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    She Never Compromised Her Responsibility As A Mother And Wife; Parliament Of Uganda Pays Tribute To Queen Elizabeth II…

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    The Ugandan Parliament has paid tribute to Queen Elizabeth II noting that she was the epitome of the British Culture and civilisation.

    During plenary today that was presided over by Deputy Speaker Rt.Hon.Thomas Tayebwa, members of parliament paid tribute to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth and head of the Common wealth.

    While presenting a motion to pay tribute to the head of the Commonwealth, Prime Minister, Rt.Hon.Robinah Nabbanja said that her Majesty had a special bond with Uganda.

    “Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, presided over the Commonwealth with distinction for a period of 70 years and Her reign saw the Commonwealth grow from 7 nations to 56 members,” she said.

    She added, “Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, has modernized and transformed the Commonwealth into an association that fosters international co-operation and trade links between people all over the world.”

    On behalf of the Leader of Opposition, Muwanga Kivumbi said that Queen Elizabeth II had a remarkable influence on how the world is run.

    “As patron of the Commonwealth, she was at the helm of pursuing and facilitating development.”

    Minister of State for Works and Transport, Musa Ecweru also noted that he was privileged to be in this House when Queen Elizabeth II visited them and they could see a lady with dignity, a mother and somebody who was in tandem with the changes that have taken place over the years.

    Insingiro South MP Alex Byarugaba, revealed that Queen Elizabeth II was always buoyant and had a great sense of humour and was extremely very courageous especially during times of hardship adding that she did not run away from London during World War II.

    Soroti City West MP, Jonathan Ebwalu also insinuated that Queen Elizabeth II has died at a young age, at 96 at the time when the world needed her most.

    “The Queen was the epitome of the British culture and civilization. I want to appeal to our people that if you are occupying any office, you must create a conducive environment that if you fall like the Queen then the country must move on,” he added.

    Packwach MP, Jane Pacuto diclosed that the Queen has shown that women are very strong and firm when put in positions of leadership and she therefore appreciated the government of Uganda for giving women these opportunities.

    Newly elected Mp for Soroti East, Herbert Ariko also asserted that the leadership of Queen Elizabeth II provided a sense of stability and continuity in governance. World over, many of the ethos of leadership was attributed to the queen.

    Bon Okot, the Youth Mp noted that the Queen rose to the throne at the age of 25years and this is a reminder that they need to continue placing young people on the table of decision making.

    Oliver Katwesigye contended that Queen Elizabeth II never compromised her responsibility as a mother and wife.

    “She raised her children with responsibility and no wonder King Charles III will now take on the responsibility,” she said.

    Uganda was a colony of Britain and gained independence on 9th October, 1962, eleven years after the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II.

     

    By Kalamira Hope

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    Security On High Alert After Sunday ADF-Linked Bomb Blast Near Uganda, DR Congo Border

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    Uganda security agencies have been put on high alert after a bomb linked to the Allied Democratic Forces – ADF went off yesterday near Uganda, Congo border.

    The incident in the Eastern DRC happened at Pentecostal Church in Lhubirira, an immediate town located 4kms after Mpondwe border point. At least 10 people died on the spot and 47 others suffered injuries.

    “The terror attack shows that terrorism can occur any time and anywhere, and further reminds us all of the terrorist threats that we face as a country. Because of the existing threat environment, our Joint Counter terror task teams from CMI, Crime Intelligence, Counter terrorism, CID in coordination with territorial units, continue to operate with a heightened state of readiness. It is approximately, 425days, since the double terror task at CPS and Kampala Avenue that have led to several investigations, multiple arrests and recovery of an assortment of dangerous weapons. So far, 18 guns have been recovered, 1 PK gun and 116 PK rounds, 1 pistol, 7 IEDs, 21 electronic detoriators, 52 explogel explosives, 2 Axel blades, 2 emulsion explosives, an assortment of bomb making materials, walkie talkies, mobile phones, 185 other types of ammunition, and motorcycles etc. In addition, a total of 57 suspects (terrorists and rebels) have been arrested,” Police Spokesperson who doubles as the Joint Security Spokesman told the media in Kampala on Monday.

    And while those disruptive operations present a positive step in securing the safety of Ugandans, Enanga says that “there is still work to identify ADF cells of agents, collaborators, operatives and sponsors within the country.”

    “Several measures have also been put in place, to avert any hostile infiltrations and attacks at Mpondwe border and all other crossing points. For instance, we have stopped the movement of cargo and passenger boats across Lake Albert, intensified patrols in Bugoma forest and across the borderlines, bolstered security at major installations, markets and parking yards, and intensified intelligence on several targets among others,” he said.

    Enanga, however, asked the public not to be alarmed “by these steps because it is meant for their safety.”

    “We would like to further remind the public that the threats of terrorism are real, especially on soft targets, which are many and sometimes difficult to defend, especially restaurants, markets, shopping centres, public transportation hubs like taxi and bus parks, places of worship and other crowded places etc. as a result, we call upon the public to be extra alert and vigilant, as they go about their activities. Remember, the best defence against any terrorist threats is our collective community effort. Once again, please be alert but not alarmed. And report any suspicious behaviour or activity to the nearest police unit or security agency.”

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    City Babe Who Offered Room For Cousin & Her Boyfriend Arrested For Double Murder

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    The police are investigating circumstances under which two young adults died in a fire at Jinja-Nabweru on Thursday evening.

    The deceased have been identified as Patricia, 24, and Kajumba, 27.

    Findings show that the lovers visited Suzan Keitesi, 24; a cousin of Patricia on Thursday morning. Keitesi is a resident in an apartment at Jinja Kawempe Zone A, Jinja Kawempe Ward in Nabweru Division.

    However, the pair were found dead on Thursday evening in a suspicious manner, while Keitesi was rushed to a nearby clinic and later Kawempe hospital for first aid. She was later discharged that day.

    Suspecting foul play, detectives attached to Kawempe Police Station interacted with Keitesi on her hospital bed. Her statement looked uncoordinated. She has been detained as further investigations continue.

    Deputy Police Spokesperson Luke Owoyesigyire says Patricia and her boyfriend are suspected to have been murdered.

    “We have reserved the scene for further examination by officials from National Building Review Board, UMEME, and other stakeholders, to ascertain the exact cause of the fire. 

    Whereas the tenant had a gas cooker, it was in a store and it remained intact,” Owoyesigyire said. “We have however arrested Kaitesi Suzan on allegations of Murder as investigations continue.”

     

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    Aponye MD Harold Byamugisha Still Missing – Security

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    Police are searching for the Managing Director of Aponye Uganda Limited who went missing on Sunday night.

    Harold Byamugisha is said to have left home on Sunday dressed casually, promising his wife that he was to return.

    “The wife says he left home in a yellow shirt and white shorts. She said he called her around 11pm and informed her that he could return home in 20 minutes. He didn’t return,” Deputy Kampala Metropolitan Police Spokesperson Luke Owoyesigyire told the media yesterday.

    Byamugisha’s family has also put up an announcement, promising a Shs5m reward to anyone who can help them find him.

    “He was last seen in Ntinda on Sunday…driving his motor vehicle, a Range Rover, white in colour number UBF 017D. This is to inform the general public that whoever has any idea of his whereabouts, please call us on 0775363017, 07770611435 or report to the nearest police station. A reward of Shs5m is available,” the notice reads in part.

    But while reports emerged Friday morning that he had been found, security sources say Byamugisha is yet to be found.

    “He called us yesterday and said he is okay. But the wife who reported the case hasn’t physically seen him,” a security source said.

    Owoyesigyire says Byamugisha is still missing.

    “To us, he is still missing,” he said. “So, we are still looking for him and he is not safe and sound like he said.”

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