Thursday, 5 December 2013
With the helm of conflicts in the Great Lakes Region, a peace journalism strategy for the affected countries is in due course.
The Uganda Media Development Foundation (UMDF) is set to extend peace journalism trainings and efforts to South Sudan and Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo. The same project is being planned for Rwanda.
Speaking during a media dialogue at the Ministers’ Village Hotel in Ntinda, Kampala, the Executive Director of UMDF Mr. James Kigozi says that the journalists in the two conflict affected countries need to be empowered with conflict sensitive reporting skills.
He adds that this will help them work in line with the sensitive approaches to reporting peace.
Mr. Kigozi says that some journalists from Juba in South Sudan and Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo will at some point be invited to Uganda where they will be attached to different media houses that have excelled in peace journalism for mentoring.
UMDF has been championing the peace journalism efforts in Uganda for the last five years with support from Bread for the World.
In Uganda, peace journalism has continues to be practiced in the Rwenzori, Northern, West Nile and Eastern region that are post conflict.
Wednesday, 20 November 2013
The fallen former Bishop of Ruwenzori diocese Eustace Kamanyire Amooti was a parent and a selfless man of God.
According to the Bishop of the South Rwenzori diocese in Kasese Jackson Thembo Nzerebende, the demise of Kamanyire poses a great loss of role model to most of the priests in Kasese especially those who served under him as a Bishop.
Retired Bishop Kamanyire passed on last week succumbing to a stroke that had kept him bedridden since the start of October.
Bishop Nzerebende remembers, Kamanyire as a man who first worked in Kasese as an employee in the fish processing industry at Katwe-Kabatoro town council and as a Kilembe Mines lay leader before raising to become a priest and later on a bishop.
He ordained Bishop Nzerebende a deacon in November 1983 before the creation of the South Rwenzori diocese. He knows him as a man who was never concerned with the tribal differences between the Bakonzo and Batooro because he adopted a Mukonzo boy then by the names of Alfred Sibende who later became a priest.
He also remembers the late Bishop Kamanyire for leading him in a retreat towards his consecration as Bishop in 2004 when he advised him that a church leader preaches the gospel as it is so that many people come to God.
It is remembered that during his pastoral visits to confirm Christians in Kasese area, Bishop Kamanyire and his late wife Irene Kamanyire encountered a strange situation when they laid for them a bed made of dry banana leaves. Those close to him say, such memories kept on his mind as he used to lament.
Other memories are about Bishop Kamanyire being part of the team of religious leaders who welcomed the Omusinga Charles Wesley Mumbere Iremangoma at Nsenyi when he denounced fighting using arms and slopped down in 1982.
One of the first deacons to be ordained by Bishop Kamanyire in 1981 is the sub-dean of the St. Pauls Cathedral in Kasese, Rev. Can. Cornelius Maate who describes the deceased as a strong man who could not be intimidated by any situation. He remembers when there emerged a remolding committee that wanted to over throw the bishop in disguise of making changes in the diocese but the late Kamanyire persisted and carried on the work of God.
Jackson Buseku, a Christian who was confirmed by Bishop Kamanyire in 1982 says that he was a respected man who was feared by everyone whenever he could give the confirmation exam. He says Bishop Kamanyire was a good preacher.Bishop Kamanyire’s remains will be laid to rest this afternoon in Fort Portal town where Bishop Nzerebende is to represent the Archbishop of Uganda Stanley Ntangali who is out of the country.
Wednesday, 4 September 2013
The Uganda Peoples Defense forces (UPDF) have captured eleven Congolese soldiers suspected to have defected from the army and crossing into Uganda.
The UPDF spokesperson Lt. Col. Paddy Ankunda says that the UPDF also captured a Congolese colonel who was commanding the eleven-man force that had crossed to Kiraru parish in Kitholhu sub-county.
He identified the captured commander as Col. Eric Bisamazi.
Lt. Col. Ankunda says that the captured Congolese soldiers who have been disarmed are now detained at a UPDF unit in Kiraro as contacts with the Congolese counterparts as made to discuss their fate.
However, the Congolese combatants first resisted arrest by firing at the UPDF soldiers who eventually overpowered them. But there were no casualties in the Tuesday evening exchange.
The UPDF has recovered eight short machine guns, a pistol and two Rocket Propelled Grenades while disarming the Congolese combatants.
The gunfire that rocked the borderline on Tuesday evening caused anxiety in the area forcing hundreds of people from Kiraru parish to flee their homes.
They reportedly spent the night in the bush before camping at Kathembo Catholic church about 3kms from the border.
The Kasese district chairman Lt. Col. Mawa Muhindo said he was working hand in hand with the UPDF to make sure the situation is calm.
Lt. Col. Mawa said that the people camped at Kathembo Catholic church were to be sent back home after the assessment of the situation at the border. END
Monday, 19 August 2013
It is said that only courts of law can find the truth in any legal matter. So it has happened for two Kasese district councilors who have been in court for one year over charges of inciting violence.
Mr. Elly Magwara representing Kyabarungira and Mr. Abdul Saad of Maliba sub-county are now free men after the Kasese Chief Magistrate court dismissed an inciting violence case against them.
Chief Magistrate Ms. Agatonica Mbabazi set free the two FDC politicians after prosecution continuously failed to produce witnesses to pin them on charges they allegedly committed on July 5, 2012.
Kasese Resident District commissioner Mr. Milton Odongo was one of the key witnesses in the case. He has never testified.
“The Resident State Attorney told court that the RDC was formerly served on august 15, 2013. He did not come. Case dismissed under section 119(1) of Magistrates Court Act. Both accused are discharged and I order refund of their bail deposits”. Ms. Mbabazi ruled.
Prosecution alleged that on July 5, 2012 while in the office of the leader of opposition at the district headquarters, the duo printed a letter and addressed it to the RDC with intend to attack the Basongora. This was after the Basongora had crowned their own King who was vehemently opposed by the Bakonzo under the Rwenzururu Kingdom.
This is the third time the same court dismisses the case on similar grounds-the first time being in August and December last year but charges were being reinstated by the state.
Wise men say that “Better to light a candle than to curse the darkness”. But this is not yet a reality for Kasese district local government after failing to kick start the scholarship fund that was to prove hope for brilliant needy students.
During a committee meeting for the works and social services committee on Monday, the secretary for social services was accused of failing to coordinate the technical staff in the education department to start the scholarship fund that was approved by council last year.
Committee chairman Mr. Richard Bomera said the reason behind the establishment of a scholarship fund that was aimed at offering bursaries to science students whose families fail to raise university fees.
Ms. Pelucy Kabagenyi was accused of failing to implement her role as secretary for social services because she is meant to be the chair of the district scholarship committee. She told the committee that a scholarship committee is yet to be in place only to be challenged by the District Education Officer Mr. George Mayinja who told councilors that she had not funded the interim one.
The scholarship committee is supposed to identify sources of money or fundraise from the corporate companies operating in the district.
Another source of the money is levying of a contribution of shs 10000 from every civil servant applying for a bank loan – a move which is on. Councilors wondered where they money is being taken since the fund is not in place.
The councilors have recommended that council takes over the whole responsibility of forming and approving the scholarship committee.