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MONDAY LIVE UPDATES: News from in and around Uganda

8.00PM: Uganda shilling continues losing streak against the Dollar

The Ugandan shilling extended its losing streak on Monday, amid strong demand for hard currency by commercial banks covering short positions.

 commercial banks quoted the shilling at 3,645/3,655, weaker than Friday’s close of 3,635/3,645

 

7 PM: President Museveni set to resume his land education campaign in Northern Uganda and WestNile

 

 

 

5:30pm: Court bailiffs, along with police seize property to be attached from Nakumatt stores in Kitetika, along Gayaza road.

5:16pm: Daily Monitor, Red Pepper editors charged with offensive communication

 

 

4:06pm: AMISOM troops join civilians in  blood donation efforts to save victims of Saturday's terror attack in Mogadishu

 

3:20 pm: Crowds fighting for free Red Ribbons at Munyagwa's age limit rally in Kawempe

 

 

2:40 PM: Former Alshabaab Commander and co-founder Mukhtar Roobow donates blood for Somalia truck bomb victims

Former Alshaab Commander and Co-Founder Mukhtar Roobow who until recently planned and executed killings similar to the truck bomb that has killed over 300 people has donated blood to the victims of the recent truck bomb attack.

Roobow who fell out with the militant group he co-founded and defected to the Somali government, was seen today in the Somali capital Mogadishu donating blood in an Ambulance.

 

 

2:30 PM: Death toll from Somalia truck bomb attack has risen to 300

The death toll has steadily risen since Saturday when the blasts - for which no organisation had claimed responsibility by Monday morning - struck at two busy junctions in the heart of the city.

“We have confirmed 300 people died in the blast. The death toll will still be higher because some people are still missing,” Abdikadir Abdirahman, the director of the city’s ambulance service, told Reuters on Monday.

 

 

 

Daily Monitor editors arrive at CIID headquarters in Kibuli where they were summoned over published articles on age limit consultations. 

They, along with editors of Red Pepper, are expected to answer questions about stories published in the two papers on 10th and 11th of October.

Vincent Ssekate, the spokesperson of the criminal investigations department told NTV in a phone interview that Igara West MP Raphael Magyezi filed a complaint.

 

 

The drive seeks to address the human resource deficit arising out of the retirement of a similar number of personnel who will be leaving the forces over the next two years.

Up to 49 recruitment centres will be set up across the country for the regular personnel recruitment while the recruitment of professionals will be conducted at Kololo Airstrip in Kampala.

 

Anti-corruption court Judge  Lawrence Gidudu  has ordered  former works Minister Abraham Byandala to defend himself against allegations of causing gvt a 24.7 bn shillings loss  in shoddy works on the  Mukono- Katosi-Nyenga  road in 2013.

Justice Gidudu has made the order this morning after perusing  the evidence of 23 witnesses adduced by the IGG Irene Mulyagonja  and found out  that she has made out a pre-mafacie case to answer against Byandala  who must offer an explanation to the nation why he never took due deligency before  signing to award the contract to upgrade the said road to a fake company .

The IGG thorough her attorney Sarah Birungi charged Byandala  with Abuse of office , causing government a financial loss and disobedience of  her orders  that directed that works on the Mukono-katosi -Nyenga road must stop but the Minister instead influenced  the procurement process  and proceeded  to sign  the contract with ETAW company well aware of its shortcomings.

  Now much as Byandala claims he was mandated as a minister to give policy directives , justice Gidudu demands to know whether in directing UNRA to sign a contract with a ghost company  on grounds  that due deligency would  be taken  later falls under a  policy directive?.  Byandala is to offer defence jointly with   four former Uganda National Roads Authority (UNRA) officials including  Berunado Ssebbugga, Joe Ssemugooma, Wilberforce Senjako and Marvin Baryaruha who are also  charged with Abuse of office and negligence of their official duties which led to the loss of the said money.

To the judge , these must give an explanation to whom the money to construct the road was paid to since EUTAW has never been seen at the site .

Contributors: Juma Kirya, Walter Mwesigye, Maurice Mugisha, Andrew Arinaitwe, Patricia Kigula