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KABALE:Bishop Akanjuna Warns Against Rising Alcoholism and its Impact on Society”

KABALE –The Bishop of the Diocese of Kigezi, Rt Rev Gaddie Akanjuna has warned Christians against indulging themselves in alcoholism and immorality.

While delivering his Christmas and New year’s message yesterday in his office at Rugarama hill, Northern division Kabale municipality, bishop Akanjuna high lightened that alcoholism is on the rise in the community which has led to the rise of immorality, like family break ups and poverty, among others.

Bishop Akanjuna encouraged Christians to stop alcoholism noting that resultant addiction hinders development, and called them to engage themselves in income generating activities to bolster their family development. He also called upon family members to cooperate and work in unity, especially to handle land fragmentation, stressing that men have left women to do all the work.

Bishop Akanjuna urged parents to use this festive season as a way to talk to the family members as a way to bring the family together reminding them of the loss of a boy child in the involvement in the community activities urging them to support and help them study for the brighter future.

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 Bishop Akanjuna also condemned terror attacks citing the recent attack by suspected ADF rebels in Kamwenge and advised Christians most especially those on border posts to be vigilant, steady fast and be alert and since during festive season people with negative motives tend to use it to harm innocent citizens.

Thousands of residents have abandoned their homes in Kamwenge out of fear of fresh ADF attacks

KAMWENGE -In the wake of the Islamist terror attack on Kitehurizi Village in Kamwenge District, residents in the affected area and nearby regions have swiftly evacuated. The attack, carried out by suspected militants of the Allied Democratic Forces (ADF), resulted in the brutal murder of 10 individuals.

Faced with the alarming situation, the local population is gripped by mass panic and fear reminiscent of the late 1990s and early 2000s when ADF terrorism was prevalent in the Rwenzori sub-region, making entire villages nearly uninhabitable.

More than 500 people from Omukamwenda, Kyabandara, Fasha, and Nyabutusi villages, situated near Kitehurizi, quickly left the area starting Tuesday morning through the following day. Some briefly returned to their homes early yesterday but were adamant about not spending the night in Kitehurizi. The village, bordering the large and heavily forested Kibaale National Park, is primarily inhabited by farmers who have now abandoned their fields due to the attack.

Enock Tukamushaba, the village chairman, disclosed that the entire village was devoid of human life on Tuesday night, as terrified residents sought refuge elsewhere, with some families renting rooms in the relatively safer Kamwenge Town. Uncertainty lingers about the situation, leading people to avoid the village, returning only during the daytime to tend to their gardens.

In Kitehurizi Trading Centre, where four individuals perished inside a bar during the attack, most small shops and residential houses remained closed. Residents, such as 72-year-old Eufarazia Nyamishana, joined the mass exodus, expressing fear of potential return attacks. Ms. Nyamishana, along with eight children, mentioned that they were relocating to neighboring Kitagwenda District.

Despite the widespread evacuation, a small number of residents returned briefly for the burial of parish councillor Night Margarete Banyazaki, one of the victims. The funeral vigil, attended by a limited number and protected by the military, took place, and the deceased councillor was laid to rest.

Acknowledging the difficult choices facing locals, Kamwenge Resident District Commissioner Isiah Byarugaba Kanyamahane mentioned ongoing efforts to encourage the residents’ return. Local security watches received praise, with Mr. Kanyamahane warning of potential opportunities for criminals in the absence of residents. The military presence has been increased, and soldiers are conducting sweeps in the national park to apprehend the assailants.

For Christmas, churches are advised to conduct thorough checks on individuals entering places of worship. Mr. Byaruhanga disclosed that seven out of the 10 victims’ bodies have been released to their families for burial, while the others remain at Rukunyu Hospital, awaiting relatives to claim them.

Man Creates Stir at Immigration Office: Brings Brother Cobra in Bag

KAMPALA, (UG)-Tension ensued on Monday of the 18th December,2023 after it was revealed that a smartly dressed man recently showed up at the immigration offices in Kampala with a snake in his bag.

According to Simon Peter Mundeyi, the spokesperson of the Internal Affairs ministry, the strange man, upon being questioned on his intention, said the dangerous reptile (a black cobra) is his “brother” and that he moves around with it wherever he goes.

Speaking during a press briefing in Naguru, Kampala yesterday, Mundeyi said they have overtime intercepted people carrying all types of strange items, adding that the security personnel handled the recent matter well. He however wondered how a sane Ugandan seeking services of passports at the ministry behaved himself such.

Mundeyi also cautioned the general public not to carry huge bags any other thing that may be seen as a security threat to immigration, citing limited space.

There have been reports of some communities in the country living in harmony with reptiles and other pets.

Night Raid Horror: 10 Lives Lost in Kamwenge District ADF Attack

KAMWENGE, WESTERN (UG)-At least 10 people were today morning killed following deadly attack by unknown assailants in Kamwenge district.

Police said the attack happened at around 2 am at Kyitehurizi Trading Center in Kyabandara Parish of Kamwenge Sub County located near Kibale National Park. 

Four bodies of the victims were burnt in the structure that housed a shop, a bar and a hotel, while six other victims were found guarding a maize farm and hacked to death by the assailants suspected to be Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) militants, who were armed with SMG rifles, according to authorities.

Vicent Twesige, the Rwenzori West Regional Police spokesperson, has identified some of the victims as Margaret Banyenzaki, 60, and 25-year-old Tugume. Identities of the other eight victims were yet to be established by press time. Twesige added that the assailants also set ablaze a motorcycle Registration Number UFC 851T, and reportedly headed towards Kibale National Park after the attack.

Uganda Peoples’ Defence Forces (UPDF) spokesperson, Brig. Gen. Felix Kulayigye, confirmed that an operation is underway to apprehend the assailants, and appealed to the locals to be vigilant, adding that security has been heightened in Kamwenge following the night raid.

The IS-affiliated Allied Democratic Forces (ADF) rebels are accused of having massacred thousands of civilians in DR Congo in recent years and of carrying out jihadist attacks on Ugandan soil.

Church Leaders Urged to Embrace Spiritual Service, Not Material Gain

KAMPALA ,(UG)-The Archbishop of the Church of Uganda, His Grace Dr. Samuel Steven Kaziimba Mugalu, has condemned the pursuit of leadership positions in the church with the intention of acquiring material wealth.

He made the remarks today while delivering his Christmas message to Ugandans from his residence in Namirembe, in the capital Kampala.

Archbishop Kaziimba emphasized that Christians should avoid mirroring the mindset of the secular world, where they believe electing a leader from their community will magically solve their problems, and clarified that church leadership is not a path to earthly gain, as some mistakenly believe, but a call to spiritual service.

Dr. Kaziimba castigated greed that has taken over hearts of many Ugandans, noting that that the same has continued to fuel corruption and criminality in the country. Quoting Philippians 2:6-7, he asked leaders to follow in the footsteps of the Lord Jesus Christ, “who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.”

The Archbishop also urged both church leaders and believers to place their trust in God, and not in human beings, for solutions to their difficulties, as they commemorate the birth of Jesus Christ and are ushered into the new year.

Dr. Diana Atwine Unveils Cutting-Edge Facilities at Uganda Virus Research Institute

ENTEBBE,(UG)-Dr. Diana Atwine, the Permanent Secretary at the Ministry of Health, has commissioned new offices and laboratories at the Uganda Virus Research Institute (UVRI) in Entebbe Municipality.

Among the new infrastructure is the Medical Research Council (MRC) clinic built to conduct research on infectious and non-communicable diseases.

Other commissioned facilities include a library built for the collection and storage of books among other media material accessible for use by the institute’s scientists and members of allied institutions. Officially opened on Friday was also a sample reception facility that will be the first point of contact and where specimens requiring analysis will be received.

Atwine lauded the management and staff of UVRI plus partners for the new infrastructural developments as well as the scientific research work that was extended from infectious diseases to include non-communicable diseases. Established in 1936, UVRI is a government research institute with a mandate to engage in health research of human infections and disease processes associated with viral aetiology.  

It has been at the forefront to investigate disease outbreaks such as COVID-19 where it was the only scientific investigating institution in the initial three months of the outbreak.

President Museveni Advocates for Prosperity through Commercial Farming in Bunyoro

KAMPALA,(UG) –President Yoweri Museveni has advised residents in Bunyoro sub-region to emulate commercial farming to create wealth and prosperity.

Addressing residents at Kikwaya Primary School in Kikwaya Sub-County of Kakumiro District yesterday, President Museveni emphasized the four-acre model commercial farming practice which he said was launched in 1996.

He acknowledged the minister of state in charge of transport who is also the Bugangaizi West MP in Kakumiro District, Fred Byamukama, for adhering to his advice by establishing projects such as poultry, piggery, cattle rearing and pineapple growing on a small piece of land from where he earns about Shs60 million per month and asked residents to borrow a leaf from the youthful minister.

The President toured various demonstration farms initiated by minister Byamukama at his home in Kikwaya and asked farmers to be visionary and focus on value addition, as well as embracing various commercial farming practices on their small piece of land to improve their household incomes.

Public Service State Minister, Mary Mugasa, asked civil servants and politicians to stop relying on government salaries but to be creative and innovative.

Mugasa challenged Ugandans to grow high-value crops and shun unproductive activities of domestic violence, drug abuse, and immorality.

Bishop Akanjuna Urges Christians to Embrace Love and Unity

KABALE –The Bishop of the Diocese of Kigezi, Rt Rev Gaddie Akanjuna, has urged Christians to love and care for their fellow believers and in unity, serve the Lord Jesus Christ.

Bishop Akanjuna made the call yesterday while preaching in a baptism and confirmation service at St. Matthew Bugarama Church of Uganda under Kizinga Archdeaconry in Kaharo Sub County of Kabale district.

Bishop Akanjuna noted that many Christians nowadays do not care about their fellow man, but instead fight and backbite each other, actions that are against the teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ. He asked the flock to accept the working of God’s grace through Jesus Christ in their lives and marriages, if they are to live purposefully on earth. The prelate also called for unity among Christians, advising them to shun evil acts that may lead them to endless suffering.

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Bishop Akanjuna also challenged male parents, to fulfil their duties in the proper upbringing of their sons, noting that when the boy child is not properly raised, the community is at stake.

In the same service, 84 Christians were confirmed into the Anglican faith.

109-Year-Old Woman Fatally Stabbed by 110-Year-Old Husband Over Conjugal Rights In Ntungamo

NTUNGAMO –A 110-year-old man has reportedly murdered his 109-year-old wife for allegedly denying him sex.

The deceased is Constansio Bakasisa while the suspect is Dominic Babiiha.

Babiiha was also found unconscious in his bedroom allegedly after attempting suicide by taking a pesticide. According to statements made by their great grandchildren at Police, Babiiha stabbed his wife using a curved machete locally known as “oruhabyo” while at their home in Kahunga Parish of Ntungamo District on Thursday evening at around 8 pm after asking Bakasisa to join him in bed after supper. However, she declined due to the fact that she was feeling weak and having a cough.

The Rwizi Regional Police spokesperson, SP Samson Kasasira told our reporter today morning that the suspect was admitted at Itojo Hospital for treatment, with investigations underway.

Kasasira condemned the act and urged the public to resort to non-violent means to resolve misunderstandings or seek help from relevant authorities. 

Seremba Joseph’s Header Earns Kigezi HomeBoyz a Point Against Betpawa Big League Leaders Police FC

KABALE –Kigezi HomeBoyz FC has this evening been held to a 1-1 draw by Police FC in the Betpawa FUFA Big league game that was played at Kabale Municipal stadium.

Police FC, who are the table leaders of the FUFA Big League scored their goal through Seninde Duncan in the 47th minute of the game before Seremba Joseph of Kigezi HomeBoyz scored a header equalizer in the 56th minute.

Kigezi HomeBoyz, who have so far played 12 matches now move to the 9th position on the table with 15 points, while Police remain the league leaders at 27 points.

The Kabale based Homeboyz FC return to action away with Masindi based Booma FC next Thursday, a game that will be played at Masindi Municipal Stadium, and Police will host Kataka FC at the Kavumba Recreation grounds next Friday.