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    UPL: All You Need To Know Ahead Of Vipers vs KCCA At Kitende…



    In the Uganda Premier League today, it will be a battle for supremacy as Vipers SC hosts rivals KCCA FC at St. Mary’s Stadium, Kitende.

    The Venoms will be seeking a swift return to winning ways after suffering a 2-1 defeat to URA FC on Saturday away at the Arena of Visions in Ndejje last week.

    Ahead of this tie, with three points separating the two giants as we wind up the first round, an outright win is a must for KCCA since a loss dents their hopes as it keeps Vipers at a distance when the league second stanza kicks off next month.

    On the road, KCCA has won three matches against Soltilo Bright Stars FC, Busoga United and Kyetume FC, drew twice with Express FC and Wakiso Giants FC as well as suffering two defeats to SC Villa and BUL FC. They have scored 11 goals conceding 7 out of the seven away fixtures.

    The Kasasiro lads have never failed to score in each of the 14 matches they have played this season hence will approach the encounter in buoyant moods in relation to that statistic however in Vipers, they are up against a side with a 100% home record.

    Coach Mike Mutebi has achieved tremendous success at Lugogo and at his disposal is a youthful star-studded squad but in Vipers, he is facing a well-oiled opponent capable of overcoming any opposition.

    Further to that, he has masterminded only one win against the Venoms, losing three and drawing five out of the five meetings under his reign.

    Vipers Team News

    Aziz Kayondo is back in contention following splendid performances at the U20 Afcon in Mauritania and will be available for selection against KCCA FC after being rested for the trip to Ndejje.

    Najib Yiga is unavailable as he is still recovering from an injury he picked while on duty with the Uganda U20 Hippos.

    Paul Willa and Rashid Toha return from suspension after accumulating three yellow cards that subsequently saw the pair sit out of the 2-1 defeat to URA FC.

    Abraham Ndugwa is fit and will be available for the match day squad so is Shaban Muhammad who could face his former side.

    KCCA Team News

    Former Vipers SC players Andrew Kawooya, Ashraf Mugume and Keziron Kizito are part of the squad that could feature against Vipers SC today.

    Defender Fillbert Obenchan is still ruled out after that head injury he picked up against UPDF FC. He is expected back after two weeks at the least

    Forwards Lwanga Charles, Aheebwa Brian and Sadat Anaku are all available for selection. Lwanga has scored 7 goals in the last 9 games while Anaku has scored 6 goals in the last 5 games for the club.

    Brian Aheebwa has 7 league goals he scored in the the first 5.

    This game comes a little early for Julius Poloto and John Revita who are still recovering from injuries. The pair are undergoing rehabilitation.

    Juma Balinya, Moses Aliro, Samuel Ssenyonjo and Mazengo Stefano Loro are ruled out injured.

    Steven Sserwadda, Kizza Bukenya and Andrew Kawooya are part of the squad that will travel to Kitende for the last game of the first round.

    To face Vipers, KCCA will choose from;

    Matovu, Mwirusi, Lukwago, Iguma, Kato, Magambo, Kalanzi, Achai, Musana, Mugume, Gift Ali, Kigozi, Keziron, Kawooya, Kizza Bukenya, Sserwadda, Anukani, Aheebwa, Lwanga and Anaku

    By Baron Kironde



    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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