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LIVE BLOG: News Stories and Updates in and around Uganda

9:49pm: That's it for the day!

It's been a great day today! Let's wrap it up and meet on Monday at 8.00am for more updates. Enjoy your weekend responsibly. 

 

8: 11 PM: BREAKING: Bank of Uganda closes ActionAid Uganda accounts

The Bank of Uganda has closed the bank accounts of ActionAid Uganda a local NGO working in the areas of democracy and advocacy. 

Arthur Larok, ActionAid's country director, told Reuters that Standard Chartered Bank Uganda, where the organisation has its accounts, had told them they had blocked the accounts on instruction from the central bank.

Breaking: BOU orders freeze Action Aid Uganda accounts amid police investigations , days after their offices were searched over #agelimit pic.twitter.com/C5ChxKr8Ao

 

 

7:30pm: President Museveni finally and officially backs #agelimit bill. 

5.20 PM: There are protests outside the Royal Institute of International Affairs at Chatham House over Raila Odinga. 

The Kenyan opposition leader who recently pulled out of the election re-run will be speaking to the international affairs think tank later today. 

According to the Chatham house rules, what a guest says to the members of the chatham house cannot be repeated outside its halls.

However an exception can be made in some circumstances, and it appears an exception has been made for the veteran opposition leader.

 

 

4.30 PM: Kenya police shoots two protestors dead

Kenyan police shot dead two people and wounded a third person on Friday when a crowd of opposition demonstrators attempted to storm a police station, a local official in Kenya’s southwestern Siaya county said.

3.54pm: Ghana’s government orders for a halt to the construction of fuel stations after Saturday's fire which killed seven people.

3:48pm: Equity Bank Uganda launches #EazzyBanking application in Uganda, a form of real-time bulk payment solution for their clients. 

 

3:19pm: SPORTS: Veteran female athlete, Dorcus Inzikuru has graduated with a Bachelors Degree in Business Administration. 

 

3:04 pm: UPDATE: Police officers arrive at rally area where opposition MPs are making consultations, in Nakawa, but refrain from making any interruptions. 

 

2:48 pm: Opposition MPs carry out their #AgeLimit consultations in Nakawa without any interruptions from police. 

 

1.42pm: JUST IN | NRM Caucus Meeting:  Rebel MPs chased out of on-going meeting over #AgeLimit discussion

 

 

1.35pm: UPDATE: Daily Monitor has also been summoned over the #AgeLimit stories

The issued summons were similar to those of RED PEPPER but over a story; "AGE LIMIT BUDGET OF THE LEGAL AND PARLIAMENTARY AFFAIRS COMMITTEE SHOWS THAT THE MEMBERS WILL SPEND 700M IN 10DAYS" of the Thursday 10th October 2017 issue.

1.04pm: DEVELOPING STORY: Police summons Red Pepper editors over #AgeLimit stories

The Summons issued by police to Red pepper read'

"Inquiries are being conducted under the above quoted reference whereby you allegedly published an article titled, " MP MAGEZI BAGS SH600M FOR AGE LIMIT REMOVAL" in the RED PEPPER issue of 11th October 17.

You are therefore in pursuance of the provisions of section 27A of the Police Act (As Amended) required to report before the undersigned at CID Headquarters Kibuli on 16th October, 2017 at 1000hrs in that regard."

 

1.02pm: S.Africa court clears way for Jacob Zuma graft prosecution

South Africa's Supreme Court of Appeal ruled on Friday that President Jacob Zuma can face prosecution over almost 800 charges of corruption relating to a 1990s arms deal - Daily Nation

http://www.nation.co.ke/news/africa/Court-clears-way-for-Zuma-graft-pros...

1:00 PM:  Watch NTV news live: www.ntv.co.ug/live

12: 26 PM: Kenya: Anti-IEBC demos: Police clash with Nasa supporters

Police and opposition supporters have clashed after the latter defied government ban and took their anti-IEBC demos some city centres.

In Mombasa, anti-riot police were not taking chances as they swarmed the coastal city's streets to enforce the government directive.

Read more here: Anti-IEBC demos: Police clash with Nasa supporters

12:18 pm: ENTERTAINMENT:

The scandal deluging Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein has deepened after US actress Rose McGowan publicly accused him of raping her - BBC Reports

12:07 pm: UPDATE| EARLIER: Red Cross sets out to distribute relief items to hailstorm-affected families in Kasese.

 

11:40 am: HAPPENING: Engineers Forum 2017 at Hotel Africana.

Honorable Monica Azuba Ntege says that many engineers are rolled out each year but there is low or no increment in registration of engineers to their professional body. This year, only 100 registered while last year only 30 did.

11:26 am: The day has been a bit slow in Uganda but Kenya is, at the moment, the one place where so much is happening

               NTV Kenya reports that Nasa will hold a rally on Sunday which will be attended by the alliance's principals.

Mombasa deputy governor William Kingi says Nasa will hold a rally on Sunday which will be attended by the alliance's principals. #NTVToday

9:48 am: : FDC Presidential candidate, Gen. Mugisha Muntu says he will resume his campaigns for the presidency next week.

 

 

10:30 am: Government has asked all public servants to wait until November for their salaries to be reviewed.

                Minister Muruli has also asked all those public sevants who are on strike to resign.

10:21 am: Celebratory Moods in the studio as #MwasuzeMutya makes 3 years

10:16 am: Students lock selves inside dormitory, set it ablaze - Daily Monitor

                At least five girls of Standard College Ntungamo have been hospitalized following a fire that burnt the entire girls’ dormitory housing students of S.4 on Thursday.

http://www.monitor.co.ug/News/National/Students-lock-selves-inside-dormi...

10:03 am: Some of the stories we are working on today;

- NRM Caucus meeting

- Opposition joint consultations on the #AgeLimit

- The elders forum set to discuss the contentious #AgeLimit bill

- The Plight of the girl child...

- Point Blank & Zungulu

9:39 am: Do you have a tip? Share with us or be part of this blog by using the hashtag, #NTVNEWS on twitter!

9:31am:  Motivation: 

"Be who you are and say what you feel, because those who mind don't matter and those who matter don't mind."

                 —Dr. Seuss

9: 11 am: Good-morning Uganda! Today we kick off our maiden LIVE BLOG of stories making the news, as and when they come in.

Contributors: Sudhir Byaruhanga, James Babalanda, Maurice Mugisah, Kato Williams, Patricia Oyella, Maurice Ochol, Herbert Zziwa, Malcolm Musiime

Authors: Bonny Tamale, Collins Hinamundi and Emmanuel Waisswa