Over 600,000 candidates to sit PLE on Monday

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Primary seven candidates across the country begin writing their examinations next week, with the Uganda National Examinations Board (Uneb) cautioning schools against involvement in any form of malpractice. While addressing journalists today, the Uneb executive secretary Dan N. Odongo, said all candidates for the first time will use Education Management Information System (EMIS) numbers instead of school names used in the past. EMIS is a six-digit code that has been allocated to each school as preemptive measure to examination malpractice. From last year backwards, candidates would write their names, index…

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Shocking: P7 candidate dumps baby in pit latrine

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On Friday, thousands of primary seven candidates across the country converged at their schools for the briefing exercise ahead of exams next week. However, seven pupils of Osudo-Kamuda Primary School in Soroti district missed the exercise. Out of 37 pupils that registered for Primary leaving Examinations (PLE), only 30 pupils turned up for briefing according to the school head teacher, Tom Egatu. One of the seven who have missed briefing is a 17 year-old girl who delivered a baby girl and allegedly dumped it in a pit latrine at the…

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Archbishop Lwanga: Church tithe should be deducted from monthly salaries

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The Archbishop of Kampala archdiocese, Dr Cyprian Kizito Lwanga has proposed that the central government should start deducting 10 per cent tithe from monthly salaries of Catholic believers. Archbishop Lwanga during a Sunday mass at Lubaga Cathedral revealed that many Catholics do not pay the tithe, which slows down church work. “We lie to God that we pay church tithe off our monthly salaries. During a mass like this, when time to pay the tithe reaches, Catholics just pick whatever they get from their pockets and give in, but the…

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Standard Gauge Railway construction will start in 2019 – Gov’t

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The Ministry of Works and Transport has disputed media reports that the Construction of the Standard Gauge Railway had been abandoned in favour of the upgrading the older Meter Gauge Railway. According to the Minister of Works and Transport Monica Azuba Ntege, the Meter Gauge Railway and Standard Gauge Railway will be complementary to each other and therefore both projects need to run concurrently. The SGR system is to consist of four major sections: Malaba–Kampala Section Also referred as the Eastern Line, would stretch from the border with Kenya at…

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Stella Nyanzi arrested for allegedly insulting Museveni’s mother

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Detectives from the Directorate of Criminal Investigations headquarters Kibuli have arrested a Makerere University researcher Dr Stella Nyanzi on allegations that she abused President Museveni and his mother. Dr Nyanzi was arrested at Makerere University on Friday and she has been driven to Special Investigations Division headquarters at Kireka where she is currently detained. She was at Makerere to protest the University’s failure to reinstate her as a researcher at the Makerere Insititute of Social Research. Dr Nyanzi was suspended from Makerere University in 2017 for reportedly refusing to teach…

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Real Madrid sacks coach Julien Lopetegui

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After only 139 days in office for the club, Julien Lopetegue was sacked on Monday Only 14 games managed: 6 wins, 2 draws and 6 defeats for Julien Lopetegui stands out as the worst results recorded by any coach in Real Madrid’s recent history. The Spaniard’s situation was further compounded by a humiliating defeat to rivals fc Barcelona on Saturday, 5 – 1 the final score at Nou Camp. On a provisional basis Argentine and former Madrid winger Santiago Solari will lead the team while waiting for the arrival of…

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Uganda vaccinates health workers against Ebola

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Uganda’s health ministry announced on Friday it would vaccinate its health workers closest to the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), against Ebola. The East African nation has been on high alert, amid fears that the viral haemorrhagic fever could spread from DRC which is battling an outbreak. Parts of Uganda’s western border are about 100 km (62 miles)from sites of an Ebola outbreak taking place in Congo. Health Minister Jane Ruth Aceng said authorities would administer about 2,100 vaccinations covering so called frontline health personnel working in districts near the…

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Cameroon’s Biya to take seventh oath on November 6th

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President-elect of Cameroon, Paul Biya, will take his oath of office on November 6, 2018. Earlier reports including by state-run CRTV said the investiture was slated for Friday, November 2, to coincide with the reopening of the ordinary session of both chambers of the legislature. The swearing in normally takes place before a joint sitting of the legislature in the capital, Yaounde. Both houses of parliament were reconvened after a break for the October 7 elections. Biya’s investiture for a seventh straight term was reported to be the highlight of…

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Tunisian activist Aya Chebbi appointed African Union’s Youth Envoy

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Tunisian activist, Aya Chebbi was on Thursday appointed the first ever African Union (AU) Youth Envoy, a position created to mobilise young people across the continent towards the pursuit of Agenda 2063. Chebbi, a Pan-African feminist from Tunisia, who shot to global fame as a blogger during the 2010 Arab Spring in her country, will work with a Youth Advisory Council comprised of members from across the continent. ‘‘She will advocate, and raise awareness on, the implementation of the Demographic Dividend Roadmap,’‘ reads part of the AU statement on her…

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DP Ruto hosts President Kenyatta, Raila Odinga for lunch in Karen

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Deputy President William Ruto on Friday hosted President Uhuru Kenyatta and ODM leader Raila Odinga for a lunch at his Karen residence in Nairobi. Senate Majority Leader Kipchumba Murkomen was also present. It was not immediately clear whether the lunch was planned or not. The lunch came shortly after the leaders attended the requiem mass of former Maendeleo ya Wanawake Chair Jane Kiano at ACK St Francis Church in Karen. In a Twitter post, Mr Ruto said he was consulting with his boss (Mr Kenyatta) on “matters of development and…

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