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I Prayed To God To Give Me Another Chance To Correct My Mistakes – Victim Of The Boat Tragedy Gives Life To Christ

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Arnold Ssimbwa, one of the survivors from Saturday’s boat cruise tragedy has narrated how he defied death. During the Sunday prayers at Victory Christian Center (VCC) in Ndeeba, Mr. Ssimbwa, a close friend to Prince David Wasajja, thanked the Almighty for saving his life.

Mr. Ssimbwa narrated that, “Praise God Brethren, last Saturday I came back when everyone thought I was dead, many of you read my escape story. When I was on the boat, I recorded a video which went viral on social media, I was very drunk but later on I decided to get a nap, I slept on one of the speakers and as I was asleep I felt water in my shoes and I wondered if I had urinated on myself. On top of the boat’s mechanical issues, the condition of the lake was really bad, the boat was not stable as we sailed. It was 8:00pm, I looked forward where we were heading and the strong deadly waves were heading towards us from Gaba side and I said God be with us. I saw it coming, actually when the wave is coming, you see it when its already near so I skimmed to where I could attach myself.

I started drawing survivor plans according to the directions I was thinking of because the distance to the shores was just 200 meters but it was dark for some one to tell and I quickly had to take a decision but for my state I couldn’t swim for long because I knew I could cover only 50 meters and drown. So I remained on the boat and with good luck, fate befell as I had planned and the wave hit my direction.

Ssimbwa being comforted by Pastor Sserwadda

That moment was survival for the fittest and every one was running for his or her dear life. Some gentleman was holding my leg, I asked myself should I kick him? but I couldn’t forgive my self for the rest of my life because I knew he was going to die. Eventually this gentleman left me slowly by slowly and dropped off. I was hanging on the boat while praying that God gives me one more chance I rectify all the mistakes I had done in the world.

When we survived, I went to police, I just told them that I am not among the missing and am not dead, am not a survivor but let me be your case study. On my way from Mutiima beach, I came with 10 people who are not accounted for anywhere on the list, if you are to count, there are so many people who left home without saying where they were going. My wife came back home and she was green about everything that was going on but the maid saw me moving out, she had a premonition the previous night, her instincts told her that I was with prince Wassajja on the boat but she couldn’t tell my wife, she didn’t even eat.

By the way I had earlier warned people not to board the boat because things seemed odd, we were supposed to leave at 10:00am but we left at 5:30pm. When we survived, one of the survivors I found on the shores asked me how I got on the boat because he saw me warn them before we sailed,” Mr. Arnold said.

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Corruption Still A Big Problem But We Are Committed To Ending It – Museveni

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President Museveni (Centre) with the first Hon. lady Janet Museveni on his left and Vice president Rt Hon. Edward Ssekandi on the right

President of Uganda H.E Yoweri Kaguta Museveni has expressed big concerns over the growing levels of corruption sighting it as one of the big problems the country is facing.

Mr. Museveni was addressing a gathering that attended the Annual thanksgiving ceremony held last evening at state house Entebbe. “The major problem now is corruption and we are committed to ending it. I can guarantee you we shall defeat corruption. I recently made some announcements but will dwell more on this subject in my New Year message

With First Lady Janet, we hosted guests at State House, Entebbe for the Annual Thanksgiving ceremony, whose theme was picked from Psalms 133:1 “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in Unity”.

Uganda is beginning to go over the hill after we started from a low base in 1986. We have been trying to get up the hill but with a firm foundation now, the movement uphill is faster and easier.

We now have enough electricity, better roads and general infrastructure. Bishop Joseph Abura from Karamoja testified about how easily he now gets to Kampala.

Ugandans are also working harder. For example we have had a bumper harvest and prices of foodstuffs are coming down. It will help reduce inflation too. Take maize, production has gone up to five million bags from two million bags.

I thank Dr Barry Lenhardt, the preacher, for his good message, especially praying for our country’s prosperous future. I also commend the organisers for giving this function a national character by inviting Ugandans from all parts of the country,” Mr. Museveni said.

In attendance was also the religious leaders from the different sects

 

By Remmy Atugonza

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Tycoon Kiconco Vows To fight Lusanja residents Till Death After Court Declared Eviction Illegal

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Juice Manufacturing Tycoon Medard Kiconco has vowed to fight Lusanja locals and make them vomit his land after court declared his evictions illegal.
Kiconco told the media that even though he had lost the case against Lusanja residents in the High Court, he is not going to rest until he regains his land. “I am not happy with today’s Ruling because Court told me to go back to the High Court and file my application to possess my land. I am telling you I bought the land genuinely,” Kiconco said.

He said that he used his saving to buy the land in question and rubbished allegations that he grabbed it.
While Kiconco was lamenting, Lusanja residents were chest thumping and jubilating, they swore never to leave the land now that court has supported their cause.
Samuel Kibuuka, the LC1 told journalist that they are not only going to reposes their land and build back their house which were demolished by Kiconco, they are also going to open criminal charges against him. Kibuuka said that they are going to make sure that Kiconco produces the person behind him who gives him security everytime he is evicting them. He added that many people lost their properties during the eviction, pregnant women now sleep outside in the cold, young girls were raped and other atrocities were committed by Kiconco’s men.
He asked court to heavily punish Kiconco and order him to compensate them for all the properties they lost during the eviction. “That Animal Kiconco should also be imprisoned, the man has a lot of impunity, maybe he has big people behind him who he must produce,” Kibuuka said. Abdullah Kiwanuka, one of the lawyers representing Lusanja residents revealed that since Court declared that the eviction was illegally carried out, they are going to file fresh Court suit against Kiconco to force him to compensate their client. High Court Judge John Keitirima ruled that Nabweru chief Magistrate Rebecca Nasambu errored when he issued an order order on Block 206 plot 671 Kyadondo, which is not in her jurisdiction.
The judge said that he failed to determine whether Nasambu evaluated the properties on the land as a magistrate . He wondered why the magistrate failed to honour the Chief Justice’s orders against Magistrate to first visit the locus before issuing an order. He said that if Nasambu had visited the locus, she would have discovered that the land has a lot of people on it, who were going to be affected by her decision.
The judge also noted that Kiconco did not serve the residents he was going to evict, he wondered how a landlord like Kiconco could fail to serve the area chairperson because he did not know the right one. The judge finally declared the entire process illegal.

By Jamil Lutakome

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Kyambogo University Graduation Ends Today

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Kyambogo graduads pose for a photo

The Kyambogo University is slated to graduate the last batch of students at the main campus in Nakawa division Kampala district with the graduation which started on Wednesday ending today with students from faculty of education, science and engineering slated to graduate.

The vice chancellor of the university Prof Eli Katunguka said that the transcripts and certificates for students are ready and students can start picking them starting next week and he also said that only those who have cleared their dues with the university are the only ones who will receive their papers.

The three days celebration has seen the university graduate over 8,000 students from various disciplines. Kyambogo University is today slated to graduate the last batch of students from the university campus in Nakawa division.

The three day graduation ceremony will see over 8,000 students graduate from various programs. With the Prof Katunguka explaining that the number of graduads increased from 7,000 to 8000 due to the addendum list and university has graduated 500 students with first class degrees with majority of them coming from vocational studies.

By Remmy Atugonza

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