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    Works Ministers Gen Katumba, Kabatsi Fight Over Bamwesigye’s CAA Top Job…

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    Photo collage: From L-R, Fred Bamwesigye, Joy Kabatsi and Gen Katumba Wamala

    The fight has been erupted in the ministry of Works and Transport between senior minister, Gen Edward Katumba Wamala and his junior minister Joy Kafula Kabatsi over the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA’s) top job.

    Multiple credible sources in the ministry have intimated to the theGrapevine that the fight kicked off when Gen Katumba cancelled Kabatsi’s prayer recommending Fred Bamwesigye, the acting Director General of the CAA to take over the office in full capacity.

    Sources added that Kabatsi explained to Gen Katumba that Bamwesigye was supposed to be in office in the acting capacity for only six months which have already elapsed and he should be officially appointed as the full Director General.

    After reading Kabatsi’s letter, Gen Katumba directed her to advertise the job for other people to compete for it other than ringfencing it for Bamwesigye.

    Kabatsi was very bitter and she insisted that the man should be appointed otherwise she was going to report Gen Katumba to the first lady Janet Kataha Museveni who is also a minister of education and sports, the source said.

    He further revealed that Gen Katumba rubbished Kabatsi’s threats and directed that CAA’s top job be advertised and it indeed, it was advertised in the New Vision’s monday paper.

    When contacted, minister Kabatsi confirmed that there was “a small misunderstanding but was resolved.” “What I advocated for was that before you advertise a job to the world, you have to first applaud the Director General who was there for more than six months and he has to be appraised by the board,” she explained.

    “Then I told them to first advertise the job internally because we have good directors who are very specialised and they know quite a lot. When you bring someone from outside, it means you have to first train such a person,” she added.

    She further explained that the office of the Director General was not necessarily ring-fenced for Bamwesigye, because if advertised internally, even other “inside” members of staff were allowed to fairly compete for the job.

    She denied allegations that she has a relationship with Bamwesigye, noting that they only met in the ministry after being appointed as a minister. She was also accused of having a relationship with Gen Katumba, who she threatened to report to the first lady.

    The no-nonsense lady confirmed that it was agreed with Gen Katumba that the process of recruiting a new Director General of the CAA be refreshed and the Acting Director General be given a chance to be assessed by the board, and the job advertised internally before being advertised “outside” for everyone.

    Efforts to reach out to Gen Katumba were futile since he was not picking up his known telephone numbers.

    It should be noted that Bamwesigye was the human resource of CAA before he was appointed the Director General after the retirement of Professor David Mpango Kakuba.

    By Alirabaki Sengooba

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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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