told the residents that alcohol addiction leads to poor planning as most of the hard-earned money is most times wasted. He lashed out at the government for not taking appropriate action against manufacturers of alcohol in sachets.


Nandala wants local governments to pass by-laws that will ban the sale of alcohol in sachets like it has been done in Districts like Gulu and Lira.

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MDD: Mbale and Bududa to represent the region in National “luwengele” Competition

Mbale’s Hadasa and Bududa’s Shikhuyu to represent luwengele zone on nationals

Hadasa and Shikhuyu Needy Care Nursery and Primary School are the two schools that are to represent luwengele zone on nationals in Gulu.

The music dance and drama competition that were declared today were conducted in Magale sub county Namisindwa district at Magale Mixed Primary school.

In the competitions that started on Monday 12th August 2019 ended on Tuesday 13th August 2019 .

The eight schools battling we’re Sibuse from Namisindwa , Hadasah and Bumageni from Mbale main, Mbale police Primary school from Mbale municipality, Busumbu Primary school from Manafwa district , Shikhuyu Needy from Bududa , Bugwagi Primary school , Masila Primary school from Sironko and Bulambuli.

Hadasa from Mbale main got 884 points, Shikhuyu Needy care from Bududa got 871, Sibuse were third with 827 points, Bumageni army from Mbale fourth with 825, Mbale police from Mbale municipalty were fifth with 818, Bugwagi from Sironko sixth ,Busumu and Masira with 778 and 752 respectively.

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MP Nambozo asks Youths to Improve Livehood through capitalising on Government Programs

Sironko Woman MP Florence Nambozo Mayoga has urged youths to capitalise on government programs in improving their livelihoods.

Nambozo says Uganda has the youngest population in the world adding that youths should be helped to be productive. She explains that youths need to be productive to be worthy in their communities.

According to Nambozo, youth need to exploit income opportunities in the agricultural sector urging them to organize themselves in groups in order to benefit in government programs like Youth livelihood Program and the current SACCO project.

Her message comes at the time when Uganda is joining the rest of the world in celebrating youth day 2019 with national celebration taking place in Jinja under the theme “transforming education”

Nambozo explains that this year’s theme gives an opportunity to all state parties to evaluate the various policies, programmes and strategic interventions aimed at empowering young people”.

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Sironko celebrates Eid al Adha

National prayers are ongoing at the Uganda National Mosque in Old Kampala led by the Mufti of Uganda, Sheik Shaban Ramadhan Mubaje. Thousands of Muslim faithful attended the mass which commenced at 9 am.

In Sironko, each Mosque had Muslims. MP Nambozo Called for peaceful Co-exitence As Muslims prepare to celebrate Eid al adhaSironko District Woman Member of parliament

While speaking to Muslims in several mosques in Sironko District today morning, Nambozo urged the Muslims to use the occasion to pray for continued peace, stability, unity and understanding of one another in Uganda and the world at large.

Nambozo revealed that the strength and dignity of Uganda can only be achieved and preserved through unity and peaceful co-exitence and she particularly called upon Muslims in Uganda to actively take part in building a peaceful and united Ugandan society.

Muslims around the world will on Sunday, August 11 gather to celebrate Eid al-Adha, the end of the annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia. Eid al-Adha is the second of two Islamic festivals celebrated by Muslims all over the world.

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MP Nambozo Calls for peaceful Co-exitence As Muslims prepare to celebrate Eid al adha


Sironko District Woman Member of parliament Hon Florence Nambozo has called for peaceful co-existence and stability as Muslims prepare to celebrate Eid al adha in Uganda and across the globe.

While speaking to Muslims in Buyobo sub county Sironko District at Bulambuli Mosque yesterday, Nambozo congratulated Muslims in Uganda and beyond especially those who traveled to Mecca in Saudi Arabia upon successfully fulfilling the Hajj journey one of the pillars of Islam and prayed to Allah to reward those who performed hajj with joys and favors on the day of Judgment.


Nambozo also urged the Muslims to use the occasion to pray for continued peace, stability, unity and understanding of one another in Uganda and the world at large.


Nambozo revealed that the strength and dignity of Uganda can only be achieved and preserved through unity and peaceful co-exitence and she particularly called upon Muslims in Uganda to actively take part in building a peaceful and united Ugandan society.


The legislator from Sironko also appealed to the parents to educate the children at all costs so that they can fit in the society, However she further called up on the youths to live a healthy life style by keeping themselves away from behaviors that make them valnerable to HIV/AIDs and other related diseases that might cost their lives.


Muslims around the world will on Sunday, August 11 gather to celebrate Eid al-Adha, the end of the annual Islamic pilgrimage to Mecca in Saudi Arabia. Eid al-Adha is the second of two Islamic festivals celebrated by Muslims all over the world.

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Manafwa DHO Seeks Ban on Hand Shaking to Avert Possible Ebola Outbreak.

Doctor Gideon Wamasebu the Manafwa District Health Officer wants a ban on hand shaking as one way of averting a possible outbreak of Ebola.

Wamasebu says the public should instead wave to each other so as to avoid direct contact.

He has also urged the public to report cases of people bleeding from all parts of the body and fever among others for appropriate action by medical personnel

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Sudan rally organizers urge Khartoum residents to throng protest site

“We call on our people from across the Khartoum capital and the region around to immediately go to the sit-in area and not leave from there until our next statement…

Organisers of nationwide protests against Sudan’s President Omar al-Bashir called on Khartoum residents Thursday to mass at army headquarters as state media said the army would make an “important statement”. “We call on our people from across the Khartoum capital and the region around to immediately go to the sit-in area and not leave from there until our next statement is issued,” the Sudanese Professionals Association said. 

A sit-in outside army headquarters, which also houses Bashir’s residence, entered its sixth day on Thursday with protesters gathered in what the European Union has described as “an unprecedented number.”  – Emergency rule declared -Western powers on January 17 call on Sudan to respect the rights of demonstrators.  On February 11, Human Rights Watch releases videos documenting violence by security forces against protesters including live fire, tear gas and beatings. 

Ten days later, security agents arrest several opposition activists as protesters try to march on the presidential palace. 

Bashir declares a nationwide year-long state of emergency on February 22, also dissolving the federal and provincial governments and appointing army and intelligence officers as provincial governors. 

Two days later, he swears in a new prime minister as riot police confront hundreds calling for him to resign. On March 1, Bashir hands his powers as chief of the ruling NCP to his deputy. – Six-day sit-in at army HQ -The protests become less regular after the state of emergency and Bashir on April 4 acknowledges that demonstrators had “legitimate” economic concerns, calling for dialogue. 

But on April 6, thousands march again in Khartoum, gathering for the first time outside the military headquarters and chanting “One Army, One People”.

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Ug Tourism queen shines at Miss Tourism World

Beauty queens continue to hoist the Uganda flag, lately. The latest on the streak is Anita Ayebare, whose outstanding performance put Uganda among the top participants at the Miss Tourism World 2019 in Porec, Croatia. 

Ayebare, 24, was over the weekend crowned the fourth runner-up, meaning she finished fifth in the competition that attracted beauty queens representing various countries around the world. The grand finale took place on Saturday evening in the presence of a host of tourism ambassadors, business and enthusiasts from across the globe. The grand crown for the 74th annual pageant was won by Julijana Nikolis, 20, representing Australia. 

Ayebare was the 2nd runner-up in the last Miss Tourism Uganda 2017/2018. She was also the Miss Tourism Ankole 2018. The Miss World official website profiles Ayebare as a “Tourism Ambassador who enjoys singing, traveling and gymnastics.” 

As Tourism Ambassador for Uganda, the website quotes the beauty queen, “I am proud to be a Tourism Ambassador for Uganda as with the experience I have had as a tourism ambassador in my country, I have been able to fight against climate change through tree planting in various regions.

I believe if this was carried on by the rest of the world, we can change the world for the future generations to come.” Ayebare was recently flagged off the Uganda Tourism Board (UTB) boss, Lily Ajarova to be an ambassador of Ugandan Tourism. This comes at the backdrop of continued concerted efforts by different stakeholders to promote Uganda as a top tourism destination. 

Ayebare’s achievement comes less than a year after Miss Uganda 2017, Quinn Abenakyo stunned Ugandans with an impressive performance as popular and prestigious Miss World pageant. Final ResultsMiss Tourism World – Australia1st Runner Up – Poland2nd Runner Up – Finland3rd Runner Up – Northern Cyprus4th Runner Up – UgandaMiss Tourism World Africa – BeninMiss Tourism World Americas – PanamaMiss Tourism World Asis – VietnamMiss Tourism World Europe – SpainMiss Tourism World Oceania – New ZealandBest National Costume – IndonesiaMiss Tourism Model Of The World – Croatia 

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The government dragged to court over Mbale city status

By: Egonda Emmanuel Anelka

A concerned citizen wants Court to halt a cabinet decision where five Municipalities were approved and will subsequently start operations as Cities in 2020.

The five Municipalities include Jinja, Mbarara, Arua, Gulu and Fort Portal. Mbale Municipality was pushed to the second phase in 2021.

John Kennedy Wasikye popularly known as John K and a former Parliamentary Candidate for the Mbale Municipality MPs seat in 2016 through his lawyer Anthony Wameli of Wameli and Company Advocates; wants court to order that the postponement of Mbale town’s elevation to City status is a regional Imbalance.

According to Wameli, with Mbale set to miss out from the 130bn shillings set aside for the operationalisation of the new Cities, they also want court to halt the entire budgeting process until cabinet rescinds the decision.

Mbale District Woman Member of Parliament Connie Nakayenze was yesterday arrested for inciting violence after she demonstrated over the same. She was however released without charge.

Mbale District Councillors will tomorrow deliver a petition to Speaker of Parliament Rebecca Kadaga expressing their dissatisfaction with the cabinet decision not to elevate Mbale Municipality to City status in the first phase.  But Wasikye says they will use all avenues until Mbale is considered in the first phase.

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