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When giving second chance to a teenage mother is beneficial

By Sabir Musa Memories of 2015 still remains fresh in the mind of 20-year-old Doris Wadiko, a Senior Three student of Oleba Seeds Secondary school in Maracha District, West Nile sub region. Doris was just 15-years old when she conceived that year, forcing her to drop out of school. Her parents shortly forced her to get married at a tender age. “When I conceived, the situation at our family changed completely especially from my dad, he was ...

todayOctober 16, 2021

Three in trouble for diverting Emyooga funds in Arua

By Federick Dramadri. Three leaders of Arua central division performing artists Emyooga SAACO are in trouble over their alleged diversion of part of their Emyooga funds. The trio are accused of illegally withdrawing and misappropriating funds without the consent of group members. It is alledged that on 22nd August 2021, Peace Emuzu the chairperson, Oromchan Moses the secretary and Joseph Jurua the treasurer withdrew 19.5 million shillings without...

todayOctober 16, 2021

Gulu community embraces biogas

Robert Ojok Mone More than 147-families across Acholi Sub region are benefiting from biogas established by Caritas Gulu archdiocese under the “project green energy and nutrition” as an alternative energy source. Biogas is a mixture of gases, primarily consisting of methane and carbon dioxide, produced from raw materials such as agricultural waste, manure, garbage, plant material, sewage, green waste. The project is aimed at reducing g...

todayOctober 6, 2021

One killed in road accident in Madi-Okollo district

By Judith Atizoyo One person has been confirmed dead following a fatal accident in Madi-Okollo district. The deceased has been identified by detectives as Muzaidi Godwin, a resident of Offaka area in Madi-Okollo district. He was pronounced dead shortly after arrival at Okollo Health Center III. The deceased was hit by an Arua-bound bus from YY bus company registration number UAY 059V at around 7pm on Tuesday at Awaa village, Okollo Sub County as ...

todayOctober 6, 2021

Education of Children with special needs ‘forgotten’

By Gloria Lalam It’s nearly two years since the Ugandan government closed down schools as a measure to prevent the spread of the COVID-19. For ten-year-old Nazima Akanyo who has a hearing and speech disability, the prolonged school closure has meant additional stress and isolation. Reason? She has nobody other than her mother, 25-year old Aparo Rose Ajute, to look after her or play with her since the children in their Layibi industrial are...

todayOctober 6, 2021

Traders count losses as fire guts Arivu market

By John Dibaba. Vendors operating at Arivu market in Arua district are counting losses after fire gutted a section of the market, leaving merchandise estimate close to 200 million shillings destroyed. The fire is believed to have been started by a suspected arsonist who torched a four roomed store at the market. The fire razed items including among others; clothes, gumboots, sewing machines and several sacks of produce. Stephen Alioni, one of the...

todayOctober 1, 2021

Arua regional referral hospital rejects two nurses

By Federick Dramadri. Arua regional referral hospital has rejected two enrolled nurses posted to the facility by Ministry of Health due to its poor structure. West Nile Members of Parliament during their visit to the facility were alarmed by the overwhelming number of student nurses working in the maternity ward with only one midwife playing the supervisory role. One of the nurses who declined to be named said situations become difficult when som...

todaySeptember 30, 2021

Over 60 people homeless as heavy rains ravage Oyam district

By Chris Woo Some 69 people are currently pondering their next move after flash floods destroyed their houses and crops in parts of Ngai Sub County Oyam district. The flash floods caused by a heavy down pour also paralyzed transport as five roads and some bridges linking Ngai Sub County to other neighboring Sub Counties were destroyed. They include among others Olony Bridge which connects Ngai to oyam district headquarters, Oryangapat Bridge whic...

todaySeptember 30, 2021

Businesswoman strangled to death in Zombo district

By Mike Rwothomio   Unknown people have strangled to death a businesswoman in Zombo district. The deceased has been identified by security authorities as 46 year old Isa Amina, a resident of Warr Center village, Zombo district.   Her corpse was discovered by area residents from a cassava plantation along Warr-Pamodo road in Leo Leo village Warr town council.   Available information shows that she was attacked by unknown assailants...

todaySeptember 28, 2021

Over 700 AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines to expire in Arua district

By Sharon Angucia. More than 700 AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccines are on the verge of expiry in Arua district if not unutilized by the end of the month. The vaccines include 152 doses at the district vaccine store and 514 doses at the 5 vaccination centers across the district. This is part of the 3,840 doses of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines the district received from the National Medical Stores NMS on the 27th of August this year. Arua Reside...

todaySeptember 25, 2021

Teachers embrace COVID-19 vaccination in Arua City

By Simon Onziga The uptake of Covid-19 vaccination by teachers in Arua city is improving much as the completion rate of the two doses in below average. The government listed teachers among those in the priority categories to receive the vaccine and has pegged the reopening of schools to how fast teachers can embrace the exercise. Arua City targeted to vaccinate about 1,800 teachers. But this did not include those from private schools. Sr. Sally ...

todaySeptember 23, 2021

One dead, one other injured as URA officers hunt numberless motorcycles

By Federick Dramadri One person has died and another nursing serious injuries at Kuluva hospital as Uganda Revenue Authority URA enforcement officers raided Ayivu trading center, Arua district in an operation to impound motorcycles without license plates. The deceased is 17 year old Jurua Bosco, a resident of Ayaka village while the injured has been identified by detectives Gertrude Afunia. The duo was hit by stray bullets as officers raided the...

todaySeptember 23, 2021

Over 1,000 farmers in Arua district fail to access inputs under ACDP

By Musa Sabir Over 1,000 farmers in Arua district who were enrolled on the e-voucher system under the Agriculture Cluster Development Project ACDP failed to receive their inputs from suppliers. The five-year project was initiated in 2017, to improve on-farm productivity, production and volumes of selected agricultural commodities in specific geographical clusters of the country. The government obtained a loan of USD 249-million from the World Ba...

todaySeptember 23, 2021

Gov’t to suspend COVID-19 vaccination in West Nile due to low uptake

By Pamela Atim Government has decried the low uptake of COVID-19 vaccines in West Nile. The World Health Organization WHO defines vaccine uptake as the proportion of the eligible population who received the vaccine during a specific time. This is influenced by people’s attitude and beliefs regarding the vaccines, side effects, ease of access and capacity to mobilize people. But the government through Ministry of Health MOH has warned that ...

todaySeptember 20, 2021

West Nile to host this year's World rabies day

By Saffi Agupio Vurra Sub County, Arua district in West Nile region has been earmarked as the national venue for the commemoration of this year’s national World rabies day. This is as the Sub County was named as one of the major hotspot for rabies in the region as a result of failure by the urban authorities to reign in on stray dogs. This year’s World rabies day, scheduled for September 18, will be commemorated under the theme, &ldq...

todaySeptember 20, 2021

Arua district grapples with staff shortage

By Sharon Angucia Arua district has been operating for close to three years without substantively appointed staff in seven critical departments. Arua district LC5 chairperson Alfred Okuonzi says the staffing gaps at the district is majorly because of the absence of a functional district service commission for the past two years. “Well one of the first things I put my hands when I took office was that council should appoint and approve memb...

todaySeptember 17, 2021

58 year old woman drowns in Terego district

By Vincent Guvule A 58 year old woman has drowned in a cold fast moving stream in Terego district. The deceased has been identified by security authorities as 58 year old Susan Enzaru, a resident of Emvea village Omugo Sub county Terego district. She was swept off as she attempted to wade through the flooded stream on her way from Kubala market following a heavy downpour. Area residents say the deceased failed to notice the culvert on the stream...

todaySeptember 17, 2021

Arua residents warned against deforestation

By Sabir Musa Government has warned communities against encroachment on central forest reserves and other government lands. The State Minister for Northern Uganda, Grace Freedom Kwiyocwiny says this is the leading to the rampant deforestation. It comes following reports by the National Forestry Authority that forest cover in the region is reducing. “We people who are encroaching on forest reserves, we can be as lucky as of now but the next...

todaySeptember 15, 2021

Use of traditional herbs frustrate management of snake bites in West Nile

By Ronald Orachwun and John Dibaba Pimer Joan, a mother of four and resident of Olyeko cell, Nebbi municipality awoke around 6 am one Friday morning to fetch firewood. She tied a few ropes round her waist, armed with a machete and filled her 5 litre jerry can with clean and safe water. That Friday in June 2020 began like any other day in Pimer’s 11 years of marriage as the sole responsibility of fetching firewood lied on her and sometimes ...

todaySeptember 14, 2021

Shortage of COVID-19 testing kits hits Arua City

By Musa Sabir Arua City COVID-19 task force is facing a stock out of kits amidst growing public demand for COVID-19 testing. The team is currently giving priority to contacts of those who previously tested positive for the disease and are asymptomatic. The head of surveillance at Arua City COVID-19 task force Mahmud Alias says only 6 out of 61 contacts identified were tested due to shortage of testing kits. “Number of contacts followed and...

todaySeptember 14, 2021

We miss the game: West Nile female footballers cry out for support

By Sabir Musa Dressed in her blue soccer jersey branded with Fresh Dairy logo, Mercy Consolate Ariye 19, was on a street of Arua City around 5pm for the routine roadwork, a physical exercise. Mercy is a football player, she started playing football as early as primary 3 at Ushindi Primary School before an opportunity to travel to Tanzania crossed her way for a tournament. For the love of the game, Mercy has played for different clubs in the cap...

todaySeptember 11, 2021

How refugees at Pagirinya camp are coping with reduced food rations

By Gloria Lalam The bare and rocky ground is littered with a few hardy trees. Electricity poles demarcate the land which is divided into small plots of land — each about 20 by 30 meters. A few slow flowing taps are scattered in the area. Young children, most of them below 12 years old, play as they line up their jerricans to get a turn at collecting water from the slow flowing taps that are located at strategic sections of the area. This i...

todaySeptember 8, 2021

URA enforcement officer shoots, injures one in Arua

By Dramadri Federick One person has been shot and injured by a Uganda Revenue Authority URA enforcement officer in Arua district in an operation to impound a motorcycle without license plates. The gunshot victim is identified as 21 year old Philliam Anguni, a resident of Nyio Parish Vurra Sub county Arua district. He is currently nursing injuries at Arua regional referral hospital after the bullet passed through his thigh and hit the fuel reserv...

todaySeptember 8, 2021

Rhino Camp Health Center IV receives three oxygen cylinders

By Federick Dramadri Rhino Camp Health Center IV in Madi-Okollo district has received three oxygen cylinders as the facility grapples with management of COVID-19 and other respiratory diseases. The three 47 litre capacity oxygen cylinders were donated by Gulu Agricultural Development Company to supplement government’s efforts in the management of COVID-19. The facility’s in-charge Emmanuel Muto says the cylinders come timely followin...

todaySeptember 8, 2021

People living with HIV/AIDS in Gulu decry ban on hawking

By Agnes Aromo The new directive by government to ban hawking and roadside vending is taking a toll on people living with HIV/AIDS in Gulu City. In July this year, government issued new directives banning; praying in open spaces, not wearing masks, hawking, street vending and selling nonfood items, which will all get one arrested. The new directives are now deemed acts that enable the spread of COVID-19. "From our observations, we have not...

todaySeptember 1, 2021

Terego district approves 12 health facilities for upgrade

By Federick Dramadri Terego district council has approved the upgrade of 12 health facilities as the district strives to improve quality of health services. Priority has been given to the upgrade of Omugo health center IV to a district hospital and Wandi health centre III to a health center IV status. Other facilities which have been approved for upgrade to Health IIIs are; Micu and Tuku HCII in Bileafe Sub county, Itia in Katrini, Kumuyo, Ogua...

todaySeptember 1, 2021

Gov’t donates firefighting equipment to Police in West Nile

By Federick Dramadri Government has donated a 1.3 billion shillings firefighting equipment to the regional Police Fire and Rescue Brigade Police in West Nile region to aid response to emergencies of fire outbreaks in the region. Mirko Mucuda, a technical engineer at Ziegler Company says this vehicle has unique features and should be able to address to address the rampant fire outbreaks in the region. “This is high technology we do for Airp...

todaySeptember 1, 2021

Court dismisses petition against Nebbi municipality MP Hashim Sulaiman

By Pamela Atim Arua High court has dismissed with costs, a case challenging the election of Nebbi Municipality Member of Parliament over academic qualifications. Robert Onega of the Forum for Democratic Change FDC filed a petition challenging National Resistance Movement NRM’s Hashim Sulaiman’s academic qualifications, claiming that he lacked the minimum requirement to contest for the parliamentary race. Gerald Padoko, the petitioner...

todaySeptember 1, 2021

Former Arua city mayor withdraws election petition

By Pamela Atim Former Arua City mayoral candidate in this year’s elections Afeku Isa Kato has withdrawn his election petition challenging the victory of Wadri Sam Nyakua. He cited irregularities and accused the Electoral commission of ballot staffing and alledged that results from at least 28 polling stations were not tallied. Kato, through his lawyer Paul Manzi sought leave of court to withdraw his petition under section 144 of the local ...

todayAugust 27, 2021

19 health workers test positive for COVID-19 in Nebbi

By Felix Ogenrwoth Two more frontline health workers have tested positive for COVID-19 in Nebbi district. The two are being managed under the home based care. The two fresh cases bring the total to 19, the cumulative number of health workers who have so far tested positive for the disease in Nebbi district. The 17 previous cases were discovered from five different facilities including; 8 from Nebbi general hospital, 5 from Akworo Health Center I...

todayAugust 27, 2021

Community blocks Arua district councilors from accessing proposed headquarters

By Federick Dramadri A planned move by Arua district council to visit the two proposed sites for the district’s headquarter came to a standstill just after residents in the surrounding villages of Tilevu and Alio laid road blocks to prevent the councilors saying parts of the land in Odumi Headquarter belongs to them. The district councilors started their visit at Arivu Sub county headquarters, which is one of the proposed sites. Here the c...

todayAugust 26, 2021

Over 4,600 herds of cattle vaccinated in Nwoya against foot and mouth disease

By Chris Woo   Nwoya district has vaccinated close to 4,600 herds of cattle as the district grapples with a fresh outbreak of the foot and mouth disease FMD.   The vaccination exercise majorly covered Anaka, Purongo and Lungulu Sub Counties that were largely affected by FMD barely two months ago.   Dr. James Ukwir, the Nwoya district veterinary officer says their target is to vaccinate at least 5,000 herds of cattle.   "M...

todayAugust 26, 2021

Ayivu division councilors protest new tax on allowances

By Musa Sabir A section of Ayivu division councilors in Arua city are protesting the move by government to levy a tax on their allowances. The councilors are entitled to 250,000 shillings per council sitting, with a 30 percent deduction to run council business for the 2021/2022 fiscal year. This, according to the councilors will have an adverse effect on them since the money received as allowance is meager. Female councilor representing Onzivu W...

todayAugust 26, 2021

Birth and death registration still low in West Nile

By Pamela Atim Government has decried the low response to birth and death registration among residents in West Nile despite the available enabling legislation. Arua district registration officer Christine Ajok says a number of people do not attach value to the documents. She says there are deliberate efforts needed to compel people to embrace the documents. ‘’Our community response to birth and death registration is still low. We nee...

todayAugust 26, 2021

A revisit to Arua boxers’ club 2 years later, a lot has changed

By Sabir Musa For many years now, 17-year-old Mahmoud Olekua has been in the circle of different sports activities including football, athletics and boxing. Of all these, boxing is the field he is passionate about and hopes to build his talent around it. Olekua (also known in boxing as Kassim Sting) joined the boxing discipline three years ago, practicing with other team members formerly under Arua Boxing Club, now registered as a Community Base...

todayAugust 21, 2021

3 killed, 135 others hospitalized as rabies invade West Nile

By Federick Dramadri At least three people have died while 135 others have been hospitalized with rabies in West Nile region. This comes as several districts in the region continue to silently grapple with stray dogs. Cases have been detected in the districts of Maracha, Madi-Okollo, Terego, Zombo, Maracha, Yumbe and Arua City in the first six months since the beginning of this year, with the most affected are children school below fourteen 14 y...

todayAugust 21, 2021

Terego district petition gov’t over misuse of over 22 billion shs by Arua

By Federick Dramadri Terego District leadership has petitioned the ministry of Local government over the alleged failure by Arua District to account for 22.4 billion shs meant to kick start the administrative unit last year. It is alleged that On October 2020, Terego District received a notice from Ministry of Finance through Ministry of Local Government over the Parliamentary approval of 23.8 billion shs supplementary funds as the district&rsq...

todayAugust 19, 2021

Nebbi Catholic diocese gets a new bishop

By Ronald Orachwun Rt. Rev Fr. Raphael P’Mony Wokorach has been consecrated and installed as the 4th bishop of Nebbi Catholic Diocese. The consecration was scheduled for June 26, 2021 but was postponed as the country was still under the 42-day nationwide lockdown enforced by the President to fight Covid-19. The diocesan seat fell vacant in November 2018 after Pope Francis transferred the then Bishop Sanctus Linus Wanok to Lira Catholic dio...

todayAugust 19, 2021

Arua city chokes on accumulated garbage

By Judith Atizoyo The business community in Arua City are up in arms with authorities over the continuous accumulation of garbage in some major streets. Some of the affected areas are; Iddi Amin road, Dukalane and Lemerijoa roads. The garbage has caused a heavy stench in parts of the town drawing protests from traders. A mobile money agent along Iddi Amin road who preferred anonymity raised a red flag over the irregular collection and disposal o...

todayAugust 17, 2021

3 years on, graphite remains untraceable in Kitgum

Ojok Robert Mone Orom graphite mines is located in Kitgum district northern Uganda approximately 187 km north-east of Gulu city. Orom-Cross graphite is a world class graphite project both by size and end-product quality, with a high component of more valuable larger flakes within the deposit discovered in 2013 by discovery Africa-a private exploration company. A 21-year mining license for the project was issued by the Ugandan Government in 2019 ...

todayAugust 17, 2021

Nebbi Catholic diocese gears up for installation of Bishop elect

By Ronald Orachwun Preparations are in high gear for the episcopal consecration and installation of Rev. Fr. Raphael P’Mony Wokorach as the Bishop of Nebbi Catholic diocese. Preparations for the event was announced by Fr. Isaiah Milton Bicanduwun, the Diocesan chancellor Nebbi Catholic diocese on behalf of the Apostolic Nuncio to Uganda, Most Rev. Luigi Bianco. “Cordial and warm greetings from Nebbi Catholic diocese. The Apostolic Nu...

todayAugust 12, 2021

Tsetse flies invade Nwoya district

By Chris Woo   Black flies and tsetse flies have invaded Nwoya district causing panic among residents and the farming households. Tsetse flies that cause sleeping sickness in humans and nagana in livestock are a common sight and are currently breeding in at least three parishes in Lii Sub County including Langele, Lutuk and Lii, all of which are neighbouring Murchison falls national Park, which is a wildlife reserve.   Several farmers ...

todayAugust 12, 2021

Gulu city halts construction of filling station on wetland

By Rosemary Anena Authorities in Gulu city have halted the construction of a filling station, saying its establishment is illegal and encroaches on a wetland. Mid last month, Oil Energy Company started transporting hardcore construction material to the site, located on Pece Stream at Green valley village in Gulu West division, which authorities say is a gazetted wetland. The wetland was known as a home to papyrus, but it has been encroached on b...

todayAugust 11, 2021

28 years on, Arivu SS still in ruins

By John Dibaba Government has been faulted for failing to fulfill its pledge for the completion of a classroom block at Arivu Secondary School in Arua district. In 1993, President Yoweri Museveni laid the foundation stone for the construction of a fully-fledged classroom block at the school and a dormitory. Also promised was a truck for the school. However 28 years down the road, the school is still waiting for its classroom block to be complete...

todayAugust 11, 2021

“I was determined to pass”, West Nile’s best performing UCE candidate

By Sabir Musa West Nile region’s best candidate in the recently released 2020 Uganda Certificate of Education (UCE) examinations has attributed the success to his focus and determination and the joint support received from parents and school administration. The 17-year-old Sukuru Yassin Daud, a student at Arua Secondary School emerged the best candidate in West Nile after obtaining aggregate nine in the 2020 UCE exams. “My success wa...

todayAugust 11, 2021

Partner sets up temporary morgue in Terego as health status deteriorate

By Federick Dramadri A development partner in Terego district has established a temporary morgue as a coping mechanism as the district grapples with limited support to health service delivery and the burden posed by the influx of refugees. The structure was set up by International Rescue Committee IRC a Non-Governmental Organization handling health services in the refugee settlements across West Nile Sub region. It is located about 500 meters fr...

todayAugust 10, 2021

Farmers count losses as drought hits Oyam district

By Chris Woo Several crop farmers in 6 of the 15 Sub Counties in Oyam district are worried of the prolonged dry spell that has adversely affected productivity. The dry spell hit parts of the district for the last two months.   The most affected areas are Acaba, Kamdini, Myene, Iceme, Abok and Aleka sub counties.   Thomas Owiny a farmer in Ogwangapur parish Acaba Sub County says he is already preparing his land for the second planting s...

todayAugust 10, 2021

14 notorious bandits surrender to government

By Federick Dramadri At least 14 members of a suspected rebel outfit have allegedly surrendered to the Ugandan government. The rebels are said to belong to the Cooperative for the Development of Congo CODECO rebel outfit, mainly led by the Lendu ethnic tribe in the Democratic Republic of Congo DRC. The rebel outfit last month launched an attack on a Uganda People’s Defense Forces UPDF base in Zeu Sub County Zombo district, killing one UPD...

todayAugust 8, 2021

One murdered in Zombo district over theft

By Mike Rwothomio Police at Paidha central police station in Zombo district are investing the murder of a suspected thief. The deceased has been identified by security authorities as Juma Ocaki Onencan, a resident of Pakadha trading center in Abanga Sub County. He was lynched by an angry mob after several reports pinned him for the disappearance of household items including; saucepans, mattresses, solar panels, batteries and their accessories, l...

todayAugust 5, 2021

Malnutrition, still a big challenge in Arua

By Dramadri Federick Arua district leaders have raised concerns over the increasing cases of malnutrition among children due to inadequate breastfeeding. This is mostly among the teenage mothers who conceive without proper planning. Statistics from the first COVID-19 lockdown indicates that Arua district registered over 700 teenage pregnancy cases and most of the perpetrators abandoned the girls to dodge any possible arrest and of these only 5 p...

todayAugust 5, 2021

Three hospitalized in Apac after waragi drinking competition

By Chris Woo Three men have been hospitalized in critical conditions following an alcohol drinking competition in Apac municipality. The trio has been identified as 28 year old Alex Okello, Alex Okori 35 and Moses Odongo 40, all residents of Ayom–Makagwata cell Atik Division, Apac municipality. Trouble ensued after the trio reached a consensus for who would drink and finish first a litter of waragi at Beiwe Trading Centre mid this week. It...

todayAugust 5, 2021

Group chairperson arrested over theft of Emyooga funds

By Judith Atizoyo Authorities in Arua district have arrested the chairperson of Vurra constituency veteran’s EMYOOGA SACCO over embezzling part of group funds. 45 year old Samuel Abiyo was nabbed after he allegedly withdrew 29.5 million shillings belonging to the veteran’s EMYOOGA SACCO and ploughed the money in his own personal business without informing members of the group. He was arrested in the office of the Arua Resident distri...

todayAugust 5, 2021

Over 1,000 expectant mothers in Maracha district shun antenatal clinics

By Robert Atiku   More than one thousand expectant mothers in Maracha District failed to attend their first Antenatal Clinic (ANC) services in the last financial year.   This is contained in a recent HIV/AIDS stakeholders review meeting at the district.   Godfrey Odama, the district biostatistician says the antenatal attendance coverage for the ended financial year 2020/2021 is worrying.   "In terms of antenatal cove...

todayAugust 5, 2021

Poor performance attributable to poor infrastructure in Arua

By Judith Atizoyo Head teachers of some primary schools in Ayivu West division in Arua city have decried the poor state of infrastructure in their schools which they say contributes to poor performance. These concerns were raised during an evaluation of performance for pupils who sat for the 2020 primary leaving Examinations in Ayivu West.   The head teacher of Aripezu primary school Milly Maturu says "We have inadequate classrooms fo...

todayAugust 3, 2021

Nebbi man digs grave over fears of contracting COVID-19

By Ronald Orachwun A story is told of a 67 year old man (William) not real names who dug his own grave for fear of contracting the infectious COVID-19. I caught up with him and his experience is not a happy one. “I have had to do preparations for my funerals. I bought three goats last year in December, though they have multiplied to around eight. Almost everything about corona virus gives me headache. I got so scared months back and ordere...

todayAugust 3, 2021

Testing for COVID-19 increases in Arua

By Ronald Orachwun More residents in Arua are embracing testing for COVID-19 especially through the antigen rapid diagnostic tests RDT, amidst challenges of limited test kits. A number of lower facilities are also testing people with signs and symptoms of the disease and contacts of those who test positive for the disease. At Adumi Health Center III in Arua city, records show that about 10 people are tested daily using the Rapid Diagnostic Tes...

todayAugust 2, 2021

Zombo DPC, three others dismissed from Police force over negligence of duty

By Federick Dramadri Four police officers attached to Zombo Police have been dismissed from the force after the police disciplinary court in Arua found them guilty for negligence of duty, which led to the escape of a notorious suspect.   Among those dismissed include the acting District Police Commander ASP Joshua Twongo, CID officer ASP Paul Wanzala and Corporal Abidrabo Albert, whereas detective Corporal Ojur Sulaiman was sentenced to sev...

todayAugust 2, 2021

Fresh outbreak of foot and mouth disease hits Nwoya

By Chris Woo Several pastoralists in Nwoya district are crying foul following a fresh outbreak of the foot and mouth disease. 1,663 new cases of the disease have been reported while 83 herds of cattle have so far succumbed to the disease. The most affected hot spots are Anaka, Purongo and Lungulu Sub Counties in Nwoya district. Jackson Kinyera a livestock farmer in Lawiokot village Purongo Sub County says their Lawiokot Cooperative farmer&rsqu...

todayAugust 2, 2021

Moyo district grapples with rising teenage pregnancies

By Ronald Orachwun Moyo district is grappling with the rising cases of teenage pregnancies as families brave the adverse effects of the corona virus lockdown. This was after recording 529 cases of teenage pregnancies in the last two quarters during the lockdown as a result of covid-19. The most affected girls are children of school going age between 16 to 17 years. Ameko Jimmy Wale the senior probation and social services welfare officer Moyo ...

todayAugust 2, 2021

Zombo residents flock facilities as COVID-19 fears escalate

By Ronald Orachwun Several residents in Zombo district are flocking private medical facilities as the fear of an increase in cases of COVID-19 continues to grip them. A number of residents who present with signs similar to COVID-19 are being told to report for medical attention to prevent transmission of the disease to other people. Crespo Jaraloch an attendant at God's will medical clinic in Paidha sub county Zombo district says they have...

todayJuly 29, 2021

Contractor of Pawor Seed SS on spot over shoddy work

By John Dibaba Two construction companies contracted to carry out civil works at Pawor Seed Secondary school in Pawor Sub County Madi-Okollo district is on spot for alleged shoddy work. The district received 1.4 billion shillings from the ministry of education and sports to accomplish the task, with the money distributed equally between Osdito Investment Limited and Dolphins Construction Company for the first phase and second phases of civil wo...

todayJuly 29, 2021

Nine hospitalized over food poisoning in Koboko

By Ronald Acema Nine people have been admitted at various health facilities while one other person is under home based care in Koboko town after eating food suspected to be laced with poison. The victims are all business people at the main gate of Koboko main market. Trouble started after jointly eating food at a local eating joint owned by a one Ramla Tiko located within the hawker Lane at Koboko main market. A number of the victims developed ...

todayJuly 29, 2021

Zombo DPC, three others detained for aiding escape of notorious suspect

Police in West Nile have arrested two top police bosses in Zombo district including two other junior officers on allegations of aiding the escape of a suspect from lawful custody. A team of officers from Arua Central Police station picked up the acting Zombo District Police Commander, Assistant Superintendent of Police-ASP, Joshua Twongo, the Criminal Investigations Officer, Paul Wanjara, the In-Charge of case files and another crime intelligenc...

todayJuly 27, 2021

8 staff of Arua hospital in trouble over theft of ambulance

By Frederick Dramadri An investigation has pinned eight staff of Arua regional referral hospital for the theft of an ambulance at the facility early this year from the hospital’s parking yard. An independent investigating company hired by the Hospital management Board conducted a two month investigation at the hospital with the aim of ascertaining how the ambulance donated by Ministry of Health to help to referrals at the onset of the seco...

todayJuly 27, 2021

Thousands miss out on power extension in Nebbi municipality

By Felix Ogenrwoth For decades, access to electricity in the rural areas of Nebbi district has been problematic, forcing residents to resort to using kerosene lamps and small solar panels. Despite the ongoing government rural electrification programme and the several calls made for the power extension to rural population in Nebbi district, authorities in Nebbi Municipality are concerned over the sluggish distribution of electricity in the urban...

todayJuly 26, 2021

Arua regional referral hospital demands legal grounding for political visits

By Frederick Dramadri A sharp row has erupted between the management of Arua Regional Referral Hospital and the local leaders over supervision of the facility. Dr Filbert Nyeko, the director of the hospital in his presentation requested for an enabling legislation to regulate and monitor the visit of the hospital by the local leaders from the various districts across West Nile Sub region. This was during a recent joint covid-19 taskforce meetin...

todayJuly 26, 2021

Herbal concoctions are not remedies for treating corona virus, medics

By Ronald Orachwun As the pandemic continues to spread in Uganda, there are increasing messages promoting the use of herbal concoctions for management of COVID-19.   Health experts from Zombo district have warned that the continued use of herbal concoctions or remedies in the treatment of corona virus could lead to serious health complications, following a mad rush for concoctions comprising of; ginger, pepper, lemon fruits, tamarind, garli...

todayJuly 24, 2021

Clan leaders officiating over child marriages will be prosecuted, Lugbara cultural institution

By Sharon Angucia Various stakeholders in Arua district implementing Spotlight initiative a programme which aims at eliminating all forms of violence against women and girls in the district have decried the high number of cases of teenage pregnancies and child marriages. Statistics on Sexual and Gender Based Violence in Arua district show that 208 cases of rape, 2783 defilement cases, indecent assault 68, 45 cases of death due to domestic viole...

todayJuly 22, 2021

Security Recovers 22 Stolen Cattles in Lamwo

By Denis Ouma 22 herds of cattle have been recovered from suspected South Sudanese rustlers in Lamwo district. The cattle were recovered on Thursday during a joint manhunt launched by the Local Defense Unit LDU and local leaders, following separate raids in Kiromi village, Okol parish, Madi opei sub-county in Lamwo District on Wednesday night. Security operatives traced the footmarks of the suspected rustlers forcing them to abandon the cattle...

todayJuly 22, 2021

Councillors in Koboko District Decry Low staffing level in Health Facilities

By Ronald Acema Koboko District councillors have approved the elevation of four Health Centre II facilities in to the level of Health Center III in order to improve the quality of health service delivery in the district. The Chairperson of Social Services Committee Grace Goro who presented this recommendation to the council during the recent Council argued that the elevation of the lower health facilities would come with additional staffing. &...

todayJuly 22, 2021

Koboko district farmers call for aid as sunshine destroys crops

By William Engamvile Koboko district.  Farmers in koboko district have lost hope in the first season crops as the continues dry spell in the district has caused withering and drying to the crops. The weather that has changed in koboko district started early this year where there has been poor rainfall pattern observed. Some of the crops that are affected in the district among others include maize, Groundnuts, beans, sorghum, cassava and al...

todayJune 8, 2021

Councillors in Dranya Sub county, koboko district have been called upon to identify more revenue sources

William Engamvile Koboko district. The new councillors of Dranya Sub county,in Koboko district, that were sworn in have been called upon to identify revenue sources within the sub county so as to increase the revenue base of the sub county as they begin council business. The appeal to the councillors was made on Friday 28th May 2021 at Global Eden Secondary School during the swearing in ceremony.Hon.Mambo Asraf LCV chairperson of Koboko distri...

todayJune 1, 2021

Tear gas in Kyambogo University as students went on strike on Thursday morning

Vincent Guvule vincentguvule@gmail.com Kyambogo Students of Kyambogo University on Thursday morning went on strike as the University administration has failed to address some of the grievances the University student leaders have put before the University administration. Some the grievances among others notably included the ODEL learning where the students are set to have online learning other than face to face lectures. The six weeks policy of...

todayMay 27, 2021

Koboko District Chairman Appointments New Executive Members

By Ronald Acema acrony2014@gmail.com Koboko The District Chairperson of Koboko Hon Mambo Ashraf has unveiled the members of his Executive shortly after been sworn in as the Local Council five Chairperson of the District. According to the Appointments presented to the August house during the first session of the Fourth Council on Wednesday 19 may 2021, Hon. Muki Francis Maxwell, the Councillor representing Oraba Town Council will be the Di...

todayMay 20, 2021

Koboko District Council Blamed for not getting Remedy to Recruitment Challenges in the District

By Ronald Acema acrony2014@gmail.com Koboko The 2016/2021 Council of Koboko District Local Government has come under Criticism from some lower local leaders and member of the Public for not doing enough in addressing several recruitment challenges in the District as their mandate comes to an end.According to Donald Sanya aResident of Koboko District the fact that, the Council failed to establish a Service Commission in Place more than a year a...

todayMay 20, 2021

Muslims in Koboko called upon to Impress Government Programs

By Ronald Acema acrony2014@gmail.com Koboko The Muslim leaders in Koboko Municipality used the Eid al-Fitr Celebration to call upon the followers of Islam impress and implement government Program in the Municipality.According to Sheik Abdulahi Rajan Fadimula the of Koboko Municipality who led a crowd of over two thousand Muslims during the Eidi prayer at Nyarilo Primary School play ground there is need for the parents to promote equal educatio...

todayMay 20, 2021

Improve the Welfare of Local Government Leaders Koboko District Out Gone Chairperson to Government

By Ronald Acema acrony2014@gmail.com Koboko The out gone District Chairperson Koboko Hassan Gyinya Saidi has petitioned the Central Government to improve the well fate of the Local leaders in across the District if the Quality of Service Delivery within Local Governments is to improve.Making his last speech as the District Chairman Koboko District during the Swearing in of the new District Council Leaders on may 19 2021 Hon. Gyinya Saidi o...

todayMay 20, 2021

Joshua Cheptegei’s record attempt misses the mark in Ostrava but sets world-leading time in the 3000m

Uganda’s Jacob Kiplimo produced a stellar performance at the 2021 Ostrava Golden Spike to finally secure his 10,000M Olympic ticket for team Uganda. The 2020 World Half Marathon champion clocked 26:33.93 to beat the Olympic qualifying mark of 27:28.00. Jacob Kiplimo’s latest exploits in Czech Republic ranks his 26:33.93 time seventh in the world in the history of the 10,000m race. Uganda’s Joshua Cheptigei is the current 10,0...

todayMay 20, 2021

A teacher wins in the first phase of the DFCU "BOUNCE BACK CAMPAIGN" in Arua City

By Sabir Musa sabirmusa2@gmail.com DFCU Bank Arua branch has handed over a cheque worth Ug. SHS 2,411,994 to a customer who emerged winner in the first phase of Bounce Back Campaign. The Bounce Back is a campaign run by DFCU Bank to address impact of COVID-19 on businesses where they offer loan at reduced interest and winners’ loan is off-set by the bank. Irene Ayikoru, a Teacher at Ediofe Girls Primary School was announced the first lu...

todayApril 30, 2021

A family in Arua city has been evicted to pave way for the construction of the road

By Sabir Musa sabirmusa2@gmail.com A family along school road in Arua Central Division was on Monday evicted by Arua City Council to pave way for the ongoing road construction. This is one of the 16 families affected by the 18 billion shilling road project financed through Uganda Support to Municipal Infrastructural Development – USMID. By 8am, a team led by the Building Control Officer at Arua City Council backed-by Uganda Police arri...

todayApril 28, 2021

Locals in Madi-Okollo district demand compensation for refugee land

By Sabir Musa sabirmusa2@gmail.com  Some community members in Rigbo Sub County, Madi-Okollo District have given Office of the Prime Minister (OPM) 21 days to address their demands as the landlords for offering land to host refugees under Rhino camp Refugee settlement. Through their umbrella, Oluba Community Development Association, the members are demanding for compensation and agreement as they accuse OPM for allegedly occupying the land ...

todayApril 15, 2021

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