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Thursday, 06 June 2019 05:16

Bududa landslides: Death toll rises to five

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By Monitor Reporter

The death toll in the fresh landslides that hit Bududa District on Tuesday has risen from three to five people.

Bududa District chairman, Mr Wilson Watira said residents in the affected areas are stranded with no food and shelter.

He asked the Office of the Prime Minister and other relief agencies to intervene and deliver relief to the area.

Mr Watira advised the displaced people to seek sanctuary in churches, schools and other public facilities as they wait for help.

The affected areas area located in hilly areas that are difficult to reach.

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By MARTIN LUTHER OKETCH

President Yoweri Museveni will Thursday give a State of Nation Address at Kampala Serena Hotel where he is expected to spell out economic progress (achievements) in the financial year 2018/19 and government plans for the 2019/20 fiscal year.

The State of the Nation address will be followed by the reading of the National Budget for the fiscal year 2019/20 on Thursday next week at the same venue.   

President Museveni is likely to be disappointed with economic growth for the 2018/19 fiscal year, which registered a slight slowdown, based on the preliminary figures which were released by the Uganda Bureau of Statistics (UBOS) on Friday last week.

The economic growth 2018/19 is 0.1 percentage points lower than last year’s growth, from 6.2 percent in the fiscal year 2017/2018 to 6.1 percent.  

The decline in growth indicates that the economy is entering a contraction stage as a result of slower global growth rate, regional geopolitical (border tensions mainly between Uganda and Rwanda which is affecting regional trade.   

UBOS preliminary figures show that the industrial sector registered a slightly lower growth rate of 5.8 per cent in 2018/19 compared to 6.1 per cent recorded for the 2017/18 fiscal year.

Wednesday, 05 June 2019 04:47

Two die in road accident on Eid

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By  SADAT MBOGO

MPIGI- At least two people died on Tuesday and more than 20 were injured in an accident at Kayabwe town in Mpigi District, on the  Kampala-Masaka Highway.

The accident occurred at about 8:30 am when a bus belonging to Global Bus Company that was travelling to Kampala, collided head-on with a tipper lorry that was headed to Lwera wetland to ferry sand.

Mr Joseph Tulya, the acting police spokesman for Katonga Region blamed the accident on reckless driving and fog.

 "The bus driver was overtaking another vehicle at a terrible speed near a traffic police check point at Katonga River,” he said.

He said one person suspected to be the lorry turn man died on spot.

Another person died on arrival at Nkozi Hospital.

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By JULIUS OCUNGI

GULU- Police Tuesday fired live bullets to disperse a group of people in Gulu town blocked the detention of People Power Movement mobiliser.

 People Power Movement is a political movement that was established by Kyaddondo East Member of Parliament, Mr Robert Kyagulanyi aka Bobi Wine, to rally Ugandans to end the rule of President Yoweri Museveni that started 33 years ago.

Mr William Otim alias Bosmic Joyce Otim, a popular musician in northern Uganda had organised a rally at Gulu Main Market t in Gulu Municipality.

As Mr Otim and a team of seven university students under the People Power Northern Uganda Chapter were addressing hundreds of people who included market vendors at  Gulu main market, police officers showed up and ordered them to disperse.

The team clad in red and black overalls, bandanas and berets defied the orders.

Police officers arrested him and ordered him to move to a waiting police pick-up truck.