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notifier-image-Lt. Gen. Nalweyiso warns Alien Skin against wearing military attire and associating with violent gangs

Lt. Gen. Nalweyiso warns Alien Skin against wearing military attire and associating with violent gangs

In recent years, the security forces have been on an unending agenda to prevent politicians, artists, and ordinary persons from wearing camouflaged attires resembling the army or other security organizations. According to the UPDF Act of 2005, Section 160 Part 2 CD, anyone who isn’t part of the security forces is prohibited from wearing their attires.In 2019, a notice in the Uganda Gazette outlawed civilians from wearing “military materials and decorations or anything that closely resembles them.” Regardless of all the above prohibitions and efforts, a few notable members of the public continue to wear army fatigues, something that has bothered Lt. Gen. Nalweyiso. In an interview, Nalweyiso who is the highest-ranking female officer in UPDF is heard issuing a warning to Alien Skin and other artists against wearing army fatigues and moving with violent gangs. Alien Skin, remove that army uniform. If you want, go and train to join the army. We have so many training schools. Unless you have a special document allowing you to wear these army uniforms and you went to Kyankwanzi, remove our combat. I know people who support Alien Skin but let them support him without the army fatigues and gangs that he moves with to fight with other people. We do not allow such kind of behavior and I ask the responsible security organ to solve this matter before it goes out of control. Lt. Gen. Proscovia Nalweyiso

notifier-image-Dr. Propa seeks stage comeback after seven-year hiatus

Dr. Propa seeks stage comeback after seven-year hiatus

Speaking in an interview, he extended heartfelt thanks to all the individuals who showed care and concern when he recently came out and disclosed how he was struggling to cope with life following a clip that he shared online that suggested he was sleeping in an incomplete house. Having gone seven years without actively getting engaged in stage performances despite having new songs like “Winner”, Dr. Propa looks forward to taking a new and different path for his music career to thrive. He says he wants to focus on releasing music suitable for earning him performances at functions including introductions and wedding ceremonies reasoning that he no longer has money to promote music that he previously used to release. I’ve spent seven years of hustling and while off the stage and I miss it a lot. Per now, I want to change my trend as I look to focus performing at functions like weddings because I don’t have money to promote the other kind of music. Dr. Propa However, he denied ever asking anyone to give him money as he stressed that he was only yearning to the public to give him another because he reached a moment and felt he had lost hope in everything he was doing. People have to learn that artists are not imortal. We also get hurt and I’m normal as any other human being. I’m very grateful to all those who showed concern regarding the state that I was in and for not judging me. I didn’t ask anybody for money, I only requested the public to welcome me again like way back how they used to cheers and to give me hope because I had lost hope and restore my energies because I felt like I was totally down. Dr. Propa

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notifier-image-How Tree-Planting Efforts are Transforming the West Nile.

How Tree-Planting Efforts are Transforming the West Nile.

Robert Ezati, 57, from Adim Parish, Beliafe Subcounty in West Nile District, Terego, has witnessed profound environmental changes in his community due to deforestation for tobacco cultivation. Over the years, climate change has exacerbated drier weather patterns, diminishing crop yields once abundant. Moved by the deteriorating conditions, Ezati took action. He halted tree felling and initiated a tree-planting initiative, offering workers daily wages of Shs 5,000 ($1.3) to plant trees. These efforts have revitalized the landscape, with intercropping of trees like sorghum and cassava enhancing food security. Through collaboration with the Ecological Christian Organization, Ezati gained valuable knowledge and resources, facilitating the restoration of 2,279 hectares of forests and 400 hectares of wetlands in his district. This initiative is particularly vital as the area hosts a large refugee population from South Sudan and other countries, intensifying resource pressures. Supported by the European Union Emergency Trust Fund for Africa, the project aims to sustainably manage ecosystems, improve livelihoods, and mitigate environmental degradation caused by refugees and local communities. Harriet Tumushabe, project manager, highlighted achievements in sustainable land management, agroforestry, and ecosystem restoration across several districts. The project has successfully restored central forest reserves and established woodlots, promoting alternative livelihoods like fruit cultivation and beekeeping. These efforts not only support families economically but also discourage environmentally harmful activities such as charcoal burning. Overall, the project exemplifies effective collaboration and sustainable practices in addressing environmental challenges in Uganda's refugee-hosting regions.

notifier-image-Experts Call for Urgent Action on Corruption and Climate Change Amid Budget Challenges.

Experts Call for Urgent Action on Corruption and Climate Change Amid Budget Challenges.

During the Civil Society Organization (CSO) Post-Budget Dialogue for the financial year 2024/25, experts emphasized the critical need for the government to address corruption and climate change, citing their detrimental effects on budget performance and national development. Organized under the theme "Transforming Challenges into Opportunities" by the Advocates Coalition for Development and Environment (ACODE) and the Civil Society Budget Advocacy Group (CSBAG), the dialogue highlighted pressing concerns in Uganda's economic and environmental landscape. Dr. Arthur Beinomugisha, Executive Director of ACODE, underscored the economic and environmental challenges facing Uganda, particularly amidst global geopolitical tensions. "We cannot overlook the geopolitical tensions affecting us, such as the conflict in Ukraine and instability in Congo, which could significantly impact our economy," Dr. Beinomugisha remarked. He pointed out Uganda's resilience and growth projections but warned of substantial threats like corruption and climate change that hinder effective budget implementation. "In the FY 2024/25 budget, climate change remains a genuine concern. I commend the National Environment Authority for proactive steps, urging robust support for environmental restoration," Dr. Beinomugisha urged. He noted Uganda's transparency in budgeting but highlighted deficiencies in accountability. Dr. Beinomugisha applauded ongoing efforts to combat corruption but stressed the need for continued vigilance. "Corruption poses a severe threat to our economy and security. Government measures are commendable, but we must ensure corruption is eradicated from our society," he emphasized. The dialogue also addressed Uganda's substantial budget allocation for FY 2024/25, set at Shs 72.1 trillion, surpassing regional counterparts. However, challenges persist in optimizing service delivery and improving living standards. "While a sizable budget is advantageous, we must collaboratively tackle challenges like climate change that threaten our economic gains," Dr. Beinomugisha asserted. "Adaptation and mitigation efforts are crucial for sustainable development." He cautioned on prudent debt management to prevent economic disruptions, highlighting concerns over debt servicing. Acknowledging the National Environment Management Authority's (NEMA) efforts in environmental conservation, Dr. Beinomugisha urged support for restoring degraded areas vital for economic stability. Despite initiatives like the Parish Development Model (PDM) aiming to integrate more Ugandans into the formal economy, implementation challenges persist due to corruption and mismanagement at local levels, experts noted. Julius Mukunda, Executive Director of CSBAG, urged the government to prioritize infrastructure development over domestic borrowing in FY 2024/25, criticizing budgetary allocations that may not sufficiently address national challenges. "As CSOs and citizens, we must engage effectively with government feedback mechanisms, monitor progress, and demand accountability," Mukunda urged, highlighting the importance of citizen participation in governance and budget processes. The dialogue concluded with a call for concerted efforts to tackle corruption, climate change, and debt management to achieve sustainable economic growth and development in Uganda.

notifier-image-Pastor Murdered in Ambush: Security Investigates Brutal Attack in Butebo District.

Pastor Murdered in Ambush: Security Investigates Brutal Attack in Butebo District.

Security authorities in Butebo District are currently investigating the tragic murder of a pastor along Ladot road earlier this week. Richard Malinga, a resident of Oboliso Village in Kalapata Subcounty, Pallisa District, was serving as a pastor with the Baptist Church in Pallisa. Reports indicate that he was ambushed by unknown assailants while returning home from his duties on Monday evening. John Okia, chairperson of Kayum Sub county, described the shocking discovery: "He was last seen around Kayum trading centre late in the evening, heading home. However, the next morning, his lifeless body was found by the roadside." Preliminary reports suggest that the deceased suffered severe head injuries, resulting in his death and significant blood loss. The attackers also stole his motorcycle. "We are still investigating the weapon used to inflict the fatal blows," said Carol Nantongo, Deputy Resident District Commissioner of Butebo. Local leaders noted that similar incidents have occurred recently along this stretch of road. Just months ago, a teacher met a similar fate in the same area. "A teacher was also killed in a similar manner while riding home late from school. These incidents highlight the urgent need for enhanced security operations along this road," Okia remarked. Ms. Nantongo acknowledged the growing concern over attacks in the district and committed to increasing nighttime patrols. "We will be implementing regular patrols," she assured. "We urge the public to cooperate with us as we work to apprehend those responsible." The body of the deceased has been transferred to Butebo health facility for further examination as investigations by the police are ongoing.

notifier-image-NEMA defends Lubigi demolition amid public outcry

NEMA defends Lubigi demolition amid public outcry

The National Environmental Management Authority (NEMA) has defended the ongoing demolition in the Lubigi wetland, an exercise that has left thousands homeless. The environment watchdog has come under intense scrutiny over the demolition of homes. In a statement, NEMA said the restoration exercise is a crucial measure to preserve the Lubigi wetland system, which serves as a vital water catchment area for the city of Kampala and neighbouring districts. "We cannot allow illegal activities to degrade the environment and jeopardize the lives of citizens," the Authority said. NEMA had previously issued restoration orders to all encroachers in 2021, granting them a 21-day period to vacate the wetland, remove dumped materials, restore the degraded area to its original state, and demolish any illegal structures. The objective of the exercise is to eliminate illegal structures, gardens, and settlements that have encroached upon the wetland, posing a significant threat to the environment and the city's water catchment. On Monday, tensions escalated at the Lubigi wetland site when the Leader of the Opposition, Joel Ssenyonyi, was forcefully prevented by the police from inspecting the aftermath of the recent evictions carried out by NEMA. The evictions primarily targeted residents who were allegedly occupying the wetlands illegally, leading to public outcry and accusations of unfair treatment. Speaking to the displaced residents, Ssenyonyi condemned what he perceived as discriminatory actions by NEMA. He highlighted the contrasting treatment of local families and the apparent leniency shown towards businesses operating in other protected wetlands. "There are known wetlands in Uganda that are filled with factories, yet they remain untouched," he said. He suggested possible government connections shielding certain commercial interests Tensions escalated further when Ssenyonyi attempted to tour the demolition site to assess the extent of the damage and engage with affected families. Police swiftly intervened, leading to a standoff that escalated into a five-minute exchange before tear gas canisters were deployed to disperse the gathering. Ssenyonyi was later escorted to safety by parliamentary security amidst chaotic scenes. This clash highlights broader tensions surrounding land use policies and human rights in Uganda, with Ssenyonyi linking the evictions to wider allegations of rights abuses and political targeting. He referenced the recent abduction of lawmaker Paul Akamba shortly after being granted bail, suggesting a pattern of repression against opposition figures. Meanwhile, families affected by the evictions in Ganda-Nasere Village, Wakiso District, have recently appealed to the Buganda Kingdom for compensation. They claim that Buganda Kingdom officials had misled them into settling in Lubigi, a protected wetland area, and had collected annual ground rent (busuulu) from them. Simon Nyanzi, a leader among the evictees, vowed to pursue justice until compensation is secured from the Buganda Land Board, the kingdom's property management arm. NEMA's crackdown on wetland encroachment across the Kampala Metropolitan area continues unabated, with officials urging encroachers to vacate as per Section 36 of the National Environment Act, which restricts such land use. The agency warned that the failure to protect wetlands like Lubigi could result in severe water shortages affecting several districts in the Central Cattle Corridor. After addressing the residents, Ssenyonyi attempted to tour the wreckage but was swiftly blocked by the police, leading to a heated exchange lasting five minutes before tear gas canisters were deployed to disperse protesting residents. "There are other wetlands in Uganda full of factories that remain untouched. Perhaps it's because those businesses have ties to the government. That's why we're asking, why discriminate among Ugandan citizens?" Ssenyonyi queried.

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notifier-image-Cranes head coach Put promises completely different approach against Algeria | 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers

Cranes head coach Put promises completely different approach against Algeria | 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers

In the aftermath of Uganda Cranes’ narrow 1-0 home win over Botswana Zebras in the 2026 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers on Friday at Mandela National Stadium – Namboole, the hosts held two recovery sessions on Saturday and Sunday. This is in preparation for another home contest against North Africans Algeria on Monday night. After the Botswana game, Uganda Cranes head coach Paul Put saluted character and fighting spirit of his charges in the contest where super substitute Shaban Muhammad scored. “The players played very well. The team fighting spirit is superb. We did not create enough chances and this is because lots of players arrived late in camp” the Belgian born tactician spoke to the media. “I thank the entire team for this victory. There are several young players graduating from U-23 side who performed well. Uganda has a bright future and I am confident of this crop” he added. Flowers to the fans: The Belgian coach who replaced Milutin “Micho” Sredejovic in 2023 was humbled by the turn up of the fans and their active involvement in the game proper. “I thank the fans who came and I know they will return on Monday and many more” Put lauded the fans who returned to Namboole for the first time to cheer their national team since 2018. About Algeria: Put expects a tougher challenge from Algeria and he openly asserted that the approach will be very different. “We have to be realistic. The quality of Algeria is top. They have been playing for a long time together. Therefore, the Monday approach will definitely be different.” He hinted. Put and the rest of the backroom team are expected to maintain three thirds of the team that featured against Botswana. It remains to be seen whether second half substitutes Bobosi Byaruhanga, goal scorer Muhammed Shaban, Denis Omedi and Rogers Kassim Mato can claim commanding slots against the Algeria Desert Foxes. Algeria, Guinea, Uganda and Mozambique all have six points from 3 matches. Botswana has three points to their name and Somalia is yet to pick up any point.

notifier-image-Guinea stun Algeria, Ghana win while Egypt extend lead

Guinea stun Algeria, Ghana win while Egypt extend lead

Match day three pf the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers continued on Thursday with five matches across Africa. Guinea, in Group G that also has Uganda stunned hosts Algeria away from home with a 2-1 victory that takes them joint top with the Desert Foxes. The Syli Nationale who now move to six points, same as Algeria on match day three got the goals through Mortaye Sylla in the 50th minute and Aguibou Camara in the 63rd minute. Algeria’s next game is on Monday when they travel to Kampala to face Uganda Cranes who are in action against Botswana on Friday at the revamped Mandela National stadium, Namboole. DR Congo picked a vital point away to African champions Senegal with a late equaliser in a match that ended 1-1. Fiston Mayele scored the goal that cancelled out an early strike from Ismail Sarr. In the other matches, Benin’s held on to an important 1-0 win over Rwanda in a result that blew Group C wide open. The Result sees Benin tied on points with Rwanda who still occupy first position ahead of the big clash between Nigeria and South Africa on Friday in Uyo. Micho’s Libya continued their good form under the Serbian with a 2-1 win over Mauritius in Group D, Egypt took control of Group A with a 2-1 win over Burkina Faso thanks to a brace from Mahmood Trezeguet, Guinea Bissau were held goalless by Ethiopia in the same group while Sudan stunned hosts Mauritania beating the hosts 2-0 and the Flames of Malawi overcame Sao Tome e Principe 3-1 in Group H.

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notifier-image-Lt. Gen. Nalweyiso warns Alien Skin against wearing military attire and associating with violent gangs

Lt. Gen. Nalweyiso warns Alien Skin against wearing military attire and associating with violent gangs

In recent years, the security forces have been on an unending agenda to prevent politicians, artists, and ordinary persons from wearing camouflaged attires resembling the army or other security organizations. According to the UPDF Act of 2005, Section 160 Part 2 CD, anyone who isn’t part of the security forces is prohibited from wearing their attires.In 2019, a notice in the Uganda Gazette outlawed civilians from wearing “military materials and decorations or anything that closely resembles them.” Regardless of all the above prohibitions and efforts, a few notable members of the public continue to wear army fatigues, something that has bothered Lt. Gen. Nalweyiso. In an interview, Nalweyiso who is the highest-ranking female officer in UPDF is heard issuing a warning to Alien Skin and other artists against wearing army fatigues and moving with violent gangs. Alien Skin, remove that army uniform. If you want, go and train to join the army. We have so many training schools. Unless you have a special document allowing you to wear these army uniforms and you went to Kyankwanzi, remove our combat. I know people who support Alien Skin but let them support him without the army fatigues and gangs that he moves with to fight with other people. We do not allow such kind of behavior and I ask the responsible security organ to solve this matter before it goes out of control. Lt. Gen. Proscovia Nalweyiso

notifier-image-Dr. Propa seeks stage comeback after seven-year hiatus

Dr. Propa seeks stage comeback after seven-year hiatus

Speaking in an interview, he extended heartfelt thanks to all the individuals who showed care and concern when he recently came out and disclosed how he was struggling to cope with life following a clip that he shared online that suggested he was sleeping in an incomplete house. Having gone seven years without actively getting engaged in stage performances despite having new songs like “Winner”, Dr. Propa looks forward to taking a new and different path for his music career to thrive. He says he wants to focus on releasing music suitable for earning him performances at functions including introductions and wedding ceremonies reasoning that he no longer has money to promote music that he previously used to release. I’ve spent seven years of hustling and while off the stage and I miss it a lot. Per now, I want to change my trend as I look to focus performing at functions like weddings because I don’t have money to promote the other kind of music. Dr. Propa However, he denied ever asking anyone to give him money as he stressed that he was only yearning to the public to give him another because he reached a moment and felt he had lost hope in everything he was doing. People have to learn that artists are not imortal. We also get hurt and I’m normal as any other human being. I’m very grateful to all those who showed concern regarding the state that I was in and for not judging me. I didn’t ask anybody for money, I only requested the public to welcome me again like way back how they used to cheers and to give me hope because I had lost hope and restore my energies because I felt like I was totally down. Dr. Propa

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notifier-image-How Tree-Planting Efforts are Transforming the West Nile.

How Tree-Planting Efforts are Transforming the West Nile.

Robert Ezati, 57, from Adim Parish, Beliafe Subcounty in West Nile District, Terego, has witnessed profound environmental changes in his community due to deforestation for tobacco cultivation. Over the years, climate change has exacerbated drier weather patterns, diminishing crop yields once abundant. Moved by the deteriorating conditions, Ezati took action. He halted tree felling and initiated a tree-planting initiative, offering workers daily wages of Shs 5,000 ($1.3) to plant trees. These efforts have revitalized the landscape, with intercropping of trees like sorghum and cassava enhancing food security. Through collaboration with the Ecological Christian Organization, Ezati gained valuable knowledge and resources, facilitating the restoration of 2,279 hectares of forests and 400 hectares of wetlands in his district. This initiative is particularly vital as the area hosts a large refugee population from South Sudan and other countries, intensifying resource pressures. Supported by the European Union Emergency Trust Fund for Africa, the project aims to sustainably manage ecosystems, improve livelihoods, and mitigate environmental degradation caused by refugees and local communities. Harriet Tumushabe, project manager, highlighted achievements in sustainable land management, agroforestry, and ecosystem restoration across several districts. The project has successfully restored central forest reserves and established woodlots, promoting alternative livelihoods like fruit cultivation and beekeeping. These efforts not only support families economically but also discourage environmentally harmful activities such as charcoal burning. Overall, the project exemplifies effective collaboration and sustainable practices in addressing environmental challenges in Uganda's refugee-hosting regions.

notifier-image-Experts Call for Urgent Action on Corruption and Climate Change Amid Budget Challenges.

Experts Call for Urgent Action on Corruption and Climate Change Amid Budget Challenges.

During the Civil Society Organization (CSO) Post-Budget Dialogue for the financial year 2024/25, experts emphasized the critical need for the government to address corruption and climate change, citing their detrimental effects on budget performance and national development. Organized under the theme "Transforming Challenges into Opportunities" by the Advocates Coalition for Development and Environment (ACODE) and the Civil Society Budget Advocacy Group (CSBAG), the dialogue highlighted pressing concerns in Uganda's economic and environmental landscape. Dr. Arthur Beinomugisha, Executive Director of ACODE, underscored the economic and environmental challenges facing Uganda, particularly amidst global geopolitical tensions. "We cannot overlook the geopolitical tensions affecting us, such as the conflict in Ukraine and instability in Congo, which could significantly impact our economy," Dr. Beinomugisha remarked. He pointed out Uganda's resilience and growth projections but warned of substantial threats like corruption and climate change that hinder effective budget implementation. "In the FY 2024/25 budget, climate change remains a genuine concern. I commend the National Environment Authority for proactive steps, urging robust support for environmental restoration," Dr. Beinomugisha urged. He noted Uganda's transparency in budgeting but highlighted deficiencies in accountability. Dr. Beinomugisha applauded ongoing efforts to combat corruption but stressed the need for continued vigilance. "Corruption poses a severe threat to our economy and security. Government measures are commendable, but we must ensure corruption is eradicated from our society," he emphasized. The dialogue also addressed Uganda's substantial budget allocation for FY 2024/25, set at Shs 72.1 trillion, surpassing regional counterparts. However, challenges persist in optimizing service delivery and improving living standards. "While a sizable budget is advantageous, we must collaboratively tackle challenges like climate change that threaten our economic gains," Dr. Beinomugisha asserted. "Adaptation and mitigation efforts are crucial for sustainable development." He cautioned on prudent debt management to prevent economic disruptions, highlighting concerns over debt servicing. Acknowledging the National Environment Management Authority's (NEMA) efforts in environmental conservation, Dr. Beinomugisha urged support for restoring degraded areas vital for economic stability. Despite initiatives like the Parish Development Model (PDM) aiming to integrate more Ugandans into the formal economy, implementation challenges persist due to corruption and mismanagement at local levels, experts noted. Julius Mukunda, Executive Director of CSBAG, urged the government to prioritize infrastructure development over domestic borrowing in FY 2024/25, criticizing budgetary allocations that may not sufficiently address national challenges. "As CSOs and citizens, we must engage effectively with government feedback mechanisms, monitor progress, and demand accountability," Mukunda urged, highlighting the importance of citizen participation in governance and budget processes. The dialogue concluded with a call for concerted efforts to tackle corruption, climate change, and debt management to achieve sustainable economic growth and development in Uganda.

notifier-image-Pastor Murdered in Ambush: Security Investigates Brutal Attack in Butebo District.

Pastor Murdered in Ambush: Security Investigates Brutal Attack in Butebo District.

Security authorities in Butebo District are currently investigating the tragic murder of a pastor along Ladot road earlier this week. Richard Malinga, a resident of Oboliso Village in Kalapata Subcounty, Pallisa District, was serving as a pastor with the Baptist Church in Pallisa. Reports indicate that he was ambushed by unknown assailants while returning home from his duties on Monday evening. John Okia, chairperson of Kayum Sub county, described the shocking discovery: "He was last seen around Kayum trading centre late in the evening, heading home. However, the next morning, his lifeless body was found by the roadside." Preliminary reports suggest that the deceased suffered severe head injuries, resulting in his death and significant blood loss. The attackers also stole his motorcycle. "We are still investigating the weapon used to inflict the fatal blows," said Carol Nantongo, Deputy Resident District Commissioner of Butebo. Local leaders noted that similar incidents have occurred recently along this stretch of road. Just months ago, a teacher met a similar fate in the same area. "A teacher was also killed in a similar manner while riding home late from school. These incidents highlight the urgent need for enhanced security operations along this road," Okia remarked. Ms. Nantongo acknowledged the growing concern over attacks in the district and committed to increasing nighttime patrols. "We will be implementing regular patrols," she assured. "We urge the public to cooperate with us as we work to apprehend those responsible." The body of the deceased has been transferred to Butebo health facility for further examination as investigations by the police are ongoing.

notifier-image-NEMA defends Lubigi demolition amid public outcry

NEMA defends Lubigi demolition amid public outcry

The National Environmental Management Authority (NEMA) has defended the ongoing demolition in the Lubigi wetland, an exercise that has left thousands homeless. The environment watchdog has come under intense scrutiny over the demolition of homes. In a statement, NEMA said the restoration exercise is a crucial measure to preserve the Lubigi wetland system, which serves as a vital water catchment area for the city of Kampala and neighbouring districts. "We cannot allow illegal activities to degrade the environment and jeopardize the lives of citizens," the Authority said. NEMA had previously issued restoration orders to all encroachers in 2021, granting them a 21-day period to vacate the wetland, remove dumped materials, restore the degraded area to its original state, and demolish any illegal structures. The objective of the exercise is to eliminate illegal structures, gardens, and settlements that have encroached upon the wetland, posing a significant threat to the environment and the city's water catchment. On Monday, tensions escalated at the Lubigi wetland site when the Leader of the Opposition, Joel Ssenyonyi, was forcefully prevented by the police from inspecting the aftermath of the recent evictions carried out by NEMA. The evictions primarily targeted residents who were allegedly occupying the wetlands illegally, leading to public outcry and accusations of unfair treatment. Speaking to the displaced residents, Ssenyonyi condemned what he perceived as discriminatory actions by NEMA. He highlighted the contrasting treatment of local families and the apparent leniency shown towards businesses operating in other protected wetlands. "There are known wetlands in Uganda that are filled with factories, yet they remain untouched," he said. He suggested possible government connections shielding certain commercial interests Tensions escalated further when Ssenyonyi attempted to tour the demolition site to assess the extent of the damage and engage with affected families. Police swiftly intervened, leading to a standoff that escalated into a five-minute exchange before tear gas canisters were deployed to disperse the gathering. Ssenyonyi was later escorted to safety by parliamentary security amidst chaotic scenes. This clash highlights broader tensions surrounding land use policies and human rights in Uganda, with Ssenyonyi linking the evictions to wider allegations of rights abuses and political targeting. He referenced the recent abduction of lawmaker Paul Akamba shortly after being granted bail, suggesting a pattern of repression against opposition figures. Meanwhile, families affected by the evictions in Ganda-Nasere Village, Wakiso District, have recently appealed to the Buganda Kingdom for compensation. They claim that Buganda Kingdom officials had misled them into settling in Lubigi, a protected wetland area, and had collected annual ground rent (busuulu) from them. Simon Nyanzi, a leader among the evictees, vowed to pursue justice until compensation is secured from the Buganda Land Board, the kingdom's property management arm. NEMA's crackdown on wetland encroachment across the Kampala Metropolitan area continues unabated, with officials urging encroachers to vacate as per Section 36 of the National Environment Act, which restricts such land use. The agency warned that the failure to protect wetlands like Lubigi could result in severe water shortages affecting several districts in the Central Cattle Corridor. After addressing the residents, Ssenyonyi attempted to tour the wreckage but was swiftly blocked by the police, leading to a heated exchange lasting five minutes before tear gas canisters were deployed to disperse protesting residents. "There are other wetlands in Uganda full of factories that remain untouched. Perhaps it's because those businesses have ties to the government. That's why we're asking, why discriminate among Ugandan citizens?" Ssenyonyi queried.

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notifier-image-Cranes head coach Put promises completely different approach against Algeria | 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers

Cranes head coach Put promises completely different approach against Algeria | 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers

In the aftermath of Uganda Cranes’ narrow 1-0 home win over Botswana Zebras in the 2026 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers on Friday at Mandela National Stadium – Namboole, the hosts held two recovery sessions on Saturday and Sunday. This is in preparation for another home contest against North Africans Algeria on Monday night. After the Botswana game, Uganda Cranes head coach Paul Put saluted character and fighting spirit of his charges in the contest where super substitute Shaban Muhammad scored. “The players played very well. The team fighting spirit is superb. We did not create enough chances and this is because lots of players arrived late in camp” the Belgian born tactician spoke to the media. “I thank the entire team for this victory. There are several young players graduating from U-23 side who performed well. Uganda has a bright future and I am confident of this crop” he added. Flowers to the fans: The Belgian coach who replaced Milutin “Micho” Sredejovic in 2023 was humbled by the turn up of the fans and their active involvement in the game proper. “I thank the fans who came and I know they will return on Monday and many more” Put lauded the fans who returned to Namboole for the first time to cheer their national team since 2018. About Algeria: Put expects a tougher challenge from Algeria and he openly asserted that the approach will be very different. “We have to be realistic. The quality of Algeria is top. They have been playing for a long time together. Therefore, the Monday approach will definitely be different.” He hinted. Put and the rest of the backroom team are expected to maintain three thirds of the team that featured against Botswana. It remains to be seen whether second half substitutes Bobosi Byaruhanga, goal scorer Muhammed Shaban, Denis Omedi and Rogers Kassim Mato can claim commanding slots against the Algeria Desert Foxes. Algeria, Guinea, Uganda and Mozambique all have six points from 3 matches. Botswana has three points to their name and Somalia is yet to pick up any point.

notifier-image-Guinea stun Algeria, Ghana win while Egypt extend lead

Guinea stun Algeria, Ghana win while Egypt extend lead

Match day three pf the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers continued on Thursday with five matches across Africa. Guinea, in Group G that also has Uganda stunned hosts Algeria away from home with a 2-1 victory that takes them joint top with the Desert Foxes. The Syli Nationale who now move to six points, same as Algeria on match day three got the goals through Mortaye Sylla in the 50th minute and Aguibou Camara in the 63rd minute. Algeria’s next game is on Monday when they travel to Kampala to face Uganda Cranes who are in action against Botswana on Friday at the revamped Mandela National stadium, Namboole. DR Congo picked a vital point away to African champions Senegal with a late equaliser in a match that ended 1-1. Fiston Mayele scored the goal that cancelled out an early strike from Ismail Sarr. In the other matches, Benin’s held on to an important 1-0 win over Rwanda in a result that blew Group C wide open. The Result sees Benin tied on points with Rwanda who still occupy first position ahead of the big clash between Nigeria and South Africa on Friday in Uyo. Micho’s Libya continued their good form under the Serbian with a 2-1 win over Mauritius in Group D, Egypt took control of Group A with a 2-1 win over Burkina Faso thanks to a brace from Mahmood Trezeguet, Guinea Bissau were held goalless by Ethiopia in the same group while Sudan stunned hosts Mauritania beating the hosts 2-0 and the Flames of Malawi overcame Sao Tome e Principe 3-1 in Group H.