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    PHOTOS: Stop Tempering With Buganda Kingdom Boundaries – Kabaka Mutebi warns




    The ‘Kabaka’ (king) of Buganda Ronald Muwenda Mutebi II has today warned some people in the central government to stop tampering with the kingdom boundaries.

    The king said this today at Villa Maria Catholic Church in Kalungu district while celebrating his 63rd birthday.

    During his address, the king questioned the intentions of people who are producing maps without Buganda kingdom. “The new maps have other kingdoms like Ankole and Bunyoro but Buganda is not there. I wonder what their intentions are!” the Kabaka asked.

    Kabaka arriving for the function

    The Kabaka also asked government to organize Local Council elections if they are to curb down the rampant kidnaps and killings that have rocked the country recently.

    Buganda premier Charles Peter Mayiga, while addressing the gathering apologized to all journalists in front of the king and the Vice President Edward Kiwanuka Ssekandi, to forgive the kingdom officials who manhandled them during the birthday run last Sunday.

    Tycoon Emmanuel Lwasa and the minister for Micro finance Haruna Kyeyune Kasolo,  vowed to fully support all Buganda kingdom and central government programmes like Operation Wealth Creation and help in alleviating poverty from  locals.

    Andrew Mugagga, the greater Masaka scouts’ coordinator told the Grapevine that they deployed over two hundred scouts to make sure nobody causes chaos at this function.
    The Masaka Diocesan bishop John Baptist Kaggwa, while leading the mass at the function commended the good work done by the king.

    The birthday cake that the king served to his subjects


    Buganda officials and politicians led by Betty Nambooze have on several occasions come out and warned the central government on trying to use every trick in the book to target the kingdom land, first with the Bamugemereire commission and the current proposal by Kampala Minister Betti Kamya to extend Kampala boundaries to regions of Mukono, Kampala, Wakiso and Mpigi districts. Nambooze said that extending the boundaries of Kampala will automatically mean that those areas under Kampala will no longer be in Buganda because Kampala is not part of Buganda.

    In 2004, Cabinet rejected a proposal by Buganda that Kampala district, which houses the seat of government, be part of Buganda region.

    In a memorandum to the Constitutional Review Commission (CRC), Buganda demanded that Kampala be recognised as part of Buganda.

    Outside Buganda, the unanimous view was that Kampala, the gateway to the world, belonged to all Ugandans.

    The CRC headed by Prof. Frederick Ssempebwa, a city lawyer, produced a report saying that many people, who submitted views to the commission, expressed misgivings about Kampala being part of Buganda.

    They interpreted the demand as a scheme by the Kingdom of Buganda to take over the management of land in Kampala or exact payment of special dues and rates from either the city council or the city residents.

    The CRC said although Kampala was geographically located in Buganda region, it was not included in the districts of Buganda within the First Schedule of the 1995 Constitution.

    Lord Mayor Erias Lukwago also attended the function

    MP Veronica Nanyondo (R), MP Florence Namayanja and MP Mary Babirye Kabanda

    Afande Kirumira (M) also graced the function

    Minister Kasolo with wife

    By Aslam Kabugu, Masaka



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



    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 



    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



    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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