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TUESDAY LIVE UPDATE: News from within and around Uganda

6.44 PM: We have solved the outstanding issues and evening Classes will resume immediately- Prof Nawangwe

Makerere Unversity Vice-Chancellor Professor Barnabas Nawangwe has said that the issues being raised by lecturers at the School of Law and the school of journalism have been worked on, and evening classes will resume immediately.

The lecturers had stopped teaching evening students, claiming that the University had failed to pay their allowances.

It should be remembered that most of the evening classes are taken by fees paying students.


5.40 PM: Former CEO of South Africa railway service says Jacob Zuma's son pressured him to give deals to his allies

The Former chief executive of South Africa's railway agency Lucky Montana dropped bombshells in the country's Parliament on Tuesday afternoon detailing how Tony Gupta and the president’s son, Duduzane Zuma allegedly tried to influence a major project to replace the country’s trains.


5.20 pm: Celebrations in Raila Odinga's Kisumu stronghold after swearing in.

There were celebrations in Kenyan opposition leader Raila Odinga's Kisumu stronghold after he swore himself in as the people's president.

These are pictures from the BBC's Racheal Akidi


5:05 PM: Raila Odinga changes his Twitter Bio to ''President of Kenya''

Kenya's Opposition leader Raila Amollo Odinga who on Tuesday afternoon had himself sworn in as People's President has changed his Twitter bio to read that ''  He is the president of Kenya.


4.44 PM: Ruhama MP Moses Kahima sworn in as a Member of Parliament

Newly elected Ruhama County MP Moses Kahima has been sworn as a member of parliament, he took the oath of allegiance today morning.


3.46 PM:  African free trade area to start in March - President Museveni

President Yoweri Museveni has revealed that African countries have agreed to actualise the Continental free trade areas by  March 2018.

The president said actualising the free trade area will solve the problem of fragmentation.

3:20 PM: Raila Odinga takes 'oath' as People's President, Kalonzo absent

NASA Leader Raila Odinga has taken oath at Uhuru Park administered by Ruaraka MP TJ Kajwang while his vice President Kalonzo Musyoka was absent at the event held at Uhuru Park in Kenya. 

BREAKING: Raila Odinga ‘sworn in’ — ktn (@KTNKenya) January 30, 2018

1.20 PM: Former Manchester United star David Beckham granted licence to run soccer team in the USA

Former Real Madrid and Machester United star David Beckham has been granted a license to run a soccer franchise in Miami Florida in the USA, this means that Beckham will be running his own team in America's soccer league.


12:56 PM Liberia's new President George Weah cuts his Salary by 25%

Liberia's President George Weah has said he will be cutting his salary by 25%  in a bid to help restore and rebuild his country broken economy.

Mr Weah hopes his move will be emulated by other civil servants in Liberia, as the country tries to get its economy out of the doldrums.


12: 30 PM: Four Kenya Television stations shut down for airing Raila Odinga's swearing-in ceremony

NTV Kenya has been shut down by the Communications authority while airing proceedings at Uhuru Park where the opposition Nasa swearing in is. 

3 other stations were also switched off, these are Citizen TV, Inooro TV and KTN.

In a statement by the chairman of the Kenya Editors Guild, Linus Kaikai, on Monday, January 29, the editors took issue with the summoning of media managers from the main media houses to State House, Nairobi last week where alleged threats of shutting down media houses if they cover the NASA event were issued.

But it appears the state has followed through with its threats.

11:45 AM: Crime preventers’ leaders' given security

Police have taken a decision to give protection to the leaders of National Crime Preventers Forum (NCPF) following threats on their lives.

Unknown persons pinned posters on the homes and offices of NCPF leaders demanding them to denounce their support to the Inspector General of Police, Gen Kale Kayihura in 14 days or be attacked. Brian Mauso, the NCPF deputy coordinator, confirmed the threats and said they have reported the cases to police.

11:40 AM: Security apparatus of Raila's vice president Kalonzo withdrawn

The security apparatus of Kalonzo Musyoka the vice president of NASA leader Raila Odinga has been withdrawn. This follows their swearing in plans slated for today at Uhuru Park in Kenya.

11:30 AM: Ministry of Finance officials appear before the Education committee to answer budget queries 

Officials from the Ministry of Finance are appearing before the Education committee of Parliament to answer budget queries relating to the ministry.

#NTVnews: PSST Keith Muhakanizi before the education committee to answer budget queries for the ministry of education. Committee members are calling for a halt on the creation of new universities.@ntvuganda @933kfm — Herbert Zziwa (@zziwaherbert) January 30, 2018

11:15 AM: NASA MPs arrive at Uhuru Park

Members of Parliament subscribing to the NASA coalition have started arriving at Uhuru park for the swearing in ceremony of the NASA leader Raila Odinga and his vice president Kalanzo Musoke slated for later today.

10:55 AM: KTN also shut down in latest media crackdown in Kenya

The number of media houses shut down in Kenya over the swearing in of Raila Odinga and his vice president Kalonzo Musoke now comes to four with the latest being KTN TV.

The media houses include Citizen TV, NTV Kenya, Citizen radio and the latest victim being KTN TV. 

Reports indicate that this crackdown is being carried out by the Kenyan Government through the Communication Authority of Kenya

BREAKING: KTN also shut down by the Communication Authority of Kenya because of covering opposition leader Raila Odinga's swearing in Ceremony. As it stands, all media houses covering the event have been shut down i.e Citizen TV and NTV#NASASwearingIn #NASAOathDay

10:30 AM: Uganda introduces new Rotavirus vaccine for infants

Uganda has introduced a new drug to combat Rotavirus and other related diseases among the infants in the country.

Officials from the ministry of health say Rotavirus is one of the leading causes of diarrhoea among children and that the introduction of the drug will go a long way in reducing infant mortality.

10:10AM: Kenyan Government shuts down media houses over Raila swearing in

Kenyan Government has through the Commuinication Authority of Kenya switched off Citizen TV and NTV Kenya from the Limuru sun-station. This is mainly because of the continued reporting on the swearing in cereemony of NASA leader Raila Odinga slated for today.

8:50AM: FDC delegates, US Ambassador discuss regional security and democracy 

Delegates from Forum for Democratic Change (FDC) led by the party President Patrick Oboi Amuriat have today paid a courtesy visit to the US Ambassador to Uganda HE Deborah Malac in a move aimed at strengthening workig relations bewteen the two parties.

According to a statement released by the Party Media team, the two other delegates that visited with the President include the party chairman Waiswa Biriggwa and one of the founders of FDC Chaapa Karuhanga.

8:17 AM: Mysterious fires burn up 25 houses

MARACHA. Twenty-five houses in Maracha District have gone up in flames from mysterious fires, rendering up to 90 people homeless.

Police say they have no clue about the cause of the fires ravaging Bataka village, months after the first case was registered last November.

8:20 AM: Four people arrested over murder of Umeme cashier

Kiryandongo. Four people were on Monday arrested in connection with the death of Umeme cashier, Martha Acio.

The deceased is suspected to have been killed by yet to be identified boyfriend who later dumped the body in River Nile at Karuma falls.

8:23 AM: Six vocational colleges turned into centres of excellence

KAMPALA. Government through Education Ministry has entered into a formal agreement with six vocational colleges to be turned into centres of excellence. Two of which are skills development projects and four are Albertine Sustainable Development Projects.

Ministry of education permanent secretary, Mr Alex Kakooza said the agreement was aimed at providing and equipping Ugandans with better technical skills such as extraction of oil and gas, carpentry and joinery, welding, plumbing and many other technical areas.