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    Bamasaba Demand Immediate Answers, Raise Concerns Over Sudden Death Of Umukuka Sir Bob Mushikori, Days To His Successor’s Coronation…

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    Umukuka (Chief Elder Of Clans) Sir Bob Mushikori

    The Bamasaba are mourning the passing on of their outgoing Umukuka (Chief Elder Of Clans) Sir Bob Mushikori.

    As Sir Bob Mushikori lays lifeless, the fallen leader’s subjects have demanded for a serious investigation into his death considering the battles he has been facing of late.

    The outgoing leader of the Inzu Ya Masaaba was pronounced dead yesterday at his residence in senior quarters in Mbale City.

    Emma Bwayo, the State Minister for Cooperatives, Production and Marketing in Inzu Ya Masaba confirmed Mushikori’s death, as he was the first official to arrive there.

    A relative, and also close friend friend to the late explained that Mr. Mushikori had a terrible accident a few years ago where his car over turned along Jinja road and since then, he has never recovered.

    He further argued that however true it might be that Mushikori had many enemies around him as a cultural leader, there’s no reason that his purported enemy would want to cause him harm after handing over office.

    He said, “The last time I met him mid-December, he was frail, he has been open about his sickness to those that cared to listen to him. Remember he had just left Mulago.”

    Mr. Mushikori’s death comes after plans to enthrone his successor, John Amram Wagabyalire who was only waiting for the official coronation on the 30th, January 2021 when he is expected to officially start his work as the Umukuka III.

    Sir Bob Mushikori late last month said that he is happy to be retiring and officially handing over power to the leader who has been voted by the people.

    Mid this year, Mr. Mushikori was rushed to Nakasero hospital in Kampala for further treatment as his state of health deteriorated after he was rushed to Mbale Regional Referral Hospital in Masaba wing by his health team.

    At the time, Mr. Mushikori presented severe diabetes symptoms that weakened him to the extent of failing to stand on his own.

    Unlike the misconception of many, the Bagisu (Bamasaba) have no king but elect a chief elder from each one of the clans from the grand “House of Masaba” to lead for five years.

    The Umukuka is the custodian of culture and other communal assets . He oversees over  both Bugisu here in Uganda and in Kenya.

    Bob Mushikori is the former Chief Elder whose term ended last year as Umukuka.

    Mr. Mushikori who was elected leader of “Inzu Ya Masaaba” in 2015 replaced Mr. Wilson Wamimbi, who was the first cultural head in 2010. Mushikori’s term expired and was supposed to hand over power before November 28, but he disdained numerous calls to relinquish the Bamasaba Cultural Institution (Inzu Ya Masaba) throne, aascertaining that he would hold on to the throne for as long as there were in-fights within the institution.

    “They are giving me more time to stay on as Umukuka,” Mr. Mushikori said in an interview last year, as his backers reportedly advised him not to hand over power to a one Mr. Mike Jude Mudoma, as he had allegedly been elected in what they termed as “kangaroo style”.

    “They are imposing on us the Bamasaba a new Umukuka, who was elected in the bush despite a court order restraining the same,” one of the ministers, who preferred anonymity, said last year.

    The late had plans to go back to President Museveni to appoint him somewhere else to serve, adding that as he retires, he would be going to Canada from where he came before becoming the leader of the Bamasaba.

     

    By Baron Kironde

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    Angels Of Death Strike, Take Two Of Uganda’s VIPs In 2023 Opener

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    Two of Uganda’s Very Important Persons have Monday died.

    National Unity Platform’s parliamentary flag bearer in the last year’s Omoro County by-elections, Simon Toolit Aketcha is dead.

    Toolit, died on Monday morning.

    The news of his death was confirmed by Omoro county MP Andrew Ojok Oulanyah.

    “It is a dark day in Omoro! We have lost one of our gallant sons and former MP, Hon. Simon Toolit Akecha! Hon. Toolit was the MP for Omoro County between 2006 & 2011 and was a candidate in recent by-elections. May his soul rest in eternal peace!” OJok tweeted.

    Toolit put up stiff political resistance against the late Jacob Oulanyah before also competing against his son Andrew Ojok Oulanyah.

    Toolit will be remembered as a candidate to have competed against the Oulanyah’s while holding the flag for two different parties for under ten years.

    In 2016, Toolit, then a candidate of Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) contested against NRM’s Jacob Oulanyah and polled 6,823 votes against the latter’s 8,218 votes.

    In the same manner, Uganda’s high commissioner to Kenya and Seychelles, Dr Hassan Galiwango, has died.

    Galiwango died Monday morning at Nairobi Hospital where he had been admitted.

    The late was the husband to Mbale City Woman Member of Parliament, Connie Nakayeze Galiwango.

    President Museveni appointed Galiwango as the high commissioner to Kenya in October 2020.

    Galiwango was also the former long serving director of finance and administration at the NRM secretariat at the time of his ambassadorial appointment. Ms Medina Naham, the NRM party chairperson of Koboko District, replaced him at the secretariat.

    The cause of his death is yet to be communicated by the government.

    Last year, Bank of Uganda governor prof. Emmanuel Tumusiime-Mutebile, Speaker of Parliament Jacob Oulanyah and Gen. Elly Tumwine among other VIPs died.

     

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    Five Dead As Bomb Goes Off In Church Near DRC, Uganda Border 

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    A bomb killed at least five people on Sunday after detonating in a church in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, the army said.

    Details of the attack remain hazy, but military spokesman Antony Mualushayi said the “terrorist act” happened in a Pentecostal church in North Kivu province’s Kasindi, a town on the border with Uganda.

    Mualushayi later told reporters that at least five bodies had been taken to the morgue following the blast, in what he called a provisional death toll.

    Joel Kitausa, a local civil society figure, put the death toll at eight and said 27 other people had been wounded.

    AFP was unable to independently confirm the toll.

    It was not immediately clear who carried out the attack. Mualushayi said that one suspect — a Kenyan — had been arrested.

    The DRC’s communications ministry said on social media that the attack was apparently carried out by the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) group.

    The ADF — which the Islamic State group claims as its affiliate in Central Africa — is active in the Kasindi area.

    It has been accused of slaughtering thousands of Congolese civilians and carrying out bomb attacks in Uganda.

    The ADF has planted bombs in towns in North Kivu in the past.

    Since 2021 a joint Congolese-Ugandan military operation has been targeting the ADF in North Kivu and neighbouring Ituri province.

    Over 120 armed groups roam mineral-rich eastern DRC, many of which are the legacy of regional wars that flared at the turn of the 21st century.

    Source: AFP

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    Nepal Crash: Dozens Killed As Plane Crashes Near Pokhara Airport

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    Dozens of people have been killed after a plane with 72 people on board crashed near an airport in central Nepal.

    The Yeti Airlines flight from Kathmandu to the tourist town of Pokhara crashed on landing before catching fire.

    Videos posted on social media show an aircraft flying low over a populated area before banking sharply.

    At least 68 people are confirmed to have died, officials said. Several critically injured survivors were taken to hospital, unconfirmed reports said.

    Local resident Deeveta Kal told the BBC how she rushed to the crash site after seeing the aircraft plunge from the sky shortly after 11:00am local time (05:15 GMT).

    “By the time I was there the crash site was already crowded. There was huge smoke coming from the flames of the plane. And then helicopters came over in no time,” she said.

    “The pilot tried his best to not hit civilisation or any home,” Deevta Kal added. “There was a small space right beside the Seti River and the flight hit the ground in that small space.”

    The flight set out with 68 passengers on board, including at least 15 foreign nationals, and four crew members.

    According to flight tracking website Flightradar24, the 15-year-old twin-engine ATR 72 stopped transmitting position data at 05:05 GMT and the last signal from the aircraft was received at 05:12.

    Hundreds of Nepalese soldiers were involved in the operation at the crash site in the gorge of the Seti, just one and a half kilometres from the airport.

    The search operation has been suspended for the day, officials say.

    Video taken where the plane came down showed thick billowing black smoke and burning debris.

    “We expect to recover more bodies,” an army spokesman told Reuters, saying the plane “has broken into pieces”.

    Prime Minister Pushpa Kamal Dahal called an emergency meeting of his cabinet and urged state agencies to work on rescue operations. A panel to investigate the cause of the crash has been set up.

    Of the passengers, 53 are said to be Nepalese. There were five Indian, four Russians and two Koreans on the plane. There was also one passenger each from Ireland, Australia, Argentina and France among others.

    Aviation accidents are not uncommon in Nepal, often due to its remote runways and sudden weather changes that can make for hazardous conditions.

    A Tara Air plane crashed in May 2022 in the northern Nepalese district of Mustang, killing 22 people.

    In early 2018, 51 people were killed when a US-Bangla flight travelling from Dhaka in Bangladesh caught fire as it landed in Kathmandu.

    The European Union has banned Nepalese airlines from its airspace over concerns about training and maintenance standards in the country’s aviation industry.

    Source: BBC

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