Teachers, parents and pupils of Kigo Prison Primary School have sought the intervention of Kabaka Ronald Mutebi II to save the school from a pending eviction by Buganda Land Board (BLB).
This comes days after BLB announced that the school will be relocated to Nakawuka village, a distance of nearly 20km away. Last Tuesday, the BLB chief executive officer, Mr Kyewalabye Male, reacting to a question asked by a journalist at Bulange-Mengo in Kampala, said Mengo had entered an agreement with government to have the school relocated. “That school will be relocated to Nakawuka together with the [Kigo] prison. And there are criminals in that school. They fraudulently
Education authorities in Wakiso District have threatened to penalise private school proprietors and head teachers whose schools are breaking off for first term holidays before the official calendar date set by government. According to Mr Henry LwangaSsempijja, the Wakiso District education officer, some schools in the district, especially privately owned schools, sent students back home on the eve of Easter weekend for holiday, which he says violates the designed school calendar, which must be observed by all
Mary Keitany of Kenya broke Paula Radcliffe's women's-only world record to win the London Marathon. Keitany, 35, crossed the finish line on The Mall in two hours 17 minutes one second, the second-fastest time in history. That was 41 seconds quicker than four-time British Olympian Radcliffe ran in winning the event in 2005. Kenyan Daniel Wanjiru, 24, won the men's race in 2:05:56, with Kenenisa Bekele of Ethiopia second. Bekele - the 5,000m and 10,000m world record holder - looked to be mounting a challenge in the final stages, but Wanjiru found enough pace to finish strongly and eventually win by nine seconds.
An Italian prosecutor says he has evidence some of the charities saving migrants in the Mediterranean Sea are colluding with people-smugglers. Carmelo Zuccaro told La Stampa (in Italian) phone calls were being made from Libya to rescue vessels. Organisations involved in rescue operations have rejected accusations of collusion, saying their only concern is to save lives. Italy is the main route for migrants trying to reach Europe. Almost 1,000 people are thought to have drowned in waters between Libya and Italy this year,
Renowned Italian-born conservationist Kuki Gallmann has been shot and injured in an ambush at her conservation park in central Kenya. The author of the best-selling memoir I Dreamed of Africa was airlifted to hospital for treatment. Ms Gallmann, 73, owns the Laikipia Nature Conservancy. She also ran a luxury safari lodge that was burned down last month by suspected cattle herders, who have been in conflict with landowners. Herders have been invading private property in search of fresh grazing in the drought-stricken
After two successful runs in 2015 and 2016, the Ubumuntu Arts Festival is back. This year’s event has attracted more interest than the previous editions. According to organisers, although they have planned for 10 performances, over 30 applications have been received. The festival will run from July 14-16 at the amphitheater of the Kigali Genocide Memorial at Gisozi. The festival symbolically happens after the last week of the 100 days commemoration period for the 1994 genocide against the Tutsi. It brings together different artists and performance troupes from across the globe for various performances, workshops and panel discussions centered on the
Construction of a modern cross-border market facilities worth $2.2 million commenced in Rusizi at the Rwanda-DR Congo border, with a ground breaking ceremony yesterday. Francois Kanimba, the Minister for Trade, Industry and East African Community Affairs, presided over the event. The market is expected to benefit thousands of Rwandans who engage in cross-border trade with DR Congo informally, and who already make a significant contribution to Rwanda’s economy with an estimated trade value of $85 million in 2015. More than one third of the total informal cross-border trade in Rwanda goes through Rusizi. Trade
The epilepsy medication valproate is responsible for "severe malformations" in 2,150 to 4,100 children in France since the drug was first marketed in the country in 1967, according to a preliminary study by French health authorities. Women who took the drug during pregnancy to treat epilepsy were four times more likely to give birth to babies with congenital malformations, said the report, jointly issued by the French National Agency for the Safety of Medicines (ANSM) and the national health insurance administration. "The study confirms the highly teratogenic" -- that is, capable of causing birth defects --- "nature of
Somalia’s al-Shabab militants are threatening to punish parents who send their children to Western-style schools and universities. In a 26-minute audio recording aired by Radio Andalus, al-Shabab's mouthpiece in Somalia, group spokesman Ali Dhere said Western-style schools serve the interests of what he called "infidels" and aim to pull children away from Islam. “There are secular and non-Islamic schools and universities in our country, which serve to provide our youth with education that leads them to simply fall into the trap of their enemy and convert to
Edinburgh scientists have identified a key molecule linked to kidney disease in people with diabetes. Blocking the protein prevents kidney damage associated with diabetes in rats and mice, the study also found. Edinburgh University scientists said the findings could lead to new therapies.
Diabetes results in high levels of blood sugar and affects 415 million people globally. It is the leading cause of kidney failure. About 40% of people with diabetes eventually develop kidney disease. The protein, called P2X7R, plays an important role in inflammation and the immune system and has
Malawi has tightened its border controls to stop profiteers smuggling much-needed maize out of the country in search of higher prices.Months of drought had left more than a third of the population reliant on food aid, and the government last month invoked the Special Crops Act, which bans the export of some crops. The government deployed soldiers to seal its porous borders with Tanzania and Zambia, and impounded trucks that are smuggling out the staple crop in pursuit of more profit.
Malawi police have also been searching vehicles on roads that lead to the borders. The size of the trucks stopped by the police suggests that large-scale traders may be involved.
New FAO tool offers water-scarce countries and river basins a way to boost productivity. Measuring how efficiently water is used in agriculture, particularly in water-scarce countries, is going high-tech with the help of a new tool developed by FAO. The WaPOR open-access database has gone live, tapping satellite data to help farmers achieve more reliable agricultural yields and allowing for the optimization of irrigation systems. WaPOR was presented this week during a high-level partners meeting for FAO's Coping with water
There has been a record-breaking achievement in distributing tablets to fight neglected tropical diseases, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation says. The effort has ramped up since a key meeting in London five years ago. In 2015, one billion people worldwide were treated for at least one tropical disease. Companies have donated seven billion treatments since 2012. The World Health Organisation said improving water and sanitation was key to driving further progress. The London meeting resulted in a pledge to control or eliminate 10 neglected tropical diseases - including guinea worm, river blindness and trachoma - by 2020.
“As you know, in this society, we have problems with equality between men and women,” said Farida Azizova, a 21-year-old taekwondo champion from Azerbaijan. She knows all too well the barriers women face. “I would say that in all types of sports, you will rarely see girls, maybe 5 to 10 percent. For every 100 boys there would be five, maximum 10 girls engaging in sports,” said SabuhiZulfuqarov, Ms.Azizova’s coach. “And it manifests in the families as well,” Ms.Azizova said. “Oftentimes, boy are given more freedom while girls face constraints and restrictions.”
Heavy rains that have pounded some parts of the eastern region since mid-March on Monday washed away three bridges on the Mbale-Tirinyi road, leaving one person dead. Hundreds of stranded motorists had to find alternative routes after unseasonable rainfall hit the villages for nearly three hours. The rains washed away three new bridges; Sala in Kibuku District, Nasanga located between Budaka and Kibuku districts, and Nandusi in Budaka District cutting off the Mbale- Tirinyi road. For the bigger part of yesterday, police diverted transport at Kamonkoli and Tirinyi to block heavy