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    State House Probes Old Kampala School Boss For Frustrating Police Work



    By Otim Nape
    Ronald Egesa, the chairman of Old Kampala Students Association OKOSA, is in trouble after being reported to Kaguta Museveni the president that he is one of those frustrating police work in parts that fall under Old Kampala police division.

    The president a few days ago met some DPCs and other security operatives in the area of greater Kampala Metropolitan area. He wanted to find out the gaps they are seeing in the security apparatus and their ideas on how rampant violent crime of killing women can be eliminated. He was told CP Mwesigwa Franks Mayumba kumi program was working well because 10 volunteers had been selected in each village to keep watch of the community where they live. He was told many meetings have been held to integrate the local residents in the new crime watch program. Museveni was told more that police would be more efficient but there is a big problem of funding since its budget was cut by half in the new budgeting financial year 2017/8. The DPCs told him it’s now hard to maintain a network of informers in the community and that their mobility on the patrol trucks is being hampered by lack of enough fuel since the police fuel budget was chopped by half.
    They told him DPCs don’t have money to hire community halls where to hold meetings and training for the new crime watch volunteers. Museveni wondered why the DPCs can’t use the  space available in many public schools which government owns in their areas as the venue for such activities and for free of charge. It was at this point that the DPCs gave him the example of old Kampala police division which can’t freely use old Kampala school premises and play ground which is nearby. “Your Excellency that is not possible. There is a man called Egesa of the old students association. He is very powerful in that school and each time we try to use school premises and play ground, his people frustrate us. They say we must pay a certain fee to use that play ground which makes our work hard” the team from old Kampala division told M7. He was furious and said ‘who is that one? Can he be more powerful than the national resistance movement which liberated this country?’  He then ordered his SFC guys to follow up with the ministry of education to ensure the Egesa issue is properly handled. M7 said “that is a government school and if it’s discovered they are charging illegal money, they will pay.
    The DPP is there to have them prosecuted if my people confirm it’s something illegal.” As the SFC report is being awaited, police nowadays partners with local area tycoons who donate free venues for its Mayumba kumi meetings as play grounds and premises like old Kampala remain a no go area unless they pay. We doubt if SFC will manage because Egesa is not that easy man to handle. He has fought many battles using his old Kampala position and it seems he is well tested now in his battles. He often reads the law and it’s unlikely he can act outside the law. Time will tell who wins-is it Egesa, the SFC or even Kayihura’s police.

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    St. Peter’s SSS Naalya Dragged To Court For Suspending Female Student On Allegations Of Selling Marijuana, Matchboxes To Fellow Students…



    St Peter’s Senior Secondary School Naalya has been dragged to the High Court Civil Division Kampala for suspending a female student on allegation of selling marijuana and matchboxes to fellow students.

    In his suit, Tracy Bamanya Natukunda, a senior six student accuses the school of denying her a fair hearing when they decided of indefinitely suspend her.

    However, the presiding Judge Musa Ssekaana, the head of the Civil Division of the High Court dismissed Natukunda’s application where she was seeking a Court order directing the school to allow her to continue with her studies as Court proceeds with the hearing of the main suit.

    In their defense, the school confirmed that the applicant was admitted in February 2020 to study the combination of Divinity, Entrepreneurship and Literature in senior five.

    The school divulged that after months of admission, they established that she was indiscipline and disobedient to the extent of selling cookies with marijuana and matchboxes to fellow students.

    The school said that when she was caught red handedly at first, she was given the opportunity to defend herself through recording a statement over the allegations and her parents were summoned and informed of their child’s behaviour.

    The school told Court that even though the applicant committed a grave crime, she was allowed to stay in the school because her parents pleaded with the school administration.

    However, she abused the opportunity given to her when she started physically attacking and harassing students and teachers who testified against her thus becoming a threat to the entire school community.

    It was overwhelmingly agreed to indefinite suspend her.

    In his ruling, Ssekaana agreed with the school authorities that the applicant is a threat to other students and teachers because she even physically fought with them when she was handed over to the school’s disciplinary committee.

    Ssekaana said, “The school should be given a benefit of doubt in exercise of its disciplinary powers against the student until the Court finds otherwise. The rights of the applicant against the entire school community should be a factor to consider and the likely danger of the applicant returning to the school and the entire school atmosphere in such circumstances.

    “In result for the reasons stated herein above, this is hereby dismissed and the costs shall abide the outcome of the main cause. It is so ordered.”

    The hearing of the main suit is still ongoing.


    By Sengooba Alirabaki


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    MPs Propose Sign language To Be Adopted In Schools…



    Members of Parliament have proposed that Sign language should be adopted and integrated in most of the schools.

    During plenary today which was presided over by Deputy Speaker, Rt. Hon. Thomas Tayebwa, MPs noted that it can be done by increasing sign language teachers and ensuring that children are introduced to sign language at early stages of learning.

    The decision follows the upcoming commemoration of International Deaf Awareness week scheduled to take place between 19th to 23rd September 2022.

    The celebrations for the International Deaf Awareness week will be held at Iganga Municipal Primary School grounds, in Iganga Municipality, on Friday 23rd September 2022.

    According to the 2014 Uganda National Housing and Population statistics, there were over 1,083,649 deaf people in Uganda.

    “This has since increased to 1,290,000 of the current Uganda’s population,” Asamo said.

    State Minister for disabilities, Allen Asamo said that the International Deaf Awareness Week draws attention to the accomplishments of people who are deaf, raises awareness of their unique needs and also promotes their human rights.

    “During this week, state and non-state actors publicize many activities and informational campaigns to educate people about deafness and hearing loss,” she explained.

    She added that the International Deaf Awareness Week seeks to increase awareness about deaf persons, their challenges, and their culture.

    “It helps in motivating the community to learn and appreciate the importance of sign language, address grievances, and promote the human rights of deaf persons.”


    By Kalamira Hope


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    Ministry Of Education Sets Strict Rules On Nursing Course; Bans Admitting Nurses Below 18 Years…



    Minister Muyingo addressing nurses who graduated yeaterday

    Ministry of Education has set strict rules on the nursing course and banned admissions of nurses below 18 years.

    During the release of the 2022 nurses and midwives examinations results at the Office of the President yesterday, State Minister for Higher Education, John Chrysostom Muyingo announced that government has banned nursing and wives institutions across the country from admitting students below the age of 18.

    Muyingo noted that all institutions should adhere to the set minimum standards and observe the set age limit.

    “They should admit only adults above the age of 18 because only adults should work in health centres, not children,” he added.

    He further asked institutions to respect the capacity of learners requirement set by the ministry.

    “Those who want to start nursing and midwifery institutions must first get the licenses and should respect the capacity. If you are licensed to admit only 500 learners, you should not exceed that,” he maintained.

    Muyingo also asked the Permanent Secretary of the ministry to enforce this and apprehend administrators who will defy it.

    According to the executive secretary of the Uganda Nurses and Midwives Examinations Board (UNMEB), Ms. Helen Mukakarisa, the reason why children below 18 years have been banned is because expectant mothers in hospitals have been complaining and were not comfortable with children taking care of them.

    “As a profession, we cannot take children of 16 years. Mothers won’t respect them so ethically, we need to admit learners above the age of 18,” Ms Mukakarisa said.

    She added, “Those learners who will complete Senior Four before turning 18 will have to wait until they reach the required age to apply for courses.

    Efforts to speak to the State Minister for Education, Muyingo were however futile as he did not pick up our calls.


    By Kalamira Hope


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