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    PEACE: We Need To Reflect On The Values Of Brotherhood – POA’s Eid El Fitr Message…

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    Patrick Amuriat during the 2021 presidential campaigns

    It is by the grace of Allah that I send warm greetings to the Ugandan Muslims and Muslims around the World on behalf of the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) Party fraternity locally and abroad upon successfully completing the Holy month of Ramadhan, observing Eid el fitr – the festival of breaking the fast.

    Eid el fitr marks the end of Holy Month of Ramadhan, the time of performing noble acts of prayer, reflection, piety, charity, supporting the less fortunate, restraint  not only from food and drinks but also from malice and ill – will.

    A considerable level of dedication and selflessness is required for this undertaking. It also commemorates the season in which the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) received divine revelation (Qur’an) in the night of power (Lairatul Qadr).

    The entire country need to thoroughly reflect on the values of brotherhood and generosity demonstrated by Muslims during the observance of Ramadhan the 4th pillar of Islam and the celebration of Eid. We can all benefit from adopting similar perspectives in our attitude and interaction with fellow citizens.

    Eid el fitr 2021, has found us in trying times when the entire world is struggling to contain the novel global pandemic of Covid-19 19 which has claimed over a  million people globally.

    World Health Organization (WHO) working with Governments across the globe, came up with measures and guidelines as part of the mechanisms to contain the spread of the pandemic. We call upon Countrymen and women to continue observing the SOPs.

    In the Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) Party, it is our tradition to annually congregate and celebrate the sacred month  of Ramadhan with our Muslim brothers and sisters through organizing annual Iftar Dinner and Dua. The most recent one was marked last Friday at the  Party Headquarters.

    Over the last 10years,  We have been hosting the Muslim fraternity for Iftar  dinner at our Party National Headquarters- Najjanankumbi where we exhibit the spirit of brotherhood as envisaged in the Holly Qur’an and Hadith, and our Party slogan of “One Uganda, One People”.

    It’s on such occasions that we reflect on the teachings of Islam and also to celebrate the diversity that defines our country.  The Party leadership stand with the Muslim brothers and sisters in this Corona – Ramadhan and Eid, congratulates them and implore them to continue with the tradition and spirit with the good deeds that have been precipitated in the last 30days of Ramadhan.

    We take this opportunity to ask everyone to make supplication for all our brothers and  sisters across the world who have lost their lives due to the corona pandemic and may the Almighty Allah help us find a lasting solution to covid 19.

    We also ask you to keep in your prayers our brothers and sister who are under incarceration on trumped up charges in different detention centres as a result of a disputed 2021 general election, not forgetting those who were abducted in the now famous drones but their where about  have never been known and  we demand of the authorities to put to an end the frequent torture and murders in the Country.

    As Ugandans, we share a commitment to family, a belief in God’s justice and hope for a future of peace co – existence and tolerance.

    As the FDC Party and our membership we send our best wishes for a joyful celebration.

    Eid Mubarak

    One Uganda, One People

    Patrick Oboi Amuriat (POA) is the FDC party President.

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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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