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The High court has ordered the director general of Internal Security Organisation (ISO) Fred Kaka Bagyenda to produce New Vision crime reporter, Charles Etukuri in court on Monday dead or alive.

The deputy registrar of the High court Civil Division, Alex Kauju made the directive on Friday afternoon. The order follows an application for a habeous corpus filed by the New Vision legal department backed with an affidavit sworn by Jimmy Ariko, an employee of New Vision following the kidnap of Etukuri earlier this week.

It is claimed that Etukuri was picked up by ISO operatives in connection with a story he wrote about the death of a Finish national at Pearl of Africa hotel commonly known as Aya.

In its application, New Vision claims that ISO has been holding their employee incommunicado since February 13, 2018.

Bagyenda told URN he is yet to see the order. "I have been up and down. I haven't seen that order yet, "Bagyenda said. He also declined to confirm or deny whether they are holding the journalist. 
 
"I am not allowed to comment on that.  It's a security matter," he said.

Etukuri was reportedly kidnapped by five men driving in a Toyota Double Cabin vehicle registration number UAH 038A, outside the New Vision premises in Industrial area.  The men suspected to be ISO agents were reportedly dressed in military fatigue.

New Vision suspects that Etukuri's trouble stems from a series of investigative stories he worked on recently. His last story was about the death of Teräsvuori Juha, a Finnish investor at Pearl of Africa Hotel in Kampala.

The story linked some operatives attached to the ISO to Teräsvuori's death. He had traveled to Uganda with Finnish politician, Suvi Linden to allegedly to meet Col Bagyenda. 

The story claimed that although security agencies claimed that deceased died after inhaling drugs, Linden told Saturday Vision that the deceased was not taking drugs.

In the same article, it was reported that Teräsvuori died a day after he was arrested in an operation led by ISO operatives led by Joel Agaba in Entebbe on Monday, February 5, 2018.

He was arrested on accusations that he had travelled into the country on a forged clearance letter by Bagyenda and later set free. He died a day later.

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PALLISA: The Deputy Secretary General of the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) party, Mr Richard Todwong has cautioned the party supporters against over-praising the government.

Speaking as the guest of honour during the belated NRM celebrations which took place at Kibale Primary school over the weekend, Mr Todwong said that NRM supporters should as well voice out strong criticism against the party.

“The NRM party welcomes negative criticism from its members than instead over-praising it. It’s quite dangerous and scaring if the party doesn’t get negative criticism. This is the best way the party can listen and correct some of its mistakes,” Mr Todwong said.

Mr Todwong said strong criticism against the party can help to shape it into the right direction than over-praising it, adding that NRM party believes in the principles of patriotism, Pan –African, Social Economic and Democracy.

He said the NRM government since it captured power, has concerted its efforts towards fighting backwardness, diseases, poverty and ignorance.

“We treat these vices as our most enemies and we directed all our energies to address such challenges in our country,” he said.

On unemployment, Mr Todwong acknowledged the challenge, but said the government is on its feet to ensure that it creates more jobs for the overwhelming number of graduates.

“This is a serious matter and the NRM government is re-thinking and planning accordingly,” he said.

Mr Todwong urged institutions of higher learning to change from theory to practical courses like science and technology.

“The high level of unemployment to some extent is caused by the current education system, which produces more of job seekers than creators,” he said.

Mr Todwong said the government has achieved much in the health sector, but blamed the overwhelming number of patients in the health facilities to failure by residents to maintain personal hygiene and sanitation.

“Most diseases that make people to overwhelm the hospital and health centres are preventable, “he said.

Mr Todwong said government will soon carry-out audit of all firms taking contracts with government because it has come to the its attention that project delays are mostly caused by technocrats who award themselves contracts.

The LCV Pallisa district, Mr John Micheal Okurut, applauded government for restoring peace and stability.

“The NRM government has achieved a lot most importantly peace, security, and stability and as well infrastructure development,” he said.

The Pallisa Resident District Commissioner, Ms Collins Obedi, urged residents to desist from acts of blocking government projects under the pretext of demanding compensation before major works could begin.

2 days 15 hours ago

PALLISA: The Deputy Secretary General of the ruling National Resistance Movement (NRM) party, Mr Richard Todwong has cautioned the party supporters against over-praising the government.

Speaking as the guest of honour during the belated NRM celebrations which took place at Kibale Primary school over the weekend, Mr Todwong said that NRM supporters should as well voice out strong criticism against the party.

“The NRM party welcomes negative criticism from its members than instead over-praising it. It’s quite dangerous and scaring if the party doesn’t get negative criticism. This is the best way the party can listen and correct some of its mistakes,” Mr Todwong said.

Mr Todwong said strong criticism against the party can help to shape it into the right direction than over-praising it, adding that NRM party believes in the principles of patriotism, Pan –African, Social Economic and Democracy.

He said the NRM government since it captured power, has concerted its efforts towards fighting backwardness, diseases, poverty and ignorance.

“We treat these vices as our most enemies and we directed all our energies to address such challenges in our country,” he said.

On unemployment, Mr Todwong acknowledged the challenge, but said the government is on its feet to ensure that it creates more jobs for the overwhelming number of graduates.

“This is a serious matter and the NRM government is re-thinking and planning accordingly,” he said.

Mr Todwong urged institutions of higher learning to change from theory to practical courses like science and technology.

“The high level of unemployment to some extent is caused by the current education system, which produces more of job seekers than creators,” he said.

Mr Todwong said the government has achieved much in the health sector, but blamed the overwhelming number of patients in the health facilities to failure by residents to maintain personal hygiene and sanitation.

“Most diseases that make people to overwhelm the hospital and health centres are preventable, “he said.

Mr Todwong said government will soon carry-out audit of all firms taking contracts with government because it has come to the its attention that project delays are mostly caused by technocrats who award themselves contracts.

The LCV Pallisa district, Mr John Micheal Okurut, applauded government for restoring peace and stability.

“The NRM government has achieved a lot most importantly peace, security, and stability and as well infrastructure development,” he said.

The Pallisa Resident District Commissioner, Ms Collins Obedi, urged residents to desist from acts of blocking government projects under the pretext of demanding compensation before major works could begin.

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President Museveni has said government will consider a request by the Seventh Day Adventist (SDA) church to abolish Saturday examinations at all public education institutions.

The SDA are a conservative religious denomination in the country that observe Saturday as their Sabbath, a day of dedicated to only worshiping God and rest.

The president made the announcement on Twitter this morning after yesterday’s meeting with the SDA Church World Leader, Pastor Ted Wilson, and his wife Nancy, at State House, Entebbe.

 

The Wilsons are in the country on a four-day pastoral visit christened “Total Member Involvement” to continue entrench SDA beliefs in Uganda and the East African region.

They were accompanied to State House by Uganda SDA Union leader, Bishop Daniel Maate, and other leaders from Kenya, Rwanda, Burundi, Tanzania and South Sudan.

“I thank Pastor Wilson for visiting Uganda. I commend members of the SDA community in Uganda for their discipline. We shall consider the church’s request about our education institutions not conducting examinations on Saturday,” the President wrote, adding: “We shall also look at the interests of other Christian denominations that need to be freed from school examinations on Sundays and also for the Muslim community on Fridays.”

On several occasions, Students from SDA families have been forced to miss lectures, tests or examinations slated for Saturdays opting to go to church, instead!

CO-EXIST
After arriving in the country on Wednesday, Pr Wilson addressed the media at Peniel Beach Hotel in Entebbe where he urged religious and political leaders to co-exist and complement each other for social development.

He noted that it is only through this religious-political symbiosis that the region can realise peace, political stability and end poverty.

“There are a lot of inhumane killings around the world but what should be known is that every life counts, the world needs everlasting peace and this comes from God only, part of our mission is to make Uganda feel they are part of creating peace,” he said.

Pr Wilson also promised to ask President Museveni to abolish Saturday exams because they are unfair to Adventists.

“The problem of students doing exams on the Sabbath (Saturday) is critical in many countries and I will certainly bring this to the attention of government (President) to try to give the students much consideration as possible,” he said.

“Governments [should] allow freedoms and liberties of worship, by which we are happy that Uganda provides; when freedom of worships is implemented in a full way, a nation is blessed.”

According to Israel Kefeero, the general secretary of SDA in Uganda, there are about four million SDA Christians in Uganda, with about 3,600 registered churches. There are about 21 million Adventists across the world.

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